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The Resource Roundup #3: Tutorials

Thu Dec 22, 2011, 11:07 AM by mattdanna:iconmattdanna:
The Resource Roundup is a regular feature showcasing some of the best resources deviantART members share with the world!

Whether you're a beginning artist or seasoned pro, deviantART's Resources Gallery is an inspirational and benefitial asset for art creation.  Take a look at a few of the incredible submissions below – they might help enhance your next artistic creation!

This issue is all about tutorials. What should the next Resource Roundup theme be? You tell us!
• Photography: beginners to advanced
• Crafts you can make at home
• Marketing yourself: website, logos, and business cards…oh my!
• Awesome application resources (from Photoshop brushes to Gimp scripts)
• Or, suggest another topic!


Traditional MM walkthrough by KeyshaKittyFixing Marker bleeds tutorial by KeyshaKittyTraditional Screentoning by FOERVRAENGD:COLOURED PENCIL TUTORIAL: by Angelstorm-82Illuminated 'P' - Tutorial (Daily Deviation) by somkTUTORIAL: Copic Markers by ember-snow:thumb183555390:Tutorial: Shading and Blending by Cataclysm-XDrawing Tutorial by Sho-chan9BloodSlave Tone Tutorial by pyrogina

Artisan Crafts

Totoro Tutorial Instructions by PlushboxIntertwining Ring Tutorial by harlewoodCosplay tips - faking an Opal by rubydSteampunk Hand in Walkthrough by aternoxBOOKBINDING TUTORIAL part I by lenokiSoul Gem tutorial by TheAnnaTurtle Tutorial by PiripandaPolymerclay Cupcake Tutorial by chat-noirHeart within a heart tutorial by colourful-blossom


Plots and Plot Twists.
What is a plot?  A plot is a series of sequential events that make up your story.  Sure, anyone could have told you that.  But, how to write one?  How can you make something this simple extraordinary?  
Plot is comprised of 3 different parts; beginning, middle and end.  Think of it this way…this is how the problem started, this is how we fix it, and this is how we fixed it.  Make sense?  As long as you stick to this simple outline, it will be much easier for you to create your plot.  Plots are also comprised of other parts; the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.
The Exposition:  This is the very beginning of your story in which your characters and some important themes are laid out.  Describe the setting; time era, place and who the characters are.  Describe to the audience just WH
Tips For Editing Poetry
***Tips For the Novice (and otherwise) - Editing***
The blanket statement, "Editing/revision harms poetry," is simply wrong.  It's akin to a photographer claiming that focusing the lens ruins the emotion of the photograph.  It is the details, and the appropriate attention paid to them, that separate a photograph from a snapshot.  Imagine a film maker slapping every frame he shot up on the screen without editing for continuity, for pacing, for effect.  What a disaster.  That is not to say that editing can't be destructive - there is such a thing as poor editing, just as there is poor writing.  But done correctly, done well, it is one of the most important tools in the poet's shed.
Never shy away from editing/revision.  Some young writers feel that to revise is to kill the spirit of the poem.  This notion serves to sacrifice the potential of a poem for an ideal that
A Guide to Writing Style
Writing Style - The Bottom Line
“Words are like sunbeams.  The more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.”       - Robert Southey
“Prose is architecture, not interior decorating.”       - Ernest Hemingway
Writing style is made up of two things: cadence and variation.
Good style is clear, readable, and invisible.  Its purpose is not to attract attention to itself but to transport readers into the world of your story.  If your readers notice your style without purposefully intending to study it, your style needs to be improved and refined.  Good style, however, is transparent so that your readers simply see the characters and world of your story rather than the words you use to portray them.
To write with cadence simply means that your writing should sound natural.  If it sounds right to you, it probably is--but if it doesn’t sound right,
Tips for Writing Writers 1
1. How to Make Great Characters
How do you create great characters? Well you have to make us sympathize with them; give us a reason to care when they are in danger. There are many ways of doing this, but here is just a few:
Help them stand out:
No they do not need to be a super hero or have the weirdest clothes, but it is good to have something that makes them...well...them! For an example you could have a cheerleader who practices kickboxing, a guy bad tough cop with poor people skills who has a kitten, or maybe the girl who is forced to be perfect by her parents has a secret comic book collection under her floorboards.
Habits are another way of making someone stand out. Someone could have a habit of blowing bubble gum bubbles, while another could touch a necklace or bite a lip when they are worried.
No one likes to read about a perfect character; that would just be boring. Instead make your character seem more human with flaws. You could make them scared
Literature Info Sheets by inknalcohol Tips to Creative Writing
1. Know what you're writing.
It's easy to get off track while you're writing. Thus it's always a good idea to know what you're writing. As soon as you have a good grasp on what your story is about, you'll find yourself writing quicker. This includes the main plot, a majority of the subplots, and where all the vital plot points are going to be.
2. Know what inspires you and stay around it.
Now this doesn't mean that you should go through an entire personal evaluation. It just means to keep track of where you get inspired and what caused the inspiration. For some, it could be listening to music of some sort, while for others, it could be watching families at the park. Whatever it is, try to be around it whenever you can.
3. Map out your story.
Now this is something that a lot of people take out of hand. When mapping out your story, you don't want to have everything in a certain slot. Things can't be one hundred percent organized. The story could change in a way that
A Short Guide to Brainstorming
Got nothing to write?  Stuck in the middle of a story?  Just getting your mind wrapped around a new idea?  Asking yourself, "Where do I go from here?"
Here is the two-step guide to story development.  It works every time, 100% guaranteed.  
Step one:
Ask yourself this simple question: "What if?"
Staring at a blank page?  Ask "What if . . . ?"
Stuck in the middle of a story?  Ask "What if . . . ?"
Don't know how to end your story?  Ask "What if . . . ?"
Don't think your story is going in quite the right direction?  Ask "What if . . .?"
Step two:
Ask yourself this second simple question: "Why?"
What if aliens invaded our planet?
What if the antagonist is obsessed with redheaded women?
What if the good guy dies in the end?
What if the protagonist lies to his love interest instead of telling her the thing he desperately wants to get out?
Here's the point:
Absolutely anything is possible in the world o


Watercolour Texture Techniques by hatefueledAcrylics Material Introduction by trenchmakerbubbles texture tutorial by i-am-yaserwatercolor basic techniques by MeredithDillmanFigure Work Walkthrough - II by snowmaskAcrylic Demo - A middle ground by the-artists-cubbyJapanese painting tutorial by ShadeofShinonCapturing Light and Form by rshartsWatercolor Masking Tutorial by Lithe-FiderMarker Tutorial: Billionaire by Kep-Trefler


MAGIC bubble tutorial by ApofissXmas Three by AramisdreamBig Fat Blending Tutorial by OneFreeInternetApple tutorial by michanBIG FILESIZE - LS Tutorial by nJooVENOM - TUTORIAL by DanLuVisiArtThe Lighting Tutorial - Part 1 by kuschelirmel-stockDragon scales by JoJoesArtVarious elements - tutorial by MinnaSundbergPhotobooth Pictures Tutorial by byCavalera3D logo tutorial by victorbaracCrystals Progress Tutorial by PikishiRetro Vintage Colour Chart + Tutorial by regularjaneThe Color Tutorial - Part 1 by sashas


Eye Reference by CrimsonBanditPainting Realistic Eyes in Oil by heverBasic Portrait Lighting by KissMyHuman

Mature Content

How To Draw Women by TArthurSmith
nose and lips - sketch tut by GriffinflyFace Proportions: PROFILE VIEW by FOERVRAENGDTutorial: portrait photography by jsmonzani

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Jules1983 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Up next: photography, please :)
ibr-remote Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
Anatomy tutorial items are helpful, thanks.
Tifa22 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, thanks a lot for collecting!
maifights Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
I'd love to know if there's a Python programmer with a Poser animation/Kinect script or tutorial!
Almz Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
All these tutorials help me so much!
PinkoPrint Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks for all these. The digital ones were awesome
criss3366 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
BL8antBand Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
How to do Layers in Photoshop Elements 3 or Photoshop. I can do, but PE3 is not very user friendly.

By the way, is free. So a tutorial using, and everyone can follow step by step instructions. (Gimp and Inkscape are free too).
Goomuin Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
awesome! This should be useful! :D
Sssorry Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Hey, this is pretty cool- thanks for sharing!
White light,
nabyfreeman Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
great !!!!
thanks for this
benedictdanny Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Great work!!!
Twist3dDNA Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
KenSaunders Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the journal design :thumbsup:
Voice-of-Levity Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Already learning useful things from the few I've checked so far. Thanks for making them so easy to find.
TheAnna Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the Feature!
inknalcohol Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011   Writer
:wow: Thanks for the feature. Some excellent resources. As always!
RisingWolve Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the most helpful Roundup I've seen yet! Thanks!
AKERS242 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Amarie-Veneanar Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Awesome feature and some neat tutorials. Thank you for collecting and featuring these! :heart:
icytemporalist Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This could proove to be rather usefull.
Redunant comment straight from the Department of Redundancy Department.
sislord Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks alot
The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Student General Artist
deinktvis Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Student Writer
poetry tutorials :) [link]
Nexu4 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful collection :clap:
bluesapphire92 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent collection! There are some amazingly helpful tutorials here. Much appreciated!
TarynNefdt Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011   Digital Artist
Great choices for Resource Roundup #3 and I would be happy with any of the suggestions put forward for Resource Roundup #4.

I would also like to suggest another topic, if not for Resource Roundup #4 then maybe one Roundup after that:

The topic would be Navigating deviantArt:

As a relatively new member I often see features that are great for enhancing the dA experience, and I know theres the FAQ and the help but one first has to see the feature before one goes to the FAQ or help to discover more about it.

I'd like the Roundup to be designed in a map format, those maps from 400 years ago, steampunky, burnt texture, old compass etc like this [link]
or similar if possible

1) On the main continent, one would have written in old text general things like "devID, the basics and the best sizes for display" and as one hovers over the text one gets a choice of either viewing a tutorial on the subject or seeing the subject in action i.e a link to a user who has done the technique very well.

Then some more general stuff like "tagging other users either by their names or their avatars", "Using Cursors".

2) Then on one of the smaller continents premium members and the stuff like "journals, and skins and how to use them, install them etc", and "how to use widgets effectively"

3) On one of the other continents designing a "dA profile for personal use, and designing a profile as a type of portfolio - handy tips and tricks and the differences between them"

4) Another continent has the "Interacting with dA groups" and all the features and pertinent points related to groups.

And so on. Kind of a like a dA for Dummies in old funky map format since dA has many cool features, I mean one can upload things, write through the journal portals, general display of art etc

So it would be nice to see dA presented almost as an application and how to utilize 90% of the features available for the complete user experience since I sometimes feel like I'm missing out especially when I browse through and look at some of the profiles and I wonder how they did theirs and I would love some additional tips.

Also one can spin the compass (javascript probably would need to be utilized) and get a random tip or neat trick like "did you know that doing this or that produces this or that effect".
B-Male Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
this will come on very handy!! thanks! :)
hollywood16 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Student General Artist
I've been needing some good tutorials lately, and now here they are
CierraWinkelmann Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
TaroLemon Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome some of them are really useful.
Arichy Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
LuverOfMusic46 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
YES! I've been looking for some more tutorials and now I have it. Thank you very much! :)
SliverWolf1577 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Student General Artist
The next rescource round up should be Photography: begginer to advanced because many people love seeing the way a photo can capture something
SoraIsMySky Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you for this! It has really helped me in my writing and drawing skills!! :D
Saskle Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Student General Artist
Nice as ever!
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