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Personal Projects and Small Collaboration IdeasCommunity Week
Art block and the lack ideas is a very common thing for an artist, there are many ideas and ways to help over come art block such as this fantastic article PE: Your Worst Enemy.
This article will be listing some ideas to start your own personal project and ideas for small collaborations.
What is a Personal Project?
A personal project is something undertaken by an individual to achieve a goal. A series of art pieces (visual or written) that are part of a theme or goal can tell a story. (Example: PE: Telling Stories with your Art). Equally a series of artworks or a theme can do the same.
Some common ideas are:
Seasons (Summer, Autumn (Fall), Winter and Spring)
Elements (Water, Fire, Air, Earth and optionally Aether (Spirit))Times of the Day (Dawn, Noon, Dusk and Night)Days of the Week
A Guide to TutorialsStock & Resources
So, you want to make an awesome tutorial for your friends, and anybody else who might be interested in your style/techniques/skills/programming/designing ...
There are some essentials you are going to want to keep in mind when you make your tutorial.
Its not just a bunch of text and some pictures (OK it is, but theres more you could do! )
Its not just a few quick tips or pointers for a friend who asked you for some more details (OK it is, but its more than that! )
Its not just some work in progress screenshots/photos of your next big project (OK it is, but its SO MUCH more than that!!)
Don't forget, great design IS ART!
DeviantART is predominantly an English language website. However, DeviantART is a global community, so not everyone can read English fluently. Make sure your use of language i
Tips and Tricks: Basics of Hair
How to Draw Manga! Basics of Hair Introduction
A key part of distinguishing any animanga character is their hair. Sometimes even just a silhouette of their hair is enough to gauge who they are (e.g. Goku). The colours, shape and gravity are all free form and expressions of the character. Often a character keeps the same hairstyle throughout a series so they are easily distinguishable in the black and white manga format; changing their hair may lead to the character losing recognition with the readers. In anime the colour and the way the hair moves is part of the character.
Shape and Form
The shape of hairstyle can vary from super short (shaved or bald) to lengths that make the viewers wonder how that person can stand (let alone walk and fight). Males and females can have any length of hair (though super short is not very common with females), and any combination of flowing or spi
PE: Adding Text to your Manga
You now have your manga ready for some text. As part of the panelling and story boarding process you have created the speech bubbles and have a rough idea of where your text is going to be placed.
At this point you may have hand drawn some SFX or will place these on with a font as well.
The main point is to keep it consistent across your manga, changing your font half way through is often seen as sloppy and unprofessional.
Types of Text
There are many types of text in any given comic or manga, such as Normal conversational text (this is your primary text), Thoughts, Scene Queues, Background Descriptions (no text bubble or rectangular blocks typically), Soft Voice/Aside, Yelling are just some of the examples.
For each of these situations have a consistent font/style choice across your manga. Some variation may be advantageous, such as modifying the lettering if th
Tips and Tricks: Hands
How to Draw Manga! Hands Introduction
Hands are a very important part of drawing any character, often in cartoons the hands are caricatured, but in anime and manga this is often not the case (except in chibi form). Understanding the anatomy of the hand can assist all animanga artists. Hand proportions are also important, lest the artwork suffer from tiny or huge 'yaoi hands'.
Hands are made up of segments, muscles and skin over the bones. Often block forms are used to get the basic shape as shown here:
Hand Tutorial by MasterSS
Some very basic size proportions: middle finger length is the same distance as the tip of chin to tip of nose and is also the length of the palm. The whole hand (tip of middle finger to bottom of palm is the same length as the chin to the hair line on the forehead. Variations of these lead
dA Guide: Text Formatting
Please PAY ATTENTION to where the codes WILL and WILL NOT work! (Certain codes do not work in comments and deviation descriptions, no matter how hard you try.) :'D
Try NOT to copy/paste the codes, manually type them out yourself. (Copy/paste messes up some of the codes lately thanks to dA). :C
This is just a simple html guide to formatting text on dA (and other sites as well). My goal was just to compile some html info into a simple, easy to understand guide for quick reference. :) Please let me know if the codes don't show up because sometimes they disappear when dA updates certain things.
This guide goes a little above and beyond dA's FAQ entry (although I purposely left out anything to do with links, because they don't work on literature submissions). I also provided working examples, which might make the codes a little easier to understand. (Keep
Mixed MediaDigital Art
When compared to the other digital categories the Mixed Media category seems to be the main one that confuses people. Over the years, I have heard more definitions and explanations for what Mixed Media is and what it is not compared to any other category. So I am going to stop the confusion and chaos that surrounds Mixed Media! Today, I will be explaining what mixed media is, how to determine if your art is mixed media, and how using it can open up a new world of possibilities for your art.
The Mixed Media category here on DeviantArt is for artwork in which more than one medium has been used. For example, in my artwork "The Bunker" as shown below; I combined digital painting, photomanipulation, and 3-Dimensional elements to create it. Due to the use of more than one digital medium I uploaded this piece to the Digital Art > Mixed Media gallery here on DeviantArt. Thus, for an artwork to be considered Mixed Media<
Anatomy Lessons: How to improve faster in 6 steps!
'Life Drawing 5' by algaegoblin
Do you know how to sketch human figures but do you want to refine your anatomy skills? Or do you not know anatomy at all and you are tired to trust your imagination? Did you notice you create disproportions in your drawings?
If you are aspiring artists and you already have your own style, you might as well believe you have no need of a guide, but you are wrong. Before exaggerating human proportions and begin to have your own style, you first have to know the basics.
This little guide is the result of an accurate research and 5 years of high school of art, and it's created for all those who want to learn something new or just make a useful review.
For those who have already studied art, my suggestion is to go to step 6 or trying to repeat all steps in Digital format.
First of all, if you want to learn faster you should draw using traditi