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How to mildly annoy your artist. Guide.

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 20, 2016, 7:29 AM



Maybe it’s not a common knowledge how to NOT annoy the artist. That’s why I want to make this list. Would be awesome if you guys can share this list to spread the message so it will make easier life for us, artists :)


The worst question/ messages you can send to artist a.k.a. ‘How to annoy your artist’



Message 1: 'Can I be You friend?'


No >_<


Explanation: Would You pick random person on the street, come to him/her and ask this question? If answer is no then don’t ask people this people on the internet. Plus. Do you even realize what a term  ‘friend’ means? Friendship is earned, it’s not a matter of question. With time two people just start to realize they are friends. This question is just really, really awkward one.


Message 2. 'I love your art, I’m a big fan! <3 <3 <3 Can you draw me/ my girlfriend/ my dog(for free of course <3).'



No >_<


Explanation: This is innocent enough but after getting like hundreds of these messages artist is just tired. This person don’t want commission the artist but just think that being a fan means artist will draw for free. Well… no. Drawing is our job and if you really respect artist you would want to pay for work.


Message 3. 'Can I use your work for my own intellectual property/ Commercial use'


No >_<


Explanation: So you want to release something to the world that will be commercially, meaning you want to make a profit out of someone else work. Good that you at least asked (usually artist find his/her work on the internet without any credits). If you feel like you can use someone else’s drawing in your work - again - commission the artist. Pay some money for the product that will be made just for you. With the purchase you gain the rights to spread and use the artwork how you want.


Message 4. ‘Can I have your private phone/private mail?’


O_O ?! No! What for?! There are reasons why I don’t put personal data on the internet. It’s for family or people I know. Any other info will be available for clients.


Message 5. ‘Can you send me your photos/ Can I send you my photos?’


No! But even if I say no to second question, it’s not always possible to avoid getting some… interesting pictures. Ahem …


Lesson to be taken here.

We are all humans here on the internet. Not a persona or a robot that has some image. The thing that we have social profiles on the internet doesn’t mean that all rules of etiquette don’t apply. It’s the same savoir vivre like in real life but internet seems to blur the lines. 
After some of these kind of messages it's no more entertaining but really tiring.


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Painting hair breakdown :)

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 23, 2015, 3:56 AM


This was a very popular request. But instead of uploading to gallery I will make a post out of this :)

’What is hair and how i can render it?’

I got this question and I really wanted to show on very simple examples how to render hair. Because it really is... simple! Following this guide you will be able to paint hair in few minutes.

This is called the ribbon technique.

It is used by many artists out there. I just wanted to show you a couple of examples. As you can see I picked Adam Hughes and J. C. Leyendecker. Look at it and see how they paint the hair. It doesn’t look like a mop. It looks more like big, overlapping shapes organized in some fashion.




Try to imagine a string of hair like a ribbon. Ribbon symbolize a large portion of hair. Don’t focus on every single hair string, instead of this imagine it as bigger shape. It will catch light in highest point and it will have core shadows.

Establish where light is hitting the hair and where it turns dark. Start with big shapes. big brushes to get the lights and volumes right. Then You can go into details and paint small brush strokes to add details like single hair strings.

I attached two examples. First is very simple where you can clearly see and understand the similarity between hair and ribbon. Second example is theory put into practice. But it’s basically doing the same things as shown in simple example.






Let me know what you think about this?

I based my knowledge on James Gurney blog (author of Dinotopia and Light and Color book)

And for the example I used faestock photo.



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Thank You guys and some plans

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 15, 2015, 4:23 PM


Thank You all for birthday wishes ^^ :)

Since so many kind people are here I want to share more stuff with You :) Especially I want to address things I've been asked few times already ^^ ' ( yes! If you want me to explain some stuff just PM me :D)


First. I want to make tutorial about drawing hair. I want to show few examples that will explain, very simple way, the theory behind hair :)
Second. I think I want to record my work while working in Photoshop and upload that on YouTube. So you guys don't need to depend on being on my Livestream. Although ... I still want to invite you to see my next live 'show' here - livestream.com/accounts/175626….

It's gonna happen. More knowledge sharing :)

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Anatomy practice

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 24, 2015, 10:40 AM


I want to share little summary of anatomy practice. I'm focusing on that more than creating art actually. I feel like I need to grow and develop more basic skills. I want to evolve and create better art.
I'm practicing daily so I hope I will see some result soon in my illustrations.


Here are some poses, perspective practice, heads, more in depth muscles practice. A little bit of everything. For anatomy practice I read Michael Hampton book. In my opinion he has very good approach to drawing figure and it's very easy to follow.







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Livestream Thursday 20.8,2015

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 19, 2015, 2:29 PM


Livestream on Thursday guys! Join me and see how I paint digitally.
8.00 am CEST (11 pm PDT time I think :D)

Aaand little preview on what You gonna see there...


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Learning resources and some thoughts.

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 14, 2015, 7:15 AM


Good old fashion learning materials. Who recommend that these days ? All I see are just 'ready to apply instantly recipes'.
There is no longer path to follow but rather 'i want to arrive at finish line without too much running'.

I see this desire for shortcuts. No desire for knowledge. It's passé. 

Why bother with basics when You can use recipe and... voila! Instant gratification. Instant result. But without help of every fancy shortcut method we have, the facade falls. 
In real life it will eventually shows - the lacks of skills.

Yeah. Some observation.

After making this little statement in the beginning I would love to recommend to You some materials. I believe they are really interesting and can be valuable piece of knowledge for You all. Since I believe You all here are people wanting to motivate themselves to be better every day. 

First thing I want to recommend are videos. 

Drawing from Photos Vs Drawing from Life




The Best Foreshortening Technique





Next thing I would like to recommend is a book. Not art related but shows how creative people work. I think some of You may find it interesting comparing your own lifestyle to famous creative people. Some of them like to have regular hours, some worked better without it. Some preferred working during night. Check it especially when You struggle with your own daily habits.







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DeviantArtist Questionnaire

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 9, 2015, 3:52 AM


  • How long have you been on DeviantArt?

    2 years and 9 months. (In October will be 3 years )

  • What does your username mean?

    Manequim used to be my cCaopeira nickname. I just added 'atelier' and voila! :D

  • Describe yourself in three words.

    Never giving up.

  • Are you left or right handed?

    Right

  • What was your first deviation? 

Mononoke Hime by mannequin-atelier
I need to go back to watercolor soooo bad T___T


  • What is your favourite type of art to create?

  I enjoy fan arts but I try doing original characters more. I would say... digital illustrations :D

  • If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?

   American illustrators style like J.C. Leyendecker or Norman Rockewell.
  • What was your first favorite?

Four Step Castle Drawing Tutorial by Built4ever
  Apparently I like castles :D


  • What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?

  Fantasy themed illustration
  • Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?

  Heart  AldgerRelpa Heart  Never enough love :D
  • If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?

  We gonna meet, oh we gonna meet.... AdamHughes Nod 
  • How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?

  All artist that I follow here are great motivation to improve and create :)
  • What are your preferred tools to create art?

  Moleskine sketchbook and pencils. Traditional techniques are the best!
  • What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?

  My workstation which is also my living room, my computer with Wacom Intuos and drawing table.
  • What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?

  Having my piece shared on Facebook by Deviantart and after that having insane amount of people discovering my page and leaving nice feedback :)



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DeviantArtist Questionnaire

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 9, 2015, 3:51 AM


  • How long have you been on DeviantArt?

    2 years and 9 months. (In October will be 3 years )

  • What does your username mean?

    Manequim used to be my cCaopeira nickname. I just added 'atelier' and voila! :D

  • Describe yourself in three words.

    Never giving up.

  • Are you left or right handed?

    Right

  • What was your first deviation? 

Mononoke Hime by mannequin-atelier
I need to go back to watercolor soooo bad T___T


  • What is your favourite type of art to create?

  I enjoy fan arts but I try doing original characters more. I would say... digital illustrations :D

  • If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?

   American illustrators style like J.C. Leyendecker or Norman Rockewell.
  • What was your first favorite?

Four Step Castle Drawing Tutorial by Built4ever
  Apparently I like castles :D


  • What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?

  Fantasy themed illustration
  • Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?

  Heart  AldgerRelpa   Heart  Never enough love :D
  • If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?

  We gonna meet, oh we gonna meet.... AdamHughes Nod 
  • How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?

  All artist that I follow here are great motivation to improve and create :)
  • What are your preferred tools to create art?

  Moleskine sketchbook and pencils. Traditional techniques are the best!
  • What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?

  My workstation which is also my living room, my computer with Wacom Intuos and drawing table.
  • What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?

  Having my piece shared on Facebook by Deviantart and after that having insane amount of people discovering my page and leaving nice feedback :)



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Livestream Friday yay!

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 16, 2015, 2:56 PM


Livestream on Friday guys! Join me and see how I paint digitally.
8.30 am CEST (11 pm PDT time)





Link to stream - livestream.com/accounts/175626…

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Sharing knowledge and livestreaming

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 13, 2015, 10:59 AM


Hi !

After some time, I'm back with a lot stuff heading your way :) 
I hope You will find this news useful (because some people asked this of me)
I will start livestraming. I want to do it on weekly basis. Streaming how I work and I want you to join me. I want to learn something myself and maybe you will find of my knowledge useful.
I will stream on what I'm working - so it can be anatomy studies studies painting illustration, drawing characters. So if you want learn with me or I can share the knowledge i already have then join me please. It will be a pleasure.
For now I'm planning to to do this weekly. Every Wednesday at 9 a.m for center european people (which is 12 p.m. PDT ) Im not sure which time would be the best to pick for streaming, so I will change this probably in the future.
Share some thoughts guys :) 

For my first stream go here - livestream.com/accounts/175626…

Because of some personal problems postponing this event to Thursday (16/7/2015)! Sorry guys! 7a.m CEST which is 10 p.m. PDT


Please follow me on Twitter so You will be noticed before the stream.



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ARTspiration List

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 9, 2014, 6:00 AM


This will be a list of artists who inspire me and how I work. (that’s why Artspiration List)
For me the biggest inspiration are the artist with their own unique style. If artist have unique style You immediately associate the art with the name. And because of that they are the inspiration for many other artists.'

Adam Hughes




AdamHughes 


Catwoman 48 by AdamHughes

He is my biggest comic artists influence. His work is inspired by Alphons Mucha art. I didn’t pu Mucha on my list but he is an artist that I admire greatly. But I would say that Adam has bigger influence on me - just because he takes Mucha style into our times and makes some badass comic ladies :)

Iain McCaig





 

Best known for his work for Start Wars. He designed some character from the Star Wars, like- Darth Maul or Padme Amidala’s clothes. But he is also a great illustrator who knows how to tell a story. All his character designs are unique. I really recommend everyone to look at his work
I had a privilege to meet McCaig in person. It was an experience that helped me with my art path. He's the artist you just need to meet. Kind guy, great storyteller - you just want to sit and hear his tales :)


Karla Ortiz




 


The most inspiring female concept artist for me. She's skilled at traditional skills that makes her digital works unique and adds traditional touch. I just love this look! She 
is well know for her  Magic the Gathering illustrations. Mainly she specialize in fanatsy genre. I love how she renders her characters. I’m very inspired by her work and wish to have similar results in my own works


Norman Rockwell




 
 

I like the style of American illustrators from 20th century (I would add here J.C. Leyendecker and Dean Cornwell) Among all of them Rockwell is my favorite (maybe some Mucha vibe? i don't know :D). You cannot mistake him with anyone else. His style inspired others. He know how to make character and illustrations that captures the look of a real life.


And special mention to janaschi who got recently back to posting on DA. Girrrrrlll.... you inspire me to work harder every day. And for that - Thank You very much! :)

That was rather short, but I focused on my main, biggest inspirations :) So I get inspired by the modern artists as well as older ones, I’m inspired by traditional art and digital art, I’m inspired by comics and realistic style. I think that it’s best to have a variety to pick from :)



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I moved to another country ! :O

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 5, 2014, 3:51 AM


Hey artists out there ! Especially those in Germany.
I just moved to Berlin and don't know anything and almost anyone here! Whoa, what a change. I'm really adjusting to a new culture. There are many differences.I need to learn the ways of living as Berliner :D
Maybe some of You know the city or live here in Berlin and can be an awesome person and tell me a bit about the city. Maybe someone from my DA fellow artists lives in Berlin,want to meet and make an art trip with sketchbooks around the city? :)

Just saying. But I really hope someone from Berlin can reply :D


BTW. Many of You may be interested in contacting even though You are not living in Berlin. Then just send me a note on Facebook (maybe with some info about You, and da profile ^^) - www.facebook.com/kasia.maniek and then I will befriend You xD Just because I need to be more active there, because I think my Facebook account was dead for a long time ^^'


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Portrait drawing and learning materials

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 21, 2014, 3:29 AM


Some time ago I got question about how I approach portrait and face drawing. I posted about it on Tumblr, but I thought why now share my thoughts here on DA also :)


The first thing if You want to do portraits is to know anatomy. Start with learning what is under the skin and understand how it affects the face. When You got that covered You must know how face is structured. That will give You the knowledge how to light head. Head is a cube-like object. (yea! NOT sphere!) On face we have other little cube-like object (nose).  

A great exercise is to find photos of a face and draw structure lines over it.

Example:





You see clearly now? The structure of a nose, where cheeks are, forehead etc.

After doing this You will be able to create the face from a memory using these helping lines.

Like here. This is Michael Hampton exercise:



You see how everything fits thanks to the structure lines?

Drawing a face requires TONS of practice. Find thousand photo references and practice.

Understand the anatomy and face structure first. It’s basic.That would be the things I would recommend for everyone who start drawing faces :)

I also would love to share with You my newest art discovery :D Learning video channel from New Masters Academy. THIS! THIS I tell You is the gold :D I love the professional knowledge of the masters plus this YT channel is for free, which is super nice ^^

If You want to practice anatomy for 25 min a day, check out the Daily Life Drawing Sessions videos. Great to practice quick poses - 1min, 2 min and 5 min.







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Studies (really bad teachers) vs Self taught

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 8, 2014, 12:34 PM


Studies (really bad teachers) vs Self taught


Some personal story.

I want to address this topic from my point of view. I know it’s very popular topic among artists and I want to address it from my perspective. I’ve been to university also so I can talk from perspective of being a student and self taught artist.

Having a good teacher is a very important factor while going to university. What good teacher means to me? Not only is it a person with incredible skills and knowledge. I can argue these features does not make a regular person good teacher. He/she must know how to teach and actually CARE about You,( about his/her students). Good teacher is a person who want to pass the skills and knowledge to young students, not because he is a teacher but because it is a person who cares. I put such an emphasis on word ‘care’ because… you could probably guess by now… I didn’t have teachers who cared! So what is the point to going to uni when person who ‘teaches’ (yea… only in theory) really don’t care if You will become better. You need just to be present in class and do some drawings (haha!)

To illustrate this I will tell You my story. When I just started studying. It was my first ever painting class. I had my tools but I didn’t know how to use them. How to use paint on canvas, how to put strokes, how to paint this still life? I had zero knowledge about painting, I tried only graphic pencils, charcoal and maybe markers a little. Technique for using paint is a different thing totally. I was confused. Students were left alone to paint. Oh my … But HOW? I was waiting some time for a teacher to actually arrive, but after some time I decided it’s better to have something on canvas that sitting and doing nothing for 3 hours. Beside there were other students who started and knew something about painting. I felt so alone…I’ve struggled. It was horrible. I’ve put little shapes in the middle of my canvas.  Only slightly similar to the still life in front of me. Then I needed to put some background. I’ve put color shapes around items in the middle. And It looked awful, What a horrible mess. I did everything wrong. And then teacher came. ‘Okay…there is a hope for me’ - I thought - ‘He will explain me the technique, I will be able to start again and do something better’. But how wrong was I. Teacher IGNORED me. Yea…he didn’t even say a word. He just passed me. Probably I wasn’t interesting enough for him to waste his time on me. I’m just a student who wants to learn and lacks the basic knowledge. Some may argue that I needed attention. But teacher…. he didn’t care about me at all. ZERO.

image

<- My Art Teacher :)

Hoping he will notice me was just my mistake I guess. It was just not the way the things were there. The rules were different. It was a moment when I felt totally hopeless, I felt so bad I wanted to cry.


I was ignored because my art teacher was more interested in students who actually could yet paint. He paid them some attention, made some comments and left. But still… he passed no knowledge or rules on how to paint. And the lesson ended and I was left with very bad emotions.
All painting lessons I could compare to my first lesson. I was better with each lesson, but because I started to learn from other students. It was my method to …survive. I survived because I was determined to. I saw what approach others students had and I copied the technique. This is how I was learning. I wasn’t better because of some guy who called himself ‘teacher’. He wasn’t even present for  90% of time, he never done any demonstration of how he paint.


I don’t want to say every teacher is bad, and there is no point on going to university. I just want to show that what actually is important is who is teaching You. Because sometimes You would be better off learning by yourself. Always check opinions about the school and teachers. Good teachers are worth Yours time and money. I’ve never in my life met a person who I could call a good teacher unfortunately. So that is why I can say self learning was best way for me.


So stories ‘university vs self taught’ can be very personal and how You view the topic depends on Yours experience. I know that thanks to my experience I don’t depend on anyone to motivate me or teach me. I know that if I don’t motivate myself and if I don’t seek the knowledge myself I won’t learn.


I can say the moral of this story is - Don’t count on other people. Always count on Yourself. I think for all those people out there who are motivated to self-develop it is pretty good phrase to push themselves more and achieve art goals :) And no one will take this away from You :)
And now go listen to epic ‘Rocky’ theme ;) Because at the end of the day You always need some inspiration and motivation ;)


By the way. I can share my art when I was at university to show You how much someone can learn after leaving school , hahaha :D



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July sketchbook compilation and music for work

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 3, 2014, 12:39 PM


Hi!
July compilation is rather small. I choose only these few, plus I was very busy moving to another apartment (and I know now I will move again in near future xD)


This is how almost all of my sketchbooks look when I put them together.
















Also. Can You recommend me some music while I work? :) I like almost all genres (rock, punk, electronic, drum n bass, dubstep, classical, orchestral, epic soundtracks...)
I love compositor Hiroyuki Sawano, who I discovered by watching Attack on Titan. But I don't want to play all over again his songs ;)
Maybe anyone can recommend me something similar? (I didn't watch Gulity Crown, but I find this song good to listen:))




Or just share Yours playlists please ^^

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SELLING ORIGINAL SKETCHBOOKS!

Journal Entry: Sun Jun 8, 2014, 2:35 PM



I'm selling my 2 best sketchbooks. You saw all of them in my gallery.




  :bulletpurple: 1.My original sketches in A4 Moleskine sketchbook. 96 pages filled with art.

  :bulletpurple: 2. Original sketches in A5 Moleskine sketchbook. More than half pages filled with original art.






It took me 4 moths of work to complete them.
They look like art book but not published and only one piece exist. You can be the only person in the world who have original artist sketches.
For sure it's fun thing for every art loving person :)
I will add also greeting cards with my art and with dedication to the buyer.





I love all my sketchbooks and I am very proud how they look. I really would prefer to leave them to myself. BUT.
My goal is to be able to fund my further art education. And by selling sketchbooks I'm collecting money
Buying the sketchbook You are helping me to reach my goal! (that means You must be a good person :D)






















  :bulletpurple: Starting price for the A4 sketchbook is 400 USD
  :bulletpurple: Starting price for the A5 sketchbook is 350 USD.
  :bulletpurple: If interested send me a NOTE.
  :bulletpurple: I'm waiting for the best offer (so something above the     starting price) 
  :bulletpurple: I'm planning to end sale on May 14th.


If You still want to support ,but don't have money to buy the sketchbook, You can still commission me :)
Thank You for all support and interest! Love Ya!

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May Sketchbook Compilation

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 3, 2014, 3:19 PM





This is how my small collection of sketchbooks look right now. Love them!
I will pick best two of them and sell. Everyone will have a chance to buy one of my sketchbook :) I will post details in my journal soon :)
























SELLING THESE SOON  ! :D

June- here I go!

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April Sketchbook Compilation

Journal Entry: Mon May 5, 2014, 12:18 PM


Presenting April Sketchbook compilation. Yay!

It's always good to have a while and reflect on what I have done past month. I feel like I was working much but when I look at my sketchbooks I feel there should be more drawings :D Weird.

I think it will take me a month to finish two of my sketchbooks. After filling all pages I will want to sell my sketchbooks. You know, just saying to make the offer official (because  already had a few offers xD)

In any case. Hope some of You feel a little bit inspired. Hopefully.























Soon will upload the sketches to my gallery.

May - here I go!

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March sketchbook compilation

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 4, 2014, 3:37 PM


March summary of drawings. I like to do the monthly summary. This way I can see the work I've done ,if I improved and what I can do better next time ;) A good motivation to do something everyday. Keep drawing and improve everyday, yay!
Hope some of You can get some inspiration :)



















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Some sketches from the last month

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 28, 2014, 9:57 AM


I decided to show some sketches from the last month. I draw in my sketchbook everyday so I like to do some compilation. I Hope You enjoy this small update ! :)

























Instagram compilation by mannequin-atelier





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