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Milk for The Ugly

Tue Jul 22, 2014, 8:07 PM















The
Latest
Thing
of Beauty







Imagine that you are a young social worker, dedicated to finding out the hidden and forgotten old souls who haunt the cold, mean streets of the city. You seek to report on their living conditions, possibly recommending they be removed from their roach-infested “homes.”










So it is that you have come to find yourself sitting at the kitchen table of a cadaverous old shut-in you’ve been assigned to visit. The kitchen is spotlessly pristine while the adjoining darkened living room reeks of rotting garbage.






The sun is setting. You rise to leave. You step over a cardboard barrier separating kitchen from living room, seeking the front door. But it is too late. They have risen. The old woman’s many “children” are awake... and they are hungry.







Let us pause here...






...in this preview of the new Madefire Motion Book experience, Milk for The Ugly, to tell you about the two longtime deviant artists who have created this remarkable achievement in storytelling.







In any case, no prose preview could begin to do justice to the Madefire experience of shifting illustrations in a fully soundtracked narrative. Milk for The Ugly truly has to be experienced to be really appreciated.









Anna & Kate




Rarely do artists of the deviantART community exemplify the skill, creativity, spirit and sheer arts career tenacity of Anna & Kate, the deviants we profile here, who have become, singularly and when working as a team, favorites and real role models within our community.







Anna Podedworna (akreon) & Kate Redesiuk (vesner) were born and raised in similar households in Poland by similarly “overachieving” parents who wanted only the best lives for their daughters, both girls being told, “You can choose whatever you want to be in the future, as long as it is a doctor, a lawyer or an architect.” Anna, being torn between natural science and the fine arts, chose a compromise in pursuing architecture. Kate was “persuaded” to choose architecture by her parents, who just happened to work in construction. Anna & Kate met over doodlings of mutant zombie bunnies at the university. Drawn together by their similarly off-kilter tastes in illustration, they eventually became roommates hooked on digital art, working on projects together.






During their time at the university they learned from one another and their roles started to slowly reverse. Ann grew to like the technical part of architecture, and Kate got more and more into art.









Anna works as a freelance artists while finishing her masters degree. As a freelancer she has worked on illustrations, comics and recently gotten into the world of fashion by working for Ewa Minge and creating a few designs series for her new brand Eva Minge Milano. Once she gets her master degree she wants to get back into architecture and continue pursuing her career as an architect.




Kate dropped out from the university just before becoming an engineer, after realizing she was living someone else’s dream. She decided to become a professional artist. At first she worked as a freelance illustrator for advertising companies but has now made her way into the game development industry and works full-time as a concept artist at CD Projekt RED.









Anna & Kate are known by their deviant followers to sometimes to embody and inhabit their peculiar alter egos, “Pugbun,” a bunny-eared pug dog and “Tailcat,” a cat with a second head on the end of her tail.







Battles over unwashed dishes and strewn crayons have led to war between the two characters. Pugbun of Pugbunistan usually upholds the Anna banner, with TailCat of Tailcatica being a spokescat for Kate’s positions.










Off-White




But it is Off-White, the ongoing adventure tale of a wolf clan on a mythic journey that has become a phenomenon for Anna & Kate as their premier collaboration. This project began as an experiment, a 5-page one-shot, but generated such a warm reception from the community that more pages were created and soon the tale snowballed into it’s current six chapters. The success of the story has spun off its own group on deviantART and a product line of Off-White artwork and collectibles. What Anna & Kate have achieved here is truly an ongoing fulfillment of the deviantART community spirit put into action.



















Not satisfied to rest on their laurels, Anna & Kate have now raised the bar of comic storytelling by utilizing the cutting edge comics sound and motion technology of Madefire, in which illustrated panels come alive at the tap of your device’s monitor screen.




This time out, as befits the subtle movements of light and shadow enabled by Madefire, Milk for The Ugly is more twisted to the playfully macabre tastes of creators, presenting what can be enjoyed as if it were a lost episode of The Twilight Zone. But upon deeper reflection, their little story would appear to be commenting upon modern times at several different levels. In this inside-out classic children’s cautionary tale, the terror in the “woods” has been transplanted to the environs of an urban apartment building.  The old crone’s face has been drawn to hint she might be Death him/her/its self, regenerating discarded half-eaten edibles into human-eating little monsters—making for a horrifying “cycle” of environmentally rational endless re-use.




Or possibly the darling little girl’s rejection of the street hag at the tale’s beginning is simply meant to raise the question of who are the true “uglies” of society? It’s the sort of “instant classic” must-have story that will be returned to again and again by readers. Best of all, the creativity and stylistic artistry (especially in their characters’ facial expressions) achieved in Anna & Kate’s book makes Milk for The Ugly is one of the most beautiful Motion Books you’ll ever experience. It will no doubt be regarded as one of the seminal issues of the "new comics."











Interviews with Anna & Kate





1.As master storytellers and world builders with a wonderful and attentive fan base on deviantART; What excites you most about how Milk for The Ugly looks and feels in terms of storytelling for an audience?





Art style in comics is a great tool of conveying mood and atmosphere of the story. We were very excited to try out a different style that isn't really signature for any of us. It's creepy and grungy, but also cartoony and expressive. It's a nice contrasts that hopefully makes the story feel even darker and more eerie.




2.Can you share what you feel are the most important aspects of telling ongoing episodic stories? Specifically as it relates to cultivating a fan base?





Since internet communities became a thing there have been tons of works written about cultivating fanbases. It takes a lot of time and effort but the theory is rather simple and can be narrowed down to a few most important points.





To be successful be sure to update your story regularly, so fans have something to look forward to every one or two weeks. Stubbornness is the key here, especially with webcomics—it's hard to have a fan base with just one or two pages. The more and the better story you deliver, the more people are going to get hooked up.


Be respectful to your readers and interact with them as often as possible. Answer questions, have fun in the comments, share your thoughts, organize small contests or giveaways.


Try keeping a relatively consistent style of art and writing. It doesn't mean that all parts of the story have to have the same mood and/or art style but it's best to pick 1-3 genres and stick to them.


Or just be like us—scrap the theory, do none of the above, and hope for the best.


3.What are the essential elements of building a complex escalating story world? Order of importance of these elements?




Have a top-down approach. When imagining your world, set a few basic rules for it and start from there.


These rules can be anything from "all animals can speak with humans", through "rain raises instead of falling down" to "ghosts are real and everyone knows that."



Build your story around it and keep questioning everything.”



Make sure your story makes sense within your universe. Think what would happen if your rules were the same but the story different. Always come up with more than you want to tell. The world you build is as important as your story, and can greatly enhance it. The rules we set in our stories are usually bits taken from different mythologies from around the world. We don't like to hold to them too tightly though and usually try to twist and turn them in a way that makes the stories fresh and interesting.









4.How does your process work as far as art creation and the actual writing of the story and dialogue?





Story, art, dialogues. We love telling each other stories while drinking tea. We tell each other's ideas and come up with new ones on the fly. Having someone who listens to your stories is very important. There are always plot holes and mistakes that need to be patched up or reworked, so critique is always important. If you don't have a partner to work with in a team, tell stories to your friends, family or people on the internet. After the story is ready, we sit down and come up with art sequences that could illustrate it. Rough thumbnails showing what's most important to show in a given panel are enough to plan everything out.




At this point we still don't have any specific dialogues, but rather a few important words that need to be spoken or emotions that need to be conveyed.



Only after the art for the comic is done, we once again sit down and try to figure out what would each character say in a given situation.”



Would they have the time for a few sentences or would they be too shocked to say anything at all? Would they use complicated words or simple ones? In some cases dialogues aren't even needed and the story tells itself by images alone.









Milk For The Ugly Character Creation In SketchBook Pro



Kate Redesiuk shows us how to create a character for Milk for The Ugly using SketchBook Pro.








5.Do you see Motion Books online as the inevitable next level of our increasingly mobile society?








It depends. Motion Books are a relatively new medium that still needs to be fully explored. On one hand they add a new value to the traditional comics, but on the other they require much more work. They have the potential for interactive storytelling, but could also go completely opposite direction and get closer to animation. It's all up to creators, and the more motion comics we get, the greater the chance for them to grow into something unique and irreplaceable.



6.As visual artists telling a story, what is the most valuable storytelling innovation enabled by the Madefire process?




Subtle movement! A gentle nod of the head, a flinch of the body, a twitch of an eye. In traditional comics it's incredibly hard to illustrate something that ephemeral without big close-ups or repetition. The motion tool makes it very easy and intuitive.











7.Fans are most familiar with your work as a team on your wolf clan adventure epic, Off-White. But does the darkly humored Milk for The Ugly better reflect your comic sensibilities?




We're very happy that we had the chance to work on something so different to our ongoing comic, but we honestly feel quite free in all sorts of different styles and stories. Off-White is a collaboration that is quite different from both our individual works and personal comic tastes. Milk for the Ugly brought together our joined love for dark and twisted stories, but on the other hand required a more work in finding a middle ground in terms of our art styles. Who knows what the next Madefire Motion Book collaboration between us will result in!








8.Will Off-White continue for as long as fans ask for it, or until you decide your own logical end for it?






Off-White is planned from start all way to its definite end. Our fans will know for sure which page is the very last one in the series.









9.How are Pugbun & Tailcat getting along? Or is that stalemate situation best left uncommented on?




















Anna Kate'sArtists You Better Be Watching











Pascal Campion


PascalCampion


“Pascal's works may seem simple at first glance but that seeming simplicity is what makes me love his art so much. Thanks to his minimalistic approach the amazing array of emotions he puts into each painting shines trough even more brilliantly. Every of his paintings tells more story than many movies or books can only dream of.”


akreon









Yoann Lossel


Yoann-Lossel


“All of Yoann's works are heavy in atmosphere. His unique technique of mixing graphite and gold is simply an epitome of class.”


akreon









Stephanie Pui-Mun Law


puimun


“My favorite contemporary watercolorists hands down. Her paintings are rich in detail, colors and texture. I especially love when she approaches mythological themes in her artwork. She has this wonderful gift to make the stories she illustrates seem satisfactorily familiar and at the same time amazingly fresh.”


akreon









Levente


leventep


“I'm always impressed with how Levente Peterffy can archive realism with the simplest of brush strokes. In every one of his painting you can find a very creative texturing, strong composition and moody lighting.”


akreon









Noah Bradley


noahbradley


“Noah Bradley is not only an incredible artist but also an amazing teacher. The advice he shares on his blog helped me grow as an artist and allowed me to become a successful freelancer.”


vesner









Hannah Christenson


Nafah


“Hannah Christenson is by far one of my favorite illustrators. Thanks to the finesse of lines and incredibly tasteful details, her art is always full of life and emotion”


vesner









Serge Birault


PapaNinja


“My daily dose of beautiful women and tentacles. Serge's art never ceases to amaze me with how clean and fresh it looks without losing its realism. I'm in love with his unique stylization and lighthearted approach to all of his works.”


vesner









Michal Ivan


michalivan


“Michal is a master of color and composition. He tames and controls chaos, creating incredibly detailed and yet perfectly clear compositions that flawlessly lead the viewer's eyes.”


vesner











A revolution in digital comics






When future anniversary celebrations mark the release of Madefire Motion Book Tool, much will be made of “under-the-radar” revolution this event precipitated in the creation, production and delivery cycle of content distribution.






With the Madefire Motion Book Tool on deviantART the artist controls the full creative, production and distribution chain, making it possible to self-publish digital comics for free or for pay, in motion or static, with or without effects, episodic or periodic. But it is really any “book” form that has become liberated—the Full Spectrum Narrative comes to life. And fans are empowered as well to directly engage in the the equivalent format with their favorite stories.






A new dawn is breaking in the online digital and mobile comics world—and Madefire is leading the creative caravan into the new day.











Questions For The Reader






  1. Have you had to make hard decisions between pleasing those who care about you in your family and following instead your own path to achievement no matter how difficult your chances might be?
  2. Who would you choose to have your alter ego or avatar befriend choosing between Anna & Kate’s Pugbun & Tailcat?
  3. Do you have an alter ego who can talk on your behalf. If you do, please place a picture in the comments?
  4. Motion Books open up a new medium between storyboards and animation. What would be the perfect fit for this medium?








Eating Disorder Awareness

Tue Jul 22, 2014, 2:45 PM
Welcome to an article about eating disorders, aimed at spreading awareness, advice, knowledge, and support into the community.

What is an eating disorder?


There are many known eating disorders in today's world; anorexia and bulimia are the most notorious ones. An eating disorder has to do with mental, emotional, and physical issues in regards to food and ones own body. There is no perfect description of what an eating disorder is, however, because every individual lives it in a different way. The only important distinction I can make is that an eating disorder in many ways cannot be controlled, it is an illness, and not a choice.

"Eating disorders are serious, potentially life-threatening conditions that affect a person’s emotional and physical health. They are not just a “fad” or a “phase.” People do not just “catch” an eating disorder for a period of time.  They are real, complex, and devastating conditions that can have serious consequences for health, productivity, and relationships. 
People struggling with an eating disorder need to seek professional help. The earlier a person with an eating disorder seeks treatment, the greater the likelihood of physical and emotional recovery." 
(NED)

Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, and EDNOS are the main categories for separate instances of eating disorders. EDNOS is a particularly important category, because it covers many overlooked disorders such as:
  • Atypical anorexia nervosa (weight is not below normal)
  • Bulimia nervosa (with less frequent behaviors)
  • Binge-eating disorder (with less frequent occurrences)
  • Purging disorder (purging without binge eating)
  • Night eating syndrome (excessive nighttime food consumption)
(NED)

How is an eating disorder diagnosed? And how do you treat or cure it?


Much like most illnesses, a diagnosis can be made by a doctor, however many are self-diagnosed. It's a misconception to think that if you're aware that you have a problem, you don't really have one. Someone suffering from anorexia does not have to be in denial about their eating habits and mental state, in order for them to "fit in" to the diagnosis. However, diagnosis has always been a controversial topic in regard to mental illnesses, because it's difficult sometimes to put a specific name to someone's burden, to try and fit people into cookie cutter molds, because that's not the way things should be, which is why there's been an increasing amount of different names for different types of eating disorders.

There is no "cure" for an eating disorder. Treatment involves psychotherapy and medication among other things. Treatment is most successful when it is started early, and when it is ongoing. Relapse is extremely high in cases of eating disorders because most of the time ongoing care and therapy is the only way to control the illness. Oftentimes eating disorders are overlooked and patients are simply treated with anti-depressants or other similar medications, however individuals suffering from an eating disorder should not simply be given drugs and expected to be cured, that's not how it works. It's no secret that eating disorders can have deadly consequences, the trauma your body is put through is lethal. In all honesty, the treatment for an eating disorder involves an extreme amount of will-power, self-actualization, and fight, from the person suffering from one. You need support, doctors, nutritionists, family, friends, but you also need to want to be better, which is sometimes the most challenging part, because your illness can become comforting, and being "treated" can become a nightmare.

A few statistics for you:


In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or an eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS).

Over one-half of teenage girls and nearly one-third of teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting, and taking laxatives.

The average American woman is 5’4” tall and weighs 165 pounds. The average Miss America winner is 5’7” and weighs 121 pounds.

Of American, elementary school girls who read magazines, 69% say that the pictures influence their concept of the ideal body shape. 47% say the pictures make them want to lose weight. (NED)

Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among adolescents.

40 – 60% of high school girls diet.

50% of girls between the ages of 13 and 15 believe they are overweight.

40% of 9 year old girls dieted.

Eating disorders research is very under-funded. The National Institute of Health allocates only 93 cents towards research funding for every person diagnosed with an eating disorder. In comparison, they give $88 for every person diagnosed with autism. This is painfully low. (Mirror Mirror)

Myths vs Reality


Myth: Only girls are affected by eating disorders.
Reality: Boys and men also suffer eating disorders, an estimated 10- 15% of sufferers are male. Gender is seen as one of the many causes for eating disorders, however it is not restrictive.

Myth: Eating Disorders are about wanting to be thin.
Reality: Eating disorders have a biological base and can occur in individuals that do not wish to be thinner than they are. Due to the fear of gaining weight that many eating disorder sufferers have, it is common for eating disorders to be mistaken for extreme dieting behavior.

Myth: People with bulimia always purge by vomiting.
Reality: Not all bulimics try to rid themselves of the calories they have consumed by vomiting. Purging can take the form of laxatives, diuretics, exercising, or fasting. Learn about dangerous methods of weight control. -

Myth: People cannot have more than one eating disorder.
Reality: Many people have more than one eating disorder. It is very common for someone to suffer with more than one eating disorder. That just proves that the eating behaviors are only the symptoms, not the problem. - (Mirror Mirror)


Picture above from NED.
http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/interactive/2012/03/health/infographic.eating.disorders/eating_disorders_2.gif
Picture above from CNN.
I cannot go into much more detail without this article become too long to keep everyone's interest, however if you have any questions, please leave a comment and I'll be sure to get back to you!

Stay tuned as I'll be posting interviews as a follow up to this journal!


Sources:

NED: www.nationaleatingdisorders.or…
Mirror Mirror: www.mirror-mirror.org/anorexia…
CNN: www.cnn.com/interactive/2012/0…

Manip Academy

Tue Jul 22, 2014, 11:08 AM by Aeirmid:iconaeirmid:


cleaner


Introducing a new project!


Manip Academy (thanks, cristii, for inspiration for the name) is a new photomanipulation project inspired by projecteducate. We all love to learn, and we learn best from one another. Here's our chance to share what we know.

Manip Academy is an education initiative designed to spread the knowledge and the love. It is a collaboration between CRPhotomanipulation and we-HEART-photomanip. We will share tips and tricks for photomanipulation success. It is difficult to write tutorials, but anyone can write a simple tip or describe how they achieved a specific effect.

This project will feature two weekly articles written by the community every week, on Mondays and Thursdays. This will be an ongoing project within our community, and we hope that many people will take advantage of the chance to sign up to submit one blog or even just a few sentences to help the community.


How you can help


Everyone is encouraged to get involved with sharing knowledge. It would be great if you could write a journal over at CRPhotomanipulation and/or at we-HEART-photomanip, but it's fine just to send us a tip; we'll write it up for you. The idea is not to have people writing tutorials all the time, but rather to share different little tips and tricks that help along the way. It can be something as simple as showing how a candle would reflect light on the wall, or it can be something more difficult like using a scatter brush or creating a glow effect. You could tell a big secret, or you could just tell a little tip. You can even just say how you did one particular effect in one of your photomanipulations.


Current calendar


Here are the currently reserved spaces. To reserve a space, you can just leave a comment with the date and topic of your choice. We'll be happy to add you.


August 2014


4th - Carlos-Quevedo - Parallelism
7th - Cinnamoncandy - Creating softness in photomanipulation
11th - Iskander1989 - Using shadows to highlight reliefs
14th - LiliaOsipova - Perspective and blending
18th - LadyEvilArts - Blending modes
21st - peroline - How to change a fire's color so it fits the background
25th - Holding for Aegis-Strife 
28th - vacuumslayer - TBD

September 2014


1st - Aeirmid - Lighting with curves adjustments
4th - StarsColdNight - TBD
8th - Wesley-Souza - TBD
11th - Emerald-Depths - TBD
15th - nikkidoodlesx3 - TBD
18th - Lhianne - TBD
22nd - MarcelaBolivar - How to create a pale, foggy atmosphere
25th - OPEN
29th - OPEN



Also, if you have something that you want to know that isn't listed here, please note CRPhotomanipulation and tell us what it is and who you think can explain it, and we'll do our best to get it for you. :heart:

Make sure you are watching :iconcrphotomanipulation: and :iconwe-heart-photomanip:!! That's where the magic will be happening.

We are excited about this project and hope that you will be, too. :heart:

Peace,

AbbeyMarie | Aeirmid | Emerald-Depths


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"promentory"



:pointr: promentory by Trevor Jones :pointl:

time to go adventuring by Turqmoose

they never said to grieve for dying starsi don't want to write about stars, but
that's all there seems to be:
nebulae drawn up like harp strings itching
to be plucked; echoes of light like calls for
encore; the kicked-off blankets at the
edges of the universe unraveling
at the seams like the nightmares are
finally winning
tell me a story about time, the way the
sunlight hits its mark and how the world
turns away -
how the distance deepens, deepens, the 
dark a gnawing glimpse, the taste of
empty
tell me - weren't we seedlings,
star-built and scattered? weren't
the echoes more than dredges, less than
tidal waves, infantile monsoons
to be grasped and dragged behind
weren't we taught where we came from?
runaway irony (FFM 22)Twenty minutes after finishing the documentary on New Zealand, Nicole had a plan worked out. She wrote it all down in gel pen, an itemised list of all the things she needed; then she got to work.
It wasn’t easy to convince the man in Bunnings to sell her nails, but she put on her best innocent face, and told him it was for her father’s garden shed. It wasn’t easy to convince the neighbour to let her have the old fence palings, either; nor the logs that had been earmarked for a bonfire, but a few hearty fibs and her best “I just want to help my daddy” smile went a long way to convincing them.
Two weeks later, she had bruised hands, a lot of knowledge about how not to use a hammer, and what she hoped would pass for a half-decent raft. She packed herself a bag with some clothes and spare underwear, then packed another bag, this one larger and wheeled, with as much canned food as she could carry. Before she left, she remembered to grab the can op
Ophelia unrelentingI keep all the
even-numbered petals
underneath my tongue :
they're the ones
that say you
love me -
- love me not
in this madness,
in this suspended
state of grace :
I will soldier on,
my darling.
I will not allow
this willow branch
to surrender.


Bieszczady V by BloodyKissesLady

"You've done everything you can do. Save yourself! ...

Asabikeshiinh (Filter)Asabikeshiinh (Filter)
I wear the dream snare like a chain.
The willow hoop filled with spider thread,
sway loose as the aves feathers 
catch beneficence
and the spun yarn traps the fallen.
I tread subconsciousness 
like salmon swim
in the falls of Williamette.
And watch the net
take hold of chimera,
a phantasm of phenomena
as I greet the cousin of death
with a firm shake of the hand
and respectful grin.
But wisps of spirits tempestuous 
reverberate throughout the lace,
as the new day slowly begins to take shape.
Light returns to Earth as my eyes open.
Conceptions' theories last so long
before absoluteness' presence grabs hold.
I'd rather immerse myself in abstractions.
FFM 2014: The Selkie    He watched the waves and waited, every night, bringing only a blanket and the shuttered lantern with one side left open to light the way. And every night she came, stepping onto the shore and slipping out of her second skin, shivering and wet, her dark hair in dripping tangles about her shoulders. Still as lithe and moon-pale as the first day he’d seen her so many years before. Still as remote and unfathomable as the sea.
    He never asked questions, never tried to speak at first, just handed her the blanket and wrapped one arm around her as they made their way up the shore to the Lighthouse. Still dripping she would visit the children’s room, and watch them sleeping as the first blush of dawn touched the horizon. 
    He’d make her breakfast; pancakes were the favourite, and by the time the kids were ready to get up she would be herself again, loud and smiling and present, and the wildness o
It's NotIt's not the lipstick gloss
that makes a kiss
but
the warm pulse beating through
her lips.
It's not their size
nor shape
but the words they whisper,
afterwards.
It's not the color
nor the length
nor the glint
of her hair
that makes her special
but
it is her smile
in the falling rain
reflecting the joy
of yet another Spring,
together.
It's not the time
she spent getting beautiful
that makes her so
but in fact
it is the hours
she was besides my bed
when I was sick
and in fact
it is the minutes
I could hear her breathe
in my embrace
AND in fact
it is the seconds
I saw her cry
(out of happiness)
Because she's beautiful.
It's not the clothes,
nor the jewellery,
nor the colored nails,
nor the drawn-in brows,
nor the words she says
to other people,
and neither it is
her past.
...
It is her mind
that entertains my poems,
it is her charm
that paints my cheeks
(pink)
and averts my shy eyes from her
most briefly.
It is her soul,
that I love.


...if the worst happens, and only one of us survives, something of the other does, too."

misty forest by Itapao

alonestill the olympic lights.
a bitter almond breeze,
       soul-numbing & grounding.
and a band of thugs, and a woman waiting
in vain to catch a ride.
         further and further away.
none of this will ever be captured on film.
  you can erase the place but you can't
stamp out the stink
  and how it accretes and why do you remain
so sharply eagle-eyed uncomfortable sober. pushing for a space
between molecules where you feel you are not
                                          wanted
into the sanitizing chill of an empty bridge and highway.
a fascinated child,
   your icy mittenprint on the kiosk window
now shattered but you know
                 there will be dahlias again
but by then
        you will have crossed the street and
dry heaved grotesque self
SplitI didn’t know what to do for her. Or to her. Or with her. She cried, a lot.  She thought I didn’t know, didn’t notice, or maybe just didn’t care.
I saw her dancing in the rain one Saturday afternoon, nude. Not a stitch on her, and dancing by the creek, red welts rising on her skin from the biting mosquitoes.  She never danced. I watched, and marveled that she could dance and still look sad.
When the rain let up, she stopped and stared at the creek flowing and bubbling over big flat mossy rocks. I called her name without using my voice, and she turned, but then looked away again. I wondered where she was in her head, that she could stand there and ignore the itchy bites and not worry that she was naked.
I envied her lack of self-consciousness. I pulled my heavy cardigan around my shoulders, even though it was hot and muggy out. I hid in its folds like a turtle hides inside its mobile home.
Sometimes I could feel her tugging at me, begging. I was stubbor
creature sunthrough polymer tongue, you creature sun
               teeth tapped wide on empty hollows
you’re leasing the crowd for white feather streaked
                                                    yesterdays
      keeping them in jars,
              razing the mantle
and asking us to stay
                           down the burning phantom
                    (down the dying star)
                           into your dark tomorrow;
                       
                into endle


Dolina Malej Laki by paczek



music and quote from michael mann's the last of the mohicans [1992]

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Nyomás alatt készül a gyémánt.

Erica világa c. film











Chasing the Knowledge by ShayolaOre To Watashi - Cover by ShayolaApple Black: Awakening by Shayola
Crack by MatevadasMischievous fairy girl by zomgmeisinsane
Piiink by BjsXBirthday dragon for Azz by Paty-wolf
I love lamp. by zomgmeisinsane


22 by zomgmeisinsaneBoo. by zomgmeisinsaneThe cannibals by bohemiannihil
Fashion illustrations by bohemiannihil
impulse by bohemiannihil
Bleeding Out by SheyenneARTSketch of the Monk by SheyenneARTMonk by SheyenneART
Chinese Warrior 2.0 by SheyenneART
Hellboy hoodie girl by bohemiannihilSilverflag by bohemiannihil
Red by CyclopBunny
Shoe box (close-up) by CyclopBunnyGet the fuck off my property! by Zerda-FoxIf you go down in the woods today, by Zerda-Fox
::the green of the forest:: by magierThe Witch of Halloween by magierNomad 2 by Xiiau
Green Light by Xiiau
Nomad 6 by XiiauFighter - Character sheet by Xiiau
14619Col by maxyvertMicro Sticker chibies by bejjaRoller Derby Masha by bejja
WoE: round 1 by AzarahelLirea by Ryltha
Amseth / Sketch by RylthaLirea's Mount / Skect by Ryltha
[Too alone] - Carry Me Servant by Ame-yWe should move on by TridentFreak
OPEN! Catsday Catfist Catploited by Kamikatamarigentle boy by kresbickyNip and tuck steps by kresbicky
Beef cattle goes to heaven by kresbicky
Determination by HunDrenusBlue Delirium by HunDrenus
WOE round 1 - Garek vs. Eilis by El-NiphrendilTeam Charger by El-NiphrendilCM - Alyx Riari by El-NiphrendilMain character sketches by El-NiphrendilArtTradeYuminari by MonaOkami
Savita concept by RayamiraGreetings by EeNii
Sdc16461 by pannka144Img 20140710 212749 by kardosniki
teriyakilazac001 page by kardosnikiVirageso 001 borito by kardosnikicomics page 003 by kardosniki
Green Night by Arveriaturacerun to the hills by marklaszlo666
bugman by marklaszlo666FUNGUSNAZIS (version 1) by marklaszlo666
Spider King fanart by marklaszlo666variant cover for Dark Age #5 by marklaszlo666
[Nata]Reflection by nata-bettiPCom:Orangenbluete by nata-bettiSunflower by sakura-chan6Somebody,find us by sakura-chan6Germany by sakura-chan6Roman Empire by sakura-chan6How to train your dragon by sakura-chan6
Wonderland by SilverGhostPhotowors
Endergirl versus Steve (part 2) by SilverGhostPhotoworsforest practice by KisTithenfor the dancing and the dreaming by KisTithenCome Fly With Me by KisTithen
The New Chief by KisTithentwice the tooth by KisTithen
A Million Mile From Home by KisTithenSomething Strong For Heart And Soul by KisTithenThe World Is A Dangerous Place Sir by KisTithen
I am no fool anymore by Ad1erNobody escapes by Ad1er
Chris Cornell by floratothartJacoby Shaddix by floratothart
Marilyn Manson by floratothart
Untitled by floratothartKurt Cobain by floratothartPhil Anselmo by floratothartVille Valo by floratothart
Hea by milky-senseiValentine message for Zenith by milky-senseiWIP Saman lady by milky-sensei
SA - DorothyBomeraang by I--Zoldalma--I
Contest entry - Calendar Man by I--Zoldalma--I
Contest entry - Silver Banshee by I--Zoldalma--I
'Amulet of the nigth elves' (for sale) by seralune'Sweet dreams' sterling silver pendant (for sale) by seralune
Little prince and the bunny by Szonja-kunAnimal planet by Szonja-kun
some ppl dont stay the same by spaceCreepersCommission Madelyn by spaceCreepers
Corona Borealis by rhaeyracommission: Silda by rhaeyraSA - winter love by rhaeyraPoint Commission for I-see-ghosts by BansheeDiTrieste
Art Trade with Solestrat by BansheeDiTriesteKitsune and shinto Inari by AleudeSoren Sheet by Aleude
Kitsune character sheet by AleudeLeague of Legends: Nami by Kytru
League of Legends: Sona by Kytru
League of Legends: Karma by Kytru
Fall Asleep by KytruGalanthus nivalis by AurorieJungle Fire by Aurorie
Under the bright moon by AurorieAustralian sunshine by AurorieRainy Days by Aurorie
Entchanted Pumpkins by Aurorie
Bouquet by AurorieNiawey and Shadak by EstfahanNkruma, the Amber guardian by EstfahanAndrogyne by Estfahan
The Silver Mage by Estfahan
Day2: Princess Mononoke by Azravaszswiggity swag by Azravaszthe cowardly lion by Azravasz
drift-colored ver.part1 by Azravaszskull with hydrangea by AzravaszAries skull by Dans-littleBrook
deer dance by Dans-littleBrookSociety by Dans-littleBrookfairy tale by Dans-littleBrook
kicsi betya'r by Dans-littleBrookladies by Dans-littleBrookhusza'rok by Dans-littleBrook
A. V. D. by srGittaUntitled by rembo78Untitled by rembo78
Morning by BoncALimited Edition by BoncAno parking by eperlekvartell me old tales by eperlekvar
tavimajom by cillermilleroh boy by cillermillerCOM: Oli Farkas by cillermiller
beach by cillermillerIm cool by cillermiller053 by cillermiller
I'M NOT CUTE by ReniTheDoggieGirlAlley by ReniTheDoggieGirlArale~ fan art by ReniTheDoggieGirlKuro kun with nekomimi by ReniTheDoggieGirl
Ginger and the flying umbrella - art trade by Ikine-chan
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Daily Lit Recognition for July 23rd, 2014

We are proud to feature today's Daily Literature Recognition!

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Poetry

Featured by: Carmalain7

fill my cavities with diamondsa shelf of hollowed books
like a forest of rotten trees
filling the heartwood with pretty rocks
paper stars, old guitar strings
fortunes from Chinese cookies
love letters, bent nails, and stripped screws
I don't know how to silence a songbird
only how to kill a finch
but I think it might start here

fill my cavities with diamonds by reechy



Beauty in decay.




Featured by: AyeAye12

Kingdom comethe sounds pound around and around get down get down hit town after town leaving profound believing hounds heaven is found pouncing bounds bouncing ounces bumping crowns tipping cups to drown I'm fucking stuck with frowns then struck with sound up and up it's tucked in luck ruts that a ruckus erupts cutting corrupted guts like busted nuts I trusted cunts I took them months to hunt their murder stunk but damn it stung my lungs won't run
to this day I look back and wonder
did I deserve what was almost done?

Kingdom come by robojigra



Is rhymecore a thing? It is now. 
This is a classic pioneering example of rhymecore. 
Comes like a punch edging on to hip-hop viscera.





Prose

Suggested by: saevuswinds

Featured by: SpriteBlayde

SeveranceI was born to the sea. 
The salty ebb and flood within my veins answers to the same tidal pull that drags the ocean across the shore like a lover’s kiss. My depths contain their own mysteries, their own light. And when the surf pulls sand from under my feet, I have always been drawn to follow.
Selkies, they say, are water spirits that can become trapped on land, if one obtains their skin. Like a creature out of my element, my eyes have perpetually been called away by the lure of the broad Pacific, since my very first taste of ocean water. (“You’d better go get your daughter,” my mother had said, once her scan had spotted me in the foam, barely able to crawl yet — heading straight out to sea. “She’s ocean-bound.”)
The years wore me away in waves, patiently eroding my dreams, my plans, my intentions. Life grew richly in the interstices, the tide pools of my soul. Lost treasures washed up on my shores; tides took o

Severance by copper9lives



This piece is interesting 
and fairly well written.




Featured by: TwilightPoetess

Ballerina in the Glass Music Box (FFM Day 2)    They had preserved her in a glass box.
    Her father was due to be entertaining clients at the circus. Naturally, when she wished to join them, her father had relented. It turned out, however, that the gypsies wouldn’t allow her entry into the circus top.
    Left with a chaperone, she talked with the gypsies. Upon their first meeting, she had asked the reason how it could be the longest running circus in history. In reply, they told her the only way to find out was to join them.
    A rich girl joining a gypsy circus. It was laughable. It was an idea.
    It had been her first, and last, act of rebellion.
    The lights dimmed: her audience had arrived.
    She knew what they would be thinking. Freshly entertained by the aerialist who used her own hair as a ribbon, they wouldn’t be impressed with a simple slip of a girl wearing a woman’s costume. This particu

Ballerina in the Glass Music Box by WishingUnderThatStar



This flash fiction piece
reconsiders an interesting prompt
and takes it places I couldn't have imagined.



Foreign Language

Featured by: chasingcloudbursts

Rowan- Где бродила всю ночь ты, о Рован, сестра?
Твои руки озябли и щеки бледны.
- Я грелась всю ночь у чужого костра.
Там, где лилии плачут и звезды видны.
- Что я вижу в глазах твоих, Ров

Rowan by Yukime-no-lady



A captivating conversational poem 
with wonderful flow and rhythm and 
a thought-provoking, somewhat chilling ending. 
It is reminiscent of a twisted fairytale.




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Skin by SimplySilent
Hi there, Welcome to this weeks
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a little search through 'traditional/newest'
from DA's search in the hope of bringing
exposure to unnoticed work. As always,
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dggrsswrds by dmslkQuantum Flux by juliailton
Scarves by MeatloafJackDog charcoal by xakvVeiled by Kyla-Nichole

3D

That is one big Eagle by HubcapCreaturesLand art in Hungary by tamas Kanya by tom-tom1969
Mignola Hellboy Bust WIP 02 by logan250wire bonsai #7 - 3 color tree by WayaYoshitakaSculpture by Isabel-Ruiz

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Darkness Feature

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 22, 2014, 1:14 PM



M E R M A I D by KrisseyJust a little further... by JustinDeRosa
magic powder by all17Smoke Stock by gperkins10
Lich Queen by Blossom-of-FaelivrinWinter Garden by irrationalrationale
Meadows by tamaskataiNocturnal by LightofLunaPhoto
Banished by EmilySotoNeo by CookmePancakes
Murky Oceans by DanielTorresStorni
Noble Blood Vampire Chronicles II by la-esmeraldaEastern witch by Dream-traveler
Satanna by SemioticPhotographySamhain-4 by androxstudio
Darkness and Light by Metal-Bender
Hateful Conception Altar 1 by EnlightenedOfLuciferThe Left hand path by satanen
In darkness you shall rise II by Nakhana
Ultima Linia by jon-wild
Madness by CrazyGirL44On the dark by AkashaGossow
Forgotten Long Ago by KLK-Photographythe world is burning down by beyondimpression
Scarecrow by moppaaDark Tower by Metal-Bender
Fairy Glade by Questavia
The Animals II by TheFoxAndTheRavenThe Witcher - Yennefer of Vengerberg_2 by GreatQueenLina
Plague Doctor by AnotherFaceStudioUnder the dark sky by miirex
How the King Escaped by vi0let0nwhite
Darksome Anubis by Onyx-Philomel
pentagram by Pifonv
pion by all17Embracing The Darkness by NataliaDrepinaThe darkness by Marloeshi





  • Mood: Mortified
  • Listening to: Loreena Mckennitt--Mystic's Dream
  • Reading: Goethe's Faust
  • Playing: with outer darkness...
  • Eating: the forbidden fruit

July 21.2014. Interview 22.

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 22, 2014, 4:20 AM


Hello.

This time interview with innerviki, who's unfortunetly not here any more.
She decided to leave dA few days ago, but...
I decided to upload Her works any way.

Aqua by innerviki

:bulletblue: 1 Which type of art are You creating ?
I take pictures, or (as I prefer to say) 'catch wonderful things and moments that surround us in a frame and in this way make it eternal'

Embraced With Light by innervikiEarly Spring by innerviki

:bulletblue: 2 Why this kind of art ?
I think it's because I appreciate little things.... the ones many of us don't notice any more being too much in a hurry. When I submit most of my pictures I want to draw my viewers' attention not only to the photos and what they present, but also to some aspects of our lives...feelings...emotions.

Sunny Galaxy by innervikiOn a Walk by innerviki

:bulletblue: 3 When did You started create Your art?
Photography has always been my passion. I simply love to take pictures of all kinds. At this particular time of my life I focus on nature and macro photography. Also, half a year ago I began to fold Origami figures, mostly paper cranes and I feel surprisingly good in this kind of art.

Purple Morning by innervikiThis Softness Can Seduce You by innerviki

:bulletblue: 4 What kind of art do You like to watch the most?
Drawings and paintings are creations that speak to me as the most, as they come straight from the Soul of an artist. Sometimes it feels like some kind of Bond which is developed when I get deep enough into such works . Also, I love to see the pictures of my fellow photographers and admire their different approach to photography than mine.

Day 16: Holding Back The Years by innervikiThe Dark Side of Light by innerviki

:bulletblue: 5 What is Your inspiration?
It's really hard to say what my inspiration is. One day it's a person or his or her works, another day a situation, moment.... something unusual I see being on a walk... If I was supposed to say in one sentence what inspires me, I would say that 'I suck Inspiration from my surrounding' because it's there. One just have to focus and look deeply enough.

Sweet Distraction by innerviki

Maybe one day You'll be back...

Our first contest from Darkroom-Photos has ended!
Here are the winners :)
(and again, sorry for the messed-up layout, must be some kind of bug. :()

The winner on the third place: mando-damon :clap:
Capital blueORANGE by mando-damon
COPPERcanvas by mando-damon sunriseBLUR by mando-damon CMYKsunset by mando-damon



Second place: Mishkin-Rayman :clap:
Northern Flour by Mishkin-Rayman
Thor-eek-Oww 2 by Mishkin-Rayman Dusk by Mishkin-Rayman T-Centralen by Mishkin-Rayman
Night Tree by Mishkin-Rayman Keep it easy by Mishkin-Rayman Winter Night in Ornsberg HDR 2 by Mishkin-Rayman



First place: Fassod :clap:
Lamentate by Fassod
Four Monks by Fassod The Same Deep Water as You by Fassod Latent Content by Fassod
Leaving Dystopia by Fassod Involuntary Thought by Fassod Fostercare by Fassod
Elimination of Thought by Fassod Impressions Chosen from Another Time by Fassod Rive Paleo by Fassod

Congratulations! You'll receive your prizes soon :)



And a huge thank you to jennystokes for donating points :)
Sweet dreams by jennystokes
Broken strings. by jennystokes 4 Ravens by jennystokes Old 2 by jennystokes
Venice 1  Italy. 2012 by jennystokes Albi. France 21 by jennystokes sl14-sea and beach1 by jennystokes
Happy Birthday dear May. by jennystokes summergreetings for Jennystokes by ingeline-art Art Museum in Milwauke. USA 1 by jennystokes