Dirty minds see dirty images... *update at bottom*It has been said that the human mind can imagine things a lot more detailed when it has to fill in the blanks.
Being shown something in plain view, our brains just process it as "something".
But when we are looking at something that is either censored, out of view, or concealed, our brains are boggled with the possibilities of what is being hidden - the imagination takes over and it can be "anything"!
That is why naughty images which are censored seem naughtier.
The off-screen monster which we can't see seems scarier.
The Christmas present which is wrapped seems more special.
With that being said...
Does that means if an image is offensive to someone, even though nothing is being shown, they are thinking more dirtier thoughts than others?
I have to admit that an image of lightly concealed female nude - using clothing or body positioning - can seem a little more erotic to me than a flat out photo of a naked woman.
So... does that mean this image of a redhea
DO NOT DO ART FOR EXPOSURE!!I've had a few people approach me in recent weeks asking me to do work for them on one project or another. (A few of you have brought others to my attention, thank you. )DO NOT DO ART FOR EXPOSURE!!9 months ago in Personal More Like This
Sometimes they want me to work on a comic sequence. Others just a pin up, or spot illustration. But they all had one thing in common. They promise exposure.
One I saw promised "...recognition by many artists, publishers and fans." Another assured me that "This can be an opportunity for you to get more exposure."
These promises are enormous red flags that should alert you to run the other way.
Anyone who promises you exposure instead of money is trying to scam you. Not to mention they're a bold face liar. They will give you no exposure at all. If you think about it for a second, it'll become clear why: If they don't have the money to create the book, then how do they have the money for marketing and advertising? You kinda need marketing and advertising acquir
Free Artwork is not something I doAnd you shouldn't either.Free Artwork is not something I do2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I only direct your attention here because I receive a LOT of requests of for free artwork, whether it be logos, character design and sometimes even graphic novels all intended to be for free.
I'm a working professional making a living with my art. So clearly I won't be doing art for free, when it's my job to do it. BUT, I also support the idea that even artists who work freelance or even just as a hobby shouldn't work for free.
Please check out this video by Stephen Silver who explains this way better than I ever could
BullshitSometimes people try to pull some shit that is so shady it hurts my brain.Bullshit9 months ago in Personal More Like This
I was recently contacted by an online retailer who wanted to "promote" my artwork by putting it on their products that they sell, such as tee-shirts, prints, and who knows what else. People, by no stretch of the imagination is this promotion, this is straight up asking to use my work for free as if they're providing some sort of service to me. This is exactly the sort of thing that I would normally sell my artwork for, which is how I make my income.
To any young artists out there, please don't ever fall for some crap like this. From looking at his website, it looks like no one has fallen for it yet, but I've seen other, similar, predatory business models that have successfully exploited artists. When you make artwork you put in time and labor, and you should never give that away for free, especially not to people who are trying to make money for themselves, but aren't willing to sha
Something about dedication in drawing improvementUPDATED: 2013/11/02 Added 1 personal suggestion at the bottom...Something about dedication in drawing improvement2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Couple of days ago I came across a series of notes & quotes made my various Japanese artists on how to improve drawing. This was not really an article per say but more of cut & paste collection from different source, so the artists had very different background varying from manga-ka, animators & illustrators (including general illustration). While some of them did have specific approach in development, majority of them had 1 thing in common. Which is to weight the practice in quantity, in other word "draw as much as you can".
To me this was rather obvious cause I some what went through this practice earlier in my as I became so called "Artist". (Well that's what people call me and not what I personally feel...) Although the difference is that initially I didn't do it because I wanted to improvement but I just picked up pencil because I like drawing. But in any case their was couple of
Premium Content PublishingSo DA has gone and launched a new feature called Premium Content Publishing.Premium Content Publishing3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Basically it allows you to sell your artwork and products such as brushes, stock photos.. well whatever, via DA using the points system to earn real money ... eventually. Along the way DA takes a 20% cut of the sales price. (Hey - gotta finance that private island somehow!! --> http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=§ion=&global=1&qA+island#/d1wlypl)
So, the way it goes is that you upload your high res art file via sta.sh and then offer it for download. A person who wants to buy it, pays you in DA points for which you can then get converted into paypal money (after 14 days) and eventually you can access via paypal into real money in your bank account.... sounds great huh?!!
Ok, now lets consider the fees and costs of this thing..
First off a 20% cut is VERY VERY high. I've done some looking around and other art sales sites take a 3 - 10% commission... not 20.
Secondly DA also makes more money by making people
Beware the Nightmare of 'How to Draw Anime' Books!http://i1136.photobucket.com/albums/n500/lookandsee1/1327766866990.jpgBeware the Nightmare of 'How to Draw Anime' Books!4 years ago in Personal More Like This
I will rule the world with my new skills! Women will lick honey from my feet. Otakus will beg to have my girls on pillows.
Premium Content Platform?Hmmmm....Premium Content Platform?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
OK, this isn't a rant, but if you're gonna use this thing, be VERY careful. I personally think it's a bad idea, but this isn't my world. Yeah, this kinda system definitely works for music. But for visual arts though? Mehhhhhh....
It reminds me of this "Mr. Krystal" guy who, a while back, asked if he could pay me $20 for the high-res file of . That's how much I sold the prints for at that time! PUHLEEZE. I wanted to reply and say "Sure, for $20,000; and you can do whatever you like with it".
I just wouldn't upload a very high resolution piece of artwork to sell. That's just personally handing someone a paid invitation to come and throw it up on mediafire or piratebay. Or better yet: print it out and going to conventions to sell. That's the problem with digital art compared to original traditional art. You can't really sell it. Making an atte
Kids these Days (Perfect Trolltopia)Kids these Days (Perfect Trolltopia)2 years ago in Personal Journal More Like This
(Tobi's not afraid to look silly sometimes.)
Recently, i was watching the latest Nostalgia Critic video when i glanced at the comments, which i rarely do. I noticed there was some internet troll named "Timmyjinguro" who was repeating, over and over, that Doug's work is in decline, everything he does is simply awful, and he should just give up and fade away. Most people see this as random trolling -- oh, look at the little troll, he's just being rude to piss people off and spark lively debate, he doesn't really mean it. Don't feed the trolls!
And i'm sure that's true in a lot of cases. But ultimately, there's a real mental phenomenon behind internet trolling that honestly troubles me. See, i hear people involved in education say that kids these days, they've grown up in this horrific, media-saturated world of zero tolerance, automatic grade promotion, and strict dress codes, and are so neurotic that they have
Of Copyright + PremadesOf Copyright + Premades4 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Disclaimer: I'm no lawyer, I do not work for deviantArt, I'm merely someone who has been doing photomanips for quite a while and has taken the time to read quite a few articles on the topic. The views expressed hereunder are mine alone. They do not reflect any "official dA opinion" nor are they to be taken as "legal advice". Furthermore, you may live in a country that hasn't signed any of the treaties that govern international copyright law, so you'd have to check with your country's national laws.
I strongly urge you to not only read the journal, but also the comments underneath it as there are a lot more examples of what you can and can't do as well as more links to information being shared by your fellow deviants!
What is Copyright?
I'll paraphrase/quote the wikipedia article on the topic for this:
"Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving the creator of an original work exclus
Publishing ScamsCopied and pasted from my blog since deviantART's been having this problem for a while now. I had meant to post something on this matter back in October since it was when I noticed more and more "publishers" like this popping up on the site, but never got around to it. Of course, with all of these unprofessional publishers coming out of the woodwork again recently, I thought I'd share what I shared on my blog here.Publishing Scams2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
What is a scam publisher?
Essentially, a scam publisher is a press that cheats authors into believing that they are getting traditionally published by their rules and guidelines. However, if you read the fine print, you'll see that "traditionally" publishing you is not at all what's happening. This can range from promising royalties which never come, making you pay a fee to be published, or even stem from lack of professionalism. While the term "scam" usually means forcing you to pay, there are many other
Fuck 911I remember watching the events of September 11 unfold live, and being very upset and disturbed by them. Even as a stupid teenager, I never liked the US foreign policy based on the very little that I knew and understood back then. However, I fully supported US bombing the shit out Afghanistan.Fuck 9113 years ago in Personal More Like This
Today, I saw the following image shared on Facebook by a friend, and it inspired me to write this post.
It's always important to see the big picture, and not miss the forest for the trees. Since 911 roughly, 100,000,000 people have died from hunger, which is a total of 30,000 911's in the last 11 years or over seven 911's per day. You tell me what is worse one: 911 in 11 years, or seven of them EVERY DAY.
But it's so mundane, and boring - right? Who cares about dirty little children dying in dirty little countries you can't even locate on the map. Almost nobody. This is not a rhetorical question, or speculation - it's a statement of fact. You don't really care, and I
A Mother's LetterDear Son,A Mother's Letter4 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
I'm afraid it's just as bad
as was reported -
that your Uncle Sven has been deported
for unspeakable crimes
with the neighbor's cat.
Also, you should know that
your fiance was found undressed
with your sister's boyfriend, Fred -
no one but the family knows.
I hope this letter finds you well.
Oh, I forgot to tell you
that your father has to sell
his gun collection
to make bail
for Uncle Tim,
whose chasing tail
will be the death of him.
And your sister, Alice,
has grown so thin.
We think it's all that heroin
they laced the Girl Scout cookies with
(it's just an urban myth
that they're a leftist group).
Your Auntie Kate has found a hobby -
collecting body parts in jars
(we hope they are not ours -
your brother has been missing
since last Wednesday.)
They had to have your cousin, Gwendolyn, committed.
She'd been appearing so dimwitted
lately at her job
and there was that messy little incident
involving her and the company president
(something about a prostitution ring in Mexico).
On Detailing CharactersOn Detailing Characters5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
"Your need to tell me absolutely everything, as if every tiny detail were just so integral to the plot, was supremely annoying." You can always tell when an author has gone through many drafts, and when an author has gone through just a few. There are many details that work their way into writing that don't necessarily have to be there. Some of these unnecessary details may offer seasoning to the story---mood, tone, or serve to draw attention to something specific; just be careful, as too much seasoning can ruin the flavor of your soup. You don't want it too bland, but you don't want it too salty, either. This is what makes being a writer nicer than being a cook; you can add more detail or edit superfluous detail out without destroying the piece, whereas a soup might be ruined with too much fiddling. By trial and error, you can find a good balance and I encourage you to experiment this way. To play on one of Gandalf's quotes: "A good author is neither too detailed nor too sparse, but p
I don't want to know.we all have hearts that are strofoam cupsI don't want to know.4 years ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
and people keep picking and picking at them until there's just a bunch of pieces on the floor
and who wants to clean up a mess like that?
are we definied by our creativity, or lack of?
am i nothing but a puzzle piece meant to be rearranged and maimed just so i fit?
why must the fragile species of the human race keep turning our own hands against us?
we hurt ourselves so others can't, but who's winning that war, us or our fears?
i am less than you because i'm more than you.
the battles we fight to stay sane only make us crazier
and we can fight our inner demons alone but they'll just invite friends who carry guns
are we so scared of asking for help that we'll chew up our insides just so we don't bleed on the floor?
i'm so tired of hand-me-down beliefs and bricks that melt into ash
but if i didn't borrow your thoughts, how would i start my own?
do we depend on everyone or no one?
asking for help is setting a dove free that doesn't know if it can
The Clockmaker's DaughterShe was murdered.The Clockmaker's Daughter4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The doctors convened around the table around the young woman that they were to examine. There was not a single thing upon the woman's flawless body to suggest that such a thing had happened. She was perfect.
Don't know. She just was.
That's not evidence, Doctor.
I'm aware, Doctor.
They ran their hands along her body and tried to inspect for needle marks. Perhaps it was with the needle that had caused her death. No, there was nothing there to suggest such a death.
They opened her mouth with their plastic hands to see if there was any sign of poison. Her mouth might have been damaged from the chemicals. Yes, perhaps that was it.
The results are negative.
Yes, Doctor, negative.
They looked at the girl's body again. She seemed peaceful and very much alive. She looked like she was just sleeping. She was taking a nap, that was it. But the doctors were smarter than that and studied her further.
The Search of the HummingbirdOnce there lived a hummingbird who loved to gaze at stars.The Search of the Hummingbird4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
She breezed through days, awaiting the rolling summer nights, which unfurled like fresh-paved highways.
"Hello, star," said the hummingbird one evening. "You are the loveliest sight in the world."
"I am not a star," replied the tiny light. "The stars are what you see hanging there above you, far overhead. The stars are not real. They are the past, the once-was, the no-longer. I am a firefly. We are the now."
"I never knew," marveled the hummingbird. "Tell me more."
And so the hummingbird and the firefly conversed until the dawn. The next night the hummingbird returned, and the night after, and after again. They talked of air and earth and all between, of stalks of wheat and distant thunder.
"How do you know so very much?" asked the hummingbird.
"It is not I, but the light within me, that knows," said the firefly. "Light knows. Darkness also knows. It is the spaces in between which do not know."
"I, too, wish to know," said the
I TalkI talk like I'm sadI Talk3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I speak without thinking
Cause without my losses
I wouldn't be the person I'm today
The deeper the knife stabs
The darker my soul gets
It gets darkened by wisdom
My innocence is pushed away
LeechesHere's an average summary of a private message that I receive on a weekly basis:Leeches2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
I just came by your profile and saw your art, and was very impressed. I think you have a very nice art style. Now I'm working on this project. It's called <project>. It's an awesome story about <subject>. I'm currently writing the script for it, but I'm planning to make a visual novel. I can't tell too much about the story, since I don't want it to be copied, but it's going to be really cool. The point is; I need illustrators. I'm an excellent writer, but I can't do illustration at all. And therefore, I wanted to ask for your help. I need about 60 pages illustrated and colored. Would you work together with me on this one? I don't have any money to spend, as I'm not an established writer yet. But when the visual novel gets published, you can get a percentage of my profit.
With kind regards,
Well... let me translate this for you.
This Person X
about photoshop and hard work...damn it!WARINING- EITHER READ THIS COMPLETELY OR DON'T BOTHER, AS THAT IS ONE OF THE CHARACTER TRAITS THIS JOURNAL IS ABOUT!about photoshop and hard work...damn it!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
okay, so after a swarm of questions many of which left me with my jaw on the floor... i realized something...
people are afraid of pushing a button to see what it does
okay, to backtrack first. i am self taught in photoshop, had no books had no tutorials, had a borrowed i think 7... dunno which was before cs2 when i started, i learned it by ....pressing a button and seeing what it does
i explored, i tried stuff out.
i had no teachers no schools no education on this stuff
i saw a button i pressed it.
that is how about 9 years ago when i first decided to try and apply digital coloring to early pages of ravine, i was dabbing paint on a page. i came to the point where i had to paint a waterfall. so , just for fun i tried putting scattering on the foam brush i made, a simple thing. and i was gonna see if smudge could be scattered. it had a weird side effect.
How to suggest a Daily DeviationHello!How to suggest a Daily Deviation2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
According to one of our polls at Traditionalists, there are many people who don't know how to suggest a Daily Deviation - too many, really. In this article you'll learn all about suggesting DDs: it'll be focused on Traditional Art category, but the general rules are the same for all the categories on dA.
So you've just encountered an outstanding work - or had one for ages in your favourites - and you'd like it so much to be seen by everyone on dA. Before you suggest anything, you need to check if its author had a DD within past 6 months, as one deviant can have only 1 DD per 180 days. How? Add "dds" to their profile address, so:
username.deviantart.com would turn into username.deviantart.com/dds
You may also reach that page by clicking "browse" in deviant's gallery (top left, between "feat
The Flower of HopeIt is perhaps one of the quintessential good deeds that one must experience at least once in their lifetime. As the kind of person who believes that 'what goes around, comes around', I'd always counted my experiences and actions with their due weight in karma.The Flower of Hope4 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
So one fine sunny day, quite a few years ago, as I was about to cross a big roaring traffic cursed road,I found myself beside a tiny wisp of an elderly lady. Clad in a simple white saree which stated that she was a widow, she was standing there beside me with a frazzled look on her face.
As I spotted a pause in the rush of the traffic, the old woman along with me put a foot out in the venture of crossing the road, but were rudely scared back to our spot on the divider by a speeding car.
Mind you... it is a sorry state of affairs one gets to see on average Indian roads - the lack of traffic signals and blissfully careless pedestrians.
By this time the traffic sergeant who was on duty suddenly appeared on the scene. O
Insanitybreat(H)ing. in out in.Insanity3 years ago in Visual & Found Poetry More Like This
can't think straight.
no escape, b(L)ack walls do block me!
envelo(P)e (M)y mind.
little by littl(E) my dwindl(I)ng mind
de(C)ays and slowly rots (A)way.
dementia, schizophre(N)ic, men(T)al.
stop! (S)top! do not (C)ome ne(A)r me!
im(P)oster! no fri(E)nd to me!
my (M)edications are not required!
wh(Y) do you do thi(S) to me?!
i am san(E)! not crazy, no drugs, just me!
How to create a successful GroupMy beautiful friendsHow to create a successful Group3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I hope everybody is doing fine and enjoying their summer
Today, I want to talk about Groups. I’m a member of so many groups and I always encourage my friends to join as many groups as they can, a group is always a great place to meet new artists and let everybody know what you do.
But, I’m sure that you guys notice every now and then that there is a group that is not active or it has been around for a long time and it has so few members, or a group that doesn't respond to their members and so many other problems. There are so many groups people create just for the sake of creating a group and they leave them just like that, with no activity at all
How to create a successful group
let's do this
The Favorite.I have grown to love the way your spine arches,The Favorite.3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
like the neck of a swan, a swooping graceful pose,
when I whisper to you softly with my fingertips.
I have hunted down the gorgeous noise that
escapes your lips, stinging the air around you,
when your entire world collapses - right on cue.
I enjoy the bitter taste of your tears staining
your lips as I steal yet another goodbye kiss
and convincing you that this time its really real.
I have bathed myself in a pool of ecstasy
as you lay awake at night barely breathing
and I promise you I will do this to you again
because my sweet, you are my absolute
favorite toy to put back together only
so I get the satisfaction of breaking you