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Frequently Asked Questions!

Original journal here!

Did you ever do any tutorials?
- Yes, I spent a lot of time on this one:

War - Tutorial by algenpfleger

There's a lot of explaining in there, so please before you ask anything technique or learning related, read it thoroughly first.

I also have a ton of step-by-steps in this folder here:…

And I also uploaded a ton of layered Photoshop files:…

Finally, I have lots of studies and sketches on my blog:

How do you paint/color/draw?
- You'd be surprised by how many people ask something as unspecific as this. There's really not much to reply to this other than: Play around with things, spend time learning and experimenting, be aware that frustration might be coming your way in fairly decent amounts. Practice, practice, practice, read, think, practice.

How do you do this or that in this or that program?
- Similar to the previous one, I get this question a lot too. The problem here is not the question itself, it's the attitude towards learning - that itself is something you have to learn and work on. How do you think you'll find out how to do a specific thing quicker - by asking somebody and then waiting, or by using the program help file and the internet? If you're going to learn anything, not even just painting, it's always, ALWAYS going to be about your problem solving skills. THAT is what you have to work on, seriously it's important, because even if somebody tells you the solution to a certain problem, you will be stuck with the next one if you don't learn to solve them yourself. Even if it seems frustrating or hard!

Do you recommend using the smudge or whatever tool in whatever program?
- It depends on for what! Again, play around with it, and see what you can actually do with things. Learn to handle your tools, and learn what they are good or bad for. Trial and error is how you learn!

I don't understand perspective/color/something that seems challenging at first, what now?
- A lot of these things require a good bit of theoretical understanding, and then are actually simpler than you think. Read up on stuff! There's infinite resources on the web, spend time digging through it, understanding the way things work in real life, then apply it to the stuff you do. It won't work at the first attempt, so you have to keep it up to get the results you're looking for. But don't underestimate the power of simple knowledge about physics and math!

How do you know what color/muscle/whatever to put there so it looks right?
- This is something that learning from nature will teach you. Do studies! Lots and lots of studies, from real life and from photos. And don't just copy, try to get through it with your brain, take it apart, put it back together mentally, apply it from imagination, do it again. Work from imagination, analyze what doesn't work out, go study that, apply from imagination again. This way you will tackle your weaknesses and improve where you need it the most. And don't give me that "I don't like realism". No matter how stylized, all representative art is rooted in nature, and you have to understand how it works to be able to distort it. The mangaka and cartoonists you like all learned to draw properly, and that is what enables them to do the stuff they do with such apparent ease.

What should I practice?
- Simple! The stuff you're bad at, otherwise you're never gonna get better! \o_o/

Where do you get references for studying?
- There's loads of sources for that. Deviantart is a good start (since you're here), also random blogs and tumblrs, google image search, wikipedia - there's a TON of resources. Don't worry too much about finding the perfect reference image for your study, it's better to spend two hours practicing than one with the other spent searching.

What resources do you recommend?
- Loomis' books above all, also Vanderpoel, Harold Speed, Gurney, Linda Bergkvist's tutorials, Hogarth maybe too, but actually most things are best figured out through trial and error I think! A lot of times getting caught up in the techniques of people more advanced than you might make you tend to put the cart before the proverbial horse o_o

How do you motivate yourself?
- That's a tricky one. If I'm honest, it's just the thought of working in a normal job that I can't quite become friends with. I'd rather draw for another hour than face the possibility of having to flip burgers D:

What do you work with?
- It doesn't matter! Drawing happens in your brain, not your hands or tools. But to answer the question, copy paper, HB pencils, Photoshop, my trusty Intuos4M, Illuststudio and whatever I find lying around. My first tablet was an old Volito that I got from ebay for twenty bucks! I used it for ages, together with free software (oC1.1 and Gimp). So it really doesn't matter °v°

How long have you been drawing and what's your background? Personal things?
- I started drawing at about 18, 19, and I'm 23 now. I was in university, studying informatics, at the time I got serious about art. I then started practicing as much as I could find the time for, enrolled in an art school for a few months which turned out to be a waste of time, and since then have just been learning on my own, and now I'm just working as a freelance illustrator, hikikomoriing away. My family is full of musicians, but no visual artists, so unfortunately no talent or early childhood stories :{ But you don't need that, drawing and painting is a lot like science - you use your brain to learn how the world works. If you have a brain, you have all you need!

How is life as a freelancer? How tough is it finding work?
- Oh! Interesting, finally. Well. Life as a freelancer is obviously awesome since I get to sleep in every day. About finding work - this is a bit tricky. To me it seemed there is kind of a sound barrier regarding skill, something like the entry level. Before that, I never got any work at all. But from the moment I passed a certain point (about in the beginning of 2011) I suddenly started getting way more offers, consistently too. A possible explanation would be that there is some sort of industry standard skill level - "must be this tall to ride". So get there! It's possibly a better idea, in case you're not there yet, to spend your time working on skill rather than making connections. No matter how close you are with this or that person, they won't hire you unless you can actually do something useful for them °v°

Why was art school a waste of time?
- Well, it just stems from how a day looks studying at home compared to in school. School: Travel there, talk to peeps, wait idly for lecture to start, listen to boring stuff, heckle with profs, walk from room to room, draw a bit in between. At home: Get up, draw, sleep. So you just get way more practice in if you're learning by yourself. Also it doesn't cost a hundred grand.

Am I too young/too old to learn this stuff?

Will you share your brushes?
- Sure! Here:
Hannes' Brushes by algenpfleger

Deutsche: Ich bin 23! Kein "Sie", Ihr Penner!

Thanks for the psd files! I used them here, look:
- GO AWAY ;_; I upload them for people to learn from, they are not stock. Please don't use them for anything, it's true that I like angels as well, a bit, but seriously use the stuff that actually is in the "stock section" D:

Are you taking commissions/doing requests?
- Unfortunately the answer to these is usually no since I mostly am busy doing other stuff like rolling around on the floor, the bed, or reading manga. Sorry D:

Are you open to collaborating?
- This strongly depends on my mood and the stuff I'm working on at the moment you ask. If I'm busy thinking about other stuff, probably not, but if I'm excited about the idea, who knows!

Can I use your work for this or that?
- The answer for that will probably also be no. I draw these things for myself and myself only FUFUFUFU since I am such a mean egoistic person <3

Are you happy with your life? 

1,335 deviants said I'm not unhappy I guess
1,159 deviants said Yes 8D
805 deviants said I've been a lot better
639 deviants said No ._.




Mr Ooze
Mr Ooze is here! This'll be this month's sparkly token, get it through my Patreon! you don't, you might get a SLIMEY SURPRISE
MtG: Mirror March
Here's a painting I did for Ravnica Allegiance that I can finally show - Mirror March!  Go check out my tokens too!
15 years after building Sliver decks as a kid, I finally managed to paint a Sliver token that I think does them justice. You can get this as a sparkly token in the next wave of my Patreon!  It comes with a full art back as well!
all things considered, a normal day at the gym
i've been trying to do more stuff that i care about on a personal level. posting more of that on my instagram, so go follow me over there!…
Made an instagram!…

I'll it fill with some curated old stuff and then use it to share sketches +new personal work! #hashtag


Johannes Voß
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
Current Residence: On the Cliff by the Sea





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BleedingPixels98 Featured By Owner 5 hours ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your art is spectacular.
4alarmfirecracker Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Spread the DA love around! ( You can copy and past this message on thier userpage!)
1- You can hug there person who hugged you!
2-You-MUST- hug 10 other people, at least.
3- You should hug them in public! Paste it on their page! 
4-Random hugs are perfectly okay! (And sweet) 
5- You should most definitely get started hugging right away!

GGDrawsStuff Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're one of my favorite MtG artists of all time! I'm so glad I found your account!!
Luminaara Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
If you have any tutorials anywhere and/or stories of how you practice and train your skills so they became as outstanding as today, I'd love to read/wach them :D
greensam Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday!
urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018
happy birthday!
marcgosselin Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday!
BluePhoenixDown Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018
Happy Birthday! :party::cake:
KnightofNoitcif53 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday!! Have your cake and eat it too Party 
VictorCorben Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018
Happy Birthday!
annewipf Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018
Happy birthday! :hug:
KaylaNostrade Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Professional General Artist
Happy Birthday!
andy556 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018
Happy birthday.happy birthday 
Ben113 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday ^^
CharmyGirl5 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Student Writer
Happy Birthday!
AlexFRD Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018
Happy Birthday!! :cake::party:
KC36 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
Happy Birthday :)
Qube-Core Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday!
I really hope you had a great day!
Everything good for your future!
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funkyalienlovers Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!
BlackDonner Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For he's a jolly good fellow...  for he's a jolly good fellow...

Boing! Boing! Headbang!birthday cake :groove: revamp by Banjelerp Free Axolotl Icon by warriorgriffinParty Party Microkit by Hyraea:squee:Airborne  Have your cake and eat it too Airborne :squee: Party Microkit by HyraeaPartyPARTY HARDbirthday cake Headbang! Boing! Boing!
wyky Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome extra quality work! And happy birthday! +watch time!
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Happy birthday
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Happy Birthday ^^
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Merry Birthmas :D
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Happy Birthday >w</
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