PE: The art of OrigamiWhat is Origami?PE: The art of Origami2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Origami (折り紙, from ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper" (kami changes to gami due to rendaku) is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century AD at the latest and was popularized outside of Japan in the mid-1900s. It has since then evolved into a modern art form. The goal of this art is to transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques, and as such the use of cuts or glue are not considered to be origami. Paper cutting and gluing is usually considered kirigami.
History of origami
Have had the most extensive tradition, there is evidence of an independent tradition of paperfolding in China, as well as in Germany, Italy and Spain among other places. However, because of the problems associated with preserving origami, there is very little direc
An Ex-Communist on How to be a Good Communist1. Refrain from being overly dogmatic!An Ex-Communist on How to be a Good Communist2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I used to be very dogmatic. If someone's views conflicted with my "party line," I would usually instantly dismiss them even if their beliefs were perfectly logical. Being so dogmatic merely leads to hasty generalizations and even hastier decision making. At one point my dogmatism was so bad, I made a nasty journal entry on this group attacking my opponents. It was not only foolish and offensive, but it also led me to be demoted from my role as a commissar at the time. The reality is that nobody benefits from dogmatism. You may think you're upholding some sacred truth, or some complex science, but you're not. Instead, you're just alienating yourself and living as a bitter person unable to make critical judgement for themselves without relying on the holy scripture of philosophers who existed over two hundred years ago. Furthermore, no amount of "correctness" is worth inaction. If you're spending your time sitting around picking on people ove
How do you find and help new Deviants. Today PageMy beautiful friends, much love to you todayHow do you find and help new Deviants. Today Page3 years ago in Personal More Like This
We all know how awesome and wonderful is DeviantArt that is why every day there are hundreds if not thousands of new Deviants joining the site . We all remember how is it like to be new here, how you don't know how everything works, how you don't have any friends, no support. So what if we try to make those new Deviants feel welcome and supportive.
Everybody much know a new Deviant , so we should offer our support for them. So what to do for them
:iconpinkheart-plz: I go to their page and I say : "Welcome to DeviantArt " It doesn't matter if you know them or if you don't, they will always be happy with your visit and they will feel some love.
:iconpinkheart-plz: I give them a llama :iconllama-plz: or some poıints
:iconpinkheart-plz: I fav their work and give them some warm commets .
:iconpinkheart-plz: I show them some awesome groups to
64 years of Al Nakba64 years of Al Nakba3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
May 15,1948 - May 15, 2012
Today marks the 64th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba
In these day we still support the Palestinian Prisoner on Hunger Strike
Wall of prisoners by Quadraro
★ Subcomandante Marcos ★
★ Canta u Populu Corsu ★
★ Code Rouge ★
★ Sami Yusuf and Outlandish ★
★ Freedom for Palestine - OneWorld ★
★ Enzo Avitabile ★
★ NAEl T El.Qtati ★
★ Vittorio Arrigoni ★
35 countries the US has terrorized Nicolas Davies in alternet.org has an article, 35 Countries Where the U.S. Has Supported Fascists, Drug Lords and Terrorists. It names the countries alphabetically and lists the specific events. I’ve tried to edit and simplify the article and have added a few comments of my own.35 countries the US has terrorized10 months ago in Personal More Like This
The first is Afghanistan which shouldn’t require explanation. The second is Albania, that goes back to the 50’s when the U.S. used Nazi collaborators like Xhafer Deva try to depose the Communist regime.
Third is Kissinger’s duplicity in Argentina’s “dirty war” giving the Foreign Minister Admiral Guzzetti approval to go ahead, “the quicker you succeed the better”, in 1976.
1964, Brazil, Vernon Walters helped General Castelo Branco lead a coup; funding protests (as they’r
Noam Chomsky: US is World's Biggest TerroristNoam Chomsky is one of the superstars of the intellectual world; a prolific author and self-proclaimed anarchist, who, at the age of 86 still doesn't seem to be slowing down. He still rails against a whole host of perceived injustices, with the West generally in his line of fire. Isabelle Kumar of Euronews interviewed him about terrorism, Cuba and the future of Europe.Noam Chomsky: US is World's Biggest Terrorist1 month ago in Personal More Like This
Full transcript at Euronews
Leaderless Revolution for the 21st CenturyA little while ago, I read a book called The Leaderless Revolution: How Ordinary People will Take Power and Change Politics in the 21st Century by Carne Ross, a former member of the British Foreign Office and delegate of the UK mission to the UN who left his job after seeing how so-called "representatives" represent themselves and the interests of their biggest supporters (such as multinational corporations) rather than the people of the society who elected them or who they were appointed to represent. Ross believes that this removal of agency from the people themselves to representatives, and the alienation it causes, is responsible for much of the conflict in the world. Therefore, he supports a leaderless consensus-based directly democratic government, i.e., anarchism. He gives precedents for this type of government in societies from pre-industrial tribes to the anarchist communes of Spain in the 1930s, the latter being the subject of George Orwell's panegyric HoLeaderless Revolution for the 21st Century3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Woops. I made it interesting.The comics in the Apsara Portfolio can generally be described as “titillation with a thin veneer of story”.Woops. I made it interesting.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
A couple of people have voiced disappointment with the recent Jailer comic because I inverted that formula. I stupidly put what turned out to be an interesting premise in a comic where a good narrative hook actually ruins it. It was intended to be a one-shot, but the build-up has too epic a feel to it, leaving the second half and (apparent) conclusion to be unfulfilling.
Solution: I add more to the story. More little chapters that drip-feed character details, which now exist because I started writing them as soon as people began to voice their dissatisfaction.
It should make the opening “chapter” feel more worthwhile.
The whole thing will still be an Apsara comic, though, so don’t expect an easing of the usual Apsara elements.
15th I.M.o.C.a.W.P in brief.Dear comrades of the CPDA,15th I.M.o.C.a.W.P in brief.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Today I bring you a review (written by comrade Susan Webb of the CP-USA and People's World) of the 15th International Meeting of Communist and Workers Parties. It had been held in Lisbon, Portugal and was attended by a great many of the world's Communist organizations.
The results are...
Interesting, suffice it to say.
You may read the full article here:
Here you may find the individual presentations of the attending Parties:
CPDA General Secretary
I Don't Tolerate Art ThievesI tolerate my fans, watchers or people who favs, collects artworks for inspirations, make an adaptation, draw something similar or close resemble to my style or work; but taking my work or even other good artists' work directly and slapping it into your DevART gallery OR even from Tumblr, Reddit, CGHub or whatever art gallery site, blog and shit, without permission, violating my copyright and signature stamp, and not even acknowledging the origin, source or rightful owner of the work is down right disgusting.I Don't Tolerate Art Thieves3 years ago in Personal More Like This
You make me lose my respect to you as either a fan, an aspiring artist or an online friend. I trust all my watchers and fans and new visitors, and I don't expect any of you to be perfect, but there are boundaries and stealing other people's hard work and effort is one of them.
Thank you to a noted few who report to me about the art theft. You are awesome, and I love you.
Now just to make things clear, I'm not over the top angry, just upset. I'm just giving a fair warning here and
FergusonFirst off, I wanna state that I am not a journalist. This whole ordeal has been extremely messy and filled with a lot of conflicting information, so chances are what I write here might not be 100% accurate or be based on slightly incorrect information. I’ll do my best to explain it simply, but if you really want to know what’s going on it’s probably best to just google it yourself because... really... this is a mess. I'm sure plenty of other people will add info in the comments below or links to appropriate videos/tweets.Ferguson9 months ago in Personal More Like This
What happened here in Missouri
It all started when a cop shot an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown for “jaywalking” in Ferguson, Missouri. Witnesses say Michael Brown, 18, had raised his hands to surrender when the shots were fired. Police have not confirmed that information.
Shortly afterwards a group of people approached the police department in peaceful protest and demanded answers and information, a lot of
My Problems with the Concept of ReligionLet me start this off with a disclaimer. I'm not going to take the approach that many 'militant atheists' have and openly attack all religion and religious people. I don't think that religious people are inherently any less capable or intelligent, and I don't think that they're all bad people. What follows is why I dislike the religions, and the actions of some followers, not all followers in general.My Problems with the Concept of Religion1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I was religious for many years early in my life, but when I opened my eyes and looked at the world from a broader perspective, I saw the suffering and unhappiness caused by religion. And here's what I saw:
1) The Notion of Superiority:
About 55% of the world belongs to one of the Abrahamic faiths (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Baha'i), and even outside of that, there are many religions with similar basic beliefs. One of those beliefs is the concept of a punishment in the afterlife, or some sort of hell. And my main is
MY PATREON IS A GO!Well here it is! I’ve finally launched my Patreon!MY PATREON IS A GO!3 months ago in Personal More Like This
You can find my Patreon at the following link: https://www.patreon.com/ADobsonComics
Over the past 10 years I’ve worked on a lot of different projects. But unfortunately I’ve gradually had to move away from making comics for myself, and focus more on Freelance work... which I do not enjoy doing. And that’s where this Patreon, and you, come in!
Patreon is a simple and cheap way to help make that dream a reality once more. Think of it as a tip-jar! By pledging a little bit of money each month you can help me get back into making comics and art for everyone to enjoy!
You can pledge as much or as little as you want, and trust me, even one dollar would be helping out a lot! I want to stress this as much as possible: it is OK if you can’t pledge anything! I don’t want anyone to think that I’m FORCING you to help me out. All the work I produce through this Patreon will eventually be
Does the Madness Ever Stop?The ethical and legal considerations of abortion are an inflammatory and complicated topic, but sadly, some points which should be black and white are not.Does the Madness Ever Stop?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Despite the legitimate issues raised concerning abortion, I am sure that many of us remember the inane remarks that show up all the time in the dialogue. Remember U.S. Representative Tom Akin, trying to insist that women can't get pregnant through rape because the female body "has ways to shut that all down"? Remember Justin Bieber, saying that rape, and pregnancies from rape happens for a reason, or Senator Richard Mourdock echoing the sentiment? Remember the chief of India's top investigative agency advising women, "If you can't prevent rape, enjoy it"? Remember how Ireland's absurd laws concerning abortion
How to Create Fictional Highlights and ScalesHow to Create Fictional Highlights and Scales3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Click on the image above to view a 10 minute video tutorial for digital artists.
United States of Appartheid This is the federal State of the United States now, Bradley Manning is now a prisoner for life. Even though the superficial notion that he was aiding Al-Qaeda while leaking political documents online was exposed to be a false claim. Which in reality it was scent to Wikileaks, a free English online Wiki, but he was given the false claim of Stealing and Spying on the documents even though he was a government employee and if he had stolen the papers. Wouldn't the papers be out of Government property? Sounds more like electronic Publishing if you ask me. As for Edward Snowdon and Julian Assage, Internation law and the global community are on your side. Even in Fascist China and Putin's Plutocracy of Russia. and for the Zimmerman trial, all support for the Martin family and all conscious black users on this site, Trayvon had no guns and was fighting as a mean of self defence like what the American Indian Movement did in the 1970s.United States of Appartheid2 years ago in Personal More Like This
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Writers Journal. Literature CommunityA big hug to all my dear friends. I hope everybody is happy todayWriters Journal. Literature Community3 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
:iconredroseplz:I decided to write a journal to let you my writers friends know a little more about the Literature Community in DeviantArt. There are 65 Community Volunteers in DeviantArt for all categories of Art, you can find them all here :iconcommunityrelations:
Literature has two, they are :iconBeccalicious: and :iconthorns: They are doing a lot to help the Literature Community and they are the ones featuring Literature Daily Deviations. I asked :iconBeccalicious: why sometimes there is only one Literature Daily Deviation, she told me because ıt is a very hard task to find good quality Literature and also because they don’t recieve enough DD Suggestions from you guys.
So please, If you find a very good piece of literature, be it prose or poetry and you think it deserves a DD, send your Community Volunteers a note entitled
Letter MemeRULES:Letter Meme7 years ago in Personal More Like This
Do the "Letter MEME". Tag no less than 5 other people, and leave them a comment, informing them that they have been tagged. Then copy the "How-to" Letter Meme, and finish your Journal entry.
-> How you do the Letter Meme:
Dear (the last person who left a comment on your journal):
I don't really know how to tell you this, but ___1___. I think I realized it ___2___ ___3___ and I saw you ___4___ ___5___. I'm sure you're ___6___ enough to understand ___7___. I'm returning ___8___ to you, but I'll keep ___9___ as a memory. You should also know that I ___10___ ___11___ .
1. What's the color of your shirt?
Blue - Our romance is over
Red - Our affair is over
White - I'll join the monastery
Black - I dislike you
Green - Our horoscope doesn't match
Grey - You're a pervert
Yellow - I'm selling myself
Pink - Your nostrils are insulting
Brown - The mafia wants you
No shirt - You're a loser
Other - I'm in love with your sister
2. Which is your birth month?
January - That
30,000 Watchers! 3000 points Giveaway!I've reached 30,000 watchers!30,000 Watchers! 3000 points Giveaway!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
To celebrate I will be giving away a total of 3000 to random of my watchers!
There will be 10 randomly selected winners of 300 each!
How to Enter
It's a giveaway to my watchers, so you must be watching me to participate
It's never too late to watch me, feel free to do so if you like my art
Simply favorite this journal, it will automatically give you a number
After 48h from posting this journal, I will use http://www.random.org/ to generate random numbers.
If the random generated number is the same from the number next to your name in the f
BACKFIRE!!I was really debating whether or not I should mention this, but it's cringingly funny, despite my not coming out of it well AT ALL.BACKFIRE!!4 months ago in Personal More Like This
I listen to Hollywood Babble On, a thoroughly puerile show (probably one of the reasons it’s on my playlist) which is hosted by Ralph Garman and Kevin Smith. A little while back, a teacher of Garman’s kid was said to be in the audience and Garman joked that he’d better be on his best behaviour otherwise the teacher would call child protective services ‘round.
Smith’s jokingly sexual humour over the course of the show didn’t help out with this at all, AND it gave me an idea for a quick pin-up to draw….. which I did….. and which I thought, at the time, would be really funny to send to them….. which I did…. along with a gag about me drawing smutty comics…… which has come back to bite me…..
Oh, god, there isn’t a rock big enough for me to hide under.
Debating, what not to doWe covered the main meat of debating, this time, we're going to look at some common logical fallacies. These are tactics employed by the dogmatic and people who debate for the wrong reasons. Learn to spot them and make sure you don't commit them yourself for they offer nothing in expanding your understanding.Debating, what not to do3 years ago in Personal More Like This
"X is true but Y is exempt just because"
Special pleading is stating a principle or proposition and then making an exception to it for no reason. Statists are NOTORIOUS for this. Just about every single argument they make, they exempt the government from it and refuse to offer any explanation as to why no matter how much they are pressed.
Why is it wrong: If you can make an exception to a rule whenever you like without having to justify it, then it's not a rule in the first place. You're effectively saying "X is true except when it isn't" which proves nothing.
"Your claim is false because I call you
Drawing stuff is my job...Hey everybody,Drawing stuff is my job...3 years ago in Personal More Like This
This journal post is just by way of clarification, and isn't meant to cause offence to anyone.
I'm a professional artist. I earn the money I need to pay my mortgage and feed myself by drawing comics, designing toys, taking commissions, sketching for people at conventions and selling my self-published comic books. Basically, using the skills I've trained hard for to make a living.
I don't design, illustrate or enhance anything for FREE. I don't do art trades or requests. I can't afford to. I'm EXTREMELY busy, and when I do pack up work for the day, I use that time to chill out to avoid burning out.
I wouldn't dream of going into McDonalds and asking for a free burger, nor do I get my feet out to show a Podiatrist friend of mine. I don't expect a free ride on a bus.
Please extend myself and other professional artists the same courtesy; we may be highly visible, we put our work out there for a variety of reasons; to create an accessible portfolio, to enhance exposure or to