PE: Wire-WrappingThis article is a short introduction to wire-wrapping, including information about wire-wrapping terms and tools, methods, tutorials and a feature of beautiful jewellery.PE: Wire-Wrapping11 months ago in Art Features More Like This
What is wire-wrapping?
"wire-wrapping" is - like the name implies - a technique where wire is wrapped in whatever way. It can be used to hold gemstones in place, and create intricate jewellery. It has the big plus that soldering isn't neccessary, and therefore all the equipment needed is relatively easy to come by.
Terms and Tools
Wire comes in different different sizes and forms, and you can choose between materials as well - you can use brass, copper, silver and gold wire.
Wire diameter is measured in 'gauge' and ranges from 14 gauge (~1/16 inch) to 26+ gauge (1/64 inch), so the higher the gauge number, the thinner the wire.
Stockers you should knowHey people! So, one of the many questions I get asked about how to improve figure drawing is where to find a suitable model. In a perfect world, friends and family members would sit for us artists for hours on end, however that's highly unlikely especially if you're looking for an "actiony" pose! Also, those of you who are just beginning to draw the figure need to do so from a human model. Drawing from life is, once again, ideal, but stock photos are the next best thing. Plus I'm always harping about dA's great stock so this is the list of some of the absolute best figurative/pose based human stockers on dA:Stockers you should know1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
#1.SenshiStock For Male and Female pose reference
Mira Nox 10 by MiraNox Anett Frozen by anettfrozen Hurt.... by Shiskababe
Stein Zupancic Viking STOCK 02 by DiamonEyes Taming the Wild 17 by Ahrum-StockSoldier - Port (16) by anyman82Gun Stock 39 by AilinStock
romantic 6 by visualgraffiti-stock
The Art and Architecture of Ancient PompeiiThe Art and Architecture of Ancient Pompeii11 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Pompeii, located near the Apennine Mountains and modern-day Naples, Italy, was a thriving Roman city when it was buried in ash in 79 AD by the eruption of nearby volcano Mount Vesuvius. It had been settled agriculturally as early as the Iron Age in the 8th century BC, but humans didn't start making actual structures there until the Samnites built city walls in the 6th century BC. They became allies of Rome in 338 BC, and after a few wars, officially became part of the Roman Empire in 89 BC. From then until the eruption of Vesuvius, Pompeii was a thriving and relatively peaceful city (“Visiting Pompeii”).
Society in ancient Pompeii was much like that of ancient Rome. They had an amphitheater that predated Rome’s Coliseum but was very similar in that it housed sporting events that could last days and draw citizens not just from the city, but from many
HumanKemonoAdopt's Color Scheme Contest! WINNERSThe winners please claim your prizes from the contributors.HumanKemonoAdopt's Color Scheme Contest! WINNERS1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Congratulations!! We are now announcing the winners of this contest!
Review from the judge:
Oh my world, look at the details! This is clearly well planned through and I can see all the effort put into the lines and wonderful coloring.
I must say, the details are the first very impressive feature about this.
There are so many awesome patterns and accessories, yet it isn't too overwhelming - it is just the perfect ammount.
I also really liked the beautiful weapon that comes with the adoptable.
The placing of the colors is wonderful, they all fit nicely and make it look like a complete, well thought design.
Other than that, I really like her pose, it is well balanced and eye-catching, as well as the close-ups from the details, which I think is a very nice and helpful add to the whole package.
An Introduction To Fine MetalworkingCommunity WeekAn Introduction To Fine Metalworking10 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Co-written by melzika!
Fine metalworking is most often considered a medium for jewelry making, although it can be used for other works as well. Many artists have made wall pieces, sculptures, reliquaries, vessels, and other less traditional works with metals. Fine metal is a very versatile and exciting medium that challenges the artist to create beautiful works of art from something that, at first glance, might seem very hard, rigid and unforgiving. Fortunately crafters have been working with metals throughout history, and contemporary artists can still rely on the techniques of those pioneers to see metals in a new light - as soft, malleable and functional.
This article will introduce you to some of these basic metalworking techniques. This is in no way meant as a tutorial, and reading this article won’t qualify you to begin working immediately in metals. There are a lot of safety precautions involved in working wit
Download my brushset and learn brush groupingHey everyone, I just put up a new video showing a simple, yet super handy way to categorize and group your brushes in Photoshop. It's especially useful if you have a really big set like me, it makes it really easy to find what you need so you don't have to hunt around constantly. I've also provided a download link to my current set of brushes with the video.Download my brushset and learn brush grouping1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Hope you find the video and brushes useful! I'll upload my set here to deviantART at a later date, so in the mean time, if you wanna grab them, hit the video
Critique, even if you don't draw well.Even if you don't think you're a good artist yet, you should learn how to critique, and here's why:Critique, even if you don't draw well.11 months ago in Personal More Like This
By learning how to critique, you become more sensitive to how pieces can look better and be better rendered. That helps you when you look at your own artwork.
You refresh your knowledge of the elements and principles of design. If you don't know what those are, you should google them and study up, because those will help you critique and notice things.
When you talk about someone else's art and what you like and dislike about it, you get more in-touch with what you like and dislike in your own art.
Ultimately, realistically critiquing already awesome pieces will help you objectify what is not awesome in your own art. That way you can fix them one by one.
Here's an example of a very general self-critique of one of my own pieces:
The strongest point of this piece is the lighting. The dynamics of the fire i
Vitreous EnamelArtisan Crafts WeekVitreous Enamel7 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Vitreous enamel is a material made by fusing powdered glass to another material (usually metal or ceramics - I'll be talking about metal) by firing. The powdered glass melts and flows into a smooth coating, which hardens as it cools. There are a lot of other materials out there that are calling themselves 'enamel' that are technically a resin or something else with very similar properties - traditionally, however, enamel is glass, and that's what I'll be talking about in this article!
Although this all sounds super cool and fancy (hopefully) you can actually find examples of products that have been enameled in an industrial setting all over the place! The older white boards at schools, for example, were often made of steel with a white enamel coating on them. In addition, cookware is often enameled - ever see those dark blue pots with the white speckles? Other commonly used items that have been enameled are bath tubs, dishwashers, and other appliances.
There are ple
Community Week - Creating Great PasswordsCreating Secure but Easy to Remember Passwords!Community Week - Creating Great Passwords11 months ago in Art Features More Like This
We use passwords to access a lot of different accounts from a lot of different gadgets. Passwords are meant to keep our information safe from unauthorized eyes. This is why we try to create passwords that cannot be easily figured out by other people even when they use hacking software. However, we must also make sure that our passwords only keep away other people, not ourselves as well - not being able to access your own account could be very frustrating.
Here are some tips that we can use when we think of passwords for all of our accounts.
Maintaining a single password across all accounts
Let's start with the easy to remember part first. Think of a secret word(s). Everyone has that special word(s): your favorite cartoon character, your secret nickname/codename, your favorite athlete, your first love's name, your puppy's
PE: How to Advertise CommissionsHow to: Advertise CommissionsPE: How to Advertise Commissions10 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Many deviants offer commissions, but how do you effectively advertise them? This article will go over some methods for maximizing the exposure on your commissions so that they can be as successful as possible.
This is the one method I cannot stress enough. Commission Widgets are one of the most effective ways to advertise your commissions because they not only feature your commissions on your profile page, but also add them to the searchable database of dA's Commission Page. Numerous deviants use the Commission Page to find artists to hire, so it is a smart idea to add yourself to the database.
However, simply slapping a commission widget onto your page is not enough. You need to make your commissions as appealing as possible through the following steps:
Commission Examples: The Commission Widget allows you to display several examples of your artwork,
Have you ever failed a deadline?Yeah. This is a big fail for me. I'm not happy with my posters yet. And I don't want to upload them until I am.Have you ever failed a deadline?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
At this stage I say monday at best or tuesday... I know I suck. But apparently I'm a perfectionist now... Who knew!?
But I don't want to post sub-par work.
Anyway, here is something funny/interesting:
Have you ever failed a deadline?
PE: Kalamkari - An Indian Art StyleHi! I'm Bansini, and I'm going to be introducing you to the Indian art style : Kalamkari.PE: Kalamkari - An Indian Art Style6 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Not many people know about this style of art, and this includes Indians.
Kalamkari, which literally means 'pen work', are paintings done on cotton textile with vegetable or natural dyes.
For information on the history of Kalamkari, click here. For it's technical aspects, click here.
Okay! So before I jump in into how Kalamkari is done here, I'll gloss over why you should try it out atleast once in your life.
You'll start this piece from scratch. And by scratch, I don't just mean your own designs; the dyes and the pen are b
Polymer Clay Brands Polymer clay BrandsPolymer Clay Brands11 months ago in Art Features More Like This
many people who start working with polymer clay usually do so by taking the brand they have available in a store around the corner.
For me that was Fimo, which is still a regular in my polymer clay box. I have tried several brands, though not all, thats why I borrow (with permission!) from other nice people which are credited in the bottom and in the intro, to give you a full picture. All the product pictures are copyright of the respective brands which I have written permission to use. (And got free samples from Fimo & Pardo just for asking! Thanks so much once more)
Did anyone of you know that Fimos goes back a long time and is probably the first polymer clay? It was originally invented by the famous doll maker Käthe Kruse. When in 1939 the mass didn't turn out to be used the way for doll heads as she wanted, her daughter Sophie dabbled on with it. It took another 15 years until she did perfectione
The 'Free' Artist's Toolbox for Digital ArtistsThe 'Free' Artist's Toolbox for Digital Artists10 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Welcome to projecteducate 's topic: The Free Digital Arts Toolbox!
Not all artists can or want to pay for expensive programs like Photoshop or PaintTool SAI, expensive hardware like Wacom Tablets, or premium stock for poses, brushes, patterns, backgrounds, etc. How is an artist wanting to work in digital media supposed to operate while keeping their finances under control? THAT is exactly what we will be discussing - and until 2014 when my own family bought me tools and programs I had wanted for a long time, I worked my digital media magic using mostly free programs, methods and resources.
Photoshop and PaintTool SAI are amazing - no doubt. But they are not the only programs available that can edit pho
Commercial Use UpdateSince I get many questions about commercial use and not always manage to answer in time I decided make things easier and post and addition to my stock rules.Commercial Use Update2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This new structure comes into effect from Saturday, 20th of October 2012.
All that has been discussed up to this date is not applicable to these conditions.
Commercial products you can use my stock images for:
-Merchandise such as t-shirts, mugs, puzzles and such.
General stock rules:
Credit me as model\photographer, provide a link to my page www.kuoma-stock.deviantart.com. I know it is not always possible to post a link in this case I want that you mention my name Janna Prosvirina as model\stock provider
Let me know about the project and send information about it via DA Note or to my e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do not use my stock to produce anything fetish, hate, morbid, profane or
NEW PRIZES! Total of 21month of premium!Sup BADASS!NEW PRIZES! Total of 21month of premium!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
NEW PRIZES! Will be given out total of 21month of premium plus the old prizes from before! And more time is added! The deadline was 10dec but now it will be EXTENDED to the 20th of December!! So you can get a chance to win these new awesome prizes!
Some of you guys might know Brunhilt from our galleries! She is ours favorite blond barbarian badass!
Draw Brunhilt fan art! (the blond one)
Anyone can enter this contest and win some swaglicious Brunhilt swag. (swag) And yes, that includes YOU!!
More info about the prizes and all you need to know: http://huskelbullen.deviantart.com/journal/BRUNHILT-FAN-ART-CONTEST-405804258
The reason of the contest is so Huskelbullen (host and creator of Brunhilt) so he can have some extra material to post on the brunhilt website that lunches september of next year! Which will feature all of the submissions from the contest!
You will get your
Traditional art-promoting groups IITraditional art-promoting groups IITraditional art-promoting groups II6 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Do you share your artwork on DeviantArt? Congratulations, this might help you progress as an artist by getting known amongst the community and grow by getting feedback and tips on your work. You are also getting inspired by seeing new artworks, searching for artists that interest you and reading tutorials, articles. Great way to gain more exposure for your artworks is to join groups and share deviations in group's galleries. Best groups on DeviantArt are full of the most inspiring works, share tutorials and publish valuable articles, feature art, organize contests and most of all - admins of those groups are active and take care of their submissions in a short amount of time. They have no problem to communicate and accept suggestions. This article's purpose is to share groups that specialize in sharing traditional artworks - consider becoming a member
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
Pose Reference Stock Resources You Need To KnowThere's lots of awesome models on DA and lots of great places on the web to find pose reference and stock! Here's a little list of some great places to check out for some quality pose reference stock:Pose Reference Stock Resources You Need To Know2 years ago in Personal More Like This
is a group I founded that accepts submissions of stock photos that are useful for pose reference. To be considered, the model must be wearing form fitting clothing or nude. There are separate folders for nude stock. Watching this group will result in quality pose reference stock appearing in your inbox!
New account, currently non-nude female full body
Mostly male, mixed undies and nude. Some fem parts.
Her gallery is full of great female reference including some wonderful lying, reclining and sitting poses.
Male stock with underwear on. New gallery!
has a folder of pole fitness stock photos that are really s
Is possible to travel?...and perhaps I thought it wasn't possible.Is possible to travel?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
On this journal I'd like to clarify a few things about travels and the truth with it.
So, let's start from very basic questions or comments from people which I get very often on dA: you are so lucky to be able to afford traveling!, I so wish I were as lucky as you being able to travel or How you can afford? You must have decent finances and the time!
Didn't you happen to think like that? If you did, so that is just a stereotype.
On almost every question or their comment where I explain what it is really and how it's working - it is a big opposite side of mirror what they think. After hearing they get usually shocked, but more in positive way.
Here we go.
Firstly, there is a big difference being a traveler and a tourist.
Secondy, there is a huge difference to travel via third party (travel agencies, school trips, going for trips with a friend, family, organizations, etc.) and lonely, self organized travels. And where you
Psychology meaning of doodles/drawings.*Disclaimer* not my own written work just a collection of notes from many sources.* Last Edit: 8/23/2014Psychology meaning of doodles/drawings.4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Many of us doodle and you may not realize it but doodles will actually tell you a lot about your personality and mood. The size, position as well as what the object(s) of focus of will lead you to some key clues. There are many different shapes, designs and colors of doodles, just as there are different dream scenarios, but there are some that are quite common and, as such, more easily interpreted.
Size and Placement
Large doodles that take most of your page, you are likely to be attracted to nature. Moreover, you might also have a reserved personality, but would want to socialize.
Small doodles on a corner of the paper suggest that the person is neat and organized in his/her ways. Because the drawing is placed on a side of the page, it shows that a person does not like wastage and prefers everything in its
Top 50 Portraits Submitted to deviantART This WeekHere are my top 50 favourite portraits that were submitted to deviantART this week.Top 50 Portraits Submitted to deviantART This Week2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
A2. by zbuchlak
fairy tale.... by BlackCocktail
forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest by justina-m
Melancholy by ksushiks If there's no tomorrow by fairyladyphotography
self-hatred by NikolasBrummer
strange by LisbethPhotography
thunderbird by NikolasBrummer Nature's own by la-esmeralda
Remember Me by EdgarBerg
Wacom Bring Your Vision to Life ContestThe conflict of good vs. evil is one that's universally known. Can good exist without evil? Can evil exist without good? Are they opposites, or one in the same? Is the battle between light vs. dark, order vs. chaos, Luke Skywalker vs. Darth Vader, or PC vs. Mac? deviantART and Wacom invite you to get your creative juices flowing and artistically interpret your version of bringing good vs. evil to life!Wacom Bring Your Vision to Life Contest6 years ago in Official deviantART Contests More Like This
DeviantART and Wacom are proud to present the Intuos4 "Bring Your Vision to Life" contest. With the theme "Good vs. Evil", the contest is open to artists of all mediums anywhere in the world. The "Bring Your Vision to Life" contest challenges