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Art in the Professions

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain

6:45am. In the next hour, I will rise from my bed, drink a cup of coffee, watch a few minutes of news on the television, and get ready to head out the door to open up shop at a major retail chain down the street from my house. The moment I exit my front door, thoughts of stock counts, refund procedures, and commission goals flood my head. "I really hope no one pays with a check today because I'll have to call my manager at home to have her handle it," is foremost in my mind. Working as a retail sales associate, these are the most important things for me to think of in my day. They're important to my job, they're important to my manager, they're important to the company. But they're not important to who I am. What is important to who I am? Creativity. Performance. Artistry. Expression. None of those things will be catered to during my day as I head to my reliable, socially-acceptable retail job. I frequently ask myself, "What if they could be a part of my day?" without much further thought. Until one day, I decided to turn the "What if?" into "How can I make this real?" and never looked back.

Three years after making that decision, I have already stepped more than just my big toe into my biggest dreams and passions as an artist and a performer. It took me years to fully commit to making artistry my life as well as a move 8000 miles away from home, but I can say now it was the greatest decision - albeit the biggest leap of faith - I ever took.

A Wizard's Well Wishes by ever-so-excited Watercolored Hylian Crest by ever-so-excited

After working for years unhappily in web design, server administration, IT support, and retail, I decided to put my own happiness first and make some changes in my life. Immense amounts of bravery and determination were needed to help me take the first steps onto my life path in the arts, but I powered through somehow and have never been more grateful to myself. Thanks to my determination, I've said goodbye to the idea of working 9-5 for the rest of my life and am working hard at my digital art while chasing my ambitions as an actor with jobs in national commercials, soap operas, and photo editorials - all things I once considered impossible for myself.

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney

Pursuing your dreams in any field can be an immeasurably scary task. Seemingly infinite questions and concerns plague most people as they venture from what they know into what they have only dreamed of. For artists, those questions and concerns can appear even more intimidating when facing the drastic differences that come with a life in creativity versus a life bound by societal rules, set schedules, and conformity. Artists tend to see the rest of society swimming swiftly with the current in the river of life without issue but yet for us? Swimming in that river is a treacherous task that can render our creative dreams and ambitions lifeless. So we must break free. We must swim against the current. In that current, the greatest challenge we face in escaping the torrent of "normal life" in favor of a creative one? Is ourselves. So have courage. Be brave. Make the choice to do what makes you happy, not what society says should make you happy. Choose to pursue what you are meant to do, not what other people say you should do. When you open yourself to the reality that it can be achieved? Nothing is impossible.

eggHDR1238 by The-Egg eggHDR1477 by The-Egg

Deviants who have chosen to embrace their artistic nature are everywhere in our community. Photographers, writers, painters, and more are currently walking the path to fulfilling their creative purpose in life - no matter what. Regardless of personal or professional difficulty, there are many fellow deviants who are still living by their passion and setting an example for us all. Photograph by The-Egg, who dedicated himself to photography in the face of extreme hardship and has shared his creativity with DeviantArt for 11+ years.

"The only thing that stands between a man and what he really wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible." - Richard DeVos

As we journey forward on our creative life paths, there will always be those that doubt us. There will always be those that do not - and will never - understand. They may come in the form of people we consider friends, our family members, our peers: the very people who should support us the most. They may tell us we are merely daydreamers, that we are unrealistic, and that we are wrong. But we - you, me, and all of us in the artistic community - are the ones that make daydreams reality, challenge the unreal to achieve new heights once unfathomed, and show the world that things are not simply black and white - but full of color. We are the ones that dreamed airplanes into life and gave the world flight. We are the ones that refused to listen to the naysayers and in turn connected people the world over through tales of wizards, witches, dwarves, and dragons. We are the ones that envisioned a way to share artists and their art through the very platform you're reading this on right now. With so many brilliant facets of life created by people like us, why do we yield to those who say we shouldn't create them? Embrace yourself as an artist for you are special. You are someone who can bring color to life, wonder to the jaded, and vibrancy to a world dulled by normality. Be yourself by being an artist and bring about the change you wish to see in the world around you.

Hero from the Sky by dancingheron Together We Fight by dancingheron

Sometimes drastic changes in life have to be made to strive for who we truly are and what we are meant to do in life. Giving up on a career you once had may be terrifying but also necessary to begin down your artistic life path. Many fellow deviants have taken the plunge and done so to fulfill their creative dreams. Artwork by dancingheron, a former archaeologist who left her career in science to be a full-time illustrator and author.

"Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip-toe if you must, but take a step." - Naeem Callaway

Regardless of what creatively-driven field you might be aspiring to enter, the first step is always the same: make the decision to go for it! No matter what concerns you may have? Your happiness, well-being, and overall fulfillment in life are at the core of that decision. It may take some time to figure out how you're going to chase down your dreams, but never go back on the reasons why you are chasing them in the first place.

If you're in need of some extra encouragement as you face your artistic journey ahead, check out these links for some motivation from other creative souls who are living proof that art as a life path can be a successful and rewarding one:

:star: Neil Gaiman's 2012 Keynote Address at the University of the Arts ~
An utterly inspirational speech by author Neil Gaiman on having art as your life path, making art over money, and breaking free of the rules that bind us in society. A must-watch for anyone struggling with motivation, justification, or confidence when it comes to their life with any artistic endeavor.

:star: Jim Carrey's 2014 Commencement Speech at the Maharishi University of Management ~
Another commencement speech - this time by actor Jim Carrey - that was the unequivocal turning point for me when I saw this 1-minute except on YouTube in June 2014. Heavily wavering on the fence between "should I?" or "shouldn't I?" with my own career as an actor when this speech was made, the day I saw this was the day I made the decision to go for my dream 100%, as this was just the push I needed. I am sure others will benefit from his encouragement, too!

:star: What happens when you follow your dreams ~
Written by successful travel blogger Brooke Saward, this article tackles the most common questions and concerns people have when deciding whether or not to go after their dreams. Saward talks about taking leaps of faith into the unknown and finding true happiness by following her heart instead of society's rules. A great read for those who need motivation to trust their passions.

"While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do." - Steve Jobs

The success stories of those who made art their life path are all around us. From someone like myself who has just started down the path to other fellow deviants who are further down the road than I am, there are tales of encouragement and truth to be found everywhere. DeviantArt, this community we have all created, is an incredible resource for all of us to motivate, support, and help one another as we strive to be who we truly are: artists. If you have a story to share about taking the blind leap, following your passion, and making art your path in life? Share it with others to ensure that no artist shuts their creativity out and the world remains a colorful, inspired place where anything and everything is possible.

In light of recent events, tracing and selling traced content has been the hot topic. This journal is going to be about my own personal opinion about tracing in general, and not the drama.

Tracing - Good or Bad?
You guys may actually be surprised to hear that tracing isn't 100% bad. Of course I'm not saying it's good either.  For beginners and artists struggling to learn, I do actually recommend a degree.  I mean, back in high school in my class, my art teacher gave us tracing paper and a light desk to trace some photographs and artwork. The reason? We were learning how to draw contours. Learning the shape of the face and where different things were positioned in the face. Tracing helped, but it can only go so far.

Using Tracing in Artwork
I'm not against tracing in artwork that gets uploaded online, if credit was given. Sometimes asking permission is good to have as well. I don't mind anyone to trace my work, as long you give credit.

Selling Traced Work
I have to say no to this. However, there is show style merchandise that is quite common in the vendor hall at conventions, but are not traced! How? Well they are usually re-created by artists who specialize in different mediums.  Wood Burning, jewelry making, Perlers, and Glass Etching vendors to name a few. Sometimes they use show style artwork, but you may be surprised how often they are still hand made!  Heck, at one of my cons I was across from a glass etcher who was doing the etchings LIVE.  He could take your artwork and transfer it into a wine glass.  So if you see familiar show expressions in merchandise, doesn't mean there's no work behind them.

Have I ever Uploaded Traced Work?
Almost. I have drawn some illustrations based off of the scenes in shows, but they were simply referenced (plus we all do fan art of our favorite scenes).  I'm past the need to trace for learning purposes. All I do now is use references. Here is one illustration that I recreated that is a background of a restaurant from Season 1
DoubleRainboom Background by Tsitra360
And yet this wasn't traced. You can overlap this on the original scene from the show, and you'll find the whole thing is off and slightly different.  It was made for the animation Double Rainboom with Hasbro giving us the permission at the time. No artist was allowed to traced, we had to recreate things from scratch! Heck, I was told to slightly turn things in 3D slightly, talk about hard.  Anyways, I didn't share that drawing to show that I can do things without tracing. I wanted to show that after tracing, recreating scenes by just referencing can be very fun... and hard to do.  You can learn a ton from redrawing a scene.  (Just remember to give credit if you upload)

As I mentioned, this journal isn't about the recent drama that occurred to another artist, but about tracing in general. I didn't cover everything, and this is all just simply an opinion.  I just wanted to express that tracing isn't bad, but can be useful (for a short time) in growing artists.  Don't be shy from referencing scenes, or recreating them! There's a lot you can learn from studying art in this manner. Just make sure to give credit if you upload traces.

Some of my Favorites Feature

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 20, 2015, 11:43 AM
Just Wanted to share Some
Amazing Art Works I have Found
these are very Beautiful Works
Go Pay a Visit and take
 look see in their Galleries
:D Awesome Artist:D
And fantastic and Wonderful Art works
I Just Loved them they are So Amazing Awesome.
:hug: :wave: :hug:

Klelak by gannjondal

Probability - Pong 78 by batjorge

Entanglement Two by HalTenny

Doubled by LukasFractalisator

Discovery By Trial v2 by WolfSorcerer

Boating by Sabine62

Ghost of the Mary Celeste by CmdrChaos

Demobilized-Pong77 by Undead-Academy

Duckie Interaction by miincdesign

463c by AkuraPare

Power of life by dark-beam

Deadly  by poca2hontas

Good things comes to does who wait! by Aqualoop31

Blue Roulette by VBmonkey26

Springtime by dark-beam

Engine Room v2~tweak by Topas2012

JTR Pong 93 - Keep to the Path by Almog53

Like Fire and Ice by recycledrelatives

Amazing Surf 2 and Quadrat3D by IAmThatStrange

At the Bottom of the Garden by heyday93

The Fallacy of Truth by LightBulbMoon

ASurfMod1~3 by Topas2012

Embedding the Cube by gannjondal

Metal gnarly by dark-beam

Embedded Souls by AureliusCat

freshwater worm by GLO-HE

The Rustic Ancient House - Pong 121 by Topas2012

Wires by dark-beam

Dreaming of a Treehouse by poca2hontas

M3d-1RM3EC 71 1 by Knot-A-Typo

MB3D_0816_hd by 0Encrypted0

126 by fractzxirus

Thanks For All fav's and Comment In Advance
Go Say hello to All these Wonderful Artist

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Check this out guys :D

Mon Apr 20, 2015, 2:04 PM

I put a lot of effort into this, I hope you like it! ^^

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sai and photoshop free download! (+ instructions)

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 20, 2015, 10:29 AM

Photoshop :…
Sai (w/ transparency mod) :…

You must have winrar:
(click winrar 32 bit or 64 bit to download that)


  1. Download winRAR (must do this first)
  2. Download either sai/photoshop or both
  3. 1 by Kixn <- (click that for the image) click the folder called sai/photoshop once, DO NOT open it, instead press extract
  4. 2 by Kixn <- (click that for the image)  choose a folder to extract to
  5. when it's done, open the folder you extracted it to (For example my doccuments) and open it there, it should be called sai or photoshop and it should be a folder
  6. inside the folder will be an icon 3 by Kixn <- (click that for the image)  CLICK THAT, and it should open (if a popup appears press yes/ok)


Freddy: Since people were asking for 'proof' of it, here. It's not just towards the GF fans, but our fans in particular, I guess. Can't find the other comments, they must've hidden them.……

Bonnie: We hope their arm gets better, but come on. That's no excuse to be mean to people. We may unblock them someday like we usually do, but still.

Freddy: We've gotten another troll going around saying HORRIBLE things our Gravity Falls fandom friends, and us in return. Please don't take any of it to heart, and make sure to block them.… Be safe, friends! *Waves* 

Red: Also, please don't say anything mean to them. Remember, you're all humans, and you all have feelings!

Freddy: Make sure to cheer someone up today, whether it be someone in real life or online!

DrawKill FNAF shirts!

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 20, 2015, 3:21 PM

Okay guys, since I’ve had a few requests for the rest of my FNAF bots to be on shirts, here they are! You can purchase them on my Society6!'

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:iconarrheartplz:BEST OF THE WEEK :iconarrheartplz:
:iconarrheartplz: (dA-Supporters group) #17


Here's the feature of :icondeviantartsupporters: group

You will see here BEST OF THE WEEK works

created by our members

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:iloveit: by iDJPanda

As far as it will take TWISTED version by Dark-Lioncourt
Flora The Fairy and Evening Star by asiapasek
eBook cover - Wind of Witches by 4steex
Gold Fish -Trace And Color in Corel by gray-builder
Have you seen a little girl? - Bioshock Infinite by Kiara-Valentine
Spooky! Poster by MissMellifluous
Inquisitor (Concept art) by Nikulina-Helena
KRAKEN by Omkili
Ergo Proxy. by Taiss14
Fire by ThirdPersonSymphony
Tan and Black Spotted Dragon by MiniMythicalMonsters
AT: twirlyrolls by MelancholicRain
Local Hero by KryptnKnight
Vivian and Sad Puppie by KukuruyoArt
Africa -Page 52 by ARVEN92
The information flood by Julliane
Blonde Girl by Ely18Hoshino
prize for Tienala by IllegalHamsterThe
Ich by Varagka
Kiriban: BurningTigah by Aaeruu
Mileena by AmeDvleec
Barely Any Light At All by Life-takers-crayons
Of Grass and Wind - colored by ProphetQueen
Ted! by kmthiago17
Bruno Ofway by TheBlue-Light
Kitty by Maranvee
Shot a man down by Cora-Tiana
Making a journal by bunnyjoy
Event Prize: Finding Clover by astgart
Symbol by dreamingwhale
Calyx  pink by ratinrage
Spring Waltz by LadyWilmor
1000 wolves in my soul by NegraWaridi
Pierrot the Clown by Sitas-the-Fool
Mermaide by Pidimoro
Mermaid by marta2904
The Purge of Darkness by Wesley-Souza
Splash! by rimuu
Zen Meditation by GothKat11234
lutien warlords of terra by evolajones

Mouse Lemur by Daieny
Chronos by mareCaligine
Anubis by koshka741
Commission for ShiraKyandii by april1999

Daenerys by EstherPuche-Art
Crow-witches by adkind
CHARLES La Chenille - FROGandTOAD by FROG-and-TOAD
... by BaxiaArt

Eurasian Tree Sparrow by liyaperfidious
Female Portrait 12 (Color) by KeithMeyerArt
Hatfields and McCoys - Boyd Holbrook by SKM-art
Queen of the Sea by Gytrash01
Together forever by FlashW
Dancing into the sunlight by Axylh
Strangely alive 1 by Isyala
Steps - Walk with me by ChiccaNeko
Bridge of Sighs by eperlekvar
These Stripes Of Ours by Craftea
Relief by WillTC
Study: Calm envy by TrappedGirl
Shadow Ethereal by NovaHeroi
Kiriban Commission by AmeDvleec
Ferrari Testarossa by DavidGrieninger
[CLOSED] Puraki #1 by Sarilain
The gears of time by BlackWings-jewelry
Tortuga by RuslanKadiev
San Diego Skyline by jxsnyder
Clivia by VerenSky
Love music by smault23
Foxy The Pirate by UraHameshi
Georgia under rain by Rikitza
Pastel blue [deviantArt theme] by kokotea
Do not fear,I'm here! by fredvegerano
Great tit by LilaPati
Sample by aira-M
Eve's Room by DolceCapella
Pink tree II by eperlekvar
Blue Circles Wallpaper by allison731
Pigeon by Artimisso
Giant Goobus Family (Colored) by RCWikkydArtist
Environment Illustration by Remidubois
Concept art 1 by Meeche-MaxThe enigma of waterfalls by FlashW
Paris catacombes 1 by alphazentaurus
Starfighter by mib4art
The Heroine by Nele-Diel


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List of ALL features in our group!:star: Here you can find ALL FEATURES that were made for our group members... :star:
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Journal Entry: Mon Apr 20, 2015, 12:20 PM

Utah Valley, Colored Pencils by ArtBYbeverly
early wishes... by iytjDesert by isider
Colours 04 by maya49mMy Africa 48 by catman-suhaSo Many Roads by Joe-Maccer
Angel by DDimitri16Dream it! by RezzanATAKOL
Some Hope for Humanity by hougaardBlazing West HDR2 by BillyNikollMadonna and Child formation by JulianasGrandma
abstract of desert by sultan-alghamdiBright New Day by Speck2Let's try flying by VasiDgallery
Dancer I by Arte-de-Junqueiro
Bright New Day by Speck2SEPTEMBER WALLPAPER by DragonsChest
sl14-sea and beach1 by jennystokesSplash by Canankk
Sky's Ablaze by BrightStar2Tri Color by Philluppus
Happy Birthday..Mustafa by LUCILALEYLATequila Sunset by Nefarious069
Mursi Woman by demi2004Golden Days by Corvidae65
Postcard from Erg Chebbi 04 by JACACEvening by the river by gigi50
summer dreams by DieffiAuckland Sunset for Diana by Applemac12
Symmetry by Trippy4UUnforgettable by BlueAnomiS
Autumn Scenery by JocelyneRSun Dance in October by sesam-is-open
Our jungles by jennystokesCALLIOPE, mother of ORPHEUS... by Hermetic-Wings
Girona... Spain... 2010... by HMissXXNamibia People 29 by francescotosi
Morning serenity by touchofthesoulWatercolour 1 by martaraff
Infinite II by eyesweb1Fall by CarolynYM
Forest Fire by philippeLleaves-detail by MeralSarioglu
Blazing Sunset! by ArtBYbeverlyDuong Quoc DInh by duongquocdinh
Hope by Black-B-o-xfor my dad..foggy morning by candysamuelsEmperor by IvanVladik
Summer by megan7My little bird by RazielMB
Sea Whisper by IgnisFatuusIIPyramids in the Desert Haze by Jazbagz
Curves of the desert by giladSahara Desert by CitizenFresh
Desert Sunrise by AndyMumfordSahara 2 by lior-susana
Night of the Fireflies  by LindArtzSand Waves by thibanphoto
silence of desert by abinaliHeat by SweediesArt
conversations by HippieVan57Lights and Shadows by SketchupAE
al-zalfy sand2 by imas200213 by AL-AMMAR
The Silence by CaryAndFrankArtsEvening storm by Zefisheye
Hamar children - Ethiopia by TenbultDunes at Dawn by MorkelErasmus
Zabriskie by Annabelle-Chabertfiery Flower Power by Lhianne
Arrakis by ColinHSillerudZabriskie by Annabelle-Chabert
Mono Lake Sand Tufa Dawn by narmansk8Turret Arch by MirMidPhotos
Waiting between thorns by La--BohemeDesert view last light by PeterJCoskun
Turret Arch by MirMidPhotosSymphony Of The Night - part 1- by nova63
Death Valley by coulombicDunes of Gold by MahmoudYakut
The long walk up by djohn97254 by pulbern
Old by randyrakhmadanyMasai Woman 3 by catman-suha
Namib beauties by gastonneriea new day in the desert by psychonaute
Big Sand Box by djohn9Ethiopian Faces 6 by CitizenFresh
Desert Walk by ShoaybFLOWER POWER by Bojan1558

Cosmic Light... by Tigles1Artistry

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