The Many Meals of Microraptor(Cross-posted to my tumblr and blog: to see the original version with embedded images, click here.)The Many Meals of Microraptor2 years ago in Personal More Like This
As a lot of you will already know by the time of reading this, a recent publication in the journal Evolution demonstrates that the four-winged, tiny dromaeosaur Microraptor was at least occasionally in the habit of ingesting fish. Scales and portions of several disarticulated skeletons of the osteoglossiform Jinanichthys were found fossilized in the specimen's gut. The authors do not discount the possibility that the fish were scavenged, but considering other known habits of the four-winged wonder, it seems at least reasonably likely that it caught the fish itself - and unlike previous known gut contents, it couldn't have taken this meal in the trees (though it's hard to know what the nay-sayers will claim next...).
Tutorials and techniques 2It's time to refresh the tutorial journal! Added some new ones and removed those which, after some time, I found a bit misleading.Tutorials and techniques 22 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Below you'll find a list of tutorials I personally think of as the best on dA. If I have any problems with painting something I usually take a look at one of those.
Is there anything you're having troubles with? Need help looking for a good tutorial? Or maybe you'd like to see a video walk-through of me painting something?
I'm open for suggestions for what kind of tutorial/walk-through you'd like to see from me. If you're interested in anything, post your suggestions in the comments!
Poses, composition and perspective
Expressions and emotions
Colour theory, selection and mixing VS light
Blending Tutorial by acidlullaby :thumb146178
Olympic Fire and IndustryWell; the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics certainly was .surprising.Olympic Fire and Industry2 years ago in Personal More Like This
As I predicted; there was quite a bit of content that just had me squirming in my chair, thinking "No! NO! Why did you do that?!". The absurdity of the nod to the NHS, for example, and the sudden appearance of various storybook villains, which felt (for lack of a better word) "Disney".
However; the "historical" section of the ceremony's opening half utterly blew me away. An unexpected appearance by Kenneth Branagh, playing Isambard Kingdom Brunel (who essentially WAS the Industrial Revolution), began a spectacular sequence that pretty much summed up what Britain's past was all about; fire and industry.
It was, without a doubt, the highlight of the entire spectacle, and if you either didn't get the chance to catch it or didn't bother to watch it, I urge you to track it down online!
And then there was James Bond .charged with the most difficult seduction of his career.
Yes. That really was her. I couldn'
WINNERS!!! **10 PREMIUM MEMBERSHIPS GIVEAWAY**Please this Journal so everyone can see it!WINNERS!!! **10 PREMIUM MEMBERSHIPS GIVEAWAY**2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
The winners have been chosen using Random.org! Thanks for entering, we got 1,884 entries!
[Bullet; Green] #1,839 shi-ranai
[Bullet; Red] #71 Kira-Nyan
[Bullet; Green] #1,852 Kirbehsepicness
[Clap] Congratulations to the winners!
In this Journal, I will be giving away 10 three month premium memberships!
[Bullet; Red] There will be 10 different winners.
[Bullet; Green] The premium memberships will only<
Pilot's dropped his magic feather.This is just a general update, so feel free to skip it if you want.Pilot's dropped his magic feather.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Hello, one person! Hope you're having a nice day.
A few things to mention.
One, I'm off to London tomorrow. Just for the day, so I won't be online tomorrow.
Which leads me rather nicely to...
Two, I'm off to Hungary on the first of September, until the third.
Of course I would be out of the country the day the first Doctor Who episode airs.
Of course I would.
It'll be interesting, as I know absolutely no Hungarian.
If anyone does know some basic Hungarian - hello, goodbye, please, thanks, etc. - I'd appreciate a comment.
I have already looked at Google Translate, but it's not always... accurate.
That was a rather serious journal.
I'll leave you with some of my favourite quotes from A Very Potter Musical...
Voldemort: [Laughing] How do you propose to get my Death Eaters into your little daycare center? And don't... don't suggest a giant slide... or a tr
The Summoner Art Contest - CLOSED, read updateThe Summoner Art Contest - CLOSED, read update1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
DON'T WORRY, THIS IS STILL BEING JUDGED.
The past couple weeks have just been hectic due to it being Valentine's and whatnot.
(Not to mention a couple of the people I need to get opinions from haven't been on due to their own reasons.)
Everything is set to be announced by the first week of March at the latest, however.
Thank you for your patience, and I apologise for the wait!
SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW, 100% CLOSED.
No more will be accepted from this point on.
Now comes the toughest part of all... judging. And it's going to be a difficult task indeed.
Unlike last times when I did all solely by myself, this time I will be getting some assistance from people I know who are also familiar with The Summoner, its premise/background and characters.
Final decisions will be mine, however...
I ask for everyone's patience in this, and it might not be until March that I'm able to find the time to finalise everything.
Oh, I don't know. Just to see if I can.Right, first thing's first. I was taggedOh, I don't know. Just to see if I can.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
a while agoby the fantastic 14LolaLoverX3
1.Which celebrity would you marry? Benedict Cumberbatch or Tom Hiddleston?
Oof. That's a tough question to start with. I'm gonna go for Tom Hiddleston because I've been in a massive Avengers mood recently.
2. Do you know a show called Boys Over Flowers?
I don't, I'm afraid.
3. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would change the fact that I procrastinate far too much.
4. Favorite Avenger character? (Includes Loki, Coulson, Maria)
5. Laptop or computer?
6. Do you have posters?
No, but I have my David Tennant calendar to my left.
7. Jeans or skirts?
JEANS. I only ever wear skirts and dresses to formal events or interviews.
8. On a rate of 1-10, how cool do you think I am?
9. If you could change your dA name, what would it be changed to?
I'd probably want
~Design Contest! CLOSED!Hey all!~Design Contest! CLOSED!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
So it's been a while since I held a contest, and I think it's about time for a new one! However, this time I won't get you to draw any of my characters; instead I'll be getting you to design a new one!
I did this with the design of Serphy, yes, believe it or not (his design has changed dramatically from the original entry however) and I realized how fun the contest was, so I want to hold another one almost the same!
Now I've been thinking a lot about this. And I really, really want a new fursona. As in, entirely new; Taz and Marie won't be sonas anymore; instead I will keep them as characters, because I still do love them. However, I just don't feel like they capture me enough. Sure, all of the elements symbolizing the things I like are there, like favourite colours, accessories and what not. But really, they're just cool designs to me now. They don't mean as much as they used to. And as much as I love Tazzies design a hell of a lot, she just isn't realistic enough. I will mos
Tolkien's BirthdayLet us celebrate the Master's birthday (January 3rd, 1892) with a virtual toast! (It comes in pints)Tolkien's Birthday2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Reptilicus Infernicus: 2012, Year of the DragonReptilicus Infernicus: 2012, Year of the Dragon3 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
2012: Year of the Dragon
DRAGON CASTLE by randis
According to the Chinese zodiac, 2012 has ushered in the year of the dragon upon the world stage.
In addition to occupying an ages old position in our cultural consciousness, legend and folklore surrounding
the dragon mythology has long been firing the kiln of our dreams with fright and menace. When we are speaking of
Dragons, we are speaking from ancient texts gathered form the beginnings of kept records of any kind and fro
PE: Polymer Clay Food Tutorials CollectionWelcome to a new polymer clay love article, specially written for projecteducate, find the program for the third Community Week here. If you missed the previous articles, please check out Introduction to Polymer Clay and Polymer Clay Secrets Revealed. This time I'm going to guide you through some of the best polymer clay food tutorials currently available in deviantART, enjoy and don't hesitate to leave a message if you have any question or suggestion for future articles.PE: Polymer Clay Food Tutorials Collection3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Food. Polymer clay food. There's a strange fascination between polymer clay crafters to make food, if you ask many of us won't even be able to explain what's so addictive about making fake food. Some of it is crafted for doll houses and doll props, some people make beautiful jewelry with food, but some just make it because it's so incredibly fun.
POP MUSICS OF PAST?WATT IS UR LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT POPULAR MUSIC CULTURE OF ZEE PRE-APOCALYPSE?POP MUSICS OF PAST?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Looking for male stock?Since I often get requests for male stock, I wanted to do a feature and bring you some quality male model resources. Show them some love!Looking for male stock?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Also, stop asking me to provide male stock. At this point, I can't.
If you need anything male, first you should join :iconmanstock: the group dedicated to male stock and reference. Also, for everything couples, try :iconromancing-the-stock:
Now, in no particular order as I go through my watch list:
Hero or Villain Contest - 2 by jademacalla FA_Val_UCBD_2 by jademacalla
Cornfield -02- by manverustock Fly by manverustock Upside down by manverustock
bb4 by ohnostock bb18 by ohnostock bb5 by ohnostock
073 Jason Aaron Baca Promo2 by jasonaaronbaca jason aaron baca couple 06 by jasonaaronbaca fitness stock 1 by jasonaaronbaca
Male Stock 195 by birdsistersstock Male Stock 1 by birdsistersstock Male Stock 43 by birdsistersstock
It NEVER ends.I interrupt this news bulletin for a special report.It NEVER ends.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Well, I say that. I'm actually interrupting your day to bring you this short video.
Shh, just come.
I felt I should just bring that to your attention.
(Please tell me someone read the 'OK, bye!' in Arthur's voice...)
Attn: College students (need a good laugh?)'twas the night before finals when all through the houseAttn: College students (need a good laugh?)1 year ago in Personal More Like This
noisy creatures were stirring (squished many a mouse)
my stockings were holey from too many wears
had hopes that I'd find at least one decent pair
the answers were safely all tucked in my head
while visions of memory loss filled me with dread
my dog with his yelping and me with a cold
(this college thing really is getting quite old)
then out on my lawn I heard neighbors chatter
I rushed out to see what the heck was the matter
on the way out my door window broke
I tripped over Fido (was it all a bad joke?)
the moon overhead with it's odd, eerie glow
cast it's light on the problem down here below
when what to my weary eyes should appear
two flat tires in front, and one in the rear
how would I drive her, so listless and sick
I knew at that moment I'd better think quick
more rapid my heart as I dwelt on my plight
my neighbors now chuckled and grinned with delight
now dang-it, I said, to all who would listen
what I need
A New Way to Make SuggestionsHello Beta Testers!A New Way to Make Suggestions1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
For some time we've been running a limited test of the Ideas Forum on our Zendesk Help Desk integration. Today, we're expanding this test to our Beta Testers.
This forum allows for a great deal of flexibility in how we approach suggestions.
We can mark items that are planned, completed, or not planned at this time. We can also highlight staff responses on forums, giving more weight to responses that are important in informing deviants why we can, or cannot, take a suggestion into consideration at this time.
Deviants can vote on one anothers' posts, giving greater community control over what content is reviewed. The more votes, the higher the suggestion will appear in the forum! Unlike our current forum, threads don't expire, and when creating a new thread you'll be prompted with similar threads.
These are only a few of the features the new forum has, but altogether our testing has shown thus far that
Giveaway and great news!GIVEAWAY CLOSED, WINNERS TOMORROWGiveaway and great news!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Guess what guys! I'm reopening my stores (Etsy and Storenvy) and commissions, I can finally announce that I'm getting married and I need to save as much as possible for the big day, July 27th. And just before anyone asks, the wedding is not improvised we've been planning it for a long time but there's still a lot of things to buy and consider, I could use some more money to save
So buy my stuff to celebrate the reopening I'm also doing a giveaway! Actually it's three giveaways running simultaneously on deviantART, Facebook and YouTube, you can join any of them or the three of them to have more chances to win.
To join DA's giveawa
How to: Modifying the HeaderFor this tutorial series I am explaining different elements you can create or modify with the help of CSS. The level of experience that is needed to be able to understand the tutorials can differ and will be in no order.How to: Modifying the Header2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Everything explained is based on the gruze-structure of journals. If you are still using the old structure or have a journal installed that used it, things won’t work the same way like explained below.
For simple skins the old structure is fine, but the more features you add, the more I would recommend using the gruze-structure. You can look up the differences here: http://ginkgografix.deviantart.com/art/Old-vs-Gruze-Journals-112772369
This time I will explain you, how to modify the header section of a journal. I will try to cover everything important, but if there are still things you want to know more about, just let me know and I will try to add it here.
Nothing what I will explain here will affect the actual content area and it will always refer to the defaul
Ode to Sally DonovanAnd thus 90% of you go ' . . . whut? Why HER?'Ode to Sally Donovan2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Hear me out . . .
I never know what to feel about Sally Donovan. She, I think, is one of Mofftiss' most provoking characters and I am as guilty as all of you in wanting to see her, if not actively harmed, then certainly humiliated and ostracised for her treatment of Sherlock.
However, I came across a short defence of her the other day, only a tiny one, and it got me to thinking. And I think now it's time for someone to REALLY think about Sally Donovan and try to be a bit fairer.
What do we know about Sally Donovan? Really?
Nothing. Other than she greatly dislikes Sherlock and has slept with Anderson at least once.
Now, the sexual affair with Anderson is a distasteful notion to us for two reasons A) dishonesty, he is married and B) We all love Sherlock and it's the old the friend of my enemy is my enemy thing (Yes, I did it backwards deliberately.) Who knows? Maybe Anderson is desperately unhappily married and they are actually deepl
The Gift of Snow-Percabeth Fanfic Chpt. 1 Part 1APOV - Annabeth's point of viewThe Gift of Snow-Percabeth Fanfic Chpt. 1 Part 12 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
PPOV - Percy's point of view
The pure white snow glittered in the sunlight. The delicate flakes fell lightly from the sky, since Chiron had allowed them to. In the outside world there was a minor blizzard, and I knew Demeter was in a bad mood. I sighed and rubbed my gloved hands together to keep warm, fascinating at the mini cloud of warm air that formed when I blew out a small puff of air. Most daily camp activities and lessons had been canceled, since almost everyone had left camp for the winter holidays.
She looked so pretty, just standing there with her blond princess hair tumbling down her back, a sparkle in her stormy grey eyes as she watched snowflakes melt when they touched her gloves. I resisted the urge to go up to her and say, "Hey Annabeth," but instead slowly snuck up on her, thankful to the snow for muffling my footsteps.
I watched, transfixed,
Lacking Motivation? I hope this helps.Copied directly from the polycount thread:Lacking Motivation? I hope this helps.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
FYI My longest post on PC ever. Sorry in advance - OP I hope there's something useful in this for you. I'm back in your thread and giving you my morning before breakfast, is my way of saying ' I care '.
Usually between 1 - 5 NEW students, per day come to me for random pieces of advice. Some from here @ PC , some from Deviant Art - Mostly from Deviant art.
It's always the same questions maybe worded slightly differently and I do my best to answer every single time, every single message. Sometimes I get behind and have to catch up at the end of the week but I do my best.
As well as those, I did 2 10+ question interviews last week, on my time, for students who were still in school. For school essays, papers, projects etc that contain the same questions they always do.
I'm exposed to 'all this' *makes a big circle shape with hands* on a fairly constant basis. Everything that encompasses 'young artists trying to find their way in this scary fucking
Site Update: Film, Sta.sh Writer ImprovementsIn our continuous effort to improve the deviantART experience, we're publishing weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.Site Update: Film, Sta.sh Writer Improvements2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Film & Animation Improvements
Last week we launched some much-needed improvements to Film & Animation to the Beta Tester program, and the changes were so well-received that we're making them available to everyone. Here's a run-down of what's been changed.
Film Submission Through Sta.sh
Sta.sh is now properly equipped to support film submissions! Sta.sh can now store and submit film files the same way other filetypes can be stored and submitted.
Learn how to submit Film to deviantART.
To the fuckheads butthurt over my 9/11 stampGet the fuck over it, 9/11 wasn't that bad, and I'll tell you why?To the fuckheads butthurt over my 9/11 stamp2 years ago in Personal More Like This
There were events way fucking worse than 9/11, I will give out a few examples:
8,000 casualties happened in the Srebrenica massacre.
25,000 people committed suicide in the US in 2007.
41,000 traffic related deaths happened in 2007.
70,000 casualties happened in the bombing of Nagasaki.
100,000 casualties happened in the bombing of Tokyo.
107,000 Iraq body count, civilian deaths.
150,000 casualties happened in the bombing of Hiroshima.
188,000 casualties happened at the battle of Okinawa.
200,000 people were killed in the Nanking Massacre.
230,000 people died in the Indian Ocean earthquakes.
315,000 people died in the war in Darfur.
750,000 people are projected to die of famine in Somalia this year.
800,000 people were killed in the Rwandan genocide.
1,250,000 people died in the Armenian genocide.
2,200,000 casualties happened in the North Korean Famine.
3,400,000 Soviet POW deaths happened in Nazi camps.