a moment to talk about art and copying styleswell maybe i'll sound elitest, but ive always been a fan of the idea; draw how you draw, dont look too closely at others work and dont worry too much about finding your "style". it comes on its own but if you're looking at others work too closely to learn you're only learning somebody elses path in the road of art and not your own
I did look at others work to get inspired as i started out, but mostly i looked at photographs while i worked, not art. i was given a bit of advice like 8 years ago, and ive always held it pretty high up on things to remember, and i share it often.
when you're learning how to draw/paint, you should look at LIFE. figure study classes if you can, photos if you cannot. in other words, paint a river by sitting next to it, not by looking at another artists painting of it.
EDIT: yes there is something to learn and digest with looking at others works. but when you start your own art, put down theirs!
learning how to draw by looking at other peoples work ends in s
Experiment Part 1: Training Your EyeSo my buddy karuvan is trying to learn how to draw properly. He's been on a roll as far as progressing. But he's stuck at a standstill. This is an experiment that I've done with him and that he's working on in order to train his eye. I decided to share the conversation and experiment with you guys for you all to apply to your study habits and advancement in drawing and art.Experiment Part 1: Training Your Eye2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Karuvan: I randomly drew over my old pic. Ain't gonna do it over, was just curious on how much I could have done better.
Robaato: Quick question... like... who's work at this point do you really want yours to be close to? I'm tryna gauge what level you're trying to achieve.
K: lol... Joel is becoming a huge influence.
R: Ok. I have a test for you.
R: I want you to replicate this picture exactly as it is to the best of your ability:
Exposure, Getting Better, & Having the ChopsEXPOSURE & GETTING BETTER AT WHAT YOU DOExposure, Getting Better, & Having the Chops3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm only going off of my own personal experiences talking about these few things. (And I'm not specifically talking about ONLY dA here.) So take it with as many grains of salt as you can.
I've recently been asked questions like "How do I get people to see my work?", "Why am I not receiving commission inquiries?", "Why isn't anyone following my work?", "What can I do to get better?". Often, and I answered it before, the answer is as simple as this:
Create, as in, DRAW. PAINT. RENDER. SCULPT. You have to do develop a tolerance (or the obvious definition: LOVE) for creating if you want exposure and to get better. You have to LOVE the drawing or illustration that you HATE how it came out in the end. You have to ask yourself after every piece, what could I have done to do that differently. And you have to do this frequently.
Some folks come on the scene, post once or twice a week, and expect an audience to flock yo
on stylesimma keep this one simple....on styles2 years ago in Personal More Like This
style is just how the artist feels like treating his or her world at any given time!
it is influenced by the styles of other artists the artist admires
it is an amalgamation of influences mixed with personal sensibility....
it is perpetually changing and evolving
and it is not a trademarked property
see, i personally am a mix of influences from michael turner , adam hughes, marc silvestri, alex ross a few concept artist, and my design is greatly influenced by stan winston studio
my cartoonyer style is influenced greatly by disney and don bluth with a dash of manga and a healthy dose of j scott campbell who can probably tell you a similar story about the origins of his own style
its the nature of humanity people.
we stand on each others shoulders striving for greatness. so too will i influence quite a few artists who will adapt my own approaches into their workflow.
also.... i'm batman!
just to see who is still reading XD
small thoughti used to try and get cover work at zenescope. in fact the first time i got one, i did it all in photoshop and worked it to death....small thought2 years ago in Personal More Like This
well, about a week later i was asked to color the same cover by a different artist. ouch yeah? i was so totally bad ass and better than mine though, of that there was no doubt. so i did it, and it remained one of my favorite covers id painted digitally for a very long time.
now, for long while after that i would do something sketchy and fix it in photoshop. i never paid much attention to my lines, because i could just fix it up in photoshop, be it line quality or anatomy.
then i decided to start paying attention to my lines, so actually try to make something i could keep the lines on.
and you guys have all seen, just in this one year what has happened as a result.
my point here is yes, there can be some great convenient speed saving shortcuts in digital art, but if you find your progress slowing, consider putting photoshop down for awhile.
Secrets On How ToAlright I guess I'm gonna make another rant, and this one's been bugging me for the longest time. And I'm going to be as BLUNT as I will be and not sugar coat anything I'm about to say.Secrets On How To2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Often do I hear things like:
"what custom brushes do you use"
"how do you achieve this blur/ focus effect"
"how did you get the colors to go this way and that"
"what technique or computer program did you use"
What I rarely get asked for is:
"What did you study to be more efficient at drawing."
"What is an efficient way to study how to render certain types of materials"
"How do you practice proper lighting when painting?"
Guys I'm just gonna say it now, there's no shortcut to art. I work primarily in digital mediums now but I do have a solid foundation in traditional mediums. I didn't simply go out and buy a $400 tablet and instantly got to where I am today. I use custom brushes and special effects in my pieces, but they only take up less than 3% of the overall work. There's sti
Fast and easy way to create a reference sheet...Just the other day, I discovered a super quick and easy way to create reference sheets for digital painting. So, instead of having a ton of documents open all at once, slowing down your Photoshop, or spending a half hour to create your own sheet, you can use Picasa to create one for you in just seconds.Fast and easy way to create a reference sheet...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Below is a video I made to show you how. There are some other tips in there as well, so take a look if you're interested!
no talentno talent2 years ago in Personal More Like This
this is my final say in the argument against natural born talent vs skill. we all start out by drawing scribbles that slightly resemble things. i was about 3 yrs old here., and had probably already been drawing for some time since i was brought up in a family of artists. drawing only gives back with the time we give to it, and it takes a lot of patience, more needed in the beginning, and a lot of determination to keep at it even though we are continually frustrated.
hope this inspires some of you to keep going, or some of you to start, it will be even better if more of you, my dA friends, stop making excuses saying you werent born with the ability to make your dreams come true. the only thing holding you back is yourself. drawing is but a skill which we learn through lots of practice, determination, observation and patience. if you also have the undenied passion for it, you may see yourself getting further than others.
it also helps if you're able to be ho
IS ART SCHOOL BAD?? 0_OBTW THIS IS LONG ASS POST , BUT ENCOURAGE YOU TO READ THIS IS IF YOU ARE A PERSON CONSIDERING ART FOR A CAREERIS ART SCHOOL BAD?? 0_O2 years ago in Personal More Like This
EDIT: I ADDED NUMBER 3 IN CAUSE THAT WAS KIND OF AN IMPORTANT LESSON TOO. HAHA
Usually I am pretty quiet when it comes to the community and its dealings with drama . But I feel like I have to write my two cents about this topic.
A lot of people have been throwing around this post around about how art schools are terrible and are not worth it ya. I am sure you can find the article somewhere if you just google it . Though everyone is entitled to their own opinion I feel that I should talk about both sides of the coin when it comes to art school.
Now I have went to art school , and have done well for myself , I have worked internationally and worked for some big companies , and currently at the moment I actually teach at an art school as well.
SO THE ULTIMATE QUESTION: IS ART SCHOOL A WASTE OF TIME?
WELL THERE IS NO BLACK AND WHITE ANSWER
What I believe is that art school i
Tip of the day: ImprovementTip of the day: Dedicate yourself to continuous improvement as if your future depends on it.. because it does.Tip of the day: Improvement3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Colorists: Having Difficulty Finding A Skintone?This happens to me all the time.Colorists: Having Difficulty Finding A Skintone?3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I'm starting out an image, and for the life of me, I just cannot determine what color I should use for the skintone. I wish I had a crystal ball that would show me thirty minutes into the future so I can see just how a character will look after applying all the necessary shading, anatomical detailing, and highlights based upon the base color I use. A lot of times, it'll appear too faint, too desaturated, or on the flip side, way too bold and gleaming like a bronzed deity caked in a thick lathering of walrus grease.
Which is delicious, by the way.
FORTUNATELY! The folks at The Humanae Tumblr seemed to have a crystal ball of their own. Not so much one that shows the final product of my work, but one that certainly told them of my many incredibly frustrating endeavors into spending a good chunk of time shading a character's skin only to realize the base tone was absolute g
Goodbye Comments SectionSo I finally bit the bullet and disabled comments on all my artwork. I had been thinking about doing it for a while now, and after conducting a poll and seeing an overwhelming support of doing it, I decided to finally act upon it. Deviations I submit will no longer have comments. Journals and my FrontPage will because I can’t disable those (trust me, I would’ve disabled my FrontPage comment section YEARS ago if I could. That place is a cesspool).Goodbye Comments Section4 months ago in Personal More Like This
The reasons for disabling comments are pretty simple. I get a lot of hate on the internet and it’s negatively affecting me. I am, I admit, a special case. I likely get more hate than most “famous” DA users do, and as such I have to tailor my needs specifically. I also have been growing very wary about how toxic the DA community can be at times. DA doesn’t police new accounts and it’s very easy for trolls to perpetuate their activities. Blocking doesn’t really DO anything as anyone can just create
deviantART Rumors dismissedHi Everyone!deviantART Rumors dismissed10 months ago in Personal More Like This
Upon checking the Help Desk this morning we've come across a terrible rumor rumor spreading throughout the community that the staff will be removing 'wasted' accounts on May 21st, and that you should copy and paste the 'warning' to your journal if you want your account to be safe from deletion. This is totally false and should not be spread around dA. If you happen to see a misinformed deviant sharing that information in their journal feel free to link them to my journal here.
Keep in mind that any official dA news will be announced at hq so if someone is stating something about deviantART that you think is questionable pop by HQ and if it's not mentioned there please consult the Help Desk before inadvertently spreading possible misinformation . If you're receiving notes or comments about this false mass-deletion from an individual claiming to be deviantART staff, please block them and report them to the helpdesk. Thankie!
the below is a bu
Practical Strategies: How to be more popular in dAThank you all for always participating in my polls/surveys, and sorry that I can't reply to every comment personally, but they are indeed helpful and interesting, each comment has brought me new ideas and inspiration, so here, I have some strategies to share with you, content based on the results of my latest poll. http://kelly1412.deviantart.com/journal/poll/2995299/Practical Strategies: How to be more popular in dA2 years ago in Personal More Like This
It is true that your artwork is the key to all the attention you receive. However, there are still some strategies that could help you get more attention, in terms of comments, self-achievement, favorites and watchers. In this journey I'll share with you some strategies that I've discovered through my own personal analysis and observation.
(they've all been tested, but no guarantee if it will work for everyone.)
And it will not directly make your art better, only you have that ability within yourself!
For people who are waiting for COMMENTS
--Want others say something to
Scavenger Hunt OVER (send in entries today!) + ALTUPDATEScavenger Hunt OVER (send in entries today!) + ALT2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The Hunt has officially ended our glorious huntees will be removing icons (or have been since midnight), hunters still have till tonight 11:59pm EST to get their items in order and send their entries in though! If you have not started you can still try, but there is no guarantee all icons will still be there is all : O
I also want to announce that there will be alternative prizes if for some reason you prefer art over subscription o@, the prizes affected:
Grand Prize: 1 YEAR subscription to dA + 250 pts OR a fully rendered bust up xOx
Second Place: 6 Month subscription to dA + 200 ptsOR a Fullbody sketch w/ simple shading or textures etc.
Runner Ups: 3 Month subscription to dA (2)OR a Halfbody sketch w/ simple shading or textures etc.
Obviously you can pick between them so if you were aiming for subs this doesn't affect you, but if you were for some reason hoping for art here ya go XD
I will be flying out to San
about photoshop and hard work...damn it!WARINING- EITHER READ THIS COMPLETELY OR DON'T BOTHER, AS THAT IS ONE OF THE CHARACTER TRAITS THIS JOURNAL IS ABOUT!about photoshop and hard work...damn it!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
okay, so after a swarm of questions many of which left me with my jaw on the floor... i realized something...
people are afraid of pushing a button to see what it does
okay, to backtrack first. i am self taught in photoshop, had no books had no tutorials, had a borrowed i think 7... dunno which was before cs2 when i started, i learned it by ....pressing a button and seeing what it does
i explored, i tried stuff out.
i had no teachers no schools no education on this stuff
i saw a button i pressed it.
that is how about 9 years ago when i first decided to try and apply digital coloring to early pages of ravine, i was dabbing paint on a page. i came to the point where i had to paint a waterfall. so , just for fun i tried putting scattering on the foam brush i made, a simple thing. and i was gonna see if smudge could be scattered. it had a weird side effect.
Tools of the TradeHey guys. I figured I'd go ahead and do a FAQ journal entry. Just a basic list of the tools I'm currently using for my marker work. I have a new tutorial for my markers that I'll post when I'm able to share the art I used for the progress shots. Feel free to fire away with any questions and hopefully, this can be a go to guide for basic info on my tools. I'm not going to talk about oil painting materials as I'm still figuring all that out and I doubt an answer I give today will hold up in the future.Tools of the Trade2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Ok Here goes...
Markers: Prismacolor Cool and French grey markers. I think "Copic" has become another word for "marker" these days, so it's assumed that I'm using Copics for all of my work, but I actually use Prismacolor for all of my figures and detail work and only use Copic markers for backgrounds. I use to use "Warm" greys but I like the sepia look of French more now. I also occasionally use Copic color markers when I'm doing a full color marker piece. Why do I like Prismacolor markers
Character HateIn any fandom, not just Total Drama.Character Hate1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I understand who are our top and least favorite characters or pairings for a reason, but some spoiled peeps will just flat out bring sheer hate to the point where they threaten to kill he/she or actually draw fanart of that character being slaughtered. It's all around the Sonic fandom when I first joined DA. All because they like a certain pairing. Or because they are too nice for their tastes and like the "bitch" characters because they have more power. �Another good but stupid one is hatred based on their looks and design. Least favorite character: such and such, why: I hate his hair!!
I have my dislikes for more legit reasons. �One of them are screen hogs, characters that take up most of the shows screen time and don't let others have it, ones that desperately need it. Duncan and Zoey are HUGE examples. Duncan was a bit better in TDAS but past seasons his purpose was to cause drama and that love triangle that's finally over.
Art School or State School?Hey Friends, I published this on Doodle Alley already, but I thought you guys might benefit from this kind of discussion too. Let me know what you think!Art School or State School?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've been (quietly) following your cartoon essays for a while--I adore them and appreciate you sharing them.
I imagine you get a lot of emails from people asking about creative direction, their meaning in life, existential angst, etc. And I know you're a cartoonist and not a licensed therapist (although hey, I never claimed to know everything about you), but I was hoping you'd be able to help me.
I'm pursuing a career in comics. I *wish* I could say that I was attending the School of Visual Arts, the Art Center College of Design, etc., but those are rather cost-prohibitive. Instead my soul is being sucked out of me at a public university.
I'm aware that where I attend school isn't the end-all of what career I have and what level of success I reach, but I'm not learning what I want to learn. Currently in my drawing clas
I have an idea DA!!!I know you are looking for super useful things to add to DeviantArt! Please consider this! It would make life significantly easier for people with or without subs!I have an idea DA!!!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Somewhere on the top bar of the profile page, make an optional add on a Commission button!
If you choose to display this you can set it to either "Commissions Available" "Commissions Closed" or "Not taking commissions" for example.
If one of the former two, the button is a link to url of users choice, be it a journal entry or webpage, with their commission info.
Can you see how brilliant this would be? Visitors would know straight away if they had a shot at commissioning the artist rather than having to ask, and non-sub members can show this info without needing a custom box or having to copy and paste the same info in all their journal entries. C'mon DA, you know you love it! I don't need any credit!
As a side note, the button should be color coded! So if the button says "Commissions Available", it will be in say, a friendl
Free Painting Programs :) (updated Mar. 12)Hi there, finally! I've done all folio for institution!Free Painting Programs :) (updated Mar. 12)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
My routine and work ethics is back again ! Yeah.
I really apologize for my absent.. T_T
I will catch up everything as soon as possible.
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This journal I decided to make it helpful. (hopefully) ^^
If you like to paint digitally, it doesn't matter what program you are using.
As long as it is functional enough for you, and you enjoy painting when you use it. ^^
I love to try all painting programs, it's like exploring!
Though we already know that Photoshop, Painter and Sai are great, but there are free ones
that good enough to create artwork as beautiful as those programs. ^^
Many times that I randomly posted about them but this time I want to collect them all here!
So it will be convenient for you all to check and compare them.
What I can say is that I'm grateful and appreciate those creators who spent their time and hard working and share them to us.
That's why I want to support and share them to you all!
GIVE AWAY OVER! + Store Stock Updated, Looky?Print Give away below OVERGIVE AWAY OVER! + Store Stock Updated, Looky?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Four free prints below!
Store Stocked Up!
I finally added a bunch of the large prints up to my store! That means I also finally invested in a bunch of mailing tubes XD. Hopefully I didn't waste my money, mwaha. Please take a look! I'm having a free shipping promotion for ALL PRINTS till Aug 26th within the USA and Canada! Other countries get a hefty discount on shipping as well. No code needed, it's automatic as well as the discounts up there (:
Okay so I know this is what people actually care about rofl, so here are the details:
The winner shall receive any 4 prints that are in stock when the give away is over. Yes, even the large ones!
Contest ends Aug 26th
Winner shall be chosen by raffle
Yes, please remember free shipping ends on th
PE: The importance of the learning processHello again my lovely readers!! I had some issues with my computer and my internet conection yesterday but I hope they are fixed already. If nothing goes wrong, we’re having another chat event today in around 5 hours from the posting of this journal (2PM PDT – Los Angeles) in :#communityrelations: chatroom! I’ll raffle another 300 among the participants and we’ll have a small critique event and trivia! Join us!PE: The importance of the learning process1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
The importance of the learning process
In the past days I’ve given you tips on how to draw, I’ve shared tutorials covering different topics and you’ve had the chance to meet professional artists who gave us valuable pieces of advice in their interviews. I want to dedicate this article to talk about the importance of the learning process and how to make the best out of every opportunity to extend your knowledge.
THE FIRST STEPS OF THE PATH
Most of us have found our favo
PayPal-Commissioners January FeaturePayPal-Commissioners Monthly FeaturePayPal-Commissioners January Feature3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
We are a group dedicated to exposing artists who are accepting or in need of Commissions with Paypal-based payments. We hope to also serve as a consolidated database of artists accepting these commissions, for the ease of potential buyers.
Every month, PayPal-Commissioners chooses 10 members at random--or those who are suggested by other members and deviants--to feature in a news article.
Interested in Japanese culture
Enjoys using Copic Markers
Artistically interested in fashion; loves drawing crazy outfits
Enjoys working with others to give their ideas visual representation
Loves creating fanworks, especially for Transformers and other 80s media, as well
If Im born a girl, I would be sluttyWARNING: CONTAINS SEXUAL REFERENCES, stop reading if you are under 18. If you are over 18, I would prefer if you read with your pants down for the full experience.If Im born a girl, I would be slutty2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Above is a visual representation of what I will look like if I was born a girl. The answer is I would be a hot big boob sexy Asian chick. How did this thought came about? It started when my friend omuuu asked me today. "What do you think of your appearance?", and I was like "i think im decent enough to not scare people away, and look quite handsome from some angles and lighting". Then she asked "if you were the opposite gender, would you have changed in either aspect?" and that got me thinking. I actually stumble upon this thought a few times before, and in all scenario I always end up a slut. Let me explain.
Did you know that if you are a girl, you get bonus face points? Like if you are born an ugly guy, you remain an ugly guy. However if you were born an ugly girl, you are still a girl and pe