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PE: 5 EXCUSES why you just can't do better!5 EXCUSES why you just can't do better!jane-beata
You really want to, you've worked hard to develop the skills you have and you enjoy every minute of doing what you love. And besides, people say that your artworks are...nice. Cute. Doesn't that count for something? Sure it does, there is no reason to panic and pointlessly push yourself forward. Enjoy your coffee break!
Besides, even if you didn't like the current level as much, there is absolutely nothing you can do about it at the moment. So many unfortunate happenings stand right between you and your dream. Recognizing any of the following?
1 - You don't have the time
You're right! After all, you are a human being, not a machine, waking up early every morning, heading to school/work, afterwards taking care of the household/kids/your homework, studying, you barely even finish all the tasks during the 24 hours that's been given to everyone.
On the other hand, is there absolutely
PE: The importance of the learning processHello again my lovely readers!! I had some issues with my computer and my internet conection yesterday but I hope they are fixed already. If nothing goes wrong, we’re having another chat event today in around 5 hours from the posting of this journal (2PM PDT – Los Angeles) in :#communityrelations: chatroom! I’ll raffle another 300 among the participants and we’ll have a small critique event and trivia! Join us!rydi1689
The importance of the learning process
In the past days I’ve given you tips on how to draw, I’ve shared tutorials covering different topics and you’ve had the chance to meet professional artists who gave us valuable pieces of advice in their interviews. I want to dedicate this article to talk about the importance of the learning process and how to make the best out of every opportunity to extend your knowledge.
THE FIRST STEPS OF THE PATH
Most of us have found our favo
PE: Background tutorials The Background tutorials you shouldn't missrydi1689
Hello again my dear readers! Today I would like to share some tutorials with you! During the 6 years I've been on deviantART, I've gathered many useful tutorials that have deeply helped me along the way. I want to share some of these with you, in hopes that reading them will inspire you to start painting some beatiful sceneries to spice up your works!
These are not the only tutorials on deviantART, it's just a selection of the ones that I've found more useful in my artistic development. If you know of any other impressive tutorial that you think should be listed here, share it in the comment section and I'll include it to the list!
DRAWING GRASS AND TREES
Improving image composition!Sometimes the details of our illustration look great, but then when we step back and look at the composition... it's a little boring or muddy or crowded or our eyes wander away from the parts that looked so good up close... Where are our focal points? Why doesn't this illustration grab my attention and hold it? Composition can make or break a piece. Here are some links that show examples of good and bad compositions and describe why certain layouts are more successful than others. Various tips and rules are described and illustrated. I hope you'll enjoy these as much as I do.FriendlyHand
Composition in art as described by wikipedia (this link is a little boring): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Composition_%28visual_arts%29 you can skip to the good links below and come back to this one later if you want.
concept art composition tips with examples: http://www.cgsociety.org/index.php/CGSFeatures/CGSFeatureSpecial/phil_straub_composition_tutorial
23 pages of paintings and composi
My drawing is slanted, angled, crooked, skewed!Skewing is a very common issue for artists. When we draw faces or people, one eye might be too high or maybe we unintentionally draw every character leaning to the right. These little inaccuracies may be a result of the angle of our drawing surface, paper angle, our head tilt, wrist movement or some combination of these factors and others. During the drawing process, our mind grows accustomed to a slightly odd angle here or there, and we may be oblivious to the fact that the drawing leans one way or the other. Often, facial proportions are asymmetrical.FriendlyHand
There are some simple methods to correct this habit. When working digitally, flip your image horizontally from time to time to help yourself observe the shapes from a fresh perspective and fix them. When working traditionally, occasionally view your work reflected in a mirror or hold it (with the image facing away from you) in front of a light source so that you can see the reversed image.
Another technique is to draw a line or plane fr
FREELANCING TIPS: Good jobs and bad jobsThe world of freelance business is populated with all types of clients and artists. If you are a freelancer or a potential client, you will eventually start to recognize the early signs of good and bad job situations. There are some tips and notes below that may help you recognize these signs sooner and therefore improve your ability to connect successfully with good job partners. A client or artist will seldom display all of the good or bad signs described below. However, watching for the following list items may help you to assess a potential workmate as a good risk or a bad one BEFORE work begins. Similarly, if you strive to embody the positive characteristics listed below, they may help you to attract better clients/artists and engage in more successful and fulfilling partnerships.FriendlyHand
Good qualities in a DA CLIENT/ JOB AD:
Client seems polite and professional and reasonable.
Client knows what she/he wants and describes the work clearly.
Client displays good spelling, grammar an
PE: Creating art on CommissionPE: Creating art on Commissionjane-beata
At some point in your career as an artist, you'll be asked to create artwork on commission. Whilst it's a wonderful feeling, being able to make money creating art, it's completely different than selling a personal piece you previously completed - accepting a commission means entering a temporary relationship with your client. As simple it may sounds, there's a lot to satisfying customer's needs, sometimes the best you can do is to say no. Being picky regarding which commission you accept is not a bad thing, but try not to automatically turn down commission because it seems to be violating your artistic integrity, it's hard to survive without paid jobs.
✐ 1. Communication and flexibility
This is the key aspect to being able to work on commissio
How to Improve your Art and CommissionsWith every stroke we make with a brush, pencil, or any other medium we use, we are improving. Sometimes, it might feel like you are not improving at all and sometimes your art looks EPIC all of a sudden. I really hope this little guide can help you with your improvement and also give you some good tips in regards to creating commissioned pieces.plexusdynasty
Observe Your Idols
We all have that one person, or those 50 people on DA who make us feel like our art is mediocre. You have to remember that those artists were once in your position, admiring other incredible artists. Have a couple artists you really really like and try to learn from them. Now I don't mean copy their styles and trace their work, but try some of their techniques or use their art as inspiration. (In my opinion, copying and tracing is how we start drawing but we don't share this with the public. Copy and trace only when you practice!) If you are fairly new to DA, you can browse the popular page, or c
How to be successful with commissions?saniika
Hello dear readers!
After being on deviantart and other places and making commissions for few years I have gathered quite a bit of experience. I do try to help others with advices if I am asked. It seems to me, that the best thing is to make a journal entry with summarized guidelines for people who make commissions.
I hope you will find this helpful and enjoyable. Read on!
To sell anything (pictures, writing, crafts...etc) you need first to be seen by others. Here how you can make that happen, these all I have observed over the years from others.
The initial part - get to be seen:
join social sites - not only deviantart account, but facebook, tumblr, twitter, etc...
display your works there - sha
PE: Setting Up CommissionsSetting Up CommissionsiDJPanda
Hello guys! This is iDJPanda on the topic of "Commissions"! Bear with me though. I've never given a commission in my life but I know how people portray their commissions to get them! I hope this article may be of some help to you guys.
Setting up commissions can be hard and making it appealing to customers even harder but there are a few things you can do to any passerby make a double take to see what you are producing! (This is going over how to write a commission journal but can also tie into the widget as well! )
One of the most important steps in this process is providing examples
If you're like me, you LOVE examples. And you ask, "Why are examples so important?"
Providing example works of what you are commissioning leaves the commissioner an idea of what kind of style and quality of artwork they will receiving. It's basically the sampler of the main dish. You don't want to provide "na
Awesome Tool for Artists who take CommissionsI've been recently introduced to an application/program called Producteev. It's a task manager system with a few awesome perks such as being able to share projects with friends so an entire group of people can view it, create tasks with sub tasks, and put it on every device you might own. You can also upload files to it, so say you're working on a collab project with someone - you can upload your part, they can work on theirs and upload it accordingly and you get notified. I have it on my Mac Book and Iphone and I manage everything with it now... it's been a god send with managing my business. I have every artist from the new art book and all of their information neatly organized, all new orders from my shop, and even restocking information.whispwill
If you can already guess, it makes it AMAZING for taking commissions. I just fill out a new task for everyone who requests a commission from me, add a "paid" sub task and check it off when they do pay. But now I can search through tasks and find ce
Helpful Habits for CommissionersA lot of people have been asking me to write up something on the topic of taking and pricing commissions like I did with conventions, so here you go!whispwill
So what is a commission? If you didn't already know, a commission in way I will be discussing is when a person pay for an artist to draw them something. Neato, right? Money for art, couldn't be better.
Well there are a few catches to this art thing professionally and non-professionally; especially on an amateur level. First off, you wont get paid nearly what you should be getting paid...so if your motivation is money... you should pick a different field of interest. Second, you need to build your people skills. Third money management is key. Fourth, time management or cry in a corner.
Let's discuss the first point, not getting paid enough! Illustrators and professional artists in the industry are currently getting paid the same rates as they were 50 years ago... the exact same. Inflation has not touched the art field so we are making less
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