Premium Content and how I feel about making moneyHalloPremium Content and how I feel about making money10 months ago in Personal More Like This
There's a new feature called premium content that allows users to make file downloads available for a charge. This seems to be something with a vast range of different possibilities that range from quite nice to to quite lame. Of course we are all always against commercialization and sell-outs and everything and don't want things to change but there are some interesting options here.
Obviously everyone is going to know whether or not this is something he or she could use and how much sense it's going to make for what you do specifically but there's two points I want to adress.
I always thought it was lame when people sell stuff like brushes or psd files. This is probably just my personal opinion and many will certainly disagree for valid reasons, but I think, if you make some brushes, and you ask money for something as tiny as that, you are lame. Sorry. Actually, the point here is not that it will kill someone to pay like one buck for something tiny, it's just that it change
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 Phenomenon1 year 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
Learning to read, with Jolly Jack.Well, that was fun.Learning to read, with Jolly Jack.5 months ago in Personal More Like This
Let's just go over what I posted yesterday: I voiced that I have no opinion on guns in America, because I don't live there and as such; don't care. I said that I, personally, am afraid of guns and think they're industrial killing machines. And I posed a vague, hypothetical question that could have been applied to any situation where an old law/doctrine is in effect.
That's it. Nothing more. Harshest word in there was "change" followed by a question mark. Not "ban", not "make guns illegal" and certainly not "outlaw free speech and trial by jury", which some people with a slightly looser grasp on reality seem to think go hand in hand with owning the firearms I said I don't care about.
Well, today, I am going to post an opinion: if you're the kind of insecure, paranoid little twit that flies off the handle when someone poses a simple question, and who holds weapons and the laws that permit them with such religious reverence that you perceive that question as not
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 Art4 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 Fay4 months 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 Colors5 months ago in Personal More Like This
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.8 months 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!8 months 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 Illustrators10 months 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 work1 year 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
Anomaly Con and Steampunk-esque JewelryHello, everyone.Anomaly Con and Steampunk-esque Jewelry2 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
The Draw My Deerthing Some Friggin Clothes ContestLook, I found out how long journal titles can be.The Draw My Deerthing Some Friggin Clothes Contest3 months ago in Personal More Like This
Hello, there, subject name. I have a character (scratch that--multiple, but we're focusing on one here) who likes to wear nice clothes, and I can't seem to make him any. So here. Why don't you?
What To Do
This is Firebrand. Design him an outfit. Draw him in it.
It has to be something he would actually wear, so...no pants. You may draw him in his anthropomorphic form or his human form, but you can only use his quadrupedal form to illustrate what parts of the outfit, if any, transfer to it (you don't have to do that, though). I'll be judging you on the outfit, not on how you draw him--it won't have any bearing on your placing if you miss details of his appearance or sketch him or make a mannequin shaped like him or turn him into a faceless creature. I do need to be able to see the outfit well, though.
The outfit will be judged on...well, on whether or not it looks good. And on whether
Latest Contest 201210The Majority of you said:Latest Contest 2012108 months ago in Personal More Like This
Art of any non-human creatures in the series (white-walkers, wolves, dragons, etc)
This is where you get creative, think about the monsters lurking in the dark, the ones we have yet to see and the ones that will bring out the fright in even the bravest soldier
...Are you ready for Season 3, the winter is coming
Thanks to everyone who voted. The poll has since been removed.
For those of you who voted for one of the other categories, not to worry, there will be plenty of time for those to be featured.
1. All art forms are accepted
2. No openly vulger, grotesque or fetishes will be accepted
3. Humans are permitted in the image as long as they do not dominate the non-human creature (which should be your main focus)
4. No screenshots, rough drawings or art stealing is allowed for this contest
5. Cosplay and literature will be permitted
6. All entries shoul
Vampires and Halloween, Contests!Hello all traditional artists!Vampires and Halloween, Contests!8 months ago in Personal More Like This
I just wanted to share with you guys some great contests!
The first one one is for all you vampire lovers! It's a contest held by *HyperionDreams.
It ends on September 31. so if you want to join, pick up those pencils and get to it It really has amazing prizes!
The second one is this years Halloween Hoo Doo Contest! held by *dreamarian
This one ends on Halloween. Also amazing prices and fun challenges!
Check them out!
Paint my OC contest... deadline extendedDeadline extendedPaint my OC contest... deadline extended8 months ago in Personal More Like This
And the deadline for our contest Paint my OC has been extended. Now the new deadline is 21 October 2012, so you'll have enough time to finish your entries Not just few days... Good luck to everyone
Features are still the same cuz they were featured a little more than day
Yeah... another free journal skin for you (note: only premium members can use journal skins). I did another collaboration with awesome *weida34 (I did design and she did coding... again). Well, new skin is this which I use right now... MetalliC_V2 (you can click here to install it). Our other collaborations were
CONTEST: Night Elves Meet 21st Century - WINNERS! WE HAVE THE WINNERS!!!CONTEST: Night Elves Meet 21st Century - WINNERS!9 months ago in Personal More Like This
Whew, after a very exciting voting, the deviants have spoken! Time to announce the winners and their prizes!!!
So, here they are:
1st place: by :iconMistyRydia:
Winners Package provided by :iconAnotherContestGroup:
Features, llama (if available) and 1 half-body (or other, according to the request) drawing from :iconNightElf86:
30 + llama from :iconkeyan3d:
Full colour bust for and a llama from :iconartlessilliterate:
Journal Feature, Llama, Comments/Critiques from :iconmissimoinsane:
50 oints:, feature and llama from :iconNightElvesUnite-Bank:
:trophy: Free portrait drawing from :iconSilasAleks:
:trophy: A full colored pic w/ background from :iconZakSaturday2468:
2nd Place: by :iconDark-Edyn:
:trophy: Feature + llama from :iconNightElf86:
:trophy: 20 oints: + llama from :iconkeyan3d:
Concurso Cultural de gameARTMais informações no grupo #brasilConcurso Cultural de gameART9 months ago in Personal More Like This
A Copic Coloring Contest++UPDATE++A Copic Coloring Contest1 year ago in Personal More Like This
LAST DAY FOR LINEART SUBMISSIONS!!!!
SUBMISSIONS DUE MARCH 20TH
Entries So Far:
Duchess of the Flies By ~barismutlu
Fantasy by ~fantabulous
Gypsy by !Toki-Kuragari
Autumn by !Toki-Kuragari
Geisha by ~Nevaart
Purity by *Aiko-Hirocho
Fantasy by ~Merethide
Llama badges-The FASTER method-Why and why notThe main reason why Im writing this news article is because it saddens me to see people going everywhere looking for llama badges and spending HOURS trying to get as many as some other people. :thumb169071809:Llama badges-The FASTER method-Why and why not3 years ago in Happenings More Like This
So youre asking yourself as to how some members of #GoldenLlamaClub have that many llamas? Wonder now more. Heres how they did it.
They use a macro-creation and automation software utility which allows users to automate repetitive tasks. A good example of this is AutoHotKey, but there are lots of other softwares like this one, some free, others not.
What this software can do is to basically use keyboard shortcuts like, say, Ctrl+a to launch a program, do a mouse click on a specific spot(once you set the x-y co ordinates) on your screen and even run loops once youve written the proper command for it.
So how will this give you llamas? Heres what they do. You must set your hotkeys such that they do the followi
Contest with big prizes!!I'm a sucker for studies lately. I hope I wont bore you all with my studies. If I do, than my excuses, but I tent to make at least 100 of these in 3 months time.Contest with big prizes!!4 months ago in Personal More Like This
Right now I just uploaded number 5 and I already learned so much about colors, composition and lighting.
Facebook is the first place where I upload these studies, without a title, there people can guess what movie it is from.
The first person with the right answer gets to choose the new movie.
So this contest wont be easy on you guys. But let me lure you in with a great price!
1st place winner will receive:
Elysium- Artbook from Daarken http://www.amazon.com/Elysium-The-Daarken-Mike-Lim/dp/0956817130/refd_sim_b_10
And a feature on my Facebook.
The runner up will receive:
The Art of Assassins Creed III http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Assassins-Creed-III/dp/1781164258/refd_sim_b_1
(Belated) Judging Criteria PostHello,(Belated) Judging Criteria Post3 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
Gallery DirectoryPerhaps useful from the start, but better late than never.Gallery Directory8 months 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
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).