Worldbuilding: On Magic And Technology.Thought I'd share this here, since it's generic to Fantasy Literature, and might stir up thought/and or discussion. Feel free to express your own opinions on this!Worldbuilding: On Magic And Technology.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
One of the reasons I love to write Steampunk and Urban Fantasy is I don't have to make excuses for why there is both gunpowder and magic in my world.
Or better said, I don't have to argue why I shouldn't have to make an argument for having both magic and gunpowder in a fantasy. To me, one of the most annoying tropes in fantasy is the assertion that magic removes tech. First of all, it's applied with horrific inconsistency. There can be High Renaissance fashion, castles, rapiers, full plate armor, caravels, and even primitive steam engines. In other words, all the trappings of the late 1600s. But, JRR Tolkien forbid you ever, ever include anything that looks like even a primitive firearm. Somehow, the inclusion of a musket ruins fantasy.
I once read Raymond Feist's defe
Admin Favourites!We couldn't decide who would take charge of this favourites feature, so Sleyf and BrokenTales are both presenting their favourite deviation from July's Weekly Round-ups. And like champions of cosmic balance, they've managed to pick one poetry and one prose piece between them.Admin Favourites!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Inferno: Canto XXX.V by LuckySlugger
I enjoyed the original Divine Comedy (even if it was startling) and to find a writer like LuckySlugger, who took up the challenge of creating his own encounter and then twisting it subtly to modernise it, is something I really appreciated and applaud. I love it when writers seize the initiative to take something that is well known and try to put their own spin on it while maintaining the integrity of the original. I like it even more when they succeed.
The feel and language of the piece fit the classic poem seamlessly, and the effort that LuckySlugger put into following the form
New Contest! BUILD THE ROBOTSGringat's Repugnant Contests are running once again!New Contest! BUILD THE ROBOTS2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The group's here. http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/22254
It's MOCpages based, but if any of you reading this only live here on DA and don't have a MOCpages account, you'll still be able to enter by sending me a Note instead, if you like.
"I need assembly lines
A crew and much more time.
The money's all mine
And my funds are getting thin.
Probably have to rob a bank again.
'Cause I'm spending every dime and
I'm spending all my time to
BUILD THE ROBOTS"
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to create a premium, top of the line automaton! You people are the best roboticists we've got, and our clients want nothing less than 'excellence'.
1: Due to a lack of resources at the moment, the number of allowed parts per builder is restricted to 300. We're got plenty of space though, so be as large as you want, but remember that more detailed looking machines require more parts and therefore have to be smaller!
Weekly Round-up!Sins and curses are the theme this week, with a nod to epic poetry, original legends, and folklore. But even if you're not familiar with the inspiration, all of these features are well worth reading on their own merits.Weekly Round-up!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This Week's Features!
Inferno Canto XXX.V by LuckySlugger
Inferno rewritten using the Terza Rima scheme. A fitting tribute to Dante Alighieri.
Well written and true to the original, this adaptation of Inferno is a feat of skill and dedication. Clocking in at 1150 words, this is a worthwhile for anyone interested in structured poetry.
Lunatic by MetalMagpie
Charlotte is currently the most interesting case in Bethlem Royal Hospital, but her doctor is about to regret picking out her file.
With a great voice and steady pace, it's easy to get wrapped in Charlotte's perspective in this short story. This is a ref
JUNE CONTEST RESULTS!RESULTS!JUNE CONTEST RESULTS!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
So, after about six solid straight hours of reading and deliberating your entries, I've finally come to a (very strangled) conclusion. As I was watching the entries come though last month I already realised this would be an extremely difficult one to pick, as many of you are fantastic well-rounded writers in your own right. I never expected the quality of so many of these stories to be so good, so give yourself a pat on the back for making my life as a contest judge horribly difficult.
In the end I came to three standouts, who on the whole each did a marvelous job. I couldn't possibly demote any to third place (which has no prize) and so, at equal second, are...
:iconjackgunski: The Travelling Bathroom by jackgunski
Awarded because yours was the only piece to make me giggle. Well, not just that; it was wonderfully abstract, and written in an incredibly engaging manner.
:iconluckyslugger: Death of a Cutter by LuckySlugger
For an insightf
Promote your art (on DeviantArt)So you have your awesome art project that, you feel, the whole world needs to see? So you've signed up to be a DeviantArt member. Because, DA... that's where all the cool artists reside... isn't it? So you've posted your art. You've been here for a few weeks, or perhaps even a few months or years. But despite all your efforts, you still get close to zero comments. Why? What went wrong? It could be your art is really bad. But most likely, you're not approaching this subject the right way. Becoming well known on DA doesn't only rely on your art skills. It also relies on your marketing skills. And let that be exactly what most aspiring artist forget about.Promote your art (on DeviantArt)2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Here I listed some simple tips & tricks that will help you get out art out there, and become better known on DA.
My background on this? True... I might not be the most famous artist out here, but I do have a strong background in websites and webmarketing. Most of the things listed here, I've learned from
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 Contest2 years 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
Draw My OCs Contest! [CLOSED] RESUTS HERE:Draw My OCs Contest! [CLOSED]1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Do a picture with one (or more) of my Original Characters (at the end of the journal) and choose a theme:
Simple, choose one of my characters and draw him/her
Draw two or more of my characters in a situations of friendship
(joking, eating togheter, watching a movie, playing)
That can be funny..and cruel too!
Draw Ianush and Kraken togheter, Ianush likes Kraken so much but she looks at him as a friend uvu
For yaoi lovers! Draw my characters Ianush and Moki in a yaoi scene
Ianush is attracted by his older friend Moki which is often reluctant...
Sometime Ianush can not contain his physical attraction to his friend
Artist's NoteArtist's postArtist's Note1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Here is our artist RichiHart wants to say a couple of words about the project.
I'm really happy about all your requests I'm gonna to draw. I already have more than 20 finished sketches for you and will do more soon.
I wanted to discuss some questions with you also.
Since this project is getting more and more popular, we have some not very good people around who are trying to cheat or insult us (mostly me). I feel so sad and disconcerted right now and I can't draw anything so I decided to talk to you, guys. I got a couple of offensive comments already but I guessed it must happen sooner or later.
I just want to explain what I'm doing here and why our rules are strict.
At first, I just had a talk with a person who said that I'm full of myself because I offer free drawings. Like I just want to show how cool I am and we just want to be popular. We found some points together already and the quote bellow is just fo
Hall Of Fame ( 39 - July 2013 ) Those who have been members of our Group for quite a while are aware of the fact that many of the Group's Submissions end up in my, Alligatorr's, gppr’s, Mathness', Rockinfroggi's and pbird12's Favourites, being featured wherever it is possible to do that and being suggested as DDs. So, keep submitting, people, because there are only advantages in it for you.Hall Of Fame ( 39 - July 2013 )2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
This is the Hall Of Fame of our :iconForeverArtGroup: . Here you can find the best monthly submissions, carefully chosen by us.
Faint Memory by Narodenia Cologne2 by takmaj 'THIRSTY BOY' by Pen-Tacular-Artist The tower among the iceland by Pervandr Fall with me by mohn-blume Approaching Farewell by justswell Pioneers of Now-Project Entry by LadyEilkahn
deviantART in Review: October 2013Each hour, thousands of works are submitted to deviantART. Here's a summary of the pieces that were submitted each day last month that gained a lot of attention.deviantART in Review: October 20132 years ago in Art Features More Like This
October 1: Cat's Soul by RHADS
October 2: my opinion about you by agnes-cecile
October 3: Pokemon: Triple Charizards by Sa-Dui
October 4: Flight by escume
October 5: Tokyo City Life by Pajunen
October 6: Snow White in the Woods by AbigailLarson
October 7: 90s X-Men by RDauterman
October 8: Altair by rogner5th
October 9: Nomad by jameszapata
October 10: A Very HTTYD Halloween by TsaoShin
October 11: After the Battle by Jon-Lock
After the Battle by Jon-Lock
October 12: Lost in Silence by bohomaz13
Art Feature 02.5|12Again another collection of my latest dA faves in the fields of dark art, science-fiction, surrealism and more...Art Feature 02.5|123 years ago in Personal More Like This
ENJOY THE PIECES!
La Sainte Mere des Douleurs by TechnochristDragon-man by O-l-i-v-iBust by perana:thumb284872070:Evade by sancientRipper Time by mestophalesPlague II by zajoncIIarana mech by vitolionsoPortrait I by zajoncIIOceanic City by jcbarquetDefeated by SLIPKNOTTY:thumb284629116::thumb284132765:bright structured bulb by Andrea1981GBlack Winter by SithvalisGasmaske by SithvalisMikey by KieranMorris:thumb283991808::thumb283944163:I presupposti della rassegnazione by BlekotakraConcept P47 by GutalinA recluse retreat by KimberleyCamilleriDaemon Slaying by Marcodalidingo:thumb283670430:Nebula by prokhodazombie nation by RebecaSarayI am hatred in your eyes by ser1o030212 by toreiCosmic Kitsune Girl by sissorelle
My latest personal pieces:
D.S.E. - Back on Earth by MarkusVogtD.S.E. Omega02 - The Take Off by MarkusVogtDelta 03 - The Spacedock by MarkusVogtForced Landing 2.0 by MarkusVogtOrion 01 - The Ground Force by MarkusVogt
See more on my main website:
Me on Facebook:
Many thanks for viewing!
Movie studies, do it!!! (contest: BIG prizes.)I'm a sucker for studies lately. I hope I wont bore you all with my studies. If I do, than my excuses, but I tent to make at least 100 of these in 3 months time.Movie studies, do it!!! (contest: BIG prizes.)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Right now I just uploaded number 5 and I already learned so much about colors, composition and lighting.
Facebook is the first place where I upload these studies, without a title, there people can guess what movie it is from.
The first person with the right answer gets to choose the new movie.
So this contest wont be easy on you guys. But let me lure you in with a great price!
1st place winner will receive:
Elysium- Artbook from Daarken http://www.amazon.com/Elysium-The-Daarken-Mike-Lim/dp/0956817130/refd_sim_b_10
And a feature on my Facebook.
The runner up will receive:
The Art of Assassins Creed III http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Assassins-Creed-III/dp/1781164258/refd_sim_b_1
Off-Site ResourcesOff-Site ResourcesOff-Site Resources4 years ago in Software Reviews More Like This
Freeware List of Free Fractal Program
Includes links for: Mandlebrot 1.5, Fractal Explorer 2.0+, Mandlebrot Explorer 3.0, JAME 6.0+, PixelPlay 1.0, Sterling(ware)2 1.7, Mandlebrot Set Plotter 3.0, endlos 1.0, XaoS 3.1, Sierpinski Fractal 1.1, ChaosPro 3.1
Apophysis 7X + resources
The Apophyis 7X program by Xyrus-02. Here you can find the program and almost all of the resources for the program. Updated as of October 2014
Ultra Fractal - A fractal rendering program. There are many tutorials available on the site and on DA. Updated 2014.
Polyfractalisation - Inside the Mind of an Apophysisist. Great Tips and tutorials by IDeviant
Agony - A fractal Program by kelbv Upd
Second FeatureA week has gone by and I thought I would do another feature. There are many great artists out there, thankfully few have an ego so large that they refer to themselves as one of the top percentage of artists.Second Feature2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm not afraid by BelokurovaWatson by bambiin
Runes! by NightPhoenixArtI See You by TheDisjointedMindYin/Jang, rainbow lotus by vilva73Daisy Field by Leira15
Birthday Cake for a Zombie - JAN 2013 16 Art Jam by JeremiahLambertArt:thumb341279377:Down, down, down by HarkillBlack Blood by StalkerNitro
Draw My OC Contest! -EDIT...AGAIN-Okay, so this time I am gonna stick to a contest, because this time I can afford it x'D Anyway ~Draw My OC Contest! -EDIT...AGAIN-1 year ago in Personal More Like This
The contest this time is to draw either of my new OC's ~
EDIT: ADDED AKUMA AND FROSTIC ~
EDIR 2: YOU ASKED FOR A PONY, WELL YOU GOT A PONY X'3
Prince Dark Seer (Pony)
Gosh, I had been eyeing this pony for AGES, and I finally got him ;w; So happy omg <3
Frostic (the dragon, female or male version)
Human male Frostic ref ~ http://sta.sh/01jg0bu8jdil
Akuma (The Wolf)
His name is not Vintage, because when I adopted him, me and his old owner made a deal to change it <3 Ah, I adore him though ;w;
Umi (The shark wolf) ~
His bandage around his eye can also be an eye patch, but I don't mind if you draw him wit
[WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT]Design a weapon for my OC![WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT]Design a weapon for my OC!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I think his design goes well with My OC's appearance and even his personality!! I especially luv the far right one
And thank you everyone for the participation. Keep up the good work!!
Oh wait, what? LMS is up for pre-order?Before I begin: All 2012 preorders, whether Domestic or International, are still in order. You will get your books signed by me, with signed prints and a signed poster. We will deliver them as soon as they come in.Oh wait, what? LMS is up for pre-order?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
But for everyone else, at last, 2 years later from it's original release, LMS: Killbook of a Bounty Hunter, is up for presale. Not only that, Dark Horse Comics (Hellboy, BPRD, Star Wars and more) will be publishing it.
This is the REPRINT. But! It's been completely rewritten, new story, new bios, new art AND at the back of the book will be featured 60+ professional artists' contributions to the LMS world. Such artists as Dave Rapoza, Anthony Jones, Andree Wallin, Reid Southen, Kekai Kotaki, Ash Thorp, Marco Nelor and more...
We're also not only in the top 100 best sellers right now, but we're beating out Bioshock Infinite's art book, The Hobbit, Avatar, Adventure Time and Star Wars right now. Cloud nin
LIST OF THE PARTICIPANTSList of the participants and their entries that are taking part in 'Mirage Noir' contest, more info here: http://noire-ighaan.deviantart.com/journal/DRAWING-CONTEST-WIN-200-OR-16-000-DA-POINTS-429770451LIST OF THE PARTICIPANTS2 years ago in Personal More Like This
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Birthday CONTEST [WINNERS!!!!!]------ EDIT:Birthday CONTEST [WINNERS!!!!!]1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Sooo... It has been very hard to pick only 3 winners, but well ;;;;
Thank you so much everyone who has participated! ;A;
Other awesome entries that I really loved (not in any particular order) :
Rui and Akio by P0PK0 Yuki and Gina by hinivaal
300 Points Giveaway Winners!Alright, the winners of the 300 Points Giveaway are chosen (via random.org)300 Points Giveaway Winners!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Each winner will receive 100 Points from me.
To all those who did not win: IŽll give you a new chance, to win a good amount of points very soon.
My Watchers get the chance, to participate in a seperate Giveaway as well.
Congratulations to the winners~
Rewritten Contest~!!Want to be a part in the artbook with an amazing artist?Rewritten Contest~!!4 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Here's a chance!!
Rewritten Artbook is holding the Art Contest to select new artists who will be chosen to have their illustrations featured in the artbook alongside with many amazing artists like :iconZolaida: :iconiya-chen: :iconviccolatte: and so on that already participated in.
Want to join the contest ? Please, follow the link below for more information.
It's very easy to join.
Anyone that want to support, please, help spread this journal or the group icon anywhere.
What is Rewritten Artbook?
Rewritten is an artbook that dedicated to retelling our beloved fairy tales through art. This year's story is "Alice in Wonderland", by Lewis Carroll. The highlight is that each scene of this classic novel will be drawn by several different artists, which makes for
[CLOSED] Draw My Magical Girl Contest!Results found here: http://purplemusic-b-ox.deviantart.com/journal/Contest-Winners-Revealed-D-D-458872694[CLOSED] Draw My Magical Girl Contest!1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Ah, it's finally that time! haha Yep, time for me to have my very first contest, and yes... I'm super excited!
I hope that you all will love to participate, because I'd like this contest to be a great experience. ^^ And surely, it will be!
Keep reading for more information! & Thanks for dropping by this journal!
Topic: Draw My Magical Girl OC!!
May 31st, 2014
- Recommend not to wait until last minute!
(I always forget when I do that. >w<)
Max. 2 entries per person
I prefer her to be in her outfit here, but y
Awesome Articles for EveryoneThese are some seriously awesome and helpful articles for almost any deviant out there.Awesome Articles for Everyone1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Someday I'll actually organize these into categories, but until then, ENJOY
The Inevitability of Individuality by BloodshotInk
5 Reasons to Believe in Yourself & 5 Reasons to Love Your Job by jane-beata
25 Life Lessons from Mental Illness & Be Kind to Yourself