To All Aspiring Artists Out There........http://vimeo.com/85040589
So often, I get people asking for my secrets, praying to some god to give them what I have, asking me for my Photoshop brushes, joking that I must have sold my soul to Satan, that I must be cheating somehow, asking what programs I use in hopes that there is some magic "art button."
I'm sorry but...... No.
There are no secrets. No god and no devil had anything to do with it. There are no magic Photoshop brushes. There is no magic art button. There are no magic programs that will do the work for you. You can get Poser- some of the images that come out of it are lovely and if that makes you happy, fine. But if you want to do more than play with 3D paper dolls, to make your own art, to realize the wildest imaginings of your dreams exactly how you see them....
THERE. ARE. NO. SHORTCUTS.
Do you know how I got here?
Lots of it. Maybe I have some inborn talent? I don't know. But really, it's mostly WORK. You want to get good at something? Want it more tha
What is your Drawing Skill Level?All of the images featured in this article come from archives of my own work so not to impose unwanted criticism. The intention of this article is not to categorize artists, but to categorize similarities of different skill levels of representational drawing. Please also note that skill level in representational drawing does not equate to the worth of an artist's creative ability. But skill in representational drawing is very important to have in a lot of art disciplines. It is a skill that takes a lifetime to learn. Skill does not come from talent. Instead, talent affects the perseverance, discipline, and desire of the individual to develop skill.What is your Drawing Skill Level?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
What is Representational Drawing? Representational drawing is a fancy way of saying trying to re-create something you see in real life on paper (or whatever you are drawing on). When we turn about 10 or 11 years old, or brains begin to develop a different perception of visual space than what we could understand before in the earlier y
Time for some blind, fuming RAGEI've been storing this one up for a while. I realize here, I'm probably preaching to the choir but if I don't say this, I'm going to explode. I've been bottling this for way too long. If anything, you people, the appreciators of art, can print this up and hand it to someone when you hear them say shit like this.Time for some blind, fuming RAGE1 year ago in Personal More Like This
(Note: "Asshole" is not just one person but a number of people who have said these things to me and other artists I know.)
Asshole: Art is NOT a job. It's just not. It doesn't involve manual labor, you get to sit on your ass all day, and most of you are even your own bosses! You don't have to deal with HALF the shit WE (who have REAL jobs) do. I bet you work like three hours a week, maybe. Don't even get me started on the idiots who sell those blank canvases and glued together furniture BS for like A JIZZLLION DOLLARS. You want to know what a real job is? Stand on your feet for twelve hours straight listening to people complain day in and day out. THAT is a job. Or how about sa
Anthro vs Furry: A Semantics ProblemI have a dream. A dream that certain artists in the anthro community here will one day, stop being ignorant about what "furry" is...and they will stop using the term incorrectly and discriminating art because of it. Any art community has a right to set limitations on what they accept in specific collections. But being so vague in saying "we only accept anthro, we don't accept furry" brings up a deep rooted semantics issue with the terminology being used. Being an Art Educator and a former community volunteer for this gallery, I cannot sit here and watch the ignorance and not say a word. I see people promoting stamps, design charts and even groups with false information and it sickens me.Anthro vs Furry: A Semantics Problem3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Most commonly, I see people using "furry" as a term to describe an art style.
FURRY IS NOT NOT A STYLE. IT IS A SUBJECT MATTER.
ANTHRO is NOT a style either. It is ALSO a SUBJECT MATTER.
Style refers to the unique use of the Elements and Principles of Art and Design within the content of the artwork. S
The Art of Plagarism (art theft/brand discussion)This is going to be one of those more thought-provoking journals, where I get to tie in real news articles to how the online community operates. If you are able to read through this entire journal, mad props, because it's going to give you some mental floss to work with. I always like starting up a good topic of conversation, so chime in with the comments.The Art of Plagarism (art theft/brand discussion)10 months ago in Personal More Like This
I stumbled across this article after sifting through my daily news rounds (i'm a junkie when it comes to it).
In the event you do not care to go through the entire article, I can summarize it:
Artist Chris Foss is a book illustrator who made a particular work for a sci-fi novel. At a later date, another, much more prominent artist, Glenn Brown, made mi
The VoidWhen I lost my faith in god, it was no great personal cataclysm. It simply fell away. My fall was a snake sloughing its skin or a woman removing her coat on an overwarm day. Faith was simply something I no longer needed. But I can't pretend there wasn't a void. There was and there still is. There may always be. That void is what I feel when I think about dying. Do not mistake me, I am not afraid of death. Not at all. Not even a little bit. But I regret. I regret that my story will end. I regret that my loved ones' stories will end. I regret that I won't see others' stories through. Most of all, I regret that I won't see how the big story ends.The Void1 year ago in Personal More Like This
For a while I buried myself in the idea that SCIENCE WILL SAVE US! Ray Kurzweil's Singularity will allow me to achieve everlasting life through technology! It is plausible- a lot more plausible than the notion that there is some magical bearded Middle Eastern guy in the sky who created a strict conditional-admittance everlasting utopia for
How to stay MotivatedHow to stay Motivated.How to stay Motivated7 months ago in Personal More Like This
I’m writing this article for the type of people who say that just can’t find motivation to:
Make a portfolio
Finish a painting
Work on their personal project
I got three tips I’m about to write, and it’s just advice and things that I found useful for myself. If you are capable to do any of these things you should definitely try them.
Fear. Get rid of it. If you are fearful of the outcome it will unmotivate you immediately. Just finish whatever it is and think about how you can improve after. If you can’t see what you need to improve ask someone else to tell you. There is always room to improve, and if you go into a critique with an open mind you will grow exponentially.
Think of it like this. If you were running one lap, and half way through you stopped because you were afraid you were going to throw up or pass out, you will never really know how fast you can run that lap. You didn’t push yours
My Thoughts on Healthcare in America.One of the great, hidden atrocities I feel gets lost in all this healthcare hubbub is how ultimately disgusting it is that we allow corporations to profiteer off of people's health. Healthcare CEOs should not become multimillionaires by denying people coverage or lifesaving medical procedures. Healthcare CEOs should not build their mansions on jacked up rates that effectively force hardworking middleclass families into poverty or into suffering through horrible illnesses they can't afford treatment for. No working taxpayer or disabled vet or child in this country should ever have to face down the choice between dying or going broke and then dying anyway when they get rescinded because they forgot to dot an i or cross a t somewhere. There is something horribly wrong in this country when CEOs look at sick people and see dollar signs instead of fellow human beings in need to whom they owe a debt as part of the social contract we all agree to in American society.My Thoughts on Healthcare in America.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
The malice of these Greed-
Are you being honest with yourself?As part of becoming good at something you need to be able to reflect upon yourself. Judge your own abilities and work and consider the possibility that what ever you have been doing it wrong all along. Or perhaps you're actually being to hard on yourself and you're better than your conscious is telling you. (This is bad too because it leads to insecurities.)Are you being honest with yourself?9 months ago in Personal More Like This
Signs that you might overestimate your current skills.
Do you often feel these things when you look upon work from good artists?:
I can totally do this too.
This is not so hard, I can do this faster.
My work is way more interesting.
It's not fair that this person gets way more attention than I do.
Why am I not being recognized for my skills.
This other technique is cheating! (photo-bashing, using reference, filters, effects etc)
I don't need to draw and learn all day to become this good.
I spend 2 hours on a painting, Masterpiece!!
Signs that you might underestimate your skills.
Do you ofte
Happy New YearLet's all start the year off with some stuff I wish I had growing up:Happy New Year1 year ago in Personal More Like This
So I read an article last night on people who are mentally strong and the DO NOTS of being that person.
I took those notes, and listed them, including how I learned to overcome these obstacles. It's a long read, sorry, but I figured this year it's time to open up and share that knowledge that I was once taught by someone I consider my mentor, business partner and bestfriend, Stephan.
1. Don't waste time feeling sorry for yourself - I used to feel this way as a kid. I was a child of divorce, and used it as a crutch when I was younger. I hate a (mentally) abusive step-mom who would constantly take me down. I began to feel that maybe it was true, and I wasn't going to be the person I wanted to be.
You can't think that way. No one likes or enjoys a Debbie Downer. Someone who is constantly on the negative or pining for sympathy. I began to overcome these complications with art or writing. Using tha
Why it's so important to unite as artists.We are with many though yet we are with few. We're all divided over little subgroups such as, fantasy illustrators, concept artists, comic book pencilers, photomanipers, techartists, anime drawers, realism sketchers etc. You might even find your place at multiple sections.Why it's so important to unite as artists.9 months ago in Personal More Like This
I found that the biggest united groups on Deviant Art are mostly evolved around fan art, such as Sonic, or My little pony.
Observations aside, I think the good thing about those groups is that they serve for companionship. Being an artist all by yourself with no one to share/talk about/discuss your work with can feel rather lonely. And that lonely feeling is not encouraging at all. Most of us keep a lot of things taboo as well, like techniques or rates. If we were more openly with these the changes of being underpaid or missing out on a job because someone else does it for hardly any money at all will grow slimmer. People should know what they are worth and not be afraid to ask for it.
When I joined Devia
So you've decided to talk to an artistHey everybody, this is going around over on tumblr, but I feel like it's just as relevant here and it's a really good informational post for people that have/want to have good dealings and interactions with online artists. Because seriously, these are really good things to know. (I mean, I've been pestered by almost all of these at some point or another, and if people had read these they might have saved me a lot of annoyance) So give it a read if you'd like. The original post comes from www.phantom42.tumblr.comSo you've decided to talk to an artist9 months ago in Personal More Like This
Don’t tell an artist, “SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!" or "I would totally buy that!" if you’re not ready and/or willing to back it up with an actual purchase. Artists love that you love the piece, but often produce pieces/quantities based on apparent interest and potential customers. Gauges of potential buyers and gauges of general interest are both very important, but they are very different.
The Artist's Toolbox - Working with ReferencesThe Artist's Toolbox - Working with ReferencesThe Artist's Toolbox - Working with References10 months ago in Art Features More Like This
I can draw anything... as long as I get to look at it.
There is a great myth that drawing is a memory exercise. That if you can draw entirely from memory it makes you a better artist who deserves more kudos.
Of course the study of drawing will lead to a good memory of the things you've already studied how to draw, humans, animals, whatever it is that you love to draw. But the downfall of this is that you can restrict yourself to only drawing what it is you have studied how to draw, ie what you've memorised.
Using reference is not a weakness! It is a strength and almost all top level artists use a lot of reference. Using reference means you're not trapped one person's life experiences and can draw upon a wealth of extra knowledge. How can that be a weakness?
A lot of people seem to assume that the reference should come first. They go out and they scour the dA stock etc to find th
AtA INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS ALL UPDATED! :DWELCOME TO ASKtheARTISTAtA INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS ALL UPDATED! :D2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Hey folks! So it looks like a few of the artists we have interviewed have thus far been unable to upload the transcripts from their interviews. So we went ahead and saved them the trouble! Check out the transcripts from the interviews with yuumei, sakimichan, shilin, arvalis, GENZOMAN, and lily-fox!
Thank you for your patience, folks!
In other news, our team is back from haitus and will begin moar artist interviews shortly. Stay tuned for updates!
We are an arts-based journalism project developed by thefluffyshrimp
We aim to offer fans live interviews with some of their favorite artists here on deviantART.
Tip of the day: ImprovementTip of the day: Dedicate yourself to continuous improvement as if your future depends on it.. because it does.Tip of the day: Improvement2 years ago in Personal More Like This
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 Comics6 months 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
Be An Active Watchee We all want active watchers; people that comment on our deviations and add them to their favorites. That get involved in whatever projects we have going on, polls we post or anything else. Active watchers are awesome and we're lucky to have them. But are you an active watchee?Be An Active Watchee8 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Some people return watches, some people don't. However you do it, a big key to have active watchers for most of us is to be active in return! But what is an active watchee?
Being an active watchee isn't really that hard, it's just boils down to being involved with your watchers and being part of their deviantART experience too. They watched you for whatever reasons they did. Let it be your artwork, your community involvement, your bribery... whatever it is, they watched you for a reason, reasons we shall appreciate because we are respectable people after all! So without further babbling or .gifs,
5 Steps to Being an Active Watchee
1. Stay regular
Design Contest!CLOSED Hello my lovelies!Design Contest!CLOSED8 months ago in Personal More Like This
Design Me a Critter!
Think, Summer Fun
This month I would like to host a contest.
I would like someone to design me something fantastic!
I want a creative, cute, fun, colorful, interesting creature.
It can be a combination of animals but
can not be a colorful cat, or a sparkly duck.
The design can be anything that works within the below rules.
So here are some RULES to get you started.
1) Colorful. Few drab colors, but I'm not too fond of rainbow
colorations either. Be creative with your pallet. You can use grays and blacks but be sure to have something bright in there too.
2) Fun. I want something whimsical and fun. Be creative, think outside the box and go a little crazy.
3) Cute. I want it to be sort of cute and adorable.
What is c
More contract talk...HOW TO MAKE ONEOk I have talked and read some people's TOS and frankly they freak me out.... So I thought I needed a GENERAL talk about documents and how to set them up.More contract talk...HOW TO MAKE ONE5 months ago in Personal More Like This
Terms of Service:
This document is where you lay out YOUR rights and the PATRONS rights to the product you are delivering. This is Mine. Mine only applies to custom adoptions. If you are doing commissions you need a different one because you often don't own the characters. So here is what you ROUGHLY need to address in a TOS
1. At what point does the work become theirs?
Why? I have this so up till the moment I upload it. I own it.
2.What the patron do/not do with the design?
Why? so they don't do something with it you don't like
3.COMMERCIAL AND PRIVATE USE
you have to do this. no exceptions. who owns what.
4. Anything else you want to talk about? Other section
WATCHER RAFFLE!!! CLOSED - WINNER ANNOUNCED!!!! THE WINNER IS....WATCHER RAFFLE!!! CLOSED - WINNER ANNOUNCED!!!!2 months ago in Personal More Like This
PLEASE NOTE ME WHICH OF THE PRIZES YOU WOULD LIKE!!
THANK YOU ALL FOR ENTERING! I WILL BE PULLING THE NUMBER LATER WITH RANDOM.ORG <333
Hit 1200 watchers <3! Thanks a ton guys //sobs I'm so happy that you all enjoy my messy non bg work |'D ~
Special thanks to :iconsparksofdiscord: for being my 1200th <3 if you end up entering you will get an extra number!
ABOUT THIS RAFFLE :
You will be receiving your choice of ONE of the following!
- Custom of one of my species
- Custom design
HOW TO ENTER :
- Be a watcher! New watchers are welcome, WARNING : PLEASE DO NOT WATCH ME JUST FOR THE RAFFLE! I WILL BE VERY UPSET IF YOU UNWATCH ME AFTERWARDS!
- Favorite this journal
- Comment on this journal saying the password " Japan! " so i know that you read the rules
All artists have talent: a misconception?I hear this phrase ALL THE TIME coming from all directions of people, "You have so much talent to do art like that!"All artists have talent: a misconception?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Before I wrote this journal I decided to look up the actual word: Talent is defined as a special natural ability or aptitude. I.E. being just a natural at drawing. While I will say that there is always someone out there with a natural gift in art, there are also people out there that just have a natural gift for anything that exists. There are natural scientists, natural writers, natural sports players, the list can go on.
Any time I hear someone tell me I have talent, I know whole heartedly they mean well and are praising me, but what they fail to actually praise is my hard work and dedication to my skill set. I was not "this good" out of thin air. Maybe I had some talent...maybe. But I think it is more appropriate to describe me as having the patience and drive for a certain skill which in turn becomes developed on. If you are truly motivated a
FAB CONTEST - CLOSED4 days to go ~~FAB CONTEST - CLOSED2 months ago in Personal More Like This
if someone needs more time then please say so
edit Im gonna have some pretty busy weeks at my school and will be fully free at 18th of december , thats why im extending the date
its a little handier for me
If someone needs more time , just say so ^^
(oh and also I updated the rules a little bit , you're now also allowed to draw just Herman , the dog)
YAAS Another contest ! Because I have points plenty , and i love giving them away ~ (and motivating people to draw )
you're probably thinking 'Loo , whats a fab contest'
SIMPLE MY FRIEND
For this contest you have to draw the fabness himself ;
So what you gotta do exactly
Draw the dude above , Iconicflash
Not that good in drawing horse dudes ? His genderbend Idol flare is also allowed
Okay, Serious Money/Terms TalkIt is time we had a serious talk about money watchers. If you sell PLEASE take a moment to read this so you don't get colossally fucked over.Okay, Serious Money/Terms Talk5 months ago in Personal More Like This
YOU NEED A CONTRACT IF YOU SELL.
YOU NEED TERMS AND SERVICE AGREEMENTS.
YOU NEED TO KEEP EVERYTHING.
If you sell and you do not keep your notes organized, do not have contracts, do not have agreements. You are going to get fucked over (unless your incredibly experienced and can smell fraud from a mile away). I say this over and over and over and people tell me they don't want to be too "serious" or they don't know what to say. It is your responsibility as a business owner to keep track of everything. Not just because it is good business but so when someone tries to rip you off after work is delivered by asking for a refund from their financial institution you can go. "no I have paperwork,their real name, and their signature" and send them a nice
dA journal memeIve gotten so many mentions about these were people have listed me and oh my god :'D im glad to inspire so many <3dA journal meme7 months ago in Personal More Like This
SO I GUESS ILL DO IT TO
1. How did you join dA?
I found the link to this site on someones profile on Team artail oekaki back in 2005. I THINK xD and made an account, werent very active on here though.
2. What does your username have to do with you?
Back in that day I added the word "snuff" to everything, I recently found my old dairy and can confirm that I said "snuff" or "dill" on almost every page xD, so I guess it was natural when I loved gryphons around that time that they merged.
3. What is your current avatar of?
My character Penelope (pen) I was going to change it but dA Is a real butt when it comes to changing avatars for me, it takes over a day no matter what I try xD so annoying...
4. How many watchers do you have, and how many do you watch?
You can go see that on my page :3 I watch 191 peoples
5. Do you have more
Poser Material BasicsI just got a bunch of scenes to use for testing and promos. The meshes are wonderful, and the textures are, too. Unfortunately, almost all of the materials are unusable for me. I'm now in the process of replacing the materials because they're broken in Poser. Control maps have the wrong gamma, Reflection_Lite_Mult and/or Reflection_Kd_Mult are on, and the diffuse shading, specular, and reflection are handled incorrectly. Materials that shouldn't glow do, and ones that should glow don't. Some of this I can and do correct with scripts, but a lot has to be fixed by hand. In a 30 prop set with several materials each, it's kind of a bear to fix them all.Poser Material Basics1 year ago in Personal More Like This
These are great products, but they could be much better if they just had better materials that performed more consistently.
I know Poser users pretty much never complain about materials, so I doubt vendors are hearing about this. But I've loaded props to a plain scene (one infinite, one IBL or envir