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The other day, I attempted to put together a huge list of some professional and semi-pro women artists over on my tumblr,  because it seems like too often women get overlooked when it comes to being honored and recognized. This year, I was incredibly honored to be nominated for a Hugo award in the Best Professional Artist category, but I was a little shocked to find out there hadn’t been another woman nominated in that category since Rowena Morrill in 1986. That’s more than a little ridiculous, considering there are so many women artists out there who are all amazing, who offer unique points of view and design solutions, and who need more visibility and recognition. While putting this list together, I was really excited to find tons of new artists I'd never heard of before. 

Click here to see over 70+ artists I've assembled so far.  It's very image intensive, so be warned. ;) 

Also feel free to suggest or mention more artists, either here or on the tumblr link. :) 

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Show your pet!

Thu Oct 31, 2013, 11:36 AM



The contest for the best photo, drawing and painting domestic animals !


Participants may submit two entries for each category.
You can also take part in one category!

The contest will end on December 31, 2013

The prizes :trophy: in each of the three categories are:

- First Place: 3 months Premium Membership

- Second place: 1 month Premium Membership

- Third place: 1 Cake badge

Here I want to thank all those who contributed to the creation of this contest!

The biggest thanks for :


:iconslixxrick:  :iconsharpphotostudio:  :iconludwlg:  :iconmatchbooked:  :iconpuppiosity:  :iconhillerix:  :iconleaglem:

As well as all those who have not been listed here.

 :iconminniehugplz:

and please as much as possible to indicate their favorites by a note to me when the contest will be coming to an end. (this will be the end of the year)

Do you think you can not win? Treat this as a fun and show the world your pet!

Category Photography
- View entries

Category Drawing
- View entries

Category Painting
- View entries
Already 101 entries! See it.

If your pet is a farm animal you can also take part in the contest. 
Accepted Digital Art and Traditional Art


Pets rule! :dance:



Journal - K-Amanda
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30 FREE brushes, smudgers, erasers to download

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 12, 2012, 6:51 AM

Here's some fantastic stuff to help everyone out!
Click on the image to download 30 badass brushes, smudgers, erasers.. etc! Courtesy of Schoolism instructor :iconrobotpencil:

If you like it, please share and pass on the positive vibes!

Sending positive vibes to you all!

Bobby

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Featuring Useful Sites

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 3, 2011, 12:13 PM
Tumblr l Gallery l Commissions



My Tumblr Postniaro.tumblr.com/post/12290832…
Posting it on DA too because I feel like more people would see it here. /squints

I feel like featuring. So here's some stuff I think are interesting and that I use/would like to use more often. <: They're in no specific order.

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Nattoli's Blog - www.nattoli.net/
An anime artbook, magazine, and doujinshi review blog.

Nattoli's blog features a lot of beautiful work. If you're like me and don't want to buy art books or sit in Japan town to browse-- this is a great site to go to. They have an extensive overview of many artbooks (including some pictures!) and have a really interesting and pretty extensive archive. I haven't been frequenting this blog too much but I think I will start more to get inspiration.

Shimaya キレイな本をつくるために 紙原稿について "About this document to create beautiful paper" - www.shimaya.net/howto/kamigenk…
Doujinshi size templates and guide.

Not much to be said. It is in Japanese and I recommend using the google translate option to be able to at least read some of it. But I use it mainly to check out appropriate sizes for paper.

Pixiv フリー素材1000users入り tag - www.pixiv.net/tags.php?tag=%E3…
Pixiv tag, lots of downloadable patterns.

Just be able to navigate Pixiv. Very basic navigation skill. If I can do it you can LOL But I won't teach you... So good luck.

Color Palette Generator - www.degraeve.com/color-palette…
Enter the URL of an image to get a color palette that matches the image.

'Nuff said. Just enter a URL of an image to get some nifty color palettes!
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Okay, that's the end of my really short feature LOL... I just want people to know of these useful sites so that they can use it as inspiration too. /squints I know a lot of people already know of a few of these sites but I figure, someone has to find a site somehow.

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The process is fairly simple. You load the desired texture on to Genesis in Daz Studio 4 (in which ever form, V5, M5 etc) Then under the 'Surfaces' Tab, select the icon in the top left corner of the window. Scroll down to Map Transfer. On the top left of the new window where it says 'Template' right click in the box area. Click 'New Template'. On the right side of the window is a list of the surfaces your current 3d model has. Daz have been very helpful here as they have numbered the relevant parts of the map that belong together. So it is then a process of Shift+Left Click each map region in turn. Once you have the whole group selected left click and drag them over to the Template1 that you created. Then change the 'Target UV Map to M4. You will need to have the Template1 selected to alter the 'Template Options' in the lower part of the window. I would advise a quality of 10, and dimensions of 4096. Then select an output directory. Here I would create yourself a dummy runtime in the Poser format. I would see how the texture artist folderised their character and set the dummy runtime up the same. Obviously changing the character name to the one you are converting.

Tip time: DO NOT USE THE DAZ TEMP FOLDER FOR OUTPUTING THE CONVERTED TEXTURES. Because if you close Daz Studio before moving the new textures to the dummy runtime, it will clear the temp folder on closing. Which is a royal pain when you could have spent a great deal of time converting many textures.

What I did to create the Ohi'a Mat's was use a donor set of Mat files (Ovidius) then I swapped out all of the relevant textures to Ohi'a (in The Poser Material Room). Such as diffuse, specular, bump etc. Then I saved a brand new set of Mat files into the dummy runtime. Under the Pose and/ or Materials folders. Using the naming structure that Morris had for the original M5 version.

Please Note: Map Transfer does not convert genital mats between characters. It also makes a mess of the eyelash transparency. So use the Ovidius eyelash texture. Copy it to the Ohi'a dummy textures folder.

Limitations: Map Transfer may cause seams to show in high res textures. I have found this with both Raiya's and Morris's textures. I have found for full body shots the seams should be okay to render. Though portraits will show the seams up. Which will mean cloning out the seams in your chosen art package. Also avoid tattoos that cross seams as Map Transfer will make a mess of the maps.


If you need any further help give me a shout on: elvenesque@elvenesque.com. I use the same email address for MSN too.


Hope this helps


Lee
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AlvaroArte asked me if I could suggest some books on realistic drawing and concept art which was timely as I've been thinking about writing a post about it. So, in no particular order here are some books I recommend.

Instructional Drawing:
Keys to Drawing (Dodson) - A lot of my early drawing lessons a knowledge was based in this book. Great exercises.
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (Edwards) - A cornerstone art book, it (re)teaches you how to really observe your subject with various exercises.
Imagination Station (Kistler) - While likely not applicable to you guys, it's a wonderful art book for little kids who find it fun and teaches good art principles.

Understanding Light and Color:
Alla Prima (Schmid) - This is not a how-to painting book but delves into how to think and understand light, color, edges, etc. My painting bible.
Imaginative Realism (Gurney) - This author of Dinotopia does a good job addressing how to approach realistically painting subjects that don't exist.
Light and Color (Gurney) - This second book by the author breaks down all major forms of light and color you'll have to paint and pinpoints key aspects.

Comics:
Understanding Comics (McCloud) - Was the first art book I read in a decade that presented art concepts I hadn't heard before. Not a how-to on creating a comic but a thorough journey to understand the unique medium (in comic format). Even if you don't want to make comics you should read this.

Comic Reference / Inspiration:
The Art of Hellboy (Mignola) - Full of sketches and comments, I look at it when I need to simplify. Mignola says so much with so little.
Cover Run (Hughes) - Gorgeous women and heroic men in a realistic, art nouveau comic style with sketches and comments.
Mythology (Ross) - Poured over this book when it came out. Ross' art makes the characters feel like living breathing people. This book gives you a glimpse into their creation and creator.

Other Reference / Inspiration:
Spectrum (any of them) - These annual books are a showcase of the best scifi and fantasy art for the year. Huge range of styles and subjects.
The Art of Star Wars Episode 1-3 (Bresman) - Fantastic examples of top tier concept art in a range of mediums with comments.
The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook (Lee) - A beautiful collection of hundreds of pencil drawings by the author who was a lead artist in creating the Rings trilogy.

Many other books have been influential to my art but I will wrap it here now.
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RESULTS ACG CONTEST: Why Do You Do What You Do?

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 15, 2014, 3:56 AM



Afer some delay, sorry all... the winners have been chosen.


:trophy: 1st Place Prize Winner goes to: :iconradioactiveroach: with Why I Draw by radioactiveroach - Well done radioactiveroach

:trophy: 2nd Place Prize Winner goes to :iconsayoran13: with ACG Contest: Why Do You Do What You Do? EntryTormented by what I’ve left unsaid,
I can only voice through this page
These thoughts dancing in my head.
I spend my nights awake in bed
Trapped within an unseen cage,
Tormented by what I’ve left unsaid.
At times it feels like my world is dead,
Writing is the only thing that can engage
These thoughts dancing in my head.
Other people’s judgement I dread
Against their hate I silently rage,
Tormented by what I’ve left unsaid.
On these pages my soul is fed
I’m an actor, the paper is my stage,
These thoughts dancing in my head.
This ink flows, from my veins it’s bled,
My aching soul the letters assuage.
Tormented by what I’ve left unsaid,
These thoughts dancing in my head.
- Well done sayoran13

:trophy: 3rd Place Prize Winner goes to :iconvissyscrafts: with Adorable Cafe (Complete) by Vissyscrafts - Well done Vissyscrafts


:trophy: Everyone Who Entered anothercontestgroup.deviantart…



:trophy: Prizes.

:trophy: 1st Place
~ 120 dA :points: from donations @ ACG-PointsDonations (the more donations this will go up)
~ 150 dA :points: from pindanglicious
~ 80 dA :points: from Bliood-Kira
~ 50 dA :points: from Shadow-Guardian0
~ Winners Package from AnotherContestGroup
~ Permanent Page Feature from AnotherContestGroup
~ Feature from Shadow-Guardian0 (6 Months)
~ Feature from Bliood-Kira (1 Month)
~ Feature from missimoinsane
~ Feature from RM014013-Drawings
~ Llama and Watch from takosuu
~ Llama from ACG-PointsDonations
~ Llama from missimoinsane
~ Llama from Schwannie
~ Adopt (Custom) from Draconica-Adopts
~ Chibi from ciao-7
~ Chibi (Digital) from IH-Kokoa-Bean-HI
~ Commission (Digital; Full Colored) from SDMcCarty
~ Drawing (Traditional) from Shadow-Guardian0
~ Full-body (Digital; Simple Shading; Simple Background) from Shadow-Guardian0
~ Full-body (Slight Shading; Simple Background) from :devShadow-Guardian0
~ Half-body (Digital; Full Colored) from Schwannie
~ Headshot (Flat Color) from sapphyst
~ Painting (Digital) from Bliood-Kira
~ Painting (Digital) Free Commission from missimoinsane
(awaiting additional donations)



:trophy: 2nd Place
~ 65 dA :points: from donations @ ACG-PointsDonations (the more donations this will go up)
~ 100 dA :points: from pindanglicious
~ 40 dA :points: from Bliood-Kira
~ 20 dA :points: from Shadow-Guardian0
~ Winners Package from AnotherContestGroup
~ Permanent Page Feature from AnotherContestGroup
~ Feature from Shadow-Guardian0 (3 Months)
~ Feature from missimoinsane
~ Feature from RM014013-Drawings
~ Feature from AnotherContestGroup
~ Feature from Bliood-Kira
~ Llama and 3 Favorites from takosuu
~ Llama from ACG-PointsDonations
~ Llama from missimoinsane
~ Llama from Schwannie
~ Adopt (Non-Custom) from Draconica-Adopts
~ Commission (Digital; Black and White) from SDMcCarty
~ Fullbody (Digital; Flat Color; No Background) from Shadow-Guardian0
~ Fullbody (Traditional; Inked Sketch) from Shadow-Guardian0
~ Half-body (Digital; Lineart) from Schwannie
~ Headshot (Flat Color) from sapphyst
~ Icon (Headshot) from IH-Kokoa-Bean-HI
~ Portrait (Colored) from ciao-7
~ Portrait (Pencil) from Bliood-Kira
(awaiting additional donations)


:trophy: 3rd Place
~ 10 dA :points: from donations @ ACG-PointsDonations (the more donations this will go up)
~ 50 dA :points: from pindanglicious
~ 20 dA :points: from Bliood-Kira
~ 10 dA :points: from Shadow-Guardian0
~ Winners Package from AnotherContestGroup
~ Permanent Page Feature from AnotherContestGroup
~ Feature from Shadow-Guardian0 (1 Month)
~ Feature from missimoinsane
~ Feature from Bliood-Kira
~ Feature from RM014013-Drawings
~ Llama from ACG-PointsDonations
~ Llama from missimoinsane
~ Llama from takosuu
~ Llama from Schwannie
~ Adopt (Non-Custom) from Draconica-Adopts
~ Commission (Digital; Black and White) from SDMcCarty
~ Fullbody (Digital; Slight Shading; No Background; Lineart) from Shadow-Guardian0
~ Portrait (Pencil) from ciao-7
~ Half-body (Digital; Sketch) from Schwannie
~ Headshot (Flat Color) from sapphyst
~ Lineart from Bliood-Kira
~ Sketch (Pencil) from Shadow-Guardian0
~ Sketch (Traditional) from IH-Kokoa-Bean-HI
(awaiting additional donations)


:trophy: Everyone Who Entered
~ Journal Mention from AnotherContestGroup
~ Journal Mention from Bliood-Kira
~ Llama from ACG-PointsDonations
~ Llama from missimoinsane
~ Llama from Bliood-Kira
~ Llama from Schwannie
~ Llama from pindanglicious
(awaiting additional donations)


:meow: Judges
:iconmissimoinsane: :iconacg-pointsdonations: :iconsirenanimations: :iconciao-7: :iconbliood-kira: :iconshadow-guardian0::iconschwannie: :iconsapphyst: :iconih-kokoa-bean-hi: :iconpindanglicious: :icontakosuu:


Ps.  Llama's can only be awarded to those who haven't previously recieved a Llama badge from the prize giver.

:iconanothercontestgroup: :iconacg-pointsdonations:
If you wish to have a contest featured in our journals (it's free) please send a note OR comment to the group and the staff will get it added a.s.a.p.
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  • Mood: Stunned
  • Watching: Naruto
  • Playing: P.T (ARGH!!!)
I never have as much time to give back to the DA community as I used to (being an adult and all that jazz!), and therefore I've decided to hold a simple competition!

:party: The prize will be a 12 month premium membership for DA!!! :party:


To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is fav and comment on this journal. That's it!! You MUST do both.

The competition will run for 3 weeks. So starting today, the last day to enter will be the 12th September at midnight GMT

I will be randomly picking the winner with help from a random number generator. I will bestow the membership immediately afterwards.

Good luck guys! And thanks again for all the support you've given me over the years!!!! :hug: Much love!
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DA COMMISSIONS: WTF?

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 11, 2013, 6:16 AM







I wanted to share this post I've seen on Tumblr. As a professionnal artist, I already know that I underprice my commissions. When you are a freelance, a drawing is generally 500€ to 1000€ when you're a beginner. On DA, I generally sell them at 30/50€. What to think about the new commission system, knowing that I'm already leaving my commissions for a low price?

You can easily understand: why do you open commissions then?

Well,I love drawing for other people, and most of commissionners don't even know the real price of a drawing (now you know!). But when I open commissions, this is because I've got the time, because I love to share with commissionners, to know their universe, OCs...and because it helps me to buy new fabric for reenactments too, for sure. But... Well... Shame on you DA! O_o

How can you sell a service for only 0.2/0.4$, knowing that DA takes 20% too?! O_o

It may be a good news for commissionners, but DA, you're killing the artists by making people think that a drawing costs nothing.

From "dreki-k:" on Tumblr (real post here: dreki-k.tumblr.com/post/637183… :
"

Le me, surfin' the web : "Oh DeviantArt released their new Commisions portal… let's check it out! WAIT WHAT DID I JUST SEE? Are they out of their minds?"

Lemme translate those pricing tiers for you DeviantArt.

  • $0.02 - $0.37  (0 to 29 points)
  • $0.38 - $1.24 (30 to 99 points)
  • $1.25 - $3.12 (100 to 249)
  • $3.13 -  $12.49 (250 to 999 points)
  • $12.50+ (1000+ points)

Way to encourage artists to underprice their work, DA! And I'm not even sure "underprice" is a strong enough word for that.

Oh and let's not forget they're taking a 20% commission on everything you "earn" (hahahaha) with their commissions widget. I wasn't too fond of that but I thought "okay I guess you're kinda paying for a service?".

But this, this is just too much. See, I don't really care about artists who choose to set low prices. It's their decision, and I used to do it as well.

What I do care about, however, is the fact that more and more artists feel like they HAVE to underprice their work.

As if you were being greedy for wanting more than 10 dollars for a piece you worked on for several days! No, you don't and you aren't. Your art, your work, your prices.

But when one of the biggest art websites, one I've be using for 7 years, deliberately worsens the situation, then it becomes a problem."





(soon)



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CLOSED (new slots soon)

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Terms of Use

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 29, 2007, 6:35 PM
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* These brushes can be used for prints. You don't need to note me and ask.

* You may NOT repackage and redistribute my resources in any way, shape or form.

* You may NOT plop a brush down onto a plain or transparent background, with nothing else on the page, and redistribute it or sell it. This is the same as redistributing the brushes/images themselves. Placing the brush onto a product or within a design is fine, of course.

*  You MAY use my resources within your own design, painting, etc and do whatever you like with it (provided that proper credit is given, as below).

*  You MAY NOT redistribute any of my designs as rubber stamps. I have plans to do this in the future.

*  Tutorials from this site may NOT be redistributed in any manner. If you would like to put them up in a forum or somesuch, contact me first.

Providing credit:

*  Provide credit to me somewhere.  If used here on dA, feel free to credit me as redheadstock.  If you use them anywhere else, however, you must credit me either as “Obsidian Dawn” or www.obsidiandawn.com

*  If possible, please provide a link back here, so that others know where you found the brushes and can get a set of their very own! The link should go to: www.obsidiandawn.com

*  If you use these brushes or patterns commercially, credit me in whatever way that you can. If you’re a digital scrapbooker, most people list credit and the website URL in their TOU text file that comes with the download. If you cannot provide credit and want clear-cut rights to be able to use these brushes in your designs, you may purchase a commercial license.

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