Character Design: An introductionCharacter Design: An introduction2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Arvalis-2012 by arvalis
What does 'Character Design' mean?
The character design is the process which comes after the characterisation and consists in defining the character through his/her physical appearance.
We need to consider a character as a little fictional creature, human or not, that aims to please its creator and the public as well.
While the basic characterization of this fictional creature (his tastes, his fears, his behaviors) may take a little mental effort, as it is a sort of list of emotions, facts and feelings that come and go in the life of a character, the process of visual realization of this creature may not be as simple. That's why many writers and characters creators prefer to rely on experienced hands.
Also many of the mental aspects of the character are not possible to gain by using 'static' visual medium. For 'static' I mean all the illustrations and drawings unable to tell a
The Basics Of ArtHello everyone!The Basics Of Art3 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Today I'm introducing the Elements And Principles of Design. Some of you are on top of the game and aleady know how to use the Elements with the Principles, but bare with me. I may show you some thing that you do not know.
I wrote a version of this In 2011, and I've changed it up some hoping this version will help you understand how to create more dynamic deviations..
This tutorial is meant for Novice and Beginning Photomanipulators, but, of course, it's here to give information that even the Intermediate and Advance deviant to learn something that they did not know.
Elements and Principles of Design
Question: What is meant by the Elements and Principles of Design?
Answer: Elements are the parts of a design, and the Principles are ways to use the parts..
All art is comprised of the Elements being arranged following the rules set by the Principles.
Did You Know? - an overviewFor quite some time now, the Community Relations team has been writing articles called Did You Know?. The articles focus on lesser-known facets of the deviantART website, and aim to educate the community on those specific parts of the website.Did You Know? - an overview3 years ago in Personal More Like This
To help you find the information you are looking for, we have composed an overview that lists all previous Did You Know? articles and their topics. With every new article we release, we will update the overview, to ensure it remains up-to-date.
As we write this article series for you, the community, we would like to know: What aspects of the website do you want to learn more about? Or what can you teach other deviants about? If we decide to use your suggestion we will be sure to credit you. Let us know your ideas through our Feedback fo
Poetry Basics: BrevityBrevity: n. the quality of expressing much in few words.Poetry Basics: Brevity1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
When I was in tenth grade, I took my first literature course. It was a six week exploration of poetry. The first poem my teacher showed us was Ezra Pound's In a Station of the Metro:
The apparition of faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.
I, in all of my 16-year-old knowledge of the intricacies of what poetry is, informed my teacher that those two lines were not a poem.
"You don't think so?"
"No. They don't rhyme, they are just one metaphor, and did I mention they're only two lines?"
She sure showed me.
Importance in Poetry
Pound's poem is considered such a great work because he inserts several layers into a single image. Using only 13 words he evokes an entire painting within the reader's mind. You can hear the sounds of the trains, see the fatigue of a mother wrestling with her cranky toddler,
Being a miserable artist = being a bad artist.I recently felt it being one of the most important things, not just for an artist; being happy with what you do. No one wants to get up every morning thinking.. shit .. another work day. Of course there can be days, maybe even a full week of that, but the majority of your time you should be feeling content and happy even.Being a miserable artist = being a bad artist.5 months ago in Personal More Like This
With that lack of love and enthusiasm it is most likely reflected into your work.
Now it's not always your own fault that your work doesn't make you happy and doesn't feed your creative monster. But it can be in these cases.
You make your OWN workday miserable when:
If you don't speak your mind and stand up for your opinion and values.
If you're not open minded regarding feedback and new techniques.
:buletblue: If you don't aim for improvement. (though aiming for perfecting all the time can be stressful)
when you allow yourself to work under stressful circumstances for too long.
Anatomy Lessons: How to improve faster in 6 steps!Anatomy Lessons: How to improve faster in 6 steps!2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
'Life Drawing 5' by algaegoblin
Do you know how to sketch human figures but do you want to refine your anatomy skills? Or do you not know anatomy at all and you are tired to trust your imagination? Did you notice you create disproportions in your drawings?
If you are aspiring artists and you already have your own style, you might as well believe you have no need of a guide, but you are wrong. Before exaggerating human proportions and begin to have your own style, you first have to know the basics.
This little guide is the result of an accurate research and 5 years of high school of art, and it's created for all those who want to learn something new or just make a useful review.
For those who have already studied art, my suggestion is to go to step 6 or trying to repeat all steps in Digital format.
First of all, if you want to learn faster you should draw using traditi
The Respect That is DeservedOkay...I've had enough once and for all.The Respect That is Deserved7 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Every single time I log onto this website and check out what's going on around here, I see the same thing.
Same kind of popular art, same kind of DD's, bla bla bla, same same same.
So I figured that I would do an analysis on the subject. Now, before I begin, I would just like to say that this is simply my outlook, I'm not forcing pieces of paper or computer bits down anyone's throat in order to turn them into brainwashed minions who nod incessantly in agreement with me.
*Ahem* Now, where to begin?
Problem #1: The same people getting daily deviation after daily deviation.
Now before anyone starts shrieking like a wild gorilla, listen to this; the majority of famous people on here have received numerous daily deviations. I'm not going to name anyone in particular to avoid potential gorilla harassment, but look around. It's true, and it's almost a crime. Wanna know why? There are also
My Best AdviceDuring my livestreams, people sometimes ask me for drawing advice.My Best Advice2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm a horrible teacher, but I think there are a few pieces of advice that
I think will fit any situation, no matter what you're trying to draw. Keep
in mind that I'm not the best artist, and you probably shouldn't listen to
Anyway, here's my ad-libbed top five tips (in no particular order).
I'm not counting this one, because it's been stated over and over. I'm
sure everyone knows by now that practice will make you better.
1: Loose Sketch, Tight Lines
Always sketch something before drawing it. Keep it loose and try not
to make short strokes. The sketch is important because you can make
mistakes and fix them really easily. As a matter of fact, this is where
you WANT to make mistakes. You would rather find and fix a messed
up hand here, instead of when you're almost done.
2: Learn when to give up
If something isn't working in your drawing
What to Work On... Part Two: CompositionCompositionWhat to Work On... Part Two: Composition6 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm just drawing a character on a blank page right? What do I need composition for? This is where I would have to smack you. Even if you're drawing on a "silly little trading card" composition comes into play. Each side of your card is a part of the composition, therefore, play with it. If you're designing two cards together, design them together, not how well they'll work independent from each other. Composition is important, no matter WHAT you're working on. Over the years, I've found that it doesn't matter comic, fine art, animation, good composition comes from everywhere. Film, comics, you name it. I'm focusing primarily on film because, wow, did they have it right. Not saying that comic artists don't do beautiful compositions, but... I discovered something. Inbreeding begets MORE inbreeding. Look at comic artists today. Look at who
refusing requests is not stingy ('tiny' rant)I think I gave my two cents on requests already longer time ago, don't remember, I'm old.... but recent activities (actually reading a journal that called people who don't do requests greedy and stingy) made me realize I might take a moment to remind people of a few things regarding requests ... and how I personally handle them.refusing requests is not stingy ('tiny' rant)3 months ago in Personal More Like This
basically, requests are a cool thing, it's free art done by people out of friendship, out of pure joy of sharing or out of good will... or maybe even boredom or the hope to increase popularity and/or reputation - all of these are good reasons but it should never be forgotten that it's always the artist's choice whether they do requests or not.
the good side of requests:
requests are great if you are new to DA - when you don't know many people and are likewise unknown, opening requets will attrackt people to come and check you out, might even order artwork from you. If you draw for them they'll appreciate it (if they're not spoiled brats) and that
How to Write Helpful Critiques/ FeedbackNow that I have been looking at several literature pieces a week, there aren't a whole lot of comments that provide the writers with feedback. So here's a guide that I thought might be useful for some people on how to provide helpful feedback and critiques.How to Write Helpful Critiques/ Feedback6 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
Before I begin, I would like to say that I have been a part of a wonderful writing group for the past four years. The writing club is where I first learned how to do a critique. I have also been taught some critique techniques during my college studies. In addition to the writing club and college classes, I have been doing my best to leave helpful feedback and critiques here on deviantART. This guide is based entirely off of my personal experience. As I think of more tips, I will be editing this guide.
Make sure to respond to any questions they have asked in the artist's descriptions.
Be sure to find out how experienced they are a
(Upd) List of shortcuts + 100 members!!!Hi everyone!(Upd) List of shortcuts + 100 members!!!2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
FireAlpaca 1.0.35 is out Remember to download the newest version if you haven´t already! Also, check out the nifty Japanese site with lots of cute Alpaca illustrations: http://firealpaca.com/ (if it tries to go back to other language, just go to the top bar and choose the little Japan flag).
We´re past 100 members! You people rock! It´s awesome that this little group keeps expanding. Share the love! ^o^)/
List of shortcut hotkeys Everythingfirealpaca on tumblr compiled a list of shortcuts for FireAlpaca that I´m sure everyone will find really useful, so I´m posting it here:
Note: This is a list of Mac shortcuts, please see the reference below. Also, some commands like Quit will not work on PC, so I´ve added the PC one.
"(Cmmd is Ctrl, Delete is Backspace, and Option is Alt on PC):
Cmmd+Option+drag = resize brush
Shift = draw
Poetic Terms and TechniquesPoetic terms and techniquesPoetic Terms and Techniques1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
This article aims to give you a brief introduction to some poetic terms with which you can bemuse your friends and nonplus your enemies. Try and sling some of these terms into a casual conversation and watch the ensuing confusion.
If you don't want to confuse people, you could use these terms to discuss poetry like a badass
while smoking unfiltered cigarettes in a French cafe, when critiquing, or to give your own poetry a bit of a vajazzle.
These terms are arranged vaguely into alphabetical order for your convenience. Some of them will be covered in more detail in other articles throughout the week.
Alliteration (see also Sibilance)
Alliteration is the repetition of consonant sounds, often used for a specific effect in poetry.
the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle
- - Wilfred Owen, ‘Anthem for Do
Inspiration: youtube artists (part 1)Dear, deviantart fellow artistsInspiration: youtube artists (part 1)4 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Hi - so I'm starting new series of journals with useful resources - mainly because I'm running out of topics to write about and I just like some diversity. (I'll continue to post general art/motivational journals too every now and then)
Here are some of my favorite youtube artists, that inspire me and I hope that these resources might be helpful for you too.
'Level up!' is an idea of two Polish artists - Wojtek Fus ( WojciechFus ) and Darek Zabrocki ( daRoz ), who want to teach and learn from each other. Level Up has expanded a host team by amazing Jonas De Ro (JonasDeRo ) There are weekly, 2 to 3-hours long livestreams with critiques, overpaintings and Q&A's. It's so wonderful to watch them paint and talks about important tips on art and life as an artists. Also check out their
Literary Terminology GuideLit Basics WeekLiterary Terminology Guide5 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
This will be a straightforward article that lists some basic literary terms (in alphabetical order) that can be found in, well, literary works. You could use some of these terms to write a spectacular poem or prose piece about cake.
Before we get started, head on over to this other PE article that lists a BUNCH of Poetry Terms and Techniques.
An item of soft, sweet food made from a mixture of flour, shortening, eggs, sugar, and other ingredients, baked and often decorated. Also known as the first half of my otp.
A narrative that has multiple layers of meanings. Allegories are written in the form of fables, parables, poems, stories, and almost any other style or genre. The main purpose of an allegory is to tell a story that has characters, a setting, as well as other types of symbols, that have both literal and figurative meanings.
A reference to someth
shsl ideas + more titles!EDIT (7/13/14) : I AM NO LONGER UPDATING THIS. IF YOU HAVE A SUGGESTION, KEEP IT TO YOURSELF.shsl ideas + more titles!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
for all ur dangan ronpa original character creation needs!! some of these are really stupid just a warning.
if you have an idea to add here, please tell me!~
(edit 7/13/13: added more! every time i update, new titles will be labelled with )
horse rider (jockey)
collector (of an item of your choosing)
[New] designer (idk. whatever you choose.)
[New] weapon meister (//shrugs)
5 Pieces of Critique You Should Always Disregard1. "I have a problem with your premise." This is the red flag to end all red flags. I don't care how flimsy the premise is. Every idea has the potential to be a good story. Execution is something else entirely, but if somebody doesn't like your idea: don't listen to them. What they're basically saying is "I am not an Ideal Reader, therefore not your target audience, therefore I am not the right person to critiquing your work." I hate, hate, hate people who think you should be writing for broader audiences than your story is capable of reaching. If you're writing romance, you're writing romance for romance readers. You're not trying to reach hard science fiction readers. Very few people even know what makes a breakout mainstream novel that has high market appeal. If they did, every single book ever written would be Harry Potter. It just doesn't happen. And for somebody to ask you to make that happen is ridiculous and unfair. For the most part, writers are writ5 Pieces of Critique You Should Always Disregard2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Random PLZ's:iconfrancestick1plz::iconfrancestick2plz: :iconLatviaabuseplz: :iconrussiarollplz: :iconprussiarollplz: :iconbecomeonedaplz: :iconnorwayblushingplz: :iconnorgetrollfaceplz: :iconmustashplz: :iconnorwaychokeplz: :iconnorwaypokerfaceplz: :icongreeceWTFplz: :iconjapanposeplz: :iconromanotwitchplz: :iconitalyflagplz: :iconfrancerapefaceplz: :iconprussiarapefaceplz: :iconspainrapefaceplz: :iconromanoWTFplz: :iconwunderbarplz: :iconpolandcryplz: :iconiggysmilesplz: :iconceilingrussiaplz: :iconcanadaOMGWTFplz: :iconenglandrapefaceplz: :iconWTFenglandplz: :iconfrancehankieplz: :iconintensefranceplz: :iconfrenchwhineplz: :iconfrancetantrumplz: :iconfrenchsquealplz: :iconWTFranceplz: :iconaiyaharuplz: :iconarubeamplz: :iconimpoutingaru2plz: :iconyaorapefaceplz: :iconjapanpastaplz: :iconjapansaysnoplz: :iconjapanveeeeplz: :iconohnoesjapanplz: :iconjapancameraplz: :iconlukasiewiczplz: :iconicelandfukkiretaplz: :iconnorwayfukkiretaplz: :icongermanyWTFplz: :icongermanypedofaceplz: :iconmadgermRandom PLZ's2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Tutorial and Inspiration MasterPostWell, some weeks ago when I posted my Journal Ten Years of Drawing, :iconSyalice: asked me in the comment what my fave tutorials were for composition and other things like that.Tutorial and Inspiration MasterPost1 year ago in Personal More Like This
So I thought I was just going to do a giant tutorial masterpost.
Also, on sidenote, I GOT MY NEW TABLET, LIFE IS AWESOME. I wanted to do a giveaway with my previous one, but only five minutes after I unpacked the new tablet, my little brother just waltzed in and asked if he could take the old one. I must say, I wasn't too happy with that, because he isn't really drawing seriously and I thought there were people who would need it more, but my mother thought it was a very good idea indeed and so I had to give it to him. There goes that, then.
So, Tutorials !
General, Thoughts about Art
(features a lot of tutorials too)
Tutorial & References Journal!edit: oh my god i cant believe how many views this has. thank you!!! - ashTutorial & References Journal!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
due to illness and the incredibly short time span we were given, i was unable to conjure an anatomy tutorial of my own for our last day
to make up for this, i have created a large list of tutorials and references for you to use!!
i tried my best to credit all of the creators, but some were just impossible to find, so i apologize! unu
if you'd like i could also add in some pixel art and animation tutorials (since i know they were requested before)!
Male Anatomy (author unknown) 2 3 4
Animation Portfolio's and Demo Reels..:iconDemonysh: and I have been talking about things like tutorials, and journal posts about what it's like, or some of the ways to get into the animation industry. She's gone ahead and posted her side with some insight for potential character designers. You can find her journal post over [here].Animation Portfolio's and Demo Reels..2 years ago in Personal More Like This
What I get asked about the most is how one can prepare, or educate themselves for a career as an animator. This is a VERY long winded conversation, with many facets. I don't want to bore everyone with a massive wall of text here, so I will focus on probably the most important part. -- The part about finding a JOB (either after graduating from animation school, or coming in from another position) as an animator.
THE DO'S and DON'TS OF DEMO REELS AND ANIMATOR PORTFOLIOS
-= The pitfalls to avoid, and get you that job (to pay off those phat student loans) =-
Art Block TipsIt's a devastating thing for an artist to feel they've lost their inspiration, to encounter a creative block. But suffering from artist's block doesn't mean you've lost your artistic ability and it can be overcome. Dr. Janet Montgomery has some tips to help beat artist's block:Art Block Tips4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Beating Artist's Block Tip 1:
It's the fear of not being able to do it that is making you feel you've lost your inspiration. To get rid of the fear, you must approach your painting as if it were a job and DO IT.
Beating Artist's Block Tip 2:
Force yourself to set a goal of 'X' number of paintings. Copy if you must, use kitchen tools as models if you must, but simply getting into the paint itself will begin to inspire you, even if you don't like the subject matter. There's always something to learn.
Beating Artist's Block Tip 3:
Change media. If acrylic, go to oil. If oil, go to printmaking.
Beating Artist's Block Tip 4:
Search for new painters on the web, using Google's image search. Go to galleries. Try to find
Record Cards, Astronavigation and YouOnce upon a time, there was a strapping young lad named Arnold J. Rimmer.Record Cards, Astronavigation and You2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Arnold Rimmer joins the Space Corps as a lowly third technician, but has great plans to work his way up through the ranks until he is an officer. To become an officer, however, one must pass the dreaded astronavigation exam. Fortunately, Rimmer is organised. He knows how to make the absolute most of his time, and so he takes a sheet of paper and draws up a revision schedule. He blocks out the times he must spend at work, and also those times when he will be distracted by his slovenly bunk-mate, David Lister. On another sheet of paper, he notes down all the subjects that will be covered in the astronavigation exam, and weights the importance of each one, colour-coding them for ease of reference. Now that he has established what he must revise and when he can revise it, he fills in each available slot in his schedule, using all his skill as an expert calligrapher to
Cultivating Your Drawing SkillsI believe drawing skills are never innate: when someone is a natural, what they really have are remarkable observational skills and the ability to apply them in their case, through drawing (it could just as well have been espionage ). Drawing skills can be cultivated by anyone able to use their minds and hands. There are basically only two approaches to do this: theory (+practice) and observation (+studies).Cultivating Your Drawing Skills8 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Theory is a structured, organised approach, learning from someone more experienced who's laid it all out for us in a course, book or tutorial.
Observation is an organic, unpredictable approach, learning directly from the real world around us and gradually deriving principles from it.
Alone, they are both incomplete; trying to work with only one of them would be like trying to walk with one foot. Studying lays down a solid foundation, which remains abstract and limited until observation brings it to life with details and real-life application