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Pixel Art Week: Wrap-up
Pixel Art Week
We hope you had fun learning about different aspects of pixel art during this week!
Before we get to wrap-up, let me announce winners of our Pixel Art Contest hosted by Amarantheans!
1st place: CYYZ wins 750 !
2nd place: SweetElectricity wins 400 !
3rd place: FlashOfAurora wins 100 !
I'd like to say thank you to our lovely contributors, but also to our editors and Mrs-Durden who took care of the week in the backroom!
Monday, Dec 3rd
Painting Fabrics: Part II
If you’ve missed the first part, you can find it here.
I do urge you to read it if you are relatively new to painting, and would like to find out about the basic rules when it comes to painting fabrics. If you don't need that, please, do read on!
So, without further ado, let’s jump right back into it. Having discussed different fabrics and their attributes, I thought it would be nice to continue with patterned fabrics, how to work them into your paintings, and what to look out for.
[ Detail of a painting by Hyacinthe Rigaud ]
So you have the basic fabric thing down and now want to move on to decorating the clothes your characters are wearing with something that catches the eye. Like stripes! They are simple enough... or are they?
Painting Fabrics: Part I
An overlooked Luxury
We wear them, we sleep in them, we drape our windows with them, wave them around in the shape of banners and flags, or snuggle up on the couch in them.
[ Oil Painting by John William Godward ]
Fabrics are an integral part of our lives, and as such we have become so used to them that we don't really look at them anymore. They just exist, and that's it. The only time we may look at them more closely is if we see an elaborately decorated gown that deserves our undivided attention, or if they show up in paintings and illustrations, though even there they often seem to blend into the background, becoming a part of the whole.
And here is the crux of the matter: As budding artists, people indeed often forget about fabrics. It’s more important to get the character to look right, or to get the perspective of the scene spot on, than to spare one iota of tho
Since I will probably write a few of those quick tutorials, I thought it would be nice to have a list! My tutorials are based on my testing experience and questions for beta testers. If you have any question about how some Eclipse features work, feel free to ask. Just know that since I am a part of the
Advisory Board, I signed a NDA and there are things I cannot reveal.
For now, I prefer to stay as neutral as possible toward my Eclipse experience and keep most of my feelings about it for the advisory board. It is too easy to mistake bugs for features. My job is to report bugs and come up with constructive feedback and suggestions.
Please, do not ask me to convey your messages to the DA staff. Instead, use the feedback system provided in BETA TEST: DeviantArt Eclipse. This journal also contains a list of know issues and is regularly updated. If you are not a beta tester and would like an early access to Eclipse, you can Join the Waiting List for DeviantArt Eclipse.
If you've made an Eclipse tutorial as well, you can leave me a link and I will add your tutorial to the list.
My Eclipse tutorialsToggling between versionsEclipse quick tutorial - Group notifications Eclipse quick tutorial - SearchEclipse tutorial - Journals
Other Eclipse tutorials and useful infoOfficial DeviantArt Eclipse Knowledge BaseBETA TEST: DeviantArt EclipseJoin the Waiting List for DeviantArt Eclipse
Eclipse quick tutorial: Toggling between versions
To be able to test Eclipse, you need to be a beta tester and to be a beta tester, you need to have a core membership.
To activate beta testing, go to your settings. In the left panel, you will find a Beta Testing option. Click on it. On the Beta Testing page, click on the "I understand and would like to be an Official DeviantArt Beta Tester" box and save.
Once beta testing has been activated, you can switch to Eclipse from the More menu. You'll find a "Try DeviantArt Eclipse" option.
From Eclipse, if you want to return to Green DeviantArt, click on your icon on the top bar and you'll find a "Back to Old Version" on the bottom of the drop-down menu. Warning: Depending on what page you are on, the "Back to Old Version" option might not be available. Just return to your profile by clicking on your icon, and then your username, to be able to see this option again.
DeviantArt Eclipse is not compatible with Internet Explorer. If you switch it on in IE, you won't have any drop down menu and you won't be able to return to the classic version.
Eclipse quick tutorial - Search
Hello again beta testers! Lets talk about Eclipse search! It's very different from the old search, and it's way better! From that search tool on the top bar, you can search everything, including your own gallery or journals. To do so, type your Deviant name and your topic. Or to be even more precise, use this syntax: topic by:deviant Example: cat by:stygma
After your search, you'll be able to filter by deviations, journals, groups, artists or collections. If you search for an artist, you will find everything by this artist or related to this artist. No more search tools scattered everywhere!
All of the old search tricks, like the search by from my example, are still working. You can find them all in here.
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Eclipse quick tutorial - Group notifications
To all of you people who are beta testing Eclipse right now and are wondering "Where do I find my groups' notifications? Here is how you will find them!Go to your Watch feed (click on Watch on the top bar);Select Feedback;On the Feedback page, you'll see your icon, your name and a down arrow. Click on the down arrow;You'll find the list of the groups you are moderating. Click on the group to see its notifications.
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Eclipse Tutorial: Journals
I wanted to wait to write about the journal editor because it's really not fully functional yet. There are a lot of features that are missing and still many bugs too. But, I've see people asking the same questions many times so here we are!
Note that since the journal editor is such as an early stage (in my opinion), the issues I will discuss in here might be resolved in the next few days (or weeks, or months.... whatever! )
Please note that if the images I'm showing you in this journal are so big, it is not because they are showed like this in Eclipse. It's because I have a 4K screen and my capture software seems to have some problems with scaling (like some other parts of Eclipse...)
For some reason, the journal editor that I love so much doesn't like my sta.sh or my images, so I will put links instead!
To format your text, you need to write it first, then you can highlight it and you'll get this toolbar.
So, we have the choice of bold, italic, underscore, link, title text, numbered list, bullet list and citation.Shortcuts like ctrl-b for bold still work.Text alignment is not available (yet, I hope).For the title text, you have to click on Tt multiple time to get the size you want or return to the normal size. Only 3 sizes are available, normal and two bigger sizes.
Issues with text formatting:
My personal issue with text format is that, on my laptop, the bullet for the list are not showing up in the editor (but they show up on my desktop). They do show up on the submitted journal. I still have to do some testing before sending my ticket. If you have the same issue, please let me know. I will ask you some questions that might help me write a better ticket and help the developers find the issue.
Adding elements (images, videos, etc.)
While editing the journal, you'll see a + icon. Clicking on it will show you the insertion tool bar.
You can insert one picture, multiple pictures, a video or an emote.
When using one of the picture tool, you'll have the choice to select pictures from your galleries, your favorites, your sta.sh or from a search in DeviantArt.
Note that the first picture you will add to your journal will be used for the header of your journal. No choice here!
Adding one picture
After adding your picture, you'll see this toolbar.Best Fit: Let the journal editor choose the best fit for the image.Full Width: Make the image full width.Align Left: Let you align the image to the left, so you can add text to the right.Alight Right: Let you align the image to the right, so you can add text to the left.Link: This option doesn't seem to be available yet.Replace image: Let you replace the image with another. Delete: To remove the image.
Adding a group of pictures
After adding your pictures, you'll see this toolbar.Best Fit: I'm not sure of the purpose of this one. It's behaviour changes depending on the layout you previously used.Full Width: Make the images full widthGrid: Organize the images in a grid where all the images are the same size (they are cropped)Masonry: Organize the images in a grid, while preserving their ratio.Replace image: This tool let you replace images or reorder them. Delete: To remove the group of images
Issues and missing featuresFor now, we cannot add journals or literature (it will be added in the future).We can no longer add deviations with a thumbnail.We cannot resize deviations or move them with the mouse.When I add text besides an image, if often have difficulties getting off the text zone.Adding images from my scraps doesn't work for me. DA tells me the scraps folder is empty.Some images from sta.sh won't display for I don't know the reason!
Featured postThis will allow the journal to be shown in your journal list. If you want to see your new journal in the classic green DeviantArt, you need to select this option.
Save as draftIt saves the journal in sta.sh. In my case, if I try to edit an Eclipse journal from sta.sh, it doesn't work. It only send my to my profile, to my posts page. From the posts page, you can find a DRAFTS tab. This tab gives you access to your drafts and you can edit them from there.
Pining your journal on your profileThis is a feature I'm very happy about, but it's not easy to find. Once you've submitted your journal, go to your posts. On the upper right corner of your journal preview, you'll see "..." (depending of the color of your header, it might be very hard to see. Place the mouse over the preview to make it more visible). When you click on "...", you'll see the "Pin to Top on Home Tab" option. This option will let you keep your journal permanently on your profile. I don't know how many journals you can pin there; I haven't tried.
What about our old journals?
Our old journals will stay, with their skin and all. Although, I saw some differences with the layout. Not everything will look pretty anymore. I've decided to test what would happen if I edit an old journal. Instead of showing up the journal editor, it showed me the content of the journal in html format in a text box. Not the best way to work, but at least, it won't ruin our journals. Just be careful not to break the coding...
Remember to send your bugs (which I will do right now) and comments to the DeviantArt staff using the link provided in this journal: BETA TEST: DeviantArt Eclipse
Art History Week: Wrap Up
Art History Week
Phew, what an interesting week! We hope you guys had fun time traveling and learning with us ~
There was such a wide range of topics covered this week, but just to refresh your memory:
Monday, November 5th:
RiEile shaped our knowledge about Bronze Age People In Clay
Tuesday, November 6th:
SinistrosePhosphate regaled us with tales of L'Enfant Terrible: Ugly Babies of the Dark Ages
Then, Yuukon gave us a snapshot of
The History of Colours and Pigments
Art History Week
This article will be just a little insight into the history of colour and pigment mixing in art. For a in depth pigment explanation, we suggest you to visit this site.
Before getting started, let's make sure we know what is a pigment:
1. A substance that imparts black or white or a color to other materials especially.
2. A powdered substance that is mixed with a liquid in which it is relatively insoluble and used especially to impart color to coating materials (such as paints) or to inks, plastics, and rubber
Pigments are solid materials with a high tinting strength that are usually employed in powdered form. Nowadays, we can find both natural and synthetic pigments, so the range of colours available is almost endless. But what about the pigments used by ancient artists?
Pigments in Prehistoric times
Smiling Doesn't Come Easily
Art History Week
There's a special shelf in one of our many bookcases that's dedicated to our own family history. There are books detailing our lineage, photo albums that depict our own childhood (the horror of your own past staring back at you...) but maybe the strangest book of all, the photo album of myp mother's ancestors.
When we think of art history, we mostly envision the paintings, frescoes and sculptures. But as time moves on, so does art, and photography is developed as a means to capture a person's likeness. Where a painter can turn his work into something that doesn't even closely resemble his actual subject, a photo is a moment in time captured for eternity - as is.
But have you ever noticed: nobody ever smiles. Did people not know how to smile, or simply not have a reason to smile at life?
Let's take you on a brief tour of the history of smiling for the camera.
History of Floral Painting
Art History Week
Floral painting is one of the most popular themes in the history of art, inscribed in the genre of still life. From the first manifestations and through the years, the art has had a constant evolution as it surpassed the traditional vision of itself as a faithful representation of nature.
Currently, artists made their process more creative and personal in their search for new forms of expression that led them to develop their own style and, later, achieve its transcendence. However, the floral painting will never go out of style due to the compositional freedom that it allows. In this article we will see how this pictorial genre has evolved throughout the history of art and the most famous artists who have dedicated part or all of their work to flowers.
First botanical studies
In Ancient Greece, Theophrastus, a Greek philosopher and naturalist, made the first systematic classification of plants from their medicinal properties belonging t
Photography History: Film
Art History Week
Hi there! My name is Yuukon, and today I want to teach you something about the history of photography!
Before we all went digital with our tiny cameras and smartphones, we would take photographs on film. And while some of you will fondly remember this and others might still be working with it, there will no doubt be people who don't know what film photography is or how it works.
In this article I will be highlighting some photography history through different types of film. Below, a list of types of film I will be discussing:
DaguerreotypeInstant film35 mm filmLomography
Daguerreotype was the first publicly available photographic "film". It was invented by Louis Daguerre and in 1839 it was introduced worldwide. For nearly twenty years, it was the most common photographic process used until in 1860, when new and cheaper processes became available.
Daguerreotype was not actually film, in fact, the image would be caught on a pol
L'Enfant Terrible: Ugly Babies of the Dark Ages
Art History Week
Have you ever wondered why every baby is creepy-looking in Medieval art?
That's one creepy baby you've got there, lady...
It's not just one artist in one place painting children as if they are going into their fourth decade of life fighting tooth and nail either. It's a pandemic of ugly-looking babies held by morose-looking mothers. Her face is almost always inexplicably sad. It is almost as if she's secretly asking herself "Where have I gone wrong?" in every single painting. Was it simply a case of people being bad at painting everywhere? Or was there a secret plague that deformed every single baby across the continent during those dark, dark ages?
The Utility of Symbolism
It's hard to take our eyes away from the bizarre babies, but if one take a closer look at these paintings, one thing jumps out to the fore. These are all religious paintings. That's no ordinary creepy-looking baby and the woman holding him isn't just a sad-looking
Bronze Age People in Clay
Art History Week
Depiction of human body has deep roots in history. In this article I would like to introduce you to various Bronze Age anthropomorphic figurine traditions from several archaeological sites and to put them into broader historical and artistic context. Modern archaeologists resent the aesthetic-driven appreciation of the ancient objects, as such attitude leads towards biases against incomplete or broken items, and most importantly encourages looting of archaeological sites in search of 'treasures'. Even if the object form a disturbed site eventually reaches archaeologists, the context of the find is irreversibly lost, and without context, the object loses a lot of its scientific value. Having said that, I still believe that there is nothing wrong in admiring the aesthetic value of these items, and in drawing inspiration from them. As more than 3000 years divide us from the Bronze Age societies, we may never know for sure how the figurines were used and regarded by the pe
Exploring Fan Art
Fan Art Week
Hi all, and welcome!
A while back I took you all on a trip down the abstract and surreal photography category, today I am doing that same thing for fan art! As someone who doesn't know much about fan art, I decided to take the plunge and ask some
I am a lover of How To Train Your Dragon, and Toothless is one of my favourite dragons from this series for sure. I absolutely love the atmosphere of this painting, the lighting is amazing and the details, there are so many details in this piece! From the stars to the scales on Toothless, they're all there, creating a stunning work of art which can transport me to a different world.
We're Friendship Bound by @Im
Painting Gold - Digital Art Tutorial
This month DigArt Challenge theme is "GOLD", so I've decided to create tutorial for painting a shiny golden textures!
analyse the colours
First, we need to find some references for various golden surfaces. They should be both polished and rough. I've used free photos from Unsplash as my references.
Basic tone is orange/yellow. It's quite saturated. Reflected light is usually cool and desaturated. Notice that shadow is never black, and highlight is never white. Keep this in mind while painting.
1. Draw a basic flat shape.
2. Add shadow using soft brush at 20% flow.
3. Add highlight using soft brush at 20% flow..
4. Add reflected light using soft brush at 20% flow.
This unfortunately is not enough to create an object that will look like the one made of gold. The sphere looks plastic and matte, instead of metal and shiny. We need to create a texture.
Adoptables or Adaptables?
Congratulations on your recent adoption!
... OK, now what do we do?
As Yseulta wrote in their article Adoptables for Newbies, there are many, many reasons why people would want to adopt a character. And there are always rules attached. So before you start going off gallivanting on a new adventure with your new-found companion, there are a few things to make sure:
Read the fine print first!
Depending on the type of Adoptable that catches your eye, it helps - as in any kind of business transaction - to read the fine print. Almost every Adopt Artist will have a set of general rules for the potential buyer to read through. This is a way for the artists who have put in a lot of time and energy to work on these designs to exert some control over their creations. Some artists have stricter rules than others - and the creator can sometimes exact a list of repercussions for those who infringe on the
Adoptables for Newbies
For some, adoptables are a thing of mystery. What are they? Why are they? Should we fear them, and are they FDA-approved? For others, they are a point of contention: Who wants them? Who is buying them? Why not draw one yourself?
Whatever adoptables are, they raise a lot of questions, and for many, a lot of confusion. Really, they're a very simple concept that can give way to a lot of fun and creative opportunities. But adoptables are drawings and cannot argue their side, so that's why they hired me. I'm Yseulta, and I hope to clear up some of these mysteries!
What Are Adoptables?
For something shrouded in so much mystery, adoptables are really simple. They’re just a drawing of something – usually a character design, but it can also be things like creatures, outfit designs or weapon/item designs – that you can “adopt,” or buy.
A Guide to Buying Your First Adoptable Design
Hello everyone, I'm finakiyomo and I am a guest writer for the projecteducate Adoptables Week.
In today's guide, I will give you some general hints and tips on purchasing your first adoptable design based on my own personal experiences. I really hope that this guide will make it easier for those of you who are new to the world of adoptables, and even maybe refresh your memory if you happen to be an experienced adopt consumer!
Choosing a Design
Okay, so let's say you are a newbie when it comes to adoptables (also called "adopts" for short), but on DeviantArt, there are so many designs being uploaded on a daily basis. How do you know which one to choose?
Well, the answer to that is simple, really. The character you buy is usually based on your preferences, as in, what kind of color palettes you like, what kind of creatures you love, and you might even decide that they're going to match your personality. They could be your m