Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 3And now for the dramatic conclusion to the epic trilogy. Heroes will rise, bad habits will fall, in this last chapter we'll discuss how to focus your efforts and learn the most and improve quickly with your studies. If you missed them, click these links for Part One and Part Two. And now for...Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 32 years ago in Personal More Like This
WISDOM NUMBER THREE!!! Work smart and leave your comfort zone. This part is my qualifier for art school, tutorials, and educational resources in general, because they can be good, but only if you make them good. Once you've gotten in to the habit of drawing consistently, it's important to start being mindful of what you're drawing, how you're drawing it, and why you're drawing it. A key ingredient of success is hard work, but if that work isn't purposeful it might not move you
Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 2Here's the continuation of yesterday's journal discussing the importance of hard work. If you missed it, click here!Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 22 years ago in Personal More Like This
In part two I'm gonna talk about one of the biggest roadblocks I hear from artists who are having difficulty getting in to good study habits, so without further ado...
WISDOM NUMBER TWO!! Don't wait for perfect weather and stop making excuses. So often I hear things like "I don't want to waste paper" or "I don't know what to draw" or "I haven't found a good tutorial" or "I don't want to study perspective" or any number of things along those lines. I'll be blunt and just put the answer out there now: get over it. If you want to be an artist, you have to do the work, end of story. And with all the time you've spent thinking, wondering, being uncertain, and searching for that magical art secret of power, you could have filled 10 pages in your sketchbook today and inc
Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 1So this has been on my mind a bit lately and I was just struck with the sudden urge to write about it. It's a bit long so I've broken it in to three parts, but if you're a beginning artist I would recommend reading through it, it might just get you aimed in the right direction.Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 12 years ago in Personal More Like This
This started a couple days ago when I was trolling facebook and someone had posted some artwork, and one of the comments was something along the lines of "Nice! What tutorial did you use for this?" which prompted an immediate and violent facedesk on my part. I hear things like this all the time and would like to help dispel some myths about learning art; so after 9 years of drawing and 3 years of hardcore education and study, here's what I've learned about how to get better at art:
WISDOM NUMBER ONE! Getting better demands consistent, hard work. That's it. That's the magical secret that great artists never seem to get to in their tutorials; it's that one pivotal thing that makes the difference between
Color composition!A Couple of months past, the last book of James Gurney came to my hands. It was about color and light and it has the greatest review about the subject I've ever found on a book for now.Color composition!4 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Because of that great discovery, I've decided to compliment it with my own experience and that is why I started doint light tutorials:
Color and light tutorial --> http://vandervals.deviantart.com/#/d38hiac
Color composition tutorial --> http://vandervals.deviantart.com/art/Tutorial-painting-a-dragon-201830846?q=gallery%3Avandervals&qo=1
But I think that I did something wrong, I tryed to explain color composition just by working in 1 picture, and so that you understand that it is necesary that you see more than one.
That is why I decided to make this picture selection and show you some pictures that I think represent the color composition very well. Here they are ordered by issues:
DA's Commissions ShopSo this is a thing! http://www.deviantart.com/commissions/DA's Commissions Shop2 years ago in Personal More Like This
So. Your friendly neighborhood Auntie Toerning is going to step in for a second here. Firstly, I think it's very groovy and awesome that DA is establishing their own marketplace. It's a scary world out there of work for hire and it's totally awesome that DA artists now have this stepping stool to practice professional habits in the same way that we practice artistic skills!
I would like to take a moment to discuss the rates here. I was just exploring quickly, and saw on the navigation on the left "price," and, like every other human on the planet, clicked on the most expensive first, thinking to myself "wow, good for DA to promote work that costs $1,000!" and wanting to see what that work would be.
Well. Boy was I wrong. In fact the prices are organized by Points. Remember when you were a kid, and the dog peed on the Monopoly box, and so you drew dollar signs on
Getting to know your new DSLRHi Everyone!Getting to know your new DSLR2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Information for a friend who is starting out with photography. As well as needing somewhere to post this so that i can link it, I thought it might be worth sharing for anyone else interested. If I've made any horrific omissions or mistakes please note me and let me know so that I can include it. Also if anyone has any questions or would like more information on other techniques ive picked up along the way i'd be more than happy to share I can also help you with a few exercises that can demonstrate the principles below if you find yourself a little confused.
Lastly, I'm not a writer so forgive me if this is all a bit much.
Ok Let's begin....
Getting To Know Your New DSLR
Before we take a look at your camera and how it works, I feel as though we must first address a major issue that every budding photographer will come across at some time or another - personal advice.
Advice is a lot like an Opinion - almost everyone has o
cisphobia/transphobiaim just gonna say thiscisphobia/transphobia2 years ago in Personal More Like This
you arent hurting anyone by being trans
you arent hurting anyone by being cis
you arent hurting anyone by being straight
you arent hurting anyone by being gay
or anything inbetween
you know what DOES hurt people though?
being an asshole c:
if you're an ass to cishets just because youre opressed, youre no better than homophobes and transphobes.
since no one understands, let me just get it through your thick skull right here
-IF YOURE TRANS YOU DONT GET A FREE "BULLY A RANDOM PERSON FOR BEING CIS" CARD. I UNDERSTAND THAT WE'RE OPPRESSED BY THE CISHETS BUT THAT DOESNT MAKE IT OK TO TAKE YOUR ANGER OUT ON SOME RANDOM PERSON WHO HASNT DONE ANYTHING. AND BEFORE YOU SAY "BUT NO ONE GETS BULLIED!1!!!1!!1!1!1!11" I CAN TELL YOU FROM PERSONAL FUCKING EXPERIENCE THAT ONE OF MY CISHETERO FRIENDS HAS BEEN BULLIED TO THE POINT WHERE SHE DELETED HER TUMBLR, AND SHE ACTUALLY GOT DIAGNOSED WITH DEPRESSION, ANOREXIA, AND A BUNCH OF OTHER HORRIBL
Believe In YourselfJust some friendly artistic advice from someone who has been drawing for nearly four decades...Believe In Yourself2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Believe it yourself. When you sit down to draw, believe that the outcome will be successful. Failure at drawing comes from not trying hard enough, not working hard enough, and not believing that you can get the job done. Success comes from working hard, learning from past mistakes, and believing that you can and will rises to the occasion. If you are confident that you will do well each time you sit down to draw, you will do better work than the time before. You might not always get things right, or be satisfied with your outcomes, but you will be moving forward as an artist. Repetition. It's not the only way to improve, but it's the only GUARANTEED way to do it. The more you draw, the better you'll get at it. The more you ink, the better you get at it. The more you color, the better you get at it. Never fear your drawing table (Wacom, etc). You aren't going to be dismantling nuc
MentorshipMentorship and YouMentorship2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Being self-taught and college aren't your only art education options. Mentorship offers the flexibility to accommodate the motivated self-learner while giving you access to professional advice that can help pinpoint your art's problem areas and maximize your efforts and time. You don't have to commit to overwhelming school loans or going at it alone.
Mentorship can be viable option for those:
• Wanting professional aid in creating a series of images for a strong portfolio
• Just wanting a short-term artistic checkup or feedback
• Needing help to establish solid fundamental skills
• Benefit from the encouragement and accountability a mentor can provide
• If there are no teachers available locally
How it Works
Operating on a month-to-month basis we would have weekly online screen-share sessions where we will evaluate your work, critique the previous week's work, define artistic goals and answer questions.
how to stop cisphobiaturn off your computer and walk outsidehow to stop cisphobia2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Site Update: Username Symbols, MentionsWhat's NewSite Update: Username Symbols, Mentions2 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
New Username Symbols
With 13,000 new deviants joining deviantART each day, we want to ensure everyone's user experience is seamless. A common question from new and old deviants alike is: "What do username symbols mean?" Over the years, as we’ve surveyed deviants, we’ve found that very few understand symbols.
As part of our ongoing process to make the user experience cleaner and more intuitive, we've launched a new set of username symbols designed to help easily identify deviant-types.
Read more »
Deviant and Art Mentions: Connecting People
DeviantART is a massive community, with 1.5 million comments contributing to inspirational and stimulating conversations each day. With the sheer amount of interaction taking place at any given time, we w
Try This: A Writing Trick You Haven't Heard OfThis is guaranteed to help you become a better writer, no matter the genre. I’ve personally used this to understand what people look for in books. Great for beginners, but valuable for experts too.Try This: A Writing Trick You Haven't Heard Of1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Name a book. Any book. Try one with a genre that you’re familiar with. Try one of those controversial books where half the readers hang the author’s photo up on the wall in a gold frame, and the other half also frame it—and then throw darts at it.
Now go into Amazon and look up the title. If the book has multiple editions, try to pick the most popular one, one that has the most reviews. The average star rating is inconsequential at this moment. Find the page that shows the number of 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 star ratings. Here’s where you’re going to doubt my sanity…I want you to look at all the 1, 2, and 3 star ratings. Read them all if you can. Don’t touch the fivers—yet.
The big question you’re asking is: Why?
Since there as s
Tips from Talented RhymersRhyming shouldn't be stigmatized over poor examples or be embraced as the only poetic form available to the writer due to the many classical examples from centuries before. It should be used if the writer is comfortable with it, or it is a part of how they write, or what they are writing calls for rhyming. The writers below are all talented at their craft and have generously accepted to contribute to the article.Tips from Talented Rhymers3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
What is your opinion on rhyming literature on deviantART?
Traditionally fixed literature in any place (not strictly deviantArt), can seem either very natural and effortless, or very forced. Although free verse tends to be significantly more popular here, there's something in a rhythmic poem that free verse does not always capture. Just like word choice or metaphors, the melody of a poem also helps in the telling of the story.
Do you have an
Shadow's EonShadow's Eon2 years ago in Personal More Like This
So i'm going to re-do my old comic about Kuroyami.
Yes, that's right.
Well i recently graduated from school which means i have A LOT of free time. I also want to study illustration. And i need reference material. And since i want to maybe become a comic artist someday it's about time i finally get a comic going.
Shadow's Eon is perfect because the storyline is set and now psunna has made them OCs as well which means there is no copyright issue and more room to play with it.
My art skills have gotten better by now as well.
I already have the prolouge pretty much planned out. I just have to get drawing. I'm not sure when i get to start the actual first page because i'm going to meet friends the next two days but i hope i can get started on monday.
I will then see how long one page actually takes me and then i can determine my updating rate. I can try to update twice a week but we'll have to see.
I'm determined to finish it this time, n
How art tutoring should be nowadaysYes. Another one of my rants that starts with a personal experience.How art tutoring should be nowadays2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
It was a day like any other, and I was just surfing DeviantArt, browsing the many deviations in my inbox. While I did so, my eye wandered to something that was called an 'tutorial on manga anatomy'. As usual, I was curious about the content. And as the preview image was pretty small, I wanted to check this out. It seems like this girl, let's name her Abbey (it's not her real name, but I think calling her 'that girl' is so damn confusing) had made a tutorial on male manga anatomy. Nothing wrong with that, you'd say. But I've been following Abbey for a while already. I originally met her in the forums, asking for feedback on one of her fanart drawings. Mostly anatomy related stuff. I gave her some tips. We talked a bit. And I followed her soon after, as I thought her art looked pretty promising altogether.
Now, I didn't know Abbey in real life. But she was a beginning artist, nowhere towards a level
My pokemon team so far in pokemon XYe I forgot to mentionMy pokemon team so far in pokemon X2 years ago in Personal More Like This
that I got a 3dsxl and Pokemon X!
and this is my pokemon team so far:
Gundam level 32 (Lucario)
Hinata Level 33 (Braxien)
Kaworu Level 30 (Charmeleon)
Asahina Level 30 (Lapras)
Nidai Level 29 (Tyraunt)
Sigilyph Level 25 ( idk why i didn't name it)
Sdr2 and dr character names x,D
MMD Volunteers Needed Animators Game Ripper/Rigger:iconmmd-animators-collab: is in need of some animators, game rippers, game riggers, audio editor and model makers to be a part of our project. We are in the process of making an MMD mini series based off of the video game Half-Life-2. We are going to be using actual game play from the video game and make it into an action movie that will be seen in Youtube and NicoDouga. Any and all people who want to join on this, just come on over to :iconmmd-animators-collab: , tell us what you can contribute, and you will be made a co-founder.MMD Volunteers Needed Animators Game Ripper/Rigger2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This is a volunteer gig, so there won't be any payment for this. But we will include your name, YT/NND channel, and da account on every video we make to show your work.
Just know this:
You must be willing to work with others on this projectYou will provide us with links to any thing you have made in terms of the projectWe will have bi-monthly meetings in a special da chat room to talk over and discuss any progress and/or course of actionYou have to be commit
RPDream Rules and Character PostingWelcome to RPDream! Please read the following rules and get a character sheet approved before rping. Until you are a member please speak only to the mods: Sidekicks, Heroes, and Demi-Gods, they will answer any questions you may have. For RPDream members, please refrain from distracting Dreamers from their profile writing and only assist them if all the mods are idle/gone.RPDream Rules and Character Posting4 years ago in Personal More Like This
1) Post one detailed, non-fanbased character as a comment to this rules journal, then ask a mod to look over it. ( Here are examples of the detail we are looking for - Male Character and Female Character. ) The mod will either approve your character or guide you in making it acceptable. Once your character is approved, you will be promoted to a Member class and
How To Sell Your Original PaintingsHow To Sell Your Original PaintingsHow To Sell Your Original Paintings2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
In this article I will be discussing how to sell your original paintings. If your a artist you know how intimidating this can be when you've decided to venture into sales. It may even leave you with doubts about your own work, lower your confidence as a artist, and a bit fearful. Well have no fear! I have some tips from personal experience, as well as online references and advice from fellow artists that will help with your sales.
The First Step
Before we get into 'the meat' of things your very first step is Believe in yourself. Be confident about the accomplishments you've made. If your contemplating selling anything then you have to know you're good at what you do. Let that be your mantra as an artist. Understand that how you've acquired your skills, what you choose to paint, what your art looks like, and how
DESIGN TUTORIAL - BASIC CHARACTER CREATIONYo! I get a lot of questions on how I create my characters, such as how do I come up with color schemes, markings, the basic idea, all that cool stuff~ X3DESIGN TUTORIAL - BASIC CHARACTER CREATION2 years ago in Personal More Like This
So I'd thought I do a little design tutorial. This is a TEXT based tutorial, meant to give the tricks/tips that I use.
So prepare to read! I will be using my characters as examples.
This tutorial covers design tips for both ANIMALS AND HUMANS.
KEEP IN MIND THAT THESE ARE TIPS AND TRICKS THAT I USE.
EVERYONE MAY HAVE A DIFFERENT PROCEDURE.
The Idea: Where and How Do I start?
So you want to create a new character huh? But you don't know where to start with the process....Hmm. When I'm coming up with a new character, I start with the personality about 75% of the time. It doesn't have to be in-depth, just basic personality traits.
So for example I might want a character that is:
- Loud, aggressive, rude, doesn't give a fuck about anythi
Funky Panda art oportunityHey guys! So as many of you may know, I do the art for an awesome YouTube channel called Funky Panda that features some really great music.Funky Panda art oportunity1 year ago in Personal More Like This
At the end of the month Funky Panda will be doing ti's first community mix of older songs featured on the channel along with fan-art of Funky Panda. We decided to feature fan art cause we want to more closely involve our fan base as well as look for potential artists to commission for future month's art.
So if that sounds like something you're up for, send fan art to: email@example.com
Why many artists suck at marketingWell. I can at least say that the average artist's mentality towards marketing never ceases to amaze me.Why many artists suck at marketing2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Either the guys here are young and naive --that's what I hope it is, since still being pure hearted in a time like this is good-- or they are willingly unaware of what's happening around them.
It all started with a question that came to my mind.
Would people be willing to pay a few point in exchange for a feature on a busy page?
How I got to the idea?
Well, I'm doing contests and giveaways now and then. Things for the community, you'd say. To get some feedback, feature stuff, promoting unknown artists, and that kind of stuff. In order to host those contests and giveaways I often need DeviantArt points. Now, I do get a lot of them by sheer donation. But that always seemed a bit empty to me. So I thought up some kind of idea. To give beginning artists the chance to get featured, and make use of the traffic on my page, in order to get their work viewed by people all over the website. S
The Art of Feedback: CritiquesI Asked: Why do you critique art? How do you critique art?The Art of Feedback: Critiques2 years ago in Personal More Like This
In this poll, I asked you to tell me a little bit about your process on how and why you give feedback. I got some really interesting answers!
"...if I give feedback, the other will appreciate the feedback, and then they might give feedback, it's basically a cycle of giving and getting. Win-Win situations are always good."
This is so true and something I hope everyone can come to understand. You don't need a widget or special symbol to give a critique or to get a critique. You don't even need special training or knowledge! You simply must be active as a community member.
"...I first start out with a compliment or pointing something out that looked/seemed really good in the piece of art/literature. Then I get to the part where I point out what might need a bit more work, not smal
hash tag real talkno matter what if you're marginalized and you stand up for yourself, you're considered an SJW.hash tag real talk1 year ago in Personal More Like This
you people sit here and call people SJWs like it's an insult, tellling them that they are making the community look bad and that they need to stop. you know what you're doing? you're silencing them, you're making the problem worse. i'm just speaking my opinion here and watch people call me an SJW.
yeah, sure. there are shitty SJWs that make the community look bad. they go out and attack people, they are all bite and no bark. others make a joke of it, calling people "transphobic" or "homophobic" or what have you for no reason. yeah, i'll admit it.
you cishets sitting here saying "SJW STOP UR MAKING THE COMMUNITY LOOK BAD!!!" you are silencing us. you are saying "you're standing up for yourself? better fucking stop or else." is that not fucked right up? you are allowed to sit here and insult us, to tell us that we're making the community look bad, that we're ruining things but as soon