|If I were a DJ and deviations were my vinyl, the art in this Collection would be what you'd find in my crates.|
|If I were a DJ and deviations were my vinyl, the art in this Collection would be what you'd find in my crates.|
Why I Fail at Daily Drawing//Update//
A small update-- There will definitely be a drawing event based on process, not product, and the goal of building the habit to draw every day, rain or shine, happy or depressed, busy or lazy.
It'll begin some time in June, and will last for 3 weeks (21 days). I've gone ahead and started a group for it so that it'll be easier for me to organize and easier to share experiences and support others trying to get a routine just like you.
If you want to participate, or just watch to see how it all plays out, go ahead and join:
The 21 Days Habit
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In my Personality Poll, :iconzombieceli: brought up the subject of motivation. I've been contemplating, investigating and experimenting with this topic a lot the last few months and being an INFJ, I have to write it out! LOL
There's this really interesting (and terrifying) transition for a lot of artists. When we first started drawing, writing, painting or whatever it wa
Six tools for Product Photography Artists Tools
1) Seamless Background Paper
This is great for getting those blemish and crease free backgrounds to put your products up against. The papers are non-reflective, you can get it in a huge variety of colours, and they save you the hassle of ironing fabric backdrops especially if you just want a plain block colour look. You can find it on amazon in the USA here.
2) Seamless background curve
This is a luxury - probably something to invest in if you're really branching out into Commercial photography and making some money from it! But it's also a genius idea and gives you much more opportunity - more than you would get with a light box or tent. The 90 degree angle allows you to shoot at a wider range wit
Photography: Technical (1. Exposure Explained)You will very often hear photographers talking about exposure, in many different terms. I'm sure you can think of more than a couple, but the popular ones are, "That was a nice exposure", "That was a little under exposed", "That was over exposed", or even "You may want to try a longer/shorter exposure". But what are people actually saying?
So, lets first look at the word "exposure". This term is exactly as it sounds, it is how much light we are exposing our digital sensor or film to. As photographers, we are striving to master the art of the manipulation of light, we are attempting to bend light through our lenses, and focus it onto a single plane in which we place a film or sensor that is sensitive to light. Exposing this focussed image onto this sensor is where we get our image.
Exposure is what we do to create that image, we use the camera to manipulate two (and only two) components in which we adjust our exposure. That is our shutter and our aper
Six Basic Tips for WritersSo often, I encounter journal entries on DA that offer writers wonderful tips on how to improve their craft. In this journal, I'm going to share some of my own advice. I hope you find the following suggestions helpful and informative. Here we go! (:
1) Expand Vocabulary
As obvious as it sounds, words are everything to a writer. Therefore, it makes sense to increase your knowledge of various terms. You don't necessarily need a dictionary to do this. I personally prefer using a thesaurus, so I can learn synonyms and antonyms. A thesaurus is great if you want to avoid using repetitive words in your work. Just search for alternate phrases and you're good to go!
2) Be Comprehensible
Remember that being a writer is not the same as being a mechanical engineer or a quantum physics professor. You do not need to use an overload of complex terms in your pieces to seem intelligent. Now, I'm not saying you should
How to Have TIGHT Pencils and my ERASER TechiquesI have had several Deviant Artists ask me, how do I get clean or tight pencil work and what is my process?
Well, it’s a Great question and I decided to repost my reply to that answer here as a journal in hopes that it helps Artist in this great community! I will also try to add more techniques, hints, and helpful guides in the future.
So, if you have requests on How I do something, please comment below as well and we can see what we can tackle next, No promises on every requests, but I will do my best to help.
Here is the 1st Question:
How do I get such tight and clean pencils and what is my erasing process?
1. First, lay down your rough base/sketch, (Try to make it loose, focus more on the composition and apply your references that you hopefully previously gathered if its an assignment), and apply the base VERY lightly. IF your light boxing your foundation base, do all your line work VERY lightly as its hard to discern and make d
7 tips for the 21 year old me
7 TIPS FOR THE 21-YEAR-OLD ME by Bobby Chiu
When I was a student in college working on my skills as a character designer, I’d had periods where I would sit at my desk working as hard as I could but having little to show for my efforts at the end of the day. I remember sitting there surrounded by blank pieces of paper, trying to come up with an amazing style that nobody had ever seen before. I would do one drawing and not be satisfied, so I would lay a new piece of paper over it, re-draw it with slight changes to features here and there. This would still not be good enough so I would put another piece of paper over my revision, make more minor adjustments trying to perfect this new style I was searching for.
I did this for weeks on end, tweaking and polishing over and over, working hard every day. But in the end, did I come up with a brand new style, something amazing that
My Life as an iPhone
Day 1 - I said a fond farewell to my identical brothers and sisters as we left the production line and went our separate ways. We are all equally perfect, our components sized to tolerances of mere micrometres. May we all live perfect lives, with each of us a perfect user.
Day 2 - Bah, I am still waiting in this warehouse to be loaded onto the freight plane. At this rate I'll never leave China. DHL has a lot to answer for this.
Day 3 - Alright, after that unnecessary delay, I am at last loaded up with a pre-paid SIM card, and ready to meet my buyer. I can't wait.
Day 4 - My buyer is unboxing me all wrong. Oh well, I suppose she's my user now. I had better get used to her. "Slide to set up."
Day 5 - My user has waltzed through the setup process without even bothering to set up an iCloud account. What a philistine. Still, I am quick to judge. Maybe she will understand me better when I show her the 1 million plus apps in my curated App Store.
Day 6 - What is the point of having a develope
Why we fall. - Edited with full post
Art by Allison Smith.
"Why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves back up."
One of my favorite lines from Batman Begins. However, there are moments where it's rather difficult to get back up, and sometimes we require that one special kick in the ass.
From each tumble, we learn a valuable lesson. A year or so ago, I had hit a personal wall that was proving too difficult to force through. Art, which is usually front and center, took a back sea--and while we've all had art blocks--that wasn't the only issue.
It began with my roommate of two years, whom had decided it was time to move else where. With such a sudden interruption, I had to find a new home and in less than 30 days.
Having also been through a bleak breakup months prior, and finding myself with no pending freelance work and
It is with deep sadness that goodbye. I have held on to you for too
long. The crash of you, suddenly into bed. So stock market. So dead bird.
So heart attack. The showerdamp hair, the blue jean crinkle. I have a deep
sadness so goodbye. Because when trauma. Trauma. What yes a deep sadness.
A deep sadness. Around 2009, I tried killing myself. Not very important
details but relevant to the story so keep listening. There was a skirt
patterned in open windows. This would be funnier in Morse code because
dot dot dash I tried to kill myself dot dash. After you become a mother.
After you have a great heron rise from your body. After you hear a song
of which there are no other songs to compare. A mother. You know that the
sadness has to say goodbye. Because there is a diligence in a mother's work.
Bend, pulled to breast with cloth, tied. Because after the blood I whispered
I Am The Mother Of 2 Live Children and 3 Dead+
So you live in a tiny house, entirely dependent on wood heat in the winter.
Let's say you live somewhere cold. Alaska. The North Pole. Neptune.
Let's say you run out of logs to burn. Maybe you were too lazy to cut
the appropriate amount, maybe you just miscalculated. But now, what do you
start with? What do you burn first? First chairs, useless wooden bowls from
your grandmother. Then it's January and you're sitting on the floor so what
next? The legs of your sofa, maybe the headboard of your bed. There's only
so much burnable inside a house. Before long you look at your dog. Panic.
Look at your husband. Cry. Your first born, just the right size. Your
left arm, who needs it? There's only so much. You try going out there,
waist deep snow, weeping through it. All you have is an old maul.
You're exhausted, aren't you? What more can you give up, throw into the f
United Against Ebola: The Book!Dear friends, we are happy to announce (finally!) the release of the book United Against Ebola.
We can't wait to share it with you. it's a book of 104 pages, 18 X18 cm, it has 100 of your images in it and it is simply beautiful!
You can have a preview of the entire book by clicking on the image and following the link to Blurb. Make sure to watch it in full screen mode.
The link above will take you to the 18X18 cm book. When placing your order, you will get to set your own parameters concerning the cover, soft or hard and the paper, standard or premium.
We also made a large version of the book, it's 30 X 30 cm and is absolutely gorgeous
For those who would like to contribute more substantially to the good cause, you can command it (and preview it) here
The Last Laugh Laughed (2010)The spotlight shined down on an empty stage with the fading smell of sweaty two-drink minimum patrons hanging in the air like memories of hook-worthy acts of days past. Tears welled up in Mitzi’s eyes as she stopped to ponder the impossible. It was over. The last laugh laughed. The final curtain called. The fat lady hired as the coup de gras had finished her song. Sadness had come to Happy Times.
Motown had been in decline for decades and shuttered stores littered the once vibrant downtown. It had become increasingly difficult to draw people out of their homes as the big three rolled toward insolvency. Lady’s night; Open-mic; BOGO tickets; Stronger drinks. Mitzi had tried them all, but the worldwide recession had robbed the club of even its die hardest of customers. Detroit was in exodus and those who stayed were migrating toward less expensive alternatives. Even if there was limited replay value
Quotes"I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death." - Robert Fulghum
"Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius." - Attributed to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Girl Who Paints The NightShe stretches through the city
like a canvas in the sky.
A repose scales her spine
and leaps to free-fall through her eye.
It’s an old familiar warmth
that grasps her terror by the throat.
A symphonic kaleidoscope
of luminescent notes.
She carries her trauma
like a lung full of smoke.
Each swish of her hips
a cathartic brush stroke.
Shes never spoken
of the moment
that sleighed her innocence.
Instead, she strings the pain
on her bones
and plays the instrument.
The wind carries whispers
that tug at her feet.
The prints she leaves behind
spill sonnets on the street.
The rhythm in her patter
wakes spirits underneath.
The colors in her dreams
seep to saturate the beat.
Onlookers are perplexed by her march
that paints the sidewalk.
The synesthetic aesthetic
herds townsfolk like livestock.
A confusion of senses
obtrudes tall pretenses
Her movements project
like a film through their lenses.
But she wears these moments
not for anyone else.
Its a pinch from her soul
to wake her from herse
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Watch ForeverI've never done one of these before, but it's a fun thing I've seen around on Tumblr plenty of times, so I thought why not do one here on DA?
Basically, here are some people I've been watching for a long time on DA, people who I'll go on watching without question. I'm choosing to highlight a few, because they're super rad, but everyone on the list is super rad, and you should totally watch all of them.
Nancy is one of the coolest people on the planet, and I know this because I've met her in person! She's very friendly, lively, super cheerful, and a ton of fun to be around. She's also a fabulous photographer, and has been a repeat Community Volunteer here on DA, if that doesn't prove how dedicated she is, then I don't know what will.
What is there to say about Stanley Lau that hasn't already been said by tons of ot
"Watercolor is like life. Better get it right the first time – you don't get a second chance!" -Sergei Bongart
Watercolor TechniquesWatercolor Techniques I
Traditional Art Week at projecteducate continues! During Artist's Toolbox weeks, I've published articles dedicated to watercolor tools (Watercolor Equipment I - Basic Tools, Watercolor Equipment II - Additional Tools). You should go grab your tools now, because the next series of articles will be focusing on painting methods. I sincerely hope these will help you and wish you all happy painting!
Laying a wash
A wash is a large area in a watercolor painting where the paint flow and diffusion have been manipulated to efface individual brushstrokes. Within wash areas, color transitions are usually gradual and span analogous hues. Laying a wash is one of the most satisfying tasks in watercolor painting. Essentials of this s
Watercolor Techniques IIWatercolor Techniques II
Traditional Art Week at projecteducate continues! During Artist's Toolbox weeks, I've published articles dedicated to watercolor tools (Watercolor Equipment I - Basic Tools, Watercolor Equipment II - Additional Tools). Current series of articles is focusing on painting methods, previously published Watercolor Techniques I article can be found HERE. I sincerely hope these will motivate some of you to try something new and wish you all happy painting!
Wet-into-wet is another versatile and popular technique where watercolor, or water, is dropped onto a wet surface. This i