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This is Cosmo. He’s a spunky, 9 year old Lab/German Shepherd Mix. Cosmo is very talkative, friendly, sweet, and playful. About 2 weeks ago, we discovered a new mass on his chest. I’m afraid it just got worse from there.

Tuesday, October 14th, Cosmo’s throat seemed to swell up overnight. It was odd, we figured perhaps it was a spider bite. He was taken to the vet October 16th, and I’m afraid we got some bad news.

Cosmo was diagnosed with lymphoma [not sure what kind specifically]. The normal life expectancy for a dog with untreated lymphoma is about 4-6 weeks. He’s already having trouble eating, so we have to act fast.

Both me and my partner are unprepared for this, unfortunately. Chemo is expensive, but we love this dog and can’t bring ourselves to say goodbye just yet… not when we see him still getting up to comfort us while we cry over him. 

So as he stays strong, we have to stay strong for him too. We’re usually not ones to do this but we need your help to save this little guy. We’ve applied to Care Credit, but we already hit our limit and can’t remove the cap. We’ve also applied to numerous financial aid sites to see if we can receive some benefits. But everything takes time, which is something Cosmo seriously doesn’t have.

If you are able to help in any way, it would be appreciated, and you would make an old dog very happy.

Thanks for your time.


shadowtoon asked:

Dude, will I ever be as good as you? I seriously want to improve my art to your level. Is the art institute a good school, even with it's crazy costs?


Will you ever be as good as me?  Yes, and even better if you work hard. 

Is the Art Institute a good school?  Well…I wouldn’t recommend it personally.  I pretty much went for the degree, not what they could teach me.  Everything I learned and the skills that got me a job are all things I figured out by myself and on my own time.

Everything you probably admire about my doodles has nothing to do with, nor was it cultivated or fostered within that school.  It’s all just coming home after work, and drawing for hours on end, studying, experimenting, and overall just busting your hump.  There’s no other way around it, and no school can give you what you want.  You can go to school if you so choose, but don’t go to get better at art specifically.  That’s something that’ll come after you spend all your time drawing…and you can do that without saddling yourself with crippling debt.  Just a fair bit of advice.

In short, my best advice for improving your art is to be objective, diligent, and able to pick yourself back up after a failure and keep going.

That’s just my two cents.  Hope it helped.  Keep plugging away.


Tuesday Tips - FOLDS

More on folds today. I will eventually cover all types of folds but today is about simple folds on everyday clothes (t-shirt, jeans). The key is to know what to expect and then applying what you know to simplify what you see in front of you (when life drawing). A lot of the folds dynamics on shirts and jeans come from the “memory” of the fabric itself. Denim is thick and is likely to keep some form of wrinkles or folds around certain areas (knees). A lot of zig-zag patterns around the knee is very likely. When pushed down on the feet, the denim fabric will bunch up and combine with the zig-zag pattern. Shirts and t-shirts will react to the twist and pull of the arms and torso. Identify where the pull (or tension) is coming from and work from it. I tend to draw the seams because they clearly express the volumes underneath.




Hey Guys! I have a Patreon now! Please stop by and support it if you like my work and want to keep seeing more of it. It means a lot to me.

Hey guys,

I know I’ve reblogged this once today but I thought I’d add a few words explaining exactly how important this is for Tri.

Tri recently graduated from college with a BFA in animation and interactive media (animating + games and shit). This left her in a nasty amount of debt (like $75k or something absurdly dumb) which she is already very diligently paying off. 

On top of this, she’s paying for food, covering a portion of the cost for her parents having her in the house, pocketing money for our relationship (trans-Atlantic, costs $1k for just the flights) while trying to scrounge at least a few pennies each week to be able to spend on herself.

She’s currently working full time in retail which often means that even her weekends get taken up. This causes her to come home utterly exhausted and practically empty of any drive or enthusiasm when it comes to art. Of  course, she cant just stop working because that’s whats paying the bills but the job she’s stuck in means that she cant work on the professional and technical development she needs to really get a foot in her industry.

This means that every single dollar you contribute really does make a huge difference. That’s another dollar she doesn’t have to cover from retail work and instead allows her to focus on what she and those who follow her love; Her art.

Tri truly thrives on both her art and her interactions with all of you and seeing her able to do so really means the world to me. If you’re able to spare even a dollar a month, we would both be incredibly grateful and I can guarantee that Tri will put it to very good use.

I also realise that a lot of you are in similar situations and really don’t have the $ to spare. A reblog would still go a long way to spread her message so even that would be super helpful! (im gonna be reblobbing this post daily, sorry in advanced)

Thanks for the time


PS: Before you ask why I haven’t pledged on her page, there’s not really much point for me to do so. We both have savings accounts for spending on each other and seeing as patreon charges a small commission, we’ll just end up losing money for basically no reason

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