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
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
Poetry Basics: BrevityBrevity: n. the quality of expressing much in few words.Poetry Basics: Brevity2 years 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,
Dialogue WorkshopI want this workshop to be somewhat different from other workshops -- I'm going to break this down into two categories: technical elements and personal advice.Dialogue Workshop2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
And I hate to say this, but the following information in this workshop only works if applied. Osmosis and good intentions do not work. Sorry.
PRE-EMPTIVE TLDR NUTSHELL
To write effective dialogue, there has to be a basic understanding of what communication is. Wikipedia sums it up nicely: the meaningful exchange of information between two or more people. It's easy but not at the same time.
This has to do with actual concepts for crafting effective dialogue. For the most part, I had to research the details but you'll be able to pick out what I added on my own. You know how I get and if you don't, you soon will. No apologies for that.
Links to the websites I used will follow.
Some of the worst advice I've seen and that I'm s
How do you animate?I just got a FB question from a young student that asked: "I was wondering if by any chance you could tell me how you animate and the mental process you go through when trying to make a character believable?"How do you animate?4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Really, this is a hard question to answer. It involves very individual "thought process" answers, not just what tools do you use. I gave the answer a thought or two below. I thought I'd share it with you all since I have gotten similar questions here on DA. Let me know if this was helpful at all. Lots of misspellings, bad sentences, I didn't edit it. Sorry.
Here's my thoughts concerning my (animation) process:
First off, I have to think about the scene for awhile. If I don't, I end up with animated spaghetti. It moves, but it doesn't have any thought as to WHY its moving. There comes a point in your progression in animation where you jump from just moving things around to making them
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
Let's talk about composition! Part 1 - BasicsPlease remember to favorite this journal if you want to reference it in the future!Let's talk about composition! Part 1 - Basics2 years ago in Personal More Like This
If you'd like to volunteer up your art as examples for Part 2, please comment or note me about it for details.
It looks like most of my musings about art stem from :iconalnico-ism: for some reason. The color tutorial I'm working slowly on making, the idea of using bright colors as shadows, and the idea of composition I will present here all come from conversations he and I have.
A lot of people tell me "I haven't taken art classes" or "I just like to draw so I don't really care about all the technical stuff." The question I want to ask everyone, not just the people who say that, is: "Do you want to improve?"
Color theory and the principles/elements of design were NOT defined or created to make your art life miserable. Intelligent people took time and effort over the course of hundreds of years to put the "whys" of art into word form. Even if you choose not to use them, even if you don
Workshopping with Rasp: Part 3 of 3Congratulations for sticking with me so far if you're reading this, you're pretty awesome. Thanks for your attention. I hope the first and second parts were of benefit to you; this third part is where you tie it all together.Workshopping with Rasp: Part 3 of 33 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Part 1: Creating Compelling Characters http://raspil.deviantart.com/journal/Workshopping-with-Rasp-Part-1-of-3-306397871
Part 2: Motivation and Conflict http://raspil.deviantart.com/journal/Workshopping-with-Rasp-Part-2-of-3-308633192
The following is something I have shared with only a few deviants here at this site who wanted help on plotting out their stories. I used to be hesitant about sharing it with more than the few I sent it to but you know what - any bit of help we can give each other is worth it in the end. Other folks have been generous enough to share their secrets, I should return the favor.
This sheet, the Plot Arc for Short Stories, is a original creation of mine
PE Prose Basics: Varying SentencesVarying Your SentencesPE Prose Basics: Varying Sentences1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
When I was in college, I took an early morning Anthropology class. I had to wake up at five to catch the bus. Ugh. Yeah, I'm not a morning person. But I did it. The first day, our instructor stood before us and starting reading from the textbook. Word for word. Completely monotone. I was asleep within ten minutes. The rest of the week was the same; arrive, begin listening to the instructor, pass out. I had to drop the class and get whatever refund I could, while I could. It was my worse class experience there.
Most people know that in public speaking, the person talking needs to vary their tone and speech patterns and such to hold their audience's attention. They need to have a rhythm. Otherwise, they'll end up putting the audience to sleep. The same applies to writing. If you use the same sentence length or structure continually, you'll be the literary equivalent of my instructor. Repea
Improving image composition!Sometimes the details of our illustration look great, but then when we step back and look at the composition... it's a little boring or muddy or crowded or our eyes wander away from the parts that looked so good up close... Where are our focal points? Why doesn't this illustration grab my attention and hold it? Composition can make or break a piece. Here are some links that show examples of good and bad compositions and describe why certain layouts are more successful than others. Various tips and rules are described and illustrated. I hope you'll enjoy these as much as I do.Improving image composition!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Composition in art as described by wikipedia (this link is a little boring): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Composition_%28visual_arts%29 you can skip to the good links below and come back to this one later if you want.
concept art composition tips with examples: http://www.cgsociety.org/index.php/CGSFeatures/CGSFeatureSpecial/phil_straub_composition_tutorial
23 pages of paintings and composi
Tutorials feature 1Watercolour tutorials!Tutorials feature 12 years ago in Personal More Like This
I posted my first 'tutorial' yesterday, and even if my intention was good, I know that it isn't the best one, so I'd like to share with you some tutorials that I have in my favourites. This time I've focused only in watercolours, but I plan to make more tutorial features with other materials. I hope you find this selection useful and inspiring!
Watercolors+Masking fluid tut. by Martina-G negative painting tutorial by koyamori
Watercolor Tutorial by Loonaki Watercolour walkthrough by martinacecilia Watercolor Tutorial by Claparo-Sans Watercolour Tutorial by AuroraWienhold Poured Washes Tutorial by p-e-a-k Tutorial: Mood in Watercolour by Gold-Seven
Poetic Terms and TechniquesPoetic terms and techniquesPoetic Terms and Techniques2 years 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
Ignore -- for my own use haha - Plz AccountsEdit: I hope this doesn't re-appear in people's inboxes every time I update, pffffIgnore -- for my own use haha - Plz Accounts2 years ago in Personal More Like This
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Devious Journal EntryJust a little note...Devious Journal Entry1 year ago in Personal More Like This
When you see an artist you like and you are trying to figure his work out... the question that gets asked a lot is" How did you do it?"
What software did you use to make this effect?
What is your technique?
These are questions that won't get you anywhere. It's like asking for the fish.
A question you should probably ask is WHY did you do this?.. WHAT were you thinking?
When you ask this question, you are thinking about the principles of fishing, and not just about catching A fish.
If you wonder why, then you won't be stuck with the HOW.. you will most probably create your own "HOW", your own method of putting your WHY into existence..and this is what will really make you unique.
Once again.. this is just my take on things.
Speedpaint Tip #2: Colors and LightWhen you approach the topic you intend to paint, whether painting from life or from whatever's stewing in your head, you always, always come to the table with preconceptions. For instance, think of the color of a leaf.Speedpaint Tip #2: Colors and Light5 years ago in Personal More Like This
Or is it? In a speedpainting, objects aren't out of context of their setting or light source(s), so lets consider where that leaf is before we determine its color. Say it's a leaf at midnight under a full moon. What color will it be then?
Well, technically this is where it gets complicated!
1) When considering what the color of an object should be in a scene, start by figuring out what color it would be under plain white light.
-In the case of our leaf, lets say it would be green. Standard, out-of-the-tube green.
-Remember, light is additive. White light is ALL colors of light. When white light hits our green leaf, we see green, because only the colors of our leaf get reflected back out for our eyes to see. The red light gets absorbed rather than refl
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
Prose Basics: What is Voice, Anyway?At this point, you've all had awesomesauce articles on word choice, varying sentences, dialect, and dialogue. Which is great, because it cuts my job down to five minutes of nattering on about how you bring all these elements together to create that elusive thing people always go on about: VOICE.Prose Basics: What is Voice, Anyway?1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
Voice is the personality of the book.
You know that thing about avoiding cliché except every single plotline ever has been done and has the TVTropes article to prove it and OH GODS WHY?!?!
Voice solves 97% of that. It lends originality to your story by tossing a filter over the whole thing. 'The Shining' needed that kid-voice so readers could stare in horror over his shoulder, understanding things like the dark cloud of suicide in his father's head without having his reaction ruin half a page of ominous build. 'Dir
PE Prose Basics: Revise and EditProse Basics Week is winding down now and hopefully you've learned a lot from the brilliant past articles. But, there's more to writing than just getting that first draft done, isn't there? That's where the next big crucial step comes in: revision.PE Prose Basics: Revise and Edit1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
The Art of Revising:
Revision is such a huge topic to cover, especially since there are many ways to go about it. You can do self-edits, which always are a good first step, or you can get outside revisions from peers. Both are good ideas to really get your work to be top notch. But, the big thing to remember is that there's more to just editing your work than cleaning up a few spelling and grammar mistakes. Revising also includes corrections to sentence flow, scenes, and sometimes overall plot. So, before we jump into some ways to edit, here are a few different terms of methods of editing that may be handy to know-- especially if you're asking a peer to help you with revisions.
Taking (Digital) Art to the 'Next Step'Note:Taking (Digital) Art to the 'Next Step'8 months ago in Art Features More Like This
I am by no means an expert - digital artwork is a weak point for me! But this was originally a response to a forum post by :iconapril1999: that :iconsimple-minds: asked me to put into a journal, so here ya go A lot of what I talk about is based on what I know from photography (so not a 'How to' tutorial), but I think the principles discussed bellow are translatable.
Deviant Art is a fantastic website for creating art, sharing it and getting advice. However it is very easy to get lost in a crowd of other artists all doing the same thing. These are some tips or things that I've noticed that make an artwork stand out to me:
Start thinking of more of the "stories" behind your artwork.
This doesn't necessarily mean making an OC or a comic, or anything like that - But having an idea of what mood or feelings you want the work to convey will give you a much stronger final product. Then focus on how to implement that story and
How to be successful with commissions?How to be successful with commissions?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
This is a guide for people who start with commissions, the compiled points serve as advice on how to proceed. Sometimes I was asked for tips and decided to write this. After being on deviantart and other places and making commissions for few years I have gathered quite a bit of experience.
I hope you will find this helpful and enjoyable.
To sell anything (pictures, writing, crafts...etc) you need first to be discovered and seen by potential customers. Here is how you can make that happen!
Step 1: The start - make people see you!
FAQ♥Art related♥FAQ4 years ago in Personal More Like This
What program do you use?
Paint Tool Sai, Get it here or if that doesnt work, here
What size canvas do you work on?
I usually work on 2000x2000px, although I never use the whole thing, most drawings are cropped to roughly 1000x1000px in size. I recommend using a canvas bigger than what you want to draw!
What Tool do you use in SAI?
Here! I have no advanced settings, this is almost default. My stabiliser is on, any setting is fine as long as it's smooth!
May I use your artwork for my project?
Yes you can, Only, please let me know first.
May I use your art as an Icon?
Of course!! You don't need to ask.
Do you mind if I colour one of your sketches?
Go ahead, I rarely ever say no! Please show me too!!
So, What IS a Speed Painting?Some of you may be familiar with the art of Bonsai. For those who are not, it is the art of growing normal trees in containers, and grooming and shaping them for aesthetic beauty, generally with an attempt to replicate how that tree would look if allowed to grow to full size. While bonsai trees are grown from the same stock as any other tree (they're not genetically different), simply putting a tree in a pot does not make it a bonsai. It has to be pruned, shaped, groomed, and meticulously cared for to achieve something that can be labeled as such, and mastering the art takes a long, long time.So, What IS a Speed Painting?5 years ago in Personal More Like This
Just as bonsai are not just trees growing in pots, speed paintings are not just paintings done in a short amount of time.
Speed painting is the art of quickly depicting an idea by providing the viewer with the necessary textures and colors and compositional elements without going in and explicitly painting every one of them. It is beauty through imprecision. It is an expressive art form. The pure
School or self-teaching?What is the best way to move toward being the most talented, marketable artist you can possibly be? To school or not to school... that is the question.School or self-teaching?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
There are many many variables to consider. Schools vary broadly in terms of courses offered, quality of education, teaching staff, class size, and cost. Students vary widely in terms of motivation, study habits, interest in their courses, and income level. School can be an easier learning environment than self-teaching if you have a great teacher who is teaching what you want or need to learn. A teacher sets goals and holds you accountable. This arrangement can help maximize the learning experience by providing structure and accountability for the student. However, a student with sufficient motivation and enthusiasm (and internet access) can self-teach very well. One benefit of self-teaching is that you can pick your topics. You can identify your own weak points, or desired skill sets and focus on improving them.