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
FAQ . Section. ( will update mostly everyday)Here's a List of FAQFAQ . Section. ( will update mostly everyday)3 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
How to work smarter and not harder on commissions:iconsaniika: Hi all!How to work smarter and not harder on commissions9 months ago in Personal More Like This
I am currently for several years now a freelancer earning my living with commissions and other side projects. Throughout the years I have made quite a bit of discoveries, tested what works for me or not and here is the compiled result on how to improve and make it easier for you to work on commissions. Some things might work for you better than others, but that's the trick - figuring it out on your own and finding whats the top for you.
Tip 1 - Create template responses
This is mostly helpful for saving up time. When I started I typed everything manually over and over again, however as my business picked up and I got more busy, templates helped me a lot. Templates shrink the time spent on correspondence. When you are doing everything on your own and don't have a secretary to take care of it, pre-typed text save time and hassle. For example you won't ma
How to be successful with commissions?How to be successful with commissions?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
This is a guide for people who start with commissions, the compiled points serve as advice on how to proceed. Sometimes I was asked for tips and decided to write this. After being on deviantart and other places and making commissions for few years I have gathered quite a bit of experience.
I hope you will find this helpful and enjoyable.
To sell anything (pictures, writing, crafts...etc) you need first to be discovered and seen by potential customers. Here is how you can make that happen!
Step 1: The start - make people see you!
Protips1# How to price your art ?As we are on an artist platform, maybe it's time for me to share some of my experience as an artist with my fellows around here. Well, I'm sure there are a lot of articles of that kind on the internet, but I still receive the same questions over and over so maybe it could be a good idea to write regularly here about one of them... And if the concept pleases you, I will maybe write some more.Protips1# How to price your art ?10 months ago in Personal More Like This
The first subject is not the easiest, because money and art is still kind of taboo for lot of people, but I choosed it because I think it's one of the most essential point for beginners ( young artists as students or hobbyists who would like to sell some original works or comissions, or young freelancers ). Well, it will be a very general approach, so if you want to talk about a point more precisely, or if you need more examples, feel free to comment below. I'll be glad to answer!
At first, don't think "How much a client would like to pay for my art?"
If you decide to sell your ar
Drawing on the right side of the brainDrawing on the right side of the brain3 years 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 Artist's Toolbox: The ScannerHello!The Artist's Toolbox: The Scanner2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
For this installment of Artist's Toolbox I'd like to talk about my favourite tool of them all,
my humble and slightly dusty scanner....
Without this vital analogue to digital translator, my own artwork as is would not exist, and of course many thousands of traditional artists would not be able to share their art online as effectively as just relying on photographing their work.
'I feel like because I don't have a tablet or do digital art no one likes my work.'
Digital Art has a huge advantage when it comes to online display because the product was created on a screen ergo looks best on a screen. Art done on paper/canvas or otherwise has the disadvantage for digital display (such as on your deviantART gallery) because you don't have to be a genius to work out that we are not actually looking at the original artwork on our screens, rather a scanned or photographed copy. However it is not impossible to create a beautiful digita
Art Block BanisherArt Block Banisher4 years ago in Other More Like This
Do you find yourself staring like a zombie at a blank piece of paper on your desk? Do you whip your pencil in a circle to draw a head, erase it, draw it again, and still find yourself dissatisfied and uninspired? Do you long to draw your characters in some crazy or adorable situation but lack the ability to come up with an idea?
Never fear! The Art Block Banisher is here!
This is a list of possible scenarios you can evilly dump your favorite characters into, whether they belong to you or someone else. So think about a few favorite characters, pull out a pencil and paper, and let's go!
Cooking Who can cook what, and how well? How many fire extinguishers will be necessary? Try drawing a full-out scene or just little doodles.
Age: What did your characters look like when they were little? How did/would they interact? What about when they're older? Try drawing them as grown-ups or (gasp) geezers. (Here's a great tutorial on faces at differen
Ways to avoid art depressionSome Ways to Avoid An Art DepressionWays to avoid art depression6 months ago in Personal More Like This
(reposted because I thought it’s time and needed again)
Ok folks, Maybe this will help one or two of you, who are too much into a depression.
It sounds silly for some, but respect that I write this for people who have some trouble.
When you find grammar mistakes, then sorry, as a german it is not easy writing so much english text.
1. Don’t compare your art with the best out there.
- A problem every artist has is that he compares himself in his development phase with artists who have their style or are big in the buisness. You cannot critisize yourself not being Picasso in the first day, guys.
Do a fair and reasonable comparison. Accept that you are on a special niveau in your development and compare yourself with people on your niveau. That means you have to search and work y
PE: I don't know what to paint...We all experience the loss of our muse from time to time. It can get quite challenging to even pick a subject for our next painting. What to paint, what to paint...However, staring at a blank canvas / paper won't make it better - in this article you might, hopefully, find a few ideas to explore.PE: I don't know what to paint...3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
1. PAINT YOUR CURRENT LIFE
Look around and get inspired by the present. Your siblings, parents, kids, pets, your best friend...Even yourself!
2. PAINT WHAT YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT
What is your passion? Perhaps you feel strongly about ecology, feminism, politics...or something else? Paint your f
Creating a Beautiful Fractal ImageThere are so many beautiful fractal images in the art world...Creating a Beautiful Fractal Image2 years 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
Art Blocked? The Anatomy of Art BlockA brief edition, 7 years later, as this article is still receiving attention.Art Blocked? The Anatomy of Art Block8 years ago in Art Features More Like This
AS a webcomic artist who has now produced over 1,000 pages of work with no hesitation, I should amend this article with the following summary:
Art-block is caused by a lack of creative purpose. Purpose is the best means by which a vacillating artist might finally become motivated again. Whether it's as simple as the need to capture a beautiful image, like a sunset with a loved one, or as dire as the need to communicate an imperative revelation before death, this purpose is the key to allowing the feeling of importance, which will allow artists to undertake as great a task as making art.
Avoid irrelevant information.
Understand your own desires.
Feel no shame.
We all get art-blocked at one point. "I don't want to draw" or "I don't feel like drawing this..."
By understanding what art-block is, we can take steps to avoid it in the future, and pos
PE: Fan Art vs Original ArtFan Art vs. Manga & Anime: The differencesPE: Fan Art vs Original Art2 years 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.
Becoming a Better Digital ArtistBecoming a Better Digital Artist2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've been asked many times about how to draw or paint and where to find tips and tutorials about it.
I, as a self-taught artist, have struggled a lot trying to learn and understand how to draw well and do digital painting. So I decided to put on a series of journals on this topic providing tips and resources, hoping that it can be useful for anyone who is willing to become an artist.
This series focuses mainly on digital art, but most of the principles can be applied to traditional art as well. This is not a training course, so please don't expect me to give you an in-depth look to it. Just take it as a collection of resources.
I have found most of what I've learned on YouTube and the internet, therefore I will provide many links to pages and channels related to what I'm talking about.
Click on the links below to go to the desired part.
Part I: Introd
Tips to Overcome a Creative BlockPeace and blessings to everyone!!!Tips to Overcome a Creative Block3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I hope you guys are okay.
A creative block happens to the best of us but these tips could help you beat a creative block. So hold tight as they will be coming fast at you....
1. Sleep on it and tap into your unconscious
Do what it says on the tin!
Sometimes ideas can happen when you are asleep. Wake up and write down whatever was happening before you forget it.
2. Get it down on paper
Write your main ideas down in columns, and list absolutely everything that comes to mind. You can mix and match the lists for unusual and original combinations.
3. Always carry a sketchbook
Sometimes looking for inspiration does not help. They may appear out of the blue when you are far away from your computer or the best ideas often come when doing completely random, uncreative task. Be sure to sketch those ideas down when they come.
4. Don't be afraid to step away
Completely open briefs can be the worst for causing creative block. Try