Airships of Oberon is now on Kickstarter!
If you like steampunk, and you also like board games- or know someone that does- take a moment to check this out!
Clockwork Armada LaunhesLast year I had the pleasure of working on a project that is right up my alley- in that it involves airships, space and first world war battleships all mashed up into one absurd and imaginative universe. What's not to like?
That project is Clockwork Armada- which is now launching over on
Video: Painting a face from imaginationI decided to make a video. People have been encouraging me.
It shows my painting process from start to finish when working on a portrait from imagination. It's not a tutorial exactly but hopefully it'll be of some help or interest to someone out there.
Frankly, it's a bit stupid, but my main goal was to get to grips with making a tutorial video so if I ever want to then I can. Consider this one a dry run- I'll probably make something more useful in the future.
Another tedious case of art theft.A quick message to my fellow deviants, you may recognise some of the work hosted on the google plus profile of this odious thieving twonk:https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/106947889240147971800/albums/5887816797542472481?partnerid=gplp0
If you or someone you know is the author of any of the works on that site, you may wish to report them to google in order to have the work removed, and possibly send a polite but firm message about the hurt you are experiencing that someone would steal your work to sell on for profit.
I suppose it's slightly flattering.
General wisdom for artists No.77. Get away from the computer!
I'm typing this up on a computer. I ought to admit that straight away, you're reading this on a computer too, unless you printed it out, which I know you didn't!
Computers are great, everyone knows that. If it wasn't for the digital age I wouldn't be the artist I am today. I'd probably be doing some menial job I hate because I lacked the knowledge and the drive to follow my self-indulgent dreams. The internet told me how to be an illustrator and Photoshop allowed me to undo my mistakes, posting my work online has allowed me to work for people who value what I do.
Our lives would be considerably worse without computers. Obviously there's the helicopter game, that's good, there's twitter supposedly causing the Arab spring uprising and Google maps helping Al Qaeda militants coordinate attacks and there's lolcats and solitaire and all the other things making everyone's lives immeasurably better.
So I don't want to appear hysterical with this- but if you want
General wisdom for artists No.66. Strive to learn stuff outside your own discipline.
Scientists say that new and original ideas are the product of new pathways forming in the brain, like a join the dots picture of sorts, but with an almost infinite number of pictures hidden within. If you have a lot of dots to draw lines between then you can make a lot more pictures!
That's perhaps a rather simplistic metaphor for cutting-edge cognitive science, but nonetheless it does hold true. If you have a number of different interests and sources of inspiration to draw from, your art will be that much richer and more personal to you. This is really important. There's lots of artwork out there, and much of it is so similar to other things we've seen before that we just skip over it in search of the original stuff.
On top of this, learning principles in one discipline may transfer surprisingly well to another discipline. I've recently started trying to teach myself 3d art. It's quite a steep learning curve, but I've found that a
General wisdom for artists No.55. Be informed, be organised, be inspired.
I my experience creativity is fed by new experiences and new ideas. So, for us artists it makes sense that if we want to be more creative, we should open our minds to as many potential sources of inspiration as possible, and when something clicks- we should grab it! Here's a few methods that have worked for me:
1 Be informed by the work of other artists.
This one is a no-brainer perhaps. For many of us the reason we chose to become artists is because we were inspired by the work of someone we saw when we were younger, and now with the information overload culture of the digital age it's easier than ever to be swamped with amazing and inspiring artwork. What I would suggest to you is to whenever you see a picture that you feel can teach you something- you grab a copy of it and put it in a folder on your computer. Once you've got a few images have a look through them and study what it is you admire about them so much. What can you learn fr
General wisdom for artists No.44. Don't let "better artists" depress you
A common occurrence for any creative (especially when we first start out) is the feeling of profound and debilitating inadequacy when comparing our work to other "superior" artists. Don't think this ever stops, it becomes less common as you advance your skills and increase in confidence but ultimately, it never really goes away. Someone always has some edge that you don't.
Consequently we as artists and creatives have to find a way to deal with it.
Now some people, very few people, a tiny minority of people- are born with near superhuman abilities in some particular discipline and consequently can make the rest of us feel like we shouldn't even bother. These people are freaks. Ignore them. They probably struggle with relationships or have terrible allergies or something to compensate*.
With that aside, for the rest of us humble humans the pursuit of skill is a matter simply of sustained and quality practice. And I'm sorry to say that because it
General wisdom for artists No.33. Warm up first
Do you ever forget how to use a tool properly or is that just me? I'm not kidding you know. If you've been working in one medium for a long time and you find yourself one day deciding to use another, you may realise too late that you've become a little rusty with it. If you happen to have dived into an important piece and realise part way into that it's rubbish because you're using the brush like a spanner (so to speak) then you may become disheartened and go off in a sulk to do something else. Worse yet, you can then become scared of using that medium again since your most recent failure is the thing you most strongly remember.
This happened to me recently with oil paints. I hadn't done any oil painting for a year or so until several days ago when I mangled a canvas by treating the paint like it was digital. This could all have been avoided with some relaxing warm up doodles or paintings where I refreshed my understanding of the strengths and limitations of oil painti
General wisdom for artists No.2Sometimes in our quest to further our artistic ambitions we may find ourselves succumbing (god forbid) to laziness. Sometimes we may find ourselves succumbing to laziness to such a degree that we get nothing done. Therefore it stands to reason that if we want to become the best artists we can be then we need to keep laziness at bay!
So, having your best interests at heart as I do, I've listed here a number of things you can do to keep going that little bit longer. After all, finishing before you should only disappoints people.
1. Sit up straight.
This one is hard but important. If you slouch about like a wilting lettuce leaf and get too comfortable you may find yourself getting drowsy and lethargic. This makes it only too tempting to take a break or to "switch off" and not concentrate on what you're doing. The solution is simple in theory but hard to maintain for those of us with all the poise and posture of a sandbag.
2. Don't drink caffeine, or too much of it anyway.
Caffeine is all
6k watcher raffle! ENDEDSORRY FOR TAKING SO LONG!!!!
The winner is :iconDulcimei: !!! congrats <3
AND THANKS A LOT TO EVERYONE ELSE THAT HAS JOINED! <3
The raffle has ended, I will give out the remaining numbers later this day and announce the winner!
HOW COME PEOPLE ARE STILL WATCHING ME
the world must be really big if 6k+ people clicked on that button---- anD MORE PEOPLE CLICK ON IT EVERYDAY? how-
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!! Your comments, llamas, favs and everything else means so much to me ♥ :iconnanakosobplz:
I want to hold a raffle to celebrate 6k watchers!
There will be 1 winner, if more than 600 people join will there be 2!
What you can win is a ticket, if you win can you choose whatever you like from my gallery and I'll draw your oc like that! Let it be an icon, pixel, chibi, headshot, thigh-up, fullbody, realism, anything!
How to enter:
Christmas free-to-use Stuff!Journal to compile free-to-use Christmas things from me~ Have fun!
You are free to use: as part of your avatar, decorate your profile (at any site), re-post with credits/link to this journal!
Not allowed to: sell in any way, claim as yours, re-post without credits.
//Going to add more as soon as I get time to draw more of those thingies :3
Coloring Contest 2017 - CLOSED !
Welcome to my coloring contest
edit march 13th :
And.... The contest is closed... OMG SO MANY ENTRIES !!
VIEW ALL THE ENTRIES IN THIS FOLDER
THANK YOU SO MUCH
No we will try to be fast to announce the winners !
Deadline : sunday March 12th midnigth
Please note there will be no extension !
If you can help me to promote this contest, I would be really grateful
About MMD YanSim ModelsHi anyone reading this, but I just want to notify you sorry for the inactivity for a while. I have been taking a break for a very long time and I have little to no interest in Yandere Simulator and MMD. I have no motivation to finish what I started, and I don't want to just keep saying, "Model will be put on download soon." What I want to say is that I won't be making anymore Yandere Simulator models and I want to break any promises I made from you guys. Feel free to use my models and edit them, because I won't be making any Yandere Simulator Models in the meantime. Now that I won't be making Yandere Simulator models I will probably be inactive and will post some screenshots here in there in my free time.
so bleeeh yeah no more yan sim models and you can edit my models because i dont really care about yandere simulator bleeheheeh that also means that i wont be that active anymore blehehehehe theres the start of school so i wont be active times 2 bleheheheh xddddd
yeah, thank you for un
[Winner] thank you!THANKS FOR JOINING MY RAFFLE ♥
I'm very happy that so many people participated this raffle and took in some cases their time to tell me what they
like about my art or what they wish for christmas. I'm very grateful and feel totally flattered by all your kindness and support ; v ;
Unfortunately I received 336 comments but only 329 people favorite the journal which
means, that some people didn't followed the rule and therefore I can not count them in.
To keep it fair, I counted only the favorites and randomized the winner.
THE WINNER IS: Polka-Pot
Congratulation! Please send me a note
with your requested character within 48 hours for your prize!
Please don't be sad if you didn't won, I will make more raffles in the future so
you still have a chance to win next time ; v ; Thanks to everyone again who joined and I wish you a wonderfu
Originals for sale.:.
thanks a lot for all the feedback
Among new projects for this new year
I would like to show you this
I have opened
Where you can buy postcards of my digital paintings
original drawings !
at very reasonable prices
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[OPEN] Draw my OCs Contest!!! $200+ in prizes~1 DAY LEFT!!!!!! MAKE SURE TO GET YOUR ENTRIES IN SOON
I can't believe I have reached 2000+ Watchers!! That's so amazing omf, thank you all so much, without you I wouldn't be where I am now~
To celebrate I thought I'd hold this contest with a bunch of sweet prizes from me and other rad people~
HOW TO ENTER:
Draw any of my oc's~ that's it~
Kei (nsfw ok) Akihiro (nsfw ok) Zeph
http://toyhou.se/340867.kei http://toyhou.se/341912.akihiro http://toyhou.se/758498.ohmygod-
(Note: Aki's Crown: Crown )
Izumi (nsfw ok) Aya
(ENDED) CONTEST - DRAW MY OCs (300 USD IN PRIZES!)The contest has officially ended! Sorry it's a little later than expected, I ended up falling asleep before the deadline time :V
I'll spend this week judging and the winners will be posted in a separate journal by the 20th!
So I have about eight gozillion OCs, but for some reason I have the itch to just get more and more and more art of these two goobers.
This is probably gonna be the one and only time I'll ever be able to make a big expensive art contest like this happen, so get it while it's hot!
RIGHT! So I'm looking to get some art of two of my favorite OCs, Naahra and Asphodel. One is humanoid, and one is anthropomorphic. But I'm also looking to get a feral design for Asphodel. Details below!
the goddess of impure love