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Art Survival Guide - Beginner by DarlingMionette Art Survival Guide - Beginner by DarlingMionette
This was supposed to be much longer, much more detailed, and full of pictures. But I ran out of room. I almost didn't fit my name on the bottom. It's a DA Survival Guide for Amateur Artists - just covering a few "If you want to improve...." points, social interactions, commissions, style.. etc. It was done off the top of my head XD meant for the newest DA beginners that have no idea where to start.
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Art Survival Guide - Beginner by *DarlingMionette offers tons of great advice for artists that want to find a way to improve their work and get noticed with helpful tips on developing a unique style, applying work ethic, accepting commissions, and learning the first steps of networking. Here's your guide to navigating your deviantART experience with more confidence while achieving your artistic goals.
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ObsessiveFanBoy 5 days ago  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for this in depth easy to follow guide you did a really good job now I'm going to go apply all this to my own artwork
DarlingMionette 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
XD you're welcome
your advice is really helpful,  just about when i'm wondering what to do in the future.
FelipeDzeta Mar 31, 2014  New member
Not only it's helpful but it is inspirational.
But, tell me, Dear Mionette, how to proceed when people say (And I agree!) that I draw like a 7 years old?
This is really helpful ^-^ I'm in this weird, "I know some basic things from art classes" but I've just started practicing seriously. I have no idea what I am doing lol. :)
kirbynat Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, I don't really plan on becoming a PROFESSIONAL artist in any way, but I'm saving this anyway because drawing is fun and I DO want to get better. :D
HarukaInLove Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Long text but very good advices! I really like it, thank you! 
(And I'm kinda glad that I already do most of the mentioned points or I'm on my way doing it. Very motivating! :) )
African-Amber Mar 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Tight Hug  This is just the thing I was looking for.
I love this guide but I do have a question about work ethic. Do you have any suggestions on improving one's work ethic?
GravitiiCS Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been on DeviantART for a LONG time, but I've had tons of issues with my human style. That idea, of taking great arts and mushing them together into a new style, that is something I would have never thought of! I'll have to try that sometime soon- in fact, I think I'll get to work on it now, I'm tired of inconsistent human styles~ Your tutorials are great, and are helping me a lot! Thanks for posting them. uvu
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