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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
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
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
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
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
The Walking Dead comicsDo you feel cosy and comfortable sitting where you're sitting now?
Let's ruin it.
Despite being a story of people who usually make it, The Walking Dead comics aren't that positively oriented. What's positive about a world full of mindless brain-eating zombies with very few living healthy humans left? (Don't answer, I know that for some of you it's a paradise). Come and take a closer look at these comics from a diffrent way than usual.
The basics. The Walking Dead is a black and white monthly comic book series, written by Robert Kirkman and brought to its visual life by Tony Moore. These two guys are the creators of the serie, however, Tony Moore was replaced from issue #7 by Charlie Adlard (which didn't stop him from making the covers through issue #24). And, of course, there's also Cliff Rathburn, who's
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
Golden Age of Illustration
When in the second half of the 19th century newspapers and illustrated books became popular and widespread thanks to improvements in printing technology, many artists found their base to spread their skills. The official time span of the Golden Age of Illustration is said to be from 1880s to 1920s, but it varied a little bit between Europe and America.
While European illustrators were influenced mostly by the Pre-Raphaelites, Art Nouveau and Post-Impressionists (especially by Les Nabis, a group of Parisian artists), their American colleagues focused around Howard Pyle's Brandywine School of American Illustration in the Brandywine Valley.
Amongst the most popular artists of this time we find Arthur Rackham (UK), Howard Pyle (US), Ivan Bilibin (Russia), Theodor Kittelsen (Norway), Edmund Dulac (France), John Bauer (Sweden), Beatrix Potter (UK), N.C. Wyeth (US), Sulamith Wülfing (
Origami - Art of Paper FoldingOrigami is an art form that transforms paper into a sculpture through paper folding and sculpting techniques. Thus, cutting or gluing paper would not be considered to be origami, but 'kirigami' instead. The name 'Origami' is Japanese, in which 'Ori' is the Japanese word for folding, and 'kami' the word for paper.
It is generally believed that origami originated from Japan, but, as there are few records, this is not certain. Nevertheless, Japan developed origami into an intense art form that still exists to this day.
In the past, instructions for origami were passed down in spoken form and not written down. Some say that origami first originated in China in 1st Century, in which paper was then brought to Japan by Buddhist monks in 6th Century. Others claim that paper was made in the 8th Century by the Arabs, with Moors bringing the art of paper folding to Spain in the 12th Century. Spain then spread to South America, and as trade routes developed, origami was thus introduced to Europe a
PapercuttingsPapercutting is an art form that has been seen all over the world, adapted to regional styles based on cultures. It should come as no surprise that the Chinese have the earliest forms of papercutting currently known to us as the 'ancestor to paper' has been found in China. This was dated as far back as 2nd century B.C. and is considered as important as their discovery of printmaking, gunpowder and the compass.
~Thessatoria's It's Your Life
Naturally as paper spread throughout the world this art form evolved, spreading all over the Far East through to the Middle East. For example Japanese Kirigami where origami folds are cut and Indian Sanjhi.
This art form is popular to this very day, take renowned British artist Rob Ryan, which I am sure many of you here would have at least seen his work before! His work has been seen printed over everything you can think of, kitchenware, clothes, books and probably more!
Famous Photographs: Lunch Atop A SkyscraperWhilst the most famous photographs from across the years often feature famine, death, destruction and war, it's sometimes refreshing to catch a glimpse of one or two that don't exhibit depression, demise and conflict. Photo-journalism can work both ways to brief the viewer of an image on what it's like to step into somebody else's shoes. It can shock, bring a tear or even, by some miracle - a smile.
Lunch Atop A SkyScraper does exactly that. It provokes a smile, it features across the world in postcards, books, greeting cards and other formats and ultimately it tugs at that part of your heart that knows there can be good in the world. So what makes it famous?
The Photograph itself shows eleven working men eating lunch, sitting on a steel girder. Nothing extraordinary about that right? Wrong. Their feet are dangling 256 metres above New York City. Nobody actually knows w
Jean Giraud (Moebius)
Jean Henri Gaston Giraud (also known as Moebius) was a French comics artist, working in the French tradition of bandes dessinées (bandes dessinées is derived from the original description of the comics art form as "drawn strips").
Many artists from around the world have cited Giraud as an influence on their work. Giraud was longtime friends with manga author and anime filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. Giraud even named his daughter Nausicaä after the character in Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Asked by Giraud in an interview how he first discovered his work, Miyazaki replied:
"Through Arzach, which dates from 1975, I believe. I only read it in 1980, and it was a big shock. Not only for me. All manga authors were shaken by this work. Unfortunately, when I discovered it, I already had a consolidated style so I couldn't use its inf
Art History - Interview with SylwiaTelari:iconarthistoryproject: :iconcommunityrelations:
As part of Traditional Art History Month I will be interviewing some of the Traditional Art Community, including your lovely TradART Community Volunteers
Today it's the lovely `SylwiaTelari, your Community Volunteer for Traditional Art
Hi `SylwiaTelari, tell us a little about yourself and your style of Art.
I'm a creation addict... and my name is Sylwia (: My personality and interests are clearly visible in what and how I do; a bit twisted, with a creepy shell, sometimes rigid, but I tend to hide a smile in details that require your search.
I'm crazy about trying new things and techniques and what you can see in my dA gallery is just a tip of an iceberg.
What is it that attracts you to Traditional Art?
It's traditional (: Anything I do has a connection to the past and it gives me a chill when I think that some of the techni
Stock Provider, Stock User 2- Kuoma-stockWelcome to Stock Provider, Stock User!
This is a series of articles where we interview a deviant who is both a
stock provider and a stock user.
Our second interview is with *Kuoma-stock/*Kuoma!
Hello! Firstly, how is the weather in Austria this time of year?
Hi! We had first snow yesterday, no one has expected it because usually snowfalls begin in December
I see you have been on your art account, *Kuoma, for 5 years. Did you have any accounts before that one?
No, this is my first and only art account on DA.
You have some gorgeous fairy art. How did you get into fairies? Would you say they are your favorite mythical creature?
Thank you, happy you like them. In past I used to draw a lot of mermaids, they are actually my favourite creatures but at some point I got a book of Brian Froud presented to my birthday and I have fallen in
Photography Weekly: Edition Twenty NinePhotography Weekly Header created by ~TouchedD
"“The eye should learn to listen before it looks.”
I'm quite late hopping on the discussion wagon with this one since `fritsvandersloot tells me the article has been trending for some time now. However I was eternally grateful to him for pointing me in its general direction - because what a topic!McDonalds show behind the photo-graphical scenes because a customer in Canada asked why the food looks so different in real life. If you watch the video included in the article, it's actually very insightful. And what a team they have JUST to photograph a burger. What the video does show is that everything in the photo, every ingredient you see, is exactly the sam
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
The Tales of Beatrix Potter
Cold winter evenings or blustery Autumn days had the soundtrack of my Mother's voice reading Beatrix Potter books out loud when I was younger. In fact, the wonderful children's books were the epitome of my childhood. The illustrations were just perfect and the stories, whilst simple, were mysterious and adventurous in their own way. Beatrix Potter was born in 1866, South Kensington, London. She was said to live a lonely life, being educated at home by a governess and so perhaps that's why she delved into a fantasy world of rabbits, geese and other traditional animals.
Beatrix's illustrations come from her copious studies of her own pets, and the animals that roamed the gardens of the places in which she holidayed as a child. The fascinating fact was that Beatrix's illustrations became greetings cards before her books were created. I see her drawings on cards in shops now and I always thought that it had developed the other way around. Her first boo
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:
Twenty-three years before the crippling of Crown Prince James III
He was fourteen and she was probably aged about the same, give or take a few years. It had been an hour since he'd met her.
He hated her already.
She scowled behind him and likely shared the sentiment as they scampered up the hillside in a desperate attempt to escape the roaring mob that seemed to be growing perpetually larger and coming ever-closer. Gabriel would have liked to say that it was all her fault he was in this situation, though it was his careless nicking ofwhat was it? A chicken that started the first old woman running, but how was he supposed to know that she'd stumble and fall and everyone else would think he'd assaulted her?
He hadn't. He'd taken the chicken, snapped its neck and run, because he hadn't eaten meat in weeks and he was starting to feel the affects on his already weak limbs.
This is what happens, he thought. This is what happens when you live like th
Little Miss It“Do you enjoy her company?”
That, Avadaci concluded, had been the extent of his grandfather’s kindness. Thank the stars he had broken his neck after a failed attempt to ascend the castle staircase. Not that many were privy to this information. The official listing on the cause of death involved something along the lines of falling in battle after slaying at least a dozen demons, although this was treated with quite a bit of skepticism by the general populace. Yet, interestingly enough, a decent portion of the locals believed a tale about the cannibals of Unkhtom devouring him whole.
Not that Avadaci really cared how his grandfather had died. He was just glad he was dead. And if he was glad his grandfather had died, Avadaci wondered, why did he have to attend his funeral? In fact, the whole kingdom was glad his grandfather had died. Why did they have to attend the funeral?
“Oh Avad,” proclaimed his mother, “obv
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