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ast week we published the video of Josh Wattles, makepictures Fan Art Law panel from Comic-Con. An educative, passionate and very enlightening conversation soon followed in the comments section. You can participate in that conversation here.


This week the superstars of deviantART panel will provide unique insight and advice for artists on the rise in the deviantART community.


Being a member of the deviantART community might be the most important support system a young artists could ever hope to have. That being said, there is also the problem of finding a way to stand out when surrounded by so many fellow talented artists. What are the ways, the secrets, of shining a light on one’s own work? Profile presentation is key. And perhaps no better way of helping deviants achieve the maximum possible impact by creating the very best presentation of their profile and presence on their individual profiles, is to hear from an inspiring group of artists who joined us for a panel discussion on exactly that subject.


The artists who were kind enough to share their thoughts with spyed on this panel may represent divergent currents within the deviantART community, but they share the one imperative of always lending advice and assistance to fellow artists. Whether an artist is a veteran of a lifetime of barely scraping by in the arts, or the hottest thing hanging in galleries, all true artists are of one current forever flowing through the world, all travelers on the same course working toward truth and beauty through creativity.









Something that came to mind when re-watching this discussion during the editing process was the feeling that all of the panelists felt very connected to the deviantART community. They are part of a network of endless support and inspiration that means as much to them now at this point in their career as it did when they were just starting out. I was reminded of this when I came across this deviation from Artgerm last week...







His quote in the comments below the image brought me right back to that thought I was having while watching this panel unfold live at Comic-Con. He said:


"I strongly believe that this is the most inspirational deviation that I ever submitted. So print it out and hang it on your wall and scream "I can do it too!"











Featured PanelistsInclude:









:iconadamwarren:

Adam Warren


AdamWarren

The Dirty Pair (Dark Horse), Empowered (Dark Hourse)






Chris Sanders


:iconalohalilo: alohalilo

Lilo & Stich creator (Disney), How to Train Your Dragon (DreamWorks)






Dave Elliot


:icondeevelliott: DeevElliott

Comic industry veteran, writer and editor of over 10,000 comics projects






Jim Zubkavich


:iconzubby: Zubby

Artist, Writer and Project Manager of Creative Services, Udon Entertainment (UdonCrew),














Kevin Eastman


:iconkevineastman: Kevineastman

Co-creator of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise and Publisher of Heavy Metal Magazine






Mark Brooks


:icondiablo2003: diablo2003

Marvel Comics






Yuumei (Wenqing Yan)


:iconyuumei: yuumei

Digital Artist and Cyber-Activist













Last week we published the video of Josh Wattles, $makepictures Fan Art Law panel from Comic-Con. An educative, passionate and very enlightening conversation soon followed in the comments section. You can participate in that conversation here.

This week the superstars of deviantART panel will provide unique insight and advice for artists on the rise in the deviantART community.


Highlighted Comments


by ~alonzobartley [link]
• "One should see improvement, if you take at least 20 minutes each day to sketch." - *TerryDodson
• "The one thing every artist should have is the ability to self-correct." - *AdamHughes
• "Push yourself to learn and master something difficult with each drawing or commission." - *AdamHughes
• "Have 70-80% of a visual idea you want to draw BEFORE you start drawing." - `Artgerm
• "Don't show your sketchbook. It's your playground to try things out and make mistakes." - Greg Hyland creator of Lethargic Lad
• "Don't worry about style. Style will come." - David Bluestein storyboardist for Total Drama Island
• "Make sure you can draw good backgrounds. It's usually the weakest area of people's portfolios." Darwyn Cooke


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:iconlushmindawolf:
LushmindaWolf Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yasss, that's awesome O_O
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:iconjimpatcheedark95:
JimpatcheeDark95 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
can I go there?please I'm a drawing fan and also a DA user!please give me the ticket 'cuz I'm always active here!!!
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:iconziggyman:
Ziggyman Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very illustrative.
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twistedwinds Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Haha deviantart makes me forget that I love drawing too! With so many amazing artists around, I often sit there admiring their work instead of doing something myself. XD
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illikaspain Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yup! Same here! Lol
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:iconnocturnal-dayz:
Nocturnal-Dayz Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
It's so awesome to see a group of amazingly talented people come together and talk about their beginnings and give advice. Ugh, so not worthy...
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SquishyXforXever Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I loved this!~ Very useful, wish I could have gone >:I
AdamHughes your not alone!~ I love ink/sketch work :XD:
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:iconwoods78:
woods78 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow really cool some great info there ......................goes off to work on profile
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:iconwoods78:
woods78 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Really enjoyable and some great info there........goes off to work on profile
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anh1art Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
beautiful
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:iconcybertron009:
Cybertron009 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Those tips in the highlighted comments will help tremendously. Thank you!
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AlekaJesso Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool c:
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:iconlovingghost:
LovingGhost Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
nice~~~:D
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:icondani14coolguy:
dani14coolguy Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
omg
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shizo1144 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Super Wonderful . This will help me alot :happybounce: . Thanks for the advice :typerhappy:
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:iconwickedhousephantasm:
wickedhousephantasm Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
think u so much i really can used the info.
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:iconmoon1g:
Moon1g Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome~
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:iconkirana46:
Kirana46 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
cool!
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:iconprarie123:
prarie123 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
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:iconadel1moetz:
adel1moetz Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
nice
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:icontruefaiterman:
truefaiterman Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
I can only say I had an AMAZING time listening and reading to some wonderful advice. I trust my artworks (I know I can do better now, it's been a while since my last submission and I learned some new things, though), but I saw some interesting things about how to show it.

Thanks to all the panelists, and to everyone who makes this more interesting with their comments!
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:iconsuperftmn:
superftmn Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Clapping with elbows on table equals mic thunder. Damn that's annoying.
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:iconpurplekyloe:
purplekyloe Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Very interesting, thanks for sharing!
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:icongldemo:
GlDeMo Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yuumei <3
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:iconxzendor7:
xzendor7 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012   Digital Artist
Good Video And Discussion Group, Too Bad There Wasn't More Time Available.
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:iconr3ydo:
R3YDO Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
good to keep improving every day, you can improve even more.
  if you want to continue drawing and do not stop moving no matter the bad reviews as this will help you in many ways that you can still hurt a little, but there have to look at the bright side.:meow:

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I say this because I am just learning to draw:)
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:icontheamazinglizard:
theamazinglizard Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Supercharge your profile the easy way: draw more fanart, memes, and porn.
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:iconolinemjestem:
OlinemJestem Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist
Especially fanarts :|
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:icontruefaiterman:
truefaiterman Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Specially furry porn fan-art.

But seriously, the kind of people you want to attract as an artist aren't those who look at those things that much xD
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komdor1023 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
COOL! WOOW! GO DEVIANTART!
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:iconthndrcatcsc:
thndrcatcsc Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
great advice. thanks for the tips.
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
it doesn't matter how nice something looks because the very instant that someone from outside of DA (not a member) or even a non paying member looks at it? They are bombarded with adverts.
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:iconlilcedric:
lilcedric Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
dj dcteen says awsoooooooooooooooooooome
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mylastel Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
"Make sure you can draw good backgrounds. It's usually the weakest area of people's portfolios."
Aww! :XD: I'm guilty about it and I couldn't squeeze my head for a background.
:shakefish: I'll try my skills whenever possible!
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Tenchi8 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist
Great video. I'm inspired by the valuable insights that these artist have shared. Being determined and unmovable by the challenges of adversities that life throws at me, is an important thing to have. I'm currently inactive, mostly due to not having a lap top of my own. I'm in a situation where my passions as an artist is often questioned by folks who are non artist on a daily basis. My only artist friends are all here online, but I am surrounded by folks who are not artist in real life, except my sister and a friend whom we barely get to hang out with due to her tight work schedule. So I face allot of pressure in having to settle for well, other things that they consider to be more important. But regardless of what I face, I will not be easily discouraged.

Viewing people's art works inspires me to hold firm to my dreams and keep fighting. It's hard, but it is worth fighting for, even to the point of tears, and punching pillows just to let it all out. I am confident that I will be active on DA and will be producing plenty of arts of various medias. It'll happen. Just a matter of time and patience, and allot of hope. And besides, God made no mistake when he gave me my talents. I have them for a reason, I just have to break barriers like a human juggernaut to grab what's mine on the other side of every mountain.

I love DA cause I have an opportunity to share my thoughts of the artist's art works that I fave, and be able to contribute my interpretation of what other people's works means to me, or how it makes me feel when I view it. I have a gift of interpretation. I can read art like a stop sign. XD So when I am not posting art works, I am sharing feedbacks in a form of interpretation, sharing what I think the art is communicating to me, or what the artist's intention of the work may be. It's like visiting alternate worlds, only visually and mentally. The minds of every individual artist makes the world a allot bigger place. :)
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MangaWhispers Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This comment touched my heart. I've been struggling with my art as well and feeling pressured by people to be the best like there setting my expectations for me. I mean what happened to enjoying what I do drawing for myself not for them? I feel like people are telling what, when, and how to draw. Its like "I'm a peacock! You gotta let me fly!" Believe me you are not alone when you cry. I've had more than my fair share of stressful break downs questioning my talent and purpose in this world. I'm thankful for DA, so that when we do fall down to our knees in a blubbering mess there are people there to grab us by our shoulders, gives a good shaking and tell us keep going there's still hope don't give up! I'm glad you mentioned God not very many people do, and He deserves the credit hands down :)
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Tenchi8 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist
Thank you. God certainly gets the credit. He have been known by many things, God the healer, the miracle worker, the way, truth, and life, but the first thing that he has ever introduced himself to us in the beginning of the bible was the creator. The very first artist who created the universe, this world and us. Man, it makes me proud to be an artist. And every artist in this regard should feel special to have such a gift. Like God, we too can create our own world, with our media of choice, and even be a part of that world with our own character, much like how God became a part of our world in the form of man, Jesus Christ. It makes for an interesting analogy, understanding the relationship between the artist and his/her creation. Only difference is, we're a special breed of creation with the gift of free will. That's what separates us from the fictional characters we create. It's actually easy to understand even the Holy trinity of God, that all three is one person. The father, the son, and the Holy Spirit. The artist becomes a part of the world of his/her creation by drawing themselves into that picture along with the other characters, like a "mini me" or an "alter ego" The spirit, our very soul is what gives that character life, much like, how God's spirit breaths life into us. It's an interesting concept worth exploring. Any artist who understands what it is to bring a character to life, can also understand God too, well if they wanted to. It's part of the reason why we artist are so very unique in this world, and why we are often misunderstood by so many. Some artist could actually predict future concepts with incredible insights, like H.G Wells, or Leonardo, and other artist who's concepts and designs are so ahead of it's time. :)
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MangaWhispers Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is so Awesome! God is awesome. I though I was the only one who thought this way. My sister is also loves to draw and create art and a lot of the time I tell her to get better she has to learn from the best artist and who's better than God! I feel observation is key and learning from life is the best thing when trying to improve on your skills. With the world thing and the "mini me" I've felt that way too. It's like creating your own world. That's why I love comics mainly manga comics because I don't have the same relatablity with American comics. I've tried reading batman but it's too, I dunno like i cannot relate to the characters. When making characters it makes me wonder what God thought when making Adam. I know when I create a piece of work that I like it brings me great joy, I wonder if God felt the same thing.

Thanks for replying! :)
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susuchandoi Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Hnn ..
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:iconlemz7kazama:
lemz7kazama Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student General Artist
I didn't know :iconyuumei:san is so famous.
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:iconshaheeda:
shaheeda Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
she's a deviantArt GOD
or... goddess I guess...
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:iconlemz7kazama:
lemz7kazama Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student General Artist
ooooh...I only know her as my friend....hope that doesn't change:iconsmile--plz:.
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timy21 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
THANK YOU....so INSPIRING!!

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:iconlow-lighter:
Low-Lighter Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Filmographer
been watching all these videos, they are truly inspirational. I don't need a teacher to tell me when to study when I've got the recourses here to start before classes begin. every minute of these is like an entire lecture plus some of college level material that should be cherished, and will be by me and others. thank you so much for sharing this, it's a blessing.
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MBKKR Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Cool thanx for sharing
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:iconzexxx13:
zexxx13 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Interface Designer
... nice ... thank you for advice ... :)
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:icontsujigo:
tsujigo Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
taking notes
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fwahh Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
thank you for posting awesome inspiration and advice !
that advice not only applies to art but also to life, it was really interesting to get to know a bit about the artists and their own obstacles they had to overcome regardless of whichever time frame in the past/present. Watching this was as much of an inspiration and positive lighting to whatever problems and pathways which open to us in life, and to be honest, even though this may sound a bit out of it, its nice to know theres a chance we CANT be jobless if we persist in perfecting our art well enough on dA xD
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:iconjayman057:
Jayman057 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
GREAT ADVICE
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:iconmo-hashim:
Mo-Hashim Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
amazing video thumbs up to DA!!!!
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