DA's Insular Taste PhenomenonIt's been quite a while since I wrote a preachy "THINK ABOUT YO' ART"-type journal, and some of my newer watchers may not know that this is a particular(ly annoying) habit of mine. This is a subject I've had on my mind for quite some time for a number of reasons, and it's recently coalesced into a semi-soluble form so here we go. (As an aside- this journal does have some recycled ideas from a previous post of mine, but obviously I hadn't really said everything I wanted to on the subject.)DA's Insular Taste Phenomenon3 years ago in Personal More Like This
It's no mystery that I love this website. I came in at the tail end of the pre-critique wonder years, when the internet discovered and exploited that, yes, we don't always produce the highest quality art here. There's a lot of unpleasantness directed towards DeviantArt. At RISD, I made a point to never mention that I had an account here, because of the looks of disgust I would get haha and people would think about me differently. It was
Want to have your art published in an art book?Want to have your art published in an art book?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Get your art published amongst some of the top artists on deviantart such as
:iconchancake:, :icontituslunter:, :iconvmbui:, :iconyamio:, :iconelsevilla:
"To raise money for charity, we're making an Artbook in which artists will be given the chance to draw a page (or double page) each. All profits raised will go directly to the RedKite, a foundation that works closely with children living with cancer, helping families financially in these tough times."
Ethereal-artbook is currently holding a contest where winning entries will be published in the artbook and will receive a free copy!
There will be four winners, each winner judged separately from the four categories available; green, blue, yellow and red
So what do we have to draw?
Tip of the Day: Making DecisionsTip of the Day: Making DecisionsTip of the Day: Making Decisions3 years ago in Personal More Like This
People that achieve great things don't look for the easiest way to do it. They look for the right way.
Making the right decision sometimes makes all the difference.
How are you going to spend your day today?
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Tip of the Day: Leaps in LearningLeaps in learning through my career, always came from working through great frustrating moments. Frustration is just your brain working hard to understand and improve on something difficult to learn. Gotta keep going!Tip of the Day: Leaps in Learning3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Tip of the Day: Playing the Game of LifeI used to spend all my free time on games. Arcade games, card games, home entertainment systems... etc. Until I found the best game of all - LIFE. Not the board game but the real thing.Tip of the Day: Playing the Game of Life3 years ago in Personal More Like This
You only get one life and there are many levels that you can pass. Try to think of life as a game. Always trying to get to that "next level." Identify what you could achieve to get to the "next level" in your life and put your energy into it!
sending positive vibes to you all!
When someone's work is better...Suppose you're an artist... or some craftsman. You can do stuff. And you're pretty confident with your skills. You have people to prove it. You have clients. You can paid your bills and make a decent living. You've fancy things around you... the list goes on.When someone's work is better...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Now, imagine you see the work that's better than yours... x10 better, x100 better, infinity times better. What do you feel?
Anxiety, jealousy, depression? ...or maybe inspiration, respect and enlightenment?
The recent one for me was a cold shower feel. Everyone is better. F*ck! Even the monkey can draw better stuff!
It's a hard pill to swallow really. Your confidence is shattered. You don't feel the same anymore. Surprisingly enough after a few days you're back on track. Let's kick some ass, yeah!
I have been through this cycle many times. The details and feelings may vary but you've ups and downs like sine wave. The trick is to get out of 'downs' as soon as possible. Don't let them persuade you. Climb up.
Tip of the Day: Getting your foot in the door*Take note that this advice is meant for people that are completely unknown beginners that have no options and are looking to learn***Tip of the Day: Getting your foot in the door3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Comic legend Lynn Johnston (creator of "For Better or For Worse" gave me today's tip of the day. She wrote to me with some advice after listening to my audiobook "The Perfect Bait"
"I wondered if there should be a portion dedicated to people- students etc who are completely unknown, who just want to get a foot in the door.
Working for free is the answer. You might balk at this because some critics say this gives the appearance that there is NO value to skill and talent. However- consider this: Working for free gives you amazing experience. It allows you to practice on someone else's project, see your work in print, establish a reputation and learn- big time. People who won't work for free WILL pay for a course! What better learning experience is there than to work with a client- such as a library or an independent book store or a school- producing poste
About training to fullfill your goals and dreams.My experience of my small lonely, personal travel up to New York City was amazing decision, I've experienced a lot being as a part of the life of grand cities in the USA- which are quite much different worlds than most major cities in Europe. Not as a tourist but I transformed myself being as a New York citizen for several days, to feel in New Yorkish people how they live. As Brooklyn-er, I spent all days wandering along the buildings of that city, sitting down and watching people and the environment riding in the train and exploring between many boroughs and neighborhoods, from overwhelming, very touristic-y, overrated and famous Manhattan to the another side of the world, filled with a lot darker atmosphere- the Bronx.About training to fullfill your goals and dreams.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've been in New York so many times and since I was very little, yet I've never seen the real New York. But from when I became a traveler I learned how to find the heart of the city, and so, Manhattan wasn't the real part to see and feel the New Yor
Common Misconceptions: Traditional ArtFirst of all, hello! It's been almost a year since I contributed a blog post to this lovely group so I want to say hi I'm back folks! I have a lot of artsy things to share with you all that I've learned (and am still learning) so hang on tight! While I was thinking what to write as my first topic, I decided to kind of go back to the beginning as far as our thinking as artists goes in the creation process. I've come up with a short series called "Common Misconceptions" just to debunk some myths and misguided trends that are so often part of what we experience as we grow. This first "Common Misconceptions" topic will focus on traditional art.Common Misconceptions: Traditional Art3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Traditional is better than digital because it takes more talent and skill
WRONGWRONGWRONGWRONGWRONGWRONGWRONG. Did I say that was wrong, I'll say it again for emphasis WRONG! Like all mediums, digital art is simply different than traditional art in the same way photography is different than fi
OCT 101 (2012) EDITDisclaimer: this is not a personal attack against any OCT's, oct admins, or conduct of oct admin teams in general. These are observations, thoughts, and tips that I felt should be taken into consideration when one decides they want to run an OCT in hopes that it makes things a little easier for people.OCT 101 (2012) EDIT2 years ago in Personal More Like This
FURTHER DISCLAIMER: every oct is different, someone doing things differently from the norm is not bad. These are all merely tools and guidelines meant to help. I've heard a lot about personal attacks being made using both my posts about OCT's as a way of bullying and pushing around the admins of other Tournament groups, and I do not condone it in the slightest. I'd like to apologize for anyone that has had that done to them.
For those who need more information!
"What is an OCT? An OCT, or 'original comic tournament'/'original character tournament' is a sort of contest in which an artist enters a character.
That character is paired off against another artist's charact
I quit.I quit freelancing: http://www.noahbradley.com/blog/2013/i-quit/I quit.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The good news is that this means much, much more personal work. I'm working on creating my own world. I try to keep most of my DA postings as just finished paintings, though. If you're interested in seeing more sketches and thoughts behind this project, I encourage you to follow me on one of these other sites:
Thanks--I'm excited to see where this journey takes me!
Tip of the Day: RoadsTip of the Day: The road we choose to travel is more important than the destination. There's usually more than one road that will lead you to where you want to go.Tip of the Day: Roads2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Art FearTLDR: You have to give yourself permission to suck.Art Fear2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I just wrote up a new blog post about the Pokemon stuff I've been doing and grappling with paralyzing art-fear:
I'll probably post some of the pokemans around here soon!
Legend of Korra Season Finale Episode *Watch Now*I will update this page as more videos online are made available:Legend of Korra Season Finale Episode *Watch Now*3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Actually, if you go back to ADP's livestream post and scrub to 30:00 min on the first livestream, you can watch the episode in LQ.
More updates soon (I will update as episodes are made available)
Update (higher quality):
Mass Effect 3 - Happy Ending Mod...Mass Effect 3 - Happy Ending Mod3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Yet again the Mass Effect Fandom proved that it will not leave the ending in the state it was presented in the game. A certain (fan!) mod was created (and is right now in the testing phase) a Happy Ending Mod for ME3. We can destroy the Reapers, Shepard lives (EDI and Geth too) and most importantly of all we don't have to worry about the Star Child.
Instruction how to install it and the mod itself can be found here:
You can also check how the mod works here on youtube:
And a few pictures:
( source of images-> http://lady-blackfish.tumblr.com )
Japanese 101Konnichiwa Minna san! Watashi wa baka desu! Watashi no shumi wa e wo kaku koto desu! Yoroshiku onegaishimasu! （＾Ｏ＾☆♪Japanese 1013 years ago in Personal More Like This
So okay some of you got jellin of my fine japanese language desu ne.
I thought of why not teach my lovely watchers speak japanese?
Okay let's start with the simple one. If you want your sentence to sound like japanese you need to put 'desu' at the end of each sentences. Now before we start using 'desu' let me tell you first what it means. It would be stupid if you're using the word that you don't know right? Okay the word 'desu' comes from the latin word 'Canius Femina' meaning bitch. For example I love you desu (I love you bitch).. Tehehe kidding aside. Okay the meaning of 'desu' is really hard to explain but basically it's a polite modifier or it can also mean " It is ", "Those are" , or "I am." or whatever.
Now that you know the word desu let's use it in a sentence.
Fuck you desu. V(=^･ω･^= )v
You can't be lazy!Well, let's face it. The audience doesn't care about your stuff. Doesn't matter if you're some groovy guy drawing chicks or rugged viking choppin' woodsculptures.You can't be lazy!5 months ago in Personal More Like This
A lot of artists spend their time mastering the craft while completely neglect the promotion side. It's a pain to see someone doing amazing stuff with zero recognition.
Ever heard of I'm too lazy/busy/shy to promote myself excuse?
Well you could be busy, you could be shy but you should never be lazy. Forget about the lazy word.
No matter how good you are the art wouldn't market/promote itself. Even in a digital age. Sad but true.
The audience doesn't care about your stuff... unless you do your homework and make them care.
foreveer....and eeveeerrrforeveer....and eeveeerrr2 years ago in Personal More Like This
this is 25 layers of pun with a pun cherry on top
Avatar soundtrack... at the olympics?? O_oEnjoy the randomnessAvatar soundtrack... at the olympics?? O_o3 years ago in Personal More Like This
(BTW, brian knows about this )
Before you throw that pity party read thisBeing in touch with your weaknesses is important in order to grow as an artist, but are you so hung up on what you can’t do well that it’s holding you back? I'm not talking about the intermittent (or frequent) attacks of complete blockage, or even lack of inspiration, but full out pity parties.Before you throw that pity party read this2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I’ve seen far too many people on dA who post exercise after exercise, writing in the artist comments that once again they’ve failed, they’ve read hundreds of books, studied the masters for so many years, and they still cannot draw a photorealist rending of a man’s head. First of all let me say that I highly respect “self taught” artists and I’m not discouraging anyone who chooses (or must) go that route. However, setting realistic goals and finding your niche is extremely important. Let me say this: not everyone will be able to paint like a Baroque period artist! But that doesn't mean you can't be a painter, it just means
DA volume 1 - DeviantART anthologyDISCLAIMER #1!: This is not an official DeviantART project and DeviantART will not be involved in making selections or in processing any royalty payments.DA volume 1 - DeviantART anthology2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I have always loved anthologies. Growing up in Britain 95 percent of the comics were weekly anthologies so it has been firmly ingrained in my psyche.
I've always felt that anthologies are a good platform for experimentation, trying new ideas and styles, introducing new talent and especially good to read in the bathroom. I'll never forget the impression Heavy Metal had on me when I first saw it.
They're perfect for those moments when you've read through the 100 comics you've bought that month and realized there wasn't a single complete story in the pile.
I've recently relaunched two previously successful anthologies, A1 and MONSTER MASSACRE.
I have also been enjoy
EjaculationThat got your attentionEjaculation2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Now who dares click the link?
Much Ado about ScorchHey Scorch fans! *claps hands together* …I~M CRU~EL… for not updating or never even mentioning what's happened to Scorch. But you know what I love about you guys, is that you're STILL talking about it after all these years.Much Ado about Scorch2 years ago in Personal More Like This
As some of you may know, back in 2004, when I started going to college, I began drawing early concepts for Scorch. Halloween of 2007 those fun little ideas first materialized as an experimental webcomic that I put on SmackJeeves and DrunkDuck. What started as a fun project, to my surprise and joy, ended up growing a pretty diehard audience and some loyal fans. As Scorch was really starting to take off, I thought it might be time to take it seriously and submit it to a publishing company.
Unfortunately, personal life tragedy struck before anything came of this. After getting my heart broken a few times all production stopped and I kind of went on an existential trip down the rabbit hole. It was a several years long 'tragic' adventure, which somehow… I managed to surv