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
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!7 months 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
Madefire 'Fran Kenstein' Artist Challenge! (Open)Let’s do this thing!Madefire 'Fran Kenstein' Artist Challenge! (Open)5 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
It's been an exciting two weeks as we’ve slowly revealed what this contest is about, who’s involved, and what the reward is—THANK YOU for the support and excitement, we appreciate it more than you could imagine…but the day is finally here…what everyone’s been waiting for…
LET THE CONTEST BEGIN!
This journal features everything you’ll need to get started—full script page, final designs, and contest legal info. And a special note on the final delivery of your piece—there is no ‘right’ method of delivery, meaning it doesn’t have to look like a finished comic book page or anything that structured…Motion Books don’t have to adhere to a print layout so individual panels can be provided if you’d prefer. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask in the comment thread and we’ll get back to you!
This contest will officiall
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 performance6 months 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
Create and Sell Motion Books on deviantARTCreate and Sell Motion Books on deviantART7 months 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!
I got a bit angry again...I just don’t understand. I really don’t.I got a bit angry again...4 months 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
So, I was talking about a revolution...It's ALIVE!!!!So, I was talking about a revolution...7 months ago in Personal More Like This
OK, all, here she is!
Login. Upload. Publish direct to dA! HERE!
Remember - this tool was made for ALL creators!
You can publish text only, or illustrated books, comics, or go the whole hog and add depth, sound and motion. It really is up to you, and only limited by your imagination!!!
Checkout this quick-start video - how to upload and publish a book in minutes:
Great demo by http://codygarciaart.deviantart.com
Motion Books on dA
Motion Book Tool Support
The revolution is here!!!!
Check out My Recent Journals:
dA community on Madefire appDo me a favor:dA community on Madefire app3 months 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
Madefire Motion Book Day Oct 2, 2014Madefire Motion Book Day 4 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Browse Motion Books™
Motion Book Day
Welcome to the first in a series of spotlights on the Madefire publishing tools. For those of you have haven’t heard of Madefire—watch this short video.
Publishing here on DeviantART is now a reality. While the app was created with comics in mind the DeviantArt community have started to use it in all manner of wonderful ways it wasn’t designed for, with some awesome results.
Here is a small selection of material produced by the community that shows a variety of ways you can publish your work. From comics to short prose stories and poems. Yep, you heard right. Poems, too.
Featured Motion Books™
Madefire 'Fran Kenstein' Artist Challenge (Day 10)Meet artist and character designer extraordinaire, Gilang Andrian!Madefire 'Fran Kenstein' Artist Challenge (Day 10)5 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Good morning, everyone!
We’re gaining some serious momentum as our contest officially launches NEXT WEEK! Where does the time go? Haha!
We’re excited to have a short interview with the fabulous talent behind the Fran Kenstein designs! This guy is seriously a genius so enjoy:
First up—tell us a little about yourself!
Hello! My name is Gilang Andrian (alchemaniac), and I am a freelance artist based in Singapore for about a year now. I really love drawing, and I never stop trying to explore other techniques and styles!
You’re a completely digital artist, correct? What are your “tools of choice” digitally?
Yes! I can’t really draw well on paper, maybe because of the super-powerful Ctrl+Z feature. I have tried several programs like Corel Painter, Paint Tool SAI, Clip Studio Paint, but the program that I like the most is
Madefire 'Fran Kenstein' Artist Challenge! (Day 6)Contest UpdateMadefire 'Fran Kenstein' Artist Challenge! (Day 6)5 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Did everyone have a terrific weekend? First of all - WOW! The initial response to our artist challenge has been HUGE! Thank you everyone who’s shown interest and enthusiasm, we’re as excited about this as you are! For our latest update on the coming Challenge I’d like to formally introduce our next two guest judges:
Terry Dodson (terrydodson)
Nei Ruffino (toolkitten)
Terry is one of the top artists in the world...want proof? Check out any stack of Marvel or DC Comics from the last 15 years and see his name everywhere. Not convinced? Check out his amazing and best-selling work in the European market—you’ll thank us once you do!
Nei is a tremendously talented artist who’s work has graced many a cover over the years and also happens to be one of the most in-demand color artists in all of comicdom! She’s a true f
Journal and Features #1Journal and Features #15 months 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 !
Madefire 'Fran Kenstein' Artist Challenge!Hello!Madefire 'Fran Kenstein' Artist Challenge!5 months ago in Personal More Like This
I received books from printhouse, and started shipping :3
I sent the first copies already and i will keep shipping. I am sorry, but my post offices can't manage more than 15 foreign registered packages at once without making me more died after work XD i wish i could send all in one visit QuQ so please be patient i will send a mail to everyone whos book was shipped already :3
I want to announce that i am one of the judges in Madefire 'Fran Kenstein' Artist Challenge! It looks really cool! Go and check it out !!!
Also Meet the minds behind Fran Kenstein!
my good friend :iconkiarambl: is in need and opened commissions ;;3;; :
Top social posts from last week: 11.18.13Twitter:Top social posts from last week: 11.18.131 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Dishonored by lucid-ser
"Forest of Magic" by iya-chen
After Work by abnormalbrain
The Turn of the Universe by alicexz
"Eternal Monument" by Nele-Diel
Madefire 'Fran Kenstein' Artist Challenge! (Day 3)Meet the minds behind Fran Kenstein!Madefire 'Fran Kenstein' Artist Challenge! (Day 3)5 months ago in Personal More Like This
The countdown to Madefire’s Fran Kenstein Artist Challenge continues with our latest update! Let’s meet the dynamic duo that hatched the original concept for our heroine:
First up—tell us a little about yourselves!
Liam: My name is Liam Sharp (liamsharp) and I’m a writer, artist, co-founder and CCO of Madefire, and Matylda (matyldamai96) is my preposterously talented eldest offspring.
Where did the concept come from? Was it reading the original novel or somewhere else...?
Liam: Often, while I was working, Matylda would come and work in my old studio shed in Derby, and we would throw ideas around--particularly the strange roadkill dog-beast thing, Igor. She said what if a character could build her own boyfriend, but couldn't get it right? And that was really the heart of the concept...
Why do you think
Skyrim Mod List -Updated with LINKS-So last time I wrote about Skyrim Mods, I asked for people’s suggestions on what mods to use. I thought it might be fun to list a bunch of the mods I have and provide links to where you can download them all. I’m fairly certain that all the mods I have listed here are also available on Steam if that happens to be your method of playing Skyrim.Skyrim Mod List -Updated with LINKS-1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Guard Dialogue Overhaul http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/23390/?
Updates the Guard dialogue to be much more diverse and has them comment more specifically on your accomplishments in the game rather than repeating the same dialogue over and over again.
Flyable Broomsticks http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/19069
Adds a crafting recipe and a levitation spell that makes brooms flyable. Be a witch!
Adds footprints for when you run in snow or ash. Makes animals and dragons leave prints as well. Good for hunter immersion.
Preparing Dip Pen Nibs: To Burn or Not to Burn?Dip pen nibs are usually protected with oils or coatings to prevent them from rusting. The problem with leaving the oil on the nib is that it prevents the ink from adhering to the reservoir and the tip, which causes the ink to blotch or skip. In order to prevent this problem, people will prepare their nibs to improve the flow of ink.Preparing Dip Pen Nibs: To Burn or Not to Burn?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
A lot of advice on the internet says that you should burn the nib under a candle or cigarette lighter in order to remove this protective coating. Some people will even say that they like to make the nib glow red hot. Do NOT do this. Burning is a terrible idea, and people should stop spreading this very bad advice. Dip pen nibs are thin pieces of metal that are heat-tempered during manufacturing in order have the right degree of springiness that allows the nib's tines to spread apart (to make thicker lines) and to retract together again (for thin lines). When you burn your nib, you're essentially re-tempering the nib by heating it and cooling it again. What
See you at SF Cherry Blossom Festival!It was great meeting everyone in San Francisco last time! I'll be there again this weekend from April 20th to 21st in lower floor of the Japan Town mall right next to the Kinokuniya book store (just like last time). The hours will be from 9:30AM to 7PM on both days. I'll be selling prints and books as usual Come by and hang out!See you at SF Cherry Blossom Festival!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I can't wait to see all the beautiful yukata!
In completely unrelated news, I went to the bank yesterday to get a new debit card, and before I knew it, the bank teller was showing me a complete list of people who shared my name so I could pick out which one is me. The list showed all of their address and social security number.
WTF, bank?! If I were a criminal, I could have memorized some poor victim's info and gotten a new debit card to their account instead and stolen all of their money. I will never feel safe again ._.
Manga Studio 4 TutorialsManga Studio DebutManga Studio 4 Tutorials2 years ago in Personal More Like This
An excellent set of Manga Studio 4 tutorials, ranging from the Debut to the EX version. Brought to you by Doug Hills in conjunction with Smith Micro. Bookmark on YouTube.
This series is good because the speaker is articulate, and the actions on the screen follow commands. It is difficult to find quality tutorials that are not merely process pieces or showcasing artwork, but this set goes above and beyond -- it actually focuses on the tools of the program and illustrates how they can be applied! Enjoy, and make sure to thank him on his video pages!
Manga Studio 4 Debut
Doug Hills/Smith Micro
1. Beginner's Assistant
2. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXgNqhpbyfc
Confessions of a King Literature ContestOur prose and poetry contest is now underway! The theme was picked by our members and you can win hundreds of dA Points, art, literature, and features! There are just under two weeks left to enter.Confessions of a King Literature Contest1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Confessions of a King
Poetry or prose
There is no minimum length requirement for prose or poetry, but prose submissions should not exceed 7,000 words.
Deadline [Bullet; Red][Bullet; Red]
[Bullet; Purple][Bullet; Purple] Prizes [Bullet; Purple][Bullet; Purple]
250 Points [Points]
50 Points [Points] from Peter-The-Knotter
10 Points [Points] from NicolaiGrey
Short story commission and feature from Gingersanps
Poem request from wei-en
One to two chapter literature request from Darkspruceforest
Poem or short story from religiouscornrose237
Critique from DailyBreadCafe
Meeting in the MiddleIt's funny -Meeting in the Middle3 months ago in Personal More Like This
I would have thought that there was an implicit difference between ideals, ethos, the things we reach and hope for, and what we actually expect out of life.
I notice that there's often a derisive snort when I simplify my own leanings - as though my views are considered quaint, idealistic and entirely delusional.
For me, reaching for something means you have to set an impossible goal.
You know it will never be reached, and you know that there are many shades of grey, but still - it's about the best of you, the best of humanity, that utopian ideal that itself is a flawed model.
A gun-free America will never happen, and I'm perfectly well aware there are circumstances in which I would be advised to own one - though I hope those circumstances never arise!
(In my 46 years on Earth they haven't so far.)
Regardless, I think it's a good ideal, to dream of a country - or world - in which guns are for hunting for
Fran Kenstein Artist Challenge--WINNER!Drumroll please...and the winner is...Fran Kenstein Artist Challenge--WINNER!4 months ago in Personal More Like This
It’s been a busy month so far (as we all just got back from New York Comic Con a few days ago, phew!) and boy did we have fun going through the entries for the Fran Kenstein Artist Challenge—thanks again for everyone who entered or supported us, we had a blast! We hope you did, too! It was tough coming to a consensus but we eventually did…
And so without further adieu, I’d like to introduce our winner:
Congratulations Morgan Long (Felis-M) as the winner in the Fran Kenstein Artist Challenge! She really went all-out with her sample, even coloring and lettering the piece, and we felt she wonderfully captured the spirit of the character and world. Judge Dave Gibbons even went so far as to note “it has a magical quality”.
So excited to get the project moving forward with you on board!
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 trailer6 months 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!
I got angry! Pt.2As I said - I got angry. Frustrated. And I see it a lot. How DO you get your work out there? How do you get seen?I got angry! Pt.27 months ago in Personal More Like This
Getting into comics is something a lot of people want to know how to do, but there's a lot of questions you want to ask yourself first. There is such a vast array of genre and sub-genre, technique, approach, and so on, that it's important to be clear where you want to go with your work at the outset – and you have to be REALLY honest and tough on yourself.
Do you want to draw:
If you're into the capes and tights and you want to go mainstream you're going to have to want it incredibly badly, as the competition is the most extreme I've ever known it right now. There seems to be more titles than ever - and with the digital revolution more people are capable of producing sleek, mainstream quality art - but right across the