Fast and easy way to create a reference sheet...Just the other day, I discovered a super quick and easy way to create reference sheets for digital painting. So, instead of having a ton of documents open all at once, slowing down your Photoshop, or spending a half hour to create your own sheet, you can use Picasa to create one for you in just seconds.Fast and easy way to create a reference sheet...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Below is a video I made to show you how. There are some other tips in there as well, so take a look if you're interested!
About training to fullfill your goals and dreams.My experience of my small lonely, personal travel up to New York City was amazing decision, I've experienced a lot being as a part of the life of grand cities in the USA- which are quite much different worlds than most major cities in Europe. Not as a tourist but I transformed myself being as a New York citizen for several days, to feel in New Yorkish people how they live. As Brooklyn-er, I spent all days wandering along the buildings of that city, sitting down and watching people and the environment riding in the train and exploring between many boroughs and neighborhoods, from overwhelming, very touristic-y, overrated and famous Manhattan to the another side of the world, filled with a lot darker atmosphere- the Bronx.About training to fullfill your goals and dreams.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've been in New York so many times and since I was very little, yet I've never seen the real New York. But from when I became a traveler I learned how to find the heart of the city, and so, Manhattan wasn't the real part to see and feel the New Yor
The Road To Creating Your Own IP - P.4Part 1, The Next Three Years Of My Life: http://danluvisiart.deviantart.com/journal/The-Road-To-Creating-Your-Own-IP-P-1-354518946#commentsThe Road To Creating Your Own IP - P.42 years ago in Personal More Like This
Part 2, Sell That Damn Book, Danny: http://danluvisiart.deviantart.com/art/The-Road-To-Creating-Your-Own-IP-P-2-354730628
Part 3, I Was Not Ready For This: http://danluvisiart.deviantart.com/art/The-Road-To-Creating-Your-Own-IP-P-3-354860965
OBJECTIVE: CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT AND STORY BUILDING
I began working pretty heavily on LMS during the first quarter of 2009. I had now a handful of characters, a rough idea of the story, and a general scope of what I wanted the book to be. To get started, I felt every book should have a theme. Movies do, right?
Spider-Man: Great powers, great responsibility.
Batman: Be more than just a man, a symbol, and be remembered a legend.
Star Wars: The myth of a heroes destiny, and the truth that allows him to be set free.
Who was Gabriel? What type of character or archetype was he? What were his rises and
No More Unauthorized ArtworkRegarding the debate of whether comic artists should continue selling unauthorized prints/sketches of characters they don't own, I think Bissette and his legal advisor are 100% correct. So from now on, I won't be doing any sketches or commissions at shows of any character that I don't own. Am I rolling over in fear of Marvel? Maybe, but as it states below, they're in their legal right to come after me if there's ever a dispute. I love to complain about the Big Two, but I can't (in good conscience) get upset at them if I'm breaking the rules myself. Being DC exclusive, maybe I can get a waiver that allows me to sketch DC characters, so I'll keep you updated.No More Unauthorized Artwork3 years ago in Personal More Like This
From Steve Bissette's FB page:
ALERT, ALL COMICS CREATORS: With permission, I'm quoting key points my dear friend and own legal advisor/contract consultant (since 1992) Jean-Marc Lofficier raised on his posts to a Yahoo forum discussing Ty Templeton's cartoon concerning the Gary
5 Year Plan*Because I'll be teaching in about a week at SCAD, I've been thinking a lot about what to tell the students. And I wrote it out so that I could solidify it in my head. This stuff is for younger artists mostly, so feel free to skip.5 Year Plan3 years ago in Personal More Like This
When I spend time with another comic artist, sometimes I'll ask, "What's your 5 year plan?" In other words, what steps is he taking in order to gain control over his career in order to move up the ladder? Usually I don't get much of an answer.
The reason I think many comic artists aren't forward-thinking has to do with the way our industry is set up. Whether by conscious design or through the neglect of its participants, younger freelancers get into a habit of complacency while hoping for a chance to suckle from the teet of a major publisher. Waiting around for a career doesn't promote the idea of freelancers taking active control of their OWN careers.
If I had to sum up the 5 Year Plan
5 Reasons to WriteI wrote a blog once that urged comic artists to try writing their own books. I held back a bit on what I said--Punk Rock Jesus hadn't come out yet, so I didn't feel like I had the proper authority to really speak up.5 Reasons to Write3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Since then, there's been a lot more discussion about the etiquette of publishers toward their freelancers, the recent rise of creator owned books, and the effects of Hollywood moving into comics (or vice versa). And as friend of mine at Newsarama pointed out recently, I'm one of a few guys who's found a middle ground--not only because I'm writing and drawing my own book, but because my OGN is partially owned by DC Comics.
Certain events of the last year have created new concerns within our industry. Do you still need to work for big publishers if you want to "make it"? Do they deliver a better product than creator owned books? Are the Big Two treating creators as fairly as they've always been? Between the rise of digital comics and comic-based movies, are creators getting
Late Lesson LearnedWhile doing research for the new SYAC, I actually stumbled upon something truthful on TVtropes.org. Usually I take everything from that site with a grain of salt, but this one bit actually was surprisingly honest and truthful about webcomics:Late Lesson Learned3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Webcomics work on a very different set of standards than other fiction. Almost all webcomic authors are working pretty much entirely alone as they both draw and script their comics and most do not plan any further along than to the end of their current story sometimes not even that far.
Many of them try to adhere to a schedule they aren't really capable of meeting, resulting in them rushing to meet their deadline and making mistakes that should be avoidable. So many of the good 10% lack qualities standard in traditionally professional works. This can be because of the lack of editorial input as well as the lack of lead time. Not all webcomics suffer from this, though, and even the ones that do can still be interesting. Arguably, some str
Lamar Smith is at it again.Lamar Smith, the creator of the two notorious SOPA and PIPA bills, just seems to want to censor everything. After SOPA and PIPA were suspended indefinitely after such overwhelmingly loud opposition from various websites and lawmakers, Lamar is trying to create ANOTHER bill which is almost as bad as the two previous ones combined.Lamar Smith is at it again.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
This bill (which uses Child Pornography as it's cover) would effectively track every time you look at your bank statement or use a credit card online, and force IP service providers to record your credit card and billing statement info, along with your recent internet search histories, and store them in a "secure" place for 18 months. Anything which looked "suspicious" would immediately be flagged to allow the government to step in.
Since billing statements and online transactions are so common these days, this bill would, In effect, be monitoring everything everyone
Wonder where I get my free textures and stuff?I woulda told you if you asked lol But I know lots of people don't usually want to ask, so I made it easy. I use media militia for random stuff I might need. Like a skull pack for reference for instance, and I use Lost and Taken for any paper textures I could want. Lost and Taken is completely free, though he wouldn't turn down a donation. Media Militia is kind enough to group their freebies together.Wonder where I get my free textures and stuff?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
To be taken directly to the archives and Texture gallery. Click on Gallery in the top right. Or click the link I have below.
For all you graphic designers and such, they have lots of cool web usage stuff hidden in here. I absolutely love their paint splatter ref. It's extremely useful.
Have fun! C;
WowzersFirst I would like to say... wow. I don't really care much for pageviews and I tend to ignore them (the exceptions being for my web comics where I actually make money off pageviews), but the crazy stats that my two political cartoons generated here on DA just blows me away! Even more amazing to me was that it spread to places like tumblr too, a place that generally dislikes me and that I tend to get little to no reblogs.Wowzers3 years ago in Personal More Like This
It's good to see that even though some people might hate my guts for whatever reason, when the issue at hand is worthy people will spread the message anyway.
Don't think this is giving me a swell head or anything. I could easily whip out a bunch of cheap political comics to take advantage of all this goodwill and rack up pageviews and whatnot, but I don't want to. I've said my peace on the two biggest issues that were bothering me about this election cycle thus far and I have no desire to milk it further. Unless politicians do something outrageously stupid or piss me o
Culture Clash!I'm still groggy from my trip, so here's a list of oddities I noticed being a foreigner experiencing another country for the first time.Culture Clash!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
If you want power, you need to turn the outlets on, and to do that you gotta push a switch down.
TV has far fewer commercial breaks.
English police are super nice (watched the British version of "COPS" and was amazed at how polite everyone was, even the criminals).
The second floor is called the first.
French Fries are called Chips.
Chips are called Crisps.
American-centric music doesn't stay here (Heard "Sweet Home Alabama" quite a number of times over there).
You are not expected to tip people (this was very hard for me to accept and I always felt guilty not tipping our waiters).
You are not expected to clean up your messes in food courts or.. anywhere actually (Janitors come by and clean up for you. Has something to do with security and getting rid of bomb threats).
Elevators are called Lifts.
Air conditioning seems scarce.
Always carry a big bottl
Abortion Poem DEBUNKED.So I've noticed that a very famous poem about abortion has recently gone "viral" on Deviantart....And it is the most medically inaccurate piece of "literature" I have ever seen. So, I decided to debunk it using facts I learnt during my two years of Child Development and three years of Biology.Abortion Poem DEBUNKED.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Mommy I am only 8 inches long but I have all my organs.
WRONG. All the organs are present after the 12th week. Over 60% of them happen during the first nine weeks and overall above 88% of abortions happen during the first 12 weeks. And it is not eight inches, try the size of a poppy seed.
I love the sound of your voice.
Every time I hear it I wave my arms and legs.
The sound of your heart beat is my favorite lullaby.
One month old embryos DON'T have ears, arms or legs. They have a tail at that point for crying out loud! It has been scientifically proven that fetuses can not hear until past the 16th week gestation.
Mommy today I learned how to suck my thumb.
XMAS,THE CHRISTIAN LIEPagans celebrate a festival involving a heroic supernatural figure that visits an evergreen tree and leaves gifts on December 25th. From its early Babylonian roots, the celebration of the birth or "rebirth" of the sun god on December 25th came to be celebrated under various names all over the ancient world. You see, the winter solstice occurs a few days before December 25th each year. The winter solstice is the day of the year when daylight is the shortest. In ancient times, December 25th was the day each year when the day started to become noticeably longer. Thus it was fitting for the early pagans to designate December 25th as the date of the birth or the "rebirth" of the sun.XMAS,THE CHRISTIAN LIE2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The truth is that thousands of years before there was a "Santa Claus", there was another supernatural figure who would supposedly visit a tree and leave gifts every December 25th.
His name was Nimrod.
The celebration of December 25th goes all the way back to ancient Babylon.
According to ancie
Photoshop tutorial- PS basics for newbies 2Photoshop tutorialsPhotoshop tutorial- PS basics for newbies 22 years ago in Art Features More Like This
And here is next part of my journal Photoshop tutorials. Previous tutorial you can see here. I added even document settings, cuz I forgot to add this in previous tutorial I'll describe some Photoshop basics for all newbies who try to learn to use Photoshop. So in this article you'll find tutorials: Document settings, Changing view, Changing thumb size on layers, Using Smart Object and Blur, Using Pen Tool, Outer Glow and Transform. In this tutorial I used my painting VERSUS, just to show you few things (I just had to open something...again ).
If you wish to see images in full resolution then simply click on the images below (they are big as my screen 1920 x 1080 px... OK I cropped bar below ). I used Photoshop
How to Win Friends and Influence Deviantart Part 1*Title stolen from a well-known and favourite book of mineHow to Win Friends and Influence Deviantart Part 13 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Part 1: Submitting with POWER
I know there are a million "how to be popular" guides on DA and a million more parody versions of them. This article isn't about becoming popular, or starting drama or racking up pageviews as fast as possible for the sake of seeing a larger number.
This article won't make your art better, or make you more a more popular personality. However, what I've noticed is that many artists are missing out on feedback and exposure that they should be getting if not for a few common mistakes. Time after time, I've read on Artist's Confessions, or just browsing through members' personal journals that their gallery doesn't recieve any traffic and they can't improve because they're not getting any feedback. They feel like their lack of popularity is a personal statement. That their art isn't worth looking at. This is entirely untrue.
Hopefully this will help you, the underexposed artist, to b
FAQI've been meaning to do this for a long time, and boy howdy is it long!!! It's organized into a few different categories. I'll update as needed. This may be repetitive to some, illuminating to others, and completely boring and useless to others still.FAQ3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Happy New Year!
Animation Job FAQ
Q: How can I get a job in animation?
The absolute best thing you can do to get into animation as a career is to go to art school. Not only will you learn how to draw and how to SEE, you will meet people, students and teachers alike, who will give you new perspectives and will likely be the sources of your future jobs. (My first job came from one of my teachers.)
There are several schools that have fantastic animation programs that cover all facets of the atr form. Schools like the one I attended, CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS, will teach you animation (2D and 3D,) character design, storyboarding, bac
Internet BullyingFor many kids growing up in the 80's, if you were bullied in school you were able to "tough it out" because you knew your social interaction with said bully was isolated only to when you were in close proximity of them. When the bell range and you went home, you could dismiss the bully's taunting and physical abuse and be reminded of friends and family who supported you and kept your spirits up.Internet Bullying3 years ago in Personal More Like This
But in today's day and age of seemingly constant online connectivity, the "victims" of bullying have a harder time escaping. Once the bell rings, they're still potentially subject to be bullied via verbal assaults online, which often goes completely unnoticed by parents and friends. The worse part of this is that we're often told that because it happens "on the internet" there's no real consequences of trolling or bullying, which is far from true.
I've never accepted the excuse that just because "it happens on the internet" means it can't personally harm you in real life. Part of that is from m
Perception on the InternetYour average user on the internet can generally say whatever they want about an issue. It's alright to voice an opinion because no one is really going to track you down and attack you for having one (unless you're doing it in a really really public place like a forum or chat room). However, as I've become somewhat popular online, I've noticed a perception from people that I must maintain a neutral and unbiased outlook at all times on every issue.Perception on the Internet3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Regardless of what that issue is I'm not generally free to express my opinion without first listing a whole bunch of qualifiers for "why" I feel this way, or by making it very clear that it's OK for you to disagree. You are not allowed to "sum up" an experience, and it's greatly discouraged for you to generalize. I've notice that this mentality has greatly affected my writing style as it forces me to tip toe very carefully around every issue I address.
Using my most famous example: I am not allowed to say that I enjoyed Metroid: Othe
Life Size My Little Pony Plushiebeen creating various stuffed animals and plushies lately, and drawing up designs for more. As I was sewing together a cute little 12-16 my little pony and agruing with the antique sewing machine I'm borrowing I got to thinking.. What would it take to make a life size pony (about 44inches tall or so) and Who would be interested in something like that.Life Size My Little Pony Plushie2 years ago in Personal More Like This
So now i'm asking my watchers, and anyone else that reads this, including the pony groups I've joined that will hopfully accept my journal entry and plush it through.
I can't make a poll on my account because I've never been premium.. so instead here's a little survey. PLEASE PLEASE take the time to fill this out and comment with your answers??!!?? It will determine If I take my drawings for a pattern further and actually pursue creating the life size plushie in the near future instead of putting it aside as a once in a while project.
1. how many of you would love to be able to buy a life size pony plushie of your favori
To clear the air.It seems a lot of people mistake me for supporting/not supporting certain things, ideals or whatever. So, I will straighten it out now by topic.To clear the air.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I honestly don't give a shit one way or the other. I'm not pro life, pro choice or pro abortion.
I'm a Nihilist. In other words, religion in my eyes is nothing but a mythology. There is no proof of any deity actually existing, and as an extension, there is no absolute morality. It's all subjective.
Once again, I don't give a shit either way.
I love it, obviously. I'm an antagonist, I genuinely enjoy conflict of all forms. Why else would areas of conflict be called "theater"? Entertainment.
Subjective and don't have grounds in a debate of logic and reasoning.
Sex is sex, have fun with it or don't do it at all. After all, life is about enjoying yourself right?
All for it. It's a good show, and does society a favor.
Don't see a point in it. Nothing more than an archaic r
So like today I went to the Dutch Brony MeetIT WAS THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE OMG.So like today I went to the Dutch Brony Meet3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I won the 'Yay' contest for being able to do the best Fluttershy yay 8D
And uhm I judged in the fanfic contest... And I started making a drawing of Chrysalis and Discord and Nightmare Moon, and I got a custom Big Macintosh pony and Charly's ponysona (I had no other references at hand hurrhurr) and my Princess GLaDOS drawing was put up for auction and I participated in a bolognese and there were hugs and shiet
AND IT WAS LIKE EVERYONE WAS LIKE SUPER CLOSE FRIENDS EVEN THOUGH WE NEVER MET BEFORE OH MY GOD IT WAS SO AWESOME OH MY GODDDDDDDD
I'M GONNA GO EVERY TIME FOR SURE OMGOMGOMG
NONOBODY IS TO POST SPAM OR CHAIN-MAIL ON MY WEBSITE AT ALL, EVER. WHOEVER IS DOING THIS, STOP.NO3 years ago in Personal More Like This
It's great that you want to help and believe in a cause, but posting a message on a site barely anybody ever sees is infinitely less useful than, say, MAKING A FLIER AND ACTUALLY GIVING IT TO PEOPLE.
If you post spam or chain-mail on ANYTHING of mine, you wil be perma-banned.