Art FearTLDR: You have to give yourself permission to suck.
I just wrote up a new blog post about the Pokemon stuff I've been doing and grappling with paralyzing art-fear:
I'll probably post some of the pokemans around here soon!
Advice for ArtistsNot too often, but at least once a month, I spend some time in the forums. I noticed that a popular topic was 'how to become popular on dA' (no pun intended). Here are some suggestions from my end of the spectrum. More on how to become a better artist in general and promote your art more efficiently (but I guess those are the key steps in becoming popular on dA, heh).Advice for Artists2 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. Post your art in as many places as you can
After posting a deviation, dA makes it easy to post it to other sites. Make an account on pinterest, tumblr, etc. Don't worry if you can't tend to it much, the point is you want your art in as many places as possible. This heightens the chance of people seeing your art, some of these users might even be on dA, as well.
Other suggestions are instagram, artician.
2. Focus on what you're good at
While it's fun to dabble in different mediums, the more mediums you work with, the less time you are spending "mastering" any one of them. I'd say 2
Been living a terrible lie for the past 2 yearsCan you believe that the levels of pressure ive been using its the one on top and not the one under?Been living a terrible lie for the past 2 years3 months ago in Personal More Like This
For past two years, ive been on a several depression, works taking like 3 times the amount it took me , i was like maybe, because im learn new things and im leveling up by adding extra effort, i noticed people uploading art and art like they were eating candies, this depressed me more, why its taking too long, why my work looks like its 80% finished but why i cant get the 20% right, why even if i spend 3 extra days on the image why still looks like a 80% painting? WHHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY? What am i doingwrong , did i just forgot my talent? Did my talent expired just like that. Comments like this were in my mind each time i was working on a new piece, moving the hand and not getting the line i wanted, if i wanted a gray color i had to choose a gray color or will be impossible to get same gray with using a black on my tablet, there were no light pressure on my tablet, its like the first 30% of
the myth about talentMany people are under the assumption many of the high profile artists in the digital art community are mainly good because of talent. This is not completely true(in my opinion). What does make them great is the simple fact of constant and regular practice. But if you still like to cling to the word, then talent is just in other words an ambition and motivation. This word,"talent" has been branded with something that you think is something that can only be inherited and if you dont have it you are doomed to fail. Many people has lost potential careers because of this.the myth about talent2 years ago in Personal More Like This
well folks let me put that myth to rest because i think anyone with ambition and motivation can learn any tool and any skill.And if you are not learning it, it is because you are not working hard enough on it.its simple as that.The practice will open your eyes and you will develop to see things in different ways, once again this has nothing to do with talent. Once your understanding of all the levels of art gets wide
Fan Art Contest: Childhood Memories Gaze into the past... look at yourself today...Fan Art Contest: Childhood Memories3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Imagine how your favorite character is today. Is he/she a villain? A hero?
The most important part of anyone's personality is their childhood and now they decide to reflect on their past. Their past is linked to who they've become.
Does abuse make them a villain?
Did an orphan decide to run away to follow their dreams?
Or maybe they haven't yet discovered who they are?
Now you are to dig into their pasts and determine why their childhood is linked to who they've become. I want YOU to tell me a story of their childhood. It can be sad, happy, dramatic... you decide! Give them Nostalgia, and have them discover themselves.
A copyrighted character must be present in this image. Original characters are not allowed! See the definition of Fan Art
The 5th Annual Bolt Award 5th Annual Bolt AwardThe 5th Annual Bolt Award3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
The Bolt Award is an accolade that recognizes an individual's significant contributions to deviantART. The Award celebrates such contributions and brings to light the exemplary work performed by its recipient.
In 2007, the first recipient was none other than the award's namesake, Chris Bolt ($chris), and in 2008 we saw Heidi Chambers ($Heidi) presented with the well deserved honor.
In 2009, the Bolt Award went to the pixel perfect Stanley Sy ($starvingartist) who then passed this on to Simon Murray ($pachunka) during our 10th Birthday Celebrations in 2010.
This year, we are deeply honoured to announce that
Poe's Death List:icontechgnotic:Poe's Death List3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Foreword by techgnotic
Fri Oct 21, 2011, 8:23 PM
As Halloween approaches, what better way to celebrate the season when the spectral
boundaries of the Kingdom of the Spirits of the Dead touch briefly with the mystical
edges of the Domain of We the Living than to invoke the battered and hellishly bedeviled
soul of Edgar Allan Poe to guide us in communication between (his) ghostly and (our)
ghastly planes of existence.
Poe invented the “detective” story and was an early father of “sci-fi”, and he was also an
extraordinary poet, but he is best known for his Gothic tales of mystery and abject horror –
nearly all of them anchored in the apprehension of an impending cruel and unnatural death.
Edgar Allan Poe by Dr-Horrible
Poe had an inventive genius like no other in his
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.6 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.
Secrets On How ToAlright I guess I'm gonna make another rant, and this one's been bugging me for the longest time. And I'm going to be as BLUNT as I will be and not sugar coat anything I'm about to say.Secrets On How To2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Often do I hear things like:
"what custom brushes do you use"
"how do you achieve this blur/ focus effect"
"how did you get the colors to go this way and that"
"what technique or computer program did you use"
What I rarely get asked for is:
"What did you study to be more efficient at drawing."
"What is an efficient way to study how to render certain types of materials"
"How do you practice proper lighting when painting?"
Guys I'm just gonna say it now, there's no shortcut to art. I work primarily in digital mediums now but I do have a solid foundation in traditional mediums. I didn't simply go out and buy a $400 tablet and instantly got to where I am today. I use custom brushes and special effects in my pieces, but they only take up less than 3% of the overall work. There's sti
deviantART 11th bdAy Countdown! - Day 25deviantART 11th bdAy Countdown!deviantART 11th bdAy Countdown! - Day 254 years ago in Art Features More Like This
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How to deal with or get feedback.Getting feedback or critiques may be hard for people.How to deal with or get feedback.10 months ago in Personal More Like This
Some people want it really bad but can't seem to get it, at least not from the people he/she is hoping for.
And other get it all the time but feel a little attacked or bullied by it.
Pretty much anyone with eyes and some intelligence is able to spot mistakes or irregularities in someone's work. This person doesn't have to be more skilled than you.
However, this person... might be wrong....
How do you judge a critique?
You initially made your artwork according to the knowledge you currently have. Leaving room for mistakes in the elements you're not trained or knowledgeable in. Or perhaps you think you know something and you are not aware that it's wrong.
When someone gives you feedback, even though it might feel incorrect. Take a little time to do some extra research on the matter.
You can ask others if they agree with someone's feedback.
You can search online (wit
::Some words of advice::Maybe this is just for my own personal review later on down the line but I just thought to post this. This may jump around a bit and I apologize for that. I've written parts of this at different intervals so, heh, sorry if it's hard to follow completely. I'll edit it eventually.::Some words of advice::11 months ago in Personal More Like This
As an artist our aim is to create.
Our goal is to envision and then usually visually invent things from our own mind's eye and as such we often overlook the fact that not every mind thinks the same as our own.
Everyone has their own unique imagination with is fabricated and cultivated by our own live's unique experiences, events, and past. Now, while those things may be similar in nature at their core, no one event is the same for every person.
As such we have to realize that despite how much we want to, we cannot ever please everyone's tastes with our work.
It's not because there's persnickety people or that another artist is better than we are at our chosen
CodePLZ - What is the plan? The plan, in part, is to have a discussion.CodePLZ - What is the plan?4 years ago in Personal More Like This
As we began to examine the Emoticons category we quickly learned that we had a bit of a mess to clean up, but fortunately it's a very cute mess and very fun to think about.
As a category, Chat Friendly Emotes isn't going to cut it anymore. There are Emotes in it that come from various inspirations, meanwhile, a very clear culture that has formed around Emotes that deviantART specifically has always supported. The ones that are 15 x 15 pixels in size doing all wonders of things. Providing a category for this specific, and very popular style is a must and this would split those Emotes from intermingling with other sized, shaped and styled Emotes.
The thought was to make this style reside within the new category, "Chat Friendly PLZ" but let's discuss that! Changing a category name takes us a matter of seconds to do, so we would love your input on the final name for the category - home to the adorable
The Art of Capturing Souls:icontechgnotic:The Art of Capturing Souls4 years ago in Personal More Like This
The human face, usually that of one’s mother, is the first visual connection a new human being has with the world. That face is the world. Psychologists tell us that the greater percentage of what we communicate with each other in any conversation is transmitted and received through our reading of each other’s facial expressions during our chat – and more often than not, we trust the truth to be what we read in another’s face, this truth being as often as not contrary to the words being spoken.
Crazy Horse had no fear of leading his warriors against Custer’s guns at the Little Big Horn, but he wouldn’t let his picture be taken on his deathbed, lest his soul be captured in the photograph. For Crazy Horse it may indeed have been more than the mere chronicling of the death of a particular moment in time that was captured. Maybe it’s because of our unique evolutionary trajectory (w
Our Favorite Memories and Moments TweetOur Favorite Memories and Moments3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
As part of our week long celebration of appreciation and love for our community, I had the pleasure of interviewing some of our Staff to find out what their favourite moments and memories of the community are, their favourite deviations and what they like best about the wonderful deviantART community.
What We Love About dA
Angelo, Co-Founder and CEO
I can't pick just one, because I love dearly so many moments in the history of deviantART. But as I read the question, the first one that came to my mind was eating Vegemite for the first time with Justin Maller (+ekud) wh
My Very First Art Feature~ Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. ~My Very First Art Feature3 months ago in Personal More Like This
For a long time I wanted to do a feature including a mixture of the art from my close contacts here on Deviantart. This is my way to some how giving back a bit of all the love I have received from them over the years. Hope you like them as much as I do and feel free to show them some love.
Background Texture by shutter-light
NIGHT by oldSkullLovebyMW
Spear Of Athos by funkyalienlovers
What Critique is [and isn't]Hello patients! I've written a few blogs and tutorials on critique that I'll link at the end of this blog (along with some others I think you will like too) for you to quickly reference! In light of the previous blogs <Avoid That dArama and <No more excuses, it's time to improve your art I wanted to write some things about critique to bring both blogs full circle. I also realized that I failed to fully explain what critique even is in the previous things I've written on the subject Before I begin let me start off by saying that I don't write each blog for Artist's Hospital in a vacuum Each blog is about one specific topic, I can't throw in everything because then I would be writing a book!What Critique is [and isn't]6 months ago in Art Features More Like This
So here's how I'll do this: we'll talk about what critique is, what it isn't, break it all down, explain common issues, then let's have a taco party!
Artistic insecurityIt's funny how people seem to think that I'm all that great, just because I make the art I do, and I voice my opinion here in an occasional journal-article. Like any other artist out here, I have my own doubts about my art, and I have a hard time facing them every now and then. I'm not perfect. I'm far from where I want to be. And lately I'm quite uncertain of where I want to go with my art. It's something that is bothering me quite a bit, and blocked my creativity.Artistic insecurity1 year ago in Personal More Like This
When I started doing art again, somewhere at the start of 2010, I used to very very insecure about my art. I never joined contests because I'm terribly afraid of failing. Honestly, I would feel bad about myself for weeks if I didn't at least end up in the honorable mentions. I never made tutorials because I was afraid one of DA's members would come up and say to me: "Why are you teaching this shit? You don't know anything about art!". And although I never liked to do fanart, I wouldn't probably have dared to do it either. A
How to make friends on deviantARTThis is a remake of an old journal I made, but it seems like it's happening a lot around here again, so I'll be reiterating and adding more things to it here! Feel free to link anyone to this journal if they're attempting to force friendship on you or are just going about things in the wrong way, and need a little nudge in the right direction.How to make friends on deviantART2 years ago in Personal More Like This
There /is/ a RIGHT WAY and a WRONG WAY to try to make friends!
Have you ever been asked by someone randomly, "Can we be friends?" ? Or perhaps someone simply acts as if you are their best friend, even when you don't know them. They may comment to others talking about you a lot, or call you by a nickname that only your friends use, write journals about you, send tons of notes or comments to you, "mention" you all the time, jump into your conversations with someone else, or perhaps make a lot of buddy-buddy fan-art that makes you uncomfortable?
This is a message for those kinds of people.
Friendship is not
Overcome your unfair obstacles.We all have certain obstacles that gives us the feeling of: 'This is so unfair!.'Overcome your unfair obstacles.9 months ago in Personal More Like This
To me it's one of the most annoying feelings in the world because in general we don't really know how to deal with it. One little part of us says: 'Don't whine about it, you are just being jealous.' the other part of you tells you: 'If I didn't have this obstacle or disability I would rule the world!!'
So you bounce around anger, sadness, hopelessness and envy.
If you were just sad about something or simply angry it would be a lot easier to deal with, you cry or you just vent a bit towards a friend.
But how to deal with he feeling of unfairness?
There are many things that can form this unfair obstacle for you.
Physical obstacles such as: MS, Lyme disease, Arthritis, Color blindness, missing fingers?
Mental obstacles such as: Depression, being a procrastinator (yes I'm naming it because it's a mental blockade that keeps y
Drawing tools and stuffSome very useful sites for drawersDrawing tools and stuff3 years ago in Personal More Like This
This one has been running for years now and is constantly growing. What make it so unique is that the the figures are 3d skinless renders that let you see all the muscles and you can turn and rotate them in every posible angles ^^
I find it most useful for the fast drawing personally. Here you can set your timer at 10, 15, 30, 60 or 90 seconds, and the pose will change accordingly. No possible cheating on the time too, once the pose is gone it's gone :3
So you have to draw fast, visualize quickly the important lines of the body and it's an excellent exercice ! It's a bit like having a life model drawing session at home that you can use whenever you want. Of course it's nothing like having a *real* live model session but those are usually quite expensive and not something you can do every days. Plus the fact the figures are floating in Posemaniac allow drawing them in otherwise impossible angles. Having the muscles showin
Vigilantes Are NeededA couple of days ago, this article was posted by realitysquared http://communityops.deviantart.com/journal/Vigilante-Oriented-Groups-258215711?offset=0#commentsVigilantes Are Needed3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Let's break down this article shall we?
When the deviantART Groups system launched in beta nearly two years ago we fully expected it to become home to a large variety of Groups centered around every subject possible and that is exactly what has happened and we are really encouraged to see so many embracing the Groups concept and coming together around these common topics to share their thoughts and works.
Yes, we see how great that has been. The freedom to make any group you wish. Well, as some of you may have seen, sometimes that is not the best thing. For example, groups hating black people or any other race, groups showcasing stolen art work, porn, etc, etc. Perhaps the Staff should look more into the groups being made.
Today wed like to discuss a certain type of Group which often come
deviantART 11th bdAy Countdown! - Day 24deviantART 11th bdAy Countdown!deviantART 11th bdAy Countdown! - Day 244 years ago in Art Features More Like This
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deviantART 11th bdAy Countdown! - Day 19deviantART 11th bdAy Countdown!deviantART 11th bdAy Countdown! - Day 194 years ago in Art Features More Like This
We apologize for the 1 day delay of this feature. Work killed me yesterday. Both will come today.
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it takes 'balls' to make art.this is something I just wanna share with my watchers and followers, it's about the morale of artists - any artist, whether they draw, write, act - anything. creative people in general.it takes 'balls' to make art.7 months ago in Personal More Like This
it seems a lot of people out there don't think it takes some kind of courage to post your work online for the world to see, but I reckon it does - because I see a lot of artists, especially young or beginner artists just starting out becoming demoralized quickly by the kind of comments they get about their art or their stories. for some, it *seems* all they get is a constant stream of criticism, well-meaning or not - "your anatomy needs work" or "_____ part bothers me but the rest is ok" kinda thing~ things that read like negative throwaway comments much of the time. I've been an artist nearly ten years so I've developed a thick skin, but it's easy to ruin the confidence of a learner with a stream of nitpicks. so if any of us are commenting on others' works, it's best to say something positive about the