Writing Real, Original OCsHi. I'm Alexi. Before we get started, there's some things we need to get out of the way.Writing Real, Original OCs4 years ago in Personal More Like This
My advice is not gold. It's probably not even silver. It's not law. It's just advice. But I've been writing for years, and I've been working on this for a few days now, so It'd be pretty nice if you listened to me.
Writing believable characters starts off pretty difficult. The first characters you write will probably be shallow, and/or idealized versions of
yourself. Your first villain is probably 'just evil because he's evil'.
Your characters fall into a number of stereotypes, and become labeled by them.
Maybe you want to avoid Mary Sues so you make your characters plain.
Maybe you write extrasuperfabulous people because you want your characters to be liked.
DON'T WORRY. THIS IS PERFECTLY NORMAL. EVERYBODY STARTS OUT LIKE THIS.
Throw this mindset out the window, because:
There is one thing that every main character needs to be.
They don't need to be
Custom User Boxes Tips/TricksYou can see a preview of all custom user boxes here here!Custom User Boxes Tips/Tricks5 years ago in Personal More Like This
How to Make a Sticky Bar
This tutorial applies only to this custom user box:
What this tutorial will do is stick your green/red bar to the top of your widget.
NOTE: This will not work in the deviantID widget unless you have no deviantID selected.
Copy and paste the following code into the module you wish to apply the code to:
PASTE YOUR BAR CODE HERE
THIS IS WHERE YOUR CONTENT WILL GO
And we're done! Just modify the bolded code with your content.
How to Make Linkless Buttons
This tutorial applies only to these custom user boxes:
You know what a link (or hyperlink) is right? Well, these button have a place for hyperlinks. This tutorial removes them in case you don't have or don't want a link.
In each of those custom user box codes, you will find so
How to beat procrastination (part 1)As I said on a previous submission, I'm planning to make some tutorials on the upcoming December. Before that, however, I feel like I can help on another subject, which comes before even starting your drawing: Procrastination. I mean, procrastination towards your own drawings.How to beat procrastination (part 1)4 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
If you're not familiar with this word:
pro-cras-ti-na-tion |prəˌkrastəˈnāSHən, prō-|
"the action of delaying or postponing something."
Why am I talking about this?
Well, a year ago I used to be a professional procrastinator. I've imposed the 365 Days of Doodles challenge to myself for this particular reason.
While procrastination is to some degree a natural phenomenon and can’t be completely eradicated, you can use the following strategies to get in the habit of getting drawings done.
Mind that these are not golden rules or such, just strategies that work fo
How to beat procrastination (part 2)Most of the excuses for not drawing is lacking of ideas. On part 1 of this journal I explained why I find it useful to keep a notebook with you, and to write down your ideas whenever possible.How to beat procrastination (part 2)4 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
This second part is about developing the habit of drawing. Hope you find it useful!
Create the habit of drawing
First thing to know about creating new habits is that it works kinda like inertia law:
"An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by an unbalanced force. An object in motion continues in motion."
Which means that the more you postpone your drawings the more you'll feel like delaying them. This procrastination abyss can be endless. For instance, I didn't draw anything in 2013 until the end of August when I bought my fi
Video - How to draw bishonen [Speedpaint]Here you can watch 2 Videos, how i draw with Photoshop :3Video - How to draw bishonen [Speedpaint]1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I hope it´s a little bit helpful (or maybe just interesstingt to see the Process ♥)
PS: Please give a small feedback, when it was a little bit helpful/interessting
Tutorials and techniquesQuite a lot of people keep asking me for tutorials and to be honest I see no point in creating yet another strip on how to paint skin/clothes/light/carrots/whatever. There are so many of them out there that it would be simply a waste of time to sit and basically copy what's already been told.Tutorials and techniques4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Instead, I've decided to make a compilation of different tutorials and charts that I personally use to learn how to paint.
The most important thing you need to learn even before starting to read a tutorial is that all walk-throughs are meant for you to understand how things work. My point is that after reading and later practicing a tutorial called 'how to paint a glass duck' you should be able to paint not only a glass duck but also anything else made of glass. You should concentrate on understanding the rules and patterns instead of trying to copy what you see on the image. Otherwise you'll end up knowing how to paint only a few things from only one perspective and one lightning pattern.
"I want to be a better artist."This is a sentiment I hear often on dA. It's usually followed by a question regarding how one should go ABOUT becoming a better artist."I want to be a better artist."4 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've no doubt made journals like this in the past, but here's another one. This page was in dire need of an update, either way. : )
I could probably talk your ear off for a mile and a half about why I should be the last person you ask for creativity-boosting advice. Aaaand I have my reasons for this, but that's not really what anyone who writes me wants to hear, I think. It's just a fair warning. I'm not an accredited teacher, I was far from the most capable person at my college, I've made a metric crapton of mistakes, and I am nowhere near where I'd like to be in my own personal artistic endeavors. If that doesn't bother you, well, keep on reading!
The best way I could aid anyone interested in bettering themselves would probably be by giving you the advice that inspires me the most. Stuff I've heard from frie
Trends.There are a number of trends I'm amused by at deviantART.Trends.3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Search for draw this again and you see a meme where deviants are showing their progress through the years. Examples:
Then there's a trend on YouTube where deviants are posting video blogs about their deviantART experiences. I recently caught this one by DomieNeek that I was charmed by. She makes great points, too!
In November we published a Journal on dt's Blog, very discreetly announcing that we've launched a set of API's (Application Programming Interfaces) so that developers out there could make Apps for deviantART.
TutorialsThis is just for everyone who asked about tutorials or for some advice.Tutorials3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm in no position to teach anybody and suck at explaining things anyway, so it's probably better to point you at some other sources.
for example, if you don't already know it: http://www.youtube.com/user/FZDSCHOOL
the youtube channel of Feng Zhu, who's submitting videos done in front of his students and also explains some of the techniques.
idrawgirls blog: http://idrawgirls.blogspot.com/
and the ctrlpaint website: http://www.ctrlpaint.com/
IFX magazine's youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/ImagineFX
Digital Painting Video Blog with Bobby Chiu: http://www.youtube.com/user/digitalbobert
Digital-Tutors (3D): http://www.youtube.com/user/DigitalTutors
Noah's Art Videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/noahbradley/videos
plaidklaus (3D): http://www.youtube.com/user/plaidklaus
Know your Basics - TexturesThere are a lot of tutorials out there on how to create / photograph texture as well as how to use them on a technical level, but the question of why and when to use textures is rarely touched. This article wants to fill that gap and therefore looks at texures from a slightly different perspective.Know your Basics - Textures2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Textures in Manips as you know them
For a photomanipulator, the first thing that comes to mind when hearing the word "texture" are images that can be used in soft light or overlay mode to texture a manipulation or parts thereof. What most manipulators therefore have in mind, are images like the following:
Beautiful textures, sure, and useful, too, but have you ever thought of doing more with them than the aforementioned overlays? And have you ever considered using other kinds of textures, too?
A more objective look at Textures
The following definition is an excerpt
Art BootcampHey everyone! And by everyone I mean those who wanna get better at art : DArt Bootcamp2 months ago in Personal More Like This
Tia is running a free art bootcamp over on permanoobs, approved by yours truly, covering lots of important basics and advanced knowledge on perspective, foreshortening, and (coming up) a lot of other things! Check it out and join in! http://forums.permanoobs.org/viewforum.php?f=17
That is, if you're not too lazy :3
kickstarter?Hello all! I've seen more and more kickstarter projects come by lately, it seems like this method of funding is an increasingly popular thing. I really LOVE this concept, because of the opportunities it gives people who can't find funding elsewhere and the way people can participate in the creation of different kinds of projects. As someone who basically has her entire art career online and thinks sharing the things I do is absolutely crucial to my progress, I see the growth of kickstarter projects as a really positive development!kickstarter?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I was thinking that this could be an option for the funding of the Trichrome series (if you have no clue what I'm talking about, check out http://trichrome.loish.net/ ) which I am going to start making in September (I already have research/outlines/scripts for the movies). I am very excited to make these but the problem has always been that I had to put the Trichrome work aside for freelance work quite often, since you know, I need to pay the rent and all! I
Huge Weekly Features!Huge Weekly Features!3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Stay - Ryan Gosling by arthawk87in blood 2 by Blakravell
Morning Doves by EnchantedWhispersArtHarmony by PerlaMarina
Out Of The Ashes by sanguisGelidusTyrion Lannister - Hero of the Blackwater by MaTTcomGO
Night by Aeternum-ArtDaenerys Targaryen by Katerina-Art
Somberwald Sage by SteveArgyleDucks by AmBr0
Godswood at Winterfell by DavidDebDavid 8 by SecondGoddess
the language of crows by EmberRoseArtNeytiri Wallpaper the real one by SteveDelamare
:thumb150057073:Eye study in flesh tone by jane-beata
Tired by HeatherzartSeeing Double by Heatherzart
The Blessing by IronshodSherlock Holmes 007+ by 403shiomi
Tears Of Rain by NatsPearlCreation:thumb196718639:
Pensieve lady in red by Lianne-IssaSilver and Gold by denismayerjr
SWAN by Sylwia77Loki by Pencil-Stencil
Facts About Garrus VakarianMy personal favourites are Penis Related....Just sharing, they're funny to me.Facts About Garrus Vakarian3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Anyway, please enjoy.
*C-Sec labels anyone attacking Garrus Vakarian as a Code 45-11.... a suicide.
*Garrus Vakarian just says "no" to drugs. If he said "yes", it would collapse Omega's infrastructure.
*Garrus Vakarian doesn't shower, he only takes blood baths.
*Scientists have estimated that the energy given off during the Big Bang is roughly equal to 1GVHs (Garrus Vakarian Headshot)
*Garrus Vakarian does not sleep. He waits.
*Garrus Vakarian counted to infinity - twice.
*If you can see Garrus Vakarian, he can see you. If you can't see Garrus Vakarian you may be only seconds away from death.
*When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night he checks his closet for Garrus Vakarian.
*In fine print on the last page of the Guinness Book of World Records it notes that all world records are held by Garrus Vakarian, and those listed in the book are simply the closest anyone else has ever gotten.
*Garrus Vakarian is c
Using techniques... digital & trad. mediumTechniques...Using techniques... digital & trad. medium3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm wondering what kind of technique are people using while they draw traditional and digital media... for example: If they draw traditional on the same way as digital (painting, coloring, shading...)...or opposite. Because for me digital and traditional are the same. It was always annoying when teachers in school told me that digital is much easier than traditional...that in digital you just press once with the brush and you already have whole image. Hahaha... that's noooooooot true at all I spend more time drawing digital works than traditional... Then I always say to people like that...Try and see for yourself if it's easier than traditional
Well, what I want to say...and ask. Last years I drew more digital drawings than traditional, so when I started to paint canvas, I drew on the same way as if it would be digital painting...only that I had one layer If you saw my digital tutorials... at first I did basic colors, t
Collection: Easy RidersCollection: Easy Riders5 months ago in Art Features More Like This
The tragedy of owning a motorcycle is that it sometimes must be “driven” instead of “ridden.” One must occasionally “drive” one’s bike to the store for a loaf of bread or to execute some other mundane activity unworthy of being a “motorcycle rider.” One is meant to ride, not drive, a bike—as it were a contentious beast forever being tamed. A bike should not be just a vehicle for the conveyance of bodies and materials. Riding should be transformative. A rider becomes one with the natural world being riven in twain by the wake of his bike’s passing. A rider becomes a living metaphor. A rid
WINNER! Re-design slave Leia! Win earrings!This contest was extremely hard to judge, and once I'd narrowed it down to half the entries, it was almost impossible. If I hadn't added a runner-up prize level, I'd still be judging now.WINNER! Re-design slave Leia! Win earrings!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Thank you so much to everyone who entered. The variety of entries was better than I could have imagined! I was really amazed by all the creativity. I saw the bra turned into a vest. I saw the neck chain used as a signature weapon. I saw the red drapery turned into skirts and loose, baggy pants. I was amused to notice so many people leaving the boots as they were after I mentioned that I liked them. I saw Leias suited for ballroom dancing, sneaking around dark city streets, firebending, brawling, and just being awesome!
Winning entry: http://starlit-sorceress.deviantart.com/art/Slave-Leia-Redesign-3-380597209
Chainese wins these earrings http://starlit-sorceress.deviantart.com/art/Leia-is-Nobody-s-Slave-Win-these-earrings-371889448
point/art giveaway?? :3 (CLOSED)WINNERS CAN BE FOUND HERE: http://eecoli.deviantart.com/journal/and-the-winners-are-377681965point/art giveaway?? :3 (CLOSED)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I was going to do a 300 giveaway when I got to 400 watchers, but I'm close enough. I love you guys, for real. And I feel like people might watch me just to get more giveaways, which ain't right -- I really only want to be watched for my art.
There will be 4 winners as of right now!
3 people will win 100
1 person (maybe more than one if I feel like it later!) will win a free drawing request of their choice. No restrictions, anything goes! if it breaks dA's rules, I'll post it elsewhere :iconheplz:
The only requirement is to fav this journal and you will be entered!
however, if you make a journal linking back to this one (and link me to it, of course), you will get another entry. =u=
winners will be drawn 1 week from today, on June 13th (my first day of summer vacation! ho
ATB - An alternative to watermarks: MetadataWe have all seen watermarks on images, here on dA and around the internet. And even though they have become a necessary step in the aid of preventing art theft/misuse of art, they are not always ideal. It's really hard to signature or watermark an icon that is 50x50 pixels and still show it off, for example. And even in larger pieces of art, sometimes they just look ugly or, like the watermark option offered by dA, take up too much of the image.ATB - An alternative to watermarks: Metadata2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
So what is the alternative?
GDA PE Week 2013 Day 4So day 4 woooooot!GDA PE Week 2013 Day 41 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Get to know your game development groups
Yup, there are groups that help support game development. One of the very first groups for this was :icongame-art: . It specifically ties into the game development art category because it was founded around the same time it's founder became a CV themselves. A lot of the rules for the group are the same rules for the category on Deviant Art itself. The group's former founder, :iconpyritie: works for a game company as a programmer and was at one point a CV for the category. The current founder, :icondkdevil: , is also a game developer working alongside a programmer to make a game called Gender Bender DNA Twister Extreme which you can read more about here -> http://www.indiedb.com/games/gender-bender-dna-twister-extreme
The group features galleries that our broken down similar to how we have the category setup.
Sartorial Storytelling: Character at a GlanceSartorial Storytelling: Character at a Glance5 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Sartorial Storytelling: Character at a Glance
Pulp Fiction by Rembrush
Masterful storytelling is about suspending disbelief.
One would think the most important element of a story being told is the events being depicted. Belief in these events, however, is a prerequisite to appreciation. Picture this: watching Anna Karenina in the theater, you’re riveted to the epic tale of doomed lovers. Your friend, a history professor with a fetish for details, laughs at random moments. After the movie, he pontificates at length on how unbelievable the movie was
Oi people - think before you click!Yesterday I got spammed to hell with messages linking to different variants of this image:Oi people - think before you click!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
They can have slightly different graphics or contain different links but the message is always basically the same - go to this page and you'll receive 20 000 .
I have to ask the question - how dim do you have to be to fall for it?
Ok let's see - we have an image hosted on a profile that is 1 day old and asks you to visit a website with a strange url with a promise of a financial reward on an another website. How do you even imagine that would work? And now, of course, people start crying that their computers got infected with malware. Which is great - every genius who fell for this obvious phishing scam deserved it. I hope your shitty computer burns and you along with it.
I know this is a no-duh for 90% of people reading it but for the sake of the rest lets revise what we all should know about online phishig. And before you go all:
No, no you can't.
FEATURESFEATURES1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I will follow by Inextremiss Memories by IMAGENES-IMPERFECTAS
Dscn4666(1) by Ayad-jabban emotional solitude by CosmicKat Death, Mayhem et Pestilence by eliasaquino Evil by B-Morbid timeo hominem unius libri by fudaryli Skullheart by juliobandeiras
Restless by bliXX-a Belle Endormie by Bohemiart antigona by Ralu77 C a r o u s e l by Aeternum-Art
Haunted House by Flobelebelebobele celestial mutilation by miguelopazo The Chemistry Between Us chapter 2 by doeasembilanpro Clockwork Skull By Kellyngin-d77q7gf by MateoGraph Martyrs By Offermoord-d77ntyz by MateoGraph
XIII by deadcancoil this is who i am by fudaryli you're not angel? by grazapp Who we are? by A-Q-U-A-R-I-U-S
ABCBorrowed from :iconjacksl:ABC2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Just for fun.
A - Age: 43 years young.
B - Bed size: Single but comfy.
C - Chore you hate: Shaving
D - Dog's name: No dogs
E - Essential start your day item: Tea
F - Favorite color(s): Blue, Red
G - Gold or Silver: Silver
H - Height: 5'8"
I - Instruments you play: None yet
J - Job title: Professional Idler
K - Kids: Aaron, aged 23, from my first marriage.
L - Living arrangements: House
M - Mom's name: Angela
N - Nicknames: Not telling.
O - Overnight hospital stay other than your birth: Motorcycle accident in 1987.
P - Pet Peeves: Bad manners & hygiene, whingers & know it all's.
Q - Quote From A Movie: I love the smell of Napalm in the morning (Apocalypse Now)