Goodbye Pirate Bay!So The Pirate Bay got blocked in the UK!!!!Goodbye Pirate Bay!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Except it literally takes only a few seconds to get around that.
Not only that, but TPB has gotten a lot of attention due to this; apparently an extra 12 million visitors.
It's a good thing the government doesn't know anything about the internet, otherwise we'd all be in trouble.
ACTA's dead!So ACTA is officially dead after the EU parliament rejected it (478 to 39 votes). Victory for the internet! http://i.imgur.com/neVmK.pngACTA's dead!11 months ago in Personal More Like This
I guess protesting did some good for once eh!?
Sure, tons of similar stuff will pop up, but if this kind of resistance keeps up, any politician who supports it will be committing political suicide.
Also the Higgs Boson has apparently been found. Particle physics does my head in so I'm not gonna read into it too much...
Anyway, It's been a good news day.
Character Design Work Shop CDWS: DAY 4CDWS DAY 4Character Design Work Shop CDWS: DAY 41 year ago in Personal More Like This
This journal is a summary of the last poll and some explanation of my design sketches. (ignore if it's too long for you to read.)
I've closed the last poll and result are the following: (Order in popularity)
Lost Civilization 28%
Middle East 17%
Northern European 14%
I'm not totally sure why Lost Civilization had so much vote, don't know what visual expectation people had in that choice.
The way I use this vote is that I would consider the top 2, Lost Civilization and Tribal as base concept. Maybe 3rd option Middle East to be a hidden motif. However, I try to eliminate any visual influence from the last three, which is Northern European, Oriental, Society. So this way I know what I want and at the time the things that I don't want in design.
Bit surprised about 'Society' being the least popular. With Society, I was planning to approach a character with an occupation such as doctor, a butcher or a mailman. Someone
Bad Description and Modern Fairytales ContestIn a continued attempt to bring writing advice to you through my journals, let's talk about description. I admit description is not one of my strongest areas, but I've gotten decent at it over the years. My problem is that my imagination is always kicked into high gear, and I don't need a lot of description to paint a mental picture for myself, so why do other people need it to imagine my story?Bad Description and Modern Fairytales Contest1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Do we slave over description for the benefit of our readers or to satisfy our own egos? I'm not really sure, but I can tell you that description should be functional and not merely cosmetic. It's function is to bring the reader into a state of suspended disbelief while showing them the world you've created. You're telling them lies--beautiful lies they desperately want to believe, and your job is to keep them believing until the last word. That's hard to do when your description is working against you.
For example, I was in Books-A-Million the other day browsing around the teen fiction section,
How to edit a fantasy novelVery basic guide on how to edit a fantasy novel.How to edit a fantasy novel2 years ago in Writing More Like This
---STEP ONE. CUTTING AND SEWING---
1. Write scenes to be added in. You might have gotten an idea later on that would tie some things together, so if so, write them in now. Do not be afraid to add in alternative endings, beginnings, or scenes. It is good to have many choices for you to choose from.
2. Add in needed characters, or take out the unneeded. Did you take a long time to introduce a character that played no part at all in the plot? Well maybe they are not needed in the story.
3. Plot story out in a chart to find any plot holes. Do any characters suddenly disappear, never to be seen
Character Design Work Shop CDWS: DAY 2Now we have the result, so I've decided to close the poll and here's the overview.Character Design Work Shop CDWS: DAY 21 year ago in Personal More Like This
Age Preference: 20's
Character Direction: Neo Fantasy
General Personality: Neutral
(TLDR folks can SKIP this part and go down to OBJECTIVE OF THIS JOURNAL)
Because for the Neo Fantasy vote, I think it's good to prioritize the costume aspect of the design and then shift to the body feature. I believe the result opened up further options compared to the others. If we had different result, I would have built a poll for let's say, occupation which was an alternative route of decision making. At least we know we're going to be working on a female costume for the 20's, so we can leave that aside for now...
I had several means to taking general personality poll, it was mostly for the visual purpose. If the decision was evil my visual approach would have been some what simpler to establish, Dark tone, slick feature, perhaps a body type for agility, it's cliche but the
Low Poly Modeling Re-DefinedLow Poly Re-DefinedLow Poly Modeling Re-Defined1 year ago in Personal More Like This
So there has been a lot of confusion on this subject, especially on Deviant Art what classifies as low polygon and what doesn't.
Often you browse around DA see DD's or Game-art you like, see the triangle count and go 'omg that is too high poly!' Stop. Right. There.
Just stop. Low polygon has been miss-categorized lately and it's almost insulting to just assume someone's triangle count is 'way too high poly'. Low poly can fall into many more groups then you think, and even 20,000 tri's can be considered a lower polygon range.
A bit of terminology before we begin
When we talk about polygon count, or poly count, we actually mean Triangle count, or tri count in Game Development Art. The reason for this is most games/game engines/hardware renders out using triangle counts. Polygons are the four sided faces you create to make your 3D model (shame on you for 5+ kidding! ), however, for every polygon there is there would be 2 triangles.
So for example
Easy Photoshot TutorialsI've always loved to photomanipulate with Photoshop, and one thing that got me going were tutorials I found on the net.Easy Photoshot Tutorials1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Recently I've been having many requests to create a tutorial on how to do this or how to do that, so I decided to write down a few easy Photoshop tutorials and post them here on DA.
I'd like to share with you some of them and would like to know what you think of it. Should I continue, what could I do to improve in my next tutorials? Do you have any requests to make for a future tutorial?
Anyways, here goes some of my latest tutorial and I hope you like them.
Pokemon Bubble Tutorial - Photoshop
Apply Tattoo with Photoshop - TUTORIAL
Under Water Easy Photoshop Tutorial
Lighting Tutorial - Photoshop
Glass Egg Tutorial - Photoshop
Chocolate Tutorial - Photoshop
Silhouette Tutorial - Photoshop
Thanks so much for the atention and have a great weekend,
Talk n' Play (while making comics)while i work i listen to instrumentals and podcasts. it keeps the voices in my head quietTalk n' Play (while making comics)1 year ago in Personal More Like This
and i wanna share them with you... (the podcasts, not the voices) haha
so... here we go in no particular order.
a bunch of stuff i like to listen to and maybe you'll like to listen to it too.
webcomics weekly -->http://ww.libsyn.com/
new episodes are rare, but you can go through the entire back catalog and it's one of the most amazing journeys through these guys careers & friendships.
Making Comics -->http://www.makingcomics.com/category/podcast/
this is a podcast hosted by ~JasonBrubaker & *daniellieske
this is and the accompanying site --> http://www.makingcomics.com/ are a gold mine of useful/helpful information and good stimulating conversation.
Also... the one episode with *skottieyoung is great. (the one on webcomics weekly as well) he always starts good conversations<
The Answer to the Meaning of PracticeIt was a really slow day at work yesterday besides a few entertaining customers and passersby, so I decided to make use of the time and do a little research. When I used to run a little learning group on here, a lot of people asked me what people meant by "Practice to get better." To be honest, it's kind of vague whenever people give you that as a reason why they have so much knowledge on art techniques, so I thought I'd take the time to outline a few common ones that people can use. They come from various sources, but they're all pretty useful:The Answer to the Meaning of Practice1 year ago in Personal More Like This
What it Means to Practice
Pick a hard thing to draw and reduce it to simple shapes. Put it aside, then repeat from a different angle. Repeat the process again; eventually the item will become easier to capture.
Draw a quick self-portrait every night for a week. Do it from the same angle each time and see how your approach and the results change. [IMO, drawing a portrait of any kind works too. I think drawing heads in y
Character Design Work Shop CDWS: DAY 7TRANSITION OF MOTIF- Working with pattern design.Character Design Work Shop CDWS: DAY 711 months ago in Personal More Like This
The update to the journal. Let me say I am very happy to see the submissions from several artists. I'm posting them here so followers can view what the assignment was all about.
It's a simple assignment, but I'm trying to further enhance artist's experience in "thought process". When it comes to designing, I believe this whole cycle is the important in building inspiration. It's a workout for your artistic part of your brain and it needs to be constantly trained to keep you artistically fit.
I'm hoping my Ainu Embroidery Patterns resource gave you the hints of importance in combination. (If Ainu culture gave you a little inspiration then that a bonus too.)
It has been a while since last act
How to never get writers blockHow to never get writers block2 years ago in Writing More Like This
1. Realize what you like, and write it down. Really, its as simple as that. All you have to do is, when you go "hey, I like this movie/show/book" break down as to why you like it and write it down. Even if you just like one scene in a movie, write it down; that way if you are ever stuck, just read the list over for inspiration. Here are a few examples:
How to Write an Original StoryEvery great story is about the same thing: exploring and defining the limits of the human spirit. By that definition, one might think it impossible to write anything truly original, but how can you really define originality?How to Write an Original Story1 year ago in Writing More Like This
Is originality about changing the human condition? Or is that impossible? The human condition is a constant, so it's consistent in every story ever told. What changes is the lens through which we see the human condition.
Therefore, an original story can be defined as a story that uses a new perspective to commentate on the human condition.
To write an original story, you must first understand the human spiritwhat
How to Construct a Fictional ConversationLet's think about this logically. Writing fiction is about telling a story. Every story revolves around a plot. Every plot is carried out by characters, and characters carry out the plot through action and dialogue.How to Construct a Fictional Conversation1 year ago in Writing More Like This
Dialogue comes from characters for the purpose of advancing plot to tell a story. Therefore, dialogue should only exist to serve the purpose of advancing plot and revealing character motivation or history that in turn advances the plot. That's why dialogue exists.
This brings me to my main point. If you take away nothing else from this article, take away this: Only write dialogue that serves the purpose of advancing your plot. I
100 Fantasy Prompts and Places100 Fantasy Prompts and Places2 years ago in Writing More Like This
1. A magic item
2. A prince
3. A dog
5. A dragon
6. A snowstorm
7. A princess
8. A ghost
9. A fire
10. A lord
11. A sword
12. A secret
14. A letter
15. A lady
16. A thunderstorm
17. A sunny day
18. A knife
19. A pixie
24. A mystery
25. A kidnapping
26. A singer
27. A sickness
28. A murder
29. An artist
30. A thief
31. A feeling
34. A war
35. A massacre
37. The stars
38. A healer
39. A witch
40. A wizard
41. A close call
42. A loss
43. A monster
44. A treasured item