Tutorials and techniques 2It's time to refresh the tutorial journal! Added some new ones and removed those which, after some time, I found a bit misleading.Tutorials and techniques 23 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Below you'll find a list of tutorials I personally think of as the best on dA. If I have any problems with painting something I usually take a look at one of those.
Is there anything you're having troubles with? Need help looking for a good tutorial? Or maybe you'd like to see a video walk-through of me painting something?
I'm open for suggestions for what kind of tutorial/walk-through you'd like to see from me. If you're interested in anything, post your suggestions in the comments!
Poses, composition and perspective
Expressions and emotions
Colour theory, selection and mixing VS light
Blending Tutorial by acidlullaby :thumb146178
The Ten Percent RuleIf you are working on a completely shaded drawing, or a finished art work, you may wish to follow the the ten per cent rule, which runs as follows: Make roughly ten per cent of your shaded areas black or near-black, and roughly ten percent white or near-white, with the rest of the artwork composed of a range of middle tones. This rule follows my deeper art philosophy that "beauty is in the middle tone." All areas of tonality must also follow the rule of balanced composition. I'm just formulating this rule now, but it seems that many high quality masterpieces, such as finished oil paintings and the best drawings, follow it to some extent. (not always, but many, I think.) For example, here's a typical masterpiece, a piece of art by Degas: http://penonpointe.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/edgar-degas-the-rehearsal.jpg I think you can very clearly see the ten per cent rule in effect here.The Ten Percent Rule3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The challenge is to my self (isn't it always?) to follow the rule and apply it to my best fully shaded ar
3000 Watcher GiveawaySo I've reached over 3000 watchers and I'll be doing the drawing for my giveaway tomorrow. If you watched me after 3000, you will not be eligible for this giveaway. Don't worry - there will be more in the future!3000 Watcher Giveaway3 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. A random watcher will be drawn via random.org. Watchers at and under 3000 will be eligible only.
2. The winner will receive their choice of a custom food in 1:12 scale.
3. The watcher drawn has three days to contact me once their name has been announced. If you do not get back in touch with me, you will forfeit our prize and another person will be drawn.
4. If you win and are under 18, please double check with your parents if you can give me your shipping address, since I will send you your item via the post. If you cannot give your address, tell me ASAP so i can draw another name.
5. By accepting the prize,the winner agrees to not resell the received item.
6. The prize will take at least a week to complete, as it will be made from scratch.
Thanks to all my watcher
Gallery DirectoryPerhaps useful from the start, but better late than never.Gallery Directory3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here's a "map" of the group's gallery and it's folders, as well as a description of what goes in each folder. Will be updated as more folders are added to the group.
If a folder claims to allow members to submit to it but you find that you can't, please let us know!
For general Sixfold related things and information. Not open for members. On occasion member's art will be featured there, if it is basic Sixfold related, such as a dA stamp. Round flashes will also be featured here.
Apps for the admin NPCs, such as leaders, assistants, and other plot-driving NPCs. Not open for members.
Artwork: art of the admin npcs drawn by the admins. Not open for members.
Additional clothing: clothing references and other outfits for the admin NPCs.
Other Information: any other information regardin
Fast lane to becoming a better artist.I often get this very question: How did you get this good this fast?Fast lane to becoming a better artist.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Now as I consider myself not being as good as people tell me, even struggling quite often with being an artist in general.
I do know how to get better and how to reach it fast. I'm still growing as I go and it's the main thing that keeps me going.
You need to get into the right mindset and the rest will follow. With the rest I mean:
3. Positive energy.
4. The NEED to draw.
Seeing growth in your work gives you the courage to work harder. You know that feeling when you're just about done with an image
and feel like this image is better than your last one, that great feeling. Use it!
Do studies! Lots of them!! Make film shot studies, live object studies, master-painting studies. They will teach you a lot about composition, lighting, colors, shapes storytelling etc.
You will hardly notice that you are learning thing
. . . LEAN!Soy tonta.. . . LEAN!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sí, lo soy por escribir esto; lo único que hago es dar más material de trabajo a los que a continuación voy a acusar:
cristygomez: ... Deberían prohibir a personas como tú. Con tal de molestar a Aniita13 le robas sus dibujos y encima los insultas. Tú dirás que sí son tuyos, pero eso es mentira. ¿Qué artista va a insultar sus propios dibujos? Es que hay que saber mentir. Gente como tú he conocido, y la verdad, es que es molesta. MUY molesta. Pero sólo molestan por envidia o por otras razones que nunca son reveladas.
¿Y por qué me meto en esto si no tiene nada que ver conmigo? Pues porque sí que tiene que ver conmigo. ¡Has insultado mi dibujo!
<--- Coloreado por Aniita13 aquí -->
Y tú lo has subido como si fuera tuyo sólo que con el título de "mary y tomas besukeandose'' (vaya or
Confessions - Learn from MeOkay, I'll be trying to make this simple. To explain the latest journal, and to share an experience that might help others that are in the same boat as me.Confessions - Learn from Me3 years ago in Personal More Like This
First things first: The original problem.
Ever since age 10-11 i've developed a very abstract way to see things. I've started thinking more and more how it would've been, If I could control the world. If I could be anything.
Create my worlds, live my worlds, die many times but keep the experiences before.
Rebirthing myself in another body with the experience I have now: I would be great. Phenomenal. I could fix my past mistakes.
And be so much more. Live so much more. Without fearing consequences. The world itself would be my playground.
It has fascinated me since, greatly. ( Monochrome is the artistic embodiment of this abstract emotion and thought.)
It has also been the fuel to my (soon to be developed) depression and suicidal thoughts.
I hate not having control. I hate having to feel bad, when I thought that by dying I would esca
The Lonely PathThe Lonely Path3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I have never found a companion who was so companionable as solitude.
Henry David Thoreau
By :icontechgnotic: techgnotic
I I always thought of Thoreau’s comment as simply a word game — clever but ultimately false at its core. A Valentines Day without a Valentine means being alone and alone means being unhappy. It’s taken many years to finally understand the truth in Thoreau’s words. We are never so alone as when in the company of loving family and friends, our Valentine companion held tight in our arms – but knowing we are lost, unfulfilled in our dreams and visions, and untrusting in our own inner counsel. Now I hope to one day seek companions
1000 Watcher Give Away*I've hit 1000 watchers! Thank you so much all! <3 I will choose a name for the winner tonight. Make sure you check back here around 7:00pm eastern and see if you've won. :3 I'll send a note to the winner as well.*1000 Watcher Give Away3 years ago in Personal More Like This
So I'm almost at 1000 watchers (hooooooow), and I wanted to do another give away! Here are the details:
1. Anyone watching me before or at 1000 watchers is automatically entered into the contest. No watchers after 1000 will be counted.
2. A winner will be randomly drawn using the random number generator on random.org.
3 The winner will receive a prep board of a food of their choice.
1000 watchers is insane, so I wanted to offer an awesome prize for this one. \o/
You guys are all fantastic and I appreciate each and everyone of you, and I wanted to let you all know that it means a lot to me that you support me and my crazy little hobby.
Reptilicus Infernicus: 2012, Year of the DragonReptilicus Infernicus: 2012, Year of the Dragon4 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
2012: Year of the Dragon
DRAGON CASTLE by randis
According to the Chinese zodiac, 2012 has ushered in the year of the dragon upon the world stage.
In addition to occupying an ages old position in our cultural consciousness, legend and folklore surrounding
the dragon mythology has long been firing the kiln of our dreams with fright and menace. When we are speaking of
Dragons, we are speaking from ancient texts gathered form the beginnings of kept records of any kind and fro
Critiques!It seems most of you like the idea of me providing critiques, so I will begin offering that.Critiques!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
In order to receive a critique from me, please leave a link to the piece you would like critiqued on my profile. I will then leave a critique in a comment on your piece.
I've also listed the wine charms up on my site. They'd be great for the upcoming holidays.
Find them here: Buy a set here - http://bon-appeteats.weebly.com/wine-charms.html
I'd also be willing to take these as commissions if you have a certain theme in mind.
The Fairy Tale, A Lifelong ResonanceA thousand years tradition of scaring children at bedtime continues for children of all ages. News of the discovery of 500 “new” fairy tales collected over 150 years ago [link] in Germany and locked away in a forgotten archive has me thinking about the enduring importance of these narrative treasures in the lives of human societies worldwide. My worry, have fairy tales been marginalized by modernism?The Fairy Tale, A Lifelong Resonance3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
:icontechgnotic: by techgnotic
A Thousand Years Tradition of Scaring Children at Bedtime
Continues for Children of All Ages
News of the discovery of 500 “new” fairy tales collected over 150 years ago in Germany and locked away in a forgotten archive has me thinking about the enduring importance of these narrative treasures in the lives of human
Sherlock Holmes: The Ever Evolving IconSherlock HolmesSherlock Holmes: The Ever Evolving Icon3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
The Ever Evolving Icon
What is it about a fictional character first introduced to the public in Great Britain in 1887 that has kept him being reincarnated, with generationally-correct upgrades, over and over again in film and on television? Who is this literary hero whose portrayal over the past century by such past masters as Basil Rathbone and Jeremy Brett to today’s vanguard talents Robert Downey, Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch has inspired such a continuing outpouring of fan appreciation?
Jeremy Brett as Holmes 03 by Windfreak →
Every generation will forever have th
Pokemon is ForeverPokemon is Forever10 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Foreword by techgnotic
Kay (aka damphyr) is DeviantArt’s go-to expert on everything “Pokémon.” She also occupies the adventurous position of being one of DeviantArt's main enforcers of standards and practices. We thank her for being a guardian of artistic erotica and especially, for being able to answer every question we get asked about Pokémon and just about anything else for that matter. Supreme Keeper of all pop culture knowledge, Kay must be protected in case of global disaster.
An incongruous collection of people lined the sidewalk outside the local video game retailer just before opening on March 6th, 2011. The first in line we
Odyssey Into 2012 Visit our Official Chatroom and Group.Odyssey Into 20124 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Odyssey Into 2012
She has awakened before a gate she has no memory of opening. She has no name, and
no memory of how she came to be here, at the first station of a fateful quest she
does not understand but knows she must continue.
Who is she?
Only you will bring her to life.
Only you will tell her story in your words and your art.
How can I contribute to the story?
How can I contribute to the story?
Only you will bring her to life and guide her on her quest.
Only you will tell her story with your own words and your own illustrations.
Tip of the day: The darkest momentsThe moment to shine the brightest is in darkness. Darkness can bring chaos but with it comes opportunity. Many times throughout my career when I pushed past the point when I'd usually give up, this is when I end up achieving my biggest successes. Fate seems to have a way to test us and only the ones that want it the most shall receive the fruits of their labor.Tip of the day: The darkest moments3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Latin America~ArgentinaLatin America~3 years ago in Personal More Like This
[X] Te han dicho egocéntrico más de una vez
[X] ...y pervertido
[ ] Eres despreocupado
[ ] No tienes vergüenza para decir las cosas que son incómodas para otros
[X] Te gusta hablar con doble sentido
[ ] Amas el mate
[X] Cuidas a las personas que más quieres de futuros (o ya) pretendientes
[ ] Tienes un rulito en tu cabello
[X] Eres bastante astuto
[X] Tienes un lado malvado
[X] No eres de gran estatura
[X] Sabes aprovechar las oportunidades que te dan
[ ] Te enfermabas o te enfermas con facilidad
[X] A veces tomas decisiones sin pensarlo dos veces
[ ] Te agrada mucho la compañía de un hermano mayor o alguien a quien tu consideras como tal.
[X] Eres burlón (Oh que si soy burlona )
[ ] Amas el fútbol con todo tu corazón
[X] La música te encanta en demasía
[ ] Siempre que puedes, sonríes
Carretes + Pelo + OCUFFFFFF me acabo de bañar asi que me pondre a reportear y luego a trabajar (????)Carretes + Pelo + OC3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Para los que no sabian el viernes me fui a bailar a blondie - kushisuke y la pase genial *-* Descubri lo masokista que en verdad puedo llegar a ser o7o
En fin, llegue a las 5:30 d ela mañana a mi casa y me quede dormida como una hora despues puro hablando con la Lore xD asdf pero me desperte a las 10 por que tenia que limpiar toda mi casa ;^; osea no dormi nada o7o
Y despues de ir a ensayo me fui a la casa del andres x'D para otro carrete -oh si Kata no descanso este fin de semana- y la pase la raja xDDDD osea igual andaba medio apagada por que estaba cansada pero xDD tome ene y comi sushi xDDD Empezamos a hacer la previa del 18 tomando chicha con pipeño y aguardiente xDD casi me voy a la cresta con eso xDD pero nah tranquilo todo sacamos ene fotos muy lols xDDDD y eso po
That Green Eyed MonsterI’m not afraid to admit that I have been jealous of fellow artists. Jealous of their skill, their handling of material, their ability to make whatever they were doing “work,” and even jealous of their recognition. But, while jealousy can be a good motivator to push yourself harder, it can eat away at your self-esteem and damage your work. I got the initial idea to write an article about this after reading a news article about Florida artist Maximo Caminero. Caminero was arrested last week after smashing a vase part of Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei’s exhibition in Pérez Art Museum Miami… in the gallery. For those of you unfamiliar with Ai Wei Wei:That Green Eyed Monster2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Wei Wei, born 18 May 1957 in Beijing, is a Chinese contemporary artist, active in sculpture, installation, architecture, curating, photography, film, and social, political and cultural criticism. – Wikipedia
Wei Wei is also was held in jail on the false charge of “tax evasion” i
Lazy Nezumi stroke smoothing for Photoshop.Hey everyone, just wanted to bring to your attention a plugin that might be useful for you. It's called Lazy Nezumi, and its main function is to help smooth your strokes out when you're drawing. So, if you want really tight, smooth lineart, or just clean lines in general it's pretty great. In a way, it lets you create a digital stroke closer to how you would on paper or a canvas, it just gives you more control. It's akin to the Lazy Mouse feature in Zbrush, or the Steady Stroke feature in Sketchbook Pro (which I'd highly recommend for anyone doing lineart, it has other great features as well).Lazy Nezumi stroke smoothing for Photoshop.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
There's a free demo for 30 days you can try out first and see if you like it. It has other features as well, but the one I find the most useful is the "pulled string" method under position processing, when you click details. It's something you might have to try to understand, but it can be super useful.
The main issue I see is that
Advice Column #1!~Hello all! Your Warchief here!~Advice Column #1!~2 months ago in Personal More Like This
Time for the first issue of our Advice Column!~ This column is aimed at helping deviants with their problems and issues, whether they be personal or art-related (Or even if you'd just like to ask a question about our favorite anime - We'd love getting to know you all better!~) We'll do our best to give you several well-informed responses and answers!~
How this works:
Interested? Questions will be sent in a group note or a comment, and an admin will reply that they've received the question! Every week, we'll feature some notable questions in a journal~ Feel free to come to us for any issues! You may even chose to direct the question to a certain admin, if you'd like!~
Anonymous questions can be sent to the Warchief, Loki-Dalton or Lawli-Art !~ For everyone who's asking a question, you'll receive a note with our responses in a (hopefully) timely manner! If not, you can always give us a reminder!~
Critiques?I've had several people ask me to critique their clay works for them, which got me thinking...Critiques?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Would you guys like me to open up critiques here? Have you submit a piece for me to look at and I'll give you a full in depth critique for it.
It would be genuine constructive criticism, however, and I will point out any flaws I see and provide you with resources to help you improve.
Good idea? Bad idea?
Lackadaisy - PatreonI've recently left my job in the game industry so that I could focus more of my time and attention on Lackadaisy. Patreon is my weapon of choice in trying to see this to fruition.Lackadaisy - Patreon2 years ago in Personal More Like This
If more Lackadaisy comic updates, illustrations, tutorials, mini-comics, books and other things interests you, please do check it out!
Notes on Character Design
I received the question pictured below at my tumblr blog. In case it's useful to anyone here, I decided to go ahead and use this otherwise dormant journal to share the article I put together in response.
Character design and drawing are tome-sized topics and even if I had all the answers (I don't - I have a lot to learn), I'm not sure I could communicate them effectively. Here are some thoughts an ideas that might help, though.
First, some general things...
Let some of that anxiety go. This isn't a hard science. There's no wrong way,