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Aggron Roar by KelpGull Aggron Roar :iconkelpgull:KelpGull 10 0 Ages, Part 2, Page 25 by KelpGull Ages, Part 2, Page 25 :iconkelpgull:KelpGull 8 2 DotW Cat Meme - Ruzan and Ludko by KelpGull DotW Cat Meme - Ruzan and Ludko :iconkelpgull:KelpGull 14 12
Paradise Lost (Hiero x Levi - DotW RP)
Setting: Vale's Ironhold, mid-Summer


It had been an utterly forgettable day. As the Vanir medic trudged through the inner workings of Ironhold, passively noting the way the purple shadows settled in the grooves of the steep stone ridges surrounding him, he tried not to reflect on any of it. Herbs to gather, wounds to tend, as it was yesterday, as it would be tomorrow. One at a time. The path he walked now was ingrained in muscle memory and required no active input from his mind, and so it was a moment before he noticed that something was amiss in his surroundings, or acknowledged the prickling sensation along his back. In the corner of his vision, there was movement: a set of eyes, flashing at him from the shadows of one of the dens. He paused, one paw raised mid-step, and stared back. They were small, and low to the ground- perhaps a fox, or a raccoon? He took a few cautious paces toward the den, and soon recognized the locatio
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Trial of Shadows by KelpGull Trial of Shadows :iconkelpgull:KelpGull 37 10 Ages, Part 2, Page 24 by KelpGull Ages, Part 2, Page 24 :iconkelpgull:KelpGull 17 10 Seeker Oversees by KelpGull Seeker Oversees :iconkelpgull:KelpGull 12 7 Patus by KelpGull Patus :iconkelpgull:KelpGull 12 4 Amancay by KelpGull Amancay :iconkelpgull:KelpGull 11 2 Ages, Part 2, Page 23 by KelpGull Ages, Part 2, Page 23 :iconkelpgull:KelpGull 50 19 Ages, Part 2, Page 22 by KelpGull Ages, Part 2, Page 22 :iconkelpgull:KelpGull 9 4 Don't Walk So Fast by KelpGull Don't Walk So Fast :iconkelpgull:KelpGull 28 7 Ludkoraptor - DotW Dino Meme by KelpGull Ludkoraptor - DotW Dino Meme :iconkelpgull:KelpGull 17 3 DoeBird by KelpGull DoeBird :iconkelpgull:KelpGull 47 6 Ages, Part 2, Page 21 by KelpGull Ages, Part 2, Page 21 :iconkelpgull:KelpGull 9 6 Taunt Poses by KelpGull Taunt Poses :iconkelpgull:KelpGull 15 4


Sealed Land by Tazihound Sealed Land :icontazihound:Tazihound 1,633 64 Two grumpy dawgs by Nothofagus-obliqua Two grumpy dawgs :iconnothofagus-obliqua:Nothofagus-obliqua 47 11 Panel Swap: Ages (The Third) by Songdog-StrayFang Panel Swap: Ages (The Third) :iconsongdog-strayfang:Songdog-StrayFang 47 4 Better a Wolf. by Hraeth Better a Wolf. :iconhraeth:Hraeth 42 11 BG Template Forest by FablePaint BG Template Forest :iconfablepaint:FablePaint 120 8 AdventageousLizard's 640 Color Palette Compilation by AdventageousLizards AdventageousLizard's 640 Color Palette Compilation :iconadventageouslizards:AdventageousLizards 1,000 138 [DOTW] I won't let you go by toboe5tails [DOTW] I won't let you go :icontoboe5tails:toboe5tails 76 5 Birdoe -trade- by Songdog-StrayFang Birdoe -trade- :iconsongdog-strayfang:Songdog-StrayFang 40 1 OCpageant2018 Round 3 - Woemfol by DrZime OCpageant2018 Round 3 - Woemfol :icondrzime:DrZime 76 16
A Guide to Timed Studies
Digital Art Week
In this guide I'd like to introduce you to timed studies, including a guide on how to effectively do timed practise studies, as well as some do's and don'ts.
What is a timed study?
A timed study is exactly what the name suggests: a painting study done during a set time. That time limit can be anything from a few seconds to an hour or two, depending on what it is you want to practise. "Study" can mean: 1) from a reference image and/or 2) preparatory drawing for a "full" piece (to practise a certain element of the future artwork or as a way to experiment before beginning the "real" artwork). Usually reference images are involved, but composition or value studies are often done from the imagination.
A few examples of different types of studies:
Gesture study:

Landscape study:
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Basic 2D animation concepts
Digital Art Week
Welcome to a tutorial on basic concepts of animation!
This tutorial will be going over some of the basic terminology and concepts for various types of animation. In today's world, almost all animation is digital in nature, but many of these concepts apply to other types, and even some other fields, like live action movies and video games.
This tutorial will not go step by step on how to create a specific animation. But if you have a tool at hand that would permit you to create one, you may be able to figure out how to make an image move on your own from the information contained here.
NOTE: Example animations may not play at their max smoothness if you are viewing this tutorial on your phone!

What is animation?
Animation is the illusion of movement created by rapid switching of many individual images.

No matter the way those image
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Find your way around Animation
Digital Art Week
Animation is a part of digital art that fascinates many people. Most of us have at least one favorite animated movie, either from our childhood, or from the time that we were adult children. There is something about seeing a still image that was born from someone's imagination, come to life.  
Maybe it's because of this that many people want to try animation in some form or another. However, there's a good reason why in spite of this there are so few animations on DeviantArt: Animation is a lot of work, and it's difficult. Because of this, many people end up not trying, or giving up halfway. And I think that's a shame! 
So, for this Digital Art week, I am finally bringing back the 'Find Your Way around DA' journals :heart:. This one is dedicated to animation resources and tutorials for aspiring animators. I hope it will inspire you, and give you the confidence to give animation a go. Have fun creating!
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[DoTW] - Sunspotted by Lachtaube [DoTW] - Sunspotted :iconlachtaube:Lachtaube 424 92
Creating a Character Design
Digital Art Week
Hello fellow artists! In this tutorial, I'll be showing you how I create a fantasy character design from start to finish. Along the way, I'll share tips and tricks to bring life and complexity to your design, and ultimately make your character truly unique. I know that the process of creating creatures can be a daunting task for many, so I hope this little tutorial proves helpful!
Please note that I utilize the Paint Tool SAI program; I almost always use the "parrot" brush, but will alter its size and density throughout the process of creating artwork. In this tutorial I'll include significant alterations with this brush and any other notable tools I use in Paint Tool SAI.
Sketching the Creature
Once I have a character design in mind, the first thing I like to do is sketch it out! For sketching purposes, I like to keep my brush set at about size 20 to 30 (x5.0), with the Density at 80 to 100. I like to work large, so I set my canvas to 3
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Mountain Pass by andreasrocha Mountain Pass :iconandreasrocha:andreasrocha 3,301 61 Path of Miranda_Insects by snatti89 Path of Miranda_Insects :iconsnatti89:snatti89 1,298 32


Hey all!

I'm taking a surprise trip to Iceland at the end of the month, so I'll be completely out of touch for the first week or so of August. I'm trying to finish everything that I absolutely *have* to do before July is over, but everything else will be put on hold until I get back :D

Might post a few photos of the trip afterward... maybe ;P
  • Reading: A Tale of Two Cities
  • Playing: Zelda, Breath of the Wild
  • Drinking: Tea


Back from Iceland! Might take me a while to catch up with everything, but I'm working on it x.x
About to board my flight to Iceland! I'll probably be out of contact until August 10th, so seeya then :D
DotW Cat Meme - Ruzan and Ludko

Here's some cats for this month's neglected children :,)
Ruzan is a Persian, obviously, and Ludko is a Ragamuffin. Ludko's charisma just transcends all species XD

Featured: Ruzan by KelpGull Ludko - DOTW app by KelpGull


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BUGHS-22 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for the Watch *^^*
Have a nice day!
Nothofagus-obliqua Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! Thanks alot for the watch :hug:
KelpGull Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! Thanks to you, too :D
Reinhold-Hoffmann Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018
Heya, I thought that a Super Nintendo themed art contest might pick your interest, if it does, have a look at what it is about:…

Cheers, Reinhold
KelpGull Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I'll be sure to check it out if I can find the time :D
Weidenlied Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hello! I wanted to say thanks for the faves and the +watch with a short poem for ya:

Stand close to the fire
watch your fingertips glow with magic
adventures await us.
KelpGull Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Why thank you :D
AuldBlue Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch! <3
KelpGull Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem :D
Reinhold-Hoffmann Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017
One month and we have xmas! But today we have the #Piloswine day :-)…
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