Night Song at AmalfiI asked the heaven of stars
What I should give my love
It answered me with silence,
I asked the darkened sea
Down where the fishes go
It answered me with silence,
Oh, I could give him weeping,
Or I could give him song
But how can I give silence
My whole life long?
Sara Teasdale, Night Song at Amalfi
Premium Content and how I feel about making moneyHalloPremium Content and how I feel about making money3 years ago in Personal More Like This
There's a new feature called premium content that allows users to make file downloads available for a charge. This seems to be something with a vast range of different possibilities that range from quite nice to to quite lame. Of course we are all always against commercialization and sell-outs and everything and don't want things to change but there are some interesting options here.
Obviously everyone is going to know whether or not this is something he or she could use and how much sense it's going to make for what you do specifically but there's two points I want to adress.
I always thought it was lame when people sell stuff like brushes or psd files. This is probably just my personal opinion and many will certainly disagree for valid reasons, but I think, if you make some brushes, and you ask money for something as tiny as that, you are lame. Sorry. Actually, the point here is not that it will kill someone to pay like one buck for something tiny, it's just that it change
Tips on Selling at Cons and Running a BusinessI've gotten a few notes/comments asking how to run a table at a con and how I keep up my business and I'd like to answer them!Tips on Selling at Cons and Running a Business1 year ago in Personal More Like This
We shall start with the more popular one and that is how to sell at conventions.
Well, first of all make sure you have the proper paperwork. Selling in the U.S requires either a sellers permit or a business license. The difference between the two is a sellers permit is free but temporary, and a business license you have to pay for but is indefinite. I currently use a quarter period sellers permit, so I can sell anywhere for 6 months without needing a new permit. At the end of said 6 months I report how much money I made and pay taxes. That's right, you have to pay taxes. Even if you are a minor, a sellers permit requires you to pay taxes on your earnings. Though most of the money you make is untraceable cash so the government doesn't know how much you make *cough* so you know... be honest and report %100 of all your earnings as a responcible adult *wink* *wink*
Make good art.My good friend Carla of Acrylic Dragon Studios shared this with me, and I think anyone who ever wanted to have a career as an artist, a writer, a poet, a musician, a sculptor, a chef, or any other creative field NEEDS to watch this.Make good art.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Renown author Neil Gaiman gives a speech to the 2012 graduating class of the University of the Arts. If I could give any of you any advice, it would be everything he said in this address.
Please, go and watch: http://vimeo.com/42372767
Contest win 3x a Premium Membership and more!DEADLINE is JULY20th!Contest win 3x a Premium Membership and more!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Hey guys! Time for a Contest I wanted to make for so longe *had to collect the points*
I think a Contest is a lot of fun and everyone is welcomes to take part in it!
The prizes you can win at the moment are:
A 6 month Premium Membership and 2 x a 1 month Premium Membership and Chibis, Icons I would draw for you (more information's you'll see in a few minutes on the left side)
You are free to donate prizes as well, everything is very welcomed! :iconchocoloveplz:
Thank you for everything!
What you should do you'll go to see on the left side beside this journal !
Prizes AT THE MOMENT ( it's possible that there comes much more if I have enough points and people may donate their art):
What you can win?
1st place: 6 months Premium membership
-a chibi drawn by MoonshineAlchemist05
2nd place: 1 month Premium membership
3rd place: 1 month Premium membership
4rd place: 100 Points
5th place: 100 Points
Rat Anatomy Compilation.Rats are very fascinating little creatures. They have small hands like humans, minus the thumbs. They are intelligent and social, and each rat has a unique personality. They can also easily stand on their hind legs, making them an easy transition to an anthropomorphic form for stories and art.Rat Anatomy Compilation.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Unfortunately, though, they are damn difficult to draw, and there are precious few resources for those wishing to delve into their anatomical structure (certainly me included). So I will be collecting references, both photos and drawings, that I think might be helpful to someone looking to draw my charming friend Rattus norvegicus (and perhaps some of his closest family members). I will probably add to this from time to time as I find new resources, so please feel free to suggest things that you think might be useful!
Scans from "An Illustrated Dissection Guide to the Rat," by Allen Kurta
Lineart only, these are not gory
Rat Skeleton: http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x254/CJArtist
Amazing Blog on Commissions and PricingI love this blog from :iconshadow-wolf: It hits everything spot on. This is a must read for people who offer commissions or are thinking about doing it.Amazing Blog on Commissions and Pricing3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Why is undercharging a bad idea?
Now, here are my thoughts on this topic as well:
I might seem like a hypocrite, since I tend to keep my commission pieces low and affordable for all, and I don't see my artwork worth as much as certain artists', but I do know that it takes a long time to create art, and I feel I priced it reasonably enough, according to me and my current talent level. Many of my followers know, I have raised my prices in the past to help compensate for the amount of time I was spending. Compared to what they were and what they are now is VERY significant, but I hated raising prices because every time I did it resulted in a huge cut of fans' opportunities to commission me-- temporarily or permanently. Dreams get crushed each
Pretty SwallowPretty swallow, will you fly?Pretty Swallow3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Spread your wings to reach the sky
Will you soar above this smog?
The lights will lead you from the fog
Pretty swallow, will you sing?
Happiness your melodies bring
Will you entrance with a tune?
When the sun hits high noon
Pretty swallow, will you fight?
As the stars lose their light
Will you leave your city fair?
When the kites fly nowhere
Pretty swallow, will you fall?
You're the hope of us all
Will you keep our dreams on clouds?
If we can't speak them aloud
Pretty swallow, will you fly?
Spread your wings and say goodbye.
Beginning of an art journeyA couple of days a friend posted this on a note, he was really worried about an art thief, he also mentioned my style was copied, first i was surprised ive even had a style. So decided to look at this person gallery. Images are almost like a twin brother. But luckily im the evil twin brother.Beginning of an art journey3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The Widow by solidscorpion69Avatars revenge by elsevilla
Eight legged freak by solidscorpion69:thumb169853281:
Careful What You Wish For by solidscorpion69Eight reasons to not die by elsevilla
So i replied to him that i didnt consider this a robbery. He say why?
Its because we all started in art from there, when i was a kid of 14 years old, i used to love dragon ball character, and i used to copy goku pose and change some parts, and call it my OWN. We all start copying what we like about something. It can be a hair cut, i can be clothing, it can be the same mecha toy other kids have.
Copying its always a cool way to
COSTUME MAKING Sauce! UPDATE 3 DONE8D WIll update with some picture of full costume later today after ive done my hair and all, I just need my friend to be the photographer xDCOSTUME MAKING Sauce! UPDATE 3 DONE3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I will however just wear normal sandals D8< will be walking for many hours on saturday and I dont want to kill my feet xD
YAAAAY FINALLY DONE WITHSWORDSAUCE D8< Geezus with limited tools and stuff to make stuff from xD this was kinda.. fun but hard haha.
8D made by very very thick cardboard, some fleeze and paintttt and anda threadsssD8< I dont even have a sewing machine , so all is done by hand, thought I didnt have to make the clothes from scratch luckely xD
The blade is indeed removable :icontearplz:
but seeing how its VERY TIGHT in that bladeholdersauce, and that cardboard isnt able to stay stiff being long and thing, ITS A CHEAT BLADE :icontrollfaceplz:
:'D all in all it took around 8 hours haha.
Update 2 FFFF I should probably tell who im cosplaying xD
MUGEN from s
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Writer's Workshop: Fleshing out CharactersDecember 14th, 2011.Writer's Workshop: Fleshing out Characters3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Fleshing Out Your Characters.
Some people are good at writing people. They have no difficulties conceiving of them and don't balk at doing the legwork involved in writing interesting, well-developed characters. They know what is believable and what isn't, and have some idea of how readers may react to their cast.
Other people seem to have no idea what makes people tick, what makes characters interesting, and hope that piling on enough abilities or cool traits is a workable substitute for character development.
As you might have expected, this ramble is dedicated to not being the latter. Here are some tips and tricks for dealing with the most notorious and noticeable part of your story...the cast.
1. Writing well takes a lot of work. Characters are no exception to this.
Being lazy is the death of decent characterization. In order to write interesting and well-rounded characters, you must be prepared to develop them actively and do any research necessar
Tapastic PPP for Comic Artists!Hey guys! It was great meeting everyone in San Francisco last weekend!Tapastic PPP for Comic Artists!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
In other news, there's a great new program for comic artists that I would like to share. It's part of Tapastic's Primetime Publishing Program (PPP) that pays comic artists based on the amount of page views they generate. If you are a comic artist, then you can make some extra money doing what you love. If you're not a comic artist, you can still check out all the cool webcomics on Tapastic.com and help support the artists that way
Wisdom From a TreeWisdom From a Tree3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
You are who you are for a reason.
You're part of an intricate plan.
You're precious and perfect design,
Called God's special woman or man.
You look like you look for a reason.
Our God made no mistake.
He knit you together within the womb,
You're just what he wanted to make.
The parents you have are the ones he chose
And no matter how you may feel,
They were custom-designed with God's plan in mind
And they bear the master's seal.
No, the trauma you faced was not easy.
And God wept that it hurt you so;
But it was allowed to shape your heart
So that into his likeness you'd grow.
You are who you are for a reason,
You've been formed by the master's rod.
You are who you are, beloved,
Because there is a God!
How to cope with Art BlocksAlmost every single artist has at one point or the other in their life lost motivation, inspiration or even both and without the knowledge of how to deal with what we then call an Art Block, it can take a long time to overcome this lack of artistic drive. A time that might otherwise be used for further improvement and personal artistic growth.How to cope with Art Blocks3 years ago in Personal More Like This
So today I would like to give you a few tips on how to defeat an art block. There is no definite guarantee to either of them, as everybody experiences their blocking differently but maybe you can at least find small suggestions that will eventually help.
Inspiration is literally everywhere, you just need to open your eyes to see it.
We can find inspiration through:
Letting your favourite books, movies, series or games inspire you is always one of the most obvious ways. Fan Art is a good way to retrieve inspiration because most of all y
How are you? - POEMHow are you? - POEM3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
You would come to me and ask me how I was doing
"How are you doing?"
Thus is the everyday question asked by a person to another
But instead of the everyday answer of,
"And how are you?"
I'd go on to say that it's a lovely morning today
The sun was beating on my window this morning
The chirping of birds waking me before the alarm
That it's not too warm, yet not too cold
That today's weather is lovely
And you'd agree and I'd point out that you got a new haircut
That it really suited you,
Better than what it had looked like before
You'd give your thanks with a nod of the head
And even though I had done nothing to my own hairstyle
You'd still say that it's looks better than ever
And I'd give my thanks with a bob of the head
And I'd tell you that it was starting to smell like winter
You couldn't tell though could you?
You can smell rain coming,
But not the winter air
But I would tell you t
GAIA ArtBookNews, news! The artbooks have been ordered last Tuesday! Now it's just a matter of time. Around a week more of printing, and two weeks of shipping to the place we will send them from!GAIA ArtBook4 years ago in Personal More Like This
We only ordered 20 extra copies, so you can still order them by note. When we run out of those, the only way of purchasing it will be through Lulu.
Thanks so much again for all your support!
Hello once more! We'd like to inform you that we're still waiting for the budget for printing, and meanwhile preorders are still open! Thanks so much for your patience! The artbook is now ready for printing, just final technical details missing~
We're just ordering a bit more than the quantity that was preordered. If many people purchase the book after that, we will reprint more.
"GAIA:vim naturae" is a charity artbook where more than 50 artists from different parts of the world join to he
Ohyes.Ohyes.3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
The trees are screaming,
And the ligers are pooping out skittles with the old zebra talking in an English accent,
The pink giraffes with the sombreros are row-boating to the chimpanzees,
And the lady bugs with the mustaches,
And toaster strudels are kicking the narwhals with baby traffic cones singing lollipop with a train,
And the UFO with the Christmas mistletoe is trying to gum the eyebrows that are eating the socks with big hairy Sasquatches,
And party poppers that are tanning with tinfoil,
And s'mores that are licking the gravel that have bedazzled underwear,
And swimsuit models attacking killers bees with superman,
And the island that hails the teddy bear that kills llamas,
And nyan's with gingerbread houses,
And fiddles with the paint that defeats the evil muffin,
And chews the man in the moon with pumpkin pie howling with some neon flying cars,
And heading to Narnia with my cookie that Kory sent there last year.
Funny StuffThe way this has to be.Funny Stuff6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Really truely is unfair.
This is how fights start.
So hard to believe.
We to keep to ourselves without another.
You are a beautiful perfect person.
Not a loser or a waste of time.
Like the busy not needed people keep saying.
You are for me and me for you.
To take fourty years to finally be together
It takes seconds for me to agree to wait.
GO BACK TO THE TOP AND READ THE 3rd WORD OF EACH LINE
The REAL Difference between Anthro and FurryA common topic among the anthro community (and heck, DeviantArt at large) is the classification of what is anthro, what is furry, and what isn't. Heck, even well-established artists have a hard time explaining it, and to quote Scott Kurtz of PvP: "Cartoon animals don't have boobs!"The REAL Difference between Anthro and Furry8 years ago in Art Features More Like This
An often-offered definition of the difference between Anthro and Furry is that Furry is a sexualized form of Anthro, whereas Anthro is simply drawing animals acting like humans and sipping tea; ergo, Anthro is the 'true' art and standard of civilization, while Furry is its mentally retarded drooly cousin, mostly consisting of cub porn and recolored Sonic OC's.
This is the most widely accepted definition between Furry and Anthro. It's also dead wrong.
To help demonstrate this, I've made up a simple graph to make it clear what 'Anthro' is and what Furry isn't:
A brief explanation of the relevant bits so I'm not just repeating what's already written on the chart's deviation page:
Why Copyright Laws Suck *A Commentary On SOPA*Wrote this for my Speech and Debate class, but I figured that I might as well post it so that you guys can know what's going on. Please read this if you have heard anything about SOPA or PIPA.Why Copyright Laws Suck *A Commentary On SOPA*3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Digital piracy has always been a problem since the creation of the open internet. Piracy steals from the companies that created the content, and get something for free when it really shouldn’t be. Things such as movies and music are most commonly pirated, though pirating is certainly not restricted to those two things. Because of the revenue lost from pirates, the entertainment business has tried to pass various bills that would stop piracy, or so they think. But these types of bills must not be passed or else America will be giving the government and Hollywood a ridiculous amount of control over something that should be free.
Piracy, of course, is a bad thing. However, the passing of bills such as SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) could very easily backfire, c
Teaching yourself to draw [Part 1: Stylizing]Practice, they say. So you go and draw more, right? Sounds easy! A few months later, and look - you're better at drawing. Cats. Or dragons. Or whatever your poison of choice happens to be.Teaching yourself to draw [Part 1: Stylizing]2 years ago in Other More Like This
But now you want to draw something else.
So you start alllll over again. Great.
The problem with all those guides floating around (you know the kind; the title is 'Magic tip to become an awesome artist," and there's a clickthrough, and it says something along the lines of 'draw more.') is that they're missing something very essential that people who got a great art education to start with never had a problem with. Most of the young/new artists out there who are having problems learning to draw (I'm still a new artist myself; but I think I've got the learning part down now - otherwise I wouldn't bother writing this...) are approaching things from a strange direction; they're learning from observing Manga or MLP or other people's art, but they want to draw other stuff too. Unfortunately, a lot of them
A FamilyA family is like a circleA Family6 years ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
the connection never ends
and even if at times it breaks
in time it always mends
a family is like the stars
somehow there always there
families are those who assist
who encourage and always care
A family is like a book
the endings is never clear
but throughout the pages
the love is always there
A family is many things
with infinite words that show
who they are and what they do
and how they've taught you.
Your family will always be
they help define who you are
and will be a part of you forever.