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SOPA Rebels

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 18, 2012, 8:20 PM
SOPA Rebels!!!


If you do not know what sopa is , please refer to the Offical debate about it here--> hq.deviantart.com/journal/Join…

I'm really glad the DA has finally find time to open up a debate about it, considering we're the biggest art community online it's a very efficient way to get the word across!   I was told that  Sopa was brought up in october 2011 and obviously gradually went into a downward spiral from there...I actually recalled something that was kind of strange, back in 2009 or 2010, I remember watching a youtube video talking about 2012 disaster. The people in it stated that they found prove that lead them to believe that 2012 would not be a natural disaster apocalypse but would be an online crises that would end the "-internet-world" as we know it. The video stated that apparently major internet providers are planning to "sell" internet like cable Tv, you would have to pay for the  every sites you visited, or buy a bundle which gave to access to a certain selection of sites, When I heard that back then I thought it was ridiculous and impossible, internet is too vast to contain. now that I look back, I fear this might actually happen if they decide to Pass all these ridiculous bills. I have a feeling the sopa,pipa bills are just a step towards something more sinister!


I Come home after a long day at school and unexpectedly my art was featured for Deviantart's SOPA Debat, I'm very honoured and appreciated all that I'm received from the community Thank you guys so much! It's only fair for me to give something back . As a student I cannot offer much in return with my lack of time, but What I can offer is my art. A lot of you are asking permission in features My Sopa image, Please if you think it'll help spread the word, go ahead and use it, if you guys want to use it commercially to raise awareness, such as posters, t-shit, please go right ahead, The image is after all created for the purpose of letting people know : D !


Stamp: Stop SOPA by TheRyanFord Stamp: The Great SOPA Debate by TheRyanFord  Stamp: I Heart SOPA by TheRyanFord  STOP SOPA Bill by sakimichan


SPREAD THE WORD
SPREAD THE WORD
SPREAD THE WORD

-peace out <3

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(open for contract, please e-mail me at sakimi.chan@hotmail.com for quotes)
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Traditional Art Tutorials on DeviantArt


A lot of people want to learn to draw and paint better but they just don't know where to start. You don't need an expensive art course to learn and progress, sometimes the answers are not far away. On DeviantArt, artists not only share their artworks but many of them are willing to share their working secrets, they create tutorials and FAQ journals or simply answer to your notes if you ask them. When you know what you want to improve, searching for a good tip gets even easier.

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ANATOMY tutorials

Nose Topography by aaronverzatt   Drawing Eyes Tutorial by HJWinn

Portraiture-The Mouth by aaronverzatt Eye Anatomy Map by aaronverzatt


COLOR tutorials

 Natural Color Palette by TimBeard
Tutorial : Pencil color (basic) by rikurikuri  Color Theory Crash Course by pronouncedyou  Practical Colors Tutorial by KelliRoos Color theory 101 by death-g-reaper


TECHNIQUES tutorials

Watercolor Effects by CyprinusFox Watercolor Tutorial [Techniques + Flowers] by Ze-RoFruits Butterfly Tutorial by LucieOn Watercolor Tutorial English by Yenni-Vu Color Pencil Tutorial by Verlisaerys
 


WALKTHROUGH

Watercolor eyes in flesh tone tutorial by jane-beata Jack Preview by AuroraWienhold Walkthrough - Ozelot in watercolor by LittleMissRaven




Do you have a favorite traditional art tutorial on DeviantArt? Share it with us!


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Updated Stock Usage Rules

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 16, 2011, 10:42 AM



How to Credit Me:


:bulletgreen: Creating a CLICKABLE link to my image in your description. This is not negotiable.
:bulletred: When I say link to my image, I don't mean link to my profile, that doesn't help people find stocks.
:bulletgreen: Comment on my stock image with the link to your deviation.
:bulletgreen: Comment on my profile ONLY when you can't find the stock you used to comment on it.
:bulletred: If you cannot find the stock you used to make a clickable link, I will provide you with a link.

:bulletred: Do not note me with your deviation.
:bulletred: Do not comment on my profile with your deviation.
:bulletred: I will be very upset if I find out that my stock hasn't been credited.

:bulletred:

DO NOT ever post an image containing my stock on any horse site. I will give no exceptions. Don't ask.

Sites included but not limited to: Horse Phenomena, Howrse, Helovia, Ponybox, etc.

:bulletred:

Under no circumstances may my images be posted elsewhere in their original, unmanipulated, form, credited or uncredited.



:bulletred: Never use my stock in conjuction with illegal images: uncredited celeb images not categorized as fanart; Images that are not stock that you don't have permission to use; Non-stock images found through search engines, such as Google or on sites like tumblr or photobucket.


Making Premade Backgrounds


:bulletgreen: My stock may be used to create pre-made backgrounds if specified in the image description.


Using my Premade Backgrounds


:bulletgreen: When using a pre-made background you should use the entire background.
:bulletred: If you don't want the entire bg; Use the credit the stock it was created from.


Stocking Using My Stock


:bulletgreen: Premade backgrounds are the only way in which my stock may be redestributed as stock. (see premade backgrounds for rules)
:bulletred: In no way may any of my stock be redestributed in the form of clear cuts, tubing, etc.
:bulletred: My wings, models and premade backgrounds may not be used to in stock images.
:bulletred: My wings may not be used to create new wings of any type.


Off-Site Usage Steps


:bulletgreen: 1. Post the image to deviantART.
:bulletgreen: 2. Post the image to the off-site location.
:bulletgreen: 3. Add a typed out or clickable link on or near the image.
:bulletgreen: 4. Comment on my image with the link to the image on deviantART and the link where you've posted off-site.
:bulletred: When posting off-site you MUST credit me ON the image itself. Note me if you require an exception and we may work something out.
:bulletred: Do you allow posts to horse or wolf sites? No. No exceptions.


Commercial Use



:bulletgreen: Most of my stock is purchasable for commercial or commission use. If a price isn't listed, please ask.


:bulletgreen: Commercial use may be priced based on the project. Please note me.
:bulletgreen: (Commissions) Most photographic images, excluding model stock, are 50:points:
:bulletgreen: (Commissions) Model stocks are 75:points: but you must gain permission before using them commercially.
:bulletgreen: Wings, Premades, and PNG's that are purchasable will have a price in the description.
:bulletgreen: If you're interested in something that is not priced, please not me.
:bulletred: You may NOT sell images containing my stock on any other site for any form of currency, virtual or otherwise without paying for commercial use.


Wing Stock - Specific Rules


fav.me/d5cuwez Rules for my WingsHow to Credit Me:
:bulletgreen: Creating a CLICKABLE link to my image in your description. This is not negotiable.
:bulletred: When I say link to my image, I don't mean link to my profile, that doesn't help people find stocks.
:bulletgreen: Comment on my stock image with the link to your deviation.
:bulletgreen: Comment on my profile ONLY when you can't find the stock you used to comment on it.
:bulletgreen: If you cannot find the stock you used to make a clickable link, I will provide you with a link.
:bulletred: Do not note me with your deviation.
:bulletred: Do not comment on my profile with your deviation.

:bulletred: I will be very upset if I find out that my stock hasn't been credited. Be warned: I watch many angel and wing groups, usually your winged images end up there eventually for me to see, and if I haven't seen them before, I go checking for credits.
Copyright Infringement
 
:bulletred: Failing to cr



Model Stock


:bulletgreen: dA prints are Okay!
:bulletgreen: 75:points: for unlimited commission use. Contact me for commercial price with details of your intentions.
:bulletgreen: Note me with a request for commercial use detailing your intentions before purchasing the stock.
:bulletred: You must use the Entire model, not just the body.
:bulletred: To clarify, you have to use the model's face.


Layouts and Tutorials


:bulletgreen: My stock may be used for layouts and tutorials on deviantART and other ART websites. A horse or wolf site of any kind will not be considered an art site.
:bulletgreen: You must credit me somewhere on the layout or tutorial with a link to the stock used.
(ex. h ttp ://thy-darkest-hour.deviantart.com or h ttp://fav.me/d539ndh)
:bulletred: No layouts containing my stock on horse or wolf sites. You may, however, purchase the stock if you wish to make a layout for a horse or wolf site.
:bulletred: If a layout or tutorials utilizing is for sale or commissioned, please see commercial use.

 


Prints


:bulletgreen: My stocks can be used for prints on deviantART ONLY.
:bulletred: I consider off-site prints to be commercial use.


Avatars and Group Icons


:bulletgreen: My stock may be used for the creation of avatars and group icons. With my permission.
:bulletgreen: If you would like permission, please note me.


School Projects and School Newspapers


:bulletgreen: Using my stock for school projects is okay with proper credit, this means a written-out direct-link to my stock.
:bulletgreen: Using my stock for school newspapers is okay with proper credit, this means a written-out direct-link to my stock.


Stock as a Reference


:bulletgreen: My stocks MAY be used for reference. Don't forget to credit me though.


Retouches: Do one of the below:


:bulletgreen: If you post both the before and after image together  and credit me on the non-retouched portion.
:bulletgreen: If you post just the retouched image you must state in the title that it is a retouch.


Horse and Wolf etc. Manipulations


:bulletred: Horse or Wolf manips with my premades: No. Not without permission.
:bulletred: Horse or Wolf manips with my wings: Rules vary per wing image. Read the black box.
:bulletred: Posting images containing my stock on a horse or wolf etc. site: No. No exceptions. Includes RPGs, Sim sites, etc. Such as Howrse, Ponybox, Horse Phenomena, Helovia, etc.
:bulletred: Layouts containing my stock on horse or wolf sites: No. No exceptions.
:bulletred: I will not hesitate to ask that a horse  or wolf manip containing my wings or premade stock be removed from dA if the image is in violation of one or more of my rules listed in the black box on the image.
:bulletgreen: You may purchase stocks for the points amount listed on the individual pages if you intend to use the image on a horse or wolf site.
You can find complete information on my reasons for not allowing horse or wolf manips without permission in my journal entry here:
Horse and Wolf Manips: My thoughts and reasons..I am creating this journal as an explanation as to why I do not allow horses or wolves to be added to my premade backgrounds and do not allow my wings to be attatched to them without my prior permission.
Let me begin by saying that I have absolutely nothing against horses or wolves, both are beautiful, amazing animals, nor do I have anything against the amazing deviants that create horse and/or wolf art.
I really don't know exactly how to put this together...
To make my rules regarding this concern as simple as possible I have stated on each premade background and wing stock that I do not allow horse or wolf manipulations without prior permission, unfortunately, the statement is rarely read, if anyone has any suggestions as to how to make it more visable, please feel free to make them.

Why don't you allow your stock on horse and wolf sites?
:bulletblue: I don't want the stock use requests that will come with my stock being there.
:bulleblue: Why? For some re



Line-Art Pasted on Stock


:bulletred: May I put your wings on my line-art? No.
:bulletred: Line-art/coloring put on top of a stock is not a manipulation.
:bulletred: May I put line-art on top of your stock? No.
:bulletred: I will not hesitate to ask that a 'line-art on stock' image be removed!


Things I do not consider manipulations and other No No's


:bulletred: Cropping, adding a texture, changing the hue/saturation/vibrance, adding contrast, adding text, and framing are not photomanipulation.
:bulletred: Images containing my stock must be submitted as one of these catagories: Photomanipulation, Painting and Airbrushing, 3-D, Mixed Media, Tutorials. . This is NOT negotiable. Got a question, ask!
:bulletred: No extreme blood and gore, hate, animal cruelty, or other things you think I might not approve of. When in doubt, note me.

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Game-header by marioluevanosSharpen your weapons and prepare to fight for the Nexus in Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm Ultimate Fan Art Contest! Illustrate your favorite heroes engaged in battle for the chance to win cash prizes and a personalized sketch from Heroes of the Storm Senior Art Director Sam Didier. With many powerful heroes awaiting your call, who will you choose? Enter now!

Official Rules Enter Now

Engage Blizzard’s
Mightiest Heroes in Battle:

Assemble the mightiest heroes from across Warcraft™, Diablo™, Starcraft™, and more! Illustrate characters from two or more different Blizzard universes engaged in battle for the chance to win $6,000 USD, a framed print of your entry, and an original sketch by Sam Didier, Senior Art Director for Heroes of the Storm, and more. With powerful heroes including all of your favorites awaiting your call, who will you choose?

Sharpen your favorite weapons and prepare to fight, because now you and all of your friends can join the fight for the Nexus! Blizzard’s newest game, Heroes of the Storm, allows you to build and customize heroes from your favorite Blizzard games and face-off in fast-paced mayhem.


About The Game

Heroes of the Storm is a new free-to-play team brawler of heroic proportions. Mobilize teams featuring your favorite heroes from more than 20 years of Blizzard games and face-off against opponents in one of seven dynamic Battlegrounds for your chance at glory!

Use the links below to learn more about Heroes of the Storm and to see a list of some of the many heroes you can choose to feature in your artwork. You can also dive into the fray and experience the game firsthand by logging in and playing the game for free!


How To Enter


STEP 1: VISUALIZE

Review the asset page to learn more about Heroes of the Storm. Select at least two characters from different Blizzard universes to feature in your artwork. You may use materials provided on the Asset Page and related pages as reference but you may not actually duplicate them as part of your submission. For more information on permitted characters, please see the Official Rules.



STEP 2: CREATE

Illustrate your chosen characters engaging in battle. You may use any visual medium excluding cosplay, photographs, or moving images. Photographs of an entry in another medium is acceptable.



STEP 3: ENTER

Your entry must be at least 2000 pixels in its shortest length and be either a single JPG or PNG file.



SHARE

Share your artwork on your social channels using the hashtag #PlayHeroes. Explore the hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, and DeviantArt to see other artists’ amazing works! This is not a required step to win or place in the contest.


Prizing


The 1st Prize Winner Will Receive:

  • A framed sketch by Sam Didier, Senior Art Director for Heroes of the Storm, inspired by the winning entry
  • A framed print of the 1st place entry signed by the Heroes of the Storm Creative Team
  • $6,000 USD
  • $250 in Battle.net Balance (USD) and a signed boxed copy of Heroes of the Storm
  • 8,000 DeviantArt Points
  • 1-year Premium Membership to DeviantArt.com

The 2nd Prize Winner Will Receive:

  • A framed print of the 2nd place entry signed by the Heroes of the Storm Creative Team
  • $3,000 USD
  • $150 Battle.net Balance (USD) and a signed boxed copy of Heroes of the Storm
  • 4,000 DeviantArt Points
  • 6-month Premium Membership to DeviantArt.com

The 3rd Prize Winner Will Receive:

  • A framed print of the 3rd place entry signed by the Heroes of the Storm Creative Team
  • $1,000 USD
  • $100 Battle.net Balance (USD) and a signed boxed copy of Heroes of the Storm
  • 4,000 DeviantArt Points
  • 6-month Premium Membership to DeviantArt.com

22 Semi-Finalist Prize Winners Will Receive:

  • A signed boxed copy of Heroes of the Storm
  • $50 Battle.net Balance (USD)
  • 1,000 DeviantArt Points

Rules

The Blizzard Contest Begins at 12:00 am time (PDT) on May 19, 2015 and ends at 11:59:59 PM (PDT) on June 23, 2015.
  • Entrant must be at least 13 years old as of May 19, 2015.  Entrant may reside anywhere in the world.
  • Entries must be received by 11:59:59 PM (PDT) on June 23, 2015 and must be submitted through the contest gallery on DeviantArt.
  • Membership to www.deviantart.com is required to enter the Contest. Membership to www.deviantart.com is free.
  • The work may originate in any visual medium excluding cosplay, photographs, or moving images. Photographs of an entry made in another medium are acceptable. Licensed brushes and textures are permitted. Read the Official Rules for more details.
  • Your entry must be in the form of a single JPG or PNG file at least 2000 pixels in its shortest length.
  • Your entry must include at least two Blizzard Heroes currently featured in the Blizzard’s interactive games, or Heroes who have been in any game released by Blizzard engaged in battle. Please consult the Official Rules for Blizzard games that are excluded.
  • You may reference but not copy the images provided on the Asset Page and in the games.
  • Other requirements and restrictions apply, so please read the Official Rules carefully.

Judging

The three winners will be selected by Sam Didier, Blizzard’s Senior Art Director for Heroes of the Storm. The 25 semi-finalists will be chosen by a panel of Blizzard’s full-time art team and by the DeviantArt Staff. The judges will use the following criteria in whatever degree the judges believe appropriate:

  • Depiction of the Heroes in battle
  • Overall impact of the Work
  • Technical Skill
  • Originality

Please read the Official Rules for more details about judging.






Sharpen your weapons and prepare to fight for the Nexus in Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm Ultimate Fan Art Contest! Illustrate your favorite heroes engaged in battle for the chance to win cash prizes and a personalized sketch from Heroes of the Storm Senior Art Director Sam Didier. With many powerful heroes awaiting your call, who will you choose? Enter now!

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When a subject poses to have his or her photograph taken, the subject tries to project a message about himself or
herself by how he or she “poses”, by the attitude of his or her body language or facial expression.

If the subject is posed by the photographer, the body pulled and prodded into the desired angles,
the facial expression “directed”, it is the photographer who is intending to communicate a message.
In either case, posing or posed, there is undeniably something “false” in the representation. Perhaps
the only “true” thing being represented in this art is a record of how people being photographed or
people photographing other people misrepresent reality for whatever their reasons. Perhaps it’s human
to always want to show a life that’s a little prettier, happier, better.












Grisha 3 by jivotnoetwo good friends by VaggelisFragiadakislooking for by M0THartFree Play by Hengki24







Street Photography takes direct aim at this “falseness” by taking the camera into the streets to record “true”
documentary moments in life.  The subjects are usually unaware as they go about their lives, having no time to strike
a pose to enhance or send a particular message about those lives. There are surely flaws in this simple theory of what
is “truthful” and therefore worthy of possibly being designated “art” as opposed to what is obvious artifice (posings)
which make the “art” designation more problematic.  Certainly there is brilliant artistic photographic portraiture, but
is the art more in the skill in lights and shadows and operating the camera and other equipment itself – vs “capturing”
the soul of the subject?

















Of course even in “the street” there’s the kids smiling for Dad’s lens in the backyard pool, and what could be more
posed than a celebrity red carpet event?  But “real” street photography is all about the capture of unscripted, un-posed
moments from human being’s lives where and when a little bit of their true selves is exposed “naked” for just a moment,
and a true documentary of a true event in human history, comic or ironic, heartwarming or horrifying, is recorded for all eternity.


Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”




But sometimes, when looking at a masterful street photographer’s work, we can at least pretend that all in our lives
is not mere artifice, and that there are “real people” out there amongst all those “actors”, real people just living their lives.










Questions for the Reader:



  1. Does the act of posing subjects for photographic composition, to your mind, in any way compromise or lessen the value of the photo as “art”?
  2. Do you prefer posed or “candid” photographs of your pop heroes?  Are paparazzi ever “artists” or is their “art” too assaultive to merit such consideration?
  3. Do you think photography best captures the representational “essence” of a person photographed, or is a person’s essence best represented by a sketch artist or great painter?  (Or even a poet?)
  4. The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle tells us that by observing a subject, we change it in that moment, therefore “negating” or “falsifying” any representation we seek to “capture” or “know”.  Is art, to your mind, about achieving the closest possible representation of the “truth” about a subject – or is it more about the artist’s desire to capture just for a moment the eternally unknowable?













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Hello everyone,

My new book is out and you can get your copy at your local Barnes & Nobles store or Amazon.com.
The book contains 20 of my models that many people have been asking diagrams for.

The title of the book is "Extreme Origami" by Won Park

As always, thank you guys for all your support.
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More updates comings soon!!

You may put all your queries here in this blog comments.

Tips & tricks


1. How to align your elements in custombox or journal?
Use the following code:

<div align="center">Content here</div>


You can change the alignment to left, right, center & justify by simply replacing the words as shown below

<div align="left">Content here</div>


2. How do you change the font-size in a custombox?
Use the following code:

<font size="1">Your text here</font>
<font size="2">Your text here</font>
<font size="3">Your text here</font>
<font size="4">Your text here</font>
<font size="5">Your text here</font>
<font size="6">Your text here</font>
<font size="7">Your text here</font>


The result:

Font size = 1
Font size = 2
Font size = 3
Font size = 4
Font size = 5
Font size = 6
Font size = 7


3. How to change your font in a Custombox/Journal?
Use the following tag to change your font in your custombox.

<font face="FONT NAME">Your text here</font>


Example
<font face="Comic Sans MS">Your text here</font>


Result
Your text here


Safe fonts to use

Serif Fonts
Georgia      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Palatino Linotype, Book Antiqua      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Times New Roman      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

Sans-Serif Fonts
Arial, Helvetica      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Arial Black, Gadget      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Comic Sans MS, cursive      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Impact, Charcoal      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Tahoma, Geneva      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Trebuchet MS, Helvetica     -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Verdana, Geneva      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

Monospace Fonts
Courier New, Courier      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Lucida Console, Monaco      -----     The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog


Combining "size" and "face"

Yes, it is possible to combine 'size' and 'face' (or other font properties) together to get a combined effect as below. Go ahead..Give it a try! ;)


Example
<font face="Comic Sans MS" size="5">Your text here</font>


Result
Your text here


4. How do you make a custom button? or How to make a clickable image for a custombox?
Use the following code to make an image clickable in your custombox:
Please note that you cannot make the image highlight on cursor hover as it normally does in case of a button.

<a href="URL"><img src="IMAGE_URL"/></a>


For example,

<a href="http://somrat.deviantart.com/"><img src="http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2010/163/c/6/c674dcf288d8b1510017bad0ea7be1d7.png"/></a>


*If you are using a custom background in your custombox then you've to put the above code in the "body text here.." part of it. For more details check F.A.Q. Q.9 of this journal.


5. How to add videos in custombox/journal?
Use this tag to insert your videos
<da:embed profile="video type" id="ID of the video" />


You can insert 3 types of videos in DA.
1) Youtube
2) Vimeo
3) deviantART film

Codes to insert each type of videos
<da:embed profile="youtube" id="ID of the video" />
<da:embed profile="vimeo" id="ID of the video" />
<da:embed profile="film" id="ID of the video" />


How to get your video codes?
Getting the ID of a video is really simple. Follow these steps to get your respective codes..

1) Open the video in your browser
2) Copy the URL and look for the code (as shown below)
*for DA films just get the thumbcode of it
3) Paste the code in their respective code (as shown below)

Demo URLs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEzhek5K0To&feature=g-vrec
http://vimeo.com/32121460
:thumb91547543:


Paste the video ID as shown below
<da:embed profile="youtube" id="fEzhek5K0To" />
<da:embed profile="vimeo" id="32121460" />
<da:embed profile="film" id="91547543" />


NOTE: If you want to get the Youtube bar please follow the tutorial below:



6. How do you get the URL address of your NOTE? or What URL address do you put in buttons or any hyperlink to let people goto your NOTE directly?
Use the following URL to use it in a button or as a hyperlink.

http://my.deviantart.com/global/notes/form.php?to_user=USERNAME


Example:

http://my.deviantart.com/global/notes/form.php?to_user=CypherVisor



TIP: You can use multiple usernames in the above code by inserting their usernames separated by commas as follows:

http://my.deviantart.com/global/notes/form.php?to_user=CypherVisor, Moonbeam13, fourteenthstar



Trick update given by AppleGummies



7. How to make a button a disabled one?
Just insert the following word in the button that you are using.

disabledbutton

For example, I take a button code from  the range of buttons (can be found here cyphervisor.deviantart.com/gal…).

I am using this button for my example.
Small Curvy buttons by CypherVisor


And the code that I'm using from this button is

<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="URL" class="smbuttonsmbutton-normal smbutton-small smbutton-curvy"><span class="post">I love my buttons very muchdiv</span></a></div>


How to get the disabled button?

Insert disabledbutton in the code.

<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="URL" class="smbuttonsmbutton-normal smbutton-small smbutton-curvy disabledbutton"><span class="post">I love my buttons very muchdiv</span></a></div>

The result:



*NOTE: Put the word disabledbutton only along with the other button classes such as gmbutton2r, sm-button etc.


8. How to insert a bigger thumb in your custombox/journal?
Just insert the word big in the thumbcode that you are using.

Example


Normal thumbcode---> :thumb136916642:
Innocent Dream by CypherVisor


Big thumbcode---> :bigthumb136916642:
Innocent Dream by CypherVisor



Even Bigger thumbcode---><da:deviation width="500" id="136916642">

Innocent Dream by CypherVisor


Use any number in the width if you want to increase the size of the deviation.

EXAMPLE: <da:deviation width="600" id="136916642">

Innocent Dream by CypherVisor




Alternate Custom Thumbnail code (NOT for literature thumbs): <a href="DEVIATION_URL"><img src="DEVIATION_IMAGE_URL" width="500"></a>

Where, DEVIATION_URL is the URL address of the deviations (the URL address of a deviation is present in the address bar of your browser when you open it in a new tab or page) and DEVIATION_IMAGE_URL is the direct image link of the deviation. (check FAQ#17 here to know how to copy the direct IMAGE URL of your deviation or for that matter any image)

EXAMPLE:<a href="http://cyphervisor.deviantart.com/art/Innocent-Dream-136916642"><img src="http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs51/i/2009/256/a/b/Innocent_Dream_by_somrat.jpg" width="500"></a>







9. How to create the donate button/ Add to watch direct URL?
Well, that's a very easy to do.

Donate points direct link:

http://USERNAME.deviantart.com/?givepoints


Replace the USERNAME  with your own (as shown below):

http://CypherVisor.deviantart.com/?givepoints



Watchers direct link:

http://my.deviantart.com/deviants/add/USERNAME


Replace the USERNAME  with your own (as shown below):

http://my.deviantart.com/deviants/add/CypherVisor



Now, use these URLs in any button code or any hyperlink that you want.

Also, note that please do not try these links with your own usernames because neither can you give your points to yourself nor watch yourself! :)



10. How to float images (or any element) in a custombox? or How do you place text and image side-by-side in your widget?
Use the following code to float your images (or any element) in a custom box.

To float elements to the LEFT:
<div class="al"></div>


To float elements to the RIGHT:
<div class="ar"></div>


Example:

<div class="al">:thumb299697102:</div>LoremIpsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. LoremIpsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book.





11. How to change the color of hyperlinks?
First of all, this is an extension of the FAQ #11 given below.

So, if you know how to create hyperlinks using the <a> HTML tag and want to change the color of your hyperlinks then follow these steps:

1) Create your desired hyperlink by using the <a> tag (follow FAQ #11 if you do not how to do it)
2) Take your desired text color code from HERE (Only the colors mentioned there are available)
3) Replace the text inside the <a>...</a> with the color code
4) Done!


Example:

Let your hyperlink be the following:

<a href="YOUR_URL">YOUR_CUSTOMIZED_TEXT</a>



Now let's take the GREEN text color code from HERE (You can take any color code you want)

Here's the green text color code:
<div class="pager-select"><div class="enabled_subscription" align="justify">Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book.</div></div>


Now, replace the "YOUR_CUSTOMIZED_TEXT" with the color code as follows:

<a href="YOUR_URL"><div class="pager-select"><div class="enabled_subscription" align="justify">YOUR_COLORED_TEXT</div></div></a>


In the above example, I have just replaced the "Lorem Ipsum..." with YOUR_COLORED_TEXT for the sake of understanding.




*PLEASE NOTE you can’t use the above code to change username colors that are generated by :devUSERNAME: or @USERNAME codes.

However, you can change a USERNAME color by tweaking the above code by writing as follows:

<a href="http://cyphervisor.deviantart.com/">CypherVisor</a>






F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions)


1. Is it possible to make more button with different colors other than which are already provided?
No. It is not possible. There are no more colors for buttons that is being defined in the DA website for your use. If anything new comes up I'll provide it to you.


2. How do I put my own URL in the custombox buttons?
Replace the text URL in any button code that you are using by your own URL

Example:

The button code:

<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="URL" class="smbuttonsmbutton-normal smbutton-small"><span class="post">I love my buttons very much</span></div>

Using your own URL:

<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="http://somrat.deviantart.com/" class="smbuttonsmbutton-normal smbutton-small"><span class="post">I love my buttons very much</span></div>


3. How do I put my own Text in the custombox buttons?
Replace the text I love my buttons very much in any button code that you are using by your own text

Example:

The button code:

<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="URL" class="smbuttonsmbutton-normal smbutton-small"><span class="post">I love my buttons very much</span></div>

Using your own URL:

<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="URL" class="smbuttonsmbutton-normal smbutton-small"><span class="post">Click to view my gallery</span></div>


4. Where would the FAIR/UNFAIR or YES/NO button lead? Does they have a counter or poll in-built?
Fair Unfair buttons by CypherVisor Yes No button by CypherVisor

The FAIR/UNFAIR or YES/NO are just buttons with your own URL address. It shall lead to whatever URL address you provide in their codes. And they do not have any counter or poll inbuilt.


5. Is it possible to have table inside a Custombox?
No. Its not possible.


6. Is it possible to have Content-holder boxes of custom colors?
Yes to an extent. Here's a tutorial for you: Content-Holder Background tutorial

You'll also find different colors of content holder boxes in my gallery folder. (Click "Customboxresouces" from the menu at the top of this journal to view them)

Plus, you can use the button codes (Buttons as Content-Holder boxes) to write your content inside it. There are many colors of button to choose from!


7. Is it possible to have scroll-bars inside a Custombox?


8. How do I put buttons next to each other in a Custombox?
Simply do not put any line-break (or in simple words, don't put the codes in the next line). Instead, put them in the same line.

For example, Let us take the codes of the button below (You can get more buttons here.. cyphervisor.deviantart.com/gal…)
Small Buttons by CypherVisor


Wrong way to put the buttons together after one another

<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="URL" class="smbuttonsmbutton-normal smbutton-small"><span class="post">I love my buttons very much</span></div>

<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="URL" class="smbuttonsmbutton-blue smbutton-small"><span class="post">I love my buttons very much</span></div>




Correct way to put the buttons together after one another

<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="URL" class="smbuttonsmbutton-normal smbutton-small"><span class="post">I love my buttons very muchspan>div><div class="thumb-holder"><a href="URL" class="smbuttonsmbutton-blue smbutton-small"><span class="post">I love my buttons very much</span></div>


9. How to get my custom background behind a content-holder box?
You simply need to replace the body text here.. with the content-holder box of your choice code.

For example, let us take the codes from the custom box background tutorial and the extruded content-holder box as given below. [You can get more content-holder boxes here.. somrat.deviantart.com/gallery/…)
Custom-box Background Tutorial by CypherVisor EXTRUDED content-holder box by CypherVisor


Now, you get the codes from each of them

Custom-box background code
<div class="popup2-moremenu"><div class="floaty-boat"><br><img src="URL"/>div>div><div class="gr-box gr-genericbox"><br>Body text here..</div>

Content-holder box code
<div class="gr-box gr-headless"><i class="gr1"><i><i class="gr2"><i><i class="gr3"><i><div class="gr-body"><div class="gr"><div class="pp"><div align="center"><b>CONTENT HEADING HERE</b></div><br>Body text here..</div></div></div><i class="gr3 gb"><i class="gr2 gb"><i class="gr1 gb gb1"></div>

As said above, now put the content-holder box code in the custom box background code by replacing the body text here..

<div class="popup2-moremenu"><div class="floaty-boat"><br><img src="URL"/>div>div><div class="gr-box gr-genericbox"><br><div class="gr-box gr-headless"><i class="gr1"><i><i class="gr2"><i><i class="gr3"><i><div class="gr-body"><div class="gr"><div class="pp"><div align="center"><b>CONTENT HEADING HERE</b></div><br>Body text here..</div></div></div><i class="gr3 gb"><i class="gr2 gb"><i class="gr1 gb gb1"></div></div>



10. Can I change the text/font color in my custom widget boxes?
Yes, you can change to some colors. Here's a list of colors and their respective codes: cyphervisor.deviantart.com/art…


11. How to use hyperlinks with different text?
If you want to have a link (or URL) displayed to a customized text then use the following code:

<a href="YOUR_URL">YOUR_CUSTOMIZED_TEXT</a>



Example:
<a href="http://cyphervisor.deviantart.com/journal/CustomBox-Journal-Tips-n-Tricks-Updated-08-June-13-299697102">Custombox F.A.Q. + Tips and tricks</a>


Result:




12. How do you insert an image in your Custom box or journal?
Use the following code to insert and image in your  Custom box or journal.

<img src="IMAGE_URL"/>



Example:
<img src="http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2013/069/d/6/fella_by_cyphervisor-d5xk416.png"/>


Result:




13. How do you resize an image in your Custom box or journal?
Just use the width or height property in your <img> tag in F.A.Q. #12 as shown below:

<img width="300" src="IMAGE_URL"/>


or

<img height="200" src="IMAGE_URL"/>


or you can use both width and height together

<img width="300" height="200" src="IMAGE_URL"/>

*Please note: If you use width and height together then you might change the resolution of the image disproportionately.




14. How do I get rid of the arrow symbols in my links/URLs and buttons?
If you haven't noticed it yet. DA always put an arrow symbol when you are trying to use an "external link" (for example a facebook.com link or a tumblr.com link) in the <a> tag or a button code (as below).



NOTE: The arrow is displayed only when you are using an external link! It WILL NOT display the arrow if you are using a DA link. (such as a link to someone's profile page in DA or a deviation link etc.)


The simple solution to get rid of that is by pre-fixing the below URL in your <a> tag or a button code URL:


http://deviantart.com/users/outgoing?



Example:
Let your external link be: http://facebook.com/


Solution:
BUTTON CODE:
<div class="thumb-holder"><a href=" http://deviantart.com/users/outgoing?http://facebook.com/" class="smbuttonsmbutton-normal smbutton-small"><span class="post">I love my buttons very much</span></a></div>

<a>tag:
<a href="http://deviantart.com/users/outgoing?http://facebook.com/">Facebook</a>


Result:


This fix was found by Gasara


15. How do I get rid of the bold text in my links/URLs and buttons?
You may have noticed if you use the above trick (FAQ #13) to get rid of the arrow or in general while inserting links in your journal or widgets you get your links bold as below:



To get rid of the bold text use the following code for your text inside your <a> tag or a button code:

<div class="devlinkzone"><b>YOUR_TEXT</b></div>


Solution:
BUTTON CODE:
<div class="thumb-holder"><a href="http://facebook.com/" class="smbuttonsmbutton-normal smbutton-small"><span class="post"><div class="devlinkzone"><b>I love my buttons very much</b></div></span></a></div>

<a>tag:
<a href="http://facebook.com/"><div class="devlinkzone"><b>Facebook</b></div></a>


Result:



16. How do I get the direct link to my Llama giving page/ Cake giving page?
You can provide a direct link to other deviants which redirects them to a page that will take them directly to a page where they can gift you a llama. Yes, even without visiting your page and clicking on the "Give" button on the top-right corner and then clicking on the "Give a llama badge" menu they can bypass it and goto a page and give you a llama.


Llama page direct link:


Here's how you do it:

1) Log out from your page and login to deviantart using another account. (Otherwise you can tell you friend to do this for you ;) )

2) After logging into the other account go to your page and click on the "Give" button and then click on "Give a Llama badge" menu from the dropdown. (as shown above)

3) In the pop-up window that opens (as shown below), right-click on the "Terms and Conditions for Points" and click on “Open in new tab” or “Open in a new window”



4) In the new browser tab or page that opens Copy the URL address (as shown below) and that my friend, is the direct link to your llama page! ;)



Cake page direct link:

For the cake page follow the same steps as given above but this time you just select "Give a Cake Badge". :)



17. How do I copy the image URL (or deviation image URL or deviation image link)?
To copy the URL of an image that appears on a page do the following:

Please follow the steps according to the browser that you are using!!

Internet Explorer

   1. Click on the desired picture with the right mouse button
   2. Select Properties from the menu
   3. Highlight the address appearing under Address (URL):
   4. Press Ctrl-C (shortcut key to copy the URL)

Mozilla Firefox

   1. Click on the image with the right mouse button.
   2. Choose "Copy Image Location" from the menu.

Safari and Opera

   1. Click on the desired image with the right mouse button (or holding down Ctrl while clicking with the left or only button).
   2. Select "Copy Image Address" from the menu.

Google Chrome

   1. Click on the image with the right mouse button
   2. Select "Copy Image URL" from the menu that comes up

HINT: An Image URL always ends with an image extension such as .jpg or .png or .gif etc.

Example: http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2013/069/d/6/fella_by_cyphervisor-d5xk416.png


18. Can I change the icons of my widgets?
No, you can't!



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Join a SOPA and PIPA debate

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 7:04 PM by makepictures:iconmakepictures:


:bulletgreen:  What are SOPA and PIPA?


The United States Congress is proposing two laws that address the problem of wide-scale unlicensed distribution on the Internet of motion pictures, songs, trademarked goods, and patented pharmaceuticals.  
  1. One of the proposals is called SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and would direct search engines in the United States to block Internet sites outside the United States that are primarily engaged in distributing unlicensed content.
  2. Another proposal called PIPA (Protect IP Act) would block websites located in the United States as well.
The Obama administration is putting a stop to these proposals.  It wants the Internet companies and the content companies to get together and come up with more functional and less destructive solutions.


:bulletgreen:  What would happen?


In both proposals, if they became law, the government of the United States would determine on application if a website was primarily engaged in unlicensed distribution.  A court might hold a hearing but only if the people who run the website showed up.  Otherwise, the site would be blocked by an order directing all websites in the United States with search capabilities or links to refuse to resolve any results or clicks to the blocked address.

Blocking addresses is hard to do without damaging every address on the Internet.  The blocking methods suggested in these two proposals would completely confuse existing Internet functions. They would encourage multiple hacks to get around the blocks (and the proposals, it turns out, would be ineffective against very simple work-arounds).  Maybe a few copyrights get saved but the price is opening massive wormholes in the Internet permitting hackers to re-direct traffic all over the place -- to malware, spyware, and phishing operations.


:bulletgreen:  Who's affected by these proposals?


Identifying sites that "primarily" infringe on copyrights is full of complexity. Nobody agrees on what "primarily" means. Many sites like Wikileaks and other activist, political, and cultural websites need to copy material that is copyrighted by others who oppose their goals in order to criticize them or to bring important documents into the light.  Some organizations, particularly political and religious ones, would use these laws if they were passed to try to block sites that republish controversial writings of a dictator or of a priest that they would prefer to keep under wraps.

Even harmless Internet behavior can be "primarily" an infringing activity: for example, a Tumblr account with still frames taken off of Glee. The unique address of the Tumblr account potentially could be blocked under these proposed laws.  


:bulletgreen:  What are the implications of SOPA?


SOPA, which would only block websites outside the United States, is a complete embarrassment to a country that has avidly supported the freedom of all peoples to express themselves openly particularly in the face of oppressive regimes.  The role of the Internet in populist liberation movements is well-known and the tools used by these movements come from the people and companies that built the Internet and the Web -- not from motion picture companies and sellers of consumer goods.  If the United States blocks websites over a Tom Cruise movie or a Rihanna song, other countries are certain to be encouraged by this to find cultural and political reasons to block websites from the Unites States and will refuse to open their borders, virtual or otherwise.

The Internet that has connected the world would become disconnected under these dangerous proposals.

The Internet is fragile.  The worldwide protection of copyrights and trademarked goods is extensive and the laws for them already are powerful. By comparison, laws that protect an open Internet are few and far between.

The compromises that the White House calls for are going to be very difficult to reach.  The motion picture studios and record companies are getting actors, directors, and singers to support SOPA and similar measures and have announced that they are not going to back down.  Internet users are up in arms and protests are scheduled for January 18, 2012.


:bulletgreen:  SOPA and the deviantART community


The community on deviantART is in a special position.  Our members make art -- copyrighted content -- and they want it to be protected.  But everyone on deviantART uses the Internet to expose themselves, their work and sometimes their souls to the world and we depend on an open platform for the very existence of the community.  

DeviantART as a site and as a company promotes the rights of artists.  However, SOPA and PIPA are poor "solutions", and we should all work towards other ways in which to resolve valid concerns about infringing conduct on the Internet that do not potentially harm free speech or the Internet itself.  

Where do you stand?

How much power should copyright owners have?

How open must the Internet be?

Is free speech, a public right, more important than the personal rights of an artist?

Many claim that a culture can only grow and speak at all by protecting private rights in art, books, movies and music.  Do you agree?


Joshua S. Wattles (makepictures)
Advisor in Chief
deviantART.com


Get educated:



The Electronic Frontier Foundation's update on SOPA:
SOPA Manager's Amendment: It's Still A Blacklist and It's Still A Disaster

Motion Picture Association of America's statement:
MPAA Response to White House Position on Anti-Piracy Legislation



Make your voice heard:

Stamp: Stop SOPA by TheRyanFord Stamp: The Great SOPA Debate by TheRyanFord Stamp: I Heart SOPA by TheRyanFord


STOP SOPA Bill by sakimichan

:star: Update


Stop S.O.P.A. by Heir-of-Phoenixa Stop S.O.P.A. by Heir-of-Phoenixa Stop S.O.P.A. by Heir-of-Phoenixa

Take a look at the deviantART front page using "Newest" in the Browse to see a remarkable community protest of SOPA and PIPA.

:star: As of January 20th, it now seems that SOPA and PIPA will not move forward through Congress.  As previously mentioned, the White House opposed these bills before the protest began in earnest this past Wednesday. The White House reflects the position of the majority of the Democratic Party. Last night at the Republican Party primary debate in South Carolina (watch a video clip here) all of the candidates came out against the bills. The frontrunner, Mitt Romney, was particularly forceful on the notion of an open Internet.  In the video you can hear the crowd reactions as being quite negative towards SOPA and PIPA.  So both of the major U.S. political parties are now aligned as against the proposals.

Meanwhile, the head of the Motion Picture Association of America has called for the White House to intervene and help big content and big tech reach compromises. See this New York Times article for more information about the issue.

Given the extraordinary grass-roots response to these proposals, almost overwhelmingly negative as reflected in all of the comments to this Journal and others on deviantART, this is a political hot potato everyone in politics will now want to stay away from.


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The Lonely Whale's Cry for Love

Thu Feb 26, 2015, 7:26 PM
Img-01 by techgnotic














52 Hertz Whale:


Is Anyone Out There?


Each year he makes his migration south from the Aleutian Islands to a breeding area in the Pacific Ocean parallel to Central California, looking for a mate. Unlike other blue and fin whales, his more than 6000 miles a year round-trip swim is a solitary one. He does not travel along with the blues or the fins, because he is neither. He is most probably either a hybrid blue whale or he is deformed. Sight and smell are virtually worthless as mating signals in the ocean depths, so whales and some other marine denizens rely on their highly complex “love songs” to find his true love. A whale love song has a specific syntax and repeated refrains much like our human songs. A whale composition can last 20 hours. But our one-of-a-kind whale’s songs are ignored each year, because he sings in a 52-Hertz frequency, making his voice much higher pitched than those of the blue or fin whales, typically in the 15-20 hertz range. He is left to make his solitary swim back to the Aleutian’s each year, once again unrequited in love and with no prospects of his condition changing next year.


Do we presume too much by anthropomorphizing that the 52-Hertz Whale is lonely and lovelorn because of his isolation and rejection? Or do these ocean dwellers, not fish but complex-brained mammals of long evolution like us, feel emotions and heartache of a level and intensity similar to our own?












he’s become an international folk hero star with a kickstarter documentary


In Germany, author Agnieszka Jurek has written and illustrated a children’s book about him. British rock band Dalmatian Rex as well as American songwriters Kate Micucci and Laura Ann Bates have recorded songs about him. Film Director Josh Zeman and Documentary Producer Adrian Grenier have embarked on a A Kickstarter-financed documentary film about 52-Hertz Whale that is currently in pre-production. None of this can be of any solace to the 52-Hertz Whale. He is “deaf” to all of it. He speaks and possibly understands only one language — a language most likely only spoken by him. A quirk in evolution led his ancestors back out into the ocean, meaning he would have no hands to write, or paint, or sculpt, or play a musical instrument, or operate a camera. Other than some physically bravadic displays that might suggest dancing, the whale’s song is his sole medium of expression.



There is an immediate exquisite dark humor to be savored in the story of the predicament of the 52-Hertz Whale. But there is also a heartbreaking resonance — an echoing back to each of us that each of us can relate to: that moment when we came to realize and tried to accept that the focus of our heart’s desire, the person into whom we’d already invested so much of our deepest and most sincere love… would not be returning the sentiment; not now and not ever. Each of had to wake up the next day and live on — with there being no reason to live on. Each of us knows (or will one day know) what it is to be a 52-Hertz whale. Each of us has been out there, alone, adrift and treading water in a darkening sea of total despair and hopelessness.


There are no monuments built in the ocean’s depths to mark the lives of our mammalian cousins who reside within the Seven Seas, no record-keeping to tell the tale of a special whale with the most unique singing voice in the whole world – a unique voice that brought him only loneliness and eternal yearning. A whale’s life “history” ends with the last note sung from his last song. Those of us with more media for expression must be the ones to immortalize his story. With the following gallery of deviants’ tributes to “52-Hertz,” we hope to begin the process of making sure his life’s lonely journey is never forgotten.




















Director/Producer Joshua Zeman with Executive Producer Adrian Grenier







Behind the scenes of the documentary







Join Adrian Grenier, Josh Zeman & world renowned scientists to find the illusive 52-Hertz Whale and fight Ocean Noise Pollution.


While some Kickstarter crowd-sourced productions have been obvious vanity projects, the 52-Hertz Whale is just the sort of international phenomenon that commands the overwhelming public interest that the crowd-sourced model was created to address.


Here is a story that involves the probable extinction of a type of whale naturalists didn’t know exists, so it’s about the accelerating erosion of our environment.


Here is a story about unrequited “love” – told in song – that resonates between different species of intelligent self-aware mammals.


Here is a story of loneliness to last for the ages, a story of hopelessness and hopefulness that communicates across all the world’s cultural barriers.

This solitary creature of the sea has managed to touch and connect the hearts of all humans who honor those who choose to live their lives despite relentless sorrow and struggle.


You can participate in the Kickstarter campaign to help find the lonely whale.










Interview with Adrian Grenier About his new documentary 52-Hertz Whale





The 52-Hertz Whale, which has become an iconic symbol of ultimate loneliness, has been mostly only heard and barely photographed, taking on a near mythical persona. Your documentary will finally present the flesh-and-blood reality of this most unique creature. Why did you want make the considerable effort to produce a film about this whale? Has your initial perspective changed since you began this quest?


Adrian Grenier

I think that because lonely whale is such a symbolic figure, he will be able to inspire great empathy in people; I was very much interested in exploring all the different ways in which this mythic creature could touch our hearts and motivate us to connect more fully with what's important to us as humans — connecting with others and appreciating our differences.


My perspective has grown and expanded to reach a depth worth of the deepest ocean. Lonely whale is full of nuances and subtleties; his story reflects many different themes and ideas, not just loneliness but those of respecting the environment, interesting history, science, technology and of course our existential condition of loneliness.












Executive Producer Adrian Grenier










NOAA







An aerial view of a blue whale, NOAA










Are you more interested in the resonance this “lonely in love” whale’s story has created in a worldwide audience or the puzzle of this whale’s initial “appearance” on the sonar of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1989 and his very existence as a one-of-kind in the world? Or do all these conundrums taken together simply have the makings for a phenomenal documentary?


Adrian Grenier

Certainly all of the elements are part of the story and will, in fact, make a fantastic documentary; so I don't think you can extract one from the other. What makes this such an interesting story is how dynamic and far-reaching the story of this single whale will resonate.











Do you have your own personal theory of what (or should we say, “who”) exactly the 52-Hertz Whale “is?” The very last of a hitherto undiscovered species of whale? A hybrid mix, the love child of a blue and a fin whale? A genetically mutated blue whale?


Adrian Grenier

I'll leave the science to the experts, but as a storyteller and filmmaker, I like to focus on the symbolic and metaphoric context of lonely whale's mythology.










Dr. William Watkins tracking of the 52-Hertz Whale








There has been so much research indicating that whales (as well as dolphins) have evolved the same levels of intelligence and emotion as human beings. This fact has been hidden by their absence of hands, which has made civilization-building impossible (and confused them with being “fish”). Do you think he is genuinely perceptually aware of his hopeless situation and truly experiencing the palpable agony of his unending separation, much as any of us would feel it?


Adrian Grenier

I think the answer to this question is less about whether or not lonely whale is aware of his own emotional state as it is about whether or not we are even human if we can't find compassion and use our imagination to empathize and connect with others that are different or who are perhaps on another frequency. It is the most coveted ability for empathy for the world outside ourselves that makes us the most human.





NOAA


















Adrian would like to see what the story of lonely whale inspires in you.


From your unique perspective, what would a portrait of 52-Hertz Whale look like?


What would his lament be in poetic verse?






Submit to DA with hashtag #LonelyWhale




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This is one of my favorite paintings I’ve done. In some way or another, we all have a profound longing to be heard, to be seen and to be known. And many of us go on our way without that happening and live in an incredible loneliness. Either there is no one out there, or we put on a mask and hide behind our shame and sins. We let no one know us, hear us, or see us as we are. I didn’t let anybody know me as I truly was. I was too afraid of rejection and being “found out” so I never really let anybody know and love me. And so it was my own fault that I lived in an incredible loneliness. I genuinely found encouragement by this whale to choose to trust others and let them love me through real friendship. The 52-Hertz Whale was such a strange and inspiring story that changed my perspective to help me see that I have an opportunity to be loved and heard. I just have to allow it. The whale, on the other hand, has no opportunity. The least I could do was to do a painting.”












The existence of 52–Hertz Whale is heart-wrenching, but the fact that we’ve drawn on him to be symbolic of loneliness—or strength in loneliness—says a lot about us and our need to be understood, to battle loneliness, even just our need to help others connect. We craft stories about him, for him, and in that small way, even though he’ll never know, there are many who do relate to him even though they don’t speak his same language which is meaningful in so many ways. It’s a testament, I think, to the strength of humanity that we have become so attached to this lonely whale. We relate to him, we believe we understand him, even though the 52-Hertz Whale will never truly be understood.”














Your Thoughts


  1. So much research indicates that whales (as well as dolphins) have evolved the same levels of intelligence and emotion as human beings. Do you think that the case of the 52-Hertz Whale goes beyond anthropomorphism – and that we are falsely attributing “loneliness” to his state of being? Do you think he is genuinely perceptually aware of his hopeless situation and truly experiencing the mental agony of his unending separation, much as any of us would feel it?
  2. What was your first reaction or feeling to finding out about the one-of-a-kind whale doomed to forever traverse the ocean each year, singing a love song that will never be answered?
  3. Why do you think people so often respond with more sympathy to the plight of animals than they do that of other humans?
  4. What is the message from this story that is resonating so deeply with people around the world?












Each year he makes his migration south from the Aleutian Islands to a breeding area in the Pacific Ocean parallel to Central California, looking for a mate. Unlike other blue and fin whales, his more than 6000 miles a year round-trip swim is a solitary one. He does not travel along with the blues or the fins, because he is neither. 

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