Step by Step : My Pixel BasicsStep by Step : My Pixel Basics2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I've had people from time to time ask me how I pixel, and I've never really been sure how to explain. It hasn't been until the past few years that i've really thought too much about what I was doing beyond experimenting and learning new things. I think I've rounded out some basic guidelines I usually follow and a friend wanted some advice so I decided to attempt some sort of explanation
Below are some step by step images and commentary. Please note that there is no one right way to create a piece of art. This Step by Step is meant only to impart some understanding of how I do things . In Pixel art alone there are many many 'styles'. I encourage anyone reading to look up more than one tutorial and seek critique if trying to learn their own pixel style.
Please excuse any spelling mistakes, and take note that I use Photoshop 7.0, but the same principals sh
Syn's Dithering TutorialWhat is dithering?Syn's Dithering Tutorial2 years 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
PE: Decorating Your ProfileCommunity WeekPE: Decorating Your Profile2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Your profile page is the first thing people will see when they click on your name, so it's very important to leave a good impression! This article will provide some useful tips and tricks for both premium and non-premium members who want to convert their profile into their own, unique page. First off, some Do's and Don'ts of profile decoration:
Use dA's profile widgets-- there are lots of great options to chose from
Show off some art (that's what people are here for!)
Express your personality through colors, stamps, gifs, etc.
Add so many images that your profile takes forever to load
Use garish or headache-inducing colors
Make text difficult to read with dark backgrounds
While many widgets are restricted or locked for non-premium members, there are still a variety of great widgets that you can add to your profile, even without a membership.
PE: How to Make a Large EmoticonHow to Make a Large EmoticonPE: How to Make a Large Emoticon2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I have been asked many times how I make my big emoticons. How I shade it, dither it, etc, so I am going to make a step by step tutorial on how I make large emoticons. Even if you already know how to, you might find something useful in this. Be aware that I am using photoshop elements 3.0, so this technique can be preformed in almost any program that has layers and custom pencil brush sizes and or a hollow and filled circle tool. If your program doesn't have layers or adjustable circles of any kind (whether it be the pencil tool or the circle tool), you should be able to get around it somehow, but if you can't figure it out, I would recommend gimp. It works on Macs, Windows, or Linux computers. You can get a free download at gimp.org.
Start by making a hollow circle. The color of it should be a really dark shade of the color you want the emote to be. I'm making a blue emote, so
CustomBox+Journal Tips n Tricks-Updated 25-Sep-14More updates comings soon!!CustomBox+Journal Tips n Tricks-Updated 25-Sep-143 years ago in Art Features More Like This
You may put all your queries here in this blog comments.
Tips & tricks
1. How to align your elements in custombox or journal?
Use the following code:
You can change the alignment to left, right, center & justify by simply replacing the words as shown below
2. How do you change the font-size in a custombox?
Use the following code:
Your text here
Your text here
Your text here
Your text here
Your text here
Your text here
Your text here
Font size = 1
Font size = 2
Font size = 3
Font size = 4
Font size = 5
Font size = 6
Font size = 7
3. How to change your font in a Custombox/Journal?
Use the following tag to change your font in your custombox.
Your text here
Your text here
Your text here
Safe fonts to use
Georgia ----- The quick brown fox
Hints and Tips #3 : Paths in GIMPHints & Tips is a new series of articles here at #projecteducate designed to bring you short, concise articles that give you some great artistic advice. To check out previous articles in the series follow this link. If you want to write an article, note #projecteducateHints and Tips #3 : Paths in GIMP1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
First of all, I plan for this information to be for those fairly new to GIMP. Some folks who have been using it for years will find it inane and obvious, but really those who have GIMP as their first digital art/editing program will most likely not know these things. Feel free to read though if you wanna say "Pfft, I knew that" throughout.
First of all, most people either don't know or forget that almost everything you need can be found in the Windows drop down menu. You can find all your dockable dialog boxes there and all their features will open u
PE: How to Animate in GimpHow to Animate in GimpPE: How to Animate in Gimp2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Gimp is a free photo editing software that you can download at gimp.org. You can use it for a lot of different things like photo manipulations, drawing, pixel art, etc. Today though, we will be covering the topic of animation!
Note that this tutorial will only show the basics of Gimp animation. How to make the frames, how to save it and the such. So let's get started!
Start by making the subject. I just used a random black ball, but the subject can be as simple or as complex as you want, depending on what you're making. Make sure you switch over to the layers tab.
Tip: If you do not already have the layers tab there by default, go to any of the tabs and press that little arrow that the green arrow is pointing at. After you click tab press: Add tab> Layers. After that, the layer tab like in the picture should show up.
After making t
PE: Pixel Art TutorialsSo you have discovered the wonderful world of pixel art and want to create your own But you don't know where to start or what techniques you might need to learn. This article will give you some tips and tutorials to help you on your way. Some links in this article do go off-site, as a warning.PE: Pixel Art Tutorials3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Do I need a special program?
No! Something as simple as Microsoft Paint, Paint Shop Pro or the Gimp, all of which are free, are all you need to start with pixel art. Well, that and a mouse/touchpad (and a computer ). Photoshop can be used to pixel as well, but it is costly, so unless you plan to use Photoshop for a multitude of digital media, it isn't the best investment for pixel art.
Free downloads of MS Paint and Paint Shop Pro can be found here: http://www.bunnystick.com/tdlc.html
What are some useful Pixel techniques?
When it comes to shading, both dithering and anti-aliasing (often called AA-ing) are your best
PE:Color GuideBasic Color Theory GuidePE:Color Guide2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Today we are going to talk about beginning Color Theory with this guide. It is important to learn about the colors and their categories and opposites and this guide will help you learn more about colors and how they work together.
WHAT IS COLOR? The property possessed by an object of producing different sensations on the eye as a result of the way it reflects or emits light.
This is a Color Wheel that shows all the colors and how they are aligned with one another.
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown etc.
Now let's learn more about these colors
The Primary Colors
Q: What are Primary Colors?
They're the main colors in a color wheel that can be blended to create other colors
The Primary Colors are Red, Yellow, and Blue.
Watercolor Tutorial FeatureWatercolors are such magical media; you can try to master them but usually they have their own mind and they add little twists to your works without asking. But that’s just a big part of their charm!Watercolor Tutorial Feature2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
However, you can always try to befriend with watercolors and learn how to lure them to show their best sides in your artworks. Here I have collected my favorite tutorials which I have found helpful when learning how to work with watercolors. I wrote few sentences of each tutorial to point out which tips I have found especially useful from that particular tutorial.
a) b) c)
e) f) g)
h) i) j) - Tutorial - watercolor+Gel Pen - by Losenko
a) Great walkthrough showing the painting progress from sketch to finished painting.
A whole packet full of watercolor secrets!
b) Another walkthrough showing tips for blending and a creative way o
Custom Box - Troubleshooting + FAQCustom BoxesCustom Box - Troubleshooting + FAQ3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Quite a few people still seem to have issues with getting their custom box backgrounds to work correctly so I thought I'd put this little troubleshooting guide and FAQ together to help. If you follow the instructions closely, you shouldn't have any problems.
If you encounter any issues that aren't explained here, please let me know. I will update this guide with any extra info or solutions as they are requested.
You can read more about customising your profile page here.
<div class="popup2-moremenu"><div class="floaty-boat"><img src="http://website.com/image.png"></div></div><div class="gr-box gr-genericbox">sample text</div>
Copy the code above and paste into a Custom box on your profile page. Replace the green text with your background
Pixel contest WINNERS!WAAAAAAHHH PEOPLE thank you so much for all the amazing icons!! I hope it was fun to draw such small images 8D BAAH I love looking at my collection ;A; http://griffsnuff.deviantart.com/journal/Collecting-all-icons-in-one-place-D-331154416Pixel contest WINNERS!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
FFFFFFF I wish I had more points D8< because so many icons should get some. BUT after a while of looking through them all over and over, I finally found my favourites <3
Hope the contest was fun ;U; I was amazed and squeeled for each entry that came in xD <3 *wiggles in happyness*
OK PRIZES TIME!
Prize for cutest icon
Prize for most beautiful icon
Prize for drawing the chosen character - which was lofflusa!
100 for each
Prize for best background on icon
Watercolor Techniques IIWatercolor Techniques IIWatercolor Techniques II1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Traditional Art Week at projecteducate continues! During Artist's Toolbox weeks, I've published articles dedicated to watercolor tools (Watercolor Equipment I - Basic Tools, Watercolor Equipment II - Additional Tools). Current series of articles is focusing on painting methods, previously published Watercolor Techniques I article can be found HERE. I sincerely hope these will motivate some of you to try something new and wish you all happy painting!
Wet-into-wet is another versatile and popular technique where watercolor, or water, is dropped onto a wet surface. This i
PE: Profile Presentation: Tips and TricksProfile Presentation: Tips and TricksPE: Profile Presentation: Tips and Tricks2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Your profile page can say quite a bit about what kind of person you are, and having a well-designed profile page will help ensure that your visitors leave with a good impression of you and your work. And if you do a remarkably fabulous job at designing your profile, people will not only be impressed, but they will also keep coming back to take another look. In this article, I will go over some useful tips and tricks for making your profile look professional but also personalized!
This article is mostly directed towards Premium Members, but non-Premium members can still use some of these concepts to personalize their page.
In addition, for those who are new to profile decoration, I highly suggest reading my Decorating Your Profile tutorial first, as it goes over important basics of profile decoration.
Basic Design Concepts
Before we get started,
Stamps; For Beginners and BeyondStamps; For Beginners and Beyond4 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Stamps; For Beginners and Beyond
I have been contemplating an article that explains and showcases the power of stamps in the dA community for some time, and it seems almost appropriate in light of recent events, to create this article now.
This article aims to cover common questions around stamps, and provide links to resources, for creating stamps. Not only does this article aim to target beginners or those that do not know about stamps, but it also aims to feature some of the most creative examples of how artists have managed to do so much with such a small canvas. This article can even provide tips and inspiration for seasoned and experienced stamp-makers, whilst encouraging the appreciation of stamps by everyone all-round.
So what are stamps?
I'm sure this is a question that many of you encountering this article are already asking. Stamps are small, pixel creations (traditionally 99x56px in size), that originate from righ
Animal Dividers PLZ Guide!Last Updated: 1/23/15Animal Dividers PLZ Guide!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Project Educate: User Friendly Journal SkinningThis article is written for fellow CSS coders who already have basic+ knowledge of deviantART journal codes. This is not a beginner's tutorial.Project Educate: User Friendly Journal Skinning2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
User Friendly Journal Skin Coding
I've been making journal skins on DeviantART since 2010, I'd dabbled in CSS before, but never for other people. I know what my codes are and how to use them to their full potential and often, just code on the fly when I want something to do something. But making free and commission skins here showed me that I needed to make them as easy to use as they are pretty. And really, who wants to type in a lot of extra HTML when they go to write a journal? It is easy enough to access the artist's comments.
But even then, copy & paste, memorize that.... It can be a lot to deal with if you do not know CSS and HTML. Which is the reason most people get someone else's skin design in the firs
Know your Basics - TexturesThere are a lot of tutorials out there on how to create / photograph texture as well as how to use them on a technical level, but the question of why and when to use textures is rarely touched. This article wants to fill that gap and therefore looks at texures from a slightly different perspective.Know your Basics - Textures2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Textures in Manips as you know them
For a photomanipulator, the first thing that comes to mind when hearing the word "texture" are images that can be used in soft light or overlay mode to texture a manipulation or parts thereof. What most manipulators therefore have in mind, are images like the following:
Beautiful textures, sure, and useful, too, but have you ever thought of doing more with them than the aforementioned overlays? And have you ever considered using other kinds of textures, too?
A more objective look at Textures
The following definition is an excerpt
Advice and TutorialsSo this First Advice and Tutorial Journal will be on General Anatomy and Such. The second will be up to you so please comment below in what you think the next Advice and Tutorial Journal should be on.Advice and Tutorials2 years ago in Personal More Like This
What I personally find the hardest to draw is feet and hands. I found that with a lot of practice and a lot of frustrating mistakes my feet and hands actually look at the very least almost the way i want them to be.
Now my favorite Style of drawing is Anime or sometimes semi-realism, and i find that by doing studies of the more traditional style realism actually helps improve my anime pictures greatly. For instance i would practice drawing my hands and feet in different positions holding different things and from different angles. I also find it extremely helpful while i'm drawing and i'm having a particularly hard time drawing a hand or a foot in a certain position i will stop for a
How to get noticed on deviantARTHow to get noticed on deviantART10 months ago in Personal More Like This
So I occasionally hear people talk about how they rarely get any comments or attention on deviantART which in turn can lead to them seek out other art communities or even get a bit depressed about how their art isn't getting any attention!
Being a part of deviantART for 8 years (since 2006) I might have some tips about how you can get noticed more. Hopefully it can be of help to you but remember that there is one major ingredient you'll need in any case: PATIENCE. This is not a journal about how to get better with art, but it's about how you can become a better community member.
Without further ado, here are some of the steps I can think of right now that might help you become a better deviant:
1) Being an active member
As with pretty much any community on the internet, deviantART requires you to be an active member in order for more people
Birthdays! (Part 1)Hey guys, I just wanted to write down the birthdays of members within the group so that we all know to say happy birthday to our Random Family! I will do it in order (the days), and cut out the one where no one has a birthday that day.Birthdays! (Part 1)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Jan 1: :iconSonaze-Knight: :iconXanaficated: :iconArtEatsYou: :iconThatmangaartist: :iconSamSFane: :iconthemetalsoldier: :iconpksparxxdathotness:
Jan 2: :iconShiningForceKaya: :iconZeljkoManojlovic: :iconSK-DIGIART: :iconhyperjoseph:
Jan 3: :iconmoonofheaven1:
Jan 4: :iconTouhouLunarEclipse:
Jan 5: :iconCresenta-Lark:
Jan 6: :iconsincerelylove:
Jan 7: :iconBittersweetHorizon: :iconOstrykomiks: :iconbeinginspired:
Jan 8: :iconpirate101-wizard101: :iconSasi-in-Wonderland: :iconra-kitayoma:
Jan 9: :iconDarthWill3: :iconAquaDewRose:
Jan 10: :iconAny1995:
Jan 11: :iconSallar47: :iconClovis-cutestkitten: :iconelevenxixer:
Jan 12: :iconboomluma:
Jan 15: :iconBlueAquarelle: :iconWhitePulse43: :iconJeenso:
Jan 16: :iconmistywoods101:
Jan 17: :icon
How to: Preview images for personal SkinsThis 'How to:' article explains how to add preview images for your skins that you either created on your own or have not been added with the help of the install feature.How to: Preview images for personal Skins1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
It makes only sense to do this with skins that don't get changed though.
The benefit of it is not only a preview image, but also that your skin doesn't get lost anymore.
Skins that haven't been installed and will be deleted from your skins list, will usually be removed from ALL journals that have used these before. So if you delete a skin by accident it could happen that you end up with a lot of blank journals, all formatting is lost and the content might be a mess as well then.
With the method explained below this can be prevented as well.
Everyone who has more than one personal skin installed, knows the pain of not having a preview. Of course you can go by name, but sometimes it just easier to have that little preview to find the skin you search for more easily.
RESULTS-Bubblegum's new outfit (Design contest)Hey there~! :iconlucywaveplz:RESULTS-Bubblegum's new outfit (Design contest)9 months ago in Personal More Like This
It's finally time to announce the winners of my contest~
Since all of the entries are great it was just so hard to pick only three of them >w<
What was important?
>Creativity of the design
>The choice of colours
>Does it fit Bubblegum's character and taste?
xMinee and me checked all the entries carefully and picked 6 favourites, which I sketched in my style. We decided about the winners then~
:iconlilcocobear: : I'm really happy the lovely xMinee helped me with deciding the winner because I never imagined I could fall in love with this outfit so much~
Once I sketched it, I knew that this dress was just perfect for my Bubblegum and the colours you used are very fitting, too~! I can't wait to do a real drawing of her in this outfit<3
PE Feedback: How to Give a CritiqueHOW TO GIVE A CRITIQUEPE Feedback: How to Give a Critique3 years ago in Personal More Like This
It's a great thing that you want to critique other deviant's works and help them improve their skills through your constructive feedback. By critiquing fellow deviant's works, you are developing your critical thought and vision and thus, developing yourself as an artist. However, critiquing is not all about pointing out what others did wrong. As ChewedKandi has pointed out in 'How To: Critiquing Artwork' "a critique is giving your opinion in a constructive manner about a subject - be it a piece a music, a piece of art, the meal you've just ate and so on."
That's the main point of this article: to share a few pointers on how to give a quality critique while providing links to a compilation of useful guides that focus on this very same topic.
Introduction: Let's start!
First things first! You've come across a piece of art that caught your attention and