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2012 Holiday Collection
An exclusive preview from Forest Stearns
Welcome, deviantARTGear Watchers & MORE!
New to the deviantART T-Shirts & Gear team, we'd like to introduce Forest Stearns ($draweverywhere), Art Director of deviantART Brands. Forest is excited to offer you an insider preview today and share how our brand new Holiday 2012 Collection (which launches this week!) evolved from concept to reality.
I'm excited to tell you about a huge project we’ve been working on that's finally going to see the light of day (or your computer screens) this week! For the first time, deviantART will be launching a full season of product to the site all at once, and I've had the pleasure of orchestrating the creative development of this line.
First, I'm thrilled to meet you. My job here at dA is split between artistic direction and hands-on illustration. It's been a challenge and a blast! My background is in making art and working with other artists on collaborative graphic illustrations. I’ve been a member of deviantART for over 6 years now, and since my first project with dA -- performing as a Live Artist at the Pacific Festival over a year ago -- I moved into a full-time role and am enjoying the challenge.
Now, let me tell you what we've been cooking up these last few industrious months. The Holiday 2012 Collection has a vast reach that spans many genres and themes in art. It's an artistic adventure you can wear. Every piece has a story, and we look forward to walking you through the creative process of how each design was executed in the coming weeks. Be sure to +Watch £deviantARTGear so you don’t miss out on the insider look at how this apparel collection came to be.
Why tell you the story behind each and every design? As artists and appreciators, we rarely get an intimate glimpse into the steps that brought a piece of art to life. Sharing the story creates a conversation that's fundamental to artistic education. I hope that telling the tale of each design will help breed artistic success through the sharing of experiences. Every piece had a journey from the first creative kernel to its final printed end on a wearable canvas. So we are going to pair up designs with the stories of their creation in an effort to add value. That way, you'll not only own the garment in its finished stage; you'll be able to connect to its artistic journey. Hopefully, the combination of illustration and the process narrative will create a new understanding that concept or technique couldn't do alone.
So, what's this collection all about? It's really about the diversity of deviantART and how the love of making art brings us together. Our goal was to offer many well-crafted illustrations that support deviantART’s core values of inspiration, education, and entertainment. The dynamic range truly evolved from theme to theme because of a desire to speak many artistic dialects. The Holiday 2012 Collection is based on honest artwork that pushes the limits and is open to extreme possibilities. Many subject matters were explored for which a number of media types could be applied. The illustrations are bold and gritty, full of energy, dynamic contrast, and stylized character. Whether monochromatic, acid neon, textured, flat, pitch black, or glow-in-the-dark, there's contrast throughout.
It was also important to create pieces that could stand individually, but worked as a series. The designs range from playful exaggerated characters and stylized handwritten fonts to works in fundamental art theory and color science. The character illustrations are a mash-up of the interesting people I see in everyday life, while the letter-based pieces celebrate the beauty of typography and strength of powerful statements. Every piece influenced the next and many rounds of revisions were necessary in order to ensure the design was strong, the concept interesting, and the visual language cohesive.
I draw every day. It's my drug of choice. The more you learn, the more you see, the more you use, the more you practice. Creative problem-solving and exploring new techniques keep the "job" part of the work lively and interesting. The joy is in the journey, right?
We hope you find the process journals of each piece educational, inspirational, and entertaining. Perhaps it will be a catalyst for you to make artworks and share your own processes with us and others.
Without making you wait too much longer, I'm proud to announce that this Holiday 2012 Collection will be available in the next two days and just in time for the holidays! Get them early for yourself or your homies. I'm certainly looking forward to having my own set!
When I first sold LMS to Paramount, a lot of people asked me: "How much money did you get?" "You're probably rich now, right?"
I mean, the solid gold mansion I bought was just a little gift to myself...but...
Ever since I was little, I've known I wanted to draw. From the day my parents put a pencil in my hand, this was my future. I just knew it, I had that gut feeling. So I stuck to it, and thankfully it took me to heights I'd have never imagined possible. Now with my new book Redemption heading off to studios soon for a hopeful movie package, I can't wait to see where this new road takes me.
That said, there's something else that tops all of this.
The other night I went out to visit my girlfriend's cousin and her family. Incredibly kind people with very sweet kids. Other than the two parents, there were 3 kids, but the one who caught my interest was the eight-year old boy, Diego.
Diego, shy, tiny, slender, reminded me of myself when I was his age. In other words, a little nerd. He was quiet, kept to himself, and shy...just like me. I asked his mom about what Diego was into, she replied with: "Halo and drawing."
At first, I could relate--as I, as a kid too, enjoyed videogames. But the drawing is what really grasped at my attention, so I asked Diego to bring me some art of his. He ran upstairs, then came back down with a battered up white sketchbook. Holding it to his side, almost hiding it, he walked up and handed it to me.
Look, not to be a jerk, but I imagined it to be little scribbles and what-nots. The kind where I have to put on the fake smile and say how good they are. But upon my surprise, I opened the book and was shocked. He was actually talented.
These weren't tiny doodles, or stick figures. These were actually carefully drawn renderings. From World War 2 planes, to soldiers fighting, Angry Birds, Halo, Great White Sharks and *gasp* Boba Fett.
I shut the book, and looked at my girlfriend Ana and went "Wow, this kid is me."
I looked at Diego, and asked him to promise me never to stop drawing and to keep continuing what he was doing. His mom told me his dad always wanted him to play sports, but he wasn't into it. This was ME as a kid, all over again. And then she told me the only part of sports he enjoyed was the snacks.
So I speak to his dad, whom is a really, really cool and nice guy. He tells me how he tried to get Diego to play sports, but he wasn't having it. Not that he didn't already, but I told him to please, continue to support his talent. To embrace it and cherish it and be his cheerleader. Because every kid needs that when she/he's growing up. Especially the one with a true talent.
After, I showed them my art on DA and my website. As I'm showing them, Diego is snapping pictures away on his Nintendo DS and telling me to open this one, and that one. He even told me that he's saved some of my work before. <3
After this, I find out Diego's mom has a tablet on her computer. So I get on it, and begin drawing. As I'm drawing, I see Diego (followed by immediate "AWWs") trying to lift a giant chair and sit next to me. He continues to watch as I draw him a Halo helmet.
Right after, his mom demands he goes and grabs his glasses. Now the similarities are uncanny. He comes down, with his own thick rimmed black glasses and puts them on. I tell him to sport his glasses, because those that wear them are boss-status.
He wears them the entire time.
After he goes to bed, my beautiful gf and I go home. I tell her how amazing that felt, and how money will never touch that. If I can go through my entire life, and inspire only one artist to continue his dream and feel the escapism and joy that I've felt creating. Then I've done my job.
The next morning, I get this message, and I know I've done it.
I've never felt so good before. I'm proud of you bud, and can't wait to see you flourish as an artist and kick ass.
We have had several people complaning about how what we like is sick, preverted, and/or illegal. Well one of our members found this as a refute to those complaints. I hope you'll all take a moment to read this. Including those who are not in the club.
Ask John Is lolicon Illegal in the USA? October 17th, 2005
Is lolicon illegal in the USA? And how come some people like it? Answer:
On April 16, 2002, the US Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit overturned the 1996 Child Pornography Prevention Act, determining that it was unconstitutional because it was too vague. The Child Pornography Prevention Act of 1996 outlawed any material resembling child pornography, regardless of whether the material was actually obscene or actually involved real children. The ninth circuit appeals court determined that the 1996 act ignored the 1973 Miller vs. California ruling defining the legal status of obscenity, and failed to acknowledge the 1982 New York vs. Ferber ruling on the protection of children from sexual exploitation. In effect, the ninth court's 2002 ruling specified that material which does not violate obscenity laws and which does not exploit real children is protected by first amendment free speech rights. (Allow me to make it clear that the 1996 act and the 2002 decision involve only simulated depictions of child sexuality. Actual child abuse is still very much illegal.)
As a result of the 2002 national ruling, "lolicon," the Japanese artistic depiction of fictional children in sexual situations, does qualify for American First Amendment protection. Legal obscenity is defined as material that "does not have serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value." Since lolicon anime and manga is hand drawn art, it does have "artistic value" and therefore doesn't violate the Miller vs. California statute. Because lolicon doesn't involve real children, it doesn't violate the 1982 New York vs. Ferber statute. However, individual examples of lolicon material may violate specific local and state "contemporary community standards" (referring to Miller vs. California). In other words, the general concept of lolicon art is legal in America, but specific pieces of lolicon art may be illegal in certain parts of America, depending on local laws. That's why, for example, Media Blasters released the Kite anime in a heavily censored version, then in a less censored version, then finally in an uncensored edition. Media Blasters progressively tested the waters to see if there would be any legal accusations of Kite containing child pornography.
It should come as no surprise to any rational person that some people enjoy or appreciate lolicon art. After all, there are fetishes for virtually everything imaginable, and every person has unique interests. There are probably countless motivations for liking lolicon. I'll name just a few. Sex with children may create feelings of power and dominance which may be satisfying for some adults. The idea of sex with children may be less threatening or intimidating than interaction with an equal mate. Children are cute, so depictions of sex involving children may be perceived as innocent and attractive.
I think it's necessary to stress that an interest in Japanese lolicon and/or shota art ("shota" referring male children in heterosexual erotic situations) does not signify or justify an interest in sexually abusing real children. I have no doubt that there are lolicon and shotacon fans worldwide who have no interest in victimizing real children and vehemently oppose the exploitation of children. Puritanical American attitudes recoil from the mere thought of drawings of underage sexuality, but there is no scientific evidence to suggest that lolicon and shotacon, or interest in either, contributes to the exploitation or abuse of children. Anime and manga fans who appreciate girls with guns, battling giant robots, or naked children are all enjoying the same basic thing- artistic expression. Lolicon is just another variety of manga and anime; nothing more, nothing less. Even the American judicial system has determined that erotic art depicting fictional children is a legitimate form of creative free expression. Not everyone may approve of it, but one of the foundations of American society is a respect for dissenting opinion and interests.
++Welcome at SHOTA FANATICS- Club for people who LOVE SHOTACON!!!
+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+ :!::!::!:What is SHOTA (SHOTACON)?:!::!::!:
Shotacon (shota, shotakon, shotakan, shota-con, shotacom, chan) : An abbreviation of "Shotaru Complex", which entails FICTIONAL, WRITEN or ILLUSTRATED, depictions of a boy (usually under the age of 13) involved in a romantic relationship with another boy, an adult male, an adult female, or an animal. The relationship does not have to be sexual in nature, though it often is.
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How to join: First and the most important- You must LOVE SHOTA! Second-You must send a NOTE (comments on main page and under journal entry may be ignored] Third- put our icon [as soon as we'll have one XD] in YOUR JOURNAL : iconShota-Fanatics : [without spaces] Four [optional]: devwatch club
Girl with a Flower ContestNews Article Hello Everyone I haven't hosted a contest in a long time, so I figured I would host a little contest since I have some points. The objective is simple. Draw a girl with a flower! It can be one flower or it can be many. It can just be a simple flower in the hair, a flower incorporated into her jewelry, a flowery pattern on clothing, a flower tattoo design, a flowery background, or she can simply just be holding a flower. It's up to you. Let's just see what beautiful art you can make with this idea. Here are some great examples by some amazing artists- gabbyd70.deviantart.com/favour…R U L E S (Please read all these rules, if you still have questions, leave a comment )
You may make a drawing or painting and it may be made either traditionally, digitally, or a mix of both.
It can be one flower or it can be many. Your work just must contain a girl with a flower.
One entry per person.
Entries must be new. (uploaded on or after 10/21/11)
No deviations that need a mature content filter will be accepted. Also no blood, gore, or other frightening imagery.
To enter, upload your piece to dA and please put a link to this journal in your artist's comments (the text section under your deviation) and say you are entering the contest. Then note me with a link to your piece.
D E A D L I N E November 14th, 2011 (11:59 EST) P R I Z E S (Please let me know if you would like to donate a feature or other prize to the winners. It would be very much appreciated ) Three winners will be chosen based on how aesthetically pleasing the pieces are and they will each receive these prizes: 400 dA Points 65 dA Points from llamablaster Feature from gabbyd70KachumisanoshinnaJDarnellCrazypurplebatE N T R I E S -->gabbyd70.deviantart.com/favour… Today I logged on and had 16 new notes and 23 new entries! Wowza! lol I'm so happy to see lots of people joining. But I think it will be difficult for me to continue posting all entries here in my journal, so I have started this collection for the contest. I'm excited to see some beautiful art! I hope everyone who joins will have fun. Make it less about winning, and more about making a piece of art that you are happy with and that you enjoy creating.