Today's tips for making Comics/Stories1. Spell Check.Today's tips for making Comics/Stories2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Typos happen and everyone makes their damn mistakes but most of the time I see that a simple google search on the word could solve this problem. Proof read as well guys, if you're unsure then again, google. In short, I don't ever want to see Alzheimer's Disease spelled as Alltimer's.
2. Stop with the Warriors Names.
I'm looking at you, animal comics (...and also to a lesser extent tribal human stories). It's just..eurgh.. find another way to express the tribal or primal side of your creature's culture. If you are going to use Warriors names then allow me to remind you of a few things:
1. Animals don't usually know what half the words you're using are, for example if your characters live in prehistoric north america I can assure you they don't know what a Phoenix is, nor would they know what a hammer is, etc so be careful with with the vocabulary you pick.
2. Spaces. You can use spaces, seriously. If your character is named Runningwater call the poor thing
Obsessive Character DisorderI'm not exactly sure why there appears to be such a warzone where characters are concerned. Maybe it's just because I don't swim in the soup of fandom or fanfiction (and in a roleplay sense, have only returned recently), but I guess I just find the whole thing entirely baffling. Roleplay and fanfiction become these massive tiers of Serious Business that are destructive to the creative process. They stagnate and shame while simultaneously churning out high emotion, all the while distracting anyone who wants to learn from shit that will actually be useful to them if they want to write.Obsessive Character Disorder2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I feel the need to give a disclaimer that A) I think fandoms can be incredibly stupid even at their best, B) fanfiction that is "not horribly written" is usually being labeled as such by people who don't and can't know better because their point of reference and experiences are so lacking, and C) even as a writer, I don't understand how character becomes such Serious Business.
Responses to my last article (pt.1)So after reading comments on that latest article http://fav.me/d6q4snq about 'humanizing wolves' I noticed a lot of people argued or debated quite a few points. Points I felt I should try to cover in a sort of Q&A section here.Responses to my last article (pt.1)9 months ago in Personal More Like This
KEEP IN MIND PLEASE: In some parts of this there is personal opinions but I have included facts which can be backed up by research and by searching the internet as well. I've tried to cite sources as much as I could and give sound evidence when possible. I cannot be held completely liable if some information is outdated and I'm unaware but I would be glad to learn the updated information IF you have it accessible.
Now, let's begin!
1. Wolves can be tamed! My 'so-and-so' owned a wolf and it was the best pet I've ever seen! You're wrong if you think wolves can't be tamed!
(This goes along with wolfdogs as well for the most part)
Answer: Yeah, just because y
5 Tips on ConflictEDIT: 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 Conflict4 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. Conflict is when one or more opposing forces meet. In a lot of self-insert fics and Mary Sues, I often see a lot of scenes where the character is loved and accepted and lauded. The writer laments their lack of said lauding in reality, while the readers froth at the mouth. We want conflict! Conflict, dammit! If you have three scenes that consist of the character getting an A, hanging out with his friends, and arguing with his parents, I can guarantee you that the scene we'll be most interested in is the scene with the argument. Conflict is pretty simple. Fat man wants sandwich. Fat man can't stand up to get sandwich. Conflict. (Actually,
20 Questions for Droemar: Part 1Do you have certain resource books that you always come back to? I have some basic drawing/painting books that are really helpful, and I wondered if you might have something similar for writing, or even for painting?20 Questions for Droemar: Part 11 year ago in Personal More Like This
I have lots and lots of art books that I keep on hand for inspiration. The Art of Kung Fu Panda is amazing. Ditto the concept art work for Okami. I also frequent the website Creative Uncut, which reveals a lot of concept art work for a lot of video games. I have all of the Dinotopia books by James Gurney and and the Katturan Odyssey by Terryl Witlach. I always seem to find something new in terms of composition whenever I flip through those books.
As far is actual drawing books that have helped me, Ken Hultgren's The Art of Animal Drawing is endlessly helpful. I also learned at the feet of Jack Hamm. That guy can draw anything. Andrew Loomis, Muybridge, and Boga
Give Me Your Soundtracks!I know I can't be the only one out there who soundtracks for her stories and characters. If Youtube is anything to go by, people see music videos for everything. I am constantly on the hunt for new music, because music opens up creative doors for my process. I see things for my characters and story that I could not otherwise do on my own. Movies and books provide inspiration, but music is in a class all its own.Give Me Your Soundtracks!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
In celebration of that, I invite my watchers and fellow writing enthusiasts to try a creative exercise: offer up the soundtrack to your own writing. You never know, you might just give someone else the perfect song to complete their own soundtrack's story. It's my hope that people will post a musical narrative that evokes the journey of their characters and story.
Creativity on DeviantArt is far too often seen as a commodity, something to be selfishly hoarded instead of shared. The best sort of creativity is the kind that inspires.
In the spirit of that, since it's the ho
tumblr Safety Followup4chan v tumblrtumblr Safety Followup6 days ago in Personal More Like This
I mentioned it briefly yesterday, and thanks to some people filling in the blanks I didn’t have at the time I feel the need to update this with more information for everyone’s sake.
Apparently what happened is that a couple feminists on tumblr (most sources only mentioning on average 4 people) tried to start a “let’s take down 4chan” campaign. 4chan (the source of some of the lowliest, filthiest, scummiest people on the planet), didn’t like that. So they’ve retaliated with a “take down tumblr” campaign. Please bear in mind that there is no real evidence to support this and it might all just be 4chan stirring up shit themselves for the lulz.
4chan users created multiple accounts and then proceeded to spam the popular tumblr tags with excessive amounts of gore, porn, child pornography, and have been taking “selfie” images of underage tumblr users and photoshop them into porn. They've also
How to make good comics: FailMaybe it's because I'm a (self proclaimed) comic artist, but sometimes people come to me to ask for advice about how to make good comics.How to make good comics: Fail2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Aaaaand to be honest, I have absolutely no idea.
That doesn't stop me from trying to! My brain has a bit of an excitement rush right now since I'm going to leave for an almost-week-long road trip tomorrow with some friends which really makes me want to do something completely irrelevant to anything ever, so have some of my typical rambling again! Been a while, huh?
I bet many of those who ask how to do good comics want to become great comic artists as soon as possible, but actually, I think that one of the best things to do to become a good comic maker is failing. Yeah. Failing is something everyone wants to avoid, as if failing meant instant death or something, but it's something that really isn't all that easy to avoid. (Yeah, failing is embarrassing, which is why people who look like they're good don't show their fails.) And actually I
PE - Project Animate Introduction + BasicsHello all and welcome to Project Educate - Animation!PE - Project Animate Introduction + Basics2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
This week is going to feature stunning animation, interviews with amazing people and a strong focus on Pre-Production within Animation. Also during the week I'll have facts about animation that you might not have known about!
I'll be featuring amazing animation, helping newbies get their feet wet and how to upload your animations to deviantART. I will also be talking about web animation sensations on websites such as Youtube and Newgrounds.
Before we start, I'd like to push my Art History articles - I wrote two journals about the History of Animation up until 1990, so if you feel you dont know your Fleischers from your Windsor McCays then step this way!
Of course, though, animation exists everywhere and has done for hundreds of years! There ar
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Lexus IS Design Contest Winners AnnouncementLexus IS Design Contest Winners Announcement11 months ago in Official deviantART Contests More Like This
Thank you to everyone who participated in The Lexus IS Design Contest! Judges from MotorTrend, Calty Design, VIP AutoSalon, and Lexus, collaborated to select our winners, and were truly impressed with the quality and skill represented in all 25 semi-finalists.
Weekly photo #024 + Power of Softness by PatiMakowska take a seat by christian-richter Pij zapach wspomnienia z porannej mgly. by Fiedka Listening to the Music of the Wind by Matthias-Haker Olga by Hart-Worx Inferno by AndrewShoemaker .:: You are wonderful ::. by Whimsical-Dreams 6958 by LilifIlane The house of the rising sun by Marcwildpassion Follow the White Rabbit by alexgphoto Burned Memories by Karakuji -Silent mountain and ocean- by Janek-Sedlar Beauty After the Bust by FramedByNature King by LifeCapturedPhoto Reflecting Upon Dreams by Jordan-Roberts Can't belive by shinijikun All around the little Christmas tree by LarsVanDeGoor Mermaids by CookmePancakes Tomorrowland by KrisVlad D381 by miobi Bastei 4 by MatthiasHaltenhof Painted Sky by porbital Trapped Under Ice by m-eralp Winter Kiss V by JoannaRzeznikowska boots by michellis13 :thumb420638537: .:Eagle in Flight:. by RHCheng Winter Wonder by ildiko-neer Family portrait. by Ravenith Hit the road Jack by iNeedChemicalX The Hiding Place by ElenaKalis Mexico - Waterfall of the Gods by lux69aeterna Ravena. Spring Bliss by RavenaJuliartWeekly photo #024 +7 months ago in Art Features More Like This
0490 by TomWasilewski Svetlana by Anhen Geometrical blues by lomatic cradel rock by VisitingFahrrad Awakening of a World by OlivierAccart Balloons II by sabbbriCA How You See Yourself by oO-Rein-Oo OLGA by Hart-Worx red river. by Koksa Fairy Dreamer by magic-spelldust
Weekly photo #029 + Beyond the illusion by emmanueldautriche Morning Blue Jay by Behrfeet ...dubrovnik IX... by roblfc1892 Mesmerized by MarvinDiehl Bad Moon On The Rise by CapturingTheNight Russian winter and Arabian horse by Vikarus Kohnio by m-eralp Whispering forest 1 by AStoKo walk in the fog by michellis13 Small by Michaelthien dark awakening by arbebuk The Orphanage by Annie-Bertram No Paranoia by drkshp Shire Horse Pacco by equine-images Le Pont by as2pik - ADVENTURE - by AppyNinja Please, stop that white crap by woxys Sleeping Trilobite Beetle by melvynyeo Bohemian Switzerland by TobiasRichter Common Buzzard by RichardConstantinoff Grace by Esveeka Dinner for None by Dapicture Trawy. by shadddow ...umag IV... by roblfc1892 Dragonborn by Jumeria-NoxWeekly photo #029 +6 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Aegirs throne by matze-end Black Woods by Nitrok B.A.B.Y.L.O.N by WTek79 Letting Go. by jxsnyder Tangled by LoMiTa Watching the Unknown by Chikrata Ulises by Bibire Warm Autumn Light by Weissglut .:Antelope Canyon IV:. by RHCheng Colors of Havana by INVIV0 Gourmandise by AphroditesParadise Munich Staircase 04 by Nightline Cascade Avenue - Partnach Gorge, Bavaria by davidrichterphoto A Thing of Beauty by alexgphoto Last Rose by Pamba Winter Beauties 2 by thenSir 8464 by KariLiimatainen Roses by TheTragicTruth-Of-Me
Pretty winter is pretty~ by Mechanical2127 :t
Weekly photo #025 + Have a Berry Christmas by MyLifeThroughTheLens Jail House Blues by stengchen Sunmane by Vitaly-Sokol Mesocyclonic Minutes II by FramedByNature Homodes Bracteigutta by melvynyeo ...toscana X... by roblfc1892 Hello, Kitty by alexgphoto :thumb422810110: .:: Blue wren :: by Whimsical-Dreams Yes? by Chikrata Maison Maria by stengchen Little fluffy puppy by IllusionoftheDay Portrait in the dark by Vikarus Merry Christmas by RezzanATAKOL Winter Wonder by FlorentCourty on display by Partridge-PetPics Bastei morning by TobiasRichter A French Fight by oO-Rein-Oo Royalty by Svenimal Phantom by Whimsydogstudio .:Flying in the Mist II:. by RHCheng Tabby Cat IV by Patholesia Lovable by TammyPhotography Reflection by LeanneGPhotography Natalis Domini. Spring Garden by RavenaJuliartWeekly photo #025 +6 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Tracks by LarsVanDeGoor ...praha XXVIII... by roblfc1892
...riomaggiore II... by roblfc1892 Feels like Siberia II. by ildiko-neer
Tree Fog by eyesweb1 Andare by martaraff Natalis Domini. Spring Garden by RavenaJuliart Winter Symphony by AnitaAnti Colors of the sunset III by WojciechDziadosz Winter Kiss IX by JoannaRzeznikowska Blue by acukur funkfish by EintoeRn Veins by rosaarvensis . . . by sandrawiklander Symptoms Of Winter by jkrab Feuillage by freMDartet Untitled by invisigoth88 Bale Kambang - Malang by Hengki24 untitled by Mar-jus Eve by tvurk
On TES elvesAlright can I just say how much I love the elves in the Elder ScrollsOn TES elves1 year ago in Personal More Like This
J.R.R. Tolkien popularized elves as these otherworldly, divinely beautiful creatures which sorta established the standard for the race in all modern fantasy that came after. They're nearly immortal, distant, and to me, plain boring. Then around comes Morrowind, the game that really made me fall in love with TES, its world and its lore!! The elves of TES have a long history, and each subrace has their own cultural identity. The elves no longer just sit in their Crystal ivory towers (well I guess some of them do) and sing to their trees or whatever - they're flawed, complicated PEOPLE, and extremely proud of who they are. The haughty Altmer, the hostile Dunmer from the Ashlands, the cannibalistic Bosmer, the late Dwemer and their scientific achievements…. when was the last time any elves modeled after Tolkien's work had this much cultural diversity??
I love the fact that Bethesda actually created some of the most inter
Join us for a deviantMEET in San Diego!We'll be hosting a Las Vegas deviantMEET!Join us for a deviantMEET in San Diego!1 week ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Posted on June 30, 2014
Join us for a deviantMEET in San Diego!
DeviantART and Madefire are teaming up at Comic-Con, and we're hosting a deviantMEET of epic proportions.
The Gaslamp Quarter by AndrewShoemaker
Our first ever deviantMEET in San Diego!
Like any great duo of artistic avengers, deviantART is joining forces with
Art theft is not a crime - say NO to copyrightToday, a DD was awarded to a nice acrylic painting (below left) which was painted from my photo (below right) -Art theft is not a crime - say NO to copyright2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Just about the only thing I don't like about is the strong cyan tint, which seems to be more associated with the photo of the painting rather than then painting itself. Overall it's definitely one of the best derivative works I've yet to see based on my photos. I really enjoyed exploring how all the little details differed between the two.
Rpriet1 did not ask for my permission, or inform me of using my photo. A DA gallery moderator just messaged to ask whether I would like the deviation removed, and the DD revoked. I think most artists who've had their work "stolen" would be outraged, but for me the answer was a very unambiguous no. This is a complicated issue, and I think that the vast majority of the readers will disagree with me at this point, so let me explain my position carefully.
The concept of intellectual property, the way it ex
How do you feel when......When you run into someone who has terrible spelling and/or grammar, and upon checking their page you learn they're from an English speaking country??How do you feel when...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I don't mean chatspeak or texting-type bad, I mean complete disregard for spelling and/or grammar in general, to the point where it's difficult to understand what they're trying to communicate. EVERY. SINGLE. COMMENT.
Part of me recoils in horror whenever I run into any kind of grammatical or spelling error, so this sort of thing utterly kills me.
I have met people whose first language is not English, yet have mastered it better than many native speakers. I had a friend who was dyslexic, yet she was a writer, and her emails were always flawless.
I have also encountered people who seem incapable of spelling a word the same way twice. I've had discussions with people where one person's comments are fine, while the other person's are like blocks of crumbling sentences with mismatching words; the topic of the discussion was being sp
Weekly photo #022 + Light is Destiny by Oer-Wout Warmth of home. by Gingershots D371 by miobi IMG 8702m by DanielMyszkowski ... wave 'em like you just don't care by ColinHuttonPhoto It's hard to be a hunter by Lion-Redmich Nestled by AnneMarks - In the morning light - by AppyNinja International Cheetah Day by Chikrata Tough Love by darkSoul4Life Untitled by JillianXenia Katie VII by uglybug Spectrum by fitrido Spiderwebbed by TTRM-Design Motherland Chronicles #43 - Dreaming by zemotion sky high by vampire-zombie Emergence by John-Peter Redwood by m-eralp :thumb417687208: Blaze by jaelise Shortcut by m-eralp :thumb415163398: Bruarfoss by Michaelthien .:Virgin River Glow:. by RHCheng *** by Tarasov Curves of Golden Gate, San Francisco by alierturk ...dresden VI... by roblfc1892 Reinebringen by TobiasRichter Signs Of Spring by kkart autumn by mechtaniya _Off with their heads. by Bloddroppe Beautiful Destruction by Daneas Dogs of the North by isabel-photo :thumb418065601: The Predator by tanikel snow by Rave-HeartWeekly photo #022 +7 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Truck Drivin Man by Ragnar949 Resurrection by IvanAndreevich THE SILENCE by sandrawiklander Abandoned boat II by WojciechDziadosz disparity of episteme by Enaston Water and Wine by kamakebelieve Wakarusa by clippercarrillo
And the Quotable Semi-Finalists are...Writers and designers, you really rocked your words this time around! The following original phrase designs made the list of top 50 and are all semi-finalists! Thank you for taking the written word and transforming it into designs that are verbally and artistically unique, fun, wearable and original.And the Quotable Semi-Finalists are...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Once the judges make their tough decisions, there will be a total of three finalists selected. Two designs will be selected from the 50 Semi-Finalists and one design will be chosen from the entire pool of entries. Three finalists will each receive $1,500 USD and 20 units of their T-Shirt to distribute amongst friends and family. Plus, each winning design will be sold in the deviantART T-Shirts & Gear Shop!
Here are your top-voted Semi-Finalists:
Nerd/Gaming/Comic Culture Sexism VideosSince this keeps being a reoccurring topic I thought I'd lend a hand and put together a comprehensive list of web shows and youtube videos that pretty much explain or talk about these various topics. The vast majority of these will be from Jimquisition and MovieBob's various shows (because in my eyes they're the two biggest proponents out there discussing this stuff on a regular basis), but there's a couple other web shows too. They've been all categorized and easily separated so you can pick and choose whatever you wanna watch. BTW: If you aren't already watching these shows, you really should be!Nerd/Gaming/Comic Culture Sexism Videos10 months ago in Personal More Like This
The format is (name of episode) (name of show) (web link). ENJOY!
Sexism in Nerd Culture
Tropes Vs. MovieBob - Big Picture - http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/5950-Tropes-vs-MovieBob
Not Okay - Big Picture - http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/5436-Not-Okay
I'm going to murder your children - Jimquisition - http://www.escap
Barbary Whelp Contest is Closed!Contest Closed!Barbary Whelp Contest is Closed!2 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
Weekly photo #020 + Winter Queen by ildiko-neer Uspenski Cathedral by Pajunen Snowballs by TheCameraGirl Slumber by TheCameraGirl flower field by vampire-zombie Queen D v.3 by bwaworga Lovely Times by Silvermoonswan Autumn Luck by Khalliysgraphy Petri by equinelovex Goldlake by m-eralp Daydream by MyLifeThroughTheLens :thumb414473314: Fly Me Away by MikeShawPhotography Memories of Autumn by MyLifeThroughTheLens Burn me Burgundy by Ophelia-Overdose Early Winter's Magnificence by MaximeCourty The Swallow Song by iNeedChemicalX Snowy by m-eralp Kaunisharju by m-eralp Creek by Michaelthien :thumb413968230: Marina Braun by cbyn Sunbeam by jaelise San Francisco, unseen night 2 by alierturk key to wonderland by youarelightinthedark sunrising by StargazerLZ Northern Hawk Owl 3 by ErikEK Colias hyale by dralik Meditation by AlecsPS Magic Night by Michaelthien Beetle from Colombia by ColinHuttonPhoto Always at Home by alexgphotoWeekly photo #020 +8 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Last summer by Fra-Emer i miss by all17 I by disies Melancholia by JakezDaniel The End by MikkoLagerstedt Melancholy. by dragonfly-oli Moonlight butterfly by vanillapearl :thumb414394362: Yellow by jkrab Winter Blossom by FreyaPhotos Autmn Love by Kara-a
Colorful Nature by Weissglut :t