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Traditional Art Week continues! Today, we'll discuss some things to consider when submitting your traditional artworks into DeviantArt.
Most of them are genuine recommendations, but taking them seriously might increase your over-all DA experience for good
Don't forget to join our CONTEST (3 days left)!
One of the most common presentation mistakes is submitting a very small image of your work. Why is this an issue, I'm not entirely sure, perhaps it's the fear of art theft that makes your gallery consist of 300 x 300 pix large pictures, but you're not going to get new watchers nor people to favorite your work this way - viewers want to enjoy the detail and atmosphere of the piece, they will move on one second after they open the page. For optimal results, the larger side of your deviation should be about 800-900 pix. Some artists submit very large files of their work as a main deviation, with download option enabled. If it's your intention to provide free full-resolution image to everyone who stops by, good - it's your work after all. But if this is not what you wanted, rather enable print with it and than submit a lower resolution main file.
Traditional artworks should be submitted into Traditional art / categories, this is no ground-breaking news. If you drew/painted fan art (copyrighted characters or stories), you can submit into Fan Art / Traditional, or in case of manga/anime, into Manga & Anime / Traditional. However, sometimes the artist uses digital editing or coloring on their original traditional drawing, where to put it then? On DeviantArt, we are always viewing traditional artworks in its digital form, therefore some basic editing is necessary and recommended - these would include contrast enhancement after scanning or crops, changes should follow one goal - to make the digital form appeal on the screen as close to the original as possible, not change it into a different artwork. If you impact your drawing with heavier digital touches, it belongs either into Traditional Art/ or Digital Art/, based on what medium outbalances the other. Use your best judgement when establishing this, to avoid reports or negative commentary. Regarding Traditional art / Mixed media category, when you're combining more traditional techniques, your final artwork belongs here as well (acrylic with oils would still go into Paintings, since you paint with your brush, etc.)
Extensive use of watermarks seems absolutely appropriate, given how many art theft journals I get to read every other month. On the other hand, many of you simply use the default DeviantArt watermark, heavily obstructing your own beautiful pictures, sparing yourself the opportunity to be added into many more people's Favorites or being featured. In another words, a picture that I fave has an aesthetic value and a watermark like this destroys it. It also covers certain corners of the artwork, stopping me from appreciating details. I understand that almost every artist, at least a bit popular on the internet, gets their pictures stolen by someone. This is one of the worst experiences you can have here, but in most cases people "just" claim your work being theirs on another social site to gain attention, it rarely hurts you economically (rarely someone gets your high-resolution images to sell prints, for example). Just make sure that your pursuit to protect yourself doesn't cost you exposure and potential fans / customers.
List your techniques properly. This is not obligatory, nobody will remove your deviation because the description window is empty or you haven't written what kind of pen you used, but let me give you few reasons why it might pay off to bother > it's easier to include your work into an article feature that demonstrates use of different techniques, many traditional art groups won't accept your work if your tools aren't listed properly and finally you might encourage potential customers / commissioners by being clear about your work methods. It also serves an educational purpose, in general. Please do it, thank you
Last but not in your dreams least! This particular point is the most important, most annoying and unfair when not done correctly. Credit should be given when the credit is due, end of story. If you used an outside source in your work, it should be properly listed in an artist's description window along with a link to the website. If you're drawing a portrait based on another photographer's work, credit the photographer, it's easy as that. There is no shame in using references for drawings and paintings, many professionals as well as students do that, some of us have opportunities to take our own references that suit to our artistic needs, some don't. Crediting the reference author is honest and right. On another but related note, you cannot use every picture you find on the internet as your drawing reference, even when you credit them. Permission is needed when you publish the final work. It is highly recommended to contact the photographer and ask their permission - once you receive it in a written form, go ahead and draw all you want (credit too, please). Stock and resource photography is usually free to use, as long as you follow the stocker's rules.
Daily Lit Deviations for December 12th, 2013
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Featured by: =UnspecifiedUnknown
Featured by: `TwilightPoetess
Mission Control5. I could grasp you
if my hands could find the courage,
paint your skin in slick streams
running like rivers
from the heated pads of my fingertips,
but how could I resist
the glow of your constellation lips
when your moonlight beckons me?
4. I could hold you
and your body would mold with mine,
snap our jigsaw hips together
if I could assemble the puzzle piece promises
ushered from your lips,
but I'm lost somewhere in your sky
without a corner piece.
3. I could love you,
but you already know I do
even if your copper coiled heart
is shorting out
against the live metal mesh fence
of your ribs
and my every word is transmitting
in broken tones
along the telegraph of your sternum.
2. You could take me,
unbend the endless galaxies in these eyes,
swallow me whole
into the glorious, sunfire gravity
of your supernova kiss
where I burn as a second sun
at the center of your loving universe,
if only you could
turn your launch keys wrists
and countdown the ignition
in my launchpad heart...
Suggested by: =SpiralingSpontaneity
~because i could not stop for love~i suppose we must not fall in love
because lightning doesn't strike the same place twice
and even if it did
the wind will have moved the soil since then
i was a hurricane girl
a nightmare child and my toes were seeped in dirt
from endless summer evenings
the heat sunk into my brain
and maybe that's why
it's always cold in my heart
but a raging fire in my mind
i belong to the wind
to the forests and the oceans
the world is wrought with beautiful boys
but the river is never the same
love was never something i wanted to understand
i allowed myself to hurt
or else i was forced to
because how dare i believe i was something other than human
but everything they said about love
and especially, especially that it will "set you free"
was a goddamned liar
(or you know -
love was the most inconsistent thing i knew
and i buried my feelings deep into the burnt out hollows of my brain
the most reliable thing in this world
are the seasons
so whatever you might say
Suggested by: *intricately-ordinary
Featured by: `SilverInkblot
Treasure Among the Swaying Boughs
I've seen her for quite some time now, as if she were but a mirror of myself.
She walks through these cursed forests as a nymph of the old myths would, as if she was one with every being- slivers of her heartwood birthed the sprouting trees, each tear formed the crystal springs.
Does she even have a meaning, a life, a desire? What could she possibly want from this harrowed world- is she yet another selfish servant to desire’s greed? I’ve seen it time and time again. Different faces, same expressions- serpentine eyes, plastic smiles, trigger-happy fingertips- she’s beyond all that, or so I hope.
Who’s she to invade my sanctuary, what with her dreamy-eyed gaze and shy little smile? Does she not know the suffering that lies beyond my forest’s wooden walls? No- she was that carefree, that naïve- but when we first made eye contact, I saw wisdom beyond her young age. As my eyes met hers, she simply watched before silently climbing down out of her tree-
Featured by: =Gingersanps
A Raging SeaQuietly, the siren stared out into the unforgiving abyss. Her tail glimmered through the soft, colliding waves, as she laid against a sunken rock. Lately, her soul has been crushed and cursed. She looks out into the fog only wishing to find her answer out at sea.
Her hair had grown a foot since that cursed day. It embraced her bosom gently as if it was the only thing that could hold her together. Frozen tears scarred her face, and yet her beauty still existed. Her tears fell like weights as she thought about the cursed day. The healer forth told her that she could return to land with the help of the starfish trinket. However, she felt chained to the sea. She had tried to return to land, but the natives ventured to keep her chained inside the scales that pierced into her skin. "Be gone sea witch," they would scream, "you have cursed this land and will forever mourn in the depths". As time went by, the siren knew that even if she coul
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If you are able to respect all the effort put into painting a picture,
respecting the effort put into creating a reference photo shouldn't be much of a problem.
A chemigram is an experimental art where a photographic image made by painting on a light-sensitive paper.
Woohoo it's time to announce the winners of the Draw Clovis Contest! You guys had over 3 months to work on your entries so I expected some really nice ones Anyways, there were way more entries this time than the first contest I did so that's a bonus I judged mainly on EFFORT and QUALITY, but I also paid attention to how you portrayed Clovis' personality and his likes/dislikes. I also wanted to let you all know that I can now use the art you have submitted as any references of Clovis so dont be surprised if you suddenly appear in a mention because I'm just linking the drawing as a reference for a commission or something Now ****drumroll.........
3 month Premium Membership (or 636 )
200 from =Clovis-cutestkitten
Forever feature on my profile
And two extra featured honorable mentions:
For the original OC
3 month Premium Membership! (or 636 )
200 from =Clovis-cutestkitten
Forever feature on my profile
FREE request from Clovis-cutestkitten
1 month Premium membership! (or 396 )
1 year feature on my profile
NOTE: ALL WINNERS MUST NOTE ME WHETHER THEY WOULD LIKE THE PM OR POINTS AND A REFERENCE LINK IF NEEDED!
My commission info:
Point Commissions (ALWAYS OPEN)EDIT: Something new has been added....
These are my commission prices for paying with points!
They are normally digital but if you want a sketch it will be traditional.
You choose between colored (30 ), traditional sketch(20 ), or digital sketch (15 )
You can add a background with an additional 5
I will choose between full-body or half-body, but 99% of the time, it will be FULL-BODY. (Unless it is the traditional sketch which will most likely be half body)
Once you request a commission, you pay AFTER I submit it!
[Bullet; White] Also, just a little note from experience: for sketches, the more complex the character, the better!
[Bullet; Red] And boys for me dont always turn out right fyi. [Nod]
Out of the 20 people who were entered into this giveaway, only one could win the 100 !!!! and that was.....
ALL PRIZES WILL BE DELIVERED ASAP but premium memberships will be gifted on December 20th (dont ask why please because I dont want to spend so many points at one time right now) CONGRATS TO EVERYONE!
Christmas Giveaway!EDIT: Ends in less than 3 weeks! Join before it's too late!
Yay it's the holiday season and everyone is giving gifts and.....I thought, "Let's have a little giveaway!" So because I am using so many points on that contest (2168 actually ) this giveaway won't be too too big unfortunately....
You must be -ing me! I will always have giveaways and contests in the future so if you want a chance for more points, I would say don't unwatch me
Make a journal about this giveaway and post a comment with the link to it. Sorry I know everyone hates doing this, but it's good to spread the word!
And that's it!
1 month Premium membership (or 396 [Points] )
A free commission of any choice from my commission journal
A year long feature on my profile
[Point Right]2ND PLACE:
A 3 month feature on my profile