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 month 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
Why do we call them 'destroyers' anyway?It's a common trope in sci-fi that Space is an Ocean [WARNING - TV TROPES LINK], and so when we talk about spacecraft classification, naval terminology creeps into our work. I think some of this is unavoidable. For one, the Space is an Ocean meme is a powerful one, and it's been heavily reinforced over decades of use. The other is that while I personally expect any future space forces to evolve from the Space Commands of existing Air Forces, once you get the ability to build large space-going warships and send them days or weeks out of contact from home, the Navy's organizational model starts making more sense over the Air Force model (pace, SG Universe.)Why do we call them 'destroyers' anyway?1 month ago in Personal More Like This
But that's not what I want to write about.
I think this 'creep' has extended so far that we've forgotten (or just didn't know), what all of those ship classifications even mean, or haven't taken a good look at whether a particular wet navy
What Critique is [and isn't]Hello patients! I've written a few blogs and tutorials on critique that I'll link at the end of this blog (along with some others I think you will like too) for you to quickly reference! In light of the previous blogs <Avoid That dArama and <No more excuses, it's time to improve your art I wanted to write some things about critique to bring both blogs full circle. I also realized that I failed to fully explain what critique even is in the previous things I've written on the subject Before I begin let me start off by saying that I don't write each blog for Artist's Hospital in a vacuum Each blog is about one specific topic, I can't throw in everything because then I would be writing a book!What Critique is [and isn't]1 month ago in Art Features More Like This
So here's how I'll do this: we'll talk about what critique is, what it isn't, break it all down, explain common issues, then let's have a taco party!
ART PHILOSOPHY - TRUTH, and INTEGRITYWith 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.ART PHILOSOPHY - TRUTH, and INTEGRITY6 months ago in Personal More Like This
OBSERVATION #201 - Some thoughts I posted elsewhere which I wanted to also share with any interested parties here...
• ART PHILOSOPHY - TRUTH, and INTEGRITY - *as inspired by the insightful words of Rob Liefeld.
The Truth is that the artist, amateur and potential professional alike, may be taught according to the ideal. But no matter how hard you study, or how long you train... No matter all the knowledge you amass, the talent you possess, and the skills you hone, the subjective taste of the public presides over all commercial endeavor. The public, the layman, the viewer, the fan may kno
PILOT: THINGS I LIKETHE TINY TAG ON MY INSIDE FOLD OF MY JACKET SAYS "SG CHRISTOPHORUS HATCHENSON".PILOT: THINGS I LIKE3 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,
Not Everyone Gets a Gold StarI came under fire yesterday for being harsh. It happens. Not the coming under fire part, but the being harsh bit. You see, I have a philosophy...Not Everyone Gets a Gold Star2 years ago in Personal More Like This
There are a lot of poor starving artists.
Do you ever watch the first few episodes of American Idol? I do; it's fascinating television. So many delusional people in such a short amount of time. It's glorious! A good friend of mine once said that the reason there are so many contestants that are absolutely abhorrent singers is because all of those people didn't have someone that loved them enough to tell them they're no good at singing. (Either that or the poor schmucks simply refused to believe the well-meaning people that might have tried to educate the cacophanous vocalists). We live in such a politically correct, 'I don't want to be responsible for stamping out your dreams' society that we're no longer honest with each other. Hence, beautiful trainwreck television in the form of phenomenally bad singing.
The art-world is like th
5 Ways to Avoid Being DiminishedThere's a discussion brewing in comics about artists being more diminished as of late--that readers, reviewers, and publishers are focusing too much on writers rather than the artists who draw the book. I agree it's happening, but I'm not sure it's worth sounding an alarm over. I never felt diminished, but maybe I'm part of the exception. Maybe it's because I'm an artist and a writer.5 Ways to Avoid Being Diminished7 months ago in Personal More Like This
Either way, I do have a few thoughts on what artists can do to pull themselves out from under the rug.
1. DON'T DRAW LIKE A COG.
If you conform to a "house style", then you're at higher risk of being treated like an interchangeable cog in the comics machine. Yes, you're more likely to get consistent work, but you won't stand out as much. Therefor you'll be sought after less by big name writers, you're less likely to make a lasting impression on reviewers and readers, and you'll have a harder time getting raises (12 others draw like you and for less money).
I also suggests inking yourself if it helps. Penc
5 Comic Book Truths (that I don't think are true)There are lots of tips, chestnuts, and other pieces of advice that I've heard over the years--tidbits of wisdom passed on from one generation to the next, from professional to professor to prospective student. Some of them are drawing tips, some of them are tricks to dealing with publishers, and some are general guidelines on how to survive in comics. Most of them are useful and true and will stand the test of time, but a few of them have become hackneyed platitudes and have gone unquestioned for too long. Here are 5 that I'm questioning...5 Comic Book Truths (that I don't think are true)8 months ago in Personal More Like This
1. READERS WILL ONLY LOOK AT A PANEL FOR 5 SECONDS, SO DON'T SWEAT IT TOO MUCH.
I understand the intention of this bit of wisdom, and I mostly agree with it: drawing great interiors is important, but at the same time, you don't want to get bogged down with small details that most readers won't even notice.
But here's my concern with this: if you treat every panel like it's disposable, then you're less likely to make an impact with reader
Of Copyright + PremadesOf Copyright + Premades3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Disclaimer: I'm no lawyer, I do not work for deviantArt, I'm merely someone who has been doing photomanips for quite a while and has taken the time to read quite a few articles on the topic. The views expressed hereunder are mine alone. They do not reflect any "official dA opinion" nor are they to be taken as "legal advice". Furthermore, you may live in a country that hasn't signed any of the treaties that govern international copyright law, so you'd have to check with your country's national laws.
I strongly urge you to not only read the journal, but also the comments underneath it as there are a lot more examples of what you can and can't do as well as more links to information being shared by your fellow deviants!
What is Copyright?
I'll paraphrase/quote the wikipedia article on the topic for this:
"Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving the creator of an original work exclus
TO THE ASPIRING ARTISTS OUT THERE.....TO THE ASPIRING ARTISTS OUT THERE.....2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Speedpaint VideoHey guys! Here is the video for my latest upload. Total time was a little over 2 hours (2h10) and this is the time-lapse for it. Hope you likeSpeedpaint Video1 year ago in Personal More Like This
How to feel good about your ArtWe've all had those moments as an artist where we just can't seem to like what we're doing, where nothing seems sufficient and everybody else seems to draw so much better than ourselves.There's a few simple things you can do to avoid feeling like that or that you can remind yourself of should you already be right in the middle of this mess.How to feel good about your Art2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Draw for yourself, not an audience!
The first and probably most important point, especially for any artist on here who in one way or the other seeks feedback and recognition from their fellow deviants. You should never forget that your art is after all YOUR art, so it should be a means to express yourself, relax yourself, be proud of yourself etc and not anyone else. Never let yourself be pressured to do anything you don't want simply because your watchers might demand it or do anything for the sole purpose of getting more attention. It might make you happy in the beginning but loosing track
New Yiynova acquired ^___^My scribbles using it can be seen here. nothing special though. didn't have time to spend on it.New Yiynova acquired ^___^1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Review is here and being edited
In a nutshell this tablet is awesome.
I used to be the biggest wacom fangirl there ever was until my cintiq 12wx converter box died and wacom responded. They basically did a nope we don't care, not our fault. http://forum.wacom.eu/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=15649
So I did an about face and decided to invest my money into a different company. I looked up Yiynova thanks to a classmate of mine and it looks great. It costs around $630 and has great customer support. I'm thinking that if it can last more than 4 years, it's already worth its weight in wacom gold.
I'll post up a review and so on as I'm pretty sure wacom USA won't bother with customer support. If so they lost out on a 10 Grand
Perspective in photoshop tutorial available now!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Lv1rJFH2mMPerspective in photoshop tutorial available now!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Top 5 Mistakes (I've made over the years)To many people in comics, I only arrived a few years ago with Joe the Barbarian. Then came Hellblazer (completed in 2008 before I began working on Joe), American Vampire: SOTF, and finally Punk Rock Jesus. Once in a while someone will mention Off Road (an OGN I did with Oni back in 2004), but for the most part it seems like I've been published only these last few years when in fact I've been published professionally for a decade now.Top 5 Mistakes (I've made over the years)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This isn't a plea to have everyone go back through my previous work--in fact, I'm glad that a lot of the books I've done over the years aren't on readers' radars. I'm proud of it all, but the books above are a nice, tight group of titles to be associated with. They're all in a similar brand, they're all recent, they all have good creators/publishers associated with them, and the artwork is mostly consistent. Go back further than that, and you'll see artwork that looks nothing like the stuff I'm doing these days. (Although Off Road still holds up to some de
DON'T GO TO ART SCHOOL- By Noah BradleyDon't go to art schoolDON'T GO TO ART SCHOOL- By Noah Bradley1 year 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
A Brief History of TypographyA Brief History of TypographyA Brief History of Typography2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
A little insight into the history of not only Typography, but also of written language. This article will be far from covering it all, but focuses on highlighting some of the major events and periods in the history of Typography.
From the Greek roots τύπος typos = "impression" and -γραφία -graphia = "writing".
~ 30th Century BC – 200 AD
Or "Script of Nails / Cuneiform Script" is probably the oldest form of written text. This calligraphic form of writing was carved into clay tablets.
The Latin Alphabet
~ 800 BC – present
This is the basic alphabet used in all Western languages. The Romans based it among others
(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 You3 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
PE: Procrastination and Creativity Procrastination and CreativityPE: Procrastination and Creativity1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
"You can't just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood.
What mood is that?
You are well-aware of the importance of this project, in fact you can't wait to get to it! Too bad you promised your friends to go for a drink, and then there's that movie. Also, your productivity is at its strongest at Midnight, first Tuesday after the Full Moon, starting earlier would be a waste of time. Make sure you are well-rested! After all, is there a better way to prepare yourself for a productive tomorrow than an enjoyable today?
Your diagnosis: Procrastination positive.
"Someday is not a day of the week."
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 experimentation8 months 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
2011 As Seen Through Art2011 was full of emotional events the world around, and our community responded at unprecedented levels. From natural disasters to historical celebrations, entertainment milestones to tearful goodbyes, our community spoke out like no other community can — artistically, creatively, and emotionally. In many ways, last year marked the final chapter of a few eras, opening the door to new beginnings for 2012. Let's take a look...2011 As Seen Through Art3 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Being happy with your artI've noticed lately, that there's this emotion that leaves people overwhelmed with the massive amount of good art in the community, thinking that they can never become as good or popular as those others. So sad, because skill or popularity in itself shouldn't be the major goal of an art community. I think many people who start out here get so overwhelmed that they forget what it's actually about.Being happy with your art3 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Many people out here, sign up to DeviantArt (or any internet art community) in order to publish their work on the internet. They've probably looked around for a while already. They saw those amazing artists that had millions of pageviews, and secretly hoped that by putting their art on the internet, they would be able to do the same. To become madly popular -- a community icon.
Well, sorry to burst your bubble; but it's probably not gonna happen. And if it's gonna happen; it's not going to be soon.
According to DeviantArt, the website has over 31 million
Familiarity breedsSo here's a little fantasy scenario:Familiarity breeds1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Let's say people can control animals. Like with psychic powers. You concentrate, and the animal does what you think at it. Skilled practitioners can do tricks like control at greater distance, autonomous programming, and using the senses of their familiar.
In other words, basically, we have robots starting from the dawn of civilization.
How do familiars change history? Certainly the ability opens the doors to the domestication of all sorts of things. Any monkey or raccoon-like creature would find use as a servant. Parrots deliver messages. Animals other than horses take us from place to place. Sea-chariots pulled by dolphins? Galleons hitched to whales? Plus you got your meat animals. Modern-style battery farms might get invented much earlier (hooray?) If it's possible for savants to send commands out to many animals, (for example, come to me, forest creatures, so I can eat you), we might get depopulation of animals before people learn farming. And
ASTEROIDS and MY WAR AGAINST THE STUPIDASTEROIDS and MY WAR AGAINST THE STUPID2 years ago in Personal More Like This
So let's talk about asteroids and meteors....
As I write this the dearth of intellect that is social media is going ape shit over the near pass of Asteroid DA14. You can not go more than a post or two without seeing words like 'doomsday,' 'apocalypse,' and 'Bruce Willis.' And then, of course there are mind numbing posts like this one:
"...the "DA14" hasn't flown by us yet. The scientists say if it flew by 15 minutes later, well we'd all be scr*wed!"
Okay. I'd like to know which "scientist" supposedly said this. If I had to guess, it was probably one of the thousands of hack "experts" media outlets use to generate eye catching headlines. No legitimate scientist would EVER make a claim like this. And especially NOT in regards to an asteroid like DA14.
Time for some goddamn education, kids. Gather round. Especially you dim ones in the back who think Michael