Sipping tea with your Muse Only by fostering a facility with the vocabulary of your artistic medium of choice, can you begin to really free yourself to be open to being creative with it.
The size of that vocabulary is another matter, and that’s about growth, improvement and development. These are important as well, and intricately linked to creativity, in parallel (more on that in a future article). But first let’s talk simply about the genesis aspect of art.
Remember when you were in high school, doodling in the margins of your notebooks? Ballpoint pen and edges of blue-lined notebooks, with half an ear listening to the lesson of the day? There was a familiarity in that setting, and ease that you moved through when you sketched these throwaway doodles. Every once in a while you’d accidentally make one that you’d really like, and you’d save that scrap of paper with notes on American History melding into the lines of a drawing of your D&D charac
Dreams into Reality: Art as a Life PathArt in the ProfessionsDreams into Reality: Art as a Life Path6 months ago in Art Features More Like This
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain
6:45am. In the next hour, I will rise from my bed, drink a cup of coffee, watch a few minutes of news on the television, and get ready to head out the door to open up shop at a major retail chain down the street from my house. The moment I exit my front door, thoughts of stock counts, refund procedures, and commission goals flood my head. "I really hope no one pays with a check today because I'll have to call my manager at home to have her handle it," is foremost in my mind. Working as a retail sales associate, these are the most important things for me to think of in my day. They're important to my job, they're important to my manager, they're important to the company. But they're not impor
Mermaids - contest #14This contest has ended. The winners announement can be found here.Mermaids - contest #146 months ago in Personal More Like This
Bring on the singing.
The voting for this contest's theme was quite interesting to follow, and it gives some good suggestions for the next competitions, with mermaids gathering 26 votes, Scottish legends 25 votes, and witches 24 votes. This contest will be fishy.
Our Spring 2015 competition is a mixture of water and seductive singing,
and there might be dinner involved. Are the mermaids nice and pretty, or rather the more believable dangerous hunters? Do they live in warm shelf waters, or are they the dwellers of the deep? Don't forget this group's name.
Deadline: the 25th of July 2015
Limit of submissions: one piece per member.
The entry must be prepared for the contest precisely.
The entry must follow the group rules.
Abandoning PreciousnessThe most important thing about creating art is to create. If you want to be at ease with creativity, you have to immerse yourself in it, and do a little bit every day. Even if that little bit is only to take five minutes while waiting for the bus to come and do a gesture drawing of a man reading his book across the street from you. Or to take the moment to scribble down a thumbnail rough sketch of a concept that occurs to you. Do a little bit each day. Train your brain to think visually.Abandoning Preciousness2 years ago in Editorial More Like This
It can be difficult at first, accustoming yourself to make this small bit of time, because you’ll think:
“I don’t have enough time for it.”
“Art is hard!”
“I’m not good enough yet for that piece I’ve always wanted to do.”
“I’m stuck. Artist’ block.”
These are all excuses. Yes art IS hard. Yes, you might not be good enough yet to do that masterwork that you’ve been dreaming of, but let me le
Art and changesDear, deviantart fellow artistsArt and changes1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I'm here to announce that for not-certain set of time I won't be posting weekly journal that I post on Sundays. Due to the fact that I'm having way too much things to do (mostly school works) and 4-6 hours I usually spent on writing/research/posting them I at this time need more for my studies. Also I feel that I have written almost everything I know/had to say in previous journals (and as 2-day most popular journal list is only in "Today's" page, so It's impossible for more people to see them as it was before).
Nevertheless, I will keep working on my own art - personal projects, drawing and paintings. Focusing more on drawing in livestreams (I'll post a small journal with link when I get online and delete it afterwards) on younow - http://www.younow.com/Snowmarite - i draw there almost every day for few hours. Feel free to ask me questions, chat about art and fandoms or just listen to some calm songs. (o
How to Improve your Drawings Outside of DrawingCommunity WeekHow to Improve your Drawings Outside of Drawing6 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
If you've ever read articles about how to improve your art, you're sure to have heard one thing over and over - practice, practice, practice! While this is most definitely correct and undeniably crucial, I find that a big part of my improvement actually comes from the things I do outside of drawing.
What are these "things", you say?
First off, before you try to improve your art, you need to...
Have the right mindset
Understand and acknowledge these points:
Improvement is hard work. You will need to put in a lot of effort to achieve good results.
Improvement takes time - and it comes in small steps. You cannot fly to excellence in a week - nor a month.
There will always be people better than you and you will inevitably fail once in a while. Don't dwell on this - instead, learn as much as you can from it.
You will need to take advice with an open mind. Learn from critiques and do not be offended if they are harsh - the more mistakes people point out
Working Professionally With Amateur ModelsArt in the ProfessionsWorking Professionally With Amateur Models1 month ago in Art Features More Like This
In portrait photography, one of the key ingredients for a successful shoot is knowing how to work like a pro with your models. This article explains a handful of ways in which you can do just that and it is meant to give some advice to persons seeking to get into (or learn more about) portrait photography. Since my experience comes from working with people who aren't professional models, the focus here will be on photographing people who have no experience or maybe just a little bit of experience with being in front of the camera. Possible scenarios are: casual portrait sessions, wedding shoots, family shoots etc.
Before the Shoot
Understand What They're Looking For
It's important to communicate with your client about what they are looking to get out of their session with you. Especially if it's a person who hasn't had much experience with being photographed, some direction is needed. Often a client will come and say something al
PE: On selling artTraditional Art WeekPE: On selling art7 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Shopping here, selling there...
The internet provides a great opportunity to not only showcase your art, but also to sell it - so much easier (and in a lot of cases so much more profitable) than art galleries and shops. Here you can find out what some of the Traditionalists' members think about selling art, both on and off-line.
Before you get to reading them, though, here are two questions for you:
If you sell your art anywhere, how would you describe your thoughts about it?
And how about buying art?
What websites or art galleries do you visit for that purpose?
And here are the opinions:
In my opinion its very gratifying when it works. I sell prints, crafts, handmade jewellery, and the occasional original, and in my opinion people giving their money in exchange for my art is a great vote of confidence in tha
Uh Fack, part3 :The big confidence crisis.SUh Fack, part3 :The big confidence crisis.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
uffering from a lack of self-confidence is a roadblock that you guys have mentioned a lot. It’s a very problematic thing, and one that I am more familiar with than I care to be. People in any creative field suffer extra from a lack of confidence, the effects can seriously harm the creative process and the often personal nature of our work makes us extra vulnerable.
It’s double worth taking a shot at this topic, because a lot of the other roadblocks on our list are closely related to the big confidence crisis. So, make yourself comfortable, get some snacks and prepare for a lengthy blog!
Avoiding risks / the unknown.
Reluctance to share work.
Fear of committing to a piece/design.
Fear of (/avoiding) critique.
All of these can be a direct result of a self-confidence shortage. And each symptom hinders us in being creative, improving our skills and expressing ourselves.
Maybe you were never the most confident of pe
Getting Involved on DA: FeaturesCommunity WeekGetting Involved on DA: Features6 months ago in Personal Journal More Like This
Many of us want to be involved in our DeviantArt community beyond the act of submitting artwork to our galleries. We may want to get more deeply involved because we just love art, because we want to make friends on the website, or even to just generate more traffic to our profiles.
Many people have asked me, HOW do I get more involved? My first answer is always: JOURNAL FEATURES! Why? Because, what better way to say "your work is awesome" than to plaster their deviation in your journal for everyone to see. Even after over ten years on DA, I still get a little thrill at seeing my art in someone else's journal. Taking the time to recognize another's achievement only helps to boost community spirit. Unfortunately, when I mention a journal feature to someone, I often get one of these common responses:
"I would do journal features, but I'm not popular enough."
"I would do journal features, but I'm not good enough at my own art to feature someone else's
The Muse - contest #10This contest has ended. The winners annoucement can be found here.The Muse - contest #102 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Hard-working or lazy, reliable or capricious?
A new contest for the new year: have you ever thought of portraying your creative vein as an actual being? Would it be a handsome woman or a hard to tame bird? Or a sloth (I hope a lively one, at least)? Does it walk around with you or stays and waits in some certain places? Or catches up with you all of a sudden no matter the location?
The task is to describe or depict that part of your mind responsible for all the brilliant ideas standing behind your creations. Or would it be a self-portrait of some kind?
the 7th of March 2014the 9th of March, 3:00 pm GMT
Limit of submissions: one piece per member.
The entry must be prepared for the contest precisely.
You must be a member to participate.
Contest: Fan Art and MusicEdit: Contest is now closed for judgingContest: Fan Art and Music1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Hello everyone We have a new contest for you. This one is very open ended to allow for maximum creativity . This time, we're asking you to create a Fan Art that connects to music in some way. Whether there's a certain song that has always reminded you of a certain character or theme, or if you
secretlywant to draw a battle of the bands AU, or maybe you love a character who is also a musician, or maybe there's a song that you want to illustrate, this contest gives you a lot of options!
Some Examples of Music Related Fan Art
Create a piece of Fan Art that connects thematically to music. Some suggestions have been listed above, but feel free to deviate from them!
This contest starts on September 12th, 12:00AM PST and ends on October 13th 11:59PM
AWW Project V 2014 Who are Angels Without Wings?AWW Project V 20142 years ago in Art Features More Like This
They are fellow deviants who:
regularly feature other deviants,
are always willing yo give tips and helpful comments,
answer at least a fair amount of the comments they get,
give kind and uplifting words whenever they see it's needed,
feature and pimp projects and deviants who need support or help,
take the time to suggest DDs on a regular basis,
take the time to suggest seniority every now and then,
give fair and helpful critiques (whether official or not),
do whatever other helpful, kind, supporting action you might think of.
You can read all about the AWW Project HERE.
Every fortnight, three deviants will be awarded with a pair of wings and will get featured by Nameda and her fellow 'Gangstas of love' (in alphabetical order):
Tolkien Illustrator's First Aid Kit: ElvesWelcome to the Quenta Silmarillion, sit yourself down by the fire and hear the stories of old.Tolkien Illustrator's First Aid Kit: Elves6 years ago in Personal More Like This
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Remember of our Art Submission Guidelines http://silmarillion-club.deviantart.com/blog/29262782/
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Tolkien Illustrator’s First Aid Kit: Elves
Tolkien’s texts are notable for their abundance of characters, many of them mentioned perhaps only once, other playing very important parts in the stories. However, it is often very difficult to find any description of how those characters look, and this is what we, artists and illustrators, are usually most concerned with.
So here it is – Tolkien Illustrator’s First Aid Kit – a list of all those characters, whose physical appearance is mentioned in the texts, including The Silmarillion and The History of the Middle-earth.
To start with, the Elves. As we know, during the march from Cuiviënén t
PE: Sta.sh Writer - How To Tame The BeastThis article was written by PizzaPotatoNBacon for projecteducate's Community Week July 1st - July 7th. It is highly recommended for those who are having problems with the Sta.sh Writer and/or the new Journal Editor. It also includes some tips and tricks using it as well. If you want to learn how to use Sta.sh writer in Rich Editing Mode, Read this article by the lovely Astrikos. Oh, and that cake you're holding? IT IS A LIE.PE: Sta.sh Writer - How To Tame The Beast2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Table of contents for easy navigation:
The Pros of Sta.sh Writer
Ctrl + E - Your new BFF
Meet HTML Mode
Back to the top
Hello, one and all!
Today, I'm here to talk about Sta.sh Writer and the new Journal Editor as well,
Tea PaintingArtist's ToolboxTea Painting1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
It smells lovely and gives beautiful sepia tones and great textures - what's not to love about tea and coffee painting?
Different effects and shades can be acquired by using different kinds of tea. Black tea is the easiest to use, since it's also the easiest to make the darkest essence with it, while white tea and green tea are much harder in this manner. I prefer teabags (only for painting though), but using leafy tea can create interesting textures, if you leave the leaves on paper until the whole layer dries. You can use tea bags as stamps!
Painting with coffee is similar, although the differences in shade aren't that significant. You need to be careful with instant coffee - thick layers can get sticky and shiny even after it's dry. Ground coffee and textures go along very well, if you leave the grounds on paper, ju
May 2014 Traditional Art DD Round-up:iconartbycher:May 2014 Traditional Art DD Round-up1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Features by ArtByCher
Girl with drops by PiskunovSergeyToucan by NeoRikeWings by Dark134Ritual of Growing3 by volkano-artThe Clash by JJKAirbrushDrawing pencil- Woman Nude Body Act (Daily Deviat) by byMichaelXWaiting Room Of Souls by Monica-BlattonRain Man (Barn Owl Painting) by EsthervanHulsen:thumb443133711::thumb436526275:Working For The Rat Race by bryanhibleMoon's Daughter by Catalina-Estefanwhite kimono and cranes by RINrumiKAOn The Island of Our Blessed Mother by chriskoehlerKENZO ..... Oil Painting by AstridBruningTales From the Forest 2 (the light side) by nikoxilI feel asleep beneath the flowers by LindoArt
Features by jane-beata
Girl. Sketchbook by sashajoeLeda-Valentyne O.S. - You can't cure my Illness by Calicot-ZCPlease stay by my side by HellobabyMy Pink Coat by beckymillerartistDoubt by OlgaKalinovskayaAnticipation by ShastinaHell-NThe Oracle by matthughesThe Swan Nebula by timwetherellDanae by AncaXBreFar Away by andrianartThe End of Forever by DonatasLTSpirit in Playful Mood by jacintojcElephants by Lukas1212Please Stay by thinhnguyenartSUNSET MEADOW by Kasia1989Delicate Harmony by SKMOONBlind Man's Bluff by NataliaRakSacrifice by ascenciokKa-Bloom! by HesterTatnellFantasy Pond by GrimDreamArtSummoned by JynetteTignerZada and Luis by Chucky-tanPara ascender hay que entrar - 2009 by andresbestardmaggio3 Tarot Inks by golden-quinceElizabeth by MonaParvin'The winter' 2014 by Vladimir-KireevSunny Day by MKhankovaGrit by MJWilliamI Can Feel a Nightmare Coming Tonight by miimork:thumb45462996
How To Explain DA To Your ParentsCommunity WeekHow To Explain DA To Your Parents4 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Moonbeam13 about volunteering for the Literature gallery as a Community Volunteer. And once the possibility started becoming a certainty, I got really excited, and wanted to share the exciting news with my family.
But then I thought, "how do I explain something like this to them?" And realised I didn't really know how to make them understand. That's how I got the idea for this Community Week article.
I don't want to say "most", but a good portion of DeviantArt's users are young/teenagers. It's really important for parents to know and understand what you're doing when you spend hours on end on a computer, and sometimes, saying that you're on DeviantArt just doesn't really work as an explanation. Especially if the explanation follows with "well it's a website, I post my stuff, people fave it and comment on it, they give me watches and llamas sometimes too".
And let's face it, some parents aren't really that c
5 DIY Photography Gadgets Artists Toolbox5 DIY Photography Gadgets 6 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Hello and welcome to another round of Artist's Tools!
Today we'll channel our inner craftsmen and create fancy DIY photography equipment.
This tutorial is for everyone, from beginner to professional. You only need a mediocre crafting talent to create the listed equipment.
The displayed DIY gadgets are mostly basic, so it is possible that professionals already possess the them. But that doesn't mean a different approach will not boost your results. See for yourself!
The DIY Gadgets
1. Camera Stabilizator
2. Custom Bokeh Effects
3. Ring Flash
4. Bounce Wall
5. Soft Box
5.1 Product Photography Version
5.2 Studio Photography Version
What do I need for this tutorial?
I only curated DIY tutorials which are executable with a low amount of money and/or materials that
About being an idiotI'm an idiot.About being an idiot9 months ago in Personal More Like This
Because... as an Idiot, you can make mistakes. No one expects an idiot to be flawless. Or you can get up one day and decide that for today you're a dinosaur. Everything is better when you're a dinosaur. Or a dragon.
You can grin and wave whenever a stranger stares at you instead of pretending you never noticed the other person staring. You can laugh about a lot of the typical Internet problems, including the people who call a picture of a freshly washed plush polar bear racist.
As an idiot you can read children's books AND enjoy reading them. You can also read newspapers, comics, science books, manuals and flyers of the local churches too. In English, German, Japanese, French or whatever languages you decided to learn just for fun and without ever really getting to use them. After all, time is important and valuable and you should not spend years on learning a language just because it's fun, right? Right. Idiot.
As an idiot you can watch cartoons all day on a free day, wh
mouthful of bloodif you knew how muchmouthful of blood5 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
the assumptions rattle
in my skeletal fragments
you could see
the broad stripes
design in me.
i am displeased
with my own discretion,
and delicate waver
do not properly express
my entire need.
i am entirely
of inadequate seas.
Creating a Beautiful Fractal ImageThere are so many beautiful fractal images in the art world...Creating a Beautiful Fractal Image2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
...and the ones here at Deviant Art are no exception! The images are as diverse as each person who creates it. I am a lay-person on the subject when it comes to explaining the art itself. Simply put...fractals are based on Mathematical Equations. The how and the why of this explanation still eludes me, but the beauty of the images keep my creating them. For information about the underlying mathematics check this Wikipedia link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fractals
This journal will look at the elements that go into creating a beautiful Fractal Image, rather then the complexity of the base mathematics.
I did not come to these thoughts about the "Perfe
Talks with Tolkien artists - complete listA complete list of all interviews from the "Talks with Tolkien artists" series. It will be updated after each interview posted.Talks with Tolkien artists - complete list9 months ago in Art Features More Like This
with Gold-Seven :iconGold-Seven: fav.me/d6aprnx
with steamey :iconsteamey: fav.me/d6bx1lc
with ekukanova :iconekukanova: fav.me/d6dzooz
with Tulikoura :icontulikoura: fav.m
Talks with Tolkien artists: jgilronanAllow me to introduce you a wonderful professional artist and Tolkien illustrator who joined deviantArt just recently, Joe Gilronan :iconjgilronan: - jgilronan.Talks with Tolkien artists: jgilronan2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
1. Hello! For the beginning, could you tell us something about yourself?
I am a full time professional artist and create work exclusively influenced by the writings of J.R.R Tolkien. I am originally from Chester, England but have lived in sunny Southern Spain for the last 6 years. I have exhibited and sold work world wide and work primarily in oils, acrylic and clay.
2. When did you read Tolkien's books for the first time, and what impression did they leave in you?
I suppose it all started from a very early age when I first
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?2 years 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