Try This: A Writing Trick You Haven't Heard OfThis is guaranteed to help you become a better writer, no matter the genre. I’ve personally used this to understand what people look for in books. Great for beginners, but valuable for experts too.Try This: A Writing Trick You Haven't Heard Of5 months ago in Personal More Like This
Name a book. Any book. Try one with a genre that you’re familiar with. Try one of those controversial books where half the readers hang the author’s photo up on the wall in a gold frame, and the other half also frame it—and then throw darts at it.
Now go into Amazon and look up the title. If the book has multiple editions, try to pick the most popular one, one that has the most reviews. The average star rating is inconsequential at this moment. Find the page that shows the number of 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 star ratings. Here’s where you’re going to doubt my sanity…I want you to look at all the 1, 2, and 3 star ratings. Read them all if you can. Don’t touch the fivers—yet.
The big question you’re asking is: Why?
Since there as s
Know your Basics - Colour Theory (the manip way)Most of us have heard about Colour Theory - be it in school or on dA or as a term thrown about by someone somewhere. But what exactly is it? And how do you use it? This is what this article is striving to explain especially in regards to photomanipulation.Know your Basics - Colour Theory (the manip way)3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The Technical Part
Thankfully, there's tons of reading material about colour theory. Starting with the wikipedia article on the subject (which seems rather dry and boring to be honest) and ranging to tutorials written by deviants for their fellow artists. Those are the ones I'd like to recommend to you to get started in colour theory:
Still too dry and technical?
Okay, let me put it this way: the use of colours in your artwork can determine its mood and atmosphere. If you do it well, it can draw in the viewer and make them see what you want them to see by putting emphasis on certain parts. Colour theory gives you a way to know in
Photomanipulation walkthroughStep 1: Idea (message, composition)Photomanipulation walkthrough3 years ago in Personal More Like This
You decided that you want to make a photomanipulation. But what to make? There are so many photomanipulations already out there and mostly with the same theme. So you decide you don't just want to stick a pretty girl onto a beautiful background. No you want to be original and have your manipulation portray a message everyone can relate to.
Think of things that are important to you, that lay close to your heart. They can be emotions (love, hate, sadness, anger) or experiences, hobbies (art, sports etc), things you are struggling with. Or they can be global themes like (beauty, money, economy, eating disorders, war, relationships etc.)
Of course if you choose to portray something as love there are many ways to do so. Do you want it to be a surreal depiction of love, or dark, fantasy, sci-fi, conceptual, humourous... your choice will of course decide the whole 'feel' of the image.
So choose wisely as they say.
Now that you have your theme you nee
AMANA² is Released!LSAMANA² is Released!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Walls by j3Concepts
Walls by neiio
Edit: Walls by ether (sorry! Forgot that this was up before neiio uploaded those)
Best Of 2013I have been collecting my personal favorite pieces of art in several galleries, and I am now very happy to share them with you, in what will become a yearly feature.Best Of 20131 year ago in Personal More Like This
Best of Photography
C (bw) by Chaerul-Umam
Sunrise at Nam Naw by palmbook
Fire In The Sky by DrewHopper
Arc by ArtOfFragility
Breathtaking by CharmingPhotography
Austria Kufstein, the extinction by alierturk
Burning Book by HouaVang
PE: How to embed thingsWritten by Astrikos for projecteducate's community week.PE: How to embed things2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
You may have noticed GIFS and hot things in people's journals and profiles.
With HTML and CSS, you can add some hotness to your journals and profile.
Pretty neat, yes?
Embedding Images and GIFs
Images on dA can easily be linked with thumbcodes.
While on a deviation page, all you have to do is scroll down and look right until you see:
Copy and paste the thumb code.
And if you want it bigger:
And bam. There you are.
If that's not good enough, you can play around with the size like this.. .
<da:deviation width="Number" id="deviationID">
It's the thumbcode number without thumb in it...
Trying it out...
Bring Your Type to Life - A Typography ContestIt is time for another Typography contest! The theme of this contest will be…Bring Your Type to Life - A Typography Contest2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Bring your Type to Life
This may sound abstract at first, but to keep the theme as open as possible, I choose a rather abstract title. There are many directions in which you can go. You could choose an anthropomorphic direction, where you breathe life into letters and give them human or other animate characteristics. Another route would be to create the letters out of living objects, such as plants or animals.
Which direction you choose, maybe even a third or fourth one, does not matter. What matters is that your letters are brought to life!
What kind of letters you bring to life, words, glyphs or sentences, is 100% up to you. This contest has a more visual approach, so you will not be judged on the creativity of the meaning you choose to give to the letters. However, don't rush it! Even one letter can appear completely different than another. Be wise with the letters, word
If you use Firefox in KDE, check this outKDE makes a mess out of Firefox's address bar, mainly because half of it uses the Gnome icon theme, and the other the Oxygen Icon theme. You can fix that crap with FXChrome. First off it gives Firefox Chrome like tabs, which can be a good or a bad thing, depending on which look you like better, but it can't be denied that it makes the address bar look much, much better. The images speak for themselves (and click them please, imgur's thumbnails are very low quality)...If you use Firefox in KDE, check this out1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Who's Hungry?Y'know what I love?Who's Hungry?2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
And I discovered that there are deviants who also love waffles, because they've created beautiful works that feature this delicious breakfast treat. See if you can spot which are edible and which are not!
Tetris Waffles by Shadow-711
TEXAS WAFFLE by Olympia-The-Hedgehog
DA2 - Waffles by JadeRaven93
waffles by shasacanefoca
Waffles by STLcanonman
Waffle Delight by sendok
yummy waffles.. by jeffzz111
The Stock Market - No. 1The Stock Market - No. 12 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Issue No. 1|
The inspirational magic of one image awakening the creative muse of hundreds of artists.
This issue's stock image
1967 - I.
BRINGING IT TO LIFE by Xaomi
FRUITS OF OUR LABOR by CharleneApril
ON MY MIND by Sangelus
Art class 101 -Digital painting beginning exerciseSphere demoArt class 101 -Digital painting beginning exercise5 years ago in Art Features More Like This
This is a great way to try digital painting and to get used to two very different methods of digital painting, I will refer to them as glazing and direct painting. I find when teaching this to my students that it is about a 50/50 split as to which method the students prefer. Either method will produce beautiful results.
The reason I start with the sphere is so that students master the techniques on a simple object, but dont let that fool you. A sphere is a very complex shape when you are first starting out. If you can mater shading a sphere smoothly then you will be well on your way to mastering digital painting. I often suggest students try the sphere exercise several times until they can do it smoothly.
The goal of this exercise is to master the values to produce the illusion that the sphere is three dimensional. If you have ever taken a drawing or painting class, you may have done this exercise before with more traditional materials. There are 6-7 values needed to
Resource Roundup #6The Resource Roundup is a regular feature showcasing some of the best resources deviantART members share with the world!Resource Roundup #63 years ago in Personal More Like This
Whether you're a beginning artist or seasoned pro, deviantART's Resources Gallery is an inspirational and beneficial asset for art creation. Take a look at a few of the incredible submissions below – they might help enhance your next artistic creation!
Spring is closer than you think. Let Resource Roundup help you combat Springtime allergies by creating some awesome pollen-free art!
Spring Sketches Brushes by redheadstock Dandelions and Seeds Brushes by redheadstock Butterfly Brushes by VampyreGoddess Butterfly Brushes II by hawksmont Photoshop 7.0 Flower Brushes 2 by daniesque Flower brushes by camilla917
Daisy Brushes -for The GIMP by BaNaNA-BOi Shamrock Brushes by webgoddess 16 Cloud Brushes For Gimp by darkdissolution GIMP Flower Brushes by Project-GimpBC Origami Paper Flower Brushes by Tumbril sakura brushes by ayaan :thumb153
List of sites for designing:icondividerplz: PSD's :icondivider2plz:List of sites for designing3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
365 psd - http://365psd.com/
Free Psd Files - http://freepsdfiles.net/
Official Psds - http://www.officialpsds.com/psds
Download Psd - http://downloadpsd.com/
Photoshop Files - http://www.photoshopfiles.com/
Psd graphics - http://www.psdgraphics.com/
Free PSD - http://www.freepsd.com/
Ps galaxy - http://ww.psgalaxy.com/
:icondividerplz: BRUSHES :icondivider2plz:
Shizoo | brushes
Celestial Star Brushes
The 5th Muse
Alien IsolationAlien Isolation2 months ago in Art Features More Like This
The Wright Stuff
Spaceman with no face 2 by bradwright
I've been playing Alien: Isolation for the last few weeks and it is scary as hell.
Alien Isolation Q&A with bradwright
Brad Wright, longtime deviant in the dA community, steps into the shoes (space boots) of Giger and Moebius as a concept designer for the Alien Isolation videogame. The game reportedly marks a return to the terror of the original “Alien” film in which scaring the audience to death was the goal, rather than the uncorking escalating levels of defensive firepower that defined the sequels.
BRAVE was... ok.Saw Brave the other night. I had deliberately kept all info about this movie away from me so that I could go in with a fresh viewpoint. There might be spoilers here, so if you haven't seen the movie tread carefully through this journal. To be honest, I don't really want to talk about the movie all that much, but more or less the public perception of this movie.BRAVE was... ok.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Brave was quite good, but I have a feeling it's not gonna have the impact so many people were expecting it to. Prior to the release, the fact that this was a PIXAR princess story with a female lead was SUCH a huge deal to some people. I think there were some lofty expectations that this was going to trump Disney princess stories and show women as strong capable role models without resorting to typical cliches and what not...
I'm not sure if that's what PIXAR was going for, in fact, the biggest complaint being lobbied against Brave is that it's both "too safe" and "too conventionally Disney." Brave is a good movie, but it does fo
What's Hot (Beta): Trending Artwork on deviantARTArt on the RiseWhat's Hot (Beta): Trending Artwork on deviantART2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
DeviantART is a bustling and active community, and with the high volume of artwork submitted on any given day, it can be easy to miss something. In fact, it's common for artwork to go viral across the Web or get a spike of traffic days, months, or even years after it was originally submitted.
Our new “What’s Hot” browse mode surfaces artwork that’s receiving a recent increase in exposure, regardless of when it was submitted.
A New Way To Surface Artwork
We often see artwork gain a lot of attention across the Web (after being shared on blogs, social sites, etc.), but by the time this recognition occurs, our search engines don't consider it when displaying recently "Popular" deviations. The new "What’s Hot" mode is built to celebrate these surges of exposure.
What's Hot vs. Popular
The content of the “What’s Hot” page uses an algorithm that reflects what artwork has recently garnered attention, regardless of when it was subm
Guess who's backBack again.Guess who's back3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Tell some men.
Rub my back
Rub my back
Rub my back
Rub my back
Contest Winners!It may have only been ten entries long, but our first contest was a doozy to judge. Partly due to the nature of the contest, but also due to the wide range of themes explored by the participants, from romance to mental batles. Our judges were looking for cohesion and creativity, and I do believe we found both. Without further ado, here are the winners!Contest Winners!3 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
An Anthology of Flowers by introverted-ghost
An interesting theme and well thought-out reasoning took the judges near-unanimously. Inspired by Stephen Chobsky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, introverted-ghost uses her feature to consider what it means to be an introvert, and does so in stylish, lyrical prose.
Perspectives – Black and White by MadHat11D6
An edgier theme with excellent choices, MadHat11D6 pulls from a variety of viewpo
Artists on Writers - No. 2, Charles BukowskiArtists on Writers - No. 2, Charles Bukowski2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Issue No. 2|Archives
If the severely acne-scarred face and coarse exterior brought on by his alcoholic and depressed life was the book cover of his being, then Charles was the ultimate book that could not be judged by its cover.
The exquisite collection that was this everyman artist’s art consisted of thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories and six novels—mostly all wrenchingly autobiographical, mostly all about moments of epiphany and grace in an otherwise miserable and unhappy existence. The perfect explication of the common man's deepest truth; it's not easy to be here.
Unvarnished and brutal blunt force trauma underlined with hope, beauty, longing, and love.
Therein lies the power of his poet
Connect the dots!My third entry for 'Feature Contest'Connect the dots!3 months ago in Art Features More Like This
And this awesome journal skin was made by
Seeing spots? Going dotty? Perplexed by polka?
Just what are "polka dots" exactly and where did they come from?
Martha Stewart gives you insight into the origin of the term polka dot:
"To capitalize on the popu
Upgrade Your Space Contest!Upgrade Your SpaceUpgrade Your Space Contest!2 years ago in Official deviantART Contests More Like This
20 Winners will receive the Framed Fine Art Print they chose, up to 20"x30"!**
30 Runner-Ups will each receive 800 deviantART Points and a one-month Premium Membership.
** Subject to deviantART's Print review process.
The 20 Winners and 30 Runner-Ups will be chosen by full-time deviantART staff.
All entries will be judged on the following criteria with whatever weight the judges determine:
Reason given for the Print selection
Overall impact on the living space shown in the entry
Creative consistency in the space in which the Print will be placed
Earth Day: The Inspiration of the Natural WorldSince human beings harnessed the secret of fire the natural world has been seen by many only in terms of how best it can be exploited of its abundant riches. It’s amazing now to look upon the desert sands of the Arab lands and know that this place, the cradle of earliest civilization, was once known as “The Fertile Crescent.” All Europe was once one great forest – until all those trees were needed to create the naval armadas of dueling empires. Only the Earth’s natural forces, like earthquakes, have been more destructive and wasteful than humanity.Earth Day: The Inspiration of the Natural World3 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
The Challenge, the Romance and the Inspiration of the Natural World
April 22, 2012 by techgnotic
Since human beings harnessed the secret of fi
Comission RulesCommission info.Comission Rules4 years ago in Personal More Like This
No point commissions, I will except paypal only ( in American currency )
I will not begin your commission until I have received a deposit, I will do the sketch once this is payed. Once the sketch has been approved you will pay the second half and I will begin colouring. Once colouring begins no large changes can be made only tweaking the colour and touching up on small features. This is because big changes after colouring are difficult and can require me to completely redraw the picture which isn't fair on me since it should have been sorted out during the sketching stage.
You can also pay full upfront if you want to and please don't be shy in telling me if you want tweaking or changes, its your right to have your commission the way you want it.
What I will need from you.
Your cooperation throughout the commission if you want it done in stages.
Please supply the following information and if you want m
The Project365 Days of Doodles is a project in which I should make 1 drawing for each day of 2014. When I started this deviantART account I was already in the 24th doodle (I've been submitting my work since the first day of January on my Instagram account).The Project11 months ago in Personal More Like This
I decided to upload all the 24 doodles in a row, after that I'll submit 1 drawing per day as I finish each one of them. Hope you like my work so far!