This Art Is ShitIf I knew then what I knew now, maybe I might have appreciated my work a little more.This Art Is Shit4 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
I always used to compare myself to the other artists that I would see, artists much older than me, with the training and the experience I didn't have. It didn't seem to matter to me where they came from, just that they where good and I was not. If I had understood at the time that someday, with perseverance, study and practice that I too might be ask good as them, maybe I might have worked a little harder, studied a little more and not been so down on myself.
Now I look back on a lot of the artists who were my idols, megabytes worth of their art saved to my ancient drive in the basement for reference and inspiration. I realize, they really weren't that good. Some of them were actually quite bad. At any given time, if your art sucks to you or even thousands of other people, it is amazing to someone and you are inspiring someone else by sharing it with them.
If it seems like you are not improving at all
Rehab for Roleplayers - IntroWelcome to Rehab for Roleplayers, a series of articles aimed at helping roleplayers more successfully make the transition into writing fiction.Rehab for Roleplayers - Intro5 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Introduction: How to Spot a Drow Illusionist
I can identify a habitual roleplayer from fifty paces. Those who've been spooked by my asking whether they're a roleplayer within ten seconds of reading their fiction will know what I'm talking about.
"But how did you know?" they gasp. When I'm done chuckling, I explain that I know they are a roleplayer, because they write like a roleplayer.
There's usually a pause, then, while the writer decides to what degree they're going to feel offended by this statement, and/or wonders whether I've been stalking them, before they pose the next question: "What, exactly, do you mean by that?"
What I mean is this: roleplayers almost invariably share the same basic writing habits, and some of these habits stand out as flaws in their non-RP material.
Many people develop their interest in writing
An Idiot's Guide to GrammarAn Idiot's Guide to Grammar4 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
1. Study Finds Sentences Contain Actual Words!
YES: This is a beautiful picture. You did an excellent job!
NO: OMG!! sooo pwetty!
You can only get away with this if your name happens to be Elmer Fudd. If your name is Elmer Fudd, go back to hunting wabbits; you're not much more successful as an author.
2. If I say "thank you," the appropriate response is "you're welcome," NOT "your welcome." Please stop making this mistake. Your grammar is the reason I drink.
3. Most web-browsers come with a built-in spell check. If you post a misspelled word (especially in a comment), you really weren't paying attention to what you said at all, and it probably would have been better for you to stay silent. (See 9.)
4. If you're going to use emoticons, you can just as easily use the deviantART emoticons. If you don't know the commands for some of the more original ones, find a friend's profile and click on "Send a Note." Down at the bottom right hand corner of the new message box, there's a link that sa
Writing Tips: Avoiding Bad WorldbuildingOne of the first mistakes that a writer of speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, or supernatural horror) makes is front-loading every little bit of information of their world that they painstakingly made. One of the last mistakes that a writer of speculative fiction makes is giving stupid details of their world, unknowingly retconing things, and explaining things that don't need explaining because this usually ends their career or irreparably damages a franchise. Today's lesson is about "bad worldbuilding" because the hardest part of actually creating a fictional world is giving too much detail.Writing Tips: Avoiding Bad Worldbuilding5 months ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
This one is going to be different for different types of media. For example, most television shows have a build-as-you-go kind of feel (think Fairly Odd Parents), while a series of novels is usually planned out from the beginning. As an aside, if you're planning out an entire series of novels, make sure that at least the very first one can stand completely on its own to the point where
Characterization and NamesCharacterization and Names5 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Characterization and Nomenclature:
What's in a name?
As an author, one of the most important tasks in writing a story is building a character. Every small trait that a writer leaves, builds, and hints at, draws a reader into the story and gives them an image of each character, be it protagonist, antagonist, or miscellaneous extra. However, many writers overlook one of the strongest traits that a character can have: a name. Nomenclature can be one of the most powerful assets that a writer has in their endless battle to build a lifelike character.
The uses of a name
The craft of literature is always at some level a decision-making process. While names need not always be used, there should always be a conscious decision that a writer makes about a name. When making a conscious decision, one must be able to list the benefits that the choice yields: if one names a character "Charles," they should also to some extent be able to explain why th
A Lot Of Funny Little Sayings1. You have ONE advantage over me..... You can kiss my ss and I can't!A Lot Of Funny Little Sayings7 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
2. Tradgedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.
3. You only live once...but if you live it right, once is enough.
4. If your heart was really broken, you'd be dead, so shut up.
5. When a smurf is choking, what color does it turn?
6. The nice mean are ugly, the handsome men are mean, and the nice and handsome men are GAY!
7. When life hands you lemons, alter their DNA, and make SUPER LEMONS!
8. Boys are like lava lamps, pretty to look at, but not very bright.
9. My imaginary friend thinks you have serious problems...
10. A good friend will comfort you when he rejects you, but a best friend will go up to him and say, "It's because you're gay, isn't it?"
11. Forget the cookies, the Darkside has YAOI!
12. DANGER: Blond Zone
13. Save the Earth it's the only planet with chocolate.
14. Did you just call me a BITCH? Well, a bitch is a DOG, Dogs BARK, Bark is on TREES, Trees are a pa
AtAInterview transcriptAtAInterview transcript3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Hey folks! It is now 6pm. You know what that means. It is interview time! Let us begin.
Here is how the interview works: You can all ask questions and chat freely in the chatroom called AtAChat. I will be copy-pasting your questions to Alexiuss and he will answer them in live time in ATAInterview.
We conduct the interview this way to avoid having the artist spammed with too many questions all at once, and to reduce text clutter so that you can all read the artist's responses to the questions.
A special thank you goes out to our lovely mods, ~Melancholy-Minds and ~Twilight-Zero!
Please be aware that we do our best to get as many questions answered as possible, however, if we do not choose your question to send to the artist, please do not be offended. It does not mean it was not a good question. It is just not possible for the artist to answer all questions. Thank you for your understanding.
Welcome to ASKtheARTIST. My name is *thefluffyshrimp and today I have
It gets better - NanjoKojiIt gets better.It gets better - NanjoKoji5 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
You've surely seen the messages on YouTube and else of people going out to tell gay teenagers in question, desperate or considering suicide because of being who they are about their own experiences, bolstering them, providing support. This is an awesome movement. Everyone should support it. So I decided to add my own message to it as well.
I am gay. I have been gay all my life, I was born that way. I love girls. I have never loved anyone but girls.
I'm engaged very much in the anime fandom, I've seen it grow for the time of a whole decade. I'm a known cosplayer. The anime fandom is very open today towards homosexuals. But it is not all that is out there. I want to talk on this matter from inside the fandom, to others who share it with me, but also to those who don't know a thing of it. To gay people and to straight ones as well. To everyone safe and to everyone in trouble, no matter who or where you are, what or whom you love.
To show you that it gets better. It really
Ata Interview Transcript.Ata Interview Transcript.3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Interview with Endling
Welcome to ASKtheARTIST. My name is *thefluffyshrimp and today I have the great privilege to interview `Endling, an incredibly talented comic artist and creator of many of your favorite series on deviantART.
Thank you for presenting us with this opportunity to interview you, Endling.
Hey all you folks there in AtAChat! Go ahead and start posting questions now.
Thanks for having me Fluff!
I warn everyone I'm on my second triple espresso coffee of the day. If my answers are incoherent and/or jittery you'll know why. I'M WIRED TO GO.
*RedVenture asks "How did you get started doing art, Endling?"
When I was little, my dad would bring home paper from his job. He worked with computers and stuff and often had tons of it lying around, so I'd make use of it and draw. (With his permission. Occasionally.) After a while he noticed I had a habit of doing this. Usually robot caterpillars. I'm not kidding
My Chemical Romance QuotesMy Chemical Romance Quotes:My Chemical Romance Quotes6 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Frank Iero Quotes:
Frankie: Eww is that a bug?
Fan 1: No, I think it's a sharpie mark.
Frankie: It is a bug.
Fan 2: No, actually it is a bug. I sorta smushed it by accident and it stayed on the picture.
Frankie: That's gross (circles bug and write eww on paper).
It's about a girl and a guy and they both die....no wait...she doesn't die....he just THINKS she's dead.....
We actually wanted to do this in OUR church...but uh... we don't GO there anymore....
Popsicles should be the new black, that way everyone would have one!
I would date Gerard.
Homophobia is gay.
Yeah, I have fired a gun and I loved it.
I can't imagine any other bands having better kids than ours, and if they do at least I know our kids can beat up their kids.
We just have to watch Mikey and make sure he doesn't put anymore forks in the toaster.
If you don't lis
interview with apofissinterview with apofiss3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Interview with *apofiss
Welcome to ASKtheARTIST. My name is thefluffyshrimp: and today I have the great privilege to interview , artist behind the ever popular Boggart series and other great works.
Hey all you folks there in AtAChat! Go ahead and start posting questions now.
asks "Apofiss, where does the inspiration for your art usually come from?"
it tends to come from daily inspirations where dA actually has a huge role in it. the artists I follow, animes and movies... it's like an outcome from it all. also, the music... it does help a lot to imagine certain atmosphere more intensively.
asks "What program do you use?"
I use photoshop and paint tool sai.; photoshop mainly for colour correction an such.
asks "How did your unique style of art evolve?"
I think it began back in 2008 when I painted the very first bubble no really, the painting called ''mutual thing'' ...it was like a certain start I think. I remember few years ago I got really inspired by cypherx (she's on dA) wo
The Mary Sue Litmus TestHolepunch's Mary Sue Litmus Test:The Mary Sue Litmus Test4 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Ah, the Mary Sue. We can't cobble together a truly comprehensive description of what they are, exactly, but we can agree on one thing: an annoying, 'perfect' character who, through a general lack of flaws and character development, is excruciating to sit through and often makes us gnash our teeth, tear our hair, and reach for the back button. This nefarious creature can be measured and detected, so let's all grab our magnifying glasses and get classifying.
This is a subjective subject; a trait that drives one person right up the wall might fail to get any reaction from another. As you go through the list, count up the points. Each trait will register from 1-5 points, with 1 being a mild thing and 5 being a serious infraction. If a trait is not addressed at all in the story the character comes from, or is totally unknown, just ignore it. And don't worry about racking up pointsthe de-Suifier part of the test ought to restore some balance to
AsktheArtist Interview w K-Bo and Sarah TranscriptAsktheArtist Interview w K-Bo and Sarah Transcript3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Interview with *kevinbolk
<thefluffyshrimp> Welcome to ASKtheARTIST. My name is *thefluffyshrimp and today I have the great privilege to interview *kevinbolk, a hilarious and talented comic artist and creator of many popular works on deviantART.
<thefluffyshrimp> Thank you for presenting us with this opportunity to interview you, Kevin.
<kevinbolk> Howdy! Glad to be here.
<kevinbolk> This is my first interview over chat, so I'm a bit nervous.
<thefluffyshrimp> First question!
<thefluffyshrimp> ~HathorLiderc asks "Were there any inspirations to your art style?" and ~
How To be HappyHow To be Happy:How To be Happy2 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
A Simple and Humourous Guide:
Often we find ourselves feeling unhappy, feeling depressed and weepy (some would say whiny), but the truth is that all of us feel undeniably shitty. Therefore, having plenty of experience in this area, I have taken it upon myself to present to you this simple guide.
Righto, you all want to be happy, but none of you are. You've tried several things:
1. Posted a shitty status on Facebook hoping someone will pay attention to you.
2. Cried after no one liked your post because you have no friends.
3. Submitted your post to DA secrets so they could use it.
4. Felt better for about 30 seconds since people faved your secret.
5. If 4 didn't apply, you cried about it some more and then went to Tumblr for the next six hours.
My dear friends, this cycle is not the solution. You are not making yourself feel better, you are making all of our art look worse, especially with step 3! Hence,
Proof of Shadamy?Proof of Shadamy?6 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
The main idea: Shadamy is as likely to happen as Sonamy.
Well, here is an article I wrote:
Have Sonic Team given Amy absolutely no dignity? The girl runs after a boy and tolerates his indifference or annoyance towards her! Thats preposterous.
In one magazine, it is revealed that Sonic does have feelings for Amy, but he's too shy to admit it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_4qu52OU2c
Though that magazine only states that the authors of that article went to Sonic Team. It's not official, not Sonic Team told us that. It could be thought of by some as quite "Odd" for Sonic because he is a generally out-there person saying with no problem what is on his mind.
But some could say that Amy brings out Sonic's "softer" side. It is also unknown when or why Sonic fell for Amy, or if he even truly has. Regardless, Amy will continue to chase Sonic for as long as she must.
And a girl can't date someone forever. Their relationship will have to come to some kind of an end.
ASKtheARTIST Interview TranscriptASKtheARTIST Interview Transcript2 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
ASKtheARTIST Interview with JohnSu
12/16/12: 7:00pm PST
Welcome to ASKtheARTIST. My name is *thefluffyshrimp and today I have the great privilege to interview `JohnSu, a very talented illustrator and creator of many well-known works on deviantART.
Thank you for presenting us with this opportunity to interview you, JohnSu.
~Chrono-King asks "JohnSu how did you come up with your name?"
While I was still in the womb, I would suggest names into my mother's mind. At the time, I didn't know any better, so I just coughed "CHON! CHON!" So when I was born, I was given the name "John Su."
~terricon4 asks "What recent things have you been working on at R5, if you can tell us that is."
Ask the Artist interviewAsk the Artist interview3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Interview with `loish
~MemoiresDuneFille asks "Loish, what inspired you to become an artist?"
I can't say that anything specific really inspired me. It was more a natural progression. I have been drawing since I was very young and honestly do not remember when I even started doing it, but I do remember always enjoying it and seeing it as my 'talent' throughout elementary and middle school. By the time I had to make a career choice in high school, I decided to do pursue it professionally because I just couldn't stand dividing my time between schoolwork and making my personal drawings. It was torture! So I felt I had to do it in order to stay sane :] That's pretty much how it went!
*merry-zazoue asks "You're doing both animation and illustration, how can you manage to have a good level in both? I'm an animation student and I love illustration too, do you have any advices? Aside working like crazy of course! I'm already doing it ^^"
I think the main reason I do both is because
What's with all the Kiara hateWhat's with all the Kiara hate5 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Okay, for quite a while now, I've been hearing all this hate about how Kiara is an "air head" or a "moron" or a "clueless idiot" and I confess, I used to be one of these people (not counting when I was young) but honestly, I watched Simba's Pride over again (several times) since deciding I hated her, and to my surprise, I no longer do so. Why? Because as I watched the movie, looking for hate evidence, I didn't find ANY. Rather, the opposite. Watching the movie over again, changed my mind, because the evidence I DID find was against the Kiara haters.
Evidence that disproved these claims about her being an airhead/moron/clueless idiot.
Now .before you guys decide to flame me, hear me out.
One of the most frequent complaints about Kiara I hear is that she's nothing like her father, and that Simba was a far better protagonist. Well, that's not entirely true. Despite the fact that Kiara didn't want to be queen, she IS a little like
My AtLA Ending AnalysisMy AtLA ending analysis:My AtLA Ending Analysis7 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
I first would like to say that I was looking forward to Zuko and Katara being together. However, they didn't. I admit defeat. With that said, allow me to just say...
THAT ENDING WAS CRAP!
No! This has nothing to do with Zutara or Kataang. This has to do with 27 things that were so painfully wrong with that finale. Zutara lost. FINE! Kataang and Maiko won. Congrats. I would still feel this way if Zutara won. Now, here's why the AtLA ending fails worse than Viacom for taking down free advertising from one of the most popular sites on the internet:
1. The Avatar State
What the hell was the point of mastering the other elements? Aang went AS and basically bitch-slapped Ozai around like the pheonix king was a freaking new-born chick. There really was no point in training anything else.
Being a Healthier PersonBeing a Healthier Person3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Sometimes in life things seem to come together almost at random. Many people spend the days leading up to New Years telling themselves that they're going to do this or stop doing that. Most don't last and those going past a week are truly dedicated to the cause (or under doctor's orders). Why does this happen? Wrong mindset. The dedication is there, but the true gravity of their decision hasn't sunk in yet. So how does one go around changing your lifestyle for the better?
Up until February this year I was a smoker, not the pack-a-day kind of smoker, but a smoker nonetheless. I also weighed the wrong side of 110 kg (242 pounds for the non-metrics). For a very long time I wanted to quit, but nicotine addiction is a harsh thing and I failed miserably in my first attempt in 2010. So I kept going, gradually reducing my smokes a day from about twelve to a rather less unhealthy seven. I was proud of myself for achieving as much, but
ASKtheARTIST InterviewASKtheARTIST Interview2 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
ASKtheARTIST Interview with algenpfleger
Welcome to ASKtheARTIST. My name is *thefluffyshrimp and today I have the great privilege to interview *algenpfleger, a very talented illustrator and creator of many well-known works on deviantART.
Thank you for presenting us with this opportunity to interview you, algenpfleger.
*quietly sits down and sips on a mysterious beverage
WAIT ARE WE DOING THIS OR WHAT
*Vellez asks "What is your creative process? Do you just research and then begin drawing when you get an assignment, or do you mull it over a bit?"
Hmm it usually starts with me getting the assignment since I spend my freetime drawing other things mostly (these days at least). As soon as I know what the client wants, I leave it alone for a couple of days and wait for ideas to sprout in my head. The rest is just craftsmanship, you know, drawing the stuff and everything. The real work is done as soon as I put down the thumbnail sketch.
~smarff asks "How saturated do you think the illustra
Rap vs. poetryMost writings about the difference between rapping and poetry are merely an artificial opportunity to note the difference between Snoop Dogg and Edgar Allen Poe or some such mismatching. Of course, we should look at the two art forms with a fair, levelled comparison, or at least objectively.Rap vs. poetry5 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Just as raps have a stereotypical subject matter, poetry could be thought of as being solely about crying, love and over-dramatic metaphor. Let's pluck a poem from the depths of deviantart.com:
"And the sun peeps over the horizon
where the sky meets earth
her rays stretch out and
caress Your face
i look down and marvel at Your
Of course, having been written by an unskilled poet with sub-standard grammar (that is, there is no significance of the grammar used in the poem), it's not really better than Snoop Dogg. If we compare it to a rap by a skilful rapper:
"Right before he pulled the trigger and ended her life,
He thought about the cocaine with the platinum and ice
And he felt st
CLOSED!!!!CLOSED!!!!3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Allright, after my 100 points giveaway went over so amazingly well, I have decided to do another giveaway! I just sold an adoptable worth lots of points, and have enough points to give one deviant a 3-month subscription!
Favorite this submission! If you do not favorite the submission, you will not have a chance to win, becuase the drawing will be by the number that comes up when I click "who"under number of faves! It's the easiest way to do this drawing! The raffle will be a random number chosen; when you look at favorites they are numbered. Whatever number comes up, that username wins the subscription! Faving the submission is the only rule you have to follow; it's how you get your number in this raffle!
You MAY enter side-accounts! But I will give the subscription to your side-account, not your main!
Advertise this giveaway; spread the news, and spread the love!
No donation necessary! If you want to donate points, you may; so I can keep doing g
Consejos para designersConsejos para designers6 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
10 cosas que no te enseñan en tu escuela de diseño
El paso del mundo académico al laboral es siempre difícil, particularmente para quienes trabajamos en el campo del diseño porque nos vemos obligados a aprender las condiciones en las que se trabaja sobre la marcha.
Este post recoge 10 cosas que habitualmente no te enseñan pero deberías saber para dar el salto al mundo profesional.
1. Tu diploma no te ayuda a encontrar trabajo
Pero tu portafolio sí. Por supuesto que es bueno tener una educación en diseño y un título que lo pruebe, pero cuando se trata de obtener dinero de tus clientes ellos quieren ver de lo que eres capaz, no un diploma.
2. El buen diseño lleva tiempo, no fijar fechas límites muy ajustadas
Cuando estás en la escuela de diseño los profesores fijan las fechas de entrega de los trabajos y tratan de darte el tiempo suficiente. Tu jefe o tu cliente no serán como tu profesore