Watchers Feature No: 76 xxxHi Everyone
For anyone who has not seen before, my watchers feature is something I run every week (life permitting) as a small way to say thank you for being good enough to have me on your watchlist, I appreciate the support very much
The features run in order of oldest watcher to the newest. If you have time to check these guys out, I know you'll enjoy browsing, there are a lot of wonderful artists out there and hopefully through these features you will find more
Thank you all for having a look
FAQWhat pencils and supplies do you most often use? (Including coloured pencils )FAQ2 years ago in Personal More Like This
For graphite drawings I use a fairly basic set of tools and I do have preferred brands. I mainly use Tombow Mono 100 pencils, Tombow Mono Zero Erasers, Blu-Tack (instead of a kneaded eraser), Tortillions, colour shaper and Tissue if I'm blending. I mainly use a smooth plate finish paper for graphite drawings, my preferred brand is Mellotex, but I also use Winsor and Newton Extra Smooth Bristol board. My essential kit is here http://pbird12.deviantart.com/gallery/30897635#/d5euwgp it's not exhaustive, but it's what I use most of all.
For coloured pencil drawings I use Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils and Blu-Tack and occasionally a touch of white acrylic for highlights if I've lost them in the colouring process. I like a Hot Pressed Watercolour paper for colour pencil drawings. It's smooth enough to keep everything looking ni
A Cup of Creativity Challenge!My last challenge (The CCC - The Crayon Creation Challenge) turned out to be a load of fun and produced some unbelievable artworks! I thought it was time to do a new challenge. From the poll, there seem to be plenty of you to take partA Cup of Creativity Challenge!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
What's the point?
* For fun
* For the challenge
* To try something new with a non standard medium
* I'll feature everyone on my page for a week with the art from this challenge
* For my favourite piece, I'll give away my coffee creation as a prize (and if it sucks, I'll do you a drawing instead)
What are the rules?
* Paint a portrait using coffee as your medium and nothing else (well, maybe a tiny bit of graphite for your sketch and tiny touches of your choice of white/black medium for highlighting/darkening choice areas, but that's it!) Your art must be at least 90% coffee.
* Paint whoever you like, but it must be a painting that you have put time into; I won't accept halfhearted or obviously rushed entr
Artists for a cure - 2013 calendar on saleHi everyone,Artists for a cure - 2013 calendar on sale2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Some of you might remember that I said I was creating along with 11 other artists for a calendar project, where all proceeds go to Cancer Research. Well, the 2013 calendar is now on sale
I normally wouldn't send a journal out to you all about things I have published or for sale, but this one is of no benefit to me and it's all about fundraising, so I made an exception
This is the piece I drew -
There are some dA friends in there too with beautiful work and you can preview all pages before buying.
The calendar is for sale here - http://www.lulu.com/shop/artists-for-a-cure/artists-for-a-cure-fundraising-calendar-2013/calendar/product-20339628.html
Artists for a Cure details can be found here - http://artistsforacure.deviantart.com/
Thank you for reading and considering
Don't let anyone belittle you or your work!I've been catching up a lot on dA since I got back and have been a bit surprised by some of the things going on. I've noticed that some of the wonderful artists I love and admire are being pushed aside for some ... interesting works. I won't get into a debate on this, at the end of the day, this is just my opinion. But how can a quick sketch that has been edited in photoshop to add some sparkle, outrank something that someone has put 30+ hours into and is pencil perfection? I don't understand the world anymore. Anyway, I just wanted to say I still appreciate your work and dedication .. for what that's worthDon't let anyone belittle you or your work!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
The next thing I want to say, and this is based on observation and on a conversation or two I've been having. Have you ever felt belittled or put down in your art because someone tells you that 'it's not the right way'? I have some issues with this and felt the need to vent a little bit, so I'll list my wafflings below
Q) Have yo
Halloween Hoo Doo Contest!NEW DEADLINEHalloween Hoo Doo Contest!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
New Contest Deadline
The vote for the most popular drawing will be from:
14 November - 17 November
If you don't make the cutoff for the vote you can still enter the contest for the main prizes until
You just won't be part of the voters choice section.
:iconvioletheartplz::iconorangeheart-plz: NOW PRESENTING::iconorangeheart-plz: :iconvioletheartplz:
HALLOWEEN HOO DOO TWO
:iconlovepurpleplz::iconlovegoldplz:Celebrating all that is Halloween.:iconlovegoldplz::iconlovepurpleplz:
THIS IS A TRADITIONAL ART DRAWING CONTEST.
Grab your wand of choice and conjure up anything you can think of that represents this fabulous holiday. From black cats, the full moon, bats, pumpkins, scarecrows, creepy creatures to witches and warlocks.
Fake art - why care and what to look forI posted this last week for anyone looking for help to spot fake art. This is not law, if you don't care, feel free to move on. But if you do care that there are fakers out there, then maybe this could be of some use to you too. We have a serial faker on the loose on dA today so it sparked this little lot once more.Fake art - why care and what to look for2 years ago in Personal More Like This
So, the questions/scenarios asked are always the same and the responses/justifications are always the same, but give them a minute to sink in before replying and insulting.
(Q1) Why do you care if someone is cheating what does it have to do with you?
(A1) Well, this is a public ART site and if people are submitting art that is not actually what they claim it to be, then they are dishonest. This will annoy some people and not others. If your passionate about your work then the chances are you'll find it insulting to the artistic community as a whole. Additionally, a lot of admins of groups HAVE to deal with fakes as a daily occure
A Cup of Creativity - Results!!!!Hi everyone,A Cup of Creativity - Results!!!!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
So, the votes are in and the winners of the Cup of Creativity Challenge are below -
A big thank you to all the voters:
:icondreamarian::iconjustabeautifuldream::iconangelahillportraits::iconlilaeabluecoat::iconacjub::icondiamond4girl: myself and my other half.
Thank you all so much for taking part, the work you all created with coffee is seriously impressive!!!! I love these challenges
I've also featured everyone who took part below (within the time scale or not, some were subject to vote and others were too late ) and have to say, the voting was really very close after the 1st place winner.
La belle by Althea-25Someone's gonna hang if I don't Get. My. COFFEE! by Charmed-Ravenclaw
The Warrior (coffee) by Jessie-NewtonA New Years Kiss by Jessie-NewtonLisbeth Salander - A Cup of Creativity by StrayState
Coffee and Cigarettes by NicksPencilCoffee Painting by Vira1991:th
Creativity is Cool Contest--less than one week!!!The Contest is over!!!! Now the judging shall begin!!!!!Creativity is Cool Contest--less than one week!!!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
We have decided our theme will be Creativity is Cool
This contest is somewhat different: We will provide you with different stock images: Four of people, four of interior shots, four of outdoor/landscape images and four 'unusual or 'difficult' images. Now your mission is to choose one (or more) of those and get as creative with it as possible! You can use any part of the stock images in any way you like--so long as it's recognizable as having come from the image. Imagine all the different possibles!
Here pure skill is not as important- A perfect portrait might get not as much recognition as a really creative piece with the same stock base.
THE STOCK IMAGES
Fakers and LosersA while ago, :iconpbird12: a.k.a Paula wrote an articleFakers and Losers2 years ago in Personal More Like This
which states clear cut facts so as to why the whole issue about someone faking their art creates rage waves through the art community!
The last week has been a riot which ended up in me getting blocked by two deviants here who clearly have something to hide!
I obviously care much less about the fact that there are many artists here on dA who get more famous than others considering the skill work. Some people get lucky and some don't. It's not easy getting known around this site.
But the fact that people would want to fake art to get accolades makes me angrier than ever.
Here are two examples on what happens when you try to confront artists whom you are suspicious about!
Example 1- The "awesome":iconnatmorley:
Now now Bratnorley) , you don't need to get all worked up for a single comment there do you?
You obviously think we are all stupid people here who don't really see what you are doing? The scr
Note, Group and Watchers Feature No: 32 xx A quick note. I'm REALLY struggling with all my thank you's this week, the dA spam guard drives me INSANE!!! I will thank everyone who has faved my drawings, I promise, but bear with me, it's taking a while!Note, Group and Watchers Feature No: 32 xx3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Also, the lovely :iconmaidenelf: has a new group! If you are a Tomb Raider Fan, I think you would be very happy here :icontomb-raider-empire:
My watchers feature, to anyone who has not seen it before, is a thank you very much from me to you for being good enough to have me on your watchlist and for giving me support, it's what keeps me going The features run from the first person on my watchlist to the latest.
Featured this week is:
:iconkristelok: :icontwins72: :iconhenu-chan: :iconimcy:
:iconxxweekazxx: :iconmyburningeyes: :iconh3llana-mod: :iconwest-117:
:iconantwatkins: :iconmorganablackcat: :iconjaneeden: :iconkw-scott:
:iconrighteousvampire: :iconheart2u: :iconmezfrem11: :icon
CONTEST!CONTEST!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I love my watchers, but it is becoming harder to thank each individual person for helping me out. So, I've decided to hold a contest, as a way of saying thanks. It's not much, but I figure it's a small way of giving back to the people who have supported me and helped me get to where I am today.
The theme is very simple. Create a piece of artwork involving any of my birds. It can be one of them, two of them, all of them, one of them and one of yours together, anything. It can also be any medium. Drawing, photo-manipulation, poetry, crafts, anything! If you create something that absolutely blows me away or that I can't help but love, I may be tempted to buy it. If you're not sure whether or not your idea qualifies, you can note me.
Here are some reference pictures of my birds, and a bit of info that may be helpful about each. The more inventive you are with this, t
Huge Weekly Features!Huge Weekly Features!2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Where's the nut? by Ileina:thumb328790797:
:thumb350252926::thumb347444128:Jennifer Lawrence portrait by MShah123
:thumb345444292:The Eternal Struggle by vacuumslayerGirl by LitKonn
Iron America by A-D-I--N-U-G-R-O-H-ODRAWING! by eaglefour:thumb334944101:
'Spiderman' Graphite Drawing by Pen-Tacular-ArtistMargaery Tyrell by DavidDebBenedict Cumberbatch by AmySaD
Do We Have A Deal, Dearie? by ArtGoldArtjensen by natiraRobert Downey JR 'Iron Man 3' graphite drawing by Pen-Tacular-Artist
:thumb355034007:lips by jazzxm :thumb347562753:
You've found me by eajnaAmaranthine - Pencil Illustration by LopezLorenzana
an eye by jazzxmSpirit of The Raven Warrior by SweediesArt
Thorin Oakenshield by francoclunYin by Saphica8
RDJ STARK by A-D-I--N-U-G-R-O-H-OElven armor_study by inSOLense
shark,ercansebat by ercansebatshoes by jazzxm
:thumb352597034:BLACK AND GREAT WHITE by SharkeyTrike
an eye by jazzxmGlass by Xamy777
Bikfic by 22Zitty22The Forest by mrainbowwj
Secret Pond by aldafeaGravi-Tear by Paul-Shanghai
Forbidden by Katerina-Arttreehole by aldafea
The Lioness (drawing by Alexander Levett) by AlexanderLevettYoung and Old by Erika-Farkas
Time Piece by RobMcCullahTwo Survivors - miniature drawing by Cataclysm-X
:thumb353704141:Old man pencil by francoclun
Thumbnails sorted with Bekey's tool
Encouragement for art studentsHey guys,Encouragement for art students3 months ago in Personal More Like This
Always being around students and teaching; there's something I've started to notice. I'm able to see which students push and have the strong desire to get better
and ones that draw with their mouth. I've stopped wasting time on the ones that draw with their mouth.
Most beginner students give up too easy. I see more potential in them then more advanced artists I draw with. There are some of my friends I stopped
calling out because I came to realize that they just kinda want to get better. ( I also don't want their attitude rubbing off on me.) They say they want to get better but it's clear that they just "kinda" want to get better. One guy asks a lot ," What are you working on? " As soon as I answer with explanation he always responds with, " Man I should be working on that." Then does nothing. Actually that's not true, he tells students the stuff I told him like he had figured it out. I don't mind becaus
Amazing Feature No. 3Amazing Feature No. 3Amazing Feature No. 32 years ago in Personal More Like This
Since a loong time I'm not making some lovely pieces I collected for the
past few months. I hope you all like it
Girl in Waterfall by Artist-ShadowScreamin' Freedom by KW-ScottCoulrophobia by AmyCornelson:thumb298313100:Kasia by LMan-Artwork
:thumb316291369:this thing called art is really dangerous by agnes-cecileFumo by Moon-ShapedPearl by ChrisPanatiertemtress by derekjones
Dream by Ryan-BaterChild of Nature v.3 by bwaworgaTouch me.. by unisexbluessCognitive Dissonance by JeanFanStory for the drowned by NataliaDrepina
And two strangers turning into dust by naked-in-the-rainx by S-t-r-a-n-g-ehoney by DeeevilishYou Made Me See by BlueColoursOfNatureCasettes by Pyroddiction
fading chords by thestargazer23Somewhere Only We Know by MariannaInsomnia
Thank you so much for looking
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Contest - Can't Turn Back the YearsUPDATE: there is a new end date, in stead of using a fixed date, this contest will be over, when I finish the drawing. I will not post any WIP, so it could be this month, next month, end of this year, next yearContest - Can't Turn Back the Years2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Almost end of the year, time for a new contest. A lot of entries were posted for my last one, and I am at this moment busy at drawing the prices for the 2 winners. So it's a good time for something different and new...
I have been working for about 3 weeks on my new drawing now. Nothing on paper yet, but I have been creating my reference in Photoshop. I call it 'Beauty and the Beast' for now, but that is just a working title.
There is a big difference with my other work. There I just use a photo created by fellow artists on dA. For this one, I had an image in my head that would not be easy to find in a single reference. Therefore I worked for already about 10 hours on creating my own, using multiple sources.
How did I ca
A rant on 'professional' elitismI haven't submitted a journal entry to dA in almost a year. I had art block, and I've been very ill. For like, six months at a time. But I seem to be drawing now. So here I am. Submitting this as a journal instead of news article because I don't particularly want a bazillion people flaming me. I've pieced this together from conversations with people on twitter ( https://twitter.com/crimefish ).A rant on 'professional' elitism2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'd like to bitch about elitism. So here goes.
"I should know, I'm a professional."
Yes. And I should know because I work out of love for my craft, not for money. One is not innately better than the other! I can't count how many times I've seen some bonehead say someone is creating art 'wrong', and justify it with "I should know. I'm a professional." Really? REALLY? Do you know what the word means? At bare minimum, it means someone is dumb enough to pay you to draw. On its own, having professional status does not mean you know any better than I do. Being a professional
Women as Sex ObjectsWarning: Imma 'bout to rant.Women as Sex Objects2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
First off I'd like to point out that I'm not a raving feminist. I acknowledge that women are not equal in western society (despite corporate efforts that seem to be more about statements and false enthusiasm on the subject rather than actually taking women seriously) and I don't think we will be equal for a long time, if ever. Just how it is. Unfortunate (from the perspective of a woman), but just how it is.
ANYWAY. Here's my rant. I'm really tired of a female character being undermined by her being half nude. Really, really tired of it. And I'm not talking about artistic nudity, I'm talking about ass-cheek flashing skirts, bikini tops and little else (I'm looking at you, Japan).
I love a strong female lead, but they're so rare. Writers find it so hard to create a complex female character; they're either so brave and outspoken that they become butch and unattractive by design, or they're a sex object. A hopeless damsel in distress or someone who can hold th
Respect...I'm not sure what has happened to DA lately, but sadly I'm noticing more and more people are becoming rude and obnoxious when commenting on others work. This isn't just my work, I've noticed it across the whole site.Respect...1 year ago in Personal More Like This
It seems some people think it's absolutely ok to insult people, with absolutely no provocation, other than the fact they don't like their work or are jealous for some reason (the person's work makes them feel bad about themselves or they feel the person is getting more attention than them, for what they consider invalid reasons).
If you have something constructive or relevant to say about someone's work, no matter how negative, then that is absolutely ok. But to just be negative or plain rude to make yourself feel better, is never ok under any circumstances. Think before you type, how would you feel if someone wrote what you were about to write, to you, your partner or your friend? Would you find it helpful, hurtful, insulting? Would you have the guts to
Contest -Emilia! CLOSEDCOUNTDOWN: The contest was officionally launched on January 10th! CLOSEDContest -Emilia! CLOSED3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
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The entries will appear here= ' Traditional entries' .
The theme: My God-daughter Emilia! :iconlovebottleplz:
'Reference 1 ' and 'Reference 2 '. References are in my scraps. (You can either choose one of them or you can draw them both. The limit is two entries.
Feature for YOUR favourite dA artists! :)EDIT:Feature for YOUR favourite dA artists! :)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
more art added!
i asked you guys who 5 of your fave artists were and to give me a thumb from each of their galleries, so this is the result!
names in front of each section are the people who suggested this art
:iconekaterina2: :thumb304082496: :iconhel999: Vault Runner by hel999
:iconcreativeimages: Gulag Price is best Price by CreativeImages :iconlilibombe: Fallout 3 - The Breakdown by lilibombe
:iconmarziiporn: welcome, Apocalypse by marziiporn :iconophelia-overdose: Myth by Ophelia-Overdose
Anniversary Feature and Winners!Here are the results of my call for thumbs! Thanks everyone for participating!Anniversary Feature and Winners!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Dark Angel - Losing Hope by Zindy Colour Desire by Egil21
Doctor Who by VikiPayn Tug Of Worm by KW-Scott Otter study by markstewart
Bloodshed by AmyCornelson
I bring you green light by crayonmaniac :thumb352256243: Harry Potter W.A.F. by XJasmin3x
Black Sun by DDzim Something like the Matrix by mellimac Merry Christmas by akuxkuroi
:thumb200507010: Lament for a frozen flower by dloraas Fluctuation by Sheloize
Chickie the Galah by mroyat94 Self portrait by SamanthaJordaan Hrithik Roshan by Vishw
Nessuno mai by DiegoKoi Snowy Stare by dreamarian Jimerya by laverinne
Extinct pastels by Sarahharas07 So Hard To Say Goodbye by mmuch Du Riechst so Gut by HyperionDreams
No More Lies by NicksPencil Mr.Tom Hiddleston by zakkiya29 Serenity by mmuch
Red Hot Chili Peppers by RadishStick
Of course, there were also prizes involved here.
I was fully willing and expecting to give away at least twp Premium Memberships, but alas, I did not have enough participants for that (or for even one, to be honest ).
However, I thought "what the heck" and decided
Deceptive Deviants.If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything.Deceptive Deviants.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This is a journal I've been meaning to write for a while but I don't know where to begin.
I'm going to list some scenarios that have bothered me and afterwards give a short comment.
Just to be clear:
- This concerns traditional art only.
- I don't disapprove or dislike all of these examples but I want all media and alterations be listed in the artist's notes.
- This is just my pet peeves.
- there are many deviants that I like that use effects.
- I'm not an art-nazi, this is for those who pretend to be something they're not.
ONE LAST UPDATE:
- This does not include correcting scanning and photography quality loss - I have no problem with that.
1. Sepia color overlay.
There are many deviants that change the color of their graphite drawings from black & white to a faded brown in Photoshop. Fundamentally I don't have a problem with that but it should be listed in the media since
A TRIBUTE TO REALISMA TRIBUTE TO REALISM1 year ago in Personal More Like This
-Why don't you just take a photo and a bunch of other stupid yet justified questions-
After years of being bothered by the same question , I have finally decided to write down my feelings and thoughts about this issue. And I think the timing is perfect considering I've somehow reached a stage of finding satisfaction in my own work; which will hopefully result in this journal being informative, interesting, maybe even educational, but above all stop people from being prejudice. If I had written it earlier it probably would have resulted in ranting and raging, at least to some degree.
I hope you will enjoy this read, but unless you think you can relate or learn more about some things, stop reading because this is going to be LONG
Let me start by asking you - what about your own work makes you feel like an artist? What makes any of us 'artists'? Many people imagine artists to be somewhat like mad scientists, but the