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Lord of Her Garden :iconwaltervan00:waltervan00 3 0 Foxes Using a Phone Booth :iconwaltervan00:waltervan00 83 48 Page 1 11 :iconwaltervan00:waltervan00 0 0 Daredevil Transporters :iconwaltervan00:waltervan00 11 4 Page 1 10 :iconwaltervan00:waltervan00 0 0 Page 1 9 :iconwaltervan00:waltervan00 0 0 Page 1 8 :iconwaltervan00:waltervan00 1 0 Page 1 7 :iconwaltervan00:waltervan00 1 0 There are hunters about. :iconwaltervan00:waltervan00 16 11 Page 1 6 :iconwaltervan00:waltervan00 1 0 Priorities :iconwaltervan00:waltervan00 0 3 Page 1 5 :iconwaltervan00:waltervan00 2 0 Page 1 4 :iconwaltervan00:waltervan00 1 0 Evil Ori :iconwaltervan00:waltervan00 13 9 study25716LineofAciton :iconwaltervan00:waltervan00 0 0 Page 1 3 :iconwaltervan00:waltervan00 0 0


Comp. Study Thumbs :icondylanpierpont:DylanPierpont 32 13 Mononoke Sunrise :iconjeteffects:JetEffects 584 21
link to manga-ka vid
the post is so big to load on my front page that you have to go thro 2 link to get to it>>>>
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If you ask what your mastery level is from me... would most likely get an answer that might sound rude or isn't what you would want to hear.
Don't get me wrong, this is actually very important question, but I think that you should ask this from yourself rather than from me. My intention isn't to bash anyone, mind you. It's just my seemingly pessimistic logic and mindset that I follow and use in order to avoid resting on my laurels. I have gotten this far thanks to this mentality even thought it's rather blunt and cold. I would rather not answer this question, but I will share my thoughts about this question, which I have been asked several times after posting Nsio explains: Learning Order to Human Figure Drawing. Don't read any further if you are afraid that you will get offended. On the other hand, a good ol' slap right at the face can truly widen your horizons.
"What's my mastery level?
And by "my" I mean you if you ask this questio
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Spitpaint Render :iconfamishedspade:Famishedspade 4 0 Nsio Explains: Distortion in Perspective :iconnsio:Nsio 3,174 85 I did a thing :iconrajewel:rajewel 252 39
Fun Art Exercises to Improve your Skill
Fun or sort of fun exercises you can do yourself to get better at drawing and painting. We all want to be better at our craft and to create the art that looks more like our vision, or more like the stuff we love to see. But exercises can be dull, even though they are deliberate we can't bring ourselves to do them because we get bored and we don't draw with the goal to get bored.
So I devised a few ideas that I sometimes use that can lighten up those studies. I don't really like the word "studies", but who cares? Right?
5 Fun Art Exercises you can do
Cartooning Studies - Say you are all of a sudden interested in drawing birds and pull up a few bird references and start studying them. You can attempt to copy the bird, but will you retain any of the information you learned? I bet you probably won't. What can you do though? You can study the shapes, and then recreate that bird from a different angle to solidify your knowledge. But this too I think doesn't work really wel
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How to: Color
As a follow up of my "How to: Anatomy" journal that was received so well by the community, I will continue this series with a how to on color.
Color is considered to be one of the hardest subjects when it comes to art. Most beginners (and even some advanced artists) struggle to get the colors of their work right. I myself do as well. This journal is by no means a full coverage on how to color. It will however be a good list of resources to get you started on this hard subject.
A few things to get started
There are a few things to color

There's hue and value. Hue determines what place in the color spectrum the color is in (red, green, blue.. etc). Value determines how dark or light a color is. In order to understand colors, you have to know how to influence and work with both of them.
Your brain is deceiving you
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Manip walkthrough
Manip Academy #4: Manip Walkthrough
I decided to submit a "tutorial" about the journey through a simple landscape manip. Mainly cause I was myself completely lost when I first started doing manips. Going from only knowing painting to trying photo manipulations seemed easy enough but proved very difficult. So these steps are mostly for beginners. 
When creating a manipulation there will be a lot of different steps, some major, some tiny, don't limit yourself and do not be afraid to experiment and try new things. This tutorial is in no way "complete" but it will go through some steps that I myself had trouble with when i first started learning manipulations. There's many different ways to do things, so I encourage you to try new things to find what fits your unique personal workflow.
Step 1. Idea, inspiration, and planning.
This is where the idea for an artwork is born. Perhaps you already have a finished idea in your head or you simply found a very insp
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How to shade with Texture Tutorial :icongriffsnuff:griffsnuff 4,416 66
Manip Academy 1: Depth in the scenery
Welcome to Manip Academy 2.0!
What is it about?
Manip Academy is about learning and sharing! Much like in a real school, the idea of this project is to teach you valuable Photoshop tricks on a regular basis.
>>> Manip Academy 2.0: Calendar and Sign-Ups <<<
>>> All Manip Academy articles <<<
Depth effect
When you create a scene and it has details in the background, it is very important you remember to keep the depth, in this way you will get a more realistic result. The details in the foreground will have more contrast in comparison to the details on the background, then the scene in the background will have less contrast, "a white or blurred appearance".
Look at some examples to better understand what I'm trying to explain:
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Little Fox (+video) :iconlhuin:Lhuin 1,857 71 A promise :icondamaimikaz:DamaiMikaz 1,480 126 Pen Tool Tutorial :iconpopo-licious:Popo-Licious 10,063 2,273
How to rock those new years resolutions
2016 has come along and many of then have made our new years resolutions already. Personally, I'm not such a believer of the whole "new year, new me" bullshit for the simple reason that habits are hard to change and many people underestimate the time and effort that goes into that. 
Needless to say, we're still gonna try :la:

Be specifc

I've seen many people do the "I want to get better at drawing" kind of thing. While it's a great goal, it's far to vague to be an actual goal. What does "getting better" mean? What do you want to get better at? People in general (and you probably too) are very result driven. We want to see results. We need it, in order to keep ourselves motivated. The thing with a vague goal is that results are hard to measure, hence it's harder to see if you've actually did well. Instead of "I want to get better" go for something more specific, like a specified number of sketche
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coverArt1 by waltervan00

To post or not to post? That is the really question here.
Of course the obvious answer should be yes. The only thing holding me back is the fact that I still suffer from a bit of cowardice from my last attempt to post a webcomic.  Although, after I gave up on it, I felt the urge to do this a year following...

I was under the crazy pressure to do an 'episode' a week, which is comparable to the chore Mangaka go through. So I got thinking, to what schedule to I post? I was thinking one page every two weeks or something, but that'll equate to two pages a month and that's not great for progression... for you guys at least; I will be needing tons of time to gather some pre-production stuff because once that first page goes, I'm under the pressure!

Well, if you got advice or some idea on how I should be scheduling things then feel free to dunk a comment. I think I'll get myself the courage to start uploading sometime soon.


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Wei Jian Van
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
Call me Walter!
Born in 2000, I do art as a part-time hobby, mainly on digital but I really enjoy playing around with a pencil, to escape from the monotony of school.
Quirky facts and niches:
Rough diseases past --- Jaundice, Fractured Ankle, H1N1 (according to genius brother), Dengue Fever, Appendicitis

Motivational techniques --- Wake up >> Clean up >> Eat >> Get hype >> Draw >> Lose hope >> Sleep >> Repeat


For those who love to see the process taken in artworks.

The image had been an entry for an art contest named 'Lord of the Garden' of which the prompt is of the title.
I had thought of doing a chef, a travelling chef to be more exact.
Lord of the Garden - Chef ideas -1 by waltervan00     Lord of the Garden - Chef ideas -2 by waltervan00
I chose idea number 11 on the second sheet from a selection including pirates designs, travelling merchants, herbalists, arctic hunters and sea men with modern day clothes. (There are close runner-up's: I just wanted to do something involving an island)

Developing Ideas -1 by waltervan00
Developing Ideas -2 by waltervan00
Developing the idea more, which I found incredibly enjoyable. I was looking on Pinterest for bags and ideas for what she would be prepared with. Admittedly, I wished I stayed more in this step because when I was painting, I had problems selecting which colours for her design. The shot I had chosen for the final illustration didn't showcase much of her equipment too, which I would have taken in account if I'd put more attention in them.

Practice - Thumbs by waltervan00
Dylanpierpont's post showed me the value in these thumbnail plans. I did a couple and setting on this one because it was dynamic with the large diagonal and the light value framing of the charater. In hindsight, there were other much more interesting thumbs to use. (And more conceptual ones!) Guess that's to be utilized next time.

Sketch Ref by waltervan00     Colour Scheme by waltervan00 Left: sketch         Right: colour profile

Not much to comment on with these ones. Except that the colour decisions could be made easier if I had figured out the character's colours prior to the colouring.

On painting, I've hit many road-blocks, of which is mostly caused by not studying my references enough before making my move. Reckless I was in attacking the painting.

The lesson for me in the making of this piece:    Lord of Her Garden
Like chess, careful planning and setups are to be meticulously sorted out (including observations of references). And every ounce of work put in must have an intention borne within.

What needs work? Anatomy, values, colours, technically all skills in art is a must!
Lord of Her Garden
I'm back! This is another month-long image. It used to be a contest entry for a group I'm with, but it missed the deadline because of my examinations. Well, here I post!

I'm got some planning sketches and images made for this image, of which will be posted in a neat journal post.
Foxes Using a Phone Booth
Just foxes. Using a phone booth.
This piece goes out to all those students who left their homes to do what they have to do while being so far away from their loved ones and homeland: call home sometimes.
And yes. The Alpha's talking into a phone while on another fox; your eyes aren't deceiving you.
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Link to the chapter's gallery.

I've been thinking of organizing these pages better. Maybe connecting the pages together into a really long strip for clarity.
There's something about this page that might sound interesting. The colours I've used for the pokemon are all derived of the same base colours, stuck to the selected limited hues.
Daredevil Transporters
Hey... 'fun' fact. It's been two whole months since my last 'painterly' submission. I'M ALIVE!!!!!!

Mixed emotions aside, I want to express my feelings about this piece personally. Quite honestly, I can evaluate it strictly and find that the colours are too monochromatic: there's just too much yellow. With that said, I'll be urging myself to play with more colour in the core shadows like I have in my previous painting two months back.

Speaking off two months back, I prefer that piece over this perhaps because I ended up enjoying the creation of the piece throughout the time. Don't know... this one is a strange one to talk about and I can't seem to clearly state my mental conversations.

Apologies for the ambiguous description. Just feeling a little strange is all. Oops! 
Also, as I don't post often. Here's a shameless plug for my comic.


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3wyl Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
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chinchongcha Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohayo Gozaimashita
yuuike Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Ahhhh thank you so much for the watch bby:iconmuahplz: I really appreciate it <333

If you like my art feel free to check me out on YouTube ,Tumblr , or Facebook  :iconasdfghbeeplz: //shamelessly advertises LOL
ProfessorParsec Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch. :)
LittleTown28 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hiya , i see your new so have a watch!! Your art is really good
waltervan00 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much. Happy New Year!
Fyrrea Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you by Fyrrea  
Hello Wei! Hi!
Thank you so much for the support! I'm very happy you enjoyed looking at my art.
I hope you have an amazing day and a happy New Year! Hugs,
waltervan00 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome. Happy New Year to you as well. One week into DA (#newdeviant) and looking forward to a new damn year'h!
Fyrrea Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope you have a fun time here! And if you have any dA/art related questions, I'm always happy to help! :) 
waltervan00 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I have one goal in mind that has been trying to bug me and I might need your opinion.
I want to post my Pokemon stories on DA, but of course, I'll need a very distinct set of skills: composition, colour, construction... I also am looking for a style.

I don't have Manga Studio, only PS CS6 so I don't think I can mimic fine, sharp dip pen-like lines. I plan to colour my comic but unsure whether to 'paintly' render it, cell-shade it or colour it like Fisheye Placebo.

Overall, I kinda am lost as to what style I might have to lean on to. Perhaps just be myself and do it like how I'd do things on my DA.

Nevertheless, I am looking forward as to what your opinion is.
Cheers! And a Happy New Yeah! :D (Big Grin) Hug 
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