4 Kinds of StorytellingHere's an old journal from 2010 about storytelling. Because I have a lot more readers these days, I think I'm going to start reposting some of my earlier posts for my newer audience. So for you old timers, feel free to skip.4 Kinds of Storytelling2 years ago in Personal More Like This
In full disclosure, I slightly edited this journal to make it a little more balanced (while also fixing a ton of typos).
I feel like the word "storytelling" gets thrown around a lot in our industry. Yet when I look out there at some comics, I don't always see a lot of evidence for it.
It feels like people in comics pros--myself included--often use the word only because we feel like we're supposed to. Over the years enough professionals have been accused of being poor storytellers to the degree that everyone is now afraid of being a pinup artist as opposed to a bona fide storyteller. But it's not enough just to claim you're a storyteller.
Most people reading this probably h
THREE TIPS FOR DRAWING CARSYou know that green ellipse tool that you bought in art school? Do you know how to use it for something other than oval shapes? Do you know what those "cross-hair" marks are for? And do you know how to use it for technically correct perspective drawings?THREE TIPS FOR DRAWING CARS2 years ago in Personal More Like This
TOO many comics artists don't, and it's driving me crazy. So instead of starting a blog that starts showing examples and naming names, I figured it was better to make a quick tutorial. And this isn't just for cars but also for guns, fire hydrants, and millions of other machined objects found in comics.
If you go through this and you're still stuck, please don't write to me. I'm happy to show you at a convention to make it clearer, but within a blog this is the best I can do. Check out "Perspective for Comic Artists by David Chelsea" for more.
Cars are a whole lot easier to draw if you know how to properly use perspective and ellipses. The more familiar you are with the math, the more fun it is to draw cars. Once I figured out th
5 Comic Book Truths (that I don't think are true)There are lots of tips, chestnuts, and other pieces of advice that I've heard over the years--tidbits of wisdom passed on from one generation to the next, from professional to professor to prospective student. Some of them are drawing tips, some of them are tricks to dealing with publishers, and some are general guidelines on how to survive in comics. Most of them are useful and true and will stand the test of time, but a few of them have become hackneyed platitudes and have gone unquestioned for too long. Here are 5 that I'm questioning...5 Comic Book Truths (that I don't think are true)1 year ago in Personal More Like This
1. READERS WILL ONLY LOOK AT A PANEL FOR 5 SECONDS, SO DON'T SWEAT IT TOO MUCH.
I understand the intention of this bit of wisdom, and I mostly agree with it: drawing great interiors is important, but at the same time, you don't want to get bogged down with small details that most readers won't even notice.
But here's my concern with this: if you treat every panel like it's disposable, then you're less likely to make an impact with reader
Critique Personality TypesI thought I'd type up something on the type of people you're likely to meet in critique groups and how to handle them. For those wondering, I am a Pit Bull Trooper.Critique Personality Types4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Feel free to add other types; I don't think I got them all.
Also, feel free to donate so I can buy another Premium Membership: http://Droemar.deviantart.com/?givepoints
The Toxic Snark
Most likely to be: Parents, self-described elitists, jerks in general
"When are you going to write for real? Why are you wasting your time writing this junk?"
Attributes: This person is inclined to hate your stuff. Without fail. They don't read what you write, or they read "real" literature. And your work is so far below what they like, you're obviously in desperate need of their opinion and correction, which is largely that you should abandon what you're working on and start writing their idea of a story. They hate mainstream, or hate a genre
AAFI - Featuring MyeniaWelcome Anthro Deviants! This will be the fourth installment of many articles and features I will be bringing to the Anthro Community! I would like to introduce the fourth installment of Anthro Artist Feature and Interview with the lovely and talented sarahfinnigan!AAFI - Featuring Myenia3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
July 2011 by sarahfinnigan
This is one of my personal favorites from sarahfinnigan because it really showcases some great detail and attention to highlights, shading and the surrounding backdrop. The details in the rocks are superb! It really makes you feel as though you can reach out and be a part of this piece!
The fur detail is breathtaking and the whole feel of this piece is unique!
Myenia-Art.com | WereWolf Calendar
sarahfinnigan was one of the few Anthro artists I first stumbled across way back when. She has always proven herself over and over again that hard work, patience and skill can help you a
advice on some stuff to look up before tutorialsso im gonna be starting to make some tutorials soonadvice on some stuff to look up before tutorials3 years ago in Personal More Like This
before that you should look up some informations
you probably noticed that in my work it is often hard to distinguish if im using a zbrush model or just painined it all in photoshop
reason for that is simple.
my realism rendering is greatly based on 3 d rendering processes.
by this i mean as i learned 3d i became aware of the stuff we usually visually take for granted.
qualities of material, importance of reflectivity, ambient occlusion, and subsurface scattering.
to any 3d artist these are everyday terms, while 2d artists usually paint them without often even being aware of wheat they are really doing
for instance , a 3d artist will at any given point use 2 types of shadows. cast shadows from a direct lightsource, and ambient occlusion shadows which naturally appear more intensively the closer planes of an object are together.
i can get into this and make it a long discussion , but easier w
"I Can't Draw""....I'm afraid other kids are gonna make fun of my drawing because I'm not good at it.""I Can't Draw"3 years ago in Personal More Like This
....said a fourth grade student to me last week at an Elementary school during my character design lesson. The little boy's comment to me about how worried he was about not being able to accurately represent what he wanted to on paper made me stop and think about something our society sort of imposes on our artists.
Since when did skill in drawing = how good of an artist you are?
I'd like to know.
Of course, we all know drawing is a fundamental skill in which every "artist" is expected to understand the Elements and Principles of Art and Design with because these elements and principles translate to ALL forms of visual art.
LETS STEP BACK AND THINK.........
Think of Art Mediums like Musical Instruments.
Think of Drawing as the Piano.
It's the instrument that most people develop an understanding of Music Theory to begin with.
But what if you picked up a guitar first instead of a piano-- and y
ENDEDENDED3 years ago in Personal More Like This
ENTER POOKY'S C.O.N.E.S.T </strong>
ANYONE WANNA ENTER A CONTEST???
WIN SOME MONEY
GET SOME PRACTICE ;D
There will be ..
Masquerade Theme : Have my characters in a mascaraed theme, i want crazy mask, i want a ball, i want anything that relates to the party for them.
CandyLand Theme- Let your imaginary flow : D
Evil Theme : Anything evil, bloody, anything that will relate to evil, just make me scared ;D
Space: I would love to see any of my characters in space (:
Make them float, have them flying there, i don't care
DO ALL THEM TOGETHER? O.O
HOW WILL THIS BE JUDGE?</strong>
Imagination , and how far your mind can go, i want to see an idea i never seen before. Something original.
I will have the 4 of each theme, they will get a picture like
Then my friends , whom don't join, will help me pick the final winner.
That again will be judge on how far your imagi
DESIGN AN OC CONTEST! Big prizes to be won! CLOSEDHello everyone!DESIGN AN OC CONTEST! Big prizes to be won! CLOSED2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
I don't really have a lot of OCs. But what about those which I have? I don't really like to use them when trying out new techniques or practice. Which is why I've decided to host an OC contest. The main goal is simply to create an OC for me!
LAST DAY TO ENTER
This is a list of things I'd like to see in the OC: http://sta.sh/01nqhwlhdjqj
Keep in mind that this is a very long list of random things I like. Don't put all the things possible into one design, I'd rather you pick about three things which you'd like to focus on and not half of the list!
Or check out some designs I've favorited here: http://reblog.deviantart.com/favourites/
Deadline: 4th of November
Might extend it on request or if I have something which might come up at the time. Keep in mind that it's summer now and you might have more free time now than in autumn.
FAN ART CONTEST - more prizes and first entries!The contestFAN ART CONTEST - more prizes and first entries!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Winter has always been a season which people either love or hate. No matter where we live we always have some strong emotions connected with it and a lot of them revolve around... snow!
Some love it, some hate it; some play with it creating snowmen, others do everything to get rid of it; some see it all year long and some can only dream about it.
Because of how many different emotions we connect with snow and how many uses it has it's a perfect theme for the promised fan art contest!
Your task is to create a fan art or fan fiction that will present your favourite character(s) interacting with snow.
Every entry should revolve around the "snow" theme. The more original you are, the better!
The work must be a Fan Art / Fan Fiction and it should be submitted into the Fan Art
Win a FREE COMMISSION in 2 Minutes!!! :DHeyy my watchers!!Win a FREE COMMISSION in 2 Minutes!!! :D2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I am on facebook now!! I think facebook offers a lot of cool features and a very wide audience, so I thought I should join there as well!! I will be posting my artworks and WIP's + unfinished or old works + tutorials etc. So you will get to see a lot more there than here on deviantart (which doesnt mean I will be less active here )
Here is the link to my page: http://www.facebook.com/JojoesArt
To celebrate this (and also to invite people to like my page.. hehe ^^), I decided to launch a little event, where you can win a FREE TRADITIONAL (Watercolor) COMMISSION by me!! Which means I will mail you the original painting via post for you to enjoy it!!
And also three other participants will get 100 dA points each!!!
All you have to do to be able to win is the following (takes only 2 minutes):
1. Like my facebook fanpage http://www.facebook.com/JojoesArt
2. Fav this journal
3. Leave a comment here giving
Steve Jobs [ 1955–2011 ]Steven Paul Jobs, co-founder, chairman and former chief executive of Apple Inc., has passed away today. http://www.apple.com/stevejobs/Steve Jobs [ 1955–2011 ]3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
"When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: 'If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right.' It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' And whenever the answer has been 'No' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know t
Homestuck po Polsku: 1.JanChoć dopiero co wstałeś jesteś już w pełni ubrany i (jak ci się wydaje) w zupełnie przygotowany na wszystko co ci ten dzień rzuci pod nogi. Dzisiaj są twoje 13 urodziny. Niestety, zapomniałeś jak masz na imię, więc starasz się je sobie przypomnieć. Pierwszą rzeczą jaka przychodzi ci na myśl to Śmierdziel Kupowładny, ale jesteś prawie całkowicie pewien, że nie jest to twoje prawdziwe imię. Już udało ci się przypomnieć. Twa godność to Jan Egbert. Teraz jak masz to już za sobą zaczynasz rozglądać się po pokoju. Jak już wcześniej wspomniałeś, są twoje urodziny. Po pokoju (na pewno twoim) jest porozwalana pewna liczba ciast. Uznajesz, że teraz jest odpowiedni czas by wspomnieć o swoich zainteresowaniach. Uwielbiasz oglądać filmy w szczególności te, któreHomestuck po Polsku: 1.Jan3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Win a FREE commission and points!!! :D*edit*: The winners are out!! check my journal here: http://fav.me/d4rpb4t *edit*Win a FREE commission and points!!! :D3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Ahhhh, I just passed the 10000 watchers!!! :iconexcitedlaplz: :iconlachoirplz: This is so unbelievably incredible and awesome, thank you all so much!!!!!
Soooo, to celebrate this, I thought of a little "event"... xD I have some points from all of your donations and I wanna make a point giveaway! PLUS one of you will win a FREE COMMISSION by me! All you have to do to qualify is the following:
1. Fav this journal :iconfavplz:
2. Tell your watchers about this "event" in a journal and post a link to this site (lets make this a big event!! )
3. When you followed these steps add a comment under this journal containing: "Faved and Shared" (or something similar ^^)
You are only able to win the points or a free commission if you follow these steps! The winners will be picked out of the people who followed the instructions! There will be 5 people who receive 100 points each and one who
*** 500 Point Giveaway CLOSED***Winners posted here:*** 500 Point Giveaway CLOSED***1 year ago in Personal More Like This
SKIP THIS PART IF YOU WANT TO GET RIGHT TO THE POINT(s)! :iconhuehuehueplz:
Hi everyone ^^
So first off, I ended my sale
I know... I said Id keep it going for longer, but i have A LOT of commissions to catch up on ^^ so making them more expensive will draw fewer people. Dont worry ^^ if you already paid, then the price wont rise for you (obviously)
I also wanted to make a big shout out. I LOVE YOU GUYS
Like seriously, ive never met a nicer community of talented people <3
Winner #1: 300
Winner #2 and #3: 100 each
HOW TO WIN:
Im sure youve s
SNIPPY: die pilot dieIf a Pilot falls dead in the radioactive, frozen wasteland and there is no one around to hear it....do you think Captain would find out it was me?SNIPPY: die pilot die3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Allright. The rage has consumed me entirely too much.
What can I do to relax?
Giveaway! Contest! 1000 points to WIN! ~CLOSED~Giveaway! Contest! 1000 points to WIN! ~CLOSED~1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Contest for you!
1. This contest is only for my watchers so Watch me > http://hyazintha.deviantart.com/
2. Fav this jounal.
600 deviantart points
400 deviantart points
Free avatar commission
For selecting winners:
DESIGN A CHARACTER CONTEST! 300pts PRIZE! + iconsI appreciate any advertising, as I want as many entries as possible ^.^DESIGN A CHARACTER CONTEST! 300pts PRIZE! + icons3 years ago in Personal More Like This
-You will be designing me TWO CHARACTERS from categories you may pick.
-MAKE SURE YOU TELL ME WHICH CATEGORIES YOU HAVE PICKED (you can pick a minimum of two categories/one for each design, but you can submit as many for those two categories as you wish)
EDIT: --you guys only need to design one character! I figure 2 is kind of a lot ^.^
-SPECIES: humans, canines, deer, & custom creatures (a creature created by your own mind)
-Accessories are a must. What I like: scarves, bangles, fancy necklaces, glasses, hair
You may put as many or as little as you would like. Just note that if you don't put any or too many you don't have as good of a chance to win (:
-As for designs, I like some but not TOO MANY. I like mostly simple designs with maybe one or two large, significant patterns.
-I like natural colors, and I really like hair on my characters ; u;
-As for humans, if you decide to do one, use the same
Pomoc dla poczatkujacychJestes po raz pierwszy na DA i nie wiesz jak co funkcjonuje? Zaraz Ci wszystko wytlumacze ^^Pomoc dla poczatkujacych6 years ago in Personal More Like This
Wiec,zacznijmy od edytowania tekstu:
< h1 style="margin-top: -4px;" onclick="return true" > - powiększenie czcionki i jej pogrubienie
< strong > przykladowy tekst - pogrubia tekst np. tekst
< u > przykladowy tekst - podkresla tekst np. tekst
< i > przykladowy tekst - pochyla tekst np. tekst
< strike > przykladowy tekst - skresla tekst np.
< sub > przykladowy tekst - male litery wyskakujace na dole np. tekst
< sup > przykladowy tekst - male litery wyskakujace u gory np. tekst
< a href="http:// strona internetowa /" > opis strony - wysakuje opis strony i po kliknieciu wyskakuje strona np. Art Status and Other Informations
< div align=center > - wyśrodkowanie tekstu
: iconnick : - wyswietla avatar osoby,ktorej podales nick (usun tylko odstep miedzy ":" i zamiast "nic
Setting up Shots - Storytelling ResourceThis will be good for anyone who wants to get across clear story information in storyboarding and film and can probably be applied to comics. Granted there are huge differences with the graphic quality of comics, but this resource will explain thirds, if you don't already know of them, and how to use them. This is a condensed version of information that you can talk about for days and days and there are whole books on this. It's a profession, and I'm not claiming to know everything. I'm just imparting some basics in what I know.Setting up Shots - Storytelling Resource3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Disclaimer: These shots are all taken from Kung Fu Panda 2, which I sadly do not own (I'm not intending them for any malicious or commercial use, purely educational and personal).
I'm going to take some screens from a sequence in Kung Fu Panda 2 and break them down. It all might seem like common sense, but for those of you who don't know why filmmakers make the decisions they do for a shot, here's an explanation.
Every camera shot has a purpose, none is wasted.
Help support our application to manage .ARTView in SpanishHelp support our application to manage .ART3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
DeviantART announced a month ago that through a new organization, Dadotart we applied to manage a new Top Level Domain (TLD) called “.ART.” We are committed to having the .ART TLD — the Internet addresses that could end in .ART — organized and distributed with the full participation of the global art community.
We need your help!
We need your help to show public support for the Dadotart application. The application process to manage a TLD is long, arduous, and intricate. Help us gather as a true art-centric community. And please spread the word to everyone who loves the arts or is part of the arts because we aim to have .ART be home to everyo
Dave Elliott, An Authentic CitizenWatch depthRADIUSDave Elliott, An Authentic Citizen2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
A New Wind Lifts Storytelling
First imagined as a bedtime tale for his son by Kenneth Grahame in 1908, The Wind in the Willows has remained in the top twenty children’s stories ever since. But things have been getting weird out in the Willows, as the new comic on deviantART, Weirding Willows, will attest to.
Badger, Mole, Ratty and Mr. Toad are back… but they’re joined by Alice, Frankenstein’s Monster, Mowgli, The White Rabbit, Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny as they defend the world from the Wicked Witch of the West, Doctor Moreau, the Mad Hatter, Mister Hyde and the Queen of Hearts (not to mention the flying nightmare monkeys from Wizard of Oz.)
The new direction tak
It's been a while!I haven't updated my gallery in a long time, and it's been even longer since I've made a new journal entry, but what with tumblr becoming my social arting platform of choice, it was bound to fall into disrepair. I'll probably add a bunch of new work from this year around Christmas time to get it caught up, but if you'd like to keep up with my work in the meantime, please follow or bookmark my art blog!It's been a while!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Thanks for all your kind comments, faves, and follows!
The Gunsmiths-United Revolver Contest!Greetings fellow gunsmiths,The Gunsmiths-United Revolver Contest!9 months ago in Personal More Like This
We're at it again, me and Mace. We've got a new contest for you; the Revolver Cylinder contest.
Your weapon can be a rifle, shotgun, pistol, or explosives launcher, built to whatever design you want. The big restriction however, is that it must get its ammo from a revolver-cylinder based ammo supply. Meaning, no magazines, clips, or tubes on these guns. The cylinder can have as many rounds as you think it should hold (sized to relative amount), but it must hold a minimum of two rounds.
If you're still having trouble with this, go to this site for some references.
Regardless, the prize is a videogame! The winner of the contest will be given a digital copy of "Sanctum", a combination FPS/tower building game, via e-mail. As well as their artwork being in the "Featured" section of the GSU gallery. If enough people submit to the contest, I will add prizes and a seco