Best video resources for digital artistsLearning the theory without any practice is incredibly pointless when it comes to art. No book, no lecture and no video will ever teach you how to paint if you won't find the time for creating something yourself.
On the other hand, doing everything alone and without any instructions is the longest and hardest way of achieving anything. What's worse it doesn't guarantee you success.
Through the last couple of years I've been painting, I've learned that the best way for me to learn to paint is to copy techniques of people who know what they're doing. There's no better way doing it than watching videos with commentaries. That's why today I thought I'd share with you some great lectures, tutorials and demos I've found on youtube. Below you'll find a list of the best YT channels and samples of videos. Go and subscribe for more great vids!
Official channel of FZD School of Design which is considere
Tutorials and techniques 2It's time to refresh the tutorial journal! Added some new ones and removed those which, after some time, I found a bit misleading.Tutorials and techniques 23 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Below you'll find a list of tutorials I personally think of as the best on dA. If I have any problems with painting something I usually take a look at one of those.
Is there anything you're having troubles with? Need help looking for a good tutorial? Or maybe you'd like to see a video walk-through of me painting something?
I'm open for suggestions for what kind of tutorial/walk-through you'd like to see from me. If you're interested in anything, post your suggestions in the comments!
Poses, composition and perspective
Expressions and emotions
Colour theory, selection and mixing VS light
Blending Tutorial by acidlullaby :thumb146178
Tutorials and techniquesQuite a lot of people keep asking me for tutorials and to be honest I see no point in creating yet another strip on how to paint skin/clothes/light/carrots/whatever. There are so many of them out there that it would be simply a waste of time to sit and basically copy what's already been told.Tutorials and techniques4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Instead, I've decided to make a compilation of different tutorials and charts that I personally use to learn how to paint.
The most important thing you need to learn even before starting to read a tutorial is that all walk-throughs are meant for you to understand how things work. My point is that after reading and later practicing a tutorial called 'how to paint a glass duck' you should be able to paint not only a glass duck but also anything else made of glass. You should concentrate on understanding the rules and patterns instead of trying to copy what you see on the image. Otherwise you'll end up knowing how to paint only a few things from only one perspective and one lightning pattern.
Photoshop BrushesPhotoshop brushesPhotoshop Brushes4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Some of you might remember my previous journal with a list of brush-sets I've tried out and found very useful. Today I bring you more!
And honestly I must say that those few new sets contain absolutely everything one needs (I won't join the discussion that a real artist needs only one brush, because it's absolutely true but makes things much less fun and fancy ;))
After downloading and installing a brush set always test every single brush - play with it on a clear canvas, test it in different colours and using different strokes. Pick only those which you like and know how to use, delete the others or at least move them to the bottom of the list, leaving the most often used at the top.
New brush sets
These 6 wonderful sets brought to you by Vincent-Montreuil are compilations of brushes that create amazing effects. All of them
how to be illustrator,without starvationHello everyone.how to be illustrator,without starvation2 years ago in Personal More Like This
i would like to sharing some tips from my knowledge and this is entry I wrote in my site illustcourse.com which I decide to sharing here also.
I've ever being freelance illustrator for 2 years and half before I take the leap to be entrepreneur path for almost 3 years,so I would like to sharing what I had learnt.If you asking me,how about income in freelancing path,I would like to said it's OK.It's not making you get rich quick in this path but compare working hour with income I think it's quite decent.If you working hard,you will gaining more but I would like to said if you want sustainable path.You need to develop your own product,because it make you didn't have to depend on freelance job which you didn't know whether it will run dry.
It's good that I live in Thailand also.If you can relocate to some place with lower living cost.You may consider to do so because it saving you a lot of money in a long run.
and this entry I would like to sharing tips how to become illust
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 Comics1 year 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
What Ruins A Painting?What Ruins A Painting?1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
What Ruins A Painting?
(or makes it better)
We all had those kind of paintings at some point, looking at which we felt something is not right – something is not right – But could not find it. What went wrong? We have put every finest details and all our patience in it. Then?
Art has its own science. Science that makes a successful art – something that comes out exactly you thought of and leaves the same impact on your audience. That science is known as composition in art and music. Where your eyes will go at first, how you will draw attention, how much attention you will draw – these are not luck, but pure science. A well thought designed piece is always successful. So mastering the brushes are not enough, we have to learn about the basics that make a successful art!
Hence, today, we will talk about the 'bad' elements which are solemnly responsible for rui
How to Pay artists using Paypalhttp://centch.tumblr.com/post/111658334223/sonicboom53-professor-maple-art-balatronicalHow to Pay artists using Paypal1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Here is a very good tutorial on how to use Paypal.
Sending things as 'gifts' isn't a good idea since you're not protected! So if you send a few hundred bucks to an artist and they never get your art done, you're SOL. It was a gift!
I accept any and all 'fees' that come along with using Paypal, it's too useful to complain about them. C:
My Realism Drawing TechniqueI'll probably update this journal when I get to the next stages, but I was going to make a few videos of myself working on livestream for the people who keep noting me to make some tutorials.My Realism Drawing Technique4 years ago in Personal More Like This
I warn you, I am an extremely slow sketcher. x_x
In here, I draw a snow leopard cub, something I've been practicing a bit lately because of the comic. It's very difficult for me to do cub features because I didn't actually start drawing cubs seriously until I started the comic, and I've never really had much time to do a lot of serious studies on them. Thus, my kotu faces have always been a bit difficult for me. I'm working on speeding this up. This is me using the construction-line technique I've tried to develop for memorizing parts of a snowie's face so that I don't have to look at any direct references.
I apologize for the musical interruption. I was watching :iconkatanimate: stream a w
Imagination, Inspiration, and CurationAs deviants, we are serious about our craft, hobbyist or professional. We study hard to become better at what we do. There are many great tutorials here and elsewhere on these kinds of craft based skills and techniques. However, sometimes all that serious study and hard work gets in the way of our imagination. Therefore, it is important to remember to establish a wonder filled mindset, actively seek out inspiration, and curate a library of inspiring content to reference in the future. This article explores some ways to do these three things, and I encourage you to comment and share even more tips on this for other deviants!Imagination, Inspiration, and Curation2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Inviting the Mind of a Child
“The point is to develop the childlike inclination for play.”-Albert Einstein
The biggest part of imagination is playing the part of Peter Pan. You might be 99 or you might be 12, but it is often important to imagination to be in the head space of a 5-7 year old. I
The problematic behavior of online artists.There is a bunch of things online artist do terribly wrong on a regular basis. Some of it might be directly aimed to you and some might be things you from others.The problematic behavior of online artists.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Way too little time spend on painting/practice.
People making nit pick pointers.
The extreme fuzz about labels and methods.
Witch-hunting/ talking smack.
However I'd like to start with a totally opposite note:
This year I've also experienced great support from the art community for which I'm dearly grateful for.
:icontituslunter: got me an amazing birthday gift(video), made by him and fellow awesome artists:
And the support I've had this past week with the event of my sisters death has been incredibly helpful. (Thank you for all the donations, there are no more worries about money anymore thanks to you awesome people!)
(most of) You seem to spend way to li
Comic-Making ResourcesSince I get asked about how I make my comics pretty often, I thought maybe it'd be helpful to provide some tutorials and tips for beginners! The focus here will be making digital comics (like in photoshop or sai), since I'm not experienced making them traditionally with pencils and paper. This is also probably going to lean more towards animal comics, because I imagine that's what most of my watchers are into or interested in making themselves. I'll go over character-making, paneling, scripting, things to avoid, publishing/self-publishing, etc.Comic-Making Resources3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Please keep in mind that I'm NOT perfect when it comes to making comics, I really consider my own work to be mediocre at best. vR is much too fast-paced, and there's pretty much no character development, so you probably shouldn't look to it as an example for a "good comic."
1. The Idea
There has to be some sort of reason you want to make a comic, and any reason is a good one! ...Unless it's just solely to copy someone else. DO N
Digital art: good to know/tutorials PART_1Hey, hey cupcakes!Digital art: good to know/tutorials PART_12 years ago in Art Features More Like This
PART_2 ! General
So... this is the first part in featuring some extremely useful tutorials which can be found on DA (and some from off-site as well). This one isn't limited on digital art only, but the rest will be. I wanted to post everything in one journal, but theres 200 thumbnail limit, sooo yeah I decided to divide everything in following categories: sketching/referencing/anatomy etc, General, blending, steps, color, perspective/Composition/value, Walkthrough, nose, hair, skin, photoshop/wacom, brushes, eyes, lips, textures, ears, fabric/clothes, environment, misc (how to paint water, fire, rocks, rain, clouds, pearls etc. ). This one is about Sketching/referencing/anatomy etc.. In every journal I will also include some interesting videos that I think you should check out And, if you know about some tutorials that can be helpful to other artists, note me, thank you :heart
How to create my square BrushBy popular demand, here is ..NOT my square brush, but how to create it yourself!How to create my square Brush2 years ago in Personal More Like This
And EP 09 of the character tutorial this week WWwwWWEeeEEEEEEEEE!
Nothing too advanced, but hopefully helpful to some of you bros :0
Project Comment's Contest ~ Lots of prizes to win!UPDATE: The contest ends in a couple of days so if you would like to participate, get your entries in!Project Comment's Contest ~ Lots of prizes to win!3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
ProjectComment is a Group of many projects centred around comments, but, more importantly, constructive comments. We offer Members of deviantART a lot of opportunities to get comments, give comments, participate in comment projects, win points, get featured and much, much more!
It has been a long time since we have had a contest, but we have some awesome prizes to be won, so please support this contest and the article so that more can join in on the fun!
March 31st, 10pm GMT
We would like to see just how constructive and in-depth you can be in your comments! Thus, we are looking for the most helpful comments given during this contest. We encourage you to really engage the artists, a
PE: Photoshop Brush PrimerPhotoshop: BrushesPE: Photoshop Brush Primer2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
There are a plethora of brushes available to you on photoshop. This guide will explain different brush settings, as well as how to install different brush packs here on deviantART. This guide is for pressure sensitive pen tablets. It is going to be much easier to do things with a tablet. Ones by Wacom are good, and you can get a bamboo for under 99$ USD.
Basic Brushes in Photoshop
It's important to stick with default ones to learn all the settings. You can do so many things with the hard round brush.
Bring up your brush palette in one of the following ways. (note I am in CS3, so the icons will look much older, but same thing. )
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5 Tips on Writing AnimalsEDIT: If you like this journal entry, check out The Sarcastic Guide to Writing ebook http://www.amazon.com/The-Sarcastic-Guide-Writing-ebook/dp/B005TOCC1C for exclusive content on world-building, character, and dialogue!5 Tips on Writing Animals5 years ago in Personal More Like This
For the following, I would definitely reference Watership Down, Fire-Bringer (the deer one), and The Sight for how to characterize animals. For sentient animals or magically enhanced ones, try the Ratha books and Tamora Pierces Immortals quartet. For those looking for good reference for sentient animal civilizations, look no further than the masterfully done Iorek Byrnison in His Dark Materials or the beautifully rendered world of Meredith Ann Pierces Firebringer trilogy.
1. Animals should act like animals. I see this one disregarded a lot, so this goes at the top of the list. Most of the time, if animals are written, they may as well be people in tiny fur
What not to put in your comic.Part of the problem in adapting Guardians is that the premise was written when I was a kid. Being a kid, I naturally included things like "power stones" and the like. My story is so entwined with these elements that when it came to making it into an actual story that doesn't make ears bleed, I couldn't write them out.What not to put in your comic.4 years ago in Personal More Like This
So, I'm writing a list of things I wish I hadn't put into my story (because they're exceedingly difficult to pull off in a non-cliche way). I'm also going to include a few things that actually aren't in my story, but that some people have mistakenly believed I've included.
I'm doing this so maybe you guys don't make the same mistakes as I did.
1. Power stones. You know, some glowy, magical object that gives everyone "magical abilities". It's so cheesy. So overdone. Don't do it! I've made this number one, because, in my mind, it is the #1 offender. Ou
To anatomy or not to anatomy..Choosing a style for your comic.To anatomy or not to anatomy..4 years ago in Personal More Like This
This is my opinion only and very open to discussion. What do YOU think?
PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTHS! The biggest question you should ask before you start your project is: Is this something I plan on doing for the sake of publishing, or is it something I am doing solely to grow my artistic skill?
If you're doing it to grow your artistic skill, GREAT. Don't listen to anything I'm about to say!
 A big question centers around anatomy. Is it easy for you? Are your skills more 'technical' or 'expressive'? They can be both, but think about which one you are best at. If the one you enjoy most is not the one you are best at, consider doing something solely to grow your skill FIRST.
Expressive is more gesture, cartoon based work. Things that are fluid in motion and have a lot of stylization to them.
Technical involves things that are more anatomically base
5 Pieces of Critique You Should Always Disregard1. "I have a problem with your premise." This is the red flag to end all red flags. I don't care how flimsy the premise is. Every idea has the potential to be a good story. Execution is something else entirely, but if somebody doesn't like your idea: don't listen to them. What they're basically saying is "I am not an Ideal Reader, therefore not your target audience, therefore I am not the right person to critiquing your work." I hate, hate, hate people who think you should be writing for broader audiences than your story is capable of reaching. If you're writing romance, you're writing romance for romance readers. You're not trying to reach hard science fiction readers. Very few people even know what makes a breakout mainstream novel that has high market appeal. If they did, every single book ever written would be Harry Potter. It just doesn't happen. And for somebody to ask you to make that happen is ridiculous and unfair. For the most part, writers are writ5 Pieces of Critique You Should Always Disregard2 years ago in Personal More Like This
[CLOSED] 600 watchers - 600 points giveaway![UPDATE 2014.02.27] This giveaway will end in approximately 24 hours! <3 All participants should make sure this is favorited so that you have an entry number~ I'll be picking the six winners tomorrow around this time so you have a day to double-check everything![CLOSED] 600 watchers - 600 points giveaway!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
600 WATCHERS YO
WHICH IS 100 IN THE LAST WEEK
I really appreciate that all of you stopped by my page then decided to stick with me! <3 That alone gives me motivation to keep at what I'm doing, and strive to improve more~
I would have done an art raffle or something of the sort to celebrate, but school starts next week and I have a few commissions / personal art ideas that I want to finish in this last week so that's out of the question ;v; Instead, I've decided to do a little points giveaway to thank all my watchers for your support! Originally I'd saved these in case I