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ProjectComment presents the community of deviantART a project that will question what it really means to be a commenter, an artist, a member of deviantART. All of these challenges relate to commenting in some shape or form, and we sincerely encourage everyone to take part! :la:

You do not have to be brilliant at writing comments and we are not asking you to perform miraculous feats. We are just looking for people willing to make a difference. It is all too easy to receive constructive comments, but giving them is equally, if not more, rewarding.



Each week, a challenge is set with the deviations of those who participated in the previous week featured in a news article. Many thanks to CameronKobe, StudioIJB, Malintra-Shadowmoon, QBeagle for participating in Week 40!

Sunny by StudioIJB Spider-Man by QBeagleA Real Highlander :) by Malintra-Shadowmoon



Participate in this week's comment challenge…

Constructively comment on one deviation each from What's Hot, Undiscovered and Daily Deviations

:iconstarewoooplz:



Guidelines

:bulletblue: Once you have commented, link us to your comment in a reply to this article!
:bulletblue: The comment must be newly submitted to deviantART from today's date.
:bulletblue: Please try to include something along the lines of: "Commented on behalf of ProjectComment's 52 Week Comment Challenge" in your comment!
:bulletblue: Feel free to follow our guide on How to Comment - Pointers and Examples. If you are struggling with the concept of a constructive comment, this should help!
:bulletblue: You may do this challenge as many times as you want!

:star: Those who complete the challenge successfully will be featured in a news article, and the one who completes the most challenges successfully will win themselves a 12 Month Premium Membership. There will also be :points: given to the best efforts!

Have Fun! :love:
ProjectComment is a Group of many projects centered around comments, but, more importantly, constructive comments. We offer Members of deviantART a lot of opportunities to get comments, give comments, participate in comment projects, win points, get featured and much, much more!

In this series of articles, our admins aim to answer questions about anything related to comments/commenting, art and more! 
This week's question was provided by 8Hope24:

Question: 


"For a while now I feel like I have hit a wall in my development as an artist. I have been self-taught for the most part, though I have used 'how to draw' videos and the like, but I feel like I may have come to the point of needing further help. Where do I go for help?" 

Answers: 


:iconqbeagle: QBeagle:  "As I'm teaching myself using traditional media I know what you mean about the vast majority of tutorials being for digital art.  This doesn't leave those tutorials without value, just you need to tease out the information you can use.  For example with hands the same process of building up from basic shapes and guidelines can be used digitally as well as traditionally, you just swap photoshop layers with light lines and a kneaded eraser.

When it comes to texture and coloring digital concepts won't work.  For this I haven't found any resource better than a library.  There are loads of great books for traditional drawing methods.  I've become quite fond of the books by Andrew Loomis and Burne Hogarth, so if you use the same library I do you'll have time getting them as I repeatedly check them out.  

For coloring you have to get specific to the medium you like.  I go for colored pencil and have found that Capturing Soft Realism in Colored Pencil by Ann Kullburg and Colored Pencil Painting Bible by Alyona Nickelsen covered some great techniques.  For whatever media you should be able to find books by searching Amazon and bringing the ISBN numbers to the library.  You could buy them right from Amazon, but I prefer looking them over before putting money down and the library is more than happy to oblige.

Of course the most common and basic advice applies, Practice.  Find photos of whatever you want to work on and draw them.  Find drawings made by other artists try to figure out what lines they felt were most important, then recreate their drawing.  You'll eventually pick up on the basic shapes to look for and build up your own techniques." 



:iconfelizias: Felizias
"In addition to what QBeagle said you can always turn to the community for advice. :) (Smile)
There are a lot of artists struggling with those problems. I'm no traditionalist myself but I know there are a lot of improvement and feedback groups there you can get help from similar artists. 
Have you tried getting advice using our comment systems yet? :? (Confused)
For improvement I recommend :iconimprovement-club: where you can get detailed overall feedback and advice.
If you know some great artist who can do what you would like to, just try and ask them how they do it. It is always a huge compliment to be asked about your techniques and I know a lot of artists out here would be more than happy to help and be an inspiration." :D (Big Grin)



:iconmidorimurasaki: MidoriMurasaki: "For a deeper approach to anatomy, try finding/buying some books about 'artistic anatomy'. 


Places to looks: libraries, book shops, even search for pdf books. 

The best books on this subject have clear drawings and a lot of writing too, for it is essential to read about the matter too, and perhaps even photographs of models in various positions and showing anatomical details.
I strongly recommend reading them in libraries with pencil and paper near.

Being a self-taught artist is impressive, but always be open to others' teachings. Books are your best friends! Reading online for a long time will tire you unnecessarily.

You get better at drawing details by lots of exercising, so don't be afraid if the result is messy, continue exercising and you will get hold of those lines! Key is don't be afraid to 'tackle' a detailed object and try many times. Also, I suggest using 0.05 mechanical pencils/pens/liners for detail drawing, as 'overloading' the page with them is unlikely, they allow drawing many small things together and still looking well and clear."



:iconj-grey: J-Grey"I understand your problem. I think a lot of artists had such situation, when you feel that you’re stuck in your drawing level. I went to different art courses, and particularly all them were for traditional drawing. So I highly recommend to find some art courses in your area. In you current situation, when you feel that online resources are not that effective, real teacher’s advice may help more. Though, I understand that it may be expensive. It also takes time.

So I’ll try to explain one method I learned when I went to illustration course. It works for any drawing style and technique. Though, you will need to search through a lot of books/resources, but I see that it’s not new for you :D (Big Grin) 

First of all, look at any of your pictures with background. I believe that there are a lot of things you want to improve (because the real artist is always a bit unsatisfied). It may be anatomy, composition, furniture, landscape, etc. So the key is to study each of the parts of your artwork.

1. Still life

Some may find it boring nowadays, but it’s a really important part of any art. Search for good examples, try to find what makes some of them ‘live’, what composition works better.

Take one object (only one) and draw it. The key is to make such simple composition interesting. Use the light source and background.

Make a composition from multiply objects of different shapes and forms and draw it. ex1 

2. Interior

Same scheme here. Every part starts with study of examples.

Here, find more about perspective. Draw a real interior (your room, for example). Keep in mind that there are no empty places in it – a blank wall is not completely blank, it has shadows, wall paint, cracks, etc. Study different textures and materials. Draw a fantasy interior. It’s good to find the description in a book and draw it. ex2

 3. Landscape and architecture ex3

 4. Add a character in the interior and landscape. When you add characters, don’t forget about the background. They should behave in it. Animals go here too. ex4

 5. Dialogue

Try to draw a dialogue between inanimate objects ex5

 6. A group of characters (3-5) ex6

It’s just a brief explanation, so I still suggest showing your process for someone qualified for more advice. I encourage you to find your own examples in the style you like!

If you want to improve in anatomy, I totally agree with other suggestions about using books. There is a good online resource www.posemaniacs.com/ Anatomy is where quantity will slowly get you quality. Try such challenges as 'Draw 50 hands'. 

 Hope it will help you a bit and keep drawing." :D (Big Grin)

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ProjectComment is a Group that provides Guaranteed & Constructive comments for the deviantART community.

In order to support those efforts, we encourage dedicated users to give comments too. For those who are critics, artists, or just helpful in the community, we now offer something in return for all that you do - be it helping the participants of ProjectComment, or the group itself!

This weekly article focuses on the amazing deviants in the deviantART community, who have given fantastic comments, through excerpts of those comments, artwork by the deviants themselves, and much more! Your support in :+fav: the article would be much appreciated. :heart:



Spotlight Commenters

These commenters are determined by you through Nominations (read below for more information). Each month, we will be selecting a couple of amazing commenters based on the comments we have seen in our gallery submissions and elsewhere on deviantART. Anyone on deviantART is applicable for this feature!

:iconzozzy777:, Zozzy777, Traditional Art, Hobbyist
Commented on Our Topsy Turvy World by Celesol.

Our Topsy-Turvy world by Celesol
"I'd like to start by saying I was instantly impressed by this because of the bright colours, they really pulled my eyes into this image. The quality in general is very high too because all the proportions appear to be correct and there is some excellent shading.

I think the watercolour was a brilliant choice of median as its helped to create some lovely colours in the picture, my favourite example is in the clouds from the window I think the watercolour adds a really nice dramatic effect to the skyline and I love how well that bright orange contrasts with the grey it looks really great. I'd also like ot say well done on doing the hair so well with water colour becuase I always think that is something that is pretty difficult to do but you've seem to managed it really well here.
[...]"

Here is a selection of art created by Zozzy777.
Ammonite by Zozzy777 The scent of summer by Zozzy777 Ed sheeran by Zozzy777
Have a browse of their Gallery!


:icongracefulsunshine:, gracefulsunshine, Deviant Member
Commented on the spark for all I've done by Knifapotamas.

the spark for all I've done by Knifapotamas
"first of all, i love the grass and her pose - it's very dynamic, and i love the shading that you've done on her skin. you've also used the blur effect very nicely, and those hands are gorgeous C: i'd love to have that right hand of hers. the dress and hair are also fabulous!

there's little to no contrast in the background, however, which would better accentuate the light source, which is kind of all over the place, and not make it look as if she's in front of a canvas or whatnot. the sparks should be farther apart (and smaller if you want circles for sparks). there's also some anatomy issues - mainly concerning her hip to waist alignment (left leg is too shifted to the left for my comfort), extremely visible spine, and arm lengths (left arm-elbow is too long and right arm is too long in general). in addition, there should be more definition on the face, or at least more contrast in the hair and between the hair and face.
[...]"

Here is a selection of art created by gracefulsunshine.
Perspicuity by gracefulsunshine Soliloquial Solitude by gracefulsunshine Fuchsia Waltz by gracefulsunshine
Have a browse of their Gallery!


:iconanimegirlmika:, AnimeGirlMika, Varied, Professional
Commented on Ink Pot My little flower girl colored by pho3nixdown.

Ink Pot My little flower girl colored by pho3nixdown
"The coloring here is gorgeous!  Soft and watery, yet detailed and distinct :D  The way you added more small details in highlighting to the eyes and hair than anywhere else was a good choice since this looks like anime-style art and, as you probably know, hair and eyes are the most important feature of an anime character.  Something I find interesting is the apparent backlighting of the character.  It does seem like the light source is coming from above and slightly behind but, because your coloring is so gentle, it doesn't overpower the subject.  It simply gives the piece an 'early morning' atmosphere.   [...]"

Here is a selection of art created by AnimeGirlMika.
Ghostie Halloween by AnimeGirlMika Rainbow Hair by AnimeGirlMika Forest Boof by AnimeGirlMika
Have a browse of their Gallery!

Do you know of a potential Spotlight Commenter? If so, we take nominations. Feel free to note ProjectComment!




Comment?

Consider commenting on one or more of the below!

Pimpmaam by sinnelius Snow in Spring by seangregory Betawi by sinnelius

If you want to be in for the chance of being featured, feel free to submit to this folder!



How To Nominate


We need nominations of deviants who you think should be featured! Send us a note with the subject "Nomination" and the following information:
    :star: Name of Deviant

    :star: Links to the deviations they commented. (This is great way to give back to a user who has given you an exceptional comment!
:bulletgreen: You can suggest anyone and everyone (except yourself ;P) at any time and include as many nominations as you want in one note.
:bulletgreen: The news feature occurs once every week and all nominations will be taken into account.
:bulletgreen: If your nomination isn't featured immediately, it may still be featured in a future news article!


3wyl, posting on behalf of ProjectComment
A new round of the Comment Tag Game! You can find the previous one here along with all of the previous participants' comments.

Do you ever feel like people are only commenting on the first piece they see? Would you like more people to actually look through your gallery? Are you willing to take a look at another deviant's gallery? Then join us for a round of Comment Tag!

Information

:bulletblue: Here is how it works:

Each TagLine will be 7 players long and will have a requirement to start with (for example, "blue") so the first player in the line knows what they are looking for.

:bulletblue: How does a player tag?

Player 1 goes through Player 2's gallery looking for an artwork or literature piece that has something with the starting requirement in it.

Player 1 leaves a comment on the deviation and puts "TAG!" at the bottom of the comment with a new requirement. This is the signal for Player 2 to look through Player 3's gallery for something with the new requirement in it.

Player 2 then comments and leaves a new requirement for player 3.

This goes on all the way through the 7 players. Player 7 leaves a comment for Player 1 and thus completes the TagLine.


Additional Notes:

:bulletblue: Post your TAG (new requirement) as well as the link to the deviation you commented on in the comments on this blog.
FAQ #14: How do I create a link to a specific comment?

:bulletblue: Please try to do your tag within 3 days, or at least notify the next in line if there are delays.

:bulletblue: Please keep requirements broad and general so that players have a better chance at finding something to comment on. (examples: Blue rather than royal blue. Dress, rather than polkadot dress. Flower instead of Sunflower.)


So what are you waiting for? Just reply to this blog to sign up! :la:

Feel free to ask any questions as well!

FAQ
  • What if you can't find the requirement? Then comment on a random piece and tag the player... the point is that you at least put an effort into looking for the requirement.
  • Can we sign up for more than one TagLine? YES! You have to leave a separate comment each time you want to play again, so that I have an accurate count. It's first come first serve for each TagLine.
  • What do we do if we are the last in line? Find your requirement in player 1's gallery and leave a comment as usual. Instead of tagging the next player, when you comment here with a link to the deviation, please add a Tag and I will use it to begin another line :)

:bulletblue::bulletred::bulletpurple:TAGLINES:bulletyellow::bulletgreen::bulletorange:

Please make sure that comments are as constructive as possible.

Please also note that it may take a while to get to you in the line...we just ask that you do your tag when it's your turn within three days. Thanks!

Happy tagging everyone! :la:


:pointr: TAGLINE 1: :pointl:
1. QBeagle "Menace" :: comments.deviantart.com/1/4885…
2. StudioIJB "Life" :: comments.deviantart.com/1/4890…
3. DoubleDandE
4. scarlette13
5. DTKinetic
6. icanthinkofgoodname
7. Schokopir
ProjectComment presents the community of deviantART a project that will question what it really means to be a commenter, an artist, a member of deviantART. All of these challenges relate to commenting in some shape or form, and we sincerely encourage everyone to take part! :la:

You do not have to be brilliant at writing comments and we are not asking you to perform miraculous feats. We are just looking for people willing to make a difference. It is all too easy to receive constructive comments, but giving them is equally, if not more, rewarding.



Each week, a challenge is set with the deviations of those who participated in the previous week featured in a news article. Many thanks to CameronKobe, Ouroboros-Armageddon, kaotic-cass, hunterN05, valloria, QBeagle for participating in Week 39!

Art Trade: The Captain by CameronKobe Invincipearl by Ouroboros-Armageddon Asami by kaotic-cass The Tainted: Project 19
Project 19
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It was dark… so dark… a black abyss of nothingness that of which is my soul, my being. In this place, there is always the faintest of lights, but I can never reach it, for it always fades away as soon as I get close…
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My eyes opened, and I was thrust back into the real world once more. The steady sound of my heartbeat and breathing was all I heard, if I listen close enough that is. I sat up and blinked away the feeling in my eyes until my vision cleared up, looking around I saw I was still inside the office building I had taken refuge in last night.
The morning sun shone in through broken windows of the room, bouncing off of the metal tables and lighting it up, showing scattered old document papers and broken glass and smashed light bulbs. The cubicles were all disrupted and the small walls had fallen to the floor, showing desks covered in dust and broken computer monitors.
The smell of mold permeated from one of the bathrooms prompting me
Dapper Man by QBeagleThe Cowgirl's Girly Style by valloria



Participate in this week's comment challenge…

Constructively comment on three deviations, each of which should contain your favourite colour(s)

:iconfeelingfreeplz::iconrainbowsheep2:



Guidelines

:bulletblue: Once you have commented, link us to your comment in a reply to this article!
:bulletblue: The comment must be newly submitted to deviantART from today's date.
:bulletblue: Please try to include something along the lines of: "Commented on behalf of ProjectComment's 52 Week Comment Challenge" in your comment!
:bulletblue: Feel free to follow our guide on How to Comment - Pointers and Examples. If you are struggling with the concept of a constructive comment, this should help!
:bulletblue: You may do this challenge as many times as you want!

:star: Those who complete the challenge successfully will be featured in a news article, and the one who completes the most challenges successfully will win themselves a 12 Month Premium Membership. There will also be :points: given to the best efforts!

Have Fun! :love:

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