Simple drawing tips.I have been asked a lot of times If I could make a drawing tutorial, and to be honest I do not really feel I am at that level yet, and there is allready so many out there.
But some simple pointers I can certainly do.
So here we go, 10 simple and effective tips, general and spesific.
1. Draw a LOT: Sure, techniques help, tutorials are awesome and books is teh shit, but in the end there are no shortcuts, if you do not draw a lot you have nobody but yourself to blame if you feel you are progressing slowly.
Bring your scetchbook ( get one! ) with you wherever you go, draw anything and everything, and doodle if you are on the phone, just basicly draw a lot and build up that mental library, it will only do you good.
2. Shade with the form: For instance an upper/lower arm is cylindrical, if you shade right across it tends to make it look flat even after blending ontop, if you curve your shading along it creates a greater illusion
Simple drawing tips #4 - Portraits.Going on the 4th round now with drawing tips, this time Im going to focus on portrait drawing, it is spesific enough to just involve one topic, but general enough so that its not down to those small details you rarely use.Simple drawing tips #4 - Portraits.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
** Again, this is my take on the subject based on my own experience ( however lacking it is ), so keep that in mind before reading**
1. The head is spherical This does not mean the same as it is a sphere, the head is not perfectly round, it is rounded, huge difference.
But as well as the head is spherical being able to draw a simple and correct sphere is of tremendous value before tackling portrait drawing, and often something many does not think about.
When drawing spheres you have to be able to indicate how the lights hits it and also how the shadows plays its part, you have to show that the object is grounded through an accent ( where the sphere touches the ground it is resting on ), you show dimensions through a turning plane ( the thin slightly darker
10 Simple Drawing tips #6 - To see.[ PS: Dont forget the Make it cold (http://trichardsen.deviantart.com/#/d5ia0qe) Contest where you can win 3 month premium and 1000 points ]10 Simple Drawing tips #6 - To see.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
It has been a while since I have delved into drawing myself, a lot has to do with getting a new camera so ofc the enthusiasm has been very high for taking pictures lately, but that certainly does not mean I have forgotten about drawing, so In honor of the mix and match between photography and drawing I though I would cover a topic that should resonate with both.
*Again I must add that I am in no way a professional artist and you should take the below mentioned tips as such*
1. The art of seeing When you are working with the visual medium, be it drawing/painting to 3d and photography you will even when you are freshly starting out quickly start to see things different, and If you just take a small stop now and then you will also realise that you infact are starting to see things differently, and that is the most powerful tool at yo
10 tips about drawing #3 - ShadingThird round of 10 simple and effective tips about drawing, this time a bit more spesific, time to delve into shading, the one area I feel I have progressed the most.10 tips about drawing #3 - Shading3 years ago in Personal More Like This
**This is my own personal take and oppinion about shading, take it with a grain of salt **
1. Shade and blend An extremely common way to shade, but not only overused but more often than not used incorrectly.
You lay down a value pref. with an HB or softer pencil and blend it into the paper from the dark to the light, but the thing here to remember is to not go too hard in blending at first, if you do it is very tricky to manipulate the values after.
Think of the tooth of the paper like grass, don´t just stomp them down on the first go, gently grace the paper with a blending stump/tissue/q-tip etc and once you start to approach the desired value you can go a little harder.
2. Directional blending Much as 1. but directional blending means you always blend following the curve of what you are drawi
Art History Project- September is Literature! 30/08/12: Almost ready to launch! Alongside this month, inknalcohol is conducting a series of cheeky lit interviews for Art History, so keep an eye out for what he uncovers!Art History Project- September is Literature!3 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
There are still lots of slots for people to submit articles too! Don't forget, we can have more than one article on the same day! Please get those proposals in! Who is your favourite author? What Book/Poem has had the most influence on you? Bring it on!
24/08/12: Hey guys, we're still looking to fill this up nice and meaty! Don't forget, the articles don't have to be as in depth as some of you are thinking and can be about specific authors, styles or even something different such as interviews or chat event (get your lit group involved!).
If you're not sure about your idea, please still send it in, we have a wonderful crack commando unit who are helping for crimes they didn't commit in the backroom. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, you can use this team!
Also, those who
Art History: Week 1 RoundupSo Literature Art History has kicked off, and kicked off in pretty good style! We’ve had our first week of articles, which have been both educational and thought provoking! If you haven’t seen these articles yet, please do check them out, and most importantly favourite and comment on them to show your support!Art History: Week 1 Roundup3 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Last Sunday, we also had a Literature Pub Quiz. This was won by Vocable, with TheSkaBoss taking second place! Just for fun, below are the 30 questions asked. We’ll post the answers in next week’s roundup, but feel free to have a go!
One of the biggest sellers this year has been the “erotic novel" 50 shades of grey, but what does the “EL” Is author E L James stand for?
Who wrote the short story “The Happy Prince” in 1888?
Skynamic Studios is hiring!Skynamic Studios is hiring!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
ATTENTION Double Rainboom & True Tail Fans!
We have some awesome news! SKYNAMIC STUDIOS, the creative team behind True Tail (led by the creator of Double Rainboom), is looking to bring on a few Environmental Artists, Orchestral Composers, Web/Graphic Designers, and SPFX Artists/Animators. If you would like to join our team, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also learn more about True Tail here: http://www.true-tail.com
Our entire crew of 70+ artists is very professional and super talented, but it's important to know that since we're working on a pilot, no one is getting paid. Our goal is to create the best looking pilot we can manage on a zero budget, and then through showing it to the right people, obtain financial backing to create our first season.
Thus this is currently a passion project - but don't worry, from the reactions of those in the an
Notifications for CommissionsA new set of notifications have been added to the Message Center to bring more exposure to artists offering Commissions!Notifications for Commissions2 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Whenever an artist lists a Commission through the Commissions Widget, a notification message will be sent to that artist's watchers, informing them that a new Commission is available. These messages, grouped into a new Activity section of the Message Center, can be enabled or disabled from the deviantWATCH modal on a deviant's Profile and the Manage Friends page.
Coffee to the COREFor those who are upset about CORE, you're right. We should have made a more formal announcement when we released to express the new CORE brand and what it means to us and you, and if nothing else in the interest of transparency. More information about CORE to follow this week. But even more importantly, you will see the release of many new Timeline elements that will give you much greater transparency into DeviantArt's direction as a whole.Coffee to the CORE3 months ago in Personal More Like This
Let's talk about coffee for a minute. Cuz it's Saturday, and I woke up and thought about coffee a lot this morning.
I bought a Nespresso machine a few months back. Boy do I like it. I also like my french press. The thing is, Nespresso capsules cost $1.10 and make 1 cup, and I tend to drink two cups in the morning. When I wake up, and on the drive to DA HQ. I've had this theory that I should drink Nespresso on mornings that I work, and I should use the french press in the evenings and on weekends when I have more time. Because the nespresso sa
Banjo-Kazooie Fan ArtBanjo-Kazooie was one of my favorite games growing up. While I did find it quite difficult at times, I enjoyed the immense variety it offered -- puzzle games, various worlds, interesting characters -- ingredients for a well-rounded video game. When I stumbled upon this piece by t-bone-0 the other day, all of those warm memories came flooding back. It made me wonder, "What other Banjo-Kazooie fan art can I find?" And with the help of More Like This, I was able to relive those memories all over again.Banjo-Kazooie Fan Art3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
A Personal CauseSince it's inception in 2002, I have participated in the Weekend to End Women's Cancers. This event involves a 60km trek and a personal fundraising minimum of $2,000. Over the last 10 years I have been involved, I have raised over 50,000 and it's never been easy. The last couple of years have been particularly difficult because, let's be honest, there are a bunch of causes to support and only so much money to go around. I completely appreciate that there are numerous causes banging on your door, however, I will plead my case! Over the years there are certainly numerous causes that have come to my attention and, like you, I have a limited budget. My cause is pretty simple - it's Cancer. In my lifetime I have lost family members and it's tried to take my mother, twice.A Personal Cause2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I witnessed my grandmother's fight first hand and I can't express the helplessness one feels when y
SalvationOne prayer can change your life...Salvation3 years ago in Personal More Like This
PRAY THIS NOW
If you want to be born again, you must ask Jesus to come into your heart and life. You must say a prayer like this and mean it from the bottom of your heart:
"Lord Jesus, I come to You as a sinner, lost and condemned to Hell.
I repent of my sins and ask for your forgiveness.
I believe with all my heart that You died on the cross and rose up again for my sins.
I open my heart to You and receive You as my Lord and personal Saviour.
Please take control of my life and make me what You want me to be.
From today, I am Yours and You are mine.
Thank You, Father for this wonderful gift of salvation,
Visit This Man of God's site and he will guide you and teach you how to live for GOD
please readquoting this from tumblr...AGAINplease read3 years ago in Personal More Like This
"I've mentioned this before, however, that was a long time ago when I had less of a following and perhaps less of an impact.
When you tell a fellow artist "Oh I wish I was as good as you!" or say things like "You're so talented I'm just going to stop making art/killmyself/cry", you don't flatter them. At best, you're merely raising them up by putting yourself down and they don't want that. At worst, you are making them very uncomfortable or actively distressing them. Even if you think you're joking, remember that this person probably hears this very frequently. It's a sore point. They may have some kind of emotional response to it beyond irritation.
So, let's go over the basics:
Wow, you've got a lot of skill!
You inspire me to work harder to become as good as you are.
Oh, you're so talented, I wish I was as talented as you!
You're so talented, I give up.
Remember that your words have an effect.
Yes, thank you! W
Advice for ArtistsNot too often, but at least once a month, I spend some time in the forums. I noticed that a popular topic was 'how to become popular on dA' (no pun intended). Here are some suggestions from my end of the spectrum. More on how to become a better artist in general and promote your art more efficiently (but I guess those are the key steps in becoming popular on dA, heh).Advice for Artists2 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. Post your art in as many places as you can
After posting a deviation, dA makes it easy to post it to other sites. Make an account on pinterest, tumblr, etc. Don't worry if you can't tend to it much, the point is you want your art in as many places as possible. This heightens the chance of people seeing your art, some of these users might even be on dA, as well.
Other suggestions are instagram, artician.
2. Focus on what you're good at
While it's fun to dabble in different mediums, the more mediums you work with, the less time you are spending "mastering" any one of them. I'd say 2
Getting the Most out of dA: CommentingUsually, when you read something involving 'Commenting', you think of deviations and the commenting platform that allows other members of the community to voice their thoughts and opinions on the art shown. However, what is pretty evident, and something that most of us may forget, is that deviantART runs on the ability to give and get comments, be it on pieces of artwork, our profile pages, forums, and everywhere else in between.Getting the Most out of dA: Commenting3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
In a sense, without the ability to give and get comments, deviantART wouldn't be much of a website, much less #1 of online art communities around. Comments are not solely the cause of what makes deviantART what it is, but it has a huge impact on a lot of things. By giving and getting comments, not only do we interact with other members to really make this a community, we also have the ability to get our voices heard.
It's quite an odd concept with us all facing screens, typing out our thoughts and opinions, but one thing we shouldn't forget is that commen
Handling and preventing chargebacks (for artists)Some more informational materials I've written:Handling and preventing chargebacks (for artists)1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
PSA about taxes
Solution to commission chargebacks
Tracing on DA
Get stolen art removed
Note: This post is primarily for US-based artists.
With all of the scamming that's going on recently, it's becoming more and more important to vet your buyer to ensure they are who they say they are on their PayPal account. It's no mystery that PayPal doesn't care about their sellers, and even less about sellers who sell digital content. An unauthorized transaction dispute can
So you want to be an artist?One of the most encouraging things for me, being a part of DA, has been the ability to see the improvement and progress in other artists. And most of all, realizing that great artists all started out like you and me! At the same lowly beginner status. Is that not encouraging?!So you want to be an artist?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
But maybe you haven't realized this yet? XD I am amazed at the amount of discouraged deviant comments I read on DA. Especially under the work of great artists. "I will never draw that good." "I might as well quit.""My work sucks compared to this." And the most common: "I wish I could draw like this!"
Well, the good news is... you can! Yes, YOU! But, here is the catch... It is going to take a lot of work, and a lot of dedication. Studying, drawing... and yes, failing too. You will put years of daily work under your belt. So how serious are you? Well, this is the history of your favorite artists!
"Practice is the key to becoming an artist--all good artists come from cruddy ones who refused to give up!" -
You Don't Deserve a DDYou might deserve a Nobel Prize (pluripotent stem cells omg).You Don't Deserve a DD3 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
You might deserve an Olympic gold medal.
But you're never, ever going to deserve a Daily Deviation.
neuropls what is this.
Dudes, a DD is a feature, not an award. There's no objective standard that goes 'here you deserve a big prize now.' Hell, it's not even about the artist being a talented young newbie or a curmudgeonly old fart.
It's about the art.
It's about bringing underexposed art to the forefront for a whole day—yeah, as far as features go this one is probably a bigger deal than being in a journal only twenty people click on, but at the end of the day it's still a feature. Nothing wrong with getting excited over it (or peeing yourself or wondering whom you managed to piss off), but it's not exactly resume material.
So now that we've gotten that out of the way…. There's the occasiona
dA Suggestion: Commission ProcessMore sales, more security, more money per sale, more happinessdA Suggestion: Commission Process2 years ago in Written Suggestions More Like This
I'll briefly describe the current Commissioning process before I explain the improvements I'd like to propose. Then I'll include a simple mock-up that shows some of the changes. I'll end with a list of advantages I had in mind for these changes.
(I mainly wanted to bring up these ideas for discussion, more than say "the current process is wrong and this is right". A process like that of Commissions is rather sensitive as money is involved, and there's likely to be downsides I had not considered.)
The current process
The potential Buyer searches commissions or finds the widget on the page of their favourite artistThe Buyer requests a commissionBuyer and Artist discuss details further if necessaryThe Artist accepts the commission and is automatically paid (cash/points can be withdrawn
DeviantArt and Angry MobsDue to the nature of DeviantArt it is quite easy to perceive that there's "a lot of people" who are upset with any given thing, enough so that you could even believe that "everyone" believes the same thing.DeviantArt and Angry Mobs3 months ago in Personal More Like This
I felt that perhaps the community would like me to explain how DeviantArt views these types of things.
First of all, DeviantArt, Inc. is extremely deliberate. We don't do anything accidentally. Everything that hits the community is the result of a team collaboration that usually take weeks or months to complete. And so when we make mistakes they are felt by a group here or by our whole team.
Things you should know:
First of all you must believe that our team is 100% motivated to ensure that DA is healthy, and that decisions we make turn out to be better than how things were before. Each decision is likely to affect different pockets of people, and so you will always see the group that's unhappy pool together. The happy group is happy, so they don't tend to band toget
How to be successful with commissions?How to be successful with commissions?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
This is a guide for people who start with commissions, the compiled points serve as advice on how to proceed. Sometimes I was asked for tips and decided to write this. After being on deviantart and other places and making commissions for few years I have gathered quite a bit of experience.
I hope you will find this helpful and enjoyable.
To sell anything (pictures, writing, crafts...etc) you need first to be discovered and seen by potential customers. Here is how you can make that happen!
Step 1: The start - make people see you!
ProjectComment: A Guide To CommentingHow To Comment: Quick and Easy Guide to CommentingProjectComment: A Guide To Commenting6 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
A lot of people put hard work into deviations only to receive "Cool!" or "Neat. That's awesome." (Or the occasional "Gross...")
While all of those are nice and sweet, and it IS appreciated, it only takes one moment of your time to say something a little more, to give insight into WHY you liked it, WHY you thought it was cool, or WHY you thought it was gross. Even the negative aspects of a deviation are nice to know so you have that reference the next time you work on a piece.
You don't have to tear the deviation apart, you don't need to critique it, but by stating why you like the piece you let another person know how much you appreciate their effort. It is unfortunate when people give up when they have truly amazing potential because they feel their efforts are in vain. As a whole, it's not your problem OR fault if they choose this route, but often times, one comment can change their entire perspective!
Too often do there are d
Tips on How To Get CommissionsWhen offering commissions, it can be very hard to get yourself noticed, what with the hundreds of thousands of other artists out there. People gripe about how pageviews aren’t important, but they are a helpful tool for you to see what kind of traffic flow you’re attracting. The more views you get, the more of a chance there is that one of those viewers is interested in commissioning you.Tips on How To Get Commissions4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Gigonomics is a term I heard about a few months ago at an FLBA conference. After Googling it, many people seem to be using it in a slightly different way, but I was particularly intrigued by the way it was used by the keynote speaker, who was also a comedian. I can’t remember his name, but I probably will after I post this…
Basically he said that he takes any gig he can get, because you never know who could be in the audience. That was how he was asked to come to our conference. I realized that this can apply here on DeviantArt as well.
The way to get yourself noticed is to do a