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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
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
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
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
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
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
Thursday: Music!Hello, and Happy Thursday! I hope you all had a great week and enjoyed the April Fools' shenanigans!
Thank you all for participating in last week's Throwbacks Contest! It was wonderful to see all of your older artwork! It's clear from the way you described them that you've all grown and learned over your time at deviantART, and that's wonderful!
Here are your winners:
crazcat Congratulations! You'll be contacted about your prizes soon!
This week, we're getting musical!
Scout Adoptable Giveaway!So, remember Girl number 4 from my batch #6?
There she is! All the other spacey girls got sold but alas she was alone, unwanted with no takers...so ive decided to give her away.
She is my first ever unsold adoptable and I want her to go to a good home so please only enter if you really like her. MY usual Adopt rules apply. See the deviation for that. It's mostly common sense though, seriously. P:
How do i enter?
Fave this journal.
YUP that's about it.
You don't have to be watching me.
You don't have to spam your watchers with more spam advertising me or this. I wont object to you advertising this however it won't get you more entries.
You don't have to follow me on tumblr, youtube or Facebook.
You cannot create 'Mule' accounts to enter and only one entry per PERSON, not account.
Only enter if you want her yanno - don't enter to just win free stuff.
I'll close it on the 23rd - Two
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
700 WATCHERS GIVEAWAY (300 points!) CLOSED CLOSEDCLOSED
I will announce the winners in a separate journal. If you don't respond within 24 hrs, I will choose another winner.
Ok so Im not quite at 700 followers, but I wanted to go ahead and do my giveaway. I managed to raise 265 points from wonderful donators, I will post them towards the bottom of this. Also you can still donate if you'd like to. Each donator gets featured here until the end of this, plus they will get a llama from me ((and from anyone else who is kind enough to give a llama))
SO here are the rules:
1. This is a followers giveaway so you must be watching me.
2. You can enter if you're a donator
3. All you've gotta do is favorite this journal.
4. ((optional, tho it would be appreciated)) give the donators a llama :3
That's it, just be a watcher and give this journal a favorite.
This giveaway will end the day after Valentines Day, February 15th at 6pm my time.
I will be choosing 9 winners this time! WOW! That's right, 9 people will be winn
2000 points NEW CONTEST! Hoorah~ Edit: New characters added! Winners from OC design contest
Edit #2: If this contest doesn't get at least 10 submissions, I'm afraid I will have to call it off. Each entrant will instead get 50 points as a consolation prize
Well, my design an OC contest is coming to a close soon. It's so hard to pick winners, they're all so good!
But with that comes new contests! This time with... get this... 2000 POINTS *cheers in the background* Hooah, hooah...
Basically, this time it's a draw my OC contest!
This contest will end April 20th (I know, I know it's a long time. But simply because I know it takes a long time for some people to get their artist head on and real life tends to get in the way a lot)
Maximum of three entries per person
Please try not to use bases (though they are allowed, just discouraged)
All types of art are accepted
Please do not pair my OC's with yours.
Make a journal to advertise this contest <3
No headshots - m
Dark/Horror Art Feature + Points Giveaway! CLOSED The smile of death by TheDimensionKorr Ink Dragon by TwoDD Evolve: Goliath Render by Stephen-0akley The Death by Olivier-Villoingt Sarcophagus by Xeeming Trifecta: Desire, Vengeance, Hate by michaelelliottfurr Ego Games by BenGoodspeed Old by Unearthling Charcoal and Bone VII by napoleoman Frozen In Her Own Tears by ser1o Swarm by Alejandro-Mirabal War and his Dogs by Marcodalidingo Murrain by kanartist The attic by AlexKonstad
These are some artists that I find to be very good at creating unique, intriguing dark/horror art. Feel free to comment mentioning anyone that you know who draws things that are dark/gothic/eerie/horror oriented. Also, if you fave this journal, you'll have a chance to win points!
150 For the first randomly selected person!
150 For the second randomly selected person!
CONTEST! ( $80+ in prizes! ) - UPDATE! -***MAJOR CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO PRIZES AND REF SECTION***
YEAH GUYSSS contest time!! First things first - we are going to have TWO categories you can enter for, and 3 places for each. Let me list them!!
Also, if this wasn't obvious - PRIZE MONEY & POINTS WILL INCREASE AS WE GO, HOPEFULLY MORE BONUS PRIZES CAN BE ADDED AS WELL
The theme for this contest is > you have to draw me and funCatty's personas to celebrate our 3 year friendiversary. Still confused? More info ahead!
Traditional AND digital mediums accepted! If you aren't good at drawing girls, test your hand at Category 2 instead! If it's the other way around, try Category 1!
Rules for Entry & Extra Info :
You can enter as many times as you'd like, but only one entry is able to receive a prize! ( You can win a place in both categories, though! )
No pictures taken with your phone/low-quality webcam/low-quality picture-taking-device. If your entry is tradit
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
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
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.
A Week Of KissesA Week Of Kisses
The first day I told you I loved you,
I imagined kissing your shoulder,
Well before I thought about your lips.
Because I don’t know what I am doing, firstly,
But more importantly,
It’s because I know things can spiral quickly,
If things start shifting
After we lay down the concrete.
So I kiss the foundation,
Before we reach the soil.
The second day I told you I loved you,
I imagined kissing your elbow,
Because it holds together the touch
And the flex.
To exhibit it,
I must kiss the joint that bends
And combines us together.
The third day I told you I loved you,
I lay my lips to your temples,
As I learned about the temple of reform,
For the Youth in North America.
Kissing you there signifying I will protect you,
As well as your temple,
As we re-form, into something more.
The fourth day I told you I loved you,
I’d kiss you softly on your forehead.
Because that’s what holds your brillian
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Bluefley has a gallery filled with artwork that whisks you off in to a Sci-fi daydream, and keeps you captivated for hours. Marc has been a member of our community for over a decade and has achieved nothing but success with his astounding commitment to interacting with the community, sharing a prolific amount of video tutorials and generally being an all round rockstar deviant. It is no joke that we are absolutely delighted to award the Deviousness Award for April 2014 to ... Read More