Guide on How To Receive Feedback and Critique:iconprojectcomment:Guide on How To Receive Feedback and Critique5 years ago in Art Features More Like This
This is an editorial written and submitted by namenotrequired on behalf of ProjectComment, a group founded by 3wyl that aims to encourage deviants to seek and provide constructive feedback that can help you to better yourself at your art.
What's in this article
1. Encouraging people to comment
2. Getting comments through ProjectComment
3. Other places to get comments:
4. More related guides
Encouraging people to comment
Make clear in your artist's or author's comments that you're looking for feedback. You can also ask specific questions to potential commenters about it (Does this character come across as realistic?, Please tell me what you think of the composition/colours/... etc.).
More about using your Artist's/Author's comments effectively can be found in our article
Necks for anatomy practiceI need to see loads of examples before I can get something. So here's loads of necks doing the weird necky things that necks do.Necks for anatomy practice3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
To get what's going on with the tangle of muscles and tendons catch necks in action. Watch people in cafes. Pause TV. (Buffy the Vampire Slayer has particularly good lighting for drawing.) Then check out how cartoonists simplify the confusion. Maybe even check out some anatomy to see what's going on beneath the skin. Each gives you a different piece of the puzzle.
Organized by where the head is relative to the shoulders, then by where the camera is. So each group should have the same muscles and tendons bulging out. (If you post drawings from any stock here, do check the stock artist's rules.) NOTE: Images marked with ⬅ are NOT stock. Use them for practice, but don't post. (There's only one image marked since there's so much great stock.)
If you stumble across good neck stock, especially with good shadows, I'd l
How to Handle and Provide CritiquesDuring my short hiatus, I didnt leave dA completely. I just left my inbox and main page. Instead, I spent my spare time diving deeper into dA community, browsing through news articles, random groups, and various journals, until I accidentally stumbled upon this: You cant avoid criticism. http://news.deviantart.com/article/153114/How to Handle and Provide Critiques4 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Criticism has been a big issue for many artists, including me. Some take it for granted, others throw a hissy fit. So, how can we provide and handle critiques without making a big fuss?
For Critic: HOW TO PROVIDE HELPFUL CRITIQUE
Dont criticize people who explicitly state they dont need critiques.
But they wont go far in art industry with that attitude!
Those people may do not even wish to be an artist. They just draw for fun. Theres no point of spending your precious time analyzing ones picture and writing a critique if that person doe
Pimpin' out your dA Profile (sorta tutorial)This is a short and simple "sorta-tutorial", because my friend :iconjsunny: asked me how to code stuff and I thought it might be useful to other people too :'DPimpin' out your dA Profile (sorta tutorial)1 year ago in Personal More Like This
*** Note: you need a premium membership for this stuff to work! ***
These are widgets on your profile that you can put anything you want in. When you click on [Edit Page] you can choose the "Custom" option. If you have general widgets like "ID", "Fave Deviation", "Journal" etc. they do limit where you can put custom boxes, so I just got rid of them all and use primarily Custom widgets for my profile OvO)/
1. Custom background picture!!!
This is where you get to show off your personality a bit- it can be really fun trying out different background colours and pictures. There are many cute ones available on deviantArt, just search "custom box background" and you'll find them. I prefer to use more specific ones though- so you can also use photos and drawings and stuff (mine is
Yin's Tradelocke RulesetThis is a nuzlocke rule system I came up with awhile back, but never bothered to write down. It's basically a variation of the popular dual-locke with more emphasis on collaborative play.Yin's Tradelocke Ruleset2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Okay! First step, find a friend who loves Pokemon and nuzlockes as much as you do.
Got one? Good! Moving on~
You and your friend will need:
A Nintendo handheld system
Compatible Pokemon games (e.g. Platinum & SoulSilver, Black 2 & White, etc.)
A method of trading (link cable, IR, wi-fi, etc.)
Standard nuzlocke rules apply:
Catch only the first pokemon on each route, cave, ocean, etc.
If a pokemon faints, it's dead.
As far as additional rules go, it doesn't matter what you use as long as you and your partner use the same ones.
Now, onto the tradelocke rules:
After every 2 badges, the trainers must pick 3 pokemon to battle each other.
Winner gets to pick one of the opponent's 3 p
How To Improve Your ArtI was going to call this 'how to become a better artist', but then I realized, there is no such thing as a 'better artist'. If you are an artist, you are the best artist you can be - your art can always ALWAYS improve, but you are already and always will be the best artist you can be. Remembering those two facts is the most important thing you can do.How To Improve Your Art4 years ago in Art Features More Like This
But other than that, find someone to be excited about art with! They don't have to be an artist themselves, they just have to be able to get excited about art. Having someone who'll always be around to listen to your ideas, even if they don't contribute anything, is HUGELY helpful to keep you motivated. I've found that having someone for me to bounce ideas off of, or even just someone to explain my stories to, is my favourite thing in the world and almost always leads to me discovering new things about my stories and characters.
And now for the list of links you all were waiting for!
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 MasterPost2 years 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)
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
Animal Chart Directory +Any Chart requests?Feline Charts:Animal Chart Directory +Any Chart requests?4 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Please note that completion of the charts is highly dependent upon whether or not there is an availability of stock images for the subject. I prefer not to ask for permission for images as I had done with the Tiger Chart because it took a few weeks to clear with every original photographer.
-eastern grey squir
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
Acrylic Tips and TricksAfter I wrote this I had gotten some requests for a write-up on acrylics, so heres some stuff I hope would help you pick up those brushes and start painting.Acrylic Tips and Tricks8 years ago in Art Features More Like This
1. Tools. Im not going to post a picture of what tools I use mostly because I own a tad too many, but heres a rundown on what I do have and use;
<a href=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palette_knife>Palette Knife. I own a couple of those, shaped differently. They are quite handy, especially for backgrounds. You wont want to stop working with them once you started.
I found the rest of my brushes and now own about 10. Different sizes, different shapes, different brands. Why? Because I can. Dont go overboard at first thoug, see my watercolour article at the top to give you a basic idea of what basic brushes to use. Start small.
Acrylic colours. Dont laugh, theyre im
DeviantArt for DummiesI am writing this guide for new members or anyone who has questions about deviantART and its members. Please comment if something doesn't make sense or if you need help! Please note, this is NOT a guide to everything on deviantART, just some stuff I thought was worth talking about.DeviantArt for Dummies2 years ago in Personal More Like This
What is a "plz" account?
A "plz" account is a deviantART account where the avatar is an emote that you can use in your journals, comments, etc.
How do you use them?
To use them, write :icon(thenameoftheaccount):
An example is :iconsupertighthugplz: which is written as :icon supertighthug plz: (minus the spaces)
Some popular accounts are:
To get the account name, roll your mouse over the image and copy the text you see beginning with an :icon and ending in a :.
Quick lesson in dA
Gintama PLZ! 2/3 PLZ accounts!! - devious fun!Gintama PLZ! 2/37 years ago in Personal More Like This
With Written Stuff :iconsakamotolaughplz: :iconjustdoitplz: :iconloliedplz: :iconginsaysufailplz: :icongindrinksakeplz: :iconshinybansaiplz: Individual Characters Gin
:icongintokirunplz: :iconeatparfaitplz: :iconshiroyashaplz: :iconjacksonplz: :iconsoyswordplz: :iconapronginplz: :iconginnosepickingplz: :iconginsbuttshakeplz: :icontimemachineplz: :iconsugarfanplz: :iconcrazyginplz: :iconginsheadbangplz: :iconspeechlessginplz: :iconmeganeginplz: :iconginsenseipointsuplz: :iconginfacepalmplz: :iconbipolarginplz: :iconwhoaginplz: :iconevilginplz: :iconelectricginplz: :iconsoullessginplz: :iconscaredginplz: :iconevillaughginplz: :iconturncornerplz: :iconichinaruzolu: :iconiconimator: :iconpaakoplz: :iconposhginplz: :icondemonginplz: :iconginsmileplz: :iconginnosepicking: :iconginblinking:
:iconmayolighterplz: :icontoushiplz: :iconmayocookingsh
Thinking in 3DA number of my watchers asked me to turn this journal into a news article:Thinking in 3D7 years ago in Art Features More Like This
What I'd like to talk about is a trick that has helped me to become better at 2D art. I'm sure many of you have heard that it's always better to draw from real life and from a model, and that tracing doesn't help you learn, but I don't know if anyone's ever explained why. I don't think anyone has ever told me. So I'm going to discuss how to make the best of different reference resources in order to get more out of drawing practice by thinking of your figure(s) in three dimensions.
When we make a drawing, painting, or any kind of 2D artwork, we're breaking down a 3D image onto a 2D plane. Even cartoons are representing a 3D object; it's just been taken further from a realistic painting to its barest structure.
This is an important thing to keep in mind while practicing drawing because it becomes a habit, especially for those people who like to dr
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.
PE: Learning to paint with deviantArtA lot of people want to learn to draw and paint better but they just don't know where to start. You don't need an expensive art course to learn and progress, sometimes the answers are not far away. On DeviantArt, artists not only share their artworks but many of them are willing to share their working secrets, they create tutorials and FAQ journals or simply answer to your notes if you ask them. When you know what you want to improve, searching for a good tip gets even easier.PE: Learning to paint with deviantArt3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Improve your drawings & sketches
Improve your watercolor painting
Women and Armor: Saying GOODBYE to Panty-Plate P1Hello ladies and gentlemen artists and designers and writers and anyone else who may want a rundown on my take on Women and Armor.Women and Armor: Saying GOODBYE to Panty-Plate P12 years ago in Personal More Like This
Beware: Here be cussin'!
I’m writing this because there is this gigantic upheaval in the comics, video game, Hollywood machine, etc. over how women are portrayed in popular media and I think these themes, themes of women in combat and having to use any sort of armor (or even simply getting dressed for combat) is a subject of major contention. I, for one, and kind of tired of seeing the Panty-plate or exposed important bits and then some dude (or publisher/company) telling me this female character is some sort of fighter.
Now, a little disclaimer before we get started:
While I may pull from sources about this issues and use examples to further my point, I am in NO way bashing someone’s art. Some of these people (mainly dudes) who draw these characters fucking rock. I mean:
Look at that thing. She’s a total badass and I of
Overcoming Creative BlockI think every artist has creative block from time to time. A friend of mine did recently, so I typed up my own remedy for it. And I liked how it turned out, so I think I'll post it here too. This is my advice on how to get past creative block - whether it's art block, writer's block, etc.Overcoming Creative Block2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here's what you do -
Go find a book or comic book you haven't read. Read it. If you haven't read the Bone series by Jeff Smith, or the Bakuman series (it's a manga), then go find those, and read them. Read the Inkheart trilogy. Read Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. Read Endymion Spring. Find a story and lose yourself in it.
Watch animated videos and movies you haven't seen. Here's a playlist of animated videos I liked. Pick a few and watch them, and really think about the artwork being created there. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?listLkDDYT9uliZfNKCIelqyVcQO_p_e0O7Jn&feature=mh_lolz
Go search for a web
How to become a better colorist? Part 2Hey hey,How to become a better colorist? Part 23 years ago in Personal More Like This
Another bunch of hopefully useful advices. I will probably collect it all, make some nice pics and share it as a tut, but don't have a clue when. Probably on my vacation in August.
Wait, I was supposed to get some rest then Oh, well.
Don't be afraid of experimenting! Use overlay and multiply layers over the one you're working on, with different colors to see how it affects the look of your coloring. Use even dodge and burn sometimes, with different ranges (Highlights, Midtones, Shadows etc), but don't overuse it and don't use it as a main tool of your shading. Rather to highlight some element (works well with metal parts) or to add contrast. Use photo filters. Use adjustment layers. Photoshop is a powerful tool! You can be surprised of the result you wouldn't think of on your own. If you're afraid of spoiling your precious drawing, duplicate layers before experimenting or make a snapshot (the icon in the middle on the bottom of History window in PS. Saves a current
Bad Critical TechniquesWhen you have any sort of following, on the internet or otherwise, you tend to become very adverse to criticism. In general, most criticism you get are trolls or an echo-chamber. And real, honest critics towards your work can seem exactly like one of those two groups. If they're harsh, it's easy to see them as a troll. If they're lenient, it's easy to see them as a part of the echo-chamber. Now there are certain ways to decide what's valid and what's invalid and here are some things that I've found will lead to destructive criticism. Keep in mind "everything you do is awesome!" is as much destructive criticism as "everything you do is crap." Keep in mind that this is very much a "do as I say, not as I do" journal, because I've learned a lot. Sometimes it takes people punching you in the face to realize that punching people in the face is wrong. But no (good) feedback should contain any of these "techniques." All of these are examples of destructive criticism.Bad Critical Techniques6 months ago in Personal More Like This
B.C.T. 1: "Nitpicking"<
PE: Importance of AnatomyThe importance of anatomy.PE: Importance of Anatomy3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Understanding anatomy is crucial to many aspects of your art.
You'll notice that anatomy is essential for drawing. It becomes difficult to accurately draw a complex pose, or even a simple one, if you don't understand what's under all that skin or fur, or even bark. Knowing how everything fits together is important.
Once you notice where that certain muscle is, shading and form become much more accurate and more natural. Knowing why the nose and eyes fall where they do make it much easier to draw from memory, and nail that natural look you were going for.
Learning the anatomy of the subject you're going to draw is quite important, and will definitely help you on several levels.
It's also easier to drawing sequences of movement. One will know what connects to what, and how they move. What is possible, and what isn't. (Range of motion)
Drawing people and other animals can be intimidating. Once you have a solid foundation, it's much easier
Am I ready to start freelancing?Hi,Am I ready to start freelancing?3 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
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
Quick Tips: On Referencing AnatomyReference from real life whenever possible.Quick Tips: On Referencing Anatomy4 years ago in Personal More Like This
When you reference or copy from another artist's studies/sketches/art, you may be copying their mistakes as well. Furthermore, an artist's studies are their notes and --just like with history or chemistry notes-- copying someone else's notes will not help you fully understand the material. To completely understand anatomy, you must take your own notes and build your own understanding through observation.
This is probably a no-brainer for many artists but... scruffynerfherder and I were talking about this last night, and with the increase of "anatomy studies" showing up on dA's front page, it's been on my mind. DA's resource category has some great material, but I also feel like there is a lot of misleading information taught by amateurs who really probably shouldn't be teaching things like shading or anatomy, because they have a less-than-stellar grasp on it themselves. I'm not trying to knock anyone here, but it's a bit tr