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What artistic resolutions do you have for 2017? 

36%
42 deviants said Improve my current artistic style
19%
22 deviants said Learn new techniques or media
16%
19 deviants said Make a living with my art
12%
14 deviants said Other - please share!
8%
9 deviants said Spend more time on DA
6%
7 deviants said Try out a new artistic style
2%
2 deviants said Find an artistic mentor
1%
1 deviant said Spend less time on DA
1%
1 deviant said Participate in contests to see how I stack up
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No deviants said Teach my art to others

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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
Retrying to get an actual business going. Though several of those would count ;) (Other unofficial goal, try to sell large portion of my tree backstock for donations to assorted charities)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a good one! I'm wishing you a lot of success!
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017
Thanks. Post tax season I need to get up the guts to call an accountant and look into insurance.
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Popgal120 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017
I haven't been using my dA account for a while, so I would like to get back into it this year.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I like that. I think the community has changed a little, but I like the new gallery layout and some of the other updates.
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onyxdragonlady Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017
I wouldn't really call myself an artist. I don't have any kind of real training self taught or otherwise. So my resolution is to do that. Actually sit down and watch a tutorial on youtube (or many of them) and get comfortable with using a computer program for art instead of paper and pencils ^_^   
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That sounds like a great plan! I wish you a lot of success with your tutorial project for this year!
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LightDrop Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017   Digital Artist
Hallo Elli

Ich versuche gerade die hyperrealistischen Terragenbilder zu etwas mehr wie gemalt/gezeichnet wirkendem zu entwickeln - ist schwer zu erklären - vermutlich weil ich selbst noch nicht so genau weiss, wie das im Endeffekt aussehen soll; mein vorletztes Bild ->lightdrop.deviantart.com/art/M… gibt die ungefähre Richtung an, falls es dich interessiert...

Gutes Neues Jahr im Übrigen -- ich hoffe, bei dir passt alles!

Chris
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Chris, das ist ein tolles Bild geworden, und Du hast recht, es wirkt zugleich realistischer und traumhafter als die harten, scharfen Linien, die Terragen normalerweise beim Rendern drauf hat. Mir gefaellt vor allem der goldene Dunst under der Sonne zwischen den Klippen. Der Himmel hat ein geheimnisvolles Wolkenmuster, und ich finde es auch schoen, dass manche Details nur ganz leicht angedeutet sind, wie die Sicheln der beiden Monde mit ihrer Spiegelung im Wasser oder die Silhouetten von fliegenden Tieren. Das laesst das Auge durchs ganze Bilde wandern, immer auf der Suche nach etwas Neuem.

Ich hoffe, Du experimentierst weiter mit Deiner neuen Technik.

Hier hat das Jahr ganz gut angefangen. Ich arbeite mit US Game Systems daran, mein neues Tarot Deck auf den Markt zu bringen, und mit der "normalen" Arbeit geht es leider auch wieder los, aber man muss ja das Haeusschen abbezahlen, hilft nix!

Liebe Gruesse, Elly
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LightDrop Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017   Digital Artist
Hey Elli!

Vielen, vielen Dank für deine Meinung! :bow: Es freut mich sehr, dass es dir gefällt und auch du denkst, dass dieser Weg vielversprechend ist. Leider habe ich immer nur so Phasen, wo ich mich mit Kunst beschäftigen kann (ich bin halt ein Kind des Mondes, im Gegensatz zu dir, die du ein Kind der Sonne bist und dein Potential stetig im Zugriff hast - so erscheint es mir zumindest mit deiner phänomenalen Produktivität) - und immer lange Phasen, in denen ich etwas mehr methodisches machen muss (zur Zeit wandle z.B. ich viele e-books vom PDF ins epub Format), und deshalb dauert bei mir immer alles seine Zeit...:| (Blank Stare) 

Das mit deinem Tarot-Deck hört sich wirklich gut an - denkst du, dass dies dann auch hier in DE erhältlich sein wird? Wie auch immer - viel Erfolg auf jeden Fall!

Liebe Grüsse auch von mir!
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TamMebonia Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017
Improving and learning are always there in the background with whatever else I choose (and are, thankfully, being done), other than that, my top priority has become to make a living with art. I have actually made a rating system with which I rate my income from my art as "Social Financial Help", "Retirement Pay" and "Salary" - according to whichever it amounts to any given month. I've only managed to hit he Salary amount twice last year, so that needs improvement! Painter 
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! That's a really disciplined approach.
I really hope you succeed this year to give you the confidence that you can support yourself with your art!
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TamMebonia Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017
Thanks :aww:
I'm trying to be as organized with this as I can, if it's work, it's work. And when I track my progress and see that there is any, it boosts my confidence a lot!
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Samantha-dragon Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017  Hobbyist
almost all what you wrote but... let's say I keep it at level of wish and some selfimprovevment. Less procrastinate, less checking of all other things instead of creating more, finally submit everything I want and discover how to keep things organized.
Plus many other things, mainly from my project - I'm creating notebooks and diaries so there is lot of space to bring new things :3

Well, but in first line, to finally finish the university (if nothing will went terriblly wrong) this year.
Lots of work ahead xD

What are your resolutions? :3
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like 2017 will be a very busy year for you! I hope all will go well with college as well as with your notebook and diary project.

In all fairness I am still looking for some art-based resolution. Part of the reason why I asked was that I was hoping for some inspiration. I finished my latest Tarot deck project last year and will be getting it published this year. But I'm not really big into a fandom these days, so not sure what I'll be doing next from a drawing perspective. I do have some fairly ambitious ideas for some bead embroidery projects...
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EssiesJewels Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
new for me will be addition of my lampwork beads on etsy and doing a modelled photoshoot of excisting pieces. also i am slowly changing focus on bridal jewelry :) (the not-so-white-bride to be exact LOL) 
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh - your own lampwork beads?! I can't wait to see. Also I love non-traditional bridal wear and jewelry. Sounds like this will be a nice year for branching out!
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EssiesJewels Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
yea i think so too elly! :) i'll be sure to update my journal as soon as i start listing beads and pendants to etsy. i have already havd a few request and just shipped a package. loads to do

i am currently working on a very blue wedding set (beadweaving) :) so i'm well on trach with my goals/resolutions/dreams :D whats up for you this year? any exciting plans of your own? 
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
So glad business is already kicking off! Hope you'll get a lot of interest this year.

I'm not quite sore what I want to do yet. Part of the reason I asked actually - get some inspiration from what my DA friends are planning!

I know I'll be adding a few more drawings to my series of lizard portraits - currently planning to do a frilled lizard in a threat display. I also want to work on a wall-hanging with bead embroidery that features some Chinese jade carvings as center-pieces, but other than that I'm not sure yet. I guess the Tarot Deck last year was such an effort that I'm feeling a tad burned-out at the moment.
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EssiesJewels Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
yes you sure had a major achievement recently, you deserve a little time of. i always find it hard to get back in the swing after completing a major piece. it's a hard to explain feeling of both achievement and a oh-noes!-now-what? kinda i never thought about whats next whaaa freak out moment LOL.

your wall hanging sounds like a fairly large project. look forward to it :) i'm sure it will turn out fabulousssss
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NevaSirenda Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Looking to expand my customer base, so I am starting to design in crochet now as well. I'm starting with hats, because I have a cousin going through chemo, so I send the prototypes to her! That way she can stay warm and still look dressy.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That is an awesome project and a great collab with your cousin. You can cheer her up and she'll have good feedback for you. I hope this year will also bring her her health back!
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NevaSirenda Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I hope it will too. I'm making a whole line of these very elegant and dressy chemo hats to make her feel more glam and more like herself. Then I can go on to sell the patterns later, so other people can get a boost too!
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cybelemoon Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I just want to finally be able to get BACK to my art.  So much standing in the way.  I have some things I can scan from my doodle journals, but haven't had much time to do that either, and my scanner is buried now too!  *sigh*   Hopefully soon... 
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I hear you! Hopefully the new year will let you find some time. I always feel so much better when I can create something, wishing you it will cheer you up, too!
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cybelemoon Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Here's hoping!!!
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SilvieTepes Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
For sure I would like to take more pics, especially for the stock account. :D

And, obviously since you don't stop learning, I would like to improve my photography. :)
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds like some good plans! I always admire stock artists on DA. It's such a generous kind of art - certainly helped me so much over the years to work on my drawings and improve. Thank you!
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SilvieTepes Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
And thank you for your art, you are so talented! :)
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TheLoveTrain Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017
"Other" - I suspect I'll occasionally work on anti-orangutan art, Eleonore (No disrespect to original orangutans). :heart:
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL! He's giving those gentle, smart apes such a bad rep!

Looking forward to it, though.
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TrollGirl Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Frankly, the concept of 'resolutions' seems senseless to me. For me its always about the same, work hard, try not to waste time, improve what i know and learn what i dont, gain new clients. Fairly obvious goals for an artist. Not sure why it needs a special 'resolution'.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That's usually how I approach resolutions (or not) for healthy living. I try to be good regardless, work out and watch what I eat, not just thinking about it in January.

In art I usually think about what I want to do more at the beginning of the year. I think I'm concentrating on it so much right now, because I've finished my latest deck and will get it published and feel I am not sure yet what I'll tackle as my next big thing. I think I'm a bit burned out drawing and don't want to do the same bead projects. Maybe I'll just have to be patient and wait for what will excite me next...
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TrollGirl Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
I think looking for a new project to interest and delight you is great, but its something we do any time the previous one ends, it just coincided with a new year with you i guess.
I'm very fond of your bead work. Wonder what will you pick up now. 
For me there's so many things i wanna do, but the trick is combining it with paid work, and sticking to fields without excessively expensive art-supplies :D
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the good wishes! I think you are right. It was a coincidence that I was finishing my last project just as the year turned...

I hope you are able to hit the sweet spot between your passion, what your customers want and balancing cost!
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EssiesJewels Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
yes but are any of the specific goals that you want to achieve this year.. say.. get 1000 DA followers or what not. deadlines are a good way to target your track of things :)
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TrollGirl Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
A deadline can only be put on things that depend on you. Stuff like amount of followers is in big part a result of algorithm workings.
Resolutions are one of those weird cultural fads that seem to do more ill than good.
Goals are worthy. Arbitrary restrictions, in my opinion, less..
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EssiesJewels Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
depends on your definition of resolutions i gues.. i prefer to see mine as goals for the year :)
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dixiekasilke Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply make more art than last year! :D 
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey that's a good one, too!
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