The Artist's Toolbox - Working with ReferencesThe Artist's Toolbox - Working with ReferencesThe Artist's Toolbox - Working with References1 month ago in Art Features More Like This
I can draw anything... as long as I get to look at it.
There is a great myth that drawing is a memory exercise. That if you can draw entirely from memory it makes you a better artist who deserves more kudos.
Of course the study of drawing will lead to a good memory of the things you've already studied how to draw, humans, animals, whatever it is that you love to draw. But the downfall of this is that you can restrict yourself to only drawing what it is you have studied how to draw, ie what you've memorised.
Using reference is not a weakness! It is a strength and almost all top level artists use a lot of reference. Using reference means you're not trapped one person's life experiences and can draw upon a wealth of extra knowledge. How can that be a weakness?
A lot of people seem to assume that the reference should come first. They go out and they scour the dA stock etc to find th
The 50 Foot / 50 Hand Challenge! CLOSED!This is a drawing challenge from :iconSenshiStock: and :iconmostlyguystock:!The 50 Foot / 50 Hand Challenge! CLOSED!1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
THIS CHALLENGE IS NOW CLOSED! PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR ENTRY IS LISTED IN THIS JOURNAL OR YOU WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE.
Prizes will be awarded soon! Stay tuned for the next challenge!
Hands and feet are pretty hard to draw. Lots of artists struggle with them! Even when other things come naturally, hands and feet can still be quite a problem. The best way to get better at drawing hands and feet is to study them!
The Challenge: Sketch or draw 50 feet AND 50 hands from reference photos or life.
Deadline: The deadline has passed for this challenge, but you can still participate and make yourself a better artist!
You can post them as one giant post, in groups, one at a time, however you want! But please make a FOLDER in your gallery and put them all in there then send me a link to the folder. (If you do one submission with ALL of them at once, then you don't need the folder.)
Artistic resources!1. IntroductionArtistic resources!1 month ago in Personal More Like This
Here is hopefully a collection of resources that will help you and other like minded artists to improve, aspire and be the best we can be.
To never be stuck in a rut!
a. Collect images that you like, illustrations, paintings, photography
b. Materials - For your understanding of armor, fur, plastic. Give your pieces some umph.
http://ffffound.com/ - Full of images, refreshed daily. Full of everything and anything. Its a great resource if you just want to open your mind!
http://www.pinterest.com/azkur/armor/ - Full of all sorts of armor
http://notjustanarmor.tumblr.com/ - more armor references
http://www.cgtextures.com/ - Textures, do lots of studies! This will help you a great deal!
http://www.beforethey.com/ - Tribal photography, wonderful inspiration for the not-so-mundane
Now that you are successfully inspired, how do you progress?
Adoptable PoliciesGeneralAdoptable Policies2 months ago in Personal More Like This
Please do not repost the image of the adoptable unless you are the person who purchased it with my permission!! You are allowed to alter the design to your liking, but please do not majorly change aspects of the design so it no longer resembles the original adoptable.
TWO STRIKE RULE: I understand that sometimes money matters can be difficult for people, but this does not excuse "bidding because you got carried away". Please treat an auction here on DA as you would on Ebay. Once you put in a bid, you are expected to be able to pay the amount within 24 hours after the auction has ended. Once you place a bid on an adoptable or auction of any kind, you are expected to be able to pay that amount with no problem. You are committing to payment! If you withdrawal from an auction for any reason being the highest bidder, I will be giving you only one more chance until I bl
Keywords on deviantART: a guideThis guide is based on a project written for an 8th semester course in Knowledge Organising Systems and Processes at the Royal Danish School of Library and Information Science.Keywords on deviantART: a guide9 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
The project was based on image indexing literature and included an investigation of keywords from 107 deviations from deviantART. The results of this investigation was compared with previous studies of what types of keywords users add to their images and what types of keywords is used in image searches.
The guide begins with a very brief summery of the recommendations with examples. Afterwards follows a more thorough guide for those who are interested in the reasoning behind the recommendations and some of the results of our project.
Add keywords that describe:
What your deviation is.
e.g. photograph painting poem plushie necklace animation
What your deviation is of.
This includes both what your deviation is of in genera
Necks for anatomy practiceI need to see loads of examples before I can get something. So here's loads of necks doing the weird necky things that necks do.Necks for anatomy practice2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
To get what's going on with the tangle of muscles and tendons catch necks in action. Watch people in cafes. Pause TV. (Buffy the Vampire Slayer has particularly good lighting for drawing.) Then check out how cartoonists simplify the confusion. Maybe even check out some anatomy to see what's going on beneath the skin. Each gives you a different piece of the puzzle.
Organized by where the head is relative to the shoulders, then by where the camera is. So each group should have the same muscles and tendons bulging out. (If you post drawings from any stock here, do check the stock artist's rules.) NOTE: Images marked with ⬅ are NOT stock. Use them for practice, but don't post. (There's only one image marked since there's so much great stock.)
If you stumble across good neck stock, especially with good shadows, I'd l
Art tipsCopypasted from some random deviation (I forgot which) someone asked me for drawing tipsArt tips2 months ago in Personal More Like This
Working in SAI
- Alt+spacebar+dragging the cursor will rotate your canvas.
- Hold the spacebar and drag your cursor to move around the canvas
- Hold Ctrl+Alt, and you can change your brush size without having to go back to the brush panel
- If you go to View > New (It's on the top menu) and you can have another instance of your file open (Example)
- If you click a layer thumbnail and hold Shift, and it will select everything on that layer.
- Layer clipping! Color in all your bases, and then keep all the messy shading on a separate layer and click the "clipping group" option, and it will all neatly erase it self outside the lines
- Press H to flip your image. This makes it easier to weed out mistakes.
- It makes your life a lot easier if you organize your layers into folders!!!
For actual painting tips
- Try to keep shading subtle! Don't go
A Beginner's Guide to Archery in Stock and ArtWith movies like Avengers, Brave and Hunger Games, 2012 seems to be the Year of the Archers and many artists have already been inspired to create their own archer characters.A Beginner's Guide to Archery in Stock and Art2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Whether you're thinking about having one of your OCs pick up bow and arrow (in writing or drawing) or you're a stock artist who wants to create some decent archery stock, I hope this little guide helps you understand the wonderful thing that is archery.
First and foremost, a little disclaimer: For this article I will mainly draw from my own experiences over the past few years. I am what you'd call an intuitive or instinctive archer, which roughly comes closest to medieval-styled archery. At the moment I'm shooting a modern Samick bow (without stabilizer or sights) and am in the process of making my own recurve bow out of robinia wood (similar to a few bows you can see in my gallery).
However, in archery there are many styles and differences in material used, draw, stance, finger position etc. – it all depend
100 Themes ChallengeMake 100ThemesChallenge a Super Group again! Give points.100 Themes Challenge4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Every point helps!
What is the 100 Themes Challenge?
100ThemesChallenge is a group that aims to inspire artists with a challenge. Many artists suffer from artist block from time to time, and sometimes the best way to fix it is to appeal to the side of our nature that rises to a challenge. We hope to motivate artists of all types with themes, short prompts, and contests. 100 Themes Challenge simply gives artists a starting point... you go from there!
How does it work?
There are five variations, each with 100 themes. You can pick your favorite variation from the 5 pre-existing ones or mix and match themes from multiple variations. When you’ve decided which variation you’d like to work on, pick a theme and use it as inspiration to create!
You don’t have to go in order and there are no limitations on the medium (or mediums!) you
CSS and Skinning ResourcesCSS and Skinning Resources2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Many people may have ideas about journal skins, or how they want their gallery folders to look.
FAQs on this topic;
Starting with dA CSS by ginkgografix
eCSSited #eCSSited is a group dedicated to the world of deviant CSS (and HTML). Its main purpose is to help deviants customize their journals and galleries. The group aims to be your first choice CSS resource, collecting useful tutorials and guides.
#deviantCSS is a full CSS and HTML resource/guide r
How to Stock 2- PosingWelcome to "How to Stock," a short series of articles on how to do some stock basics. We'll ask the big names in stock for their tips and opinions on how to get the best out of your stock shoot!How to Stock 2- Posing1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
For the second article, I asked SenshiStock, DaeStock, and jademacalla all about how to pose. Let's see what wisdom they have for us!
How do I decide how to pose?
:iconsenshistock: SenshiStock says:
Try thinking about what kind of image you want to create. If you are dressed in a costume, then you have that as a starting place. Try to become the character you're representing. What kind of actions would they take (leaping, running, sneaking, flying)? How would they move around (slowly, crawling, jumping, skipping)? If you're like me and you're focused solely on the pose, sometimes you still have to get 'in character' to come up with ideas. I like making a list before each
Figure Drawing Cliff NotesMerry Christmas everyone,Figure Drawing Cliff Notes3 months ago in Personal More Like This
Looks like we'll be going into 2014 soon. I hope to learn and grow even more with everyone next year. Learning overload right now and a little overwhelmed.
CDA is out till sometime in Feb. I learned a lot from helping students and can't wait till next term starts to TA again.
Dan and I got together and discussed what we will be covering in the Cliff notes and how we are planning on showing samples
/demos. Before we officially start, we want to make sure that some of our instructors know what we are doing and get their
blessing. Yes, it sounds a little cheezy but I ( along with Dan ) feel it would be disrespectful not to do so since
we are passing on their knowledge along with our own.
Just thought I should share some concerns of students I spoke with on the last day about foundations.
1.) Don't be feel down if you don't get this stuff fast and don't be afraid to ask the same questions if you want confirmation or if som
Contest win 3x a Premium Membership and more!DEADLINE is JULY20th!Contest win 3x a Premium Membership and more!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Hey guys! Time for a Contest I wanted to make for so longe *had to collect the points*
I think a Contest is a lot of fun and everyone is welcomes to take part in it!
The prizes you can win at the moment are:
A 6 month Premium Membership and 2 x a 1 month Premium Membership and Chibis, Icons I would draw for you (more information's you'll see in a few minutes on the left side)
You are free to donate prizes as well, everything is very welcomed! :iconchocoloveplz:
Thank you for everything!
What you should do you'll go to see on the left side beside this journal !
Prizes AT THE MOMENT ( it's possible that there comes much more if I have enough points and people may donate their art):
What you can win?
1st place: 6 months Premium membership
-a chibi drawn by MoonshineAlchemist05
2nd place: 1 month Premium membership
3rd place: 1 month Premium membership
4rd place: 100 Points
5th place: 100 Points
Contest Time!FOR THE LOVE OF GOD PEOPLE READ THESE RULES BEFORE COMMENTING. OTHERWISE, I PROBABLY WON'T RESPOND TO YOUR QUESTION.Contest Time!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Okay, let's get this ball rollin'!
I've been meaning to set up this contest for a while now, and now that I have a sufficient number of prizes I thought it'd be nice to get it all started. Here are the details:
Draw my OC Smeargle Kid with a brand new design! All contest entries can be viewed here http://crlyxx.deviantart.com/favourites/49265729
A bit about Smeargle Kid: He doesn't yet have a name, I'm working on it, lol. Anyway, he's about 11-years-old. He's fairly innocent and he loves to paint (kind of self-explanatory). He has a tail that excretes a green, paint-like fluid, just like the pokemon Smeargle. Because of this, green has always been his favorite color. That's about all that I have about him, haha.
1) He needs to keep his hair style, his eye color, and his ears. You can change his hat and the rest of his clothing, but he
(open) Contest NEW dealine!Hi guys, well may some of you already know that I'm holding a contest. ^-^(open) Contest NEW dealine!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
if not you can read the original journal for all information's!
SO I wanted to announce some changes in deadline & prizes!
The deadline originally was 5th of November but I think it's a bit short so I changed the deadline into the 1st of December
also the prizes has changed a bit since some people were so kind to donate some prizes as well, I also will make more prizes soon~
here is the new ver. with changes of the contest text:
To take part in this contest you should draw one of my oc's means you can choose between Kyori & between Koeda
be creative! That's what I am looking for you should have fun by drawing ~
You can change their outfits a bit but please don't draw them in completely different outfits as the original. ^-^
you can have as many entries as you want You also can draw both together
How to make a great Journal featureJournal Feature TutorialHow to make a great Journal feature1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
How to make a great Journal feature!
This article has been written for projecteducate by miontre.
Featuring other artists in your Journal is a great thing to do, because everyone wins! Not only are you supporting other artists by giving them some extra exposure, but you can also earn some exposure for yourself and make new friends too. Additionally, those who view your feature have the opportunity to find some new art and artists.
Therefore, it pays to make your Journal features the best they can be. Making a really good Journal feature can involve a lot of time and work - planning, collecting artwork, arranging the artwork in a Journal, publication, and promotion. Taking these steps instead of merely dragging in thumbs from your Favourites will result in an appealing and rewarding Journal feature. In this tutorial, we're going to produce a feature with images arranged like this:
contest time - save the pandas! closed!Since it's 15th September here, the contest is officially closed! Judging will be in process and I'll announce the winners in a couple days~ :'D thank you so much to everyone who participated and spread the word! I appreciate it so much<33contest time - save the pandas! closed!9 months ago in Personal More Like This
i extended this by a day cause i was asked to c:
I wanted to do another one hehe :'D
So I love pandas, and I made an OC a while ago to show support, art-wise, for the 'save-the-pandas' campaigns and you have to draw her, in some way, so that people are aware of the fact that animals as adorable and sweet as pandas are going extinct.
Miru is a typical, cutesy, moe character. Age is undecided for now, but you can make it whatever you want. She can be a loli, an age old demon lolol idc but she is moe a
Competition to Design the First French Vocaloid!Rules:Competition to Design the First French Vocaloid!1 month ago in Personal More Like This
The call for projects will be held from January 31th, 2014, midnight (GMT+1) to February 28th, 2014, midnight (GMT+1).
In order to participate, you just have to send the following elements to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org subject “Design ALYS”:
First name :
Name chosen for credits :
Full Address :A .PNG file (300 dpi of your illustration for ALYS. Sizes are free, but please make it big enough to be exploited on various media (A3 size for example).* : For minor people, an authorization of your legal tutor is compulsory (cf. complete rules)Optional
A link to an online gallery (DeviantArt, Pixiv) :
Reasons for your aesthetic and artistic choices :
I have read the rules of the call for projects and I agree to abide them."
They also mentioned they want a design that is “unique and original, which represents a character with a dynamic pe
How to Write a Proper CritiqueIts my personal opinion that deviantART has a pretty good critique system, but what good is a wonderful critique system if you dont know how to write a proper critique? Most of the critiques Ive seen around here have been pretty good, but heres a guide that I came up with just in case you need a little help. =]How to Write a Proper Critique4 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Dont forget to take this article with a grain of salt.
The DosUseful informationWhat the artist has done rightWhat the artist has done wrongHow to improve
A critique should be useful.
A critique should provide useful feedback on the piece thats being critiqued. It should include what the artist has done right, what the artist has done wrong, and most importantly, how to improve.
Tell the artist what theyve done right.
Its important to let the artist know what theyre doing right not only because its useful knowing that, but because its encouraging. You never want to have your critique sound too
PE Prose Basics Wrap UpAs projecteducate's Prose Basics week comes to an end, let's look back at all the awesome articles that came out this week. We learned all sorts of new things and hopefully got a refresher on some oldies. Whether you're just starting out in the world of writing or a well seasoned writer, there was plenty of advice to be taken in and lessons to be learned.PE Prose Basics Wrap Up2 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
Review of the Articles from this Week
Hear Me My Audience!! Formatting for the Interweb Era ''Said'' and Effective Dialogue TagsHook, Line, and Sinker: How to
Stock Rules.A lot of stock uses recently have been credited with links and no notifications...Stock Rules.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
PLEASE PELASE use the Icon/Dev system or notify me..... I WANT TO SEE WHAT YOU MAKE.
I have very nearly missed some great pieces..
1.Credit and notification
You are required to credit me if you have used my stock.
I like to see the work produced and just posting a link back to my stock/page
does not notify me OR come up in searched on DA for my user name, use the following :
:devNull-Entity : Null-Entity
:iconNull-Entity : :iconNull-Entity:
In addition you can notify me or link to the exact stock used but it is not required.
If you are posting your work on other sites (FB/Tumblr) etc then I still require a link to the piece and credit on the piece/in it's description.
AND if the stock wo
Get an Art Education Without Expensive Art SchoolsAs much as I love my school, Academy of Art University, it's not necessary to attend a special art school in order to learn about art. Because of the internet, there are plenty of resources available for those who are self-motivated and eager to learn.Get an Art Education Without Expensive Art Schools10 months ago in Personal More Like This
I'll start with some of the cheapest resources, ending with more expensive ones:
1. Blogs, podcasts and livestreams. Most professional artists keep blogs, and these things are free treasure troves of information. The best blogs don't only show off art, they also give tips about the business of art and introduce you to new resources. Try starting with Muddy Colors, a super informative blog run by several professional painters and sculptors: http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/ For podcasts, check out Chris Oatley's artcast: http://chrisoatley.com/category/podcasts/ Also check out the Awesome Horse Studios livestream: http://www.awesomehorsestudios.com/
2. Online tutorials and videos. I basically taught myself digital painting by combini
A Pocket Artist's Guide on How To Draw A common struggle an artist stumbles upon on his way to a triumphant drawing style is when he is just beginning to draw. That is something I, a 14-year old writer learned after a year of practicing illustration, a field that is quite new for someone who uses a pen to write prose, poems, and stories, and not to draw.A Pocket Artist's Guide on How To Draw11 months ago in Personal More Like This
Probably like some of you here, I started drawing after seeing characters on the television and tried to imitate them. At first, I found any drawing I made so wonderful, brilliant, great, etcetera, etcetera… [Oh well..] until a passerby badmouthed my works. At first it was hard to believe that my highly treasured works were actually that bad.
But when I looked again on my drawings, I realized that there is a lot more I can do to make things better than they were. Yet my interpretation of getting better was quite different. I bought lots of books on anatomy, perspectiv
How to Stock 1- Setting up a Shooting AreaWelcome to "How to Stock," a new short series of articles on how to do some stock basics. We'll ask the big names in stock for their tips and opinions on how to get the best out of your stock shoot!How to Stock 1- Setting up a Shooting Area1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
For the first article, I asked faestock, Tasastock, and kirilee all about how to set up a shooting area. Let's see what wisdom they have for us!
What are the best kind of lights? How many should I have? What kind of bulbs give the best light?
:iconfaestock: Faestock says:
If you have access to studio lighting then I prefer to use a large Elenchrom soft box. The soft box provides a soft flattering light for most subjects. A direct flash can be harsh, using some kind of filter, like a beauty dish, grate or soft box is better. I would also suggest rigging the stand with wheels so it is easily adjustable, as one inch to the left can make all the difference when you