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: 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?
Art History Project- September is Literature! 30/08/12: Almost ready to launch! Alongside this month, GrimFace242 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
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 Art2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Skynamic Studios is hiring!Skynamic Studios is hiring!1 year 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 email@example.com. 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.
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
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: Commenting2 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
Commission Information (09/05/14)Commissions are currently closed.Commission Information (09/05/14)4 years ago in Personal More Like This
With the success of my free group-avatars pack, I am now limiting my commissions to Group Avatars. Can't afford one? No worries, I also offer free group avatars!
Free Group Avatars:
Commissioned Group Avatars:
Daflamez by TehAngelsCry Commission: Faery Story Manips by TehAngelsCry
More Examples Here
Text on a background which you supply: 20 points
Animated text on a background which you supply: 40
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
Touhou games and other downloads links!Good day, people.Touhou games and other downloads links!4 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm the leader, Silss. TouhounoSekai.org is BACK ON TRACK thanks to K9999! This journal gathers links related to the Touhou Project games. Where to download AND buy the games. Plus now it's more readable ;P
Mac Ports are currently unavailable.
Where to buy Touhou Games/Doujin Games/Music CD's.
☯These games come in parts! How do I play?
First, you need WinRAR. Download all the parts and when you're done, open any of them and the program will do the rest; then, unzip it.
☯My game tells me a .dll is missing and won't open!
From MoF to following games, when you try to open the .exe, it may say a .dll is needed. Download the one you need from
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?2 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!" -
Why Comment in the First Place?Many people ask themselves (sometimes on a daily basis) why they should comment on a piece of work. Whether it's just a deviation that pops up into our message centres or a deviation on deviantART's home page, what makes us decide whether we should, or even want to, comment on that piece?Why Comment in the First Place?5 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Why do we bother? Or more importantly, why dont we bother?
This guide explores the thoughts that we may have, the excuses we make, and, hopefully, a few thoughts to encourage you to comment, not just with a few words and that's it, but to really give a fellow artist a constructive comment that they deserve... that we deserve.
What is mentioned below is by no means accurate or complete and it does not apply to everyone. It was written by ProjectComment as a Group, by deviants, for deviants and we sincerely hope you enjoy reading this.
A massive thank you to annajordanart, catadescour, katdesignstudio, Jenniej92 and xblackxbloodxcellx who all contributed in the maki
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
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
Just Tell the Fucking StoryOkay, so I saw this journal that contained a number of tips, including a detailed section on 'show don't tell,' and I had an epiphany. There was an 'Oh' and everything so you know it's legit.Just Tell the Fucking Story3 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
For a while now I have wondered why amateur writers write the most mind-numbingly long descriptions that I could not care about even a little (yes, my attention span is short, why'd you think I put in so many GIFs? but anyway, I'm a bit atypical there). I mean, I don't want the 'flames of burning searing pain of the aching broken heart' all up in my grill. I'd genuinely prefer a 'he hated her after the break up.' That's all I need to know about that? Good. Move on.
And that's the 'oh' moment: when people tell you to show not tell, they always fail to mention 'pacing.'
Look, there are times when it's best to convey a mood. His trembling fingers reach for the full glass, her voice an angry buzz in the back of his mind--I'd consider that a reasonable establishing shot. But if you're halfway t
Get your Art some Attention on deviantARTFive basic tips to get your Art some Attention, Appreciation & Audience on deviantARTGet your Art some Attention on deviantART4 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Here's some tips that may not get you a consistent spot on the front page right away, but that will definitely help getting some watchers and friends, whether you already have some, or not.
First, let me make clear that this is only about 'good' attention – if you just want, say, a certain pageview count, there are probably better ways. This article is for those who would like some people to take them serious as an artist and to actively watch them.
Also note that you needn't follow all of the tips below, but it's recommendable to follow at least 3 of them. Just one or two will not usually get you very far.
So here we go! :iconeagerpee:
Submit art regularly.
Try to find a balance between quality and quantity. Personally I think it's best to submit one or a couple of dev
Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 1So this has been on my mind a bit lately and I was just struck with the sudden urge to write about it. It's a bit long so I've broken it in to three parts, but if you're a beginning artist I would recommend reading through it, it might just get you aimed in the right direction.Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 12 years ago in Personal More Like This
This started a couple days ago when I was trolling facebook and someone had posted some artwork, and one of the comments was something along the lines of "Nice! What tutorial did you use for this?" which prompted an immediate and violent facedesk on my part. I hear things like this all the time and would like to help dispel some myths about learning art; so after 9 years of drawing and 3 years of hardcore education and study, here's what I've learned about how to get better at art:
WISDOM NUMBER ONE! Getting better demands consistent, hard work. That's it. That's the magical secret that great artists never seem to get to in their tutorials; it's that one pivotal thing that makes the difference between
Simple drawing tips #5.Time for another round of drawing tips, this time its all about fun.Simple drawing tips #5.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. Draw and repeat This is a really good exercise, you basicly draw anything, scetch, rendered drawing, does not matter what.
Then you repeat the drawing from your memory, this is an extremely good way to build up the mental library really fast.
It might be quite hard at first, but after a few drawing you start to recollect more and more details and things becomes a lot easier, it is also really helpful if you for instance need to draw the same character in different poses.
2. Paint with graphite powder If you save your leftovers from sharpenig, and especially if you use lead and lead holders to draw, or you can just run a pencil over some sandpaper and then just pick up a brush, dip it into the powder and start painting.
You can create some really interesting textures this way, you can basicly use anything you want that will hold the powder.
3. Rip off graphite with tape If you cut that blank typ
Publishing Opportunity for New Artists!Hey guys! I want to spread the good news about my friend DeevElliott's two new anthologies that will be strictly reserved for up coming artists here on DeviantART! If you're a new and aspiring comic artist looking for a chance to be published with a seasoned professional, this is it!Publishing Opportunity for New Artists!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've met Dave many times and he is always looking to help younger artists in need of a kick start! His current projects are detailed in this journal http://techgnotic.deviantart.com/journal/Dave-Elliott-An-Authentic-Citizen-384734344 along with lots of great advice on how to get into the publishing industry. His two anthologies and how to participate in his project is also linked in there.