Animation techniques and more Ghibli thoughtsIn my last journal I mentioned the strange effect of seeing super cartoony flat characters moving around in a hyper realistic world. There's actually a name for this, it's call the "masking effect" and it was quite elaborately detailed by Scott McCloud in his book "understanding comics."Animation techniques and more Ghibli thoughts4 years ago in Personal More Like This
In comics, frequently the main characters are portrayed as cartoony and simple, while backgrounds often get very detailed. The basic concept is pretty simple. The more cartoony a character is drawn, the more appealing and relatable it is to us as we can more easily imagine ourselves in the role. The more realistic something is, the less of a personal connection you have to it. This is why villains tend to be drawn more realistically, and heros more cartoony. But it goes beyond just the characters... the environment also is affected.
If a person in a cartoon picks up a sword and starts swinging it around, the sword becomes an extension of their body and since it's animated, it becomes a drawn thing whic
Stars TutorialYup yup, new tutorial from me. Link to it on my website:Stars Tutorial3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'll eventually make DA-compatible version of it, but that will have to wait. I can't exactly use the same kind of layout format as with my previous tutorials, as this one has waaaay too varying kinds of images to fit into a mold like that and still look good. And holy moly, that's a lot of text! Took me several hours to write! But at least I've explained things by depth, hrrmh. o_o
Indeed, I drew that image over a month ago, and I've had the all the necessary pieces of the tutorial lying around, ready to be tutorialized, ever since. But with everything else going on it had to wait. But now the tutorial is done and I'm going to have some icecream! And then it's time to draw yet another comic page...
Which leads me to this: Eeee! I can't believe the cover page for the prologue chapter got a DD! I'm so happy! I've been smiling so bad that my whole face hurts. When I lo
Tutorial Treasury 03In the Tutorial Treasury, you will find tutorials geared towards Photomanipulators and some that will deal with a broader subjects, such as lighting, colour etc. The tutorials will be from dA as well as from all over the web and in each episode, there will be 3 to 6 tutorials for your reading pleasure (any more than that I guess no one will have time to read anyway). If you find any good ones, shoot me a note so I can include them in the next installment!Tutorial Treasury 034 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Create this beautiful treehouse artwork using a combination of photo manipulation and painting techniques. Find out how to easily draw a surreal-looking tree easily using the Brush tool, clouds from scratch, and more! You’ll learn all these techniques in this Photoshop tutorial.
read the tutoria
Interested in Dreamworks? Lighting ResourceSo I attended a talk by Bert Poole - He's currently serving as a CG Supervisor on their new movie "The Croods" scheduled for release in March 2013. His most recent movie, you all know of is How to Train Your Dragon, where he was also a CG Supervisor. If you don't know what that means, that means he worked on lighting C: What I'm putting below is from notes I took during his lecture.Interested in Dreamworks? Lighting Resource4 years ago in Art Features More Like This
His job is to take the directors vision and make the movie look like it. He's making compositions and helping the story to better read. If you've ever talked to me on DA for three or more posts, you might have heard me blab about my major and what I'd like to do. I'd like to do into Lighting, animation second. I just don't feel my skills are as suited for animation, even though I really enjoy it.
Before they start lighting, they work on color Keys
Color Keys are painted works that are used to indicate:
time of day
When you're lighting a piece in
Quick Tips: On Referencing AnatomyReference from real life whenever possible.Quick Tips: On Referencing Anatomy4 years ago in Personal More Like This
When you reference or copy from another artist's studies/sketches/art, you may be copying their mistakes as well. Furthermore, an artist's studies are their notes and --just like with history or chemistry notes-- copying someone else's notes will not help you fully understand the material. To completely understand anatomy, you must take your own notes and build your own understanding through observation.
This is probably a no-brainer for many artists but... scruffynerfherder and I were talking about this last night, and with the increase of "anatomy studies" showing up on dA's front page, it's been on my mind. DA's resource category has some great material, but I also feel like there is a lot of misleading information taught by amateurs who really probably shouldn't be teaching things like shading or anatomy, because they have a less-than-stellar grasp on it themselves. I'm not trying to knock anyone here, but it's a bit tr
The Resource Roundup #3: TutorialsThe Resource Roundup is a regular feature showcasing some of the best resources deviantART members share with the world!The Resource Roundup #3: Tutorials4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Whether you're a beginning artist or seasoned pro, deviantART's Resources Gallery is an inspirational and benefitial asset for art creation. Take a look at a few of the incredible submissions below – they might help enhance your next artistic creation!
This issue is all about tutorials. What should the next Resource Roundup theme be? You tell us!
• Photography: beginners to advanced
• Crafts you can make at home
• Marketing yourself: website, logos, and business cards…oh my!
• Awesome application resources (from Photoshop brushes to Gimp scripts)
• Or, suggest another topic!
Know your Basics - PerspectivePerspective comes in different forms, the most obvious & basic of which is the use of the word in relation to the appearance of relative orientation in a three dimensional space. At first, it may seem irrelevant to photomanipulators, (because, hey, the photographs already are perspectively sound,) but putting more than one photograph in context requires that you learn to see what makes sense and what doesn't.Know your Basics - Perspective4 years ago in Art Features More Like This
The Technical Stuff
Perspective (from Latin perspicere, to see through) in the graphic arts, such as drawing, is an approximate representation, on a flat surface (such as paper), of an image as it is seen by the eye. The two most characteristic features of perspective are that objects are drawn:
Smaller as their distance from the observer increasesForeshortened: the size of an object's dimensions along the line of
sight are relatively shorter than dimensions acro
Border CSS TipsYou'll find many border css styles all around the web .. I am not adding anything new here .. just collecting some of my favourite border styles and tips together .. Also I want our students in eCSSercise to check on this blog .. hope u'll find them usefulBorder CSS Tips4 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Wow .. thanx for the feedback .. with ur help I'll add more tips below .. keep an eye on them XD
What's a border?
Border is what surrounds your html/css object/item, let it be a text, an empty box, or an image .. etc
What makes up a border?
Border has four properties:
Color - Width - Style - Radius
Whether you choose for your border to be visible or not, bear in mind it's made up of four parts:
Top - Bottom - Right - Left
How to use that in CSS?
The border properties have different ways to write down their values, but I always use a fixed/limited way:
color: #------; --> border color
width: --px; --> border thickness
style: solid, dashed, dotted; --> border ap
Tutorial Treasury 01Tutorial Treasury 014 years ago in Personal More Like This
In the Tutorial Treasury, you will find tutorials geared towards Photomanipulators and some that will deal with a broader subjects, such as lighting, colour etc. The tutorials will be from dA as well as from all over the web and in each episode, there will be 3 to 6 tutorials for your reading pleasure (any more than that I guess no one will have time to read anyway). If you find any good ones, shoot me a note so I can include them in the next installment!
"In this tutorial you will be shown how to create a Deus EX inspired
high-tech eyeball by using retouching techniques and creating a
futuristic iris using Shape layers and Layer Styles."
read the tutorial
"Create a haunting scene inspi
American Internet Censorship BillA lot of people want me to talk about this to help bring awareness to what's going on. Apparently there's a potential bill that's going to be voted on in the Senate that would allow companies to "blacklist" websites in America if content is found to be stolen or pirated.American Internet Censorship Bill4 years ago in Personal More Like This
From what I understand it's pretty broad in it's definition (which is never a good sign for success) and under the new bill if a company simply filed a report, even if there's no evidence or proof, the offending website would be blocked by internet service providers by law. This is a grossly oversimplified explanation, of course, and you can read more about it here: http://americancensorship.org/
This has a lot of people really scared that their favorite websites, such as DA or YouTube, might get blocked.
Honestly I don't have any faith that this bill will pass. And even if it did, the moment it gets brought up before the supreme court it'll be decided that it's against the first amendment on free speech and be disband
Back to School and Accepting CriticismI am sick to death of people bitching to me that I can't accept criticism.Back to School and Accepting Criticism4 years ago in Personal More Like This
And I'm tired of people thinking that I don't WANT constructive feedback or that I block anyone who "offers" it.
But because I'm tired of writing long defense journals trying to open people's eyes to what I think is noticeable improvement on my part.... we're gonna try something a little different.
I think the best way to tell if I am accepting criticism is to SEE it in action. So this is what I'm gonna do. Each week I am going to post something I'm working on, be it a page from a comic, an illustration, or whatever. I'm gonna start with the pencil sketches and I'm going to allow everyone everywhere to critique it.
But hang on... I don't just want people writing longwinded essays pointing out what's wrong with it and how to improve...
I'm a visual learner and I need to see what I am doing wrong in order to get better. You'll be able to download it and draw on it, resubmit it as a link in a comment, redraw it ent
Namie-kun: Inspirational ArtistInspirational Artist: Namie-kunNamie-kun: Inspirational Artist4 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
'Tales from Earth Sea' and other Ghibli thoughtsSince I left college I haven't been as attentive to Studio Ghibli as I used to be. Before Disney and Pixar started bringing their films over here to the states the only way to see them were through imports and special showings. I actually once drove 4 hours down to NYC just to attend a showing of Porco Rosso. But as they've been gradually coming over here and my time and money have been occupied, I haven't kept quite as up to date on a lot of their films.'Tales from Earth Sea' and other Ghibli thoughts4 years ago in Personal More Like This
There have been many movies which have come out since I stopped checking up regularly, such as "My Neighbors the Yamadas" and "Tales from Earth Sea." I went out of my way to see "Ponyo" in the theater, and when "Arrietty" comes out here in February I plan to see that one too (though I am aware that it's viewable/available in other countries and by other means).
I hate to say this but "Tales from Earth Sea" actually bored me to tears. There were a number of story elements early on which annoyed me, and the characters all gave me no int
Project Educate: Aperture, Shutter and ISO SpeedToday we'll take a quick basic look at Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO Speed.Project Educate: Aperture, Shutter and ISO Speed4 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
The aperture determines the amount of light that is allowed into the digital sensor. A small number indicates a large aperture whereas a large number indicates a lower aperture. For example, an aperture of 8 would let in less light than an aperture of 4. Imagine your eye, specifically your pupil; the bigger the pupil is, the more light is being let in and the smaller it is, the less light. This is what is effectively happening with your camera. The aperture also determines the DOF (depth of field).
The numbers you usually see on the side of lenses look like this;
F 22 | 16 | 11 | 8 | 5.6 | 2.4
The larger the number, the less light is allowed in. Each number depicts double the amount of light allowed through the lens. For example, an aperture of 5.6 will allow twice the amount of light in than 8, but only half the amount of light than 2.4.
1 Year of SYACIn January 2011 I started a small series called "So You're a Cartoonist" with the intent of only doing one or two of them. Due to the "controversial" nature of the first couple strips (note that I use quotation marks there) I received a lot of internet attention and before I knew it, the small series of annoying observations turned into a full blown web comic.1 Year of SYAC4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Had I been able to foresee the series's popularity, I probably would've done a lot of things differently. I wouldn't have started by having so many episodes picking on things like Anime fanart and responses to trolls, and I would have done a much better job of setting up the comic's world and characters. As it stands right now, I"m still uncertain about what direction this series is going, though I am settling into a comfortable groove.
For me the success of the series has been a double edged sword. On the one hand it's helped me jump out of internet obscurity, opened up new comic opportunities, and gained me a huge online follow
so... the method of workmany have been curious about my work method.so... the method of work3 years ago in Personal More Like This
well to fully grasp that i must first explain my personal origins
1 i was a traditional painter and drawer?...that doesnt sound right...
batman catwoman by nebezial
batman huntress comission by nebezial
2 i was a traditional sculptor..alas photos of that stuff mostly got lost
so here is what i did in high school.... by nebezial
i practiced abour 17 yeears now to get this bunch of mostly self taught techniques to work
most of my stuff is a digital painting now, made or drawn in photoshop cs3. never switched higher as cs3 satisfied all my photoshoppin needs
i used to do quite a bit of modelling in 3d studio max, but it was too technical of a program so eventually i gave it up and completely switched to zbrush as it provided me with excellent set of organinc modelling and texturing tools
aand some of that
ravine- process shot for lynn's winter armor by nebezial
ravine- how dragons are made XD by nebezial
The Pitfalls of Speed PaintingI've been meaning to write about this for a while now, but recently a video popped on up Ctrl+Paint about the same topic and it encouraged me to finally talk about it. It's a practice that's been misconstrued and misunderstood for a while now, so I wanted to help people get a proper understanding on the subject.The Pitfalls of Speed Painting4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Speed painting has been something of a fad for 4 or 5 years now, even back when I was first starting digital work. Like many artists out there, I thought, "Sweet, I can do really cool work, really fast!" And like many artists out there, in the back of my head I was probably thinking, "This is easier than learning the normal way!"
Well, here's the main problem in regards to speed painting. Any of those really cool, realistic and well done speed paintings you see are done by professionals who have been painting for years and years. These a
Project Educate: Composition BasicsThe action of putting things together; formation or construction.Project Educate: Composition Basics4 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
The term composition simply means 'putting together' and is applied to all forms of art. In this respect, composition is all about the placement, arrangement or organisation of the individual elements within a photo. The composition of a photograph is what catches the viewer's attention and is what makes the image pleasing to the eye. By practicing and developing basic composition techniques, you can produce pieces of work which can recreate the impact of the original scene.
Some tips for developing composition skills are;
Look around using the viewfinder every time you take a picture.Look at each element and how it impacts the overall composition.Become familiar with your camera. Learn how it works, play around with settings and really get to know how each setting changes the overall image.Experiment and practice. Experiment and practice. Experiment and practice.Study other pieces of art; photogr
The Lucky 13 (street tips)13 Street Photography TipsThe Lucky 13 (street tips)3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Tony Ray-Jones was an English street photographer. In the early 60′s he traveled to the U.S for studying for a Master of Fine Arts in graphic design at Yale. He moved to NY after graduating and got a job as an art director for CBS records but he was determined to become a photographer. In New York he became good friends with Joel Meyerowitz and became part of the NY street photographers scene led by Garry Winogrand.
Jones kept notebooks, a journal if you'd like in which he wrote down his thoughts, lists and plans about photography. In one of those lists, titled "Approach" he listed some tips for better street photographs. These tip are still valid today and can be used as a basic guidelines to better street photography.
1. Be more aggressive- just to be clear, this does not mean at any way that you should jump into situation that could become violent! In a way, this simple
Dear DADear DA...Dear DA3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I have learned a lot about myself this week. It isn't up to other people to make you happy. Only you can really make you happy. We are only unhappy with our friends because of our own shortcomings. Relationships require wisdom, patience, and so much time. We should all be grateful of our true friends no matter how long or short the relationship is.
I also learned that honesty is the best policy even with people we hate. Because deep down hatred and love are so similar that they often cross into each other. I lost one old close friend, but I feel closer than ever to another. I appreciate my best friend for everything they have ever supported me through and always telling me how they felt. Because now I have learned through my own experiences with them how things I have done effected them! I am happy that our relationship is important enough to me that I notice these things on my own now. While, I know I am not perfect and do many things wrong. I know I am not the monster I th
SexismThis is a question to any female watchers here, inspired by this comic: http://sailorswayze.tumblr.com/post/35678126959/am-i-right-ladies.Sexism3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I would like to hear first or second hand stories of sexism you have encountered within fandoms, wether at conventions, among friends, in public or online. Particularly, problems related to males assuming women are so called 'fake nerd girls', or unwanted attention or comments experienced by female cosplayers.