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77,682 Deviants Online
So I'm holding a Giveaway
The prize is 200 :points:
whoot xD

NOW RULES TO JOINING
Rainbow Dot Bullet - F2U! Must be a watcher (So go ahead and watch me to join ^^)
Rainbow Dot Bullet - F2U! Favorite this journal (YOU MUST)

-Edit-
Hey if you could, Maybe advertise please ^^?
I'd be really thankful if you did Love 

And that's all xD


Ends on December 1st.

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Forgiveness by Bengalheart

Nom nom nom! (AT) by Bengalheart



Commission Info Here


  • Mood: Unhappy
I often get asked how to get better at drawing and painting. While the main answer is practice there are a lot of fantastic resources that will make the journey far easier; below is a list of the ones I have personally found most useful. Some are free and some are paid, if you want the paid ones please actually buy them and support the hard-working artists that spend their valuable time providing quality education.

Also this is enough material to last you for, literally, years, so get one at a time, study it in detail, then once you're thoroughly finished move on to the next one. Reading a book or watching a dvd doesn't make you better. What makes you better is ingesting the information slowly, pondering and truly understanding it, and then applying it with diligent practice over a long period of time.

So without further ado, here is my...
EPIC RESOURCES LIST!!!


Figure Drawing

Proko - This is probably the best education on the internet. Check out all his free youtube tutorials here: [Link] or for even more content purchase the premium courses at proko.com

Figure Drawing for All Its' Worth by Andrew Loomis: [Link]

Figure Drawing, Design and Invention by Michael Hampton: [Link]

Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing from Life: [Link]

Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators [Link]

Figure Drawing by Erik M. Gist [Link]


Anatomy

The Human Figure: An Anatomy for Artists by David K. Rubins [Link]

Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist by Stephen Peck [Link]

Also, Proko is about to start releasing an anatomy series, and I expect it will be of the highest quality, so get in on that for some easy to understand video tutorials that will make a complex topic much easier to understand.


Rendering, Light, Color, and Value

Practical Light and Color by Jeremy Vickery [Link]

Color and Light by James Gurney [Link]

How to Render Matte Surfaces 1, 2, and 3 by Scott Robertson: [Link] [Link] [Link]

Everything on CtrlPaint.com

PSG Art Tutorial by Prometheus: [Link]

Painting Joan of Arc by Donato Giancola: [Link]


Perspective

Basic Perspective Form Drawing by Scott Robertson [Link]


Composition

Picture This: How Pictures Work by Molly Bang: [Link]

Unfortunately I haven't found a lot of good resources on composition. Very few people seem to get to the heart of composition which is the abstract design of a painting and how it controls the subconscious emotion of a piece. Molly Bang's book does a great job of explaining this, but beyond that I would recommend you reverse-engineer masterpieces by artists like Dean Cornwell and N.C. Wyeth. Do small, simple thumbnail studies of their work and study the shapes and values.


Concept Art / Character Design

Visual Storytelling 1, 2, 3, and 4 by Iain McCaig. Learning foundations is important, but being creative is what makes great art, and this is the best resource I have ever seen on how to develop an idea. If you want to make compelling art, BUY THESE: [Link] [Link] [Link] [Link]

Imaginative Realism: How to Paint what Doesn't Exist by James Gurney [Link]

Feng Zhu's Design Cinema: [Link]


Miscellanous

Drawing People by Barbara Bradley: [Link]
This book has great information on drawing drapery and clothing, as well as other helpful general drawing principles.

Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters by Robert Beverly Hale: [Link]
This book covers a multitude of topics and will shine the light on many useful (and fundamental) principles that make great drawings. It's not a comprehensive course, but it will open up your eyes as to the things you need to study to improve your work. Highly, highly recommended!



I'm sure there's more than this that I'm forgetting, when I remember it I'll add it, and if there's a topic missing let me know and if I've encountered any good resources on that topic I'll add it. Happy painting!

-Jon

6 years on dA: BIG GIVEAWAY

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 22, 2014, 6:36 PM





Hello my dear watchers and visitors!^^

On 23rd November 2008 I joined dA. After 6 years, I experienced so much here and I grew as an artist!
I have so many supporters and I found great friends on dA! :hug:
To celebrate it, I want to do a giveaway! :D
I will give 140 :points: to 6 deviants each, a total of 840 :points:!!
Remember the crowdfunding I once hosted? I decided to give them randomly to several people.

Please read the rules:

:bulletred: Everyone is allowed to take part, no watching needed!


:bulletred: Fave this journal, it's your raffle number! (You can unfave it after winner got announced.)


:bulletred: Write a comment with TAGGING 2 fellow deviants or friends, who you think they might need 140 :points: each! That's it, but you MUST do both! (How to tag right, see below.)


I will pick randomly 2 users, who will win alongside with their 2 tagged friends each! :D


Winner 1 : friend 1 & friend 2 + Winner 2: friend 1 & friend 2 = 6 winners in total.

It means, if you win, your tagged friends will win too! :D
Tagged users are also allowed to enter separately with their own comment and tagged users. Tip: This can incease your winning chances!


Example:
:iconyenni-vu:'s comment:
I tag : iconusername1 : and : iconusername2 :. (Without the spaces.) Alternative a : devusername : is fine too. (The names have to be clickable.)

Winners will be picked randomly on 30th November 2014 at 11:59 pm (CET/Berlin) and will get a message from me!
Please use this time zone calculator to know if you're still in time!

I will not reply to these postings or else it would look messy.

Good luck and have fun!^^

FAQ, please read before asking:

:bulletred: Huh, I got tagged?

Yes, you've been chosen by a fellow deviant or friend who is ready to share the prize with you, if they win! :)

:bulletred: How do I see my raffle number?

You can search it in the favorite list of this journal, but you don't need to know your number. They are just for me to pick the winners via a random number generator.

:bulletred: Can I tag you, Yenni?

LOL, please don't do it! I really want to give the points to people who need them more than I do!^^
But thank you, though! :hug:

:bulletred: I don't have any friends on dA. Do I still have to tag someone?

I don't believe you don't have anyone you want to share your prize with, unless you're a newbie on dA.
You also can tag artists you admire!^^

:bulletred: I really want to enter, but the chances of winning are so small!

You often heard this: "It's the taking part that counts!" :D
Don't expect to win, so you can't be disappointed! :)
You don't have anything to lose.

:bulletred: I hate giveaways, I'm never lucky!

Never say never! ;)
As I said: Just try it.
By saying giveaways are bad, you make people like me sad who host giveaways. We do this for fun and to make some people happy.

May be continued.


1000 POINT GIVEAWAY! HUGE

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 23, 2014, 8:38 AM
:below::below::below:


chibi art raffle

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 22, 2014, 10:19 PM


ah so i was tossing up whether to do a raffle or kiriban and decided on a raffle since it's probably going to end first hahaha. 

anyway! i finally have some time to draw and since i haven't been too active until lately i've decided to have a little watcher-appreciation-raffle. so it'll be some kind of chibi, i haven't yet decided yet but here's a good mix of how i draw them below and in my gallery too
Kei-yo by okyihappy easter! by okyirevamp batch 1 by okyi
i'm pretty sure faves are numbered so i'll be using a random number generator to pick out the winner! the rules are pretty simple:
  1. fave the journal
  2. reply below with references of the character you want drawn
  3. i'll update this journal with the winners!
this raffle will last a week starting from now! so thats  from the 23rd of november to the 30th of november
oh please make sure you've faved and commented by the end of the rafflle!
i'll be redrawing if i can't find your reference comment ;----;
the winners will be announced on the 30th so best of luck everyone!

i haven't quite decided how many of these i want to do but there will be at least one winner



CSS made by TwiggyTeeluck
     - as i just reached the holy number of 500+ watchers here on deviantArt i decided to host a mini giveaway in everyone's honor. it'll be up for a week (ending on the 29th of november, next saturday that is!) and to participate all you have to do is liking this journal post by putting it among your favourites. after a week i will randomly choose one of you by using a random generator, making it as fair as possible. 

    feel free to ask questions or comment on whatever. i've attached two sketchy portrait examples below, just to let you know what you'll get if you win. 



      thank you so much, and good luck!

Holiday Art Contest (4000pts/$$ in Prizes)[OPEN]

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 18, 2014, 7:46 PM




Willow Xmas Style by WillowbranwenHoliday Art Contest.... OPEN!


Yay! The Holidays are here and I'm like sooooo happy! I know I promised another event for the Holidays and here it is....

TO ENTER:
    1. Draw something (pick a theme and go with it)*** 
    2. Share this journal (one way or another: Journal, Poll, Forum, Facebook, Twitter... etc link back here )
    3. Link back here with the finished entry 

***WIPS or unfinished/messy work will not be considered... so please don't submit them ; ^ ;

THEME:  
    1. Winter
    2. Traditions (Customs)
    3. Family                                             

**1 entry per theme per person

RULES:
    1. No traced, copied, or stolen work (If I suspect it I will check)* 
    2. Explicit material must be properly sensored
    3. Must have atleast base colors, background not required

*Bases are okay if you link the original artist AND get their permission for use first

**Colabs must credit all participants, Prize will be divided evenly 

Animated Rainbow Heart Divider by GasaraAnimated Rainbow Heart Divider by Gasara

PRIZES 


Blue Square Bullet 1st Place: 2000Points  (or $20 Via Paypal)
        -Half body w/ prop, pokemon, or pet from Willowbranwen
        -Traditional art of female human oc from nikthecat14
        -Headshot + llama from xspottedtigerx
        -Llama + 5 faves from kawaiihoshi-san
        -Watch from LynnLawliet
        -Watch + llama from PinkFluffehUnicorn98
        -Llama + headshot Sketch from Jessicalina
        -Headshot of Fursona, Watch + llama from TheCrazedWolf
        -Llama from Mary-Draws
        -Watch + llama from 
LoveableAnimeCartoon
        -llama + watch + fav :devcartoonfan135:
        -Headshot + llama + watch + 5 fav from NutellaKatAtz
        -Full body Traditional + llama + fav + watch from animeloverme
        -Human headshot or pokemon + llama + watch + 3 fave from MarieSeuhans
        -Half body from 
MaaruL
        -Llama + 3 fav from deviantlamb
        -Fully body w/o color + llama + watch from zziart
        -Llama from Azcazach
        -Feature + llama + watch + fav from animesparkleluv96
        -Watch + llama + 5 fav from 1KagaChan3
        -Commission from XXskyHD
        -Llama + fav + commen + feature from 
shindianaify
        -Llama + 10 fav from :deviceclaw24:
        -Headshot or Full Body + watch + llama + 10 Points  from Warriorcats67

Pink Square Bullet 2nd Place: 1000Points  (or $10 Via Paypal)
        -Chibi w/ prop, pokemon, or pet from Willowbranwen
        -Traditional art of female human oc from nikthecat14
        -Headshot + llama from xspottedtigerx
        -Llama + 5 faves from kawaiihoshi-san
        -Watch from LynnLawliet
        -Llama from PinkFluffehUnicorn98
        -Llama + headshot Sketch from Jessicalina
        -Watch + llama from TheCrazedWolf
        -Llama from Mary-Draws
        -Watch + llama from LoveableAnimeCartoon
        -llama + watch + fav CartoonFan135
        -Sketch chibi + watch + llama + 3 fav from NutellaKatAtz
        -Half body Traditional from animeloverme
        -Human headshot + llama + watch + 3 fav from MarieSeuhans
        -Llama from Azcazach
        -Llama + 3 fav from deviantlamb
        -Llama + fav + Chibi from Valkyrie01325
        - Headshot from MaaruL
        -Watch + llama + 5Points from 
Warriorcats67
        -Half Body w/o color + llama zziart
        -Commission from XXskyHD
        -Feature + llama + watch + fav from animesparkleluv96
        -Watch + llama + 5 fav from 1KagaChan3

Green Square Bullet 3rd Place: 500Points (or $5 Via Paypal)
        -Headshot sketch from Willowbranwen
        -Headshot + llama from xspottedtigerx
        -Llama + 5 faves from kawaiihoshi-san
        -Watch from LynnLawliet
        -Llama from PinkFluffehUnicorn98
        -Llama + headshot Sketch from Jessicalina
        -Watch + llama from TheCrazedWolf
        -Llama from Mary-Draws
        -Chibi + watch + llama from LoveableAnimeCartoon
        -llama + watch + fav CartoonFan135
        -Watch + llama + 2 fav from NutellaKatAtz
        
-Llama + 3 fav from deviantlamb
        -Headshot from animeloverme
        -Human headshot + llama + watch + 3 fav from MarieSeuhans
        
-Feature + llama + watch + fav from animesparkleluv96
        -Llama + 5Points  from Warriorcats67
        -Llama from Azcazach
        -Heashot w/o color + llama zziart
        -2 Chars Full Body from Jo-line
        -Art of your OC + Artist OC from Fluffybom
        -Watch + llama + 5 fav from 1KagaChan3

Silver Square Bullet Honorable Mention: 100Points  [3 Winners]
        -llama from xspottedtigerx
        -Llama + 5 faves from kawaiihoshi-san
        -Llama from PinkFluffehUnicorn98
        -Llama + headshot Sketch from Jessicalina
        -Watch + llama from TheCrazedWolf
        -Llama from Mary-Draws
        -Llama + 3 fav from deviantlamb
        -Watch + llama from LoveableAnimeCartoon
        -Llama from Azcazach
        

Points donated by:
MarBlackphoenix blackbutler123x YinYangProductionsS

Purple Square Bullet ***200 Donor Raffle****
(required 15 donors)

***If you donate a prize (art, llamas, watches, points, adoptables etc) you will be entered into the donor raffle to win 200 & you'll be featured on my font page ***

Please comment below to donate... donators can still participate

Cute Heart Divider by lexypuppy228Cute Heart Divider by lexypuppy228Cute Heart Divider by lexypuppy228Cute Heart Divider by lexypuppy228Cute Heart Divider by lexypuppy228

Deadline: December 26th

Entries:  here

Participants:
:iconmikhal-strange: :iconboybig5411: :iconfluffybom: 
Finally..... Broken Fighting Dome (Kawaii Please) Thank you for reading!!! Feel free to ask me Questions & I hope you have a merry Holiday Season~ :heart:


Frequently asked questions:

"Does it have to be a particular character, oc, or fandom?"
            Rose Red Bullet - F2U! While I do prefer to see your own OCs I will accept fanart from any series (so long as the serious is properly labeled). I'm mostly looking to see what you create from the theme you choose~

"Can it be [insert media]?"
            Turquoise Bullet - F2U! I will allow any type of media to be submitted, including photography, traditional and digital. A word of caution, I am primarily a digital artist and tend to favor Anime style. I will try to judge all equally but find it easier to judge the techniques and styles I know best.

Thanks for sharing the contest!
 :iconazcazach: :iconjo-line: :iconskittlezz123: :iconkimiwolfie:  :iconxspottedtigerx: :iconsarahwidiyanti: :iconmaarul: :iconxxskyhd:





PAINT TOOL SAI TUTORIALS

Thu Nov 20, 2014, 7:24 AM
HIIII! ////v\\\\

I decided to showcase my tutorial that usually only patreons get to see weeks ahead!

----------->[link] <----------------

Or see it here on my patreon! www.patreon.com/creation?hid=1…

It is not yet official to the public on YT yet! 

As soon as I reach my goal of 400$ on my Patreon I´ll upload 2 videos/week again instead of just one! Every dollar is very much appreciated! 

Retweeting/reblogging/Liking is just as much! 

Please help artists in need if you want to see them stay for the future ♥♥


Hello there! > v< I realized I hit 1,700 watchers today <3 and to show my gratitude I'm doing a sketch raffle! * V*

EX: The sketches will look like this
 Bunny Adopt closed by Broyam



Winners

There will be two winners

How to Enter
  • Fave journal
  • Comment
  • Make a poll/ journal about this + 1 ticket
  • +Watch New watchers only (optional but appreciated, please do not watch only for this raffle) + 1 ticket
  • Be a patreonwww.patreon.com/Broyam ! + 5 tickets


Ending-
November 23

+ 500 points Christmas giveaway!~

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 21, 2014, 7:08 AM


Edit: I've gathered even more points so right now 6 people have a chance to win 100 points each <3 but it's still a long time before the deadline~ which means lost of time to collect more points <3



Hello everyone!~ :heart:

The time is soon here, it's alomst just a month left till Christmas and I have been talking a lot about making a Christmas giveaway, so here it is!~ 
The Christhmas givaway is for my watchers, cuz I don't really wanna just give points to random people... I wanna support my watchers <3 However, it doesn't matter if you're an old or a new watcher of mine. 


The only thing you need to do to join is: 


:bulletgreen: Fave this journal 
:bulletgreen: And be a watcher of mine ( I'll be checking )

And yeah that's it :3 You don't need to make a journal about it, but it would be very appreciated if you did of course <3


Not just one person will win, lots of people will get points. You see, for every 100 points I have will one more person win. So right now I have about 500 points, which means right now 5 people can win 100 points each. I'll be trying to get more points until christmas so most likely will more than 5 people be able to win 100 points each. Though, if lots of people join then I'll buy more points so many more people have a chanse to win. <3  Oh and all winners will be selected randomly through this website www.random.org/  ( that's why I need you to fave the journal ).


One thing I'd like to make very clear though, I'm not doing this to get more watchers, I simply just wanna support my watchers with this giveaway cuz they are very kind to me and I'd like to make something for them in return. As for those who's watching me because of this giveaway, they may do as they want if they wanna continue waiting me when the giveaway is over or not. Though, I am very thankful for your support and I will continue to make more of these giveaways in the future.  <3


:star:Deadline is 24th of December, and you can join until 23th of December.:star:



Good luck everyone :heart: and marry way early Christmas :3