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
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.1 year 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
Uh Fack, part1: Improving, angst and frustration.PUh Fack, part1: Improving, angst and frustration.1 year 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
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 Memnalar2 years 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
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 Comics11 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 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.
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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 know2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
#1.SenshiStock For Male and Female pose reference
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
Creative people (comic con talk I did)(some of this you may have read in my other journals too. This was my talk at the ICE comic con last weekend.)Creative people (comic con talk I did)6 months ago in Personal More Like This
To be creative is a way of thinking. When you observe what’s around you, what are the things you pick up and store in your memory?
(Only look at this image for a few seconds and then scroll it out of the frame)
This was an image of the 2013 World photography awards.
I’ve just shown it to you for about 10 seconds. What do you still remember from it?
The pigeons that fly around? The fact that these pigeons were white? The notion of all the Blue in the image , so well in the building as in the clothing of the women. Or did you remember the two kids that seem to be the cause of the birds fleeing the scene.
Someone with an interest towards architecture probably lingered his eyes at the building and recognized it’s style culture and perhaps knows of it’s build method. While someone with an interes
How to take crafting commissionsTaking crafting commissionsHow to take crafting commissions1 year 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
CEA UPdate for January 16, 2008CEAUPDATE 011608CEA UPdate for January 16, 20087 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
UPDATES FROM realitysquared : Clarifying the Issue; Tracing and Copying
Today Id like to attempt to explain our official stance on such things as tracing and copying.
As most people are aware, deviantART does not restrict membership according to artistic experience or level of skill. As a result we have a large population of young, amateur artists, a great many of whom produce fan related artworks.
It is considered acceptable for artists to reuse or reference ideas, scenes, poses, and any other broad concept which may be found in the works of other artists. Generally speaking it is impossible to produce a new and original artwork which does not bear at least some passing resemblance to the works done in the past by other artists.
This is especially true when it comes to poses and character concepts. It is therefore entirely possible for two people to independently draw a stalking wolf without ever having seen each others wor
An Introduction To Fine MetalworkingCommunity WeekAn Introduction To Fine Metalworking1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Co-written by melzika!
Fine metalworking is most often considered a medium for jewelry making, although it can be used for other works as well. Many artists have made wall pieces, sculptures, reliquaries, vessels, and other less traditional works with metals. Fine metal is a very versatile and exciting medium that challenges the artist to create beautiful works of art from something that, at first glance, might seem very hard, rigid and unforgiving. Fortunately crafters have been working with metals throughout history, and contemporary artists can still rely on the techniques of those pioneers to see metals in a new light - as soft, malleable and functional.
This article will introduce you to some of these basic metalworking techniques. This is in no way meant as a tutorial, and reading this article won’t qualify you to begin working immediately in metals. There are a lot of safety precautions involved in working wit
Vitreous EnamelArtisan Crafts WeekVitreous Enamel1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Vitreous enamel is a material made by fusing powdered glass to another material (usually metal or ceramics - I'll be talking about metal) by firing. The powdered glass melts and flows into a smooth coating, which hardens as it cools. There are a lot of other materials out there that are calling themselves 'enamel' that are technically a resin or something else with very similar properties - traditionally, however, enamel is glass, and that's what I'll be talking about in this article!
Although this all sounds super cool and fancy (hopefully) you can actually find examples of products that have been enameled in an industrial setting all over the place! The older white boards at schools, for example, were often made of steel with a white enamel coating on them. In addition, cookware is often enameled - ever see those dark blue pots with the white speckles? Other commonly used items that have been enameled are bath tubs, dishwashers, and other appliances.
There are ple
LIVESTREAMING OVER! Knee'd Help? - 12.3.2014WATCH THE STREAM HERE!LIVESTREAMING OVER! Knee'd Help? - 12.3.20146 months ago in Personal More Like This
The Hour and a Half stream begins at 2 PM CST (-5GMT)
In this weeks livestream Tim Von Rueden (vonn) will be working on all things knees!
The knee’d to understand how to draw the knee is crucial to every artist, often times it is overlooked and completely ignored,
but without understanding how the leg bends can send characters into weird anatomical errors that make a figure look like they’ve took an arrow.
Knee-deep in questions? Don’t be afraid to ask them in the livestream!
Last week shape challenge is still going on so don’t forget to check it out here!
And remember, we have a livestream every W
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 Consonance2 years 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
The Art and Architecture of Ancient PompeiiThe Art and Architecture of Ancient Pompeii1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Pompeii, located near the Apennine Mountains and modern-day Naples, Italy, was a thriving Roman city when it was buried in ash in 79 AD by the eruption of nearby volcano Mount Vesuvius. It had been settled agriculturally as early as the Iron Age in the 8th century BC, but humans didn't start making actual structures there until the Samnites built city walls in the 6th century BC. They became allies of Rome in 338 BC, and after a few wars, officially became part of the Roman Empire in 89 BC. From then until the eruption of Vesuvius, Pompeii was a thriving and relatively peaceful city (“Visiting Pompeii”).
Society in ancient Pompeii was much like that of ancient Rome. They had an amphitheater that predated Rome’s Coliseum but was very similar in that it housed sporting events that could last days and draw citizens not just from the city, but from many
Project Educate: Black and White Photography Project Educate: Black and White PhotographyProject Educate: Black and White Photography4 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
Lose yourself in artBeen drawing in proyects i hve doing, with starcraft, and many other things, but personal things, NONE.Lose yourself in art6 years ago in Personal More Like This
When i was young like 20s, used to draw with a smile on my face all the moment, from the begginging to an end of the drawings. Turn out the light get in bed, get up turn the light again watched the drawing, smiled, then go again to bed, and sometimes i watched over 3 or 4 times before i got to bed, saying luv that piece.
Then years pass, you become a pro, you learn tons of new things, change to digital, and the smile fades away....
What changed, were your twin go.....thats the questions ive been doing for the past 3 years, until last week, solved the puzzle.( i mean if you can solve a rubiks cube you can solve everything, i do, luv my cube).
IVE BELIEVE ARTISTS HAS A TWIN SOUL, ARTISTS ARE TWINS.
When you are a child, everyone its playing you are with a book and a pencil or pen, drawing, kids are smiling, you are in a corner of the class, everyone are talking, paper planes passing by
Latula Pyrope Cosplay HelpNo, I'm not asking for help, I'm helping YOU! I haven't tried this stuff yet, but this is my list for when I cosplay Latula Pyrope from Homestuck. I took the time to compile a list of what you should buy and a pattern for the symbol on her shirt.Latula Pyrope Cosplay Help2 years ago in Personal More Like This
NOTE! This was for me, what I'M going to do, so if you don't like what I'm using- tough luck. This was just so I don't lose the list of things I intend to get for this. If you know something better, tell me and if I agree, I'll change it.
Anyway here's what you need to cosplay Latula in order from head to toe.
Wig cap: http://www.partycity.com/product/wig+cap.do
Setting powder: http://www.clownantics.com/setting-powders-barrier-spr
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!4 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
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
HumanKemonoAdopt's Color Scheme Contest! WINNERSThe winners please claim your prizes from the contributors.HumanKemonoAdopt's Color Scheme Contest! WINNERS2 years 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.
''DON'T SCRAP THAT!''Two of the best pieces of advice I ever got considering art and drawings came from the very same person: A graphic designer who often stopped by at the comicshop. We spent a lot of time chatting about techniques and most of my knowledge about fibonacci and golden ratio I have because of him.''DON'T SCRAP THAT!''11 months ago in Personal More Like This
As for the points of advice:
One was that I should just take my time with my drawings and paintings. If I don't have a deadline, there is no need to finish it within a fixed timeframe. And I can work on it as long as I want, till it's finished. Or till I get bored with it. And never finish it and start something new. It's not like I'm bound in any way, right?
The second tip was to never shy back from starting from scratch. Whatever the reason might be. Just because I have just spent hours on that one detailed bit does not mean that the final image will look great if I build it around my initial hours of work. It can. But it does not have to.
So, I often I scrap drafts, paint over a painting or s
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 Posing1 year ago in Personal More Like This