Drawing References and ResourcesUpdated: Aug 13 2012
EVEN MOAR SKIN SWATCHES!
The best way to improve is to draw from real life. That's the best way to learn. If you don't know how to draw a certain angle of a hand or an arm, you shouldn't fudge it, you should always look it up and figure out how to draw it right. Hiding the hands behind the body is a no-no, people! The proof of bsing is easy to see: http://neofox.deviantart.com/journal/ART-knowledge-is-power-282518336
But often it's very hard to weed through the crap to find good stock to use as reference. So here I am, doing the work for you and naming some helpful resources.
I've been teaching my friend Kitteh how to draw, so I'm learning first hand just what steps to take to improve.
There's one very special thing you must do to improve. With this special thing you can go from amateur to pro. And that's PRACTICE. You can get all the references and tutorials you want, buy all the books, save all the tutorials and referenc
Encouragement for art studentsHey guys,Encouragement for art students8 months ago in Personal More Like This
Always being around students and teaching; there's something I've started to notice. I'm able to see which students push and have the strong desire to get better
and ones that draw with their mouth. I've stopped wasting time on the ones that draw with their mouth.
Most beginner students give up too easy. I see more potential in them then more advanced artists I draw with. There are some of my friends I stopped
calling out because I came to realize that they just kinda want to get better. ( I also don't want their attitude rubbing off on me.) They say they want to get better but it's clear that they just "kinda" want to get better. One guy asks a lot ," What are you working on? " As soon as I answer with explanation he always responds with, " Man I should be working on that." Then does nothing. Actually that's not true, he tells students the stuff I told him like he had figured it out. I don't mind becaus
Why it's so important to unite as artists.We are with many though yet we are with few. We're all divided over little subgroups such as, fantasy illustrators, concept artists, comic book pencilers, photomanipers, techartists, anime drawers, realism sketchers etc. You might even find your place at multiple sections.Why it's so important to unite as artists.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I found that the biggest united groups on Deviant Art are mostly evolved around fan art, such as Sonic, or My little pony.
Observations aside, I think the good thing about those groups is that they serve for companionship. Being an artist all by yourself with no one to share/talk about/discuss your work with can feel rather lonely. And that lonely feeling is not encouraging at all. Most of us keep a lot of things taboo as well, like techniques or rates. If we were more openly with these the changes of being underpaid or missing out on a job because someone else does it for hardly any money at all will grow slimmer. People should know what they are worth and not be afraid to ask for it.
When I joined Devia
hard cold advice from a fandom artistJust wanna share this awesome list that had been written by Euclase (http://euclase.tumblr.com, but the actual post already deleted) These are trully wonderful list of the truth^^, i kuddos u Euclase bb for your analysis n opinion coz some of them are ironically true:hard cold advice from a fandom artist3 years ago in Personal More Like This
So I love fanart. I think it's fun. I think it's a great way for someone to learn skills and build confidence in a relatively safe, amateur setting, but sometimes it's not sunshine and butterflies. Fanartists, because of the very visible yet niche nature of their work, are destined to encounter shitbags on the internet.
Since I've been sharing fan art online since 2002, I thought I'd type up some notes. This is just my experience/angle on things, so ymmv.
1. People will steal your art.
The difference between fanart and regular art is that it's recognizable by subject, and since you don't own the subject, everyone will assume they have the right to it. They'll put i
What's that brush ?A lot of people ask about what kind of brush we use to get that pastely,textured, gouache- like quality for quite some time. Since it is kind of a hassle to create a tutorial for this, (we have to use MS paint to make/edit something like this, no lie), we could explain in more simpler terms. Follow the instructions carefully!What's that brush ?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
We primarily use Photoshop CS3 for this, but it probably doesn't matter what version of Photoshop you use, I believe.
Go under the brush menu (the one that looks like a filing folder), and click Dry Media Brushes to use as your main brush, otherwise known as the Brush Tip Shape .
Click on Number 63 or 36 brush for the Brush Tip Shape.
Now, go under the Dual Brush setting, and choose Number 49 brush .
Go under the Spacing setting under the Dual Brush, and adjust the spacing a tad bit so you can get some of that fuzzy/ grainy texture.
Finally, go to the other Dynamics setting, and put
I quit my job.I had to. Being stuck in retail hell for years was getting to me. There's only so many times you can deal with disrespectful self-entitled customers daily, especially when you have personal goals and aspirations that have nothing to do with retail or the success of the business you're working so hard for. (with little acknowledgement.) It's not that I never put my heart into my job -- I even made some great friends there. It's just, when you see so many of your other friends, even family members doing seriously cool things with their talents... it eats at you like you're staring at your own death-clock.I quit my job.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I haven't been one to take risks in the past, so the thought of cutting off my only source of income wasn't exactly on the forefront of my thoughts. But, I was given an opportunity with a soon-to-be startup studio that a bunch of friends of mine are already apart of. I came on board this project earlier this year, but only slightly part-time. On my days off from my retail job, I would p
Introducing the deviantART Twitter NetworkGet daily inspirational artwork delivered straight to your Twitter feed! Even when you're away from deviantART, you can stay inspired while keeping a pulse on the deviantART community. DeviantART's Twitter Network is a series of Twitter profiles that tweet recently popular deviations in specific categories.Introducing the deviantART Twitter Network4 years ago in Personal More Like This
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Art Raffle! Favorite to join!-WINNERSUPDATE: And the winners are....Art Raffle! Favorite to join!-WINNERS1 year ago in Personal More Like This
1. Number 54 :iconInnocentRuined:
2. Number 26 :iconMysterionRises6:
3. Number 20 :iconvalafor2000:
Thanks so much for all of the participation! And thank you to my new watchers. Special thanks to :iconlongestdistance: I wish I could've picked more. Maybe we'll try this again sometime soon! For now, I'll note the winners.
So as the title says, I'm going to hold a raffle. Just favorite this journal to win. Each person who favorites gets their name entered in the raffle.
The raffle will end on June 18th, 6:00pm. So two days from now.
I will pick from 1-3 winners.
The winners will get a waist-up of one character, with a background, like this
A little opinion...About the frontage thing... I think more than change the "popular" system, a new options set for the frontage are needed. This is not because I could be somewhat affected by the change, my pics keep appearing in FrontPage and the watchers are still following my work (and I thank you so much for that ) but because I saw a lot of people misplacing art and taking advantage of the new system, helping even more to create the odd idea of a popularity "goal/prize". I like the idea of the popular frontage because it works pretty much like a musical ranking and it was a tool to know public´s preferences: wich kind of concepts/ideas/colors/styles works better and like a test to know the effect of a specific work. Somewhat of democratic voice, that helps to know to the public a bit more.A little opinion...3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Before you ask, NO, I don't think that the goal of an artist is to be popular and I don't think that "popular=better" I saw both as different parameters that sometimes goes hand by hand and sometimes runs
Are you being honest with yourself?As part of becoming good at something you need to be able to reflect upon yourself. Judge your own abilities and work and consider the possibility that what ever you have been doing it wrong all along. Or perhaps you're actually being to hard on yourself and you're better than your conscious is telling you. (This is bad too because it leads to insecurities.)Are you being honest with yourself?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Signs that you might overestimate your current skills.
Do you often feel these things when you look upon work from good artists?:
I can totally do this too.
This is not so hard, I can do this faster.
My work is way more interesting.
It's not fair that this person gets way more attention than I do.
Why am I not being recognized for my skills.
This other technique is cheating! (photo-bashing, using reference, filters, effects etc)
I don't need to draw and learn all day to become this good.
I spend 2 hours on a painting, Masterpiece!!
Signs that you might underestimate your skills.
Do you ofte
Massive Art Theft Updateshttp://news.deviantart.com/article/158816/Massive Art Theft Updates4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Alternative link: http://www.markyourspot.com/
 http://18.104.22.168 - use this to reach Art4Love. THIS IS THE NEW LINK TO THE SITE!!
Use the IP address to replace Art4Love.com, such as http://22.214.171.124//canvas_art/wall_art/productdetail.asp?productid=281 instead of http://www.art4love.com/canvas_art/wall_art/productdetail.asp?productid=281 Links broken.
 Another website he's selling from: http://michaelperezgallery.com/ Supposedly he is illegally selling a man name Michael Perez's art. http://www.michaelperez-artist.com/index.htm - site may be legal, pending contact.
REAL CREATIVISM LOGA lot of people ask me what do i think when im drawing, whats your creative process, and what are the magical fairies you are thinking while you draw, about life, beauty and wisdom of the world. You will be surprised how thats not what i think while i draw and how this process repeats all the time while i draw.REAL CREATIVISM LOG3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The purpose of this journal its to let people know how we are all filled with doubts agony and stupid funny things while we draw. So you wont feel you are doing something wrong.
Will be cool if this became a spam, and people started to share in their journals the same way i did while you are at work.
Okay, lets star, first the setting, if you had seen the tv show 24, picture that way while im drawing, with several cameras on my sides, this will make the reading more funny, if you havent seen the show picture this sound each time you read time passes, while im drawing.
Okay lets start.
The following text its based on a true st
Do you like furigana? -update- UPDATE: I re-arranged the tools in a list so they're easier to find, and added a few more. I hope you can make use of them.Do you like furigana? -update-3 years ago in Personal Journal More Like This
Just in case, furigana is the little hiragana that you can see over kanji in Japanese text that helps reading them. Is very useful if you're studying the language.
The other day I found some really useful tools related to furigana, and though on sharing them.
A Firefox add-on that inserts furigana support automatically on Japanese websites
Another Firefox add-on to insert furigana in Japanese websites. It's needed for "Furigana Inserter"
-Dictionary for Furigana Inserter
PACEMAKERWilson GreatbatchPACEMAKER4 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Inventor of Implantable Pacemaker
Dies at 92
By BARNABY FEDER
Published: September 28, 2011 on The New York Times
Wilson Greatbatch, a professed “humble tinkerer” who, working in his barn in 1958,
designed the first practical implantable pacemaker, a device that has preserved millions of lives,
died on Tuesday at his home in Williamsville, N.Y. He was 92.
His death was confirmed by his daughter, Anne Maciariello.
Mr. Greatbatch patented more than 325 inventions,
notably a long-life lithium battery used in a wide range of medical implants.
He created tools used in AIDS research and a solar-powered canoe,
which he took on a 160-mile voyage on the Finger Lakes in New York to celebrate his 72nd birthday.
In later years, he invested time
Pikapaws icon raffle [Results posted]As a Christmas/New Years thank you to all my watchers i want to hold an icon contest! Before i open commissions and get busy with schoolPikapaws icon raffle [Results posted]2 years ago in Personal More Like This
How to Enter:
♦ Fav this and comment below you want to enter and I'll give you a number
♦ If you also do a poll/journal about this raffle you'll get another number (just comment with link below)
♦MUST be watching me!
♦ If you win you need to have a image for reference or I'll draw another number
♦Most likely will be 2-3 winners depending on how many entries i receive
♦ Winners announced!♦
Randomly generated #1-139
Yayyyy! Thank you everyone for participating and congrats to the winners! I promise to hold more raffles in the future
Will the winners pl
ReminderReminder for my self, commission i ordered from ppl~ XDReminder2 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. Daevaluque oune - paid
//they are in order
More Critical Thoughts on Art School + Career PathHey everyone, thanks for the info on San Francisco for those who live in / near there. It's a big thing for me to still be thinking about, so I'll definitely be coming in for a visit before I make any final decisions.More Critical Thoughts on Art School + Career Path3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Elsewhere, I've been meaning to do a short rant dealing with how I feel retrospectively having gone to art school. I've talked about having gone before, and I've given some advice about choosing a school that's right for you should you choose to go. But you know, having been out for a couple years now, there are a few glaring problems I see not just from the school I attended, but apparently from many schools nationwide. And this deals with offering students a clear path of study for the often specialized career they are looking to get into. Areas of art such as (concept) design, animation, comics/storyboarding/sequential, full-time freelance, and all-over jobs related to working in industry-level professional positions, or in a teamwork-oriented studio setting. (This ran
Commissions [Open]Icons - 6 USD / 600Commissions [Open]2 years ago in Personal More Like This
6 by Meloye7 by Meloye8 by Meloye9 by Meloye10 by Meloye 16 by Meloye 17 by Meloye 18 by Meloye
PIXEL SUMMARY 20112014+FAQSFeel free to ask questions below.PIXEL SUMMARY 20112014+FAQS1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Do you do trades? Not anymore really!
CAN YOU DRAW ME SOMETHING?? No sorry! Time is money
commissions? check my journals or the link on my profile.
How long have I been pixeling?
-Since late 2011.
How do you achive such soft looking shading on your pixels? Do you stick only to the pencil/fill tools, or do you utilize brushes?
Or do you just use enough colors to make it blend nicely?
-OPACITY there I spilled the beans countless times now.. opacity with the pencil tool. It just helps me finish pixels faster and keeps me in touch with my painterly-side lol.
I DONT USE THE DAMN BRUSH TOOL. JUST LEARN TO USE THE PENCIL TOOL'S OPACITY SETTINGS. ITS AMAZING...
smooths everything out. but leaves it pixelated. If you use the brush tool. im pretty sure its gonna look blurry
What program do you use?
-photoshop cs3, I suggest you learn photoshop cuz I love it/plus its free lol
What inspires you to make pixel art/ how did you get into pixel art?
and you really favor the douchebag look.someone please explain to me why people act like this?and you really favor the douchebag look.3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
annnnd hello everyone, i'm back from being tortured at school.
ps. I don't favor the broken leg look. I MOFO WORSHIP IT. UNF. UNFUNFUNF