PE Photomanip: That's a Wrap!Thank You!
Photomanipulation Week here at projecteducate has been phenomenal, and that is entirely thanks to you, our viewers, and to the community members who made it happen. Our community wrote most of the articles; I just posted them. Our community interviewed many, many people and answered what had to have seemed like endless questions about how they do their stuff. And do you know, of the many people I asked, only one or two were unable? People contributed in spite of busy schedules, poor health conditions, other projects, and other competing demands because they knew this was important. I cannot thank you enough.
I wanted to show you the sheer number of people (well over 40) who participated in this event. Every one of these people made a significant contribution. Please, everyone show some love to the deviants who made this week possible (and then keep reading; more good stuff coming below this list):
PE Photomanip: Get your Fantasy on!**Note: These articles are for YOU. Please feel free to add the thumbs to your groups and enjoy them. If your requests to add yesterday's articles to your groups was declined, please resubmit. Thanks.**PE Photomanip: Get your Fantasy on!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Current dA submissions guidelines define "Fantasy Photomanipulation" as photomanipulation that focuses on a fantasy theme. We have therefore set out to speak with our fantasy constituency and gain a better understanding of how they see and define the complexities of fantasy photomanipulation.
We all know of dragons, wizards, sorcerers, witches, griffins, magic, fairies, fauns, and all other mystical and magical beings. We learned of them through stories, art, movies, and games. The fantasy genre has become increasingly popular because of movies like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter and games like "Dungeons & Dragons" and "World of Warcraft," not to forget fantasy wr
PE Photomanip: Let there be LIGHT!Light in PhotomanipulationPE Photomanip: Let there be LIGHT!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Getting your light right when creating a photomanipulation sounds easy . . . until you sit down to try to do it! There are seemingly endless things to keep in mind: where the light source is, the intensity of the light, how pieces of your manipulation need to be composed so that they line up with the direction of the light in the piece, whether there could be multiple light sources, what color the light will be. . . .
And the goal for light in your manipulation is for the light to be consistent throughout so that it is telling a story. No pressure! It is not an overstatement to say that light will make or break your manipulation; I have declined many DD suggestions because of bad lighting.
Light can help you tell a story and is critical to your deviation. It adds emphasis, adds depth, contributes to realism, and draws the viewer's attention to where you want it to be
PE Photomanip: Ask Me Anything!PE Photomanipulation: Ask Me Anything!PE Photomanip: Ask Me Anything!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
One of the activities for Project Educate: Photomanipulation was for the community to ask questions from more experienced community "experts." For "Ask Me Anything," community members came up with ten excellent questions for ten Experts to answer. Having had time to peruse and consider the questions asked, the Experts kindly returned the answers to be included in this news article. Many thanks to the deviants asking, as well as a huge thank you to the Experts for taking the time to come up with such succinct, detailed, and helpful answers.
iAmoret asked, "How do you get that dark, dreary, foggy effect that makes it look like it's all from the same image, like Ahmed-R-Shalaby did in 'Dead Marshes'?
Answered by nitchwarmer :iconnitchwarmer:
There are many brushes and stock images you can use here on dA; you can find the
PE Photomanip: More on dark manipulationHi, everyone!PE Photomanip: More on dark manipulation2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
GUESS WHAT!!! You get a bonus blog today because . . . intano is in the house!!
Tugba took some time out of her very busy schedule to chat with me about dark photomanipulation and photomanipulation in general. These questions are similar to those that the lovely MarcelaBolivar answered in our dark photomanipulation interview from earlier in the series (click here). It is always useful to have more perspectives and ideas regarding dark art and its operational definition, and we are really grateful to both of these brilliant artists for sharing their wisdom with us.
Interview with intano
So, the “dark” photomanipulation category is confusing many people because it can feature anything from beautiful, sorrowful women in l
Welcome to Photomanipulation Week!Welcome, all, to Photomanipulation Week here at Project Educate!Welcome to Photomanipulation Week!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
This week, the photomanipulation community will be introducing you to some of our styles, techniques, and concepts. We will show you our diversity and our style. We will demonstrate our skills and our creativity. You will be hearing from the community in their own voices what it means to be a photomanipulator here on dA.
Let's get started!
What is photomanipulation?
The official definition of "photomanipulation" (PM), according to deviantART, is: an image that is composed of two or more photographic elements to create something new. This definition has been very nicely analyzed and distinguished from other genres here, here, and here, but let's talk briefly about the three main components o
PE Photomanip: Dark photomanipulationWhat is Dark Photomanipulation?PE Photomanip: Dark photomanipulation2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Is dark manipulation romantic? Frightening? Cold? Is it full of untold possibilities or a scream waiting to erupt from your throat?
Dark photomanipulation has something for every shade of your dark mood and demeanor. If you visit our dark photomanipulation gallery, you will find everything from grimly beautiful women surrounded by crows to figures engrossed in decay and beautiful stagnation. Some pieces are soothing in their depths; some are startling in their grotesqueness.
So, once again, what is a dark photomanipulation?
When we submit our deviations to the Digital Art > Photomanipulation > Dark gallery, we see the following gallery description:
Photomanipulations which are dark in theme or mood, and have a mystical, obscure, sombre, grim, or sinister expression.
This is a good conceptual definition, but we also want to obtain a more operational definition fro
PE Photomanip: Get Surreal!PE Photomanip: Get Surreal!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
A tour in the world of Surreal Photomanipulations
For years, surreal photomanipulation and its artists have been showing a great variety of works in this style, surprising and inspiring to all of us with their images. If you already had the pleasure to see pieces of this genre, I´m sure you´ve been amazed with what a surreal piece can offer, but if you haven´t . . . what better time than this one to learn and see the incredible options this style have for you?
But first, the most important thing is to know what we are saying when we refer to a "surreal photomanipulation." To have a better understanding, let´s ask the most basic question . . .
What is a Surreal photomanip?
Surreal photomanipulations displays the mind and imagination of an artist and its unique way to represent that into the final work. These pieces can be really appealing to the eyes or disturbing. Subconscio
PE Photomanip: Art with a ConceptWhat is Conceptual Art?PE Photomanip: Art with a Concept2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Answer: Conceptual art deals with ideas rather than with the final product. It is "art in which the idea behind a particular work, and the means of producing it, are more important than the finished work." http://dictionary.com
"Conceptual art is art in which the concept(s) or idea(s) involved in the work take precedence over traditional aesthetic and material concerns." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conceptual_art
Conceptual art, a movement conceived in the 1960s, stresses the artist's concept rather than the art object itself. Conceptual art grew out of minimalism and "turned the artist's thoughts and ideas themselves into the primary artistic medium, appealing to the spectator's intellect instead of emotions." http://www.reference.com/browse/conceptual+art?s=t
Conceptual art is often confused with Surreal and Abstract because often they have some of the same elements. However, Conceptual art differs from Surreal
PE: Photomanip - Interview new photomanipulatorsPE: Photomanip - Interview With New ManipulatorsPE: Photomanip - Interview new photomanipulators2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Most of us have a special part of our hearts set aside for our first times and new beginnings. I remember myself how I felt when I completed my first manipulation, when I read the first tutorial and above all when I upload my first deviation. These deviants are at this point when things seem so new, but are staring to fall into place. They will share with us their first impressions on DA's PM community.
What drove you to become an artist? What inspires you to create
Well everybody who knows me will tell you I was born an artist. I have been drawing and painting ever since I can remember. It's really just something I feel inside me, the one thing that is always certain in my life! Life inspires me. There are really
Photomanip PE: Conversation with ^ElandriaHappy Thursday, everyone!Photomanip PE: Conversation with ^Elandria2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
You know, as photomanipulators, we rely pretty heavily on the stock and resources community, and the opposite is true as well. It is because of this symbiotic relationship that both communities flourish, growing and evolving off of each other. Because of stock artists here on dA and elsewhere, we are able to create our manipulations. Stock inspires us; it drives us to create by capturing in visual image format that which we envision in our minds. So, for our Project Educate week, I sat down to have a conversation with Elandria, one of our Community Volunteers (CVs) for stock and resources and a fantastic digital artist, who I am fortunate enough to call a friend as well as a colleague.
Here's how that conversation went!
Interview with ^Elandria
Aeirmid: We all know and love you as Elandria, rockstar stock artist and digital artist here on dA! But, that is only a small part of you. Who are y
PE Feedback: Welcome and FEEDBACK FRENZY!Welcome to Feedback Week here at Project Educate!PE Feedback: Welcome and FEEDBACK FRENZY!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Welcome to Feedback Week! This week is being brought to you by a team of very devious deviants over at FeedbackFrenzy.
In January of this year, the marvelous Beccalicious led a Critique Week in which we learned about many of the critique groups here on deviantART and also the essentials of giving and receiving critique for various media. In case you missed it, here are a few of the fantastic articles that were shared that week:
Do you really want critique? The basics of giving critique Finding critique on dA The community and critique
So, for our week, we wanted to take Critique Week a step further and put the skills we learned to use! We have developed some
Photomanipulation: Exploring textureTexture: We love it!Photomanipulation: Exploring texture2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
If there's one thing a lot of photomanipulators love, it's texture, glorious texture! Texture can change your entire image and make it or break it. In our community, it is frequently used for creating a "dark" effect, but it can be used to create or enhance absolutely any theme you can dream up. I wanted to share some brilliant examples of art that use textures well. I also want to provide some tips of things I've learned and direct you to some tutorials.
Let's get started!
Brilliant and inspiring
Tips for success
Use textures to highlight positive assets of the manipulation; don't use them to try to cover flaws of poor blending or cropping.
Project Educate: The Art of PhotomanipulationHello, deviantART! How are you?Project Educate: The Art of Photomanipulation2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I’m back to tell you a little bit about my very favorite form of art here on dA: photomanipulation, often referenced simply as, manipulation or manips. Hope you enjoy!
What is photomanipulation?
The general consensus in our community seems to be that photomanipulation involves taking elements from at least two photographs (and/or, by some definitions, other sources like 3D work or brushes) and fitting them together to create something that is seamless and distinct from the original sources. Some people argue that a photomanipulation can be made with one photograph as long as the final piece of art is drastically different from the picture from which it originated. If it is not dramatically different—i.e., if the final product is similar to the original photograph but perhaps a bit cleaned up or minor edits are added without including any new elements—we might call it a retouch<
Photomanip: Interview with CarinaGrimmHello, everyone!Photomanip: Interview with CarinaGrimm2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
It's my great pleasure to bring you an interview of a fantastic young photomanipulation artist, Aelathen (formerly VikkiGothAngel), conducted by one of the photomanipulation community's legends, LuneBleu. Please enjoy.
- Jade (Aeirmid)
Please introduce yourself.
Hello!!! My name is Carina Grimm; before I used to have the nickname of VikkiGothAngel here on deviantArt. I am 18 years old and living in Portugal.
When and why did you join the deviantArt community?
I joined deviantArt 3 years ago because I wanted to share my art with this community as well as meeting artists with the same interests as mine.
Do you have some sort of Art Education?
No, I am completely self taught; I've never had any art courses, and I am quite glad because of that.
What were your first thoughts when you first contacted with Photomanipulatio
Community Voices: What is a Daily Deviation?DDs: The deviantART definitionCommunity Voices: What is a Daily Deviation?2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
So, as the title says, What in the world IS a Daily Deviation (DD), anyway?
You know what deviantART says about it, right? Under :faq61: it says:
A small assortment of submissions are chosen each day by a select group of staff/volunteer members who wish to showcase an image which they found impressive or otherwise interesting enough to deserve being brought to the attention of the community-at-large.
That says nothing about a DD being a perfect specimen of art-- in fact, it doesn't even use the word "art" at all. Basically, as CVs, when we are giving a DD, we are doing so because we think the image is interesting and well-done and deserves your attention. It may be technically exquisite. It may be technically quite good but exceptionally thought-provoking. It may be exceedingly creative. It may be all of these things! Above all else, it should stand out in some way from others in that medium or gallery.
Contest reminder: 'When Darkness Falls'Darkness falls across the land . . .Contest reminder: 'When Darkness Falls'2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
The midnight hour is close at hand . . .
Creatures crawl in search of blood . . .
To terrorize your neighborhood!
- Michael Jackson, Thriller
You decide what happens when darkness falls!
Is it macabre? Is it fantasy? Is it emotional?
It is up to you.
Welcome to our 2012 Photomanipulation Contest, "When Darkness Falls."
This contest is being held by Aeirmid and The-Sacred-Space.
We are grateful to Community Relations for backing this contest.
Any photomanipulator can join, and all are welcome.
Your task is to complete the sentence:
When darkness falls, _____
using a photomanipulation!
[In other words: Show us what happens when Darkness falls!]
You can interpret the sentence to mean anything you want.
It doesn't have to be dark or horror/macabre,
but it must be very clear that
PE: Photomanip - Interview with *simoneheldPE: Photomanip - Interview with Simone HeldPE: Photomanip - Interview with *simoneheld2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Last week, I was fortunate to catch up with Simone, simoneheld, who has been a photomanipulator in our community for more than four years. The founder of PremierPhotomanips and administrator of various other photomanipulation groups and art groups in general across dA, Simone has an eye for identifying good photomanipulation and a passion for excellent artistry.
I chose to invite Simone for our Keynote interview because of her passion for our art form and also because of her vision. She has brilliant ideas and the skills to carry them out both respect to art creation and project design.
Here is our interview.
You've been on dA for over four years now! What brought you here in the first place, and why did you choose to learn photomanipulation specifically?
The reason why I came to dA is very simple: I wanted to share my art with others and see new and different art for myself
Pure Photomanipulation GoodnessHi all,Pure Photomanipulation Goodness2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
The photomanipulation community has been busy pumping out some amazing works lately, and I wanted to share some of them with you. I will have news shortly, but if you are not doing so already, you can tune in to projecteducate to see what we're up to this month!
Dark Crystal by D3vilusion
Outside the Box by ReyeD33
Lighting: Tips and Tricks ~ artist interviewsHeyLighting: Tips and Tricks ~ artist interviews2 years ago in Personal More Like This
As a complement to our educational challenge on lighting http://fav.me/d59hlpx , we've asked a few fellow deviants to tell us how they work with lighting. Hopefully some of you that may still be struggling with lighting can pick up a few tips and tricks from their answers!
1) How do you usually go about creating the light in your pieces?
I work the light after I have settled the light source and all the elements that are going to be in my piece, so this way I know color and direction of the light. I'm going to try to summarize the process, is basically various layers converted into clipping masks for the outline glow, I use soft brushes first and contour the edges, and then I use harder and smaller brushes to get the light sharper. Then for the skin and clothes a bunch more of layers where I paint the light, again, varying the size and hardness to achieve the final result (big/soft brushes
Photomanip News and Feature Time!Hi, everyone!Photomanip News and Feature Time!2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
We are overdue for a feature of works and news from the photomanipulation gallery. People in our community have been busier than ever, and I'm so excited to share some of the goings-on with you. Let's get started!
Don't forget about our community-wide When Darkness Falls photomanipulation competition! Great prizes are to be won, including premium memberships, deviantWear, stock and resources, features, and tons of points! Plus, it's an excellent opportunity to put to use everything we all learned during Project Educate: Photomanipulation! Feedback Frenzy! contest Give and receive high-quality feedback on your work and meet lots of new deviants in the process! Fun! Teamwork! Learning! Not to mention awesome prizes!! This contest is part of Project Educate's Feedback Week, July 2nd-8th. Be sure
Challenge: The Art of Lighting (UPDATE!!)UPDATE, NEW DUE DATE FOR ENTRIESChallenge: The Art of Lighting (UPDATE!!)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Due to circumstances that prevented us from being able to post our article with more lighting tips/tricks, the lighting challenge deadline has been extended for one week, with entries now due by September 5th, 2012 Entries can be submitted to the folder "Monthly Challenges", here http://theartofmanipulation.deviantart.com/gallery/39061687 . So far we have 5 lovely entries, we hope to see more though!
Challenge: The Art of Lighting
Hi guys! We are going to be having a monthly educational challenge for you all to participate in! Each month you - our lovely members- will vote on which topic you would like to learn about, and one of us, you're ever loving admins, will write a journal about the subject and propose a challenge for you to complete. Sounds fun, right?
So, I hear you all would like to know what's the 411 on lighting, so I am here to write up a jour
REMINDER: Photomanip Tutorial Challenge!Welcome to our official tutorial challenge!REMINDER: Photomanip Tutorial Challenge!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Another tutorial challenge? YES! Keep reading!
Part of "illumination" is learning, expanding our horizons, and helping others learn as well. So, this time we are not going to USE tutorials. Rather, we are going to MAKE them.
What you have to do
Your job is as follows:
Take a critical look at your gallery. What are your strengths as an artist? What are you really good at doing? Are you known for your light and shadow? Color use? "Glow" effects? Do you do skin well? Can you paint really well? Are you a master of masks? What do people compliment you on?
Create a detailed tutorial, with examples, of how you achieve this effect or do this technique. It does not have to involve the creation of a new deviation. You can explain how you did this effect in an old deviation or just with stock without making it a full deviation.
Photomanip News and Feature 03 AugustHi everyone,Photomanip News and Feature 03 August2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
The status quo in the photomanipulation community is GO! GO! GO! We have been extremely busy with creating, supporting one another, and dreaming up contests and other fun challenges. I have been delayed in reporting our news for personal reasons, so this news article is jam-packed with goodness that you, the photomanipulation community, need to know!
Let's get started!
Calling on Community Leaders
We have a wonderful photomanipulation community here, and I'm really honored to serve you all as your Community Volunteer (CV). I have been trying to post weekly news, conduct interviews and do features, post DDs, organize Project Educate and other community challenges, host critique events, and hold contests that I hope are challenging and interesting. I absolutely love doing all of this, but I am also trying to get a Ph.D. and am going to run into trouble juggling it all in the Fall.
So, I will be asking a few of you who I know well and trust to hel
PE - Welcome to Digital Dolls!Hey everyone! Welcome to Dolling week of Project Educate! I suppose I'll start it out with what the heck I'm even talking about.PE - Welcome to Digital Dolls!2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Digital dolls! A term coined by DeviantArt, but a very fitting term indeed! Dolls are basically small pixel-art (usually of people) typically created from a base-body (a naked, bald pixel-person) that another doller has made.
That was a mouth-full, huh? Just think of them as digital paper-dolls.
So what's this about a base-body? Bases are actually a huge part of the dolling experience. If you notice, in the three example dolls up there, the artist credits another artist for the 'base'. Almost every doll is like a collaboration between two artists, making dolling that much more fun! Some people choose to edit the base they use til it's barely recognizable, and some people prefer to leave them as they were!
So where can