F.A.Q.

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My inbox is flooded with messages and I'm unable to keep up with it. So I made this simple F.A.Q. with questions that have been asked to me over and over again.
Please refrain from asking questions that are already in here. I will most likely not answer them. If you have any other questions, please send me a message or a note. It might take me a while to reply, though.

Please note that this F.A.Q. will be changed from time to time. New questions and answers will be added every now and then.

:star: [last update:  February 3, 2016]




About art requests, general requests & commissions



Could you draw my character?
No. Just no.
I don't do art requests, and I don't do art for free. If you want somebody to draw your characters, please go to the projects forum and place your request there.

Could you do an art trade with me?
In general: Nope.
I generally lack time, so the only occassional art trades I do are for group events (Improvement-Club) and for personal friends.

Do you take commissions?
I've never done commissions, and I'm not planning to open them for the moment.
My health is not very stable and I cannot draw for many hours, so I prefer to spend my limited drawing time on my own projects.
I don't rule it out completely, though. It might change one day in the far future, if my financial situation requires it. 

Can you donate points?
No. I don't donate points to random strangers. If you want to collect points, please look into this journal

But you have so many points
Please note that the donation box is by no means a real representation of the number of points a person has on DeviantArt. It's an accumulation of all the point a person has gathered over the years
Furthermore I'm by no means obliged to give anyone anything. Just in the same way you don't walk up to a (assumed) rich person and ask him for money because "he has a lot", asking for points on DeviantArt is generally seen as impolite.

Do you stream?
I've done some art video's, which you can find in my gallery.
Other than that, I generally don't. I don't have the connection nor the internet speed to stream properly, and in all honesty... drawing live with all of those people watching my every move makes me kinda nervous.

Can you feature my art or artwork/contest/whatever?
Yes, I will feature any work on DeviantArt for points. Check out how it works here.




About watches, favs and requests


Watch me, please?
Nope. Although I realize that for some people watching works that way, for me it doesn't. I have hundreds of people on my watch-list at the moment, and although their art is good, I get hundreds of messages in my inbox every single day. To prevent my inbox from getting cluttered, I only watch close friends (those I know from real life) or people whose art is somehow inspiring (this usually means you have mad skills).
If you're watched by me; consider yourself lucky. That either means I see you as a friend, or you happen to make great art :)

Watch for a watch?
Nope. If I would've done that, my inbox would be completely maxed out every single day.

Favorite me, please?
For faving goes the same as for watching. I don't fave on demand. 

Will you join my group?
You can always send me an invitation to join your group, but don't be insulted if I choose not to join. I have many group requests pending on a monthly basis, so I choose only to join those that have my interests (OC art, mostly) or have many views. 
On the other hand; you can always add my artwork to your group's folders. I will accept those requests instantly.

Could you critique my artwork?
By default I don't critique other people's artwork. I get too many requests to handle all of them, and it feels unfair to do some and ignore others.

Can I use your art?
Depends on what you want to use it for. 
My art is uploaded under the creative common licence, so you're not allowed to use it for any monetary gain. If you want to use it for personal projects (or you want to color or lineart it) it's fine as long as you mention the original is mine and you link back to me.

Can I make fanart of your characters?
Of course. It's fine as long as you list my name as the original creator of the character.
You may want to tag me as well. In that way your drawing appears in my inbox.





About DeviantArt


How do you pronounce the name DamaiMikaz?
I'm a sucker when it comes to English pronounciation (non-native English person). I do say my name in some of my video tutorials, though.
Also, Google translate does a pretty much okay job (use the 'listen' icon) :D

Why won't you reply on my message/comment?
I get a lot of messages and I'm usually backlogged as hell. Although I try, I don't have the time to answer every single one of them. I do read all of my messages, though. 

Could you make a tutorial/journal about ... ?
You can always suggest topics for tutorials/journals to me, so I can consider them. Making them costs time, though.

I hv a ReQuEst for ya!!!!???
No. Just no.
As a non native English person it takes enough effort to read proper English already. Please keep it at that.

Why do you thank people for the watch or favorite?
My mom taught me it was polite :dummy:

How can you reply so fast?
I'm a basement dweller with no life. I have people helping out occasionally, though.
I don't always reply fast, though. If I do, it's probably because your message was at the top of my inbox.

How did you get so many followers?
Please read this

Why did you block me?
There are in general two reasons why I block people.
1. You've spammed me to the point of sheer annoyance
2. You've been an ass to me.
You figure out which one applies to you.




About me


How old were you when you started drawing?
I was about 6 years old when I started drawing. I started with anime-inspired art at the age of 11, inspired by the Pokemon hype in our country (Yeah... I used to play those games a lot). However, I wasn't serious until I was 20-or-something. Improvement overview here

Are you an art student/professional?
Nope. I do art for fun.

Did you attend art school?
Nope.

If you're not a professional artist, then why do you make art?
Art is my passion. It has always been.

If you're not a professional artist, what kind of work do you do?
Professional nerd.
I did all kinds of jobs. Mostly related to (but not exclusively) graphic design, webdesign, webprogramming and fixing computers.

Where the heck did you learn all that shit?
The internet.
I'm self taught when it comes to most (if not all) subjects. I'm the type of person that enjoys reading books and watching video tutorials.

So can you fix my computer?
I probably can, but it depends on how much you're willing to pay me for it.





About my art


What programs do you use to draw?
A lot of my older stuff is made in Paint Tool SAI. Most of my current work is made in Photoshop.

What materials you use for your traditional art?
I mostly state the medium used in the comment section. Most common ones being pencil, watercolor and pen/fineliner. I do digitally retouch all of my traditional art, since the scanner makes the colors come out really bland. As for pencil/watercolor/pen brands, I don't have a real preference. Anything that's of a decent quality will do.

What is the tablet on the picture?
It's called a Cintiq 24HD. A full digital tablet. 
Yes, it's really expensive. Yes, I saved up a lot in order to buy it. And yes, I use it for my work as well.

What's that thing you're wearing on your wrist?
In contrary to what many people believe, it's not something to protect my wrist.
It's a simple glove, called a smudgeguard, to prevent my hand sticking to the screen.

How do I get as good in art as you are?
Keep drawing and it'll happen eventually.
I wasn't born with any special talent. I just kept drawing.

Can you give me some good tutorials?
Here's some good ones on the basics of art
How to: AnatomyHuman anatomy is, for sure, one of the hardest things to draw. But at the same time it's one of the most interesting things to draw, because... hey... we love making characters, and it's nice if they at least look a bit like a human being. I'm still far from perfect at drawing the human body, yet I've accumulated some very useful tips, tricks and websites.
Good exercises
Drawing from life

Drawing from life is awesome!
Look for life drawing classes in your environment, or if they're not available; ask your friends to pose for you. Go have a drink in the city when the weather is nice, and sketch people passing by. There's nowhere you learn more about human anatomy than by observing and sketching real people. There's only one downside to this; dynamic poses are tricky, as it's hard for any model to hold a difficult pose for a long time. 
And no... drawing (nearly) naked people in a drawing class isn't awkward. I
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.
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
Inspiration: Art websitesMany people asked me about which sites I use (or used) to learn and keep myself updated about art. So I decided to make a list with art websites that offer tutorials, advice, or other content that inspired me. Of course there are many other individual artists that inspire me greatly, but I've tried to keep this list to the ones that provide the community of advice and tutorials (otherwise I could go on forever).
I hope you enjoy it ^__^
Proko

What? 
A large collection of video tutorials, mainly on human anatomy. Very detailed, to the point, and with visuals that make it easy to follow even for non-native English speakers.
Category
Tutorials. Human anatomy. Traditional art.
Website
https://www.youtube.com/user/ProkoTV
Ctrl+Paint

What?
Basically your starting point for digital painting. The dig

And there's a lot more in the helpful folder in my gallery.

I've also collected many tutorials over the years I've been on DA.
Please take a look at my favorites (these tutorials are not mine. Please credit the original makers)

What are those little text snippets that come with your drawings? Where is it from?
It's from my own project, Emion.
It's a novel I'm working on. The original is written in my native language (Dutch). I post parts and pieces with my art every now and then, to give people an idea what the art is about. 





Questions about Emion


What exactly is that Emion project of yours?
It started out as a novel, based on a fantasy world, on which I started working in 2006. The project was originally meant as a novel only, but I started drawing along the process, and happened to like drawing those characters.

What is about?
It's about the adventures of the members of a rebellion in an attempt to overthrow a corrupted government. 
It's about the members of the organization, their reasons and motivation. About a corrupted government and countless organisations in between. And about an innocent little girl and her brother that get caught up in the situation by accident. 

Why writing? Why not a visual novel?
Writing is my first love, and it's always been that way. I used to think up stories and worlds ever since I can remember. The sole reason that I began to draw, was because I wasn't capable of writing when I was younger, and drawing comics was an excellent substitute for not being able to write.

So, where can I read this novel?
It's in Dutch (my first language) and I'm still writing it.

How far are you with writing?
(This question needs updating, every now and then)
I'm currently working on my 3rd book. But as a lot of things changed of the course of the last few years, I've recently begun to rewrite the first 2 books as well. I'm somewhere in the midst of book 2 at the moment, so I'll be probably writing new content within a year or so.

Will it be translated?
As for now, there are no plans to do so.
My English isn't really good enough to translate (not to mention there are many many pages) and translators are expensive.

Will there be a manga/comic?
Not until I'm more confident with my drawing skills.
And even then the story is huge, so I doubt if it's even possible to make everything into a comic.

Can I make fan-art of your characters?
Of course you can. Please tag if you do so I can see it as well.

Your character looks just like character-x from anime-y?
Please... don't :no:
A lot of people have already thought up characters. With the limited possibility's of combining posture, skin- and hair-color, it's hard to create something that doesn't look like somebody else's character. Looks aren't everything though. A well rounded character is much more than looks. 




About Llama's


You gave me a llama. What do I do with it?
Llama badges serve no purpose on DA, other than exchanging them for fun. You can collect many of them, and give them to other people as well. Try giving a llama's to other people, and bring a smile on their faces. Here's some more info

Thank you for the llama badge! You are so awesome!
You're welcome. You don't need to thank me. If you want to do something back, give me a a llama in return. I'm a collector too.

Should I give you one as well?
That would be nice. They're free, you know! (You don't now how? Check this )

I cannot give you a llama back. how come?
Apparently DeviantArt has a llama maximum, which I reached. But no worries, you can still spread the llama love to other people :heart:

Why did you give me one? I don't know you
There's a big chance I don't know you either. I like checking out random people's art on the new submissions page and giving them a llama as a sign of "hey there, I saw you!".
Just spread the fun! Get to know some new people!



Other


I have a question that isn't mentioned here
Don't hesitate to send me a PM. 
Also; I will update this post frequently and add new questions that I get a lot. So keep updated :)
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AliceSacco's avatar
Regardless writing, maybe you don't have the same problem i do have, but, recently I discovered voice typing. I'm a two fingers typist and I don't feel comfortable writing long texts. Is tot 100% precise but is rather accurate, if you talk spontaneously it tend to write every single word correctly, about the speed you use to speak, and you only need to fix minor mistakes, foreign names and puntuaction.
The good thing is that most good voice typing application are free, and don't need to be installed and to occupy space in your hard disk.
MlgOfDaMtnDewM9's avatar
Hey nigger, how you draw good shit without a drawing tablet
canary-kid's avatar
p r a c t i s e
GrimtalesRachel's avatar
I'm really lucky to have found you! Your art is very well made and pushes all the right buttons. Also, your novels sounds great, if it's never translated, I'll just have to learn Dutch XD
DamaiMikaz's avatar
LunarsStorm's avatar
I didnt see it so... What is the 100k for and how'd you get it?
Ravensie's avatar
oh cool!! ^^
i got a llama from you today :0
im still trying to collect to the maximum amount, so thank you!! <3

So uhh since i cant give you a llama, hey there i saw you too? x'D
Bell-Void's avatar
Wow this was really helpful. Thanks for the llama, it led me here and I got to learn some new things!
UszatyArbuz's avatar
I have a question that is not mentioned here - what the hell is this 100K badge next to your username? :laughing: Another 'invention' of deviantART? :P
Sand-Gale's avatar
lmao I was going to ask the same thing ahahah x'D
DamaiMikaz's avatar
You probably have the llama plugin.
It says 100k because that's the max
stampswhore's avatar
BLESS
I was so confused
UszatyArbuz's avatar
Oh yeah, that's right... I didn't knew there is a limit for the llamas! :O
isaacjralderman's avatar
Are you planning to include the illustrations you do of moments from the novel in the novel there are some books that do that and it also helps people know the way they should look aand if you do end up somewhere in the future selling an English version of your novel Emion would you tell me at that time where I may purchase it from the little bits ive read it seems very interesting it would make a great manga as well especially with your level of drawing :)
DamaiMikaz's avatar
I'm not sure about how to release it, tbh ^^
isaacjralderman's avatar
Oh well you need to get a publisher they should publish it I mean it seems to be a great story in the off chance they arent willing to publish you could save up some money self-publish and if it gets popular enough yiu miht get a deal with a comlany for them to publish it but im not really sure about this this is just what I've heard and been able to remember but im only 16 so I dont know that much about these things sorry i couldn't be more help but hopefully this helps
Ithilloth's avatar
It was really interesting to read, especially about your novel. I can somehow relate, as I write my thing too since 2002 or so, it changed countless times and actually only the main characters and some plot elements are the same. :lmao: I feel kind of bond with people who are similarly bounded to one idea so much they don't give up after years. I wish you luck and ongoing determination to finish your novel, and hopefully I can read it in English someday too :)
Saikha96's avatar
Do you stream?
DamaiMikaz's avatar
At the moment, I'm not.
I don't have the equipment and internet speed to do so correctly ^^
cecil92's avatar
I enjoyed the whole faq deal. You sound for real. Almost makes me want to post my poetry and a few journal entries. Kinda weird
DamaiMikaz's avatar
Just post 'em. Why wouldn't you? :la:
cecil92's avatar
Haha. You are insanely awesome to read. 
DamaiMikaz's avatar
EmikoMariZakuria's avatar
All i wanted was advice for the future.
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