Tom Preston is Wrong[ Follow-up Journal Here: http://mpsai.deviantart.com/journal/Tom-is-Wrong-Again-Lessons-Inside-314918601 ]
I don't usually do call out threads, but today I'm feeling sassy. Besides, the subject of this journal, TomPreston, blocked me a while back. I guess for being a "troll"?
I had seen his comics on the front page nearly every day and didn't think much of them, however after he wrote A Harsh Lesson I began to critique his work. Partially because I wanted to see if he'd practice what he preached (he doesn't) but mostly because he has the ear of many young artists and is sending them many bad messages. Over time critiquing him became an exercise for myself on the nature of comic making, and I got into interesting conversations with various people in the course of posting them.
I stuck to mostly his long-form comic work, and stuck mostly to critiquing writing and occasionally the art.
It came to a point where he seeme
Guess who's backBack again.Guess who's back3 years ago in Personal More Like This
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DeviantArt Comment Of The DayStop critiquing art you filthy, non-subscribed, peasants. How dare you claim such privilege on an art site without paying the toll.DeviantArt Comment Of The Day3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
CEA Blog: Mature ContentHey guys, today I want to talk about Mature Content on deviantART and hopefully clear up some misconceptions that exist around it. For those of you eager to look at some boobs and hot male torsos, I'm afraid I won't be including any here .CEA Blog: Mature Content3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
How the mature content filter works
All members over the age of 18 can choose to enable or disable the mature content filter to suit their needs. All members with a registered date of birth under the age of 18 have the mature content filter locked on and can not disable it. All logged out visitors have the mature content filter enabled and can not disable it.
The mature content filter is split in to two types, strict and warning. The strict filter is completely voluntary and prevents any deviant with the mature content filter on from accessing the work. The general or warning filter is the standard mature content tag and will remove the image from immediate view when browsing and place an warning page on the devi
IP confusionIt's sad to see people fighting about intellectual property rights when they apparently have no clue what those are, how they work and what is allowed (and not).IP confusion3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Prime example: http://boltstrueno1fanever.deviantart.com/art/Onyx-Forepaw-Feb-2012-Ref-286737985 vs. http://yasuoxingxing.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4vcima
Obviously the latter is similar to the first.
The question is: is this allowed?
To answer that question, it is important to understand what rules apply and what intellectual property (IP) is.
There are three different kinds of IP that can apply here:
As the name hints this is the right to make copies of a work. It does not protect ideas, only the actual recorded work - artwork, documents, music etc.
This means that if someone copies your art (by directly copying it, by tracing it or otherwise adapting your work) you can certainly take action, but there is little you can do to prevent someone else creating their own
Critiques: The artist's worst nightmare....Or so it is often thought. But it should never be.Critiques: The artist's worst nightmare....3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
(Please note, I'm not necessarily talking about deviantart's critique system, though this certainly applies to it. I'm talking about all feedback, whether in comments or notes, in person, or on another site. Deviantart simply has a good format for others to leave feedback to an artist.)
In art school, you tend two get two different types of young artists: people who are infatuated with their work, and people who have no confidence in it at all. But really, it all boils down to the same thing: as artists, we are incredibly reliant on other people's judgement of our work for our self-esteem. It sounds a bit stupid, but I don't know that I've talked to any serious business artists who say otherwise (though if you do, please tell me). Artists often view their work as an extension of themselves, or their soul, poured out on paper. We seek other people's approval, b
Interested in Dreamworks? Lighting ResourceSo I attended a talk by Bert Poole - He's currently serving as a CG Supervisor on their new movie "The Croods" scheduled for release in March 2013. His most recent movie, you all know of is How to Train Your Dragon, where he was also a CG Supervisor. If you don't know what that means, that means he worked on lighting C: What I'm putting below is from notes I took during his lecture.Interested in Dreamworks? Lighting Resource3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
His job is to take the directors vision and make the movie look like it. He's making compositions and helping the story to better read. If you've ever talked to me on DA for three or more posts, you might have heard me blab about my major and what I'd like to do. I'd like to do into Lighting, animation second. I just don't feel my skills are as suited for animation, even though I really enjoy it.
Before they start lighting, they work on color Keys
Color Keys are painted works that are used to indicate:
time of day
When you're lighting a piece in
Mini-Rant: COLORFUL FANTROLLS.:EDIT: OH MY COD, I GOT INTO THE JOURNAL PORTAL. HOPY SHIT.Mini-Rant: COLORFUL FANTROLLS.3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
But yeah, thank you for all your comments but sadly, it will take me sometime to respond to them so please be patient with me!
TO ALL THOSE WHO COME HERE TO COMMENT AND HATE ON HOMESTUCK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0la5DBtOVNI
I've been noticing that in all a those 'Bad fantroll blogs', most a the fantrolls that are put up there are those that either have 50% - 100% colored hair, a huge fashion sense that exceeds Kanaya's somehow and/or they have mutant/rainbow blood.
Now, if any Homestucker out has READ ALL THE ACTS, INCLUDING THE INTERMISSION, they will CLEARLY RECALL THAT TROLLS DO NOT HAVE OVERLY COLORED HAIR/CLOTHES/BLOOD.
In fact, in Troll Society, it is considered a DEATH WISH to wear clothing that isn't at least 15% black/grey (Meaning that the shirt MUST BE BLACK SO THAT YOU CAN SEE WHAT THE SYMBOL AND IT'S COLOR IS or else it will seem like you're trying to trick other trolls into b
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
Username Change Contest-OVEREDIT: Contest is over, you can see the winners here: http://katara-alchemist.deviantart.com/journal/Winners-of-the-username-change-contest-304092785 Thanks to everyone who participated!Username Change Contest-OVER3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Edit: There are now 11 one month subscriptions up for grabs!
So today it was announced that subscribed members of the site can change their username! If you'd like to know more, the full article can be found here: http://my.deviantart.com/messages/#/d501d7u
This change has resulted in a lot of frustration for non-premium members who wish to change their names, however. So I have decided to hold a little contest. I will be giving away two one month premium memberships to deviants who wish to change their username but can't!
How to enter:
1. Fave this article/journal so that other people can see this and learn about the contest!
2. Comment on the article saying why you wish to change your username.
1. You must be an unsubscribed member to enter.
Why credit and notify?Hi all,Why credit and notify?3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
It's your friendly neighborhood Photomanipulation and Stock & Resources CVs here, eager to tell you about a problem that has become increasingly common not only in the photomanipulation community, but also in other communities throughout dA. The problem is that people are neglecting to credit AND notify stock providers that they have used their materials.
What is the overall rule and guidance about crediting your stock?
If you want to use other people's resources (including but not limited to stock photographs, brushes, and presets), dA requires that you exactly follow the rules of usage that those individuals lay out in their license or stock rules. That invariably means that you must CREDIT them with a link to their homepage at least, and NOTIFY the providers by sending them a link to your deviation, preferrably by note. Some providers require a direct link to the exact image or resource t
ALWAYS SIGN YOUR WORK and other stuffHi folks. I was gonna make this journal sooner or later, but there's not a more appropriate time than NOW, when my 'Sorry we're closed' http://ry-spirit.deviantart.com/art/Sorry-we-re-CLOSED-162673296 artwork got posted on 9gag right http://m.9gag.com/gag/6281912 ! Not only did the person not credit the artist or link it to my page or whatever, they even changed the title of this artwork to 'S**t Happens'. Come on man... WHAT ALSO sucks is that back then I had a different logo, its like that box with a thunder symbol on it, it doesn't have my username on it either... so people could just look at that picture and have no idea who drew it. I mean this artwork is OLD.. like more than 2 years old.. so I was still new to how the internet works when it comes to sharing. So now this 9gag post gets like 16k of likes and over 500k of views and I don't get a single credit. *Flips a table*. Remember how I endlessly praised Joss Whedon a couple of weeks ago because not only did he repost my work oALWAYS SIGN YOUR WORK and other stuff2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Operation: Commission Tom PrestonDISCLAIMER: This is not a call-out journal, it is a legitimate review of a commission experience.Operation: Commission Tom Preston9 months ago in Personal More Like This
Greetings internet. A majority of you know :icontompreston: Tom Preston/Andrew Dobson as a notoriously obstinate and degenerative artist who likes to argue irrational views and give toxic advice to teenagers on Deviant Art. Back in The Great Giraffe Holocaust of '13 we took note of how he would ask for commissions, then spend hours writing journals and answering comments and possibly erasing invisible giraffes. We told him he should work on his commissions more, and he retorted that we weren't 'his boss' because we hadn't commissioned him.
It's impossible to prove whether or not the secret eraser is himself, his fans, or both, but we could prove he wasn't actually working on commissions. Myself, :IconEvilTomP:, :IconRabbitMaskedMan:, and a few other unhealthily obsessed EDiots devised a plan to pool our money together for a commission. None of us wanted to shell out a full 45 dollars for a
Well gosh darnit, son of a biscuitThis is a black Tuesday for dA. All my favourite accounts are getting banned one after another. First :iconbutthurtbrigade: and a good chunk of it's members including the fabulous :iconfuhrer-glasses: and :iconstapledslut:. And now even :iconwolfofthunders:Well gosh darnit, son of a biscuit3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
I will have to completely reorganise my breakfast schedule because of some overzealous admin. Usually I wake up, prepare nomnoms, settle in front of the computer and search for some morning drama. butthurtbrigade was one of my favourite places to acquire my morning dose of concentrated baawws. Now when it is gone I will be forced to actively search for the dramas elsewhere and I don't like that.
My breakfast should look like this:
And now for a few days will look like this. Which is mostly inconvenient and you should care because...umm...yes, because yes.
Some Links of Inspiration & AdviceSome of you may have seen these before, but here are some thoughtful, inspirational, and light-hearted links that have served as a great reminder to myself to keep doing what I do. Sometimes we need these kind of reminders. They've just been hanging around in my bookmarks, and since I saw a few of these things resurface on tumblr today, I decided now was as good a time as any to share.Some Links of Inspiration & Advice3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Studio Shelter "Keep Drawing"
Tales Of Mere Existence: "My Favorite Artistic Advice"
Super Obvious Secrets I Wish They'd Teach In Art School
How to Steal Like an Artist
...EDIT:...3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Journal edited because some of my views have changed but leaving it here for the comments.
My Sonic RP Account ------> MaggietheFaerieLynx
My Fanfiction account -----> http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2651092/Faerie_StarV
My You tube link --------> http://www.youtube.com/user/MoonVirgo84
My FAQ link --------> http://faerie-starv.deviantart.com/journal/31852664/
My Art Blog --------> http://www.maggiemaresca.com/
My Commission List ------> http://faerie-starv.deviantart.com/journal/36815152/
A Brief Discussion On Limited PaletteA Brief Discussion On Limited PaletteA Brief Discussion On Limited Palette9 months ago in Art Features More Like This
We all know that temptation when we see a pretty new colour in the art-shop, or the urge to create a mesmerizing colourful artwork while planning a painting. We then use our favourite colour(s) in full force - by means of as much as we want - and we often have more than one favourite colour....
Aftermath: A muddy or unreal canvas! Colours do not look right and did not turn out exactly as it was in our mind - not even close and harmony is far away! It turned into a visual cacophony!
What might get wrong? A lot of things! But specially all those pretty colours you put at will!
It is not bad to paint with many colours - many big artists paint with more than 70 colours on their palette. Even we do not finish a painting in less than 10 colours - right? The difference is that the famous or big artists have mastered
The Resource Roundup #3: TutorialsThe Resource Roundup is a regular feature showcasing some of the best resources deviantART members share with the world!The Resource Roundup #3: Tutorials3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Whether you're a beginning artist or seasoned pro, deviantART's Resources Gallery is an inspirational and benefitial asset for art creation. Take a look at a few of the incredible submissions below – they might help enhance your next artistic creation!
This issue is all about tutorials. What should the next Resource Roundup theme be? You tell us!
• Photography: beginners to advanced
• Crafts you can make at home
• Marketing yourself: website, logos, and business cards…oh my!
• Awesome application resources (from Photoshop brushes to Gimp scripts)
• Or, suggest another topic!
more romantic shit in fiction that pisses me offThere's always been this one cliche in fiction that's been incessantly nagging at me. I take it most of you are already incredibly familiar with high school and campus settings in fiction equipped with the jock, nerd, unobtainable beautiful cheerleader stereotypes and whatnot that's been prevalent in a shit ton of films since forever. So you're probably familiar with the old story of the nerdy/awkward/uncool guy that gets picked on constantly or doesn't fit in who's like obsessed with the hot cheerleader who's going out with the big, mean nasty ol' jock.more romantic shit in fiction that pisses me off3 years ago in Personal More Like This
But something I've noticed is how in a number of these stories the popular handsome jock guy is like the school's BIGGEST douchebag and everyone that doesn't worship him is either deathly scared of him or they at least -know- he's this massive reaming assfuck that shouldn't be messed with or else he'll ruin their lives or some shit so they stay the fuck out of his way.
And the jock's hot beautiful girlfriend will always seem like she's
American Comics, Manga...AND WAR!This is a major turning point in the history of comics, World War II. This period of time not only changed comics as we knew them, but also other areas in graphics such as propaganda posters. Now mid to late 1930's we've seen the birth of the modern comic book. Due to the war as well we're also now seeing the birth of war comics. An obvious example of this as I'm sure many of you have already guessed is Captain America Comics in 1941 (before American involvement in the war). Captain America was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby who worked for Timely Comics, which of course has now become Marvel Comics. He gained amazing popularity and is often fighting the Axis powers in World War II.American Comics, Manga...AND WAR!3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Around this time in Japan has been rebuilding itself, its political and economic infrastructure was changing. Whilst American occupation disallowed art or published material that glorified war or the Japanese military. This policy though didn't block th
A lack of talent? Or is it a lack of willpower?"People do not lack strength, they lack will."A lack of talent? Or is it a lack of willpower?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
That's a quote by Victor Hugo. It's a fairly general statement but if we replace the word 'strength' with 'talent', then it applies well to us artists. People often blame their shortcomings on a lack of talent. I do all the time, as a matter of fact. That's why I'm writing this. However the sad truth is what I really lack is the willpower to work harder! I believe we are all capable of becoming masters, if only we have both the desire and will to make the necessary sacrifices as masters do. Yep, sacrifices. No ripping out of hearts over a temple altar, but perhaps some nearly as painful. Like a social life, a sun tan, a few days of sleep, or anything else that a few extra hours of painting requires you to miss out on. Now, of course we will not sacrifice such things permanently, or much at all depending on how we manage our time. But if we desire to become greater artists, then we must prioritize our work accordingly. In a few y
Hate Mary Sues? Don't we all!With the creation of several self-publishing websites such as Lulu and the general standard of what is deemed to be publishable declining, every thirteen year old girl and her pet goldfish believe they have what it takes to be the next big author. In an attempt to churn out a book series of six-hundred pages in one weekend, many juvenile wannabe authors neglect the very building blocks of their fiction: the characters.Hate Mary Sues? Don't we all!6 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Most of us have heard the terms Mary Sue and Gary Stu before heck, they may have been aimed at us before but how many of us actually know the definition of a Mary Sue? We simply believe that a Mary Sue/Gary Stu is a badly-developed character, but are we aware of what defines a Mary Sue? From my personal experience, a Mary Sue/Gary Stu is a character who:
Has barely any [exploitable] flaws.
Is virtually perfect. (These two are pretty obvious)
Often serves as a sel
Whisper It InsideYou know what I can never get enough of?Whisper It Inside3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Shout It Outs.
Example 3: http://i39.tinypic.com/deo55y.jpg
"Ah, the world-weariness and pain what can only come from the old soul of a middle school furry." ~ TikTak
These wonderfully color-coordinated windows into the very soul of DeviantArt are guaranteed to warm the cockles of my heart every time one trembles its way onto my screen. Black backgrounds, Comic Sans, and tormented critters pave the way to expressing things you previously thought you could never shout out.
I pour over the deepest, darkest secrets you reveal to the world, like "I'm really skinny but I still call myself fat" and, "I secretly hate people" and, "My mom doesn't know I self-harm, unless she uses the internet" and, "Friends are useless" and, "I feel so ignore by you" and, "I'm mean to my friends" and, "Fuck you" and, "Why do people hate me??" and "I'm not Asian".
They're beautiful salad
Art and FearI had a full-page spread of a hospital that I wanted to start and finish yesterday. Usually those spreads take me about 6 hours. I love getting them in a script because it means that I'll be done with my page early and can zone out in front of the History Channel for the rest of the day. But instead of getting it done in the usual 6 hours, I was up till 10 before I called it quits and decided that I'd failed.Art and Fear7 years ago in Personal More Like This
So I'm doing it over today. But I wanted to write this first because I'm hoping it will help sort of some things in my head. Plus, we all have those frustrating days where we just don't have it. And maybe this is something someone will keep in mind. Maybe that person is me.
I find that those days happen because you're lacking information of some kind. Maybe you didn't take a photo reference when you should have. Maybe you should have sketched out the page more on a separate sheet bef
Artists Celebrate Zelda Skyward SwordArtists Celebrate Zelda Skyward Sword3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Skyward sword - links descent by Siga4BDN
Skyward Duo by Lady-of-Link Link : Skyward Sword by Daniel-Link Skyward by Firedblue
Skyward Sword by HeavyMetalHanzo LoZ - Magical Music by Gabbi Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword by Meibatsu Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword by Pokey-Chan -- Link Skyward Sword Chibi -- by Kurama-chan
zeruzeruda by ex-m Zelda Skyward Sword Cloud Gazing by curry23
Legend of Zelda by Noiry Skyward Sword by TaiKova