Razer Nostromo for Digital PaintingHey guys, I just wanted to share something that has GREATLY improved my digital painting setup.
For several months now I have been using the Razer Nostromo, a keypad designed for games, specifically for digital painting. It lets me compact all my most-used hotkeys into an ergonomic gadget.
I would consider this a must-have tool for the serious digital painter. I can hardly work without it now.
It was about $50 on Amazon a while back. Apparently there is also a new model out, but it is much more pricey. I would probably stick with this one.
Note: this may not work for you if you are left-handed
For A Few Seconds More
(For full emotional effect, initiate motivational soundtrack in a separate window here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLXQltR7vUQ )
I've noticed lately that I have a terrible habit.
I glance at paintings.
That's right, I merely glimpse at them. Sometimes I only take a short, shameful peek. My mouse click barely skips a beat as I hastily browse from one image to the next.
Granted, there's a lot of art to be seen, and quite frankly, most of it is probably not worth the value of time. That is as it should be. We can't expect to create great work until we've flooded the world with loads of mediocrity.
It takes an awful lot of tumbling to smooth a stone.
Yet, even the images that I feel are of exceptional quality, I may give them no more than a few seconds worth of my attention. 5-10 is probably my average. 15 seconds is really pushing it. If a work is truly inspirational, I may download it to my computer, so that I can continuously re-glance at it for seconds at a
happy, but not satisfied Be happy with how far you have come, but not satisfied with where you are at.
In 2008 I thought my work was pretty good, now I cringe at the sight of it. In the future, I hope to have a similar reaction to the work I'm making now.
Slow, Steady, and MasterfulThere's something completely mesmerizing about these master craftsmen at work. A reminder that it's okay to slow down and put time and concentration into one's art. Each measured stroke adds to the value of the whole.
It also makes me wish digital art was a lot more tangible!
Self Doubt and an Interview by Alex HurstI just had the great honor of being interviewed by Alex Hurst! If interested, you can find it here: http://alex-hurst.com/2014/06/22/illustrious-lane-brown/
Also be sure to check out the other awesome interviews of his "Illustrious" series: http://alex-hurst.com/category/interviews/illustrious-book-cover-artists/
It actually took quite a few months for me to complete this interview. At the onset, I found it very difficult to speak confidently of my work and process, when personally I didn't feel very good about it at all. It felt wrong to pretend otherwise, so I put it off.
Probably all artists can relate to the overwhelming feeling of inadequacy. We see so much amazing work posted by artists everyday, but we don't see the hard years of struggle behind it. It becomes easy to question one's own abilities when we know our personal challenges all too well.
Of course, those feelings of doubt are just part of the creative process.
There's only one solution
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
Alive For Art: InterviewI recently had the honor of a short interview with Alive For Art. The blog is fairly new, but has already featured a great variety of artists. Here's a http://www.aliveforart.com/2012/11/artist-interview-lane-brown.html
If you guys have any extra questions about me or art in general, lets talk!
10 years?!? wow!!!haha wow, i just noticed that I've officially been on deviantart for 10 years now. gotta draw something to commemorate that soon! i'm not gonna lie, it means quite a lot to me. even though i didn't know it at the time, putting my artwork online and joining art communities like deviantart has become the foundation of pretty much my entire LIFE as i know it now. i mean i started uploading my artwork to this site for fun, just to get in touch with other artists and gain some exposure, and now it is my career. i firmly believe that my fanbase here on deviantart and the things i've learned here have EVERYTHING to do with me being able to work as a freelance artist. i discovered so many inspiring and great artists through this site. the reason i chose the Utrecht School of the Arts as my college was because i followed Bakenius and loved his work; when i didn't like the school i was attending at the time, i contacted him through deviantart notes and he advised me to check out his school
Thinking PositivelySorry 'bout the last journal, that was a bit emo wasn't it? lol
Anyway, "I've come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace. That TWO a lawfirm. And that three or more become a CONGRESS! And by god I have had this congress! For 10 years King George and his-" oh... wait... hang on...
I meant to say I've come to the obvious conclusion that there's far too much hate on the internet. And while I might speak my mind about issues I feel are important, I myself have a tendency to focus a bit too much on the negativity side of things and not appreciate all the wonderful wonderful people there are around me.
So for this next week or so, I wanna try something different. I'm gonna try to make comics about being positive and happy about who you are, both as an artist and a person. I'm gonna start reblogging onto tumblr stuff I like from my favs or from fans too. And I'm going to try to say thank you to my fans ore often.
I'm calling this lil' experiment "project po
Resources for Aspiring AuthorsWe're all writers here, and with nearly 50% of our members aiming to become fully published authors, we thought it would be beneficial to create a compilation of resources about what it takes to get your work on the shelves.
This isn't a definitive list, more of a work-in-progress. We're would be more than happy to add any suggestions – so if you know any good resources, on deviantART or off, link them in the comments! Feel free to discuss your goals and experiences here too.
And if you have had your writing published, or have any experience in this area, we'd love to hear from you. Leave a comment or send us a note about it and we'll add any guidance/advice you have to the blog.
Guides and Information
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Tip of the Day: ConcentrationAn essential ability for success is to bend your concentration towards the things that matter the most.
Punch your mental distractions in the face and start concentrating on what matters.
If it's a loved one that is distracting you, don't punch them... just ask them to give you time to concentrate
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Tip of the Day: the StruggleLearn to enjoy the struggle. Our most memorable goals we achieve in our lives are always extra special because of the many hardships we had to endure before succeeding. Those memories will be some of your fondest when you're successful. So take sometime to live in the moment and enjoy the struggle before achieving bigger and better things.
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 2Here's the continuation of yesterday's journal discussing the importance of hard work. If you missed it, click here!
In part two I'm gonna talk about one of the biggest roadblocks I hear from artists who are having difficulty getting in to good study habits, so without further ado...
WISDOM NUMBER TWO!! Don't wait for perfect weather and stop making excuses. So often I hear things like "I don't want to waste paper" or "I don't know what to draw" or "I haven't found a good tutorial" or "I don't want to study perspective" or any number of things along those lines. I'll be blunt and just put the answer out there now: get over it. If you want to be an artist, you have to do the work, end of story. And with all the time you've spent thinking, wondering, being uncertain, and searching for that magical art secret of power, you could have filled 10 pages in your sketchbook today and inc
Excellent Advice - A Quote From Neil Gaiman"When things get tough, this is what you should do: Make good art. I'm serious. Husband runs off with a politician -- make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by a mutated boa constrictor -- make good art. IRS on your trail -- make good art. Cat exploded -- make good art. Someone on the Internet thinks what you're doing is stupid or evil or it's all been done before -- make good art." Neil Gaiman
My photography course at HogwartsUuuugh you guys, my sleep has been so terrible. I woke up out of a pretty entertaining dream, though.
I was taking a photography class at Hogwarts and Snape was our teacher. I think Ron and Harry might also have been in our class but I never did see them. Our assignment at the time was to get ten outstanding photographs of animals in their natural habitat and he told us we had to roll up our pant-legs and go wading in a swamp full of alligators and poisonous snakes if we hoped to get any good ones. He meant this literally. This was our assignment. (Oh, Snape! )
So I actually did it; I took off my shoes and wandered into the bog, dodging snakes and snapping away. I took so long about it that I missed the start of critique and I sort of ran into Snape with some of my classmates on a bridge while I was headed back to the castle. He was reviewing their photos (and grading ruthlessly, as he does). He saw me and said, "What are you doing? You knew we had critique."
I answered, "Yeah, I kn
Inspirations from Project HousingsA few photos from my report that I did a while ago, of us exploring though critical conditions of east european project housings during our trip - some were nice and in critical condition. :>
I find these extremely inspiring, beauty in composition of something rust, ugly and cracked with colors. Yet so spooky (I enjoyed that scary, adrenaline-alike feeling when I entered one of these!) and bear in mind that presented photographs certainly look a lot prettier than in reality due to famous SLT's amazing color perception :> I just thought to share inspiring finding beauty in "ugly". Technically there is a big story standing behind this and why, but for now I'll save writing a wall of text.
When you see falling apart the paint coat, do you feel there must be something wrong? Why in nowadays or in modern a crackle of paint is something unacceptable? Does it symbolize of something unstable?
ART THINGS THAT YOU DON'T NEED TO ASK ME ABOUTThe following things are ALWAYS OKAY WITH ME!!! So you don't!!! need to ask me for permission for these things ever!!!! (Seriously don't please help me cut down on my 9000+ messages)
Sharing my art anywhere online (credit appreciated)
Copying/referencing my art for educational purposes (credit appreciated)
Using my art as your avatar or Facebook cover or desktop wallpaper (or whatever other personal use)
Getting a tattoo of my art (photos pls)
Printing out my art from online files to decorate your whatever (seriously it's okay I understand not everyone can afford to buy prints)
Using my art for… like… SIMS?? Or as custom thingys for games? I swear I got some questions about this but yeah uh do what you wantIn fact the bottom line is I really do not care what you do with my art at all as long as you give credit and don't 1.) purposely remove my signature or worse 2.) CLAIM YOU DREW IT YOURSELF ok seriously I will kill you
Everything else is usually a-okay tho grasshop
My deviantART StoryOK I'll bite
I've almost been on this site for 10 years! In December it will have been 10. The only reason I started using my account was because my friend AmandaTurnage started using hers, and I wanted to be cool too, although I'd browsed here before that. The word "deviant" kinda turned me off initially (thought process "hey no I'm not deviant"), but now the word has lost nearly all of its original meaning, haha.
Without deviantArt I'm not sure I'd be where I am today, with just enough internet-cred to make friends with all the cool artists and get enough money out of my hand and to continue to put food in my mouth... but I've gone from idly doodling my characters (who got to go in The Meek 4 years later) and drawing reptiles/ dreaming of being an independent artist, to doing Avatar fanart, making tutorials and finally doing paid art for soulless corporations. I've circled back around now though and am spending my time again drawing my characters and planning comics, and doing meani
Biweekly feature vol.1Hello everyone, I'm very happy to present the very first of the many
feature journal. I'll be doing this every 2 weeks so this will allow the
feature art work to get a decent amount of views.
The feature journal is where I'll be posting some art works from artist
on DA that you guys suggested that don't have many views or favorites
and that deserve more. For the feature journal I have picked suggestions
for different category to make it more diverse.
Again, thank you allfor posting suggestions in my previous journal, sadly space is limited
so I will not be able to feature all the suggestions.
For the next feature,
If you have a piece from an artist that you really like and feel like
that they need some exposure, wither its photography, Crafting,
Painting, Drawings,etc please post below. Please make sure that they are
legit (not stolen art) and has below 1,000 faves.
without any more delay Lets get started : )
Ask for feedback journal.:iconflowerthorns: has asked if I could help direct people to their page for general feedback and critiques. Here's a few specific deviations they're looking for feedback on
I try to do this every once in a while, since I know a lot of DA users don't get the feedback or attention they really should. Then I thought, why just stop there? Let's make this whole journal about finding new artists!
So here's the deal. If you want more feedback/pageviews/critiques, whatever... just leave a comment below. Everyone else, I encourage you to look at at least ONE new artist within this journal. Someone you've never seen before. Go to their page and look at their work and write at least ONE comment. You can of course write as many comments as you want, and view as many artists as you want, but the goal is to try and get everyone viewing and talking to each other.
So come on everyone! Post a comment, ask for advice, and let's see if we can help sprea
Tip of the Day: Thoughts of dreams and problemsTip of the day: What do you fill your mind with? Dreams or problems? Time to focus on our dreams! We must always be aware of the problems in our lives but if we are not finding time to focus on our dreams and goals then we will never achieve them.
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Tip of the Day: PurposeTip of the Day: When you have a purpose, you stand by it. Something special happens when you show an undying drive to achieve a goal.
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Commission WidgetTook a peek at DA's new commission widget. Right idea, wrong execution IMO.
I'd much rather be able to accept actual money than DA's faulty and cumbersome point system, and the fact DA takes a "cut" of the commission money just for using the app is a really shitty move.
For example a $30 commission = 3000 points, but I would only get 2400 points or $24 according to the widget. That means DA is taking about a 20% cut of your earnings, which is bullshit. Also, the app only goes up to a maximum of 4000 points. So people who charge more than $40 can't use the app.
I'm probably not even doing the math correctly, it just seems overly laborious and frustratingly convoluted. I'm all for an app that makes taking commissions easier, and honestly 10 years was a LONG way to wait for such an app to finally be implemented.. It just needs refining.
It just makes more work for the consumers to force them to put down money to buy points (which DA takes a percentage of), only to allow them to pay for a
Battleship (the movie)I didn't get to see Battleship in theaters, but I heard all the aftermath of it. The endless memes making fun of the fact they shoehorned in Aliens, the criticism that the aliens were just weird looking humans, the fact that it's based on a board game... I heard all of that before I saw the movie, and I anticipated that I was gonna hate it.
But you know what? It's actually a lot of fun. The action is intense, the special effects are top notch, the acting isn't too corny or eye-rolling, and it pretty much delivers on everything that you'd expect a board game inspired movie would feature.
What I liked most was how the special effects were actually on display. It wasn't like Transformers where you can never tell what the eff is going on. While there are some odd camera zooms during the action, the action itself is always framed in such a way that you can tell what's going on at all times. I like action movies like that. I hate action movies that utilize shaky cams and rapid cutting to giv