A Must Read!Guys, i just want to share these journals with you (created by: Suzanne-Helmigh) whether you're a beginner, a student, or a professional artist, these are good articles, and covered a lot of good points, not only for becoming a good artist but things to be aware about as an artist. If you have a moment, have a look! I've shared one about the myth of concept art on my art blog, but i didn't want to leave out the rest of it. So instead i've decided to share these on here, since i have more watchers here than on my art blog. I hope it will help you in some way. Big thanks to Suzanne for making these!
Are you on the right track? + Fuck Talent!Am I on the right track?Are you on the right track? + Fuck Talent!9 months ago in Personal More Like This
This is a thing people often wonder and think it's a complicated to find out, but it is actually pretty simple. It's a different question you need to ask yourself based on different topics.
As for: Fuck talent! You'll find it if you scroll down
Topic 1: Am I on the right track to becoming a better artist?
Does your work from today, look closer to your initial goal than your work from last week? (this needs to be both in skill and idea.)
Good skills: Honing your technique, training you muscle memory, being more knowledgeable about your tools and art rules. With art rules I mean: Perspective, form, light, texture, composition.
Good ideas: Storytelling, characteristics, charm, emotion and design. Not just making things look polished but also convey something more, something that brings it to life and speaks to pe
Screen Recording Program? Update: Help found!Screen Recording Program?9 months ago in Personal More Like This
Thank you everyone for your help. I really appreciate it!
I found a super great help from M4dArtist, who gave me a super detailed instruction that answered all of my possible questions. Couldn't dream for more hahah.
I will go ahead trying out what she gave me there. Hopefully I'll have some vids to show you guys soon!
As many people have shown interest in seeing speedpainting/timelapse videos from me, I think I will try it out.
However I am not so sure which screen recording program I should use.
I want something that's easy to use, but on the other hand also have editing options, have no watermark and such.
I downloaded CamStudio installer, but it asked me to install many extra things that I obviously don't want to install. I just want to install the damn program. orz
So if you can give me a source to download safe installers, I'd highly ap
Overcome your unfair obstacles.We all have certain obstacles that gives us the feeling of: 'This is so unfair!.'Overcome your unfair obstacles.9 months ago in Personal More Like This
To me it's one of the most annoying feelings in the world because in general we don't really know how to deal with it. One little part of us says: 'Don't whine about it, you are just being jealous.' the other part of you tells you: 'If I didn't have this obstacle or disability I would rule the world!!'
So you bounce around anger, sadness, hopelessness and envy.
If you were just sad about something or simply angry it would be a lot easier to deal with, you cry or you just vent a bit towards a friend.
But how to deal with he feeling of unfairness?
There are many things that can form this unfair obstacle for you.
Physical obstacles such as: MS, Lyme disease, Arthritis, Color blindness, missing fingers?
Mental obstacles such as: Depression, being a procrastinator (yes I'm naming it because it's a mental blockade that keeps y
Women ArtistsThe other day, I attempted to put together a huge list of some professional and semi-pro women artists over on my tumblr, because it seems like too often women get overlooked when it comes to being honored and recognized. This year, I was incredibly honored to be nominated for a Hugo award in the Best Professional Artist category, but I was a little shocked to find out there hadn’t been another woman nominated in that category since Rowena Morrill in 1986. That’s more than a little ridiculous, considering there are so many women artists out there who are all amazing, who offer unique points of view and design solutions, and who need more visibility and recognition. While putting this list together, I was really excited to find tons of new artists I'd never heard of before.Women Artists1 year ago in Personal More Like This
What do do as an artist in training.There are many ways to Rome they say. But I find most aspiring artists lost and asking me for guidanceWhat do do as an artist in training.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
and this is what I tell them.
Find out for yourself what you really want to do with art, there are so many different professions.
Graphic designer, Concept artist (mobile and high end), Illustrator of bookcovers, or card games.
Once you can make your pick, or at least pick 1 or 2 you must find the best work on the market in those fields.
Find out what makes the best art of your favorite field the best art. What do they paint? How do they paint it? With knowing this you can find out about the things you need to study.
The most basic study aims are the following:
What forms of light art there? And how does it influence things?
The book Color and Light by James Gurney will give you a lot of insight.
How do you paint shapes? How do you light them the right way?
You will learn a l
Artistic Limitations?Thankyou to all those who shared their stories and opinions on my last journal, I haven't gotten around to replying to everyone but I have read every comment.Artistic Limitations?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Another topic I want to discuss? A bit of a dead-horse? but then again I haven't really had a chance to talk much about this issue and I would like to hear other peoples opinions and whether or not they agree or disagree.
Overtime I have noticed an attitude regarding artwork and peoples means of determining how talented and skilled an artists is. By this I mean people have an attitude that if an artwork doesn't feature correct anatomy or the artists doesn't practise realism then they are a novice and are limiting themselves artistically. I have lost count on how many comments I have gotten along the lines of " your art is good, but I think its time to move on to more professional stuff, start doing some still life, portraits and landscapes". Obviously I encourage going out of your comfort zone and drawing stuff you wouldn't usual
Art + Anatomy book Recommendations15 books I recommend for anatomy, art fundamental study and art inspiration. Please note that these are simply my personal recommendations and books that's helped me a lot in the past.Art + Anatomy book Recommendations8 months ago in Art Features More Like This
I've taken photos for these books, so Here's a less image-heavy list (on tumblr)
This took so much longer than I first anticipated so I really hope people find this helpful cause, seriously, spending 3 days on this does not feel like it was worth it
edit: I'm putting the tl;dr list here first as a preview of the books I'm recommending.
TL;DR List of books
An Atlas of Anatomy for Artists
The Art of Animal Drawing
Anatomy for the Artist
Avoid getting ripped off by a client.As a freelancer most of your business takes place online, which makes it really easyAvoid getting ripped off by a client.11 months ago in Personal More Like This
for people to rip you off. How many times have we seen the following scenario's:
1- Someone offers a descent payment for your artwork but wants you to do an art-test first.
after the art-test you're being told you're not good enough. Later you find out that other people
got to do different art-test topics and also weren't good enough. The client clearly ripped people off to get free artwork.
2- Someone offers good money for your artwork. The sketch gets approved so you continue working. Right when it's done the total image suddenly becomes a great disappointment and the client ends up not paying you.
These were just 2 examples of situations that happen a lot to freelancers. There are many more like it.
How to detect if a client is a bit fishy...
Does their email address look professional? Some legit people may use their Gmail address, with their real name or nickname, those are questionabl
SPACE DANDY KEY ANIMATION!A collection of Genga Animatics from one of my absolute favorite animated shows this year, "Space Dandy." It makes me happy to see this kinda content is still all done on paper. No Command Z. Japanese 2D TV animators continue to inspire me beyond no end. featuring some of the work of key animators Tadashi Hiramatsu, Yutaka Nakamura, Norifumi Kugai, Gosei Oda , Bahi JD and others!SPACE DANDY KEY ANIMATION!9 months ago in Personal More Like This
Where to get started before you can apply for workThere is no such thing as suddenly knowing when you are ready to turn yourWhere to get started before you can apply for work11 months ago in Personal More Like This
passion into your profession. But there is a way of measuring your chances on being
able to get work and eventually sustain a living from it.
Accepting commissions or freelance for low payment won't help you. You can think any penny counts, but it will lower the worth of your work and damage the market.
How to measure that you are ready?
You probably have high goals, but they are usually not your first step. You must search out the clients who can be that first step. Often found in the card game industry, book cover illustrations and smaller game company's.
Look at the artwork shown by a company such as the card game company: Fantasy Flight games. Compare your skills with the average of their artworks. If it matches yours, you will have a chance. However, keep in mind that those artworks had been done in a limited timeframe, usually within 12 hour
Mypaint 1.1 : A guide through the new featuresAt the very end of 2012, the code of the famous free and open-source digital-painting program Mypaint 1.1 was released. If you still using Mypaint 1.0 , you might be interested to see what happened into this one year of change. For reading an excellent review about it , please read the very cool and full article wrote by Alexandre Prokoudine on Libre Graphic World , he also made a cool video.Mypaint 1.1 : A guide through the new features2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here I will focus on writing a review for Mypaint 1.0 user, to let them know what changed and how they will benefit from it.
On Canvas Notifications
Now Mypaint is a bit more talkative when you press '+' or '-' on the keyboard to zoom with the 'Control+Space' shortcut. It was difficult back to Mypaint 1.0 days to have an idea of the actual zoom level. For the future development , this box system was made to be reusable ; so Mypaint might have better and better visual feedbacks on the next versions.The notifications are activated by defaults , and concern for the moment only
Tutorial - How to color a black and white paintingHey guys! First video of the week, as promisedpart 2 of the painting where I explain how I go about coloring it.Tutorial - How to color a black and white painting9 months ago in Personal More Like This
Posting this before zzZZZzzz and its done done processing as I type this, so give it a bit before you hit play or it wont work!
A big black hole called: Procrastination.Procrastination is an infinite cycle that becomes bigger and bigger the longer it's there and the time wasted being sucked into it is a dark matter of nothing.A big black hole called: Procrastination.8 months ago in Personal More Like This
hahah I figured this was the most dramatic way to put it, but yeah, it's real and it sucks.
For those who don't know what it means: Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the "last minute" before the deadline.
We all suffer from procrastination. It is pretty innocent when you have it with household chores or packing your suitcase before you go on a holiday.
But it becomes a serious problem when you do it with the important things in your life. I take it you're an artist if you're reading this and the biggest aim of being an artist is to be an even better one.
As shown in previous journals there are many
Status as of OctoberThings became inactive and random for me for the past months. Priorities are really random as well.Status as of October2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Many happened too. I'll tell you my stories, so feel free to get some snacks while you read my totally long journal entry. (Don't worry, they're not rants)
At one point, my Mac mini stopped working. I'm a PC fan myself, and I only have a Mac exclusively for iOS development. I was worried that I have to buy another Apple computer, but of course I went looking for technicians and engineers first. Turns out it's just the adapter failing. I started cursing at first, claiming "The ever so famous Apple that makes quality products just failed on me randomly? What the hell!" Technicians can't fix it, so I bought another adapter from an online shop instead. When I finally got it, I read the details on the label and realized it's a 110V adapter. I was inserting the old adapter on a 220V socket for months. It was me who's doing it wrong, lol, I take back my words. I even became more than impressed,
Art and talentDear, deviantart fellow artistsArt and talent4 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
It is believed that talent is that "magical" ability that some people are born with. But sometimes, just being talented isn't enough, without hard work and persistence you won't go far.
Here are some of my thoughts about the topic and I hope that they might be helpful.
We all start from somewhere.
(That's why I also don't delete my old deviations.)
I never actually thought that I was "talented". About 3 years ago (when I also joined deviantart), I just decided that I want to pursue art as a career. I was really into photography at that time (whole 50 day sunset challenge and such), participated in as many photo contests as I could and went outside to take some photos in coldest winter days.
But then, one day, as I visited local museum there was this local exhibition of photos and there was this old and wise photographer, who said to me that i
Quick way to make perfect perspective grids.Hey everyone, I just put up a new video on how to create physically accurate perspective grids in 2 minutes or less. A lot of people, including myself, tend to just eyeball it or make a best guess, but with these methods you can make them accurate to camera with very little effort. Enjoy!Quick way to make perfect perspective grids.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
So you want to be a concept artist?Hey guys, took a while to post these but here they are, the 2 videos for this week!So you want to be a concept artist?7 months ago in Personal More Like This
First one is a talk about the job of a concept artist and what its all about, plus tips on how to improve your designs and better self critique your work.
Second one if a time-lapse of the whole process including coloring, have a good weekend!
The stuff that artists go through.There are so many pro's and con as to being an artist, professional or as a hobby.The stuff that artists go through.9 months ago in Personal More Like This
It feels nice to be able to express yourself through something you make and when that something turns out to be looking good we get this sense of accomplishment.
Most of the time though there are bad feelings mixed with the good ones.
Not being understood. Those moments where your friends or family does not understand that you have to desire to be alone and work on your art. Those copious amounts of hours you spend working and they wonder why you wouldn't rather be outside relaxing in the sun or hang out with your friends.
The only people who will ever fully understand this are other artists or simply very understandable people. It's important they they will eventually understand so there wont be any hurt feelings. Try to explain ti as calmly and rational as you can, perhaps with using examples in terms they would understand.
How to stay MotivatedHow to stay Motivated.How to stay Motivated8 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
101 Ways to Help the CommunitySuggest a Daily Deviation by noting the appropriate Community Volunteer.101 Ways to Help the Community1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Nominate a deviant as a Senior Member by noting fourteenthstar with your suggestion.
Write an article for projecteducate. Take a look at the Schedule and check out the Community Week Guidelines if you'd like to contribute your knowledge!
Send a note to ProjectPorkchop to suggest a talented but under-appreciated artist to be included in the next Porkchop feature.
Suggest a Daily Literature Deviation by sending a note to one of the admins here.
Grant the wish at dAWishingWell by keeping an eye out for one of these wish feature blogs: Fishing for Wishes, Wish Fondue, and the Wishing Jar.
Support the dAWishingWell by donating to TheWishingWidget.
Painting with values - TutorialHeyy guyss just wanted to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU for all the birthday wishes, while there was no way I could reply to all of them, I certainly read them all!Painting with values - Tutorial9 months ago in Personal More Like This
You guys are awesome
Second news of the day: I updated my Youtube channel art AND name, yes name, to better match the art tutorial website I've been working on with a couple friends in the past months.
Anyways, I say everything that I can in this video, check it out!
And here is a tutorial on painting with values, hope you like!
The Money Situation: Finance during college?:iconfarfie-land:The Money Situation: Finance during college?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Art Tumblr | Blog | Design Blog
Character Designer on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)
PREVIOUS JOURNAL ENTRIES
"I could use some personal finance advice about about saving money/student loans/credit cards/college! I'm attending MCAD in the fall, and I was wondering if you had any tips about handling money in general as a freshman (getting a credit card/using a bank/etc?). I don't have much to pay luckily [loan amount] but any help would be appreciated!"
This was a question was a response to a 10 random facts that I did on tumblr. ^^ And dear lord did this entry turn out to be a behemoth…
Mental health, physical
Inspiration ProjectThis is a revised version of the previous journalInspiration Project1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
This is a series of articles featuring artists that you in the community find personally inspiring.
Its very simple to get involved, simply comment with the names of deviants who inspire you, but before that please read the rules.
Rules for submitting
3 suggestions per deviant
DO NOT use :dev: or mention as of their deviations so it is a surprise.
Write a short sentence about each artist and how they inspire you.
Example suggestion Layout
MaRx886 - Check out her gallery, no need to explain how she's so inspiring to me.
Typomonger - A master in calligraphy.
Slurpaza - One of my favourite customizers here on dA!
5 ways to be more positiveDear, deviantart fellow artists5 ways to be more positive5 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
How to reach the happiness, how to have and maintain the positivity in our creative lives?
It's not an easy thing to stay positive all time. Trust me, I know... so here are some of my thoughts about the topic and I hope that they might be helpful.
1. Get away from negative people
Stay away from those who don't believe in you, who only show up in your lifes when they need something. As mentioned in the latest journal by DamaiMikaz - some people are just pretending to be your friends in order to use you or your skills (don't let them). Be aware of those who are trustworthy and it's said that "person will become the average of their five closest friends".. so be cautious and surround yourself with like-minded people, ones who support an