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EDIT: 11/18/2014

So, as I said of tumblr, I want to thank everyone for their support! We collected almost 10000 through Indiegogo donation! I know it's far from what the goal is but don't worry! We are planing phase two of the campaign! We will not stop just because we didn't reach our goal out of a first try! :D We will fight until we finally get there!

To everyone who donated and shared the campaign: Thank you! Your support is what helped us get even this far, we really couldn't have done without you! ;u; As I said above, we will continue to fight until our goal is reached so we aren't stopping just yet!

I will update everyone once phase two starts and I will most likely reopen Special Order (and add new ideas for it). If I still owe you those, don't worry! I quite busy with the School Festival (which was a total success! The photo's are here! ) and now that it's over, I'm going to work on them during this and next week! :D Thank you for your patience!

~F-S-H

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NEW VIDEO!!! We finally reached over 5000, let's try to get as far as we can!! BIG THANKS TO EVERY SUPPORTERS WHO HELPED SO FAR!!




HELP US MAKE THE CULTURAL CENTER SAKURABANA COME TO LIFE!!! DONATE AND YOU COULD GET ONE OF THE OFFERED REWARDS!!



If still unable to donate, consider sharing this link, we will much appreciate it!

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FLY-SKY-HIGH'S SAKURABNA SPECIAL OFFER- CLOSED

Fly-Sky-High's special offer!- CLOSED by Fly-Sky-High

  • Contribute to our INDGIEGOGO page
  • The given amount of contribution you donate allows you get a piece of work from me under the price I will set bellow.
  • All you have to do is show me proof of your contribution, like a screenshot of it being sent and such and you will get a price from me
  • Your screenshot and award you want to be drawn should be sent via notes.


-THE PRICES:

  • Send 1$ and I will make you a sketch, same style (lines) as posted on this deviation and up to 3 characters in the pic (or you can offer more and get a sketch for each extra 1$ you send)
  • Send 10$ and you will get a lineart of up to 2 characters you order 
  • Send 20$ and I will lineart, color and cellshade a single character you order.

 
~F-S-H

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Let's talk about this briefly now-IMPORTANT


I was going post everything of what is going on but I figured I should make a video of it or at least a recording, it would be easier for your to understand (at least as far as my english goes lol)

To put it simply of what is going, the organization Sakurabana and it's club (counting in many activities that is happening there, as well as Mugen manga school which I attend to) is in big trouble. 
Sakurabana logo by Fly-Sky-High
They are the organizers of biggest Japanese pop culture convention on Balkans, Japanizam, as well as many mini events relating to same subject (Chibicon, Death Note or Berserk Day etc.), not to mention events with friendly games and gaming (video game tournaments, Fantasy Role Play days, card game tournaments etc.).

Japanese embassy and few others who support us still has their doors open to help but this is something beyond their power...

Current issue is manly spacing. I haven't talked about it here, but we moved couple of times for a past year and it seems like both cases will end on a bad note. The renting we pay for the space located in the center of the city (which is a necessity so everyone has a decent approach to the club, despite the higher prices on rent) is BEYOND EXPENSIVE, not to mention that neighbors keep blaming us for issues the old building has and pretty much has nothing to do with us, we are just easiest to blame because of "kids" and for being newbies there.

We've come to the point where paying for high rents and constantly being kicked out or yelled at by owners is no longer tolerable.

Luckily, the founders of the club (where I'm a member who helps as much as one can) are rather focused on solving the problem rather than confronting people who wouldn't even care as long as they get loads of money from us.

Our current goal is to collect enough money to buy our own space (apartment or a montage house or anything that is more available to us). One would think that's not a hard task but as much as support we get with Japanese embassy, according to law, they can't help us found a space where Sakurabana can be, only things relating to culture even if our club represents just that. NO ONE ELSE founds our club, the people that work there are all volunteered workers and they don't earn to keep this club alive. The money that club DOES earn all goes to anime merch, mangas for manga library and mini events I mentioned above. All for good fun to say it simply.

We can't even ask our country for help because when we did they could just say this to us: "To which political party do you belong to?" which is a real shame and I am ashamed everything in Serbia functions based on which party we are in (and there are plenty that hold big companies in their grasp and don't give a shit about those that they can't benefit from). They don't care about culture any more and am I not saying this because we are with this big problem but also looking on how other cultural programs are barely holding up, especially since my father is a teacher of folk dance so I understand the struggle.

I would mention a lot more things here but I said I will keep it short so I will mention all the details in the video.

WE NEED YOUR HELP.



Now, before you run off thinking "I'm sorry, I can't help, I'm as poor as you are *poofs a moth out of a wallet*" there is something you CAN DO to help us and doesn't involve just donating.

SPREAD THE WORD!



I am sure this is a subject anyone can relate to. I am sure many of you live in places where something as japanese pop culture (from anime and manga to music and culture aline) is not as well accepted and understand how rare it is to find someone who finds it interesting in local places and not just on the internet. We want to protect this place as it is a type of sanctuary, a place where we can gather and be tolerable toward one another, play games and learn together, discuss about things we love... we choose to come to this place instead of staying isolated at home feeling unaccepted by people around us (as personally and speaking for many friends, we were teased, bullied and mocked for our own interests we love). We want to keep Sakurabna and Japanizam alive as much as we can, even if it means giving our own effort and money to make it so because we love our "second home".

In the video, I will explain what Sakurabana means to me and how much it saved me, not even joking here.

THIS IS WHAT YOU CAN DO:


  • If you wish to donate, so far we have this current working paypal e-mail:

    vortodox@gmail.com

    (please keep in mind this is an e-mail I used to get my commissions payment but it is no longer used for that, it belongs to the founder of the Sakurabana, Vortodox, who earlier kindly offered to help me earn something using his paypal. THIS E-MAIL IS NO LONGER USED FOR COMMISSIONS. It is now primary e-mail used ONLY FOR DONATION TO SAKURABANA CLUB FOR THE MENTIONED GOAL). Yes, this means I no longer have an e-mail for personal commissions but that is fine because Paypal will be in full function in our country (meaning we will be able to get and not just send money through it) starting October 8th. I will be getting my own paypal next month but this is not what is important now.
  • Despite mentioned above, I WILL BE DOING COMMISSIONS ONLY TO DONATE TO THE CLUB FROM NOW ON. Yes, it means cutting off my only way of earning something and giving it all to Sakurabana. THAT is how much this means to me! If you want, you can always commission me under current prices OR you can wait for a bit until I make a special event where I could make art giveaways for given amount of money you donate to Sakurabana. If you can suggest anything that can work for us both do comment and leave that suggest, I'm happy to consider anything that can help.
  • Donate on INDIEGOGO site!

  • For the locals, there will be a bank or a drawing account where you can donate money via deposit slip.
  • And finally, as mentioned above, SPREAD THE WORD! I will be honest, our country is a deep shit with economy as it is, all our hope is poured mostly from international incomes we can get as a donation. If you spread awareness (by copying or linking this journal, reblogining, posting on fb, your art pages, anything what works for you) then you can help us gain some more interest of other people who are willing to help even just a bit. Anything goes. I know this is hard as barely anyone reads about things that probably has nothing to do with them but at least keep this in mind: WE ARE DOING THIS FOR THE SAKE OF KEEPING SOMETHING THAT IS BARELY NOTABLE HERE ON BALKAN. WE WANT TO MAKE IT BIG SO ANYONE FROM ANY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD COULD COME VISIT OUR CONVENTION AND HAVE FUN INSTEAD OF KEEPING THE SPACE LIMITED AND SMALL DURING JAPANIZAM. WE ALREADY KNOW PEOPLE FROM VARIOUS EUROPIAN COUNTRIES COME HERE EVERY YEAR TO ENJOY A CONVENTION THEY PROBABLY DON'T HAVE IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY. THIS IS WHERE WE GATHER TO ENJOY SOMETHING WE ALL LOVE. PLEASE SUPPORT IT!
If you have anything you can suggest that can help us feel free to do so. You can also comment and suggest what I personally can do through art that can benefit both of us, instead of just giveaway I mentioned above. 

Thanks for reading! I will work on making a video which may help you guys understand more about this situation (and mostly from personal perspective).

~F-S-H
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CONTEST!!

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 28, 2012, 4:43 PM


hi eveyone! I have a new contest!! >w< and now is for points but this is no just my contest is :iconxkynthiax:'s contest too XD and now here is everything you need to know about our contest :3 please read everything :3

Random Style!



Infos



YOU'LL HAVE TO DRAW AIDA Y NARI IN YOUR ENTRY OK!?

1- :iconxkynthiax:' OC
her outfits
(naruto style) AIDA fullbody by xkynthiax
(casual style) .:commission 3:. by mariazinha-san Happy B'Day Aida x3 by SakuraKiel
(lolita style) :thumb340403709:
(halloween style) point commissions 12-7-1 by rika-dono

2- :iconsakurakiel: OC
her outfis
(naruto style) Nari Kiel by SakuraKiel (RTN style TDA Nari DL by SakuraKiel)
(casual style) outfit XD by SakuraKiel Prom Gown by SakuraKiel
(lolita style) kuroshitsuki cosplay by SakuraKiel :thumb340403215:
(halloween style) point commissions 12-7-2 by rika-dono
(other style) point commissions 10-4 by rika-dono

RULES



1-you must draw nari and aida in all the pics you want to do, we don't care about the pose, style or anything
2- no edits, bases or sketchs please
3- every pic must to have a background, a simple bg like this Request for SakuraKiel by Paulinarts or something like this Comish sakurakiel by Hishousophy but it must to have a bg
4- no yuri or hentai XD nari and aida are friends no lovers ok XD and no content mature ok? XD
5- you can draw they in every way you want, they can be like in naruto style, inthe middle of a fight, or in lolita style like nari being the maid and aida her lady, or like valentine's day, whatever XD

PRIZES


1st place- 1000 points and 3 icons by :iconsakurakiel:
1 fullbody colored, 1 halfbody and 1 chibi by :iconxkynthiax:

2nd place-800 points and 2 icons by :iconsakurakiel:
1 halfbody colored and 1 chibi by :iconxkynthiax:

3rd place- 400 points and 1 icon by :iconsakurakiel:
1 chibi colored and 1 lineart by :iconxkynthiax:

LAST DAY YOU CAN SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY IS ON FEBRUARY 12th AND THE WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON FEBRUARY 14th ok :3? good luck

Some examples of the draws that you can win
:iconxkynthiax:'s draws Kumo comission by xkynthiaxkyuuka and hanabira by xkynthiax cm: victoria by xkynthiaxpcm: hana by xkynthiaxi allways gonna love you by xkynthiax
:iconsakurakiel:'s icons Aiki and Naya Icon gift by SakuraKiel

FOR ANY QUESTION JUST ASK ME n.n THANKS

informacion en espa;ol aqui Esp/Eng Contest Info(after everything in spanish I'm going to give some more information in english ok?)
hola a todos esta es la entrada en espa;ol de mi ultimo journal   uwu perdonen mi tardanza por el espa;ol esque no havia tenido tiempo uwu pero bueno aqui hay buenas explicasiones, la verdad aqui no tengo (tenemos) un tema en especial es random osea aleatorio XD que quiere decir nada en especifico XD
perdonen no soy buena explicando, el caso es que como bieron en el anterior journal eh habierto un concurso
el pimer premio ganara 1000 puntos + 3 iconos de mi asi como el que tengo y unos cuatos dibujos de mi amiga :iconcynthia-elizabeth: (tooodoos los ejemplos estan en el anterior journal, claro el primer premio y segundo tienen la opcion de pedir 3 meses de premium membership + los puntos de sobra que tiene el premio pero igual el 3 lugar tambien ganara 400 o 500 si llego a tener suerte de conseguir mas puntos XD asi que almenos para mi seria tentadora la oferta XD


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CSS by Anysayuri
Mini thumb code by thespook
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FINAL - March Poll Period * CLOSED

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 8, 2013, 6:17 AM


:icontransparentplz:
:iconthefavouriteshowcase:




Hello dear members, watchers and visitors :wave:


This is the new way to find our winner of our POLL SYSTEM: instead using a Poll with the ten most voted of the period, we'll be using a blog to showcase the 20 MOST VOTED of this period!

This means, or so I hope, more exposure for your pieces and galleries.


The idea is simple: each work has a number and all deviants have the opportunity to vote like if it was a poll...with the difference that you will choose not one but 3 favourites!
All deviants may vote, INCLUSIVE who is participating; the participants may vote for themselves and ask friends and watchers to vote; this blog may have publicity by all means and be submitted in groups.
The work with most votes wins a 3 months sub, our usual prize.

Follow the RULES to VOTE...AND EVERYONE VOTING and :+fav:ING THIS BLOG will enter a draw to win 100 :points:. The participants may and should click the Favourite Button too - you have another chance to win more points!
And so you can have more possibilities to win I'll give 3 prizes of 100 points!
Vote and let your friends know about this voting!



RULES to VOTE


(read careful, it's very simple)
*everyone can participate, you don't have to be a member of TheFavouriteShowcase.



1. Choose your favourite 3 works from below;

2. See the correspondent number before the thumb? Comment on this blog by writing the numbers of your favourite works, like this:

39, 45, 67

3. To have the possibility to win 100 :points: entering a draw, FAVE THIS BLOG!

4. You don't have to do anything else :thumbsup: This voting will be open until the 15th March! The winner will be announced on the 16th March.

Thank you for participating!




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1...A Dream Created by Kezzi-Rose by Kezzi-Rose

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2...Panja, in love? by morho by morho

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3...C r i m s o n by Enalla by Enalla

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4...In Love by jankolas by jankolas

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5...Nemo's Surprise by SanderJansen by SanderJansen

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6...Bill Kaulitz by Insolentia by Insolentia

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7...Fisherman by Scorpidilion by Scorpidilion

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8...Drop reflexions by JoaoPhotography by JoaoPhotography

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9...Blue Tit Drawing 2012 by JoannaMoory by JoannaMoory

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10...Oblivion by XRlS by XRlS

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11...All I Need Is You by panna-cotta by panna-cotta

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12...Brugge - A Joy Forever by siddhartha19 by siddhartha19

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13...Michael's Eye by Aty-S-Behsam by Aty-S-Behsam

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14...Wind of Heaven - watercolor by Giselle-M by Giselle-M

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15...Little Cosette- Les miserables by GinebraCamelot by GinebraCamelot

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16...The Fisherman's Dream by MBHenriksen by MBHenriksen

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17...Disgustingly Cute 4 by xDx by xDx

:icontransparentplz::icontransparentplz::icontransparentplz:Traditional Art
18...:bigthumb291666027: by AstridBruning

:icontransparentplz::icontransparentplz::icontransparentplz:Digital Art
19...Snow Princess by ViviansPhotographs by ViviansPhotographs

:icontransparentplz::icontransparentplz::icontransparentplz:Traditional Art
20...Bonsai by AmBr0 by AmBr0












Elsa, Egil21 :iconpinklilyplz: on behalf of  :iconthefavouriteshowcase:

:icontransparentplz:


This is a game of exposure, not a contest. You can ask for votes because the main objective is that many people see these pieces.


:iconthefavouriteshowcase: We :heart: to showcase your work!
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Mentorship Project - Assignment #2 Silhouettes

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 19, 2013, 12:58 AM


So remember the time I said I'd post the assignment up really quick like? I'm a horrible liar and I am sorry.

SO anyway let's get this thing officially rolling! YEAH! Before work pulls me into the abyss again.

We're going to be working on silhouettes!

ex: i396.photobucket.com/albums/pp… , 25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m17…



A silhouette is the image of a person, an object or scene represented as a solid shape of a single colour, usually black, its edges matching the outline of the subject.

"When an object's silhouette is difficult to make out, we have a tough time keeping track of what we're seeing.  It's why so many comics and drawings use the visual shorthand out outlining figures and objects.  The shades and values of an object are secondary to the basic shape when it comes to recognition.  As such, effectively managing silhouettes is a vital tool for visual narratives." - Aaron Diaz

Notice how you can probably easily identify all those characters. Thats because they have solid, clear silhouettes!

Believe it or not, when a character's silhouette is ambiguous or unclear, it makes the visual storytelling difficult to follow. When drawing your comics, or animating (keyframes specifically), you always want your characters to be -readable-. If you have a strong character silhouette, you should be able to tell exactly what your character(s) are doing even when you fill in the image entirely in black. So that's what we're going to work on!

I am assigning you three each a brief character description to work on, and using ONLY silhouettes, I want you to explore every possibility with this character. Different shapes, sizes, weights, heights - you name it.  And I want to be able to infer what the character is doing clearly too!

Raxion - A 1920s hyperactive/exciteable mafia croney.
spiffychicken - A paranoid 1950s pinup girl.
NightShadered - A dopey futuristic/sci fi detective.

I would like:
A. 1 thin, 1 average, and 1 heavyset silhouette for your character.
B. 3 different shape explorations of one of the above (thin, average, heavy)
C. 3 pose: Tired, Surprised, and Angry

If you have any questions please ask!

Extension per request! Due April 4th

further reading: dresdencodak.tumblr.com/post/1…


Turned in:
spiffychicken - sta.sh/0119lh28ecli
NightShadered - Mentorship Project #2 by NightShadered
Raxion - Marionette Assignment 2 by Raxion

  • Mood: Sympathy
  • Listening to: Radioactive
  • Drinking: Chai Tea
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I think of writing a fafiction (but in Polish, guys) and I did some zodiac headcanons for Les Amis de l'ABC. Enjoy! (and tell me what you think, although I won't change a thing, I'm just curious uwu)
(AND BY THE WAY YES, IT'S KORDIAN AS GAVROCHE)

The Trio Nr 1 by xxIgnisxx
The Trio Nr 2 by xxIgnisxx
The Trio Nr 3 by xxIgnisxx
Joly X Bossuet by xxIgnisxx
Marius X Cosette by xxIgnisxx

EXPLANATIONS:


    1. Enjolras : Aries - main characteristics: Aries lives on an eternal rush, strives towards their life goal, is ambitious and whatever they do, you can't just stop them. Aries is a leader and symbolizes strength and hardiness. They're eloquent, direct, passionate, very brave and firm. Aries' color is red, their best day of week is Tuesday and their most sensitive and visual parts of the body are: head, hair, face and forehead. (SEE MY POINT HERE? ;-; )

    2. Combeferre : Taurus - main characteristics: Taurus is practical, responsible, firm and they've got common sense. They're determined, durable by far, stubborn. Mostly they are peaceful, calm, tolerant, patient, caring; a place called home is very important to them; they love to be hugged and they need to be loved. Taurus' color is blue, their best day of week is Friday and their most sensitive parts of the body are: neck, throat, ears, nose, cheeks and vocal cords.

    3. Courfeyrac, Bahorel Sagitarius - main characteristics: impulsive, passionate, changeable, friendly, outgoing; they're famous for their cheerful, hearty and kind personality; they're the body and the soul of the party; they easily appreciate the beauty and the happiness of life; very active, intelligent and honest; sometimes they're too enthusiastic for other people. Sagitarius always has a wide grin on his happy face. Sagitarius' color is royal purple, their best day of week is Thursday and their most sensitive part of the body are: thighs, liver and adipose tissue.

    4. Grantaire, Jehan : Pisces - main characteristics: Pisces are always surrounded by fantasy, secrets and dreams. They're usually talented artists, musicians, poets and writers (VICTOR FUCKING HUGO WAS PISCES. I AM PISCES. END) who live in the wolrd of imagination. They're very changeable, emotional and kind. They hate quarrels and they often run away from their problems and into their own world. They can easily get addicted to various things (like alcohol or drugs, for example). Pisces' color is green, their best day of week is Thursday and their most sensitive parts of the body are: feet, toes and mucous membranes.

    5. Eponine : Scorpio - main characteristics: quiet, mysterious, careful, clever, cunning, tough, stubborn, determinate, strong; their real "ME" is hidden somehwere deep inside them; Scorpio is emotional and passionate, charismatic and intelligent. When someone hurts their loved ones, their revenge is terrible. They're also often envious. Scorpio's color is maroon, their best day of week is Tuesday and their most sensitive parts of the body are: groin, reproductive system and pelvis.

    6. Joly, Feuilly : Virgo - main characteristics: intelligent, demanding, practical, judgmental, observant and accurate. VERY hardworking. They need everything to be perfect and they're down-to-earth. Sensitive, responsible; they don't like mess and chaos, they want everything right in its place. Patient, caring and helpful - loves to help people and serve the society. Also shy and uptight. Virgo's color is terra cotta color, their best day of week is Wednesday and their most sensitive parts of the body are: stomach, diaphragm, intestine.

    7. Gavroche : Leo - main characteristics: proud, dominant, VERY, very brave; Leos don't like to be under someone's power, they hate being submissive; they love to be in a center of attention; they crave for preoccupation and always want to be needed. Young Leos should be approved of everything; people should coax them to do pranks; they're cheerful and active, and successful. Leos color is fiery orange, their best day of week is Sunday and their most sensitive parts of the body are: blood circulation system, spine, back, shoulders and waist.

    8. Bossuet : Aquarius - I should write something about this zodiac sign and its connection with Bossuet, but let's just say this man is so unlucky that even his zodiac sign doesn't fit him xd (the truth is I had absolutely no idea what sign he should get)

    
   9. Marius : Libra - main characteristics: sympathetic, outgoing, yet shy sometimes, intelligent, sociable. They're very elegant, dignified and kind. Male Libras are gentlemen most of the times. Subtle, refined - they've got a great taste and sense of style. In their lives they appreciate balance, harmony, peace and beauty. They're also hesitant and don't know how to make choices. Libras are charming, interesting people who miss their soul mates very much. When they find them, they won't leave them ever. Their color is blue, their best day of week is Friday and their most sensitive parts of the body are: kidneys, bladder and urinary system.

   10. Cosette : Cancer - main characteristics: very emotional, fragile, sensual. Home is the place where they feel the best. They're really domestic persons and they love to spend time with their loved ones. Cancers need tenderness, love and acceptance. They crave for their parents' attention. Caring, sentimental, kind, charming, beautiful; they're the best parents, their family is the most important thing to them. Cancer's color is white, their best day of week is Monday and their most sensitive parts of the body are: chest, breasts, uterus and stomach.

  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: &quot;The Long Song&quot; (from Doctor Who)
  • Reading: &quot;1984&quot; by G. Orwell
  • Eating: ice-creams
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So this dA account is supposed to be my fanart account (Although for the most part it's just been my Despicable Me fanart account) but I always meant to do some fanart for other things I like too, so I'm creating this meme. It's basically for anyone who wants to do it, but I'm going to be doing it too.

Rules:

* Draw one piece of fanart every day. Can be as simple or as complicated as you like.

*Fanart can be of anything in books, movies, video games, manga, anime, television and comic books but each day has to be dedicated to something different, not the same book, movie, video game etc.

*Have fun!!

That's it, it's pretty open.
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: nuthin
  • Reading: Equal Rights
  • Watching: Football
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Eating: nada
  • Drinking: Some godawful cinnamon blueberry coffee
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Win a 3 month premium membership! 02 CLOSED

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 15, 2012, 10:37 PM
Yes I'm giving out another free 3 month premium membership to someone :D

All you have to do is -
1. Comment on this journal (you can comment anything you want) Only comment once or else you will be disqualified.
2.   Favourite this Journal  

I will be selecting one random deviant who has commented and faved this Journal to give them the membership. It doesn't matter if currently have a membership or not. I will announce the winner around the 26th January. Remember you have to be in it to win it.

Also if you have any spare points lying around feel free to donate them to my donation pool on my profile (if you want to that is) so I can help out more deviants like what I'm doing here :hug:

THIS COMPETITION IS CLOSED :aww:

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Collection: Fall Landscapes

Wed Oct 15, 2014, 12:52 PM
Autumn Blues by juliart5







Fall Landscapes


There’s something about the brilliant colors of the dying leaves of autumn that reflects the wonders and the sorrows of life. It’s as if by waking up each morning into this beautiful world of natural colors, we are being given our bittersweet reward for surviving another year on the planet. We are regaled with a brief seasonal ceremony of the turning of the leaves, nature’s gift for our eyes as a promise she will soon return after her yearly rest. And then it’s time to let winter’s grey pallor unfold over us in blankets of dark cold rain and bright brisk snows; we sleep, the autumn’s leaves having promised… the warming light will soon return.









There’s something about the brilliant colors of the dying leaves of autumn that reflects the wonders and the sorrows of life.  It’s as if by waking up each morning into this beautiful world of natural colors, we are being given our bittersweet reward for surviving another year on the planet.  We are regaled with a brief seasonal ceremony of the turning of the leaves, nature’s gift for our eyes as a promise she will soon return after her yearly rest.  And then it’s time to let winter’s grey pallor unfold over us in blankets of dark cold rain and bright brisk snows; we sleep, the autumn’s leaves having promised… the warming light will soon return.
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A Tribute to Hans Ruedi Giger

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He was an artist you might not know.


But you’ve met his children…












It’s rare that a “new” iconic monster is born and becomes forever identifiable,—— no matter the variations, by generation after generation. So it was when George Romero created the ultimate “zombie” in his Night of the Living Dead in 1968. Zombie Apocalypse fans today may have never heard of George or seen the original “Night,” but the zombies they so love in fare like The Walking Dead owe their existence to Romero’s original vision.










In 1979, screenwriter Dan O’Bannon crafted a horror script by starting with neither a story idea nor a hero protagonist to follow.


He built his script around the monster itself, knowing only that he wanted the frights to come from more-and-more revealing glimpses of one of artist H.R. Giger’s mad creations. That monster, the alien in Alien (1979), has now become what everyone knows a space alien to be. Most movie aliens since Alien have been modified versions of Giger’s creation. Giger is the father of today’s aliens, as Romero is the father of today’s zombies.














Alien, Front Viewby H.R. Giger








Alien Statueby H.R. Giger








Alien, Side Viewby H.R. Giger






Giger, who died May 12, was a nocturnal hermit painter, sculptor and set designer whose strength was translating nightmare visions into his bizarre works of art, many of which exuded a perverse sexuality. He is usually classified as a “surrealist,” but he called his art “biomechanics,” with its subjects often appearing to be hybrid living organic creatures having bodies melded with mechanical parts.










Brain Salad Surgeryby H.R. Giger




The 1970s generation will never get his album cover for Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s Brain Salad Surgery out of their heads. Punk rock’s Dead Kennedys’ album Frankenchrist featured Giger’s painting, Penis Landscape, resulting in an obscenity trial for lead songer Jello Biafra. Giger’s first published book of artworks was 1977’s Necronomicon, named in homage to horror writer H.P. Lovecraft.


Giger was a touchstone artist for those in the 70s & 80s who sought to shake up the establishment with a walk on the wild side. Today he is thought of by many artists as being one of the exemplars of letting the mind go free—to explore either the light or the darkness—and be fearless in sharing what was found there in one’s art. His art might be considered “safe” today, but he was a real inspiration to many of today’s artists.








Necronomiconby H.R. Giger












Father of Aliens. He was an artist you might not know. But you’ve met his children… Giger, who died May 12, was a nocturnal hermit painter, sculptor and set designer whose strength was translating nightmare visions into his bizarre works of art, many of which exuded a perverse sexuality. He is usually classified as a “surrealist,” but he called his art “biomechanics,” with its subjects often appearing to be hybrid living organic creatures having bodies melded with mechanical parts.

Writers: techgnotic 
Designers: marioluevanos 

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Dante Alighieri
by anakalivas



Oct 17, 2012 by techgnotic

Sometimes in youth we play crazy mind games. One gruesome game was trying to think of the worst way to die. Or even better, the "which would you choose" version of the same conceit. Another was what would be the worst torture to endure. If there is one international touchstone that best captures youthful fears and wonders in speculation of what lies beyond the veil of death and awaits as possible punishment for our sins, it must be - to the few who have actually read it to the millions who "know" it – "Dante's Inferno." Who does not shiver at the thought of being lost somewhere in the "Nine Rings of Hell?"



Who does not shiver at the thought of being lost somewhere in the "Nine Rings of Hell?"



True nastiness reigns on every single one of the nine levels.


Actually, the nine circles of Hell ("Inferno") are detailed only as the first third of Dante's first great masterpiece of Italian literature, "The Divine Comedy," which leads the reader on through Purgatory and then eventually into Heaven ("Paradiso"). This epic poem was like the first self-help manual, describing the how and why one falls into Hell and how to live a God-fearing life guaranteed to get you into Heaven. But over the centuries, as the fearsome images illustrating this piece mightily attest to, it is the horrors of the Inferno that have remained burned into the fearful collective consciousness of a segment of our society.













There are so many amazing fantastic images described in The Comedy for artists to bring to life:


The three-headed hell-hound Cerberus; the river Styx with its surface a roiling morass of damned souls fighting with each other; the dragon wyvern Geryon with human face, lion paws and stinger in tail. The center of Hell, usually depicted as a place of eternal fire, is in Dante's vision a place of perpetual ice. Satan himself with three his faces (red, black and yellow) and three pairs of wings, remains forever frozen waist deep in the ice.




















There are many misconceptions about Dante's epic prescription for salvation.





One needn't be the ultimate sinner to go to Hell, nor be a saint to go to Heaven.



One needn't be the ultimate sinner to go to Hell, nor be a saint to go to Heaven. Hell, I think according to Dante if you just remember to pray for forgiveness as you lay dying, you start your post-life existence in Purgatory, getting to skip all the tortures of all Hell's nine circles. In Dante's theology, the anchoring basis for all "sin" is disbelief. So if the saintliest of human beings alive on the planet chooses atheism, eternal damnation and hideous torture awaits. If a hitman sincerely prays to God, confessing his sins and swearing his belief in God, Paradise will be his eternal home after a brief detention in Purgatory.


So maybe this is why this is the one narrative, the deliriously frightening epic fairy tale, that remains lurking in the mind's shadows well into adulthood. Dante has proposed to us a cradle to grave gamble. If the Inferno is only a fairy tale, an allegorical warning against disconnection from the divine in life - then the stakes are not so high. But if Dante's vision is somehow "true" and demands belief – well, that's a whole other adult mind game with stakes that could not be higher.







I did as much research as possible with the time allowed. Do we have any scholars out there who might shed an even more educative light on the subject? Has anyone read the Divine Comedy recently? Would love to hear opinions, analysis and corrections from those of you even more familiar with the history of this material than I.











Questionsfor the reader





  1. Does the artistic exploration of theological subjects make you in any way nervous, especially in a time when the very act of depicting one religion's god and messenger can have such great impact?
  2. Does Dante's attempt to match appropriate crimes with appropriate punishments make sense – or does the concept eternal damnation in torment ruin his otherwise equitable distribution of justice?
  3. What are an artist's responsibilities when depicting subjects sacred to some who will be seeing the resulting artwork? Is caring for even a moment about possible repercussions a form of censorship and repression against art and the artist?
  4. Do you think it's fair that remembering to pray at the last moment gets you a Get Out of Hell Free pass?
  5. Are you currently living in one of the nine rings of hell right now? What is happening there?
















Sometimes in youth we play crazy mind games. One gruesome game was trying to think of the worst way to die. Or even better, the “which would you choose” version of the same conceit. Another was what would be the worst torture to endure. If there is one international touchstone that best captures youthful fears and wonders in speculation of what lies beyond the veil of death and awaits as possible punishment for our sins, it must be – to the few who have actually read it to the millions who “know” it – “Dante’s Inferno.” Who does not shiver at the thought of being lost somewhere in the “Nine Rings of Hell?”

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Designers: $marioluevanos
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