Getting Exposure For Your Writing And ArtThis article was originally created by :iconAbstract1106: and has been submitted on behalf of :iconbuild-your-platform:Getting Exposure For Your Writing And Art1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Mastering online platforms like deviantArt isn't difficult, but it can be time-consuming. We'll preface this new series with a simple mantra:
"When I do the work, I will get results."
It really is that simple. There will be days when you feel like you're doing a lot with nothing happening in return, but I encourage you to see beyond the beginning stages to the big picture. At first, you are the only one talking about what you do. After a while, others will talk about it too, and then you don't have to work so hard. But you will always have to pay attention and you will always have to give more than take. So just get used to it. The payoff is worth it: getting to do what you love for a living.
Since we are doing this on online platforms like deviantArt and etsy and Facebook and whatnot, this series will focus on using online
Opinions on the fake NatMorleyYes I'm posting a journal as well.Opinions on the fake NatMorley2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This is about the ever so famous natmorley
This journal is not really meant as proof of anything, only opinions on the matter.
You may have seen her drawings somewhere on this site, and maybe you are a fan. A good number of pencil artists, me included, believe them all to be utter rubbish. Fake rubbish that is.
Now why on earth would you say such a thing?
Well let's have a look at them, shall we?
First of all they all match the reference 100%. Even tracing won't do that for you. Also the drawing looks to be perfect and smooth underneath, and then she's scribbled on top as I there was no tomorrow. I would say that is a bit curious. Why make a perfect drawing only to ruin it with scribbling?
That's her style you might say. Well lets then look at what she says about her drawings. Oh she uses about 5 hours on a portrait. Trust me, if the drawing is perfect (minus the ugly scribbling on top) then you'd use a LOT more than 5 hours.
Who Cares About the Literature Community?A few days ago we had a chat to discuss community issues and solutions (see the original journal for details). Huge thanks to everyone who came and raised awesome points!Who Cares About the Literature Community?10 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
It took 45 minutes for the volume of talk to max out Sta.sh Writer's character limit and this chat went for two more hours, so I'm just going to summarize the key discussion points, starting with big actionables for CRLiterature and for the community.
I've put the chat stuff lower down as it's denser: the outside bullet is the issue, and the inside bullet is possible solutions (not necessarily in order, each point is really a response to the original issue). There is a lot to think about in there, but feel free to pick and choose the issues you care most about.
Sorry for leaving a lot of stuff out, but I hope you guys are too busy figuring out how best to act on what we discussed to pay too much attention
Racism on DA.You know what I'm sick of? People who think "freedom of speech" means that if they say something bigoted, disgusting and factually incorrect, it means that nobody has the right to call them out on it.Racism on DA.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
We do, and we should. It's our own freedom of speech to let bigots know that they won't be tolerated any more than they're willing to tolerate others.
Look at this shit:
"Slavery got work done." Jesus.
I could link to many more people who've said this sort of thing and worse, but the point of this journal isn't really just to call out a couple of assholes. What I'm really posting for is just to remind you that it is ALWAYS OKAY to fight back against this shit. When you see statements that are obviously prejudiced, you can and should REPORT THEM. Deviantart doesn't care and doesn't do anything about it, but it feels good! It is also your right to tell them exactly what you think of their ignorant views. Never feel like it's wrong to show the int
The ultimate failure of any skepticTime and again, folks like Kajm will point over and over to how many peer-reviewed papers and "experts" they know of who agree with them that CO2 doesn't affect climate or that human activity hasn't increased greenhouse gases. The same goes for the evolution deniers, the anti-vaxxers, the people who believe different races can be genetically "inferior" or "superior" to others and the people who believe the center of the Earth houses a community of insidious lizard-men.The ultimate failure of any skeptic11 months ago in Personal More Like This
Simultaneously, these characters completely dismiss and deride any peer-reviewed papers or experts who say otherwise.
They desperately grasp at every straw they can on their shallower side of the pool, even though they're the same type of straws that they consistently claim cannot be trusted.
That's really my biggest question to people like this; how, exactly, do they personally distinguish what they think is a "reliable" and "unreliable" source? What makes them think that there's a dogmatic lie behi
DA racism part IISo, I've been having fun calling out more DA nazi-fanboys and one of them accuses me - I shit you not - of lacking "honor" for reporting him. Being a coward, like they all always are, he blocked me in a huff after leaving a final response, but I've prepared a reply nonetheless: http://bogleech.tumblr.com/post/36174211916/so-the-da-nazi-guy-finally-blocked-me-but-onlyDA racism part II1 year ago in Personal More Like This
This, by the way, is the forum he and some of his pals a proud member of: http://vnnforum.com/
I don't think people realize how serious a problem these types are. They're tolerated all over DA under the notion that what they choose to believe and express deserves the same freedom as what everyone else believes and expresses, which is like saying that a murderer or a rapist deserve to be "tolerated" for their own cruel and harmful choices.
These people whine that they're being oppressed, that they're being met with intolerance, that their rights are being infringed when they're silenced, as if it somehow doesn't matter that
The Problem With Character SheetsAlright, there are some pretty awesome character sheets out there. I don't personally use them, but I've seen others make them work. I'm not here to dispute the fact that they've got some utility, but I am here to point out one big problem with relying on a list of traits—which is generally how character sheets present these things—to define your character.The Problem With Character Sheets9 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
(Note: This also applies to Mary Sue tests. 'Not a Mary Sue' just means your character isn't a perfect storm of coincidence. It has nothing to do with likeability or even believability. <insert dictator here> isn't a Mary Sue, either.)
I think this approach is, if it's the only approach you take to figuring out a character, a really bad idea.
Take a moment to think about your best friend. What's their favorite food? What are they good at, and what are things they do that make you Google good places to dump a body?
Ghost in the Shell: AriseCommissions PricesGhost in the Shell: Arise1 year ago in Personal More Like This
HOLLY MOTHER OF GOD...IF THIS REAL??? my friend :iconnikvarua: just send me a link with the news of that this year will be a new animated series of Ghost in the Shell called ARISE . I think you guys know how big fan I'm of this franchise so I'm reall exited with the news, and look the new design of the Major in here:
DAMN she looks different, but great, like she and Kaneda from Akira were dated XD, anyway I'm exited, this will be a continuation for GIS:SAC or will be a total reboot of the franchise, either way I'm so watching this, still not have a date of rel
Trade secretsI saw this really great journal entry done by :iconelysianImagery: and I want to re-post this on my journal, which she gave me permission to do soTrade secrets1 year ago in Personal More Like This
But I'm going to add a few more things.
Deviantart can sometimes be... annoying. Sometimes the popularity that artists gain through this website just really do their head in and perhaps even start treating other artists very rudely. As artists, we always want to be better at what we do, and most of us do this by admiring an 'idol artist' right? You want to learn from them because you like what they do, and you also want to do it. So you've probably at least once hoped that your idol artist gave out some tips, or make a tutorial, or maybe you even asked them directly about how they do it. But instead, they go after you and start calling you a copycat.
I dislike- no, I hate, how people do this! I think it's very selfish of them. Not that anything like this happened to me recently, but definitely when I was younger, and I've also seen some o
One dead console.My XBox 360 died last night.......again.One dead console.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I was merrily replaying Modern Warfare 3 and was on the final mission when the screen went funky. Now, this happened 3 or 4 years ago, so I knew what was going to happen; I turned the console off in the hope that a reset would solve the funky-screen issue, but rather than a clear image - I get no image at all.
It's a known problem, especially with the first generation of 360 machines and as mine is a "Launch Team" version (If you worked for M$ at the time, they gave you a special edition one with green plating) it certainly falls into that category.
Something to do with the cheap, shoddy soldering used by M$.
Looks like I'll be better off just replacing it with one of the new streamline models, which is a shame, because last time I got my current one repaired I also had it pimped out with these awesome green internal running lights that made it look nuclear-powered or something
(What? It was a fun little extra!)
"8 years of service is pretty
Rattlesnake Round-upI first learned of Texas's "Rattlesnake Round-up" when I was probably only four years old; there was a whole show about it on Discovery Channel.Rattlesnake Round-up10 months ago in Personal More Like This
I remember crying about it for days.
I try not to think about this shit most of the time, but the "festival" was recently featured on Wired in an article far less negative than it ought to have been:
As a meat eater, I can't condemn the sustainable killing of wildlife for arguably practical purposes, but to make a circus out of it, to have entire families cheering as animals are beheaded and skinned, to have models literally paint walls in their blood, is so primitive, obscene and wretched that I can't believe it still thrives in America.
I suppose if it would anywhere in the country, it would be Texas.
Snakes are beautiful animals and integral to the ecosystem. Having an effectively deadly defensive mechanism does not make an animal "bad." There isn't malice or crue
A little wee update on AGWSo it seems the environmental denialist crowd is now clinging to their "discovery" that, according to them, only 65 out of 12,000 papers, or 0.5%, cite humans as the primary or sole driving force behind climate change.A little wee update on AGW10 months ago in Personal More Like This
And where do they get this information?
From Skeptical Science's Consensus Project: http://www.skepticalscience.com/97-percent-consensus-cook-et-al-2013.html
Going by this very same source, we find only 0.7% of papers actually "reject" Anthropogenic climate change.
Everything in between - a remaining 97% - agrees that human activity has a meaningful effect on global climate to some degree.
The deniers are actually, seriously claiming a victory because their preferred extreme is bigger than the exact opposite extreme by a laughable 0.2%. They are floundering more than ever, desperately clinging to their black and white way of thinking, rubbing dirt in their own wounds again and again.
True scientific consensus has steadily been smack in the middle bet
Let me see those hands-writing!Let me see those hands-writing!1 month ago in Personal More Like This
Monthly Art ChallengeCurrent ChallengeMonthly Art Challenge2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Submitting and Rules
Submit your finished art or story to the Art Challenge gallery. The group's standard rules apply. Somewhere in the title or description, you must note that the deviation is for Dndeviants Art Challenge.
The Challenges are just for fun, there are no real prizes, and any member can participate. However, the best works will be featured at the end of challenge, until the start of the next one. The challenges run for one month, and you're welcome to submit works for the previous one, if you missed the deadline.
Previous Challenge Feature
I held a human brain today.I visited my old college earlier this week to catch up with some instructors, and I managed to walk in on my anatomy teacher talking about a trip to a university cadaver lab. He was handing out directions and times, and when he spun around and saw me, he goes, "You need to come!"I held a human brain today.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
So, I totally went.
Going in, I didn't know entirely what to expect. I was both nervous and excited, given that I'm very much a nerd and I love almost anything dealing with science, whether it's anatomy, astrophysics, astronomy, biology, evolution, etc., the list goes on. I read up on all that stuff, all the time. I've just never been privy to view a dissected corpse in person, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to learn.
It was a very sobering experience to say the least. We were shown groups of muscles, the bones, and organs of a older man who died of pneumonia, and a woman who died from lung cancer, both who donated their bodies to science. It was strange to see the inner workings of a human body, and ho
Cosplayers! Please submit to this book!CALL FOR ENTRIESCosplayers! Please submit to this book!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
We are seeking submissions for possible publication in 1000 Incredible Cosplay and Costume Ideas, an upcoming book by Dr. Grymm (Joey Marsocci), Allison DeBlasio and Yaya Han.
Publication date: April 2013
Comic book, Sci-Fi, and Anime conventions have been around since the 1930's. With those conventions come the ultimate fans, those who Cosplay. Joey Marsocci and Allison DeBlasio of Dr. Grymm Laboratories, authors of the immensely popular 1000 Steampunk Creations (Quarry Books, 2011), in collaboration with Internationally acclaimed cosplayer Yaya Han, are putting out a call to artists to submit their most amazing cosplay photographs for compilation into exciting upcoming book.
We are seeking submissions for the following categories:
Anime & Manga
Rediscovering the Original Vision of DungeonCrawl!I have finally figured out what has been bugging me about DungeonCrawl group. I just sat and thought about it for a long while this morning. Then it hit me! In my soul the original intent for DungeonCrawl was for members and guests visiting the galleries to have a sense that they are descending into a dark labyrinthine dungeon environment. That is why deviations depicting "non-dungeon" environments were bugging me so bad and just didn't seem to fit. I finally have a more clear understanding of how the group theme should be focused.Rediscovering the Original Vision of DungeonCrawl!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
So here it is; deviations should depict a dungeon environment. Character and monster art should be set in a dungeon or at least have as neutral a background as possible. Deviations with an outside exterior environment as a major feature (forests, cityscapes, landscapes) will be politely declined. Maps and dungeon tiles should depict dungeon interiors. I will move distracting deviations (pictures of dice, gaming groups in session, arts and crafts)
Keep Calm And Comic-ConKeep Calm And Comic-Con2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Keep Calm And Comic-Con
Wed Aug 8, 2012 by techgnotic
This year was especially important to me personally and was a milestone of sorts on
multiple levels and for deviantART as a whole. Many of the reasons why will become clear
over the next few months as announcements are made and new ideas are shared with everyone
in the community.
s the multi dimensional, pop fueled, color exploded dream like haze that was Comic-Con begins
to fully dim and fade from accurate remembrance, I can’t shake the feeling that this year was s
The Room With One ExitBasically, it is a room typically in a dungeon that is either in the player's direct path or as a separate room that they could explore into. They walk in, the doorway seals completely, so not even a high die roll can break through, and small vents around the room start pumping in water. The only way out is an opening at the top, but to get there, the players must ditch their armor, leaving them defenseless.The Room With One Exit10 months ago in Personal More Like This
It looks like a harmless room, until they hear the dreadful grinding of the doors behind them...
Although slightly harsh, I've geared it towards the higher level players, for added inconvenience! Throw a higher level enemy at them after and see the anarchy ensue!
The Potential of a True Role Playing GameThe Definition of Reality: The shared perception of an objective and seemingly tangible environment by a collection of self aware sentient beings. - As it is written in the Ashanti Codex at the Sanctuarium College of Mist Sciences by Professor Emeritus, Ashanti, Mystic of the Grey.The Potential of a True Role Playing Game1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Can a group of Dungeons and Dragons nerds bring a game world into "reality" through a process of subcreation in which the story becomes so manifestly real it affects the players psychologically and perhaps even physically? It doesn't requires drugs to induce an altered perception of reality. What is real anyway? Story telling and myth making are as old as human kind. In another age, the stories told by shaman of the adventures and antics of creatures in the spirit world were real to those who listened to them. It was part of the universe of the listeners and their perception of reality.
You haven't played Dungeons and Dragons truly well, until one night you have to take a break to let everyone shake off the
Possessional DemonologyPossessional Demonology1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Opening the Darkest Door
I have recently come across a most disturbing phenomenon in my studies of the Diabolic Infestation of the Soul. It seems there is a most frightening psychological conundrum when considering the concept of demonic possession even the most remote possibility of reality upon our earthly plane is the notion that just believing it may be true could very likely be the spark needed for the Demon to discover, seek out, and ultimately inhabit its next vessel of evil: You.
From the Exorcist through Paranormal Activity, generation after generation of “believers” seem to have come to the reali
Story IdeaHave the PCs find a dragon egg in some random place, or being carried by a monster. When they recover the egg, they hear a tiny child-like draconic voice in their heads (or in one PCs head only) complaining about being cold "Mommy I'm cold." The PC may wish to incubate the egg, sell the egg or return the egg to its mother's nest. It may be a lawful good dragon species. This particular dragon pre-hatchling has extra telepathic communication talent. It might be that this is what got it in trouble to begin with.Story Idea1 year ago in Personal More Like This
It would be fun to see a PC hatch a dragon's egg and raise the hatching. lol
art theft once again!update on the art theft! the publisher, Puerto de Escape, has apologized (both publicly and personally). i woke up this morning to find a statement on their website that they will remove the covers from circulation, which i am pleased with! i am still undecided on what to do by way of legal action, but i'm happy that the publisher has responded! thanks everyone for all your help, it's thanks to you that i was taken seriously.art theft once again!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
the latest in the lois-gets-her-art-stolen chronicles: a chilean publisher has decided to take this artwork, drag it through photoshop hell, and use it as a cover for this book, obviously without permission or compensation of any kind. not only is it copyright infringement but making book covers this ugly should be outlawed too.
anyways, i went through this before when i fo
Mad Science 101: Pink and green rays. This Won't Hurt a Bit. by IHCOYC We'll Have These Moments To Remember by IHCOYC New from Uranus for 2013! by IHCOYC Heraclea: Belt of Venus by IHCOYC Conqueress: Uranus by IHCOYC Conqueress: Resistance by IHCOYC Conqueress: More Power! by IHCOYC Ultra..... by IHCOYCMad Science 101: Pink and green rays.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Ticklish Situation II by IHCOYC Conqueress: Luv Machine by IHCOYC Hot Bath 3: Aphrotoxin B by IHCOYC Orgone Energy Induction Chamber (Don't Panic!) by IHCOYC Hot Bath by IHCOYC Pink Ray (2002) by IHCOYC Rut Inducer by IHCOYC Aftermath II by IHCOYC Hard bondage by IHCOYC
Dragomirja: In the Grip of Sorcery by IHCOYC Not quite subdued by IHCOYC The Triumph of Will over Technology by IHCOYC Pleasure Induction Chamber by IHCOYC Stimulation Therapy by IHCOYC Pleasure Prison by IHCOYC Weaponized Orgasm by IHCOYC Vanquished by IHCOYC Captive by IHCOYC
Not the pink ray! by IHCOYC She Hulk on the Yoke of Submission by IHCOYC Aphrodisia Gas Therapy by IHCOYC Power Girl vs. the Yoke of Submission by IHCOYC Untamable? by IHCOYC To Level a Mountain by IHCOYC Ladybreaker III by IHCOYC Might vs. Magic by IHCOYC Heat Inducer (Uranus Series) by IHCOYC
Giving Her Something She Can Feel by IHCOYC Oh, dear, what can the matter be? VI by IHCOYC Ladybreaker III by IHCOYC New from Uranus for 2014: Willbreaker 9000 by IHCOYC
(Pink and green rays have been part of my personal mythology for years. Here is the Scientific Explanation.)
Our use of the pink and green rays for non-leth