Let's Learn Portraiture: Natural LightingWelcome to the second installment of Let's Learn Portraiture! The previous installment was about Model Communication. For this installment, we will be tackling a topic for those photographers who enjoy taking portraits outdoors.Let's Learn Portraiture: Natural Lighting7 months ago in Photography More Like This
Portraiture with Natural Lighting
1.) Avoid Direct Sunlight
While it can really bring out the color of the eyes and make them pop, having your model stare into the sun should never be on the agenda. Not only is it exceedingly uncomfortable for your model, but it casts very harsh shadows. In most cases, you want to position your model with the sun behind them, or to the side.This will illuminate the hair and offer a nice glow. The issue then is that the subject's face may be too dark (underexposed). To solve this, you can bounce some light back into th
Artist WalkthroughThis walkthrough focuses on:Artist Walkthrough8 months 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
New post: Inking with a Brush, Part 2New blog post is up!New post: Inking with a Brush, Part 211 months ago in Personal More Like This
Must have reference pony/horses sheetsFound those awesome reference sheets for "My little Pony" and also horses in general. I thought maybe some of you would be interested in studying the structure. Knowing how everything moves and bends makes it a lot easier to draw. Also will give you necessary EXP points to level up as an artist ^^Must have reference pony/horses sheets1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I often use the last two!
Features of OctoberHi everyone! Sorry for the lateness again! Here are the monthly features.Features of October6 months ago in Personal More Like This
The Monthly Features
Tutorials on anatomy
Male VS. Female Anatomy Tutorial by =Boogol
Guide to Human Types part 1 by `majnouna
Anatomy: Head frontview by ~pandracchio
Tutorials on animals
Canine v Feline Face Anat Tut. by ~Daesiy
How to draw cats - anatomy by ~Yolly-anda
Horse Pose Tutorial ~Abiadura
Tutorials on general drawing
Pixel Art Tutorial - Textures by *Kiwinuptuo
Fire, Stone and Water Tutorial by *Black-Wing24
Depth and Atmosphere TUTORIAL by *vandervals
[Step] LoL_Katarina by ~SnellSnail
Step by step: Mitsuki by *starca
Step by Step by ~AngelaLara
Resources for PS/GIMP (software)
Very Useful Tutorials (SAI)I decided to compile this journal featuring some tutorials that I find very useful for SAI.Very Useful Tutorials (SAI)1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Now, keep in mind, I'm a fan of tutorials that teach skills, not 'step-by-step' draw this line, then this line, then this line, tutorials, because those types are in reality very useless as you cannot apply them things not similar to the situation they are displayed in.
These are all tutorials I have looked at and
triedto use in my art, see if you can spot some tricks that I've used in these tutorials!
^This deviation is a fantastic tool for people new to Paint Tool SAI, I highly recommend it.
It goes over the basic tools, and great other thing~!
This is the best tutorial for beginners.
Some other tutorials that are useful for SAI:
Forum Tutorial #1 - Posting a threadEz a téma olvasható magyarul is!Forum Tutorial #1 - Posting a thread8 months ago in Editorials 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
Advice and TutorialsSo this First Advice and Tutorial Journal will be on General Anatomy and Such. The second will be up to you so please comment below in what you think the next Advice and Tutorial Journal should be on.Advice and Tutorials1 week ago in Personal More Like This
What I personally find the hardest to draw is feet and hands. I found that with a lot of practice and a lot of frustrating mistakes my feet and hands actually look at the very least almost the way i want them to be.
Now my favorite Style of drawing is Anime or sometimes semi-realism, and i find that by doing studies of the more traditional style realism actually helps improve my anime pictures greatly. For instance i would practice drawing my hands and feet in different positions holding different things and from different angles. I also find it extremely helpful while i'm drawing and i'm having a particularly hard time drawing a hand or a foot in a certain position i will stop for a
Let's Learn Portraiture: Model CommunicationIn an effort to further give back to the community, I have decided to kick off a series of informative articles called 'Let's Learn Portraiture.' The goal will be to cover topics related to people and portrait photography. To start, we will cover a topic suggested by *ThomasJergelLet's Learn Portraiture: Model Communication8 months ago in Photography More Like This
Communicating With Your Model
Get to Know Your Subject
Different photographers take different approaches to how they interact with their models, but I've always taken a personal approach. Learning about your subject's interests can not only make them more comfortable, but it can also lead to more striking images that follow along with those interests. Communication is key when it comes to interacting with your model, and building a quick rapport is important in order to solidify that.
When working with amateur models who may not be familiar with posing for the camera, you may often find that they will resort to e
How is your Chroma?As artists we all know that color is our friend, whether full spectrum, monochromatic, or simply black and white. But knowing just how to use this very special friend can be frustrating at times or just downright confusing (trust me, I've been there plenty before!) This blog is for those of us who work traditionally (not to worry my futuristic friends, I'll be writing a blog specifically for you as well!) Here are some terms you need to become acquainted with: chroma, value, tint, shade, and intensity/saturation.How is your Chroma?3 months ago in Editorials More Like This
What is Chroma?
Chroma is the Greek word for "color", it refers to the purity or intensity of a color.
What is Value?
Value is the lightness or darkness of a color.
What is a Tint?
Tinting a color means lightening it by adding white.
What is a shade?
Shading a color means darkening it by adding black.
What is intensity and saturation?
This refers to the strength of
Experiment Part 1: Training Your EyeSo my buddy *karuvan is trying to learn how to draw properly. He's been on a roll as far as progressing. But he's stuck at a standstill. This is an experiment that I've done with him and that he's working on in order to train his eye. I decided to share the conversation and experiment with you guys for you all to apply to your study habits and advancement in drawing and art.Experiment Part 1: Training Your Eye8 months ago in Personal More Like This
Karuvan: I randomly drew over my old pic. Ain't gonna do it over, was just curious on how much I could have done better.
Robaato: Quick question... like... who's work at this point do you really want yours to be close to? I'm tryna gauge what level you're trying to achieve.
K: lol... Joel is becoming a huge influence.
R: Ok. I have a test for you.
R: I want you to replicate this picture exactly as it is to the best of your ability:
Harry Potter wand tutorial + costume snapshotsHarry Potter wand progress/tutorialHarry Potter wand tutorial + costume snapshots2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm not sure if this can really count as a tutorial because I feel I didn't take enough photos, but I thought I'd share how I made my wand for Harry Potter cosplay. It's made with things I had lying around at home. Miguel :iconmerkymerx: helped me out a lot with his suggestions!
I started with these A paintbrush, a hot glue/gluegun stick, some tape, a brown paper bag, and some foil. Paintbrushes are very good bases for wands because of the shape and material. This once I particularly fancied because of the beautiful color and finish of the handle.
The brush was too short by itself, so I had to extend the other end somehow. Feeling very silly, I stuck the hot glue stick into the head of the brush, right in the middle of the bristles, and taped it into place. Sadly I did not get a photo of how it looked then. I tore of a bit of the brown paper bag and wrapped it around the glue stick for added stability, and taped that into place as well. (Yo
How to Write a Novel - a beginner's guideI am often asked - how do you write novels? I am often told by the person asking - so politely -How to Write a Novel - a beginner's guide5 months ago in Personal More Like This
"It is my dream to write a novel"
"I wish I could write"
"I would love to write my novel on ..."
I let people know I am on my third novel. It is rare to meet a writer, rarely someone who has realised their dream, and who has produced a book. Rarer still to find a published author --- why? it seems so easy.....when you read them.
Many try the
Devious Journal EntryJust in case anyone was interested, shading from newest pic for the middle layersDevious Journal Entry1 year ago in Personal More Like This
3) Planning out highlights
4) Also dappled light filtering through foliage, shadows from beams
5) Finished shadow layer
6) Over the flats
Digital painting tips for beginners.I'm not the best person to give advice about art, once I do not consider myself an artist (yes, it's true lol). But I've always been very curious and interested with the theme "digital painting", and I spent (and still spend) hours and hours watching videos 2 hours long on Youtube lol livestreams, etc.. I think I'm the only person who has the patience for it, hahahaha, but it was what helped me to evolve and learn all the techniques I know now to perform my work. I asked the help of many artists that I admire, and some even helped me, but most of them do not care how much you want to learn. Thinking about it, I decided to make this journal to pass them what little I know, and I hope that this is helpful for someone. Are simple tips and a little obvious, but unknown for some people who just started in this world full of possibilities. I only ask, first of all, for you dont give up. The difficulties were made to be overcome.Digital painting tips for beginners.3 weeks ago in Digital Art More Like This
This is the central theme of the
Tips to improve our artwork♣ Hard working - constantly practice even when we don't want to draw.Tips to improve our artwork1 year ago in Personal More Like This
♣ Learning from others artists - no matter who is it, from beginner to master, we can always learn something from them.
♣ Learning from audience - carefully consider comments from other people, their opinions are valuable.
♣ Accept our own weak points - though it is so hurtful, look for them - try improving them instead.
♣ Always be a beginner - there are many things beyond than we have ever realized. Let's open our mind and learn new stuff.
♣ Don't waste your time on choosing tools - choose the appropriate materials - what we like the most is the perfect one.
♣ Only taking a break but don't give up - there are numerous obstacles that await for us in this path - confront and fight them!
♣ Basics are the most important part- then we can adapt to anything we want.
♣ Believe in ourselves - self-esteem needs to be added to ingredient in our work.
♣ Not only know
The Price of Plot TwistsPlot twists. Whether it be mystery novels, an M. Night Shyamalan movie, or the prolific father-son reunion in the Empire Strikes Back, plot twists pop up in every genre and medium of storytelling. With good reason, too. A plot twist surprises you, it makes you rethink everything you thought you knew, and it shatters whatever plot predictions you've racked up for the ride. A good plot twists enriches a story, it complicates it. A great one blows your freaking mind.The Price of Plot Twists9 months ago in Resources More Like This
I think it's the "blows your freaking mind" variety that have really pumped us all up on the concept of twists. After all, when people talk about, say, The Sixth Sense, what do they always bring up? The heart-warming relationship between Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment? Of course not! It's that reality-shattering twist (which I will not name for the sake of those who haven't seen it yet). Or how about Shutter Island? That one had a bit of a doozy as well.
We've developed a bit of an addiction, I think.
Animation in Pixel ArtPortuguese Version HereAnimation in Pixel Art10 months ago in Personal More Like This
Oh, many people asked for it, so, I'll do ~ i hope that it'll be good, because I'm not good with explanations.
Which the program that I use?
Gimp 2.8 (you can download it in the site, it's free! http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/stable.html)
But you can use Photoshop too, because GIMP looks like with Photoshop, but it's free, more simple and more "light".
I'll explain of a mode that is possible make in Photoshop or GIMP, not much detailed, I wait that you know the basic of the program.
Ah! Have many many patience >//
Syn's Dithering TutorialWhat is dithering?Syn's Dithering Tutorial1 week ago in Customization More Like This
Dithering is a pixel art process used to blend blocks of colour together or help apply a texture to a pixelled surface. Within emoticons it is most commonly used when making pixelled backgrounds, however it can be used in a number of other areas, e.g. massive emote bases, pixel objects etc. In this tutorial, we will focus on how 2 colours can be blended with dithering.
To break dithering down into simple terms, it is achieved by simply taking the colours from the two blocks of colour and placing individual pixels of each on the opposite side. This creates a region where the two colours merge together to create a more blended colour transition instead of a clear line between the two.
Dithering can seem like a complex process, but it's really not. Once you get the basic idea and technique, it's just all about practice and over time you'll learn how to apply it to a number of different situations. There are many dithering styles which can be
Character Design: An introductionCharacter Design: An introduction4 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Arvalis-2012 by `arvalis
What does 'Character Design' mean?
The character design is the process which comes after the characterisation and consists in defining the character through his/her physical appearance.
We need to consider a character as a little fictional creature, human or not, that aims to please its creator and the public as well.
While the basic characterization of this fictional creature (his tastes, his fears, his behaviors) may take a little mental effort, as it is a sort of list of emotions, facts and feelings that come and go in the life of a character, the process of visual realization of this creature may not be as simple. That's why many writers and characters creators prefer to rely on experienced hands.
Also many of the mental aspects of the character are not possible to gain by using 'static' visual medium. For 'static' I mean all the illustrations and drawings unable to tell a
Drawing ResourcesHey people,Drawing Resources2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I started this journal because I had been dissatisfied with my art skills so since May 28, 2011, I've been on the hunt for material to help me out. PLEASE NOTE: This journal gets UPDATED! So check back every few months or so for anything new! And if you find something useful, please suggest it! If you have your own collection of resource links, please share them! And if you're browsing this list and encounter a site link that no longer works, let me know.
ANNOUNCEMENT! My journal is becoming too big. So soon in the future, I will be making a PART 2 to this journal. Some of these sections will be moved there, and the ones left behind will be expanded upon!!! Please continue to leave suggestions. Let me know what has helped you out. I would love to know.
So far I've found these sites helpful:
01. Get Better at Drawing Just some helpful tips.
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lolhi ouo im the new admin, im not sure if anyone else is running this account but ill promise to keep you updated on plz-accounts ^^ lets just hop
Paint Tool SAI and TRANSPARENT .PNGVarious Paint Tool SAI users might have noticed it, me included, and it always bugged me a bit.Paint Tool SAI and TRANSPARENT .PNG2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Apparently, SAI doesn't support .PNG transparency. Meaning, when you go and try to save an image supposed to have transparent areas, the picture still gets a white background.
To fix this, I and possibly other people used to save the project as .psd and load it in Photoshop or similar programs to save the file with the wanted transparent area.
Well, a quick search made me figure out that it instead DOES allow to save images with transparency, so I was wondering how.
After checking up a tutorial I realized that transparency doesn't work in the SAI english pack (which part of us probably own).
Therefore, I checked for the last version, which is 1.1.0, and found a full one.
I instantly noticed that it hadn't the Ink Pen tool, making me think it was somehow older.
But when I tried to save a random sketch as .png, TA-DAH! The pixel opacity window appeared and I was able to get my transp
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 Tutorials1 year ago in Anthro 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.