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Art Survival Guide - Beginner by DarlingMionette Art Survival Guide - Beginner by DarlingMionette
This was supposed to be much longer, much more detailed, and full of pictures. But I ran out of room. I almost didn't fit my name on the bottom. It's a DA Survival Guide for Amateur Artists - just covering a few "If you want to improve...." points, social interactions, commissions, style.. etc. It was done off the top of my head XD meant for the newest DA beginners that have no idea where to start.
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Given 2011-01-12
Art Survival Guide - Beginner by *DarlingMionette offers tons of great advice for artists that want to find a way to improve their work and get noticed with helpful tips on developing a unique style, applying work ethic, accepting commissions, and learning the first steps of networking. Here's your guide to navigating your deviantART experience with more confidence while achieving your artistic goals.
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Losoviaha Featured By Owner Edited Feb 16, 2018
Sadly I have read that post only yesterday. If I have read it two years ago...

I think, that it is a really nice tutorial for beginners. I recall my first steps in art some time before and I have to acknowledge the truth of your statements, especially about work ethics, thinking of goals of your art. And even now I found these clues helpful for me, like your passage about socialisation. Also very useful is a tip not to throw works way: some times it really helped me to find new forces to continue drawing. But in my opinion, one aspect was not clarified enough.

I am talking about art basics that you mentioned in a paragraph "What is an amateur...". I think, it is very important to tell people more about learning basics, namely basics of the academician art: real human proportions, body anatomy, perspective etc. They give perfection that was managed by hundreds years of practise and without them an amateur will not be able to move farther than just copying and drawing some cute and worthless pictures.

Exactly I mean that. When one knows well shading, he can shade very realistically and also he can use stylised shading that does not lack such important things like tones, mid-tones, usage of proper lighting etc. If he does not, he would just draw some black areas in zones that do not really need shading at all. The greatest modern artists learned that things before they wrote their masterpieces. You can watch some early pictures by Malevich before his "Suprematic Square", Picasso before his "Guernica" and Dali.  But many people (you can see it just by the number of searching results and views) think that art is "How to draw Naruto" or "How to draw a man in a pose X". Another part thinks that just by using references they can learn to draw (it is actually true, but reinventing a wheel is an extremely inefficient activity).

In conclusion I want to say, that it would be a nice addition for the guide to tell people that theory will help in practice a lot. Nobody is actually solving differential equations without knowing what limits and derivatives are! Or using medicine before reading instructions...

It is my personal opinion. But I am very sorry if I understood your mind incorrectly in this point. And I want again to thank you for such a useful tutorial.
RiyaAzure Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2017
This is really amazing for beginners like me to start. THANKS FOR INSPIRED ME TO DRAW MORE!!
scribley Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2017
Thank you very much for this guide! I learned so much, and I hope my art journey will flourish. Im newbie in digital art, and I hope that I improve constantly and hit my goals to become a concept artist!
fatitle Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017
Thank you so much for this! Really needed this, i barely launched this account and i needed a guide through deviant art! All i need is more people to follo- i mean "watch" lol :)
Shizuko-Akatsuki Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing advices ! <3 It helps me so much, thanks a lot <3
DatOneSexyButler Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016  Student Digital Artist
This was incredibly helpful! Thank you so much for this! :D
AriesxCreations Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this, I needed it now that I just started doing art again :P
lyoth737 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I found it again ^^
This beginners guide really helped me as I started to draw, thank you really much for it!
fleur-de-lys59 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I found this just now. I read it. I liked a lot what you said. But I don't agree on one thing in particular. Art block exists.
Art block is not when you don't want to draw so you don't do it for month. It also happens, of course.
But art block is when you actually want to draw/write something. You may have the idea, or not, you may look in your "inspiration" folder but you just can't. You stare at a blank piece of paper (or a computer screen) with your pencil in hand. Your mind is racing but your hand just can't do anything. And it has nothing to do with procrastination or laziness.
I experienced them both. Art block is way worse.
Please, don't make people guilty for having an art block. It's actually terrible when it happens. (In French, we call that "syndrome de la page blanche".)

Sorry my English. If I made a mistake, feel free to correct me.
sparkycatkid Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Pfft, I don't draw on classwork and tests. *dumps every piece of paper from school in trash* *lights it on fire* *scatters ashes into your bed*
Aileem-Blue Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016
Really helpful, thank you!! I loved your optimism.
I'll use your advices for sure ~♥
Kiki-Chan1408 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016  Student Digital Artist
ArtByElizah Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much. This just made me realise a lot of things I never took notice of...
KiaKamill Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this, its really helpful :)
conishi Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am sure that all of this stuff applies to more than just art survival...
ohthewonders Featured By Owner May 21, 2016
Thank you for the tips! I just joined in yesterday and was a bit lost but I found this post really useful! :)
CuteGoomy Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Student General Artist
Thank you so much I'm just a beginner and I found this very confidence boosting :)
cbugdraw Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016  Student General Artist
This is pretty much the most helpful thing on the entire internet.
LongVacation Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
thanks DarlingMionette, best \(@_@)/
Lilnula Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very motivational and useful guide. Thank you :)
elyfic Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016
Thank you soooo much for this!!
Jiynkxie Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015
Thank you SO much for this.
Zeifly Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Student General Artist
I found this very informative. Thanks for posting this. It's really inspired me to crack down on myself and work harder. Keep up the good work! ^.^
leejohnson1993 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015
As a beginner I feel great from these words of advice thank you
BayouBryce Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Hey, i thought that was some terrific advice.  Thank you for posting it, it really clarified a lot of questions or concerns I had!
amature-artist-250 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you for this wonderful advice.           
broqentoys Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
oh nu... i ONLY know how to do fanart X3 but you know what, im getting there. ive been trying to create some characters lately
LadyLaufeyson13 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015
Thanks for this! I'm a super beginner artist (seriously just bought the sketchbook yesterday) and this was amazingly helpful! 
Kyndiaa Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Student General Artist
I read this in 2013. TO THIS DAY i have an inspiration folder stored in my computer and TO THIS DAY, im still perfecting my art styles with your techniques. Thank you for that.
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
aww T_T what a nice thing to say. I'm glad you found it helpful all those years ago :)
Kyndiaa Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Student General Artist
Definitely. Thank you for making my art what it is today c:
NightHallows Featured By Owner Edited Jun 30, 2015
thank you!
this is really helpful and it helped me to learn more about art :D
but it really reminded me of things i should be doing and stuff i can do 
Grekz Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Some gret advice and motivation for beginners like myself. Thank you very much! :D
Jimmy-McHamsteak Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This information was quite helpful. Ah-thankyou. Quite inspiring!
Pandorazx Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh my god.. thank you so much! I've been searching for this kind of guide and I finally found it!! Hug 
This is really helpful and inspirational for me ''as a beginner'' :D (Big Grin) Thanks again haha ... It is a long and hard road but we'll do it! CURSE YOU! 
I'll give my best to become a wonderful artist!:happybounce: 
InkPawStudio777 Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you VERY much for your help. This got my fire going again. :3
MaashaNemo Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thank You for the great article. You had addressed many points that I had issues with. Specially using reference and cutting corners. 
BlueFlash13 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
Thank you for this! Real inspiring information here. :D
ForlanceAbice1 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
Well this is a nice little guide.

Though it would be nice to find out how to categorize all these art tutorials, guides, references, anatomy and what not so I am not confounded into confusion. Would be nice to find a system to organize all this into neat sections.
Stettafire Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Professional Writer
This has some really good advice in here:)
The tips on socialising especially are really helpful:)
SpellboundCL Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! I don't feel as clueless as I was before :) This is a great help to those that are just starting out! 
Asume97 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for this, now i know on what i will try to work on in the future :3
pamphletdream Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for creating this! I've just started my own art journey literally just a few hours ago and really appreciate the advice you've provided here. Thank you for your time ^-^
Cerulione Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you! I'm a beginner & this helps a lot. I appreciate your suggestion on how to find my own style, it's really helpful.
wheezyjefferson Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This was just what I needed.  A sprinkle of dust across an invisible bridge.  Thank you!
kleinir Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Student General Artist
Although these are all simple advices, they are fantastic and reminded me of a lot of things I shouldn't have forgotten! Thank you :heart:
Anansoft Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was amazing. Thanks for this tutorial, it's super. But maybe you can do a little dictionnary for DA (if haven't already done it). Because we don't all know what is a deviation and I think it takes time and as you said it will simplify thing for beginners like me. 
Azurewhiterose Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow,this is has helped me quite a bit.Thank you. :) I never thought of it that way.
ftnzkria Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
As a beginner, this is what I need. Thank you!
N0ha Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the part about socializing most, nice tips and real effort :D
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