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 Phenomenon2 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
Anomaly Con and Steampunk-esque JewelryHello, everyone.Anomaly Con and Steampunk-esque Jewelry9 months ago in Personal More Like This
I am writing the quickest of journals to let you know that I will be at Anomaly Con this weekend (starting tomorrow). I am mostly going to help manage a table with another artist but I will have some of my Yarnlings, books, prints and jewelry for sale so please feel free to stop by!
Also speaking of selling I am taking jewelry commissions for custom pieces or for pieces like these:
Message me if interested <3
Gallery DirectoryPerhaps useful from the start, but better late than never.Gallery Directory1 year 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
(Belated) Judging Criteria PostHello,(Belated) Judging Criteria Post10 months ago in Personal More Like This
This journal has been a long time coming and for that, we sincerely apologise. There are mitigating factors for this delay but, at the end of the day, they are excuses. So without wasting any more time, let's lay out our judging criteria for those who wished to know!
Our judging is separated into two sections; Effort, and Storytelling. Effort is graded out of 5, while Storytelling is graded out of 10.
Here is the in-depth requirements for grades in Effort:
5/5- The artist’s entry has demonstrated an absolute amount of effort based on their skill level.
4/5- The artist’s entry has demonstrated a great amount of effort based on their skill level.
3/5- The artist’s entry has demonstrated an adequate amount of effort based on their skill level.
2/5- the artist’s entry has somewhat demonstrated an amount of effort based on their skill level.
1/5- The artist
Commissions InfoLAST UPDATED: 17 May 2012Commissions Info2 years ago in Personal More Like This
All my information on commissions in one convenient place!
For 25, I will make a stamp of your choosing.
What is a stamp?
A stamp is a small, usually animated, .gif image that premium members can use to display their interests, loyalties, or self-promote!
What options do I have for the stamp you make for me?
The sky's the limit! The stamp or icon I make for you can be about anything. I only ask that it not be too vulgar (asking for curse words is okay), no nudity, and nothing involving hate. But I think that's fairly reasonable, don't you?
Other than that, your stamp/icon can have images, text, or both! You can request transitioning effects, specific colors or fonts, whatever you'd like -- my goal is to give you the stamp of your dreams! Of course, I'll let you know that if what you're asking is beyond my skill level, but I've yet to encounter something like that (and I'm always up for learning).
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 Scorch7 months 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
Inspiring art, part 03.Okay so it's time to pimp some great art again. Just look at these! They're gorgeous! All of these pieces have given some kind of inspiration to me... They inspire me to draw my own works and I really think there's nothing better than managing to do a piece of art that inspires others.Inspiring art, part 03.2 weeks ago in Personal More Like This
spiderman by ~peerroCommission 4 by ~homopopsDangerous game by ~mathioleNokipoika by ~Silppurihope and culture by ~astronautboysoh he's fine by ~CoriantenInk Grus grus by ~MyrntaiLantern by ~pepperinTwenty-eight Sugars by *EnraaaTHE FALL by ~Haeym+Louhi+ by ~TankeroComing Home by ~Hilmuwhere's my husband. by ~Keokusleepy january by ~hae-riWolves ver. 1 by ~anxiolyticsVultures by ~deadumsuntitled 7 by ~nhienan
If you want to see more art that inspir
9 Must follow blogs for artists and illustrators.The internet is a wonderful resource for artists and illustrators. I have picked out my ten favourite blogs that I like to follow. These blogs are all pearls of information, resources and helpful lessons on art and illustration so if you are not already following them, you really should check them out!9 Must follow blogs for artists and illustrators.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
1. Gurney Journey - http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/ is maintained by Imaginative Realism master James Gurney. James Gurney shares with us his journey in art work, he blogs about a wide variety of topics, all related to the visual world. His blog has also inspired two high recommendable books on how to paint.
2. Muddy Colors - http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/ is an illustration collective by 13 professional artists and illustrators, mainly working in the field of Imaginative Reali
it's all about work!Every day i hear how talented I am - I think this is a incorrect. I think that talent is confused with work. I do believe there is talent in every artist, but it is only 5%- you see when we were younger we all drew the same. As we got older, many people stopped trying to draw due to comments, lack of interest or what ever other reason they put there. The others that continued, like all things learned that it is 95% work, frustration, tears, anger, determination, persistence, practice, practice, practice, & more practice that allows them to create the artwork you see. Many people just grade the artist on the end result, in reality they missed the struggle and battle that truly defines the piece created. I enjoy the 5% talent I see around me yet I respect the 95% dedication that these great artist put out that makes their works fantastic. I believe anyone can learn to draw- they just have to want it bad enough. and that means that they are willing to show us by putting the effort in to iit's all about work!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
5 Great Podcasts for Artists and IllustratorsFor about two years I have been a big fan of listening to art podcasts while doing my artwork. In that time I have listened my way through many, many hours of illustrators sharing advice and experiences. There are some really informative gems out there and there are some more laid back, but still entertaining podcasts. All of them have one thing in common - they are for artists by artists. If you are an art student who is looking for a glipse into what working as an illustrator is actually like I would even more so recommend that you try out some of these links and give it a listen, you will learn a lot.5 Great Podcasts for Artists and Illustrators1 year ago in Personal More Like This
1. The Ninja Mountain Podcast - http://ninjamountain.blogspot.com/The Ninja Mountain Podcast has over a 100 episodes on its back. It is a casual, light hearted but also informative podcast with that catch phrase 'For Artist, by Artist' - the panel changes from episode to episode and as a result you
Caring about your own workDuring my second semester of foundation at Pratt institute I had a very interesting drawing teacher named Douglas Wirls. One my last day of class, where we had our final review he told me something that will stick with me forever. Professor Wirls said to me:Caring about your own work2 years ago in Personal More Like This
"It is your responsibility as an artist to care about your own work. It is a responsibility you have to your work, that you MUST care about it and seek to improve it, because no one else is ever going to care about it as much as you. No one else is as personally engaged in it as you are, so if you give up, that is entirely on you. No one is going to stop you one way or another, it is all on you. It is YOUR responsibility."
It made me think, and although it has only been less than a year since he said this to me I have often reminded myself and taken solace in it. Perhaps during the early years of learning, this reminder is most valuable.
It can be an incredibly frustrating path to improve your artistic skillset. Sometimes the penci
10 Inspiring Quotes about Art1. As an artist your first loyalty is to your art. Unless this is the case, you're going to be a second-rate artist. "10 Inspiring Quotes about Art11 months ago in Personal More Like This
- Margaret Atwood
2. You must master fundamentals, but you can never do so by watching another man paint."
- Andrew Loomis, Figure Drawing for All it's Worth
3. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely."
- Oscar Wilde
4. The practice of art is not to make a living, It is to make your soul grow."
- Kurt Vonnegut
5. Nothing is original. This is good because humans are forgetful. We need to be told things often and in different ways to remember."
- Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist
6. Only you can give the world your unique viewpoint."
- Neil Gaiman
7. Allow yourself to feel good about your work. Otherwise there is no point to doing it. If you never feel good about it, then you are just torturing yourself and then it is not worth it."
8. Only by struggling courageously against what seem like overwhelming odds can
Artistic Growth: Making of Morgan Le FaySometimes it just takes a while to get it right.Artistic Growth: Making of Morgan Le Fay1 year ago in Personal More Like This
In early 2011 I began a piece I back then called 'Fairy' - I had an idea of this alien looking woman staring into the vast emptiness with a slightly lost look on her face. Her main feature was to be her brilliant blue eyes. I started the piece and I had fun with it for a little while but then I got incredibly frustrated because I was unable to transfer the image in my head onto the wacom tablet.
The early, abandoned piece.
A year later I was looking through my folder of pieces from 2011 and found the abandoned file. I decided to pick up on it again and see if I could make something of it. At first I felt inspired by an old German Oil Painting by Christian Seybold (1695-1768) - a portrait of an old woman.
Alte Frau by Christian Seybold (1695-
New article for Muddy ColorsAbout curves ans linesNew article for Muddy Colors1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Art FearTLDR: You have to give yourself permission to suck.Art Fear10 months 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!
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) EDIT1 year 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
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 this1 year 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
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 months 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
The Handy Resources JournalThis journal will be a collection of images, articles, and guides that I've found handy for drawing. I hope you find them useful, too.The Handy Resources Journal1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Please note that this journal is a work in progress. I will add to it when I can and edit where needed.
=Jeff-H has created a series of excellent guides for human anatomy. I recommend studying them.
The best piece of artistic advice I've been given when proportioning a human figure is this: The thigh area (from hip [not waist] to knee) is approximately the same length as the torso (hip to shoulder). I see so many humans drawn too short or too tall without the torso to match.
See how short the legs are? http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs50/i/2009/327/a/8/Anime_body_tutorial_pg3_by_lene_x.jpg
Still don't believe me? Bring your knee up to your shoulder and try to keep your back as straight as possible. It should reach about to your collarbone.
the & collection -»» Coming SThis one, "Appa & Naga"the & collection -»» Coming S1 year ago in Personal More Like This
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*1 year 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):
WOW! Daily Deviation!!!Well spank my arse and call me Tarquinn, the lovey :iconthedreamwolf: offered my Dungeons & Dragons pic up for a Daily Deviation, and they liked it.WOW! Daily Deviation!!!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
My first one in the 7 years I've been here ad I'm well chuffed.
Major thank also go to my Jurassic Dorks crew, who invited me to do a gallery with them. Without that, this would never have been made!
:iconwordmongerer: :iconvenkman-project: :iconhemaniscool: :iconstayte-of-the-art:
Have any of you seen...The old spice general Iroh Gif?Have any of you seen...1 year ago in Personal More Like This
It makes me smile so much my face hurts...
Of course if you don't know what the old spice advert is then you should probably watch that, it would probably make more sense that way
I know how hard it is for my fellow shippers atm so I bring you the gift of Gifs!
^^ Above is the General Iroh Old spice gif I warned you about :]
^^ I know that some of you guys won't be Makorra shippers, but I saw this and couldn't help myself, it's just so simply cute <3
Oh also I still need peoples votes for the tagline so hurry up and get creative, I would also love to thank
:iconfloraski: for making the group Icon it's amazing and she is very pretty ^^
That is all for today, I hope it cheers you up a little
Why Skyrim makes me feel like I'm on drugsNow, without going into too many details, I've had enough strange times to be able to identify 'strange times'.Why Skyrim makes me feel like I'm on drugs2 years ago in Personal More Like This
But the sequence of events I just experienced in Skyrim have made me question my own reality.
I hope you're bored, because this will undoubtedly become long winded.
After playing ME3 for weeks, I decided to go back to Skyrim. Some of you might remember that before ME3 came out I was having a hard time finding a skyrim husbando. When I finally did, he left me waiting at the alter for two days. Yes, two days. Then after the vows he RAN OFF. After some searching I found my lizard lover and ordered him to my home to make tasty foodstuff and collect money for me. After some misadventures involving a lot of cabbage and some barrels, I returned to my breeze home only to find it empty. This worried me. It had been days since I ordered my husbando to the kitchen and he was yet to appear. Concerned, I began to trace the path he would have taken to get to me, imagining finding him left