I commissioned someone hella long time ago. 2 years? they said they would give refunds. i asked for one, i noted them, they read it and then ignored my notes.when caught, they deactivated. I wasn’t the only person who asked for a refund and got none.
then i saw they came back to deviantart in a…
You should post about it on Artists-Beware, a livejournal dedicated to warning people about unprofessional artists and customers. Not only will it make people aware of the dangers of commission this person, it may actually bring a resolution to your case as being posted on there is basically putting them in the ‘hot seat.’ Which at this point, you should really do, if it’s been 2 yrs and they have ignored your notes, making it really obvious they are scamming you. Good luck! D:
This is a question I’ve been asked a lot, but to be honest it never really gets that much easier to answer. Every artist being an individual, it’s tough to find catch-alls that work for everyone, you know what I mean? And hell, truth be told, I’m still trying to figure this stuff out for myself. :]
Let me get this first bit out of the way, the bit nobody wants to hear: “Practice, practice, practice.” It’s the biggest, stinkiest old chestnut in the book, the one you’ve probably heard a million times before, but unfortunately, it is the most rock solid, time-tested advice any artist can swear by. Even when you feel down and out, even when things don’t look like they should. You keep on drawing, because art has a funny way of growing with you, even if you’re not aware of it.
But try different things. Some personal suggestions:
- Draw from life. Do figure studies. Your art will only go as far as the strong foundation you’ve built on. It can be arduous, but it is worth it. There is no way around this, much as many folks find this the token ‘boring’ advice.
- Look up light and color theory online. Nowadays there is a ridiculous amount of information on this subject on the internet. You could probably cobble together a near full education on the subject just from all the different people who have guides, examples, even youtube videos on the matter. It’s really amazing. There are tons of people out there trying to help young artists get on their feet, and they aren’t charging a thin dime. Take advantage of it. :]
- Warm up before you draw! Draw scribbles, cubes, shapes with some zing to them. Drawing can be a workout! So like any workout, warm up! Don’t dive right in and injure yourself. :] It’s a good way to stave off feeling discouraged because things didn’t turn out looking brilliant right off the bat.
- Try emulating a variety of other artists’ work. (With their consent if you’re posting it somewhere of course.) Sometimes when drawing in someone else’s style your own little mannerisms and stylistic influences tend to pop up in the result. This is more a fun exercise though, certainly not something to fall back on as a means to improve. You don’t want to end up relying on the same artistic ‘shortcuts’ your chosen artists employ in their own work without a firm understanding of the basics yourself.
- Draw quickly, loosely, even carelessly. Less thought, more winging it. Fly by the seat of them pants. Have fun letting go! At least, for a practice run at first. While ‘style’ is at best a nebulous concept, I’ve always found that if you draw speedily, you tend to put emphasis in certain areas, sort of feel your hand moving a particular way? If you don’t let too much thought get in the way, you can sometimes see the raw tendencies you have underneath the art.
- Animation! Regarding stuff to read to improve your skills, there is no shortage of books available in places like Barnes & Noble. Entire sections on art. I recommend, personally, books on animation techniques. I was originally an animation major in college, and I think any artist can benefit greatly by studying it thoroughly.
- Draw for yourself, not for the internet. This is a more fairly recent issue I’ve been seeing with some people, but there are folks out there who get a little too attached to the reception (or lack thereof) they receive for posting their work online, or worse still, seem to only draw with the specific intent of putting things online. While it’s all well and good to share your work with other people, please please please do not forget that you are drawing for yourself. You don’t have to post everything you make. Allow yourself plenty of time to make plenty of terrible drawings. Fall flat on your face. You can share the stuff you’d like, but you don’t have to feel compelled to share everything you do.
- Art blocks and burn out will happen. Don’t sweat ‘being stuck’ so much. Don’t rush getting OUT of it either. Art blocks are kind of a way of telling you you’re running on empty in one way or another. I’ve gotten asked quite often what I do to get over an art block. The answer is really simple: wait. Haha. But you find things to do that get you feeling charged up again. I like listening to music and playing games. Games are what got me into art in the first place, so it’s kind of a back-and-forth process for me. But what I’m trying to say here is, art and your life are pretty much connected in every way. If your art just doesn’t want to come out easily on the page, maybe you should find something else to do that you enjoy. Refill, recharge, re-energize, but NOT just to get over an art block. Your daily life might be more attached to your work than you realize. Which brings me to my next point..
- Don’t look so hard for ‘your style’. You need to grow as much as your artwork. As I said before, style is kind of a strange subject. To most people style is simply ‘how your art looks’, what sets it apart from other folks. But if you ask me, style is whatever ignites your passion to create in the first place. Style can be influenced by other art, sure, but it can also be influenced by music, games, sports, books, your background, the things you enjoy, just the person you are from the ground up. Style comes from pouring yourself into your work. And you know what? You need to grow just as much as your artwork. If you put a piece of yourself into your art, it will undoubtedly be unique, because you’re a unique person yourself. Find something you want to say and let it come out through your art.
And yes, that’s about the floweriest answer I’ve ever given on the subject of style. I guess when it comes to the subject of art I can be a sappy sap. But DAMMIT I BELIEVE IN YOU. And anyone else reading this that might have been feeling the same way! And I really appreciate the question! Hell, I’m honored, and hope in any way at all I can help, because art is a beautiful thing to have in your life, and I wish you the absolute best of luck with it.
Now DRAW. DRAAAAAAAAAW, I SAY!
I really use to love eudetenis @ DA work, but now I really don’t think I can even watch them anymore because of that adoptable. It’s far to close to looking like a 12 year old child (just incase we get the “she may look young.. but she thousands of years old!” speech) for my comfort. Makes me think this well-respected artist is into kiddy art with sexually explicit clothing. Cause we all know little girls in little-to-nothing clothes is super sexy.
After talking to a friend, I see things differently now. While I am personally not a fan of lolicon, there are a lot of kinks I do like, and to judge someone else for their likes would by hypocritical. After all, this is fantasy. Most people who engage in fantasy realize that is it not real and such things occurring in real life is abhorrent. And if they don’t? Well, they better or get help in realizing.
You remember that post about the homestuck t-shirt design contest collaborating with hot topic? And how Hot Topic are the biggest art thieves? This is recent. As you can see above, I stumbled upon Hot Topic’s website and they are selling a very popular fan art put on a t-shirt, and did not ask permission from the original artist (rismo).
This shows Hot Topic still continues their art thievery. Hot Topic are still taking art from artists without their permission. This is disrespectful and appalling.
EXCEPT YOU DID GIVE THEM YOUR PERMISSION.
BY AGREEING TO TERMS AND CONDITIONS ON DEVIANT ART.
THEY SOLD IT TO A THIRD PARTY ROYALTY-FREE.
Artists with DeviantArt accounts MIGHT like to know this…
I don’t have anything worth stealing, but I thought I might reblog this for those that do.
Gross. Let me get my poetry off of there.
My writing and photos and art are too horrible to steal from there but I’m reblogging for my followers with actual talent.
signal boosting this like the motherfucking wind
Reblogging to post the actual truth: DA is NOT selling your art royalty-free. Here is proof: http://phoenixleo.deviantart.com/journal/dA-is-Not-Selling-Your-Works-to-Third-Party-451663946
It’s absolutely true that Hot Topic is selling art illegally, but it is doing so without DA’s permission or the artists’ permission at all. Due to the nature of how Tumblr posts work though, misinformation gets spread easily. In any case, not shopping at Hot Topic any longer. >8l
As some of you may already know, I am in a bit of a slump right now as far as money goes. I need $500 so that I can stay in Canada with my husband (Xelia of Ruairi <3). That being said, $500 doesn’t come easily when one of us doesn’t have a jobbb!!! *COUGH* ((it’s me, I don’t have a job due to the fact that I don’t have a working visa in the country YET))—
After discussing it with a few people I found out the commission prices I posted last night were totally over-priced, I was going based off a more professional price, and I am no where neeeear that.
OOPS….But I am pretty desperate still, so I wasn’t thinking straight, sorry, but thanks so much for signal boosting me as much as you guys did!!!!!—- ANYWAYS I got a suggestion from a few people to open a donation box! WEEEE~~~
BUT NO WAY I CAN EXPECT MONEY FOR FREE FROM YOU PEOPLE—-
So how about we make this fun?~
YOU send me $1 to MY donation box, and I will give you a cute little 200x200 icon of one character in YOUR ask box!!
Additional tips are welcome, just state that it’s a tip and not a request for an extra character, haha! <3
Just note, that they should mostly be face shots so no complicated backgrounds!
THANK YOU PEOPLE WHO HELP ME OUT <3 <3 <3
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