dA Life #08: Hosting a Contest on dAWelcome to the eighth dA Life blog, a series created to help you enjoy your time on dA and use it's many tools for sharing your art, appreciating other people's art and taking part in the wonderful community that we have here.
Hosting a contest on dA is a really fun way to inspire other artists and do something positive for the community. If you've never run a contest before, it can seem like a daunting task so to make it a little easier, here are some things to consider before you create your contest and open it to the deviant public...
Your contest should have a theme. It can be as vague (Aliens, Summer, Cats) or as specific as you like (Alien Cats in Summer). When choosing your theme, take time to consider it's appeal to your potential entrants. A less specific theme is likely to attact more people as the scope for entries is wider. It depends on whether or not you want your contest to be huge - sometimes, bigger isn't always bet
CSS Tricks: Journal break-downThis has been done before by many others I don't want to step on anyone's toes, I just wanted to give this a go myself
If you still write CSS NOT using gruze … stop that! Start using gruze. Just do it!
There are a few "hacks" that you will need to make it work totally under your control, but there's always help with those
Well, here comes help with those hacks (I gotta give ginkgografix credit for some of it, go hug her! That's an order )
At the end of this CSS Trick I will provide you with a template, that I use myself, as a base for creating new skins. It will only contain the basic classes of the journal deviation, from which it is made up of, the basic HTML, without any content.
Now, I know you will say: but that is not the default skin! That is not how journals without CSS look like! And you are right. But. There is always a but. But the default journal skin for coders is not the same as an unsk
DN Tutorial FAQ
Art tutorial questions answered:
Q: What programs do you use to color?
A: Personally I like to use Adobe Photoshop to color all my work. Although there are plenty of other software packages out there that people swear by like Painter or Art Rage, I just use the program I feel most comfortable with and I have been using Photoshop for so long that it has become second nature in my art pipeline.
Q: Digital inking or traditional inking pens?
A: Both styles of inking have their pluses and minuses. When I first started drawing and I wasn't very computer savvy I loved to use traditional inking pens. You can do some great things with inking pens, cross hatching, varying line width mid stroke, speed lines, all sorts of fun stuff. That's not to say you can't do these things with digital inking, it just takes a little getting used to. When I started experimenting with digital inking it was hard getting the kind of control you could get with inking pens, that was until I found the power of the 'pe
Activity vs. Community When combining millions of artists working with different media, style, experience level, etc. being here can become overwhelming and finding your "place" can seem almost impossible. Throughout the last few weeks I've noticed more and more people asking "how can I be more active?" and "how do I get involved in the community?"
These are both the same question and completely different questions at the same time. Though the answers to both are quite similar if not the same the difference between activity and community is huge! We're going to cover the answers and difference to both of those in this article.
There are three basic ways to being active on dA and getting involved the community. Everything after this will actually lead right back to these three things.
Commenting: is the best and most effective way to particicpate in our community becaus
The End of the Day: A Watercolour Tutorial PLANNING STAGE
This was a fairly involved project in terms of preparatory work. I had an image in mind, a feeling, a mood and knew that I would only really have real world reference to work from; the rest coming from my own imagination and from playing the PS3 game 'The Last of Us'.
As the scene is a place I walk past most days I am very familiar with it (the benefits of being on location cannot be overstated), but I also used Google street view to get an additional vantage point. In fact the bus that features in the finished piece was inspired from the Google street view image below:
I started by scrawling an outline of my thoughts, roughing out the general layout. Really this is just a way for me to start the process, to explore the scene and see what I find works, and what doesn't:
Then begins a refining process. Over the next 2 sketches I hone in on the composition and gravitate to a more exact view
PE: Setting Up CommissionsSetting Up Commissions
Hello guys! This is iDJPanda on the topic of "Commissions"! Bear with me though. I've never given a commission in my life but I know how people portray their commissions to get them! I hope this article may be of some help to you guys.
Setting up commissions can be hard and making it appealing to customers even harder but there are a few things you can do to any passerby make a double take to see what you are producing! (This is going over how to write a commission journal but can also tie into the widget as well! )
One of the most important steps in this process is providing examples
If you're like me, you LOVE examples. And you ask, "Why are examples so important?"
Providing example works of what you are commissioning leaves the commissioner an idea of what kind of style and quality of artwork they will receiving. It's basically the sampler of the main dish. You don't want to provide "na
PE: Shading EmotesShading Emotes
'Ello there! If you've been on any social media site, you most likely in one form or another have used an emoticon. An emoticon is an icon that expresses emotion. Such as
Emotes are an easy way to express yourself and I'm going to teach you how to shade some.
Almost all emotes are sized to be 15x15 (unless you are making a larger one; tutorial by IceXDragon described here). You can use lots of programs to make them. I use MS Paint to make my emotes because I believe it's the easiest to control but you can use whatever you like.
An emote's outline will look like this (You can use it if you want. ) :
Here's what it looks like at a bigger scale.
Emotes should look circular like the one above. I would recommend this size for all emotes at a standard size level. At this stage, I like to mess with the emote to see what k
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