Thursday: Autumn CoupletsHello, deviants!Thursday: Autumn Couplets2 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Last week's World Travels contest was fantastic! It was wonderful to see some new, beautiful parts of the world. There are so many places to see, both in nature and in cities, and it was awesome that we could share them together.
Here are last week's winners!
Congratulations! You will be contacted about your prizes within the next 24 hours.
This week, we're writing Autumn Couplets!
We're in the heart of fall right right n
How to get really DARK backgroundsPeople ask me this all the time. How do I get such dark backgrounds on my drawings. The answer is complex, so I will step it out below.How to get really DARK backgrounds6 years ago in Personal More Like This
1) The paper you use MATTERS! I use only Bristol, which is 2 or 3 times thicker than drawing paper, so it has a strong tooth to the paper
2) I use either B or 2B. The softer you go (3B-9B) the more wax is in the graphite, which makes it like a crayon and hard to blend.
3) I KEEP the pencil SHARP, and I hold it SIDEWAYS.
4) I do small sections at a time
5) I TURN the pencil in my fingers as I darken the area. This also helps keep the pencil sharp.
6) I use a back and forth scraping motion, that I can FEEL dig into the paper.
7) I end up going back over it more than once before finished, in a different direction.
8) I LATER use a harder pencil (H, F) and go over the dark area again
9) I use a "workable spray fixative" made by Krylon which reduces glare
10) I never use a flash on the camera when taking the photo of it
11) I ONLY take the photo during the
The 50 Foot / 50 Hand Challenge! CLOSED!THIS CHALLENGE IS NOW CLOSED! But feel free to do it just for fun/improvement!The 50 Foot / 50 Hand Challenge! CLOSED!2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
This was a drawing challenge from :iconSenshiStock: and :iconmostlyguystock:!
Hands and feet are pretty hard to draw. Lots of artists struggle with them! Even when other things come naturally, hands and feet can still be quite a problem. The best way to get better at drawing hands and feet is to study them!
The Challenge: Sketch or draw 50 feet AND 50 hands from reference photos or life.
Deadline: The deadline has passed for this challenge, but you can still participate and make yourself a better artist!
You can post them as one giant post, in groups, one at a time, however you want! But please make a FOLDER in your gallery and put them all in there then send me a link to the folder. (If you do one submission with ALL of them at once, then you don't need the folder.)
HOW TO QUALIFY: In order to make this a little easier for myself, please number yo
Cthulhu is Still CallingWatch depthRADIUSCthulhu is Still Calling3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Cthulhu is Still Calling
Written By techgnotic
Having been thinking a lot about the origins of our globally held Dragon mythos in a recent article Reptilicus Infernicus, I couldn’t help but notice the Cthulhu legend was always lurking at the edges of my mind as I was researching the subject matter.
The Enemy at the Gates, the “Other”, forever lurking in the darkness and plotting an invasion most evil and an enslavement most hideous, is probably the original seminal “narrative” that was born when humans first acq
Support Phil RobertsonFreedom of speech, huh?Support Phil Robertson2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Once again, christians are being picked on for their beliefs. He wasn't even being rude about his beliefs and still they think he's stupid for having his own opinion This is one of the few things that tick me off.
Here's a bit of what the link says:
Tell A&E to Apologize and Reinstate Phil Robertson! The Duck Dynasty star is under fire for expressing values shared by billions worldwide!The gay lobby bullies are at it again. This time they’ve attacked one of the most popular Christians in America – Phil Robertson, patriarch of Duck Dynasty’s Robertson family.
P.S. they have over 28,000 signatures so far.
Anatomy Lessons: How to improve faster in 6 steps!Anatomy Lessons: How to improve faster in 6 steps!2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
'Life Drawing 5' by algaegoblin
Do you know how to sketch human figures but do you want to refine your anatomy skills? Or do you not know anatomy at all and you are tired to trust your imagination? Did you notice you create disproportions in your drawings?
If you are aspiring artists and you already have your own style, you might as well believe you have no need of a guide, but you are wrong. Before exaggerating human proportions and begin to have your own style, you first have to know the basics.
This little guide is the result of an accurate research and 5 years of high school of art, and it's created for all those who want to learn something new or just make a useful review.
For those who have already studied art, my suggestion is to go to step 6 or trying to repeat all steps in Digital format.
First of all, if you want to learn faster you should draw using traditi
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Selecting Reference Photos! Does it matter?Selecting Photos: Boring Photo = Boring DrawingSelecting Reference Photos! Does it matter?6 years ago in Personal More Like This
It has become very apparent to me, that I am FIRST inspired to draw by a great PHOTO and NOT the subject. When I find a GREAT high contrast High Quality photo of the person I ALSO want to draw, I get very excited
On the other hand, NO MATTER HOW MUCH I want to draw a certain celebrity, IF I can NOT find a "good" photo, then I do not draw them. Too many times I have tried to use low quality photos, and end up getting stuck because I cannot see the details half way into the drawing. I'm not one of those people who tear up their drawings out of frustration, though I have calmly feed them to my shredder, ha!
CONTRAST is always just been obvious to me, in that it is one of the main things that will take any drawing to the "next level"?
I have learned to select a photo that has a wide range of contrast and as many variations in between! Ideally, it has the blackest black, and the whitest lights, and everything in between.
One way I ha
How to 'Train your Eyes' to see DetailsOne thing that just came to mind, that I thought I would pass along, is how we are actually training our eyes and minds to detect minute details in shading and features.How to 'Train your Eyes' to see Details5 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here are a few things I do to help me try to notice the differences between my drawing and the reference photo.
Sometimes I rotate the drawing sideways and upside down. It helps me see things I don't normally see?!? Especially when drawing eyes, and when I'm trying to determine exactly where the eyebrow borders are. I don't need to tell you how a few hairs in the eyebrows can make all the difference in the world?
I sometimes tape it to my desk too, because the edges of the paper curl up, and it effects my pencil strokes?
Holding it in front of a mirror helps too.
But the MOST effect way I detect differences between my drawing and the reference photo, is when I think I'm finished, I take a photo of my drawing (before I spray seal it) and then I view it on my computer, side-by-side in THUMBNAIL version, next to the refer