PE: Comparing Copics and WatercoloursTraditional Art
Traditional Art DD Round-Up: June 2018Hello all!
Undiscovered Spotlight No.2Hello, lovely people! Welcome to the new weekly joint feature at
THE BEST OF NOVEMBERThe polls winners:
To This Moment.To this moment;
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Upcoming Site Changes and Your Involvement
About a year and a half ago, we posted a journal discussing how DeviantArt’s acquisition would grant us the resources to make many positive changes for the site. Thus far, a lot of such improvements haven’t been entirely obvious — like the many new hires across all departments (we've more than doubled our staff!) or upgrades to the tools we use behind-the-scenes. All of this was done in order to bring you big-ticket changes, including a much-improved and redesigned site.
We've approached the redesign with a lot of consideration, which is why it’s been in development for so long. Not only do there continue to be lengthy internal conversations discussing every piece and every feature in explicit detail, but we
Hi deviants, you haven't heard from me for awhile - that's because I have been rethinking my approach to art and my painting style. I took a few years away from exhibiting and concentrated on learning to see again, looking at traditional and contemporary art, and reconsidering how my own work fits in. While I am very proud of the work I have done in the past - it was a technical challenge to improve my skills and fun to explore my subject matter, but I now feel I have pretty much said all I can in that academic, highly realistic and detailed form of visual representation. I believe an artist must always be her own harshest critic, and for many years I have wanted to express something more profound stirring beneath my subjects' glittering jewelry, shimmering silks and flawless skin.
All my life my sleep has been interrupted by nightmares, strange dreams and bizarre visions. No doubt my childhood experiences growing up during the physical and psychological violence of China's Cultural Re
Becoming watercolorist, CHAPTER 1 - WASHES
Water will always find a way. A way of it's own, not a way that is prefferable to me, sadly. It makes you lose control but when you respect it and make a pact with yourself to appreciate it for what it is, results can be surprising.
It's been eight years since I stopped my depressing oil texture experiments and tried watercolor. I haven't let it go since. We had our differences - being self-taught, some very obvious truths about watercolor painting came to me slowly, it took ages and I was very impatient. From time to time I tried oils, acrylics or plain drawing but nothing was quite as rewarding as watercolor. It is the technique-love of my life
During Christmas, I had this project on my mind, to write regular blogs about watercolor again. I haven't been a good contributor to DA for about 3 years now. During those years, I got divorced from one unhappy relationship and found a very happy one inst
WET-ON-WET watercolor technique
Traditional Art Basics Week
This week's chapter of my new journal series "Becoming Watercolorist" was written as a special edition - it is part of the Traditional Art Basics Week at projecteducate In the previous three chapters, you had a chance to read something about WASHES, BASIC WATERCOLOR TEXTURES and PALETTES. The fourth chapter is all about a rather feared and often avoided watercolor technique, WET-ON-WET.
How to write an article for Project Educate
Welcome to a step-by-step tutorial addressing how you should be writing your article for projecteducate! Please read carefully through this article, and closely observe each screenshot so that you can have a good understanding on how to proceed as you publish what might be the first of many PE articles!
Step 1: You're on DeviantArt, possibly wondering what "sta.sh" is and where you can find it.
Step 2: Hover over that big "Submit" button, and you'll find a few drop-down options. One of them is sta.sh! Click on it.
Step 3: You've clicked on sta.sh, and now you're seeing this page. As you can see, there are many options. The one you're looking for is "Compose in StashWriter"
Step 4: You've clicked on "Compose in StashWriter" and now you're seeing this page. This is where you write your article!
Becoming watercolorist, CHAPTER 3 - Palette
Winter sleeping time...
Two weeks ago, I started a new series of journal articles called "Becoming watercolorist". You can also still find a POLL where I am trying to figure out the most common troubles people have when trying out watercolor technique. I'd be delighted if you contributed with your own experience
I try to begin these tutorials with a personal intro, but there is not much to write about this week. I sleep all the time and draw much less than I do during summer. I tried to feel guilty about not getting done as many things but than I thought of myself as a bear. Like a bear, I need my winter sleep to be productive throughout the rest of the year. So if you are wondering what I am doing right now, I am probably sleeping.
I am still slowly working on a series of animal portraits. I painted a couple of birds so far, using Schmincke watercolor and met
Tags are the new Keywords
Keywords on deviations were built to be an important tool to help discover artwork. But as deviantART grows and strives to create new ways to discover great content, we’ve found that keywords as we currently use them have become underutilized. We think we can do better -- and can make a better experience for the community -- by making some changes.
In the coming month, keywords will transition into tags, and we’ll be improving the way they work. Tags will better surface artwork, allow deviants to form communities around topics, make it easier to find other artists and art appreciators, and increase discoverability.
For example, if you're a fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles it can be difficult to know what to search for: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ninja Turtles, TMNT, Donatello, etc. Public tags provide visibility to see how others are tagging their deviations, which will allow you to align your behavior to the norm, or ch
Celebrate deviantART's 14th Birthday!
Fourteen years of existence marks a period of growth, change, and introspection — an era of creativity and emotion that leads to long-term personal and artistic development. As we celebrate deviantART's 14th birthday, we want to thank all of you for joining in on the journey of growth and development, from the deviants who have been here from the start to the deviants who are starting out their deviantART experience today.
How has deviantART helped you grow as an individual and/or as an artist? Tell us your story through an art feature Journal!
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New Username Symbols
As part of our ongoing process to make the user experience cleaner and more intuitive, we've launched a new set of username symbols designed to help easily identify deviant-types.
At a glance, the new symbols are quickly recognizable. When hovering over a username symbol, a tooltip appears, providing a brief explanation of that user's deviant-type. If clicked, a modal appears, giving a brief explanation for each username symbol, with "Learn more" links that lead to more detailed explanations.
A word from Heidi:
Over the years, a few things have come to seem like deviantART mainstays. Deviant green, intricate art categorization, colorful avatars, symbols next to usernames. In our constant re-evaluation of what's best for longtime deviants and new users alike, we do sometimes need to stop and ask ourselves if a makeover for some aspect isn't overdue. Changing username symbols was one of the harder things we evaluated.
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