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Origami - Art of Paper Folding

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 1:34 PM
Origami is an art form that transforms paper into a sculpture through paper folding and sculpting techniques. Thus, cutting or gluing paper would not be considered to be origami, but 'kirigami' instead. The name 'Origami' is Japanese, in which 'Ori' is the Japanese word for folding, and 'kami' the word for paper.

It is generally believed that origami originated from Japan, but, as there are few records, this is not certain. Nevertheless, Japan developed origami into an intense art form that still exists to this day.


In the past, instructions for origami were passed down in spoken form and not written down. Some say that origami first originated in China in 1st Century, in which paper was then brought to Japan by Buddhist monks in 6th Century. Others claim that paper was made in the 8th Century by the Arabs, with Moors bringing the art of paper folding to Spain in the 12th Century. Spain then spread to South America, and as trade routes developed, origami was thus introduced to Europe and then the United States.

Paper was not that available in the early days, so only the rich could afford to paper fold. Often, gifts came in the form of origami and popularity increased.

In 1797, 'How to Fold 1000 Cranes' was published and contained the first written instructions on how to fold a crane, a sacred bird in Japan. It was a Japanese custom that if a person folded 1000 cranes, they would be granted one wish. This is otherwise known as the Senbazuru.

Senbazuru - 1000 cranes by wastedlimes

From the early 20th Century, Akira Yoshizawa, Kosho Uchiyama, and others began creating and recording original origami works. Akira Yoshizawa, in particular, has been a monumental figure in the innovative art of origami, creating many original designs and inspiring a renaissance of the art form.

Mathematics were later used in studying origami, thereby leading to more complex origami models. As a result, there are many types of origami, such as 'Action' origami in which creations can move, 'Modular' origami in which many identical pieces put together form a complete model, 'Wet-folding' origami, gentle curves where paper is often made damp, 'Pureland' origami where only one fold may be done at a time, and many, many more.



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Papercuttings

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 4:17 AM
Papercutting is an art form that has been seen all over the world, adapted to regional styles based on cultures. It should come as no surprise that the Chinese have the earliest forms of papercutting currently known to us as the 'ancestor to paper' has been found in China. This was dated as far back as 2nd century B.C. and is considered as important as their discovery of printmaking, gunpowder and the compass.

It's your life.(paper cutting) by Thessatoria
Thessatoria's It's Your Life

Naturally as paper spread throughout the world this art form evolved, spreading all over the Far East through to the Middle East. For example Japanese Kirigami where origami folds are cut and Indian Sanjhi

This art form is popular to this very day, take renowned British artist Rob Ryan, which I am sure many of you here would have at least seen his work before! His work has been seen printed over everything you can think of, kitchenware, clothes, books and probably more!

Wall tapestry made from Rob Ryan's work. 

Papercutting or just papercraft  will take the shape and form of whatever culture and history paper exists in at the time. Its influence as an artform transcends well beyond it's roots as it's aesthetics and variety of styles have become objects of desire and beauty. I'll leave you with this, a little gem I found this year. An advert created by Dutch artist Rogier Wieland to advertise the new Moleskine Planners.

Roger Wielands Moleskine Planner animation

Source: www.misterrob.co.uk, rob-ryan.blogspot.co.uk, www.unesco.org/culture/ich/ind…


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LET'S GET FOLDING

Wed Aug 21, 2013, 8:54 AM


LET'S GET FOLDING


Many times a friend or a deviant has said to me, "oh I could never fold origami, I'm not gifted that way", but it's just not true! As part of projecteducate's Artisan Crafts week, I'm going to show you how simple it is to find and fold something gorgeous and to present it well to your internet audience.

With just a little inspiration and a bit of patience, ANY one of us could fold something absolutely lovely. So what are you waiting for?? Let's get folding!


1) BE INSPIRED



First of all, you need to figure out what you want to fold. You need inspiration from looking at gorgeous origami, from admiring nature and the world around, or maybe it'll just hit you like a random lightning bolt. We are super privileged to have many experienced and skilful origamists on dA, many who create their own models from scratch. From personal experience I know it’s no easy thing to create your own original origami designs and am always struck by the beautiful creations I see here.

Origami Blue Jay by HTQuyetVendetta by chosetecAntique Folding Camera by CahoonasGoose - Origami by mitanei
All the above are original origami designs by dA artists

After that, you've got two options. Hard: make up your model all by yourself. Simpler (but not always easier): find some existing folding diagrams or a crease pattern to follow. There are a wealth of origami books out there for all abilities and tastes, and plenty of tutorials and videos online, too. Here's a couple of ideas and resources:

  • Browse sites like Gilad’s origami page and Happy Folding. (They're a couple of my favourites because they have a large and varied database of models, complete with photographs and books where the models are diagrammed.)
  • Be realistic and start with a model on your level. Don’t go for Satoshi Kamiya's Cerberus or lyrebird when you’ve only ever made a simple jumping frog!

Cerberus by manilafolder429 Lyrebird by neubautenJumping frogs by YoyoTheMadScientist


2) CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON



Now that you've decided what you want to fold, let's think about what to fold it with.

  • If you’re a beginner or have not folded this model before, practise with something like printer paper. Something everyday and easy to get hold of.
  • There's LOTS of different types of paper, differing in strength and weight and texture and colour...from ordinary single-side-of-colour kami, Tant, Unryu, Elephant Hide, Tissue Foil to the coveted Origamido. There's no completely straightforward way to decide what to use as it really depends on the model. However, some things are common sense: e.g. don't use lush elephant hide for miniature origami, or foil paper for a wet-fold. If you're interested in more statistics and a deeper discussion, take a look at: www.happyfolding.com/paper-rev… and www.langorigami.com/paper/pape… . Try folding with a variety of papers to get the feel of them, and follow your intuition when deciding which to use.
  • Fancy paper aside, you can use anything that folds. Pages from books, envelopes, wrapping paper, maps...use your imagination!
  • What size do you want your resulting model to be? Generally, the smaller the piece of paper, the more fiddly and tricky it is to fold. On the flip side, it's often difficult and expensive to find large sheets of quality origami paper.
  • I have a bad habit of using my “good” paper for my very first attempt at models, which works out for me sometimes…do as I say, not as I do, and practise with "rough" paper first!
  • Lastly: dry fold or wet-fold? If you're a beginner, the answer is almost certainly DRY, but it's something to think about when you get more advanced. (Wet-folding is a technique of first dampening the paper before folding. It gives the model strength and helps it keep its shape once dry, as well as letting you have more freedom in shaping the origami, making it more realistic and aesthetically pleasing.)


Origami Tesselated Mask by origami-artist-galenOn Sail by ObeseRhino
LEFT TO RIGHT: using Origamido, Tant, tissue paper


3) FOLD IT



Yippee, we're finally at the folding stage! :dance:

  • Remember to use your "rough" paper as you practise and perfect the model.
  • Practise practise practise...:eager:
  • It's easy to get frustrated and that's okay, just come back later. There’ve been a couple of models that I attempted when I was in my early teens. Due to my lack of skill or patience, I’d get stuck at the same point every time I tried it. I huffed and puffed, shrugged, had a coffee and found something else to fold. Years later, I find I can now finish these models and do it well! So you just need to give it a break sometimes.
  • Get familiar with the model before you fold the final version with your “good” paper, and feel free to tweak the original design, adding your own innovations and ideas.

Then…fold fold fold!


4) SHARE YOUR CREATION



Once you've finished your final fold, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Run around and show it to your housemates and your husband and your three dogs! :iconeeeeeplz:

For most of us now the main audience we'll get will be through the internet, so photography matters! It frustrates me to no end when I see a superbly folded model photographed on a cluttered desk with poor lighting and at an angle so you can barely see anything. DO think about how to present your finished origami.

  • NO CLUTTER and GOOD FOCUS are a must: it's easy to find a clear space to place your work down, and even the most basic of cameras can still focus. You don't need a fancy camera.
  • Lighting: natural sunlight always works well, or you could use a well-lit room.
    Background: does the origami stand out against it or does it push the model out of the limelight? Do they complement each other well?
    Colours?
    Angle: how much of the model can you see? Do you want a view of the front/side? Is a single photo enough or should you have an array of angles to do the 3D-ness of the model justice?
  • Be imaginative: do you want to keep the background simple to draw attention to the model? Or maybe create a little scene and a story? Some examples:

    Professionally empty:
    Gryphon by KennyQuanStegosaurus by pejofar
    Natural habitat:
    Origami Bear Cub by FoldedWildernessElwoowl and Jakowl Blues.. by DanielSancho
    Creative lighting and innovative:
    Rhombic Flagstone by wolbashiLevitating Crane by ilikeleeks
    Simply appropriate:
    Gedc1124 by FongchiSummer Ornamental Cube by kiddophoto

Now you're all set to go share your lovely work on deviantART, and in groups like:

:iconorigami-united: :iconorigami-enthusiasts: :iconorigami-insane: :iconorigami-world: :iconpaper-arts: :iconpaper-crafters: :iconcrartisancrafts: :iconwe-love-paper: :iconartisancraft:



So there we have it, folks!


How to get folding in four easy steps. There's a lot more to say on each topic but whether you have never tried to fold before, or you've tried and flopped at it some time in the past, or even if you're an old hand at origami, hopefully today you'll be further inspired to go go go and fold something beautiful. :heart:



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I follow a lot of insanely talented artists here on DA, people whose work I look at in sheer awe and whose skill I can only dream of one day matching.
Unsurprisingly, that high quality of work leads to them either having their work ripped off or operating in fear of that happening. They, quite rightly, want to protect their art with a watermark, something which I'm not against at all.
What I am against, what I hate, is people using that god-awful DA watermark.
If you are a good artist: don't be a lazy git. Make your own watermark, use your own logo. You'll protect your work without doing it the disservice of having some automatically-generated arse-smear ruining it.

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ill be uploading the actual image here monday, after i let it settle over the weekend to see if there are final tweaks.

Hope you enjoy!
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Just wanted to give a little tour on my materials that I use to paint (or what I find works for me)

*Liquin- Used to use mineral spirits, and linseed oil but I found how much linseed oil tends to turn all my colours yellow. Mineral spirits became too watered down many people asked if I painted with watercolours. Liquin and a bit of poppy seed oil makes a perfect mixture. (Almond oil is what I want to try in future)

*Brushes- Round Synthetic mongoose. Flat square brushes was my fav back in the time but no longer.

*Pallet- I buy a painting frame with glass for $8 then I put a white paper under the glass and use that to mix my paints. I used to own a little fridge where I would store my pallet over night (it never dries but your fridge will smell like oil)

*Reference photos- I tape an ipad to my painting and I can zoom in, play music, photoshop and skype while I paint. Best invention ever !

*Paints- I have upgraded to higher more expensive paints thanks to my gift cards (think of it as an investment). Old-Holland, Karma Pigments, Classico and many Winsor paints. My favourite colours at the moment is Kings Blue and Paynes Grey. I stopped using Titanium white, I now use Soft mixing white or Led White (If your doing portrait painting titanium white absorbs light like your dry white walls while led white or flake white reflects and makes it more alive). I actually don't own yellow or yellow ochre I just never needed for my paintings.

*Cleaner- Winsor & Newton Brush Cleaner & Restorer. None toxic. It can restore your dead brushes to life. I also wash my brushes with soap and hot water.

Hope this info helps. Let me know what tricks you use at your studio. I'm always ready to try something new. Plus check out my newer work on my site.

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A collection of tutorials I'm featuring for you !

Find your department and have fun ! :)

:bulletblue: Watercolors and other paints
Step-By-Step by Noss91+Watercolors Tutorial-Layers+ by larienneWatercolors Tutorial by Martina-G+CRAYOLA WATERCOLORS TUTORIAL+ by mmmaohWatercolors - Tutorial by AliTheBandit+Tutorial Step by Step-A Day to Remember+ by larienneUsing Watercolours -TUTORIAL by A-XofiaPainting Tutorial: The Rider by PinkParasolACEO Rabbit Coloring Tutorial by MorRokko

:bulletpink: Copics and other markers
Copic Marker Tutorial I by cartoongirl7Jad's Copic Tutorial by Jad-ArdatComplete Copic Tutorial by Jad-ArdatTutorial: Copic Skin Coloring by MzzAznCopic marker Tutorial - part 1 by yaichinoTUTORIAL :: COPIC by EcthelianGuide: Buying Copics v2.1 by KhallandraCopic Eye Tutorial by XXAnemiaProMarker Tutorial by NashimusCOPIC marker tutorial by luleiyaWalkthrough: Colouring with Copics Version 2 by Khallandra

:bulletyellow: Colored Pencils
Color Pencil Tutorial by VerlisaerysTutorial Techniques with Colored Pencil by anikasgubimColor Pencil Tutorial Part I by Mana-KyusaiColored Pencil Tutorial by nokechaColor pencils Tutorial English by Yenni-VuColored Pencil Tutorial by vantidFog's Colored Pencil Tutorial by fog-mireTRADITIONAL COLOURING TUTORIAL by EliciaElricColoring Skin (Color pencils tutorial) by BKLH362Painting with Pencils: a Tut by Lusc-FireColor Pencil Tutorial by YueYukiSteps :Curiosity killed the Cat: by Youmi-dtColored Pencil Tutorial Part 2 by medli20COLOURING TUTORIAL PART 1 by tavington

:bulletorange: Handcrafts
Vodka Mutini sewing tutorial by lishlitzPlush Donut Tutorial by devliannVideo Tutorial Ramen by SmallCreationsByMelHow to: Rainbow Cupcakes by Marki-san-DesignFun Tip Friday #13 by SmallCreationsByMelKoi Tutorial from Polymer Clay 1/3 by SmallCreationsByMelFun Tip Friday #14 by SmallCreationsByMelSculpting Tutorial by SgtMilenkoTutorial 3 - Head Sculpting by capnkupoCelestia WIP How-To Tutorial Part 2 by Blackout-Comix

:bulletorange: Sketching/Inking and Charcoal
Traditional Inking Tutorial 8D by miaow:thumb330801386:Charcoal Tutorial, WIP by variationsCharcoal Eye Tutorial by ZindyHair Tutorial With Charcoal by disdaindespairCharcoal Reduction Tutorial by AreteEireneCharcoal portrait tutorial by AnndreaLeeannCharcoal tutorial: Marilyn by AnndreaLeeann

:bulletgreen: "How to"
Tutorial: feet 'n' legs by NeMi09nose_tutorial. by Lady2Quick hand-legs-foot tutorial by HellobabyDrawing Feet Tutorial by PoiJanssenTUTORIAL: Drawing Hair by Red-Priest-UsadaTUTORIAL: How to Draw Manga 2 by ember-snowTutorial: Detailed Hair part 1 by Cataclysm-X

F.A.Q - Ask me about materials and techniques! I specialize in paints, but I'm also familiar with markers and colored pencils. However, feel free to ask anything art-related, I'm sure we will figure something out ;)
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EDIT: Yeap, I'm still updating this, albeit slowly.  I put a link up to a new program called Artweaver (at the bottom).  It's a free program that mimics Painter.  Good alternative for those who don't have lots of cash to blow. ;)

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Ok, I’m going to start a tutorial journal just in case people want some quick links to access webpages with some good info and tips on creating things.  Links are generally from everywhere, ranging from articles, to personal artists websites, to art communities, to where ever.  If I see it and I think it has some good stuff that will help people, it will go in here. ( :  

I have tried to put these in respective categories, but if you feel something doesn’t belong please tell me and I can move it.

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Just as a heads up! If you are interested in other communities for learning, try taking a look at:

CGTalk
CGTalk mostly specializes mainly in computer graphic arts such as digital painting and 3d animation / modeling.  It contains a gold mine of information (they have their own wiki ) as well as hosting daily sketch groups, workshops, critique boards, and other activities to help those artists seeking to improve their art.

Concept Art .org
Concept Art is another site dedicated for the serious learning artist who is interested in improving their skills.  Their forums are not nearly as large as CGTalks, and their main focus is on painting though it is not limited to the digital medium.  CA contains activities like Creature / Environment / Character  of the Week (just to name a few), a Sketchbook forum to post daily sketches or studies, Challenges, and a Critique Center which has tutorials.  

Epilogue
Epilogue’s site contains a forum with a smaller community than the previous two sites, but the critique boards are great for those in need of help on current projects.  There are also contests and challenges to participate in, as well as a sketchbook area for those interested in showing their daily drawings.

GFX Artist
These forums contain various sections for artists seeking help, including a Paint Over section, Work in Progress area for critiques, tutorials and tips, and an area for Speed Painting.  They also contain community competitions.

Pixel Brush
This is still a smaller forum, but it's growing fast and has had a huge variety of artists of all skills posting.  Great for feedback and critiques, and they also host Challenges and Contests.

NOTE: If you have any tutorials you like and find helpful, let me know and I'll add them to this list.  More Tutorials will come soon!

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Character Designs** <-- This link has to have some of the best photographs ever for artists to use for practicing their drawing skills.  Tons of images under the "photosets" link to reference off of, do visit!

Instructional Links


Art Theory / Fundamentals
Basic Art Information
Color Vision
Color Theory - by Worqx
Basic Theory, Explanations for beginners - by Natascha Roeoesli
A Practical Guide to Color for Artists - by Socar Myles
Colour Theory in a Nutshell - by Majnouna
Color Theory 1- by Ron Lemen aka Fredflickstone
Color Theory 2- by Ron Lemen aka Fredflickstone
Fundamentals pg 1 - by yamslayer
Fundamentals pg 2 - by yamslayer
Fundamentals pg 3 - by yamslayer
Fundamentals pg 4 - by yamslayer
Fundamentals pg 5 - by yamslayer
Fundamentals pg 6 - by yamslayer
Fundamentals pg 7 - by yamslayer
Fundamentals pg 8 - by yamslayer
Fundamentals pg 9 - by yamslayer
Fundamentals pg 10 - by yamslayer
Fundamentals pg 11 - by yamslayer
Fundamentals pg 12 - by yamslayer
Fundamentals pg 13 - by yamslayer
Fundamentals pg 14 - by yamslayer
Fundamentals pg 15 - by yamslayer
Fundamentals pg 16 - by yamslayer

Anatomy - Human
Digital Anatomy Painting** - by Amerasu
Character Design Tutorials and Rules - by Nebezial
Application to Learn Anatomy (also good for expressions and what muscles are used to achieve the look)
Express guide: Figure Drawing - by Majnouna
Z Big Guide to Body Drawing - by Majnouna
Head Tutorial 1- by Ron Lemen
Head Tutorial 2- by Ron Lemen
Figure Drawing 1**- by Ron Lemen
Figure Drawing 2** - by Ron Lemen
Tutorial: Human Figure - by kitten-chan

Anatomy - Animal
Basic Animal Anatomy - by Majnouna
Wing Drawing Tutorial - by Apsaravis

Composition
Visual Perception and Aesthetics
Landscape Composition - by Johannes Vloothuis
Composition - by Phil Straub
Creating Dynamic Compositions with Line Intersections - by Jean Pierre Targete
Composition: Understanding it - Using it! - by Larry Seiler

Educational
Guide to Human Types part 1 - by Majnouna
Guide to Human Types part 2 - by Majnouna
Guide to Human Types part 3 - by Majnouna
Guide to Human Types Addendum - by Majnouna
Drawing the Horse - by Majnouna
Drawing Birds pt.1 - by Majnouna
Drawing Birds pt.2 - by Majnouna
Drawing Birds pt.3 - by Majnouna
How I draw Character Poses - by pandabaka

General Drawing / Sketching
Vilppu’s Drawing How To’s articles - by Animation World Magazine and Glen Vilppu
Drawing Value - by Cherie
Types of Drawing Papers/Surfaces - by Murray Cholowsky
Basic Drawing - by Todd Cooper
Drapery Tutorials 1 and 2- by Fredflickstone

Lighting and Shading
Light and Dark - by Ron Lemen
Light Tutorial
Explaination of color and light - by Natascha Roeoesli

Painting
A Guide To Starting Acrylics - by David

Perspective
Elements of Perspective
Technical Perspective - by HOON
Persepctive - Short version 2 point - by TeamGT Studios
Persepctive - Short version 2 point continued - by TeamGT Studios
Persepctive - Short version 2 point continued - by TeamGT Studios


Critique

Giving a Critique - by liiga
Taking a Critique - by liiga


Emoticons

livius constructed a great article which contains a lot of links to emoticon making!  Everything is broken down very nicely into its respective categories, so things should be quite easy to find!

Making Emotes: The Tutorial Master List - article by livius
How I Make Emotes - Emote Making the Zikes Way - by zikes


"How to" Tutorials

A minor note on “How to” Tutorials.  Normally I don’t like these style tutorials for beginners because I think that part of our growth as artists is to figure out how to approach something on our own.  We shouldn’t -need- a tutorial to draw a tree; what we should do is go look at a tree, then draw it as we see it.  “How To” tutorials I regard as other process paintings.  It’s looking at how other artists draw or paint subjects in different techniques.  While there is nothing wrong about learning how other artists approach things, I would always encourage beginners to first try to discover their own method first.

Clouds
Painting Clouds - by Steven Stahlberg
Perfect Clouds in 5 Easy Steps - by Socar Myles
How to Make CLOUDS in PSP - by Losmios
Realistic Clouds - by Lunacore
Clouds Tutorial - by DanLuVisiArt

Ears
Ear Painting Tutorial - by twosilverstars

Eyes
Katherine Dinger’s Eye Tutorial
Linda Bergkvist’s Eye Tutorial
Animal Eye Tutorial - by daisy7
Anime Eye Tutorial - Deluxe - by ryo0oki
Melissa’s Eyeball Tutoral - by MelissaFindley
Painting Eye - by AURORY
Eye Tutorial - by MIKH
:bulletred: Painting the Eye - by MelissaFindley

Fabric
Painting Silk Fabric - by Natascha Roeoesli
Curtains- by wisdom-of-trees

Fur
Fur Tutorial - by Fatal-mantis85
OC Fur Tutorial - by daisy7
Fur Tutorial - by thefelinecanine
Fur Tutorial - by DanLuVisiArt

Glass
Glass Ball in Photoshop - by Lunacore  

Hair
Painting Hair - by Linda Bergkvist
Painting Hair - by Natascha Roeoesli
Painting Hair - by Katherine Dinger
Photoshop Painting Techniques: Hair and Fur - by Dave Nagel
Hair painting tutorial - by Dianae
Hair Tutorial - by liiga
How to Paint Hair - by ZombieSandwich

Hands / Feet
Drawing Hands - by Ron Lemen
All About Hands - by odduckoasis
Tutorial: Human Hands - by kitten-chan
Tutorial: Feet and Shoes - by kitten-chan

Human Head
Drawing Human Heads - by Ron Lemen

Landscapes/ Rocks/ Natural Objects
Digital Landscape Painting - by Patrick Keith
Painting Rocks and Grass in Photoshop - by Patrick Keith
Making a Background - by Elin Josefsson
How to Make Grass - by AURORY

Light / Rays / Glows
Light Rays in Photoshop - by Dave Nagel
Glow Tutorial - by thefelinecanine
Glow Tutorial - by ramy
Blast Effect - by GraphixKid

Lips / Mouths
Painting Lips - by AURORY

Metal
Interface Design in Adobe Photoshop: Pitted Metal - by Dave Nagel
Bullet Metal Tutorial - by danimation2001

Paper
Creating a rumpled paper effect in Photoshop - by Dave Nagel

Planets / Galaxies / Stars / Skys
Planet Tutorial - by Inventor
Starry Sky Tutorial - by Fatal-mantis85
Land Planet Tutorial - by ucd
Tutorial: Making a Realistic Star Field - by Greg Martin
Tutorial: Making a Planet - by Greg Martin
Painting a Night Sky with an Aurora Borealis - by MelissaFindley

Portraits
Portrait Tutorial - by Jujika

Scales
:bulletred: Dinosaur Scale tut - by nebezial

Skin
Easy Way To Making Incredibly Detailed Skin...wrinkles, Pores, and now stone too - by nebezial
Painting Realistic Skin Tones with Photoshop and Painter - by Michael Yazijian
CG Session 01: Skin - by Nashya
Skin Painting Tutorial - by CrazyDwarf
Skin Tutorial - by engelszorn

Stone
Stone Texture - by Phong.com
Stone Wall - by Lunacore

Water
Water Background Tutorial - by kaykaykit
Water Drops in Photoshop - by Lunacore

Other
Creating Geometric Paint Effects in Photoshop - by Dave Nagel
Create a Crack - by Lunacore


Other Medium Techniques

:bulletred: How to Dye Paper - by hibbary


Painting Techniques


Photoshop
Coloring in Photoshop - by damie-m
Painting Digitally - by ramy
Fox Fire - Tutorial - by Ashwings
Painting Digitally - by Abuze
Digital Coloring Part I - Adobe Photoshop 7 - by Chris Arlidge
Digital Coloring Part II - Adobe Photoshop 7 - by Chris Arlidge
Basic Photoshop Painting Techniques for Technical Illustrations - by Kevin Hulsey
Photoshop Ghosting Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Technical Illustrations - by Kevin Hulsey
Painting in Photoshop CS for Technical Illustrators - by Kevin Hulsey
Portrait Painting Tutorial - by acidlullaby
Quick Coloring Tutorial - by Abuze
Lineart Tutorial - by Andoledius
Fausto - Step by Step - by AlMaNeGrA
Digital Painting Tips - by BikerScout
Tea WIP Combo - by BikerScout
Video Tutorial - Photoshop - by engelszorn
Create a Watercolor Painting in Photoshop - by Dani Draws
Texture: How to Make Better Art with Jelly Beans - by Dani Draws
Lineart Tutorial - by LuLuMoo
Photoshop CG: Part One - by GunnerRomantic
Photoshop CG: Part Two - by GunnerRomantic
Photoshop CG: Part Three - by GunnerRomantic
Mini Painting Tutorial - by juliedillon
Centaur - Painting Tutorial - by thegryph
:bulletred: Digital Painting Tutorial - by Dianae
:bulletred: HyP – Step by Step pt 1 - by dark-spider
:bulletred: HyP – Step by Step pt 2 - by dark-spider
:bulletred: HyP – Step by Step pt 3 - by dark-spider
:bulletred: HyP – Step by Step pt 4 - by dark-spider
:bulletred: HyP – Step by Step pt 5 - by dark-spider



Illustrator (or any Vector Program)
CS Vector Tutorial 2 - by yajido
CS Vector Tutorial 3 - by yajido
Creating Line Drawings in Illustrator - by Dani Draws

Corel Painter
Ligatio: the Walkthrough - by liiga
Old Gold: Fantasy Portrait from start to finish. - by MelissaFindley

Unknown
:bulletred: Painting Demo - by MarcoBucci


Traditional Mediums
Anime Watercolor Tutorial. - by MeredithDillman


Software Specific


Adobe Illustrator
Pattern Brushes in Adobe Illustrator - by Dave Nagel
Creating Custom Brushes for Illustrator, part 2 - by Dave Nagel

Adobe Photoshop
Photoshop Tips for Beginners 1 - by Dave Nagel
Photoshop Tips for Beginners 2 - by Dave Nagel
Photoshop Tips for Beginners 3 - by Dave Nagel
Photoshop Tips for Beginners 4 - by Dave Nagel
Photoshop Basics: Gradients - by Dave Nagel
Making Natural Brushes for PS - by Duffzilla
Tutorial Color Adjust - by Abuze
General Photoshop Tutorial - by BlackBirdInk (visual layout guide)
Make Your Own Photoshop Brushes - by Dani Draws

ArtRage 2
Have Fun With ArtRage 2 - by zhuzhu

Corel Painter
Tips and Tricks for Corel Painter IX - by Robert Chang
Creating Brushes in Corel Painter IX - by Dave Nagel
Keeping Painter 6,7, and 8 Running Smoothly - by Jinbrown
Hot-Rodding your Brushes in Corel Painter - by pixlart

Open Canvas
Complete Guide to Open Canvas - by Luthien-Rogue


Process Paintings


Photoshop specific
Digital Paint for OFDW Caravaggio Master Copy - by DigitalSol
Advanced Digital Painting Techniques - by Socar Myles
The Making of “Dawn’ - by aiRaGe
Illustrations with Photoshop: A Designer’s Notebook - by Nicolas Fructus
Seheiah - Walkthrough - by Melanie Delon
Character Painting and Design I - by TeamGT Studios
Character Painting and Design II - by TeamGT Studios
I might smile tomorrow - by AquaSixio
Coloring Tutorial Part 1 - by Overweight-Cat
Coloring Tutorial Part 2 - by Overweight-Cat
Clever layer Player? (painting using layers) - by AquaSixio
Coloring Overview - by ZombieSandwich
Making of Someone Loves You - by ZombieSandwich
Digital Stippling - by BikerScout
The Making of Moonlight Sorrow - by Elin Josefsson
Medieval Armor Tutorial - by Daarken
Roman Soldier Tutorial - by Daarken
Regard Steps - by MIKH
Nose bleeding Step by Step - by DanielaUhlig
:bulletred: Airships Progress - by AlexRuizArt
:bulletred: The Fountain Process - by AlexRuizArt
:bulletred: Rebel Hideout Process - by AlexRuizArt

Corel Painter specific
Face Progression - by MelissaFindley
Winged Vamp Tutorial - by Uwe Jarling
Splash Walkthrough - by arcipello
:bulletred: Blood and Gold: Progression - by MelissaFindley

Combination Software
Making of "Witchcraft" - by Wang Wei
Moonlight Lovers - Walkthrough - by Robert Chang
Scythe the Wolf - Walkthrough - by Robert Chang
Blood Siren - Walkthrough - by Robert Chang
Intergalactic Tutorial Session - by HOON
:bulletred: Elfia Tips HR Version - by MIKH
:bulletred: Colibris Steps - by MIKH
:bulletred: Dark Angel Steps - by MIKH
:bulletred: Ava Study - by MIKH
:bulletred: CG Coloring Tutorial - by Tirael
:bulletred: Woman and Cats How To Advanced - by Zzanthia


Traditional
Scribbly bits & Ink - by ursulav
Step - by - step of Awakening - by Saimain

Digital Unknown
Tutorial: Shining Throne - by nJoo
Tutorial: Lost Adventurer - by nJoo
Lava Swimmer Process - by nJoo
Don Diego Steps - by MIKH
Jealousy - by Steven Stahlberg
TinFins Progress - by GunnerRomantic



Educational Links


Anatomy of the Human Body - by Henry Gray
Dipping into Digital - by liiga


Misc. Tutorial Sites


Tutorials by Skjoldbroder
Contains: “How to…” Paint clouds, mountains, metal, fur, blood, planets.  Contains some basic photoshop information too)
Tutorials by Linda Bergkvist
Contains: “How to…” Paint noses, hair, eyes, blend skin, and great custom Photoshop brushes.
Website of Benita Winckler aka Dunklegold
Contains: 2 walkthroughs and 1 Tutorial on making custom Photoshop brushes
Digital Media Designer
Contains: Good grief, I can’t count how many tutorials, all ranging from photo manipulation, to Adobe Illustrator, to 3D material to editing.  The Download section has copious amounts of brushes by Dave Nagel for Photoshop.  All are very handy!
Blue Sfear
Contains: Many tutorials about multiple programs (photoshop, flash, 3D studio max etc)
Phong
Contains: Many tutorials about a variety of subjects
Trevor Morris Tutorials
Contains: Many tutorials mostly about Photoshop
Photoshop Tutorials
Contains: Many tutorials mostly about Photoshop.  Lots of categories to look under.
Good-Tutorials
Contains: Many tutorials mostly about Photoshop.  Lots of categories to look under.


Art Programs / Software


Graphic / Paint Software
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Photoshop
Corel Painter
Paintshop Pro
Open Canvas
ArtRage 2
GIMP
:bulletred: Art Weaver



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Our guest post today comes from established Children's Book Artist Donald Wu.  Don is a San Francisco Bay resident with a huge portfolio of success under his arm that includes more than ten published books to date. If anyone can tell you what it takes to be successful and stay successful it's him! So please join us as Donald helps to walk you through putting together the most important  tool you'll need to establish yourself and start getting work, your portfolio!




Every now and again, I get asked the question, "What should I put in my portfolio?".  So, I wanted to take a moment and share some tips and suggestions you might consider when putting together an illustration portfolio. Specifically, a portfolio of illustrations catering to children's publishing; although websites and social media play an ever-increasing role in promoting your work, having a physical portfolio will still come in handy the next time you attend a nearby illustration conference or if you find yourself lucky enough to be given some face time with an art director. So let's get started...

First off, let's get the basics out of the way; a typical portfolio should contain anywhere from 12 to 15 images, bound in a nice, clean, and simple, 8" x 11" portfolio. The thing to remember is this: showcase work and talent, so the portfolio itself should NOT distract or compete with the artwork. So rule of thumb ...keep it simple! Be sure to include pocket at the back of the portfolio with postcards and/or business card for someone to take.

Now for the most important parts of any portfolio, the ARTWORK! Here are a few key points to remember:
        
  • Order & Pacing: Typically, a portfolio should open with a sample of your best work! The point of this is pretty obvious, you want to WOW your viewer and grab their attention right from the start. Once you have it, it's a matter of sustaining that interest throughout the entire portfolio. To achieve this, you want to space your artwork out evenly and build a rhythm between some of your good/solid pieces and some great/better pieces. And to end it on a high note, you'll want to include another one of your best illustrations. Ideally, this will leave them with a lasting impression of your work, or even better still, leave them wanting more!Below is a quick diagram to better illustrate this. One thing you will notice is that depending on the quality and the number of pieces in your portfolio, as well as the fact that you will be constantly update your portfolio, we will have some variations, but the basic structure should still be followed.

          
    • Consistency of Quality: Your portfolio is only as good as it's weakest piece. So if you have an illustration that you are not sure about, it's best to leave it out. To a potential client, a weak piece will also have the potential of leaving a lasting impression, but for all the wrong reasons. Your portfolio should only contain your best work, so in some cases, less is more. So remember, even if it means a thinner portfolio, only include work that you are actually proud to show off.
    • Consistency of Style: Along with demonstrating a consistent quality of work, you also want to define a consistent style in your art as well. A big mistake you can make is filling your portfolio with work in several different styles and techniques. Below are several scenarios someone might decide to do this with their portfolio. In each case, first, I'll give the rationale behind these choices followed by reasons why you shouldn't.
      1. By showing a wide range of styles, there is a belief that you are showing the art directors that you are versatile and capable of handling multiple mediums and styles. Instead, what ends up happening is that you'll leave them thinking, "What kind of art will I expect if I hire you?" And this is not what is desired.  
      2. By including a portfolio with different styles, you are hoping this will help you land more jobs because you are in essence casting a wider net. Unfortunately, the downside of this is that you are also diluting your portfolio in the process. So instead of having a full portfolio of 12 solid pieces highlighting your individual style, you are only able to show potential clients 4 or 5 pieces. This will make it more difficult for them to accurately assess your skills and make them reluctant to hire you.
      3. Let's face it, sometimes you just need a filler. You might run into a case of simply not having the number of illustrations to fill up your portfolio. So you decide to round out the 12 pieces with an illustration that's different just to bulk up your numbers. The thing to remember is that any capable art director will see right through this as well, which will lead to them to question your experience. And just as bad, this misplaced illustration will stick out like a sore thumb and disrupt the flow to the rest of your portfolio.

      At the end of the day, the person looking at your art needs to be able to associate your name with your work. So the clearer and simpler you make it for them and yourself, the better.




    • Content: The next area I want to cover, I also feel is the most important, and that is the kind of illustrations you should showcase. So let's get down to the nitty-gritty...
      1. Children: Seeing that we are creating a portfolio for children's publishing, naturally, a huge majority of our time will be spent drawing and painting children. So knowing the subject matter will be crucial! From sad to happy, or surprise to shock, being able to convey children with emotion and life will be an important part to master. This means that your portfolio should not only cover a diversity of races, gender, and ages of children, but you can also cover a variety of situations and scenarios a child can relate to.
      2. Animals: Aside from drawing children, in this business, you will also be asked to draw lots of animals. So in your portfolio, it would be beneficial to include some animals as well. This can be your more realistic and lifelike animals to your more anthropomorphic variety.
      3. Make Believe: Fairy tales and the fantastical play a big part in children's publishing, so it would be a natural choice to include them in your portfolio. However, here's a caveat for those who decide to illustrate a popular one, and that is the risk of it being generic or cliche. Personally, I feel that unless you can introduce something new to the table, or add your unique twist to a classic, I would stay clear of them. Instead, you should use the opportunity to show off your creativity, and imagine your very own fairy tale.
      4. Storytelling: In children's publishing, a big aspect of what we do is tell stories with pictures, and so your portfolio should reflect this. Your illustrations should tell a story. The bulk of your illustrations should include work that shows a characters interacting with either their surroundings or with each other. You should limit posed, glamour shot or pin-up type of illustrations. In other words, focus on the illustrations you would find inside the pages of a children's book and not so much on the illustrations you would see on the cover.
      5. Continuity: Another part of telling stories with pictures also involves being able to demonstrate continuity. So a good addition to your portfolio would be to include a couple of illustrations (no more than 2-3) that shows you can handle a series of sequential illustrations involving the same character(s).
      6. Licensed Characters: Lastly, this seems pretty obvious but you should definitely avoid using licensed characters in your portfolio. Unless you look really good in strips or bright orange, just stick to your own original work. Not only would you be coming across as unprofessional, this too, is another missed opportunity to show that you can be creative, by inventing your own original characters.

      When deciding on the content of your portfolio, the best advice I can give you is to make the most of each illustration.  You are limited by the number of illustrations, so each and every selection becomes all the more important when trying to make a good impression. Be deliberate and even strategic about what ends up in your portfolio. A solid, well-rounded portfolio will show potential clients that you can do a job, and do it well.




  • Know Your Audience: Within children's publishing, there are lot of niches, so it's important to know who you are showing your portfolios to. From educational, to religious, to trade publishers, each one of these publishing sectors have their own requirements and preferences. So do your homework and know what these clients are looking for, and then cater your portfolio to fit those needs.
  • Updating Your Portfolio: It's a good idea to keep your portfolio current. As your work continues to evolve and mature, so too should your portfolio. While some pieces remain staples in your portfolio, others will be quickly be replaced. One thing to remember is to stay flexible depending on what's needed by the potential client.


Well, I think I have covered just about everything! In closing, I just wanted to say that this business of illustration can be quite frustrating and challenging! Not only is the competition as high as ever, but add to that the economic climate of these past several years... things couldn't be more daunting for anyone trying to succeed in this business. Which is all the more reason you need to build the strongest portfolio possible to stand out from the crowd. And for those persistent and determined few, I hope this has helped. Good luck and I wish you much success!





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DeviantART is a great place to find not only art but also some awesome tutorials. It doesn't matter if you are interested in photo manipulation or writing, usually there is a tutorial for that. But at the same time there are so many great tutorials outside of deviantART and most deviantART users might never find them unless someone shows these tutorials to them. So I'm happy to introduce you a new #TutorialsForYou journal series called "Tutorial Showcase" which features some awesome tutorials outside of deviantART. System is pretty simple. Every showcase journal showcases five tutorials from a specific category and this category changes with every new journal. There's no special placement, all of them are equal. So here we go!

Theme for this time is:

Web Interfaces





This web interface tutorial is about how to create a sleek portfolio layout. It is very well designed and color choice on this interface is fantastic. I also like the tutorial process as it is really well explained and has a screenshot of almost every step he makes. just follow the steps and you will have yourself a cool looking interface.

:pointr: Sleek portfolio tutorial

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A little more artsier tutorial than the last one but also great one to follow. But if you are a beginner then it might not be as easy to follow the steps in this tutorial because some steps require you to have some knowledge about some photoshop functions. However, if you do succeed then you will be more than happy with your final result.

:pointr: Grungy portfolio tutorial

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Time to move on from portfolio interfaces for a second and go a bit more professional. This tutorial teaches you how to create a great basic web interface. Compared to first two tutorials its a bit more complicated in a way of using some photoshop functions. It is also much longer tutorial and if you want to follow it step by step then it might take you some time. However I'm sure that the end result will be awesome.

:pointr: Professional layout tutorial

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And now one of my own favorite website tutorials. I like the lightness of it and the overall clean look. It also uses some icons from the great iconset and shows you how icons can make things so much better. Again, really easy tutorial to follow.

:pointr: Clean portfolio tutorial

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And last but not least a very different website tutorial. While all the other feature tutorials where quite smooth and clean then this one is a bit different and teaches you how to make some vintage web interfaces. Its a really fun tutorial to follow and at the same time teaches you some awesome tricks that you can use later on.

:pointr: Vintage layout portfolio




And this is for this time. I hope you liked it and if you have some ideas for next time then please be sure to let me know.
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