How to kill an Art BlockOkay. This is Tutorial of how to kill an art Block.
(Update 2013! New Tactics! Less Typos!)
There are three ways to kill an Art Block.
The Idol Tactic
Find an Artist who is better than you, a kinda Idol to you.
Now walk through His/her gallery and view the Artwork. But don't only view it, analyze it. Think of how he/she might have drawn it and think of where and why the strokes are like the strokes are. Though its Eeevuhl and forbidden on this lovely site, tracing helps a lot, too. (Just make sure to burn it with fire after you did) But also there, not only trace the outlines. Try to reconstruct the guidelines which used to be there at the beginning. Split the picture in shapes, like the way you read in drawing books, just backwards. That really helps a lot improving, too!
PRO: -you get better after the Art Block is gone.
Contra: -Its booooring. And well, keep in mind how tracing is evil.
The Extremeness Tactic
This one is funny, and my favorite.
Draw where and ho
Drawing on the right side of the brainDrawing on the right side of the brain1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
When inspiration attacks (and when it doesn't)
Everyone is probably familiar with this scenario. You're trying to draw something, but you can't find the inspiration. Or maybe you're trying to write a story, or an assignment for school, but you just can't find the right words. Or maybe you have to tackle a creative problem and you just can't figure it out.
So you rack your brain for the right ideas, but they're just not coming to you. Or maybe some of them are, but they're lousy ideas born (at least in part) from desperation. Either way, you're just not really happy with them.
That evening, when you're standing in the shower, you suddenly get a burst of inspiration. Suddenly, you know exactly what you want to write, or draw. Or maybe inspiration attacked when you were in the bathroom, or when you were jogging, or on your way to work or school. Maybe it happened when you were lying in bed, h
The New Submit Art PageImportant notice: This particular feature is being A/B tested -- meaning that we're comparing the effectiveness of two different versions of the feature. If you're a Beta Tester, there's a 50% chance you'll either see the new or old version of the Submit Art page. This is expected behavior and there's no way to switch between the two groups.The New Submit Art Page2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Today, we're bringing you a complete revamp of the Submit Art page! While the Submit Art page you're familiar with has been a long-standing part of deviantART, the new Submit Art page is designed to be more intuitive, user-friendly, and up to date with deviantART as it is today.
You now have several options for uploading your art! You can upload a file from your computer, select a file from your Sta.sh, or create a text document, all from the Submit page. Once a file has been uploaded, selected, or creat
Creating a Beautiful Fractal ImageThere are so many beautiful fractal images in the art world...Creating a Beautiful Fractal Image1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
...and the ones here at Deviant Art are no exception! The images are as diverse as each person who creates it. I am a lay-person on the subject when it comes to explaining the art itself. Simply put...fractals are based on Mathematical Equations. The how and the why of this explanation still eludes me, but the beauty of the images keep my creating them. For information about the underlying mathematics check this Wikipedia link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fractals
This journal will look at the elements that go into creating a beautiful Fractal Image, rather then the complexity of the base mathematics.
I did not come to these thoughts about the "Perfe
PE: Fan Art vs Original ArtFan Art vs. Manga & Anime: The differencesPE: Fan Art vs Original Art1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Many people have come to me in the past with questions regarding whether their work qualified as Manga & Anime or Fan Art, same happened with many Daily Deviations that were placed in the M&A gallery when they should have been submitted to the Fan Art Gallery, oops!
Do you have doubts regarding the submission process? Wonder no more, we'll unveil all the mysteries surrounding the categories! :iconokie2plz:
Fan art includes those artworks that are based on or contain material such as characters, settings, concepts or universes in general that are copyrighted to someone else other than the artist creating said Fan artwork.
Manga and Anime art, on the other hand, is home for all the artworks that artists have created from scratch and are not related to any preexisting universe nor contain any copyrighted material.
PE: 5 EXCUSES why you just can't do better!5 EXCUSES why you just can't do better!PE: 5 EXCUSES why you just can't do better!1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
You really want to, you've worked hard to develop the skills you have and you enjoy every minute of doing what you love. And besides, people say that your artworks are...nice. Cute. Doesn't that count for something? Sure it does, there is no reason to panic and pointlessly push yourself forward. Enjoy your coffee break!
Besides, even if you didn't like the current level as much, there is absolutely nothing you can do about it at the moment. So many unfortunate happenings stand right between you and your dream. Recognizing any of the following?
1 - You don't have the time
You're right! After all, you are a human being, not a machine, waking up early every morning, heading to school/work, afterwards taking care of the household/kids/your homework, studying, you barely even finish all the tasks during the 24 hours that's been given to everyone.
On the other hand, is there absolutely
FAQ . Section. ( will update mostly everyday)Here's a List of FAQFAQ . Section. ( will update mostly everyday)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
If you have any suggested questions post below and I'll try to add those that is most requested : )
Basic Digital Painting Questions
Q: What tools do you use
A: I use Photoshop CS 6, and I work on a cintiq 21 UX
Q: What do you recommend for someone who wants to get into digital art?
A: For programs that I've used and would recommend are 1. paint tool sai, it's a very user friendly and it's very affordable! you can also try using Photoshop CS (any version) they are both great software to start with.
Q: can you recommend a tablet?
A: yes, if it's for fun, I think any wacom bamboo tablets will do the trick, if you want to be more serious with this, then I would go with any of the wacom intuos tablets : )
Q: How do you make the skin so soft?
A:it's not really a secret but I use the airbrush in PS CS 6 a lot to blend,
Q: what brushes do you use?
A: My latest brushes can be
:|I'm just really tired of all the kids on here when it comes to auctions and selling/buying.:|1 year ago in Personal More Like This
But what was I expecting from here anyway.
I mean... You don't just go around bidding very high on things as a JOKE.
And then be all like "omg it was a joke I was not expecting to win I can't pay I only have 2 points".
It screws up the whole bidding, making it inaccurate for the other bidders. And it's also TERRIBLY annoying for the seller, having to let things go for much lower bids after.
And two other things while I'm here:
Don't tell people their prices are too expensive.
Don't tell people to not buy things because it's not worth it.
Man, I'm tired of this.
And now don't tell me to sell things on FA instead, I'm trying. But I'm still new on there and it's very hard to sell things, it's just not worth it for me at the moment.
Syn's Dithering TutorialWhat is dithering?Syn's Dithering Tutorial1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Dithering is a pixel art process used to blend blocks of colour together or help apply a texture to a pixelled surface. Within emoticons it is most commonly used when making pixelled backgrounds, however it can be used in a number of other areas, e.g. massive emote bases, pixel objects etc. In this tutorial, we will focus on how 2 colours can be blended with dithering.
To break dithering down into simple terms, it is achieved by simply taking the colours from the two blocks of colour and placing individual pixels of each on the opposite side. This creates a region where the two colours merge together to create a more blended colour transition instead of a clear line between the two.
Dithering can seem like a complex process, but it's really not. Once you get the basic idea and technique, it's just all about practice and over time you'll learn how to apply it to a number of different situations. There are many dithering styles which can be
Thumbnail Size Testing ToolThis testing tool was initially rolled out to half of beta testers. As of November 21 2012 this tool has been rolled out to all beta testers. Thank you for your continued feedback!Thumbnail Size Testing Tool2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Hello Beta Testers! As we continue to develop the experience of browsing and discovering artwork on deviantART, we'd like to gather additional feedback. Today, we're providing you with a tool that allows you to test out different thumbnail sizes.
Please note: This is a testing tool built specifically to collect data from Beta Testers and is not meant to be an actual feature. This tool has been made available to a randomly selected group of Beta Testers, and is only compatible with Chrome and Safari browsers.
Two buttons have been added to the top of all Browse, Search, and More Like This pages in the web browsers Chrome and Safari that allows you to change the size at which you view thumbnails. You can change the thumbnails to display at 50%, 75%, 100%, o
Commission InformationOverviewCommission Information2 years ago in Personal More Like This
All USD payments are made through paypal. When you pay- mark payment for SERVICES, not goods- otherwise I don't get payment.
I have the right to turn down a commission if I'm too busy.
I will NOT do any explicitly adult themes (sex, drugs, death etc). I will not draw pornography.
(Include any reference)
Sketch: $5 a character 
Bust Tag: $15 a character [1500 ]
(choice of flat colors or soft shading)
Simple Flat-colored Sheet: $30 [3000 ]
(One pose included, extra are +$5 each)
Character Design: $40 
(One Design + Simple Flat-colored Sheet)
Language - SevineniiSevineniiLanguage - Sevinenii4 years ago in Other More Like This
Instructions: Delete ALL vowels from the text that is to be translated. Example:
Hey! This is DarlingMionette!
Hy! THs s DrlngMntt!
Deleting out the vowels from the translation keeps words from getting ridiculously long. Sevinenii translates by converting consonant sounds into full syllables to avoid having several consonants in a continuous line like a direct translation of all letters may create.
When consonants repeat (LL) they are converted to their plural form (LL = denden = dena) shown later in the list after the singular spellings. For instance, Instead of:
Bell (Bll) = Ib-den-den
This was adapted to keep repeat consonants from creating ridiculous sounding words.
Syllables sound exactly as they are presented with a few exceptions based on where they are in the word (front, middle, end).
Consonant = Singular, Plural // Pronunciations ** Alternates
B = ib, iben //
PE: 9 tips to be more creativeCreativity isn't just an artist's concern. Creativity is about using your imagination in every endeavor. Believe it or not, you are a creative person already. However, these tips might inspire you to get the best of what you already have.PE: 9 tips to be more creative1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
1. GET OUTSIDE
This comes as a very first tip for a reason. Whether it's outside your house or outside your mind, changing your perspective will help the ideas flow.
2. DRINK ENOUGH WATER
Your brain functions much better when well-hydrated. Symptoms of mild dehydration include tiredness, headache, muscle weakness, and dizziness - these are certainly not going to help you to think straight.
Exercise produces endorphins that might as well be responsible for your next brilliant idea.
Dreaming is very important, inside a dream nothing is impossible. Use that to your advantage.
5. STOP WATCHING TELEVISION
Or better yet, get rid of the damn thing. TV is a mind-killer. Turn it off. Even if th
OH MY GOD... NinjaKato account was hacked!!! :CMy NinjaKato account was hacked... and some fucker deactivated it!OH MY GOD... NinjaKato account was hacked!!! :C2 years ago in Personal More Like This
It was NOT ME.
Guys... I don't know what the hell happened.
Oh wait... yes I do.
Someone posted a "This was stolen from [link]" on my latest image -- http://ninjakato.deviantart.com/art/Some-days-you-just-don-t-want-to-wake-up-339562224 (the image has been stored but the link should suffice) and I clicked the link because it was a link to a DeviantART page... it sent me to the log in page... next thing I know... my account is deactivated... and it's saying I have the verify my email address as email@example.com (I don't remember the email address exactly).
It seriously happened so fast there was no time to investigate further...
The first account was a bait account (sending out the message of accusatory theft to get the person's attention) then the second [link] account is the actual phishing account.
It pulls some switch-er-oo and next thing you know your account is deactivated and you're left having t
Writer's Tip: All About POVPoint of View. It can change everything. In the most literal sense, POV is the decision of who is narrating your novel, and what they see. POV also refers to the individual viewpoint of your characters, and ultimately, your readers. So where do you start? Well, that’s why I’ve written this article. We will explore the three standard POV options available to every writer, their advantages, disadvantages, and how to choose which one is best for you. Let’s get started.Writer's Tip: All About POV6 months ago in Writing More Like This
First Person POV
I stepped into the room on hesitant feet. Leander, the great Lion King of the river valley lay half-in-shadow at the back corner of the room, his tawny paws illuminated by a shaft of light filtering in through the high windows. His sable tail thumped once, twice, in the haze of dust motes, and my breath caught in my chest. I shouldn’t be here.
First person POV is denoted by the use of “I”, “My”, “Me”, “Mine
::Some words of advice::Maybe this is just for my own personal review later on down the line but I just thought to post this. This may jump around a bit and I apologize for that. I've written parts of this at different intervals so, heh, sorry if it's hard to follow completely. I'll edit it eventually.::Some words of advice::6 months ago in Personal More Like This
As an artist our aim is to create.
Our goal is to envision and then usually visually invent things from our own mind's eye and as such we often overlook the fact that not every mind thinks the same as our own.
Everyone has their own unique imagination with is fabricated and cultivated by our own live's unique experiences, events, and past. Now, while those things may be similar in nature at their core, no one event is the same for every person.
As such we have to realize that despite how much we want to, we cannot ever please everyone's tastes with our work.
It's not because there's persnickety people or that another artist is better than we are at our chosen