Translator Bug FixesA lot of people have been having trouble with the translator, because their computers somehow can't open .jar files. So I've released platform-specific versions in other formats and here they are:Translator Bug Fixes1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Universal Java: https://sites.google.com/site/shermansplanet/storage/Gallifreyan.zip?attredirects=0&d=1
Stranger Danger!!:iconohshitplz: Usernames changing.Stranger Danger!!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Personally I'm against being able to change usernames - if you have a username you don't like, particularly an embarrassing one, you should be stuck with it forever, as a constant reminder of all the mistakes you've made in the past. Like when you have to use your embarrassing email address to apply for jobs and college.
Yeah, EmoWolfLover666 sure is timeless. You can't go wrong if you have 'chan' or 'kawaii' or especially 'desu' in your username even though you're not Japanese.
You should proclaim your love for that fictional character from that fandom you will love forever.
Deviantart letting people change their usernames isn't letting people learn from their mistakes, it's letting them take the easy way out. And that is wrong.
You should wear your disliked username as a badge of shame. Show people that you were foolish in the past but you have grown as a person. Set an example for the children - show them that they must take time to consider thing
An illustrated guideLasersAndSpikes tagged me and here be the answers. With pictures. Also, I can't tag anyone because I'm a badass rule breaker. And I don't know who to tag :'IAn illustrated guide2 years ago in Personal More Like This
5 Random facts:
1. I need the toilet but I'm too lazy to walk upstairs.
2. I sometimes refer to myself as male. I don't know why.
3. Sometimes I narrate my life in my head.
4. I wore a Spider-Man t shirt to work today.
5. I like almost any food except celery.
1. Favourite colour combination.
I like hot pink and aqua blue/teal.
2. Favourite animated movie, and why? (includes CGI as well as traditional animation)
I love How to Train you Dragon, mainly for Toothless and it's just wonderful, although I don't understand why the adults have Scottish accents and the kids American.
I have a list a mile long of animated movies I love though.
3. Ice cream or Frogurt?
Ice cream, but I have never eaten frogurt :'I
4. Favourite country to visit.
Ummm ... I don't know, I haven't been out the country much.
To anatomy or not to anatomy..Choosing a style for your comic.To anatomy or not to anatomy..2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This is my opinion only and very open to discussion. What do YOU think?
PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTHS! The biggest question you should ask before you start your project is: Is this something I plan on doing for the sake of publishing, or is it something I am doing solely to grow my artistic skill?
If you're doing it to grow your artistic skill, GREAT. Don't listen to anything I'm about to say!
 A big question centers around anatomy. Is it easy for you? Are your skills more 'technical' or 'expressive'? They can be both, but think about which one you are best at. If the one you enjoy most is not the one you are best at, consider doing something solely to grow your skill FIRST.
Expressive is more gesture, cartoon based work. Things that are fluid in motion and have a lot of stylization to them.
Technical involves things that are more anatomically base
Tropes/Archetypes vs ClichesTropes/Archetypes vs ClichesTropes/Archetypes vs Cliches3 years ago in Personal More Like This
There were a few debates in my last article about this topic, so I wanted to clear something up.
A trope is a device that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members' minds and expectations.
A cliche is a device that is "sterotyped and trite".
In your writing, you want to use tropes and NOT cliches. These are some of the ways I've come up with to tell the difference (anything you might want to add is welcome).
Why aren't the "chosen one" and prophecy of Harry Potter seen as cliche by most? Because the author subverted.
She took the average cliche of prophecy resulting in a chosen one, and turned it around (partially).
Voldemort heard the prophecy, and only by believing it was true did he enable Harry to defeat him. Voldemort could have also chosen Neville, another boy who fit the prophecy, to attack. If Neville's mother had saved
5 Things I Bet Amateur Writers Haven't ConsideredEDIT: If you like this journal entry, check out The Sarcastic Guide to Writing ebook http://www.amazon.com/The-Sarcastic-Guide-Writing-ebook/dp/B005TOCC1C for exclusive content on world-building, character, and dialogue!5 Things I Bet Amateur Writers Haven't Considered2 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. You will have to reduce your story to one page. This is called the query letter, what you write when you try and land a legit agent or publisher. You basically say "Hey, this is what my story's about, how long it is, and why I chose you to look at it." It is, in my opinion, one of the most difficult things a writer will ever face. All your nuance, your subtle build-ups, your "yes, buts", and your "no, wait, there's more" all have to be condensed to three paragraphs or so. No query letter is really allowed to be longer than one page, because no one has tl;dr worse than a literary agents or his or her minions. Not only that, queries show off your writing style and what you value in terms of story. A good query gets somebody t
Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 1So this has been on my mind a bit lately and I was just struck with the sudden urge to write about it. It's a bit long so I've broken it in to three parts, but if you're a beginning artist I would recommend reading through it, it might just get you aimed in the right direction.Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 19 months ago in Personal More Like This
This started a couple days ago when I was trolling facebook and someone had posted some artwork, and one of the comments was something along the lines of "Nice! What tutorial did you use for this?" which prompted an immediate and violent facedesk on my part. I hear things like this all the time and would like to help dispel some myths about learning art; so after 9 years of drawing and 3 years of hardcore education and study, here's what I've learned about how to get better at art:
WISDOM NUMBER ONE! Getting better demands consistent, hard work. That's it. That's the magical secret that great artists never seem to get to in their tutorials; it's that one pivotal thing that makes the difference between
Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 2Here's the continuation of yesterday's journal discussing the importance of hard work. If you missed it, click here!Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 29 months ago in Personal More Like This
In part two I'm gonna talk about one of the biggest roadblocks I hear from artists who are having difficulty getting in to good study habits, so without further ado...
WISDOM NUMBER TWO!! Don't wait for perfect weather and stop making excuses. So often I hear things like "I don't want to waste paper" or "I don't know what to draw" or "I haven't found a good tutorial" or "I don't want to study perspective" or any number of things along those lines. I'll be blunt and just put the answer out there now: get over it. If you want to be an artist, you have to do the work, end of story. And with all the time you've spent thinking, wondering, being uncertain, and searching for that magical art secret of power, you could have filled 10 pages in your sketchbook today and inc
30 Day Art Improvement (Hell) ChallengeI originally posted this on my Tumblr blog, and since it seems to be popular I thought I'd challenge people here.30 Day Art Improvement (Hell) Challenge2 years ago in Personal More Like This
30 Days of Art Improvement Challenge
Are you tired of feeling like your art just isn't improving? Do you want to do a 30-day challenge that's actually useful? Welcome to 30 Days of Improvement Hell.
I made this because I've been feeling super 'blah' about my art these days, and I needed something to kick-start myself. Who wants to do this with me!? Start now or whenever you can (now you procrastinators!). Challenge yourself and have fun at the same time!
Tag your posts with #Improvement Hell (more for Tumblr posts, but I suppose you can do it here too) so everyone can follow along and see each other's awesome artwork.
What are you waiting for? START!
Self-Portrait - Introduce yourself Draw a figure using a reference - link to reference Draw a figure that's in action, using a reference - link to referenceDra
Olympics opening ceremonyDid you watch the opening ceremony for the Olympics?Olympics opening ceremony2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I thought it was fab (ﾉ´ｰ`)ﾉ I was a little worried about what it was going to be like and thought I'd watch it til I got bored but it was rather awesome and very, very British.
I'm really interested to see what people outside Great Britain thought of it.
My favourite part was how excited and interested the Queen looked all the time.
Site Update: SketchBook IntegrationAs with last week, this week's Site Update is a little different from usual in that we don't have any publicly visible changes. However, it's because our Devious Technology team has been at a staff retreat! During this retreat, they discussed our features, conducted hackathons, and created prototypes for new features.Site Update: SketchBook Integration3 months ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Submit to deviantART Directly From SketchBook Apps
DeviantART is proud to announce that SketchBook users on iPad and Android tablets now have the ability to create and submit art directly from their devices to deviantART!
Our recent partnership with Autodesk has allowed deviantART to become the first community integrated into SketchBook — the professional-grade painting app that is easy to use for every artist. Merging these two powerhouse environments means that tablet users will be able to publish their creations from SketchBook directly to their deviantART acc
Get Better At Drawing (Without Drawing Anything)Art is a process.Get Better At Drawing (Without Drawing Anything)3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Like that of the scientific method and philosophical alchemy, art can be refined and improved through process. From observation, to experiment, to reflection and conclusion, art is improved by the steps we make towards change, not solidification and stagnation. Much of the advice out there for drawing is simply practice or avoid distractions. This advice is good, but there is more to creation than just throwing yourself mindlessly into a task and avoiding bad habits along the way. Good habits and knowledge will help to excel your learning process faster, and from that, improve faster and more effectively.
Look at it
As an artist, observation is key. The skill we develop is not just seeing, but interpreting what we see, remembering what we have seen and recording it in the form of visual art. This is a skill that, aside from blindness or vision degradation, you will be able to improve during your entire life. The way of seeing from an art
Improvement ChallengeI was reading AbelPhee's Journal entry about challenging and improving ones art and its really got me thinking iv been painting drawing the same stuff for years and its becoming stagnant and repetitive i'm going to challenge my art skills and get out of my comfort zone and try this 30 day challenge and hopefully broaden my skills.Improvement Challenge11 months ago in Personal More Like This
I wont be able to Art every day because of work and socialing but i will make the effort for this, i'll mainly be posting my day to day works on my Tumblr Site http://teggyart.tumblr.com/ but i might clump them all on a page at the very end and post them on here.
ANYONES welcome to join me in this its a fantastic idea thank you so much to the lovely AbelPhee for thinking it up.
30 Days of Art Improvement Challenge
Are you tired of feeling like your art just isn't improving? Do you want to do a 30-day challenge that's actually useful? Welcome to 30 Days of Improvement Hell. >
I made this because I've been feeling super 'blah' about my art these day
5 Ways Characters Can FailEDIT: If you like this journal entry, check out The Sarcastic Guide to Writing ebook http://www.amazon.com/The-Sarcastic-Guide-Writing-ebook/dp/B005TOCC1C for exclusive content on world-building, character, and dialogue!5 Ways Characters Can Fail2 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. They don't have flaws. Flaws are the first thing that should be explored in character, at least after the first flashes of inspiration have passed and you start moving into more concrete turf. People say Mary Sues are defined by lack of flaws; the flip side insists that giving your character "issues" won't make a character any less of a Mary Sue. Now, my definition of a Mary Sue doesn't involve flaws or the lack thereof; a Mary Sue, to me, is defined by the disproportionate amount of attention given to a Sue by the plot and the priorities of other characters. So, yes, it possible for a Mary Sue to have legit flaws and still be a Mary Sue. However, the difference between "issues" and a character flaw is what role they play in the character's deve
Facebook Art Theft AppThere's a facebook app which essentially takes comics from around the web and puts them all together in one place. However, it bypasses links to the original source material and even worse it encourages users to donate to the creator of the app.Facebook Art Theft App2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Essentially this guy is making money off us web comic creator's hard earned work that we normally give away for free.
Links for the people who want to stay more informed: http://team4d.deviantart.com/journal/A-NEW-KIND-OF-ART-THEFT-WEB-ARTISTS-BEWARE-278974603 http://www.korybing.com/post/15704334457/choochoobear-thunt-of-the-webcomic-goblins
I've reblogged this on tumblr and made a post about it on facebook. Please try to spread the word about this if you can.
EDIT: The app's name is not Something Positive. That's actually one of the comics the app is stealing from. Apparently the app changes it's name depending on the comic it's ripping off. There are about 161 web artists (not all necessarily comic related) who's work are being misused.
DA pointsAlright, I've seen this happening way too many times and I want to say something about it.DA points2 years ago in Personal More Like This
100 DA points is not not worth much.
You can buy 800 DA points for $10 USD.
800 divided by 10 is 80.
80 DA points = $1
100 DA points = $1.25
If you're offering commissions for 100 points, you're being paid $1.25. If you're offering 100 points for a prize on a contest, you're offering $1.25. I've even seen 50 points ($0.63) or 20 points ($0.25). I don't know how much it is in other currencies, but I can't imagine it's much.
I spend at least 3-5 hours on a painting. Minimum wage is $7.50 USD where I live. That is not even enough to live on if you're working full time, so I expect to make at least that much for every hour I spend on doing art for someone else. If 80 points is $1, and minimum wage is $7.50, then the minimum cost for a commission that only takes an hour is 600 points. When I open up my own commissions, I take sketches for $10 and paintings for $20+ Depending on how much time it takes,
BRONYCON Documentary is COMPLETE!BRONYCON Documentary is COMPLETE!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
It's finally finished! It's been several months in the making, and took the dedicated efforts of some very passionate people to complete.
For those of you who may not know, Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony is a documentary (Produced by Michael Brockhoff, Executive Produced by John de Lancie, Tara Strong and myself) that endeavors to enlighten anyone who may be curious about who this unexpected fandom is comprised of, and just exactly why these adults are so passionate about something that was never intended for them.
You can purchase the documentary for download HERE!!!!
A gigantic thanks to all the generous backers who funded the film on Kickstarter. Your enthusiasm and support ensured the film could be held to a very high production standard. Additional thanks to the contributors: the bronies who agreed to be interviewed and/or to share their st
Submit to deviantART Directly From SketchBook AppsDeviantART is proud to announce that SketchBook users on iPad and Android tablets now have the ability to create and submit art directly from their devices to deviantART!Submit to deviantART Directly From SketchBook Apps3 months ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Our recent partnership with Autodesk has allowed deviantART to become the first community integrated into SketchBook -- the professional-grade painting app that is easy to use for every artist. Merging these two powerhouse environments means that tablet users will be able to publish their creations from SketchBook directly to their deviantART accounts. Deviants will also be able to use the app to browse the inspirational works of other SketchBook artists in the autodesk-sketchbook group.
This is a first step in what will become a much fuller integration that will bring more deviousness to SketchBook and add a powerful creation tool to the arsenals of deviant artists everywhere, as we welcome new SketchBook users into the deviantART community.
DeviantART is the first community integrated into SketchBook
How to Develop Your Artistic StyleI started dA back in 2006 doing simple digital photography. I had never taken a class and I had no knowledge on photography. My only formal training in art has been in water colour and pastels. These days I’m into photomanipulation. How did I get into it? Simple: deviantArt.How to Develop Your Artistic Style6 years ago in Art Features More Like This
You’ve probably heard many people calling dA a wonderful community. It is, but it’s so much more than a community. DeviantArt is an art school. Yes, there are people who sign up and then put up masterpieces of work, but if you dig deeper into the community you see something amazing: progress. This is what makes dA great. To me, deviantArt has been my art school. I’ve learned from so many deviants on so many different forms of expression. And I’ve made friends.
There are some complaints about dA. Those are usually found in any community. Things usually based around generated artwork. (Too much anime/anthro/myspace shots and so on.) I think a majority of these complaints could be cut dow
FacesFace PLZ accountsFaces5 years ago in Personal More Like This
We're not dead!Announcement:We're not dead!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
hrmmm .....the group's been a bit inactive for a while. I'll admit I've been busy the last couple of months organising a local anime convention but there have been fewer submissions lately.
Would you guys like another contest some time soon? If so what theme would you be interested in. I'm considering re-using the 'FF job class' or 're-design Kuja's costume' themes. What do you guys reckon?
Welcome to the Kuja fan club
Purpose: to bring all fans of this wonderful villain together. and have fun of course!
Why? because Kuja is a wonderful character, and although he has a lot of fans, he was lacking a club.
Affilates Submision Rules Hall of Fame :bulle
AmyVsTheWorld!Hello my lovely darlings!AmyVsTheWorld!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've started a new You Tube channel called:
It's aimed at the general You Tube audience...and NO I'm not quitting the model horse movies, I'll just be moving to London in September, and won't be able to do any model horse series filming until X-mas (Don't worry, you'll definitely have Season 1 of Conquering Tide complete this summer, and Episode 1 of Season 2 coming in October.
So I wanted to be able to film SOMETHING.
If you like/follow channels like Onision, ShaneDawson, Tobuscus, AmazingPhil and danisnotonfire, then you'll love what I do!
But yeah, I'd like to show the other creative stuff I do. Also, how awkward I am! It's also aimed at late-teens +, so if you're easily offended, or very young, then perhaps it's not for you.
So if you could spread the word, share, subscribe and like... I'll LOVE YOU FOREVERRRRRRRRR!!!
Here, have a link!
Thank you guys!!!
Lots of love,
It'll happen to youSpooky words from Abe SimpsonIt'll happen to you6 months ago in Personal More Like This
It's safe to just assume that most people in their mid 20's right now were raised by The Simpsons
I know it's still on, but i have no idea if its still popular or if anyone still watches it..
But in my slice of time growing up in the 90's, Simps was on every single day! Several times a day!
After school, by channel flipping, i could lineup 6 episodes every night
and I did!
But I recently saw an episode again, that i loved as a kid, and scared the crap out of me as an adult
When the episode aired in 1996, i was just 10 years old, just as Bart was.. is.. permanently..?
I identified with the kids because my own parents didn't have a clue what was cool.
In 1996, i was Bart
Now i am 27, 17 years later i watched this episode again
and it all rang familiar to me for a horribly different reason!
I HAD BECOME HOMER!
Now I too find myself perpl
ravine issue 2 is out in septembershould ave been august, but some unexpected problems popped out ...i hate unexpected problems....ravine issue 2 is out in september7 months ago in Personal More Like This
cause..yknow..expected ones are just friggin awesome XD
anyhoo issue 1 will be reprinted too and available.
about the books themselves. each issue is a 160 page graphic novel. of that book 1 is 120 pages of comic, and 40 pages of bonus world material. sort of an encyclopaedic, not necessary, but tasty fluff,
book 2 is 135 pages of comic and 25 pages of fluffy side stuff
series itself will consist of 12 books. so by is end it will be about 1500 pages of one single fantasy tale
early previews for boo 2 are here, and soon the ones with final text and lettering will be shown, online so i will link those when they are up
books are available for preorder through amazon , and pretty much any comic book store or top cow.