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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.Find your way around DA#4: Composition+Perspective by Iduna-Haya
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 ^^Find your way around DA #2: Animal Stock by Iduna-Haya
- 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.Find your way around DA #1: Pose References by Iduna-Haya
- 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:&
Endling - Chapter 1Endling - Chapter 1 by Narumo
Kaito checked his data assistant discreetly and then held back a sigh. Forty more minutes left. The teacher keep droning on and on at the front of the class about the importance of critical reading. Identifying the thesis of a paper, summarizing, keeping a good dose of skepticism, and everything the man was saying was completely obvious.
Maybe a second or two of closing his eyes wouldn’t be that bad. It wasn’t like he would miss anything with the great slideshow his teacher had put together, nothing but black words on a white background…the man was obviously under the impression they were back in the twentieth century…
“Wouldn’t you agree, Kaito?”
Kaito opened his eyes with a jolt, but wasted no time in replying, “I’m sorry sir, I didn’t hear you the first time.”
“You don’t say,” the teacher replied sarcastically. A couple of people in the class snickere
The Cursed Ones - 13The Cursed Ones - 13 by Narumo
Chapter 13 – The Dream of the Servant
As it turned out, Arevalo left in the wardrobe outfits for the three of them, expensive-looking and eye-catching.
“Not that we ever go unnoticed, but this isn’t going to help.” Kaito played with the gold cuffs of his new white coat. It was rather amusing in itself that Arevalo got him an even fancier version of this father’s uniform, but to top it off, she had even decided to provide him with a new muffler, though glossier and more decorated than his usual light blue one. Now the three of us look all shiny and fancy and completely unfit for the road, he thought with a smile, glancing at the mirrors lining the inside of the wardrobe’s doors.
“Maybe it’s for the best. If we look like important people, we have a better chance to be taken seriously at Shinwa,” Gakupo replied from his spot on the bead, sitting next to Luka. He was wearing a white and purple uniform, with his hair in a low pony
DWOAH: Locust vs KroganDWOAH: Locust vs Krogan by Garchompisbeast
Deadliest warriors of all history
Locust vs Krogan
Height: 6 foot 10 (roughly) 7 foot 5 (Karn) 8 foot (Skorge) 10 foot (Raam)
Weight: 370lbs (roughly)
Weapons: Hammerburst Assault Rifles, Sawed Off Shotguns, Boltok Pistols, Bolo Grenades, Breechshots, Boomshots, Torque Bows, Gorgon SMG’s, Cleavers, Chainsaw Staff, Serrated Sword, Brumaks, Corpser (Shibboleth), Reaver (Hydra), Tickers, Wretches, Kryll
Notable combatants: Karn, Raam, Skorge
Strengths: Vast numbers, High natural durability allowing them to take several gun shots before dying, Total lack of empathy to anything but themselves, Almost hive mind levels of loyalty to their Queen and higher ups all willing to die to protect them.
Weaknesses: Aside from the Queen and the Higher ranked members of the Locust most members of the race are extremely simple minded being completely dense to battle tactics aside from all out rush and taking occasional cover.
Height: 8 foot (roughly)
Weight: 500lbs (