How To Improve Your Art"How do I improve my art work?" is one of the most asked questions in art related forums, mainly regarding drawing and painting in any media. Because the question is recurring so often, I wrote the following tips that I still copy-paste in various threads.
You can apply these universal strategies not just to traditional and digital painting media, but most of them even to photography and collage.
- Look at pictures by artists you admire, and try to figure out things. How do they handle light and color? What edges are sharp, and what edges are soft? Why do they use that particular color there? What technique did they use? How did they work? The more you look at work of others, the more different kinds of styles and techniques you will see.
- Learn from the masters. Copy works you adore. Not for imitating the artist or showcasing your copy, but for the sake of learning. Don't be shy, ask your favorite artist everything you want to know, such as "What paper do you draw on?", or "How do yo
Imagination Is Limited.Have a look at this.Imagination Is Limited.7 years ago in Personal More Like This
It's not so good, actually. Can you believe that it took the artist TEN years of constant drawing practice until she was able to draw this?
I believe it, because I'm the one who drew it. I was eleven years old, and had been drawing all my life because it was fun. Because it was an improvement compared to what I drew at age seven, I used to believe that improvement would magically come by itself if one just kept drawing from their imagination, and doing nothing else. New forms and understandings of anatomy would coincidentally happen to come, little by little. Hadn't it been like that for all those years? From my drawings I could see that I didn't know how to draw an arm correctly, but I believed that if I would draw the arm over and over again from my imagination, the arm would suddenly look better at some point because I had invented a new way to draw it.
Needless to say that improvement is painfully slow when you draw from your imagination exclusively. I met an a
How To Improve Your ArtI was going to call this 'how to become a better artist', but then I realized, there is no such thing as a 'better artist'. If you are an artist, you are the best artist you can be - your art can always ALWAYS improve, but you are already and always will be the best artist you can be. Remembering those two facts is the most important thing you can do.How To Improve Your Art3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
But other than that, find someone to be excited about art with! They don't have to be an artist themselves, they just have to be able to get excited about art. Having someone who'll always be around to listen to your ideas, even if they don't contribute anything, is HUGELY helpful to keep you motivated. I've found that having someone for me to bounce ideas off of, or even just someone to explain my stories to, is my favourite thing in the world and almost always leads to me discovering new things about my stories and characters.
And now for the list of links you all were waiting for!
A concise guide on how to get better at artSo youre a kid looking down at your anime or comic characters and wondering why after a few years of doodling things arent looking like how you imagine them in your head. Or maybe youre a college student whos wondering why the colours in your paintings arent coming out right. Maybe youre an older fellow or lady whos dabbling in art and youre having trouble with drawing hands. Whoever you are and whatever your problem, you all have something in common;A concise guide on how to get better at art6 years ago in Art Features More Like This
You want to get better at representational art.
Here on deviantart its often the case where a noobie will ask a question and another noobie will answer with the very uninspired answer of "practice practice practice." At its core this advice is sound, but the noobie-teacher has just regurgitated what he or she has heard a thousand times over from other would-be noobie-teachers and has not expressed much else. Diligence is the key, but without a direction or goal this diligence might be
Freebies and Resources!Hi everyone! Everytime I come across anything pertaining to us starving artists that's free, I'll be diligent to share it! It's important to always keep a bank of info to pull ideas from around you and these definitely shall help with that!Freebies and Resources!4 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Everything listed here is totally free
Free Vectors @ Vecteezy: http://www.vecteezy.com/ If you do any kind of logotype work with vectors this site will really come in handy. It's a pretty large database, so there's something for everyone!
Free Fonts @ dafont: http://www.dafont.com/ I'm always looking for really cool fonts to use in my artwork, and if you are too, they've got a really cool selection at dafont! If you're into typography it should be a really helpful resource!
Free Art Software @ freeartsoftware:http://freeartsoftware.com/2d-application-software.htm OOOOH BABY! It's really tempting to download everything on that site! If you're having a hard time finding the right software to work
How to start or improve your ArtThe ArtHow to start or improve your Art8 years ago in Art Features More Like This
What is Art? Art is a creative form of expression, emotion, and communication. It can be a form of communication for a business, for example, a poster, or a personal expression or emotion. There are many ways in which you can achieve this, and of course, when you first start something, you will not find it easy.
As just previously said, when you start out in something new, you won't find it easy, whether it's a new style, or a new application you're using to create your Art.
If you are starting a new application, then make sure you read all you can about the application, make sure it can do what you want it to do, there is no point in getting any application when can't do anything that you wish to do, so read the features of the application, read the help files, etc. If it's the right application for you, but it's still your first time. Make sure you get to know the basics of the program, such as Photoshop, make sure you know what
Cultivating Your Drawing SkillsI believe drawing skills are never innate: when someone is a natural, what they really have are remarkable observational skills and the ability to apply them in their case, through drawing (it could just as well have been espionage ). Drawing skills can be cultivated by anyone able to use their minds and hands. There are basically only two approaches to do this: theory (+practice) and observation (+studies).Cultivating Your Drawing Skills7 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Theory is a structured, organised approach, learning from someone more experienced who's laid it all out for us in a course, book or tutorial.
Observation is an organic, unpredictable approach, learning directly from the real world around us and gradually deriving principles from it.
Alone, they are both incomplete; trying to work with only one of them would be like trying to walk with one foot. Studying lays down a solid foundation, which remains abstract and limited until observation brings it to life with details and real-life application
Improving your Art – what dA news can teach youWhat dA news can teach you about:Improving your Art – what dA news can teach you3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Improving your Art
The dA news platform is a great way to adress the community and teach them things about a wide range of topics, and of course to find information that you didn't even know you were looking for! Over time I've collected many great articles. This series will bring them together per topic so it's easy to find what you're looking for! Besides helping people find information they need, the aim of this series is also to promote quality on the news platform.
For this issue, I chose articles about Improving your Art. There may be more issues on this topic in the future
Articles may overlap on some areas, and may contain outdated info though I've tried to avoid this.
(For all you beta testers I included thumbs too! they're invisible to non-beta testers.)
Learning Experience #1: 10 Ways
Learning Experience #1: 10 Ways To Better Your ArtThis is my first News Article, and why not start out with something that will benefit not only myself, but others as well! I welcome all types of feedback, though there is no way to go about bettering your art, I am in no way claiming to be a professional, just spreading some tops I think myself and some of you could use as well! I'm sure most of you have probably done many of these tips already, some might not have! Overall Enjoy!Learning Experience #1: 10 Ways To Better Your Art4 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
10. View Many Tutorials!
I can't stress this option enough, I love going onto many art pieces and profiles of deviantart, and going to see if they have tutorials or not. A well formed tutorial can be SO beneficial to you. it can help in so many ways, not only can it help better your art but help create new techniques in combining them with your own.
9.Browse Others Art
In the search bar, placing in what art piece pertains to you weather it be, digital art, phot
My Art School RantI mentioned I had a rant about art schools and many of you said you wanted to hear it. Well, its long so I hope you meant it. This will make some of you angry, but I hope not. I love art schools and I love their instructors even more! Many art instructors are friends of mine. This rant is about the art school teaching SYSTEM. Money drives that, just like any other business, so there will be mistakes made because of greed. So, without further ado.....My Art School Rant2 years ago in Personal More Like This
My Art School Rant
I have a love-hate relationship with art schools. I love what they stand for- the pursuit of and love for creating great art! I still get excited walking into an art school. Seeing all the rows and rows of wonderful Macs, the energy (or lack thereof- we ARE talking about art students, after all), the artwork on the walls, the postings of upcoming events and guest speakers, the dirty floors, the whole
Challenging Yourself to Become a Better ArtistLike others here, I get asked a lot of questions about my art, my process, techniques, and my inspiration. One of the questions I get asked that makes me both smile and laugh is, "How did you get so good?" Half the time it's a rhetorical question, and the other half is people genuinely wanting to know how to get better at art.Challenging Yourself to Become a Better Artist5 years ago in Art Features More Like This
The answer is deceptively simple: I challenge myself and maintain a positive attitude.
RISE TO THE CHALLENGE
Now you might say, "Well, everything I do is a challenge, I'm not that good yet." But that's not what I mean. Of course getting better at art is challenging, and even when you're what others might consider a master, art never stops being a challenge.
But what I'm talking about is specifically setting goals for yourself and taking on projects that you KNOW are going to make you struggle. The projects that you KNOW are going to make you want to give up and do something else.
I find that a lot of people sort of stick to a specific niche and never reall
10 beneficial things artists should ask themselvesHere's 10 important questions to ask yourself. Read them constantly as a checklist to make sure your are heading in the right direction and using your artistic potential.10 beneficial things artists should ask themselves4 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
1. What motivates you to create art? Write down your answer and think about how you can use this very important information.
2. What kinds of information have you been putting on the internet? The internet is the new resume. If I can find dumb pics or comments from you then other people can too...
3. Does your art express something interesting? Great art means something to its viewers, not just its creator.
4. Does failure push you forward? How you deal with failure will determine how skillfull you will become.
5. Do you enjoy arguing or flaming people's work? If you are the type of person to hate on others, it will come back to you. Especially with the internet and all the social networking.
6. Do you try out new methods/materials/subjects that might be unconfortable at first? Success is inevitable if you always choo
Trying to Improve?Are you trying to improve?Trying to Improve?3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Looking for new ways to improve?
Just to IMPROVE?
There's one thing that people always repeat(I'm not trying to offend anybody) is that when they watch another artist who's art is very good, they either think, "I won't be able to be that good" and feel like they will never improve.
Sad thing, but true.
Only a few people think about improving to get to the same level as their favorite artist.
BUT! There's always room for improvement! ;D
Well, then. I'm not so sure if this is helpful or not and if you will learn something new or not, but, continue on, please. c:
Ever heard of 'practice makes perfect'? I know some people out there practice until they hands feel dead(not literally) but don't give up! Like I said, there's always room for improvement! c: And it doesn't matter if you waste paper. Paper can always be recycled. If you think you're wasting paper, try finding old envelopes and doodle on them!
Don't give up! EVER! Be strong and
Regarding personal style.To anyone who is obsessively busy trying to find a style unique to them; don't. It seems to have become some sort of trend nowadays on dA, trying to "find a style", when really it is something quite ridiculous to be doing.Regarding personal style.3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
If you compare it to handwriting, it's like worrying about how to make every single letter of the alphabet both beautiful and unique to you when your spelling and grammar leave a lot to be desired, while they are really the most important things to learn first. Sure having a pretty style to look at is nice, just like having a beautiful handwriting. But if all of your other artistic knowledge is falling behind, much like your spelling and grammar, the result will still be unattractive and your art will not reach the viewer in the way that you intended.
So in short, focus on getting better, on gathering knowledge, experience, and practicing, not on finding your own style. Style will happen automatically. Not to mention the fact that if you're a good and experienced eno
Style, style, STYLE, oh, THE styleWhat do you think about it? In terms of drawing. Is it important to have one of your own? Is it necessary to constantly seek it?Style, style, STYLE, oh, THE style2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've seen people troubled by not having constant style, people thinking their style is not original enough, people making a bold line between their two styles, people trying to get rid of one style...
My humble opinion on this is that you should stop wasting your energy on torturing yourself and just draw. Draw whatever you feel like.
Unless you're being paid for certain style but that's not what I want to talk about now.
What I want to talk about are all those personal pictures you do for self-improvement or supposedly for fun. "Supposedly" because if your main purpose is "fun" I don't get why you should worry yourself with "omg is this style all right what will my watchers say?"
Well, your watchers will get pretty bored if all in your gallery look the same. And also, there's not much space for improvement. Talking from my own experience, I was totally charm
A big black hole called: Procrastination.Procrastination is an infinite cycle that becomes bigger and bigger the longer it's there and the time wasted being sucked into it is a dark matter of nothing.A big black hole called: Procrastination.4 months ago in Personal More Like This
hahah I figured this was the most dramatic way to put it, but yeah, it's real and it sucks.
For those who don't know what it means: Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the "last minute" before the deadline.
We all suffer from procrastination. It is pretty innocent when you have it with household chores or packing your suitcase before you go on a holiday.
But it becomes a serious problem when you do it with the important things in your life. I take it you're an artist if you're reading this and the biggest aim of being an artist is to be an even better one.
As shown in previous journals there are many
Commission TipsThe past few weeks, I've been getting quite a few notes regarding commissions: pricing, how to get people to commission you, quality expected, etc. After reading through and replying to them all, I've decided to write a news article for anyone to refer to. Here are some of my tips on maintaining a fairly steady commissions business. I hope they help!Commission Tips4 years ago in Art Features More Like This
(1) First off, the most commonly questioned topic is: pricing.
Now, for those who take point commissions, it's necessary to realize the value of points. So for starters, lets calculate how many dollars one point is worth. Knowing that$1.00 = 80 ...you can then derive that a point is worth $0.0125, or 1.25 cents. And since there is no such thing as a quarter cent, we round down. A point is the approximate equivalent of a penny.
Now taking that into consideration, think. How much are your commissions? I've seen lots of artists around dA who sell their art for 1-50 points. One to fifty points. That's from a penny
Manga/Anime ResourcesHi! In conjunction of Resources Week, Shoujo-Beat had participated in a group contest hosted by projecteducate and FantasyStock via StockandResources. For this week, #Shoujo-beat had submitted a Hub Blog just for this contest and I want to thank to all members and affiliates who are willing to help out in this event!Manga/Anime Resources3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Since we are a shoujo group and our group is mostly related to manga/anime, most of the resources here is about manga/anime. Some may not because I thought they may come useful too!
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Don't give up on artArt is not an exact science. There are no rules how to be done. Art is a feeling, emotion, your soul on a paper, canvas, notepad, street floors and walls...Don't give up on art3 years ago in Personal More Like This
If you want to draw - you are an artist.
You will say 'but but but...they draw better than me.. they sell art, and I don't "
Art is something you do, because you have the imagination inside of you.
You do it because you love to do it. Without a purpose.
I'd give such example: Same as people who read books, they do it because they love to do it. It makes them feel better.
And they don't expect to gain money out of reading, they dont expect to become popular, or to be better in reading that the other book readers.
They just do it because they love to do it.
Don't give up on the artist that lives inside of you. Don't throw him/her away.
Draw because you want.
***explanation: "There are no rules how to be done" - When we speak of painting, not about how your boss wants it done, and not designing. Simply PAINTING. ***
P.J. Byrne's MTVGeek Twitter TakeoverYou asked questions and P.J. (Bolin) responded! Here are a few things we got from the session:P.J. Byrne's MTVGeek Twitter Takeover2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Byrne watches Legend of Korra when he gets the chance and "feels 10% stronger" when Bolin kicks butt
He eats lots of noodles and jellybeans to channel Bolin's sassy and funny character
He was a fan of Avatar before working on Legend of Korra
Pabu or Naga? Byrne replies: "Pabu. All day and all night."
His favourite Bolin line: (to Naga) "I want to be on your back."
Byrne would want to play Bolin if there was a live action movie of Legend of Korra. He comments: "Fo Sho! Need to hit the gym beforehand, though."
Byrne has 11 Red Pandas (fire ferrets)
Bolin will get more character development in Book 2
Byrne doesn't feel that Bolin has been taken a backseat in the last few episodes, he replies: "Not at all! WE are team avat
Popular results for Browse Something for EveryonePopular results for Browse3 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
The deviantART community is incredibly deep and diverse. Every day, amazing art is produced that appeals to all tastes. Our goal in sharing and exposing the deviations in deviantART's Popular section is to showcase this depth and diversity as convincingly and fairly as we can.
DeviantART's algorithm for Popular browse results is known as Fair Exposure. The goal is to maximize the display of the most popular deviations in a variety of topics (styles/genres/art forms). Fair Exposure increases the probability that someone will see something that they personally like in Popular results. In short, with Fair Exposure, the community is exposed to a varied cross-section of deviantART. It uses an algorithm that is "fair" in nature -- meaning not biased toward any topic, yet still based on popularity.
Why is Fair Exposure n
Bryan & Mike Preview the Season FinaleBryan and Mike on the Legend of Korra season finale in an interview with WSJ.Bryan & Mike Preview the Season Finale2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The penultimate episode had the surprise appearance of General Iroh. What can you tell us about him? Are we going to see more of him in the future?
Konietzko: Yeah, he’s in the finale. Just so we’re clear—he’s Zuko’s grandson, not his son. I think there was some speculation about whether he was his son or grandson. It is his grandson. He’s voiced by Dante Basco. The idea behind him was to have a swashbuckling hero-type guy. He’s the youngest general in the United Forces which is kind of the U.N. of the “Avatar” world now. We just thought it would be a fun way to tie in the legacy of Zuko without having Zuko be present there.
Read the entire interview here and leave your comments below.
Contest is now ClosedHi All,Contest is now Closed7 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
The Soul Magic Contest is now Closed. Please be patient as our Judges like to look over all the entries. It may take up to 14 Days to decide the top 3.
Here at DAF we have decided to run some Contests throughout the year for all our Different Art Fields, Starting With Digital Painting, then Traditional, Manipulations/Mixed Media, Anime/Manga, Sci Fi, 3D Renders, Photography, Fan Art and Animals and that's all we will be able to fit in for this Year.
So Lets get Started with our
DIGITAL PAINTING CONTEST.
The THEME of this CONTEST is SOUL MAGIC. (meaning magic powers created by the soul of the character, see below for examples)
Particpate & Create and most important have fun
Amazing Examples --
All examples I feel fit the Contest theme-showing what sort of work we are looking for in the contest.
Joke Journal 2011Joke Journal 2010 - http://osy057.deviantart.com/journal/34225711/Joke Journal 20113 years ago in Personal More Like This
Helmet strapped on. Crayons sharpened.
It's going to be a great day.
Boy: You are the funniest, sweetest, most beautiful girl I have ever known.
Girl: You just wanna do me.
Boy: Wow... and smart too.
Friend: "Don't you hate it when you realize Valentine's day is approaching fast and the only one who loves you is your pet?"
Me: "...All I have is my collection of mannequins."
It's a good idea to take 2 shirts when you go golfing...
in case you get a hole in one.
Popular person's status: I just ate lunch. It was good.
(185 people likes this, 72 comments)
My status: Today is my birthday!!!
(Mom likes this, 0 comments)
While washing hands, sleeves start falling down.
"No no no no no NO..!"
Food hits the floor.
Little germs: GET IT!!!
King germ: NO! We must wait 5 seconds!
Friend: What movie are you watching?
Me: Snakes on a plane.
Friend: What's it
How can I become a better artist?Whether you are just starting out as an artist or you feel like your progress has stalled, these tips and suggestions from various DA members may help you to continue moving forward. I've paraphrased and edited in some cases to showcase the tips that I found particularly insightful.How can I become a better artist?2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
For inspiration, check out Mindcandyman on conceptart. Look at the first couple of pages of his sketchbook (2002) and then jump to about page 40 (2004) to see how far someone can progress in about 2 years (and beyond): http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=870&page=41
Studying realism would be a good first step. Even if you want to work in, say, a comic book style, you need to have a handle on realistic drawing. Knowing realism will help you improve your drawings a lot. Let's say you want to get better at dragons, you could study lizards and snakes for the body structure and birds and bats for wing structure. Dinosaurs as well, but those are a little hard to find nowadays.