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When to Google, When to Forum

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 1:09 AM


One of the coolest things about dA is it's not just for sharing art, it's for sharing ideas about art. If you're stuck on a piece, or you'd like to learn to how to do something that just hasn't been clicking in tutorials or class, the art-related forums are a great place to look!

But the best part about the forums is also the riskiest part: anyone can answer! Which means you'll get opinions which contradict each other, 'industry facts' from people who heard it elsewhere on the internet, people who don't quite understand your original question...it's a mess! :ohnoes:

So how can you back up all that different advice, or alternately open with a question that won't be confusing?

GOOGLE


Ignoring for a moment that I basically worship Google (hey, you try growing up with a 1000-page reference book as your only source of random facts), it's is an awesome, flexible tool.

Just drop your question into Google and see what you find! A lot of experts (or just all-around smarties) have blogs or tutorial sites where they discuss how they do stuff, so if it's a person whose work inspires you, their advice may be even more useful.

Of course, Google can't tell you how you might resolve a plot twist, and Google won't offer you the chance to debate whether trying to duplicate traditional techniques in Photoshop is a good idea, but it's a fantastic starting point, especially if you're  having trouble wording your question! (Remember: forum posts can't be edited or deleted; only locked, if you request it in #help, so if you make a mistake, it's there forever. Well, a week, anyway. Shh.)

In short, Google and the forums are your friends!

:iconepichighfiveplz:

The forums are awesome, but there are times when it's a good idea to supplement with Google.

Thank you `JamminJo and `lintu47 for letting me sneak on board :iconrlyplz:

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Vaxl Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can never find what I'm loooking for through google (or any search engine but I like google so I try to use it)
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neurotype Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If you're never finding stuff, you may want to try different searches. Use fewer words (or simpler questions) and learn to Boolean query. :)
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Vaxl Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I do use operations, though :(
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neurotype Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Could you give an example of a search you've tried?
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Vaxl Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have some in my scraps, like [link]
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neurotype Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not surprised you didn't get good results for that, 1) an organized stock site is generally a better place to go if you need specific poses, 2) most people aren't gonna tag their images like that. At most you could drop in woman running or woman looking back and work from there, but that is a very, very specific pose.
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Vaxl Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's the same way in real life, though. I'm just really bad at finding things. If only I had a tripod for my laptop...
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neurotype Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know, right?!

But yeah, try going to sites that focus on stuff. Google Image Search isn't great if you aren't looking for something that doesn't have a name, like a logo or a famous character.
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MadOldHag Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The library is your friend, too. Because not all pages you find through google are reliable. And sometimes, like people in the forums, different websites contradict each other. Anyway, yes, google is your friend. As for the forums, I rather look what's there than starting a new thread. Why ask the same stupid question for the millionth time? I also go to the forum for the same reason why I often browse deviations: to find like-minded people who have similar preferences and similar problems.
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neurotype Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm writing this with the assumption that these days, people have to do a bit of wrangling to get to the library ;p I mean, even parents are like 'just google it dude'.
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