Live the dream, don't talk about it!Doug TenNapel, independent comics creator, is an inspiration to me in many ways. He has a fun, accessible art style that is dramatic and fresh. His story telling is always askew in the best of ways. I don't think I've read one of his graphic novels without having some smiles and a surprise or two along the way. On top of that, he is outspoken about almost everything in his life. (I think of him as the Rush Limbaugh of comics- oh man, that sounds really bad, but early Rush, not present day Rush, if that helps.) I agree with most things he states on Facebook. BUT- the thing I am most inspired about him is his drive (in the old days we would call that "work ethic"). The guy does NOT give up. Because of that, he single-handedly will put out a new graphic novel a year. While creating a webcomic. While pitching new TV show development ideas in Hollywood. While running a half marathon. While working freelance jobs.Live the dream, don't talk about it!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The CritStop #1Greetings Concepteez!The CritStop #12 years ago in Personal More Like This
First a quick note to mention that Shimmering-Sword our very own guru of future military tech. has succeeded in getting funding for his kickstarter project: The Protectorate Wars!!!
A big congrats to Shimmy and a huge thank you to everyone who helped support him. If you aren't a supporter yet not to worry! There are stretch targets to hit too so go check it out.
The ConceptWorld team have always been clear that one of the main reasons we continue to dedicate our personal time to running this group is to inspire and help every single member develop their craft as artists. It's a tough business, learning how to do this art thing, and getting feedback specific to your work is essential but hard to come by especially if you are learning in a non-formal envi
Tutorial Treasury 05In the Tutorial Treasury, you will find tutorials geared towards Photomanipulators and some that will deal with a broader subjects, such as lighting, colour etc. The tutorials will be from dA as well as from all over the web and in each episode, there will be 3 to 6 tutorials for your reading pleasure (any more than that I guess no one will have time to read anyway). If you find any good ones, shoot me a note so I can include them in the next installment!Tutorial Treasury 052 years ago in Art Features More Like This
"Learn how to create this cinematic scene in quick and easy steps! This Photoshop tutorial will show you how to blend images to create an apocalyptic scene and add flying meteors with premade Photoshop brushes. You’ll also learn several different ways to add lighting effects and create a strong atmosphere. ~ written by Jarka Hrnčárková ~"
Some basic theory about my ship designs.First of all, my designs are based on three important points:Some basic theory about my ship designs.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
1 FTL is possible, however there are some severe constraints, which I will come back to.
2. Artificial gravity (AG) is also possible, but it too has constraints, that roughly follow the laws of physics.
3 Inertial damping, or rather camouflaging mass is also possible, and it is neccesary for both FTL and AG.
My ships are all powered by anti matter reactors, all moving parts from doors, to engines, to guns are all operated by linear electromagnetic engines/magnetic levitation.
there are no hydraulics anywhere.
Now, my ships all have something called a central gravity deck. this is essentially a deck in the center of the ship that pull everything inward, so that you walk on either side of it.
My reason for this is 1: gravity works inward like a sphere, if one side is an attractive plane it is only natural that the other side is too. The reason for choosing a plate rather than a sphere is because of the size requirements to get
Tip of the Day: baring fruitWe don't water plants irregularly and expect them to be healthy. Dreams (like plants) needs constant care and effort for it to bear fruit.Tip of the Day: baring fruit3 years ago in Personal More Like This
How is your Chroma?As artists we all know that color is our friend, whether full spectrum, monochromatic, or simply black and white. But knowing just how to use this very special friend can be frustrating at times or just downright confusing (trust me, I've been there plenty before!) This blog is for those of us who work traditionally (not to worry my futuristic friends, I'll be writing a blog specifically for you as well!) Here are some terms you need to become acquainted with: chroma, value, tint, shade, and intensity/saturation.How is your Chroma?3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
What is Chroma?
Chroma is the Greek word for "color", it refers to the purity or intensity of a color.
What is Value?
Value is the lightness or darkness of a color.
What is a Tint?
Tinting a color means lightening it by adding white.
What is a shade?
Shading a color means darkening it by adding black.
What is intensity and saturation?
This refers to the strength of
Common Misconceptions: Traditional ArtFirst of all, hello! It's been almost a year since I contributed a blog post to this lovely group so I want to say hi I'm back folks! I have a lot of artsy things to share with you all that I've learned (and am still learning) so hang on tight! While I was thinking what to write as my first topic, I decided to kind of go back to the beginning as far as our thinking as artists goes in the creation process. I've come up with a short series called "Common Misconceptions" just to debunk some myths and misguided trends that are so often part of what we experience as we grow. This first "Common Misconceptions" topic will focus on traditional art.Common Misconceptions: Traditional Art3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Traditional is better than digital because it takes more talent and skill
WRONGWRONGWRONGWRONGWRONGWRONGWRONG. Did I say that was wrong, I'll say it again for emphasis WRONG! Like all mediums, digital art is simply different than traditional art in the same way photography is different than fi
Cards on the tableI sometimes feel like a bit of a moral coward, like a great many I know who are straight and white and male - the least persecuted combination on the planet! - but who are also very open-minded. I worry about saying what I truly think and believe - particularly online - for fear of getting into an argument with less tolerant, more puritanical people than I, or people that have faith in the unknowable (which is something I took a good stab at for a decade or so, but ultimately found misleading, hollow, insubstantial and unsubstantiated.) I hate conflict, and the internet often gives people bigger bollocks than they might have face to face. It gets pretty nasty, I've noticed, with very little tolerance and almost no give and take.Cards on the table2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sometimes, though, I feel a need to put my cards on the table. If I am to call myself an artist I should be clear about what defines me, who I am, and how I perceive everything around me. It is what drives me after all! So with that said...
What the hell
Chibis for Charity Event!Part 2Chibis for Charity Event!9 months ago in Personal More Like This
CLOSED! Part 3 coming soon!
Last chance to request a chibi!~ Hurry! Only one week left! :iconyukkoshyniplz:
It's time for Part 2 of my special Christmas Event to be revealed!
It was a lot of fun, getting a chance to actually talk to my watchers one on one during Part 1.
(Especially since I haven't met so many of you still XD )
But now I'm super excited to get on to Part 2!
For those who entered during the first part, you will each receive a free chibi~ Think of it as a little Christmas gift from me to you!
Please answer these questions before December 15th:
What character/person would you like me to draw for you?
Include a reference!
Ways to avoid art depressionSome Ways to Avoid An Art DepressionWays to avoid art depression3 months ago in Personal More Like This
(reposted because I thought it’s time and needed again)
Ok folks, Maybe this will help one or two of you, who are too much into a depression.
It sounds silly for some, but respect that I write this for people who have some trouble.
When you find grammar mistakes, then sorry, as a german it is not easy writing so much english text.
1. Don’t compare your art with the best out there.
- A problem every artist has is that he compares himself in his development phase with artists who have their style or are big in the buisness. You cannot critisize yourself not being Picasso in the first day, guys.
Do a fair and reasonable comparison. Accept that you are on a special niveau in your development and compare yourself with people on your niveau. That means you have to search and work y
Know your Basics - TexturesThere are a lot of tutorials out there on how to create / photograph texture as well as how to use them on a technical level, but the question of why and when to use textures is rarely touched. This article wants to fill that gap and therefore looks at texures from a slightly different perspective.Know your Basics - Textures2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Textures in Manips as you know them
For a photomanipulator, the first thing that comes to mind when hearing the word "texture" are images that can be used in soft light or overlay mode to texture a manipulation or parts thereof. What most manipulators therefore have in mind, are images like the following:
Beautiful textures, sure, and useful, too, but have you ever thought of doing more with them than the aforementioned overlays? And have you ever considered using other kinds of textures, too?
A more objective look at Textures
The following definition is an excerpt
The 10 CommandmentsHello esteemed colleagues! This blog is particularly targeted to those of you who are considering pursuing a career in an art/creative field and those of you who are in art school as well. If you're not doing either of those things, the concepts here are good general advice for anything you're striving for, so definitely hang around and read on!The 10 Commandments2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
These '10 Commandments' were formulated by curator/artist/designer/entrepreneur/amazinginlyawesomehumanbeing Sergio Gomez. I had the opportunity of going to a lecture of his a few months back and it was very inspiring. So without any further ado, here they are!
10. You shall be PATIENT and CONSISTENT
One of the biggest lies you can tell yourself is that you will be an overnight success. Like any skill set, developing your artwork will take time. This is the same when looking for ways to advance your career, it won't fall into your lap. You must be earnest in looking for opportunities to show and sell your work, you
Downloading Photoshop Brushes and Create BrushesHello. I am here to talk about how to download brushes for Photoshop and how to create brushes on Photoshop.Downloading Photoshop Brushes and Create Brushes6 months ago in Software Reviews More Like This
Downloading brushes for Photoshop
There are many types of brush presets already in Photoshop, once you launch it for the first time. They range from the Round Brush tool to the famous Scattered Maple Leaves brush. But there comes a time when you want to expand your horizon and try new brushes for the Photoshop Program. But there are a range of questions asked frequently such as
Where can you find these types of free brushesHow do you download brushes from the internetHow do you install them into Photoshop?
Where you can go to download free Photoshop Brushes
There are many resources to help you download Photoshop Brushes
You can download brushes free here on dA. Many deviants provide you with an abundance of brushes to help you try new techniques.
Improving and The Magic NibFrom time to time I'll hear questions from other artists concerning artistic pathways.Improving and The Magic Nib3 years ago in Personal More Like This
It probably stems from seeing my work over the years. Early in my career I was given a tremendous opportunity to draw the first Prophet book for Image Comics. I had years of inking experience behind me but I had never drawn a full comic book prior to that experience. The first issue sold nearly a half million copies. My first foray into penciling/inking was quite a spectacle... Looking back, it's one of the most cringe-worthy books from the 90's. That was a little over 20 years ago. When I returned to the comic book field I was a different artist thankfully. Obviously 20 years is a long time for a growth curve.
Check out some of my Journals here on DA. I delve into getting into the business and what pushed me, etc. Mostly it's just focusing on weaknesses and addressing them. Fixing what's broke or doesn't perform as well as I feel it should. Whic
Bobby Chiu's 4 keys to setting good goalsGOOOAAALS! The World Cup is the perfect time to talk about goals.Bobby Chiu's 4 keys to setting good goals1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Setting good goals is useful to not just artists but anyone who wants to achieve something.
When I graduated college and started my career, my goals were unfocused. Basically, I just wanted to get a job doing what I love, which in my case is of course drawing and painting. That was my whole goal. I didn't aim for anything more than that, and as a result, my career went nowhere.
Then, after reflecting on my career and examining the careers of people I admired (again, not just artists), I developed a master plan for my success that basically boiled down to four things:
1. Recognize the importance of setting goals.
Let's say you have the extraordinary ability to kick a ball farther and more accurately than anyone you know. As a result, you want to become a soccer player. But then when you're on the soccer pitch and the ball comes to you, you just kick it as hard as you can in what
Warhammer Scifi BattleWe all know that Warhammer 40K started out as Warhammer in Space, but what if GW stuck with that and made the parallels even greater? What if every WHFB faction got their own analogue in the 40K universe? What would such a game look like? Here are my ideas, feel free to suggest your own in the comments:Warhammer Scifi Battle1 week ago in Personal More Like This
Imperium of Man - The rather obvious faction, this Imperium is nowhere near as large or powerful as the 40K Imperium. It only owns what would be the Segmentum Solar in 40K, but is still governed along feudal lines. Thematically, the Imperium is far more Germanic than the canon Imperium; standard Imperial Guard look more like Wehrmacht than generic moderns, for example. They also have a bit of a Renaissance theme, not unlike the canon Mechanicus. The Imperium is doing far better than the canon one, being a bit more technologically advanced and having a higher standard of living. The first emperor is space Sigmar; in fact, he's named Sigm
The Value of CriticismEvery artist, on some level, loves fanfare. Who doesn't? But most artists resist criticism. I've been guilty of it in the past myself. But for the most part, after I suck up my pride, I use it.The Value of Criticism4 months ago in Personal More Like This
Any time you put your work out there [ in a comic book or on the web or in a gallery ], you're up for criticism. Sometimes the critiques aren't necessarily valid. They're coming from fans or, in a lot of cases, keyboard warriors that just want to be negative for the sake of being negative. But in almost all cases, there's something to be learned by criticism.
My wife is a perfect example. She's not an artist, which is my usual go to excuse when debating the merits of those that might offer critiques of my work that I disagree with. My wife, can't draw. But she knows when a nose is off. Or if the lighting looks "weird". Or if an arm doesn't look right. Or if a drawing is just sorta dead. She has a good eye.&
The 5 Things that Helped my Career the MostFive main points. If you can do all five of these, you're going to have a great career. Before you can strengthen your career with these concepts to follow, though, there’s something that you need first: talent. You don’t have to be born with talent, but you do have to work hard at developing it.The 5 Things that Helped my Career the Most3 months ago in Personal More Like This
#1 - Have a Career Compass.
A lot of people when asked, will say that they have an idea of what their goal is. Maybe they want to work on a game or a movie, but they don’t have it narrowed down any further than that. Be very specific about your goals. What kind of movie do you want to work on? What kind of game? Get into the details. Once you have enough details, then you can use that goal as your ‘career compass’. Whatever moves you make, make sure that you think about your compass, and think if your next move is going to take you closer to your goal. My goal was to work on a Tim Burton movie so every job and painting I did was not based on how much it paid
5 Career Killers“Whatever happened to that guy? The guy that drew that thing?5 Career Killers10 months ago in Personal More Like This
Comic careers are like any other career in entertainment: if you don't stay relevant and adapt to a trend, you'll eventually peak and then bottom out. But there are more things that can help end a career. Here's a list of 5 that I've been thinking about lately.
1. SOCIAL MEDIA TAKE-DOWN
The creator does something that somehow goes viral, turning his (or her) readers against him. Bad behavior at a convention, sexual harassment online, or a semi-racist Tweet made worse by bumbling attempts to correct it. Or maybe the creator gets blamed for something innocent: innocent comments taken out of context, or involvement in a controversial project that he had no say over. Whatever the case, “social media take-downs” can harm careers, leaving a permanent black mark on your career.
I imagine this one is the most common: no matter how hard you work—and no matter how much a
Do Artists Matter?Do we matter?Do Artists Matter?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm specifically talking about "us" as designers, artists, or creative people. Do artists matter?
I have two personal stories that have helped me gauge and answer that question for myself. I hope they help you too.
(SIDE NOTE: I believe in a God and I believe that God loves me and leads my path but that I have free will and can turn from his leading and do my "own thing". Both of these stories have a TON of "God flavoring" that would make them much longer, so know that they are there if you want to read between the lines and find them. In short, both stories are answers to prayer.)
After 9/11 I felt worthless. Making cartoons just wasn't important in the new post 9/11 world. Firemen, policemen, construction workers, teachers, healthcare workers, architects- really, anyone that contributes to rebuilding our world and its infrastructure, those people had important jobs to do. We
Aquatic Aliens? The waters of the two vessels mingled in the transfer corridor, creating a momentary cessation of thought in the occupants as the tastes and scents of the two very different spacecraft clashed, and the chemical echoes of old commands, astonished interjections, and fond farewells were resurrected with the swirling cold saline eddies. For Adok-ob-341, it was stunning. This was his first time aboard a vessel other than of his birth. He had lived among the waters of home and close kin his entire eight-thousand duty cycles of life.Aquatic Aliens?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
His kin-father, or the male creche sibling of his male progenitor, led the way into the transfer corridor as the hatches closed behind them. He impulsed his way to the other end of the corridor on a jet of salt water where the Master of this vessel and his Second awaited them. Six each of long sinuous limbs snaked and coiled between them as scent markers were exchanged, adding to the chemical-chaos in th
Lackadaisy - PatreonI've recently left my job in the game industry so that I could focus more of my time and attention on Lackadaisy. Patreon is my weapon of choice in trying to see this to fruition.Lackadaisy - Patreon2 years ago in Personal More Like This
If more Lackadaisy comic updates, illustrations, tutorials, mini-comics, books and other things interests you, please do check it out!
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,
AMPING UP YOUR CHARACTERS - by Jon SchindehetteAn awesome article by Jon Schindehette on designing and creating attractive and interesting characters.AMPING UP YOUR CHARACTERS - by Jon Schindehette2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here is a little excerpt:
"Wanna take you character designs to a new level? Wanna knock the socks off the AD with your rich and vibrant characters? It takes some planning and forethought, but it isn't really that difficult to achieve…if you are committed to taking it on.
This summer, I spent a lot of time talking to students and artists about their character/monster designs. In fact, it is a conversation I have had so many time, it bears writing an article about…
In the beginning…
While this article is titled "Amping up your characters", the same principles will hold true for your monster and environment designs as well. So don't decide that this article isn't relevant to you just because you don't do much in the realm of character design..."
The rest of the article is here:
Reptilicus Infernicus: 2012, Year of the DragonReptilicus Infernicus: 2012, Year of the Dragon4 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
2012: Year of the Dragon
DRAGON CASTLE by randis
According to the Chinese zodiac, 2012 has ushered in the year of the dragon upon the world stage.
In addition to occupying an ages old position in our cultural consciousness, legend and folklore surrounding
the dragon mythology has long been firing the kiln of our dreams with fright and menace. When we are speaking of
Dragons, we are speaking from ancient texts gathered form the beginnings of kept records of any kind and fro