Blue Ivy Carter (Beyonce baby)http://helloblueivycarter.tumblr.com/Blue Ivy Carter (Beyonce baby)4 years ago in Personal More Like This
This baby is sooo SWEAT!!!
Love you Beyonce
FeralHeart+ : UpdateThe current version of FH+ V1.13 is no longer available to download, as it does not currently have Lonely Cave and that means if you create a new character in FH+ they'll arrive in a black abyss. But not to worry, I am working on finishing up an update to fix this at the moment. It will not only fix that problem, but hopefully will fix the black screen issue some users have and will include tons new content and many improvements to original FeralHeart files. So for now enjoy FHoriginal and get ready for the biggest FeralHeart overhaul you've ever seen!FeralHeart+ : Update3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Update V1.131 will include:
- New logo
- New music
- New Lonely Cave
- New character Podium map
- New Forgotten Depths map
- Many new items, objects, and plants
- Over 70 new faux trees and plants
- New sound effects for maps
- New terrain textures
- All new character textures
- New character, object, and terrain shading
- Bonfire Island has been separated to create Fire Island (will reduce lag problems)
- Temple of Dre
To anatomy or not to anatomy..Choosing a style for your comic.To anatomy or not to anatomy..4 years ago in Personal More Like This
This is my opinion only and very open to discussion. What do YOU think?
PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTHS! The biggest question you should ask before you start your project is: Is this something I plan on doing for the sake of publishing, or is it something I am doing solely to grow my artistic skill?
If you're doing it to grow your artistic skill, GREAT. Don't listen to anything I'm about to say!
 A big question centers around anatomy. Is it easy for you? Are your skills more 'technical' or 'expressive'? They can be both, but think about which one you are best at. If the one you enjoy most is not the one you are best at, consider doing something solely to grow your skill FIRST.
Expressive is more gesture, cartoon based work. Things that are fluid in motion and have a lot of stylization to them.
Technical involves things that are more anatomically base
Devious Journal EntryI apologize, but I need to talk about my roommates.Devious Journal Entry2 years ago in Personal More Like This
:Iconwadifahtook: Lauren Banks and her husband Killian Zimmerman became my roommate in December of last year through this journal: http://wadifahtook.deviantart.com/journal/Anyone-from-Texas-303569515.
It was the first time that I had ever lived with someone aside from my own family. It was going to be a big step for me, but I took a deep breath and decided to trust and open my home. As an introvert suddenly struggling with social anxiety, I had to "step outside my comfort zone, give people the benefit of the doubt, and be a friend." At first, things went well. I guess there's always that grace period. Lauren Banks and I did art. We went to an SCBWI meeting. We talked politics and movies while she made tacos. We talked about her emotionally abusive mother and how they'd worked with mean, shallow people who smiled in your face before they stabbed you in the back living in Utah. I like having roommates. It was nice to have someone that
Rise of The Guardians...(Avengers for children?)Watched Rise of The Guardians and I wasn't really impressed. :IRise of The Guardians...(Avengers for children?)3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Is it only me?
People are saying that Guardians can be compared to The Avengers and I guess I do agree with that statement as I didn't appreciate that movie so much either, probably for the same reasons. I mean, I won't say I wasn't entertained while I was watching both movies, however I can't understand what's SO great about these to make everyone go crazy/hysteric.
Ok, there is the "badass concept" of super heroes(and guardians) that is obviously appealing to both adults and children...and all the action and fancy effects. I won't deny that it's cool to watch all that stuff but, really, that's pretty much what most movies offer nowadays and it gets boring after a while. Sure, these movies are virtuous, have funny moments, portray good values that are normally welcomed for children, but is that enough to consider them more than just average?
I do understand why children will LOVE this Guardians movie (and they shoul
Mary SueI am officially declaring that the term " Mary Sue" has lost all relevant meaning. Like the word " pretentious" and " irony" it has lost any helpful definition due to misuse and overuse. But for the poor Mary it is even worse because it never had a proper dictionary term that some lit buff could bash you over the head with when you got it wrong.Mary Sue2 years ago in Personal More Like This
It was once the name of a fifteen (and a half) year old Star Fleet lieutenant who, in a few paragraphs, charmed the pants off the entire starship Enterprise and saved the day, even though she was so young and beautiful. Then tragically, only a paragraph later, died a beautiful death, even though she was so young. With youthful beauty. ( Read it here: http://web.archive.org/web/20100830041159/http://www.fortunecity.com/rivendell/dark/1000/marysue.htm )
The story itself is a wonderful bit of jabbing at the early Trek fan fiction community. It was something that had been seen in fanzines over and over, this overly perfect young stand in character
Random VS. Creative"You are soooo random!"Random VS. Creative3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
"BACON IS WOOOO"
"I'm a potato..."
Guys, let me cut to the chase. There is a huge difference between being random versus being creative. You all know that one person; the person (who might happen to be a huge Invader Zim fan, just saying) who says completely random things in social situations and is then dubbed as being funny and original..... Being random can make you seem interesting at times, but in the art world, randomness usually only works best with abstract art, and even then, the best abstract art comes from real emotion and focus.
Yes, creativity requires for a person to be original and have a mind open to new ideas; but for the originality to be of any use, it must be an appropriate response to the situation. We are blessed with minds which have the ability to think non-linearly and deviate from a set path; we are able to come up with multiple solutions to difficult situations; but in order for our solutions to work, they need
Tropes/Archetypes vs ClichesTropes/Archetypes vs ClichesTropes/Archetypes vs Cliches4 years ago in Personal More Like This
There were a few debates in my last article about this topic, so I wanted to clear something up.
A trope is a device that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members' minds and expectations.
A cliche is a device that is "sterotyped and trite".
In your writing, you want to use tropes and NOT cliches. These are some of the ways I've come up with to tell the difference (anything you might want to add is welcome).
Why aren't the "chosen one" and prophecy of Harry Potter seen as cliche by most? Because the author subverted.
She took the average cliche of prophecy resulting in a chosen one, and turned it around (partially).
Voldemort heard the prophecy, and only by believing it was true did he enable Harry to defeat him. Voldemort could have also chosen Neville, another boy who fit the prophecy, to attack. If Neville's mother had saved
5 Tips On Dialogue, Part OneEDIT: If you like this journal entry, check out The Sarcastic Guide to Writing ebook http://www.amazon.com/The-Sarcastic-Guide-Writing-ebook/dp/B005TOCC1C for exclusive content on world-building, character, and dialogue!5 Tips On Dialogue, Part One5 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. Good dialogue implies more then what is being said. Dialogue is a tool for characterization, because if character is action, talking is a free action. (Heh.) What is being said not always as important as how it's being said. A character who is constantly sarcastic, or quiet in the face of fury, or downright serene and gleeful on a battlefield says a lot about their character. Dialogue can convey this easily. Some dialogue can be straight and to-the-point, like "Swerve left to avoid the deer!" but when used as characterization you should always consider the A point and B point of your dialogue. Consider point A to be the direct information that serves the story and the plot.
5 Tips on Dialogue: Part TwoEDIT: If you like this journal entry, check out The Sarcastic Guide to Writing ebook http://www.amazon.com/The-Sarcastic-Guide-Writing-ebook/dp/B005TOCC1C for exclusive content on world-building, character, and dialogue!5 Tips on Dialogue: Part Two5 years ago in Personal More Like This
Not sure when the next update is; I'm probably going to be starting another novel here soon.
1. Said is king. Meyer! You little minx; thank you for providing me with a perfect reason why Said Bookisms suck so bad! http://reasoningwithvampires.tumblr.com/tagged/dialogue_tags Replacing said with anything should be done with hesitation. Dialogue stands on its own. Give your readers credit: we really can understand how something is being said by the dialogue alone. When characters whine, moan, sniff, or do anything with an adverb, their dialogue probably needs punching up. Sometimes it's unavoidable, but do try not to let yourself fall off the slippery slope.
Barbary Whelp Contest is Closed!Contest Closed!Barbary Whelp Contest is Closed!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
These little guys are examples of our barbary whelp.
We will NOT be commenting on submissions: don't want to show any favoritism! Also, if you don't post your signal-boost link for your second, third, fourth etc. entry, it will NOT be counted.
The immature version of a barbary drake (adults coming soon), they're so named for their barbarous nature (mind your fingers). Barbaries are voracious eaters, and when full grown quite capable of tackling prey larger than itself (mind you there isn't too much larger than a full grown barbary). Hatchlings display a wide variety of colour patterns, often in outrageous combinations. These bright, distinctive pelts are thought to advertise the immature drake's venomous nature to any would-be predators. Although somewhat unpredictable in captivity, whelps imprinted at hatching can be domesticated with some measure of success.
Each whelp comes ful
GUEST JOURNAL: Songdog-StrayFangSome notes on Time ManagementGUEST JOURNAL: Songdog-StrayFang4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Journal written by: :iconSongdog-StrayFang:
Let’s get objective folks. Right down to the technical. I could list off several reasons why your comic is failing but you could sit there and deny them all because, hey, it’s subjective. It’s all opinion, right? But today, we’re going to focus on the physical and undeniable.
Yup, we’re doing some math today. Now I know the majority of you probably aren’t math people (I’m an English major myself) but we’ll keep this simple. So there are 7 days a week, 4 weeks in a month. Easy to keep track of right? Well how many pages do you produce a week? How many pages do you produce a month?
Realistically, a person with a life is probably making a page (one, single, not plural) every 2 weeks or so. That’s about 2 pages a month, or 24 pages a year. But let’s not forget there are people who do maybe 1 page a month, so 12 a year.
Think about this. Where is yo
The Top 20 Most Annoying Things About Comics on DA1. The font is too small, too dark, or so crowded I cant freaking read it.The Top 20 Most Annoying Things About Comics on DA4 years ago in Personal More Like This
2. Spelling hee hee as hehe. He is a pronoun; hee and heh are bits of laughter; so are ho, ha", and mwa. I cannot read hehe as anything but two pronouns stuttering. Edit: And you know what? Finnish and all those other languages that do it AREN'T ENGLISH.
3. The comics are too dark to tell whats going on. Whether because this persons working screen is too dark, or because they think itll add to their comics feel of dark mystery, I cant say.
4. Inconsistent narration. Figure it the freak out before you start investing your time! Research POV in comics and why theyre important. I hate it when one page reads in First Person and then switches
'Your Art Sucks'Check this out! It's awesome and very, very true!'Your Art Sucks'3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I know some of my friends & watchers are struggling at various points that are mentioned in this tut; hopefully this will help
Don't forget to read the extra advice in her artist's comment!
Awesome tut found in Umbagog's equally awesome Resources folder.
Draw Yourself (x2) (EXTENTION)Extending this another week. theres been some great submissions and I wanna see more. plus chamba has been gone for most of this and I know he'd like to get one in.Draw Yourself (x2) (EXTENTION)3 years ago in Personal More Like This
new deadline below.
Draw yourself (x2)
Draw yourself (x2) Jam
So this idea came up a few days ago, and I figured it could be a fun personal exercise.
- Traditional or Digital BUT must be in color.
- Draw up a 'self portrait' of yourself in whatever style you like.
- accompanying that 1st image, draw yourself again in the opposite gender (side by side).
Friday, 12th of April, 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time
Just submit your finished piece to the "Draw yourself (x2)" Folder. If by any chance that doesn't work, Submit it to the FEATURED folder and we'll move it into the correct section from there.
Love of wolves (mating season) - PHOTOSHelloLove of wolves (mating season) - PHOTOS4 years ago in Personal More Like This
First of all, kiriban (766 666) is VERY close!
At second, Brno's females, Alex and Clair, are in heat now. I went to the ZOO to take some photos - because of mating season, wolves were very excited and active. I had a great chance to watch their fantastic and natural behavior, which included gentle touches, aggresivity (not between alphas and beta, but younger wolves were somehow excited) and mating itself. It was just incredible to observe so intimate moments of the lives of wolves. Thanks to winter, I was totally alone with them - only me and wolves. I would like to share some shots I took - sorry for lower quality, the weather was cloudy and as you can imagine, wolves were moving a lot. Although I took some photos of mating itself, I do not want to post such shots. Not to offend some of my watchers (mating and also eating are absolutely natural for animals ) but to somehow respect privacy of the wolves
Thank you for every it would help me to share this
5 Tips On HeroesEDIT: If you like this journal entry, check out The Sarcastic Guide to Writing ebook http://www.amazon.com/The-Sarcastic-Guide-Writing-ebook/dp/B005TOCC1C for exclusive content on world-building, character, and dialogue!5 Tips On Heroes5 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sorry for the lapse. Sort of. Im suffering from a rather debilitating case of writers block, and these stupid things are my therapy when I just have to write without having anything to write. Ive had a little luck in the last few weeks, hence the lapse. Also, school is kind of weighing in, just a tad. On the plus side, my house is cleaner than its been in 3 years.
1. If you lose the moral high ground, you are no longer writing a hero. Granted, morality has a broad definition, and most of the time whether your hero is doing the right thing depends on your audience. Some red-blooded American crazy might see a pacifistic hero as a pansy, while a
Art Thief (banned from youtube)Banned From YoutubeArt Thief (banned from youtube)4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Despite snakegirls crying that all the evidence is 'false' against her (love to see that one in court), youtube decided to BAN her for multiple or severe violations of YouTube's Copyright Policy. Just to let anyone still unsure know, it's pretty hard to get banned from youtube. They allow copyrighted music and game screenshots and plays- so what do you have to do to get banned? Trace animations!
Turns out her newest drawings are traces too. Guess she hasn't improved, just gotten more sneaky. So now she's actually using other subjects to trace such as jaguars and other types of dogs- hence why it's a bitch trying to find the originals for her new stuff.
Such as http://snakegirlshilach.deviantart.com/art/You-ll-be-in-my-heart-212275907 where she traced from http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i332/szaer/art-theft.png
The red lines show EXACT match ups, as you can see she do
5 Tips On EndingsEDIT: If you like this journal entry, check out The Sarcastic Guide to Writing ebook http://www.amazon.com/The-Sarcastic-Guide-Writing-ebook/dp/B005TOCC1C for exclusive content on world-building, character, and dialogue!5 Tips On Endings5 years ago in Personal More Like This
To Any of the Fanfiction Writers I May Have Offended With My Last Entry: I am sorry. Im sorry that I overgeneralized, that I made sweeping, arrogant statements about the quality of your work. Im sorry I drove you to flaming and abuse. Im sorry that derivative appears to mean carte blanche to regurgitate. Im sorry that what others call Character Derailment you call Character Development. Im sorry that youre forced to stuff parody and reimaginings under the fanfiction umbrella in an attempt to give your beloved genre a sense of legitimacy. Im sorry that tie-in novels are largely printed as mass market paperbacks. (You kno
5 Tips on EmotionEDIT: If you like this journal entry, check out The Sarcastic Guide to Writing ebook http://www.amazon.com/The-Sarcastic-Guide-Writing-ebook/dp/B005TOCC1C for exclusive content on world-building, character, and dialogue!5 Tips on Emotion5 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sorry for the delay; I attended the Austin GDC ... whoof. Still tired.
1. Mediate your characters emotional responses. I see this a lot, and it reads like bipolar disorder. The character exalts in their laughter, achieving tears of mirth, and then in two sentences manages to burst into the other kind of tears. The bad kind. Conversely, theres the character who doesnt care about anything, even kittens. KITTENS. Whether theyre having a gun shoved in their face or confessing their undying love, they do it with the kind of meh Keanu Reeves would be jealous of. Just like in acting, I prefer subtlety to my characters emotions, and
5 Ways to Un-Cliche' a ClicheEDIT: If you like this journal entry, check out The Sarcastic Guide to Writing ebook http://www.amazon.com/The-Sarcastic-Guide-Writing-ebook/dp/B005TOCC1C for exclusive content on world-building, character, and dialogue!5 Ways to Un-Cliche' a Cliche4 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. Do your damn research. I can't stress this enough. We live in the freaking Information Age, and the concept of Googling is an alien one to too many people. While I could easily go on a rant about anti-intellectualism, I'll rein it in and say that cliché' is largely anachronistic. People use them because they're familiar, not necessarily what's true. When I started world-building for my Western steampunk/cattlepunk trilogy, one of the characters was the equivalent of a Chinese immigrant worker. So I read everything I could get my hands on about what it was like to be a Chinese immigrant worker. Wikipedia articles, fiction, and non-fiction. I also read authors like Lawrence Yep
What makes a Character Evil? What makes them Good?And what makes them interesting?What makes a Character Evil? What makes them Good?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Today I want to know what, for you, makes a character good, evil, or interesting. And when I say good I mean morally on the lighter side of things while for evil I mean morally in the black. Interesting is its own category.
For me, a character that is good is one that questions their own moral compass. They're never 100% certain they completely in the right and so pay special attention to the people around them, seeing the effects of their decisions and then either continuing on that path if they notice positive change. If their decision had a negative impact, then they'll do everything in their power to correct their mistake.
An evil character might commit heinous acts of meanness, but what makes them definitely disturbing [to me] is their unquestioning loyalty to their own creed or goal. Faith to a fault; reality has no bearing on their personal outlook and the impact of their decisions on others is either ignored or rationalized.
An interesting chara
Quick Tips: On Referencing AnatomyReference from real life whenever possible.Quick Tips: On Referencing Anatomy4 years ago in Personal More Like This
When you reference or copy from another artist's studies/sketches/art, you may be copying their mistakes as well. Furthermore, an artist's studies are their notes and --just like with history or chemistry notes-- copying someone else's notes will not help you fully understand the material. To completely understand anatomy, you must take your own notes and build your own understanding through observation.
This is probably a no-brainer for many artists but... scruffynerfherder and I were talking about this last night, and with the increase of "anatomy studies" showing up on dA's front page, it's been on my mind. DA's resource category has some great material, but I also feel like there is a lot of misleading information taught by amateurs who really probably shouldn't be teaching things like shading or anatomy, because they have a less-than-stellar grasp on it themselves. I'm not trying to knock anyone here, but it's a bit tr