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
Feel Like a Failure?On MistakesFeel Like a Failure?5 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
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 - Zombiesmile3 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
How To Get Noticed on deviantART V2.0The tips that really work...How To Get Noticed on deviantART V2.01 year ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
It's been a while since I wrote one of these guides and, since V1.0 and V1.5 proved to be so popular, I feel it is about time I update my guide to getting noticed on deviantART.
So, you want to get noticed on deviantART but you're not sure where to start? You've come to the right place; pull out your note pad and pen, you'll need them.
Before beginning to read this article, ask yourself why you want to get noticed on deviantART. Do you want to play more of an active role in the community or do you want to raise attention to your commissions and make a living? Do you want to get noticed to meet more deviants, or do you want to be able to say you are "popular"? It is vital to know what you are searching for before you embark on your journey to reach your goal. This article will sh
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
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
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
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
[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
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
DW's Guide on Art CommissionsDwwrider’s Guide on Art Commissions on deviantART (last revised September 2014)DW's Guide on Art Commissions8 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
This guide is based off of my personal experiences of commissioning artists on deviantART. I hope future art commissioners or artists who take commissions find this information useful. I'll try to update this guide once a year. Please look at the title to see when this was last revised.
DISCLAIMER: ***READ ME PLEASE***
All the information in this guide is a recommendation and results will vary. I wish the very best for the commissioner and the commissioned.
Table of Contents:
Phase 1: Determine the Subject/Topic of the Commission
Phase 2: Search for an Artist on deviantART and Other Websites
Phase 3: Learn about the Artist’s Commission Availability, Rules, Rates, etc
Phase 4: Screen Your Candidates
Phase 5: Communication with the Artist
Phase 6: Developing a Commission Write Up/Description with References
PoisonThere’s ice in my blood, in the blue veins,Poison3 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
and Pain whips its scorching-hot reigns,
yanking and tightening its cruel hold
until my whole body grows very cold…
Licking crimson fire and creeping cobalt ice –
they clasp my limp body in an iron vice
so steel-strong and diamond-hard
that the black cords leave me scarred…
The fire drags me into the deep black,
the ice shows me memories of way back.
Colors dance before my feverish eyes
and images roam with deafening cries…
Voices softly whisper and gently plead,
but I can’t hear that they and their words bleed.
They don’t realize that this mortal disease
isn’t visible, nor recognized with ease…
Painful? Certainly. Serious? Yes. Deadly? Aye.
But completely hidden from the human eye.
Outside I’m calm, composed, but fake,
the true illness lying buried but awake…
A toxic poison slowly spreading to its goal,
eating, chipping away at my blackening soul,
and my weak, fluttering
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
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
BLANK 400 QUESTIONS MEME!(HEY. IF YOU'RE D-BAG FRIENDS TAGGED YOU, I MADE THIS BLANK BECAUSE I COULDN'T FIND ONE, GOT PISSED, OPENED UP WORD, AND WENT THROUGH EVERY PIECE OF CRAP QUESTION AND BLANKED IT FOR YOU UNLUCKY IMBECILES. NOW EXCUSE ME WHILE I GO DO THIS THING MYSELF.)BLANK 400 QUESTIONS MEME!3 years ago in Historical More Like This
(ACTUALLY, ON A SIDE NOTE, THE ORIGINAL HAD FOUR BLANK QUESTIONS, MARKED BY THE NOTE "NQ-". WANT THE ORIGINAL EXPERIENCE? DELETE THEM AND HAVE A BLAST.)
4. That makes you:
5. Where were you born:
6. Location right now:
7. Shoe size:
8. How many piercings?:
10. When you wake up you're:
11. When your about to sleep you're:
12. Zodiac sign:
13. Chinese sign:
14. Righty or Lefty:
15. Innie or Outie:
Section Two: Looks
Punctuating Poetry Part OneSome people believe poetry shouldn't be punctuated and others are still taught to put a comma after every new line. So where is the balance? What does one - especially one new or growing in poetry - do? Well, that's simple: a poet must punctuate with purpose!Punctuating Poetry Part One7 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
In order to punctuate with purpose, however, a poet must understand two things: what she wants to achieve with the poem and what a piece of punctuation can achieve in a poem. This means a poet must understand more than the common rules of punctuation; she must know the effect that certain punctuation points can have on a reader or in a text.
This overview tackles punctuation in poetry from a practical standpoint, but it's important to note that while there are "rules" for punctuation, and while there are even some "rules" for poetry, there are no set-in-stone conventional rules for punctuation in poetry. There are schools of thought, and linguistic philosophy runs amuck, but there is nothing definit
7 Tips for Writing in the Supernatural Genre7 Tips for Writing in the Supernatural Genre7 Tips for Writing in the Supernatural Genre5 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 1 “Genres” – Section 4 “Supernatural”
With Links to Supplementary Material
A relative newcomer to the list of genres (and widely popularized by the show of the same name), the Supernatural genre is a sort of urban fantasy that involves such factors as subtle magic, monsters, the occult, demons, ghosts, and even God and the Devil. Unlike Fantasy, it is not very limited by time-period, and has a much darker feel. It also often involves the use of the sciences—as it takes place largely in the modern era. Today, I'm going to give you some tips for crafting a story in this genre.
Tip 1: Craft the
A Witch's Voice: CharlotteA Witch's Voice: Charlotte4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I'm so hungry
My tummy is calling,
"Please feed me"
All the dessert in the world
All the candy I can make
All the sweets I can eat
They fill my tummy
I am happy
But . . .
But I am not happy
It's not enough
Something is missing
Something I can't make
Something I want to eat
Something . . .
That's what's missing
I want cheese
But there is no cheese
I make them look
But they never find it
I must find cheese
It's all I want
Until I find it
I won't give up
Then I'll be happy
Ask the Artist interviewAsk the Artist interview3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Interview with `loish
~MemoiresDuneFille asks "Loish, what inspired you to become an artist?"
I can't say that anything specific really inspired me. It was more a natural progression. I have been drawing since I was very young and honestly do not remember when I even started doing it, but I do remember always enjoying it and seeing it as my 'talent' throughout elementary and middle school. By the time I had to make a career choice in high school, I decided to do pursue it professionally because I just couldn't stand dividing my time between schoolwork and making my personal drawings. It was torture! So I felt I had to do it in order to stay sane :] That's pretty much how it went!
*merry-zazoue asks "You're doing both animation and illustration, how can you manage to have a good level in both? I'm an animation student and I love illustration too, do you have any advices? Aside working like crazy of course! I'm already doing it ^^"
I think the main reason I do both is because
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
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
A Witch's Voice: WalpurgisA Witch's Voice: Walpurgis4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Helpless Stage Setting (AKA Walpurgis Night)
A wonderful festival,
I have come to this town
I am helpless
They are helpless
But this place is my stage.
I will put on a show
One they will never forget
A beautiful world of drama
A wonderful display of despair
How beautiful, joyful even.
My act is extraordinary!
Towers burn and fly!
How exciting it is!
I laugh at the sight
As my clowns play around
The gears keep me down
It is part of my act
I cannot control it
But when I turn up,
The show is over
All I can do is laugh
I laugh as they scream
That doesn't matter
I will find another stage
I will turn again
The festival will go on
As I turn through time
A Witch's Voice: GertrudA Witch's Voice: Gertrud4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Insincere Rose Garden
My beautiful garden
It is all I have
My roses, I hold dear
I feed them every day
The humans make them grow
Their grief makes them strong
They bring me more
More for my garden
But they enter my home
They destroy my roses
All my work
And they trample on them
I despise it!
I loathe it!
It sickens me!
As they enter, they are punished
A mustache will sound the alarm
Another mustache will butt them
Butt them until they die!
As one mustache is the alarm
The other mustache is the landscaper
They cut the roses
They deliver them to me
I am their Mother
I am their Queen
They follow my order
They bring me roses
My beautiful roses
They are my soul
My beautiful soul