(And not only us -many deviants as well.)
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
Tuesday Tip: Show Me Your Hands!
So this is going to be the first of several Tip Tuesdays put on by yours truly here. So just bare with me for the next few months, as I'll be doing them bimonthly on the second and last Tuesdays of each month. That is, until I've exhausted all of my "useful" knowledge, but hopefully I will be able to impart some good stuff for people out there looking for some tips to improve their art along with other things.
So for my first installment of Rising-Artists Tip Tuesday, I thought I would start off with something I know a lot of people ask about but would be rather easy to show you...
Yes that's right, I'll be going over tips and tricks to drawing hands. I know because of the demand for advice there are already a ton of tutorials out there, but I figure one more couldn't hurt. Even though I am by no means a master of drawing hands myself, I've done enough life drawing classe
Welcoming new deviants/Help For newcomers
Hello, Any new devaint who is reading this is absolutely, accepted in the big loving community! I will tell you a few basic things in deviant art!
Making a journal
Making journal is the best way to make stories, poems, commissions, raffles, contests etc. This is called literature, it's a kind of art too! So here is a short tutorial of how to make a journal.
As you are in deviantart, go up and you will see a tab
Press the submit button and you will have options
Press the notebook that says"Write a Journal Entry"
Then when your done go down under the journal, and press"Submit journal"
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.
Educate Yourself: Reporting Deviations!
When reporting a deviation, make sure you have proper evidence to back up your claim.
For instance, you see an image on deviantART that looks suspicious, like they ether edited an official image, or they just posted it from Google Images, don't go and report on impulse, you need the original image for proof (or as close to the original image as you can get).
As of 2015, reporting third party copyright infringement is no longer valid, instead you can contact the original artist and have them file a DMCA report.
For more information, please read Educate Yourself: DMCA Reports!
How to report!
Alright, you have proof that a deviant is uploading copyrighted images into their gallery, now what?
First, you need to find the Report Deviation button, which is located under the deviation Statistics.
A more accurate description.
Upon clicking the button, you'll be prompted to choose a
Educate Yourself: The Blocking System!
The block tool can be both your greatest ally, and your most fearful enemy...
But seriously, blocking can go both ways. You can block someone and they can send people to bother you, or you can block someone and that will be the end of that.
In fact, the blocking system is supposed to prevent contact in any form to anyone that you've blocked. That includes you too.
Q: Are there any rules for the blocking system?
You can block anyone for any reason, they might not like it, but it's nothing that's against any policies.
However, if you bypass a block, whether from a group or another deviant, it's considered block-evasion and you can get suspended or banned for attempting it.
Q: But how do you block someone?
Simple, just go to your settings on the drop down menu under your username on the header-bar and click "General".
The different settings pages.
After that, scroll down until you
Educate Yourself: Internet Troll/Trolling!
Ah yes, trolling, a very big hot topic. Many people get the term troll wrong, trolling has been warped so much that a lot of people think the smallest insult and/or criticism is trolling. Well, it's not.
People should also know the difference between someone who's attempting to troll and a downright troll account.
Internet troll: Someone who posts images/comments only for negative reaction; accounts made only to provoke people.
Internet trolling: The posting of images/comments to provoke people.
Please note that when someone is trolling, they shouldn't automatically be labeled as a troll. Some people just like to poke fun.
Here are some examples that are not trolling:
Q: Isn't trolling against deviantART policy?
No where in the deviantART's Terms of Service does it state that tr
Did you know...
Did you know there are a lot of ways you can conserve more water than you do usually?
Here are some tips you can use to help you save some of those drops of water!!!
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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.
ART: A Common Sense Guide To Surviving
I am an artist. I was born an artist it is in my heart, my soul, my blood. I did not wake up one day and say to myself, I think I will try painting, I was painting while I was learning to walk. My art, my talent, is very personal and very dear to me. I have spent thirty years in the art world. I have done commission work. I have participated in juried art shows. I have had art exhibits at various galleries. I have been a member of various art groups and associations over the years. I have been to art auctions. I have created art shows for local communities. I have taught art both in local school systems and privately. I am now an art agent and my passion is finding a communitys hidden artists and bringing their talents to light. Because my own art is such a driving and therapeutic force in my life, I have explored nearly every aspect of the art world. This, my friends and artists, is a brutally honest look at what I have learned from this life-long experience.
Nsio's Four Tools for a Successful Drawing
Nsio's Four Tools for a Successful Drawing
Let's face it, drawing is hard. Especially for a beginner, learning to draw seem dauntingly challenging. Even more experienced artists have it hard and I'm not anyway different from that. At the same time, weirdly enough, drawing is surprisingly simple and straightforward thing to do. But that's when you know what you are doing.
In fact, drawing is probably hard for you just because you don't know how it's done. And if you ask an artist how it's done, you will likely get rather vague answer. They know how to do it, but they don't know how to explain it for you. Drawing is full of concepts that simply don't translate well for an average Joe. Also, even if a great artists gives you a tip how to draw something, you probably still have troubles at executing it. You just don't see things the way the artist does., so you might even end up using the tip wrong, but believing in it so hard that you can't correct yourself. Not to mention the actu
The Three problems with how we learn art: pt.1
I've been thinking about how and why we learn to draw for a few years now. I started self-analazing my own drawing and character design thought process when I began writing my first art instruction book, "Creating Characters with Personality". It was harder than I thought to verbalize how I've learned and how I process drawing. This has led me to start looking back at my artistic life and how I learned art. What made me learn the most? What drove me to draw and stick with it? What led to others I knew as a child to stop drawing? I think I'm ready to present some of those thoughts here on DA and hear what you think. So, this is part 1 of three in a series. I'm not sure where this is leading, but step one is my establishing an online art instruction school called Taught ByA PRO (www.taughbyapro.com) that will (in phase one) concentrate on drawing instruction for all forms of media. Here we go:
I believe there are T
Some tips for beginners part1. Kururu-Pon 376 119 2 Point Perspective Intro betsyillustration 247 14 Color Theory Part 2 JohnoftheNorth 496 9 Color Theory Part 1 JohnoftheNorth 291 8 The 4 Edge Types JohnoftheNorth 190 6
Tips for smooth clean line art
Is your line art shaky, wobbly, sloppy, fat, uneven or pixelated? The subject of clean line art comes up a lot so I've gathered together a number of tips from various DA members that may help you improve your line art. Some of the techniques described below may contradict other techniques described below so you may want to experiment and decide what works best for you. Most of these assume that you have a digital tablet. (Make sure your tablet drivers have been installed correctly. If your cursor is behaving erratically it may indicate a problem with your tablet or drivers.) Some posts have been edited for brevity or spelling:
"I developed my own technique. And it works quite well for me. It raised my Lineart cleanliness from 24% to 98%, yeah, really. Here is how I do it digitally when I'm not using a traditional sketch:
First a rough sketch, and I isolate it in its own layer then set its opacity to 50 or something near that value.
Then on the second layer
Color Theory Part 3 JohnoftheNorth 406 6 Lesson 14: Composition irshadkarim 19 0 Tutorial: Drawing with volume FlintofMother3 140 38 HtTA: Atmospheric Perspective Composition betsyillustration 541 20 Shading Tutorial - part 1, value MonikaZagrobelna 28 0 Coloring in Grayscale - Human Skin Jejihu 783 48
Posterum - Grunge Painting Photoshop Action GraphicAssets 31 16 SmartIcon Generator 2 - Isometric 3D Icons GraphicAssets 19 3 Style advice (Tutorial?+resources) Ekkoberry 722 44 Grayscale Coloring and Painting: How I Draw Dragons-Roar 526 13
Reference and Memory
Weekly Youtube video! I just recorded the inking and coloring process of this ghost girl and condensed it down to 5 mins, though it was actually a few hours, so it goes pretty fast. I talk a bit about my thoughts on reference and memory.
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PE: Art as a key element in Education
Education is a process that spans a person's entire life, broadcasting a wide range of knowledge, values (which allow us to develop our conscience and sensibility), customs, and ways to act. This is also linked to cultural conscience (education leads us to appreciate the culture of the society in which we live) and to the view that each person has about the world around them. It also has a social approach as it allows people be part of the socialization process. It generally has a humanistic approach that trains students to be good people, to have good values and implement them, which are expressed according to the person's potential. Educated persons can contribute significantly to the world.
Art and Education
Artistic Education is an area that focuses on teaching various art forms (Visual arts, Music, Theater, Dance, Photography, etc.) and also helps develop skills, abilities and habits in such areas. However, the art
dA How-to: #4 Finding and Using Resources
Originally, these how-to journals were supposed to come out every Friday, however I feel like it might be better to only do it every other Friday/every Friday IF I have a topic instead.
Hence why there was none last week.
I have a few topics I want to cover, however I am open for suggestions from others if there's anything you want to see~
Finding and Using Resources:
Resources. Now there's a very broad term. But basically, resources is anything and everything you might make use of in your art. Be it brushes that other artists have put online, textures, fonts, stock images, visual references, tutorials, free-to-use lineart, etc. etc. In any case, resources are anything that someone has put up free for use by others, usually asking for credit in return. Granted, there are also resources you need to pay for. Some stock photos, fonts or PS brushes for example do cost something. But you can find some pretty good resources for free as well. Tha
Dreams into Reality: Art as a Life Path
Art in the Professions
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain
6:45am. In the next hour, I will rise from my bed, drink a cup of coffee, watch a few minutes of news on the television, and get ready to head out the door to open up shop at a major retail chain down the street from my house. The moment I exit my front door, thoughts of stock counts, refund procedures, and commission goals flood my head. "I really hope no one pays with a check today because I'll have to call my manager at home to have her handle it," is foremost in my mind. Working as a retail sales associate, these are the most important things for me to think of in my day. They're important to my job, they're important to my manager, they're important to the company. But they're not impor
Using the Forums to your Benefit
Chat and Forums Week
The DeviantArt forum houses several forums where deviants can create threads for discussion. In this article, I will be showing you some ways that you can utilize the forum to your benefit. Essentially, you will learn how to make the DeviantArt forum work for you in ways you may not have previously known were possible.
Before you can use the forum to your benefit you must first learn the basics of the forums, which comes down to the guidelines and FAQs. The forum page consists of several forum categories that each focus on a specific topic. Each forum category comes with its own set of guidelines in the form of "sticky threads," which you should read before posting or responding to threads. It is strongly recommended you review the sticky threads at the top of every forum.
Know your FAQs
Also, it is highly recommended that you review t
Advice for all artists and young students!
I just wanted to share some advice for artists and GCSE/A-Level art students that is available to everyone, so here it is
Now I have a couple of different aspects of improvement I'm going to talk about:
Submitting art to dA and receiving more successful feedback
Improving your artistic skills
Advice for your GCSE/A-Level art book
A tip or two when submitting art to dA:
Make sure to, if you do traditional work, take good quality pictures in good lighting with clear angles and that nothing is blurry/unclear. Try to crop the image down to only the image so it looks clean, and even rotate slightly it if it's a bit skewed. The same with scanning, too.
No matter how good the image content or art is, when the image quality is bad, it makes everything look bad.
Here are some great examples of artworks that have
What IS Photojournalism?
Welcome to Photojournalism Week! @timothysim and I will be sharing some of our hard-earned knowledge (I can't speak for Tim, but some of mine had to be beat in ) about the world of photojournalism. Who's excited?
If you ever have questions, don't hesitate to ask!
To kick-start the week, let's talk about what photojournalism is:
”I have been a witness, and these pictures are my testimony. The events I have recorded should not be forgotten and must not be repeated.”
Protect yourself against fraud
Although, as an active member of the community, it's nearly impossible to have missed this huge issue, I think it's very important to warn people for this.
What happened is a large case fraud in which apparently one user (under multiple names) scammed several members of DeviantArt community. Leaving some people as much as $3000 in debt!!! Money they, most likely, never see back.
Even though the user is banned by DeviantArt now, there's no reason why it won't happen again.
After all, the problem is caused by a loophole in PayPal's rules. So basically everybody that's using PayPal for its business (and that's a lot of us) is at risk.
People doing commissions
People selling adoptables
To understand where all of this comes from, it's first of all important to know what a PayPal chargeback actually is.
This video offers a proper explanation of what chargeback is, and what it should
Digital Hacks #3: Add Copyright Information in Ps
In this article, I will be showing you how to add Copyright and Descriptive Information to your files in Photoshop. This is useful for when we publish images online and want them to retain information about their source regardless of where they end up on the web.
Photoshop and some similar image-editing applications can detect the copyright information in an image and display it as soon as the image is opened. Copyright laws give the creators of images certain rights to exclusively publish and distribute their works. Adding appropriate information to your images is one way to help protect your work.
Overview of Tools
Adobe PhotoshopAdd Copyright and Descriptive InformationDifficulty Level: Easy
Add Copyright and Descriptive Information
I am now going to walk you through adding Copyright and Descriptive Information to a file in Photoshop. For the purpose of this tutorial, I
To Share or Hide - That is the Question
If DeviantArt asked
Do you want to share this art?
on every submission, you'd probably frown as you clicked yes. Complaints on the feature would probably outnumber those over the removal of the webcams.
But the site actually does ask you that every time you submit something.
In order to explain, I'm first going to provide you a link to spyed's article on this matter.
"Well, this is great! This will help keep my art from being stolen!"
Actually, no. spyed explains quite well in that journal article why precisely it isn't the best idea to discourage sharing.
But I can understand why some people want to hide their deviations, and why they want to restrict them to those logged in to DeviantArt. With that in mind, because I know there are many people who do want to use this feature, and newer members may not be aware that it exists, I'm going to show you how to do this, both on new uploads and en
Introduction to ACEOs
Wouldn't it be awesome to own a collection of original, handmade artworks from various artists?
Unfortunately having a large collection of big paintings or drawings is not often possible because original artworks and their shipping around the world cost money and they also need lots of space at your home to be presented in the best possible way. However, this does not mean you couldn't own a piece of art from your favorite artist: the solution is artist trading cards, also known as ATCs or ACEOs.
At the beginning of this article I introduce what these little cards are. To trading and creating ACEOs in DeviantArt us take the artists themselves by interview: The artists let us know how they started trading and what keeps them doing it. They also share their best tips of creating and trading these cards!
What is ACEO?
ACEO is an acronym that stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals. ACEOs are variants of Artist Trading
Art Copyright + Giving Credit Template
Used http://saucenao.com/ and https://images.google.com/ and http://iqdb.org/ and http://tineye.com/ to search for the original source, the
*Don't forget to rate the 's work! Give feedback. GIVE CREDIT!* Giving credit does not mean that you have permission. Credit or no credit, you need permission from the artist to post/use their work.
To those who view this art, PLEASE DO NOT STEAL / REDISTRIBUTE / RE-POST / POST/ USE / EDIT THE ARTWORK WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE ARTIST. That would be considered as #copyright #infringement!
Don't worry. You are not in trouble. *Only people who steal the artist' work and sell them for themselves without permission are in trouble...* it's messed up..
Giving credit does not mean that you have permission. Credit or no credit, you need permission from the artist to post their work. They need to know where it's coming from.
*I know some of you do not mean to
What is Copyright?
What is Copyright?
"Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving the creator of an original work exclusive rights to it, usually for a limited time. Generally, it is "the right to copy", but also gives the copyright holder the right to be credited for the work, to determine who may adapt the work to other forms, who may perform the work, who may financially benefit from it, and other related rights. Copyright is a form of intellectual property like the patent, the trademark, and the trade secret."
"Copyright may apply to a wide range of creative, intellectual, or artistic forms, or "works". Specifics vary by jurisdiction, but these can include poems, theses, plays, otherliterary works, movies, dances, musical compositions, audio recordings, paintings, drawings,sculptures, photographs, software, radia and television broadcasts, and industrial designs."
"Copyright does not cover ideas and information themselves, only the form or mann