Q: Do you have a DeviantArt? I'm trying to gauge if DeviantArt is still a worthwhile outlet for artwork. What's your opinion on DevArt? -Anonymous

I have one. I guess it wouldn’t hurt to link it (a ton of old stuff). It’s SUPER inactive.

My opinion on dA is that it was a great place to start for me (wistful flashbacks to my preteen days), and it was really my first art site and inspired me to draw a lot more. I don’t regret my time on deviantART. I connected with a lot of cool people there! (many of them have since moved to tumblr). I also enjoyed the art memes and collaborative activities, and the groups (when they started out).

However, in hindsight it was really hard to get exposure (REALLY hard) and the only way to find cool art was to look through what was popular or go deviant-hopping which was basically going through galleries of the friends of people I watched which gave me a pool of really similar styles. It was much more tedious to find stuff that inspired me. I think my style would have been fundamentally different and stagnant if I stuck with dA. It’s just so much easier to find a variety and abundance of art and inspiration on tumblr, and I think inspiration from other sources is what fundamentally drives my direction in art.

dA is a great place to host a cohesive gallery though. There are several people who have found success through dA. I just feel it’s much more difficult than tumblr. It’s also going out of style imo, and their commercial sector is terrible.

July 22nd 6
Q: do you think it's necessary to attend a portfolio building class? i feel very frozen when i do art because i feel like everything i make will not be a "portfolio-worthy" piece -Anonymous

Depends. I totally get your feeling though. That’s what I struggled with constantly in preparing my portfolio. I’m sure a portfolio building class will help, but know that it’s not a be-all end-all. The most important part of the class imo is getting another set of professional eyes on your work to make sure you’re on track. You don’t need to attend a specific portfolio class, getting constant and good feedback from people and artists you trust can be just as beneficial. If that means taking a portfolio preparation class for you, by all means. It certainly won’t hurt your chances. Good luck!

July 21st 5
Q: hi tori! i was wondering what kind of ink pens you used to draw the people in your sketchbook? do you have any recommendations for pens that work well with watercolor washes ;3; -Anonymous

The main ones I used were the Pilot G2 (not waterproof) and the Pentel Pocket Brush (water resistant). I also used microns (waterproof) but I’ve since stopped since they wear down easily. 

If you want pens that do well with washes, you’ll be looking for water resistant or waterproof inks. A friend recommended me Uniball Vision Elites, which do well. The Pentel Pocket brush also works if you want thicker lines. There are also plenty of inkwells that are waterproof if you like trying out dip pens or brush inking. 

July 20th 6
Q: i have a question do you enjoy the pain of weaboo nerds on the internet -bepsiboy

Let me answer your question with another: Does one enjoy what is essential for well being?

July 20th 3


DAY 5 - Your favorite outfit

trashy colors +  comfort is the way I go mostly. I’m trying to get a better fashion sense but I’m quite lazy >_>

Tori Niu

July 18th 30 via
Q: dont draw 20 shinkais crying dont listen to whatever kate tells you -bepsiboy

Uh, I actually was seriously contemplating an entire page of just toudou crying in various situations. Shinkai doesn’t sound bad either B) B) OvO OvO

July 16th 5


Colored Sketch Commissions, 10$ ea (add character + 10$). Digital only.

  • At most waist up
  • Simple/no background
  • Some NSFW allowed (please negotiate)
  • Payment through Paypal, USD

Email toriknew@gmail.com if you are interested. Payment must be received before I begin the commission.

Boosts are appreciated! Thank you!

July 14th 141 via
Q: I really like your art! Where do you get inspiration from or who inspires you? -Anonymous

Thanks! I did an Influence Map quite a while ago but my current main inspirations shift around a ton (I’m inspired by a ton of art but it would take a day and a half to say it all). Here’s a giant list of current inspos under the cut (may have overlap with the influence map).

Generally, I’m influenced by really cool and smart styles, really well rendered stuff, storytelling, character acting and interaction, as well as the passion and drive of artists themselves towards their goals >v<. Not all my influences are visual based either.

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July 9th 16

1) For someone going into animation like me, it’s like visual note taking about human behavior. Things you notice about people but forget unless you put it down in some form. Eventually you gain muscle memory about how stuff looks and moves and interacts and it’s super helpful getting understanding from the raw source.

2) Uhhh like taking stuff from art books and kinda just copying the strokes? An early example. It’s easier to copy stuff that’s more realistic instead of trying to copy more stylized abstract stuff. For the second part of your ask, you learn the muscles and movement by studying them in books, you look for them in real life and you adjust your understanding of how they look to your own taste.

3) Thanks! Do you mean making a base skeleton? I sometimes do a really rough outline so I don’t draw my figure off the page but often I just draw directly on the page. Depends on my intent. If you’re still figuring out what works for you, experiment with many different styles! You can also alternate between drawing methods. 

July 8th 10

Thank you for the birthday wishes!

July 8th 1