quearest asked:

Miss Chira, how long have you been drawing for? I adore your art and your drawing style- you're one of my favourite artists and I really look up to you! But I have a tendency to compare myself to other people, and obviously you have a lot more experience, so I was wondering how many years of art you have on me (so then I can push myself to work harder and such). Thank you for your time, and your art! I'm also really glad to see SFEER Theory back in action. I hope you have a really great day!

Thanks for the compliments, those are always wonderful and I’m always happy to impress.

But as for your question/curiosity, I’m going to answer in bullet points:

  1. don’t compare yourself to others

  2. seriously, don’t do it.

  3. please. just…. don’t.

  4. I don’t really know why people ask the “how long you’ve been drawing” question, especially when the answer usually is “all my life.”

  5. and even if it isn’t “all my life,” some people improve faster than others, some improve slower than others, and that’s okay. Because people take in information differently, or because people have an easier time connecting dots in their heads at different ages, or because people may have less time to focus on their craft than others

  6. comparing yourself to people you deem as more experienced than you dehumanizes them as a marker for you to overcome. It’s not really appreciating their work. It’s not really flattering. Instead, consider asking specific techniques or advice you’d like them to share with you. People with more experience 9 times out of 10 are happy to share how they figured out that math problem with you.

  7. so don’t compare yourself to others.

  8. any answer you get — literally ANY answer — will just be used to make you chastise yourself.

  9. if you’re always worrying about “how many years of art” others have on you you’re wasting the energy you could be putting toward your work.

  10. it’s none of your business, anyway.
radiophile
radiophile:

i commissioned chirart to draw me dorian & iron bull from dragon age: inquisition, not realizing she would use the opportunity to try to kill me. please put this comic on my tombstone.

sometimes my commissions are just plain fun

radiophile:

i commissioned chirart to draw me dorian & iron bull from dragon age: inquisition, not realizing she would use the opportunity to try to kill me. please put this comic on my tombstone.

sometimes my commissions are just plain fun

chonklatime

Ever hear the term “SJW”? It means “social justice warrior,” and it refers specifically to people who point out racism or sexism in movies, video games, and other pop culture. Those people are considered worse than other types of critics because instead of just pointing out that a movie has flaws, they’re accusing people who like it of being awful.

Except they’re not, of course. If someone points out that the alternator belt in your car is slipping, they’re not accusing you of being some kind of mustache-twirling, white cat-stroking supervillain for having car problems. They’re not accusing you of anything. They’re talking about your fucking car.

J. F. Sargent, “5 Human Flaws That Prevent Progress and Keep Us Dumb" (Cracked.com)

I don’t know what’s been happening over at Cracked lately, but damn.

(via thetrekkiehasthephonebox)

Anonymous asked:

Chira, what are your top 10 favorite anime?

Excluding theatrical releases and series I prefer as manga:

Ergo Proxy
Baccano!
Mononoke (the Ayakashi spinoff)
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Princess Tutu
Revolutionary Girl Utena
Le Chevalier D’Eon
Darker Than Black
Fate/Zero
Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun

Listing it out like that it’s pretty clear I resonate with stylishly directed stories that focus on existential analysis or storytelling meta commentary or both (to the surprise of no one).

FEMM is fronted by two girls (nicknamed RiRi and LuLa) who are actually living mannequins (officially named SW-000000 and MS-000000) who have been sent out into society to recruit people (that would be you and me) to become mannequins too. (I think the final goal is world domination or something.)

[…] They’ve got a string of music videos on Youtube, which are all sung in English to emphasize that FEMM is intended to be a global project instead of some niche J-pop thing. The duo’s music mostly consists of regurgitated American EDM, dance-pop, and hip-hop, all of which is just as enjoyable as it is generic. I’m guessing it’s supposed to be some kind of meta commentary on mainstream music and manufactured pop stars or something. [x]

Despite following their releases over the past few months pretty faithfully, I still have no idea what FEMM is or why they decided to grace us with their presence. I just know I would swim across lava for FEMM.

Their first full album also was released October 1, 2014. Every song on it has a music video accompanying it on their youtube. Worth checking out, if only for their funky dances, and the befuddling skill it takes to make overproduced autotune this catchy and empowering.

Anonymous asked:

hi chira! sorry to bother you but i've come back to art after many many years and while i was never great to begin with i'm now completely overwhelmed by how i can't seem to draw anything at all... i can't even get past basic scribblings because of this. i don't know where to start with what i need to learn and i feel like i won't ever be able to show anyone anything i draw... you're always so confident in your art so do you have any advice on where to start or how to not hate what i draw?

I’m not confident in my art skill, really. I’m constantly surprised people have such nice things to say on it. I’m constantly fighting against how plain and drab my drawings look. I’m constantly trying to look at my art and not see a sum of flaws. I’m constantly judging myself for all the ways I should be better and I’m not, and how much I struggle with how a lack of achieving the progress I want is interpreted by my head as weakness.

And unfortunately that comes with the territory and never really goes away. I don’t know any artist, no matter how skilled, that doesn’t struggle with crippling self-doubt.

If you’re looking for confidence, I hate to say it, that’s something I think very few achieve — if it can be achieved at all. Learning and improving your skill and method is a continuously humbling experience, and part of that lesson is to not mistake “humbling” with “self-hatred.”

The trick to that is to find confidence in literally everything else about art. Why does anyone create or do art at all? Expression. Fun. Play. A purpose. A message. Connection. Communication. Those are all things you can and should feel confident about, otherwise there’s no point to doing art.

That may sound simple but it’s actually very hard, because there’s an important life lesson in achieving that. And it’s a life lesson you’re going to have to re-affirm every minute of every day. And that’s the one every story has been teaching us from the beginning: believing in yourself and what you do, and persevering when all you want to do is break your pencil in half and give up.

Simply put: Don’t make art to be good at it. Make art to be proud of yourself for.

minimusminor

fauxsquared:

for those who do not know who cybersix is.

I always feel so pained when people don’t know Cybersix.

Cybersix is a forgotten national treasure of Canadian programming — it’s an unexpected collaboration between the Japanese studio TMS Animation and the Canadian animation network Teletoon. It’s a loose adaptation of the Argentine comic of the same name and cancelled only after a 13 episode season run (probably because it was too good to exist) and market distribution thereafter has been limited and obscure at best.

The MC is genderqueer/nonbinary who presents as a male teacher by day and a lady crime fighter by night, has a brother who also happens to be a panther who also fights crime, has a bara love interest who is drawn to both identities, the villains are ex-Nazi SS agents, AMAZING ANIMATION, and so many other great things.

Also the opening is gorgeous.

Anonymous asked:

Hi Chira! I was thinking of introducing a vampire manga to a friend of mine, but I forgot what it was called. I just remembered I found out about it through your tumblr. It has to do with gay vampires being ridiculous with each other and likes to drink each other's blood, and one of them for some reason becomes an underwear model. And then there was a lesbian couple who had a much healthier relationship. If you could help me jog my memory, that would be awesome, thanks in advance!

I don’t know if there’s a better way to pitch Vassalord than this.