How to Improve your Art and CommissionsWith every stroke we make with a brush, pencil, or any other medium we use, we are improving. Sometimes, it might feel like you are not improving at all and sometimes your art looks EPIC all of a sudden. I really hope this little guide can help you with your improvement and also give you some good tips in regards to creating commissioned pieces.How to Improve your Art and Commissions10 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Observe Your Idols
We all have that one person, or those 50 people on DA who make us feel like our art is mediocre. You have to remember that those artists were once in your position, admiring other incredible artists. Have a couple artists you really really like and try to learn from them. Now I don't mean copy their styles and trace their work, but try some of their techniques or use their art as inspiration. (In my opinion, copying and tracing is how we start drawing but we don't share this with the public. Copy and trace only when you practice!) If you are fairly new to DA, you can browse the popular page, or c
Prismacolor 101Community WeekPrismacolor 10111 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
*SEE BOTTOM OF JOURNAL FOR HELPFUL VIDEOS.*
As traditional artists, you probably have heard of prismacolor premier softcore color pencils (such a long name ) Just like any other brand, there are some cons that I will go over. I will also be briefly comparing prismas to faber castell polychromos. I hope this “guide” will help you with deciding whether or not to get prismas
Which set to buy?
I think everyone debates on this topic. Should I buy this set? What if it’s not enough? Maybe I don’t need all the colors? I personally debated with myself (LOL) for 1-2 months. There is the original 12, 24, 48, 72, 132, and 150 set. There are a few sets in between but they are the anniversary ones and stuff like that. I recommend starting not with the 24 pack. It seems like the first go to choice for everybody but in my opinion, you’ll soon regret it. Most of us used the Crayola 24 pack before
PencilsArtist's ToolboxPencils11 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Let’s talk about pencils, the handy tool that every artist uses. The pencil can seem pretty basic at first glance, just a mundane everyday object. But the pencil can create magic:
There are a variety of brands of pencils that you can use for art and a variety of kinds. Let’s quickly look at some examples:
Graphite Pencils: This is your humble every day pencil. It is useful for sketches and full scale black and white work. There are many brands ranging from cheap to expensive. Art graphite pencils vary in hardness. The best way to think of hardness is how easily the graphite smudges or applies to the paper. F is the lightest and the hardest lead (the graphite filling of a pencil) and 9B is the softest and darkest lead
Drawing the PortraitTraditional ArtDrawing the Portrait1 month ago in Art Features More Like This
Welcome to this humble overview which presents some thoughts on how to approach drawing the portrait.
Bear in mind that we won't copy the photo like in the photorealism style, instead we will use the reference as a guide and we will create our own vision of the subject. We will explore simple drawing, a more elaborated sketch.
So let's get started!
(It's essential to study and draw the head from life, but here we will focus on working from photo references)
This step is the most significant part. Let's take a look at some examples, bad ones and good ones.
(I randomly picked a well known face for our purpose, in this case the actress Charlize Theron)
Now we have our reference.
This next step is to make things a bit easier for the less experienced eye.
ACG MASCOT CONTEST WINNERS!!AnotherContestGroup is proud to present our MASCOT contest RESULTSACG MASCOT CONTEST WINNERS!!4 years ago in Personal More Like This
ACG MASCOT CONTEST RESULTS
First of all we would like to say thank you for all who took part in our ACG Mascot Design Contest - please take the time to check out all entries http://anothercontestgroup.deviantart.com/gallery/34936870 however after the results of 5 judges/independant people we are please to be able to announce our winner and the two lucky runners up. It was very very difficult to judge as we had to judge based on design, concept, idea, how easy it would be to recreate and generally ignore some of the beautiful works which people obviously put a lot of time and effot into because sadley we wouldn't be able to do full colour detailed drawings every time we came to recreate the character. There for. The winner and runners up are as follows.
WINNER OF ACG's MASCOT CONTEST IS....
HEARTS OF LOVE contest (updated rules)Shorter version of the rules.HEARTS OF LOVE contest (updated rules)4 years ago in Personal More Like This
HEARTS OF LOVE CONTEST
Organized by :iconFallenangelgm:
Judges: :iconFallenAngelGM: & :iconHaganenochibisan:
What is it about?
A fanart contest with the characters of our manga project HEART OF WILDFIRE with the main theme of LOVE, ROMANCE & PASSION. ANYONE CAN JOIN!
1st prize: 150$ USD
2nd prize: 75$ USD
3rd prize: 24-Month Premium Subscription
4th prize: 12-Month Premium Subscription
5th prize: 1500 points
A 3-Month Premium will be given to 10 entries as HONORABLE MENTIONS
NUMBER OF ENTRIES ALLOWED: NO LIMIT
DEADLINE: APRIL 14TH 2012, 11:59PM (GMT -5H00) (it's been extended)
1) Join/watch the group :iconHeart-of-Wildfire:, you’ll have to if you want to upload your art and have updates about the contest.
2) Draw/make an art using either one, a few, or all of these following characters in a love-themed picture:
Monsterful: Fanart/Fanfic Contest | Win 4000 Pts!Monsterful: Fanart/Fanfic Contest | Win 4000 Pts!3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
The Monsterful Webcomic is kicking off summer with its biggest Fanart/Fanfic contest to date! Participate to win up to 4000* DeviantArt Points (2000 for 2nd place) or Official signed Merchandise! Contest ends on Sep. 1st.
1.st Place: *4000 2.nd Place *2000
Participating is really easy, just follow the following steps.
Reply to this journal stating your participation.
Join the group to submit your Fanart or Fanfic. Just go right ahead and join: :iconmonsterfulfanclub:
Rules and Tips: Please make sure to follow them.
No OCs (Original characters of your own) or crossovers with characters from other series are allowed, only canon Monsterful characters may be depicted.
There's no need for your fanart/fanfic to be Summer-themed, so u
1-Year Event: CLOSED! + Questions for Members?Hello everyone and it's now time to close the One-Year Event! (I know that I should do it on the 27th but there are some participants who asked me to extend one more day). Once again thank you to all the participants who have entered this event, I hope you guys are enjoying your time in working on those entries! XD They are all special and unique in every way so well done to all of you who have submitted your contest entry! *applause* Since there are less than 30 entries this time, the judging process wouldn't be too long, I hope that we can announce the winners next week or so..1-Year Event: CLOSED! + Questions for Members?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm a bit disappointed that there are so little entries when we have given you more than 3 months time to complete your contest entry but I understand that not all of you have the free time to enter the event so I just hope that the next time we create another event, they will be MORE entries submitted to the group, alright? And maybe next time you members can be the one to choose the contest theme?
Steampunk and Sweets ContestJudges: :iconPinku-Hime::iconAirisu-San::iconLonelyFullMoon::iconYay-123::iconChiikaJr::iconDebbie-chan::iconA-Killer-Artist::iconSproutInk::icondeathlypossum:Steampunk and Sweets Contest3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Contest Timeline: Starting Now - November 30th
You have to be a member
Your entry must be submitted to the Steampunk & Sweets Contest folder
All forms of art accepted except for literature
Maximum of two entries
Of course your entry must be ORIGINAL
It must be stated in the Artist's Description that your entry is for KawaiiHaven's Steampunk & Sweets Contest
You can use original characters!!
You can use KawaiiHaven's Mascot, Yosei, in your entry. You can find reference artwork of her here: http://kawaiihaven.deviantart.com/gallery/37650855
You can use the Mascot or original characters or both!!
Prize Contributors may join
Featuring contestsIn this journal we will be featuring contests in other groups or from our fellow members.Featuring contests4 years ago in Personal More Like This
All contest are active so don't worry. We regularly check the list and delete contests which ended ^^
If you want for us to feature your contest send us a note or write a comment below
Contest: Cassidy: http://commander-feuer.deviantart.com/journal/TayxZauber-CONTEST-1000-point-prize-407030469
Contest Theme: Draw a picture of these (check link) two characters together, doing something cute, romantic, ect!
Prizes: First place: 1000 Points and more....
Deadline: OCTOBER 31ST
FIND SOME LOVE! -MINI CONTEST!: http://vampgirl31.deviantart.com/journal/Find-Some-Love-Mini-CONTEST-2-WEEKS-LEFT-404615018
Contest Theme: Create a Pokemon Themed Lover For My OC Lavender (Lavi)
Prizes: First place: 200 and LOTS of Art Prizes!
Deadline: OCTOBER 31ST
Digital Art DD RoundUp - March 2014:iconetherealbeast:Digital Art DD RoundUp - March 20141 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Features by Kenny-Winker
The Deceiver by Gido Name by raqmo
summer melody by pettryb Hidden Falls Alternate by TavenerScholar Tende by colorcaust Prairie Dog Western by Scummy
Iluq in her canoe by beavotron On The Hill by sprogis7 First Snow by Wickfield Colorbear1 by MY-METAL-HAND
Sun Crystal Collector by JoshHutchinson Coming home after the battle! by BramLeegwater autumn leaves by MartinBailly Sacrifice by johnderekmurphy
Wood Golem by AldoK forest by Manadhiel The Wendigo. by BPuig Commission - Tyra and Marthin getting supplies by Pehesse
Features by Thiefoworld
:thumb412985716: Anchiano by the-fogz Dinosaur Toy Parade by freestarisis Deer by PaxsonArt
Get the YORE! Collected edition for FREE! by STUDIOBLINKTWICE Lake by dkfktl1004 The Legend of Oganach by Ehetere Massive Black Workshop Live Demo by EytanZana
Corrupted Throne by HippyHoudini espantalho by noiaillustration Natmada The Exiled by adamtanart Luminara Good News by EstevesLuis
2000 by xiongrong Flashback by god-loves-ice free hugzzz by AnnaGabrie kawka by maudt
Tunnel Vision by maddagone Sea Nymph and her pet Dragon by aerobicsalmon Dragon by Jasinai Frozenwind by tomvanrheenen
dA adds new CSS attributes Skinners! Must read!Okay, as per the latest dA site update found here. CSS coders are now allowed to use 3 more properties to rock their journal skins.dA adds new CSS attributes Skinners! Must read!3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
The properties are:
Lets see what can we do with these new fancy stuffs!
What does these attributes do?
1) content--> it is used to insert generated content in your HTML (Journal body for DA). Don't worry, don't worry! I'll tell you what is this "generated" content!
2) counter-increment --> it is used to insert numbers (or counters) to sections or sub-sections. I'll explain what "sections" and "sub-sections" are don't worry again!
3) counter-reset --> it is used to reset the counters
All these 3 properties are generally interlinked and are used together. But the "content" property can be used alone and has some cool usage.
Photography Troubleshooting: How to work with MistGetting the camera out, and the scarf, hat and gloves, and heading into a misty morning or hazy evening can result in the best kind of photographs. Atmospheric, moody and ultimately a fine example of whatever current season you're in - these kinds of shots present themselves at awkward moments so it's vitally important to be prepared. In previous years I've got up at the crack of dawn and ventured out with all the excitement of a young child on their first day of school - only to come home with a grazed knee and broken felt tip pens. Or rather, washed out, blurred and altogether rubbish photographs.Photography Troubleshooting: How to work with Mist3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Fog is a popular mist - we often get confused and just term it all as fog or all as mist. It's not quite like that. It's all about the visibility, if we can see less than 1km through it then it's fog. If we can see between 1 - 2 km then it's mist. So when is the best time to catch these ground level clouds at their best? Fo
Watercolour tutorialsAt Traditionalists, each month is dedicated to one traditional medium - July is for watercolour. Here's a collection of 32 very nice and well made watercolour tutorials and tips.Watercolour tutorials1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Everyone can contribute and post their own journals! How to take a part: simply send a note to Traditionalists and tell us what would you like to write about (or what art would you like to feature). We'll provide any needed help (including spell-check).
Watercolor paper Guide by jane-beata Watercolor Techniques by JoJo-Seames Watercoloring tips by dodostad
Artist's Toolbox: Dry pastelArtist's Toolbox: Dry PastelArtist's Toolbox: Dry pastel2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
A Pastel is an art medium consisting of pure powdered pigment and a binder of a neutral hue and low saturation. Pastels have been used by artists since Renaissance, but gained popularity mostly in the 18th century, when a number of notable artists made pastel their primary medium. An artwork created in pastel is called a pastel drawing or a pastel painting. We mentioned pastel as one of traditional art techniques in a series of articles written for Traditional Art Weeks of projecteducate
Pastels cannot be mixed on a palette like paints, but are mixed on the paper by overlaying and blending. The exact composition and characteristics of an individual pastel stick depends on the type of pastel and the type and amount of binder used. It also varies by individual manufacturer. There are two types of pastel -
Splig's Dip Pen TutorialTraditional ArtSplig's Dip Pen Tutorial6 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Hello, and welcome to my tutorial for dip pens! (or nib pens depending on how you choose to say it)
This article will probably be more applicable to beginners as I don't feel like I have yet mastered these tools completely... Regardless I hope those who read it find it enjoyable.
This tutorial will be organized into three parts:
The tools required for drawing with a dip pen consist of a metal nib, which fits within a holder, and ink.
these are my preferred nibs
I just use a cheap plastic holder
also india ink, which is not the highest quality but suits my needs :>
Examining the Nibs
PE: Add Media: A GuideAdd Media: A GuidePE: Add Media: A Guide1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
So, a while ago, deviantART announced a revamp on the comments feature, which included the brand new feature "Add Media". Add Media was also announced for journals at an earlier date.
Add Media is fairly simple to use, but there are a few features that I wanted to point out in this article that not everyone might know of, from adding custom emoticons that the community makes, to adding sta.sh item thumbs directly into comments and journals. I will go over each section in this article.
Let us begin!
So, when writing a comment, you will see a button that says "+Add Media", click that, and a side panel should show up. If you are writing a journal, it should already be there.
Pep Talk: Artistic Skills and 'Non-Art' JobsArt in the Professions WeekPep Talk: Artistic Skills and 'Non-Art' Jobs4 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Okay, so you've been honing your art skills for years now - you've mastered shading nostrils with chalk and photographing subtle light on trees and vectoring nine thousand different typefaces of the letter "Q". Awesome!
You will soon be Khal of the Great Dollar-Bill Sea.
You put like, ten thousand hours into these skills, and you are going to use them or so help you God. But, you don't want to be a cartoonist or logo designer or the person who photographs babies at the Simpson-Sears. You want to be an accountant, a used car salesman, a restaurateur, basically anything but a staff artist. So you look for a day job. Maybe it's a temporary job until you make a career out of freelancing, maybe it's a permanent thing and you don't have designs for being a pro artist - but who doesn't want a chance to show off, right?
LOOK AT MY POLE.
Well, good news: Your artistic skills
Tutorials and techniques 2It's time to refresh the tutorial journal! Added some new ones and removed those which, after some time, I found a bit misleading.Tutorials and techniques 23 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Below you'll find a list of tutorials I personally think of as the best on dA. If I have any problems with painting something I usually take a look at one of those.
Is there anything you're having troubles with? Need help looking for a good tutorial? Or maybe you'd like to see a video walk-through of me painting something?
I'm open for suggestions for what kind of tutorial/walk-through you'd like to see from me. If you're interested in anything, post your suggestions in the comments!
Poses, composition and perspective
Expressions and emotions
Colour theory, selection and mixing VS light
Blending Tutorial by acidlullaby :thumb146178
Getting the most out of your keywordsAs some of you may have already noticed, the deviantART Prints storefront has a brand new Search feature. This will enable you to search through the prints available on deviantART using their keywords. Here are some tips for using keywords that will help people find your work:Getting the most out of your keywords10 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Use as many words as you can
The more words you use, the more times your print will be viewed. Let's say, for instance, you are posting an image of some lovely roses. Some keywords you may use are "roses, flowers, plants, nature, Valentine's Day, romance, love, gift, bouquet, red, bloom, blossoms..." and anything else you can think of (while keeping it relevant, of course).
Keep them on topic
Sure, putting in "Harry Potter" and "hot girls" will get you more hits; however, there is a very slim chance the people searching for those words are going to buy your print if it doesn't have to do with the subject they've searched for. Try to keep
Hints and Tips #3 : Paths in GIMPHints & Tips is a new series of articles here at #projecteducate designed to bring you short, concise articles that give you some great artistic advice. To check out previous articles in the series follow this link. If you want to write an article, note #projecteducateHints and Tips #3 : Paths in GIMP1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
First of all, I plan for this information to be for those fairly new to GIMP. Some folks who have been using it for years will find it inane and obvious, but really those who have GIMP as their first digital art/editing program will most likely not know these things. Feel free to read though if you wanna say "Pfft, I knew that" throughout.
First of all, most people either don't know or forget that almost everything you need can be found in the Windows drop down menu. You can find all your dockable dialog boxes there and all their features will open u
PE: Presenting Your Traditional Artworks, Part 2Traditional Art WeekPE: Presenting Your Traditional Artworks, Part 27 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
This is the second part of a basic guide how to make your traditional artworks look appealing when presenting them in the Internet. This is not about changing or manipulating your traditional artwork to something is not originally, but helping you to make it look as good on a screen as it is in real life.
The Part 1 introduced some scanning and shooting tips;
This Part 2 advices how to edit the scanned/photographed artworks.
This guide is meant especially for beginning artists but maybe also more advanced artists can find something new to think about – or maybe you can share your best tips in the comment area of this article!
EDITING YOUR DIGITIZED PICTURES
For editing your scanned or photographed picture you need a software to do that (or you can use the adjustment tools your scanner offers, see Part 1 for those). Adobe Photoshop is a co
An easy wire-wrapping tutorialWhen it comes to making jewerly, especially silver, wire-wrapping technique is one of the nicest consider the availability and costs of the materials (it definitely beats Art Clay Silver at these points). But before you get silver wire and start making such fabulous pieces like the ones I've featured in the end, it's good to take your first steps using something cheaper - and here comes the copper wire - and making something simpler, to get used to this lovely technique.An easy wire-wrapping tutorial3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
This tutorial I originally posted on my blog a couple of months ago and I thought about sharing it also here.
This is what we're planning to get.
First of all, we need stones - the more regular they are, the better. No need to think about any super duper expensive ones now (: I collected most of them in my garden, there are also parts of my old broken earrings and a small glass ball. We also need sharp pincers, round pincers and a wire, 0.6mm or thicker, 40cm at least. Copper wire i
PE: How to Use Masking Fluid Traditional Art WeekPE: How to Use Masking Fluid 8 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
I use lots of watercolors in my mixed media works and people once in a while ask me how do I paint backgrounds so that objects or characters do not get painted at the same time. I often just paint background around a character quickly with free hand, but if I want to be more precise and when there are lots of jagged edges or tiny details to go round, I use masking fluid to protect those.
Here is a little tutorial how I use masking fluid in my mixed media works! You can use same tips in your pure watercolor artworks – the fluid still works similarly.
What is masking fluid?
Masking fluid is a handy tool if you want to leave some areas unpainted when painting with watercolors. It allows you to paint freely over the masked areas so you can avoid painting around complicated characters – instead you can just paint over them.
Masking fluid made of rubber, latex, ammonia and in some case there is also pigment added on