Need references?Although drawing and painting "from life" is way much more effective and efficient than drawing from photos (I'll be writting a separate journal about this soon, no worries), you simply can't have a person to model for you every time you want to create something. And there are situations when you don't exactly know how to place that bloody hand or if the foot is drawn correctly. Similiar issues can happen with architecture, perspective... with everything you draw. Then, when you look for help, you may stumble upon Stock gallery and you find awesome things. Remember about crediting the used stock directly!
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Victorian house by ~skipsstockCarennac 02 - Old house by *MontvalentStockold house WV by ~Irie-StockOld House by ~VacantHaze
House 005 by ~Lelanie-StockStock - House in the Woods by *GothicBohemianStockStrange Cone House 5 by =FairieGoodMotherHouse by ~Tintz-stock
Female Blackbird 3311539 by ~StockProject1Rabbit 01 by ~88-Lawstock:thumb11
Need textures?We had a feature of drawing references yesterday, so let's take a look at textures now. I must admit that I'm a total freak when it comes to this topic. I love textures, I love making them and I love seeing them everywhere. In this feature I'll also include some tutorials, traditional and digital, so you could learn how to make some on your own.Need textures?1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Metallic Green Textures by ~Gypsy-Stock
Old Paper Texture Pack by ~nevermoregraphixold paper stock 03 by =ftouriniWood Texture by *TammySueSeamless desert sand texture by ~hhh316
yellow texture by ~raregirl86yellow cracks texture by *ftourini-stockold map by ~Meltys-stockYellow fabrics by ~10grams-stock
Merlin by ~dazzle-texturesBurnt Orange Patterns Part2 by ~WebTreatsETCOrange Grunge by ~R2krw9
Red Velvet Textures by ~RockStockRed Clouds Texture by ~JRMB-Stockexclusive red by ~valkiria-stock
:thumb276819046:Pink Stripes Texture by ~emothic-stock:thumb110124321::thumb116788933:
:thumb154539504:purple texture by ~raregirl86Paper Pack 6 by =dierat:thumb167329623:
old victorian blue by =ClarabellafaireStockMore Cement Floors by ~GreenEyezz-stockvintage blue texture by ~beckastexture 140 by =Sirius-sdz
dark blue textures zip pack by ~BreedStock:thu
Need faces?We've already had "Need references?" and "Need textures?", time for something else. This actually is about references again, but about these more specified ones. Emotions. How many times have you wondered why is that the faces you draw look as empty as dead? Depicting moods can be a very hard task. Try sketching yourself (yes, a mirror would be a nice thing to have in this case), pull faces at diffrent angles, change light. And take a look at these below. Compare.Need faces?1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Wise man by ~Mithgariel-stockJR Portrait 4 -stock by *BiggieShortyManic Emotion 2 by *Kxhara
By the seaside 12 by ~intergalacticstockMale Stock 75 by =birdsistersstockFace34 by `faestockEscape 002 by ~D-emo-stockJodi Sunshine Girl 21 by `FantasyStock
Lockstock Crying 01 by `lockstockCrying Girl by ~MaLiCi0uZShe Loves To Smile by ~Tracie76Stockspooky bride 41 by *Lisajen-stockFallen Angel XI by `fetishfaerie-stock
cracking up by *Treeclimber-StockMan Laughing 14865333 by ~StockProject1VStock Crazy Laugh 02 by `lockstockTank and Jeans ::Stock 139:: by ~spiked-stock
singing 2 by ~MissKayaStockJessie Stock 01 by ~kuskostock:
Need brushes?After references, textures and faces, the time comes for brushes. All inspirational, all useful!Need brushes?1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Gimp Anim. Grass Brushes Set by ~LJFHutch
13 Blending and Texturing Brushes by ~god-headFree PS Grass Brushes 2 by *s10889 Paint Splatter Brushes by *Miss-deviantE:thumb335492192:
Bark brushes - Photoshop by *AutlawBlood Splatter Pack by ~nathradasVelvetcat's Brush Set_2 by ~velvetcat
Old Paper Brushes III by ~lailomeielOrnamental Shapes - Brush Pack by `SyaReal Media Mini Brush Set by ~StalcryBrushes Set 01 by =Elsouille
Border Brush 3 by ~wantingtobreakfreeAntique Lace Brushes by ~Scully7491My watercolor brushes by ~muttiy
Lace brushes by ~Myruso:thumb276107668:Grunge Corner Brush Pack by ~midnightstouch
Dreamy Theodor KittelsenAs I've previously promised, after the articles about Sulamith Wülfing and about John Bauer, the time comes for an article about Theodor Kittelsen.Dreamy Theodor Kittelsen1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
...Theodor Severin Kittelsen, being a great representant of the Golden Age of Illustration, is one of the countless artists who received more attention and appreciation a long time after their death. I don't say "proper attention", it's still far from it.
His depictions of Scandinavian folklore creatures are said to be equally cannon to the trolls portrayed by the definitely more famous John Bauer. But, unlike Bauer, Kittelsen didn't focus just around trolls (which are, you must admit that, most of Bauer's creations - although his sudden death at young age is
NaalbindingNaalbinding1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Guess: about which element from the picture above will be this article about?
About socks. And to be more precise -- about one really old technique of making them, older than crocheting and much older than knitting. Previously, you could read a simple tutorial about how to make a viking dress, and this little thing is strongly connected to the mentioned one. I'd not imagine a lack of these socks when some of the history reenactment events are early in April or in October, or exactly in winter. (Of course, the ones from the photo above are my summer socks, phew. You'll see my winter ones in the end.)
Besides being accurate historically and useful for history reenactment, I'm sure that you can admit how waaarm and comfortable can woolen socks be. There's nothing better to warm up your toes after you arrive home in December, all cold and tired... maybe except a nice bath, but noone says that you can't wea
CSS Did You Know? - November 20, 2012CSS Did You Know? - November 20, 20121 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Stock Photography: Clint ClemensClint Clemens has long been dubbed the Father of modern Automotive Photography. His work is sleek, crisp, smooth and not unlike the subjects he photographs. One of his most famous shots is titled Kills Bugs Fast. The story behind the image is that Porsche trust him only with the slogan and told him that he had to illustrate the idea himself. So he did. Thus landmark commercial stock photography was created.Stock Photography: Clint Clemens1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Source: Clint Clemens Kills Bugs Fast found here.
Not satisfied with the fame for his astounding images, Clint went one step further to explore and figure out how he could photograph cars in his studio, creatively and with limited resources. He made the connection between car and road and realised that's where he belonged, out in the field rather than inside a studio. In 1980 he got the idea (a genius one!) to attach a camera to a car. H
Origami - Art of Paper FoldingOrigami is an art form that transforms paper into a sculpture through paper folding and sculpting techniques. Thus, cutting or gluing paper would not be considered to be origami, but 'kirigami' instead. The name 'Origami' is Japanese, in which 'Ori' is the Japanese word for folding, and 'kami' the word for paper.Origami - Art of Paper Folding1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
It is generally believed that origami originated from Japan, but, as there are few records, this is not certain. Nevertheless, Japan developed origami into an intense art form that still exists to this day.
In the past, instructions for origami were passed down in spoken form and not written down. Some say that origami first originated in China in 1st Century, in which paper was then brought to Japan by Buddhist monks in 6th Century. Others claim that paper was made in the 8th Century by the Arabs, with Moors bringing the art of paper folding to Spain in the 12th Century. Spain then spread to South America, and as trade routes developed, origami was thus introduced to Europe a
CR Newsletter - November/December 2012 Director of Community Relations :iconmoonbeam13: :CR Newsletter - November/December 20121 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Table of Contents
1. Happy Holidays and Merry New Year
2. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations
3. Community Projects
4. Official Contests
5 Project Educate 2011/2012
6. Art History Project
7. News from the Chats and Forums
8. News from the Galleries
1. Happy Holidays and Merry New Year
As the old year begins to fade into the sunset, it is customary to reflect on the passing year and make plans for the upcoming one. Some do this in the form of resolutions, some people make action plans, some people just swing into the new year the same way they swung out of the old one Whatever way you intend to welcome in 2013, I hope you're surrounded by love and that you do it safely!
I've been reflecting on the year and like many, with some focus on the unimaginable events of the last few weeks. Specifically, the shooting in Newtown. I know that it's "human nature" to want to find
PE Daily Deviations- Presentation of your workHello all!PE Daily Deviations- Presentation of your work1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Well we’ve had a fascinating week so far; a week which hopefully has provided some insight not only to the process of DD selection but helped you understand what we look for in DDs as CVs. As we draw to the end of this week, I bring you an article which will whet your Saturday with thoughts that don’t just apply to the DD feature, but something which should be a consideration to everything you submit to dA. I am talking about deviation presentation.
Why is Presentation important?
Art isn’t always about just being “creative”. There are techniques and skills which develop over time which contribute to the quality of the work you produce and alongside this comes a developed understanding of good presentation.
Good presentation could be anything from cropping a photograph, to spell checking your literature. These are common sense things that in the rush of wanting to show off your creativity can sometimes be
Muses of the MastersBeautiful, captivating, inspiring, complicated and often misunderstood - the women who became muses for their masters had more in common with the artists who painted them than might be seen on first glance.Muses of the Masters1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
These women from all walks of life often reviled and looked down on in their own time, have transcended their humble beginnings through canvas and paint to inspire and utterly captivate their audiences.
Elizabeth Rossetti (née Elizabeth "Lizzie" Siddall) 1829 - 1862
Elizabeth Siddal 1860 Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Born in 1829 Lizzie was first "discovered" by the artist Walter Deverell in 1849 who had close associations with Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Less than 2 years later, Lizzie was sitting almost exclusively for the jealous Rossetti.
Lizzie's life with the artists of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was turbulent and complicated, much like her relationship with Rossetti who d
How to make a viking dressI used to be a part of one history reenactment group some time ago. Such groups basically reconstruct elements of daily life of people from a selected time period; my group was interested in early Middle Ages, from the 8th to the 11th century, from the Eastern and Northern Europe. Personally, I used to reconstruct a viking woman from today's Sweden areas. Most of you will be shocked, but vikings were not half-naked barbarians with horned helmets. They had no horned helmets. Really.How to make a viking dress1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Anyway, my favourite part of reenactment has always been all the suit making. Buing materials, planning, cutting, sewing (hand sewing!), embroidering. Then, wearing. Generally, viking clothes are very easy to make, though I admit that the materials aren't the cheapest, if you want to make it as much accurate historically as you can.
Our goal: a simple dress, no emboirdery. This is actually my first viking dress I've ever made.
I've prepared a simple tut
Troubleshooting:How to Photograph Christmas LightsTroubleshooting:How to Photograph Christmas Lights1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
I recently read an article on Reddit that explored the best way to photography Christmas lights and it raised some interesting points. Rather than re-hash what has already been said, I've delved into a few tutorials around the web to give an overview of some hints and tips - and will link them all at the end of this article so that you can investigate for yourself.
When you take a Photograph, the camera will often over-compensate with the colours that it's trying to capture and objects that look fairly white to the naked eye don't appear so in the photo that you've taken. White Balance aims to override that. But just setting your camera to Auto White Balance and hoping for the best is not good enough...
The above shots show the same location taken firstly with auto white balance - and then secondly with the white balance set to shade. Setting Shade me
PE: dA help - in English or Other LanguagesOn a big site like deviantART you're no doubt going to come across something you have a question about or just don't quite understand. There are many channels you can use to find the answers to various types of questions - such as the +faq, the *welcome tour, the deviantART Tutorials category and the :#help: chatroom. How do you know which to use?PE: dA help - in English or Other Languages11 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
The best point to start with any question or problem related to dA is the official Need Help? thread. It lists all official help channels and what they can be used for. In this article we focus on the +faq - as well as places to find dA information in many other languages! Let's start with English.
English - The FAQ
The FAQ (a common abbreviation for Frequently Asked Questions) c
Colour Feature: BLUEColour Feature: BLUE1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Desperately Autumn by ~TanjaMariaDay 21 - At the divide by *MonsterBrand
~ Cold as Ice ~ by ~Nilennain drops. by ~BlueberryblackSerenity by ~CecilyAndreuArtwork
Krokus4 by *feigenfruchtWinds of Aiolos by *AiniTolonen
.:White as Snow:. by =Manon-BlutsanguenPapillon en blue sur bleu by *hyneige
Photography Troubleshooting: Winter WildlifeFor many parts of the world, Winter provides a beautiful backdrop for some of the best landscape and water scape Photography out there. Snowy hills, Frosty trees and more help to convert a world of vibrant Summer or Autumn into subdued yet awe-inspiring Winter. But what about the wildlife? Extreme weather conditions can make it more challenging to get out and about with the camera, but can also give you more opportunity to capture those elusive animals.Photography Troubleshooting: Winter Wildlife1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
When I first started investigating Winter Wildlife Photography I thought that I would have to aim for things like Foxes, Deer and other wild and sometimes elusive animals. But actually, wildlife Photography and in particular in the Winter - can start right in the back garden.
Birds in particular get hungrier and needier during Winter months in England. I'm sure this is true for many parts of the world too. Depending on the kinds that frequent your garden, you could encourage them to linger pretty quickly or it might
Complaints About Quality Declines in DD'sComplaints about quality declines in DDsComplaints About Quality Declines in DD's10 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Let's take a quick look at what a Daily Deviation is first. You might remember this article from our last PE week A Daily Deviation is NOT an award, but a feature. If you haven't already, you might want to take a look at it! It's a great read and you can get a good foundation as to what a Daily Deviation stands for.
So, I'll be touching on the subject of "Complaints about quality declines in Daily Deviations". Why is this so important to touch on? That's a great question and I will be more than happy to answer it below as I describe some key factors that are often overlooked in the way of art vs quality.
Addressing Quality of Deviations
"A picture is worth a thousand words."
There is a lot of this going around "Daily Deviations are losing quality. They're not as beautimous as they used to be.". How about we step out of the shoes of "what is and isn't art" for just a s
Pimps and Whoas - January 3, 2013PimpsPimps and Whoas - January 3, 20131 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Official dA News
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Celebratring Deviousness January 2013
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Celebrating Diversity #12This edition of Celebrating Diversity I want to focus on two extremes of art: Extremely detailed and realistic works and minimal and abstract art. Both tendencies or trends have their place and time in art and history and are appreciated by many people. Not always does one person like both, but to me personally, art has always been more about feeling, than about complexity. Something simple can touch me emotionally as well as something blasting with details. Art is just as individual as every human being!Celebrating Diversity #121 year ago in Art Features More Like This
How do you feel about these tw
Photography Weekly: Edition FortyPhotography Weekly Header created by ~TouchedDPhotography Weekly: Edition Forty1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
"Replace Fear of the Unknown with Curiosity..."
As the year crawls into the final quarter - lots of challenges and daily photo tasks and so on begin to conclude. I have personally been challenging myself with the 365 Photography challenge - a photo a day for a whole year. It has been tricky to say the least, especially as I set myself a high standard of capturing more than one Photo a day - but also rewarding. Setting yourself a challenge, whether it's following the 52 week photography challenges that are out there, or doing a themed challenge such as 365 breakfasts - is a great way of expanding on your portfolio. Whilst it sometimes means that you struggle to find anything interesting to photograph or share, on the days that you do, you're one step closer to building another aspect of your portfolio.
Next week in Photography Troubleshooting - we will be looking at Money Matters and so
Stock and Resources - Referencing LifeSince men and women first learnt to use charcoal and stones to make marks on rocks in caves they have been obsessed with capturing what they see around them.Stock and Resources - Referencing Life1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
"Study for the Libyan Sibyl" by Michelangelo
The human form in all its odd, beautiful, exotic, strangeness has been for many artists their Achilles heel. Without references to guide our hand, to delight the eye and inspire the imagination - artwork would remain as cave paintings warning people not to enter in case of bears.
"Vitruve Luc Viatour" by Da Vinci
“There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.”
Leonardo Da Vinci
Each artist depicts what they see in their own unique way. Some try to emulate and some forge their own path, but no matter how you are inspired or what media you use to create your work - remember the lessons of other painters who came before.
An easy wire-wrapping tutorialWhen it comes to making jewerly, especially silver, wire-wrapping technique is one of the nicest consider the availability and costs of the materials (it definitely beats Art Clay Silver at these points). But before you get silver wire and start making such fabulous pieces like the ones I've featured in the end, it's good to take your first steps using something cheaper - and here comes the copper wire - and making something simpler, to get used to this lovely technique.An easy wire-wrapping tutorial1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
This tutorial I originally posted on my blog a couple of months ago and I thought about sharing it also here.
This is what we're planning to get.
First of all, we need stones - the more regular they are, the better. No need to think about any super duper expensive ones now (: I collected most of them in my garden, there are also parts of my old broken earrings and a small glass ball. We also need sharp pincers, round pincers and a wire, 0.6mm or thicker, 40cm at least. Copper wire i
Nom Nom 30#Nom Nom 30#11 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Many thanks to ^pica-ae for this weeks suggestion of NUTELLA!
| Strawberries | Cinnamon | Chicken | Apples | Chocolate | Brussel Sprouts | Cocktails | Ice Cream | Spaghetti |
Stock Provider, Stock User 2- Kuoma-stockWelcome to Stock Provider, Stock User!Stock Provider, Stock User 2- Kuoma-stock1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
This is a series of articles where we interview a deviant who is both a
stock provider and a stock user.
Our second interview is with *Kuoma-stock/*Kuoma!
Hello! Firstly, how is the weather in Austria this time of year?
Hi! We had first snow yesterday, no one has expected it because usually snowfalls begin in December
I see you have been on your art account, *Kuoma, for 5 years. Did you have any accounts before that one?
No, this is my first and only art account on DA.
You have some gorgeous fairy art. How did you get into fairies? Would you say they are your favorite mythical creature?
Thank you, happy you like them. In past I used to draw a lot of mermaids, they are actually my favourite creatures but at some point I got a book of Brian Froud presented to my birthday and I have fallen in