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.
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
NaalbindingNaalbinding3 years 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
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 tutorial3 years 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
Need brushes?After references, textures and faces, the time comes for brushes. All inspirational, all useful!Need brushes?3 years 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 Autlaw:thumb200310505:Velvetcat'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
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!Need references?3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
POSES AND ANATOMY
Victorian house by skipsstockCarennac 02 - Old house by HermitCrabStockold house WV by Irie-StockOld House by VacantHaze
House 005 by Lelanie-StockStock - House in the Woods by OghamMoonStrange Cone House 5 by FairieGoodMotherHouse by Tintz-stock
Female Blackbird 3311539 by StockProject1Rabbit 01 by 88-Lawstock:thumb11
Creepy corners of Giger's mind - Art HistoryThose of you, who haven't heard about H.R. Giger, must have heard at least about his most famous creation, which is the Alien. Thanks to his contribution in Alien movie, which was awarded with an Academy Award for Best Achievement for Visual Effects, Giger became famous worldwide and turned out to be an inspiration for many artists.Creepy corners of Giger's mind - Art History3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Hans Rudolf Ruedi Giger was born on the 5th of February 1940 in Switzerland. He started developing unusual interets and behaviour in his early childhood, having a habit of wearing only black clothes or making his playroom in an only room without windows in his parents' house. He spent a part of his time on constructing toys on his own... like some very nice, shiny daggers.
In the '60s, he moved to Zürich and studied Architecture and
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?3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Wise man by Mithgariel-stockJR Portrait 4 -stock by BiggieShortyManic Emotion 2 by RobynRose
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 MaLiCi0uZ:thumb119293518:spooky 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:
Polymer Clay: What is it? and who is using it?It seems there has been a recent explosion in DA users who are now using polymer clay as a medium for their deviations.Polymer Clay: What is it? and who is using it?8 years ago in Art Features More Like This
To help out curious users who might be interested in what this medium is, how it works, or where they can get it I thought a NEWS article should be made. I shall also showcase some
deviations made with polymer clay. The data below is compiled from HanaClayWorks polymer clay FAQ and my own FAQ
What is polymer clay?
-Polymer clay is actually not clay at all. It is a form of plastic. (Specifically fine particles of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) suspended in plasticizer) The only reason it is called "clay" is because of it's clay like properties. It is a mold-able substance that can be cured in a normal oven (or toaster oven) and will retain it's shape and remain strong after baking.
Where can I buy Polymer clay?
-You can buy Polymer clay at craft stores like Michaels, AC Moore, Jo Ann Fab
DIY Photography ToolsArtists ToolsDIY Photography Tools10 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Articles focusing on DIY tools for Photography are numerous.... therefore we're not going to repeat one this week! Instead we are going to point you to ten awesome tutorials for doing it yourself with regards to Photography. These easy, cheap and often very successful ideas will help you now and in the future, some will stay with you for life and some are great little 'life hacks' to get you through until you can afford and justify purchasing the top notch equipment!
Canon users - DIY Remote Trigger
This is an American idea so it estimates the cost to be around '3 bucks.' To the brits reading this article, that's approximately £5...to the rest of you, well, it's pretty damn cheap regardless! Instructables have a great article explaining how it's possible to build your own remote trigger from a mobile phone hands free kit.
The genius of Miyazaki - Art HistoryIf you haven't heard his name, you must have heard about at least one of his creations. So, who's Miyazaki? It's easier to say who he's not.The genius of Miyazaki - Art History3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Hayao Miyazaki was born on the 5th of January 1941 in Bunkyo, Tokyo, as a second of four sons. His father was a director in young Miyazaki's uncle's factory producing rudders for fighter planes - this is where Hayao became highly interested in aviation, which often appears in his films.
When Miyazaki was a little kid, his mother suffered from Pott's disease (sort of tuberculosis) and spent a few years in a hospital. Some says that a very similiar motif appearing in "Tonari no Totoro" ("My neighbour Totoro") was strongly inspired by that part of his life. Also, during his childhood, Miyazaki had to change his place of residence and switch schools several times, which influenced his films a lot, too.
Stock and Resources Galleries: Pt. 7Stock and ResourcesStock and Resources Galleries: Pt. 71 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Tutorials are step by step guides that teach you different skills and techniques.
Tutorials which explain different application functions i.e. Adobe Photoshop brush tutorials, also included are 'How To' guides.
Tutorials explaining different craft techniques. A few examples include textiles, origami, jewelery making and woodworking.
Tutorials explaining different techniques in creating digital art.
Stock and Resources Galleries: Pt. 4Stock and ResourcesStock and Resources Galleries: Pt. 41 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Stock Photography which the provider has granted a licence for incorporation into other Deviant artists work.
3D & Renders
Stock images rendered with a 3D program with the aid of a 3D render engine E.G. Daz Studio
Stock images rendered with a 3D program of animals, including both real and mythical creatures, insects and animal parts such as wings and tails.
Human & Humanoid
Stock images rendered with a 3D program of human and humanoid characters.
Stock and ResourcesToday I'm going to give you a tour of Stock and Resources. The motto of Stock and Resources should be, "We're here to help and inspire you!"Stock and Resources1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Stock Terms that are going to pop up in the article:
Stocker: Stock provider
Stocking: Act of making stock
Who are the community volunteers for stock?
Stock and Resources has three cv's, CelticStrm-Stock, Elandria, and PirateLotus-Stock. These three ladies are very helpful and friendly.
So what exactly is stock?
Photographing People on your TravelsPeople & Portrait PhotographyPhotographing People on your Travels1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Trying to photograph people within a country other than the one you are accustomed to can bring a whole new set of difficulties far beyond lighting, composition and frame. Here are a few tips that I've personally learned along the way which have not only inspired me to get out there and photograph more people, but also to approach new people and become more confident..
It's very important that you learn the customs of a country so as not to offend anybody when attempting to take or request their photograph. There are often many street entertainers in big cities and musicians that busk and request the odd coin or two. Don't make the mistake I did in Belgium, and request a photograph of a street performer and expect to give nothing in return! Putting a few coins of local currency their way will always be welcomed. Equally it's important to know when it's okay to take photographs, and when not. There were particu
The Adventure Begins - contest #11This contest has ended. The winners announcement can be found here.The Adventure Begins - contest #111 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Pack your socks and Narnia maps, and don't forget about the handkerchief!
After listening to your comments, I decided to postpone my prepared theme and go along EccentricTeatime's idea, which was earlier widely endorsed by other GrimGloomTalers.
It's not about the adventure itself - it's about how it begins. A carefully planned journey with a backpack full of anything you could possibly need (and plenty of things you'd not need anyway)? Or did you just get into a crazy run with an armed tanuki escaping from a horde of legged fish? Or perhaps you're still sitting on the stairs before the porch and gather strength, as it is traditionally done in my region?
Your task is to depict or describe the beginning, whether it's the first step over the threshold or packing up the clothes, or planning everything over the map - or perhaps all at onc
Art History: Celtic Art In Early HistoryArt History: Celtic Art In Early History2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Celtic Art - A Look In History
Written by KovoWolf for projecteducate
There is something so unique and so humbling about Celtic art that we can immediately recognize it when we see it, though it is difficult to truly describe as a single 'medium'. With intricate designs, swirls, and beautiful knotwork however Celtic art is also a medium that you can recognize when you see it. Because Celtic art covers a huge expanse of time, geography and throughout various cultures, it can present some difficulty when trying to term or define what Celtic art truly is.
Celtic art and culture date back as far as the 8th century B.C generally refers to the culture of the European Iron Age from around 1000 BC onwards, until the conquest by the Roman Empire. The Early Medieval art of Britain and Ireland, which produced the Book Of Kells and other masterpieces that are well known today and can be associated with "ce
Project Educate Continues! Project Educate Continues!!!Project Educate Continues!4 years ago in Personal More Like This
projecteducate is a group and all updates from individuals during their weeks listed below will be posted over there! So be sure to join or watch for the full updates! If you want to partake in Community Week by writing an article then just note the group with your ideas!
We have Moved! Find the most up to date Calendar over at projecteducate...
A Note on Daily Deviation FeaturesAt ten features into my tenure as Community Volunteer for Abstract & Surreal Photography I am noticing a certain trend in response to abstract and surreal Daily Deviations. I shall address some of the recurring themes here, and hopefully answer some questions along the way. At this point I would like to mention that I am talking about a small and vocal minority, and I sincerely thank the overwhelming majority for supporting the featured artists and their work. You're what makes this site such a great community.A Note on Daily Deviation Features3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
With that said, let's get to the troublesome themes I am coming across.
The "This is crap!" Argument
As an observer and a critic, you're entitled to think that something isn't very good. However, exclaiming as such on the comments of a piece of work that an artist has spent time and energy creating is not only counter-productive, but rude and insulting, especially if it's not followed up with some advice about how you think they could make their
Japanese TemariAn introduction to vast world of embroidered balls for ArtHistoryProject.Japanese Temari3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Temari, coming from words hand (te) and ball (mari), truly began as a simple toy. Around 7th century game Kemari (similar to hacky sack nowadays) derived from China's Cuju game was introduced in Japan. At first, it was played with leather ball. But as the ball games evolved into tossing and catching, first hand balls were created. Those were made mostly from scraps of old kimonos, wrapped with string so tightly that they would actually bounce.
Around 16th century, noblewomen started wind the balls with colorful silk threads and embroidering them. While competing with one another, the patterns would become more and more perfected and intriguing. Mothers gave temari to their children on New Year's Eve, not just for playing, but as a "love token". Inside some mari cores you could even find piece of paper with mother's
Pimps and Whoas - January 3, 2013PimpsPimps and Whoas - January 3, 20133 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
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Autumn Shades Contest WinnersWe have received 16 entries and 27 votes (27? Shame, shame and shame upon all the ones who didn't vote, we have almost 550 members and voting takes less than 3 minutes). Well, voting is closed, points are counted, today is the last day of Autumn, so let's see who the winners are.Autumn Shades Contest Winners3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Valentina-Mustajarvi's Autumn Shades of Middle-earth has received 36 points.
I must add that almost every vote included this work!
Rose-Ann-Mary-K's Book Art- Theatre set has got 27 points.
Doertchen's In a haste has received from you 25 points.
Spirit Day 2012"Ultimately, I want Spirit Day to make just one person feel little bit better about his or herself, to feel safe enough in their own skin and to be proud of who they are" - Brittany McMillanSpirit Day 20123 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
In memory of the young LGBT people who lost their lives to suicide, Brittany encouraged her friends to wear purple on a day in October -- a day that came to be known as Spirit Day. Since then, GLAAD has helped turn Spirit Day into a global event that inspires millions of individuals, celebrities, TV personalities, media outlets, companies and schools to wear purple in a stand against bullying.
While Spirit Day does focus on the LGBT community, I believe that it's anti-bullying message is relevant to every community. It only get's better, if we take the pledge to make it so.
Practice compassion and understanding, and treat others how you would like to be treated and we can make a difference.
Show your support for this anti-bullying me
Tolkien - contest #8This contest has ended. The winners announement can be found here.Tolkien - contest #82 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
-Mr. Bilbo, where are you off to?
-I'm going on an adventure!
The very recent release of The Desolation of Smaug trailer quite inspired this contest's theme. It's just six months to go! Your task in this contest is not simply to draw a character or place from the Middle-earth, that would be just another boring Tolkien competition, wouldn't it?
Fire. Mountain(s). Ruins. Shadow. Flower. Treasure. Couple. Smoke. Lights.
9 words for one quest! Your entry must include at least 3 of these things (and you should mention the ones you've picked in your deviation's description). It must refer to something that actually happened in the Middle-earth or other realms from its dimention described by Tolkien. Entries showing nothing but a character posing like a statue or copied screenshots from the movies won't be accepted, this is