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Digital art: good to know/tutorials PART_5

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 8, 2014, 4:19 AM


Lets review some basics for photoshop, and how you can optimize it so it works better. As well as painting hair :lol:
If you know about some tutorials that can be helpful to other artists, note me, thank you :heart:
Ppl who suggested a few tuts: Yodon, RetSamys, BlissfulImperfection, Pencil-Stencil ty :heart:

For more visit their youtube channel:

Digital art: good to know/tutorials

Digital art: good to know/tutorials PART_1Hey, hey cupcakes! :tighthug:
PART_2 ! General
So... this is the first part in featuring some extremely useful tutorials which can be found on DA (and some from off-site as well). This one isn't limited on digital art only, but the rest will be. I wanted to post everything in one journal, but theres 200 thumbnail limit, sooo yeah :XD: I decided to divide everything in following categories: sketching/referencing/anatomy etc, General, blending, steps, color, perspective/Composition/value, Walkthrough, nose, hair, skin, photoshop/wacom, brushes, eyes, lips, textures, ears, fabric/clothes, environment, misc (how to paint water, fire, rocks, rain, clouds, pearls etc. ). This one is about Sketching/referencing/anatomy etc.. In every journal I will also include some interesting videos that I think you should check out :nod: And, if you know about some tutorials that can be helpful to other artists, note me, thank you :heart
Digital painting tutorials PART_2Hey all! :hug:
PART_1 ! Sketching/referencing/anatomy etc.
Alright, here we go, this is part 2. You can say its about general painting, but its mostly about painting faces :P I tried to cut down a little with thumbnails :giggle:
Umm, before I forget, make sure to check this one out , Pencil-Stencil told me about it, and I found some really useful stuff there :nod: Part 3 will probably be about eyes, lips, skin and blending, and it will be up in a few days.
If you know about some tutorials that can be helpful to other artists, note me, thank you :heart:
Ppl who suggested a few tuts: Yodon, RetSamys, BlissfulImperfection, Pencil-Stencil ty :heart:
sheppardarts () painting video:
For more visit their youtube channel:
melaniedelon () painting video:
You can find her brushes here: youtube channel: ht
Digital painting tutorials PART_3Hey all! :hug:
PART_1 ! Sketching/referencing/anatomy etc.
PART_2 ! General digital painting
And part 3 :la: About Color, perspective, composition, value. 
Super tired... zzzzzzzzzz.....
If you know about some tutorials that can be helpful to other artists, note me, thank you :heart:
Ppl who suggested a few tuts: Yodon, RetSamys, BlissfulImperfection, Pencil-Stencil ty :heart:
Feng Zhu Realtime Fantasy Landscape Painting video:
For more visit their youtube channel:

Tutorial 10 How to have six' with colours by AquaSixioArt Tutorial: Color Theory by Xadrea
COLOR Primer - :Color + Value: by ziinyuQuick and Dirty Color Theory by DarlingMionettecolor selection by oione
A Note on Light and Colour by toerningBlue Reflected Light by toerningThe Color Tutorial - Part 1 by sashas
The Color Tutorial - Part 2 by sashasQuick and Dirty Color Theory by DarlingMionetteHow I See Color - A Tutorial by purplekecleon
Color Theory Crash Course by pronouncedyouA lesson about colors by Pompuri
Digital art: good to know/tutorials PART_4Hey all! :hug:
PART_1 ! Sketching/referencing/anatomy etc.
PART_2 ! General digital painting
PART_3 ! Color, perspective, composition, value
Lets learn how to draw and paint eyes :aww:
If you know about some tutorials that can be helpful to other artists, note me, thank you :heart:
Ppl who suggested a few tuts: Yodon, RetSamys, BlissfulImperfection, Pencil-Stencil ty :heart:
Drawing and Painting: Eyes

Drawing a realistic eye by EdanaEye Tutorial What the heck by floortjesart
Painting Eyes Tutorial by Nero749Eye tutorial - in color by liigaTiny tips: Keep an eye out by Ranarh
Eye tutorial - an update by acidlullabyPaiting eye by AURORYNew thing by AURORY
an unfinished wip forever by AURORYNEW - Eye step by step. by ElyBibiSemi-realism Eyes tutorial by FeliceMelancholie
Nose and Eyes by gothic-icecreamEye Tutorial by Bonnie-AnneDrawing a realistic eye by Edana
Realistic eye tutorial by BlattaphileTutorial Photoshop n2 EYE by ElyBibiRealistic Eye Tutorial by DeeKay130
Fantasy Eyes Tutorial by sanguisGelidus:t

Steve Argyle Lesson video (this is just part 1, theres more on their yt channel) :

For more visit their youtube channel:…

Photoshop Layers: Basics by nokariHow to Optimize Photoshop... by NorkeSharpening Tutorial by freixas
Basic Color Picking tutorial by daruePhotoshop CS4 Quick Reference by nmsmithWorking faster in Photoshop by Duffzilla
Advanced layer Tutorial by zevenstormsUpdate JPG vs PNG Tutorial by computercomedyguyWacom Starter's Guide 2011 by fox-orian
Getting Started: Setting Up the Tablet by ConceptCookieThe Pen Tool Is Your Friend by AeollPen Tool Paths Create Designs by nmsmith
Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts by ensombrecer
Painting hair
PS - quick hair tutorial by ceruleanviiHair painting tutorial by DianaeAbnormal Hair Color Tutorial by StarshipSorceress
Light and Dark: A Tutorial on Black and White Hair by StarshipSorceressPainting Hair - Part 1: Intro by Sheridan-JPainting Hair - Part 2: Base by Sheridan-J
Painting Hair -Part 3: Texture by Sheridan-JPainting Hair -Part 4: Detail by Sheridan-JAbnormal Hair Color Palettes: Supplement Chart #2 by StarshipSorceress
Abnormal Hair Color Palettes: Supplement Chart #1 by StarshipSorceressJumbo Hair Palettes Chart by StarshipSorceressHair Tutorial by liiga
Hair tutorial by leejun35Tutorial - How To Draw Hair 1 by DarlingMionetteTutorial - How To Draw Hair 2 by DarlingMionette
Tutorial - How To Draw Hair 3 by DarlingMionetteWavey and Tousled Hair - Mini Tutorial by DarlingMionettePainting Facial Hair- Long by Sheridan-J
Skin-Facial Hair Walkthrough by nathieTutorial: More Detailed Hair (Page 8) by ReiRobinDigital Hair / Portrait Painting Tutorial part 2 by me-illuminated
Realistic Hair Tuto by OriotoPhotoshop - Painting Hair by sirasan
And special thank you to all those artists :heart:

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My Bellydance Video (Shiva In Exile)

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 10, 2014, 6:14 PM

Hello lovelies,

Here is a bellydance video of me from a while ago, dancing to Shiva In Exile. This video was shot by another videographer (and edited by me), outdoors, unlike all my other videos which are recoded by myself in my studio. 

As always, I hope that you enjoy this one! :heart: 

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What's this??
DJ Smackdown is posting even more Vinyl pictures??

I think I'm done posting Vinyl pictures now... Maybe... Unless I'm doing a shoot with another pony or something. The reason for the recently uploaded Vinyl pictures is this: I've lost a lot of weight. Some people haven't noticed but some have, and it personally makes me feel amazing. I was at a very low point for health in my life when the actual photoshoots for Vinyl & Vinyl/Octavia were done and so far throughout 2013 I've lost nearly 50lbs. So to put it simply, my outfit and wig for Vinyl wasn't the only thing that's changed and I definitely wanted to have a couple shots of it. :]

Anyway, on to my other cosplays...
Rainbow Dash should be seen soon. I haven't had the time to do the photoshoot yet but one weekend very soon it'll be done. Spitfire though, that's another story. I was right in that creating this cosplay correctly was going to be a challenge. Progress fell apart and methods have to be re-thunk, but it will be done, I just have to start over and go about it differently. But I'm very excited to do the cosplay and I can't wait until it's complete!

That's all for now, thanks for reading! n_n

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Welcome to the one-hundred fifty-third issue of Love dA Lit! :iconfireworks-plz: Every Sunday this article will aim to promote volunteer opportunities, various resources, prompts, challenges, and workshops, as well as highlighting various contests, and spotlighting a specific group or project for two weeks. This is by no means a complete list of all the literature going-ons, merely a tool to help you get involved and stay informed.

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Welcome to the one-hundred fifty-third issue of Love dA Lit! :iconfireworks-plz: Every Sunday this article will aim to promote volunteer opportunities, various resources, prompts, challenges, and workshops, as well as highlighting various contests, and spotlighting a specific group or project for two weeks. This is by no means a complete list of all the literature going-ons, merely a tool to help you get involved and stay informed.

Note: I kinda forgot to feature #GrammarNaziCritiques two weeks in a row so I'll be making it up to the group by featuring them again. :heart: Sorry about that! Happy New Year! ♥

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imaginative-lioness is holding her Literature Roadtrip 2.0 in just a couple of days and I thought I'd roundup the interviews of Interview Week. :heart:

First Interview (Day 1): imaginative-lioness interviews the truly amazing WeirdAndLovely Literature Roadtrip Interview Week: Day 1
Welcome, welcome! This is the beginning of the Literature Roadtrip Interview Week, and I hope it will introduce you all to a wonderful group of deviants, as well as prepare you for the five day Literature Roadtrip from January 10th to January 14th.
I would like to introduce you all to the fantastic WeirdAndLovely. Her work is seriously amazing, you will not be disappointed when you search through her gallery. I urge you all to choose one of her pieces and give it a comment. Perhaps add a couple to your favourites. Or add her to your watch. You will not be disappointed, I can assure you.

What is your favourite part of the literature community?
All the wonderful writing! Giggle I love how supportive we are to each other. I think it’s great that people have developed huge support sy
In this interview she talks about her favorite part of the literature community, how she would encourage others to get involved with the literature community, as well as deviants she believes deserve more attention to their works. It's a really fun read and for those that don't know, WeirdAndLovely is one of the best writers around. She writes with unadulterated passion and emotion.


Second Interview (Day 2): imaginative-lioness couldn't get in contact with her second scheduled interviewee so she held a truly wonderful literature feature for the second day as a substitute. The incredible pieces and talented writers included are:

younghabitat  brokengod--veins - midnight aches and inside strangersevery night
I wake up to strangers
in bed-
the oaths
kept in the
depths of my
live metaphors
of the fears
tucked underneath
these sheets
the dearest dreams
these are the cups
of warmth
searching for
a heaven
in my sorrows
a chest
in the riverbed
of a throat
choking in
plucking thorns
from the vine garden
that is
my neck.
They are the ones
in my blood
at night
the magnitude
shuddering my bones
without rest
There's no fright.
only a contortionist
folding and unfolding
in my chest
while the moon
my sky's pendant,
and just listens.
 - ConsumeI can smell the heat
And it makes my lip curl
With that primordial want
Of attack on the weak-
To create smashed-lip beauty
Peach skinned bloat
All while wearing a pacifist's glance,
A warning I won't heed well.
Slip, slip
I can sense the failure
Rag-tied to your face
An inconsistent blindfold-
Drag it, end it
A pure night-fire.
escap-ing - a jar of not-quite-nothingA jar to catch fireflies.
A simple enough concept:
       wait for the twilight hours
       stay alert for twinkling yellow
       then, give chase.
The problem was my aim
(or rather, my lack thereof.
Plus, I didn't really like bugs
I never caught any. And yet,
the jar overflows with
       childish peals of laughter
       cricket chirps
       summer air, ever-blowing
       kicked-up dirt
       wisps of evening cloud
       and the light from the stars.
If I look at that jar from
just the right angle,
I can still see it alight with angel glow:
the bright, twinkling
of firefly light.
Lady-Yume - Valley of the Butterfliesjesse,
sometimes you have to let go
of monsters and magic and guns
from the depths
of raven's garden,
let the music fill the night;
a river of time
for those slipping into the background,
defense devil,
let me fly like a bird
fetching the summer lady
in the valley of the butterflies.
Zeidah8254 - Ode to Fred WeasleyRed hair and freckles, incredibly tall-
you were no doubt a Weasley boy.
But unlike your brothers Charlie and Bill,
you had your very own twin.
You were never found alone.
George was always at your side.
Beaters for Qudditch and owners of shop-
the two of you were peas in a pod.
There's no reason to be ashamed.
You used your skills wisely.
Prefect and Head Boy- they weren't for you.
Your passion laid in inventing and jokes.
Umbridge- that woman who made kids cry
Her punishments were so heartless.
She took your broom, but she still failed.
Your fireworks spectacle won the crowd.
Oh, why did you have to die in vain?
Those Death Eaters don't deserve to live.
They will rot in Askaban,
and the world will morn your death.
mattbearcat - MonsterEver since I could remember
Everything inside of me
Just wanted to fit in
As I take a stand
To escape what is inside me
A monster, growing stronger
As I try and bring it down
Fighting what lay within
As I see it all in my eyes
All the hurt and left behind
As I am a monster to some
And a savior to others
For I’m a monster, a beast
Within the dark inside me
As all I am refuses to settle in
And I clear my continence unlike the rest
Though I am only a man with a candle to guide me
To see me through
Though I don’t want to hide the truth
If I seem dangerous to you
It is not entirely untrue
As I am definitely different from you
Inazumi-chan - :thumb424405370: SilverInkblot -
  TibetI found a poem
caught between your knucklebones
like a prayer flag.
Vanelopes-corner - Suit Of ArmorWhat people see on my outside
Isn't really me.
It's just a suit of armor
With a welded smile.
What people see on my outside
Isn't who I am.
I say things I don't believe,
And hide the things I like.
What people see on my outside
Isn't how I feel.
I laugh and joke and play,
But I'm alone in a crowd.
So before you're quick to judge me
Because what you see on my outside
Probably isn't me.
nattrozanska - LacunaI wish there was a way to say nothing over distance
to curl up and fold into you silently
without a word scarring my lungs,
To share heavy air
when language won’t do
and physicality can’t be,
I wish there was a word
I could say to you
to encompass all those looks,
I wish there was a written symbol
to mean the warmth of your flesh on mine,
I wish I could say everything to you
without any words
but you’re too far away.
littleblueraccoon - the heroin heroinehow can you save someone
with tattoos and track marks?
they called him Jesse
and I loved him, I loved him
too much for my own good.
he was a burnt-out angel
with weathered grandfather wings
and an aluminum halo.
"please," I begged, incessant,
"please, stop. you're better than this."
I wrestled with his addiction
as though it was my own,
destroyed syringes straight from
the crook of his elbows.
I always knew he had one true love,
and it sure wasn't me.
his arm was pale and thin
around my shoulders,
pale and thin in the masquerade lamplight,
where he pierced his veins
in belt-constricted solitude.
one night, as I paced
with his bent silver spoon
clutched in my palms,
he told me that he needed it,
oh God, he needed it.
he needed that one slow descent
into black oblivion, that one place
where nothing existed to hurt him.
for the first time,
I realized my place.
whenever he kissed me,
he thought not of my lips,
not of my tongue.
he thought of a cool chill,
needles pricking,
poison so
OmnomnomSquirl -
  lipsi kissed lips
that hurt
when they smiled
and lied through
their teeth
forestmeetwildfire - she was and now she isn'tit's full of promises -
death with a limited life span.
if I go as far
as Thanatos,
there isn't just one
or just one
all that remains is
misplaced feelings of pity -
she's just a vague sketch,
someone who ceased to exist.
all that remains
is to disappear
beeinthebottle - Tales-of-Tao - shall i read your palm?father-daughter whisked away
by a somber autumn's brush.
dripping with misfortune,
it casts shadows on lullabies
with a lacking-light of sorrow.
oh, widow-toddler glossy-eyed
i've spotted nuanced undertones of
hospital chapels and lillies
highlighting cancer-mottled flesh
as this family
draws its lonely breath.
hey, daddy-standing-silent,
i see you
unpolished treasures slipping
through your ring-less fingers.
is she the en memoriam
you think you just can't stand?
curling in the life line
of your not-yet empty hand:
your precious baby girl.
1nkl1ng - Chasefor you i would catch summer
like a teen catching glory on a lean silver bicycle-
ripping through the streets of Triumph and Nostalgia
as if i could conquer or escape each one
and rise- rise- rise with the reddening
of your cheek as it mirrors our desire-
i will chase you until my starving hands
can feel no curves; until my eyes cannot contain
the bursting of your colours like parachutes on a stale
blue sky; until my mouth no longer tastes the days of August
on your lips- 
your season lingers
like a haze in the sahara:
some oversaturated mirage,
or maybe just a miracle
that winked out too fast.
toxic-nebulae - gauntletI used you all up.
there is grit in my teeth.
I'm still not done picking you out,
casting my tongue around my mouth
for one last useless piece.
when I find it, I will swallow
and rid myself forever
of the taste of you.
EternalSunday - somehow, we make it feel like enoughi.
there's a stand-still in your head, quiet rainfall
before lightning strikes,
you wait for release, the rumbling,
the turmoil.
the words fall away when you open your mouth
to speak, and i struggle to meet
your eyes.
i keep waiting for a turning point, a full frontal crash
into a brick wall; but you were right,
it's more like quicksand.
you can't feel the sharpness of change until it's already drowned you.
we sit back, listen to the storm raging on,
disconnected, yet hopeful.
i almost died once, and if i had
my last words would have been,
no, it's fine, i'm alright.
if the same thing happened now, the only words
escaping my mouth would be, if only,
and somehow
that feels worse.
it's the same city, but in the morning hours
the streets feel like they belong in a far away country.
you tell me one day you want to explore, and i'm already
putting pins on a map,
everywhere, anywhere. but later when shadows fall from the pins
and the circles ar
nawkaman - The River RamblesWe cut each other halflong (simple
cell division) to find answers;
nothing spills out and nothing
floods in and nothing
ever changes.
It is a bleak burden, this
stargazer syndrome, near-sighted symphonic
strangers sipping endless streams of data
exchanging bits and bytes in and of the void.
Dark chasmal pockets
full of doubt, full of fever and strife;
we odds and end-less ebbs flow
back to the sea
as we are teased by landfall.
TheChesherCat - Covering Uplight used to radiate
from her smile.
now I only see
a shiny streak
of slick sickness.
like she's wearing down.
like something's
showing through.
TwilightPoetess - Winter PoisonTo the boy with ghost hands:
the best we can do is pretend.
The breakers will always call us home
but you don't feel the poison--it drips, it drips
like a bad habit.
We are fragile.
Bury me in white
under the winter moon.
ratikification - Clear WindsOh decadence, play onto drudgery.
Wind sways.
My face feels palms against my cheek,
Some arms around my shoulders, please,
And a mattress beneath my knees.
My soul lacks sprouts to sway,
Fear of being too active.
But a bother to stand still for tomorrow and the day after
Waiting as more life happens.
A sound so sweetly sore.
The wind to carry.
Effort weighty.
What is your taste?
I want to know
Maybe we can drift together.
Are we light enough?
Today is particularly windy.
So take a strand of my hair and
Twine it around your finger
Let our thoughts vibrate through my locks,
Like a sound wave.
You ask me questions that I only have to
Reply yes or no,
And others tell me things I should know.
I find growing fear
Am I blind
Or are you just clear?
ClaireMcWolf - Drowning in Dark WatersThis deep darkness in my soul, the darkness I do not show;
Is slowly eating away at me: I deny this darkness so much, too much;
But no matter how much I deny it, it's here, inside me, lurking;
And because of it;
It has penetrated my heart and soul, with many painful scars;
Every single one of my dreadful scars has caused ticks to me;
Changing how I feel, think, speak;
Yet I do nothing, say nothing;
My soul: A pool of swirling darkness within me;
Filled with all my lies and secrets;
Much sorrow, much regret, much pain;
And my heart, my heart is a piece of parchment;
Drifting mindlessly through this pool;
Falling apart: slowly, painfully remorsefully;
No one cares enough to notice, this poor, dim-witted piece of parchment;
The worst part is no matter how hard others try;
It's all over for the parchment;
It will never be the same again, and there will be yet another scar on the parchment;
Despite all the late efforts to save it, from the ones who thought they knew me, cared for me;
But in
fervvent - :thumb424421371: ilovegonger137 - The ForestThe trees bend down to me,
Their branches calling me,
Be with us they say,
Every night, every day.
I stay here all night,
Enjoying the sight,
As the moon shines bright,
I smile at the sky,
And hear the lullaby and a small cry.
The forest welcomes me,
I prance around happily,
This place I will forever stay,
In my own world a ways away.
tulinuotio - UndineIf I could live a thousand years, lives turning into melancholy streams of light around me,
I could listen to the whispers of birch branches by the misty river without crying,
I would be strong enough to resist following feathers in the eye of the storm.
I know the tongues of fire of dragons behind forbidden doors.
I know the mayflies dying in the thousands by the roadside.
I know the shape of my soul from the wounds on my side.
If I could stop turning to the Devil to heal him with my hands,
If I could cease listening to the songs of the searing flames,
I could shoot down the bird that survived the crusades.
Though the smoke in my lungs makes it hard to breathe,
And the howling of the wolves drowns the words,
I cannot unsee the dreams of the seers.
Poet-of-all-Art - this is not a goodbyeI have nothing left to do here--
no one to listen to,
and nobody with an open ear,
to hear me whisper
morals and poems forgotten,
taken by the petitioners,
they took everything;
took even my empty shell,
and sure I lamented:
I cursed greedy hands:
the hands that wanted
more than their cross,
the one that my children carry,
but it's a loss,
all of it.
So I leave now,
all of the pieces and bits,
nothing left on me
except the clothes on my back,
but not eyes for me to see,
see the changes the world brings
and beside the damned society,
you can hear bells ring
but only after you pay the fare
to get into heaven.
(I'm not sure if you were aware
but heaven's toll booth prices rise
like the amount of the dead
I have no advice,
as I mentioned earlier,
there was no one listening anyways--
nobody friendlier
than the big man up there himself;
who still won't lower those prices.
I'll leave you by yourself
to figure out
where you stand in this world;
a world full of doubt,
but yo
tirasunil - dear emma:this morning, i woke up beside my dog. now, don't get me wrong, i love malcolm, just not like that (grey bastard takes up all the covers).
i'm so used to waking up next to a beautiful sleeping lioness, stretched out to catch the sun's first rays, and i missed that.
i figured metaphors were a direct line to your heart, but i know jacob, i bet he doesn't put your soul on paper. he probably just snickers when you get that far-off look in your eye, like you see god somewhere out there.
well, perhaps this is just a love note but i can finish strong -- i always did ;) : emma, i love you more than this stupid dog loves your old pillow, and that's a lot.
actually, scratch that: i love you more than you love your new pillow, wherever it is, because your new pillow isn't beside mine, honey.
come back please,
thysilverdoe - circular conversationyou are always right
i am always wrong
this conversation
always moves the same
circles, one day i'm
going to make it
a square
pull the line of me out
of the equation
let you keep your triangle.


Third Interview (Day 3) imaginative-lioness interviews the very talented and totally lovable saltwaterlungs, as well as the fantastic and influential DrippingWords: Literature Roadtrip Interview Week: Day 3
Welcome back to the Literature Roadtrip Interview Week! Yesterday, I didn't have an interview for you, but today I have two! I am excited to introduce you all to these wonderful deviants, as I love them so damn much. 
Firstly, saltwaterlungs - formerly NonsenseQueen - is an excellent deviant. Her work is seriously fantastic, and you will not be disappointed when you search through her gallery. 

What is your favourite way to get involved in the literature community?
I love joining groups. I almost obsessively sift through teh groups here and try to join as many as possible, because I believe that each group holds something special. Whether it be really great prompts or great people, there's always some element to each gorup that makes me want to become a part of the family.
How do you go about getting feedback on your work?
As I said
This double interview is a truly great read and look into how these two wonderful deviants view this great site and our awesome literature community. Caitlan (DrippingWords) and Hannah (saltwaterlungs) are both very heartfelt writers with wonderful knacks for creating some great, poignant imagery in their poetry.


Fourth Interview (Day 4) imaginative-lioness interviews one of the most adorable and wonderful-est ladies ever in the truly fantastic IrrevocableFate: Literature Roadtrip Interview Week: Day 4
Sorry this interview is a little late (like a day), I went out for dinner last night with a couple of friends and when I got back home I was so exhausted that I put on Star Trek: The Next Generation and fell asleep to the beautiful voice of Captain Picard. Anyway! This interview was meant for yesterday, and today's interview will be posted tonight. Okay.
I would like to introduce to you all, IrrevocableFate. Have you been to her gallery? Have you? If you haven't you are seriously missing out, because you would be definitely amazed by the work that she has posted. Trust me.

What is your favourite part of the literature community?
The people, hands down. The deviants here are what truly make the community and they're such a wonderful, diverse group that it's amazing. Amazing. I've always met and come across such fabulous people who do so much, they comment,
In this spectacular interview you see how one of the most well-established and esteemed writers (And people) on the site goes about her business here. It’s always great to get insight from such an experienced (Not to mention lovely) deviant such as this. She uses emotive language so well. Stephany is simply one of the finest story-tellers on deviantART.


Fifth Interview (Day 5) imaginative-lioness interviews….me, chromeantennae: Literature Roadtrip Interview Week: Day 5
And hello again! Welcome back to Literature Roadtrip Interview Week, how are you enjoying it so far? Have you visited the deviants mentioned? Added them to your watch? Searched through their galleries, perhaps favourited some of their work? I hope so. 
Now, I would like to introduce you to chromeantennae - though, if you haven't met him yet you must be seriously living under a rock. He is the nicest, sweetest and kindest person on deviantART, and his gallery is amazing. You could not get a better deviant.

What made you want to start 'Adjusting the Antennae?
What made me want to start ‘Adjusting The Antennae’ was a multitude of things, honestly. I had a great deal of inspirations coming from
I’m featured here as the "fifth" interviewee for LR Interview Week and in this discussion I try to shed some light for some lesser-known writers to get more attention to their works, my interview series ‘Adjusting The Antennae,’ some of my greatest influences on this site as well as some truly spectacular writers who I felt deserve more attention. Please check this out and see if you guys see any pieces, interviews of mine, or deviants you like from this interview.

Sixth Interview (Day 6) imaginative-lioness interviews the extremely influential and supremely talented BloodshotInk Literature Roadtrip Interview Week: Day 6
Once again, I am late to post this interview. But I promise you all that apart from square dancing (yeah, I know), I have been working hard getting everything for Literature Roadtrip 2.0 ready. So, I've been very productive. This just means that you'll get two wonderful interviews today, and that tomorrow is… OFFICIALLY THE LITERATURE ROADTRIP! 

BloodshotInk is an absolutely amazing deviant. Her work is beyond inspiring and beautifully written. And she is incredibly nice and kind to everyone in the literature community. Plus, her profile page looks awesome, I'm insanely jealous!

How do you get involved in the literature community?
*Looks blank for a minute* Gosh. Uh. I don't know. I have a variety of different things I play with. I do features, interviews, I help out on groups. I like to run competitions. I've been running l
In this truly fantastic interview Kathryn talks about the different groups she's a part of, what she does to get involved with the literature community, how to get more feedback on your works (With an extremely helpful article for those that don't know!), and the artists she feels deserve more attention. Definitely an amazing read on a truly wonderful deviant.

Seventh Interview (Day 7) imaginative-lioness interviews the wonderfully kind, quirky, and multi-talented camelopardalisinblue Literature Roadtrip Interview Week: Day 7
Annnnnddddd here we are, the final interview of the Literature Roadtrip Interview Week. I was immensely excited for this week, and despite a few days where I have been busy causing a few interviews to be late, I am pretty happy with it. I loved learning about these seven deviants.
So, the last deviant I want to introduce to you all is bloodawni. I've had the pleasure of talking to this lovely deviant a few times, she is one of the nicest people I have talked to on deviantART. Plus, her work is incredible. If you haven't checked out her gallery, I am seriously disappointed in you!

What is your favourite part of the literature community?
I think the close-knit feeling there is. Perhaps it's just me, but I feel like people in the literature community here on deviantArt tend to pull together a lot more despite wide gaps between skill levels and such. We
In this final interview to cap off what's been a truly fantastic week of interviews, Dawni speaks about her favorite part of this literature community, how she would change certain parts she didn't care for (And I completely agree with her.), as well as deviants she feels deserve more attention and eyes on their works. It's a truly wonderful final interview heading into the Literature Roadtrip.



Please, if you can, show us all some love, the writers listed here in this and be on the lookout for imaginative-lioness’ Literature Roadtrip 2.0, that officially begins on the 10th of January. Support your fellow writers by faving the interviews; watching, llama-ing, the interviewees; and faving and commenting on all featured writers' pieces. :heart:



For more information on imaginative-lioness’ Literature Roadtrip 2.0, go here.

We're on the bandwagon folks! And imaginative-lioness is leading the charge, make sure you have some snacks and a change of clothes 'cause we're moving all over dA on a literature roadtrip! :w00t:

And remember! You're all beautiful, amazing, and incredible! Yes, YOU. :D

The roundup of Literature Roadtrip 2.0 Interview Week. :love:
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It took a while to realize that, no matter how pretty the last few sketch-dumps where, I wasn't really learning anymore.
Sometimes a large user-base just feels like pressure. And pressure makes it feel like you can't afford to fail anymore. And you'll stay inside your comfort zone. And with result. Last years improvement was close to non-existent. But I realize now that staying in my comfort zone will not get me anywhere.

The lack of improvement and recent login issues made me think. So I went back at where I came from. I took a pencil and started sketching again. Real, ugly sketches, with a lot of wobbly lines and such. Anatomy, dogs, and various other things. I realize now; I want to keep this up. Really. I want to draw things that are (slightly) out of my comfort zone, in order to learn.

And I want you to help me.

Come up with anything fun to draw, that is slightly outside my comfort zone.
Things like rocks, objects, something in a specific style, specific poses, or anything that might've helped you getting insight when you were learning to draw.

Try to keep it simple and reasonable. I must be able to sketch it with pencil on paper within 1 hour.
You're free to provide me with references (preferably pictures) or any object or style that you want me to try.

You're free to request the object or style of your liking, but no "sketch my character", please.
This isn't about doing requests, no matter how much you want me to draw your characters. This is about learning.
(And tbh... I think drawing characters is kinda inside my comfort zone... even though it's my view on an unfamiliar character. I've done that a lot already)

I will pick the things that I think I will learn most from. 
And if you're willing to learn as well... follow this journal and it's comments. There might be something useful in it for you as well.

So let's make 2014 the year of improvement! 
Challenge me to draw stuff.
Challenge yourself to draw better!
Or copy this journal to your own page and invite your friends to challenge you!

Up to a whole awesome new year of sketches! :la:

:star::star::star: Good suggestions :star::star::star:
I've decided to put some good suggestions I got up here, so it would be useful for other people as well :)

Anatomy / Characters
Sports poses
For shorting
Old people
Character interaction
Character half light/half shadow
Action scene
Different body types
Distressed person
General fashion:
Carnival Venice costume
Angels (wings)
Gothic Lolita costume
Masculine character
Dynamic lighting
Breaking through a window:…

Animals / Creatures

Hosipital props
Ball jointed doll
Boat in the ocean

Stone bridge
Cliff nearby the sea
Chinese city/market
Modern architecture
Winter landscape

Something cute
Something disturbing

Perspective practice
Fisheye perspective
Light in darkness:
Self portrait
Still life
Reflective objects (glass,water,bottles)

3 colors challenge
30 day drawing challenge:…
Another artists style
Speed paint challenge:…
Randomized painting:…
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Let's make something clear

Journal Entry: Tue May 27, 2014, 7:06 AM
  • Mood: Disgust
  • Listening to: Rammstein=life
  • Reading: All of the new 52......COMICS nomnomnom
  • Watching: Game of Thrones
  • Playing: WoW
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okay, a foreword  first. as this thing is just starting up i realized going through the suggestions that this is too chaotic. by that i mean that there are many reasons why i should feature a majority of suggested artists here

so then it hit me. after this first promotion, next journal will be a different one. we are going to go by different categories, one week we'll have traditional artist week, other a comic artist, another a crafter, a sculptor, manga, animation and so on

so if you haven't gotten  featureyd yet it is jsut because this first run has been far more chaotic and in need of a structure. a structure we will from now on have.

so this week i will have this journal on. next week we will do suggestions let's go with  my own teritory to start the categories. comics
next week we will start with sequential comic artists- not pin ups, i mean people posting actual pages
we'll do pin ups too. choices will be based on the storytelling skills for this one

but all in due time. so this first very random list is  gonna be  just all sorts of artists
and after that we are going  structured. meaning  better chances for people to be featured, hell i may extend the features above 10 so be patient, if your favorite has not been listed yet, as i am still looking for the best way to do this :)

so without  further ado, a very random list for this first week, filled with some skilled people :)

this artists craftsmanship in bone is....mindblowing. bone is difficult to work with, i know, back in the day i tried.this artists work is a masterful example of the craft

magnificent gallery of generally fantasy work, showing the skill of color use and volumes which surpasses mine. his works have a very Blizzard like feeling colorwise while maintaining a very traditional artwork feeling to brushwork


amazing designwork and execution both in 2d and 3d, anyone interested in design, and zbrush , i recommend giving his gallery a look

magnificent gallery full of both amazing studies showing mastery of both volumes , and color as well as mastery of general form of human vbody

while at the same time featuring some amazing and adorable fanarts. seriously nija turtles ones are just awesome

a very skilled and constantly improving artist. it is an awesome thign to be able to look through someone's gallery over time and her handling of color and volume is steadily improving which in my experience is a good sign of an artist to keep an eye on!

great illustrations and studies...if a little bit poor in numbers. and not just views, i mean actual numbers 46 deviations in 6 years? move your lazy ass!
but other than that , artist shows great skill in treating volumes, motion, and great mastery of color.

all there, great mastery of characterwork, form color gesticulation and expressions, so really someone i  as a comic artist can recommend


um...yeah...i...quit!    XD  but really, it comes down to this, if you like drew struzan style poster work... and i usually hate these kinds of comparisons... oh just go ansd see it

true skill often means doing something in a deceptively simple way that still makes a piece look just...right. his gallery does contain nudity, fair warning. however the thing that blows my mind with his work is how his skin rendering is so deceptively simple any yet often conveys more depth than all the rendering in the world would. just one of those things where one might go; i could replicate this....and then fail endlessly.


amazing use of color and form combined with  a generally cool style in the great tradition fo udon studios crew
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Art is my Sword and Shield

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 29, 2013, 4:18 AM

Hi Ryceballs! Today I just wanna share with you guys stories about how art has affected my life in a positive way, how it protected me as well as how it made me become a more confident man as you see today, this applied very heavily especially during my school years.

This is a photo of me when I was at school. I wasn't the best looking fella and wasn't very smart either, all I did was play Pokemon and daydream, actually I was pretty much setting myself up for great humiliation and constant bullying with what I do lol. But one thing kept my head above water, I used to draw... a LOT. I used to draw in my little pink diary as well as even drawing in my homework. I just really loved.. to draw. And you know what? I gained a lot of respect for that. I wasn't one of those popular kids at school but I actually got along with ALL the stereotype groups, I got along with the popular guys, the nerds, the hot girls, the Hongkies, the Korean breakdancers, the wannabe gangsters, I even got along with the kids who usually hates everyone. It wasn't like I was friends with all of them groups but all of them liked me and respected me, it really was like I was in an episode of 'Everybody loves Ry' ok? And I am lucky and grateful for that, I think the thing was people just tend to respect those with a talent? Mine happen to be art. And to be honest I mostly hung around guys who weren't popular and a bit geeky and just played videogames all day, I feel that I am most comfortable around these 'non-cool' friends because we have a common interest and they are incredibly nice people, they don't put on a mask to impress girls because... well because they don't talk to girls to start off with... And sometimes yes they do get bullied and teased by the more popular guys, it is sad to see. But no one really tried to bully me or anything eventhough I hung around the nerdy kids.

Actually at one point I even got a 'gangsters protection' status from these so called 'Gangster Busters' because they like me so much. Now I don't understand why they were called Gangster Busters because these guys were also gangsters, they were gangsters who fights gangsters apparently? Wait does that mean that they fight themselves sometimes?? Or maybe its like a symbolic thing? Like they are gangsters so everyday they have to fight their own inner demon in order to keep themselves from becoming a real gangster or something? I don't know it was very confusing. But they told me if other gangs try to mess with me I can go to them for help. I of course just nodded and never talked to them much again, I don't wanna get involved in any gangster wannabe wars!

I was also quite popular with the ladies, once in a while I would get a girl asking if I can draw them like one of my french girls. LOL NO. well not that extreme, but yes I would draw them if they ask (With their clothes on of course) and yeah I would get along with them and then nothing would happen LOL. My friends would be like 'Woah dude you actually talked to a girl! What are these mystical creatures like? Did you gain super powers from this?'. But yeah, I do I think that this whole art thing kinda boosted my confidence a little bit, I was the bravest (well I would say most natural one) out of my group when it comes to talking to pretty girls, to be honest its not even that big of a deal when I think about it now, they are just human beings like everyone else afterall.. but you know kids, back then there was the whole girls germs/ boys germs and how if you talk to a girl you are a loser kinda thing. I mean we were like 17.. BUT STILL GIRLS GERMS WERE STILL AROUND OK? :'U

So yeah. Having a talent for art has protected me from bullying as well as helping me talk to girls... (omg such a loser). Oh also, another thing that I also used as my Sword and Shield was my sense of humour. I was friendly with everyone and cracked a joke once in a while. Remember this, no matter how fantastic your art is, if you are an asshole then your art won't do you any good. Nobody likes an asshole.

So thats that, I hope you Ryceballs out there ain't being bullied or anything in school now.. If you are then I am sorry to hear that. :(  I hope this journal has helped you in some way or another in understanding how to 'fit in'. Well not so much about how to become the most popular person or whatever.. but just how to gain respect from your peers. As well as using your talent to show others that you are not to be messed around with.

Ry-Spirit cares. :iconsparklesplz:

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The Sun, The Moon, The Stars June Prompt

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 24, 2014, 6:49 PM

Hello and welcome to June's prompt! This month it'll be based on The Sun, The Moon, The Stars -- so go wild with that idea. The prompts we make are to get your creative juices flowing and challenge you to do your best -- so good luck! Three winners will be chosen and featured in the Winner's journal!


The Sun, The Moon, The Stars
That could mean anything, it doesn't have to be a space theme, so get creative and try to stand out. It can be a sunny day, your favourite star or a crater on the moon. The art piece you do doesn't have to have all 3, but if you want it to, go ahead, just make sure to include at least one of them. Extra points if it's original and creative.

The art piece you submit can be drawn for the competition, or a previous artwork in your gallery.
It'll be judged by zepIyn, wdnest and Madmazda and you'll receive a feature in the Winner's journal.
Your prompt piece can be any format -- digital art, poetry, crafts, etc.

Need some inspiration?
Here are some artworks we found that fit the prompt in one way or another, don't completely steal the ideas, though, but be inspired and drop a favourite/watch or llama to the art or artists.

Signposts by wdnest

Two Minds by wdnest

By any other name by JPMNeg

Awaiting for a change (Portal 13) by Mazhlekov

Stars by alteraltery

Opening date - 25th of June, 2014.
Closing date - 25th of September, 2014.
That gives you 3 months, get your creative juices flowing or check out your gallery for some art!

☆ Your artwork has to be original -- if it's stolen, deviantART will deal with it.
☆ Please have some form of the prompt theme in your artwork.
☆ Submit the artwork to the group's gallery, into 'June Prompt'.…
☆ You can submit 3 pieces of art maximum, but only 1 can win.
☆ The artwork can be from any time period, you do not have to create the art just for this prompt. Check out your gallery.
☆ The prompt is open to anyone from dA, you don't have to be apart of the group.
☆  Judges decisions are final. Removal of vulgar, nudity and defamatory works are final. Abusing or harassing judges or posting abusive/trolling comments will result in immediate blocking and removal from the prompt. Be nice people!! We will not tolerate rudeness or abuse here.


Good luck!

Bad Romance by FP-Digital-Art

Moon and Sun by Deprivance

Genesis by arianereis

K'sedel by Brekke17

Lua Majorasmask by Keverinoo


Logo WDN by wdnest Change by wdnest Epilepsy Awareness by wdnest
Alice Gives Love by wdnest

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