SpringSpring arrived yesterday. Well, maybe in some parts of the world Spring has sprung. Not so here in Northern Ohio. It snowed this morning... So, the trees haven't budded yet, and the daffs, tulips, muscari and crocus remain snug underground. Perhaps we'll see some warmer weather soon? Hopefully? In the meantime - ENJOY!Spring1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Emeralds of my EyeIt's Time to think Green!Emeralds of my Eye1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Follow the Emerald way my dear friends, and enjoy!
Earth and Water by brandtcampbellSpring is in the air by George---KirkMeaningless by WishmasterAlchemist
Califnornia Rainbow by DaisyDinkle
Seeing Stars...Star Cakes by theresahelmer
loner by clochartist-photo
Enchanted by John-Peter
Getting Lost on Purpose by LASKANWLF
Mid-Summer Trail by LASKANWLF
Flower GardenEnjoy!Flower Garden6 months ago in Personal More Like This
Close up flower by MegnRox15 Innocence by VasiDgallery
cockade wallpaper by SvitakovaEva I'd Know You Anywhere by Vividlight Incandescently Happy by SharingMyDreams
Blumen-Poster - Flower-Poster by rembrantt collage number 1 by MT-Photografien Blumen Poster 02 - Flower poster 02 by rembrantt
Pink Peony by jewels4665
MeltdownHi everyone -Meltdown1 month ago in Personal More Like This
As most of you know, I left DA for a couple days.
I am over my meltdown, and back where I belong.
Thanks to all of you who have given me such wonderful support.
I hate drama, and I'm really not a drama queen.
Perhaps it was fatigue from the move.
We are all settled in now.
The kittens love it here!
Perhaps it was a huge misunderstanding with a dear friend.
Hopefully, I will be able to repair this friendship.
I should have listened to uguardian.
I should have listened to Andorada
I should have had a brandy and a good night's sleep.
A special thanks to SharingMyDreams and LASKANWLF:
for saving BrightandCheerful
They did a great job!
A special thanks to MaresaSinclair and allison731:
for bringing me back to heavenlybackyardbird and WhisperMeWish.
And a big thank you and hug to
who, as always, was so gracious.
It is great to be back on THINGS-OF-NATURE.
I am truly home again.
Don't let anyone belittle you or your work!I've been catching up a lot on dA since I got back and have been a bit surprised by some of the things going on. I've noticed that some of the wonderful artists I love and admire are being pushed aside for some ... interesting works. I won't get into a debate on this, at the end of the day, this is just my opinion. But how can a quick sketch that has been edited in photoshop to add some sparkle, outrank something that someone has put 30+ hours into and is pencil perfection? I don't understand the world anymore. Anyway, I just wanted to say I still appreciate your work and dedication .. for what that's worthDon't let anyone belittle you or your work!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
The next thing I want to say, and this is based on observation and on a conversation or two I've been having. Have you ever felt belittled or put down in your art because someone tells you that 'it's not the right way'? I have some issues with this and felt the need to vent a little bit, so I'll list my wafflings below
Q) Have yo
There is this plugin called spher.....that i really really love....There is this plugin called spher.....2 years ago in Personal More Like This
so i thought i would post some params and maybe while i am gone for the weekend someone will make something awesome and share their params here in this journal!!!!!
give me some ideas of something different to do with these
October Feature.October Feature.1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Secluded by m-eralp
Moving in silence by thrumyeyeLOVEYOU by RadekDemjanBlue and Gold Macaw by JacquelineBarkla
Starfire by TrichardsenAurora Borealis by porbital
Young Milk frog by AngiWallaceUntitled by lisansHighways and Galaxies by tourofnatureBlack Sands Raven Fluff by DeeOtter
I haven't done a feature for a while and I thought it'd be a great idea to make an October feature and I found a lot of wonderful
Witches of East End Contest Semi-FinalistsWitches of East End Contest Semi-Finalists7 months ago in Official DeviantArt Contests More Like This
DeviantART and Lifetime's Witches of East End invited you to create an original piece of art using an element or scene from Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Raven," or "The Black Cat." There were amazing renditions of these classic stories, all of which showcased Poe's macabre mastery. The competition was intense, but our judges were able to select the top pieces, which were sent to the Witches of East End Creative Team! Congratulations to the Semi-Finalists below!
MLP Resource: Tips + Tricks for Working with MinkyMy Little Pony Plushie StyleMLP Resource: Tips + Tricks for Working with Minky3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
What: Minky is a polyester, microfiber fabric that is extremely soft. It is often used in baby blankets and quilts, but also seems to be the fabric of choice for many plushie makers.
(Please keep an eye out for more helpful journals centered around plushie making! More will be made in the future!)
These tools can help make your experience working with minky much easier...
Rotary Cutter: http://www.beverlys.com/olfa-rotary-cutter-28mm.html You can use this to cut the minky directly around your pattern pieces on a flat surface, instead of trying to pin the pattern and hold up the fabric while cutting with scissors. The smaller the blade size, the better, because they go around tight curves easier.
Walking Foot: These sewing machine accessories are very useful. When sewing, because minky is slippery, the fabric may slide around a bit and get off track, making your plushie (or whatever you're making) not as accu
September's Manga and Anime DD Round-up!September's Manga and Anime DD Round-up!1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
:: The Fairy Tale :: Peterpan/Relation by Linea-Lucifer
Cross the World by Eternal-S
Empyrean Fantasia by Yun-Afezeria
Pixiv Fantasia New World by kumirice
Co. - Ethereal by naoyatoudo
-Pick a Fruit!- by Tink-desu
Invitation to the Illusion by longestdistance
Destruction of Creation by Arlequinne
A Little Witch by robekka
Spring Breeze by rhymebox
Ana by sammihisame
Princess balcony by ilolamai
bulb fiction by nuuti
S e y p h i r a by Neire-X
FluffyQueen by Readman
Paranoia laneway by sumiobunnya
PFNW / Shayul by Loika
Thievish magpie's - Kaleidoskop by nao--ren
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5th Naruto Fan Art Contest!:icontransparentplz::icontransparentplz: The Prelude5th Naruto Fan Art Contest!4 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
The last fanart contest I had was in June 09!
That's almost year and a half ago!
Why didn't you guys remind me?
Draw 2 or more Real NARUTO characters in your favorite scene of a movie.
Naruto, Sakura & Killer Bee dressed up as Neo, Trinity & Morpheus fighting Akatsuki who are dressed in Agent Smith type outfits. (Matrix)
Gai is a cop on a bus & Kisame will blow up the bus if Gai's bus goes slower than 50 mph. He has to save it with his Youth ENERGY! (Speed)
Sakura gets pregnant with Sasuke's child. She has to give up the baby to Tobi. (Juno)
Naruto, Sakura, Sai & Kakashi go inside Sasuke's mind to convince him to come back to Konoha. (INCEPTION)
Kisame is a 11 foot tall Na'vi on Pandora & Yamato is t
What are Duck Stamps about?The US Federal Duck Stamp-- why should anyone care?What are Duck Stamps about?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I am often surprised when I talk to fellow birders and peers that are interested in conservation... I am surprised that not only do they not know what the federal duck stamp program is for. Some haven't even heard of it, or think that it is a postage stamp!
I am also frustrated at the birders I talk to that scorn hunters, and yet themselves would not consider buying this stamp. It is estimated that 10% or less of non-hunters buy this stamp. That's pathetic. I have seen people crying that one should consider donating that $15 to other organizations instead, but if one researches into their organization of choice, one will find that most of them contribute far, far less than $0.98/dollar to the fund of choice ($0.98/dollar goes directly toward buying wetlands with the duck stamp program). Go ahead, plug in a popular charity that protects wetlands! See where your money really goes. http://www.charitynavigator.org/ With many of thes
Pony ResourcesI'm routinely updating this post with new resources that people send me. So feel free to send me links to tutorials or other informational posts/deviations/links that you think might be helpful to plushy makers!Pony Resources3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've been putting together a new list of pony resources over the last few weeks. It's been a while since I did the first journal post on the topic and unfortunately a lot of the original links went dead when BabyLondonStar deactivated her account. I also wanted to include some links for other non-eye and mark related things that I've found over the time I've been on deviantART.
There's a really cool tutorial by BeeZee-Art for making spiral plushie horns that I thought folks might like to see for their unicorns. I think you could also apply it to plushies where the horn is sewn in already, getting your needle in there might be a little harder though.
Once you've finished sewing your pony you may want to take
Let's say you have supernatural powers...For the novel I'm writing, I'm doing a bit of research. But my imagination only goes as far as my perspective goes. And as I have a certain mindset and a certain cultural background, I'm sure other people will have other ideas about the subject. So let your imagination run wild.Let's say you have supernatural powers...1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
The most elaborate and creative entry gets 300 points!
(and although this isn't really a contest -- entry's are accepted until november 1st)
You have pretty awesome powers!
Although the usage of life-energy related powers are quite natural in your world... you're one of the few individuals that has mind bending powers. This type of powers are usually quite bothersome to learn, but you have a natural gift for learning that kind of stuff, which caused you to be able to do so ever since you were a kid. You cannot only read the minds of the people around you, and predict their actions, but you're able to manipulate their thoughts fully (and therefore their actions). All wi
MLP Resource: Minky Color Guide(Please keep an eye out for more helpful journals centered around plushie making! More will be made in the future!MLP Resource: Minky Color Guide3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Also, keep checking back, as more characters and their colors will be added soon!)
MLP: Minky Color Guide:
Which minky color works best for ______ (insert MLP character here)?
This journal is an attempt to answer that question. There are more than 50 shades of minky out there, and as a plushie maker, I realize that it can be difficult to know which color will work best for the particular pony you're working on. This is made even more frustrating by the fact that many of the images of the minky do not show the true color!
I recently ordered a ton of swatches from fabric.com, and I'm continuing to collect swatches from various websites, in an attempt to get most of the minky colors. Because I have the actual fabric with me, I can compare it to the characters' colors to see which fits best, to ensure that you can make a plushie that is as show-accurate as possib
[ ! ] HOW TO JOIN► NAVIGATION ◄[ ! ] HOW TO JOIN1 year ago in Personal More Like This
[ Rules • How to Join • FAQ • History • Spirit Life Cycle • Houses • Ranks • Character Guidelines • Point System • Levels •
So you want to buy minkyI get asked this question alot and I promised a guide a while back but I'm just now getting around to making it! Here is a list of websites where you can buy minky fabric for your projects!So you want to buy minky3 years ago in Personal More Like This
www.beverlys.com - search cuddle 3
www.joann.com - search for Soft n Comfy
www.minkee.com.au - Australia
Land of Oh Etsy - http://www.etsy.com/listing/95419080/1-yard-1-mm-smooth-cuddle-minky-fabric?ref=usr_faveitems
Igloo0203 - http://myworld.ebay.com/igloo0203/&_trksid3984.m1439.l2754 - This seller has a wide color selection and the minky comes in 3mm and 5mm pile! She's located in Korea and shipping usually takes about 2 weeks, or at least that is when my orders arrive.
KYcutters - http://myworld.ebay.com/kycutters/?_trksid4340.l2559 - They sell Benartex Minkee Gelat
How To Photograph Your CraftsThe absolute number one cause of rejection of DD suggestions for most Artisan Craft CVs is poor photography. There is nothing worse than seeing an otherwise brilliant piece ruined by a dodgy photo. But even beyond DD acceptance, if you want to people on dA to be able to appreciate your skill you need to be able to show your work off to advantage.How To Photograph Your Crafts2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Sometimes I'll tell a self-suggester that I can't feature their work because of the quality of the photography and they'll inevitably reply, "Oh, I'll have to get a better camera."
Repeat after me: the tools never make the artist.
You don't need a $9000 sewing machine to stitch a dress, you don't need a $1000 stand mixer to bake a cake, and you similarly don't need a top of the range SLR to take a brilliant photograph. It's all in how you take the photo.
To help us understand photography concepts a little more, Fella is going to help us out. Say hi Fella!
BJD Doll FAQBJD Doll FAQ4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Please read this if you are interested to learn more about the dolls I photograph. I dont have time to keep answering the same questions over and over again >_< I will be updating this journal entry as time goes on. Feel free to add a question in the comments section and I will try to answer it.
❤ BASICS ❤
What are these dolls?
They are BJD - ball jointed dolls. If you search Google with those keywords you will get plenty of results with companies and other info about them. This is the Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ball-jointed_doll. Also this LJ answers some questions too http://bjd-wtf.livejournal.com/ . If you want to learn more, I would suggest Den of Angels forum (http://www.denofangels.com/forums/).
Do you make them?
No I don't make the actual doll, I don't sculpt it. I am a customizer, I paint their faceups. I am basically a makeup artist for resin dolls. You can find the link to my commission shop
PE: Anthro Art TutorialsOn today's Project Educate Article on Anthro, I'll be highlighting some great tutorials on how to draw Anthro. Sense there is no right or wrong as far as drawing Anthro, because lets face it, we don't see a werewolf running around to reference from, your imagination is the limit. However, there are some simply guidelines that you can take home with you and practice to better your creativity.PE: Anthro Art Tutorials3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
This is probably one of the most challenging things for people to adhere to. Anatomy in itself is a little challenging but once you get it, the sky's the limit as far as drawing Anthropomorphic animals, beings and things!
So below are a few pointers!
1. The Ultimate Anthro Tutorial - This tutorial was created for all beginners and Art enthusiasts around the world. It has such detail and walks you through all the basics before getting to the next level where you feel comfortable drawing anatomy for an Anthro character.
Updated Bird List March 2013The highlight of last month was definitely the great gray owl.Updated Bird List March 20132 years ago in Personal More Like This
It seems that Montana & the Dakotas are the last states to see spring migrants returning (based on e-bird reports of some spring migrants). Boyfriend saw the first turkey vulture of the year here. Hoping to see the ospreys returning as well. The rough legged hawks are still around, but they should be migrating north soon. We'll be getting Swanson's hawks after they leave, which are also neat looking hawks.
Planning to head Southwest for the end of the semester (11 more stats classes left!!!!!)
Also, dA...your April fools thing is kind of pedestrian.
New birds: 7 Total birds: 230
Geese, Swans & Ducks
500 POINTS GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED)Hello my friends!500 POINTS GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED)7 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
So Finally i collected some points and now I've decided to hold a giveaway!
A 500 Points Giveaway for everyone who wants to participate!!
Rules - Just favroite and Comment Done!
on the Journal
some of my art works
August 6th (1 week)
Good luck to Ever
Preparing for BattleHi guys,Preparing for Battle9 months ago in Personal More Like This
These past few weeks I’ve been sharpening my pencils and polishing my vocal cords to make sure that graduation stays in sight. It's a true battle to be sure.
Anyone who’s ever been where I am right now – waiting for my final grades to dribble in, that one e-mail that announces you’ve done it and will be proudly holding that paper in your greedy hands – knows what I’m talking about.
It’s stressful. It’s exhilarating. It’s tense. And it’s awesome.
Unless of course, things don’t go as planned. But let’s stay optimistic and say everything’s going to work out. That we’ll go into our Summer vacation a graduate, and will actually have deserved that trip to Edinburgh. I’ve dreamed of Scotland for a long time, and though I’d like to say, from the point of view of a history student, that I long to see a Scottish castle in real life instead of on photos, the truth is… I
The Monster in The MirrorWatch depthRADIUSThe Monster in The Mirror1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
A Pop Culture Interpretation of The Supernatural
Every culture around the world created gods and other mythical beings by mixing and matching fanged and taloned animal parts—e.g., enormous eagle heads on lions’ bodies—human beings have always seemed to need to believe there are powerful and usually quite vengeful supernatural beings lurking just beyond the candlelight.
Supernatural beings come to serve several purposes:
They kept people on the lighted path of truth and goodness, fearful of exploring beyond;
They were a reminder of the punishment we deser