Kami McArthur

fallen-angel-with-a-shotgun:

ally0mazing:

There can only be one logical explanation for this:

Voldemort has returned….

MY DEAR

I’M AFRAID YOU HAVE

THE GRIM

alicexz:

One more last minute print for AX! I marathoned Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood earlier this year and never did any art for it. Here’s my favorite flame baby

alicexz:

One more last minute print for AX! I marathoned Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood earlier this year and never did any art for it. Here’s my favorite flame baby

terrible-beauty:

IM SO SATISFIED

Haven’t seen all these shows, nor am I a fan of all of them, but I couldn’t pass this up. 

When I first started this journey down the art path, I never thought I would hear the words, “Oh, you are so talented.” Because honestly, I started at the rock bottom. Right where anyone starts. 
- M. M. Shelline
I asked one of my closest, lifelong friends if I could share her story of becoming an artist on my blog, because just about everyone needs to hear it. The above, first picture is where her art skills were at the starting of her journey. It’s a self-portrait. The second is another self-portrait, drawn just one year later.
Here is her story (bolded by me for emphasis):
So you may be wondering, how did I get interested in art? I would tell you, “good question. Here’s my story.”
April of 2012, [my husband] Bob and I had lost hope. He didn’t get into the BYU animation program like he thought he would and he felt defeated with art. He thought he wanted to go into computer science instead to bypass the challenge of getting into animation… . I was struggling with postpartum depression, once again, and feeling as if my life was devoid of happiness. I was struggling. I was lost. I did not know what to do with my life. I felt trapped. Trapped in expectations. Trapped in the confinement in who I was becoming. I saw only two options for my future, embrace my life as it was or run away. I found both to be impossible for me to do. I desperately sought a third option.

Life continued on and to pass the time I spent at home with our girls I watched the Lord of the Rings appendices. During the appendices I saw artists create what they imagined for the film, then the idea came, “I want to do that. I will do that.” I had found my third option! The rays of light and happiness began to seep back into my life. I began my own study online with free drawing classes. That is where I completed my first self portrait. It was quite an accomplishment and I was so proud of myself for doing it.

Bob began to be motivated to continue with art after I decided that I wanted to learn how to create art. He never pushed me into anything. He is always supportive and loving, but never pushy. He would only encourage. I decided that in order to continue with art, I wanted to know how to do it right. That is when I decided that I wanted to go to school and focus on art. I was petrified to begin art. I had no previous experience. I had no real reason or motivation to do it besides the fact that I wanted to, but that was enough for me.

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(This is my 6th grade art project. I had a friend (Melissa) do the arms/hands of Sauron since I was too intimidated to do it.)
School got me going and taught me basics and gave me projects, but the real education has been on my own. I have learned more from working on projects that I want and having Bob mentor me more than any in-class assignment. I have progressed more fully due to having Bob to teach me than from anyone. I have no raw talent. I have no innate artist reaching out of me. I only have me. I have fear. I have failures and that is how I learn the most. 
Now, I am not someone to share personal information or be overly emotional, but I feel as if this story needs to be told. My tears flow as I reminisce of this change in my life. I am a changed woman. Instead of darkness, my soul is filled with ambition and light. Because of this, I want you to know that you can start from nothing and become something. You need to know that if you feel trapped – there is release. It most likely won’t be art, but it is something out there. Cast away your fear and chase it. It will be worth it, oh so worth it.

I encourage you to pursue whatever it is that you desire. Even if Especially if you have no talent. Even if there is no concrete reason why – do it. Push the fear aside and emerge victorious after hours, tears, sweat, pain, and learning. Don’t give up.
Do you want to know why I chose this photo for my self portrait? It is a reference photo for a large project that I am planning. It is going to be a three part painting illustrating depression, seeking the light, then soaring with the wings the Lord provides for us to escape the darkness. Thus, it represents no longer living in darkness, but looking to the light and moving forward.
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That is what I did and I feel ever so blessed. I truly believe that I would have been consumed by depression, fear, inadequacy, sadness, and all darkness if I did not pursue art. It gives me hope. It is an answer to prayer. I know the Lord has directed my life to find this path. Because of this, my life was saved by art. I can now say that more than ever before, I am closer to Bob. I am closer to my girls, and I am closer to my Heavenly Father. He continues to lead, guide, and mold me to become an artist, mother, and the woman I need to be. This gives me life.
Fight for real living and find those things that breathe new life into you. No matter what hardships come, I promise you – you will never regret it.

In a later post, she wrote:

I am not talented in art. If you wanted to say I have a talent, I think it would be a talent to keep going and work hard even in impossible situations. Since I have never done art before college, I have to push harder than anyone else in my classes and learn what the 18 year olds have known for years. It is intensely frustrating, yet motivating to catch up.

My teacher this semester in 2-d basically told me that I am not an artist and that I won’t get into the Illustration program, but you know what? I am going to prove him wrong. I am going to push harder, work more intensely to achieve this dream.

I’m so grateful for the opportunity I have to know M. M. Shelline. She is someone I have always looked up to and who has been an influence for good in my life. 

Whatever you love to do, do it. Don’t let a lack of talent stop you from enjoying what you desire. For a lot of my followers, that means writing. Wherever your writing skills are now, they can get better. Never let anyone tell you they can’t. 

You can learn more about M. M. Shelline or follow her blog here.

If this post has impacted you, please consider reblogging so that everyone can know what real talent (a.k.a. hard work) looks like.

Writer Problems

My neck hurts from writing so hard this week.

iguanamouth:

rumpelstiltskln:

kazekashi:

Why in the second picture they have to be like 80% legs

yeah why cant they be 100% legs? I’m tired of animon not giving what the public wants


the new reboot looks incredible

iguanamouth:

rumpelstiltskln:

kazekashi:

Why in the second picture they have to be like 80% legs

yeah why cant they be 100% legs? I’m tired of animon not giving what the public wants

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the new reboot looks incredible

meme-spot:

Accurate

Yes, but the fans makes up for it:

meme-spot:

Accurate

Yes, but the fans makes up for it:

slushpilehell:

Please. Please turn my novels into money. I possess a supreme talent. And I am no fool; I see how this has to be. With the right team behind me I could revolutionize literature and show consumers how there is still such a thing as soul in this soulless nation.

I, too, possess a supreme talent. I am able to read dozens of ill-conceived query letters each week without my head bursting into flames.

slushpilehell

[Name]

[Title]

They were chasing me, and I was running away for my life. I bearly made it around the bend before a bullet shot passed. Beep. Beep. Beep.

I hit my alarm clock and yawned. I hated that dream. I’d had it ever since I can remember. I got out of bed. It was a morning like any other. I took a shower, got dressed, and put on my make-up. I’m looking at myself in the mirror. I hate my curly hair. I go downstairs for breakfast. I jam a pop-tart into my mouth and drink some milk from the carton. Then I have some toast. I like raspberry jam on mine, and I hate strawberry. I eat the crust.

"You’re going to be late for school!" Mom yells.

I grab my backpack and run out the door. Uugh! I can’t be late again!!! I run to the bus stop, but the bus is already down the street.

My best friend Jessica watches me from inside. “There’s Eva. Late like always,” she frowned.

gunslinginxtongari:

Best lunch ever.

gunslinginxtongari:

Best lunch ever.

Brainstorm Better, With Plotting Tools
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If you grew up like me, you were taught to brainstorm by just writing down whatever comes to mind. You sit down with a blank piece of paper and wrack your brain for ideas. There are a lot of instances where this is perfectly fine, and I know it works for people. But other times, brainstorming this way can be vague, nebulous, and not that productive. You might produce stories that are… lacking. They might be cliche or just so-so. I didn’t know until the last year or two that you could actually, truly improve how you brainstorm.

Back when I would brainstorm the nebulous way, I’d just start throwing out ideas—whatever came to mind—without much of a direction. I’d just try to come up with something out of nothing, or tap into my subconscious. But now I know better. For me at least, I brainstorm better with a little structure.

In a book titled Steal like an Artist, Austin Kleon, the author, states that creativity comes about best when we give ourselves limitations; “It seems contradictory, but when it comes to creative work, limitations mean freedom.” The example he gives is that Dr. Suess was challenged to write a book in fifty or fewer words. He penned Green Eggs and Ham, now one of the most popular children’s book. When we set limits, we give ourselves a little more direction with our creativity. The problem with the nebulous way of brainstorming is we can do anything, go any direction; there aren’t restrictions or guidelines, so brainstorming that way is too vast.

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In another book, Million Dollar Outlines by David Farland, Dave introduces his readers to what he calls “plotting tools,” techniques used to simply make a story better. He gives a list of plotting tools he’s discovered in successful stories. Here are some examples from the book:

Dilemma 
One of the most powerful plotting devices is to present your protagonist with a dilemma. A dilemma occurs when the protagonist is presented with two equally displeasing choices. And has to pick one.

Reversals 
One of the most common plotting tools used in Hollywood is the reversal. You’ve seen it a thousand times. You’re at the high point of a movie, and it appears that the hero is about to make good. Suddenly, the villain shows up and everything goes astray. Your sense of relief turns to dismay. But just as your hero has come to the end of his rope, he suddenly finds a way to pull victory from defeat.

The Hourglass of Evil
In many tales, in the beginning, evil is seen to be “distant” from the protagonists. The orcs are rampaging in far lands in The Lord of the Rings, while in The Christmas Carol, Scrooge is asked to donate money to orphans in a distant county. But as the tale progresses, the evil draws closer to the protagonist. Black Riders enter the Shire, poverty strikes in the homes of Scrooges’ employees. Eventually, at the end of the tale, evil is seen in the hearts of the protagonists…

Thus, there must come a turning point where your character sees the evil in himself and resolves to either change, or is destroyed. 

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