The Matter of the MassesI've been painting for a few years now, but I feel like I'm only beginning to grasp the importance of this concept. I'll quote Robert Henri (1865-1929) from his book, The Art Spirit, which is packed full of such profound wisdom.The Matter of the Masses2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Robert Henri stresses this point:
"Insist on the beauty of form and color to be obtained from the composition of the largest masses, the four or five large masses which cover your canvas. Let these above all things have fine shapes, have fine colors. Let them be as meaningful of your subject as they possibly can be. It is wonderful how much real finish can be obtained through them, how much of gesture and modeling can be obtained through their contours, what satisfactions can be obtained from the fine measures in area, color and value. Most students and most painters in fact rush over this; they are in a hurry to get on to other matters, minor matters."
"The beauty of the larger mass is primary
Epic Resources List - How to Get Awesome at ArtI often get asked how to get better at drawing and painting. While the main answer is practice there are a lot of fantastic resources that will make the journey far easier; below is a list of the ones I have personally found most useful. Some are free and some are paid, if you want the paid ones please actually buy them and support the hard-working artists that spend their valuable time providing quality education.Epic Resources List - How to Get Awesome at Art9 months ago in Personal More Like This
Also this is enough material to last you for, literally, years, so get one at a time, study it in detail, then once you're thoroughly finished move on to the next one. Reading a book or watching a dvd doesn't make you better. What makes you better is ingesting the information slowly, pondering and truly understanding it, and then applying it with diligent practice over a long period of time.
So without further ado, here is my...
EPIC RESOURCES LIST!!!
Proko - This is probably the best education on the internet. Check out all his free youtube
Create Cover Art with Illustrator Jon FosterWho is Jon Foster?Create Cover Art with Illustrator Jon Foster3 years ago in Personal More Like This
*Jon-Foster is a professional illustrator whose works have appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Universal Orlando, Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, Tor Books, Simon and Schuster, Harry S. Abrams Books, Boston Globe, Underwood Books, Knopf, Delacorte, Del Rey Books, Scholastic, Fox Atomic, Little Brown, Nightshade books, Subterranean Press.
As well as inclusion in the Society of Illustrator annuals, he has received two silver and three gold awards from Spectrum: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art. Jon also was awarded the David P. Usher/Greenwich Workshop Memorial Award in the Society of Illustrators annual 43, has been nominated twice for the Chesley Awards, and was winner of the 2008 Dark Scribe Quill Award for Best Cover. Check out his work below!
Digital painting tutorials PART_2Hey all!Digital painting tutorials PART_22 years ago in Art Features More Like This
PART_1 ! Sketching/referencing/anatomy etc.
Alright, here we go, this is part 2. You can say its about general painting, but its mostly about painting faces I tried to cut down a little with thumbnails
Umm, before I forget, make sure to check this one out http://theartreferences.tumblr.com , Pencil-Stencil told me about it, and I found some really useful stuff there Part 3 will probably be about eyes, lips, skin and blending, and it will be up in a few days.
If you know about some tutorials that can be helpful to other artists, note me, thank you
Ppl who suggested a few tuts: Yodon, RetSamys, DonguriArt, Pencil-Stencil ty
sheppardarts () painting video:
For more visit their youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/noahbradley
melaniedelon () painting video:
You can find her brushes here: http://bit.ly/ifx-md youtube channel: ht
Resources For Artists: Tutorials from Youtube 1Tutorials from YouTubeResources For Artists: Tutorials from Youtube 12 years ago in Art Features More Like This
There are many places you will find resources to help you with your art. From deviantART's own vast resources, tutorials, stock images provided by artists to your public library, bookstores, art sessions to name a few. YouTube is one such resource hub. From live video which explains materials and products you would need for your traditional or digital artwork, to painting demonstrations that are live to 'speedpaints', they offer various ways audio-visual medium and such a large diversity of artists help with getting help you need. You are encouraged to find more and browse more to research, study and practice.
This Resources for Artists is the 3rd in the series of the article, and the 1st chapter for the YouTube resources list. If you have any links to amazing tutorials, video demonstrations, YouTube channels that you are aware of, do share them below in the comments and they will likely appear in the next series. You are welco
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
Tips for Life StudiesTips for Life Studies2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I really enjoy making life studies, it's one of those things that allow you to really observe and understand what you're seeing. I've done way more than you'll find on my gallery, since I'm lazy to scan my sketchbooks, but one of my favorite activities is going out from time to time, sketchbook at hand, and drawing people, buildings, trees, etc.
You learn so much from it, from how different materials work, to how lighting affects the image. And it's more what you can learn from this experience compared to studying photos (which is an absolutely a valid tool, too, that I use as well), but with photography you miss many elements inherent to life study.
So here there are few tips that I learned and have helped me a great deal.
Choose your lighting adequately: more often than not, I choose artificial lighting over sunlight. The reason is simple; you might spend many hours there, meaning the lighting will change.
It's always better if you hav
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.Best video resources for digital artists2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
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
Perspective in photoshop tutorial available now!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Lv1rJFH2mMPerspective in photoshop tutorial available now!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
New video tutorial availablea link to the companion article http://creativesauce.tumblr.com/post/62190752033/composition-basics-value-sketching-ep7-do-yourNew video tutorial available2 years ago in Personal More Like This
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
new brush sauce theatre episode out+brushesmy brushes are available here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/yz9eg6po49g2oy0/tylers%20brushes.abr.zipnew brush sauce theatre episode out+brushes2 years ago in Personal More Like This
note: I did not create them, just my personal compilation.
Jeff Watts DemontrationsJeff Watts has a YouTube channel where he shares some awesome 3 hour demonstrations! New ones every couple of weeks, and they're packed full of art talk and wisdom. A perfect tune to paint by:https://www.youtube.com/user/wattsatelier/videosJeff Watts Demontrations9 months ago in Personal More Like This
A list of other such links can be found on my blog page here: http://lanebrownart.blogspot.com/p/resources.html
Photoshop tutorial- PS basics for newbies 2Photoshop tutorialsPhotoshop tutorial- PS basics for newbies 22 years ago in Art Features More Like This
And here is next part of my journal Photoshop tutorials. Previous tutorial you can see here. I added even document settings, cuz I forgot to add this in previous tutorial I'll describe some Photoshop basics for all newbies who try to learn to use Photoshop. So in this article you'll find tutorials: Document settings, Changing view, Changing thumb size on layers, Using Smart Object and Blur, Using Pen Tool, Outer Glow and Transform. In this tutorial I used my painting VERSUS, just to show you few things (I just had to open something...again ).
If you wish to see images in full resolution then simply click on the images below (they are big as my screen 1920 x 1080 px... OK I cropped bar below ). I used Photoshop
Digital Illustration TutorialI made this tutorial back in 2010 as a pitch for a project that never took off. I finally decided I should just bundle it up as a PDF and upload it for anyone who wants to see it. It's old and the image quality isn't super great, but it covers my process from idea creation, composition, adding color, all the way to the final draft, and there might be something useful in there for some of you.Digital Illustration Tutorial4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Download the tutorial here!
Where to get started before you can apply for workThere is no such thing as suddenly knowing when you are ready to turn yourWhere to get started before you can apply for work1 year ago in Personal More Like This
passion into your profession. But there is a way of measuring your chances on being
able to get work and eventually sustain a living from it.
Accepting commissions or freelance for low payment won't help you. You can think any penny counts, but it will lower the worth of your work and damage the market.
How to measure that you are ready?
You probably have high goals, but they are usually not your first step. You must search out the clients who can be that first step. Often found in the card game industry, book cover illustrations and smaller game company's.
Look at the artwork shown by a company such as the card game company: Fantasy Flight games. Compare your skills with the average of their artworks. If it matches yours, you will have a chance. However, keep in mind that those artworks had been done in a limited timeframe, usually within 12 hour
New Masters AcademyHeya folks!New Masters Academy2 years ago in Personal More Like This
If you would like some awesome and affordable online art education, I highly recommend the recently started New Master Academy. I've been trying it out for a few months now, and while the quality varies a bit from lesson to lesson, overall it is an amazing value. I've spent hundreds on art DVD's in past. Generally, you can expect a 2 hour demonstration video from a professional artist to cost $30-$100. Compare that to the $19 monthly subscription for an ever growing list of video demonstrations and lectures. You really can't beat that.
The videos from Steve Huston alone make this a good value IMO.
Hopefully these guys are successful, so that we see more content like this in the future.
Lackadaisy - PatreonI've recently left my job in the game industry so that I could focus more of my time and attention on Lackadaisy. Patreon is my weapon of choice in trying to see this to fruition.Lackadaisy - Patreon2 years ago in Personal More Like This
If more Lackadaisy comic updates, illustrations, tutorials, mini-comics, books and other things interests you, please do check it out!
Notes on Character Design
I received the question pictured below at my tumblr blog. In case it's useful to anyone here, I decided to go ahead and use this otherwise dormant journal to share the article I put together in response.
Character design and drawing are tome-sized topics and even if I had all the answers (I don't - I have a lot to learn), I'm not sure I could communicate them effectively. Here are some thoughts an ideas that might help, though.
First, some general things...
Let some of that anxiety go. This isn't a hard science. There's no wrong way,
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.
Notes on Chinese Culture about MulanHello! I hope I'm not adding too much to your inboxes. (I did allow some screencaps into the gallery, but that was because I wanted to get rid of them as a whole. Journal explanations here: Here). I was cleaning out the Mulan folder, and I noticed some things that people did not seem to know about Chinese culture in regards to art. I don't know how many of you know this, but I am Chinese American (Chinese descent born and living in the US). I know some things about culture you might find interesting or helpful in your art.Notes on Chinese Culture about Mulan8 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
Specifically, I saw Mulan and her male alter ego Ping made as a set of portraits with their names vertically next to them. What many people don't know is that when you have a picture like that with a portrait and names vertically next to them, it is a tribute to the dead. So basically, it's something that you would see in a f
Finding Freelance work: pricing and self doubt!Why don't I get enough freelance work? Are my prices too high? I see these types of questions on Deviant Art a lot. Whether you are just starting out or you have been freelancing for a while, there is a good chance that you can improve your workload and income by applying a little bit of self confidence and assertiveness.Finding Freelance work: pricing and self doubt!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
1) Don't wait for work to find you. Go find work. Read job ads. Find jobs that suit your skills. Also adapt your skills to match the jobs you find... That's very important. If you can provide a style or service that other artists can't match, that gives you an advantage. Make a list of freelancing sites and other sites with job advertisements. You can find some of them here: http://friendlyhand.deviantart.com/journal/#/d52v4i3 Keep track of which sites provide the BEST job leads for you and visit them regularly. Be prompt when applying for jobs. Some clients will take days to pick an artist but other clients will choose from the first few applicants.
Character Design: An introductionCharacter Design: An introduction3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Arvalis-2012 by arvalis
What does 'Character Design' mean?
The character design is the process which comes after the characterisation and consists in defining the character through his/her physical appearance.
We need to consider a character as a little fictional creature, human or not, that aims to please its creator and the public as well.
While the basic characterization of this fictional creature (his tastes, his fears, his behaviors) may take a little mental effort, as it is a sort of list of emotions, facts and feelings that come and go in the life of a character, the process of visual realization of this creature may not be as simple. That's why many writers and characters creators prefer to rely on experienced hands.
Also many of the mental aspects of the character are not possible to gain by using 'static' visual medium. For 'static' I mean all the illustrations and drawings unable to tell a