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

Vote! (31,784 votes) 459 comments
59,210 Deviants Online
After several years of being on this site, I've noticed several troubling trends with the comic and literature creators on here. The points brought up here are mostly comic related, but are applicable to written works as well. Contains mild profanity.

  • For beginners, no art program or drawing tablet is automatically going to make you a better artist. Think of them as tools, rather than tickets. Like learning any skill, it takes patience, persistence and dedication through any medium. Do not be discouraged by another artist's skill or age.
  • Don't worry about your comic's artwork unless you are actually trying to sell your work. I've seen works where the creator was obviously artistically talented, but the story was terrible. The story should come first.
  • Do not go for extreme detail if you cannot handle it. In the worst case scenario, you'd be stressing yourself out and will never be able to finish the comic. 
  • Don't constantly redraw older pages of your comic. 
  • Try to avoid constantly drawing eye close-ups to convey emotion. 
  • Don't copy and paste panels. It makes the characters look stiff.
  • Don't be afraid to experiment. It's going to look shitty, but that't how you learn.
  • Watermark your work.
  • If you want people to read your comic, and this goes for literature works as well; your comic pages need to be in one place. Set aside a folder in your gallery or a page on your website to act as an archive. Nothing is more frustrating than having to look through someone's gallery or blog archive for all parts of a work.
  • In the description add links to the first page or cover, the beginning of a chapter, the previous page, and the next page. Deviantart's automatic feature does not always work.
Distributing your work.
  • If you are going to sell your work, make sure that you have an audience for it before spending any money. 
  • If you want recognition for your work, you need to advertise. Instead of whining on your journals or blogs about how no one appreciates your work, get off of your ass and do something about it. Submit your work to as many groups as you can. Advertise.
  • If you suddenly cancel your series after asking your readers to purchase every copy, your audience is going to feel screwed over for wasting money and they may be reluctant to purchase anything from you ever again.
Cliches aren't necessarily bad, when written with enough skill they can make for a good story.
  • Blue/white/gold/purple/angelic for the good/leader characters and red/black/bones/bat wings/buckets of blood for the bad/trouble making/'mysterious' characters. Or putting these characters in some sort of tragic/forbidden/dysfunctional relationship, whether it be as a couple, siblings or friends.
  • Obviously evil characters in general.
  • Flawless characters.
  • Boring one-dimensional antagonists.
  • Having a character automatically be better at fighting/magic/whatever than characters that have had training.
  • Glowing eyes. Glowing markings around the eyes.
  • The hero is banished and has to return to fight/defeat the antagonist or help the people who banished them.
  • A story that begins with a prologue, usually involving some evil god/race/group fighting a good god/race/group. The good god defeats the evil god blah blah, peace and happiness but now centuries/ages later the EVIL threatens to return/challenge their power/get revenge.
  • The main character was secretly this race/belonged to this group.
  • Prophecies
  • Useful powers that are never used again for some inexplicable reason.
  • Powers that don't follow their own established rules. Especially if wielded by the protagonist.

  • Know how your story is going to end. Plan ahead.
  • Be wary of plot holes.
  • Show, don't tell. Don't show and tell.
  • Don't be rude to your readers.
Be sure to comment if you have any questions or notice any grammatical errors. (I'm sure that there's plenty.)

Macro Spotlight Vol. 124

Sun Jul 13, 2014, 8:37 AM by MarcosRodriguez:iconmarcosrodriguez:

Senior Selections #7

Mon Jul 14, 2014, 2:01 AM

Senior Selections #7

Welcome back to SeniorSelections with its seventh week of selections featured by Senior Members! 
Please show your support by :+favlove:'ing this news article. Please also comment and :+fav:  on our wonderful features!

Please note: we are still accepting admins to join our team for further information refer to this journal, and we take feature suggestions from the community just send us or a team admin a note!

Thank you for supporting this group and project from the SeniorSelections team! 


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coding by SimplySilent

ProjectPorkchop Vol349

Sun Jul 13, 2014, 4:05 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.


Ludovic is a photographer from France who has a passion for the outdoors. In his artist bio he states " I love spending time in nature, walking through the valleys and mountains to find the best light to bring the most beautiful images." He captures some rare and beautiful landscapes and uses light and shadow to create interesting and dynamic shapes. Be sure to visit his wonderful gallery today!

Orange by ludovicjametCircle of stars by ludovicjamet
Jungle shy bird by ludovicjametAutumn Lights by ludovicjamet

Suggested by ihamo 
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Nikolai is a hobbyist photographer from Poland. His photos capture some of the most beautiful landscapes in the polish countryside and you cant help but be in awe of them! Nikolai is a multi-faceted, multi-talented artist and his gallery also includes some vector and photo-manipulation work as well. He also offers some custom wallpapers, so if you are a car enthusiast, you may want to check his gallery out!

Snow time by MGawronski
Bordalsgjelet by MGawronskiCome Sail Away by MGawronskiEternal Cold by MGawronski

Suggested by ihamo 
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Alyssa is a hobbyist digital artist from the United States. She enjoys animals and creates some very interesting and imaginative hybrid characters. Alyssa is only 17 years old, but already shows great promise as an artist! She has a good understanding of animal anatomy and her figures look very natural. If you enjoy fantasy, you are sure to enjoy her fascinating body of work!

Delusion by Moonsoul333Won't Take This by Moonsoul333
Cry by Moonsoul333Mango by Moonsoul333

Suggested by Snowlynx46 
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Tinyyang is a hobbyist digital artist from China and a has been a member of DA for a little over two months. If you are a lover of fan art, especially Tolkien inspired works, then you will surely enjoy her paintings! She is really skilled with using light sources to create drama and mood and her compositions are nicely arranged with interesting angles and viewpoints. Be sure to visit her profile and welcome this talented new artist to the DA community!

Thranduil and Elrond by tinyyangFight for the Arkenstone by tinyyang
Elsa and jack by tinyyangLoki by tinyyang

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Oksana is a varied professional artist. Her favorite themes to paint are landscapes, still lives, children and animals. Her charming works are lovely and bright and she uses a lot of warm colors in her palette. Besides painting, Oksana enjoys other media including photography, needle felting and sculpture. This diverse artist has a lot to offer, so be sure to take a look at her collection!

Mountain poppies at sunrise by Oksana007Wise tree by Oksana007
The sunken sunset by Oksana007Tranquil torrent in the mountains by Oksana007

Suggested by Vampire-Kitties 
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If you enjoyed this article please be sure to :+fav: it, as this helps these artists get even more exposure.

If you would like to suggest someone for a future ProjectPorkchop article please send a note to our group:


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What A Wonderful... Orb !

Mon Jul 14, 2014, 1:28 AM

Watchers Feature #3

Sun Jul 13, 2014, 11:40 AM

Waves. by Diannnaa :icondiannnaa:
Cucpcake! by The-Scribbly-Fairy :iconthe-scribbly-fairy:
Afterlife Astronaut“There is no God.”
“Well, you don’t know that for sure-“
“Bernard, as an AI connected to every philo-science document, every parabyte of knowledge in the Human Empire, every logic string going back to the days of the Past Colonists... I can assure you, there is no God. It has been proven.”
Bernard sighed. His helmet visor fogged up then disappeared.
“I’m not going to bother arguing with you. Soon that golden gate is going to open, and I will walk into the Kingdom of Heaven. That should be enough proof.”
The gate in question was a smooth sphere of gold, slowly rotating on an equally dull pedestal. Crystal red spires pointed at specific points on the globe.
“You just don’t want to argue with me because you are in fear of how wrong you are. And how right a computer can be.”
Jude deserved to be muted, but sass like that always kept her voice a ubiquitous presence in Bernard’s helmet. A blue flash in the top
Ripley by LazyJenn :iconlazyjenn:
:iconsofieelisah: In my head they are fighting by SofieElisaH
:iconblackshadow6202: Gargouille by BlackShadow6202
 just another dA muro trial by 6alcor-eldioan9 :icon6alcor-eldioan9:
:iconslender-stee: Slender Stee by Slender-Stee
Kid Flash by WhiteMockingjay99 :iconwhitemockingjay99:
Leah by ninilli :iconninilli:
:iconalsalegend:  If You're Reading ThisLooks like I got a one way ticket after all
I know I promised to you that I’d never fall
I’m sorry that I couldn’t come home again
Hopefully this goes some way to ease the pain
If all is well they’ll give you this in a week or two
Along with all my things that now belong to you
Someone told me that 60,000 are already gone
Along the muddy fields that they call the Somme
I know you’re alone, remembering what we used to do.
When war was just a game we used to play as kids.
I’m up here with God and we’re both watching over you.
So shut out the tears underneath your tight eyelids.
All the storms you’ve chased about to rain down over you.
They’ve taken enough; don’t let them take what you would miss.
Stand up and be strong, let them know their time is through
That’s what I want you to do, if you’re reading this.
It will all be over for Christmas, you know.
Isn’t that how the story used to go?
I am fed up of the fig
Curious Cat by British-Prophetess :iconbritish-prophetess:
:iconblackpawkitty: Emotional Abuse by BlackpawKitty
Warm's in - Rain's out by StardustYo :iconstardustyo:
Pink Gandalf by Lynnae-Madison :iconlynnae-madison:
:icontheiris3: Word Collage by TheIRIS3
:iconhalcyonshores: abstract texture 2 by halcyonshores
Romano? by StarrySkyKnight :iconstarryskyknight:
:iconreikius: A TU LADO by REIKIUS
Dare: Peacock by 13th-ZodiaK :icon13th-zodiak:
:iconeremitik: Surf by Eremitik 
L'amour est tellement. by ZephyrMaximum :iconzephyrmaximum:
:icontomkilbane: Wish you were here by TomKilbane
:iconsumankrk: Old road by sumankrk
:icondenisesilver: eyes are watching you by denisesilver
Mah-Jong     Sometimes my father would get temporary jobs decorating old lady’s houses within the area of our small harbour side town. He would come home speckled and cheerfully display his work jeans to me; “the sign of a hard day’s work”. He felt proud of the various shades of magnolia that repurposed what once was blue. At times like this, when I got home from school the house would be empty. At first I was delighted to have space for myself, I played Spice Girls loudly on my white cassette player or watched Pokémon on T.V. Eventually the novelty wore off, and when I’d come home to find Dad gone for work I would go truffling, snout in my parents papers to find secrets.
     When I was ten I discovered the Mah-jong set. It lay in a small black briefcase-like box, unremarkable but it resembled other boxes in which I’d been able to paw through my mother’s old broken necklaces and pinless broaches so naturally I opened
 Mid-Summers' Moon by xxXBloodroseXx :iconxxxbloodrosexx:
:iconnausealation: this is the only thing that matters by Nausealation
Karkat by bittersweet-Grace :iconbittersweet-grace:
:iconcrazyshruti: Untitled by crazyShruti

Quietude by Welanga :iconwelanga:
A Demon Chef's Pride by Naavidya :iconnaavidya:

Feature 44

Mon Jul 14, 2014, 4:37 AM

"I think that I shall never see

 a billboard lovely as a tree.

Rainbow and Billboard by Buffy-Dragonslayer
billboard town by v4vile

Irony by splendidofsun

Movies Billboards by kombizz

Dencity by burningmonk

1 May, Istanbul by Se-perde

Tokyo 929 by shiodome

Harajuku train station by Pajunen

billboard by tomaszjakubowski

Urban Tree by dcamacho

Behind the Billboard by DiLynnRing

New York City by stareater

Time Square by fallingslowly47

Perhaps, unless the billboards fall,

billboard. by IRiseWithMyRedHair

A Stairway To Oblivion by aegiandyad

billboard hosepipe by SpanishJohnny

Buldozah by indajazz

I'll never see a tree at all."

Urban Camping by 5isalive

-- Rhyme by Ogden Nash

AWW X / 2014

Sun Jul 13, 2014, 5:50 PM
Who are Angel without Wings?

That are those fellow deviants:

who more or less regularly feature other deviants
who always willingly give tips, hints, helpful comments
who answer at least a fair amount of the comments they get
who give kind and or uplifting words where they see its needed
who feature and pimp projects and deviants who need support/help
who take the time to suggest DD's on a more or less regular base
who take the time to suggest seniority every now and then
who give fair and helpful critiques (whether official or not)
or what else helpful, kind, supporting they might do

You can read all about it HERE 

FREE :: Pink Bows Divider by Elliren

Every fortnight 3 deviants will be awarded with a pair of wings and get featured by me and my fellow Gangstas of Love (in alphabetical order):

On hiatus for the time being: Tricia-Danby

Wanted: New Gangstas of Love! 
If you'd like to :iconlovesqueeplz:spread the joy :iconlovesqueeplz:of featuring new Angels Without Wings apply now! It’s a simple task that you need to do once every 2 weeks. Journal content is given to you, complete. Just choose 3 deviations from each of the new Angels galleries to add to the journal, upload it to your own account, and notify the new Angels of their feature. Simply note Nameda to apply.

FREE :: Pink Bows Divider by Elliren

Now without further delay, on to the 4 brand new angels:
:iconsomeconfettiplz: Congratulations everyone! :iconsomeconfettiplz:

It's a delight to award you with the wings you so deserve! 

Remember you now can display the AWW stamp on your frontpage, in your journal or ID :D (Big Grin)

Angel without Wings Award by Nameda


Nominated by 

Marika has to be unique in the whole of dA, and perhaps anywhere! She spends her own money and time on free commissions for her watchers, and on members of the group SantaDoesExist, for which she is the driving force in promoting the group, bringing in new members and keeping it a supergroup. She also does monthly crafting material giveaways for deviants who don't have the money to get those materials themselves. These sets are not cheap, and she ships them worldwide to the winners. She loves getting creativity to blossom and spread, and has never been seen to say no to anyone who asks for help. A lot of artists like to keep their secrets close to themselves, but Marika is kindness and generosity embodied! Marika takes the money she gets from her own commissions and recycles it back to other members here on dA. She usually has thousands of messages in her notification centre, but answers them all. She couldn't be more down to earth, friendly and approachable! Many deviants have seen their own skills improve so much because of Marika's generous tips and kind assistance. She is deeply loved by all of her watchers for the lavish, kind and loving attention she gives to every single person.

Emeralds Guardian II - handsculpted Dragoncollar by Ganjamira
Gift of the Owls - handmade Featherquill by Ganjamira Morning Routine by Ganjamira

FREE :: Pink Bows Divider by Elliren

Angel without Wings Award by Nameda


Nominated by 

Schnitzelyne is an incredibly friendly and helpful person who answers all of her messages in the kindest possible manner. She puts a huge amount of effort into finding under-appreciated artists, and featuring and exposing other's artwork, that it was time she got the spot-light turned on her and her own good deeds for a change. She makes a lot of features, usually every second day, and often tries to find unknown deviants to support, as well as those whose art deserves more attention. Her features are a pure art form in themselves with each deviation carefully placed to showcase it to its best advantage, along with those around it. Schnitzelyne suggests Daily Deviations when she can as well. She is a truly beautiful person, replying to almost all the comments she gets, and writes critiques from time to time, even offering on her profile page that she will write critiques on request. Schnitzelyne is also a volunteer with ProjectEducate, as well as admin of another 6 groups. If anyone is truly generous and giving of heart, Schnitzelyne is definitely that person.

98 by Schnitzelyne Face to Face by Schnitzelyne
Summer Tales by Schnitzelyne

FREE :: Pink Bows Divider by Elliren

Angel without Wings Award by Nameda


Nominated by MayEbony 

Dear Mel is one of the most kind and supportive friends you could ever wish to have. I know that he's been there for me, and others, when they've been down or worried. He has such a supportive attitude that gives you hope for the future but, more importantly, strength for what you are going through right now. I know that Mel is the most amazing person in that, when he finds difficulties in life, he remains positive and kind and never runs anyone down. Mel also has a really generous heart in the comments and replies that he gives - his words are always so very genuine, supportive and kind. And as if that wasn't enough, he also gifts many of his photos to friends as gifts or birthday presents, and shares his photographic techniques freely in answer to any questions. Mel truly is an Angel Without Wings and my life is all the richer for his friendship.

Believe by Arte-de-Junqueiro
Small Town Street by Arte-de-Junqueiro Early one morning by Arte-de-Junqueiro

FREE :: Pink Bows Divider by Elliren

Angel without Wings Award by Nameda


Nominated by MayEbony

Dear Brooke is a Volunteer♥ in the artisan crafts area, and is unbelievably friendly, helpful and kind. She also has a bright and sunny personality which bubbles through so much in all of her interactions with others. Brooke is a rare and wonderful person in that she answers *all* of her messages, which is no mean task. As an admin with 8 groups, including ProjectEducate, and the heavy workload involved in receiving DD suggestions, she gets more messages than many could cope with! Even with all of this, and a 'real life' too, she creates the most beautiful and inspiring crafts and art works of her own. She's one very popular lady, and deservedly so! Brooke creates regular beautiful and thoughtful features to promote all facets of Hand Craft, and the artisans who create them. She is so cheery and encouraging towards everyone and their talents - both experienced artisans, and new. Nobody could ask for a better CV or more loving friend than sweet Brooke. She has even crocheted some friends' avatars as 3D amigurumis and gifted them. That's the generous, thoughtful, kind and loving Angel that she is!

Patriotic Swirl Cookies by Brookette Panda Family by Brookette
Midnight in the Garden by Brookette

FREE :: Pink Bows Divider by Elliren

Angel without Wings Award by Nameda

:iconwingsplz: Wanted – Nominations for new Angels Without Wings :iconwingsplz:

If you know any deserving deviants who meet the criteria at the top of this journal, please tell us! We are always looking for new Angels to award.

Simply Note Nameda Dieffi or MayEbony with ‘AWW Suggestion’ as the subject, along with at least 5 sentences telling us why the deviant deserves to earn their Wings. Please, one suggestion per Note only!

If you do suggest, please have a look to make sure the nominees good deeds are visible for everyone visiting their pages! Everyone needs to clearly see why the person deserves their Award.