How I Became an Artist...From time to time I get asked a question. Most common being how I got to become an artist and how I learned to improve.How I Became an Artist...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Well first of all, I never went to art school. Save yourself from paying off massive loans.
Second of all, for those of you who have ever asked this question, you may be already doing it yourself. You may already be on this path of improvement and don't even realize it yet. And the answer is simple, keep doing what you're doing and what you feel is the path to improvement. I can tell you all about practice, technique, style, books, and other artists to follow. These are all things you should already know and should be religiously seeking on your own. But the one thing most of you might find difficult to grasp is the time it takes to improve. You must have a great deal of consistency, patience, and commitment. Maybe you don't see it yet, but if you keep up with your routine, and another 1 or 2 years from now, look back on your old work. What has changed? What needs mor
The Great Web Comics Feature -1It's been an Awesome two weeks for me ever since I left for Comic Con India. My webcomic 'The Beast Legion' won the award for 'The Beast Webcomic' at the Comic Con India awards & I managed to sell over 360 sets of the comic as well as inaugurate the WACOM Bamboo Manga.The Great Web Comics Feature -13 years ago in Personal More Like This
A truley grand event which saw the likes of Chris Oliveros, Gary Groth & the Legendary Robert Crumb grace the stage. So When I got back I decided that I'd create 2 features highlighting some of my favourite web comic that I myself read at regular intervals if not weekly.
I hope you enjoy this feature & delve into this Aesome World of Webcomics. I have picked three of my fave pics from each of these amazing comics... Enjoy!
Please take moment & fave this journal & spread word about these Awesome comics & their creators who work
CSS Did You Know? - October 3rd, 2012CSS Did You Know? - October 3rd, 20123 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
The Master ListWelcome to the Library!The Master List3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Don't forget to check the =3D Week Announcement= regularly for updates on events and contests, we've got a lot on this week!
Here you will find a list of all sorts of resources for 3D artists.
This includes Books, Instructional DVDs, Tutorials, Resources and more.
If you would like to suggest a resource, add it to the comments! If it's a good resource, it will be added to the journal post. If it's a great resource, you might get a prize!
This is the master list. Eventually, each featured resource will have a review of it within this group, and we will do away with outside linking. Cheers!
Anatomy and Modeling:
Action Anatomy by Takashi Iijima
This book teaches you how muscles move and interact with each other, as well as how the human body moves and bends. A great resource
Contest - World Tournamer:iconvjump:Contest - World Tournamer3 years ago in Personal More Like This
All Anime Vjump Is Awesome!
Hello Everyone, Vjump Is Now Having Another New Year Contest. The Contest Will Start From January 6th And End On February 6th, 2013 But You Cannot Enter In The Contest If You Are Not A Member Of Vjump. If You Are Already A Member Of Vjump Or Joined Today And Want To Enter In The Contest All You Need To Do Is Post A Comment On This Journal Saying "Im Joining" And You Will Be Added In Our Contest's Entry List. Be Fast To Submit Us your Entry. All entries must go into the Fabruary World Tournamer Crossover & VJump Contest Folder. For extra details please ask Ray-Striker
Must Be A Member To Enter In The Contest!
Must Be A New Art, Created For This Contest!
1 Free Digital Art From Rock-Hog
3 month Premium Membership From ELordy
1 Fan Button, 1 Logo & 20 Points From Ray-Striker
1 VJump Champion Badge From Ray-Striker
1 Month Featured On Vjump's Profile
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50 spirits project updateUPD. I decided to update the list.50 spirits project update4 years ago in Personal More Like This
I added seven deadly sins
I'm going to open a new project *50 Spirits*.
I'll show you 50 spirits of our world. Wish me luck.
1. spirit of fearlessness - http://jetera.deviantart.com/art/Don-t-fear-195906966
2. spirit of darkness
3. spirit of ice
4. spirit of love
5. spirit of light
6. spirit of sun
7. spirit of wind
8. spirit of time
9. spirit of forests
10. spirit of fire
11. spirit of moon
12. spirit of snow
13. spirit of sound
14. spirit of metal
15. spirit of afterworld
16. spirit of stars
17. spirit of alchemy
18. spirit of water
19. spirit of fantasy
20. spirit of blood
21. spirit of weakness
22. spirit of freedom
23. spirit of weather
24. spirit of travels and adventures - http://jetera.deviantart.com/art/Fantasy-of-sun-204205434
25. spirit of loneliness
26. spirit of hope
27. spirit of trust
28. spirit of earth/ground
29. spirit of despair
30. spirit of dusk - http://jetera.deviantart.com/art/Sonne-201550680
31. spirit of poison
GEP : The Call (animated)The finished product:GEP : The Call (animated)3 months ago in Personal More Like This
PROCRASTINATIONProcrastination... Being a sloth... it's a disease.PROCRASTINATION3 years ago in Personal More Like This
All of us struggle with it. On certain days you just don't feel like doing nothing at all. Other days you feel that you worked hard on something and that you're owed time-off for it. And there's that period where you KNOW you should've been working on something; after a lot of time have passed you eventually find yourself wondering WHY you even went along doing nothing for so long.
We're not perfect creatures, it HAPPENS.
But being a procrastinator compared to being a hard-worker is a measure of how serious you take yourself.
If you have a regular 9-5, come home whether it's a long commute or short one, and then taking care of family matters (wife, kids, or parents), it can be pretty hard to keep yourself focused. That's a valid reason for struggling trying to stay focused on a creative project. Life is hard in that aspect. You're definitely a hard-worker in that regard. If you do all that and then work your
Patience is a virtue, because stupid dies out.After the abysmal reception (due to abysmal performance of) Windows 8, M$ are abandoning that entry.Patience is a virtue, because stupid dies out.7 months ago in Personal More Like This
Windows 9 is expected to be announced on September 30th.
This is why I’ve kept my crappy old PC. I was waiting before I got a replacement because I knew something like that was gonna happen. I could read the signs. Like tea-leaves….
….or, in this case: sh*t-stains.
The What to draw next? HARPG Help GuideYou are sitting in your room, looking at your gorgeous horses at Deviantart. You don't have a particular storyline in mind but you really like to draw something. You have no idea what to do. Sounds familiar? Well, here I have something that might get you some ideas.The What to draw next? HARPG Help Guide1 year ago in Personal More Like This
It's a rough set up, and some combinations wouldn't make sense at all, but... maybe it bring you a good story? If you like to help to improve this, please, feel free to comment!
How does it work?
If you are familiar with the horse personality randomizer that Dane made together with some other DA'ers, then it's kinda in the same direction. You will see a couple of lists that together will make a guideline to draw something. Some combination absolutely do not make sense, but just click the random button again to make a better option.
What do I need?
Go to Random.org to get the random numbers to make a combination. Wr
Deviant DiscoveryDeviant Discovery3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
WHAT IS DEVIANT DISCOVERY?
Deviant Discovery is a weekly Journal Feature that focuses specifically on Deviants that have good art, but haven't gotten much attention for it. Every week, a new Deviant will be chosen, and a few of their artworks will be show in this Journal, along with a description of the artist themselves. This weekly feature will serve as an attempt to get under-appreciated artists more attention then they already have.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
It will work in a similar way to Daily Deviations - either I could select a Deviant myself, or someone could be suggested by another Deviant. Once a Deviant is chosen, we'll find their best five Deviations to be featured in the Journal. Then, we'll give a short description of the artist's work, and a small explanation of why they were chosen. The feature will remain on the front of my page for seven days [168 hours; one week], so that the Deviant can get continuous attention. Suggestions could be s
UDON announces Capcom Fighting Tribute!!UDON announces Capcom Fighting Tribute!!4 months ago in Personal More Like This
Fans of Capcom’s many timeless fighting game series have already proven they are some of the most creative and talented fans around with the incredible art they submitted for UDON Entertainment’s Street Fighter Tribute and Darkstalkers Tribute art collective projects. Now they have the chance to show the world their passion and raw talent once again, as UDON today announces the latest entry in their line of tribute art books – CAPCOM FIGHTING TRIBUTE!
UDON is calling on professional and fan artists around the world to knock our socks off with your best artistic tributes to the iconic characters of beloved Capcom fighting and beat ‘em up series like Street Fighter™, Final Fight™, Power Stone™, Captain Commando, Star Gladiator, and Battle Circuit – and for y
I quit my job.I had to. Being stuck in retail hell for years was getting to me. There's only so many times you can deal with disrespectful self-entitled customers daily, especially when you have personal goals and aspirations that have nothing to do with retail or the success of the business you're working so hard for. (with little acknowledgement.) It's not that I never put my heart into my job -- I even made some great friends there. It's just, when you see so many of your other friends, even family members doing seriously cool things with their talents... it eats at you like you're staring at your own death-clock.I quit my job.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I haven't been one to take risks in the past, so the thought of cutting off my only source of income wasn't exactly on the forefront of my thoughts. But, I was given an opportunity with a soon-to-be startup studio that a bunch of friends of mine are already apart of. I came on board this project earlier this year, but only slightly part-time. On my days off from my retail job, I would p
Paperman.Astounding: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTLySbGoMX0Paperman.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
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.31 year ago in Personal More Like This
Disney layoffs, 2D animation, and youA very nervous animation student (he didn't say, but I assume he is studying 2D animation) asked me about my opinions on the state of animation these days. What are the companies thinking with laying off all the employees, not doing 2D animation, canceling great TV series, etc.? Are the business people just evil? AND the even bigger question: Is John Lassiter a jerk (or worse) for letting all the 2D animators at Disney go yesterday?Disney layoffs, 2D animation, and you2 years ago in Personal More Like This
MY ANSWER: I have a slightly controversial (for an artist) perspective on businesses and business people. Over all, I like them. At times, I have even been grateful for them. (Steady paychecks should never be taken for granted. Wait till you don't have one one day, then you'll know!) Remember, we live in a world where businesses are expected to make money to stay alive. It's called capitalism. Others call it "business". That means, the animation world isn't any different from any other job/company
for artists and writers: on finding consultsI hope the way I'm handling magic realism can inspire other artists, writers, and viewers in general to be more critical of fantasy--whether it's something you create or just enjoy.for artists and writers: on finding consults1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Because the more scrutinous the fans, the more creators have to get with it, and the more with it the creators are, the cooler shit we have going around.
So here are some ideas to make your shit cooler.
1. Research, reference, and find consults. This is far easier than a lot of people think it is. Searching on the internet is great, but you're likely to get a lot of overly-complicated, irrelevant information at first--and then later, it won't be specific enough. Books are a lot better because they cover topics in a broader way with a lot of related ideas you might not think to search but end up super important to what you're doing. So go to the library, or the bookstore, and take notes while you're in there if you don't want to buy things. But if
REALITY and EGO CHECKWith 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.REALITY and EGO CHECK9 months ago in Personal More Like This
A THOUGHT FOR MY FELLOW CREATIVES -
• The greatest thing about becoming a professional artist is having had your arse kicked numerous times by your betters, yet persevering to find your own success, and to carve your own niche. The arse-kicking will be an ongoing ordeal throughout your career, for there will always be someone better. But relish being "schooled" so that it helps to fuel your inspiration, along with your determined work ethic. Let it expand your perception of what greatness exists in the world, a world in which you are competing, as well as the greatness perpetually growing within YOU. This will ke
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"Nyan" this.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jv208tslzMU"Nyan" this.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The SenshiStock USB Drive Is Available!The SenshiStock USB drives are in and available for purchase!The SenshiStock USB Drive Is Available!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here's what you need to know:
This is a USB drive with lots of images on it! Everything from the start of the account until Shoot 26 (the bright blue sheet)
The drives say "SenshiStock" on one side and "A Stock Revolution" on the other side; they come with a lanyard.
Payment can be made online via PayPal or through regular mail by Money Order.
The drives are $20 ea. This does not include shipping. Shipping & tracking for the USA will be $5; First Class International shipping is $7 but does not include insurance or tracking. (Note: USPS increased their rates in Jan 2014)
The stats on the drive currently are:
3.83 GB of stock (but this is an 8GB drive so you will have some additional space!)
About 2,900 stock photos
Includes everything in the gallery from shoots 21-26 (shoot 26 is the one with the brigh
THE SECRET TO CHARACTER DESIGNWHAT IS THE SECRET OF TURNING AN ESTABLISHED CHARACTER INTO YOUR OWN, ORIGINAL CHARACTER?THE SECRET TO CHARACTER DESIGN7 months ago in Personal More Like This
This is a good question which I get all the time from my readers. After learning the techniques, they want to create their own characters, but are worried about infringing on a copyright. Here is the key:
There are two ways of creating a new character from one you are copying from a how-to-draw book. A combination of the two methods works really well. Unfortunately, most people only use method #1, and therefore, they don't really achieve a unique character. I'll explain both methods:
Method #1: Adding, Subtracting & Altering.
This method is simple. If an established character has a beard, leave it off. Change a hairstyle. Give her glasses, or conversely, if the character already wears glasses, take them off. Change her expression. Give him a theme for his clothes, e.g., retro 60s style. This is all great stuff -- it will give your character a specific look. But the underlyin
Encouragement for art studentsHey guys,Encouragement for art students5 months ago in Personal More Like This
Always being around students and teaching; there's something I've started to notice. I'm able to see which students push and have the strong desire to get better
and ones that draw with their mouth. I've stopped wasting time on the ones that draw with their mouth.
Most beginner students give up too easy. I see more potential in them then more advanced artists I draw with. There are some of my friends I stopped
calling out because I came to realize that they just kinda want to get better. ( I also don't want their attitude rubbing off on me.) They say they want to get better but it's clear that they just "kinda" want to get better. One guy asks a lot ," What are you working on? " As soon as I answer with explanation he always responds with, " Man I should be working on that." Then does nothing. Actually that's not true, he tells students the stuff I told him like he had figured it out. I don't mind becaus
How d'you make the Dr Who theme even better?You make it sound like an old video game, that's howHow d'you make the Dr Who theme even better?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I have a sudden urge to go play my C64......