Find Thousands of Tutorials Right Within deviantART!

December 8, 2011 at 11:00 am | Posted in Conventional Art | Leave a comment

Hello, faithful readers! Thank you so much for stopping by! It’s the Imikimi Team here, and we’re so very excited to have you here as we introduce yet another exciting feature. Today, we’re going to show off the wonders of deviantART’s Resource category. While it’s a little hidden within dA’s seemingly endless number of categories, we can assure it’s buried gold! We’ll show you just how to get there, and what treasures lie in store.

deviantART is an incredible art community, one of the best, and certainly the largest. Though, few users seem to realize that it’s not simply a massive, online gallery to gander at tens of millions of submissions; it’s also a site of learning, provided by submitting artists as a gift for all to see, at no gain of their own. This is because of the incredible Resource category which exists. What kind of resources? Everything under the sun, a veritable cornucopia of endless knowledge, information, and technique. Follow us as we show you these resources, almost a secret site of tutorials within!

Head on over to deviantART and take a peek at the list of categories on the left. Buried among the numerous links is the one we’re looking for: “Resources & Stock Images.” Click this to be taken to another list of sub-categories. Again on the left, you’ll see links such as 3D, Application Resources, Clipart, Stock Images, Textures, Tutorials, Vector Resources, and more. These mostly contain files which can be downloaded for use with your favorite graphics software. For instance, if you like to work with 3D programs such as Maya, Cinema 4D, or even Google SketchUp, you can download completely free 3D models to incorporate. Or if you work with graphic design, you may want to download some great clipart for inclusion in your products.

But if you’re looking to actually learn something new, you really must take a good look at the “Tutorials” section. Take a moment to go ahead and click the link. Be default, the thumbnail images on the right will change to display the most popular tutorials of all time. The sorting of the results can be changed by clicking the drop-down menus above, as well as by entering terms in the search box directly to the right.

For instance, let’s say you really want to learn to draw a set of human eyes, you might want to try searching for something like “eye tutorial.” From there, every tutorial matching those terms will be displayed. Assuming the sorting method has not been changed, before you will be the most popular tutorials teaching how to draw eyes, which is a good place to start. Clicking any of these thumbnail images will take you to the tutorial. Click the already enlarged image to view the complete, full-size tutorial. Most of these will be large images showing the artist’s step by step process, which you can follow along with. These can vary along with the artist’s own style, from realism to abstract to anime.

Of course, you can search for anything at all! You can learn to draw cars, portraits, cartoons, architectural drawings, etc. Even non-drawing-related tutorials, such as photography, 3D modeling, etc. So search whatever your heart desires, learn from the masters (and amateurs alike), and get to creating!

As always, we want to thank you so very much for coming back week after week! It means so very much to us at Imikimi to have your support. Stop by again soon to see what our latest feature will be! Until next time, fellow artists!

Best Wishes,
The Imikimi Team

“My imagination can picture no fairer happiness than to continue living for art.” — Clara Schumann

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