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Journal Entry: Thu Nov 29, 2012, 4:33 PM

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I meant to go on with where I left last time but instead got caught up in the short History of the mandelbulb here on dA..

Mandelbulb3D and to a lesser extent Mandelbulber have been all the rage over the past year or so giving us a whole new way to experience some of our favourite fractal forms
and showing us new realms of fractal pleasure as infinite vistas from alien worlds open up before us.

Mandelbulb3D was brought to us by the tireless work of Jesse and friends over at Fractal Forums Taurus66, cKleinhuis :iconbib993: along with
the numerous (no pun intended) formulas made by the likes of luca :icondark-beam: and :iconfractkali:  . These guys really deserve a whole lot of praise for bringing the world such a brilliant set of tools for free .. yes for free…
Mandelbulber by :iconkrzysztofmarczak: is a comparable program

I am no mathematician infact I totally flunked math at school and really strugle to get to grips with the language of numbers despite being a self confessed fractal junkie,
What I really want to point out is just how very very good the creme de la creme of the Bulb world are both mathematically and artistically which are two disciplines not usually set side by side.

To illustrate this point, I started out with mandelbulb back in september 2010 and was quickly enticed by its wonders.. to date I have only posted around 70 bulb images and only a handful I really
feel are achievements.
Ok I didn't just focus on bulb work , I beaver away in all my other programs as well and although you might not believe it I do have a life,wife and family to attend to as well :)

Now if I look through my hard drive, just since October this year my mandelbulb folder has 40.25gb of saved parameters and thumbs as well as 9.85gb of renders, out of that I might if I am lucky get 10 images
I really feel have any value at all and in no way will they match up to the masters of the genre.

So maybe I'm just crap at bulbing... or then again I would prefer to think that some of these individuals showcased below are truly skilled at their art and deserve real recognition for what they are doing.

Take a look at a tiny representation of what i'm on about and go give them the :dalove: they deserve ...

At the borders of the imaginary by bib993

:iconmarkjaybee: C.A.T arriving at Vavatch Orbital by MarkJayBee

:icondainbramage1: Daydream by dainbramage1  :iconmarkjaybee: MolecularMainframe by MarkJayBee

:iconkr0mat1k: Continuum by kr0mat1k  :iconhaltenny: Sphere Inside by HalTenny

:iconhaltenny: Power Flowers by HalTenny :iconlen1: House Rules:Games of the Gods II by Len1

:iconandrea1981g: seashell bulbs by Andrea1981G :iconrowratty: Home Sweet Home by Rowratty

:iconvickym72: Quaternion Over Hawaii by VickyM72 :iconkrzysztofmarczak: Menger sponge with reflections by KrzysztofMarczak

:icontheli-at: Dots by Theli-at :iconbib993: Underwater amazing object by bib993

:icontheli-at: Kleinian drops by Theli-at :iconaureliuscat: Sleestak by AureliusCat

:iconsuicidebysafetypin: Color Dome by SuicideBySafetyPin :iconjim373: Project X by jim373

:iconfractkali: Against the Machine by FractKali :icontahyon: Evil Duck Empire by Tahyon

:iconlove1008: MACROMAGMA FRACTAL by love1008 :iconjunkdogap: The Preannual Eggcorn Farm by junkdogAP

:iconwaste-and-tragedy:  :iconco99a5: Structural Dynamism by CO99A5

:icontomwilcox: Beyond Reality 4 by TomWilcox :iconbib993: 3D burning ship by bib993

:iconvidom: Fire Plains of Raal at dusk by Vidom :icon0encrypted0: MB3D_0376_hd by 0Encrypted0

:iconmario837: Swine Flue by mario837 :iconmetamodernism: Beginning the Cascade by Metamodernism

:icongypsyh: The Wreckage by GypsyH :iconartisticlicensenow: :thumb172218769:

:iconxantipa2: MB10 Islands in Sky by Xantipa2 :iconvickym72: Time Out of Mind by VickyM72

:iconfractal-kiss: Tree Planet by Fractal-Kiss :iconulliroyal: Ship of Foools by ulliroyal

:iconleoniezurakowsky: Ordinem Fenestrae 01 by LeonieZurakowsky :iconegehlin: The Harder They Fall by egehlin

:iconoppenheimer: the core by oppenheimer :icondirect2brain: Precious by Direct2Brain

:icongrahamsym: Boldly Go by GrahamSym :iconmandelwerk: Triassic Deoxyribonucleic Superstrings by MANDELWERK

:iconphoenixkeyblack: Self Assembly by phoenixkeyblack :icondark-beam: The eternal dance by dark-beam

:iconmandelwerk: In the Hall of the Fractal King by MANDELWERK :icongrahamsym: Man of War by GrahamSym

:icongypsyh: The Bots of Andoan by GypsyH  :iconskyzyk: Harmonious Existence by skyzyk

:iconkaeltyk: Automn Tree by Kaeltyk :iconbo-dion: INFLAMES by bo-dion

:iconschmiegel: Stinger's Lair by Schmiegel :icondorianoart: TALIXIA by DorianoArt

:iconchaoticatmospheres: Mandelocular - 28 by ChaoticAtmospheres :iconkrzysztofmarczak: Roots by KrzysztofMarczak

:icondainbramage1: Desert Flower of Barsoom by dainbramage1 :iconmarkjaybee: CopperCloisters by MarkJayBee

:iconnic022: Madame Irma by nic022 :icontahyon: Alien Waters by Tahyon

:iconfiery-fire: Solaris by Fiery-Fire  :iconegehlin: Faberge Tech by egehlin

:icondsynegrafix: On Track by DsyneGrafix :iconkrzysztofmarczak: Balls 2 by KrzysztofMarczak

   :iconlen1: The Prize by Len1

Bioluminescence III by FractKali

  • Listening to: A thousand thousand streams cojoining
  • Reading: Jamrach's Menagerie,Enders Shadow,Gossip ft F
  • Watching: things fall apart
  • Playing: as if life depended on it
  • Eating: in
  • Drinking: in
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August/September End of Summer Feature

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 16, 2012, 7:38 PM

World on my back by Healzo Bubbles on a stick by Davils-Photography A kind of magic by PawelMatys
Shattered DVD V by Dave-Heyborne Ophelia by arrryen :fadeaway: by candymax
long lights by cscruff Industrial Color by adityapudjo Cosmos by Slushy-Pye
vision by augenweide Transcend Time by lostknightkg :thumb315345745:
3 years. by D4D1 Childhood dream. by EbruSidarPortrait Witch house: in the forest V. by Agnes-z-Garbledville
stuck in the ice by victoriaaudouard

Mature Content

Ladder mood. by psychiatrique
Powerless.. by Khomenko
cold water_9 by MotyPest . : s a p p h i r e : . by utopic-man mid by kieubaska
on giving up by sarahannloreth Anything can grow by nile-can-too Movements between the silence by vampire-zombie
:thumb320593210: Celestial Rose by Lilyas
Underground Blur by cameraflou In The Forge by goRillA-iNK Chemical Planets Zero by Pierre-Lagarde
:thumb305098509: jellyfish by aanaliza Di by silverwing-sparrow
Heavenly Rush by jausmiina La messagere by ambrosia3 in the arms of memories by BelcyrPiotr
whisper by kim-e-sens p k by estellamestella Summer feeling by snowdroplets
Outshine the Rest by Einsilbig :thumb311903616: Bittersweet Scent . Allergia by Manon-Blutsanguen
spider's web by all17 :thumb318330692: The last embrace by LuizaLazar
august by Inextremiss :thumb267466669: Top Heavy by jonniedee
ocean breeze by photographybyfallon :thumb305112113: Sea lights by LukasSowada
Snow White Fall Down by CocoLovesChanel understate by partiallyHere the sun by AlicjaRodzik
Water dwellers by nile-can-too mandala by Art-de-Viant Reflection of the soul by astridle
Autumn fae by ideea :thumb297856412: Recycled by girltripped :thumb208220636:
whispering waters. by kittysyellowjacket Scorching desert sun by BirdSophieBlack nothing really matress by perhydrol
maryna by payleyjean Little yellow Bokeh by bwaworga Lil' Beauty by billiejolm Daisy by KayleighJune
Collecting your sweetest dream by blackfantastix kiss from a rose by Megson You're My Miracle by JustinDeRosa
Things seemed so perfect by werol GreenDoor by moranaF summer rain by hayzy Try to Break Me by MyLifeThroughTheLens

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Photography Weekly Header created by TouchedD

"The quickest way to make money from Photography is to sell your camera"

Noticeably in the past few weeks, more and more people seem to be speaking up and making noise at the fact that aren't making money from their photography. There's no doubt about it - Photography starts out as a hobby. You don't one day pick up a camera and decide that you are going to be a pro and get given your first paycheck. It's one of those unique hobbies where you get a gentle introduction around age 10 with your first proper camera (haha) and the rest is History. Whatever you make it really.  You can't say that about most professions.

Putting yourself out there is something I've been trying to hammer home the past week, you'll have noticed my ramble if you read last weeks edition of Photography weekly. Getting paid for it is another matter. Sometimes you have to make sacrifices. Sometimes, you might not get paid for what you do. You can always wrangle something from a photo shoot be it a mention on a website, name spread by word of mouth, whatever. It doesn't always have to be money, getting known is far more important.

If you want to make fast money from Photography though - chances are your only option to begin with is to sell your camera ;)

Community Relations News

New Faces have joined the team which means new people to go and bother!
International Woman's Day happened yesterday and there is a blog celebrating all the articles written by Community Volunteers for the occasion.

General Photography News

Community Volunteers Kaz-D and ScENeYmE


:bulletblack:ScENeYmE has written the latest article Photography Discovered! Have you checked out the Discovery Tool?

:bulletblack:Women's Day is an article that explores art from the Photography gallery that features all sorts of women from across the world.
Woman by novembermistake

Don't forget Photography -> Darkroom is still looking for a CV! So check out FAQ #85: Can I be a volunteer on DeviantArt? and apply if you're interested!


:new: Community Volunteer xbastex

Battle by xbastex
xbastex has joined the team to take care of Photo-journalism. So do you have a few suggestions for daily deviations? Send Photo-journalism his way - he doesn't bite! His guidelines can be found on his front page.

Eat It! by MattInABox The woman who lost her memory, by iNeedChemicalX love my new life by ahmedwkhan    

Abstract & Surreal

Community Volunteer DpressedSoul

International Women's Day Feature is an article that features female Abstract and Surreal Photographers across deviantART.


:bulletblack:The Man Who Didn't Know He'd Lost his Mind is another fantastic article from the Abstract and Surreal Community.
"What can I tell you you haven't heard a hundred times
About the man who didn't know he'd lost his mind?"

:bulletblack:Abstract Photography - Minimalism is an excellent article put together by daisicalolliwog exploring Minimalist Art with some beautiful examples.
day by day.. by tuminka
Illusions 2 by MayaVogrin

Urban, Rural and Architecture

Community Volunteer itsfrits

It's Urban, Rural and Architecture Photography week over at projecteducate so be sure to pop over and join the group for all the latest updates! Here's a peek at what's happened so far...
Architecture Photography
Urban and Rural Photography
Exploring Architecture
San Francisco, Golden Gate by alierturkFoggy Retreat by Oer-Wout

Project Educate - Your Turn...Again!

Next week is a Community based week again and if you want to write an article, share info about a group or generally educate the community in some way, shape or form then it's not too late to get involved! Just send me a note! Here's a preview of what you can expect next week:
:bulletblue: Photography Based Contest
:bulletblue: Educational blogs from  Talty exploring Food :la: and Polymer Clay
:bulletblue: Typography Features
:bulletblue: An Interview with bebefromtheblock
:bulletblue: White Balance Tips and Hints
Plus much more!

Conceptual Photography

Community Volunteer DemonMathiel

The Power of Ideas is a special edition article written by DemonMathiel in honour of Women's Day.

heavy words by DarkGomoI will keep an eye out for you by thedaydreaminggirl

Horror, Macabre and...Cosplay

Community Volunteer pullingcandy

Check out March Madness if you have any suggestions to help pullingcandy do the A, B, C's of Cosplay!

Serenade me Sinister this time around uses Disturbia by Rihanna.
Crazy by breathingxsymphonies
Where is the light? by DaughterofHermes

Street Photography

Community Volunteer StamatisGR

Friday Night Specials is out again so pull up a chair and have a browse of some fantastic street photography work.
shot by LauraSto
Mothers help by sandas04

Spotlight Group

autumn jewels by Orwald
Following on from Last week's tutorial on Bokeh - I am introducing Beautiful-Bokeh a group run by two amazing photographers that has been created purely for bokeh lovers.
#4 Evening by Smertushka
Blue Bell Ice Cream by MinhMonsterful

Spotlight Artist

here I am by MartinAmm
This week we're focusing on Animals, Plants and Nature for our spotlight artist. I'd like to introduce MartinAmm who is a photographer based in Germany.
lamella by MartinAmm
red veined darter II by MartinAmm
liverleaf by MartinAmm
Pleiades by MartinAmm

I was lucky enough to stumble across his work after popping over to dAPN this morning. Coincidentally I found that their monthly theme is Green Check out This Blog for more info!

Deviants to Check Out This Week

BritLawrence has some fantastic photography but this week her boyfriend brought this piece to my attention. Wonderful! :D

Go Boom by AFineWar
AFineWar has some absolutely beautiful photoshop actions to use with CS5.5 so it's well worth having a wander over and seeing if anything takes your fancy. Remember to stick to the rules ;)

Tip of the Week

Basic Portrait Lighting by KissMyHuman

This week the featured tutorial is about portrait lighting. I've had a quick look through it myself and it's actually incredibly useful!

Yagami Light by lucbecks
light slice by zieniu
Into the Light by miss-gidget

Mature Content

unbearable ease by ilcato

black sun by zenibyfajnie
festival by nurtanrioven
Lestat @ con' by Carancerth
Emily 2 by Enigma-Fotos
Jennet by mechtaniya

The Community Volunteer Team - Photography

The Community Volunteer Team  - Photography

General Photography: Kaz-D & ScENeYmE

Abstract and Surreal: DpressedSoul

Animals, Plants and Nature: trevg and shuttermonkey

Architecture, Urban and Rural: itsfrits

Artistic Nude and Fetish: Nyx-Valentine

Conceptual: DemonMathiel

Fashion: Pixel-Spotlight

Horror & Macabre: pullingcandy

Macro: hellfirediva

Pinup and Glamour: DistortedSmile

:new:Photo-journalism xbastex

Street: StamatisGR  

Groups to Check Out

:iconbeautiful-bokeh: :icondapn: :iconbestofcolor: :iconphotographersdream: :iconurban-and-rural: :iconabstract-and-surreal: :iconcommunityrelations: :iconprojecteducate: :iconthrough-a-lens: :iconabstract-high-key: :iconr72: :iconstreetsnapshots: :iconcritique-it: :iconbeyond-borders: :iconsweet-photography: :iconphotography-inc: :iconphotographyportraits: :iconcasualphotography: :iconphotographyworld: :iconbreathtaking-photos: :icongothictemple: :iconbeautiful-bokeh: :iconwater-dreams: :iconlovely-square-pics:

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Feature Time!^^

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 10, 2013, 5:01 AM
Wonderful gifts and dedications from my friends :aww:

PE... by vfrrich Deep Silence by SeventhFairy

Pain by TaniaART

Tell Me Your Secret by sesam-is-open

Indiana Jones and the Lost Island by kimsol

Happy Birthday Paul! :cake: :glomp:

S o u r c e by J-u-d-a-s . F L U X . by J-u-d-a-s

Betrayed... by J-u-d-a-s Schizoid by J-u-d-a-s

Succubus by J-u-d-a-s 'Lilim by J-u-d-a-s


sweet pain by peroni68

Lorelei by Flobelebelebobele

Midnight Ride by revande Espoir pour Cendrillon by Marjie79

Within the Abyss of Disconnect by astrangeallure

Ravens Violin Serenade by SweediesArt Carnival of Rust by ChristabelleLAmort

Dryade de l'ame by Le-Meridian Aux souvenirs du passe by Kallaria

Cloud Colossus by MoodyBlue Taken Liberty by BiBiARTs

Blue Eye, Blood eye by ReverieSummoner

Lighted Windows by wingsofdragons

Bloody Passion by Celairen Expecto patronum by LucasValencio

Lost wings by KellieArt Radioactive by TaniaART

Bare Bones by Notvitruvian

La fille d'Hades by Le-Regard-des-Elfes

Music is passion by ClaudiaSchirmetz The Master by LidiaVives

The Cold by Daystar-Art Rebirth by Beholdentolove

Ice Queen 2 by EveLivesey

Cry for the Moon by Ariel87

Warmth of spring by 7usaM

Blue Orchid by FrankAndCarySTOCK My own House by YvetteStar

Love is Ending by stellartcorsica

Old Memories by Dark-Angel669

Luscious by MonaParvin

Delicious by magicsart Bleeding Heart by magicsart

Hope II by Sandra-Cristhina Ladybug by Lhianne

Late night rendezvous by robhas1left MMelusine fleur d'Avalon by MelieMelusine

Alice and the White Rabbit by Doucesse Looking for you by EstherPuche-Art

Morbid Angel II by Dani-Owergoor

Into The Sun by maiarcita Scarlet Down by shiny-shadows-Art

Rogue by Whendell Pandora by LOURDES-LAVEAU Pierrot by Cinnamoncandy

Without Alternative by vampirekingdom The Moon Goddess by Jezzy-Art

Angles Fall First by s2headeagle

Butterflies by DaniaArts

And big congrats to my friend Margarete for her well deserved DD :clap:

Dryad by megan7


Take care

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Journal Entry: Fri Feb 10, 2012, 3:45 PM

Features Time^^

.Okami. Good Boy. by sakimichan
hunting by breathing2004
Sands of Creation by balaa
River Spirit by anndr
Samba at Sunset by Mattsart
The Warm Aura Around Me by Red-Priest-Usada
Midautumn Day by joinjump
Colors of Autumn 2 by haryarti
VanillexHope: Our Paradise by LoneWolf117
Autumnal Qilin by KatePfeilschiefter
Dragon by ArisT0te
Infection by evelmiina
The Ancient Elements of Harmony by Ziom05
Autumn Princess by Lupinicious

Siesta by NadiavanderDonk
Just the Two of Us by DolphyDolphiana
Big Top by SuicideBySafetyPin
Siren's Stare by JoJoesArt
Bubbles Upon Bubbles by wolfepaw
When there is no autumn, just make it by woxys

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Mon Oct 29, 2012, 3:20 AM


The Vampire Contessa by TaniaART Dryad by NotBySight1109
Nature from inside by dihaze Aysu - 100k Kiriban by Dark-Arya
Character Design Witch by Dinoforce I See Fire by Brilcrist
Asian Princess__! by SK-DIGIART Candlelight by SK-DIGIART
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Hello, deviantART!

As the Community Volunteer for Photomanipulation, it will be my honor over the coming months to share the community I serve with you all and to show you the vast diversity, expertise, and creativity that defines us as artists.

Tonight I wanted to share some voices of experience with you all. The individuals I have chosen to interview for this piece have all been a part dA for at least five years. They have all been leaders in the photomanipulation community by setting high standards of quality through their exquisite works, by being involved in the community, and by setting a positive example for us all to admire.

These artists are:

:iconjenadellagrottaglia: JenaDellaGrottaglia      
:iconmarcelabolivar: MarcelaBolivar
:iconfrozenstarro: FrozenStarRo                     
:iconj-u-d-a-s: J-u-d-a-s                       
:iconidalarsenart: IdaLarsenArt
:iconvacuumslayer: vacuumslayer                 
:iconalexandravbach: AlexandraVBach

I asked them to share their insights as to how the Photomanipulation community has changed through the years and things they have learned and witnessed as artists. They were kind enough to oblige, and their answers (and stunning examples of their artwork) are below.

How has the photomanipulation community changed over the years since you've been a member?

I think skill-wise it has grown and flourished very well along with the adaptation of CS, which of course is constantly evolving. We are now seeing lots more new techniques and styles being incorporated; some of the results I have seen are visually stunning to say the least. The growth of the community is constant; even photographers and traditional artists are giving Photo-manipulation a go, which is very encouraging.

Since I joined in 2003, the community has changed in many different ways. From a close, small group of 10-15 manipulators who had strong connections, the photomanip community turned these last years into something enormous. And since it has grown larger and larger it’s sometimes not easy to find newcomers or to give them the support they need. Fortunately, since the number of groups and super groups dedicated to photomanip increased rapidly, we can connect together again and give each other feedback and support, which is to my opinion, the reason we’re here.

It has certainly changed--lots of trends have come and gone--but the big difference I see is that there's more resources than ever, be it stock photography, 3d renders, and even pre-made pictures of all sorts. Not to mention all the great tutorials around.

Hmm.. well I've been a member for almost 9 years now, so lots of things have changed through the years, not to mention the community has grown immensely in numbers! I think what stands out to me the most is how many new categories has evolved from the initial 'clean' photomanipulation. It is still an ongoing debate as to 'when' an artwork is called a photomanipulation and when it is a digital darkroom altered 'photograph'; also, in my case is the case where several digital medias are combined in the art work, such as photos, digital 3D renders, and digitally painted elements. That is why most of my art works are in the 'digital art; mixed media' category - because it no longer only has clean photographic elements in it.

Also, the past many years I have read the ongoing passionate discussion in art forums all over the internet, regarding photomanipulations being 'less of an art form' than digital paintings for example, and I have always had a hard time understanding why people have a tendency to see things in such a black/white perspective. After all, what art is and what it is not is a plainly subjective issue, and no one person has the right to claim what goes for everyone else. I always try to speak only on my own behalf, and I wish other people would try to do the same. I can appreciate all kinds of creative outlets for their artistic quality, it being sculptures, clothing design, doll making, even taxidermy art that is for some people more extreme, I would still call art, since I can see the artistic intention and creative work put into the progress of making it.

The community changed a lot with the tools given. I am watching new artists learning to make brilliant manipulations at a faster pace than they used to back in the day when I joined, and my guess is it has to do with the fact we were more limited in options with our older Photoshop versions and when most of the work was done by mouse instead of a tablet.

Plus, I have noticed a lot more "individuality," meaning artists have developed their own easily recognizable style. For example I could be browsing the manipulation galleries and tell from as much as a little thumbnail who the artist is.

I'm actually at a bit of a disadvantage when it comes to this question, because I was on very little for the past couple years due to the birth of my son. As it is, I rarely have time to go through and look at others' manipulations, which I deeply regret. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that I know there was some outcry in the community that folks needed to be more creative and not rely so heavily on those popular memes you see represented again and again. It may be my imagination, but I think people have heard that, and I'm seeing more creative, interesting, meme-busting stuff all the time. And I love it.

The community was a lot smaller, and I remember where there was so much monochrome, or overlaying of blue hues. I am really glad to see color make a come back! I feel like the talent here at DA has grown here leaps and bounds over the past 8 years. Like there is a new level of photomanipulation out there, and I love it.

.: H a r l e Y :. by J-u-d-a-sQueen of Hearts by AlexandraVBachSulfur III by MarcelaBolivarUnlocking Secrets by IdaLarsenArtThe Offering by FrozenStarRoThe Storyteller by vacuumslayer High Priestess Water by JenaDellaGrottaglia

What has been most personally fulfilling about your experience in the dA
photomanipulation community? For example, in what ways has your own art evolved?

For me personally, it would have to be the constant and loyal support I receive from my friends here; without that friendship I think the quality of my art would suffer in the long term. As artists, constructive feedback is important for our growth skill-wise, and I encourage everybody to do this for others as much as possible.

Connections with other artists, feedback and support through good and bad times is what matters the most, and it's the main reason I’m still here today. The feeling of belonging to a big community is also very challenging and keeps on impacting my own art. Each time I create something new I want it to be better than the time before and I also want it to be unique, like something that hasn’t been done or seen a dozen times already. That is a real motivation for me.

The most fulfilling part of my stay in dA is obviously being inspired by great artists and illustrators; I've met great people here and have been keeping track of them over the years. It is great to feel I “grew” with them, and see them achieve their goals or change their vision through time made me realize of what I really want to do with my work.

Well, joining DA was a great influence in my artistic path getting to where it is now and definitely the sole reason as to why I started doing digital art instead of keeping on my traditional 'non-digital' art form that I had developed since childhood. I first started out scanning my pencil drawings, and then colouring them in Photoshop, but soon I encountered the art form of photomanipulation and had to try out what that was all about since I had always loved photographing as well as drawing. That triggered my entire focus shifting from pencil drawings into what I soon saw as an art form that could transform my ideas of fantastical worlds into a more movie realistic result.

I love how all characters in this art form are 'real' people with real bodies/faces that one could meet if all the worlds in fantasy books and movies where available for one to visit. They are an alternative to the often more perfect depiction of the human form that is portrayed in many typical fantasy paintings. That is also the major thing the buyers of my art prints often tell me; They relate to the characters because they look more like the everyday people they meet, even if in a fantasy setting.

I wasn't even interested in art before I joined deviantART. But as I joined I noticed artists who could achieve such beautiful art pieces from simple photographs, that I was determined to learn how they did it.

I've grown a lot as an artist with the help of my fellow artists. Whether it was a good helpful critique, sharing different techniques I wasn't familiar with or the friendly pat on the back I needed on occasion to keep me motivated.

Aside from receiving my DD's--which was a thrill--I'd have to say the inspiration I get from other artists is the thing that tickles me the most about being here. I've seen photomanipulations that just out and out gutted me with their brilliance.

Going through my personal gallery, you can see the evolution of my work, the blending techniques, the stopping of a smudge tool, more detail, and less overlay in texture. It is nice to actually be able to see this and know I am still evolving. I don't think you can ever stop learning or growing as an artist with this medium--or any medium, for that matter. My own personal victory is just truly knowing I am growing, and I have built a great fan base as well as a client base in the past couple of years.

violette by JenaDellaGrottagliaTwist by vacuumslayerAkasha by FrozenStarRoThe Raid - Revised by IdaLarsenArtAsh III by MarcelaBolivarErzsebet by AlexandraVBachC o r v u S C o r a X by J-u-d-a-s

What advice would you give to photomanipulation artists who hope to be in your position (skill-wise but also experience-wise) over the next few years?

My advice would be to try and find your own personal signature style of art; that should be your long-term goal. I admit this is very difficult to do in a community of very talented artists. I always tell others to use the trial and error method; understand the program you are working with then harness its potential into your own work. The most important advice is to enjoy what you do; don't worry about trying to be like others--be yourself and stay creative!

Ten years ago, I would never have imagined that I could ever be a freelance artist, at the head of my own company. Everything happened without being planned. I worked hard, produced a lot of artwork, had the chance to become popular over here, and had good opportunities at the right moment. So the only advice I could give is to work a lot, to network with other artists (give feedback so you receive feedback) and to stay motivated and true to yourself.

Set your goals and practice a lot until you reach them. But above all, enjoy it!

Don't let anyone bully you into thinking you are 'less' artistic or that your art is minor to other art categories, but try to embrace and put into words what it is you love about your particular art genre. If you can put to words the passion you have for it, you will more often experience that people will respect you, even if you did not choose an art form they themselves did. And try to act accordingly in regards to
how you approach people with art forms that you may not understand. Respect goes both ways.

Keep creating, as experience is the best tutor one can have, and time will make you better and better all your life. Even the most famous of artists out there feels the need to evolve and be better than they are now; it never stops. So keep at it, and don't be afraid to experiment!

Don't let longer periods of artistic voids scare you! There can be times when nothing comes out as you wish or when you feel no inspiration. These can be the times where your mind takes in new ideas, perceptions and when you start doing art again you may see the result in changing of style or an increased level of skill. That is my experience at least!

Keep practicing. And don't be afraid to try out new things. If you go way back in my gallery you will see some pretty awful pieces from the days I could barely tell the Photoshop tools apart one from another. I keep them as a reminder of who I was starting out and to show how much I've improved over the years.

Look at other people's work. Really, LOOK. Note how they do things (like how they use light and shadow, how they draw hair). Buy a book or two, to get a good grip on the software you're using. Practice, practice, practice. I actually kept making art 'til it ruined my back. I wish I were joking.

What I would love to see is people taking more time to put together works, adding more detail and using more than a "personal" stock on a premade background and doing smudge, burn, and dodge. I think it is nice to challenge yourself, dream bigger, want more, dig into your imagination and get creative. I would like to see more attention to blending; blending is key to making a piece feel cohesive and fluid. Remember to play in photoshop because you have the option of going back and removing a layer or adding a layer. Play and color outside the lines. Think outside the box, The only limit is your imagination!!!

Thank you all so much for your kindness in participating in this feature. :heart:

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Hall Of Fame ( 27 - July 2012 )

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 5, 2012, 2:08 AM
:new: :bulletred: Before talking about the features, I want to present something briefly.
For those who still care and who would like to make a change in
someone’s life, you are free to share your ideas concerning  our project
called The "Think About It" Project. Your opinion counts! And no, we are NOT
expecting donations of any kind etc. , because this project isn’t based on any financial principle.
Details can be found on the official updated website: .

:bulletblue: Those who have been members of our Group for quite a while are aware of
the fact that many of the Group's Submissions end up in my, Alligatorr's, gppr’s, Mathness', 
Rockinfroggi's and pbird12's Favourites, being featured wherever it is possible to do that and being
suggested as DDs. So, keep submitting, people, because there are only advantages in it for you.

:bulletblue: This is the Hall Of Fame of our :iconforeverartgroup: . Here you can find the best monthly submissions, carefully chosen by us.

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