THANK YOU! :DHey doods!
I have some newsies and things!
Firstly, WOW! I only just now noticed that some lovely person gave me a subscription.
Whoever you are amazing anon, thank you so much! I wish I knew who you were so I could express my thanks better.
BACK TO SCHOOL AFTER ALL
I'll cut to the chase with some amazing news: I just got accepted to San Diego State University!
So after lots of soul searching along to dramatic music and walking in parks, I have finally made my decision to pursue my Masters Degree in Educational Technology rather than in Art for a number of reasons. Overall, I just feel like the EduTech degree would give me the most job options to work with when connected to my current resume of experiences. It still feels a bit like I'm leaving the art track, which makes me a little sad. However, I'm
MY STAY IN ENGLANDHey doods!
Appropriate journal skin is appropriate.
Anyhoo, I know it's been a long time since I posted a journal, but I have awesome-sauce news.
The first being that I just returned from my stay in England (my very first trip overseas ever).
And OMGGGG the country was so gorgeous and green, and the buildings were so pretty (the oldest buildings we have in California are maybe 70 years old, and boring, lol).
I stayed with my friend :iconslinkers: for the first week. Her family and her were really kind to take me in for that long. She took me around her town (awesome pubs). We also went to see the ruins of a castle in Wales (and went crab fishing, lol), we went on a Beatles tour in Liverpool, and we we got to stay at her grandmother's cottage in the Lakes District (stunning!). It was all so amazing!
For the second week I went to London on my own, which was also incredible!
BADLY EDITED MOVIE OF MY LONDON STAY HERE --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Wwoxgus-lM
FAQ . Section. ( will update mostly everyday)Here's a List of FAQ
If you have any suggested questions post below and I'll try to add those that is most requested : )
Basic Digital Painting Questions
Q: What tools do you use
A: I use Photoshop CS 6, and I work on a cintiq 21 UX
Q: What do you recommend for someone who wants to get into digital art?
A: For programs that I've used and would recommend are 1. paint tool sai, it's a very user friendly and it's very affordable! you can also try using Photoshop CS (any version) they are both great software to start with.
Q: can you recommend a tablet?
A: yes, if it's for fun, I think any wacom bamboo tablets will do the trick, if you want to be more serious with this, then I would go with any of the wacom intuos tablets : )
Q: How do you make the skin so soft?
A:it's not really a secret but I use the airbrush in PS CS 6 a lot to blend,
Q: what brushes do you use?
A: My latest brushes can be
ASKtheARTIST Interview with algenpfleger
Welcome to ASKtheARTIST. My name is *thefluffyshrimp and today I have the great privilege to interview *algenpfleger, a very talented illustrator and creator of many well-known works on deviantART.
Thank you for presenting us with this opportunity to interview you, algenpfleger.
*quietly sits down and sips on a mysterious beverage
WAIT ARE WE DOING THIS OR WHAT
*Vellez asks "What is your creative process? Do you just research and then begin drawing when you get an assignment, or do you mull it over a bit?"
Hmm it usually starts with me getting the assignment since I spend my freetime drawing other things mostly (these days at least). As soon as I know what the client wants, I leave it alone for a couple of days and wait for ideas to sprout in my head. The rest is just craftsmanship, you know, drawing the stuff and everything. The real work is done as soon as I put down the thumbnail sketch.
~smarff asks "How saturated do you think the illustra
AtA INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS ALL UPDATED! :DWELCOME TO ASKtheARTIST
Hey folks! So it looks like a few of the artists we have interviewed have thus far been unable to upload the transcripts from their interviews. So we went ahead and saved them the trouble! Check out the transcripts from the interviews with yuumei, sakimichan, shilin, arvalis, GENZOMAN, and lily-fox!
Thank you for your patience, folks!
In other news, our team is back from haitus and will begin moar artist interviews shortly. Stay tuned for updates!
We are an arts-based journalism project developed by thefluffyshrimp
We aim to offer fans live interviews with some of their favorite artists here on deviantART.
Premium Content and how I feel about making moneyHallo
There's a new feature called premium content that allows users to make file downloads available for a charge. This seems to be something with a vast range of different possibilities that range from quite nice to to quite lame. Of course we are all always against commercialization and sell-outs and everything and don't want things to change but there are some interesting options here.
Obviously everyone is going to know whether or not this is something he or she could use and how much sense it's going to make for what you do specifically but there's two points I want to adress.
I always thought it was lame when people sell stuff like brushes or psd files. This is probably just my personal opinion and many will certainly disagree for valid reasons, but I think, if you make some brushes, and you ask money for something as tiny as that, you are lame. Sorry. Actually, the point here is not that it will kill someone to pay like one buck for something tiny, it's just that it change
How to Get a Job in AnimationA little while back, I posted an answer to a question on tumblr that has gotten an unexpectedly enthusiastic response. I tried to upload the comic here on dA, but kept running into issues.
Anyway, if you're interested in a little unsolicited life advice you can read it here. http://anthonyholden.tumblr.com/post/50578458046/what-are-studios-looking-for-how-can-i-get-into-a
Take care, all!
Critical Assessment and Aftermath of Art School
This is an updated account on how things are going years after having left art school, the effects it's had on me, and my personal thoughts on attending. My views here aren't wholly different than the few rants I've had on the subject in the past, but it's one I believe I have to continue talking about to assist others in making the right decisions for themselves and their future path. (I should also mention that this is the viewpoint of an american in America.)
It's become increasingly clear to me over the last year that out of my 25 years on this Earth, there's only one decision I ever truly regret: and that was going to art school. Now, there's a good chance that I may not be saying this had I attended a different school, but there's no way to ever know, so what I'm really saying is "I regret going to the school I chose, not school in general." I feel as though I was let down by my school. I held up my end of the bargain (some $80~$90
Know your origin: Some history of our craftYou know, as digital artists we have some amazing tools available to us to help bring our imaginations to life.
The latest graphic tablets (now affordable for most anyone,) matched with the latest high-definition screens (displaying billions of colors,) connected to the latest computers (whose size are measured in inches and not feet,) all to render work near instantaneously. It's hard to imagine that with what we have today, publishers and artists were using these same types of devices as much as 40 years ago to set type, scan images, or even draw pictures.
So if you were an artist in the late 1970's, what would it have been like?
Well, click here (or above) to watch a video to get a bit of an idea.
If that's anything to go by, straight-up drawing was still a little out of reach. But you could scan drawings, save them, view them on a screen, scale them,
WINNERS for Christmas Giveaway for WatchersHello everyone!~ The winners for this giveaway are (chosen by random.org) ... *drumroll*
First place: #4 - :iconfrozenclaws:FrozenClaws
Second place: #10 - :iconelbunny:Elbunny
Third place: #8 - :iconshirayukin:shirayukin
Winners please send me a note with the reference pictures~ <3
Thank you everyone for participating and Merry Christmas to all~
Announcement: There are more than 10 people in the giveaway, so that means I will have to do this haha~ I planned on being like "There aren't enough people, no giveaway *evil face*" because I didn't think this many people would participate. Anyways, I love you guys xD
This is my fourth Christmas here on devia
New deviant symbols and shitMy new symbol makes me feel like a war hero.
That's Lieutenant AssClownFish to you.
Tales of the N64Hello Ryceballs, its been a long time since I actually drew something or written something for Deviantart, mostly because of travelling to conventions and work, if you haven't guessed it by now I actually draw for a living. BUT IM BACK FOR A BIT NOW, with more stories to entertain you delicious people! This time Im gonna talk about the classic Nintendo 64, one of my favourite consoles of all time.
This is a picture of me when I was playing the N64 back in the day. So why do I wanna talk about the 64 out of all the consoles? Well mostly because I have been trashing Nintendo so much lately about their decisions in the gaming industry that I thought I should talk about something more positive about Nintendo when they were at their prime. ALSO because I have so many good memories with this console! Without further ado, THIS is how it all began.. it started with my dad coming home from work one day and showing me a newspaper article with a competition on it, it was sponsored by Toyota and i
Questioned by the Hong Kong PoliceSo where was I? Oh yes I was gonna talk about my experiences with the Hong Kong police, so here goes. OK this is the problem, whenever I visit Hong Kong I always have the fear of being questioned by the police, well not exactly fear because I've got nothing to hide, but whenever I am alone walking on the street and a policeman on patrol sees me, they would ALWAYS 100% stop and ask for my ID. For those ain't familiar with how things work in Hong Kong is that if they see a teenager (Especially male) on the street not in their school uniform during school time or with dyed hair or pretty much just 'gangster' or suspicious looking, they have the right to stop you in the middle of nowhere and question you. Now I match every bit of suspicion possible, what they are trying to check is if there's any sort of crime around the area so they can narrow down the suspects, or to check whether you are legal to be in Hong Kong, or whether you've got drugs on you. Anyway when I was in Hong Kong a month
Ry's Life RulesKinda misleading title I know, but no its not about how awesome my life is, but more about some life rules that I like to follow. WELLLLL try my best to follow them anyways. If you think some of them are worth trying, then sure follow these rules with me
1.GOTA BE A FAN BEFORE DOING FAN ART FOR SOMETHING
Yup, I have not seen One Piece or Bleach so I will not do fan art for them, Im sure they are great anime as people has told me, but I just haven't gotten around to watch it thats all. So yes for me, I gota be a fan before doing fan art for something. Otherwise it kinda takes away wat the true meaning of what fan art is right? But yes I do know some people who draws fan art of whats popular rather than what they like, I remember one time I was walking in the artist alley and saw an artist who did an artwork of a fandom that I like, so I spoke to them about the series and realised the person has not played the game or know anything about it, but just drew it because
If I lost an armMy good people of Deviantart. It is me again Chicken breasts mixed with vegetable poured with a delicious yet spicy Indian curry on Ryce, here with another thought provoking yet useless journal entry. What happened was earlier this week my tablet pen's been going crazy, because the nib on the tip of my tablet pen has worn off. I do use the tablet a lot.... Like every single day, so over time naturally you would need to replace the nib. But being me, I just always forget to buy it.. Every time the pen becomes non responsive I would smack it like a disobedient bitch until it works again. Well guess what.. it reached a point where I need to smack it once every minute. You wouldn't believe the pain I went through with the Valentine's day picture, what could've been a 3 hours artwork ended by being 6 hours. At the end the pen was finally dead, I could hardly see the nib anymore. By the way a nib is like a long plastic that acts as the tip of your pen ok...? I don't want you to think I am ta
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