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 Art2 years 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
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 II3 years 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
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.3 years 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 skeptic2 years 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
Opinions on the fake NatMorleyYes I'm posting a journal as well.Opinions on the fake NatMorley3 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.
A simple guide on: Commissioning an Artist.It's often not as simple as one wants it to be when both artist and client want it to be: Cost efficient, time efficient and quality efficient.A simple guide on: Commissioning an Artist.2 months ago in Personal More Like This
I've often spend my time discussing the best way to handle commissions with clients and artist friends that I came to the conclusion that clarity and understanding is key.
I will divide the guidelines I work with based on 3 commission types.
Book covers ( or illustrations)
Reading all 3 parts will give you the full scope as a lot of it applies to one another as well.
1. Reference board.
If you as a client have very specific characteristic features all set and done for your character it can be very useful for the artist if you'd make them a reference board of art and photos that portray these things.
The artist does not wish for a life story of your cha
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!2 years 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)
Possessional DemonologyPossessional Demonology3 years 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
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 Exit2 years 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 Game2 years 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
False alarm!Guess I can't drop the subject of Kajm as long as he's still going to talk about me at the slightest provocation!False alarm!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Some guy the other day went on some rant about how "hippies" support wind farms that kill massive amounts of animals and I left what I thought was a very fair and reasonable correction:
"Actually, wind turbines still only kill a tiny fraction as many animals as ordinary electrical power lines, and energy from coal kills several times the volume of both from pollution alone. A combination of wind, solar (especially with higher-yield technologies emerging) and nuclear is still a better choice than more traditional power sources, especially nuclear, though every single option involves some sort of mining operation and habitat loss."
He left the following response to me:
The latest Coal fueled electric plants burn clean, why do you think Japan is switching to them in the aftermath of their nuclear meltdown?
Of course it is much better to get the energy from a
ScreamPrompt #48No one fuckin' noticed that I went dark in the middle of July. Jack Bauer and I have some unfinished business, so I'm still gonna be out until at least September. That doesn't mean I'm gonna leave you high and dry with nothing to write.ScreamPrompt #4810 months ago in Personal More Like This
Here's what you do...
1. Look at this mess: http://harryfloorcorn.tumblr.com/post/90438132036/what-is-the-meaning-of-life
2. Use your initials to find your meaning of life. If your name is Keith Greenwood or Maria Oppenheimer, that's just too fuckin' bad. Play the hand you were dealt.
3. Write at least 2000 words with what you come up with. If you cheat and use other initials, that's between you and the Lord God.
4. Turn it in by the end of August either in a note here or at my page with a link back.
5. Difficulty: DON'T ASK QUESTIONS.
Opened Up "Closed" FoldersOops.Opened Up "Closed" Folders2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Some of the gallery folders were not properly set up after I reorganized things. That has hopefully been fixed. If any of you have trouble submitting art, just let me know. I check the sight like six times a day. Seriously, I need a life!
A "realistic" approach?D&D isn't very realistic, or is it? One of the key arguments are often about "realism" and "Verisimilitude". But even if we try to translate verisimilitude it would mean it is close to the truth or "reality". But there are similar but different concepts like "consistency" or "transparent system". I remember an argument I heard about, where a team of adventurers found some piece of armor. It was a nice treasure and the DM planned to give it to the half elven priestess in the group. But the fighter, who already had more than enough treasure.A "realistic" approach?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Of course the DM had a chance to say: The armor just fits the half elven lady perfectly, but it doesn't fit the human fighter at all. The player with the fighter quickly came out with realism. He explained how there were no female specific armors, how it isn't realistic, and what would a female specific armor would do according to his opinion. And he stated that armors in a given era were all very similar and it was impossible to distinguish one from
Beware the Art ScammerA message from :iconZombiesmile:Beware the Art Scammer2 years ago in Personal More Like This
One dead console.My XBox 360 died last night.......again.One dead console.3 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
Endangered Tigers in the News #38The big cats bringing in a roaring trade at Thailand's controversial Tiger Temple (but why are they so docile around tourists?)Endangered Tigers in the News #383 years ago in Personal More Like This
"On first glance, you might assume these incredible images of tigers were taken in the wild. The big cats are seen in all their majesty as they playfully frolic in a water pool. However, these photographs were snapped at a sanctuary for orphaned tigers run by Buddhist monks - fast becoming one of Thailand's most popular tourist attractions."
Talking to Tigers! (Contains Video Content)
"Did you know tigers talk? Learn what a tiger "chuff" means and if you think you can make a good "chuff" noise post a video to our facebook page to win a plush tiger toy!"
Keep Calm And Comic-ConKeep Calm And Comic-Con3 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
BACKFIRE!!I was really debating whether or not I should mention this, but it's cringingly funny, despite my not coming out of it well AT ALL.BACKFIRE!!4 months ago in Personal More Like This
I listen to Hollywood Babble On, a thoroughly puerile show (probably one of the reasons it’s on my playlist) which is hosted by Ralph Garman and Kevin Smith. A little while back, a teacher of Garman’s kid was said to be in the audience and Garman joked that he’d better be on his best behaviour otherwise the teacher would call child protective services ‘round.
Smith’s jokingly sexual humour over the course of the show didn’t help out with this at all, AND it gave me an idea for a quick pin-up to draw….. which I did….. and which I thought, at the time, would be really funny to send to them….. which I did…. along with a gag about me drawing smutty comics…… which has come back to bite me…..
Oh, god, there isn’t a rock big enough for me to hide under.
Monthly Art ChallengeCurrent ChallengeMonthly Art Challenge4 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
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-up2 years 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
Ghost in the Shell: AriseCommissions PricesGhost in the Shell: Arise2 years 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