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2018-04-24

April 24th Update!

Page 387 is up! (And if you're a patron, you can check out the next 4 pages too!)

This week, let me tell you about...

Kienan Lafferty

Are you ready for more art tutorials? Because this guy has art tutorials for you!

He shares tons of useful, instantly-applicable advice: from beginner tips, to anatomy studies, to color theory, to full process walkthroughs of his most awesome paintings.

And he conveys it all with such lively enthusiasm! It always brightens my day just to listen to him.

There are hundreds of videos on his channel, almost all of which contain some worthwhile insight that you can use to make your art better (and/or make the art creation process more fun) right away.

I'm going to share just one that has helped me immensely (and which I still re-watch every year or so):

Using the Force of the Artist

This is how I sketch out my comic panels now, and oh my goodness it works so much better for me than what I was doing before. I don't think I'll ever go back to sketching with a thin hard brush.

Anyway, I encourage you to browse his channel and check out any other tutorials that look relevant to your interests! It can be very handy (as well as entertaining) to have them playing while you draw. :)

Is there anything you'd like to recommend? Feel free to tell me about it on the forum!


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Adhemlenei: Fantasy Artwork
Adhemlenei

The blog and art gallery of one of True Magic's long-time readers, Zela (a.k.a. Illinia). There's a ton of art and writing to browse, as well as two(!) ongoing fantasy webcomics. Good fun. Go see!




2018-04-17

April 17th Update!

Page 386 is up! (And if you're a patron, you can check out the next 3 pages too!)

This week, let me tell you about...

Notaker

I just discovered this artist recently, and oh man, my work playlist is so much better now. His music makes an excellent accompaniment to writing or drawing any kind of action scene.

Please take note of Notaker:

Retribution (A song that can make everything you do feel epic.)

Abyss (There's gotta be a "deep sea bass" joke here somewhere...)

Infinite (How many times could I listen to this song? *points to title*)

Is there anything you'd like to recommend? Feel free to tell me about it on the forum!



2018-04-10

April 10th Update!

Page 385 is up! (And if you're a patron, you can check out the next 4 pages too!)

This week, let me tell you about...

Varien

This dude creates a range of most excellent electronic music. I'm not sure how to describe it in terms of genre, since there's so much variety to it -- but for a very broad idea, think "epic fantasy action game soundtrack".

Check it out if you happen to need an energy/motivation boost!

Once again, it's hard to pick just a few examples, but I'll try...

Hypnotique (Très exotique!)

Gunmetal Black (Fantastic battle music. The official description says it best: "Asian Action Movie + Metal + Psy + Orchestral because I can, boy.")

Aether and Light (Don't let the title fool you. That bass gets heavy!)

Of Foxes and Hounds (Moody, mystical, and a bit eerie.)

Simple and Clean Cover (My favorite version of this song. I love the mix of English and Japanese lyrics.)

Is there anything you'd like to recommend? Feel free to tell me about it on the forum!



2018-04-03

April 3rd Update!

Page 384 is up! (And if you're a patron, you can check out the next 5 pages too!)

This week, let me tell you about...

CloZee

Another of my favorite glitch hop producers! (Can you tell I kinda like this genre?)

Her music has a really fun and unique sound: Exotic and quirky instrumentals, lovely bass, and delightful beats.

Here are a few great examples:

Gotta Get Some Sleep (Hear that? That's the sound of late-night productivity.)

Erase the Borders (Energizing, yet chill. The hints of chanting make this particularly engaging.)

Apsara Calling (Is it just me, or does this have a bit of a Wild West vibe? I don't know, try riding your trusty steed across the plains with it and see how it works for you.)

Is there anything you'd like to recommend? Feel free to tell me about it on the forum!



2018-03-27

March 27th Update!

Page 383 is up! (And if you're a patron, you can check out the next 4 pages too!)

This week, let me tell you about...

The Guild of Ambience

This channel is one of my favorite discoveries. It's a treasure trove of fantasy-themed ambient soundscapes.

There are a lot of ambience videos on YouTube (birdsong, rain, fireplace sounds, etc.), but these are far and away the highest quality I've found.

The sounds are clear and well chosen, and (as far as I can tell) they never loop. There's pleasant variety throughout each long track, keeping them interesting without being distracting.

Each video also features a gorgeous, subtly animated background scene to help set the mood. They look AND sound amazing in full-screen HD.

You're sure to find something awesome for your next reading/writing/drawing/gaming session. ♥

Here are a few of my favorites:

Waterfall Sounds - Garden Pond, Bird Life (Ultimate tranquility. I'd love to have a garden like this.)

Fireplace Sounds with Howling Wind (Ultimate coziness. That mug in the foreground keeps steaming for the entire two hours... Must be some really hot cocoa.) :D

Dark Ambience - Cave Sounds / D&D Tomb (Ultimate eeriness. Makes a great soundtrack for writing spooky underground scenes. *ahem*)

Fantasy Music - Enchanted Lands (Ultimate... pleasantness. This is just really nice. It conveys a sense of wonder and spaciousness, like you've found a new land to explore and you have all the time in the world.)

Is there anything you'd like to recommend? Feel free to tell me about it on the forum!




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