Painted Portrait Interview with koyamoriWelcome to Painted Portrait, a new Interview series focusing on traditional artists worth keeping an eye on. Painted Portrait interviews aim to give the community more insight into talented traditional artists and how they came to be successful with their art. Today we are interviewing koyamori.
Thank you for allowing me to interview you, let's start off by having you introduce yourself.
My name is Cynthia, and I mainly use koyamori or maruti-bitamin for online handles.
I live in Toronto and have studied psychology and biology, and am currently attending college for graphic design.
What inspires your illustrations?
Childhood nostalgia and exploration of the unknown are some dominant themes that are great inspirations.
What are your favorite medias to work with and why do you liek them?
My favourite medium for some time is a mix of watercolours and inks.
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PE: The art of OrigamiWhat is Origami?
Origami (折り紙, from ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper" (kami changes to gami due to rendaku) is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century AD at the latest and was popularized outside of Japan in the mid-1900s. It has since then evolved into a modern art form. The goal of this art is to transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques, and as such the use of cuts or glue are not considered to be origami. Paper cutting and gluing is usually considered kirigami.
History of origami
Have had the most extensive tradition, there is evidence of an independent tradition of paperfolding in China, as well as in Germany, Italy and Spain among other places. However, because of the problems associated with preserving origami, there is very little direc
The Artist's Toolbox: An Artist JournalAnother Month another Artist's Toolbox.
This time I'm pulling something rather more personal out of my arsenal of tools which is my own individual way of dealing with the infuriating issue of
I want to draw... but I don't know what.
There are a number of ways people go around dealing with this issue. Just doodling til something pops out. Working on a list of prompts. Asking people to help give them ideas. Doing an entry for a contest.... there are lots of ways of going about finding something to draw.
EH = Ernest Hemmingway
My own personal way of dealing with it, makes use of the opposite problem.
I have loads of ideas! But I have to go to bed/have no time/paper/drawing equipment.
When I have lots of ideas, as is common for me before I'm about to go to bed, or when I'm supposed to be doing something else, I write it down in my magical sparkly kitty book, AKA my Artist Journal. If I just shrug and go "I'll draw that later"
The Artist's Toolbox: TypographyFor more info on this week, please refer to The Artists Toolbox - Schedule at projecteducate
In this toolbox you will find helpful tips for digital typography. For those of you new to the topic, let's start with a short explanation
Typography is the art and technique of arranging type in order to make language visible.
Pretty simple, eh? Basically as you are reading this you are "reading typography". What I will refer to in this article is digital artistic typography, though. This is not the everday typography you see on street signs, books or on websites.
It can be anything! Which is amazing and scary at the same time
Here's a little overview of this article:
Read tutorialsGet your hands o
FANPAGE ON FACEBOOK REFUSES TO CREDIT FANARTISTS!FANPAGE ON FACEBOOK REFUSES TO CREDIT FANARTISTS!!!
WELL THERE MY BELOVED FANARTISTS FRIENDS BE CAREFUL FOR THERE IS A FACEBOOK PAGE THAT REFUSES TO GIVE YOU CREDITS FOR YOUR HARDWORK JUST BECAUSE THEY SIMPLY FOUND IT ON GOOGLE!!!
ISN'T THAT NICE???
Well now, seriously
I follow some facebook pages.
To tell you the truth I follow the ones that credit artists for their work, because I find it nice to click on the link they provide of their galleries and almost die of happiness seeing other wonderful artworks from the same person on their own site.
But yesterday a Saint Seiya Page I follow had a funny comic stolen by a famous Anime Page on Facebook. The ADMs claim they found it on google already the way it was. Without the SSpage logo. And they put their logo on that comic, posted on their page as if it was theirs. Because seriously, when you put your logo on a work you found on internet you are automatically saying IT IS YOURS! And, of course
The Artists Toolbox: Roundup and Callout!We've come to the end of our first Artists Toolbox Week - huge thanks to those who contributed articles because without the hard work from a few deviants, the week wouldn't have been possible. However it went down well which is why we're working on the next one! If you'd like to take part please note Kaz-D with your thoughts. The next Artists Toolbox Week is September 9th -> September 15th 2013! Without further ado, here is a roundup of this weeks articles...
Using Powerpoint as an art tool!
Do's and Don'ts of Digital Painting
Watcher Feature #6note: If you commented on my other journal to be featured, please take a look at everyone else's work too. After all, it's only fair that way and if you don't, it's just a little selfish and your conscience will bug you . So yah, share the love, guys! Faving this journal might help
These are ordered first come first serve style; I will be showing around 50 pieces at one time (i have around 600 comments now @__@ ), and be featuring once a week as to not clog up your message boxes. It'll probably take ....a few months, so please be patient!
Protector by ThoughtMantique young morita shinobu by diechief Chris Hemsworth by azulmint Overflowing by BlissfulImperfection merman by evilstrawberrycookie Schneewittchen glass BOTTLE by HazyDreamerNeko Surf-n-Turf Edit by leiarenee Frozen in Time - Cryonics by AtticCreationz2 -BIRTH OF A VALKYRIE- 1 of 6 by Autumn-North lion2 by umbreon17Daffodils 2 by BlubBlobbery you were the greatest thing that happened to me by Rontra Nightgirl Blocking by Adviva BULKHEAD by Trunchbull :thumb28872224
Project Educate - How it Works!Over the past few months, even years, projecteducate has changed dramatically to ensure that more and more people get the chance to participate - and to ensure that we're bringing you fresh, up to date information. So this brief journal is to let you know exactly how projecteducate works - and exactly how you can now get involved. There's a TL;DR version at the bottom if the text walls are too much
Firstly, check out the Calendar for the current schedule right up until the end of the year. If you see something there that you'd like to participate in, either note projecteducate or the specific Community Volunteer listed as being involved with the week.
Community Volunteer Weeks
Community Volunteers sign up to take a specific week on that focuses on an area of their expertise. Most of the time, this links in with the area that the
Washu, how DID you...? (drawing skill)Hi there my friends!
I decided to write this journal because many people ask me what I did to get to the level of skills I have at drawing.
Well the answer is training.
Just look around you! There are infinite sort of thing and objects waiting for you to try picturing them. And in fact that's how I started and I sort of do that even nowadays for training purposes.
You don't have to do it perfectly at first. Or second or third or N times. I really sucked when I started. And when I say I was really bad I mean it!
Remember Kung-fu Panda?
When Poh said: "There's no secret ingredient!"
I assure you he is damn right.
Yet, to achieve some stuff unfortunately you have to sacrifice others There's no other way. =/
Unless you were born a genius
And that's something I'm not
"But Washu, what did you sacrifice to achieve the level you are now?" You'd ask.
Oh I sacrificed maaaany things. Like:
Going out with friends, parties, movies
dArtist Interview #1An amazing artist, an amazing community spirit, and an amazing friend - just to name a few.
It seems only fitting to dedicate the first issue of dArtist Interviews to the one who has made it possible. She carved out a niché on deviantART where we deviants can say what we usually wouldn't mix into the conversation: heartfelt appreciation in form of compliments; some directed at art, some at personality, some at helpfulness, some at friendship - all of them raising a smile and bringing us closer together. Without further gilding the lily I present to you:
:iconflyingheartsplz: :iconSimplySilent: :iconflyingheartsplz:
:iconCelvas:First I want to ask you one obvious question: deviantART Compliments - why? How? Where did that idea come from?
:iconSimplySilent:The basic idea of dA Compliments isn't mine unfortunately, although I do wish I had come up with such a wonderful idea myself. My school on Facebook actually introduc
How to get the most out of your keywordsThe keywords of your prints play an important role in how your artwork is discovered using our Print Shop's search feature. This will enable you to search through the prints available on deviantART using their keywords. Here are some tips for using keywords that will help people find your work:
Use as many words as you can
The more words you use, the more times your print will be viewed. Let's say, for instance, you are posting an image of some lovely roses. Some keywords you may use are "roses, flowers, plants, nature, Valentine's Day, romance, love, gift, bouquet, red, bloom, blossoms..." and anything else you can think of (while keeping it relevant, of course).
Keep them on topic
Sure, putting in "Harry Potter" and "hot girls" will get you more hits; however, there is a very slim chance the people searching for those words are going to buy your print if it doesn't have to do with the subject they've searched for. Try to keep your keywords rel