Plush making advice I wish someone told meI shared this advice over on Diffeomorphismhttp://vengefulspirits.deviantart.com/journal/Calling-all-plush-makers-novice-and-expert-417399214 journal but I thought I would share it here too.
Shaving Faux fur:
For Faux fur plushie makers, You should invest in a WAHl Kennel Pro, I bought two Andis clippers, both gave out after trimming faux fur for a few min. Also Make sure to keep your Clippers oiled and cleaned after using.
I recommend trim the Faux fur first before cutting out the pattern, so if you do cut too deep you can always make a new piece to replace it before sewing your plush together. Make sure to trim with the fur pile not against it, or you will just cut all the fur off, you want to trim it not make it bald.
Keep in mind being a plush artist gets very pricey, with Faux fur some fur colors are rare and you will some
Helpful JournalI have featured these videos in the past, but I thought it would be good to do it again.
Walk and Trot -->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqBcBsmMQVA
Walking Up a Hill or Stairs --> [link]
Sit to Stand--> [link]
Run or Gallop--> [link]
Stepping over Cavaletti Poles http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z8aOY2ydbA
Cat from walk to Pacing http://www.you
How to make a Plush pattern biggerIf you get or make your plush patterns online and need to make them bigger, you can use this website http://www.blockposters.com
It will print it out on sheets that can be taped together then cut out.
Hope it helps anyone that needed this. Its why I make my patterns so small then latter blow them up bigger with this website lol.
Sai Animation Assistant!8D <3 this could help me get back into animating what a cool idea!
I'm sure allot of you have seen it already but I thought I would share anyway
I did test it out and dose work.
(Info on what you need to know)
You will need a program that can open RAR, I suggest Winrar
This is for testing animations before sending them to PS to be put together or you can use http://www.ezimba.com/index-ln.html for ppl that don't have a Photoshop.
New Journal skin WIPThank you everyone that showed up to watch me stream this, It was really nice getting to talk to all of you, it was also a treat to hear all of your input on what I should add and change.
the journal still needs new colored text and things moved but I thought you guys should see what it looked like since you helped out on it :3
I was really nervous at first, but talking to you guys really helped calm me down and enjoy the stream.
This History of Ash FoxHow Ash came to be, well she has went through many changes, ever since I found out about fursonas I tried to make one that I could stick to, But since I was still trying to find my self in RL, nothing really stuck.
the first ones I remember is My orange stitch like sona
Then me and my friends went through a phase where we wanted to be known by a color XD I got green so my sona then changed to green
Since I was a big fan of Danny phantom, the green form I think was her ghost form, and the brown was her normal its been so long i'm not 100% sure X'D
After my phase with Stitch ended my love for Pokemon came back and I got a pokemon sona, even joined a pokemon team lol.
and with the blue Pikachu sona came a blue a wolf/fox sona
But it still
Rivals and Idols
I personally feel that you should see people you admire/idols as a level you should strive to achieve or surpass, not think of them as gods you can never hope of ever being like.
That will only make you depressed and not strive to be great, we all have Potential as long as we have a passion for what we do.
I suggest taking a look at a person you admire the work of, an setting your self a goal to achieve that level! Make them a Rival in your mind, think of them as a person that started out just like you, but are a wee bit ahead of the game, you may have a little farther to travel on your journey of becoming better or surpassing them.
But never give up keep up that burning passion.
Copyright Abuse part 2Yes, style is an important part of being a Professional artist, But if you look around here on DA this isn't a very professional place.
Style comes from being inspired by others, sure some comes from nature and things around us but allot comes from things we enjoy in others work.
Sometimes peoples styles will end up looking similar or the same, based on what they enjoy, dose that make them a bad artist? No! they are still doing their own thing. Besides style never stays 100% the same, its always growing and changing.
If someone is interested in trying your "style", its because they like your work, copying a style is how we developed our own over time.
DA is mostly filled with Hobbies, kids, and freelancers. These people don't really have to worry about having a original style, because they are not pros and allot of commissioners like generic anyway.
Part one can be found here
Is DA Becoming a Pet site?The whole Species and Adoptable Fad going on these days, defiantly makes it feel like DA is slowly evolving into a Pet-site, with how people make rules on what you can and can not do with the characters you buy, as well as People trading and collecting them like cards.
All DA needs now is a little Heath and feeding Tab for them, and this place would be a pet site lol.
PE: Guidelines to Starting your Own Craft BusinessGuidelines to Starting your Own Crafting Business
So you make cute crafts, and probably someone offered you money for them. Maybe you need the money, and if you're like me, you need it to buy more crafting supplies. Whatever the reason, starting your own crafty business is a decisions that you should take seriously... it's not as easy as opening an Etsy account and setting some random prices for your work. There is a lot of things to consider to keep the business going, your money safe, your name clean, and your costumers happy.
By no means this is an absolute guide, merely a few guidelines of things I've found important or questions I get asked often by people interested in opening their own business. Most of this tips are intended for online selling, but they should apply for other ways of selling too. I will probably do more detailed guides in the future, as I learn more myself.
To begin with, don't forget to research as much as you can! If you're rea
help needed weekly give away ends 25th MarchRules have been changed if you want to enter this weekly give away
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Edit: that means you don't need to write 5 comments anymore
but it's still allowed if you want to :3
for those of you who do not know, I, *Tsuki-SoraRuki:decide to do a project
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help me out by donating points at Tsuki-SoraRuki
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Price of the Art on dAI would like to move a very specific thread.
It's about the price of art and commissions. Because there are a lot of questions; what decides for the price of art? Why it is worthy? And why do we buy commissions?
Some is already written here: http://goldenwolf.deviantart.com/journal/26548172/#comments
I've met with many people who were complaining about the price of art, especially why it is expensive and it doesnt deserve. Even some person did a drama just because prices of my art are *too* expensive. And I'm not alone, I've saw on some proffessional artists who are on dA as well.
I noticed the price of art on deviantART is very low.
Like many people complains that full colored picture plus you get original for 50-70$ is too much. I did some research and counted how much artists originally earn (out of dA)- even a simple artist earns 5 times more than great artists on dA which I know.
Do you know on Eurofurence just only PRINT can be sold there for 100-500 euros?
Do you k
Say NO to the Internet PricesI've been observing a situation of the artist who courageously set up their prices on very decent prices (in meaning: no more 50 bucks full color image of yer characters! but almost 200$ one for her really nice character painting) where I felt so proud of her for being brave to set up the real price of the art. But I was also a witness of bunch of complaining people (mostly I noticed they were young) screaming that her art is not worth for shitload bucks.
I really wanted to slap faces of these people.
Really, who decide that someone's art is worth that price?
You do not decide how much wort is my art - as my work.
You do not know how much effort I've put into a piece, countless hours, stress, time, including also a years of practice and studies, frustration as well personal finances into the art materials.
Do you think my art is a fun hobby?
You do not decide if my art is a form of fun and what are real feelings with the artist while working on artwork as part of paid job.
It's no more
Need textures?We had a feature of drawing references yesterday, so let's take a look at textures now. I must admit that I'm a total freak when it comes to this topic. I love textures, I love making them and I love seeing them everywhere. In this feature I'll also include some tutorials, traditional and digital, so you could learn how to make some on your own.
Metallic Green Textures by Gypsy-Stock
Old Paper Texture Pack by nevermoregraphixold paper stock 03 by ftouriniWood Texture by TammySueSeamless desert sand texture by hhh316
yellow texture by raregirl86yellow cracks texture by ftourini-stockold map by Meltys-stockYellow fabrics by 10grams-stock
Merlin by dazzle-texturesBurnt Orange Patterns Part2 by WebTreatsETCOrange Grunge by R2krw9
Red Velvet Textures by RockStockRed Clouds Texture by JRMB-Stock:thumb97407126:
:thumb276819046:Pink Stripes Texture by emothic-stock:thumb110124321::thumb116788933:
:thumb154539504:purple texture by raregirl86Paper Pack 6 by dierat:thumb167329623:
old victorian blue by ClarabellafaireStockMore Cement Floors by GreenEyezz-stockvintage blue texture by beckastexture 140 by Sirius-sdz
International Polar Bear Day!Join International Polar Bear Day!
Use your art to help spread awareness for this Vulnerable Species
The Polar Bear, the ice bear, an apex predator of the north arctic circle. The largest of all bear species, this bear is a mighty carnivore. But as the ice the bears so desperately depend on melts at an alarming rate, disaster spells out in the murky water. Rising temperatures cause ice to melt, diminishing the bear's home and chances at catching prey. When the ice melts completely, polar bears will meet extinction below the freezing waters. Their population number ranges between 25,000-20,000 distributed among the nineteen subspecies.
What is International Polar Bear Day?
International Polar Bear Day(IPBD) is day to celebrate and spread awareness for the Arctic's Polar Bear
Our goal is to fill DeviantArt with Polar Bear themed art on February 27th
Is possible to travel?...and perhaps I thought it wasn't possible.
On this journal I'd like to clarify a few things about travels and the truth with it.
So, let's start from very basic questions or comments from people which I get very often on dA: you are so lucky to be able to afford traveling!, I so wish I were as lucky as you being able to travel or How you can afford? You must have decent finances and the time!
Didn't you happen to think like that? If you did, so that is just a stereotype.
On almost every question or their comment where I explain what it is really and how it's working - it is a big opposite side of mirror what they think. After hearing they get usually shocked, but more in positive way.
Here we go.
Firstly, there is a big difference being a traveler and a tourist.
Secondy, there is a huge difference to travel via third party (travel agencies, school trips, going for trips with a friend, family, organizations, etc.) and lonely, self organized travels. And where you
BUDGIE Updates! And story!A lot of people have been wondering about my bird Suppe since I got her and how ive tamed her. So I think Ill go deeper into what ive been doing and so on, seeing I found it hard to really reply good with just a few scentances. ILL start from the beginning.
The weeks before I got suppe
I sat for a week reading up on budgie needs and behaviour before I got her. And I also made this journal http://browse.deviantart.com/art/Parakeet-owners-give-me-your-experiences-348649688 Asking for help from bird owners on here, and man it helped a lot aswell!
I didnt know anything about bird care xD OR BUDGIES for that matter. Nothing. So I am so glad people on here had some experiences to share! And I still might not be an expert, but ive learned so much about my own bird which I will talk about more under.
Birds are a lot of work, not only because they are messy, but they are so damn smart. And for me who was totally new to taking care of this kind of pet I was very scared I would mess
So you want to buy minkyI get asked this question alot and I promised a guide a while back but I'm just now getting around to making it! Here is a list of websites where you can buy minky fabric for your projects!
www.beverlys.com - search cuddle 3
www.joann.com - search for Soft n Comfy
www.minkee.com.au - Australia
Land of Oh Etsy - http://www.etsy.com/listing/95419080/1-yard-1-mm-smooth-cuddle-minky-fabric?ref=usr_faveitems
Igloo0203 - http://myworld.ebay.com/igloo0203/&_trksid3984.m1439.l2754 - This seller has a wide color selection and the minky comes in 3mm and 5mm pile! She's located in Korea and shipping usually takes about 2 weeks, or at least that is when my orders arrive.
KYcutters - http://myworld.ebay.com/kycutters/?_trksid4340.l2559 - They sell Benartex Minkee Gelat
Shanghai NOEspecially for beginners it can be really hard to say "No". Sometimes you get a job offer with the tiny problem of microscopic payment (if any payment at all) or you are already IN a project and get tons of change requests and end up with an hourly rate that makes you weep. And mostly not in enjoyment.
Or you get the puppy-eye look for "a favour" and in the end you end up doing things you didn't really want and spending weeks of your free time on it. And it leaves a sour aftertaste because you think "Dang, why didn't I...?"
Yes... why haven't you?
I have to admit the "we need ten million changes" problem is still a problem I face mostly on a daily base. It's okay if you get payed for it. Gods, I'll do a million changes if it gets payed and if these changes are reasonable. :iconengelszorn: and I experienced such a "we need changes" problem and in the end it was a mixture of fine negotiation, making a lot of compromises and doing (bearable) changes. But within boundaries. Because you rea
New Program: MischiefSo there's this program called Mischief that I feel like not a lot of people may know about right now. I only know about it thanks to my tumblr dashboard.
Hmm, to talk about it would be easier in bullet points so let's get to that.
Infinite canvas, resolution, and dimension. It's all specialized textured vector so no matter how small you draw you can export it to a .psd or .jpg of ANY RESOLUTION AND ANY DIMENSION which is pretty fucking amazing and helps those people who can't handle heavy programs or preset resolutions like in SAI or Photoshop.
It's like drawing on paper. Like to me it's really forgiving paper. The select tool is pretty much like a canvas cropping device-- you select and then you can export the selected area as the cropped image. Otherwise it doesn't do nice things like resize, scale, or rotate. (Just yet anyway, I think they're still developing.) So it's a good practice tool.
It's really smooth and pleasant to draw
Animal animation-tips in my new Art-blogHello friends!
I've just published the first blogpost of my new art-blog! I'll be uploading commissions and personal art, work for uni, tutorials as well as the occasional review or recommendation, and anything related to my art.
My first post is part review, and part research. It talks about the book "Tezuka School of Animation: Vol.2 Animals in Motion". Earlier I've scanned and sent pages from this book to people who were in need of help animating animals, so I thought it'd be nice to gather it all in one place. If you're interested in animating animals or even just drawing them in motion, you should have a look!
Also excuse the horrid-looking layout of the blog atm, It's still in very early development-stages..
Hope you'll find it helpful, and if you have any suggestions for future topics in my blog please let me know!
Mypaint 1.1 : A guide through the new featuresAt the very end of 2012, the code of the famous free and open-source digital-painting program Mypaint 1.1 was released. If you still using Mypaint 1.0 , you might be interested to see what happened into this one year of change. For reading an excellent review about it , please read the very cool and full article wrote by Alexandre Prokoudine on Libre Graphic World , he also made a cool video.
Here I will focus on writing a review for Mypaint 1.0 user, to let them know what changed and how they will benefit from it.
On Canvas Notifications
Now Mypaint is a bit more talkative when you press '+' or '-' on the keyboard to zoom with the 'Control+Space' shortcut. It was difficult back to Mypaint 1.0 days to have an idea of the actual zoom level. For the future development , this box system was made to be reusable ; so Mypaint might have better and better visual feedbacks on the next versions.The notifications are activated by defaults , and concern for the moment only
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You ever wonder what your dog might be trying to communicate with you?
It’s not as complicated as you may believe. In fact, all too often people tend to misinterpret a dog’s body language, resulting with the person being hurt to a dog’s own life being taken in defense. This is mostly caused by choosing to hear more with our ears, instead of looking with our eyes. Not
My thoughts...Firstly, as always I'd like to express my honest gratitude for all the comments I've received and as well, very important to know for me were about school/courses informations. I don't care if you read this or not but- thank you very much!
I would like to state how community flow is really important for me. No, not only for me but to many people. Just many people aren't aware of this.
I think the interactions between the artist and watchers - and whole community relationships thing - is one of the most vital parts that our creations exist. Writers have fans, travelers, artists, illustrators, companies, fashion bloggers etc. and so on. You may call it as a "fanbase", thus I prefer to not call because "fans" and "fanbase" has a lot of negative stereotypes and image about blindly screaming "minors". I'd prefer to name differently, because I do not view them as minors. Absolutely. I view them as an every worthy human on equal worth as the creator and that's a fact. They are just guests to
Commissions WidgetSome of you may aware of the newest released feature by deviantART- that very long awaited widget/module/space for commission on your personal page.
Here is my thought about it, no, actually a serious concern where I posted there- please read it first: http://comments.deviantart.com/1/347788178/2897698997
To add more: in my opinion I am quite disappointed with that new commission module which have quite childlish feeling (devART, IMHO, represents art as entertaiment which is pushing far away from art as a serious profession in our real world /where in effect many people don't take us, full time working artists seriously etc./ besides of Portfolio release where they did a good job. But when money is involved...) and that's pretty much fast-food commission for quick take and out (points, quick modul and price limit).
That addition of the price limit (which is very low) which may suggest to many young people about fixed general idea of price with art into mentality (art has
You guysDon't trace and try to vindicate yourself by saying that it only took you 2 minutes to do it.
Don't deny that you traced and say that you "referenced" it instead.
Don't advocate the above actions by making a tutorial out of it.
Especially if you are a high-profile artist who is looked up to by a large number of aspiring artists.
Thank you :3Thank you everyone for your lovely tips on plush making, I couldn't of improved as fast as I did without your help <3
Inspiration and tips :icongoiku::iconJarahamee::iconSariti::iconmakeshiftwings30:
:iconbabylondonstar: Pony Tutorial http://www.members.shaw.ca/plushie/patterns/pony/
Awesome video tutorials;
shaving faux fur http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KIfcIqC2sE&feature=my_liked_videos&list=LLNQ1NkhO0CZKBgBc0qaWRgg
Info about sewing with fur fabrics http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxRMtyGRtNo&feature=my_liked_videos&list=LLNQ1NkhO0CZKBgBc0qaWRgg
Funk Friends Factory
allot of different plush tutorial videos http://www.youtube.com/user/FunkyFriendsFactory
written tutorials on their website http://www.funkyfriendsfactory.com/2010/10/21/put-your-best-foot-forward-how-to-sew-perfect-plushie-feet/