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Journal Entry: Wed Dec 30, 2009, 3:17 PM

    

    
Frequently Asked Questions
Hey guys! Up until now I've always maintained two versions of my FAQ - one here and one on my website. I've decided to stop updating this one and just refer you guys to the one on my site so that I don't have to edit both versions every time I update it!

So, for answers to frequently asked questions and tips & advice, please visit:








And of course, feel free to continue asking questions in the comments section below if they are not answered in the FAQ above!

Thanks for reading!


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:iconkatstiei:
katstieI Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I looked through your FAQ, but couldn't find the answer to this- sorry if I missed it ;o;

How did you make your profile? I love what you did with the hand drawn buttons. Is it just a matter of drawing/coding? Do you have a tutorial? o:
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015
that's actually not in there! i drew it first in photoshop and then chopped it into a bunch of smaller images, then used css coding (basically aligning divs) to make it work as a journal design. i don't have a tutorial on that, sorry!
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katstieI Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
okay, thanks! id be interested if you ever did make a tutorial on it ^v^
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arashabedini Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
loish;hello

i'm fan; from Iran . what is the  first step to start learning Digital painting?
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015
you can find the answer to that here - loish.net/faq/ - under 4.1.1, 'getting started with digital art'! basically it boils down to getting familiar with the software and drawing quickly and intuitively before you delve into more complicated things. just try to use your digital canvas as you would a piece of paper with a pencil in front of you.
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arashabedini Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
thank you ... you are so kind
 your link was also helpful......
 

 
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Zearthus Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
How's living in Netherlands like? Of course living expenses differs per person to person, but how much you think on average one needs to make in order to survive, and still have some funding left for saving etc.  

Reason I ask, here in Curacao, we still have the option to go to Netherlands without a problem (unless that changes),  since we somewhat still fall under Netherlands name even though we're half independent now.  SO yeah, what's living in Netherlands like?
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
that's a really tough one to answer! depends entirely on where you live and what kind of monthly costs you have. here in utrecht, living expenses are very high, particularly rent. my student rooms cost me on average 350+ euros a month, and apartments/houses/etc are verrrry expensive! cheaper options are available but they're not ideal - things like temporary housing, antikraak, putting yourself on the wait list for sociale huurwoning (took me and my partner 8 years to get a place). but if you go live in a calmer area outside of the 'randstad' that probably won't be the case. even areas like rotterdam and den haag aren't as bad for rent - utrecht and amsterdam are the worst :b

i think it just depends on your lifestyle and needs. you can use public transport instead of a car; shop at lidl and aldi instead of the albert heijn; never eat out or go out to save cash, etc. there are ways to live very cheaply if you need to. the minimum wage is € 1604,45 bruto a month, so i guess that's an indication of what you absolutely NEED to make. taxes factor in.. if you don't make very much you get certain tax benefits and 'toeslagen,' like zorgtoeslag and huurtoeslag, that can cut costs. average income - the 'modaal inkomen' - was around 1900/month bruto in 2013, i guess that's a good indication of what most people make and what is considered a reasonable monthly income with a bit of wiggle room. 

sorry i can't help you further! if you have any other questions let me know.. 
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Zearthus Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
Oh no, don't worry. Every little bits of information helps, if anything, I'm thankful for your response :) 
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loish Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
no problem! if you do decide to come over here, i hope it goes well and that you have a great time!! just prepare for a depressing climate.. haha.
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collectinglove Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Student Filmographer
hey Loish :)

Ik wou graag wat vragen over de HKU animatie opleiding, als dat goed is natuurlijk.
Ik begin volgend jaar aan deze opleiding (later kwam ik erachter dat jij dezelfde opleiding hebt gedaan ^^) en eerlijk gezegd ben ik best zenuwachtig, want ik weet niet wat ik kan verwachten...

Mijn vragen zijn:  wat heb jij ongeveer geleerd (in de lessen) op de opleiding en wat is jouw ervaring met de HKU animatie opleiding (goede/slechte punten)?

Ik hoop dat je deze vragen kunt beantwoorden, maar ik weet hoe druk je het hebt dus we wachten af.
Ik wou ook nog even zeggen dat al je kunst/tekeningen echt geweldig mooi zijn C: blijf er alsjeblieft nog lang mee door gaan!

C:
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loish Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
ik kan wel vertellen hoe het voor mij was, maar dit was al 10 jaar geleden :) ik begon in 2005. er is ondertussen zo veel veranderd op de HKU - ik betwijfel dat mijn ervaringen een indicatie geven van wat ze nu precies doen daar. eerste jaar was iig heel veel programmas leren en de technieken onder de knie krijgen (tvpaint, photoshop, etc), met veel kleine opdrachten. daarnaast de theoretische vakken semiotiek, flimgeschiedenis, etc.. wat ik super leuk vond. in de jaren daarna was de focus meer op groepsprojecten en animatie shorts maken, en papers schrijven die je werk ondersteunen. 
succes ermee! en dank voor de complimenten!
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collectinglove Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Student Filmographer
dankje ^^
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estellaDEE Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey loish,

I think you and your work are really great. I believe you're one of the few people who actually inspired me to sign up for DA, and work on digital art (not so long ago, I should say-- lol). 

I've been always been a traditional artist. Markers/inks/watercolor/etc, those were what I usually was using, before I finally decided to do digital. I just started honestly, this year. I hope you don't find it bothersome that I ask you a question. Well, it's just lately, for a few months now, I have been having this artist's block, and I wondered (because I listened to an interview of you) how you cope with that? I know everyone has a unique way of countering that, I was just wondering what snaps you out from that? I suppose, partly (and honestly speaking) it's because I get discouraged seeing other digital artists's works, and how amazing their work are-- yourself included. Don't get me wrong though, I am not envious nor do I blame you and other artists. I just feel hopeless sometimes, because I think I may have started late. Which I suppose leads me to my second question, do you think there is a time frame where one can be too old to actually get into the industry of digital art? We're probably of the same age, and although, I have been ok with traditional art (and I still do that every now and again), while it has it's own strengths, these days I am more compelled to do my artwork digitally. 

I'm sorry, I do know I sound sort of pathetic. But like I said, I may have started late with all these art thing. But I have always love doing art, I was just not fortunate enough to actually pursue it when I was younger, so I just did mostly traditional art, as a hobby. It would be amazing to hear anything from you. I know you're a busy person though so getting a reply from you would be such an honor. Anyways, in any case, I appreciate you much, because you really are such an inspiration, I mean I can't describe how much you made me want to learn to paint in PS. Just looking at your work and [trying to] understand it really somehow gives me hope that I can do this. 

Cheers and all the best!!!
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015
i honestly don't think there's a moment where it's 'too late' to start with digital art, or any type of art for that matter.. there's always room to learn, grow, and develop your skills and style. as for breaking into the industry, i guess that depends on what direction you want to head in - i can only speak for being a freelance illustrator/animator. from my perspective, age generally doesn't matter - i work as a freelancer and people approach me purely on the basis of my portfolio, no client has ever inquired as to my age or when/where i learned to draw when deciding whether to hire me. experience does play a role - the longer i've worked as a freelancer, the better and more serious my clients are. being fresh out of art school and having a tiny CV had a lot to do with that, more so than age, i believe. outside of my own field, i can't say for sure! but i doubt that you 'starting late' is a deciding factor in whether your art career succeeds. there's no reason why it should stop you!

as for artist's block.. sometimes i'm out of ideas and inspiration but usually just forcing myself to keep drawing is what does the trick for me. if i can't come up with any ideas i just draw from reference until i get my 'flow' back. i try to avoid looking too much at other people's art when my mind is not ready for it - it can be overwhelming and discouraging. i think most artists have this when they are feeling down about their own work. it also helps me to make 'remakes' of older work, to see how my style has progressed and grown, which can be really encouraging. i never really 'snap' out of it though - i really gradually climb out of it and sink back into it at random points in my life. i just keep at it no matter what - i have to! it's my work :) 

thanks for all of the generous compliments! i hope this helped! 
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estellaDEE Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow!!! Thank you for your insights, and yes, they helped a lot. I truly (TRULY) appreciate them. And thank you for sharing your years of experience from someone who is just about to start *crossing my fingers*. 

Cheers!!! And more power to you. :)
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40crookedthieves Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
thank you for getting me motivated again :D
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:iconbuzbuster:
buzbuster Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow....you really are cool loish I love all your work can I ask how you make the brush any brush turn from light to dark atoumaticaly
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
no idea unfortunately!
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:iconbuzbuster:
buzbuster Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I mean like pen pressure because when I do it whit my mouse it doesn't work
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
oh! pen pressure isn't an option with mouse, since the mouse can't measure pressure. you will need a tablet to do that :)
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buzbuster Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dang thanks anyway love your art
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vt2000 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I hear that you also use Muro on one of your artwork and am I corrected?
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
i used muro twice, yes!
here:
 
bettas and flowers in muro by loish

and here:

it's coming... by loish  
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vt2000 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't know that you do two artwork in Muro!!!!! and did you notice that this year, they start to have a several change on the brush they usually have in muro? how you did the coloring of her hair in muro?
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loish Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
i used the first version of muro, and haven't really done much since! so i'm not aware that they are changing things to be honest :) for the hair i just layered colors as i always do! 
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vt2000 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So, will you like to try them again future? and also, what is really matter when it come to doing artwork? artistic skill or tool you use? and what your thought on the first muro and the new "free" muro? lastly, why you like your artwork to not have a "rewatch" video on?
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loish Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
i don't know if i will be trying muro.. the problem is that the work that is made is very low-res! i prefer to work at a high resolution (at least a3 format) so that the artwork can be printed at high quality later on. 
I think artistic skill is more important than the tool. tools can make things happen easier and help bring the idea to life, but the skills are the foundation!
i don't know if 'rewatch' was an available option at the time that i drew this... in any case i can't remember such an option! 
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Zearthus Featured By Owner Edited Mar 26, 2015
Always delightful to see on of your art pieces, keep been awesome and hope to see more of your art pieces! 
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kishintilla Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Student General Artist
Hi Loish, I am a learning artist and i am doing graduation in painting...
first i want you to know that i am a great fan of yours, you inspire me -your palette your drawings sketches , graceful strokes everything.
what i like most about you is you share everything with us your techniques your experiences....etc..
you uplaoded many tutorials on drawings and colours...but i request you to upload one tutorial on landscape and lighting...as reference to the following scene.
your work- loish.deviantart.com/art/aquaf…
i will always be grateful to you.
waiting for an early response
Thanks
love.
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
thanks for the tip :) will keep it in mind for the future!
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kishintilla Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Student General Artist
My pleasure!! :)
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bitterbonbon Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heyy Loish!

First of all, you're one of my biggest inspirations and though it's not very likely to happen, I wish that once could also make a living of drawing, just like you :)
To me you're one of the most skilled and unique artists here ~

Also I have a question which I didn't find here (or I overlooked it since I'm slightly dumb):
Will you continue your Trichrome series? And if yes, when will it be released?
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
thanks so much! 
i will continue the series! over time i've been working on the story and making storyboards/concept art. don't know when i'll really start making it but i DEFINITELY will :)
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amburgerandfries Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Aloha Loish!

Just wanted to say:


Your work is the sunlight to the thousands of sprouting buds.
And you--are the nurturing earth beneath.


Thank you for manifesting such empathy, compassion, &
open mindedness.
May your soul & passion continue to proliferate.

A hui ho,

Amber
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
Thanks so much :) your photos are beautiful btw!!
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:iconamburgerandfries:
amburgerandfries Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you, Loish. : D

If you're ever in Maui, Hawaii,
let me know !


Much love from coconut & pineapple land,
Amber
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Tanukid Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is my second comment here and I'm sorry if it's a bit overwhelming but I kinda want to share this. Recently I came across a message from tumblr warning me to tone down the "Loish"-ish ness of my pieces or else something might happen that would damage my image as an artist. I must admit that before I've been really inspired by your art, especially your color palettes; so sometimes the inspiration gets a bit too obvious in some of my pieces even though they weren't exactly intentional. At first I wasn't too fazed out by it, but after seeing this and a bunch of other comments on people who were remotely inspired by you, I became much more conscious on sharing my art in general. I want to promote myself as an artist, but I'm sort of afraid people will mindlessly attack me for resembling a bit of my art to yours. I'm not exactly sure what to do now.
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loish Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
hey! how unfortunate that there are people out there who create such a hostile atmosphere. the person who sent you that message is really in the wrong. i can see how my work has inspired yours but i don't see a problem with that at all. i would never raise any issue with it - everyone has their inspirations, including me, and besides that i think your work is quite original too. that blog post you linked explains why i got a few messages about amburgerandfries many years ago.. i responded to each message stating that i did not see any issues with her work! i like what she does. i'm hoping those people left it alone after that. 

please don't feel the need to hide your work. your work is good and your skills are growing fast. i don't see any excessive inspiration there and even if there was, it's still not a problem. i've been inspired by a lot of work, and a lot of people have been inspired by mine! the only situation where the line was ever really crossed, in my eyes, was when my online identity was heavily mimicked, down to the very last detail (biography, FAQ, layouts, designs, subject matter, etc). that was more an issue of feeling stalked and my personal space invaded than a style conflict. be aware that styles cannot be copyrighted! - www.artslaw.com.au/articles/en…  so if anyone leaves a nasty comment, educate them with that link :) 

and for the rest keep doing your thing! like i said, your work is good, so don't pull yourself away from the inspirations that help move you forward :) 
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Tanukid Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much Loish! I've been worrying about it for several days now and I think opening it up to the artist herself is very cathartic :) I also agree at the part where boundaries and lines are crossed; it pays a lot to respect the artist's privacy and not to overwhelm them too much.
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loish Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
thanks for understanding!!! and how frustrating that you've been worrying over that, it's absolutely not worth it! :hug:
also thanks for all of the support - i really appreciate all of your comments and input :) just fyi, you've never overwhelmed me! i'm always happy to see your icon popping up in my messages!
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Tanukid Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
:')
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Kael-Thas-Sunstrider Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I've been a follower of your work for a good long while now and certainly enjoyed reading this. Rather inspirational.

I saw a link to your tutorial on drawing faces and it's made me want to try my hand at drawing again see if I can do any better than stick figures or least make the stick figures interesting.
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OutcastClankzilla Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Student General Artist
Wow! For a newbie like me, this seems really awesome and experienced! Thanks so much for helping! :D
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Spacesam Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
very interesting, thanks for sharing such a valuable experience !
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bageladventurers Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always pronounced it "Loysh" until a few months ago. Sorry Stitch is Sorry plz 
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
awwwwwwwwwww. that's ok
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bageladventurers Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, I can't believe you replied (not to say that you're mean or anything). I really enjoy your art..
I'm so awkward.....Llama Emoji-02 (Blush) [V1] :iconohyoublushplz: 
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loish Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
thanks haha! 
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