Let me show you my *useful* linksI'm putting these here because I'm half afraid that my computer will die and I'll lose all my bookmarks. >.< But here's some useful art and writing related crap that I found on the internet, or found out about on the internet. Maybe other people will find it useful too.Let me show you my *useful* links3 years ago in Personal More Like This
About these categories- they're not perfect. Some stuff fits into more than one category for sure, but I wanted to list each website only once, so I just put them into the category I thought they fit into best.
Tutorials and Instruction (Visual Art)
Artist Daily http://www.artistdaily.com/
Website with lots of free and awesome e-books for representational artists, especially painters. Extremely righteous.
Save Loomis! http://www.alexhays.com/loomis/
You may be familiar. Lots of PDF books by Andrew Loomis. For representational artists and illustrators especially.
The Grimace Project http://grimace-project.net/
Float your mouse over the face and use the sliders to generate a rough reference for all kinds of faci
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
AquaTip: Mixing colours.This is the another installment of an ongoing feature called AquaTips. Members of the club are encouraged to submit tips and techniques they discovered or use to create and enjoy watercolors. Just send a note to the club with "Tip" in the subject line and we will put it into our AquaTips collection. Come together watercolorists, and share the treasure that is our knowledge!AquaTip: Mixing colours.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
This time, it's time for colours!! With only a few of them, you can make an incredibly large palette, you just need to know how a bit of the theory and a bit of experimenting and you'll become an expert of mixing colours, is not hard. Some time ago, we did an AquaProject using only primary colours as our paints, and look in this http://watercolorists.deviantart.com/favourites/39270938 the variety of colours we all achieved. If anyone is interested in doing this challenge, I'll make a new journal, featuring the new primary colour artwork, here you can find more info: http://watercolorists.deviantart.com/
Educate Yourself: Creative Commons Licensing!This article is a how-to on using a Creative Commons License.Educate Yourself: Creative Commons Licensing!1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
First we'll start off with the basics. When uploading a deviation onto deviantART that you want other deviants to share (i.e. Line-art, Bases, or stock photos), but you don't know how to do that.
Well when you upload something, it gets automatically copyrighted to you, doesn't matter if you don't claim it as yours, you still gain ownership (except if people upload copyright violations, then that's a different story). So when uploading something you want other people to use, you may want to give it a Creative Commons License for it. How? Easy, read this and you'll learn how...
How and Where?
When filling out the information of a deviation before it's been submitted, you'll see a button on the very bottom of the submission page labeled "Creative Commons".
Image showing the Creative Commons button.
A more accurate picture showing the location.
When clicking "Choose" you'll be greeted with a pop-up s
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
How to use WatercolorPlease check out my Blog for latest updates:-> http://ameblo.jp/khaoskai/entry-11421097480.htmlHow to use Watercolor1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
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
So You Wanna be a Stocker?Welcome to the first "So You Wanna be a Stocker?" article!So You Wanna be a Stocker?1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
I asked some of the biggest names in stock some typical questions that new stockers might have, in hopes that their answers will help stockers new and old learn a bit! I asked them different questions with some overlap in hopes of getting differing
Our interviewees today are `faestock, *Tasastock, and *SenshiStock.
1. Is an expensive camera necessary?
*Tasastock says, "No, but they are damned fun to play with! You can get a decent camera for a decent price nowadays that will shoot good quality images in the right conditions. Obviously they're not good for low-light or anything capturing movement, but if you handle them right you can make do with an ordinary camera, I've known plenty of people to do so."
*SenshiStock says, "I don't know much about cameras, but the best photographs you can take are always going to be the ones that
CSS Did You Know? - May 2nd, 2013Volume 9CSS Did You Know? - May 2nd, 20137 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
CSS can be difficult when you're unfamiliar to it. So that's why we're writing these articles! If you have any suggestions or would like to write a section in future CSS Did You Know? articles, please note %CSS-DYK.
dA Embedded Deviations and Videos Styled by `GillianIvy
Author selector by `im-not-sana
dA Embedded Deviations and Videos Styled
What Am I Talking About?
What is the difference between an embedded deviation and a deviant thumb? Glad you asked. The thumbs have the codes everyone already knows and loves. And if you don't know what I'm on about, then look on the sidebar of your deviation and you will find your thumbcode. These codes can be used in journals, widgets and artist descriptions to link a thumbnail of the deviation.
Creating a Comic: Where on Earth do I Start?You like stories. You wanna tell them.Creating a Comic: Where on Earth do I Start?3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
But it's more than that, isn't it?
You want to build them.
You want others to experience them.
We tell stories everyday in conversation, but how do we transform those into sequential art?
"Where on Earth Do I Start?"
Words, Words, and More Words!
In many ways, comics, that is, sequential art, resembles the art of film making. Every comic has it's own art design and "directing" style, right down to how the characters think and act. The art of comics has been closely linked to realms such as storyboarding and graphic design. Though the common lingo includes the term "novel" (as in graphic novel), the typical novelistic fashion of writing must be adapted for comics much in the same way it is reshaped for a screenplay. Comics don't only involve the thoughts and feelings of your character(s), but they also include specific actions to showcase these emotio
Artist's Toolbox: Watercolor equipment IIArtist's Toolbox: Watercolor equipment II3 months ago in Art Features More Like This
✿ Watercolor Equipment II - Additional Tools
In the first week of Artist's Toolbox, we discussed basic Watercolor Equipment such as paper, brushes and paints. Second week's article presents additional tools, equipment that some artists use to enhance their watercolor creations or just for the fun of it, however none of them is crucial to create a watercolor painting.
I divided these tools into two categories - those used to Create Highlights and those used to Create Textures. Bottom part of this article belongs to our watercolorists and their Personal Experience regarding additional tools.
On: Illustration, Comics, and Story TellingDon’t suck -- PKOn: Illustration, Comics, and Story Telling1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I want to say first of all that sometimes I get people asking, or rather complaining, “why does it seem like the comics always get a better score? This group seems so focused on comics. What if I just want to draw pictures?”
Well, that ends up tying into narrative illustration, which is a pretty hard thing to do right if you’re used to drawing single shots of your character against a plain, white background. Most people end up doing comics because it seems easier right away: the characters can talk, you can set the scene, it doesn’t require a little description at the bottom...
But, even comics require some know-how to pull off really well. It’s just harder to pull off illustrations in this story-based environment, because comics make it a little less apparent when it’s not doing a very good job at telling that story.
But, I’ll get to comics second.
Animation in Pixel ArtPortuguese Version HereAnimation in Pixel Art1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Oh, many people asked for it, so, I'll do ~ i hope that it'll be good, because I'm not good with explanations.
Which the program that I use?
Gimp 2.8 (you can download it in the site, it's free! http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/stable.html)
But you can use Photoshop too, because GIMP looks like with Photoshop, but it's free, more simple and more "light".
I'll explain of a mode that is possible make in Photoshop or GIMP, not much detailed, I wait that you know the basic of the program.
Ah! Have many many patience >//
To artists who want to offer commissions. I would like to address something I have been seeing as of late here and on other sites. Artists who are asking if someone would commission them if they were to offer commissions and if so, how much should they charge or how much are they willing to pay?To artists who want to offer commissions.7 months ago in Art Features More Like This
I say this with a real heart to all artists, but that is a foolish line of questions.
Really. I have been there. I even did those myself. But look at it from the side of a potential buyer.
1: Would you even commission me?
Can you imagine if a doctor were to say that? If I were to open an office would you even come to me? That makes the doctor feel like a failure. Like he has so little faith in his ability to do his job he is afraid to do it. So he has to ask a thousand people IF he were to open an office would ANYONE come? Would you? Or would you want a doctor who just opens it and does his job and believes in his ability to treat you?
Same with an artist. You sound like you have no faith in your ability. If you do
Pressure Sensitivity in Paint Tool SAIWith this most recent edit, I put this journal under Art News -> Resources, for easier access!Pressure Sensitivity in Paint Tool SAI4 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Okay guys, I know this is super popular post for this issue. I am just a person who owns a tablet. I don't know how to fix this problem for any tablet other than the ones mentioned. PLEASE read the ENTIRE post before posting a question or asking for help. If you have a type of tablet that I've reported doesn't work with this method, please don't try to do it and then post that it doesn't work. I also now own a Mac, and SAI doesn't have sense of pressure sensitivity with Macs at all, nor will they ever, because the person who made the program hates everything. If someone can make a Mac version, I'll post the link all over everything ever and love you always. o:
But I do use a PC at work, running Windows Vista and using a Bamboo Touch. I don't use SAI, strictly Adobe Flash, but when my tablet malfunctio
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
"I want to be a better artist."This is a sentiment I hear often on dA. It's usually followed by a question regarding how one should go ABOUT becoming a better artist."I want to be a better artist."3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've no doubt made journals like this in the past, but here's another one. This page was in dire need of an update, either way. : )
I could probably talk your ear off for a mile and a half about why I should be the last person you ask for creativity-boosting advice. Aaaand I have my reasons for this, but that's not really what anyone who writes me wants to hear, I think. It's just a fair warning. I'm not an accredited teacher, I was far from the most capable person at my college, I've made a metric crapton of mistakes, and I am nowhere near where I'd like to be in my own personal artistic endeavors. If that doesn't bother you, well, keep on reading!
The best way I could aid anyone interested in bettering themselves would probably be by giving you the advice that inspires me the most. Stuff I've heard from frie
How to colorate [ Manga / Anime style ] NHEIRA@ FacebookHow to colorate [ Manga / Anime style ]1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
PE: Procrastination and Creativity Procrastination and CreativityPE: Procrastination and Creativity5 months 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."
What is procrastination
- In psy
PE: Anthro Art TutorialsOn today's Project Educate Article on Anthro, I'll be highlighting some great tutorials on how to draw Anthro. Sense there is no right or wrong as far as drawing Anthro, because lets face it, we don't see a werewolf running around to reference from, your imagination is the limit. However, there are some simply guidelines that you can take home with you and practice to better your creativity.PE: Anthro Art Tutorials2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
This is probably one of the most challenging things for people to adhere to. Anatomy in itself is a little challenging but once you get it, the sky's the limit as far as drawing Anthropomorphic animals, beings and things!
So below are a few pointers!
1. The Ultimate Anthro Tutorial - This tutorial was created for all beginners and Art enthusiasts around the world. It has such detail and walks you through all the basics before getting to the next level where you feel comfortable drawing anatomy for an Anthro character.
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
10 things to ask before you draw a Children's Book10 things to ask before you draw a Children's Book1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Artwork copyright © Wilson Williams, Jr.
With the growth in popularity of the e-book many authors are seeing a glimmer of hope and realizing that they can get their work out there without having to break into the velvet roped publishing house exclusive party. This means that you will begin to get even more solicitations from those authors looking for artists to bring visuals to their words.
If you have a website or have done any degree of online advertising of your artwork, you have probably gotten an e-mail with a similar message as the title. If not, you will at some point. It's best to be prepared now. For those who have gotten it, nine times out of ten you aren’t sure how to respond to it, what should you ask, how do you respond?
I was tired of retyping essentially the same letter over and over again. I finally saved a template of the letter I use in this situation
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
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 ^^
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