10 tips about drawing #3 - ShadingThird round of 10 simple and effective tips about drawing, this time a bit more spesific, time to delve into shading, the one area I feel I have progressed the most.
**This is my own personal take and oppinion about shading, take it with a grain of salt **
1. Shade and blend An extremely common way to shade, but not only overused but more often than not used incorrectly.
You lay down a value pref. with an HB or softer pencil and blend it into the paper from the dark to the light, but the thing here to remember is to not go too hard in blending at first, if you do it is very tricky to manipulate the values after.
Think of the tooth of the paper like grass, don´t just stomp them down on the first go, gently grace the paper with a blending stump/tissue/q-tip etc and once you start to approach the desired value you can go a little harder.
2. Directional blending Much as 1. but directional blending means you always blend following the curve of what you are drawi
Simple drawing tips #4 - Portraits.Going on the 4th round now with drawing tips, this time Im going to focus on portrait drawing, it is spesific enough to just involve one topic, but general enough so that its not down to those small details you rarely use.Simple drawing tips #4 - Portraits.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
** Again, this is my take on the subject based on my own experience ( however lacking it is ), so keep that in mind before reading**
1. The head is spherical This does not mean the same as it is a sphere, the head is not perfectly round, it is rounded, huge difference.
But as well as the head is spherical being able to draw a simple and correct sphere is of tremendous value before tackling portrait drawing, and often something many does not think about.
When drawing spheres you have to be able to indicate how the lights hits it and also how the shadows plays its part, you have to show that the object is grounded through an accent ( where the sphere touches the ground it is resting on ), you show dimensions through a turning plane ( the thin slightly darker
10 Simple Drawing tips #6 - To see.[ PS: Dont forget the Make it cold (http://trichardsen.deviantart.com/#/d5ia0qe) Contest where you can win 3 month premium and 1000 points ]10 Simple Drawing tips #6 - To see.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
It has been a while since I have delved into drawing myself, a lot has to do with getting a new camera so ofc the enthusiasm has been very high for taking pictures lately, but that certainly does not mean I have forgotten about drawing, so In honor of the mix and match between photography and drawing I though I would cover a topic that should resonate with both.
*Again I must add that I am in no way a professional artist and you should take the below mentioned tips as such*
1. The art of seeing When you are working with the visual medium, be it drawing/painting to 3d and photography you will even when you are freshly starting out quickly start to see things different, and If you just take a small stop now and then you will also realise that you infact are starting to see things differently, and that is the most powerful tool at yo
Simple drawing tips.I have been asked a lot of times If I could make a drawing tutorial, and to be honest I do not really feel I am at that level yet, and there is allready so many out there.Simple drawing tips.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
But some simple pointers I can certainly do.
So here we go, 10 simple and effective tips, general and spesific.
1. Draw a LOT: Sure, techniques help, tutorials are awesome and books is teh shit, but in the end there are no shortcuts, if you do not draw a lot you have nobody but yourself to blame if you feel you are progressing slowly.
Bring your scetchbook ( get one! ) with you wherever you go, draw anything and everything, and doodle if you are on the phone, just basicly draw a lot and build up that mental library, it will only do you good.
2. Shade with the form: For instance an upper/lower arm is cylindrical, if you shade right across it tends to make it look flat even after blending ontop, if you curve your shading along it creates a greater illusion
Simple drawing tips #5.Time for another round of drawing tips, this time its all about fun.Simple drawing tips #5.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. Draw and repeat This is a really good exercise, you basicly draw anything, scetch, rendered drawing, does not matter what.
Then you repeat the drawing from your memory, this is an extremely good way to build up the mental library really fast.
It might be quite hard at first, but after a few drawing you start to recollect more and more details and things becomes a lot easier, it is also really helpful if you for instance need to draw the same character in different poses.
2. Paint with graphite powder If you save your leftovers from sharpenig, and especially if you use lead and lead holders to draw, or you can just run a pencil over some sandpaper and then just pick up a brush, dip it into the powder and start painting.
You can create some really interesting textures this way, you can basicly use anything you want that will hold the powder.
3. Rip off graphite with tape If you cut that blank typ
Kira and Co.First: I usually don't notice similar messages, especially because my bank account is in the red and I do not have the opportunity to donate.Kira and Co.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
But I know the sender of the message and trust her and so I want to share this content with you. Maybe it helps a little.
To all who get these news too often, as I do normally, please do not be angry.
Just got this message from nicjo
"Off topic for art, but for a truly important reason.
Kira, a 6 month old mini dachshund, has been diagnosed with the neurological disease Hydrocephalus.
Help give her a second chance at life!
Please if you can help, no matter how small a donation, go to the link below.
She needs this operation to survive.
All the information about her is there, along with how to help her. Do something selfless this Christmas <3
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A Cup of Creativity Challenge!My last challenge (The CCC - The Crayon Creation Challenge) turned out to be a load of fun and produced some unbelievable artworks! I thought it was time to do a new challenge. From the poll, there seem to be plenty of you to take partA Cup of Creativity Challenge!1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
What's the point?
* For fun
* For the challenge
* To try something new with a non standard medium
* I'll feature everyone on my page for a week with the art from this challenge
* For my favourite piece, I'll give away my coffee creation as a prize (and if it sucks, I'll do you a drawing instead)
What are the rules?
* Paint a portrait using coffee as your medium and nothing else (well, maybe a tiny bit of graphite for your sketch and tiny touches of your choice of white/black medium for highlighting/darkening choice areas, but that's it!) Your art must be at least 90% coffee.
* Paint whoever you like, but it must be a painting that you have put time into; I won't accept halfhearted or obviously rushed entr
A TRIBUTE TO REALISMA TRIBUTE TO REALISM8 months ago in Personal More Like This
-Why don't you just take a photo and a bunch of other stupid yet justified questions-
After years of being bothered by the same question , I have finally decided to write down my feelings and thoughts about this issue. And I think the timing is perfect considering I've somehow reached a stage of finding satisfaction in my own work; which will hopefully result in this journal being informative, interesting, maybe even educational, but above all stop people from being prejudice. If I had written it earlier it probably would have resulted in ranting and raging, at least to some degree.
I hope you will enjoy this read, but unless you think you can relate or learn more about some things, stop reading because this is going to be LONG
Let me start by asking you - what about your own work makes you feel like an artist? What makes any of us 'artists'? Many people imagine artists to be somewhat like mad scientists, but the
Lullaby For A Princess ChordsLullaby For a Princess by PonyphonicLullaby For A Princess Chords1 year ago in Personal More Like This
This took me way too long, which I guess is only credit to Ponyphonics amazing work. There were chord structures I have never seen and i actually learned a lot from decoding it.
If you guys want this in a different key please ask me, this is the native key ponyphonic uses and I had to use pitch correction to put it in a key I was more familiar with (Gb?! cmon man ) I learned it in Eb but now that i have transposed it back to its original key I might just learn it the right way.
Also if I made a mistake please tell me, this song had been changed pitch, chorded, written as number progressions instead of chords, transcribed back to chords, and then re-recorded so something probably slipped along the way.
Traditional Art Favorites of 2013!2012 • 2011 • 2010 • 2009 • 2008Traditional Art Favorites of 2013!4 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Another year is almost over and it's time for my 6th annual traditional art feature of artworks submitted in the year of 2013!
This is probably my favorite, the most difficult and the most time consuming art feature to make, as well as the one I'm never really satisfied with: how does one decide which works to include in this little collection when, just from thi
If LotR was more like The Last of the Mohicans...(Hey younger readers I swear a lot in this one just FYI)If LotR was more like The Last of the Mohicans...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
...IT WOULD BE AWESOME.
LotR was like great and everything, but it missed so many points of the book, perhaps THE point of the book by and making battles look flashy and SUPER SURFING FUN TIME AMAZING KILLFEST COOOOOL.
LotM has simple camera work, and battle was swift and brutal and real. It remained entertaining, but you come out of that movie going "Jesus, that war was terrible" and not "DID YOU SEE HIM TAKE DOWN THAT MUMAKIL OMGOMG AND THEN GIMLI SAID SOMETHING FUNNY AND I WANT A SWORD NOW".
And then JUST when I thought Peter understood that battles should be like terrifying and intense and shit with kids holding swords and women hiding and stuff at Helmsdeep, THE ELVES SHOW UP. WHAT. NO. WHAT. Like SUNNOVABITCH THAT JUST DESTROYS THE POINT OF HELMSDEEP WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK PETER.
So forgive me if I'm not excited for the THREE FUCKING HOBBIT MOVIES where Bilbo will probably learn that you should NEVER GO OUTSIDE EVER and Ganda
Believe in your workBelieve in your work1 year ago in Personal More Like This
*** This is in not way written as to be lectue, its more some thoughts I have and a hope to inspire some different thinking about artworks.***
Who are you as an artist ?
- I would certainly not say its an easy question, asking myself that I find it quite tricky to answer, I think a more valid form would be "What defines you as an artist ?" and if follow up with a few more question it instantly inspires thought, at least I think.
* Do you dare to be different ?
* Do you take advantage of the tools you have ?
* Do you give up on an idea if it does not work out the first time you try ?
And you can go on and on posing more question and sub-questions, but cutting through all that I believe Is where it all lies, it is not hard to take the easy route and base work of others people successes, I dont think any artist has not gone down that route.
Personally I think it is an important an invaluable tool, but also equa
DeviantART'S 12th Birthday Gameshow: Starting soonDeviantART Birthday Gameshow is starting in just FIFTEEN MINUTES!DeviantART'S 12th Birthday Gameshow: Starting soon2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
We're looking for game players to come and join in our deviantART Birthday Event! In just a short while 3wyl and myself are hosting an interpretation of a British game show called Pointless. The idea of the game is that you have to guess the least popular answer to a multiple answers question. You will be awarded points accordingly, those with the most points will win - but you will have used pointless answers to get there!
We'll have pre-judged the least popular and most popular answers by asking a panel of CVs beforehand for their responses. Want an example?
Name a Film Starring Tom Cruise
Okay so Mission Impossible is a really high answer and if you said that one, you'd get lots of points. Which isn't good! If you said Rain Man - you'd possibly be getting less points. But if you said something like Endless Love or Taps, then you'd be hitting on an answer tha
Project Educate 2011-2012 Part 2Project Educate 2011-2012 Part 22 years ago in Personal More Like This
11thIntroduction!Welcome to Digital Dolls!Dolling 101 (Or Dolling For Beginners)Interview with LadyHazy12thHistory and Interview!History of DollingInterview with Metroid-Tamer!13thPageants!Intro to Pageants14thInterview and Resources!
FAQ . Section. ( will update mostly everyday)Here's a List of FAQFAQ . Section. ( will update mostly everyday)1 year ago in Personal More Like This
If you have any suggested questions post below and I'll try to add those that is most requested : )
Basic Digital Painting Questions
Q: What tools do you use
A: I use Photoshop CS 6, and I work on a cintiq 21 UX
Q: What do you recommend for someone who wants to get into digital art?
A: For programs that I've used and would recommend are 1. paint tool sai, it's a very user friendly and it's very affordable! you can also try using Photoshop CS (any version) they are both great software to start with.
Q: can you recommend a tablet?
A: yes, if it's for fun, I think any wacom bamboo tablets will do the trick, if you want to be more serious with this, then I would go with any of the wacom intuos tablets : )
Q: How do you make the skin so soft?
A:it's not really a secret but I use the airbrush in PS CS 6 a lot to blend,
Q: what brushes do you use?
A: My latest brushes can be
Photography Troubleshooting: FiltersThis week we bring you another issue of Photography Troubleshooting to hopefully give you some tips and explanations behind how to make use of some photography accessories. If you have a question, query or any thoughts you wish to see discussed just drop us a comment or note!Photography Troubleshooting: Filters2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
"The use of filters, how to pick them and examples of situations where they would be helpful...."
Hi moria330, filters are a good way of diversifying your photographic opportunities without spending a great deal of money (though, granted, many of the better quality filters can get to be relatively expensive).
In film photography, filters were used a lot more extensively then they are today thanks to the nature of the medium.
For example colour filters were used for white balance purposes on colour films that were balanced for different light types, so, you could shoot artificial light balanced film under daylight if you had a filter that corrected for it.
Photography Troubleshooting: Dull Images on dA?After a long pause in which nobody seemed to have very many questions, we've got a very intriguing one which came up during the People & Portraits projecteducate week and it's something that has always played on my mind, and no doubt on yours too. Once again sine-out has provided a fantastic answer, so hopefully that will help somewhat in clearing this issue up. Have a question? Drop it on this article and we'll work on an answer!Photography Troubleshooting: Dull Images on dA?2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
"It seems like colorful pictures made in adobe look good, then after
they have been uploaded on deviantART... the color is more dead.. not so
alive..is this an issue?" ~ kayjensen
"Hi kayjensen, the issue your describing is most likely a colour profile issue. Colour profiles essentially describe how each colour is represented and there are different profiles for different purpose but mostly for getting accurate colour out of a printer or a screen.
By default the internet works with and assumes that every
Photography Weekly: Edition TwentyPhotography Weekly Header created by TouchedDPhotography Weekly: Edition Twenty2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
"It's not always easy to stand aside and be unable to do anything except record the sufferings around one. - Robert Capa"
The Pulitzer Prize Winning Photos were announced this week and with it a debate was sparked about how best to display the controversial winners. The winning shot is Photo-journalism at it's best - and indeed humanity at its worst. The image depicts a young Afghan girl standing in the midst of the after effects of a bomb explosion. She is covered in blood, and around her lay bodies. Whilst the publication of graphic images has been a tough and much debated topic for some time - the very taking of such photos has sparked cynicism and unrest between many. Photo-journalists much of the time take their lives into their own hands when they document the horrors of this
Photography Weekly Edition FourteenPhotography Weekly Header created by TouchedDPhotography Weekly Edition Fourteen2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
"Take Only Photographs, Leave Only Footprints." - Urban Explorers Creed
Sometimes it's easy to forget the things around us that were once iconic and useful. In everyday life that could include a multitude of household objects, bits and bobs, clothes, gadgets - all sorts. But in Photography - a specific aspect of Photography - people close doors and board up buildings sometimes with little or no notice. They erect a fence around that old asylum and ship everything out or they install security guards at the boundaries of an army camp. Those places get forgotten and one day there will be nobody left that will remember them. That's where Urban Exploration comes in.
I'm not telling you to go out and scale the wall of your nearest derelict hospital in the name of photography. It takes a certain kind of person (and agility!) to do that anyway, but there are many depths to U
Publish a Journal to Multiple Places!New! Post to multiple places!Publish a Journal to Multiple Places!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Since the release of Sta.sh and Sta.sh Writer, there's been one feature in particular that we've been itching to release, and we're happy to announce that it's ready! Sta.sh Writer now allows for publication to multiple outlets, including your Gallery, Journal, or Group Journals.
How does it work?
1. Head to Sta.sh Writer and begin writing your entry.
2. Choose a skin for your Group from the right hand panel.
3. When you're ready to publish, choose any combination of your Journal, the Journal Portal (browseable by all deviants), and your Groups of which you are in an administrative class.
These options are perfect for those who may want to post the same message to their personal Journal and one or more of their Groups.
Keep in mind!
Submitters, be sure that you have the appropriate privileges to post Journals and/or deviati
5 must knows for better night photos5 must knows for better night photos8 months ago in Personal More Like This
go to http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Cameras/Camera-Sensor-Ratings/%28type%29/usecase_sports
Find your camera and see what iso settings you can push your camera to and still retain descent image quality, this is especially important when shooting auroras, a high iso sensitivity means you can push the shutterspeed under the magical 8 seconds to retain some of the movement of the aurora in the image.
(I personally recommend 6 or less)
Preventing STAR TRAILS
Use the rule of 600 to keep stars in the picture from trailing/streaking.
Divide 600 by the true focal lenght of your lens, true is measured by 35mm full frame, so a 30 mm full frame lens would yield this simple equation: 600/30 = 20 second (or less) exposure and stars will look nice.
For cropped sensors you have to time your focal length with 1.5 for Nikon and 1.6 for Canon.
So 16 mm wide angle lens on a Canon cropped sensor would equal 25.6mm true focal lengt (16*1.6) giving this equation: 600/25.6 = 23.43 secon