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Happy Earth Day!

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 22, 2014, 6:00 AM


On the 22nd of April every year we hold a day of celebration for this planet that gives us everything we have. It's also a good time to reflect on what we are doing for the planet in return. 

In order for the planet to keep sustaining us, we need to preserve our ecosystems and all the services they provide us. There's lots of little things you can do every day to ensure you're helping the planet. 

  1. Recycle! Try to reduce your waste, and always bin the waste you can't recycle. Make sure you cut open any rings (like the plastic around 6-pack cans or the rings that attach to the lids of bottles) -- if it still ends up in the ocean, you don't want it getting stuck around a little critter. Also say no to activities (like balloon releases) that cause environmental litter and the death of countless animals.
  2. Support green energy wherever and however you can, and try to reduce energy consumption if you're still reliant on non-renewable sources.
  3. Grow as much of your own produce in your backyard as you can. From a tiny herb garden in a balcony planter to a whole orchard, get involved on whatever scale you can! Growing as much of your own food as you can helps reduce environmental destruction as well as the animal cruelty associated with the production of it. And it tastes so much better!
  4. Think about where the products you buy have come from and buy ethically. Does that pack of biscuits contain uncertified palm oil? Is that table made from wood from an old growth forest? Is that soap or detergent biodegradable? Does that fruit come from a farm that uses lots of agrichemicals? How much pollution was involved in transporting it to you? Support local produce and especially support the products that support the Earth. Consumer attitudes are a huge driver of business strategies -- make them think green if they want your money!
There's lots more you can do to to help make the Earth a greener place: hit up Google to find out some more every day tips, and look for events and programs happening in your area!

While we're all in the spirit of Earth-loving, lets look at some of these crafts that exemplify Earth love!

Scorched Earth by bloodXorange
Minecraft earth block chocolate cakes by Aphilien Elemental Earth by beadg1rl
Table lamp VII - Globe - by night 3 by Calabarte Earth Key Necklace by KeypersCove
Leaf Dragons by DragonsAndBeasties Avatar Earth Bender Necklace by boxinghobo
Amigurumi Earth by Hello-Pebbles Earth Path Pagan Rosary by Lindowyn
Spring Earth bird mask by shmeeden Earth Day Cake by JinYonMin
Earth Phone Charms by xXScarletButterflyXx  Earth, Moon and Stars Necklace by Forbiddenynforgotten
Earth Tree - Revisited by rhodespottery Earth forest dragon guardian - stone painting by AlviaAlcedo
Gaia, Mother Earth by KellyMorgenJewelry 
cameo element earth by AngeniaC


Daily Lit Recognition for April 23rd, 2014

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

You can show your support by :+favlove:ing this News Article.

Please comment and :+fav: the features and congratulate the artists!



Poetry

Featured by: ladyshadowrage

Human Traffic for ProfitYou wake up this fine morning
only to complain
of your 'sore' back,
   your 'cold' feet,
   your 'tired' thoughts
no milk for your corn flakes
no free token for the bus ride to work.
You hear about me in the headlines..
and cluck your teeth in disgust,
a hand drawn quickly to your face
'What a terrible thing', you tell your friends,
and ask what news they've heard.
Much later,
in your warm bed,
you give thanks to the day's end
     'Amen'
Yet I get no second thought
from one otherwise occupied,
and way too busy to recall my missing face..
how young I looked then -
when I was but a mere lamb,
snatched from your busy street.
The street where you live,
             where you breathe,
             where you sleep
              eat and shit.
              -
             
I am no longe

Human Traffic for Profit by eqlrytes


This piece calls attention to a 
growing problem we have in the world 
that doesn't get enough awareness.



Featured by: TwilightPoetess

She Was With the StarsThe amber girl
was preserved perfectly
and her silky hair and porcelain skin
gleamed like a doll's
But the scientists weren't able to keep
her soul burning
because though she was in the
glass case filled with chemicals and fluids
and they were desperately trying to pump
oxygen into her lungs,
her mind was still up in space
with the stars
So the sun was extinguished
despite the cries and mournful screams
because they had
broke her
and the many who looked up
at her light and glory
slowly began to rot away
And so not a single thing was solved

She Was With the Stars by WindFragments


WindFragments tackles a 
heavy-handed subject in this 
beautifully crafted poem.



Featured by: TheTerrorOfTheDeep

do not write about it.give up on sleep like a bad lover 
who despite constant instruction
just can’t get the job done. 
stay inside for days. 
tell the sun to shove it
where it can’t shine.
emerge pale, timid,
breathing - 
stop smiling.
that is no way to suffer.
think about writing; avoid
any instruments that allow it.
think about the way ink smells
like searching, how paper 
is a goddamn aphrodisiac.
imagine yourself as the first animal
mad scientists subjected to space flight;
as Beethoven, denied the marvel
of his own genius; as virgin daughters
sold by their fathers for cattle and sheep
to afford having more virgin daughters.
imagine yourself as Elie Wiesel
watching men submit to murder[ing].
cry about it. rage about it.
despair about it. do not
write about it.
give up on god, humanity, yourself.
don’t you dare get political.
wait for it:
the hand that is not yours to fill 
the one that is; a voice not your own 
to be the firs

do not write about it. by LiliWrites


The echoes of a writer's pain 
are aptly described in this piece.



Prose

Featured by: VertigoArt

Two InchesThe funny thing about this story is a lot of it probably isn't true. I mean, what's it that one asshole said? The one that writes about the Vietnam war and had a bestseller composed of shitty essays, the one who makes a lot of veterans sad-angry?  I can't remember his fucking name, but the quote is the "story truth" is the truth you felt rather than what happened, and sometimes, that's more honest than the factual truth. Well. Something like that, I'm paraphrasing. I still can't remember the bastard's name, but I'm gonna say now: I think that guy's an asshole. I mean, a real asshole—
Because that's an excuse right there if I've ever seen one. It's an excuse for a compulsive liar or for someone that can't face life or for someone really miserable or for someone that wants to seem more interesting to sell a book— and you know what, I kind of can't bring myself to give a fuck that I'm gonna do the same thing because I can't even comprehend some of the shit that'

Two Inches by glossolalias


An humorous narrative about a girl 
with a touch of exhibitionism. The paragraphs 
and each line made me smile. Throughout the piece 
you are holding your breath a bit, hoping the narrator 
is not caught, if for no other reason than you want 
to read to the end. This short story keeps you 
interested all the way through.



Featured: Naktarra

lessons learned from seven men...- I -
I hate that you issued instructions like Don't put on any weight, you're small so it would really show, at a time when food was already the enemy and starvation felt like feeding the parts of me that were anchorless.
But I love that you showed me that You're so different from anyone I've ever been with actually means We are way too different for this to work and saved me a lot of future heartache.
- II -
I hate that you misunderstood yourself so much that it made you suspicious of everyone around you.
But I love that certain places will always hold magic for me because of the journeys we took together.
- III -
I hate that you walked away from something potentially lovely, if only ever destined to be temporary, because the people who were actually important in your life wouldn't have approved.
But I love that you reminded me that strength of character is a tr

lessons learned from seven men... by RockstarVanity


A piece of literature that puts a 
refreshingly positive twist on ending 
relationships among friends and significant others.



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Prepared by: TwilightPoetess











Foreword by techgnotic






Gabriel Picolo is a graphic design student in Brazil who has provided at least two people—me and himself—a most compelling reason for getting out of bed every morning in 2014.  He calls it the 365 Days of Doodles Project, for which he creates, each day, one of his wildly imaginative pencil sketch and ink drawings (quite a bit more elevated than a “doodle”—more like a free-flowing meditation).






Gabriel’s “doodles” often situate child characters interacting with wild creatures, some mythic, like dragons, some merely ferocious, like lions.  Sometimes the doodles have more of a cartoonish touch.  Some are fan art.  All are usually spectacularly chaotic, whimsical and alive—like a caffeinated morning wake-up call for the eyes.  What a wonderful way for an artist to engage each and every day.  And a lot of fun for a fan of the artist like me to look forward to each new day.


Gabriel’s project has made me re-think New Year’s resolutions.  Rather than renounce some pleasure like chocolate or cigarettes, but also, rather than pledge to engage some hated task like hitting the gym—why not the “Doodle Option” instead?  Imagine the benefit to each of us individually, psychologically and spiritually, that might be achieved if we chose some pleasurable and creative outlet for a daily reconnection to whimsical being. I know for a fact that spyed is rolling tight with pen and sketchbook these days, finding time to draw no matter how grueling the day's schedule might be.




Imagine 7 billion Earthlings reserving a brief bit of time each day to engage in some de-stressing cathartic creative ritual, like writing a poem, or doodling a doodle and then sharing it with the rest of us on deviantART. I see great things for this concept of the Personal Daily Deviation.  Some say a ripple from a stone tossed by a child into the ocean might become a devastating tsunami across the vast sea.  Maybe a simple hope for happiness expressed in a doodle might become a reality of world peace one day.


Please let depthRADIUS know if you are creating a small piece of creative work each and every day and sharing with everyone on deviantART. I would be glad to create a list for everyone!











Questions for Gabriel Picolo





  1. What prompted you to impose the discipline of daily drawing into your schedule?

    I started the project to fight procrastination and stop being such a lazy artist. Drawing something everyday was my new years' eve resolution.

  2. What has the first one hundred days of doodling taught you as an artist and as an art appreciator?

    The 100 days of doodles so far taught me that inspiration can come from just about anywhere in my life. Everything I encounter may be a theme for that day's drawing. Also, this exercise has taught me that discipline brings good results.

  3. Is subject matter planned in advance or do you wake up each day and wait for inspiration to strike?

    -I prefer to draw things related to how my day was (that's why I start the doodles in the evening). When that's not possible I do have some ideas written down as notes that I choose from.




  1. Has a meditative element presented itself within this daily commitment? Your own version of ink soaked Tai Chi?

    I don't know if this counts as meditation but half an hour before I start the doodle I take a deep breath and start  a pre-planning process of where I'm going to place everything on the paper. It helps a lot.

  2. What are your other artistic responsibilities? Work, etc.?

    I'm currently graduating at Graphic Design, that requires me to draw for college projects now and then. I also take in drawing commissions when I'm not at my "main job", which is not related to art.










Undiscovered: polyflowers

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 22, 2014, 8:00 AM


I recently stumbed upon the art of polyflowers, she's relatively new to this community and although she already has a DD, her lovely work deserves a lot more attention and recognition. I hope that you'll enjoy this feature, please visit her gallery for more incredible art! Also, I would appreciate any :+fav: to this article so that more people can see her amazing work :pray:

Comb hair with flowers by polyflowers snowdrops. cold porcelain by polyflowers hairpin with Eustoma by polyflowersBrooch with pink Eustoma by polyflowershair clip with orchid from cold porcelain by polyflowers Bracelet and earrings with roses by polyflowers brooch with snowdrops by polyflowers Set with orchids by polyflowers poppies from cold porcelain by polyflowers Set with flowers from polymer clay by polyflowers Poppy by polyflowers Jewelry set with roses and blueberries from polyme by polyflowers set with mandarins from polymer clay by polyflowers poppies and daisies from cold porcelain by polyflowers 


The Voice of Manipulation Update

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 22, 2014, 2:06 AM
HI guys,

I know I have been very inactive with this project, and I feel it's time to come clean about the difficulties I have been having with this project. 

Technical Issues


The first issue I was having is with recording the videos. The camera I was using is my bf's dad's camera. He won't borrow it to me unless my bf shoots the video. This created a very big problem. My bf is a bio-informatician and is busy doing his phd in Bio-Informatics. So he is very busy and in the lab at all hours of the day. THe times that I am available to shoot the video is unfortunately when he works the most.

Then if we do get the video shot, I did all the editing myself. I am not yet very good with it, so it's takes me at least 13 hours to edit the entire episode. I have a day job (8 to 5) and I only have evenings to do it. It caused me to get behind with a lot of my other stuff and eventually just caused too much stress. 

Editor Wanted


I'm not going to take on editing the videos at this stage again, I don't want to get into too much stress again. There for I decided that if I can get an editor to edit the videos for me, I will go through the issue of getting it shot. Thing is if there's only that to stress about, it's not so bad. I won't be able to pay you, so please only offer to do this for me if you are willing to only do it as a staff member of TVOM. If I do eventually create a revenue from the project (and there's a lot of potential for that), the editor will join in the profits. 

Temporary Resolve


I don't want to stop doing the awesome work we were doing, so for now I am just going to do a weekly feature via journal. I know that defeats the purpose of the show, but for now this is the best I can offer. I know there's still some contest winners who was promised to be featured on the video. I promise to feature those on a special episode once we have the videos running again. But for now I am just going to feature them here. I really hope y'all understand my situation!!!

Features


 

Advanced


1st TheEndOfHerJourney by VertigoEBC 2nd The Skull Island by Dani-Owergoor 3rd Journey to the Hero's City by CaoChiNhan 4th Beneath the Tulips by kuschelirmel

Intermediate


1st Wide Awake by GregoryNicolas 2nd Journey to an Unknown Place by itznikki530 3rd Temple Of The Dragons by Sandra-Cristhina 4th A Beautiful Evening by ZedLord-Art

Beginner


1st Journey to the Unknown by A-Wakefield 2nd From Darkness to the Light by Elsapret 3rd Journey to the Unknown by annemaria48 4th Flying in colors by sarmaluta

Honorable Mentions


Wadan Wraelclastas by erimu A Rabbit's Encounter by Shirokibo Dreamland by aunx-fs The Gate by NTGreen My World by xXDJGirlfrienXx Whisper to the heavens by StarsColdNight New Directions by theheek Journey to Unknown Place by SignHermitCrab 




1st On a foggy day by torobala 2nd Crossing Borders by Nelleke 3rd Forest 28 by Octo-pus

Runners Up


Ghost of the Past (self-portrait) by anietaralom Alone and Group by jarda13 Nebelmenschen II by Zouberi

Honorable Mentions


Unknown is calling by starykocur Entrance by wiebkerost No Return by Schnitzelyne I think You should go by firepaved Der Wanderer und der Nebel by DavidSchermann 



Literature 


1st 
Noah's SongI dwell below the blue, always watching, always waiting for a sailor's soul. They drift on high in vessels they think will float forever. It amuses me so- to see their determination, their will to live at sea. Every so often I stay beneath the surface and spare them my wrath, but only for those with a true respect for my home.
The ocean.
This swirling pool of cerulean. This sapphire lifeblood of the lower world, a world so wholly unknown.
I spread my wings and glide. I stay submerged and play with phosphoresce, guiding them with my fingertips. They swarm me; illuminate me, making me look like a true sea nymph. Ethereal, beautiful, bright like the sun with my wings spread wide and shining.
I can hear it in the distance- a ship holding what I need. Licking my lips, I close my eyes and break through the swell. The air is crisp and ridden with salt, the breeze light and playful. The moon is high and full. It’s a perfect night for a feast.
So I swim, stretching my legs before finding
 2nd  Lady Luck      “When will the engines be back up?” The familiar voice and scent of ashes wafts in my general direction as I work on the delicate task of calibrating the ship’s engines. 
    “A few hours, Sam,” I say without looking up. Sam’s head appears in front of mine as she lays half in the engine cavity of the ship. Her blue eyes twinkle with mischief as her unruly black curls try to defy gravity. She’s gone and done something again. Some days I don’t even know why I hired her. Well, I didn’t know she was a girl and I sure as hell didn’t know she has a penchant for trouble.
    “Damn it, Ari, can’t you get them back online sooner?” She pouts as she pulls a cigarette from the pocket of her jacket and lights it.  She always wears men’s clothing, never skirts, or even anything that’s slightly feminine. The whole universe will
 3rd Daughter Of A Sea God by AngelaJenkinson

Honorable Mentions


A Siren's SorrowA/N The actual entry for the dA contest. There is a oneshot companion that goes along with it.
A Tale of the Siren Song
Day after day, year after year. Why must I keep doing this? I drowned at sea, so why am I not with the lord of the dead, Hades? I stay in the world of the living, as a being sent to bring evil and sorrow. I am a wicked person, to keep doing this, and not fight back. But I know nothing, not how this came to be, nor how I can reverse it. So I must go on.
Being evil is an easy thing. I simply open my mouth, and let the air out, and they flock to the island. I then allow myself to feed, along with my sisters. It’s true, I am not alone. But they have been here far longer than I. They don’t remember their human lives and they feel pleasure in their simple depravity, while I feel remorse every time that I indulge and allow my new self to show through.
I remember that my name used to be Lachesis. That I was the daughter of a good, respectable tailor. He gave me a


Photomanipulation


1st Fishing by Cold-Tommy-Gin 2nd The Naiads by Ellyevans679 3rd .::Music of the Sea::. by CreamymagiqueDigital

Honorable Mentions


A Siren's Song by SignHermitCrab



1st The Tarts Of The Queen by Wimmeke63 2nd Nobody steals my tarts by PriscillaSantana 3rd The knave of hearts stole the tarts by Kylee-DC



1st MAYDAY by peroni68 2nd In Space by Wesley-Souza 3rd Dome by Dani-Owergoor

Honorable Mentions


SUPER NOVA by CaoChiNhan The great escape by maiaschka Farewell by vs3a 



1st Why I Draw by radioactiveroach 2nd  ACG Contest: Why Do You Do What You Do? EntryTormented by what I’ve left unsaid,
I can only voice through this page
These thoughts dancing in my head.
I spend my nights awake in bed
Trapped within an unseen cage,
Tormented by what I’ve left unsaid.
At times it feels like my world is dead,
Writing is the only thing that can engage
These thoughts dancing in my head.
Other people’s judgement I dread
Against their hate I silently rage,
Tormented by what I’ve left unsaid.
On these pages my soul is fed
I’m an actor, the paper is my stage,
These thoughts dancing in my head.
This ink flows, from my veins it’s bled,
My aching soul the letters assuage.
Tormented by what I’ve left unsaid,
These thoughts dancing in my head.
 3rd Adorable Cafe (Complete) by Vissyscrafts

Congratulations to all the winners. 
The first journal version of TVOM will be out soon!!



This Journal Skin was designed by Night-Beast

Urbex

Tue Apr 22, 2014, 11:00 AM


Urban Explorers are likely to find absolutely anything when they venture into abandoned places. Read about what this photographer found when he ventured into an abandoned Sugar Mill... It's also nice to read about how places have been rescued from becoming abandoned and lost to history, like this New York lighthouse which people are working hard to restore and make into a B & B!

Hotels can be fairly daunting at the best of times, especially some of those old ones and at night. But I think that these urban exploration captures of abandoned hotels and hotel rooms are actually quite beautiful in their own strange way...

faded by Karakuji

Insomnia by Matthias-Haker

Tourist by thebrokenview

Neverending Night by Matthias-Haker

The Last Dance by Matthias-Haker

Hotel R by Miisamm

The Green Room by Matthias-Haker

In a bed of grass by Mafia--Hitman

Hotel in the Mountains II by AbandonedZone

Red Hotel by stengchen

hotel rose by schnotte

Melted Dreams by Matthias-Haker

Tuesday Treats: A Classic

Tue Apr 22, 2014, 5:51 PM



Monday Muses | Wandering Wednesday | Thursday Greets | Selfless Saturday | WishingWell Weekly


"This is a classic!" we often hear. What is a classic for you? A book? A movie? Your favorite brand of sweet? 


Show us one of your classics in a deviation (even from your own gallery) and link it in a comment on this blog. Limit of one deviation per member please! Each submitted deviation will be featured in the next TT! Enjoy and have a good day! 


:bulletblue: Suggestions must be sent before Tuesday April 29th.


Mary Poppins by OlayaValle

Mary Poppins




Last week, you had to play with 3 key words: Yellow, Water and Wisdom


BP Pond X by LDFranklin Owl of Wisdom by nowherenessa Rain by azuzephre
Yellow submarine by Beyond-insane The five weather dragons by fableworld
Wit and Wisdom by sesam-is-open Lakshmi by midoriharada
Sunset of the Colors by ShaoFeng "Wisdom" by Mira-Jade


Thank you for participating! :heart:


:icondawishingwell:


Good afternoon marvel-fans!

Yesterday we recieved the exciting news that our group had been featured as part of a fan-art spotlight in the newest issue of DelveMag, a DeviantART-specialized online art magazine!

It's 180 pages long, downloadable as a 35mb .pdf! You can view it and download it for free here on DA!

"The focus in this issue is FAN ART, its history, inspirations, and all its various forms - drawing, painting, digital modelling, traditional sculpture, cosplay, plushies, even a few crossovers and mashups. :) Whether it's books, TV shows, movies, video games or comics, there's something in this issue for everyone.

Beyond this main theme, there is differently themes art as well, like a culinary art feature, and we also have interviews with DulcetEpicure boundless-mind and PlushBuddies, plus several tutorials to help you push your own artistic skills."

We heartily encourage all our members to give it a read!

Also upcoming stuff I SWEAR I'm working on a commission feature for our members soon!! I've been bogged down lately with the start of convention season, but things should be up and running in a week or so. Stay tuned for a blog post announcing slots for a commission feature.

EDIT: Also, as a note, there has been a high volume of art with Bucky as the Winter Soldier coming through the voting pool lately. This is a reminder that while Bucky himself is not a villain, The Winter Soldier is, and as such he belongs in the Villains folder. Thanks!