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The other day, I attempted to put together a huge list of some professional and semi-pro women artists over on my tumblr,  because it seems like too often women get overlooked when it comes to being honored and recognized. This year, I was incredibly honored to be nominated for a Hugo award in the Best Professional Artist category, but I was a little shocked to find out there hadn’t been another woman nominated in that category since Rowena Morrill in 1986. That’s more than a little ridiculous, considering there are so many women artists out there who are all amazing, who offer unique points of view and design solutions, and who need more visibility and recognition. While putting this list together, I was really excited to find tons of new artists I'd never heard of before. 

Click here to see over 70+ artists I've assembled so far.  It's very image intensive, so be warned. ;) 

Also feel free to suggest or mention more artists, either here or on the tumblr link. :) 

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Tip of the Day: the Struggle

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 26, 2012, 9:14 AM
Learn to enjoy the struggle. Our most memorable goals we achieve in our lives are always extra special because of the many hardships we had to endure before succeeding. Those memories will be some of your fondest when you're successful. So take sometime to live in the moment and enjoy the struggle before achieving bigger and better things.

Sending positive vibes to you all!

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WE DID IT!!!! 

Thanks to your unwavering support and HIGH DEMAND for new ideas and Action & Adventure themed animationCANNON BUSTERS has reached it’s funding of $120,000 with 4 days left!!!!!!!!!

We’re currently in the process of planning stretch goal announcements but for the night, It’s time to take a celebratory fist pump (And sigh of relief) and we did it because YOU WANTED IT!!!


Stay tuned for more updates!!!! :-D
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Missing The Point
I've been disappointed to see the various responses to SOPA, especially the "DEVIATION CENSORED" images. They so completely miss the point that I can only assume the people posting them have absolutely no comprehension of what SOPA means, why it's a problem, and what they're actually protesting against.

First off, SOPA is not about censorship. Unfortunately, many of the opponents of SOPA decided to cast it as being about censorship in order to mobilize public opinion. Why did they do that? Unfortunately, they did that for two reasons: 1) they knew that without mobilizing mass support, the bill would go through and 2) they knew that the masses they wanted to get support from simply don't care/understand the real problem enough to do anything - because the truth is much to complicated for the typical internet user. I have some sympathy for that view, because I've discovered over and over again that copyright is, in fact, too complicated for the typical internet user to grasp. Or, perhaps it's easy to grasp but they just don't want to because they like downloading "free" music and movies and your art and my art too much to be bothered. See, SOPA is not about censorship, it's about copyright and the people mobilizing public opinion against it knew that if they tried to cast it in its true light there would be too much nuance and not enough anger.

So, those who are posting those "STOP SOPA CENSORSHIP" images - they've been played. The fact that SOPA is bad legislation is also true (I'll get to that) but they've still been played. The fact that arguably it was the 'good guys' who played them doesn't change the fact that they were manipulated into publicly voicing an opinion that they aren't qualified to hold because they don't understand it. If you believe that the public should have a voice in public policy (hint: that's why they call it "public" policy) you need to understand what's going on and not just chant slogans that you hear on FOX News or some popular webcomic.

Some History
Hopefully, you remember or have heard of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1996. There were complaints and protests at the time of DMCA, as well - for too many good reasons to go into - but of course it passed anyway. DMCA was unpopular with the online community because of some much-discussed provisions that made it illegal to reverse engineer the security of copy protect systems or to attempt to bypass (or even to describe how to bypass) copy protection. In spite of widespread criticism - and similar screeching about researchers being "censored" - DMCA passed. Unfortunately, DMCA was worse than most people understood it to be, because they were too busy watching the fireworks over copyright research and very few people noticed the razor blade hidden in the apple.

The razor blade in the apple was the safe harbor provisions in DMCA. Basically, what DMCA's safe harbor provision says is that a site that hosts content gets a pass for copyright violations in all user-uploaded content as long as they have a mechanism whereby the copyright holder of a stolen work can submit a takedown request and have their copyrighted work removed. The official terminology for the safe harbor is the "passive conduit" safe harbor - and it seems reasonable enough at first glance. How can a site like Youtube be expected to proactively determine what was violating copyright and take it down? Every video would have to be reviewed; they'd be out of business!  A site like Deviantart couldn't exist! Exactly! Never mind that Youtube is valued at billions of dollars because of the advertising revenue it makes from showing 99.9% pure stolen stuff. So what happens is that a media company that can afford to hire someone to search youtube for material that belongs to them, then turn that over to a lawyer-bot that submits DMCA takedown notices - well, the media company can get justice. Sort of. Because it's not "justice" if it's not fair. And you can realize it's not fair if you think about a small-time copyright holder - like, say, me. I actually first signed up for Deviantart because some weenie had taken a bunch of my images and posted them (unattributed, of course) so I had to make an account in order to submit a complaint. But I'm just one guy; I don't have employees or a posse of lawyers. Unlike Disney, if I wanted to actually protect my copyright online, I'd need to spend 48 hours a day on redbubble, deviantart, fetlife, facebook, myspace, youtube, blah, flip, boo, whatever - a billion websites that exist to re-host content, a huge amount of which is violating copyright. That's not justice; that's "a system designed for the powerful who can afford lawyers." And, on the flip side of that, it's "a system designed to protect sites that host user-provided content from lawsuits." Youtube can make millions selling banner ads on stolen copyrighted material, but the copyright holder can't come along and ask for their slice of the revenues - can they? For Disney, that's no big deal, but if I got the banner ad revenue from my neko-girl pictures that are all over the interwebs, I'd be able to buy a nice shiny toy Ferrari.*  So DMCA allows you to profit from stolen material if you're big, and prevents you from recovering damages if you're not.

It's win-win-win for the powerful and it's a great big "fuck you" to the individual artists who are left with a nearly useless weapon (DMCA takedowns) to protect themselves. So, while Metallica and the music industry can pat themselves on the back for hammering a few file sharing sites what happens to the small independent artists like Ray Wylie Hubbard or Fred Eaglesmith or every single garage band that's just starting out without a big label behind them? Yeah, the US' lawmakers took care of the big companies and the lawyers and the big website and media companies - their paymasters.

Win! Win! Win!
Big business and big media were happy with DMCA because it let them club a few sites into submission and the lawyers were happy with it because they were able to form consortia that do nothing but litigate copyright claims.  Win! Win! Win! In the software industry, we saw the establishment of the Software Publishers Association, which has nothing to do with software publishers other than that it's a warehouse of lawyers who try to make claims against software pirates and, well, they pocket the settlements. So copyright became a "hunting license" for lawyers who can go to the big firms (and media companies) and say, "We'll tell you what - we'll go out there and sue a few of these bastards and really show them who's boss! It'll stop you losing so much money to piracy and it won't cost you anything because we'll pay ourselves out of the proceeds from the lawsuits!" See how that works? And now you understand why the lawyers are seeking damages of $400,000 against some single mom who uploaded a bunch of albums to bittorrent - because they can. Meanwhile, if that small garage band or amateur photographer wants to protect their copyright? There are lawyers who'll help you out, but their fee for sending a generic "cease and desist" letter start at $1,000 and go up. That's why you have someone like deviant artist Laura Jade spending 3 years and who knows how much lawyer money trying to get a porn company to stop using her portrait as the cover illustration of a DVD. Or Harlan Ellison suing American Online to try to get them to take down copies of his writings that one of their users had published in a forum.

Short form: if you steal an image from Disney, you get crushed. If you steal copyrighted work from an individual, you get away with it. Because the law isn't even-handed; it wasn't designed to be. It was designed so that the big guys would win and the little guys... aaaah, fuck the little guys.

More History
Unfortunately for the big media companies, DMCA did not give them the complete domination of the playing field that they wanted. They probably wish they could sue Youtube for damages or hold a site hostage if it didn't beg for mercy quickly enough. It's not enough that they can get the government to shut down a site like I'm not sure what is "enough" but the next step was SOPA and PIPA.

You need to understand, SOPA and PIPA are not about censorship. They are about further tilting the bias of the internet in favor of large corporations and government privilege. Because, make no mistake about it, the government is perfectly happy to see big companies expanding their power over the internet, since that also (by extension) expands the government's power-by-proxy over the internet. If you were awake when the US Government tried desperately to shut down Wikileaks, you would have noticed that the first weapons in their arsenal that they deployed were by getting banks to interfere with Wikileaks' money supply. The government/corporate connection is strong here, and the reason that the government is able to sweet-talk big corporations into helping it out is because the corporations stand to benefit as well from a "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours" arrangement.  And that's why, if you were wondering how the US Government could seize a site like Megaupload when Megaupload is in Hong Kong.

On the bright side, Disney hasn't built its own army, yet.
On the not-quite-as-bright side, Disney doesn't need to, because it can use the US' Army whenever it needs one.

(gosh I love photoshop!)

The Scandal
The scandal of SOPA isn't really anything to do with the (admittedly shitty) piece of legislation. The scandal of SOPA is that it's been obvious from the beginning that we, the people, have no interest in this legislation, whatsoever. The people who are strongly supporting it in the US Legislature are in the pocket of lobbyists and, right now, the biggest lobbyist in favor of SOPA is the multi-million-dollar-per-year-salaried Chris Dodd of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) - a former senator. A senator who once, apparently, said he'd never become a lobbyist. The scandal, if you will, is that anyone gives that motherfucker the time of day - but, equally obviously, his former comrades who pushed the legislation, did. It's yet another example of the egregious effect of money on the political process.

The secondary fallout from that scandal is that the media has largely let the real scandal blow by, in favor of talking about what a darned shame it is that SOPA is such a bad piece of legislation - as if it suddenly appeared on the docket after having been left there by space aliens.

Lastly, as a taxpayer, I'm disgusted by watching the lawmakers scurry like cockroaches when the kitchen lights are turned on. Last week they were all in favor of SOPA but this week they're all against it. Because SOPA got attention in the news and a lot of people obviously didn't like it. The subtext message here is "if you hadn't noticed, we'd have fucked you." Just like they did with DMCA. Only harder.

So, I don't give a damn about SOPA. I give a damn about a broken political system in which the people's "representatives" are for sale to the highest bidder. It is why, for the record, I do not think democracy is a good political system - especially not a representative democracy. If you think representative democracy works, ask yourself how accurately those people in Washington "represent" you. Then ask yourself if you woke up last year thinking "copyright needs to be strengthened in order to protect Hollywood!"

Here's the last bit of the scandal, in the form of a prediction: SOPA will pass more or less as it's currently constructed, eventually. In a year or so, key provisions will get tied to a budgetary continuing resolution and the president will wring his hands, blame whichever party he's not from for being obstructionist, point to a different piece of porkbarrel spending (but not a big one) and sign the damn thing. And, by then, all the clueless chumps who are currently putting "STOP SOPA CENSORSHIP" deviations up on DA will be finishing Skyrim2 or - oooh, shiny thing!

Now, the Censorship
That covers the scandal and the hypocrisy. Now let's talk about stupid censorship. Specifically, the silliness of complaining about censorship on Deviantart - a site that has its own draconian and absurd regime of self-censorship that is above and beyond what the law requires, and which maintains a system whereby people can anonymously request images be censored as "inappropriate." We all know that Deviantart's rules, which are already arbitrary, are applied in an arbitrary fashion - if you're going to complain about censorship, kids, delete your Deviantart account.

Under US law, at present, there have been attempts to criminalize making erotic material visible to minors. In the US, out in the real world, those legislative attempts have been universally stomped on by the judiciary, including our fairly conservative Supreme Court. I'm pleased that the justices on The Supreme Court can read The Constitution and are still trying to enforce it. The Department of Justice has stumbled repeatedly (basically, smacking itself down) trying to define explicit content adequately. For more information on that, you may want to read this journal entry I wrote back in 2009:…

I have no problem with Deviantart's saying "it's our site; we can make up our own arbitrary rules." I'm even OK with Deviantart saying "and, we enforce our arbitrary rules, in an arbitrary manner." Yep. That's censorship. If you're going to do it - own it. But once you play the censorship game even a little bit, you forfeit your right to complain if someone ever infringes your freedom of expression. Want to see my head explode? If I ever see one of the people who put DA's censorship rules in place - complain about censorship.

Another form of censorship is the constant comments such as "meh. this picture is only on the front page because it's got boobs in it" or "this is porn not art" etc - the message, again, is that certain forms of expression are inappropriate or lesser than others. When you start applying social pressure in an attempt to get someone not to express themselves in a way that you don't like, you're preparing the ground-work for censorship: the next step is to have a little button that you can click that just makes all the bad stuff you don't like go away.

Got it? Every single deviation on Deviantart has already been censored. If that doesn't bother you, you're on the wrong side of history but you're blowing with the prevailing winds.

(* I don't care about that. Like most small artists I decided when I put my stuff on the web that I was letting it go and that the reward I'd get was maybe a few "nice shot!" emails. But that was a decision that I was forced to make - unless you're lawyered up like Disney you're left with the "if you put it on the web, you gotta expect to get ripped off" argument. That would be a reasonable argument if it applied evenly to everyone. But it doesn't. The little guys can have their case heard in the court of "fuck you" and Disney gets to rewrite legislation for Congress.)
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  • Playing: skyrim
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My name is Cameron Michael but all my friends call me "Squicken". It's a mixture of "Squid" (what Mommy calls my Dad) and "Chicken" (what Daddy calls my Mommy). I was born last Tuesday the 18th, and have learned SO MUCH that I asked Dad if I could write about it here in his journal.
Dad gave me permission so here goes… my first attempt at writing. Don't judge me too harshly because I'm only a week old and I've got my hands full trying to learn stuff. For instance, eyes!!! Wow, eyes are tough to control! It's hard to focus them and move them all around. I can't really see all that well yet but I think I recognize Mom and Dad and I CERTAINLY recognize a fine nipple, which makes Dad proud. Of course, I don't have much experience with other nipples but, I have time to fix that.

I spent a few days in ICU (Mom, Dad, and I called it "jail") at the hospital because Mom ran a fever during birth and the docs said they found some indication of infection in the blood samples they took from me. I hated being in jail even though Mom and Dad came to visit me every 3 hours. Fortunately, I got out a half day early because nothing came up on the cultures they took so I was feeling pretty content about that. But then, the very next day the doctor came and got me to do my circumcision. It was actually pretty painless. The nurse was kinda cute and when she leaned over I noticed she had nice boobs, so I was hoping maybe she'd feed me a bit, but she was just a tease. The Doctor was cute too, so I was checking them both out when the nurse grabbed my junk and started swabbing me with antiseptic. WOW….it kinda felt good and for some reason my pee pee got all stiff…that was REALLY weird. I have NO IDEA what that's about but before I could give it much thought, the nurse and doctor closed in on me holding some crazy looking medical instruments that I was NOT really prepared to see. SO…I did the only thing I could…I peed all over both of them! They both jumped back about 47 feet and I saw Daddy laughing over in the corner of the room.

We all went home the next day and it was cool to get my first ride in a car. My car seat is so cool…I look good in it!
Here at home, it's fun to wake Mom and Dad up every few hours. OMG…you should see their faces… all puffy and sleepy and tired. When Dad gets up to go in the studio, his hair is all screwed up and his eyes are all swollen. lol They try to take turns watching, feeding, and changing me, so I try to keep the surprises coming! It's a hoot.
I hear them making all sorts of plans for how they are going to dress me on Halloween and so far, it seems a Charlie Chaplin outfit is the winner. I'm not sure how I feel about that. I was thinking more "punk baby" but whatever.

In other matters… can I tell you how much I hate "onesies"!!! Who the heck came up with THAT idea needs therapy. I was born NAKED, people, why put me in some scratchy (even though YOU think it's soft) outfit that you RUDELY pull over my head. I don't get it. On the other hand, I must say, I LOVE being swaddled. WOW…when Mom wraps me up real tight, it rocks. I feel all safe and snug. Cool way to sleep if you haven't tried it for a while.

Here's something else weird I've found since I've been born…. pooping and peeing! WTF!!! I'm still not sure if it hurts or feels good. Dad says he understands, so, at his age, I guess he does. Wow…how do adults put up with this…shit! I guess I'll get used to it but, wow, how inconvenient!
On the other hand,I gotta say I DO love a good burp. Mom and Dad are pretty proud of my abilities there because I always hear them say,"Wow…good boy!" My older sister stopped by today and I was REALLY impressed with her abilities. She's a hundred times louder and longer than me but oddly, Dad just kinda shakes his head at her. I don't get it. I'd high fiver her if I could.

I had my first "close call" a couple days ago, too!! I was taking a very nice nap in my basinet swing when I looked down and saw a black widow spider! Wow! I'd never seen one of those and they are REALLY scary looking. I'm still trying to figure out how to work these crazy arms and legs and hands and feet things, so I couldn't figure out what to do. I thought maybe I'd roll over on it and kill it, but I can't even figure out how to roll over yet and besides, I wasn't so sure if that might just piss the spider off and he'd bite my ass. SO…the only thing I could think to do was piss on him…so I did. BIG TIME. I soaked the entire diaper, blanket, and everything. I looked down and the spider was staggering around and sort of dragging a few legs! ha ha I fucked him up.
Dad came to check on me and change my diaper and when he saw the black widow he was pretty shocked. The swing was a gift from a friend and I guess it had been in storage for a while, so somehow it got into my swing. Dad rescued me and told Mommy to come check out what was in the swing. Mom's face went very pale!!
I never saw the spider again but from the look on Dad's face, I don't think it went well for the spider. Dad and Squicken team - ONE, Black widow spider team - ZERO!! High five Dad.

Otherwise things are going well. I've been figuring out the difference between farts and poop…yet another oddity of life outside the womb.
Last night about 3:30AM, I took a nice dump because it looked like Mom n Dad were trying to sleep. They wiped the sleep from their eyes and gathered all the tools of the trade to help me out. They were changing me and just as Mom was closing up my diaper, I heard Dad say,"Is that SHIT on his forehead!!??"
Mom didn't have her contacts in, so she leaned WAAAAYYY up in my face and then they both died laughing for at least 10 minutes. Well now hell, I don't know how it got there but I heard them say it looked kinda like a shit bindi, then they fell apart laughing again. When I learn to read, I'm gonna have to look that up to see what a bindi is but, no matter, I didn't find it all that amusing. Whatever, Mom n Dad.

Whew…all this writing has made me hungry, so I think I'll see what Mommy is doing. Maybe I'll write more later. Dad said he's  gonna go have a "Heineken", whatever that is…probably not as good as booby milk.
  • Listening to: the hum of the G5
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Tip of the day: The darkest moments

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 29, 2012, 7:40 AM
The moment to shine the brightest is in darkness. Darkness can bring chaos but with it comes opportunity. Many times throughout my career when I pushed past the point when I'd usually give up, this is when I end up achieving my biggest successes. Fate seems to have a way to test us and only the ones that want it the most shall receive the fruits of their labor.

Sending positive vibes to you all!


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Hello Mickle.. i am very impressed with your work and love how your photos look like. If you find the time i would be so happy if you could take a look at my last few pics .. but mostly my studio work and tell me how to make them better in postproduction (PS). I use 2 lights in the studio, one softbox( for face) and one umbrella (for body) and on my camera a flash (Speedlight YN560) to activate the studio lights, or do you think i am on the right way ... i am using Canon EOS 600D. And again thanks so much for posting your work here !!!

Your best post-production actually begins in pre-production. You should know what a shot can look like in your head and have an understanding of how to get there before committing to taking the shot. Everything you do should be done with intent. It's there in the image because you wanted it there. Techniques were used because you wanted to use them.  A happy accident is just that, an accident,  they are unplanned and rare.

Your next step is a good shoot production. Shoots are about execution not so much trying to figure things out as you go along. I'm amazed at how some Photographer wait until they get in a shoot situation before they really start to critically think about what they are capturing and how they are capturing it. Practice happens in pre-production (as much as you can practice it) and the shoot is the performance of what you've practiced.

If you've done good pre-production and have good captures then you've got what you need to have great images to work on in post-production. If your images look like crap going into post, then you've created more work to do and may not come off as you've intended. Photoshop is not the solution you want to be using to fix images that were poorly planned for and badly captured.

In post, I'm mainly looking to manipulate tonal and color contrast and color grading. If I want highlights, I light for them at the shoot. If I want shadows, I light for them at the shoot. Post work is not the place you want to try to make up for poor craftsmanship.  

The main issue that I'm seeing with your images is the lack of dimension and tonal contrast. You are lighting flat. So your Models are evenly lit but that result in taking a technically great image but lack artistic commitment. It's safe lighting, lighting I would use for a group shot or family formals at a wedding.  It's lighting I would use to ensure that safe capture of something to make sure that I have something.

Here are some questions for you:

1. Have you questioned why are you using an umbrella or a softbox as modifiers? What are they contributing to the shot?

2. Why are you placing the lights where you are placing them? Could they be place or directed differently?

3. Why are you shooting on a seamless? Could a different color  help? Could a location with ambient lighting provide a better solution?

Again, shoot with intent. You know what you want and why you are doing what you are doing.

I could tell you everything that I specifically  do in post-production and it really is useless to you unless you understand why I made the choices that I made for the capture to setup what I do in post. My suggestion to you is to focus more on creating great images that you could use straight out of the camera. That more than anything is going to help you get the images you are looking to enhance in post.
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A Very General Summery of Corvettes up to the C4.   (by Randy)

The 1953-82 is generally pretty easy to decide the year and most people can narrow it down to a few years…

However- There are a few years that can be tough to decide the year. The thing that you have to keep in mind is A LOT of Corvettes are changed from stock by the owner's and a lot of the year markers and emblems are gone or changed to suit the owner.

In Very General Corvette Terms:

The 1953-55 basically look alike. If you see one of these year Corvettes chances are that it will probably be a 1954.  There were 300 1953 Corvettes built and about 220 are currently accounted for. There were 700 1955 Corvettes produced. The 55 was the first year for the V-8 265 and the side emblem has a big “V” in “CheVrolet”. All but seven 1955 Corvettes are V-8 265 cid. (So there is your Corvette quest- find one of the seven 1955 Corvettes with a straight six-cylinder!)  There were 3,640 1954 Corvettes produced.  

It was/is very common for the 1953-55 Corvette taillight housings to crack or even break off. The 1956-60 Corvette taillight housings were recessed.

The single-headlight 1956 & 57 are identical cars, but the 57 was the first year for the 4-speed, fuel injection and the 283.

The quad-headlight 1958- 60 look pretty much the same, but the 58 has a fake louvered "washboard" hood and two chrome spears on the trunk. A lot of 58 owners removed the hood and the chrome spears to make the car look more like a 60 which was a much more desirable year to have back in the day.  The lines in the seats of the 58 & 60 run in the same vertical direction, but the 59 run side-to-side.  The 59 & 60 look pretty much the same and I always look at the seats to decide what year the car is.

The quad-headlight and boat-tail 1961 & 62 look a lot alike but the 61 has chrome all the way around the side coves with three chrome spears in the side coves- and the 62 has just molded side cove outlines in the fiberglass. The 61 has chrome headlight rings and most 62's have painted headlight rings. In short-the 62 has very little chrome on the side coves and painted headlight rings---However---A LOT of 62 owners’ install chrome headlight rings. The 62 is the first year for the 327 in a Corvette.

ALL 1953- 62 Corvettes are convertible cars with a solid rear axle and are called C1. No 1953-55 could be ordered with a hardtop, but aftermarket ones were available. The 1956-60 hardtops would fit each year between 1956-60, but the 61 & 62 hardtop would only fit the 61 & 62 due to the boat-tail body line in the center of the rear of the car.

The 1963-1982 Corvettes have independent rear suspension and have basically the same ladder-type frame. In fact, a 1982 Corvette body would fit a 1963 frame with very little effort. However, installing a 1963 body on a 1982 frame would take some modifications, because of the extra supports and gussets installed on later year Corvette frames.

The 1963- 67 is basically the same car.

The 1963 fastback is the only year to have the "split window". All factory 63's and 64's are small block 327 cars. The 63 Corvette has indents in the hood with fake grills in the indents. The 64 has the indents, but no fake grills. The 63 and 64 has “dished” gauges. The 63 has silver inside of the gauges and the 64 is black. The 65-67 gauges are flat.

The 63 & 64 have two long indents that run horizontal just in front of the doors. A great deal of 63 and 64 owners install a big block hood because there is no hood clearance with the stock hood. The stock air filter is one inch tall. If you wonder why the “Split-Window” only lasted one year---sit in one and attempt to look through the rear-view mirror. (You might as well be looking through the rear-view mirror of a 71 fastback Mustang.)  

(I’m going to keep this very basic and try not to confuse you. The mid-year fastback Corvettes have different style indents in the fastback just behind the side windows, but I’m not going to go there with this writing.)  

The 1965 & 66 are very difficult to tell apart even for me at times especially if the car is a convertible and stock emblems have been removed or changed. I always hunt for the gas door emblem because most owners will leave those alone. You can Google those to see the difference between the two.

The 65 & 66 Corvettes have three vertical indents in the side of the car just in front of the doors.    

The 65 is the first year for big and small block Corvettes along with options like disc brakes, side pipes, etc.

The 65 & 66 Big Block hoods look a lot alike. The 65-67 small block hood is the same as each other and have no indents like the 64. The 67 big block cowl-induction looking hood is the most popular, but only 20 production 1967 L-88 Corvettes had working cowl-induction.

The 1963-66 Corvettes could be ordered with knock-off wheels. Each year wheel and/or center cone was a little different from year-to-year.  The HEAVY lug nut was thread directional with left and right hand threads so the forward direction of the car tightened the center three-eared lug nut. The very early 1963 Corvettes had two-eared lug nuts and if you have a set---happy retirement!    

The 67 is the ONLY mid-year Corvette to have a backup light above the license plate and the 67 has five (nearly) vertical side vents in front of the doors. The 67 is the only mid-year Corvette to have a hand emergency brake between the seats. Knock-off wheels were no longer available for the 67.

All convertible mid-year Corvettes came with a convertible top, but could be ordered with a much desired removable hardtop.  All 1963-67 hardtops will fit each year from 1963-67 providing the car is a convertible. ;D

All 1963-67 Corvettes are "Sting Ray" (two words) Corvettes and are either fastbacks or convertibles. These year cars are “mid-years” and C2.  

The C3’s 1968-1982- All 1968-82 Corvettes could be T-Tops but only 1968-75 Corvettes could be convertibles. The removable C3 hardtops would fit all year’s between1968-75. The 68-82 T-tops are interchangeable.

The 1968 & 69 Corvette looks pretty much the same but the 69 was a “Stingray” (one word) and the 68 is NOT a “Sting Ray” or a “Stingray”.  The 68 has a weird looking “push button” door assembly and the 69 has a door handle assembly that was used on the 69-82 Corvettes.

The 68 & 69’s have four vertical slots in the side of the car just in front of the doors. The 69 has a “Stingray” emblem above the slots and the 68 does not.  Some 68 owners install the emblem-- so look at the doors for better identification.

The 68 also has much smaller popup headlight doors so a set of 1969-82 will not fit the 68’s. At times, you might see a set of 68 headlights installed on a 69-82. It’s easy to tell--they have a HUGE gap all around the headlight doors. The 68’s were the last year for the 327 and the 69’s were the first year for the 350 small blocks. The 69 could be ordered with side pipes and the 68 could not be. The 69 was the last year (to date) that could be ordered with side pipes, but they will easily install on 69-82 Corvettes because the mounting slots remained in the frames of the C3’s.  

The 68 had a simulated wood grain large steering wheel closely related  the ones found on the mid-year Corvettes and the 69 Corvette had a much smaller steering wheel that was black with a silver strip ring on the outside of the steering wheel. The 69-75 Corvettes had the same steering wheel.    

The 68-72 Corvette T-Tops cars had a removable rear window and all 68-72 Corvettes had a windshield wiper door assembly that opened and closed for wiper operation.  The 68-72 Corvette hoods were interchangeable and most quickly went to a LT-1 or a big block hood.

The 1970-72 look pretty much identical. The 1970 (in the front of the car) have clear turn signal lenses and the 72 have amber ones. The 71 can have either. The 70-72 have a “checker board” side grills just in front of the doors.

The 1973 has chrome rear bumpers as found on the 68-72 but a urethane rubber front bumper. The 73 is the only year for this combination. The side molding in front of the doors is just one big indent scoop. That lasted from 1973-82.  The wiper door just behind the hood is gone in 73 and all hoods from 73-82 are interchangeable; however, the 73-75 did have a small cowl induction hood and air cleaner system.  

The 1974 has front and back urethane rubber bumpers. But the 74 has a “split” in the rear bumper. The 74 was the last year for a big block option and the last of the leaded gasoline cars.  

The 1975-77 look a lot alike but the 76 has a GT Vega steering wheel. Many get changed over to the 75 or 77 Corvette wheel. Basically on these years-- you are looking at emblems and steering wheels.
You can Google each year to see the differences.  

The 1976-82 Corvettes have a steel floor pan and can rust out just as any Camaro, Chevelle or Mustang. Keep that in mind if you are considering buying one of these year Corvettes, because ALL Corvette T-tops leak! If an owner says that they don’t- they are full of B.S.

Again- All 1968-75 Corvettes could either be a T-top or a convertible. All 1969-76 Corvettes are “Stingrays”.  All 1976-82 Corvettes are T-top only cars.

The 1978 & 79 look a lot alike, the 78 was the 25th anniversary and has a big gaudy 25th nose emblem-the cars were the first years to have the big back window. A front and rear spoiler could be ordered, but the car did not come with them. The 78 Indy Pace Car is probably the most well known 78, but GM did offer and silver anniversary car too. Surprise-it’s silver!      

The 1980-82 look pretty much the same, but the 82’s have “Cross-Fire Injection” emblems on the side. These years you are pretty much looking at (Google) nose emblems. The 80-82 Corvettes have molded front and rear spoilers molded into the urethane bumpers. The 81 Corvette marks the great changeover in production from the St. Louis Plant to The Bowling Green, Kentucky Pant. The 81 was made in both places at the same time.      

ALL 1982 Corvettes were automatics.

All 1968-82 Corvettes are C3 Corvettes.  

The 1983 Corvette-- There were 42 or 43 used for testing, but the cars were never released to the public so the 1984 was the start of the C4 Corvettes. You can see the ONLY 83 Corvette at the Corvette Museum.

All Corvette bodies from 1953-82 were constructed from polyester fiberglass resin. So one could go to Wal Mart and buy resin, mat and cloth to repair a 53-82. However-the 84 Corvette bodies and up to modern era Corvettes were made from expensive and hard to work with epoxy resins which pretty much took simple body repairs out of the general Corvette owner's hands.

Corvettes made of Steel- The great car show/bar myth... Outside of a few prototypes, NO production Corvettes were ever steel or metal bodied.    

This is a VERY brief Corvette summery and I hope that this helps you better understand the Corvette basics. ;D                                  (by Randy)
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Hey everyone! So, since a few people insisted on me doing another End of the Month Journal, I decided to take your advice and do it! There's one little catch though, I didn't keep track of my faves this month, so instead, I'm gonna do this Feature Journal. Just wanted to shine some light on some artists that I either really like or feel deserve more attention. Helps me get back in the swing of writing things. In February, I'll get on task and keep track of all of my faves and all. So, lets get to this 'End of the Month but not really' Journal...

ChuckWalton :iconchuckwalton: - An artist who specializes in sci-fi and fantasy drawings, Chuck puts an incredible amount of detail into every piece in his gallery. I'm usually not a fan of mechs that come from anywhere OTHER than Mechwarrior/BattleTech, but the ones in his gallery are outstanding.

RIFTS  NG GUNBOT Robot Killer Color render by ChuckWalton Bone Werejaguar PATH TO APEX by ChuckWalton Bone Were jag pride at Palenque by ChuckWalton Black Market Robot Raptor by ChuckWalton

KadathArt :iconkadathart: - One of my favorite artists from FurAffinity, I recently happened upon his DA page. Has a knack for producing some ridiculously sexy anthro work (especially those giraffes :meow:). I highly recommend his FA page as well.

Too Much To Handle by KadathArt Olivia in the Spotlight by KadathArt Wiimote Troubles by KadathArt

artofhahul :iconartofhahul: - Another of my favorite artists who recently started up a new page, Hahul never ceases to amaze me with the overall command of his work. Everything from the poses, coloring, background, etc, it's all pulled off magnificently.

Beach Relaxtion by artofhahul Sunset Jogging by artofhahul Meow Meow by artofhahul

notbland :iconnotbland: - Exotic cars and muscle cars? Check and check. Amazing background settings? Check. Vibrant, beautiful colors that will make your eyes melt? Check. Do yourself a favor and check out this guy's work.

AVENTADOR by notbland Superleggera 7 by notbland They're Here... by notbland Alive by notbland

THE-LM7 :iconthe-lm7: - I'm usually not the biggest fan of anime/manga girls, but holy Christ, JUST LOOK AT THOSE DRAWINGS DOWN THERE. Your argument against them is invalid :|

clioRS by THE-LM7 Am by THE-LM7 gueeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee by THE-LM7

Cinna-Tree :iconcinna-tree: - A buddy of mine, CinnaTree specializes in beefed-up furries. I've watched him progress as an artist, and everything about his game has gotten better (rather quickly I might add).

Gift: The Last Battle by Cinna-Tree Zero The Mutt by Cinna-Tree At Your Service~! by Cinna-Tree Flamie O Werewolf by Cinna-Tree

LordDoomhammer :iconlorddoomhammer: - The artwork that drew me into his gallery were the aircraft pieces. After a while, I began to appreciate the rest of his gallery. I'm not entirely sure how to sum it up, but his work kicks ass and I think it's worth a look.

Honest Silence by LordDoomhammer Air Superiority by LordDoomhammer Last Patrouille by LordDoomhammer Apocalyptic Rescue by LordDoomhammer

racoonwolf :iconracoonwolf: - A furry artist with an impressive gallery of digital paintings, the ones that stick out to me the most are the furry-car-paintings. Awesome things are just so much better when you skillfully combine them with other awesome things. Be sure to check his FA page too.

Remove Before Flight by racoonwolf come on...let's go for a ride by racoonwolf The Direct Route is the Most Fun by racoonwolf late for christmas ? by racoonwolf

FCSimba :iconfcsimba: - Although her gallery on DA is fairly small, the pieces in there feature male characters in interesting poses and good backgrounds. The work with 'cell shading' in her art is good to see too, at least I'm not the only one now XD. Find her on FurAffinity for a bigger selection of her work.

Character Auction -- Arlo! by FCSimba Quickie drawing of FC in a hoodie! by FCSimba Allison Shepherd - Finished Pre-shreddin' picture. by FCSimba Orioles Baseball feline-thing :3 by FCSimba

F1-history :iconf1-history: - The images in his gallery are from various places online. I find this gallery a fascinating trip through time, and the quality of the images are top-notch, especially considering how old some of them are.

Jim Clark (Great Britain 1967) by F1-history Damon Hill (Italy 1993) by F1-history James Hunt (Argentine 1977) by F1-history 1995 Hungarian Grand Prix by F1-history

KalahariFox :iconkalaharifox: - An artist who has gained my admiration for his outstanding work with colored pencils and markers, both of which are fields that require exceptional skill and discipline. The girls with guns brought me to his gallery, his continued excellence kept me sticking around.

Stars and Stripes by KalahariFox Field Work by KalahariFox Thunder by KalahariFox Spartan 0-6 by KalahariFox

sandara :iconsandara: - An artist whose forte is fantasy creatures, the thing that makes her digital paintings stand out (in my opinion) is the masterful manipulation of the lighting in her pieces. Every piece of hers has some sort of ambiance to it that makes you feel like you're THERE.

Aftermath by sandara Boastful Bagheera by sandara hybrid rainbow by sandara

SharkHarrington :iconsharkharrington: - Another artist buddy of mine, cars and women are his area of expertise. Hell of a nice guy as well as a skilled photographer. I've always liked his photographs of racecars; his latest pictures feature some amazing angles.

911 Turbo Cabriolet at Thunderhill by SharkHarrington Road Trip by SharkHarrington The Beer is Near by SharkHarrington Lola by SharkHarrington

koutanagamori :iconkoutanagamori: - An artist with a small gallery, the few pieces he has emit an aura of badass-ness. Seriously, if you're not blown away by at least some of his gallery, go get your head checked. I think he's more active on the site pixiv...

Keyna's war by koutanagamori Mercenary of Leopard by koutanagamori Werewolf's soldier by koutanagamori

2078 :icon2078: - There's nothing that makes her artwork stand out from the crowd in my mind, it's just plain and simply good, and there's nothing wrong with that. Look back at the earliest page of her gallery and see how hard she busted her ass to become a better artist.

Twix by 2078 walk by 2078 RED WOLF by 2078

flaviobolla :iconflaviobolla: - I've fallen in love with digital painting over the recent months, and flaviobolla is one of my favorites. The amount of detail thrown into his work is mind-blowing, and the end result is a treat for your eyes.

Fortress Town by flaviobolla Naumachia by flaviobolla Frozen Hometown by flaviobolla

Korrok :iconkorrok: - Another traditional expert, Korrok's works are often times too cute to pass up. The facial expressions, sexy poses, and skillful coloring make her work shine. My only wish is that she would put her sig on some of her older works, so I could've found her EARLIER!! :XD:

Ortaon by Korrok Krystal by Korrok Underbust by Korrok Sexy Santa by Korrok

Rizov :iconrizov: - A painter of the digital AND traditional mediums, the works that I like the most from his gallery are the race-car paintings, which come fully equipped with all of the little details. The scenic paintings are executed superbly as well. I look forward to seeing more from him :aww:.

Porsche 911 GT2 1995 Le Mans 2013 by KSR by Rizov 1998 Porsche LM26 car headlights by Rizov Bulgaria Rhodopes Smolyan Lakes 2013 by KSR  by Rizov Porsche 937 winner 1977 24hLM step by step by Rizov

That's all I got for you all, hope you liked what those artists had to offer :aww:.

~Matt the Wolf

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