Big Badaboom
I'm Trina! This is where I obsess over Cherik and reblog a lot of art. This blog is a mixed bag of anything I find interesting, beautiful, or funny. Sometimes I post bad fanart late at night. I write things too.

I'm known as riais on livejournal, DA, and AO3

- visiting for tea

  • moarrrmagazine:

    What’s in store for me in the direction I don’t take? 
    - Adam Lupton

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  • saphruikan:

    King Xerxes was king of Persia from 486-465 BC. His wife was Queen Amestris. King Xexes was murdered by Artabanus, who then gave the position of power to his seven sons. According to Aristotle, Artabanus was then killed by Artaxerxes, son of Xerxes and Amestris.

    This draws interesting parallels to FMA, where the country of Xerxes was destroyed by Father. Father then created the seven homunculi, and gave the highest position of power in the country to one of his sons, and the other homunculi watched over the Amestrian cities.

    It is fitting, that Father, like Artabanus, was killed by Edward Elric, with a mother from Amestris, and a father from Xerxes. Like Artaxerxes, Ed avenged the Xerxesian people by dealing the final blow on Father.


    (Source: queenamestris, via kageillusionz)

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  • "The mouth should have three gatekeepers. Is it true? Is it kind? And is it necessary?"
    Arab Proverb (via escaping-art)

    (via doctastrange)

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  • fayren:

    I get a lot of questions about my process so I thought it’d be cool to break down and talk about some of my steps for illustrating covers! I hope this is helpful or interesting, it’s not quite a tutorial but perhaps it’s a glimpse into my thought process.

    Step 1 | Thumbnail. The point here is to do several very fast, small, drawings, so you can’t get hung up on details. Here I’m thinking most about composition and subject. I had four originally and this one was picked to get finished.

    Step 2 | Sketch. I draw on top of my thumbnail, nailing down more of the actual details. I fix any proportion isssues but I still try not to waste too much time making final lines, the sketch will go away in the end, so it just needs to be good enough for me. 

    Step 3 | Background Painting. A lot of lightning and mood is set by the environment, so I start with determining their background. I browse through lots of inspirational paintings and photographs during this stage, and try to get a palette in my head for the overall piece. I use the lasso tool to fill in their silhouettes with black and lock the layer transparency. The silhouette is very important for readability, so I make sure even without colors the shapes are distinct.

    Step 4 | Rough Color Blocking. I block in base colors and basic lighting under the sketch layer, blocking in the different materials and colors. 

    Step 5 | The Fun Part. Here’s where I just get to zone out and paint. I flatten the sketch onto the color blocked layer (if you’re nervous, you can always duplicate these layers and tuck them into another folder before you flatten and commit) and finally get to painting. The sketch eventually gets entirely painted over. Things I’m thinking about during this stage: different materials, changes in planes, drawing from the background colors. 

    Stage 6 | Details. I use the lasso tool and fill to do very tiny details like scratches, small specular highlights, etc. I add some wear and tear and knock out a bit of Fulcrum’s teeth. (huhuhu)

    Stage 7 | MOAR BLOOD. At this point I decided there wasn’t enough energon dripping off of Tarn and I added more on a new layer. Again, grabbing areas with the lasso tool, filling, and erasing parts of it to make it appear transparent. 

    Stage 8 | Lighting Effects. I add some soft glows to Tarn’s lights, but keep his forehead light the brightest. I want it to be the main source of light in the scene so I don’t want to distract. Light is bouncing through the pink energon, so I made the light falling on Tarn’s face more pink. 

    Stage 9 | Final Lights. I add a harsh white rim light to both of the figures, really pulling them away from the background to finalize the painting. 

    (via d-deuk)

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  • cakeis:

    A Step-by-Step Rotoscope Guide with not-an-animator cakeis !

    Step 1: Find a gif

    Remember to ask for permission if using someone’s edit
    You can always extract scenes from youtube etc with sites like:

    Step 2: Extract Frames

    • Go to
    • Upload gif, download, unzip, preview images, select your frames
    • Go to Step 4: upload selected frames to test if animation is smooth
    • If no, select more or different frames. If okay, Transfer the selected frames to one photoshop file or any program that supports layers. 

    Step 3: Trace!

    • Trace each Base frame on a new transparent layer. 
    • Keep consistent with each new tracing for a nicer flow
    • Go to Step 4 with every few new traced layer to check for flaws.
    • Watch your gif grow!

    Step 4: Save as gif

    • Save each traced layer as a separate image file
    • Upload to  
    • Adjust the speed to liking.
    • Click “View the GIF animation” and save. You’re done!
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  • beatfist:

    More birds! Been trying to learn how to paint with gouache lately. Its really fun! Gouache has a super nice matte finish to it.

    You can buy them in my shop here!

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  • cryptovolans:

    my new comic, Quick$ilver, is live!!!
    Read the 13-page intro from the beginning *HERE*!
    (it’s also on tapastic!)
    I suppose it’s also worth mentioning that I’m going to be at SPX next weekend with, among other things, mini volumes of this comic, at table B-13!

    I hope you all enjoy reading about the disastrous life & times of my precious angel <3 <3

    ((GENERAL WARNING! this comic contains, and will continue to contain, mature content, including violence, language, sexual content and alcohol. Nothing that I would consider quite 18+, but I figured I’d put it out there just in case.))

    (via quillery)

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  • bluerobotto:

    Since my last giveaway was a success I decided to do another one :D  this one ends in just one week :V


    You can win one messenger bag from the ones available in BlueRobotto’s shop (Check out the shop for more pics and the description of each bag)

    2 persons will be selected to win a messenger bag of their choice (1 each winner).            

    How to participate:

    • You don’t have to follow BlueRobotto.
    • Reblog this post to participate, only 1 reblog to prevent spam.
    • Likes count too.
    • If you win I should be able to contact you through your tumblr (very important).

    Things to consider:

    • Shipping to anywhere in the world, BlueRobotto will cover the shipping expenses.
    • Any question feel free to send a messege :)

    The givaway will end on Saturday October 25th, at 10:00 PM Central America time.

    Good luck to everyone who participates :D

    You can also contact BlueRobotto on twitter @bluerobotto if you want to ask anything.

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