5 Tips On World Building: Part 2EDIT: 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 On World Building: Part 25 years ago in Personal More Like This
Once again, I don't want to get into world-building questions that will help you fill in the gaps, but merely provide an overview of the major things you need to take into account when creating a race or a culture. We can start off with the difference between the two. A race is defined by physical characteristics: skin color, hair color, and so on. Culture is defined by the characteristics of values and practices. If you have shapeshifting dragon men, that's a race. If you have shapeshifting dragon men who eat babies, and shapeshifting dragon men that protest the eating of babies, that's a culture. (And if you have humans who don't differentiate between the two, that's conflict!)
5 Tips On World Building: Part 1EDIT: 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 On World Building: Part 15 years ago in Personal More Like This
World-building, for me, is one of the biggest things about fantasy. It has, in many cases, saved a book from sucking. Conversely, poor world-building can drag a brilliant plot and excellent characterization down. What is world-building? It is consistency of logic and the new rules that you introduce as part of the story. Easy to say, hard to do. World-building, in good fantasy, more often than not, provides some kind of critical plot point. (If it doesn't, that's okay, but really good fantasy usually takes an established rule and gives it story stakes.)
Examples? Phillip Pullman establishes the rule of daemons in his His Dark Materials trilog
-CLOSED- Commission: PayPal onlyThese prices stand for personal use only!-CLOSED- Commission: PayPal only4 years ago in Personal More Like This
For commercial work please contact me at
Current price list is valid until 31st December 2014.
(bust, A4) = $35 USD /character
/only 1 character per sheet/
$20 USD /character
/ + $20 USD for every additional character/
Sketchy colored ½ body
$25 USD /character
/ + $25 USD for every additional character/
/ + $15 for background /
Sketchy colored full body
$30 USD /character
/ +$30 USD for every additional character /
/ + $15 for background /
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 Template4 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
CommissionCommission3 years ago in Personal More Like This
[Heart]Thank you so much for interested in my works [Heart]
My commission size will be not over A5 size for waist up and A4 size for fullbody.
I would upload the works into my gallery
and if you don't want me to do that please tell me
**This commission is for personal use only.
Please don't use it for commercial or claim that you draw it.**
[Bullet; Yellow]I Do[Bullet; Yellow]
- Light Yaoi & Yuri
[Bullet; Yellow]I Do Not[Bullet; Yellow]
- NC-18 is not allowed , Hentai
- Furry, Anthro, Animal, Robot and Mecha
All is per 1 character [More will be plus double]
[Target]Sketch no color[Target]
Commissions [O P E N] as of 9-25-2013COMMISSIONSCommissions [O P E N] as of 9-25-20135 years ago in Personal More Like This
The final pricing of your commission may vary, depending on complexity and detail.
-ornate clothing designs
chibi or caricature:
Line: 10 USD
Line & Color: 15 USD
Extra Character: +10 USD per extra
Line: 15 USD
Line & Color: 25 USD
Extra Character: +15 USD per extra
Line: 20 USD
Line & color: 30 USD
Extra Character: +20 USD per extra
Detailed backdrops can be more time-consuming than the characters themselves, hence the price difference.
-You will receive your commission in one or both default formats: PDF and JPG.
Project Educate: User Friendly Journal SkinningThis article is written for fellow CSS coders who already have basic+ knowledge of deviantART journal codes. This is not a beginner's tutorial.Project Educate: User Friendly Journal Skinning2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
User Friendly Journal Skin Coding
I've been making journal skins on DeviantART since 2010, I'd dabbled in CSS before, but never for other people. I know what my codes are and how to use them to their full potential and often, just code on the fly when I want something to do something. But making free and commission skins here showed me that I needed to make them as easy to use as they are pretty. And really, who wants to type in a lot of extra HTML when they go to write a journal? It is easy enough to access the artist's comments.
But even then, copy & paste, memorize that.... It can be a lot to deal with if you do not know CSS and HTML. Which is the reason most people get someone else's skin design in the firs
Don't Drink the Turpentine!Hello folks! I've been meaning to discuss this topic here for a while, but I always forget! Well, this blog's topic is about dunDUNDUUUUN studio safety! Now I know, I know, the majority of you, myself included, don't have a private studio to work out of. Your studio may be you livingroom, bedroom, basement, or garage, but there are definitely precautions to be aware of while you're madly creating art. Note: none of this information is here to scare you or deter you from making whatever art you like, it's simply here to help you develop safe studio practices.So let's get started shall we?Don't Drink the Turpentine!2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
This part is specific to those of you who use traditional materials to make your artwork. The supplies we use today are much MUCH safer than those the old master's used, but there are still chemicals and materials you need to be aware of for your own health and well being (as well as those around you). I'll list the materials by
Pilot: SHOEDEAR SHOE,Pilot: SHOE3 years ago in Personal More Like This
THAT'S RIGHT YOU ARE A SHOE.
THERE'S NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT NOT BEING A SHOE BECAUSE IN MY MIND YOU ARE ONE AND THAT IS MOST UNFORTUNATE.
AS LONG AS I HAVE YOU CONCEPTUALIZED AS A SHOE IN MY IMAGINATION YOU SHALL REMAIN AS SUCH.
THIS MAKES ME WONDER WHETHER ALL PEOPLES AND OBJECTS CAN BE CONCEPTUALIZED AS SHOES AND THUS BECOME SUCH, GRANTING ME ABSOLUTE POWER OVER THEM. DOES SNIPPY HAVE A CLEVER ARGUMENT? NO HE DOESN'T, HE'S A SHOE. SHOES CAN'T HAVE CLEVER ARGUMENTS.
I FEEL LIKE THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD HAS BEEN LIFTED OFF MY SHOULDERS NOW THAT EVERYTHING IS UNDER MY CONTROL, NOW THAT YOU ARE ALL SHOES. I NO LONGER HAVE TO ANSWER TO MY REGRETS AND PAST MISTAKES BECAUSE THEY ARE SIMPLY SHOES.
I WAS EVEN ABLE TO PAINT PHOTOSHOP IN PURPLE COLOR (TO PLEASE CAPTAIN) AND SHE DIDN'T EVEN PUT UP A PROPER FIGHT BECAUSE I IMAGINED HER AS A SHOE.
MAYBE I CAN IMAGINE THE
Did You Know - PointsPointsDid You Know - Points9 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Points are dA's own currency, introduced in March 2010, that can be used in various ways within deviantART only.
The about page will give you a quick overview of what you can do with points already. There you will also find the rules for points - something worth to take a look at.
Before we go into details about what you can do with points, where you can get them etc, let's talk about their value.
80 = 1$
That's how it is. Not more, not less. So when someone is doing commissions for 100 , it doesn't mean that they want you to pay 100$. In fact you would only pay a little over 1$.
This is something you should always keep in mind. Especially when you think that someone charges too much for their work.
How to get points?
There are several ways how you can get points.
• buying points yourself
• accepting c
Did You Know - Sta.shSta.shDid You Know - Sta.sh5 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Sta.sh is your very own upload and publishing platform within deviantART.
Everything that you add will be provided a special URL, that is only known to you. That means that others are only able to see the content you are willing to share with them. It can be a specific file or a whole stack of different ones.
With a free membership you will have a limit of 2 GB, while Premium Members can store files up to 10 GB. Once you have reached the limit you can't upload more. You first need to delete or to publish existing files.
How to get to Sta.sh
To enter Sta.sh you can either just type that into your browser or make use of the dA menu.
You will find it in the menu, under the "Deviant" section, when hovering over the little arrow next to the dA logo but also when you use the "Submit" menu.
By clicking one of those, or typing it directly, you
Feedback For Favorites ContestFeedback For Favorites Contest2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Created for thorns' Complaint Challenge.
Feedback Generated As Of February 1st: 4,085
The +Fav and Run Phenomenon.
Have you ever received Favorites on your deviations, but did not receive any comments or critiques? Have you added a user's work to your Favorites, but never left them any comments or feedback on those pieces? Many would agree that while views and favorites are great, that comments and critiques are the most valuable. This contest aims to fill that void, by giving deviants a chance to return to the artwork they collected and provide feedback for it.
To leave Comments, Feedback, and Critiques on Deviations in your Favorites Collection.
Go through your Favorites Gallery, and comment on the deviations you find there that you did not leave a comment on. You may also
PE: Wire-WrappingThis article is a short introduction to wire-wrapping, including information about wire-wrapping terms and tools, methods, tutorials and a feature of beautiful jewellery.PE: Wire-Wrapping11 months ago in Art Features More Like This
What is wire-wrapping?
"wire-wrapping" is - like the name implies - a technique where wire is wrapped in whatever way. It can be used to hold gemstones in place, and create intricate jewellery. It has the big plus that soldering isn't neccessary, and therefore all the equipment needed is relatively easy to come by.
Terms and Tools
Wire comes in different different sizes and forms, and you can choose between materials as well - you can use brass, copper, silver and gold wire.
Wire diameter is measured in 'gauge' and ranges from 14 gauge (~1/16 inch) to 26+ gauge (1/64 inch), so the higher the gauge number, the thinner the wire.
Personal: Ph.D. archieved!Hello friends,Personal: Ph.D. archieved!5 months ago in Personal More Like This
I'm usually not posting personal stuff on dA anymore (see my Twitter for daily life babble), but there's something major I want to share with all of you.
Those following me for a bit longer might still remember that I was working towards my doctorate during the recent 2-3 years. Well, I'm done! I achieved my Ph.D. with A-grades and was awarded with MAGNA CUM LAUDE (latin for 'with great praise').
That means I'm now officially a doctor (not in medicine, if you might wonder)! How amazing is that?
Thank you everyone who followed me during the years! We somehow made it there together - so please fell hugged! Thank you for your support!!
How to Win Friends and Influence PeopleI recently read “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie, and I totally recommend it to anyone who has to deal with people for a living. (so just about everyone)How to Win Friends and Influence People3 months ago in Personal More Like This
The short version of the book is: Be polite and empathetic towards everyone you meet, and show a genuine interest in them. Avoid arguments and be very sensitive and understanding when trying to change someone’s mind. Admit it when you’re wrong. Remember that people are emotional creatures, and that they’re motivated by their own pride and desires more than anything else. Make people feel appreciated and important.
Although the book is mainly set in the context of business transactions, I think it’s quite useful in just about any type of relationship, and I’ve been figuring out a lot of the lessons on my own over the years while dealing with people online.
Here’s some of my favorite quotes from the book:
“Remember that the people you are talking to
Becoming a Better Digital Artist Pt. IIHello people,Becoming a Better Digital Artist Pt. II8 months 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.
Part II: Starting Up
I started drawing with a mechanical pencil on my school diaries and on copy paper (mostly Iron Maiden album covers Hea
Mini Horror Reviews - Nightmare on Elm St. (1984)Mini Horror Reviews - Nightmare on Elm St. (1984)2 months ago in Art Features More Like This
In this Issue
Nightmare on Elm Street
A Nightmare on Elm Street
It's October and the sacred 31 days of Halloween are upon us-time to get your gore on! The chill is in the air, the leaves are on the ground, and Halloween candy has been out since Labor Day. So while you’re waiting in the Starbucks line for an overpriced double pumpkin spice whatever, pass the time with this year’s scary movies reviews!
How to Improve your Art and CommissionsWith every stroke we make with a brush, pencil, or any other medium we use, we are improving. Sometimes, it might feel like you are not improving at all and sometimes your art looks EPIC all of a sudden. I really hope this little guide can help you with your improvement and also give you some good tips in regards to creating commissioned pieces.How to Improve your Art and Commissions2 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Observe Your Idols
We all have that one person, or those 50 people on DA who make us feel like our art is mediocre. You have to remember that those artists were once in your position, admiring other incredible artists. Have a couple artists you really really like and try to learn from them. Now I don't mean copy their styles and trace their work, but try some of their techniques or use their art as inspiration. (In my opinion, copying and tracing is how we start drawing but we don't share this with the public. Copy and trace only when you practice!) If you are fairly new to DA, you can browse the popular page, or c
The Importance of Art HistoryHappy New Year patients! I hope your holiday season was full of fun and family time To kick off 2014 in the Hospital I'd like to talk a little bit about the importance of art history. Knowing your historical roots as an artist is not only important for improving your work as a whole, it's important to understand and cross reference the foundations laid for you. During my undergrad (I have a BFA in painting and drawing) my concentration curriculum had a hefty art history requirement so I added an art history minor for the trouble .The Importance of Art History1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
There are those out there (even on the University level) who say that art history is not relevant and should not be studied (some say it should even be ignored). I am not among them, and I find the idea of intentionally ignoring knowledge of any kind completely asinine. Some of the biggest misunderstandings of contemporary art come from ignorance of the rich history surrounding it. So let's get started shall we?
10 things I've learned thus far (making comics!)Hey guys!10 things I've learned thus far (making comics!)3 months ago in Personal More Like This
I updated my journal yesterday: CLICK!
This entry focuses on a few lessons I've learned so far in my artistic journey. I will also share them here; perhaps you'll find them helpful/relateable.
(Note: keep in mind that everyone's artistic journey is different! What I'm listing below is SOLELY a reflection of my own perspective.)
1. You're going to write your script again. and again and again. and again and again and again....Seriously though, a script is never really done until the pages are. There's always something more to change or tweak, which is okay.
2. Making a comic is ~90% writing/planning and ~10% drawing. This means that a good amount of energy should be put into solidifying the script.
3. Work on your comic every day, at least an hour a day! Its so easy to become rusty or inconsistent!
4. It's always a good idea to find new, more efficie
Rules When Coloring My Artdue to the actions of a deviant, i want to take a moment and once again, give the rules to coloring my art. you may not color my art, and it WILL be turned in as art theft, UNLESS you follow these 5 simple rules:Rules When Coloring My Art3 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. you must color it as the character it is, using proper color schemes. if you are uncertain, ask me. i'll gladly help out.
2. you must credit me and include my icon in your artist's comments
3. you must send me a link first thing after posting it.
4. you can not post my art on any other site other than deviantART, without permission from me.
5. if the piece is a commissioned piece that includes coloring, do not post the art until the official version is posted in my gallery.
6. coloring must be digital colors. do not print out my at and color it by hand. (sorry, people print it out and then say its just their art and don't credit me)
if you don't follow these rules, you are not allowed to color my art and all violations will be turned into admins as art theft and asked for t
That Green Eyed MonsterI’m not afraid to admit that I have been jealous of fellow artists. Jealous of their skill, their handling of material, their ability to make whatever they were doing “work,” and even jealous of their recognition. But, while jealousy can be a good motivator to push yourself harder, it can eat away at your self-esteem and damage your work. I got the initial idea to write an article about this after reading a news article about Florida artist Maximo Caminero. Caminero was arrested last week after smashing a vase part of Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei’s exhibition in Pérez Art Museum Miami… in the gallery. For those of you unfamiliar with Ai Wei Wei:That Green Eyed Monster10 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Wei Wei, born 18 May 1957 in Beijing, is a Chinese contemporary artist, active in sculpture, installation, architecture, curating, photography, film, and social, political and cultural criticism. – Wikipedia
Wei Wei is also was held in jail on the false charge of “tax evasion” i
More contract talk...HOW TO MAKE ONEOk I have talked and read some people's TOS and frankly they freak me out.... So I thought I needed a GENERAL talk about documents and how to set them up.More contract talk...HOW TO MAKE ONE5 months ago in Personal More Like This
Terms of Service:
This document is where you lay out YOUR rights and the PATRONS rights to the product you are delivering. This is Mine. Mine only applies to custom adoptions. If you are doing commissions you need a different one because you often don't own the characters. So here is what you ROUGHLY need to address in a TOS
1. At what point does the work become theirs?
Why? I have this so up till the moment I upload it. I own it.
2.What the patron do/not do with the design?
Why? so they don't do something with it you don't like
3.COMMERCIAL AND PRIVATE USE
you have to do this. no exceptions. who owns what.
4. Anything else you want to talk about? Other section