Welp, here I am, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. I was on DeviantArt today, and it just hit me. All the recoloring, editing, effortless crap, and anime-obsessed weirdos....thats not art. Deviant Art has become a lost hope to me for becoming a better artist, so now I turn to you all. I joined but a minute ago, and have no idea what I am doing. Can someone explain this website to me? How do I show off my art for critiques? How do I give help to other members? I have no idea what to do, so can someone help me get started?
Hello there, welcome to CA.org =),
The site is basically maintained by Professionals, and caters to them alike, as well as the serious art student/newbie. Congratulations on taking a first step into a larger world.
If you'd like to put up your art for critiques, start a "Sketchbook" thread in the forum with the same title. I wouldn't recommend putting work into the "IT'S FINALLY FINISHED!!" section, unless you're good and have a few years under your belt (Hell, I've been here since 2003, and I still don't post my work there - but then again, I registered in 2003, but didn't become active in the community until 06/07).
A way to help others is by generally looking at their works, either it be in the sketchbook forum, or elsewhere, and C&C'ing.
You can also join or start up a "Sketchbook Support Group" (The thread's somewhere in the lounge, either search or look back a few pages), which is basically a group consisting of several people (Usualy 4-6) who critique each others' sketchbooks and help them improve. Also, remember - Quid Pro Quo: The best way to people to comment and critique your work is to usualy C&C in their sketchbook threads first.
Always good to see fresh blood in the community. A word of wisdom: If you're still new to art, or not that good yet - try to enjoy the process/journey of making art. If you're too focused on the end result of what you make (Like I was a few years back), you'll just be beating yourself up over something that's not worth it. Just keep practicing, day by day, you'll improve (Try to spend at least several hours per day on drawing, if you can - you'll improve in no time).
Also, if you have a PayPal account, and some money in it, I would recommend picking up a few videos from Massive Black/CA.
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By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.
- Richard Dawkins
The whole Deviant Art debacle? Yeah, I came to the realization that while it is possible to be a true artist on Deviant Art, for every actually artist, there are 5 weeaboos and furries clogging up the search.
It's just a website, this is just a website. The biggest person that makes a difference in creating art is yourself.
Stop using a DA as a scapegoat, be humble and just work on your art.
yea, just make a sketchbook over in the sketchbook forums and most importantly stick with it. I've had mine for at least 3 or 4 years now and the thing i like most about it is being able to flip through the pages and track my progress. I've learned a ton from all the comments and continue to get great criticisms.
People might not comment right away, but keep with it, cause if your commenting on others, critiquing others, etc. they'll start coming to yours, then u just gotta stick with it.
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