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    Colichemarde Sword

    • Dated: 18th century
    • Culture: French
    • Measurements: overall lenght 40 1/4”; blade lenght 33 1/4”

    An example dating from mid to late 1700s, mounted with a thrusting blade of triangular section with broadened reinforced lower area, showing traces of worn etched decorations on both sides. The sword has a large solid silver hilt with two silver hallmarks on the inner branches of the guard.

    Source: Copyright © 2014 eBay


    InfographicHow a Handgun Works: 1911 .45

    The model 1911 handgun is named for the year it was formally adopted by the U.S. Army – and while it was replaced as an official service weapon in 1985, it’s still massively popular.

    Various manufacturers have created their own take on the 1911, but its basic function and operation remains in place over 100 years after its inception.

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    The tutorial of how I achieve watercolor effect in Sai! :) I highly recommend using real watercolor paintings (your own or ones found on the internet) as reference.

    And here you can find a few useful links: 

    1. You can download the Sai file of this picture here: link 
    2. Video process of painting another picture: link
    3. The old watercolor tutorial: link
    4. Sai brushes (none of them is made by me) link + file you need to open them in Sai: link
    5. Awesome watercolor brushes made by Kyle T Webster: link

    Here’s the finished painting: link

    (via adeadhero)

    SO MANY LAYERS OF LEATHERLook at that elbow YAAAAAShey look all the stuff under the cape that can't be seen with it hanging down!So much sass and a Blackjack.


    After not winning anything at the cosplay pagent at GaymerX2 (bullshit) I undertook the task of putting my Garrett cosplay on my mannequin.

    So HERE have some epic detail shots!

    (via phrux)



    HUGE cache of drawing and art related book PDF files.

    There’s literally hundreds of great drawing, manga, comic, painting, sculpting, and art related books on this site. The website language is in Russian but many of the books are in their native language. Hopefully this is as helpful to many others as it was to me! 

    Okay but seriously though.

    It doesn’t stop doubtful manga looking artbooks.
    There are anatomy artbooks by Vilppu, by Matessi…Artbooks from video games( ac , thieves …) ,  Artbooks about zbrush modelling, 3DS max lightning how to texture properly. Even how to concept art for video Games !!Without mentioning artbooks from movies ! From Miyazaki to Pacific Rim, I encourage you to check them out. This post doesn’t have nearly enough notes ! Fellow artits, share the references around ! =D

    (via linari-christian)


    These mesmerizing sculptures are the work of William Ricketts, a rare Australian born in 1898 who was in awe of the connection the Aborigine people have with the land. Hidden deep within a lush Australian rainforest are a set of mystical Aborigine sculptures seemingly merged into the natural surroundings. Moss covered torsos of men, women and children protrude from tree trunks and boulders. Some reach heavenward with widespread wings, others envelop each other protectively – all are symbols of the relationship the indigenous Australian Aborigines have with nature.

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    Deluxe Draughtsmanship Exercise CheetSheet(TM donut steel all rights reserved lol no not really)

    Draughtsmanship is the skill of making lines go where you want them to go. For that, body, eyes and mind must work together.

    Some movements feel awkward and your pen won’t go in the direction you want it to. That’s a body problem. Exercises like the radial and (clockwise/counterclockwise) circular training will help you build muscle memory.

    But round arcs and straight lines are of no use if they don’t land on target. For that, practice three-point targeted circle exercises, circle push and ellipse exercises.

    Jumping the gap between 2D and 3D is going to be the hardest part. You have to train your eyes. The problem is that the page is flat and your eyes will see that. Eliminate all shadows with a well lit surface. Defocus your eyes, close one eye (or cover it) to defeat your depth perception so you can see INTO and draw INTO the page rather than ON the page. You have to push your lines AWAY from you or TOWARDS you.

    Lastly, some of these exercises are meant to be DISRUPTIVE. They break routine and pattern and force you to keep your mind engaged instead of falling into stupid autopilot mode. Good art requires a certain amount of mental fortitude. These exercises are meant to provide you with a level of cognitive difficulty to strain your mind.

    Look at your own abilities (or lack of them), pick one to strengthen, and then choose the exercise that targets that weakness. Practice until it becomes second nature and then move on to the next weakness.

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