PE: Literature Basics SettingsLiterature Basics WeekPE: Literature Basics Settings10 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
Along with characters and plot, setting is one of the most important choices we make when we write. In the most basic terms, setting is where your literary work takes place. It's up to you, as the author, to use it and mold it to fit the needs of your writing, make it more than just a backdrop to your prose or poetry.
A good setting becomes like a character itself. It can be express moods, offer comfort or hindrance. The setting can even be the main antagonist - consider the Overlook Hotel in Stephen King's The Shining, or the island in the 2000 Tom Hanks' film, Cast Away. In both of these examples, the protagonist(s) have to survive their surroundings, one mundane, the other ... less so.
Make Your Setting Work For You
Everything in your written work must be chosen for maximum effect. When deciding on your setting, decide what you want to accomplish with it. Here are some possibilities.
The Six Questions for Rewriting I have a book on writing! http://www.amazon.com/The-Sarcastic-Guide-To-Writing-ebook/dp/B005TOCC1C/refd_sim_kstore_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=0EBPNWS0SC846Z737DYE Go buy it.The Six Questions for Rewriting10 months ago in Personal More Like This
I’ve been doing rewrites a lot lately, and for each chapter I do, I sit down and write these seven questions on the back of the last chapter page. Every. Chapter. (And I just did all 52 some-odd chapters of Mark of the Conifer last night.) If you can answer these questions with one sentence or so, you are in good shape to do a good rewrite. If you are rambling, writing paragraphs, you are losing focus and probably have too much going on in the chapter. You probably need to break things up, remove or cut elements, or move them to more appropriate places. These questions are supposed to help you declare a goal for each chapter, nail down what you’re going for, and help you keep in mind while you rewrite.
All the Literature Educate! Updated 26/02All the Literature Educate!1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
Over the past few years, projecteducate has worked hard to provide educational articles for various art forms. Within literature, we've seen our fair share and over the past 2 years we've used our own group CRLiterature to manage these articles to ensure as much of the community can see them. However, sometimes we miss people and that's a shame because the articles we've written as a community have been pretty spectacular and still valid today.
So to help people pick up the articles they may have missed, here is a list of them all! This is a great chance for you to read what you may have missed, or tag your friends who may find them useful!
Most Recent First
Publishing Week: March 2015
COMING SOON! Make sure you watch CRLiterature & projecteducate for articles!
Lit Basics Week: July 2014
Photographing People on your TravelsPeople & Portrait PhotographyPhotographing People on your Travels10 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Trying to photograph people within a country other than the one you are accustomed to can bring a whole new set of difficulties far beyond lighting, composition and frame. Here are a few tips that I've personally learned along the way which have not only inspired me to get out there and photograph more people, but also to approach new people and become more confident..
It's very important that you learn the customs of a country so as not to offend anybody when attempting to take or request their photograph. There are often many street entertainers in big cities and musicians that busk and request the odd coin or two. Don't make the mistake I did in Belgium, and request a photograph of a street performer and expect to give nothing in return! Putting a few coins of local currency their way will always be welcomed. Equally it's important to know when it's okay to take photographs, and when not. There were particu
How To get PublishedOr be Satisfied when You Aren'tHow To get Published1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
A Beginner's Guide
Poetry publication is awash with literary magazines, internet journals, print-on-demand presses, vanity presses, indie presses, and major publication houses. So many options! It's a lot to navigate. But before we delve into the 'How-To's,' it's important to understand the 'Why.'
I'm talking about the the Big Why, the biggest WHY after 'Why write poetry?' Which is, of course, 'Why are you publishing your poetry?'
"BECAUSE!" I hear you shouting.
But that's not the best answer. You'll be happier, or at least more content with the results of the following advice if you understand your motivations behind the urge to publish. What specifically do you hope to achieve?
How to Succeed in Poetry Without Really Trying
If, for example, you want your poems out in the world, in a place people might read them; if you want to be able to say that you're a published poet; if you're not feeling great a
Anatomy booksI'm frequently asked how I learned to draw and the answer is very simple - a large part of my knowledge is self taught from books. That's why I thought it would be a good idea to share some titles I owned or came across and used them through the years. Hopefully someone will find this list useful :3Anatomy books2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Books that are awesome:
"Anatomy for the Artist" by Sarah Simblet
"The Artist's Guide to Animal Anatomy" by Bammes Gottfried
Books that are good:
" Drawing the Head and Hands" by Andrew Loomis
"Figure Drawing for all it's Worth" also by Andrew Loomis
Books that are ok but from the time perspective I do not recommend them:
"How to Draw Heads and Portraits" by Jose M. Parramon
"Human Figure" by Jose M. Parramon
Books that are pure unrefined shit and should be burned on sight:
Anything from Christopher Hart
FAQHow did you get started?FAQ4 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've always sculpted as a hobby and am completely self taught. In April of 2010 I decided I wanted to finally try my hand at selling my work. I started posting things on etsy and DA and veeery slowly people started noticing. My first couple of years relied heavily on commission work.
How are you so popular? I just started making sculptures too but nobody notices or buys them?
It took well over two years before I was actually getting fulltime work with decent pay. It took a TON of hard work. I sold my work for far less than I should have, because I needed customers. I also did a few shows, to get some exposure by handing out business cards. I made things as often as I could, posted often, and made sure it was very clear I was open for commissions. I posted links on everything. You have to make it easy for people to find the info they need! I posted mainly on etsy and DA, then made a fanpage on facebook very late in the game. Probably sh
Publishing Resources List Totally overwhelmed? Start here!Publishing Resources List4 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Make sure you the news article!
So you've written something freaking awesome. You've edited a million times (and if you haven't, turn around and go do that. Right now). You think you maybe want to take the leap and try publishing something. But you have no idea where to start.
Well, this is a good place to be.
This the journal where I'll be keeping a running list of all the publishing resources I find, both on and off dA. Most of it will probably be related to literary journals, since that's the stage where I'm at in my literary career, but I'll add things about book publishing as I find them.
If you ever find a great resource, or if you'd like to request something specific, please leave me a note in the comments.
Also this journal is probably going t
10 Tips to help you improve your photography.Trying to keep the terminology as basic as possible to help beginning photographers improve. Have any other tips besides the ones listed? Post them!10 Tips to help you improve your photography.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Are these tips helpful to you? I am saving toward premium membership, which will allow me to create even greater tips for you guys. http://uriahgallery.deviantart.com/?givepoints
1.) If the composition isn't good and there are a lot of distractions, a tip that I had received when first starting out was to look though the viewfinder as if it was the final print. Having that sort of mentality should help you improve in your compositions.
2.) Look at the subject in the photo. Is it interesting? Is it of something that everyone makes a photo of? If you're not liking your photo because of the subject, it may either be not interesting or is interesting, but with bad composition.
3.) Bad lighting. An underexposed photo will almost al
30 Day Monster boy Challenge List1. Harpy30 Day Monster boy Challenge List2 years ago in Personal More Like This
6. Spider boy
7. Plant boy
11. True Monster
13. Insect boy
15. Dragon/Reptile boy
21. Canine boy
22. Feline boy
24. Multiple Limbs
25. Favorite Monster boy
26. Favorite Monster boy Character
27. A Truly Gruesome boy
28. A Group of Monster boy Together
29. A Monster boy and His Significant Other
30. Celebrate Monster boy!
A twist on the original idea.
200,000 Kiriban (Mini-contest!)So I'm holding a kiriban! The show-case pieces are still happening, so don't worry!200,000 Kiriban (Mini-contest!)1 year ago in Personal More Like This
So I was thinking, for my 200,000 kiriban, as the prizes you will get:
a a full-body illustration
A show-case, single feature, see example here:
a cute pixel drawing, with a background of 2 (either single or together) image of your choosing!
there are 10 other prizes to be won for the closest kiriban catchers:
You will win a 1-character pixel drawing, with background
Here are some examples!
To be up for the chance to take part, please favorite this journal! The more visibility the better I think <3
For every person who favorites, they're entered into a raffle to win a pixel commission! 5 people will be chosen with random.org
PAINT MY OC contestAnd the contest is finally open. This is the second contest hosted by us and this time the theme of the contest is about our original characters. This contest is for digital and traditional art only. At the end 6 WINNERS will be selected who'll get a lot of great prizes. For more info read the rest of the article. And please add this journal to your favorites, so more people will be informed about this contest. Thank you.PAINT MY OC contest3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
P.S. At the end we'll randomly select 10 people who faved this journal and they'll get a huge feature in our journal. And one lucky person will even get points (400 ). Good luck to all participants.
Here's a list of the prizes the winners will get at the end of the contest. There will be 6 WINNERS, that means that there will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for each category. We listed the prizes only once, because winners of the first category will get exactly the same prizes as winners of the second category (if it says that winner of 1st p
The End.The End.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
My Chemical Romance
If you're not fond of social networking sites, you might not yet be aware, but My Chemical Romance has officially called it quits.
I'm in a strange place, I don't think the full impact has totally hit me, but this usually happens when I get bad news like this. I'm numb for a moment before it fully hits my emotions.
People have been thinking this was gonna happen for years, let's face it. I was always one of the ones saying we should calm down, the band's probably not gonna break up because of x, y, or z, etc. etc.
We've heard things about them preparing for a new album, we've heard that Gerard was playing demos for people, this just not what I was expecting at all.
I'm also not usually one who feels that the band owes us anything, but the blog post in which they delivered the news is just so... brief. We've dedicated so much of our time, so much of our lives and our money to this band...
Color Theory resourcesHello all! I am very excited that the skin tutorial is finally going live. Hope you all find it useful. Thanks for being so patient.Color Theory resources5 years ago in Personal More Like This
As I mention, knowing your color theory and anatomy is vital to painting skin well. Someone has already asked for resources on color theory, so it seems logical to post this list in a journal so everyone see it:
Color theory tutorials on the web:
Phil Straub : Color Theory Simplified http://www.imaginefx.com/02287754332297800669/colour-theory-simplified.html
fredflickstone @ conceptart.org : Color Theory 1 & 2 http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=17837
Henning Ludvigsen : Color Theory http://www.henningludvigsen.com/index.php/main/tutorial_text/050_ifx_tutorial_colour
Socar Myles : A Practical Guide to Color http://tutorials.epilogue.net/principles/a-practical-guide-to-color-for-artists
Eugene Arenhaus : The Color Gray ht
Free Christmas Adopts (CLOSED) - ReadYes! Read me to find out how to get a free adopt!Free Christmas Adopts (CLOSED) - Read5 months ago in Personal More Like This
All month long I will be making wintery and holiday themed adopts, for free! A free adopt for every day of the month. But! There are special rules you must follow to get one!
ONLY ONE PER PERSON. That is the biggest rule. This is to make sure more than just a few people get a shot.
No re/selling these adopts, because you are getting them free.
I choose what base/maker is being used. Because my whims vary. xD
First come first served. But there will be 31 free adopts, so ...
How to Get One!
Post! One per person.
When you post, if it is for another account tell me the name.
Tell me what species you want your adopt to be. If you don't do so by the time I get to it, you'll get a random species of my choice.
Species can be anything, if an original species it must allow
BibLITotheque 3: Scene ChartingBibLITothèque 3: Scene ChartingBibLITotheque 3: Scene Charting6 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
One-third of the way into NaNoWriMo! By this point you're probably thinking 'omg I wish I'd done more planning and given this monstrosity more structure,' right? Yeah, I'm with you. So let's talk about plotting your novel with scene charting.
Scene charting is exactly what it sounds like: building a chart that summarizes every single scene of your novel. You may have seen JK Rowling's chart for chapters 13-24 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which doesn't list individual scenes but serves the same purpose. It's a good way to keep everything organized and review your story in a concise, manageable way.
What's in a scene?
A scene is a piece of the story where something changes. That's it. You probably need a location for logistical purposes, but you don't even need character
PE: Power of PerspectivePE: Power of PerspectivePE: Power of Perspective2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Perspective is the angle and depth of a piece of art. Changing perspective allows for drastic differences. There is more than one kind of perspective, and all of them allow for more dynamic pieces of art if used correctly.
There are three common choices, and these are explained later.
Usually perspective deals with how close things appear, and correctly rendering perspective adds depth to an image and increases the impact of the composition.
One Point Perspective
One point perspective is where there is one vanishing point in a piece. . A vanishing point is essentially the in-the-distance-until-you-can'
t-see anymore point.
You see this perspective often, images of roads, or landscape often have one point perspective.
Examples of one point perspective:
Looking for charas to Adopt ! [OPEN]I really need more charas ^w^ !!!!!Looking for charas to Adopt ! [OPEN]2 months ago in Personal More Like This
Just offer whatever you want , really everything !
Canines , Felines, Ponys , Clothes-Styles
Plushies , Humans , Old Oc's .........
Really everything .
I am open for all of this ^^
The price doesnt matter for now ^^ just offer what you have
Charas I adopted for now thank you soo much guys ^^
Art and confidenceDear, deviantart fellow artistsArt and confidence11 months ago in Personal More Like This
Confidence is very meaningful thing for an artist - It helps us to not be afraid of our goals, but we have to remind ourselves that too much of the ego can lead to arrogance and vanity. Here goes my thoughts about the topic and I hope that my insights might be helpful.
How to boost the confidence?
If you feel that you are not good enough and you lack the willingness to make & post artworks, just because someone else is better, you don't have the right skill and there is not enough time, and there is no point in that... stop. You are good enough and you have everything you need and there is no reason why you can't do what you really want to do. Don't make excuses. You and only you have something valuable to offer to the world - your life experiences, your influences and creativity make you special and no-one else will do that in your place. And there are people that
Rat Anatomy Compilation.Rats are very fascinating little creatures. They have small hands like humans, minus the thumbs. They are intelligent and social, and each rat has a unique personality. They can also easily stand on their hind legs, making them an easy transition to an anthropomorphic form for stories and art.Rat Anatomy Compilation.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Unfortunately, though, they are damn difficult to draw, and there are precious few resources for those wishing to delve into their anatomical structure (certainly me included). So I will be collecting references, both photos and drawings, that I think might be helpful to someone looking to draw my charming friend Rattus norvegicus (and perhaps some of his closest family members). I will probably add to this from time to time as I find new resources, so please feel free to suggest things that you think might be useful!
Scans from "An Illustrated Dissection Guide to the Rat," by Allen Kurta
Lineart only, these are not gory
Rat Skeleton: http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x254/CJArtist
Necks for anatomy practiceI need to see loads of examples before I can get something. So here's loads of necks doing the weird necky things that necks do.Necks for anatomy practice3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
To get what's going on with the tangle of muscles and tendons catch necks in action. Watch people in cafes. Pause TV. (Buffy the Vampire Slayer has particularly good lighting for drawing.) Then check out how cartoonists simplify the confusion. Maybe even check out some anatomy to see what's going on beneath the skin. Each gives you a different piece of the puzzle.
Organized by where the head is relative to the shoulders, then by where the camera is. So each group should have the same muscles and tendons bulging out. (If you post drawings from any stock here, do check the stock artist's rules.) NOTE: Images marked with ⬅ are NOT stock. Use them for practice, but don't post. (There's only one image marked since there's so much great stock.)
If you stumble across good neck stock, especially with good shadows, I'd l
Interesting watercolour journalsAt Traditionalists, each month is dedicated to one traditional medium - July is for watercolour. Here's a collection of useful and interesting articles on the subject.Interesting watercolour journals10 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Everyone can contribute and post their own journals! How to take a part: simply send a note to Traditionalists and tell us what would you like to write about (or what art would you like to feature). We'll provide any needed help (including spell-check).
Watercolor papers review by KmyeChanThe magic of Polish watercolors by Feidhelm
Watercolor Paper Sizing - Why it Matters by windfalconCommunity AquaTip - Internet Watercolor Resources by watercoloristsSharing some advice on Watercolors and Ink. by Nicole-Marie-Walker
In Perspective: A Stock + Art Contest - Semifinals12/29/12 UPDATE: The winner of the art portion of the contest is by . Thank you all for playing!In Perspective: A Stock + Art Contest - Semifinals3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
10/22/12 UPDATE: HAPPY 5 YEAR SENSHISTOCKAVERSARY! The randomly selected winner (thank you Random.org) of the stock portion is :iconTasastock:! Lucky #7 on the list! Congrats to her and thank you everyone for providing all these awesome images! NOW, LET THE ART PORTION BEGIN! Art entries should be submitted by note and are due December 17th!
SenshiStock’s 5 year Stockaversy is coming up so... It’s time for a new contest! This contest will have two parts to it and you are welcome to participate in either or both.
PART ONE: In Pose Reference Perspective - DONE!!
Wolf puppies - fresh PHOTOS! + funny like hell :))Hi!Wolf puppies - fresh PHOTOS! + funny like hell :))3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Nah, sorry for update, things have been fixed just seconds after I posted it
Baby arctic wolves just left the burrow in ZOO Brno - they are SO adorable
I bring you some shots of them - forget very low quality, please. First photos of tiny puppies are always taken from distance, because babies are too shy to get close to visitors
UPDATE: sorry, NOW you can see puppies XD I uploaded wrong file
At first, kiriban winner
And now - PUPPIES!!!