Exploring Art 44: BrainstormSo. I have the flu. The great thing about being sick is that you're stuck in place for so long, that your brain kind of roams like crazy. If you're not used to that, well it can be a really surreal experience. But the way my thoughts have been jumping all over the place put me in the mind of a question someone asked me a while back.Exploring Art 44: Brainstorm1 year ago in Personal More Like This
"How do you get your ideas". That's usually followed by talk of being in a rut, stumped, not really sure what think of, etc. I spent the past week giving ideas to people (and if I didn't get to your question in a comment, they get lost SUPER easy as I have 717 if them to reply to right now. So message me on a note) and it confused my friend. She watched me go 'one sec need to post some ideas' and then type for a few minutes before bouncing over to go and help her with her project. It was a foreign concept to her, that ideas are a dime a dozen, and that to me is not a state we should be in as artists. Do you guys remember my Ideas painting? I posted it after
Historical costuming resources!For all of you asking about good costuming resources in regards to my historical Disney princesses, here's an initial list:Historical costuming resources!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
ON THE INTERNET!
Demode Couture (There are so many links I could post that are already compiled and organized beautifully on Kendra VanCleave's site. Absolutely worth your time.) http://demodecouture.com/links/
The Costumer's Manifesto (cluttered but deep, lots of good links hidden away in the fray) http://www.costumes.org/
Wikipedia (surprisingly useful! Great for when you're trying to initially pin down a period.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Western_fashion
For some unadulterated extant dress porn, Tumblr is a fantastic point of reference:
Some great overview/survey books:
A History of Costume http://www.amazon.com/History-Costume-Carl-Kohler/dp/04862103
HERE ARE THE BRUSHES I USE!Since I get asked "What brushes do you use?" quite a lot, I decided to post 'em here in hopes that folks will see 'em, download 'em and spread the word. I use the dry media and watercolor ones quite a bit lately.HERE ARE THE BRUSHES I USE!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
DOWNLOAD BRUSHES HERE!
Don't let this short list fool you, there are TONS MORE of Nagel sets available for free online, just google them. There are a few brushes in my arsenal that I can't share since they are proprietary brushes from studios that I worked at, but they aren't anything more sophisticated than what the Nagels can do.
Also, I am 99.9% this is where the rake brush came from:
Photoshop Custom Brushes
I hope this helps! Go get 'em and PLAY!
In personal life news, I am in the thick of convention season. APE was a few weeks ago, CTN-X is in a week and a half, then it's the Ba
ART: A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO PRICING YOUR ARTA BEGINNERS GUIDE TO PRICING ARTART: A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO PRICING YOUR ART4 years ago in Art Features More Like This
There are several reasons why an artist will make the decision to sell their work. For some artists, it is almost accidental that they are discovered doing what they love by someone who is willing to pay for it. Often these scenarios lead to a decision to go public, but not all artists sell their works so easily. There are artists who study and practice and build up an inventory of works with the full intention of selling those works for income. For these artists who depend upon sales as a means of income, and possibly survival, pricing art is imperative. Then there are the artists who slowly venture into the arena, one piece at a time, testing the proverbial waters and gauging whether or not their works will compete well in the art world. Regardless of the beginnings or the motivations, pricing art is a task which has confounded the best of artists.
Common Sense Guide To Surviving The Art World: http://fav.me/n141460
Uh Fack, part1: Improving, angst and frustration.PUh Fack, part1: Improving, angst and frustration.5 months ago in Personal More Like This
rogress. A thing we all want, right? Some more than others perhaps, but I think I can safely say that it's the one thing all artists want; to be a better artist.
In the past few years I've been struggling with this topic a lot. I ran into one of those phases in which I learned a lot of what I was doing wrong, but didn't manage to work on any solutions for these problems. I felt like going backwards, and I grew increasingly frustrated with my own art. I'm progressing, but hardly as much as I aspire to - while I do spend most of my waking hours drawing.
Sure, a bunch of my comic work allows me to study and practice - but it's a very narrow and same-y kind of study- and there isn't really room for mistakes or experiment because of time constrains.
So, this is what I found to be a super effective 4 steps plan to become an unhappy and frustrated artist:
Be a perfectionist. Preferably with high ambitions. (actually, just step 1 would get you a long way with be
How Creators Sabotage Their Own Comics-A run down of why most comics end up dead after just a few pages.How Creators Sabotage Their Own Comics4 months ago in Personal More Like This
Hyping It Up Before It Exists
A lot of people will put up promotional artwork, covers, character references, and other related work for their comic before putting up a single page. People often say if you want to write a book or you want to lose weight, it's best that you not tell anyone. When you tell someone you plan on doing something, they will praise you for it. The problem is, you are now receiving praise for something you haven't actually done yet. You don't have to work for that praise; the mere act of saying you will do something rewards you the same external way you would get for actually doing it. Sadly the result is many people are content to stop there. It's not even a conscious decision, but a lot of people will get caught up in the hype without realizing how hard making a comic actually is. Hold off putting up anything related to your comic until you at least have a few pages up; it wil
ART: A Common Sense Guide To SurvivingI am an artist. I was born an artist it is in my heart, my soul, my blood. I did not wake up one day and say to myself, I think I will try painting, I was painting while I was learning to walk. My art, my talent, is very personal and very dear to me. I have spent thirty years in the art world. I have done commission work. I have participated in juried art shows. I have had art exhibits at various galleries. I have been a member of various art groups and associations over the years. I have been to art auctions. I have created art shows for local communities. I have taught art both in local school systems and privately. I am now an art agent and my passion is finding a communitys hidden artists and bringing their talents to light. Because my own art is such a driving and therapeutic force in my life, I have explored nearly every aspect of the art world. This, my friends and artists, is a brutally honest look at what I have learned from this life-long experience.ART: A Common Sense Guide To Surviving4 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Being a miserable artist = being a bad artist.I recently felt it being one of the most important things, not just for an artist; being happy with what you do. No one wants to get up every morning thinking.. shit .. another work day. Of course there can be days, maybe even a full week of that, but the majority of your time you should be feeling content and happy even.Being a miserable artist = being a bad artist.3 months ago in Personal More Like This
With that lack of love and enthusiasm it is most likely reflected into your work.
Now it's not always your own fault that your work doesn't make you happy and doesn't feed your creative monster. But it can be in these cases.
You make your OWN workday miserable when:
If you don't speak your mind and stand up for your opinion and values.
If you're not open minded regarding feedback and new techniques.
:buletblue: If you don't aim for improvement. (though aiming for perfecting all the time can be stressful)
when you allow yourself to work under stressful circumstances for too long.
A Call For Content... Writers, this is for you.Hey guys! It’s been awhile, I know. For those of you who haven’t been following along with my journals for the last year, let me give you a bit of an introductory course to Mio. This past year I set aside artwork for my writing (my true passion). It’s been a bit of an adventure, and a year after I started, here I am, a Professional Reader and Review Blogger. I didn’t get a lot of writing done in the end, but I’ve gained a lot of knowledge on the writing industry, and I’ve made a lot of connections with authors, publishers, and editors. It has been such a wonderful experience for me, and I’ve found that finally, I’m doing something I really love. (Because what’s greater than getting free books before they’re published and the only thing you have to do is tell people what you thought about it? Seriously.)A Call For Content... Writers, this is for you.6 months ago in Personal More Like This
This of course, has spurred me on to my next big change of venue. Here’s the thing: being an artist makes you money. No
Tip of the Day - Short videoTip of the Day - Short video10 months ago in Personal More Like This
I thought a good way we could end off 2013 and start the new year is with a short video about goals.
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Perspective in photoshop tutorial available now!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Lv1rJFH2mMPerspective in photoshop tutorial available now!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
20 Questions for Droemar: Part 1Do you have certain resource books that you always come back to? I have some basic drawing/painting books that are really helpful, and I wondered if you might have something similar for writing, or even for painting?20 Questions for Droemar: Part 11 year ago in Personal More Like This
I have lots and lots of art books that I keep on hand for inspiration. The Art of Kung Fu Panda is amazing. Ditto the concept art work for Okami. I also frequent the website Creative Uncut, which reveals a lot of concept art work for a lot of video games. I have all of the Dinotopia books by James Gurney and and the Katturan Odyssey by Terryl Witlach. I always seem to find something new in terms of composition whenever I flip through those books.
As far is actual drawing books that have helped me, Ken Hultgren's The Art of Animal Drawing is endlessly helpful. I also learned at the feet of Jack Hamm. That guy can draw anything. Andrew Loomis, Muybridge, and Boga
PE: Wire-WrappingThis article is a short introduction to wire-wrapping, including information about wire-wrapping terms and tools, methods, tutorials and a feature of beautiful jewellery.PE: Wire-Wrapping9 months ago in Art Features More Like This
What is wire-wrapping?
"wire-wrapping" is - like the name implies - a technique where wire is wrapped in whatever way. It can be used to hold gemstones in place, and create intricate jewellery. It has the big plus that soldering isn't neccessary, and therefore all the equipment needed is relatively easy to come by.
Terms and Tools
Wire comes in different different sizes and forms, and you can choose between materials as well - you can use brass, copper, silver and gold wire.
Wire diameter is measured in 'gauge' and ranges from 14 gauge (~1/16 inch) to 26+ gauge (1/64 inch), so the higher the gauge number, the thinner the wire.
A free video lesson on Character PosingHere's a short video lesson where I create a redline sketch over a "student's" drawing to illustrate how to strengthen the pose/ story. Let me know what you think.A free video lesson on Character Posing9 months ago in Personal More Like This
HumanKemonoAdopt's Color Scheme Contest! WINNERSThe winners please claim your prizes from the contributors.HumanKemonoAdopt's Color Scheme Contest! WINNERS1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Congratulations!! We are now announcing the winners of this contest!
Review from the judge:
Oh my world, look at the details! This is clearly well planned through and I can see all the effort put into the lines and wonderful coloring.
I must say, the details are the first very impressive feature about this.
There are so many awesome patterns and accessories, yet it isn't too overwhelming - it is just the perfect ammount.
I also really liked the beautiful weapon that comes with the adoptable.
The placing of the colors is wonderful, they all fit nicely and make it look like a complete, well thought design.
Other than that, I really like her pose, it is well balanced and eye-catching, as well as the close-ups from the details, which I think is a very nice and helpful add to the whole package.
ART: A Guide To Going Public With Your ARTWhen an artist decides to take the next step and share their work with the world, how do they begin? Today artists have more options than ever before. In this article, we will take a look at several of these options. Before we discuss the various opportunities available to artists who are ready to venture into the public eye, let us talk about some basic fundamentals. First and foremost, you must have an accurate and professional portfolio of your work. Most artists I know have photographs made of their works these photographs should have excellent lighting (to portray your works true colors) and a nice, clean composition. I have a great camera I use if you do not have a nice camera, or a good scanner for that matter borrow one from a friend. The photo should show your work and nothing else no distractions. If you have a sculpture, take photographs from various angles to show the details of your piece. Once you have made a photographic documentation of yourART: A Guide To Going Public With Your ART4 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Project Educate: Black and White Photography Project Educate: Black and White PhotographyProject Educate: Black and White Photography3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
In a world where all number of ways of editing and manipulating an image are coming to light, we often forget about the very simple techniques that we have to hand - that actually have very impressive results.
I rarely upload the originals of my work if I have made changes for the greater good! I like people to see the final product and not the flaws. But for the purposes of black and white Photography here is an example of how you can improve your work.
Ikea car park. Yup! Nightmare to drive in because it's so twisty! I took this out the car window whilst screaming with my arms flailing. Hence the slight motion blur. I kid . I then processed it with an editing program called Picasa . I used to think that Picasa was God. Now I know better. But I still drag all my images through the program by way of storing them.
So everything done to this image was achieved in a free editin
Coming Up With A Price for Your Illustration! OnceUponASketch is a Children’s Market Blog.Coming Up With A Price for Your Illustration!2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Norman Grock and Wilson Williams, Jr
have come together to give insight, education and news about the many
facets of the Children’s Illustration Market. From Children’s Books to
Character Design, Storyboarding, Toys and Lic. Products. Find articles,
interviews and resources to help fuel your education and growth. Jump on
to learn more about the varied industries and what it takes to become
successful and make it in them.
How much should I charge is a constant question we hear from many. It can be the worse part of getting a job offer. Having to negotiate the price you place on a job in fear of charging too much or too little can be nerve wrecking.
We've put up a couple of
Being Scary with MemnalarSome of you may recognize Memnalar from his hatted days, others might know him as that guy who's moderately old but still not as old as ndifference (hi guys!), but at this point in time his annual Halloween contest is a fixture. For those of you who've missed out on the glorious yearly improvements this brings to the horror gallery, you can view submissions for all the years he's hosted it—and other horror-themed contests—here:Being Scary with Memnalar1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
2012 ‡ 2011 ‡ Vampires for Kids ‡ 2009 ‡ Easterween
What is horror? Is it the same thing as scary?
Let's say that the sum of human experience is represented in metaphor b
Stockers you should knowHey people! So, one of the many questions I get asked about how to improve figure drawing is where to find a suitable model. In a perfect world, friends and family members would sit for us artists for hours on end, however that's highly unlikely especially if you're looking for an "actiony" pose! Also, those of you who are just beginning to draw the figure need to do so from a human model. Drawing from life is, once again, ideal, but stock photos are the next best thing. Plus I'm always harping about dA's great stock so this is the list of some of the absolute best figurative/pose based human stockers on dA:Stockers you should know1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
#1.SenshiStock For Male and Female pose reference
The ABC of CraftsWhat this is about: There is seemingly a million crafts, and little by little we are building up a sort of encyclopedia of crafts. However, it's impossible for a couple of people to know them all... here's where you come in. We want to make this a community effort, please help us with your knowledge to make this happen! This is also the chance to bring the spotlight to unrecognized and unknown crafts, so if you know of any craft that isn't included yet, please leave a message!! Every contribution will be creditedThe ABC of Crafts2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
What we're looking for: Crafts, techniques, materials, themes. Crafts and techniques are what we're most interested in and will be given preference on this list.
What to do: Leave a comment with your contribution! It would be best if you leave it on the page that would correspond to the first letter of your suggestion. If you can leave a small description and a few thu
Working with MinkyMinky is a very popular fabric choice for making plush ponies, and MLPPlushies has an article on working with it: http://mlpplushies.deviantart.com/journal/Tips-and-Tricks-Working-with-Minky-319075769Working with Minky2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Personally I prefer tacking to pinning, since minky is so thin the pins distort and pull the fabric. You can also use clamps or paper clips (although paper clips also tend to fall off). I also always back minky with iron-on interfacing, to make transferring the pattern easier, and to keep it from slithering, wrinkling and stretching quite so much.
Any other tricks you'd like to share?
Poetry Basics Week - Assonance and ConsonanceThese two rhetoric figures are the classic examples of writing techniques that are as easy to employ as they are to be overdone and make what you're writing feel awful, like you're trying too hard.Poetry Basics Week - Assonance and Consonance1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
What they mean is sort of obvious from the name, and that's your first help: unlike other rhetoric devices, they're as simple as the name sounds.
Consonance is the repetition of the same consonant sound in a sentence, verse or stanza. Assonance, similarly, is the repetition of a vowel sound in a short sequence.
You probably read or heard both of them a lot! Either in ads or Literature or songs, assonance and consonance are a very helpful trick. The similarity of sound that they create makes what you're reading or listening (mind you – that's the effect they have when used correctly) be fluid, it gives it a rhythm of its own and even its own "mood".
When it's overdone, on the other hand, it will make everything feel forced and put there just to have
How to take crafting commissionsTaking crafting commissionsHow to take crafting commissions5 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Accepting commissions is very different from opening a store in a lot of ways, so I decided to write a separate article for it. However, a lot of what I explained in the article "Introduction to setting up your store" also applies to taking commissions, so make sure to read that article too!
Note: I’m writing this with crafting commissions in mind, since that’s my area of expertise. I imagine that some things could also apply to other kind of commissions, but I make no promises
What is a commission?
A commission is when a client pays you to create a specific craft with their idea or instructions.
How is a commission different from sales in my store?
When you sell something in your store, people are buying your work. When you accept a commission, people are hiring you to do