Poe's Death List:icontechgnotic:
Foreword by techgnotic
Fri Oct 21, 2011, 8:23 PM
As Halloween approaches, what better way to celebrate the season when the spectral
boundaries of the Kingdom of the Spirits of the Dead touch briefly with the mystical
edges of the Domain of We the Living than to invoke the battered and hellishly bedeviled
soul of Edgar Allan Poe to guide us in communication between (his) ghostly and (our)
ghastly planes of existence.
Poe invented the “detective” story and was an early father of “sci-fi”, and he was also an
extraordinary poet, but he is best known for his Gothic tales of mystery and abject horror –
nearly all of them anchored in the apprehension of an impending cruel and unnatural death.
Edgar Allan Poe by Dr-Horrible
Poe had an inventive genius like no other in his
The Art of Capturing Souls:icontechgnotic:The Art of Capturing Souls4 years ago in Personal More Like This
The human face, usually that of one’s mother, is the first visual connection a new human being has with the world. That face is the world. Psychologists tell us that the greater percentage of what we communicate with each other in any conversation is transmitted and received through our reading of each other’s facial expressions during our chat – and more often than not, we trust the truth to be what we read in another’s face, this truth being as often as not contrary to the words being spoken.
Crazy Horse had no fear of leading his warriors against Custer’s guns at the Little Big Horn, but he wouldn’t let his picture be taken on his deathbed, lest his soul be captured in the photograph. For Crazy Horse it may indeed have been more than the mere chronicling of the death of a particular moment in time that was captured. Maybe it’s because of our unique evolutionary trajectory (w
11th BirthdayDeviantART's 11th birthday is August 7th!11th Birthday4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here is how we're celebrating in #communityrelations
dAseniors brings you 11 things I love about dA Contest - Deadline August 7, 2011
"What do You See?" Contest - Deadline August 15, 2011
11 Years of dAvolution Contest - Deadline August 20, 2011
fella and communityrelations bring you a birthday scuzzle! read more for details
fella is hosting a Pre-bdAy Chat Spectacular in the #Fella Chatroom
The Fractal Universe:icontechgnotic:The Fractal Universe4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Is a photograph only a record, something created by a machine? Can photography ever truly be considered art? That question seems quaint and laughable these days, but if you do a little research you will find that once upon a time it was a raging debate. Thankfully a consensus has been reached that the agency of the photographer – his or her eye and critical mind – choosing the subject and manipulating the machine (the camera that is the art instrument) is what establishes photographs as potential works of art when created by an artist-photographer. Pretty basic common sense, huh? So why then is there now a debate as to whether FRACTAL ART is truly art – or just something produced by poking patterns into a computer? Isn't it just really random e-graffiti, a fibonacci button mash?
Here we go again… Hopefully it won’t take nearly a century again before fractal art is recog
Steve Jobs - Community Contest and Tribute:icontechgnotic:Steve Jobs - Community Contest and Tribute4 years ago in Personal More Like This
A number of media outlets are closely monitoring the artistic response by our community to the death of Steve Jobs.
For me, Steve Jobs is an icon. The John Lennon of our time. And while his wife and children, as well as Apple and Pixar, are the landmarks of his life, Steve Jobs encapsulates the core values that have inspired a generation, separate from the images put forth by his companies.
It is his iconography that we as a community should come together and try our hands at capturing. No small feat, but it is precisely what I'd like to see us do. The iconography of Steve Jobs himself. Apple and Pixar and those types of images aside, Steve Jobs transcends these accomplishments through the meaning of his life's work, his vision, and the inspiration that he will continue to be to us all.
Iconography is the branch of art history which studies the identification, description, and the int
Eye See, Therefore Eye Am:icontechgnotic:Eye See, Therefore Eye Am4 years ago in Personal More Like This
"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain... Time to die."
—Roy Batty, BLADERUNNER
Every time we open our eyes in the morning as each new day breaks, two worlds flow forth, each penetrating into the other, as the celestial portal gate separating them is once again raised. One’s inner world, of mind and being, pierces the outer world of light and raw data, seeking to hunt and gather mental sustenance. The outer world floods into our minds like a data tsunami, seeking to reconfigure the secret landscape of last night’s perfectly crafted dream state. Both worlds do battle to rearrange and make sense of the other. It is the yin and yang, by which we create and recreate the world – and the world invades and recreates each one of
Head Back to School with deviantART TweetHead Back to School with deviantART4 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
We're celebrating the back-to-school season by supporting an arts education program, launching a brand-new deviantWEAR backpack, highlighting a talented young art student, and helping you prepare for a future in the arts.
Advance education through the arts and look good doing it with the dA Nomad Bag. We will donate 10% of every purchase of the dA Nomad through September 15th, 2011 to InSEA.org. With enough room to store your laptop, textbook, and sketchbook, the dA Nomad Bag is your perfect campus companion.
The International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) is a global community working tirelessly to advance
Plans Gone Wrong Contest TweetPlans Gone Wrong Contest4 years ago in Official DeviantArt Contests More Like This
Chaos Panda by $chix0r
We're throwing one panda, one light, one pie up against the incredibly successful Fotolia One Cat, One Fruit, and One Clock Contest. Let's see if our new completely crazed random selection can pull in more than the 10,000 entries we received last time.
Here's the big twist: This time, we're challenging you to use the theme of "plans gone wrong" in
You must use one each of the specific pandas, lights, and pies provided in the asset pack and create an image showing "plans gone wrong." Your entry can originate in any medium! These are stock pictures. You can trace them, draw them, photomanipu
The Savage Beauty of Gears of War:icontechgnotic:The Savage Beauty of Gears of War4 years ago in Personal More Like This
WARNING: Interviews subject to "interruptions" due to "disturbances"
beyond the dA video crew’s control.
Ever wonder what it’s like to be an artist working on one of the world’s hottest shooter games inside the HQ of one of the world’s most respected videogame development companies? Ever dream of imagining and creating the alien landscapes and the superheroes and monstrous creatures who inhabit them?
These exclusive interviews only from deviantART at Epic Games HQ with Gears producers Cliff Bleszinski and Rod Fergusson and Gears artists Chris Perna, Wyeth Johnson, Shane Caudle and the rest of the Gears artists gang reveal what it takes to make a team of sorcerers to conjure, capture and render pure mayhem for our videogame rapture. They deliver insight into what their journey was like from when they first realized that art was their only life path and travel
The Committed Canvas:icontechgnotic:The Committed Canvas4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Tattooing has existed since the very beginnings of Neolithic human expression and has since those ancient beginnings continued to be a reliable flash indicator of personality type. There are those people who get tattoos and there those people who simply do not. Even though the social opprobrium for getting inked has greatly disappeared in recent years, and even though skin art has become almost boringly de rigueur amongst rock guitarists and other entertainers, there is still one element that separates the tattooed from the non-tattooed in terms of artistic appreciation: commitment.
Tattoos may be the first “interactive” art form. The art lover doesn’t just buy an artist’s artwork – he or she becomes one with artwork, he or she commits to becoming a living canvas for the artwork, he or she, by choosing the tattoo to be borne forever, shares authorship with the tattoo artist of the artwork. T
deviantART's 11th BirthdAy: Let's Celebrate! TweetdeviantART's 11th BirthdAy: Let's Celebrate!4 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
August 7th, 2011 marks deviantART's 11th birthdAy, but in true devious style, we're taking a whole week to celebrate! Our original plans for Deviants Appreciation Day were so huge that there was no possible way to express our love for the community in a mere 24 hours. Instead, we've created Deviants Appreciation Week, and what better time to host a week's worth of community-oriented events than in the days leading up to our birthdAy?
Each day this week, we have something special organized for you to participate in! Check out the schedule of events below to come party with us!
In Skribble, our latest community contest, we challenge
But is it Art?But is it Art?4 years ago in Personal More Like This
But Is It Art?
Perhaps the eternally unanswerable question. But definitely something to chew on... When I first saw it, I was instantly captivated.
At first thought, what a brilliant example of modern pointillism! Has some unknown artist taken up the long abandoned banner of Georges Seurat and presented us with a new manifesto championing art as points of light illuminating our waking dreams?!
Gum Wall in Seattle
by Paul Balcerak
OK, I see now it’s not a painting at all, so my pointillism exuberance is dashed. It’s more likely one of those photo collages with thousands of small imag
The New Sta.sh Writer is Here!Hi FolksThe New Sta.sh Writer is Here!4 years ago in Personal More Like This
If you've used the awesome new Sta.sh that was released recently, then you may have noticed a big button on in the top right saying that Sta.Sh Writer is coming soon
Well, I'm happy to say, that 'Soon' is now!
What is this Sta.sh Writer?
Sta.sh Writer is a new tool that unifies the way content is submitted.
It allows you to write journals, news, and literature deviations all from one place!
Plus Sta.sh Writer has a helpful WYSIWYG so you can insert links and show deviations without having to type out long winded code
Adding deviations into Sta.sh Writer couldn't be easier, simply drag and drop from your Sta.sh, favourites, gallery or search using the side panel.
You can even adjust the size if the thumb using the pencil tool in the corner of each image, it's that simple!
Get started at Sta.sh/Writer
Jump into a new journal portal!Here's a quick bit of trivia! Did you know that journals comprise about 25% of posts submitted daily? Journals are an integral part of the deviantART experience, and coming soon, they'll receive the spotlight they deserve.Jump into a new journal portal!4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Introducing the new Journal portal!
A brand new look is coming to the News page.
From the Journal portal, which will be replacing the News page, you'll be able to browse, submit, or search journals and news. You'll be able to browse by Newest, Popular, and Featured (which is comprised of official deviantART news and highlights).
Journals will be visible with their skin, giving you a better context of the post.
(Hover over the screenshot below to see more!)
What happened to the old News page?
As you may recall, we teased the release of merging news, journals, blogs, and deviations in order t
When Being Human Just Isn't Enough:icontechgnotic:When Being Human Just Isn't Enough4 years ago in Personal More Like This
The allure of Anthro Art is obvious to anyone who ever “owned” and loved a pet. (Only those who have never loved and shared lives with a pet speak of pet “ownership”!) Once a bond has been formed between a human and an animal the rigid distinctions between what is human and what is animal begin to fracture.
The definition of “being” becomes suddenly far more expansive. And soon the bonded human begins feeling spiritual affinities with the “animal” that are undeniably powerful and as “real” as any felt with other humans. The desire to leave all the lies and hypocrisies of human society behind and join in with a simpler and somehow more “honest” society of different beings in nature can become palpable and intense. “The grass is always greener…” and, oh!, to scamper across it on four liberating paws!
Steve Jobs [ 1955-2011 ]Steven Paul Jobs, co-founder, chairman and former chief executive of Apple Inc., has passed away today. http://www.apple.com/stevejobs/Steve Jobs [ 1955-2011 ]4 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
"When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: 'If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right.' It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' And whenever the answer has been 'No' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know t
OMGICANHAZFAVEJOURNAL!? + NEW FOOTERTHIS IS A JOURNAL DEVIATION (Journalvation) - I Nicknamed it first!OMGICANHAZFAVEJOURNAL!? + NEW FOOTER4 years ago in Personal More Like This
This is a NEWS DEVIATION (Newsvation) - Nicknamed First again
(Note to fave it, please click "Add To Favourites" This is a new system just announced by devBUG)
Alright, so some actual details:
This is a devBUG project. Open to Beta Testers. You're a beta Tester if you have a = before your name.
So to fill you in on the updates, I suggest taking a look at devBUG's journal but I will also explain some of the features.
1. In the bottom left of dA's Front page, you now have Community News. It appears to still count faves, but the icon appears to mean that it will eventually count comments! (Scratch that, counts faves)
2. Next to it, you can now scroll through polls!
3. Journals are now submitted as deviations, and can be +faved! (DO IT TO THIS ONE )
4. These show up in yo
Massive Art Theft From dA and FA ArtistsI felt this was important enough to make an article out of. This is something I received through Tumblr and dutifully passed along. I am trying to spread the word about this massive theft case.Massive Art Theft From dA and FA Artists4 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Here's the quoted text:
They are stealing artworks from all over DeviantArt and FurAffinity, then posting them as paintings on canvas with huge price tags. Please please check to see if anything of yours has been taken, and file a DMCA with the sites host.
Please pass this on so we can get this disgusting thing shut down.
Sta.shHi again, beta crew.Sta.sh4 years ago in Personal More Like This
As mentioned recently, we’re making a bunch of changes to the new Stash...
If you're new to Stash, find out more about it here: http://devbug.deviantart.com/journal/Stash-215498179
The latest changes: Sta.sh is now a separate section of the deviantART Network - with its own header, and its own look.
Here's a sneak peek!
"Stash" no longer exists on your Submit menu, but instead can be gotten to one of two ways:
You can pick "Sta.sh" from your main profile menu.. next to Logout and Settings
Or, you can type http://sta.sh into your address bar
Note: to switch back to deviantART, pick the "deviantART" item from the Sta.sh main menu.
Switching over and back:
Other than that, the Stash functionality remains much the same - Drag and drop your
deviantART's response regarding Art4Love.comIt recently came to our attention that a website called Art4Love.com was offering prints for sale, some based off of deviations also found on deviantART.com (and perhaps other works by artists not on deviantART). Art4Love.com is currently offline, but was up long enough to make some artists very understandably upset, as neither the artists (we are told) nor deviantART ever gave permission for Art4Love.com to sell these prints.deviantART's response regarding Art4Love.com4 years ago in Personal More Like This
We've been tracking the exchanges of comments and journals about all possible infringing activity and are ready to provide information from our side that would help legal action that any of the affected artists decide to bring. We will also fully cooperate with any government agency that may become involved because of consumer complaints against this apparently infringing website and the people running it. We would also happily cooperate with any possible fraud investigations.
As a note of caution, we don’t have all the fa
A Contest in Time A Milestone of the New AgeA Contest in Time A Milestone of the New AgeA Contest in Time A Milestone of the New Age3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
When deviantART and Five Four decided to let the community take the lead...
It is only with the passage of time and chance moment of retrospective that the memories of an event from a decade past reveal that event to have been a harbinger of things to come – a prescient preview but of how people would very soon be changing the way they live their lives, and even defining their lives; a fundamental turn in what is to be valued in life and how to live it. The event of note occurred at the dawn of a new century and involved a group of young men were starting up a new apparel company not so much as a way to get rich (the old century paradigm) but as a way to express themselves and their lifestyle (the new century paradigm).
Return to Comic-ConFMR REPORT TO HQ:Return to Comic-Con4 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Voyage 2 of deviantART Starship to Comic-Con
July 20, 2011
NEW MISSION LOCATION:
San Diego Convention Center
NEW MISSION DATE:
July 11-15, 2012
Assessment of First Mission Success:
The thousands of Sojourners to Comic-Con had grown jaded and complacent over the years,
content to thrash about with the same old-same old battle plan once again like the drowsy
wizards and wookies they had become. Little did they know what our deviant plans had in store
for our virgin landing and takeover of Artists Alley!
Stunned and awed were they at the might of our artist alley powered video screens, Wacom
powered Art Creation Satellites, and the beauty of our interview vixens! The gauntlet we cast
down has yet to be properly picked up by the shaken powers that be!
Our satellites sent communications that went out to all those lovers of sci-fi, fantasy arts
and sciences worldwide, to arti
Haiti: An Art Journal (Part 1):icontechgnotic:Haiti: An Art Journal (Part 1)4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Foreword by techgnotic
Wed Oct 26, 2011, 3:50 PM
There is one deviantART artist’s “What I Did on My Summer Vacation” essay to which attention must definitely be paid. John Paul Thornton is an artist and art teacher who has been aptly described as an “artist-warrior.” Renowned for his portraits of missing children, he has dedicated his life’s journey to bringing the spiritual healing powers of art to sufferers in need of miracles all around the world. His latest point of “magical exchange” is Haiti, still devastated from the January 2010 earthquake, from whence he transmitted his July 7 journal entry, which is reprinted here for those who didn’t catch it this summer on his page. John Paul is an exemplar of the spirit that must be embraced, emulated and cultivated by all the individual points of love and hope (you guys reading this) in the deviantART community worldwide – if art is to fulfill its