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I am alive!

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 28, 2016, 12:56 PM


I would like to thank you all for your support in my art during this year!
I can't promise I will be more present - I've been very busy and don't have as enough time as I wanted to dedicate to my art. However, I will do my best.

For a wonderful and artistic 2017!

:love:

Hello everyone, I finally created courage to post my compositions on SOUNDCLOUD.

Please, visit me there to hear them!

soundcloud.com/danydiniz

:heart:

A NEW PERSON

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 26, 2014, 6:00 PM


I feel like a new person. 

And it feels great!

I guess I've grown a lot those last months... And I am ready for any good surprises that might appear.


I wish you all happiness~!

:blowkiss:

'Free' after almost 6 years

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 22, 2014, 9:51 PM


Hello everyone!

Sorry for my absence - but this will happen more often now that I am on the last years of my course (Medicine).

A few days ago, me and my boyfriend of almost 6 years broke up.

Why? Well, I was not as interested as before, and many aspects of him were bothering me more than it should. Also, he never supported my art - I don't know how I could stand this for so long... But we had great times. I don't regret anything! Not even breaking up.

I feared I was going to suffer or to regret, or being lonely... But in the end, I felt (and still am feeling) so free! I was very surprised with that.

I have so much more time to dedicate to myself and to my art. I am so happy! I am even eating better! 

Of course, I constantly think about him, and sometimes miss our times together... But the way we were these last months - it was unbearable, and it seemed not to have coming back.


I am not ready yet for another relationship, of course. Not even want another right now. All I want is to have fun and to enjoy my new life...


I wish that you all feel as happy as I am right now.

:love:

BE YOURSELF

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 4, 2013, 12:53 PM


We all have plenty of artists we admire. It's not unusual to see ourselves staring at a wonderful piece of art and thinking "I wish I could create art just like this artist...!". I sometimes find myself admiring some artworks so much, that I feel inclined to create something similar. But that never ends in anything good. It only leads me to frustration and failure - because I can't be someone else. I can't create art like another artist. I am myself, therefore, my art should represent myself, my feelings, my emotions - not somebody else's. 

That's why one of the greatest advices I can give you is... Be yourself, even when you're creating your ART.
Do not try to be someone else. Do not try to create art similar to others. Do not copy.
Be spontaneous! And you will see how it will flow. It will feel right. You will feel comfortable, in the right place. It will be meaningful.




A QUICK VISIT

Journal Entry: Sun May 26, 2013, 6:39 PM


Hello my dears!

I know I am (VERY!) absent, this is happening due to my University... I am having many tests and medical internships...
But as soon as I can, I will come back and be more active! :heart:

I hope everyone is doing well...:blowkiss:


Here is a beautiful feature from my dearest friend's Blossom-Lullabies :iconblossom-lullabies: contest winners...


:heart: PROTECT OUR NATURE :heart:

- First Place

Protect our Nature by annewipf

- Second Place

Natura- Birth by CarolinSajur

- Third Place

Protect-The-Nature--2 by areemus


:blowkiss:

SORRY FOR ABSENCE!

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 14, 2013, 3:50 PM


Hello my dears! :love:

I would like to deeply apologize for my absence.
I have been very busy with exams (I am having plenty of exams and works to do every week!), so unfortunately I am not having enough time to create art, or to login on deviantART.
It seems that all I'm doing these days is "sleep, eat, study...sleep, eat, study" and it goes on and on like that. Every little free time I have I use to rest, because I've been so tired that I'm not even able to create an artwork or to do anything else! : (

But I will always read your sweet comments and notes and answer as soon as I can.
I don't have enough time to thank you personally for the watches and faves but I would like you to know that I am very grateful and glad to have your support. :hug:

To the winners of my contest, I ask a little bit of patience: as soon as I can I will make your artgifts! :heart:

Thank you all and apologies!

Best wishes!
:blowkiss:

MAKE HER REAL - WINNERS!

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 25, 2013, 5:00 AM


Hello dearies!

So, here are the winners for my contest MAKE HER REAL!
I am very happy that such amazing artists took their time to participate! I will for sure hold more contests in the future and I hope that even more of you will join! :love:

But now, your attention, please, to those amazing WINNERS :heart:



:star:

FIRST PLACE

:star:

"Colorful Lady" by Eltoras :iconeltoras:

Colorful Lady by Eltoras

This wonderful artwork caught my eyes for being so happy and colorful, and then, very loyal to Ada's personality.
I love how spontaneous and vibrant this artwork is.
It is strong, but at the same time, sweet. Ada for sure looks beautiful in a semi-realistic style!
Eltoras not only proved her talent, but also her ability to express my character's true soul!
Congratulations! :love:

First Place Prizes

30 points from danydiniz
A Fashion Sketch from danydiniz
Critique on a deviation which the winner chooses from their gallery by danydiniz
Features from danydiniz, DreamyArt, kunehoGod
Llamas from danydiniz, KolliceKat, The-Land-Up-North
Winner Package by AnotherContestGroup



:star:

SECOND PLACE

:star:

"3" by chiaroscuro8 :iconchiaroscuro8:

3 by chiaroscuro8

I love that my three characters were drawn at the same time, together, and wearing such wonderful clothes.
I always have admired chiaroscuro8 for her talent and creativity!
This artwork is for sure awesome and loyal to my high expectations from her!
Congratulations! :love:

Second Place Prizes

20 points from danydiniz
A Fashion Sketch from danydiniz
Critique on a deviation which the winner chooses from their gallery by danydiniz
Features from danydiniz, DreamyArt, kunehoGod
Llamas from danydiniz, KolliceKat, The-Land-Up-North
Winner Package by AnotherContestGroup


:star:

THIRD PLACE

:star:

"Hello there" by lesauceboss :iconlesauceboss:

:bigthumb357334870:

How cute this is! I adore how this artwork is beautiful, lovely, and sweet.
It truly showcases Ada's friendly and sensitive personality.
I love the colors, details and also the feelings meaning from this!
Congratulations! :love:


Third Place Prizes

10 points from danydiniz
A Fashion Sketch from danydiniz
Critique on a deviation which the winner chooses from their gallery by danydiniz
Features from danydiniz, DreamyArt, kunehoGod
Llamas from danydiniz, KolliceKat, The-Land-Up-North
Winner Package by AnotherContestGroup


:heart:
Once again, congratulations to these talented artists!
Please everyone make sure to give this artists all the love they deserve!

:blowkiss:

END OF CONTEST - MAKE HER REAL!

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 18, 2013, 4:28 AM


Hello my dearies :heart:

Yesterday (17th March 2013) was the last day to submit entries for my contest.
I would like to thank everyone who joined this contest! :love:

There were few - but wonderful - entries!
I hope in my next contests more of you will join!
I am open to suggestions for themes and for improvement anytime!

Next weekend I will post the winners!

:blowkiss:

ME ON TUMBLR / REMINDER / KIRIBAN

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 10, 2013, 5:19 PM


Hello my dearies!

I would like to tell you that recently I've started using Tumblr. I already had an account there for a long time, but only now I started posting.
In there, I will post my sketches, process and WIPs of my artworks, so if you're interested, please check it out by clicking here!

Feel free to follow me! :love:


:heart:

Also, I would like to remind you that this is the last week to submit your entry to my contest "MAKE HER REAL".

MAKE HER REAL - CONTEST REMINDER!Hello dearies!
Today is March 2nd, which means there is still a few days left for you to join my contest!
(The deadline is on March 17th!)
This is just a reminder, and also an encouragement!
I really look forward to your entries! :heart:
Remember that, if you already submit an entry, you can submit another! 2 entries are allowed per deviant! :heart:
Great prizes awaits you, also I am still open for prizes donations!
(Note that everyone that donates prizes will receive a special feature in a separate journal!)
MAKE HER REAL - CONTEST!
:bulletpink: You will have to draw at least one of my OC, which will be presented below.
:bulletpink: There isn't any specific theme, so you can free your imagination!
:bulletpink: Feel free to change her outfits!
:bulletpink: You don't need to be loyal to their personalities in your artwork.
:bulletpink: No gender change nor love interaction between them!
:bulletpink: Please do not claim those characters as your own.
:bullet



:heart:

As for the Kiriban, I will give a fashion sketch (similar to the fashion artworks you can find in my gallery) to the person who catches my 43.210 pageviews! :heart:
I know it's a bit far, but, good luck everyone! :love:


:heart:

I wish you all a great week!
:blowkiss:

I WAS INTERVIEWED!

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 25, 2013, 3:18 PM


Hello everyone!

I am happy to announce that I was interviewed by the Brazilian Art Magazine Zupi!

You can see the interview here!

Also, my artwork "HOPE" was featured in their physical magazine.

You can check that out here!

HOPE. by danydiniz

Unfortunately the interview is only in Portuguese, but if you have interest I can translate it and publish it here on dA. ;)

I am very happy that even being only a Hobbyist Artist, my art is being more recognized and progressing!

Thank you so much!

:blowkiss:
danydiniz

BACK UP YOUR FILES

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 23, 2013, 9:48 PM


Hello everyone!

Could you afford to lose everything you have on your computer?
No? So, do you have back up of everything of yours?

I didn't. But fortunately I haven't lost anything... yet.
I am posting this journal to alert you. Because I almost lost EVERYTHING I have on my computer. And my most precious files are my artworks, of course. I would feel immensely bad if I lose anything.
I almost lost it all because my computer was having problems that I wasn't really aware of. I am not going to detail it, but anyway, my dear boyfriend noticed and volunteered to fix (he is an engineer and knows everything about computers and machines...).
He alerted me that those problems my computer was having could lead to something even worse, and I could lose all my archives.
Happily, now the situation is under control, but still, we must be prepared for anything.
I have already backed up everything I have on an extern HD.

I suggest you to do the same if you haven't already!
I didn't lost my files but I imagined how it would be horrible if I did, and I don't want it to happen to anyone.

Please be careful! Specially with your artworks.
Music, softwares, games... We can download and install them anytime.
But we can't afford to lose our creations and memories.

:blowkiss:

MAKE HER REAL - CONTEST REMINDER!

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 17, 2013, 3:02 PM


Hello dearies!

Today is March 2nd, which means there is still a few days left for you to join my contest!
(The deadline is on March 17th!)
This is just a reminder, and also an encouragement!
I really look forward to your entries! :heart:
Remember that, if you already submit an entry, you can submit another! 2 entries are allowed per deviant! :heart:
Great prizes awaits you, also I am still open for prizes donations!
(Note that everyone that donates prizes will receive a special feature in a separate journal!)



MAKE HER REAL - CONTEST!



:bulletpink: You will have to draw at least one of my OC, which will be presented below.
:bulletpink: There isn't any specific theme, so you can free your imagination!
:bulletpink: Feel free to change her outfits!
:bulletpink: You don't need to be loyal to their personalities in your artwork.
:bulletpink: No gender change nor love interaction between them!
:bulletpink: Please do not claim those characters as your own.



:bulletpink: Entries with mature content are not allowed!
:bulletpink: All kinds of visual art are accepted, as long as they don't disrespect dA rules.
:bulletpink: Maximum 2 entries per person.
:bulletpink: It must be a new submission, made after
January 17 2013, specially and uniquely for this contest.
:bulletpink: The deadline is on March 17 2013.
:bulletpink: Comment in this journal (or the previous one) or send me a note with your entry.


:heart: MY OC :heart:



KAAI

kaai II. by danydiniz kaai. by danydiniz

She has black hair, green eyes, and pale skin.
She usually dresses clothes similar to japanese kimonos.
Always serious and mysterious, Kaai has a very strong personality.
She is very introverted, cold, but still polite.
Very smart and sensible, she is also a perfectionist.


ADA

without feelings. by danydiniz

She has white hair, red eyes and peach skin.
She usually dresses exotic clothes, and is very found of the green color.
Ada is very open minded and creative, not to mention helpful and friendly.
For being so sensitive, she changes her mood easily and suddenly,
becoming difficult to be understood sometimes.
But still she is a fun company and very loyal to her friends.


FIORE

Fiore by danydiniz

She has blue hair, blue eyes and white skin.
She usually dresses fancy clothes.
Fiore is a princess. Still, she has a very humble and friendly personality.
She is delicate, gentle, optimistic, good and benevolent, always with a smile on her face.
She also has a deep fascination with mystery.



:star: PRIZES :star:



I'm still open for prizes donations!
Please note me if you're interested in donating.
All prize donators will be featured in a separate journal!


First Place

30 points from danydiniz
A Fashion Sketch from danydiniz
Critique on a deviation which the winner chooses from their gallery by danydiniz
Features from danydiniz, DreamyArt, kunehoGod
Llamas from danydiniz, KolliceKat, The-Land-Up-North
Winner Package by AnotherContestGroup


Second Place

20 points from danydiniz
A Fashion Sketch from danydiniz
Critique on a deviation which the winner chooses from their gallery by danydiniz
Features from danydiniz, DreamyArt, kunehoGod
Llamas from danydiniz, KolliceKat, The-Land-Up-North
Winner Package by AnotherContestGroup


Third Place

10 points from danydiniz
A Fashion Sketch from danydiniz
Critique on a deviation which the winner chooses from their gallery by danydiniz
Features from danydiniz, DreamyArt, kunehoGod
Llamas from danydiniz, KolliceKat, The-Land-Up-North
Winner Package by AnotherContestGroup



:heart:


Good Luck everyone! I can't wait to see your entries!


:blowkiss:
danydiniz

INVITATION :)

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 13, 2013, 1:36 PM


Hello everyone!

Firstly, I would like to thank you all for supporting my art!
I can't thank everyone personally for their watches and favorites, but I do my best to answer all comments and critiques you give me - which are very appreciated.

:heart: Now, I would like to invite you to visit my art outside deviantART! :heart:

I have a website where you can view my artworks, know some information about me and my art, contact me, view close-ups of my artworks and more information about them.

Please click here to visit my website!

I have also an account on society6. There you can buy my products for an affordable price, the quality of them is very high and they ship worldwide! Now and then promotions are held and the shipment is free!
Even if you're not going to buy my products, you can support me by promoting the artworks and following my account in there (if you have an account of course :) ).
That would be very appreciated!

Please click here to visit my store!




Those are some pillows from my store - under them, artprints and calendars*!

*Calendars are only found in my deviantart store! :)

Lastly, feel free to like my facebook artistic account!

Please click here to visit my art page on facebook!

Thank you for your attention!

:love:

FEATURE TIME!

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 3, 2013, 3:56 PM


Hello! :wave:

In my previous journal, I gave everyone the opportunity to be featured!
Everyone who commented suggested their artworks or their friend's to be showcased in here in order to help them to get more attention and love :love:
Please give them all the feedback they deserve!
Don't forget to favorite :+fav: this journal in order to spread it more, so many people can see it!


OC: Aozora Chiyo by azuriin Falling from Grace by Lalliebear Mio Loves Music Redraw by Animecolourful :thumb346881986: ID - Daisy by Javagrl Winter's Plum by NotaVerde Ink King by noeldragon
Striped Christmas Amaryllis by Kihaku-Gato We give our soul to the Nature by Blossom-Lullabies Multi-lingual butterfly wallpaper by smilekeeper Waiting... by LapisCrest Biproduct of Eye Project by EbonyDreamIvory Sunset Wedding by chiaroscuro8 :thumb348191405: I miss you so by lajvio
karakuri pierrot by Akashicchan Pink And Punk by Love-The-Nekos Not Really Chilling -- Colored by shellpresto Sebastian Michaelis by Kaleiyah-P :thumb343571161: Coloring the Monochrome World by Colorful--Melody rainbow basin by scarletangel2 Diluted Water by jelw7

Mature Content



:blowkiss:




SHOW ME YOUR ARTWORKS!

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 29, 2013, 8:56 PM


Hello my dears!

I would love to feature your artworks in my next journal!
So please, share your best artworks (no limits). I will choose the one I like the most and will feature.
I will feature everyone that comments in here.
You can share your thumb or the link to your artworks. You can also share your friends'!

:blowkiss:

MAKE HER REAL - CONTEST!

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 17, 2013, 10:10 AM


Hello dearies!

As many of you were interested in my contest idea, here it is!

MAKE HER REAL - CONTEST!



:bulletpink: You will have to draw at least one of my OC, which will be presented below.
:bulletpink: There isn't any specific theme, so you can free your imagination!
:bulletpink: Feel free to change her outfits!
:bulletpink: You don't need to be loyal to their personalities in your artwork.
:bulletpink: No gender change nor love interaction between them!
:bulletpink: Please do not claim those characters as your own.



:bulletpink: Entries with mature content are not allowed!
:bulletpink: All kinds of visual art are accepted, as long as they don't disrespect dA rules.
:bulletpink: Maximum 2 entries per person.
:bulletpink: It must be a new submission, made after today,
January 17 2013, specially and uniquely for this contest.
:bulletpink: The deadline is on March 17 2013.
:bulletpink: Comment in this journal or send me a note with your entry.


:heart: MY OC :heart:



KAAI

kaai II. by danydiniz kaai. by danydiniz

She has black hair, green eyes, and pale skin.
She usually dresses clothes similar to japanese kimonos.
Always serious and mysterious, Kaai has a very strong personality.
She is very introverted, cold, but still polite.
Very smart and sensible, she is also a perfectionist.


ADA

without feelings. by danydiniz

She has white hair, red eyes and peach skin.
She usually dresses exotic clothes, and is very found of the green color.
Ada is very open minded and creative, not to mention helpful and friendly.
For being so sensitive, she changes her mood easily and suddenly,
becoming difficult to be understood sometimes.
But still she is a fun company and very loyal to her friends.


FIORE

Fiore by danydiniz

She has blue hair, blue eyes and white skin.
She usually dresses fancy clothes.
Fiore is a princess. Still, she has a very humble and friendly personality.
She is delicate, gentle, optimistic, good and benevolent, always with a smile on her face.
She also has a deep fascination with mystery.



:star: PRIZES :star:



I'm still open for prizes donations!
Please note me if you're interested in donating.
All prize donators will be featured in a separate journal!


First Place

30 points from danydiniz
A Fashion Sketch from danydiniz
Critique on a deviation which the winner chooses from their gallery by danydiniz
Features from danydiniz, DreamyArt, kunehoGod
Llamas from danydiniz, KolliceKat, The-Land-Up-North


Second Place

20 points from danydiniz
A Fashion Sketch from danydiniz
Critique on a deviation which the winner chooses from their gallery by danydiniz
Features from danydiniz, DreamyArt, kunehoGod
Llamas from danydiniz, KolliceKat, The-Land-Up-North


Third Place

10 points from danydiniz
A Fashion Sketch from danydiniz
Critique on a deviation which the winner chooses from their gallery by danydiniz
Features from danydiniz, DreamyArt, kunehoGod
Llamas from danydiniz, KolliceKat, The-Land-Up-North



:heart:


Good Luck everyone! I can't wait to see your entries!


:blowkiss:
danydiniz

CONTEST TIME?

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 14, 2013, 1:40 PM


Hello dearies :hug:

Some of you know how I adore making contests. They are fun, and the results are surprising! I always discover wonderful artists, with incredible creativity.
I am really interested in making another one, but first I would like to know if you have any interest!

As prizes, I would donate a few points (I don't have too much, unfortunately!), llamas, critiques on your artworks, features, and add your artwork to my group DreamyArt for more exposure! I would also make for each winner a fashion sketch (one model in a unique outfit for each) of my choice, as an artgift!
The contest would be about drawing my OC (I will present them with details and such). I would love to see how you would interpret them!
Any visual media will be acceptable.

Well, I am still open to theme suggestions!

Please let me know what are you interested in, and if you would like to join the contest! :aww:

Any prizes donations are welcome!

:love:

I'VE GOT A DAILY DEVIATION!

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 11, 2013, 9:20 AM


I have just got my FIRST DAILY DEVIATION!

autumn daughters. by danydiniz

You can't imagine HOW HAPPY I am! :heart:

THANK YOU SO MUCH SaloGuardione for suggesting it and princepal for featuring it! :heart:

You've made my day!

:blowkiss:

TUTORIAL - Tips for All Artists

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 9, 2013, 9:00 PM


Hello everyone!

I have written a tutorial like this before here. But recently I have had more thoughts about it that I decided to share. As you may have noticed, I am not a professional artist, I am a hobbyist and self-taught, and what I will expose here is what I've learnt from my own experience. Even so, I hope this tutorial will be helpful to you!
Another note: English is not my first language, so I apologize if I commit any mistakes.
Feel free to correct my grammar any time, as well as make suggestions or asking questions!

This tutorial is for every kind of artist, but sometimes I will focus more on visual artists (since it's my speciality).
I believe that everyone can be an artist, and this tutorial has not only the purpose of providing advices and tips, but also motivation for all.

Contents


1. Your Image as an Artist on dA
2. Your Image as an Artist outside dA
3. Your Popularity
4. Your Art Process
5. Your Artistic Style
6. Your Inspiraton
7. Your Improvement
8. Your Art


1. Your Image as an Artist on dA



Each artist is unique - and you, as an artist, must make that clear, starting by your image here on deviant ART.
If you want to draw attention to your gallery, you must build an interesting image on the website. Here a few tips:

Your Icon
It is small, but it counts very much - if your avatar is good looking and interesting, people will be most likely to click on it. Your avatar should reflect what kind of art you do, so that people interested in that kind of art will feel like clicking on it; per example, if your avatar is a face of an anime girl, anime fans will click the most on your avatar. Still, that is not a must!
It is proved that people are more interested in animated avatars, so if you can animate yours, it would really help!
Not changing your avatar so frequently (like I do, unfortunately...) will make everyone memorize your avatar, in order to recognize you everywhere on deviant ART - as if it was your trademark!

Your Username
Specially if you are thinking of becoming a professional artist, you need a decent username. Having a unique username, easy to memorize and to type is better, so people will remember you and will be able to find your page easily. Also, if you use this same username for all your other pages (website, tumblr, twitter, facebook artistic page, etc...) this will make it possible for others to find you anywhere else and follow you!
A decent username also imposes respect over you. Who are you most likely to trust in a commission: deviant ErinJones or deviant 1iluv34heart?
Well, of course it would also depend of another factors, but we can't deny that the username represents an important role.

Your Profile
The more your page is good looking, organized, the better! Having the option to personalize your page is great, so you can make it unique and give your special touch. Try not to flood it with thousands of widgets, animated images, or anything that makes the page load slower. Using too much colorful backgrounds in your widgets is not also a very good idea. All those factors can make people avoid visiting your page: they might get tired of waiting your page to load, or tired of looking at so much information at the same time. Think: would you stay for so long in deviant art if its background was a vivid, bright red?

In your profile, you should:
* Present only your best artworks. Feature your best deviations!
* Have a deviantID, with a little information about yourself, your art, the tools you use, what is your graduation, profession, and past notable works - in case you seek to be/are a professional artist, presenting your experiences might be very relevant for who is visiting your page, and may be a future client!
* If you have pages elsewhere, post the links, so everyone can check it out!
* If you take commissions, also include this information!

A Subscription
I don't think getting a subscription in deviantART is required, but I have read in many places that deviants with a "*" before their names impose more respect and provoke more interest in others to visit their pages. There are no deep researches about this that I know of.
Anyway, a subscription gives you more options, since it allows you to personalize more your page and add more kinds of widgets, and also to make personal forums, pools, journals and more.

Your Behavior
* No one likes rude, arrogant people! So don't act this way. Be friendly and gentle! You will see how many friends you will make!
* Do not spam others, even if it is with comments like "visit my gallery", "view my new work"... This annoys others and they are most likely to avoid you!
* Answer comments. It shows that you care for your visitors / your fans / viewers of your art. Thank them for their time to see your art and for their comments.
* You can also thank others for favoriting your deviations and for watching you, but I know how it can take time, so if you want, you can write somewhere in your profile a previous "thank you" for everyone who takes time to watch and favorite your artworks.
* Take your time to see others' galleries, artworks, profiles... Comment on them, but not "one word" comments - try to really express what you think of the artwork / gallery of the artist, if possible give constructive criticism. You will not only be helping another artist, but also yourself to get more attention! Also favorite and watch artists that you like and that inspire you.
* DO NOT post "oh this artwork I made is bad, oh I suck etc etc...". I really despise this attitude - and I am not alone! It shows lack of confidence and insecurity. Specially if you want to be / are a professional artist, you shouldn't act like this. If you hate an artwork of yours, don't post it anywhere! Hide it, or remake it! Or you can actually post it, and politely ask for constructive criticism. Something along those lines: "I am not completely confident about this artwork of mine, I would really appreciate some feedback." Doesn't it sound better?
* Be humble. We always have plenty to learn, no one knows everything about a subject! You can even learn with someone with less experience than you, so always stay open-minded.
* Share your knowledge. Serve the community, help others! Think how many tutorials have taught you something. Imagine if all those people who wrote them thought: "oh, I have to hide my secrets, no one can know as much as me!". Well, it would be really bad, wouldn't it?
We all know something other people might not know. And it's because of sharing information that we learn so much. Sometimes, others don't see something we do, and the opposite is also true. We should all help each other, so that the society can improve. I went very deep here, but that's the truth. You will see how rewarding it is to hear that someone has learnt something that you taught!
* Be active on the community. If you disappear, most people will forget about you. Join groups, submit your artwork to them, participate in the forum, in the chat rooms, write journals, make features of other artists' artworks, make interesting pools, even make contests... By those ways, you will get more popular, and therefore will draw more attention to you and your gallery!

2. Your Image as an Artist outside dA



Your own page
I really advise you to have your own website / portfolio, and a very well built one. It doesn't need to be complex, with flash animation and more - just keep it organized and with a clean look, easy to browse and functioning! It should have your gallery, of course, featuring your best artworks. It also should contain information about you and your art, information on how to contact you, what kind of services you offer, where and how people can buy your art. Showcasing places that your art has been featured (such as magazines, articles, galleries...) and providing information about your graduation and notable works also help a lot building your reputation. Also provide links to your other pages on the internet!
Making the option to share your art through social networks from your website will also widen your audience!

If you cannot pay for your own domain and space on the internet, there are many websites that offer such space for free - just look for them! Also, deviantART provides a portfolio for subscription users. Remember to keep your website's name easy to remember and to type and as much as professional as you can.

Social Networks
Having a page in social networks is also very helpful to promote your art! Websites like Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook among many others have a great space for you to share your art. Today, many people use those networks, so your friends and family - your first audience - will be the first ones to help you promote your art!

Videos
Many artists use websites such as YouTube and LiveStream to promote videos of process of their artworks. By doing this, they are not only helping others artists to learn more, they're also promoting their art and abilities!

Blogs
Since you will use your website / portfolio as a more professional presentation of yourself, blogs can be a more spontaneous way to showcase your artwork. Through blogs you can post process of your art, sketches, ideas, and interact more with your public. It's fun, but also requires dedication and time, since bloggers should be active.

Stores
Many artists have online stores in websites like Deviant Art, Artflakes, Society 6... Well, if you research, you will find many websites that allows you to build easily your own store like those I mentioned. (They work like this: you submit your artwork, and the website produces the products and make them available to be bought. You earn a percentage of the earning when something is sold). Be careful! Choose one or two websites to build your store on - otherwise, your art won't be so unique and you will compete with yourself in the market. Also only choose trusting websites.

3. Your Popularity



You will gain popularity with hard work, a bit of luck, and also by methods that I have already mentioned before.
I just would like to say something: we all know there are certain subjects and kinds of art that gains popularity easier. Doing fan art and "artistic nude" (which sometimes is porn, in my opinion) as we frequently see in dA front page are some of those methods. Before doing those kinds of art just for the sake of being popular, ask yourself: do you want to get to the top by using famous characters that others have created? Do you want to get to the top by being someone you are not? Or you want to get there by being yourself and with your own, original, unique art?

*Please note that I have nothing against any kind of art. I just don't agree when someone uses something else or a determined kind of art just for the sake of gaining attention, and not really making art and expressing something. I don't want to start any kind of discussion here, nor offend anyone, nor criticize any artist or artwork.

4. Your Art Process



To create art, you must be in a great, inspirational and comfortable environment. Create art in a place where there is light, that is clean, organized, and that has a good space for your material. Of course, this place must please you and make you feel at ease. If you don't like sounds when creating, then choose somewhere silent, or if you like, you can turn on some music of your taste and that inspires you.
From time to time, take a break to rest a little bit, to drink some water, to give a little walk... Specially if you create art digitally, it is good to take a little break from the computer to rest your eyes every hour or two.
Sometimes, visualize your artwork from different angles and distances. It helps me really much sometimes to see what I need to do next on my work.
Before creating your art, it is nice to have a concept in mind. Try closing your eyes and seeing what you want to do. Or you can do just like I do: be totally spontaneous. Well, see what works better for you!
If you are impatient, not in really a good mood to create art, feeling bad about something or in a hurry, it's better not to even start. Try to calm down first. Creating art in such moods may lead you to do something you won't like the result and frustrate you even more. Unless you have no choice, it's better to choose only times you are feeling in an artistic mood to create art.
Make sure that during your artistic process you won't get interrupted or disturbed.

5. Your Artistic Style



Having your unique style differs you from other artists - your art can be recognized by anyone, anywhere.
What makes a style so unique are the palette (the colors and tones) used, the traces, the details, and even the themes approached.
There are many strong styles over there, such as cartoon, anime, surreal, abstract... It is really a challenge to create a totally original style, but don't give up! You can create something new over something that already exists (your own anime style, per example - that is a recognized anime, but it has unique traces that only you do).
Creating your own style is not something you learn from someone else, but from yourself - by practice, experience and experiments. It takes time, and be sure: you will be improving and changing (even if it's just a little bit) your style over time, for the rest of your life. It is unavoidable! Just be patient and obstinate.
Not only visual artists develop a style, all other kinds of artists also do! Such as writers, composers, singers, photographers, sculptors, even cooks!

First, think:
* How would you like to be remembered of?
* What would you like to make people feel when appreciating your art?
* How do you want your style to be described by others, and how you want it to be?
Try writing a list pointing it out. If you already have a defined style, are the answers positive to those questions? Do them match with what you aim?

Here is a small example (my answers!):
"I want to be remembered of my strong, rich choices of colors, of my remarkable characters, with very emotional expressions and eyes, and of the fantasy environment that they're in. I want people to feel dreamy when looking at my art, and that my art touches their feelings somehow. I want people to wonder what my art means for me and for themselves. I want my style to be described as unique, strong, colorful, emotional, surreal, and of course, beautiful. It must be spontaneous, original, detailed. I wish that my style is easily recognized anywhere and that it makes people go out of reality for a moment when looking at it."

After you know what you want, work hard for it! And we will all work hard for the rest of our lives in order to keep achieving our wishes.
Don't ever give up, even if it takes time for you to get your expected results. In the end, everything will go ok!

6. Your Inspiration



Inspiration is not something that when you call for it, it comes. It is absolutely normal to get uninspired sometimes.
We all have problems, and sometimes, personal problems interfere in our artistic process. Many other factors can interfere. Sometimes, we can stay uninspired for months! Don't desperate! Keep calm and try to follow those tips:

SEARCH FOR ART
Go to galleries, art exhibitions, read artbooks or illustrated books, look at photographies, browse deviantART and the internet...
Sometimes, other artworks can be a great source of inspiration, as seeing them will enrich your mind as you will find out different styles (completely different from yours!), new color combinations, different themes and feelings, different art tools and techniques.

LISTEN TO MUSIC
Music is always helpful, while listening to it, we always feel something, remember something, someone, somewhere... Sometimes we even imagine things while listening to it. Try to pay attention to the melody, instruments used, the lyrics, the harmony... Relax and let the images come freely to your head, with your eyes closed... Then try to transpose what you felt to a piece of art!

READ SOMETHING
Books of any kind (poems, chronicles, fiction, non fiction, even methodological!), newspaper, magazines of any kind, anything, even a single word (just as in 100 themes challenge!) can be a rich source of inspiration!

LIVE
Life is the greatest source of inspiration there is. Pay attention to your life, your daily routine, your feelings, your wishes and fears, your dreams and nightmares, your friends, your family, the place where you live, the seasons, things and people around you, things that happen to you...
Anything can inspire you: a hug a friend gave you, the way your pet acts with you, an weird insect you just saw, something someone told you, the lights of your bathroom (true story, that one inspired me!)...

By paying attention to the smallest things, as well as the greatest ones in your life, you can find something interesting to add to your art! Be open minded and sensitive to everything around you and inside you!

7. Your Improvement



Everyone wants to be good. At least, we should all have this ambition! And to accomplish it, we must fight for it!

There is an only way to improve your art: PRACTICE. Yes, there is nothing else but practice! I know you're all tired of hearing that. Everyone wants to know the magic trick that once learnt, will make you the best artist ever. Well, unfortunately there is not such thing! There isn't another way than practicing.

Everyone has their own time to improve their art. Some learn quickly, others don't. Some find it easier, some don't. But if you practice, you will all get to the same way: success. Talent is important and it helps a lot, but it is not required and it isn't what will define the better artist. The better artist is that one that practices more. In the end, only the hard work counts. So don't worry if you were not born talented, that doesn't mean at all that you can't BECOME talented! With dedication, practice and determination, EVERYONE can become a GREAT ARTIST. It doesn't matter when you start creating art - you can start at any age, with any tools (a true artist creates with any tool!). Do your best ALWAYS. That's what really matters!

Take your time, read books, tutorials, ask for critiques, be observing, and practice a lot. Remember that there is always something new to learn and something to be improved.

8. Your Art


What makes a good artist? Well, I will try to answer this question a little.

Attributes an Artist should have
I truly believe that ANYONE can be an artist. It doesn't matter their age, where they're from, what they do.
For me, an artist is the human being that creates something new in order to express an idea, a feeling, a thought, a dream - art, that is.
For this process, I believe all artists should have at least a bit of those attributes:

PATIENCE
It takes time to improve. It takes time to create a wonderful piece of art. It takes time to get inspired!
A masterpiece is never made within 5 minutes, neither an artist becomes talented in one day!

PERSISTENCE
Not always your artwork will be perfect as you wanted. Not always you will be able to create something you imagined. You must be persistent to keep practicing until you are able to create what you wished! Never give up of your aims! Always give it one more change! Always!

HARD WORKING
As I have said, no one becomes an artist all of a sudden! It requires a lot of hard work! If you seek to become professional, or already are one, carry a sketchbook with you, so you can draw whenever it's possible. Draw your ideas, draw things that are around you to practice. Work hard and you will see your progress! Take your first artwork of this year and then compare to your last one... See how much you are growing? You will grow much more yet!

AMBITION
Be ambitious in a good way: always try to be better than you already are. Always look for perfection! Aim high and go for it, giving all you got!

OPEN MINDED
Be always opened to new ideas, and to try new things. If you are a portrait artist, why don't you try landscape for a change? If you are a colorful artist, why don't you try working with just one color? (Both those examples fit for me! haha) Don't always be the same.
Listen to constructive criticism, listen to what others think about your art! As I've said, sometimes others see things we don't. Maybe you think your art is great, but maybe someone saw and told you that there is this detail that doesn't seem right. Instead of feeling bad about yourself or denying the fact, think whether it is really true and what you still need to improve. Don't get discouraged! Instead, look forward and try to correct your mistakes and make your art better!

CREATIVITY
Try to have new ideas, to create new things! It is really difficult sometimes to come up with something totally original, but it's not impossible!
Our dreams can be a great source of inspiration!

SENSITIVENESS
Try to express your real feelings into your art, in order to touch others' feelings with your artworks. Be sensitive to catch ideas from the simplest things in life. Everything can be a source of inspiration!

HUMBLE
Always be humble. Remember that there will ALWAYS be worst artists than you are, but there will ALWAYS be better artists than you are. You will always have something to learn, but you will always have something to teach too.

COMPLEXITY
Make your art to be more than what eyes can see. Give it deep meaning, story, feelings, ideas! So others will pay more attention to it and wonder: "What does this artist want to say? What were their feelings?".

DEMANDING
Without being too harsh, be demanding with yourself: you can always do better!

DETERMINATION AND DEDICATION
Being dedicated and determinated to improve will be important factors to your success as an artist. Remember that every artist has their own time to progress.

PASSION
Why all this effort if you are not enjoying it at all? Art should be a form of having fun, of having pleasure. Even if you are a professional - we should all work with something we love. Have fun!

CONFIDENCE
You are ABLE to create wonderful art! Believe in yourself! YOU CAN DO IT!


And that's it... It's a very big tutorial, but anyway, I hope you have enjoyed reading it and that it will be useful for you.
Well, have fun! After all, art is a pleasure!

I hope I have helped you, or at least, motivated you.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to do so.

Thank you for reading and good luck!

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