Is Reference Bad?I feel like I've addressed this before at some point, in some other journal, but I find myself either discussing this with people a lot, or coming across people who on their work proudly claim to have "used no reference."Is Reference Bad?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The biggest problem, and misconception, regarding references is that people feel like it's cheating or that it somehow cheapens their work. While I can understand the sense of accomplishment coming from using no reference to finish a painting or drawing, people who consistently do it are only hurting themselves in the long run. So in short, no, reference isn't bad.
Artists have been using reference since the days of the old masters. They would reference life, whether it be landscapes, objects on a table, or models standing in a studio. They would even reference their own sketches or other people's work in order create convincing paintings.
For some reason, a lot of people today seem to think that in order to be a good artist, they have to be able to do things without
BEFORE WATCHMEN & AH!Well, the word is out: DC Comics is returning to the world of WATCHMEN! And I am drawing all four issues of the DOCTOR MANHATTAN miniseries. First sign of the Apocalypse? You bet!BEFORE WATCHMEN & AH!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
It's great to finally be able to talk about this project. I signed on AGES ago, and have kept mum about it, until now!
WATCHMEN is arguably the greatest superhero comic ever produced, and without a doubt my absolute favorite. Being allowed to draw these amazing characters isn't actually a dream come true: I never thought something like this would happen. I'm pretty nervous, but having fun so far.
My history with WATCHMEN goes way back. In 1986 I was working at Thunder Road Comics in Burlington, New Jersey, and I sold every issue of WATCHMEN as they came out. It was a pretty amazing time: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS was also shipping, so superhero comics were enjoying a banner year. The mullets, parachute pants, and
Journal CSS ResourcesCSS for subscribers is finally here!! Your local neighbourhood zilla is here to give a few pointers to the novice CSSers who want to give their journals a make over with a few pointers and a list of handy resources.Journal CSS Resources9 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
As a general rule it is better to keep things simple, not just if you are a beginner. Remember the following points when you design your page:
1. Mock it up Try your design in Photoshop first (or which ever app you have) that way you can play with colours and styles without needing to refresh your journal too much.
2. Just because you can, doesn't mean that you should... try to avoid making things like the text size too small. The current journal style works well, so just start simply by changing colours.
3. Contrast is good. Making the colours of your text and links the same, or very close is bad m'kay. Make it easy for people to differentiate between things. Also, making your journal text too dark on a black background or too light on a bright backgro
Daily Fractal Feature for 24th February 2014Daily Fractal Feature for 24th February 2014Daily Fractal Feature for 24th February 20141 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Sorry I'm a little late with the feature today
on a daily basis we at DailyFractalFeatures are aiming to showcase a small selection of fractal artwork to the community.
We are proud to feature today's Daily Fractal Feature!
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Please comment and the works featured and congratulate the artists!
176 by Arkadius13
suggested by Shadoweddancer
I find this deviation very eye- catching
Centaurea by F
How to become popular on deviantART(The following "guide" is based on my own experience, but it's not meant to be taken seriously)How to become popular on deviantART3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Alright everyone! You wanna know how to become popular on deviantART? Then follow these easy steps and you'll reach popularity in no time!
Change your usernameMake a new account
Whoops, sorry. I thought deviantART had a username-change system, but it doesn't. Looks like you'll have to start over and make a new account! Transfer your faves and the people you watch, because you need a good username if you want to be taken seriously here, and making a new account is the only option for now.
Make sure not to choose the name of an anime character and a bunch of random numbers as your username (naruto12345), choose one that's easy to remember and defines your person. Because seriously, who chooses a random word and random numbers as their username?
Step 2: Start making art
The site is called deviantART
Learning to read, with Jolly Jack.Well, that was fun.Learning to read, with Jolly Jack.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Let's just go over what I posted yesterday: I voiced that I have no opinion on guns in America, because I don't live there and as such; don't care. I said that I, personally, am afraid of guns and think they're industrial killing machines. And I posed a vague, hypothetical question that could have been applied to any situation where an old law/doctrine is in effect.
That's it. Nothing more. Harshest word in there was "change" followed by a question mark. Not "ban", not "make guns illegal" and certainly not "outlaw free speech and trial by jury", which some people with a slightly looser grasp on reality seem to think go hand in hand with owning the firearms I said I don't care about.
Well, today, I am going to post an opinion: if you're the kind of insecure, paranoid little twit that flies off the handle when someone poses a simple question, and who holds weapons and the laws that permit them with such religious reverence that you perceive that question as not
Cold, dead hands.I'm not going to personally voice an opinion on guns in America. I don't live there and as such: I really don't care how its people live their lives.Cold, dead hands.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I will say, however, that guns in general scare the crap out of me. Seeing, with my own eyes, CO19 march past me while in London and SO18 (http://www.eliteukforces.info/police/) patroling Heathrow sent shivvers down my spine, and those are the guys who know exactly how to implement deadly force quickly, but are trained not to.
If I saw a random, untrained guy in the street with a gun (which is unlikely, thankfully, given that gun control laws here make it damn near impossible to buy even toy firearms) I'd probably soil myself.
In light of everything, though, I think attention should be directed to an amusing clip from the very, very dead (and, be warned; foul mouthed) Bill Hicks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MEzCtyRWP8
Erik Gets Tagged:iconnijil-xnv: tagged me! But when you get down to it, I'm really not that interesting, so let's tag Erik instead.Erik Gets Tagged3 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. You must post the rules.
2. Each person must post 5 things about themselves in their journal
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and create eleven new questions for the people you tag to answer.
4. You have to choose "some" people to tag and post their icons on your journal.
5. Go to their page and tell them you have tagged them.
6. No tag backs
7. No stuff in the tagging section about "you're tagged if you're reading this". You legitimately have to tag "some" people. O:<
I. "Each person must post 5 things about themselves in their journal."
1) I am going grey. Prematurely, I suppose, grey around the temples. This would lend any other man a distinguished, decidedly dignified air. As it is, I rather resemble a powder-dusted bat.
2) Today is Mozart's birthday.
3) The previous fact was not at all about myse
Daily-Deviations Group Is Expanding ServicesWHAT DO WE DO?Daily-Deviations Group Is Expanding Services4 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
The short answer, we are a group that suggest art for the ever so wanted Daily Deviation Award and feature art of all kinds. How does it work? Well we're glad you asked! Well there's a few ways this process works out.
You can either submit a piece of your own work that you feel deserves a DD
You can suggest the work of another artist/writer which you deem DD worthy
The administration can suggest work they find DD worthy
Once a piece is submitted, our incredible staff will evaluate the work. Part of the evaluation includes, but is not limited to the following criteria:
Is it a finished piece?
How is the composition of the piece?
Is it original?
How does it compare to past DD awarded pieces in its genre (We base this on the DD-Catalogue found here DD-Catalogue or DD-Catalogue)
If the piece is accepted by an admin, at the least one admin will suggest the piece to a GM (well they will soon be changing th
feature! Tentacles!please enjoy our Tentacle feature....feature! Tentacles!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Block-topus by TimeTurbine
octopus by linnsetaneuntitleDRainbowOctopus by VelvetNights1 octopus 2 jellys 3 seahporse by krishna76
Immortal35 by ServantofEntropyspiral inhabitants by AlMaNeGrAeye of magnesium by krishna76ooniemme eye by chacruna-mtina
Vanessa Lake and tentacle by PapaNinjaCephalopoda by hypnothalamus
Jellies2 by artsergeBlue Ringed Octopus the third by FamiliarOddlingsHand Puppets by McFlyky
::thumb435704853:Silent Urge by offermoord
leaf it like an octopus by GorgoneSquishy by razzigyrlCrescent Moon Squid by BlackMagdalena
share the love with these awesome artists!
and many thanks to the staff!
Massive Art Theft From dA and FA ArtistsI felt this was important enough to make an article out of. This is something I received through Tumblr and dutifully passed along. I am trying to spread the word about this massive theft case.Massive Art Theft From dA and FA Artists4 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Here's the quoted text:
They are stealing artworks from all over DeviantArt and FurAffinity, then posting them as paintings on canvas with huge price tags. Please please check to see if anything of yours has been taken, and file a DMCA with the sites host.
Please pass this on so we can get this disgusting thing shut down.
I THOUGHT THIS WAS A KIDS SHOWIm gon b honest, whenever people say "I THOUGHT THIS WAS A KIDS SHOW" for moments in young people television that aren't even that graphic or disturbing, I feel like mentally rolling my eyes. With certain instances, like the murder/suicide at the end of Legend of Korra or the overt references to cunnilingus in that one episode of Cow and Chicken, it's like, yeah, okay, makes sense people would be shocked or surprised.I THOUGHT THIS WAS A KIDS SHOW2 years ago in Personal More Like This
But in a lot of cases it's like, dude, some people are a little old to be acting like 'older' or more 'borderline' humor being pocketed into shows for younger people are anything novel. Such as when people react to shit that's really generic and not even explicit, like:
"OH MY GOD A CHARACTER FELL TO THEIR IMPLIED DEATHS I THOUGHT THIS WAS A SHOW FOR KIDS"
"OH NO A GENERIC VILLAIN WANTS TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD WITH HIS GENERIC ARMY OF DARKNESS I THOUGHT THIS WAS A KIDS SHOW"
"UH OH A CHARACTER THAT APPEARS TO BE 'TRIPPING' ON A G-RATED DRUG THAT'S MOST LIKELY SOME SORT OF
deviantART's response regarding Art4Love.comIt recently came to our attention that a website called Art4Love.com was offering prints for sale, some based off of deviations also found on deviantART.com (and perhaps other works by artists not on deviantART). Art4Love.com is currently offline, but was up long enough to make some artists very understandably upset, as neither the artists (we are told) nor deviantART ever gave permission for Art4Love.com to sell these prints.deviantART's response regarding Art4Love.com4 years ago in Personal More Like This
We've been tracking the exchanges of comments and journals about all possible infringing activity and are ready to provide information from our side that would help legal action that any of the affected artists decide to bring. We will also fully cooperate with any government agency that may become involved because of consumer complaints against this apparently infringing website and the people running it. We would also happily cooperate with any possible fraud investigations.
As a note of caution, we don’t have all the fa
A Darker He-Man StoryI recently finished http://cdn.ifanboy.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Masters-of-the-Universe_The-Origin-of-Skeletor_Full-665x1024.jpg. You remember that wacky, cheesy 80s animated series and the more-action-packed-but-still-kids-oriented 2002 reboot series? Yeah? Well, this isn't like either of those things. At all. In fact, I wouldn't even recommend this for small kids.A Darker He-Man Story2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Readers, this is a He-Man story telling it like the adults want it. And...
...it's actually done right.
With the Origin of Skeletor, it may be slightly more than a glimpse with 32 pages in length, and it may have originated from some toyetic merch back in the 80s, but by jove, this is a narrative that takes a beloved 80s tale and weaves in into something that those then-80s kids want as adults.
I know what you're thinking. "Oh, it's just taking something meant for kids and making it dark and gritty for the sake of appealing to a more 'grown-up' audience and it's just a mosh of souped up mindless explicit
Wit on the ViolaWhen a phone goes off in the middle of Lukas Kmit's viola solo, he doesn't miss a beat:Wit on the Viola3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm sorry. Just HAD to share that because three guesses who I thought of when I watched it? That is so an Erik move.
Actually, on second thought, Erik would probably kick the cell phone out the window along with its owner.
Notes from a Glen Keane lectureEnjoy! He was such a wonderful and lovely person to listen to and meet. I got to see him draw Tarzan, Ariel and Beast. I got to go to a company event, so he shook my hand signed my Tangled book and chatted about what I did for a living and stuff I been working on.Notes from a Glen Keane lecture3 years ago in Personal More Like This
- You want to connect, you want to put your own DNA into the picture and connect.
-Vulnerability. Telling someone who you are. Honestly revealing parts of yourself sincerely. The key to animation is sincerity. Step beyond your walls and share as an artist.
- Animation is the ultimate art form. No other art form will challenge you as much as animation can.
- You always want to be restless, I always had one foot out the door at Disney.
- it is important to not hold back and share all you have to your fellow artists. Got to keep giving it out and trust me it'll pour right back in.
- Drawing is about feeling.
- Conveying an emotion of peacefulness is just trying to capture someone living in that moment.
- Eyes are really key to e
The Resource Roundup #3: TutorialsThe Resource Roundup is a regular feature showcasing some of the best resources deviantART members share with the world!The Resource Roundup #3: Tutorials3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Whether you're a beginning artist or seasoned pro, deviantART's Resources Gallery is an inspirational and benefitial asset for art creation. Take a look at a few of the incredible submissions below – they might help enhance your next artistic creation!
This issue is all about tutorials. What should the next Resource Roundup theme be? You tell us!
• Photography: beginners to advanced
• Crafts you can make at home
• Marketing yourself: website, logos, and business cards…oh my!
• Awesome application resources (from Photoshop brushes to Gimp scripts)
• Or, suggest another topic!
OMG the 3D printer is gonna sculpt everything..notWell some of you probably know by now that I've invested in a 3D printer and some of the "old school" prop makers are going crazy and some are being defensive of the old school ways of doing things and accusing me of cheating or something by not doing every thing by hand. LOL I just find it all very amusing. Before I made the decision to buy such a "wonderful machine" that seems to solve a lot of my time problems, I've actually read a lot into it and finding out its limitations such as it not being able to respond to my voice commands like JARVIS and produce an Iron Man suit and paint it while I attend some luxurious gala dinner event and have it ready to fly supersonic morning time to Afghanistan and take out some terrorist. To my surprise that the machine actually can't even print correctly if the bed plate is about 1mm warped.OMG the 3D printer is gonna sculpt everything..not2 years ago in Personal More Like This
First of all there are a lot of misunderstanding about the 3D rapid prototyping technology which actually existed over 30 years ago for the manufacturing indu
How to Use Journal Skins What are journal skins?How to Use Journal Skins2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Journal skins are premade, installable layouts that allow you to customize the look and feel of your journal.
Here are a few examples:
Who can use journal skins?
Only premium members on deviantART can use journal skins.
If you're unsure about whether or not you're a premium member, just go to your profile page and look at the top. If it says "Need Premium Membership", you're not a premium member.
How do I use journal skins?
Find a skin that you like. You can browse for one here, the Installable Journal Skins category.
Pick a skin that you like.
Before you install the skin, scroll down and read the comments. Many journal skins will require you to copy
Art TheftSeems someone named 'TriStar' took the image of my Dracula Skull did a live trace of it and posted it on http://www.freevector.com, contacted the site admin's, they refuse to do nothing. Link to site image: http://www.freevector.com/terror-skulls/Art Theft3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Brian Taylor: Outlaw of Independent CinemaBrian TaylorBrian Taylor: Outlaw of Independent Cinema3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Outlaw at the Bleeding Edge
of Independent Cinema
Movies featuring the latest in high tech digital effects, eye-popping CGI environments and ear-splitting surround sound, are often described as “pushing the envelope.” But they’re mega-million-dollar productions that are delivered back to the studios by the filmmakers precisely as pre-ordered. Rarely is there danger of disaster, so what envelope has been pushed?
“Envelope-shredder” might be a better designation for Brian Taylor...
Who, usually in collaboration with partner-in-mayhem Mark Neveldine, has given the world such films as Crank, Crank: High Voltage, Gamer, Pathology, and recently Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
Brian Taylor has chosen his favori
Comics Are ArtComic-Con Journey to the Heart of The New Summer VacationComics Are Art3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Americans have a long summer vacation tradition of visiting the foreign capitals of the world and being sure to spend at least one day in each nation’s most iconic art museum. In Paris, we visit the Louvre. In Madrid, the Prado. In Rome, the Borghese. We feel far more comfortable in identifying the different peoples of our planet through examples of their greatest art works than we do about identifying ourselves as being represented by any one iconic “American” art museum or artist. Maybe the country is just too big for one musuem and so it has always fallen to our pop arts to carry the true visual narrative of what’s going on in the hearts and minds of the masses.
Comic-Con has become the new arts and culture go-to in domestic summer vacation destin
Authentic Citizenship: Part 2As promised here is part two of our interview and conversation with Chris Copeland and Jeff Wamester. The sequel to part one keeps the art love rolling with these two artists revealing even more fantastic tips for new artists on the rise as they reveal their favorite deviants of all time.Authentic Citizenship: Part 23 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Fearured Artist Chat!
Join our featured artist chat with *jeffwamester and *chriscopeland on Friday, June 29th at Noon Los Angeles, CA, PDT time. Chat room opens at 11:30am.
Read Part 1
Beggars can't be ChoosersSo all you guys know I'm working on this Iron Man project and there's this kid who found me thru a social media site and he happens to be in the same town as I. We've been working together for month and half in the studio and I've realized a lot things about this guy. One thing is he's younger and he has habit of refusing jobs to "wait" for the right job to come. It just mountains of excuses from his mouth NOT to do a job when he should be saying "Oh I don't have experience nor do I like to do the job, but I can give it a shot." This kid also wants to be my partner in business and I am about to give him my thoughts below about how someone BECOMES a Professional and earn the big bucks in life.Beggars can't be Choosers2 years ago in Personal More Like This
In my line of business, I equate it to that of a actor building his career. There will be small roles that won't pay much or even just becoming an extra on stage. But if an actor starting out his career in life refuses enough jobs, this actor is only sending a message to the world that he isn't re