|Artwork done in my spare time.|
Writing Tutorial - DialogueWhile some authors may talk about how their writing is all talent and a gift from The Powers That Be, the truth is anyone can do a great deal to improve their writing. One effective way is through working on your dialogue.Writing Tutorial - Dialogue by the-four-treasures
Fan fiction can be particularly bad about this, but God-awful dialogue can be found just about anywhere, from popular books to comics to television. Bad dialogue often happens when people lose sight of reality and get hung up in the information or message theyre trying to get their character to communicate. Good dialogue is a natural reflection of the characters and the world, is easy on the ears/eyes and moves the plot forward in one way or another.
Tips for Improving Your Dialogue:
Yep, just listen. Next time youre on a bus or waiting at a restaurant, take a moment and listen to the conversations around you. Listen to the rhythm, the accents, the grammar people use in daily life. Good dialogue sounds natural. Bad dialog do
I've been actively drawing for about 6 years and writing for 10 years. Some of my oldest drawings included dragons and humans on paper, but now I currently work with traditional, digital, and pixel art.|
For traditional art, I use the following:
-Daler Rowney/Reeves assorted pencils ranging from 4H-6B. These are reserved for shading (if I'm bothered to do so).
-Sakura Micron .8 and .500 ink pen. For outlining my work. I'm currently working improving the quality of my lines with this.
-Black Prismacolor Premier pencil. This is amazing for making dark lines.
-Kneaded eraser. Essential for shading traditional art.
-Charcoal pencils. I'm being introduced to them right now, so I can't explain how useful they are right now.
-Blending tortillon/stump. They work wonders for making shading look extra smooth than just using your drawing instrument.
-Various colored pencils (Daler Rowney, Derwent, Prismacolor, and Crayola). I don't have a whole lot of expensive materials, but the colors produced by whatever pencil I use is sufficient in my current artwork.
For digital art, I use the following:
-Photoshop CS6/CS2. The most powerful art program for art. I use this for graphic design and possibly some touch-ups of artwork.
-Easy Paint Tool SAI. The line art tool in this program is quite possibly the best one, better than PS, in my opinion. It also runs extremely efficiently on my 1GB RAM netbook.
-MS Paint. The best program for pixel art, despite having no layers.
-Irfan View. What I use to make my pixel art transparent.
-Huion 6.5x10 tablet. Cheap, about 60USD, but works about as well as the Intuos series.