Best place on the web?I wanted to share a few facts about a company that is very dear to my heart:Best place on the web?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
It's been my favourite place on the web for about seven years now. It also has some impressive little-known stats - it's the sixth biggest social network in the world. It has 28 million users. It set the standard for the user icon, and incorporated the first 'like' button. It was also, apparently, the first social network, 12 years ago.
I love it because I find it to be a wonderfully positive environment - way less haters than pretty much any site I ever invested any time in. It's supportive of creators, whatever level they are at. It encourages diversity, and doesn't judge it's users, no matter what they are into (pretty much!), writers, artists and photographers all.
It also, many people don't know, sponsored artist's alley at SDCC, keeping it in the main hall, laying down a soft carpet to spare feet, and providing padded chairs. It sponsored Tr!ckster, and the Spectrum convention. It genuinely - and I mean
Files sizes and the reader performanceFile size does matter to a certain extent in how your book will perform in the reader.Files sizes and the reader performance1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Pages with lots of assets that have large file sizes may tend to slow down in the reader or take a little while to load.
The best rule of thumb is to try to keep the file sizes of your assets as low as possible without affecting the quality of the asset.
For images, use a .png for any image that contains transparent pixels (such as a character cut out of it's environment).
Use a .jpg for any image that does not contain any transparent pixels (such as a background image). Where a .png may be 2 or 3 megabytes in size, that same image will be about 500k as a .jpg and that savings will help your page perform better without reducing the quality.
For sound, try to loop sound where you can and fade out sound where you can. Instead of just playing a 2 minute long piece of music, try to make the melody loop, then move to the next looped melody at a tap point. This not only reduces file size
Daily Lit Recognition for July 28th, 2014Daily Lit Recognition for July 28th, 2014Daily Lit Recognition for July 28th, 20141 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
We are proud to feature today's Daily Literature Recognition!
You can show your support by ing this News Article.
Please comment and the features and congratulate the artists!
Suggested by: GuinevereToGwen
Featured by: chromeantennae
Fragile by Synesthi
Suggester says: Synesthi, one of my favourite
dA poets for her mastery of imagery and emotion,
managed to once again blow me away with this
cleverly formatted piece that can be read
in more ways than one.
Suggested by: saevuswinds
Featured by: Medoriko
scars by Waffles-Of-Gondolyn
Suggester says: The first three stanzas hook you
and suddenly you've read the whole poem
Children's Literature, Morality + Changing IdealsIntroductionChildren's Literature, Morality + Changing Ideals3 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
With the invention of the printing press in the fifteenth century, and its gradual integration into society, people at last had access to literature. It was William Caxton who first saw the opportunity to make money by printing and selling those stories and fables hitherto told by word of mouth.
At this time, literature did not have age-specific target audiences. Inevitably, some stories appealed to children more than others. Robin Hood was especially popular, while Aesop’s fables offered entertainment and life lessons to adults and children alike.
It is, of course, impossible to say exactly when and how literature was identified as a useful tool in teaching morality to children. It is speculated that there was no concept of ‘childhood’ before the eighteenth century, although historians debate this, as historians are apt to do.
The Street Journal: Best of JanuaryToday we have a small anniversary - Two years of the group.The Street Journal: Best of January2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Thanks to all of you who participate in this group and share their works with us!
Especially thanks to JACAC and batmantoo for helping me with group.
<very very small font> Also thank you all for rights to your photographs transferred to us while submitting photos to our group. All pictures are selling well! </very very small font>... Just kidding.
Journal and Features #1Journal and Features #11 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Well , as you saw , I launched this group focused on 3 of my many addictions :
The MADEFIRE 's MotionBookTool , and the the motion books in general.
and The Live Streaming Sessions
Yeap , in all the cases the word is MOTION !!!
So welcome to :icone-Motion-Addiction: Please join the group
To enjoy these atworks please go on the deviation pages .
These Thumbs are just previews !
The real deviations are animated and/or interactive most of the time.
The artworks and the artists of this feature are not all in the group ... for the moment !
Create and Sell Motion Books on deviantARTCreate and Sell Motion Books on deviantART1 year ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Motion Books push the boundaries of storytelling to the extreme, turning the act and art of reading into something that extends well beyond the printed page. Madefire's powerful and adaptable Motion Book Tool is now in your hands, allowing you to create expressive stories where audio and visual artistry collide.
The Motion Book is an adventurous, energy-packed medium that empowers creators to reach for worlds unseen. When you submit your Motion Books to deviantART and share them with the world, they'll be showcased alongside some of the comic industry's greatest creators and publishers, right alongside characters like Batman, Optimus Prime, Rainbow Dash, and Hellboy!
dA community on Madefire appDo me a favor:dA community on Madefire app1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Get out your Android, iPad, iPhone, or mobile platform of choice, and open the Madefire app. There's a bunch of new things I'd like you to check out.
The sections work like this:
This is 'classic' comic material. No bells, no whistles, just no bullshit, honest comics. (Indie creators and publishers should know we can put their material up within a couple of weeks of sending us a PDF. If your book isn't here you should ask yourself why not?)
This is where we continue to push the medium with a wide variety of cutting edge digital storytelling unique to each book. We also have books from top publishers - those that have had vision and were willing to push the envelope. You can get sucked in for hours.
We also have a deviantART section that features two categories:
The catch-all for pretty much everything anybody publishes on dA using the motion book tool. This ranges from single image parallax pa
Voyage to the Unknown: Motion BooksI have been tagged!Voyage to the Unknown: Motion Books5 months ago in Art Features More Like This
:iconmrs-durden: has been running a feature series known as "Voyage to the Unknown". Having been tagged, I've tried to find somewhere on the site that I haven't ventured much. I don't think I've ever really looked into "Motion Books", and it's a shame, I think, because DA did collaborate with MadefireStudios to set that up for our use.
So here you will find several pieces from the Motion Books section that I hope you will enjoy!
Here is a little bit more of 'Parker'!Here is a little bit more of 'Parker'!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
PARKER- a fan Motion book trailerNow that the Motion tool at Madefire is open to the public to create their own Motion Books I kidnapped two talented folks and forced them to take my Spiderman fan Art and create a trailer for a fictional Spiderman Cartoon show/comic story.PARKER- a fan Motion book trailer1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Thanks to Evan Limberger
and Joe Otis Costello for putting this together. Be prepared for a Rocketeer or a Superman fan Motion book at some point!
CLICK ON THE RED ARROW TO ENJOY!
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
Madefire - The future of storytellingMadefire - The future of storytelling2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sharks in the Swimming PoolPlease take a moment to check out this fantastic project, illustrated by my daughter, :iconmatyldamai96: with singer/songwriter/artist :iconclairitymusic:Sharks in the Swimming Pool4 months ago in Personal More Like This
Naturally I'm a very proud dad.
Captain Stone Is MissingCaptain Stone Is Missing8 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Captain Stone THE NEW BREED OF SUPERHERO? OR THE LAST ONE (POSSIBLY) STILL ALIVE?
CAPTAIN STONE IS MISSING
A Madefire motion book by Christina McCormack & 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 one get lost in all the bells and whistles that the actual
The Digital Revolution Continues Here!WOW!!!!The Digital Revolution Continues Here!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Seriously, what an incredible few days!!!
I wanted to capture a bit of the excitement and share my favorite digital comics and books, from pros and amateurs alike, because something really special is happening! I'll be sharing more in the coming weeks and months, but to kick you off and without further ado:
NEW USER GENERATED CONTENT
These books show a range of styles and approach, from classic static manga, to innovative use of sound and motion:
This parallax by Danesippi is deceptively simple, but works beautifully. So much depth!
The most basic use of the tool, but so amazingly designed and executed by Grozyll that it begs to be checked out.
East and west are fused in this book by
Win a 1 Year Premium Membership!Deviant's Gallery; http://deviantsgallery.deviantart.com/Win a 1 Year Premium Membership!4 years ago in Art Features More Like This
"Your True Self" Contest - Entries from November 1st, 2011 to December 17th, 2011!
Hello to all!
Deviant's Gallery will soon be hosting a HUGE event! From November 1st to December 17th, we will be holding a series of mini-contests leading up to the finale, where the winner, voted on by the Deviantart community, wins a 1 year Premium Membership! To the best of my knowledge, a Contest like this has never been held before!
Each week, a form of media will be featured as part of the Contest. We will be starting with the "easier" to create media, as to give everyone a chance to participate. The Contest will be called "Your True Self." This holds several meanings, and is open to self-interpretation! Our 6 categories for the Contest are;
-Literature - November 1st to 8th
-Self Shots - November 9th to 16th
-Cosplay - November 17th to 24th
-Modeling - November 25th to December 1st
-Digital Art - December 2nd to 9th
-Traditional Art - Dece
Nintendo Characters Reimagined Through FigurinesNintendo Characters Reimagined Through Figurines1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Donald Kennedy of Kody Koala is an artist based in El Paso, Texas. He has been creating custom toys and figures for almost 7 years. Below are some of his creations.
"I came in like a chain chomp!"
Zombie Luigi vs Mario by kodykoalaPrincess Peach Zombie by kodykoala
Princess Peach's Lair by kodykoalaZombie Hunter Toadette Figure by kodykoala
Zombie Gameboy Color by kodykoala
Kodykoala's Kirby Eats Mario by kodykoala
Mario Christmas Tree Figure by kodykoalaToad House Christmas Figure by kodykoala
Bowser's Battle Suit by kodykoala
Super Mario's Gun by kodykoala
Cyborg Donkey Kong by kodykoala
Rockem Sockem Robots Megaman Edition by kodykoala
I Got Angry! Pt.4 (Furious Interlude!)I was wondering to myself if I was STILL angry about things, even after all these years - and honestly? I really am!I Got Angry! Pt.4 (Furious Interlude!)1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Actually - I'm f**king pissed-off!!!
You'll be hard-pressed to find an artist that isn't!
We're over a barrel. We're art monkeys. We're work-for-hire engines that spit out the creations of others as best we can, striving to gain enough prominence to sustain an ongoing living, dreaming of a legacy.
We face hatred, the bitter barbs of trolls, the cruel dismissal of subjectivity, unfair comparisons with our peers.
We have to navigate taste, culture, the need for relevance.
We have to beat our way past the legions of others after the same job.
We have to remain immune to the jealous mutterings of those that fall along the way.
It SUCKS being a part of the machine, the self-serving circle of an industry consuming itself because it doesn't know any better. It's stuck in an ancient cycle, a rotating dance that is literally going nowhere!
So yes. I'm f**k
I Got Angry! Pt.3I'm not an angry guy. I'm very mild-mannered. But there's SO MUCH I wish I had known up front, before I got into comics. There are rudimentaries that I'm kind of angry nobody clearly pointed out before I got in too deep.I Got Angry! Pt.31 year ago in Personal More Like This
Nobody tells you that in the mainstream, as an artist, you'll almost certainly be drawing stuff you're NOT prepared for, and don't really have any desire to do or passion for.
Are you hearing this? It's REALLY a big one:
You'll almost certainly be drawing stuff you're NOT prepared for, and don't really have any desire to do or passion for.
What does that mean? What are you saying Sharpie? How can that be right?
Well - and this is from experience - you won't generally get to draw or write the book you're most suited to.
Classic example: I've been trying to get a Conan gig my whole career - a book I'm so clearly suited to it's unreal, and pretty much every artist I know has said as much! - and yet, even after all this time (27 years
I Got Angry Pt.5Something else to get a bit angry about...I Got Angry Pt.51 year ago in Personal More Like This
If you GET a distribution deal, you'll be in the long shadow cast by the big companies, buried in a dark corner of a vast monthly catalogue.
If you have no marketing budget, then your only option is to hit message boards, FaceBook, indie-driven comic sites, and by getting hold of a list of the internet comics news sites – they're easy enough to find, you just have to Google them.
If you have created your own book, and your dream is to see it printed, but you have literally no funds and nobody is willing to publish it, there are other great options, such as http://www.lulu.com/blog/tag/print-on-demand/. Here you can upload your entire book having placed it into one of the templates they provide, and you can then order a printed, bound copy direct from them for the price you set for it. Print on demand is an incredible innovation, and like Amazon, they will list your book for anybody to buy, they'll eve
A Few SQUARE TexturesCheck out these excellent stock providersA Few SQUARE Textures2 years ago in Personal More Like This
for more outstanding textures.
16X16. 4 by Snowys-stockGrunge blue background by yko-54
twist and stock 0192 by twist-and-stockPrue Texture Stock by redwolf518stock
My Art account :iconredwolf518:
My Black and White Cemetery Tumblr "View from the Ground" http://redwolf518.tumblr.com/
My Halloween and Fall Tumblr "The Haunting Times" http://thehauntingtimes.tumblr.com/
My Star Wars Tumblr "The Bothan Protocol" http://the-bothan-protocol.tumblr.com/
MAMA Scared Stiff Contest WinnersMAMAMAMA Scared Stiff Contest Winners3 years ago in Official DeviantArt Contests More Like This
The winners have arrived! We sent the 25 most terrifying Semi-Finalists to judges and MAMA filmmakers Andy & Barbara Muschietti and Guillermo del Toro, and they felt your fears come to life through the entries. Now our deviantART judges won't be the only ones sleeping with a night light!
Read the judges' comments below and see the top three deviations that struck terror in the hearts of our judges. Each of our winners will be tak
I Got Angry - recap!So, having gotten all riled up about publishing, I wanted to do a recap, and see what ground we covered:I Got Angry - recap!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
My first angry post was all about 'why' - why do it? What was the motivation? Why was I so bloody angry? And what was I doing about it?
Part 2 was about identity - who are you? What should you know about yourself and the industry if you really want to get serious about it?
http://techgnotic.deviantart.com/ wrote as part of his amazing response: 'But I think there comes a time when the whole system becomes so exhausted from mindless repetition that a certain cynicism becomes the only form of true enlightenment and what we loved about our artistic obsessions gets forgotten.'
http://deevelliott.deviantart.com/ also had some strong thoughts, including 'you have to bite your lip when f**ked up the arse and treated like you don't matter, better still sm