Imagination, Inspiration, and CurationAs deviants, we are serious about our craft, hobbyist or professional. We study hard to become better at what we do. There are many great tutorials here and elsewhere on these kinds of craft based skills and techniques. However, sometimes all that serious study and hard work gets in the way of our imagination. Therefore, it is important to remember to establish a wonder filled mindset, actively seek out inspiration, and curate a library of inspiring content to reference in the future. This article explores some ways to do these three things, and I encourage you to comment and share even more tips on this for other deviants!
Inviting the Mind of a Child
“The point is to develop the childlike inclination for play.”-Albert Einstein
The biggest part of imagination is playing the part of Peter Pan. You might be 99 or you might be 12, but it is often important to imagination to be in the head space of a 5-7 year old. I
A Pocket Artist's Guide on How To Draw A common struggle an artist stumbles upon on his way to a triumphant drawing style is when he is just beginning to draw. That is something I, a 14-year old writer learned after a year of practicing illustration, a field that is quite new for someone who uses a pen to write prose, poems, and stories, and not to draw.A Pocket Artist's Guide on How To Draw2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Probably like some of you here, I started drawing after seeing characters on the television and tried to imitate them. At first, I found any drawing I made so wonderful, brilliant, great, etcetera, etcetera… [Oh well..] until a passerby badmouthed my works. At first it was hard to believe that my highly treasured works were actually that bad.
But when I looked again on my drawings, I realized that there is a lot more I can do to make things better than they were. Yet my interpretation of getting better was quite different. I bought lots of books on anatomy, perspectiv
ESTABLISHING THE INITIAL STEPS FOR A WEBCOMICESTABLISHING THE INITIAL STEPS FOR A WEBCOMICESTABLISHING THE INITIAL STEPS FOR A WEBCOMIC2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Hi I’m Andrea Dotta: a Pro comic artist and animator and one year ago I had the insane idea of making a powerful webcomic to show my works to more people as possible. Now I’m in a positive development towards my goal. If you want to do a webcomic, always do your best as their are millions of webcomics on the internet.
In this article, I would like to share the things that I’ve learned this year so I hope you will get something from me.
IDEA: There are no bad ideas, there are only ideas that are not developed. To develop your idea, you need to be authentic - think of your real life experiences to give credibility to your story. If you need a sad story, think of a sad story in your life. If you want a happy story, think and say what i
Crafting your Story: From Ideas to ExecutionCrafting your Story: From Ideas to Execution – An Interview with Felipe CagnoCrafting your Story: From Ideas to Execution2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
FelipeCagno is a screenwriter and filmmaker from Brazil, who is also crafting his own comic project, The Lost Kids, with his amazing team. It’s really a pleasure and such an honor to have him for this interview and to share all his experiences with regards to his success in crafting his own stories and executing them into a feasible comic book project. With this interview, I am hoping that you will be able to get some ideas on how to turn your ideas into a reality while keeping things the most important things in mind.
Hello Felipe! First of all, thank you so much for giving us some of your time here on deviantART for this special interview for Project Educate
FelipeCagno: It’s absolutely my pleasure, thank you for thinking of me, I’m flattered.
Regarding the Lost Kids comic book mini series,
PE: I don't know what to paint...We all experience the loss of our muse from time to time. It can get quite challenging to even pick a subject for our next painting. What to paint, what to paint...However, staring at a blank canvas / paper won't make it better - in this article you might, hopefully, find a few ideas to explore.PE: I don't know what to paint...2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
1. PAINT YOUR CURRENT LIFE
Look around and get inspired by the present. Your siblings, parents, kids, pets, your best friend...Even yourself!
2. PAINT WHAT YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT
What is your passion? Perhaps you feel strongly about ecology, feminism, politics...or something else? Paint your f
On Comics by David NamenadNote: This article was made by the awesome The-DaneMen so be sure to check his gallery for more comic goodness.On Comics by David Namenad2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
My name is David and I've been making the comic strip "The DaneMen" for the last 7 years.
It is a strange comic strip.
No story. No dialogue. No characters.
Stranger still, every single person in "The DaneMen" looks exactly the same.
Visit this gallery for examples.
This article is meant to briefly give you some advice about comics, and for me to feel self-important.
We are already off to a great start.
First, some quick advice:
1. Read Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud.
2. Carry a small notebook with you everywhere.
3. Give yourself a deadline and keep to it.
4. Share your artwork with the world (probably via the Internet.)
5. Haters gonna hate.
That last one is more of a
PE. 50 Ways to get inspiredHere are 50 ways to get inspired in many ways!PE. 50 Ways to get inspired2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
There are soo many ways to get inspired to draw such beautiful drawings no matter your level. Every picture mostly starts with an idea and an inspiration. But for those who still want to learn more ways to get inspired here are 50 ways presented to you NOW!
Get inspired by Love
Get inspired by Colors of the rainbow
Get inspired by your favorite artists
Get inspired by watching your favorite shows
Get inspired by your dreams
Get inspired by the foods you eat
Get inspired by watching someone paint
Get inspired by Fairytales
Get inspired by History
Get inspired by looking at a pencil
Get inspired by exercising
Get inspired by your animals
Get inspired by different technique to discover your own
Get inspired at school depending on the subject or event
Get inspired at college depending on the subject or event
Hundreds of free art e-booksThis was originally written by David J.C. Briggs on the Conceptart.org forums. (The original post can be found here.) All credit goes to him for compiling this list, I'm just passing the word on.Hundreds of free art e-books2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
The Internet Archive is a massive digital library that stores all sorts of material in the public domain, from music and movies to images, webpages and nearly three million books. All of this is open-source and available to the general public free of charge. The books documented below cover all sorts of subjects from different eras, from anatomy to portraiture, fashion to architecture, from the works of Leonardo Da Vinci to the letters of Vincent van Gogh.
And this is only scratching the surface! If you head over to the Archive and search for whatever subjects catches your interest most you can find much, much more. Just select "Texts" in the search box at the top of the page.
The Greatest Comic ArtistsComic world is filled with great amount of talented people. John Romita Jr., Frank Miller, Alex Ross, Mike Mignola, Frank Frazetta, Bill Sienkiewicz are only few of hundreds of comic artists. In this article we're going to focus on few famous names who decided to join DeviantArt and share their wonderful work with us.The Greatest Comic Artists2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Adam's journey with comics began in 1985. He's best known for his Wonder Woman and Catwoman covers, however he also worked on Justice League, Ghost, Tomb Raider, Star Wars Legacy, Batgirl and many other projects. He works with both- traditional and digital mediums and his renderings of super heroines are well known for all comic fans.
Alex currently is a freelance artist but the list
Tips and Tricks on Successful Character CreationTips and Tricks on Successful Character Creation – An Interview with Wanchana “Victorior” IntrasombatTips and Tricks on Successful Character Creation2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Wanchana “Victorior” Intrasombat is a very talented illustrator, focusing on cute, whimsical and very imaginative artworks from Thailand. He is also a very talented concept artist and he is also well known for his wonderful character designs. Currently, he is working as a 2D freelance concept artist, character designer and illustrator and has been an art director/visual developer for a Coca-Cola commercial in Thailand.
Again, I am much honored to have this great experience of having this amazing guy for Cartoons and Comics Project Educate Week. The interview will be all about his ideas on character design and creation, tips and tricks and on how to have successful illustrations by bringing your own characters to life.
Modern Day Cartoons: Insights with Arthur FongModern Day Cartoons: Insights with Arthur FongModern Day Cartoons: Insights with Arthur Fong2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
DeviantART community, I am very honored and very pleased to announce that for today, we will be having Arthur Fong, a visual development artist at DreamWorks Animation Studios. He is part of the team who made us giggle with The Croods and made us feel with so much awe in The Rise of the Guardians especially to all the Jack Frost Fans out there. The interview will be all about some insights on the modern day cartoons and to see how the persons behind the cartoon shows that we love work and how they put so much effort in making us smiles each time we watch such great movies and shows.
Website | Facebook
© All images and artwork are copyrighted Arthur Fong
Images were grabbed from Arthur's website (with permission)
PE: Textured brushesThis article is an introduction to textured brushes in digital art painting. I'll cover making your own brushes as well as the use of textured brushes. You'll also find some great art and brush sets at the end of this article. This is my first time writing for projecteducate, so I hope you'll find this helpful!PE: Textured brushes2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Textured brush vs. texture
First of all, what is a textured brush? And why should you bother with it when you can just slap a nice texture over your painting to make it look more interesting?
Alright, let's start at the beginning. "Textured brush" is a brush created out of a texture, so basically a texture in brush-form. Whether it's made with help of a pre-existing image (see texture above) or some wild scribbling on your tablet (like the example brush above) doesn't matter. Texture + select + define brush = texture
Project Educate: Fight Artist's/Writer's BlockArtist/Writer's block is the worst nightmare for writers and artists! Because of this, many artists and writers quit! Writer's/Artist's block is usually only temporary, but it can be long too! Here are some ways to fight writer's/artist's block!Project Educate: Fight Artist's/Writer's Block1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Find a place or situation that inspires you:
Yes, you've all probably heard this a lot of times, but it's true. Finding places that you like can inspire you to do more art/writing! That place doesn't have to be quiet, it can be a huge city bursting with life and sound! Places won't only inspire you, but so will situations. Taking a walk around your city or even you neighborhood can inspire you. Try going to special events that take places. See how people interact! Just like a place, these situations don't have to be happy or very community-like. Sometimes bad situations can inspire artist's/writer's to express their feelings through art or writing.
Pull up old ideas:
Artist's/Writer's usually throw the majorit
Drawing on the right side of the brainDrawing on the right side of the brain2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
When inspiration attacks (and when it doesn't)
Everyone is probably familiar with this scenario. You're trying to draw something, but you can't find the inspiration. Or maybe you're trying to write a story, or an assignment for school, but you just can't find the right words. Or maybe you have to tackle a creative problem and you just can't figure it out.
So you rack your brain for the right ideas, but they're just not coming to you. Or maybe some of them are, but they're lousy ideas born (at least in part) from desperation. Either way, you're just not really happy with them.
That evening, when you're standing in the shower, you suddenly get a burst of inspiration. Suddenly, you know exactly what you want to write, or draw. Or maybe inspiration attacked when you were in the bathroom, or when you were jogging, or on your way to work or school. Maybe it happened when you were lying in bed, h
Project Educate: Techniques of AnimationI wanted to compile a short but sweet list of different styles of animation that can help show you definitions and hopefully you will enjoy trying at home! Typically called a style, but more correctly a technique, animation has been applied in any sense possible over an entire century of experimentation.Project Educate: Techniques of Animation2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
1) 2D 'Traditional Animation'
This can come in a variety of different forms. Mostly they start with a 'pencil test' which is paper, pencils and pegbars. These are then studied and scrutinised and thrown away until correct.
In olden times these were then sent to the Ink and Paint department (usually full of women) who systematically inked and painted the cels by hand.
This method was widely used up until the 1990s!
After the 1990s many studios started to use computers to do all the colouring work! Disney developed its CAPS system and used it from The Rescuers Down Under (1990) till The Little Matchgirl (2006) when they stopped using it. Since then
PE Feedback: How to Give a CritiqueHOW TO GIVE A CRITIQUEPE Feedback: How to Give a Critique2 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
PE: Photoshop Brush PrimerPhotoshop: BrushesPE: Photoshop Brush Primer2 years 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|
PE: dAmn It - What is it?dAmn it - What is it?PE: dAmn It - What is it?2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
dAmn it is a database of quotes for deviants to post any funny situations they have witnessed on deviantART's chat network.
For your quotes to appear in the database, they must be approved by a Community Volunteer.
Some tips (taken from the FAQ):
Trim useless partsAvoid inside jokes. Remember, these quotes are going to be seen by everyone, and few people are going to appreciate private jokes!This is supposed to be a database of funny quotes, so please keep it in topicRemove potential thousands of "lol" and "rofl" lines from the end
Browsing dAmn it
+♥ (+heart) a Quote:
You can select your favourite quotations in the database by clicking the little +heart button next to each quote. You will then be able to view these quotations in the
Bump Up Your ColorWorking with color can be difficult no matter what medium you choose, but it can be especially daunting for traditional artists. Learning how to mix your own colors is equally as important as learning how to apply them to your work.Bump Up Your Color1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
1. No matter what your art teacher says, YOU CAN use black and white
You've all probably heard that at one point: don't use black, black is bad (or white is bad). There is nothing inherently badabout using either color. The real caution should be in not using them exclusively in lightening or darkening a color. Both colors are very strong and can overwhelm the saturation of whatever they are mixed with. Rather than omit black and white from your palette, explore the range they can have when mixed with other colors.
2. Don't buy "flesh colored" pigments
You know that peachy tinted stuff? Don't use it. Pre-mixed pigments with white in them tend to be very chalky and unnatural looking, plus, it
PE: Story Planning Week!Greetings everyone and welcome to another fun-packed week at projecteducate! This week has been teamed back up with CRLiterature and will be focussing on story planning!PE: Story Planning Week!2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
What do we mean by “story planning”?
Planning a story sounds like an easy task- even at primary school level you are taught that a story must have a beginning, a middle and an end. However there are plenty of important elements that build a story; a lot of prep work that can actually improve the quality of your novel writing in the long run. This can cover almost anything- from world building, character development, creating past history and plot mapping etc. There is a huge range of elements that can turn your idea into a strong well-structured novel.
Are you going to tell me how to write a novel?
Not exactly. We can’t tell you how to approach your novel and how to write it from chapter 1 through to the end. We’re not giv
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
PE: 9 ways to overcome (artistic) Frustration.9 ways to overcome (artistic) FrustrationPE: 9 ways to overcome (artistic) Frustration.2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Everyone has heard of it, everyone fears the very sight of it, but if you are an artist, there is a good chance it creeps at you regularly, more often than a flu, in various forms and intensity; in psychology, Frustration is a common emotional response to opposition / obstacle, is related to anger and disappointment and its strength depends on the size of the established challenge. When Frustration calls you more often than your mother does, it's time to take an action!
1. - TAKE A WALK
Try to get your feelings straight by walking it out of your system. Is it raining or snowing? Even better, get soaked and dry out.
2. - SHIFT YOUR FOCUS
Sleep on it. Make yourself busy with small repetitive tasks, watch a good movie or comedy, play a game, visit your family or a friend, cook a new recipe, get a haircut, tidy up your room or house, watch a documentary, have a chocolate, take a horse ridi
PE: Procrastination and Creativity Procrastination and CreativityPE: Procrastination and Creativity1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
"You can't just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood.
What mood is that?
You are well-aware of the importance of this project, in fact you can't wait to get to it! Too bad you promised your friends to go for a drink, and then there's that movie. Also, your productivity is at its strongest at Midnight, first Tuesday after the Full Moon, starting earlier would be a waste of time. Make sure you are well-rested! After all, is there a better way to prepare yourself for a productive tomorrow than an enjoyable today?
Your diagnosis: Procrastination positive.
"Someday is not a day of the week."
How to design a typeface (Part 3)How to design a typeface (Part 3)How to design a typeface (Part 3)2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Serif — Roman
In the last two article of the type design series we made a geometric sans serif and added italics and a bold weight. The geometric sans serif is the easiest style to do, but for me personally things really get interesting with serif typefaces. Of course there is the addition of serifs, but the structure and weight distribution is also much more advanced. In this article I will make an introduction to designing serif typefaces. This article won’t be as detailed as the previous ones because this third article serves as an expansion on the first two. In other words, I won’t get into the basic vector tools or type principles, nor will I show you how to design the letters step by step. I will explain techniques in detail when necessary, but generally I will refer to the techniques described in the first article particularly. So if necessary go back to the pre