YOUR IDEAS HAVE VALUE!!I have to kind of make a post about this subject since it comes up a lot in discussions
Your art has worth! it does not need marketing or any kind of promotion . Even your ideas have value too. So companies and people trying to take advantage of such things is simply not right and we as artists need to change.
If you spend hours and hours honing your skills as an artist. Then people shouldn't assume that you are willing to give that away for free.
All the time I get a message for people asking for free work , or work that I won't get paid for now, but they will promote my website. I do not need help promoting myself. I can handle that quite well on my own. ( FUNNY PART IS I NEVER PROMOTED MY ART AT ALL I JUST DID IT AND I GOT BETTER AND MORE PEOPLE BEGAN TO LOOK AT IT MORE AND MORE, I DID ART AND PUT IT ON A WEBSITE , NOTHING MORE) People also do the kick-starter thing. They say we cannot pay but if your project gets funded we can pay you after.
LITERALLY all of these scenarios would n
IS ART SCHOOL BAD?? 0_OBTW THIS IS LONG ASS POST , BUT ENCOURAGE YOU TO READ THIS IS IF YOU ARE A PERSON CONSIDERING ART FOR A CAREERIS ART SCHOOL BAD?? 0_O2 years ago in Personal More Like This
EDIT: I ADDED NUMBER 3 IN CAUSE THAT WAS KIND OF AN IMPORTANT LESSON TOO. HAHA
Usually I am pretty quiet when it comes to the community and its dealings with drama . But I feel like I have to write my two cents about this topic.
A lot of people have been throwing around this post around about how art schools are terrible and are not worth it ya. I am sure you can find the article somewhere if you just google it . Though everyone is entitled to their own opinion I feel that I should talk about both sides of the coin when it comes to art school.
Now I have went to art school , and have done well for myself , I have worked internationally and worked for some big companies , and currently at the moment I actually teach at an art school as well.
SO THE ULTIMATE QUESTION: IS ART SCHOOL A WASTE OF TIME?
WELL THERE IS NO BLACK AND WHITE ANSWER
What I believe is that art school i
How to Create Fictional Highlights and ScalesHow to Create Fictional Highlights and Scales3 years ago in Personal More Like This
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The Three problems with how we learn art: pt.1 I've been thinking about how and why we learn to draw for a few years now. I started self-analazing my own drawing and character design thought process when I began writing my first art instruction book, "Creating Characters with Personality". It was harder than I thought to verbalize how I've learned and how I process drawing. This has led me to start looking back at my artistic life and how I learned art. What made me learn the most? What drove me to draw and stick with it? What led to others I knew as a child to stop drawing? I think I'm ready to present some of those thoughts here on DA and hear what you think. So, this is part 1 of three in a series. I'm not sure where this is leading, but step one is my establishing an online art instruction school called Taught ByA PRO (www.taughbyapro.com) that will (in phase one) concentrate on drawing instruction for all forms of media. Here we go:The Three problems with how we learn art: pt.12 years ago in Personal More Like This
I believe there are T
The Three problems with how we learn art: pt.2 I've been thinking about how and why we learn to draw for a few years now. I started self-analazing my own drawing and character design thought process when I began writing my first art instruction book, "Creating Characters with Personality". It was harder than I thought to verbalize how I've learned and how I process drawing. This has led me to start looking back at my artistic life and how I learned art. What made me learn the most? What drove me to draw and stick with it? What led to others I knew as a child to stop drawing? I think I'm ready to present some of those thoughts here on DA and hear what you think. This is part 2 of three in a series. I'm not sure where this is leading, but step one is my establishing an online art instruction school called Taught ByA PRO (http://taughtbyapro.com) that will (in phase one) concentrate on drawing instruction for all forms of media. Here we go:The Three problems with how we learn art: pt.22 years ago in Personal More Like This
I believe there are T
The Three problems with how we learn art: pt.3I've been thinking about how and why we learn to draw for a few years now. I started self-analazing my own drawing and character design thought process when I began writing my first art instruction book, "Creating Characters with Personality". It was harder than I thought to verbalize how I've learned and how I process drawing. This has led me to start looking back at my artistic life and how I learned art. What made me learn the most? What drove me to draw and stick with it? What led to others I knew as a child to stop drawing? I think I'm ready to present some of those thoughts here on DA and hear what you think. This is part 2 of three in a series. I'm not sure where this is leading, but step one is my establishing an online art instruction school called Taught ByA PRO (http://www.taughtbyapro.com) that will (in phase one) concenThe Three problems with how we learn art: pt.32 years ago in Personal More Like This
Quick NoteI was recently asked about how to go about studying anatomy. Keep in mind that anatomy is likeQuick Note2 years ago in Personal More Like This
icing on a cake. The underlying shape and form must be defined before you can start throwing
it in there. lol I'll be going over this base anatomy in the cliff notes. That being said, the best way
to study anatomy ( I think ) is to study function. If you understand interlocking forms, guess what?
You know how to draw, arms, legs and the torso. If you understand stacking forms you now have the tools
to draw intricate areas like the armpit, hips, arms reaching side view etc.
There's a few things I think about when I incorporate anatomy.
1.) Will it help flow?
2.) Will it reinforce my underlying form?
3.) Do I even need to show it in this image?
4.) What is the figure doing?
5.) Where is the weight?
the list goes on.
The simplest way to think of anatomy is this. If you take two pencils and position them in
FF-02: Critique Theory + TechniqueCritiquing SystemsFF-02: Critique Theory + Technique3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Here are a few techniques + approaches to improve
the quality and helpfulness of your critiques!
Critiquing could almost be an art form in and of itself! It's complex, but needs to be accessible. It can be approached from many different perspectives; there are no right answers. In essence, critique is like collaborative problem solving!
You as critic work with an artist to identify a problem (maybe one that they themselves are unaware of), then you work together to find a solution to it. They communicate through their existing body of work, and the technique they've developed or concept they've expressed. You communicate through your observations, impressions, and suggestions!This guide is designed to give you some new ideas about how you might approach your critiques from a different angle! It contains questions for you to ask, as well as tec
You love art Right? Then work for free. Yeah!"The Sticky Affair of Startups"You love art Right? Then work for free. Yeah!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
This week I go over the strange things startup companies will say to get complete strangers (i.e. freelance illustrators) to work for free.
Check it out, and let me know what you think.
Do it---> http://garretaj.blogspot.com/
Why it's so important to unite as artists.We are with many though yet we are with few. We're all divided over little subgroups such as, fantasy illustrators, concept artists, comic book pencilers, photomanipers, techartists, anime drawers, realism sketchers etc. You might even find your place at multiple sections.Why it's so important to unite as artists.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I found that the biggest united groups on Deviant Art are mostly evolved around fan art, such as Sonic, or My little pony.
Observations aside, I think the good thing about those groups is that they serve for companionship. Being an artist all by yourself with no one to share/talk about/discuss your work with can feel rather lonely. And that lonely feeling is not encouraging at all. Most of us keep a lot of things taboo as well, like techniques or rates. If we were more openly with these the changes of being underpaid or missing out on a job because someone else does it for hardly any money at all will grow slimmer. People should know what they are worth and not be afraid to ask for it.
When I joined Devia
An Aereoscopic Adventure!An Aereoscopic Adventure!2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
i have always been a huge fan of art books. in fact i would say that 99 percent of my bookshelves are filled with art books ranging from animation to fashion design and everything visual in between. it was partly why i am so excited to have produced my own book, Walking Your Octopus. one of my goals with this project was to create an art book that was also an art object and this vision guided every aspect of the book's production. as we all know ebooks are becoming more and more popular and i struggled with how my book which was a celebration of all things analog might fit into the digital space. fortunately my very creative friend eric, had the solution...Aereoscope.
my friend Eric Daniels works with
Disney layoffs, 2D animation, and youA very nervous animation student (he didn't say, but I assume he is studying 2D animation) asked me about my opinions on the state of animation these days. What are the companies thinking with laying off all the employees, not doing 2D animation, canceling great TV series, etc.? Are the business people just evil? AND the even bigger question: Is John Lassiter a jerk (or worse) for letting all the 2D animators at Disney go yesterday?Disney layoffs, 2D animation, and you2 years ago in Personal More Like This
MY ANSWER: I have a slightly controversial (for an artist) perspective on businesses and business people. Over all, I like them. At times, I have even been grateful for them. (Steady paychecks should never be taken for granted. Wait till you don't have one one day, then you'll know!) Remember, we live in a world where businesses are expected to make money to stay alive. It's called capitalism. Others call it "business". That means, the animation world isn't any different from any other job/company
Tip of the Day: FrustrationTip of the Day: Leaps in learning comes from working through great frustration. Gotta keep going!Tip of the Day: Frustration2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Big Annual Contest - And the Winners are... WINNERSBig Annual Contest - And the Winners are...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Congratulation to every participants. We have 48 entries for this theme, this is wonderful !! So I decide to give for every entrant a llama badge to thank him/her for his/her interest ♥
Well, it is time to reveal the three creations which enjoyed the most. And the winners are...
Every century in our world holds different degree of beauty, even human's interpretation of beauty changes along the course of time. Artists, photographers and writers here in deviantArt have displayed marvelous works depicting their interpretation of beautiful wonders - The elegance of a woman, the solitude of an emerald forest and even the beauty of falling in love. Yes, beauty is a big subset for all things. That is why we
DA COMMISSIONS: WTF?I wanted to share this post I've seen on Tumblr. As a professionnal artist, I already know that I underprice my commissions. When you are a freelance, a drawing is generally 500€ to 1000€ when you're a beginner. On DA, I generally sell them at 30/50€. What to think about the new commission system, knowing that I'm already leaving my commissions for a low price?DA COMMISSIONS: WTF?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
You can easily understand: why do you open commissions then?
Well,I love drawing for other people, and most of commissionners don't even know the real price of a drawing (now you know!). But when I open commissions, this is because I've got the time, because I love to share with commissionners, to know their universe, OCs...and because it helps me to buy new fabric for reenactments too, for sure. But... Well... Shame on you DA! O_o
How can you sell a service for only 0.2/0.4$, knowing that DA takes 20% too?! O_o
It may be a good news for commissionners, but DA, you're killing the artists by making people think that a drawing cos
Merry Christmas and SHIPS!!!I friggin' love this grey weather, like you have no idea. So I leap on any chance I get to go out into it, and as always I force :icongellyh: to come with me. Following some advice we went to the Maritime Museum in Amsterdam yesterday to see the LKJSDKLZDJLKS replica of the18th century East Indiaman Amsterdam.Merry Christmas and SHIPS!!!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Caution: Slippery when wet.
EEEEEEEEE SHIPS!!! Of course this totally counts as research for my animation major this year and everything,
The Captain gets all the best things.
Chillin' in the Captain's Cabin.
To the Captain's Command!
We found some BARRELS!!
Biggest goddamn barrels I've ever seen.
And also tried our hands at the guns.
Gellyh knows how to use a swivel cannon.
Evidently ... I don't.
But it was seriously cramped in there, especially in the guests' cabins for transporting important people.
No, I mean really, really cramped.
Fooling around top-side:
Fabulous view from up here, daaarling~
And then there was a gallery full
Feature: Best from FavouritesHELLO !Feature: Best from Favourites2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Here are some best photos from FAVOURITES.
GIVE SOME to the Artists
Proficiency Practice can be frustrating, mundane and agonizingly repetitive, but it is necessary. I think, rather than being vital to improving the quality of our work, the importance of practice is that it makes us proficient, this is a crucial distinction.Proficiency3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Without practice you'll slave for hours or days over a mediocre piece; we've all been there. Consider the alternative, rather than pouring your soul into the next humdrum scribble, do yourself a favor and commit those hours to practicing fundamentals instead.
Nobody is invincible, and you will despair if you continually subject yourself to failure, but practice isn't showcased; nobody's watching. You can fail endlessly and that's actually the point; if you had no shortcomings, there'd be no reason to practice. Adopting this perspective is half the battle.
Make sure to be reasonable, measure your progress in months, not weeks. Exercise your patience, prac
Our First LoveWe all loved it at first.Our First Love3 years ago in Personal More Like This
We loved creating. Those first attempts were driven by enjoyment. We weren't doing it to get better, to "practice", or even, God forbid, for a paycheck. We were doing it to do it. A joy unto itself.
In some ways, I find all my current work to be little more than efforts to rediscover that first love. To get back to that feeling I had at the beginning, before all the training, practice, and work. Before I was "serious." Back when drawing wasn't about creating something pretty but just having fun. No pressure, no demands, no expectations.
...continue reading on my blog: http://www.noahbradley.com/blog/2012/our-first-love/
A question I get a lot.I get this question a lot. ( six times in the past two days)A question I get a lot.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
How can I draw like you?
This is my point of you on this question.
Once again.. this is just MY opinion, and not everybody will agree with it.. but.. here it is
I'd probably not recommend you try to emulate my style or my way or working.
What I would recommend though is that you try to go outside and sketch, sketch people in the street, people walking, sitting, getting up, taking off their clothes or putting them back on, people hugging, people fighting, people in conversation in a group, people on the bus, swimming, dancing, eating, ( lot's of eating as it is pretty hard to convey exactly the feeling of eating), sleeping, people thinking... If you want to tell stories, most of your images should have people thinking.. that's what is going to make your images come alive.
Use a tablet if you have one, a sharpie, a pastel, a rock dipped in ink..anything that can make a mark.
The tool is cool, but secondary.. first.. you n
Do Artists Matter?Do we matter?Do Artists Matter?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm specifically talking about "us" as designers, artists, or creative people. Do artists matter?
I have two personal stories that have helped me gauge and answer that question for myself. I hope they help you too.
(SIDE NOTE: I believe in a God and I believe that God loves me and leads my path but that I have free will and can turn from his leading and do my "own thing". Both of these stories have a TON of "God flavoring" that would make them much longer, so know that they are there if you want to read between the lines and find them. In short, both stories are answers to prayer.)
After 9/11 I felt worthless. Making cartoons just wasn't important in the new post 9/11 world. Firemen, policemen, construction workers, teachers, healthcare workers, architects- really, anyone that contributes to rebuilding our world and its infrastructure, those people had important jobs to do. We
An Optimal October!An Optimal October!3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
1. NEW- GIFTS & Other Cool Items
2. NEW- Away Note
3. NEW- Special Groups & Info.
4. NEW- Extra [EXTRA!] Special Thank You's!
5. NEW- Said & Did Features
6. NEW- 104th Special Random Feature!!
7. NEW- Special Edition Feature: "Autumn & A Spooky Touch"
8. NEW- Treasure Chest Features- Profile Page, Left-Side...
Hello and Thank You to Anyone who has a chance to read my journal.
I know time is precious.
:iconautumncolorplz: What Happened to September??
Well, now that it's already here, I wish you ALL an OPTIMAL OCTOBER! :iconautumncolorplz:
:iconcip33: GIFTS :iconcip33:
Thank you to my very kind friend Dana :icondanaanderson: for:
Such a beautiful nature image, that moves me, as well the sentiments along with it. Dana, has been a very kind and long-time friend, here on dA!
Please visit her fabulous work HERE: http://d
be really dedicatedSo, I was drawing at work yesterday (I'm now at WB btw, yay!), when I just looked down, startled, and thought, "This is what I wanted it to look like." I suddenly couldn't fathom how that had happened. Like I don't remember when I got to the point where someone tells me their idea, then I'm able to sit down and just MAKE THAT THING. I remember being someone who couldn't figure out how to do that, and I acknowledge being the me I am now, but where were the two bridged and when did I cross? This whole week has kind of been like that - me thinking about the person I was when I joined this site and the person I am today.be really dedicated2 years ago in Personal More Like This
On that note, lemme take you back to a journal entry from August 2007, essentially at the start of my second year of USC (I was getting a Master's in Comm. Management):
"My career counselor at my school (which btw, I feel, MUST train its employees to dissuade bright-eyed students from having any ambitions outside of the SPECIFIC interests of the
Commissions WidgetI just wanted to make a post to refer back to when people ask me about using DA's new commission widget. You may read all about this new widget here.Commissions Widget2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I will not be using this widget for several reasons. First of all, I don't accept points as commissions. Second, I don't approve of the 20% cut of commission profits from using the widget. Third, I have virtually nothing for sale that meets the price limit. I understand that this is a method to convert points to usable income, but it's not worth the trouble it comes with.
You are of course free to do whatever you want, however I recommend to other artists reading this to go ahead and use your journal or a custom widget to accept commissions so that you can:
~ Charge whatever you want without a cap imposed by a third party.
~ Don't have to deal with the limitations of the widget.
~ You can keep all your profits