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
AskTheArtist InterviewInterview with *JonasDeRo 11/11/12
<thefluffyshrimp> Welcome to ASKtheARTIST. My name is ~thefluffyshrimp and today I have the great privilege to interview *JonasDeRo, a very talented artist and creator of many well-known works on deviantART.
<thefluffyshrimp> Thank you for presenting us with this opportunity to interview you, JonasDeRo.
<JonasDeRo> Hello all, the pleasure is all mine!
<thefluffyshrimp> ~Fisharto asks "Without sharing too much of your ways to making environments how do you come up with ideas for painting?"
<JonasDeRo> Hello Fisharto, good question!
<JonasDeRo> I would say my main source of inspiration is traveling. I love painting but I love to travel even more; seeing cities, towns, nature really inspires me in the first
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
PE :Artistic ExcusesYou know, everywhere in the world, inspiration strikes, new artists are born, and new styles are born. We all start as beginners and take our time...but then certain points...there are times when we feel a certain way about our art. Some people don't think that they cannot get better when you know you can. Some people feel they should quit....when you can keep going. Some people feel like you're nothing...when you are something...those things are called excuses...there is no excuse why you cannot accomplish your goals to become an artist. The quotes you see often
"OMG! Your art is so cute!"
"That is awesome!"
"I love your art"
"Your art is very cool and different."
That alone should motivate you to keep going. But if you still feel weary of your art and if you still feel like your art cannot get better even after comments that should motivate your to keep going, here's a guide to help you out and a guide of excuses that are often shown w
Worldbuilding: Environments and Social StructuresAre you ready to build a world? Good!
The Magic Gateway, by jerry8448. This is what we want to do with worldbuilding.
Worldbuilding is a complex process, because it is essentially creating the base of a different reality from our own. An author must pull together all the elements of a 'world', and capture that in text. This applies in any genre of writing. Even non-fiction has aspects of worldbuilding because it has setting and world details the same as fiction. In any genre, if the world is flat, the story will be flat and one of the best ways to build a fictional world is to know about one's own. Stories and readers both require an interesting and engaging place to go to, and our world, as well as any imagined one, can provide this! Because our world is the base of most human experiences, it is a great place to understand for both personal and writing reasons. If the author understands the sett
Respect YourselfMy friend shared this video to warn other artists about how she was taken advantage of, and I believe this is a very important message that every artist should hear.
I've lost count of how many times someone, be it a big corporation or an individual, have asked me to illustrate for them for free. It will always go something like this "You draw this for us, and we will include your name in the credits. That's good publicity for you!" as if such a pathetic offer holds any merit.
There was one specific case where a guy wanted to use my drawing as a book cover but didn't want to pay. He said he might print up to 50,000 books, so that's like an amazing offer of 50,000 views for me right? Wrong. 50,000 is nothing. We live in the information revolution. Don't forget we have places like Deviantart, tumblr, and all those social networking sites. Sharing art, like sharing any information, has never been easier. You don't have to degrade yourself for some disrespectful publisher to get you art se
Yuumei's ASKtheARTIST event todayHello
So I noticed that many people did not get the chance to go for the interview session. I myself might have missed a bit at the end, but this is what I've got down as a transcript. Also, I've noticed we had MANY things in common O.o like with drinking milk in China
Hope you like it! ^^ Oh also, I missed the first question, but seeing the answer to it, I believe it was about childhood and art classes etc..
when I was little, they would send me to art classes, along with calligraphy, and ballet because it's one of those "my kid must be able to do everything"
they actually wanted me to become a doctor or lawyer or anything that makes a lot of money
it's very stereotypical of Asian parents, unfortunately...
~RefinneJenniferr asks "How do you make your strokes so efficient and straight-looking rather than thin and sketchy?" and *Eemari asks "How did you learn to use colors?"
hmm... I'm not sure what you mean? I always thought my style was pretty sketchy ￼
Having the Best InteractionsHey! I was talking with gracefulsunshine and just felt like making a more informative journal based on our convo ^v^
This journal is just my opinion on how to better interact with deviant artists c:
I know sometimes people can get frustrated when an artist they like doesn't respond to their comment in the way they hoped, or maybe they don't respond at all. This is just personal advice I'm giving so everyone can have more pleasant conversations
I know everyone is guilty of skipping over a few lines of vital information (sadly, I am too) but really do try your best to read all the info given by the artist, it's there for a reason.
Make sure to read the artist's profile before commenting. Usually this will have their status on whether or not trades, requests, commissions, etc are op
Dreams [Update]☆ Dream Psychology + Science Intro ☆
I'm taking a Psychology Class right now and we just finished the Dream/Sleep Unit Discussion so I'd like to add it onto this journal (plus it's a helpful review for me since I have a test Monday //bricked).
I like learning about these things in the mind, it's just very fascinating to me. I'll probably continue to update this section as I learn more c:
If you want to read about my actual dreams then skip down to "Personal Intro"
Okay, so let's just start off with the science behind sleep.
There's this thing called the Circadian Rhythm which is basically your 24 hour biological clock with sleep & dream cycles.
The sleep cycle has 5 stages: Stag
The Dreaded Artist's BlockThe Dreaded Artist's Block...and Ways to Overcome it . :iconscaredplz:....
Artist's block might not fit exactly into the "Artist's Toolbox" week, but we all know about it, we all have probably
experienced it, and we all hope it will never come our way again.
When a person is sick in body, eating is sometimes the LAST thing we want to do. But it is necessary to speed our way
to recovery. In the same way, the ideas I would like to set before you may seem like trying to eat something
when you are sick...but these steps may hasten the end of your artist's block. :iconimdeadplz:
And really, you have nothing to lose in trying these suggestions!
1. Put DOWN your instrument of art...paintbrush, pencil, pen etc...and go O
ProcrastinationDear, deviantart fellow artists,
How to deal with it? How to get things done and achieve all that you ever wanted?
If only I had the right answer.
Sometimes I feel that I have not enough time. But maybe I just should be more conscious about the time I waste and that I could spend more wisely. I guess.
Distractions are everywhere. Wonderful photos, blog posts, tumblr, tv series, movies, social media sites - time flies away so fast when looking through them and by the end of the day there is always that question - have I done something meaningful today? These things can be useful and good as source of inspiration, wonderful to see and watch, but in small portions - to have the time for hard work and for leisure.
Over the time I have tried many ways to be more productive:
Making lists - it helps a bit, setting the goals for certain day, week - just writing down what you need to do and putting the note in visible place.
There will be 3 winners who will get a chibi from me!
[ACTIVATED!]If more than 20 people join, it will be upgraded to 5 winners.
[ACTIVATED!]If more than 50 people join, I'll add in a human adopt for 2 special winners.
[X]If more than 100, 200, 300, etc. people join (unlikely..), I'll do a dare from a special winner! hehe... (nothing like nudes or anything bad though! :/ )
So all in all there will be 11 winners! First 8 winners will get a chibi, next 2 will get a random human adopt. Special 100th, 200th, 300th, etc. winner will get a dare from me! xD
Deadline: July 2, 2014 about 2 and a half week from now...
Thats it really.
You earn one ticket if you complete this. No need to comment saying you've faved this.
write a journal (+3
Please do not repost the image of the adoptable unless you are the person who purchased it with my permission!! You are allowed to alter the design to your liking, but please do not majorly change aspects of the design so it no longer resembles the original adoptable.
TWO STRIKE RULE: I understand that sometimes money matters can be difficult for people, but this does not excuse "bidding because you got carried away". Please treat an auction here on DA as you would on Ebay. Once you put in a bid, you are expected to be able to pay the amount within 24 hours after the auction has ended. Once you place a bid on an adoptable or auction of any kind, you are expected to be able to pay that amount with no problem. You are committing to payment! If you withdrawal from an auction for any reason being the highest bidder, I will be giving you only one more chance until I bl
FAQ(updated)Art - Facts & Tools
What programs do you use to draw? *updated 11/12/14
Colored illustration: Adobe photoshop CS6 and Paint Tool Sai
Manga: Manga Studio
*Please don't ask me for pirated download links because I highly suggest buying the software.
When did you start drawing ?
All of us started to draw when we were young, right? However, I started taking art seriously when I was 15 years old.
Do you use a tablet? what brand? what size? *updated 11/12/14
Yes, I use Huion 10 x 6 inches.
*I experienced some odd issues with its driver which causes frequent BSoD. I really recommend you guys to buy/use a Wacom tablet. I'm planning to doing so soon once I have time to. ^^
Why do you only draw female characters?
Because I adore how beautiful girls are. I also tend to have more ideas when drawing girls. But i'm trying to draw things out of my comfort zone, like males and backgrounds.
How long does it take you to fin
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.
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