What dA +news can teach you about:
Improving your Art
The dA +news platform is a great way to adress the community and teach them things about a wide range of topics, and of course to find information that you didn't even know you were looking for! Over time I've collected many great articles. This series will bring them together per topic so it's easy to find what you're looking for! Besides helping people find information they need, the aim of this series is also to promote quality on the news platform.
For this issue, I chose articles about Improving your Art. There may be more issues on this topic in the future
Articles may overlap on some areas, and may contain outdated info though I've tried to avoid this.
(For all you beta testers I included thumbs too! they're invisible to non-beta testers.)
Learning Experience #1: 10 Ways To Better Your ArtThis is my first News Article, and why not start out with something that will benefit not only myself, but others as well! I welcome all types of feedback, though there is no way to go about bettering your art, I am in no way claiming to be a professional, just spreading some tops I think myself and some of you could use as well! I'm sure most of you have probably done many of these tips already, some might not have! Overall Enjoy!
10. View Many Tutorials!
I can't stress this option enough, I love going onto many art pieces and profiles of deviantart, and going to see if they have tutorials or not. A well formed tutorial can be SO beneficial to you. it can help in so many ways, not only can it help better your art but help create new techniques in combining them with your own.
9.Browse Others Art
In the search bar, placing in what art piece pertains to you weather it be, digital art, phot
Learning Experience #1: 10 Ways To Better Your Art by ~POE-R7
Exactly what it says! 10 tips that can help any artist.
Quality Feedback - Fast and Easy!After being on dA for more than a year, I've seen one theme repeat itself over and over; people wanting more detailed feedback.
Admirable, but the question is how do you do that?
The obvious choice might be to submit work to groups that specialise in giving critique. Well, I thought so too. Out of all the deviations I've submitted to groups that supposedly "guarantee" critique only a handful of them have actually done so.
So, while you shouldn't give up on groups now, you can take some steps towards gaining more feedback more lengthy and detailed than the infamous one word comment.
Or a favourite...
Now before you close this page, or start to rage at why I still have not given any tips, accept this concept.
The more effort you put into something, the more effort people will put into telling you how much they love it, or hate it as the case may be.
So, how does this apply to getting me more feedback? And why have you still not told me anything?
Well my friend, i
Quality Feedback Fast and Easy! by *W-Lupus
Would you like critique? Here's some tips on what to do.
How To Improve Your ArtI was going to call this 'how to become a better artist', but then I realized, there is no such thing as a 'better artist'. If you are an artist, you are the best artist you can be - your art can always ALWAYS improve, but you are already and always will be the best artist you can be. Remembering those two facts is the most important thing you can do.
But other than that, find someone to be excited about art with! They don't have to be an artist themselves, they just have to be able to get excited about art. Having someone who'll always be around to listen to your ideas, even if they don't contribute anything, is HUGELY helpful to keep you motivated. I've found that having someone for me to bounce ideas off of, or even just someone to explain my stories to, is my favourite thing in the world and almost always leads to me discovering new things about my stories and characters.
And now for the list of links you all were waiting for!
How To Improve Your Art by ~Chima
A list of links to many tutorials and other places on the web that can help you.
Trying to Improve?Are you trying to improve?
Looking for new ways to improve?
Just to IMPROVE?
There's one thing that people always repeat(I'm not trying to offend anybody) is that when they watch another artist who's art is very good, they either think, "I won't be able to be that good" and feel like they will never improve.
Sad thing, but true.
Only a few people think about improving to get to the same level as their favorite artist.
BUT! There's always room for improvement! ;D
Well, then. I'm not so sure if this is helpful or not and if you will learn something new or not, but, continue on, please. c:
Ever heard of 'practice makes perfect'? I know some people out there practice until they hands feel dead(not literally) but don't give up! Like I said, there's always room for improvement! c: And it doesn't matter if you waste paper. Paper can always be recycled. If you think you're wasting paper, try finding old envelopes and doodle on them!
Don't give up! EVER! Be strong and
Trying to Improve? by ~PuddiCat
The first thing you change is your attitude! This article will help you.
Artist Block by !VanillaLorelei
On a lack of inspiration, and how to overcome it! 12 tips, written for painters but applicable to artists that create any media.
Freebies and Resources!Hi everyone! Everytime I come across anything pertaining to us starving artists that's free, I'll be diligent to share it! It's important to always keep a bank of info to pull ideas from around you and these definitely shall help with that!
Everything listed here is totally free
Free Vectors @ Vecteezy: http://www.vecteezy.com/ If you do any kind of logotype work with vectors this site will really come in handy. It's a pretty large database, so there's something for everyone!
Free Fonts @ dafont: http://www.dafont.com/ I'm always looking for really cool fonts to use in my artwork, and if you are too, they've got a really cool selection at dafont! If you're into typography it should be a really helpful resource!
Free Art Software @ freeartsoftware:http://freeartsoftware.com/2d-application-software.htm OOOOH BABY! It's really tempting to download everything on that site! If you're having a hard time finding the right software to work
Freebies and Resources II...and discountsHey guys! I've found even more great free stuff for art making! Everytime I come across anything pertaining to us starving artists that's free, I'll be diligent to share it! It's important to always keep a bank of info to pull ideas from around you and these definitely shall help with that! Also, I realized that many of the things in the last edition were geared towards digital artists, so I've found some awesome discounts for you traditional artists as well! Hang on to your hats, here comes awesome!
Everything Listed Here Is Totally Free
Free 2D animation software @ Creatoon: http://www.creatoon.com/ This software was recently made available for free download! If you can't get into flash, this will do the trick!
Free hand-drawn animation software @ Pencil: http://www.pencil-animation.org/ All of us love the look of traditional animations right? Well with this software you can make them yourself!
Moar Free Art Instruction
Freebies & Resources & Freebies & Resources II... and discounts by =Xadrea
Of course, a true master doesn't need great tools to create a great piece of art. But hey, if you were a master you wouldn't be reading this, right? Good tools, programmes and resources can help any artist a lot! =Xadrea lists some free and discounted ones!
Guide on How To Receive Feedback & Critique:iconprojectcomment:
This is an editorial written and submitted by $namenotrequired on behalf of #ProjectComment, a group founded by ^3wyl that aims to encourage deviants to seek and provide constructive feedback that can help you to better yourself at your art.
What's in this article
1. Encouraging people to comment
2. Getting comments through #ProjectComment
3. Other places to get comments:
4. More related guides
Encouraging people to comment
Make clear in your artist's or author's comments that you're looking for feedback. You can also ask specific questions to potential commenters about it (Does this character come across as realistic?, Please tell me what you think of the composition/colours/... etc.).
More about using your Artist's/Author's comments effectively can be found in our article
Guide on How To Receive Feedback & Critique by $namenotrequired
Last but not least I'd like to humbly include an article of my own Contains tips you may not have thought of yourself, and many places where you can find people willing to critique.
That's what I've got for you this time! Recommendations on this topic and others are welcome
Stay tuned to find out more that dA news can teach you \o/