Create Cover Art with Illustrator Jon FosterWho is Jon Foster?
*Jon-Foster is a professional illustrator whose works have appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Universal Orlando, Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, Tor Books, Simon and Schuster, Harry S. Abrams Books, Boston Globe, Underwood Books, Knopf, Delacorte, Del Rey Books, Scholastic, Fox Atomic, Little Brown, Nightshade books, Subterranean Press.
As well as inclusion in the Society of Illustrator annuals, he has received two silver and three gold awards from Spectrum: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art. Jon also was awarded the David P. Usher/Greenwich Workshop Memorial Award in the Society of Illustrators annual 43, has been nominated twice for the Chesley Awards, and was winner of the 2008 Dark Scribe Quill Award for Best Cover. Check out his work below!
The Art of the Graphic Novel with George PrattWho is George Pratt?The Art of the Graphic Novel with George Pratt3 years ago in Personal Journal More Like This
*George-Pratt is a successful painter and author, whose work is in private collections in the United States, Canada, Europe, India, and Japan and has been exhibited in the Houston Museum of Fine Art and many galleries throughout the world. He received a BFA cum laude in Drawing & Painting from Pratt Institute, where he later taught for seven years.
George's documentary film, See You In Hell, Blind Boy, about his travels through the Mississippi Delta researching his blues novel of the same name, won "Best Feature Documentary" at the New York International Independent Film Festival.
George was included in Walt Reed's book The Illustrator in America 1860 - 2000. He was also awarded a Gold Medal in the Spectrum Awards of 2002. He was awarded the Eisner Award for Best Multimedia Artist at the San Diego ComicCon for his work on Wolverine: Netsuke, which he wrote and painted for M
Jon Foster: Cover Art ShortsThese free videos are supplementary to The Art Department's Cover Art with Jon Foster premium content series.Jon Foster: Cover Art Shorts4 years ago in Personal Journal More Like This
Jon Foster: Self-Intro
Jon Foster: Definition of a Book Cover
Jon Foster: Traditional vs. Digital Part I
Jon Foster: Traditional vs Digital Part II
Jon Foster: Digital Brush Making
Jon Foster: Digital Color Correction
Jon Foster: Adding Color Digitally
Jon Foster: Dealing with Procrastination
Guide to Oil PaintingWhat artists are featured in these videos?Guide to Oil Painting3 years ago in Personal Journal More Like This
Born in Cortez, Colorado, *Francis-Livingston has been painting for 35 years. He is in the top ranks of American illustrators, and his work has been widely published. Francis Livingston's paintings have been exhibited in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. Livingston was awarded both Gold and Silver Medals from the New York Society of Illustrators, San Francisco Society of Illustrators, and Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles.
Born in Hubbard, Texas in 1933, *MarkEnglish has come a long way from his early days of picking cotton and painting signs on windows of small-town businesses. He attended the University of Texas and graduated from The Art Center College in Los Angles in 1960. In 2001, Mark was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree from The Academy
Oil Painting: Educational ShortsOil Painting: Educational Shorts4 years ago in Art Features More Like This
These free videos are supplementary to The Art Department's Guide to Oil Painting premium content series.
Vanessa Lemen: Traditional Brushes
Vanessa Lemen: Alternate Materials for Oil Painting
Vanessa Lemen: Substrates for Oil
Vanessa Lemen: Mark-Making in Oil
Vanessa Lemen: Solvents & Mediums
John English: The Diversity of Oil
Brent Watkinson: Plein Air Painting
John English: Working Large
Free videos on Graphic Novel, Drawing, and More!George-Pratt Definition of a Graphic NovelFree videos on Graphic Novel, Drawing, and More!4 years ago in Personal More Like This
George-Pratt Definition of a Comic Book
Jon-Foster Definition of a Book Cover
Jon-Foster Traditional vs Digital Part I
Jon-Foster Traditional vs Digital Part II
Entertainment 2D examples from jason-felix and ron-lemen
Entertainment 3D examples from Brett-Briley-TAD
andrewgordon animation demo reel:
stephen-gregory animation demo reel:
learning graphic programs anika's way1. Imagine the effect you want in your work.learning graphic programs anika's way4 years ago in Personal More Like This
2. Open your program.
3. Search for it and test everything till you find it.
3.a. Don't give up.
3.b. I know you're close to getting bald, but don't give up.
tip: Trust google to a certain degree.
Premium Content and how I feel about making moneyHalloPremium Content and how I feel about making money4 years 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
Wacom Horror Warning peopleI realized i just been living in a lie. Been coloring with the wrong icc profile for almost 6 years. Its because all this time i had a secondary monitor like 8 years old that ive never notice it. I just bought recently a cheap and amazing monitor 23 inches aoc, and noticed that my cintiq tablet colors looked washed away.Wacom Horror Warning people4 years ago in Personal More Like This
I asked myself why all my drawings in deviant art dont look like in my cintiq, they look washed away or burned.
Because of two problems.
I have all my files in adobe 1998 icc, which its good for printing but not web browsing, but the most horrible one, its that the cintiq21ux.icc that came in my cd was really wrong. Got the correct one in a wacom europe page, my cintiq its first generation, so new drivers sucked hard doesnt work.
Also warning for those that have same old cintiq like me, new drivers screw up the pen, cuts the pressure in half or gives weird pressure to it-, and worst ive been coloring with pen pressure wrong and color really bad.
I had been coloring bli
'Mature and Ultra Violence' in GamesQuick note to Convergence readers: Will be taking a break for a week! (August 13 and 16th), going on vacation with relatives!'Mature and Ultra Violence' in Games4 years ago in Personal More Like This
"When did Videogames become so violent and scary? " -Wreck-It-Ralph
What do you feel makes a Video Game "Mature"? And is it possible to create a Mature action game that sells without having to step into the UltraViolence/sexuality territory?
If you don't live in the U.S., what do people in your country considered "M" ratings?
Okay, okay, I kind of know what you're all thinking with this topic, and I just want to state: I don't mind violence in Videogames. I love fighting games, I play FPSes-- heck, I don't mind it in other genres either, like the over the top movie Kickass, or the anime Gantz... To add to that, I don't think that VideoGames contribute
An Absurd Interview with loishAn Absurd Interview with loish5 years ago in Personal More Like This
Goedemorgen! Welcome to a new edition of Absurd Interviews: Het is zo leuk!
De volgende afwijkende geen introductie nodig, ik weet zeker dat je al wist wie ze was alleen door de titel.
(Using Google Translate is funny isn't? I wonder what I just said :B)
So! ladies and gentlemen, I give you: loish
Hello Lois! How are you today?
Pretty good, although I fear i'm getting sick. Curse the increasingly cold weather
You constantly draw your girls with funky hairstyles and bright colors, have you ever wanted to have your hair like that? If so, what could would you like to have?
I have, but I don't think it would look quite right. I wanted to get blue dreads recently but decided against it; Every time I did something drastic to my hair as a teenager I regretted it because I looked sick and was
Train Your Brain Semi-FinalistsIn the Train Your Brain Contest, deviantART and The Art Department (TAD) challenged you to submit your work in one of the five disciplines offered by TAD: Illustration, Drawing and Painting, Animation, Entertainment 2D, and Entertainment 3D. Your assignments were reviewed by the world-renowned artists who teach as TAD faculty, and the grades are in! The following Semi-Finalists represent the top work chosen in each category. A final review will be made, and the 31 prize winners in each category will be announced shortly!Train Your Brain Semi-Finalists3 years ago in Official DeviantArt Contests More Like This
Be sure to head to TheArtDept for more information about TAD's programs and faculty! At TheArtDept, you'll find free lessons, in-depth sessions with award-winning instructors, and inspiring artwork created by TAD students and faculty alike.
Congratulations to all!
Commission InfoCommission info:Commission Info5 years ago in Personal More Like This
- Payment only via Paypal.
- I will start painting after receiving full payment. After receiving the final piece there is no option to refund.
- If for some reason I´m not able to finish your commission, you will have complete refund.
- You will get a high quality file (300 dpi) with the artwork.
- I´m a super slow turtle ;___; so it might take me some time.
- The commission can be for:
a) personal use, That means you can use the work as you want, banners, icons, backgrounds, layouts etc. What you can´t do is to claim the artwork as your own, or to sell prints, or any other way to make money and profit out of it.
b)comercial use, if that is the case, tell me and we will talk about it to see the details.
- I reserve the rights to the artwork, and the right to show it here on my DA and portfolio.
- If you are interested send me a note with a description of what you want, t
Undiscovered (Beta): Unearthing Quality ArtArt Under The RadarUndiscovered (Beta): Unearthing Quality Art3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Each day, hundreds of thousands of pieces of art are submitted to deviantART. As more and more artists join, create, and share their work, it becomes easy for high quality art to miss its chance to stand out and be seen.
Our new browse mode, Undiscovered, aims to bring new, high quality artwork to the foreground.
Finding Hidden Gems
Undiscovered focuses on recently submitted artwork that has not yet drawn attention or recognition at the levels of Popular or What's Hot browse modes. Using an algorithm that identifies patterns in community behavior when curating content, Undiscovered generates a browsing experience that draws attention to creative art and talented artists that may not receive the same level of attention from other browse modes.
Please keep in mind that the algorithm that powers Undiscovered is still new and we may make changes as it grows in use.
Discover New Art Daily
Because Undiscovered focuses on recently submitted artwork, the artwork displayed m
Mailbox Open!EDIT: Elf positions are now closed. Something else to keep in mind, we are not accepting requests for specific elves to work on your presents, so please do not put that in your letter (it will be ignored).Mailbox Open!5 years ago in Personal More Like This
The mailbox is now OPEN for business! Children can begin writing their letters to Santa! The mailbox will be open from now until Saturday, December 10th at 8 p.m. EST (GMT/UTC -5), and a timer is on our homepage.
As always, we may not get to all requests, but following these directions carefully will ensure your request is not automatically rejected! Because of the volume of requests, you will not get an individual reply confirming acceptance of your letter. If you receive a present, it will be a surprise!
How to write your letter to Santa
Go to the Group's homepage and click "send a note" to the group. Your letter will be this note, with the title DEAR SANTA. Here's a template that shows you a
Style, style, STYLE, oh, THE styleWhat do you think about it? In terms of drawing. Is it important to have one of your own? Is it necessary to constantly seek it?Style, style, STYLE, oh, THE style4 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've seen people troubled by not having constant style, people thinking their style is not original enough, people making a bold line between their two styles, people trying to get rid of one style...
My humble opinion on this is that you should stop wasting your energy on torturing yourself and just draw. Draw whatever you feel like.
Unless you're being paid for certain style but that's not what I want to talk about now.
What I want to talk about are all those personal pictures you do for self-improvement or supposedly for fun. "Supposedly" because if your main purpose is "fun" I don't get why you should worry yourself with "omg is this style all right what will my watchers say?"
Well, your watchers will get pretty bored if all in your gallery look the same. And also, there's not much space for improvement. Talking from my own experience, I was totally charm
Picture Making: Free VideosThese free videos are supplementary to The Art Department's Guide to Picture Making premium content series.Picture Making: Free Videos3 years ago in Personal Journal More Like This
Sterling Hundley: Problem Solving
Sterling Hundley: Problem Identification
Sterling Hundley: Ideation
Sterling Hundley: Definition of Ideation
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Your art is worth more than you think.It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a person in possession of a good fortune must be in want of art.Your art is worth more than you think.4 years ago in Art Features More Like This
If you've ever taken a look at the job-offers part of any forum or site, you'll notice two tendencies that occur online. The first is that a lot of people look for art, some for the cheapest possible price at the best possible quality. The other is that a lot of people are willing to low-ball even more than the initial offer simply to snag the job.
Because if they don't offer cheaper art than the rest, they wouldn't be getting the job, or so the line of thought most likely goes.
You see people selling full-body, detailed renderings for $10, or people who sell pixel art for 50 points. But why?
A reminder should be sent out telling people that their art is worth so much more than they think. And this is why I can highly advise these journals if you plan to price and sell your art.
How to Make a WorldSo like, I haven't been here in years, but checking out my account this is still, somehow the most popular and sassed thing on my DA.How to Make a World5 years ago in Settings More Like This
Reminder that this was a WIP even when I began it, and I'm probably never touching this again.
Apparently some of y'all think this is a really cool or helpful thing, and that's fine its really the only thing keeping this piece up here.
But otherwise, just like, ignore it?
If you get peeved at anything that's in here, keep in mind you're getting mad at a 14 year old kid's unfinished homework project that's like 4 years old now. So, just keep that in perspective.
Always check the date before you comment~
How to make a world
Table of Contents:
-Part 1: Home Sweet Home: The basics of you world
-Part 2: Into the Garden of Madness: The Human Psyche
INTRODUCTION! read this!
This is meant to be a general guide on how you can make your own planet/world and what patterns it would input onto its denizens. As well as how you can alter your world his
Weekly 200 Points Giveaway - Week 6 [CLOSED]It's overWeekly 200 Points Giveaway - Week 6 [CLOSED]3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here are this week winners: :iconselenaarianafangirl::iconmeekochan::iconjenelim::iconlopamahbub:
I'll open another one later today
Thank you all for your participation
You guys. Guys. Guys. US peeps. Um. (RL stuff)I... follow a lot of US-based political blogs. And have friends out there, and ... find what is currently going absolutely f*cking terrifying and enraging on a visceral bloodboiling level. But, you know. That's just me, out in some secular socialist Old World country, quaffing down my cheap birth control pills and, outrageously, not crippled by hospital bills after my freelance boyfriend's domestic accident of two years ago because of all that damned taxpayer money going into a national health insurance.You guys. Guys. Guys. US peeps. Um. (RL stuff)4 years ago in Personal More Like This
But that, of course, is anecdata and nothing to go forming political opinions on. (Also I have a uterus, and what with all those craaaayzee lady hormones swishing around my weak little brainpan, I'll've completely changed my mind in a week don't mind me!)
Just like to point out, though.
I seem to have a... lot of followers. That's super cool and all. I'm guessing most of you are here for the GND. That's really great and I am so chuffed you are enjoying
Top 5 Mistakes (I've made over the years)To many people in comics, I only arrived a few years ago with Joe the Barbarian. Then came Hellblazer (completed in 2008 before I began working on Joe), American Vampire: SOTF, and finally Punk Rock Jesus. Once in a while someone will mention Off Road (an OGN I did with Oni back in 2004), but for the most part it seems like I've been published only these last few years when in fact I've been published professionally for a decade now.Top 5 Mistakes (I've made over the years)3 years ago in Personal More Like This
This isn't a plea to have everyone go back through my previous work--in fact, I'm glad that a lot of the books I've done over the years aren't on readers' radars. I'm proud of it all, but the books above are a nice, tight group of titles to be associated with. They're all in a similar brand, they're all recent, they all have good creators/publishers associated with them, and the artwork is mostly consistent. Go back further than that, and you'll see artwork that looks nothing like the stuff I'm doing these days. (Although Off Road still holds up to some de
Animation 2nd and 3rd Place Winners2nd place:Animation 2nd and 3rd Place Winners3 years ago in Official DeviantArt Contests More Like This
Lester dream by ZeVaamonde Les Graffiteurs by catiniata Politeness by mayec Kula's Dance by K-hermann Petite Princesse by Xayasha By night, a crying sky by Vanoushka Planete Panique by Swindy About a girl and a little robot by sssashimi Ninja Tale by pokemon-master Pantomime by TheLidiaLab :thumb341036196: scared by DigPuff Pinnacle of Dreams by Andrei-Sitari Waiting for Perrito by ANDRESCOUTURIER Flower Girl by AyumiNazu Glenda by ArmandoCamero Mr. Square and Mr.Long by nocl3 Lotus Scroll by Y2LXIII Angsty Jibberish by JasonDriskill Revival (Success Clip) by zxephin
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Twenty third place winners will receive one class through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.
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5 Art Selling TipsWhile I used to see "art sales" simply as bonus money coming in on the side, over the past few years it's become enough of an asset that it justifies an art dealer, record keeping, insurance, and taxes at the end of each year. It's currently 25% of my total income, and that has a lot of impact over my work. And just like storytelling, design and page flow--abstract principles that keep my career afloat daily--art sales also deserve to be studied, theorized, and understood.5 Art Selling Tips3 years ago in Personal More Like This
These are guidelines, not rules. And while most of them usually work for me, they might not all work for you, so keep in mind that my market might be different than yours. Because not only do we not draw the same, we probably have different sorts of buyers.
1. Don't stay on a book for too long
I find that doing mini series of 4-12 issues is optimal for selling art. If you spend a year doing one-shots or 2-3 issue minis, you'll be hard for buyers to keep track of because it's too infrequent. And it's hard to make an i
ASKtheARTIST InterviewASKtheARTIST Interview3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
ASKtheARTIST Interview with algenpfleger
Welcome to ASKtheARTIST. My name is *thefluffyshrimp and today I have the great privilege to interview *algenpfleger, a very talented illustrator and creator of many well-known works on deviantART.
Thank you for presenting us with this opportunity to interview you, algenpfleger.
*quietly sits down and sips on a mysterious beverage
WAIT ARE WE DOING THIS OR WHAT
*Vellez asks "What is your creative process? Do you just research and then begin drawing when you get an assignment, or do you mull it over a bit?"
Hmm it usually starts with me getting the assignment since I spend my freetime drawing other things mostly (these days at least). As soon as I know what the client wants, I leave it alone for a couple of days and wait for ideas to sprout in my head. The rest is just craftsmanship, you know, drawing the stuff and everything. The real work is done as soon as I put down the thumbnail sketch.
~smarff asks "How saturated do you think the illustra