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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
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
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 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:
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
John Bauer and his trollsJohn Bauer's life was very short and very sad. Despite this, he left behind many illustrations that later became inspiration for loads of later artists, like Arthur Rackham, Sulamith Wülfing or Kay Nielsen. Would you like to read about him and about his trolls?
36 gloomy years
Born in 1882 in Jönköping, Sweden, he grew up with two brothers and a sister, Anna, who died very early, at the age of 13, which badly effected John and his brothers and left visible marks in their minds for the rest of their lives. Their father used to own a charcuterie and the apartment they lived in was located above the shop.
He started sketching very early in his childhood, although there is no formal date known. In 1898, when young Bauer was 16, he moved to Stockholm to study art and two years
The genius of Miyazaki - Art HistoryIf you haven't heard his name, you must have heard about at least one of his creations. So, who's Miyazaki? It's easier to say who he's not.
Hayao Miyazaki was born on the 5th of January 1941 in Bunkyo, Tokyo, as a second of four sons. His father was a director in young Miyazaki's uncle's factory producing rudders for fighter planes - this is where Hayao became highly interested in aviation, which often appears in his films.
When Miyazaki was a little kid, his mother suffered from Pott's disease (sort of tuberculosis) and spent a few years in a hospital. Some says that a very similiar motif appearing in "Tonari no Totoro" ("My neighbour Totoro") was strongly inspired by that part of his life. Also, during his childhood, Miyazaki had to change his place of residence and switch schools several times, which influenced his films a lot, too.
Through Sulamith's Eyes
I consider Sulamith Wülfing being one of my most beloved illustrators of all the time - ever since I found her works. What do I find especially exquisite in her pictures? The colours she used. The way she used to draw and paint hands and cloth. Generally.
Who was Sulamith Wülfing?
She was born in 1901 in Elberfeld, Rhine Province of the Kingdom of Prussia, as a child of Karl and Hedwig Wülfing. For her further existence and creativity, important was the fact that her parents were Theosophists (as wikipedia says: Theosophy refers to systems of esoteric philosophy concerning, or investigation seeking direct knowledge of, presumed mysteries of being and nature, particularly concerning the natur
Owl EvolutionAugust is a month of Graphics in %ArtHistoryProject. We count in Comics & Cartoons, Anthro, Fan Art and Anime/Manga for this subject and here is a feature of some neat owl Anthro works. Give them your love!
Silver Lining by ~TenaciousBeethe fort by *teaganwhiteSooty Owl Cat by ~DirtiranMy Land... by ~PepokishInvestigative Journalist by ~c-t-elder
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
So You Wanna be a Stocker?Welcome to the first "So You Wanna be a Stocker?" article!
I asked some of the biggest names in stock some typical questions that new stockers might have, in hopes that their answers will help stockers new and old learn a bit! I asked them different questions with some overlap in hopes of getting differing
Our interviewees today are `faestock, *Tasastock, and *SenshiStock.
1. Is an expensive camera necessary?
*Tasastock says, "No, but they are damned fun to play with! You can get a decent camera for a decent price nowadays that will shoot good quality images in the right conditions. Obviously they're not good for low-light or anything capturing movement, but if you handle them right you can make do with an ordinary camera, I've known plenty of people to do so."
*SenshiStock says, "I don't know much about cameras, but the best photographs you can take are always going to be the ones that
Art History: John William Waterhouse:iconarthistoryproject: :iconcommunityrelations:
A man of some mystery John William Waterhouse, most affectionately known throughout his lifetime as 'Nino" was born in Rome to his English parents William and Isabella during the wonder years of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood who set the art world alight.
It was his Italian beginnings that first influenced his artistic style as a young man first at school in Leeds, then later at his fathers studio in London where he entered the coveted Royal Academy of Arts at the age of 21, not as a painter; but as a sculptor. Six months later his probationary term ended and he was fully enrolled as a student leading to his first painting exhibits.
"Undine" 1872, oil on canvas and "Gone but not Forgotten" 1873, oil on canvas - shows Wa
Famous Photographers: Yann Arthus-BertrandIf the Earth had formed a year ago, Life would have appeared - on February 26th, Dinosaurs would have arrived on December 10th to vanish just 16 days later and Homo Sapiens would have showed up very late on December 31st. A few minutes later, in less than one minute, Man would have drastically altered the fragile balance between land, seas and atmosphere. Humanity is on the march, earth itself is left behind."
~ David Ehrenfeld, 1978
Source: Earth from the Air
Yann Arthus-Bertrand undertook probably one of the most fascinating collections of Photography that I've ever come across. He first started shooting from the air whilst in a hot air balloon. In more recent years, he has been able to use a helicopter. Whatever his methods have been, he has never ceased to snap creative, inspiring and other-worldly type images.
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
Stories of Improvement IThrough the month you have seen some historic moments regarding Digital Art, some topics of discussion, interviews with talented digital artists and features with incredible art.
Today we'll take a look at the personal stories some deviants have to tell about how much they've improved over the years. So here is the first part of two! Each story is accompanied by a couple of thumbs, one old and one old so you can see how much the deviant has improved.
I started creating digital art just a few
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
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!
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
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
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