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.
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.
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 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
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,
MODEL DOWNLOAD LINKSI'm tired of having to go through and send countless notes to people to give them model links, especially when I've been gone a while. So, here's all the links and if and when I post another model, I'll just start using the download option on here again. Hopefully people don't try to steal my things and claim them as their own anymore or break the rules in some other way. If they do though, honestly I just don't really care anymore. They're just models.MODEL DOWNLOAD LINKS6 months ago in Personal More Like This
Not sure how much I'll be posting now. I've pretty much lost interest in KH all together (even though KH3 looks like it'll be great), and I don't really know what I want to do right now. Nobody reads my stories, so I don't write anymore. Only a select few like my Disney work, and even less like other work I do because all of my watchers only want to see Kingdom Hearts. Idk. Just kind of burned out on DeviantArt all together. It's not fun anymore. I hardly talk to anybody except for two good friends and all of my pictures seem to b
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
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!You can download the 1440x900 and 1600x900 version here if you like it!MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
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
Artist Alley 101: Things to Consider/ResourcesHello everyone! Welcome to the 4th and final part of my Artist Alley tutorial!Artist Alley 101: Things to Consider/Resources3 years ago in Personal More Like This
This is meant to be a good start for those who have never been a part of an artist alley before, as well as a nice refresher to those of you who are veterans of alleys everywhere! I will try to be as detailed as possible, but make the information easy to reference and read through!
Hope you enjoy, and feedback is definitely appreciated! Let me know your thoughts, reactions, some of your own alley stories, as well as if you have any suggestions to add to this tutorial! I definitely haven't thought of everything, so if you had new ideas to share, I'd love to hear them!
Here are the links to Part 1 http://theartslave.deviantart.com/journal/Artist-Alley-101-The-Basics-Applying-for-a-Table-343899201 Part 2 http://theartslave.deviantart.com/journal/Artist-Alley-101-Planning-What-to-Sell-Pricing-345146923 and Part 3 http://theartslave.deviantart.com/journal/Artist-Alley-101-Displaying-Your-Work-DOs-n-DONTs-34998855
How did I made that helmet!check the process here: http://hi.baidu.com/protoss0083/blog/item/3bfccbfd6683ae65d6887db7.htmlHow did I made that helmet!4 years ago in Personal More Like This
tons of photos... hope you guys like it （· v · ）
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
Ways to avoid art depressionSome Ways to Avoid An Art DepressionWays to avoid art depression6 months ago in Personal More Like This
(reposted because I thought it’s time and needed again)
Ok folks, Maybe this will help one or two of you, who are too much into a depression.
It sounds silly for some, but respect that I write this for people who have some trouble.
When you find grammar mistakes, then sorry, as a german it is not easy writing so much english text.
1. Don’t compare your art with the best out there.
- A problem every artist has is that he compares himself in his development phase with artists who have their style or are big in the buisness. You cannot critisize yourself not being Picasso in the first day, guys.
Do a fair and reasonable comparison. Accept that you are on a special niveau in your development and compare yourself with people on your niveau. That means you have to search and work y
Some basic theory about my ship designs.First of all, my designs are based on three important points:Some basic theory about my ship designs.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
1 FTL is possible, however there are some severe constraints, which I will come back to.
2. Artificial gravity (AG) is also possible, but it too has constraints, that roughly follow the laws of physics.
3 Inertial damping, or rather camouflaging mass is also possible, and it is neccesary for both FTL and AG.
My ships are all powered by anti matter reactors, all moving parts from doors, to engines, to guns are all operated by linear electromagnetic engines/magnetic levitation.
there are no hydraulics anywhere.
Now, my ships all have something called a central gravity deck. this is essentially a deck in the center of the ship that pull everything inward, so that you walk on either side of it.
My reason for this is 1: gravity works inward like a sphere, if one side is an attractive plane it is only natural that the other side is too. The reason for choosing a plate rather than a sphere is because of the size requirements to get