PE Prose Basics: Varying SentencesVarying Your SentencesPE Prose Basics: Varying Sentences1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
When I was in college, I took an early morning Anthropology class. I had to wake up at five to catch the bus. Ugh. Yeah, I'm not a morning person. But I did it. The first day, our instructor stood before us and starting reading from the textbook. Word for word. Completely monotone. I was asleep within ten minutes. The rest of the week was the same; arrive, begin listening to the instructor, pass out. I had to drop the class and get whatever refund I could, while I could. It was my worse class experience there.
Most people know that in public speaking, the person talking needs to vary their tone and speech patterns and such to hold their audience's attention. They need to have a rhythm. Otherwise, they'll end up putting the audience to sleep. The same applies to writing. If you use the same sentence length or structure continually, you'll be the literary equivalent of my instructor. Repea
Why You Should Keep WritingWhy You Should Keep Writing2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Q: What do you guys think of my story so far? Should I keep going?
This seems to be a very popular question. I'll argue it's a useless question, and explain why.
This reply is directed at new writers, and despite the tone that may follow, I really do intend to be sincere and helpful. I was once a newbie, too. And although I'm certainly not going to claim to be great, I've fallen flat on my face enough times to learn how to pick myself up and produce something I'm proud of.
Here's why you need to not ask this question. You're either going to succeed, or you're going to fail. But, either way, you'll be better off for having:
2. Figured out how to motivate yourself to continue
3. Completed the entire first run of the story yourself
1 ~ I can speculate that there are plenty of people out there who are afraid of failure. I know first-hand. I'm not a professional writer. I teach mathematics. And it is my job every Fall to convince a hu
Photomanipulations - How do I do it?First of all - Thanks to everyone that added Snow Leopard to their favourites and thanks to all of my new watchers (as of writing this journal and since uploading Snow Leopard, there have been 281 of you!)Photomanipulations - How do I do it?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've had quite a few questions lately as to how I do my photomanipulations. I'm self-taught and my methods have been developed completely out of trial and error. They may not be the best or most efficient ways to get to the end result, but they've served me well so far. I don't really have a proper tutorial, but here's a super quick and nasty ten step guide I chucked together of how I create my photomanips (I use Adobe Photoshop CS5.5):
Get a photo of someone you want to manipulate and once you have that, start looking through the stock photos and photography sections for a photo of an animal, but make sure that the lighting conditions and angle that the photo is taken at are similar in both photos
for one who want to be a freelance artistfor one who want to be a freelance artist1 year ago in Personal More Like This
also what is happening in 4 day? the 17th ( I hope to be back then, im really trying to get things done before....
you know, see you then)
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 Story2 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
Your characters aren't real.One of the most popular discussions among writers on any website has got to be some variation of 'what's your relationship with your characters like?' And especially on a site like here where a lot of people are coming from an RP background, people start in on these long conversations about how their characters run around and do things and would love to tear 'em one for that scene where they lose their whole family.Your characters aren't real.2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
And you know what?
I can't participate in this conversation because I don't see characters like that and I'm so jealous I'm going to rant about it now
Okay, I was just guessing how you'd feel after reading this rant. I swear I have a serious point to make, though.
First things first. It confuses me when you talk like your characters are people. I just don't get it. There are a couple of reasons for this:
I start with the plot and setting and then come up with characters, so anything I make is tied to the story.How can I create an independent existence f
Critique and youThere was a small discussion in my last journal about unhelpful tutorials, that touched the topic of critique.Critique and you6 months ago in Art Features More Like This
So, I decided to talk about critique for a bit.
In the online art community there is no unified stance on critique. Some people are totally incapable of recieving any form of critisism of their creation and think it's the devil. Some think that critique is should always be a "sandwich". Some people think that anything goes and the artist should listen to all feedback if he chooses to publish art online. Some say critique is only valid "constructive" and some say that it doesn't take a chef to know the steak was burnt.
I'll talk about how I percieve it - and mind you, my perception had changed over the years. This is more about what I figured during this time.
Point 1: Feedback is essential for development. That's not a solely artistic thing. Every human activity implies there's a trial and error process involved in the honing of any skill and being taught that skill. Thing is,
Omg look at this reference material!It's "legen--wait for it..."Omg look at this reference material!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Seriously, this journal was made solely for 2 purposes:
#1: To share this with anyone else who can use or learn from it
#2: So I can get to it fast. lol
Tutorial & References Journal!edit: oh my god i cant believe how many views this has. thank you!!! - ashTutorial & References Journal!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
due to illness and the incredibly short time span we were given, i was unable to conjure an anatomy tutorial of my own for our last day
to make up for this, i have created a large list of tutorials and references for you to use!!
i tried my best to credit all of the creators, but some were just impossible to find, so i apologize! unu
if you'd like i could also add in some pixel art and animation tutorials (since i know they were requested before)!
Male Anatomy (author unknown) 2 3 4
Commission Do's and Don'tsOk, so, I just recently commissioned somebody...and after seeing how they did everything (not the art) I uh...I'm just gonna post a list of Do's and don'ts.Commission Do's and Don'ts1 year ago in Personal More Like This
1. Do Be Polite to your client, Don't be rude/snippy to them (even if they get on your nerves)
2. Do send them wip's, so they know how it is going. Don't do the whole thing at once, then get mad when they ask you to change something.
3. Do link the commissioner to the finished piece. Don't expect them to search through your gallery everyday for it.
4. Do make sure to ask lots of questions about what they want. Don't just go off of vague information.
5. Do re-dos for them (small, not huge ones) Don't refuse to edit the work at all (they are nice enough to commission you for art)
6. Do work on the commission whenever you can, Don't procrastinate!
7. Do request a fraction of the payment, if the commissioner doesn't like the commission at all. Don't let them walk away scott-free!
8. Do try to do the art to the be
Introduction to Tutorials at deviantART^ProjectEducate: Resources WeekIntroduction to Tutorials at deviantART4 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Day 7: Tutorials
It is the final day of projecteducate's Resources Week. I am a gallery moderator for deviantART's gallery of Resources & Stock Images, and this article is intended to be a guide to finding and learning from tutorials offered at deviantART.
During my time as a gallery moderator, this community has made one thing abundantly clear to me...
ARTISTS LOVE TUTORIALS!
The large majority of the suggestions I get for resources Daily Deviation features are for tutorials. I've come to understand that most artists are infected with some kind of savage hunger for knowledge. (And I like it!)
On Artistic StyleOn today's podcast we have webcomicker Jules Faulkner of Promises Promises, syndicated comic artist Adriana Blake of Fall on Me, and mixed media artist Dara Gold, to talk about artistic style. We cover what it is, how to develop your own, and we talk a bit about the business side of artistic styles.On Artistic Style2 years ago in Personal More Like This
You all can give it a listen here: http://www.evilink.ca/Drupal7/CreativeJournal/Podcast-Round-Table-Developing-an-Artistic-Style
Want to add your own thoughts to the mix? Leave a comment.
How to: CSS CommissionsSince it is possible to customize your journals and galleries a lot of commissions have been done. While it usually is a rather simple business, there are some things both sides always should keep in mind. This helps to avoid misunderstandings as well as trouble.How to: CSS Commissions1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
And usually it makes it more relaxed to pay someone else or to accept requests by others.
In the article I will refer to client and to service provider.
client = person who requests a CSS skin
service provider = person who designs/codes the CSS skin
While the article will only focus on CSS commissions most of the things mentioned here fit to other kind of commissions as well
Do you know what you want?
No matter what you are doing, it is always helpful to know what you want before you get started with anything at all. Even when people say "I really don't have an idea", they have most of the time though. It might be only very vague, but it's there. And it could drive the client as well as the service
dA Life #08: Hosting a Contest on dAWelcome to the eighth dA Life blog, a series created to help you enjoy your time on dA and use it's many tools for sharing your art, appreciating other people's art and taking part in the wonderful community that we have here.dA Life #08: Hosting a Contest on dA3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Hosting a contest on dA is a really fun way to inspire other artists and do something positive for the community. If you've never run a contest before, it can seem like a daunting task so to make it a little easier, here are some things to consider before you create your contest and open it to the deviant public...
Your contest should have a theme. It can be as vague (Aliens, Summer, Cats) or as specific as you like (Alien Cats in Summer). When choosing your theme, take time to consider it's appeal to your potential entrants. A less specific theme is likely to attact more people as the scope for entries is wider. It depends on whether or not you want your contest to be huge - sometimes, bigger isn't always bet
Teen Titans are coming back, Full length episodeshttp://www.ign.com/articles/2012/06/08/teen-titans-returning-with-new-full-length-episodesTeen Titans are coming back, Full length episodes3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Not lying. Am i excited? Ummm Im not sure. I heard that its gonna be more "kid friendly".
Maybe if they brought it back years ago and kept the style and still have the same humor and yet actiony seriousness episodes then oh yea I would be so happy.
Noneoftheless, I am happy to see TT officially back on TV
What do you guys think?
Plush Commission InfoLast update 19/10/14 Commissions are CLOSED, I will be re-opening late January.Plush Commission Info3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Before commissioning me please make sure you read and understand the following information. By asking for a quote and commissioning me you are agreeing to them. Refunds will not be given out from misunderstanding of my terms of service. If your unsure of anything just ask.
What I will make:
Original Characters, Anime, game and cartoon fan art plushies, animals, made up creatures, hybrid animals, humans, Anthros.
*If the OC does not belong to you the owner must sent a note giving me permission for me making their oc for you.
What I wont make:
Overly complicated designs, Disney characters, Homestuck characters, mature plushies (sexual), things I feel I can not make or that I am uncomfortable with.
All prices are in British pounds (GBP) only.Prices do not include shipping costs, please keep shipping costs in mind when orders. Plea
PE: Smoooth Animation Tutorial: JumpingSmoooth Animation Tutorial: JumpingPE: Smoooth Animation Tutorial: Jumping2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Today we will learn how to make smoooth animation! In this tutorial we will cover a basic movement, but sometimes difficult to look natural, jumping.
I am using a pixel black ball as the subject, but really, you can apply this tutorial to anything you want to jump! Like animals and humans (of coarse they would bend their legs instead of squish.;D)! If your animation starts to "trail", or you simply don't know how to animate, you can check out some other tutorials I have made that are linked at the bottom.
Let us begin!
Lets start with the subject. I am using a 13x13 pixel black ball, but you can use anything, even if it isn't pixeled.
Now for the squish! This is the set move to gather energy for the jump. You wouldn't jump straight legged, would you? For my ball, I made it shorter, and expanded it out some on both ends. If your subj
Writing Effective DialogueWe've all struggled through figuring out how to write dialogue that not only gets the information out there, but also helps build characters or advance the plot. There are tons of books and blogs out there on the topic, too. But just reading about it doesn't do much good if we're not ready to try it out. Give it a go and see what other people think. But let's start with the basics.Writing Effective Dialogue5 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
What is Effective Dialogue?
Dialogue that's written well will reveal character traits, add to the tension and suspense, helps cut down on text walls of description and of course, advances your plot. One of the most important things to keep in mind when you're writing dialogue is that in fiction, your reader doesn't want to read all the mundane things we say on a regular basis. So if it's not moving the plot or adding to your character's personality, you should think about cutting it completely.
What do I mean by reveals character traits?
* Rules and RegulationsHi everyone, DancingInBlue here to give you a good idea on what our group's rules and regulations are before you join. Please read through this thoroughly to ensure a good experience for everyone, including yourself!* Rules and Regulations3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Be respectful to all members! Show some common courtesy to strangers, and if you disagree with someone's opinion, don't resort to name-calling or rude behavior. If there is an issue, note the group and we will do our best to help resolve the issue. Handle situations as maturely and reasonably as possible, and avoid causing unnecessary conflict.
This group is open to members from a wide variety of age groups, so please keep comments and discussions about mature topics to a minimum. If any topic being discussed in these areas makes ANY member feel uncomfortable and they ask you to stop, then you cannot continue the discussion
PE: Anthro Art TutorialsOn today's Project Educate Article on Anthro, I'll be highlighting some great tutorials on how to draw Anthro. Sense there is no right or wrong as far as drawing Anthro, because lets face it, we don't see a werewolf running around to reference from, your imagination is the limit. However, there are some simply guidelines that you can take home with you and practice to better your creativity.PE: Anthro Art Tutorials3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
This is probably one of the most challenging things for people to adhere to. Anatomy in itself is a little challenging but once you get it, the sky's the limit as far as drawing Anthropomorphic animals, beings and things!
So below are a few pointers!
1. The Ultimate Anthro Tutorial - This tutorial was created for all beginners and Art enthusiasts around the world. It has such detail and walks you through all the basics before getting to the next level where you feel comfortable drawing anatomy for an Anthro character.
Pixel Commissions Infostatus: closedPixel Commissions Info2 years ago in Personal More Like This
UPDATE 08/29/2014: closed... for now
UPDATE 05/16/2014: yes yes I'm still open!
because I'm broke...
UPDATE 07/28/2013: price changed! (again XDD i'm so lazy :iconlazeplz
UPDATE 07/02/2013: price changed!
I only accept female characters now.
or guys that really looks like girls orz
I might not accept your commission if it's too hard for me XD though this is rare.
I will start working on your icons after you pay.
*not doing old styles anymore*
Style 4: 45 (transparent bg) + 5 for bg (so it's 50 for an icon with bg)
see more: http://ai-lii.deviantart.com/gallery/42857628
How to order:
Comment/note me a link to ref of the character (or a fullbody image) + t
DeviantArt Customisation; Custom Box BackgroundsHello this is ClefairyKid, your new co-founder, I've just joined the group to lend some of my experience on the subject of profile customisation. What follows is some advice taken from the article I wrote here; DeviantArt Customisation Explained. Go there if you want a general overview of all customisation concepts (I'll be covering one subject at a time here to save confusion).DeviantArt Customisation; Custom Box Backgrounds3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Custom Box Backgrounds
The thing I am most often bombarded with questions about. There are some important things to remember about these;
You MUST be a premium member on dA to use the code.
You must create the image at the size it will appear in the module, these images do not tile, therefore it is best to create a static image with as small a file size as possible so that it does not take too long to load.
You need to therefore account for the
Plush and Sewing Commission [Open]Plush and Sewing Commission [Open]1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Each plushie will take 1-2 weeks to do when I get to you. The prices varies based on size and details. Keep in mind that smaller things are harder to put details on but require less material. All plushies are made with minky/micro fleece unless stated otherwise.
Simple Plush Items:
1.00 to 5.00 USD / 100 pts to 500 pts
Plush Key Ring:
5.00 to 15.00 USD / 500 pts to 1500 pts
I also do polymer clay key rings and pendants:
Plushies and Bags
Small Plushie or Plushie Bag: 5 inches or less
15.00 to 35.00 USD / 1500 to 3500 pts
Medium Plushie or Plushie Bag: 5 to 10 inches
20.00 to 55.00 USD / 2000 pts to 5500 pts
Teach me how to GamzeeSo I made a list of stuff you will want if you are cosplaying Gamzee.Teach me how to Gamzee4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here are references!
Crazy Gamzee references!
Hanyaan is the best at this. THE BEST. Watch and learn, then keep reading this list.
- Gamzee has eyebrows. Use black eyeliner to pencil them in AFTER you finish powdering.
You can get much of this from Stage Makeup Online, which is here: http://www.stagemakeuponline.com/