Project Educate: User Friendly Journal SkinningThis article is written for fellow CSS coders who already have basic+ knowledge of deviantART journal codes. This is not a beginner's tutorial.Project Educate: User Friendly Journal Skinning2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
User Friendly Journal Skin Coding
I've been making journal skins on DeviantART since 2010, I'd dabbled in CSS before, but never for other people. I know what my codes are and how to use them to their full potential and often, just code on the fly when I want something to do something. But making free and commission skins here showed me that I needed to make them as easy to use as they are pretty. And really, who wants to type in a lot of extra HTML when they go to write a journal? It is easy enough to access the artist's comments.
But even then, copy & paste, memorize that.... It can be a lot to deal with if you do not know CSS and HTML. Which is the reason most people get someone else's skin design in the firs
Photoshop tutorial- PS basics 3Photoshop tutorialsPhotoshop tutorial- PS basics 31 year ago in Art Features More Like This
I'm back with writing my journal tutorials for Photoshop. I didn't post any new journal tutorial in a while Now I also edited journal skin, so it'll be more appropriate for "Photoshop tips" Anyway, my previous tutorial you can check here. I'll describe some Photoshop basics for everyone who try to learn to use Photoshop. So in this article you'll find tutorials: Making selections, Customizing brush, Bevel & Emboss, Stroke. In this tutorial I used my painting Came From Hell, just to show you few things.
If you wish to see images in full resolution then simply click on the images below (they are big as my screen 1920 x 1080 px... OK I cropped bar below ). I used Photoshop CS6 here, so some things may be differ
Why you 'should' use Google AnalyticsHi everyone!Why you 'should' use Google Analytics10 months ago in Personal More Like This
As you may have heard, Deviantart now includes the tracking codes necessary for Google Analytics to work, and people with premium accounts now can use Google Analytics.
You probably have one of the following reactions:
What the heck is that?
Looks like a lot of work.
Oh no! PRIVACY CONCERNS!
If you have privacy concerns, btw, I have another journal entry that deals specifically with those, which you can find here: ( Analytics privacy concerns )
Maybe you even set up an account immediately on hearing the news, then looked at it and saw something like this:
Which looks completely useless, right?
First thing you need to know: Google Analytics takes time to work. At LEAST a day, but really you should give it at least a week.
PE: Anime/Manga - Digital ArtGallery MonthPE: Anime/Manga - Digital Art5 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Hello everyone! Welcome to the Anime & Manga half of this week!
Today Gwendolyn12 and me are going to explain the different categories of the Anime & Manga Gallery.
Since this Gallery has 2 different main categories the Gallery Overview is split in 2 articles.
In my article I will explain you our Digital Media category including the sub-categories. The Traditional Media category will be explained later by Gwendolyn12!
What is Anime & Manga?
Anime is based of the word Animation. These are Japanese animated productions usually featuring hand-drawn or computer animations. When you talk about an Animation in Manga style. That's Anime.
But what is Manga? With Manga you mainly mean a comic book created in Japan. But this word is used for regula
Did you know? (Authors and writers read this!!)Hi guys!Did you know? (Authors and writers read this!!)8 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
I recently discovered something very interesting. As I didn't know this, I thought some of you might also not know this, thus it could be helpful (even life changing) to share this info.
Did you know that the key to selling your book successfully, you need to start with the marketing process of your book months in advance. The ideal is to start with this before even start writing the book, but it will still be effective if you start a few months before your manuscript is done. You need to have a battle plan about how you're going to sell your book, before you are finished writing it. Here's a few articles on this marketing strategy that might help you make the difference between selling a thousand books and zero.
- Marketing Your Book
- Tips to Effectively Pre-sell your books
deviantART Customisation FAQYour deviantART IdentitydeviantART Customisation FAQ6 months ago in Art Features More Like This
FAQ01 - How do I change my username?
FAQ02 - How do I change my username symbol?
FAQ03 - How do I change my avatar?
FAQ04 - How do I change my profile information?
FAQ05 - How do I change my signature?
FAQ06 - How do I add widgets?
FAQ07 - How do I remove widgets?
FAQ08 - How do I change the order of my widgets?
FAQ09 - How do I edit widgets?
FAQ10 - How do I add a custom background?
FAQ11 - How do I repeat my custom background?
Great tutorials I can recommend! x3Update 2014 with more tutorials!^^Great tutorials I can recommend! x34 years ago in Personal More Like This
Copic Tutorial and Walkthrough by bybystarlight Tutorial: Nightshade's Vanity by KiwiChameleon Marker Colouring :advanced: by KiwiChameleon Jad's Copic Tutorial by Jad-Ardat
SAI : Starry Sky Tutorial by uchuubranko Sky Tutorial I think by Kanekiru water tutorial by kuro-mai The Cloud Tutorial by ehbi MOON - easy tutorial by ryky
Tips on drawing manga by luleiya Realistic gemstone tutorial - Paint Tool SAI by longestdistance Why shadows aren't gray by RianaLD The Secret to Composition by Lulie The Perspective Tutorial by sashas
Tutorials ListIf you would like to see a specific tutorial from me, leave a comment below and I will see if I can do it.Tutorials List1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Oh, and sorry for any mistakes, as you may know English is not my native languaje >_< I try my best to simplify the explanations so everyone can understand me.
List of tutorials
Paint Tool SAI learn from the basics
Linearting in Paint Tool SAI
Vector Layers in Paint Tool SAI
How to colour and various tips (Paint Tool SAI)
BASIC chibi tutorial (different styles)
How to draw Hair
Anime Style Eyes
How watercolor can become your friendPeople often ask me for some basic tips on watercolor, so I thought I write a little guide about my experience!^^How watercolor can become your friend5 months ago in Personal More Like This
Disclaimer: This is my personal opinion only. You don't have to agree with all points but you should know I wrote all of them to the best of my belief!
Finding the right tools
I think this is the hardest step. Bad quality supplies can mess up your results and you will lose your fun. That's the reason why I disliked painting with watercolor at school: We only used cheap tools like thin paper which crinkles or brushes which lose hair. Honestly, it's not fun at all picking up all lost hair on your painting or having a finished picture full of wrinkles!
Only when I was lucky to get better quality watercolors, brushes and papers, I fell in love with this traditioal medium!
You don't have to buy the most expensive tools, just make sure buying a higher quality than ordinary "school quality"!
I recommend buying art supplies in a shop for artists.
How To Be A Productive WriterHow To Be A Productive WriterHow To Be A Productive Writer7 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
You know the type: the writer who submits something new everyday, who floods your inbox with new poems and prose pieces that they somehow had time to write since the last time you logged in to dA. How do they do it? Are there more than 24 hours in their day? Do they have chunks of spare time that you don't? Super discipline? Magic powers?
It may seem like a strange and mystical phenomenon, but believe it or not, that person is probably just as busy as you are. Even more unbelievable: you can become that person, too. It doesn't take magic powers or a high tolerance to lack of sleep or loads of spare time, but it does take discipline. Ready? Okay.
Actually, not quite ready yet. You know when you're really on a roll, when you're writing and writing and suddenly... you stop to check Facebook? Yeah. Whether it be Facebook or email or the refrigerator or deviantART, we want to get rid of distractions. Move to a distraction-free ar
selling advice (BUT IT WONT SELL!) (please read)"They barely sell as it is, I am afraid if I raise prices anymore they won't sell at all"selling advice (BUT IT WONT SELL!) (please read)6 months ago in Personal More Like This
"My art isn't worth it"
"People won't pay what I want"
"Insert a million excuses here"
This is you! Or rather I should start off by saying this is all of us because I don't believe in playing the victim, we are equals here. We have all said it at some point in regards to sales. I personally have said it plenty of times. You, the reader are probably no exception.
Pricing is difficult, I offer my service and advice to who I can but at the end of the day I can't reach everyone to give you this talk. So I am writing this general journal about why your art ACTUALLY does not sell. I am going to try to be possitive but this journal may be harder to digest then most of the other informational journals simply because of the nature of the reason under pricing occurs. Which is because the seller has no self confidence, no experience, and is making business about their worth as
Art and dealing with struggleDear, deviantart fellow artistsArt and dealing with struggle5 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
There is a lot of stress and struggle in our everyday lives. Anxiety, resistence, doubts, self-loathing.. but how to deal with them and make the art we are really excited about?
Here are some of my thoughts about the topic and I hope that they might be helpful.
People strive so much for the easiest ways to achieve something, the fastest way to get to results, to get the reward without actually doing things .. but, as soon as there needs to be a hard work put in the process, as soon as it happens to be more difficult along the way, we tend to get frustrated and give up, because of not seeing instant results right away.
It takes time.
Whether it's developing new skill, working on new project - meaningful things so often take a lot of patience in order to make them. Overnight success happens so rarely and mostly for those, who work extremely hard on their cr
Contest: Haunting WelcomeMini Contest!Contest: Haunting Welcome2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Haunting Page Contest!
ONLY 16 WHOLE DAYS LEFT!
All entries in this contest will be shown on my page and I will do a box in my journals displaying them as well for a whole year!
And all participants will get 20 points as an entry gift just for joining the contest! (Gift will be given when art is linked to the journal.)
What to do:
Draw this character as a chibi In any way or form you think fits for being the welcoming image on my Page:
- 3 month PM or 636 points
- Chibi commission(s) from :iconAdoptberries: :iconcrazy-peach-adopt:
- 1 Custom adopt from :iconAdoptberries:
- 1 Art commission from :iconDarkBlue-Icing:
- Llama(s) from: :iconsmoochum302: :iconpinkamainia:
- Watch(s) from: :iconsmoochum302: :iconpinkamainia:
- Main feature on my Page and for one whole year a custom box that can be of any art you want to advertise as well. (Up to three pieces that can be changed or moved around)
- 1 Month PM
Problemas relacionados a las Extenciones*Antes que nada, la información viene de aquí en inglés: http://support.deviantart.com/entries/131386-extension-and-programs-related-problemsProblemas relacionados a las Extenciones2 years ago in Personal More Like This
**Esta es algunas de las soluciones que me dieron para mi problema con los mensajes desaparecidos. Espero les pueden ayudar a ustedes.
Somos conscientes de que las siguientes extensiones / complementos y programas de seguridad de Internet puede causar interferencias con deviantART. Si tu tiene alguno e los siguientes problemas, le recomendamos que pruebe a desactivarlos para ver si es la causa del problema que está experimentando.
~ Se sabe que causa varios problemas, incluyendo lo siguiente:
Evita que los mensajes se eliminen de centro de mensajes
Causa que los deviants no se carguen
No es posible hacer clic en los deviants en la parte superior derecha de la galería
Falta de botones
~ Se sabe que causa serios problemas sobre todo en los di
Tutorials of Linearts, Color and BackgroundTutorials of Linearts, Color and Background2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Hola amigos aquí les traigo unos tutoriales básico para hacer Linearts y para aprender a Coloreo Básico
Les dejaré los links y sus respectivos programas
Espero que les ayude mucho
Hello friends here I bring some basic tutorials to learn linearts and Basic Coloring
I'll leave the links and their respective programs
I hope that helps a lot
VídeoTutorial Paint Tool Sai (Lineart): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1u-wwiHjEI
VídeoTutorial Photoshop (Coloring): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7B86GqPJlY
2nd VídeoTutorial Coloring Photoshop: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfKVPcFeP5s
3rd VídeoTutorial Photoshop Coloring: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWmCug_gF0U
VídeoTutorial Background: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxIXgRsPPtA&feature=youtu.be
Brush Sand: http://www.mediafire.com/?j3z
Animation in Pixel ArtPortuguese Version HereAnimation in Pixel Art2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Oh, many people asked for it, so, I'll do ~ i hope that it'll be good, because I'm not good with explanations.
Which the program that I use?
Gimp 2.8 (you can download it in the site, it's free! http://www.gimp.org/downloads/ )
But you can use Photoshop too, because GIMP looks like with Photoshop, but it's free, more simple and more "light".
I'll explain of a mode that is possible make in Photoshop or GIMP, not much detailed, I wait that you know the basic of the program.
Ah! Have many many patience >//<
The images about what I saying are in the right of the text.
Start with a document of size 100x100 px.
And create a "border" (in other layer) with the size 50x50 so you know that your pixel art is in the size correct.
Now you can make
PE: Creating your own MangaIntroductionPE: Creating your own Manga5 months ago in Art Features More Like This
You have a great story, a bunch of characters and you want to create a manga. However, where do you start? Do you have it Left->Right or Right->Left? How should you publish it (*note: some publishers may have additional requirements/restrictions)?
The process is pretty much the same for any graphic progression such as comics.
Luckily, there are a great number of tutorials to help you on your way.
A storyboard is a panel or series of panels which detail the sequence of significant events in a planned scene, i.e. a rough sketch coupled with some words to describe the actions in the scene.
At this point you'd need to have an idea of whether you are making a left->right or right->left manga and your story has been separated into scenes and plot points you wish to use to drive your story.
Free (and cheap) Art ProgramsUpdate: 5/2/2014 - Added Mischief. Dogwaffle, Krita, and SmoothDraw coming soon. Any other suggested programs are on my list to test, thank you for your thoughts.Free (and cheap) Art Programs4 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Photoshop is a great program, but despite it's many features it's a bit pricy at $999. I created this list for people with smaller wallets and certain art needs.
The programs are listed according to what type of art they are best suited for.
Don't know what program will be best for you? Most of the paid programs have trial versions available, download them and see what you like best.
openCanvas | Screenshot
Price: 59 USD
Pros: ability to customize brushes, ruler tools, user-friendly interface, some built-in screen tones. Can create "event" files, where others can watch you drawing long after the fact. Updated regularly.
Cons: Not as m
2nd Year Anniversary Contest: Over :)Edit: More prizes have been added! There is still time to join if you want! :iconkermityayplz:2nd Year Anniversary Contest: Over :)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Edit 2: Only one more week left you guys! Hope to see great entries! Edit 3: Just a reminder that the contest will be ending in 4 days. I repeat 4 days. Work hard you guys :iconkermityayplz:
Edit 4: Deadline fast approaching you guys! Within hours and this will be over! Get your entries up as fast as possible! :iconpossibruplz:
Edit 5: So as for judging, since I'm working and I have other obligations during the weekdays, it will take a while for the judging results to be announced. So don't expect Speedy Gonzales to rush in.
Edit 6: Hey everyone, that contest is done. Well it was done a long time ago bu
Tutorial: How to Draw Detailed Anime HairHey guys,Tutorial: How to Draw Detailed Anime Hair5 months ago in Personal More Like This
I started a blog. It'll be mostly a tutorial/art tips blog. >wo)/
(I just don't want to make a large psd file every tut, just to fit all the steps... xD; /lazy)
How to: Modifying the HeaderFor this tutorial series I am explaining different elements you can create or modify with the help of CSS. The level of experience that is needed to be able to understand the tutorials can differ and will be in no order.How to: Modifying the Header2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Everything explained is based on the gruze-structure of journals. If you are still using the old structure or have a journal installed that used it, things won’t work the same way like explained below.
For simple skins the old structure is fine, but the more features you add, the more I would recommend using the gruze-structure. You can look up the differences here: http://ginkgografix.deviantart.com/art/Old-vs-Gruze-Journals-112772369
This time I will explain you, how to modify the header section of a journal. I will try to cover everything important, but if there are still things you want to know more about, just let me know and I will try to add it here.
Nothing what I will explain here will affect the actual content area and it will always refer to the defaul
PE: Shading EmotesShading EmotesPE: Shading Emotes10 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
'Ello there! If you've been on any social media site, you most likely in one form or another have used an emoticon. An emoticon is an icon that expresses emotion. Such as
Emotes are an easy way to express yourself and I'm going to teach you how to shade some.
Almost all emotes are sized to be 15x15 (unless you are making a larger one; tutorial by IceXDragon described here). You can use lots of programs to make them. I use MS Paint to make my emotes because I believe it's the easiest to control but you can use whatever you like.
An emote's outline will look like this (You can use it if you want. ) :
Here's what it looks like at a bigger scale.
Emotes should look circular like the one above. I would recommend this size for all emotes at a standard size level. At this stage, I like to mess with the emote to see what k
How to: Preview images for personal SkinsThis 'How to:' article explains how to add preview images for your skins that you either created on your own or have not been added with the help of the install feature.How to: Preview images for personal Skins1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
It makes only sense to do this with skins that don't get changed though.
The benefit of it is not only a preview image, but also that your skin doesn't get lost anymore.
Skins that haven't been installed and will be deleted from your skins list, will usually be removed from ALL journals that have used these before. So if you delete a skin by accident it could happen that you end up with a lot of blank journals, all formatting is lost and the content might be a mess as well then.
With the method explained below this can be prevented as well.
Everyone who has more than one personal skin installed, knows the pain of not having a preview. Of course you can go by name, but sometimes it just easier to have that little preview to find the skin you search for more easily.
Want more commissions?This journal is for artists who want to get more commissions, or want to open commissions and never had so they don't know how best to present their art, or even for those artists who took commissions before but would appreciate some more tipsWant more commissions?4 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
There are a few pretty important things to consider before publicly announcing you're opening commissions:
1. payment method. The deviantart commission widget takes 20% of your profit, but then again more deviants have points so you're likely to get 20% more customers like that. But don't forget there are people who have paypal and don't feel like dealing with points so if you decide to open commissions through deviantart, don't let that be the ONLY payment method.
Paypal is the most common payment method used online and i strongly recommend it. Make a paypal account, connect it to a card and you're ready. But don't forget paypal has a limit of $3000 per year withdrawal. So if you're serious about drawing art for a living and you