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 94 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
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.4 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
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
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
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
Halloween Contest!Yes another contest! This one is a Halloween contest. Now for the rules.......Halloween Contest!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
It can be anything Halloween related. Be as creative as you want.
It can traditional or digital art.
You can color it in with anything.
First - 800 Points that you can use for a three month Premium Membership
Second - 500 Points that you can buy a one month Premium Membership
Third - 300 Points
Or of course use the points however you want!
NOTE- I do not pick the winner alone. There are 10 other people including mostly family and a few friends that do not have DA accounts that help me choose. We all vote to make it fair. So please don't rag on any of the winners as that is being a poor sport and only makes you look bad.
Can't wait to see all the entries and make sure you tell your friends!
ENJOY THE CONTEST!!!
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)2 years 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
Halloween 2011 FeatureSo I've asked for all of the ghouls and goblins of deviantART to come out andHalloween 2011 Feature4 years ago in Art Features More Like This
share their devlish Halloween art! I have received some fantastic
submissioned, and theese are the ones who've made the cut. Be sure to
give some love to the beautiful art below:
Monster Within - updated by AltairSky Winona by LeeshMae
Doctor Who- The Silence by Jezzy-Fezzy Boo by DemonShocker Halloween 2011 by tiffa Evil At Heart by Anj3L
No Hallucination by LabradoriteEyes Happy Halloween by Negatic :thumb265533559: 'Bela Lugosi's Dead by KoutaTheCreator
.:Somnus:. by vangelisgenesis Nightmares by Demonic-Haze Trick or Treat by Anzuchi Toil and Trouble by amberwind
:thumb266275329: :thumb196349288: Guarding the corms by Pharaoh-Ink Endless Day by Voyager289
Trick or Treat by GodsDragonGirl :thumb263039702: Happy Halloween 2011 by IceFireDrag Give Me Your Brains by Disdainful-Loni
Happy Halloween by LordHannu Lolo Halloween by PandasLove In Time by JeiCole Heh. Heh. Heh. by ScribblerRigby
Brains out of mouth by Densetsugin :thumb209988889: I See You by Viergacht For All by drawitout
Silence of the lambs by Herisheft :thumb256299716: :thumb258178860: :
Do you want a feature 18...finishedFeature timeDo you want a feature 18...finished4 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
309th feature - AnthroJournal CSS by Jamaal10309th feature - Anthro3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
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Please visit the list of Maltese Deviants & Clubs
Have you ever wondered if any of your pictures have been ripped and utilised on other websites? If yes then you should sign up for TinEye
Would you be so kind as to visit srawberry-lillas blog? http://blog.elainevellacatalano.com/
are more then welcome
On the 2nd October 2009 Sortvind posted a news item which I would like to bring to your attention …….. How to make your uploads Stronger
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I have decided
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
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 characters3 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
NEW CONTEST!!!!!-ADDED Literature!!! NEW CONTEST!!!!!!NEW CONTEST!!!!!-ADDED Literature!!!1 year 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 Monanico
[Bullet; Orange]100 points and 1 chibi from lembuk
FAP Summertime Raffle! Read for details! (edit 2)Please remember everyone - since I don't want to sound like a broken record/jerk - that this raffle is themed. Your job is to illustrate your characters enjoying summer, as well as using the palettes!!! I really don't want to be a jerk but I will deny entries from the folder if they do not follow the theme. This makes me feel really sad ;n; There are a lot of great prizes but in order to be counted, you have to follow the theme. I think people are getting a little too caught up in the OMG PALETTE!!! hahahaha. This is the trade off vs having a contest, so please respect this! c:FAP Summertime Raffle! Read for details! (edit 2)4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Instead of doing a regular FAP (I honestly do not have time to organize one, as well as all my other admins... just too much during finals!) We opted to do a raffle! Here are the rules!
This raffle is basically you posting a deviation of your characters enjoying summer! Yep, it's summer themed! Yay! Yes, you use YOUR OWN CHARACTERS. You will not recieve a partner for
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! Winners3 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
AW YEAH Contest Time(CLOSED)JUDGING WILL TAKE PLACE OVER THE NEXT WEEKAW YEAH Contest Time(CLOSED)2 years 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
Contest: To Infinity and BeyondDeadline extended to April 14thContest: To Infinity and Beyond3 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)
The Birthday Puppeteer! September 2014 EditionThe Birthday Puppeteer! September 2014 Edition1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Lets take a time to celebrate those who were born in September!
:iconBickhamsarah: Bickhamsarah on the 1st
:iconhuina: huina on the 1st
:iconKJames: kjames on the 1st
kjames has no art.
:iconsadness40: Sadness40 on the 1st
:iconThePurpleSorcerer: TobyFoxArt on the 1st
Pumpkin Species Contest [Winners]The WinnersPumpkin Species Contest [Winners]3 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
CHARACTER DESIGN CONTEST! *ENDS TOMORROW!* Objection: Design a shark anthro female character.CHARACTER DESIGN CONTEST! *ENDS TOMORROW!*4 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
The Monthly Challenge (Your Winners!!!)Prizes are of course listed below, and I will begin sending the points immediately.The Monthly Challenge (Your Winners!!!)3 years ago in Personal More Like This
And I will be posting the new Bi-monthly contest tomorrow. I'm sorry for being slow, but things get pretty hectic around this time of the year, lol!
1st : MakuHime : Le Reve du Tatou : http://makuhime.deviantart.com/art/Le-Reve-du-Tatou-338622918?q=gallery%3Athe-oc-maniac%2F40332480&qo=3
2nd : anaellane : The Dream : http://anaellane.deviantart.com/art/The-Dream-362578391?q=gallery%3Athe-oc-maniac%2F40332480&qo=1
3rd : Chetom : Dreams : http://chetom.deviantart.com/art/Dreams-361276250?q=gallery%3Athe-oc-maniac%2F40332480&qo=7
1st :Latusal : Reminiscence : http://latusal.deviantart.com/art/Reminiscence-362817176?q=gallery%3Athe-oc-maniac%2F40332480&qo=0
2nd :Crimson-Agony : Falling Into Nightmares : http://crimson-agony.deviantart.com/art/Falling-Into-Nightmares-360570365?
Moar Digital Art Tutorials and Resources...Hey guys, as a followup to my last post about digital art, I'm going to post a few more things that I've found and hopefully give a little more insight into the medium...Moar Digital Art Tutorials and Resources...4 years ago in Personal More Like This
This is something that I forgot to add to my last art PSA, which I'm not to happy about forgetting since this is one of my biggest pet peeves. I'm not saying that adding texture is a bad thing (otherwise I'd be the world's biggest hypocrite). Quite the opposite, actually. Adding a splash of texture can add awesomeness if done correctly.
What I DO have a problem with is texture that is just slapped on certain sections, like putting a photograph of lizard scales over the skin of a dragon without any tweaking that just totally flattens out the area where the texture is.
There are two ways that you can overlay texture.
The first is to overlay it over your entire picture. I've seen this done in a lot of 'horror' pictures where doing this adds a certain g