Exposure, Getting Better, & Having the ChopsEXPOSURE & GETTING BETTER AT WHAT YOU DOExposure, Getting Better, & Having the Chops3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm only going off of my own personal experiences talking about these few things. (And I'm not specifically talking about ONLY dA here.) So take it with as many grains of salt as you can.
I've recently been asked questions like "How do I get people to see my work?", "Why am I not receiving commission inquiries?", "Why isn't anyone following my work?", "What can I do to get better?". Often, and I answered it before, the answer is as simple as this:
Create, as in, DRAW. PAINT. RENDER. SCULPT. You have to do develop a tolerance (or the obvious definition: LOVE) for creating if you want exposure and to get better. You have to LOVE the drawing or illustration that you HATE how it came out in the end. You have to ask yourself after every piece, what could I have done to do that differently. And you have to do this frequently.
Some folks come on the scene, post once or twice a week, and expect an audience to flock yo
Happy New YearLet's all start the year off with some stuff I wish I had growing up:Happy New Year1 year ago in Personal More Like This
So I read an article last night on people who are mentally strong and the DO NOTS of being that person.
I took those notes, and listed them, including how I learned to overcome these obstacles. It's a long read, sorry, but I figured this year it's time to open up and share that knowledge that I was once taught by someone I consider my mentor, business partner and bestfriend, Stephan.
1. Don't waste time feeling sorry for yourself - I used to feel this way as a kid. I was a child of divorce, and used it as a crutch when I was younger. I hate a (mentally) abusive step-mom who would constantly take me down. I began to feel that maybe it was true, and I wasn't going to be the person I wanted to be.
You can't think that way. No one likes or enjoys a Debbie Downer. Someone who is constantly on the negative or pining for sympathy. I began to overcome these complications with art or writing. Using tha
Coloring Contest!Coloring Contest!9 months ago in Personal More Like This
to celebrate the debut of my first coloring book, "coloring with your octopus" published by baby tattoo books i am hosting a contest here on deviant art. the grand prize is a signed copy of my coloring book with an original hand colored image by me inside! the rules are simple: just download any of these hires images, (you can either print them out or color them digitally) when you are done, upload your work and be sure to add the tags, #briankesinger and #ottoandvictoria. please do not remove any of the text or copyright information from the page and most importantly have fun. to give people a fair chance, there will be three age group categories and a winner from each category age 3-12, age 13-17 and 18+
the deadline for entries is august 18th, i can't wait to see what you all come up with!
.: Slave ( Leia ) Metal Bikini feat ... :.:iconmisslaurelle: and I were talking about a StarWars themed shoot.: Slave ( Leia ) Metal Bikini feat ... :.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
... and sure why not, .... Slave Leia !
Cosplay wasn't really an area of interest of mine but I figured it wouldn't hurt to give it try it. Now while I refuse to shoot anything that looks low budget, silly props or comes straight out of a costume shop, the folks at Leia's Metal Bikini http://www.leiasmetalbikini.com/buy.html appears to be the only decent source to grab an exact replica of the metal bikini : The only gripe for us here it costs $390. It comes with a ton of items : ( Bra Frame + Adjustable Belt consisting of front and back plates & side hoops + Slave Collar w/ hinged opening + 4 Link Chain + Hair Bun Holders (pair) w/ hair clips attached + Hair Braid Tooth w/ elastic tie + Armband +Bracelet+ Boot Tops ) ... etc
Now, while we both don't exactly have the funds to shoulder that kind of coin - perhaps with the help of the folks who actually want to see this happen can voice out ... and make it happen. I
Official W.I.T.C.H. Hypno Art Contest!This will be my first ever contest and I thought about how I could make it big so I decided to offer big prizes and as many contest winners and runner ups will be given prizes as well as a grand prize winner I want this to be as successful as possible for this contest and I wanted to add an angle to it as well so I thought of my favorite show of all time I must say W.I.T.C.H. and than I thought it would be ok to just post normal W.I.T.C.H. art like you can find all over DA AND LET ME TELL YOU THEIR ARE SOME GREAT ONES OUT THERE, but I also have seen some unique types out their two some that add my personal favorite angel hypnosis. It to me adds new feeling to the world of W.I.T.C.H. and I wanted to use some type of effect in the art submitted so I thought it would be great if some of the art entries had some characters of W.I.T.C.H. under the spell of the horn of hypnos (i.e. hypnotized forever etc, etc). Anyone who has been on my page knows that hypnosis is a hobby of mine and I loveOfficial W.I.T.C.H. Hypno Art Contest!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Want to have your art published?Want to have your art published?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Get your art published amongst some of the top artists on deviantart such as
:iconchancake:, :icontituslunter:, :iconvmbui:, :iconyamio:, :iconelsevilla:
"To raise money for charity, we're making an Artbook in which artists will be given the chance to draw a page (or double page) each. All profits raised will go directly to the RedKite, a foundation that works closely with children living with cancer, helping families financially in these tough times."
Ethereal-artbook is currently holding a contest where winning entries will be published in the artbook and will receive a free copy!
There will be four winners, each winner judged separately from the four categories available; green, blue, yellow and red
So what do we have to draw?
CommissionsHey peeps,Commissions2 years ago in Personal More Like This
How's life? I'm just preoccupied with my assignments and folio exhibition stuff due in two weeks. I should be nervous about it, but strangely I'm not. Must be the green tea I'm drinking.
Anyways, I decided to open up art commissions if anyone's interested in order to raise some funds for my illustration class's year end graduation exhibition around December. This is just a small part on my side to help out. So yeah, drop a note, or email if interested.
Standard price list for general:
(All payments must be made upfront via PayPal before I begin work)
BLACK/WHITE LINE ART: $10
(charges are per character)
LINE ART WITH FULL COLOR (NO BACKGROUND): $15
(charges are per character)
LINE ART WITH FULL COLOR (WITH BACKGROUND): $30 - $50
(charges may change per character, or composition)
FULL COLOR ILLUSTRATION:
Pre-visualized sketches - $50 (limit to three changes, more will be charged extra)
Final artwork: $100
Contest rules and deadline. Writers read below.Alright! Well, there was a lot of confusion last night. I rushed when I made the journal then promptly went to sleep.Contest rules and deadline. Writers read below.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here is how it works:
You can draw your favorite video game character.
You can write your favorite video game character.
You can cosplay as your favorite video game character.
Yes! You can use YOUR characters from rift, WoW, and others. As long as it has your tag on it somewhere. When I mean tag, I mean username or something to let me know it's yours.
You can cross dress, if you can not draw female/male figures well, or just want to. ;u;
You can submit more than one. Only one will be picked, if you do happen to win.
The folder I will be using is:
Now remember, it's the opposite gender, so remember that!
Here's how we'll be judging:
Two winners from the drawings, two winners from the lit area, and two winners from the cosplay area.
Two 12 month subs.
Two 3 month subs.
Two 1 month subs.
NICKELODEON AND DREAMWORKS ARE LOOKING FOR TALENT!NICKELODEON ANIMATION launched an Animated Comedy Shorts Program. They are looking for writers/animators/artists to contribute.NICKELODEON AND DREAMWORKS ARE LOOKING FOR TALENT!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
APPLY TO NICKELODEON HERE:
DREAMWORKS ANIMATION LOOKING TO TRAIN STORY ARTISTS:
"The Story Initiative Program at DreamWorks Animation is a comprehensive immersion program for recent college graduates who wish to pursue artistic careers as story artists.
The objective of the program is to identify and train entry-level storytellers in the techniques and practices of storyboarding for feature-length animated films. Over the course of an initial three month curriculum, trainees are instructed by a DWA senior story artist in a training environment that replicates the production environment on actual projects. Trainees learn how to: evaluate and plan their storyboard sequences,
Still Life Stills Features: MintStill Life Stills Features: Mint1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
On the subject of Copyrights and ContentsI'd like to take this moment to address a very important issue within the art community, and this is Copy Rights.On the subject of Copyrights and Contents2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Recently I had had a situation with a client that reminded me that both parties- the client AND the artist- have specific rights that need to be addressed at the time of creating a design and/or illustration. Both parties need to have a CLEAR understanding of their rights, and ask any and as many questions until they feel as if they have the right information. Assumption and dishonesty are not good business foundations, let alone become legal liability in the long run. Lying on any side is the most common action that leads to bigger situations that at time, will be dealt with legally.
From here on in, the "Client" is the commissioner, and the "Artist" is the person in charge of design, illustration, and/or color.
1) The difference between "content" and "product/property".
When someone commissions you for a design, you have many different types of ownership. The most common
What is Concept Cookie?Hey everyone, there have been a large number of new watchers these past few days and I wanted to share out a quick look at what Concept Cookie is and what we will be sharing on this page! Every week we have exercises, a live stream and usually a tutorial or 2 that you can follow. And every season (winter, spring, summer, fall) we have a contest where you can win cash prizes!What is Concept Cookie?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Most of all, Concept Cookie is a site dedicated to hosting tutorials and resources to help digital artists on their learning path. And that site can be found here: ConceptCookie.com!
Concept Cookie was created to provide concept artists with tutorials, resources, references, feedback, and insight to help them grow as an artist. Concept Cookie is a branch of CGCookie which teaches other 3d softwares such as Blender, 3DSMax, and Unity, but Concept is focused on digital art tutorials. We are a small team of 4 collectively but only T
September Draw-Off!Hello everypony!September Draw-Off!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The August Draw-Off was amazing, and we had a ton of very awesome art submitted to the contest! But now that it's over, it's time to move on to our third Draw-Off contest!
Every month, we host a contest for everyone to participate in. We decide upon a central theme, and all entries must be centered around that theme. Once the submission deadline has passed, the group administrators will vote on the winning entry.
These contests are open to anyone who is a member of our group. Additionally, each member is only allowed one submission into the contest. We have also created a specific folder for this event, and only entries submitted to that folder will be accepted.
As always, our basic group rules do apply to this contest. This means that submissions may not contain gore, sexual or suggestive poses, abuse of drugs, religious or political references, etc. If you have any questions about the rules, please just post a comment in this journal and we'll be happy to help!
SAVING MONEY AS A COSPLAYER... IS IT POSSIBLE!?Every single cosplayer in the world has one painful problem that we can all relate to: we're always broke. Always.SAVING MONEY AS A COSPLAYER... IS IT POSSIBLE!?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Fabric, thread, machines, paints, wood, tools, thermoplastics, LEDs, mould castings, brushes, dyes, wigs, make-up, contacts, boots, prosthetics, convention tickets, travel expenses, luggage, skin care, gym... the list goes on and on. Every single cent we earn, we constantly throw it all back into making our beloved costumes and feeling good for a few hours while stressing for months prior-hand. Non-cosplayers may not get it, but we do. For us, it's not a sacrifice. The chance to hone our creative spirit and create something from nothing is a rewarding life experience. Some think that the cost of an outfit is more valuable compared to medication and psychological sessions.
But like it not, we've all gotta come to a conclusion that the hobby must come to an end for us one day, and to have some money saved up for your next step in life is a greater advantage than having nothi
aaand another awesome cosplay!!!and i LOVE the framing of the shotaaand another awesome cosplay!!!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Learning to read, with Jolly Jack.Well, that was fun.Learning to read, with Jolly Jack.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Let's just go over what I posted yesterday: I voiced that I have no opinion on guns in America, because I don't live there and as such; don't care. I said that I, personally, am afraid of guns and think they're industrial killing machines. And I posed a vague, hypothetical question that could have been applied to any situation where an old law/doctrine is in effect.
That's it. Nothing more. Harshest word in there was "change" followed by a question mark. Not "ban", not "make guns illegal" and certainly not "outlaw free speech and trial by jury", which some people with a slightly looser grasp on reality seem to think go hand in hand with owning the firearms I said I don't care about.
Well, today, I am going to post an opinion: if you're the kind of insecure, paranoid little twit that flies off the handle when someone poses a simple question, and who holds weapons and the laws that permit them with such religious reverence that you perceive that question as not
Frequently Asked QuestionsAbout this F.A.Q.Frequently Asked Questions3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Hi everybody. First off I just want to say that I am very grateful for all of your support here on DeviantART, for watching me, adding my works to your favourites, commenting, criticizing my work, it means a lot to me. All the support you guys gave me really makes me feel appreciated as an artist, and it makes me want to develop my skill even more. So I thank you all for that.
I really wish I can respond to every single comment and every single question you guys write to me, but I have to be honest that it can get a bit of a handful. Especially with my tight school schedules, assignments, daily tests, and courses that I have to go to everyday. I barely have time to draw, and responding to questions are even harder. But I just want to assure you guys that I do read all comments and is absolutely grateful for them. I do realize that most of the questions you send me are similar, so that is why I decided to write this F.A.Q.
So please, read this F.A.Q fi
New Youtube video tutorial!>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSX8Ojov5wgNew Youtube video tutorial!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Let me know what you think
THREE TIPS FOR DRAWING CARSYou know that green ellipse tool that you bought in art school? Do you know how to use it for something other than oval shapes? Do you know what those "cross-hair" marks are for? And do you know how to use it for technically correct perspective drawings?THREE TIPS FOR DRAWING CARS2 years ago in Personal More Like This
TOO many comics artists don't, and it's driving me crazy. So instead of starting a blog that starts showing examples and naming names, I figured it was better to make a quick tutorial. And this isn't just for cars but also for guns, fire hydrants, and millions of other machined objects found in comics.
If you go through this and you're still stuck, please don't write to me. I'm happy to show you at a convention to make it clearer, but within a blog this is the best I can do. Check out "Perspective for Comic Artists by David Chelsea" for more.
Cars are a whole lot easier to draw if you know how to properly use perspective and ellipses. The more familiar you are with the math, the more fun it is to draw cars. Once I figured out th
Street DDs April 2014My term as CV is going to be over in 2 days so please don't send me DD suggestions anymore and forgive me if I couldn't feature the suggestions you sent me in the last few days.Street DDs April 20141 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Here is April's selection, I hope you enjoy it.
133 by felixlu
1974 by Pixelrender
Paint it black II by Jack070
Alexanderplatz VIII by iDie
Saint by Canankk
Exhausted by RobVinc
New IPHONE by aspire2draw
And then she said by EricForFriends
DIS-CONCERNING MOTHER by xACook
Approaching Geometry by DouglasHumphries
Pillars by boyrd
Fragile by e-l-a-n-i
Fearless by oToupeira
0-0 by DinoKose
Popped Culture is back.My horrifying and terrible series, exploring the underbelly of pop culture is back! Later this year, I will release a book with my buddy Alex Konstad, collecting these paintings.Popped Culture is back.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
You've seen some, which can be found here: http://danluvisiart.deviantart.com/gallery/43576073
And here's the latest. http://danluvisiart.deviantart.com/art/Jake-the-Snake-Adventure-Time-446258045
More to come, throw ideas if you have any!
Why Street Photography is not documentaryStreet photography is an eye focused on the ordinary, on the every day life.Why Street Photography is not documentary1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Its interest is in capturing every day moments and situations that filtered through the sensitivity, vision, personality of the photographer are able to pass emotions and sensations to the viewer.
Moments can be of every kind: ironic, sad, melancholic, surreal, beautiful, wry, tender, poetic, destabilizing, iconic, descriptive. They all show aspects of life.
Sharing with you an interesting article by Evangelo Costadimas.
Why Street Photography is not Documentary Photography
by Evangelo Costadimas
“Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth” – Pablo Picasso
Look-up ‘Street Photography’ in Wikipedia and the attempt to define it starts with ‘… a form of documentary photography’. But is it really? Both Street Pho