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

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Daily Lit Recognition for July 30th, 2014

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

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Suggested by: Edges-to-Everything

Featured by: UnspecifiedUnknown

Jack and the Beanstalkeveryone laughs and says
I sold my bread and butter for
a handful of beans that won't buy jack
but where they see dirt I see 
a ladder brushing its fingers against the atmosphere
twisting up and around itself to form
new growth so green and alive and yes
I may be on the bottom rung and true
I can't see the golden goose from here but
they say there are giants in the promised land
and I hope to God it's true because
I want to feel afraid when I get there.

Jack and the Beanstalk by ReubenDeFlash

Per the suggestor: tigerli-ly's comment says it well:

"...that is the perfect manifestation of not only hoping for the 
better things in life, but also actually taking a chance at bringing 
them into action! I love how you twisted the single-sided 
nature of the moral of the original story and turned it to show 
the positive side of ambition (not necessarily greed)..."

Featured by: AyeAye12

FinalityThe Man of Many Maladies
has flowers that fade to grey,
the dry rot,
the twenty-one grams
and he is already gone by morning.
An overpowering, a tyranny of mind
seeped through the porous skin-
it is there now,
it will be there.
The engine, custom made
by some sick saboteur, is slow now-
it makes gruesome churning sounds,
metal against metal, noxious sparks-
like an expiring titanium bird.
The ivory keys of a piano
play somewhere in a distant room.
There is at least meaning in that.
He hears it and tries to imagine himself walking,
just walking, nowhere in particular.
Where in that place there once was air,
rich and sharp colours,
movement and sound.
Where there were wall-mounted clocks
that could be easily ignored-
other people pass through there,
and will again.
But for him there is just the music,
the music, and the darkness.
Dead on arrival,
I expected to be-
dark magic
with a twist of tragedy,
a flick of the syringe
a plunge.
I lunge forward,
forlorn and trembling-
you can see my ed

Finality by ncaph

Three poems in one, the tale of drugs 
and a victim to them. Sharp as a syringe.


Suggested by: haphazardmelody

Featured by: chromeantennae

Eyes to TellGeordie knows what happened to the 'sno-cone man. Why he don't come round no more. Same time the Reverend's bright, handsome boy Dennis went to visit his relatives in the 'States.
He knows too what's buried 'neath the empty lot, next to the old brewery on Fairview Hill.
Thinking over the things he knows, Geordie gets a sly-puss smile on his face. ‘I got a roof need fixin 'fore hurricane season and me without a dime to spare.’
He’s been letting this one sit. Two months gone and sure bet the Reverend thinks his secret’s safe. But the Bishop’s coming for the dedication of the new church. Now’s the time to make his play.  
He makes sure his lettering on the note is just right. It takes a couple tries―he don't got the steadiest hand no more—then he seals it up good in a nice new envelope and goes to wait patiently by the door. It ain't quite morning bright but he knows the postman likes to beat the sun.
Sure enough not more'n a few m

Eyes to Tell by leyghan

Suggester says: This piece is fantastic for two reasons: 
an incredibly sinister atmosphere and perfect adherence 
to dialect. This flash fiction crafts such a story in so few words.

Suggested by: MagicalJoey

Featured by: TwilightPoetess

RebootI punched a kid twice in fifth grade for trying to see up Gemini Hetherington’s skirt when her twin brother was home sick. The Hetheringtons could get away with things like that if they ever lifted a fist in the first place, but for a Holthausen it was like a criminal offense, and all of the better-neighborhood parents gasped at the news and wondered what went wrong in my development. I sat in the car while the principal spoke to my dad about it. Through the window I heard him warn that I would no sooner be punching Walt Burtons in elementary than pulling a knife on a man for his wallet in adulthood, and that immediate correction was necessary unless he wanted me to wind up in jail with the rest of the scum of Airedale.
While my dad tried to calm the principal down, Gemini Hetherington tiptoed up to the window when her nanny was distracted. At first she signed ‘thank you’ to me through the window.  She breathed on the glass and drew a heart on the foggy circle. T

Reboot by Moonlightauthor

This short story introduces a new and intriguing world, 
and carries some hefty morals with it. 
Also, the opening line is great.

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Skin by SimplySilent

The Unloved Ones - A feature

Tue Jul 29, 2014, 4:15 AM
I noticed I don't make features so often lately. This time I'll show you the works of some 'not popular' artists on dA: artists who have not more than 100k views and deserve more love. 
Hope you'll enjoy the journey. :)

AC fanpic for my friend by narrator366
8 by narrator366 Ff14 fanart by narrator366

high tension by Aldariia
KakaIru by Aldariia KakaYama by Aldariia 
by Aldariia 

Nap in the forest by Lumannn
Rahim#2 by Lumannn Rahim#3 by Lumannn
by Lumannn 

Bird by Pheberoni
cold shoulders by Pheberoni A/T by Pheberoni

Targaryen by aprilis420
confused by aprilis420 supernatural by aprilis420

Bopia by SashaGreen
ihiohiu by SashaGreen poiuo by SashaGreen

Lightning has returned by david-sladek
Sketch Session Day 8-9 zombie graffiti by david-sladek Sketch Session Day 4 by david-sladek
Luna Lovegood by FourCG
Clich... by FourCG Head by FourCG

Acqua  by angelavianello
Fifth Element (2010) by angelavianello Little Mermaid (2011) by angelavianello

Spotlight Vol. 103

People and Portraits

Huge congratulations are extended to Reaper-X who has just published his very own first book featuring his Street Photography. It's called 'Nouns (of the Person and Place variety) and can be purchased from here or from here (for Australians!) Check out the 15 page preview here to see exactly what the book involves and some of Oslo's excellent captures. Well done Reaper-X!


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Project Educate News

We had a good handful of interesting entries to the Classic Captures Portraiture Contest which was designed to encourage people to explore one of the sub-galleries of the People and Portraits Photography gallery here on DeviantART. The idea was to use some of the tips you learned during the Project Educate week to capture a classic portrait. The theme had to follow the idea of Classic Portraiture which can be defined as follows...
"Photographs of people in traditional pose are often formal, refined and restrained in style while a plain and simple background is a popular feature for a Classic Portrait."

We had some great entries which can be found here and without further ado - here are the results!

1st Place

Tom's Urban Adventure by Pierre-Lagarde
By Pierre-Lagarde
Winning: 6 month sub + 100 points

2nd Place

rebloom by kerrybush
By kerrybush
Winning: 3 month sub + 50 points


Journal Entry: Tue Jul 29, 2014, 4:20 AM
Believe by IMustBeDead 

Marry Me by mirabiliaimages WoW: Death Knight Lureidys by Altana Vampire nymph by bloodspit 

.: A c h e r o n t i A :. by J-u-d-a-s See no Evil by zummerfish Karme goddess-2 by JablonskiPiotr 

 Angelarium: hope by Indiron "Get entangled" by Ryohei-Hase Vampire by Sallow 

Your nightmare.... come to life !! by CrisestepArt Medusa by RobShields Contamination by VixSky 

Undead King by TatarskiSkandal 

Poison Ivy by Manink 454u by jarrod343 The Story of My Hopes II by borda 

Suicide by Star by Winter-Simbelmyne Blind Love by FlexDreams Queen Of All by Forjani 

Agony by maiarcita EDEN II by Carlos-Quevedo The wings of Maleficent by GinebraCamelot 

Devil Inquisitor by mingrutu 

Gothic Angel by SweediesArt Witchcraft by FurorArt Joan by megan7 

'' We were born to die '' by cindy-drawings Coral Demon by davepalumbo Meliai by tubyx 
She, who weaves nightmares by sashulka _silent tears of a woman_ by NanFe Lonely Moon by LeslieAnnODell 

Endless kiss by oione 

Ghost council of Orzhova by velinov Another Fallen Angel by AndyFairhurst Hateful Draft by jameswolf 

Melancholy by VanilleNoire La redemption des renegades by CyrilBarreaux Red bride by DZIU09 

Dandelion by armene From the Shadows by NakedInvention red tone by sparkbearer 

Slowly by monislawa Ashes by Anna-Mystic The sleeping beauty by MOTOM-MOandTOM 

The Piano Lesson by Exphrasis 

Introducing a new feature series featuring sweet things every two weeks! 



Amigurumi Bat 1 by MevvSan Darth Vader amigurumi doll by pirateluv Wee Little Snail Amigurumi by Spudsstitches Night Fury Amigurumi by kamidake Amigurumi Minion by Mirtha Amigurumis by MirthaAmigurumis End of Carrot Amigurumi by Fuugis Amigurumi Duck by pixie--stick Rudolph Reindeer Amigurumi by cuteamigurumi Mini R2D2 amigurumi by MiaHandcrafter Merida, from Brave - Crochet Amigurumi Doll by CyanRoseCreations Kon amigurumi doll by amigurumi Cockatiel amigurumi by Soggy-Wolfie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Handmade Amigurumi by amigurumi4u Flying Pig Amigurumi Ornament by AAMurray Amigurumi Octopus by Hello-Pebbles Wolverine Amigurumi by fleetingdawn  Amigurumi Jedi by missdolkapots Tiger Amigurumi by cuteamigurumi Amigurumi talk by MagicalBunnies Rabbit Amigurumi by cuteamigurumi Carrot Bunny Amigurumi by adorablykawaii Leon Amigurumi by CarolBarajas Amigurumi crochet pattern-Rose by jennyandteddy Rhinestone Tiger Amigurumi by cuteamigurumi Amigurumi Pikachu by joibear Amigurumi Kitty Cat bon bons by amigurumikingdom Fennekin Amigurumi by SailorMiniMuffin Penguin Amigurumi by EssHaych Sheep Amigurumi by cuteamigurumi Stitch Amigurumi by pirateluv Mini Rainbow Unicorn Amigurumi by altearithe Kulla Amigurumi by ChezMichelle amigurumi giraffe by TheArtisansNook milotic amigurumi by TheArtisansNook Death and Gor Bunnies by SparklyStash krissi001 crOCtopus by SparklyStash

July 27.2014. Interview 27.

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 29, 2014, 1:41 PM

Hello !

Dear friends and watchers, today interview with Benbella-Marzahan
from Malaysia, at :dalogo: : 3 years

The Black Room by Benbella-Marzahan
Look, it's me!

:bulletblue: 1 Which type of art are You creating ?
Benbella-Marzahan - I cant say I creating any new art.
I usually do portrait, scenery and sometimes mecha.
It's not a new type of art, just a regular & daily artist do.

Rose Byrne by Benbella-MarzahanTawakal by Benbella-Marzahan

:bulletblue: 2 Why this kind of art ?
Benbella-Marzahan - I just love it, I love to see it.
It's what i'm willing to do even I don't get any benefit
(except good experience) from it.

The Jeagers by Benbella-MarzahanMech painting wip by Benbella-Marzahan

:bulletblue: 3 When did You started create Your art?
Benbella-Marzahan - I would answer as.. that I started doing drawing & painting
when I was a child but being serious in secondary school.

Alip by Benbella-MarzahanMunirah by Benbella-Marzahan

:bulletblue: 4 What kind of art do You like to watch the most?
Benbella-Marzahan - Sci-fi, fantasy.. they're great to watch as it tells the artist amazing imaginary.

girl with the blue umbrella by Benbella-Marzahan

:bulletblue: 5 What is Your inspiration?
Benbella-Marzahan - My father and I miss Him too.

Mick Pearce by Benbella-MarzahanNadia by Benbella-Marzahan

Next DD sugested by Me today :

I'm neither man nor beast... (Dexter Fanart) by PSK-Photo

 Hello there!
This is nº 30 of my photography feature project called FeatureFriday (or FF). 
Each week I will be faving photos that I see and show them to you every friday.
I hope you enjoy this feature as much as I enjoyed discovering these works! :aww:

Colours of Fall by RoniLeppanen
runway by all17 We all live in a beauitful world by CathyDong
.: Tagus :. by Zugo
Storm by benjoin Little bird by Antrisolja
Poppies by thrumyeye
Captured by Dax2610 *** by afamjaowy
From the Sun to Betelgeuse (Endless Book) by dinabelenko
Where The Sun Goes Down by asfolk white.. by humannotdancer
Beneath The Stars We Dance by spatarozliev
Tricia by michellis13 Bitter Heart by kkarll
Dancing with the summer stars by DianaGrigore
Bibliophile by TheFoxAndTheRaven Autumn morning by Aphantopus
The Sound of Melting Snow by DeingeL
6 by odpium Hush by mirazu
Trawy. by shadddow
Pearls by EliseEnchanted still trying... by m-lucia
Independence Day by KrisVlad look forward by vularia

heart bullet by Reverrii Feel free to comment below or send me a note 
with photos you'd like me to see and feature! 

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Challenge Fun #13 Winner!

Tue Jul 29, 2014, 9:24 AM by 3wyl:icon3wyl:


We hosted our thirteenth weekly Challenge Fun in the Deviants Forum this past week for the chance to win a 3 Month Premium Membership or the equivalent in :points:!

The challenge was to create a poem inspired by 'This Is Just To Say' by William Carlos Williams. There were so, so many brilliant entries from so many people that I'd like to mention these people and their poems first. They deserve a special mention for putting a lot of effort into this challenge! :clap:

In no particular order:

I have cried tears of
that were painful in my
morbid bliss.

and which
you were probably
attempting to prevent
from coming.

Forgive me
they were so painful
so graceful
and so pleasing.


I have written my childhood on paper
exploring the beauty of places
that were nothing close to lovely:
city slums, five tree forests, broken homes

and which
you were probably
accustomed to believing there was nothing
in such disappointing places

Forgive me
they were hiding gems under asphalt
so a child would see life in-between the cracks
and so she’d say, “they were there.”


I have lived
dreamers' dreams
that were vivid -
nearly reality

And which
you were probably
at inception

Forgive me
they were necessary
so essential
and so insubstantial


I have stolen
the socks
that were in
the dryer

and which
you were probably
to wear tomorrow

Forgive me
they were delicious
so fluffy
and so warm

--The Laundry Gnome


I have tried
to think of words
that were coherent enough
for this poem

and which
you were probably
thinking as you read
"hmm..good try"

Forgive me
they were just words
so random of words
and so pointless...but hey, I tried any way.


I have flushed your poor goldfish
right down the toilet,
that were most likely belly up
for at least a good long month.

and which
you were probably
wondering whether you should check on dear Chippy and Golly
after being gone on that trip for what seemed like forever

Forgive me
they were smelly and rotten
so obvious that no one had fed them
and so obvious that they were dead.


I have torn out
the stitches
that were binding
my mind

and which
you were probably
were the cure

Forgive me
they were pulling
so scratchy
and so fragile


I have dreamt of a life as a mother,
Raising the three demigods
that were distracting me from this madness you call society,
all ensnaring me with their intangible, unending loyalty.

And which
you were probably
Wondering, "Where has she gone? She's not out for days!"
I wallow fitfully in the moment, deep in slumber, dreaming away.

Forgive me
They were all that I've loved for the past 2 years
So very welcoming
And so viciously possessive.


I have reached for the moon and touched it
held the fury of suns in my palms
that were bruised and scarred and blistered
I have lost and I've fought and I've won.

And which
you were probably
dying to see, but I hid in the sock by your bed.
My mind wanders and trails empty crossroads

Forgive me.

They were better but I won instead.

so and so .


I have forty-three
that were all

and which
you were probably
how it came to be

Forgive me
they were eaten
so fast
and so free.


I have known
the silhouettes
that were born in
loving duets

And which
You were probably
I'd forget

Forgive me
They were temperate
So summery
and so delicate

After some epic responses, the winner is... sheep1215 for their story:

I have lived though a summer made
Of lead paint; humid hours
That were salted with sweat and fatal
To taste, days that stained my hands and never wiped clean.

And which
You were probably
Occupying with your own painted beaches,
Your tan-dyed skin, non-toxic and bright; but my days—

Forgive me
They were like tainted building blocks, that left me
So tediously stacked
And so easily ruined.

Congratulations sheep1215! :clap:

Participate in this week's challenge hosted by diphylla here! If you're more of a visual artist, then check out diphylla's Muro Challenge in the DrawPLZ Forum! :eager:

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