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Scenery Spotlight IIA series of articles featuring outstanding yet under-appreciated scenery and background art on a weekly to biweekly basis.
Paintings & Drawings
deep woods 6 by PhotoFramaLane 2 by PeacePhotoMan
Scenery Spotlight VIIIA series of articles featuring outstanding yet under-appreciated scenery and background art on a weekly to biweekly basis.
Paintings & Drawings
Midtfjellskogen by jonpackerSolitude by YOSHIMETAL
Only a cloudy day by ZzFOXzZ:thumb339104806:Sample jungle scene by barrymdesigns
:thumb338742885:goham city night by anish911High Afternoon at River Bank by jovenp
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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
Icons and Handhelds - Gallery Newsletter #6The 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.
Icon by laisdossin Milky swim by Milky-Hoshi
Gramophone - Free Use by DeviantWombat C l o c k by AIternativeBunny
Scenery Spotlight XIA series of articles featuring outstanding yet under-appreciated scenery and background art on a regular basis.
Paintings & Drawings
Railway of Butterworth by fightedenSibley at Night by MarshallLipp
Sunny above by ArthurBlueGarden Background by Elle-ArdenThe Airbus by SwissAdA
Red Rock by jbjdesigns:thumb349002668:Darkness/Light Cave by Thibaut-M
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How to feel good about your ArtWe've all had those moments as an artist where we just can't seem to like what we're doing, where nothing seems sufficient and everybody else seems to draw so much better than ourselves.There's a few simple things you can do to avoid feeling like that or that you can remind yourself of should you already be right in the middle of this mess.
Draw for yourself, not an audience!
The first and probably most important point, especially for any artist on here who in one way or the other seeks feedback and recognition from their fellow deviants. You should never forget that your art is after all YOUR art, so it should be a means to express yourself, relax yourself, be proud of yourself etc and not anyone else. Never let yourself be pressured to do anything you don't want simply because your watchers might demand it or do anything for the sole purpose of getting more attention. It might make you happy in the beginning but loosing track
How do YOU like dem characters?So whenever I think about my favourite (fictional) characters I notice again and again that they all follow a certain pattern; are connected by specific character traits or background stories. I guess it's obvious that one is attracted (and I don't mean that just sexually now) to a particular type more than to others.
What I most recently realized was that even though I am attracted (yes, this time I mean sexually) to both men and women, most of my favourite chars are men. I also came to the conclusion that that's not so weird after all since the type of character I usually like simply is mostly represented by male characters. At least in the stories I have read/played/watched/etc. Characters I prefer are usually...well...assholes. In one way or the other. For a long time the only female characters I liked enough to count them among my top fave characters were Millenia from Grandia II and Nynaeve from WoT. And now that I think about it, they do both have rather unpleasant charact
S.O.P.H.I.E.Today would have been Sophie Lancaster's 27th birthday.
Yet Sophie was robbed of the chance to live any more of her birthdays on Saturday, 11 August 2007
when a group of teenagers beat her to death and heavily injured her boyfriend for the simple reason of looking different.
Consider donating to the Sophie Lancaster foundation, an organization that aims to promote tolerance and acceptance.
The organization and the values it stands for are particularly close to my heart
since I am part of the same subculture as Sophie but I believe
that each and every single one of us should not forget that we might not all look the same
but aren't that different on the inside after all.
Have a look at the organization's official promo movie:
And Dutch symhonic metal band Delain's tribute to Sophie:
Those feelsI'm feeling journaly. Shh, that's totally a word.
So what am I gonna bore you with today? Some ramblings about fandoms, fan art and why I prefer it over other kinds of art. Sit back and enjoy. Or lean forward if you're shortsighted.
A whole bunch of people seem to be quite biased towards fan art because ya know it's all unoriginal and blah blah blah. Okay sure, I won't deny that creating not only a piece but also the setting, universe, characters or whatever from scratch is more work and does involve probably a good bit more of creativity. Or does it? To be honest, I think it can be even more of a challenge to grab something existing and put a new twist on it, look at it from a different perspective, in particular if it's been done a crapload of times already. Not that easy to find a new way to portray a character that's been literally drawn to death. Or a scenery. An object. You pick.
So we've got that special kind of challenge. That's one good reason. One on somewhat of an artistic l
2014 Positivity Project So after my post last night I started thinking; positive thinking; I want to do something to promote positivity throughout the world, not just in my life so I decided to start a 2014 Positivity Project using a tumblr blog and hopefully make it grow more throughout the year.
The 5 W's
What? The whole point of this project is to spread positivity through photographing inspirational/positive/motivational/uplifting quotes written on paper
When? NOW! You can do one once a month, week, day or just only once. However many times you want to do it! My goal is to collect 365 positive quote photos by the end of this year. If you do one, leave a comment in this journal, on my page or send me a note and I will add it to
PE: Daily Deviations - The Myth and the LegendDaily Deviations, or DDs . . . for some deviants, receiving one is the epitome of awesomesauce in the deviantART world. For others, they are a nice way to show off the work of lesser-known artists. Still others treat them as a special way to bring attention to great art that exemplifies works being done by a particular gallery or community.
Perhaps because there are so many different ways of conceptualizing DDs, there are also many myths and misconceptions. I would like to address some of those myths by responding to the ones most frequently heard. Please note that these opinions are mine and reflect my experiences with the photomanipulation community, but perhaps they will be informative nevertheless.
Myth 1: DDs should always be perfect.
To many of us, the ideal Daily Deviation goes to an artist with amazing talent whose work draws you in and makes you think, "Wow, everyone needs to see this!" A DD should move you, inspire you, and provoke you to think, b
PE DD Week: Why did an icon get a DD?Why did an icon get a DD?
Daily deviations tend to be a controversial topic within the community and whether or not a DD is worthy of the feature is, as such, often discussed.
As a CV for Icons & Handhelds I often find it interesting to read these discussions, since that way I can see what the community expects of the features, but the recent negativity on the Icons & Handhelds DDs is something I would like to address, which is why I'm thankful I'm given this opportunity during the Daily Deviation PE-week. I will try to explain why I think icons and handhelds are worthy of the feature and why they may be dismissed just a bit too quickly.
Let's begin at the beginning.
When deviantART first started, it was a site that mainly geared towards customization. Be it wallpapers or icons, if you take a look at some of the first DDs. So how come there'
Acts of Random Kindness!Hi there, fellow deviants!
In this small introductory journal, I'd like to explain an idea for a project I'm expanding upon.
So stay put, it's going to be an interesting read, I promise!
What are Acts of Random Kindness?
Acts of Random Projects, also known as ARKs is a project that was initially started by MzzAzn and builds upon the idea of "paying it forward".
Basically, each month you commit yourself to doing at least one or two (or more) random acts of kindness to spread positivity throughout the community.
This can be done by leaving small positive comments on pieces that haven't been commented on yet, by making art for someone, by giving points to donate towards someone's goal and in a various amount of other ways. The main idea is simply to do something constructive to make another person smile. It doesn't need to be a big gesture, it's the sentiment behind it that counts.
Why should I participate?
Besides the fac
Donator Features! Many thanks to the following deviants for donating to help us upgrade to Super Group!
Painting a dream by StygmaComing for you... by Stygma
Crashboat Beach Overview by SavageFrogTMC Contest 03 Mewthful Holidays Entry by SavageFrogMy Enlightened Prayer by SavageFrog
Ginko Necklace by RiemeaRings by RiemeaLes Miserables: Enjolras by Riemea
Catgator Design by BajanStarlingDraw to Adopt Entry by BajanStarlingStarling Chibi by BajanStarling
Jump In Stamp by Kezzi-RoseBack to the Fuchsias by Kezzi-RoseBoudoir by Kezzi-Rose
Can't Help But Celebrate by TeaPhotographyColour Your World by TeaPhotographySensations of The Soul by TeaPhotography
How I draw Trad. Chibis by PhiatozAT Thaty by PhiatozRin and Len by Phiatoz
On the importance of submitting icons correctly.Why this journal?
The reason I'm writing this journal is because miscatting has become quite a popular practice on dA and as such it needs to be addressed from time to time. Before a new Icon-CV had been appointed (say hi to ValaSedai as the new Icon-CV!), I had discussed with ClefairyKid about writing up a small journal (though likely text-wall) about the importance of correctly submitting icons and pixel art.
While some deviants may be doing it on purpose, due to the recent changes in the Fair Exposure-algorythm, a lot of you don't, which is why I hope this journal helps clear up some misunderstandings about both galleries. Most of the info in this journal caters specifically towards iconists, so iconists: welcome to you!
But even if you aren't an iconist, the information in this article will hopefully still be beneficial to you: welcome to you as well!
Reasons why submitting correctly is beneficial for you.
DD Suggestion Drive: Results!After a long wait...
We at last can reveal the statistics and winners of this year's Daily Deviation Suggestion Drive! This group began as a response to thorns' infamous Complaint Challenge, and the DD Suggestion Drive was the first project in that response.
Last year we had a total of 210 deviations suggested (mostly in the Literature and Photography communities) and about 60 of those suggestions were accepted throughout the year. This year....
Total Deviations Suggested: 559
Suggestions Accepted in January: 47
Total Suggestions Accepted as of Today: 62
Number of Participants: 42
At least one suggestion was accepted on average every day in January! Excellent work people! You should all be proud of y
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
The Neglected Importance of the Online CommunityWhat is the Worldwide Online Community?
The Worldwide Online Community is simply a group of people from a wide variety of countries and continents who come together to share their skills, experience, and/or love for a subject. Online communities are a fairly new faction and are not fully understood, their importance is neglected and may not reach their full potential until the next generation incorporates them more and more. It wasn't until the '90s that the Internet or World Wide Web really became a part of the culture, but in less then 20 years its impact has changed society from top to bottom.
In order to really delve into the importance of the worldwide online community, one must first define what it is. There are hundreds of different definitions of what an online community is, but this statement is generally accepted throughout these definitions.
Worldwide online communities are groups of people who join together on the Internet with a common int
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