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Find your way around DA#4: Composition+PerspectiveA good composition can turn an 'average' artwork into something memorable. It's more than just 'how to make things look nice'. A well thought-out composition can guide the eye of the viewer, telling a story in just one single image. Even artwork that's technically perfect can be boring if no real though was put into the composition.
It's not always the case, but composition often goes hand in hand with perspective. Many artists struggle with this (both beginners and more advanced), but a basic knowledge of perspective can really take your work to the next level. It's an essential tool for drawing credible backgrounds and landscapes.
The basics for these two skills seem easy, but more advanced composition and perspective can be real brain-breakers. I've collected tutorials here to help you get started. Read, learn, practice, and be amazed by your own work!
Tutorials and quick tips to get you started
Find your way around DA #2: Animal StockDrawing animals can be a challenge, especially when you usually only draw humans. But that shouldn't keep you from trying! Luckily there is a large variety of animal stock available right here on DeviantArt. Here's another list to help you find just the right one for you ^^
- This list is by no means complete. There is a lot of animal stock on DA, of varying degrees of quality, so I've had to make some selections. The mentioned deviants have a large amount of stock specifically for that animal, the stock is of above-average quality, and/or stock of that type is difficult to find. I've focused on photographic references.
- Some deviants are mentioned more than once, if they have a substantial amount of stock of more than one kind of animal.
- That a deviant is mentioned is listed under an animal does not mean that they don't have other animal stock. Almost all do.
- Sadly not all of the mentioned deviants/groups are still active. However their galleries are still re
Find your way around DA #1: Pose ReferencesComing up with interesting, accurate poses for your characters can be difficult. Either they all end up looking the same, or the poses just don't look right. Drawing from a reference is a great way to practice this. Luckily, there are lots of amazing resources available to help you out, both here on DeviantArt and one the big bad WWW. I've listed the ones I know here, so you don't have to do the digging.
- I've picked resources that focus on poses, not on anatomy. This means that the drawn pose references listed here are not necessarily anatomically correct. Though the two are definitely related, to me they're not necessarily the same thing. Your anatomy might be great, but a good pose can really bring your image to life.
- This journal focuses on humans, not animals. Animal references will be listed in the next journal.
A little guide to the list
Real Life Poses: Stock photographs of real people in various poses, generally against a white backdrop.
Drawn pose stock:&
DWOAH: Saitama vs Gladiator
Deadliest warriors of all history
Saitama vs Gladiator
Height: five foot nine
Weapons: Bare Hands
Strengths: Godlike strength (ends 9 out of 10 fights with a single half assed punch), Godlike endurance, FTL speed, Can easily jump out of the atmosphere, Can survive the vacuum of space and re-entry through the atmosphere at several thousand miles per hour without injury.
Weaknesses: Has little to no passion in anything as being so powerful as left everything far too easy for Saitama meaning he never puts his all into a fight and can sometimes decide to walk away merely out of boredom, Whilst he can survive the vacuum of space he cannot breathe in space, Being unable to fly greatly decreases his manoeuvrability in the air, Has no real skill in fighting so his moves can be easily countered by someone faster than him.
Height: 6 foot 6
Weapons: Bare Hands, Heat beams, Hurricane force breath
Strengths: Godlike strength, Godlike endur
DWOAH: Roronoa Zoro vs Kenpachi Zaraki
Deadliest warriors of all history
Roronoa Zoro vs Kenpachi Zaraki
Roronoa Zoro info:
Height: 5 foot 11
Weapons: Triple Katanas (Shushui, Sandei Kitetsu, Wado Ichimonji), Bare Hands
Strengths: Master Swordsman especially with three Swords aka the Santoryu style, Superhuman strength, Superhuman endurance, Superhuman speed, Outright refusal to die to those he deems unworthy of taking his life, Perfect vision despite his lack of a left eye and depth perception.
Weaknesses: No ranged abilities, His refusal to die doesn’t make him exactly immortal, Complete lack of direction able to get lost in a straight hallway and will always go the exact opposite way of being told.
Kenpachi Zaraki info:
Height: 6 foot 7
Weapon: Nozorashi, an extremely long battered and chipped Zanpakuto Blade that transforms into a huge Cleaver Blade upon using either Shikai or Bankai, Bare Hands
Strengths: Arguably the most powerful pure blooded Shinigami able to kill hundreds of full
The Cursed Ones - 14
Chapter 14 – The Isolation of the Fragments
A shield has to be staunch and take the hits again and again, without cracking. But nothing on this earth can resist forever, no matter how enduring.
A shield needs something to protect, or else it is rendered meaningless. It safeguards, it cherishes and yet is never remarked upon by those it defends, unless it fails its purpose.
Kaito rested face-down over the bed covers, tracing the wood grain of the head of the bed with a finger. The more he thought of his situation, the more sleep eluded him.
‘Defend your friends, no matter what. If nothing else, be constant and true.’
“I tried to do my best, Dad…” he whispered.
And it had been satisfactory, for the most part. They needed one another, Kaito reasoned. He needed to feel he was protecting someone, and his friends needed acceptance and safety.
And that was why Gakupo’s reaction barely a half-hour ago had stung so much.
Endling - Chapter 3
A small crowd gathered around Kaito, watching him and the fae as they arduously tried to communicate in the language of the Warm Isles.
‘Ask him if he’s really the last of his kind,’ a man wearing a Hawaiian shirt proposed through his data assistant.
‘Ask him if there are any dragons left!’ a blonde girl begged, practically shoving her own device into Kaito’s face. Her t-shirt had a particularly impressive-looking red dragon on the front.
Kaito winced internally, wishing he had waited for a moment when the two of them were alone. Attracting too much attention to himself could have unexpected consequences. But it was too late to do anything but move forward. Ignoring the onlookers, Kaito examined the list of pre-made phrases he had written the night before. However, before he decided on what to ask, Gakupo began to write a rather long sentence on the sand of his cage.
The crowd looked on expectantly, as Kaito