"I want to be a better artist."This is a sentiment I hear often on dA. It's usually followed by a question regarding how one should go ABOUT becoming a better artist.
I've no doubt made journals like this in the past, but here's another one. This page was in dire need of an update, either way. : )
I could probably talk your ear off for a mile and a half about why I should be the last person you ask for creativity-boosting advice. Aaaand I have my reasons for this, but that's not really what anyone who writes me wants to hear, I think. It's just a fair warning. I'm not an accredited teacher, I was far from the most capable person at my college, I've made a metric crapton of mistakes, and I am nowhere near where I'd like to be in my own personal artistic endeavors. If that doesn't bother you, well, keep on reading!
The best way I could aid anyone interested in bettering themselves would probably be by giving you the advice that inspires me the most. Stuff I've heard from frie
Ata Interview Transcript.Ata Interview Transcript.1 year ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Interview with Endling
Welcome to ASKtheARTIST. My name is *thefluffyshrimp and today I have the great privilege to interview `Endling, an incredibly talented comic artist and creator of many of your favorite series on deviantART.
Thank you for presenting us with this opportunity to interview you, Endling.
Hey all you folks there in AtAChat! Go ahead and start posting questions now.
Thanks for having me Fluff!
I warn everyone I'm on my second triple espresso coffee of the day. If my answers are incoherent and/or jittery you'll know why. I'M WIRED TO GO.
*RedVenture asks "How did you get started doing art, Endling?"
When I was little, my dad would bring home paper from his job. He worked with computers and stuff and often had tons of it lying around, so I'd make use of it and draw. (With his permission. Occasionally.) After a while he noticed I had a habit of doing this. Usually robot caterpillars. I'm not kidding
How to feel good about your ArtWe've all had those moments as an artist where we just can't seem to like what we're doing, where nothing seems sufficient and everybody else seems to draw so much better than ourselves.There's a few simple things you can do to avoid feeling like that or that you can remind yourself of should you already be right in the middle of this mess.How to feel good about your Art2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Draw for yourself, not an audience!
The first and probably most important point, especially for any artist on here who in one way or the other seeks feedback and recognition from their fellow deviants. You should never forget that your art is after all YOUR art, so it should be a means to express yourself, relax yourself, be proud of yourself etc and not anyone else. Never let yourself be pressured to do anything you don't want simply because your watchers might demand it or do anything for the sole purpose of getting more attention. It might make you happy in the beginning but loosing track
ASKtheARTIST InterviewASKtheARTIST Interview11 months ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
ASKtheARTIST Interview with algenpfleger
Welcome to ASKtheARTIST. My name is *thefluffyshrimp and today I have the great privilege to interview *algenpfleger, a very talented illustrator and creator of many well-known works on deviantART.
Thank you for presenting us with this opportunity to interview you, algenpfleger.
*quietly sits down and sips on a mysterious beverage
WAIT ARE WE DOING THIS OR WHAT
*Vellez asks "What is your creative process? Do you just research and then begin drawing when you get an assignment, or do you mull it over a bit?"
Hmm it usually starts with me getting the assignment since I spend my freetime drawing other things mostly (these days at least). As soon as I know what the client wants, I leave it alone for a couple of days and wait for ideas to sprout in my head. The rest is just craftsmanship, you know, drawing the stuff and everything. The real work is done as soon as I put down the thumbnail sketch.
~smarff asks "How saturated do you think the illustra
What's with 'Studying from Life'!?This is the revisiting of a news article I wrote a few years back.What's with 'Studying from Life'!?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Allow me to begin this article by mentioning that this was written with aspiring professionals in mind. For those of you who wish to pursue art as a hobby with no intention to make it a career choice, I have no doubts in your abilities as an artist, but art for you is a pleasure seeking thing. I would never wish to turn it into something even remotely reminiscent of 'stressful work'--as a hobby should never come to that. So for you hobbyists, feel free to take this article in, but by no means feel obliged to apply the information if you do not find enjoyment in doing so.
As for you aspiring pros, this is an inevitable and unavoidable step you must take in pursuit of your career. This is your job--and if you don't like it, you're probably pursuing the wrong career!
But I digress.
I, like many of you--strive to be a professional in the field of art. In particular, I am an illustrator. I've been fortunate enough to
The Shut-in Princess (storybook)Firstly, I want to share an interview I did with `MzzAzn ! Thanks it's a big honour, though the answers are a bit old (I don't actually remember doing this HAHAH...haha..ha........................) `MzzAzn will be doing more interviews with lovely DA artists so stay tuned!The Shut-in Princess (storybook)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Also, i've uploaded this illustration assignment I did on my tumblr a while ago already, but I thought it would be nice to have it here!;
Yes the girl is kimchi (everyone else in my class did generic things orz) As for the mark i got; high distinctions! heehee
Brian Taylor: Outlaw of Independent CinemaMovies 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?Brian Taylor: Outlaw of Independent Cinema2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Outlaw at the Bleeding Edge
of Independent Cinema
Wed Apr 11, 2012, 07:00 PM
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
"what is cts?"I'm sorry about going on and on about it but once again this is about cts - Carpal Tunnel Syndrom"what is cts?"2 years ago in Personal More Like This
But this time it's not for my sake, it's for OTHERS sake. Because since I've gotten this I'm surpriced by the amount of people -ESPECIALLY other artists- who have NO idea what it is!
It is a HORRIBLE thing to suffer through as an artist, I wish people could be more aware of it because artists ARE in the riskzone of getting it. It doesn't mean that you WILL get it in the future or anything, I'm just saying that it's (sadly) a big possibility. It's even a bigger chance that you might get it if you are a woman.
So I'm just writing this to maybe make some people more aware of what it is. I am just talking out of my own perspective and some usual symptoms, but it is pretty easy to find information about it online if you just google it!
No mather if anyone reads it or not I still think it's worth to at least MENTION it, who knows, it might help someone out there?
So to start with t
Namie-kun: Inspirational ArtistInspirational Artist: Namie-kunNamie-kun: Inspirational Artist2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Favorite medium for art: Digital
Length of experience with anime/manga drawing: 3-4 years
Favorite colors to work with: AHH EVERYTHING
What inspires you?
Anything really. Music? FOOD? Anything that can interest me. Of course, artists and artwork I admire. A good friend of mine =LuluSeason is very inspirational I grab a lot off our convos xD
Who is your inspirational artist on Deviantart.com and why? What is your favorite work of theirs?
ON DA? hmmn, probably *myhilary- He is very kind and skilled, very modest and how he works is very interesting! http://myhilary.deviantart.com/art/Devil-s-Party-188455171
What music listen do you listen to while you create your art pieces?
Touhou arranges/remixes these day
Tips and Tricks (tutorials)All of my tips and tricks sheets:Tips and Tricks (tutorials)8 years ago in Personal More Like This
pencil crayon baics
the white pencil crayon
layering pencil crayons
digital colour basics
applying digital colour</b>
lighting (digital media)
basic digital textures
the importance of failingsOften times i see many artists on all levels expressing their expectations from their current progress and seeing it as they fail. They feel this way because the type of level that is set is not only high but its constantly changing to grow higher even as they are progressing passed levels of artistic skills.the importance of failings10 months ago in Personal More Like This
Imagine a horse rider holding a fishing pole with sugar(your artistic level you want to reach) by the end of the string. And you the artist is the horse pursuing it.You are progressing forward but your goal is also being set higher as you progress.
And of course you will never ever reach the level that is constantly changing and i think this is an idea that every eager and striving artist should be comfortable with. To be comfortable with failing.This is not to say that you wont reach new levels , because you will.The levels you set up when you started out are much lower then the levels you set in your current phase.
The tough part is of course to stay on trac
How to Win Friends and Influence Deviantart Part 1*Title stolen from a well-known and favourite book of mineHow to Win Friends and Influence Deviantart Part 11 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Part 1: Submitting with POWER
I know there are a million "how to be popular" guides on DA and a million more parody versions of them. This article isn't about becoming popular, or starting drama or racking up pageviews as fast as possible for the sake of seeing a larger number.
This article won't make your art better, or make you more a more popular personality. However, what I've noticed is that many artists are missing out on feedback and exposure that they should be getting if not for a few common mistakes. Time after time, I've read on Artist's Confessions, or just browsing through members' personal journals that their gallery doesn't recieve any traffic and they can't improve because they're not getting any feedback. They feel like their lack of popularity is a personal statement. That their art isn't worth looking at. This is entirely untrue.
Hopefully this will help you, the underexposed artist, to b
Drawing Resources, Sharing is caring!Though I would share some cool tutorials I found. This place has got some pretty boss tutorials made by pros http://www.imaginefx.com/02287754330326480692/workshops.html you can download them in pdf formDrawing Resources, Sharing is caring!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Also found some resources. Lots of people ask me where I get my brushed and tones and what not..I don't actually remember where I got the tones since I got them 3-4 years ago and I make my own Photoshop brushes but I did find some cool stuff while browsing for new stuff.
Comic book text http://www.idrawdigital.com/2010/03/download-fonts-for-comic-book-lettering/
There are lots of great brushes right here on DA. Here are a few of my favs;
Also love all these brushes http://concept-on-mac.deviantart.com/gallery/1033022
Gesture practise http://lovecastle.org/draw/
and lastly..textures! for all your free texture nee