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?1 year 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
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 trailer2 weeks 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!
Daily Lit Recognition for July 28th, 2014Daily Lit Recognition for July 28th, 2014Daily Lit Recognition for July 28th, 20145 days ago in Literature Features More Like This
We are proud to feature today's Daily Literature Recognition!
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Please comment and the features and congratulate the artists!
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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.
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Featured by: Medoriko
scars by Waffles-Of-Gondolyn
Suggester says: The first three stanzas hook you
and suddenly you've read the whole poem
I Got Angry Pt.5Something else to get a bit angry about...I Got Angry Pt.51 month 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
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 month 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!Anger.I got angry!2 months ago in Personal More Like This
Anger and frustration.
That's what started it all!
I'm not somebody that feels entitled. I don't expect anything from the world, or anybody in it. That said, I did feel I had earned a fair hearing. I'd put in the years, drawn the BIG books, and the cool ones! I thought I should, by rights, be able to get at least one pitch for a creator-owned comic written and drawn by me off the ground. But though I must have pitched upwards of 30 titles across the board over a period of TEN YEARS, nothing landed.
So yes. I was angry and frustrated!
I was asked, by the very excellent Joseph Michael Linsner, what Madefire was all about a couple of weeks ago, following the Big Wow Comic Fest. It was a good question, as it pointed out a gap in our message, something people were perhaps not getting:
Why do it?
What was the need?
The need was to create a platform for the digital age on which creat
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 month 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 - 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 month 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
Children's Literature, Morality + Changing IdealsIntroductionChildren's Literature, Morality + Changing Ideals2 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 Digital Revolution Continues Here!WOW!!!!The Digital Revolution Continues Here!3 weeks 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
Madefire - The future of storytellingMadefire - The future of storytelling1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Kiriban at 200,000 pageviewsHi! ^^Kiriban at 200,000 pageviews1 month ago in Personal More Like This
Kiriban has setted up, anyone can enter, but I have rules!
Please fave this journal if you want to enter.
Anyone can enter.
What can I win?
A Full body colored picture!
If you remove this journal from your faves, you won't be able to enter.
Send me a full screen screen shot, in a NOTE.
Fastest one will win.
If my page gets botted, I'm going to put an end to this kiriban, and there'll be no prizes. So please keep your bots out of my face. <3 Thank you.
Artistic resources!1. IntroductionArtistic resources!6 months ago in Personal More Like This
Here is hopefully a collection of resources that will help you and other like minded artists to improve, aspire and be the best we can be.
To never be stuck in a rut!
a. Collect images that you like, illustrations, paintings, photography
b. Materials - For your understanding of armor, fur, plastic. Give your pieces some umph.
http://ffffound.com/ - Full of images, refreshed daily. Full of everything and anything. Its a great resource if you just want to open your mind!
http://www.pinterest.com/azkur/armor/ - Full of all sorts of armor
http://notjustanarmor.tumblr.com/ - more armor references
http://www.cgtextures.com/ - Textures, do lots of studies! This will help you a great deal!
http://www.beforethey.com/ - Tribal photography, wonderful inspiration for the not-so-mundane
Now that you are successfully inspired, how do you progress?
More answers to some more great questions!Thanks for all the great questions!More answers to some more great questions!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
In case you haven't already seen the first journal with a few answers, just click on this http://motionbooktool.deviantart.com/journal/Some-answers-to-some-recent-questions-363387248 to check them out!
To augment our first round of answers, here are a few more answers to recent questions:
Q1) Will users have to have coding knowledge/experience?
A1) Not at all! The tool is actually really simple for anyone to use with a great user interface (that we are refining as I write these words to make even better)!
Q2) Will the user be able to drop in sound assets, music, and sound effects into the motion books?
A2) Yes, it is very easy to implement .mp3 files with any sound you like and trigger them where you want in the story! You can also adjust volume intensity in the MBT, looping, and fade in / fade out of either a loop or a single play through of your sound.
Q3) If I were to go ahead and start drawing my comic, are there any technical aspects to my appr
MARKETNG TIPS FOR AUTHORSHello again everyone. I wanted to write out another guide to publishing, but this time, to focus more on the marketing aspect of your book. I previously wrote a journal entry in regards to what I did to get my first book published (not self published, but published and in contract with a company called Whiskey Creek Press). If you want to check that one out, click on the link below:MARKETNG TIPS FOR AUTHORS4 months ago in Personal More Like This
All right, so you have your book all written out and edited and as perfect as it can be and it's finally published (whether you decide to self-publish or to go with an actual publishing company), what do you do now? How do you get your book actually noticed?
I'm still learning new ways to market my book and with the ways that I've found, my book sales have been going up and down. Just recently, my book's rank went way down to about 360,000 on the Amazon's best seller rank and now it's way back up
[CONTEST] $80+ worth of prizes (Ended):iconmkat7::iconbayneezone::iconshikadeidara: are holding a contest to draw our OCs![CONTEST] $80+ worth of prizes (Ended)8 months ago in Personal More Like This
-->The contest has ended . We are now currently in a judging process.
Rules are simple:
Pick the OC(s) you'd like to draw. If you are drawing multiple, only draw them with the characters from the same group.
Do not use bases or traces, original work only, and should be made FOR the contest.
Keep them in character.
There will be 3 categories in this contest
- 3 characters in a single picture
- 2 characters in a single picture
- 1 character in a single picture
You may submit one per category.
Submissions should be a form of visual arts, that is traditional or digital in any style of your choosing.
[Bullet; Green] You do not have to tell us if you are planning on participating, simply
500 Points Giveaway! WINNERS ANNOUNCEDTHE GIVEAWAY IS OVER500 Points Giveaway! WINNERS ANNOUNCED1 year ago in Personal More Like This
How to enter
You have to be a Member of this Group
You only have to this Journal to get an entry
For an additional entry you can make an advert about this Giveaway and / or our Group. Be sure to post the link to the advert in this Journal!
3rd Place: 50 goes to :icondarkcolorblood:
2nd Place: 150 goes to :iconalex20877:
1st Place: 300 goes to :icontigermasked50:
When will this Giveaway end?
Deadline: Sunday, 5th May
You want us to do more Giveaways?
You can always support our Group by donating a few points to our Group Account, ThexBigxSale
Monobear and Monomi cosplay help (UPDATED)I've been thinking what to cosplay in IBERANIME 2014 with my best friend and we FINALLY decided to cosplay as Monobear and Monomi!Monobear and Monomi cosplay help (UPDATED)1 year ago in Personal More Like This
We'll be following the design above and we'll put together all the money we can to make them per-fect
Also, I created this jornal to keep track of the things me and my friend already have and the things we need, it can also be a jornal to help others who seek for help for the same cosplay!
Here's some things that we already planned to buy/already have;
> MONOMI (ME)
Wings // ☒Striped over the knee sock // ☒Barbie pink contact lenses /
Copyright? Stock? Art Theft? Don't Panic.There are amazing articles on this subject. I wanted to gather links to some of them, so maybe they can reach more people. Because this subject really does need to be known by more people! Too many deviations violating copyright laws are floating around. It is just not OK. deviantART is a site about art. It is for artists, professional or not, to showcase their work, to exchange thoughts, ideas, critiques. It is for art appreciators to show some love to art. It definitely is not a place to submit images without even caring if you have any right to do that. Many of these people do not have an idea of what they are doing is art theft. Some of them are doing it intentionally. I want to cover copyright issues, stock images, how to use them, and what to do when you find stolen art. Nothing new. Just a reminder.Copyright? Stock? Art Theft? Don't Panic.6 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Table of Contents:
What are stock images?
What are "Stock and Resources" and can
Create and Sell Motion Books on deviantARTCreate and Sell Motion Books on deviantART1 month 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!
No comprendeI've seen it joked about a few times by Swedes and Norwegians that Danish is so difficult to understand that not even Danes understand it and occasionally have to switch to other Nordic languages to have a conversation.No comprende10 months ago in Personal More Like This
I thought it was just a joke, but after traveling a lot to Norway and Sweden I've realized that surprisingly many Norwegians and Swedes honestly believe Danes can understand Swedish/Norwegian even when they (the Swedes and Norwegians) don't understand Danish.
I'm sorry to disappoint, but the trouble of understanding goes both ways. Of course it can be done depending on where you're from, how slow you speak, and how willing you are to listen, but I know a few people who work in tourist areas and they all say they understand the Germans better than people from other Nordic countries, even if they didn't have German in school.
So for the joke to be more correct it should be that Danes understand no one. Not Swedes, not Norwegians, not Danes, but a bit German.
Awesome Artisan Crafts XVIIHello!Awesome Artisan Crafts XVII2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Hello and welcome to Awesome Artisan Crafts!
I will be regularly featuring the awesome creations I find in the Artisan Crafts Gallery.
I have no idea what XVII is!
Childhood Memories Contest Winners!
For the full article go here.
AC Monthly Challenge!
This month's theme is Nightmares! One of my favourite topics! So get your scary brains on and create horrific things!
Initial Release of the Motion Book ToolIn April of last year, we announced a partnership between deviantART and Madefire, bringing Madefire's signature Motion Books to deviantART and introducing a new form of storytelling to the world's largest art community.Initial Release of the Motion Book Tool6 months ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
We also announced that Madefire's professional-grade Motion Book Tool would be brought to deviantART—giving deviants the opportunity to turn imagination into a visual, auditory, and literary masterpiece, and showcase their art alongside some of the industry’s greatest creators.
After months of development and testing, we are excited to announce that the gradual release of the Motion Book Tool has begun, and you're (very likely) among the first to gain access. Having access to the Tool means you can create dynamic Motion Books just like the pros, and publish them directly from your deviantART account!
To check if
A Few SQUARE TexturesCheck out these excellent stock providersA Few SQUARE Textures5 months 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 redwolf518stockGrunge_004 by DianazDesignz
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/