Let's rememberThe following note is a bit scattered, but I wanted to share some of my memories from Sept 11th. Feel free to share your own experiences below.
Ten years ago today I was standing underneath the vaulting ceiling in Westminster Abby, sketching the face of a marble angel on the tomb of a young woman. His empty, opaque eyes were focused on the upturned face of the girl he was reaching out to. He had a beautiful face. The sculptor had captured a sense of peace in the pale, frozen features, and I wanted very much to capture it. I remember my neck beginning to hurt from looking up when my sister came hurrying up to me. "We have to go," she said urgently. "Dad said something really bad happened in New York." My family found each other and huddled together as my dad briefly explained what had happened. A priest had approached him and, after asking if he was an American, had told him the news. My dad had had to go to a pub down the street in order to watch (the second tower fell as soon as the b
Features No 93-What is freedom?Features No 93-What is freedom?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose.KRIS KRISTOFFERSON
Without freedom, there is no creation.JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI
What a curious phenomenon it is that you can get men to die for the liberty of the world who will not make the little sacrifice that is needed to free themselves from their own individual bondage. BRUCE BARTON
Freedom is the illusion of an imprisoned mind.LEONID S. SUKHORUKOV
Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU
Can this be happiness, this terrifying freedom? ALBERT CAMUS
"We Miss You" Contest ( III ) - Winners by :iconputyourbravefaceon: http://putyourbravefaceon.deviantart.com/journal/quot-We-Miss-You-quot-Contest-III-Winners-298479947
Congratulations to all!
1st place: by :iconPharaoh-chan:
2nd place: by :iconOCFF7BCCCACZFD:
3rd place: by :iconHMFS:
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EDIT: "We miss you" contest winners:iconyoshipoopeggplz:EDIT: "We miss you" contest winners2 years ago in Personal More Like This
"We miss you III" contest winners!
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Thank you, group, news...
Sorry for not being so active on DA, my dear friends I want to thank you for all your s and comments, unfortunatly I think I will not be able to thank you individually for each new I prefer to be concentrated on commenting your deviations (em... I know I'm late ) and developping my worlds and characters
About characters and world... :iconthe-shredded-lands: Yep! I have opened a group
It's nearly 4 years I'm on DA now, at first it was just for fun, thinking that I would stay one year, two maybe... But I meet fantastic fri
Is This A Hate Message? Please read -Is this a hate message? Please read and have your say on the subject -Is This A Hate Message? Please read -9 months ago in Personal More Like This
So I just received this note to my inbox here on DA:
"David you are a blessed young man with TREMENDOUS talent ppl can only hope to aspire to but a spirit that has been hurt by so many ppl over "who you are". If u trusted and believed God like u say you do then trust Him when He says youre sexuality is not okay. u get scared because you dont know howw to"get rid of it" but its a spirit, i garuntee you. A member of a local church i know of had been delivered from that homosexual spirit that plauged Him for years!!! You may think it cant be done but if you believe in Jesus Christ and have accepted Him then there is NOTHING He can't do!!I say this with all the Love in my heart. God wants to bless you and turn you into a message for lost souls all around too^^"
How lovely it is to see that people hid their true thoughts behind compliments and smiley faces...
At the end of the day, act
1000 Words, Sincerest ApologiesFor those who pre-ordered copies of 1000 Words, I'm deeply sorry that your order has not arrived yet. It has been an extremely stressful week for me to finally receive the shipment from the printers at Active Media Publishing http://www.activemediapublishing.com/ after such a long delay which cost us to miss Fanime, only to find out that the books were far below the expected quality.1000 Words, Sincerest Apologies2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Not only did the colors come out neon yellow and even green in some parts, there were large ink smudges on 50% of the books, while another 50% had uneven spines.
This is how the books came out. Neon yellow.
Note: colors may vary depending on your monitor screen so it may not look too bad on certain computers, but it looks bad in real life.
And then there are smudges that you can find on the right side of every other book. The scanner actually made the smudges less obvious, but again, it looks very bad in real life.
Finally, half of the books had varying degrees of uneven printing on the spines that is symm
Digger Won A Hugo!Thank you to everybody who nominated and voted and generally cheered for Digger in the Best Graphic Story category at this year's Hugos---I am incredibly honored and incredibly grateful.Digger Won A Hugo!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
For the blow-by-blow of what it's like to spend a Worldcon wondering if you're going to win a Hugo, and then The Bit Where I Fought Neil Gaiman For Free Nachos, I point you at my blog: http://ursulav.livejournal.com/1508804.html
I have con crud. I go fall down now. I love you all.
Like A Real Author With Pants!Hi, internet! I have a new novella out! It is live! You should read it! It's called "Nine Goblins" and it's under the pen-name "T. Kingfisher."Like A Real Author With Pants!9 months ago in Personal More Like This
It will propagate out to other sites when Smashwords gets around to it, so Nook, Kobo, and (god willing) iBooks versions will be coming soon. (Watch this space! Or Twitter!) If you're impatient, however, you can get an ePub version on Smashwords that will work just fine on an iPad. (Easiest way is to either buy it and e-mail it to yourself, or buy it using the iPad.)
Now, as to what the story is about…well, it's about goblins. And Sings-to-Trees the elf. (Remember him? This takes place before the Elf/Orc thing, though, although it includes most of the text of the short little bit "An Evening With Sings-To-Trees.")
This is a small epic fantasy, if that makes any sense. It is fun<
Yom Kippur - A Day of Soul Searching...I've always been asking myself, what is a more difficult act?Yom Kippur - A Day of Soul Searching...10 months ago in Personal More Like This
To ask someone for forgiveness - saying you're sorry, admitting you were wrong? Or is it harder to actually forgive someone when they're asking for your forgiveness - when they're sorry, when you know they've done you wrong?
In both matters it's all about our Ego, and how much it controls us, or rather how much are we in control over it.
Last week was the great holiday of Rosh Hashanah - the begging of the new Hebrew year. For the passed months I've been heaving some serious problems which had a great effect on my health and last week it's gotten really bad. But I have my loving family and my amazing friends to see me through all of this.
Tonight, we mark the holy day of Yom Kippur, - ("The Day of Atonement") - which, to most Jewish people is conceived as the day where we need to suffer in order for God to forgive us for the bad things we've done last year. I don't see it that way at all... I never believed God wants us to s
How To Photograph Your CraftsThe absolute number one cause of rejection of DD suggestions for most Artisan Craft CVs is poor photography. There is nothing worse than seeing an otherwise brilliant piece ruined by a dodgy photo. But even beyond DD acceptance, if you want to people on dA to be able to appreciate your skill you need to be able to show your work off to advantage.How To Photograph Your Crafts10 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Sometimes I'll tell a self-suggester that I can't feature their work because of the quality of the photography and they'll inevitably reply, "Oh, I'll have to get a better camera."
Repeat after me: the tools never make the artist.
You don't need a $9000 sewing machine to stitch a dress, you don't need a $1000 stand mixer to bake a cake, and you similarly don't need a top of the range SLR to take a brilliant photograph. It's all in how you take the photo.
To help us understand photography concepts a little more, Fella is going to help us out. Say hi Fella!
What's the point of the "report" buttonI rarely report copyright violations of my work. There are too many of them and I don't have the time nor do I care enough to report them all... When I do however, like today, I always seem to get a response that hasn't addressed the issue at all.. Example.. today I get a message back from my violation report asking me to submit a DMCA takedown notice... (isn't reporting a violation of my own work essentially the same thing?) why do they even staff employees to work on copyright issues if all they do is tell you to submit a DMCA takedown. Seems like they want to send you through the extra trouble so that you just let it go so they don't have to delete anything. I for one am not really all that concerned about theft of my low res images, but It's a big deal to a lot of people, and out of principle for me, I find it really unprofessional... You'd think a site dedicated purely for art would take the matter a little more seriously.What's the point of the "report" button2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sorry I'm not much of a rant person,
Losing Altitude- Kickstarter is live![COUNTDOWN: 24 hours left to go!]Losing Altitude- Kickstarter is live!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
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[COUNTDOWN: There's now 6 days left in the Kickstarter and we are 44% funded. We need to raise $4,192 USD in order to meet our funding goal. Please spread the word! If you're interested in buying th
I have a fun story to tell you allStorytime!I have a fun story to tell you all11 months ago in Personal More Like This
So yesterday I went to my town fair with some friends and we ended up not sleeping at all.
So of course in the morning/next day because well... no sleeping, me and my friend Emily went to get coffees for everyone.
We rolled up to the Starbucks and its almost fall so I'm like yearning for a pumpkin spice latte. I knew they wouldn't have one though because its still august so we get to the order station and the barista with this super suave voice comes through and I'm just like
"oh yes, can I get a vanilla spice latte?" and the guy is like ooh sorry, we don't have that anymore! But we do have pumpkin spice.
I made a total commotion and when I finally settled down I was all calm like "Heck yes I would like a pumpkin spice."
He started laughing and we ordered the rest of the drinks and he asked if I wanted him to name the cups so I wouldn't get confused. I was feeling really good so I did the stupidest possible thing and was just like "This is the FO of the starship Enterprise."
RoF Feature: From Myth and LegendRoF Feature: From Myth and Legend1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
From Myth and Legend
presented by the Realm of Fantasy
Kali Ma vs Fu Lengby SteveArgyle
Medusa in the Boudoirby Ravven78
A T H E N Aby SilentPlea
Welcome to Hellby Sergey-Lesiuk
poseidon finalby ANG-angg
PE :Artistic ExcusesYou know, everywhere in the world, inspiration strikes, new artists are born, and new styles are born. We all start as beginners and take our time...but then certain points...there are times when we feel a certain way about our art. Some people don't think that they cannot get better when you know you can. Some people feel they should quit....when you can keep going. Some people feel like you're nothing...when you are something...those things are called excuses...there is no excuse why you cannot accomplish your goals to become an artist. The quotes you see oftenPE :Artistic Excuses3 months ago in Personal More Like This
"OMG! Your art is so cute!"
"That is awesome!"
"I love your art"
"Your art is very cool and different."
That alone should motivate you to keep going. But if you still feel weary of your art and if you still feel like your art cannot get better even after comments that should motivate your to keep going, here's a guide to help you out and a guide of excuses that are often shown w
Commission InfoI thought I'd update my commission journal, as the old one is wayyy outdated! Currently I'm open for any kind of commission. If you're interested in something but aren't sure what it would cost, just ask me, I don't bite! You can pay in either Euros or US Dollars, though I prefer Euros.Commission Info2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I make plushies on a regular basis. Most of the ones that are posted in my gallery are for sale. If you're interested in one you can ask me if it's for sale and what it would cost. However, pushies of my own characters are not for sale.
But of course, you can commission me to make you a plushie of your own OC or your favourite animal, whatever you may wish! Pricing is not set for these kind of commissions because it depends a lot on the size and complexity of the character.
The general price is $10 per inch. So a 7 inch red fox would cost 70 US Dollars. What exactly I mean by the size you can see here: http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii134/Avanii/Plushiepricings.jpg F
500 watchers, 500 points giveaway!Hi!500 watchers, 500 points giveaway!1 month ago in Personal More Like This
I just want to thank all of you for supporting me, be it the messages, comments or favourites! You are awesome! Without you, I doubt I will have the motivation to continue creating on a frequent basis.
So I'm giving 100 points to 5 of my watchers!
Oops, i forgot to put the closing date. This will end in 2 weeks, on 21st JUNE 2014.
All you have to do is:
- fav this journal for your entry number!
- Comment here and tell me about yourself in 3 or more sentences. I don't want you to be just a name on my watchers list.
- You can also ask me stuff, tell me what you would like to see next, or anything you want to tell me!
Thank you once again!
When you buy from..."When you buy from an independent artist you are buying more than just a painting or a novel or a song. You are buying hundreds of hours of experimentation and thousands of failures. You are buying days, weeks, months, years of frustration and moments of pure joy. You are buying nights of worry about paying the rent, having enough money to eat, having enough money to feed the children, the birds, …the dog. You aren't just buying a thing - you are buying a piece of heart, part of a soul, a private moment in someone's life. Most importantly, you are buying that artist more time to do something they are truly passionate about; something that makes all of the above worth the fear and doubt; something that puts the life into living." - Rebekah Joy PlettWhen you buy from...1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Devious Journal Entry"We Miss You" ContestDevious Journal Entry2 years ago in Personal More Like This
My dear good friend *PutYourBraveFaceOn :iconputyourbravefaceon: has made the
third edition of the "We Miss You" Contest. I think that the theme can be atractive
for many of us in dA community.
"We Miss You" is a yearly contest held by *PutYourBraveFaceOn (:iconputyourbravefaceon and *Alligatorr (:iconalligatorr made for the ones dear to us that passed away. It is a tribute to those who changed our lives in one way or another; it is a message, a way of coping with our loss, of saying thanks and of expressing our deepest feelings through art; it is an unburied or unspoken secret, the song of our hearts, the unseen tear, a piece of our broken soul. It is everything you want it to be, as long as it is related to a dead person or an animal companion. I know that "dead" may seem like a harsh word and we usually try to avoid it, because it hurts too much by making it all too real, but in the past "We Miss You" Contests not all the people got the point otherwise.
Ponyscape v0.4!!Hi Everypony!!Ponyscape v0.4!!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
It is with great pride that I present to you Ponyscape version 0.4!! It's been nearly a month in the making, and I think it's come quite a ways! For anyone who doesn't know, Ponyscape is my custom-built derivative of Inkscape, a vector art creation program, which adds features and fixes bugs pertaining to all artists (but especially useful to pony artists).
You can find the changelog for previous versions in their respective journals:
I have compiled binary packages for Windows, Linux Mint 14 64-bit (should also work on Ubuntu 12.10), and Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. On Windows, download the zip file and extract it using 7zip or winrar and run
Super-Duper Firefly FAQPLEASE let me know if there's anything I should add! I will update this as I think of new things!Super-Duper Firefly FAQ1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Pony Pricing Hat Pricing General Commission Info
What should I call you?
I like being called Firefly. It makes me feel pretty.
Did you steal your online name from Lauren Faust to make yourself feel more important?
Nope - I made
The Purchase Button and P2U DeviationsI'm so trying to avoid thinking about graduation, so I thought to explain this a little better.The Purchase Button and P2U Deviations2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
What are P2U Deviations?
They're deviations that ask you for a points' price to download their content, hence the 'Purchase' Button. Many of them are downloadable bases, but some are high resolution, unwatermarked versions of the previews everybody can see and favourite. In other cases, it's simply a way to pay for an adoptable or to purchase a custom, it really depends on what the deviation's owner wants to do.
Example of a P2U Base:
Can everybody use the P2U option?
Not currently. Right now it's available to Beta Testers only. This means you need a Premium Membership (paid account) and an active Beta Testing option (free). The dA staff has however said that this feature will be available to everyone and not just to Premium Users. This means that people just need to wait until all the bugs have been worked out and the Platform is released to the public. No, I
Stitch Era Subscription InformationHi guys! If anyone is looking to purchase a Stitch Era subscription you can buy it from Colman and Company. Here is a link that leads directly to their subscription page: http://colmanandcompany.com/static_store/SEU_Usage.htmlStitch Era Subscription Information6 months ago in Personal More Like This
You can also purchase a subscription through the official site. The amount 626.88 was in their currency (ARS) and I believe that my bank had trouble converting USD over to the currency they use, so that's why my transactions were declined. If anyone else has that problem you can purchase it through Colman and Company!
Bunny Rescue! Meet Elric!Just a little over a month ago I was browsing through some online ads when I spotted a rabbit in dire need of rescuing. His owner was keeping him locked inside a tiny cage that he couldn't stand up in and a quote in the description stated that he "just wanted to get rid of him." Of course being a bunny mummy of two already my heart bled for this little guy and seeing him trapped in that tiny space just killed me inside. But also being a bunny mummy of two meant that at the moment I didn't have the ability to take on another rabbit full time. I showed the advertisement to :iconjamiedenton: and he became determined to save this rabbit. We came to the agreement that I'd foster the bunny until he could gather the right accommodation for the poor thing. When it came to actually receiving the rabbit, however, we realised that the situation was much worse than we'd initially thought.Bunny Rescue! Meet Elric!3 weeks ago in Personal More Like This
The rabbit had been removed from the tiny cage and for the last few (very rainy) weeks, had instead been house
The State of Sculpture on Deviant ArtI've been trying to remain patient and open minded concerning the state of sculpture on dA. When I departed from my 'post' in April, I felt more than a bit guilty but in my defense, I had stayed on much longer than what I originally signed up for. I simply needed a break. Anyway, I recently discovered that the Traditional Art and the Artisan Craft moderators have been doing their best to cover sculpture as well as their own galleries and I commend their efforts. However, at this point, I am wondering what is fated for Sculpture on dA. There does not appear to be a "vacancy" for a Sculpture Gallery moderator any longer and while one of the Traditional Art moderators has been designated to handle sculpture as well as his own area of expertise, this means, to me, that Sculpture has been relegated to a less important and far less visible position in the dA community. I hope IThe State of Sculpture on Deviant Art2 years ago in Personal More Like This
A Giveaway for My Watchers - CLOSEDWell, I didn't get 75 entries, but it was super close, so I decided to award two winners anyway! Congratulations to :iconthe-goblinqueen: and :icondeathdragon13:!A Giveaway for My Watchers - CLOSED9 months ago in Personal More Like This
Thank you all for entering.
Hey there, watchers! I just wanted to let you know that I appreciate your kindness and support - it motivates me to keep creating! I thought it would be nice to do a little giveaway as a way to say thanks.
I have a number of older dragons that have been searching for a loving home. They tend to get passed over because, let's face it, they don't really measure up to my more recent work. Here they are:
The winner of this giveaway gets to pick which dragon they'd like to have. I'll pay for shipping - it's fine if you're not in the US, feel free to enter. I'll run this until 11:59pm Friday October 4th, Pacific time. The winner will be chosen via random number generator, and will notified by note. I will also post the result to this journal entry. The