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 students1 year 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.2 years 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 Deviant Art
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
October FeatureTake a look at some of our member's fabulous and awesome works from October!October Feature1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Now, because we had so many outstanding works for October, we will also be doing another feature over the weekend, so keep a look out!
Show your fellow members some support and check out their amazing works!
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Kitty by JiaJenn31
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Photomanipulation of the Week
Four Manipulations that are exposed on the front page of the gr
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
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?2 years 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
Last Feature of the YearSecret Friend 2014Last Feature of the Year1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
This year I decided to call some friends to make a Secret Santa and Sandra-Cristhina also called some friends, and we did this year-end event, We can not call more friends, because had to do before Christmas, then the next will be more big
and also thanks to friends SweediesArt , neverdying YBsilon-Stock and Sisterslaughter165 who have not had time to enter happy new year
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The Void by charmedy Soul Of Darkness by KassidyBeth123 House of the Silent by LadyxBoleyn The Evil Queen by Mocris Sacred Ground by Creamydigital La Peste by imagase Arabian by La--Boheme Who pays the Ferryman? by Litavismindartist Lost in the Wood by Doucesse In my dreams I am free by EunoiaEcoas Divine Feline by Le-Meridian Abandoned to myself by dreamswoman PAIN by saritaangel07 Waiting for no one... by SummerDreams-Art Traveler of light by dangerous-glow BORN IN A CAGE.. by chryssalis Just a harmless flower by Gwendolyn1 sleeping beauty by Manon-M
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Thanks for using my stock
I Own the Moon by BBstar7 Ancient Porto by Mocris Angel Dust by mum666
Titaness Mnemosyne by WakefieldDesigns Beautiful Snow White by MelieMelusine
Blue Moon by Andaelentari Dangerous Red Riding Hood by MelieMelusine Crimson Promise by la-voisin Medusa Moonlight by MelieMelusine
Mermaid Child by annemaria48
Improving your Art: what dA news can teach youWhat dA news can teach you about:Improving your Art: what dA news can teach you4 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.
Learning Experience #1: 10 Ways To Better Your Art by POE-R7
Exactly what it says! 10 tips that can he
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Promoting our Members
Leaving Matrix by RazielMB
...a most Curious Creature... by KiyaSama
Antiquated by mrscats
Angel by Sisterslaughter165
Spring Sugar Skull by msfowle
A Return to Paradise by la-voisin
Angel of Flames by Innfhinithydesigns
spring is here by piaglud
The Beauty of Spring by TalXorFire
ReminderReminder for my self, commission i ordered from ppl~ XDReminder3 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. Daevaluque oune - paid
//they are in order
Taking your art to the next level in 2015!I am taking my art to the next level in 2015, who's with me?Taking your art to the next level in 2015!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I want to fall in love with art all over again. Going through the painful process of growth as the art-bones stretch and your creativity get's set loose after wondering if you had any creativity at all!
2015 marks a new year and a new start, make the most of it and don't start it unprepared!
Here follows a list of things I'd like to do in 2015. You could call it a bucket-list. You can copy mine or make your own, but this might give you some ideas for yourself.
1. Going through all the fundamentals all over again.
It has been a few years that I studied any fundamentals and they seem to be lost somewhere in a dusty corner of my brain. I will buy: Books, video's, classes and study it by drawing or painting the knowledge I get from this. After doing so I will discus the topics with some fellow artist friends and see if they have feedback or perhaps anything to add that I might have missed.
Here is a
Weekly Feature 07Sorry I haven't done any hidden gems orWeekly Feature 075 months ago in Art Features More Like This
themed features lately. Will get back to that.
In the meantime enjoy another weekly feature.
P.S. Since I had some recent troubles with art theft
a friend who is a professional in the field recommended
https://www.ascribe.io/ to me to register and track my work.
So maybe also handy for the rest of you.
Tara by MoonZaphire Roses For Black Angels by FallanDark
Sea Battle by annewipf
April feature - Long Overdue oooooopsYes, again I am late with our monthly feature lol. Please forgive me, as I have had alot going on. Promise to be back on track now though.April feature - Long Overdue oooooops6 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Please take a look at our awesome and talented members beautiful works from April. Give them a shout out and some praise on their works
I had to make the works smaller this time, in order to fit them all in the feature
Humpty Dumpty with your lollipop by TatianaSSabino Queen of the Night by Jassy2012
Plague won by Sweetlylou
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Feature time once again
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Mermaid in a Shell by JinxMim
Retro by Lhianne Falling by LilsRaven Midnight in the Bookstore by patriciabrennan
Point Commissions Are Open!Hello My dears:iconlucywaveplz:Point Commissions Are Open!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I opened up commissions!
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