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Journal Entry: Thu Dec 4, 2014, 1:30 PM


I'm currently making a living out from my patreon by sharing my PSD, video, tutorial and other resources for a bi-weekly donated :) if you are interested in supporting me and helping me produce more content while getting special perks, please check my Patreon!

I'll be archiving all term rewards here to make it easier for my future patrons to look through : )
A term is pretty much half of a month or 2 weeks and each has their own unique rewards and perks to them.
If you are more interested in my tutorials, please check out my gumroad store : )
.FAQ.
Sakimichan Patreon FAQ !Here are some FAQs!


.MISC.
Q: What is Patreon ?
A: Patreon is kind of like kick starter except instead of getting funding on a single project and be done with it .It's more for those creators who seek support in a more stable way , more like getting a salary every month from a job: )
Q: What software do you use to make videos and record your voice?
A: I use Camasia 8, you can try it for free for a month then buy after , totally worth it ^_^
Q: what softwear do you use?
A: I use photoshop CS 6, but any Photoshop CS will do ^_^
Q: the mediafire download is extremely slow , is there any way I can fix it ?
A: Your fellow Patron came up with  a solution , please refer to it : )
.REWARDS.
Q: What do we get exactly?
A: Rewards or perks are pretty much my digital resources for every piece of art I post per term on






TERM 27 rewards (December 1-21)
Tutorial, video process, voice over tutorial,PSD, HI-RES jpg
Winter Melon Elf tutorial pack.promo. by sakimichanWinter Melon .Happy December. by sakimichanHoroscope series .sagittarius. by sakimichanDaisy by sakimichanFrosty by sakimichankrillin and Andoid 18 on a date by sakimichan

Christmas Elf tutorial pack .promo. by sakimichanNel by sakimichan

Mature Content

cat woman X Blackcat (YURI TAG) by sakimichan

Mature Content

Deadpool X Dante( YAOI TAG) by sakimichan
Yami yugi .nsfw optional. by sakimichanwinter deer prince speedpaint by sakimichan
B/w to color speedpaint voice over lesson .promo. by sakimichan


TERM 28 rewards (December 22-31)
Tutorial, video process, voice over tutorial,PSD, HI-RES jpg
Female Male face variation video tutorial pack by sakimichan
Pinup body variation vol1 tutorial pack.promo. by sakimichanNatsu and lucy .happy holiday . by sakimichan

Mature Content

Holiday Ahri sketch Teaser by sakimichan
Cammy Beach version.NSFW optional. by sakimichanReno . NSFW optional. by sakimichan

Mature Content

I need you .Yuri tag. Morrigan X Lilith by sakimichan

Mature Content

Gray X Natasu (YAOI TAG) by sakimichan
Soul Mate speedpaint voice over lesson .promo. by sakimichanSoul Mate by sakimichan




We are on this term--->TERM 29 rewards (January1-21)
Tutorial, video process, voice over tutorial,PSD, HI-RES jpg
simple smile tutorial pack.promo. by sakimichanWinged guardian original tutorial pack.promo. by sakimichanHoroscope series .Capricorn. by sakimichanRarity. modern portrait. by sakimichanLink Zelda by sakimichanRei by sakimichanAlucard.NSFW optional. by sakimichan

Mature Content

Under arrest .Yuri tag. Jinx XCait by sakimichan

Mature Content

Inuyasha X Koga (YAOI TAG) by sakimichan
Fran.NSFW optional. by sakimichanGesture Drawing voice over tutorial .promo. by sakimichan
























more rewards to come for this term ^_^


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Valentine's Day Art Exchange 2016!

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 11:44 AM
Og-preview by seoul-child

Digital love is in the air! Break out the candy hearts and crafting paper, because the Valentine’s Day Art Exchange is back! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, now’s the time to create digital valentines for your fellow deviants to share with their special someones.

Take part and spread the love!

Start now by creating a digital valentine to be submitted to the Valentine Exchange category. Then, from February 12th to 16th, deviations in the Valentine Exchange category can be sent as valentines to your friends and loved ones!

How it works

Submit

Create Valentine-themed deviations and submit them to the Valentine Exchange category.

Send

From February 12th to February 16th, a special “Send a Valentine” button will appear on deviation pages for deviations submitted to the Valentine Exchange category.

Share the love

Your friends will receive the deviation you send, along with your Valentine message, in their Notes.

Heart-filled hints

  • Deviations submitted to the Valentine’s Exchange category will be available for everyone to send. Avoid including specifics on your deviations - such as a deviant’s username, real name, etc.
  • Fallen in love with one of your previous designs? It’s okay! If you’ve included text suggesting it’s for a lover, you can change the design to look as though it were to a friend or from a secret admirer, and then resubmit it.
  • You can submit as many deviations to the category as you want.

February 12

Send your Valentine

Remember to come back on February 12th to celebrate the season of love with us! Not only will you be able to start sending valentines, but you’ll also see some special new additions to this very page.




In follow up of the obvious "how to" journals on both anatomy and color, I'm gonna continue this series with a how to on drawing every day.
Over the last year I've participated in many challenges that required me to do a drawing a day for a period of time. Most notably the color challenge and refinement challenge, but also a lot of speedpainting and daily sketching

. Over the past few years a lot of people have asked me how the hell I would manage to do a sketch every single day, so I figured it would be nice to share some of my own experiences, tips & tricks with you to help you step up your drawing game.


About time management


Priorities

Save The Kitten by Xinom
Every person has priorities in life. We deem one thing more important than the other, so we tend to do that first.
"I have no time for this"
is the equivalent of:
"There are other things that I deem more important, so I prefer to spend my time on those"
This isn't inherently good or bad. After all; some priority's are very valid (work, study, spending time with family/friends). It is, however, something to be aware of. If you're one of those "I have no time for drawing" types of people, this doesn't mean you really have no time to draw. It means other things in your life demand so much of your time that you end up with no time left for drawing. Figure out what these things are. Are they really that important for you? Is it really that impossible to squeeze in half an hour of doodling into your day, perhaps when waiting for the bus or having a break at work or school?


You don't have to put in a tremendous amount of time

Environment thumbnails - 20151208 by DamaiMikaz
You don't have to produce a full blown painting every single day. On some days you'll have all the time in the world and you can manage to do a full painting. On other days you'll only have 15 minutes and the only thing you can manage is a quick sketch on a scrap of paper. It doesn't really matter.
The act of drawing daily is mostly a way to maintain your skills. To keep your hands flexible, your brains up to par with drawing and your inspiration flowing. Unless you're planning up to end up at the high end of the art industry, there's no reason to force yourself to keep to meticulous 12-hour-a-day training schedules (and even then 12 hours a day isn't that healthy). It's quite the contrary. If you're a hobbyist, one of the most important things about art is to have fun while doing it.


Know your weapons of mass distraction

162/365 bloodborne 4 by snatti89
With managing your time, also comes to topic of distraction or procrastination. About things you don't deem useful but still spend a lot of time on. These are activities that are easy to cut time on. Think about things like watching Netflix, TV, using Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp... or browsing the internet in general. 
Be aware of your weapons of mass distraction. Only then can you make the conscious choice to sign off, turn off your computer or your phone, and focus on what you really want to do.



About your mindset


It doesn't have to be good

You always follow by Hellstern
Many people get hold back by their own mind when it comes to drawing.
"What if it doesn't look good?"
"What if I try drawing this pose and I can't pull it off?"
"What will people think of me?"
These are all very familiar thoughts for a lot of artists (and some very valid ones as well) but the thing is; these will get your nowhere.
Every single artist has suffered a moment of self-doubt. Most of them suffer more than just a moment of it. It's common. Not only you suffer from it, but there's a huge chance that amazing artist you follow suffers from it as well. We all do.

The difference is that some people decide to let the self-doubt paralyze them, while other people fight it as a boss and just keep on drawing.
Be one of those people that fights it like a boss! If you're afraid other people won't like your art, then don't publish it. You don't have to put your art on the internet. Hell, you don't even have to show it to your friends! Just keep it to yourself if you feel that keeps the pressure off for you. Of course you won't pull off drawing that new thing at once. Nobody does! And yes... people will always think things about you. Some good, some bad. You can't change that, so why bother? People's thoughts have no power of you unless you let them have that power. Confide in yourself as a person, in your ideas and your (growing) skill. 


You don't have to be inspired

Peggys rocks by beavotron
Not every drawing has to be inspired. The goal of drawing daily is... to draw every single day. It doesn't matter what you draw, as long as you sit down and make a drawing. Nobody is inspired 365 days a year. If you feel uninspired, just take a picture from another artist*, a landscape, an object in your room, and draw it!
*Note: when publishing a picture that's copied or highly referenced from another artist, credit that artist. Otherwise that might get you into trouble.


It becomes routine

Perspective practice by MugenMcFugen
I don't know if you ever started working out or training, but it's a familiar feeling. When you first start out in bad shape, the training hurts. Both physically and mentally (as you get confronted with your own lack of capabilities) and it's for that reason hard to stick with it. But when you do keep up with it, you'll gradually find it easier. You get in better shape. The training doesn't hurt that bad anymore. Instead you're fueled by seeing how you improve, and you try to keep pushing your body to its limits to see what you can do. And gradually the social part gets easier too. Saying "you're going off to gym" is no longer getting you weird stares, as people in your environment know that's what you usually spend your time on, and they get used to it soon enough.
Well, this whole thing goes for drawing. When you first draw, you suck. You'll get better over time, and you'll be fueled by your own improvement. When you first tell your friends/family you're not coming because you've got other things to do, they'll frown upon that. When you do it more often, they'll start accepting that as part of who you are.


borderland by ptromea

The bottom line of the story is; keep up going. It'll get easier in time :huggle:



Star! Star! Star!  Read my other how to's as well Star! Star! Star! 
How to: AnatomyHuman anatomy is, for sure, one of the hardest things to draw. But at the same time it's one of the most interesting things to draw, because... hey... we love making characters, and it's nice if they at least look a bit like a human being. I'm still far from perfect at drawing the human body, yet I've accumulated some very useful tips, tricks and websites.
Good exercises
Drawing from life

Drawing from life is awesome!
Look for life drawing classes in your environment, or if they're not available; ask your friends to pose for you. Go have a drink in the city when the weather is nice, and sketch people passing by. There's nowhere you learn more about human anatomy than by observing and sketching real people. There's only one downside to this; dynamic poses are tricky, as it's hard for any model to hold a difficult pose for a long time. 
And no... drawing (nearly) naked people in a drawing class isn't awkward. I
How to: ColorAs a follow up of my "How to: Anatomy" journal that was received so well by the community, I will continue this series with a how to on color.
Color is considered to be one of the hardest subjects when it comes to art. Most beginners (and even some advanced artists) struggle to get the colors of their work right. I myself do as well. This journal is by no means a full coverage on how to color. It will however be a good list of resources to get you started on this hard subject.
A few things to get started
There are a few things to color

There's hue and value. Hue determines what place in the color spectrum the color is in (red, green, blue.. etc). Value determines how dark or light a color is. In order to understand colors, you have to know how to influence and work with both of them.
Your brain is deceiving you

A Guide To Good-Looking Fire Breathers

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 11:37 AM
Img-00 by techgnotic














The dragon is a staple of so many fantasy stories that it can be difficult to keep up with them all.


Dragons in different universes abide by different rules; some are friendly, some are clever, some are pure evil, and some are trainable. What all dragons have in common is that in the realm of TV and movies, they need to look good to properly play their part in the story. There are hundreds of dragons that have shown up on screens throughout the years, so while this list does not claim to be any kind of definitive guide, these are five of our favorite representations of dragons on screen.



Smaug


There’s plenty not to like in the recent three-part film adaptation of The Hobbit. That isn’t to say the films didn’t have any redeeming qualities, though. Among them was Smaug, the dragon whose residence inside The Lonely Mountain is central to the story’s plot; bungling this character would have detracted from the quality of the overall series so immensely that it would’ve rendered the films more or less unwatchable. Smaug was well portrayed, as far as we’re concerned. He was majestic, powerful, and above all, clever. Credit is due to Benedict Cumberbatch, who voiced the dragon, but more than anything to the graphics team that brought Smaug to life.


His movements all appear lifelike and believable. Live-action dragons are extremely tough to make realistic, as evidenced by the almost limitless number of films and TV shows that have failed to do it well. The Hobbit films succeed brilliantly though, and viewers don’t have to suspend their disbelief one bit to be moved by this compelling creature.





Every Dragon In ‘How to Train Your Dragon’


One of the most impressive things about Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon is the sheer number and variety of dragons in the film. By creating different classes of dragons in a world where seeing a dragon is almost as common as seeing a pigeon, the animators had a hefty workload, but managed to create a myriad of unique, fantastically cartoonish dragons — each one of them a character worth getting to know.





Haku


Haku in Spirited Away has a special place on this list for being the only dragon who thoroughly stole our hearts away. Throughout the movie Haku aids and defends our protagonist, Chihiro, whose love ultimately saves his life. It isn’t just Haku and Chihiro’s relationship that makes this dragon special though.


At one point in the film, Haku is being pursued by a small air force of deadly-fast paper planes. He flies around and dodges them as long as he can in a memorable chase scene that delivers some of the most breathtaking animation in an already visually overwhelming film. Haku’s pure optic majesty — not out of the norm considering that the film was made by Studio Ghibli — and good-heartedness earns him high marks in our book.





Drogon, Rhaegal, Viserion


The dragons on Game of Thrones are special, no two ways about it. First, let's consider the fact that Daenerys Targaryen hatched three supposedly dormant dragon’s eggs into living, (fire) breathing dragons through some bizarre fire ritual we still don’t fully understand. It’s one of the more interesting origin stories in recent memory. The dragons get bigger and more ferocious with every season of the show, and charting that evolution presents the animators who make them with a unique challenge.


Still, they manage to make Rhaegal, Viserion, and Drogon some of the best-looking dragons that have ever graced the screen. Not skimping on production quality is what makes Game of Thrones the groundbreaking TV fantasy series that it is, and that philosophy applies to the show’s winged fire breathers, too.





Maleficent


Credit where credit is due: Maleficent, aka the wicked-witch-turned-dragon in Sleeping Beauty, might just be the scariest dragon to ever be featured in a film. She screams of “all the powers of hell!” before turning into a black and purple dragon who spits green fire. As the forest of thorns she recently created is engulfed, the interplay between colors — yellow and green flames, with black silhouettes contrasting against them in the foreground — makes the climactic fight scene in this film a visual feast. Maleficent set the standard for Hollywood dragons, and she continues to be a reliable benchmark even after almost 60 years.


















Your Thoughts


  1. We left video games out because their addition would really make this a complicated race, but who are some of your favorite video game dragons?
  2. Who is your favorite TV or movie dragon? Did your dragon make our list or would you have picked five completely different ones?
  3. No mythical creature commands quite the same amount of fanfare, awe, and fascination as the dragon. Why do you think the dragon is so pervasive in human culture?
  4. Is poor “Puff” still waiting in his cave for Jackie to visit?











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More updates comings soon!!

You may put all your queries here in this blog comments.

Tips & tricks


1. How to align your elements in custombox or journal?
Use the following code:

<div align="center">Content here</div>


You can change the alignment to left, right, center & justify by simply replacing the words as shown below

<div align="left">Content here</div>


2. How do you change the font-size in a custombox?
Use the following code:

<font size="1">Your text here</font>
<font size="2">Your text here</font>
<font size="3">Your text here</font>
<font size="4">Your text here</font>
<font size="5">Your text here</font>
<font size="6">Your text here</font>
<font size="7">Your text here</font>


The result:

Font size = 1
Font size = 2
Font size = 3
Font size = 4
Font size = 5
Font size = 6
Font size = 7


3. How to change your font in a Custombox/Journal?
Use the following tag to change your font in your custombox.

<font face="FONT NAME">Your text here</font>


Example
<font face="Comic Sans MS">Your text here</font>


Result
Your text here


Safe fonts to use

Serif Fonts
Georgia      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Palatino Linotype, Book Antiqua      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Times New Roman      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

Sans-Serif Fonts
Arial, Helvetica      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Arial Black, Gadget      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Comic Sans MS, cursive      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Impact, Charcoal      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Tahoma, Geneva      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Trebuchet MS, Helvetica     -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Verdana, Geneva      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

Monospace Fonts
Courier New, Courier      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Lucida Console, Monaco      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog


Combining "size" and "face"

Yes, it is possible to combine 'size' and 'face' (or other font properties) together to get a combined effect as below. Go ahead..Give it a try! ;)


Example
<font face="Comic Sans MS" size="5">Your text here</font>


Result
Your text here


4. How do you make a custom button? or How to make a clickable image for a custombox?
Use the following code to make an image clickable in your custombox:
Please note that you cannot make the image highlight on cursor hover as it normally does in case of a button.

<a href="URL"><img src="IMAGE_URL"/></a>


For example,

<a href="http://somrat.deviantart.com/"><img src="http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2010/163/c/6/c674dcf288d8b1510017bad0ea7be1d7.png"/></a>


*If you are using a custom background in your custombox then you've to put the above code in the "body text here.." part of it. For more details check F.A.Q. Q.9 of this journal.


5. How to add videos in custombox/journal?
Use this tag to insert your videos
<da:embed profile="video type" id="ID of the video" />


You can insert 3 types of videos in DA.
1) Youtube
2) Vimeo
3) deviantART film

Codes to insert each type of videos
<da:embed profile="youtube" id="ID of the video" />
<da:embed profile="vimeo" id="ID of the video" />
<da:embed profile="film" id="ID of the video" />


How to get your video codes?
Getting the ID of a video is really simple. Follow these steps to get your respective codes..

1) Open the video in your browser
2) Copy the URL and look for the code (as shown below)
*for DA films just get the thumbcode of it
3) Paste the code in their respective code (as shown below)

Demo URLs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEzhek5K0To&feature=g-vrec
http://vimeo.com/32121460
:thumb91547543:


Paste the video ID as shown below
<da:embed profile="youtube" id="fEzhek5K0To" />
<da:embed profile="vimeo" id="32121460" />
<da:embed profile="film" id="91547543" />


NOTE: If you want to get the Youtube bar please follow the tutorial below:



6. How do you get the URL address of your NOTE? or What URL address do you put in buttons or any hyperlink to let people goto your NOTE directly?
Use the following URL to use it in a button or as a hyperlink.

http://my.deviantart.com/global/notes/form.php?to_user=USERNAME


Example:

http://my.deviantart.com/global/notes/form.php?to_user=CypherVisor



TIP: You can use multiple usernames in the above code by inserting their usernames separated by commas as follows:

http://my.deviantart.com/global/notes/form.php?to_user=CypherVisor, Moonbeam13, fourteenthstar



Trick update given by AppleGummies



7. How to make a button a disabled one?
Just insert the following word in the button that you are using.

disabledbutton

For example, I take a button code from  the range of buttons (can be found here cyphervisor.deviantart.com/gal…).

I am using this button for my example.
Small Curvy buttons by CypherVisor


And the code that I'm using from this button is

<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="URL" class="smbuttonsmbutton-normal smbutton-small smbutton-curvy"><span class="post">I love my buttons very muchdiv</span></a></div>


How to get the disabled button?

Insert disabledbutton in the code.

<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="URL" class="smbuttonsmbutton-normal smbutton-small smbutton-curvy disabledbutton"><span class="post">I love my buttons very muchdiv</span></a></div>

The result:



*NOTE: Put the word disabledbutton only along with the other button classes such as gmbutton2r, sm-button etc.


8. How to insert a bigger thumb in your custombox/journal?
Just insert the word big in the thumbcode that you are using.

Example


Normal thumbcode---> :thumb136916642:
Innocent Dream by CypherVisor


Big thumbcode---> :bigthumb136916642:
Innocent Dream by CypherVisor



Even Bigger thumbcode---><da:deviation width="500" id="136916642">

Innocent Dream by CypherVisor


Use any number in the width if you want to increase the size of the deviation.

EXAMPLE: <da:deviation width="600" id="136916642">

Innocent Dream by CypherVisor




Alternate Custom Thumbnail code (NOT for literature thumbs): <a href="DEVIATION_URL"><img src="DEVIATION_IMAGE_URL" width="500"></a>

Where, DEVIATION_URL is the URL address of the deviations (the URL address of a deviation is present in the address bar of your browser when you open it in a new tab or page) and DEVIATION_IMAGE_URL is the direct image link of the deviation. (check FAQ#17 here to know how to copy the direct IMAGE URL of your deviation or for that matter any image)

EXAMPLE:<a href="http://cyphervisor.deviantart.com/art/Innocent-Dream-136916642"><img src="http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs51/i/2009/256/a/b/Innocent_Dream_by_somrat.jpg" width="500"></a>







9. How to create the donate button/ Add to watch direct URL?
Well, that's a very easy to do.

Donate points direct link:

http://USERNAME.deviantart.com/?givepoints


Replace the USERNAME  with your own (as shown below):

http://CypherVisor.deviantart.com/?givepoints



Watchers direct link:

http://my.deviantart.com/deviants/add/USERNAME


Replace the USERNAME  with your own (as shown below):

http://my.deviantart.com/deviants/add/CypherVisor



Now, use these URLs in any button code or any hyperlink that you want.

Also, note that please do not try these links with your own usernames because neither can you give your points to yourself nor watch yourself! :)



10. How to float images (or any element) in a custombox? or How do you place text and image side-by-side in your widget?
Use the following code to float your images (or any element) in a custom box.

To float elements to the LEFT:
<div class="al"></div>


To float elements to the RIGHT:
<div class="ar"></div>


Example:

<div class="al">:thumb299697102:</div>LoremIpsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. LoremIpsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book.





11. How to change the color of hyperlinks?
First of all, this is an extension of the FAQ #11 given below.

So, if you know how to create hyperlinks using the <a> HTML tag and want to change the color of your hyperlinks then follow these steps:

1) Create your desired hyperlink by using the <a> tag (follow FAQ #11 if you do not how to do it)
2) Take your desired text color code from HERE (Only the colors mentioned there are available)
3) Replace the text inside the <a>...</a> with the color code
4) Done!


Example:

Let your hyperlink be the following:

<a href="YOUR_URL">YOUR_CUSTOMIZED_TEXT</a>



Now let's take the GREEN text color code from HERE (You can take any color code you want)

Here's the green text color code:
<div class="pager-select"><div class="enabled_subscription" align="justify">Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book.</div></div>


Now, replace the "YOUR_CUSTOMIZED_TEXT" with the color code as follows:

<a href="YOUR_URL"><div class="pager-select"><div class="enabled_subscription" align="justify">YOUR_COLORED_TEXT</div></div></a>


In the above example, I have just replaced the "Lorem Ipsum..." with YOUR_COLORED_TEXT for the sake of understanding.




*PLEASE NOTE you can’t use the above code to change username colors that are generated by :devUSERNAME: or @USERNAME codes.

However, you can change a USERNAME color by tweaking the above code by writing as follows:

<a href="http://cyphervisor.deviantart.com/">CypherVisor</a>






F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions)


1. Is it possible to make more button with different colors other than which are already provided?
No. It is not possible. There are no more colors for buttons that is being defined in the DA website for your use. If anything new comes up I'll provide it to you.


2. How do I put my own URL in the custombox buttons?
Replace the text URL in any button code that you are using by your own URL

Example:

The button code:

<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="URL" class="smbuttonsmbutton-normal smbutton-small"><span class="post">I love my buttons very much</span></div>

Using your own URL:

<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="http://somrat.deviantart.com/" class="smbuttonsmbutton-normal smbutton-small"><span class="post">I love my buttons very much</span></div>


3. How do I put my own Text in the custombox buttons?
Replace the text I love my buttons very much in any button code that you are using by your own text

Example:

The button code:

<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="URL" class="smbuttonsmbutton-normal smbutton-small"><span class="post">I love my buttons very much</span></div>

Using your own URL:

<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="URL" class="smbuttonsmbutton-normal smbutton-small"><span class="post">Click to view my gallery</span></div>


4. Where would the FAIR/UNFAIR or YES/NO button lead? Does they have a counter or poll in-built?
Fair Unfair buttons by CypherVisor Yes No button by CypherVisor

The FAIR/UNFAIR or YES/NO are just buttons with your own URL address. It shall lead to whatever URL address you provide in their codes. And they do not have any counter or poll inbuilt.


5. Is it possible to have table inside a Custombox?
No. Its not possible.


6. Is it possible to have Content-holder boxes of custom colors?
Yes to an extent. Here's a tutorial for you: Content-Holder Background tutorial

You'll also find different colors of content holder boxes in my gallery folder. (Click "Customboxresouces" from the menu at the top of this journal to view them)

Plus, you can use the button codes (Buttons as Content-Holder boxes) to write your content inside it. There are many colors of button to choose from!


7. Is it possible to have scroll-bars inside a Custombox?


8. How do I put buttons next to each other in a Custombox?
Simply do not put any line-break (or in simple words, don't put the codes in the next line). Instead, put them in the same line.

For example, Let us take the codes of the button below (You can get more buttons here.. cyphervisor.deviantart.com/gal…)
Small Buttons by CypherVisor


Wrong way to put the buttons together after one another

<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="URL" class="smbuttonsmbutton-normal smbutton-small"><span class="post">I love my buttons very much</span></div>

<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="URL" class="smbuttonsmbutton-blue smbutton-small"><span class="post">I love my buttons very much</span></div>




Correct way to put the buttons together after one another

<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="URL" class="smbuttonsmbutton-normal smbutton-small"><span class="post">I love my buttons very muchspan>div><div class="thumb-holder"><a href="URL" class="smbuttonsmbutton-blue smbutton-small"><span class="post">I love my buttons very much</span></div>


9. How to get my custom background behind a content-holder box?
You simply need to replace the body text here.. with the content-holder box of your choice code.

For example, let us take the codes from the custom box background tutorial and the extruded content-holder box as given below. [You can get more content-holder boxes here.. somrat.deviantart.com/gallery/…)
Custom-box Background Tutorial by CypherVisor EXTRUDED content-holder box by CypherVisor


Now, you get the codes from each of them

Custom-box background code
<div class="popup2-moremenu"><div class="floaty-boat"><br><img src="URL"/>div>div><div class="gr-box gr-genericbox"><br>Body text here..</div>

Content-holder box code
<div class="gr-box gr-headless"><i class="gr1"><i><i class="gr2"><i><i class="gr3"><i><div class="gr-body"><div class="gr"><div class="pp"><div align="center"><b>CONTENT HEADING HERE</b></div><br>Body text here..</div></div></div><i class="gr3 gb"><i class="gr2 gb"><i class="gr1 gb gb1"></div>

As said above, now put the content-holder box code in the custom box background code by replacing the body text here..

<div class="popup2-moremenu"><div class="floaty-boat"><br><img src="URL"/>div>div><div class="gr-box gr-genericbox"><br><div class="gr-box gr-headless"><i class="gr1"><i><i class="gr2"><i><i class="gr3"><i><div class="gr-body"><div class="gr"><div class="pp"><div align="center"><b>CONTENT HEADING HERE</b></div><br>Body text here..</div></div></div><i class="gr3 gb"><i class="gr2 gb"><i class="gr1 gb gb1"></div></div>



10. Can I change the text/font color in my custom widget boxes?
Yes, you can change to some colors. Here's a list of colors and their respective codes: cyphervisor.deviantart.com/art…


11. How to use hyperlinks with different text?
If you want to have a link (or URL) displayed to a customized text then use the following code:

<a href="YOUR_URL">YOUR_CUSTOMIZED_TEXT</a>



Example:
<a href="http://cyphervisor.deviantart.com/journal/CustomBox-Journal-Tips-n-Tricks-Updated-08-June-13-299697102">Custombox F.A.Q. + Tips and tricks</a>


Result:




12. How do you insert an image in your Custom box or journal?
Use the following code to insert and image in your  Custom box or journal.

<img src="IMAGE_URL"/>



Example:
<img src="http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2013/069/d/6/fella_by_cyphervisor-d5xk416.png"/>


Result:




13. How do you resize an image in your Custom box or journal?
Just use the width or height property in your <img> tag in F.A.Q. #12 as shown below:

<img width="300" src="IMAGE_URL"/>


or

<img height="200" src="IMAGE_URL"/>


or you can use both width and height together

<img width="300" height="200" src="IMAGE_URL"/>

*Please note: If you use width and height together then you might change the resolution of the image disproportionately.




14. How do I get rid of the arrow symbols in my links/URLs and buttons?
If you haven't noticed it yet. DA always put an arrow symbol when you are trying to use an "external link" (for example a facebook.com link or a tumblr.com link) in the <a> tag or a button code (as below).



NOTE: The arrow is displayed only when you are using an external link! It WILL NOT display the arrow if you are using a DA link. (such as a link to someone's profile page in DA or a deviation link etc.)


The simple solution to get rid of that is by pre-fixing the below URL in your <a> tag or a button code URL:


http://deviantart.com/users/outgoing?



Example:
Let your external link be: http://facebook.com/


Solution:
BUTTON CODE:
<div class="thumb-holder"><a href=" http://deviantart.com/users/outgoing?http://facebook.com/" class="smbuttonsmbutton-normal smbutton-small"><span class="post">I love my buttons very much</span></a></div>

<a>tag:
<a href="http://deviantart.com/users/outgoing?http://facebook.com/">Facebook</a>


Result:


This fix was found by Gasara


15. How do I get rid of the bold text in my links/URLs and buttons?
You may have noticed if you use the above trick (FAQ #13) to get rid of the arrow or in general while inserting links in your journal or widgets you get your links bold as below:



To get rid of the bold text use the following code for your text inside your <a> tag or a button code:

<div class="devlinkzone"><b>YOUR_TEXT</b></div>


Solution:
BUTTON CODE:
<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="http://facebook.com/" class="smbuttonsmbutton-normal smbutton-small"><span class="post"><div class="devlinkzone"><b>I love my buttons very much</b></div></span></a></div>

<a>tag:
<a href="http://facebook.com/"><div class="devlinkzone"><b>Facebook</b></div></a>


Result:



16. How do I get the direct link to my Llama giving page/ Cake giving page?
You can provide a direct link to other deviants which redirects them to a page that will take them directly to a page where they can gift you a llama. Yes, even without visiting your page and clicking on the "Give" button on the top-right corner and then clicking on the "Give a llama badge" menu they can bypass it and goto a page and give you a llama.


Llama page direct link:


Here's how you do it:

1) Log out from your page and login to deviantart using another account. (Otherwise you can tell you friend to do this for you ;) )

2) After logging into the other account go to your page and click on the "Give" button and then click on "Give a Llama badge" menu from the dropdown. (as shown above)

3) In the pop-up window that opens (as shown below), right-click on the "Terms and Conditions for Points" and click on “Open in new tab” or “Open in a new window”



4) In the new browser tab or page that opens Copy the URL address (as shown below) and that my friend, is the direct link to your llama page! ;)



Cake page direct link:

For the cake page follow the same steps as given above but this time you just select "Give a Cake Badge". :)



17. How do I copy the image URL (or deviation image URL or deviation image link)?
To copy the URL of an image that appears on a page do the following:

Please follow the steps according to the browser that you are using!!

Internet Explorer

   1. Click on the desired picture with the right mouse button
   2. Select Properties from the menu
   3. Highlight the address appearing under Address (URL):
   4. Press Ctrl-C (shortcut key to copy the URL)

Mozilla Firefox

   1. Click on the image with the right mouse button.
   2. Choose "Copy Image Location" from the menu.

Safari and Opera

   1. Click on the desired image with the right mouse button (or holding down Ctrl while clicking with the left or only button).
   2. Select "Copy Image Address" from the menu.

Google Chrome

   1. Click on the image with the right mouse button
   2. Select "Copy Image URL" from the menu that comes up

HINT: An Image URL always ends with an image extension such as .jpg or .png or .gif etc.

Example: http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2013/069/d/6/fella_by_cyphervisor-d5xk416.png


18. Can I change the icons of my widgets?
No, you can't!



Deviant Spotlight: Beyond Halo

Wed Jan 13, 2016, 12:23 PM
Discover the techniques used in these four artworks as the artists behind them share their processes and the thoughts that drove their work.






880x440 by seoul-child
  • Deviant Spotlight

Discover the techniques used in these four artworks as the artists behind them share their processes and the thoughts that drove their work.




Andrew Gibbons

:iconandrew-gibbons:Andrew-Gibbons
  • Artist
  • Professional
  • Digital Art
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How did you create your piece of work?

I started in Photoshop with some super loose sketching just trying to place Locke and what was going to be duel wielded Needlers. From there I chucked in some values to get rid of the flatness of the white and then threw on some colour.

For this piece I worked mostly on one layer making a 2nd layer when I approached something I wasn’t sure about and collapsing down when it looked ok. I worked this way for the whole piece just adding and subtracting detail to best show the parts I wanted to be seen most.. the face! I ended up going with a single gun for more a dramatic lighting of Locke’s face.

Andrew-Gibbons

Do you have a specific meaning or imagery behind your piece? If so, can you explain it?

“I wanted the piece to be dark, hunting down members of your own faction is a bit of a dark thing and the Needler looks like a ‘hunters’ kind of gun, all spikey and primal looking it just felt like a good fit.

This gun is my favourite design from the Halo series and gave me a good way to keep the light on Lock’s expression. There’s countless starring down a gun images for halo but I tried to do it a bit different and I like the mood I ended up with.”

Andrew-Gibbons

What are you most excited about in the new game?

“I’m most interested in the campaign, Locke vs Master Chief looks like it has potential to be interesting and the world looks pretty great from what I have seen.”

Andrew-Gibbons

Dylan Beazley

:icondjbshadow:DJBshadow
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How did you create your piece of work?

“I created my art in photoshop and with a tablet. Pretty standard. I have linked a Youtube video process if you want to check that out.”

DJBshadow

My meaning behind my art.

“I wanted Cortana and John to be the center of the piece and show blue team would always have John's back because they are pretty much family. All while John is trying to get to Cortana. I wanted John to look Lifeless,distraught and at loss of words.

He was in a situation where he lost someone close to him and is chasing ghosts. I wanted Cortana struggling with her decisions and being super emotional in the background, for reasons I can't say (spoilers)

If you are a big fan of Halo you probably would have noticed Cortana's chip in the center and in that blue teams symbol. Anther little sign that all together they are blue team, a team of 5. I also got all blue teams numbers on the chest in brail for those little details!”

DJBshadow

Do you have a favorite Halo Character? If so, who is it and why?

“Hmmm I am going to be cheap and put John and Cortana as one body. I feel they contrast each other perfectly. I like that through every halo you are the Master Chief and Cortana has always been by your side. John has only just recently been opening up a little and Cortana is becoming a little more closed. The character development is my favorite thing in the Halo games.”

DJBshadow

Kate McGlew

:iconsnugglefactory:SnuggleFactory
  • Artist
  • Hobbyist
  • Artisan Craft
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How did you create your piece of work?

Master Chief has a wire support skeleton which is fully posable, this allowed me to find his centre of balance which allows him to stand happily on his own. A heap of hot glue helped to hold the wire skeleton together and create a wide and stable base for his feet.

His wire skeleton is surrounded by stuffing and soft minky fabric to build up the shape of his body. His body base is just a plain grey minky, which looked quite average until the armour pieces started to come together. All green and gold parts were hand patterned, computer digitized and machine embroidered, and then attached to the body by hand.

There were 13 different embroidery designs and a total of 19 individual pieces of embroidery that came together to make up Master Chief's armour.

SnuggleFactory

What made you want to participate?

“Because it was a contest for Halo, It's a game my partner and I love, and we've played through the games together. I'd never made a humanoid plush before, but I thought this would be a great opportunity to try.”

SnuggleFactory

What am I most excited about for the new game?

“Finding out why Locke is hunting Master Chief, and also to find out of they can save Cortana from rampancy!”

SnuggleFactory

Who is my favourite character and why?

“This is a tough choice between Master Chief and Cortana, but I would have to say Master Chief, due to his strong sense of loyalty, plus he doesn't make a girl a promise he can't keep.”

SnuggleFactory

Scott Jackson

:iconlostdecay:LostDecay
  • Artist
  • Professional
  • Digital Art
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Do you have a favorite Halo Character? If so, who is it and why?

“Master Chief. He's a bad-ass in armour who charges through a mission and gets it done!”

LostDecay

How did you create your piece of work?

“In Corel Painter, I used a chalk brush and started a handful of sketches. I settled on the sketch with the Chief facing his back to the camera and started blocking in more detail with a simple colour pallet in mind.”

LostDecay

Do you have a specific meaning or imagery behind your piece? If so, can you explain it?

“Yes. He has the empty AI chip in his hand and a MA5 in another. The empty chip he carries with him on a chain like a dog-tag symbolizing the loss of Cortana, and the rifle he still holds resembling the duty he still carries out despite his loss.

In addition, in the distance is a Halo ring displayed between some forerunner towers, giving the impression the Chief has a Halo above his head, an angel, a guardian for Humanity.”

LostDecay




PE: Decorating Your Profile

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 3:21 PM by SimplySilent:iconsimplysilent:
:iconprojecteducate:
:iconprojecteducate:


Community Week

Your profile page is the first thing people will see when they click on your name, so it's very important to leave a good impression! This article will provide some useful tips and tricks for both premium and non-premium members who want to convert their profile into their own, unique page. First off, some Do's and Don'ts of profile decoration:

Do:


  • Use dA's profile widgets-- there are lots of great options to chose from
  • Show off some art (that's what people are here for!)
  • Express your personality through colors, stamps, gifs, etc.


Don't:


  • Add so many images that your profile takes forever to load
  • Use garish or headache-inducing colors
  • Make text difficult to read with dark backgrounds


Non-Premium Widgets


While many widgets are restricted or locked for non-premium members, there are still a variety of great widgets that you can add to your profile, even without a membership.

  • Gallery: Featured Deviation*, Newest Deviations*
  • Faves: Favorites*
  • Prints: Wishlist*, Prints*, Featured Print*, I Just Sold...
  • Misc: deviantID*, Critiques*, Donate Points*, Watchers, Friends, Journal, Journal History, Webcam, Groups, Commissions

The widgets marked with a * have a text box that can be customized with thumbs, images, gifs, stamps, plz accounts, and more (all are covered later on in the journal). If you click the pencil in the right hand corner of these widgets, there will be a text box that you can fill up with all sorts of awesome decorations, even if you are a not a premium member!

Wishlist by SimplySilent
^ You can fill this text box with whatever content you'd like!


Premium Widgets


:star: Premium Membership Required

Along with all of the widgets mentioned above, premium members can also use the following widgets to decorate their pages. Once again, widgets marked with a * have a textbox that can be used for adding decorations.

  • Gallery: Gallery Folder*
  • Faves: Collection*
  • Misc: Custom*, Delicious Bookmarks*, Polls, Visitors, Twitter, Shoutbox, Forum


Custom Box Backgrounds


:star: Premium Membership Required

One of the great features that comes with a premium membership is the ability to add backgrounds to your custom boxes. Click the little pencil button to edit your custom box, and copy the following into the text area:
<div class="popup2-moremenu"><div class="floaty-boat"><br><img src="IMAGE URL HERE"/></div></div><div class="gr-box gr-genericbox"><br>TEXT HERE</div>

4 by SimplySilent
Background from gasara.deviantart.com/art/Fest… by Gasara

Please note that custom box backgrounds are called that "custom box" for a reason. Backgrounds cannot be added to regular widgets the same way they are for the Custom Box widget. While the custom box background code will work in all widgets, the background will cover the content of your widget (ie. a background added to a Featured Deviation Widget will cover the featured deviation). Learn more about this in my Profile Presentation: Tips and Tricks article.

Links to get started:


Custom Box FAQ:

My background doesn't completely fill my custom box widget. How can I fix that?
This means that your background has too small of a width. You will have to manually fix that by making your background larger using some image software (Photoshop, etc.) or using a different image.

How can I have an animated custom box background?
You can use .png, .jpg, or .gif images for your custom box background. If you want an animated background, make an animated .gif image, and use the same custom box background code explained above to add it to your profile.


Custom Box Resources


:star: Premium Membership Required

Now that we have our backgrounds, the next place we should visit is the Custom Box Resources gallery folder at CustomizeYourProfile. Here you can get all sorts of neat resources such as content holder boxes and customizable buttons. All you have to do is copy and paste the codes into your custom box.

Big buttons by CypherVisorWhite Content-Holder Boxes by CypherVisorWarning Content-holder boxes (Red N Green body) by CypherVisorFella buttons v1 by CypherVisorColored Text (Custom box) - More colors by CypherVisor



Fonts


Remember that you don't have to stick with the default fonts for your profile. Make your profile more interesting by using different fonts!

To change the size: <font size="#">Text</font>
To change the font: <font face="FONT NAME">Text</font>
To change the color: fav.me/d6i4keq

You can also use <h1>, <h2>, <h3>, etc. to make different headings.

More detailed guide to fonts here:



Images and GIFs


To add images to your profile/journals use the following code:
<img src="IMAGE URL HERE">

The Image URL can be found by right-clicking over any image on the web and selecting the option that is most similar to "Copy Image URL". Please note that the Image URL is not the URL of the page that the image is on.

Image (not clickable): vs. thumb (clickable): Kawaii Button: Commish Open by miemie-chan3 by miemie-chan3

You can also link images so that they act like buttons. For example, if you want to link an image like the one above to a different page (such as your commission journal), copy and paste the following:
<a href="NEW PAGE URL"><img src="IMAGE URL HERE"></a>

Serves as a button to go to projecteducate


To change the size of your image:
<img src="IMAGE URL HERE" width="#" height="#">

You can change either width or height, or both:


Set only width to 200 pixels: <img src="IMAGE URL HERE" width="200">


Set both width and height to 200 pixels: <img src="IMAGE URL HERE" width="200" height="200">



Stamps


Let people know what kind of person you are by adding some stamps to your page! Just copy the thumb codes (:thumb000000000:) onto your profile/journal. Thumbnail Code Help Animated :howtothumb: by MamaELM

I love kawaii by prosaixExtinction Stamp by Kezzi-RoseDay Dreamer Stamp by Sora05


Links to get started:



Plz Decorations


There are tons of plz accounts for decorating out there, such as those that make borders like these:

:iconbummy1::iconbummy2::iconbummy3: :iconfall1-plz::iconfall2-plz::iconfall3-plz::iconfall4-plz::iconfall5-plz::iconcoffeedonut4plz::iconcoffeedonut1plz::iconcoffeedonut2plz::iconcoffeedonut3plz::iconcoffeedonut4plz:

These can be used on profiles, journals, and artwork descriptions by both premium and non-premium members. To use these, copy: :iconUSERNAME:

For example, the first divider can be added by typing:  :iconbummy1::iconbummy2::iconbummy3:

Links to get started:



Dividers


Just copy the thumb codes (:thumb000000000:) onto your profile/journal.

Spinning Bone Divider (Lt Blue w/ Outline) - F2U! by Drache-Lehre Pixel - CherryBun Cherry Div by firstfearPumpkin Divider - Free by etNoir 

Links to get started:



Music/Videos


See CypherVisor's "How to add videos in custombox/journal?" section in his Tips and Tricks tutorial.

Mini Youtube Player embeddable code by CypherVisor


Groups


Looking for more resources? Check out the galleries of these groups which focus on collecting decorations for your page!

:icondazzlingdecorations: :iconcustomizeyourprofile::iconpretty-pages:


:#1: Now go and make your profile pages shine! :dummy:

Good luck, and I'd love to see how you guys decorate your pages! :giggle:


Part II: More tips and tricks


Want more decorating tips? Check out the next article for more profile tricks and examples of great design!






It's here! 5,000 watchers!

5000watchersomgnowaiwut by Rainbow-Rocket

Wow! Thank you SO much guys! We cannot believe how much support from you guys we have received, its staggering to think about where we were last year to where we are now. Not only are we celebrating an amazing milestone of 5,000 watchers but we are coming up on our 1 year anniversary and 60,000 page views too! That is incredible! 

On February 20th of 2015 we sat down and decided to learn how to plush. It was hard at first - super hard - but with patience we began to grow as artists. With our growth came so much, and not just in our business and skill levels. We started out small, but now we don't just have watchers, we feel like we have built a solid and caring community of amazing people like you. We have done so much, achieved so much, and we cannot wait to see what the years to come bring... 

So to mark all these AMAZING goals we have or are about to break, we have chosen to do a raffle for one of our custom handmade plushies of any size... within reason! We want to have a chance to give back to you guys. <3

_______________________________________________________________________________

Rules

  • Favorite this journal and leave a comment! (we expect this to get pretty popular so this is how we will be keeping track - if you dont fav and comment you won't be entered)
  • You must be a watcher.
  • Please understand that waiting time for plushies won from this contest may be 3 - 6 months.
  • NEW WATCHERS MAY JOIN!
  • You do not have to post your real name for the facebook/twitter confirmation. Simply state that you have followed on either.
  • ONE ENTRY PER PERSON ALLOWED (This means you may only use ONE account.. Please don't make us kick you for being unfair.)

Prizes


First entry drawn -
One large plush - no overly complicated designs please!
One free digital copy of our guide to sewing - plush basics when we release it in summer 2016.


Second entry drawn -
One chibi plush - no overly complicated designs please!
One free digital copy of our guide to sewing - plush basics when we release it in summer 2016.


Third entry drawn
One Pokémon Micro plush- no overly complicated designs please!
One free digital copy of our guide to sewing - plush basics when we release it in summer 2016.


How to Enter


Favorite this journal to enter and leave a comment (If you do not leave a comment you will not receive a number for this raffle! Please read this carefully) - that's all you need to do. You can earn more entries to this raffle by doing any or all of the below tasks! For every entry you will receive one number. You can earn up to 5 entries if you do all the below tasks as well as fav'ing this journal.


  • First person to screenshot for us the 5,000 mark and send it to us will get +2 entries KlttyCannon won!
  • Create a journal to advertise this raffle +1 entry
  • Tell us why you want to win in your journal +1 entry
  • Like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rainbowrocket) and add to your entry+1 entry
  • Follow us on Twitter (Rainbowrocket_) and add to your entry +1 entry


______________________________________________________________________________


Deadline

February 20th 2016 - our one year anniversary! 


We have begun assigning numbers! PLEASE DO NOT POST MORE THAN ONCE! If you have already posted, you can either edit or reply to your FIRST comment. If we have missed something, we will come edit or add to our own entry. This will prevent us from counting you twice whilst we go threw each page. If we see we have counted you twice we will be forced pull you from the raffle. We have a very strategic system for this, we will see if we have you more than once. 


Thank you,
Rainbow and Rocket



  • Mood: Wow!
life drawing 5 by algaegoblin
'Life Drawing 5' by algaegoblin

Do you know how to sketch human figures but do you want to refine your anatomy skills? Or do you not know anatomy at all and you are tired to trust your imagination? Did you notice you create disproportions in your drawings?
If you are aspiring artists and you already have your own style, you might as well believe you have no need of a guide, but you are wrong. Before exaggerating human proportions and begin to have your own style, you first have to know the basics. 
This little guide is the result of an accurate research and 5 years of high school of art, and it's created for all those who want to learn something new or just make a useful review.
For those who have already studied art, my suggestion is to go to step 6 or trying to repeat all steps in Digital format. 


STEP 1

First of all, if you want to learn faster you should draw using traditional tools.  It may seem a stupid or banal rule but it is not. 
You will need a piece of paper and a pencil, preferably a medium-hard pencil or HB ("H" stands for "hardness," while "B" stands for "blackness"). If you  have already familiarity with this hard drawing medium you could obtain different soft pencils instead: B, 2B and 4B will be fine. A putty rubber and a white rubber from a good brand will work fine. 
However, I'm not here to describe which tools are better for drawing traditionally, and for me a hoe would work fine as well: it's the passion that counts!

My tools by thepunisherone

 Now that you have a pencil and F4 paper (F2 is less thick and if you erase often you could ruin it, that's why F4 is ideal) you can start your work. You can also make out with A4 paper which is thicker than normal,  otherwise you will pass the sheet if you use a hard mine (or if your hand is too heavy, if you know what I mean...). 
Well, now that you have the tools, sharpener included, get in a bright spot of your house, preferably on an inclined surface (otherwise your future drawing will look in perspective, and you may not be happy with the result!) and copy the hand your not using for drawing. Try not to erase too much. Try to grasp the structure of your hand through many sketches in which you should only draw the outlines of your hand and fingers, you should forget about the shading for a moment. 
Fill the paper with these sketches of your hand in different poses and please include your wrist if you can. Continue your workout every 2/3 days (preferably daily) for 2 weeks, what am I saying?  Do it until you could see significant improvements! 
Write the date on each work you have done and keep them carefully without rubbing them. The first step to be a good artist is to give value to your works. When the hand really looks like a hand and not a mass of sausages then you're ready for Step 2.

The result will be similar to this, only the folds of flesh and contours of the hands should be visible.
HANDS training by Washu-M

Hand proportions work this way...
Hand Tutorial -Tips+Reference- by Qinni Hand Tutorial 2 by Qinni


STEP 2

So now we better move to the second point. Ok guys, do you remember your own hand? That hand you copied so many times, that fist, that cramp that came while you deformed it? Here you are, you should repeat the procedure but this time you will not have to copy only the outlines of your fingers. You must work hard and point on your hand the dramatic light of a lamp, because this time you should draw your hand and shade it. 
If you are drawing using a HB  pencil then shade using a B or 2B. You will realize soon that it is not so difficult to find the darkest points: the hard part is not to make the whole drawing uniformly black or uniformly gray and creating well balanced halftones. 
You may find some difficulties, yeah right! all normal, because in fact you're seeing your hand in colors (as long as you're not color blind) and you're just simplifying your hand colors using the greyscale instead. So, don't give up! It was hard for everyone at the beginning.
Repeat this exercise every 2/3 days until you can see a clear difference between the first hand  (remember to write the date on the drawings!) and the last hand you drew. Are you satisfied with your improvemente?  Good, because you will have more fun following STEP 3. 

These are practical examples of a good result.
  A study in hands 2 by Spectrum-VII
Hand anatomy by Elthenstorm



STEP 3

Since you are already conversant with your left hand (or right that it is) and you say you know it by heart (if you say so...), now I'm asking you to take your colored pencils and do an experiment. This time I'm asking you NOT to do a preliminary sketch in pencil of your drawing: just draw one or both of your feet, using colored pencils only on semi rough paper F4 of different colors (I recommend a white, a grey, a blue and a black for a good start). Again, do not stop until the result satisfies you. Write the date on the work because now the interesting part begins.
The result should be similar to these, of course in colors.
FEET sketches by Washu-M Feet Study 2 - Steps by irysching

Feet proportions works this way...
+TUTORIAL-Feet drawing guide+ by goku-no-baka



STEP 4

Now that you have experimented with various techniques and you quite understand how your hands and feet are made, you need a model for understanding how the face works. 
Ask one of your friends, your parents, if nobody wants to pose for you then use a picture (but it's always better to do life drawings first!). As tools you will need a ballpoint pen, preferably black or blue, and a white smooth paper (A4 copy paper is fine too). Now make a copy of the person in front of you (face, neck and shoulders), and remember well that you can not/must not erase this time! Yes, I'm evil. Try to do several sessions of the same person until the drawing is really similar to the original and recognizable from others. 
Begin with a front and profile view, then try out 3/4. 
Cacophony by Anapath
'Cacophony' by Anapath

The proportions of the human face work this way...
Face Proportion by endzi-z Profile Proportion by endzi-z



STEP 5

It 's time to understand how the human proportions work. A tip? Never stop taking references from the human figure (as long as you're learning) or you will make a lot of mistakes or exaggerate many anatomical features without even noticed it! 
Now use your live model of choice, or look in fashion magazines and copy a full human figure in different poses, focusing on lines, shading, dynamism and execution speed.
To improve your speed you should first start with 15 minutes poses, then reduce the time to 10 minutes and 5 minutes at last. Use a timer: leave the drawing unfinished and start another one when the time elapses. 
Do many of them, every day. 

The results should be something like this...
Life Drawing Collage 4 by travelingpantscg
'Life Drawing Collage 4' by travelingpantscg

figures 8 by Luthie13 .Life Drawing 2010: 5 Mins. by hino-kitLife drawing 2010 by jeffsimpsonkh
Figure Workshop 13 by JerrySabatini Figure Set 1 by ethician
 life drawing: 5 minutes by scaragh
figures 3 by Luthie13 figures 5 by Luthie13
some figure drawing by Luthie13 some more figure drawing by Luthie13
Figure Drawing Collage by JillJohansenFigure studies. by RoscoeFink
Life Drawing Collage 3 by travelingpantscg
life drawing 042511 by bigbigtruckLife Drawing at CDA 3 pt2 by reiq

If you didn't understand how the anatomy works, you can study some good tutorials for the human body...
Arm Anatomy by Azot2016 Trunk Anatomy by Azot2016
Man Anatomy by Azot2016
 General Body Tutorial by shark-bomb


STEP 6

The time has came. It is time to finish something guys! You should be really excited: you reached execution speed and some anatomy skills but you lack accuracy.
Use your awesome live model again and ask him to pose for a longer session (2/3 hours minimum). Use the tools you like the most, sit comfortably, tools in the hand and start your session.
Here are some good results you may find inspiring.
Prenda XXVII by napoleoman old man_figure drawing by michalivan
12hr figure drawing by infernovball Life drawing:  A sitting by thienbao

I really hope you will find this journal useful and I really hope you enjoyed the journey. ^^ 
Ps: Sorry my English is not my mothertongue.