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!
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
If The Center Cannot Hold ...I ran across this post today here on Deviantart: http://tompreston.deviantart.com/journal/Small-Update-342363926 . Some of the videos and links invoked inspired me to discuss the creative process. And negativity.More Like This
From time to time, I think I am very lucky in that my existence is caught up in what I do. I write, because I can't not write. And I draw for the same reason. Other people, apparently, are not this lucky. So I guess this journal is for them. Anyone who has ever doubted, anyone who believes they are a hack, anyone who believes that creativity done right flows all the time and never, ever stops (that's crap, by the way.) And, perhaps most importantly, that the Internet is the end, all be all of Art.
I personally have a difficult time doing everything the Internet demands. I have difficulty with Twitter, I'm lousy at my Facebook, and my account here on DA is probably the only thing that I check consistently. But, that's because I have a life. I have a project that I'm worki
5 Tips on Creating Dynamic CharacterEDIT: If you like this journal entry, check out The Sarcastic Guide to Writing ebook http://www.amazon.com/The-Sarcastic-Guide-Writing-ebook/dp/B005TOCC1C for exclusive content on world-building, character, and dialogue!More Like This
1. Start with a concept. This is how most of my characters start, and they usually begin with two or three word descriptors. "Demon stallion" or "spoiled dragon prince" or "psychic dolphin". Characters as this stage are more anima than anything; they are forces at play in the primordial soup of story. When an idea is this new, I try not to focus on it too much. Ideas need time to germinate, and I've found myself disappointed in times past when the potential of the character was so much more exciting than the concrete reality of what they became. Since during this time I'm developing plot and main conflict, I try to move characters around and see who I gravitate towards. This helps story and character grow organical
Extra info about the Comfort-Zone deviation!!Hello there peeps!More Like This
I'd like to add some extra content that I forgot to add in the description for my latest deviation, and by some very annoying reason I can't edit that deviation - it treats it like it suddenly is a text submitted deviation. I have no idea how to fix this really.
However, what I'd like to bring up is related to my "Expanding the Comfort-zone" deviation, so you who just added me to their watch list after discovering it on the front page might wanna continue reading.
First off, I must both feature and give a lot of credit to ordinaryriches and her lovely artwork, if it wasn't for her awesome minecraft-based paintings, I probably wouldn't find a good place to start for my first attempts at environmental paintings.
These are the ones she made that inspired me back then:
this was the first one I saw of her works, it's based on the minecraft world. But as you can see, she added her own artistic touch and brought it to a whole new level
5 Ways Characters Can FailEDIT: If you like this journal entry, check out The Sarcastic Guide to Writing ebook http://www.amazon.com/The-Sarcastic-Guide-Writing-ebook/dp/B005TOCC1C for exclusive content on world-building, character, and dialogue!More Like This
1. They don't have flaws. Flaws are the first thing that should be explored in character, at least after the first flashes of inspiration have passed and you start moving into more concrete turf. People say Mary Sues are defined by lack of flaws; the flip side insists that giving your character "issues" won't make a character any less of a Mary Sue. Now, my definition of a Mary Sue doesn't involve flaws or the lack thereof; a Mary Sue, to me, is defined by the disproportionate amount of attention given to a Sue by the plot and the priorities of other characters. So, yes, it possible for a Mary Sue to have legit flaws and still be a Mary Sue. However, the difference between "issues" and a character flaw is what role they play in the character's deve
Imagination Is Limited.Have a look at this.More Like This
It's not so good, actually. Can you believe that it took the artist TEN years of constant drawing practice until she was able to draw this?
I believe it, because I'm the one who drew it. I was eleven years old, and had been drawing all my life because it was fun. Because it was an improvement compared to what I drew at age seven, I used to believe that improvement would magically come by itself if one just kept drawing from their imagination, and doing nothing else. New forms and understandings of anatomy would coincidentally happen to come, little by little. Hadn't it been like that for all those years? From my drawings I could see that I didn't know how to draw an arm correctly, but I believed that if I would draw the arm over and over again from my imagination, the arm would suddenly look better at some point because I had invented a new way to draw it.
Needless to say that improvement is painfully slow when you draw from your imagination exclusively. I met an a
More Critical Thoughts on Art School + Career PathHey everyone, thanks for the info on San Francisco for those who live in / near there. It's a big thing for me to still be thinking about, so I'll definitely be coming in for a visit before I make any final decisions.More Like This
Elsewhere, I've been meaning to do a short rant dealing with how I feel retrospectively having gone to art school. I've talked about having gone before, and I've given some advice about choosing a school that's right for you should you choose to go. But you know, having been out for a couple years now, there are a few glaring problems I see not just from the school I attended, but apparently from many schools nationwide. And this deals with offering students a clear path of study for the often specialized career they are looking to get into. Areas of art such as (concept) design, animation, comics/storyboarding/sequential, full-time freelance, and all-over jobs related to working in industry-level professional positions, or in a teamwork-oriented studio setting. (This ran
If you don't accept criticism, you won't improveThis statement is, to be blunt, incredibly stupid. I see it repeated around DevianART and, as bad as it is hearing it from the general public, I have to laugh uproarously when I see it coming from an artist. I usually try to be more diplomatic, but sometimes my inner Snape just can't be contained.More Like This
Here is the reality of the situation. A person who is building a set of skills can improve without feedback of any kind. Through trial and error, a human being can identify their own mistakes and, with honest work, rectify those mistakes. To say that this is not possible is so counter to reality as to be absurd. I could give thousands of examples but I'll just say this: if it were not for an individual's ability to invent skills from within themselves we would have absolutely no skills to pass on to other people.
Is this a good reason to reject any kind of negative criticism or criticism in general? Does this mean that criticism is useless? Absolutely not. This
'I want to be a better artist.'This is a sentiment I hear often on dA. It's usually followed by a question regarding how one should go ABOUT becoming a better artist.More Like This
I've no doubt made journals like this in the past, but here's another one. This page was in dire need of an update, either way. : )
I could probably talk your ear off for a mile and a half about why I should be the last person you ask for creativity-boosting advice. Aaaand I have my reasons for this, but that's not really what anyone who writes me wants to hear, I think. It's just a fair warning. I'm not an accredited teacher, I was far from the most capable person at my college, I've made a metric crapton of mistakes, and I am nowhere near where I'd like to be in my own personal artistic endeavors. If that doesn't bother you, well, keep on reading!
The best way I could aid anyone interested in bettering themselves would probably be by giving you the advice that inspires me the most. Stuff I've heard from frie
Wacom Pen Nib a bit short? Might not be the nib...I've noticed recently that on heavily-used Wacom pens, especially those owned by a complete klutz such as myself, have a tendency to eventually get really short nibs. So short that it can only detect pressure when held completely perpendicular to the screen. At first you think, "Oh, wow I need to change the nib, that is seriously worn down, geez!" And when you change it out for a fresh one, it's JUST as short as before....More Like This
So what's wrong? To find out, give your pen a back-and-forth shake. Does it sound like the innards of the pen are shifting, rattling back and forth? Press on the eraser tip. Does the tip's length suddenly come back? If so, this means that the body of your pen has begun to come apart, thus making the shaft longer and loosening up the inside. (The following is a description of an Intuos4 pen. But others should be similar.)
To fix this, it's an easy matter of removing the duo-switch, (just get a fingernail underneath it and pry it, don't worry, it's strong,) then the co
I'm Real, Are You?UPDATE 21/02/2014:More Like This
So this journal literally got so full that it won't let me post anymore thumbnails XD I've created a second journal, so you guys can just keep adding your photos Also, there isn't a deadline for this, so just send in a pic when you're ready to <3
Here's the second journal ^u^
EDIT: I realize many of you are asking as to why I am doing this. Why would I want to put my face on the internet with an insignificant sign that can't really prove who I am?
Because I wanted to create light to darkness, to help people know that you never have to stay the victim, you can be a survivor.
Please know that I am not hateful towards the offender, nor do I feel anger. I have dealt with my emotions, and have come to accept that what has happened cannot be changed. But maybe we can help to prevent incidents like this in the
Valentine's Day Art Exchange!More Like This
DIGITAL LOVE IS IN THE AIR!
The Valentine Exchange is back! We asked you to create Valentine-themed deviations and submit them to the Valentine Exchange category. Now, it’s time to send your love-filled deviations to your deviantART friends, family, and secret admirers! From February 12th to 19th, the “Send a Valentine” button has been activated on deviation pages for deviations in the Valentine Exchange category, so you can send your custom creations and valentines made by others. Love is in the air!
CREATE THE LOVE
Create Valentine-themed deviations and submit them to the
Google Analytics For Your ProfileBeta Testers can now use Google Analytics on their profile! Using Google Analytics, members now have access to comprehensive statistics about their deviantART profile, artwork, Journals, galleries, and collections.More Like This
Here's just a small sample of some of the stats you can see with this:
Real-time traffic to your contentVisitor stats (new visitors, returning visitors, time spent on pages, number of pages viewed, bounce rates.)Traffic chartsTraffic demographicsSee where your visitors are coming fromTop social networks sending you trafficIndividual posts on those social networksSearch engine keywords people are using to find your profile and contentYour content with the most traffic
Various example reports and visualizations of a deviant's audience.
Set Up Analytics For Your Profile
Google Analytics is an advanced tool that may take time to understand if you have never used the platform.
Holiday Card Project 2013 Wrap-UpMore Like This
The Holiday Card Project returned in 2013, and it was a total hit! We received over 5,000 cards from 2,000 deviants in more than 60 different countries! A ton of deviants reached out to us, interested in helping to distribute cards to their local hospitals! With these volunteers' help, we distributed cards to 22 hospitals in the US and abroad!
The majority of the hospitals we worked with distributed the cards themselves, either through their own volunteers or by placing cards on the food trays of patients. We received letters of thanks from some hospitals, and a few even shared our cards on their Facebook pages! One thing all of the hospitals and patients had in common: they loved your cards!
One of our biggest surprises this year came from Bank of America! A deviant who works there got word of our project and told some people around the cor
Sci-Fi Features: December, 2013Welcome to 2014, time travelers!More Like This
We see some wonderful art come through this group, and so every month we feature some of the work that we, your admins, think is especially worthy of your attention. We will post a feature journal like this one every month to showcase this group's artistic talent. Selected works will be given further recognition by being placed in the Featured folder.
Here are our picks for December:
How will Future Technologies Expand the Arts? by ValentiniaK
Merry by spanky92 :thumb422580435: Mountain Patrol by khesm Cloud Array by khesm
Mutant by stefan1501 Close to the Stars by HammerHead70 Tempest Fall by Calates :thumb418387751:
Geisha Haute Couture by Neko-Vi Barra by HammerHead70 +Stranded+ by Galaxy-Of-Stars
Go take a look!
You're Not AloneMore 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
Holiday Card Project 2013More Like This
It's back! With the goal of bringing a little cheer to patients in the hospital during the holiday season, the deviantART Holiday Card Project connects deviants from around the world and applies their tremendous artistic abilities in designing and creating uplifting holiday cards.
In past years, the Project has received more than 5,000 cards sent in by more than 1,000 deviants from 50 different countries/political regions. Cards were then divvied up and distributed in-person by deviantART members to local Los Angeles hospitals, with additional cards given to various hospitals in the U.S. and abroad for hospital staff members to hand out to patients.
The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is simple: do something nice for others. However, if you're looking for even more incentive, every deviant who submits a card will be given a free one-month Premium Membership to deviantA
Deviant and Art MentionsMentions: Connecting PeopleMore Like This
Mentions are a new, highly requested feature that makes engaging friends and artists in conversation more dynamic than ever before.
What is a Mention?
A Mention is when a deviant’s username, icon, or artwork is included in a comment or Journal. Mentions create links to the deviants or artwork you include, allowing you to highlight artists and engage deviants with ease.
Links to pages on deviantART can quickly be distinguished by their bold, dark-blue color, while external links are darker and have an arrow indicating you are leaving deviantART.
Deviants you mention are notified in the new Mentions section of the Message Center, making engaging and involving others in conversation a simple, hassle-free experience.
How to Mention
There are four ways to mention a deviant.
Using HTML on deviantARTMore Like This
Hello and welcome to my little html tutorial. I've been working with html codes for a couple of years and I'm going to teach you what I know about using some basic html on deviantART. This won't make you a html expert or something and I'm not an expert myself but it will give just enough knowledge to make your journals, comments, news articles and other neat and lovely looking.
deviantART actually has FAQs about html but I still wanted to do this because they look a bit unorganized, in my opinion. Also, why would you want to look for those FAQs when you can just open this news article where you have everything in one place?
You may already know some of these, but I hope you'll find at least something helpful in this news article.
Some basic html
Bold text: <b>insert text here</b>
Result: Example text
This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's commen
Some Perspective On ClichesLately I've been noticing a trend that has been bothering me a little. There's been a lot of talk about cliches, but very little actual talk about cliches. What I mean by this is I've seen a lot of "don't use cliches in your comic", "this is cliche and you shouldn't do it", and "this is cliche, so it's bad". The problem is, we're not really addressing what a cliche is, what makes them problematic to writers, why we should avoid them, and if it's okay to use them in certain situations.More Like This
First, let's define a cliche. Cliche can refer to an overused expression or saying. For example, 'every cloud has a silver lining' is considered a cliche expression, as is saying 'all in due time'. Verbal cliches are things you should avoid in writing, but they're still sayings that we use. The problem with using these in writing is they're not original, because we're used to hearing them. But verbal cliches are not the ones people tend to demonize.
Cliche can also refer to an overused plot, or eve
Lore, original species logic and butt trauma What attracts you the most in an original species?More Like This
For me, it is the lore. Really! Looks get my attention and all, but if there is no dept in lore I feel like all I have is a pretty doll. I absolutely adore to research biology and weird critters, seeing how far those can inspire people in making their things is really a great thing.
The three species I have really worked on - smoks, pigmy sphinxes and frutaformes - all have a somewhat big lore, smoks being the ones with the biggest lore because they are a completely different lifeform than blood based ones they needed explanation on everything >v>;
This said, I think that even a dog with a flower on its forehead can be an AMAZING species if they get a deep lore. My pigmy sphinxes, as an example, are human faced cats with earthy colours. What makes me like them is their lore (and I may make them an open species eheh!).
Lore is also something that I think la
How Creators Sabotage Their Own Comics-A run down of why most comics end up dead after just a few pages.More Like This
Hyping It Up Before It Exists
A lot of people will put up promotional artwork, covers, character references, and other related work for their comic before putting up a single page. People often say if you want to write a book or you want to lose weight, it's best that you not tell anyone. When you tell someone you plan on doing something, they will praise you for it. The problem is, you are now receiving praise for something you haven't actually done yet. You don't have to work for that praise; the mere act of saying you will do something rewards you the same external way you would get for actually doing it. Sadly the result is many people are content to stop there. It's not even a conscious decision, but a lot of people will get caught up in the hype without realizing how hard making a comic actually is. Hold off putting up anything related to your comic until you at least have a few pages up; it wil
How to Pay artists using Paypalhttp://centch.tumblr.com/post/111658334223/sonicboom53-professor-maple-art-balatronicalMore Like This
Here is a very good tutorial on how to use Paypal.
Sending things as 'gifts' isn't a good idea since you're not protected! So if you send a few hundred bucks to an artist and they never get your art done, you're SOL. It was a gift!
I accept any and all 'fees' that come along with using Paypal, it's too useful to complain about them. C:
On Original SpeciesNow I want to make it clear that I'm none of these statements are aggressive, I'm simply trying to explain things how I see them, I am NOT angry and I'm not attacking anyone. The tone of this journal should be read in a calm voice, not an angry one.More Like This
Why do OS owners get so protective of their species designs?
Okay so tell me, have you ever tried to make a cohesive, unique original species? It's not the easiest thing in the world to make a species design that stands out from the rest, it IS a difficult thing to accomplish, and more often then not if the person is taking time to draw and develop a species, it's something they're attached to, proud of, it's a product of their hard work. It is utterly devastating when you spend that much time and effort on something and care about it so much, and someone who admires your work and wants to do something similar uses your design as a step-stool so that they don't have to do as much work. Now I know it's not always th
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.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
Small RantUhg I'm so tired of seeing artists under selling themselves cause there's cheap asses out there who seem to have no sense of value.More Like This
To artists: Don't undersell yourself. If you spend hours on a picture for someone who only paid you $5... stop. Seriously you under selling yourself just to get a commission shouldn't happen. I understand that you might think you're not popular enough to get tons of commissions so you think that if you sell them for really cheap people will buy them, but who cares! If you spend 4 hours on a picture worth $5 you've essentially paid your commissioner with your life. You might as well open up requests! Charge what your art is worth!! You not only hurt yourself but everyone else. The reason you have to sell your art for chump change is because everyone else is selling it for chump change. Also, why are you drawing primarily for money anyway? It's not exactly a good job. Heck most of us don't even make minimum wage ((myself included)), so what a rewardin
Devious Journal EntryMkay this is getting very annoying. xD so I guess ill just put up my two cents when it comes to this issue.More Like This
long text is long
I am not here on deviantART for anyone, I do not draw to please anyone, nor am I here to be used as a feature machine
This rant obviously does not include trades, gifts or commissions xD
The biggest thing that irks me is that people think, just because a lot of people have decided to follow me, I somehow have a obligation to use that to "help" other artists with amazing art get recognized. This is bullshit. Its not my or anyone elses responsibility to make anyone get attention.
IF someone really wants attention, I think its fair that they work for it instead of sitting on their l azy ass waiting for others to do it for them. Remembering back to my own first months here on dA it took me atleast 4 years of being very active. I MEAN uploading stuff almost everyday/commenting back to people, drawing trades and gifts. To maybe g
A General Guide to FreelancingHello all! Recently I've been getting a lot of notes and e-mails asking for suggestions and advice on how to get started with a career in freelance art, so I decided to go ahead and write up a general guide for it. Please note that this guide is based on my own personal experience and is not necessarily the right or the best way to do it. I also cannot guarantee success.More Like This
First off, let me say that freelance is not exactly the best choice for a career. It is very hard to make it as a freelance artist and a steady paycheck is never guaranteed. If you have no self dicipline, are prone to procrastination or cannot take direction well, it is not a good idea to try it.
My monthly income figure is decided by how much each commission costs and that I can get them all done within a month. If I do not finish them in time, I have to stretch out the money until I can take more. If I am dedicated with working on them, I us
Price-list!It's not mean "commissions open", it's just approximate prices for anyone who is interested in this.More Like This
If you want to know more - feel free to ask in the comments.
And, yes, my English is really weird, I'm sorry for all the mistakes in the text x____x'
Ken-Tal Adoptables *RULES*Brief DescriptionMore Like This
The Ken-Tal are an original species. They are part of an ongoing novel series called "Section 51" and are wholly copyrighted to me (Kya-Valentine).
The species lives on a desert planet called Kentahl. The planet is divided into five regions, each region is headed by an individual called a Tarkhola - a title that is won either in battle or through the placement by the supreme leader, the Tarkhol. Each region has a unique culture, sub rules, and environment.
The five regions and what their citizens are referred to as:
Ptaleon = Ptaleonites
Sleiesia = Sleiesians
Gleadon = Gleadonites
Epleau = Epleausians
Xetrcua = Xetrucians
More information can be found on each individual adoptable, as well as the reference sheets for the regions (in progress).
1. Do NOT claim the Ken-Tal species as your own.
2. Do NOT resell the character design without asking first (I want to keep track of where they go and who they belong to).
3. Do NO
How to get famous with VG Art on dA :-)Many of us want to get "famous" for different reasons. Some to get the art out there and make a name for oneself. Others simply because they want to earn their bread and water with it. But the most of us are never making it and give up sooner or later. In some cases, video game fan art helped them a lot to reach these goals I believe.More Like This
In this journal I will try to collect some of my experiences together I made on dA in the last years through maintaining this and a few other groups, getting in touch with some artists and watching their progress through the years.
The (standard) tricks to get your VG Fan Arts more views on dA:
A - First of all, and that is the must of course you have to draw a Video Game Fan Art that will impress people. Either through being a super sexy take on popular female game characters like Chun Li, Lara Croft, Mai Shiranui etc. through super beautiful or cute takes on Princess Zelda, Peach, Samus Aran, Ahri from League of Legends and some of the male game charact
Tutorial- How to Take CommissionsPlease do not copy, repost, or solicit this information without linking back to original sourceMore Like This
Download the full 22 minute audio lecture on the right for only 100da points
Judging your talent level
Have a realistic idea of your talent level
-Poll your audience for outsider opinion
-Don't be too hard on yourself
Find your niche
Specialize in something
Where to start
-study the market
-start lower than the competition, but don't undersell yourself (more on that below)
-offer beginner perks
How to price
-(most common) Level of Completion: Sketch, Inks, Flat colors, Shaded
-Types of shading: Simple cel shaded, digital painted, monotone shading, etc
-Styles: Chibi, Realistic, Cartoony, Anthro
-Portions: Bust, Full body, Waist and up, face
Break down your prices to give people affordable commissions without sacrificing the variety of what you produce
-Consider making additional charges for:
to brighten the mood. :what i like about your oc:alright, rules:More Like This
comment and i'll choose a character of yours but you first gotta make a journal like this with one of my ocs.
1. wildfire by :iconspiketail94:
her colors are amazing and her tendency to find blurr is just cute. it's like blurr's a duck and wildfire's a baby duck following him.
Site Update: Runaway LlamasMore Like This
In our continuous effort to improve the DeviantArt experience, we're publishing weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.
The Runaway Llama Badge
Late last week, two llamas captured the eyes of the world for a few hours, as they were on the run in Sun Valley, Arizona. To celebrate their fleeting freedom, and for the devious fun of it all, an additional level has been added to the already existing llama badge.
Hoax Involving Deleting Accounts
Recently there has been a surge in Journals being posted or shared that say that DeviantArt will be deleting
CASTING RESULTSHere are the casting results for the Crusader Adventures: The Beast Out of the Earth casting call! You all did a fantastic job and we appreciate everyone who tried out! For those of you who did not get a part, don't lose hope! Two more Crusader projects are planned for the next 2 years (audible gasp!) and there will be more casting calls (nothing as big, but still)!More Like This
Anyway, without wasting anymore time...here are the results! Congratulations!
Sean / The Fox in the Fedora
Connan Bell / Leaf / Voice of Husky
Prof. Eugene Cabbage
Leaf's Dad / The Enforcer
Dr. Ebert Egbert
Riley McGraw / Rug Burn
Dr. Ivan Menace
Nixon Watergate / Mordecai
Voice of CAZ
Mayor Sir Reginald Winkenshire III Esq.
Rock E. Baboona
HUGE ART AUCTION + Art Raffle THE AUCTION is THUS CLOSEDMore Like This
thank you for everyone who took part :3 you will be contacted shortly.
The raffle will also take place soon.
Surprise! I've finally managed to get this journal down!
So ... I'm facing rather tough financial situation at the moment as I've almost ran out of all my savings
- and naturally that's exactly when my PC decides to start dying on me and uni shooting me with projects that require some urgent purchases of art supplies
so shortly, I need to raise some funds to fix my computer and to not to starve.
So I'm going to sell the entire set of my Transformers watercolor paintings, the originals of course,
and some other little doodles as well.
With one little exception!
I'm sorry Bumblebee fans - I promised myself that I could keep one and I'm keeping him.
I'm holding an auction with these start up prices ...
TRANSFORMERS PRIME PAINTINGS
Staring price USD 25 $ :
Constest WinnersMore Like This
It weas really hard to choice now. Because all pictures was good.
I really like her Design sooo much. But dear the Spikes on his Arm and legs bother me
also a very great Desgin. I'll draw him with 5 Toes dear.
I'll pick the Winners next weekend.
kinda busy with IRL stuff :iconsadtardplz:
Okay next week is the contest Over. Then I'll pick the Winners on this weekend.
I'll make the Deadline now until 28st February 2015. I'm honest and I was need the price money for my Cat finchen.
The common misconceptionWhen giving workshops last weekend, I was confronted with something at least remarkable.More Like This
I had a random chat with a girl that apparently knew me from DeviantArt. We a friendly conversation about art such. It wasn't that strange, until she concluded her message with.
"It's nice talking to you. I always wanted to know what you were like. You know... since you draw so well"
And I was like... "Huh? What?"
Some people see me as a talented writer or artist, others (including myself) raise the bar even higher.
But regardless of what you see as skilled or not, I don't think there's such a thing as 'them' and 'us' in the art world. It's too small of a world. We're too alike. And I think most of us aren't exactly prone to living a celebrity lifestyle anyway. Bitches & bling don't match well with the usually quiet lifestyle an artist prefers.
When I started doing painting, I looked up to many of the lo
Character Design Contest!CHARACTER DESIGN CONTESTMore Like This
We are finally launching our Character Design Contest!
I have been wanting to do this for a while now, something that’s a lot of fun where it gives you a chance to use your creativity and art skills to win awesome prizes!
In this contest, you get to design a character based off ANY key or piece of jewelry we have made. It can be based off one in our DA gallery, one in our etsy shop, or one that has already sold from our shop. It does not have to be a key, it can be anything we’ve made.
Anyone can enter, worldwide. Digital and traditional art accepted. It can be a fully painted picture or line art. Other media, such as clay/ sculpting or costume making, are acceptable as well.
PLEASE READ EVERYTHING
Design a character using parts inspired from a necklace in our gallery or shop.
It does not have to include all e
Winners!!Alright, I went through the entries and the winners are.....More Like This
1st place is :iconwhitewings16: with:
I absolutely love how you portrayed my Rozalie tapping into her mind control powers! And I love how you did her in your style!! The colors are so vivid and her personality shows through; calm, steady, proud, and a little smug. Congratulations!!
2nd place goes to :iconporcelain-nightmares: with:
This pair of mute girls just crack me up! Sometimes I think of them as a crack canon pair xD And it's just another day with them hanging out... and over-eating. This is a great "day in the life" picture and their expressions are priceless!
3rd place goes to :iconalwaysadoptaholic: with:
I love these two beautiful girls sharing a song together! Katsumi will play for, and play with, anyone who will listen!
4th place goes to :iconclovis-cutestkitten: with:
Just another day of Katsu
A thing or two about styleYears ago, when I was still a lot younger and I still drew like this, I used to admire people that had a certain drawing style that distinguished them from other artists.More Like This
No matter how strange or extreme it looked, at least they had something unique. Something that made people instantly know it was their work. I didn't have that at the time. Throughout my youth, I've been influenced by Dragonball Z, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, mecha anime, anime movie posters,
Free Key Giveaway #44 - CLOSEDWINNER IS : :iconhowler1234:More Like This
Pick ANY Key from our shop that You Want and POST the Link in THIS Journal. Pick Keys here:
Free Key Giveaway
Each week we will be giving away 1 key for free to say thanks for all the support. Anyone can play. We ship all over the world.
So what do you have to do to win one?
PLEASE READ EVERYTHING BELOW BEFORE POSTING
Just post on this journal.
From when we post this journal, you'll have 1 week to put your name here.
Please only comment once. If you comment twice, you will be disqualified. Even if it's an accident, be careful!
We'll count up how many people commented and then we'll use the random number generator to pick a number: http://www.random.org/
Each week there will be a new
8th Anniversary Giveaway Winners!Here are the results!More Like This
Congrats to sapphiredragon927, I-Am-So-Me, creepypasta4eva, BloomingRoseXeniia, FreakOfLove, LittleChiChi, blueberryJay, and XG912! I will be sending you each your 100 point prize shortly.
Thank you to everyone who participated, and look forward to more giveaways in the future!
On 31 January 2006, I became a member of deviantART. So in honor of my upcoming eight year anniversary, I have decided to hold another point giveaway! Lucky you, getting another chance to win my money Now, onto the important stuff...
How To Enter
Be a Watcher of mine Fave this journal to receive your entry number (Numbers are listed in this journal's Favorites)
Eight (8) winners will each receive 100 Winners will be chosen with RANDOM.ORG
Deadline for this raff
Current and Future ProjectsIn case anyone is interested in the graphic novels that I'm working on, here's a list of all completed, in progress, and future works.More Like This
Category: Slice of life / fiction
Description: A little girl seeks the help of an artist in hopes of mending her breaking family. (Read it here http://yuumei.deviantart.com/art/1000-W0RDS-126831037)
Publication: On sale at http://4de.com/product_details.php?pid=111
Category: Interactive narrative
Description: Walk in the shoes of a child forced to choose between mom or dad. (Play it here http://www.yuumei.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=0#/d3k5k6d)
Category: Nonfiction / biography
Description: The true story of my friend and her plight to be reunited with her father. (Read it here http://yuumei.deviantart.com/art/Father-264884676)
Celebrate deviantART's 13th Birthday!More Like This
On the day of your birth, you were likely surrounded by those who loved you, who would lead you through the rough first scary years of life, and who would stand by as you grew into a capable person. As time passed, others may have drifted into your life, and even if you didn't know it, they also nurtured and cared for you in much the same way, helping to shape the person you would become.
When a community like deviantART is born, the same common thread binds its originators and founding members together. Over the years, more and more creative beings drift into its life and strengthen its core every single day, resulting in an exponentially inspirational powerhouse for the sheer fact that they've become a part of it. That nurturing spirit, that inherent support system, that caring community inspires deviantART to grow, and it comes from inside each and every one of you.
Is it bad? Some words from me...UPDATE UPDATE: I Just want to say thanks to everyone that have commented and wrote me an encouraging words. Also, thank you for sharing your thought. I know what I said isn't detailed, I'm not a scholar and I'm still learning but I've received thanks from some people and that is great. How grateful they were. So keep in mine everyone, even doing a simple thing, indirect or not, it will means a lot to some people.More Like This
You can read the comments and replies by the way. Sorry if I can't reply ASAP. Have a nice day guys~
UPDATE: I don't mind if you guys send me note~ That made me happy that you guys can put your trust to me. You guys really made me proud~ Don't worry! Any notes are considered private and anonymous. I will respect your privacy. So don't be afraid to send any if you need.
I'm trying as much as I could to avoid writing personal stuffs here. This can be a bit of ranting so if you hate stuff like this no need to read. No I'm not fishing for attention. I k
The RulesWhat kind of art can be submitted here?More Like This
The best examples you may find in the Featured folder. The group does not support photography, photomanipulation and 3D rendering, but you may submit them to our favourites. However, cosplay and fashion photography might be submitted to the Artisan Crafts folder, if the outfit was hand-made and it's entirely shown in the picture. For further info about the folders just see their descriptions inside.
No sweet pinky things. No abstract (don't confuse abstract with surreal). No cliché gothic pictures like from Victoria Francis. Modernish things and themes - from after 1930's - rather no.
Think of brothers Grimm, think of Discworld, of Tolkien, of Moomins, Lovecraft, Poe, of legends, of the Golden Age of Illustration, of imagination, of some twisted stories and
Back from Artist AlleyThe girl who bought the yuuko wind chime on day 1 of AX, please contact me~~!!! O_OMore Like This
This year's preparation was a rather rough one. I had to stay up through all 3 nights to prepare more prints because I didn't print enough T^T. The positive side was the good business...TuT but I'm so tired and worn out.
also glad that people liked the wind chime commissions ^__^
Thanks to everyone who stopped by~ Thank you for supporting my work.
and now...as soon as I'm done setting up my online store, I'll be back to work on MYth Distillation. @_@
These are the fan art prints I have this year...
The only MYth book I will have available is MYth: Will limited edition. [$12 each]
I have a few MYth character prints 5x7 sets still available
Bookmarks are all available
Persephone & Hades charm straps
all large prints are $15 each
I will bring what I have left of the MYth character prints to AX, but ALL MYth character prints are available at
Merimask's Designs on stage with Katy Perry!I am ~thrilled~ to be able to announce that my masks are appearing on stage all over the world right now, as part of Katy Perry's "Prismatic" world tour! I created three modified versions of my Industrial Egyptian masks for costume designer Marina Toybina, and they are part of an extravagant, spectacular performance with an Egyptian theme.More Like This
Great thanks to Allison Habel and Marina, for being so wonderful to work with. Allison found me on my Facebook page...that's social media magic for you.
Thanks also to :iconarchaical: , for building this amazing graphic for me!
As always, you can find me at the following places:
Web site: http://merimask.com/
Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/merimask
''Guess What Today It Is?'' + updates"Guess what today it is?" was what I said to my family last night when I realized it was after midnight. They responded with "Happy Birthday!" and then continued by laughing at my spoken typo.More Like This
Thanks to everyone who has wished me "Happy Birthday!"
I thought I should take this chance to update everyone as to what I've been up to, since I haven't posted anything in weeks. I have a few questions for you guys. It would be great if I could get you're input.
I have been spending most of this time off line getting PPS Ch01 ready for publication and have sent it to be processed for publication. When it is done processing I will be sent a proof copy. If I like the way it looks I will make it available for purchase for everyone. It will be available as both a paper comic and ebook. It's been a week now so it should be done any day? When that gets squared away I can get to making chapters 2&3 ready and send them out.
I don't have any idea with what to do for the title p
deviantART was on TV + join the art challenge!A long time ago (about 24 hours), in a galaxy far, far away (down the road in Hollywood), comedian and television host Chris Hardwick introduced a segment on his late-night Comedy Central show — aptly titled @midnight (get it?) — that got many of us at deviantART all aflutter.More Like This
First of all, if you love the Internets and you haven't seen @midnight yet, you're missing out on some serious lulz. A few nights a week, Hardwick invites some comedian pals on the show for some Geek-Centric Improv Comedy. Sort of like a British Quiz Show brought to you by Reddit. Or "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" with slightly less dancing, but an equal amount of thick-rimmed glasses and awkward sexual tension.
In a segment called "Star Weird" on Monday's episode, Hardwick's guests had to choose which of two artistic descriptions was an actual deviation on deviantART. YES, MOM, HE SAID DEVIANTART'S ACTUAL NAME ON TV! MUCH WOW! The comed
MemoriesI've been in China for almost a week now, and all the memories I have of this place is flooding back. Unfortunately, many of those memories are quite negative. A lot of people commented on my last journal asking why my stepmom and half brother had tried to kill me. It's not a secret and I'm in a weird mood right now so I'll retell the story.More Like This
I last visited China almost five years ago. I was unfortunate enough to be stranded at the LAX airport for two days. During that time, I met another girl my age who was also returning to China to visit family. We talked for a long time and I found out her parents are also divorced like mine. She told me how her stepmom would regularly burn her with cigarette buds. I was horrified but I felt lucky that my stepmom is kind to me. I told her I was lucky to have a nice stepmom. I had never been so wrong.
When I first arrived, my stepmom greeted me kindly, and we talked, joked, and hung out like a regular family would. But her mask was quickly cracking a
Watercolor TechniquesWatercolor Techniques IMore 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). You should go grab your tools now, because the next series of articles will be focusing on painting methods. I sincerely hope these will help you and wish you all happy painting!
Laying a wash
A wash is a large area in a watercolor painting where the paint flow and diffusion have been manipulated to efface individual brushstrokes. Within wash areas, color transitions are usually gradual and span analogous hues. Laying a wash is one of the most satisfying tasks in watercolor painting. Essentials of this s
Artist's Toolbox: Acid Dyeing (Shibori)Artist's ToolboxMore Like This
Shibori is an ancient technique which essentially refers to dyeing and shaping fabric with a multitude of techniques involving "resists" - basically tying, stitching, capping, clamping, etc. the fabric, to allow dye to get only to particular areas of the fiber. Although shibori is not only done with acid dyes, I use acid dyes in my shibori work, so that's what I'll be talking about in this article! Hope you enjoy!
The process of acid dyeing silks and wool can yield beautiful results, but it can be tricky to figure out exactly how to get a particular 'pattern' with dye due to it's rather spontaneous nature. For some, letting the dye do as it pleases will produce their favorite results, but there are times when we need to restrict the dye at least a little bit. In order to do either of these types of dyeing, tools are a necessity!
A stitched 'pattern' on silk noil, called 'mokume
My first Big Bang ExperienceThe title is deliberately misleading haha. Sounds like I am talking about the K-pop boy band but Im actually talking about hardcore sex.. NO. Wait, might be the other way round. ANyways.More Like This
So some of you who follows my stuff (Dunno why you would) knows that I went to a K-pop concert while I was in Hong Kong a week ago, I went to my favourite boy band group's concert, ONE DIRECTION!! No I joke... but rather the legendary Big Bang! Well.. kinda. Since only 3 members of the 5 could make it, it was more like a medium size Bang. My husband TOP wasn't even therejakflakdfas. So anyway I went with my 14 year old cousin Momoe, its her first time going to a concert and like me shes a big Big Bang fan. (BIG BIG BANG?) and Momoe was more than happy to let me take her concert virginity. Well the concert didn't start till 8pm, but me and a friend SomeSnowman went to the concert area at 3pm to buy merchandise, and Im glad we did.. if we were to buy merchandise a bit later all the stuff
PE: Anime/Manga - Digital ArtGallery MonthMore Like This
Hello everyone! Welcome to the Anime & Manga half of this week!
Today Gwendolyn12 and me are going to explain the different categories of the Anime & Manga Gallery.
Since this Gallery has 2 different main categories the Gallery Overview is split in 2 articles.
In my article I will explain you our Digital Media category including the sub-categories. The Traditional Media category will be explained later by Gwendolyn12!
What is Anime & Manga?
Anime is based of the word Animation. These are Japanese animated productions usually featuring hand-drawn or computer animations. When you talk about an Animation in Manga style. That's Anime.
But what is Manga? With Manga you mainly mean a comic book created in Japan. But this word is used for regula
Just a lil somethingI like how people ask you for a free drawing after finding out you draw for a living. Do you also ask people to come over and sweep the floor for free after finding out they clean for a living too?More Like This
Are you the Main Character of your own Life?Thats a funny question to ask actually, "Are you the main character of your own life?" I can't really imagine anyone saying someone else is the main character in their own life, like 'Yeah my friend Bob, he is the main character, I am just a supporting role in his epic tale, pretty much if he dies I would also have to take my own life because his story has finished'. No. Im sure everyone consider themselves as the main character of their own lives, it's my story, my life, etc etc. I guess the real question is, how important is your story?More Like This
Eversince I was a small ugly child, I have considered myself to be the STAR of my own movie. "The Life of Ry" is the title of the film, without sounding too egotentacles, it just mean that I felt I was destined to do great things, this might have something to do with how I was brought up, I was very optimistic, I was quite spoiled even, I was always happy and laughing, it may have something to do with me being an only child and the fact that I
Celebrate deviantART's 14th Birthday!More Like This
Fourteen years of existence marks a period of growth, change, and introspection — an era of creativity and emotion that leads to long-term personal and artistic development. As we celebrate deviantART's 14th birthday, we want to thank all of you for joining in on the journey of growth and development, from the deviants who have been here from the start to the deviants who are starting out their deviantART experience today.
How has deviantART helped you grow as an individual and/or as an artist? Tell us your story through an art feature Journal!
Visit the Write a Journal Entry pag
The DeviantArt Community Turns 14More Like This
When you're young, your teenage years can't come soon enough. Thirteen was fun, but with a whole year as a teenager under your belt, you start to get perspective on what it means to grow up. You're not there yet, but the path ahead is clear and inspiring.
At 14, you start taking on responsibilities and testing out maturity, while continuing to reach for the stars and fostering the creativity that's such an integral part of your life.
DeviantArt's 14th birthday marks the ushering in of this new chapter. For the past year, we've gained perspective on where our journey should lead us next, and we couldn't be more thrilled to share it with you and have you with us every step of th
[CLOSED THANK YOU] Sketch commissionMore Like This
Cough, OMG THANK YOU SO MUUCHHHHHH >///////////<
We will try our best to finish them all :iconyeashplz:
Ciao! awww Finally open commission again!
Every day we shop keeping our Handycraft shop and got no job there. And we only can touch PC at night.
So so,, we open sketch commission that we can finish while shop keeping XD
And for this time we open 2 type! Chibi and Headshot! check'em :icongyaa3plz:
Here's some example ^^ , click to see the full size XD
Happy Birthday for Kak Yudha! by Skunkyfly
Chibi Sharku Sketch by SkunkyflyChibi For Machomilk by Skunkyfly
Some Artists are Shameless...:iconasnowmanplz::iconasnowmanplz::iconasnowmanplz::iconasnowmanplz:More Like This
Artists Like me who post riveting titles with an insidious agenda! !!
Everyone knows that Christmas is a time where starving shih tzu's like this one:
need extra special attention to be kept in grain-fed, organic, free-range anti-biotic free meats!
So move over Halloween!
Pumpkins don't feed puppies.
:iconreindeerplz::iconreindeerplz: CHRISTMAS CHEER DOES. :iconreindeerplz::iconreindeerplz:
:iconsaysplz: "I don't... what is this? Are you trying to sell us something in some shameless, obnoxious, under-handed way? Are you using the puppy to evoke sympathy?"
:icononigaspplz: :iconsaysplz: "NEVER. . I'm merely stating that all my earnings go directly to this poor, dest
Just don't be the prissy negative oneAn Anon on Tumblr asked this really awesome question and I'm like YES I NEED TO ANSWER THIS. It's a MAJOR peeve with me and it's like an 80% guarantee I will unwatch you and think poorly of you for months, even if you change your attitude afterwards (it takes a while for an impression to dissipate for me).More Like This
Question: What type of people do you dislike to encounter in the art community?
People that play themselves down. I really dislike people who post a piece of art while saying “I’m really sorry that this sucks and looks so ugly. It’s a piece of shit. I’m such a bad artist.” For goodness’ sake, if YOU think your art is a piece of shit, then don’t share it with the rest of us! It’s basically the same thing as saying “here, waste your time by looking at my piece of shit. There, you lost 4 seconds of your life thanks to me.” If you don’t think your art is worth anyone’s time, do everyone a favor and k
[updated]Raffles Are Unfair!EDIT: Looks like they updated the FAQ again and now it says that only pay-to-enter kind of raffles/giveaways are not allowed. :')More Like This
This is kinda a rant that I wanted to make days ago, but I didn't have time to write this. Also I was waiting for a helpful reply from the help desk that I contacted about a week ago asking many questions and what I got was confusing. That's the only word I can use to describe it.
So, everyone makes raffles and giveaways, people like them. But apparently, you are not allowed to make them anymore. No matter the prize you choose to offer: points, money, pm, art(?), tablet(?), etc. All a no no.
Kind of a summary (my understanding of this whole situation):
da banned lotteries in 2010.
I found a comment from 2013 from a staff stated that point raffles not allowed, but pm raffles are fine.
A week ago, da banned contests and raffles that offer points and money as prizes because of legal issues.
Art Featuring - You and your friend 21 journal doesn't have enough space so I have to separate to 2 journals ^^. Here are the rest of featuring:More Like This
Art Featuring - You and your friend 1 Update: After a day, here are all the art we have . Thank you for all people who joined it (please tell me if I miss any work here). If you miss this time featuring, don't worry, please wait for next week ^^.More Like This
And please enjoy all the art here and don't forget to drop them some love
DD Suggestion GuidelinesGreetings! I'm your Anime & Manga and Space Art & Sci-Fi Community Volunteer.More Like This
Before you suggest a Daily Deviation, make sure you read and understand how to do it. If you follow these things it will make organizing a little easier for me and avoid confusion.
I read all suggestions I receive, but I usually do not reply them, unless I was the wrong person to send them to, there has been other reasons featuring isn't possible. I think that time spent for replying is better used for other things.
Please be aware that I only can mention one suggester in a Daily Deviation feature. That means, the one I mention is the first suggester of the artist.
But I try my best to include all suggesters thoughts in the Daily Deviation description.
When the suggester(s) wrote their thoughts down in the note.
Suggesting an Anime & Manga or a Space Art & Sci-
Celebrate DeviantArt's 15th Birthday!As DeviantArt enters its 15th year on the Internet, we want to take a moment before blowing out our candles to thank the community for allowing us the honor of hosting the site that you call your home for art. After all, it's the community's 15th birthday, too, and in the past few months, we've been making it our top priority to share with you our plans for the future, celebrate the successes of our past, and look to you for guidance on how best we can serve each of you while entering this new phase of DeviantArt's existence.More Like This
As DeviantArt enters its 15th year on the Internet, we want to take a moment before blowing out our candles to thank the community for allowing us the honor of hosting the site that you call your h
Art Telephone! Updates!Update October 8th: I've been recieving some beautiful pieces! I am still reminding people about their pieces, though some members have been unresponsive. Considering that most people have started school, each artist will be given a longer period of time. Reminder though, if you do not want to participate anymore please do notify ahead of time! Otherwise here are some previews. Click for larger image!More Like This
Update: August 6th: The project is well underway! I've already received some spectacular pieces from some groups. Note I can tell if you have or have not viewed the Call Drawings and the Note. If you do not read my note within a weeks time I will move up the list and go to the next artist. You will be sent another note explaining the move up, and asking if you would still like to parti
How to: ColorAs a follow up of my "How to: Anatomy" journal that was received so well by the community, I will continue this series with a how to on color.More Like This
Color is considered to be one of the hardest subjects when it comes to art. Most beginners (and even some advanced artists) struggle to get the colors of their work right. I myself do as well. This journal is by no means a full coverage on how to color. It will however be a good list of resources to get you started on this hard subject.
A few things to get started
There are a few things to color
There's hue and value. Hue determines what place in the color spectrum the color is in (red, green, blue.. etc). Value determines how dark or light a color is. In order to understand colors, you have to know how to influence and work with both of them.
Your brain is deceiving you
Kurt Wenner's Bacchus projectI've always said "Getting comfortable with discomfort is crucial to success!" And I can fully say that now I know that that means.More Like This
I Just got back from 2.5 weeks working along side an international group of artists who made the attempt for worlds Largest anamorphic pavement art. (still pending if its going to make it ) For me it wasn't about getting the world record tho, but the experience gained from this project. In all honestly it was to big. We fraught extreme heat which was on average 38°C - 100°F degrees during high sun. Worked from sun up to sun down 10 days strait with a brief pool break during hot hours to cool off. Our limits were pushed physically and mentally. We were behind even before we began and creative problem solving was the theme of making the best and working with what we had. We learned to work together despite language barriers and we became really close. I've made life long friends working along side every
ProjectPorkchop Vol510:iconalexaasen:More Like This
An artist from Sweden, Alex's gallery showcases an impressive technique where she uses digital media to create portraits that on first glance appear to be watercolor paintings. These pieces are hauntingly expressive and feature a technicolor palette that enhances their impact, giving the viewer ample reason to keep watch on Alex's progress.
Suggested by Ouremji
Amanda is a photographer from Sweden who captures dynamic shots and portraits of animals, depicting all their vivid qualities and beautiful features. Any fan of animal photography is sure to be delighted by this deviant's work!
ProjectPorkchop Vol508:icondragonfly2736:More Like This
Karen is a varied hobbyist from Mexico. Her style incorporates quirky details and fantastical characteristics to create images that have a Tim Burton-esque appeal. With a passion for sharing her art with others, Karen will surely appreciate your interest in her work!
Suggested by TinyWild
Nikolay is a Russian artist who specializes in traditional art, favoring starry-themed paintings and realistic landscapes. These pieces are beautifully detailed and composed, capturing magical moods through the artist's wonderful application of light and color. Do check out Nikolay's gallery in more depth and add these lovely works to your collections!
Equine Stock/Reference Highlights Vol. 21If you guys know any under-appreciated/unseen stock photographers, leave me their name in the comments!More Like This
Featured providers: No need to thank me! After a few features it may get redundant. And it's my pleasure!
Always respect the photographer's rules
(Do they allow manips? Do they allow precuts? Find out first!)
Credit the photographer
Thank them for their photos!
Faves of the Month (from October 2015)Taking a short break from schoolwork to do this featureMore Like This
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A feature of my favorite deviations from the past month!
(These are both old deviations I just discovered & new uploads )
Go comment on these pieces, some of them have 0 comments!
Cliniko by Nightmare-v
Commission - QH foal by Vizseryn
and a million miles by Nikkayla
lusitano. by Animal75Artist
Daily Paint #1083. Tomato Soup by Cryptid-Creations
CM Blue Roan Dungaree by VolpeArtica08
clementines by minkorarin
My sweet Melingka by amoniakAngel
Favourites Feature Time AgainIt's Sunday again and that means it's time to share with you some wonderful traditional and digital art work that I've favoured this week.More Like This
It's a kind of magic by WiCkedW1TcH
Fall a play of colours. by Phototubby
20150904 Frog Psdelux by psdeluxe
winter is coming by augenweide
Bobafett by Maniakuk
Comayhem by absumaniac
Vampiria by SandraHultsved
Free spirit by LiberumEqua
Drift by Yewrezz
Tangled Veiltail by Calmality
Life As It Is by Sortvind
Lady of the pumpkins. by CharllieeArts
Heavy Halloween.. by megan7
Pumpkin by ChrisCold
The Storm by RadoJavor
Late for Halloween by Si3art
Away to Milky Way by m-eralp
Jnana 07 by Hart-Worx
Medusa 2 by AshtrayheartRomina
Split cheek makeup 4 by TheLadyOfBlack
Scream! by royal-nightmare
...and then it will come for you! by Fledermausland
Halloween Monster Wedding Masks by windfalcon
Industrial Evolution by freeny
Bat by TOLDart
Book Cover Shield by ZawArt
Cromm Cruaich by absumaniac
My sweet Melingka by amoniakAngel
Where The Tears Go by augenweide
Asian Witch by Maniakuk
Owlvengers Assemble!!! by 4steex
International Rabbit Day [September 26th 2015]Lapinou by phonalysNew Forest Rabbit by Neutron2KLittle Rabbit by AlinaKurbielBaby Bunny by kkartMore Like This
What's in the Undiscovered Section?, #17This fortnight's media: Traditional ART!More Like This
Pearlescent by LiberumEqua
Sunflowers! by NathanFowkesArt Pink lady by Celiarts 'CLOSE ENCOUNTERS' by Pen-Tacular-Artist
Harbinger / 4 color 2 color fades by SearingLimb ALUSHTA. EVENING ON A ROCKY BEACH by Badusev
Weekend Journal Art FeatureAnother weekend - more inspiring and amazing works of art:More Like This
Hollow by Daenzar Leap of Faith by Mrs-Durden Downtime in Venice by rah-bop
The Second Nest by ProjectOsxar
Abstract landscape 02 by Jooksiklane Indigo Wings by TALONABRAXAS
My Language Is Dead, But The Shapes Fill My Head by brandongeurts
Sun Head (Animated) by SuperPhazed Cases by Pierre-Lagarde Breaking a Bird by DasGhul
The Speed of Light Rail by richardcgreen reindeer sketch by Nonparanoid
Equine Stock Highlights Vol. 19 Pt.2 (August 2015)Part two of all the stock I faved in August. It was a bountiful month.More Like This
Featured providers: No need to thank me! After a few features it may get redundant. And it's my pleasure!
Always respect the stock photographer's rules
(Do they allow manips? Do they allow precuts? Find out first!)
Credit the stock photographer
Thank them for their photos!
The 101 Guide To Marketing For ArtistsSlowly I get to catch up with deviations on here, now I just need to make use of the journals more oftenMore Like This
There are some things I would be glad, someone would have told me earlier...
Marketing is such a thing - since I´m freelancing 5 years now it is save to say that is no accident that I´m happily blessed with the "just right" clients and it all boils down to be due to authentic marketing. Honestly- I embrace everything that has to do with it, below you find my write up to get a better understanding of what it is all about.
I always found interest in psychology and marketing but when I jumped on the freelancing train 5 years ago I especially embraced anything that I could find to help me understand, use and practice marketing as a way to keep myself busy with work that I love to do and to collaborate with people who respect what I do.
In the process I learned much from many different experts and in this post I will forward what I´ve learn
7 Days Drawing Challenge! (closed)Here we go! Firstly, I know time zones may be a problem. It's Wednesday 18, June, 13:00 o'clock where I live. The challenge starts counting from now on. Thankfully, DeviantART lets me know when the deviation was submitted. (:More Like This
I'm amazed with the amount of people interested in joining the challenge. It must be started today in order to be finished next Wednesday. If you can't join for any reason, don't worry! I'll be doing more Drawing Challenges in the future.
What's a 7 Days Drawing Challenge?
The challenge is drawing 7 different things based on 7 themes I will give you guys. A drawing a day. I know it may sound a bit tiring but the objective is to keep yourself inspired during 7 days in a row. The more you draw, the more you'll feel like drawing!
What about the Rules?
The only rule is that you have to draw (and submit) something each day. NO CHEATING! It doesn't matter the media nor the ar
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Why advertising ain't evilOne of the things I mentioned in my journal about social interaction was that you should only watch a person on DeviantArt when you were genuinely interested. While that states the obvious, the statement sort of backlashed on me, and many people called me a hypocrite for saying the above thing, because I've been advertising my profile at dAhub and apparently that's one of those things you shouldn't do.More Like This
However, I wouldn't be me if I didn't think of this as bullshit.
I've been calling this whole "marketing is evil" statement on DA utter nonsense before, and I will do it again. Because it actually is. It makes completely no sense to be on a website with so many artists that want to sell their art/commissions/adoptables for a reasonable price. Yet when anyone doe
More contract talk...HOW TO MAKE ONEOk I have talked and read some people's TOS and frankly they freak me out.... So I thought I needed a GENERAL talk about documents and how to set them up.More Like This
Terms of Service:
This document is where you lay out YOUR rights and the PATRONS rights to the product you are delivering. This is Mine. Mine only applies to custom adoptions. If you are doing commissions you need a different one because you often don't own the characters. So here is what you ROUGHLY need to address in a TOS
1. At what point does the work become theirs?
Why? I have this so up till the moment I upload it. I own it.
2.What the patron do/not do with the design?
Why? so they don't do something with it you don't like
3.COMMERCIAL AND PRIVATE USE
you have to do this. no exceptions. who owns what.
4. Anything else you want to talk about? Other section
Okay, Serious Money/Terms TalkIt is time we had a serious talk about money watchers. If you sell PLEASE take a moment to read this so you don't get colossally fucked over.More Like This
YOU NEED A CONTRACT IF YOU SELL.
YOU NEED TERMS AND SERVICE AGREEMENTS.
YOU NEED TO KEEP EVERYTHING.
If you sell and you do not keep your notes organized, do not have contracts, do not have agreements. You are going to get fucked over (unless your incredibly experienced and can smell fraud from a mile away). I say this over and over and over and people tell me they don't want to be too "serious" or they don't know what to say. It is your responsibility as a business owner to keep track of everything. Not just because it is good business but so when someone tries to rip you off after work is delivered by asking for a refund from their financial institution you can go. "no I have paperwork,their real name, and their signature" and send them a nice
selling advice (BUT IT WONT SELL!) (please read)"They barely sell as it is, I am afraid if I raise prices anymore they won't sell at all"More Like This
"My art isn't worth it"
"People won't pay what I want"
"Insert a million excuses here"
This is you! Or rather I should start off by saying this is all of us because I don't believe in playing the victim, we are equals here. We have all said it at some point in regards to sales. I personally have said it plenty of times. You, the reader are probably no exception.
Pricing is difficult, I offer my service and advice to who I can but at the end of the day I can't reach everyone to give you this talk. So I am writing this general journal about why your art ACTUALLY does not sell. I am going to try to be possitive but this journal may be harder to digest then most of the other informational journals simply because of the nature of the reason under pricing occurs. Which is because the seller has no self confidence, no experience, and is making business about their worth as
Helpfull Selling Mindset (another plz rd)I got a note this morning from someone asking for my assistance and advice about sales. They are having a reselling issue and were inquiring about TOS/contracts. But from what they wrote I could tell that information wouldn't help them with the core issue. I have left out their initial note and kept them anonymous but I thought some of you might get something from my reply regardless.More Like This
It is really lovely to hear that you have had such a wonderful experience selling up till now! Do not let this recent change discourage you. This is not a personal situation/attack that you are going through so do not let it impact you on a personal and emotional level. I know it is painful. I have had it happen and it really does hurt. It is very easy to flip a switch your mind and say "never again" after it happens. It is easy to respond to it by throwing rules and regulations at your work or respond by making co
So you want to be an illustrator?Ah the mysterious world of illustrators! It always sounds like the dream career, working from home on cool illustrations!More Like This
How does one get to that point though? Here I discuss what it means to be an illustrator and the steps you can take to get there.
There are obviously many other ways but this road seems to be shared by a lot of the prominent artists in the industry so surely it's worth taking note!
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PracticeBy now everybody already knows that becoming a good artist doesn't come from talent alone. On contrary; talent is a myth. Like the famous quote goes: "Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration". Meaning so much that even with a good idea and a bright mind, you still have to work your ass off in order to achieve something. While this makes mad skills available for basically everybody, I still hear many people complain about practice being a rather boring thing, or about them practicing a lot but still getting nowhere.More Like This
So I thought; Oh well... Why no article about practice?
Conscious vs unconscious practice
First of all lets divide practice in roughly two types. You have the conscious type of practice. This is the kind of practice in which you're sitting down and thinking to yourself "Hell yeah! I'm gonna draw some <subject> today to get better at this!". And then there's the unconscious type of practice. The type of practice that is often more playful an