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i thought this pannel was the most adorable thing ever
this is just some quick bases inbetween studying for exams

original pannel:i.imgur.com/pyynag3.png

:star: you can use this for anything you'd like,just credit me or link back to the blank base vwv :star:
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Credit is not necessary but appreciated.
If you use MS Paint, download this other template instead.


Hi! This description used to be really long. Now it's not.

This template is free, but food isn't! If you give me money, I'll make your Homestuck sprite for you with my own hands, because what can I say, that's just the type of guy I am. Click this shiny blue link for more commission info. I also sell hilarious T-shirts when I'm not working on Homestuck-related things, which is most of the time.

(Most recent update: Added some new mouths, as well as Jane's god tier outfit and symbol. Date: 12/25/14)
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    RULES

Bullet; Blue Link to comments what you did with it
Bullet; Purple Credit me
Bullet; Orange Don't steal
Bullet; Pink Have your time with it

ps. download for a better quality!
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bases
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:bulletred: Rules :bulletred:

:bulletpurple: My bases are free to use.
:bulletpurple: Do your best with editing.
:bulletpurple: You can edit gender, eye/skin color or background if you want.
:bulletpurple: Remove my name from the finished version.
:bulletpurple: Credit me
:bulletpurple: Send me your finished version when it's done, I would like see them


:bulletred:Original Picture:bulletred:
:bulletred:If you are the original artist and don't want your art being a base, please tell me and I'll take the base down.:bulletred:
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:bulletred:Orginal: i48.tinypic.com/118own5.jpg

:bulletpurple:Rules:

:bulletgreen: Credid me
:bulletgreen: You don't need to ask to use
:bulletgreen: Show me when it's done
:bulletgreen: All changes are welcome if you still credid me
:bulletgreen: Do your best and have fun ;)

You can but you don't have to add to favourites, I'd be glad =D

[Edit: 25.03.2013] Thank you for 100 :+fav: :iconoverlyjoyedplz:

:bulletred:Who used base:
imaginationangel.deviantart.co… by ~ImaginationAngel
korinuhattori.deviantart.com/a… by ~KorinuHattori
kassey2000.deviantart.com/art/… by ~kassey2000
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Base commission for :iconkazushin-fhxc: :meow:
Hope ya like it ;^;

I do not own the original. It belongs to the rightful owner! www.zerochan.net/327184

Rules of my bases:
1. Give me credit, by putting my icon or name in your artist description!
2. Link back when you finish!
3. Frenkdolling is alloweed!
4. Take your time, don't work on it for 5 min!
5. Don't clame base as you're own!
6. Give credit to this account and :iconfionasky:!
7. Remove all writting!
8. You can change colur,gender,skin colur...etc!
and the most important rule of all....
9. Enjoy :iconsupertighthugplz:
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:star:RULES::star:


:bulletyellow:Please link/credit me or the base to the description
if you use. (What ever base you use, link ALWAYS the original
base/creator.)
:bulletyellow:Show me what you have made. : D (so I can comment and stuff~)
:bulletred:Don't use this base to make another base.
:bulletred:Do not claim as your own.

:bulletred:Do not use my art for commissions etc. (I have only allowed the adoptions)

If you see someone breaking these rules, I would be greatly thankful if you could tell me about it.


Wolf/Dog Base. Imma booored again so I desided to make a new base. I think the head looks little too big... _
Feel free to use~

GIF version without background: i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad…

:iconfisukenka:


:star:SOME USEFUL FAQs:star:

#FAQ
Can I use it as in ID if I give a credit?
- Yes you can if you remember link/credit me. But actually ID's are better if you do them by yourself. : )

#FAQ
I found someone selling adoptables made from this base for points. Is that allowed?
- Yeah. I have already seen some people use other bases on that way so I think its okey.

#FAQ
Can I change some lines ex. ears or make a hair?
- Yes. But don't erase them all... |''D It can be difficult to use then.

#FAQ
Can I use this for a animation plz?
- Sure :'D But still remember link/credit that I was the base maker. But you can tell that you made the animation. : )

#FAQ
Can I move the signature to the corner or something?
- Yes. If it is easier then : D If you want to erase the signature, you need to move it to the descripition.

#FAQ
Can I use this for my web-site?
- If you will do that, you just need to link/credit me to your web site.


:star:My other bases:star:
Happy Dog Base by fisukenkaChibi Base by fisukenka
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DOWNLOAD IF YOU WANT TO USE

:heart: Original image [link]

:star:Rules:star:

* Take your time on it, I don't want to see crappy 10 minute artwork! Show the world that base works can have good quality too!

* You can customize it yourself, i'd love to see some people being creative and change the expression or the position of the arms!

* You can genderbend

* I'd love to see what made with this base! Please send a link of the finished picture.

I don't ask for credit since this is a traced base and the pose isn't mine.
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Lineart
:iconcocoaadopts:
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Free base! A Psd file. ^q^

Really happy with how it came out <333

:star:~~~~Rules~~~~:star:

1. Credit me uvu <3
2. Enjoy psh ♥



Base (c) *DubQueen
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A free base to use!

Png- sta.sh/02cqapiny44b
Transparent Png- sta.sh/0cgn781z1ny

Feel free to re-create your own pixel version as long as you credit me.

Base rules
Credit me
Don't claim as your own
Don't re-sell

Art satyrcat
Do not redistribute.

:iconyouareplz::iconallowedplz:
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:iconflailingplz: this is for 1-5 points whoever offers the highest points gets it! :3

lineart: Updated Chibi Cat Lineart
creator of lineart: CocoaAdopts

Link back to this deviation in the artist comment (description) :iconflailingplz:

copy this get adoptable :
Name:
Gender:
Other:

CLOSED: dragonpop1
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Nailed it,

I'm getting the hang of this!

You may use it as long as you credit,
To get a frame by frame you need to open it with Photoshop,
16 frames long.
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bases
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This is how Kiki draws pixel eyes :XD:

There are more, but i'm too lazy to draw them :iconotlplz:

This is not a base! Do not use it! D:

Original eye [link]
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IF YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO CREATE AN ANIMATED GIF, GOOGLE FOR A TUTORIAL.


:iconclappingponyicons:

I really don't care how you use it, I don't own the rights to My little Pony anyway, so if you tend to use it in a commercial way you won't get a problem with me, but maybe with Hasbro. But that's not my problem.

So, feel free to use all the way you want, it would be nice if you would link back to the base if you use it, but that's optional.


UPDATE 3.1.2012:
Added Bases for Foals! Enjoy :D
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Bases
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It's December! (I usually post a blank for this--it's a little late this year, but I hope it'll make do!)

Download includes a PSD and a transparent PNG.


Drop a link to your finished meme in the comment if you get the chance! I'd like to see! Let me know if you have trouble downloading it or compiling it!
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Download, please!



Re-done of this:
MLP base 1 - Hoodie base by Soulnik

Since it's still such a popular base even like 2 years later, I wanted to re-do it. <3
Now shaded, colored/thicker lines and eyecolor. I think it looks better at least. uvu 

Please if you like this base, consider buying/using my other bases.

Do's and Don't's
Bullet; Green You may use this for adoptables, sheets and whatnot. But not for adopts with actual profit (real money).
Bullet; Green Tell me if you want to put it up on another site. ASK please!
Bullet; Green Frankendolling is allowed as long as you ask the other artist too!
Bullet; Green You may alter the base howerver you'd like!
Bullet; Green Give me credit.

:bulletorange: DON'T remove ©SOULNIK! 

Bullet; Blue No need to link back, thanks to the mention system I will see it if you include my name
Bullet; Blue Include my name in the description :icon soulnik: or :dev soulnik: without the space.

No exceptions!
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The original is by *Tachi-Miki and is found at [link]
This is an edited version of some of the bases she posted, I gave a few full bodies.

*PLEASE LINK BACK IF YOU USE THESE. That way others can find the base. Also link to show us where you used the base.

Hope you guys love them. :)
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My first time trying out a purchaseable base thingy! Let's see how it all goes!

Once purchased the download includes a .zip file which contains:
:bulletgreen: A Sai project file of the base which also includes a binary version with layers
:bulletgreen: A Psd (Photoshop) file of the base and it also has the binary version with layers
:bulletgreen: A .png picture that has the binary (aka MS Paint friendly!) version on it

None of the above mentioned have my watermark on them respectively.
The canvas is 1000x1000 so it's quite big but once your picture is done you are free to scale it down of course. (It wasn't originally meant to become so big haha..) A tip for people who want to use the paint version and then plan on scaling down their picture: I suggest that you color your pony's coat/eyes/wings/horn first and then scale it down to add in the mane and tail. That way there won't be any single pixels left to stick out. But of course you are free to do as you wish.

The .psd file is just the .sai project saved as a .psd file so I have no idea how it actually look in Photoshop in the end. I did name all the layers of the "sai base" folder in the project though, so it should be possible to find all the layers you need. The binary versions included in both .sai and .psd projects also have layers but not all of them are named because I was lazy...

:star:When you use my base, please credit me for the base! Furreon:star:

You can use the base also for making adoptables or breedings or similar things. Do link me your creations, I'd love to see them!

If you have ANY questions regarding this base, just drop a comment! If there seems to be something wrong with the base after you've purchased it, please tell me and I'll try to fix it!
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I really liked this base and I plan on using it again for adopts. But I decided to share it since I don't see many decent anthro pony bases.

:iconreadwholeplz1::iconreadwholeplz2:


:bulletblue:RULES:bulletblue:

- Always ALWAYS give proper credit to RobotBunnyInc (on DA) or Partywithmaracas (on FA)
Do not repost on sites other then Deviantart or Furaffinity

- Only you, who is paying for it, may use the line art. Do not redistribute it, re-sell to others, etc.
Why? Because this is not your art to give away

- You can make edits to the line art but you are still required to give credit to me

- No, you are not allowed to make a pixel/ms paint version. If I wanted it I would do it myself. I don't

- This base is for adoptables, custom adopts or personal use. Do not use for commissions!

- This is 100% the honor system. Do not fuck about


:bulletblue:DOWNLOAD INCLUDES:bulletblue:

- 6 Different eyes, horns and wings
- Png file
- Photoshop (PSD) file
- Paint Tool Sai (SAI) file


:bulletblue:EXAMPLES OF BASE:bulletblue:

Past Adopt Examples by RobotBunnyInc


:bulletblue:PRICE:bulletblue:

250 :points:

OR

$3 USD (Paypal only)

Why an extra .50 cents? Sending payments as Goods and Services takes the fee out of my final amount. So the extra cents is to cover that fee.

Please let me know if you would like to pay through paypal!



LET ME KNOW IF YOU RUN INTO ANY ERRORS
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MLP : Bases
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Rules: fav.me/d6vvdz1
Base by CobaltTheFox/InfinityBases
Original Image found here img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20…
Requested by RoyaleLoyal


Getting these done as I find the time. I promise I haven't forgotten about y'all's requests!

Also, I've already started to implement the updates on my bases. ^^ Starting with this one, as a matter of fact. ^^
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:icongouseplz::iconthisartplz:

BEST QUALITY WHEN DOWNLOADED

you don't have to credit me but, it'd be nice :3.

Feel free to trace, frankendoll, reference ect..
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{All Images used are from MLP:FiM Wikia}

Rules-
ham-ham-alice.deviantart.com/j…

If used for OC Please Fill this in {Not Mandatory}
~~
Name:
Nickname:
Age:
Personality:
Likes:
Dislikes:
Where do they live:
What is their job:
Cutie Mark:
Talent:
Family:
Accessories:
Bio:
~~

Ill be adding other eye styles later~
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VECTOR: fav.me/d6gdwmb

GIVE credit to ~MissyTheUnicorn (maker of the vector) and link back to me. It's not that hard to do.
Free to USE~
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VECTOR: fav.me/d6l2dsx

GIVE credit to ~MissyTheUnicorn and link back to me. It's not that hard.
Free to USE~
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Base
:iconwait0wat:
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These are free to use line arts I've taken time out of my busy schedule to make. Please respect my effort and hard work by following my simple rules.

-You may use these to design your character, your blood stock or whatever you need.

-You may use these as bases for adoptables.

-You MAY NOT remove my signature in the image.

-You MAY NOT claim these images as your own.

You will need a program capable of supporting layers to use this base, but you can also download the full size lineart. These were made in SAI.

Download PSD: [link]
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Vectored base.

Rules:
:bulletgreen: Please click download as it contains a zipped folder with all the files. :3
:bulletgreen: Completely free to use.
:bulletgreen: Can use in point (:points:) commissions/adoptables, just no real world money trades (Paypal etc).
:bulletred: I'd prefer it if you linked back to me on your uploads.
:bulletgreen: Linking back to me is preferred as I like to see what others have created.
:bulletblue: Frankendolling is fine. :3


This base is made for users of Illustrator, Inkscape or Photoshop, but it's fine if you don't have these programs, there is heaps of free software that can open this file.

MLP Belongs to :iconhasbroplz: / :iconfyre-flye:
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RULES:
Link back.
Credit me upon usage of le base.
Make sure that you download for full size. If you don't the pixels may not be the right size, there for, they will come out blurry.
Frankendolling is okay, mostly because I don't really care.
You can edit this as much as you'd like for your picture.
And a suggestion... do it right.
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All credit goes to :iconbamboodog: for the original heart ponies!
PLEASE CREDIT HIM.


With his permission, I traced the bases from his picture in PS, and this is what we have. :3

Earth Pony base I traced from [link]




Rules

:star: After you use, credit me for the base, and Bamboodog for his awesome artwork.
:star: You can link your pony used in the comment section on this base; I'd love to see it. c:
:star: Enjoy!

--Heart Pony Bases--
Pegasus:[link]
Unicorn:[link]

Original Art (c) :iconbamboodog:
Base (c) :iconwannafok:
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:iconjustwestofweird:
RULES:
:bulletblack:Link me to it when its done. I really want to see it!
:bulletblack:Credit me in the description.
:bulletblack:Link it back to this base in the description.
:bulletblack:Take your time and blah. You get the point.
:bulletblack:Enjoy it.
:bulletblack:You can gender bend. Pretty much just taking away the eyelashes. Yes, I did just make it that easy.
:bulletblack:You can frankendoll, as long as its OK with the other MLP base makers.
THANK YOU ALL FOR ALL OF THE SUPPORT AND FAVES. THIS IS NOW THE # ONE MOST POPULAR OF ALL TIME BY SEARCHING ONLY 'Suprise Kiss' BECAUSE OF ALL YOU GUYS <3
Original image can be found on Google just by searching 'mlp shipping kiss' and scrolling a while.



:star: BASE WALL OF FAME :star:
~ToxicWarDog [link]
~rikusoralovers0base [link]
~Andienonymous [link]
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Base and Tutorial
:iconmarini4:
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:iconprojecteducate:
:iconprojecteducate:


Anime And Manga Week


Background



Sky Tutorial by Vakhara Tutorial - Rocks by Katikut tree tutorial part 1 by calisto-lynn tree tutorial part 2 by calisto-lynn tree tutorial part 3 by calisto-lynn Tree Tutorial by GrimDreamArt Extremely Easy Tree Tutorial by GrimDreamArt Tree drawing tutorial by Morpho-Deidamia Background tutorial - Part 2 by kalambo night sky tutorial . by megatruh 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. :)

Anatomy



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 Head Perspective Chart by yuumei Learn Manga: How to draw the female head front by Naschi Learn Manga: How to draw the female head side by Naschi Learn Manga: Emotions by Naschi Learn Manga: Female Hair Styles by Naschi Learn Manga: body proportions by Naschi Learn Manga: Drawing the Ears by Naschi Learn Manga: How to draw the male head front by Naschi Learn Manga: Bishounen Boys - Draw the head by Naschi Learn Manga Basics: The Male Puppet by Naschi Learn Manga: Create your World - CC Proportions by Naschi

Coloring



Eyes-ColorLearn Manga Basics: Eyes-Color by Naschi Hair Tutorial by Rosuuri Anime Style coloring Tutorial by baka-ouji Head shot tutorial by LanWu Watercolor Tutorial by Loonaki Copic and C.P. Tutorial by Loonaki COMIC+MANGA Bitmap Halftoning by fox-orian Progress Shot of Commission-Lovette by Rosuuri Watercolor Tutorial [Techniques + Flowers] by Ze-RoFruits How To Color Lips -Tutorial- by Lavah Fishys Step By Step by Maruuki Anime Eye tutorial by Trinity-In-Rainbows Chu's Lineart-less Coloring Tutorial by chuwenjie How to draw Manga Art by Xunq Hair Colouring Tutorial by Pockicchi TUTORIAL: Copic Markers by ember-snow +Coloring Tutorial - WIP+ by goku-no-baka SAI_IllustudioColoringTutorial by IZAYAAA Copic markers tutorial by mary-dreams Copic Tutorial: Making of Sea Serpent by Dea-89 Copic Tutorial by DarkSena TUTORIAL: Watercolor Paints by ember-snow Tutorial for soft cell shading by getty Tutorial for how to paint eyes by getty How to paint anime-styled hair by getty


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Showing some steps here...Hope its help ^_^
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Yes. Another one of my rants that starts with a personal experience. 

It was a day like any other, and I was just surfing DeviantArt, browsing the many deviations in my inbox. While I did so, my eye wandered to something that was called an 'tutorial on manga anatomy'. As usual, I was curious about the content. And as the preview image was pretty small, I wanted to check this out. It seems like this girl, let's name her Abbey (it's not her real name, but I think calling her 'that girl' is so damn confusing) had made a tutorial on male manga anatomy. Nothing wrong with that, you'd say. But I've been following Abbey for a while already. I originally met her in the forums, asking for feedback on one of her fanart drawings. Mostly anatomy related stuff. I gave her some tips. We talked a bit. And I followed her soon after, as I thought her art looked pretty promising altogether.

Now, I didn't know Abbey in real life. But she was a beginning artist, nowhere towards a level that she could actually be explaining things the right way to other people. But not even that bothered me. The thing that did bother me, however, was that she asked money to download her entire tutorial. The deviation page offered only a preview -- from which I could already see some large anatomical mistakes. To download the entire thing (which said to include a video tutorial), you needed to donate some DA points (which are actually money) to her account. 

So... okay... people ask money to download an 'anatomy tutorial' which isn't right at all? At that point I began to wonder why. Why would you ask money to teach people stuff the wrong way? Are you so bent on earning money? Or haven't you got a clue on what your own skill level is?

Anyhow. I tried to be kind. I mean; I helped her before and she appreciated that. So why not help her again? 
So I put a comment underneath the deviation in which I pointed out some things that were absolutely wrong in the preview image. Not everything. It wasn't my intention to discourage her, as she was just a beginner. Just a few things that really bothered me and were really REALLY wrong. It wasn't meant to put her down. It was meant to help her out to make better tutorials. And I didn't even mention the whole money-thing. A few hours after I responded, one of Abbey's loyal 'fans' responded. How the hell a 'lowlife' like me could insult her. I tried to be reasonable. But the girl (no older than 15 -- according to her profile) wasn't up for a discussion. When she started insulting me on a personal level, I soon stopped replying. I thought that might be just one fan, but I couldn't be more wrong. There were more.

Sadly I never got a response from Abbey herself. She removed my reply and deleted the deviation soon after. The discussion was obviously done with. And as I was blocked and removed, I suppose she didn't like me anymore. Well... so much for being helpful on DeviantArt, I guess ~__~

Okay. I admit that I might've just let this go. That I maybe shouldn't have replied to her drawing. But it just bothered me.
Why would people charge money for tutorials that won't even teach you the right stuff? 

Bad habits are easy to learn, but hard to forget. So why make people learn bad habits? And even charge for it as well? I can't understand at all. The 2 most logical explanations that I could think about was that Abbey either greatly overestimated her skill own level, or that she was so bent on earning money that she didn't care about this as well. I see both of them happen a lot.

Back in the old days, before the internet was widely available, the only way in which you could teach art was either by joining an institution (like a school) or having an art gallery and holding workshops. Those were nearly the only ways to get attention, as print media was expensive, so only large institutions could afford to promote themselves that way. Either joining an institution or having a gallery meant that you needed to at least have teaching papers for art (and in order to get those, your skill level was tested) or that you have to be good enough to actually have your own art gallery. The same went for publishing. While in the old days, you could only publish your books when you could find at least a publisher, nowadays every person can put stuff out on the internet and ask money for it. In a way, this is more fair. But with the internet market expanding rapidly, the amount of crap published often makes it hard to find the real quality pieces. And often popularity isn't a good indicator of skill level, whereas there are highly popular artists that dedicate themselves to a fandom which is very widespread (and those people often aren't able to make another type of art), and artistic masters that don't get the attention they deserve because of poor marketing. 
The point is; there used to be a certain skill factor that kept the real crap out. Because publishers only published what they thought 'would sell', and educations just had certain quality standards in order to justify the amount of money students should pay. A standard that doesn't exist anymore.

I guess this rant kinda makes is sound as if I'm some sort of elitist against the open culture of the internet. 
But I am not. Not at all!

I honestly embrace the principle of online sharing, user generated content and open source. Hell, as a programmer I've even contributed to open source projects myself. I think the openness is one of the greatest things of the internet, which led to great websites such as wikipedia or systems like linux. The point is... once the internet became popular, a lot of dumb people went there. I mean; real dumb people. The kind of people that have hardly enough brain cells to breathe. And those people started making art tutorials. And once they found out that you could make money by making art tutorials, they started uploading minimal screenshots with 'anatomy tutorial here', in the hope that people would buy it from them. And people did, and ended up totally disappointed. 

Not that this goes for unpublished artists alone, though. The best example in this case is probably Christopher Hart. A self proclaimed artist, whose books almost entirely consist of drawings not made by himself (Seriously! Have you ever checked the lists of artists that worked --almost for free-- with him, just to get a glimpse of his fame?). 
I can still remember being a 12 year old kid, interested in drawing manga. As the internet wasn't yet available here at that time (I sure feel old now), some friends bought my one of his books for my birthday. In the hope that would help me get better at drawing. I read it throughout and followed the steps. But somehow my drawings never got out as good as his, and I was clueless of why this was. It wasn't until I was much older and getting the hang of learning real human anatomy, that I saw the many mistakes that were in those books. How Christopher pretended explaining how manga faces work with simple 'guidelines' (as he called them). But without taking into account the 3 dimensional shape of manga head.

In short; once you learned those tricks, you could indeed draw a manga face. But only with that specific eyes/nose/mouth, and only in that specific angle. You got the illusion that you were learning how to draw, but the only thing you learned was a simple trick. Unlike what you thought; you weren't much wiser. You still didn't have a clue as how anatomy worked. You just copied a drawing with a few 'guidelines', which you couldn't reproduce properly! And on top of that, you were highly frustrated that you couldn't make those awesome drawings other manga artist could make. What did you do wrong? You followed the tutorial, didn't you? And you started to blame yourself for 'not having real talent' while all you did was looking for knowledge at the wrong place!!!

As I told before; bad habits are hard to unlearn. I ended up pretty frustrated by those manga tutorials. I continued drawing in my own style, until I couldn't get any further by myself, and eventually stopped drawing and continued writing. It was only after years, that I got fed up with the typical manga style, that I came to enjoy a style that was closer to realism. Which led me to learning realistic anatomy from from books from guys like Loomis and Hampton. And I immediately realized how I could use that knowledge to make manga as well. But was already over 20 years old by then. And the only thing I was thinking was; WHY DID I NEVER KNEW THIS BEFORE???

Although Christopher Hart is probably one of the worst manga drawing 'instructors' out of there (and no, I am not ashamed to say this), he sure isn't alone. Unlike many people out here, I've never been a real fan of Marc Crilley for the same reason. It's true that he makes cute drawings. But the proportions are pretty much off. And the worst thing is that he's unable to explain why he does certain things. Take this, a tutorial on a 3/4 face. Although the end result looks pretty neat, he fails to explain about why he does certain things. Why are the proportions that way? What happens when I turn the face? Why does the side of the face have bumps? Now compare it to this video, based on the Loomis method (it's realism, but hey). Same face, but better explanation (in case you wonder, the guy has separate videos on eyes, lips, etc). Got it now? The only credit that I can give Marc Crilley is that at least he does't charge money for his video tutorials. They're all free.


So what does make a good art tutorial? 

Do we all need to go to an art institution to learn proper art? I don't think so. But I do think we should keep in mind to check a lot of tutorials before we accept things to 'be that way'. And look for explanations in why things are in a certain way, rather than just accepting stuff and try to remember every single detail. Things like anatomy are pretty logical, once you remember the basic shapes. And in the end remembering just a few basics will be a lot easier than remembering a bunch of 'guidelines' for every single position a manga face can be in. Same goes for stuff like light and colors. Try to look at the physics behind lighting and shading, instead of remembering a set of rules for every specific situation. It'll make it easier for you, even if you're in an unfamiliar situation. 

The price for an art book doesn't always tell how good its contents are. Although there are certain quality standards that must be met in order to get published, it doesn't always mean it's good quality material. So before you purchase an art book, make sure to check its ratings. Either on Amazon/eBay (or wherever you're buying them), or on specific art sites. This also goes for stuff here, on DeviantArt. Be a critical customer. Know what you're paying for. If there's no preview available, then check the replies underneath the deviation, or ask for a preview. If people expect you to pay for stuff, you should at least know what you pay for.

As for free tutorials (on DeviantArt); try not to take them too serious. Some of them are good, most of them are mediocre, and some are really bad. Often those tutorials are about people explaining their view on a certain subject, or their method of painting. It could be very interesting to take a look at, or become inspired by. But don't see it as an 'absolute truth', because it often isn't. It's nevertheless good to look at, to get inspired by. Because... it's free. Why not?

What I like most, myself, is people like Proko or FZD school that make tutorials for free. Of course they have their motives; to sell their products (or in the case of FZD -- their art education). But they give you the opportunity to enjoy free tutorials, and pay only if you're interested and want to see more. And to be honest, I think that's a great way of marketing in the modern internet age. Customers are nowadays very critical on what they purchase. The time that we just bought something and 'hoped it was good' is long gone. Review sites are everywhere. And it has become really important what customers think about your product. So giving customers an option to enjoy your product, and leave them willing for more, is an extremely good way to market your stuff. I mean; look at the sofware industry. They're using this principle (trail versions, or free versions of a program) already for a very long time. And although the payment model changes over time, I still think this is very good way. 

So what about you?

What do you think makes a good art tutorial? Do you think there should be quality guidelines for art tutorials, or does the usefulness depend on the target group (the reason why Christopher Hart is still popular by kids, maybe?). Do you think it's justified to pay for an art tutorial? And if you paid for one; what made you willing to pay for it? What made it so good? Or did you ever purchase anything that you had different expectations of?

I'm happy to hear about your experiences.
And, in the meanwhile; if you're still looking for a few decent free art tutorials, here on DeviantArt, take a look here.


Disclaimer;
Everything written in this journal is entirely based on my own opinion and experiences. Yours might be different. The name of the girl in the example was entirely fictional, though the event itself really happened. 
Oh... and I'm not a native English speaker, so there could be mistakes in this text. Please forgive me for that. 
Edit: Since this has seemed to hit the frontpage again, and there are people that simply don't know how to behave: Every deliberately hateful or hurtful comment will be immediately reported to staff and the user will be blocked without any further notice. I'm up for a reasonable discussion, but I've totally had it with all of the senseless hate just because something hit the frontpage. 






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I promised ageeeeeeeeeeees ago that i'd do some flash tutorials, and today i managed to find some time to scrape one together.

I've seen endless tutorials on dA teaching people how to tween a circle across a screen, one even spent 10 mins faffing around with "LOL aren't i funny" before getting to that tweeny circle part.

Which is a big waste of time.

So, here's a tutorial from me. Its straight to the point and should be user friendly, though if you do come across any bugs or problems let me know!

The First tutorial i have for you is: Walk Cycles.

Why? Because they are the trickiest things to get right and the also teach you the idea behind key frames, inbetweens and a little bit of easing, so it should be a fun start.

I hope this helps out those people that have wanted to animate their characters but haven't the slightest clue where to being.

For this tutorial i'd recommend using flash 8 and a pen tablet, though other flashes will still work, flash 8 proves to be a little less of a hastle to work with.

Hope you enjoy~

You can download a trail version of flash at adobes website
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Bases
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Thank you all for your support!! Long overdue base pack up for grabs ;u; Originally a patreon exclusive pack, but you can buy it even if you're not a patron! (All files will be available to patrons in the blog) 
It took me a long time to get the faces the way I wanted (and threw away about 5-7 that weren't good) so I hope you like this pack as much as I do 8D with lots of life, personality and cuteness.


Mayors of Butterflyville Hall of Fame by rainue

Visit my patreon page here!


Help me reach the next milestone 8D and comment for some suggestions for what you'd like to see as rewards too ! (even if you're not a patron)



Rules:</u>
Alterations: You may absolutely make any alterations you want- faces, poses, adding tails or animal ears, no need to ask!
Sharing: You're allowed to share the bases with your friends, but do NOT post them up for sale anywhere; edit: such as pooling 100pts together or smth
Commercial: You can make adopts or commissions using these bases! and use them as avatars/in forums, uhh just anywhere, as long as you do not sell the bases themselves

Please credit me 8D I'd love to see what you make! 
Have fun putting your OC's and others on them ;u; !! 

Past Patreon Gifts:
 Naughty Angels - patreon request by rainue some of us like to watch the world burn by rainue BUNNY MEADOW [livestream request] by rainue</u>
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look at my clever names ah yes (they're not clever)

Comes with 1 body type, 2 arm poses, 2 leg poses; 4 bases on one sheet. .sai, .psd, and .png included, can be used for human or anthro/furry adopts

Rules:
do's:
please comment that you've bought the base with a simple "bought!" or "purchased!"
credit me in the description with "base by =Koru-ru"

show me what you make! I'd love to see!
you don't have to use the eyes I have
use for adoptables, trades, character refs, custom adopts.

BUT

please don't trace or steal
don't claim as yours
don't resell my base

examples: AQ 106 112213 {Auction} OPEN by Koru-ru

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The pegasus's feathers spread through the air as they fell from the sky, bleeding, unconscious, and unable to save themselves...
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Bullet; Red Please-oh-please CREDIT ME (and Cayfie).
Bullet; Red You don't need to link back anymore! However, what you do need to do is use either the :dev or :icon codes to mention me- this will notify me that you used the base. If you don't know how the codes work, you can link back, though.
Bullet; Red Please put at least a little effort into it.
Bullet; Red Only favorite if you plan to use it.
Bullet; Green If there's anything wonky, you're free to fix it. Fixing and reposting this base (if there's anything seriously wrong) is fine.
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Original base by cayfie, made MS Paint-friendly by me

upd8: Put this in the wrong category. Fixed.
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:bulletpink: Rules :bulletpink:

:bulletblue: - Free to use, you don't have to ask. :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: - Use the curve tool. :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: - You can change the species or genders. :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: - Credit me in the description. :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: - Don't steal. :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: - Download for best quality. :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: - You can either remove the watermark or leave it there after you're done. :bulletblue:

You don't have to link back anymore thanks to the 'Mentions' system.



Original image from MLP Wiki.
MLP (c) Hasbro.
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:bulletpink: Rules :bulletpink:

:bulletblue: - Free to use, you don't have to ask. :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: - Use the curve tool. :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: - You can change the species or genders. :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: - Credit me in the description. :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: - Don't steal. :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: - Download for best quality. :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: - You can either remove the watermark or leave it there after you're done. :bulletblue:

You don't have to link back anymore thanks to the 'Mentions' system.



Original image from MLP Wiki.
MLP (c) Hasbro.
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:bulletpink: Rules :bulletpink:

:bulletblue: - Free to use, you don't have to ask. :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: - Use the curve tool. :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: - You can change the species or genders. :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: - Credit me in the description. :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: - Don't steal. :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: - Download for best quality. :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: - You can either remove the watermark or leave it there after you're done. :bulletblue:

You don't have to link back anymore thanks to the 'Mentions' system.



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MLP (c) Hasbro.
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This is FREE TO USE.

Rules:

Please don't use for real money. Points are okay.
Frankendolling is ALLOWED.
Do not STEAL.
Please CREDIT me in the description.
Use the CURVE TOOL, or atleast make an attempt at dolling it nicely.
Please, please, PLEASE, if you aren't going to credit me correctly, comment below so I can see it.

MLP:FiM belongs to Hasbro
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