Happy 100th!!I would like to give :iconjordanventurian: a warm round of applause for persevering, and making A Skyrim Tale for 100 episodes!!!Happy 100th!!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The series has made us laugh, cry, feel the pain, and enjoy the victories of a glorious battle!!!
And I think I speak for all of us when I say: THANK YOU VENTURIAN!!!!!!! We hope you make 100 more!!!
To me, the Skyrim crew has become more than characters in a game.
They have become real flesh and blood Dark Elves, Nords, Avengers, and Animals. They have become family.
I'm sure we all remember when Vahl first climbed out of that boat dressed like a complete nerd and when our little crew of Vahl, Lydia, and Lil'Vent (R.I.P.) started growing into a family.
We have gained a lot of members to our group, but at a cost.
We have won a lot of battles, but at a cost.
We have grown, and we have shrunk.
We have laughed, we have cried, we have laughed until we cried!!
We have gained, we have lost.
We have quicksaved and run away a lot!
But one thing will always be the
Basic Art Elements: LineHerro people! I've been giving this much thought and have decided to include along with our "Common Misconceptions" series a series based in the basic art elements followed by the principals of design. There are seven basic art elements as follows:Basic Art Elements: Line2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
The purpose of knowing this list and understanding each element is to help you make good decisions compositionally as well as help you with formal analysis. Formal analysis is an identification of the basic art elements in a work of art which is useful in critique and also understanding the artist's choices in composition. Ideally, a piece that we would call "successful" would have each of the seven elements here present in some way, as well as the principles of design. A lot of our choices in art making can be either arbitrary or intuitive. Neither are inherently bad, but making choices that have a sound base in these elements will help you with some of the compositional conundrums we artists fa
5 Career Killers“Whatever happened to that guy? The guy that drew that thing?5 Career Killers10 months ago in Personal More Like This
Comic careers are like any other career in entertainment: if you don't stay relevant and adapt to a trend, you'll eventually peak and then bottom out. But there are more things that can help end a career. Here's a list of 5 that I've been thinking about lately.
1. SOCIAL MEDIA TAKE-DOWN
The creator does something that somehow goes viral, turning his (or her) readers against him. Bad behavior at a convention, sexual harassment online, or a semi-racist Tweet made worse by bumbling attempts to correct it. Or maybe the creator gets blamed for something innocent: innocent comments taken out of context, or involvement in a controversial project that he had no say over. Whatever the case, “social media take-downs” can harm careers, leaving a permanent black mark on your career.
I imagine this one is the most common: no matter how hard you work—and no matter how much a
Artist Alley 101: Planning What to Sell/PricingHello everyone! Welcome to Part 2 of my Artist Alley 101 guide!Artist Alley 101: Planning What to Sell/Pricing3 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 while making 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 have new ideas to share, I'd love to hear them!
And if you'd like a refresher on part 1, feel free to go here http://theartslave.deviantart.com/journal/Artist-Alley-101-The-Journal-Part-1-343899201
ARTIST ALLEY 101
Planning What to Sell/Pricing
PLANNING WHAT TO SELL…
I decided to talk about this here because it would have been a bit too much to include it
Do Artists Matter?Do we matter?Do Artists Matter?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm specifically talking about "us" as designers, artists, or creative people. Do artists matter?
I have two personal stories that have helped me gauge and answer that question for myself. I hope they help you too.
(SIDE NOTE: I believe in a God and I believe that God loves me and leads my path but that I have free will and can turn from his leading and do my "own thing". Both of these stories have a TON of "God flavoring" that would make them much longer, so know that they are there if you want to read between the lines and find them. In short, both stories are answers to prayer.)
After 9/11 I felt worthless. Making cartoons just wasn't important in the new post 9/11 world. Firemen, policemen, construction workers, teachers, healthcare workers, architects- really, anyone that contributes to rebuilding our world and its infrastructure, those people had important jobs to do. We
Water TutorialOh yeah, that's exactly what I made; a water tutorial!Water Tutorial4 years ago in Personal More Like This
->link to the tutorial
Yay for American Independence. No, really!An odd statement for a quasi-neo-imperialist to say, I know, but if the Colonials hadn't (justifiably) got shirty over lack of representation in Parliament, the British Empire would never have become the behemoth that it did.Yay for American Independence. No, really!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Thanks to the rebellion/revolution, the British Government changed the way it conducted itself so as to ensure such an incident would never happen again.
Had they not, a revolution similar to that seen in France, 1789, would have very likely occurred on home turf.
The French leadership maintained their "all powerful" fašade, and in assisting the American colonies, spent a fortune. This further angered their already irate people, who, in seeing that it could be done, decided to have a little revolution of their own.
So, with the economy booming thanks to renewed transatlantic trade between Fair Blighty and the newly formed United States and with Britain's arch enemy France focused on tearing itself apart, there was nothing to stop the Empire's expansion.
By 1922, i
Aquatic Aliens? The waters of the two vessels mingled in the transfer corridor, creating a momentary cessation of thought in the occupants as the tastes and scents of the two very different spacecraft clashed, and the chemical echoes of old commands, astonished interjections, and fond farewells were resurrected with the swirling cold saline eddies. For Adok-ob-341, it was stunning. This was his first time aboard a vessel other than of his birth. He had lived among the waters of home and close kin his entire eight-thousand duty cycles of life.Aquatic Aliens?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
His kin-father, or the male creche sibling of his male progenitor, led the way into the transfer corridor as the hatches closed behind them. He impulsed his way to the other end of the corridor on a jet of salt water where the Master of this vessel and his Second awaited them. Six each of long sinuous limbs snaked and coiled between them as scent markers were exchanged, adding to the chemical-chaos in th
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 INTEGRITY2 years 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
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 Star3 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
The Ideal Body In ArtFor millennia, the body has been the most highly revered subjects in the visual arts. That's not new news for most of us though; even here on dA we see that most work here is figurative. The nude has been called timeless because it never changes, but I somewhat disagree with that statement. The body in art has changed multiple times over the ages, especially the nude. There's a big argument that the body (especially the female body) is too idealized these days, but I assure you, the body has always been idealized (and sexualized). The difference over time is what part is given attention to culturally.The Ideal Body In Art2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
The mature, lady-like image was displayed in modeling in the 1950s, elegance, exaggeration, hourglass figure (a more mature woman’s figure, motherly). In the 1960s, youth was displayed in modeling, informal, very slender (almost underdeveloped, boyish figure), pixie cut hairstyles, doll like facial expression, ‘little girl’ mannerisms, juxtaposed with gritty street photo
AvatarJames Cameron's 'Avatar' seems to generate a lot of science fiction anger/love around here, so I would like to share the thoughts I have had on it and its various species.Avatar4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Film-wise, I was entertained, though I became disinterested during Jakes' time getting to know the Na'vi and his various induction ceremonies. However the acting, sound design and visual effects were excellent.
As regards the story, I like the overall concept: Indigenous people in conflict with mining interests is certainly a real concern both now and in the past. Its execution in the film however lacked a level of subtlety; I would have preferred to see the Na'vi tribes using the humans as leverage against each other, or perhaps some Na'vi on the payroll of humans as mercenaries and advisors. Perhaps we had some chemical or product (guns to make hunting prey easier?) that might appeal to certain Na'vi. The concept of the 'white saviour' also made an appearance, with the human male protagonist developing a
100 point giveaway! (CLOSED)CLOSED.100 point giveaway! (CLOSED)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Because I can. c:<
Also to celebrate the birthday of Lady Gaga's album Born This Way. <3
So to enter, just this journal.
You don't have to share this with your watchers, you don't have to comment to be entered (but funny comments are appreciated!!)
You don't have to watch me, either, but I might be doing more giveaways like this in the future, so if you want to, that's fine too c:
YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED IF YOU FEEL THE NEED TO COMMENT AND TELL ME YOU THINK LADY GAGA SUCKS. You are allowed to think that, but please keep it off this journal.
Ends on... June 6th 8D
The winner will be chosen using random.org
Good luck <3
The Importance of Art HistoryHappy New Year patients! I hope your holiday season was full of fun and family time To kick off 2014 in the Hospital I'd like to talk a little bit about the importance of art history. Knowing your historical roots as an artist is not only important for improving your work as a whole, it's important to understand and cross reference the foundations laid for you. During my undergrad (I have a BFA in painting and drawing) my concentration curriculum had a hefty art history requirement so I added an art history minor for the trouble .The Importance of Art History2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
There are those out there (even on the University level) who say that art history is not relevant and should not be studied (some say it should even be ignored). I am not among them, and I find the idea of intentionally ignoring knowledge of any kind completely asinine. Some of the biggest misunderstandings of contemporary art come from ignorance of the rich history surrounding it. So let's get started shall we?
Did You Know - Manage DeviationsManage DeviationsDid You Know - Manage Deviations1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Especially when you have quite a lot of artworks in your gallery, it can become tricky to manage your deviations and to sort through them.
That's why we have the manage deviations page. You can either access it via the direct link or by choosing "Manage Deviations" from the Submit Menu.
On that page you have listed your deviations & journals. The overview will give you the name, the category it was submitted to, the publishing date and it also lists your sharing options and if critiques and comments are enabled or disabled.
When hovering over your deviation title, you will also get a little preview of that deviation. This helps to know what deviation you are going to edit, when you can't remember what title goes with what deviation.
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 Video2 years ago in Personal More Like This
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)2 years 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
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 year 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
That Green Eyed MonsterI’m not afraid to admit that I have been jealous of fellow artists. Jealous of their skill, their handling of material, their ability to make whatever they were doing “work,” and even jealous of their recognition. But, while jealousy can be a good motivator to push yourself harder, it can eat away at your self-esteem and damage your work. I got the initial idea to write an article about this after reading a news article about Florida artist Maximo Caminero. Caminero was arrested last week after smashing a vase part of Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei’s exhibition in Pérez Art Museum Miami… in the gallery. For those of you unfamiliar with Ai Wei Wei:That Green Eyed Monster2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Wei Wei, born 18 May 1957 in Beijing, is a Chinese contemporary artist, active in sculpture, installation, architecture, curating, photography, film, and social, political and cultural criticism. – Wikipedia
Wei Wei is also was held in jail on the false charge of “tax evasion” i
On Art Schools + Art Style: A response to EndlingEndling posted this [click here] answer to a questioned by one of his followers on Tumblr.On Art Schools + Art Style: A response to Endling3 years ago in Personal More Like This
It pertains to how his art school and supporters treated/reacted to his particular art style in an academic and professional setting. Give that a read first then come back here.
I posted a response to it that I also wanted to share on my DeviantART. (If you're getting tired of me ranting about my experience at school, sorry, but this stuff means a LOT to me. I want to try to inform other people of what my time was like there so that if YOU go, you're all the wiser.) Response was as follows:
This is partially one of my problems with art schools at this point in time. They're ridiculously expensive, and because of the rapid change in art/media industry and culture, fall into generally one of these two categories:
1) They typically have instructors who are remnants of doing their bes
When It's HardHi folks! I realized in my most recent round of blogs that I've been a little quick to tell you all to put on your grown up panties, but this one is going to be a little different. Making art can be one of the most exhilarating things you'll ever do, but (and this is from personal experience also) 80% of the time you're going to fail. You'll spill your ink all over that glorious drawing. Oil from your hands will permanently stain only the portion of paper that was meant to remain a snowy white. Your computer's hard drive will crash or all your image files (all the WIPs especially) will get corrupted. You'll try something new and it just won't work out the way you envisioned. These things are the parts that aren't really spoken about enough, and so when they happen to us we assume that we're doing something terribly wrong. I'm here to tell you that we all go through these things and there's always a solution!When It's Hard1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
When you're not improving
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 Comic9 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
THREE TIPS FOR DRAWING CARSYou know that green ellipse tool that you bought in art school? Do you know how to use it for something other than oval shapes? Do you know what those "cross-hair" marks are for? And do you know how to use it for technically correct perspective drawings?THREE TIPS FOR DRAWING CARS2 years ago in Personal More Like This
TOO many comics artists don't, and it's driving me crazy. So instead of starting a blog that starts showing examples and naming names, I figured it was better to make a quick tutorial. And this isn't just for cars but also for guns, fire hydrants, and millions of other machined objects found in comics.
If you go through this and you're still stuck, please don't write to me. I'm happy to show you at a convention to make it clearer, but within a blog this is the best I can do. Check out "Perspective for Comic Artists by David Chelsea" for more.
Cars are a whole lot easier to draw if you know how to properly use perspective and ellipses. The more familiar you are with the math, the more fun it is to draw cars. Once I figured out th
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 year 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!