A Guide to Effective TaggingA new method to promote and discover art has been released to the community in the form of Tags! When submitting art, adding relevant tags to your deviations will help viewers discover art of interest to them and give your work more exposure.A Guide to Effective Tagging1 year ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
You can add tags based on a variety of things, be it subject matter, themes, medium used, fandom, or anything else you feel is important.
Use these tips to make the most of tags and help your art to find its audience:
Keep it simple. The less complicated the tag, the easier your art is to discover.
Be specific. If you take a picture of a rose, tagging it as #flower, while correct, won’t get your art as much attention as tagging it #rose will. You can, of course, tag both.
Tag efficiently. If your art is based on Lord of the Rings, tag it #LordOfTheRings and/or #lotr. You don’t need to tag every combination — t
AMAZING CHANCE ENCOUNTERAmazing.AMAZING CHANCE ENCOUNTER2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I know, it's name-dropping, sure, but it's also a chance in a bazillion...
I spotted Guillermo Del Toro at Oakland airport yesterday.
For whatever reason I felt compelled just to say hello, or forever kick myself. So…
"Mr Del Toro?"
"I just wanted to say hello. I believe we have some mutual friends…" and so it went for about three minutes.
I didn't want to push my luck, and everybody deserves their privacy. He was gracious, charming, and interested in who I was - which I believe says a lot about anybody. (My wife once put it very clearly - "it's as important to be interested as it is to be interesting…")
I was thrilled.
Soon we parted ways.
I emailed some friends like the big kid I am, grinning ear to ear.
Then I queued up for boarding.
By chance I had A1 - the first in line - and when I boarded...
there he was!
I asked if he minded if I sat next to him and he very warmly said no, not at all!
Long story short, we chatted like old friends
This Just In From Outer Space: We Are Star Stuff!This Just In From Outer Space: We Are Star Stuff!1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
This Just In From Outer Space: We Are Star Stuff!
Colors Of Space by Jessica-Art
Why so much excitement in the halls of deep space science?
The land between solar systems
Because the complex branched structure of the detected cyanide molecules confirms everything Carl Sagan has told us, that the building blocks of life are widesprea
I'm Taking my Stock DownWell I promise this is my last journal on the subject heheI'm Taking my Stock Down2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I would like to make things very clear about what I am doing and why. This is NOT about people not giving me credit - it happens to me all the time and depending on my mood and whether the user is new to DA, I may or may not drop them a polite note - I'm not really bothered - although as I provide stock in a Community whose TOCs require people to credit their sources I probably should do more as I feel am letting down all the other stock providers who are more strict about it. I have issued a DMCA notice two times on DA and on both occasions I was verbally abused and threatened physically by the artists who used my stock and one of them was stalking a friend of mine and I wanted to help her out - 3 DMCA's and you are off DA - it was just a mechanism. My stock is scattered all over the Intenet, especially my PNGs and I just don't bother with it except in cases of massive theft, the odd use of my photos on blogs etc does not and
Anybody want to get in an argument about art?I'll admit that seems a strange invitation, but I find it a healthy and worthwhile method of analysis (not psycho-analysis, but ways to examine art). Please understand, I don't mean a random arguement, like the Monty Python sketch, but a confrontation regarding real differences and views.Anybody want to get in an argument about art?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Let me lay out a couple of ideas I think are true that might be found to be disagreeable:
I don't think art is expression.
I think Modernism, abstract art, conceptual art (art "movements" in general especially those invented and mostly brought to extinction in the 20th century) are nonsense and have many characteristics of fraud.
I think art and science are closely tied, not opposites.
I don't think everyone is an artist.
I think art can be fairly easily defined, and isn't a mysterious mystical thing (especially since it is an invention of man.) Meaning if it can be defined it can be understood and extended.
I don't think artists are a certain type of person.
Not everything one makes is ar
FriedDay Features #6: Guinea Pigs[WARNING: CUTENESS OVERLOAD]FriedDay Features #6: Guinea Pigs3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Hello guys, This FriedDay i'm featuring Guinea pigs - related artworks from the dA photography gallery. I personally love guinea pigs so much. I got 2 on Christmas 2012 and then in april they gave birth to 3 little piglets. But then the weather here got really hot and I had to send them to a farm in a mountain. Will be getting them back during winter. I missed them to much so I decided to dedicate this feature for the love of piglets Hope you enjoy this article post and spread some love.
Booboo scarf by lieveheersbeestje
Family Portrait by TamarViewStudio
Babypicture of Abigail by Cupcake82
And last but not least;
48 Guinea Pigs! by Clerdy
Timing, and great horror storiesTiming is everything they say.Timing, and great horror stories1 year ago in Personal More Like This
One thing particularly central to effective horror is precisely that – timing. And at this time of the year it’s a fitting subject!
The greatest bonus to classic sequential storytelling in the digital realm is that you can really play with this to great effect – and I think we’re only scratching the surface!
The other great bonus is the potential for ambience and sound.
Both of these aspects have been used to great effect in the series ‘Houses of the Holy’ by Mike Carey and Dave Kendall.
This issue is one of the most chilling I’ve ever read:
On Tuesday another fantastically realized, utterly chilling book was released – ‘Books of Blood’ #1 by the visionary Clive Barker, as illustrated by the brilliant Sam Shearon.
The atmospherics here are astonishing, and the torments suffered by the protagonist are both epic and
CREATORS FIRSTI've been working towards this for six years.CREATORS FIRST2 years ago in Personal More Like This
After struggling to make print work at Mam Tor (great reviews, lots of love, but prohibitive costs, too few sales) my big questions were:
How can I publish the stories I want to tell in a direct way, online?
How can I build a platform that lets OTHER people tell their stories too - because this needed to be about much more than just me.
It needed to be a grass-roots revolution.
It needed to be something that creators wanted, that served them.
In short it had to be a need.
The questions after that are many:
If you're in a digital space, what are the possibilities?
Can you build a digital audience first that can determine the need/want for print versions, and then facilitate that?
Can the creators keep their copyright?
How do you rethink the marketplace - and actually, CAN you?
And now here we are, and the tool has been built.
Creators of all
The Embargo Ends, And The Internet Is CallingThe Embargo Ends, And The Internet Is Calling1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Cuban Art Renaissance: The embargo ends, and the Internet is calling
Cuba by albercriso
One of the rare places on the planet where art has not greatly benefited from the Internet, and the free expression its unfettered discussion encourages, has been Cuba.
The official U.S. economic embargo of Cuban goods has been in place since 1960, making the sale of art to wealthy American investors a hassle involving shipping through third
Collection: AirstreamsCollection: Airstreams10 months ago in Art Features More Like This
AIRSTREAMS: It says “America”
The Airstream Recreational Vehicle is the iconic symbol of a certain kind of uniquely American patriotism. First presented to the public in the 1920s and 30s, these oversized trailers were instantly recognizable for their rounded (“aerodynamic”) aluminum bodies. The designer, Hawley Bowlus, had been the construction chief on Charles Lindbergh’s plane, “The Spirit of St. Louis.” Just barely surv
Extreme Poverty: Who Will Heed The Call?Extreme Poverty: Who Will Heed The Call?1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Extreme Poverty: Who Will Heed the Call?
United Nations International Eradicate Poverty Day
Poverty in Baguio 2 by lukedecena
Every year, the United Nations sets a theme for their International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The 2014 theme is…
Leave no one behind: think, decide and act together against extreme poverty.”
Today's Headlines From The News Desk 3-18-15Today's Headlines From The News Desk 3-18-1511 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Today's Headlines From The News DeskMarch 18, 2015
Looks like shamserg has posted his take on the infamous Batgirl variant cover. Regardless of your thoughts on the original, we think
The Marathon ImperativeThe Marathon Imperative11 months ago in Art Features More Like This
The Marathon Imperative
Mull of Kintyre Half Marathon
The first marathon runner, Pheidippides, was legendary.
Literally. The Battle of Marathon in the summer of 490 B.C. in which the Greeks defeated the more numerous invading Persians is historical fact. Then the storytelling of legend creation begins with the popular favorite being about Pheidippides, the Greek messenger who, at the battle’s conclusion, runs nonstop from Marathon to Athens to deliver the good news.
Odyssey Propulsion 7Odyssey Propulsion 73 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Odyssey Propulsion 7
He who birthed the strange tale into our world with a spurt of kaleidoscopic intergalactic vomit has now decided its end. CliveBarker has chosen his favorite Chapter Eight to bring the multi-imagined Hydra-headed beast of a story to the end. All that remains is Chapter Eight illustration submissions remaining open for the next two weeks. And with the perfect visual, Odyssey II: Propulsion will become another hallmark in deviantART history.
So many writers and artists from around the world contributed amazing gifts of their wildest imaginations, collaborating with each other and offering suggestions and encouragement to
Heatbish's First Perler Bead DeviantArt Giveaway!Hello everyone!Heatbish's First Perler Bead DeviantArt Giveaway!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Since I started being more active on DeviantArt, I've gotten a lot of support and love for the work that I do. I humbly appreciate this from the bottom of my heart, so I would like to give back to everyone by doing a small giveaway! Here are the details.
How do I enter?
Just favorite this journal! You don't have to watch me, or comment even. Of course, those are both appreciated -- but for this instance, not necessary.
What's the prize?
One lucky winner will receive a small perler bead art of their choice! They can choose from Pokemon, My Little Pony, Mario, Legend of Zelda, or anything 8-bit that can be beaded out! This comes with the free attachment of your choice -- magnet, necklace, silk cord hang, ornament, or keychain! Or plain. Whatever you'd like! I will even pay the shipping -- including international. So this giveaway is literally for everyone and costs you nothing to enter!~
Contest will end in 1 week, on March 10th, 6:30 PM EST ex
Marriage Proposal on a SpaceshipMarriage Proposal on a Spaceship1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Marriage Proposal on a Spaceship
By istickboy, Truepicturesinc
[Vivere] The Wedding Panel by LauraBevon
What if you could propose to your lover while exploring the universe in a spaceship?
One Reddit reader proposed to his girlfriend using a ring–shaped ship inside the indie starship video game, FTL: Faster Than Light. W
SupernovaI'm proud to present to you my installment for www.originalmockups.comSupernova1 year ago in Personal More Like This
The Supernova bundle is amazing, and worth checking out. They have all the mockups you could ever need.
MonoMono1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
MONO: The Return of the Man–Ape
MONO Ep05 PG10 Color by BenWolstenholme
To the Future of Comics Storytelling
A free Madefire motion book created by Ben Wolstenholme & Liam Sharp
Without going into all the wonderful enhancements (not only frame motion and dramatic juxtapositions, but also musical scoring and sound and flash effects) possible with the Madefire motion books process, it should be emphasized, lest on
Italian Masters of HorrorItalian Masters of Horror1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Italian Masters of Horror
Zombie by liliesformary
Giallo is Italian for yellow… and Horror
In the wake of the real life horrors meted out on Italians during World War II, brutalized by Mussolini and then by Nazi occupation and then having their country used as one great battleground chessboard between Nazis and the invading U.S. and Allied forces, there was for a long time little appetite for horror in movies. It wasn’t until 1956 that the first genuine horror film (a vampire story) was produced and released. It bombed, soundly rejected by the public. The film would be of little note
Madefire and Literature: Interview with Liam SharpWhen deviantART HQ announced they were Introducing Madefire Motionbooks to deviantART, the writers amongst us were again asking "what about us?". Madefire seems pretty awesome, but what can we do as writers to get involved? The answer is LOTS. In an interview with Writer, Comic Book Artist, Publisher and Madefire co-founder Liam Sharp, we find out a little bit more about what Madefire can do for writers, and a little about Liam himself...Madefire and Literature: Interview with Liam Sharp3 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
"Madefire is undertaking an epic journey
One that we believe will revolutionize how stories are told, read, and shared. One that will transform a once static medium into an interactive experience that unfolds dynamically on mobile devic
I got a bit angry again...I just don’t understand. I really don’t.I got a bit angry again...1 year ago in Personal More Like This
There seems to be a growing tribalism in what, for now, we’re often labeling ‘Geekdom’ - or some other reclaimed formerly derogatory term.
A few examples:
There’s a healthy debate about sexism in comic, and the edges of what is an ingrained misogynistic streak that goes back decades.
There’s also a number of very buxom and proud of it cosplayers creating incredible, intentionally sexy costumes for comic conventions.
(Re. the points above: The debate gets hazy in the area that sexy and sexist butt-up against each other – no pun intended. What is cheesecake? What is pin-up? What is erotica? What is porn? What is artistic nude? You can’t simply say I know it when I see it. To some the statue of David is offensive! Either way, the debate rages while pin-up art vies with big-name superhero imagery as the easiest to sell. I can’t budge any pages that don’t feature either, or, or both of
I got married today !Today is a very very special day for me!I got married today !3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I got married! 龴ↀ_ↀ龴
I feel happy! Don't even know what to write
Money - what the hell is it?Did you ever really THINK about what money is? I mean, what it ACTUALLY is?Money - what the hell is it?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I never did. It's probably part of the reason I'm not very money-oriented; not, in my heart, a capitalist. But still, as I look around at the news, at the growing divide between the rich and poor - they that truly care about the world and its well-being, and they that do not, and all that comes of globally powerful corporations, and how they absorb and smother all else that tries to grow in their shadow - and it seems increasingly like something I really HAVE to understand.
But where do you start?
There's a lot to know. And it's not cut and dried! There are many human transactions that happen without a like-for-like trade, and sometimes with no trade at all. You'll pass a hammer to somebody banging a nail in the wall to hand your photo. You'll help somebody weaker than you carry their bag across a road, up some stairs. You might furnish a beggars paper cup with a paper dollar. Not all of these are moral trade-o
Big questions without suitable answersColour me naive.Big questions without suitable answers1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Colour me an idealist pinko liberal.
Colour me a romantic arty-farty fantasist.
Colour me a hippy pacifist fence-sitter.
Most of my friends are heading for, or past, the big five O.
There's increasingly less time for bullshit.
To my eyes, my mind, my experience
- as an intermittently successful artist and writer, boutique publisher, digital pioneer for storytellers, dreamer (in the most iconoclast way), pessimistic optimist, father of three, husband, failure and champion -
it's all bullshit.
Nothing matters, beyond those we love and who love us
- at least not in any personally meaningful way.
The nature of civilization is to be in perpetual crisis
- and I fear we're in the thick of a bigger existential crisis than we, as a species, are prepared to acknowledge.
We feed on fear and triviality, and are in thrall of our baser instincts
- to duck, to hide, to run.
It's left to those without empathy to guide us.
Those without fear.
Those that will stand on the backs o