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Some more tips to FreelancingJust over a year ago, I compiled a small list of things you need to get started as a Freelance artist.
Let's accelerate a little bit, and assume that now you're in the business and have a pretty good groove going. While the core principles are still paramount to anything else, here are some quick one-shot tidbits of information that will assuredly save your bacon.
Back up everything, including the backups.
When working digitally, it's so easy to accidentally delete something off your hard drive and be unable to get it back. I've done this a few times myself. Even had entire hard drives fail on me. But it has been a very, very long time since the last time I had to redo an image from the start. Sure, I've had crashes that put me back an hour, I've merged layers together in a manner that ruins my work flow and makes the file unusable. But fixing these issues isn't nearly as painful
I'm Really Wishing My Fellow Republicans Would...I'm really wishing my fellow Republicans would just get off the whole Gay Marriage thing.
Background time! Yes, those of you who have known me on dA for several years know that I am quite the conservative when it comes to politics; half of which stems from the beliefs in personal and economic responsibility, the other half being that it's more fun to troll liberals. As far back as 2001 I've been a staunch defender of prominent conservative issues; lowering taxes to stimulate bigger business growth, cutting the administrative redundancies from education budgets, and believing that America is way more awesome than it really is (but I won't let reality hamper the fun in thinking so). In high school, I called in to conservative talk radio shows, wrote Emails just giving my point of view on political issues to prominent GOP-centric publications, and in my years dwelling within deviantArt's own politics forum I developed quite a name as being pretty well-root
I have gone on record...
Time and time again,
I have gone on record saying that
the first mistake somebody makes
in pursuing privacy on the Internet...
...Is thinking they can achieve
privacy on the Internet.
Every website you visit.
Every purchase you make.
Every bank transaction.
It is all tracked.
That's how the Internet works.
In order for information to be processed
and stuff to be presented to you,
it needs to be given to an external source.
Where it is then indexed.
Now that tweet you just sent out,
that Facebook update,
that Email you send drunkenly to your ex...
...It's permanently etched
on the hard drive in a data bank
whose location you don't even know.
People are now wildly surprised after
the NSA has been found to be tracking
all this "private" information.
But there is one flaw with this outrage.
The belief that the information was
"private" in the first place...
...Is a fallacy.
It might have not been accessible to
the public, the website's users, or
A response to getting Scammed.What Happened:
It has been a while, but about a month ago, I was scammed by a rather comical fellow who got two artworks out of me and a couple others for free. His approach was quite simple: Have somebody do a single small portion of an image's creation, then leapfrog it to another guy to also do a small portion. The images were, in all honesty, very simple affairs; just easy single-character compositions of a World of Warcraft character that didn't have a whole lot of detail to her.
It started off with one guy doing a quick sketch of her, then another guy doing a quick inking, and then while those two were chasing on his heels demanding payment, he managed to sneak it off to me for colors before the other two caught on they were scammed and called him out.
Thus, when the news broke, it was on me. I had just finished my portion, and luckily for the scammer, he was sent the completed high resolution files just a couple hours before I discovered that I too wasn'
PS Tut of the Day: Unbind Destructive ActionsI guess I'll start a series of real easy Tutorials that I never see people do. Sure, there are hundreds of thousands of eye tutorials floating around Youtube and DeviantArt, and just as many tutorials for creating clouds and starfields and grass. But these tutorials are the more obscure "never thought of that" kind of thing that I discovered just recently after a good decade of using Photoshop.
So, first up.
Let's say that you're rattling along one of your paintings, and a cursory glance at the keyboard arrangement shows that a lot of common shortcut keys are cluttered right next to eachother. Ctrl+S will save the file. Ctrl+A selects the whole image. Ctrl+E merges layers. Ctrl+D clears the current selection. Those are all actions that are nice and tidy right next to eachother on the keyboard.
Know what else is laying dormant in ambush position, ready to sabotage your work? Right over thos
Colorists: Having Difficulty Finding A Skintone?This happens to me all the time.
I'm starting out an image, and for the life of me, I just cannot determine what color I should use for the skintone. I wish I had a crystal ball that would show me thirty minutes into the future so I can see just how a character will look after applying all the necessary shading, anatomical detailing, and highlights based upon the base color I use. A lot of times, it'll appear too faint, too desaturated, or on the flip side, way too bold and gleaming like a bronzed deity caked in a thick lathering of walrus grease.
Which is delicious, by the way.
FORTUNATELY! The folks at The Humanae Tumblr seemed to have a crystal ball of their own. Not so much one that shows the final product of my work, but one that certainly told them of my many incredibly frustrating endeavors into spending a good chunk of time shading a character's skin only to realize the base tone was absolute g
When I Got Called Out For Bigotry on LivestreamThis is something I've been intending to write for a little bit, but I also wanted some time to pass so I could more coherently reflect upon it. I still wish I could maybe get a smidge more life experience to more eloquently piece this together. But my hand has been tugged by the forces that be, and this article made me feel so darn good after starting so darn horrible that I just have to share.
I have to.
Special Olympics Athlete with Down Syndrome Pens Amazing Open Letter to Ann Coulter After She Calls Obama a 'Retard'
Source: Gawker Media / Special Olympics Blog
Professional troll Ann Coulter was particularly wicked — even by professional troll standards — following Monday night's debate when she referred to President Obama as a "retard" in a tweet.
She later cemented he
Key to Weight Loss: No Video GamesEdit: I love how butthurt some easily-offended gamers are getting, like some personal choice of mine and reflecting upon how it has made my personal life better automatically translates to "you're all horrible people and should all be more like me because I said so ya tubby sacks of lard." My lack of response to your commenting...is my response to your lack of reading.
Edit 2: Eh, instead of attempting to defend against words I never even posted, I'll just post these imaginary derogatory phrases here: "I'm hereby blaming video games for obesity across the universe." "Videogames make you into gamers, who are the worst people in the world." "Rick Santorum 2012."
There we go, got all those out. Since I know gamers with a penchant for dropping comments love putting words in others' mouths for making some arbitrary contention of borderline irrelevance, I'm just saving them time by posting up stuff I never insinuate, but
Furries vs. The Human BullyHelp spread the message against bullying.
+Fav this journal, and proclaim dominance
over your feral human animal!
A couple weeks ago, I went to a raucous furry party.
Oh heavens, that's an odd way to start a personal story.
A good friend of mine called me up, saying that she and her friend were going to a monthly get-together in Orange County where a bunch of furries throw a party open to everyone. Furries...not really my thing. My experience within the furry community is limited to the occasional commission I get, but when it comes to conversing and interacting with furries, I'm a bit inexperienced.
"Just a party?" I ask.
"Yeah, something they do every month."
"Ah, so just a get-together," I breathe a sigh of relief. "Not like a bunch of fursuiters or crazies."
"..." She replies.
"..." I implore.
"..." She laments.
Apparently...it was a bunch of the crazies.
"Yeah, they're actually going to do a fursuit parade."
G.M.I. Calling aspiring Manga Artists/Writers/Fans
Calling all aspiring Manga and Webcomic Artists, Writers and Fans!!
The Global Manga Initiative is throwing open its doors and looking to grant completely free, quality exposure, networking and promotion to passionate Manga-creatives from all over the world!! We're looking to connect and feature some of the greatest rising talents from around the world WITHOUT forcing them to sacrifice their creative or publishing rights in the process.
Your Work. Your Way.
WHO WE ARE
We are the Global Manga Initiative, a collective enterprise of Artists, Writers and other talent who dedicate our lives to our creative ambitions.
WHAT WE DO
We make Manga. Manga from around the world, specifically. It is our goal to give rising-creators from every corner of the globe a shot to convey their work and show us what they define as Manga. We offer
The World Train 3rd Opening + RaffleYou've heard of it as a myth. A whisper of magic in the air that speaks of a train that defies all logic and reason. It is one of a kind. It will only be found if it wants to. It is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. It is a safe haven for those who have no where else to go. It is open to innocent and the guilty. Only those of pure evil are unable to enter.
Now, the train has docked in your dimension, visible only to the inhuman and the magical. It is now ready to be entered and ready to bring you on a new adventure.
As the train has just arrived, it does need time to be fixed and cleaned up due to the strain of travelling through wormholes and being attacked. In the mean time, you have a chance to freshen up. The train has become increasingly picky when it comes to who it allows into its ranks and who is not.
Till July 31st, application checks will be available. Just drop off your application on the group's front page and the attendants (maybe even the
More Shutdown News and Google Using YouGOP Keeping the Government Shutdown
What's really frustrating about the government shutdown is that BOTH SIDES want to reopen the government. Republican and Democrats alike want the government to continue to operate. However thanks to a handful of Republican leaders in Congress, things have been set up to basically STOP our government for their political gain.
Basically they've silently changed the way congress works to place the entire power of the shutdown in the hands of the GOP.
I do not think that your average republican is inherently evil or a bad person. There are actually a lot of laws that both Republican and Democrats agree on. But more and more I'm seeing the Republican PARTY start to exercise their ideas independently of their demographic. I mean, the whole point of the government shutdown (according to the Republican Party) was to stop Obamacare. But Obamacare still went into effect because it wasn't part of the budget plan that was actually under discus
FANPAGE ON FACEBOOK REFUSES TO CREDIT FANARTISTS!FANPAGE ON FACEBOOK REFUSES TO CREDIT FANARTISTS!!!
WELL THERE MY BELOVED FANARTISTS FRIENDS BE CAREFUL FOR THERE IS A FACEBOOK PAGE THAT REFUSES TO GIVE YOU CREDITS FOR YOUR HARDWORK JUST BECAUSE THEY SIMPLY FOUND IT ON GOOGLE!!!
ISN'T THAT NICE???
Well now, seriously
I follow some facebook pages.
To tell you the truth I follow the ones that credit artists for their work, because I find it nice to click on the link they provide of their galleries and almost die of happiness seeing other wonderful artworks from the same person on their own site.
But yesterday a Saint Seiya Page I follow had a funny comic stolen by a famous Anime Page on Facebook. The ADMs claim they found it on google already the way it was. Without the SSpage logo. And they put their logo on that comic, posted on their page as if it was theirs. Because seriously, when you put your logo on a work you found on internet you are automatically saying IT IS YOURS! And, of course
Join me at Wildlife Learning Center!This Saturday, Oct. 12 from 4-7, please join me and my very good friends at the Wildlife Learning Center for their annual Safari Social and help raise funds for their wonderful organization. The Safari Social, held at WLC in Sylmar, CA, will raise money to care for the many wild animals that act as animal ambassadors at the center, educating the public about wildlife conservation. In fact, WLC has just been honored with a "Best in LA" Award from LA Weekly!
I will be there to hang out, chat, and sign stuff. I'd love to see you there! This small zoo offers a chance to see many exotic animals up close and much more personal than your average zoo. And at fundraisers like the Safari Social, you get the special opportunity to actu
One of the things I hate about the internet is that everything must be quantifiable. Without a proper source, no one will believe you, no matter how reliable your original info was when you received it. It doesn't matter if you heard it from a professor giving a lecture in college, if you read it in a book, read a report by a scientist, or saw a documentary that went into elaborate detail... if there isn't an internet equivalent, then you're seen as a compulsive liar.
Case in point, recently someone mentioned that my sketches look better than my finished artwork and I responded by telling them that there was science that helped back up why that phenomenon exists. But since I couldn't remember the source, I got trolled hardcore for saying that. Today, however, I stumbled upon a close enough equivalence. Here's a quote:
The sketchiness of line art mimics the natural lack of clarity in our peripheral vision. When we look at the real wo
Console Generation RantThis generation of video game consoles has been completely off my radar. Even my fanboy lust of all things Nintendo can’t make me save up enough money to buy a Wii-U. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve become jaded over the last console war, or if I’m just moving on away from consoles into other avenues of gaming (ie: PC gaming), but something about this generation just defies interest for me.
Some of it is just head inducing nonsense like this: http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/8/5080750/xbox-one-day-one-patch-required-to-play-games The Xbox One requiring a day one patch TO PLAY VIDEO GAMES. I mean, when the Ps3 launched it required a day one patch to play Blu-Ray movies, that’s not so bad though since you could still play games. But the Xbox One comes out and you literally can’t do anything with it if you don’t have an internet connection. For how much you paid for that device that’s pretty shitty.
And all the consoles are doing crap
Detroit declares Bankruptcy!Detroit has declared bankruptcy, becoming the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy!
If the bankruptcy filing is approved, the city's assets may be liquidated in a massive auction to repay the city's estimated $14-20 billion debt.
Who will save the city?
Canada should buy Detroit and add it to Windsor. Our better economy, healthcare and gun control can potentially fix the city up in a few decades.
DeviantArt should buy Detroit, wall it off, rename it slightly and declare it a free nation of Deviantart, evict all criminals/boobs who refuse to pay taxes, and make it into a gigantic city-size art installation that will bring in the Tourists from all around zee world.
How do we obtain 14 billion dollars?
We do the biggest kickstarter EVER!
Make Robocop to police city.
Mythbusters proves otherwise:
Flash Appreciation RantIt's almost difficult to remember but when I was in college (in the early 2000's) Flash wasn't really a "thing" the way it is now. At the time, flash was primarily used as a cheap form of animation for web content. Used primarily for grosstastic sick viral things like "frog in a blender." In my college, Flash was highly despised. All my professors hated it and felt it "cheapened" real hand-drawn animation. And their hatred passed on to us students. We all despised Flash too. We kept seeing Flash popping up in mainstream animation circles and we laughed and joked about how shitty it was and how we'd never be caught dead using it.
Then the whole world changed before our eyes. Flash has become one of THE most used animation programs for cartoons on television these days. It's friggin' EVERYWHERE. The likelyhood of a new 2D animated TV show being made without Flash (or a Flash based program) is highly unlikely these days.
I really wish that I could go back and slap my co
1 Point Footer-Hogger Giveaway!In an effort to show how dumb giveaway journals are, here's a 1 point giveaway to all interested.
+Fav this journal to enter into a raffle for a whopping 1 point, proving that you CAN buy yourself some free exposure on deviantArt with almost zero effort!
Hah, take THAT all you legitimate showcases, features, and contest announcements! We're all riding the easy train to Arbitrary Pageviews Junction!
But in all seriousness, knock it off people. We have real news happening all the time on this site. At least disguise your raffle with the guise of something important.
If all the footer becomes is "free points," it becomes pointless.
Keep in Touch!
Lilyas has dedicated herself to making our community a brighter place with her vibrant artwork and infectious enthusiasm for interacting with others in our community. It has certainly paid off, as many deviants flock to her page on a daily basis to let her know how much of an inspiration she is. We absolutely agree, and couldn't let all that hard work go without recognition, so it's with great pride that we bestow the Deviousness Award for March 2014, to ... Read More