Neo-Victorian Steam-powered Fantasy: SteampunkWelcome to the land that never was in an era that had never been looking forward to the future that never came.
Welcome, to steampunk.
1. What is steampunk?
Steampunk is a retro-active subgenre of science fiction that incorporates elements of historical fiction, adventure, horror, speculative fiction, fantasy and alternative history. It exists as a hybrid genre that focuses on a re-imagining of the Industrial revolution when men and women create analog machines to achieve the fullest of human potential. Usually set in Victorian England during the mid- to late-1800’s or the American “Wild West” era, this genre incorporate the spirit of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells in their setting and general mood as well as the new-found relationship between man and his machine.
Steampunk has since become an aesthetic movement, sparking off subcultures that focus on visual art, comics, music, clothing, accessories and “custom mods” where modern-day m
Did You Know - Thumbs CodeThumbs CodeDid You Know - Thumbs Code1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Whenever you do a feature or maybe want to link to a certain deviation the thumbs code is a very handy feature. It allows your viewers to see a smaller version of what you are referring to directly.
But did you know that there are several ways to make thumbs appear?
The most common way is to grab the thumbs code from the sidebar of a deviation.
That way you will get a little preview no bigger than 150x150px.
Another thing you can do is to create a big thumb. For that you just need to add 'big' to the thumbcode, like :bigthumb###:
For our example it will look like this.
Big thumbs will get no bigger than 300x300px.
Alongside those and thanks to AddMedia and Sta.sh you also vary the size on your own.
Either choose deviations from the AddMedia sidebar and make use of the transformation corners or use this code
Using Colloquialisms: Are you down with it? Colloqualism: You down with it?Using Colloquialisms: Are you down with it?2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
A word or phrase that is not formal or literary and is used in ordinary or familiar conversation. synonyms: slang, idioms, patois, dialect.
Examples: whatcha, gotta, face on, ovver.
I’m sure you’ve had a good telling off by your teachers for using colloquial language inappropriately in your writing. I’ve had essays returned with the word “too informal” scrawled along the margin or a big red exclamation mark next to a certain word, who hasn’t? What just me? Oh right… my bad!
So WHY would we use colloquial language in our writing, after years of tackling the angry red pen?
I know we’re not supposed to judge a book by its over – or a person by their accent – but it happens. You can tell us a lot about a character by the kind of language they use. Are they all gangsta, dropping hooded verbs
Hints and Tips #1Hello and welcome to the first instalments of 'Hints & Tips' andHints and Tips #11 year ago in Art Features More Like This
I hope these short and simple Tutorials will help boost and
inspire YOU to learn and create your own works in the many
forms and mediums that you may work in.
SO... The first Hint/Tip is -
FIXING WARPED FINISHED WATERCOLOUR PAINTING
(lumpy or uneven surface)
1- The warped painting
2 - Turn the painting around and cover the back
with plenty of water from corner to corner
3- Place in a large hardback book between blank pages
4- Close the book and place something heavy on it and wait
30 to 50 minutes so that the pages absorb the moisture
5- You open the book and the painting is flat
=to show that it doesn't remove paint, here is the finished piece=
I hope this helps
Notes on Co-WritingNotes on Co-WritingNotes on Co-Writing1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
verb: co-write [kəʊˈrʌɪt]
gerund or present participle: cowriting
write (something) together with another person.
Successful co-writers often go under a pseudo name, such as Nicci French, Tania Carver, Scott Mariani.
We're not going to talk about one off poems or stories, we're getting into the nitty gritty of long term co-writing. By this, we mean writing together for 6+ months.
The number one question we get whenever we mention co-writing is:
How does it work?
For us, it starts with finding someone who you can be friends with.
Don't go looking for someone who you only want to write with. Of course it's important that you both share a passion for what you're about to start, BUT there's a reason most co-writing duos are married or close friends. It's important that you have
PE: Sketches and sketchbooksSketches and sketchbooksPE: Sketches and sketchbooks1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Big, marvellous, elaborate, finished paintings and drawings you can see in various stunning galleries on dA and outside dA, while they require time and can occupy artist's workspace even for months, in a lot of cases make a small percentage of created pictures lying around the creator's desk. Sketches aren't just noted concepts or a stage in preparing an artwork - a couple of sketches a day can be the most influential source of improving your skills.
You have probably been through this more than once - far from your room, you got struck with a brilliant idea. In diffrent circumstances you'd most likely rush to transfer it onto paper or canvas, but well, that might be not so easy in a classroom or on a bus. It can be difficult even if you're home - how about more than one idea at once? Using a sketchbook as a notepad for any concepts is by far
How To Be A Productive WriterHow To Be A Productive WriterHow To Be A Productive Writer1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
You know the type: the writer who submits something new everyday, who floods your inbox with new poems and prose pieces that they somehow had time to write since the last time you logged in to dA. How do they do it? Are there more than 24 hours in their day? Do they have chunks of spare time that you don't? Super discipline? Magic powers?
It may seem like a strange and mystical phenomenon, but believe it or not, that person is probably just as busy as you are. Even more unbelievable: you can become that person, too. It doesn't take magic powers or a high tolerance to lack of sleep or loads of spare time, but it does take discipline. Ready? Okay.
Actually, not quite ready yet. You know when you're really on a roll, when you're writing and writing and suddenly... you stop to check Facebook? Yeah. Whether it be Facebook or email or the refrigerator or deviantART, we want to get rid of distractions. Move to a distraction-free ar
PE Prose Basics Wrap UpAs projecteducate's Prose Basics week comes to an end, let's look back at all the awesome articles that came out this week. We learned all sorts of new things and hopefully got a refresher on some oldies. Whether you're just starting out in the world of writing or a well seasoned writer, there was plenty of advice to be taken in and lessons to be learned.PE Prose Basics Wrap Up2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Review of the Articles from this Week
Hear Me My Audience!! Formatting for the Interweb Era ''Said'' and Effective Dialogue TagsHook, Line, and Sinker: How to
Stock and ResourcesToday I'm going to give you a tour of Stock and Resources. The motto of Stock and Resources should be, "We're here to help and inspire you!"Stock and Resources1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Stock Terms that are going to pop up in the article:
Stocker: Stock provider
Stocking: Act of making stock
Who are the community volunteers for stock?
Stock and Resources has three cv's, CelticStrm-Stock, Elandria, and PirateLotus-Stock. These three ladies are very helpful and friendly.
So what exactly is stock?
Introduction about making handmade booksINTRODUCTION ABOUT BASIC TOOLS TO MAKE HANDMADE BOOKSIntroduction about making handmade books2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Today I'd like to share with you some basic tips if you're interested in making handmade books. I've learned how to do that a few terms ago, at the university. As an art restoring adept I've been through the old, traditional ways of making books and added some modern touches to simplify that. I'm going non-professional so far, without expensive equipment, so if you'd like to give books a try you don't have to invest that much
The first and obvious thing that's needed for our book is paper. At that stage you have to decide what kind of book you'd like to make - you need lined or squared paper for notebooks, journals, cookbooks and basically everything that's meant to write in. Sketchbooks and scrapbooks require nice smooth plain paper and photo albums work best with thick and durable paper. Of course those are basics, you can use decorated paper or one suitable for
Making the Most of the Words You UseHave you ever opened up a dictionary and just starting reading it? (Oh, come on, I know I'm not the only one!) Well, if you haven't, you should go do that, right now, before you read any further. Okay, you're back. There are literally hundreds of thousands of words out there, and all of them are waiting for you to use them in your next literary masterpiece.Making the Most of the Words You Use2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Now, you may be asking "So what?" Words are just words, right? So long as you get your point across, that's all that matters, right? After all, green is green, whether you call it olive or neon or sea-foam. Right? Right?
Wrong! Consider this scene: Abigail walked through the quiet garden. The hedges formed a maze for her to navigate.
It gets the point across, but doesn't paint much of a picture without context. It's kind of boring, and doesn't give you any details or reason for caring. By adding or changing a few words, you can turn this dry piece of toast into an enchanting seedcake of delight.
Prose Basics: What is Voice, Anyway?At this point, you've all had awesomesauce articles on word choice, varying sentences, dialect, and dialogue. Which is great, because it cuts my job down to five minutes of nattering on about how you bring all these elements together to create that elusive thing people always go on about: VOICE.Prose Basics: What is Voice, Anyway?2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Voice is the personality of the book.
You know that thing about avoiding cliché except every single plotline ever has been done and has the TVTropes article to prove it and OH GODS WHY?!?!
Voice solves 97% of that. It lends originality to your story by tossing a filter over the whole thing. 'The Shining' needed that kid-voice so readers could stare in horror over his shoulder, understanding things like the dark cloud of suicide in his father's head without having his reaction ruin half a page of ominous build. 'Dir
The Art of CritiquingThe Art of Critiquing1 year ago in Personal Journal More Like This
You are probably (hopefully!) already aware that deviantART allows users to comment on each other's deviations. What you may or may not have noticed is that dA also has a handy feature called Critiques. Critiques are a Premium Member feature that allows users to leave in-depth observations of your work in addition to a ratings system. A critique allows the artist to receive specific comments about their work.
Before we begin, let’s take a look at what deviantART designed the critique system to be:
“Critique is designed to be a thorough evaluation of a Deviation on a number of different qualities. It is intentionally designed to inspire thoughtful and constructive feedback from committed Artists and Enthusiasts to fellow Artists requesting meaningful responses to their artwork.” ( :faq95: )
Generally speaking, a critique is not intende
PE: Story Planning Week!Greetings everyone and welcome to another fun-packed week at projecteducate! This week has been teamed back up with CRLiterature and will be focussing on story planning!PE: Story Planning Week!2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
What do we mean by “story planning”?
Planning a story sounds like an easy task- even at primary school level you are taught that a story must have a beginning, a middle and an end. However there are plenty of important elements that build a story; a lot of prep work that can actually improve the quality of your novel writing in the long run. This can cover almost anything- from world building, character development, creating past history and plot mapping etc. There is a huge range of elements that can turn your idea into a strong well-structured novel.
Are you going to tell me how to write a novel?
Not exactly. We can’t tell you how to approach your novel and how to write it from chapter 1 through to the end. We’re not giv
How to be a respectful member in a GroupCommunity WeekHow to be a respectful member in a Group10 months ago in Personal More Like This
The majority of us are members of groups, and while we might have different reasons to join, and different things expected of our membership in said groups, it is important to be a respectful addition to a group, and to our community. Here are a few tips on how to be a respectful member of your groups, even when you become frustrated by whichever situation might come up.
In regards to submitting your art:
Of course submitting your art is one of the main purposes of joining a group. However before you jump into things and start sending out a million art submissions to various groups, you should pay close attention to each individual group's rules and guidelines! There is no room for assuming things when it comes to groups, each group has its own set of guidelines, and they might wildly differ from what you expect! So read the info they provide, or send a note to ask a question, but don't just ignore it all and spam your art in places it might not e
Literary Terminology GuideLit Basics WeekLiterary Terminology Guide1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
This will be a straightforward article that lists some basic literary terms (in alphabetical order) that can be found in, well, literary works. You could use some of these terms to write a spectacular poem or prose piece about cake.
Before we get started, head on over to this other PE article that lists a BUNCH of Poetry Terms and Techniques.
An item of soft, sweet food made from a mixture of flour, shortening, eggs, sugar, and other ingredients, baked and often decorated. Also known as the first half of my otp.
A narrative that has multiple layers of meanings. Allegories are written in the form of fables, parables, poems, stories, and almost any other style or genre. The main purpose of an allegory is to tell a story that has characters, a setting, as well as other types of symbols, that have both literal and figurative meanings.
A reference to someth
PE: Dos and Don'ts of Literature DDsDaily Deviations WeekPE: Dos and Don'ts of Literature DDs6 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
Literature is just a small portion of DeviantArt compared to the Visual Arts, but it is just as mighty. The libraries in our literature galleries are filled with epic poems, tales of fantasy adventures, space operas, curl up on the couch romance, six word stories and spectacular sonnets that will leave you mesmerized. But it's not like they have neon signs attached to them that blink and say "Read me!" Which means we have to wade through the other literature that isn't quite up to snuff. And then the idea hit us.
Why not make a list of things that put up the red danger flag when we're reading lit?
Don't pretend like you don't know what we're talking about. Imagine clicking on a link and finding one giant wall of text with no paragraph breaks or indentations. Or maybe it's a poem full of high school hormones and teenage love cliches. No wait, it's the story that af
The Gender Transformed Fairy Tales Challenge We're starting to see some submissions coming in! I am saving them all in a collection so do check them out! There are still plenty of spaces, so if you're curiously interested, then do sign up! Don't forget to spread the word too!The Gender Transformed Fairy Tales Challenge9 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
Previous: Wow 41 participants so far! There's lots of space, so it you want a story, come ask for a story! Also a few people have asked if they can submit a poem, I have no issue with this, so please if you want to poem instead you can!
It's been a long time since The Ancient Egyptian Deity challenge and the Poetic Spice-rack challenge and I thought it was time for another forum frolic because:
1. I enjoy them
2. It gets people writing.
Did you know t
Ancient Egyptian Art and MythologyAuthor's NoteAncient Egyptian Art and Mythology2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Ancient Egypt was a HUGE society with a rich culture and a highly developed religion. Egypt is one of the most famous ancient cultures because of its unique funerary practices and its incredible architectural feats. Now some of you are reading this because you're interested in Ancient Egyptian art and others of you are (like me) take an art history course and reading this to help study. I will be tailoring this journal for those taking an art history course but no one wants to be bogged down with bland information so I'll try to keep this interesting (not that it's hard because it's ANCIENT EGYPT!)
Note that dates aren't terribly important just make sure you are in the right century
What you really need to know
The entire period of Ancient Egypt lasted from 3500 BCE to 1070 BCE and was broken into four periods: the Predynastic and early dynastic periods (which we are
101 Ways to Help the CommunitySuggest a Daily Deviation by noting the appropriate Community Volunteer.101 Ways to Help the Community2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Nominate a deviant as a Senior Member by noting fourteenthstar with your suggestion.
Write an article for projecteducate. Take a look at the Schedule and check out the Community Week Guidelines if you'd like to contribute your knowledge!
Send a note to ProjectPorkchop to suggest a talented but under-appreciated artist to be included in the next Porkchop feature.
Suggest a Daily Literature Deviation by sending a note to one of the admins here.
Grant the wish at dAWishingWell by keeping an eye out for one of these wish feature blogs: Fishing for Wishes, Wish Fondue, and the Wishing Jar.
Support the dAWishingWell by donating to TheWishingWidget.
Literature Community Experiments: Your JourneyLiterature Community Experiments: Your Journey2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
“It is good to have an end to journey toward,
but it is the journey that matters in the end.”
Ursula le Guin
You may remember such experiments at the beginning of the year where we asked everyone to share a little about themselves to seek out and link up with fellow writers with similar interests or the in depth look at the literature community on deviantART
The history of the birthday cakeOrigin of the birthday cakeThe history of the birthday cake2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
In most parts of the world a birthday is just not a birthday without a cake. I thought it would be interesting to learn how this tradition started and how it transformed from one culture to the other.
Cake, the word
The word Cake goes back to the 13th century. The word is of Viking origin, from the Old Norse "kaka". It is described as a baked flour confection sweetened with sugar or honey; it is mixed with eggs and often includes milk and fat.
The cake evolution
Cakes were very different from what we know today, in ancient Greece they started off as bread-like, sweetened with honey.
In the middle-ages, Germany used a sweetened bread-dough in the shape of baby Jesus to commemorate his birthday. It was later that the Birthday Cake truly emerged as a celebration item
10 Reasons to ALWAYS Read Submission GuidelinesPublishing Week10 Reasons to ALWAYS Read Submission Guidelines5 months ago in Personal More Like This
Think you're too cool for submission guidelines? Think again...
1. It only takes five minutes.
2. And preparing your materials the right way will make you look professional (even if you’re just starting out. Or a cat).
3. It makes the editor’s life much easier, since they’re probably buried in paper to begin with.
Not that kind of paper!
4. And keeps them from becoming enraged at yet another improper submission.
5. And when the editor is happy, you’re more likely to get accepted!
6. Instead of outright rejected because you didn’t number your pages or something.
7. And if the lit mag you’re submitting to uses slush readers instead, they will also be relieved.
8. Instead of wanting to just crawl under the desk and die.
9. In short, read the guidelines for a happier publishing experience.
10. Or else.
Artists Toolbox: Photography DIY Tools Home Made TripodArtists Toolbox: Photography DIY Tools2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I've shared this nifty little trick before - a home made tripod. It sounds impossible, but actually it's really practical and much easier than lugging the real thing around with you if it's not needed! Check out this articlefor more information on how to create it!
Source: DIY Cameras
Home Made Reflector
Reflectors can be pretty expensive from time to time. I've been lucky to pick up a couple cheaply on Ebay and they serve the purpose but if you really want to save, then why not try making your own? This article shows you how with just three materials and the video below also provides further guidance - check it out
Literature Articles You Should KnowI don't take the time to write good community-building articles, I'm no good at it. But organizing good community articles? I'm all over that! Many thanks go to the great people who put so much of their time and energy into this site. If you don't know these people, they are intelligent, kind hearted, and entirely too good to be associating with layabouts like me. They deserve a lot more, but I recommend thanking them with llamas, points, gifts, praise... or watch them. I've yet to see anything bad come from any of these guys. Oh, and if you aren't watching CRLiterature you should be.Literature Articles You Should Know2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
I'm going to try and catalog the most recent postings of various literature articles that the
crazyamazing people of our community produce. It's hard to keep track of them all, but somebody has to try! And in the "those who cannot do" mentality, I can handle list-making as opposed to creating a series of my own. Everything that ends up on this p