PE: Importance of AnatomyThe importance of anatomy.PE: Importance of Anatomy2 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
Background TipsHey all! I've gotten a few people asking me about advice for drawing backgrounds. So instead of being a true gentleman and writing each person back separately, I figure it's easier to tackle this with an nice, impersonal journal post! Maybe one day I'll shoot a tutorial or something to actually demonstrate what I'm talking about, but for now a quick list will have to do.Background Tips3 years ago in Personal More Like This
*Before I start, a quick disclaimerby no means do I have "it" figured out. My opinions on backgrounds and how to tackle them are always changing. And a lot of what I think is based on the artists on whose shoulders I stand upon. Feel free to disagree with any of this.
Remember those point-and-click adventure games from the 90s? I loved those games! Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Flashback, Full Throttle, Space Quest, Hero Questadventure games blew me away by how beautiful, imaginative and expansi
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 P11 year 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
Artist WalkthroughThis walkthrough focuses on:Artist Walkthrough2 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
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
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
How to become a better colorist?Hey guys and girls. Today something especially for you. Some useful tips from coloring artist.How to become a better colorist?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Some of you asked me about tutorial. I really wanted to write one but they are so time consuming.
So let's start.
1. Make good flats at the start. Use polygonal lasso tool in Photoshop and then Paint bucket tool, it's the most accurate method. Filling areas with brushes is wrong, believe me. You will swear to gods and scream out loud trying to later fill all these tiny holes you didn't notice white painting flats with brush.
Of course don't stick to this advice too much. If you have a bunch of tiny elements it's obvious that it's better to color them with hard brush than to use lasso, especially the polygonal one
My way of doing flats is to make every particular color/character on a separate layer. For example, having two girls, sky and clouds in the picture, I make 3 groups: background, girl1, girl2. Then in each group I make layers for: sky, clouds, skin, hair, shirt, jeans... etc. May look
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 deviantArt2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Improve your drawings & sketches
Improve your watercolor painting
5 Tips On Dialogue, Part OneEDIT: If you like this journal entry, check out The Sarcastic Guide to Writing ebook http://www.amazon.com/The-Sarcastic-Guide-Writing-ebook/dp/B005TOCC1C for exclusive content on world-building, character, and dialogue!5 Tips On Dialogue, Part One4 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. Good dialogue implies more then what is being said. Dialogue is a tool for characterization, because if character is action, talking is a free action. (Heh.) What is being said not always as important as how it's being said. A character who is constantly sarcastic, or quiet in the face of fury, or downright serene and gleeful on a battlefield says a lot about their character. Dialogue can convey this easily. Some dialogue can be straight and to-the-point, like "Swerve left to avoid the deer!" but when used as characterization you should always consider the A point and B point of your dialogue. Consider point A to be the direct information that serves the story and the plot.
5 Tips on Dialogue: Part TwoEDIT: If you like this journal entry, check out The Sarcastic Guide to Writing ebook http://www.amazon.com/The-Sarcastic-Guide-Writing-ebook/dp/B005TOCC1C for exclusive content on world-building, character, and dialogue!5 Tips on Dialogue: Part Two4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Not sure when the next update is; I'm probably going to be starting another novel here soon.
1. Said is king. Meyer! You little minx; thank you for providing me with a perfect reason why Said Bookisms suck so bad! http://reasoningwithvampires.tumblr.com/tagged/dialogue_tags Replacing said with anything should be done with hesitation. Dialogue stands on its own. Give your readers credit: we really can understand how something is being said by the dialogue alone. When characters whine, moan, sniff, or do anything with an adverb, their dialogue probably needs punching up. Sometimes it's unavoidable, but do try not to let yourself fall off the slippery slope.
FAQEste Journal es una sección donde encontraras preguntas frecuentes del Journal de códigos HTML para dA CÓDIGOS//ESFAQ1 year ago in Personal More Like This
— No me funciona el código de imágenes ¿Qué hago?.
Respuesta: Antes de dejar un comentario como este o parecido POR FAVOR asegúrate de que escribiste el código correctamente. Fácilmente puedes copiar el código y sólo retirarle el asterisco, no hay necesidad de quitarle o ponerle algo.
— ¿Qué es lo que abarca el código de imágenes?
Respuesta: El código de imágenes abarca en formatos comunes como .gif .png .jpg.
Este código puede ser usado en tu perfil de deviantART pero no en comentarios y/o descripciones de una deviation.
— Que tal si quiero hacer un enlace con texto
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)
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
Let The Light In: Art Features:icongood-intention:Let The Light In: Art Features2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
'Let The Light In (LTLI) is a new tutorial series from the group Good-Intention that will focus on the hows and whys of committing good deeds around the deviantART community.
The first edition of this series will focus on how to create an art feature in order to help fellow friends and artists gain some exposure for their work, regardless of the media. This is a fantastic way to brighten someone's day, and promote some positivity.
What Is An Art Feature?
An Art Feature is a journal (blog / article) that showcases deviations from one, or multiple artists. You may peruse the Art Feature Folder for some examples. Users choose to create art features for a number of reasons, from showcasing artwork they admire, to helping under-appreciated artists gain more views, to promoting art from their friends or watchers. No matter what the motivation, art features are a great way t
Tip of the Day: Mental BlindersSometimes you really have to just shut your brain off after making a good decision and just do it. Too many times we find that we know what to do but just don't do it. Today, come to a decision that is something you KNOW is a good one, then put on the mental blinders and just FOCUS on that task.Tip of the Day: Mental Blinders3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I think part of what success I've achieved so far has come from being able to focus on one thing for long periods of time like Forrest Gump.
Sending positive vibes to you all!
The Artist Hopsital Helpful Video Catalog!LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOK!The Artist Hopsital Helpful Video Catalog!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I got something!
So I made a bunch of videos plus I fav a bunch (mostly SAI but what you see can be translated form program to program). I thought I would be nice and share the ones I've found the most useful and fun to watch. I promise, these videos along with an abundance of tutorials, you won't even know which one to experiment with first!
And this is just the tip of ye old iceberg! When I find more I'll post them.
Have some videos?
Why not drop them in the comments, nyo? I'll take a look and add them to the list! I'll also try to get some more manga Studio stuff up as well.
Manga Studio EX4 Videos:
Sketching and Inking
Painttool SAI Videos:
How to get the most out of your keywordsThe keywords of your prints play an important role in how your artwork is discovered using our Print Shop's search feature. This will enable you to search through the prints available on deviantART using their keywords. Here are some tips for using keywords that will help people find your work:How to get the most out of your keywords8 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Use as many words as you can
The more words you use, the more times your print will be viewed. Let's say, for instance, you are posting an image of some lovely roses. Some keywords you may use are "roses, flowers, plants, nature, Valentine's Day, romance, love, gift, bouquet, red, bloom, blossoms..." and anything else you can think of (while keeping it relevant, of course).
Keep them on topic
Sure, putting in "Harry Potter" and "hot girls" will get you more hits; however, there is a very slim chance the people searching for those words are going to buy your print if it doesn't have to do with the subject they've searched for. Try to keep your keywords rel
Comic ResourcesSo, the most common note I get is the following:Comic Resources4 years ago in Personal More Like This
I love your comic! I'm making one. Do you have any tips you could give me?
First of all, I can't say thank you enough to all the encouragement. You guys have no idea how much it helps when I'm up until 3am working on pages, to know that people care enough to leave nice comments and favs. <3
For all those that were too shy to ask, or for all that come looking in the future, I'm compiling a list of comic resources (and this is written for more graphic novels, as opposed to gag strip comics):
1. Why to make a comic/graphic novel:
Practice: There is nothing wrong with drawing or writing a comic for practice. Comics force you to use poses that you might not normally draw, and thus can vastly improve your skills. They also force you to think in a visual narrative, instead of stock poses with sly smiles and brooding glowers. You probably will
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
Features of SeptemberHi everyone! Sorry for the lateness again! Here are the monthly features.Features of September2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The Monthly Features
Tutorials on anatomy
How to draw the human body by odduckoasis
Simplify Human Anatomy guide by sakimichan
Understanding anatomy series by FOERVRAENGD
Tutorials on animals
Bird Wing Tutorial by TheAntimonyElement
Improving Anatomy Tutorial by TamberElla
Animal Eye Tutorial by daisy7
Tutorials on general drawing
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
Tip of the Day: Dealing with StressStress is the root for many health problems. It's not necessary. Just do what you need to do. Stop stressing.Tip of the Day: Dealing with Stress3 years ago in Personal More Like This
In high pressure situations if I start stressing I will think what is the worst that could happen and how could I bounce back from that. Once I see that I would still be ok and be able to come back from that difficulty... then the stress disappears. Then I start imagining what would it feel like to be successful and that gets me excited to continue towards my goals.
Stress is something that everyone deals with in their own ways but if you don't have an effective way to deal with it, feel free to try my method.
Tip of the Day: Making PlansAlways have a plan. At the very least it's a great start off point. Then look for fate to guide you in the right direction. The best plans are the ones that have room for adjustments.Tip of the Day: Making Plans3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sending positive vibes to you all.
The Perfect Bait http://www.theperfectbait.com
Inspiration and Resources!Hey dear watchers and visitorsInspiration and Resources!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I decided to write this journal because I need your help. I noticed that I really donīt know as many inspirational and especially EDUCATIONAL sites/blogs as I would like to. Iīm interested in drawing in general, but also in animation and story telling. Thatīs why it would be so kind from you if you could tell me which places you usually go. And maybe I can help you too by giving you some adresses which are really interesting(but I think also very well-known so you might know them already).
The sites that I visit frequently:
Deja View http://andreasdeja.blogspot.de/
Cartoon Brew: http://www.cartoonbrew.com/
Animators Resource http://animatorsresource.blogspot.de/
If you knew any similar adresses, it would be so cool. Thank you