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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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Given 2011-01-12
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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amature-artist-250 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student General Artist
Thank you for this wonderful advice.           
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BritneyOctave Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
oh nu... i ONLY know how to do fanart X3 but you know what, im getting there. ive been trying to create some characters lately
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LadyLaufeyson13 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  New Deviant
Thanks for this! I'm a super beginner artist (seriously just bought the sketchbook yesterday) and this was amazingly helpful! 
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Kyndiaa Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I read this in 2013. TO THIS DAY i have an inspiration folder stored in my computer and TO THIS DAY, im still perfecting my art styles with your techniques. Thank you for that.
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
aww T_T what a nice thing to say. I'm glad you found it helpful all those years ago :)
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Kyndiaa Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Definitely. Thank you for making my art what it is today c:
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NightHallows Featured By Owner Edited Jun 30, 2015
thank you!
this is really helpful and it helped me to learn more about art :D
but it really reminded me of things i should be doing and stuff i can do 
thanks!! 
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Grekz Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Some gret advice and motivation for beginners like myself. Thank you very much! :D
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superbowserjimmy67 Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This information was quite helpful. Ah-thankyou. Quite inspiring!
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Pandorazx Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh my god.. thank you so much! I've been searching for this kind of guide and I finally found it!! Hug 
This is really helpful and inspirational for me ''as a beginner'' :D (Big Grin) Thanks again haha ... It is a long and hard road but we'll do it! CURSE YOU! 
I'll give my best to become a wonderful artist!:happybounce: 
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InkPawStudio777 Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you VERY much for your help. This got my fire going again. :3
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MaashaNemo Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thank You for the great article. You had addressed many points that I had issues with. Specially using reference and cutting corners. 
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BlueFlash13 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
Thank you for this! Real inspiring information here. :D
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ForlanceAbice1 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
Well this is a nice little guide.

Though it would be nice to find out how to categorize all these art tutorials, guides, references, anatomy and what not so I am not confounded into confusion. Would be nice to find a system to organize all this into neat sections.
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Stettafire Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This has some really good advice in here:)
The tips on socialising especially are really helpful:)
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SpellboundCL Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  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! 
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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
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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 ^-^
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Cerulione Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  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.
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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!
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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:
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Anansoft Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  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. 
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Azurewhiterose Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow,this is has helped me quite a bit.Thank you. :) I never thought of it that way.
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ftnzkria Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
As a beginner, this is what I need. Thank you!
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N0ha Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the part about socializing most, nice tips and real effort :D
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Shian-selene Featured By Owner Edited Aug 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Any advice to a shy person who don't know how to get in social live?
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steventhe23rd Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student General Artist
This. Is. AWESOME. Thank you so much for all the advice!
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foxlike1006 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you very much, this is very heplfull :)
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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.
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PhantasmalRose 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
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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 
thanks 
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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.
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Cheesypopcor Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional 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!
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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] 
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Cheesypopcor Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's so beautiful... <3 And I agree!
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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. 
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FoxesPaintbrush Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
This is super helpful, especially for someone like me who has only just started Deviantart!
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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!
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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! :)
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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 :)
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adorkablebenzogirl Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for the tips!!! :)
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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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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
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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!
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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. ♥
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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.
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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: darlingmionette.deviantart.com…
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hoohler Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
okay now i understand.
thank you for the explanation, you even gave an example.
appreciate it :)
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
no prob :)
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AbyssalRadiance 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
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