Everything is Beautiful...NOT!In the 1960s, Ray Stevens wrote a song titled "Everything Is Beautiful" and it won him a grammy. Perhaps it was the idealism of those times or maybe a personal philosophy that gave birth to this song. It starts out with children singing "Jesus Loves the Little Children", a song I remember singing in church when I was a child.
"Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red and yellow, black and white
They are precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world"
Like Disney's "It's a Small World", this song has a worm like infectious tune that rolls around in your brain like a marble in a barrel. A child, once he has learned this song, will hum it, whistle it, and sing it until adult ears bleed. Not only is the tune contagious, the lyrics are ideal and Pollyanna to the point of near myopic blindness.
After one chorus of "Jesus Loves the Little Children", Mr. Stevens' song moves into his "Everything Is Beautiful, in It's Own Way" mantra.
The notion he pu
Crossing the LineAlmost 99.9999% of the comments I get on DA are very nice and complimentary. For this I am grateful and appreciative. I also appreciate the occasional criticism that suggests I try a different crop, color, or lens choice. Even after 35 years I feel it is vital to listen to all the input I get because there are occasional jewels of ideas that come from learned professionals and beginning amateurs alike. Sometimes I even like it more when someone who is new to photography makes suggestions because they aren't stifled by the "rules" we all learn when we start out.Crossing the Line3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Recently, I've had a few people say some interesting and absurd things. These comments are related to my having taken down my gallery of nudes. First of all, let me say, my motive for this action was simply time management. I run a business so I don't have time to respond to all the comments or even read them all.
The suggestion has been made that by me removing the nudes, by responding to horrid comments then hiding and blockin
MAMA Scared Stiff Semi-Finalist AnnouncementIn the MAMA Scared Stiff Contest, we challenged you to channel your most frightening childhood memory, and the entries were truly terrifying!MAMA Scared Stiff Semi-Finalist Announcement2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
These 25 hair-raising deviations sent a chill down our judges' spines, and have been chosen as the Semi-Finalists. It's now up to the true visionaries of horror, MAMA filmmakers Andy & Barbara Muschietti and Guillermo del Toro, to decide on the top 3 winners, who will receive their share of $10,000 USD, as well as Points, deviantART Gear, and Premium Memberships!
The remaining 22 Semi-Finalists will receive:
2,000 deviantART Points
Three-Month Premium Membership to deviantART
Congratulations to all!
Read Contest Article
Today, I am HeartbrokenThis past week our nation witnessed one of the most horrific violations in history. A beast that I refuse to name, planned and then killed 12 people in a theatre in Colorado. I won't go into details of how, why, or who committed this atrocity.Today, I am Heartbroken3 years ago in Personal More Like This
What I WILL address is the idea of our Constitutional "right to bear arms". The misconstrued perception of this "right", saddens and confuses me. The archaic belief that having a gun in our houses will enable us to "defend ourselves" is not only statistically improbable, it is metaphorically AND literally unsettling to those who live with us. A loaded gun in a house says,"I don't trust people", "I am afraid someone will break in and hurt us", and also "I am willing to shoot to kill another human being".
If you have a gun in your house and it is NOT loaded, the statistical probability of you being able to get to it, load it, and confront a home invader AND for the outcome of that confrontation to be positive in ANY way, is insignificantly small.
Harassment: A Survival GuideIt's no secret that the members of deviantART are an opinionated bunch! For good or ill, there is always plenty to say about art that speaks to them. This is great, yet amidst those opinions you're bound to get reactions that are nothing more than word pollution or troll bait. How many of you have logged into deviantART and been faced with this problem?Harassment: A Survival Guide3 years ago in Personal Journal More Like This
We've all seen it, been a victim of it, or at least heard about it: Folk out in the digital world living for nothing more than the joy of ruffling peoples' feathers. Well not to worry dear reader, because I've compiled a survivor's guide on how to slay the beast of text pollution: le trolls!
Identify The Problem!
Being the level-headed fantastical artist that you are, when it comes to outrageous claims and aggravating comments regarding your work it seems like common sense for you to set the record straight and reply to these virtual text hoodlums. I
Boy Scouts and BaptistsI often write rants about religion, so for those who are tired of reading what I have to say about this topic - it might be a good time skip this and have a cup of tea.Boy Scouts and Baptists2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I enjoy reading the daily news and having a cup of coffee every morning. I scan the headlines on my laptop and eat up all the latest scientific discoveries, local weather, and international news. I enjoyed reading about the asteroid that came close to hitting Earth because it reminds me of how fragile and insignificant we are here on our little blue marble. Our place in the Universe is pretty much meaningless in terms of time and space, yet we think we are not only important but THE singularly important species. A silly thought in my book.
Also in the news I read this: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/31/southern-baptists-to-urge-churches-and-members-to-cut-boy-scout-ties/?hpt=hp_t2 It seems a group of humans 16 million strong can't associate with another group of humans because of who they choose to love. It mak
Grow some balls.I don't mind people voicing that they don't like my work or the content of my silly little cartoons. Most of the time I find it funny! But what really grates is when the individual doesn't have the spine to do so via their day-to-day DA profile.Grow some balls.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
They set up a new one. One which they use to rattle off whatever flatulance they believe passes as worthwhile commentary in the real world, most likely in the wake of mummy and daddy slapping them on the wrist over something - angsty, juvenile pricks that they are.
And juvenile they must be, as anyone with a mite more experience would realise that any weight you hope your words might have is completely lost when someone visits your "slander" profile and reads the numbers "0 Deviations", "0 Favourites", "0 Watchers", "No Journal entries", etc.
It renders your words as vacuous as your gallery.
So if you're going to type stuff like "I feel like some of the smut you draw takes away from the credibility of your art as a whole." or
Welcome to Daily Deviations Week IIWelcome to Daily Deviations Week IIWelcome to Daily Deviations Week II2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Some months back we put together another Daily Deviations projecteducate week which was quite successful. In light of some of the amazing feedback we recieved during that week, we decided to put together another DD week to highlight some things we were unable to cover last time. During this week we will again focus on some common themes which surround Daily Deviations in our community, and try to shed some light on them. We hope that we will address your concerns, but feel free to ask questions at any time!
For anyone who missed our last DD week, we encourage you to look over those articles as well.
Community Voices: What is a Daily Deviation? - Aeirmid
Daily Deviations: The Myth and the Legend - Aeirmid
Daily Deviations- So you
PE: Know what your CVs can DDDuring my term as a Community Volunteer who accepts Daily Deviation suggestions it has become very clear that some people simply aren't sure who to suggest a given piece to for a DD. While the majority of suggesters have a pretty good grasp on which CVs to send the suggestion to, there are enough suggestions being received which would be better sent to a different CV to warrant some education on the subject.PE: Know what your CVs can DD2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Each DD selecting CV is assigned a gallery
Some people believe that anyone with an ^ symbol in front of their username can give out DDs and often there is no knowledge that we as CVs look over specific galleries which are the galleries we are allowed to select DDs from.
When looking over :faq18: you will notice the different galleries followed by one or more CVs who watch over those specific galleries. To be very simplistic, if the piece you wish to suggest is in the Anthro gallery you'd then suggest it to KovoWolf who watches ov
PE: Daily Deviations and Descriptions!Hello and welcome everyone! :iconmoewinkplz:PE: Daily Deviations and Descriptions!2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
In recent years the question regarding Daily Deviations and Descriptions has been brought up many times. Should DDs include a little description about why they were chosen? Should they be blank so as to let people find out their own reasons for enjoying the featured pieces...? Today we will take a look at the different perspectives on this subject! From community members to community volunteers, let's hear what they have to say!
Daily Deviations: To include or not to include descriptions :iconkarinwhatplz:
Descriptions or write-ups often include the reasons why said Daily Deviation was chosen, highlighting details that might go unnoticed or expressing the suggester and/or the CVs feelings towards the piece in question. Including a descripion or not is up to each individual CV. Ones prefer writing something for it, others don't. In the end it's just a matter of preference!
I made a poll asking the community what they th
Complaints About Quality Declines in DD'sComplaints about quality declines in DDsComplaints About Quality Declines in DD's2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Let's take a quick look at what a Daily Deviation is first. You might remember this article from our last PE week A Daily Deviation is NOT an award, but a feature. If you haven't already, you might want to take a look at it! It's a great read and you can get a good foundation as to what a Daily Deviation stands for.
So, I'll be touching on the subject of "Complaints about quality declines in Daily Deviations". Why is this so important to touch on? That's a great question and I will be more than happy to answer it below as I describe some key factors that are often overlooked in the way of art vs quality.
Addressing Quality of Deviations
"A picture is worth a thousand words."
There is a lot of this going around "Daily Deviations are losing quality. They're not as beautimous as they used to be.". How about we step out of the shoes of "what is and isn't art" for just a s
Art Theft And Hot Linking With WDWParksGalMy dear friend WDWParksGal, formerly a Community Volunteer, recently discovered that one of her deviations was being "high jacked", or the proper used termed, "hot linked". This is a very serious issue that not only affects the deviant, but also deviantArt. We have been overwhelmed with this issue the last few weeks causing many stock providers and too many manipulators to change the way they handle their deviations and sites. A few have emptied their gallery and left dA completely.Art Theft And Hot Linking With WDWParksGal2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Since I had the opportunity, I asked her if she would like to write an article concerning this matter, and she jumped at the chance! So following is WDWParksGal thoughts on this situation.
I have been creating Photomanipulations for about six-years now. I have learned a lot, not just by experimenting with my PhotoShop Elements Programs that I have purchased over the years, but by watching YouTube tutorial videos, talking to other Manipulators, reading
PE: Daily Deviations Week II Wrap-upHello all,PE: Daily Deviations Week II Wrap-up2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
this has been an amazing week full of great information! We hope that the articles we posted have been helpful to anyone wishing to learn more about DDs and processes behind selecting or suggesting them. With that said I'd like to give a huge thank you to everyone who helped make this week possible as well as to anyone who got involved in any shape form or fashion, be it by leaving comments, giving feedback, asking questions at the chat event, or even just reading the articles and taking all the information in. You are all amazing!
Welcome to Daily Deviations Week II - Astralseed
General Photography - What we do and don't DD - Kaz-D
DD Suggestion Groups - 3wyl
PE: Self Su
Groups Directory Update Group LoveGroups Directory Update2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
deviantART is an artist dream come true and caters to artist from all artistic mediums. I know of no other
online community that is in constant contact with their members and
allows members to run their own groups with specific rules and
guidelines that you have decided for your group.
If you are not interested in becoming a founder or administrator of a group, deviantART has hundreds if not thousands
of groups for you to search and find one or more that is to your
comfort level and liking. Groups are a fantastic way to find other
artist to discuss techniques, share idea's, collaborate and make new
Question for the Reader; How often do you
search for a new group to join or to find a group that is centered
around your interest Discuss in the comments area of this journal
Below is a sample collection of groups you will find within deviantART. I hope you enjoy i
Kim Jong-il is Kim Jong-deadHere are some of the things that The Supreme Leader, the Dear Leader, the General, Lodestar of the 21st Century and Eternal President, Kim Jong-il has been (no joke) credited with:Kim Jong-il is Kim Jong-dead3 years ago in Personal More Like This
* Even before his birth, the future leader of North Korea was triggering miracles. Official biographers say his birth in a cabin on the slopes of Baekdu Mountain in February 1942 was foretold by a swallow and heralded by a double rainbow. When he was born, a new star appeared in the night sky.
* The first time he picked up a golf club, in 1994, Kim reportedly shot a 38-under par round on North Korea's only golf course, including 11 holes-in-one. He then decided to retire from the sport for ever.
* Kim has the ability to alter the weather simply through the power of thought.
* The fledgling leader was a genius as an infant, with official North Korean biographies stating that he had learned to walk at just 3 weeks and was talking at 8 weeks.
* As a junior high school pupil in Pyongyang, he corrected and chasti
Japan Journal....day one, 11/11/11Time is certainly displaced. We're not really suffering jet lag but it's obvious our bodies are weirded out by being here.Japan Journal....day one, 11/11/113 years ago in Personal More Like This
My girlfriend and I traveled today to Atsugi, about an hour train ride from Tokyo. We had some business to take care of there. It was a bit frustrating because we couldn't get everything done we needed to, but the traveling to and from was delightful.
I was amazed, looking out the train window, there was not ONE piece of litter. I think we traveled 20 miles or more before I saw so much as a tissue paper beside the tracks. The Japanese, even in the less affluent areas, are incredibly tidy.
During the morning commute, the subway trains are packed so full there are literally uniformed individuals called "pushers" whose job it is to shove people into the cars as tightly as possible. As the doors slide shut they get very aggressive and carry out their job of sardine commuter packing very seriously and they do it with smiles and white gloves and a charm that everyo
Male NUDE Photography - TMS:iconthemalesoul:Male NUDE Photography - TMS4 years ago in Art Features More Like This
In response to our most recent poll which asked which gallery members enjoyed most. I have put together this spectacular News Article to showcase the truly sublime NUDE photography in our galleries. Hope you enjoy it!!!
This Article is especially dedicated to all our members and particularly those that participated in the poll - thank you
The purpose of this group is to showcase Male beauty (mind, body and soul) through photography. To promote and showcase artworks that explore Male beauty in all its forms.
If you have photographs of men in your gallery, whether portraits or artistic nudes etc. you are welcome. Please join and submit your work to the group, we would love you to share it with us. If you are just an admirer of the male form, please feel free to join or watch the group!!
I'm a Puppy!A week or so ago, I read this article that made me laugh and yet feel so sad. Seems there is a guy from India who is in exile and may serve prison time for blasphemy. What he did was investigate what was making a statue of Jesus "weep". Supposedly water is dripping from this statue and people are drinking this "Holy Water" in hopes it will cure their ailments. Tragically, the water is sewage that is seeping up from a leaking pipe! But when this man reported on his findings, the religious were incensed and want him thrown in prison!!!!I'm a Puppy!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I find the story so....well perfectly metaphorical.
I sent this news story to a person I knew, who claims to be very anti church, and it started an email exchange which much to my dismay went ass over teakettle down the hill.
I often post rather anti-religious rant
Give me 7 Mintues!*******************************************************************************************************************************Give me 7 Mintues!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
IF YOU HAVE 7 MINUTES !
Will you please take the time to watch my slide show part two of my 365 day photo project http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6tda1brTLk&feature=share
Cigarette sucks. by unisexbluessStill Going by neghabCigarettes. by FelicityPhotography:thumb203162817:Cigarette by Ada66669:thumb279152924:face me by JackStratfordMe by Wikutorumask by cerino67Scream by VampirePlayMateSugar Skull by atseven:thumb284088638::thumb176888607:EMOTION by ANDREABDSOvercome by bittersweetvenomblack and white five by JeffreyAdamSelf Portrait In Blue by mental:th
Birthday Scuzzle! BREAKING NEWS! Something terrible has happened!Birthday Scuzzle!4 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Some naughty mudkips invaded dA and stole a very important photograph. The stunning photo was a gift for all of you to celebrate deviantART's 11th birthday. It is devastating to confirm it is now missing.
Witnesses say that the mudkips were spotted sneaking out of an open window, but we cannot confirm until a full investigation has been reported and all evidence collected.
In the meantime, the photograph remains missing. Moonbeam13 is currently searching her spellbook to find a way to bring the image back.
Stay tuned for further updates. A full report will be issued on the 3rd August.
What is a Scuzzle?
A Scuzzle is a combination of a Scavenger Hunt and a Jigsaw Puzzle. There will be lots of missing pieces of this Scuzzle ready for you to find. Although there are some subtle clues to help you along your way, you will need to search high and low for them! Come back on the 3rd August for the hunt to begin!
[PlzIcons Archive]Directory | FAQ & Rules | Promotions[PlzIcons Archive]4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Hey let's make a collection of Naruto characters plz-icons and stamps! As there are so many plz-icons and stamps out there we'll need your help in making this collection thrive! Post your icons in the comments and we'll add them as well!
If you're wondering, here is how you can actually use plz-icons and stamps.
They can be used in comments, journal entries and in your dA-ID. To use a specific icon, take a look at what the name of the icon is, and then do the following.
-copy the name of the icon, for example, narutoplz
-enter the name along with ':icon' in front of it and end it with ':' (it should look like this :iconnarutoplz:)
-if you're uncertain whether or not you've got the right icon (or if it's actually going to work), click 'preview' next to the 'submit' button
[Characters Birthdays] January B-days!Directory | FAQ & Rules | Promotions[Characters Birthdays] January B-days!4 years ago in Personal More Like This
01 - Maito Gai
02 - Tatami Iwashi
04 - Haku
06 - Danzou
Danzou by karka92Danzou by TheFresco
06 - Ebizou
ebizou by valentinandujar
08 - Hyuuga Hiashi, Hyuuga Hizashi
Hizashi Hyuga by ApostollHiashi Hyuuga by ShinoharaaHyuuga Hizashi by Huudel
09 - Haku
Haku by BarleeHaku by paintpixelNaruto and Haku by dragonfly-world
19 - Gaara
gaara by wickedmikelGaara by ayumi-studioGaara of the Sand by yuumeigaara by daennah
23 - Aburame Shino
Aburame Shino... by UchihaItachiAkatsukiShino by hyperboosterAburame Shino by agra19
24 - Yamanaka Inoichi
Inoichi Yamanaka by jesterry83 by crepusculaeInoichi Yamanaka by Alakazum
25 - Minato Namikaze (4th Hokage)
Kushina+Minato by Athena-chanYondaime Hokage by kunoichi-sanYondaime by tiffa
Free Avatar: La Birthday Caek by FreeAvatarProject Congratulations! Free Avatar: La Birthday Caek by FreeAvatarProject
Cake bullet - FREE TO USE by Rueile January
Interview with Masashi Kishimoto in Word AnimeInterview with Masashi Kishimoto in Word Anime2 years ago in Personal More Like This
★Interview with Masashi Kishimoto in "Word Anime" ★
here is the interview in English, thank you very much to :iconlindewurm: for translating =^u^=
here is in Spanish: :iconddrarrowrightplz: http://www.worldanime.tv/?p=50270 :iconddrarrowleftplz:
Q: When was the first time you considered becoming a mangaka, and why?
Masashi Kishimoto: In the period between second and fourth grade, I was obsessed with the Dr. Slump anime and the Dragonball manga by Akira Toriyama sensei. I loved his characters. I was especially fond of Arale from Dr. Slump and Goku from Dragonball. Plus
Zombie survivor contest date extended :)Hi everyone I'm going to do my first contest which is that you get to create your own zombie apocalypse survivor/s (you can have more than one entry but only can win once) for us to feature in our new comic we're going to do called The Qure.Zombie survivor contest date extended :)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
To win you must write a character biography of what they were before the apocalypse, how they first encountered a zombie and what they are like now. They can be whatever kind of person your heart desires (even a villain) or if you chose you could also do an animal that could serve as a companion to the main cast. It's not necessary but it is preferred that you draw a picture of your survivor/s as well, or include a very good description of what they look like. Please no one word descriptions. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions for me.
1st. Character becomes main party member, 1000 da points and a drawing of your choice done by me, one colored (full shade)piece of their choice done donated by :iconcassmonsta: an icon done b