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[Tutorial] How to set up and handle commissionsThis is directed mostly towards digital/traditional artists, but also literature artists!
ARTIST'S FEAR - How to Overcome it!Hey guys!
PE: Creating your own MangaIntroduction
Would anyone want to work with me to make a comic?For the Longest time I have had an awesome idea for a comic, but I lack the artistic ability to draw it myself. I would really like to make this comic come to life, that means I need some help. I don't want to give to much of the story away, but I have found a way to make this story be told by, humans, animals and probably can find away to make it work with any other if needed. Originally it was from the point of view of a human, but like I said doesn't have to be. I think it would be really fun to work with someone on this! I would give any artistic help I could and there would of course be joint credit given! If you have any questions feel free to ask. If you think you might want to do this with me, note my main account SecretTheScienceDog!(I'm just trying to spread the word so I'm also asking on this adopt account!) I hope someone takes interest in this!
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10 things I've learned thus far (making comics!)Hey guys!
Advice for inspired studentswhat is it like to work on a webcomic?
Declined Work in DeviantART GroupsHow many of you have seen that big red X in your correspondence and had your heart sink?
Don't Get Scammed Out of Commissions + Art TradesNote: This is a crosspost from my old advice website. I'll try posting here instead, since I already have a pretty big watch base Please enjoy.
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[Tutorial] How to set up and handle commissions
This is directed mostly towards digital/traditional artists, but also literature artists!
At some point in your artistic life, you might want to start earning a bit of extra money from the work that you love to do; yet I see that many people struggle with commissions, especially in the beginning. Thus I decided to write this little "How to" journal, where I share my own experience.
1. When do I start to do commissions?
Whenever you want to, and especially, whenever you feel comfortable doing so! Especially that last part is important. I remember lots of people asking me if I were doing commissions years ago, and I had to say "no" to all of them, simply because I didn't feel ready for it. I was also completely nervous when I started doing commissions for the first time; what if no one would respond? What if the commissions were way too difficult to handle? What if I got negative responses?
I started doing commissi
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ARTIST'S FEAR - How to Overcome it!
I just updated my blog with some great advice on how to overcome fear/negativity when you're trying to grow as an artist. YOU CAN READ IT HERE!
Otherwise, I'll post a brief overview of some of the tips I've given in the blog post:
1. HAVE FAITH IN THE PROCESS!
This is so freakin’ important! Having faith in the process means truly believing that if you give it your all, you will achieve something great. Even when it doesn’t feel true, you have to continually tell yourself “If I work hard, I will be great.” A lot of artists start out with heaps of motivation, but when that begins to fade they give up. By the time their motivation picks up again, they find that they are rusty and have to start relearning everything (it’s happened to me)! So, even when you’re discouraged, you cannot give up!
2. BE OBJECTIVE!
PE: Creating your own Manga
You have a great story, a bunch of characters and you want to create a manga. However, where do you start? Do you have it Left->Right or Right->Left? How should you publish it (*note: some publishers may have additional requirements/restrictions)?
The process is pretty much the same for any graphic progression such as comics.
Luckily, there are a great number of tutorials to help you on your way.
A storyboard is a panel or series of panels which detail the sequence of significant events in a planned scene, i.e. a rough sketch coupled with some words to describe the actions in the scene.
At this point you'd need to have an idea of whether you are making a left->right or right->left manga and your story has been separated into scenes and plot points you wish to use to drive your story.
Tips: How to make thy comment meaningful
Making one's comment meaningful and making it count has many benefits, especially in the art world.
Single words praise really does hold little weight, and just not making any comment also don't earn anyone anything, so bringing it up another level is good for both the artist, and the appreciator.
1. It starts conversations, and make friends: When you comment on people's work around, not limited to the artists you admire but also artists you can buddy with on different levels, you will find yourself rich with many art friends to discuss your own work and joy with. You will also find this skill useful when you make it into the professional world where you would be making comments to make connections.
2. Gets comments for your own work: when you give people meaningful comments that rewards them, you can ask for feedback for your own work easier, because you have invested in their work first. If you cold-call it's harder t
Tutorial - Your Own Avatar
Many deviants wonder how to have their own personalized avatars, or icons - if you prefer.
I have already created a tutorial showing how I made many of my customized avatars - you can check it here - but since it's very old, I decided to create a new onel. : )
It is big, since I tried to put as many information as possible.
Also, bare in mind that this tutorial is explained in a simple way, so even beginners and newbies will understand it.
I hope it will help!
How to Set your Avatar
Firstly, I will teach how to set your avatar.
If you already know, feel free to skip this step.
This step is for the new deviants that are still not used to deviantART mechanics.
1) Go to your profile. Click over the place where your icon will be - on the left top side of your profile.
2) A box call
Would anyone want to work with me to make a comic?
For the Longest time I have had an awesome idea for a comic, but I lack the artistic ability to draw it myself. I would really like to make this comic come to life, that means I need some help. I don't want to give to much of the story away, but I have found a way to make this story be told by, humans, animals and probably can find away to make it work with any other if needed. Originally it was from the point of view of a human, but like I said doesn't have to be. I think it would be really fun to work with someone on this! I would give any artistic help I could and there would of course be joint credit given! If you have any questions feel free to ask. If you think you might want to do this with me, note my main account SecretTheScienceDog!(I'm just trying to spread the word so I'm also asking on this adopt account!) I hope someone takes interest in this!
10 things I've learned thus far (making comics!)
I updated my journal yesterday: CLICK!
This entry focuses on a few lessons I've learned so far in my artistic journey. I will also share them here; perhaps you'll find them helpful/relateable.
(Note: keep in mind that everyone's artistic journey is different! What I'm listing below is SOLELY a reflection of my own perspective.)
1. You're going to write your script again. and again and again. and again and again and again....Seriously though, a script is never really done until the pages are. There's always something more to change or tweak, which is okay.
2. Making a comic is ~90% writing/planning and ~10% drawing. This means that a good amount of energy should be put into solidifying the script.
3. Work on your comic every day, at least an hour a day! Its so easy to become rusty or inconsistent!
4. It's always a good idea to find new, more efficie
Advice for inspired students
what is it like to work on a webcomic?
A: Webcomics is really just comics hosted online... so for webcomic advice I really just have one advice, just do it. Don't think too deeply about it other wise you will have trouble starting. Don't think you need perfect drawing, don't think you need perfect story, just go and work at it eventually you will get to where you want. Here's an inspiration: www.mangahere.com/manga/onepun…
Once you start and get stuck somewhere, then search for a follow-up advice or come to me again.
How did it help with animation if at all?
A: I think it helps with discipline, and you become familiar with your own timing because of steady update, you also draw constantly so your speed is faster, ready to be trained into animator, it also helps with your ability to draw
Declined Work in DeviantART Groups
How many of you have seen that big red X in your correspondence and had your heart sink?
Almost all of us have had our work declined from some group or another on deviantART. For some of us, it's a minor inconvenience. For some, it's not even all that surprising. For others, though, it's a bolt out of the blue. Maybe being declined doesn't surprise you, but the reasons or responses do. In this article, I'm going to try to get to the bottom of understanding why it happens and how do deal with it, both as a submitting member and a declining admin.
The Different Kinds of Groups: Inclusive, Exclusive, Transactional, and Program
The first step in understanding declines is understanding the group doing the declining. Different groups on deviantART have different policies and ideals. If you understand a group's mission and rules, you can better predict which of your works might be declined and why, as well as better determine how to respond if it happens. If you'r
Don't Get Scammed Out of Commissions + Art Trades
Note: This is a crosspost from my old advice website. I'll try posting here instead, since I already have a pretty big watch base Please enjoy.
With all of the terrible things you hear about artists having commissions they have yet to do for over a year and continue to take some regardless or the “friends” who suddenly disappear once you do their side of an art trade, it’s no wonder that some people will in turn become paranoid about contributing to the art economy. Here is a guide that you can use to help you decide whether or not to go ahead and send that email asking for a commission or trade
1. Google That Artist
Do your research! There are many communities out there dedicated to keeping a log of irresponsible artists and warning people against them. One such example of this is Artists-Beware which is dedicated to warning others about commissioners who take too long, refuse to re
How to Design complex characters using core belief
A character is basically formed by three things: Personality, Beliefs, History
After designing the character's story and personality, what will help them stay in character is designing the layers of their core beliefs.
The key thing is, these core beliefs are never, ever spoken by the character themselves. They just behave in this belief like it's normal and not even think it's there.
Of course you can still choose to have them say it, they will just be a simpler open book type character. Or say it partially hiding its true statement, you can also use a character's core belief statement to make it a story statement if you see fit.
A core belief system is the thing that will make the character see the world around them differently from one another; thus making their judgement and decisions differently as well.
Everyone (real people) operates this way. Core belief can be formed as early as babies. So watch out of the kids.
After the first layer of core belief is formed, the
The Toolbox: 19 Tips and Tropes I Enjoy Seeing
First of all, I freely admit that what I say isn't gospel. I am a total amateur at art and writing. I've learned everything that I know via the internet and a few drawing books. It's just that I appreciate all of the tutorials here on dA that have helped me out, and I want to put a little bit of my own methods back in.
If you’re a regular reader of mine, you might think that I’m an overly negative person. The truth is that I’m really not. It’s so easy to get passionate over things that you dislike that you forget to remember the things that you do like. I don’t make these guides because I think that deviantART is full of bad writers. I make these because I think that deviantART is full of constantly improving writers with limitless potential. But I understand that I can seem a little overly negative at times when I only get on your case for doing things that I don’t like.
This brings me to a new resolution