The CartDown the empty roads and greyish fields, travels a cart of wares, unwanted and dead.The Cart2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
With its darkened body and rusted wheels, it screeches for love, never blinded nor fed.
Jars fill its sides, trapping children and chimeras; they remain motionless in the hands of stealth.
Alas, not a hand from afar dares to touch them, never poor and filthy, never spotless with wealth.
The DilemmaTake the bloody to the castle, lock them up all nice-and-tight.The Dilemma2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
The clock bellows twelve on the moonlight gaze, we shake the windows and run with fright.
Down the stairs and around the torches, through the mirrors and behind the books.
Towards the bell tower in the eastern wing, we sneak in the night like lifeless crooks.
We race to our mother, up high in the chamber, she waits for us to consume her mind.
To free her of the price of seduction, to leave her soul and past behind.
Alas, tis not us who can do such a thing; we shall ask the God of Death.
We pray he will answer and return to our dilemma, to put out the flame with a single breath.
100Q to Develop a Character100 Questions to Develop a Detailed Character100Q to Develop a Character5 years ago in Sketches More Like This
Ever have trouble deciding what side of an argument your character will take? Do you have trouble remembering small details about your character, and often change them accidentally in the middle of a story? Try this list of one hundred questions to solidify your knowledge of your character. Feel free to use this and post it as its own deviation. Just please link it to me in a comment if you do. Try to answer the questions in as much specific detail as possible. This is for you, so there is no use in cheating on it. I would suggest doing two for each character: one for the beginning of your story, and one for the end, to reflect the changes that happen.
1. What is your character's name? Do they have a nickname?
2. Is your character male or female? What is their sexuality? What role does it play in your story?
3. How old is your character? Does their age matter to them emotionally or socially?
4. How tall is your character? Does it affect the
Editing your writingSo, there are a lot of tutorials for writing; tutorials for character's names, personalities, storylines, and everything else under the sun. Don't get me wrong, some of those tutorials are pure gold. But, and keep in mind I'm no avid tutorial-reader and I haven't read all of them, I have yet to find one about editing. And it's about as important as the actual writing, because what's the writing if you can't read it? So, here I am, making one. If you've already read this far into the introduction, do me and you a favour, and read the rest of it, you might find some of it useful and I won't just be talking in a void. Please?Editing your writing2 years ago in Settings More Like This
View of an Editor
So! You have your piece you're going to edit, haven't you? What's the first step, before you start editing? You have to get in the right frame of mind. Repeat after me! My writing is not perfect. Yeah, that's right. It's not. It won't be even after editing it. Writing can be wonderful, amazing, beautiful, emotional, and brilliant, yes,
Artist Alley 101Artist Alley 1013 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
ARTIST ALLEY 101
Hi there deviantart guinea pigs! 8D I'm preparing an outline for a panel at A-kon! I have vast experience attending conventions and displaying my work. What I've written here are my total thoughts on how to do your first artist alley. It has not been made into an outline yet. What I'm needing is feedback, questions, and conversations about this information so I can decide what I might add or take away from this discussion before creating a final outline and hand out! Please help me! I'd really appreciate any comments you feel ready to leave! I am not really a comfortable public speaker, I only feel capable once I have prepared material extensively for the occasion.
Why to do an artist alley:
AA can turn a nice profit for a lot of people, but more often than not, First Con Ever is a learning experience more than a bountiful retail extravaganza. But before you shy away from losing money, consider that you'll probably pay more for a single college class and
Skull Preservation TutorialSkull Preservation Tutorial5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I've been asked multiple times how I go about cleaning and preserving the skulls that I find so I've decided to put together a sort of FAQ/how-to regarding this subject. Please keep in mind that there is more than one "right" way to achieve things in the realm of taxidermy. This is just the way I do my skulls/bones.
You will need:
Plastic bag for picking up your treasure
A good sized flower pot
An ant hill (if possible)
Disposable plastic gloves
Nice sized metal pot kept solely for boiling skulls/bones
Plastic container for soaking the skull/bones in
Hydrogen peroxide 3%-7%
Small pokey thing for helping remove brain bits and other yuck
Super glue, tacky glue, or Elmer's glue for putting the teeth back in
Hokay. While out hiking, I've come across many different skulls/bones of animals in various stages of decomposition. The best ones are when nature has already done most of the work for you and it's already pretty clean. One of the drawbacks of finding them like this tho
Guide to Advanced CritiquesTutorial IndexGuide to Advanced Critiques7 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
What a Critique is NOT
What Is Advanced Critique?
Guide To Advanced Critique
Writing the Advanced Critique
An Example of a Critique
Advanced critique is as much
Let's Talk - Copyright 101… because we don't talk about copyright enough here on deviantArt, do we?Let's Talk - Copyright 1019 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
So no, this is not a flame journal. Nothing's been stolen (well, I'm sure something, somewhere, has, but that's not exactly what this is about).
Basically, I've seen and read a quite a lot about copyright and what counts as fair use or infringement. When it comes to this topic, there's a lot of misinformation, misunderstanding, and especially miscommunication floating around the internet. But let's face it, that isn't surprising. Copyright law is a complex and sometimes poorly explained subject.
Governments have their own policies. Websites have their own policies. Stock photographers and artists have their own policies. Some people don't like tracing, some don't like copying hex-codes for colour schemes, some people don't like it when you copy the a pose from a painting. We've all got things we don't like, and don't want. Me included. It ge
Equus AbsurdusIn keeping with my ranting about aggravating animals in fantasy, I think I shall rant about horses. The second most overly romanticized and anthropomorphized animal galloping around DA, second only to wolves. And heck, the ol' Equus Absurdus may give Lupus Bardus a run for his money. This will be less pointing out ineptitude in storytelling and rampant cliche, and more about doing your friggin' homework before you write or draw horses. And watching Spirit doesn't count.Equus Absurdus6 years ago in Historical More Like This
I'll be pretty blunt about the art side of things. Horses are Hard To Draw, and they are the Gods of being Hard To Draw. The only thing that I think might be harder is dinosaurs. (She said smugly.) Or possibly deer. When the grand masters of the Renaissance and contemporary master artists alike are stumped by rendering the correct pose of horses in flight, you bow before the king of hard art. Because ever
100 Word Challenge List100 Word Challenge List:100 Word Challenge List5 years ago in Humor More Like This
6. Shooting Star(s)
25. Teddy Bear
37. Panic Switch
46. Fire Ball
77. MAGICAL WORD OF YOUR CHOICE!
apples, dammitThe Big Secret to Learning How to Draw:apples, dammit6 years ago in Editorial More Like This
In the Beginning... You see an apple, and you draw an apple. You look at your drawing, and it's utter crap. It looks nothing like the real thing, and you wonder why. "Hey, a real apple is red and round. My drawing is red and round. Huh. What's wrong?"
You draw some more apples. Many times.
And finally, one day, you have a Eureka! moment. You realize, *d'oh!* a real apple isn't entirely round! It's wider at the top, narrower underneath. It's got funky little lumps at the bottom. It's got a dip like a crazy deep belly button at the very top. You draw another apple. The result is better, but it's still crap. Much nicer crap than before, but still.... Hmm.
You draw more apples. Repeat.
Another day of drawing, another Eureka! moment. Hello! The red isn't really red. This particular apple is slightly darker than true red. And it's got some tiny tan spots on it. And at the top, the red turns into a pale green color near the stem. You draw an apple once
Requiem For the Rosesroses dark,Requiem For the Roses2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
roses here, there..
melody of the day,
roses of pink and white;
sprinkled with yellow,
touches of peach.
they take me to a time,
and a place,
where my friends and i
lived our lives
emerald silk and
all beneath the
brilliance, the vivacity
of emmett's eyes.
symphony of the night,
roses deepest red, violet,
silvers and blacks.
dance with the devil,
a devil named laurent.
of the dark.
whittle the night away
locked in immortal hauntings,
whispers of the dead
adding to our dischordance,
our symphonic struggles,
perils of the shadows.
moments buried deep
within the sands of time,
each one marked
by some type of rose.
red for lust, black for love;
pastel for friendship,
yellows for smiles;
white's for purity,
peach for curiousity;
violets for the night,
blues for the day.
each and every moment,
each and every rose.
be they 'normal',
be they dew-laden,
or set aflame.
How to Hook a ReaderHow to Hook a Reader1 year ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I should note that this article will be primarily concerning YA fiction, as that is what I know most about. You may notice that some of these openings use elements that I cautioned against in an earlier article. Told ‘ya there were bountiful exceptions to writing “rules.”
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
“There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.”
This one is just awesome. I adore some subtle humor in a book, and it’s a great way to start out if you’re witty enough. This short and amusing opening line tells us a lot about the character in a very short time. His name also gives an indication that he is not from the land of Narnia, but is probably from England, if this book is to be similar to the ones prior to it in the series. We know something about his age in t
Pray for an end of MingiAmong some tribes in the Omo River Valley in southwestern EthiopiaPray for an end of Mingi2 years ago in Profiles More Like This
certain children are considered Mingi (Impure, Ritually polluted)
Reasons for being declared Mingi are:
Being born out of wedlock.
Being the result of an unplanned pregnancy.
Being born a twin.
Being born with a cleft lip or palate.
Being born with some sort of deformity or imperfection.
Having one's genitals injured in some way.
Having ones teeth develop in the upper jaw before the lower jaw.
Chipping a tooth during childhood.
Children declared Mingi are considered cursed by the spirits.
It is believed that if allowed to live a Mingi child will bring misfortune to the community.
Children declared Mingi are either abandoned to die or killed.
Mingi children are either drowned, starved, or, in the case of infants,
have dirt stuffed in their mouths so that they choke to death.
Please, please pray that this evil practice stop!
INFO AND WAYS TO HELP.
Art TipsI am writing this for a friend and for anyone else who may find it useful. The following treatise is by no means law or the only way to do things. It's only what I know or believe so far and it's probably not applicable to most styles except those similar to my own. Take from it what you will.Art Tips4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
1.) Gesture drawings: Yeah, I know, it's one of the most annoying criticisms you'll get "you need to do more gesture drawings!" Stifle your reflex to kick them into a volcano and do it. Your art will be better for it. Try to set aside at least 15 minutes a day for gesture drawing.
2.) Draw from life: If you've been drawing or painting for any significant amount of time, you've probably heard this one too. Second verse, same as the first. Do it, your art will be better for it. Observational skills are KEY to representational art and the more you hone them, the more skilled you will become. Try to imprint on things you see around you; think of life as like a big How To catalog.
3.) Variation: Varia
Quick Guide: Story OrganizingA Quick Guide to Organizing Your Fantasy/Sci-Fi NovelQuick Guide: Story Organizing4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I'm going to try and briefly cover World Building specifically for Fantasy and Science Fiction (though it will apply in general to any setting), both major and minor Characters, and some basics of Timeline here. I am not going to walk you step by step through how to write your own story, but you should (hopefully) get some useful tips out of this.
I never used to organize my novels before I started writing. I have so many stories in my head, I would just pick one and start writing. I didn't have trouble keeping to the same details of a given character because I knew them so well. But after taking such a long break from writing Missing Puzzle Pieces, I really needed to do some serious work. I don't remember all the details I had in my head back when I started... in fact, I've completely forgotten the original ending. For those of you who don't know my story, which starts
NightmareWake up...Wake up...Nightmare2 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
look in the mirror...
Remember what you saw last night?...
It makes sense...you just don't know it...
Till the Nightmare begins again...when it does...
I don't want to go back....
I don't want to fall asleep to another Nightmare,
Wanting to forget in the morning
When i look up at the mirror...
I don't want another unwanted dream,
But you know you can't fight it...
Don't worry... Everything's alright...
Till you fall asleep to another Nightmare...