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

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Manip Academy

Tue Jul 22, 2014, 11:08 AM by Aeirmid:iconaeirmid:


Introducing a new project!

Manip Academy (thanks, cristii, for inspiration for the name) is a new photomanipulation project inspired by projecteducate. We all love to learn, and we learn best from one another. Here's our chance to share what we know.

Manip Academy is an education initiative designed to spread the knowledge and the love. It is a collaboration between CRPhotomanipulation and we-HEART-photomanip. We will share tips and tricks for photomanipulation success. It is difficult to write tutorials, but anyone can write a simple tip or describe how they achieved a specific effect.

This project will feature two weekly articles written by the community every week, on Mondays and Thursdays. This will be an ongoing project within our community, and we hope that many people will take advantage of the chance to sign up to submit one blog or even just a few sentences to help the community.

How you can help

Everyone is encouraged to get involved with sharing knowledge. It would be great if you could write a journal over at CRPhotomanipulation and/or at we-HEART-photomanip, but it's fine just to send us a tip; we'll write it up for you. The idea is not to have people writing tutorials all the time, but rather to share different little tips and tricks that help along the way. It can be something as simple as showing how a candle would reflect light on the wall, or it can be something more difficult like using a scatter brush or creating a glow effect. You could tell a big secret, or you could just tell a little tip. You can even just say how you did one particular effect in one of your photomanipulations.

Current calendar

Here are the currently reserved spaces. To reserve a space, you can just leave a comment with the date and topic of your choice. We'll be happy to add you.

August 2014

4th - Carlos-Quevedo - Parallelism
7th - Cinnamoncandy - Creating softness in photomanipulation
11th - Iskander1989 - Using shadows to highlight reliefs
14th - LiliaOsipova - Perspective and blending
18th - LadyEvilArts - Blending modes
21st - peroline - How to change a fire's color so it fits the background
25th - Holding for Aegis-Strife 
28th - vacuumslayer - TBD

September 2014

1st - Aeirmid - Lighting with curves adjustments
4th - StarsColdNight - TBD
8th - Wesley-Souza - TBD
11th - Emerald-Depths - TBD
15th - nikkidoodlesx3 - TBD
18th - Lhianne - TBD
22nd - MarcelaBolivar - How to create a pale, foggy atmosphere
25th - OPEN
29th - OPEN

Also, if you have something that you want to know that isn't listed here, please note CRPhotomanipulation and tell us what it is and who you think can explain it, and we'll do our best to get it for you. :heart:

Make sure you are watching :iconcrphotomanipulation: and :iconwe-heart-photomanip:!! That's where the magic will be happening.

We are excited about this project and hope that you will be, too. :heart:


AbbeyMarie | Aeirmid | Emerald-Depths

Here, have some cute:

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(-404) Deviant Found, vol. 47

Tue Jul 22, 2014, 1:16 AM
61 watchers
Ghost in the Shell-Illusionary Birds by WilliWeissfuss
Sterntaler by WilliWeissfussUngolianth by WilliWeissfussTom Bombadil by WilliWeissfuss

9 watchers
Tourisme medieval by Drakarmine
Cirque Amer by DrakarmineBivouac by DrakarmineExtra Lucide by Drakarmine

305 watchers
Howl's Moving Castle by eamanee
I've seen your soul by eamaneeI will take what is mine with fire and blood. by eamaneeDoes it almost feel like nothing changed at all? by eamanee

1 watcher
Romanian Mouse by krutsche
Meg by krutscheLana Del Rey by krutscheDan With Violin by krutsche

40 watchers
Self Portrait by YetiSalad
O Valentine by YetiSaladOwl2 by YetiSaladJosef by YetiSalad

Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean these artists are underappreciated?
It means that for what they have in their galleries, they deserve much more attention. This doesn't mean they are generally underappreciated, but on dA - yes.

Where do you find all these people?
Often they're my watchers - I check out every user who adds me. Also, I'm a creepy stalker and look through other people's favourites. And group galleries.

Can I suggest a gallery for your feature?
Of course. Please send me a note with a link (not in a comment!). It may take a couple of posts before your suggestion is shown, though, I always have some (-404)'s drafted and waiting in

Nyomás alatt készül a gyémánt.

Erica világa c. film

Chasing the Knowledge by ShayolaOre To Watashi - Cover by ShayolaApple Black: Awakening by Shayola
Crack by MatevadasMischievous fairy girl by zomgmeisinsane
Piiink by BjsXBirthday dragon for Azz by Paty-wolf
I love lamp. by zomgmeisinsane

22 by zomgmeisinsaneBoo. by zomgmeisinsaneThe cannibals by bohemiannihil
Fashion illustrations by bohemiannihil
impulse by bohemiannihil
Bleeding Out by SheyenneARTSketch of the Monk by SheyenneARTMonk by SheyenneART
Chinese Warrior 2.0 by SheyenneART
Hellboy hoodie girl by bohemiannihilSilverflag by bohemiannihil
Red by CyclopBunny
Shoe box (close-up) by CyclopBunnyGet the fuck off my property! by Zerda-FoxIf you go down in the woods today, by Zerda-Fox
::the green of the forest:: by magierThe Witch of Halloween by magierNomad 2 by Xiiau
Green Light by Xiiau
Nomad 6 by XiiauFighter - Character sheet by Xiiau
14619Col by maxyvertMicro Sticker chibies by bejjaRoller Derby Masha by bejja
WoE: round 1 by AzarahelLirea by Ryltha
Amseth / Sketch by RylthaLirea's Mount / Skect by Ryltha
[Too alone] - Carry Me Servant by Ame-yWe should move on by TridentFreak
OPEN! Catsday Catfist Catploited by Kamikatamarigentle boy by kresbickyNip and tuck steps by kresbicky
Beef cattle goes to heaven by kresbicky
Determination by HunDrenusBlue Delirium by HunDrenus
WOE round 1 - Garek vs. Eilis by El-NiphrendilTeam Charger by El-NiphrendilCM - Alyx Riari by El-NiphrendilMain character sketches by El-NiphrendilArtTradeYuminari by MonaOkami
Savita concept by RayamiraGreetings by EeNii
Sdc16461 by pannka144Img 20140710 212749 by kardosniki
teriyakilazac001 page by kardosnikiVirageso 001 borito by kardosnikicomics page 003 by kardosniki
Green Night by Arveriaturacerun to the hills by marklaszlo666
bugman by marklaszlo666FUNGUSNAZIS (version 1) by marklaszlo666
Spider King fanart by marklaszlo666variant cover for Dark Age #5 by marklaszlo666
[Nata]Reflection by nata-bettiPCom:Orangenbluete by nata-bettiSunflower by sakura-chan6Somebody,find us by sakura-chan6Germany by sakura-chan6Roman Empire by sakura-chan6How to train your dragon by sakura-chan6
Wonderland by SilverGhostPhotowors
Endergirl versus Steve (part 2) by SilverGhostPhotoworsforest practice by KisTithenfor the dancing and the dreaming by KisTithenCome Fly With Me by KisTithen
The New Chief by KisTithentwice the tooth by KisTithen
A Million Mile From Home by KisTithenSomething Strong For Heart And Soul by KisTithenThe World Is A Dangerous Place Sir by KisTithen
I am no fool anymore by Ad1erNobody escapes by Ad1er
Chris Cornell by floratothartJacoby Shaddix by floratothart
Marilyn Manson by floratothart
Untitled by floratothartKurt Cobain by floratothartPhil Anselmo by floratothartVille Valo by floratothart
Hea by milky-senseiValentine message for Zenith by milky-senseiWIP Saman lady by milky-sensei
SA - DorothyBomeraang by I--Zoldalma--I
Contest entry - Calendar Man by I--Zoldalma--I
Contest entry - Silver Banshee by I--Zoldalma--I
'Amulet of the nigth elves' (for sale) by seralune'Sweet dreams' sterling silver pendant (for sale) by seralune
Little prince and the bunny by Szonja-kunAnimal planet by Szonja-kun
some ppl dont stay the same by spaceCreepersCommission Madelyn by spaceCreepers
Corona Borealis by rhaeyracommission: Silda by rhaeyraSA - winter love by rhaeyraPoint Commission for I-see-ghosts by BansheeDiTrieste
Art Trade with Solestrat by BansheeDiTriesteKitsune and shinto Inari by AleudeSoren Sheet by Aleude
Kitsune character sheet by AleudeLeague of Legends: Nami by Kytru
League of Legends: Sona by Kytru
League of Legends: Karma by Kytru
Fall Asleep by KytruGalanthus nivalis by AurorieJungle Fire by Aurorie
Under the bright moon by AurorieAustralian sunshine by AurorieRainy Days by Aurorie
Entchanted Pumpkins by Aurorie
Bouquet by AurorieNiawey and Shadak by EstfahanNkruma, the Amber guardian by EstfahanAndrogyne by Estfahan
The Silver Mage by Estfahan
Day2: Princess Mononoke by Azravaszswiggity swag by Azravaszthe cowardly lion by Azravasz
drift-colored ver.part1 by Azravaszskull with hydrangea by AzravaszAries skull by Dans-littleBrook
deer dance by Dans-littleBrookSociety by Dans-littleBrookfairy tale by Dans-littleBrook
kicsi betya'r by Dans-littleBrookladies by Dans-littleBrookhusza'rok by Dans-littleBrook
A. V. D. by srGittaUntitled by rembo78Untitled by rembo78
Morning by BoncALimited Edition by BoncAno parking by eperlekvartell me old tales by eperlekvar
tavimajom by cillermilleroh boy by cillermillerCOM: Oli Farkas by cillermiller
beach by cillermillerIm cool by cillermiller053 by cillermiller
I'M NOT CUTE by ReniTheDoggieGirlAlley by ReniTheDoggieGirlArale~ fan art by ReniTheDoggieGirlKuro kun with nekomimi by ReniTheDoggieGirl
Ginger and the flying umbrella - art trade by Ikine-chan

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Eating Disorder Awareness

Tue Jul 22, 2014, 2:45 PM
Welcome to an article about eating disorders, aimed at spreading awareness, advice, knowledge, and support into the community.

What is an eating disorder?

There are many known eating disorders in today's world; anorexia and bulimia are the most notorious ones. An eating disorder has to do with mental, emotional, and physical issues in regards to food and ones own body. There is no perfect description of what an eating disorder is, however, because every individual lives it in a different way. The only important distinction I can make is that an eating disorder in many ways cannot be controlled, it is an illness, and not a choice.

"Eating disorders are serious, potentially life-threatening conditions that affect a person’s emotional and physical health. They are not just a “fad” or a “phase.” People do not just “catch” an eating disorder for a period of time.  They are real, complex, and devastating conditions that can have serious consequences for health, productivity, and relationships. 
People struggling with an eating disorder need to seek professional help. The earlier a person with an eating disorder seeks treatment, the greater the likelihood of physical and emotional recovery." 

Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, and EDNOS are the main categories for separate instances of eating disorders. EDNOS is a particularly important category, because it covers many overlooked disorders such as:
  • Atypical anorexia nervosa (weight is not below normal)
  • Bulimia nervosa (with less frequent behaviors)
  • Binge-eating disorder (with less frequent occurrences)
  • Purging disorder (purging without binge eating)
  • Night eating syndrome (excessive nighttime food consumption)

How is an eating disorder diagnosed? And how do you treat or cure it?

Much like most illnesses, a diagnosis can be made by a doctor, however many are self-diagnosed. It's a misconception to think that if you're aware that you have a problem, you don't really have one. Someone suffering from anorexia does not have to be in denial about their eating habits and mental state, in order for them to "fit in" to the diagnosis. However, diagnosis has always been a controversial topic in regard to mental illnesses, because it's difficult sometimes to put a specific name to someone's burden, to try and fit people into cookie cutter molds, because that's not the way things should be, which is why there's been an increasing amount of different names for different types of eating disorders.

There is no "cure" for an eating disorder. Treatment involves psychotherapy and medication among other things. Treatment is most successful when it is started early, and when it is ongoing. Relapse is extremely high in cases of eating disorders because most of the time ongoing care and therapy is the only way to control the illness. Oftentimes eating disorders are overlooked and patients are simply treated with anti-depressants or other similar medications, however individuals suffering from an eating disorder should not simply be given drugs and expected to be cured, that's not how it works. It's no secret that eating disorders can have deadly consequences, the trauma your body is put through is lethal. In all honesty, the treatment for an eating disorder involves an extreme amount of will-power, self-actualization, and fight, from the person suffering from one. You need support, doctors, nutritionists, family, friends, but you also need to want to be better, which is sometimes the most challenging part, because your illness can become comforting, and being "treated" can become a nightmare.

A few statistics for you:

In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or an eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS).

Over one-half of teenage girls and nearly one-third of teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting, and taking laxatives.

The average American woman is 5’4” tall and weighs 165 pounds. The average Miss America winner is 5’7” and weighs 121 pounds.

Of American, elementary school girls who read magazines, 69% say that the pictures influence their concept of the ideal body shape. 47% say the pictures make them want to lose weight. (NED)

Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among adolescents.

40 – 60% of high school girls diet.

50% of girls between the ages of 13 and 15 believe they are overweight.

40% of 9 year old girls dieted.

Eating disorders research is very under-funded. The National Institute of Health allocates only 93 cents towards research funding for every person diagnosed with an eating disorder. In comparison, they give $88 for every person diagnosed with autism. This is painfully low. (Mirror Mirror)

Myths vs Reality

Myth: Only girls are affected by eating disorders.
Reality: Boys and men also suffer eating disorders, an estimated 10- 15% of sufferers are male. Gender is seen as one of the many causes for eating disorders, however it is not restrictive.

Myth: Eating Disorders are about wanting to be thin.
Reality: Eating disorders have a biological base and can occur in individuals that do not wish to be thinner than they are. Due to the fear of gaining weight that many eating disorder sufferers have, it is common for eating disorders to be mistaken for extreme dieting behavior.

Myth: People with bulimia always purge by vomiting.
Reality: Not all bulimics try to rid themselves of the calories they have consumed by vomiting. Purging can take the form of laxatives, diuretics, exercising, or fasting. Learn about dangerous methods of weight control. -

Myth: People cannot have more than one eating disorder.
Reality: Many people have more than one eating disorder. It is very common for someone to suffer with more than one eating disorder. That just proves that the eating behaviors are only the symptoms, not the problem. - (Mirror Mirror)

Picture above from NED.
Picture above from CNN.
I cannot go into much more detail without this article become too long to keep everyone's interest, however if you have any questions, please leave a comment and I'll be sure to get back to you!

Stay tuned as I'll be posting interviews as a follow up to this journal!


NED: www.nationaleatingdisorders.or…
Mirror Mirror:…


:pointr: promentory by Trevor Jones :pointl:

time to go adventuring by Turqmoose

they never said to grieve for dying starsi don't want to write about stars, but
that's all there seems to be:
nebulae drawn up like harp strings itching
to be plucked; echoes of light like calls for
encore; the kicked-off blankets at the
edges of the universe unraveling
at the seams like the nightmares are
finally winning
tell me a story about time, the way the
sunlight hits its mark and how the world
turns away -
how the distance deepens, deepens, the 
dark a gnawing glimpse, the taste of
tell me - weren't we seedlings,
star-built and scattered? weren't
the echoes more than dredges, less than
tidal waves, infantile monsoons
to be grasped and dragged behind
weren't we taught where we came from?
runaway irony (FFM 22)Twenty minutes after finishing the documentary on New Zealand, Nicole had a plan worked out. She wrote it all down in gel pen, an itemised list of all the things she needed; then she got to work.
It wasn’t easy to convince the man in Bunnings to sell her nails, but she put on her best innocent face, and told him it was for her father’s garden shed. It wasn’t easy to convince the neighbour to let her have the old fence palings, either; nor the logs that had been earmarked for a bonfire, but a few hearty fibs and her best “I just want to help my daddy” smile went a long way to convincing them.
Two weeks later, she had bruised hands, a lot of knowledge about how not to use a hammer, and what she hoped would pass for a half-decent raft. She packed herself a bag with some clothes and spare underwear, then packed another bag, this one larger and wheeled, with as much canned food as she could carry. Before she left, she remembered to grab the can op
Ophelia unrelentingI keep all the
even-numbered petals
underneath my tongue :
they're the ones
that say you
love me -
- love me not
in this madness,
in this suspended
state of grace :
I will soldier on,
my darling.
I will not allow
this willow branch
to surrender.

Bieszczady V by BloodyKissesLady

"You've done everything you can do. Save yourself! ...

Asabikeshiinh (Filter)Asabikeshiinh (Filter)
I wear the dream snare like a chain.
The willow hoop filled with spider thread,
sway loose as the aves feathers 
catch beneficence
and the spun yarn traps the fallen.
I tread subconsciousness 
like salmon swim
in the falls of Williamette.
And watch the net
take hold of chimera,
a phantasm of phenomena
as I greet the cousin of death
with a firm shake of the hand
and respectful grin.
But wisps of spirits tempestuous 
reverberate throughout the lace,
as the new day slowly begins to take shape.
Light returns to Earth as my eyes open.
Conceptions' theories last so long
before absoluteness' presence grabs hold.
I'd rather immerse myself in abstractions.
FFM 2014: The Selkie    He watched the waves and waited, every night, bringing only a blanket and the shuttered lantern with one side left open to light the way. And every night she came, stepping onto the shore and slipping out of her second skin, shivering and wet, her dark hair in dripping tangles about her shoulders. Still as lithe and moon-pale as the first day he’d seen her so many years before. Still as remote and unfathomable as the sea.
    He never asked questions, never tried to speak at first, just handed her the blanket and wrapped one arm around her as they made their way up the shore to the Lighthouse. Still dripping she would visit the children’s room, and watch them sleeping as the first blush of dawn touched the horizon. 
    He’d make her breakfast; pancakes were the favourite, and by the time the kids were ready to get up she would be herself again, loud and smiling and present, and the wildness o
It's NotIt's not the lipstick gloss
that makes a kiss
the warm pulse beating through
her lips.
It's not their size
nor shape
but the words they whisper,
It's not the color
nor the length
nor the glint
of her hair
that makes her special
it is her smile
in the falling rain
reflecting the joy
of yet another Spring,
It's not the time
she spent getting beautiful
that makes her so
but in fact
it is the hours
she was besides my bed
when I was sick
and in fact
it is the minutes
I could hear her breathe
in my embrace
AND in fact
it is the seconds
I saw her cry
(out of happiness)
Because she's beautiful.
It's not the clothes,
nor the jewellery,
nor the colored nails,
nor the drawn-in brows,
nor the words she says
to other people,
and neither it is
her past.
It is her mind
that entertains my poems,
it is her charm
that paints my cheeks
and averts my shy eyes from her
most briefly.
It is her soul,
that I love.

...if the worst happens, and only one of us survives, something of the other does, too."

misty forest by Itapao

alonestill the olympic lights.
a bitter almond breeze,
       soul-numbing & grounding.
and a band of thugs, and a woman waiting
in vain to catch a ride.
         further and further away.
none of this will ever be captured on film.
  you can erase the place but you can't
stamp out the stink
  and how it accretes and why do you remain
so sharply eagle-eyed uncomfortable sober. pushing for a space
between molecules where you feel you are not
into the sanitizing chill of an empty bridge and highway.
a fascinated child,
   your icy mittenprint on the kiosk window
now shattered but you know
                 there will be dahlias again
but by then
        you will have crossed the street and
dry heaved grotesque self
SplitI didn’t know what to do for her. Or to her. Or with her. She cried, a lot.  She thought I didn’t know, didn’t notice, or maybe just didn’t care.
I saw her dancing in the rain one Saturday afternoon, nude. Not a stitch on her, and dancing by the creek, red welts rising on her skin from the biting mosquitoes.  She never danced. I watched, and marveled that she could dance and still look sad.
When the rain let up, she stopped and stared at the creek flowing and bubbling over big flat mossy rocks. I called her name without using my voice, and she turned, but then looked away again. I wondered where she was in her head, that she could stand there and ignore the itchy bites and not worry that she was naked.
I envied her lack of self-consciousness. I pulled my heavy cardigan around my shoulders, even though it was hot and muggy out. I hid in its folds like a turtle hides inside its mobile home.
Sometimes I could feel her tugging at me, begging. I was stubbor
creature sunthrough polymer tongue, you creature sun
               teeth tapped wide on empty hollows
you’re leasing the crowd for white feather streaked
      keeping them in jars,
              razing the mantle
and asking us to stay
                           down the burning phantom
                    (down the dying star)
                           into your dark tomorrow;
                into endle

Dolina Malej Laki by paczek

music and quote from michael mann's the last of the mohicans [1992]

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News + Weekly Gallery Highlight

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 22, 2014, 12:40 AM


community related news

:bulletgreen: The theme for July monthly challenge organized by Artisan Crafts galleries' volunteers is: animals. You can learn more about monthly challenge here… You can see who the winners of the June monthly challenge are here…

:bulletgreen: You can see the monthly DDs roundup here… and here… and for sculpture here…

contests and giveaways

:bulletgreen: You have until July 24th to enter Amaze-ingHats' giveaway…

:bulletgreen: ChibiSilverWings is having a sculpture raffle. It ends on August 9th…

:bulletgreen: rosepeonie is giving away a handmade dragon sculpture and some points. Giveaway ends July 31st. You can see tha rules in this journal…

:bulletgreen: our affiliate :iconbracelets-and-knots: is having a contest. The theme is flowers and there are three categories you can enter. Contest ends September 15th. Learn more about it here bracelets-and-knots.deviantart…

:bulletgreen: You can find a list of Artisan Crafts contests and events here…

interviews and features

:bulletgreen: Backsackandjack gives some advice on sculpting femme fatales…

:bulletgreen: Brookette showcased her choice of recent additions to the Cullinary Arts gallery…

:bulletgreen: cakecrumbs highlighted another artist, this time Fableblades…

:bulletgreen: PhoenixDestruction did an interview with MorgansMutations phoenixdestruction.deviantart.…

:bulletgreen: The latest beadwork feature covers pieces made with dagger beads…

:bulletgreen: Feature-The-Artists did a little sculpture feature feature-the-artists.deviantart…

:bulletgreen: Brookette posted latest instalment of Artisan Crafts feature…

:bulletgreen: Bansini highlighted Indian art of kalamkari. Learn more about it in the journal…

:bulletgreen: Play a little game and try to guess which artisan crafts Talty chose to highlight in this journal… You may be surprised.

:bulletgreen: Erozja did another feature of creative artisan crafts…

sales and special offers

:bulletgreen: Laurelis is having 50% discount in her Etsy store during July…

:bulletgreen: CatsWire has given a coupon code for 10% discount at her DaWanda and Zibbet stores. 10% of each sale will go to TiNO, an animal shelter whose cat house had burned down and needs to be rebuilt.…

:bulletgreen: Peter-The-Knotter is having a modest sale of some of his necklaces to raise funds for a sorely-needed camera for exhibition photo's and for making pix for his book on knotting and macramé. For more info, please see here: peter-the-knotter.deviantart.c…

Weekly Gallery Highlight

We decided to highlight some of the best submissions to the group gallery every week. I'll go with 25 featured submissions per week. This selection is purely subjective and represents my favorite submissions to our galleries. If you disagree with my selection, please feel free to go to our galleries and :+fav: any deviation you enjoy, artists also appreciate comments on their works! Spread the love! :dalove:

Angel Wings Tutorial by Kurosu-kun Stucco and Flagstone by Devine-Escapes Jupiter Headphones by Iheartnella Mjolnir The Nine Noble Virtues II by morgenland The Dragon by Albegoyec Maleficent Dagger Preview by Logan-Pearce Horned Plight of Delirium by Epic-Leather .:Zen II:. by Knuxtiger4 Stained-Glass Butterfly Shadowbox by RazgrizInferno Demon Goth Girl by LEXLOTHOR Cheese Bargas by Denial-of-a-Failure Gary Oak cookies by PlushMayhem Clay peonies by dallia-art Wallart *Neonfish* by SensiArts Alice: Madness Returns  - Card Guard by MaryDec Miniature picnic by EmisBakery Temari 16 - Winter Peacock details by Revenia Headband(kanzashi) for a dress by haru-mai Romantic Wedding by AFahrbach Self Portrait  in 3D Cross Stitch by rhaben Incredible Random Stuff 0136 by m3ow Chibi Transformers Bumblebee plush by Rainbowbubbles Gates of the Sacred Forest by DeathMystery Bridged by edhelien Kingfisher by Mineima

Again, this was a selection of my favorite submissions and does not represent a qualitative or artistic evaluation!

If you would like to help the group by writing features such as this or anything else, please get in touch with me via note to the group and let me know what you would like to contribute and how often (for example a weekly feature of 20 deviations from the group galleries or a monthly article written about something craft related). We are always looking for fresh blood. :D

Daily Lit Recognition for July 22nd, 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!


Suggested by: Rhevenge69

Featured by: chromeantennae

You Never Buy Me FlowersWhen you come home after a hard day's work,
there's a plate on the counter and food on the stove.
Your favorite bottle is chilling in a bucket of ice;
as you relax in your Lazy Boy, I think, "isn't that nice?"
You never buy me flowers
While you watch a movie or go to play Xbox
I'm standing in the kitchen, elbows deep in dishes.
When you say you're tired and you're taking a nap,
my arms are overflowing with the laundry stack.
You never buy me flowers
After you awaken you want a shoulder rub;
I put down the broom and attend to you at once.
Then you go to shower and find a shirt needs sewn;
once the tear is mended tomorrow's lunch must be tended.
You never buy me flowers
When midnight comes and goes we lay in bed together;
I'm almost asleep when you whisper naughty things into my ear.
You roll me over and I sigh as I look right into your eyes
and shout 'You never buy me flowers' and then I roll back over.

You Never Buy Me Flowers by ladyshadowrage

This exhibits how a woman will feel in her relationship 
at least once. It is a poem that men and women alike can 
emotionally connect with, for women are not the only ones 
who feel unappreciated in a relationship.

Featured by: TwilightPoetess

Bugging out against the new regime, stopping, 
dropping, and rolling the whole way. Greedy eyes, 
bloodlust, friendliness astray;  natural selection 
at its finest.
A stench in the air, dirty tears roll, corpses line 
their minds. Leadership takes hold of some, while 
others are given sweet extermination. 
A group gathers around tents, haphazardly 
ignoring wheezing and rasping from the girl 
with choked smiles. 
Painted with ash and shrapnel, sickness 
infiltrate her veins, leaving life weaving through 
the fire. 
Her heart wallops as an attack nears, she whispers 
a silent plea for the group not to  leave. A race 
to evade their ultimate fate, discounts her own meeting. 

Survival by WistfulNebulae

This post-apocalyptic poem from WistfulNebulae 
ponders the question "what if"
--and will leave you wondering.


Featured by doodlerTM

The Museum of the MindIn reality, the past holds little significance. We can romanticize and exaggerate those moments all we want, but they will remain ghosts.. Nothing more than images inside our heads, and the way we feel about them is a choice.
We are, in part, the sum of everything that has ever happened to us... But more than that, more powerful than that, is the blinding strength of our present consciousness. To believe that any of the hardships, joys, failures, or triumphs we experience in youth are truly relevant to the present moment is a conscious choice one makes. It is not an absolute reality that these instances hold sway over the present. The most common argument for that is, "Those moments make me who I am today." No, they don't. You make you who you are today. You are a separate entity entirely from your memories. Your present mind creates the image of self you currently have, and at any moment you can change that image. All of those memories are just events that

The Museum of the Mind by FaintSketches

A well-written reflection 
on memories and the past.

Suggested by: RayneHaos

Featured by: SpriteBlayde

Her Name Was AliceI knew I'd never forget those days as they unfolded while the sun slowly fell over the horizon. We sat together in every class, laughing at whatever jokes were told, no matter how distasteful they were. We didn't really have anyone but each other. I'd tell her of my worries of becoming someone man enough to replace my late father, and she'd tell me about her hardships. The trouble she had covering her bruises, or her constant fear of displeasing her mother. 
In the evening, we'd watch the sun fall over the river. Though as soon as those streetlights came on, we had to rush home to avoid the wrath of our parents. I often would stay up wondering how she was. I'd wonder about all the pain--emotionally and physically--she would constantly be in. I often found myself craving the sunlight, signalling the start of my daily cycle with her. 
It wasn't until I turned fifteen that I realized I had fallen for her. She was perfect in beauty and in grace. A beauty that the rest of the worl

Her Name Was Alice by LuminescentRayne

From the suggester: "'s fueled with emotion 
and is just simply beautiful despite it's dark theme."

Foreign Language

Featured by: Malintra-Shadowmoon

LA GARDIENNE DU VIDE (+audio horror style)
Frantz, août 2012.

La Gardienne du vide by lombregrise

A traditional poetry piece in an ancient 
French classical style with a horror touch 
about the void of the graves and their guardian. 
All around encountering death 
in beautiful descriptive passages.

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Skin by SimplySilent
Our first contest from Darkroom-Photos has ended!
Here are the winners :)
(and again, sorry for the messed-up layout, must be some kind of bug. :()

The winner on the third place: mando-damon :clap:
Capital blueORANGE by mando-damon
COPPERcanvas by mando-damon sunriseBLUR by mando-damon CMYKsunset by mando-damon

Second place: Mishkin-Rayman :clap:
Northern Flour by Mishkin-Rayman
Thor-eek-Oww 2 by Mishkin-Rayman Dusk by Mishkin-Rayman T-Centralen by Mishkin-Rayman
Night Tree by Mishkin-Rayman Keep it easy by Mishkin-Rayman Winter Night in Ornsberg HDR 2 by Mishkin-Rayman

First place: Fassod :clap:
Lamentate by Fassod
Four Monks by Fassod The Same Deep Water as You by Fassod Latent Content by Fassod
Leaving Dystopia by Fassod Involuntary Thought by Fassod Fostercare by Fassod
Elimination of Thought by Fassod Impressions Chosen from Another Time by Fassod Rive Paleo by Fassod

Congratulations! You'll receive your prizes soon :)

And a huge thank you to jennystokes for donating points :)
Sweet dreams by jennystokes
Broken strings. by jennystokes 4 Ravens by jennystokes Old 2 by jennystokes
Venice 1  Italy. 2012 by jennystokes Albi. France 21 by jennystokes sl14-sea and beach1 by jennystokes
Happy Birthday dear May. by jennystokes summergreetings for Jennystokes by ingeline-art Art Museum in Milwauke. USA 1 by jennystokes

- Artist Features -

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 22, 2014, 12:27 AM

So I'm doing artist features now! This journal will be constantly updated for your viewing of cuteness, whether it be people who were lovely enough to donate and get a feature or people who are just that awesome, or deserve some dA love! I hope you guys enjoy the features to come!

22 / 7 / 14 - 15 / 8 / 14
Wolfy is an absolute sweetheart who makes some seriously adorable adoptables. If you like cute art, or are looking for a new character design you should definitely go check her out! She also donated to the super group fundraiser for Their-Dark-Eden and Distorted-Town so you should all give her some love!
Adopt auction #1 OPEN by wolfyLRiina

23 / 7 / 14
Impy is a hilarious person with really cute art style, not to mention she's a great rp buddy and draws some pretty cute stuff. Also look at that colouring! Don't you wanna just squish some of those characters of hers?

LC 2nd Neutral: Arik App by Imp-y Kid Izaiya by Imp-y

Daily Vitamin Feature Vol. 955

Mon Jul 21, 2014, 7:42 PM by malaugusto:iconmalaugusto: