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
How to Stop Planning and Use What You've GotArticle cowritten by ShadowedAcolyte and neurotype.
We've chosen to present this in bullets. The first few are ways to tell when your planning has gone too far; the rest are how to get past that.
Featured literature was chosen for its ability to present exposition: good pacing, tantalizing hints, etc.
How do I know I've planned too much?
When you can't hold it all in your head.When you can't explain it without a long-winded summary."So you've planned X. How will you reveal X to the reader?" If you can't immediately think of a good idea, it's probably overplanned.
Volume: how much of your story is world-building/backstory?
Properly spaced, you could get up to 10% world into a story without ruining the book (e.g. for an epic fantasy or something else not set in a place readers will immediately recognize). The rest should be happening now.If the setting is much more familiar—like, Everytown, USA, it could easily be 1% backstory.
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 ￼
Interview with K-KojiOur special guest for this interview is K-Koji!
Hello K-Koji! Thanks for accepting the interview!
May I ask, what is your name and what's your story behind your username?
People just call me Koji. Other than that, there's not much of an interesting story behind it. I'm very boring as a person.
When did you start to draw?
I started drawing when I was a little kid. I mean, really little. My older brother used to draw, and I, as a toddler, wanted to emulate him. So I'd sit at the kitchen table beside him and try to copy him. Though I drew traditionally my entire life until about 2011. That's when I made a conscious decision to teach myself to draw and paint digitally.
Is there a famous artist that inspired you to start drawing?
I can't say any one artist in particular inspired me. I think I actually was drawing just because I liked it for
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
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...
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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.
'Draw my OC' Contest! [CLOSED!]Winners picked ->
Edit 7: Time's up! > v < I'll announce the winners in 2-3 days. I'll be taking last minute entries today and tomorrow. c:
Edit 6: Eeeeeeeeeep, I'm so excited ;;; u ;;; Just one more day to go ///so many wonderful entries, dunno how I'll manage all this---
Edit 5: Only 3 more days to go! If you still need some time, please let me know, I may extend the deadline for a couple of days, no longer! > v <
Edit 4: Just one week to go! > v < If you still need a couple of days just tell me!
Edit 3: Less than two weeks left! > u < I may extend the deadline for few days but no longer! S
Dreams☆ 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
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!
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
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