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Do you believe that art can fundamentally change your sense of who you are?

Vote! (57,013 votes) 732 comments
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You’re probably well acquainted with the old proverb “practice makes perfect.” And while I don’t fully believe that perfection is attainable, because the very notion of perfection is somewhat subjective, getting better at anything requires both time and effort. I’m going be very blunt here; if you want to improve your artistic skill you need to actually practice.

My heart goes out to everyone here who is struggling to improve so don’t feel that I’m purposely singling you out here. However throughout my time on dA (and in real life) I’ve met artists begging for advice on how to quickly improve and sadly when I tell them to begin practicing the excuse is always ‘well, I don’t really have the time for that.’


And I ain’t got time for yo attitude.

:bulletred: You do have the time

Inb4 “you don’t know my life!!!1one1!!” Listen here young padawon, everyone is busy, everyone has responsibilities, everyone has non art related stuff to deal with everyday. You’re not special because you’re swamped with different things than I. Here’s a little secret: if something is important you will make time for it. 

Referencing Star Wars and Star Trek in the same paragraph ftw.

:bulletred: You are in charge of your success

There comes a certain point where you can no longer blame lack of time, lack of inspiration, other people, etc. for why you aren’t getting where you want to with your artwork. This advice applies for any goal; it’s not unique to artists.

High fives for everyone!

:bulletred: Art block, art schmlock

We’ve all been there. A stifling of inspiration, creative juices, this that and the other. An art block is not a sufficient excuse to stop making art if you’re trying to improve. If I am in the block mode, rather than try to sit there and ‘come up’ with something to draw, I’ll do a still life. I’ll practice mixing colors. I’ll do thumbnail sketches from people watching. Sitting there glowering because I can’t think of anything to draw on my own is not only unproductive, but also depressing.

Kick that art block right in the fayse.

:bulletred: You don’t need fancy materials

That’s one of the oldest excuses in the book. You want to paint but don’t have top grade oils? Train yourself on the $1 pan of kiddie watercolors from the drug store. Want to sculpt but have no clay? Make homemade playdough from water, flour, and salt. Want to draw, but you have no paper? Doodle on junk mail, envelopes, and napkins. Want to do digital art, but alas Photoshop is too expensive? GIMP,, hell even MS Paint are there for a reason dude!  Before I got a graphics tablet I did digital painting with my laptop track pad and fingers. You’re apt to be even more creative with a lesser amount of materials.

There are no limits to your creativity!



Notable Newcomers

Wed Jul 23, 2014, 10:26 PM by Aeirmid:iconaeirmid:


Hello, all!

I wanted to feature some new photomanipulators. Each of these talented artists has been on DA for less than a year, yet they have taken concepts to a whole new level. Please welcome them and offer your support!

Underwater scenes have been done before, but I really like the way this artist added interesting elements in the background and created a wistful, reflective feeling. Also, his lighting is really nice.
Underwater by ElementOfOne1

This artist has a wonderful mastery of colors and light. The idea of staring down over a city is not new, but the interesting, creative way she presents the concept is very original.
Sea of Angels over my city by obereg

This quite emotional conceptual piece stands out from the crowd because of the artist's powerful interpretation of the stock model. The artist also uses color and light effectively.
Way to Heaven by JennyLe88

The artist has a super cool concept here, and he blends a lot of stock images together quite nicely. There is so much symbolism in this piece, and the composition is powerful as well.
Sasha by Gedogfx

This really cool deviation also puts a new and different spin on a concept (the hole in the wall) that has been done before. Great composition and atmosphere make this image work well.
Bertahan by azisahrul1

That's all for now. If you have a photomanipulation newbie you think deserves some love and attention, please drop me a note!


Jade / Aeirmid




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Light Hunters Feature #81

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 24, 2014, 3:10 AM

Enjoy some of the recent additions to our gallery




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ProjectPorkchop Vol352

Wed Jul 23, 2014, 5:45 PM

ProjectPorkchop is all about bringing more exposure to the many talented yet under appreciated artists going unseen on deviantART daily. The artists chosen truly deserve more attention based on low counts of favorites, comments, and watchers, added to their incredible artistic talent.


Melissa is a 3-D printing artist from the United States. She creates the most intricate and delicate designs you've ever seen and is able to apply these patterns to things like masks, pendants and more! Her process is fascinating and definitely something you don't see everyday! From ink drawings, she is able to create models on the computer and then can fabricate that 3-D model using a special printer. I definitely recommend taking a look at her will be amazed!

Dreamer Mask: Illumination (3D Printed) by LumeclusterDreamer Mask: Breakthrough (3D Printed) by Lumecluster
Free Time by LumeclusterThe world needs the quiet. by Lumecluster

Suggested by TinyWild 
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Pavneet is a varied hobbyist from the UK. She favors the abstract style of drawing and her works are simply magnificent! Her designs are centered around specific shapes and forms and then filled with intricate patterns and embellishments. The amount of detail is nothing short of astounding and her skill is something to be admired! She also has a lovely monochromatic palette that allows the the details to really stand out. This is one artist you must add to your watch list!

Heart by PavneetSembhiSpade by PavneetSembhi
Milky Way by PavneetSembhiGothic Puzzle by PavneetSembhi

Suggested by TinyWild 
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Roxxy is a hobbyist photographer from Germany. She travels all over Europe photographing various urban and rural landscapes. She enjoys dappling in different techniques and experimenting with filters, giving her work a signature look. Roxxy is great at using inanimate objects as metaphors for life and she includes a beautiful quote as a caption for each of her photographs, which is a very nice touch! Please visit her gallery today and show your support!

If you don't know by FlowerOfTheForestThey say by FlowerOfTheForest
London Eye by FlowerOfTheForestLondon Traffic by FlowerOfTheForest

Suggested by ihamo 
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NoneOfUs is a digital art student from Germany. He is predominantly a fractal artist, however, his gallery includes some digital painting as well. His fractals are very well composed and he uses color and light in perfect harmony. His digital paintings are dark and moody and have a great sense of atmosphere. This artist is quite talented and I definitely recommend paying a visit to his gallery! 

cosmic horizon by noneOfUsroots by noneOfUs
atomic dawn by noneOfUsRipples by noneOfUs

Suggested by tatasz 
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Liam is a traditional artist from Ireland. He enjoys painting landscapes and scenery practicing in the styles of Thomas Kinkade, Bob Ross and others. His work is bright, colorful and full of emotion. They invoke a feeling of peaceful serenity and you can picture yourself out in nature, far away from the stress of the outside world. Also, be sure to check out his photography and watercoor works as well!

New Swimmin' Hole by jackburton86Evening Romance by jackburton86
Blue Shores by jackburton86Fine Soft Day by jackburton86

Suggested by ihamo 
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To Be Seen .98

Wed Jul 23, 2014, 1:10 PM by 3wyl:icon3wyl:


A weekly article featuring five photographers from all areas in the deviantART community. Spare a bit of time to take a gander at the photographs and their respective galleries showcased below!


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Tiara (1) by diddydave Jebba (3) by diddydave Teri (1) by diddydave
V by diddydave Julia (3) by diddydave

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Likewise, any questions, just ask them here and I'll do my best to answer them.

Thank you! :love:

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Recent Faves

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 10:00 AM
*Scheduled. I'm away on a trip!*
Enjoy some of my recent faves!
Home to be Free by TamarViewStudioStaffy Portait by Hidden-TreasuryMy Fenix by kanekamiOh Hi There! by x-xSpitFirex-xNuna #2 by all17
P.S. I Love You... by BluyStardustAxolotl by boro-officialcute  bracelet by Miyaka89Stay Home by werolOh Life by Oer-Wout Out of reach by NaBHaN. by TjasaVanDortShadow by painted-flamingoWhen it rains..dear by NaBHaNpuppy by dorkauskythoroughbred by Hidden-TreasuryAnd they lived happily ever after ... by justcallmemike Maia by A-MotiveT e a ? by LimpidDUnder the bright moon by AurorieLaila II - to the rescue! by BlackPepperPhotosbeautiful Chaos by glowinthedarkpainWhere shall we go next, bud? by Ariyx <da:thumb id="467359325"/>   Nature's Crowning Moment by BridalWreathRasselbande 2 by hoschieTwizzler - 01 by ArtByCRileyjust love you by Keila-ravena thousand voices howling in my head by Poisons-KissEternal sigh by nadril83The Three Sisters. by penwiper Auction - closed. by SafiruYenaYena pixel by pandapootsSilver Fox by Hymnsie Brindle Grizzly by PastYourPorchlight Nikki by AndersStangl P.Pictus by BulinkoDiscovered in the garden by LewiARTs

The journey ends today!!!

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 6:38 AM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:

Oh haider
I am officially Kaz-D Batchelor of Science (Hons) in Social Policy and Criminology, Upper Second Class Honours (2.1)
Four years, the last two doubled up to get it finished quicker and endless hours of self-teaching, self-studying and self-motivation. Fin. :')

My lovely contributors - a big thank you

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 24, 2014, 4:37 AM

Hello, guys! This is a thank you for the contributors in my team of Breathtaking-photos. They submit so many images to the group and are the ones that are the heart of this group. They are the eye, and I am so thankful to have you. :heart:
Also, I hope I am also a good leader to you..

Because of that I will feature you all together, so that you can watch every deviant on your own! 
Thank you for being with me for such a long time :hug:

(somehow the thumbs do not work properly. So the feature is not the best-designed one, but hey, image is image!)

Schattenwelt by WeissglutTiny t o a d by GiuliaDepoliART
Fury the Tortoise by GiuliaDepoliARTShrouded Way by Weissglut
Where The Light Resides by WeissglutAdmiring S i e n a by GiuliaDepoliART
Pinecones by AdorisArtswhite in Black by syinthetic
sightseeing by syintheticSpring is coming. by AdorisArts
Berries by AdorisArtsblue Paradise by syinthetic
1:52 - Contraddiction by SimplyMint29.52 - Dreams by head-in-the-cloud
27.52 - Blueberry by head-in-the-cloudFreedom. by SimplyMint
Breakfast. by SimplyMint52.52 - The end by head-in-the-cloud
Falling to the Flames by John-PeterWrong Way 'Round by pengirl389265
Outside Looking In by pengirl389265Faraway Enchantment by John-Peter
Son of the Forest by John-PeterLate July by pengirl389265
Found you! by MilaseryLittle Stalker by Lunar-Tiger
Daisies IV by Lunar-TigerStay strong by Milasery
Wake up by MilaseryPurity by Lunar-Tiger

Do you want to be a part of this awesome team? Then write a comment here and join!

:love: Greetings lovely group members! :love:

It is time for another feature, I really hope you all enjoy! :huggle:
There are so many beautiful and talented people in this group! :heart:

160.365 by PiecesOfAnsley Noyers sur serein1 by hubert61
Ladybird by Souris88 Precious Memories by JayJayDevianArt
Stock: Waterfalls in the Forest by Celem Chill Out by panna-cotta
Safeguard by WillTC Waterscape - x12 by Powercolour
regular visitor by SvitakovaEva Fragile by Kostandina
Vicious Bloom by Schokopir The Poppy Bed by George---Kirk
The soft blue trees. by dragonfly-oli Prince Charming by alexgphoto
Tube by ynissim Whispering Waters by Questavia
Windful Day by Francy-93 Sundown by DoraVavrova
Deepen Azul by Anj3lla dedicated to EVERYONE!!!! by BlueIvyViolet
Joy by John-Peter 166.365 Message In A Bottle by PiecesOfAnsley
Vallter 4 by Asheza Der abgeknickte Stamm by feigenfrucht
Haunting Oceans by borda Beach Cave by lonewolf565
Will-o'-the-wisp by Schokopir Magicness by Anastasia-Ri
Violet by fotografka Flowers of Home by Sarah-BK
He loves me by Bimmi1111 It's been a long time by Kostandina
The Unwritten Story by Sarah-BK Giraffe by DeScripted-LOVE
Peace is a Journey by FlabnBone Truncated peak by artimisso
Walking sun by firepaved Bright leaves by rosaarvensis
Lost in translation by Noys-Mogador Inordinate by berryrue
Afternoon Sun by DoraVavrova Bunia by shadddow
Colours of Fall by RoniLeppanen Sunset by mammothhunter
Spirit Walker by tassanee Like a virgin by Noys-Mogador

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P.S I try to feature every member as often as possible, but if I somehow missed featuring your work and you would like to be featured next time please let me know and I'll be sure to include you! With that being said, I thank you all for being a part of this group and continuing to share your photography with us and the world. Its been much appreciated, as we could all always use some more beauty in our lives! :heart: