How to get started with Pixel ArtLately I have frequently been asked what programs I use for pixeling and/or animating and also in general how I go about it. Now I currently don't have the time to create a tutorial of my own but I figured until I will be able to do so I could at least give you some helpful tips and link you to some tutorials made by others.
About the programs I use
I do pretty much all the pixeling itself in Photoshop Elements 8.0 which sadly enough isn't free. But don't worry, in general photshop is even a little overpowered for pixel art, I simply use it because I am most used to it.
Technically you can even use Microsoft Paint for pixeling, after all the only two things you really need to be able to create pixel art is a pen tool and the ability to zoom in far enough. The only real disadvantage about Paint is the lack of transparency support so you can only create pixels with an opaque background.
However I can offer you a really great third optio
A contest for 1500 points/$20Hello again guys. I would like to tell everyone that I am hosting another couple contest. Like what I've said in my previous journals, this involves Yamamoto Takeshi and Haru Miura of Katekyo Hitman Reborn; but this time it's not SpannerHaru but DinoHaru (D86).A contest for 1500 points/$203 years ago in Personal More Like This
March 31, 2012
Confession and/or Angst/Hurt/Comfort
Please, if you join, please do really join. I had about 40 contestants in my previous contest but only half submitted their work
Entries will be posted here:
Popular results for Browse Something for EveryonePopular results for Browse3 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
The deviantART community is incredibly deep and diverse. Every day, amazing art is produced that appeals to all tastes. Our goal in sharing and exposing the deviations in deviantART's Popular section is to showcase this depth and diversity as convincingly and fairly as we can.
DeviantART's algorithm for Popular browse results is known as Fair Exposure. The goal is to maximize the display of the most popular deviations in a variety of topics (styles/genres/art forms). Fair Exposure increases the probability that someone will see something that they personally like in Popular results. In short, with Fair Exposure, the community is exposed to a varied cross-section of deviantART. It uses an algorithm that is "fair" in nature -- meaning not biased toward any topic, yet still based on popularity.
Why is Fair Exposure n
Contest and Giveaway! Closed.Journal Updated: 3/15/2012- CONTEST IS CLOSED!Contest and Giveaway! Closed.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Exciting News! Somebody was kind enough to donate so much that I decided to increase prizes for the contest by 50 points for each place! I love the dA Community
I now have 121 131 + 150 (added to prizes) points thanks to donations! So it's contest hosting time. If anybody wants to offer other prizes (like favs on deviations, llamas, etc) please let me know! Or even more points would be fine.
To be put in the running for the giveaways, just fav the journal, more info towards the end
The theme of the contest is spring.
Please put a link to the contest in the entry, it would be appreciated
Start : January 30th, 2012.
End : March 15th, 2012.
[Bullet; Yellow] Has to fit the theme- Spring.
[Bullet; Yellow] Has to be a somewhat cute entry.
How to cope with Art BlocksAlmost every single artist has at one point or the other in their life lost motivation, inspiration or even both and without the knowledge of how to deal with what we then call an Art Block, it can take a long time to overcome this lack of artistic drive. A time that might otherwise be used for further improvement and personal artistic growth.How to cope with Art Blocks3 years ago in Personal More Like This
So today I would like to give you a few tips on how to defeat an art block. There is no definite guarantee to either of them, as everybody experiences their blocking differently but maybe you can at least find small suggestions that will eventually help.
Inspiration is literally everywhere, you just need to open your eyes to see it.
We can find inspiration through:
Letting your favourite books, movies, series or games inspire you is always one of the most obvious ways. Fan Art is a good way to retrieve inspiration because most of all y
Easy way to win 100 points! The winner is...Wanna win 100 points?Easy way to win 100 points! The winner is...3 years ago in Personal More Like This
You only have to join new group we-heart and fav this journal entry, in order to participate.
I will use random.org generator to pick a lucky winner. Spread the word, and share your art with we-heart.
P.S. We are also trying to make we-heart a super group, so anyone who is able to can donate points. It would be much appreciated.
Thank you in advance, and good luck in the contest (:
Thank you all for participating (:
The lucky number was 29. That means the winner is funpepper. Congrats and enjoy your 100 points
COMPETITION FOR 1,500 POINTS!NOTE: You have to watch my friend Martyna-Photography to be able to win this, but please don't tell her I'm doing this, okay? Don't ask her for points, don't bring it up with her. She's my friend, and I don't want that on her page.COMPETITION FOR 1,500 POINTS!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
To win 1,500 do the following:
1. Watch Martyna-Photography, without telling her you're doing it because of this.
2. Comment. The comment must contain a dummy (: dummy: with no space). Make it a funny comment, because these do appear in my mail
3. Fave the journal.
Standard one comment a person, ends 2nd of January, if you want a reply, write on my page.
NOTE: Want people to watch you next time maybe? If you're good enough, I'll put you in a journal! Or put up a "fave this deviation"! Just note me!
DeviantArt Customisation ExplainedThis article, is my attempt to help answer a lot of questions I get from people asking about various ways of customising your dA experience. I attempted numerous times to write out a tutorial with code specifics but then I thought, no, there are already enough tutorials out there that are probably more specific and accurate than me. What I thought would be best, would be to compile a bunch of resources in an organised and explained way, so that you can each learn for yourselves the best way to customise your dA.DeviantArt Customisation Explained4 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Custom Module Backgrounds
Ok, this is definitely the most asked of all the questions . Rather than explain things to you myself, here are the tutorials that I have found most useful, as they provide exact code for you to copy and paste, and screenshots to show you how things should look when you do it yourself;
Custom Box Background Tut
Aim for Boring: My Approach to Character DesignAim for Boring: My Approach to Character Design3 years ago in Other More Like This
First of all, I freely admit that what I say isn't gospel. I am a total amatuer at art and writing. I've learned everything that I know via the internet and a few drawing books. It's just that I appreciate all of the tutorials here on dA that have helped me out, and I want to put a little bit of my own methods back in.
If you were to look at my (currently small) gallery, you'd notice something: all of my character designs are done on a white or simple gradient background. Everyone is wearing a plain t-shirt and the same pants and shoes. Most don't even get the luxury of a full body shot. It can be pretty boring.
Why Do That?
Unlikely though it may seem, this is one of the key parts of my character design. I can't design a character all in one go, it takes quite a few drawings to cobble a rough draft together. By keeping the clothes and background bland, I don't have to worry about them at all. They're just placeholders. By doing this, I can focus solely on one part, u
Project Educate: Traditional Tutorials!As part of Project Educate, I present to thee TUTORIAL MANIA (if you can't hear the epic echo, you're not imagining hard enough.)Project Educate: Traditional Tutorials!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here we have a collection of fantastic deviant composed tutorials in the various areas of traditional artistry.
Feasts your peepers on these!
PREP AND SUPPLIES
OILS, WATERCOLORS AND ACRYLICS
Textures in Ink and Watercolor by hibbaryWatercolor Tutorial by Claparo-SansAcrylic Demo - A middle ground by the-artists-cubby
PENCILS, MARKERS, AND OTHER DRAWING
Tutorial - Colored Pencil by Horus-GoddessIllustrating Clothes: Shirts by klindicativeTUTORIAL: Drawing Hair by Red-Priest-Usada
TUTORIAL :: COPIC by EcthelianBasic Pencil Shading by SnigomFur Texture in Graphite Pencil by sidneyeileen
negative painting tutorial by koyamoriPhotorealism Tutorial by markcrilleyTutorial- Weight Gain by Fyuvix
Drawing Birds part 1 by MajnounaTutorial:drawing with charcoal by Cynthia-BlairFigure Work Walkthrough - II by snowmask
Fur Texture in Graphite Pencil by sidneyeileen
Writer's Workshop: Fleshing out CharactersDecember 14th, 2011.Writer's Workshop: Fleshing out Characters3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Fleshing Out Your Characters.
Some people are good at writing people. They have no difficulties conceiving of them and don't balk at doing the legwork involved in writing interesting, well-developed characters. They know what is believable and what isn't, and have some idea of how readers may react to their cast.
Other people seem to have no idea what makes people tick, what makes characters interesting, and hope that piling on enough abilities or cool traits is a workable substitute for character development.
As you might have expected, this ramble is dedicated to not being the latter. Here are some tips and tricks for dealing with the most notorious and noticeable part of your story...the cast.
1. Writing well takes a lot of work. Characters are no exception to this.
Being lazy is the death of decent characterization. In order to write interesting and well-rounded characters, you must be prepared to develop them actively and do any research necessar
Project Educate: Photographing Your Crafts...Project Educate: Photographing Your Crafts...3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Photographing crafts is not as daunting as it seems. For those of you out there with amazing creative streaks in you, it isn't actually that difficult to take it one step further and put the effort into snapping your wonderful creations. It just takes a little planning, a camera and some creativity.
Rule Number One
Never ever ever ever ever Photograph something on your bed. Ever. I mean it! Your bed is for sleeping, and er, other things. But definitely not for placing your well constructed craft item upon, pointing your camera at, and pressing the button.
You might think I'm stating the obvious but seriously, the amount of people who think they'll just pop their item on the bed and take a picture...is..well..I don't have the statistics but there are many of Us!
Rule Number Two
Stay away from your cluttered up shelves and bits and pieces. Put your craft i
Colorists: Having Difficulty Finding A Skintone?This happens to me all the time.Colorists: Having Difficulty Finding A Skintone?2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I'm starting out an image, and for the life of me, I just cannot determine what color I should use for the skintone. I wish I had a crystal ball that would show me thirty minutes into the future so I can see just how a character will look after applying all the necessary shading, anatomical detailing, and highlights based upon the base color I use. A lot of times, it'll appear too faint, too desaturated, or on the flip side, way too bold and gleaming like a bronzed deity caked in a thick lathering of walrus grease.
Which is delicious, by the way.
FORTUNATELY! The folks at The Humanae Tumblr seemed to have a crystal ball of their own. Not so much one that shows the final product of my work, but one that certainly told them of my many incredibly frustrating endeavors into spending a good chunk of time shading a character's skin only to realize the base tone was absolute g
Free 3D Software Available valued at $800(update)(update) They have had so much success with the free software last February they have extended it to the end of April so if you missed grabbing the software you have another chance to grab the 3D software.Free 3D Software Available valued at $800(update)3 years ago in Personal More Like This
link provided by: :iconCyberDagger:
For those who are interested in getting into 3D art,character modeling or landscape modeling or just want to give this a go here is the opportunity to grab some free software.
Daz who is a company who makes 3D programs is giving away $800 worth of software this month
>>>This offer ends at the end of April