Earth Day: The Inspiration of the Natural WorldSince human beings harnessed the secret of fire the natural world has been seen by many only in terms of how best it can be exploited of its abundant riches. It’s amazing now to look upon the desert sands of the Arab lands and know that this place, the cradle of earliest civilization, was once known as “The Fertile Crescent.” All Europe was once one great forest – until all those trees were needed to create the naval armadas of dueling empires. Only the Earth’s natural forces, like earthquakes, have been more destructive and wasteful than humanity.
The Challenge, the Romance and the Inspiration of the Natural World
April 22, 2012 by $techgnotic
Since human beings harnessed the secret
Brian Taylor: Outlaw of Independent CinemaMovies featuring the latest in high tech digital effects, eye-popping CGI environments and ear-splitting surround sound, are often described as “pushing the envelope.” But they’re mega-million-dollar productions that are delivered back to the studios by the filmmakers precisely as pre-ordered. Rarely is there danger of disaster, so what envelope has been pushed?Brian Taylor: Outlaw of Independent Cinema2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Outlaw at the Bleeding Edge
of Independent Cinema
Wed Apr 11, 2012, 07:00 PM
Movies featuring the latest in high tech digital effects, eye-popping CGI environments and ear-splitting surround sound, are often described as “pushing the envelope.” But they’re mega-million-dollar productions that are delivered back to the studios by the filmmakers precisely as pre-ordered. Rarely is there
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
The Muse AbidesAsk any artist about “emptiness” and they’ll tell you about the constant recurring nightmarish emptiness they must face down almost every day as a part of their vocation: the blank space that they must fill. Whether he’s a painter facing a blank canvas or she’s a poet facing a blank computer screen, the blank space awaiting transformation at the hand of the artist can be the loneliest and cruelest place on earth.The Muse Abides2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
:icontechgnotic: May 23, 2012 by $techgnotic
Ask any artist about “emptiness” and they’ll tell you about the constant recurring nightmarish emptiness they must face down almost every day as a part of their vocation: the blank space that they must fill. Whether he’s a painter facing a blank canvas or she’s a poet facing a blank computer screen, the blank space awaiting transformation at the hand of the artist can be
The Film Poster as Imagination's PortalFor many of us, the first “art gallery” to command our attention (and constant, even daily, monitoring) in our lives existed within the pages of the local newspaper. It was called “the movie section” and its ever-changing movie advertisements were like little frames that rarely contained less than pure magic for young imaginations.The Film Poster as Imagination's Portal2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
The Film Poster as Imagination's Portal
Thu Mar 29, 2012, 7:00 PM
For many of us, the first “art gallery” to command our attention (and constant, even daily, monitoring) in our
lives existed within the pages of the local newspaper. It was called “the movie section” and its ever-changing movie
advertisements were like little frames that rarely contained less than pure magic for young imaginations.
The Film Poster has existed since the
Odyssey Into 2012: Engage Wonderment Update!Attention all Odyssey "Tokyo Zephyr" Participants! Your opportunity to be a published artist as a part of "Tokyo Zephyr" is here. "Tokyo Zephyr" (yes, that will be the "Odyssey" book's name!) is coming closer and closer to publication! (The chosen charity for all proceeds to rain upon will be UNICEF.)Odyssey Into 2012: Engage Wonderment Update!2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Wed Apr 18, 2012, 7:30 PM
Engage Wonderment: Update!
Attention all Odyssey “Tokyo Zephyr” Participants!
Your opportunity to be a published artist as a part of “Tokyo Zephyr” is here. “Tokyo Zephyr” (yes, that will be the “Odyssey” book’s name!) is coming closer and closer to publication! (The chosen charity for all proceeds to rain upon will be UNICEF.)
We are now encouraging submissions for:
Illustrations for Chapter 7 & Chapter 8 covers;
Three (3) poem
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
Seniority Announcement - December 2011This article marks the latest announcements detailing the latest additions to the dizzy height of Senior members in our community. With just over 800 deviants holding the highly saught after ` -- it's clearly a moment that deserves recognition.Seniority Announcement - December 20112 years ago in Personal More Like This
So what does it take to become a Senior? That's a question many have asked and have never really been able to get a straight answer on. Some have gained Seniority as a thank you for their time spent as a Volunteer, or to recognise their contribution to a particular project or collaborative action. Some have gained Seniority because of their community spirit, providing help and assistance to many other deviants and taking time out to promote the work of others in the community.
Some people have received Seniority because of their artistic endevours, having a positive influence on their peers by sharing resources, providing constructive criticism and by being a voice that stands out above the many others who deviate to be recognised
Authentic Citizenship: Part 2As promised here is part two of our interview and conversation with Chris Copeland and Jeff Wamester. The sequel to part one keeps the art love rolling with these two artists revealing even more fantastic tips for new artists on the rise as they reveal their favorite deviants of all time.Authentic Citizenship: Part 21 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Fearured Artist Chat!
Join our featured artist chat with *jeffwamester and *chriscopeland on Friday, June 29th at Noon Los Angeles, CA, PDT time. Chat room opens at 11:30am.
Read Part 1
The Age of DiscernmentThe Age of Discernment1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
:icontechgnotic: Aug 1, 2012 by $techgnotic
With great access comes the great responsibility of discernment.
→ This article was inspired by the conversation in the comments generated from last week’s Suggestivism article.
As we traverse the final phases of maximum raw information accumulation, potentially equipping us for jacking in to the promise of the Singularity, the contents of many lifetimes’ worth of knowledge, art, education, and history are now at our fingertips. More and more Universities, libraries and arts institutions have swung open their digital doors and granted access to their lectures, courses and curricula free of charge to anyone in the world with a connection to the web. Access to education is fundamentally shifting our society towards
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?
The Fairy Tale, A Lifelong ResonanceA thousand years tradition of scaring children at bedtime continues for children of all ages. News of the discovery of 500 “new” fairy tales collected over 150 years ago [link] in Germany and locked away in a forgotten archive has me thinking about the enduring importance of these narrative treasures in the lives of human societies worldwide. My worry, have fairy tales been marginalized by modernism?The Fairy Tale, A Lifelong Resonance2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
:icontechgnotic: May 30, 2012 by $techgnotic
A Thousand Years Tradition of Scaring Children at Bedtime
Continues for Children of All Ages
News of the discovery of 500 “new” fairy tales collected over 150 years ago in Germany and locked away in a forgotten archive has me thinking about the enduring importance of these narrative treasures in t
4 Artists and Their Journeys4 Artists and Their Journeys1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Sept. 5, 2012 by $techgnotic
“When I left high school, I had all my plans to go to college, but I had no money. And I decided then, the best thing for me to do is not worry about getting money to go to college — I will educate myself. I walked down the street, I walked into a library, I would go to the library three days a week for ten years and I would educate myself. It’s all FREE, that’s the great thing about libraries! Most of you can afford to go to college, but if you wanna educate yourself completely, go to the library and educate yourself. When I was 28 years old, I graduated from Library.”
— Ray Bradbury
So spoke the recently departed Ray Bradbury, a seminal (possibly the seminal) American fantasy & science fiction writer. Today, aspiring sci-fi and fantasy writers study his novels and short stories as their core ed
Humans Becoming Robots, Robots Becoming HumanOn March 1, 2012 the Nevada DMV issued the first license for a “Google Driverless Car.” The idea behind this innovation is that one day soon new technology will drive cars safer and more skillfully than humans, thus saving lives and billions of dollars in car crashes. How well this idea catches on is a bit questionable, given the powerful “romance” of driving one’s car, but it’s certainly an indicator of things to come in the daily intersection of human and artificial intelligence and mobility. There have always been those who have dreamed of stepping into a mechanical exo-skeletal-type “suit” and letting the engineering do the work, instantly increasing limited human speed, strength, endurance and accuracy.Humans Becoming Robots, Robots Becoming Human2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
What Superheroes Should Today's Tech Inspire?We got to interview a visionary futurist with an eye on technology about what would inspire today's comic book writers to create our next superheroes with knowledge of real technological and scientific advancement.What Superheroes Should Today's Tech Inspire?2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Should Today's Technologies Inspire?
April 25, 2012
We got to interview a visionary futurist with an eye on technology about what would inspire today's comic book writers to create our next superheroes with knowledge of real technological and scientific advancement.
You never know when it’s going to happen – that otherwise quotidian moment when you suddenly realize your entire thought process has just been tripped up and cast down a cerebral rabbit-hole destination unknown. Little did I know that what began as a typically pleasurable lunch w
A Contest in Time A Milestone of the New AgeWhen 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).A Contest in Time A Milestone of the New Age2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
A Contest in Time A Milestone of the New Age
May 9, 2012
Update: Fair Exposure and Popular Browse Fair Exposure and miscategorizationUpdate: Fair Exposure and Popular Browse2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
On January 24th, 2012, we released an %hq journal regarding Popular results for Browse. In this journal, we described Fair Exposure -- deviantART's algorithm for Popular browse results. Fair Exposure's goal is to showcase the most popular deviations in a variety of styles, genres, and art forms, without bias towards a particular topic.
Since the release of our Fair Exposure announcement, especially in the last handful of weeks, we've noticed a concerted, dedicated effort made by deviants, or groups of deviants, to specifically beat (or "game") the system. Deviations have been intentionally miscategorized in hopes of having them appear "higher" in Popular results. This has, rightfully so, resulted in complaints from deviants who submit to deviantART in a fair and honest manner.
CR Newsletter - November + December 2011CR Newsletter - November + December 20112 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Table of Contents
2. Volunteer Openings
3. Share Your Opinions
4. Community Projects
5. Official Contests
6 Project Educate 2011/2012
7. News from the Chats and Forums
8. News from the Galleries
It never ceases to amaze me how quickly a year can fly by. I've made it a practice over the years to sit back and reflect on the year, what went well, what didn't and where I'd like to see the new year go. A year can bring a lot of lessons and without reflection it's hard to ensure that you've taken away everything important from it. I apply this personally and to deviantART and it's that time again
A couple of fun highlights:
I got to sit next to Felicia Day and help conduct our interview with her at SXSW. I'm a pretty big fan so this was very cool. Our presence at SXSW was also a v
GratitudeGratitude1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
November 21, 2012
I believe in deviantART. Which is to more accurately say I believe in the concept and the reality of the deviantART community.
When in contemplation of the eternal wellspring that is the deviantART project and how it has become the engine keeping my heart and mind on a full burn as I strive to be an upstanding member of the community as well as a helpful architect and eager participant in the conversation -- my thoughts inevitably settle upon my attempts to define my concept of Gratitude.
Marma Lisa by *HenrySchreiber
No matter your medium of choice as an artist, your artistic intentions or the mystic guiding force that has led you to this community, there is one thing all constituent members have in common:
A first step into this world consisted of a simple return to the practice of
Community Relations News - January + February 2012>Community Relations News - January + February 20122 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Table of Contents
1. Daily Deviations
2. Bi-weekly Critique Nights
3. Volunteer Openings
4. Share Your Opinions
5. Community Projects
6. Official Contests
7 Project Educate 2011/2012
8. Art History
9. News from the Galleries
1. Daily Deviations
Recently, I announced changes to Daily Deviations in this journal and I'm happy to say that the response has been favorable. To review, we have made the following changes:
a> The "3-month rule" is now the "6-month rule" meaning an artist cannot receive another DD if they have had one in the last 6 months.
b> Daily Deviation selectors are limited to a maximum of one selection per day. This has been put in place to focus on quality vs quantity.
The hard-coding of these new guidelines is now in place (special thanks to $ZombieCoder for that ).
These changes are part of an ongoing initiative to better our Dai
Wayne White: An Embarrassment Of TalentsWayne White: An Embarrassment Of Talents1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
:icontechgnotic: Aug 29, 2012 by $techgnotic
I am bringing your attention to a documentary, Beauty is Embarrassing, that
deeply inspired me after a screening last week. The life wisdom and positive
philosophy unfolding over a lifetime of living as an artist was deeply motivating.
I invited Wayne White, the subject of this documentary, to join deviantART afterwards.
I thought this would be something you would enjoy no matter where you might be at
on your own personal journey as an artist. While watching this I was also reminded
of the heartfelt explanations by many artists of what it means to choose the life of an Artist.
"Do what you love, It's going to lead where you want to go."
Please stop and say hello and welcome *seewaynewhite in his first week at deviantART.
A strange thing happened at a local café called Fred 62, a sudden sense
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
Artists on Writers - No. 2, Charles BukowskiArtists on Writers - No. 2, Charles Bukowski7 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Jun 7, 2013•By %depthRADIUS
About Artists on Writers
Writers will always find inspiration in the visions of artists, always feeling compelled to tell the stories behind the moments captured in artists’ unforgettable images,
Artists will always find inspiration in the words of writers, always feeling compelled to lend visual reality and habitat to the characters described in the scribe’s haunting words.
If the severely acne-scarred face and coarse exterior brought on by his alcoholic and depressed life was the book cover of his being, then Charles was the ultimate book that could not be judged by its cover. The exquisite collection that was this everyman artist’s art consisted of thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories and six novels—mostly all wrenchingly autobiographical, mos
Infinity Seven Takes On the Coming Zerg InvasionStarCraft II is the hot tournament videogame that just may breakthrough as the harbinger of the esports phenomenon and one of the great cultural game-changers of all time. Midnight in Anaheim. Caffeinated casters boom rapid fire commentary rattling the packed hall. Elite StarCraft players from around the globe execute complex strats that would have made Rommel the Desert Fox himself proud. 15,000 are in attendance, on the edge of their seats, and cheering as loudly as any soccer match as they watch the 30-foot screens hanging from the rafters. Another few hundred thousand are watching the streams live. The feeling is that of an NCAA Final Four game, set in a European soccer stadium, somehow shoehorned into a casino showroom in Las Vegas. It’s all of the skill, the fan devotion and the spectacle anyone could possibly ask for.Infinity Seven Takes On the Coming Zerg Invasion2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
:icontechgnotic: Jun 15, 2012 by :devtec
The Enduring Enigma of CollageFebruary 21, 2013/by $techgnoticThe Enduring Enigma of Collage10 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Collage is one of those art forms that immediately sets off heated debate about our most fundamental ideas and visceral feelings about the very essence of art itself.
Turn of the century troublemakers Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso began enhancing their paintings with glued on bits of cut out fabric and other materials, thus neatly blurring the line between the art categories of painting and sculpture. They shifted the emphasis or “meaning” of their painted images beyond an attempted interpretation of the painted “text” to thinking about the artists’ “process” – something wholly separate from the paintings themselves.
And with that a whole new Rubic’s Cube of basic questio