A note on popularitySomeone recently told me they saw my Aladdin/AC crossover pics and that they weren't impressed. They seemed to be implying that I was "selling out" in order to get more views.
With regards to popularity: I am not in charge of what other users find fave-worthy. I never expected my silly crossover doodles to become as popular as they did. To me, art is about drawing what I want, not what other people want me to draw. That may sound cliché, but it's the truth. I draw a lot of fan art because it inspires me personally. I don't expect everyone to like it. If you're not impressed by my stuff, I'm sure there are lots of other (better) artists out there for you to follow.
P.S. Stop worrying so much about what makes it to the front page. We all know there's better stuff on DA that doesn't get enough attention. That's not the artists' fault. If I can live with all the fetish photography and inflation art, you can live with my crossover doodles for one day.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneySaw The Hobbit last night. It was very good... if a bit long. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for seeing all the little details interconnecting The Hobbit to Lord of the Rings and all that, but for the average watcher... eh... it kinda dragged. I overheard several people saying they fell asleep during the film, and I noticed more than once a number of people fidgeting and looking at their watches. Still, it's a damn fine movie and It's a shame we have to wait so long for the next two films.The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Having The Hobbit being written during the beginning of Lord of the Rings is pretty smart. You could effectively watch the 3 Hobbit movies and then immediately move right into the 3 Lord of the Rings movies. Kudos to Jackson for that, it'll be great to marathon run the two trilogies back to back.
This movie was, like the book, much lighter and funnier than The Lord of the Rings and I was surprised at how much from the books they actually kept. They
On Graduating-Hey guys, I know for a lot of you graduation is coming up super fast, and it seems completely absurd that it's been almost a year ago since I was in that boat. I well remember the two options presented to me:On Graduating-3 years ago in Personal More Like This
1) Get a studio job. Preferably close to home.
2) Move back in with my parents. Possibly get a day job or something.
I just wanted to remind ...whoever is reading this... that there are about a gazillion alternatives. In fact, any possible train of actions you can conceive of is an option. It's hard to think of options not presented to you as options, but you really can go anywhere and do anything. This is the only time in our lives when we don't have any greater obligations- we don't have a wife and kids to provide for, no company that would collapse without us, our bodies can handle sleeping on a springy old couch for a while. This is EXACTLY when you should take a gigantic risk because the only thing y
happy, but not satisfied Be happy with how far you have come, but not satisfied with where you are at.happy, but not satisfied3 years ago in Personal More Like This
In 2008 I thought my work was pretty good, now I cringe at the sight of it. In the future, I hope to have a similar reaction to the work I'm making now.
Info Updates and Mustache CupcakesHey guys! It's been a while and I haven't been too active on dA this past month but here's the journal to keep you all updated:Info Updates and Mustache Cupcakes3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've been busy speeding up the schedule so I can release my next webcomic, Fisheye Placebo as soon as possible. The current release date is set to early 2013.
That means Knite had to slow down a bit since it's difficult to work on 2 projects at once. However, I still aim to update Knite ch5 beta strips around once a week. You may have noticed that in the past, I posted Knite in full chapter flash format, but I really enjoyed posting beta pages on my :iconknites: account since this allowed more audience interaction. The problem was switching between accounts was too much pain, and updating several pages a day flooded people's accounts. In the end, I decided to post strips on this account instead. The strips will only be posted once a week so if you don't want to be spoiled, just ignore the strips
In other news, I have several other so
10 years?!? wow!!!haha wow, i just noticed that I've officially been on deviantart for 10 years now. gotta draw something to commemorate that soon! i'm not gonna lie, it means quite a lot to me. even though i didn't know it at the time, putting my artwork online and joining art communities like deviantart has become the foundation of pretty much my entire LIFE as i know it now. i mean i started uploading my artwork to this site for fun, just to get in touch with other artists and gain some exposure, and now it is my career. i firmly believe that my fanbase here on deviantart and the things i've learned here have EVERYTHING to do with me being able to work as a freelance artist. i discovered so many inspiring and great artists through this site. the reason i chose the Utrecht School of the Arts as my college was because i followed Bakenius and loved his work; when i didn't like the school i was attending at the time, i contacted him through deviantart notes and he advised me to check out his school10 years?!? wow!!!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The good, the bad, the update!Finally, right?The good, the bad, the update!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I was gonna summarize this, but I need a good mini rant.
So I think in one of my previous journals, I mentioned I was having some issues with the guy who hired me to do his book illustrations. Basically, I had done 14 illustrations for the childrens book he wrote, but had given him a completely wrong price estimate (300$ for ALL the illustrations, wth was I thinking). So I told him that I was sorry, but I couldn't sell my work for so little. Even though they had already been completed. So I asked for a more proper illustration fee (no royalties, and for full rights D: ) and there was some arguing and hissy fitting and I honestly would have rather let them go unused, and told him he could go pay some illustration contract house the same amount I was asking for work of lesser quality. SO finally we got it all settled and agreed upon and everything seemed.. BETTER.
So blahblah, sending all the files to the publishing house. He emails asking if they had all been sent.. And
Been Away From The OfficeBeen effectively offline for the last month, sorry about that.Been Away From The Office2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Many things have been going on. School had a good honest go at me over the semester, but I am now officially graduated with my BFA in Graphic Design. I was 100% expecting to pack up and move home for a summer of freelance and loafing, but was picked up by a company in town not three days after our class show, and things have been crazy since.
And you'll never guess what I've been hired to do. *griiiin* After years of repeating that kid me first got into art because I wanted to be an animator but that I've long since chickened out, I've come full circle and have been and will be assisting with animating Flash-style games and web cartoons for a company that does work for Random House, PBS, and Disney itself. I start full-time in a week and am excited and terrified. And extremely flattered. I get to tackle some illustrative assignments as well, and actually did some, of all things, coloring pages for Disney this week, which wa
January Art Classes Begin TodayEvery TUESDAY and THURSDAY at 4:00 pm Eastern-Time we will have FREE online live-stream painting lessons for approximately 2 hours.January Art Classes Begin Today3 years ago in Personal More Like This
We'll cover everything from lighting, shading, saturation, contours--faces, shapes, colours, how-to's as well for eyes, noses and other facial styles, as well as many other subjects. We will have lessons on other days depending on time and demand, but you can count on the Tuesday and Thursday meets. For those who want their work critiqued, email me today so I can prepare them! Email is email@example.com Thanks!
It'll be interactive and we'll have lots of fun. I offer paint-overs and critiques for your paintings and provide you with as much knowledge as I can. Questions are always welcomed and encouraged, we're here to learn and have fun! So far its been a blast and I've seen MASSIVE improvement from my students!
Let me know if you're gonna join so I know the volume of people who will be joining.
The live-stream link is the icon below the journal, b
Fear of Blank Canvas.I've been painting since I was quite young.Fear of Blank Canvas.2 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.
Wordpress almost killed meHello !Wordpress almost killed me3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Finally, I did it...
Let me introduce my new website :
- An exhaustive portofolio combined with a selection of my freaking first works and oekakis and other chromatic aberrations
- A selection of shops even if I don't focus the money goal, I won't refuse to sell a print if you ask one
- A link to the calendar 2013
- A gallery showing my 16 tutorials tutorials
- A gallery of some " first steps work in progress " videos
- A link to my
My RoadThis journal will contain some great photographs of a winter paradise.My Road3 years ago in Personal More Like This
On December, a friend of mine, musher known as a legend, the great mentor to me has passed away, I traveled up to the mountains and went on mushing alone (skijoring: cross-country skiing + sled dog, it looks like that: http://i.pinger.pl/pgr221/0fa2234e000267884b460f96/justyna_kowalczyk_10.jpg but with a dog pulling you) with my leader Arnaq. Instead spending Christmas at cozy places, I've been very hardly training cross-country skiing (skate style) alone and with my dog as well. On that month I've been doing negatively physically as well mentally, especially that feeling of emptiness after losing someone where you will never see this person again- sport was absolutely to best thing to help myself to overthink many things and make me to stand on feet properly.
But other than sport by itself I did but that trip was kind of my personal memorial for that musher who passed away. In his name I went on mushing. For
The Fault in Our StarsIm a multi-reader (i read more than one book at the time), so when I started reading The Fault in Our Stars by Jonh Green today after lunch, at I first thought I was just adding another book to my currently reading books (wich include Mark of Athena, Legend Unleashed, The Red Pyramid, Fifty Shades of Grey etc)The Fault in Our Stars3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I was wrong, It didnt last in the "currently" list for long.
I finished the damn book...
Its good. Well Written. Fun. Happy. Sad. Teen. Ship.
Go read it
its on sale on Amazon
tomorrow ill have to study all i didn't study today.. stressssssssss dang it , book!
Also, Ill drop 50 shades of Grey, cause its a non interesting book for me, I would not recomend it, disturbes me, not for the explicit sex scenes but for how many times she says the same things over and over again. How many times can a guy's eyes be penetrating? geez. AND the lack of over all story is the only thing that surprises me. By all thats sacred.. refrain with me: I will read more interest
injury - tennis elbowi posted a poll last month about drawing injuries and the comments on that poll totally exploded! since i don't have the time to reply to each one individually, i just wanted to let you guys know that i read them and really appreciate the input. it was very comforting for me to know i'm not alone! i myself had tennis elbow last february and it has slowly improved, with what i would guess is a 95% recovery at the moment. my arm feels normal in my daily life and after short drawing sessions, but after a day of drawing, it flares up. i have to take on a new approach to drawing that requires lots of breaks, rest, stretching and a more relaxed approach, which is harder than it sounds! more about that here.injury - tennis elbow1 year ago in Personal More Like This
anyways, i just wanted to share those two links with you guys. they might be a comfort to anyone who is struggling with an injury,
WTF DA*** FIXED, silly betatesting bug xDWTF DA2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Just turn off the betatesting part for a while and it should be fixed.
LOL SO my front page died. and apparently I cant put custom boxes back up because it says I need a premium membership even if I have 10 MONTHS LEFT of membership
xD OK THEN DA OK THEN *throws all my money that I dont have and hope to wait for them to fix this weirdo bug*
8D I tried to sleep out in TG's sleep tent thingy, but nope its -13 celcius outside and their "warmpump" doesnt work at all, I thought I was going to freeze to death so Ill just have to stay up!
Shattered GlassI've planned to submit my newest work as soon I've arrived on my destination, but now I don't know what to think or feel at the moment…Shattered Glass3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I was on the train on my way to faraway mountains.
My phone was ringing.
An unexpected call.
All what I remember after picking up is hearing these words: "he passed away".
When you hear that someone close/important to you/you know/ect,, the time feels like has stopped. It becomes a feeling of eternity. That feeling is also similar to the feeling of love but it's on opposite side of mirror.
Someone very important for me has left our world today at the morning.
That feeling…. when you get a call that someone close to you got very ill or had car crash or was busted, you usually feel sad, so worried and have feeling of hope. Or you feel anger. That kind of anger like you want to blame society. Then you ask a lot of questions if everything will be alright with her or him. You feel many emotions from sadness, feeling sorry, being worried and anger. And so on
Art theft - updateEDIT: Please, stop bullying that person. It's not okay.Art theft - update2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm kind of out of internet atm, writing this as I wait for my connection to be back for a minute so I can post that edit, but what I learned from some comments you left here, this person is on hiatus, so they won't be able to credit me or take down the work in the nearest future.
I understand what you're trying to do, guys. That's basically the reason I posted this, I admit, but calling them names is as disrespectful as them tracing over my art. They will return from their hiatus to over a hundred nasty comments about what a piece of shit they are, which is not true. You're not helping. So please, stop.
Comments you already left I'm sure gave that person an idea of how people react to that sort of stuff, I'm sure they understand, no need for further hate or poking. Stop.
Now that's just rude. Person not only traced over the whole picture, they didn't both
Tomorrow, is the first blank page.......of a 365 page book. Write a good one.Tomorrow, is the first blank page....3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Every year is like a chapter of our lives.
The object of a new year is not a celebration of a new year, nor having a new number displaying in our callendar but it is where we should have a new soul.
To sit down and think over how to improve up our lives.
Also is not a day to cry out loudly how our past year was unsuccessful and impatiently wait when it will be over, start a new, but to learn who we are and how we can move forward.
I'm not here to wish a good New Year Eve since it's not the only day which will decide how our new year will be like… however what I truly wish you guys lots of joy for every day for this year, as well for next year- regardless what is the day or what's happening. Every day is a miracle and a proof of our existence.
Smile to yourself while looking at your image reflected by mirror and don't be shy to say "I love you" to yourself. And lots of love to all livings forms, animals and nature and less interest to mater
YAY HOBBIT!Just returned from the midnight viewing of The Hobbit. And no, I did not dress up. All I had was The One Ring I got from an old Lord of the Rings bookmark and put it on a chain. I believe that small token at least satisfied the god of Tolkien nerdyness.YAY HOBBIT!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm not going to say much about the movie other than my overall opinion, for I don't want to spoil anything for anyone. I had only a few severe dislikes about the movie, but for the most part I greatly enjoyed it. And I really very much want the soundtrack. :iconheeplz:
And now I am putting myself to bed.
She's arrived!She's arrived! My daughter Cora! Born Sept 18th, 8:45pm est. Wanted to make sure she was armed and battle ready when she entered into this world. Made her a foam sword and shield themed in design with her fathers family crest. She's less than a day old in this photo and the hospital photographer from Baby Bella Photography was great working with her.She's arrived!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Anywho, just wanted to share. Not everyday you get to post something like this.
In other news!
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If you entered, let me know so I can vote, support and feature you!
Livestream Art lesson Links Available BelowLivestream Art lesson Links Available Below3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Hey. These are links to the lessons we hosted early this year.
If these videos aren't watched Livestream takes them down:
Most Important Video-Inspiration, Allignment: http://www.livestream.com/istebrak/video?clipIdla_cdceef9a-5b32-4aa2-bc3d-d9d8956bfcf9
How to use textured Brushes: http://www.livestream.com/istebrak/video?clipIdla_d6ee75c1-7c61-4555-bb43-5aa36f358945
General Lesson 1: http://www.livestream.com/istebrak/video?clipIdla_4abbe213-6779-4668-9894-abac478e0774
General Lesson 2: http://www.livestream.com/istebrak/video?clipIdla_4175bfcc-22d2-45a4-8a8c-0429e36285b8
General Lesson on how to paint Faces: http://www.livestream.com/istebrak/video?clipIdla_462098e3-3774-45bb-95b3-bc7a94c08937
General Lesson on Shadowing: http://www.livestream.com/istebrak/video?clipIdla_b1d6e0b9-9ea1-485e-9088-f9e4c5e8df60
Schools/Courses (Important: to all USA residents)At the moment I won't write a full journal about it, with details, but I'm really looking forward for useful comments, suggestions and perhaps help. Yes, this time I'll be asking for you all guys for helpful advices- all of it will be about schools/colleges and education in general in USA- as potentially important step for my future. I never been to any school in states despite being a full USA citizen and it will be my first time- especially what my life has shown to me.Schools/Courses (Important: to all USA residents)3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Which I've been planning for many years and I've lost chance due to my illness.
But for now, we'll start from this....
Has anyone been/experienced or even heard about Gnomon School of Visual Effects?
That's where I'm planning to attend, for one year Entertaiment design (pshh, yes secrectly i do a lot of digital art... just saying that I'm not absolute traditional.) and it's scheduled for 8th July.
However that doesn't mean I'll go on 100% for sure (the final decision of booking will come in springtime) but perh
Colors and BlueMaybe other people have already listened to this before I have done: http://www.radiolab.org/2012/may/21/ If you haven't, it could be a fun listen, if you have studio time to work through.Colors and Blue3 years ago in Personal More Like This
But I'm so intensely fascinated by this
Even mind blown?
BECAUSE SO MANY THINGS ARE MAKING SENSE TO ME RIGHT NOW.
The first part of this podcast discusses how light fractures into bits, yes we know. And then how eyes see color, yes we know. How different eyes of species can perceive color differently, aware of this yes. It's the last part of this podcast that is SOOOO interesting to me, where it talks about colors, paint pigments, and finally history of pigments.
I've been aware that certain pigments are really rare, like anything blue. Or poisonous, I own some of that too. 8D Only in the past century or two I think have synthetic blues existed for painting. Even now I have to work REALLY HARD at getting certain blues, usually by mixing certain other blues, which are disastrously expensive
Its personal journal time!I would have made this into a poll but I feel like its easier to discuss in a journal. Also I'm typing this all on my iPhone... Which is really really hard... Auto correct has got to be the most irritating and useful thing ever invented. So prepare for grammatical errors and terrible punctuation! !Its personal journal time!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
What do you think of people sharing their personal life on DA? Do you yourself treat it more as an art platform or do you also talk about your life and how you feel? Or do you keep that strictly to yourself? Also how do you feel when others you follow do or don't share stuff about themselves? What do you consider too much or too little, or do you even mind at all?
Personally... I like knowing a little bit about the people I follow, reminds me thy aren't just an icon/avatar and that they have a life too XD
I don't talk about my life on DA, other than cool stuff like wisdom tooth surgery XD but how I am feeling and drama I keep quiet because honestly I feel like my page is a place where
To YouHow to start...To You3 years ago in Personal More Like This
and those two words really don't seem enough to express my gratitude.
I've just spent the last week going back though my DA messages, replying to notes, comments, checking out peoples art. (and I've still got a few more to do XD) That little thing called life got in the way of me keeping on top of my incoming DA messages, and so I had a few good months worth to read through again. Hundreds I replied to, thousands I read through; every single one, and I appreciate each. Many people just like to leave one word, others pour out their heart. I am infinitely amazed at how many people show their kindness towards my art.
I also made a collection of the art people have said I helped inspire them to make: http://destinyblue.deviantart.com/favourites/51860413 how crazy cool is that... to feel you've inspired people...
I'm not someone who is very good at writing, drawing has always been the thing which has let me express myself best, it's the thing I enjoy doing