Artist's Toolbox: Pencil, Graphite, Charcoal
✿ Pencil, Graphite, Charcoal
It's Artist's Toolbox again! And it wouldn't be right if we skipped an article representing traditional media For today's topic I picked Pencil, probably the most traditional of them all. Even if you thought you already knew everything there is to know about pencils, give this article a shot, it might surprise you ! Besides pencils, I will describe Graphite sticks and probably my most favorite drawing tool, Charcoal. Final part of this article is a feature of very helpful Tutorials created by your fellow deviants, don't overlook Happy reading!
✎ 1. Pencil
Artist's Toolbox: Dry pastelArtist's Toolbox: Dry Pastel
A Pastel is an art medium consisting of pure powdered pigment and a binder of a neutral hue and low saturation. Pastels have been used by artists since Renaissance, but gained popularity mostly in the 18th century, when a number of notable artists made pastel their primary medium. An artwork created in pastel is called a pastel drawing or a pastel painting. We mentioned pastel as one of traditional art techniques in a series of articles written for Traditional Art Weeks of projecteducate
Pastels cannot be mixed on a palette like paints, but are mixed on the paper by overlaying and blending. The exact composition and characteristics of an individual pastel stick depends on the type of pastel and the type and amount of binder used. It also varies by individual manufacturer. There are two types of pastel -
PE: Presentation mattersPresentation matters
It's not just the artwork that tells you something about it's creator - on the internet, the way you present it is at least equally as important. Your painting can be a masterpiece, hanged in a local gallery, but as long as you post a blurry, badly cropped picture named "1564873" along with "..." in an artist's description, nobody will ever bother visiting your gallery. Creating a nice, representative profile page and setting a certain visual quality standard takes extra time and effort, but if you really care for your work (even if it's just a hobby), you should treat it with some respect.
I've already written a related article called The power of context that tried to explain how to place your work in a context in order to better connect with your audience, this one is focused
PE: Procrastination and Creativity Procrastination and Creativity
"You can't just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood.
What mood is that?
You are well-aware of the importance of this project, in fact you can't wait to get to it! Too bad you promised your friends to go for a drink, and then there's that movie. Also, your productivity is at its strongest at Midnight, first Tuesday after the Full Moon, starting earlier would be a waste of time. Make sure you are well-rested! After all, is there a better way to prepare yourself for a productive tomorrow than an enjoyable today?
Your diagnosis: Procrastination positive.
"Someday is not a day of the week."
PE: I don't know what to paint...We all experience the loss of our muse from time to time. It can get quite challenging to even pick a subject for our next painting. What to paint, what to paint...However, staring at a blank canvas / paper won't make it better - in this article you might, hopefully, find a few ideas to explore.
1. PAINT YOUR CURRENT LIFE
Look around and get inspired by the present. Your siblings, parents, kids, pets, your best friend...Even yourself!
2. PAINT WHAT YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT
What is your passion? Perhaps you feel strongly about ecology, feminism, politics...or something else? Paint your f
PE: Creating art on CommissionPE: Creating art on Commission
At some point in your career as an artist, you'll be asked to create artwork on commission. Whilst it's a wonderful feeling, being able to make money creating art, it's completely different than selling a personal piece you previously completed - accepting a commission means entering a temporary relationship with your client. As simple it may sounds, there's a lot to satisfying customer's needs, sometimes the best you can do is to say no. Being picky regarding which commission you accept is not a bad thing, but try not to automatically turn down commission because it seems to be violating your artistic integrity, it's hard to survive without paid jobs.
✐ 1. Communication and flexibility
This is the key aspect to being able to work on commissio
PE: A Guide to Gallery CSSA Guide to Gallery CSS
Learn the basics of Gallery CSS with this easy-to-follow guide!
In this tutorial, we'll cover:
Adding gallery CSSCoding gallery skinsSome useful resources
Adding Gallery CSS
First of all, some important facts about Gallery Skins:
Only Premium Members are allowed to add CSS to their galleriesSkins can be added to both the Gallery and the FavoritesSkins can only be added to the Gallery folders and Favorites collections (shown in the sidebar) but not the main page itself
Step 1: Click on one of your Gallery or Favorites folders in the sidebar.
Step 2: Click the button called "Folder Options" or "Collection Options."
This button is located at the top right of
The Matter of the MassesI've been painting for a few years now, but I feel like I'm only beginning to grasp the importance of this concept. I'll quote Robert Henri (1865-1929) from his book, The Art Spirit, which is packed full of such profound wisdom.
Robert Henri stresses this point:
"Insist on the beauty of form and color to be obtained from the composition of the largest masses, the four or five large masses which cover your canvas. Let these above all things have fine shapes, have fine colors. Let them be as meaningful of your subject as they possibly can be. It is wonderful how much real finish can be obtained through them, how much of gesture and modeling can be obtained through their contours, what satisfactions can be obtained from the fine measures in area, color and value. Most students and most painters in fact rush over this; they are in a hurry to get on to other matters, minor matters."
"The beauty of the larger mass is primary
features!Remember, if you fav the journal, you will get more exposure
Owl - Ballpoint pen by alxseStig by IncisisIt's a bird, it's a plane, It's a Female Dynamo? by MrGutierrezgood vs evil by rahulnsm
Emma - Serenity by WarOnRealityRustic Cat by MadesaMorning gift by plumes7278
Naydim's Cold by DyrindaCorbeau au ciel de feu by shiniusGlasses Face Monica XnO's by Ferreson
TINA by SaintDillA Study in Pink by henryruss
Self Portrait by Ravenwolf89Angel Colored by PiccolartPeach Bomber by ArtsyVana
Yoite by Ravna-RestaTwenty Two by SearchProjectsKing under the Mountain by forcecrush
Don't f**ck with Commander! by touya-donogrim of crimson field (w/ progress gif) by SUPARIORhoslyn Lethe I by SheridansArt
RAT TREATENING DOG by GooffiThe Rain-forest eyes by Cristian-BilinskiSub Rosa-Update by Astera-T
last night I was inspired."Last night I was inspired.
It was a sad, cold, lonely night. Thoughts screaming, yelling at me. I literally wrote nonsense on the wall for hours, about beating hearts, fragility and failure. About skeletons that had no legs and hissing fangs that glared at me.
Once again my cruel best friend arrived, embracing me with its gleaming coldness. She was dressed in silver and scarlet; our favorite colors. She danced as I wrote and sang as I cried. And then I was suddenly left in the dark; lonely, hating her -hating them-, and crying.
Yet it was strange that what I only got to feel then, was inner peace."
"Anoche fui inspirada.
Era una triste noche, fría y solitaria. Pensamientos chillando, gritándome. Escribí cosas sin sentido en la pared durante horas, sobre corazones que laten, sobre fragilidad y fracaso. Sobre esqueletos sin piernas y colmillos siseantes que me mataban con la mirada.
Una vez más, mi cruel y mejor amiga llegó,
Mythology Contest-Win Great Prizes! WINNERS!After hours of soul and heart squishing and help from :iconrydi1689: and her sister, () we finally decided on the fabulous winners!
the 1st place goes to......:iconlovepeaceshue:
:iconeindraa:'s comments: "This was an absolutely beautiful representation of Gemini. The colors are vibrant and the style is beautiful and the stars I think are very cute! What a adorable piece! GREAT JOB "
:iconuchuubranko:'s comments : "The colours are indeed fantastic and they mix together so well! The patterns are truly beautifully detailed and the characters definitely tell their story. Just stunning!"
10,000 from iingo
One full drawing for the first winner + llama + 1 month feature on profile page from
Elements And Principles--Art 101I wrote this article for my members at ManipulateThis when I found that most of them had no idea what I was speaking about when I try to explain something in their deviation concerning a principle or element of design. So, since this is PhotoManipulation month, I thought I'd educate those of you who did not know about the Elements And Principles of design, and how to use the Elements to help you add pizazz to your deviations.
Elements and Principles of Design
Question: What is meant by the Elements and Principles of Design?
Answer: Elements are the parts of a design, and the Principles are ways to use the parts.</b>
All art is comprised of Elements being arranged following the rules set by the Principles. Knowing the Elements and Principles can help you create more dynamic images. You must know and understand the rules that the Principles are based on before you can break away from them.
How To Photograph Your Paintings
How To Photograph Your Paintings
In this article I want to discuss a common problem that some traditional artists have. That's photographing your paintings. Whether it be for selling prints or just getting your art noticed online the importance of having paintings look great is key. If your fortunate enough to have a scanner for smaller pieces then that's great! But if your working on large canvases or paper then you can run into issues. The most common problem artists have are Glare, Blur and Color. All of which will be discussed in this article.
Anyone who has worked with acrylics and oils knows what a problem this can be when your trying to take a picture of a painting. This is not as much a issues for a artist working with watercolors
Project Educate: User Friendly Journal SkinningThis article is written for fellow CSS coders who already have basic+ knowledge of deviantART journal codes. This is not a beginner's tutorial.
User Friendly Journal Skin Coding
I've been making journal skins on DeviantART since 2010, I'd dabbled in CSS before, but never for other people. I know what my codes are and how to use them to their full potential and often, just code on the fly when I want something to do something. But making free and commission skins here showed me that I needed to make them as easy to use as they are pretty. And really, who wants to type in a lot of extra HTML when they go to write a journal? It is easy enough to access the artist's comments.
But even then, copy & paste, memorize that.... It can be a lot to deal with if you do not know CSS and HTML. Which is the reason most people get someone else's skin design in the firs
Shattered Ice, Festering WoundsShe studies her face in the mirror; frigid turquoise eyes stare back, imitating the blank eyes of the dead. A sheet of white fabric floats idly around her black hairline, framing her pale, angular face. Absentmindedly, she brushes the cloth away before pressing her toughened hand against the glass, watching her mirror image do the same.
At least I have you.
Indecision lies in the curling of her youthful fingers, the worry of her lowered brow. Without a word she pulls the spider’s web of fabric over her face- an obscuring, shielding veil- and examines herself in the mirror.
Do I look the part of the jubilant bride?
She eases her lips into a masked, shy smile. She feels naked, though she’s wrapped in swaths of fabric. In the mirror, she resembles a doll dressed up in layers upon layers of heavenly snow. Just a mannequin, perhaps; a mold, practice for reality.
Maybe he won't notice.
Pushing herself into motion, she mechanically makes her way out of her roo