Build your own empireAlmost anybody who uploads their artwork on an art site appreciates attention be it for fun or for more professional reasons.
Here I have compiled a small list of ways you can help yourself network through dA a.k.a building your own empire. This is just based upon my own experiences and witnessing other's doing. This is by no means a how-to on being that front page artist. You either have be be beyond elite and catering to the popular genres of art OR become a well known hack doing the same thing over and over again.
1. First things first, improve your artwork FOR YOURSELF!
Your first goal is to stop worrying about getting exposure. Oh the irony of that first step. You need to be your own artist discovering things for yourself on top of improving your techniques. Enjoy your process of artwork, you'll be surprised at how much better your end product looks versus a piece of work you did just to do it and get it uploaded on dA real fast. Do not compare yourself to other artists tha
Zhuns personal art tips 9Zhuns personal art tips 93 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I troll DA often and I come across alot of people who really crave some good art direction for themselves. Alot of people just don't know what to do or how to discipline themselves to improve their artwork/art journey. I remember when I was new to DA and at the same time new to taking artwork seriously (art school and such) that I was at a total loss at what I was doing. I had no direction, nobody would offer any advice and worse yet I was way too inexperienced to figure out that I had to ask for help. I didn't know about getting help lol. So, I was wondering around aimlessly for years.....yes, YEARS! I know at least one of you can vouch for that, as you followed me along my art journey.
So, with that said, I also don't notice any of these floating around DA. This isn't a guide to getting popular. If you're here to be popular, chances are it wont happen (because thats how karma rolls), or you'll achieve it but it will come with great sadness (drama)
1. How to draw wolves, or
Annual Summer Contest Begins! WINNERS Well ladys & Gentlemen its past time for me to annoice the winners to end the contest & prepare for our Halloween contest.Annual Summer Contest Begins! WINNERS3 years ago in Personal More Like This
1st place goes to #12 by :iconRafael-Domination:
this is what one of the admins that voted had to say "it's super detailed and really took some creativity and thought! Compiling three images, plus a diary note really gets the viewer into the story of this big summer vacation... tons of work had to go into this, and it was executed extremely well."
2nd place goes to #9 By :iconMyaco:
3rd goes to #8 By :iconririna-olze:
Congratulations winners & thank everyone who donated & entered! We do these contests for your enjoyment so we hope that you had fun & enjoyed it! We will start the Haloween contest as soon as we get a theme so stay tuned! (perhaps even give some of your ideas for a theme to this years contest!)
Extending deadline for two more weeks to
National Animals Contest - Complete.The contest has ended. You can find the winners here: http://anthro-fantasy-club.deviantart.com/journal/National-Animals-Contest-Winners-Announced-323027857National Animals Contest - Complete.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Click here to see the entries.
Click here to see the judges and judging criteria
Click here to see the prizes.
For this contest you will make an anthro or fantasy creature based on your country's national animal. Please read on if this contest sounds interesting/challenging to you.
The due date for the contest is currently August 15th, 2012.
Here is a list of national animals: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_animals
You must draw one of the national animals for your country. You cannot choose another country's animal just because yo
Halloween Contest End! WinnersResults: Well Hello & happy late halloween to you all. This years turn out was really good & with amazing entrys which made it hard forHalloween Contest End! Winners2 years ago in Personal More Like This
judges to pick if I could I'd say you all won, But we have to winners & saddly those that didn't.
1st place goes to #16 by :iconBjsX: This was the only one that all the judges agreed on even if not for the same spot lol
2nd place goes to #14 by :iconKireiTsuki: This entry met with two of our themes & was our first comic in this contest.
3rd place goes to #13 by :iconsteviecass:
Congratulations Winners & amazing job everyone that entered you all did a wonderful job & I look forward into seeing your new amazing works continue to inprove! :iconcheerplz:
Now it's time to rest from contests for a couple weeks to decide if we will host a winter/holiday contest this year. Happy November Everyone!
Hello all you ghosts & goblins its time to get this Halloween Contest going!
Well I asked what every
500 members!Well. Holy shit, man. It's quite amazing how far this whole thing has come. I came up with Mari 5 years ago, and at the time he was just a random critter. He had no story attached to him. Hell, he didn't even have a personality for the longest time. I never thought about other people being interested in the MTTs. I never even considered them becoming popular a possibility, least of all them becoming one of the most popular sparkledragon species on dA. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined one day there would be an entire world based around the MTTs, 500 people interested in them and a whopping 150 of these creatures (and that number is ever-increasing) skittering about on dA.500 members!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
It's kind of amazing how popular the MTTs have become. It brings its bonuses, but it also has a negative side. I've had to deal with a decent amount of bullshit because of this species, mainly from people who just don't understand that this is all for fun and nothing else (and there have been a b
WARM read this if you are a active watcherIt is so warm here xD Ive been so UNPRODUCTIVE oh my god.. Sorry for late reply to things haha, im going to update my faq's soon, adding new common questions and stuff.WARM read this if you are a active watcher3 years ago in Personal More Like This
*u* But I wanted to adress a few issues.
If you send me notes and I have not replied yet it is because ive got several thousand messages. and often dusins of notes at the same time xD Be patient please.
And I would appreciate it if many of you stopped with notes going somewhat like You dont have to read/look/answer this note, or Im sorry to disturb/annoy/bother you with this etc etc.. People come on, im not some important person which somehow dont have time for others. I communicate as much as I can, but I always read notes and reply to them if you ask me something. Do not put me or anyone else above yourself, we are all worth the same. Im just another artist/person. Sometimes it just takes longer for me to reply/look through messages/ read messages, but I always go through every single com
Design contest! ((*n v n)/)~* * *NEW NEW DateHey guys im gonna try to do this contest I hope you all join nwn!Design contest! ((*n v n)/)~* * *NEW NEW Date2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Its pretty simple really all you have to do is make a design its pretty simple u3u
Im gonna try to have some cool prizes for you too and I hope they are worthy of your awesome designs~
first place winner will receive:
-a custom design made by yours truly
-and a design I have already made from the following(unsold design of course):
-choice between a custom design or one of the above
-lineless custom design
Why You Guys Shouldn't Underprice Your Arthttps://31.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lx4nszHwv41r4uxcfo1_1280.jpgWhy You Guys Shouldn't Underprice Your Art1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I see this appear over and over again and thought I should share.
This is why most of my painted art is $100.00 +
And I've done commissions for $500.00 which most people here would consider ridiculous.
But it's actually a REALLY good deal.
Specially since it was a commercial type illustration.
I aim on working my way up to industry standard by next year when I get Co-Op.
I'm not talented enough yet But one day. When I'm done all my schooling.
See guys, if you are charging under 100 points you can easily quadruple your price, maybe moreee.
DONT UNDERCHARGE PLEASEEE
Thats what's killing dA's market :c
NEW CONTEST!!!!!-ADDED Literature!!! NEW CONTEST!!!!!!NEW CONTEST!!!!!-ADDED Literature!!!6 months ago in Personal More Like This
DEADLINE is HALLOWEEN!!! (October 31st)
This contest IS open wordwide!!
If you want to help the winners receive bigger prizes...
Donate here >>>>> http://artfavoritepoints.deviantart.com/
Submit your NEW artwork [Star!] here >>>>> http://artfavorite.deviantart.com/gallery/51175765/BEETLEJUICE-AND-NIGHTMARE-CONTEST
[Star!] [Star!] BEETLEJUICE!! BEETLEJUICE!! BEETLE...
[Star!] OR!!!!~~!! (AND)
[Star!] [Star!]NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS!!!
~~You do not have to donate to participate, but there are rules!!
So please read carefully!!~~
[Bullet; Purple] You MUST include at least 2 characters
[Bullet; Black] You MUST include a link/thumbnail to the group or this journal- stating it is for THIS contest.. in your deviation description.
[Bullet; Purple] Your entry MUST
Group Contest! Contest Time!Group Contest!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
To celebrate the opening of this group, we are holding a contest!
The theme of the contest is: OC Stars!
Draw your OC(s) in a "stars" theme!
Submit your entry to the "Contest" folder in the group gallery.
You may submit a maximum of 2 entries.
Entries will be judged on creativity and effort!
Deadline is 1st october!
[Bullet; Orange] Full Shaded Digital Drawing (with background) of your OC from PixieSabre
[Bullet; Yellow] 3 Months Premium Membership from KristinaStoud
[Bullet; Orange] 20 points from RedSuzanne
[Bullet; Yellow] Coloured drawing with background from speqqy
[Bullet; Orange] Flat head icon from MizAmy
[Bullet; Yellow] Lineless art of a character from Wildbatty
[Bullet; Orange]100 points and 1 chibi from lembuk
5 reasons why comments are really awesomeAs time passes here it seems people comment less. I suspect it has something to do with this community growing so unbelievably huge and everyone just feels like a tiny blip on the radar- but it makes me sad. Really very sad. Because comments are awesome and everyone should have an over-abundance of them. I know I can't change everyone's mind on the matter, but I really want to make a difference in the community as far as communication goes.5 reasons why comments are really awesome3 years ago in Personal More Like This
So, here is five reasons why you (yes, you) should comment MOAR!
1. It lets the artist know what they're doing right.
Who cares if a dozen people say the same thing. It shouldn't give you a reason to feel silenced. If an artist hears the same thing over and over it reaffirms that they did something well, and to keep on that track.
2. It's personal. It lets the artist know you're really looking.
There's nothing I love more than hearing what goes on inside someone's head when they see my stuff. Simple or not, it mean
My Best AdviceDuring my livestreams, people sometimes ask me for drawing advice.My Best Advice2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm a horrible teacher, but I think there are a few pieces of advice that
I think will fit any situation, no matter what you're trying to draw. Keep
in mind that I'm not the best artist, and you probably shouldn't listen to
Anyway, here's my ad-libbed top five tips (in no particular order).
I'm not counting this one, because it's been stated over and over. I'm
sure everyone knows by now that practice will make you better.
1: Loose Sketch, Tight Lines
Always sketch something before drawing it. Keep it loose and try not
to make short strokes. The sketch is important because you can make
mistakes and fix them really easily. As a matter of fact, this is where
you WANT to make mistakes. You would rather find and fix a messed
up hand here, instead of when you're almost done.
2: Learn when to give up
If something isn't working in your drawing
CHARACTER DESIGN CONTEST! *ENDS TOMORROW!* Objection: Design a shark anthro female character.CHARACTER DESIGN CONTEST! *ENDS TOMORROW!*3 years ago in Personal More Like This
What im looking for: I want something as unique as possible. I am fond of grey shades but i also enjoy colors too and i have a hard time choosing! SO feel free to do whatever you want! i prefer interesting hair styles be it long or short.
Some kind of markings on her skin (one color is boring) i have no preference on if its spots, tribal, stripes, etc or your own type of markings. You decide. i havnt decided on if i want to do a shark snout or if i want her to have a human face so feel free to experiment. If you feel like mixing some other animals into it PLEASE feel free to do so Clothing is also optional. ALSO i would like the shark tail as a must. The rest can be altered if youd like. meaning you may add other animal attributes colors limbs whatever of any species but it must be shark based.
Some inspirational References: These are just some things to get the juices flowin plesae d
Do you want a feature 18...finishedFeature timeDo you want a feature 18...finished3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
And the feature is finished... Hahaha...I posted a little different journal skin just for the features I wrote this journal for maybe 2 hours...hahaha. I featured first 50 people+12 people who were a little late. I wanted to feature all, but it showed me error, so I featured only 12. Enjoy in the feature and give these artists some love
Please fav this journal so these wonderful artists will get more attention, cuz they deserve it. Thank you
Ah, I'm going to write here last news too, so I don't have to submit another journal... Well...so you remember that we had a little problems with our official website (with portfolio). These days I decided to fix that...I completely changed look of our site, so now it works perfectly. It has a huuuuuuuuuge slideshow in the background (and it fits to all screens), so when you want to go in menu, you have to click a MENU button in top left corner. Our
Writing Tips #4: Passive characters(this is based on an ask I got on my writing blog. I wrote a lot to it, with some links as well, and think it might be useful)Writing Tips #4: Passive characters2 years ago in Personal More Like This
"I have a WIP that is narrated by a character who I don't identify with because she's so boring. Her role is designed to be more passive than assertive, because the plot drives itself, but the result is a character who just takes in everything and though she has emotions about what happens, she herself is very flat. How can I develop a better protagonist who's more involved with the story? How can I make a passive narrator interesting?"
Every character critical to the plot or story needs to be interesting in some aspect. If a character is boring, I would recommend mapping out her fears, insecurities, talents, weaknesses, etc. to get a better perspective on who she is and how she solves things. However, for a plot-driven piece, making the character herself interesting might not completely solve the issue, due to there being heavy emphasis on the plot. The
Contest! CLOSED!The results of judging will be announced shortly. uvuContest! CLOSED!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Me and the wonderful M1SANDRY think it's high time we hold a contest!
So, it is time to announce;
Obfusc's Monster Design Contest!
Your task is to design a monster, pure and simple! c:
Monster-ifying your extant character is also completely welcome, so long as they weren't just completely monsters already, haha. (Like, for example, I could feasibly monster-ify Synthe, but Ammut wouldn't do much...)
The most creatively awesome monster design will win art prizes (some from me, WRAMIREZOIDE, and M1SANDRY, and more TBA!) and a grand prize of a three month premium membership! All participants will get llamas (unless you don't want one, haha.)
Submit your entry here!
The deadline is June 14, one month from today! So get designing and have fun! <3
Contest: To Infinity and BeyondDeadline extended to April 14thContest: To Infinity and Beyond2 years ago in Personal More Like This
1-3-13;; Contest folder is now open for submissions!
Hey there fellow dragon lovers, it's time for another group contest!
This time our theme is...*drumroll*
Choose some existing celestial element (stars, galaxies, planets, nebulas etc) and get creative. Design a dragon that you might find in the vacuum of space. Perhaps black holes are really just hungry dragons, maybe the Crab Nebula is just a view down a space dragon's maw; show us what you've got, your imagination is the limit!
This contest is open to all members of the group, including the admins! Winners will be decided by members vote. All standard group rules still apply. The folder opens for submissions on March 1st and closes March 31st pending any extensions I may give. You may begin making your entry before the folder opens, but your entry must be a new submission (submitted after the posting of this journal)
Pumpkin Species Contest [Winners]The WinnersPumpkin Species Contest [Winners]2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Before we start, please note your prize givers to receive your prizes. Preferably link them back to this journal to prove your claim.
Lets start with the literature category (it's the smallest one);
Lit 1st -
Because we didn't have a second entry, I picked a visual entry which had a load of writing and could have easily been a literature entry (there was a serious amount of work pu into this one)
Lit 2nd -
Now onto the visual category and we'll start with second (the one chosen by the group);
Vis 2nd -
And now for the admin pick (which is first) and was a very hard pick. There were so many others who could have easily gotten first but I prefer a single winner. So here is first place visual winner;
Vis 1st -
I'm amazed at how well thought out all your creatures are! It was particularly hard to judge when you all took your ideas in different ways but that is the best part and I always love se
thanks/ hey you read this.Where to start... Wow theres lots. OKthanks/ hey you read this.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I guess i'll start off with thank you so much everyone for all the watches, faves, page veiws, and comments. It seems like lately it's just been crazy //also im trying to talk to all of you more /so im sorry if I ever missed some of your comments/
And another thanks to everyone who's been telling me to feel better and drawing things to cheer me up /you guys have no idea how much that actually means to me //hugely means Alot// so thanks.
But I would also like to say I feel bad. All the attention and asking if im alright is thoughtful of you people..
But I realise now im just being abit selfish with how im feeling towards the negative situation.
//so here's to you: I wasn't looking at it from your point of veiw and I didn't really think you where that upset aswell. But now I realise I should be there for you as much as you always have been for me.
You are my best friend and something like this isn't going to change that, and im sorry for posting vent
AW YEAH Contest Time(CLOSED)JUDGING WILL TAKE PLACE OVER THE NEXT WEEKAW YEAH Contest Time(CLOSED)10 months ago in Personal More Like This
THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU!!! ;u;
We'd like to thank all of you for your interest in Monstartists! WE are so excited to see that we have 400+ Members!!! Time To Have some fun!!!
THEME: This time the theme will be to create a creature, based on either DREAMS or NIGHTMARES! Feel free to mix them! The freedom is yours!
-Any medium is accepted
-NO mature content/themes (Blood is allowed!)
-Must follow DA's and the groups rules!
-No tracing or copying other people's Artwork!
-You MUST be a member to join
How to submit:
To enter the contest, comment on this journal to let the admins know you are entering, then when the drawing is completed, submit it into the 'contest' folder in the gallery. Submissions will be accepted up until the deadline.
Will be done by the admins after the deadline, where the First, Second, and Third places will be
100 Flavors challenge (DELAYED)This was going to be a contest but instead this is kinda like a free thing to do XD.100 themes and for each them there will be a character or other, I just wanted to see if anyone who had art block or anything of the sort to have some fun and draw some flavors! If you do draw a flavor your name will be put besides the flavor you drew and the picture to go with it! This isn't a contest but its something fun to do with other people and see their artwork ^^. You can interpret however you want! this is something that you can do if your board or for funzies ^////^.100 Flavors challenge (DELAYED)9 months ago in Personal More Like This
UPDATE:5/25/2014*~*~*~*~* Since so many people want to do this fun thing I decided that I might as well post some rules and stuff XD haa im such a horrible co-founder when it comes to doing things on my own. but I will try my best!
1. You can submit as many as you want,just do 1 picture per theme since other people would want to have pictures done also ^^.
2.There is no end date
"Why Was My Digital Art Declined?"Now after two PSA blogs, it’s time to talk about a subject matter that’s near and dear to my heart."Why Was My Digital Art Declined?"3 years ago in Personal More Like This
More specifically, the reasons behind why some pieces of digital art can be rejected from our group’s gallery.
This is going to be a long journal. I’m not trying to pick on digital artists by going into full detail about this… it’s just the medium that I’m the most familiar with so I know what to look for.
Don't ever draw like the above picture. Please.
All right. I’m just going to dive into this.
White speckles along the line art usually occurs when you use the paint bucket tool directly on the layer where your line art is. In my opinion, he best way to do this is to use multiple layers when you are coloring. Put your line art on the top layer and set it to ’multiply’. This will get rid of
100K Art raffle! Win free art!I was supposed to do this a long time ago but better late than never. As a part of the celebration of over 100k pageviews I promised an art raffle where you have a chance to win some leftover pieces from Tracon VII. I sold almost everything so what I'm offering here is literally everything I have left.100K Art raffle! Win free art!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here are the prices!
and two originals of their choice.
These two prints,
three bookmarks of their choice,
and one original of their choice after the first winner has made their choice.
three bookmarks of their choice,
and the remaining original.
To enter simply favourite this journal entry. You won't have to pay anything and I will ship the prices to the winners.
I will choose the three winners with a random number generator or something like that. I will pick the winners in order from first to third place.
You will have unt