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A Tribute to Robin Williams

Fri Aug 22, 2014, 10:38 AM

Editor’s Note:

Why did we delay for more than a week the publishing of this remembrance? Because to properly reflect the impact of this loss on the millions of Robin Williams fans worldwide, we wanted to be sure to capture a true sense of the torrent of love for Robin pouring in from the community in the form of heartfelt portraits and other tribute art.

We chose the “best” pieces to accompany our own prose tribute, but the “best” kept being supplanted by “better bests.” There is no end to the river of love for Robin Williams and we expect no end to the fabulous tributes artists will pay to his work.

Why Robin Williams Was Important
(You already knew he was funny.)

The official obituaries are disappointing. Descriptions of his humor rely heavily on “you had to be there.” They are unable to use words to describe the manic madness that was a Robin Williams performance in full flight (improvisational probing of the uncaged and directionless zeitgeist of the youth of the times, 1978–80).

Robin Williams’ early work—zany stand–up comic then hitting big-time with prime time network sitcom—is followed by an appreciation of his skills as a comic actor in the Hollywood studio feature films that followed, the places where most of Robin Williams’ millions of fans worldwide came to know and love him: places like The World According to Garp (1982), Moscow-on-the-Hudson (1984), Good Morning Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), The Fisher King (1991), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) and Good Will Hunting (1997). Robin Williams’ good–natured optimism and genuine love for humanity shined brightly on the big screen.

But to achieve such success in the movies meant disappearing the demonic anarchic spirit that animated Robin Williams’ early comedy club days—the very thing that electrified a lost and “stagflated” post-punk generation. Robin Williams in the movies was all of his wild energy minus any danger. He might have been the next Lenny Bruce, or even at least the next George Carlin, had his be-all, end-all work ethic not dictated that he accept roles in one studio picture after another, regardless of quality. His need to always be on, always pleasing people, resulted in so many of his movie roles being so insultingly far beneath the potentials of his true talents. Edgier projects never had a chance of organically evolving to emerge from his febrile imagination. He had to be constantly working instead of nurturing. It defined him.

Tragically, the same intense drive to always be working plus a ton of sudden wealth resulted in a cocaine addiction that took a serious toll on his health. He suffered through decades of rough divorces, of being on and off the rehab wagon, and a major heart surgery.

For those familiar with his career from his earliest stand–up days, this once whirling dervish’s gradual loss of comedic velocity was as painful to watch as it no doubt must have been for him to endure.  His final HBO special shows him to be just as funny as other HBO star stand-ups, the sadness being he was once pure genius, light-years ahead of the usual stuff. To see him falling back on bits of decades-old improv when new jokes died was a bit of irony the young Robin Williams would have savored and savaged.

The official chroniclers of our society tend to focus on “success” (especially financial) and how a person attained that success as the core narrative of an individual’s life. But very often a performer’s importance in influencing society lies not in being a role model over the lifetime of a successful career (e.g., the emphasis on how much money Robin Williams’ decades of movies made) but in some spark they provided to the inchoate consciousnesses of their audiences in the early days. The no-limits comedic freedom and anarchy represented by Robin Williams in his first few years on the stand-up scene may have been his lasting legacy, the TV and movies that followed reflecting a mere single facet of his talent, rather than a laboratory for honing his improvisational magic.

The word comes in that it was a Parkinson’s diagnosis that finally made Robin Williams fall to Earth. After having lived through his college roommate Christopher “Superman” Reeves’ quadriplegia and his friend John Belushi’s drug overdose death, this final cruel joke on him—this physical comedian extremis gradually losing half his language with his audience—was one cosmic irony he could finally find no humor in.

What will live on forever will be the pure unadulterated, sheer joy the mere sight of Robin Williams’ smiling face brought and will always bring to his fans. This joy is reflected back in an inundation of the deviantART website with over 5000 portraits and other “Robin-pieces” made and shared by the worldwide deviantART community of artists just since his passing. An evening at the movies with this man, even in his most formulaic “dramedies,” will always mean a psychic cleansing for the millions who love him, a receiving of this holy man’s gift of healing through laughter and his talent at transporting us to where we can indulge a return to our most childlike happiness.

But, wow, just remembering Robin Williams burning down the clubs in 1979—and imagining what could have been... Well, I guess you had to be there.

Questions for The Reader

  1. Do you think Robin Williams could have remained a vital comedian and comic actor even as he battled Parkinson’s disease? Have you battled disease while pursuing your art?

  2. Do you think that all great artists possess hidden “darkness” of the heart or mind that adds a powerful poignancy to their work? The funnier the comic, the more intense the suppressed dark side?

  3. Are highly intelligent or very talented people better able to hide their misery from loved ones, thus making it all the harder to “read” them and help them?

  4. Do you think it’s possible for successful artists to fight the allure of the more exotic dangerous diversions, deal with chronic depression, deal with serious diseases, yet still continue to create art successfully? Is a strong community a key to avoiding these hazards?

  5. Almost every comedic interaction from Robin Williams produced an immediate sense of well–being for the audience. Are there works of visual art or literature that have this effect on you?

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Fan Art Friday: Persona

Fri Aug 22, 2014, 9:24 AM by Lyricanna:iconlyricanna:

Hello and welcome to the 52nd edition of Fan Art Fridays :wave: I'll be featuring 10-15 pieces of fan art, by fandom each week. This week will feature art from the Persona series :la:

Persona 01 by thestarofpisces Persona Lucifer - Helel by Aede-chan Persona 3 - Heralds by bahamutneo .Persona 3: Moreover, take off your headphones. by Hetiru I'd fight the world for you by Hanesihiko Persona Non Grata by MichaelLeeLunsford 130118 amagi by bara-chan Izanami's Fool by IceandSnow P3: illust by nyanooman walking by lanxingxxxx Persona woodburned tarot set by cutiechibi Persona 3 - Thanatos by kiyo-e Persona 4 - Izanagi 01 by garion Master of Persona by genkimami Persona 3 - Forced Religion by YumiKoyuki

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Community Relations Stamp by communityrelations Community Operations Stamp by fourteenthstar

Arc by IvanAndreevich
:heart:The dark, the wonderful, the mysterious, the enchanted, the abandoned:heart:
Broken by Matthias-Haker
Without Return by stengchen Corridor by ZerberuZ
Nobody is listening anymore by Matthias-Haker Silent Prayers by Matthias-Haker
Milkyway by fti7
Aurora Borealis by misa2525 Luminous Night by MikkoLagerstedt
-Pilgrims dream- by Janek-Sedlar Vojvodina Landscape by MladenKesic
Standing on the Edge of Infinity by georgewjohnson
Storm approaching (HDR) by banangrg Bieszczady 2013_79 by JoannaRzeznikowska
Hoogie Trying to Beat the Light II by reverbe Val d'Orcia/Tuscany by JPawlak
October Hills by Dapicture
Rhythm of the shade by porbital Tuscany sunrise by XavierJamonet
One or two by mjagiellicz Almost yellow by mjagiellicz
Magic Forest by RobinHalioua
820 by Nigrita Radical Silence by tvurk
Misty Forest by Unfairprince the turn I by stachelpferdchen
Foggy Morning by EugenieA
Shelter of the Lost by ahmedspeculates Deer in the Mist by georgewjohnson
Herbst In Der Saussbachklamm by Saber1705 En solitario.. by kriakao
Power of Light by night-fate
The Dark Hedges I by Matthias-Haker Keep Moving Forward! by oprust
the shadow of dune. by sultan-alghamdi Autumn sunset by Burtn
Vatnfjorden Sunset by Dave-Derbis
Kauai Sunset II by pesterle So it flows by IvanAndreevich
Lost in the Sunlight by Miguel-Santos Luminous by IvanAndreevich
Touchdown by IvanAndreevich
Stillness by IvanAndreevich It was a wonderfull morning...... by Betuwefotograaf
A Tree in Dam by porbital Serpent by IvanAndreevich
Spirit by IvanAndreevich
Mistify by IvanAndreevich Untitled by third-one
Loch Ness Monster by IvanAndreevich Middle Kingdom by IvanAndreevich
Goldlake by m-eralp
Warrior by IvanAndreevich Joyful october by m-eralp
Golden by IvanAndreevich Sunset a la Pointe du Chatelet by gaelboulay
Rainbowscape by little-spacey
Kembali IV by Glenn-Crouch Ristikivi by m-eralp
Awaking the Centuries by MarsiaMS Kruger Park Blues - Exclusive Stock by somadjinn
Absorb by IvanAndreevich
Heresy in Blue by octane2 Hidden Alcove in Color by sciph
dark awakening by arbebuk Postcard from Venice by schelly
On the street by ralucsernatoni
~ Umbria - Italy ~ by MihalachePaulaPoly stairs by ankyl
Secrets of Morocco by INVIV0 John Wallis HDR by kobi0485
springtime morning in the city by piximi
Gent memories by floppyrom Street of Florence by olideb08
*** by INVIV0 Minori *2 by INVIV0
...dresden XIII... by roblfc1892
Alter Elbtunnel II by DanielHeydecke Amsterdam Canals at Night by Matthias-Haker
Hallstat Morning by porbital Alter Elbunnel by DanielHeydecke
Stockholm by night by CalleHoglund

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New Age by Lordigan entertainment district by nigelhimself
Devil Inside by DominiqueWesson
Kill la Kill: Satsuki Kiryuin by Jencus cinamon by PatiMakowska
Sandking by bananamannen Silence by NekroXIII
Talking landscape by iraqson Phoenix by ArTGutierrez
Old settlement by vimark Ruler of Water by raptorzysko
fish by gracezhan Sakura Miku by KokoTensho
Meier and Charlotte by MirageMari Happy B-Day, Mariko-chan94 by Harumagai
Poison Ivy by Red-Vanilla19 Dreams of Ofelia by Tai-atari
Visitor by JacquesLeyreloup Zombie Amusement Park by stayinwonderland
Archaics by shoelesspeacock Memoirs of Dawn and Eternity by Hellknight10 The Face Of Letters Typography by ragheb-abuhamdan
'Tiny spellbook' necklace SOLD by seralune Mike's Harder: Dragon Rage by railrunnermiranda
Crescendo by ZephyraMilie QWERTEE Reginald Pug Features by JesikahhRAWR
Breaking Bad-Breaking Down by Ninjificus Je ne regrette rien by NB-PhotoArt
Watercolor Skull by mrsbadbugs The Mighty Thor by DaveBardin Maleficent by Akadio

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Showcase #072

Fri Aug 22, 2014, 8:38 AM
The Feature Showcase, issue 72 - a sequential visual collection of unearthed work in abstraction, diffusion, chiaroscuro, and oneiric aesthetic. To experience a similar exhibition of imagery to that which has been featured here, feel free to peruse the depths of my Favourites collection.

Recent Discoveries

Waves II by Matthias-Haker
7 198 by LeaHenning
frequency by deepinswim
Edge of reason by Image-heart
Around the Corner 2 by birgzett
Turtle Rock by KrzysztofJedrzejak
Drops like Snow by FreakyBabe
Zebra Woods by druteika
Der dustre Baum by feigenfrucht
tipping point by gr4y-inu
Untitled by mabuli
hypnone by deadendsoul
.after the rush. by tarpeia
A lot of lines by neverblind
shiva by KseniaMaytama
0490 by TomWasilewski
Selected Work

:iconmatthias-haker: :iconleahenning: :icondeepinswim: :iconimage-heart:
:iconbirgzett: :iconkrzysztofjedrzejak: :iconfreakybabe: :icondruteika:
:iconfeigenfrucht: :icongr4y-inu: :iconmabuli: :icondeadendsoul:
:icontarpeia: :iconneverblind: :iconkseniamaytama: :icontomwasilewski:
Featured Artists


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  • 3D & Renders

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    E S Epic dragon by Elevit-StockGirl in Blue. by OlgaNew

    • Animals

      Stock images rendered with a 3D program of animals, including both real and mythical creatures, insects and animal parts such as wings and tails.

    • Human & Humanoid

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    • Objects

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    • Other

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    • Plants

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    Photographic stock images of domestic and wild animals, arachnids, insects, fish, reptiles, and more.

Free ride by SarahharaS12013 August: Wolves in Berlin 10 by windfuchs

Which includes:

  • Aquatic

    Photographic stock images of aquatic animals.

  • Birds

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  • Mammals

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  • Other

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Vintage fancy edwardian lady 2 by MementoMori-stockVINTAGE Landscape 86_quaddles by quaddles


Photographic stock images of meat, vegetables, fruit, desserts, beverages and other edible items.

Raspberry 6 by Panopticon-StockHappy Easter by Burtn


Digitally rendered images of fractals created using fractal software.

Lights fractals by starscoldnight by StarsColdNightFractal 399 by Fishbaker


Galleries Month

Designs & Patterns

Designs & Patterns for a number of different projects - knitting, paper craft, sewing, crochet, wood-working and others. All patterns and designs in this gallery should be complete and usable by any deviant wishing to download them to create a final product.
Assassin Bracelet Pattern by Cherry-ChainScrapbooking - Dramatic Romant by shelldevil

Which includes:

  • Beading & Jewelry Patterns

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  • Blueprints

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  • Needlework

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  • Other

    Other designs and patterns which do not fit into another Designs & Patterns sub category.
  • Papercraft

    Film tutorials on how to use the deviantART website, and other deviantART-related subjects.
  • Scrapbooking

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  • Sewing Patterns

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Fonts are downloadable files with the file type *.TTF or *.FON or other font file types only. Images of fonts are not included.
Pixel Caps Font by Mirz123Scaenarium Unus Font by MartinSilvertant

Which includes:

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  • Other

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  • Pixel

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  • Sans Serif

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  • Serif

    Serif fonts are fonts with lines protruding at the key points of a letter. 'Times New Roman' is an example of a Serif font.
  • Slab Serif

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Fractal Resources

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Modern Gradients by CabinTomLearning Ultra Fractal by Velvet--Glove

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  • Tutorials

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Through-a-Lens Feature Friday #67

Fri Aug 22, 2014, 12:00 AM by Astrikos:iconastrikos:

The Inspired #141

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 22, 2014, 7:33 AM
:earth:Welcome to The Inspired:earth:

The Inspired is a weekly feature of deviations from around Deviant Art.

The Inspired features a wide range of Traditional and Digital art styles, photography, & Artisan crafts.

All featured deviations do not contain mature content


Digital Works

Seven Angels: Ethelgyth by shizen1102Wild Fraliiz by AutumnSiegelViolet Dreams by CLB-RaveneyeSteampunk Pixie by KafinnisRed Summoned Dragon by Ron-faure


Traditional Works

Tenacity ACEO by De-Vagrant+destined blue+ by CalurTheLadyFalcon *Waiting for a miracle* by MT-ArtworkConquering Turmoil Collab by crazyruthie:Com:  A Beautiful Trap  by Linelana



Colorado 1 by JCCJ756Blur dreams by Anastasia-RiLlandudno Pier 2 by friartuck40Sunny Feeling by ferrohancUntitled by m-gosia


Artisan Crafts

Code Geass: Battle Damaged Zero Leather Helmet by Epic-LeatherHandmade Poseable Arctic Dragon by KaypeaCreationsTootsie Pop Prop by sugarbuzzstudioMacaron keychains by TheDarkLittleBunnYRabbit Brooch and hair clip by TheHeartofJapan


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A big thank you to the artists who keep delighting us with their works.

A couple of weeks ago, my tripod mysteriously turned into a bipod :O.  I'd been using a Manfrotto 785B since I moved overseas 4 years ago, and it was a wonderful tripod. Both lightweight and fairly stable, I could just slip one of the legs into the side of my sling bag and go. I used to buy cheaper tripods, but i'd snap the legs on them every 6 months or so. Here's a photo of most of the tripods i went through in the course of 5 years or so (slightly longer than the manfrotto lasted):
tripod graveyard by The-Egg
One of the legs on the tripod had a habit of pulling out when I tried to extend it, but it always went right back on and didn't really feel loose. I had a long morning shoot during which the tripod worked just fine, but somewhere between the long walk home and the first time i tried to use it the next day, my tripod lost a leg. :faint: I replaced it with a Manfrotto MKC3-H01, which feels slightly heavier, has a different release mechanism and a weird dial on the head that allows you to tighten/loosen the head on the tripod itself.  It's a brilliant idea, but something I'm still getting used to.
Earlier this week i went out shooting with the new tripod about 4:30 in the morning.  It was fairly cold by Melbourne standards(it's winter in the southern hemisphere atm), so i was rugged up in a hoodie/jacket with gloves on. At one point I tried to get my camera off of the tripod mount, and I fumbled the camera. I did my best to try to catch it with gloves on, but my camera smashed into the pavement lens first. :noes: I had my Nikkor AF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G VR DX lens on at the time, which is my "main" lens (i have a Nikkor AF-S 55-200 f4-5.6G VR DX lens, but I rarely use it, because i generally like to shoot wide). My camera body was fine (I think Nikons might be invincible ;p), but the zoom on the lens was broken and there's a big chip on the outside frame of my circular polarizer filter.  The autofocus motor had given out on the lens about a year ago, and it's literally the cheapest of Nikon lenses, so it could've been much worse :). I replaced it a couple of days ago with the Nikkor AF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G VR DX II lens, which is a revision of the one i broke. The focus ring is set a bit further back, which makes it a lot easier to adjust my circular polarizer without messing up focus, and it has a button that lets you collapse the lens down almost entirely which makes it a bit more compact. I haven't really noticed any other differences between the 2 thus far, but i guess it's technically an upgrade nonetheless :lol:.

On another topic, I've had quite a few people ask me about my workflow/process for HDR photography, so I think I'm going to try to make a tutorial and/or some workshops soon. I made a .pdf tutorial several years ago, but i deleted it ages ago because it was horribly out of date (it was before I'd even started shooting in HDR :O.) I've been considering making a video tutorial once I get a headset, but I wasn't sure which method people would like. If you guys watch/read tutorials, what kind of format do you prefer(ie illustrated text or video)?

Dance With The Devil by AndersStangl
Gotland -Furilden by AndersStangl
Two Worlds Meet by AndersStangl
Truppach Cottage by TheScratcher
The Counter by TheScratcher
Shue of Shroom by TheScratcher
What goes there by gigi50
Summer at Bow lake by gigi50
Eastern tailed blue by gigi50
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