Animals, Plants and Nature Spotlight Vol.19A2Matos'sAnimals, Plants and Nature Spotlight Vol.191 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Spotlight Vol. 19
Animals, Plants and Nature
In the mist
Crowned in Glory
Female BT III.
Lots of bitching...I haven't been on DA all that much lately due to work commitments, but it seems like every time I log on here people are bitching about this, bitching about that.Lots of bitching...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Look, at the end of the day, this site provides a service. You can choose to pay for it, or you can choose to not pay for it. It works either way. If you really don't like it, not only should you not pay for it, but don't use it. No one is forcing you to.
It seems like a lot of people seem to think that being a member of this site gives them ownership of it. It doesn't. Be grateful it exists. Be happy that it is (now) profitable. For a long time it wasn't. The people who work on it deserve to make some money - they work hard.
If you don't agree with any of this, I think you're lacking in perspective. There's nothing keeping you here if you don't want to be. I think DA does a great job of listening to a vast community and trying to make changes to please it's members. It can't be incredibly dynamic and flexible to accomodate e
Useful notes on the children's book industryIn case anyone was interested, I made some (quite a lot actually!) notes at the lecture on Saturday, and have tried to write them up here. It was a really useful day, particularly Fig Taylor’s talk on how to put together a good portfolio. I know some of you already have books published, but you might find some of this interesting anyway. I’m sorry I don’t have time to write everything out beautifully and succinctly, and I may repeat myself, but hopefully most of it will make sense!Useful notes on the children's book industry2 years ago in Personal More Like This
CHRIS HAUGHTON – Author/Illustrator: http://vegetablefriedrice.com/
• When working on commercial/editorial work, you are given much stricter briefs than when working on book illustrations.
• Try to make each page in your book so exciting that people will want to turn to the next page and keep reading.
CLAUDIA BOLDT – Author/Illustrator: http://www.bluntlondon.com/work.php?id=270
• Don’t expect to get rich and famous. If you want to be an illustra
Depthcore XLIII - "TIME"The Depthcore Collective is proud to release it's 43rd themed chapter exhibition, "TIME". As we near our 10th anniversary, this seems to be an appropriate subject for us as a collective to reflect upon. Ten years have passed by, and the students and teenagers who once populated the group are gone, replaced by full time freelance artists, independent small-business owners and focussed creative professionals. Finding the time (oh, the puns are endless with this theme) to create these Chapters has become increasingly difficult.Depthcore XLIII - "TIME"2 years ago in Personal More Like This
And yet, here we are, with one of our largest collections in the past few years. It certainly came together slowly - after the excitement of our presentation at OFFF and our first exhibition here in New York City the come down from the highs of travelling and showing to the reality of starting over to create a
Random rantings about paleoart and accuracy,In which I pointlessy talk about something that I find a little annoying:Random rantings about paleoart and accuracy,2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Let's face it: our perception and subsequent appreciation for dinosaurs (as well as any sort of prehistoric and modern animals as a whole, for that matter), is heavily based on the "coolness factor", which is a very arbitrary and subjective concept of what is interesting and what is not. When it comes to our present-day creatures it is mostly a harmless* matter of preference like "I love wolves because they're cool" and "Meh, starfish are boring", but regarding the reconstruction and education about extinct fauna, things get a little complicated.
*that is, unless that preference makes someone shoot a hyena because they're "ugly" or spend millions trying to save "charistmatic" species such as the Giant Panda while neglecting more ecologically-important endangered creatures.
Let me get this straight: as I've said multiple times, I have absolutely nothing against people who draw scientificaly innacurate dinosaurs (e
The Community Relations TeamThe Community Relations Team is made up of Community Volunteers who liaise with Director of Community Relations Moonbeam13The Community Relations Team3 years ago in Personal More Like This
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Bringing rockstar deviants to your attention via features, articles and Daily DeviationsPlease read :faq85: before applying for a Community Volunteer positionNote that you must be 18 years of age or older to qualifyPlease do NOT send notes
The Death of Altruism" ... dull lives can now be played out on the Internet, in fantasy land, where one assumes they can be anything or anyone, and do not feel the need for 'real' human contact. But none of this is really that diverse, it appears controlled and dictatorial, again, like most systems. Conversely, it's just another stage of our evolution; to weld and adapt with computers and technology, become one with them, and lose our past archaic identities... Ego/narcissism has seemingly become, via technology, the adapted norm, and we begin to see the death of altruism and empathy - self first, absolute self-absorption."The Death of Altruism2 years ago in Personal More Like This
- Justin Broadrick
I read this today and it really aligned something in me. The internet can so easily make us lose sight of who we are. We start to live inside a fantasy, become something else; almost a caricature of who we are in real life. The death of altruism is something that has bothered me for a long time now. The sensation that people can no longer grasp compassion. I've writte
D e r a i l m e n t:icontransparentplz:D e r a i l m e n t2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I was greeted in 2012 by a series of derailing mishaps. Going into detail is silly, but the overall point I can make quickly is that my creative persuits were put off entirely until things were set right again. I've also been sick for the past two weeks, which has been miserable. Yay. But Valentine's Day was nice.
The book I'm working on was set aside, and without warning I had a new idea come to me. I dove into that and haven't been able to stop working on it. It was definitely not something I planned, but I don't regret switching. I'll go back to the previous one, in time. I can't say for sure how things will go - or if I'll even make the one I'm working on now public. It's turning out to be something I can't imagine sharing, but often those are the ones we should share. It's the kind of thing you create and look over with a sense of disgust, a mild shudder, and a persistent sense of verve.
Like most people, I have this writhing darkne
New year wish in different languages!Once again, so sorry I haven't been active lately Just got back from another trip to Bangkok, Thailand.New year wish in different languages!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
HAPPY NEW YEAR in different languages..
"Sawadee Pi Mai = สวัสดีปีใหม่ 2555" in Thai :iconplacid9:
"Selamat Tahun Baru" in Malay language
"wilujeng tepang taun" in Sundanese dialect :iconbim-rahardjo:
"met taon baru coy" in Pontianak dialect :iconarya-dwipangga:
Akemashite omedetou = あけまして おめでとうin Japanese :iconaruarian-dancer:
新年快樂 in Chinese :iconmayfong:
"Frohes Neues Jahr!" in German :iconlostinfairyrealms:
"Bonne Année" :iconromrom53:
"Prospero año nuevo" in Spanish :iconrobert-kim-karen:
"Sana saïda (Moroccan/Arabic) :iconlalla-mira:
"Boldog Ujj Evet" in Hungarian :iconshatinn:
'Gelukkig Nieuwjaar' in Dutch :iconmarkieknopflie:
some art [features]some art [features]2 years ago in Personal More Like This
SRP by whoskipbobsliding. wait. by covanea
Tramuntana by albertopoloianez354- obtained by BridgetCrossTHE END by SumAeris
society by NikolasBrummerShadow V by Hengki24h e m i c e p h a l g i a by bitterev
Starting the SummerBeen little quiet lately on dA front. I'll try to submit some new stuff here on Monday.Starting the Summer2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Outside dA it's been busy. Not only the work, but there was a LDU training excercise in the Pori Brigade area little over week back. I might have lost at least a kilo off, just by sweating. I was eventually added into antitank patrol and got to reminisce what it's like to make short rushes and crawl into battle position with APILAS added to my personal battle gear.
Anyway, it was a good exercise, and we got some positive feedback (if you found it reading between the lines ). I'm happy, as I most likely would had spent my weekend just drinking beer at the bar terrace.
This weekend, me and friend decided to open up the summer season, as I had signed us up (while being drunk) for a Raate Road March event in Suomussalmi. There are few guys who voluntarily drive some 1100 kilometres to walk a 18 km road. Oh, and we almost hit a reindeer on the way in.
Well we left on Friday and visited the Raatteenport
InvictusOut of the night that covers me,Invictus2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
- William Ernest Henley
Something to Warm the Cockles of Your HeartYou may need some tissues http://player.vimeo.com/video/40000072Something to Warm the Cockles of Your Heart2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Impromptu contest!How are we all doing, Europe?! As summer is in full force right now, it's about time for another contest!Impromptu contest!8 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Submit your favorite summer art to the special Summer 2013 folder in our gallery, and we will award the best three submissions with a three months subscription or the equivalent in points (that's 636 points!).
We will also award two lucky deviants who add this blog to their favorites with 500 points! No strings attached. You don't even have to be a member of europeans to be eligible for this prize!
What would a contest be without some (boring) rules? To keep it simple and fun we've kept it limited to a few simple points:You need to be a member of europeans to participate in the contest;Any user of deviantART who favorites this blog is eligible to win the 500 points giveaway;Y
Be Child-Like, Not Childish.The older I get, the more convinced I become that we aren't really supposed to grow up entirely. We aren't supposed to become entirely void of the qualities that once made us innocent and creative.. naturally adventurous and curious.. Most of us lose them, and when we finally realize they're gone it can be a shock. A slap in the face. Where did I go off to when I wasn't looking?Be Child-Like, Not Childish.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've become closed off in more ways than I can count. I described it like this, to someone I love a few days ago -- "I'm going to relate this to dogs, since that's easy for me. I feel like I've become that dog that isn't really fearful or aggressive when new people approach him, but his entire body tenses up, he looks at them with this untrusting side-glance and doesn't growl, but he feels his throat tighten up, getting ready for it. When he wags his tail it's half-hearted, like he knows the joy couldn't possibly last. When someone touches him, the entire surface of his skin ripples as though he was cert
Help Himmapaan!Guys, guys, I need your help!Help Himmapaan!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Niroot Puttapipat is from Thailand, and has been working as an illustrator in England for several years. He's the modern incarnation of Arthur Rackham, and has been a huge influence to my own work for the last few years.
The few times I've spoken to him he's been incredibly courteous and helpful to me with my own work. Unfortunately, Niroot is in dire straits right now! He, like many of my fellow artists, is struggling to get by. It's gotten to the point that he has next to nothing to live on, and it breaks my heart. I remember being in that position myself, and people pretty much slithered out of the woodwork to help me out. It was awesome, and if you can help him out now, I'd be so grateful!
You can help him by buying his books, prints, mugs, magnets, and assorted ephemera