5 Tips: World-Building TemplateEDIT: If you like this journal entry, check out The Sarcastic Guide to Writing ebook http://www.amazon.com/The-Sarcastic-Guide-Writing-ebook/dp/B005TOCC1C for exclusive content on world-building, character, and dialogue!5 Tips: World-Building Template5 years ago in Personal More Like This
Colors: (An example would be red, white, and blue)
Symbol: (An example would be stars and stripes.)
Races: (The races that inhabit the area, whether or not theyre native.)
Government: (Feudal system, caste system, oligarchy, parliament, democracy, plutocracy?)
Religion: (Monotheism? Pantheism? Atheism?)
Resources: (What does the country export? Import? Make? Is famous for?)
Description of Major Cities: (I do this to get a feel for the areas the characters will be visiting.)
Quote: (What someone from this area would talk like, or talk about.)
History: (Everyone comes from somewhere. Peop
PE: ARTIST TOOLBOX: Water-based Media!Waterbased Media!PE: ARTIST TOOLBOX: Water-based Media!1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
I love water-based media! What is “waterbased media” you say? Well that would be any kind of water-soluble ink or paint! There are many advantages to working with water-based media, the main one being that many water-based paints and inks are not extremely dangerous to work with (in comparison to oils which are not good to get on your hands people…wear gloves!), there is no need for special clean up or a specific work environment (on that note, please PLEASE do not paint with oils in your living room). Another advantage to working with water-based media is quick drying times. This is a pro especially if you do illustrative works. A third pro to water-based media is that they are somewhat cost effective for us starving artists. Here are some types of water-based media: watercolor, ink, latex paint, and acrylic paint. My favorite type of water-based media is watercolor. Tip: you don’t need t
The Battle For Breakfast Is Fought With AdsThe Battle For Breakfast Is Fought With Ads4 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Cracked Eggs: The Battle For Breakfast is Fought With Ads
So a funny thing happened on the way to breakfast.
Early risers looking to get a quick, cheap breakfast on the go have, for a long time, favored one option: McDonald’s. The fast food giant’s breakfast is what you might call the stuff of legends. Scientists working for McDonald’s figured out how to put the taste of syrup into a muffin, and how to perfectly replicate the fried
Polymer Clay Brands Polymer clay BrandsPolymer Clay Brands1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
many people who start working with polymer clay usually do so by taking the brand they have available in a store around the corner.
For me that was Fimo, which is still a regular in my polymer clay box. I have tried several brands, though not all, thats why I borrow (with permission!) from other nice people which are credited in the bottom and in the intro, to give you a full picture. All the product pictures are copyright of the respective brands which I have written permission to use. (And got free samples from Fimo & Pardo just for asking! Thanks so much once more)
Did anyone of you know that Fimos goes back a long time and is probably the first polymer clay? It was originally invented by the famous doll maker Käthe Kruse. When in 1939 the mass didn't turn out to be used the way for doll heads as she wanted, her daughter Sophie dabbled on with it. It took another 15 years until she did perfectione
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/only 1 character per sheet/
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Sketchy colored ½ body
$30 USD /character
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Sketchy colored full body
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Responses to my last article (pt.1)So after reading comments on that latest article http://fav.me/d6q4snq about 'humanizing wolves' I noticed a lot of people argued or debated quite a few points. Points I felt I should try to cover in a sort of Q&A section here.Responses to my last article (pt.1)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
KEEP IN MIND PLEASE: In some parts of this there is personal opinions but I have included facts which can be backed up by research and by searching the internet as well. I've tried to cite sources as much as I could and give sound evidence when possible. I cannot be held completely liable if some information is outdated and I'm unaware but I would be glad to learn the updated information IF you have it accessible.
Now, let's begin!
1. Wolves can be tamed! My 'so-and-so' owned a wolf and it was the best pet I've ever seen! You're wrong if you think wolves can't be tamed!
(This goes along with wolfdogs as well for the most part)
Answer: Yeah, just because y
Digital Hacks #1: Rule of Thirds GridHi and welcome to Digital Hacks! Digital Hacks is an education based series that aims to make your life as a digital artist easier by providing you with education, tips, and tricks of the trade. In this article, I will be using Adobe Photoshop CC, discussing the Rule of Thirds, and I will show you how to create a Rule of Thirds Grid using Photoshop. Let's get started!Digital Hacks #1: Rule of Thirds Grid3 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Overview of Tools
Adobe PhotoshopPhotoshop Grid FeatureKeyboard (PC or Mac)Difficulty Level: Easy
Rule of Thirds
Before, I show you how to turn your Grid Feature into a Rule of Thirds Grid let's discuss what the Rule of Thirds actually is and why it is beneficial to digital artists.
The term Rule of Thirds, is more commonly known to photographers and it pertains to photographic composition. The Rule of Thirds is one of the very first things photographers learn about as it teaches them how to achieve well-ba
PE: Scanning And Photographing A/M WorksIntroductionPE: Scanning And Photographing A/M Works11 months ago in Art Features More Like This
A traditional artist faces a great challenge after finishing an artwork. How do they get it on their computer to upload and show the world?
There are two main options: Scan or Photograph. Both of these come with a horde of challenges and this article is to offer a starting point for the artist to experiment and find the best solution for their art.
There are a number of type of scanners, the most common domestic peripheral being the flat bed scanner. This article focuses on using a flat bed scanner and not a wand or other type of scanner.
First things, the scanning bed must be as clean as possible, clear off dust and pet hairs before attempting to use and make sure the scanner is on a stable surface for scanning. Some scanners will be sensitive to direct sunlight being on the outside, if you find that your artworks get a strange bright spot, do check that section of your scanner isn't being exposed to direct light.
PencilsArtist's ToolboxPencils10 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
Android app stealing artwork/line art (EDIT2)Android app stealing artwork/line art (EDIT2)7 months ago in Personal More Like This
EDIT: Sorry if this is seen as spam in inboxes but at this point I've been made aware that this application has been posted on other websites as well and on one of those it's not free (it's $.99 aka: $1 per download).
This is direct copyright violation as it uses another person's work without permissions to sell a product.
Please, help report these apps and get them removed =/ It's not just my artwork being used but other's as well.
Okay so… Apparently there’s an App out there called ‘Little Animal Painter’ that is using my (as well as other’s) line art.
So I was informed of this not by 20 minutes ago (at most)...
I cannot even begin to know how to report and app or what to do. All I do know is this outright violates my rules for that line art — which can be found here —
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What I learned at Comic Con this year."Man creates his own world or gets crushed by the worlds created by other men."What I learned at Comic Con this year.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I attended the DeviantArt panel "The Business of Fanart" at Comic Con, along with some other panels relevant to my artistic interests. Basically, the takeaway I got from that panel was:
Making fanart is totally okay. It can be helpful to have fanart of popular characters in your artistic portfolio to show you can draw other people's characters. Don't worry about getting things exactly on model. It's fanart, not merch, therefore there are no rules.
With fanart, try to take a character and make it your own, redirect the canon. A copy of canon is fine, but show how you can take a character and turn it into something else without losing what makes them that character. (Alternate universes maybe?)
If you're passionate about the fandom, you might come up with something that could not be bought and change the fandom.
Use fanart as a platform to
Beauty of the Nature ContestIntroductionBeauty of the Nature Contest4 years ago in Personal More Like This
The theme of the contest is Beauty of the Nature. This mean that you can do at anything that shows the beauty of the nature, in a beautifull portrait in sunset or even in the anime style with characters in snow. Let your Creativity to flow in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter places.
We accept these Art categoryes: Photography, Digital Art, Traditional Art and Manga & Anime.
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How to Create Photostories, Part 1Community WeekHow to Create Photostories, Part 14 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Photostories, for those who don’t know, are essentially comics put together with photos as opposed to drawings. They can be as simple as a few frames making up a one-two-punch joke, or as complicated as several installments of a series. For mine, I use Asian Ball-Jointed Dolls (BJDs for short) to represent my characters, but you can use whatever suits your fancy and your vision.
I’m frequently asked for advice on how I put together my BJD photostories. Here is a step-by-step guide for the process I usually go through, and some tips! Feel free to pick and choose what advice you take away from it. My way may not be the best way for what you want to create, and everyone has their own style, but if you can find anything helpful here, great!
There’s a lot to do before I pick up a camera…the first half of this guide has to do with characterization and developing the players in your story. Feel free to
Why I Fail at Daily Drawing//Update//Why I Fail at Daily Drawing3 months ago in Personal More Like This
A small update-- There will definitely be a drawing event based on process, not product, and the goal of building the habit to draw every day, rain or shine, happy or depressed, busy or lazy.
It'll begin some time in June, and will last for 3 weeks (21 days). I've gone ahead and started a group for it so that it'll be easier for me to organize and easier to share experiences and support others trying to get a routine just like you.
If you want to participate, or just watch to see how it all plays out, go ahead and join:
The 21 Days Habit
//End of Update//
In my Personality Poll, :iconzombieceli: brought up the subject of motivation. I've been contemplating, investigating and experimenting with this topic a lot the last few months and being an INFJ, I have to write it out! LOL
There's this really interesting (and terrifying) transition for a lot of artists. When we first started drawing, writing, painting or whatever it wa
COMICS 101: 4 Tips on How to Draw Faster!|FACEBOOK|TWITTER|TUMBLR|BLOG|SMACKJEEVES|INKBLAZERS|COMICS 101: 4 Tips on How to Draw Faster!9 months ago in Personal More Like This
Hey guys! just posted a new blog post with 4 things that have helped me to become a more efficient artist! you can read it HERE, but I'll also post the info here!
Harper Lee - An Unexpected ChapterArt History WeekHarper Lee - An Unexpected Chapter5 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
For over five decades, it was Harper Lee and her book. Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, published in 1960, has earned its author generations of readers, worldwide acclaim, a Pulitzer Prize and highest honors from two presidents. It has been translated into over 40 languages and sold more than 30 million copies. It has seen adaptations on stage and screen, both of which have gone on to form their own traditions and receive their own accolades. Through Mockingbird, Lee has challenged us to consider and reconsider racial inequality, gender roles, the nature of justice, and the loss of innocence. Lee's words are as relevant today as they were when she put them down in mid-century Alabama, and the lessons are still as keenly felt in 2015.
While Lee has written more since then, she has made it clear that Mockingbird's pages contained everything she felt she had to say. As far as the world was concerned, Harper Lee had written her book, and that was that. It
Tutorial Showcase #13DeviantART is a great place to find not only art but also some awesome tutorials. It doesn't matter if you are interested in photo manipulation or writing, usually there is a tutorial for that. But at the same time there are so many great tutorials outside of deviantART and most deviantART users might never find them unless someone shows these tutorials to them. So I'm happy to introduce you a new journal series called "Tutorial Showcase" which features some awesome tutorials outside of deviantART. System is pretty simple. Every showcase journal showcases five tutorials from a specific category and this category changes with every new journal. There's no special placement, all of them are equal. So here we go!Tutorial Showcase #132 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Theme for this time is:
This first tutorial doesn't specifically teach you only one object but rather how to start with pixel art and some of the pixel art history with it as well. It is a really detailed tutorial and
Tools for photographing the night sky Artists ToolsTools for photographing the night sky 4 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Photographing the night sky was one of my new years resolutions. I wanted to capture the stars where we live because very soon they'll be turning on the street lights and ruining the views that we have. Sometimes when the conditions are particularly good we get an amazing view of the milky way from just the naked eye. I wasn't as lucky the other evening but there are some definite captures of Jupiter amongst the stars... Read on for some info on how to photograph the night sky yourself...
DSLR Camera - full frame or crop sensor, it doesn't matter which!
Wide angle lens - around 16mm minimum (Landscape lenses do the trick)
Batteries (spares because invariably it's quite cold and they drain quicker!)
Remote shutter release
I recently invested in a Pixel RW Wireless shutter remote which you can find on Amazon
The epic journey (25)The epic journey (25)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Onwards to victory!
A group of mysterious riders appear in the far distance of the internet. Gracefully galloping across the grassy knolls of deviantArt, racing against time itself
PE: Taking care of your drawingsTraditional Art WeekPE: Taking care of your drawings6 months ago in Art Features More Like This
There are countless tutorials on drawing, painting or anything else you fancy to create, but how about taking care of the finished picture? Here you might find a bunch of useful tips on how to take care of your drawing (taking care of paintings will be explained another time).
It's usually similar for the most kinds of media you might have used - as long as it's waterproof, fixative or hair spray will be enough. Some specific tools, such as ballpoint pens or some kinds of non-waterproof ink, might smudge during spraying and even more afterwards, so it's not recommended to save them that way.
Fixative or hair spray?
There are many opinions on both of them. Here are, however the facts: fixative is much more expensive than hair spray, it usually stinks awfully, and is considered the "pro" way to preserve the picture (uh oh). H
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PE: On selling artTraditional Art WeekPE: On selling art5 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Shopping here, selling there...
The internet provides a great opportunity to not only showcase your art, but also to sell it - so much easier (and in a lot of cases so much more profitable) than art galleries and shops. Here you can find out what some of the Traditionalists' members think about selling art, both on and off-line.
Before you get to reading them, though, here are two questions for you:
If you sell your art anywhere, how would you describe your thoughts about it?
And how about buying art?
What websites or art galleries do you visit for that purpose?
And here are the opinions:
In my opinion its very gratifying when it works. I sell prints, crafts, handmade jewellery, and the occasional original, and in my opinion people giving their money in exchange for my art is a great vote of confidence in tha