Welcome to the second edition of Magpie's Nest
! During the last couple of weeks I have been hoarding shiny things around DA to present them to you in this newsletter. There are interesting news, projects and challenges for you to enjoy and participate! I have also bumbed into couple of really cool tutorials; you can find them featured here as well. Take a look!
There is a little question for you at the end of this journal, after the art features. Feel free to answer it in the comments area! Of course discussion of the topics as well as other thoughts and comments are welcome too.
Sparkling News and Projects
DeviantArt is a huge place so sometimes it is difficult to get yourself seen
. A great way to promote yourself and other artists are features
. Take a look at the Open Features List
to find out if there are features you could contribute! The list is updated regularly so it is worth of keeping your eye on it. Speaking of features, this food art feature
definitely brightens your day and makes it sweeter!
There is a fun project going on at the moment: Project Portfolio
. It brings exposure for both yourself and other artists so take a look and read how you can join! There is also a possibility to win prizes by participating this project.
Daily Deviation Suggestion Drive took place on June and was a huge success: It sprouted 2120 DD suggestions! You can view the results here: DD Suggestion Drive: Results
. Monday Discussions - Popularity on DA
speaks directly about presumptions about popularity
and how to be seen. There are great points in the comments of this journal as well! However, when getting out there and trying to get noticed there is no need to use your fists and elbows. Nor teeth. This great journal of general etiquette
has collected nice tips to keep in mind when dealing with people behind the screens and DA accounts. Also don't forget that most of the time using common sense and being yourself is enough. There is no need to be perfect
, like this thought-provoking journal, Why you should never aim for perfection
, reminds us.
Monday Discussions - Popularity on DAWell, it's Monday again!
I had originally intended on skipping this week's discussion but I woke up to a reply that made me feel I should talk about this subject since it's something that keeps coming up in this community.
9 years ago I signed up to DA and made my first account. I think the first few days were the strangest, as I learned to navigate my way through the site and work at getting to know other artists etc. I uploaded a fair few deviations upon joining and let's just say that back then my art was, well it was lacking and completely unskilled!
The idea that you can only be seen here if your art is spectacular is a myth. If I remember correctly, I had gained 100 watchers within the first 4 or 5 months after joining. Looking back 100 watchers seems so small and insignificant, but the point is that I was able to achieve this with less than mediocre art. Let's take a closer look, shall we?
As we can
dA How-to: #3 General EtiquetteEvery Friday, I'll post a new journal for the series. (My bad for this being late, tbh I got distracted by the steam summer sale >.>)
I have a few topics I want to cover, however I am open for suggestions from others if there's anything you want to see~
Ahhh, etiquette. The word that some of us dread, some of us completely forget about sometimes and some of us are really careful about keeping to. In my last journal, I talked about etiquette and such for giving comments and critiques, but this one will be more focused on how to treat others here in general. There'll be a few examples given, but honestly, it's usually the same rules that will apply no matter the situation. Some minor things might be different, but the general gist will be the same.
Sometimes, you might be afraid to overstep boundaries or thread on
Why you should never aim for perfectionThere are a few simple things about the pursuit of perfection that are easy to forget, so here's a healthy reminder
Rule 1. Nobody - and i mean NOBODY is "perfect". Ever.
Rule 2. See rule 1.
Perfection is boring
Perfection is hard edges and rules and disapproval of anything not deemed to be perfect.
Art isn't created from perfection, nor is it created by perfect people. Art is messy, chaotic and curious, it has quirks and mood swings and tantrums, just like its messy, chaotic and moody creators. Art is a reflection of all of this wonderful, beautiful chaos and no two people ever conceptualize a single piece of art in quite the same way, so perfection is ultimately impossible.
Aiming for perfection is aiming for disillusionment, frustration and goals never met. Aiming for perfection is comparing yourself to others and feeling disappointment because you aren't them - you are YOU.
Its time to throw the word "perfection" out of the artistic window an
Glimmering Contests and Challenges
Would you like to win something cute and concrete, custom-made for you? Take a look at this contest where you can win own designed Masked sculpture
! The deadline is at the end of August so you have plenty of time to enter.
Looking for something with deadline closer? Then the weekly challenges
hosted by WeeklyChallenge
are for you. At the moment the group is having a challenge that encourages you to draw hands
. There are lots of useful tutorials included in the challenge journal, worth of checking out.
If you're looking for even faster challenges, then look no more but visit this group: SpeedpaintStudies
! Every month the group gives a prompt and you're challenged to draw studies about the subject within two hour time limit. This month's challenge is about Folds and Fabrics
. Lots of reference pictures are included in the challenge journal.
Contest Time! ~ Win own designed Masked sculptureHi guys!
Because there was such a cheerful response to my last Masked Giveaway and many people who wished for me to have one or something similar again I thought it would be a great idea to do it now! For one because I really wanna show how much I appreciate all of you who support me and my art. But also becuase Im gonna be most busy with my "normal" job this summer and wont have time to make much art.
I was thinking of holding another Giveaway but then some months ago I happened to see an artist making a adopt contest in wich he let people design a creature based on his species and it seemed so much fun and made me wanna try something similar! Since then Ive also seen many others do the same thing wich made me even more excited so du du du duuuuun now its finally my turn as well!
The rules are very simple; I have a species called Masked, and among them are the small and most
Week 5 - Hands
This week's challenge theme is: HANDS
Prompts are icebreakers to get you started on this week's topic, and will include exercises for study and/or just for fun! Try out as many or as few as you like. Remember, the more you practice, the better you become!
Practice the "oven mitt" method seen here
Practice drawing 6 hands from different references and angles. After that, try drawing 6 hands from imagination!
Practice drawing hands holding various objects. A staff or wand, cup, knife, flowers, maybe holding another person's hand, etc.
Study the differences between male and female hands. Draw two hands (1 male, 1 female) side by side for comparison.
Creativity Challenge: Draw a pai
June 2015 challenge: Folds and FabricsHello everybody!
Hope you have a good time for Folds and Fabrics.
Here is the month selection:
Here's Da Rules
Same rules as always. 2 hour time limit! No tracing! No color picking from the original ref! Figure out your own colors. Make sure you include credit and links where you got your stock photo in the DA description. Not only do most stock provider want to be informed if there pictures are used, but for study reasons referencing to the original source is better for getting crits.
When your done submit it to this folder here:
Also say a few words on your study in the description. Helps others when commenting on your work. Its always good to take a moment and reflect on your studies so you can better tackle and improve on those areas in the next study.
It is always interesting to see how other people do their art. Space Art Tutorial
shows how gorgeous space art can be created with tradtional tools.Schiraki
's Coloring tutorial
walks you through of a process of creating realistic looking drawing with colored pencils and solvents. If watercolors are your weapon of choice, take a look how TrollGirl
does Owl Watercolor Step-by-Step
and learn how the magic happens.
All tradtional artists know that after creating a master piece it can be devastating to see your drawing scanned: it often looks nothing like the orginal work. Tutorial of Fixing/Restoring Scans
shows you how to fix the scans and restore their look closer to the original artwork! A silly little tip:
If you feel like nothing goes well when drawing, draw a while with your weaker hand. After that when drawing with your stronger hand, you're really good with it! Try at your own risk and do not blame me if it doesn't work...
So far summer here in Finland has not been very summery. It has been cold and raining a lot. Luckily during the last couple of days our weather has shown some glimpses of summer mood so to maintain that mood, I am featuring traditional artworks with summery themes.
Bring on Summer and Sunshine!
What's the weather looking like where you live?
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