Live the dream, don't talk about it!Doug TenNapel, independent comics creator, is an inspiration to me in many ways. He has a fun, accessible art style that is dramatic and fresh. His story telling is always askew in the best of ways. I don't think I've read one of his graphic novels without having some smiles and a surprise or two along the way. On top of that, he is outspoken about almost everything in his life. (I think of him as the Rush Limbaugh of comics- oh man, that sounds really bad, but early Rush, not present day Rush, if that helps.) I agree with most things he states on Facebook. BUT- the thing I am most inspired about him is his drive (in the old days we would call that "work ethic"). The guy does NOT give up. Because of that, he single-handedly will put out a new graphic novel a year. While creating a webcomic. While pitching new TV show development ideas in Hollywood. While running a half marathon. While working freelance jobs.Live the dream, don't talk about it!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Artist WalkthroughThis walkthrough focuses on:Artist Walkthrough2 years ago in Personal More Like This
- guiding you as an artist and improving your artistic skills
So having said that... let's get started!
I have been drawing for a long time. Since I was little I would draw all the time on anything I could find. That passion for drawing and art has always stayed with me. But the problem is talent or potential will only get you so far. If you really want to become a great artist you will have to put in many hours of work. And you would preferably have someone there to guide you. Even now I am learning about basic skills I wish I had learned years ago. That is the problem of being self taught... you have to figure everything out yourself. Of course there are benefits to that too. Self taught artists are generally very motivated and passionate people. I have only come to the point where I am now just because I am passionate and slightly obsessed with drawing. But I want to know more, learn more and improve more. So that is why I am setting up this little drawi
Why you 'should' use Google AnalyticsHi everyone!Why you 'should' use Google Analytics1 year ago in Personal More Like This
As you may have heard, Deviantart now includes the tracking codes necessary for Google Analytics to work, and people with premium accounts now can use Google Analytics.
You probably have one of the following reactions:
What the heck is that?
Looks like a lot of work.
Oh no! PRIVACY CONCERNS!
If you have privacy concerns, btw, I have another journal entry that deals specifically with those, which you can find here: ( Analytics privacy concerns )
Maybe you even set up an account immediately on hearing the news, then looked at it and saw something like this:
Which looks completely useless, right?
First thing you need to know: Google Analytics takes time to work. At LEAST a day, but really you should give it at least a week.
Coloring WalkthroughJust wanted to highlight some different coloring techniques I found throughout DA. Most of these tutorials are for Photoshop. A few highlight other programs.Coloring Walkthrough3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I have collected these great tutorials over the years from DA and want to make it easier for everybody to find just the right kind of coloring tutorial without having to search through all of DA. This is mostly focused on anime/manga and cartoon coloring styles. All tutorials are copyright their respective owners.
PS important / how to optimize PS for digital painting:
Styles of coloring:
Colouring tutorial by Red-Priest-Usada CG - meago's way by meago TUTORIAL: Digital Paint in PS by Etoli Coloring_the_TOTMO_WAY3 by totmoartsstudio2 Colouring Tutorial ._. by DewNoir Tutorial for soft cell shading by getty +:Color Tutorial:+ by MrEdison Just a big Photoshop Tutorial by B1nd1 A Digital Coloring Tutorial: 1 by joulee Tutorial - CG Ver.2 by shilin Stylized Portrait Painting by thundercake Cancer step by step by meago Process of Doom by shilin Coloring Tutorial and Sai Tips by DyMaraway Walkthroug: Gate to Heaven by Dea-89 :thumb165
Longest animatic I've ever done.Longest animatic I've ever done.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Human Archie Sonic Character IndexList of all the human Archie Sonic characters with links to the ones I've completed so far, and my progress on the ones that I haven't. Because I like lists and this will make it easier for everyone to find their favorite characters. :icondummywooplz:Human Archie Sonic Character Index2 years ago in Personal More Like This
(No more dots. I got something in mind for almost everyone now and they'll get drawn when they get drawn)
Antoine Gijinka Gumbo 9 March 2014 by OyOyHuman SatAM Ideas (sketch) by OyOy
Bunnie Gijinka Gumbo 9 March 2014 by OyOyRabbot Run by OyOyHuman SatAM Bunnie by OyOyHuman SatAM Ideas (sketch) by OyOy24 Jan 2015 by OyOy
NICOLE Baboo Batch 13 July 2013 by OyOyPeep Platoon 1 September 2013 by OyOyGijinkas Galore 29 December 2013 by OyOy
Bobby Chiu's 4 keys to setting good goalsGOOOAAALS! The World Cup is the perfect time to talk about goals.Bobby Chiu's 4 keys to setting good goals8 months ago in Personal More Like This
Setting good goals is useful to not just artists but anyone who wants to achieve something.
When I graduated college and started my career, my goals were unfocused. Basically, I just wanted to get a job doing what I love, which in my case is of course drawing and painting. That was my whole goal. I didn't aim for anything more than that, and as a result, my career went nowhere.
Then, after reflecting on my career and examining the careers of people I admired (again, not just artists), I developed a master plan for my success that basically boiled down to four things:
1. Recognize the importance of setting goals.
Let's say you have the extraordinary ability to kick a ball farther and more accurately than anyone you know. As a result, you want to become a soccer player. But then when you're on the soccer pitch and the ball comes to you, you just kick it as hard as you can in what
Necks for anatomy practiceI need to see loads of examples before I can get something. So here's loads of necks doing the weird necky things that necks do.Necks for anatomy practice3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
To get what's going on with the tangle of muscles and tendons catch necks in action. Watch people in cafes. Pause TV. (Buffy the Vampire Slayer has particularly good lighting for drawing.) Then check out how cartoonists simplify the confusion. Maybe even check out some anatomy to see what's going on beneath the skin. Each gives you a different piece of the puzzle.
Organized by where the head is relative to the shoulders, then by where the camera is. So each group should have the same muscles and tendons bulging out. (If you post drawings from any stock here, do check the stock artist's rules.) NOTE: Images marked with ⬅ are NOT stock. Use them for practice, but don't post. (There's only one image marked since there's so much great stock.)
If you stumble across good neck stock, especially with good shadows, I'd l
4 Kinds of StorytellingHere's an old journal from 2010 about storytelling. Because I have a lot more readers these days, I think I'm going to start reposting some of my earlier posts for my newer audience. So for you old timers, feel free to skip.4 Kinds of Storytelling2 years ago in Personal More Like This
In full disclosure, I slightly edited this journal to make it a little more balanced (while also fixing a ton of typos).
I feel like the word "storytelling" gets thrown around a lot in our industry. Yet when I look out there at some comics, I don't always see a lot of evidence for it.
It feels like people in comics pros--myself included--often use the word only because we feel like we're supposed to. Over the years enough professionals have been accused of being poor storytellers to the degree that everyone is now afraid of being a pinup artist as opposed to a bona fide storyteller. But it's not enough just to claim you're a storyteller.
Most people reading this probably h
New Sketchbook VideoNew sketchbook video!New Sketchbook Video6 months ago in Personal More Like This
Site Update: Film, Sta.sh Writer ImprovementsIn our continuous effort to improve the deviantART experience, we're publishing weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.Site Update: Film, Sta.sh Writer Improvements2 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Film & Animation Improvements
Last week we launched some much-needed improvements to Film & Animation to the Beta Tester program, and the changes were so well-received that we're making them available to everyone. Here's a run-down of what's been changed.
Film Submission Through Sta.sh
Sta.sh is now properly equipped to support film submissions! Sta.sh can now store and submit film files the same way other filetypes can be stored and submitted.
Learn how to submit Film to deviantART.
Apophysis F.A.Q.We noticed there was a constant income of recurring questions about Apophysis on the group's homepage, so I collected the most common ones and Xyrus-02 kindly answered them for us .Apophysis F.A.Q.4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Where do I get Apophysis? Is it expensive?
Apophysis is free, open-source software. That means, it does not cost you a cent. In addition, everyone is able to change the software using
the available source code. This is also why there are different
versions of Apophysis:
The "official" or "main" version of Apophysis. You can download it from Apophysis.org
Apophysis 2.08 3D
The original Apophysis 3D hack. You can download it from Sourceforge.net (where you can also get newer beta versions of Apophysis 2.x)
A popular version of Apophysis including all 3D features, better support for Windows Vista and Windows 7 and a
Getting a First Storyboarding GigThis question came in from Twitter today: "How would I go about getting a first storyboarding gig?" I thought I'd put my answer on the blog so others can read it too. Here it is:Getting a First Storyboarding Gig3 years ago in Personal More Like This
When I was starting out I had absolutely no idea how to look for work myself. It ends up being different for everybody. The big thing when I was starting out was to make sure LOTS of people saw my work. This was before the Internet got started, so I was working on my college newspaper, making comics and showing them off at conventions. It was meeting a Ren & Stimpy director at a convention that helped me get my start. He liked my comics, and he told me all about how storyboarding for TV works.
The main thing that helped me get started was that I got my work OUT THERE where people could see it. That's a million times easier to do now than ever before; no publishing costs too get your work see by countless people through blogs and Facebook and Twitter, etc.
Here's a crazy story: last year I came across a guy on
How to improve your color shading!What up guys! I'll have another painting up later this week but for now, here is another color tutorial, hope this helps some of youHow to improve your color shading!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
What to Work On... Part Two, Section 1: CharacterComposition and and CharacterWhat to Work On... Part Two, Section 1: Character7 years ago in Personal More Like This
It's an elusive beast...character. You don't HAVE to be a great draftsman to understand character. There are thousands of artists out there that always will be TECHNICALLY better than you (if that scares you, it shouldn't, just realize it now and move on). But what should set you apart from other artists is how you see and draw a character. Putting life into a character's eyes, is more important in my book, than how technically brilliant you may be.
Designing with Character
First and foremost, this is a generalized post, I am not pointing particular people out, simply what was seen in the galleries I perused.
1. SHAPE SHAPE SHAPE - It's a woman. It's a man. It's a werewolf. It's something I've seen before. What makes your take on Batman, Superman, Jean Grey, Galactus DIFFERENT from other people. SHAPE language is THE most
Character Secrets: Hooks, Gaps, and Caring Here's the last tip I mentioned in "Be Clueless, Write Awesome:"Character Secrets: Hooks, Gaps, and Caring3 months ago in Personal More Like This
If the reader doesn't care about the characters, he won't care what happens to them. End of story.
It doesn't matter how many brilliant twists unfold in your masterpiece- all just more stuff nobody will read. Unless your characters make an impression- fast. Which begs the question.
A few incredibly simple tools have worked wonders for me.
But first, one important distinction.
I've seen this advice over and over- that readers must 'like' the protagonist, that having a relatable lead character is mandatory.
Readers do not have to like your character. They don't even have to relate to your character.
They only have to do one thing: Care. Be interested. Burn to see what happens next.
You could write about a kindly old man walking his puppy to the grocer, and he could be the most likeable, relatable codger imaginable- but if he's bor
Rare scans: The Know-How of Cartooning (1946)Just posted pages from"The Know-How of Cartooning" (1946) freshly-scanned rarities http://bit.ly/Hultgren Come check it out!Rare scans: The Know-How of Cartooning (1946)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Manga/Anime Tutorial Hub: PhotoshopSo what's this all about? A while back I decided that it would be best to create a place where tutorials that are vital to Manga/Anime artists to have a home, an easy place to reach if they felt that they ever needed it. One by one articles featuring tutorials based off of specific trades and mediums will be posted, and in the end a master article that'll unite them all together. The hope is to have as much as possible in one easy to reach place. This time around its Photoshop's turn.Manga/Anime Tutorial Hub: Photoshop3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Tutorial - Cleaning Lineart by kureo95 Lineart Tutorial by Kuurin Wacom Photoshop Painter Guide by fox-orian
Though this may be small right now, there is a continuing project, and one that'll keep going for as long as there are tutorials.
Here is what I propose. If you find any tutorials relating to Photoshop that I do not have lis
Disney layoffs, 2D animation, and youA very nervous animation student (he didn't say, but I assume he is studying 2D animation) asked me about my opinions on the state of animation these days. What are the companies thinking with laying off all the employees, not doing 2D animation, canceling great TV series, etc.? Are the business people just evil? AND the even bigger question: Is John Lassiter a jerk (or worse) for letting all the 2D animators at Disney go yesterday?Disney layoffs, 2D animation, and you2 years ago in Personal More Like This
MY ANSWER: I have a slightly controversial (for an artist) perspective on businesses and business people. Over all, I like them. At times, I have even been grateful for them. (Steady paychecks should never be taken for granted. Wait till you don't have one one day, then you'll know!) Remember, we live in a world where businesses are expected to make money to stay alive. It's called capitalism. Others call it "business". That means, the animation world isn't any different from any other job/company
Basic Art Elements: LineHerro people! I've been giving this much thought and have decided to include along with our "Common Misconceptions" series a series based in the basic art elements followed by the principals of design. There are seven basic art elements as follows:Basic Art Elements: Line2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
The purpose of knowing this list and understanding each element is to help you make good decisions compositionally as well as help you with formal analysis. Formal analysis is an identification of the basic art elements in a work of art which is useful in critique and also understanding the artist's choices in composition. Ideally, a piece that we would call "successful" would have each of the seven elements here present in some way, as well as the principles of design. A lot of our choices in art making can be either arbitrary or intuitive. Neither are inherently bad, but making choices that have a sound base in these elements will help you with some of the compositional conundrums we artists fa
New to tablets? Have some tutorials!Decided to make a journal with all the links to various tutorials found online to help those who are new to tablet drawing or who may have been away from it for a while and need to catch up.New to tablets? Have some tutorials!4 years ago in Personal More Like This
All links below and their websites are copyrighted fully TO the webpage and their creators. I have had nothing to do with making anything therein. I'm just bringing said sites/vids/tutorials to all of you.
The very FIRST thing you should read and do:
I loved this just because it taught me that increasing and decreasing pressure is something you won't believe til you try it. I had NO idea about that very thing for the longest of times, believe it or not.
Don't use the smallest point for now. Put it up to a bigger point size, something in the 3rd row if you have 5 or 6 rows available to you to choose from. Draw normally and you'll see a thick line - which is what you chose, yes? Well, draw lig
My 2 cents about educationON THE SUBJECT OF SCHOOLS, I FELT COMPELLED TO CHIME IN. If you can afford an expensive school then take it if you like but if you can't then obviously don't go to an expensive school. Just like you wouldn't buy a car you couldn't afford.My 2 cents about education2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The best thing about the "good" schools are the students because when you hear a school is great everybody flocks there, including many of the most talented... but notice I said "many" and not "all" the most talented.
"Superstars" can come from city, any shape, any color, ANY AGE. We've seen it many times before.
The best way to cultivate talent is to interact with other talented or potentially talented people. It just makes us all work even harder. I had the great fortune of being in the same school and year with Pixar's James Robertson, Dani Strijleva, Ben Su and John Lee. And these are just a handful of the very talented people from my year. Just by being in the same class, this has influenced me to work harder than ever when I really didn't w
366 Days of Art- Happy New Year!!I did it!! I'm surprised at myself..didn't think I could draw something everyday, but I did! Woohoooo!! Thanks for the support guys. I would highly recommend a 365 Days of Art challenge to anyone who wants lots of art practice in 2013.366 Days of Art- Happy New Year!!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Happy new year, everyone!!
I will update art on my Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Artwork-by-Gabrielle/283751971645822 and Tumblr- http://gabbyd70.tumblr.com/
366 Days of Art: 2012
Drawing/Painting: Artwork and Practice
Day 1 1/1/12:
-Figure drawing practice- 10 second and 30 second gestures
Day 2 1/2/12:
-Figure drawing practice- 10 second and 30 second gestures,
-Portrait drawing practice- 30 second gestures
Day 3 1/3/12:
-Figure drawing practice- 10 second and 30 second gestures,
-Pencil sketch started of Jasmine http://gabbyd70.tumblr.com/post/15846721983/day-3-and-day-5-of-my-366-days-of-art-projec
Becoming a Better Digital Artist Pt. IHello people,Becoming a Better Digital Artist Pt. I10 months ago in Personal More Like This
I've been asked many times about how to draw or paint and where to find tips and tutorials about it.
I, as a self-taught artist, have struggled a lot trying to learn and understand how to draw well and do digital painting. So I decided to put on a series of journals on this topic providing tips and resources, hoping that it can be useful for anyone who is willing to become an artist.
This series focuses mainly on digital art, but most of the principles can be applied to traditional art as well. This is not a training course, so please don't expect me to give you an in-depth look to it. Just take it as a collection of resources.
I have found most of what I've learned on YouTube and the internet, therefore I will provide many links to pages and channels related to what I'm talking about.
Part I: Introduction
Being an artist in digital painting requires a set of basic skills, no matter the style you like or want to match. Based