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)
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How to cope with Art BlocksAlmost every single artist has at one point or the other in their life lost motivation, inspiration or even both and without the knowledge of how to deal with what we then call an Art Block, it can take a long time to overcome this lack of artistic drive. A time that might otherwise be used for further improvement and personal artistic growth.How to cope with Art Blocks3 years ago in Personal More Like This
So today I would like to give you a few tips on how to defeat an art block. There is no definite guarantee to either of them, as everybody experiences their blocking differently but maybe you can at least find small suggestions that will eventually help.
Inspiration is literally everywhere, you just need to open your eyes to see it.
We can find inspiration through:
Letting your favourite books, movies, series or games inspire you is always one of the most obvious ways. Fan Art is a good way to retrieve inspiration because most of all y
Traditional publishing isn't 'The Man.'To reassure you I'm not a crazy person, here's my background in professional creative writing, i.e., the kind that gets you money and doesn't do anything useful for business practices.Traditional publishing isn't 'The Man.'2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
I've been printed in several anthologies and magazines. I've had this account since I was an idiot kid, and the Internet is forever, so I can't link you to specifics.One of the groups I'm in. (Although that's more the design side. Deal wit it.)That time PinkyMcCoversong dragged me to ALA—no, I'm really really not complaining.
I freelance edited for a small press.
Anyway, the forums—and by extrapolation people who don't use the forums—have got a not-substantial, but rather irritating, notion that 'traditional publishing' equals the Big Six (Big Five? If they drop the penguin I will never buy from them again although I will finish this awesome book about the ocean hey you guys it has a turtle on the cover).
And, yeah, t
Screentones Resource CompilationScreentones Resource Compilation5 years ago in Personal More Like This
Screentones Resource Compilation
What are they and where do I find them?
From the original article Screentone or are you...? by bakenekogirl!
What are Screentones?
"Screentone (or Halftone) is a technique for applying textures and shades to drawings, used as an alternative to hatching. In the conventional process, patterns are transferred to paper from preprinted sheets, but the technique is also simulated in computer graphics. It is also known by the common brand names Zip-A-Tone (1937, now defunct), Chart-Pak (1949), and Letratone (1966, from Letraset)."
A traditional screentone sheet consists of a flexible transparent backing, the printed texture, and a wax adhesive layer. The sheet is applied to the paper, adhesive down, and rubbed with a stylus on t
How to Stop Planning and Use What You've GotArticle cowritten by ShadowedAcolyte and neurotype.How to Stop Planning and Use What You've Got2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
We've chosen to present this in bullets. The first few are ways to tell when your planning has gone too far; the rest are how to get past that.
Featured literature was chosen for its ability to present exposition: good pacing, tantalizing hints, etc.
How do I know I've planned too much?
When you can't hold it all in your head.When you can't explain it without a long-winded summary."So you've planned X. How will you reveal X to the reader?" If you can't immediately think of a good idea, it's probably overplanned.
Volume: how much of your story is world-building/backstory?
Properly spaced, you could get up to 10% world into a story without ruining the book (e.g. for an epic fantasy or something else not set in a place readers will immediately recognize). The rest should be happening now.If the setting is much more familiar—like, Everytown, USA, it could easily be 1% backstory.
Get Better At Drawing (Without Drawing Anything)Art is a process.Get Better At Drawing (Without Drawing Anything)4 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Like that of the scientific method and philosophical alchemy, art can be refined and improved through process. From observation, to experiment, to reflection and conclusion, art is improved by the steps we make towards change, not solidification and stagnation. Much of the advice out there for drawing is simply practice or avoid distractions. This advice is good, but there is more to creation than just throwing yourself mindlessly into a task and avoiding bad habits along the way. Good habits and knowledge will help to excel your learning process faster, and from that, improve faster and more effectively.
Look at it
As an artist, observation is key. The skill we develop is not just seeing, but interpreting what we see, remembering what we have seen and recording it in the form of visual art. This is a skill that, aside from blindness or vision degradation, you will be able to improve during your entire life. The way of seeing from an art
Witches of East End ContestHow to Enter / Prizes / Rules and Judging / View Entries / Submit / View Winners / View Semi-Finalists / 18+ U.S.Witches of East End Contest9 months ago in Official DeviantArt Contests More Like This
Illustrate an Edgar Allan Poe scene, story, or element from "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Black Cat," or "The Raven" that you would expect to see in the world of The Witches of East End. The winning work will be displayed in an episode of the series perhaps as a picture, book illustration, tarot card,
Some tips and tricks on DA (Chinese)DA上的小功能與小技巧：Some tips and tricks on DA (Chinese)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
作為表情符號 :icontwilightblushplz: 其他有趣的小馬圖可以在這裡找 :iconmlp-fim-plz:
What do do as an artist in training.There are many ways to Rome they say. But I find most aspiring artists lost and asking me for guidanceWhat do do as an artist in training.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
and this is what I tell them.
Find out for yourself what you really want to do with art, there are so many different professions.
Graphic designer, Concept artist (mobile and high end), Illustrator of bookcovers, or card games.
Once you can make your pick, or at least pick 1 or 2 you must find the best work on the market in those fields.
Find out what makes the best art of your favorite field the best art. What do they paint? How do they paint it? With knowing this you can find out about the things you need to study.
The most basic study aims are the following:
What forms of light art there? And how does it influence things?
The book Color and Light by James Gurney will give you a lot of insight.
How do you paint shapes? How do you light them the right way?
You will learn a l
Digital art: Tips + Tricks ;DOoookayyy, guys! So since the last journal I've been psyched to practice, and for the whole day I have. I found out some new things and I'm going to share them with you, the way I do my stuff and other cool stuff that may help you Digital Artists; (and possibly traditional artists)Digital art: Tips + Tricks ;D4 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. Secret Keyboard Shortcuts
Ooooooohh! Spooky! Not, okay, let's get to it: Some of you people don't realize how useful and awesome keyboard shortcuts are, it's less time consuming and can like reduce the amount of time you spend on your artwork little by little
1) ...When adding details you can be editting in 2000% zoom, and still see the 100% canvas so you know what you're doing and how it looks like. You can create as many views as you want! So 2000%, 1000% or 50% whatever you want it's all there.
> Photoshop: Go to Window > Arrange > Create new
> Paint tool SAI: First you have to configure the key; go to Others > Keyboard Shortcuts then with any key just customize the
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
LIVESTREAMING OVER! Knee'd Help? - 12.3.2014WATCH THE STREAM HERE!LIVESTREAMING OVER! Knee'd Help? - 12.3.20145 months ago in Personal More Like This
The Hour and a Half stream begins at 2 PM CST (-5GMT)
In this weeks livestream Tim Von Rueden (vonn) will be working on all things knees!
The knee’d to understand how to draw the knee is crucial to every artist, often times it is overlooked and completely ignored,
but without understanding how the leg bends can send characters into weird anatomical errors that make a figure look like they’ve took an arrow.
Knee-deep in questions? Don’t be afraid to ask them in the livestream!
Last week shape challenge is still going on so don’t forget to check it out here!
And remember, we have a livestream every W
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
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
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)
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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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
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
Am I ready to start freelancing?Hi,Am I ready to start freelancing?2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I think that anyone with at least "good" artistic skill, and a willingness to work hard, can find enough art job opportunities to stay busy and bring in some money. (However, there is a lot of competition, here on DA, AND out in the real world, so you have to be ready to put some effort into it.) This particular discussion deals with commissions (finding clients who need art and providing that art... as opposed to creating a body of work and then trying to sell it.)
I earn my living as a freelance artist. Finding freelance work involves hours of work producing art, but also hours of work finding new jobs and corresponding with clients each week. It requires a certain amount of (artistic skill,) confidence, patience, organization, motivation, and perseverance. Some clients have a very clear vision for their project and can describe it well. Others are a bit disorganized or unmotivated requiring extra effort on my part (and some clients should just be avoided completely). Even if you
Artist WalkthroughThis walkthrough focuses on:Artist Walkthrough3 years ago in Personal More Like This
- guiding you as an artist and improving your artistic skills
So having said that... let's get started!
I have been drawing for a long time. Since I was little I would draw all the time on anything I could find. That passion for drawing and art has always stayed with me. But the problem is talent or potential will only get you so far. If you really want to become a great artist you will have to put in many hours of work. And you would preferably have someone there to guide you. Even now I am learning about basic skills I wish I had learned years ago. That is the problem of being self taught... you have to figure everything out yourself. Of course there are benefits to that too. Self taught artists are generally very motivated and passionate people. I have only come to the point where I am now just because I am passionate and slightly obsessed with drawing. But I want to know more, learn more and improve more. So that is why I am setting up this little drawi
Did You Know - Thumbs CodeThumbs CodeDid You Know - Thumbs Code1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Whenever you do a feature or maybe want to link to a certain deviation the thumbs code is a very handy feature. It allows your viewers to see a smaller version of what you are referring to directly.
But did you know that there are several ways to make thumbs appear?
The most common way is to grab the thumbs code from the sidebar of a deviation.
That way you will get a little preview no bigger than 150x150px.
Another thing you can do is to create a big thumb. For that you just need to add 'big' to the thumbcode, like :bigthumb###:
For our example it will look like this.
Big thumbs will get no bigger than 300x300px.
Alongside those and thanks to AddMedia and Sta.sh you also vary the size on your own.
Either choose deviations from the AddMedia sidebar and make use of the transformation corners or use this code
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Animating in PhotoshopJumping ahead a little bit into using photoshop to animate. Since I noticed....Animating in Photoshop1 year ago in Personal More Like This
some people still need to know some small tricks here and there to make their process faster animating in photoshop.
What this tutorial covers:
1. Animation tool - briefly
2. using layer function to animate
3. 3 passes of rough animation
This is what I do with mine currently.