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Today when checking my notifications on deviantart I found the following comment: (I think this kind of outrageous comments)

How to get allot of attention in Deviant Art:

1#-Be bi-sexual
2#-have a sexy body
3#-take pictures of yourself nude
4#-take picture 2 girls kissing each other
5#- act cute in the comment section
6#-Have allot of tattoos

this is my answer:

Learn to see things from another perspective:

1#- I'm not bisexual
2#-the body is art
3#-I take nude photos for where you see vulgarity I see art
4#-two girls kissing is the sexiest out there. hey what's wrong with that? There are sexual tendencies and they respect them.
5#I'm friendly with everyone because I am an educated woman
6#-I do not care what you think about my tattoos, I do it to capture memories in my skin that you like best

My work art is about free speech and my images are not all naked, I am part of a community of girls and I promote the photos, we are models with different stereotypes of beauty, sorry if you do not like just do not look, Shippingfree bad time for you and for me.Nobody is saying that support it but if it respects I also respect your work. 

Finally I want to say that I've seen your gallery does something great you should keep doing, you have a good day.




ok, post when I find that has blocked the comment so I can not tell you that, that most cowardly way to criticize a person,I know I just lock me and not you I hope you can help me and see that this.


(excuse my English I do not speak very well)



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Architecture of the Soul

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 26, 2013, 4:51 AM
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3 IN 3 - THE FEATURE

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 20, 2013, 5:23 AM
A Global Speed Art Affair by EintoeRn
Three pictures in three minutes !
It has become a huge feature BURSTING with fine art !
Thank you all for making it possible !
I am overwhelmed by this outcome :heart:
Scroll to the end, PLEASE ;-)

More Time Left (Three in Three) by Trippy4U

Red is growing by solsdottir

3 in 3 by EvaPolly

Stop. Say YES to peace by CFJrosa

3in3 by i-see-faces

summer's mood by scheinbar

bridges are for crossing by BlauBeerKuchen - 3INthreePAIRS by mando-damon

3in3 by ltiana355
3in3 by ltiana355
3in3 by ltiana355

 Do Not Disturb My Psychedelic Dreams by HMissXX

Three Felines In Three Minutes by MARX77

Une vieille amie... by Douce-Amertume

Three In Three... by altergromit Three white objects by SashaZombie FLEURS - FLOWERS by JFBAYLE

Bookshelf by RichardLeach

flowers of the field by mj-magic

one two three by Izaaaaa



Triptych Blue Warehouse by AbstractMatter

THREE IN THREE - Art Game Proposal by arslanalp

triple blues by m-lucia 

Three minutes, a life by martaraff

italian street light (Three in Three) by Batsceba

Three states of mind by solsdottir

Labor Day by Art2mys

In your dream you meet yourself by AiniTolonen

Introduction Whisky to Ziro by DarkBorder

Station Meiser by KizukiTamura

Station Meiser 14072013 15h25 by KizukiTamura

ripples never come back by VisitingFahrrad

By the River by Markus43

THREEin3Shoes by mando-damon threeIN3 by mando-damon

Three in Three by feigenfrucht  3inThree - In the Garden by LydiaRhianne

Plugged In by hummbuzz The Winner. Triptych by jennystokes 

Three in Three by 1pen

Jeff Gordon ~ Triptych by SharkHarrington

FloweryInterior by TheGalleryOfEve

Altar of Nibiru by thergothon

Dishwash triptych by lomatic

Skill and Patience by NanisKa

Triple Calories by Technikos43

Shattered hope by freMDartet



THE THREE IN THREE SHOWROOM by insolitus85

13. Juli 2013 by Filterkaffee

Rijksmuseum (three in three) by peevee01

Three epoques by VasiDgallery The eternal diving by ChristineKalliri

Three In Three by EintoeRn                           She Dreamt She Was Alone In An Empty Field by DpressedSoul


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With the start of a brand new year, lots of resolutions are set, promises made and aspirations begun to be aspired to. What are your Photographic hopes and dreams this year? Have you just finished the 365 photography challenge? Or the 52 week Photography challenge? Are you ready to take a break? Or are you just embarking on something like that and are fresh and excited for what it might bring? With that in mind, take a look at a very interesting article from Eitvys200 it explores the Photography Gallery Records. And why not consider heading over to deviant365 to begin your 52 week journey of challenges and inspirations?




General Photography


Community Volunteers Kaz-D | 3wyl |


Our December Troubleshooting article focused on How to capture Christmas Lights but can pretty much be put into use all year round. Check out if you're looking for some inspiration, tips and if you've still got the decorations up and want to get some great captures! Another troubleshooting article last month explored How to Group People! There's another issue of All Snapped Up out from 3wyl!



Community Relations News



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News + Events from Chats


Check out the Chat Events Calendar for all the upcoming events and find out there how you can get involved in running your own event here on deviantART! Athos-of-Light has put together another issue of dAmnit - a feature which aims to focus on a particular deviant on the chat networks and some of their legendary quotes across the months. Check out the latest issue here!

Coming up, on the 12th of January, is an epic game of #PhotoHunt hosted by the wonderful AshleyxBrooke Check out This article for all the information you need!



Spotlight Deviant


Tuker117 is our spotlight deviant this week - the first of 2013! Here for three years, he has a gallery that spans several genres with emotive and inspiring works. Check his gallery out for yourself!
Fairy tale by Tuker117
Agony by Tuker117





Contests + Challenges



:bulletblue: Black and White Contest Ends February 21st!
:bulletblue: Abstract & Surreal Monthly Contest
:bulletblue: Still Life Monthly Contest
:bulletblue: People & Portraits Monthly Challenge
:bulletblue: Still Life Recipe Challenge




Project Educate


We've rounded up all of the articles submitted across previous projecteducate weeks and they are all available in our gallery over at the group for you to browse when you need info, features or tutorials! Additionally the 2012 Roundup Article is a really useful tool with a list of all the galleries and links for ease! Community Weeks are continuing with a useful article there to help you find out how you can get involved. There will be a community week each month this year so be sure to stop by and see what's going on! Finally the Calendar for 2013 is up to date and ready to show you what's going on this year!




Art History


Photography month is well and truly underway, but if you want to contribute and haven't signed up yet, there's still time! Just note the group. It has launched with an article letting you know what's going on who is who within the Photography CV team, check that out here. Additionally a brief History of Photography has also been shared and an article exploring the first of a series of Famous Photographs is out! Stop by the group for lots more going on this month.




Abstract + Surreal Photography


Community Volunteer arctoa


There are many areas of art here on deviantART that spark controversy and unrest between members of the community. For the majority, it is the fact that they cannot understand what makes a piece special or what a certain genre means, that causes them to get antsy. Remember that not everything is to your taste. There are lots of ways in which you can explore and learn about the galleries here on dA - consider stopping by ArtHistoryProject and checking out the historical facts about Photography this month. The Monthly Feature is out from WhoNeedsColour and shares many monochromatic works set to inspire! Within the Abstract + Surreal Community arctoa has been hard at work with various features and goings on. There's a Preview Feature of a truly fantastic artist, a Pinboard of current events and Last months daily deviation report. Don't forget to send your Abstract and Surreal Daily Deviation suggestions his way! There are some truly inspiring abstract works being featured from the gallery at the moment.

Chicago Print by Duffy01





Architecture Photography


Community Volunteer AnaNaszynska


Architecture has featured widely in the news the past few days with a fantastic headline, If you build it, they will come (and copy it). In China, the race is on between two identical buildings to see who will finish first. Dame Zaha began her plans in August 2011, but someone else has come along, swooped in and is replicating her work in South-West China! The article is a great example of how we live in a world that's ever changing, and ever developing. And proof that even off of the canvas/camera or page in a book, works can be copied. Check out AnaNaszynska's DD roundup for December 2012.

Saint-Exupery IV by Evilien





Animals, Plants and Nature


Community Volunteer IsacGoulart


Yesterday on facebook, I spied a post from a wonderful Photographer who I found on deviantART some time ago sharing the fact that his work had been selected by National Geographic. You may have seen it on the most popular page the past few days. Huge congratulations to Zoran Milutinovic aka ZoranPhoto for his wonderful achievement with this shot!

Catch me if you can by ZoranPhoto

Also within the APN community this month, IsacGoulart has shared the Top 21 DDs of 2012 in two parts. You can check out Part One + Part Two respectively!



Artistic Nude + Fetish Photography


Community Volunteer Nyx-Valentine


This week in Photography History, Alfred Stieglitz was born. (Back in 1864!) He was a legendary Photographer, but not only known for his talents behind the camera - he also helped solidify photography into an accepted art form, in particular - artistic nude. And where did he begin with his nude photography? None other than Georgia O'Keeffe. There's some trivia for a pub quiz! So some of the beginnings of Art Nude Photography came from quite a unique relationship between two creative people. It's quite inspiring when you think about it. In keeping with the diverse theme, Nyx-Valentine has Celebrated Diversity again!




Darkroom Photography


Community Volunteer RockstarVanity


An interesting article this week looks at the transformation from using traditional old style cameras and techniques, into having simply an ipad as a means of a 'darkroom.' You can read the full article here. It brings to the fore, the debate of what is truly the best way and whether actually - we could perhaps live in harmony with both forms of developing our Art - and embrace modern technology..? RockstarVanity has also been Celebrating Diversity recently and has additionally rounded up the Darkroom DDs for last month.



Fashion Photography


Community Volunteer Pixel-Spotlight


A swimming pool may indeed sound like a strange place to have a fashion shoot - although if you've seen SachaKalis's work here on deviantART it might not surprise you...but Catherine Laura, a fashion photographer, earned herself a Clothes Show Live award for her innovative ideas. A scuba diver and photographer combined, it perhaps was natural that she put the two together for her art. The results though, are truly beautiful. Check them out for yourself here.



Horror, Macabre + Cosplay Photography


Community Volunteer pullingcandy


RAW Photographer of the year winner, Eric Honeycutt, is an artist that's well worth checking out. His work is dark, macabre and has that 'out of this world' element that so many struggle to capture. Check it out if you're looking for an inspirational macabre fix - right here. Don't forget to keep sending your Horror, Macabre and Cosplay suggestions to pullingcandy!



Photo-Journalism Photography


Community Volunteer xbastex


Keep an eye on ArtHistoryProject this month as it's Photography month, and within that we'll be exploring some famous - journalistic - shots from the years. Already, an article has gone up looking into the Afghan Girl. xbastex has rounded up the December Daily Deviations for Photo-journalism and posted them here.

Bury the Dead 1 by cabin-pressure




Pin-Up + Glamour Photography


Community Volunteer DistortedSmile


This article from Huntington News sums up Vintage glamour photography perfectly and gives a wonderful oversight into where it all came from. If you're intrigued at all, especially by war time influence, then it's definitely an article for you.
DistortedSmile has rounded up the December Pinup + Glamour Daily Deviations which you can view right here.

Ritzy Riot in the cotton by Uvudu-Imaging




People + Portraits Photography


Community Volunteers Kaz-D + 3wyl


We've begun our monthly challenges over at PeopleAndPortraits - check out the latest one here. We also had a Portraits Exposed Christmas Special and next week will be starting up regular Portraits Exposed blogs again, so if you want to be included, note me!

A smile by PROfotoEU




Still Life Photography


Community Volunteers 3wyl + Kaz-D



Fix that Miscat! is a brand new series of articles that helps determine the difference between sometimes tricky galleries. The first in the series looked at the Culinary Arts section of Artisan Crafts in comparison to the Food Photography section of Still Life Photography. Check it out if you're confused - it might help! In honour of Christmas, Nom Nom was Christmas Themed last week! Check it out for some delicious Christmas focused food! Now that Christmas is well and truly over, you should have more time, so why not think about taking on the Food Photography challenge this month? It's the perfect recipe of Wintery Spice Cake and you've got until 31st of January to make it! On the subject of food, check out maytel's monthly food challenge!




Urban + Rural Photography


Community Volunteers 3wyl + Kaz-D


There's a brand new feature out dedicated completely to Urban Exploration! I thought it was time that the rather underappreciated and misunderstood genre had a bit more attention and love. So Urbex was born! If you'd like to see your work in there, or know somebody that should be featured please drop me a note!

The Break Room by BlackHatGraphics





Photography Resources


Lens Hero is a real life saver when it comes to figuring out what lens you need for your camera. Have a look at it, put your camera make and model in and what you're looking to achieve and a budget - and it will suggest something for you! It's fantastic. (And quite expensive when you add the lens costs up!)




Photography Books


I got a fantastic book for Christmas, so I'm actually able to say with complete conviction, this is a great book! It's for those who like a mix of Photography and a little bit of Psychology added in. In fact, it's the perfect book for me! Check out The Photographer's Eye by Michael Freeman, you won't be disappointed!




Weekly Features to keep an eye on!


There's so much going on around the community especially for Volunteers that sometimes the awesome news can be missed out. I hope to share any weekly or monthly features that are ongoing here so that you can browse them at your leisure. If you know of something that needs to be listed let me know!

:bulletblack: Daily Deviation suggestion drive from LiliWrites
:bulletblue: dA Love for Everyone from lintu47
:bulletblue: Wonderful Wednesday from JamminJo
:bulletblue: Project Porkchop from Astralseed
:bulletblue: Under 1,000 Views from L0NE-W0lf
:bulletblue: Best of December from dragonfly-oli




The Community Volunteer Team - Photography



General Photography: Kaz-D | 3wyl

Architecture: AnaNaszynska

Abstract and Surreal: arctoa

Animals, Plants and Nature: IsacGoulart

Darkroom: RockstarVanity

Artistic Nude and Fetish: Nyx-Valentine

Fashion: Pixel-Spotlight

Horror & Macabre & Cosplay: pullingcandy

Pinup and Glamour: DistortedSmile

Photo-journalism: xbastex




Groups to check out


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Finally, after months of conception, the first ever book featuring my doodles and illustrations is finally out!

The ultimate doodle coloring book. If you love the challenge of coloring black and white drawings or just admire and be inspired by the detailed art, this book is for you!

Now available for purchase on Amazon worldwide: goo.gl/2wAL3h

Here's a quick tour inside the book:www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YdMHX…

More info and images here: www.behance.net/gallery/Doodle…


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Fairy Lights by Amy-Lou-Photography

I recently read an article on Reddit that explored the best way to photography Christmas lights and it raised some interesting points. Rather than re-hash what has already been said, I've delved into a few tutorials around the web to give an overview of some hints and tips - and will link them all at the end of this article so that you can investigate for yourself.

Fairy Lights by SirBiggithBrian

When you take a Photograph, the camera will often over-compensate with the colours that it's trying to capture and objects that look fairly white to the naked eye don't appear so in the photo that you've taken. White Balance aims to override that. But just setting your camera to Auto White Balance and hoping for the best is not good enough...



Untitled by Kaz-DUntitled by Kaz-D

The above shots show the same location taken firstly with auto white balance - and then secondly with the white balance set to shade. Setting Shade means that the oranges and different hues that you see with your naked eye are instantly highlighted in the image. So those amazing nature shots you see of fantastic Autumn forests...a lot of the time that's how the photographers do it.

It's the same when dealing with Christmas lights. You definitely need a tripod for starters, unless you've got a sturdy purchase somewhere, a tripod or indeed monopod is very useful and stabilises your shots. A useful article on which tripods, what's available and when to use can be found  here.

All D-SLR's allow you to fiddle with white balance and the more recent models will have specific modes that you can choose from. Tungsten is a useful mode for old Christmas lights but if you're shooting more modern LED Christmas Lights it will need to be set a bit bluer.

The biggest tip, one that I put into practice at the weekend, is not to wait until it's dark to start shooting. This time of year provides ample opportunity across the world for those who celebrate the season to head outside with the cameras and get those cosy christmas shots. But it's vital that you don't allow it to get too dark before you start preparing and testing. The best time to start shooting is in-between light and dark, that moment when the sun has gone and the sky is a deep blue but it's not completely black.


Christmas lights in the city by twopointeight


Shooting indoors allows for a bit more scope not only with preparation, but with lighting. The shot below I took last Christmas - and I turned off the main light in the room that I was stood in, and just allowed a smaller light above the cooking hob to give me what I needed.

So This is Christmas by Kaz-D

As you can see, you don't need much to make a room cosy and the Christmas lights stand out. In the shot below the Photographer has worked almost completely with a room lit by the Christmas Tree - and it works well!

Christmas Tree 2010 by BttrflyKisses


Whether to use flash or not needs to be thought of as being an 'individual decision.' There's no common rule, but when photographing Christmas lights it's best to try and avoid flash if you can. You know you can do it!

Bokeh is a fantastic effect, especially at this time of year and there are many opportunities to obtain it. When I've captured Bokeh, it has mostly been by accident but there are a few tips you can use to try and create it. Bokeh is determined by the focal length of your camera, the distance that you are away from your subject and the aperture that you are using. Again it's captured best with a tripod or use of a sturdy surface. Putting more fairy lights together (or whatever your light source is) means that the Bokeh effect is increased and a longer lens means that the Bokeh is larger, and whilst still pretty, can be less effective. Getting in to your subject as much as possible helps create the effects you see here.


..Christmas.. by fruitpunch1
i love cookies by Megson



This weeks Photography Troubleshooting article focuses on how to get the best out of Christmas in terms of Photography, and getting those awesome bokeh Christmas light shots! Please :+fav: if you enjoyed the article.
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Monochrome Pleasures

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 24, 2012, 7:00 AM

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Monochrome Pleasures

A Fine Art Photgraphy feature

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summertime sadness by nanuchen

  Fashion portrait I by june-juneFashion portrait IV by june-juneFashion portrait II by june-june


MoniQue by alexsanndraSo Sexy by Monkapotanutbefore Argoth by axegor

I know how is it by xlady-in-blackx

<da:thumb id="290098916"/>Blanka by lococsoOn the edge by NikoWD

Summer breeze by kamilanm

  symphony 1 by deotymkaI.M. 6 by Neuromancer1987<da:thumb id="288718116"/>

Genesis by SERGEIBERZ

after argoth by axegor somewhere. someway ... by deotymkabefore Argoth by axegor

J by CHEVY79

<da:thumb id="286583500"/>26. by Wawrzykowski... by bagnino

storm op komst. by lostincolouredrain

pastele modne by empreinte*** by Re3oid<da:thumb id="288125882"/>

elf! by ArisaxD

House of Sharks 8 by BorjaPascual<da:thumb id="288741363"/>one more self by tapesong

pepe by kindzade

Anna III by fueelgatoBarro by pedrovictorafEmma VIII by 13shaledn1<da:thumb id="258547779"/>

fleur-de-lis. by ankooru

never grow up by AskaDora t**** s*** f*** by eyespeakerbasement1 by tsarasImpossible by 13shaledn1

for vogue,i would like by Yume-kawai

<da:thumb id="288799161"/>innocence by IsatyrSKRAFFKY 07 by iikkss

Girls rulles by Killerkiss21

metalic by IBagusCats by filth666lost way by LichtReizeArt block. by dzika-koala

Water for girls V by letsgetsunny

   <da:thumb id="284549561"/>Alina by Innadrildeep three by Lindgrena

15 months by Lindgrena

ir2 by oDedaLoJesu by mislavskyVera by m-petrov

Cotton cub 38 by zedka

dots dots dots by letsgetsunnycorset tattoo BW by psychodelic-candyAnia / studio / 2. by DamianKarkoszkaPrivate room by west-kis

Nova by AshtrayheartRomina

<da:thumb id="289628600"/>A dream obscene by AshtrayheartRominaLips by OlgaAthensPaper Feelings by CobraRappaGrl



  SKRAFFKY 09 by iikkssLater by MichaelMagin Fishnetlike tights pt.2 by Peach09

meet me on the roof by thebakesale

ordinary evening I by mayawhiteanother way by delskoooRuinous: Revealed - The After by ArtlessHmmmm

disbalanced balance by shpits

Air by bimbomdominant woman by Rickmccallen<da:thumb id="288980884"/>Tara BW 2 by JonMann



  <da:thumb id="273123540"/>  <da:thumb id="281920648"/> High Heels by aseptyczny

sasha IV by mayawhite

  boy by wootriLesia_3 by Innadril <da:thumb id="274692352"/>

Feeling the beach II by intst

Mon amour by DashaMarikayba by svetamartiRoofballet by martin2400xp

Sara BW by sofiavienna

Girls by martin2400xpA. by patrykcyk<da:thumb id="279921755"/>BW by petthr



Devote yourself to nothing by SteppenwolfArtbeauty shot by Kali-the-Ridiculousbw by SchizonkaDjana by blonde-muffin

so quiet here by raudonivakarai

    It's Too Late by PhilosophyFetish Nastia W.. by west-kis <da:thumb id="283229507"/>   Market Discipline by PhilosophyFetish

in her minde by Yume-kawai

  Ballet IV. by Lissuintemporary insanity by asia-chRise by kayjensen

QQ by alinashamalova

Petit Ballerina by SwiftySwift901Titania Infrared by AmoakkDon't look at the Road's End by V-a-r-d-a

I just like it like That by V-a-r-d-a

<da:thumb id="266964561"/><da:thumb id="290075798"/><da:thumb id="274587174"/>Dancer Against Concrete VII by HowNowVihao    



stoned by einfachso pelikan by elektricna-ovcaNight out by AaronJJenkinsPhoto by KirrStroganov   

Mobe 6 by Lexandra13

Photo by KirrStroganovPhoto by KirrStroganovnew born by Johada  



<da:thumb id="285744346"/>15.03.12 (2) by MaksimSarusMary10 by roni-chidreamer by Boas73



  Ivanka3 by JelinkovaLenka Forest by JelinkovaLenka<da:thumb id="291415377"/>   

Sensitive by InFlaamess

. by CaradelNeilNaughty kitty 1 by BubbleGumThug<da:thumb id="285088239"/>Proud to be yours by SickOfLife88


. by CaradelNeilsoft love by heart0eater<da:thumb id="289476714"/>

Con todo lo que fuimos by DaniBalboa

Mallory by JeremyBrothertonAlicia by JeremyBrothertonHouse of Sharks 3 by BorjaPascual

bw 10 -kkk21 by metindemiralay

<da:thumb id="291549628"/>hair by Wizzu-sanI'm an angel undercover II by LillianDeLaCruzfluff on feet by reebells

Hair mask by HjordisBjorg

I don't need to talk Based on We need to talk by diana-nekho<da:thumb id="179928927"/><da:thumb id="285473163"/>A Time At MyPlace by Trailer-Darling

linda by slimpiesaa

self by kindzade<da:thumb id="189882569"/>Nadya 1 by LemonshortcakeLike ? by CocoMagnolia

Frosty patterns by Leo-SA

yume by RozinaBad girl by escondidaeyeThem by RozinaAngie by whiskywithcola

  
take me by mattvei

Tiny Dancer by michaelangelo82<da:thumb id="291480241"/><da:thumb id="291208553"/>wind in your hair... II by JoaGna

Cruel by exoticbug

<da:thumb id="284106433"/><da:thumb id="287674353"/><da:thumb id="291202958"/>The Other Side by ShaykaB





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  • Reading: Doodle articles
*Disclaimer* not my own written work just a collection of notes from many sources.* Last Edit: 8/23/2014

Many of us doodle and you may not realize it but doodles will actually tell you a lot about your personality and mood. The size, position as well as what the object(s) of focus of will lead you to some key clues. There are many different shapes, designs and colors of doodles, just as there are different dream scenarios, but there are some that are quite common and, as such, more easily interpreted. 

Size and Placement


Large doodles that take most of your page, you are likely to be attracted to nature. Moreover, you might also have a reserved personality, but would want to socialize.
Small doodles on a  corner of the paper suggest that the person is neat and organized in his/her ways. Because the drawing is placed on a side of the page, it shows that a person does not like wastage and prefers everything in its proper place. Those that use the center of the page may be extrovert and in need of attention. This is a common trait in those who work in areas where they need to get used to public speaking (barristers, public relations executives, lecturers, etc). Using the center of the page may also indicate the need for personal space.
Doodles at the top of the page show confidence, and an abundance of ideas. If the doodle is right next to the title, or heading on a page it can indicate that the scribbler thinks they have something more important to say than what is on the paper.
The left hand side of the page is the most common place to find doodles. These can indicate feelings of nostalgia for the past.
Using the right hand side of the page is not as common and may be seen more often in left-handers. It can indicate an urge to express oneself, or communicate hidden thoughts.


Objects and Things


So what do you doodle?
Doodling and sex?
Dr Burns observes that "a preoccupation with sexuality usually shows up in figures whose genital areas are emphasized
and heavily shaded or in the repeated use of classic sexual symbols such as snakes, candles, or darts striking a target".  

Animals
Animal doodlers are usually sensitive to living creatures. What sort of animal they doodle speaks volumes as to the mood of the doodler and, often, the type of person they'd like to be. Doodles of weak, passive or small animals indicate slowness, a lack of self-confidence, and more introverted tendencies. Doodles of aggressive animals represent feelings of assertiveness. Doodles of fun-loving animals indicate a playful doodler, of slow animals a more plodding, contemplative personality, etc.
  • Elephants -The elephant is powerful and dominant and can show inner strength that can overcome any obstacle. Those who draw elephants in any form are likely to be cheerful, a bit mischievous and fun to be around.

Arrows
Arrows indicate feelings of ambitiousness, drive, and motivation. These people are aggressively ambitious.

Chains
Chains can indicate feelings of restriction, particularly in a relationship or in a job. Restrictions can also refer to a person's attitudes and beliefs that don't allow them to do as they wish. Drawing a person in chains can show a feeling of being very stressed.

Circles
Circles represent a need to find unity and peace. They can indicate someone who is struggling to draw everything together and make sense of it. It can also indicate a strong intuitive sense that things are coming together to form a whole, whether that refers to relationships, or life in general. Since they're made with round movements, circles indicate a more passive feeling than angles. They're associated with feeling sociable, talkative and friendly, with a desire to be flexible and loving.

Clouds
Fluffy clouds may indicate a happy person who is apt to daydream a bit, but has a strong sense of freedom around them. Angry, stormy clouds can indicate depression, or difficulty in coping.

Cubes
They indicate a desire to be constructive. If they're three-dimensional, they indicate the ability or an attempt to see all sides of an issue. Drawing cubes is also a common sign of feeling trapped and powerless to resolve a situation. Combined with round shapes and spirals cubes often signify that the doodler really would rather be somewhere else at that particular moment doing something at lot more interesting.
*Fun fact* SOMA cube was created by student Piet Hian from Denmark when he was doodling in one of his lectures?  Boxes and cubes are universally the most common doodles.

As for doodles that present masculinity, they consist of boxes, squares and other three- dimensional objects. Moreover, if you draw boxes, you are likely to have a practical, organized and methodical approach towards different things.

Dots
Dots exhibit anxiety and instability.

Ears
Indicates the feeling of having to listen too much to someone.

Eggs
Eggs symbolize a new beginning. A new talent that you were not aware of may be emerging. Eggs can also show a need and a desire to settle down and build your own stable, safe nest.

Eyes
Eyes often show the inner self of the person doodling them. Big eyes have outgoing personalities and small ones are reserved. Closed eyes may indicate a refusal to look inside oneself and sad, or happy laughing eyes can reflect how the person feels deep inside. They may be drawn by people who want to be attractive. Many drawn at once suggest that the person feels to be watched by someone. According to Robert Burns, people who doodle eyes are vigilant and in severe cases they may be paranoid and are observant.

Faces
The expression on a doodled face is often a good indication of the mood or character of the person who has drawn it. A nicely drawn, good-looking face suggests you see the good in others. If you sketch weird or ugly faces, you are probably mistrustful. Comic faces demonstrate a desire to be the center of attention. Child-like doodles of faces suggest neediness. Profiles indicate you're an introvert.

Flowers
Flowers represent our feminine side, and a desire to see growth, nature, and reproduction. If flowers are in an arrangement, it denotes a sense of family and togetherness. McNichol writes that Jung believed dreams of flowers suggest a need to release emotion people feel unable to express openly. 
Drawing flowers as your doodles suggest femininity. This is the reason why usually girls are observed to draw flowers while they doodle. Moreover, drawing flowers also suggest that you might be becoming aware of your own personality and waiting to bloom.

Food
Drawing things to eat or drink indicates a need for love, or a desire to be filled up–or thirst or hunger.

Hearts
The doodler has love on the brain.

Houses or Buildings
These represent the doodler's attitude toward his or her home life. Houses definitely ought to have doors and windows which indicate that there's a way for the resident to see out and for others to see into him. A warm, inviting house–one that looks lived in, perhaps with smoke curling from the chimney–suggests the doodler has a happy and positive attitude toward his home life. Stark, unadorned or haphazard houses indicate uneasy associations with the doodler's home life. A house pictured on its own on top  of a hill suggests you're feeling isolated and lonely. 
Doodling houses and money?
According to Dr Burns, "if you find yourself doodling pictures of houses, you probably place a high value on shelter and security". Other symbols too are strong indications of things which an individual values most. For example, numbers and dollar signs indicate a preoccupation with money. Planes, cars, ships, and other vehicles may indicate a desire to travel, alter relationships, or change one's life. Houses in your drawings symbolize many things. If you draw a plain house that has no doors, windows, curtains or smoke coming out of the chimney, you are very likely to be gloomy about something in your life. You might feel lonely and would want to talk to someone at the moment.
On the other hand, if you have drawn a big house, with flowers and a garden around it, you are likely to be happy. Moreover, you might be materialistic; and like big houses, extravaganza and luxuries.
Some also draw tall and thin houses. These suggest a critical mind. These people do not show an open-minded approach towards different things.

Names and Initials
Doodling your name or initials is common for those who enjoy being the center of attention. Teenagers often doodle just their first name or the initial of their Christian name, indicating a desire to break away from the family and do their own thing. Doodling someone else's name, on the other hand, shows they are in your thoughts if it be romantically or because they are a presenting a problem you need to deal with.

Lines
Some people just draw lines. If these are drawn with a lot of pressure, they represent aggression and apprehension. The pressure is basically that decides your mood. The lighter the pressure, the more peace you have in your mind.

People
Doodling only profiles indicates that the doodler doesn't like the way he or she looks, or feels s/he can't draw well. In full-proportion drawings, not drawing hands indicates a feeling of being unable to do things; no feet indicates a feeling of not belonging or not having roots. The face is important: smiles are desirable, obviously, and frowns are not. Missing parts of the face indicate a person who feels fragmented, not whole, or faceless. Accentuating or drawing only eyes indicates a cautious, suspicious doodler. Doodles of ears usually mean that the doodler feels they have to listen too much to someone.
Children drawing: If the character is floating in the air it means that character has importance. Exceptionally large ears, unadorned by earrings, can indicate verbal abuse. Sometimes lines leading to the ears demonstrate the abusive tone frequently encountered. The mouth with a long slit will be drawn by and anxious, uncomfortable child, but no mouth at all may be a sign of there inability to communicate.Empty eyes may indicate a difficulty relating to the reality around them, they are blind to reality. Jagged teeth frequently indicate a tendency toward aggressive behavior, especially when coupled with other serrated graphic symbols such as spiked fingers, feet, ears, and hair.
* Fun Fact* Children draw out feelings they cant express.

Stars
Stars indicate a feeling of hopefulness, a looking forward or up to things, and optimism. People who draw clustered stars are irrepressibly romantic.

Spider Web
This can symbolize a feeling of being trapped or the desire to entice someone into a particular relationship or situation.

Transportation methods
Doodles of any form of transportation represent a desire to get away or to reach a goal. The faster the type of vehicle, the greater haste to make a point or speed away.

Triangles
Triangles are the second most common universal doodles. They reveal a rational state of mind and a desire to see things come to a head.

Trees
Trees represent our egos and our ambitions, so take particular note of the health of the tree! Trees with leaves and fruit indicate that the doodler associates love, sex, and children together. Bare, drooping branches indicate depression and lack of fighting spirit. Rootless trees may indicate that the doodler feels him or herself to be without roots. 
A tree symbolizes a person or a thing from the past that you do not happen to forget. Moreover, you might fear insecurity and would want to be protected. This might be your feeling if your tree is standing alone. If surrounded by flowers, it indicates happiness and love for family.

Zigzags
Zigzags show discomfort in life that one might want to escape or are energetic and just desire to get on with things. If it has soft, flowing, curvy lines it suggest a romantic, female approach to things, patterns made up of lots of straight lines, indicate more aggressive masculine characteristics.


Colors


When people doodle it is generally with whatever they have at hand. Colors though will mean different things depending on cultural differences. So unless you know that the doodler had the whatever they wanted on hand it should mean to much, but the meaning is the same in artwork as well.

Red :bulletred:
Often represents power and can indicate anger or a need to impose authority, but is also a seasonal, festive color.
-China sees it as prosperity and joy.
*Fun Fact* Looking at red increases the heart rate.

Orange
Shows social communication and optimism. From a negative color meaning it is also a sign of pessimism and superficiality.

Yellow
Is of the mind and the intellect. It is optimistic and cheerful. However it can also suggest impatience, criticism and cowardice.

Green :bulletgreen:
Suggesting well-being, balance and growth. It can mean both self-reliance as a positive and possessiveness as a negative, among many other meanings like envy, sickness, or money. Sea-green can also have connotations of water and the ocean.

Blue :bulletblue:
Indication of stability, strength, trust and peace. It can suggest loyalty and integrity as well as conservatism and frigidity. It can have connotations of water and the ocean. Dark blue is often chosen as a corporate color in the financial sector to indicate security.

Indigo
Intuition. It can mean idealism and structure as well as ritualistic and addictive.

Purple :bulletpurple:
Purple may represent sexual frustration or a need to appear unorthodox. It can be creative and individual, or immature and impractical. Imagination is the key word.
*Fun Fact* It is a favorite color of artists. Historically, purple has represented royalty, and in darker hues suggests magic and mystery.

Brown
Brown can suggest the earth and autumn. A preference for brown can indicate a conservative personality, even repression. Of course, in clothing and furnishings that depends on fashion, though trends can indicate the mood of the times.

Silver
It has a feminine energy; it is related to the moon and the ebb and flow of the tides - it is fluid, emotional, sensitive and mysterious.

Gold
Shows success, achievement and triumph. Associated with abundance and prosperity, luxury and quality, prestige and sophistication, value and elegance, It implies affluence, material wealth and extravagance.

Black and Gray
They indicate stability and strength
-Native American cultures black is the color of the life-giving earth.
-Western culture black is associated with darkness, evil and death.
*Fun Fact*Gray is sometimes called 'the color of sorrow' being considered the most depressing color with black coming in second.

White
It is complete and pure, the color of perfection. It shows purity, innocence, wholeness and completion.


Next time you doodle on a piece of paper be aware that you are telling the world what is going on deep inside your subconscious mind without meaning to do so. Take your doodles with you; don't leave them for someone else to interpret – because you just might be revealing all of your secrets

Want to feel good about doodling? Watch this TedTalk

Sources
Didn't realize my journal would become the 1st thing on Google so from now on I'll be adding future links to my sources.

fatemanoor.wordpress.com/tag/p… (similar to what I have)

www.bigdoodles.com/tag/abstrac… (not fully viewed yet)

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Although drawing and painting "from life" is way much more effective and efficient than drawing from photos (I'll be writting a separate journal about this soon, no worries), you simply can't have a person to model for you every time you want to create something. And there are situations when you don't exactly know how to place that bloody hand or if the foot is drawn correctly. Similiar issues can happen with architecture, perspective... with everything you draw. Then, when you look for help, you may stumble upon Stock gallery and you find awesome things. Remember about crediting the used stock directly!

POSES AND ANATOMY

Hand Pose - Gripping - Shoulder/Arm by Melyssah6-Stocktribal gold II by jliorold fashioned lady by jlior:thumb334659160:Drawing Perspective - Pose Reference by SenshiStock
:thumb72617555:Mother and Son XIV by IQuitCountingStockTogether.4 by kime-stockDead Body by TwilitesMuse


ARCHITECTURE

Victorian house by skipsstockCarennac 02 - Old house by HermitCrabStockold house WV by Irie-StockOld House by VacantHaze
House 005 by Lelanie-StockStock - House in the Woods by GothicBohemianStockStrange Cone House 5 by FairieGoodMotherHouse by Tintz-stock


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Female Blackbird 3311539 by StockProject1Rabbit 01 by 88-LawstockFerret 1 by Yukkabellewhite peacock by doko-stock
Golden Dragonfly by riviera2008Arctic Fox 01 by animalphotosWhite cat resting by NaviStockRed Eft 3 by Salamander-Stock


OBJECTS

Lantern 09 by jaded-reflectionPocket Watch Grouping Stock by specialoftheweekbike by RenathaGomes-Stock
tea set 02 by Stephasaurus-StockOld Book I by pyonpyonold baby bed by mimose-stockBoat by two-ladies-stocks
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Paul Tobin, There and Back Again

Fri Oct 10, 2014, 1:28 PM
Approach to Rivendell by PaulTobin

























Most denizens of the West think of New Zealand as a little known outpost of civilization somewhere beyond Australia at the ends of the Earth.






Could any land be any farther from the European motherland, birthplace of the Renaissance that is the Genesis-point of the visual arts narrative we continue expanding and evolving today?  And yet this remote country of islands in the Pacific has suddenly become a cinematic storytelling powerhouse, a film-friendly factory for the creation of some of the most important touchstone mass entertainment experiences to influence our popular culture in recent years.







King Thranduil, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
© Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
& Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc.


The digital revolution has liberated the “casts of thousands” from the Hollywood studio back-lots once needed to populate action-adventure epics, and the Internet is changing financing, production and distribution models so drastically as to forever diminish Hollywood’s hegemony over the movie business, with hundreds of smaller, but just as productive hubs becoming new centers of filmed story creation worldwide.


New Zealand is one such center, exemplified by Weta Workshop's role in changing the film-making landscape there, taking advantage of its wonderfully diverse landscape offering several completely different terrains to film in as well as its artistically talented inhabitants.


For over twenty years this creative powerhouse has been at the forefront of conceptualizing and then bringing to reality imaginary worlds. Beyond Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, their work has guided the cinematic visions of films such as King Kong, District 9, Elysium, The Adventures of Tintin, Avatar, and most recently The Amazing Spider-man 2, and Godzilla.


Perhaps Weta Workshop's greatest contribution has been its ability to instill passion and inspiration to all those who follow their creative dreams. One such artist was so inspired eleven years ago through his love of Lord of the Rings and is now a senior concept designer at Weta Workshop.










Peter’s Shield,
Narnia, LWW

©Disney Enterprises Inc. &
Walden Media, LCC. All rights reserved.

















Paul is a conceptual designer, illustrator & graphic designer who has been working at Weta Workshop since graduating from Wellington’s Massey school of Art and Design in 2003.






He has worked on films such as Andrew Adamson’s The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, Peter Jackson’s King Kong and James Cameron’s Avatar and most recently The Hobbit. An artist and concept designer who has had gallery showings of his own original fantasy artwork, he has taken it upon himself to become an advocate for other New Zealand fantasy and sci-fi artists.






“Weta Workshop...” says Paul,



...was the starting point of my journey and my 11 years of adventuring in Imaginary lands with a host of very talented artists. It was an experience that I would never have attained otherwise. Like everyone on a quest, sometimes the challenges can wear you down and that’s where your companions can help you onwards and help support you. For me this was the community that I discovered first at Weta, and then later through a broadening range of artists in NZ and eventually overseas at events like Spectrum Fantastic Art Live and on line like DeviantArt. White Cloud Worlds was me setting out on my own self determined quest to reignite my own creative interest and fan the flames in other like-minded artists.”










Bilbo Costume Concept
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

©Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. &
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc.









Miraz, Prince Caspian
©Narnia, LWW - ©Weta Workshop
Disney Enterprises, Inc. & Walden Media, LCC.







Radagast The Brown & King Thror - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
©Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. &
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc.


















The publication of White Cloud Worlds was a major statement demanding original digital fantasy art be considered collectible “fine art” rather than mere disposable commercial illustration.






In the volume’s foreward, Guillermo Del Toro shreds the stale bromide that illustration cannot be fine art because it relies on another narrative rather than standing alone as a singular expression. The best illustration “…pre-empt(s) the literary elements which it is meant to serve. In other words, the image becomes the tale. This is true of the best illustrators of all time: Pyle, Frazetta, St. John, Rackham, Tenniel, Quentin Blake, etc. They all become part of the essence of the book they illustrate and, in some cases, seem to reinvent them entirely.”



Of outside interests informing his art, Paul responds:



If I look at my career in design (I am more designer than illustrator) and my life interests outside of work they tend to revolve around exploration of cultures and archaeology and narrative “quests” in film, like Bilbo and his quest to the Lonely Mountain, the kids in Narnia and their journey to rid Narnia of winter. Even Avatar follows this ‘hero’s journey’.”








Asked about his own “hero” status amongst fans and fellow artists, Paul replies:



Just a note on the ‘Hero’ thing. I am keen not to be portrayed as a hero in the context of a modern day meaning of the word. It's more in context of the film meaning of the word where an ordinary person goes on an extraordinary adventure. Luke Skywalker the farm boy, Bilbo the ordinary Hobbit, a bunch of displaced kids in war-torn England for the kids in Narnia. I was quite an ordinary artist technically when I started out, but it was the journey and dedication that pushed me well beyond my humble beginnings.”









And we are all the richer for Paul’s dedication to his continuing journey as master and advocate of the arts.  His peers and admirers will continue to affirm his “hero” standing in fantasy and science fiction art.


More of Paul’s work can be perused at on his profile page.












Orcrist, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
©Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. &
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc.


















1.What’s your opinion on the continuing resistance to the acceptance of digital art as a “legitimate” art form? Is it just a general anti-technology impulse or an actual fear of the future and new realities?









I think within the commercial and wider art community the digital medium has become accepted as just another tool for an artist to employ and enjoy.







I think the primary resistance lies more in the monetary institutions that trade in “fine” art. Much of the fine art market is defined by the exclusivity of having an “original” and “physical” representative art form and this financial tradition spans centuries. Art is like any long-term investment, you need to protect it and control the criteria by which it grows in value. Digital art is problematic in that there is no “original” or physical representation and duplication is easy, so it’s harder to assign value within the existing art order.


Ironically with the proliferation of digital art many artists are rediscovering and pursuing traditional methods as there is greater value now being placed upon producing art the “old fashioned way”.






2.What was the popular reception of “White Cloud Worlds” like amongst fans and fellow fantasy artists, and what was the critical response to your achievement?







White Cloud Worlds had a fantastic reception amongst fans and artists alike. I always assumed that it would be well received in NZ, but I was really pleased and surprised at the level of interest we got from abroad. We were always keen to offer up a book that treated genre art with the respect it deserves, but as kiwi artists not take ourselves too seriously. I think this combination of really high level art and informality and fun struck a cord with many readers. I also think the level of professionalism we brought to the project which was in large part due to Kate Jorgensen’s production management skills (I like to think of her as a master artist wrangler) that really helped lift our game and give the artists confidence in what we were promising to produce.






One thing I did feel we improved upon with the second volume was seeking out artists that had less connection to the film industry and a greater number of women genre artists. Ironically, I found many of these new artists here on DeviantArt!







Susan's Horn, Bow & Arrow
©Narnia, LWW, Disney Enterprises, Inc. &
Walden Media, LCC.













3.What do you see as the next level for digital art in movies, video games, etc?  what’s the next big thing that few see coming?



I think the trend thats become very evident in film and games is the gradual removal of 2D artwork and design in favour of designing and rendering in 3D. As a 2D artist I hope there will always be a place for 2D design, but 3D has the advantage of being one step closer to the final product whether its a in game model or digital effects asset or a prop that can be rapid prototyped for physical use. Programs like ZBrush that work much more intuitively to painting and drawing have really accelerated this process and with the ever increasing demand for digital worlds and the convergence of film and games designing directly into a 3D space is going to become the norm I suspect.




4.“White Cloud Worlds”, your coffee table volumes of New Zealand fantasy artists, has been out for several years now. Do you feel it has made a real impact in how you and your fellow artists are regarded in the fine arts milieu? Is real respect growing for what you do?



I think the books in combination with the travelling art exhibition (which was seen by over a 100,000 people nationwide) had a huge impact in raising awareness that NZ produces world class fantasy artists. This was especially true of school kids who flocked to the exhibition and became big fans of the books. For many of these young artists it was a revelation that you could make a living producing fantasy art from New Zealand. I think for all of us this generational influence was one of the greatest outcomes from the whole endeavour.






5.What comments have other artists included in the volume reported back to you?  Has the book’s publication changed the lives of some of these talented working artists?



I think the greatest endorsement from the artists has been there incredible level of enthusiasm and support that spilled over in creating volume 2 and the desire to now do a volume 3 (hey we always wanted to do a trilogy.) I think the community that we have created around WCW has really had an impact, especially around events like San Diego Comic Con and Spectrum Fantastic Art Live. White Cloud Worlds gave us all a product and purpose to take to the international stage and its still unbelievable to me that many of these artists have poured their savings into traveling half way across the world to share in our artist adventures at these events.











Smaug Head Concept, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
&Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. & Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc.









Goblin King Head Concept, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
©Warner Bros. Ent., Inc. & Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Inc.






6.With the continuing production of Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” movies coming out of New Zealand, can this “Land of the ‘LOTR/Hobbit’ Giants” sustain as the center of all such epic fantasy filmmaking?  Or is the Jackson phenomenon sui generis and a gradual dispersal of digital fantasy adventure movie production inevitable? Is the model that has been built in NZ being adopted in other parts of the production world?











Bard, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
©Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. & Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc.



Whew thats a big question! I think that New Zealand has certainly generated a convincing legacy around fantasy based projects that certainly had its genesis with Peter Jackson. However, it’s long been acknowledged in the NZ industry that we have need to form new creative partnerships with other giants in the fantasy and science fiction industry to stay relevant and viable. When a director like James Cameron actually shoots in NZ then that really helps a much larger part of the industry. At Weta Workshop there has always been a huge focus on diversifying and not limiting ourselves to just working on fantasy project being brought to NZ. A good example of this is the work we do for Neill Blomkamp who shot in South Africa for District 9 and Mexico forElysium but we provided principle design and physical manufacture on.


As for this model being adopted abroad? Well I certainly saw signs of this in Belfast Ireland when I visited the Game of Thrones studio and taught some workshops. They very much reminded me of where NZ was at after LOTR became a global phenomenon. There was the same determination and sense of pride to build a industry from the ground up and to foster local talent while still embracing the expertise of folks from abroad.









Radagast, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
©Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. &
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc.












Na'vi Costumes, Avatar
©2009 Lightstorm Entertainment









Na'vi Costumes, Avatar
©2009 Lightstorm Entertainment






7.What projects are you working on currently?



If only I could say… It’s the hardest part of working in the film industry, you get to work on the coolest projects but can’t say anything about it. I just did a fun stint of design work on the new Hercules film starring The Rock and a cool Chinese fantasy film called Zhong Kui: Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal. Then of course there is the final Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies coming out in December.




8.Is there a “dream” project (like your “Atlantis” story) that you hope to one day put into production?



I have no shortage of dream projects but a serious shortage of time Even with the help I receive from my small team on White Cloud Worlds working and working the full time job at Weta Workshop there seems little time to work on my own projects.


However, things are freeing up a bit and after reconnecting with all my new friends in the US and abroad I am all fired up to tackle some new projects. I guess after helping to build worlds for clients I am really excited to embark on creating my own world and I am at work on a Reimagined Atlantis that I want to produce as both a story and concept design book. So hopefully it will hit Kickstarter later this year, so watch this space!






9.Could you speak about the importance of community in an artist's life artistically, professionally and personally?







I think with art there's really no right or wrong way about how you learn and thats where community is hugely beneficial. Getting involved with a wider circle of artists exposes you to a diverse range of approaches and helps you find your own path. At a professionally level it's really important step in building up a network of friends and peers that can help you navigate the the challenges of making a living in art. When I first started out as a freelance illustrator I never knew what to charge and so I reached out to other artists for advice as just one example. Now as I get further down the professional road it's more about passing on what you have learnt from hard work and experience to a new generation of artists.




With online communities like DeviantArt it's never been easier to share and at the same time keep learning as well.


At a personal level it's simply about FUN! I love discovering new art and artists and working collaboratively whether it's at work like Weta, a personal project like White Cloud Worlds or talking to someone at a convention or online!


















:iconevenskarangerart:

Even Skaranger


EvenSkarangerArt

“I really enjoy Even’s bold use of shape language and attention to detail. He also presents his work really well, often giving additional information about the design through graphic design elements.”


PaulTobin



























:iconyip-lee:

Yip-Lee


Yip-Lee

“Yip-Lee was a student at my old design school and I am really impressed with his use of lighting and stylish rendering and design coming through in his more recent work. I hope he keeps cranking out pieces like these as he would make a great addition for White Cloud Worlds 3!


PaulTobin












:iconowl-in-a-box:

Mallie


Owl-in-a-box

“Mallie does great costume design! I love the huge variety of designs communicated with a simple and very effective rendering style. Each round of design is frequently accompanied with a great write up explaining the culture and history behind the costumes. Fantastic stuff.”


PaulTobin
































:iconstucat:

Stuart Thomas


stucat

“Stu had the honor of introducing me to all the awesome that is DeviantArt. He’s a colleague at Weta Workshop and in his spare time he produces what I think is some of the finest anthropomorphic art anywhere. Not only is it technically mind-boggling, its also damn funny!”


PaulTobin












:iconkr0npr1nz:

Ilya Kuvshinov


KR0NPR1NZ

“Unbelievably awesome work. Enough said!”


PaulTobin











































  1. Before reading this article, were you aware of New Zealand becoming such an important hub of fantasy adventure filmmaking, even beyond Peter Jackson making LOTR there?

  2. Do you agree with Guillermo del Toro and Paul Tobin that fantasy "illustration" should be considered as a fine art when the quality warrants that assessment? Are you tired of college professors, art magazine critics and art galleries deciding what's "real" art and what's just "advertising?"

  3. Paul Tobin has an "Atlantis" dream project. Is there a book, historical episode, children's fable, childhood favorite TV show, movie, cartoon or comic book that would be your dream of seeing on the screen in full LOTR digital glory?








Most denizens of the West think of New Zealand as a little known outpost of civilization somewhere beyond Australia at the ends of the Earth. Could any land be any farther from the European motherland, birthplace of the Renaissance that is the Genesis-point of the visual arts narrative we continue expanding and evolving today? And yet this remote country of islands in the Pacific has suddenly become a cinematic storytelling powerhouse, a film-friendly factory for the creation of some of the most important touchstone mass entertainment experiences to influence our popular culture in recent years.

Writers: techgnotic 
Designers: marioluevanos


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