Specific Imagery: What Makes a Poem Good?Specific Imagery: What Makes a Poem Good?Specific Imagery: What Makes a Poem Good?1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
So what makes a poem good?
According to Samuel Taylor Coleridge (please, never just call him Sam) the definition of poetry is "the best words in their best order".
Fine. But what exactly does that mean?
It means that good poetry is about much more than just matching rhythm and rhyme. What elevates any poem above its peers is the specific choice of words to match the poet's intent.
Say what now?
Think of it this way: our chosen words are our color palette, and the way we combine them equates to brush strokes and blending. Strong words equal bold hues, while overused and cliché terms are a lot like faded watercolors. You want your hard work to stand out, not blend in, right?
Of course I do!
Then my biggest piece of advice is this: choose your words.
What do you mean? I always choose my words; I'm a writer, after all!
What I mean is, do your best to choose the most appro
How To Sell Your Original PaintingsHow To Sell Your Original PaintingsHow To Sell Your Original Paintings1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
In this article I will be discussing how to sell your original paintings. If your a artist you know how intimidating this can be when you've decided to venture into sales. It may even leave you with doubts about your own work, lower your confidence as a artist, and a bit fearful. Well have no fear! I have some tips from personal experience, as well as online references and advice from fellow artists that will help with your sales.
The First Step
Before we get into 'the meat' of things your very first step is Believe in yourself. Be confident about the accomplishments you've made. If your contemplating selling anything then you have to know you're good at what you do. Let that be your mantra as an artist. Understand that how you've acquired your skills, what you choose to paint, what your art looks like, and how
Surface Slip Stitch TutorialSurface Slip Stitch Tutorial6 months ago in Art Features More Like This
I love how this stitch is an easy way to add detail or to make professional, clean-looking color changes.
I've used the Surface Slip Stitch in these projects:
- The black line for the froggy smile - I used it for the white "reflection" on the cherries and apples (back side facing out)
- I stitched it here with black around the penguin's face so that zig-zag line doesn't show where the colors meet.
- I used it here on the sleeves and shirt top and also the shoes - It's the dark pink stitching here around the front
Let me know what you think of this tutorial and if you have any questions about the surface slip stitch or crochet!
5 Reasons to do it the traditional way5 Reasons to do it the traditional way5 Reasons to do it the traditional way1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Traditional and Digital art are both completely different mediums, able to create the same product. It is possible to paint a beautiful, watercolor-like painting digitally, as well as achieve the cleanliness and color options of a digital piece traditionally. Therefore, using one or the other to express ourselves creatively is, just like many things in life, just an option. People may have personal, sometimes even illogical reasons for using one or the other and that's fine. Today, however, I'm a cheerleader for the "traditional side", and I offer you 5 reasons to do it traditionally!
1. Oh the wonderful smell of art supplies > I'm not talking about the toxic smell that come painting techniques require, of course. Rather about the feeling you get when entering a huge art supply store, touching all those brand new pencils and tubes
Feature: Turning Japanese!Pokemon is on my mind a lot lately so when thinking of a feature, Japanese treats naturally came to mind!Feature: Turning Japanese!2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
OH how i would love to try some of these fabulous treats! I love the fact a lot of them are made from rice as i can't eaten gluten!
Drinking Fanta by GetlostinDarkness
Gummi Candy Mix by ieatSTARS
ichigo daifuku. by sorekara
Japanese cakes.. by flauel
Introduction about making handmade booksINTRODUCTION ABOUT BASIC TOOLS TO MAKE HANDMADE BOOKSIntroduction about making handmade books1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Today I'd like to share with you some basic tips if you're interested in making handmade books. I've learned how to do that a few terms ago, at the university. As an art restoring adept I've been through the old, traditional ways of making books and added some modern touches to simplify that. I'm going non-professional so far, without expensive equipment, so if you'd like to give books a try you don't have to invest that much
The first and obvious thing that's needed for our book is paper. At that stage you have to decide what kind of book you'd like to make - you need lined or squared paper for notebooks, journals, cookbooks and basically everything that's meant to write in. Sketchbooks and scrapbooks require nice smooth plain paper and photo albums work best with thick and durable paper. Of course those are basics, you can use decorated paper or one suitable for
PE: Textured brushesThis article is an introduction to textured brushes in digital art painting. I'll cover making your own brushes as well as the use of textured brushes. You'll also find some great art and brush sets at the end of this article. This is my first time writing for projecteducate, so I hope you'll find this helpful!PE: Textured brushes2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Textured brush vs. texture
First of all, what is a textured brush? And why should you bother with it when you can just slap a nice texture over your painting to make it look more interesting?
Alright, let's start at the beginning. "Textured brush" is a brush created out of a texture, so basically a texture in brush-form. Whether it's made with help of a pre-existing image (see texture above) or some wild scribbling on your tablet (like the example brush above) doesn't matter. Texture + select + define brush = texture
Cosplay Tutorials CollectionCosplay tutorials are among the most fascinating I've found in DA, full of inspiration and secrets that make you want to try them, even if you've never cosplayed before. I took a good look around and tried to put together the best collection that I could, so please feel free to browse all of these and try them! Let these artist know how awesome and generous they are for their hard workCosplay Tutorials Collection2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
This article was written for ArtHistoryProject, please don't forget to visit the project and also join the nail art contest we put together.
Knight of Time Cape: Tutorial by HABanime Ruffle Skirt Tutorial by eirenealetheia Sailor Fuku Cosplay Tutorial by SparklePipsi
Feathered Wings Tutorial by Kudrel-Cosplay Steampunk Goggles: A Tutorial by FenrisDesigns Fantasy Film Wing Tutorial by Flying-Fox Tutorial: Cosplay Jewel-Making by cafe-lalonde Foam Board Weapon Tutorial by FireLilyCosplay Vinyl and Craft Foam Armor Tutorial by FireLilyCosplay Link Cosplay hat tutorial by Eressea-sama Cid Highwind Spear Tutorial 1 by gerodere Craft foam tutorial by PxScosplay
The Music of Language: ProsodyPoetry is the art of using language as a tool to create both visually, atmospherically and phonetically coherent pieces. Imagine an unsung music that flows through our everyday lives, syncopating our every emotion and pulses through our every sentence. The careful wordsmith is someone who is attuned to this song, the music of the language. It’s the melody that runs through the lines as we hear them read out loud and the rhythm that resonates through every sentence that we utter. The name for it is prosody. Prosody is the underlying song that lives in any given language. And it is the basis of foot, meter and rhyme.The Music of Language: Prosody1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
1. What is prosody?
In linguistics, prosody is the rhythm, stress and intonation of speech. It reflects both the feature of the language as well as the mood and intent of the speaker. Therefore the "melody" of Italian sounds drastically different from that of English, which is again different fr
How to make a viking dressI used to be a part of one history reenactment group some time ago. Such groups basically reconstruct elements of daily life of people from a selected time period; my group was interested in early Middle Ages, from the 8th to the 11th century, from the Eastern and Northern Europe. Personally, I used to reconstruct a viking woman from today's Sweden areas. Most of you will be shocked, but vikings were not half-naked barbarians with horned helmets. They had no horned helmets. Really.How to make a viking dress2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Anyway, my favourite part of reenactment has always been all the suit making. Buing materials, planning, cutting, sewing (hand sewing!), embroidering. Then, wearing. Generally, viking clothes are very easy to make, though I admit that the materials aren't the cheapest, if you want to make it as much accurate historically as you can.
Our goal: a simple dress, no emboirdery. This is actually my first viking dress I've ever made.
I've prepared a simple tut
Bump Up Your ColorWorking with color can be difficult no matter what medium you choose, but it can be especially daunting for traditional artists. Learning how to mix your own colors is equally as important as learning how to apply them to your work.Bump Up Your Color1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
1. No matter what your art teacher says, YOU CAN use black and white
You've all probably heard that at one point: don't use black, black is bad (or white is bad). There is nothing inherently badabout using either color. The real caution should be in not using them exclusively in lightening or darkening a color. Both colors are very strong and can overwhelm the saturation of whatever they are mixed with. Rather than omit black and white from your palette, explore the range they can have when mixed with other colors.
2. Don't buy "flesh colored" pigments
You know that peachy tinted stuff? Don't use it. Pre-mixed pigments with white in them tend to be very chalky and unnatural looking, plus, it
Tutorial: do huge features really fast and easyA Journal „tutorial“ aka „save time and make your dA life easier“.Tutorial: do huge features really fast and easy2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I just couldn't watch my fellow deviants doing the features the most tiring and time consuming ways anymore, while there is much simpler and really fast way of dealing with big features, as big as the Journal limit allows if necessary, and I will share how. It's up to you if you wanna start using it too.
It's really nothing special, just an incredibly useful method I figured along the way, through my long featuring „career“. Also, maybe it will give motivation to more people to start making features, small or big, and help support their favorite artists, artists who deserve much more recognition and feedback, introduce unknown great artists and their art they found to others, etc.
The „tutorial“ is divided in 2 parts:
1. Featuring artwork collected though Polls/Journals made especially for that
2. Featuring artwork from your Favorites
1. Featuring ar
Movie Contest - ENTRIES CLOSEDTHE WINNERS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED HERE: http://fav.me/d5gvtnwMovie Contest - ENTRIES CLOSED2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The time is over! Thank you so much for all the wonderful entries, we're going to take a couple of days to check all the entries and discuss the winners, we will make the announcement soon look up for the poll to decide the third place!
ALL ENTRIES CAN BE FOUND IN THE MOVIE CONTEST FOLDER
Today we welcome the newest member of our team, GrandmaThunderpants! We're happy to have her join the semi-sweeties staff and we want you to share the happiness with us, and for that we're organizing a new contest! Since summer is the time for incredible movies, this time we want you to make food inspired by movies
To make this time even more joyful, we're also going to throw a giveaway! To enter the giveaway all you have to do is fave this blog entry and you're automatically in! One week from now on Au
Bird-Photography and Birds-Club December FeaturesBird-Photography and Birds-Club proudly presents some of the best submissions from the month of December, chosen by me, mydigitalmind. At the end of every month, I will go through submissions from both groups and choose the ones that stand to feature them in a News Article. I will also choose features from some of our special events that run during the month.Bird-Photography and Birds-Club December Features3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
:iconBird-Photography: and :iconBirds-Club:
Bird-Photography's Featured Photos
Every week, the admins from Bird-Photography pick a photo out of the previous week's submissions that will be featured on our front page for the entire week. The following photos were featured in December.
Birds-Club Bird of the Month
Each month, Birds-Club devotes a journal feature to a particular bird species. Members are welcome to submit as many deviations as they want with no pre-judging as long as they are photos
Feature :)A feature from me has been LONG overdue!!!Feature :)2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I've been collecting enough, so here are some works I've ed in the last couple weeks. Please, please comment, favorite, and watch these artists! They are truly amazing and their gallery's have so much more to offer if you just take a look!
Also, this article to help it get more exposure! Thank you all for looking
Another lynx... by White-Voodoo
Fallow Deers by javierherrera86 Full speed by DarkTara Kitten jump by DeeOtter
Bloody WildDog by NagWolf Spotted Predator by darkSoul4Life
:thumb311531066: :thumb325429707: Crowned Pigeon (Digital Painting) by Rick-Lilley
The tiger 2 by Jagu77 Owls Eyes by Enkased Cutie IV by RemusSirion
Aquila pomarina by RichardConstantinoff Autumn Eyes by Saromei Owl by brijome
Spanish Imperial Eagle / Spanischer Kaiseradler by DaSchu :thumb326939132:
Hey Smiler by SR011 I'm Bearfect For You by DeviantTeddine Lionfish by braxtonds
Kgalagadi Leopardess by LinRuPhotography OWL by photoflacky
Little Climber by Enalla :thumb326385051: Caption this... by DeniseSoden
Going to swim by Galatheon
How should I price my art?Hi,How should I price my art?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
If you spend a lot of time in the DA forums, you will see this topic spring up again and again. Whether you want to earn a living doing freelance art, or you just want to do an occasional commission, these guidelines may help you:
Why is it so difficult to choose a price? Why can't someone look at my art and tell me what to charge? Because it is not just about price and skill level! If three people can draw the same drawing with the same level of skill, one might be able to sell the art for $10, another might be able to sell the art for $100 and the third might not be able to sell it at all depending on how good they are at "marketing" (looking for clients and interacting with them). An artist's ability to seek out clients, choose the right clients, offer a type of work that will sell, communicate effectively, and provide value that their competitors cannot match... is difficult to gauge by looking at a few art samples.
The starting price you pick right now doesn't ha
Traditional Week RecapWe were unable to add the following articles to our galleries, so we are presenting them to you via blog. Please enjoy!Traditional Week Recap2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Drawing from Life
A Word about deviantART
Igne oyasi. The art of oyaThis entry is only a brief introduction to a craft I recently found: Turkish needlework or the art of oya.Igne oyasi. The art of oya6 months ago in Art Features More Like This
It is native to the town of Nallihan (in the province of Ankara), in the way of the ancient Silk Road, and still remains largely unknown out of Turkish borders.
Izmir Ethnography Museum (2014)
Younger generations still wear jewellery or accessories decorated with such motives, but the craft itself –as is often the case- has been on the brink of disappearing, now being taught in community centres, trade schools for girls and universities.
Silk thread by Tony Hisgett, via Wikimedia Commons
Materials used are inexpensive, except perhaps for the silk thread (which does not need to be stiffed), as only straight needle and scissors are required. Nowadays, due to price, cotton and polyester
Making Art on Commission: Tips for ArtistsPretty much all artists are presented with offers to produce works of art on commission at points in their careers. Unfortunately, many have had what looked to be a golden opportunities turn into unmitigated nightmares. The following tips and pointers on expect when commissioned to do an artwork and how to approach commissions in general will not only help you avoid problems, but will help you identify situations when the best approach is to just say no.Making Art on Commission: Tips for Artists3 years ago in Personal More Like This
To begin with, working on commission, creating a work of art on spec from scratch for someone other than yourself, is totally different than selling a finished piece at a show, at a gallery, or out of your studio. Selling a completed work of art is an event; producing a work of art on commission for another party is a relationship. Never confuse the two.
From your end, the key to successfully working on commission is your ability to be flexible and communicate with whomever hires you. A commission relationship only succeeds when you re
You will see us again flowers by domatescilek memory of summer. by magnesina Cosmos by Marmaluke invitation by AlicjaRodzik Waking dream by dnbly Happy by fruitpunch1 hard sun by RiluriCanta Dreaming by Justysiak hanging. by simoendli cosmo love. by simoendli umbrella. by simoendli Dolce by Einsilbig with love by Iridescent-happinesS just a flower by julie-rc Twilight's flowers by marcopolo17 spring, the by frayart show me. .. by lipstickmisfit Spring Ladies by Hantenshi Garden by BlueColoursOfNature Dressed In Pink by addy-ack Cosmos by undergradNITZ Flowers by Justine1985 Cosmos by Al-Baum :thumb262337716: Into the light III by ZanaSoul Darkness by NicolasEvariste Ona Flower by CasheeFoo :thumb271029963:You will see us again2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Cosmos IV by WindyLife to the evening sun by nakedlady sunbathing together by StarTigerOne maybe you aren't lost by jyoujo Opened My Arms to You.. by pacificdreams :thumb328594117: easy summer by asianrabbit Pink cosmos by piyato cold by frayart Last Rays by X-chromosome Pink Cosmos by hk21 the forgotten tenderness... by nakedlady
Is time over? by pacificdreams :thumb138646049: cosmea by AlexEdg Divas by StarPhoto Coeur de cosmos by pourquoipas blue stage by berryrika Reaching for the Cosmos. . . by ElevenOrchids Flowers vol.2 by Justine1985 Sweet Deflection by piximi :thumb812
Traditional art techniquesTraditional art techniques ITraditional art techniques1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Traditional Art Week continues! This article will give you a brief overview of most commonly used physical media techniques and their characteristics, featuring beautiful examples found all over DeviantArt and tutorials. I sincerely hope this will get you inspired to try something new and experiment, why not pick a tutorial and see what you learn! Don't forget, whilst techniques has their own regulations and principles, they still can be combined, you have to be no wizard (just a little creative) to find a new way to express yourself through them. Let's take a look
1. Drawing media
Drawing is one of the major forms of expression within the visual arts, and is generally concerned with the marking of lines and areas of tone onto paper. Traditional drawings were monochrome, or at least had little color, while modern colored-pencil drawings may a
PE: Watercolour and saltWatercolour and saltPE: Watercolour and salt6 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Watercolour painting provides us with fantastic possibilities to create various textures. They can be achieved in many different ways with use of many different side components and equipment - in this article, I'll focus on salt textures. It usually takes time to get a handle of it - like everything else - but the outcome is definitely worth it.
Water and pigment
The three factors that determine the effects are the amount of water, amount of pigment and amount of salt, with the two first being the harder part. The more water you use, the more time it takes for the paint to dry and the more time the salt has to work - therefore the pigment will be pushed further away and you'll get bigger, paler spots between darker pigment borders. Less water will get you smaller, star-like
Superb Owl Sunday!This feature is now closed to further suggestions! Please check out the wonderful art that has been submitted; each one of them is a gem! Please fave this journal if you enjoyed itSuperb Owl Sunday!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Hey everyone! It's SUPERBOWL SUNDAY in the United States today! Now, I don't care too much about sports, and I'd rather spend a nice Sunday afternoon outside watching birds than sitting with people spilling nachos and yelling at the TV. So, let's shake up the concept of "SuperBowl" a bit and turn it into ...
SUPERB OWL SUNDAY
This blog is a feature of superb owl art and photography! The catch was that you could not suggest yourself -- you had to suggest someone else's work to be featured!