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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
Venting my PEEVES 2014 editionI’ve got a bunch of little annoying petty things I wanna bitch about. I need to vent. Please don’t take all this stuff seriously, or even try to offer advice on how to fix any of them. I don’t care. I’m just venting frustrations, not looking for help.
WARNING: FOUL LANGUAGE AND CURSING
Fuck you, YouTube. I don’t want to use a Google Plus Account because Google Plus is bullshit and I the ONLY reason I got it is because you MADE me get it. Every time I log into YouTube you automatically switch me from my TomPreston6 account name to a Google Plus name I DON’T USE and I am greeted every time with the “you have no subscriptions” warning. FUCK YOU. I HAVE SUBSCRIPTIONS. THEY ARE IN MY TOMPRESTON NAME! I DON’T USE GOOGLE PLUS!
Seriously, this has gotten SO frustrating lately (literally every single day it’s done this) that I am seriously considering quitting YouTube ENTIRELY. That’s BAD MANAGEMENT Goo
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/
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
10 Years of ControversyOver the past couple days I’ve had a number of people write me comments basically saying “You’re becoming too preachy, you’ve lost a fan.” And outside the silliness of publicly mic-dropping like that, it got me wondering... what?
Ya see, It’s always surprises me when someone says that I’m becoming too preachy, when in fact I’ve been preachy from the beginning. Don’t believe me? Take a look below!
This is not a complete list by any stretch of the imagination, but these are essentially THE MOST controversial comics and illustrations I’ve ever done in the past 10 years.
2004 - Made a picture about how no one really cares about Global Warming http://andysartworks.com/global-warming
2005 - Took the side of Jark in the Deviant Art hostile overthrow controversy. http://andysartworks.com/i-support-jark
2007 and Onward - Made a series of “Danny and Spot” comics dedicated towards defending the Wii from the hatr
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
The E.T. Cartridge Landfill has been foundIn the early 1980’s the American video game industry bombed so spectacularly, that it was rumored Atari just dumped their unsold copies of E.T. in a landfill in the New Mexico desert. It’s been a longstanding folk tale of the modern video game industry. And now it’s been proven true.
Microsoft (of all companies) teamed up with a documentary filmmaker to go and explore the desert in the hopes of uncovering this legendary landfill of shitty games. And it looks like they were successful. http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/134045-E-T-Cartridges-Found-in-New-Mexico-Landfill-After-30-Years
As cool as this is... I can’t help but feel a little... disappointed. And more or less it’s because the hard working Angry Video Game Nerd left his post of doing regular updates to start filming an actual feature film with the plot being uncovering the mystery around the legendary E.T. landfill. The AVGN uprooted his home life, moved to California for a year, hired acto
Get Supplied! #4 Crafting material Giveaway To spread creativity!
I´m very happy to announce the fourth "Get Supplied!"
And to celebrate this there are now 4 Sets up for grasps!
Again I tried my best to set up some material-sets, two of them are again up for grasps because so many of you guys seemed interested^^
I really hope you´ll find something usefull or something you want to try!
What is this about?o.o
This giveaway is supposed to spread creativity and to give you the chance to start with a new kind of crafting by winning a free set of materials
How often will this giveaway happen?
I will try to make it every month, depending on how much money I have to spend the ship
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
My book was released! Want a free copy?EDIT: Another free copy is available here on the blog I was invited to post on!
My publisher released the eBook version of my book today! The print version is coming later from what they've told me n_n
Genre: YA Gay Paranormal Romance
In Venomoid, paranormal creatures are governed by the IPO, a secret police force that ensures vampires, zombies, and others follow all required public safety regulations. Among the officers is seventeen-year-old Lorin, the IPO's most skilled cadet. His co-workers distrust him, however, and in extreme cases barely tolerate him. As a vampire, he must follow the rules--including turning a blind eye to the IPO's practice of torturing prisoners--or face deat
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 dangerous hallucinationThe light coming through the window was bright,
much too bright.
Even though my eyes were closed
I could see it-
The skin of my arms prickled,
sweat dripped from my brow.
It was two in the afternoon but…
the sun was setting
through the window facing east.
I should have seen the hutch,
shelves lined with bone china
decorated with delicate leaves and vines.
I was so thirsty
and reaching for cups that should have been there.
Instead I found a billboard of butterflies,
the colors raging
more than any rainbow
I'd ever seen.
Their wings fluttered and flashed
yet somehow they moved in slow motion.
I wanted to stand,
wanted to reach out and touch them but…
I couldn't move,
and yet I laughed
ignoring my dry mouth
and the tingling in my feet.
There was a tempest
on the rise
and in my blood.
A sugar rush disguised
as a riot of butterflies
and they were swarming me.
There was a small vial
of insulin in my pocket
that I nev
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