TO YOU ASPIRING ARTISTS...Someone just linked me to this image (even featured my artbook cover in it) this morning and I thought it spoke to what i've dealt with my entire career.TO YOU ASPIRING ARTISTS...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Try to embrace what makes you different, even if it makes others uncomfortable.
Getting Better at Critique: Formal AnalysisLike our artwork, getting better at critique takes practice! First let’s look at the definitions of a critique:Getting Better at Critique: Formal Analysis2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
A detailed analysis and assessment of something, esp. a literary, philosophical, or political theory. –Google Dictionary
A method of disciplined, systematic analysis of a written or oral discourse. - Wikipedia
A careful judgment in which you give your opinion about the good and bad parts of something (such as a piece of writing or a work of art) – Merriam-Webster Dictionary
So, in layman’s terms, a critique is a careful assessment, a detailed observation, an objective analysis. Sounds really egg heady doesn’t it? Well, it doesn’t have to be! The simplest way to start off learning how to critique is by conducting a formal analysis. Sounds uber smancy huh? A formal analysis is a careful and thorough observation of an artwork. A formal analysis is totally objective, it considers the formal properties of the artwork. T
USE Color to Enhance Your ExpressionWith this online art community, we have a unique opportunity to connect with our kindred. We must avail ourselves of this experience, for, once it's gone, it may never come again.USE Color to Enhance Your Expression2 years ago in Personal More Like This
It's important to USE color, not just apply it to your art. Sometimes we overlook the role color plays in our illustration, particularly when it comes to sequential art. Comic books. Storytelling. It's not just for making the picture pretty. Over on Facebook earlier today, this topic came up in conversation with a good friend. I thought I might share an excerpt with you here on DA, inviting, as always, your comments as well.
CritStop 03 - Art school vs self teaching?Greetings Concepteez!CritStop 03 - Art school vs self teaching?2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Apologies for missing out on the CritStop last week. I was at a weekend long concept-design workshop which didn't leave me with much time to do a post.
I might run down some of the things we did in the workshop in a future post, but this week I thought I would do something a little bit different. I have been getting quite a few queries over the last few weeks about making the choice between formal training courses such as university or college over that of self-teaching and using online resources and short courses. One of these was Nyte-Tyme who wrote:
"I mentioned before that I am currently attending a school called ------- University. So far, my first semester of a Junior year here has been bad. Art history classes (which I think are somewhat necessary) a Physics of Light and Color class. A web design class and a video and audio class which was essentially a film class after awhile. But I've been recently looking into C
The Three problems with how we learn art: pt.3I've been thinking about how and why we learn to draw for a few years now. I started self-analazing my own drawing and character design thought process when I began writing my first art instruction book, "Creating Characters with Personality". It was harder than I thought to verbalize how I've learned and how I process drawing. This has led me to start looking back at my artistic life and how I learned art. What made me learn the most? What drove me to draw and stick with it? What led to others I knew as a child to stop drawing? I think I'm ready to present some of those thoughts here on DA and hear what you think. This is part 2 of three in a series. I'm not sure where this is leading, but step one is my establishing an online art instruction school called Taught ByA PRO (http://www.taughtbyapro.com) that will (in phase one) concenThe Three problems with how we learn art: pt.32 years ago in Personal More Like This
TO ASPIRING ARTISTS AND STUDENTSbest of luck to you this year!TO ASPIRING ARTISTS AND STUDENTS2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The Six Questions for Rewriting I have a book on writing! http://www.amazon.com/The-Sarcastic-Guide-To-Writing-ebook/dp/B005TOCC1C/refd_sim_kstore_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=0EBPNWS0SC846Z737DYE Go buy it.The Six Questions for Rewriting1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I’ve been doing rewrites a lot lately, and for each chapter I do, I sit down and write these seven questions on the back of the last chapter page. Every. Chapter. (And I just did all 52 some-odd chapters of Mark of the Conifer last night.) If you can answer these questions with one sentence or so, you are in good shape to do a good rewrite. If you are rambling, writing paragraphs, you are losing focus and probably have too much going on in the chapter. You probably need to break things up, remove or cut elements, or move them to more appropriate places. These questions are supposed to help you declare a goal for each chapter, nail down what you’re going for, and help you keep in mind while you rewrite.
Art and confidenceDear, deviantart fellow artistsArt and confidence1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Confidence is very meaningful thing for an artist - It helps us to not be afraid of our goals, but we have to remind ourselves that too much of the ego can lead to arrogance and vanity. Here goes my thoughts about the topic and I hope that my insights might be helpful.
How to boost the confidence?
If you feel that you are not good enough and you lack the willingness to make & post artworks, just because someone else is better, you don't have the right skill and there is not enough time, and there is no point in that... stop. You are good enough and you have everything you need and there is no reason why you can't do what you really want to do. Don't make excuses. You and only you have something valuable to offer to the world - your life experiences, your influences and creativity make you special and no-one else will do that in your place. And there are people that
How to improve as an artist.Hi guys,How to improve as an artist.3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I could start by talking about the basics, perspective and all that stuff but that's pretty much something you have to learn or know already, either in a school or self-taught.
One thing most people don't talk about nor understand is the answer to this question.
Do you blow through an image or do you draw, stop think, draw, stop think...etc?
Most of you already seen a professional working and he just blows through a white canvas and in 2 to 4 hours creates something original.
Obviously we aren't talking about fanart here. Because that is just copying someones else design/idea and you wouldn't have any problem, because the brain work is already there for you to go around, even if you gave it your personal touch, like I've done in some Macross stuff, it's just not that hard.
Fanart is a great area but for example I've done 3D work for games, I obviously didn't include my Macross fanart in the portfolio I sent to the hiring companies because that is a big no no.
One reason why fa
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 Blocks4 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
Five Key Elements of a Great RoutineInterview by Flynn RingroseFive Key Elements of a Great Routine7 months ago in Personal More Like This
is to wake up hours before your day job begins and spend that time doing your own stuff. This is very effective, but it’s difficult to keep up with because it often means you have to get up at 4:00 or 5:00 in the morning and that’s especially difficult in the Winter when the Sun isn’t even up at those times!
This is great because, one, you’re beginning the day doing a hard thing which makes you feel good because you started off with something challenging. Two, when you get up hours before work and do your own art, you’ll see results, that you created something, and that makes you feel even more productive. Why give your best hours, and this is weird to say, but why give your best hours to your job? Why not give it to yourself which will in turn, benefit your job?
don’t do emails until the afternoon. If you email them in the morning, then they might respond to you in
Wanderers - a short film by Erik WernquistWanderers is a vision of humanity's expansion into the Solar System, based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever happens. The locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where available.Wanderers - a short film by Erik Wernquist1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Phil Plait describes in words I cannot improve upon:
This is one of the most wondrous and moving paeans to space exploration I have ever seen. The words of Sagan are magnificent, of course. And the effects are stunning, photo-realistic and very compelling.
But take a moment and let this sink in: Nearly every location depicted in this video is real. These aren’t just fanciful places made up in the head of a special effect artist; those are worlds in our solar system that actually exist. And many were based on ima
Setting Prices for Your ArtworkThere are few hard and fast rules when it comes to pricing artwork to sell. Why you ask? Well for one there are many variables that go into determining the cost of the artwork. It’s for that very reason that many artists (including myself in the past) sell themselves tremendously short. Another reason we as artists feel our palms getting sweaty when someone asks for a price to an artwork is because we feel as though we’re not being true artists if we accept money for our work. No, no no. Listen, I can tell you from experience that the “starving artist” lifestyle is waaaay less glamorous than it sounds when your pantry is bare for reals. There is absolutely nothing shameful about getting paid for honest work, so don’t try to make yourself feel guilty or ashamed of turning a profit. On the other hand, artists fall into the mire of not even knowing how to price individual artworks. This confusion only gets worse when you look at the price tags iSetting Prices for Your Artwork11 months ago in Art Features More Like This
PILOT: THINGS I LIKETHE TINY TAG ON MY INSIDE FOLD OF MY JACKET SAYS "SG CHRISTOPHORUS HATCHENSON".PILOT: THINGS I LIKE4 years ago in Personal More Like This
THAT DOESN'T SOUND LIKE SOMEONE I LIKE.
MAYBE I KILLED THEM FOR THIS JACKET.
THIS JACKET IS SOFT AND FITTING.
I AM PILOT. CAPTAIN CALLS ME PILOT, SO I MUST BE PILOT.
I FLY THINGS. I FLEW THE CAPTAIN ONCE ON A MISSION OF GREAT IMPORTANCE. WE HAD A SKY-ACCIDENT.
CAPTAIN SAVED MY LIFE FROM THE BURNING CARCASS OF THE FLYING COW.
CAPTAIN IS MAGIC, LIKE HARRY POTTER BUT MORE MAGIC.
CAPTAIN CAN STOP CLOCKS, I KNOW BECAUSE I'VE SEEN IT. THE COW'S CLOCKS AND DIALS FROZE IN PLACE WHEN CAPTAIN GAVE THEM A STERN LOOK.
THE MIRACLES OF CAPTAIN ARE INFINITE AND GREAT.
CAPTAIN LIVES FOREVER. I HAVE PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE.
THE CITY OF THE DEAD IS MY HOME.
THE DEAD LIKE TO PLAY GAMES AND TALK TO ME,
No more excuses, it's time to improve your art!You’re probably well acquainted with the old proverb “practice makes perfect.” And while I don’t fully believe that perfection is attainable, because the very notion of perfection is somewhat subjective, getting better at anything requires both time and effort. I’m going be very blunt here; if you want to improve your artistic skill you need to actually practice.No more excuses, it's time to improve your art!1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
My heart goes out to everyone here who is struggling to improve so don’t feel that I’m purposely singling you out here. However throughout my time on dA (and in real life) I’ve met artists begging for advice on how to quickly improve and sadly when I tell them to begin practicing the excuse is always ‘well, I don’t really have the time for that.’
And I ain’t got time for yo attitude.
You do have the time
Inb4 “you don’t know my life!!!1one1!!” Listen here young padawo
Pageviews, Watchers, and Popularity on dA I know this horse has been beat to death (and by beat to death, I mean guides have been made on the subject) but I feel the need to insert some words of compassion rather than to simply say “you shouldn’t care about becoming popular here, it doesn’t matter” or “follow these steps and you’ll be dA elite overnight!” The fact of the matter is we all long to be loved and liked in just about everything we do. We all want acceptance and validation from our peers. And when that acceptance and validation is nowhere to be found, the feeling is really not great at all. We all know that feel bro.Pageviews, Watchers, and Popularity on dA2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I tend to believe what most people longing for popularity on dA are really after validation and friendship. RockstarVanity beautifully wrote about the subject of popularity on dA (or rather the desire for it) in her essay “Popularity…A Refreshing View” check it out here:
7 tips for the 21 year old me7 tips for the 21 year old me1 year ago in Personal More Like This
7 TIPS FOR THE 21-YEAR-OLD ME by Bobby Chiu
When I was a student in college working on my skills as a character designer, I’d had periods where I would sit at my desk working as hard as I could but having little to show for my efforts at the end of the day. I remember sitting there surrounded by blank pieces of paper, trying to come up with an amazing style that nobody had ever seen before. I would do one drawing and not be satisfied, so I would lay a new piece of paper over it, re-draw it with slight changes to features here and there. This would still not be good enough so I would put another piece of paper over my revision, make more minor adjustments trying to perfect this new style I was searching for.
I did this for weeks on end, tweaking and polishing over and over, working hard every day. But in the end, did I come up with a brand new style, something amazing that
DON'T GO TO ART SCHOOL- By Noah BradleyDon't go to art schoolDON'T GO TO ART SCHOOL- By Noah Bradley2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The traditional approach is failing us. It's time for a change.
I'VE HAD IT.
I will no longer encourage aspiring artists to attend art school. I just won't do it. Unless you're given a full ride scholarship (or have parents with money to burn), attending art school is a waste of your money.
I have a diploma from the best public art school in the nation. Prior to that I attended the best private art school in the nation. I'm not some flaky, disgruntled art graduate, either. I have a quite successful career, thankyouverymuch.
But I am saddened and ashamed at art schools and their blatant exploitation of students. Graduates are woefully ill-prepared for the realities of being professional artists and racked with obscene amounts of debt. By their own estimation, the cost of a four year education at RISD is $245,816. As way
Hermes Hohmann Transfer Orbit, from The MartianSource : Brian Koberlein’s One Universe At A Time BlogHermes Hohmann Transfer Orbit, from The Martian2 months ago in Personal More Like This
In 1925 Walter Hohmann proposed an elliptical orbit between Earth and Mars which would permit spacecraft to transfer between the two planets along a low delta-v trajectory. The Hohmann transfer orbit, as it came to be known, relies on Earth and Mars to be in the right positions relative to each other. This occurs about every 26 months.
While it has its advantages, the one big disadvantage is that each Hohmann orbit has a different orientation each time. Another problem is that the orbits of Earth and Mars are not quite in the same plane, so things aren’t quite as simple as Hohmann proposed.
To have a large spacecraft that passes Earth and Mars with each orbit, you need some kind of thrust to adjust your orbit. In ”The Martian” the spacecraft
(Signal Boost) Style Development and You[Signal boost for the awesome :iconallytha: essay on Style Development. It's an excellent read based on years of experience. ](Signal Boost) Style Development and You4 years ago in Personal More Like This
"I wrote up this post because I missed my style development panel at FC due to food poisoning. I was honored to ask to do it in the first place, and it was a huge disappointment to me to have to miss it. The idea that I could be considered an authority on this in any way is pretty crazy to me! I'm still developing my style, but I've picked up a decent bit of knowledge so far, and I'm happy to share it. So here's pretty much what I was going to say at the panel.
It is a HUGE topic, so for now I've dropped the media specific stuff. If you get to the core of what's required to develop your style, media actually matters very little. You can use professional grade paints and pigments, but note that it does nothing to make you a better artist. That is and always will be up to the
Auroras day/night-cycleHere's an idea I've been frequently thinking about:Auroras day/night-cycle2 years ago in Personal More Like This
There are no seasons on Aurora because its axis is not tilted like Earth's. There are diurnal „seasons" instead due to the slow rotation period.
A lot of water evaporates during the long dry days. A lot of warm, most air rises up from the oceans, which leaves less air left near the surface which causes an area of lower air pressure. The air around this region has higher pressure and rushes in to fill the low pressure area. This air gets warm and moist to and rises too. This cycle keeps going and fuels large cyclones with a lot of rain at dusk.
As night approaches, temperatures drop and the rain becomes snow. A lot of water freezes. Some animals build organic "sleeping bags" to protect themselves against the temperatures and other animals. Photosynthetic plants close up and/or retract as a protective mechanism.
The nights are characterized by cold temperatures and almost no precipitation. Nocturnal animals come out of their burro
People alive thanks to animal experimentationI'm not afraid of opening some cans of worms, so let me voice my opinion on something that happened recently that really infuriated me.People alive thanks to animal experimentation2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Caterina Simonsen is a 25 years old girl from my very city, Padova. She has four rare diseases (primary immunodeficiency, a deficit in C and S vitamins, a deficit in Alpha-1 Antitrypsin, a pathology of the phrenic nerves that causes paralysis in the diaphragm) and a more common, benign tumor of the pituitary gland. She is alive thanks to medicines that have been achieved through animal experimentation.
Details are available unfortunately only in Italian as far as I could find on the net, but suffice say that if you google her name you'll see that she has to live with a breather constantly on.
On facebook, she explained her situation and just said "i'm alive thanks to animal experimentation". In few hours more than three hundreds of people covered her in insults and wished her to die.
She replied with two videos (available on youtube but again, in Itali
Live the dream, don't talk about it!Doug TenNapel, independent comics creator, is an inspiration to me in many ways. He has a fun, accessible art style that is dramatic and fresh. His story telling is always askew in the best of ways. I don't think I've read one of his graphic novels without having some smiles and a surprise or two along the way. On top of that, he is outspoken about almost everything in his life. (I think of him as the Rush Limbaugh of comics- oh man, that sounds really bad, but early Rush, not present day Rush, if that helps.) I agree with most things he states on Facebook. BUT- the thing I am most inspired about him is his drive (in the old days we would call that "work ethic"). The guy does NOT give up. Because of that, he single-handedly will put out a new graphic novel a year. While creating a webcomic. While pitching new TV show development ideas in Hollywood. While running a half marathon. While working freelance jobs.Live the dream, don't talk about it!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The CritStop #1Greetings Concepteez!The CritStop #12 years ago in Personal More Like This
First a quick note to mention that Shimmering-Sword our very own guru of future military tech. has succeeded in getting funding for his kickstarter project: The Protectorate Wars!!!
A big congrats to Shimmy and a huge thank you to everyone who helped support him. If you aren't a supporter yet not to worry! There are stretch targets to hit too so go check it out.
The ConceptWorld team have always been clear that one of the main reasons we continue to dedicate our personal time to running this group is to inspire and help every single member develop their craft as artists. It's a tough business, learning how to do this art thing, and getting feedback specific to your work is essential but hard to come by especially if you are learning in a non-formal envi