it takes 'balls' to make art.this is something I just wanna share with my watchers and followers, it's about the morale of artists - any artist, whether they draw, write, act - anything. creative people in general.it takes 'balls' to make art.6 months ago in Personal More Like This
it seems a lot of people out there don't think it takes some kind of courage to post your work online for the world to see, but I reckon it does - because I see a lot of artists, especially young or beginner artists just starting out becoming demoralized quickly by the kind of comments they get about their art or their stories. for some, it *seems* all they get is a constant stream of criticism, well-meaning or not - "your anatomy needs work" or "_____ part bothers me but the rest is ok" kinda thing~ things that read like negative throwaway comments much of the time. I've been an artist nearly ten years so I've developed a thick skin, but it's easy to ruin the confidence of a learner with a stream of nitpicks. so if any of us are commenting on others' works, it's best to say something positive about the
Ways you Can Become a Better Artist.I've compiled some tips on how to become a better artist uwuWays you Can Become a Better Artist.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
A lot of stuff has happened, sometimes I'm amazed that I learned so much in just a few months. I'm gonna take a hiatus (hiatus means short break from something) to focus on getting better.
I'm gonna leave some stuff here, to help you guys, as my last advice before I go onto my hiatus. If you guys have anything to add, feel free to comment.
Everyone should be an artist in some way, not enough people are.
Art, it is design, writing, illustration, sculpting, creating, painting, music, composing. The execution, is not important. It's your mind.
You cannot be great while having no imagination. Einstein was an artist.
First, here are some people who say stuff much better than I can:
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that vice will be silenced."
-Vincent Van Gogh
Copying is NOT stealing......as long as you are fair and credit the original artist!!Copying is NOT stealing...5 months ago in Personal More Like This
Every artist once was a beginner, never forget it!
And most artists started with copying: from their favorite Mangakas or artists.
I think copying is one of the best ways to learn and to get a feeling for a certain style, because you observe and you reproduce it.
I recently saw someone who copies drawings from other dA artists. Copying itself not stealing. It's not the same like downloading and re-submitting under their names. No, it's drawn by them.
But when I told that person to credit the original artist, he or she just hid my comment.
That's coward, really. There's nothing wrong about copying, but it's wrong to deny it and to claim it as your own work. Then it's plagiarism and that's stealing! And even worse: making profit with it!
I think if you want to learn by copying, do it in your sketchbooks privately. But if you want to upload it, ask the original artists before if possible and credit them and link to the orig
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 Monster10 months 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
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 Hard3 months ago in Art Features More Like This
When you're not improving
Are you down/depressed?I've noticed a lot of people feeling really down lately.. or in the past year really. I keep hearing it more and more and it made me wonder. Why are so many of my contacts/friends down/depressed?Are you down/depressed?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Is it because they are artists? Is it my generation in general (people between 20 and 30).
Can't say I havent felt down as well at times. But there is always a thing that somewhat cheers me up.
Know that whoever you are, what ever you do, it's only you and your life, your wishes your things. And we are such tiny organisms on such a tiny planet which is simply a tiny dot in this massive space we call the universe. We are only here for a slight fraction of time, why waste it on things that do not make us feel good?
Why do we give ourselves the time to feel down or bad? Is it because we accept our situation. We don't have it that bad at all! We have all sorts of things that other generations didn't have, so many opportunities! Don't feel down because: you can't you don't or you won't do or
Ten Years of DrawingOkay. I said in the previous journal that I wouldn't talk about my life and doing these looong, boring, boring recaps of the past year.Ten Years of Drawing1 year ago in Personal More Like This
But I'm actually going to do it about the ten previous years.
That's right, you're in for some long speech.
because I've been drawing seriously for ten years !
And when I started, this looked impossible, ten years, so very, very long. But I'm here now, and I thought that maybe there ARE people starting who'd be interested.
So yeah. I'm doing this, instead of stating my personnal achievements or stuff. (maybe another day)
Ten Years Ago
I was nine. Yes really. Look at my profile page, I'm 19. I decided at 9 that I would be a professional artist.
The worst of all is, I wasn't even THAT interested in drawing at first. I was a lonely child who enjoyed nothing more than reading, and I had some difficulties connecting with my classmates. (well, at nine, I was entering middle school, and my classmates were something like eleven or twelv
omgI was trying out Krita (a free drawing software) brushes, and had the biggest surprise to see this:omg10 months ago in Personal More Like This
At first I was like "woah, this looks so much like my brush texture (that I really like and often use), this brush will be very useful!....w w-wait a minute."
These are the brushes I made available in a free psd brush pack a long time ago:
The "sponge-brush" in Krita is the EXACT same texture I made, but mirrored xD
It's a texture from a pattern I also made and mixed with other brushes from this pack. Here is the pattern for anyone who would be interested:
I do not blame them for this, I just found this funny and a bit flattering. My textures were made free to use, and Krita is also a free software, so I honestly do not mind at all :b
I was not expecting my brush pack to have been so much popular and used, I looked it up and my pack is now available on many sit
Why equipment doesn't matter all that muchOh god, I wanted that Wacom Intuos tablet so badly.Why equipment doesn't matter all that much10 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
I was 16 years old at that time. I had already seen so much amazing art on the internet for the last few years. Digital art, to be precise. And I wanted to be able to do that as well. I had a computer, I had installed Photoshop. The only thing that I didn't have was money. I was completely broke. Note: it's 2004 we're talking about, here. 10 years ago (yeah, I'm old) when computers still costed a fortune and one almost had to take an extra mortgage in order to be able to pay a tablet. Back then, the average Intuos tablet costed as much as the average computer; a whole damn lot of money.
I had already been drawing for years, back then.
I occasionally scanned my drawings. But as my scanner was utter crap (all scanners where, back then), my preferred medium was pencil (that never does well with scanners) and I wasn't that good with adjusting colors in Photoshop... most of my drawings ended in utter digital disappointment.
Europa Universalis 3Europa Universalis 31 year ago in Personal More Like This
Europa Universalis 3 is a vast strategy and empire-buidling game on PC and MAC. It starts in our world in 1400, at the beginning of the renaissance era, age of exploration and enlightenment. You take control of a country in the world, manage its economy, wars and diplomacy and try to have it prosper and stand the test of time.
It's one of the best strategy game I ever played
However it's also one of the most difficult and intimidating game to get into I have ever seen The tutorial isn't very helpful and unless you watch some step by step videos on youtube or get some help, the game will remain very obscure for most newcomers. Myself I had to have a friend play live before me, and explaining everything to me before I could even pretend to start a game on my own! The whole serie has been kind of a niche title for years because of that, although it clearly does a lot of efforts to become more accessible like for instance with Europa Universalis 4 ( that I didn'
Be yourself. Because you're awesome!Consider this as a follow up of my last journal about getting pageviews.Be yourself. Because you're awesome!8 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
While the majority of the people reacted very positively towards the tips & tricks I shared, there were also some very hostile reactions that ideas like that would encourage you to be something you're not.
I'd like to elaborate on that.
First of all, these tips are basically science.
I didn't just randomly think them up. Most of the points are things that have been proven through marketing- and usability research. This whole marketing thing, however, is a field many artists are for some reason unfamiliar with, so people don't take it into account when wondering why they don't get the exposure they think they deserve. They often undeserving think it's their art that sucks, and that's a shame.
The reason I post this stuff, is mainly because I want people to know.
What you do with it, is
So tired of not achieving what you want?So tired of not achieving what you want?So tired of not achieving what you want?9 months ago in Personal More Like This
Everyone has something they really want dearly, a career, to have a certain loved one, to be able to make certain things...
The most common one among us artist are:
- I want to be able to draw better
- I want to be able to draw like "this"person.
- I want to earn money with my drawing.
- I want to be able to draw what I imagine in my head.
- I want more people to appreciate my art.
- I want more feedback from artists I admire.
- I want more..
- I want better....
All this wanting.. dreaming of... hoping for.
How about doing it!! With these sort of "wants", it's a matter of DOING IT!
How? You ask?
There are many ways, but the usual and only answers to those desires are:
- Spend the most time you have on drawing/painting.
- Go and ask people for help, it is okay to do so!
- Look at that amazing artwork and try and figure out how this person made it, perhaps he/she will tell you? Perhaps this person has made a video or tutoria
'My art sucks'So I wrote this in a notepad as a sort of vent-rant, so figured I'd upload it here cuz why not :v'My art sucks'3 months ago in Personal More Like This
I'm not really here to argue if people leave comments agreeing or disagreeing
I'm just letting out an opinion and believed it would actually help a few people
The one thing I hate to hear people say is
'I can't draw'
or 'I'm not that good'
'my art sucks'
'I don't draw correctly'
Well then fuck, why did you make a deviantart in the first place
if you honestly believe you can't draw, then leave.
This is an /art/ website after all.
Then of course there are two kinds of people.
1. Alright, you're right; I'll leave.
2. You take great offense.
And it's to the people that take offense, in relation to themselves as artist, that I believe should stay. If you are wounded because you've finally been slapped with the painful reality of 'if you suck, then stop doing it', then you have more a reason to stay, in my opinion. You are 1 ou
Should Christians be tolerant?Should Christians be tolerant?Should Christians be tolerant?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Today tolerance is being redefined to mean that all views are equally valid and all lifestyles equally appropriate. As such, the notion that Jesus is the only way is vilified as the epitome of intolerance. Rather than capitulating to culture, Christians must be equipped to expose the flaws of today's tolerance, while simultaneously exemplifying true tolerance.
First, to say all views are equally valid sounds tolerant but in reality is a contradiction in terms. If indeed all views are equally valid then the Christian view must be valid. The Christian view, however, holds that not all views are equally valid. Thus, the redefinition of tolerance in our culture is a self-refuting proposition. Moreover, we do not tolerate people with whom we agree; we tolerate people with whom we disagree. If all views were equally valid, there would be no need for tolerance.
Furthermore, today's redefinition of tolerance leaves no room for objective moral judgments. A modern
//speaking my mind//Whenever you feel sad or depressed, just know that it's for a reason... Not a bad reason, but a good and happy reason... Even though you may not see it yet, something good will come out of it.. You just have to wait...//speaking my mind//10 months ago in Personal More Like This
No, don't die.
No, don't kill yourself..
You are meant to be here for a reason.. You are special in your own way, don't listen to what anyone else says.. Just walk right through them and say "No, I won't listen to the bad things you have to say!"
Don't let the things other people say bring you down... Just ignore them, don't think about it.. Don't say that no one cares... Because there are millions of people that actually DO care about you, even if you think they don't..
Don't give up.
Don't die because of some stupid people that tease and bully you...
Take a stand..
Don't let them push you down..
Get back up and just try..
If you just try, something good could come out of it..
All these bad things happen f
Why I still draw mangaYou know what's the funny thing about getting older and (apparently) more serious with art? People ask you why you don't 'move on' with it.Why I still draw manga3 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Over the last few years, as my interest in art in general grew and I attended more traditional art workshops, the question that was most asked to me was:
"Why don't you move on from that manga style of yours?"
Implying that manga was a childish thing to draw, and that when I wanted to go anywhere more serious with my art, I would better move on to a more mature and realistic style.
Now, as some as you know I have close to no intention to go professional. It would take the fun out of drawing, in my opinion. But it honestly bothers me people see manga in such a negative light nowadays, especially considering we live in an era in which manga artists like yuumei, sakimichan or GENZOMAN (and many others) have build solid careers on their manga drawing skills,
Tip of the Day: Thoughts of dreams and problemsTip of the day: What do you fill your mind with? Dreams or problems? Time to focus on our dreams! We must always be aware of the problems in our lives but if we are not finding time to focus on our dreams and goals then we will never achieve them.Tip of the Day: Thoughts of dreams and problems2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Tip of the Day: Believing is not DoingTip of the Day: A lot of times people might ask for advice and when they are told the answer, their reaction is "Oh I know that already." Believing in something isn't the same as acting upon what you believe in. Successful people DO the things they know they should do whether they like it or not.Tip of the Day: Believing is not Doing2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Exposure, Getting Better, & Having the ChopsEXPOSURE & GETTING BETTER AT WHAT YOU DOExposure, Getting Better, & Having the Chops3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm only going off of my own personal experiences talking about these few things. (And I'm not specifically talking about ONLY dA here.) So take it with as many grains of salt as you can.
I've recently been asked questions like "How do I get people to see my work?", "Why am I not receiving commission inquiries?", "Why isn't anyone following my work?", "What can I do to get better?". Often, and I answered it before, the answer is as simple as this:
Create, as in, DRAW. PAINT. RENDER. SCULPT. You have to do develop a tolerance (or the obvious definition: LOVE) for creating if you want exposure and to get better. You have to LOVE the drawing or illustration that you HATE how it came out in the end. You have to ask yourself after every piece, what could I have done to do that differently. And you have to do this frequently.
Some folks come on the scene, post once or twice a week, and expect an audience to flock yo
Robin Williams, Depression, and a Thank YouI honestly didn’t mean to come back so suddenly, but the news from earlier today just hit home very hard and I felt the need to say something to y’all.Robin Williams, Depression, and a Thank You4 months ago in Personal More Like This
Robin Williams Passes Away
Robin Williams passes away today at the relatively young age of 63. The earliest reports so far seem to confirm that it was a suicide by asphyxiation. He had been battling severe depression for quite some time now, and it seems that it ultimately did him in. Robin Williams was one of the first actors who’s career I began to follow as a kid, owing largely to his involvement in Disney’s Aladdin as the Genie.
I remember a story Stephen Spielberg told about when he was filming Schindler’s List. While over in Germany, Robin Williams would call Stephen up every night to tell him a joke because the story of Schindler’s List was so depressing and difficult to film Stephen needed the pick-me-ups.
It’s incredibly sad that Robin ultimately took his own life lik
Tip of the Day: TryingSuccess comes from experience and experience comes from trying. You are on the right track as long as you keep trying.Tip of the Day: Trying3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Every failed attempt comes with knowledge and experience. Keep trying! You'll get it sooner or later
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Tip of the Day: DreamsWe all know people that are very grounded. They have a very realistic view of what is possible... and they are generally right.Tip of the Day: Dreams3 years ago in Personal More Like This
But it's the dreamers that change the world!
Keep dreaming big.
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Tip of the Day: Creative vs Competitive thinkersTip of the day: The creative thinker has more potential than competitive thinker. For every competitive thinking winner, there are many competitive losers. With creative thinkers there is room for many winners. Competitive thinking encourages secrets. Creative thinking encourages sharing.Tip of the Day: Creative vs Competitive thinkers3 years ago in Personal More Like This
So don't aim to be competitive unless it's with yourself. Instead aim to be creative!
Sending positive vibes to everyone!
Beginning of an art journeyA couple of days a friend posted this on a note, he was really worried about an art thief, he also mentioned my style was copied, first i was surprised ive even had a style. So decided to look at this person gallery. Images are almost like a twin brother. But luckily im the evil twin brother.Beginning of an art journey2 years ago in Personal More Like This
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Eight legged freak by solidscorpion69:thumb169853281:
Careful What You Wish For by solidscorpion69Eight reasons to not die by elsevilla
So i replied to him that i didnt consider this a robbery. He say why?
Its because we all started in art from there, when i was a kid of 14 years old, i used to love dragon ball character, and i used to copy goku pose and change some parts, and call it my OWN. We all start copying what we like about something. It can be a hair cut, i can be clothing, it can be the same mecha toy other kids have.
Copying its always a cool way to