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Need textures?We had a feature of drawing references yesterday, so let's take a look at textures now. I must admit that I'm a total freak when it comes to this topic. I love textures, I love making them and I love seeing them everywhere. In this feature I'll also include some tutorials, traditional and digital, so you could learn how to make some on your own.
Metallic Green Textures by ~Gypsy-Stock
Old Paper Texture Pack by ~nevermoregraphixold paper stock 03 by =ftouriniWood Texture by *TammySueSeamless desert sand texture by ~hhh316
yellow texture by ~raregirl86yellow cracks texture by *ftourini-stockold map by ~Meltys-stockYellow fabrics by ~10grams-stock
Merlin by ~dazzle-texturesBurnt Orange Patterns Part2 by ~WebTreatsETCOrange Grunge by ~R2krw9
Red Velvet Textures by ~RockStockRed Clouds Texture by ~JRMB-Stockexclusive red by ~valkiria-stock
:thumb276819046:Pink Stripes Texture by ~emothic-stock:thumb110124321::thumb116788933:
:thumb154539504:purple texture by ~raregirl86Paper Pack 6 by =dierat:thumb167329623:
old victorian blue by =ClarabellafaireStockMore Cement Floors by ~GreenEyezz-stockvintage blue texture by ~beckastexture 140 by =Sirius-sdz
dark blue textures zip pack by ~BreedStock:thu
Need references?Although drawing and painting "from life" is way much more effective and efficient than drawing from photos (I'll be writting a separate journal about this soon, no worries), you simply can't have a person to model for you every time you want to create something. And there are situations when you don't exactly know how to place that bloody hand or if the foot is drawn correctly. Similiar issues can happen with architecture, perspective... with everything you draw. Then, when you look for help, you may stumble upon Stock gallery and you find awesome things. Remember about crediting the used stock directly!
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Victorian house by ~skipsstockCarennac 02 - Old house by *MontvalentStockold house WV by ~Irie-StockOld House by ~VacantHaze
House 005 by ~Lelanie-StockStock - House in the Woods by *GothicBohemianStockStrange Cone House 5 by =FairieGoodMotherHouse by ~Tintz-stock
Female Blackbird 3311539 by ~StockProject1Rabbit 01 by ~88-Lawstock:thumb11
Need faces?We've already had "Need references?" and "Need textures?", time for something else. This actually is about references again, but about these more specified ones. Emotions. How many times have you wondered why is that the faces you draw look as empty as dead? Depicting moods can be a very hard task. Try sketching yourself (yes, a mirror would be a nice thing to have in this case), pull faces at diffrent angles, change light. And take a look at these below. Compare.
Wise man by ~Mithgariel-stockJR Portrait 4 -stock by *BiggieShortyManic Emotion 2 by *Kxhara
By the seaside 12 by ~intergalacticstockMale Stock 75 by =birdsistersstockFace34 by `faestockEscape 002 by ~D-emo-stockJodi Sunshine Girl 21 by `FantasyStock
Lockstock Crying 01 by `lockstockCrying Girl by ~MaLiCi0uZShe Loves To Smile by ~Tracie76Stockspooky bride 41 by *Lisajen-stockFallen Angel XI by `fetishfaerie-stock
cracking up by *Treeclimber-StockMan Laughing 14865333 by ~StockProject1VStock Crazy Laugh 02 by `lockstockTank and Jeans ::Stock 139:: by ~spiked-stock
singing 2 by ~MissKayaStockJessie Stock 01 by ~kuskostock:
How to make a viking dressI used to be a part of one history reenactment group some time ago. Such groups basically reconstruct elements of daily life of people from a selected time period; my group was interested in early Middle Ages, from the 8th to the 11th century, from the Eastern and Northern Europe. Personally, I used to reconstruct a viking woman from today's Sweden areas. Most of you will be shocked, but vikings were not half-naked barbarians with horned helmets. They had no horned helmets. Really.
Anyway, my favourite part of reenactment has always been all the suit making. Buing materials, planning, cutting, sewing (hand sewing!), embroidering. Then, wearing. Generally, viking clothes are very easy to make, though I admit that the materials aren't the cheapest, if you want to make it as much accurate historically as you can.
Our goal: a simple dress, no emboirdery. This is actually my first viking dress I've ever made.
I've prepared a simple tut
Guess: about which element from the picture above will be this article about?
About socks. And to be more precise -- about one really old technique of making them, older than crocheting and much older than knitting. Previously, you could read a simple tutorial about how to make a viking dress, and this little thing is strongly connected to the mentioned one. I'd not imagine a lack of these socks when some of the history reenactment events are early in April or in October, or exactly in winter. (Of course, the ones from the photo above are my summer socks, phew. You'll see my winter ones in the end.)
Besides being accurate historically and useful for history reenactment, I'm sure that you can admit how waaarm and comfortable can woolen socks be. There's nothing better to warm up your toes after you arrive home in December, all cold and tired... maybe except a nice bath, but noone says that you can't wea
Dreamy Theodor KittelsenAs I've previously promised, after the articles about Sulamith Wülfing and about John Bauer, the time comes for an article about Theodor Kittelsen.
...Theodor Severin Kittelsen, being a great representant of the Golden Age of Illustration, is one of the countless artists who received more attention and appreciation a long time after their death. I don't say "proper attention", it's still far from it.
His depictions of Scandinavian folklore creatures are said to be equally cannon to the trolls portrayed by the definitely more famous John Bauer. But, unlike Bauer, Kittelsen didn't focus just around trolls (which are, you must admit that, most of Bauer's creations - although his sudden death at young age is
Colour Feature: NO COLOUR
The Descent by *Heraklid
Sea Grid by =AG1Ptriangulation by ~bracketting94
A Forest Of Stars by ~ChrisEvoPhotoNightmares by the River by =anaPhenixilusion by ~blablagustina
Rocks and Islands .... by ~abhishek82
XIII by ~lukaspeterecLamenting about yesterday's sad ending by ~DeadOhioSky77
Sorrows Drown-Mono by *11thDimensionPhoto
An easy wire-wrapping tutorialWhen it comes to making jewerly, especially silver, wire-wrapping technique is one of the nicest consider the availability and costs of the materials (it definitely beats Art Clay Silver at these points). But before you get silver wire and start making such fabulous pieces like the ones I've featured in the end, it's good to take your first steps using something cheaper - and here comes the copper wire - and making something simpler, to get used to this lovely technique.
This tutorial I originally posted on my blog a couple of months ago and I thought about sharing it also here.
This is what we're planning to get.
First of all, we need stones - the more regular they are, the better. No need to think about any super duper expensive ones now (: I collected most of them in my garden, there are also parts of my old broken earrings and a small glass ball. We also need sharp pincers, round pincers and a wire, 0.6mm or thicker, 40cm at least. Copper wire i
Stock Photography: Clint ClemensClint Clemens has long been dubbed the Father of modern Automotive Photography. His work is sleek, crisp, smooth and not unlike the subjects he photographs. One of his most famous shots is titled Kills Bugs Fast. The story behind the image is that Porsche trust him only with the slogan and told him that he had to illustrate the idea himself. So he did. Thus landmark commercial stock photography was created.
Source: Clint Clemens Kills Bugs Fast found here.
Not satisfied with the fame for his astounding images, Clint went one step further to explore and figure out how he could photograph cars in his studio, creatively and with limited resources. He made the connection between car and road and realised that's where he belonged, out in the field rather than inside a studio. In 1980 he got the idea (a genius one!) to attach a camera to a car. H
A Note on Daily Deviation FeaturesAt ten features into my tenure as Community Volunteer for Abstract & Surreal Photography I am noticing a certain trend in response to abstract and surreal Daily Deviations. I shall address some of the recurring themes here, and hopefully answer some questions along the way. At this point I would like to mention that I am talking about a small and vocal minority, and I sincerely thank the overwhelming majority for supporting the featured artists and their work. You're what makes this site such a great community.
With that said, let's get to the troublesome themes I am coming across.
The "This is crap!" Argument
As an observer and a critic, you're entitled to think that something isn't very good. However, exclaiming as such on the comments of a piece of work that an artist has spent time and energy creating is not only counter-productive, but rude and insulting, especially if it's not followed up with some advice about how you think they could make their
Photography Troubleshooting: PetsPhotographing pets whether for yourself or as part of a job, is becoming increasingly popular and the demand for tips and tutorials is ever on the increase. Within this weeks article we hope to give you a few pointers and answer a few queries that might have come up. `Talty asked us this...
"My camera has a pets & kids setting but they still come out blurry.
I've tried every setting, so far I've had better results with the "EASY"
setting, but they still come out only decent."
`Talty is using a high end Canon Powershot which is fantastic for things like still life photography, landscapes and working up close with static options and scenery. But when it comes to photographing animals and in particular as `Talty is attempting - kittens, it doesn't compensate for the difficulties such a subject poses. For example kittens are incredibly wriggly, and as `Talty has found, getting them to stay still in any one place is a nightmare! So naturally you need a camera that can al
Photography Troubleshooting: Winter WildlifeFor many parts of the world, Winter provides a beautiful backdrop for some of the best landscape and water scape Photography out there. Snowy hills, Frosty trees and more help to convert a world of vibrant Summer or Autumn into subdued yet awe-inspiring Winter. But what about the wildlife? Extreme weather conditions can make it more challenging to get out and about with the camera, but can also give you more opportunity to capture those elusive animals.
When I first started investigating Winter Wildlife Photography I thought that I would have to aim for things like Foxes, Deer and other wild and sometimes elusive animals. But actually, wildlife Photography and in particular in the Winter - can start right in the back garden.
Birds in particular get hungrier and needier during Winter months in England. I'm sure this is true for many parts of the world too. Depending on the kinds that frequent your garden, you could encourage them to linger pretty quickly or it might
Celebrating Diversity #12This edition of Celebrating Diversity I want to focus on two extremes of art: Extremely detailed and realistic works and minimal and abstract art. Both tendencies or trends have their place and time in art and history and are appreciated by many people. Not always does one person like both, but to me personally, art has always been more about feeling, than about complexity. Something simple can touch me emotionally as well as something blasting with details. Art is just as individual as every human being!
How do you feel about these tw
Photography Weekly: Edition FortyPhotography Weekly Header created by ~TouchedD
"Replace Fear of the Unknown with Curiosity..."
As the year crawls into the final quarter - lots of challenges and daily photo tasks and so on begin to conclude. I have personally been challenging myself with the 365 Photography challenge - a photo a day for a whole year. It has been tricky to say the least, especially as I set myself a high standard of capturing more than one Photo a day - but also rewarding. Setting yourself a challenge, whether it's following the 52 week photography challenges that are out there, or doing a themed challenge such as 365 breakfasts - is a great way of expanding on your portfolio. Whilst it sometimes means that you struggle to find anything interesting to photograph or share, on the days that you do, you're one step closer to building another aspect of your portfolio.
Next week in Photography Troubleshooting - we will be looking at Money Matters and so
Need brushes?After references, textures and faces, the time comes for brushes. All inspirational, all useful!
Gimp Anim. Grass Brushes Set by ~LJFHutch
13 Blending and Texturing Brushes by ~god-headFree PS Grass Brushes 2 by *s10889 Paint Splatter Brushes by *Miss-deviantE:thumb335492192:
Bark brushes - Photoshop by *AutlawBlood Splatter Pack by ~nathradasVelvetcat's Brush Set_2 by ~velvetcat
Old Paper Brushes III by ~lailomeielOrnamental Shapes - Brush Pack by `SyaReal Media Mini Brush Set by ~StalcryBrushes Set 01 by =Elsouille
Border Brush 3 by ~wantingtobreakfreeAntique Lace Brushes by ~Scully7491My watercolor brushes by ~muttiy
Lace brushes by ~Myruso:thumb276107668:Grunge Corner Brush Pack by ~midnightstouch
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