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Powerful Article about/for Artists

(Note: I didn’t write this article.  It’s by a DeviantArtist known as Techgnotic.)


New Toy

I’m loving deviantART’s new feature for producing motion books using Madefire.  I just followed the “Jump Start” tutorial and produced my first, very short, moving comic.  I can’t wait to try it with my own artwork.  (It’ll be a long wait though.  Still haven’t got up that digital art learning curve yet.)

By the way, don’t watch the comic with your volume turned up; I don’t want to be responsible for any heart attacks.

To be clear, the artwork and sound effects are not mine.  I just put together pre-made components using the Madefire tool.  There are credits at the end of the comic to tell you who did what.

Please let me know if you have any problems viewing the comic.

DeviantART Update

Yesterday I set up an account on DeviantART.  I had been looking into selling my art last summer but I didn’t get very far with it.  When I got up yesterday morning I had no idea that I would have art on sale by the end of the day.  It was a spur-of-the-moment thing so I was up late last night trying to deal with the chaos I had unwittingly released.  I’m still a bit shell-shocked! 😮

I’ve only uploaded eleven pieces to my DeviantART Gallery so far but I plan to put more up soon.  I’m also going to try to add a button to this blog to take you to my DeviantART homepage [update: see right].  If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll probably recognise most of the eleven pieces.  The only design that is available for sale so far is the dharma wheel that I mentioned last year.  You can see one version of it in the background to my blog.  A dharma wheel or dharmacakra is a visual representation of the Buddha’s teachings.  For example, the eight spokes represent the Noble Eightfold Path.

The main problem I have at the moment is getting my original pieces of art into digital format.  I haven’t made much progress with Manga Studio, my photography skills are a bit dodgy and my scanner is small and very basic.  I can’t sell anything that is blurry or has low resolution.  I’m working on it. 😉

DeviantART Debut

This evening I joined DeviantART and uploaded some of my pictures.  Here is a link to my DeviantART homepage.  I found the process somewhat confusing but I seem to have managed to set things up okay.  If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll probably recognise most of the art.  I’ve put in a few items that you can get printed out as photos, or on mugs or coasters.  It’s only an experiment.  I’ll be uploading more pictures as I get the chance.

Please let me know in the comments below what you think about the whole idea.  Do you think I should keep my blog free of promotional posts?  Is it off-putting?