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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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Cheesypopcor Featured By Owner 19 hours ago  New member 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 19 hours ago  New member 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  New member Hobbyist General 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  New member Hobbyist General 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 ... 
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