Syn's Dithering TutorialWhat is dithering?Syn's Dithering Tutorial7 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Dithering is a pixel art process used to blend blocks of colour together or help apply a texture to a pixelled surface. Within emoticons it is most commonly used when making pixelled backgrounds, however it can be used in a number of other areas, e.g. massive emote bases, pixel objects etc. In this tutorial, we will focus on how 2 colours can be blended with dithering.
To break dithering down into simple terms, it is achieved by simply taking the colours from the two blocks of colour and placing individual pixels of each on the opposite side. This creates a region where the two colours merge together to create a more blended colour transition instead of a clear line between the two.
Dithering can seem like a complex process, but it's really not. Once you get the basic idea and technique, it's just all about practice and over time you'll learn how to apply it to a number of different situations. There are many dithering styles which can be
Tutorial and Features: Landscape PhotographyLANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHYTutorial and Features: Landscape Photography7 years ago in Art Features More Like This
In the spirit of continuing to share insight and knowledge that I've learned from my experiences with photography, this will be my third tutorial on photographic subjects and techniques. Previously I've submitted articles discussing digital camera noise (found HERE), and Neutral Density filters (found HERE). I want to keep up with this, and hone it into a more helpful concept. So this is the first one where I will try and provide a holistic coverage of a topic. Today's topic is landscapes.
The most important factor of any landscape is focal range. A landscape is characterized by a massive depth of field, that puts a vast and deep scene into sharp focus. This is often overlooked by amateur photographers, who tr
My Tutorials Now AvailableI've noticed that some people have been wanting me to make a tutorial on how I draw my feathered wings, so here it is on YouTube!My Tutorials Now Available11 months ago in Personal More Like This
I'll also be taking requests on the next video tutorial on feathered wings, but ONLY ONE AT A TIME! First comes, first served.
If you're interested in suggesting the next tutorial, send a request to me via note and I'll see what I can do.
I have other videos on my YouTube page too, so have a look!
I'll be posting more soon and updating this journal whenever newer videos are ready to post, so stay tuned and enjoy!:iconapplejackplz:
GUEST JOURNAL: DROEMARWritten by: :icondroemar: !GUEST JOURNAL: DROEMAR2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Why Writing Animal Comics Doesn't Mean You're Automatically Awesome
I read a lot of animal comics, and with the exception those I can count on hand, I'm constantly dismayed by consistent mistakes in story that I see. Apparently, the motivation for many seems be that A) drawing animals will be easier and B) I don't have to do anything story-wise because everyone loves (insert animal here)!
The first argument I have to make is if you characters were human, would they still be interesting? That goes for you the author and for the fans of a comic. Would you have clicked that fav if there were people there instead of horses? How about instead of wolves or unicorns? Would you have even bothered? (My guess is probably not, since creepy humans throw us off way more than creepy horses or wolves.)
But this rule comes down twice as hard on the author, because I can't tell you the number of times that people don't bother with major, important story things
Featuring painting tutorials v2Continuing on sharing super helpful tutorials found throughout DA.Featuring painting tutorials v22 years ago in Personal More Like This
:thumb192661177:Eye tutorial - an update by ~acidlullaby
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Marta Dahlig PS Brushes by ~Dante-Picasso eye-walkabout by *cypherx Realistic Lace Tutorial by *Negshin
Adding Skin Texture by *Sheridan-J Art Tutorial: Color Theory by `Xadrea The Big Long Tutorial: Part 01 by ~shesta713
The Big Long Tutorial: Part 02 by ~shesta713 The Big Long Tutorial: Part 03 by ~shesta713 :thumb145692407:
See ya next week! Enjoy!!!
Tack's Book of TipsThis is kind of like a FAQ but not really. Different people have asked me the same questions about, for example, how to share realistically, how to figure out lighting, how to get a certain look/style, how to handle annoying commenters, etc.Tack's Book of Tips9 months ago in Personal More Like This
So this is going to have information about how I create my art and even a few tips on how to
survivehandle being a part of the RPG stable world.
It's all from my own point of view, it is not the 100% definite way of going about things. I am not perfect, I have a lot to learn. I'm just sharing with you all what I've learned so far.
This isn't really a place open to serious discussion/debate. If you don't agree with some points, that is fine. But as I said these are just some things I've learned and experienced.
If you have any questions that haven't already been answered here, you can go ahead and comment below and I'll update the list with an answer if applicable
This list will be continuously added to, so be sure to check
GUEST JOURNAL: Songdog-StrayFangSome notes on Time ManagementGUEST JOURNAL: Songdog-StrayFang2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Journal written by: :iconSongdog-StrayFang:
Let’s get objective folks. Right down to the technical. I could list off several reasons why your comic is failing but you could sit there and deny them all because, hey, it’s subjective. It’s all opinion, right? But today, we’re going to focus on the physical and undeniable.
Yup, we’re doing some math today. Now I know the majority of you probably aren’t math people (I’m an English major myself) but we’ll keep this simple. So there are 7 days a week, 4 weeks in a month. Easy to keep track of right? Well how many pages do you produce a week? How many pages do you produce a month?
Realistically, a person with a life is probably making a page (one, single, not plural) every 2 weeks or so. That’s about 2 pages a month, or 24 pages a year. But let’s not forget there are people who do maybe 1 page a month, so 12 a year.
Think about this. Where is yo
Tutorials and techniquesQuite a lot of people keep asking me for tutorials and to be honest I see no point in creating yet another strip on how to paint skin/clothes/light/carrots/whatever. There are so many of them out there that it would be simply a waste of time to sit and basically copy what's already been told.Tutorials and techniques2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Instead, I've decided to make a compilation of different tutorials and charts that I personally use to learn how to paint.
The most important thing you need to learn even before starting to read a tutorial is that all walk-throughs are meant for you to understand how things work. My point is that after reading and later practicing a tutorial called 'how to paint a glass duck' you should be able to paint not only a glass duck but also anything else made of glass. You should concentrate on understanding the rules and patterns instead of trying to copy what you see on the image. Otherwise you'll end up knowing how to paint only a few things from only one perspective and one lightning pattern.
Animation Tools and Plugins (Flash)I've compiled a list of useful extensions and plugins for flash animators. You can also view this list on my tumblr, in case formatting got screwed up: http://zedrin-stormshock.tumblr.com/post/39765359684/flash-animation-toolbox-guideAnimation Tools and Plugins (Flash)1 year ago in Personal More Like This
To install these plugins, download them, open up your Extension Manager, click ‘install’, and select the .zxp or .mxp file. There should be a description in each file of where to enable the plugin in Flash.
Toon Monkey (David Wolfe)
These are a collection of tools to suit your fancy. Most of them do single functions, so read their descriptions and decide what would be useful. I've listed some of the ones I recommend.
For assets and puppet rigging, I would recommend libAppend and Search and Replace, which allow you to rapidly name and rename symbols.FrameEDIT and FrameEXIT make editing nested symbols easier by taking
Tutorials and techniques 2It's time to refresh the tutorial journal! Added some new ones and removed those which, after some time, I found a bit misleading.Tutorials and techniques 21 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Below you'll find a list of tutorials I personally think of as the best on dA. If I have any problems with painting something I usually take a look at one of those.
Is there anything you're having troubles with? Need help looking for a good tutorial? Or maybe you'd like to see a video walk-through of me painting something?
I'm open for suggestions for what kind of tutorial/walk-through you'd like to see from me. If you're interested in anything, post your suggestions in the comments!
Poses, composition and perspective
Expressions and emotions
Colour theory, selection and mixing VS light
Blending Tutorial by ~acidlullaby :thumb146178
Technicalities of Pixel Art - ResizingSometimes, we want an image at a specific size for a specific use. People may notice that when we try to scale pixel art, we tend to run into issues as our computer will most likely ruin its crisp quality which we want out of this medium of art.Technicalities of Pixel Art - Resizing1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
IN A NUTSHELL: You can only scale pixel art by multiplying its dimensions by a whole number and without interpolation (e.g. 50x50 by a factor of 2 to get 100x100).
To prevent confusion, no interpolation is functionally the same as nearest-neighbor interpolation. It apparently depends on what the software calls this method of scaling images.
Why is this?
It should first be noted that resizing most images will mess with its quality, but it hurts pixel art out of other images the most if not done correctly. In order to understand why scaling pixel art is especially problematic, here's a fun puzzle:
Consider a 8x8 checker pattern we can create as an image that is 8 pixels tall and 8 pixels wide. Now, what if we
Character Design: An introductionCharacter Design: An introduction11 months 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
Types of Artist blues, what helped, what didn'tThere are several artist blues I know of, since I have experienced practically all of them during the past few months since 2011. I will write about how I got them, how I overcome them. What helped, what didn't.Types of Artist blues, what helped, what didn't9 months ago in Personal More Like This
Some of these blues are professional freelance blues, happens to those who are making their own series/productions and when there's money and risk involved.
Some of these blues are shared by all artists.
Before the production even starts, the fear of it failing caused me to think about failing instead of success. It makes me hesitate about actually working on the project before I even produce anything.
What helped- Refocus on what I am making the project for, what's the true message I try to convey with the project, make that shine, and try to choose a cheap launch platform that makes it cost-effective.
What didn't help- trying to level up on art skill. It helped with my overall art as work for hire, it didn't help with
TUTORIAL FEATURE I - Digital Manga Style Coloring LINEART COLORINGTUTORIAL FEATURE I - Digital Manga Style Coloring1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
DIGITAL MEDIA: Tutorial for soft cell shading by ~getty Digital Painting Tutorial by `Dianae Coloring Skin Tutorial by ~sleckt
TRADITIONAL MEDIA: :thumb153461491:
Hair shading tutorial by *KirameKirai Tutorial: Coloring Hair by *Curryuku Hair Coloring Tutorial by =Popo-Licious Realism Tutorial by ~yumixHair Coloring Tutorial by ~MissNysha How to paint anime-styled hair by ~getty
Tutorial for how to paint eyes by ~getty An Anime Eyes Tutorial by ~joulee Fantasy Eyes Tutorial by =sanguisGelidus
If you want to share here with us more anime style tutorials just write a comment ^^
That's all, people! [Heart] I hope you will enjoy these features! [Love]
[Deviation love] More Features [Deviation love]
Pheleon's Guide to Plush-MakingLots of people ask about plush-making tips, so I'm going to compile all the info that I know in this entry. There's a lot that I can't explain because I don't know how... My style is really trial/error, or just winging it, or eyeballing stuff, so it's really not the type of thing I can convey in words. Therefore, if you send me a note/comment/email and I don't respond, it's likely because I don't know what to say...Pheleon's Guide to Plush-Making2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Tutorials I've made...
Where to buy materials/fabric/supplies...
I wrote a blog entry on all my plushie supplies: http://pheleon.blogspot.com/2011/09/plushie-supplies.html
Please read it if you were wondering where I get my materials. If you're not from Montreal (as lots of you definitely aren't!), all the online ressources are at the end of the entry, so skip the beginning part.
And although I'm sounding like a broken record (because people still ask m
Surprise! Let's talk about Feedback Taboos!Hello, everyone!Surprise! Let's talk about Feedback Taboos!9 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Surprise, surprise! I'm `fluf-studios, and I'm using this tasty article labeled as "Small Surprise #2" to cover an equally surprising topic. A topic so surprising yet so indulging, you'll have no idea why they let an insane person like me write it. Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce you to "Feedback Taboos"!
"What are these so called 'Feedback Taboos?" you are asking.
Giving Feedback on amazing artworks that don't need improvement
Giving Feedback on an art form you're not familiar with
Giving Feedback on Articles And Tutorials
Why are they considered taboos? Because they may seem 1. too hard to do, 2. too far-fetched, or 3. just outright pointless. Sure, not doing these taboos does not seem like a big deal, but it is. They are all helpful in a whole, yet rarely done, if not done at all. Feedback, as long as it's constructive and helpful, is good, regardless of the submission it was made on.
Genetics / Color HelpThis list has been edited and tidied up--while we are happy to help everyone to understand genetics a little better, the group is not here to provide you genetic lessons. If you're not sure about something you're free to ask, but remember that there are a lot of amazing resources out there, including some linked below!Genetics / Color Help2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here's some very basic genetic info:
Remember there are a lot of fabulous piles of information on the internet!
I have tried my best to make this simple and easy to understand.
Unless you can prove I'm writing something wrong, the group is not interested in disussing or changing this journal or add extra details.
This is the basic info that will help our new breeders understand colors a bit better according to the Nordanner.
I do not care that actual genetic knowledge would fill several pages, as long as I am not entirely incorrect and info is easy to understand!
So please leave genetic opinions and knowhow to your own journals.
How To : FeaturesSince i get asked a lot how i create my Features i decided to write a short tutorial about it, i hope it will help some of you :How To : Features1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
What we want to create :
Of course you can add a lot more photos ! ( Example : http://kara-a.deviantart.com/journal/Watchers-Feature-II-Part-1-328802678 )
The html code :
<da:deviation id="312488093" width="600">
<da:deviation id="328534872" width="200"><da:deviation id="309814893" width="400">
- the first part (
PE: The importance of the learning processHello again my lovely readers!! I had some issues with my computer and my internet conection yesterday but I hope they are fixed already. If nothing goes wrong, we’re having another chat event today in around 5 hours from the posting of this journal (2PM PDT – Los Angeles) in :#communityrelations: chatroom! I’ll raffle another 300 among the participants and we’ll have a small critique event and trivia! Join us!PE: The importance of the learning process5 months ago in Art Features More Like This
The importance of the learning process
In the past days I’ve given you tips on how to draw, I’ve shared tutorials covering different topics and you’ve had the chance to meet professional artists who gave us valuable pieces of advice in their interviews. I want to dedicate this article to talk about the importance of the learning process and how to make the best out of every opportunity to extend your knowledge.
THE FIRST STEPS OF THE PATH
Most of us have found our favo
Adoptables, Writing an Artist's DescriptionA Good DescriptionAdoptables, Writing an Artist's Description2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Concerning adoption, a good description is always needed. It informs the purchaser about everything they need to know about the character and the adoption itself.
Basics of a Good Description:
Use proper grammar
A lot of deviants are *not* native english speakers and all the english they know is what they have been taught in school so try to use proper grammar. Talking and writing are not the same thing, 'your' and 'you're' do not mean the same thing and should *not* be written in the same way. Some mistakes or 'typos' can always happen, but as long as most of your writing is correct, the odd mistake is forgivable.
Unless you're a writer working on a stream of consciousness, periods and commas are not optional. (And remember that the first letter after a period is always capitalized)
No walls of text
Writing every sentence after the other without leaving spaces ever so often is
Glitch tutorial!because =castIes asked me for one! uwuGlitch tutorial!11 months ago in Art Features More Like This
I hope it helps!
1. You need a draw.
Ill be using a old one of cake!
2. Save/Export it as BMP! This is important, if you dont save it as .bmp the glitching wont work!
3. Now that you have your .bmp file open it in WORDPAD, yes the normal text editing program!
4. And after you opened it in wordpad it will prolly look something like this:
5. DONT CHANGE ANYTHING!
Just click save!
4. And after that, your picture will look something like this:
And that's it!
If you want a different glitch version just open A COPY of your drawing (bmp) and drag a picture or gif file into the code!
Digital painting tips for beginners.I'm not the best person to give advice about art, once I do not consider myself an artist (yes, it's true lol). But I've always been very curious and interested with the theme "digital painting", and I spent (and still spend) hours and hours watching videos 2 hours long on Youtube lol livestreams, etc.. I think I'm the only person who has the patience for it, hahahaha, but it was what helped me to evolve and learn all the techniques I know now to perform my work. I asked the help of many artists that I admire, and some even helped me, but most of them do not care how much you want to learn. Thinking about it, I decided to make this journal to pass them what little I know, and I hope that this is helpful for someone. Are simple tips and a little obvious, but unknown for some people who just started in this world full of possibilities. I only ask, first of all, for you dont give up. The difficulties were made to be overcome.Digital painting tips for beginners.8 months ago in Art Features More Like This
This is the central theme of the
TUTORIAL FEATURES II - Paint Tool SAI SAI or Easy Paint Tool SAI (ペイントツールSAI) is a lightweight raster graphics editor and painting software for Microsoft Windows developed and published by SYSTEMAX Software.TUTORIAL FEATURES II - Paint Tool SAI1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
The painting application is available in both Japanese, and an official English translation. An unofficial fanmade translation for the software also exists. It can be purchased directly through the developers' website,and purchases through PayPal are now also accepted in addition to the BitCash and TelecomCredit payment systems that have been available for Japanese users.
Paint Tool SAI is available on Microsoft Windows 98, Me, 2000, XP, Vista, 7 and 8.
SAI Official Web site (Japanese)
SAI Official Web site (English)
I would like to take this opportunity to feature and promote a few tutorials that I've fo
Custom Boxes CollectionHey =TaNa-Jo speakingCustom Boxes Collection2 months ago in Art Features More Like This
I decided to put all resources I know in one "Collection" together that everyone has an overview in form of a big list This is more helpful than searching through deviantART and clicking through a deviants gallery
Tutorial for boxes:
I made a tutorial for adding those boxes into your custom boxes
Normal colorful Boxes
Where it says ORANGE you can edit it to the following colors : purple, red, green, gray, black, orange, blue, white
Other colorful boxes: