Women as Sex ObjectsWarning: Imma 'bout to rant.Women as Sex Objects2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
First off I'd like to point out that I'm not a raving feminist. I acknowledge that women are not equal in western society (despite corporate efforts that seem to be more about statements and false enthusiasm on the subject rather than actually taking women seriously) and I don't think we will be equal for a long time, if ever. Just how it is. Unfortunate (from the perspective of a woman), but just how it is.
ANYWAY. Here's my rant. I'm really tired of a female character being undermined by her being half nude. Really, really tired of it. And I'm not talking about artistic nudity, I'm talking about ass-cheek flashing skirts, bikini tops and little else (I'm looking at you, Japan).
I love a strong female lead, but they're so rare. Writers find it so hard to create a complex female character; they're either so brave and outspoken that they become butch and unattractive by design, or they're a sex object. A hopeless damsel in distress or someone who can hold th
Top Ten Gruesome FairytalesStumbled across this today.... Needless to say I'm pretty disturbed now. Good ol' fairytales. I did not create this list; the link to the original content is at the bottom, along with my thoughts. Feel free to leave your thoughts too! I'll be posting a proper update soon so stay tuned.Top Ten Gruesome Fairytales2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
The Pied Piper
In the tale of the Pied Piper, we have a village overrun with rats. A man arrives dressed in clothes of pied (a patchwork of colors) and offers to rid the town of the vermin. The villagers agree to pay a vast sum of money if the piper can do it – and he does. He plays music on his pipe which draws all the rats out of the town. When he returns for payment – the villagers won't cough up so the Pied Piper decides to rid the town of children too! In most modern variants, the piper draws the children to a cave out of the town and when the townsfolk finally agree to pay up, he sends them back. In the darker original, the piper leads the children to a river
How tentaculas are madePeople keep asking about Love and Tentacles, but I'm sorry to say that comic is as good as dead. I might draw a picture once in a while because Frida can be fun to draw, but I don't even think about LaT most of the time, unlike my other comics which enter my head daily.How tentaculas are made2 years ago in Personal More Like This
But people are apparently dying to know if Tom and Frida ever had kids, and if it could even be done. So I'll give you and explanation on that.
Tentaculas have reproductive tentacles around their waist (the thin pink ones that gets thick when they get aroused). Males and females rub them against each other and release semen and eggs into water (in these modern times its usually a bathtub unless they're hippies). They are left to float around until the fertilized eggs hatch and the tiny young eats the un-fertilized eggs. Then they move on to swallowing each other, until only one is left. Sounds unpleasant, but that is why tentaculas in general are very healthy and handicaps are almost unheard of unless they get inj
Women ArtistsThe other day, I attempted to put together a huge list of some professional and semi-pro women artists over on my tumblr, because it seems like too often women get overlooked when it comes to being honored and recognized. This year, I was incredibly honored to be nominated for a Hugo award in the Best Professional Artist category, but I was a little shocked to find out there hadn’t been another woman nominated in that category since Rowena Morrill in 1986. That’s more than a little ridiculous, considering there are so many women artists out there who are all amazing, who offer unique points of view and design solutions, and who need more visibility and recognition. While putting this list together, I was really excited to find tons of new artists I'd never heard of before.Women Artists1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Tip of the Day: the StruggleLearn to enjoy the struggle. Our most memorable goals we achieve in our lives are always extra special because of the many hardships we had to endure before succeeding. Those memories will be some of your fondest when you're successful. So take sometime to live in the moment and enjoy the struggle before achieving bigger and better things.Tip of the Day: the Struggle3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Selling OutWoops, tumblr got my brain cogs going again!Selling Out3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Verb: Going against what you believe in or against what you identify as in order to make a quick buck.
Growing successful and enjoying great popularity and/or financial success doing what you love does not count as "selling out". It annoys me when people are so quick to equate success as "selling out". Especially in the arts.
I posted this on tumblr and got a few comments from art students in 'commercial art' majors telling how they've been accused of 'selling out' by other students in fine art majors.
And once again, as an illustrator enrolled in a fine arts (painting) program, my empathy burns with a passion for artists in such a position.
Personally, I've had to lay the verbal beat down a couple of times in regards to the topic of 'selling out'.
The most common thing I heard was that "all illustration looks the same, probably just because that's what the public likes." To which the response
Five Tips to Starting FreelancingSo, you're tired of being unemployed. You've been stuck at home for the umpteenth month in a row, a new season of The Legend of Korra is still a year off, and your government support checks (should you be lucky to still be getting them) won't even come close to affording you a bus ticket to Everfree Northwest. Your evaluation of life is the same dissertation of tedium and monotony as Helen Keller's review of Chinese Democracy.Five Tips to Starting Freelancing3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
You know, pretty much on par with every other review of Chinese Democracy.
But know what? If you can't find a job, you'll make a job! Screw finding work, and screw the employers who keep dismissing your applications for being "over qualified" like that Bachelors of Science in Graphic Design is as detrimental to your character as being a registered felon. Screw them and that stupid help wanted sign at Quiznos. Now you're freelancing, baby.
While I'm assuming you're alread
CANNONBUSTERS IS NOW A THING!!!!!!WE DID IT!!!CANNONBUSTERS IS NOW A THING!!!!!!4 months ago in Personal More Like This
WE DID IT!!!!
Thanks to your unwavering support and HIGH DEMAND for new ideas and Action & Adventure themed animation, CANNON BUSTERS has reached it’s funding of $120,000 with 4 days left!!!!!!!!!
We’re currently in the process of planning stretch goal announcements but for the night, It’s time to take a celebratory fist pump (And sigh of relief) and we did it because YOU WANTED IT!!!
Now the HARD WORK BEGINS!
Stay tuned for more updates!!!! :-D
Great Women of History 1 - HypatiaI was reading through my brother's high school history textbook today, when a thought struck me: I've thumbed through 30 pages, and I haven't seen a SINGLE woman's name. Over 50 percent of the population is female...so why the paucity of historical figures?Great Women of History 1 - Hypatia3 years ago in Personal More Like This
And thus I decided to start this mini-journal series, because there were plenty of amazing, influential women in the past. We just don't talk about them much.
Let's begin our story with one of the great minds of antiquity:
Hypatia, The Last Librarian of Alexandria
Imagine a library - the greatest anywhere on the whole surface of the Earth, charged with collecting all of mankind's knowledge. Imagine halls filled floor-to-ceiling with countless texts, perfumed with the stories and discoveries of people from the farthest corners of the globe. Such a library was founded some 300 years before the birth of Christ; it was part of the Museum of Alexandria, a vast research institute in modern day Egypt, which also inclu
Beta Key GiveawayCongratulations toBeta Key Giveaway2 years ago in Personal More Like This
If you wanted a chance to play Flight Rising and help us test the site, we're giving away three keys to our DA followers in this journal here. If you'd like a chance at it, simply "favorite" this journal entry. A week from now we'll use a random number generator and select three of the favorites to join us in beta.
If you're entering to win a key, you should be doing it because you want to help test the site. This includes reporting bugs, and providing feedback on what you like, what you dislike, what you'd like to see more of, and what confuses you. We prefer that you do not enter if your goal is to poke around the site pre-launch or get a head-start, though we appreciate the enthusiasm! For beta we need testers.
Beta is a test. There will be constant revisions, things breaking and being fixed and occasional downtime. You're going to be playing a game t
SOPA, Hypocrisy, Scandal, DMCA, and CensorshipMissing The PointSOPA, Hypocrisy, Scandal, DMCA, and Censorship3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've been disappointed to see the various responses to SOPA, especially the "DEVIATION CENSORED" images. They so completely miss the point that I can only assume the people posting them have absolutely no comprehension of what SOPA means, why it's a problem, and what they're actually protesting against.
First off, SOPA is not about censorship. Unfortunately, many of the opponents of SOPA decided to cast it as being about censorship in order to mobilize public opinion. Why did they do that? Unfortunately, they did that for two reasons: 1) they knew that without mobilizing mass support, the bill would go through and 2) they knew that the masses they wanted to get support from simply don't care/understand the real problem enough to do anything - because the truth is much to complicated for the typical internet user. I have some sympathy for that view, because I've discovered over and over again that copyright is, in fact, too complicated for the typi
The Adventures of Squicken... Week OneMy name is Cameron Michael but all my friends call me "Squicken". It's a mixture of "Squid" (what Mommy calls my Dad) and "Chicken" (what Daddy calls my Mommy). I was born last Tuesday the 18th, and have learned SO MUCH that I asked Dad if I could write about it here in his journal.The Adventures of Squicken... Week One3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Dad gave me permission so here goes my first attempt at writing. Don't judge me too harshly because I'm only a week old and I've got my hands full trying to learn stuff. For instance, eyes!!! Wow, eyes are tough to control! It's hard to focus them and move them all around. I can't really see all that well yet but I think I recognize Mom and Dad and I CERTAINLY recognize a fine nipple, which makes Dad proud. Of course, I don't have much experience with other nipples but, I have time to fix that.
I spent a few days in ICU (Mom, Dad, and I called it "jail") at the hospital because Mom ran a fever during birth and the docs said they found some indication of infection in the blood samples they took from me
Tip of the day: The darkest momentsThe moment to shine the brightest is in darkness. Darkness can bring chaos but with it comes opportunity. Many times throughout my career when I pushed past the point when I'd usually give up, this is when I end up achieving my biggest successes. Fate seems to have a way to test us and only the ones that want it the most shall receive the fruits of their labor.Tip of the day: The darkest moments3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sending positive vibes to you all!
C O N T E S T ! FOUR MORE DAYS!!!Hurry Up.C O N T E S T ! FOUR MORE DAYS!!!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The Heavy-Damage collective is happy to announce that is running another contest starting now 24.03.2012 ending 24.05.2012 !
Theme - FATAL PORTRAIT Of course, doesn't have to be an ordinary portrait, use your illusion, make it UGLY, DISTURBING, DAMAGED, ZOMBIFIED (you can find some examples down on this page)
This time only for Traditional Drawing/Painting and Digital Drawing/Painting and it must be new and made for this contest!!!
Write a "For the Fatal Portrait contest in :iconheavy-damage:" in the description! And it must be finnished work!
There will be two winners, of course! One Traditional artist & One Digital artist
Prizes 3 months premium membership + Surprise (For both winners)
HAVE FUN [Headbang!] [Bullet; Black]
Artistic Journey Challenge Semi-FinalistsArtistic Journey Challenge Semi-Finalists5 months ago in Official DeviantArt Contests More Like This
What does your artistic journey look like?
An Event in Shared Creativity
Fifty personal creative journeys—real, imagined, anticipated, and desired—will be joined into one common road through a collaboration with the DeviantArt community and The Art Institut
Better Post-ProductionQuestion:Better Post-Production2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Hello Mickle.. i am very impressed with your work and love how your photos look like. If you find the time i would be so happy if you could take a look at my last few pics .. but mostly my studio work and tell me how to make them better in postproduction (PS). I use 2 lights in the studio, one softbox( for face) and one umbrella (for body) and on my camera a flash (Speedlight YN560) to activate the studio lights, or do you think i am on the right way ... i am using Canon EOS 600D. And again thanks so much for posting your work here !!!
Your best post-production actually begins in pre-production. You should know what a shot can look like in your head and have an understanding of how to get there before committing to taking the shot. Everything you do should be done with intent. It's there in the image because you wanted it there. Techniques were used because you wanted to use them. A happy accident is just that, an accident, they are unplanned and rare.
A Message From Your Feline OverlordsA Message From Your Feline Overlords3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
40 Latest Trend Vintage and Retro Business CardsEvery company need an identity for advertise his brand and business cards also part of any company identity which will play major role in brand or company marketing and when we follow some latest techniques for our graphic design campaigns them brand looks more attractive as we shown in our today article 40 Latest Trend Vintage and Retro Business Cards. Here in this beautiful vintage and retro business card designs you may take some design ideas because we specially arrange an well vintage designed showcase for our design lovers who were finding these kind of latest and different design ideas.40 Latest Trend Vintage and Retro Business Cards5 years ago in Art Features More Like This
The Long Lesson ~ Part 1I have always been a lover of bondage and early on in my marriage my wife indulged me much to the pleasure of us both, but mostly me. My binding material of choice at the time was white cotton clothesline as I found it not only made the most secure knots but cinched up better than nylon rope.The Long Lesson ~ Part 17 years ago in Personal More Like This
This particular evening my wife had me strip down to my underwear and lay face down on the bed. I crossed my wrists behind my back and she proceeded to bind my wrists with a 6 foot length of cotton rope. Wife asked me to wriggle my wrists as she cinched the rope up between my wrists and pulled out all the slack before knotting it off with several tight knots. As always she was careful to make sure none of the knots were in reach.
Next up were my ankles and my dear wife did as expert a job binding my ankles together as she did my wrists. I was a little taken back when a rather long length of rope was applied to my arms just above the elbows and she started to pull them together. She had never gone
MotivationHaven't been able to accomplish much using my usual source of motivation (future fame and fabulous riches), so I'm gonna change things up a bit. I'm going to draw one study a day and post it up here of whatever I feel like drawing, and see how long I can keep it up. Hopefully, it'll get me to draw faster, better, and explode my repertoire to something future employers would actually be interested in seeing.Motivation2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Post a comment below of something you would like to see done in graphite (possibly ink later).
Devious Journal EntryI'm writing this mainly to get the previous entry out of my front page. I've given myself plenty of time to think things through and now it's time to say "Fuck it!" and move on.Devious Journal Entry2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Not to say that things are going as well as I'd like them to. I'm still living/working away from my family and friends, I've finally met someone who appreciates me, who has made wonders to my confidence and has made the past weeks more bearable and pleasant (Thanks :iconAmdirBrethil:! ^^) but unfortunately she's far away as well; my only motivation right now to go to work is the miserable paycheck I get at the end of the month which isn't even enough to pay my rent, my hair is a messy afro disaster and I'm in terrible shape for the Summer
Updates have also been short lately because I simply haven't had time to dedicate to DeviantArt. I get home from work late and I have all the house chores waiting for me. During the weekends I just want to unwind, relax and avoid anything remotely work related. I have start
Premium no moreHi there guys and gals, I hope you all are doing great and that 2015 has been an inspirational year so far.Premium no more3 weeks ago in Personal More Like This
I just wanted to let you know that my premium membership is expiring, and I hope I will have the chance to renew it soon! DA is an amazing site and I've made so many awesome friends here and you can always be inspired by this site even when you're having an art block, haha.
There won't be any custom journal skins then, so let's make the most of it with a huge art feature while I still have the chance!
Cove by Wildweasel339
There Is A Storm Brewing by crayonmaniacGull Chick by Shadow-and-Flame-86Spring by duzetdaramColorful Poodle by MissCakeDeepest Red by AlaskaGrlRainbow of Evil: Green for Enchantress by ryoditaMarilyn sketch by tonez1Ruddy Duck by robbobert
Weekend Featured Deviations Swinging by Doucesse Farewell by Lolita-Artz Pulled In Both Directions by Shedboy68 Gather Me To You by Shedboy68 Wishing On A Dream by Shedboy68 Fantasy Beautiful fairy woman with flowers by AlenaLazareva Kirishima Touka - Tokyo Ghoul by JxbP Aquarian by harousel Flying by Phabee Falling from below by YaelPardina Unicorn Cardinal by palecardinal Sleeping by EliF2015 Nell by escumeWeekend Featured Deviations1 month ago in Personal More Like This
Fairy tale by baklaher Gandalf by Stanislav-1985 night by erool Girl on Fire by Mattlv Chasing Stars by saftkeks13 COMM -- my satellite by lovelyskylark The forest's beauty by MoonZaphire The Goddess of Spring by Wesley-Souza