Some advice for beginners in digital paintingPeriodically, I have people ask me about how to get started in digital painting. I decided to write up something to use in the future as a response to that particular enquiry, since it's far from a simple answer. You could call it my lazy reply. To be fair, it's a pretty loaded question, and it seems a lot of the people who ask don't realize how much they're actually asking. I'm not a teacher or personal tutor, mind you, so this will have to do.Some advice for beginners in digital painting1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
First of all, one of the most important things for you to know is that digital painting is not some magical solution to making awesome art if you can't already do so with regular drawing materials. I don't know why I have to say this, but it seems like a lot of new people have this idea. The basic skills you require to produce a digital painting are the same skills you'd use to produce a traditional drawing of the same quality. The software does not do the work for you. If you're aspiring to paint, whether digitally or traditionally, you need t
Design tips: Typography Avoid the use of the font Optima, particularly for luxury or similarly "fancy" types of clients. It looks generally dated and plain.Design tips: Typography2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Try not to pair different sans-serif fonts (ex: Arial and Helvetica), but if you do, do not use fonts that are similar. The key is to use fonts that are distinctly different, such as a condensed sans for headlines and regular sans like Helvetica or Verdana for subheads or body copy. If you use two that are similar, it will look like you mistakenly didn't update all your text with the same font.
If you want to pair a serif font with a sans-serif or vice versa, there are 3 options you should use to make your decisions:
1) Select fonts made by the same typographer, or
2) Select fonts made around the same time period, or
3) Select fonts with similarly shaped characters
(Note: The reason why the rules may be different between pairing serif/sans-serif fonts and pairing two sans-serif fonts is that serif fonts have ex
Fuck 911I remember watching the events of September 11 unfold live, and being very upset and disturbed by them. Even as a stupid teenager, I never liked the US foreign policy based on the very little that I knew and understood back then. However, I fully supported US bombing the shit out Afghanistan.Fuck 9113 years ago in Personal More Like This
Today, I saw the following image shared on Facebook by a friend, and it inspired me to write this post.
It's always important to see the big picture, and not miss the forest for the trees. Since 911 roughly, 100,000,000 people have died from hunger, which is a total of 30,000 911's in the last 11 years or over seven 911's per day. You tell me what is worse one: 911 in 11 years, or seven of them EVERY DAY.
But it's so mundane, and boring - right? Who cares about dirty little children dying in dirty little countries you can't even locate on the map. Almost nobody. This is not a rhetorical question, or speculation - it's a statement of fact. You don't really care, and I
Wallpaper-Planet: The Year Past.:iconwallpaper-planet:Wallpaper-Planet: The Year Past.3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Wallpaper Planet has seen some amazing wallpapers enter it's gallery this year and as I was absent for half of it I asked people "Who do you love?"
Our esteemed leader Giz chose DeeJayCRO and Futurology
Lil Onestopshopper chose giz183 and Senzune
And myself?...I can't possibly choose a favorite, there are far FAR too many magnificent wallpapers and artists to choose from SO I went back through every addition to the gallery this year and chose wallpapers that jumped out and screamed hysterically at me
Wallpaper-Planet would like to thank everyone for a wonderful year of screenie-customizationish-goodness! We hope you have a great new year full of alcohol, food and digital fun.
Memorial DayToday, we honor America's real heros.Memorial Day3 years ago in Personal More Like This
For love of country, they accepted death.
True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.
They served, and died, so that we might live, FREE.
In their honor, we must always cherish and passionately guard the LIBERTY they died defending..
Just a little reminder of what Memorial day ia ll about.
Thank you for your sacrifice....
Super Mega Summatime Feature!!:iconmrnoxx: :icona-j-s: :iconwintersmagic:Super Mega Summatime Feature!!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
:iconworksteady: :icontlbklaus: :iconiansnyder-art:
:iconsilverdali: :iconhiram67: :iconruthcouldbe:
:icondarkriderdlmc: Muu by gorgonbreath :icongorgonbreath: smoke on the water... by iytj :iconiytj:
:thumb314521617: :iconnature-as-is: Outside my window by teddybearcholla :iconteddybearcholla: MB12 New Age by Xantipa2 :iconxantipa2:
Alien Ship blue by jazzilady :iconjazzilady: A place to Rest by Sleepwalker1803 :iconsleepwalker1803: Dusk by VickyM72 :icondeviantvicky:
Curly Curlz by sed :iconsed: Run Away from Me by Nataly1st :iconnataly1st: Corphyze by Ton-K300 :iconton-k300:
four seasons in one day by essencestudios :iconessencestudios: Out On The Tiles Again by AureliusCat :iconaureliuscat: Five By Five by phoenixkeyblack :iconphoenixkeyblack:
Firethorns by GrahamSym :icongrahamsym: Monster Bulb by skyzyk :iconskyzyk: Carousel by timemit :icontimemit:
The Great Hall Of The Machine Lords by fraterchaos :iconfraterchaos: Caged in Fractiland by dark-beam :icondark-beam: :thumb304
International Women's Day-Happy 8 March:iconbouquetplz::iconbigheartplz::iconbouquetplz::iconbigheartplz::iconbouquetplz::iconbigheartplz::iconbouquetplz::iconbigheartplz::iconbouquetplz::iconbigheartplz::iconbouquetplz::iconbigheartplz::iconbouquetplz::iconbigheartplz::iconbouquetplz::iconbigheartplz::iconbouquetplz::iconbigheartplz::iconbouquetplz::iconbigheartplz::iconbouquetplz::iconbigheartplz::iconbouquetplz::iconbigheartplz::iconbouquetplz::iconbigheartplz:International Women's Day-Happy 8 March2 years ago in Personal More Like This
International Women's Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women's Day, is marked on March 8 every year.In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political and social achievements. Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries, primarily Eastern Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet bloc. In many regions, the day lost its political flavour, and became simply an occasion for men
Amethyst Eyes, my first novel, now availableAmethyst Eyes, my first novel, now available3 years ago in Personal More Like This
After a life of heartache and loneliness, Fae Ferryman commits suicide and finds herself met with Azrael, the Angel of Death. He then takes her to the Underworld, where he promises her the peace and happiness she has long awaited.
She soon begins to suspect, however, that nothing in the Underworld is as it seems.
When Azrael begins acting strangely and the rest of the Underworld's inhabitants provide her with far more questions than answers, she begins to wonder exactly how capable Azrael is of keeping his promise...
Amethyst Eyes is now available from the following:
Amazon (digital) (note, you do not
Undiscovered Gems (20)Yes, I've gone and done it again! As if I'm not busy enough with A Call to Conversation anddA Roadtrip articles, I'm bringing you ANOTHER one! With the launch of the "Undiscovered" browsing option, there are a TON of awesome artworks I've been finding and admiring, and I just have to share them with you guys.Undiscovered Gems (20)2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I WILL be taking suggestions for this series, as well, so if you discover something while browsing the bowels of dA that you think needs to be shared, please send me ( =TwilightPoetess ) a note titled Undiscovered Gems.
Undiscovered Gems (20)
with suggestions from DrippingWords
today's theme: emotions
SpaceFor a while it will seem as if I was never coming home,Space3 years ago in Personal More Like This
like summer or a childhood dream.
Your toes twist in the September sand and the chill reminds you
that some thoughtless time, some apple-scented eve
the old dog will growl low; the night shadows will stir;
moths will dart desperate through an open door--
and you will watch solitude disappear
like broken, restless love.
Selfishness.. FTW!You can now find me on Instagram!Selfishness.. FTW!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Let's start with the definition, since the word is oh so full of emotional baggage. From Wikipedia: "Selfishness is placing concern with oneself or one's own interests above the well-being or interests of others." Right then, fairly straightforward. How did this word acquire such a negative connotation in our culture? Who cares? Let's try a mental experiment and universally eliminate selfishness and see what happens to the world, shall we? Surely, it will be paradise on Earth, right?
In your mind, you may imagine an action like a mother sacrificing herself to protect her infant son from bullets with her body as an example of a selfless act. I would argue that the animal instinct behind that action knows nothing of ethics. It's an evolved behavior - those whose ancestors were more likely to have their offspring survive no matter what are the ones whose genes fill the
Without all of your prayersEmma is a little girl who will turn 7 in a few days - if she lives that long, that is. She got leukemia a couple of years ago, and despite the best efforts of doctors and numerous medications she is currently on what could be her deathbed.Without all of your prayers3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
"Hi, my name is Emily. I turned five on May 2, 2010. A few weeks after my birthday I started not to feel well and was diagnosed with leukemia on Friday, May 28, 2010. I was supposed to receive chemotherapy treatments until August 2012. However, on October 9, 2011 we found out my leukemia relapsed. I received aggressive chemotherapy through January but found out two weeks before my bone marrow transplant that I relapsed again on February 4, 2012. My bone marrow transplant is now scheduled for March 20, 2012. My mommy and daddy (Kari and Tom) are writing about me on this site to keep friends and family updated on my progress. You can read more about this by going to the journal.
Colors of infinity UPDATEUpdate: Another awesome TV program is Fractals The Hidden Dimension Now I have a functional link againColors of infinity UPDATE3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The old stuff: This evening (27 of May) my Windows XP crashed) That means no more fractals from me until either I fixed the problem or have a new computer built. Lucky I have my mini lap, with Ubuntu, so I have fully access to the net Waiting for more fractals from me, I put a link to an old legendary TV program from the nineties,
(click ->) Arthur C Clarke - Fractals - Colors of Infinity (<- click)
In the above TV program (53 minutes), containing many cool fractal animations, Some scientists as Michael Barnsley, and of cause Benoit Mandelbrot himself, explain fractals in a very nice way. I re
Christmas ProjectSo far i had no time to work on a new and fancy journal skin for the christmas project, but am already working on the idea and it will be done in time... hopefully!Christmas Project3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Together with my partner in crime ♥ MissChocci i am planning all the details for the christmas project. We are already having fun doing so, so i bet it will be fun for you to join later as well. It just might contain glitter... too much glitter! But you just have to deal with that
The project is based on the idea of "giving and sharing". I will give you prizes and you will have to share "whatever the task of the day" will be. What it will be, will be announced from December 1st on. Until then it will remain a secret! If you have any ideas for tasks let me know about them.
Prizes so far
To make this project a success i will need to be able to give away 24 prizes/prize packs, mainly to motivate people enough to join. So if you feel like
Twenty Tempting Textures 2Twenty Tempting Textures 23 years ago in Art Features More Like This
A Rainbow of colorful Bokeh and Light Textures,that are just bursting with potential.
Enhance,add depth or create an ambient dreamy atmosphere with these wonderful abstract
and colorful Textures that are just calling to be incorporated into your digital projects.
Use them as background images, or to add interest to a unique area of your designs.
With your fantasy the possibilities are limitless.
Mega Faves Feature 2Featuring recent faves from some of my DA friends...Mega Faves Feature 23 years ago in Personal More Like This
[Christmas Tree][Santa Clause][Holidays][Snowflake][Snowflake][Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer][Christmas Tree][Santa Clause][Holidays][Snowflake][Snowflake]
:thumb273458639: Relax by Joe-Maccer
Fractalholic 3044 by Fractalholic .:Spirals of Solitude:. by Yiskah-chan Flower series - Garland of Fire by DeviantGrace
Jord 18 by Kattvinge phoenix by thylaberes Flower craze by Lirulin-yirth
conversion by kram666 Screaming butterfly by cristy120377 Chrystaline by jazzilady
:thumb271169234: Party Favor by afugatt Midnight Clouds by Thelma1
Alien Terrarium by moonhigh The Boss MCE by ivankorsario Jagged by Leichenengel
Hey Ho-ho Ryu by x-pyre12 :thumb274500464: :thu
Wondrous things~Hello everyone! Hope your weekend was well! Mine was, if you were wondering.Wondrous things~3 years ago in Personal More Like This
This week's journal is a bit different. First of all, I keep seeing lovely traditional photography and i just have to share some with you!
Moonlit Seas of Celinia by Elitanna Splashing and Birdsong - for sale by rieke-b Media Nocte by donnaquinn :thumb304746598: Landscape with small waterfall by rosinka Jellyfish by SwirlyPaisley North Downs by neral85 Flowrrr by SveteG
Now for this weeks feature!
:thumb313596296: after the rain III by 250981 .floating. by 250981 Focus on Lilies' Dew by sentry-sight Little jewels by bialy-motyl Island Vibes by musician4000 Wild Strawberry by Clu-art houx by Tinuage08 Flamingo by braxtonds Lady by PuppetSan Stoat by studio-toffa Butterfly II by Ruruchiii delicateness by efeline Inquisitive by amaliabastos look into my eyes! by valaddoch Merens stallion by valentina-86 Bear Cub 2 by Les-Piccolo Myths and magic by cprmay Columns by 250981 Green Water Hole by WiDoWm4k3r Mysterious Forest by marrciano :thumb313251738: Greenmount Beach by MarkLucey :thumb306712868: Inviting by Capturing-the-Light :thumb283
Site Update: deviantART muro and Sta.shIn our continuous effort to improve the deviantART experience, we're publishing weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.Site Update: deviantART muro and Sta.sh2 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
deviantART muro Integration with Sta.sh
Sta.sh is your personal creative space on deviantART, a home to images, writing, animation and everything in between. For writers, creation has also been a part of the Sta.sh environment, with the inclusion of Sta.sh Writer. To help further the potential of creation, we've incorporated deviantART muro within Sta.sh!
The top bar of deviantART muro h
dA Life #07: Get in Touch and Get InvolvedWelcome to the seventh dA Life blog, a series created to help you enjoy your time on dA and use it's many tools for sharing your art, appreciating other people's art and taking part in the wonderful community that we have here.dA Life #07: Get in Touch and Get Involved3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
On dA there are lots of ways to make suggestions, share ideas, report bugs, ask for help and otherwise make contact through areas of the site like the Help Desk but there are also fun, every-day (and also pretty special!) things that you can get involved with directly, if you know who to contact. Here are three suggestions...
Moonbeam13, Director of Community Relations
Danie posts Pimps and Whoas articles every month featuring news, interviews, groups, devmeets, commission information, deviations and other interesting stuff from the community and you are invited to submit content for these articles. You can find a list of Pimps and Whoas articles on her page and there are
How I made the Alien fossil pendantMany people have asked how i made it so i'm gonna tell you In great detailHow I made the Alien fossil pendant3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I made it because a very nice man asked me to. Challenge accepted!
And i must admit - it really was a challenge
I have spent quite some time scratching my head and thinking 'how da hell am i gonna make this?'
So we're talking about this thing:
I started from the head.
The top was supposed to be shiny so standard wrapping was out of the question. I chose a low dome half round wire instead. That thing is SO hard to bend sideways and i had to bend it to get the head shape. After the bending battle was done i spent an hour fine tuning the shape of the head with various files.
Then there was the jaw. And the bottom of the head. The bottom should have some details so wrapping it worked fine. I measured how much wire should go into it, flattened 20ga wire, filed tiny little teeth in the front of the jaw, shaped it to get a bit of 3D action going there and wrapped it al
Watchers Feature #1:icongamerwolf231:Watchers Feature #11 year ago in Personal More Like This
A Foggy Autumn Morning by InfernalWordsmith:iconinfernalwordsmith:
:iconred-rat-writer:Bat Derp by Red-Rat-Writer
Soft by panspacular:iconpanspacular:
The Sun by Kerriaa1:iconkerriaa1:
Nothing lasts forever by SuperGirlSwag:iconsupergirlswag:
:iconniikol99:Jack :) by niikol99
Walk into the light by ravingroshie:iconravingroshie:
:iconalandree:Sweenett: Cameo by Alandree
1000 WATCHERS + A HUGE WATCHERS FEATURE!!!Hey guys and girls1000 WATCHERS + A HUGE WATCHERS FEATURE!!!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Today I reached 1000 watchers which is amazing!!! Thank you so much
thousand...what a huge number thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Thanks for every fave, comment and watch I ever got
Thanks for answering my questions/polls
Thanks for following me and my art
Thanks for helping me improve
Thanks for beeing there
And thanks for following me from the very first second here on dA!
I love you guys
Therefore I am going to do a biiiiiig feature of your amazing works! Please fave, comment and watch if you like what you see!
A Man and His Dog and Cat by KatRobertsonOh pits by KatRobertson
:thumb326592128:thing by Douwe-Dijkstra
Depthcore Echoes Chapter by tolagunestroWhite Zombie by tolagunestro
skt_4 by TFozzyskt_2 by TFozzy
Site Update: Gallery Subfolders, SignaturesIn our continuous effort to improve the deviantART experience, we're publishing weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.Site Update: Gallery Subfolders, Signatures3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
New Premium Member Feature: Gallery Subfolders
One of the most requested features we've gotten on Site Updates in the past is the ability to add subfolders within your gallery. As of today, the wait is over! Subfolder capability has been added to the member gallery for Premium Members. This allows users to create folders within a folder, for more specific organization and overall tidiness.
Try the new subfolders feature by upgrading to a Premiu
Send A Free TMNT Turtle Gram (Closed)Send A Free TMNT Turtle Gram (Closed)1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Is there a fellow TMNT fan here on DeviantArt that you'd like to send a quick thank you for being a good friend, recognize for being a creative inspiration or even give a shout out for just being an awesome person? TMNTContests wants you to let that deviant know how much you appreciate them and is offering a free turtle gram service so you can do just that. Let's show all of Deviantart what a supportive and amazing community the TMNT fandom really is!
:bademoticon: It's simple.
STEP 1: Choose one of the four gram designs. There's one for each turtle.