The Secret Drawing IngredientIf you're an artist of any kind it's extremely important to hone your craft and technical abilities. After all, the better you draw and the better you are at mastering the drawing tools you use - the easier it is to convey your unique message for public consumption.The Secret Drawing Ingredient2 years ago in Personal More Like This
But how important is technical ability, really? Obviously, it's very important. Understanding anatomy, light and shadow and perspective are key to solid drawing. It's important to always be improving in those departments. It's also very important to master the tools you use to draw with. Learning to render or color professionally can only increase your appeal to both fans and other professionals.
But what about developing artistic appeal on a much deeper level?
It's not just about finding a pleasing style. Anyone can do that with enough practice. You can always choose a popular artist and emulate his or her style. The blueprint is right there. But why d
Oscar Winner Shaun Tan advises new IllustratorsShaun Tan is an acclaimed Children's Book writer, Illustrator and ACADEMY AWARD winner for Best Animated Short for his film, The Lost Thing. He has also been a concept artist for films like Horton Hears a Who and Wall-E.Oscar Winner Shaun Tan advises new Illustrators3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
With such an enormous talent and many prestigious awards under his belt I take great pleasure in presenting some of his words of wisdom for new Illustrators here on our site for your enjoyment and fuel for your creativity and drive to succeed in this industry. Keep learning and getting better everyday!!
You can check out the full Animated Short of the Academy Award winning, The Lost Thing in our
Mini Horror Reviews - Frankenstein (1931)Mini Horror Reviews - Frankenstein (1931)1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
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Frankenstein by caseycallenderart
It's October and the sacred 31 days of Halloween are upon us-time to get your gore on! The chill is in the air, the leaves are on the ground, and Halloween candy has been out since Labor Day. So while you’re waiting in the Starbucks line for an overpriced double pumpkin spice whatever, pass the time with this year’s scary movies reviews!
Something about dedication in drawing improvementUPDATED: 2013/11/02 Added 1 personal suggestion at the bottom...Something about dedication in drawing improvement2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Couple of days ago I came across a series of notes & quotes made my various Japanese artists on how to improve drawing. This was not really an article per say but more of cut & paste collection from different source, so the artists had very different background varying from manga-ka, animators & illustrators (including general illustration). While some of them did have specific approach in development, majority of them had 1 thing in common. Which is to weight the practice in quantity, in other word "draw as much as you can".
To me this was rather obvious cause I some what went through this practice earlier in my as I became so called "Artist". (Well that's what people call me and not what I personally feel...) Although the difference is that initially I didn't do it because I wanted to improvement but I just picked up pencil because I like drawing. But in any case their was couple of
5 Art Selling TipsWhile I used to see "art sales" simply as bonus money coming in on the side, over the past few years it's become enough of an asset that it justifies an art dealer, record keeping, insurance, and taxes at the end of each year. It's currently 25% of my total income, and that has a lot of impact over my work. And just like storytelling, design and page flow--abstract principles that keep my career afloat daily--art sales also deserve to be studied, theorized, and understood.5 Art Selling Tips3 years ago in Personal More Like This
These are guidelines, not rules. And while most of them usually work for me, they might not all work for you, so keep in mind that my market might be different than yours. Because not only do we not draw the same, we probably have different sorts of buyers.
1. Don't stay on a book for too long
I find that doing mini series of 4-12 issues is optimal for selling art. If you spend a year doing one-shots or 2-3 issue minis, you'll be hard for buyers to keep track of because it's too infrequent. And it's hard to make an i
Sideshow Obi-Wan Outlander PreviewPosted today as part of Sideshow Collectibles' 12 Days of Sideshow. This is from a preview video that gives you a few peeks at a maquette statue I had the honor of sculpting. I'll post sculpted photos of the entire piece once it's fully revealed.Sideshow Obi-Wan Outlander Preview4 years ago in Personal More Like This
The concept presented to me was brilliant, and I loved the design I got to sculpt from. The idea behind this piece is to imagine Obi-Wan Kenobi at the time in his life when he went into hiding on Tatooine, well before the adventures of Luke Skywalker.
Happy New Year everyone!
Gothic Feature - Part 4Gothic Feature - Part 42 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Black Widows by Elisanth
Demonic Fire by UnKnown-Designer092 Victorian gothic by forgotten-tale
Rebecca by ForlornTreasures
Checkmate III by RemusSirion
_Autumn's lullaby II. by josefinejonssonphoto Every rose has its thorn by Annie-Bertram
Clarity by nina-Y Cerrilia V2 I by RemusSirion
dress black , Somnia Romantica by Marjolein Turin by SomniaRomantica
Skyle 2 - III by RemusSirion Alena IV by RemusSirion
How To Sculpt in Wax pt 2Okay, to continue (and probably wrap up) my Wax info, here's the second installment.How To Sculpt in Wax pt 27 years ago in Personal More Like This
Tools of the trade! Sculpting in wax, while essentially very similar to sculpting in softer clays, does require some specialized tools. Nothing too fancy, but you will need some certain things.
The most important tool is an Alchol Torch. This is a small rubber bottle with a wick that runs up to a screw on cap. You fill it with denatured alcohol, which in some cases is difficult to find. Here in California, I can pick it up at any hardware store, but just a couple of years ago it wasn't as easy to get.
Here is a link to the one I'm using. There may be cheaper alternatives, but $15 isn't too shabby: http://www.egeneralmedical.com/hsi-3659460.html
The alcohol runs you about $15 a gallon too, and usually lasts me about a month of solid working time.
So, what is the alcohol torch used for, you ask? Well heating up your tools of course! It can also be gently squeezed while lit to provide concentrated heat
Monday FeaturesMonday is the hardest day of the week.Monday Features3 years ago in Personal More Like This
So take a break and relax having a look to those amazing manips!
Caged by Ivannia03S.O.R.R.O.W.S by Saher4everCuriosity by MissLadyGrimQueen of Sea by Heliakin:thumb208931691:Beauty from the Sea by cristii
midnight melody romance by MrsCullenmy first attempt by pyxis-constellation
:thumb281941044:Peace by Dani-OwergoorMy Own Little World by MBHenriksenDeep Slumber (Night) by Cahotic
Do you feel better now?
Jane Austen's Prevailing and Perpetual ProseJane Austen's Prevailing and Perpetual Prose1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Forever Austen Jane Austen’s Prevailing and Perpetual Prose
Becoming Jane by discret
First Edition of
Pride and Prejudice (1813)
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
—Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
The opening line of Jane Austen’s
Background TipsHey all! I've gotten a few people asking me about advice for drawing backgrounds. So instead of being a true gentleman and writing each person back separately, I figure it's easier to tackle this with an nice, impersonal journal post! Maybe one day I'll shoot a tutorial or something to actually demonstrate what I'm talking about, but for now a quick list will have to do.Background Tips4 years ago in Personal More Like This
*Before I start, a quick disclaimerby no means do I have "it" figured out. My opinions on backgrounds and how to tackle them are always changing. And a lot of what I think is based on the artists on whose shoulders I stand upon. Feel free to disagree with any of this.
Remember those point-and-click adventure games from the 90s? I loved those games! Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Flashback, Full Throttle, Space Quest, Hero Questadventure games blew me away by how beautiful, imaginative and expansi
StashBeta Testers!Stash4 years ago in Personal More Like This
What happens 100,000 times a day on dA, but hasn't changed much in the last 10 years?
So, here's something a little new.
Your Stash on deviantART is a home for all your images, writing, flash, everything! Here's how it works...
You can drag & drop as many files as you like into your Stash (up to 2GB), really quickly.
Those submissions will not appear in your gallery, or to your Watchers, until you say so.
You can send around the link to anything in your Stash, perhaps to gather more-private Critiques before sending the piece to your Gallery, or whatever you like!
Later on (or right away..), pick a Stashed item and hit Publish to send it to your Gallery, Watchers, groups, etc. as usual!
You'll find the Stash on the 'Submit' menu at the top of the site.
The old Submit page will
Thoughts on inking...Another post sort of dealing with the misconceptions of my job as a comic inker.Thoughts on inking...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
There are a lot of overlapping issues at play honestly: being associated with one penciler or style if you work with them for a long time, being compared directly to other inkers when working over a specific penciler or house style, and of course the accusations of just following the work of a penciler.
If you've never picked them up, I recommend buying the Art of Comic Book Inking 1+2 by Gary Martin published by Dark Horse some years back. He takes pencils done by various artist (Steve Rude in the first book and Brent Anderson, Terry Dodson, Randy Green and Adam Warren in the second) and has many different inkers do their work over it. From this you can see the different ways of thinking each person uses to work on a page.
Inking, like penciling is a very individual process in that no 2 people do it exactly alike. One of the differences however is that pencilers seldom have to change their style to suit s
Art sites for study, freelancing, or inspirationHere are some art related sites that you may find useful. Some have more to offer than the category heading may imply! Feel free to note me if you have any problems with links or if you want me to add new linksArt sites for study, freelancing, or inspiration3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
FIGURE DRAWING RESOURCES (may contain nudes):
Figure Drawing sessions: http://www.artmodelbook.com/figure-drawing-directory.htm 900 schools and galleries in the USA and Canada that offer figure drawing sessions you can attend
pixelovely: http://www.pixelovely.com/gesture/figuredrawing.php reference photos of people and animals
PoseManiacs: http://www.posemaniacs.com/ anatomical drawing references
Quickposes: http://www.quickposes.com/pages/gesture nude photos for figure drawing
Zvork Virtual Lighting: http://www.zvork.fr/vls/ interactive lighting on 3d human models
human anatomy for artists: http://www.human-anatomy-for-artist.com/ reference photos: small images= free/ large images available with membership
human comic art refe
Tip for Today: When to give up?Never give up just because you don't think you're good enough. We've all had our doubts in life. Successful people do not give up easily. We must prepare and prepare again, try your very hardest and then about 50% more that you didn't know you had consistently, then keep going twice as long as you ever thought you would or could. Look for more knowledge and try again.Tip for Today: When to give up?4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Favorite this if you're with me! Have an awesome Friday.
Sending positive vibes to you all.
Photoshop tutorial- PS basics 3Photoshop tutorialsPhotoshop tutorial- PS basics 32 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I'm back with writing my journal tutorials for Photoshop. I didn't post any new journal tutorial in a while Now I also edited journal skin, so it'll be more appropriate for "Photoshop tips" Anyway, my previous tutorial you can check here. I'll describe some Photoshop basics for everyone who try to learn to use Photoshop. So in this article you'll find tutorials: Making selections, Customizing brush, Bevel & Emboss, Stroke. In this tutorial I used my painting Came From Hell, just to show you few things.
If you wish to see images in full resolution then simply click on the images below (they are big as my screen 1920 x 1080 px... OK I cropped bar below ). I used Photoshop CS6 here, so some things may be differ
New challenge! Get epic and win points! So here's a new challenge to keep you from getting bored this summerNew challenge! Get epic and win points! 5 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
A face variety challenge! (click the image to see the full challenge)
It's simple; fill the meme with 30 faces before the end of august and you're automatically in for the challenge.
Read the description under the blank meme. It contains tips, tricks and tutorials to get you started. Your style doesn't matter. Realism, cartoons, anime... it's all fine. It doesn't matter if you use digital or traditional art. It doesn't matter if you use lines, shading or color. Everything is fine as long as you have 30 different faces when you complete the meme, and you've learned a thing or two from it.
Don't forget to tag me (or the blank meme) when you're done, so it appears in my inbox and I know you're in.
Among the participants 3x 300 will be given away.
A Vulgar Motive(reposted from my blog)A Vulgar Motive3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Saw someone posting about how they've lost their motivation to draw.
The best motivation to draw is because you love drawing, but, as we age, outside opinions and internal anxieties start to present themselves. You may start worrying you don't draw as well as those people. Thinking 'I don't know if I can make a living drawing' or 'I have to get better.' These things can really mess any artist up, especially when your young and not getting the satisfaction from drawing you used to.
There's a reason for this and it's pretty simple; you used to feel better about drawing when you were a child because drawing was its own reward. As you drew more you probably got positive feedback from family and friends and that became important, reducing the importance of the inherent reward of drawing. You became 'that kid who could draw real good'. I was a part of your identity when you were starting to form who you thought you would be.
How do I find MY STYLE?I've gotten that question a bunch of times. Here's some thoughts on it:How do I find MY STYLE?4 years ago in Personal More Like This
As far as "Style" questions go, I dodge those like crazy. Honestly, I don't feel I have much of a style. I never have. I have an "adaptable" ability to draw like Disney, Nick, etc. Whatever I need to draw like for a given job. Within reason. Some cruder styles (like, say, a Mike Judge style) would be harder for me because its hard to break drawing rules you've been taught for so many years. Yes, I'd say some of my "Bancroft girls" have my style but its also kind of a Disney style. In my opinion there are two kinds of "style" artists: the ones that have a SUPER destinct style (like "Cheeks" or Jack Kirby) that have been drawing that way since the beginning and can't draw any other way, and the rest of us- whose style will evolve through the years based on work experiences and artistic influences. The latter won't have extremely strong styles but will be more adaptable to other styles. We tend to follow up
Manga Studio Walkthrough: Part 2- 3DNot to be attempted if you have less than 2GB ram or your pc WILL crash. It's hard to run on the minimum requirements but it is possible.Manga Studio Walkthrough: Part 2- 3D3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Carring on from yesterdays tutorial with panelling.
In the panel you intend to use for you building or 3D object use the tool shown in the red square. Options will appear though I hid mine for now to show you what the 3D plane looks like. When you select the tool click and drag to the borders of your panel.
Now the properties panel will open for what you wish to put in this area. This can range from guns to motor bikes to housing and city scapes. The best part however is that you can build your OWN 3D objects to place in here. I'm going to show you how to arrange in perspective, change to line art only or line art and toning. Before I go on this is for any trolls:
I am not endorsing cutting corners or showing how to be lazy. Manga studio allows you to be a one artist team. This is go
Liam Sharp 3.0 - True Talent Never RestsWatch depthRADIUSLiam Sharp 3.0 - True Talent Never Rests2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
August 16, 2013 / by $techgnotic
Liam Sharp was and is one of the most sought after comic artists in the business. After bursting on the scene by drawing the bestselling Marvel UK title of all time, Death Head II, he was back in America illustrating top line comics like Superman, Batman and Spiderman as well as special projects for people like Stan Winston. For anyone unfamiliar with his amazing work, his galleries can be found on deviantART. I recently got lost for an entire day perusing a single file of his Conan illustrations.
Gears of War Brumak issue 3
The Literature Community ExperimentThis is a typical example of a BeccaJS shower pondering! The idea of this is to try and bring together as many people as possible all in one journal, but not for the sake of making a big number, but to encourage interaction and share useful tidbits. We often say the "literature community" has drifted apart over the past few years and this is just one attempt to try get people to come back together. It's a little hippy, perhaps a far-fetched idea, which is why I am calling it an "experiment". This could be successful and could be a complete fail- only you guys and your efforts can decide its fate!The Literature Community Experiment3 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Wow! The response for this has been HUGE!!! Thank you so much all of you who have participated! Don't forget to add CRLiterature to your watch as well as replying to all these wonderful comments!
So you may be new to the literature side of deviantART, or you may be one of those long
Nostalgia Feature Welcome to the Nostalgia FeatureNostalgia Feature2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Hope you enjoy the feature, please feel free to favorite and or comment on any of these pieces of art, I'm sure they will be gratefully appreciative.
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There comes a time when we drift back to our pasts, we remember things that hurt, make us smile, laugh and sometimes make us feel emotions we thought where long gone.. However no matter what, the past has made us who we are today. I hope this feature brings back some of your memories and puts a smile on your face.