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Avoid That dAramaAnyone who has been an internet user for a period of time should know that drama is one of the hallmarks of the absolutely wonderful technology that allows us to be connected 24/7. It's like glitter, one moment all you see is just a fleck of it then suddenly, it's everywhere. DeviantArt is chock full of massive amounts of it (drama, not glitter!) at any given time, so let's talk about what you need to know to avoid it (aaaand what to do if you find yourself in it)!
I just caused the argument because... I wanted to get more pageviews, I wanted to be popular, for the lulz, I was bored
I ALWAYS have to reply
If you think the interwebs is the only place you'll find people you don't agree with, I think it's time you spent a little more time away from your computer. First off, let me say that there's nothing inherently wrong about disagreeing with someone. Nothing at
Need to raise $100 by Friday COMMISH MEHey hey hey folks! So the ongoing saga that is my life as a starving artist is yet again in a precarious situation So a couple of good things have happened:
I'll be teaching art classes in a few weeks (not steady work, but I can make a decent amount of quick money with it)
I've got an interview for another teaching position on Thursday this week and an interview at the public museum to be a gallery guard woot
So here's the not so good news: yet another freelance gig fell through and the payment that I would have received for the work was to be used for the balance owed to my leasing company. I only owe them $100, but since I have a total of $0 that's a bit of an issue
So here's what needs to happen, I need commissions! Below is all my commish info and all that jazz, as well as links to my GoFundMe account and Paypal. Share this journal around social media folks!
Patreon and HairHaaaaaay cupcakes! So I'm considering setting up a Patreon to help with my artistic things and also generating some income as I'm looking for new jobbies. The good thing is I'm set to start teaching a painting class in a few weeks That's not a steady job, but it's only 2 hours per class and it has a base pay plus tips woot
So my question is: do any of your folks have a Patreon account? Are you a patron to any content creators? What's your take on it?
In other news I've apparently neglected to show off mah new hairs to you all so BAM
All natural now (except for the Splat color of course )
No more excuses, it's time to improve your art!You’re probably well acquainted with the old proverb “practice makes perfect.” And while I don’t fully believe that perfection is attainable, because the very notion of perfection is somewhat subjective, getting better at anything requires both time and effort. I’m going be very blunt here; if you want to improve your artistic skill you need to actually practice.
My heart goes out to everyone here who is struggling to improve so don’t feel that I’m purposely singling you out here. However throughout my time on dA (and in real life) I’ve met artists begging for advice on how to quickly improve and sadly when I tell them to begin practicing the excuse is always ‘well, I don’t really have the time for that.’
And I ain’t got time for yo attitude.
You do have the time
Inb4 “you don’t know my life!!!1one1!!” Listen here young padawo
Custom T-Shirts and Other CommissionsHey guise! Since I opened commissions, here's my commission info (my old commish info is a bit dated so time to start fresh). Among the regular 2D work I do, I'm now offering CUSTOM T-SHIRTS! Woo! I may add bags if I see cheap canvas available at my local K-Mart/Dollar Tree. So spread the word around and if you're interested shoot me a note!
Frequently asked questions
How do I contact you for a commission? Send inquires through dA via note. Send inquiries through email to email@example.com
What is your method of payment? Paypal. My paypal email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Will you accept points as payment? Sorry, only Paypal is accepted.
Are all prices USD? Yes, all listed prices (and or quotes) are USD only.
What is your payment policy? 100% upfront for most commissions. If th
Rent Update/Opening CommissionsGood news everyone! Thanks to everyone who graciously donated funds to my cause I was able to pay my rent The property manager decided last minute not to take my case to court so I avoided eviction proceedings and legal fees (which would have been a bonafide nightmare). I really appreciate everyone who donated and shared my journal around It means a lot to me!
Now that that crisis is avoided, I'm faced with other not so great things thanks to not having an income.
My bus pass expires at the end of this week and without it I'll have no way to get to job interviews downtown (or to anywhere for that matter...curse living on the edge of nowhere). I'll be able to pick up another one, but it will expire a week after I buy it, thus landing back in the same predicament.
As you can imagine, my utility companies are at my throat for blood, and while I'm sure I can get away a bit longer without giving them anything, that time is nearin
Help me avoid EVICTIONSo this it everyone. I have two weeks left before I'll be evicted from my apartment. Don't feel guilty if you're unable to help (or if you've donated already). However if you can, please do. I need to raise $350 to pay rent for this month. Last week I was paid for an illustration job I had, but the entire amount of the payment was sucked into my then negative bank account So, although I've raised close to $350, I only have $200 to put toward rent, thus still needing to raise $350. My landlord will not accept anything less than the full amount. This Friday, the 11th, I'll be sued for the rent owed :/
I'm only two semesters away from finishing my Masters degree, and if I have no place to live that goal will almost certainly be derailed. I have an interview for a job next week, but even if I do get it that won't change the fact that eviction is fast approaching because I won't get paid enough or in time to avoid being thrown out.
I seriously hate beg
Help keep me from getting evicted woo!Hey people! So, things aren't that great over here for me this summer for one recurring reason: again I am without work. I launched a GoFundMe campaign about a month ago in the hopes of raising money to help out with my rent. I am currently without a paying job (still interning, and still contracted to several companies for illustrative work, but since there are no new projects, I am without an income). I've been looking hard for new work for months to no avail (like I seriously can't even get a job flipping burgers because I'm "overqualified"). That being said, things are now in emergency mode. I need to raise at least rent for the month of July ($550) and I'm reaching out for a helping hand so that I will not get evicted from my apartment. Any amount donated to my cause would help tremendously. If you would like to donate, you can send funds through Paypal to: email@example.com If you can't donate anything, please share my gofundme link (on my timeline). In return fo
Celebrating Women's History: Feminist ArtThe "Feminist art movement" began in the early 1960s. Women’s roles were questioned in society and thus were questioned in art in an article by Linda Nochlin called “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” She argued that there were few women artists because they were held back by a system that denied them equal opportunity (academies and guilds). Also in a society in which the home was run and child rearing was done entirely by women, women did not have the opportunity to engage in academia or the arts. Generally, if women were artists, they had to have male family members representing or teaching them. Painting was the only subject a woman could engage in, but nude models were forbidden for female painters, thus never reaching complete potential for academy standards. Italian Baroque painter Artemsia Gentileschi was one of the few female artists who was able to rise
You CAN Do It Too! Commissions, Exposure, and...
Do you feel like no one cares about your artwork? That no matter how hard you try, you'll never improve? Well, I've been there before.
A little less than a year ago, I didn't even have 100 watchers. It was tough trying to find commissions, even though I priced them around 10 - 100 an hour. Sure, I had some wonderful people supporting me (thank you very much for that!), but when I looked at the thousands of diehard fans the "popular" artists had, I felt kinda useless. It seemed like even a thousand watchers, or just being able to earn minimum wage was impossible. Sometimes I wanted to cry from all the effort I put in. I kept drawing and drawing but barely improving. I was frustrated and felt useless. But instead of giving up, I pushed myself even harder, and by God's grace it's starting to work out for me.
I now have over 16,000 amazing people encouraging me, and I know it's only a matter of tim
Freelance Paychecks are RealA few weeks back while thinking about this journal, I came across a forum for paid photojournalism jobs. I left it some time later in complete shock. There I found posting after posting about jobs paying nothing, next to nothing, or promising payment and then paychecks never arriving in the mail. I sat there, closed the laptop lid, and thought for a long while.
I know I’m fortunate to be paid for what I do. A big part of this is because I specialize in something very few photographers are doing at a professional level. But what most people don’t realize is that even at this level a large percentage of my workload involves pay negotiations. There are contracts that took months of negotiation. Some took weeks, or a single week, or several days, or a flurry of emails or texts in just a few minutes.
Every single one of those initially low-balled me; offering me starting contracts at 10-20% of my regular rate. And despite publications th
Anime and Manga DD round up, July 2014:iconcinyu:
Features by cinyu
The Golden Yard by Naschi:Dear Old Memories - You ~ Youko: by Nacura-G
Karasutengu by ASingleGiraffeSV - hoshino-arashi by silvi-silvimemory f i s h by Gasara
Lia by OXMirukuBP: HBD JOHN by tooaya
Comm: sugarella by ikr:: y o u t h f u l. d a y s :: by hitogataDreamScape by muhoho-seijin
10.07.14 by Asa-tan[PFFK]Chapter III:Bloody Sun by laziesheavenA vampire never dies by Pemiin
RoF Signature Feature: Of Angels and Demons Vol. 2
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CI Monthly Feature #24Hello dear members and watchers,
Another article featuring works from our CI members! This is a great opportunity to showcase your works to our +40k watchers and the whole community!
HOW CAN I GET FEATURED?
In the 15th of every month, we will post the feature poll. Just leave a thumbnail of one of your works on that poll and we will feature you in the 1st of next month. Make sure you comment before we close the poll. There's only 200 slots!
LUGGAGE FOR THE DANCER IN RED - 13-2014
the loner by korrox the ninth gate by Tom-Ripley
On the edge of the world by igorsev Contraposition by SplitEnsds On the edge of the world by igorsev
SUSA X6 by KizukiTamura unsustainable by chriseastmids SUSA X6 by KizukiTamura
Colibri' by martaraff Mgh IV - St. Georg in the Puddle by DpressedSoul Colibri' by martaraff
im garten IV by BuChWien PNEUMA by menervaTau im garten IV by BuChWien
A. by ValeriaVi at the window by JakezDaniel A. by ValeriaVi
A whiter shade of pale by Barnum60 life philosophy by tuminka
Streetside Stories: MonochromeAligopter by - DougNZ
by - dmitryzhkov
The Look Out by - PatrickMonnier
:: ghost town by - noahsamuelmosko
\-ooby - DinoKose
2by - Henzonlee
shemsby - arslanalp
The hand of the player by - mariomencacci
Childhoodby - IFedorovskaya
The Unseen Stock - July (ll)Model
Unicorn 01 by KittyTheCat-Stock Little Forest Fairy_4 by anastasiya-landa
Crimsonella stock 6 by charligal-stock Downward Glance by Danika-Stock Woodland Archer 4 by IthiliamStock Double Agent 03 by Null-Entity
Snow Scape 4 by Ardenstock Tree 09 by cemacStock Waterfall Black Forest Triberg by BVFoto Dry Hill2 by oddmountain
ART FEATURE: Just beautiful - Part 2 White Forest by Andaelentari
Summer Cold by luciekout Just thinking of you by EstherPuche-Art Justicia by Lhianne ... by aqueous-transmission Once upon a dream by blumilein Scent by Ophelia-Overdose EDEN II by Carlos-Quevedo Inner glow by AuroraWienhold Friendship II by SweediesArt Agony by maiarcita The Secret Keeper (Sketch) by Valentinadhara Calypso by madanmar
Originem by ChristabelleLAmort Wanderer by fae-photography Tormented Soul by pompafunebris My Love you never left me by Marjie79 behind the veil by jaelise Mermaid of gratitude by babsartcreations
The water nymph by gestiefeltekatze
MezzotintMezzotint is an intaglio printmaking process. Intaglio was invented in Germany in the 15th century. It is a group of processes which use a metal plate (usually copper). These processes include, drypoint, etching, engraving, aquatint and mezzotint. The image is engraved into the surface of the metal by the use of tools or chemicals, that is known as etching. The term mezzotint means to work "in a dark manner." The method of mezzotint involves a tool called a rocker. When it is rocked back and forth over the plate, it creates a stippled texture similar to halftone. The texture creates a tonal effect that is unique to other intaglio processes in the way that it is a softer and more even means of adding shade.
Isaac Beckett was an English printmaker who specialized in mezzotint. Beckett was first apprenticed in London under a calico maker but later on learned the method of mezzotint from a print salesman. A large portion of his work was mezzotint portraits, in total he created a
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