10 ways to become a better artistDear, deviantart fellow artists10 ways to become a better artist1 month ago in Deviant Events More Like This
How to become better at art? How to gain necessary skill and how to stay motivated and inspired?
There are no right, or wrong answers to these questions, as we all are different and we have our own creative journeys - but here are some of my thoughts about the topic and I hope that they might be helpful.
1. Make art with your heart
Make the art that you enjoy to create. Make what resonates with you, put your heart in it (not literally) and it will show through your artworks.
2. Be consistent
Commit to yourself. Do something daily, even if it's just a sketch. Perhaps, do a study every morning or make speedpaintings. You may not see the progress at first, but you shouldn't get discouraged by that. Not every single one of your artworks has to be a masterpiece and it's totally okay to have a bad drawing every once
An Introduction to Medieval ManuscriptsEarly Christian and Byzantine ManuscriptsAn Introduction to Medieval Manuscripts6 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Before the book, there was the manuscript. I’m talking medieval manuscripts, those ancient tomes associated with dusty monasteries and devout prayers. In fact, most European medieval manuscripts were made for religious purposes, and the first known manuscripts, or codices, are early Christian. The codex was developed in the 4th to 6th centuries C.E. as a means to carry and read texts in an easier way. In ancient times, scrolls and tablets were the common way to go. With the coming of the evangelic Bible, other means were needed to carry the Christian message across the world. The codex was lighter than a tablet, and easier to read than a scroll. It was also made from parchment or vellum, which lasted much longer than papyrus, the material used for scrolls. There are scientific, philosophical and mythical texts written down in manuscripts. However, by far the most manuscripts of Medieval Europe contain texts from the
How to gain more exposure on deviantART!So you think you're a pretty good artist, and have some decent pieces, but nobody to show. Or perhaps you're a learning artist who wishes to attract more attention to your pieces to get advice and criticism. Sound like you? I know it sounds like me!How to gain more exposure on deviantART!7 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Many artists on deviantART wish that they could have more exposure in the art world, but I've noticed that not many of them know how to go about doing so. There are actually many options, and we shall examine them thoroughly, to hopefully get you more exposure!
First off, just so that we're all on the same page, please don't expect exposure if you have nothing in your gallery. You need to be serious and dedicated about this. Also, ALWAYS make sure that the work is your own, and not stolen from someone else. It will surely get back to the artist from which you took it from, and you will be severely penalized.
Now that we've cleared that up, we'll begin!
1. The most common way to get exposure, comments and favourites is to
Douchebag of the year AwardSo, this happened a few nights ago.Douchebag of the year Award1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I live out in a rural county and have to take a fairly windy, two-lane road to get into town. I am on said road at dusk, going five under because the deer like to play chicken with my van. A muscle car with a souped-up engine, flame decals and the license plate "WRK 4 FUN" comes roaring up behind me, going at least 20 over the limit. the road is made of blind curves so he cannot pass me. This infuriates him, so he flashes his brights, curses, gives me the finger, etc. I do not speed up, because hitting a deer might kill me. After about 60 seconds, he decides to pass me on the left, on a blind curve.
…and he hits the oncoming police car.
I slam on the brakes and get out to make sure everyone is okay. He hit the cruiser mostly on the side, so the driver's side engine, mirror and door are wasted but no-one is seriously hurt.
Douchebag gets out first, and starts cussing at me, the police officer, and life in general: "FUCKING FUCK FUCK, YOU FUCKED UP MY
Culpeo babbles: Childhood OdditiesOdd topics require odd titles.Culpeo babbles: Childhood Oddities1 year ago in Personal More Like This
This journal exists because the other one's getting old and i needed something to keep this interesting. Also, the amateurish journal skin i created years ago annoys me and since i'm an absolute N00b when it comes to CSS i thought it would be best to finally remove it.
The last nights i was biking through our town to do nightshift (i love doing that. Not a single soul around and you realise how quiet even the civilised parts of the world can get) and while letting my thoughts flow i was grabbed by some intense nostalgia for some reason. I remembered my childhood especially and....how ridiculously naive i used to be back then. The way i saw the world, all the things i had to learn and understand first (the very anatomy of „sarcasm" for example).
I remembered some cases that appear especially wondrous to me nowadays when i think about it so i thought it would be funny if i share some of them.
Childhood Oddity 1:
Black and white television.
I grew up
Star Wars Contest Dathomir OC! CLOSEDStarting to announce some winners! check it out here :Star Wars Contest Dathomir OC! CLOSED11 months ago in Personal More Like This
NEW WINNERS for 3 categories JAN. 5 2014, check them out!
Thank you everyone for your interest and your participation! Greatly appreciated!
CONTEST :Design a Dathomirian OC (original character)idea by :iconcyraina:
Open to ALL!!! You can submit more than 1 entry! There are 8 (eight) categories in the contest (see details below)
Contest ends on Dec. 31 2013
Premium Membership 1 year PLUS 2 (two) Illustrations offered by artists contributing to the contest + 25$*** Amazon gift certificate
Total of Prizes so far : around 390$!!! including 120$ in alternative prizes!
including adding 2 gift certificates of 25$*** on any Amazon around the world, one for the main prize, one that will be randomly given amongst the other entries. see details below
****will be converted into your currency, the v
10 beneficial things artists should ask themselvesHere's 10 important questions to ask yourself. Read them constantly as a checklist to make sure your are heading in the right direction and using your artistic potential.10 beneficial things artists should ask themselves4 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
1. What motivates you to create art? Write down your answer and think about how you can use this very important information.
2. What kinds of information have you been putting on the internet? The internet is the new resume. If I can find dumb pics or comments from you then other people can too...
3. Does your art express something interesting? Great art means something to its viewers, not just its creator.
4. Does failure push you forward? How you deal with failure will determine how skillfull you will become.
5. Do you enjoy arguing or flaming people's work? If you are the type of person to hate on others, it will come back to you. Especially with the internet and all the social networking.
6. Do you try out new methods/materials/subjects that might be unconfortable at first? Success is inevitable if you always choo
LAST MAN STANDING - KILLBOOK OF A BOUNTY HUNTERSo, the book is out!LAST MAN STANDING - KILLBOOK OF A BOUNTY HUNTER10 months ago in Personal More Like This
Yes, it's actually in stores now. I know, crazy right?
It's a property I've been working on for the past five years, and started here on DeviantArt. Thanks to the loyal fanbase of it, it was able to be turned into a book first for Heavy Metal. After, it was picked up by Paramount Pictures to be turned into a film, and now picked up by Dark Horse Comics.
I can't tell you how excited I am for you to all finally see it.
But most importantly, to the 2012 Pre-Orders, your books are on the way (TO US!) Once I receive them, I will personalize each one, and send the two signed prints as well. Thank you for your patience, it means the world to me.
To everyone else interested, here are some awesome reviews and link to the book itself.
Much love from Gabriel and I.
Comic Bastard's Review
The Secret Drawing IngredientIf you're an artist of any kind it's extremely important to hone your craft and technical abilities. After all, the better you draw and the better you are at mastering the drawing tools you use - the easier it is to convey your unique message for public consumption.The Secret Drawing Ingredient6 months ago in Personal More Like This
But how important is technical ability, really? Obviously, it's very important. Understanding anatomy, light and shadow and perspective are key to solid drawing. It's important to always be improving in those departments. It's also very important to master the tools you use to draw with. Learning to render or color professionally can only increase your appeal to both fans and other professionals.
But what about developing artistic appeal on a much deeper level?
It's not just about finding a pleasing style. Anyone can do that with enough practice. You can always choose a popular artist and emulate his or her style. The blueprint is right there. But why d
iPrison by ApplePrint ad campaign by Felipe Luchi for Go Outside Magazine. (via devidsketchbook)iPrison by Apple2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Asexuality: I am louder than who I say am"I've found that people think it's okayAsexuality: I am louder than who I say am8 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
to have all kinds of sexual orientation..."
"...as long as you have one.
If you don't then you're broken."
The Asexual Orientation
Asexuality is a sexual orientation where a person does not experience sexual attraction. One out of every hundred people is likely to be asexual and facts such as this are still pushing boundaries and challenging the thought that the pursuit of happiness doesn't have to include sexual attraction.
I am very passionate about creating bridges of understanding, as I have said many times before. To understand asexuality better, take into consideration that there are different ways of being attracted to a person and that these attractions are not necessarily tied together.
Great Resources and Blogs for Historical FashionHey guys! :iconwisdomspearl: here to bring you some news! I have come across some amazing sights (tumblr blogs, Pinterest boards and users, etc.) and wanted to let you all know about them!Great Resources and Blogs for Historical Fashion1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Pinterest user P8ronella http://pinterest.com/p8ronella/ has 340 boards covering almost every fashion century. They have been lovingly sorted and organized for the Historical Fashion lover's access. Go and check it out, grab some resources for your next art project, or drool over the clothing. She also has boards for ethnic costume (Estonian, Spanish, Greek, etc. to name only a few).
User Elisa Edgren http://pinterest.com/isiswardrobe/ also has a ton of reference boards sorted into several fashion eras. She also has boards for historical accessories.
Here is a board for Historical Clothing Patterns http://pinterest.com/historygrl/historical-clothing-patterns/
User Lucinda Brant http://pinterest.com/lucindabrant/ has 80+ boards dedicated to the 18th century
I will update this list as I find
Jane Austen: A Realistic Romance Jane Austen is one of those novelists who is almost always encountered in high school, whose realism, biting irony, and social commentary earned her the status of a great English writer. Her six works of romantic fiction critiqued the novels of sensibility that were very popular in the 18th century and highlighted the dependence of women on marriage for money and social status. Although she is now one of the most widely read writers in English literature, she received very little recognition while she was alive.Jane Austen: A Realistic Romance6 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
"Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love."
A portrait of Jane Austen
Jane Austen was born on December 16th, 1775 at Steventon, in England. Although she had six brothers, she was closest to her sister, Cassandra, who was her most intimate friend and confidante. In fact, her moth
Dealing with Copyright InfringementEver since I started contributing stock and admiring the beautiful artworks submitted on this site, copyright infringement has always been a hot issue. Some topics & discussions are better left to run their course and fade away, but I think repetition should be encouraged when it comes to copyright infringement. For every person who learns about the importance of intellectual property, there are still many others who remain ignorant or just don't care.Dealing with Copyright Infringement2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I can sympathize somewhat with the well-intentioned person who simply didn't know any better, although it's still no excuse to steal images. Thing is, they didn't know they were stealing, so it makes it easier for me to forgive as long as they are receptive, take my concerns seriously and learn a life lesson to never infringe on copyrights again.
There are however more shady characters who know full well they are stealing images, but just don't care. And even when you confront them about it, they will tell you to go to hell because the s
undiscovered talentsdA is a place where some interesting artists and their works stay unnoticed for an unclear reason and still the same people are famous and glorious,undiscovered talents2 weeks ago in Personal More Like This
my today's journal is devoted to several artists who should get much more attetion than they get at this very moment.
by the way I would like to thank my last DD selector:
:iconPixel-Spotlight: you not only made my day but my whole month
:iconzhangahuei: 27 watchers
:iconDereks-Dreams: 27 watchers
:iconAnastasia-Aleks: 112 watchers
bulliesThe Girl You Just Called Fat, She Is Overdosing With Diet Pills.bullies9 months ago in Personal More Like This
The Girl You Just Called Ugly, She Spent Hours Putting Makeup So Someone Will Like Her.
The Boy You Just Tripped, He Is Abused Enough At Home.
The Man With The Ugly Scars, He Fought For Our Country.
The Boy You Made Fun Of For Crying, His Mother Is Dying
Repost This If You Are Against Bullying.
I Bet 99% Of You Won't Repost This But Those With A Heart And A Backbone Will.
how to improve at drawing: a guideSo as I sit and read my comments, I found that alot of people want to know how to improve.how to improve at drawing: a guide1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I'm betting you are tired of hearing people say "practice"?
Well for me, improving is not instant. I may not even notice it, but every time I draw im improving a little.
How to Improve:
Draw all the time, draw everything you see, draw what you want to draw, draw in other peoples styles, draw realistic, draw cartoon, anything. JUST DRAW. Do it all the time. Draw in your notebooks and on your homework.
Do you hate the way you draw eyes? Maybe your paws/hands need more practice? Then find references and use them. I personally don't always find the time to use references, but I find when I do, my art is 10x better. Just practice drawing those eyes you've never gotten quite right. Look at other art and see what you really like about their style. And then try it out.
Now that you've practiced a bit more, draw somethin
Lit Contest: The More Things Change...the more they stay the same.Lit Contest: The More Things Change7 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
Iiiiit's contest time! All original literature welcome.
This is a speculative fiction contest—the technology requirement could cover steampunk, 'John Carter,' 'The Windup Girl,' 'Watchmen,' '2001: A Space Odyssey' or about anything else you can think of. The one thing that isn't permissible is magic.
That was a joke.
Your story must center around the development of a relationship between two entities.
Some things to consider:What kind of relationship is it? (No, "relationship" doesn't have to mean "romance.")Who/what is it between?Is the development positive/negative?
The relationship must be noticeably changed at the end.Distance/death don't count if they're still besties or whatever.I don't mean changed personalities. I mean a changed relationship.
Plausible but (currently) nonexistent technology must be integral to the development of this relationship.Time travel goes forward.Nothing goes faster than light, a
Interview with InaWolfsimageToday's interview is really speacial. InaWolfsimage works with an amazing breed called Wolgdogs. InaWolfsimage took the time to talk with us here at PetPicks to bring awareness to this breed and help us all learn a little bit more about there dogs and why it's important to spread the word about them.Interview with InaWolfsimage5 months ago in Personal More Like This
We also got the chance to sit down with a follow Wolfdog ambassador Shortwinger. Head over to our Affiliate group, AnimalsofTheWorld for her interview and learn even more about these amazing animals. http://fav.me/d7eln62
WindInTheCoffeeCup Your Wolfdogs are so beautiful. What exactly are Wolfdogs? Are they a breed of domestic dog or are they pet wolves?
InaWolfsimage Great question! Wolfdogs mixes or ‘hybrids’ are an animal that have wolf genes more closely introduced in the animal’s backgrounds. Wolfdogs can vary in content depending on how much was introduced into the breeding line and the type of breeding that was selected in order to pre
Interview with ShortwingerToday we have a really special interview. Shortwinger works with an amazing breed of dogs called Wolfdogs. Shortwinger took the time to talk with us to bring awareness to this breed and help us all learn a little bit more about the dogs and why it's important to spread the word about them.Interview with Shortwinger5 months ago in Personal More Like This
We also got the chance to sit down with a follow Wolfdog ambassador InaWolfsimage. Head over to our Affiliate group, PetPicks for her interview and learn even more about these amazing animals.
Babou-Shka How did you come to know about Wolfdogs?
Shortwinger I’m a huge animal lover so I researched them briefly and came to know about them from that.
Babou-Shka What is your first memory of wolfdogs and your favorite moment with them?
Shortwinger My first memory of them was when I was really little and we were in Old Town Sacramento where they had several Wolf-Dogs that were Wolf Ambassadors. I have a vague memor
93 Point Giveaway + llama + watch [CLOSED]Hi everybody this is my second giveaway, I hope it will have success as the first93 Point Giveaway + llama + watch [CLOSED]6 months ago in Personal More Like This
There will be three winners in this giveaway:
• First: 50 points + llama + watch from me
• Second: 30 points + llama + watch from me
• Third: 13 points + llama + watch from me
if you want more giveaways in the future by me you can contribute here making a donation in my donation pool
at this link: http://gb-art3.deviantart.com/ (on the right down my informations)
Rules to enter in this Giveaway
• Watch me
• Fave this journal (so I have a list where choose randomly the winners)
• Make a journal on your profile that links to this page (to spread this journal)
• Obviously comment here with the link of your journal
you have to follow all of the rules if you want to have a chance to win.
I will pick the two winners randomly on rand
Contest 19 - Crossover ContestAND THE WINNERS ARE....Contest 19 - Crossover Contest2 years ago in Personal More Like This
In the Disney/Disney Section:
In the Judge's Section....
What the Judge's Were Saying A very clever choice of drawing a rat who wants to to be cook just like a human, and a former human who's now cooking as a frog! Haha. Very, very clever choice of characters with a humorous picture!
What the Judge's Were Saying: The idea that Merlin is giving the Fairy Godmother magic counseling over tea is hilarious. Not to mention, what Merlin says is quite clever because you never think about the midnight thing being an issue in the movie.
What the Judge's Were Saying: These two little guys are hideously unreprested in our group's gallery! We adored seeing Wart and Taran training with their magic swords together. Now that's adorable!
In the Popular vote Section:
.Bullying.The boy you punched in the hall today, committed suicide later that day..Bullying.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
That girl you called a slut in class today, she's a virgin.
The boy you called lame, He has to work every night to support his family.
That girl you pushed down the other day is already being abused at home.
The girl you called fat and stupid was beaten by her father for four years.
I had some of this posted on my FurAffinity account's main page and I wanted to share this with you guys (the last one was actually relating to me and how I was growing up sadly). I know I was bullied a lot while growing up and it's horrible. People say that if you're bullied, tell an adult or a teacher, but no one seems to do anything about it and that they just don't seem to care.
Bullying seems to be a horrible game that little children seem to like to play and I wish that others can get along with one another.
If you want to pass this around and share it with others, feel free to.