TO THE ASPIRING ARTISTS...."The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that's almost never the case." - Chuck CloseTO THE ASPIRING ARTISTS....2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Good luck on your projects this year!
TO YOU ASPIRING ARTISTS...FROM JOE MADUREIRAHere's some of the most amazing and invaluable advice you'll most-likely ever get from one of my good colleagues and legends in comics/gaming, creator JOE MADUREIRA. It's what i've been preaching to you aspiring artists since i arrived on DA, but i think his POV says it perfectly:TO YOU ASPIRING ARTISTS...FROM JOE MADUREIRA2 years ago in Personal More Like This
*WARNING: SOME MATURE LANGUAGE*
"DO YOU REALLY WANT TO BE A SUCCESSFUL ARTIST?
Or a successful WORKING PROFESSIONAL?
Believe it or not there is a difference. I'm not usually a soapbox type guy, I don't like instructing people, and I think I'm a terrible teacher. But hey, it's Friday and I'm in a strange mood. So here goes:
I've noticed that a good number of my fans happen to be aspiring artists themselves. This is for all you guys. I get asked constantly: "Where should I go to school?" "What classes should I take?" "What should I study for anatomy?" "What pencils and paper do you use?" "Should I be working digitally now instead of traditionally?" "How do I fix my poses? Learn composition? Perspective?" "When
Raw-Nature Feature 33Raw-Nature Feature 331 year ago in Personal More Like This
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Gather a 'Circle Of Trust' to Grow & Get MotivHave you ever been a part of a failed collaboration?Gather a 'Circle Of Trust' to Grow & Get Motiv2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Or how about a harsh critique?
Has anyone ever just ripped into your work and thus, into YOU as a person?!
It's happened to all of us.
We all have baggage from failed collaborations and scars from harsh critiques.
But without healthy critiques and collaborators, you'll never grow - as an artist, as a storyteller or as a person.
Although it's tempting to just go all "Boo Radley" and shut out the world when you work on our comics or concept art...
...you really shouldn't.
As painful as some of your past experiences have been, isolation is not good for us.
And most of us crave creative community.
...we just don't know what to look for in critique groups and collaborators.
Without healthy critiques and collaborators, you'll never grow - as an artist, as a storyteller or as a person.
Creating out of your own self-contained motivation gets exhausting.
And authentic artistic growth is slow (if not impossible) without regular, ob
Sketchbook Pro 6So most of you know that I'm a Sketchbook Pro user.Sketchbook Pro 62 years ago in Personal More Like This
A few days back, Autodesk released Sketchbook Pro 6, and I think this is the version that's going to make a lot of people who have YET to experience Sketchbook Pro in full, or haven't really given the past versions a chance, switch over to making it their digital drawing software of choice; heck, even their PAINTING software of choice.
We still have the cleverly-designed user interface, that makes it easy on the eyes and mind when we're brainstorming and sketching. With the handful of new tools introduced, we still have a clutter-free drawing environment, and man, there's some awesome tools this time around. I'll go down the list:
The Brush Library
The main brush toolbar itself has a click-and-drag function, allowing you to store all your often-used brushes in each of the "lanes". You then can click the button on the upper-right and then a fu
painting video demonstrationpainting video demonstration3 years ago in Personal More Like This
so here is a new one
its about exracting lineart from background layer, after you scanned/had your image flattened down.
on this one i actuall managed to fingure how note tool works so i am actually writing as im demonstrating things
go here---> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ch0bBrCwc8&featurelcp
also check my husbands tutorials, they are at the bottom of the journal also newly added
finally as promised i made a video demonstration about painting a picture in photoshop.
i started from scratch, made a sketch in photoshop and from there started painting. for the overall image it took me 3 hrs so i was rushing a bit, so please exuse anatomiocal mistakes.
Also, i started off with only basic brushes, and i made advanced ones as the video progressed. that way i wanted to show you various purpose for different brushes and how to use them.
i didnt put any text in this demonstration, since this is just for viewing the process, but i plan on making shorter - mo
The Detrimental AweThanks for the ideas everyone! Here's the post many of you requested...The Detrimental Awe3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here's a sample of responses I've heard from some editors over the years when I've raised practical business concerns regarding comic book publishing:
"No, we don't know exactly what books you'll be doing, but we're (insert name of big publisher) Comics, so sign exclusive with us and not (insert name of competing publisher who has titles ready for you)!"
"This is a (insert name of big writer) book! I know he's late, but just think of how many people would love to be in your shoes!"
"The page rate isn't good, but at least you'll be getting to work with (name of big superhero whom you're supposed to be a fan of)!"
"We won't fly you out or put you into a hotel, but you should come so you can sign at the booth for us! Who doesn't love signing autographs?"
What do these statements have in common? They're emotional arguments made to sidestep yo
5 Reasons to WriteI wrote a blog once that urged comic artists to try writing their own books. I held back a bit on what I said--Punk Rock Jesus hadn't come out yet, so I didn't feel like I had the proper authority to really speak up.5 Reasons to Write2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Since then, there's been a lot more discussion about the etiquette of publishers toward their freelancers, the recent rise of creator owned books, and the effects of Hollywood moving into comics (or vice versa). And as friend of mine at Newsarama pointed out recently, I'm one of a few guys who's found a middle ground--not only because I'm writing and drawing my own book, but because my OGN is partially owned by DC Comics.
Certain events of the last year have created new concerns within our industry. Do you still need to work for big publishers if you want to "make it"? Do they deliver a better product than creator owned books? Are the Big Two treating creators as fairly as they've always been? Between the rise of digital comics and comic-based movies, are creators getting
WATCH STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN'S FIST RIGHT NOW! Alpha (Episode 0)........................https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyVO0NLoLWEWATCH STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN'S FIST RIGHT NOW!7 months ago in Personal More Like This
Beginnings (Episode 1)...............https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW7S62t6Ikw
Round 1: Fight (Episode 2).........https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCpBEzyEqn0
Satsui No Hado (Episode 3)........https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H739jNfPWAQ
A Rough Night (Episode 4)..........https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbF0pHA_Y70
Banished (Episode 5)..................https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSh8Y-FcWlU
Demons Within (Episode 6).........https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWRvIXtyIps
Path of the Shin Oni (Episode 7) .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdDFVtXxH_Q
The Ultimate Sacrifice (Episode 8) . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zya_3JxXxl4
The Calm Before the Storm (Episode 9) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UIrijO0d1c
The Raging Demon (Episode 10).http://youtu.be/vn7yl1EnWI4
May the Best Man Win (Episode 11) http://y
Coloring Contest!Coloring Contest!5 months ago in Personal More Like This
to celebrate the debut of my first coloring book, "coloring with your octopus" published by baby tattoo books i am hosting a contest here on deviant art. the grand prize is a signed copy of my coloring book with an original hand colored image by me inside! the rules are simple: just download any of these hires images, (you can either print them out or color them digitally) when you are done, upload your work and be sure to add the tags, #briankesinger and #ottoandvictoria. please do not remove any of the text or copyright information from the page and most importantly have fun. to give people a fair chance, there will be three age group categories and a winner from each category age 3-12, age 13-17 and 18+
the deadline for entries is august 18th, i can't wait to see what you all come up with!
Some thoughts on commissions from a commissioner.I commission art a lot. I've commissioned from many different artists all over the world. And after several years here are a few on my own personal thoughts on commissionsSome thoughts on commissions from a commissioner.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. List you prices.
- Whether its flat rates or by the hour, artists that commissions should list their rates. Most the time the old saying "If you have to ask, it probably costs to much." really comes into play here. I'm so much more likely to commission someone where I can gauge my budget. I myself am a single income family of five. That means I have a budget. A budget means I shop around. So that means when I am comparing artists if I know what I can spend with one and not the other, I'm more likely to go with the one I know I can budget.
2. List your customers.
- It is so much easier for a person to know where they stand when you have them listed.
2½. Update your customers.
- Most artists have an idea how long something is going to take. Now it's understandable that the idea isn't always acc
We want music on Deviant Art !A lot of good website have sound, like myspace and others, and i think Deviant art is really the best for photographer... but we don't have music...We want music on Deviant Art !8 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Music is always good to understand a part of the artist spirit....
So, if you want music on Deviant art
just write : "I WANT MUSIC ON DA"
Odyssey Propulsion 7Odyssey Propulsion 72 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Odyssey Propulsion 7
He who birthed the strange tale into our world with a spurt of kaleidoscopic intergalactic vomit has now decided its end. CliveBarker has chosen his favorite Chapter Eight to bring the multi-imagined Hydra-headed beast of a story to the end. All that remains is Chapter Eight illustration submissions remaining open for the next two weeks. And with the perfect visual, Odyssey II: Propulsion will become another hallmark in deviantART history.
So many writers and artists from around the world contributed amazing gifts of their wildest imaginations, collaborating with each other and offering suggestions and encouragement to
New Contest! The Will to be Badass!Sup BADASS! :iconbadassplz:New Contest! The Will to be Badass!5 months ago in Personal More Like This
Even the most gifted badasses have to train. Whether it's mastering their techniques, achieving spiritual enlightenment or just plain old working out, badasses need to train!
This contest is open to original characters and fan works alike.
What we are looking for is...
1. The character or characters working to become or maintain their badass status.
2. This training can be all sorts of things. It can be pumping weights or exercising. It can be practicing with their powers or abilities. If you like it can be something more spiritual, like levitating rocks with their mind. Even meditation, done right, can be badass.
3. Sparring with an opponent can be accepted. However, you should be careful to make it different from an actual fight or combat.
4. While some forms of training can be conveyed in a static pose (like standing beneath a waterfall), most of the best in
Improvements!Is there anyone who knows of any good online art classes? Or something similar?Improvements!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
This is the kind of thing I want to learn:
I was actually thinking of doing University but I can't really spare the time these days, I just really want to expand! If anyone knows of anything that can help me learn this type of thing, that would help out so much, I don't know the first place to start so any help would be great.
Thanks in advance
Also, one of my closest friends has been doing some incredible work lately, check out his work:
Rick - The Walking Dead
Not forgottenNot forgotten2 weeks ago in Personal More Like This
I first met drefeyja about seven years ago on this site, so here is probably the best place to say this. We never had the chance to see each other in real life, but she was my friend as much as any of the ones i met in person.
I remember complaining that i couldn't afford a tablet, then i managed to get one sooner than i thought; she told me afterwards that she had already talked to a few other dA users about raising money to buy me one for Christmas. That's just one small example, but everyone who knew her can tell she was one of those rare people who are truly compassionate and sincere in both actions and words, not merely an idealist, but one who isn't afraid to roll up their sleeves and get involved. Her volunteering work is yet another proof of that.
As it often happens, we slowly drifted away over the years, but started to talk again a few months before she went away. I wish i could have made better use of the little time left, but i didn't really b
Decided to start an ARTBOOK on CROWDFUNDINGDecided to start an ARTBOOK on CROWDFUNDING2 years ago in Personal More Like This
KICKSTARTER, VERKAMI, INDIEGOGO....
This is an example of what I would like to do; Many of you have already read about it, and gave me your support. I'm telling it again.
I'M SERIOUSLY THINKING ON TO START A CROWDFUNDING
This is it. I want to start a crowdfunding project. I am looking for good printing and shipping prizes that offers me good quality. I'm waiting for an answer from a very cool guy I have meet who is going to help me.
I think that my crowdfunding project will be an artbook. But I don't want to stay just there. I mean, the most important thing is that I want to enjoy every page I fill. Every line I do and every color I choose.
If I don't feel I'm spending a good time doing this, I should not do it. And this kind of mentallity is what makes me want to do this. Spending a super good time, and have one of the better experiences in m
Collection: PugilistCollection: Pugilist2 weeks ago in Art Features More Like This
Capturing the essence or the "sweet science" of prize fighting is a near impossible task for most artists. There’s more than the necessary knowledge of the anatomy of an athlete’s body in motion. There’s the underlying unknown life narrative of each pugilist: Was it a special talent and toughness or poverty and desperation that led to being in a ring trying to beat another person into submission? A bad performance doesn’t just mean bad reviews or early retirement, but possible permanent physical disability. On many levels these are our greatest athletes.
Few artists have experienced boxing before trying to express its agony and its ec
Drumfish Productions Art Contest - 6 Days LeftCommissions | Drumfish Productions | My Blog| My TwitterDrumfish Productions Art Contest - 6 Days Left2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Knight Demo/Tutorial video!Posted this up on youtube , hope it helps!Knight Demo/Tutorial video!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
TO THE ASPIRING ARTISTS OUT THERE.....TO THE ASPIRING ARTISTS OUT THERE.....2 years ago in Personal More Like This
3 Essential web references to help in SculptrisI wanted to point out the following three links for fellow newbies (I am one) to Sculptris, they came in VERY handy for me already.3 Essential web references to help in Sculptris4 years ago in Personal More Like This
1) a free tool for use with Scuptris for creating AWESOME custom materials for use within Sculptris. The program is called "MaCrea"
2) a little essential trick (undocumented) in Sculptris to get multiple materials to work inside scuptris (very handy to understand):
note: see "reply 10" on the following page for the trick : )
3) another free program to use as an assistance tool in Sculptris and several other programs... this one is called "DAG Foreground Reference Utility"
see the video explanation (link) at the following page post, download link is there too:
Enjoy! : )
and this is how you make a brush XDokay, so next week i will have actual video tuts of my own with audio showing some brush tips, but till then...and this is how you make a brush XD2 years ago in Personal More Like This
MY WIFE HAS HAD TUTORIALS ON THAT FOR OVER A YEAR AGOOOOOO!!!!
but googling how to make brushes in photoshop is soo tiresome ...
so, here is where you find her video containing that stuff
and here is a folder full of here tuts on brushes and other stuff
look through all of it if you want to learn some neat stuff.
then after actually trying some of it out, you will understand better how i do my stuff.
and then next week you will hear my charming lovely voice ranting about photoshoppin XD
should be fun, and seriously, my voice is ooh so sexy XDXDXDXDXD... with a slight hard r russianish accent XD
you know hov ve keep varm in croatia.... ve play...hm... diablo XD
Importance of slowing downHey guys,Importance of slowing down1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Looking over a lot of student work I'm starting to see a pattern. Consistent panicked drawings
with careless mistakes due to intimidation by the clock. Remember that more marks don't
equate to better drawings. I'm apprenticing with Kevin Chen and there's something he said
that I think I should share with you. " If in 5 min all you get is a head, shoulder and ribcage, that's fine.
I'd rather your marks be correct than have you rush and draw all the way down to the foot and have proportion, form
and shapes off."
I was fortunate enough to take a class with Mark Westermoe back when Associates was open. If you
watched him draw you would think he was the slowest artist ever. But he always got more "actual" drawings
done than any of us in the time allotted because all the marks he made meant more than any of ours. We
just had a lot of lines. His 5-10 min drawings were well.... pretty much finished.
So remember, take your time, have a c