Welcome to the fifth dA Life blog, a series created to help you enjoy your time on dA and use it's many tools for sharing your art, appreciating other people's art and taking part in the wonderful community that we have here.
I do not want art for a few, any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few.
- William Morris
As this is the last dA Life blog before the end of 2011, I'd like to invite you to make a new year's resolution with Fella, to celebrate your love for art and revel in the experience of creation, to let inspiration lift and carry you, to follow your passion and to immerse yourself in your development and growth as an artist.
As every great journey begins with the first step, every great artist has to start somewhere. deviantART is a great place to begin your creative journey and find support and encouragement. There are many experienced and professional artists here but the unique thing about dA is it's ever-growing popularity as a bustling creative haven for new artists to share their work with the world. Here's what a few deviants have to say on the subject...
dA has helped me - it inspired me to get better and better at my art. I'm glad that there is an open networking place where people can post art, see others' art and get better!
I'm still new in my eyes and being here allows me to grow as an artist, by seeing others' art and picking up on tips. I have found very few people unwilling to offer advice to others willing to learn. I have kept everything I have done and just tuck them away in yearly folders. It allows me to go back and see my improvement. I do admit that I can laugh at some of me feeble efforts as well as find some humor in others' attempts [...] There is no bad art. Its just the start of what is to come.
deviantART has presented to me opportunities. For example, I'm being published in my favourite photographer's next book due to deviantART. Without dA, the artwork I'd see online, in books or wherever would be created by 'mythical creatures' I'd only read/hear about. deviantART has allowed me to contact and be contacted by great wonderful artists
- *Mebob, deviant for 3 years
deviantART gave me the warm comfort and cosy feeling I needed for posting my artwork online. While I have a website for my comic, I've felt more comfortable posting here until I figure things out with my book and website. I've had some people critique the hell out of my stuff and I'll admit I've gotten angry at some of the comments. But what I've come to learn is that we really do see this world through our own eyes, and other senses.
I have grown as a writer here and I have seen others do the same. I have always viewed deviantART as a place to come to learn, to grow and to improve upon your work through the opinions, criticisms and thoughts of others. I never thought, nor do I understand those that do, that this is a site where you should only be posting your finely polished, final products.
I can see a massive difference between the photos I take today from the ones I was taking 2-3 years ago and the knowledge that I got much better, combined with the actual evidence of my gallery, is spurring me on to become even better. I'd probably Scrap most of my earlier photos but I just don't have the heart to get rid of the 'bad art', just because I like to see the difference. There's absolutely nothing wrong with having doodles in your gallery because without them there's no progress into becoming a better artist.
If you're looking for somewhere to share your work, hone your craft, find information, seek feedback and improve your work in a positive, supportive environment, check out these dA Groups as introduced by the dedicated deviants who run them...
was created to help artists grow among a group of teachers and other artists in their chosen media [...]
This group works not to discourage art that would be considered mediocre or 'low-quality', but to encourage the best in every artist that wishes to grow into their desired artform.
is a place where any artist, at any level, and any art (within the rules of dA, of course!) is welcome.
helps photographers to grow through practice. It's not that you attract lots of critique through that group, but you just HAVE to take a photo a week and when you do that, you automatically get better. Just because at some point you want to get better stuff that doesn't look exactly the same as all the other photos of yours.
- from ~Narkya, Group Co-Founder #FeedbackHub
is a community of photomanipulation artists who are interested in feedback on their work and on giving feedback to others under the ground rules set forth by us.
, we pair newer artists up with seasoned ones to give advice, critique, and befriend. We're here to support the new or inexperienced artists of the deviantART community.
accepts all levels. We leave the 'quality check' up to the artist, since he/she can decide what his/her best works are.
is a group for the new artists and for the new dA members too. It's gallery is full of tutorials and other useful stuff.
- from =Docali, Group Co-Founder #photoshop-tutorials
has been around for quite some time, trying to bring great tutorials to the attention of our watchers. We try to hold ourselves to a certain standard, not only when it comes to the quality of techniques taught, but also on their presentation.
is my own recommendation. I found them through a comment left on a #fella
journal by their Founder, =pixiepot
, and was so impressed by the lengths they go to when it comes to helping new dA members find their way around the site and get involved with positive activities that I just had to include them here.
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Here's to a devious 2012!