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
Artist WalkthroughThis walkthrough focuses on:Artist Walkthrough1 year 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
Tutorial Showcase #1DeviantART is a great place to find not only art but also some awesome tutorials. It doesn't matter if you are interested in photo manipulation or writing, usually there is a tutorial for that. But at the same time there are so many great tutorials outside of deviantART and most deviantART users might never find them unless someone shows these tutorials to them. So I'm happy to introduce you a new journal series called "Tutorial Showcase" which features some awesome tutorials outside of deviantART. We first started with this series in %TutorialsForYou but we decided that you might want to see some tutorials as well. System is pretty simple. Every showcase journal showcases five tutorials from a specific category and this category changes with every new journal. There's no special placement, all of them are equal. So here we go!Tutorial Showcase #11 year ago in Personal More Like This
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I noticed that we are lacking text effects tutorials and decided that this time we will talk ab
Anatomy Lessons: How to improve faster in 6 steps!Anatomy Lessons: How to improve faster in 6 steps!10 months 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
Resources LibraryHo ho ho I bring you early presents this year, my resources library updated with links to downloads.Resources Library1 week ago in Personal More Like This
But first a brief update, as you might have noticed I've been posting a lot, if not commissioned covers, then personal works or speed paintings for the Daily Spitpaint group on FB.
For the time being, I'll be working more on personal projects along the lines of my recent painting Ritual. I don't necessarily think that my style is going to change drastically, however I know it's slowly evolving in a different direction to my commercial pieces. Where is all of this going to take me? No idea, but I'm having a lot of fun on my way there - something that can be easily neglected when making art becomes a job.
This has been a good year for me, I've been way more productive than other years and I'm getting more stable as freelancer (it's true what they say, it can t
Resource Roundup #6The Resource Roundup is a regular feature showcasing some of the best resources deviantART members share with the world!Resource Roundup #62 years ago in Personal More Like This
Whether you're a beginning artist or seasoned pro, deviantART's Resources Gallery is an inspirational and beneficial asset for art creation. Take a look at a few of the incredible submissions below – they might help enhance your next artistic creation!
Spring is closer than you think. Let Resource Roundup help you combat Springtime allergies by creating some awesome pollen-free art!
Spring Sketches Brushes by ~redheadstock Dandelions and Seeds Brushes by ~redheadstock Butterfly Brushes by ~VampyreGoddess Butterfly Brushes II by ~hawksmont Photoshop 7.0 Flower Brushes 2 by ~daniesque Flower brushes by ~camilla917
Daisy Brushes -for The GIMP by ~BaNaNA-BOi Shamrock Brushes by ~webgoddess 16 Cloud Brushes For Gimp by =darkdissolution GIMP Flower Brushes by ~Project-GimpBC Origami Paper Flower Brushes by ~Tumbril sakura brushes by ~ayaan :thumb153
Manga Studio Walkthrough: Part 3- Wavy Text- TextWavy text, speech bubbles, custom speech bubbles, outlined text. TEXT GALORE! Yes this one is covering Text 8D I always see that someone uses photoshop for wavy text even though manga studio can do it or they use photoshop for that white outline but in manga studio it's a matter of a click of a button I will show you how.Manga Studio Walkthrough: Part 3- Wavy Text- Text2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I will show you also how to auto screentone speech bubbles for that dark foreboding feeling.
Click on the text tool, it's the icon that looks like the letter A. Click on your art work in the panel area you wish to use text. The properties panel will appear as above. Where I have pointed out in red, tick for out line. Change the number up or down for the thickness of the white outline.
Tick and adjust the other options for other effects. Now for the speech bubble click where I marked in red the tab called Dialogue Balloon Settings.
Click generate Dialogue Balloon and a new window will appear
Dog Color Feature: Chocolate, Blue, Isabella, GrayThis is a supplement to my Theoretical Dog Genetics guide . I am using thumbnails from dA so that artists will get the credit that would be harder to give taking pictures from other online sources. The goal is to educate anyone who is curious, as well as to provide artists with references that will improve the realism of their work.Dog Color Feature: Chocolate, Blue, Isabella, Gray10 months ago in Art Features More Like This
I am still learning, and guessing the correct color can sometimes be difficult even with an ideal photo or the dog itself to examine. If you spot any mistakes let me know.
If you see your picture here and don't want it to be let me know and I'll take it down.
If you would like to contribute a picture for reference send me a link. Photographs need to be clear, in good lighting, and show enough of the dog to provide a good reference for markings.
I will be going back and adding to this whenever I find new references. My personal goal is to improve the quality of my art and educate myself because I like to know more about the patients I meet at
Tutorial Showcase #7DeviantART is a great place to find not only art but also some awesome tutorials. It doesn't matter if you are interested in photo manipulation or writing, usually there is a tutorial for that. But at the same time there are so many great tutorials outside of deviantART and most deviantART users might never find them unless someone shows these tutorials to them. So I'm happy to introduce you a new journal series called "Tutorial Showcase" which features some awesome tutorials outside of deviantART. System is pretty simple. Every showcase journal showcases five tutorials from a specific category and this category changes with every new journal. There's no special placement, all of them are equal. So here we go!Tutorial Showcase #71 year ago in Personal More Like This
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Logo Design in Adobe Illustrator
This Adobe Illustrator logo tutorial is quite easy to follow and you don't need any special knowledge to follow it. You just have to follow the steps that are given and use the tools provided by the
Youtube Tutorial!!Heyy!!Youtube Tutorial!!11 months ago in Personal More Like This
Soo, I just uploaded my first youtube speedpainting tutorial to my and my sister's youtube channel! It shows me painting one of my traditional paintings called "Facing Death":
Here is the link to the youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?vqrc-Vzo6_Q&feature=youtu.be
It would be so awesome if you watch the video and give us some feedback by liking/commenting/sharing and also subscribing our channel for more videos! Thank you so much!!
P.S.: I will announce the winners of my point giveaway soon!
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.
Learning to Paint Digitally, Edition 1Welcome to the new news article series, Learning to Paint Digitally. Since even before I joined the AR Team I have been receiving notes, emails, etc. from fellow deviants asking me how to get started with digital painting and/or mixed media. So, along with my knowledge, and the help of tutorials and resources I hope to bring something truly valuable to those wishing to learn more about painting digitally within Photoshop.Learning to Paint Digitally, Edition 16 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I can't say how many articles will be included in this series, only that each one will be unique and should you wish to participate even more, and take it one step further there will be practice materials suggested at the end of the article, ideally I would love to see the results uploaded so that I can display them and we can see how people are improving and coming along with the help of these "lessons."
The Plan: This series is not only to give beginners a starting point, but also to help even seasoned painters with tri
GraysLast week when I said that I wouldn't be doing con sketches of copyrighted characters, I had no idea that the news would get the coverage that it did. But seeing as how I helped poke the hornet's nest--and having taken the time to read the opinions of readers and other artists--I feel like it would be helpful if I responded to help clarify what's been happening.Grays2 years ago in Personal More Like This
First off, I think that what happened regarding this issue highlighted the BEST of our industry. I'm thrilled with the results, although I don't find Marvel's statement reassuring (more on that later). When we learned that Marvel was pursuing the $17,000 from Friedrich, we came together as concerned professionals and fans and managed to affect the situation. Even though we disagreed, at least we weighed out the options. And we even came together to set up funding to help out Friedrich. With the use of Twitter, blogging, and proper action from the media outlets, w
Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 3And now for the dramatic conclusion to the epic trilogy. Heroes will rise, bad habits will fall, in this last chapter we'll discuss how to focus your efforts and learn the most and improve quickly with your studies. If you missed them, click these links for Part One and Part Two. And now for...Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 36 months ago in Personal More Like This
WISDOM NUMBER THREE!!! Work smart and leave your comfort zone. This part is my qualifier for art school, tutorials, and educational resources in general, because they can be good, but only if you make them good. Once you've gotten in to the habit of drawing consistently, it's important to start being mindful of what you're drawing, how you're drawing it, and why you're drawing it. A key ingredient of success is hard work, but if that work isn't purposeful it might not move you
Monoprice Tablet FAQ for Windows 7If you are looking for a specific problem but don't want to read through the whole FAQ, press "Ctrl + f" in your browser. This will allow you to search for specific words (like "jitter" or "Paint Tool SAI") in the FAQ.Monoprice Tablet FAQ for Windows 71 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Got Windows 8? Head over to Jeremy's FAQ for Windows 8!
Got a Tumblr account? Consider asking Morg for help at The Monoprice Messiah!
Searching for: Someone who knows Apple systems and can help Monoprice users on Mac systems!
ABOUT THESE TABLETS
All the Monoprice Graphic Tablet line are re-branded UC-Logic Tablets. This means that this guide will work not only for Monoprice tablets, but any tablet made by UC-Logic. (This includes certain models of Yiynova, Huion, Lapazz, P-Active, and Tursion.) Other brands, such as Genius or VisTablet, do not use UC-Logic boards (th
A quick guide in how to make a nice galleryI've seen many people, mostly young teenagers between 13-16, who rants in their journals about lack of feedback on their drawings.A quick guide in how to make a nice gallery2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Many, if not all, of these people think it's because they aren't good enough in drawing to be the reason.
But you don't actually need to be a "god" at drawing to achieve feedback on your gallery.
A lot lies in how you display your deviations in your featured gallery-folder.
The first thing you have to ask yourself is:
"Am I here for the community, or to show my art?"
Because if you prefer being here just as an art-appreciator and get online-friends. Then you maybe don't care about your gallery so much.
But if you wanna get feedback on your art, improve, and get some watchers, you really need to show the internet that you are serious. And that is hard to achieve with a mediocre gallery.
So here comes a list of obvious "DO" and "DO NOT".
Expect that people will give you feedback in the first place.
Because they won't unless the
Let's Learn Portraiture: Natural LightingWelcome to the second installment of Let's Learn Portraiture! The previous installment was about Model Communication. For this installment, we will be tackling a topic for those photographers who enjoy taking portraits outdoors.Let's Learn Portraiture: Natural Lighting1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Portraiture with Natural Lighting
1.) Avoid Direct Sunlight
While it can really bring out the color of the eyes and make them pop, having your model stare into the sun should never be on the agenda. Not only is it exceedingly uncomfortable for your model, but it casts very harsh shadows. In most cases, you want to position your model with the sun behind them, or to the side.This will illuminate the hair and offer a nice glow. The issue then is that the subject's face may be too dark (underexposed). To solve this, you can bounce some light back into th
Common mistakes for first time comic artistsMisskittyoooo's most common critiquesCommon mistakes for first time comic artists5 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Once ever couple weeks I get a note with someone asking me for a critique on their comic and asking for suggestions on how to improve. I usually end up replying with some 4 page reply linking tutorials, redlining pages and the whole sh-bang. I started to notice that most of the people I give advice to all have the same common mistakes. These are going to be very basic points for beginners or strugglers, and if after reading this you still want help, of course I am always available to give you personalized advise through notes or in the chats.
Like I said, these is just my observations and advise (opinion or fact). Take them or leave them.
1. Bubbles they are usually overcrowded, difficult to read, using bad fonts or font sizes
2. Paneling - usually no timing to speak of, crowded, difficult to read, or needing instruction on where to start reading
3. Interest a lot of the tim
Experiment Part 1: Training Your EyeSo my buddy *karuvan is trying to learn how to draw properly. He's been on a roll as far as progressing. But he's stuck at a standstill. This is an experiment that I've done with him and that he's working on in order to train his eye. I decided to share the conversation and experiment with you guys for you all to apply to your study habits and advancement in drawing and art.Experiment Part 1: Training Your Eye1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Karuvan: I randomly drew over my old pic. Ain't gonna do it over, was just curious on how much I could have done better.
Robaato: Quick question... like... who's work at this point do you really want yours to be close to? I'm tryna gauge what level you're trying to achieve.
K: lol... Joel is becoming a huge influence.
R: Ok. I have a test for you.
R: I want you to replicate this picture exactly as it is to the best of your ability:
PE: Photoshop Brush PrimerPhotoshop: BrushesPE: Photoshop Brush Primer8 months ago in Art Features More Like This
There are a plethora of brushes available to you on photoshop. This guide will explain different brush settings, as well as how to install different brush packs here on deviantART. This guide is for pressure sensitive pen tablets. It is going to be much easier to do things with a tablet. Ones by Wacom are good, and you can get a bamboo for under 99$ USD.
Basic Brushes in Photoshop
It's important to stick with default ones to learn all the settings. You can do so many things with the hard round brush.
Bring up your brush palette in one of the following ways. (note I am in CS3, so the icons will look much older, but same thing. )
| Click for quicker editing options|
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
How to feel good about your ArtWe've all had those moments as an artist where we just can't seem to like what we're doing, where nothing seems sufficient and everybody else seems to draw so much better than ourselves.There's a few simple things you can do to avoid feeling like that or that you can remind yourself of should you already be right in the middle of this mess.How to feel good about your Art2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Draw for yourself, not an audience!
The first and probably most important point, especially for any artist on here who in one way or the other seeks feedback and recognition from their fellow deviants. You should never forget that your art is after all YOUR art, so it should be a means to express yourself, relax yourself, be proud of yourself etc and not anyone else. Never let yourself be pressured to do anything you don't want simply because your watchers might demand it or do anything for the sole purpose of getting more attention. It might make you happy in the beginning but loosing track
Comic-Making ResourcesSince I get asked about how I make my comics pretty often, I thought maybe it'd be helpful to provide some tutorials and tips for beginners! The focus here will be making digital comics (like in photoshop or sai), since I'm not experienced making them traditionally with pencils and paper. This is also probably going to lean more towards animal comics, because I imagine that's what most of my watchers are into or interested in making themselves. I'll go over character-making, paneling, scripting, things to avoid, publishing/self-publishing, etc.Comic-Making Resources1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Please keep in mind that I'm NOT perfect when it comes to making comics, I really consider my own work to be mediocre at best. vR is much too fast-paced, and there's pretty much no character development, so you probably shouldn't look to it as an example for a "good comic."
1. The Idea
There has to be some sort of reason you want to make a comic, and any reason is a good one! ...Unless it's just solely to copy someone else. DO N
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.7 months ago in Art Features More Like This
This is the central theme of the