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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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Stettafire Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This has some really good advice in here:)
The tips on socialising especially are really helpful:)
SpellboundCL Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New member Student Digital Artist
Thank you! I don't feel as clueless as I was before :) This is a great help to those that are just starting out! 
Asume97 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for this, now i know on what i will try to work on in the future :3
pamphletdream Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for creating this! I've just started my own art journey literally just a few hours ago and really appreciate the advice you've provided here. Thank you for your time ^-^
Cerulione Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  New member Student General Artist
Thank you! I'm a beginner & this helps a lot. I appreciate your suggestion on how to find my own style, it's really helpful.
wheezyjefferson Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This was just what I needed.  A sprinkle of dust across an invisible bridge.  Thank you!
kleinir Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Student General Artist
Although these are all simple advices, they are fantastic and reminded me of a lot of things I shouldn't have forgotten! Thank you :heart:
Anansoft Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was amazing. Thanks for this tutorial, it's super. But maybe you can do a little dictionnary for DA (if haven't already done it). Because we don't all know what is a deviation and I think it takes time and as you said it will simplify thing for beginners like me. 
CrypticMachine Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow,this is has helped me quite a bit.Thank you. :) I never thought of it that way.
ftnzkria Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
As a beginner, this is what I need. Thank you!
N0ha Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the part about socializing most, nice tips and real effort :D
Shian-selene Featured By Owner Edited Aug 25, 2014  Student General Artist
Any advice to a shy person who don't know how to get in social live?
steventhe23rd Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This. Is. AWESOME. Thank you so much for all the advice!
foxlike1006 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you very much, this is very heplfull :)
Iwilo Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
This is so incredibly inspiring and simple for a beginner to understand. I've scribbled aimlessly for a long time, but I've only really started trying to draw within the past month or so and I find myself stopping because I'm intimidated. This just makes it so clear and takes the "cheater" feeling away when I have to look up 100 reference photos just to understand how to draw 1 detail, as if I should somehow know what something looks like just by thinking of it. I really hope to be able to call myself Intermediate within the next couple of years. Thanks for the survival guide.
Ravensi Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
There are some many things in this that I always wished someone would tell me and now that I've read this I feel like I learned so much. Thank you so much ^^, time to be more active and do lots of more tradition sketching :p
umbrella4c Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
thanks so much this is really helpful 
after read it i feel like i get a level up on my skills 
nocnoi Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Thank you so much for this. I'm not an artist, so I don't even belong here, but I love art and I have a sketchbook where I draw horrible crappy pictures. I never thought about starting an Inspiration folder before, though I spent hours looking at artwork online. Thank you for these wonderful, practical tips.
Cheesypopcor Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
A wonderful, wonderful guide. That's pretty much all I can say. It's going to be hard to remember all of this, but thank you so much!
Kyndiaa Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So helpful. This should be sent as an automated email to all new members that joined! I think everyone who has started NEEDS to read this! Its so lovely~Love Neko Emoji-37 (Yay) [V2] 
Cheesypopcor Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It's so beautiful... <3 And I agree!
l3rainy Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your tips are so helpful. :) I have been doing photo manipulations for a few years now, but I recently have wanted to start drawing my own people to go into those, and not just cutting out pictures and the like. So, this was an awesome starter guide for me. :D

I really enjoy your points on not to 'draw what you see'. I keep attempting anatomy, and it just sucks ha ha so I am definitely going to take this into account. <3

Your paragraph on how to create a style was also really sweet. I've never thought of it that way before. 
FoxesPaintbrush Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
This is super helpful, especially for someone like me who has only just started Deviantart!
demurative Featured By Owner Edited Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is the most helpful thing i have ever read : P seriously though wow this helps so much! thank you!
adorkablebenzogirl Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hi. im really new to deviantArt and i was wondering if you could tell me how to categorize fanart to a specific show because i have been trying to figure out how to do that sense i first made an account here. If you helped me with this then that would be awesome. Oh and i loved your guide too! :)
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
If you're speaking of categorizing inside DA's categories, then you can't. The categories only stretch so far, and it doesn't go all the way down to individual shows. However, if you'd like to organize your own gallery down to shows you can. Simply go to your gallery and create a new folder (left hand side of the screen), label it, and start dragging your art over into it :)
adorkablebenzogirl Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for the tips!!! :)
what-a-loser Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
Great tutorial! I would like to add, don't be like me and hoard a bunch of tutorials and forget to/ not get enough time to go back to them xD ... 
LLDmate Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Absolutely stunning! I was striving for a "survival guide" like this one.
Man, so many things I was doing (and not doing)!!!
Thanks a lot, really! Now I feel I'll start to improve in every way ^^
Better get my lazy ass off and start working on a new piece :D
RicciChase42 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this :) I've been kind of stuck on how to improve and now I realize I've kind of completely ignored things like details and backgrounds... This helps a lot!
alexyorim Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Even though I've been here for 2 1/2 years,  I still has some things missing out.  But then there's always progress.
Thanks for the tip. ♥
hoohler Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
for the love of all that is holy, this is so informative and inspiring. i sincerely thank you for this. :D
but one thing i don't understand, what is 'flats'? you mention it on cutting corners section.
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
flats is a step in the painting process where you take a linework or sketch and fill it with layers or sections of flat-colors (no shading) it's done a lot as a basic step to lay out how the basic colors of a piece will look and so you know what palette you'll be working with :) Here's an example:…
hoohler Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
okay now i understand.
thank you for the explanation, you even gave an example.
appreciate it :)
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
no prob :)
ArcticSkye Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow....this was very informative and while I already knew a good part of this, you did expand on what I knew, and taught me more, but..I'm not even an amateur, reading this - a loser
rockotheklepto Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
Holy heckie this was actually hella helpful to me. Thanks!!!
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
XD welcome
dauntlessoul Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Thank you so much for sharing, it was really helpful, really :) I will surely follow you advices!
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
you are so very welcome :)
ObsessiveFanBoy Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  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 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
XD you're welcome
AureonScarheart Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
your advice is really helpful,  just about when i'm wondering what to do in the future.
FelipeDzeta Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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?
alaskatrailmutt Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Tight Hug  This is just the thing I was looking for.
ElecRei Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Student
I love this guide but I do have a question about work ethic. Do you have any suggestions on improving one's work ethic?
CraftenMC Featured By Owner 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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