Passion FishHolding you I jumpPassion Fish10 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Into the spectacle of the sea
Sinking into a school
Of vermillion grouper:
The day-star strikes a path for us
Deep into the swelling rhythm
Of the ancient blue,
The somber cool;
Above the surface,
A vanilla sky;
From the inside
Of a flower;
Our hands explore dark waters for treasured touch;
Separating seaweed with fingertip scythes
Of poignant flesh;
Being with you is like floating for the first time
In my own personal ocean,
Or standing barefoot in the wake
Of a tsunami, unafraid;
Or holding a jewel
WinterWinter10 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
The old man smiles through clear blue eyes
and skies embracing fertile clouds
expectant with fractal flake children.
He doffs his hat of hazy mist
for geriatric trees, bald heads
displaying their crinkled-wood wisdom.
One hand adjusts his bare-earth tweed
to smooth the frost on collar hills
and straighten a river-ice necktie.
He wanders, smiling at his world
unfurled in tasteful winter shades
now painted on seasonal canvas.
Guide to Equine Manipulation 2Guide to Equine Manipulation 23 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Notes This is the sequel to the first Guide to Equine Manipulation. It contains new sections, more advice and redone tutorial links. As previously, you can find links to tutorials in the artist's comment.
I. Step One - Cutting
I have found the best tool to use for cutting the pen tool (or paths if you're in Gimp). It is superior to the eraser in that you don't have to worry about clear lines and jagged cuts. It takes a bit of getting used to at the start, but after that you can go faster than when you use the eraser.
II. Step Two - Smudging?
Smudging is a fad in photo manipulations. It is intended to get rid of grains. It is not meant to make your horse blurry and plastic looking! An over smudged horse is an almost a sure sign of an amateur photo manipulation artiest. You don't want people to think you're an amateur! So don't over smudge. The horse should never be blurrier than the background (unless you are purposely using something else as the focus). When you do smudge, there
Scarlet MoonScarlet Moon10 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
" Scarlet Moon "
I feel the pain inside me now
as I lie here on the frosted ground
something wild calls to me
but I can't answer it easily
Lunar rays on my rippling spine
cracking and expanding due to moon's shine
palms sucking in my fingers
nails to claws, my creature's
My skin crawling, I scream
so soon will I be redeemed
eyes bloodshot to colorless sight
enlarging fangs pierce the brisk night
Its over, my Change
now in overall rage
I must hunt, I must kill
On all fours, what a thrill
Animal instinct in charge
I wouldn't remember who you are
On scent I trace
Some ones here, anywhere but safe
ready to race
for I will give chase
Your body will be so unrecognizable
There will be no case
As I near, I smell your pumping blood
Your shrill squeals as I begin your red flood
Razor talons sink into warm flesh
warm crimson breath, as I caress
The October moon becomes inflamed
As I devour my poor, fallen prey
Howls of glorious triumph come soon
Oh have I, my scarlet moon
Basic Assignments-mangaBasic Assignments-manga7 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
Manga characters are made of basic geometric shapes, the more you know how to put those together in your mind, the better you will be able to draw them.
A good practice to drawing better manga characters is with still life.
1. Draw an egg with all angle, under a single light source.
The egg shape represent the basic shape of the face, once you get the egg shape down and you are able to imagine it in your mind in all angle, you are one step closer being able to do manga face in all angles.
2. Then draw a cone or triangle like shape in all different angles. If you can't find those, get a mug, with handle, and draw it in all different angles, study that shape.
That will be your hint for the manga nose shape changes in all angles.
3. To draw a body in all angles.... find a box, and draw it all different direction. Then move on to drawing boxes in different proportion. Long ones (like the shoe boxes) or square ones, and flatter ones.
4. Study a single T-shirt without anything on it,
tendernesstenderness10 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
their lips were sweet and loving
just as all the rest
all concerns and worries
out the window and on the floor
their eyes met with wonder
and that's what love is for
both hold beauty and intelligence
who could ask for more?
who could tell them that they're wrong?
when love grants them life
when all meaning evaporates in their embrace
who says this is not their song?
grace lives in love
grace gives them love
grace is their love
and who could ask for more?
angels both and God's gift to women
miracles in the eyes of lust
they are grace
and will never ask for more.
Ladies and GentlemenLadies and Gentlemen10 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
And to begin with ladies and gentlemen,
The play, the intro,
Of the life,
I'm no longer in control of,
The one the world made me into.
Let me describe to you,
The world as I see it,
See the world through,
My black and blue eyes.
Let me present to you ladies and gentlemen,
The main character,
That can't be me,
Even though I want it to be,
Because they won't let me.
This play, ladies and gentlemen,
Is meant to be,
About my life,
But it doesn't seem to be mine,
And I can't help it,
Because I'm not stronger,
Then the man pulling the curtains,
Right behind me.
Now when he decides,
With a puff on his pipe,
That I'm no longer,
A good enough actress,
I'll be thrown off stage,
Into this day and age,
Of rape, and abuse,
So I implore.
Cheer for me in my last act,
So that I can die,
With my dignity in tact.
And here, ladies and gentlemen,
Is the setting for my scene,
What seems so serene,
They don't need a perfect place,
To do the beating,
Because it has no meaning,
To those without fe
My Really Long Webcomic GuideMy Really Long Webcomic Guide4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Jenny's Really Long Webcomic Guide
I have been getting quite a few emails and questions about starting up your own webcomic, so I decided to compile all the articles I'd written before into this one comprehensive guide.
This massive wall of text has several sections:
- How to start
- Getting the story started
- Readership & research
- The Internets!
These are my own guidelines, based on my own experiences, and these are my solutions to the problems and issues I have encountered along the way. This is not necessarily the one true way. There are probably many different solutions to any problem. And a bajillion books on this very subject too. But regardless of what I have to say, do what works for you!
So take your bathroom breaks now, because you'll be here for a bit! Sit tight and enjoy my blathering!
Part One: "How do you start a webcomic?" A Short Question... with a big, long, friggin' answer.
Okay, a l
CensoredCensored9 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Boy hops, skips, tromps inside,
dirt-water dripping into a sentence
on the linoleum forum beneath:
"The mud is especially good today."
strikes the statement from the record,
appeal to Mop v. Glo denied.
The dissident is thrown into prison (porcelain)
and Mother ensures freedom of speech
is revoked, even behind the ears.
When Annie Came to StayThere was a ghost in the house. Billy just knew it. His mother and father had told him not to be so silly and get into bed, and now of course he couldnt sleep. There was a chilly feeling in his room that was making him want to go to the toilet, but he felt sure that if he got out of bed something horrible would happen to him. If you asked him why he thought that, he wouldnt have been able to give you a very convincing answer, unless you yourself have had a feeling of something good or bad being about to happen for no particular reason. The only way that Billy knew something would happen was from one of those feelings.When Annie Came to Stay7 years ago in Children and Teen More Like This
He lay still for a very long time, but eventually he had to move to make himself more comfortable, and to try and ease the feeling of needing to go to the toilet. When Billy turned over, a terrifying sight met his eyes. He had known all along that there was a ghost in the room, but wh
HowToSurviveAHorrorMovie Pt 1Don't drink, do drugs, have sex, or anything else uncouth because you will die.HowToSurviveAHorrorMovie Pt 19 years ago in Horror More Like This
Never buy or rent a house, cabin, or apartment that is next to or on top of a cemetery.
If your child tells you that there is a monster, ghost, talking doll, or anything else scary in the house. Believe them.
If a crazy person tells you the above, believe them.
If you knock the killer/monster out. Hack him into little tiny pieces, shoot him in the head, kill him.
When it seems that you have killed the monster, don't check to see if it is dead. Keep hacking, shooting it. They always get back up.
If a member of your group has been bitten, scratched, cut, or in anyways hurt by a creature, kill them.
If you have been bitten, well same as above.
If you find a plaque, coin, disk, or anything else in a wall or the floor, don't pull it out, it is there for a reason.
Never, never, never, ever split up into groups of two, or go off by yourself.
Don't try your cell phone. It
The Furry Rules1.) Furry characters shall not have a human facial structure (jaw, chin, eye socket, etc). They shall have the base animal's facial structure, though it may be stylized. Human hair on the head is OK.The Furry Rules7 years ago in Stories & Vignettes More Like This
2.) Furries shall not have human lips.
3.) Furries shall have animal paws with pads, not human feet with long toenails.
4.) A comic that involves noble furries fighting for freedom against evil hyoomans shall be an object of scorn.
5.) Art theft is a great excuse to feel important. Steal each other's art regularly and everyone wins. If Disney steals your art, that's even better. Write them angrily and frequently if you even suspect your character's likeness was used.
6.) Screenshots of your furry character from online games, 3D chats, video games etc. are not worth seeing. Neither are scenes made from 3D models, unless you designed the model yourself.
7.) "Sexy" characters shal
Tips For Editing PoetryTips For Editing Poetry9 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
***Tips For the Novice (and otherwise) - Editing***
The blanket statement, "Editing/revision harms poetry," is simply wrong. It's akin to a photographer claiming that focusing the lens ruins the emotion of the photograph. It is the details, and the appropriate attention paid to them, that separate a photograph from a snapshot. Imagine a film maker slapping every frame he shot up on the screen without editing for continuity, for pacing, for effect. What a disaster. That is not to say that editing can't be destructive - there is such a thing as poor editing, just as there is poor writing. But done correctly, done well, it is one of the most important tools in the poet's shed.
Never shy away from editing/revision. Some young writers feel that to revise is to kill the spirit of the poem. This notion serves to sacrifice the potential of a poem for an ideal that
How to Write a NovelOr at least how I plan to write my novels. Right now I'm tweaking a novel for release (aka Fine Drafting it). No matter how essential this step is, fine drafting a book doesn't feel like real writing, so I thought I would flex my writing muscles by trying to recapture what it took to bring this book into existence. What burbled up from the morass seemed about as wiry as Jeffy's run through gangland in the Family Circus cartoon that never made it to print (ask your parents kids). So. I decided to iron the process out and streamline the steps into what you might call "Ikea Instructions for Writing a Novel" a short simple guide to the mechanical side of bringing a book together.How to Write a Novel5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
One word of warning though, some of this is untested advice. It is a combination of the way I did it as well as the way I now see that I should have done it. Whether or not it actually works I won't know until after I write the next book. So take what you read here with a grain of salt.
The BoxHave you ever put yourself in someone else's shoes?The Box8 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
You don't know why people act the way they do.
I bet you've never even spoken to any of them.
There is always a reason behind an action
But you don't always know the reason right away.
You've just climbed out of this really deep hole
And all these people begin to endlessly torment you.
Would you fight them for your freedom?
Or would you just jump back into your hole of safety?
What is safer-
Being stuck in a box where no one can enter nor leave
Or stand out and suffer the cruel ways of humanity?
Knowing that you're behind bolted doors
And you have absolutely no means of communication
Your mind begins to separate
Into a world of dreams
Fear creeps upon you ever so slowly
As a chill climbs upon your spine until...
Suddenly your mind pulls itself together
The horrors within immediately disappear
You're at peace once more
Realizing that no one has accompanied you
You desire to be set free
But you don't want to climb
Broken StringsBroken Strings10 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Groups pass by
Connected by a million little strings
Strings of past experiences and shared bonds
One girl sits alone
Wrapped up in her own private prison
A prison of betrayal and pain
Strings jut out of her
But fall useless to the cold cement
Their connection gone
She is not connected to anything
No one notices
Some take the time to glance at her
Take the time to give her that fake smile
The smile used for every casual aquaintance
Soon after they pass they forget
Another person catches their eye
And the forgotten girl continues to sit
Uselessly she grabs at the strings
Pulling, trying to bring those connections back
But it's useless
It's too late to retrieve what has been lost
She can see in the passing groups
The way she used to be
Laughing and joking
And giving that fake smile to someone else
Finally someone notices
Cares enough to sit down
Not asking questions
Just another casual aquaintance
But this one cares
Not talking as the girl feverishly writes
But the closene
Paneling tips for mangaPaneling tips for manga11 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Paneling is a part of Graphic design. O_- It's an art in itself, think of how you would do a collage and put together a puzzle, that's how paneling works.
You must understand the basic 2D design element:
movement, center of interest, value contrast, volume, size, perspective.... so on and on....
As for paneling.... there is no set way to do it, whether drawing the picture first, or draw the panel's first, or draw the panels and the pictures back and forth.... it's all upto the artist, as long as the result is satisfying to the artist. Just experiement and find the best way that suits you.
1. Panels must support your content: That's the most important thing.... if one line is going over an important character's head shot, omit that line and let the character stand out~ If one frame is more important than the other, you wish to make it a focus on the page, make that frame larger than the others, sometimes it can even overlap other panels alittle. However, being overly complicated
Getting Published the Hard WayGETTING PUBLISHED: THE TRADITIONAL WAYGetting Published the Hard Way5 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
A tutorial by M. Alice Chown
If, like me, you have stories lying around gathering virtual dust on your hard drive, why not send them out to a publisher? You have nothing to lose. A couple of years ago, I attended the launch of an annual Canadian short story anthology, called Tesseracts 10. I knew one of the authors whose speculative fiction piece had been included in the book. Matthew Johnson and I had taken the same creative writing course. Our former prof, author, Robert Sawyer, was there at the launch too, as well as the editors of the anthology. Those who had contributed a story to Tesseracts 10 took turns saying a few words about their piece. Matt talked about his joy at learning that after so many rejections his humble tale about soup of all things had made it into print. Most surprising to me, however, were the words of the pretty, brunette author. She was just 19, a University of Toronto student, and her short story had been her very first
Yesterday, Love DiedI never thought that I could feel this way.Yesterday, Love Died10 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
My heart so full of love,
yet broken into countless shards...
It almost feels as if my body,
should be dead.
I shouldnt be able to hear,
Without you, my motivation is gone.
My will to get through the day,
is doubtful at best.
I can still feel how my heart felt yesterday,
the drum in my breast beating.
The music flowing in and out,
Playing only for you...
The drum grew old,
the moment you left.
We were so blissfully in love.
We used to laugh,
and oh, how I loved your smile...
When you made my scruples
smoothe out and straighten,
I truly felt liberated.
In your arms,
I could have,
ascended into heaven.
I could have,
but its over.
Miniature visions of me
swam in your eyes,
but its strange how the last time
I saw myself in those bright blue orbs,
there were tears gliding down my cheeks.
Love died in me that day,
The great drum in my chest,
not only barren,
but ground to dust.
Incapable of making sweet mus
How to Become More PopularHow to Become More Popular7 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Do you know the times when you put in a lot of effort and time into a deviation; however it does not get the attention that you think it deserves? This is a very common occurrence that deviants experience. You would like it if people commented on your work, for example, like expressing their opinions and critiques. However you see that there are very few comments for your deviation. Do you wish that you could do something to make your user page more appealing for other deviants to have an incentive to view your art? This guide might be able to help you by informing you of some simple tips and techniques. And hopefully these tips and techniques can give deviants more of an incentive to view and comment on your art, and possibly watch you also.
If you have some spare money it is recommendable to purchase the subscription service from DeviantArt. A subscription allows for a much larger freedom of activities for your user page. You can make fun polls, more
Words To Avoid"Words To Avoid In Creative Writing"Words To Avoid5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
We've all heard there are some no-no words in creative writing - these are words that you want to avoid "at all costs" some people say, but do you know which they are, and why you should avoid them? Well, I didn't the first time I saw a list of "words to avoid", and not surprisingly, a lot of people who write these lists don't know why either. (I know, SHOCK! GASP! just because someone wrote a guide doesn't mean they know what they're talking about.)
So, this morning I went on a word-finding spree to find these "word lists" and find out WHY I was supposed to avoid these words - and more importantly, HOW. This guide will explain what I discovered.
WARNING: Quite often in this guide I am going to use words I say you shouldn't. Do as I say, not as I do. I address one problem at a time so as not to confuse people, so yes, some of my examples will have several mistakes in them even if I only address one of those mistakes.
ApologyI love youApology10 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Whay can't you love me?
So I'm gay
but it was meant to be
I miss your smile
I miss your blue eyes
I miss your hugs
I'm sorry I told lies
I'm sorry I yelled
I'm sorry I lied
I'm sorry you wouldn't hold me
even as I broke down and cried
I told you my secret
I thought you'd still love me
But I was proved wrong
As you took away my house key
We all have faults
but being gay isn't mine
I really need you now
If you still love me I need a sign
I'll never regret
finally stopping the lies
even though you hurt,
I can see it in your eyes
But I love you
Can't you love me?
Please, I miss you
I love you mommy