Good Nudes vs. Bad Nudes?:icontechgnotic:
Foreword by $techgnotic
Tue Nov 1, 2011, 3:23 PM
Contours in Context
The argument for the nude in art:
Our visual perception of the human face and then the human body has set the basis since the beginning of
human history for our sense of what is beautiful and what initiates all our seminal ineffable sublime feelings
about the nature of love, life, desire, destiny, eternity, ad infinitum. The curvatures and symmetries of the
human body even lay the geometric basis for the artistic structures of all our art forms, not only for the visual
arts but also for literature and architecture. Given the primacy of the body as the beginning of all that we are
in life, and given the eye as the primary receiver for the collection of all information in our lives, how could
the artistic nude not be a massively represented art form on a global arts forum like deviantART? And besides,
nudes are something peo
Pin-Up: From Objectification to EmpowermentIn researching the history of pin up art I found that before there were the “centerfold girls” there were the “pin-up calendar girls” – the semi-nude young women in lingerie whose photographs adorned calendars sold semi-legally from under the counters of gas stations and truck stops.Pin-Up: From Objectification to Empowerment2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Wed Feb 01, 2011, 11:00 PM
In researching the history of pin up art I found that before there were the “centerfold girls”
there were the “pin-up calendar girls” – the semi-nude young women in lingerie whose photographs
adorned calendars sold semi-legally from under the counters of gas stations and truck stops
But is it Art?:icontechgnotic:But is it Art?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Fri Jul 8, 2011, 7:59 PM
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?!
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 images being arranged to create a larger picture. That’s cool. So what’s the picture?
If I stare intently long enough, will it suddenly “emerge,” like the ones they sell on the Venice Beach Boardwalk?
When Being Human Just Isn't Enough:icontechgnotic:When Being Human Just Isn't Enough2 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!
As Enduring (and as fleeting) As the Gods:icontechgnotic:As Enduring (and as fleeting) As the Gods2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Fri Jul 8, 2011, 7:59 PM
Lucifer - The Fallen by *RainerKalwitz
Marble, Granite, Bronze, Silver, Gold!
Early statuary depicted one’s god’s, and since the medium is
as much the message as the visual message itself – the medium had
to proclaim: This god is as forever lasting as this stone that His
rendering is hewn out of! But all that is solid eventually melts
away into the air, even the most powerful ancient gods and kings –
As the poet Shelley so poignantly noted in Ozymandias.
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shatter'd visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamp’d on these lifeless things,
The hand that mock’d them and the
Poe's Death List:icontechgnotic:Poe's Death List2 years ago in Personal More Like This
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
Identity, the Internet, and YouYour existence will forever be encoded into the infinite repertoire of beautiful, byte-sized sequences, safely housed in the cyber cloud for all to observe.Identity, the Internet, and You1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
- "Topiary," as quoted in 'We Are Anonymous' by Parmy Olson
So I just read this book that is written by someone who is very obviously not of the Internet generation. From having to explain that 'fag' is practically a term of endearment on 4chan (okay, the whole explanation about 4chan and /b/ and message boards is entertaining) to mentioning that NyanCat is 'one of the Internet's most popular memes,' this book is in part an attempt to help people who aren't netizens understand what it's like to be part of a culture where people do shit because it's funny.
Like, you know, bring down a government server. Or get some guy to send a picture of his dick to his mom, or whatever.
Online, things don't seem to matter so much. Bothered by what someone's said? U mad, bro? Just log off. Whatever.
Except that people
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!2 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
Daily Literature Deviations for November 6th, 2011Daily Lit Deviations for November 6th, 2011Daily Literature Deviations for November 6th, 20112 years ago in Art Features More Like This
We are proud to feature today's Daily Literature Deviations!
You can show your support by ing this News Article.
Please comment and the features and congratulate the artists!
For all of the featured artists: If you receive a DD for one
of your pieces featured by DLD please note ~damina.
We will include you and your piece in a special recognition news article.
Featured by: =LadyofGaerdon
"Delirium Sings A Song For Me" by =AzizrianDaoXrak
With a rich intensity,
the author takes us through
many mythological traditions,
painting a vivid picture of the
search to belong.
Featured by: =LadyofGaerdon
"Salem" by *toxic-nebulae
The Timeless Code of the Eternal OutsiderWhy Drive will be the movie that is remembered in years to come. Film Noir is a genre of “life in the shadows” movies that became popular in America during the uncertain times of World War II. Westerns have remained a shorthand for the American psyche with their sullen outsiders with a personal code of honor bucking the system. Samurai films mirror the lone avenger protagonist, but set against a longing for a lost society of incorruptible values. Now and again a notable contemporary noir or western or samurai film emerges with little fanfare amidst all the commercial cacophony of the louder, bolder, more spectacular action films that rule today’s box office. One such gem of film blending all three genres flashed out of the shadows briefly in 2011. It’s called “Drive” and I think it is the greatest artistic achievement of the past year.The Timeless Code of the Eternal Outsider2 years ago in Personal More Like This
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 ]2 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
Eye See, Therefore Eye Am:icontechgnotic:Eye See, Therefore Eye Am2 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
The Savage Beauty of Gears of War:icontechgnotic:The Savage Beauty of Gears of War2 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
Return to Comic-ConFMR REPORT TO HQ:Return to Comic-Con2 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
Stop Peeing on DDsRude comments on DDs aren't always about the actual feature.Stop Peeing on DDs1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
There's no question that the worst thing you can do on a DD is go on and on about how it didn't deserve it, blah blah blah et cetera. The artist had nothing to do with the decision so go to the FAQs and stop being a little bitch. If you can take the time to whine, you can take a little extra to do it properly. :faq873:
I welcome all concerns addressed directly to me. I expect it, rather.
But anyway, this isn't a rant about that. It's a rant about something more insidious: the attitude that DDs are the only thing worth looking at in the whole fucking category.
I'm not directly quoting anyone, but the following is a sample of stuff I've seen. (This is vaguer and a bit nicer than most of it, I'm not that good at being all down with the pointless hating. But the 'I don't read' comments don't give me warm fuzzies either, y'know?)
I don't normally read lit because it bores me, but this was actually dece
The Dead Places: The Visual Delicacy of DecayIt’s easy to think of art in terms of what is instantly pleasing to the eye, of that which evokes a feeling of joy and hopefulness and blissful peacefulness or ecstatic exultation. This is the consideration of art as something that helps propel us forward through life – to out future great deeds, our career victories, or dreams of coming big events. But there is a peak to every life. At some point all people, and all places, and even all ideas have to begin the inevitable decline that is the other balancing half of a lifetime.The Dead Places: The Visual Delicacy of Decay2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Pontiac by ~PionierUK
The Dead Places
The Visual Delicacy of Decay
Wed Mar 21, 2012, 7:00 PM
Cosplay: From Fandom to IdentityThe recent explosion of Cosplay across the world has elevated “dress-up” far more into actual role-playing, with the fans not just trying to look like their favorite characters but actually “becoming” the characters for extended periods of time.Cosplay: From Fandom to Identity2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Goddess with Black Wing by ~lady-narven
From Fandom To Identity
Wed Feb 08, 2011, 11:00 PM
The recent explosion of Cosplay across the world has elevated
The Tree as Beautiful MachineWhile searching deviantART for images for the Earth Day article, I became intrigued with how trees have become not only such a central focus of our current environmental concerns, but also how they play such a central role in our art, whether as background or actual subject matter. There are so many Enchanted Forests on deviantART that it made me wonder if trees, so mundane and taken for granted yet at the same time so vital to life on earth and so steeped in myth, have always been the revered subjects of the world’s artists.The Tree as Beautiful Machine2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
May 2, 2012
While searching deviantART for images for the Earth Day article, I became intrigued with how trees have become not only such a central f
Harper Collins - Rip Off IVIf you don't know the story, read in my journal.Harper Collins - Rip Off IV2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
HARPER COLLINS RIP OFF - BEWITCHING / ALEX FLINN.
First of all I want to thank everyone who is helping me to spread it out. I'm receiving many emails about it, magazines, interviews, newspapers and it's very nice to know a great public is supporting me. Copyright lawyers are contacting me, from new york, brazil, everywhere and we are discussing what can be done about it. I'm glad to see lawyers showing interested about it, even though I'm quite afraid and out of the "copyright situation". Who is reading everything since the beggining know what I'm talking about. And, the going situation is how the company is dealing with it. They didn't even contact me.
Yesterday, after the well known boingboing website and dearauthor.com post an article about the rip off, Harper Collins removed the covers from amazon, goodreads and the publisher's website. They behave like if nothing had happened. Someone said that I s
Steve Jobs - Community Contest & Tribute:icontechgnotic:Steve Jobs - Community Contest & Tribute2 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
The Future of Storytelling Has ArrivedThe Future of Storytelling Has ArrivedThe Future of Storytelling Has Arrived2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Ninja Turtles by ~lukekeith
Mon Apr 3, 2012, 01:00 AM
The recently announced changes to the core mythos of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the backlash
from fans over the ending to Mass Effect 3 have ignited an incredible discussion about the rapidly evolving
“collaborative” relationship between producers and consumers of videogames, movies, and similar “products.”
Now it’s exploded beyond the secure borders of top news publications, gaming and entertainment websites.
Looks like this long-bubbling cauldron of traditional ways and means, modern tech, web economics, core beliefs
and future shock has finally boiled over...
Should you listen to your audience?
Enhancing the quality of your journalsHello, deviants!Enhancing the quality of your journals2 years ago in Personal More Like This
In the last couple of weeks, we've been rolling out changes to the journal system, and with the introduction of the Journal Portal, your journals now have the potential to be showcased in the Footer of deviantART or in the Popular section of the Portal –- something that could draw tons more eyes to your work!
So, how do you make a journal that’s worth sharing? Even if reaching a wider audience isn't your goal, these tips will help you get better feedback and spark more conversation, which is one of the best things about our vibrant community.
`megturney's Top 7 Tips for Enhancing the Quality of Journals:
#1. Write what you’re passionate about
Love black and white photography? Let’s talk it! Do you have a deep philosophical discussion you're itching to bring out to the world? Fluffy and serious blogs alike, the most important part of any journal entry is showing your audience
A Symbol View With `YouInventedMe`YouInventedMe is a senior member of deviantART and a member of the Literature Community we would be less without.A Symbol View With `YouInventedMe1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
~VertigoArt: Thank you for taking the time to interview with me. We will start nice and simple: when and why did you join deviantART?
`YouInventedMe: well, according to my user activity tab, I joined DA on October 13, 2005. that puts me at just over 7 years. oh my! I initially joined so I'd have a place to stockpile the various terrible poems, and not quite so terrible song lyrics, that I'd been scribbling for a while.
~VertigoArt: When did you first start writing and why did you pick up that therapeutic pencil/pen?
`YouInventedMe: I've had an interest in writing since middle school. I had some teachers who encouraged me, and though writing took sort of a back seat to theater for a little while, it eventually lead to me writing lyrics for bands I was in (in high school/college/post-college), which then turned into writing straight poetr
Site Update: December 10, 2011A little while ago, we released the first Sta.sh Updates article. The response was amazing.Site Update: December 10, 20112 years ago in Personal More Like This
We've fixed some of the issues you brought up last time, but there's still plenty to do. We've also been working on a lot of details that didn't come up in the feedback. It's a big list, so get ready!
Sta.sh now supports keyboard shortcuts! Hit up, down, left, right, and hit the Delete/Backspace key to remove any selected items. Hold the Shift key as you move around with the arrow-keys to select a bunch of files at once! - Added by $kouiskas
We've brought back the full word "Comments" instead of using the small speech bubble icon on the Journals in deviantART's footer, and the journals in the Journal Portal, making it a little easier on our newer community members - Added by $kemayo
Alice X. Z. - Living Rainbow Taking FlightThe vibrant digital paintings of `alicexz are fiery, emotional, and incredibly memorable. The colors of her creations (mostly portraits of popular TV and Film characters) are unusually vibrant, which is remarkable considering how layered they appear to be. It’s sort of like what manga characters might look like if painted by one of the Dutch Masters. And this artist exhibits just the right amount of quirkiness to leave us wanting to know more: she has a penchant for painting redheads. But, then of course, there’s a lot of red and golden fire burning through most her artworks.Alice X. Z. - Living Rainbow Taking Flight2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Living Rainbow Taking Flight
Wed Mar 7, 2012, 6:20 PM
The vibrant digital paintings of :devali