TO THE ASPIRING ARTISTS...."The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that's almost never the case." - Chuck CloseTO THE ASPIRING ARTISTS....2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Good luck on your projects this year!
Exposure, Getting Better, & Having the ChopsEXPOSURE & GETTING BETTER AT WHAT YOU DOExposure, Getting Better, & Having the Chops2 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
Working hard (not) for the moneyA friend of mine just showed me a blog post from screenwriter and author of INVISIBLE INK, Brian McDonald. Read this! This is talking about writing screen plays but APPLIES to all of the arts and BREAKING INTO THAT DREAM JOB. I get emails all the time from artists that want "TIPS" about how to get better- THERE ARE NO TIPS! It is hard work and lots of it that makes you great. Read on from Brian......Working hard (not) for the money2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Working Hard for the Money
My step father once told me, when I was a kid, that what made someone a professional rather than an amateur was that they were paid for what they did. He was wrong.
Many people use my step father's explanation for what makes a professional and I find that it leads to shoddy workmanship because it takes the focus off of getting good at what we do and shifts it to getting good enough to get paid. Or even worse just getting paid. The craft is often thrown out the window in favor of just doing whatever it takes t
artbook questions - again!hey wonderful followers. thanks again for all the help regarding the art theft from last week. i'll keep you posted on what happens!artbook questions - again!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
i'm thinking about that artbook i mentioned a few journal entries back. i have some ideas of how i want to handle the content, which includes a few exclusive pieces, tutorials/walkthroughs and probably a dvd showing my painting process. i want to make it happen! but one thing i've decided is to look for a publisher in the U.S. it would be great since that would make the book altogether more affordable for many of you - it's so expensive to ship from europe! so i wanted to ask if any of you guys could suggest any american publishers or knew any companies that make interesting artbooks that aren't too expensive/gigantic? any tips would be great. thank youuuuuu for reading!
Coloring Contest!Coloring Contest!3 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!
Coloring those Scanned Lines!So this is one of my ways of coloring scanned lines that I feel work pretty well. I'm new at narrating through meh vids but I'll better I swear. lol!Coloring those Scanned Lines!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
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Drew a ton of faces of random deviants from a couple journals back. Unfortunately video issues ensued and I was unable to record it. That made me think "I'll have color it on vid". So that shall happen.
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Happy New YearLet's all start the year off with some stuff I wish I had growing up:Happy New Year10 months 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
No Zombies Allowed Art Journal!No Zombies Allowed Art Journal!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here's where I'll be collecting the art from No Zombies Allowed posted around DA. Below you'll find it separated by artist.
NZA! Heroes by petura NZA! More art by petura NZA! Premiums by petura
Icon Madness! by frogbillgo No Zombies Allowed Agent by frogbillgo No Zombies Allowed Agent House by frogbillgo Through The Years by frogbillgo Building Collection by frogbillgo No Zombies Allowed Hero Concepts! by frogbillgo
No Zombies Allowed - Early Development by Zatransis No Zombies Allowed - Zombies! by Zatransis No Zombies Allowed - Eye Tests by Zatransis No Zombies Allowed - Heroes First Pass by Zatransis
ANIMATION FACT....The conventional Anime style (big eyes, large heads & proportions) origin traces back to Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989/Astro Boy, Kimba The White Lion, Black Jack), unanimously known as 'The Godfather of Anime' who was heavily influenced by the style's of Max Fleischer's BETTY BOOP & Disney's BAMBI. Anime's signature style was derived from American animation styles.ANIMATION FACT....11 months ago in Personal More Like This
See how we influence each other?
Sucks to be Weegie & FHAS/Four Swords Videos!I'm back from AnimeUSA and it was AWESOME (working on an epic report for it which you can find on my tumblr later this week.) Before I left for that con, though, I received quite a treat!Sucks to be Weegie & FHAS/Four Swords Videos!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Youtube user hathorliderc (if you have a dA account, buddy, let me know and I'll add it) and a team of incredibly talented amateur voice actors put together a couple videos where they dubbed my "Sucks to be Weegie" and "Fair-Haired Adventure Seekers" comics and even added music and sound effects (including stuff by The One-Ups, my all-time fav video game cover band!) I've linked them below...
Sucks to be Weegie Stage 1
Features Castles, Welcome to Luigi Kart, Luigi & Daisy's Blind Date and more! On a side note, I am head over heels in love with the girl who voices Daisy. Whoever you are, call me. *Sarah throws muffin at his head* OW!
Sucks to be Weegie Stag
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!8 months 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,
Tip of the Day: BeliefTip of the Day: Faith brings motivation and persistence. The more you dare to believe in your potential the easier the journey becomes. Especially during the tough parts.Tip of the Day: Belief2 years ago in Personal More Like This
PS. Schoolism LIVE workshop in San Francisco on April 27-28 is going to rock --> http://www.schoolism.com/workshop-san-francisco/
Tip of the Day: OpportunityTip of the Day: Not all lucky opportunities are meant to be taken. The key is identifying the right opportunities.Tip of the Day: Opportunity2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Korra: The First Halloween Benders ContestSo, we will be doing a Halloween themed contest of the legend of Korra. I think it's appropriate for this time of year to have this themed contest. Don't you think? The contest will end on October, 31 2012. Halloween afternoon. So you guys can have all of your entry's in (fanfiction, Art and cosplay) on time. I will post a Journal saying the contest has ended. Also, the contest will not be extended for your entry. Don't wait until the last moment to enter.Korra: The First Halloween Benders Contest2 years ago in Personal More Like This
You must be a member of this group before you can enter the contest.
You must have it in the right folder to enter it.
The submission must follow the rules of the group and dA itself.
You are allowed three as a limit. (fanfiction, Art and cosplay)
The cast of The Legend of Korra must be the main focus of the entry but others Avatar characters can be in it as well.
You can have the characters doing anything you want as long as it's appropriate
You must make the enti
Sketchbook Pro 6So most of you know that I'm a Sketchbook Pro user.Sketchbook Pro 62 years ago in Personal More Like This
A few days back, Autodesk released Sketchbook Pro 6, and I think this is the version that's going to make a lot of people who have YET to experience Sketchbook Pro in full, or haven't really given the past versions a chance, switch over to making it their digital drawing software of choice; heck, even their PAINTING software of choice.
We still have the cleverly-designed user interface, that makes it easy on the eyes and mind when we're brainstorming and sketching. With the handful of new tools introduced, we still have a clutter-free drawing environment, and man, there's some awesome tools this time around. I'll go down the list:
The Brush Library
The main brush toolbar itself has a click-and-drag function, allowing you to store all your often-used brushes in each of the "lanes". You then can click the button on the upper-right and then a fu
Welcome, Our 60th Hunger Games Tributes!Thank you to Vixii for helping me with the Tribute headshots!Welcome, Our 60th Hunger Games Tributes!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Angel Blakmore Thaddeus Montblanc
Argona Flintloch Slate Volparo
Tesla Grey Tristin Temple
Oliver Green Haze
Nami Sada Gavriil Durnovo
Hinge Eisenberg Riven Carter
Ash Roselle Chane Epsilon
Salvera Combe Reed Attaway
GROUND Type Pokemon Contest  closed:icongroundtypeplz: GROUND TYPE POKEMON CONTEST! :icongroundtypeplz:GROUND Type Pokemon Contest  closed2 years ago in Personal More Like This
As suggested by Lys-Antigone and after reading unsatisfied comments by our members, I've decided to split this contest into two categories.
TRADITIONAL and DIGITAL
there will be two winners, 1st place for each category. Please donate prizes if you can! this will help
Hope a lot of people will be happy about this.
Faving this journal will help us get more contestants, and the more contestants the better prizes so please spread love
- new submissions only! created on or after August 19th 2012
- your entry can have only GROUD type Pokemon of course. it can be only one, or more, it can be that Pokemon's first type, or second type, as long as one of the types is ground.
- list of Pokemon that can be drawn for this contest: http://www.serebii.net/pokedex-bw/ground.shtml
- only one entry per contest category per member! that means you can eit
New Contest!Hey all,New Contest!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Sorry for the delay in putting this up. I'm now happy to announce our brand new contest!
Theme: WHAT NINTENDO CHARACTERS DO IN THEIR SPARE TIME
Aim: When Nintendo characters are not working on their main task (e.g., saving the Princess), what do they do in their spare time? It's up to you to come up with their favourite past-time. It can be as funny or serious as you want it to be!
One entry per person. You MUST be a member to enter!
Submit to 'March 2013 Contest' folder.
Normal group rules apply-http://nintyfans.deviantart.com/journal/Group-Rules-227761460
Any medium accepted (as long as it follows our rules!)
The helper/contributor team can enter if they wish!
The final 10 will be decided by Founder, then final 3 be decided by a week-long poll on the page-please do not vote for yourselves!
Feel free to spread the word! The more, the merrier!
[DA GROUP JOURNAL] MoU Fashion Contest is OPENFYI: This will be a repost journal for my dA nuzlocke group.[DA GROUP JOURNAL] MoU Fashion Contest is OPEN1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Yooooo Ky-nim here with another contest (Shiny Pokemon as prizes)! CLICK THRU TO READ!!!
Silent GuardiansBe dark knights, silent guardians and watchful protectors over your artist friends and other art communities. Report back to the rightful owner of stolen artworks or reposts without credits so the art criminals get the justice they deserved.Silent Guardians2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Of course, just don't go breaking bones and yell at the art thieves "WHERE ARE THE DRAWINGS~? WHERE ARE THEY!?"
Have a good time.
(The D is not silent)
CommissionsHey peeps,Commissions1 year 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
September Draw-Off!Hello everypony!September Draw-Off!2 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!
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.