How to kill an Art BlockOkay. This is Tutorial of how to kill an art Block.
(Update 2013! New Tactics! Less Typos!)
There are three ways to kill an Art Block.
The Idol Tactic
Find an Artist who is better than you, a kinda Idol to you.
Now walk through His/her gallery and view the Artwork. But don't only view it, analyze it. Think of how he/she might have drawn it and think of where and why the strokes are like the strokes are. Though its Eeevuhl and forbidden on this lovely site, tracing helps a lot, too. (Just make sure to burn it with fire after you did) But also there, not only trace the outlines. Try to reconstruct the guidelines which used to be there at the beginning. Split the picture in shapes, like the way you read in drawing books, just backwards. That really helps a lot improving, too!
PRO: -you get better after the Art Block is gone.
Contra: -Its booooring. And well, keep in mind how tracing is evil.
The Extremeness Tactic
This one is funny, and my favorite.
Draw where and ho
Deviations via Notes!Hints & TipsMore Like This
Did you know there is a super easy way to send a piece to a fellow deviant via note? Sending notes are great ways of getting in touch with deviants who may not be signed on at the same time as you and are more private than posting directly on someone's page. As long as sharing is enabled on a deviation, this tip can save you a little bit of time!
Check out the top right of this deviation page. See that "Note" button? Click it! This widget will pop up:
And there you go! The image is automatically inserted into a note. Just pick out the recipient, write up your message, and send it off! This feature is great for sending quick notes without having to leave the deviation page.
Hints & Tips is a new series of articles here at projecteducate designed to bring you short, concise articles that give you some great artistic advice. To check out previous articles in the series follow this
5 ways to be more positiveDear, deviantart fellow artistsMore Like This
How to reach the happiness, how to have and maintain the positivity in our creative lives?
It's not an easy thing to stay positive all time. Trust me, I know... so here are some of my thoughts about the topic and I hope that they might be helpful.
1. Get away from negative people
Stay away from those who don't believe in you, who only show up in your lifes when they need something. As mentioned in the latest journal by DamaiMikaz - some people are just pretending to be your friends in order to use you or your skills (don't let them). Be aware of those who are trustworthy and it's said that "person will become the average of their five closest friends".. so be cautious and surround yourself with like-minded people, ones who support an
How To Write - And Love ItDarling Mionette'sMore Like This
How to Begin To Write
Welcome to my tutorial on how to start writing. This tutorial isn't going to teach you the rules of grammar, or punctuation. Let's face it there is a plethora of such tutorials already out there. Instead, this tutorial is going to teach you the tools you can use to get a head start on writing.
You Are a Writer
First things first: acknowledge that you are already a writer. What? You're not? You could have fooled me. Let's face it; from the moment we're born, we're unwittingly taught to become writers. Language is one of the first tools we learn, and along with that, story telling. You may have never sat down and written a full-length novel, but I assure you, you are a writer.
Throw Out Your How-To Guides
The first thing you should do when you want to begin writing is throw out every dictionary, thesaurus, and writing guide you've ever owned. (Well put it away anyhow). I've found that one of the bigg
The Dreaded 2nd DraftDarling Mionette'sMore Like This
A Writer's Guide To The Second Draft
Oh noes. Let those be my first words in this tutorial. Now that I've gotten that out of my system, may I never mutilate the English language in that manner again. Welcome to my tutorial on the dreaded "Second Draft" of creative writing. If you've read my other tutorial (How to write - and love it), then you're well aware of why I call this the dreaded second draft, but if you haven't, then let me explain: I am a firm believer that all editing in creative writing should be left to the second draft. The first draft, should remain edit-free so as not to stem creativity.
Going into this tutorial, I am making the assumption that at this point, you have finished your first draft completely (from beginning to end) and now have a finished (albeit in need of editing) novel sitting in front of you. If you don't, don't worry, most of the information in this tutorial can still be applied. So, for those of you who haven't finishe
A Writer's Guide: Naming CharactersWhen it comes to writing novels, names often get overlooked in the grand scheme of things. Most of us are happy if we can tell who is talking and we can remember the character’s names for the entirety of the book, but bad names can ruin a book. I don’t know about you, but when I get a hold of a book where the main character’s name is a comical 20-character tangle I can’t pronounce, it ruins the book for me. It’s hard to take a book, or a character, seriously when you want to roll your eyes every time you read the narrative.More Like This
In this article I’ve compiled a list of things to consider when naming a character for a novel, and though it’s pretty simple, I hope it serves to help someone in their future endeavors to name a character. Most of this is common sense, but it’s often easy to forget these little tidbits of wisdom when you’re busy trying to figure out if your character makes a better Ashley or a Paige.
Getting a S
A Writer's Guide: Believable CharactersI know a lot of you out there are aspiring-writers (I’m one myself!) and sometimes we get so caught up in this “must publish!” attitude that we get lost in our stories along the way. Sometimes there comes a point when we stare at our half-finished novel and say “I’m stuck. “ Usually these moments happen when we don’t know where we’re going next with our story, and usually that’s because somewhere along the line we’ve strayed off the path and we aren’t quite sure how to get back.More Like This
One of the things that you may find helpful if you’ve never done it before is to take a really in-depth look at your characters and the world they live in. Characters are really the backbone of our stories. You can carry an entire story on the shoulders of a character without much plot (memoirs anyone?), but you can’t carry a plot without some great characters. So, to help you guys out, I wanted to write an article on things you shoul
Words To Avoid"Words To Avoid In Creative Writing"More Like This
We've all heard there are some no-no words in creative writing - these are words that you want to avoid "at all costs" some people say, but do you know which they are, and why you should avoid them? Well, I didn't the first time I saw a list of "words to avoid", and not surprisingly, a lot of people who write these lists don't know why either. (I know, SHOCK! GASP! just because someone wrote a guide doesn't mean they know what they're talking about.)
So, this morning I went on a word-finding spree to find these "word lists" and find out WHY I was supposed to avoid these words - and more importantly, HOW. This guide will explain what I discovered.
WARNING: Quite often in this guide I am going to use words I say you shouldn't. Do as I say, not as I do. I address one problem at a time so as not to confuse people, so yes, some of my examples will have several mistakes in them even if I only address one of those mistakes.
Writer's Tip: Writing Effective SentencesSentences—if the plot is the backbone of a story, then sentences are the muscles and tendons keeping it glued together. Unfortunately, writing solid sentences isn’t easy for everyone. As Human beings, we don’t speak the same way we write. Unless you do a lot of writing, you may have trouble putting together even the simplest of sentences. The last time you took a good look at a sentence and broke it down into its individual parts was probably around 3rd grade. Don’t worry—I’m here to help.More Like This
There’s More Than One Type of Sentence
There are (roughly) four different types of sentences, and we’re going to get into each of the different types (with examples!).
Simple Sentences – This is a sentence in its truest form. A simple sentence is the statement of a single idea in a direct, clear way. Most simple sentences contain less than 20 words, but it is best if you keep your word count aver
Writer's Tip: Show, don't tell.Show, don’t tell (SDT). It’s one of the few consistent pieces of advice that all writers have heard at one time or another. Even the most amateur of writers parrot it back, but knowing the phrase doesn’t necessarily mean that we understand it, or how to implement it.More Like This
So what does “Show, don’t tell.” really mean? SDT is the idea that instead of telling your readers what’s happening in a story, you show them. This seems like an abstract concept to most of us, but what it boils down to is this: using words to give your readers an idea without having to directly state it. There are many ways good writers do this. It can be as simple as adding a scene for when your character walks down the street to the corner market rather than saying “she went to the store.” but it can also be as complicated as weaving subtext into dialogue and editing entire character personalities to prove a point down the line. I want to look at two example
Becoming a Better Digital ArtistHello people,More Like This
I've been asked many times about how to draw or paint and where to find tips and tutorials about it.
I, as a self-taught artist, have struggled a lot trying to learn and understand how to draw well and do digital painting. So I decided to put on a series of journals on this topic providing tips and resources, hoping that it can be useful for anyone who is willing to become an artist.
This series focuses mainly on digital art, but most of the principles can be applied to traditional art as well. This is not a training course, so please don't expect me to give you an in-depth look to it. Just take it as a collection of resources.
I have found most of what I've learned on YouTube and the internet, therefore I will provide many links to pages and channels related to what I'm talking about.
Click on the links below to go to the desired part.
Part I: Introduction
Through The Lens #13 ~ Mastering CompositionArguably the most important challenge that faces every artist is that of mastering composition. Artists spend their entire life experimenting with different compositional tools in order to achieve desired effects. Throughout the academic history of art various books and theories have been written about principles and elements of design. The following list is not comprehensive and may vary from other lists that are out there, but I attempted to compile the most useful list of compositional ideas that I could with photographic examples of each of the ideas. Sometimes as artist we can spend so much time on technique and subject matter, that the basic composition of the piece we are trying to create gets overlooked. These powerful compositional tools not only help us to create more cohesive and complex art but they also help us to speak about art. Using the universal language of design, we can communicate with other artist in a seamless and direct way. My hope with this article is thMore Like This
OK everyone, let's review tracing real quickYou've all seen it and it's going around; http://zilleniose.tumblr.com/post/73465931014/warning-to-all-deviantart-usersMore Like This
Someone get's their work traced and the offender changes it juuuust enough, that the admin says it's different enough that it doesn't infringe on the original artists rights (basically). Which technically is true....it doesn't infringe on legal rights. (Cue giant gray area)
However I do have a strong opinion on this, and I'm not too shy to share it;
If you do this, if you trace other artwork (without permission), add and adjust a few things then upload it online claiming you made it 100% - please stop. Don't do that. When you do that it's completely disrespectful to the original artist. It's frustrating, and it can be hurtful.
I will have more respect for an artist that barely has enough grasp on anatomy to draw someone sitting in a chair, than I will for someone that traced and claims it as their own.
However, tracing for practice or persona
A Guide to Developing an artistic styleMore Like This
Hi! This is Chivi-chivik M@ngaka and I'll show you how to develop an artistic style!
NOTE 1: Sorry for my English and any typo I've probably made.
NOTE 2: If I forgot something, please tell me!
NOTE 3: This might not apply to you, specially if you have your own style already and you're content with it.
Many artists, specialy the amateur or grown-up ones want to develop their own style ASAP. Reasons can vary, the most common one being 'I want mine to be unique!'. Okay, I'll tell you some tips so you can get to do it!
I've seen plenty of this kind of tutorials and guides, and I'm sure you have, but I think I have to write mine, there are plenty of things nobody says...
Anyway, let's start!
Which are the styles you like the most? Which are your references?
In my case, during my childhood, I've watched a lot of Animes and American/European cartoons of all ages (yup, of ALL ages), and they have showed me plenty of styles (for the moment my fa
LET'S GET FOLDINGLET'S GET FOLDINGMore Like This
Many times a friend or a deviant has said to me, "oh I could never fold origami, I'm not gifted that way", but it's just not true! As part of projecteducate's Artisan Crafts week, I'm going to show you how simple it is to find and fold something gorgeous and to present it well to your internet audience.
With just a little inspiration and a bit of patience, ANY one of us could fold something absolutely lovely. So what are you waiting for?? Let's get folding!
1) BE INSPIRED
First of all, you need to figure out what you want to fold. You need inspiration from looking at gorgeous origami, from admiring nature and the world around, or maybe it'll just hit you like a random lightning bolt. We are super privileged to have many experienced and skilful origamists on dA, many who create their own models from scratch. From persona
WinterPart IMore Like This
In the winter the
hang low somewhere
in my stomach
and the snow flurries
around my feet and
frost crackling across,
The northern wind
spirals through my lungs,
and I leave
winter storms swirling
as I walk amidst
the fallen stars.
I look at you and
suns burst to life
in your heart,
trail snow drifts
along your hip bones
and my lips
between your thighs.
When I leave,
grey clouds give way
you watch me
in my wake.
PE: Tutorials for Growing Manga ArtistsBackgroundMore Like This
Cloud Tutorial Part 1 by yuumei Cloud Tutorial Part 2 by yuumei Grass tutorial by Sadir89 Grass brush settings - tutorial by ryky water tutorial by kuro-mai water splash tutorial by Caucasian-eagle Easy Water tutorial by ryky Water on the Beach - Tutorial by Okami-Rain Waves Tutorial by B1nd1 Background Tutorial 2 by Tervola 3D background Tutorial by yuumei Background Tutorial Section 2 by Mireielle Cloud Tutorial by Dea-89
For Anime and Manga backgrounds you can use the regular Digital Art and Traditional Art tutorials based on backgrounds.
Hand Tutorial -Tips+Reference- by Qinni Foot tutorial by shingworks +TUTORIAL-Feet drawing guide+ by goku-no-baka + Tutorial - Hands + by goku-no-baka Feet Reference by Ninjatic Hands Reference I by Ninjatic Hands Reference II by Ninjatic
Why You Should Still Be Experimenting As we began our trek into the world of art most of us spent a decent amount of time experimenting to find our niche.More Like This
But for many artists, once they find their place and style they often stop listening for any other callings.
What Exactly do You Mean by "Experiment".
Trying new things - of course we should experiment and text our tools, that's one of the first steps to becoming an artist in learning what you're working with and how to use your resources and tools to produce the best outcome for your art. What this article is about however is going outside your style and technique.
Why Should You Experiment?
Experimenting is a crucial part of learning. It's also a giant piece of expanding, improving and adding to what you already have. Imagine if the first thing you created was all you ever did. I'd be taking photo after photo of the sunrise: two problems with that are I'm not a mining person
Be An Active Watchee We all want active watchers; people that comment on our deviations and add them to their favorites. That get involved in whatever projects we have going on, polls we post or anything else. Active watchers are awesome and we're lucky to have them. But are you an active watchee?More Like This
Some people return watches, some people don't. However you do it, a big key to have active watchers for most of us is to be active in return! But what is an active watchee?
Being an active watchee isn't really that hard, it's just boils down to being involved with your watchers and being part of their deviantART experience too. They watched you for whatever reasons they did. Let it be your artwork, your community involvement, your bribery... whatever it is, they watched you for a reason, reasons we shall appreciate because we are respectable people after all! So without further babbling or .gifs,
5 Steps to Being an Active Watchee
1. Stay regular
Are you being honest with yourself?As part of becoming good at something you need to be able to reflect upon yourself. Judge your own abilities and work and consider the possibility that what ever you have been doing it wrong all along. Or perhaps you're actually being to hard on yourself and you're better than your conscious is telling you. (This is bad too because it leads to insecurities.)More Like This
Signs that you might overestimate your current skills.
Do you often feel these things when you look upon work from good artists?:
I can totally do this too.
This is not so hard, I can do this faster.
My work is way more interesting.
It's not fair that this person gets way more attention than I do.
Why am I not being recognized for my skills.
This other technique is cheating! (photo-bashing, using reference, filters, effects etc)
I don't need to draw and learn all day to become this good.
I spend 2 hours on a painting, Masterpiece!!
Signs that you might underestimate your skills.
Do you ofte
How to get noticed on deviantART!:faq56:More Like This
I've had many people ask me this question so I'm going to elaborate the best I can.
As the FAQ above states, to get far on deviantART you HAVE to give feedback to get it. It's almost virtually impossible for you to get noticed without doing any of that. I learned that after a year of being here.
This is something that you will have to do in your dA lifetime in order to find your inspirations and be able to learn new techniques. When on the front page of deviantART it's probably the most diverse amount of artwork you'll see! Ranging from pixels to sculptures, tattoos to anime to poems, there has to be at least one that can catch your eye! There are millions of deviants here and even more submissions! Try searching for artworks that please you. You can even have a randomized search by using stuff like the random d
Are you on the right track? + Fuck Talent!Am I on the right track?More Like This
This is a thing people often wonder and think it's a complicated to find out, but it is actually pretty simple. It's a different question you need to ask yourself based on different topics.
As for: Fuck talent! You'll find it if you scroll down
Topic 1: Am I on the right track to becoming a better artist?
Does your work from today, look closer to your initial goal than your work from last week? (this needs to be both in skill and idea.)
Good skills: Honing your technique, training you muscle memory, being more knowledgeable about your tools and art rules. With art rules I mean: Perspective, form, light, texture, composition.
Good ideas: Storytelling, characteristics, charm, emotion and design. Not just making things look polished but also convey something more, something that brings it to life and speaks to pe
How to deal with or get feedback.Getting feedback or critiques may be hard for people.More Like This
Some people want it really bad but can't seem to get it, at least not from the people he/she is hoping for.
And other get it all the time but feel a little attacked or bullied by it.
Pretty much anyone with eyes and some intelligence is able to spot mistakes or irregularities in someone's work. This person doesn't have to be more skilled than you.
However, this person... might be wrong....
How do you judge a critique?
You initially made your artwork according to the knowledge you currently have. Leaving room for mistakes in the elements you're not trained or knowledgeable in. Or perhaps you think you know something and you are not aware that it's wrong.
When someone gives you feedback, even though it might feel incorrect. Take a little time to do some extra research on the matter.
You can ask others if they agree with someone's feedback.
You can search online (wit
The problematic behavior of online artists.There is a bunch of things online artist do terribly wrong on a regular basis. Some of it might be directly aimed to you and some might be things you from others.More Like This
Way too little time spend on painting/practice.
People making nit pick pointers.
The extreme fuzz about labels and methods.
Witch-hunting/ talking smack.
However I'd like to start with a totally opposite note:
This year I've also experienced great support from the art community for which I'm dearly grateful for.
:icontituslunter: got me an amazing birthday gift(video), made by him and fellow awesome artists:
And the support I've had this past week with the event of my sisters death has been incredibly helpful. (Thank you for all the donations, there are no more worries about money anymore thanks to you awesome people!)
(most of) You seem to spend way to li
I don't draw for free, sorry!Portfolio | Golden Nights | Pixiv | Twitter | TumblrMore Like This
Store | Commission | FAQ
Because of the amount of notes I'm receiving regarding this matter, I decided to write a journal entry (though I think it's obvious, but oh, well (TwT; ).
I don't draw art for free (except when I draw for myself, but that's a different matter altogether).
I'm sorry if you don't have money to buy art in general, or if my commissions are too expensive for you, I really am. In an ideal world, I would finish each pic in 10 seconds and move onto the next pic, and then I'd give free art, lower
Been living a terrible lie for the past 2 yearsCan you believe that the levels of pressure ive been using its the one on top and not the one under?More Like This
For past two years, ive been on a several depression, works taking like 3 times the amount it took me , i was like maybe, because im learn new things and im leveling up by adding extra effort, i noticed people uploading art and art like they were eating candies, this depressed me more, why its taking too long, why my work looks like its 80% finished but why i cant get the 20% right, why even if i spend 3 extra days on the image why still looks like a 80% painting? WHHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY? What am i doingwrong , did i just forgot my talent? Did my talent expired just like that. Comments like this were in my mind each time i was working on a new piece, moving the hand and not getting the line i wanted, if i wanted a gray color i had to choose a gray color or will be impossible to get same gray with using a black on my tablet, there were no light pressure on my tablet, its like the first 30% of
Advice for ArtistsNot too often, but at least once a month, I spend some time in the forums. I noticed that a popular topic was 'how to become popular on dA' (no pun intended). Here are some suggestions from my end of the spectrum. More on how to become a better artist in general and promote your art more efficiently (but I guess those are the key steps in becoming popular on dA, heh).More Like This
1. Post your art in as many places as you can
After posting a deviation, dA makes it easy to post it to other sites. Make an account on pinterest, tumblr, etc. Don't worry if you can't tend to it much, the point is you want your art in as many places as possible. This heightens the chance of people seeing your art, some of these users might even be on dA, as well.
Other suggestions are instagram, artician.
2. Focus on what you're good at
While it's fun to dabble in different mediums, the more mediums you work with, the less time you are spending "mastering" any one of them. I'd say 2
30 FREE brushes, smudgers, erasers to downloadMore Like This
Here's some fantastic stuff to help everyone out!
Click on the image to download 30 badass brushes, smudgers, erasers.. etc! Courtesy of Schoolism instructor :iconrobotpencil:
If you like it, please share and pass on the positive vibes!
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Tip of the Day: Traits of a good artist.A trait of a 'good artists' is that they keep drawing and painting long after others would have stopped. Press "Favorite" if you plan on painting or drawing today!More Like This
See you soon for my workshop in Sao Paulo! http://www.melies.com.br/mega-palestra/programacao.html
Sending positive vibes to you all!