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Gallery Makeover: Icons and Handhelds We're slowly nearing the end of this first phase of the Gallery Restructure Project which means if you would still like to give us any kind of feedback related to the Icons & Handhelds gallery structure, now's the time to do so!
Please also scroll down and see which points have been brought up by the community and feel free to tell us what you think about them.
As recently announced by $Moonbeam13 in this article deviantART will soon be undergoing a rather extensive makeover of the gallery system in order to streamline categories and simplify submissions. That will amongst others include the removal of dead categories, merging where it makes sense or simply a complete restructuring of a whole root category if necessary.
Community input is highly important for this so with this journal you have the opportunity to specifically give feedback concerning the Icons
Do's and Dont's of Digital PaintingDo's and Don'ts of Digital Painting
The possibilities of digital painting and digital art in general are almost infinite. There is basically nothing you cannot do as long as you just know how to approach it. Yet an abundance of programs and tools has both advantages and disadvantages. Knowing what to favour and what to avoid can be both a huge time saver and help you sidestep frustration.
What we will focus on in this article are some basic tools and techniques of digital painting; we'll try to root out pitfalls and see how to avoid them. Mind that all of the points mentioned below aren't rules carved in stone; there are always cases where breaking the rules can be much more fruitful for a certain effect than following them too strictly. With time and practice you will gain good judgment over when to follow the guidelines and when to leave them aside.
Note: Names of certain tools might vary depending on t
Icons and Handhelds: Gallery Newsletter #3The new Icons & Handhelds Newsletter, designed to keep you up up to date with all notable happenings and findings within this gallery.
- Recent Discoveries -
Brought to my attention by other deviants or discovered during a browsing session of my own.
COM: Dazzel by =Little-Miss-RiikoRed
Riding backwards on a pig.. by *NekoSoraYagami 315. Roselia by *Snovve OLD: Icon Commission for Ragur-in-a-bottle by =wolf-fire Free Kitty Base / Icon by *WaterSoup
Princess tutu (free use) by =Aisyera Spiral Avatar by *carnivalfish cherribun GIF by =TheShelberine
Majora's Mask Icon - FREE TO USE! by =Skytch Teacup bunny by ~Shiroimi Fishy Heart by =torimisu G: Taiwan Icon for iJosiechan by =Rini-tan
- Projects, Contests & Other Exciting Events -
~SteffieSilva is holding an icon contest with the task of creating an icon for one of her OCs.
Scenery Spotlight X - Winter SpecialA series of articles featuring outstanding yet under-appreciated scenery and background art on a weekly to biweekly basis.
Paintings & Drawings
Winter's Walk by *CelineSIMONI:thumb342334461:
deeper (the winter edition) by ~Massi-SanWinter Wonderland by *QuantumRiverWinter Morning by ~nicolaykoriagin
Winter White by ~jbjdesignsout into the ice by *evergreenartsWinter by *bluesixtynine
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Muro Mini Contest - War and Death- ENDEDYes, yes, it's time for another one!
I've had some spare points lying around lately so I figured why not give you guys a chance to win some of them? And Imma be selfish and have you totally indulge my current obsession so what I'll ask you to do is this:
Draw either War or Death or both of them from the Darksiders franchise!
Any style, any pose, anything at all goes, as long as it includes at least one of the two mentioned characters. For those who don't know them, here's a few references:
Death: http://www.hdwallpapers.in/walls/death_darksiders_2_game-wide.jpg http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/28600000/Darksiders-2-Death-Lives-darksiders-28682848-960-540.jpg http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120822015102/darksiders/images/f/f6/Death_darksiders_ii.png
War: http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20091106175849/darksiders/images/5/51/War.jpg http://files.myopera.com/vd20usd/albums/12834182/darksiders-wrath-of-war-1730-1920x1200.jpg htt
Icons for a Good Cause - CLOSEDUpdate 04-01-2013: Project will be on hold and not accepting any more requests. I will clear the waiting list and then close the project for good.
Update of the Update: Well dang, people, the interest is so high that I'll open a few more slots, it's for a good cause after all. xD That means that there's a chance you'll have to wait a bit longer though since I'll have more to work through.
Update 02-27-2013: The project is open again and I will be taking orders for five more slots before closing for good. That means this is not only your last chance to participate in the project but also your last chance to get one of the chibis in my old style. As always, comment on the journal if you would like to commission an icon in order to help out; in depth guidelines below.
Update 12-25-2012: The project will be on hold for a little while so I can clear off the list and also get all the other stuff done that I
Muro Mini Contest - War and Death - WinnersI usually try to judge these little contests not based on skill but simply creativity and spontaneity but I think no one will hold my choice for 1st Place against me once they saw it. xD
Thus, I am happy to announce the results of my third Muro Mini Contest!
A smashing1st Place goes to:
You see, how could I NOT let this wonderful piece win? ;w;
She was also the only one who actually made use of me granting you the full muro version this time. ^^
A fantastic 2nd Place goes to:
'Cause Strife killed me in there. xD
And War's face. Beyond words haha. ^^
And a fabulous 3rd Place goes to:
'Cause it was wonderfully original how he worked the mask into my name.
And since there were only four entries in total I do wanna feature the last one as well:
Who will get a kissy for this. :iconteheplz:
Thank you to everybody who participated and I'll be giving out the points
GAMESCAPES - Winner Announcement
A big thank you to my fellow judges for providing their help and also for being so incredibly fast with sending in their votes!
So not even 24h after the deadline I am proud to present you with the winners of this contest!
Before I get to that I would like to mention though that everybody did a fantastic job and even though only three people can win no work went totally unappreciated.
But I'll stop stringing you along now.
3rd Place goes to:
50 by ^ValaSedai
(provided by ~Viokcha)
1 traditional Chibi by ~Demon-Tetra
1 Chibi w/o bg by ~Viokcha
1 Headshot by ~LadyNoise
1 animated Pixel Icon by ^ValaSedai
A llama by =KiaraJoy
Journal Feature by =KiaraJoy
Journal Feature by `Astrikos
Journal Feature by ~Viokcha
2nd Place goes to:
Scenery Spotlight IXA series of articles featuring outstanding yet under-appreciated scenery and background art on a weekly to biweekly basis.
Paintings & Drawings
Autumn Gate by ~miirexReally Foggy November Evening In Arcipelago by ~eskile
Sunset Road by ~hoangphamvfxJewel Planet by ~nahojisRed Mountain by ~FOTOMASTER03
:thumb341473024:Summer Mountain by ~DannyGordon20In a Galaxy far far away ... by *Lairis77
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PE: 5 reasons to believe in yourselfSuccess is not a measure of how much money you earn or how popular you are, rather, it is being able to find your passion - one that makes you happy and ultimately, one that you would be happy to leave as your legacy. To make a step forward to reach your dream takes smarts and guts but why couldn't you? Here is five reasons why you can.
1. Everyone was born equal
More-less, this is true, some people are born more challenged than others but we all possess skills and ability to learn. It is possible to build something out of nothing if we really want to. It all comes down to our preferences and decisions.
"Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent."
2. Overcoming your fears
By constantly challenging yourself, you can get rid of fears that used to follow you. You will no longer be worried, you'll know you can count on yourself.
"If you think you can, you can. If you think you can't, you're right."
Attention, don't give away your work!If possible please this news article so that more people can see it and be wary, thank you!
This week I received messages from two different people (through Etsy and Storenvy) offering to make a review of my work. They splattered huge statics, like having millions of instagram followers, popularity, or having done it before and making people famous. Of course, their generosity was conditioned by me agreeing to send them some of my work for free. While I don't object the concept of reviewing someone's work, I worry that this has become a popular way of scamming artisan crafters to give away their work for free with promises of exposure and increasing their sales. I wanted to write this journal to tell everyone to be careful, specially if you're just starting your business and struggling to get noticed, it may sound tempting but you should never give away your hard work!
One of them was even more blunt and said that he could write a positive review of my work just by
Trolls: A Field GuideTrolls: A Field Guide
Identify, avoid, and deal with various specimens of troll!
written by `miontre for %projecteducate's Community Week
Trolls are everywhere on deviantART. In the forums, telling you that your site suggestion sucks. In your gallery, saying that you're doing it wrong. In your journal, asking you if ur mad. And of course there are numerous lone trolls roaming around, looking for n00bs (such as yourself) to prey on. Naww, I'm just kidding! You're not a noob.
Trolls live to make you upset. They want to insult your ideas, artworks, interests, and so forth; because they love provoking people and getting a reaction out of them. It's important that you know how to identify, avoid, and deal with the many types of troll which roam and predate deviantART.
There are a few different types of trolls, and it's important that you can identify and distinguish between them so that you know what you'r
A Copyright Briefing (New Updates 3/5/13)I am not a lawyer. I do not know everything there is to know about copyright law and cannot assist you with legal matters. I have studied copyright extensively and written many DMCA Takedown Requests for myself to successfully get the illegal use of my work stopped. This article is in no way comprehensive. It does not include 100% detail on copyright laws. If you want more information or just want to browse more of my writing on copyrights, please go here.
Copyright and "Theft"
Why sharing can be illegal.
There is quite a bit of confusion about copyright law, the DMCA, fair use, de minimus, etc. And rightly so. I always try to give people the benefit of the doubt when I come across what appears to be a "theft" issue. Even people in the United States, the home of the DMCA and one of the strongest supporters of
PE: Dealing with a negative feedbackPE: Dealing with a negative feedback
"To escape criticism - do nothing, say nothing, be nothing."
Everyone wants to be praised for their work. It's the extremely rare individual who creates things and doesn't care how they're received. Dealing with criticism can be painful, but at the same time enormously helpful.
Let's begin with understanding the function that positive and negative feedback serve. Positive feedback (pointing out things you did WELL) increases commitment to the work you do, by enhancing your experience and your confidence, white Negative feedback (pointing out things you did WRONG), on the other hand, is informative - it tells you where you need to spend your effort, and offers insight into how you might improve.
With that being said, positive and negative feedback are affective and motivate differently, their impact varies from different peop
No One Cares About Your StoryGOOD NEWS: This is perfectly normal!
I can't remember the source, but a few years ago I read this famous author's account of how it felt to have his first book come out, and he mentioned buying a copy himself because he was afraid no one would take an interest. Now this is a guy who managed to get not only an agency but a publisher (which is a whole pile of people who were like yesplz), and he's still afraid readers won't care. I was like, 'whoa mind blown.'
But anyway, the fact is that we are all strangers on the Internet and, by default, there is no reason for you to read my stuff or vice-versa. If you went and stood in Times Square with copies of your latest story, how many people would give you more than a passing glance? And how many of those people would get to the end of your work, and how many of those would offer critical feedback?
And, if you were one of the passersby, whom would you stop for?
Okay, I'm done scaring the shi
Getting the Most out of dA: CommentingUsually, when you read something involving 'Commenting', you think of deviations and the commenting platform that allows other members of the community to voice their thoughts and opinions on the art shown. However, what is pretty evident, and something that most of us may forget, is that deviantART runs on the ability to give and get comments, be it on pieces of artwork, our profile pages, +forums, and everywhere else in between.
In a sense, without the ability to give and get comments, deviantART wouldn't be much of a website, much less #1 of online art communities around. Comments are not solely the cause of what makes deviantART what it is, but it has a huge impact on a lot of things. By giving and getting comments, not only do we interact with other members to really make this a community, we also have the ability to get our voices heard.
It's quite an odd concept with us all facing screens, typing out our thoughts and opinions, but one thing we shouldn't forget is that commen
PE: dA help - in English or Other LanguagesOn a big site like deviantART you're no doubt going to come across something you have a question about or just don't quite understand. There are many channels you can use to find the answers to various types of questions - such as the +faq, the *welcome tour, the deviantART Tutorials category and the :#help: chatroom. How do you know which to use?
The best point to start with any question or problem related to dA is the official Need Help? thread. It lists all official help channels and what they can be used for. In this article we focus on the +faq - as well as places to find dA information in many other languages! Let's start with English.
English - The FAQ
The FAQ (a common abbreviation for Frequently Asked Questions) c
How to Avoid the REAL HackersPlease consider ing and commenting on this article so it can reach more people.
Here's a message about a "hacker" that has been appearing in my inbox lately. I've added paragraph breaks so that it's easier to read, but I have edited nothing else.
SIGNAL BOOST: HEY, PLEASE READ THIS- ITS SERIOUSLY IMPORTANT THE FATE OF YOUR INTERNET-LIFE IS AT STAKE!!!!!! APPARENTLY THERE IS A HACKER ON DEVIANTART, CALLED 'LIFE OWNER'..... TELL EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST BECAUSE IF SOMEBODY ON YOUR LIST ADDS HIM THEN YOU WILL GET HIM ON YOUR LIST. HE WILL FIGURE OUT YOUR ID COMPUTER ADDRESS, SO COPY AND PASTE THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE EVEN IF YOU DON'T CARE FOR THEM AND FAST BECAUSE IF HE HACKS THEIR EMAIL HE HACKS YOUR MAIL TOO (I think what it means by that is that he could assume the identity of your friends, and FOOL you into opening the letter since you think it's your friend that's sending it )!!...
Anyone using Internet mail such as Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL and so on. This information arrived t
Crown of ThornsShe wakes up with red staining her pillow
and the taste of blood like iron in her mouth
It stains her teeth and leaks from her lips, and as she
rinses her mouth out, she can’t help thinking that
it’s better than dirt and ashes
it feels like she’s wearing a noose
of broken promises and shattered glass
that tightens around her throat with every day that passes
She nails a smile to her face
and doesn't let herself think the word dying
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