Ch-ch-ch-changes...Hello, dear DA people. I hate like heck to have to do this, but I'm implementing some changes.
In order to maintain my sanity, I'll be disabling comments in my new entries from now on. It makes me sad to do this, but I've been ending up in the front DA page lately (which is awesome!), which seems to be making me a target for bitchy, uninformed, opinionated jealous people (which is decidedly less awesome).
I'm sad because I've come to know so many of you folks really well (Treyos, Smokewithoutmirrors, ChibiButterfly...just to name a few) and I really DO look forward to hearing from you guys. I'll miss your comments and your input and your wisdom.
But this other factor...it bothers me too much. I'll admit it; I'm thin skinned when it comes to my art. I'm proud of my work and protective of it, and when that shines through in my entries (I know it sounds like arrogance, but whatever),
Personal: Ph.D. archieved!Hello friends,Personal: Ph.D. archieved!8 months ago in Personal More Like This
I'm usually not posting personal stuff on dA anymore (see my Twitter for daily life babble), but there's something major I want to share with all of you.
Those following me for a bit longer might still remember that I was working towards my doctorate during the recent 2-3 years. Well, I'm done! I achieved my Ph.D. with A-grades and was awarded with MAGNA CUM LAUDE (latin for 'with great praise').
That means I'm now officially a doctor (not in medicine, if you might wonder)! How amazing is that?
Thank you everyone who followed me during the years! We somehow made it there together - so please fell hugged! Thank you for your support!!
A quick guide in how to make a nice galleryI've seen many people, mostly young teenagers between 13-16, who rants in their journals about lack of feedback on their drawings.A quick guide in how to make a nice gallery3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Many, if not all, of these people think it's because they aren't good enough in drawing to be the reason.
But you don't actually need to be a "god" at drawing to achieve feedback on your gallery.
A lot lies in how you display your deviations in your featured gallery-folder.
The first thing you have to ask yourself is:
"Am I here for the community, or to show my art?"
Because if you prefer being here just as an art-appreciator and get online-friends. Then you maybe don't care about your gallery so much.
But if you wanna get feedback on your art, improve, and get some watchers, you really need to show the internet that you are serious. And that is hard to achieve with a mediocre gallery.
So here comes a list of obvious "DO" and "DO NOT".
Expect that people will give you feedback in the first place.
Because they won't unless the
Reviews: Cosplay Wig ShopsSo, here we start with the review thingy about cosplay stuff.Reviews: Cosplay Wig Shops3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Since I ran into a loooooooooooot of trouble in the past weeks regarding wigs I will start with them.
First of all some general important informations:
- ALWAYS keep an eye on the feedback of a shop. If there are negative or natural feedbacks READ THEM. Not every negative feedback is appropriate and some shops sell more than just wigs. So be careful.
- ALWAYS be carefull with shops that advertise with asian cosplayers. A lot of pictures are taken from the japanese highclass cosplaysupplier cospediawig or the chinese Tabaeo stores. Have a close look at the pictures. Often you can see some blured details or removed watermarks. I even found some fellow non asian cosplayers by now as advertisment for wigs they definitely didn't buy.
Some shops even take pictures from wigs on wigsstands from other sellers. Look and think twice if you buy there. You can be lucky and get what you see, but there is a pretty high chance you ge
Why repetition pays off (minitut from tumblr)(this is all copypasta from my Tumblr. I post many minitutorials there, which I will sooner or later post on dA once I get the time and effort.)Why repetition pays off (minitut from tumblr)3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Repetition is ALWAYS good. It will NEVER look good the first time, kids.
I practiced some gesture drawing, by using Glen Keane's sketches from Disney's Tarzan. This is the first reference:
This is one of many examples of why all artists tell you to "keep practicing and drawing".
And as you can see, even I need to repeat the same things a second time.
I made some notes to show you where I did wrong on the first example, scribbling down notes on your own studies is recommended. I mean, you can't keep everything in your head all the time.
Another, a bit more advanced, example:
Here's another try on Tarzans anatomy. This time it's not so much about the proportions that's wrong with the first picture - it is quite okay if we ignore the left arm.
However, what I find a bit wrong is that it has the wrong
PROTIPs about Perspective for Beginnersthis is copypasta from my tumblr blog that I posted some of my practice sketches about perspective. I think this is very good info to keep in mind, and is a good start for people who are new or don't get a grasp of perspective.PROTIPs about Perspective for Beginners3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I will probably use this info in a future tutorial with better illustrations, but for now I'll just post it as a journal:
First and probably the MOST IMPORTANT thing to know: EYE-LEVEL!
The horizon line represents not only the actual horizon on the picture, but also the EYE-LEVEL of the "camera". Think of drawing a perspective background as if you were holding a camera. I shit you not, if you always keep this in mind, drawing perspectives will be a lot easier.
Plushing DictionaryPlushing Dictionary.Plushing Dictionary6 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Appliqué A picture or pattern made up from bits of material, and sewn onto your finished product.
Backstitch A very strong type of stitch commonly used. Copies that of a sewing machine.
Best side The side of fabric you want showing on the finished product.
Blanket stitch Pretty stitch that can be used for decorative purposes, or hemming. Sometimes called buttonhole stitch.
Cotton 1. A type of thread. Comes in many colours, can be used in hand or machine sewing.
2. A type of fabric that is lightweight and suitable for most craft work including dressmaking. Comes in a vast variety of colours and patterns.
Crane game See UFO catcher.
Embroider To sew detail onto something using many tiny stitches. Can be done by hand or by embroidery machine.
Eye Hole in one end of a needle, use
Historical costuming resources!For all of you asking about good costuming resources in regards to my historical Disney princesses, here's an initial list:Historical costuming resources!4 years ago in Personal More Like This
ON THE INTERNET!
Demode Couture (There are so many links I could post that are already compiled and organized beautifully on Kendra VanCleave's site. Absolutely worth your time.) http://demodecouture.com/links/
The Costumer's Manifesto (cluttered but deep, lots of good links hidden away in the fray) http://www.costumes.org/
Wikipedia (surprisingly useful! Great for when you're trying to initially pin down a period.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Western_fashion
For some unadulterated extant dress porn, Tumblr is a fantastic point of reference:
Some great overview/survey books:
A History of Costume http://www.amazon.com/History-Costume-Carl-Kohler/dp/04862103
Tutorials!Here is the club's tutorial list.Tutorials!7 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here in "EverybodyPlush", we collect tutorials for this list and put them into categories. This makes searching for the right plush pattern easier!
The stars next to the links indicate how easy the tutorials are, = easy, = hard.
= New tutorial.
= Very cool, gotta try tutorial!
Human Form Plushies
Zenimoonchild's Plushie Tutorial PART ONE And the pattern for it. Part two Part three Part 4 All the basics found here with a lot of different parts to try
Canvas sizes - inches and dpi and pixelsThis is a sort of guide on canvas sizes, inches, dpi and pixel x pixels.Canvas sizes - inches and dpi and pixels2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
when it came to canvas sizes, I always kind of assumed that inches belonged with dpi and pixels were just pixels and that everyone knew that; but i read a whole bunch of comments on a tumblr blog where someone asked about canvas sizes, and SO MANY people were replying with things such as, "4000x4000 px at 300 dpi" or "2000x2000 px at 200dpi".
and I guess not everyone quite understands what dpi's really used for xD.
DPI = Dots per Inch. It means how many dots will be printed per inch.
DPI is actually used for printing purposes. It shows the printer how much pixels to print per inch, literally. A common printer (at home or even at a lot of printing stores) at best prints at 150dpi most of the time actually; there are some super duper great printers that can print REALLY fine that can go up to ...apparently a lot more xD; #dpi, so that's why everyone usually suggests saving your project at 300dpi; most printers are f