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Fan Art Law
Mon Sep 10, 2012 by techgnotic
t seems there’s nothing quite as dear to the hearts of many of our deviants as their production of fan art, and at the same time, there is nothing so knotted with legal and ethical headaches. Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but in the form of fan art it has also become one of the most frustratingly complicated. At some point, the sheer volume of fan art around a single property may become so large that the issue rises to another level of scrutiny by the creators of the original work.
With this dynamic in mind, we thought the following panel that Josh Wattles, our Advisor In Chief here at deviantART, and a mystery guest named Harold Smith, gave at Comic Con this year might be of immense help in understanding the ever evolving elements of fan art
Cthulhu is Still CallingWatch depthRADIUSCthulhu is Still Calling in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Cthulhu is Still Calling
Written By techgnotic
Having been thinking a lot about the origins of our globally held Dragon mythos in a recent article Reptilicus Infernicus, I couldn’t help but notice the Cthulhu legend was always lurking at the edges of my mind as I was researching the subject matter.
The Enemy at the Gates, the “Other”, forever lurking in the darkness and plotting an invasion most evil and an enslavement most hideous, is probably the original seminal “narrative” that was born when humans first acq
Mythical Cartography, The Artistry of MapsMythical Cartography, The Artistry of Maps in Art Features More Like This
:icontechgnotic: by techgnotic
"Scars can come in handy. I have one myself above my left knee that is a perfect map of the London Underground."—Prof. Albus Dumbledore
Early life becomes an exploration of invisible parameters, circles beyond circles, as one pushes out to test the boundaries of safety. There is one’s bedroom, one’s home, neighborhood, school and town, state and nation. Early on, maps become important documents – declarations of being and rights and privileges. In the art world, throughout history, maps have been a constant measure of human progress, from the Phoenecians recording their trade routes over 2000 years ago, or pre-Columbian times in which map
Begemott, A Gallery of Narrative DreamsJanuary 30, 2013by techgnoticBegemott, A Gallery of Narrative Dreams in Art Features More Like This
On Sundays by *begemott
A Gallery of Narrative Dreams
A magic of effective art can be a drawing that appears to be a movie still, clipped from a film narrative, evoking a powerful sense of storytelling— and the viewer wants to know the rest of the story. This phenomenon has recently manifested itself on deviantART— and in a big way— once again.
The Rock - Dwayne Johnson Paintingby *frankwyte81
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will produce a movie based on a drawing (“sweet Halloween dreams”) by deviantART digital artist begemott. The drawing depicts a tiny teddy bear with a tiny wooden sword and shiel
SuggestivismSuggestivismSuggestivism in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Birth of a New Category or Beginning of the End of Categories?
:icontechgnotic: by techgnotic
Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be another “ism” on the art world horizon, what with the growing accessibility of all
art technique and technology rendering all the “schools of art” equally available and doable and therefore making impossible the dominance
or even existence of any current art “movement” … comes “suggestivism,” the “ism” best summing up what art is in our lives today, defined
more by what it is not, rather than what it is.
"Suggestivist" art is not slave to any on
You're Not AloneYou're Not Alone in Art Features More Like This
“Sometimes we lay aside our own troubles when we wipe away another's tears.”
Is no longer alone
his life is not easy; a winding, sometimes whimsical, sometimes tragic journey that ultimately finds terminus in the same common destination for each of us. No matter the brave, fierce constructs we build and serve that would have us believe we are each one of us all alone as we make this journey, we make our way toward the end of all things side-by-side in our community of the living each day defying death. Our paths may be wildly divergent—the way of the hungry and impoverished traveling the same timeline with the grotesquely indulgent, the very best of us side-by-side with the most evil of us; but all headed for the same fate: dust. Ever
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J. Paul Getty - The Liberation of Masterpieces as Open Content
The J. Paul Getty Museum has initiated an Open Content Program to share, freely and without restriction, as many of the Getty’s digital resources as possible.
A first sharing of 4,600 high-resolution images of the Museum’s collection, including many masterworks, has just been made available and all are free to use, modify, and publish for any purpose.
In a brilliant stroke, the Getty Museum has liberated one of the top collections of art in the world not just for access but for use. The museum is literally “beaming up” the great works in its collection as living resour
Supercharge Your Profile Like the MastersSupercharge Your Profile Like the Masters in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
How toSupercharge Your Profile Like the Masters
Wed Sep 26, 2012 by techgnotic
ast week we published the video of Josh Wattles, makepictures Fan Art Law panel from Comic-Con. An educative, passionate and very enlightening conversation soon followed in the comments section. You can participate in that conversation here.
This week the superstars of deviantART panel will provide unique insight and advice for artists on the rise in the deviantART community.
Being a member of the deviantART community might be the most important support system a young artists could ever hope to have. That being said, there is also the problem of finding a way to stand out when surrounde
Dave Elliott, An Authentic CitizenWatch depthRADIUSDave Elliott, An Authentic Citizen in Art Features More Like This
A New Wind Lifts Storytelling
First imagined as a bedtime tale for his son by Kenneth Grahame in 1908, The Wind in the Willows has remained in the top twenty children’s stories ever since. But things have been getting weird out in the Willows, as the new comic on deviantART, Weirding Willows, will attest to.
Badger, Mole, Ratty and Mr. Toad are back… but they’re joined by Alice, Frankenstein’s Monster, Mowgli, The White Rabbit, Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny as they defend the world from the Wicked Witch of the West, Doctor Moreau, the Mad Hatter, Mister Hyde and the Queen of Hearts (not to mention the flying nightmare monkeys from Wizard of Oz.)
The new direction tak
Taking Your Art to The Next Level in 2015!Taking Your Art to The Next Level in 2015! in Art Features More Like This
Taking your art to the next level in 2015!
Duel of the fates
By :icontechgnotic: techgnotic
Famously said by many, “Ninety percent of success is showing up.” How true it is about a soul killing combination: looking at what our own first efforts in any endeavor, particularly art, result in, and then looking at the works of far more experienced artists. Giving up always seems the logical, if panicked,
Suggested art booksI've seen a lot of threads asking for book recommendations for artists. Here are some books that are recommended time and time again (particularly Bridgeman, Loomis, & Hogarth). Much of this list was copied from a post by Rebecca Kimmel on the cgtalk forum. Links lead to amazon.com where you can read a description and reviews of the books:Suggested art books in Personal More Like This
"Albinus on Anatomy", by Robert Beverly Hale and Terence Coyle - Dover Publications, publisher
"Artistic Anatomy", by Dr. Paul Richer - Watson Guptill, publisher
"Anatomy Lessons From The Great Masters", by Robert Bev
Finding Freelance work: pricing and self doubt!Why don't I get enough freelance work? Are my prices too high? I see these types of questions on Deviant Art a lot. Whether you are just starting out or you have been freelancing for a while, there is a good chance that you can improve your workload and income by applying a little bit of self confidence and assertiveness.Finding Freelance work: pricing and self doubt! in Personal More Like This
1) Don't wait for work to find you. Go find work. Read job ads. Find jobs that suit your skills. Also adapt your skills to match the jobs you find... That's very important. If you can provide a style or service that other artists can't match, that gives you an advantage. Make a list of freelancing sites and other sites with job advertisements. You can find some of them here: http://friendlyhand.deviantart.com/journal/#/d52v4i3 Keep track of which sites provide the BEST job leads for you and visit them regularly. Be prompt when applying for jobs. Some clients will take days to pick an artist but other clients will choose from the first few applicants.
Improving image composition!Sometimes the details of our illustration look great, but then when we step back and look at the composition... it's a little boring or muddy or crowded or our eyes wander away from the parts that looked so good up close... Where are our focal points? Why doesn't this illustration grab my attention and hold it? Composition can make or break a piece. Here are some links that show examples of good and bad compositions and describe why certain layouts are more successful than others. Various tips and rules are described and illustrated. I hope you'll enjoy these as much as I do.Improving image composition! in Personal More Like This
Composition in art as described by wikipedia (this link is a little boring): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Composition_%28visual_arts%29 you can skip to the good links below and come back to this one later if you want.
concept art composition tips with examples: http://www.cgsociety.org/index.php/CGSFeatures/CGSFeatureSpecial/phil_straub_composition_tutorial
23 pages of paintings and composi
FREELANCING TIPS: Good jobs and bad jobsThe world of freelance business is populated with all types of clients and artists. If you are a freelancer or a potential client, you will eventually start to recognize the early signs of good and bad job situations. There are some tips and notes below that may help you recognize these signs sooner and therefore improve your ability to connect successfully with good job partners. A client or artist will seldom display all of the good or bad signs described below. However, watching for the following list items may help you to assess a potential workmate as a good risk or a bad one BEFORE work begins. Similarly, if you strive to embody the positive characteristics listed below, they may help you to attract better clients/artists and engage in more successful and fulfilling partnerships.FREELANCING TIPS: Good jobs and bad jobs in Art Features More Like This
Good qualities in a DA CLIENT/ JOB AD:
Client seems polite and professional and reasonable.
Client knows what she/he wants and describes the work clearly.
Client displays good spelling, grammar an
Am I ready to start freelancing?Hi,Am I ready to start freelancing? in Art Features More Like This
I think that anyone with at least "good" artistic skill, and a willingness to work hard, can find enough art job opportunities to stay busy and bring in some money. (However, there is a lot of competition, here on DA, AND out in the real world, so you have to be ready to put some effort into it.) This particular discussion deals with commissions (finding clients who need art and providing that art... as opposed to creating a body of work and then trying to sell it.)
I earn my living as a freelance artist. Finding freelance work involves hours of work producing art, but also hours of work finding new jobs and corresponding with clients each week. It requires a certain amount of (artistic skill,) confidence, patience, organization, motivation, and perseverance. Some clients have a very clear vision for their project and can describe it well. Others are a bit disorganized or unmotivated requiring extra effort on my part (and some clients should just be avoided completely). Even if you
observation and imaginationTL;DR: Learn by drawing from real life, so you can more convincingly, creatively and beautifully draw from your imagination (and/or from life).observation and imagination in Art Features More Like This
Beginner artists often obsess about being unable to draw well from imagination. If you try to improve your art skills only by drawing from imagination, it may take you in some very interesting (or possibly frustrating) directions. If you want to draw realistically from your imagination, you should probably start your journey with many many hours of drawing from real life (and to a lesser degree photos and other resources.)
Artists who are searching for advice, sometimes regard the suggestions "practice" and "draw from life" as too simple, too boring, too vague, or somehow insulting or dismissive. However, for more experienced artists who are giving this advice, it may simply be the clearest and most obvious path to improvement. More specific guidance may not be be possible when what you need to improve is "everything". If y
Tips for smooth clean line artHi,Tips for smooth clean line art in Art Features More Like This
Is your line art shaky, wobbly, sloppy, fat, uneven or pixelated? The subject of clean line art comes up a lot so I've gathered together a number of tips from various DA members that may help you improve your line art. Some of the techniques described below may contradict other techniques described below so you may want to experiment and decide what works best for you. Most of these assume that you have a digital tablet. (Make sure your tablet drivers have been installed correctly. If your cursor is behaving erratically it may indicate a problem with your tablet or drivers.) Some posts have been edited for brevity or spelling:
"I developed my own technique. And it works quite well for me. It raised my Lineart cleanliness from 24% to 98%, yeah, really. Here is how I do it digitally when I'm not using a traditional sketch:
First a rough sketch, and I isolate it in its own layer then set its opacity to 50 or something near that value.
Then on the second layer
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 inspiration 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
PE: The Impact of Color1. - WHAT IS COLOR?PE: The Impact of Color in Art Features More Like This
Color is the aspect of things that is caused by differing qualities of light being reflected or emitted by them, as received by the human eye and processed by the human brain. It is a function of light and biology, not an exact science, no two people can see it exactly the same.
The human eye and brain together translate light into color. Light receptors within the eye transmit messages to the brain, which produces the familiar sensations of color. Newton observed that color is not inherent in objects. Rather, the surface of an object reflects some colors and absorbs all the others. We perceive only the reflected colors. Thus, red is not "in" an apple. The surface of the apple is reflecting the wavelengths we see as red and absorbing all the rest. An object appears white when it reflects all wavelengths and black when it absorbs them all.
"Colors are the deeds of light, its deeds and sufferings."
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
PE: Developing your personal styleDeveloping your personal stylePE: Developing your personal style in Art Features More Like This
You obviously love to create, you do it often and now the time has come when you realize that this is no fling, this is something you would want to do for the whole life. You can learn a lot about techniques from numerous sources, you can find the right audience on the internet but there is one thing nobody can help you with but yourself - how to gain a specific style of your own?
What is a personal painting style?
- It's an identifiable style that enables the viewer to determine that the artwork was done by you
- In some cases, your style can be viewed as an extension of your personality
How can one develop it?
- Developing your style takes time, time and time once again. Don't have the time? No style for you!
- It's not acquirable in an art class. While it can be helpful to study by an assistance of someone who's m
PE: Learning to paint with deviantArtA lot of people want to learn to draw and paint better but they just don't know where to start. You don't need an expensive art course to learn and progress, sometimes the answers are not far away. On DeviantArt, artists not only share their artworks but many of them are willing to share their working secrets, they create tutorials and FAQ journals or simply answer to your notes if you ask them. When you know what you want to improve, searching for a good tip gets even easier.PE: Learning to paint with deviantArt in Art Features More Like This
Improve your drawings & sketches
Improve your watercolor painting
Artist's Toolbox: Watercolor equipment IIArtist's Toolbox: Watercolor equipment II in Art Features More Like This
✿ Watercolor Equipment II - Additional Tools
In the first week of Artist's Toolbox, we discussed basic Watercolor Equipment such as paper, brushes and paints. Second week's article presents additional tools, equipment that some artists use to enhance their watercolor creations or just for the fun of it, however none of them is crucial to create a watercolor painting.
I divided these tools into two categories - those used to Create Highlights and those used to Create Textures. Bottom part of this article belongs to our watercolorists and their Personal Experience regarding additional tools.
Watercolor Techniques IIWatercolor Techniques IIWatercolor Techniques II in Art Features More Like This
Traditional Art Week at projecteducate continues! During Artist's Toolbox weeks, I've published articles dedicated to watercolor tools (Watercolor Equipment I - Basic Tools, Watercolor Equipment II - Additional Tools). Current series of articles is focusing on painting methods, previously published Watercolor Techniques I article can be found HERE. I sincerely hope these will motivate some of you to try something new and wish you all happy painting!
Wet-into-wet is another versatile and popular technique where watercolor, or water, is dropped onto a wet surface. This i
PE: Procrastination and Creativity Procrastination and CreativityPE: Procrastination and Creativity in Art Features More Like This
"You can't just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood.
What mood is that?
You are well-aware of the importance of this project, in fact you can't wait to get to it! Too bad you promised your friends to go for a drink, and then there's that movie. Also, your productivity is at its strongest at Midnight, first Tuesday after the Full Moon, starting earlier would be a waste of time. Make sure you are well-rested! After all, is there a better way to prepare yourself for a productive tomorrow than an enjoyable today?
Your diagnosis: Procrastination positive.
"Someday is not a day of the week."
PE: Dealing with a negative feedbackPE: Dealing with a negative feedbackPE: Dealing with a negative feedback in Art Features More Like This
"To escape criticism - do nothing, say nothing, be nothing."
Everyone wants to be praised for their work. It's the extremely rare individual who creates things and doesn't care how they're received. Dealing with criticism can be painful, but at the same time enormously helpful.
Let's begin with understanding the function that positive and negative feedback serve. Positive feedback (pointing out things you did WELL) increases commitment to the work you do, by enhancing your experience and your confidence, white Negative feedback (pointing out things you did WRONG), on the other hand, is informative - it tells you where you need to spend your effort, and offers insight into how you might improve.
With that being said, positive and negative feedback are affective and motivate differently, their impact varies from different peop
PE: 5 EXCUSES why you just can't do better!5 EXCUSES why you just can't do better!PE: 5 EXCUSES why you just can't do better! in Art Features More Like This
You really want to, you've worked hard to develop the skills you have and you enjoy every minute of doing what you love. And besides, people say that your artworks are...nice. Cute. Doesn't that count for something? Sure it does, there is no reason to panic and pointlessly push yourself forward. Enjoy your coffee break!
Besides, even if you didn't like the current level as much, there is absolutely nothing you can do about it at the moment. So many unfortunate happenings stand right between you and your dream. Recognizing any of the following?
1 - You don't have the time
You're right! After all, you are a human being, not a machine, waking up early every morning, heading to school/work, afterwards taking care of the household/kids/your homework, studying, you barely even finish all the tasks during the 24 hours that's been given to everyone.
On the other hand, is there absolutely
Weekly photo #002 Summer morning by EliseEnchanted gossamer by all17 Dancing Geisha III by strehlistisch Felis Metamorphosis by erynrandir Butterfly 2 by RalfPfaarPhotography A walk after dinner #21 by SylveryFox Wonderful life by iNeedChemicalX -Dialog without words- by Janek-Sedlar kociaki by efeline Her summer home by kittysyellowjacket Sunset from above Valbonnais by MaximeCourty Dulas-Shipwreck by CharmingPhotography Berlin Dome by INVIV0 The Boxer Mantid by djusa Midnight Travel by FedericoMeuli .: Lazy Kiki :. by Rare-Pearl Ascension by DanielZrno Poppy Party by thrumyeye Omnomnom by Tiefenschaerfe Fresh Mint and Chocolate Cake by claremanson Summer at Liff by Greg-McKinnon Green Surrounding by DapictureWeekly photo #002 in Art Features More Like This
Elfin Skimmer by Enkased The Green Cave by Nelleke hovering kingfisher by Jamie-MacArthur
3 by Ccbou Pink by bezag . . . by sandrawiklander sky under Berlin by siby Too Tall by PerAera Pinks and Whites by LashelleValentine longing for colors by disies summer by BaxiaArt Nature Heart by Kara-a Sunset on the beach 6 by FrancescaDelfino Dancin' in my dreams by mj-magic b12 by indojo rapunzel by SolMay Eclipse by insolitus85 -Hollow talk- by Janek-Sedlar Other Side by arayo
Proud mom by Thunderi Uluru II by schelly
Round #02 1200 points give away, winners announcedScroll down for the winners <3Round #02 1200 points give away, winners announced in Personal More Like This
More points to give away <3
10x100 points to 10 lucky deviants
2x100 points to 2 random deviants I choose that commented here <3
What you have to do is:
Fave this journal so I know you're in!
Good luck! I will pick the 10 winners (100 each) with random.org and 2 myself, 2x100 ) = 12 winners :3
Deadline: 7th January '13 same as my other points give away journal: http://fav.me/d5qdo8q < you may join both of course!
Much love from my piggies!
I want to thank Garficar for his donation of 200 points! <3
And also I want to say thank you for all the nice comments for Booboo
I'm sorry that I can't reply to every comment, but I do read them all
Weekly photo #003 Diana of Simba Iceberg by Katrin-Elizabeth newborn ragdoll kitten face by venomxbaby Renee by aufzehengehen i can't stop loving you by iNeedChemicalX _Le Siss. by Bloddroppe Ombrelle by Piscisvolantis The Lounge by Oer-Wout Dream the Last Dream by MarsiaMS A walk after dinner #22 by SylveryFox Serenity by SByrnesWeekly photo #003 in Art Features More Like This
Turkish summer by Piroshki-Photography Library by helios-spada Boat by SatriyoTeguh Oh, my God, I feel it in the air by deadlychris Sommerkind by FotosEingefangen Fragility of Life by AbandonedZone Sweet innocence by sailsire Cute little fox in the dunes by Aardbewoner What a nice bath by Allerlei 74 by Danaa96 Woods Fantasy by FlorentCourty Crawling Out of Bed by dalantech You Talkin' to Me? by alexgphoto Pair of elegance by Witoldhippie hidden away. by andreabecker Rolling Fields by JustinDeRosa :thumb388399751: Liam the Pit Pup by breanna-rae 5 Wf by jacroad6 Cuckoo wasp by melvynyeo In The Light by rctfan2 Three dogs in Switzerland by Rozowynos The Turtle by manaphoto have a bright day* by AlicjaRodzik Rainy Day. by andokadesbois Awesome Pose by djusa Hlynur by Lykketrollet84 Spider Web by pashia Learning to see by MaaykeKlaver In the Mood for Love by BluyStardust Magic-Tree by pr3liat0r Baltic's Sunset by vally5 Veil Velvet by ColinHSillerud Noctilucent Night by MikkoLagerstedt 20081108 6172 by metindemiralay White Sands III by j-ouroboros :thumb38
Weekly photo #005 6.8.2013: Cobweb by Suensyan -Mystic morning- by Janek-Sedlar Dancing Under the Blue Sky by Matthias-Haker Summer mood 10.14 by DorottyaS Hawaii, the life is beautiful by alierturk Willow Herb by FreyaPhotos Sunstruck by alexgphoto Palmerston Highway - Pin Gin Hill by Karleigh93 Pure nature by yuukona Hello Sun by Jemiyah Untitled by DarkcSpider Sun goes Down by Kara-a Pip by uglybug Crouching Tiger by idaniphotography Still alive by phalalcrocorax Everything is normal by EugenieA Summertime feelings by Deemax 074 by weelx Path by MikkoLagerstedt Journey by JanneO On the way to grow by phalalcrocorax :thumb391696519: Feel Light by Draken413o In focus by DorottyaS Josie by Hart-Worx Time of lovely flowers by Silvermoonswan color decay by christian-richter :thumb392396973: If I lay here ... if I just lay here ... by wind-princess UV Florescence Huntsman Spider by melvynyeo Uranium 235 by aarontyree Deserted Sanctuary XII by AbandonedZone Mdp 0792 8039 by metindemiralay Sweet by missmuffut Golden Dusk by PhotonForge Poem of umbrellas by Piroshki-Photography -Flaming tree- by Janek-Sedlar Beograd by Piroshki-PhotographyWeekly photo #005 in Art Features More Like This
Above the abyss by Menoevil rocks by windrides PAIN ILLUSION by puken Lone Leaf by shadowfoxcreative I'm here by Menoevil Say Hello to my litte friend by naked-in-the-rain Metamorphosis by AljoschaThielen
Weekly photo #004 sweet child o mine by SigitPutraSolo Meow by Iliketobeweird fold by Megson fairy tale by laura-makabresku Meditation by TammyPhotography 176.White snowball by Bulinko The shepherd by Amaltheea Untitled by FerBarchetta Reine from Reinebringen by jonpacker i am in the food by bonatua Chocolate Chip Granola Bars by Jedi-Dame Rise of an army by Piroshki-Photography Poem of the explosion by Piroshki-Photography Your thorns don't hurt by Vanilladisaster Common kingfisher - male by JMrocek Koelnbreinsperre by nische77 With catch by JMrocek Pingu - 2 by Pebels Isabell by aufzehengehen ~Enchanted Tomorrow~ by Isika On the road to Meiji Shrine by Pajunen :thumb390061411: Velvet worm says..... Give me a hug! by melvynyeo :thumb389725185: Playful alphas by Lupinicious My Name Is Green IV by JoannaRzeznikowska The Beauty of Decay by tgphotographer Grey Little Bunny by breanna-rae Untitled by hayzy The Old Man Of Storr by Nichofsky Sinking at Sunset II by mhmalali Sunset by AkaSling At the Top by GeorgeBraz After Rain by HAZEPINK Noctilucent Clouds by MikkoLagerstedt The Lighthouse by Michaelthien Shoreline by helios-spada Blackish by Michaelthien Entwine by FlabnBone Reflected Glory by helios-spada Jellyfish-2 by JoosieeWeekly photo #004 in Art Features More Like This
Cursing place by Akirahpaws :thumb389474768:
No More Worries by EintoeRn Way of the Wizard by Oer-Wout ___ by windrides :thumb390134267: :thumb39064
Giving away a 3INCH little Danbo /UPDATED!/Edit 09/08 And the winner of this Danbo give away is...Giving away a 3INCH little Danbo /UPDATED!/ in Personal More Like This
I give away one of my little Danbo's for free, just because I know how many people would like to get one. I'm not sure how yet. I think with random.org is the most fair way to choose one person. If you have a better idea leave a comment below. This give away starts Aug 1 and will end on Aug 8!
Who is Danbo? It's a carboard box robot made of plastic. He can move his head, arms and legs and his eyes can give light by turning on a switch. (see my pictures below)
What you have to do is:
Add this journal to your favourites so I know that you're in!
And that's it ♥
I'll send this 3 INCH tall Danbo in his original package to your address if you are chosen.
Good luck to everyone ♥
500 points give away, winners announcedScroll down for the winners <3500 points give away, winners announced in Personal More Like This
Booboo, my guinea pig, gives away 5x100 points to 5 lucky deviants. She wants to thank you for your support!
What you have to do is:
Fave this journal so I know that you are in!
Good luck! I will pick the 5 winners (100 each) with random.org
Deadline: 7th January '13
Lots of love from B00B00!
New points give away: < you may join both
I'm sorry that I can't reply to every comment, but I do read them all
Need brushes?After references, textures and faces, the time comes for brushes. All inspirational, all useful!Need brushes? in Art Features More Like This
Gimp Anim. Grass Brushes Set by LJFHutch
13 Blending and Texturing Brushes by god-headFree PS Grass Brushes 2 by s10889 Paint Splatter Brushes by Miss-deviantE:thumb335492192:
Bark brushes - Photoshop by Autlaw:thumb200310505:Velvetcat's Brush Set_2 by velvetcat
Old Paper Brushes III by lailomeielOrnamental Shapes - Brush Pack by SyaReal Media Mini Brush Set by StalcryBrushes Set 01 by Elsouille
Border Brush 3 by wantingtobreakfreeAntique Lace Brushes by Scully7491My watercolor brushes by muttiy
Lace brushes by Myruso:thumb276107668:Grunge Corner Brush Pack by midnightstouch
PE: Taking care of your drawingsTraditional Art WeekPE: Taking care of your drawings in Art Features More Like This
There are countless tutorials on drawing, painting or anything else you fancy to create, but how about taking care of the finished picture? Here you might find a bunch of useful tips on how to take care of your drawing (taking care of paintings will be explained another time).
It's usually similar for the most kinds of media you might have used - as long as it's waterproof, fixative or hair spray will be enough. Some specific tools, such as ballpoint pens or some kinds of non-waterproof ink, might smudge during spraying and even more afterwards, so it's not recommended to save them that way.
Fixative or hair spray?
There are many opinions on both of them. Here are, however the facts: fixative is much more expensive than hair spray, it usually stinks awfully, and is considered the "pro" way to preserve the picture (uh oh). H
Need textures?We had a feature of drawing references yesterday, so let's take a look at textures now. I must admit that I'm a total freak when it comes to this topic. I love textures, I love making them and I love seeing them everywhere. In this feature I'll also include some tutorials, traditional and digital, so you could learn how to make some on your own.Need textures? in Art Features More Like This
Metallic Green Textures by Gypsy-Stock
Old Paper Texture Pack by nevermoregraphixold paper stock 03 by ftouriniWood Texture by TammySueSeamless desert sand texture by hhh316
yellow texture by raregirl86yellow cracks texture by ftourini-stockold map by Meltys-stockYellow fabrics by 10grams-stock
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Watercolour tutorialsAt Traditionalists, each month is dedicated to one traditional medium - July is for watercolour. Here's a collection of 32 very nice and well made watercolour tutorials and tips.Watercolour tutorials in Art Features More Like This
Everyone can contribute and post their own journals! How to take a part: simply send a note to Traditionalists and tell us what would you like to write about (or what art would you like to feature). We'll provide any needed help (including spell-check).
Watercolor paper Guide by jane-beata Watercolor Techniques by JoJo-Seames Watercoloring tips by dodostad
PE: Traditional Art Week Wrap-upTraditional Art WeekPE: Traditional Art Week Wrap-up in Art Features More Like This
And this concludes the Traditional Art Week at projecteducate. We presented you a handful of very nice articles and we hope you found here something that will help you to improve your art and how you present it. Huge thanks to all the contributors. The next Traditional Art Week will take place in March, and here you can notify us if you'd like to participate. Stay in touch with Traditionalists hub!
Traditional Art Week
AM: Introduction by STelari
PM: How to Use Masking Fluid by Agaave
AM: A Brief Discussion about Tonal Contrast by Goodnight-Melbourne
PM: Collaborations by crazyruthie
Pencil tutorials At Traditionalists, each month is dedicated to one traditional medium - September is for pencils. Here's a collection of 20 very nice pencil tutorials and tips.Pencil tutorials in Art Features More Like This
Tutorial: How to draw hair by Cataclysm-XTutorial: Shading and Blending by Cataclysm-XTutorial: Drawing Materials by Cataclysm-XTutorial: female lips by Cataclysm-Xstubble tutorial by Svera
How to Draw Nostalgically by RaindropmemoryDraw Clouds by Diana-HuangTree tutorial 1 - a branch by yezoosTutorial: how to draw noses by Cataclysm-X
Five Key Elements of a Great RoutineInterview by Flynn RingroseFive Key Elements of a Great Routine in Personal More Like This
is to wake up hours before your day job begins and spend that time doing your own stuff. This is very effective, but it’s difficult to keep up with because it often means you have to get up at 4:00 or 5:00 in the morning and that’s especially difficult in the Winter when the Sun isn’t even up at those times!
This is great because, one, you’re beginning the day doing a hard thing which makes you feel good because you started off with something challenging. Two, when you get up hours before work and do your own art, you’ll see results, that you created something, and that makes you feel even more productive. Why give your best hours, and this is weird to say, but why give your best hours to your job? Why not give it to yourself which will in turn, benefit your job?
don’t do emails until the afternoon. If you email them in the morning, then they might respond to you in
7 tips for the 21 year old me7 tips for the 21 year old me in Personal More Like This
7 TIPS FOR THE 21-YEAR-OLD ME by Bobby Chiu
When I was a student in college working on my skills as a character designer, I’d had periods where I would sit at my desk working as hard as I could but having little to show for my efforts at the end of the day. I remember sitting there surrounded by blank pieces of paper, trying to come up with an amazing style that nobody had ever seen before. I would do one drawing and not be satisfied, so I would lay a new piece of paper over it, re-draw it with slight changes to features here and there. This would still not be good enough so I would put another piece of paper over my revision, make more minor adjustments trying to perfect this new style I was searching for.
I did this for weeks on end, tweaking and polishing over and over, working hard every day. But in the end, did I come up with a brand new style, something amazing that
Tutorial: Backlit Sunset Scene with Nathan Fowkes:iconnathanfowkesart: NathanFowkesArtTutorial: Backlit Sunset Scene with Nathan Fowkes in Personal More Like This
Environment Artist Nathan Fowkes is now on DA! This is one account I recommend everyone to follow.
Nathan Fowkes' film credits include:
Prince of Egypt
Legend of Puss in Boots
How to Train Your Dragon
... just to name a few
Here's a really great tutorial from Nathan Fowkes on how to paint a backlit sunset scene en plein air
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 goals 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
Video Tutorial. Painting Hair in 7 StepsShort tutorial I put together. Let me know about future topics you'd like to see!Video Tutorial. Painting Hair in 7 Steps in Personal More Like This
How Your Environment Affects Your ArtA Discussion with Bobby Chiu by Flynn RingroseHow Your Environment Affects Your Art in Personal More Like This
A lot of people who email in live in circumstances or with people that don’t support their art. What do you think about that?
The first thing is families. Some people don’t have supportive families, and some are too supportive. I’m sure we all have our stories. So you want to look out for yourself and ask, “Is my environment healthy for my growth?” You want to make sure that you’re surrounding yourself with other hungry artists.
For me, in the very, very, very beginning, it was just my brother, Ben and I in our parent’s basement. That was not a good environment because I was living with my parents. Which isn’t necessarily bad, except your parents might think, “Bobby’s home, maybe he would like to take out the trash, or mow the lawn, or whatever.”
When we all start
5 LevelsI've spoken as guest speaker a number of times over the years (come visit me at SCAD Atlanta in January). While I'm not the best or most patient teacher, I think my strength is my pragmatic and blunt approach to the business side of comics. In order to help the students think of a "5 YEAR PLAN" (more on that in an upcoming post), I'll often break down the different page rate levels of comic book artists as a way to help analyze the playing field of our industry. If there's a ladder to success, what's wrong with defining each rung? I imagine such a breakdown helpful for moving up in most any industry, not just comics.5 Levels in Personal More Like This
Here are the 5 LEVELS of comic artists as I see them--NOT based on talent but on page rates, popularity, and the prestige of the titles the artist works on. You might define them differently or have more than just 5, but I find that less-is-more when it comes to people being able to retain information.
Portfolio tipsAfter my last update I've gotten notes from people wanting more in regards to portfolios. Again (to cover my ass), these are only my opinions. There aren't any absolute truths for a good portfolio when shopping around for editors. Essentially a good portfolio is one that shows off your abilities in the best ways possible and hopefully helps you make an impression on an editor.Portfolio tips in Personal More Like This
1. The less the better.
Editors are bogged down at cons looking through a lot of portfolios. When they open up your portfolio they'll size you up in about 5 seconds on your first couple of pages: good or bad. I suggest only 5 pages of sequential art showing a CONNECTED story of some kind, not bits and pieces of things you did over the years and certainly NO PIN-UPS. Having a ton of crap in your portfolio won't change their mind but it will waste their time. 5 pages is more than enough for them to see whether you're ready or not (in their
GraysLast week when I said that I wouldn't be doing con sketches of copyrighted characters, I had no idea that the news would get the coverage that it did. But seeing as how I helped poke the hornet's nest--and having taken the time to read the opinions of readers and other artists--I feel like it would be helpful if I responded to help clarify what's been happening.Grays in Personal More Like This
First off, I think that what happened regarding this issue highlighted the BEST of our industry. I'm thrilled with the results, although I don't find Marvel's statement reassuring (more on that later). When we learned that Marvel was pursuing the $17,000 from Friedrich, we came together as concerned professionals and fans and managed to affect the situation. Even though we disagreed, at least we weighed out the options. And we even came together to set up funding to help out Friedrich. With the use of Twitter, blogging, and proper action from the media outlets, w
5 Year Plan*Because I'll be teaching in about a week at SCAD, I've been thinking a lot about what to tell the students. And I wrote it out so that I could solidify it in my head. This stuff is for younger artists mostly, so feel free to skip.5 Year Plan in Personal More Like This
When I spend time with another comic artist, sometimes I'll ask, "What's your 5 year plan?" In other words, what steps is he taking in order to gain control over his career in order to move up the ladder? Usually I don't get much of an answer.
The reason I think many comic artists aren't forward-thinking has to do with the way our industry is set up. Whether by conscious design or through the neglect of its participants, younger freelancers get into a habit of complacency while hoping for a chance to suckle from the teet of a major publisher. Waiting around for a career doesn't promote the idea of freelancers taking active control of their OWN careers.
If I had to sum up the 5 Year Plan
5%If you're reading this now, it means you're roughly in the 5%. Most people who go online to read about comics will end up reading previews and "top 10" lists--subjects we all, or course, enjoy. But the articles/blogs that critically analyze our industry are usually only read by two types: people in the biz whom are affected by this stuff, and the few readers who are interested in reading more than word balloons when it comes to comics.5% in Personal More Like This
And I'm not knocking people who don't care to read these articles. All readers are contributing to the industry with their buying power, and I'm thankful for them, even if they're not in the 5%. I admit, if I had a normal 9-5 job and a boss that was kicking my ass 5 days a week, I might not have the tolerance for these sorts of articles either.
That being said, I think we need more of these articles/blogs written from different points of view--more from creators especially. The 2010s will likely be r
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 Tips 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
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 work 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
Taking your art to the next level in 2015!I am taking my art to the next level in 2015, who's with me?Taking your art to the next level in 2015! in Personal More Like This
I want to fall in love with art all over again. Going through the painful process of growth as the art-bones stretch and your creativity get's set loose after wondering if you had any creativity at all!
2015 marks a new year and a new start, make the most of it and don't start it unprepared!
Here follows a list of things I'd like to do in 2015. You could call it a bucket-list. You can copy mine or make your own, but this might give you some ideas for yourself.
1. Going through all the fundamentals all over again.
It has been a few years that I studied any fundamentals and they seem to be lost somewhere in a dusty corner of my brain. I will buy: Books, video's, classes and study it by drawing or painting the knowledge I get from this. After doing so I will discus the topics with some fellow artist friends and see if they have feedback or perhaps anything to add that I might have missed.
Here is a
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. 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
Fast lane to becoming a better artist.I often get this very question: How did you get this good this fast?Fast lane to becoming a better artist. in Personal More Like This
Now as I consider myself not being as good as people tell me, even struggling quite often with being an artist in general.
I do know how to get better and how to reach it fast. I'm still growing as I go and it's the main thing that keeps me going.
You need to get into the right mindset and the rest will follow. With the rest I mean:
3. Positive energy.
4. The NEED to draw.
Seeing growth in your work gives you the courage to work harder. You know that feeling when you're just about done with an image
and feel like this image is better than your last one, that great feeling. Use it!
Do studies! Lots of them!! Make film shot studies, live object studies, master-painting studies. They will teach you a lot about composition, lighting, colors, shapes storytelling etc.
You will hardly notice that you are learning thing
The 5 bullshit myths of concept art.Concept art is getting bigger and bigger. More people know what it is nowadays, it gets shown in the media more often and more books get released. This automatically results into more people wanting to become concept artists. So many artschools are now creating special courses all towards game art or concept art. (Game art can also include UI design, 3D modeling etc.).The 5 bullshit myths of concept art. in Personal More Like This
Yet it is a fairly new thing to most people and the idea of "becoming a concept artist" has grown rapidly over such a short time that a lot of people who are new to it seem to get a lot of misguide info. I am going to try to list this misguided info and direct you to the correct info.
(Again I would always advise you to do your own research and form your own knowledge and not just simply agree with what you read online, not from anyone, not from me. Even though i'm right .. ofcourse. *wink *wink )
PE: Photoshop Brush PrimerPhotoshop: BrushesPE: Photoshop Brush Primer in Art Features More Like This
There are a plethora of brushes available to you on photoshop. This guide will explain different brush settings, as well as how to install different brush packs here on deviantART. This guide is for pressure sensitive pen tablets. It is going to be much easier to do things with a tablet. Ones by Wacom are good, and you can get a bamboo for under 99$ USD.
Basic Brushes in Photoshop
It's important to stick with default ones to learn all the settings. You can do so many things with the hard round brush.
Bring up your brush palette in one of the following ways. (note I am in CS3, so the icons will look much older, but same thing. )
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PE: How to embed thingsWritten by Astrikos for projecteducate's community week.PE: How to embed things in Art Features More Like This
You may have noticed GIFS and hot things in people's journals and profiles.
With HTML and CSS, you can add some hotness to your journals and profile.
Pretty neat, yes?
Embedding Images and GIFs
Images on dA can easily be linked with thumbcodes.
While on a deviation page, all you have to do is scroll down and look right until you see:
Copy and paste the thumb code.
And if you want it bigger:
And bam. There you are.
If that's not good enough, you can play around with the size like this.. .
<da:deviation width="Number" id="deviationID">
It's the thumbcode number without thumb in it...
Trying it out...
PE: Free + Open Source Art ProgramsThere are plently of art programs out there, but many cost money to buy. This article aims to help you find a free or open source altneratives to paid art programs.PE: Free + Open Source Art Programs in Software Reviews More Like This
The following programs are alternatives to digital painting programs like Paint Tool SAI and Corel Paintshop Pro.
Krita is a great program that is actively developed and has a plethora of features. The brush engine in particular is really nice. Similar to GIMP & Photoshop, Krita does more than just digital painting. You can do things like photomanipulation, and it offers a variety of file formats and templates to experiment with. Because there are so many features, the learning curve is going to be higher than with something like SAI, but since it's well laid out and gorgeous, you should be able to paint gorgeous stuff in no time.
Keep in mind, Krita uses a lot of RAM & CPU, and you might need a graphics card to keep the pro
PE: Importance of AnatomyThe importance of anatomy.PE: Importance of Anatomy in Art Features More Like This
Understanding anatomy is crucial to many aspects of your art.
You'll notice that anatomy is essential for drawing. It becomes difficult to accurately draw a complex pose, or even a simple one, if you don't understand what's under all that skin or fur, or even bark. Knowing how everything fits together is important.
Once you notice where that certain muscle is, shading and form become much more accurate and more natural. Knowing why the nose and eyes fall where they do make it much easier to draw from memory, and nail that natural look you were going for.
Learning the anatomy of the subject you're going to draw is quite important, and will definitely help you on several levels.
It's also easier to drawing sequences of movement. One will know what connects to what, and how they move. What is possible, and what isn't. (Range of motion)
Drawing people and other animals can be intimidating. Once you have a solid foundation, it's much easier
Best video resources for digital artistsLearning the theory without any practice is incredibly pointless when it comes to art. No book, no lecture and no video will ever teach you how to paint if you won't find the time for creating something yourself.Best video resources for digital artists in Art Features More Like This
On the other hand, doing everything alone and without any instructions is the longest and hardest way of achieving anything. What's worse it doesn't guarantee you success.
Through the last couple of years I've been painting, I've learned that the best way for me to learn to paint is to copy techniques of people who know what they're doing. There's no better way doing it than watching videos with commentaries. That's why today I thought I'd share with you some great lectures, tutorials and demos I've found on youtube. Below you'll find a list of the best YT channels and samples of videos. Go and subscribe for more great vids!
Official channel of FZD School of Design which is considere
A small talk about pricing your artYou're creating art. You have the passion, you have the skills. Why not make some money out of it then? It's a good idea, right? A lot of people live from creating art, and even more earn some money on the side by taking commissions. You should give it a shot!A small talk about pricing your art in Personal More Like This
So... How much money is your art worth?
It's a hard question to answer for those who are just starting their adventure with selling and creating art for money. Is its worth equal to the price of the materials you used? Is it equal to the value of the time you've spent on creating it? What about the emotional value you put into it? Should your education influence your prices?
No matter if art is your job, hobby or a pastime, you should never undervalue it. In this article I will try to give some tips as to how assess the value of your artwork and touch the problem of too low prices.
We're in it for the money.
Let's be honest - if you're reading this then you probably want
Tutorials and techniques 2It's time to refresh the tutorial journal! Added some new ones and removed those which, after some time, I found a bit misleading.Tutorials and techniques 2 in Art Features More Like This
Below you'll find a list of tutorials I personally think of as the best on dA. If I have any problems with painting something I usually take a look at one of those.
Is there anything you're having troubles with? Need help looking for a good tutorial? Or maybe you'd like to see a video walk-through of me painting something?
I'm open for suggestions for what kind of tutorial/walk-through you'd like to see from me. If you're interested in anything, post your suggestions in the comments!
Poses, composition and perspective
Expressions and emotions
Colour theory, selection and mixing VS light
Blending Tutorial by acidlullaby :thumb146178
Tutorials and techniquesQuite a lot of people keep asking me for tutorials and to be honest I see no point in creating yet another strip on how to paint skin/clothes/light/carrots/whatever. There are so many of them out there that it would be simply a waste of time to sit and basically copy what's already been told.Tutorials and techniques in Personal More Like This
Instead, I've decided to make a compilation of different tutorials and charts that I personally use to learn how to paint.
The most important thing you need to learn even before starting to read a tutorial is that all walk-throughs are meant for you to understand how things work. My point is that after reading and later practicing a tutorial called 'how to paint a glass duck' you should be able to paint not only a glass duck but also anything else made of glass. You should concentrate on understanding the rules and patterns instead of trying to copy what you see on the image. Otherwise you'll end up knowing how to paint only a few things from only one perspective and one lightning pattern.