Advice and Inspirations
I am Me
Are you up for a little challenge?
We all feel insecure about ourselves sometimes. I know I do. So I've thought of a nice little game/meme/journal thingy to spread some Love. This time, it's not about Love for others. It's about Love for Yourself. You don't have to be perfect. No one is, and frankly perfection is boring. You are you, and that is fine.
If you find this challenge difficult, don't worry. To be honest I had to think quite hard to find enough things I like about Me. I've now written them down, and every time I feel a bit down I recite them to myself ^^ Don't think about it too much: Write down whatever comes to mind.
So how does this work?
I want you to make a journal (or a deviation), and write down a list of 11 things you like about yourself. You can write anything you like, however #11 must always be the same: "I am Me".
When you're done, feel free to leave a link here, or mention me so I get notified. I'd l
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Hey guys! So on quite the regular basis, I have people, w
This weekend started off relatively uneventful with Rob and his dad going golfing Friday morning while I was busy working away. In the late afternoon however, Rob sat on the couch and I guess something didn't agree with that position because he got a sharp pain in his back. Figuring it was a muscle strain he asked me to massage it and once I touched the spot on his back, he literally hit the ground.
Now, I would be lying if I said I wasn't worried, I mean here's my beast of a husband lying face down on the floor unable to really turn around -- he was turtled. However, I would also be lying if I said I wasn't in hysterics. Those of you that know us will know that this is normal for our relationship. Regardless! We got him flipped over and after a few home assessments, came to the conclusion that he had put his back out.
As we've been down this road before, we weren't too worried, I just headed out to pick up the supplies of muscle relaxer
Tips for Fighting Depression
1) Avoid alcohol. I find having a drink can trigger the depression quite severely the following day, although it should be noted that alcohol effects everyone differently, and some drinks are worse than others. Alcohol is a depressant, so this should be taken seriously...You may love a drink, but you have to consider if it's worth it if you are a sufferer.
Avoid smoking. Regular smoking is linked to feelings of depression.
2) Consider your diet. Aside from eating healthy and drinking lots of water (which helps with everything), dark chocolate is scientifically proven to help fight depression as well as anxiety, and here's how...
Dark, as well as raw chocolate, contains high amounts of tryptophan, which is an amino acid that breaks down into two other very important neurotransmitters. These are serotonin and melatonin, and both help to protect you against stress. Serotonin is a natural antidepressant, which goes to work immediatel
Helping Hurting People
This is a message I'm sending out to everyone in need of help with the problems, emotional and mental pains they are having. It doesn't matter who you are, what race, what kind of person you are, either you're atheist, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, straight or what you have done. Even if you killed someone, please don't be afraid, I want to help you. If we talk I'll keep it between us, so no one else knows. You are never too far away to be saved. I won't judge you. Whether you are in pain from people, have pain on the inside, you cut yourself, or even thinking of or planning on committing suicide. It's never too late to change your mind about something. Never give up on life, even when life seems impossible. I want to help. This isn't a fake, I really do wish to help. You have a purpose, you just need to find it. If you know someone who is looking for help or needs it, tell them about me. My e-mail msn hotmail account is mentioned in the description section below.
I'm not "perf
Be Happy Every Day
Be Happy Every Day
The past is history.
The future is a mystery.
The only time we really have is now - just this moment.
Group-Kickstarters Tutorial: Group icons
The series of 'Group-Kickstarters Tutorials' will introduce you to the tools you can use as an admin and their many features.
Get specific help with your group trouble at Group-KickStarters.
The group icon is often your group's first visual impression
A lot of deviants will see your group icon before knowing what the group is about.
In this short tutorial I would like to tell you a bit about what requirements a group icon should fullfill and how you can get one suitable for your group.
The purpose of a group icon
A very high number of deviants displays rather the group icon then the group name when talking or mentioning groups.
The reasons for this can varry a lot and it does depend on each individual if they prefer to look at pictures (the icon) or letters and numbers (the name).
Because we are a community of art lovers th
How to Deal with Change
This week deviantArt released new features. And when this happened, my inbox exploded with mostly negative opinions of these changes. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and it is ok to express harm these changes are causing to you. But instead of underlining things you don't like, why not to learn how to use the new features and take all advantage out of them?
So before you panic and decide that you hate all the change, spend a while to get to know these new features. I added some links below so if you haven't read what these changes actually are about, what they're meant for and how to use them, you now have easy access to the related journals.
I would love to hear some constructive comments about the changes. Please share your thoughts how do you think these new changes can benefit your dA experience. And if you don't have anything positive to say, you're free to share those feelings also but instead of just saying "I don't like it", please tell
Being a miserable artist = being a bad artist.
I recently felt it being one of the most important things, not just for an artist; being happy with what you do. No one wants to get up every morning thinking.. shit .. another work day. Of course there can be days, maybe even a full week of that, but the majority of your time you should be feeling content and happy even.
With that lack of love and enthusiasm it is most likely reflected into your work.
Now it's not always your own fault that your work doesn't make you happy and doesn't feed your creative monster. But it can be in these cases.
You make your OWN workday miserable when:
If you don't speak your mind and stand up for your opinion and values.
If you're not open minded regarding feedback and new techniques.
:buletblue: If you don't aim for improvement. (though aiming for perfecting all the time can be stressful)
when you allow yourself to work under stressful circumstances for too long.
Kindness Inspires Me...
I wanted to make this journal entry to just share a little more about myself. I chose to do this because of a few maybe negative encounters I have had on the website.
And since then, I really appreciate the encouraging comments I have gotten from a few deviants who felt like I should keep doing what I'm doing, i.e being positive, sharing love and kindness and just trying to do a good thing with my art.
I really want to thank :iconsaintseptuagint: and :icondorfal: especially for their encouragement ^^
And I'd also like to give a little shout out to :iconsweet-gem:for being so kind to me during my stay here ^0^
I had signed up for this account a while ago but I have really only been using it a little over a week, so I am very thankful for all of you who have been following my work and leaving kind messages
I want to let you know where my inspiration comes from.
I grew up very poor in the Caribbean and we did not have a lot of basics, like hot or running water, or even a washing machine.
Macro Interview : Olivia Michalski
The work of creative photographer OliviaMichalski stands out trough a certain calmness and clarity, showing us the magic in the tiny worlds around us.
How did you get started with photography?
Olivia Michalski: "I started to think about taking pictures as a passion was when my grandpa died in April 2010. We did not have many pictures of him, and suddenly his presence was terminated. That was the moment I wanted to take images to catch the moment."
"In summer 2010 I worked very hard and spent my whole summer holidays to gain money for a DSLR. And then, in August 2010, I finally bought my first DSLR!"
What equipment are you using?
Olivia Michalski: "I am using the Nikon D5000 (my old baby!),
PE: It isn't Photoshop's fault
I’m sure all of you have heard about artist who said:
“I can’t draw better because I don’t have Adobe Photoshop, GIMP, Easy Paint Tool SAI, etc.”"I wish I had a tablet.""This drawing software sucks""I can't improve if I lack of…""I need *x element*"
I had thought about encouraging artists to be... artists!
I want to show you that making art doesn't depend on having a tablet or a wide used good drawing program. Also if you're a traditional artist you don't need the most expensive markers or a wide collection of different colors. Of course, we want to be great artists and when we improve our skills, tools become a need and part of a more professional work, but that doesn't mean that someone lacking of professional tools can't be an artist or even improve.
I’ll give you a few advices to improve as an artist, no matter what program do you use or if you have a tablet.
How to get Inspired
Have you ever had one of those times when you really feel like drawing but had no idea what to draw? Or have you ever had an artblock you've desperately wanted to get rid of? Art is super fun, but it sucks when you just can't draw when you really want to. Here are a few of mine and a few other artists' tips to get inspired, and hopefully it'll help you!
Okay let's start!
1. Make an OC
OCs, or original characters, are a great source of inspiration. If you have none, make one! It's super fun to design your own character, especially since it's original so you can go crazy with it! Think up a personality for your OC, as well as their hobbies and interests, and even a back story, so that they seem real. Whenever you're out of ideas to draw, you can draw your OC. If your OC is well-developed, you might even develop a loving for them and long to draw them all the time .
2. Make Adoptables
PE: Your Worst Enemy
Courtesy of ResoluteAssassin
Yeah... I guess you've heard of him...
And even if you haven't...
There was at least one time where you had him coming your way...
And he comes back over and over...
This is the most common name given to that certain time where artists just sit there and become unproductive against their own will. Yes... against their own will! Artists have art block and writers have writer's block... it's still the same thing, though. It must be avoided at all costs, but once it arrives, it doesn't leave until it is satisfied of seeing your misery. Minutes... Days... Weeks... Even up to months! Art block claims the productivity of thousands of artist at any given moment and there's no escaping its ensnaring tentacles.
Oh yes... search up "art block" on deviantART and you'll find some rage comics. I picked a few favorites for me to share that actually go hand-in-hand with this article! ^__^
Concept Art - Artist Interviews and Features #3
Hi everyone! This journal features :iconmerl1ncz:merl1ncz and :iconjjpeabody:jjpeabody!
Interview with :iconmerl1ncz:merl1ncz
A bit about your background. I noticed you do Concept Art, Illustration and Fine Art. Which one did you start out with? And is there any particular favourite one? How long have you been an artist, how long have you been studying?
Well, I was really into drawing since my early childhood. It was always the thing enjoyed the most. And I can't really tell which one did I start with. I always did all of them simultaneously and in my case, it doesn't make any difference anyway. Concept Art, Illustration, Fine Art. It's about visual language and rules are very similar to me.
I've been officially studying fine arts for 5 years know. This year is my final.
I noticed you have speed paintings in your gallery. What is the benefit/importance of speed painting
Pageviews, Watchers, and Popularity on dA
I know this horse has been beat to death (and by beat to death, I mean guides have been made on the subject) but I feel the need to insert some words of compassion rather than to simply say “you shouldn’t care about becoming popular here, it doesn’t matter” or “follow these steps and you’ll be dA elite overnight!” The fact of the matter is we all long to be loved and liked in just about everything we do. We all want acceptance and validation from our peers. And when that acceptance and validation is nowhere to be found, the feeling is really not great at all. We all know that feel bro.
I tend to believe what most people longing for popularity on dA are really after validation and friendship. TanyaSimpson beautifully wrote about the subject of popularity on dA (or rather the desire for it) in her essay “Popularity…A Refreshing View” check it out here:
Art and dealing with struggle
Dear, deviantart fellow artists
There is a lot of stress and struggle in our everyday lives. Anxiety, resistence, doubts, self-loathing.. but how to deal with them and make the art we are really excited about?
Here are some of my thoughts about the topic and I hope that they might be helpful.
People strive so much for the easiest ways to achieve something, the fastest way to get to results, to get the reward without actually doing things .. but, as soon as there needs to be a hard work put in the process, as soon as it happens to be more difficult along the way, we tend to get frustrated and give up, because of not seeing instant results right away.
It takes time.
Whether it's developing new skill, working on new project - meaningful things so often take a lot of patience in order to make them. Overnight success happens so rarely and mostly for those, who work extremely hard on their cr
Who believes in you ?
Hello everybody !
I'd like to share something with you that I've been pondering
about for the past weeks.
Maybe you can relate if you're in a similar situation:
I've arrived at a point of my life where I suffer from a loss of perspective, the gradual lack of faith and the helplessness of being stuck, lacking the strength to push through. I'm disappointed by people, friends and the way they treat each other.
The old notion of "Do well, be kind and study hard, then you'll make it !" had suffered through on too many clashes
with "harsh reality" and had crumbled.
It used to keep me going and for years, I could firmly believe in it without falter or doubt.
And now, there was only a lack of faith - that and disappointment.
Even worse was the nagging feeling that I disappointed little me - the boy I once was.
You see, at some point during his life, the boy started to turn from a living being into a simple machination, an automaton when things got really ugly. It might have been the unfortunat
When It's Hard
Hi folks! I realized in my most recent round of blogs that I've been a little quick to tell you all to put on your grown up panties, but this one is going to be a little different. Making art can be one of the most exhilarating things you'll ever do, but (and this is from personal experience also) 80% of the time you're going to fail. You'll spill your ink all over that glorious drawing. Oil from your hands will permanently stain only the portion of paper that was meant to remain a snowy white. Your computer's hard drive will crash or all your image files (all the WIPs especially) will get corrupted. You'll try something new and it just won't work out the way you envisioned. These things are the parts that aren't really spoken about enough, and so when they happen to us we assume that we're doing something terribly wrong. I'm here to tell you that we all go through these things and there's always a solution!
When you're not improving
Artist Alley 101: Things to Consider/Resources
Hello everyone! Welcome to the 4th and final part of my Artist Alley tutorial!
This is meant to be a good start for those who have never been a part of an artist alley before, as well as a nice refresher to those of you who are veterans of alleys everywhere! I will try to be as detailed as possible, but make the information easy to reference and read through!
Hope you enjoy, and feedback is definitely appreciated! Let me know your thoughts, reactions, some of your own alley stories, as well as if you have any suggestions to add to this tutorial! I definitely haven't thought of everything, so if you had new ideas to share, I'd love to hear them!
Here are the links to Part 1 http://theartslave.deviantart.com/journal/Artist-Alley-101-The-Basics-Applying-for-a-Table-343899201 Part 2 http://theartslave.deviantart.com/journal/Artist-Alley-101-Planning-What-to-Sell-Pricing-345146923 and Part 3 http://theartslave.deviantart.com/journal/Artist-Alley-101-Displaying-Your-Work-DOs-n-DONTs-34998855