Stockers you should knowHey people! So, one of the many questions I get asked about how to improve figure drawing is where to find a suitable model. In a perfect world, friends and family members would sit for us artists for hours on end, however that's highly unlikely especially if you're looking for an "actiony" pose! Also, those of you who are just beginning to draw the figure need to do so from a human model. Drawing from life is, once again, ideal, but stock photos are the next best thing. Plus I'm always harping about dA's great stock so this is the list of some of the absolute best figurative/pose based human stockers on dA:Stockers you should know2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
#1.SenshiStock For Male and Female pose reference
Pose Reference Stock Resources You Need To KnowThere's lots of awesome models on DA and lots of great places on the web to find pose reference and stock! Here's a little list of some great places to check out for some quality pose reference stock:Pose Reference Stock Resources You Need To Know3 years ago in Personal More Like This
is a group I founded that accepts submissions of stock photos that are useful for pose reference. To be considered, the model must be wearing form fitting clothing or nude. There are separate folders for nude stock. Watching this group will result in quality pose reference stock appearing in your inbox!
You are here.
Non-nude female full body
Mostly male, mixed undies and nude. Some fem parts.
Her gallery is full of great female reference including some wonderful lying, reclining and sitting poses.
Small but useful gallery of plus size female model in form fitting clothing.
has a folder of
Misadventures of Flapjack PLZ GuideLast Updated: 2/6/14Misadventures of Flapjack PLZ Guide4 years ago in Personal More Like This
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Art Feature: Recent SenshiStock UsesJust a small feature to show you some of the great artwork people have made recently from my stock. Please take a moment to visit these lovely artists and enjoy their pretty things!Art Feature: Recent SenshiStock Uses2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Let it rain by chels-pooPractice pose 2 by Katoons88AU Ezio by YazoraPink by ingunnbfantidote to everything by crespella:thumb356438366:Art Trade: Zafina by Speckled-EggThistle Flower on the prowl by krahkaFemale marauder Warhammer fan art by derpingtimmy:thumb355266519:Guild Master by HarpyMarxTanis - Transform by evionTies by pilarouro
Fear of Blank Canvas.I've been painting since I was quite young.Fear of Blank Canvas.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
But still, I am overwhelmed and intimidated once I am facing the vast 'whiteness' of a blank canvas.
Like Goliath to little David, the empty space challenges me and I recoil.
I think being a good painter is nothing other than to overcome this fear of blank canvas.
Just like Van Gogh said,
a good painter never fears the canvas;
The canvas fears him.
Fantastic Stock and Where to Find It - Feature 23I've been making a collection of some of the brilliant stock artistsFantastic Stock and Where to Find It - Feature 233 years ago in Art Features More Like This
works that I have come across. It started off as stock I can't provide
myself so I look for other peoples so I can suggest them. The way I
choose is quite odd, when I see a stock image I have an instant image in
my head of what I could do or create out of that piece of stock. The
image also has to be crystal clear and easily altered.
Anyway, Check them out, I'm sure you'll agree, just click on their deviation.
Calm Lake by Burtn Landscape 73 by KittyKati727-stock :thumb337890401: :thumb338205525: 0533 by Slug22
0527 by Slug22 Fruits by SanStock :thumb338228869: Where They Walk 16 UNRESTRICTED by Elandria Mountain 296 - path on the crest of the mountain by Momotte2stocks
Mountain 295 - Palastre from the top by Momotte2stocks puerta by eross-666 Premade 04 - Dark background by HermitCrabStock Heidemoor by Burtn Background by FaniIoanna
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
Fan Art Fridays: The HobbitHello and welcome to the 3rd edition of Fan Art Fridays I'll be featuring 10-15 pieces of fan art, by fandom each week. This week will feature fanart from the Hobbit (since I get far too many Hobbit DD suggestions )Fan Art Fridays: The Hobbit3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
The Hobbit: Good morning! by lost-angel-less And him, Bofur by Sephiramy One ring to rule them all by acjub What Are All These Dwarves Doing In My House?! by ramida-r
Wheel of Time
Phantom of the Opera
How to Love YourselfOk, so in this group, I often, well pretty much always see people who are down on themselves, and don't like themselves, and that is bullshit. Every human being on this planet deserves to love themselves, and be happy with who they are.How to Love Yourself3 years ago in Personal More Like This
So here's what I did that really helped me. I know this sounds stupid, but the next time you do your shower/brush your teeth/bathroom routine, I want you (yes, anyone who doesn't like themselves enough, that means YOU!) to look in the mirror and tell yourself every good thing about you that you can think of. Tell yourself that you are beautiful, and smart, and that you work hard, and are good and kind, and loving, and that you care about people and that you're a good friend, that you're a good person who deserves to be happy, who deserves to be loved. Why? BECAUSE YOU ARE!!!!!
When I first started doing this, I felt so bad about myself, that when I told myself good things, it felt like I was lying, but I kept doing it every single day, until one day, I
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,
9 reasons to adore OIL PAINT1. FORGIVING - Oil is, even today, still one of the easiest and most forgiving mediums you can work in. Creating an oil painting is in fact relatively easy compared to other mediums such as watercolor or pastels.9 reasons to adore OIL PAINT3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
2. EASY TO CONTROL - Oil paints are easy to put onto a canvas or panel. You just put some paint on your brush and rub it on the canvas or panel. The paint will generally not run or move.
3. SMOOTH BLENDING - Oil paints are king of the ring when blending colors together and creating subtle blends. Wet-on-wet is the sure fire way to get a smooth transition in your painting.
4. COLOR STABILITY - One great property of oil paints is that they don't change color when they dry as opposed, for example, to acrylics or watercolor. Oils stay pretty-much the same for a long period of time (however, in a very long period of time, oil paintings have tendency to yellow).
5. EASY TO REMAKE - It's simple, just scrape the paint off with a paint knife and repa
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
A Quick Guide to Publishing ResourcesPublishing WeekA Quick Guide to Publishing Resources7 months ago in Personal More Like This
A lot of you are probably familiar with my extensive Publishing Resources List, and if you are, you probably know that it’s gotten rather…unwieldy. This article will serve as a quick guide to the most essential resources I’ve collected, so you don’t get too overwhelmed when you’re starting out.
My Idiot’s Guide to Lit Mag Publishing and Idiot’s Guide to Book Publishing are two good overviews of the most popular types of publishing. Another great resource for those of you hoping to publish books is this chart, which covers the different p
Instead: No String Attached Free Stock PhotosYes, the images on these sites are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the photos. The pictures are free for personal and even for commercial use. All without asking for permission or setting a link to the source. So that attribution is not required. All in all the photos are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.Instead: No String Attached Free Stock Photos4 months ago in Personal More Like This
Yes. Oh, and did I mention that these are all high quality, large photos, mostly with print resolution?
StockSnap - https://stocksnap.io/
Pexels - http://www.pexels.com/
Unsplash - https://unsplash.com/
Gratisography - http://www.gratisography.com/
Negative Space - http://negativespace.co/
ISO Republic - http://isorepublic.com/ (very, very slight restrictions only)
Pic Jumbo - https://picjumbo.com/
New Old Stock Photos - http://nos.twnsnd.co/
And another great one:
Tuesday feedback hourUPDATE: Tuesday Feedback Hour for this week is over, but you can still link your traditional artworks to get comments/critiques next week, also, don't forget to check out the features in the bottom of this journalTuesday feedback hour3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
We now have an official Tuesday Feedback hour stamp made by Zedna7, it's really awesome! Also, I welcome on board curlandgrazes, who volunteered to help me give you feedback & critique some of your work as well. Also thanks to DeaconStrucktor, who provided interesting links we all might use:
Deviant Guide: Good comments
Deviant Guide: Good responses
How to Write a Query LetterPublishing WeekHow to Write a Query Letter7 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
A query is kind of what it sounds like -- you're ASKING an agent or publisher if they're interested in seeing your book. But a query is more than hey what's up I'm awesome my book is awesome look at it plz! You have to write a professional letter that will entice the person who will read it into writing back with a HECK YES SHOW ME YOUR BOOK! (Okay, they probably won't say it like that. But you get the gist.)
The first line in your query should be:
Dear Ms./Mr. AgentLastName OR Dear Ms/Mr. EditorLastName
This might sound obvious, but you never EVER want to address a query with Dear Sirs/Madams or To Whom it May Concern. You also don't want to address it to the publisher or the agency. You are writing a specific agent or a specific editor, whom you've taken the time to research. You know what this person likes and you think he or she will like your book. So address them personally.
The next lines should should look something like:
Poetry Basics: EmotionsEmotions in poetryPoetry Basics: Emotions2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Writing, at its very base, is communication. We write to communicate — with someone else, with ourselves — when we write, we arrange words in a manner that is intended to be read. This is very important because, no matter what or how you write, this one basic fact never changes. If you get stuck at any point, you can come back to this sturdy foundation. I am writing to communicate; what do I want to communicate?
Often, the answer is emotions: how you feel, or how you want your reader to feel. As Gregory Corso wrote, "You must feel! It's beautiful to feel!"
We all feel, but how we express our feels is a matter of perspective. If we are too flippant with our choice of words, our readers will think we are shallow. If we are too brooding and deliberate, our readers may find us incomprehensible. Finding a balance takes work and dedication.
But that work and dedication is what distinguishes
YJ Hiatus Activities!Hey guys!YJ Hiatus Activities!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
As we all probably now know, we're going into a hiatus for the summer time! yeaaah, no one's excited about that, and we've got the solution for you!
I'm not sure how many of you are on tumblr, but anyway, a bunch of us made a blog to host events to keep everyone entertained and busy during the hiatus!
If you want to check the blog, it's right here: http://yj-hiatus-survival.tumblr.com/
The events will start this coming Monday with Character Days, where you can submit art, fanfics, graphics, or even AMVs!
The schedule goes as follows:
June 25-27: Dick Grayson/Robin/Nightwing
June 28-30: Roy Harper/Speedy/Red Arrow
July 1-3: Kaldur’ahm/Aqualad
July 4-6: Wally West/Kid Flash
July 7-9: Conner Kent/Superboy
July 10-12: M’gann M’orzz/Miss Martian
July 13-15: Artemis Crock
July 16-18: Zatanna Zatara
July 19-21: Rocket
July 22-28: Justice League/Villains
July 29-August 4: Minor Characters
August 5-7: Tim Drake/Robin
August 8-10: Garfield Logan/Beast Boy
CUBEBRUSH Forum Critique Sessions 1-2-3CUBEBRUSH Forum Critique Sessions 1-2-31 year ago in Personal More Like This
Literary Terminology GuideLit Basics WeekLiterary Terminology Guide1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
This will be a straightforward article that lists some basic literary terms (in alphabetical order) that can be found in, well, literary works. You could use some of these terms to write a spectacular poem or prose piece about cake.
Before we get started, head on over to this other PE article that lists a BUNCH of Poetry Terms and Techniques.
An item of soft, sweet food made from a mixture of flour, shortening, eggs, sugar, and other ingredients, baked and often decorated. Also known as the first half of my otp.
A narrative that has multiple layers of meanings. Allegories are written in the form of fables, parables, poems, stories, and almost any other style or genre. The main purpose of an allegory is to tell a story that has characters, a setting, as well as other types of symbols, that have both literal and figurative meanings.
A reference to someth
What's Wrong With Praise?So this is another one of those artistic taboos we're never suppose to talk about, apparently. The idea of giving back positive feedback to an artist. It's seen as "coddling" as "babying" as "inflating the ego" and has such intense negative associations. It seems to be generally accepted that the only way to critique someone's work is to point out ONLY the negative parts. Any attempt to point out anything positive or something you liked about the work is seen as being unhelpful towards the artist's growth.What's Wrong With Praise?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
And frankly I think that's a bunch of hogwash.
Speaking from my own experience, I rarely ever get anything positive said about my work in a constructive way. I might get a lot of "good jobs" or people talking happily about my comics because they made them laugh, but I rarely if ever get any comments that go into detail explaining WHY I did something right. On the flip side, the amount of negative criticism and nitpicking is almost hilariously rampant, not just on my artwork but on th
PE Prose Basics: Hear Me My Audience!!Hello everyone!PE Prose Basics: Hear Me My Audience!!2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Throughout this week we will be discussing a variety of elements in prose writing and this topic is something which isn't just relevant to prose writers, but can be applied to all forms.
Imagine your piece of work is laid out on a stage for people to read. In the seats are the people who you want to read it- who are they? Can you see their faces, imagine their lives? Why have they been drawn to come see your work and read your story? What did you to to keep that audience sat down and interested in your work? Did you think about them when you wrote?
An audience is anyone who could potentially read your work. In writing, we talk about "target audience" and how understanding that audience can help shape the way you write. That intended audience could be specified by age, interests, personalities, cultural background, religion- anything! Of course you may gain readers outside of that target group, but considering your audience will involve your reader in the wr
Music JournalHere's a fun experiment for you guys, if you wish to participate. I'm going to give a link to five different scores of music and you guys have to tell me what you felt as you listened to it. This exercise is supposed to be something of a warmup for your imagination. For you to understand exactly what kind of effect music has on us when we listen to it.Music Journal3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here are the rules:
1) If it's a track from a movie you know, please DO NOT tell me what happens in that scene in the film. That is not the point to this exercise. I know it'll be hard not to do that because of the chosen soundtracks, but try to be creative.
2) Tell me what emotions you feel while listening to the one you felt was strongest. So that means CHOOSE ONE to speak about. Angry, sad, joyful, blahblah XD
3) Be creative and have fun! Draw or something while you're listening
Okay, so here are the tracks:
Resources/Advice - Anatomy and PosesPreviously: Heads and Faces and Stuff to Listen to While DrawingResources/Advice - Anatomy and Poses1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Starting off, we have my all time favorites!
Simplifying the figure: This is my very favorite anatomy deviation and I still come back to it when I need to amp myself up for drawing some anatomies. It’s just so simplified yet still accurate! It makes breaking down the body into simple shapes easier to understand. When I start working out a person’s anatomy, this is what they’ll look like, because details get in the way at that point and structure and form are what’s important to get down.
Muscles: One of the best resources on the internet for anatomy is