Tutorial Tuesday: Commissioning Do and Don'tSo I'm back at it! The incredible amount of re-blogs and likes I've received the last few weeks on my tutorials have been overwhelming so I've returned with new tutorials!
I have a list here of at least a dozen different things I want to teach all of you, (and I'm sure that list is going to grow.) But I thought today we'll ease into it with some of the dos and don'ts when getting a private commission from your favorite artist.
Now I should start off by saying that these are based off my own experiences. Every artist is different and they have policies, preferences, and procedures they prefer. So be sure to ask them how they do things so that everything goes smoothly. In my experience though, following these guidelines will significantly increase the chances that the artwork you commission will come out amazing. So here we go!
DO: Tell the artist what you want.
This is simple but the most important.
Thoughts on artist's blockI get asked all the time if I get creative block, and what my strategies are for beating it.Thoughts on artist's block3 years ago in Personal More Like This
First, just accept that staying creative is not easy, and it gets harder the older you get. I haven't really noticed it or accepted it until recently, but there indeed seems to be a trend. I met a woman recently who used to paint amazing realistic portraits in her youth. She's in her 60s now, and doesn't do it anymore. When I asked what happened that made her stop, she just shrugged and said, "life".
Some of us get bored and change lanes. Some of us allow the mundane to overcome the creative. And some of us, sadly, just get tired. If you're still cranking out paintings at age 60 at the same speed and quality as when you were 20, you're a rare creative genius.
My creative block comes not from lack of ideas but from the fact that sometimes none of my ideas speak to me or feel special. They don't feel worth it. And every time I go through an artist's block a part of me is scared witless that this
You are unique"Too many people spend money they don't have on things they don't need to impress people they don't like."You are unique3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Can't remember who said this, but I ran into it the other day, and it struck me: yes. Yes, this is why our society is so royally messed up. People are no longer content with simply enjoying life, feeding their creative passions, and appreciating the blessings that they have. They constantly compare themselves to others and get angry/depressed if what the others have/do is better, or they've convinced themselves that just because some magazine told them there's something wrong with them, it must be true, and so they spend every free minute they have struggling to change into something they're not.
How many people push through life to achieve something they don't really want? How many kids whine and cry and beg to get the , not because it's something they actually like, but because everyone else has it? How many women starve themselves to fit into someone else's idea of "beautiful"?
No Excuses: 'I never get feedback'Hmmm This is a tough one. I see the dilemma. You pour your heart into something and post it out there for the world to see, and you wait eagerly for feedback. Something....anything! Even if you get a "You suck, go home" you'll know where you stand, but you get NOTHING? How are you supposed to move forward from that? Why should you move forward, no ones paying attention or reading it? That's the whole point isn't it? To create something and let the world read it and enjoy it. If no one is doing that, then we might as well quit. Right?No Excuses: 'I never get feedback'3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Why do you ask me these silly questions? You know I'm going to say "no, never quit." But lets talk about this.
You can't take what people say, or don't say to you as an indicator of whether you should keep going. If that was the case I would have quit this blog a long time ago, because it NEVER EVER EVER gets comments on it. Honestly I only know of one person who reads this blog. (some of you might be reading this
No Excuses: 'I'm Not Good Enough'Well If you're not a professional comic book artist, chances are you're right. As logically if you were good enough you'd be a professional... and so it goes in circles.No Excuses: 'I'm Not Good Enough'3 years ago in Personal More Like This
But the fact of the matter is that if your answer to "Why don't you try and make comics?" is "I'm not good enough." Then what you have here is a full fledge Excuse. And if you haven't figured it out by the title of this blog yet, I'm here to force you to stop making excuses and start making comics.
So you're not good enough? So what? So that means you don't even try? What are you Homer Simpson?
Now lets be realistic. You probably really aren't good enough.... right now. If you're reading this blog it means you're interested in becoming a comic artists and you figured following one might give you some tips and tric
Helpful Tip of the Day 02Don't draw with the intent of "uploading"Helpful Tip of the Day 022 years ago in Personal More Like This
This will make you rush, I used to draw everything and upload them on the day in hopes to be seen or to get popular but it honestly does not work. It will only make you rush and not think things through.
Draw for yourself as well as the viewers. If you feel there is something wrong with the drawing don't post it, It will only get you down. (Unless its is paid work, then fill your portfolio!)
When you draw personal work, make it your own, it will be a mystery to the viewer, "why did ______ draw this, what went through their head? etc
Like my Elven nature or Ice Queen which seem to be the most successful in my gallery, is ones I drew for fun. I also took tip one into consideration drawing those.
(For the month of Ramadan I will post random tips that I struggle with to show you are not alone)
No Excuses: I try hard, but I don't ImproveI know this one is an easy excuse to fall into. After all, you're working really hard to improve and no matter how hard you try, no matter how hard you study, it just doesn't seem like you're getting any better. So just give up right? You're obviously wasting your time. Right? WRONG. (duh... that would have been wierd if i said "right", and just ended the blog post right there huh?)No Excuses: I try hard, but I don't Improve3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I know how it feels. I want my artwork to be at the level of my artistic idols right now. I want to be like Walt Simonson, Marc Silvestri, or Adam Hughes. And though I've had minor success in my career so far, I'm a far way away from the ama
Resources For Artists: Pricing Your Commissions'Official' Pricing Your Commissions or Artwork ThreadResources For Artists: Pricing Your Commissions2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Journal version resource of forum's thread and 5th in the series of Resources For Artists
General Art and Digital Art forum are always inundated with threads (here l here) about how to price ones' commissions every few days. Rather than creating such a thread everytime, use this 'official' thread for asking questions, providing answers to anyone who might have individual questions, or finding out information provided here about how to go on about pricing your commissions.
This is for both digital and traditional artists out there!
This is version 2
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 Block2 years 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
My Birthday Features!!:iconclaustrawberry::iconAlesiandra: I would like to say a big THANK :iconlovesplatplz: to all my beautiful friends for all the messages, cards, points , surprises and gifts that I received!! :iconrainbowbummiecakeplz::iconkloffplz: Thanks for making my birthday such a special day!! :iconcicidanceplz: :iconbouquetplz: I really appreciate it with all my heart! There is nothing like being remembered on your big day!!! :iconkissmote::iconredroseplz: Thanks for showing me love, may you always be cherished, loved and appreciated!! :iconAlttPPieceOfHeartPLZ: THANK YOU for bringing me a lot of sunshine!!! :iconheartafireplz::iconlovecuddleplz::iconlovejump1::iconlovejump2:My Birthday Features!!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Valentine Contest - 2012 Happy Valentine's Day!Valentine Contest - 20124 years ago in Personal More Like This
Submission is now closed. Let the judging begin!
Hola Members! :iconHOlaplz:
We hope everyone enjoyed bringing in this new year with a bang!!
We can now happily announce our first contest of the year: The Spring contest!.
With spring on the horizon after the cold holiday winter, It warmly brings us one of the most celebrated days of the year. What are we talking about?. Yup. . . .You guessed it!
That's right. The theme for the Spring contest is Valentines Day!.
And we encourage all of you, our talented members, to participate!
What this contest is about
We would like you to portray a Love-Hate/Love relationship between two OCs.
Simple as that. All mediums are encouraged!
( including Literature/Written submission ).
:iconwing1plz: RULES :iconwing2plz:
PE: Telling Stories with your ArtStorytelling and art were good friends for thousands of years until they had a fight and split in the late 19th century. Paintings that told stories often followed old academic traditions and were rejected by modernist artists. In some ways, the old traditions could be limiting and did not allow free creativity. Because of this, storytelling, or “narrative” was knocked off it’s pedestal in fine art and though most ideas and movements of the past 50 years in art have come full circle, we still have a tenuous relationship with telling stories in our artwork. Concept has become incredibly important in fine art. I have nothing against concept art, in fact a lot of my own work is very concept driven, but I believe that narrative is not being given its due.PE: Telling Stories with your Art1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Once regarded as “lowbrow” comics and illustration are gaining respect in high art. Yet, beyond the “art world” images that tell stories are quickly becoming more relevant than even written word.
Featured! Check this beautiful galleries!!!Hello everyone!Featured! Check this beautiful galleries!!!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
This time I've prepared for you a new collection of beautiful pieces of art.
Please check this guys' galleries. You must see what an amazing art they do! I'm sure they deserve much more pageviews.
And some pictures from theirs galleries
Feature and PrintsI'm finally caught up on everything and have time to post a feature This one is made up of people I either have not featured before or have not featured in awhile. I hope I can introduce my friends to new artists with this one. EnjoyFeature and Prints1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Peace by Jean-PierreLeclercq Chelsea Mermaids by farawayforest
Exploring Eve by Greyfell-Fine-Art Hyena by FredrikEriksson1 Anatoli...... ( a study on black canvas) by touchofthesoul Awakened by kalicothekat
Skulladelic 2 by TheDaveL Melancholia by lollypop3000 Aqua glow skull by Stelf-2014 Life and Death and Life by LuxDani
Angel of the Lord by iezz Commission: Evergreen by 4steex A68470 by AmyWilkins Big white teddy bear! by Seb-Photos
The Secret Garden by MADmoiselleMeli A family of Fossa by PictureByPali The Dragon's Eye by JoannaMoory Bald Eagle Portrait by darkSoul4Life
What angel wakes me from my flowery bed? by Muse1908
I also wanted to include the link to the store on my website http://www.kaylafantasyart.com/fantasystore.html I offer various sizes and even have limited edition metallic prints here http://www.kaylafantasyart.com/metallicstore.html There will only
PE :Artistic ExcusesYou know, everywhere in the world, inspiration strikes, new artists are born, and new styles are born. We all start as beginners and take our time...but then certain points...there are times when we feel a certain way about our art. Some people don't think that they cannot get better when you know you can. Some people feel they should quit....when you can keep going. Some people feel like you're nothing...when you are something...those things are called excuses...there is no excuse why you cannot accomplish your goals to become an artist. The quotes you see oftenPE :Artistic Excuses1 year ago in Personal More Like This
"OMG! Your art is so cute!"
"That is awesome!"
"I love your art"
"Your art is very cool and different."
That alone should motivate you to keep going. But if you still feel weary of your art and if you still feel like your art cannot get better even after comments that should motivate your to keep going, here's a guide to help you out and a guide of excuses that are often shown w
Big Features n.20~ August ~Big Features n.20~ August ~1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Hey you !!
Sorry for my loss of activity right now,
I don't want to neglect my friends so sorry again! ;A;
Hope to be back soon enough with (2!) Personal drawings you can check more wip on my facebook page Linelana or my tumblr ! (up !)
~ Great news : I soon moved into my new apartment and I plan to buy a nice scanner * *
see ya sweet people ~
Digital Media & Others
If you like it, Feature itIf you like it, Feature itIf you like it, Feature it2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Why should we bother writing journals and articles featuring art? It takes time and effort but is it really worth it? Do people read and look through our features?
I'll try to explore some of these questions in my today's article and I'd like you to write your experience and opinions as well!
Reasons to feature
"Why bother" is a question that a proud community member never asks himself. First of all, DeviantArt is a place of inspiration filled with pictures, rarely a person gets by without browsing art and eventually "faving" them. Some people focus entirely on collecting artworks into their Favorites folders - this action and displaying artworks in your journal or a poll brings me to the first reason, supporting the artist. Further than that, it starts a dialogue between you and the featured artist (either via Mentions or by letting them know about the feature yourself).
Some love for these artists- Featurededits: because of some problems with the journal skin/html i had to change some entries >_>Some love for these artists- Featured2 weeks ago in Personal More Like This
Sabot by AnoraAlia She by Fidi-s-Art Commission: Fire Nymph by SerenaVerdeArtWelcome to Winterfell by cabepfirMuriel and Vali by night by Teodora85 Karin and the Black Cat by Gawarin Light by solfieri Mulan by EinasYou and Me by Hieyizar HM :: Secret Love :: by Yivae TRG - Winter Wassail by temielThank you 1100 times by soul-whisperVideira Fanart by AngieVX
Charles by DataDiasLacrima Christi by ZephyrhantThe stars by Kite04Time is running short by Lergahin
MISS HALL Chapter Two - cover by Khiliel The End Of The Forest by stelledivetro 78 Tarot :: Ace Of Wands by StefaniaRusso
Activity vs. Community When combining millions of artists working with different media, style, experience level, etc. being here can become overwhelming and finding your "place" can seem almost impossible. Throughout the last few weeks I've noticed more and more people asking "how can I be more active?" and "how do I get involved in the community?"Activity vs. Community2 years ago in Personal More Like This
These are both the same question and completely different questions at the same time. Though the answers to both are quite similar if not the same the difference between activity and community is huge! We're going to cover the answers and difference to both of those in this article.
There are three basic ways to being active on dA and getting involved the community. Everything after this will actually lead right back to these three things.
Commenting: is the best and most effective way to particicpate in our community becaus
PE: Promoting your projectPromoting your projectPE: Promoting your project2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
So you have a community project. You think it is a really good project, but people seem to not care for it. But wait... what if they just don't know about it?
Step 1 - WRITE A JOURNAL ABOUT YOUR PROJECT
You can also use other ways to describe your project - in the comments section of a deviation, in a profile widget or gallery description, but a journal is usually the most effective way to get the word out. Write it in sta.sh, even if it's a group journal (we will get to this later). Explain clearly and concisely the main idea and goals of your project, then elaborate on the details if needed.
Step 2 - POST THE JOURNAL
You can post it not only in your profile, but also in your groups. You need to be an admin of a group to be able to post the journal to it directly (as a journal, not as a deviation). If you are an admin of a group that is relevant to the project, this is how
The Ideal Body In ArtFor millennia, the body has been the most highly revered subjects in the visual arts. That's not new news for most of us though; even here on dA we see that most work here is figurative. The nude has been called timeless because it never changes, but I somewhat disagree with that statement. The body in art has changed multiple times over the ages, especially the nude. There's a big argument that the body (especially the female body) is too idealized these days, but I assure you, the body has always been idealized (and sexualized). The difference over time is what part is given attention to culturally.The Ideal Body In Art1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
The mature, lady-like image was displayed in modeling in the 1950s, elegance, exaggeration, hourglass figure (a more mature woman’s figure, motherly). In the 1960s, youth was displayed in modeling, informal, very slender (almost underdeveloped, boyish figure), pixie cut hairstyles, doll like facial expression, ‘little girl’ mannerisms, juxtaposed with gritty street photo
Tips for creating dark artTips for creating dark art1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Tips for creating dark art
I have heard many people's opinions about dark art. What defines it? What's it's main features? There is many who think they create dark art, but others who tell them THAT isn't what dark art is. But is that fair? Is it up to us to decide what dark art is OR is it something we need to feel. Something that comes to every human in need and offers a cold a dark reality of comfort. Here are the opinions of some dark artists...
"Go beyond the cliché and open your mind. People think creating something dark means you have to stick to cemeteries, goth chicks, and muted tones, which is false! Embrace colour in your dark work. Use your emotions and use your art to explore the darker side of your soul. I have found some of my darkest pieces came from me sitting outside in the sunshine and simply remembering something. Such as how the sun
Update + Features UpdateUpdate + Features5 months ago in Personal More Like This
I'm participating in EMG Sketch Fest this weekend. Will start on Friday, March 13 at 12:00pm at in AKST.
Sketch Fest is a 48 hour creative session with artists across the world. Our audience and fellow artists give us prompts and we sketch, in any media. You have up to 1 hour for each sketches to work on. That’s the only rule. You’ll have so much fun!!
Come and join us http://www.ellenmilliongraphics.com/sketchfest/index.php
I've recently finished 2 drawings inspired by Alice in Wonderland, "Queen of Hearts" and "The White Queen".
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PE: Funding Your ProjectFunding Your ProjectPE: Funding Your Project2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Have a project in mind, but not sure about where you’ll be able to gather the funds? Funding is often the most difficult aspect of running a project, but with the correct planning, organization, and fundraising, you can make any project a success!
Not every deviant has the financial capacity to assist your project, but every deviant can contribute by helping you promote your project. After all, even if these certain individuals cannot be able to donate, they may be able to find you the people who can. In your project announcement journals, make sure to emphasize that anyone can help by:
Adding the journal to their favorites to bump it up to the Journal PortalWriting a journal or a poll promoting the projectEncouraging their friends to help out and spread the word
Another thing to keep in mind is how you plan on collecting donations. Does your project require devi
5 Reasons to do it the traditional way5 Reasons to do it the traditional way5 Reasons to do it the traditional way2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Traditional and Digital art are both completely different mediums, able to create the same product. It is possible to paint a beautiful, watercolor-like painting digitally, as well as achieve the cleanliness and color options of a digital piece traditionally. Therefore, using one or the other to express ourselves creatively is, just like many things in life, just an option. People may have personal, sometimes even illogical reasons for using one or the other and that's fine. Today, however, I'm a cheerleader for the "traditional side", and I offer you 5 reasons to do it traditionally!
1. Oh the wonderful smell of art supplies > I'm not talking about the toxic smell that come painting techniques require, of course. Rather about the feeling you get when entering a huge art supply store, touching all those brand new pencils and tubes