Neopets Art Gallery GuideElise Kozler
Choose the theme I recommend you to apply on special neopets days. TNT always puts up more pages on those days so you’ll have a slightly higher chance to be picked. When picking the theme of your drawing try to choose something original. Like a side character of Neoquest or your own pet. If you choose to work on a well known character, as Eliv Thade or Edna, you’ll have more problems. But if your art is good enough, go on! Things that don’t work on neopets
- Blood, death and similar
- Human neopets
- Not related characters
- Drawings on paint consisting in 3 circles
“Artistic” Dictionary Artists often talk of words that you’ve ever known about, isn’t it? Here is a brief dictionary of the terms:
- Lineart – The line that surrounds the drawing
- Layer – A colour over another, making a new “layer” of shade or light
- Shade – The darkened part of the drawing
- Light – The lighted part of the drawing
- Pen – Digital pen that comes with pressure tablets
- Pixelated – With harsh points that seem single pixels
- Pencil – A not coloured pencil
- Art Trade – When two artists make a piece for each other, like they were “trading” drawings
- Art Request – When an artist makes a piece for someone that asked it
- Comission – A paid Request
Technique and Tools To enter on the Art Gallery you’ll basically need to draw. There are several ways to draw and various techniques, and I’ll try to teach you and direct you through some of them (those I know. In theory.) Digital Art To work on digital art you’ll need to use a program on your computer. The most used programs are Photoshop (PS), Open Canvas (OC), Paint Shop Pro (PSP), MS Paint and Flash. PS and PSP are associated with two animation programs: Image Ready and Animation Shop. Also you’ll need some “solid” tools to work with this. To make your brush or virtual pencil flow on the screen you’ll need a computer mouse or (much easier) a tablet. Notice that everything is possible to do with a mouse. It just turns to be much easier with a tablet… Photoshop is a very complete program. You can do pretty much everything on it, since painting cartoons, to make photomanipulations and to turn men into women. All with a simple sequence of “clicks”. If you want to make a simple Gif animation, PS comes with an animation program, Image Ready.
Art Styles Here I’m going to tell you about the styles that are used on Neopets and those that are preferred. Manga Do you know the concept of anime, right? (Japanese animation, big eyes, cute smiles and lots of girls?) Manga is the drawing before anime) You can apply the Manga concept on Neopets, but pure human forms never win. Unless they are faeries, off course. Anthro This is the most used form. Now, let’s notice the kinds of anthro you can use (they are all accepted):
- Realistic – here the anatomic elements are correct. It’s an animal standing in two paws and normally does not have much human traits.
- Humanized – This is an animal with human traits, but with it’s normal position
- Cartoonish – It’s the mix of the above and it’s the one that Neopets use on their art and plots.
Compre the Styles: Realistic Used if you want to draw pure animals. Dispensable if you are going to draw humans.Pure Cartoon These are those cartoons you see on comic stripes. No shade, no light, just lines. Only work in a comical way (seriously)
Crafts If there is a thing that TNT loves is that we work *a lot* for them. Since you’re probably already tired with all the art above… I’m just telling you some of the things you can do! (if you actually want to know how to do them tell me and I’ll make tutorials) Sewing Crafts Cross Stitch, Half Stitch, Borders, Rugs, Rag Rug, Arrailos, Plushies, Line Stitch. Bakery Bread, Chocolate, Clay, Fimmo, Plasticine, Acrilic, Paper. Other Tips Before even trying learn the technique. I’ve learned that talent is achieved with train. So, train a lot. Do you know that boring class you have to assist? Train your drawings then. Try to draw a skeleton of the figure and try several scraps before your final image. Don’t expect to have the complete perfect drawing the first time you try! Knowing this it will be easier. Train, train and train, try over and over again until you get a satisfactory result. The prizes are good, rare items and a 10k amount of neopoints. But to get them you’ll need to show on your drawing more than talent. If you show effort and dedication be sure that you’ll get in. :)