Improving your Manga-styleManga and Anime are a new generation of art, spreading all over the world right now. It is an important aspect of Japanese culture, a solid part of the youth-generation in the US and slowly starts spreading in Europe as well. Even though many people still dont know what Mangas or Animes actually are, most kids already know and they even try to draw this new kind of art themselves. This way the tolerance among adults starts growing as well, a good way to expand the Manga-culture.
But as for any kind of art, many people have problems in improving their own style or even finding it. This news-article is directed to any kind of artist that is interested in improving himself/herself.</i>
Ive been asked multiple times how some artists manage to improve very fast and others seem to never improve at all and even though I first thought it has to do with practice I had to admit myself that it does not only depend on mere practice but much more on how you practice and especi
Wanna Draw Like a Professional Manga Artist?Wanna Draw Like a Professional Manga Artist?Wanna Draw Like a Professional Manga Artist?8 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Anime and manga: a booming industry in many parts of the the world. The beautiful and unique style of art and its exquisite stories enticed many readers and captured many young artist's hearts. This is how I started drawing; my love for manga and anime led me to a love of drawing. But like any abilities, good skills do not come overnight; and they don't come no matter how long you sit and wait for them.
I've hit a roadblock in my advancement so I decided to ask my favorite manga artists their own personal experience. It turned out, many of them had difficulties that I'm currently countering. Their advices are most helpful, and I hope you find them helpful too.
To those who never picked up a pencil to draw outside of manatory art classes in school: Read and see the process and other aspects of becoming a good artist. Maybe they can spark a drawing interest in you.
To those who are casual doodlers: These tips may turn you from casual to hard-c
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.5 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
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
Six Good Reasons To Not TraceWe here at stop-tracing have heard the excuses. This time, instead of knocking down the arguments that support tracing, I present to you reasons to not trace.Six Good Reasons To Not Trace7 years ago in Art Features More Like This
1. Tracers don't improve.
Tracing is a really really good way to learn how to... um... trace.
Any good art teacher will tell you this- it's simply not a good way to learn. So many professionals, teachers, drawing books, and so on and so forth will tell you one key thing: "draw from life."
It helps. It looks like it's hard, but it does help immensely, and it's not so hard once you train your hand and eye to work together. When you're tracing, you aren't thinking. Your hand and eye aren't really working together. You're just mindlessly going over the lines. You're being a human Xerox machine.
Some people think that tracing helps you "get a feel" for how to draw the human body- this is simply not true
Daily Deviations DescriptionsGreetings!Daily Deviations Descriptions4 years ago in Personal More Like This
My name is Danielle or Moonbeam13, and I'm the Director of Community Relations here at deviantART. During the course of my day part of what I do involves shaking things up and testing new ideas to keep things fresh in the community. Most of these ideas stem from community feedback - things the community has related back to my team of volunteers or to me directly.
Such is the case with Daily Deviation descriptions. First, let's clarify what was tested and what the end result is because there is some confusion.
Originally, I had requested that the volunteers not reuse descriptions sent to them by suggesters. I know it seems nutty but there was a period of time where I was receiving an unrelenting amount of complaints about us just 'pasting what the suggester said' and so I decided that for a short period I'd let the community see what it looks like when we don't do that. As suspected the amount of complaints about 'no descriptions' was alm
dA Staff Appreciation Week - PM Giveaway!Please press the button to your left -- the more deviants who participate, the more successful this event will be!dA Staff Appreciation Week - PM Giveaway!4 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
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[Bullet; Blue] Attention, deviants! [Bullet; Blue]
As August 7th, deviantART's 11th Birthday, so does a premier event: the deviantART Staff Appreciation Week! This event has been undergoing planning since A
Amazing Emoticonists and More - Volume 34Welcome to Amazing Emoticonists & More. This is the 34th installment of the mostly-weekly feature dedicated to showcasing the emoticon creations of up-and-coming and veteran emoticonists. Be sure to check out the rest of their galleries for other amazing works. This article also features projects, contests, groups, and more, in the hopes of exposing them to new deviants and those not familiar with the emoticon community.Amazing Emoticonists and More - Volume 344 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I am a huge fan of fan-art emotes and this one is great. Readily recognizable and lovely white shading.
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July 2011 Resources DD Summary:iconcommunityrelations:July 2011 Resources DD Summary4 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
July 2011 seemed to come and go rather quicky, and before I knew it, August had arrived! In addition to reviewing the Daily Deviations for July, this article will also serve to help you catch up with the cool changes that are happening around dA and within the Resources gallery. Just in case you blinked.
Presenting: Community Volunteers - It's official! Some changes have been made to dA's volunteers program.
DeviantART's 11th Birthday is August 7th! - Here is how we're celebrating!
Gallery Update: deviantART Tutorials Has MOVED! - This category of tutorials has been moved from the dA-Related gallery into the Resources: Tutorials gallery!
deviantART Staff Appreciation Week ScheduleWe have made a change to our schedule: deviantART Trivia will be today from 4:30 PM EST instead of 5:30. That's just 7 hours and 17 minutes away! Tomorrow, August 8th marks the first day of deviantART's first ever deviantART Staff Appreciation Week! We want all communities to be able to come together collectively and show the staff of deviantART that we appreciate their time, effort, and dedication to making our experience awesome.deviantART Staff Appreciation Week Schedule4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Meet and Greet;
You can find us in :#staffappreciation: to relax and meet other deviants! And who knows, you may be the lucky recipient of some deviantART ! No specific time, just drop in!
From Many Panels, One;
As part of the deviantART Staff Appreciation Week, we have organized a secret project that will be a community effort, and you can join in too! Information about this event will be posted in a news article.
deviantART Staff Appreciation Week Interview Series;
11th BirthdAy Haiku ContestYour haikus were great11th BirthdAy Haiku Contest4 years ago in Personal More Like This
All about dA's big day.
Now we shall eat cake!
UPDATE! After reading over 1,000 haikus, we're here to announce our winners. There was an outpouring of love and creativity through your entries, all presented in a very poetic manner. Well done!
These were the top five entrants who will receive a deviantWEAR t-shirt of their choice (subject to availability), 4,000 deviantART Points, 1 year Premium Membership, and our exclusive black and white dA keychain! Congrats to the winners!
What to give he who has all?
...Heard you like mudkips.
The world keeps cracking -
But eleven years have sewn
Ties between artists.
You go up to eleven
Just like Spinal Tap
Thousands of artists,
Eleven years of wonder,
Seven days of fun.
+ Tutorials. Resources. References. Art Ideas + Artistic Ideas.+ Tutorials. Resources. References. Art Ideas +11 years ago in Personal More Like This
The following list is a list of ideas composed by myself and other artist for people who want to draw concept art, or are having artistic block. Please feel free to make artwork off of the ideas, or use the ideas in any manner. n_n
* The classic picture of someone sitting in a car, watching the landscape going by and also seeing his/her own reflection in the window... < Idea credit to Chaosdiva >
* A picture of the same person in different styles.. in the middle one in normal life on the right one in an fantasy-costume and on the left as a working person in formal clothes or something like that... you could do things like letting the normal one being kinda confused while the fantasy-persons laughes at the working one...
< Idea credit to Chaosdiva >
* A kid with awful hair just took his first hit of acid. He's walking down the street with no shoes on his feet. His shirt is stained red.
F.A.Q.Hello guys!! Hope everyone's been doing okay!!F.A.Q.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Like always, thank you very much for the support you've given me!! Whether they were favs, comments, llamas, notes, and so on, I very much appreciate all of them!!!
Sadly, I have a really limited free time and aren't able to reply to everyone-- So now, I'm putting up this journal to reply to frequently asked questions to help it out a bit!! I'll try my best to reply to everything as long as they aren't inappropriate or rude!! I'll put the relevant ones in the journal itself.
I'll be waiting! (I'll add a few common ones myself).
1.- What program and tablet do you use to draw?
-I use SAI paint tools and an Wacom Intuos 4 medium size Bamboo Fun (my intuos died ;_.
2.- What is the common size of your canvas?
- The standard size I use is A3 preset 350 dpi, then I go modifying it as I draw.
3.- Have you ever taken classes of art? Are you studying art right now?
- Nope. Everything I know about was pretty much self taugh
Birthday Celebrations on dAmn!Birthday Celebrations!Birthday Celebrations on dAmn!4 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
That's right! It's close to that time of year again and that means one thing... a dAmn party hosted by myself and Kaz-D to celebrate!
So on the 7th of August, the day that deviantART will be turning 11, come and join us in :#communityrelations: for fun, games and the chance to win prizes
What can you expect?
If you join us you'll be bombarded with games and tasks. Tasks will be thrown out at random and could be just about anything. Other games will include a sketchmatch and a treasure hunt
When and where?
To join in the fun make sure you're in :#communityrelations: at 8pm BST through until 10pm on the 7th of August. You can find your local time here
Yep. Now onto the good stuff. There are loads of prizes up for grabs including a dA
An Absurd Interview with ellehcim in your pants.An Absurd Interview with ellehcim in your pants.4 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Nya! Rawr! And welcome to a new edition of Absurd Interviews: Because I'm worth it! *flips hair*
After a few weeks of absence, I'm back bringing you these interviews full of absurdity. I know you missed me but you can stop crying now, I'm back! This is my first submission using Sta.Sh™ Writer™so if anything looks like out of place... no it wasn't Sta.Sh's fault, it was made on purpose.
Anyway, without any further delay, ladies and gentlemen, with you: Mirz123!
Hi! This isn't a question but I'm putting a question mark on the end of it anyway?
This isn't an answer, but I'm putting a question mark after it anyway?
Which plant to you most identify with?
A shrinking violet. I'm actually very shy and insecure...and slightly purple.
Event 03#: CLOSED.Y---eaaaah..Event 03#: CLOSED.4 years ago in Personal Journal More Like This
▶ 3 month premium membership [x1]
▶ 1 month premium membership [x2]
The more people who join, the more prizes I'll put up. Simple rry. xD
Erm. I have too much to do so I can't draw a chibi for one of the winners, but if there's a lot of people who're joining this, I'll consider to add it.
Eye See, Therefore Eye Am:icontechgnotic:Eye See, Therefore Eye Am4 years ago in Personal More Like This
"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain... Time to die."
—Roy Batty, BLADERUNNER
Every time we open our eyes in the morning as each new day breaks, two worlds flow forth, each penetrating into the other, as the celestial portal gate separating them is once again raised. One’s inner world, of mind and being, pierces the outer world of light and raw data, seeking to hunt and gather mental sustenance. The outer world floods into our minds like a data tsunami, seeking to reconfigure the secret landscape of last night’s perfectly crafted dream state. Both worlds do battle to rearrange and make sense of the other. It is the yin and yang, by which we create and recreate the world – and the world invades and recreates each one of
CLOSED: August 8th, Closer! Pimp us and Win a PM!I just want to remind everyone, today is the last time you can enter to pimp us and win 250 and a possible 3-month PM!! Two winners will be chosen, so get on it! Get some more people interested and we're eternally grateful to you.CLOSED: August 8th, Closer! Pimp us and Win a PM!4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Hello from StaffAppreciation!
//Edit: Be sure to also fave this news article written by the lovely ClefairyKid!
Our official start date, August 8th, is nearing very quickly! I know that the group has been relatively quiet on the outside, but within, we've been creating advertising materials, interviewing staff, and creating an outline for the week (8th August - 14th!)!
Since our start date is coming up, we now need the help of EVERYONE! We want to spread the word as quickly and as effectively as possible about our event, and July is the perfect time to do it. :icondorkydanceplz: That is why w
CLOSED.Y---eaaaah..CLOSED.4 years ago in Personal Journal More Like This
▶ A full-coloured chibi of your choice.
▶ 3 month premium membership [x2]
▶ 1 month premium membership [x2]
...So yeah. xD 5 magical people could win these separate thingsss.
Though, I may update this and add. xD Just depends on some things. //shifty eyes
I pretty much wrote my excuse for making these in my previous journal and in one of my deviations. :'D
I don't rly have some sort of ulterior motive for this. xDD But thank you so much for the lovely comments!! ; v ; I need to cryyyyyyy. //fails
For watchers only! (: Just fave the journal and be in a prize draw that will be mentioned in my next journal at some point. xD
Thank you for reading!
Thoughts on developing a good styleA common question I get asked is how to develop a good style.Thoughts on developing a good style5 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Here are some of my thoughts on this subject...
Don't think what kind of style do people want. Just be yourself & search for knowledge. Style is developed through knowledge.
Just painting or drawing how you naturally do is not enough to develop a good solid style. If art is an interpretation of something we can relate to LIFE, then you have to learn about the different aspects of LIFE to get better at art. Nothing is sadder than seeing an artist with a great idea but doesn't have the knowledge or skill to make it happen the way they had initially envisioned it. I still have this problem from time to time so I search for the knowledge and know how to make the idea I initially had to appear the way I want it to.
Your ideas are what makes you unique. Once you have the idea, you search for the knowledge to make those ideas happen the way you envisioned it. I don't know about all of you but I can bet that when most of you learn s
A Pocket Artist's Guide on How To Draw A common struggle an artist stumbles upon on his way to a triumphant drawing style is when he is just beginning to draw. That is something I, a 14-year old writer learned after a year of practicing illustration, a field that is quite new for someone who uses a pen to write prose, poems, and stories, and not to draw.A Pocket Artist's Guide on How To Draw3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Probably like some of you here, I started drawing after seeing characters on the television and tried to imitate them. At first, I found any drawing I made so wonderful, brilliant, great, etcetera, etcetera… [Oh well..] until a passerby badmouthed my works. At first it was hard to believe that my highly treasured works were actually that bad.
But when I looked again on my drawings, I realized that there is a lot more I can do to make things better than they were. Yet my interpretation of getting better was quite different. I bought lots of books on anatomy, perspectiv
AtA INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS ALL UPDATED! :DWELCOME TO ASKtheARTISTAtA INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS ALL UPDATED! :D3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Hey folks! So it looks like a few of the artists we have interviewed have thus far been unable to upload the transcripts from their interviews. So we went ahead and saved them the trouble! Check out the transcripts from the interviews with yuumei, sakimichan, shilin, arvalis, GENZOMAN, and lily-fox!
Thank you for your patience, folks!
In other news, our team is back from haitus and will begin moar artist interviews shortly. Stay tuned for updates!
We are an arts-based journalism project developed by thefluffyshrimp
We aim to offer fans live interviews with some of their favorite artists here on deviantART.
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 Skills8 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
How to 'Proofread' your ArtCommunity WeekHow to 'Proofread' your Art1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Ever feel like there's something wrong with your art, but you just can't identify what?
Here are some surprisingly simple tricks that you should do throughout painting that will help you easily 'proof read' your art for mistakes and issues:
Check your values
If you're painting a picture in colour, this technique is really helpful. Values are important in a painting to give a 3-D feel and to make the painting not feel flat. 'Value' is how light or dark a colour is. It's often hard to tell the value of a colour as colours can easily trick your eyes into thinking they're lighter or darker than they actually are.
For example, take a look at these two colours:
Which is darker? The blue probably appears to be. However, when we make the image greyscale (take away the colours), you'll see that the values of the colours are almost identical.
Oh noes! How do I prevent myself from being tricked? Check your
Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 3And now for the dramatic conclusion to the epic trilogy. Heroes will rise, bad habits will fall, in this last chapter we'll discuss how to focus your efforts and learn the most and improve quickly with your studies. If you missed them, click these links for Part One and Part Two. And now for...Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 32 years ago in Personal More Like This
WISDOM NUMBER THREE!!! Work smart and leave your comfort zone. This part is my qualifier for art school, tutorials, and educational resources in general, because they can be good, but only if you make them good. Once you've gotten in to the habit of drawing consistently, it's important to start being mindful of what you're drawing, how you're drawing it, and why you're drawing it. A key ingredient of success is hard work, but if that work isn't purposeful it might not move you