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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
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
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'
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
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
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."
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
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
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
Online shop open!
Sorry if you came to this through my text being a link. dAs acting strangely, I've sent a bug report about it
The point of this journal was to let people know I'm currently selling prints through my online shop: http://destinyblue.storenvy.com/
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
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
Gaming Hypocrisy, iOS 7, Thick SkinGaming Hypocrisy
I'm really growing tired of the gaming industry and gamers in general. Am I the only one who sees a paradox in gamers wanting and demanding that gaming be taken seriously as a media, while demanding that the very people (journalists) who are actually critical and deliberately ARE trying to take gaming seriously to toe the line and praise the shit out of every game and give them all 10 stars out of 10 or else?
Most recently The Escapist gave GTA5 a 3.5 out of 4 stars and the internet freaked out because it wasn't a perfect score. Before that Polygon got heat for giving Dragon's Crown a 6.5 out of 10. And before that both Polygon and NowGamer got heat for giving The Last of Us a 7.5 and a 8.5 out of 10. Gamers freak out because they want EVERY journalist to give EVERY game a perfect 10, especially those they've already determined will be amazing games (like GTA5). But at the same time they bitch and moan if a game comes under any sor
Scatterbrained Journal Post + RecommendationsI just got back from a trip and I’ve had a lot of things on my mind that I wanted to talk about but couldn’t due to an absence of keyboards (sorry iPhone, your keyboard and hilarious auto-correcting makes long-winded journals too difficult to do on the road). So this journal might be a little... scatterbrained? I’m not sure, but I will try to separate things into groups if I can, otherwise here we go!
I live in America and a lot of times I come under fire for my political beliefs not because they’re really controversial, but because they conflict with another countries political history. So I wanted to just reiterate that I am an American. I talk about American problems. You can frame pretty much every sentence I write with the addition of “...in America.” While I try to keep a level head about world politics I am not, and should not, be used as a credible source of information regarding politics or even history of o
* A Guide to Reporting Art Theft *I copied this from :iconthe-Nutkase:'s journal entry because I thought this was a really good guide on how to deal with art theft. I hope that it helps you guys too
"I've seen quite a few cases of art theft recently (involving both my work and other's), and I think it's about time I help out somehow.
So I made this small guide to dealing with art theft. If your art/your friend's art has been stolen, follow this guide and you'll settle matters quickly and easily.
Important point to consider
NEVER comment on the stolen artwork or the userpage of the art thief. More often than not, people comment saying things that are as harsh as possible and are completely inappropriate. Yes, 9 times out of 10 the "artist" is just a troll messing with people, but if you don't watch what you comment, you CAN be warned/reported for harassment. Keep that in mind.
The exception to this rule is if the stolen art is being sold somehow, of which a comment will discourage people from buy
DashCon - How not to do a conventionIt seems like every week there’s a new convention going on, and this was no different. DashCon (purportedly the largest gathering of tumblr uses to date), was happening this weekend and... well... it fell apart in many gloriously horrible ways.
First there were accusations of scamming, as the convention owners crowd-sourced $17,000 to secure the venue (which should’ve been done MONTHS in advance). All attempts to contact the hotel have resulted in the hotel saying there was no need to raise that money and that they never received any of it.
Then there were the cancelations. The Welcome to Nightvale people were flown in, but then told they weren’t going to be paid till AFTER they performed for everyone (which is already suspicious) and also told they weren’t getting reimberesed for the hotel, flight, food, etc. So sadly WTNV had to cancel at the last minute, resulting in the convention owners refunding patrons with “an extra hour in the ball pit.” The
Recently I found out that one of the commissions I undertook a while back was, in fact, a setup. It was hired by forum members of Encyclopedia Dramatica, one of whom I actually use to talk to and have good discussions with. They pooled their resources to pay for it, sent me the info and money, and then proceeded to sit back and document everything I did or didn’t do per their highly specific criterias. The user in question then posting a lengthy take-down (though through a disclaimer on the top of the journal it’s clearly not a takedown! lulz!) here on DA.
Here is the commission:
The journal in question talks at great length about my seemingly lack of transparency. IE: that I don’t communicate every little facet of what I’m doing to them, such as the number of commissions I have, what my “job” is, what my home schedule is like, etc. And honestly? This is WHY I’m not transpar
AngealxGenesis Contest Prizes!!! (Finally -___-)I am a horrible horrible person and life sucks a lot sometimes. Sorry again for being away. You guys made this really difficult for me to choose winners! (I decided to have sort of two second and two third place prizes because I really couldn't decide and still can't really decide on winners ://///). I wish I could give everyone a prize. Thank you all so much for your entries!!! When I started this I was happy to just get enough entries to cover the prizes and was surprised to receive many more than that. I adore each and every one of them and have them cycling through as my desktop background XD. I will note the winners following the posting of this journal. So, Without further ado.....THE WINNERS:
First Place goes to...... by :iconTsukiNoKishi:
-3 month membership to DA
-A coloured drawing from me of up to two characters (example here )
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.
longdead leafa longdead leaf
burnt brown in the depth of green
cups a handful of fresh water
a leaf left behind
holds something of worth
forgoing death with its dead body
Poetic PsychosisIn thirty seconds, the next shell would fall. Every night was the same, but every night Lorenzo experienced it as if it were the first time. His throat felt swollen; breathing was hard. He glanced around at the others; young men like him who had been shipped out in the name of honour and freedom. There was no honour in this, no freedom. Only death behind your eyelids, and a fear so gutting, that it carved out your innards and left you a hollow husk. Lorenzo tried to breathe, tried to assure himself that he was still whole, still made of flesh. They had lied when they told him he was ready.
Matteo ran towards him, arms out, rifle swinging uselessly at his side. He shouted for him to run, but Lorenzo remained motionless, unable to move as his friend’s warning was lost in the constant blare of gunfire. None of them were ready.
“The cycle is repeating. It is not safe.” The voice was soft and weak, yet it carried over the gunfire and battle cries without impediment.
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