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
Normal Club UpdatesNormal Update InfoNormal Club Updates5 years ago in Personal More Like This
Well I was gone for awhile and I apologize for it. My laptop had to be taken back to the shop for awhile and it's been busy with work. I'll update what I can while I am here. Some of the messages I saw were chain mail though. I ask to please don't spam our mailbox with chain messages because it is against DA ToS rules. So please refrain from continuing any chain mail messages.
The dragonemotes script for dAx in the chats: http://dragonemote.deviantart.com/
Now onto the joining part. For those that want to join, just note the club account and please track it and put it into your journal. After noting you don't have to wait, your already a member.
Member list ---->>>>http://dragonglomp.deviantart.com/journal/23906164/
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 Rhymers2 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
DA COMMISSIONS: WTF?I wanted to share this post I've seen on Tumblr. As a professionnal artist, I already know that I underprice my commissions. When you are a freelance, a drawing is generally 500€ to 1000€ when you're a beginner. On DA, I generally sell them at 30/50€. What to think about the new commission system, knowing that I'm already leaving my commissions for a low price?DA COMMISSIONS: WTF?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
You can easily understand: why do you open commissions then?
Well,I love drawing for other people, and most of commissionners don't even know the real price of a drawing (now you know!). But when I open commissions, this is because I've got the time, because I love to share with commissionners, to know their universe, OCs...and because it helps me to buy new fabric for reenactments too, for sure. But... Well... Shame on you DA! O_o
How can you sell a service for only 0.2/0.4$, knowing that DA takes 20% too?! O_o
It may be a good news for commissionners, but DA, you're killing the artists by making people think that a drawing cos
Textures/Unwraps Resources and TutorialsI've had a few people ask me about texturing and creating UVS for models, so I decided to make a journal for various sources that I also could expand on in the future. If you have any links you want to share I will gladly add them. Anything that has a icon next to it is part of the latest update.Textures/Unwraps Resources and Tutorials1 year ago in Personal More Like This
The size of the map really depends on the object, I've worked with really low res maps like 16 to 256px, to medium res maps at 512px to 1024px and high res maps at 2048px. For low res maps it is wisest to start at the resolution you are going to use since every pixel counts. On everything higher it really depends, I know when you have a game being released on multiple consoles they might start larger and then shrink the textures to what a specific console can handle.
The keys to understanding what texture sizes you need are:
What kind of game are you going to make?What is the artistic style?What system and specs are you dealing with? Are
Photomanip: Working with TexturesWelcome!Photomanip: Working with Textures2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Textures are a critical part of so many photomanipulations, but they're not as easy to use as they appear. Below are some great examples of photomanipulations that, in my opinion, demonstrate excellent use of textures:
The goal of this article . . .
. . . is to serve as a resource for those of us who enjoy having textures be a predominant part of our photomanipulations and mixed media work so we can learn to use textures properly. Texture misuse or abuse can ruin an entire photomanipulation that otherwise might have been good. No matter how good we are at something, we can always grow to be better.
This journal represents the opinions of only one person: me, and it does not claim to be the end-all,
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:
Getting to know your new DSLRHi Everyone!Getting to know your new DSLR1 year 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
10 Tips to Improve your ArtThis is a short summary of the – in my opinion – most important points I found all over the internet, while studying what it needs to improve your drawing and painting skills. I hope it will be helpful to many aspiring artists!10 Tips to Improve your Art1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
1. Learn the basics
Perspective, composition, color theory, anatomy, lighting & shading – this may be boring, but it's very important. You have to understand the basics to have a foundation to build on.
Also start with realism. You can simplify it to comics or Manga once you have mastered the fundamentals.
2. Have the right attitude
Don't rely on talent alone. Expensive equipment or an art school won't automatically make your artworks brilliant. Don't expect anyone to teach you, but study on your own. You have to work hard to become a good artist. Don't give up, if you really want it.
3. Start early and have a plan
Start working on your art
7 steps for taking better photos-beginner's guideHello and welcome to my little guide on how to make better photos*.7 steps for taking better photos-beginner's guide2 years ago in Personal More Like This
*Photos that are technically correct; with little grain, right exposure, right composition, etc.
So, some of you have probably gotten a new camera during the holidays and it's so shiny and look at all the details, is that a pore on my face, and everything is great, but what are all these numbers and letters on my screen, let's just use auto mode. And then it all begins. The depression. The photos lack something... That sparkle of life, you know. You ask why? Is this the way of god trying to tell me that I have no talents and that I wasted my money?
You just need a bit of guidance, that's all. Here are some tips for beginners and those who might need it.
It's safe now to turn off auto mode.
What are you saying?! These are too complicated to understand, why should I?
You remember that thing that lacks? That thing is - you, your touch. All the numbers seem hard, but
Free Photoshop Brushes!Free Photoshop Brushes!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here's a free brush set that contains basic rendering brushes, as well as custom brushes I've made. You may use them in any of your personal and professional work, and of course I highly encourage you to make your own as well
Made in Photoshop CS3, they should work in previous versions and of course will work in CS5 & CS6.
Thanks and enjoy!
******GET THEM HERE!: http://gum.co/AtzY ********
PS...Just enter '$0' where it says 'Give', you don't have to donate nothin'!
Site Update: Username Symbols, MentionsWhat's NewSite Update: Username Symbols, Mentions1 year 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
cisphobia/transphobiaim just gonna say thiscisphobia/transphobia1 year 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
PE: I don't know what to paint...We all experience the loss of our muse from time to time. It can get quite challenging to even pick a subject for our next painting. What to paint, what to paint...However, staring at a blank canvas / paper won't make it better - in this article you might, hopefully, find a few ideas to explore.PE: I don't know what to paint...2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
1. PAINT YOUR CURRENT LIFE
Look around and get inspired by the present. Your siblings, parents, kids, pets, your best friend...Even yourself!
2. PAINT WHAT YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT
What is your passion? Perhaps you feel strongly about ecology, feminism, politics...or something else? Paint your f
3 Cool Tips and Tricks3 Cool Tips and Tricks3 Cool Tips and Tricks2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
@ Deviant Links
@ Deviant Links
When you want to link to another deviant, the old method described in FAQ #81 is to use the code :devdeviant:. DeviantART quietly rolled out a new twitter-style deviant linking method: just put the @ symbol before the deviant name and you've got a snazzy link. Awesome! Know it. Use it. elee0228 compels you. See? I just used it right there.
Combined with the totally awesome new mention feature (beta), it's going to really encourage interaction on the site. It looks like right now that it just searches for the @ symbol anywhere, so words that use @ in the middle, like idolmaster, get screwed up. E-mail addresses work ok though.
Books Are BackBooks Are Back1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Hardcovers, softcovers, calendars and other things are available again in the 4DE online store!
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, no rigid process you must adhere to, no shoulds or shouldn'ts except those you designate for yourself. This is one of the fun parts of being an artist, really - have a heady good time with it.
How art tutoring should be nowadaysYes. Another one of my rants that starts with a personal experience.How art tutoring should be nowadays1 year 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
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 Of9 months 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
How to stay creativeMake listsHow to stay creative3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Carry a notebook everywhere
Get away from the computer
Quit beating yourself up
Sing in the shower
Know your roots
Ask "What if ?"
Constantly risk absurdity
Listen to new music
Rock the boat
Surround yourself with creative people
Don't give up
Practise, practise, practise
Make mistakes on purpose
Go somewhere new
Watch foreign films
Break the rules
Start a gratitude list
Get lots of rest
Write your own myth
Do more of what makes you happy
Don't push the river
Read a page of the dictionary
Stop trying to be someone else's perfect
Got an idea? Write it down
Clean your workspace
Learn something new
Create reckless juxtapositions
Make a visual pinboard http://pinterest.com/
Take a walk
Don't ask "What's it for?" "Who will like it?" or "Who will buy it?"
Be kind to yourself
Watercolor Paper Sizing - Why it Matters"Why does the size of watercolor paper matter?" No, not 'size' but 'sizing'. It's the surface treatment of the paper that determines how it absorbs moisture and takes paint, and good sizing is essential for good watercolor paper.Watercolor Paper Sizing - Why it Matters2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Recently, I ran into a sudden, awful change in the brand of watercolor paper I use, to the point where it is unusuable. An email to the manufacturer went unanswered, so I'm hoping this blog entry I wrote will help spread the word to manufacturers that changing the sizing of paper without warning the consumers is harmful to the artist:
Please feel free to spread this around if you feel it's an important issue. I know I'm not the only one who has experienced this, and I'd love to hear other peoples' rants!
New Additions to my Etsy Shop:
DA's Commissions ShopSo this is a thing! http://www.deviantart.com/commissions/DA's Commissions Shop1 year 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
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