CPC Member Interviews - Issue #05: *pbird12:iconpbird12:
My name besides =pbird12 is Paula McDonald (no Ronald or Old MacDonald jokes, please!). In my head I am 20 years old and will be forever; sadly, in earth years I am a wee bit older than this. I’m 33. I am Scottish and live with my fiancé and two beautiful children. My little boy is 2 and my little girl is 5.
Do you remember when you started drawing? Did something or someone in particular inspire you to pick up your pencils?
"I always drew as a kid and loved Art class at school, but was never able to draw people - I found it very frustrating. When I left school I went to college and studied Graphic Design for 3 years, and I think it turned me against art in general - I hated it! So, I didn't draw for more than 10 years. I started drawing realism when I joined dA, so about 15 months or so ago, and now I can draw people!"
Fakers and LosersA while ago, :iconpbird12: a.k.a Paula wrote an articleFakers and Losers1 year ago in Personal More Like This
which states clear cut facts so as to why the whole issue about someone faking their art creates rage waves through the art community!
The last week has been a riot which ended up in me getting blocked by two deviants here who clearly have something to hide!
I obviously care much less about the fact that there are many artists here on dA who get more famous than others considering the skill work. Some people get lucky and some don't. It's not easy getting known around this site.
But the fact that people would want to fake art to get accolades makes me angrier than ever.
Here are two examples on what happens when you try to confront artists whom you are suspicious about!
Example 1- The "awesome":iconnatmorley:
Now now Bratnorley) , you don't need to get all worked up for a single comment there do you?
You obviously think we are all stupid people here who don't really see what you are doing? The scr
Merry Christmas, and Happy HolidaysHello everybody,Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays1 year ago in Personal More Like This
A big hug to all my stubborn watchers, and a welcome hug to all new ones... It's almost the end of a year. A big year for me, to say the least. In my professional life, I have been making some exiting new stuff, which hopefully will pay off the next year. In my free time, I have been drawing. It's even difficult for myself to believe I have been drawing for only for a year now.
Comments and reactions have been so helpful, and motivating to pursue my dream of traditional drawing. When I started a year ago, I gave myself 2 years to strengthen my drawing skills. I must be honest and admit that I did not expect for myself, that after a year, I would already produce the stuff I am drawing now.
It must be something that was hiding in myself, and I must also give credit and applause to a lot of people on dA who have been so supporting and caring this last year.
So, for them, I want to share some great drawings from these amazing, and
The Then & Now Feature.:iconshakecancerplz:The Then & Now Feature.2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
The idea for this feature has developed over the past month or so, triggered by the comments we all get from time to time, like; "'I'll never be able to draw like that" or "I wish I could learn how to do that".
Also around a month ago I was asked a few questions by a very sweet, polite 16 year old girl on here who was extremely grateful that I took the time to answer her.
To cut a long story short, I've taken this girl under my wing in the hope of giving her the encouragement and feedback she lacks from those around her and also to develop her skills and knowledge to the point where she feels confident enough to experiment and grow on her own.
So, this feature is mainly for those just starting out in the world of graphite along with those doubting that they could ever improve beyond their current level and is just a very small selection of graphite artists I both admire and aspire to become as good as. All were chosen for this feature due
Favourite Showcase Feature V Hi All! :icontardglompplz:Favourite Showcase Feature V2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Please this article so more people can see it.
Check out some amazing art from the members of :iconthefavouriteshowcase:
Avatar by ~ayshafaseeh
Sweet and Sour by ~VahnKira Donar's Whisper by ~VikingWidunder Wolf 2012 by ~ZhaoT
Owl 2 by *Miss-Misery1313 CHeeeeetah by ~narufag Venezia by ~CamillaMalcus
Kids on Piano by =sDoost 'Party Animal' - Tea Party 2 by =GreyRadian Siesta In Rostock's Eastern Historic District by ~BarbaraPommerenke Autumn's Glow by *eajna
only silence by ~bohomaz13 Tears and Lace ... SOLD by ~graemeb Red Wolf Moon by ~BaiLang
Syrup and kiwi by *dh6art Transient by ~PutItOnPaper Autumn dance by ~jogijs
The Messenger Goddess in Oil by ~daveinaz Jade by ~SalmaAshraf Vivid Dreams and Fragile Machines by ~Bihni Hummingbirds - Marquetry by ~amazoncanvas
A big giant thank you to the amazing deviants and groups who art sponsoring this article! :ico
Favourite Showcase Feature IV Please this article so more people will see it.Favourite Showcase Feature IV2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Hi all! :icontardwaveplz:
Check out these incredible drawings from the members of :iconthefavouriteshowcase:
Pink Prayers. by *dreamarian Pain Pain Go Away by =Vishw
Our little farm by *Wulff-Arts Someday by ~nik-nak999 Home_on_the_hill by ~Mazhlekov
:thumb273401735: The Cowardly Lion by ~marmicminipark ADELE - ROLLING IN THE DEEP by ~Dianah3
:thumb273892817: Shadow hunter-black leopard by ~clive64 :thumb271571277:
green rooster by ~bohomaz13 Angel and Demon by ~hanakoofthejungle Ice Queen by *MayumiOgihara
Dewdrop Inn by *ChristopherPollari More Precious Than Money by ~niki426 Lilyxandra by ~BuffaloChips Cat by ~shirly90
Broken Beauty. by ~Annnnnee Serengeti by *Coramina Sketchbook 11 by ~Laurlolz
A big thank you to the wonderful deviants and groups who are sponsoring this article :icontardglompplz:
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FAQWhat pencils and supplies do you most often use? (Including coloured pencils )FAQ1 year ago in Personal More Like This
For graphite drawings I use a fairly basic set of tools and I do have preferred brands. I mainly use Tombow Mono 100 pencils, Tombow Mono Zero Erasers, Blu-Tack (instead of a kneaded eraser), Tortillions, colour shaper and Tissue if I'm blending. I mainly use a smooth plate finish paper for graphite drawings, my preferred brand is Mellotex, but I also use Winsor and Newton Extra Smooth Bristol board. My essential kit is here http://pbird12.deviantart.com/gallery/30897635#/d5euwgp it's not exhaustive, but it's what I use most of all.
For coloured pencil drawings I use Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils and Blu-Tack and occasionally a touch of white acrylic for highlights if I've lost them in the colouring process. I like a Hot Pressed Watercolour paper for colour pencil drawings. It's smooth enough to keep everything looking ni
Deceptive Deviants.If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything.Deceptive Deviants.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
This is a journal I've been meaning to write for a while but I don't know where to begin.
I'm going to list some scenarios that have bothered me and afterwards give a short comment.
Just to be clear:
- This concerns traditional art only.
- I don't disapprove or dislike all of these examples but I want all media and alterations be listed in the artist's notes.
- This is just my pet peeves.
- there are many deviants that I like that use effects.
- I'm not an art-nazi, this is for those who pretend to be something they're not.
ONE LAST UPDATE:
- This does not include correcting scanning and photography quality loss - I have no problem with that.
1. Sepia color overlay.
There are many deviants that change the color of their graphite drawings from black & white to a faded brown in Photoshop. Fundamentally I don't have a problem with that but it should be listed in the media since
Fake art - why care and what to look forI posted this last week for anyone looking for help to spot fake art. This is not law, if you don't care, feel free to move on. But if you do care that there are fakers out there, then maybe this could be of some use to you too. We have a serial faker on the loose on dA today so it sparked this little lot once more.Fake art - why care and what to look for1 year ago in Personal More Like This
So, the questions/scenarios asked are always the same and the responses/justifications are always the same, but give them a minute to sink in before replying and insulting.
(Q1) Why do you care if someone is cheating what does it have to do with you?
(A1) Well, this is a public ART site and if people are submitting art that is not actually what they claim it to be, then they are dishonest. This will annoy some people and not others. If your passionate about your work then the chances are you'll find it insulting to the artistic community as a whole. Additionally, a lot of admins of groups HAVE to deal with fakes as a daily occure
Traditional Artwork AgainThis is a feature for the group :iconthefavouriteshowcase: I wanted this feature to showcase some of the artwork I recently found to be outstanding!Traditional Artwork Again1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Distant by *Briscott Julian Richings (Death - Supernatural) by *eajna
Lullaby by ~VahnKira
Time Time Time by =NicksPencilArt Maine Coon by *AnnemiekedW
:thumb307472325: Water Lilies by *PMucks
Candy Beach by ~bleuie Redhead Girl - Ballpoint Pen by `VianaArts
Heat'n dust by ~cloudmilk
I do hope that everyone enjoys this little feature and comment on it! :icongoldendaplz:
Okay at least some of you have probably noticed that I've chosen artwork created by folks that I consider to be my friends... people I look up to and admire for their talents and various styles in which they create these wonderful works of art. When I'm down and need inspiration all I need do is look at the amazing artwork all around me here on DA!
The dA's Light Bulb fascination: Stock + Feature!One can't not notice people on dA have a thing for light bulbs, you can see them drawn very often, mostly just the usual light bulb on a white background, but sometimes you can see something more original and refreshing, something with a concept, amazing idea, as well as practically flawless work done.The dA's Light Bulb fascination: Stock + Feature!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
What ever it is that fascinates you about the light bulbs, here's my fresh new light bulb stock (totally unplanned), to suit all your light bulb needs. Enjoy!
The absolute king of light bulb drawings, `nimra
Monolithic drawing final by `nimra3 on Zero by `nimra
Light Bulb still life by ~skrobEnd of an Era by =MattDeakinFineArt
No Idea by *imagineeLight bulb by ~marisakueh
Light Bulb by ~EruwenRoseLet there be Light by ~ChloeMorris
:thumb72424947:Light Bulb by ~11-73-3-33
Crap, now I feel like drawing cliche light bulb drawing, just to see if I can make a technical drawing looking really good too (which I serious
Weekly Features!Weekly Features!2 years ago in Personal Journal More Like This
Show your true colours by *acjubJake Gyllenhaal by ~scaryfox
Trackers by *andreasrochaTree People Village by ~ShirajMulla
Blue forest by ~gypcgSwamp by *Blinck
Sand In My Shoes by ~dloraasTumTum by ~AB-arts
Blue snow by ~yangqiCRUSHA Draw-Along by =pbird12
An elderly man by ~FairyARTosChocolate by ~Saphienna
trouver by ~tuxedos"Bell pepper" by ~Saphienna
featureFEATUREDfeature2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Harry Potter by *IlojleenSully Erna 02 by *IlojleenThe true violinist by *IlojleenJared Leto - Stranger in a strange land by *IlojleenAmy Winehouse (commission) by *Ilojleen
Lighthouse Series - 3 - Westerheversand at night by ~LMan-ArtworkAngelina Jolie by ~LMan-ArtworkEvangeline Lilly as "Kate" in LOST 2 by ~LMan-ArtworkJessie J by ~LMan-ArtworkGiulia Siegel 1 by ~LMan-Artwork
The Dancer by ~CubistPantherQueen of beasts by ~CubistPantherNude by ~CubistPantherPanda by ~CubistPantherThe beast of summer by ~CubistPanther
X-Files Gets Cozy Drawing by ~Live4ArtInLASnow Bunny by ~Himoru60 by ~HimoruSteam Punk Iron Man by ~TheDreamerWorldDave's Dad by *sormerodElizabeth Taylor 2011 by =ArielRGHSee No Evil by ~ZymmijFor My Mother - 24-12-11 by ~GreyScale36The Flying Dragon by *RobaatoThe Battle of Demons - Ganondorf vs. Akuma by *BusterGarouAlcor IV by ~Ariane-Saint-AmourLose Control by *marziipornGoodbye Mr. Jobs by *FrankGoThe photo you can't fuck up by ~KnaveKarinaTwo Brides by *elsevillagirl with freckles by ~BranseSmoking Kills - Nissan S15 Driftworks 2011 build by ~TarcDnBSHOTOKAN STYLE by ~KandokenROCK ON by ~klukartLazy Sunday by =pbird12Fringe Division by =Wicked-IllusionGenghis Khan by =asuka111Wasp by `alicexz:thumb259532731::thumb251019286:Heart and Steel by *DarkerEveYuri by ~KLSADAKOTaylor Swift Pencil Drawing 2 by ~theGaffney:thumb285954666:Red Sonja Commission by *StephaneRoux:thumb197
Artist Spotlight: Robyn Dolby (robdolbs)ARTIST SPOTLIGHT ON...Artist Spotlight: Robyn Dolby (robdolbs)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm sure most of you are familiar with Robyn Dolby's magnificent traditional art. But what you may not know is not only is she a great artist, she's also incredibly supportive of her fellow Deviants, always encouraging the rest of us with comments, instructive WIPs and tutorials, participating in contests, suggesting art materials, handing out kiribans and the like. So if you haven't added her to your watch, you should - having her as a friend here on dA is as invaluable an inspiration as is looking at her wonderful pencil drawings.
Because she's so supportive of us, I urge all of you to in turn be supportive of her. Stop by *robdolbs page today and give her a devwatch, a llama, a few points, or some favs and comments, and be sure to tell her AthenaTT sent you
Friends Feature!I just want to feature some of my friends!Friends Feature!1 year ago in Personal Journal More Like This
For being humorous, for helping me, for inspiring me, for their art.
Featured in no special order... Sorry if I forgot someone
Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't I? by =LilaeaBluecoat 'I Hate This Picture!' by =LilaeaBluecoat
Brad Pitt drawing by *Portraitz The Female Form drawing by *Portraitz
Gulf Fritillary by =KW-Scott Wildlife by =KW-Scott
David Lynch by =HyperionDreams The Sadness by =HyperionDreams
The Central Science by =ArielRGH My Dream Love Will Come by =ArielRGH
With The Sandman by *Rockinfroggi Please Just Go by *Rockinfroggi
R O A D R U N N E R by ~Angelstorm-82 A love linked across time by ~Angelstorm-82
Christina Aguilera by ~PriscillaW Kim Kardashian by ~PriscillaW
WIPs on tumblr!Been thinking for months about uploading WIPs, pros and cons of it and where to upload them. I've been asked and I know many people like to see WIPs, so maybe it could give me that little push to not to procrastinate so much and finish my drawings faster, but that's pretty much it. Don't want my gallery/scraps flooded with them, I like to keep the element of surprise for my watchers, what if something goes wrong? + I'm not that comfortable showing something in progress.WIPs on tumblr!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
In the end, I went for tumblr, to see what's all this fuss about it and as a place to upload WIPs. Sometimes. Without particular consistency or order. Whenever I manage to beat my hate for scanning the same piece more than once. Tumblrers can follow me and the rest will be given links to WIPs in the description after I upload the finished drawing on dA, or can bookmark my tumblr.
Huge Weekly Features!
Furry, Fluffy and FerociousFor those of you who may be interested, :iconKeijunlilja: has a contest now running with two beautiful references to choose from. Please take a look with a view to entering or contributing features or prizes. http://keijunlilja.deviantart.com/journal/Contest-Emilia-277626042Furry, Fluffy and Ferocious2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Feature time peeps, something a little different from me this time in terms of subject matter.
This is my latest feature for :iconTheFavouriteShowcase:
Please fave any of the works you like and visit the gallery of the artist if you can.
Hope everyone has recovered a little from the Holiday madness and are back to your version of normal.:icondancingtardplz:
Snow Leopard ... by =sschukina commission shepherd dog by ~Isisnofret :thumb180
Treasures found in The FavouriteShowcase's galleryThese are some of the wonderful traditional (pencil or charcoal) works by talented members of :iconTheFavouriteShowcase:Treasures found in The FavouriteShowcase's gallery2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Be sure to check out this great group full of amazing art and those artists' whole galleries
Hold Me Tight by ~artboltMilla Jovovich by ~Anthony-WoodsHighway Man by ~JustABeautifulDreamAudrey Hepburn 3 by ~MVVRHalf of you_Christina Aguilera by ~Esteljf
Wishing ... by *AngelaHillPortraitsKairit by ~Avogel57Pensive Sharon by *CodinasJessica Alba. by ~dreamarianWarchild by *amberj8
Natalie Portman - Semioriginal by ~Keh-venNewspaper by ~MonicaSousaPearls and Drops by =ArielRGHDavid Beckham by *A-D-I--N-U-G-R-O-H-OCicus by ~tacsitimea
Drifter by ~clive64Dog? by ~MadEmillBob by ~XeNzOHead On by ~xxx-ellie:thumb204382045:
Sully Erna - Sinner's Prayer by *IlojleenWithin the Artist's loving Hand by ~IleinaRosenote by *secrets-of-the-penTime Lines by =NicksPencilArt
Ian Somerhalder by *carmenharadaThe world through my eyes by ~dloraasSee Into My Eyes by ~AmyCornelsonBaby Panda by ~BannanaPower
Floating from a dream by ~dloraasSad .. by ~Dodos24Freckles by ~True-TearsDavid and goliath by ~thunder2165
Drawing of a Little Girl by ~Acacia13Lockwood v.s. Lockwood by ~Surya-D-VesperBlind Love by ~Eka-EkatherineAmy Lee Snow White Queen by ~ZhaoT
Contest Closed!Contest Closed!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
If you like the contest, please help to support it and spread the word by faving this Journal, or linking to it somewhere. Scroll down for absolutely amazing list of contest prizes you can win.
Please read everything carefully and if there's something you don't understand, or you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.
An artwork of your animal friend
By an animal friend, I mean your own pet, but it can also be your family pet, family dog for example, as well as some animal you're closely connected to and love very much, like that one special horse of your granddad's you made friends with and love to ride.
Does my animal friend have to be..uhm...alive?
No. I even encourage making an artwork of an animal you loved very much, but unfortunately is no longer with you, for whichever reason. Always wanted to draw your dog you spent so many wonderful years together? Now's a good time.
Introduce us to your animal friend
the favourite showcase - traditional art featurethe favourite showcase - traditional art feature1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
HOPE by ~GauravHalbe Sunshine by ~JustABeautifulDream
Trilogy Of Souls 2 by ~sentientmaster thirst by ~szog88 PORTRAIT OF HORSE by *blanket86
Ducati Monster by ~nguyencongdanh :thumb172641878: Wabash by *masscreation
Selfportrait by *Si3art Undertone VII by *greQ111 Saeglopur by ~phoenix132
Love Flowers by ~ArtisAllan :thumb309511161: Christina Aguilera by ~PriscillaW
Cheetah and cub by *AnnemiekedW Chameleon by ~THE-RAttie Little Wonder by ~Crynyd
Praha by *takmaj Lalic by ~thesvetislav black peony by ~kosharik69
A Cup of Creativity Challenge!My last challenge (The CCC - The Crayon Creation Challenge) turned out to be a load of fun and produced some unbelievable artworks! I thought it was time to do a new challenge. From the poll, there seem to be plenty of you to take partA Cup of Creativity Challenge!1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
What's the point?
* For fun
* For the challenge
* To try something new with a non standard medium
* I'll feature everyone on my page for a week with the art from this challenge
* For my favourite piece, I'll give away my coffee creation as a prize (and if it sucks, I'll do you a drawing instead)
What are the rules?
* Paint a portrait using coffee as your medium and nothing else (well, maybe a tiny bit of graphite for your sketch and tiny touches of your choice of white/black medium for highlighting/darkening choice areas, but that's it!) Your art must be at least 90% coffee.
* Paint whoever you like, but it must be a painting that you have put time into; I won't accept halfhearted or obviously rushed entr
Love is in the air...Love in paintings, love in photos, love everywhere..Because life is love and love is life. We are all looking for it and we enjoy giving it. Love is giving yourself andLove is in the air...9 months ago in Personal More Like This
accepting the other person as he/she is..We love someone because we like our feeling when we are together..After all, love is what remains...And in this site, love is surely in the air..
This feature is dedicated to my dearest friend Mel, :iconArte-de-Junqueiro: for his continuous support in my 'dark' days. Thank you Mel! You are a light in the darkness! You have proved that love can make you smile even when you do not expect it... I wish you the best!
Love Is... Having Fun Together by *ElissandrAnne10 Days by ~SVSilentLOVE the Sacred Gift by =ChristabelleLAmortAustralia by *iSaBeL-MR
Winter is not coming by *NImportantMock Book Cover 2 by *FictionChickLove by *AliaChekRumple and Belle by ~KatBjorky
In Love by *jankolasShall I Compare Thee? by *LovesRedRose...Totally devoted... by *floriaiglenoirIntimacy by =pbird12
In the embrace by ~LORETANA
favourite showcase feature: great traditional artfavourite showcase feature: great traditional art2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
MGS4 - Old Snake by ~BorisKoci Carla Ferreira by ~artbolt
Jared Leto - Stranger in a strange land by *Ilojleen Scarlett Embraced by ~EverIris deep thoughts behind a face by ~regina6
Atalanta y Apolo by ~Tresdiasdegracia Mocha drawing... by ~titol87 The Mouse Family by *Coramina:
Fading into nothing by ~DaveLopes Jared Leto by *A-D-I--N-U-G-R-O-H-O Please no by ~Briscott
:thumb276271264: Amy Winehouse by ~DeniseEsposito No More Tears by ~graemeb
Girl with flower by *dh6art Dreamer with Doubts by *abcartattack Winter by *jankolas
A Faery's Child by ~BriannaAngelakis Lady of the Golden Wood by ~liga-marta smell of silence by ~bohomaz13
Hummingbirds - Marquetry by ~amazoncanvas Red Core by ~BaiLang Autumn's Glow by *eajna
Hope you enjoy the featured artwork and find some faves amongst them!
It would be great if you could fave this article so that more people will see it and enjoy the artwork.
a big thank you goes to :iconpbird12: and :icondreamarian: for sponsoring this article!
WATCHERS FEATURE! pt.16WATCHERS FEATURE! pt.162 years ago in Personal More Like This
Girl with pretty hair by ~Neira7The View Revisited by *AnEnchantedSpirit
Fade to black by *DloriTAKoji Vinyl - Motion Photograph by =BonvalletWhite Horse by ~kiwimuncher
Brad by ~Pooooli-+-One starry night-+- by *TalviEnkeliRebecca Hardwood 04 by `phydeau
Life goes on... by *Elwing-IsilielAutumn 4 by ~TalestrissBarack Obama by *OliviasArtwork
Sight by ~momokomikakookayAnimals and flowers. by *VeIra-girlElina and Xanthe FINAL by =LilaeaBluecoat
shine by ~StefansiderLa Dih.Doh La...More Nutrients by ~RottaCIn stiches by ~sparrowsong83
Husky puppy by *AnkaAI3Arsene Wenger by ~LAEllisHere and There by ~Wiggsly
Dude, that's gay. by ~scaryzwerEternal Love in Stone by ~MyEbOnYeYeSDavid Tennant by ~LoudSkies
everlasting peace by =amethystmoonsong:thumb275554060:Flute by ~KerstinSchroeder
Hrithik by =VishwReptile Eye by ~AliciaMarieCreationsIntoxicated Chapter 1 by =Saiyandudette
Rainbows by ~InkydropsMen Who Hate Women PT cover - pen by ~HoshisamaValmorJensen Ackles as Dean by *IlojleenThe Tudor Rose by ~ISG-Art
II I I II Cover by ~suki90Horse by ~neressiaAndrew Garfield by *bbfan77HP: Ron by ~freshberries
European Goldfinch by ~little--grasshopperTrueMax Team by *AltariorIf only. . . by ~weirneich92
little less conversation by ~RockAllNightI'm no Jesus.. by ~InfernoIngContemplate by =pbird12You Fall in Love. You lose by ~JairoxD
:thumb268444965:Bloodlust by ~Blacleriareflections. by ~briannam7900
Happy New Year 2012 by ~karthik82Invocation by =ArmideHarry Potter by *sam-guentherTamara by ~raindropcatcher
FEATHERY DELIGHTSFEATHERY DELIGHTS1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
:icondeviantartloveplz:Hello my fellow deviants!:icondeviantartloveplz:
"Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is like a broken winged bird that cannot fly"
Please feel free to art feature so that many more people can enjoy these wonderful deviations!
:iconTheFavouriteShowcase: is a wonderful group that not only showcases some beautiful deviations but also helps in its promotion as well.This week's art feature is about BIRDS.Enjoy!