Pet peeve 2I've seen this happen more than once. "This reminds me of pokemon. This reminds me of Okami. This reminds me of your ass."
Seriously, what do you think you achieve with a comment like that? Is the artist supposed to feel better that his/her oc looks like the fandom you're at the moment fapping to? Most of the artists I know want to be recognized for their own characters and ideas, and most of the time they haven't even thought - or better yet, heard - at all of that thing when the picture was created.
"This reminds me of--" is not a compliment. It's not a critique. It gives nothing new, but it makes you look like a snob who can't accept that when there is billions and trillions of people maybe might think of same kind of idea what someone else thought. If, as a comment, it's something, it's actually an insult of someone's imagination. Or, maybe, the person was actually inspirated about something. Let's say, he was inspirated by some pokemon. He liked the design and wanted
Challenging Yourself to Become a Better ArtistLike others here, I get asked a lot of questions about my art, my process, techniques, and my inspiration. One of the questions I get asked that makes me both smile and laugh is, "How did you get so good?" Half the time it's a rhetorical question, and the other half is people genuinely wanting to know how to get better at art.Challenging Yourself to Become a Better Artist6 years ago in Art Features More Like This
The answer is deceptively simple: I challenge myself and maintain a positive attitude.
RISE TO THE CHALLENGE
Now you might say, "Well, everything I do is a challenge, I'm not that good yet." But that's not what I mean. Of course getting better at art is challenging, and even when you're what others might consider a master, art never stops being a challenge.
But what I'm talking about is specifically setting goals for yourself and taking on projects that you KNOW are going to make you struggle. The projects that you KNOW are going to make you want to give up and do something else.
I find that a lot of people sort of stick to a specific niche and never reall
Art StylesThis is not some journal about personal woes. I just want to talk briefly about some attitudes towards realistic (and other) art styles that I've come across that... It just kinda seriously bothers me that people think that way about me and other people and themselves.Art Styles1 year ago in Personal More Like This
So here it is; Drawing realism does not equal elitism.
I don't draw realistically because I think it makes me better than other people and I don't know anyone else who does either. I draw realistically because I like drawing that way. Because I'm very particular about details and drawing little tiny details makes me ridiculously happy. It's just how I like to draw.
It doesn't make me better than you or anyone else.
I don't think any of you are below me because you draw anime/manga or cartoon styles. More power to you because I tend to struggle with it, honestly.
And if we all drew the exact same way, all our art would be the same and it would be boring as hell.
Little thing called TalentLittle thing called TalentLittle thing called Talent2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
"My name is Marc, my emotional life is sensitive and my purse is empty, but they say I have talent."
In general, talent means the skill that someone has quite naturally to do something that is hard, a high degree of ability that a person was born with. It's hard to argue that some people indeed have more of an inherited talent for arts than others. They are able to get to a certain level rather quickly and get a lot of praise along the way. However, relying on talent will only last for so long, there's a point to be reached when nothing but hard work gets you through.
"Talent is so loaded a word, so full to the brim with meanings, that an artist might be wise
Art and confidenceDear, deviantart fellow artistsArt and confidence1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Confidence is very meaningful thing for an artist - It helps us to not be afraid of our goals, but we have to remind ourselves that too much of the ego can lead to arrogance and vanity. Here goes my thoughts about the topic and I hope that my insights might be helpful.
How to boost the confidence?
If you feel that you are not good enough and you lack the willingness to make & post artworks, just because someone else is better, you don't have the right skill and there is not enough time, and there is no point in that... stop. You are good enough and you have everything you need and there is no reason why you can't do what you really want to do. Don't make excuses. You and only you have something valuable to offer to the world - your life experiences, your influences and creativity make you special and no-one else will do that in your place. And there are people that
(CLOSED!) BIRTHDAY RAFFLE! WIN A FREE CHIBI!winners announced here! PRIZE DRAWING: BIRTHDAY CHIBIS!(CLOSED!) BIRTHDAY RAFFLE! WIN A FREE CHIBI!5 months ago in Personal More Like This
EDIT: please don't feel bad if you say thank you or something and i don't respond, i'm trying to avoid responding to comments that aren't questions because i don't want to make it seem like i'm picking favorites. there are a lot of comments on this journal and it's hard enough to respond to them and keep track of entries as it is, so bear with me!
so my birthday's coming up and i thought i'd take the opportunity to thank my watchers for showing their support of my art! i don't have the money to do a full blown contest, but i have art to give, so a raffle it is!
there will be TWO WINNERS! both will receive a FREE FLATCOLOR CHIBI like the ones below:
10 ways to get motivatedDear, deviantart fellow artists10 ways to get motivated1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Motivation is such an important part of our lifes. Without it, we wouldn't get anything done. It's the reason why we do the things we do. And when we have the lack of it, then It can get quite depressing and give us an anxiety that keeps us away from making artworks. And it sucks. So here are my 10 tips that have helped me over the time and I hope that It'll be helpful for you too.
Have some inspirational quotes all around your workplace. Put the artworks you adore as your desktop picture. See them as motivation, something to strive for, to remind yourself what matters to you and trigger positive thoughts. Try to write an inspiring letter to your future-self - about what and why you want to achieve and whenever you'll feel down, read it and you'll be inspired to move on.
Discovering new songs or playing the old ones - that
About 'Overpricing' thingsMOVE on 'Overpricing': About 'Overpricing' thingsAbout 'Overpricing' things2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
[My Opinion Versus Everyone's] Please remember these are simply my opinions and are not meant to imply that you should agree or disagree nor should these prove to be offensive in any way; if I do come across displeasingly then you have my apologies beforehand, thank you.
Ah! And btw, if you haven't seen Stephen Silver's video about pretty much this topic, please do -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWXYoD7wfOs
I see a lot of comments here and there that go something like this...
"50 points?? Why would I pay 50 points for an adopt..."
"100 points? Are you sure you're not overpricing that...?!"
And I'm sure many of you have seen similar comments, now I understand that points aren't the easiest things to accumulate when you're fresh into dA or even we
let's have a talk about nsfw content on deviantartthis is specifically aimed at my fellow 18+ year olds here on these deviantartslet's have a talk about nsfw content on deviantart1 week ago in Personal More Like This
I turned 18 a while back and this is something that's been bugging me for a long time that i feel i can finally address: adults on deviantart making sexual and graphic gestures towards minors as well as untagged sexual content.
Deviantart is a place for all ages and I've been on this website for about 8-9 years now and I've had my fair share of run-ins with creepy adults and the like, and I believe everyone here has run into those really weird pictures of inflation fetishes and severely bloated cartoon characters that miraculously end up of the front page. This is the internet and the first time as a kid when I stepped onto here, my parents warned me about strange people out there. Especially on an art site this can be expected.
I generally keep to the furry section of DA - deviantart's a pretty big place and I've surrounded myself in a community that pertains to my interest. The furry community is a really
The stuff that artists go through.There are so many pro's and con as to being an artist, professional or as a hobby.The stuff that artists go through.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
It feels nice to be able to express yourself through something you make and when that something turns out to be looking good we get this sense of accomplishment.
Most of the time though there are bad feelings mixed with the good ones.
Not being understood. Those moments where your friends or family does not understand that you have to desire to be alone and work on your art. Those copious amounts of hours you spend working and they wonder why you wouldn't rather be outside relaxing in the sun or hang out with your friends.
The only people who will ever fully understand this are other artists or simply very understandable people. It's important they they will eventually understand so there wont be any hurt feelings. Try to explain ti as calmly and rational as you can, perhaps with using examples in terms they would understand.
DRAMA on DA about tracing and popularityYears ago when I first joined DA, I had a lot of friends in the extended equine community. Even though I didn't draw many horses, I was still very interested in them. Many of these people I still watch today and admire for their skill and artwork.DRAMA on DA about tracing and popularity3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm not going to name any names in this journal.
Lately there has been a huge kerfuffle about a friend of mine coming out and admitting that she has been tracing over parts of photos for her artwork for some time. She was terrified (bless her) that she would lose her friends and popularity over this.
The reason she was so worried was because this same situation happened before, a few years back. A popular girl in the equine community was hounded off DA. She was forever one to go on about art theives and on every one of her pictures she theatened against people stealing her artwork.
It eventually came out that a substantial portion of her gallery was traced from stock photos on devinatart. People were outraged at this.
Premium Membership Giveaway!TWO DAYS LEFT! Get your entries in everyone!Premium Membership Giveaway!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
100 PEOPLE HAVE ENTERED! I will now be giving away:
- a 1 month premium with SIMPLE journal CSS
- a 3 month premium with COMPLEX CSS
I've been wanting to do this for a while, but haven't really gotten around to it. ;; I'm celebrating my SIX YEARS on deviantART!
I'm giving away a one month premium membership and simple journal CSS! Please read the rules before before participating!
- You MUST be watching me - I WILL be checking.
- You MUST feature this journal in another JOURNAL. NO POLLS.
- You MUST FAVORITE THIS JOURNAL! That way I'll be able to keep track.
- COMMENT with a link to your journal entry! Otherwise you won't be counted!
- ONE ACCOUNT PER PERSON. If I see you or find out you're using multiple accounts, you're OUT.
IF YOU DON'T DO ALL OF THE ABOVE, YOUR ENTRY WI
Last thing about thisApparently my last journal needs some clarification, since a few things were misunderstood. This is the last journal I'm writing about this.Last thing about this7 months ago in Personal More Like This
There have been enough hate already. This whole thing grew out of hand really quickly.
Plenty of people are suffering from this and this needs to stop.
I don't want to talk about Ferguson situation in itself, again, this wasn't the point since the beginning.
But I just find it ridiculous to call strangers and people you don't know "disgusting/racist/etc. and asking them to un-watch because there is a possibility that they may have a different opinion/way of thinking, when some have no idea of what is going on (Maybe because they lives in a different country?).
The sarcastic part was to mock people who come on an art site to tell everyone who don't agree with them (or don't even have an opinion yet, because they may not even have heard of it?) that they should un-watch them. People should be allowed to watch others if they just want to enjoy the ar
|| Read ||Far too many of today’s youth believe they are a mistake.|| Read ||9 months ago in Personal More Like This
They need to be reminded that they are not mistakes but that they are a different and new path than the one taken previously.
Don’t let those who are lost lead your path for you. They will only you lead you wrongly and you will lose yourself along the way.
This is your life, live it based on every little success you earn and learn from every mistake you make.
Their mistakes are their own, and you are not a mistake. You are a successful example of what it means to be alive. There is no greater success than that.
This life is yours. Be something — be someone you’re proud of.
That's all I have to say.
Responses to my last article (pt.1)So after reading comments on that latest article http://fav.me/d6q4snq about 'humanizing wolves' I noticed a lot of people argued or debated quite a few points. Points I felt I should try to cover in a sort of Q&A section here.Responses to my last article (pt.1)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
KEEP IN MIND PLEASE: In some parts of this there is personal opinions but I have included facts which can be backed up by research and by searching the internet as well. I've tried to cite sources as much as I could and give sound evidence when possible. I cannot be held completely liable if some information is outdated and I'm unaware but I would be glad to learn the updated information IF you have it accessible.
Now, let's begin!
1. Wolves can be tamed! My 'so-and-so' owned a wolf and it was the best pet I've ever seen! You're wrong if you think wolves can't be tamed!
(This goes along with wolfdogs as well for the most part)
Answer: Yeah, just because y
Heavy Referencing art... (probably a rant, idgaf)For all the times I say this crap... People still don't seem to understand it.Heavy Referencing art... (probably a rant, idgaf)1 month ago in Personal More Like This
Before I start, no... I'm not mad lol Just baffled by this concept that it continues to happen despite it being pretty obvious so... Don't think I'm angry. I'm not It sounds like it in some spots here, but I'm not. I promise :V
There's at least 50,000 'snarling wolf' photos on Google.
There's at least 50,000 'wolf profile' photos on Google.
There's at least 50,000 'growling wolf' photos on Google.
There's at the very least 100,000+ photos of wolves on Google.com...
There's a BILLION images of almost every animal you can imagine (extinct or alive) that with a a word or two you can find through search engines which can and will help build a foundation for learning anatomy and building a style for an artist through learning the real thing first.
So, answer WHY is it so bloody hard to reference photos and NOT other artist's drawings?
"It's easier!" --
Maple's 2K Watchers Giveaway!EDIT2: CLOSED WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNED SOONMaple's 2K Watchers Giveaway!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
EDIT: New items have been added to the tiers!
Please check it out, 4 MORE DAYS TILL THE GIVEAWAY ENDS!!
New Tier Added!!!
Since I realized that some, if not many, cannot have things sent to their addresses or are skeptical to give them away on the interwebs, I have added a new tier! I will be giving away FIVE one month premium memberships (OR 400 points, if you don't want a pm)! If you win and want a PM, you do not have to tell me your address to receive a prize (you will also receive a digital doodle of any char instead of a sent postcard)! This tier is added so I can include as many as my watchers as possible ;v;
Important note: I've been promising my watchers that I will host this but I really did not expect it to pass when I was away on my internship. Because of this, I do not have the full list of items that I will
THE APHAED MYO CONTEST![CLOSED]AND WE'RE DONE!! WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ASAP!THE APHAED MYO CONTEST![CLOSED]4 months ago in Personal More Like This
HELLOOOO GUYS! Now that the Aphaed website is all up and ready to go (or at least at a point where I'm comfortable releasing it for this kind of thing) it's time for an Aphaed myo contest!
How this is gonna work is that it's going to be a bit like when I first released Garrox - everyone makes an Aphaed design, I judge the designs an pick a bunch of winners (the number of winners hasn't been decided as I don't know how many people will enter haha) Winners get to keep their designs for free and get an extra something from me (their design put on the official base or a sketch or what have you), honourable mentions will also get to keep their designs for free. Those that don't quite make it get to keep their design for a fee (probably something like $15 ?) or can change their design into another species.
I am getting really fucking tired...This is a rant. Don't like it, click 'back' and move on.I am getting really fucking tired...4 months ago in Personal More Like This
I'm getting so fucking tired of repeating myself and people not getting it through their goddamn skulls.
It's getting increasingly harder to be patient with these little kids and disrespectful immature adults who steal shit, flat out copy a design (EVERYTHING, not just part of it, EVER. FUCKING. THING. ABOUT IT) and then play the victim when caught.
I often sit and wonder what the ever loving fuck I did to deserve all this fucking shit I deal with. The stealing, the dArama, the stalkers, the fucking ridiculous copycats, and the utter disregard for how the hell it makes someone feel to deal with this shit day in and day out.
Sometimes I can just shrug and laugh it off but after a while it's like these people WORK to make sure they can get under my skin. They plague, nag, push, shove, and pester until I finally just get so irritated because it just doesn't stop.
I get it, there's these kinds of people
CLOSEDContest closed for further entries, will be judging when I'm a bit more free ;v;CLOSED10 months ago in Personal More Like This
edit 3/14/15: I'm way too busy and worn out to judge tomorrow, but the contest still closes tomorrow. If anyone has any late entries, tell me now.
DEADLINE APPROACHING. FIVE DAYS GUYS NO ONE IS JOINING IM SOBBING.
yoooooo guys seriously, no one else is entering, ;n;
EDIT 2/24/15: Due to popular demand on my poll as well as the fact that I have more work piling on from school than I can ever not want, I will extend the contest another two weeks or so that I will be frantically getting my school stuff together/dealing with life stuff, I won't be able to judge the contest until later! So the deadline is now MARCH 15TH. That is the last day to submit entries (judging will take a couple days).
I figured that I might as well keep the contest open if I am bust with school things anyway, its more reasonable to give a chance to late entries rather than close and have it sit aside till sc
CONTEST TIME! Draw Monster (9 days left) PLEASE PUT A LINK TO YOUR ENTRY BELOW!CONTEST TIME! Draw Monster (9 days left)6 months ago in Personal More Like This
edit: I have added art prizes! :'D <3
How to enter!
Draw my character Monster!
I will judge by style, personality, effort etc!
Effort also includes icons aswell!
Feel free to draw as many entries as you want
I might use some cutie art that has a transparent bg for my page huhuhu~
Also, do not include any other characters!
-No traditional art
-Artisan crafts are allowed!
More art of him here
When does it end?
Chainged: Deadline is the 10th of March
Entries will be shown here !
1st place - 2000 and a digital painting of your character!
Best of October 2013Good day!Best of October 20132 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Here is collection of photos, i chose as the BEST OF OCTOBER 2013.
All photos are from Photos of 2013 I..
GIVE SOME to the Artists
End of the year raffle! [OVER]EDIT: RAFFLE IS NOW OVER! WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOONEnd of the year raffle! [OVER]2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Taking this idea from the ibee!! KingNeroche
END OF THE YEAR ART/POINTS RAFFLE!
I am giving away ONE (Single character) Transparent drawing, AND 1000 !
There will be TWO winners! First place will get to choose between the art and the points, and Second place will get whatever First place did not receive!
Example of transparent artwork from me:
Anyways, entering this raffle is extremely simple! Comment below ONCE to enter! Only ONE ENTRY PER PERSON.
The most important thing (original species tips)Above all else, you need to be enjoying yourself. You don't want to be doing something that's going to cause stress or even drama, when it's not even something you're having fun doing, what would be the point of it then?The most important thing (original species tips)9 months ago in Personal More Like This
I'll explain a thing. When it comes to original species, the most appeal (for me at least, and I know I'm not alone) comes from how much of the creators have been put into the design. YOU are unique: the way you think, the things you like, the way you were raised, your inspirations, your fears, your values, and THAT is what makes a species 'original', it's you. So with this in mind, when you make a species focusing purely on what everyone else wants can drain that you-ness out of the design, they feel so hallow. They can sometimes be saved through developing them more, putting more of yourself into them. However, sometimes that process is too stressful and takes the fun out of things, and some people will just give up completely. It's a sad situation that can be avoide
Ok, so here's the deal: Tracing/copying/stealingBefore reading on please bear in mind that this journal is not written in anger. It's where I stand on these particular issues.Ok, so here's the deal: Tracing/copying/stealing2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Please, try to have an open mind here and respect this journal as a statement, not a personal assault on someone/anyone.
Also please refrain from posting comments about how stupid, immature, rude, selfish, crazy, dramatic this kind of journal is.
Please stop stealing my characters, stop tracing my artwork, and stop copying my ideas and pawning them off as your own.
I realize I probably sound like an asshole but honestly I don't know how else to put it other than just flat out 'stop it'. I've tried to be nice and sugar coat it but that doesn't seem to work. Not ever watermarks and bold lettering do. But at least this way I can say I did say something about an