Sick and tired of 9gag theft[Update: After 13 Days, they finally removed the image. ]Sick and tired of 9gag theft2 years ago in Personal More Like This
a new Mini Comic sadly means, more theft over on 9gag. Like clockwork, someone stole the most recent one and reposted it here within minutes.
I have had every single Mini Comic stolen so far without fail, and I feel that now I am forced to use more prominent and ugly watermarks in the future.
In general I don't mind when people share my art, as long as 1. no money is earned through the post (9gag makes about $13k a day through ad revenue with traffic generated by stolen material) 2. watermarks are not removed and people can find the source 3. people ask beforehand.
I have a Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, so on those sites I post most of my art anyway which people can simply retweet, reblog and share.
So far, 9ga
Stranger Danger!!:iconohshitplz: Usernames changing.Stranger Danger!!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Personally I'm against being able to change usernames - if you have a username you don't like, particularly an embarrassing one, you should be stuck with it forever, as a constant reminder of all the mistakes you've made in the past. Like when you have to use your embarrassing email address to apply for jobs and college.
Yeah, EmoWolfLover666 sure is timeless. You can't go wrong if you have 'chan' or 'kawaii' or especially 'desu' in your username even though you're not Japanese.
You should proclaim your love for that fictional character from that fandom you will love forever.
Deviantart letting people change their usernames isn't letting people learn from their mistakes, it's letting them take the easy way out. And that is wrong.
You should wear your disliked username as a badge of shame. Show people that you were foolish in the past but you have grown as a person. Set an example for the children - show them that they must take time to consider thing
Tropes/Archetypes vs ClichesTropes/Archetypes vs ClichesTropes/Archetypes vs Cliches4 years ago in Personal More Like This
There were a few debates in my last article about this topic, so I wanted to clear something up.
A trope is a device that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members' minds and expectations.
A cliche is a device that is "sterotyped and trite".
In your writing, you want to use tropes and NOT cliches. These are some of the ways I've come up with to tell the difference (anything you might want to add is welcome).
Why aren't the "chosen one" and prophecy of Harry Potter seen as cliche by most? Because the author subverted.
She took the average cliche of prophecy resulting in a chosen one, and turned it around (partially).
Voldemort heard the prophecy, and only by believing it was true did he enable Harry to defeat him. Voldemort could have also chosen Neville, another boy who fit the prophecy, to attack. If Neville's mother had saved
Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 2Here's the continuation of yesterday's journal discussing the importance of hard work. If you missed it, click here!Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 22 years ago in Personal More Like This
In part two I'm gonna talk about one of the biggest roadblocks I hear from artists who are having difficulty getting in to good study habits, so without further ado...
WISDOM NUMBER TWO!! Don't wait for perfect weather and stop making excuses. So often I hear things like "I don't want to waste paper" or "I don't know what to draw" or "I haven't found a good tutorial" or "I don't want to study perspective" or any number of things along those lines. I'll be blunt and just put the answer out there now: get over it. If you want to be an artist, you have to do the work, end of story. And with all the time you've spent thinking, wondering, being uncertain, and searching for that magical art secret of power, you could have filled 10 pages in your sketchbook today and inc
Translator Bug FixesA lot of people have been having trouble with the translator, because their computers somehow can't open .jar files. So I've released platform-specific versions in other formats and here they are:Translator Bug Fixes3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Universal Java: https://sites.google.com/site/shermansplanet/storage/Gallifreyan.zip?attredirects=0&d=1
To anatomy or not to anatomy..Choosing a style for your comic.To anatomy or not to anatomy..4 years ago in Personal More Like This
This is my opinion only and very open to discussion. What do YOU think?
PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTHS! The biggest question you should ask before you start your project is: Is this something I plan on doing for the sake of publishing, or is it something I am doing solely to grow my artistic skill?
If you're doing it to grow your artistic skill, GREAT. Don't listen to anything I'm about to say!
 A big question centers around anatomy. Is it easy for you? Are your skills more 'technical' or 'expressive'? They can be both, but think about which one you are best at. If the one you enjoy most is not the one you are best at, consider doing something solely to grow your skill FIRST.
Expressive is more gesture, cartoon based work. Things that are fluid in motion and have a lot of stylization to them.
Technical involves things that are more anatomically base
Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 1So this has been on my mind a bit lately and I was just struck with the sudden urge to write about it. It's a bit long so I've broken it in to three parts, but if you're a beginning artist I would recommend reading through it, it might just get you aimed in the right direction.Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 12 years ago in Personal More Like This
This started a couple days ago when I was trolling facebook and someone had posted some artwork, and one of the comments was something along the lines of "Nice! What tutorial did you use for this?" which prompted an immediate and violent facedesk on my part. I hear things like this all the time and would like to help dispel some myths about learning art; so after 9 years of drawing and 3 years of hardcore education and study, here's what I've learned about how to get better at art:
WISDOM NUMBER ONE! Getting better demands consistent, hard work. That's it. That's the magical secret that great artists never seem to get to in their tutorials; it's that one pivotal thing that makes the difference between
10 ways to get motivatedDear, deviantart fellow artists10 ways to get motivated1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Motivation is such an important part of our lifes. Without it, we wouldn't get anything done. It's the reason why we do the things we do. And when we have the lack of it, then It can get quite depressing and give us an anxiety that keeps us away from making artworks. And it sucks. So here are my 10 tips that have helped me over the time and I hope that It'll be helpful for you too.
Have some inspirational quotes all around your workplace. Put the artworks you adore as your desktop picture. See them as motivation, something to strive for, to remind yourself what matters to you and trigger positive thoughts. Try to write an inspiring letter to your future-self - about what and why you want to achieve and whenever you'll feel down, read it and you'll be inspired to move on.
Discovering new songs or playing the old ones - that
Site Update: SketchBook IntegrationAs with last week, this week's Site Update is a little different from usual in that we don't have any publicly visible changes. However, it's because our Devious Technology team has been at a staff retreat! During this retreat, they discussed our features, conducted hackathons, and created prototypes for new features.Site Update: SketchBook Integration2 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Submit to deviantART Directly From SketchBook Apps
DeviantART is proud to announce that SketchBook users on iPad and Android tablets now have the ability to create and submit art directly from their devices to deviantART!
Our recent partnership with Autodesk has allowed deviantART to become the first community integrated into SketchBook — the professional-grade painting app that is easy to use for every artist. Merging these two powerhouse environments means that tablet users will be able to publish their creations from SketchBook directly to their deviantART acc
An illustrated guideOuijaBoardum tagged me and here be the answers. With pictures. Also, I can't tag anyone because I'm a badass rule breaker. And I don't know who to tag :'IAn illustrated guide3 years ago in Personal More Like This
5 Random facts:
1. I need the toilet but I'm too lazy to walk upstairs.
2. I sometimes refer to myself as male. I don't know why.
3. Sometimes I narrate my life in my head.
4. I wore a Spider-Man t shirt to work today.
5. I like almost any food except celery.
1. Favourite colour combination.
I like hot pink and aqua blue/teal.
2. Favourite animated movie, and why? (includes CGI as well as traditional animation)
I love How to Train you Dragon, mainly for Toothless and it's just wonderful, although I don't understand why the adults have Scottish accents and the kids American.
I have a list a mile long of animated movies I love though.
3. Ice cream or Frogurt?
Ice cream, but I have never eaten frogurt :'I
4. Favourite country to visit.
Ummm ... I don't know, I haven't been out the country much.
5 Things I Bet Amateur Writers Haven't ConsideredEDIT: 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 Things I Bet Amateur Writers Haven't Considered3 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. You will have to reduce your story to one page. This is called the query letter, what you write when you try and land a legit agent or publisher. You basically say "Hey, this is what my story's about, how long it is, and why I chose you to look at it." It is, in my opinion, one of the most difficult things a writer will ever face. All your nuance, your subtle build-ups, your "yes, buts", and your "no, wait, there's more" all have to be condensed to three paragraphs or so. No query letter is really allowed to be longer than one page, because no one has tl;dr worse than a literary agents or his or her minions. Not only that, queries show off your writing style and what you value in terms of story. A good query gets somebody t
ravine issue 2 is out in septembershould ave been august, but some unexpected problems popped out ...i hate unexpected problems....ravine issue 2 is out in september2 years ago in Personal More Like This
cause..yknow..expected ones are just friggin awesome XD
anyhoo issue 1 will be reprinted too and available.
about the books themselves. each issue is a 160 page graphic novel. of that book 1 is 120 pages of comic, and 40 pages of bonus world material. sort of an encyclopaedic, not necessary, but tasty fluff,
book 2 is 135 pages of comic and 25 pages of fluffy side stuff
series itself will consist of 12 books. so by is end it will be about 1500 pages of one single fantasy tale
early previews for boo 2 are here, and soon the ones with final text and lettering will be shown, online so i will link those when they are up
books are available for preorder through amazon , and pretty much any comic book store or top cow.
Olympics opening ceremonyDid you watch the opening ceremony for the Olympics?Olympics opening ceremony3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I thought it was fab (ﾉ´ｰ`)ﾉ I was a little worried about what it was going to be like and thought I'd watch it til I got bored but it was rather awesome and very, very British.
I'm really interested to see what people outside Great Britain thought of it.
My favourite part was how excited and interested the Queen looked all the time.
Timing fucking matters.Time does a lot of things, it makes you older, it gets you to places, it never stops going forward. However you control when and how you use it!Timing fucking matters.10 months ago in Personal More Like This
Everyone makes choices on a daily bases, most of them are actually done with your auto-pilot function out of habit.
Most people usually sit in the same spot on the couch, chooses what to wear based on previously made combinations and so on, unless they consciously become aware of their action and might decide it's time for a change. It can be a small thing that makes people aware of their options
You can count that pretty much every person out there works like this and YOU often depend on THEIR choices.
My point of this journal is saying: Use this in your advantage!
Time can be compared to a diet. Eating to much bad stuff will make you unhealthy and feel bad, while eating healthy things will keep you going and feel good. So time can either make you feel stuck in one place, maybe even going backwards (ageing already does that for you) or
It'll happen to youSpooky words from Abe SimpsonIt'll happen to you2 years ago in Personal More Like This
It's safe to just assume that most people in their mid 20's right now were raised by The Simpsons
I know it's still on, but i have no idea if its still popular or if anyone still watches it..
But in my slice of time growing up in the 90's, Simps was on every single day! Several times a day!
After school, by channel flipping, i could lineup 6 episodes every night
and I did!
But I recently saw an episode again, that i loved as a kid, and scared the crap out of me as an adult
When the episode aired in 1996, i was just 10 years old, just as Bart was.. is.. permanently..?
I identified with the kids because my own parents didn't have a clue what was cool.
In 1996, i was Bart
Now i am 27, 17 years later i watched this episode again
and it all rang familiar to me for a horribly different reason!
I HAD BECOME HOMER!
Now I too find myself perpl
Ainulindale - Tolkien sketchbook (esp)(the post in english will come as soon as the book is ready for online purchase, in about two weeks. Thank you for your patience!)Ainulindale - Tolkien sketchbook (esp)9 months ago in Personal More Like This
La artistaza hart-coco y yo hemos estado trabajando estos últimos meses en un sketchbook del universo Tolkien, llamado Ainulindalë. En él encontraréis ilustraciones inspiradas en El Señor de los Anillos, el Hobbit y el Silmarillion, hechas en una variedad de medios y salteadas con pequeñas citas de texto.
El libro cuenta además con artistas invitados de la talla de Bea-Gonzalez, VargasNi, Lelia, Mintonia y KaoruOkino. ¡Un lujazo!
El libro estará disponible online en breve a un precio de 7€; sin embargo, también estará a l
Tutorials and techniques 2It's time to refresh the tutorial journal! Added some new ones and removed those which, after some time, I found a bit misleading.Tutorials and techniques 23 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Below you'll find a list of tutorials I personally think of as the best on dA. If I have any problems with painting something I usually take a look at one of those.
Is there anything you're having troubles with? Need help looking for a good tutorial? Or maybe you'd like to see a video walk-through of me painting something?
I'm open for suggestions for what kind of tutorial/walk-through you'd like to see from me. If you're interested in anything, post your suggestions in the comments!
Poses, composition and perspective
Expressions and emotions
Colour theory, selection and mixing VS light
Blending Tutorial by acidlullaby :thumb146178
AmbitionMy profile page states that I'm not a professional artist.Ambition1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I put it up there, nice and bold, so there would never be a mistake about that.
Yet, seeing the messages I receive, I think many people get me wrong on that one.
I don't state this whole not-being-a-professional-thing because I think my art sucks and I somehow desperately want people to reinforce me. No, I state this because I'm not a professional in the sense that art isn't my job. I'm not doing art for money, and that's the simple reason why. I never took art commissions and I've never even really tried to do so. Because I do art for the enjoyment alone.
Nice statement, you'd say. But you know what the strange thing is? People try to guilt talk me a lot.
Tell me that I'm low on ambition, that I would be able to make it if I really wanted, or even that I'm wasting my talent by just making art for my own enjoyment. Because "If you're good at something, you shou
EncouragementWhen I started out on DeviantArt, I used to be one of those artists that thought I could never do art properly.Encouragement1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
I'll start saying that I spend most of my childhood getting only little encouragement.
My parents were, like many other parents, convinced that art wasn't that much of a useful skill since it's nearly impossible to earn money with -- and would've liked it if I spend my time doing something more useful instead. At school I was that pathetic kid without friends. Creative, yet very introverted. The one that gets bullied in the schoolyard. Needless to say; it was rare to find people saying something nice about me, and it was even more rare to find someone actually encouraging me.
Back then, I used to believe that I was alone. I initially signed up to DeviantArt to find people with similar interests. But it happened to change my mind along the way. When I came into contact with other artists, I came to realize that there were in fact many people just like me. People th
The New Mobile Deviation PageThe deviation page on the mobile website has just gotten a huge uplift!The New Mobile Deviation Page1 year ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
In uplifting the mobile deviation page, we re-evaluated what the most important functions and information on the deviation page were, and altered the page to present them in the most easily accessible way. From there, the deviation page was given a visual refresh for ease, clarity, and simplicity.
Features that were previously hidden and accessed by a "More" button can now be accessed without any page shifting, allowing the art to be the focus, and making for a seamless, user-friendly experience. More From This Artist becomes much more visible as well, encouraging viewers to tap through to see more of your art, and Featured Groups and other features are just a tap away.
In addition, a tab has been added so that viewers can easily watch or contact an artist from the deviation page, making it easier than ever to interact in the midst of your browsing experience.
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AmyVsTheWorld!Hello my lovely darlings!AmyVsTheWorld!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've started a new You Tube channel called:
It's aimed at the general You Tube audience...and NO I'm not quitting the model horse movies, I'll just be moving to London in September, and won't be able to do any model horse series filming until X-mas (Don't worry, you'll definitely have Season 1 of Conquering Tide complete this summer, and Episode 1 of Season 2 coming in October.
So I wanted to be able to film SOMETHING.
If you like/follow channels like Onision, ShaneDawson, Tobuscus, AmazingPhil and danisnotonfire, then you'll love what I do!
But yeah, I'd like to show the other creative stuff I do. Also, how awkward I am! It's also aimed at late-teens +, so if you're easily offended, or very young, then perhaps it's not for you.
So if you could spread the word, share, subscribe and like... I'll LOVE YOU FOREVERRRRRRRRR!!!
Here, have a link!
Thank you guys!!!
Lots of love,
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
Don't forget to look backMany people say that looking back is a bad thing to do, because it makes you dwell on the past and is getting you nowhere.Don't forget to look back1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
I beg to differ! Because I think it doesn't hurt to look back on what you already achieved, every once in a while.
In contrary; it can be a great motivation.
I came to DeviantArt, almost 7 years ago, with close to no expectations.
To provide you a bit of a background; As a kid, I used to show my drawings to all the people around me (to the level of sheer annoyance). And in the early years of the internet, I posted my writings and drawings on several Dutch forums, where I got quite the feedback on it. But as social media gradually took over the internet, and the small forums I used to reside on died a slow death, I realized the stage of getting feedback there would soon be over for me.
DeviantArt was in that sense the next place to move to. A community that wasn't killed by the influence of social media. But it was a hard place to move to.
As a non-nativ