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Comic Con 2014!

Fri Jul 18, 2014, 12:29 PM




Me and :iconakreon: are going to San Diego Comic Con! 

DeviantART invited us to be guests at the Artist Alley, and take part in one of their panels. 
You can read more about it here:



We'll also finally publish our other comic Milk for the Ugly. If you happen to be at Comic Con this year, make sure to find us. We have some Off-White badges and gadgets to give away.
You'll also have the great opportunity to see how incredibly awkward and ugly we are in real life! :D (Big Grin)

Pimping out a few amazing people

Tue Jan 21, 2014, 11:25 AM




A lot of stuff has been happening lately. I don't really have the time to create anything for myself but I do lurk around, and recently I've found I and met tons of amazing artists. It's time to pimp them out!



Zepheron

An incredibly cool  guy who creates graphics and animations for Jesse Cox from OMFGCata. I even made some fan art of his animations! He isn't too active on dA but that's exactly why you should give him some love and make him post more!

Gross Goat by Zepheron Super sand by ZepheronSo Hype! by Zepheron Sips and ED-E by Zepheron



littleulvar

One of the most adorable and talented artists I've recently stumbled upon. I fell in love with her art and immediately commissioned two illustrations from her! A lot of you might know her from her Nightvale fanarts, but her gallery has much more tasty stuff that might interest you.
comm: thiefling by littleulvaron air by littleulvarcomm: have mercy by littleulvarsomething otter by littleulvar



beniek

A friend from work and an artist with an incredible eye for colour. A busy bee who might start posting more if he gets a bit encouragement!
Tomb Raider Reborn contest by beniekUntitled by beniekEncounter finished by beniekJimmy Page by beniekPan's Labyrinth2 by beniek




snazzapplesweet


Believe it or not, it's a dinosaur.  An actual drawing dinosaur. Ever wanted to have some art drawn by a dino? Here's your chance cause it's offering commissions right now:
Commision Sheet by snazzapplesweetCommission- MidnightSun by snazzapplesweetHe aint hurt no body by snazzapplesweetJoy Imprissoned by snazzapplesweetGather me Bones- Forest by snazzapplesweet

A small talk about pricing your art

Wed Dec 25, 2013, 6:15 PM




You're creating art. You have the passion, you have the skills. Why not make some money out of it then? It's a good idea, right? A lot of people live from creating art, and even more earn some money on the side by taking commissions. You should give it a shot!

So... How much money is your art worth?



It's a hard question to answer for those who are just starting their adventure with selling and creating art for money. Is its worth equal to the price of the materials you used? Is it equal to the value of the time you've spent on creating it? What about the emotional value you put into it? Should your education influence your prices?

No matter if art is your job, hobby or a pastime, you should never undervalue it. In this article I will try to give some tips as to how assess the value of your artwork and touch the problem of too low prices.



We're in it for the money.


Let's be honest - if you're reading this then you probably want to know how much you could earn. The more the better, right? True, but you need to be aware that majority of your clients will want the exact opposite - to pay as little as possible. Your task will be to balance the two out so your clients are happy with the price and you get your well deserved money. Let's start from the basics.

poor artist by YonYonYon
If you want to sell art and be at least a bit serious about it, you need to realize that:
  • You are a worker. Artists (just like tailors, carpenters or masons) provide basic products for others to admire, use or build upon. Your work is as important as anyone's else, and as such should be valued.
  • As a worker you commit time and energy into creation. You are basically selling your skills and hours of your life so someone can get a piece of artwork. You will need to give a monetary value to those skills and hours if you want to earn money.
  • In every part of the world the cost of living and work is different.  The price of your time (and by extension also your art) will strongly depend on the minimum wage in your country.  

I strongly believe that no matter how much experience you have or how young you are,  you deserve to be paid at least the minimum wage for your honest work. Go ahead - look up the minimum wage in your country. Check how much is that per hour of work. That's the bare minimum you should take for hour of creating your work. The piece takes you more than an hour? It should cost two times as much then! Not a penny less!

If you agree and want to earn even more skip the next fragment. If you don't then stay with me for a moment longer and we'll go through all the popular arguments against it.



The reasons why you're valuable


:bulletred: I don't think art in general is worth all that much.
Artistic skills are VERY valuable. In the country I live in the problem of undervaluing art is so far-reaching that the word "artist" itself became a colloquial name for someone who is unreasonably extravagant, silly and flippant.  It's not true at all. The fact you have a good eye-hand coordination AND an imagination good enough to create anything is very valuable. Gigantic industries are based on people who create art. Can you imagine movies without someone coming up with the visuals, costumes or scenography? What about advertisements? What if all books suddenly had no illustrations? What about gaming? Fashion? Art is a very big part of many businesses and should be treated like that.
:bulletgreen: Your skills are very valuable no matter what anyone else thinks!

:bulletred: I don't have the experience to ask for such an amount.
Of course, at the very start you probably won't be able to charge as much as people who work in the industry for 10+ years now, but it doesn't mean you should work for kibble. Don't be afraid. Everyone was "just starting" at some point. Can you imagine a medical doctor, who just got his degree, working for a few cents per hour even though he's fresh on the market? A baker who sells bread for one cent a loaf because his bakery just opened?
:bulletgreen: If you're just starting, then yes, your prices will probably be lower than those of people who already make art for a living. That doesn't mean you should work for less than bare minimum.

:bulletred: It's only a hobby.
Commission Info: CLOSED by ShadeofShinon
It's actually a good argument, to be honest. If you create something for yourself in your own free time, you have the full right to sell it for as much as you want - a million dollars or a bag of chips. It's up to you.
The situation changes though when someone asks you to paint something very specific just for them. From the ideological point of view you are now employed by that person and shouldn't be treated like a slave. Taking commissions usually means you won't create what you want but what others want. It means that your price includes not only the art and time you sacrifice to create it but also all the revisions, corrections and changes, which sometimes can be harder than the main task.
:bulletgreen: Hobby or not, don't let anyone make you a slave.

:bulletred: I need to have a portfolio/commission examples first.
Yes. Yes, you do. A strong portfolio is very important if you want to get into the art industry. That doesn't mean you should work for free though. A good personal illustration that you put your heart into is worth much more than a private commission of someone's OC that you struggle with. Private commissioners usually don't care if you were hired by someone before and people from the industry care (or don't care at all) only about published  commercial projects you contributed to.
:bulletgreen: It's better to create your portfolio with utmost care so people want to buy what you actually enjoy creating, than to lower your prices just so you can pump commissioned pieces into your gallery in hope it will help you gain new clients. It won't.

:bulletred: Come on. An image like that can't be worth more than a can of soda!
A lot of young artists don't know the worth of their work simply because they've never worked before. Of course I'm not talking about the occasional work they might be involved in but the regular 8-9 hours a day for 5 days a week most adults have to do. The idea of the minimum wage was quite abstract to me as well before I started working.
Why does a can of soda cost less than art? Because it's made in millions of copies by machines. It's not customized. It's not unique. It isn't revised while being created. It's not made specifically for one person and their needs. Any bit of personalization would make its cost to skyrocket. If you intend to sell the same piece of art in millions of copies then, of course, by all means lower its price so it reaches as many customers as possible. If you're going to get paid only once though, think about it for a moment and join us back in the next part of the article.



A price to satisfy them all


The minimum wage won't earn you much. At most it will precisely null out with the time and effort you put into your work. It's basically the price of art that could be made by anyone. Just like anyone who's any good at what they're doing, you should rise the price the more experienced you get, the more known you are, and the more work you currently have. There are artists out there who work for 5USD an hour, 10USD, 20USD or even over 100USD.  It's now up to you to set your price point at which you feel the most comfortable.

Setting an hourly price might, once again, be difficult. How are you supposed to know where to start or where to stop? There are two methods to deal with it.



#1 - Start low and build up


This method is much better for young artists who are just starting their adventure with art. The idea is simple - you raise your prices as you develop your skills and build up the confidence in your art. It can cause some troubles though, so learn from my mistakes.
A few years back, when I was taking my very first commissions on dA I really undervalued my art. I asked for 20USD for works that took me over 8 hours of work (2,5USD/h) which was much too little even considering how inexperienced I was and the fact I live in eastern Europe where prices are much lower. Why was it too little? First of all I came across a few traps of the too low pricing. Oddly enough the first was... the lack of clients.

Believe it or not, too low prices scare people away! Would you buy a car for 50USD? Of course you would if you saw and tested it first. Otherwise it would sound a bit too good to be true, right? The same is with art. Some prices either feel fishy or imply that there's something wrong with the art itself. People think that for such a low price you might be adding some costs later on, send them only a small version or gods know what else!

The other problem were returning clients. After buying art from me some came back for more after a while. As a growing artist I raised my prices since then and my clients felt cheated on. I got into a few very unpleasant situations trying to explain to my ignorant clients that since the last time they've commissioned me I got much better and offered a product of higher quality. Few listened but a lot of them publicly complained... and scared away potential clients.

Another problem you might encounter is too slow price growth or even stagnation. It's a very serious issue for those who feel insecure about their art.
Do yourself a favor - set your price at a level you think is fair... and then add a few bucks. I'm serious. Go on, add those few dollars more because you're worth that much. In our efforts to be fair we usually overestimate how fast we work and don't realize how many revisions some clients want. Too low price might really come back and bite you in the ass if you're not careful enough.

If you add a buck or two with every commission batch then you'll soon reach a level you're satisfied with. If you're lucky enough you'll be able to charge even more once you find your place in the market and create yourself a niche to draw clients from.



money money money MONEY by urban-barbarian

#2 - Start high and don't give a fuck


This method works good with those who are experienced in creating art but never tried selling their works. If you already have a distinctive style, a unique technique or great ideas just slap a big price on your art. If you advertise enough there are going to be people out there who will want to buy it from you. It often requires a lot of confidence, patience and an outgoing personality but can bring incredible profits and prestige. Not for those in need of fast money.
If the plan doesn't work, lowering the prices might not work immediately... or work like a charm if you plan it right! It's definitely a high risk - high reward strategy.



I AM STILL LOST


:bigthumb420516111:
Don't worry. We all are. If you're still not sure as to how to price your art, then do some research.

Lurk around a bit and check price lists of other people that are at your level of work.  Use it as a guideline. Beware of the underpricing artists though! Remember not to go below the minimum wage and check twice to make sure you didn't stumble upon someone who's undervaluing themselves! Also remember to check if they're from the same continent as you are, having in mind that somewhere else in the world prices might be much lower.

Check how much time a given piece takes you. It will make pricing it a bit easier.

Structure your prices. Check what takes you a significant amount of time to create and make it a step in your pricing ladder.

And if you're still not confident about your art... then just keep practicing! Invest the time others use for advertising their commissions and creating art for others into developing your skills.

You might also want to read a bit more about pricing your art. Here are a few places you should visit:
Pricing Your Art by Ellen 'the Alaskan' Million
Commission - Approach and Pricing Guide  by cyphervisor
How to price your artwork for freelance work by Teshia Lyndall
Why is undercharging a bad idea? by Katie Hofgard




I don't do ART for free by Exileden

BONUS ROUND - How can anything be TOO cheap?



The practice of lowering the price to ridiculous levels in hope of getting clients is not only a very wrong approach that hurts you - the artist who decides to work for less - but also all the artists that come after you and do the exact same thing. Imagine this: artist A is new to the market and decides to check someone's price list. To get clients A makes his prices lower than that. Another artist appears - B. B checks A's price list and makes their prices even lower than that. Do you see where this is going?  It causes a never-ending spiral of lowering prices that for some is very hard to escape from even after their skills get better and they gain more experience. This is the very reason a lot of artists live on the verge of poverty.

It gets worse though. A much more serious problem arises because of offering too low prices - people believing that art has little to no worth. At some point the idea of working for kibble starts to spread among the clients who then force other artists to work for as little too. The drop in the monetary value also diminishes the cultural value of art. Paintings become worth as little as doodles on napkins, sculptures are treated as a waste of space used only as a pigeon toilet, papercraft is nothing more than a pastime for kids.

Don't allow anyone to dictate the worth of your work. If you are someone who enjoys art but isn't a creator, appreciate the young artist and give them a tip. Those few bucks more and a few nice words make a big difference.



Money can't make you happy by converse-kidd-stamps Hungry Artist by emmil Support Starving Artists by eranashine My painting pay my bills... by emmil 'I Need WORK' Stamp by xmod Stamp: Commission by FlantsyFlan Arts WORTH Money by emmilSupport an Artist Stamp by Skarlet-Raven






Comics!


Some of you might already know that me and akreon are working on a new comic. We're still working at it, but I promise it's going to be great! We're testing a completely new art style  with a nice grungy look to it which hopefully will nicely complement the story we want to tell you. It's not going to be an ongoing series like OFF-WHITE but a one-shot motion comic made in the Madefire Motion Book Tool  (check out MotionBookTool for more info and some really cool comics). The comic will be available at deviantART soon so keep an eye out for more announcements and promo art!

Ideas!


In my free time I've been sketching out a few articles  connected with improving one's art skills, taking first steps towards a career in art and trying to get into the art industry. The first article I want to release will concentrate on an issue that touches a lot of young artist - art prices.  It will be mostly aimed at those who are just starting or want to start selling their art and have little to no idea as to how much money its really worth.
With that coming out in a few days, I want to ask you if there are other issues/questions that you would like me to write about. What are you struggling with as an artist? Do you have questions you're not sure who to ask about? Dump them all here and I'll do what I can. If I won't know how to answer, I'll ask around and at least give you some links that will help you.

News!


I'm very sorry for the lack of activity around here recently. Most of my uploads became automated using the scheduling submissions and when I have some more time I tend to answer only the first ten-ish comments in my inbox. There's been a lot going on in my life recently, but I'm really proud and incredibly excited to tell you that I'm joining the artists at CD Projekt (guys behind the Witcher games ) to work with them on their new game Cyberpunk 2077. It probably means that aside from the usual comic updates I'll be even less active, but who knows. Maybe I'll be able to show you some other really cool stuff!

Titans plz


With Attack on Titan's season ending I found myself with absolutely no anime to watch. Is there anything you could recommend? I haven't followed any new releases recently so I'm not even sure what are the new popular titles.
I'm a fan of shounens and romantic comedies, but will gladly try something else if it's any good in its own genre. If you're interested here's a rough list of series I've already completed: myanimelist.net/animelist/tail…

Thanks for reading and remember to tell me what art/art career related questions would you like to be answered, and what's your current favourite series to watch!





Learning the theory without any practice is incredibly pointless when it comes to art. No book, no lecture and no video will ever teach you how to paint if you won't find the time for creating something yourself.
On the other hand, doing everything alone and without any instructions  is the longest and hardest way of achieving anything. What's worse it doesn't guarantee you success.

Through the last couple of years I've been painting, I've learned that the best way for me to learn to paint is to copy techniques of people who know what they're doing. There's no better way doing it than watching videos with commentaries. That's why today I thought I'd share with you some great lectures, tutorials and demos I've found on youtube. Below you'll find a list of the best YT channels and samples of videos. Go and subscribe for more great vids!



FZDSCHOOL


Official channel of FZD School of Design which is considered to be one of the best schools providing  education in entertainment design. On their channel you'll find dozens of videos with lectures, walkthroughs, Q&A sessions and student work presentations. A must-see for all digital artists trying to get into the entertainment industry.




sinixdesign


Channel led by sinix. You'll find there not only a big selection of very solid art theory tutorials but also a series of workshops with critique sessions and design development and a quite interesting "Let's explore deviantART" series.





Scott Robertson


Ever wanted to paint machines? Scott Robertson's channel is the place to go. He demonstrates very efficient techniques of designing and rendering machines as well as teaches fundamentals like line weight or atmospheric perspective.





Imagine FX


Official channel of Imagine FX magazine. They concentrate on illustrations made in a wide variety of styles using a lot of different software - Photoshop, Painter, Sketchbook Pro or Art Rage. Not all videos have audio (full versions can be purchased with the magazine) but some do; and the ones without are still  quite interesting nonetheless.





Sycra


A great channel for beginners. Sycra explains the very basics like composition or light in short and easy to understand videos. He also tackles with many questions that arise when people start to draw. On the channel you'll also find a lot of interviews and critique sessions as well as speed painting and livestream footage.





Concept Cookie


A channel connected with ConceptCookie - a team of artists developing tutorials for digital artists. They create a variety of videos helping understand the basics of digital art as well as providing some simple solutions for very specific subject you might want to paint.



Spreading like a disease

Tue Jul 9, 2013, 6:35 AM




Since a lot of people kept asking, here's a few other places on the web where you can find me:

             


Pugbun vs Tailcat contest - WINNERS!

Wed May 29, 2013, 9:44 AM


MUSIC



After 3 weeks of constant battle both Pugbunistan and Tailcatia came to the same conclusion - we won and the other side is miserable! It was time for celebrations, eating turnips with lard, and completely ignoring the bragging of the opposing side.

The war is over and the frail balance has been restored... for the time being.

Good work comrades!

 
The contest is over and we're proud to announce the winners!
We received 76 entries which truly exceeded our expectations. It was very hard to pick only 10 winners... so we decided to throw more prizes at our contestants! On each side we picked 7 runner-ups who'll receive 396:points: - just enough for one month premium membership. All of the entries were amazing and if we only had the possibility we'd give prizes to all of their creators!

To see all of the entries as well as work in progress shots of some of them click here: tanathe.deviantart.com/favouri…

Thank you very much for participating!





1st prize


4800 :points:


Winner Winner - Kitten Dinner by mrballoonatic

2nd prize


2400 :points:


A Catless Day by Delkkat

3rd prize


1300 :points:


PUGBUN WINS! -Speedpaint- FREEDOM- by FleshCreature

4th prize


1000 :points:


Victorious! by Griffkat

5th prize


500 :points:


The enemy has been slain by Whiluna

Runner-ups!


396 :points:


The Win by Rametic I'll break thee TailKitty by Miahii Victorius Pugbun by FuriarossaAndMimma .:Pugbun's Sexy New Scarf:. by MelzyV Victorious pugbun by Novie-Kenari Your Weakness by DetectiveRJ  CE: Victory of Pugbun by Gold-Fang

       

1st prize


4800 :points:


Tailcat's Triumph by LOLlyACE

2nd prize


2400 :points:


my victory will be, sinisterrrr.... by sioSIN

3rd prize


1300 :points:


fireside by echorise

4th prize


1000 :points:


Pugbun vs Tailcat by CatherineSt

5th prize


500 :points:


:bigthumb371721066:

Runner-ups!


396 :points:


Tailcat and Pugbun by Nepook Tailcat the Victor by Andiliion Green VS Purple... spirits? by ER-Reanimator No More Green by Rissima Revenge by bladeaedes Pugbun defeated by Ninja Tailcat by PixlPhantasy CE: Dreams of War by xMissLight

 



MUSIC




 

Dear comrades!


The loathsome creature devoid of honor that goes by the name of Pugbun has crossed the line! This vile creature steals socks, doesn't flush the toilet, and what's worst of all, slurps while drinking tea. This and many other breaches of good manners escalated to the point at which I was forced to declare war! Stand by my side my brothers and sisters! For socks! For tea! For flushing!



The peace between Pugbunistan and Tailcatia lasted for many years but it's over now! Pick a side and help your army defeat the enemy once and for all!  
If your  bravery and artistic input will be enough to harm our opponent you'll be handsomely rewarded for your deeds!
If you are caught collaborating with the enemy though, you'll be thrown into the poisonous hamster pit!

 


 



Your task is to take part in the war between Pugbunistan and Tailcatia. To do so you have to create a piece of artwork that depicts the victory of Pugbun/Tailcat over Tailcat/Pugbun. You can pick only one side of the conflict so chose wisely! The more people on one side, the less chances they have to win but the longer you wait before deciding, the less time you have to create your work!



Rules


:bulletpurple:The contest has two separate categories - supporting Pugbun or Tailcat.
:bulletgreen:Both categories have identical sets of prizes
:bulletpurple:You can submit your works only to one category.
:bulletgreen: One entry per person.
:bulletpurple: All entries must be made specifically for this contest
:bulletgreen: We're accepting visual entries only.
:bulletpurple: You can find references for both Pugbun and Tailcat here: tanathe.deviantart.com/favouri…
:bulletgreen: The contest ends on the 26th of May and the winners will be announced shortly after.
:bulletpurple: Post your entry in your deviantART gallery and send it in a note to pugbun or tailcat

 


1st prize


4800 :points:


just enough for 2 years of premium membership or 60 llama sunglasses

2nd prize


2400 :points:


just enough for one year of premium membership

3rd prize


1300 :points:


so you can buy yourself a 6-month premium membership

4th prize


1000 :points:


so you have barely not enough points for four months of premium membership but just enough for three

5th prize


500 :points:


so you can buy yourself  a month premium membership or some lard
       

1st prize


4800 :points:


just enough for 2 years of premium membership or 60 cake slices

2nd prize


2400 :points:


just enough for one year of premium membership

3rd prize


1300 :points:


so you can buy yourself a 6-month premium membership

4th prize


1000 :points:


so the guy who placed 3rd can complain he only got 300 points more than you

5th prize


500 :points:


so you can feel special too by buying yourself  a month premium membership and a turnip
 

Daily Deviation - Feature

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 1:45 AM




I wasn't around for a couple of days and once again my watchers made me a huge surprise! Thank you very much sala-mander for suggesting and KovoWolf for featuring League of Legends - beware the tall grass as a Daily Deviation!



In celebration I shall now commence the feature of joy! Tigers and mushrooms!


Rengar Official Concept Art by Zeronis
shroom army by JasonJacenko
Dragon and White Tiger by creaturesfromel
Mushroom Samurai Returns by Gorrem
Elemental Wallpaper by akeli

Glass Mushroom by AJGlass
Fire Tiger Acid Panther Background by TastesLikeAnya
Mushroom House by Lansay
White tiger by ani-r
majestic-mushroom by Forgotten-Myth


Tutorials and techniques 2

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 7:12 PM




It's time to refresh the tutorial journal! Added some new ones and removed those which, after some time, I found a bit misleading.
Below you'll find a list of tutorials I personally think of as the best on dA. If I have any problems with painting something I usually take a look at one of those.

   
Is there anything you're having troubles with? Need help looking for a good tutorial? Or maybe you'd like to see a video walk-through of me painting something?

I'm open for suggestions for what kind of tutorial/walk-through you'd like to see from me. If you're interested in anything, post your suggestions in the comments!




Poses, composition and perspective
Pose tutorial by shingworks Guide to Movement1:Flexibility by Majnouna Tutorial 12 ImagInAction by AquaSixio Perspective + Composition Pt.1 by fox-orian Perspective + Composition Pt.2 by fox-orian Composition 1 by photo-class Composition 2 by photo-class

Expressions and emotions
Emotions and Facial Expression by Majnouna Lackadaisy Expressions by tracyjb




Colour theory, selection and mixing VS light
Tutorial 10 How to have six' with colours by AquaSixio Blending Tutorial by acidlullaby Colour Theory in a Nutshell by Majnouna A Note on Light and Colour by toerning Gradient Tutorial by damie-m Global Lighting Tutorial by Angelus-Tenebrae color selection by oione How I See Color - A Tutorial by purplekecleon Unified Color Palette Tutorial by Cpresti



Human anatomy
Abdomination: How to draw beef by Coelasquid Hand Tutorial -Tips+Reference- by Qinni Facial structure tutorial 1 by DayDawnDusk Facial structure 2-Eyes by DayDawnDusk Ladies Tutorial by shingworks Fellas Tutorial by shingworks Hand tutorial by shingworks Foot tutorial by shingworks Big Guide to Drawing the Body by Majnouna Drawing Feet by Majnouna Thoughts on Wings by Uzlo Emotions and Facial Expression by Majnouna BTB head studies by Liol Eye Tutorial Resource by ConceptCookie Male Anatomy Patterns by Snigom Female Anatomy Patterns by Snigom Guide to Human Types part 1 by Majnouna anatomy dump 3 by kakimari



Skin
Romanticfae's Skin Tutorial by RomanticFae SKIN: a tutorial - Part 1 by navate SKIN: a tutorial - Part 2 by navate What Skin Colors? by Smirtouille  Skin Tutorial by acidlullaby



Animal anatomy
Drawing Birds part 1 by Majnouna Tutorial on creature design. by Rodrigo-Vega Canine v. Feline Anatomy Tut. by Daesiy Basic Animal Anatomy by Majnouna Animal Anatomy - Cats Part 1 by akeli Motion Reference 03 by ArnaTornwolf



Details and special effects
How to Draw Cloth - The Basics by JaneMere Various elements - tutorial by MinnaSundberg refraction by oione  Boiling from inside by oione how to create ice by oione patterned fabrics by oione



Photoshop functions, tools and tricks
Tutorial 6 Brush the difficulties away by AquaSixio Working faster in Photoshop by Duffzilla Tutorial: Preparing Lineart by Shinerai :thumb211053856: Photoshop Brushes Part One by ceruleanvii Wacom Starter's Guide 2011 by fox-orian



Walkthroughs to study
Inatten - steps by eilidh  
SLAVIC WARRIOR - Lesson PART1 by Sephiroth-Art
Knight_lesson by Sephiroth-Art
'Object Lesson' Walk Through by drak Tutorial 5 Many are calling for help by AquaSixio Tutorial 3 Let the sun shine in by AquaSixio Long Tutorial is Long by TastesLikeAnya Chronos process by Verehin paint breakdown by leventep  Alaric - process by dinmoney


 

Stay calm. Be the leaf.

Sun Apr 22, 2012, 9:15 PM




I know it's whiny of me to complain and give excuses, but I'd like to apologize for not answering to all of the comments and notes in a reasonable amount of time. I'm in the middle of switching between universities. I'm going against the flow and common sense and instead of being an architect, I want to stay in the art industry. Crazy but feels so good!


As soon as I manage to go through all the paperwork and the most urgent commissions, I'll be back and hopefully concentrate on creating something for myself and adding a few things to my portfolio.


In the meantime, I wanted to share with you a set of really great youtube videos of painting process made by Noah Bradley (noahbradley).  He was nice enough to comment on what he was doing making the videos a great source of knowledge.  He talks about all the technical details, gives tips and tricks, and does it in a very professional yet easy to understand way. I watch videos like that all the time and find them the best way to learn next to the actual practice. I hope you find it as helpful as I did!








On a completely different  note: I can't stop thinking about Legend of Korra. Seriously. It haunts me even when I brush my teeth. It gets me so excited I want to bounce against the walls. I can't wait for the 4th episode and barely restrain myself from painting the show a dozen of fan arts. I'm the leaf!




LET IT SNOW - contest winners!

Mon Apr 9, 2012, 7:34 AM
It took a while but I'm finally back with the results of Let it snow fan art contest.  We received 61 entries - 6 fan fictions and 55 fan images. Judging was based on maaany different aspects starting from artistic merits through originality and wits, and ending with our (the judges) whims.
Our decision is final and there's no backsies!

Without further ado, here are our winners!


Runner-ups!

There's one runner-up prize more than we planned. Instead of 3, we got 4! Each of the authors receive 1-month premium membership for themselves or a friend!

Susuwatari's joke with snow by Elehanne Winter Wonderland by TrollGirl Let's Play! by kf19 Everything The Northern Light Touches by ARVEN92



2nd place!

Both authors receive a 3-month premium membership for them or their friends, 1000 :points:, journal features and free art commissions.

We've found the Paradise... by WhiteSpiritWolf Skyrim - Alduin by HughEbdy


1st place!

Our grand winner receives a 12-month premium membership for them or their friends, 1500 :points:, journal features, a big bundle of free art commissions and a snazzy Fancy Narwhal sticker set!


Not to spam each other with too many notes, all winners will get a note from with a list of artists assigned to make commissions for them. They'll have a day or two to decide what would they want for the artists to create for them and send them a note with their request. In other words - prize donors, brace yourselves! :D

We would like to thank all of the participants for their great entries, and all the fan art and snowy love they shared while creating their works. The contest was a huge success and we hope we'll be able to held another one soon.
:iconaunjuli: :iconalexandrasalas: :iconrydi1689: :iconvesner:


EDIT! Cool important stuff!
Most of you probably know techgnotic's series of articles that dA has been highlighting recently.
In the newest article "The future of storytelling has arrived"  techgnotic touches very important matters about the future of storytelling and wonders where and if the position of the author is going to change. A lot of good reading about titles like Mass Effect or Teenage ALIEN Ninja Turtles from the perspective of authors, publishers and finally the readers. But that's not all!  We want you to take part in the discussion and there's a special question for you as OFF-WHITE readers! Yes, you guys have your own special question there! If you're interested and have the time, please, go check it out and make your input by answering the question at the end of the article: techgnotic.deviantart.com/jour…

I was rather flabbergasted by the very positive reception of my video tutorial. I'm really glad that so many people found it useful and tried to make their own speedpaints.
With that I have a few questions for you. First of all, would you like to see another tutorial like that? I already figured out how to make such videos so recording something new and adding some captions wouldn't be a problem. The more important question though is what would you like me to show you?  Is there anything that you find really complicated and don't know where to start?

Here are some of the speedpaints dA users made after seeing the tutorial. All of them receive a shiny delicious cookie for being awesome! :iconcookie-plz:
Sorry for the thumbnail size, but I wanted to show as many paintings as possible :D

Forest by alexandrasalas:thumb293697850::thumb293649862:Creek by RoxanneMilsonTeam 20 by fanofnarutoCoastal Speedpaint by ElementalJessSaturated Green by Equalibriemspeed paint by mabelaSpeedPaint Forest by HaikuBaikuuForest speedpaint by Phoenix67Speedpaint1 by liliacee:thumb293378056:A snowy meeting by cloudyliciousDigital Speedpaint no.1 by The-Purring-TeapotFirst speedpaint (lol) by AnnMYRiver Speedpaint by DoubleU101dean speedpaint by cowmiSpeedpainting Practice 1 by Drakon-the-DemonForest Path by VelkynKarma:thumb293228293:Speed Paint 1 by Shinju-TsukudaSpeedpaint practice by Sunima:thumb293070479:Speedpaint Attempt xD by EszitrilSpeedpaint 1 by UKthewhitewolfLandscape speed paint practice. by Rag-DollyMountain Speedpaint by ElementalJessSpeed Painting 1 by jesuslover488448Petunia by xstarsixnxthexnightxValley Speedpaint by Melonova:thumb293050664:Kauai Speedpaint by DIGITALidAurora by murdock49speedpaint desert by Paratr00perSpeedpaint - Forest by Gonna-Go-FarSpeedpainting - Polloman by SonPanForest Girl by kurohime27Gorilla speedpaint by WhitelupineHeaven by Hi-AgniPathway by CodyFitzgeraldOn the sea side by XimNeri:thumb293096204::thumb293003743:highland speedpaint - failure by Xeolan002 by Magatsumasa:thumb293120330:day 1.1 by Gamal-the-rookiefirst speedpaint attempt by Paratr00perSpeedPaint Test by FerAdamiforest speedpaint thing. by MynaOpheliaR E C O V E R E D by Fancy-MustacheFirst Sunrise by WhiteWing1

In other news... the kiriban has been caught!
The first one to send me a screenshot of the round half million pageviews on my profile was Fullmoonstar.. who I swear, has some kind of radar turned to watch my profile :XD:
Right after him was coupleofkooks and Shaleene1 who'll also get a little something from me for being so close!
I know you'd really want to know the winners of the fan art contest, but we need a bit more time for judging. A lot of things keeps popping up , but I'll inform you as soon as we pick the winners!


LET IT SNOW contest is over!

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 5:10 PM
I know I'm late with the announcement but... THE CONTEST IS OVER!

Now it's time for me and :iconartisticaunjuli: :iconkasumichan2003: :iconrydi1689:  to judge all the entries! We received 60 of them, including 6 fan fictions and 54 fan pictures! you can see all of them collected here: tanathe.deviantart.com/favouri…

We're going to pick 6 winners (one 1st place, two 2nd places and three 3rd places) and three runner-ups. Judging is going to be based on maaany different aspects starting from artistic merits through originality and wits, and ending with whims of the judges. Thank you everyone who entered and good luck!

Here is a full list of prizes our 60 contestants can win!

1st place


»1500 :points:
» 12-month subscription from Moonbeam13
» journal feature from MrsUnderground
» journal feature from Heyriel
» Fancy Narwhal sticker set from aunjuli [preview]TheFancyNarwhal Sticker Set I by aunjuli
» free waist-up picture from vesner [example]blue exorcist by vesner
» free speedpaint  from rydi1689 [example]. Summerberry . by rydi1689
» free tribal design from AnimeWolveslover [example]Tribal Dolphin Design by AnimeWolveslover
» free coloured sketch from SamuraiDragon [example]Pikadragon by SamuraiDragon
» free sketches from Whitelupine [example]R.q: Vancha by Whitelupine
» free colored sketch from MrsUnderground [example]Ronin by MrsUnderground
» complex photomanipulation from AlexLibby [example] ...Space Illusions... by AlexLibby
» free full body sketch of one human character from NaomiHansen
» free pixel art with background from Fayren [example]Kiweet Pixel by Fayren
» free commission from McIcereamers [example] Guardians of day and night by McIcereamers

2nd place


»1000 :points:
» 3-month subscription from  aunjuli
» journal feature from MrsUnderground
» journal feature from Heyriel
» free commission from Lys-Antigone [example] Rainbowcats - Orange by Lys-Antigone
» free picture from Panthakitty [example] CO-Acai by Panthakitty
» free pixel art icons from sanr4 [example] Pixel dump by sanr4
» free pixel icons from  Fayren [example]Razmutt Icon Request by Fayren
» free sketches from Whitelupine [example]R.q: Vancha by Whitelupine
» semi-complex photomanipulations from AlexLibby [example] ...Space Illusions... by AlexLibby
»  free pixelart sketch from Heyriel [example]WHAT'S UP PEOPLE by Heyriel
» free fake screenshot from Atershard [example]Evening Sun by marangai
»  free full body colored drawing from AnimeWolveslover [example]Desert Run by AnimeWolveslover

2nd place


»1000 :points:
»  3-month subscription from Moonbeam13
» journal feature from MrsUnderground
» journal feature from Heyriel
»  free commission from Lys-Antigone [example] Rainbowcats - Orange by Lys-Antigone
»  free picture from Panthakitty [example] CO-Acai by Panthakitty
»  free pixel art icons from sanr4 [example] Pixel dump by sanr4
»  free pixel icons from  Fayren [example]Razmutt Icon Request by Fayren
»  free sketches from Whitelupine [example]R.q: Vancha by Whitelupine
» semi-complex photomanipulation from AlexLibby [example] ...Space Illusions... by AlexLibby
»  free pixelart sketch from Heyriel [example]WHAT'S UP PEOPLE by Heyriel
» (place not assigned yet) free drawing from Valvador [example]The Best Of Me by Valvador
» free upper body sketch of one human character NaomiHansen

3rd place


»500 :points:
» 1-month subscription from Moonbeam13
» journal feature from MrsUnderground
» journal feature from Heyriel
» free ACEO from AnimeWolveslover [example].:ACEO Nao:. by AnimeWolveslover
» free sketches from Whitelupine [example]R.q: Vancha by Whitelupine
» basic photomanipulations from AlexLibby [example] ...Space Illusions... by AlexLibby
» free full picture from T-a-i-r-a
» (place not assigned yet) free pixel art without a background or up to 5-link pixel icon chain from  Fayren

3rd place


»500 :points:
» 1-month subscriptions from Heidi
» journal feature from MrsUnderground
» journal feature from Heyriel
» free head sketch of one human character NaomiHansen
»  free sketches from Whitelupine [example]R.q: Vancha by Whitelupine
» basic photomanipulation from AlexLibby [example] ...Space Illusions... by AlexLibby
» free full picture from T-a-i-r-a
» (place not assigned yet) free digitally coloured drawing from cargirl64 [example] 20 percent cooler by cargirl64

3rd place


»500 :points:
» journal feature from MrsUnderground
» journal feature from Heyriel
» 1-month subscriptions from Heidi
»  free sketches from Whitelupine [example]R.q: Vancha by Whitelupine
» basic photomanipulation from AlexLibby [example] ...Space Illusions... by AlexLibby
» free full pictures from T-a-i-r-a
» (place not assigned yet) free commission from FlashFireBlue [example] The GateKeeper by FlashFireBlue

3 additional prizes!


That's right! We still have points to give out 3 more 1-month premium memberships! But to whom we're going to award them is going to remain a secret for now! :meow:



Social networking

Sun Mar 18, 2012, 7:22 PM
Social Media Generation by RequiredField
What do you think about social networks?
Do you have a facbook profile? Twitter, myspace, google+, nasza-klasa, vkontakte? There's so many of them I sometimes feel lost!
How do you use them? Announcing, blogging, creative work?


Even though I've been hanging around the internet for quite a while now, I still don't feel equally good in different parts of it. Tumblr is still mystery to me, Twitter makes my brain explode from confusion and facebook... Ha! Facebook deserves a story.

twitter by berkozturk
For a very long time I avoided having a facebook profile. At first the idea of not having a profile there was greeted with surprise by my friends. The raised brows of doubt, the slightly exaggerated frown of "well, that's unusual", and the almost always present sound of hemming and hawing before either awkwardly changing to a different topic or trying to convince the other party that facebook is the best thing since sliced bread. I think a lot of you know that routine. It was (and still is) fashionable and all the cool kids were into it. I've never paid much attention to what's "in" at a given moment so fortunately I somehow managed to avoid facebook's popularity.

Facebook by Balakov
Nighttime by Balakov
When I went to college I was "forced" to get a fb profile simply because all materials from certain classes were posted only there.  I did register but I've never really "used" the page. No updates, no sharing of photos, no nothing. Some even joked that I was a silent stalker that enjoyed peeking into others' lives without saying anything. The true is that I do not enjoy seeing photos of other people at a parties/following their relationship statuses/reading their deep thoughts after drinking one too many beer, and simply followed the wise words of Thales - "Avoid doing what you would blame others for doing."

Well... That was the case till earlier today.

social network nails by JawsOfKita-LoveHim
        Recently I've been to quite a few job interviews and I started working as a freelance subcontractor for a few companies. I was shocked by how many times I've been asked about a fb profile. I know that people like to know more about their employees and that one glance at a fb profile can tell quite a lot about a person, but it still was really surprising. A lot of professionals in the field of freelance graphics and illustrations advised me to get a fb page and update it almost as often as my portfolio. And so I lost the little pointless war I've been having. I've turned my facebook profile into a page (as if there an effin' difference) and... what now?

I like posting on deviantART because it motivates me to work harder. People show their work, I can compare it to mine, there's the faving system that in a way shows trends in what people like or care about. I've tried to find a way to use facebook in a similar manner and figured out that the best way would be to... post there every day!


From today on, I'm going to post a speed-painting to my facebook profile every single day. I want to see how good and fast I can become with an exercise like that. One month and I'm 30 paintings closer to getting to the level I want! If you'd like to follow me and my struggle with art click right [here] and drop me the much appreciated like. At least to prove me how badly I've lost the battle.

What about YOU?
Are there any other networks you recommend or would want to warn people about? Do you really use them for content sharing or just silently browse?


Old drawings - Kiriban - Promotion

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 10:10 AM
When akreon all of a sudden asked me if I'd go through her old drawings to pick the crappiest and show them to the world, I squealed like the little lame bitch that I am and thought that a copy-cat journal could be fun... because my crap is worse!
I pulled out my old binders and found some treasures too. Here comes the 15-17 year old me and her artz.


SO EDGY. And just look at them drawn on abs!


How do I wolf?


Herpa Derpa, my economics teacher. Thank gods, she never saw it.


I don't even... Everything is just so wrong and flat. That broken pelvis! And that thigh!
But now it's time for the most epic fail I've ever committed. The peak of my artistic abilities.
Here comes...
...rubber animu babe from Disney's Fantasia 2000 with no collarbones and boobs up her neck.

Not even fucking close.


Yeeep. The highschool me sucked so much. But the worst thing was that I was quite proud of all of it back then. :stare:


In other news, my half million pageview milestone is getting closer! You know what to do - be the first to send me a screenshot of you seeing the round "500000" pageview number on my profile and I'll paint you something! :D


And in other other news... Commissions!

:iconnathalienova: NathalieNova is taking commissions!
Acaris Commission by NathalieNovaContest WIN Dracomin by NathalieNovaClout Heart Cover + video by NathalieNovaKalura Commission by NathalieNovaTrade_Neimesette by NathalieNovaCommission - Cayleth + vid by NathalieNova
To read her price-list go here: flying-werwolf.deviantart.com/…


Photoshop Brushes

Sat Feb 4, 2012, 5:45 PM

Photoshop brushes


Some of you might remember my previous journal with a list of brush-sets I've tried out and found very useful. Today I bring you more!
And honestly I must say that those few new sets contain absolutely everything one needs (I won't join the discussion that a real artist needs only one brush, because it's absolutely true but makes things much less fun and fancy ;))
After downloading and installing a brush set always test every single brush - play with it on a clear canvas, test it in different colours and using different strokes. Pick only those which you like and know how to use, delete the others or at least move them to the bottom of the list, leaving the most often used at the top.

New brush sets




Effects Brushes by Vincent-MontreuilTextures Brushes by Vincent-Montreuil
Vegetals Brushes by Vincent-MontreuilBasics Brushes by Vincent-Montreuil
Graphics Brushes by Vincent-MontreuilMinerals Brushes by Vincent-Montreuil
These 6 wonderful sets brought to you by Vincent-Montreuil are compilations of brushes that create amazing effects. All of them  use very subtle color dynamics which allow to achieve very realistic feeling. I've used those sets in my two latest deviations: fav.me/d4o9snc fav.me/d4o9snc




Painted Hair Brushes by RaSenWildlife Texture Brushes by CoyoteMange
Two great sets for painting realistic hair, fur and feathers. Both allow to instantly achieve perfect textures and have perfectly balanced pressure dynamics.


Previously highlighted sets




Hair brush set by para-vineTexture Brushes by AlectorFencerPENCIL BOX by mawgalleryCloud Brushes by para-vineMateu7's Ink Brushes by mateusevenManga Brushes Teaser Final by jekylnhydeWatercolor - Photoshop Brushes by nosKILL1343High-Res Paint Strokes: Set I by RaekreFLUIDs and FX pack by Wen-JRHannes' Brushes by algenpflegerChainmail Brushset by nathies-stockFur Brush Pack by CoyoteMangeMy Brush Set + Pore Brushes by RahllThe Ultimate Grass Brush Set by charfadeHawk4 Brushes II by Hawk423 Brushes for Photoshop by yumedustMy Brush Pack by DanLuVisiArtTora's Big Ass Brushset by DanHowardArt


The contest


The Snow Duel by ForeverKnight
Totoro and winter by villasukka
      Winter has always been a season which people either love or hate. No matter where we live we always have some strong emotions connected with it and a lot of them revolve around... snow!
       Some love it, some hate it; some play with it creating snowmen, others do everything to get rid of it; some see it all year long and some can only dream about it.
       Because of how many different emotions we connect with snow and how many uses it has it's a perfect theme for the promised fan art contest!

Your task is to create a fan art or fan fiction that will present your favourite character(s) interacting with snow.


Rules


:bulletblue: Every entry should revolve around the "snow" theme. The more original you are, the better!
:bulletblue: The work must be a Fan Art / Fan Fiction and it should be submitted into the Fan Art category.
:bulletblue: The work must be a new piece created specifically for this contest (make sure to link back to this journal in your artist's comments).
:bulletblue: We won't accept re-colours or traces of originals (no coloured comic scans or recoloured official art)
:bulletblue: One entry per person.
:bulletblue: All mediums accepted!
:bulletblue: We would kindly ask the Fan Fiction entries to be shorts up to 5000 words.
:bulletblue: No mature content, please!
:bulletblue: Prize donors can take part in the contest, but not the judges.
:bulletblue: To submit your work to the contest, send it in a note to tailcat or leave it in a comment below

Prizes


So far our prize pool consists of 28 months of subscriptions, features, 6000 :points:, free stickers, and free commissions from over 20 artists!
But we need more! Let's make it grand! :la:
 Anything will do - item prizes, commissions, icons, features, subscriptions, points, whatever! The bigger the prize pool, the more
places we'll be able to award! To donate a prize, send a note to vesner or donate points to the pool on her profile.

1ST PLACE

:bulletblue: 12 month premium membership, 1500 :points:, awesome Fancy Narwhal sticker set, free commissions and features

2 x 2ND PLACE

:bulletblue: 3 month premium membership, 1000 :points:, free commissions and features

3 x 3RD PLACE

:bulletblue: 3 month premium membership, 500 :points:, free commissions and features

As we keep getting more and more prize donations, we might give out extra prizes! Keep checking back to the prize pool for updates!
To check the full list of prizes including art click [here]

Deadline


The contest starts with publication of this journal and ends on the last day of astronomical winter - the 21st of March 2012 at 8PM GMT (click [here] to check what time and date it is in your time zone).



Judging


      Judging will take about a week or two from the deadline. It's going to be based on maaany different aspects starting from artistic merits through originality and wits, and ending with whims of the judges. Good luck!

Judges:
:iconaunjuli: :iconalexandrasalas: :iconrydi1689: :iconvesner:

You can see all contest entries here: tanathe.deviantart.com/favouri…




If you love it fave it by RavenswdLove Snow Stamp by MyStamps Winter Stamp by Kezzi-Rose I Hate Snow by MyStamps original art and fanart by Jeanne-Lui Fanfic Writer Stamp by Aroihkin season's beatings by vaudeville-grifter Snowy Stamp by elvisshow Snow Skiing by vintage-cowbells


News!

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 5:28 AM
Wooh. Got a lot to write today!

First of all I would like to thank and send a wagon of hugs to an anonymous deviant who bought me a subscription a while back. Just checked the e-mail tied with dA and had a really pleasant surprise :heart:

Secondly, I've uploaded a new time lapse video on youtube! This time it's the bug-eyed pugbun I've painted some time ago.
You can check out the video here -> [CLICK CLICK CLICK]

Third thing is the fan art contest I've promised. Yes, I'm going to start it really soon! Got just a few last bits to organize and we're set!

And fourth, and maybe the most important, is a question about a live online class. I have a few ideas for what I could show you, demonstrate how to do and even provide a few brushes so you could try to recreate what you see using the same tools. Who's up for that?
I was thinking that showing how to paint realistic fur would be a good start.  
INB4 ton of same questions: YES, I would record it for you to view later on but the lesson would be aimed for those who'd actually attend. I'd answer all the questions and repeat actions if needed, but that will require for people to be there ;)

PS. XMAS IS NEAR! Were you good enough for Satan Santa to visit you?



LIVESTREAM OFFLINE - 11.01.2012

Sun Nov 27, 2011, 6:27 AM


And the stream is over for today!