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Process of my recent watercolor illustration "Observatory" :)
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Community Week


I am excited to be joining Community Week at projecteducate once again :) I will try to be short and eloquent (though I will surely fail at both), because - let's face it - a written article / tutorial keeps falling behind videos as an educational medium. Be honest, would you rather watch a video or read about the problem you are currently researching? And if the choice is to read, what would convince you to dig into one article over the other? In other words, what makes a tutorial / article readable?

In this article I will try to address some of the things, that might either encourage or discourage readers to engage and learn from your tutorial / article.

                                          Frail

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1. Setting a goal


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When you choose a topic for your tutorial / article, establish a goal that you want to accomplish with it, or a thought / information you are trying to communicate. Also, imagine what kind of person is this tutorial for, who is going to read it. Make this as clear as possible.

Bullet; Pink  For example, my goal with this particular article is to provide a resource for people that want to write their own tutorial and don't know where to start. 

2. Length


:wall-o-text: by ChaosEmeraldHunter

Make it short and sweet, but informative. In my experience, written tutorials often contain a lot of unnecessary and long sentences, that could be trimmed without losing the essential information. Nothing discourages more than a wall of text. Nobody has time for that anymore.

Make sure that everything you include in your tutorial strongly relates to the point you are trying to make (follows the goal you set for your tutorial in the first part), and is written in a way that you think your goal audience best understands.

Bullet; Pink  For example, I have been told I formulate a very long, complicated sentences, because that is the way I think in my chaos-ruled head. Every time I try to write a tutorial, I first write everything down as my thoughts flow, later on I come back and cut all the sentences, trim them and make them as short and clear as possible.

3. Visual variety (within text)


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Use bold to distinguish essential information from the supporting text. This way, even an extremely impatient person can scroll through your tutorial and get the most important info just from reading bolded words. This also serves as an overview of what a reader can expect from the tutorial. Based on the information carried throughout the bolded parts, the reader can make a decision whether this information is what they were looking for and if its worth reading thoroughly.

Also, split the text into smaller, more digestible paragraphs. Use color and letter size to distinguish titles from regular text. Create heading for each part of your tutorial, if possible.

4. Captivating imagery


Le Mona Larry by FrisianDude 


The more interesting and high-quality pictures you can include, the better. If this is your own tutorial and you are making the pictures by yourself, some of the most basic tips would be to use daylight to photograph and edit the pictures to be as nice and clear as possible. If you are using someone else's pictures, make sure to ask the permission beforehand. Also, if it's possible to include the video of the process, this is the most amazing way to demonstrate some approaches or techniques, in addition to your writing.

Just like with text, make sure all the included images and videos strongly relate to the point

5. Opening and ending


:introduction: by aiwebs2005

An inviting introduction to any written tutorial / article is a must, in my opinion. It doesn't have to be longer than one or two sentences, but it helps the reader to slowly transition from whatever they were doing before to focusing on your topic. I like personal touch in the beginning of my articles, feel free to include why you personally want to write about this topic. The reader can then imagine you as a person behind the writing and that is always a good thing.

Same applies to ending, always include a short wrap-up and it's a really good idea to ask questions directly to your community. It will create engagement and more feedback and it will also encourage people to reach out to you. 

__________________

:happybounce: EXAMPLES OF READABLE AND INVITING TUTORIALS / ARTICLES


Exploring pixel art by Yuukon is the kind of "short and sweet" article, that communicates a lot with using just a bit of text and images. It invites to read, promises fun time in just a few minutes.
Offsite poetry resources by WhiskeyDreamer makes a great and very readable resource even without images, this is possible thanks to the neat and organized structure of the text as well as using headings and paragraphs with bullet points.
Anatomy of the human face by efelidi stands out mainly thanks to beautiful images provided and carefully executed by the author, thanks to these article clearly communicates a strong point before you even start reading.
Artist's Toolbox: Social media by Astralseed is short but clear regarding its point, with a particularly visible ending, that invites the reader into discussion, which gave the article more community engagement than average.

__________________

I hope this article helps you to create or tweak some really amazing and easy to understand tutorials! Lastly, I will ask YOU a couple of questions and I would love if you write your thoughts in the comments!

Bullet; Pink   Do you have a topic you always wanted to write a tutorial about, but never actually did it?


Bullet; Pink   What is the hardest, most challenging part of writing an article / tutorial - for you personally?



                                          Frail



Released new video today :) I am really excited about this one, trying something different.

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Community Week


I am excited to be joining Community Week at projecteducate once again :) I will try to be short and eloquent (though I will surely fail at both), because - let's face it - a written article / tutorial keeps falling behind videos as an educational medium. Be honest, would you rather watch a video or read about the problem you are currently researching? And if the choice is to read, what would convince you to dig into one article over the other? In other words, what makes a tutorial / article readable?

In this article I will try to address some of the things, that might either encourage or discourage readers to engage and learn from your tutorial / article.

                                          Frail

__________________

1. Setting a goal


Free Avatar-GOAL by SillyWereWolf

When you choose a topic for your tutorial / article, establish a goal that you want to accomplish with it, or a thought / information you are trying to communicate. Also, imagine what kind of person is this tutorial for, who is going to read it. Make this as clear as possible.

Bullet; Pink  For example, my goal with this particular article is to provide a resource for people that want to write their own tutorial and don't know where to start. 

2. Length


:wall-o-text: by ChaosEmeraldHunter

Make it short and sweet, but informative. In my experience, written tutorials often contain a lot of unnecessary and long sentences, that could be trimmed without losing the essential information. Nothing discourages more than a wall of text. Nobody has time for that anymore.

Make sure that everything you include in your tutorial strongly relates to the point you are trying to make (follows the goal you set for your tutorial in the first part), and is written in a way that you think your goal audience best understands.

Bullet; Pink  For example, I have been told I formulate a very long, complicated sentences, because that is the way I think in my chaos-ruled head. Every time I try to write a tutorial, I first write everything down as my thoughts flow, later on I come back and cut all the sentences, trim them and make them as short and clear as possible.

3. Visual variety (within text)


Halloween Staring Cat Icon Pack by Zagittorch

Use bold to distinguish essential information from the supporting text. This way, even an extremely impatient person can scroll through your tutorial and get the most important info just from reading bolded words. This also serves as an overview of what a reader can expect from the tutorial. Based on the information carried throughout the bolded parts, the reader can make a decision whether this information is what they were looking for and if its worth reading thoroughly.

Also, split the text into smaller, more digestible paragraphs. Use color and letter size to distinguish titles from regular text. Create heading for each part of your tutorial, if possible.

4. Captivating imagery


Le Mona Larry by FrisianDude 


The more interesting and high-quality pictures you can include, the better. If this is your own tutorial and you are making the pictures by yourself, some of the most basic tips would be to use daylight to photograph and edit the pictures to be as nice and clear as possible. If you are using someone else's pictures, make sure to ask the permission beforehand. Also, if it's possible to include the video of the process, this is the most amazing way to demonstrate some approaches or techniques, in addition to your writing.

Just like with text, make sure all the included images and videos strongly relate to the point

5. Opening and ending


:introduction: by aiwebs2005

An inviting introduction to any written tutorial / article is a must, in my opinion. It doesn't have to be longer than one or two sentences, but it helps the reader to slowly transition from whatever they were doing before to focusing on your topic. I like personal touch in the beginning of my articles, feel free to include why you personally want to write about this topic. The reader can then imagine you as a person behind the writing and that is always a good thing.

Same applies to ending, always include a short wrap-up and it's a really good idea to ask questions directly to your community. It will create engagement and more feedback and it will also encourage people to reach out to you. 

__________________

:happybounce: EXAMPLES OF READABLE AND INVITING TUTORIALS / ARTICLES


Exploring pixel art by Yuukon is the kind of "short and sweet" article, that communicates a lot with using just a bit of text and images. It invites to read, promises fun time in just a few minutes.
Offsite poetry resources by WhiskeyDreamer makes a great and very readable resource even without images, this is possible thanks to the neat and organized structure of the text as well as using headings and paragraphs with bullet points.
Anatomy of the human face by efelidi stands out mainly thanks to beautiful images provided and carefully executed by the author, thanks to these article clearly communicates a strong point before you even start reading.
Artist's Toolbox: Social media by Astralseed is short but clear regarding its point, with a particularly visible ending, that invites the reader into discussion, which gave the article more community engagement than average.

__________________

I hope this article helps you to create or tweak some really amazing and easy to understand tutorials! Lastly, I will ask YOU a couple of questions and I would love if you write your thoughts in the comments!

Bullet; Pink   Do you have a topic you always wanted to write a tutorial about, but never actually did it?


Bullet; Pink   What is the hardest, most challenging part of writing an article / tutorial - for you personally?



                                          Frail



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Kellsyy Featured By Owner Edited Apr 23, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Howdy! :)

Apologies for the late notice, but I'd like to congratulate you for being in my first ever Art Feature (for a newly-born Feature Project called Art Exhibition:DYour work has been hand-picked to showcase the best DeviantArt has to offerOn behalf of the rest of the community, I'd like to thank you for being an amazing artist!

To view the Feature, please click the thumbnail below (let me know if you consider this advertising within 24 hours of this post (so that I may remove it)). If you'd like to suggest any other artworks in the near future, do send me a message.

Art Exhibition: Vol 1.
Hello, fellow artists! Welcome to Volume 1 of Art Exhibition (AE).
AE is a non-profit project solely run by Kellsyy to promote various artistic abilities. Each Volume will feature 55 unique artworks from all categories including Poetry, Traditional, Digital, Anime/Manga, and Animation.
This Feature comprises of 5 primary initiatives, each aiming to help other artists gain praise/feedback from other Deviants. Each Volume is published bi-weekly on Sundays around 8 PM EST.
With that being said, enjoy! La la la la 
AE 1: Project 10,000.
Project 10,000 aims to showcase 10 Deviations that should have 10,000+ views. This can be based on the artwork's originality and/or the story/emotion behind the art piece. Hand-picked by Kellsyy herself, these artworks show excelling talent.
Remember to support these art pieces with a comment or favourite!


Stay awesome, and continue being creative! :la:

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haunted72194 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely work!!!
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MGRESA Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Student General Artist
El Grupo 7Dias ya tiene su sitio en Facebook, animate y unete :) (Smile)
www.facebook.com/groups/763852…
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GabyCoutino Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice gallery

Have a bunny
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specialized666 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
Hi, have a very nice day :D
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ShaileeVajracharya Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey Jane,
I am absolutely inspired by your paintings. They are super amazing!!! Your gallery has some really good masterpiece. Also, I have been having artist block for some time and your words have really inspired me to continue painting. Thank you so much for everything!!! Have a great day.
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ZinaZoo Featured By Owner May 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I watched!
You make some of the best art I've evr seen and you inspire me to make things!!
I hope one day I can get into watercolors too.. >u<
Oh, I also have to mention those amaaazing articles 
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MelissaKuri Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Professional General Artist
Amazing drawings!!
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AshleyxBrooke Featured By Owner May 13, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey there! :la:

Nice art :wow:  If you're ever looking to share your work with other people, live, you should check out #ThumbHub on dAmn (Did you know we had a chat system!? A lot of people don't :( ) We get a lot of great artists popping in to share their work and it varies from Traditional art, to photography, to poetry :) Also a great place to gain more exposure for your art AND to make some new friends xx


Hope to see you there some time :heart:

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SpotlessDestiny Featured By Owner May 7, 2018
Thanks for the deviantwatch ^^
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lucytherescuedcat Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome to :icontraditional-art-draw: - a group of traditional artists. We accept all different kind of styles, as long as folder guidelines are followed and, of course, the artwork is traditional. Looking forward to seeing your work in our galleries, and your ideas in our notes! 

If you have any suggestions, or questions, please feel free to contact us!

Have fun!(Enjoy!)
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Seriiko Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018
When will this week's watercolour journal come out? :)
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roguenotvogue Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017
I love your art style! *Free Icon/Emote* Totoro ( Heart) Llama Emoji-81 (Heart You) [V4] Custom heart [Crystal Blue] 
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natenutron Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I've said this before, I just love your flow. Eye skittles
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lemontea Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2017
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SiwySzczur Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017
Nice gallery:)
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ariiada Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017  Student
Love Your portraits so much! amazing syle <3
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CR45HnBURN Featured By Owner May 5, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful display of natural talent!
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FrerinHagsolb Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017
Your art is just awesome...
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LochyG32 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW keep the great work up
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mascotruby Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi!!... i really like your style!!.. beautiful artwork :)
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cheche2000 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! :o I was wondering if I can use some drawings of yours for a fake website that I'm doing? 

It's for a class project to help build my portfolio, it's going to be a coffee web design where it'll also show off other artists works. 

And if you allow it, I could send you a link xD
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YnnaK Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love your art work so much!!! Love Love Love 
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flying-never-fallen Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Your work is all so amazing (:
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