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Hey guys,

Since this group is all about artists that are self taught, I figured I would share a post I wrote about making your own alcohol inks: www.notadamncheese.com/#!Homem…
Nothing like self made art supplies to go with your self taught art :thumbsup::)

If you don't know what alcohol ink is, it's ink that can be used on non-porous materials like glass, metal and ceramics. You can also use it in painting like me, I love it because it dries really quickly and I find it fun to paint with. From what I've seen online it's also heavily used in crafting and scrapbooking because you can make really cool patterns/abstract art that works great for backgrounds and embellishments. Even if you don't have use for inks, maybe you'd have fun trying to make them at least. There's also tutorials I've written on there for photoshop and illustrator; Unrelated to making inks but also helps with the whole teaching yourself thing. :)

Thank you for reading and I hope y'all who take a look enjoy it.

- Brieana
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Interview with KingOfSoul81!



What is your name and where do you live?
My name is Cody Smith and I'm from the small town of Lakeview in the state of Michigan in the US.

What do you do for employment?
Currently I'm unemployed but in the past I've had jobs like a pizza delivery driver and a gas station attendant. This year I've begun doing commissions as well. I've been fortunate enough to gain some exposure within the past six months or so and it feels more than phenomenal to know people enjoy my art.

What type of art do you specialize in?
The type of art I create is traditional art, more specifically pen and ink. Digital art feels sterile to me and I feel it's important to keep the craft of traditional ink work alive. My main tool of choice is office supplies and fine liners. Nothing fancy at all. For the most part they're pens most people use only for jotting down notes at work or school. Pilot makes dependable and inexpensive tools that are indispensable for my work.

How did you discover traditional art, and how long have you been doing it?
I discovered working with pens when I was 15. My high school art teacher suggested that I ink a drawing I did in pencil. I thought she was crazy (it was a large drawing) but once she gave me a two minute tutorial on cross hatching and I tried it, I was hooked for life. Eighteen years later and I'm still at it! It's a life-long love affair.

Do you dabble in any other forms of art?
When I'm not creating pen and ink pieces I like to make my own stickers and alter photos I cut out of magazines (see my Confiscated Art: Fun With White-Out folder in my gallery ). Every once in a while I'll work in color using Sharpie markers or colored pencils.

Is there an art type you want to improve on?
This medium is my life's work. I want to push it and advance it as much as possible. Growing as an artist is never complete for me. In the future I'd also like to improve my traditional collage work. I love surrealist collages. Google Winston Smith.

Any advice for other artists?
If I had any advice for fellow artists it would be develop patience. There's no need to rush through a piece only to produce something you're not happy with. Second, if you have a medium you truly love push yourself to advance your skills. Don't just work in a familiar zone, do things that will challenge your abilities. It will definitely pay off. Study the greats in your field to learn all you can from them. Learning about Albrecht Durer, Franklin Booth, Virgil Finlay, etc. helped me with my craft that's for sure. Most importantly: HAVE FUN!!!

Large Mandala (majority of it) by KingOfSoul81 Cowboy Woody Allen Filming at Big Boy by KingOfSoul81
'OVER THE LINE!!!' by KingOfSoul81 Portrait of my Grandmother by KingOfSoul81
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Hello all,

There was a loophole in the submissions where you could submit more than once a month if you spread out submissions across multiple folders. I have adjusted the settings and I think it should work how we want it: One deviation per month total with no submissions allowed to the featured folder. Just letting y'all know changes were made in case they didn't work, don't want ya to panic :)

Thanks all!

~ Brieana

*** I believe there should be no issues with deviants getting locked out of all folders as I have gotten submissions after the limit change. Yayy :)
It's come to our attention that our icon is apparently so awful you guys can't be asked to look at it anymore. I mean, I personally thought it was great, not too flashy but straight to the point, but I guess some people disagree quite a bit. :shrug:

So, since it's so awful, we're leaving it up to you guys to make our new one! No restrictions, except for that "selftaught-artists" or "STA" must be on it. It can be animated, brightly colored, black and white, traditional, whatever you guys want. You're limited to one entry per person- but if you come up with a better idea you can switch out entries. ;)
There will be a folder set for these, and they will NOT count towards your once-a-month submission limit!

Deadline: We don't really have one yet, but probably not very long since this is a relatively small scale thing. When we've decided we're done, we'll give a week's notice.

So. Ready. Set.
GO!

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