Rat Anatomy Compilation.Rats are very fascinating little creatures. They have small hands like humans, minus the thumbs. They are intelligent and social, and each rat has a unique personality. They can also easily stand on their hind legs, making them an easy transition to an anthropomorphic form for stories and art.
Unfortunately, though, they are damn difficult to draw, and there are precious few resources for those wishing to delve into their anatomical structure (certainly me included). So I will be collecting references, both photos and drawings, that I think might be helpful to someone looking to draw my charming friend Rattus norvegicus (and perhaps some of his closest family members). I will probably add to this from time to time as I find new resources, so please feel free to suggest things that you think might be useful!
Scans from "An Illustrated Dissection Guide to the Rat," by Allen Kurta
Lineart only, these are not gory
Rat Skeleton: http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x254/CJArtist
Make good art.My good friend Carla of Acrylic Dragon Studios shared this with me, and I think anyone who ever wanted to have a career as an artist, a writer, a poet, a musician, a sculptor, a chef, or any other creative field NEEDS to watch this.Make good art.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Renown author Neil Gaiman gives a speech to the 2012 graduating class of the University of the Arts. If I could give any of you any advice, it would be everything he said in this address.
Please, go and watch: http://vimeo.com/42372767
If you take commissions for DA Points......please be cognizant of the value of points compared to real money.If you take commissions for DA Points...3 years ago in Personal More Like This
400 DA Points cost US$ 5 to buy.
That's 80 points per dollar.
This means that if you are offering an art commission for, say, $10, you should NOT be offering the same commission for 100 points. You should be charging at least 800 points.
If you are aware of the exchange rate and yet still undercharge for points when compared to real dollars, I suppose that's your prerogative as an artist. But you're really just giving others a way to take advantage of you by paying you in points instead of cash, even when they are fully capable of the latter.
Those looking to commission artists with points should, of course, be aware of the exchange rate, too. I have seen many people complain about artists asking for 300 points for their artwork... not realizing, of course, that it's only $3.75!
And, of course, the same applies when paying in different real currencies around the world. Make sure you check your exchange rates.
5 Tips On Fantasy ReligionsI'm not looking for a religious discussion. If someone starts one, I will rip your face off and block your comments.5 Tips On Fantasy Religions2 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. How involved a deity is affects religion. At least in fantasy, anyway. Now of course there are plenty of fantasy religions that don't bother to clear up whether a god actually exists, and the driving elements of the story or more about religion and power rather than spirituality. So considering whether god or gods actually really do exist at all in your story is a perfectly cromulent question. However, if a god does exist, and is constantly involved in the lives and well-being of its worshipers, enemies or non-believers might think twice before some serious smiting ensues. For that matter, followers of an attentive god might watch their mouths. (Look at the Greek Gods and what they did for slights!) A god may be protective, but that doesn't necessarily mean benevolent. In fact, a god or gods may have the att
5 Ways to Un-Cliché' a ClichéEDIT: If you like this journal entry, check out The Sarcastic Guide to Writing ebook http://www.amazon.com/The-Sarcastic-Guide-Writing-ebook/dp/B005TOCC1C for exclusive content on world-building, character, and dialogue!5 Ways to Un-Cliché' a Cliché3 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. Do your damn research. I can't stress this enough. We live in the freaking Information Age, and the concept of Googling is an alien one to too many people. While I could easily go on a rant about anti-intellectualism, I'll rein it in and say that cliché' is largely anachronistic. People use them because they're familiar, not necessarily what's true. When I started world-building for my Western steampunk/cattlepunk trilogy, one of the characters was the equivalent of a Chinese immigrant worker. So I read everything I could get my hands on about what it was like to be a Chinese immigrant worker. Wikipedia articles, fiction, and non-fiction. I also read authors like Lawrence Yep
Do YOU want to sell prints? One mistake you make.Hi people!Do YOU want to sell prints? One mistake you make.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Today it is a short journal without photos, sorry.
I would like to give you one important advice, so I hope it can be still useful
I see many people try to sell prints here. And they are often sad they have not sold anything yet.
But at the same time I see they do the same mistake. So:
HOW PEOPLE TRY TO SELL THEIR WORK AS A PRINT?
1. you took a photo (drew a picture). It is nice, so you want to post it as a deviation.
2. you edit it. Making it sharper, more colourful, adding contrast, CHANGING a size to some 850x600px, for example.
3. you post it as a deviation.
4. you look at your deviation and think "hm, it looks pretty cool! Maybe somebody can buy it. I will allow it as a print."
5. you click at "submit as a print" and in "print submission" option you just scroll down and click at "SUBMIT AS A PRINT".
6. now deviation in your gallery has that cool "buy this print" green button and you are excited about somebody buying it.
7. you are disappointed that nobody bought it.
the thing about public domain is...Just because art is in the public domain does not mean the artist loses their rights over it.the thing about public domain is...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
just a friendly reminder that just because art is in the public domain does not mean it loses copyright value
and no artists you do not need to pay to copyright your work it is an automatic thing.
you only relinquish copyright if you state so yourself that people can use your work without permission
so unless you do that
they are stealing.
-just something you learned in college that I thought had relevance here-
have a nice day :3
5 Things to Consider Before You Start a ComicOh yeah, if you'd like support me at Patreon I'm here http://www.patreon.com/droemar5 Things to Consider Before You Start a Comic3 months ago in Personal More Like This
1. Write a freaking script! Don't get me wrong, I adore :iconKayFedewa: and The Blackblood Alliance. But Kay herself has admitted how much trouble she got herself into by starting the comic and not having a script. And when one of the top artists on DA admits to the pitfall, you had best sit up and take notice. It's called a graphic NOVEL, folks. And just because it has cute pictures doesn't mean you get to half-ass it. Considering how much work goes into making a graphic novel looks good, I am continually gobsmacked by the number of people who plunge into it without bothering with a contingency plan. You know exactly what the end result looks like. About ... oh, ten, twenty pages, maybe 30 if you're lucky. And then it ends, and you won't see updates for months and years. If ever. It's not often that I invoke prior planning prevents piss p
|| Read ||Far too many of today’s youth believe they are a mistake.|| Read ||6 months ago in Personal More Like This
They need to be reminded that they are not mistakes but that they are a different and new path than the one taken previously.
Don’t let those who are lost lead your path for you. They will only you lead you wrongly and you will lose yourself along the way.
This is your life, live it based on every little success you earn and learn from every mistake you make.
Their mistakes are their own, and you are not a mistake. You are a successful example of what it means to be alive. There is no greater success than that.
This life is yours. Be something — be someone you’re proud of.
That's all I have to say.
5 Best Things That Ever Happened To My WritingEDIT: If you like this journal entry, check out The Sarcastic Guide to Writing ebook http://www.amazon.com/The-Sarcastic-Guide-Writing-ebook/dp/B005TOCC1C for exclusive content on world-building, character, and dialogue!5 Best Things That Ever Happened To My Writing3 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. No one cared that I wrote. I say this in kind of the sin of omission sort of way. Looking back on growing up, no one in my family paid attention to the hours I spent in front of a keyboard. My mom never picked my brain about plots, my siblings were more likely to mock my prose than be curious about it. My pursuit was ignored, treated with apathy, as opposed to being actively cast down as "stupid" or "a waste of time". While I'm sure I used this "meh" reaction to self-flagellate and feel bad about myself, especially as a teen, in hindsight it provided a remarkable amount of focus. Not only that, if my murder-mystery mother and historical nonfiction father had read my wild tales of fantasy and provided feedback, it would have been either the empty
5 Ways Characters Can FailEDIT: If you like this journal entry, check out The Sarcastic Guide to Writing ebook http://www.amazon.com/The-Sarcastic-Guide-Writing-ebook/dp/B005TOCC1C for exclusive content on world-building, character, and dialogue!5 Ways Characters Can Fail3 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. They don't have flaws. Flaws are the first thing that should be explored in character, at least after the first flashes of inspiration have passed and you start moving into more concrete turf. People say Mary Sues are defined by lack of flaws; the flip side insists that giving your character "issues" won't make a character any less of a Mary Sue. Now, my definition of a Mary Sue doesn't involve flaws or the lack thereof; a Mary Sue, to me, is defined by the disproportionate amount of attention given to a Sue by the plot and the priorities of other characters. So, yes, it possible for a Mary Sue to have legit flaws and still be a Mary Sue. However, the difference between "issues" and a character flaw is what role they play in the character's deve
My DeviantArt story. [10 years]Well, I figured after 10 years of being a part of this site I'd shuffle up and post a story. It's probably going to be a little less conventional than the ones you may have read so far, but...My DeviantArt story. [10 years]8 months ago in Personal More Like This
I joined back in June of 2004 (oddly enough) back on an account called ScarlingRagdoll666 (which is now inactive and more of a storage account).
The reason I joined was because a year before a friend from high school had told me about this place called 'deviant art'; a small website for artists to share their art. She knew I loved art and thought I should give it a shot.
I didn't have a computer at the time so I had to forego a membership until a year later when a friend of mine would let me use hers to check it occasionally. The first drawing I ever posted on here was this --
drawn in 2000 but posted on June 11, 2004 (the day I joined). I don't even remember drawing it but it was just one of those things I drew on a whi
PE: Finding Critique on dAWhere to find Critique on deviantART?PE: Finding Critique on dA3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
So, you just uploaded your latest image/writing onto deviantART and featured it in your gallery with a slight satisfaction you have achieved something. Fantastic, that is step one and now you can sit back and watch everyone's responses come pouring in and showing you everything you need to do to make your work even more fabulous.
The fact is; getting someone to critique your work isn't as easy as that. If you want critique, you need to seek critique and put in the good effort to get it. It won't always work, no plan is fool proof, but here are some places and advice that could help you find the feedback you desire. Not every place on this list will be your cup of tea, but try and see what works for you.
Step one: Make sure people know you want a critique!
If you are a subscriber, make use of the critique function that deviantART provides. You can do this my selecting "Request Critiques" when submitting an
How to make friends on deviantARTThis is a remake of an old journal I made, but it seems like it's happening a lot around here again, so I'll be reiterating and adding more things to it here! Feel free to link anyone to this journal if they're attempting to force friendship on you or are just going about things in the wrong way, and need a little nudge in the right direction.How to make friends on deviantART2 years ago in Personal More Like This
There /is/ a RIGHT WAY and a WRONG WAY to try to make friends!
Have you ever been asked by someone randomly, "Can we be friends?" ? Or perhaps someone simply acts as if you are their best friend, even when you don't know them. They may comment to others talking about you a lot, or call you by a nickname that only your friends use, write journals about you, send tons of notes or comments to you, "mention" you all the time, jump into your conversations with someone else, or perhaps make a lot of buddy-buddy fan-art that makes you uncomfortable?
This is a message for those kinds of people.
Friendship is not
PE Feedback: ...But I don't know what to say?Critiques: What to say when you don't know what to sayPE Feedback: ...But I don't know what to say?3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
All of us have heard about feedback events during our time on deviantArt. Many of us have participated in them, while others have declined to do so for various reasons. Some of these reasons include fear of receiving critique on one's own work, fear of being attacked for critiquing someone's work, fear of not knowing what to say, and feeling inadequate to critique a deviation from someone who is perhaps more skilled than we are--especially if the deviation is created using a medium to which we are unaccustomed.
We especially want to focus on this last reason.
Here is a conversation that we had recently in a dA chat room (names have been changed):
Us: We are planning a cross-medium, dA-wide critique event for Project Educate!! Will you participate?
DeviantX: Hmm. I don't know.
Us: Why not?
DeviantX: I'm a photo
The everlasting fairytale of Stealing and TracingThe following is a selected collection of all the examples Skia and I found on a Russian site called VK.The everlasting fairytale of Stealing and Tracing6 months ago in Personal More Like This
All of these examples are traces, replications and copies of the artworks of mine and Skia, or otherwise heavily altered, alienated, used and spread WITHOUT ANY permission. Enjoy!
Obsessive Character DisorderI'm not exactly sure why there appears to be such a warzone where characters are concerned. Maybe it's just because I don't swim in the soup of fandom or fanfiction (and in a roleplay sense, have only returned recently), but I guess I just find the whole thing entirely baffling. Roleplay and fanfiction become these massive tiers of Serious Business that are destructive to the creative process. They stagnate and shame while simultaneously churning out high emotion, all the while distracting anyone who wants to learn from shit that will actually be useful to them if they want to write.Obsessive Character Disorder3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I feel the need to give a disclaimer that A) I think fandoms can be incredibly stupid even at their best, B) fanfiction that is "not horribly written" is usually being labeled as such by people who don't and can't know better because their point of reference and experiences are so lacking, and C) even as a writer, I don't understand how character becomes such Serious Business.
Culpeo babbles: Childhood OdditiesOdd topics require odd titles.Culpeo babbles: Childhood Oddities2 years 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
How does dA's shipping work? Own experienceHello!How does dA's shipping work? Own experience3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I have been always interested about ways how dA ships the stuff you order.
Few times, I really wanted to buy something, but the shipping always made me nervous and I gave it up.
I never use e-shops to buy. And more over, this is foreign one, so I was afraid to pay some special taxes and so.
But this year, you, people, sent me so many many points (THANK YOU! ), that I really wanted to buy something. And as I love mugs, I wanted to buy my own edition of them. I waited until dA announced "free shipping" event, which was moreover combined with another sales.
I ordered NINE mugs, which costed only 54 USD, but it fact, I did not may anything because all of them were paid with points. That was amazing!
I was also always worried about the stuff I sell, being scared that people who order my stuff finaly get items of low quality. So I really wanted to check how dA's system works and if people can be really pleased by stuff I sell.
Well, here you can read about my own experience
5 Ruts You'd Better Not Fall Into As A Writer1. Seeking validation on the outside and getting shocked when you get critique. Validation comes from within, folks. Hard life lesson, but there you are. First of all, every artist of any kind has to learn to tell themselves they've done good work even in the face of their detractors. (One just hopes they balance it out with taking valid critique into consideration so they improve.) If you can't, you're not going to accomplish much. Second, I'm not saying that encouragement and fans and book deals aren't very nice things, but to the creative process they can be massive distractions. I read recently that a core of stillness is necessary to the creative process, and the more distracted I get, the more I understand it. I have seen entirely too many writers (and by this I mean full-grown adults who should be emotionally mature and everything) seek validation in a desperate and pathetic way, and get outraged when — gasp — someone tells them their writing could improve. I have seen pe5 Ruts You'd Better Not Fall Into As A Writer2 years ago in Personal More Like This
About Lester (or: The WTF Les Advice Meme)Long time no entry! Awful, because theoretically, there are so many themes and topics that i prepared (for such a long time!) and that i want to talk about but as always - time is and always was quite the luxury.About Lester (or: The WTF Les Advice Meme)8 months ago in Personal More Like This
Aynway, i'm tired of seeing the last journal entry, so it was time for something new.
We all (or the internet generation at least) know those advice memes. And even if you had never heard of them, you will most likely recognise them if you see one.
Long story short: I had fun in making some with (or rather, about) Lester, one of my best known canon characters. The idea behind it? A (humoristic) character study actually, derp. D8
Because if you can make fun of your character like this, debunking all his quirks, deficits and flaws, you will see how believable and real he actually is - or not. For example, are you unsure if you have created a Mary Sue? Try this, that'll show.
(Btw: "Brother" and "Morris" are referring to the same person; i did those between some weeks,
I can't teach you how to draw...I'm tired of getting this note.. I can't teach you how to draw, honestly no one can magically make you a good artist.I can't teach you how to draw...1 year ago in Personal More Like This
The most I can do it, is red-line anatomy and give you critiques, On what I personally think is right. You might have a different view since art is what you make of it, we are all open to our own interpretation but no one is 100% right.
If you really want to become a good artist, you need passion to do so, a drive to become better, study hard and hone your skills, if you don't have that, then you can never become better.
No fancy tablet, program, or expensive equipment can make you a better artist, it can help it look a little nicer yes, but the skills to make it, is all on your trail and error from experience.
IF you really want to learn how to draw, get inspired forget about fail, just enjoy it have fun with your art, Art shouldn't be work to you, it should be pure entertainment.
if your not enjoying it, maybe art isn't your t
A movie for all How to Train Your Dragon fans.Back in 2010, the same year that Dragon was released, I stumbled upon an animated film that was released in 2005. I found it by complete accident, but it instantly became one of my top favorite films, ever. To this day, it is basically unknown to everyone in the US, even to the most die hard Anime fans.A movie for all How to Train Your Dragon fans.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Yes, the movie is an anime, but trust me, this isn't your typical anime. If the characters spoke english, you'd think it was made by Disney.
The movie is titled, Arashi no Yoru ni, or in english, One Stormy Night. Links to watch it are at the bottom, no need to search for it yourself and spoil things. The less you know, the better, just keep reading
I'll give you a brief summary, but don't worry, I wouldn't think of spoiling anything from this incredible movie.
It's about a young goat, and a wolf. They are sworn enemies by nature. A big storm rolls in, and both the goat and wolf seek shelter in an old barn. Because they can't see or smell each other, they think they are both the same
Important update about widgets.From today I will no longer be using devaintARTs commission widgets, why? Because they will assume you are cashing out without you even doing so. Their system does not care about the truth, if you pay people with points, and they pay you later through a commission widget this will happen.Important update about widgets.7 months ago in Personal More Like This
I have been in talk with helpdesk about this since they thought I was cashing out points (giving others points for free so they can give them back to me through a widget to get money for it)
And all I got was The system is designed to automatically flag suspicious transactions transferring points in this manner is not allowed. It is one of the many reasons we do recommend that all commissions be made through the use of the widget and not simply at a personal level. I had evidence if needed and they did not even care.
They also refund the points used if this happens to you ( even if they told me they would I have not gotten any taken that I know of yet) Which means, i
Feedback Frenzy! Come win PRIZES!During previous weeks of dA Community Relations' projecteducate, we have learned about the importance of giving and receiving critique for our work. Come July 2nd, we'll be shakin' things up a bit!Feedback Frenzy! Come win PRIZES!3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Feedback Frenzy! (Comment Contest)
A group of very, very devious deviants at FeedbackFrenzy are hosting
a comment/critique contest as part of projecteducate: Feedback Week!
WHAT: "Feedback Frenzy" is a week-long game that ANYONE (yes, even YOU!) can play. The goals are (1) to step outside your comfort zone and practice giving feedback to others, even if not in your own genre, (2) to meet new deviants from across dA, and (3) to receive as much high-quality, usable feedback on your work as possible.
WHEN: July 2nd to July 8th (one full week)
WHERE: <i wytiwyg="1">