PE: Learning to paint with deviantArtA lot of people want to learn to draw and paint better but they just don't know where to start. You don't need an expensive art course to learn and progress, sometimes the answers are not far away. On DeviantArt, artists not only share their artworks but many of them are willing to share their working secrets, they create tutorials and FAQ journals or simply answer to your notes if you ask them. When you know what you want to improve, searching for a good tip gets even easier.
Improve your drawings & sketches
Improve your watercolor painting
Tips For succeeding as an ArtistSucceeding as an artist: These are just the thoughts that come immediately to mind.Tips For succeeding as an Artist4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
1.) A very important and often overlooked aspect of the art industries is networking. Get to know people and especially get to know who is important to know. Acquire a list of contacts and MAINTAIN those contacts. Don't call someone up after ten years of radio silence then be like "hi, remember me? Need job now, can has?" Also, don't be a dick to people and don't burn bridges. You'd be surprised how quickly that can get you blacklisted from a variety of places. Even if someone is a rampaging, fiery doucheflute, cope..... pretty much like any other job. keep your contacts list nice and organized. Sounds like frivolous advice but trust me, it's not. When you have several hundred contacts, being able to go "who's the guy I did that porn mural with.... *scrolls down to PORN category* oh right, HIM," can make networking much more efficient and a lot less confusing.
2) PORTFOLIO! It must
Feel Like a Failure?On MistakesFeel Like a Failure?4 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
So you feel like a failure? Like your whole life is just one mistake after the other? The truth is, we all feel that way, because that's what life is, really. One shortcoming after another. But there's good news in that.
A smart man follows advice when it's first given, but a wise man learns it from experience. And what is experience, but trial and error? If you are right the first time, then you know how to do something, but if you make the mistake, you learn twice as much; what to do, and what NOT to do.
Mistakes are a teacher's greatest aspect. I used to think that in order to help people, I had to be perfect myself, but I find that through my failures and my shortcomings, I can offer the best advice. I've learned that from the people who've taught me as well. My parents aren't perfect, nor are they gallant military folk or 'heroes' by the modern sense of the word, but its through their humbleness that they've taught me some of the greatest lessons, and it's that very co
What Makes A Good Editor?IntroductionWhat Makes A Good Editor?3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
A good editor has many qualities and a lot of responsibilities.
Editors are necessary. They're like a test run before something gets printed or posted online. The editor is the first person to read it, aside from the writer, and can fix the mistakes before it's shown to the public.
Think of it like a new car design. Before it goes on sale or is even made, the design is created for a specific reason. It's then tested for numerous things before being sold to the public.
Likewise, an editor needs to decide if what they're editing is worth the time. Is there a purpose to the piece? Does it benefit the public or audience? If so, it's then "tested" by various means (such as length, grammar and punctuation, accuracy and fairness, and ethics), and put up against the editor's personal qualities (like patience, time management, decision making, objectivity, accountability, etc.).
The following will detail these means and qualities to show what makes a good editor, specifi
[Vocaloid] Crazy Night English TranslyricsVillage Girl: After the curtains sways down[Vocaloid] Crazy Night English Translyrics3 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
And there's cheering all around
Let's go on, go on for another round
The buzzer resounds
A new start is announced
Say one, two, three, four
Shall we begin now?
The spotlight shines across a certain line
I must take this path tonight
Butler: An unbelievable mansion
Maid: With indescribable reception
Master: Confusion in your eyes
Mistress: Take a look outside
Master/Mistress: Dark has filled the night
Doll Boy: Put down your lamp
Doll Girls: Forget your plans
All: And just enjoy your stay
Daughter: The climax of the night begins...
All: Come on, don't be late!
Butler: Look! All the guys and -
Village girl: All the girls and-
Maid: All the others!
All: Everybody's taken by a stir
Let's go! This crazy night's curtain's out of sight!
Even more so, more so, excitement boils high
All you need is following the script we have
Don't use your mind, do a crazy foolish laugh
Dizzying, one, two, three, intoxicating you and me
Make merry, merry, uncontroll
ASKtheARTIST InterviewASKtheARTIST Interview3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
ASKtheARTIST Interview with algenpfleger
Welcome to ASKtheARTIST. My name is *thefluffyshrimp and today I have the great privilege to interview *algenpfleger, a very talented illustrator and creator of many well-known works on deviantART.
Thank you for presenting us with this opportunity to interview you, algenpfleger.
*quietly sits down and sips on a mysterious beverage
WAIT ARE WE DOING THIS OR WHAT
*Vellez asks "What is your creative process? Do you just research and then begin drawing when you get an assignment, or do you mull it over a bit?"
Hmm it usually starts with me getting the assignment since I spend my freetime drawing other things mostly (these days at least). As soon as I know what the client wants, I leave it alone for a couple of days and wait for ideas to sprout in my head. The rest is just craftsmanship, you know, drawing the stuff and everything. The real work is done as soon as I put down the thumbnail sketch.
~smarff asks "How saturated do you think the illustra
ASK the ARTIST Interview - ZombiesmileASK the ARTIST Interview - Zombiesmile2 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
ASKtheARTIST Interview with Zombiesmile
Welcome to ASKtheARTIST. My name is *thefluffyshrimp and today I have the great privilege to interview `Zombiesmile, a very talented illustrator and creator of many well-known works on deviantART.
Thank you for presenting us with this opportunity to interview you, Zombiesmile.
Hi, thanks for having me! :3
* Zombiesmile is super excited, oh god! * -*;
~rankirubai asks "In what ways has Shaun helped your art and creativity improve? What kinds of insights on art, character design, storytelling, etc has he given you?"
Before I met Shaun (`endling) I was pretty much on my own when it came to art, looking things up and reading tutorials etc. It's been really hard sometimes.
Nowadays, he's the person I talk to all the time, discussing art and stories and games and such. it's really important to me to have another opinion on my work, especially from someone
Letter From A CutterLetter from A CutterLetter From A Cutter4 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
A Logical Explanation for an Illogical Addiction
In recent years, there's been a rise in media references to self-injury. On internet forums, it's become almost a laughing matter. Psychologists still seem at a loss as far as any method of treatment. Those with the bravery to come forward and admit their struggles with self-injury are often shunned or ridiculed as "attention whores." And friends and family of those who self-injure are forced to take a back seat as their loved one tries to fight a battle that no one seems to know how to win.
As a recovering cutter myself, I wrote this letter to help other self-injurers and their loved ones who have found themselves in this situation. Hopefully by reading some of my research, you can better understand the reasons behind self-injury and be better equipped to help those in your life (or yourself) who deal with this compulsion.
A Technical Explanation
Poetry Self-Edit ChecklistPoetry Self-Edit Checklist4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Poetry Self-Edit Quick Start Guide and Checklist
The idea behind this is to give newer poets a way to better edit their poetry themselves, without having to rely as much on an external editor. It can be frustrating, especially for new poets to request feedback from a friend, or worse, to post a poem, and have all of the responses be about grammatical errors and other details. We write poetry to convey ideas and emotions, and when something is off technically about the poem it distracts the reader. When a reader is distracted enough to notice an error or other problem it means they might spend the time they might otherwise have spent glowing about your poem to post a comment correcting you instead.
After this introduction is over the checklist will be as brief as possible while retaining its utility. The idea is to serve as an organizational tool and a reminder rather than to educate on effective
ASK THE ARTIST interview transcriptASK THE ARTIST interview transcript3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Interview with *chirart
Welcome to ASKtheARTIST. My name is ~thefluffyshrimp and today I have the great privilege to interview *chirart, a very talented comic artist and creator of many well-known works on deviantART, including Sfeer Theory and The Fox Sister.
Thank you for presenting us with this opportunity to interview you, Chirart.
My pleasure! Thank you for considering me!
~StrifeLaughter asks "About how much of your day is devoted to drawing?"
Quite a lot of it. I keep thinking the day is longer than 24 hours and sleep isn't THAT important, is it?
On average I'd say ten to fifteen hours is dedicated to drawing a day.
~Sentimentale asks "You mentioned Diana Wynne Jones as an inspiration. How has she affected
5 Things I Wish I'd Known Before OCTingBefore there was Project Hades, there was a little thing called The Book of Stories OCT. Like PHOCT, it was run by RobinRone, and it operated in pretty much the same way that the current tournament does. TBOS ran for six rounds. I lost in round 6. I actually wholeheartedly agree with the judge's decision, though. You see, ever since Round 1, I'd had absolutely no idea what I was doing. There was a basic guide to OCTing, sure, but nobody explained to me what it felt like. I made a ton of mistakes and I had to learn a lot of things the hard way. This whole article is a letter to my one-year-ago self, but until the advent of time-mail, I think that you guys will be able to benefit from it more than the past me can. So listen well, O ye childrens! Hear my words of sagely wisdom, and save yourself a few of the headaches that I experienced! (Please note that while some of my advice is geared toward literature entries, the same basic principals can be applied to every medium.)5 Things I Wish I'd Known Before OCTing3 years ago in Letters More Like This
Critique: A BreakdowndeviantArt is a website focusing on art. Wherever there is art, there is bound to be critique- no exceptions. While this fact may be aggravating and/or intimidating to younger, more inexperienced artists, they should learn and heed some basic advice on how to respond appropriately to receiving a critique.Critique: A Breakdown4 years ago in Editorial More Like This
This is a little bit of information about critiques- who critiques, what a critique encompasses, the different "styles" or approaches people take when offering critique, and appropriate ways to respond to all kinds of critiques.
What is Critique
Noun: A detailed analysis and assessment of something; a critical review or commentary, especially one dealing with works of art or literature.
Verb: Evaluate (a theory or practice) in a detailed and analytical way
In a nutshell, a critique (or to critique) is to approach something and analyze something in a critical manner. The key words here are analyze and criti
Grammar GuideGrammar Guide For Self-Editing or Editing GroupsGrammar Guide6 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
by Kelly Mortimer ©2008
A Awkward Sentence Structure Rearrange, rephrase, or try deleting unnecessary words.
Aa Additive Adjunct No comma before too when its the last word of a sentence, and too means also. Ex: Jane graduated from high school too. Use a comma when too appears elsewhere and still means also. Ex: Jane, too, graduated from high school.
Ap- Attribution Punctuation When using an attribution such as said, dont use a period at the end of the preceding sentence. Use a comma, a question mark, or an exclamation point. Dont capitalize he, she, they. Exs: I have to move into a new house, she said. --Its huge! she said. -- Im going to live here? she asked [or said]. If the attribution comes before the sentence, use a comma. Ex: She add
i'm not an artistwe do not belong in boxesi'm not an artist2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
and bags and books or
and we do not sit contently
in wordsworth and shakespeare
and blake, burns, and brownings
or in the cold stiff bones
of raleigh's of long ago;
detect, and re-select
a virus--a disease,
a germ in every verse and line;
the first signs of
foolish waitings under
bridges and scolding parents
and nothing to signify at all
we are the blood of nations
and the heart of men
and the love of every
rhetorist and sentimist
we dance through the ballrooms of
the age and chat with
we shake hands with heros
and the homeless, dirty
type that gum over 'hello's
we are and aren't and will be
silly verse and
naive philosophers and sweet oxymorons
waving hello from the shore;
forever onward and never ending
like the stars in an
A Witch's Voice: AlbertineA Witch's Voice: Albertine4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
1 . . .
Let's play a game
Not a care in the world
2 . . .
I love to draw with crayons
Look at all the pictures I drew!
3 . . .
Cars, planes, boats . . .
Watch them fly into the sky!
4 . . .
Let's go to the park!
Lets play on the swings!
5 . . .
Lets play with the balls
Lets bounce them as high as we can!
6 . . .
That cloud looks like a car
That one looks like an elephant
7 . . .
I dot know a lot of big words
But I'm very curious about it
8 . . .
Playing alone is lonely
Will someone play with me?
9 . . .
Will you play with me?
Will you be my friend?
Ready or not . . .
Here I come!
AskTheArtist InterviewInterview with *JonasDeRo 11/11/12AskTheArtist Interview3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
<thefluffyshrimp> Welcome to ASKtheARTIST. My name is ~thefluffyshrimp and today I have the great privilege to interview *JonasDeRo, a very talented artist and creator of many well-known works on deviantART.
<thefluffyshrimp> Thank you for presenting us with this opportunity to interview you, JonasDeRo.
<JonasDeRo> Hello all, the pleasure is all mine!
<thefluffyshrimp> ~Fisharto asks "Without sharing too much of your ways to making environments how do you come up with ideas for painting?"
<JonasDeRo> Hello Fisharto, good question!
<JonasDeRo> I would say my main source of inspiration is traveling. I love painting but I love to travel even more; seeing cities, towns, nature really inspires me in the first
Rehab for Roleplayers - Part 6Welcome to Rehab for Roleplayers, a series of articles aimed at helping roleplayers more successfully make the transition into writing fiction.Rehab for Roleplayers - Part 64 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Part 6 "Where's Ruth?" Tom Cried, Ruthlessly
Throughout the rest of this series I've explored various 'roleplay-isms' which are fine in the RP environment but don't automatically translate well into fiction. This article deals specifically with 'attributions', which are the 'he said' / 'she said' part of dialogue.
It's a generally accepted practise in fiction writing to keep attributions in dialogue simple and to not overdo it with synonyms for the word 'said', like 'shouted', 'whined' and 'snarled'. This includes, for the purposes of this article, the addition of adverbs and other modifiers (words and phrases which 'flavour' a noun or verb) to 'said' - like 'he said wistfully', 'she said with a bitter tone'.
Among editors, the overuse of modifiers in attribution is known as "S.S." or "Synonym Syndrome" and is the cause of
Rehab for Roleplayers - Part 3Welcome to Rehab for Roleplayers, a series of articles aimed at helping roleplayers more successfully make the transition into writing fiction.Rehab for Roleplayers - Part 35 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Part 3 Echolalia Jones and the Thesaurus of Doom
As we've seen, one of the most significant differences between RP and fiction is that RP is an interactive process. Aside from issues already discussed, there are several related aspects of writing styles in RP that can become problematic when employed in the realm of fiction.
The bulk of RP occurs within the context of a 'gameworld' or a pre-set environment into which player's characters are inserted. This can be anything from a fully represented reality with pre-created 'rooms' that a character moves through, simulating a real-world environment, to a loose arrangement of locations created according to need in a chat-based free form RP.
There's also, in most RPG environments, a strong sense of community among the players. Whether a player is a joiner
Crusty Waffle (For Child-of-Minerva's Contest)Oh, crusty waffle behind the stove,Crusty Waffle (For Child-of-Minerva's Contest)3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Nothing can compare to our love.
You're so old and cold and so very full of mold
But that does not mean I cannot hold... you.
When I kiss you, your mold gets on my lips.
When I dance with you, your mold spreads to my hips.
Your mold may take over the world,
But that doesn't mean you're weird, ye waffle who took over the world.
Poetry by JiggleJello~
The Real MeCharades was the game we always played.The Real Me4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Except no one was there to ever guess.
No one seemed to care about what I was.
They couldn't see through my disguise at all.
They didn't even try.
I keep it all bottled up.
Everything bottled up inside of me.
No one tries to dig deep enough,
To break the seal on what's hiding the real me.
They all take my answers of "I'm fine",
But I really want someone to say,
"No you're not."
And actually try to find
The real me.
05 January 2012
On Goals and SuccessHow many of us are stuck in that rut of wanting to achieve something but we cant? "I can't make a web comic because I don't have the resources," "I can't play my favorite instrument because I don't have the time," "I can't become a writer because I suck at writing." It's in my belief that the only thing getting between us and our goals is the simple word "can't." It really is that simple. Drop the n't and you have "I can make a web comic," "I can play my favorite instrument," "I can become a writer." The rest of the sentence is just excuse. When you tell yourself you can achieve a goal, that's when success occurs.On Goals and Success5 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
The Be-Do-Have Speech
I learned from a very wise professor that we often have our mindset backwards. "Have-Do-Be" we have to have something, in order to do the things we need to do, to be what we set out to be. Thus if we don't have, we can't do, and if we can't do, then we can't be. "I can't draw a comic because I don't know how." The successors in the world, reverse that th
An ArtistIf you’re a performing artist then you’re a master of your emotions.An Artist3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
If you’re a visual artist then you’re a master of your creations.
If you’re a literary artist then you’re a master of words.
Still dark in my mindIt haunts in my mindStill dark in my mind3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I have to say something
but I don't know what
it possibly could be
I am happy now
my life has meaning
but there is a dark corner
in the back of my mind
Calling, whispering to me
I don't know what it says
I can't understand it no more
But I hear it calling
In the back of my mind
it's still dark inside
The light of your heart
hasn't come through yet
My deepest thoughts
which I can't hear myself
Call to me, something dark
I don't want to understand
I have been in the back
of my mind too long
I don't want to go there
but it calls, it whispers
Sometimes I can't hear it
but I know it's there
the dark inside my mind
I want it out, want it gone
But it will stay there
Until my very end
It won't go away
It's part of me