Improving image composition!Sometimes the details of our illustration look great, but then when we step back and look at the composition... it's a little boring or muddy or crowded or our eyes wander away from the parts that looked so good up close... Where are our focal points? Why doesn't this illustration grab my attention and hold it? Composition can make or break a piece. Here are some links that show examples of good and bad compositions and describe why certain layouts are more successful than others. Various tips and rules are described and illustrated. I hope you'll enjoy these as much as I do.Improving image composition!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Composition in art as described by wikipedia (this link is a little boring): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Composition_%28visual_arts%29 you can skip to the good links below and come back to this one later if you want.
concept art composition tips with examples: http://www.cgsociety.org/index.php/CGSFeatures/CGSFeatureSpecial/phil_straub_composition_tutorial
23 pages of paintings and composi
Poetry Basics: EmotionsEmotions in poetryPoetry Basics: Emotions1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
Writing, at its very base, is communication. We write to communicate — with someone else, with ourselves — when we write, we arrange words in a manner that is intended to be read. This is very important because, no matter what or how you write, this one basic fact never changes. If you get stuck at any point, you can come back to this sturdy foundation. I am writing to communicate; what do I want to communicate?
Often, the answer is emotions: how you feel, or how you want your reader to feel. As Gregory Corso wrote, "You must feel! It's beautiful to feel!"
We all feel, but how we express our feels is a matter of perspective. If we are too flippant with our choice of words, our readers will think we are shallow. If we are too brooding and deliberate, our readers may find us incomprehensible. Finding a balance takes work and dedication.
But that work and dedication is what distinguishes
Poetry Basics: BrevityBrevity: n. the quality of expressing much in few words.Poetry Basics: Brevity1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
When I was in tenth grade, I took my first literature course. It was a six week exploration of poetry. The first poem my teacher showed us was Ezra Pound's In a Station of the Metro:
The apparition of faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.
I, in all of my 16-year-old knowledge of the intricacies of what poetry is, informed my teacher that those two lines were not a poem.
"You don't think so?"
"No. They don't rhyme, they are just one metaphor, and did I mention they're only two lines?"
She sure showed me.
Importance in Poetry
Pound's poem is considered such a great work because he inserts several layers into a single image. Using only 13 words he evokes an entire painting within the reader's mind. You can hear the sounds of the trains, see the fatigue of a mother wrestling with her cranky toddler,
Emotions in Writing and How to Portray ThemLit Basics WeekEmotions in Writing and How to Portray Them7 months ago in Personal More Like This
Wow, yes, emotions; they stir us, they sometimes rule us.
For your written world to come alive this critical element must be rightly imparted into your work. Your character’s emotional state is something that needs to be grasped in meaningful ways in order for a reader to begin caring about what is happening to them. Likewise, poets who write verses that do not express an emotional range will have lines that fall flat and lifeless on their intended readers.
Emotions are not one dimensional – each has a broad range of expression. For example, anger can be experienced anywhere from a mild annoyance, prompt bitter retorts, or become a barely-contained, seething cauldron; long before exploding into an unbridled rage. Often, intense feelings move through several stages all in one event.
Additionally, emotions seldom appear that are pure in their source; celebrated author and counselor H. Norman Wright, MFCC, CTS describes what mos
The Music of Language: ProsodyPoetry is the art of using language as a tool to create both visually, atmospherically and phonetically coherent pieces. Imagine an unsung music that flows through our everyday lives, syncopating our every emotion and pulses through our every sentence. The careful wordsmith is someone who is attuned to this song, the music of the language. It’s the melody that runs through the lines as we hear them read out loud and the rhythm that resonates through every sentence that we utter. The name for it is prosody. Prosody is the underlying song that lives in any given language. And it is the basis of foot, meter and rhyme.The Music of Language: Prosody1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
1. What is prosody?
In linguistics, prosody is the rhythm, stress and intonation of speech. It reflects both the feature of the language as well as the mood and intent of the speaker. Therefore the "melody" of Italian sounds drastically different from that of English, which is again different fr
Suii and Iish (and all about Dia!)So, it's finally here, a more in depth of exactly, who and what my OCs are. Some people have been inquiring about them! So I will try my best to explain more about them C: it'll also get updated over time as both are a developing process for me..Suii and Iish (and all about Dia!)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
To see all artwork of them please click the link!
In short, Suii and Iish are aspects of my personalty Suii is the 'good' side of me, Gentle, Kind, Generous, Sweet, Shy and represents the empathetic side in me. Iish is the opposite of Suii and is the 'bad' side of me, Cruel, Selfish, Crass and Perverted. In the universe of my OC's everyone has a 'Suii' & an 'Iish' people just need to discover them. I'll call their 'species' 'Dia'. Everyone is born with 2 Dia, 2 opposing forces within them, ea
Notes on Co-WritingNotes on Co-WritingNotes on Co-Writing1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
verb: co-write [kəʊˈrʌɪt]
gerund or present participle: cowriting
write (something) together with another person.
Successful co-writers often go under a pseudo name, such as Nicci French, Tania Carver, Scott Mariani.
We're not going to talk about one off poems or stories, we're getting into the nitty gritty of long term co-writing. By this, we mean writing together for 6+ months.
The number one question we get whenever we mention co-writing is:
How does it work?
For us, it starts with finding someone who you can be friends with.
Don't go looking for someone who you only want to write with. Of course it's important that you both share a passion for what you're about to start, BUT there's a reason most co-writing duos are married or close friends. It's important that you have
The Six Questions for Rewriting I have a book on writing! http://www.amazon.com/The-Sarcastic-Guide-To-Writing-ebook/dp/B005TOCC1C/refd_sim_kstore_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=0EBPNWS0SC846Z737DYE Go buy it.The Six Questions for Rewriting8 months ago in Personal More Like This
I’ve been doing rewrites a lot lately, and for each chapter I do, I sit down and write these seven questions on the back of the last chapter page. Every. Chapter. (And I just did all 52 some-odd chapters of Mark of the Conifer last night.) If you can answer these questions with one sentence or so, you are in good shape to do a good rewrite. If you are rambling, writing paragraphs, you are losing focus and probably have too much going on in the chapter. You probably need to break things up, remove or cut elements, or move them to more appropriate places. These questions are supposed to help you declare a goal for each chapter, nail down what you’re going for, and help you keep in mind while you rewrite.
People of the Fog Contest *Winners*Here are the winners!!People of the Fog Contest *Winners*1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
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PE: Literature Basics SettingsLiterature Basics WeekPE: Literature Basics Settings7 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
Along with characters and plot, setting is one of the most important choices we make when we write. In the most basic terms, setting is where your literary work takes place. It's up to you, as the author, to use it and mold it to fit the needs of your writing, make it more than just a backdrop to your prose or poetry.
A good setting becomes like a character itself. It can be express moods, offer comfort or hindrance. The setting can even be the main antagonist - consider the Overlook Hotel in Stephen King's The Shining, or the island in the 2000 Tom Hanks' film, Cast Away. In both of these examples, the protagonist(s) have to survive their surroundings, one mundane, the other ... less so.
Make Your Setting Work For You
Everything in your written work must be chosen for maximum effect. When deciding on your setting, decide what you want to accomplish with it. Here are some possibilities.
10 Tips to help you improve your photography.Trying to keep the terminology as basic as possible to help beginning photographers improve. Have any other tips besides the ones listed? Post them!10 Tips to help you improve your photography.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
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1.) If the composition isn't good and there are a lot of distractions, a tip that I had received when first starting out was to look though the viewfinder as if it was the final print. Having that sort of mentality should help you improve in your compositions.
2.) Look at the subject in the photo. Is it interesting? Is it of something that everyone makes a photo of? If you're not liking your photo because of the subject, it may either be not interesting or is interesting, but with bad composition.
3.) Bad lighting. An underexposed photo will almost al
Record Cards, Astronavigation and YouOnce upon a time, there was a strapping young lad named Arnold J. Rimmer.Record Cards, Astronavigation and You2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Arnold Rimmer joins the Space Corps as a lowly third technician, but has great plans to work his way up through the ranks until he is an officer. To become an officer, however, one must pass the dreaded astronavigation exam. Fortunately, Rimmer is organised. He knows how to make the absolute most of his time, and so he takes a sheet of paper and draws up a revision schedule. He blocks out the times he must spend at work, and also those times when he will be distracted by his slovenly bunk-mate, David Lister. On another sheet of paper, he notes down all the subjects that will be covered in the astronavigation exam, and weights the importance of each one, colour-coding them for ease of reference. Now that he has established what he must revise and when he can revise it, he fills in each available slot in his schedule, using all his skill as an expert calligrapher to
Contest - In Space- ClosedHi Everyone,Contest - In Space- Closed1 year ago in Personal More Like This
today we ( :iconcd-stock: :iconevelivesey: :iconybsilon-stock: ) start with our new contest.
Our new theme is "In Space". Be creative and show us your imagination.
You are given 30 stocks below. Your work has to include min. 1 of each of us. From stockpacks you are allowed to take only one. You are free to use more than one stock from each of us. The size must be so, that we can see it without a loupe and we reserve the right to decline the entry, if we can´t see our stocks. Credit all stocks you used with a direct link (equal it is our stock or an other stock). Only legitimate stock is allowed (no Google or something like this).
Your artist comment has to include a statement, that this is a entry for the Contest "In Space" held by :iconcd-stock: :iconevelivesey: :iconYb
Specific Imagery: What Makes a Poem Good?Specific Imagery: What Makes a Poem Good?Specific Imagery: What Makes a Poem Good?1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
So what makes a poem good?
According to Samuel Taylor Coleridge (please, never just call him Sam) the definition of poetry is "the best words in their best order".
Fine. But what exactly does that mean?
It means that good poetry is about much more than just matching rhythm and rhyme. What elevates any poem above its peers is the specific choice of words to match the poet's intent.
Say what now?
Think of it this way: our chosen words are our color palette, and the way we combine them equates to brush strokes and blending. Strong words equal bold hues, while overused and cliché terms are a lot like faded watercolors. You want your hard work to stand out, not blend in, right?
Of course I do!
Then my biggest piece of advice is this: choose your words.
What do you mean? I always choose my words; I'm a writer, after all!
What I mean is, do your best to choose the most appro
Photographing People on your TravelsPeople & Portrait PhotographyPhotographing People on your Travels8 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Trying to photograph people within a country other than the one you are accustomed to can bring a whole new set of difficulties far beyond lighting, composition and frame. Here are a few tips that I've personally learned along the way which have not only inspired me to get out there and photograph more people, but also to approach new people and become more confident..
It's very important that you learn the customs of a country so as not to offend anybody when attempting to take or request their photograph. There are often many street entertainers in big cities and musicians that busk and request the odd coin or two. Don't make the mistake I did in Belgium, and request a photograph of a street performer and expect to give nothing in return! Putting a few coins of local currency their way will always be welcomed. Equally it's important to know when it's okay to take photographs, and when not. There were particu
PE Prose Basics: Hear Me My Audience!!Hello everyone!PE Prose Basics: Hear Me My Audience!!1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
Throughout this week we will be discussing a variety of elements in prose writing and this topic is something which isn't just relevant to prose writers, but can be applied to all forms.
Imagine your piece of work is laid out on a stage for people to read. In the seats are the people who you want to read it- who are they? Can you see their faces, imagine their lives? Why have they been drawn to come see your work and read your story? What did you to to keep that audience sat down and interested in your work? Did you think about them when you wrote?
An audience is anyone who could potentially read your work. In writing, we talk about "target audience" and how understanding that audience can help shape the way you write. That intended audience could be specified by age, interests, personalities, cultural background, religion- anything! Of course you may gain readers outside of that target group, but considering your audience will involve your reader in the wr
All the Literature Educate! Updated 26/02All the Literature Educate!1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
Over the past few years, projecteducate has worked hard to provide educational articles for various art forms. Within literature, we've seen our fair share and over the past 2 years we've used our own group CRLiterature to manage these articles to ensure as much of the community can see them. However, sometimes we miss people and that's a shame because the articles we've written as a community have been pretty spectacular and still valid today.
So to help people pick up the articles they may have missed, here is a list of them all! This is a great chance for you to read what you may have missed, or tag your friends who may find them useful!
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COMING SOON! Make sure you watch CRLiterature & projecteducate for articles!
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17 Digital Art tutorial in Photoshop cs6Hey Guys17 Digital Art tutorial in Photoshop cs61 year ago in Art Features More Like This
This is the best collections of Digital Art tutorial
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Literary Terminology GuideLit Basics WeekLiterary Terminology Guide8 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
This will be a straightforward article that lists some basic literary terms (in alphabetical order) that can be found in, well, literary works. You could use some of these terms to write a spectacular poem or prose piece about cake.
Before we get started, head on over to this other PE article that lists a BUNCH of Poetry Terms and Techniques.
An item of soft, sweet food made from a mixture of flour, shortening, eggs, sugar, and other ingredients, baked and often decorated. Also known as the first half of my otp.
A narrative that has multiple layers of meanings. Allegories are written in the form of fables, parables, poems, stories, and almost any other style or genre. The main purpose of an allegory is to tell a story that has characters, a setting, as well as other types of symbols, that have both literal and figurative meanings.
A reference to someth
The Unseen Stock - AugustMODELThe Unseen Stock - August2 years ago in Personal More Like This
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Menagerie of Literature Contests: Updated 3/1 Literature Contests and Contests That Accept Literature!Menagerie of Literature Contests: Updated 3/18 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Don't forget this exists. Now you can get straight to work on those contest entries.
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'Fairy Tale' Contest [Prose: 3,000 Word Maximum; Poetry: 75 Line Maximum] (March 1st)
Prose Basics: What is Voice, Anyway?At this point, you've all had awesomesauce articles on word choice, varying sentences, dialect, and dialogue. Which is great, because it cuts my job down to five minutes of nattering on about how you bring all these elements together to create that elusive thing people always go on about: VOICE.Prose Basics: What is Voice, Anyway?1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
Voice is the personality of the book.
You know that thing about avoiding cliché except every single plotline ever has been done and has the TVTropes article to prove it and OH GODS WHY?!?!
Voice solves 97% of that. It lends originality to your story by tossing a filter over the whole thing. 'The Shining' needed that kid-voice so readers could stare in horror over his shoulder, understanding things like the dark cloud of suicide in his father's head without having his reaction ruin half a page of ominous build. 'Dir
How To get PublishedOr be Satisfied when You Aren'tHow To get Published1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
A Beginner's Guide
Poetry publication is awash with literary magazines, internet journals, print-on-demand presses, vanity presses, indie presses, and major publication houses. So many options! It's a lot to navigate. But before we delve into the 'How-To's,' it's important to understand the 'Why.'
I'm talking about the the Big Why, the biggest WHY after 'Why write poetry?' Which is, of course, 'Why are you publishing your poetry?'
"BECAUSE!" I hear you shouting.
But that's not the best answer. You'll be happier, or at least more content with the results of the following advice if you understand your motivations behind the urge to publish. What specifically do you hope to achieve?
How to Succeed in Poetry Without Really Trying
If, for example, you want your poems out in the world, in a place people might read them; if you want to be able to say that you're a published poet; if you're not feeling great a
Publishing Resources List2/24/2015: Finally got around to cleaning up broken links and weird code. Let me know if I missed anything!Publishing Resources List4 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Make sure you the news article!
So you've written something freaking awesome. You've edited a million times (and if you haven't, turn around and go do that. Right now). You think you maybe want to take the leap and try publishing something. But you have no idea where to start.
Well, this is a good place to be.
This the journal where I'll be keeping a running list of all the publishing resources I find, both on and off dA. Most of it will probably be related to literary journals, since that's the stage where I'm at in my literary career, but I'll add things about book publishing as I find them.
If you ever find a great resource, or if you'd like to request something specific, please leave me a note in the comments.
Also this journal is probably going to be super-messy and slightly badly-categor