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I've seen a lot of people claim they know what "good art" is or isn't, so I I'll just add my two cents.

I spent a very long time trying to make my own art more realistic (never got close to realism, but there was an attempt) but then I realized I didn't even like realistic art and the only reason I was trying to achieve it was because others had told me that's what I should strive for.

It's not that I think realistic art is bad or that other people are wrong for liking it. I can most certainly see the appeal of it. It's simply that I'm personally not that interested in it. When I see realistic art I tend to not notice the work put into it. It's more like a photo to me, even if it includes a lot of fantastical elements. Again, that's what a lot of people like about it, and that's great. I just happen to like when a drawing is unapologetic about being a drawing, like the styles of Bjørn Wiinblad and Tove Jansson.

There are only two things I personally think are important to learn when drawing: Body proportions (how long are arms compared to the body, how long are legs when folded up, how far are eyes from each other and so on) and perspective (how much smaller does an object get the further it moves away and so on).

Those things will help your art look more balanced, even when you develop your own style and maybe decides that you like your characters to have short legs and arms. Subconsciously you'll keep those things in mind and know how to make it all work together. Then you can decide for yourself what you think is important to your art, like light and shadow, or how fabric works, or whatever you want.

Again, just my personal philosophy on the subject of art. I like to keep the rules simple and let people do their own thing. We get more interesting styles that way.
Untitled-1 by techgnotic

VideoLab Makes ‘Man of Steel’ Look Less Depressing

You know how Man of Steel had one of the most dreary looking color palettes of all time? It looks like it’s dark out during the day, and Superman’s suit looks like it’s been hanging up in an abandoned mine shaft for a good century and a half or so. Colorists at VideoLab wondered what it would look like if the film had been edited to look, you know, normal. What do you think? Is this a movie that you would watch?

PIZZA PARTY! by NocturneJewel

Lizards Demonstrate Ideal Weekend Plans

I Love Lucy, Popcorn, and Pizza, what else is there? We’ll be spending our weekend recreating this tableau of a perfect weekend.

Too Many Kings

Adult Swim’s ‘Too Many Cooks’ video, a ten-minute parody of sitcom opening credits, has been co-opted and repurposed many times with mixed results. We can certifiably say, though, that this Game of Thrones version of the video is spot-on. The editors latched on to what made the original Too Many Cooks video funny, by making tonal shifts when necessary and exaggerating the typical credits sequence look. Plus, this video has the added comedic value of actually featuring a real cast that it would take ten minutes to introduce properly.

Site Update: Bug Fixes and Mobile Notifications

If you’re curious what we were working on during the maintenance earlier this week, take a look at this journal and find out about the bug fixes and updates.

Nicolas Cage, by Jeff Stahl by JeffStahl

Turn Every Image Into Nicolas Cage

You can get an extension for Google Chrome called NCage that turns every image on each page you visit into an image of Nicholas Cage. Why would you want every image on your browser to be a picture of Nicolas Cage? If you’re asking that question, this extension is not for you.

Home-made Pop Tarts by cakecrumbs

Weekend Breakfast Food

These homemade pop tarts by cakecrumbs seem like the perfect way to celebrate the weekend (recipe is in the description). What’s your favorite weekend breakfast food? Tell us in the comments below.

The Trailer For ‘The Visit’ Is A Good Excuse To Never Visit Your Relatives

There’s going to be another M. Night Shyamalan movie, which by now should trigger a Pavlovian response of automatic skepticism. However, this movie actually looks kind of scary based on the trailer. It imagines what would happen if two kids went to visit their grandparents who are much crazier than the tolerable-at-Thanksgiving level of crazy most people’s grandparents exhibit. Go ahead and add this to the list of reasons why you should consider traveling over summer vacation.

Gravity Falls by sugapiessofly

Summer At Cal Arts

sugapiessofly got accepted to the Calarts Summer Animation Residency Program! Go congratulate her here.

Cosmo Flips The Script On Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson

Cosmo decided to mix up their Avengers coverage when stars Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo stopped by for an interview. They prepared a special set of questions specifically for Ruffalo, designed to both highlight and mock the vapid, sexist questions usually reserved for Johansson during these press junkets. The interviewer asked Ruffalo about what he planned to wear to the premiere, and if he had any special poses prepared, while asking Johannson about the stunts and action sequences she performs in the film. We applaud this sendup of entertainment reporting, especially in the wake of yesterday’s unmitigated sexist remarks from Avengers co-stars Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner. We kind of can’t believe we’re saying this, but thank you, Cosmo.

The Matrix effect by gilad

Forum Feature

Have you ever experienced something weird? almost unexplainable? JonnyAltezza wants to hear all of your crazy stories! Share them here.

Flirted With You All My Life

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 25, 2015, 6:41 AM

w e a l l f a l l d o w n by ra-gro rise by MWeiss-Art Fragile by ejohanne
 Batu Karas - West Java by Hengki24 memento by MWeiss-Art Things Left Unsaid by werol
 ris by Q-harrr Shadowman by nigel-h No title by siby

 M -07 by atelier-de-figueline ___ by windrides Untitled by yup12

 Mystic Skyscraper | 1556 by Dr007 Mirroring Paulskirche by vamosver Zueri by dasTOK
 Chainsaw Massacre by tholang A life made of feathers by Sei-Zako Trap by marrgit
 Untitled by Menoevil Born from the light by tuminka MAN -02 by atelier-de-figueline

 Aether by lomatic High by JakezDaniel | n i g h t w i n d | by Nachtblau

 walls stories by m-lucia Humeur Noire VI (colored version) by crossfading Dying slowly by siby
 Muted by leoatelier Artsy Living by Einsilbig '09 by dechobek
 Three useless stairs by Igor-Demidov urban mural V by VisitingFahrrad talking about boats by EintoeRn

 PRESERVED.. by chryssalis Apoplexy by mimikascraftroom WOMB.. by chryssalis
 Intoxication by bliXX-a Driftwood by bliXX-a Evolve by Softyrider62
 Sadness by G-Moel santa muerte by MWeiss-Art Crestfallen by Menoevil
 agony by MWeiss-Art A Thought For Those Alone by ParallelDeviant Nest by Softyrider62

 Living Frequencies by Aegis-Illustration IMG 3089w by crossfading Melancholie by kolorits
 Eleventh Plague - The New Economists Invasion by SenhArt Night Reading by intao I take with me hunger and poverty by SenhArt
 Carpe Diem by Acrymat Surveillance by 11lessthanequal Insomnia by Acrymat
 Alone by lesley-oldaker ... by ananaa Mermaid by multigrade

 Whirlwind - III by xKimJoanne Harvest by parvanaphotography imperfection by MWeiss-Art
 Fate by machihuahua Insect by astridle Untitled by eulalievarenne
 Scarlet Slumber by parvanaphotography Death To Life by shatter-the-silence The Woman Who Waited by SpokeninRed

 0004 by subart59 * by agatafotografia the rock by selimselimoglu
 Highlands-28 by Kaarmen Winter by Kaarmen The First Sun by Al-Baum
 Mystic Skyscraper | 7538 by Dr007 Untitled by mldzz Openings by AlexandruCrisan

 Heartaches by cameraflou 201410 by y5y6 Stilnox by kakaoconad

 portrait by MWeiss-Art shelter by Enaston Aga - BW version by siwymortis
 Layers by Al-Baum Dark Sun by Hengki24 Untitled by Al-Baum
 Untitled by Bela01 Borobudur Temple by Hengki24 Languid by lomatic

 Mute Guardian by vamosver criss cross by EintoeRn  MG 0365b by elminino

 DIJELJENJE by whoskipbob Towards by Buri65 . by Alshain4
 before sunrise by MWeiss-Art . by MWeiss-Art Jakarta City by Hengki24
 Mignon by LuciaConstantin .thunder. by awphotoart Desespoir by Aurelien-Minozzi

thank you for your beautiful works

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Journal Entry: Sat Apr 25, 2015, 8:50 AM




Hello dear members of TheFavouriteShowcase, friends and deviants,

This is the new way to find our winner of our monthly challenge at TheFavouriteShowcase: instead of using a Poll with the ten most voted of the period, we'll be using a blog to showcase the 20 MOST VOTED on this theme!

This means, or so I hope, more exposure for your pieces and galleries.

The idea is simple: each work has a number and all deviants have the opportunity to vote like if it was a poll...with the difference that you will choose not one but 3 favourites! 

All deviants may vote, INCLUSIVE who is participating; the participants may vote for themselves and ask friends and watchers to vote; this blog may have publicity by all means and be submitted in groups. 

The work with most votes wins 130 points;
the second place wins 80, the 3rd place wins 50 and the 4th wins 25 Points.

These prizes can be updated for the next themes with the help of our friends.

You may also help by clicking on our stamp :iconthefavouritecontests::iconthefavouritecontest2: and making a donation.

Follow the RULES to VOTE...

EVERYONE VOTING and +favING THIS BLOG will enter a draw to win 10 Points.
The participants may and should click the Favourite Button too - this will give you another chance to win more points!
And so you can have more possibilities to win I'll give 5 prizes of 10 points!

Vote and let your friends know about this voting!

NOTE: The participants who don't vote aren't eligible to win.

HERE thefavouriteshowcase.deviantar…

Arrow Bullet (Rainbow) - F2U! Arrow Bullet (Rainbow) - F2U! Arrow Bullet (Rainbow) - F2U! Arrow Bullet (Rainbow) - F2U! Arrow Bullet (Rainbow) - F2U!  RULES to VOTE  Arrow Bullet Left (Rainbow) - F2U! Arrow Bullet Left (Rainbow) - F2U! Arrow Bullet Left (Rainbow) - F2U! Arrow Bullet Left (Rainbow) - F2U! Arrow Bullet Left (Rainbow) - F2U! 

(read careful, it's very simple)
*everyone can participate in the voting, you don't have to be a member of TheFavouriteShowcase.

1. Choose your favourite 3 works from below;

2. See the correspondent number before the thumb? Comment on this blog by writing the numbers of your favourite works, like this:

29, 35, 47

You have 3 votes to give and you must give all the 3 votes, not 1, not 2, not 5 - it's 3 votes!
Comments with more or fewer votes will be ignored.

3. To have the possibility to win 10 Points entering a draw, FAVE THIS BLOG!

4. You don't have to do anything else Thumbs Up 
This voting will be open until the 30 April and the winners will be announced on the 1st May.
The next theme will be open to submissions on the 1st MAY.

Thank you for participating!


1... pretty like a peacock by Marl1nde

 by Marl1nde 


2... Summer Kissess by Brightsmile-didi

 by Brightsmile-didi 


3... Bad Girl With Red Hair by Lolita-Artz



4... P. Mystaceus by Enkased

by Enkased 


5... My little World by PrimaDonna77

by PrimaDonna77 


6... Beautiful Transient by Miguel-Santos

by Miguel-Santos 


7... Spring Lady by iriscup

by iriscup 


8... Black and White Beauty by TheSleepyRabbit

by TheSleepyRabbit 


9... Look at me by fotografka

by fotografka 


10... Sunday's just another working day.. by clochartist-photo

by clochartist-photo 


11... Damsel 5 by Coigach

by Coigach 

12... Mosquito (without Cat!) by Paul-Shanghai

by Paul-Shanghai 


13... Grasshopper by AmBr0

by AmBr0 


14... hide and seek by Marl1nde

by Marl1nde 



15... Lacewing Butterfly by TheSleepyRabbit

by TheSleepyRabbit 

16... Awakening in webs by Italia-Ruotolo-Art

by Italia-Ruotolo-Art 

17... A little break by plumita1

by plumita1 

18... Lovebugonflower1 by Ahau2

by Ahau2 


19... A bee III by AlejandroCastillo

by AlejandroCastillo 

20... Alium... by NorthernLand

by NorthernLand 


accepting all media, old or new, featuring at least 3 bright colours,


Elsa, Egil21 :iconpinklilyplz: on behalf of  :iconthefavouriteshowcase:

Spider Joke by Egil21

I got up in a great mood, went to turn the chicken eggs in my incubator (currently incubating Silkies and Sebrights)... and then my mother bolted into the house, screaming she has a fox for me to care for. 
I walked downstairs and saw my mother. Then I asked "Well, where's the fox?". THEN I noticed she handles me something tiny and dark and unmoving on her palm.
I expected at least 3.5 weeks old silver or Marble fox kit. I got A WEEK-OLD FOX INFANT. Smokey Red, from what I see. With almost no teeth, closed eyes and wounded tail and almost bitten-off left ear! I almost died inside from pain when I saw her...
I have NEVER cared for something so young...

The story is her mother didn't want her. She was orphaned in their cage and brutally bitten and half-starved.
She was barely saved from death.

I just fed her and right now I'm writing this journal with only right hand. In my left hand is she, sleeping and sucking on my finger in her sleep. Of course I heard from my mother she regrets taking the wounded kit in and if I think she did a good thing.
I try to do not swear, but my answer was literally: "Yes, you FUCKING did GOOD. :iconkiddingmeplz:"
There's no damn way I'm not keeping my eye on her all the time now! She is mine and mine alone and hell if I'm letting her die.

Full-time 24/7 mama-Sapphire incoming!!!  :iconbursztynrageplz:
I'll post her photo tonight.
Any suggestions for a name for this little miracle girl, peeps? 

EDIT: Mireya. Meaning: "miracle" :heart:

EDIT II: Little Miracle by Sapphiresenthiss

  • Mood: Worried
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Red: Our admin miscalculated. She made question 200 MASSIVE, so it's taking forever to ink.

Freddy: If it keeps going like this, we're thinking about just doing something simple for Q200.

Red: Hm. I suppose, I don't know.

Freddy: We can save question 200 for later. 210? 220?

Red: I don't know.




Swiggity Swag Adoptables Tips 'n Tricks

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 25, 2015, 2:54 PM

oi oi so i've had a few people asking for some tips on making / selling adoptables qvq i'm not a profesh adoptable maker or anything, but here's some things i've learned after making adoptables for a little while ♥

♦ Selling Tips 

1. In case ya didn't know, dA actually has a category for adoptables found here: 

2. Don't under price yourself! if you've spent a while designing an adoptable and really like how it turned out, don't be afraid to charge a bit more for it 
♥ if someone really likes a design, they won't tell you to lower the price. If you start raising your prices though, adoptables will most likely take longer to sell ( especially if your watchers are used to buying lower priced adopts ) but don't lose hope / reduce the prices if they don't sell right off the bat!

3. Don't over price yourself either! some adoptable makers can afford to sell their designs for a lot of money, and i've learned that if money is your main concern, making a ton of lower priced adoptable will sell much faster than a few high priced ones.

4. Set up events like DTA's, OTA's & Raffles! these get people's attention more than regular priced adoptables & it's always nice to give back to the adopt community ; v ;

5. If you regularly make non-adoptable art and decide to go straight into adoptables, don't be upset if they don't sell right away - people most likely are watching you for non-adoptable art, and may not be interested in buying adopts - i'd personally advise making a new account specifically for adoptables so that you can attract the adoptable-loving crowd there c:

6. Join adoptable groups and submit your adopts there! This really, REALLY helps you gain exposure and spreads them across dA quickly! ( i'd personally suggest submitting them to a minimum of 25 groups, but that's just me lmao )

7. Put out polls asking your watchers what they'd like to see from you next - ask about upcoming themes & suggestions they might have! c:

8. Okay this is just a personal thing, but don't threaten to stop making adoptables because of one bad experience. I've unwatched people who are constantly writing journals about how they are "done making adoptables" purely because of 1 or 2 bad incidents, and then proceed to make more later that day

like dang pls don't do dat-/dies

9. If you sell paypal adoptables, i'd highly recommend reading (UPDATED) Paypal Buyers: plsread ;v;

♦ Designing Tips 

I design my adoptables by mixing & matching clothing, accessories, colors & stuff for a while until an adopt comes out that i like - it's also a good idea to get the entire design thought out with a sketch / colors layer underneath it before you do the lineart in case you decide to add more things to the design 

This tip isn't specifically for adoptables, but the way i ninja reply to notes / comments all the time is because i use an extension on the chrome store that notify's you for every message you receive qvq

Get it 

so many words amg- /dies

i'll add more things to this if i can think of any others-

Hope this helped in any way & good luck selling your babs! qvq 

  • Mood: Adoration


Sat Apr 25, 2015, 3:18 PM
so say
you are returning, faceless

so say
i will want the earth, concave
and empty, say i will want
it to contain me
again, say

(there is a worse kind of pain)

I made it! Touched down on English soil this morning after gosh-knows-how-many-hours of travel induced containment :heart:

For those of you who don't know, or have terminally shot term memories: I have been out in Australia for two Supanova conventions! I journaled the first part of my adventures here:  Supanova Melbourne and Gold Coast!So, like someone who never wants to get any sleep, I hopped on a plane to the Australia, for a convention or two :)

Melboune and Gold Cost Supanova!
My Economy Class flight was more like having my own private jet ;) No one wanted to go to Melbourne this time of year from London, as it turns out it's colder over here XD

Obligatory photo of pretty clouds out the window:

While trying to work out how to get to the Convention Showgrounds from Southern Cross Station, the first suggestion I got was to take a helicopter to Batman park. That is how cool Australia is :D

I haven't seen any spiders or crocodiles or anything that could kill me with a bite yet (unless you count the lady at the bus stop with the teeth)
I would share with you my beautiful photos of Melbourne,

Before leaving I had sent out a plea for help a the conventions, and it turns out people are really quite nice, and I was inundated with offers! So, like in some weird online blind date thing, I chose a few people who I'd never met before to help out behind my tables XD Sounds like a recipe for disaster, but it was a recipe for awesomeness! The girls were delightful, worked really hard, and were not at all like the weird internet strangers your Mum warns you about. It was great to feel like I wasn't alone out there :heart:
Below is myself (you'd never guess which one ;)) and Mahalia and Lilliee, who were my boss little team at Melbourne. Huge thanks also to Annabel helped all on her own at the Gold Coast (and gosh, did she work hard!)

Fbmally by DestinyBlue

Now, I'm a person who does certain things by halves, so I can do the next thing by one and a halves :D
My hotel in Melbourne was the half, boasting the 'historical features' of literally an old prison... yes that's the only window.

Img 9027[1] by DestinyBlue
A quick flight later...

Fgggg by DestinyBlue

and I was ready for my one and a half I'd saved up for!:

Fbgc by DestinyBlue
Almost literally all window XD
Ocean views one side and city views of the the other on the Gold Coast! I could even see the the convention center. And upon waking up at 7am for Supanova, and looking out my window, to my surprise I could already see people queuing ready!

Img 9152[1] by DestinyBlue

The conventions were a buzz with activity, I was in the Artists alley, and it wasn't too long before people found my table XD
Both were great shows, and all the hugs made up for the jet lag :D It's amazing to know I have so much support so far away :heart:! I might have shed a tiny tear at how awesome the experience was.
Here's the adorable Olivia, modeling her favourite bag (disclaimer: might not be her favourite, but she rocks it, no? ;)
Img 8988[1] by DestinyBlue

So I didn't see any real koalas this trip, but if I ever wanted to imagine what superheores in the shape of koalas looked like, then I didn't even need to use my imagination ;) They were all over the city!

Img 9278[1] by DestinyBlue

Everyone's buff in Australia, even this street sign guy has been working on his guns:
Img 9284[1] by DestinyBlue

My stay at the nice hotel paid for itself in toiletries :D
Img 9288[1] by DestinyBlue

On the few days I had to explore I chilled out at Surfers Paradise and was treated to a beautiful sunset
Img 9241[1] by DestinyBlue

But all too quickly it was time to get on a plane back to blighty...
Img 9347[1] by DestinyBlue

The 'leaving on a jet plane' song is now my nemisis. It was in my head for most of the 30+ hours travelling -_-
Img 9361[1] by DestinyBlue

Touchdown in the downpore! Ahh, must be home, it's raining :)
Img 9365[1] by DestinyBlue

And now I'm home, all snuggled up and wondering what the -real- time is, and what that means for dinner time.

Hope you enjoy some little snippets of my adventure. It was an intense experience, or maybe everything just feels intense after 5 hours sleep in two days. 

Thanks to everyone who made it possible and unforgettable! You rock! :heart:

I feel like it's not really over though.... as I head back to Australia again for Sydney and Perth Supanovas in June! (can't get enough of it ;))

But no rest for the wicked, as I have MCM Belfast to prepare for in less than a week:

Untitled-1 by DestinyBlue

See you there! XD 

Peace, love and jet planes,
Blue x
soo this is my 83618392th contest but whatever

what you have to do:
design me a character. keep in mind:
-please no completely natural designs
-if you include natural colors then don't make them too dull. this would be ok:
-i prefer felines (anthros are ok too)
-i don't like VERY dark main colors, you can include them somewhere in the design though (but you don't have to)
-would be much better if you didn't use an already existing outline
-i like unique designs, not just a plain cat with two markings and nothing else
-it should have hair, i kinda can't draw charas without hair haha
-no original species please
-you can look at my characters and see what i like but please don't copy them or their colors.

other stuff:
-the winner will get 3,000 points (might add more)
-deadline will be in about a month
-you don't have to advertise this journal to enter, but please fav it (though you can also fav it if you're not gonna enter)
-yep you can draw your entry right away