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!"
FAQWhat pencils and supplies do you most often use? (Including coloured pencils )FAQ3 years 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
Favourite Showcase Feature IV Please this article so more people will see it.Favourite Showcase Feature IV3 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
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the favourite showcase - traditional art featurethe favourite showcase - traditional art feature3 years 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
:thumb324892085: Chameleon by THE-RAttie Little Wonder by Crynyd
Praha by takmaj Lalic by thesvetislav black peony by kosharik69
Merry Christmas, and Happy HolidaysHello everybody,Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays2 years 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
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 for3 years 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
Contest Closed!Contest Closed!3 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 Then & Now Feature.:iconshakecancerplz:The Then & Now Feature.3 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 V3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
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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 7-Year-Bytch 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
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favourite showcase feature: great traditional artfavourite showcase feature: great traditional art3 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 ... Sold by graemeb
Girl with flower by dh6art Dreamer with Doubts by abcartattack Winter by jankolas
A Faery's Child by BriannaAngelakis :thumb276731959: 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!
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!2 years 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
Fakers and LosersA while ago, :iconpbird12: a.k.a Paula wrote an articleFakers and Losers3 years 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
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 Again3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Distant by Briscott Julian Richings (Death - Supernatural) by eajna
Lullaby by VahnKira
Time Time Time by NicksPencil :thumb307550879:
: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!
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 gallery3 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 AngelasPortraitsKairit 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 NicksPencil
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 El-i-orBlind Love by Eka-EkatherineAmy Lee Snow White Queen by ZhaoT
Traditional Art Favorites of 2011!Traditional Art Favorites of 2011!3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Another year is over and it's time for my annual art feature of works submitted in 2011!
This is both my favorite and the most difficult art feature to make. After going through thousands and thousands of works you can imagine how hard it was to pick just some.
Artworks were chosen by different combination of the following "criteria":
general impression • emotion conveying • meaning of the artwork • pure awesomeness • idea/concept • originality • complexity • technique • quality • subject • incredible realism • great style • everything else I forgot to write
Winter Rose by Zindy
FEAR by nimraNude Study IV by IleanaHunterFlight to Wayland by Angelstorm-82
S10 by AmyRobins.:Wonderland:. by IrisBoumanFreedom is a length of rope by SecondGoddess
FEATHERY DELIGHTSFEATHERY DELIGHTS3 years 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!
||The Showcase- STILL LIFE||||The Showcase- STILL LIFE||3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
:icondeviantartloveplz:Hello my fellow deviants!:icondeviantartloveplz:
The beauty of things that don't move captured in its true essence
Please feel free to this news article 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 article is about STILL LIFE.Enjoy!
Love birds by siddhartha19Bokehlicious Oreo Shake by precious10
You Made Me See by BlueColoursOfNatureParis, mon amour by Orwald
Not So Lost Bottle. by andokadesbois:thumb243668265:
Friends Feature!I just want to feature some of my friends!Friends Feature!3 years 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 WhizzieWhizzer The Female Form drawing by WhizzieWhizzer
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
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 Ferocious3 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
2012 + 1000 Watchers + Some Traditional WizardsHi!2012 + 1000 Watchers + Some Traditional Wizards3 years ago in Personal More Like This
We survived Y2K, Bird flu, crazy cows, 11-S, earthquakes, tsunamis, nuclear disasters, global warming, crisis, end of the world few times...
C'mon, 2012... Let's see if you have balls!
I realized that I passed 1000 watchers, that must be a joke! I mean, there are 1000 users that can have interest in whatever I may pump it up, you don't know how grateful I am and how helpful is your support to me.
I want to leave you with some magicians, they have the privilege to own magical pencils, erasers, tortillions, paintbrushes, sheets, canvas... and hands. Maybe some are a bit crazy, but support them!
Swan Repose - Watercolor Study by NambrothPeregrine Portrait by Nambroth
Soft Sway 30 x 40 By Robert Hagan by robert-haganBlob on face by FairyARTosm.freeman by krzysztof20d
Derrick Rose by B-AGTBatman Saucy by RobDuenasIn His Hands by nitefise
Sylvia Sidney Commission by IleanaHunterLife in technicolor I by raulrkorange glow by turningshadow
Portrait of a Wolf by jmstudiosTogetherApart Zoom by Sikoian:thumb24
Colour challenge!Are you up for a little challenge?Colour challenge!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
If you do traditional art, chances are that you're familiar with this phenomenon: the black pencil/paint always runs out quicker than all the other colours. Right? Well, I decided to challenge myself to create a drawing without using the black pencil. And then I decided, hey, I'll just challenge my friends too!
So here's the challenge:
Create a colour drawing or painting using only colours, no black. That means no black pencil/paint, no grey pencils, no charcoal, no graphite, no black paper. And you have to use several different colours, or at least different shades of the same colour; drawing a sketch with only one colour defeats the purpose here.
No rules aside from that. White pencils/paint/chalk etc is allowed, and you can use whatever paper you want as long as it's not black (or really dark grey). It's really a challenge for traditional artists, since it's much harder to eliminate black in digital art, but if you want
EYE CONTEST 500 points+original drawing EXTENDED! Edit 02.07EYE CONTEST 500 points+original drawing EXTENDED!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Because some people asked, I'm extending the contest a little. The new end date for this contest is now July 15
Just a few days left of the contest, guys!
Just a little reminder. There's now one month left of this contest
Please fave/share this journal, to help spread the word
Hello lovely deviants!
It's contest time!
I'm going to be holding a little contest here. It's going to last until 1. July 2014
As some of you may have realised by now; I love eyes! So, I want to spread this love, by helping you see
(pun totally intended)the light.
So what is this contest about?!
DRAWING EYES! ..or painting
Basically anything that is traditional, no photomanipulation or digital art.
I'm going to be a little more specific here. I have some eye images in my stock folder: http://acjub.deviantart.com/gallery/40451955 . I want you to use any one
Favourite Showcase Feature VIIIFavourite Showcase Feature VIII3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
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Check out some amazing art from the members of
Donnie Wahlberg #4 by aurelia-acc Girl Portrait by AlexMahone
ice water by szog88
Lost in memories by WitchiArt Day 223 - ACEO Drawing Project for Charity by secrets-of-the-pen Red panda by szog88
olive tree by 4ratko Magic of music by knight-of-sand
Pomegranate by ruba11
:thumb320855418: The Central Science by ArielRGH
Walk to the edge of the Ocean by JeremyOsborne Everything Fades by Keltu The stars shine brighter at sea by akitku Stained Glass #27 by KyleWilcoxVisualArt
Ambition by sushi-master901 Remember Numenor by MirachRavaia Sea-breeze by dreamarian
Evening Magpie by Carcaneloce Seduction by SchwarzWieEbenholZ
letter without words by bohomaz13
Traditional Art Favorites of 2013!2012 • 2011 • 2010 • 2009 • 2008Traditional Art Favorites of 2013!1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Another year is almost over and it's time for my 6th annual traditional art feature of artworks submitted in the year of 2013!
This is probably my favorite, the most difficult and the most time consuming art feature to make, as well as the one I'm never really satisfied with: how does one decide which works to include in this little collection when, just from thi
Inspirational artHave you ever had that feeling when you open your inbox and see a beautiful/epic/amazing drawing or painting? You stare at it and think: 'Damn, how is it even possible to draw/paint like that?'Inspirational art3 years ago in Personal More Like This
So... I have that feeling everytime I open my inbox and that's why I adore deviantART this site gives you the opportunity to experience MAGIC without going out from home.
These are some of the wonderful traditional works by talented artists of dA. Observing their galleries gives you inspiration to create your own stuff.
Yamaha R1 by Delitescentrix Adriana by Hanci6 Waiting for winter by petiteartiste666 Jackie by IrisBouman Cheryl in Cannes by Charlzton Hawaiian Green Turtle by LilaeaBluecoat Nissan GTR by przemus Go to school by toniart57 Carefully Tended by rooze23 So fresh, so lightly by nibybiel Ewelina by PEPEi Audi S5 by donescu Am I A Fireman Yet? by MTLau Fringe Division by Wicked-Illusion Girl by FairyARTos It's a Small World by ArielRGH The Red Apple by skrob :thu