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traditional and digital artwork / Re: Iara's Artwork
« Last post by Jade Sinapu on July 15, 2018, 07:29:36 pm »
Blue and black markings on your panther Riley are great!  Moongaze is looking winsome, of course.  And I love the warm tones throughout the second image.  Your dinosaur is cute, yet dangerous, and im not sure which way to run  ;).  Great work Iara!
Maybe if I get my skills up, I will look into these Copic markers.   Hmm...

(Hey Iara, have you ever thought of doing dinosaur illustrations to teach kids or adults different species?  Since no flesh survives the petrification process, artists are the only ones who can show us what they looked like.  Where I live there are a few good dinosaur track formations, and each exhibit is accompied with an educational display.)
singing, music, & dance / I'm learning to scream like a death metal horror!
« Last post by cause the rat on July 15, 2018, 02:23:53 pm »
OK, maybe not that extreme. But I am learning how to scream wile I sing. And it's easier than I thought. After learning how to start the technique it was really easy to pick it out from old songs that I listen to. Even heard it wile watching a Harry Potter movie over at my mom's yesterday. It's a technique that is actually very relaxing to the throat. Takes a lot of  practice to get it right. To be able to hit it when you need it. If not it sounds really bad. : ) It all starts with than gravelly moan anyone can do. Think of how you would say "I really don't want to get up" wile still in bed. Then learn to work that smoothly all the way up to your highest falsetto. It's been used in rock for decades now. And it's the same technique thrash and hard core metal singers use to sing.  A good example is Janis Joplin. She owned it. If you jump to 20:10 there's a great example of how this technique sounds. Her voice is not naturally gravelly. She hits the technique and lets it go like a pro.

It really adds some depth to what your singing. Now I just need to learn to stay in pitch.  Or just scream my way out of needing to.  :D

This is the vid that got me started,
Part two is just a commercial for their school.

Going to explore what i can find on line first. If I can't find what i'm looking for there's a book called 'The Zen Of Screaming".

The absolute one book I recommend to anyone wanting to learn REAL techniques for singing is "The Rock and Roll Singer's Survival Manual". Hands down the BEST book out there.

Don't plan on singing hard core. Just want to be able to add an aggression to the music I do.
furry greetings / Re: Newcomer here!
« Last post by Iara Warriorfeather on July 15, 2018, 01:01:53 pm »
Welcome to Furtopia, Clock! Hope you enjoy the forum!  :D
traditional and digital artwork / Re: Iara's Artwork
« Last post by Iara Warriorfeather on July 15, 2018, 01:00:02 pm »
Thank you Holt5!  8)

Even more art! Lots of commissions and trades!!

news forum / Re: Trump the GOP and Democrats. A new path or more of the same.
« Last post by Old Rabbit on July 15, 2018, 09:02:47 am »
Yes it seems anytime Trump touches anyone they start
acting the same as he does. They start lieing about everything 
and anyone who isn't for Trump. It's almost as if he threatens
them somehow if they don't give him their total loyalty.  Just like
a mob boss. Only Trump is more like a spoiled rich kid who is 
used to getting everything he wants. It's been reported he has
temper tantrums when he doesn't like a news report. I heard
president Nixon was the same way..

The GOP should be telling the states to upgrade their voting systems
to protect against foreign attacks. Instead they are griping about the
investigation of Russia helping Trump. They are trying to  say why
talk about Russia? After all they helped us take power. I can guarantee
if the shoe was on the other foot they would be raising holy heck if
the democrats didn't work to stop foreign attacks on voting. Trump
has tried to blaime the Democrats for allowing their servers to be
hacked. As if the Republican servers weren't. They were attacked
as well. The difference is their information wasn't released to the
public online.

Trump always claims his gut is smarter than anyone else. I wonder
where his gut was when he met with the N Korean leader? Even
though Trump claims N Korea is going to get rid of its nukes they are
still adding them. I hope Trumps Gut does better when he talks to
Putin. Actually I think Trump is more interested in helping Trump than
the United States. This is why the meeting should be recorded as well
as all communications with Russia's leader.

Trump was complaining about Germany paying Russia billions for energy,
while we pay even more to Saudi Arabia for crude oil. I think Trump is
trying to get Europe to buy our natural gas. Gas we would have to
liquefy and ship across the Atlantic ocean. We should keep the gas for
our own use, not selling it to other countries. Selling it would make it
cost more for Americans. Why? because selling massive amounts
would create a shortage, and they would use that as an excuse to
raise the price.

You can find out more at the following links.

news forum / Re: Trump the GOP and Democrats. A new path or more of the same.
« Last post by Kay Alett on July 14, 2018, 12:49:57 pm »
Trump is in the UK right now. Shooting off his mouth about all sorts of issues and making himself look more like a fool than he already is.  >:(

Got to love you Brits. You sure can come up with some of the most brilliant ideas. Love the baby balloon of Trump! Nice play! Toddler in Chief for sure!  :D  :D  :D

It's even more hilarious when you realize that in the UK "Trump" means "Fart".
And I think we ought to adopt that slang because right now our president is just hateful cloud of noxious gas that is claiming to do good but in reality kills everyone who comes in contact with it.
Trump IS a horrible smelly fart of agent orange. :D
general non-furry discussion / Re: T G I F What are you doing this weekend?
« Last post by cause the rat on July 14, 2018, 10:45:54 am »
Going to my mom's to discuss arrangements for her to move in with me. Unfortunately this means my brother, who hasn't had a job in the lat 25 years will be coming along. My mom I can understand. She's running out of money and can no longer afford to live in her condo. My brother is a mooch and i'm not cool with that. Will see what happens. I've lived by myself for 15+ years now. This is going to be interesting at best. Guess I'll have to learn to put cloths on when I walk through my house : )
traditional and digital artwork / Re: Iara's Artwork
« Last post by Holt5 on July 14, 2018, 09:22:32 am »
My new badge! Made with Copic markers on watercolor paper--I am really enjoying these markers!

Aha - the famous Copic markers! I have yet to try them myself, but I hear they are great. ;) Once again a very charming velociraptor!

traditional and digital artwork / Re: Holt5's Artwork
« Last post by Holt5 on July 14, 2018, 09:18:16 am »
So awesome, I mean, dang Holt5!
Nice subjects, nice facial expressions!  I still think you are getting into an interdimensional transporter and going to somewhere and sketching the people there, just saying.

So if I may ask... how long does it take you to get "started" , and then how long does it take you to finish it?
Does it start slow and then speed up as it takes form?  What's the hardest part for you?

For me, I can barely get started with a drawing, and then it takes me forever to get something done.   Then it looks like junk.   But I know I am not an artist, so...hey. 

Good work!

Hey thanks, Jade! I'm glad you like it!

Hmmm, getting started insofar as laying out the basic lines and figuring out where I want everything to go? That depends. If it's something simple, it can take less than 5 minutes in most cases. If it's complex, it could take 10+ minutes, and I just end up updating and figuring everything out as I go along on a lot of them too.

My drawing speed can vary from day to day: sometimes I feel like I can work like lightning, have everything under control, and can just churn out a good piece. But other days I feel like I've forgotten everything I've learned, can't get a single thing to look right, and NOTHING gets done, ha ha. Overall though, my drawing process stays pretty steady. By the time my outlines are ready (if I'm using outlines) I'm usually ready to go right onto the filling-in phase.   

The hardest part of any drawing for me is patience in most cases. I also tend to have the most trouble drawing hands and feet, but I've slowly been getting out of that and finding new things that cause me trouble heheh.

I used to have the same problem actually - and still do from time to time. Probably the biggest help to my work speed has been learning with form studies. My mistake when I first started drawing was thinking "more detail = realism" but that is not quite the case. When you try to go into a drawing and just detail the heck out of it to make it look nice, it not only wears you out really quickly, but it ends up looking really messy because it's like trying to fit too many clothes in a badly-shaped suitcase. To make an object look realistic, it has to look like the proper shape of that object first - before any actual detail is added. And for that you need an understanding of how light works and also some basic anatomy.

If drawing is something that interests you, whether or not you want to call yourself an artist, it is a great thing to learn and understand. I know of a few people on Youtube you can check out if you would like to look into it. Form studies might seem boring and over-complicated at first, but with the right teacher they can be a lot of fun, and you can make some big jumps in your art quality if you're willing to put in the effort. Also sorry for the wall of text, but I love talking about art stuff.   (:

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