Need brushes?After references, textures and faces, the time comes for brushes. All inspirational, all useful!Need brushes?1 year 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
Art Feature: Recent SenshiStock UsesJust a small feature to show you some of the great artwork people have made recently from my stock. Please take a moment to visit these lovely artists and enjoy their pretty things!Art Feature: Recent SenshiStock Uses10 months ago in Personal More Like This
Let it rain by chels-pooPractice pose 2 by Katoons88AU Ezio by YazoraPink by ingunnbfantidote to everything by crespellaLike a Cat: Mosi Kiwidinok by KabukiKatzeArt Trade: Zafina by Speckled-EggThistle Flower on the prowl by krahkaFemale marauder Warhammer fan art by derpingtimmyFish Fellreed by AwepossumGuild Master by HarpyMarxTanis - Transform by evionTies by pilarouro
Umi outfit design competition CLOSEDOk everyone the competition is now officially CLOSED Thank you sooooo much to everyone who entered I CAN'T BELIEVE SO MANY OF YOU ENTERED! @____@;; I have NO idea how I'm gonna pick the winners (there was only meant to be one but there's no way I can stick to that) :iconlazycryplz: Things are back to being hectic for me now that I'm back at work so it'll be a few days before I announce the winners (probably this weekend)Umi outfit design competition CLOSED2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I HAVE EXTENDED THE DEADLINE TO THE 1ST OF MAY
My lovely friend Emi has offered to donate an extra prize. The winner will also get a full body colored picture from :iconxxEmiChanxx:
:iconkishi-Amako: has kindly offered to donate a pixel chibi to the winner ^^ ~<3
Would you be interesting in winning an Umi necklace AND a signed sketch of your OC from me like the pictures below?
HOW TO USE MY STOCK(Update August 2012)HOW TO USE MY STOCK4 years ago in Personal More Like This
"I hereby grant all DeviantArtists permission to use my stock in any and all Deviant Prints without restriction."
Since I no longer have time to track and +fav every use of my stock, you are encouraged to post a link to your use of the stock on the comment area of each image, so others can see your work.
Email is the best/only way to reach me. Do not email me unless you are sure it's important! I am firstname.lastname@example.org
MY RULES ("'Do as thou will't shall be the whole of the law")
You are required to give me appropriate credit as photographer where and however possible. My stock is free; the way you 'pay' to use it is by crediting me. It doesn't need to be in big letters on the image, it can be in text or a link or in liner notes, or whatever - but it's your responsibility to acknowledge if my work contributes significantly to yours. If you post a link, I prefer it to be to my personal website ( www.ranum.com ) My real name is
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?1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Wise man by Mithgariel-stockJR Portrait 4 -stock by BiggieShortyManic Emotion 2 by Kxhara
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 MaLiCi0uZShe Loves To Smile by Tracie76Stockspooky 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:
A Few Gimp 2.8 Speed TipsAre you working with a ton of big layers? If you work like I do, you are probably making use of a lot of layer masks. Although I love layer masks, using them means that you are also requiring Gimp to keep a lot more data, some of which is not even on the canvas, and never will be.A Few Gimp 2.8 Speed Tips1 year ago in Personal More Like This
For example, let's say you are using fur from a photo of a wolf. Most of this image (the head, eyes, ears, and the rest of the body in general) is not being used. Plus, the photo is probably a high-resolution photo may be rotated awkwardly, so that most of the image is not even on the canvas. If you do this 10-15 times, you will begin to notice that Gimp will start to crawl.
To fix this, you're going to want to do 2 things.
1.) make sure you have Gimp optimized for your computer by watching lesson 2 of my gimp for beginners series here: http://gimpedtutorials.com/index.php/how-to-use-gimp-for-beginners-lesson-2-under-the-hood/
2.) occasionally click on the crop tool, and crop the
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?1 year 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 GothicBohemianStockStrange Cone House 5 by FairieGoodMotherHouse by Tintz-stock
Female Blackbird 3311539 by StockProject1Rabbit 01 by 88-Lawstock:thumb11
What's Wrong With Praise?So this is another one of those artistic taboos we're never suppose to talk about, apparently. The idea of giving back positive feedback to an artist. It's seen as "coddling" as "babying" as "inflating the ego" and has such intense negative associations. It seems to be generally accepted that the only way to critique someone's work is to point out ONLY the negative parts. Any attempt to point out anything positive or something you liked about the work is seen as being unhelpful towards the artist's growth.What's Wrong With Praise?8 months ago in Personal More Like This
And frankly I think that's a bunch of hogwash.
Speaking from my own experience, I rarely ever get anything positive said about my work in a constructive way. I might get a lot of "good jobs" or people talking happily about my comics because they made them laugh, but I rarely if ever get any comments that go into detail explaining WHY I did something right. On the flip side, the amount of negative criticism and nitpicking is almost hilariously rampant, not just on my artwork but on th
Why Cynical Improvement Is Bad For YouSince we're on the subject of taboos, I feel it necessary to talk about this one. This one pisses me off and it's very much a cornerstone to a bigger issue with our artistic community: The idea and assumption that as an artist you MUST improve at all times. 24/7. No exceptions. Every work you produce must be 10x better than your last. You must constantly strive for perfection. To ignore this "truth" is to commit the terrible sin of rejecting the very concept of improvement, and you will never break out of your "comfort zone."Why Cynical Improvement Is Bad For You8 months ago in Personal More Like This
I'm here to tell you that this is hogwash.
You should strive to improve. Never say that I don't encourage improvement. It's why you go to school, why you go to college, and why after college you continue to work on your art. You always want to be better. The problem is that far too many people have a strictly binary concept of what "better" is and on how to "improve."
First off, there is no pinnacle of perfection. There is no
Need textures?We had a feature of drawing references yesterday, so let's take a look at textures now. I must admit that I'm a total freak when it comes to this topic. I love textures, I love making them and I love seeing them everywhere. In this feature I'll also include some tutorials, traditional and digital, so you could learn how to make some on your own.Need textures?1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Metallic Green Textures by Gypsy-Stock
Old Paper Texture Pack by nevermoregraphixold paper stock 03 by ftouriniWood Texture by TammySueSeamless desert sand texture by hhh316
yellow texture by raregirl86yellow cracks texture by ftourini-stockold map by Meltys-stockYellow fabrics by 10grams-stock
Merlin by dazzle-texturesBurnt Orange Patterns Part2 by WebTreatsETCOrange Grunge by R2krw9
Red Velvet Textures by RockStockRed Clouds Texture by JRMB-Stockexclusive red by valkiria-stock
:thumb276819046:Pink Stripes Texture by emothic-stock:thumb110124321::thumb116788933:
:thumb154539504:purple texture by raregirl86Paper Pack 6 by dierat:thumb167329623:
old victorian blue by ClarabellafaireStockMore Cement Floors by GreenEyezz-stockvintage blue texture by beckastexture 140 by Sirius-sdz
The 50 Foot / 50 Hand Challenge! CLOSED!This is a drawing challenge from :iconSenshiStock: and :iconmostlyguystock:!The 50 Foot / 50 Hand Challenge! CLOSED!1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
THIS CHALLENGE IS NOW CLOSED! PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR ENTRY IS LISTED IN THIS JOURNAL OR YOU WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE.
Prizes will be awarded soon! Stay tuned for the next challenge!
Hands and feet are pretty hard to draw. Lots of artists struggle with them! Even when other things come naturally, hands and feet can still be quite a problem. The best way to get better at drawing hands and feet is to study them!
The Challenge: Sketch or draw 50 feet AND 50 hands from reference photos or life.
Deadline: The deadline has passed for this challenge, but you can still participate and make yourself a better artist!
You can post them as one giant post, in groups, one at a time, however you want! But please make a FOLDER in your gallery and put them all in there then send me a link to the folder. (If you do one submission with ALL of them at once, then you don't need the folder.)
Stockers you should knowHey people! So, one of the many questions I get asked about how to improve figure drawing is where to find a suitable model. In a perfect world, friends and family members would sit for us artists for hours on end, however that's highly unlikely especially if you're looking for an "actiony" pose! Also, those of you who are just beginning to draw the figure need to do so from a human model. Drawing from life is, once again, ideal, but stock photos are the next best thing. Plus I'm always harping about dA's great stock so this is the list of some of the absolute best figurative/pose based human stockers on dA:Stockers you should know9 months ago in Art Features More Like This
#1.SenshiStock For Male and Female pose reference
Top Seven Mistakes Made by Aspiring IllustratorsI wrote this thing. If you want to repost it on your blog or journal, please credit me with: Article by illustrator Kristina Gehrmann - www. mondhase.deTop Seven Mistakes Made by Aspiring Illustrators1 year ago in Personal More Like This
1. Selling yourself as a beginner
I found a prime example of this in a forum for artists seeking work. The thread title was „Starting-out artist looking for a chance",, and the thread told that the artist is „looking for a client for whom I may draw" and has „just graduated from art college".
We all were at this point once, but usually it takes too long to realize that „beginner" is the wrong mindset, even if you are one. Such statements sound like excuses and are guaranteed to weaken your position. Don't make excuses. Do not justify your work, and do not justify your prices. This is a tricky habit to acquire since we're not very confident by nature, but remember the image you wan
Make it Glow: A Photoshop TutorialThis is also a rebloggable Tumblr Post!Make it Glow: A Photoshop Tutorial1 year ago in Personal More Like This
A lot of people were asking me how I did the glowing/neon light effects on my last drawing. It's actually extremely easy, and it looks great with shapes or text.
The key to this effect is contrast. Your background and overall image must be pretty dark for it to be effective. You know how you can't see a flashlight in broad daylight? The same applies here.
Step one, make a new document, and invert the default black background (command + i) or manually fill it with black. Then make A NEW LAYER. This is the layer containing the colors you want to glow.
Now duplicate the layer you just made with the colors. Set the layer style to "screen." Screen applies the layer to make everything below it lighter. (It's the opposite of the "Multiply" setting.)
Now apply a "Gaussian Blur" fi
PAINT MY OC contestAnd the contest is finally open. This is the second contest hosted by us and this time the theme of the contest is about our original characters. This contest is for digital and traditional art only. At the end 6 WINNERS will be selected who'll get a lot of great prizes. For more info read the rest of the article. And please add this journal to your favorites, so more people will be informed about this contest. Thank you.PAINT MY OC contest2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
P.S. At the end we'll randomly select 10 people who faved this journal and they'll get a huge feature in our journal. And one lucky person will even get points (400 ). Good luck to all participants.
Here's a list of the prizes the winners will get at the end of the contest. There will be 6 WINNERS, that means that there will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for each category. We listed the prizes only once, because winners of the first category will get exactly the same prizes as winners of the second category (if it says that winner of 1st p
Best way to record yourself drawing digitallyUpdate: Added section about CONVERTING video sessions below.Best way to record yourself drawing digitally3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Quick bit of help here, because I'm not sure if everyone knows the best way to handle this if you want to record your progress while drawing in Photoshop, Manga Studio, Painter, whatever.
IF YOU ARE USING WINDOWSYou may have tried some of the screen recorders out there like CamStudio, FRAPS, or some free ones out there. You may have noticed, or had become frustrated with, the fact that many of these programs cause a significantly huge hit on your system's performance. When you try drawing in Photoshop, your tablet response comes to a screeching halt. Then you find a program that records without impacting your drawing performance -- only to find that the resulting video recorded at about 1 frame every 3 seconds. Then you tried FRAPS, then found out that 4 minutes of video resulted in a 3.2GB file. All of these are less than ideal.
A while back, I searched all over the net for a program that encoded video from my screen
Tutorials for blender!!!Well, many of the people who come here ask me questions like:Tutorials for blender!!!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
-What program i use? I use Blender 2.49
-Can you teach me? No, I have no time. and you can learn by yourself, as I did.
-Can you do to my character in 3d? My answer for that would be "get lost idiot" or "I give a shit for your idea" anyway, i always say "nothing is free".
With some people, I can see, they want to learn, and they have trouble finding good tutorials. or they simply do not want to put the ass into the seat to learn, anyway, MAKE THE TRY, ANYONE CAN DO IT WITH TIME AND EFFORT
I ask my friend :iconAoiMew: and she has a couple of good videos about Blender and its version 2.62. Even an idiot could learn to use blender after watching these videos:
THEY ARE NOT MINE, CREDITS ARE FOR THE OWNERS: Jakelewis4 Georgejolema and Cutepolygon
1. Where to find Blender, high level interface overview, and a couple of important user preferences.
2. Manipulating and Moving the 3D View Wind
Flash Mini Contest!! NOW CLOSED!!WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCE TOMORROW, OCTOBER 19!!Flash Mini Contest!! NOW CLOSED!!5 months ago in Personal More Like This
Each entrant awarded 10 automatically at end of contest~
Decided to do a quick mini contest~ I'm trying to come up with a design for a new OC and figured you all might like to help
Due Date: Friday, October 18, 2013
I know it's short notice, hence being called a flash mini contest! There will only be ONE winner. Do your best!
You may submit more than one entry if you would like. There is no entry limit~ 10 is awarded to each PERSON who enters NOT for each entry~
What to draw: A stag-arctic wolf hybrid~
1. silver and/or white long fur
2. big very light blue (almost white) antlers (faint mystical design would be awesome)
4. Blue, green or gold eyes (I can't decide x3)
Contest Two: Year of the Snake =ENDED=CONTEST ENDED! JUDGING IN PROGRESS!Contest Two: Year of the Snake =ENDED=1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Thank you for those who entered the First Contest of the year!
Chinese New Year is coming up on the 10th of February!
This contest is about the Year of the Snake!
Goal: Show some New Year Spirit in an Chinese Country!
Start: 1st Feb
End: 28th Feb
Your deviation will be judge by Originality, Technique and Creativity.
The judges will be the Leaders of all the teams.
No late entries allowed since there will be a contest after
Group members who do a collab, if they win a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place, both members will receive either 30, 25, or 20 TP depending which place they get. Meaning they have an advantage.
If you need some tips about the Contest Theme, look below.
For this contest, you don't have to make them wear the Team Unifo
Unused SenshiStock: PART 1Does SenshiStock expire? I'm not sure! But here are some old poses that don't have any use comments on them yet. Is there anything here that you can use before it goes stale?!Unused SenshiStock: PART 12 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sailor Sitting 13 by SenshiStockSailor Sitting 15 by SenshiStockSailor Sitting 16 by SenshiStockSailor Pose 38 by SenshiStockSailor Pose 41 by SenshiStockSailor Defeat 17 by SenshiStockSailor Sitting 22 by SenshiStockSailor Pose 60 by SenshiStockSailor Animamate 4 by SenshiStockSailor Drama 14 by SenshiStockSailor Drama 18 by SenshiStockSailor Reading 4 by SenshiStockSailor Pose 86 by SenshiStockSailor Bride by SenshiStockSailor IMPALED4 O_O by SenshiStockSailor Fight 23 by SenshiStockSailor Singer 5 by SenshiStockSailor Singer 7 by SenshiStockSailor Singer 13 by SenshiStockSailor Gun 3 by SenshiStockSailor Gun 9 by SenshiStockSailor Gun 11 by SenshiStockSailor Fight 28 by SenshiStock
Looking back at all that old stock has made me nostalgic! (Some of these are so grainy, ; A ; I should retake them!)
I hope you find something in here that you can use still!
Part 2 coming soon!
Note: I'm not deleting anything (sorry to scare you xD) but I might pack some of these old images up into ZIP files.
What program did you use to draw this?Ok so since I get this question on nearly every drawing I upload and I am to lazy to copypaste/rewrite what program I always draw something in and I have examples in my faq's, I will make a bigger list here with examples.What program did you use to draw this?1 month ago in Personal More Like This
My style of art sometimes changes depending on my programs and I will post some obvious art drawn in each of the programs I use.
And here are the brushes I use just to throw that in here aswell
Adobe Flash Cs3
MOST of my cartoony art, with lineart and gradient art are made in flash. ANIMATIONS are also usually made in flash.
Adobe photoshop cs3 [Star!][Star!]
Anything that is painted, or has a special brush to it is made in photoshop. Sketches are a
Pose Reference Stock Resources You Need To KnowThere's lots of awesome models on DA and lots of great places on the web to find pose reference and stock! Here's a little list of some great places to check out for some quality pose reference stock:Pose Reference Stock Resources You Need To Know1 year ago in Personal More Like This
is a group I founded that accepts submissions of stock photos that are useful for pose reference. To be considered, the model must be wearing form fitting clothing or nude. There are separate folders for nude stock. Watching this group will result in quality pose reference stock appearing in your inbox!
New account, currently non-nude female full body
Mostly male, mixed undies and nude. Some fem parts.
Her gallery is full of great female reference including some wonderful lying, reclining and sitting poses.
Male stock with underwear on. New gallery!
has a folder of pole fitness stock photos that are really s
CONTEST~(CLOSED)CONTEST:CONTEST~(CLOSED)10 months ago in Personal More Like This
I need a male OC for my comic, The Gear Age. He will most likely be the partner with Fiamette, who has not yet been drawn. She has a crush on one of my friend's OCs, but since I'm not the type to force OC relationships on people, I'll make a new one~ This is a design contest.
What you need to know:
He's a monk. NOTE THAT THIS IS SIMPLY A TITLE. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ADHERE TO THE TRADITIONAL MONK IMAGE OF SHAVED HEADS/BAGGY ROBES.
Uses a staff.
Can communicate with animals.
I'd prefer if he was blind/blind in one eye. :3
26 years old.
The rest is up to you!
-An entire chibi adopt sheet. (9 chibis)
-Four drawings of OCs
-A two month long feature on my page
-A llama, if I haven't given you one
-A full size adopt, if you want one.
(had to shrink the point prize[a friend needed points for an emergency, so I gave her 100.] so I made all the other prizes bigger)
-Featured for two days
-One chibi adopt
First Contest for the Team Games (ENDED)JUDGING IN PROGRESS, POSTING RESULTS ON THE 3rd of FEB!First Contest for the Team Games (ENDED)1 year ago in Personal More Like This
3 DAYS LEFT AND THERE IS ONLY ONE CONTEST ENTRY! PLEASE FINISH YOUR DEVIATION SOON!
IF YOU PROMOTE THE CONTEST - via Journal or Poll - YOU WILL RECEIVE 10TP.
PLEASE COMMENT THE LINK BELOW!
THE GRAND PRIZE HAVE MOVED UP TIL 5000
Before I start this contest, I have decided the prizes that will be rewarded for the Team Games, at the end of the year.
For each member:
Highest Team Points = 5000 + Pixel Stamp
Shows Team Spirit = 1000 + Pixel Stamp
Best deviation = 500 + Pixel Stamp
Member of the winning team = 10 (You must of participated in at least 1 contest/event)
Every 500 TP you earn you can get 10
Please donate to Donate-The-OCs-Group for bigger prizes! You will also be helping out with your team and yourself! Also, the number of prizes and the amount you will receive will change depending how much we raise!
First contest is 'New Beginning'