How to cope with Art BlocksAlmost every single artist has at one point or the other in their life lost motivation, inspiration or even both and without the knowledge of how to deal with what we then call an Art Block, it can take a long time to overcome this lack of artistic drive. A time that might otherwise be used for further improvement and personal artistic growth.How to cope with Art Blocks4 years ago in Personal More Like This
So today I would like to give you a few tips on how to defeat an art block. There is no definite guarantee to either of them, as everybody experiences their blocking differently but maybe you can at least find small suggestions that will eventually help.
Inspiration is literally everywhere, you just need to open your eyes to see it.
We can find inspiration through:
Letting your favourite books, movies, series or games inspire you is always one of the most obvious ways. Fan Art is a good way to retrieve inspiration because most of all y
Forum Tutorial #1 - Posting a threadEz a téma olvasható magyarul is!Forum Tutorial #1 - Posting a thread3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
So I decided to start forum Tutorials too since the ChatNetwork ones are pretty popular and a lot of people said it's easy to understand it and it makes me happy
Not to mention that I wouldn't like to leave out the Forums since it's an important part of deviantART too! So let's get started!
BUT before we do anything - I'd like to ask you to read the following FAQ!
How to post a thread?!
I get asked a lot from newbies to the Forums that how can one submit a thread? There is no button for it and they can't see any links or something!
It's really easy! All you have to do is select the appropriate Forum you'd like to post your thread to and scroll down a little!
For example let's say that you'd like to promote your c
Do's and Dont's of Digital PaintingDo's and Don'ts of Digital PaintingDo's and Dont's of Digital Painting2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
The possibilities of digital painting and digital art in general are almost infinite. There is basically nothing you cannot do as long as you just know how to approach it. Yet an abundance of programs and tools has both advantages and disadvantages. Knowing what to favour and what to avoid can be both a huge time saver and help you sidestep frustration.
What we will focus on in this article are some basic tools and techniques of digital painting; we'll try to root out pitfalls and see how to avoid them. Mind that all of the points mentioned below aren't rules carved in stone; there are always cases where breaking the rules can be much more fruitful for a certain effect than following them too strictly. With time and practice you will gain good judgment over when to follow the guidelines and when to leave them aside.
Note: Names of certain tools might vary depending on t
Plush making advice I wish someone told meI shared this advice over on Diffeomorphismhttp://vengefulspirits.deviantart.com/journal/Calling-all-plush-makers-novice-and-expert-417399214 journal but I thought I would share it here too.Plush making advice I wish someone told me2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Shaving Faux fur:
For Faux fur plushie makers, You should invest in a WAHl Kennel Pro, I bought two Andis clippers, both gave out after trimming faux fur for a few min. Also Make sure to keep your Clippers oiled and cleaned after using.
I recommend trim the Faux fur first before cutting out the pattern, so if you do cut too deep you can always make a new piece to replace it before sewing your plush together. Make sure to trim with the fur pile not against it, or you will just cut all the fur off, you want to trim it not make it bald.
Keep in mind being a plush artist gets very pricey, with Faux fur some fur colors are rare and you will some
PE: Developing characters, stories and mangaHi everyone! How's your day going? Yesterday I shared with you the background tutorials that I considered to be useful to your development as artists and today I'd like to show you a few tutorials that have helped me greatly to develop my characters, stories and storytelling skills thus leading to better results while creating a manga comic. I hope these will encourage you to keep working on your mangas or to give it a shot if you have never tried before! Drawing manga can be a very demanding and sometimes frustrating task, but it's also a very rewarding and nourishing experience that you shouldn't miss out on! Do your best!PE: Developing characters, stories and manga2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
These are not the only tutorials on deviantART, it's just a selection of the ones that I've found more useful in my artistic development. If you know of any other impressive tutorial that you think should be listed here, share it in the comment section and I'll include it to the list!
CHARACTER DESIGNS & DEVELOPMENT
Tips: How to make thy comment meaningfulTips: How to make thy comment meaningful1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Making one's comment meaningful and making it count has many benefits, especially in the art world.
Single words praise really does hold little weight, and just not making any comment also don't earn anyone anything, so bringing it up another level is good for both the artist, and the appreciator.
1. It starts conversations, and make friends: When you comment on people's work around, not limited to the artists you admire but also artists you can buddy with on different levels, you will find yourself rich with many art friends to discuss your own work and joy with. You will also find this skill useful when you make it into the professional world where you would be making comments to make connections.
2. Gets comments for your own work: when you give people meaningful comments that rewards them, you can ask for feedback for your own work easier, because you have invested in their work first. If you cold-call it's harder t
Need help suggesting a Daily Deviation?Need help suggesting a Daily Deviation?4 years ago in Personal More Like This
What is a Daily Deviation?
The Daily Deviation is a daily feature chosen from the galleries here on deviantART.
A small assortment of submissions are chosen each day by a select group of staff/volunteer members who wish to showcase an image which they found impressive or otherwise interesting enough to deserve being brought to the attention of the community-at-large.
The staff/volunteer members responsible for selecting submissions for the daily feature often are open to suggestions and individual community members may direct their attention by noting the appropriate Community Volunteer or staff member with a direct link to the deviation which you are suggesting and a brief description about why you think the work in question should be featured.
How To Suggest a Daily Deviation:
-Find a deviation on deviantART that you would like to see feat
The Ideal Body In ArtFor millennia, the body has been the most highly revered subjects in the visual arts. That's not new news for most of us though; even here on dA we see that most work here is figurative. The nude has been called timeless because it never changes, but I somewhat disagree with that statement. The body in art has changed multiple times over the ages, especially the nude. There's a big argument that the body (especially the female body) is too idealized these days, but I assure you, the body has always been idealized (and sexualized). The difference over time is what part is given attention to culturally.The Ideal Body In Art2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
The mature, lady-like image was displayed in modeling in the 1950s, elegance, exaggeration, hourglass figure (a more mature woman’s figure, motherly). In the 1960s, youth was displayed in modeling, informal, very slender (almost underdeveloped, boyish figure), pixie cut hairstyles, doll like facial expression, ‘little girl’ mannerisms, juxtaposed with gritty street photo
Tips for Beginning a StorySoooo, I should try to update my journal more often. I typically don't have much to say and prefer not to talk about my personal life. (It's really boring anyhow.) So why not use it to start sharing some highlights from my vast collection of writing resources?Tips for Beginning a Story2 years ago in Personal More Like This
To begin, let's start with beginnings. Here's an article from one of the better sites giving advice on the internet. It's called "The 3 Integral Components of a Story's Beginning."
Here are some highlights:
Barnes and Noble editorial director Liz Scheier offers an anecdote that sums up the necessity of these three elements. Scheier writes:
A professor of mine once posed it to me this way, thumping the podium for emphasis: "It's not 'World War II began'! It's 'Hitler. Invaded. Poland.'"
The professor's example immediately gives us a human being (albeit a rather unsavory one) in whom we can invest our interest. Stories are about people. No people, no stories.
PE: Story Planning Round-upGreetings all!PE: Story Planning Round-up2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
WHAT AN AWESOME WEEK!
So last week we had a fantastic event based on Story Planning; a week that was slightly relaxed for a PE week, but full of good advice. These articles haven't just been written for the sake of filling a week, we genuinely hope there is something in them that is useful to you as a writer, to help you with your journey. There's a flash fiction month around the corner, as well as a camp NaNoWriMo and then a full NaNoWrimo in November. There are the times to get planning- don't leave it too close to the deadline!
Here is a list of all the articles we posted in the past week! Please favourite, share the love, comment and express gratitude- especially to our article writers who took the personal time to write these articles and share a little of their own writin
Submitting traditional artworksWhat to keep in mind when submitting traditional artworksSubmitting traditional artworks2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Traditional Art Week continues! Today, we'll discuss some things to consider when submitting your traditional artworks into DeviantArt.
Most of them are genuine recommendations, but taking them seriously might increase your over-all DA experience for good
1. Image size
One of the most common presentation mistakes is submitting a very small image of your work. Why is this an issue, I'm not entirely sure, perhaps it's the fear of art theft that makes your gallery consist of 300 x 300 pix large pictures, but you're not going to get new watchers nor people to favorite your work this way - viewers want to enjoy the detail and atmosphere of the piece, they will move on one second after they open the page. For optimal results, the larger side of your deviation should be about 800-900 pix. Some artists submit very large files of their work
Artist WalkthroughThis walkthrough focuses on:Artist Walkthrough3 years ago in Personal More Like This
- guiding you as an artist and improving your artistic skills
So having said that... let's get started!
I have been drawing for a long time. Since I was little I would draw all the time on anything I could find. That passion for drawing and art has always stayed with me. But the problem is talent or potential will only get you so far. If you really want to become a great artist you will have to put in many hours of work. And you would preferably have someone there to guide you. Even now I am learning about basic skills I wish I had learned years ago. That is the problem of being self taught... you have to figure everything out yourself. Of course there are benefits to that too. Self taught artists are generally very motivated and passionate people. I have only come to the point where I am now just because I am passionate and slightly obsessed with drawing. But I want to know more, learn more and improve more. So that is why I am setting up this little drawi
How To Photograph Your CraftsThe absolute number one cause of rejection of DD suggestions for most Artisan Craft CVs is poor photography. There is nothing worse than seeing an otherwise brilliant piece ruined by a dodgy photo. But even beyond DD acceptance, if you want to people on dA to be able to appreciate your skill you need to be able to show your work off to advantage.How To Photograph Your Crafts2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Sometimes I'll tell a self-suggester that I can't feature their work because of the quality of the photography and they'll inevitably reply, "Oh, I'll have to get a better camera."
Repeat after me: the tools never make the artist.
You don't need a $9000 sewing machine to stitch a dress, you don't need a $1000 stand mixer to bake a cake, and you similarly don't need a top of the range SLR to take a brilliant photograph. It's all in how you take the photo.
To help us understand photography concepts a little more, Fella is going to help us out. Say hi Fella!
PE: ''Said'' and Effective Dialogue TagsI have horrifying news, everyone: I'm teaming up with Project Educate for Prose Week, so you inquisitive readers are about to fall victim to me and my terrible sense of humor. Today I'll be torturing you with a discourse on a subject of constant debate in the writing world: the word said. It's a simple word that encourages authors to write descriptively, but it's far from the only good choice when it comes to writing fluid dialogue.PE: ''Said'' and Effective Dialogue Tags2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I'm going to be using the word dialogue tag often, so if you're unfamiliar with the word or just need a refresher, here's the definition:
Dialogue Tag—a phrase used in the same paragraph as a piece of dialogue, both (1) identifying the speaker and (2) using a verb to describe the speech. Examples of dialogue tags include Rose said, he begged, Adrian whispered, and she asked.
Get the picture? If so, great, and if not, you'd better Google it, because we're moving on.
Anything besides 'said' and 'ask
Basic Photojournalism TipsPhotojournalism WeekBasic Photojournalism Tips3 months ago in Art Features More Like This
(use ear plugs or) Get hearing damage:
Houston Dynamo - This Is HOUSTON by ScottDeW
Teach Me, Senpai! Vol. 6 Journal SkinsHello! Welcome to the sixth edition of 'Teach Me, Senpai!' here at fella. If you're unfamiliar with what this is, it's essentially a monthly feature of tutorials, made by deviants, explaining individual tasks, which then come together into one whole project. This month, we'll be making a journal skin!Teach Me, Senpai! Vol. 6 Journal Skins4 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Let's code! Background Properties by Celvas
Skeleton Journal With Comments by kuschelirmel-stockMini Thumb Gallery Code Snippet by SimplySilentCode Basics: Hover Menu by ginkgografixCode Basics: Sidebar- Floating by ginkgografixCircular Lit and Visual Thumb Snippet by im-not-sanaColumns Snippet: Equal Height and Width by im-not-sanaBasic CSS Journal Template by quinnypin
Prettify Your Bloom: Tips and TricksFractal Art WeekPrettify Your Bloom: Tips and Tricks7 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Hello! It's C-91 here and, after people asking me tips on how to make flowers with Apophysis, I decided to write this introduction guide for the Fractal Week. There might be more in future.
Live with it: crafting flowers with Apophysis isn't the most original thing ever, but at least we can try to approach to the technique in another way and try to make them different from the multitude of results that can be found here on DeviantArt.
First of all, check the two blooms tutorials by lindelokse, which are the starting point for this technique:
Before we start...
Just so you know, 2D flowers are generally more versatile and suitable for crazy experiments than 3D ones. You can use more variations and plugins on 2D flowers without messing the shape up (and they will still be as spectacular as 3D flowers).
Common Digital Painting Mistakes FAQHi everyone! I'm so happy so many of you enjoyed my tutorial!Common Digital Painting Mistakes FAQ3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Thank you for all your +favs and comments -- it's been awesome . A lot people have been asking similar questions which weren't answered in the original tutorial. Here's some FAQ that will hopefully clear things up:
1. How do you do this in Paint Tool SAI?
Unfortunately, I don't have Paint Tool SAI so I don't have an exact answer for this. However, I've heard that it's similar so you should be able to translate most of the Photoshop tips into SAI. Also, most of the tips are conceptual and function in traditional work as well as digital, so the program you are using shouldn't hinder you too much in applying them.
2. What size should I make my canvas?
This has been a really common question and the answer is that it depends on the complexity of the work and the amount of detail you are trying to achieve. I make my canvases in the thousands of pixels at least. A rule of thumb that I use is
INTRO TO CROCHETINTRO TO CROCHETINTRO TO CROCHET2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Materials you need, techniques to hold and use the crochet hook and main stitches you must know, all in one article for you to start crocheting right now!
Why crochet is that easy?
Unlike knitting, crochet uses just one tool (a single hook) rather than two (a pair of needles) and you work one yarn loop at a time; these two factors are enough to make it less complicated.
Do you want another reason to choose crochet?
Well, another advantage is that it’s easier to drop your project and pick it up again without losing your work; The stitches won’t slide off just like with the needles, therefore there’s no chance of a line of stitches unraveling before your eyes!
Crochet projects develop more quickly (this is ideal for beginners and impatient people)
What do you need to start?
You won't need many materials to get started. The basics you'll need consist of a croch
Tips on how to avoid chargebacks---Scroll down for the english version, please---Tips on how to avoid chargebacks8 months ago in Personal More Like This
Puede que haya gente que ya conociera esto pero yo acabo de enterarme y quiero compartirlo con vosotros.
El uso de facturas no nos protege al 100% contra estos fraudes porque como siempre Paypal se excusará en que no hemos enviado nada y somos nosotros lo que intentamos robarle el dinero a la otra persona.
Pues esto se acabó.
Desde los Detalles de la factura, abajo hay una pequeña opción de "Añadir número de segumiento" (puede que tengáis que ver la factura desde el sitio clásico de Paypal, al menos a mí sólo me aparece si lo hago así). Y desde allí en Estado del Pedido elegís la opción "Pedido tramitado/Servicio prestado". Automáticamente los campos dedicados al número de seguimiento y compañía de envíos cambiaran a un No Aplicable.
Con esto ya deberíamos quedar tot
Heart Dividers PLZ GuideLast Updated: 1/22/15Heart Dividers PLZ Guide4 years ago in Personal More Like This
PE: The Impact of Color1. - WHAT IS COLOR?PE: The Impact of Color3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Color is the aspect of things that is caused by differing qualities of light being reflected or emitted by them, as received by the human eye and processed by the human brain. It is a function of light and biology, not an exact science, no two people can see it exactly the same.
The human eye and brain together translate light into color. Light receptors within the eye transmit messages to the brain, which produces the familiar sensations of color. Newton observed that color is not inherent in objects. Rather, the surface of an object reflects some colors and absorbs all the others. We perceive only the reflected colors. Thus, red is not "in" an apple. The surface of the apple is reflecting the wavelengths we see as red and absorbing all the rest. An object appears white when it reflects all wavelengths and black when it absorbs them all.
"Colors are the deeds of light, its deeds and sufferings."
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
An open source animation programSomeone shared this with me, and I think it's worth spreading, let's consider supporting having more open source programs out there:An open source animation program2 years ago in Personal More Like This
GhostWriterNext said the following:
There is this cool and awesome free and open source 2D animation software called Synfig:
http://www.synfig.org/cms/ check out the bleeding edge versions here
http://www.synfig.org/cms/en/download/development and there doing a crowd sourcing campaign http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/set-your-priorities-for-synfig-development-in-february-2014 and I was wondering if you could spread the word about it. There has been some awesome improvements because of this campaign http://www.synfig.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=4841
Also best of luck with your Edepth anime project and your recent black hat campaign on seed and spark.
How to make a good OC, avoiding Mary/Gary SuesGuys, this journal is OLD. Please stop posting on it, as I won't reply.How to make a good OC, avoiding Mary/Gary Sues2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Ok, I've been seeing really crappy OC's (original characters) floating around the place lately. I thought that I could help you guys out here.
-What is a original character? It's a fan-made character someone usually makes for a book, show, game, etc that is used as a means to "interact" with the main characters of a book, show, game, etc. Unfortunately, some people get this wrong and their character/self-insert may become a Mary/Gary Sue.
-What is a Mary/Gary Sue? Well....they have the following traits:
-The plot of the book, show, game, etc goes THEIR way (If this only briefly mentions a canon character and is more oc-centric, it's usually ok)
-They have NO weaknesses
-Any and all characters are attracted to them
-They have a TRAGIC past
-They are a long lost relative or are the long lost lover/girlfriend/boyfriend to a character or more
-They die a TRAGIC death
-Every good guy