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WNC - Monthly Feature No. 25

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 31, 2012, 11:16 AM
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This is a selection from last month's submissions to


a group dedicated to black and white artwork.

Sit back, and enjoy! 

the 1st by HaruNiji

Abstraction (Part 3) by Einsilbig<da:thumb id="339452243"/>429 by Sea-Of-lLights
black and white blues by m-luciainsanitised by davespertinewheels wife by aerendial
GEOMETRICS by pukenphotography is lucid dreaming by PsycheAnamnesisWinter . II by Somebody--else

Viewpoint by arayoIn between by Menoevil
Invasion by tuminkaself in December 2012 by wchild

Bali by Hengki24Burning My Soul by goRillA-iNKhis army by geissa
Lena XII by djaillediewinter I by sth22artsilence follows speechlessness by ra-gro
9am by analogphoto<da:thumb id="341775110"/>Ashes by Anguis-IX

Within Memories by MustafaDedeogLu1323 by MustafaDedeogLu

Curves by HectorGuerra<da:thumb id="340550577"/>_-_Y_i_Y_-_ by y5y6
<da:thumb id="339627450"/>p a u s e by reydooThe Origin XXIX by Menoevil
John in the Window by jonniedeeDisturbing Diagonals by by dasTOK

pining over in light and time by lemura

Shipwreck by KrzysztofJedrzejakcouple by BelcyrPiotr.12.12.07. by dasTOK
Gravitation by benjoinReflections by Gork82<da:thumb id="338575634"/>
Nailya by DanHechoThe Kemboja by Hengki24OUTSIDE by puken

I Hide Myself Away In The Dark by Zewarr<da:thumb id="338601250"/>Implosion Explosion. by Tooga
<da:thumb id="339122043"/>Merely Passing By by SonikGroovebl by odpium
Forgotten Hopes by DpressedSoulBeyond Within by arayoMask by endegor

Self-Portrait by gottfriedhelnweinTeleportation by AlexanderNasa
Revolve by Menoevil

----- by yup12some nerve too by asruldwiHerbst III by Mar-jus
<da:thumb id="341479300"/>azonic by korrox../../.. by beata-bieniak
<da:thumb id="337503507"/>For one moment by mehrmeerScenery Of Divinity by arayo

Self Portrait by JBord141 by celilsezer

I look inside their souls for what I once lost by CyanideMishka<da:thumb id="311097958"/>glass eye moth ::: by katworks
Untitled by JakezDaniel<da:thumb id="337627799"/>Holga by Anticherry
... Saw Her Soul by peterle28Los Toros De Agua...3 by denis2:: Nik the greek..:: by HarisDrako
Midnight Black Earth by kayjensenypsilon by SimonSawSunlight

:thumb338827229:  Friday night by bebefromtheblock
Horse traders III by vulezvrkAndroids by Hengki24

...mmm... by golpista

Selections made by


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The whole team of WhoNeedsColour wishes you and yours
a very happy New Year!


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Light Painting with Tutorials

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 30, 2012, 9:06 AM

Painting With Light

Light painting is a photographic technique in which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source. It's a fun technique to dry out on a warm dark night :) For more information on light paintings or for tutorials, just Google around; it's a pretty popular and well documented technique. A quick search gives me:… (if you prefer written tutorials) and… (if you prefer video tutorials). A tutorial for light painting with portraiture is also available on my website:…

Some wonderful examples of light painting
Spiral Beach by Draken413o Light Upon Light by firdausmahadi Light the Tires by DerekDD
orb by anja-B by JeanFan Light and Fraternity - arabic by Kaalam
I Have a Super Power by BenHeine Conjure by MichelleRamey Different by BenHeine  
First try light painting! by ARTFX-STUDIOS hoop test 2 by Kimbell Keltenknoten by derJake
Sanuk Variation by Kaalam light art.22 by Kimbell red glow by Kimbell
.: Angelus :. by sideshowsito Azula: The Fire Princess by xinstrumental The Wonders of Reading by JeanFan
Day 1: Self-Portrait... by AnnieGitUrGuns In the silence, loudly by Argolith The Source by JeanFan
Try it out for yourself if you haven't already! :blowkiss:

Thanks for your support!
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After taking a look at the screenshots displayed either in my gallery or in :iconblackboxdesktop: 's galleries, a lot of Deviants are asking me what is Blackbox and how (and why) should they use it. And it's a good thing they show interest, because after a period of hibernation, due to many factors (mostly developers dropping out) Blackbox is back with a vengeance.
Well, Blackbox is a shell for Windows or a window manager for Linux, the styles (themes) being interchangeable between the two platforms, something unique in computing. In this essay I will only talk about the Windows flavor, since it's much more flexible than its Linux counterpart.
What is a shell? Well, it's the dressing over a cake, the clothing over a body, the greenery covering a bush. Every operating system has a shell. The Windows' native shell is Explorer, which is not only a file browser, like most of you may think. Delete Explorer and Windows crash. It's a fine shell, especially in the case of Windows 7, but it's heavy, slow, with very few options.
Over the years a lot of alternative shells have been developed to make for Explorer's (and, thus, Windows') shortcomings. Litestep, Blackbox, Serenade, Talisman, Aston, WinStep, DesktopX, are just a few. Some of them, like Blackbox and Litestep, are free, while some others, like Aston and DesktopX, are commercial programs.
Blackbox is unique among them, in that it offers very specialized and rare options. Here is just a few of the many things this shell can do:

1) Colors and textures change on the fly with each style (theme) switch. No need to look around for third party apps that "look well" with or match each specific theme.
2) Windows decorations are embedded in Blackbox' modus operandi  and also offer colors and textures that change with each theme switch – again, no need to look around for third party (and often expensive) apps.
3) Blackbox comes with a plethora of plugins (think of them as widgets, although they are much more than that) that are also part of the change theme/change everything philosophy. Some are so powerful that let you create docks, wharfs, audio players, wallpaper viewers, system meters and a lot more within a few minutes. No programming experience required!
4) Blackbox' desktop is alive. You just drop things on it and they become wallpaper or whatever.
5) Blackbox is the lightest shell there is. This means more speed, more power.
6) Themeing is relatively easy and anyone can create their own styles using a simple text editor like Notepad (although Blackbox does have its own editor, BBNote) and a color picker. Again, no programming or Photoshopping required – although you CAN use graphic files in your elements, if you so wish.
7) Blackbox creates its own backgrounds, if it senses you haven't picked any. Or, you can create wallpapers of any texture and color using its build-in mechanisms. Piece of cake.
8) Blackbox themes can include 3dcc configurations in the style file, which means all window colors change with each theme switch to match the rest of the elements, without the need to call up individual 3dcc files.

You can get the latest (and best) Blackbox build from I suggest to download the nightly build; it's quite stable under 7 or XP and includes the latest improvements. Or, you can download any of my latest themes that include full packages with instructions.
If you need more info, I suggest you read my tutorials:… tutorial part I - the shell… tutorial part II - the plugins… tutorial part III - the styles
They are pretty much outdated by now (I MUST find time to bring them up to date... lol) but they will give you a general idea.
And, of course, feel free to ask if you need help or instructions :)

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Conceptual Spotlight Vol. 25

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 7:34 AM by JamminJo:iconjamminjo:

Spotlight Vol. 25


The Spotlight

Like a lady by ScarletteDeath

The girl from nowhere by AnaShadows

Screaming Skull Passage by SmokyPixel

Coffee break by Justysiak

My Pride by BlackJack0919

Vintage Bride by Mahafsoun

        music.has.a.hold.on.u by JeanFan

Against by Julie-de-Waroquier

Cleanse by IMustBeDead

Solitude by Evey90

The Way  of the Warrior - I by MD-Arts

The Sea by ScarletteDeath

Apathy by orphanchipsandsalsa


powerful guy by voltage-pixels

I don't believe in the things I cannot see. by saratheresee

Cognitive Dissonance by JeanFan

empty envelopes II by AlicjaRodzik

Hidden sorrow. by Mister-Passi

In the woods VI by Snehurkaa10

A Touch Of Magic by Nelleke

Faith in Destiny by BenHeine

Silence by DelusionalAsylum

See a piece that should be featured?

Don't hesitate to note me with the thumb! I'll do my best to get it in the next feature.

Undiscovered Talent

Give love. Write comments. Collect Favorites. Watch Artists. Make Art.



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saturday collection - 2013.05.04

Journal Entry: Sat May 4, 2013, 8:05 AM
black and white  edition v.3

Janaya by green-jam
universe by Enaston  push the sky away by i-m-light
Crown by malicieux
queen of ice and snow by i-m-light  bw caned by awjay
Artemis by Ycki
  Suvarnabhumi by grivachoz
Loseing our selves by IoaSan
Prohibitio by TotoRino  
LA B by IMustBeDead
UNDERWATER WORLD DUBAI by Ssquared-Photography  Drill formation by freMDart
Out-take Rainbow guatemala by BenoitPaille
Dark jazz by Grauenart  expectant by augenweide
IMG 0529cr by bagnino
unreal by augenweide  +' by LenScapist
Daheim by feigenfrucht
  Freedom by BranislavFabijanic
Bacho by LemonLemonLemon
Y by AlexandruCrisan  Thin Air by Hengki24
* for my demons by francisLOVE
Equus Zebra by SeamusHooligan  
Dreams II by sakgaa
Irish Views by Ssquared-Photography  The Hook by EintoeRn
Berlin by LemonLemonLemon


The Veils are an indie alternative rock band from London.
This song is incredibly beautiful and meaningful, and of 
course--just so, so good.

Born from the night in the roaring wind
Cast out of the shadows by an unknown hand
Warmed by the light of these falling limbs
drunk on the sadness of a universe unmanned

Across the water she clings to me
and in the rising karma I feel her at my side
My father's singing in the fallin' leaves
about the complicated beauty of a river run dry

Sit down by the fire

It's hard to say
but I think you'd better
just Say you don't love me
you don't love me anymore

I been waiting in line
now I know I'll never
Overcome this madness
if I don't know for sure

Some day
a little rain is bound to fall
Over my head my heart and my feet
I'm drawn insane
you know I need you now

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‘Downton Abbey’ To End

Carnival Films, which produces the hit series Downton Abbey, announced today that the upcoming sixth season would be the show’s final one. It’s a bittersweet feeling, as the show’s writer Julian Fellowes will go on to work on another period series called The Gilded Age, which we’re very excited about. Downton will always hold a special place in our hearts.

Has Art, Wants To Travel

vashperado is offering commissions in order to help him get to Japan next month!

NASA To Put An Asteroid In Orbit Around The Moon, Because Science

So NASA has a cool plan for 2020, to go grab a boulder from off the surface of an asteroid, then put it into orbit around the moon, and send astronauts to study it. The mission serves a few purposes: namely it will provide researchers with more information about asteroids, and perhaps prepare us for a preventative mission if an asteroid ever threatens to collide with Earth. In addition, it would provide trial runs for a few different maneuvers that would be required during a mission to Mars. Sounds like fun!

Learn Fractal Flowers

Want to learn how to make fractal flowers? This Tips and Tricks article has everything you need to get started.

Mortal Kombat X Trailer

The new Mortal Kombat trailer is here and it’s…graphic. Longtime fans of the series won’t be disappointed, but we don’t recommend watching this if you’ve eaten recently.

Fear of Needles

Needles suck! TheFuzzies is at the doctor’s office and really hates needles. Send some comforting thoughts her way.

Book Recommendations

Just finished a great book and have no idea what to read next? There's a site to help you with that very problem! It will analyze the books and authors you like and make suggestions.

Bon Chance

Let's send some positive energy AKA-Osuke who had her final university interview and is patiently (well maybe not so patiently) waiting to find out the results! Wish her luck!

Leonard Nimoy’s Birthday

Today is Leonard Nimoy’s birthday. He would have been 84. The actor, photographer, writer, and inspirational figure passed away last month. You can read our tribute to him here.

Forum Feature

Do you think money can bring happiness? Breath-of-Nefertari wants to hear your thoughts! Head over to the forum and share your opinion.

Times New Roman, The Movie

Kanye West once said: “Sometimes I get emotional over fonts.” We know what he means. That’s why we’re excited for this movie, all about one of the most ubiquitous fonts ever created: Times New Roman.

Birthday Patrol

It is strangeris’s birthday. This is not a drill. Go give him some well-wishes!

Jason Segel Lego Movie

Remember that time Jason Segel wrote and starred in that Muppets movie and it was ridiculously good? It has been announced that Segel will be co-writing and co-directing in a LEGO movie following in the wake of the enormously successful The LEGO Movie. We cannot wait.

Destiny Weapons Brought To Life

CheesyKnight has 3D printed "Last Word" and "Hawkmoon" from Destiny, which fans will recognize as weapons from the game. So cool.

Steven Spielberg To Direct ‘Ready Player One’

The adaptation of the best-selling book Ready Player One is going to get the Spielberg treatment, according to a report from Deadline. We’re super excited to hear that this project is going to be in capable hands.

Comment Projects

ProjectComment focuses on comment-related projects. Whether you want to give or get constructive comments, this is the group for you. Not sure how to give constructive comments? They can help you there too.

T-Rex Tissue

Some soft tissue from a T-Rex has been discovered on a fossil from Montana. This represents a very rare find in terms of dinosaur fossils, and it will hopefully allow us to learn more about the diets and day-to-day lives of the T-Rex. Scientists are uncertain whether they will be able to retrieve any DNA from the sample (read: Jurassic Park clones are a maybe at this point), but a forthcoming study related to this discovery does add evidence to the theory that modern birds are descended from dinosaurs. We’ll let you know if any more details emerge, but in the mean time does this not make you just a little more excited to see Jurassic World?

Mental Health Day

The team at mental-health have put together a powerful collection of visual and written deviations entitled “The Darkest Hour.

NASA's Curiosity Finds Nitrogen on Mars

The discovery of nitrates on Mars, which has been confirmed this week by NASA, lends evidence to the idea that Mars was once a more inhabitable planet. Read NASA’s full report here.

Discover Contemporaries

JonnyPenn has featured a talented group of Contemporary artists in this journal. Discover someone new!

Big Mac Apparel
by McDonalds

Big Mac Apparel

Deck yourself and your bedroom out in all-over print clothes, sheets, and boots with these new big mac designs from McDonalds. We aren’t entirely sure if these can be ordered outside of Sweden, as the website they’re being sold on is Swedish, but oh man we really, really want these.

Project Porkchop Featured Artist

anggatantama is working in Indonesia making designs and interfaces. You’ll see some familiar faces in his work, as well as some original characters (and some familiar faces that have been re-imagined so that they’ll seem totally new). Discover more artists featured in Project Porkchop here.

Watch Sylvester Stallone Kill People For 34 Minutes

Thanks to Auralnauts you can watch a supercut with every single one of Sylvester Stallone’s 539 on-screen kills spanning the entirety of his career. It’s so long. If you watch the whole thing, write us in the comments below and tell us if it’s worth devoting a half hour to.

Featured Forum

Banganger wants to know what your heart desires. Share your answers here.

Apple Moves Toward Zoom Lenses

Apple wants to develop moveable lenses to work with its devices like the iPhone and iPad, but before that’s possible it needed a new light splitter to work with its iSight cameras. That light splitter has already been invented, and as of this week Apple has been granted a patent for it, allowing them to move further down the road toward developing lenses for its devices. We are envisioning this being used by professional photographers to capture striking images, but we are also aware it’s going to take our selfie game to a whole other level.

Birthday Patrol

This Thursday we say an especially happy birthday to DarkAlchemistNinja!

Today's Headlines From The News Desk 3–26–2015

Authors: techgnoticeawood 
Curator: Moonbeam13 

For more articles like this, visit depthRADIUS.
Want to submit any ideas, suggestions, collections, or an existing work for consideration for the Today page? We'd love to look at it. Email us at
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watchers feature #7

Sat Sep 8, 2012, 2:59 PM
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Hello this is ClefairyKid, your new co-founder, I've just joined the group to lend some of my experience on the subject of profile customisation. What follows is some advice taken from the article I wrote here; DeviantArt Customisation Explained. Go there if you want a general overview of all customisation concepts (I'll be covering one subject at a time here to save confusion).

Custom Box Backgrounds

The thing I am most often bombarded with questions about. There are some important things to remember about these;

:bulletblue: You MUST be a premium member on dA to use the code.

:bulletblue: You must create the image at the size it will appear in the module, these images do not tile, therefore it is best to create a static image with as small a file size as possible so that it does not take too long to load.

:bulletblue: You need to therefore account for the changing length of the module as you edit it's content, making a physical size of about 600px by 2000px a safe choice (although there will be other suggestions from tutorials etc out there).

:bulletblue: You need to host the background image somewhere, you can do this for free on a site like Photobucket, or in your deviantart scraps (make sure to allow the download option if you upload it to dA). You will need the direct URL link to copy into the code used in the module.

:bulletblue: PLEASE NOTE however, if you choose to host the image offsite, the site may automatically resize the image even when using the direct link, the best way to avoid this is to use scraps on dA.

:bulletblue: You should only use these codes in custom module widgets (the ones with the little notepad icon in the top left corner), as it can be more complicated to achieve the effect in widgets that display automatic content (not impossible but more advanced than I will cover here).

:bulletblue: All content of the module (writing, images, thumbs etc,) MUST be placed within the area that says "CONTENT HERE", otherwise it is covered over by the background. I recommend using custom box codes by SparkLum within this area because it neatly centres your content and provides a plain background for your text to sit over, thus making it readable whilst still having a fun background picture. I will cover those boxes in another blog entry.

The Code

<div class="popup2-moremenu"><div class="floaty-boat"><img src="DIRECT LINK TO IMAGE FILE HERE"></div></div><div class="gr-box">


Custom Backgrounds by SparkLum

See also:

Custom-box background tutorial by CypherVisor
Custom-box Background Tutorial by CypherVisor

Deviation-box background tutorial by CypherVisor
Deviation-box background tutorial by CypherVisor

deviantID-box background tutorial by CypherVisor
deviantID-box bckgrnd tutorial (OUTDATED) by CypherVisor
For backgrounds in the DeviantID module (effects of the code may be affected by upgrading to the new devID module but I cannot confirm it).

For another variation on background code.
PE 2010 stamp by projecteducate

10 useful and not very known Photoshop tricks

1. Saving your .psd with all layers hidden makes a smaller file compared to saving it with all layers visible.

2. You can use the Crop Tool to quickly increase the canvas size of an image by holding down Ctrl + Alt whilst dragging the Crop Tool outside the current canvas.

3. If you want to see only one of your layers at a time, hold down Alt whilst clicking the eye icon of the layer. (do it again to show all layers again)

4. Holding down Alt while in a dialog box turns the Cancel button into a Reset button, so you can reset the values back to default.

5. If you want to just quickly check a very heavy .psd file, you can hold down Shift + Alt while clicking the Open button. This way Photoshop will open a flattened version of the file.

6. You can change the gray background that surrounds your image with the Paint Bucket Tool, just hold down Shift and make click on the background.

7. Not a very unknown tip, but if you hold down the space bar while using any tool, you'll quickly change to the Hand Tool. Aditionally, you can change to the Move Tool by holding down Ctrl. If you hold down Alt while using the Brush Tool you'll quickly change to the Eyedropper Tool. If you do it while using the Move Tool you'll duplicate the layer.

8. If you thought Photoshop only allowed you to perform one undo (Ctrl + Z), by using Ctrl + Alt + Z you can do more than one. Alternatively with Ctrl + Shift + Z  you can perform a redo.

9. Ctrl. + Tab toggles between your current open documents.

10. Pressing X switches the background and foreground colors.

10 useful and not very known Photoshop tricks
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DeviantART announced a month ago that through a new organization, Dadotart we applied to manage a new Top Level Domain (TLD) called “.ART.” We are committed to having the .ART TLD — the Internet addresses that could end in .ART — organized and distributed with the full participation of the global art community.

We need your help!

We need your help to show public support for the Dadotart application. The application process to manage a TLD is long, arduous, and intricate. Help us gather as a true art-centric community. And please spread the word to everyone who loves the arts or is part of the arts because we aim to have .ART be home to everyone in every one of the arts.

Every voice counts!

There are a number of ways for you to support the Dadotart campaign.

1. Write a Comment

Write a comment about your support of Dadotart’s application in this journal and we will pass your comment on to ICANN. Tell them how a .ART TLD might serve you as an artist or art lover.

2. Spread the Word

Tell others! Help us spread the word by posting a Journal, updating your Facebook status, tweeting, or using any other means of social media to get others to join in. People who are not members of deviantART can e-mail messages of  support to:

3. Go Above and Beyond

We also urge you to post a message of support to ICANN’s “Submit an Application Comment” page. This process isn’t for the faint of heart and takes a few minutes longer as it requires you to create an account and verify an e-mail address. Still, if you do this, you are assuring ICANN that you are an impassioned and vocal supporter of the arts community and of Dadotart’s application.

Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to post a message to ICANN.

Well-formulated, respectful, and intelligent comments will be the best approach to showing ICANN and the world why Dadotart, Inc. will be the best manager of the .ART TLD.

Thank You!

A landslide starts with a single pebble. This is a worldwide effort at every level — from a single artist to a small group of craftspeople to an international association of museum directors. The support of one is the support of all. But hurry! This is a time-sensitive effort. All comments must be submitted by August 13th, 2012 to be eligible. Help us gather as a true art-centric community. And please spread the word to everyone who loves the arts or is part of the arts because
we aim to have .ART be home to everyone in every one of the arts.

Please note this doesn't mean that would change to (or The .ART TLD would service all of the arts, including art forms that deviantART doesn't handle -- like the theater, music, dance, and so on -- and would allow people to have individual identities associated with the arts without going through a community like deviantART or YouTube.

For the reader:

  1. How would you use a .art address?

  2. If all the arts had a special address like .art, how would it improve your use of the Web?

  3. Do you think it's important for the voices of a community to come up with the guidelines for the use of a .art address?

Let ICANN know in your comments and support Dadotart!

DeviantART announced a month ago that — through a new organization, Dadotart — we applied to manage a new Top Level Domain (TLD) called “.ART.” We are committed to having the .ART TLD — the Internet addresses that could end in .ART — organized and distributed with the full participation of the global art community.
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