I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle (1990). Spanish-language poster.
before the storm
on the road
into the wild
meeting with a warlord
hammer and sickle
Tamsin + favorite lines - requested by kenzimalikov
<3 Rachel Skarsten.
Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Technology Guide: Online, Free, 100% Legal
You know Paizo releases ALL of the rules in our major Pathfinder RPG releases for free online, right? Our game uses the Open Gaming License, so not only do we want to spread the love, we have to!
Here’s links to all the rules in the Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Technology Guide
RPGs aren’t about spending tons of cash, they’re about getting together and sharing amazing stories. So don’t let a light wallet stop you from having fantastic adventures with your friends!
You can check out the rest of Paizo’s Pathfinder RPG hardcover rules right now—again, for free!—over at the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Reference Document (PRD).
NSFW - Cyborg/Amputee Pinups (Repost)
Inspired by a couple of amputee pinup photo shoots, I wanted to put together something similar with my own amputee character. This is obviously not the sort of thing that would be in the Dresden Codak comic (which is at most PG-13), but I found it a fun exercise. I hate it when people with prostheses or those who are otherwise “disabled” are portrayed as incomplete in some way. It’s simply not true, and something I hope I successfully address with my work in general. People are much more than the sum of their parts.
I originally posted these a month or so ago, but it accidentally got caught in a deletion craze I got in with the archives. I wanted to repost it because I didn’t want to give the impression that I didn’t stand by the work or something like that. In reality, I’ve gotten such nice thoughts and comments from various people, including amputees, and it would be a shame to not make the set available again.
Here are my 20 top creativity boosting tips in no particular order.
1- Pick a book of poetry, and create a piece of art based on every poem. Continue until you’re done. Then pick your favorite one, and reinterpret it in another medium.
2- Make yourself a playlist of songs and noises that get you in the creative mood.
3- Make an inspiration board on Pinterest or make a physical inspiration board and post it in the area where you do most of your creative work.
4- Take things from one medium and transfer them to another. For example, is there something about film-making that you think is super cool? a specific technique? write a short letter arranging the words and thoughts in a way that mirrors that technique.
5- Light a candle while you’re working, and light that candle again every other time you’re working. Your mind may make a connection between the scent and the work process.
6- Open a word document and write the first 10 words that come to mind. ask someone else to write another 10 words. Pick one word from your list, one from theirs, and try making something based on the connection (or lack thereof) between those two words.
7- Do a 30 day challenge (or just google “creativity prompts” then do some of them).
8- Collaborate with a friend. Have them to do part of the project, then you do the next part, then them, then you, so on.
9- Find two artists with very different styles, and try to make something that combines the best of both styles. Try to make something that combines the worst of both styles.
10- Work at it every day. Even if all you do is stare a blank canvas for two hours trying to come up with something to paint, what you’re doing is getting in the mindset to create/work.
11- Change the way you talk about yourself. Instead of saying “I used to be creative, but I’ve lost all my inspiration” say “I haven’t created in a while, but I still have creative energy in me and I will get it out eventually”.. It’s harder to be creative if you’re already telling yourself that you’re not.
12- Take care of external factors. Depressed? Stressed? Overworked? All those can block creativity. Take care of your health first, always.
13- Research artists that you like and what their artistic routines were. Some artists only worked standing. Many (myself included) need at least one cup of coffee to work. Different people find creative energy in different ways, and there’s no harm in checking out what has worked for others in the past.
14- Don’t try to make good things, clever things or even impressive things. Just make things you think you’ll have fun making.
15- Try guided meditation with a focus on positive affirmations about your creativity.
16- Paint in your mind. I say paint because that’s where I first heard the concept, but it applies to pretty much every medium. Instead of actually writing a story, playing a song or drawing a picture, simply go through the motions in your head. Whenever you see something like, compose something about it in your head. Don’t think about making a tangible version of it. Just focus on doing it in your head.
17- Spend a lot of time alone with your thoughts. Take a break from doing things, and simply focus on being. Watch where your mind wonders. Take notes of your worries and interests. All of this is creative. All of this is important.
18- If you can, travel. Even if you’re just traveling to a new part of town, changes of scenery are great inspiration. If you can’t, looking at pictures online is still pretty inspiring (not as good of course, but still good).
19- Try remaking an old piece and see what happens.
20- Observe and study as much as you can. Study things in your artistic field, but also out of it. Fill your mind with knowledge. Read many different kinds of books (or watch informational tv if reading is not your thing. Try podcasts. Whatever you enjoy most). Observe trees and clouds. Pay close attention to how beautiful and weird the world is.
I want to write up a little of my general experiences at GeekGirlCon but first I have to show off some of the amazing stuff I got from other artists in the AA. Some of this was art trades, some I just bought, some a combination. The other artists there were SO amazing and I…
Whoo hoo! She liked my Uhura sketch!
Chibi Yeti went to Geek Girl Con, and IT WAS AWESOME.