JohnSu goes to AX 2013Hey guys, sorry I took so long! This year I'm going to try something a little different and not Flash-dependent. I wasn't really sure how much I was gaining by making the pages squiggly and separated by animated transitions, so without further adieu, here's my report on this year's Anime Expo, now with alt-text! (hover mouse on image for commentary)JohnSu goes to AX 20131 year ago in Personal More Like This
My biggest regret this year was being too busy and not getting around the artist alley more and visiting people and panels. Thanks to everyone who visited, and sorry to everyone who I didn't visit (or visited only very briefly)! I feel really rude in retrospect. I also feel like I didn't really get to see much of what AX had to offer this year by confining myself to my table for most of it.
Next year I hope to have some sort of book-type product at my table, but knowing myself, I will probably either give up or miss deadlines again and you'll see a repeat of the first two images in the report.
MAN, I sure got tired of drawing myself.
Feature time I (35 x)Feature time of recent photographies all of different amazing artists!! (photos posted not longer than three days ago)Feature time I (35 x)2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Please take a look, they deserve more attention <3
Under the 10 faves:
All under 20 faves:
Perfect Wave by gokenji Refreshment by Shmookipu
Falls in Autumn by moe2112 Out of the way! by blackmaster111 Southern Alps by chrisgin Smells like summer by joiedevivre89 :thumb328638952: .6 by whoaitsjake Totally pink by the-little-boo Tangerine Dream by JRd1st Organic spring IV by KKokosz 17. by Kaasik91 Northern Lights by silverthornofagirl Autumn Sun by HandHugsFTW
Tightens you by creamypeach
All under 40 faves:
Foxtrot by Kaasik91 Bunny Nose by Becky125 Mekong bobtail 4 by Katrin-Elizabeth :thumb328288670: Past its Prime by cprmay :thumb328267450:
___________ by lisans
Also deserves more
birth of a poppy by augenweide
Classical Horror Halloween Contest NOW CLOSEDCONTEST NOW CLOSED, GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED WE WILL BEGIN JUDGING IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS!Classical Horror Halloween Contest NOW CLOSED1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Bring out your dead side
Ever had that feeling, that a portrait is watching you? No matter where you stand in the room its gaze seems to follow you,.. staring... waiting...
We invite you to join us in making a grand collection of horrific hounds, voluptuous vampires, and ghoulish ghostly portraits this Halloween in best Haunted House style!
Its time to unlock your inner Dorian Grey, and all those other creepy strange ancestors, cousins, uncles, aunts and grannies that the family don't like to talk about!
Even if you aren't normally a model stock provider - or if you don't usually provide stock at all, this is your chance to dip your toe in the murky waters and have a go! Bring out your face paints and props and make a dashing Halloween portrait entry! The more creative you are, the more creative the results of the second half of the contest will be!
Creatures of the Night Stock and Resources Contest"Ware those who leave the safety of the fireside after the midnight hour on Old Hallows Eve; lest the dead steal your soul and your body be turned into a creature of the night!Creatures of the Night Stock and Resources Contest2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Would you turn towards the waning moon or turn away?
Witch, or Witch Hunter, Demon or Demon Hunter... undead, ghost, vampire or werewolf?
Create your creature of the night as stock for your fellow artists to turn into Halloween themed art! Go to town with makeup and props and strike a zombie pose!
We are looking for some really outstanding "creatures of the night" stock, it doesn't matter if you are a zombie or a ghost, or a demon hunter - but we want you to push the boat out and be as different and as original as you can manage!
Digital work: i
Nostalgiatards- A RantWe all remember things from our childhood. Whether it was Cow and Chicken or Vanilla Ice, we will always have a special place in our hearts for them.Nostalgiatards- A Rant3 years ago in Personal More Like This
But most of us will also like stuff not from our childhood. *Cough* *Cough*. And this rant is about people who can't like stuff from their childhood because they think it's 'bad.'
For example, I have the grave misfortune (That's a title of my song) to meet a boy who hates Creature Feature because it's not 80's music. Oh. My. Bob. You have to be kidding me. He's kidding me, right. Please.
Creature Feature may not exactly sound 80's, but they're still a good band. A very good band. I have a deep respect for them. Not everyone can play their own instruments and compose and write songs.
And you're going to tell me they're bad because they're 80'S? How could you, simply because you are a nostalgia tard.
Well, that answered my question.
Another person who's a nostalgiatard. And that person is BentheLooney on youtube.
His rants are the blandest,
Plushie CommissionsIf you want to be added to the list just send a note to the group, include the following information:Plushie Commissions3 years ago in Personal More Like This
A link to your commission information.
Any specific information about what you offer (foals, ponies, parasprites, etc).
Your price range, from lowest to highest, including any restrictions (PayPal only, points only, etc).
A link to a picture you would like to add.
Don't request to be added to this list in the comments. Use a group note instead.
:iconBakufoon: Bakufoon [commission information]
Pricing: $90 - $150
:iconxBeautifulDreamerx: xBeautifulDreamerx [commission information]
'Disability' is not 'deficit'.Today, July 14th, is Disability Awareness Day.'Disability' is not 'deficit'.2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
People who do not have disabilities are fortunate in some ways; for example, they don't have to worry about whether they will be able to exit a burning building, wake up with excruciating pain, or have to choose between purchasing expensive medications that can keep them alive and paying their rent. However, please do not pity those of us who do, for having a disability does not automatically make someone less "lucky" than others.
It has nothing to do with luck.
I realize from firsthand experience that having a disability is extraordinarily challenging. Living with pain, as one example, must be beyond imagination. Living with suicidal thoughts and not knowing whether you will wake up in the morning because of all the medications you have to take for your disability is terrifying. It takes a lot of strength sometimes just to get up in the morning and face a day that is undou
Stop taking boring photos!An extract from Tony Ray Jones's http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/how-to/icons-of-photography/534741/tony-ray-jones-iconic-photographer notebook contains some interesting tips to take better street photos:Stop taking boring photos!2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
BE MORE AGGRESSIVE
GET MORE INVOLVED (TALK TO PEOPLE)
STAY WITH THE SUBJECT MATTER (BE PATIENT)
TAKE SIMPLER PICTURES
SEE IF EVERYTHING IN BACKGROUND RELATES TO SUBJECT MATTER
VARY COMPOSITIONS AND ANGLES MORE
BE MORE AWARE OF COMPOSITION
DON'T TAKE BORING PICTURES
GET IN CLOSER (USE 50mm LESS)
WATCH CAMERA SHAKE (shoot 250sec or above)
[Bullet; Red] DON'T SHOOT TOO MUCH
[Bullet; Red] NOT ALL AT EYE LEVEL
DeviantART Compliments #131Dear EcoStark,DeviantART Compliments #1315 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
It's been about 2 years since we started watching each other (which is crazy, considering how we've been friends so long), and I'm so very glad that I found you on dA through Sarah. Just- Oh my gosh. I remember how when we first were friends, we didn't have much to talk about. But over this past year, we began to become close. And once I got into OFF, we were really able to discuss more than we used to. I don't regret anything at this point.
But, I just wanted you to know that you're a wonderful friend, even if you might not feel that way. You mean so much to me now... Everyday, I look forward to talking with you, even if it's just for a little bit. (I'm being so honest right now. uvu) Please know that I'll always be here for you if you need me. I hope and wish the best for you, mi amiga. Stay awesome.
PS: Your art style is so cute. uwu Please draw more when you can.
AzumiSaku,you are amazing! You are a very nice and talented person,and those doodles that y
Farewell, Harold RamisFarewell, Harold Ramis11 months ago in Personal More Like This
Well, I got the news today while at work, but wasn't able to post something until now. So yeah, everybody is talking about it, and I wanted to say something as well:
Harold Allen Ramis, Actor, Director and writer has passed away today from complications arising from vasculitis. I remember him not only from his most memorable role as Egon Spengler from Ghostbusters movies, but also as a director of one of my favorite comedy movies: National Lampoon's Vacation (Chevy Chase rocks).
Anyway, Rest in Peace, Harold Ramis ((November 21, 1944 – February 24, 2014).
And thanks to you, we will never forget..............TO NOT CROSS THE STREAMS!!
And now, for the ones who enjoyed the magic of the 80's, just like me, let's revive that cartoon most of us loved (God, I feel old):
And why not some music?!
Disability Awareness 2013 The Glossary ProjectThe RealityDisability Awareness 2013 The Glossary Project2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
A disability is understood as a physical, mental, or developmental condition that limits a person's movements, senses, or activities. A disability is more than an impairment or physical restriction though nowadays; the definition of disability has broadened to include mental and emotional states in recent years. July 14th is a day dedicated to bringing awareness to disabilities of all kinds. The day was started by a UK non-profit.
As I have said in a previous journal for Purple Day, I am very passionate about creating bridges of understanding. If you were to meet me it wouldn't be outwardly obvious that I am considered a person with disabilities, but I have photosensitive epilepsy, ADD, OCD, ODD, and HFA (or Asperger's), to name but a few of my conditions. I'm not alone. Worldwide,
Untitled is just a synonym for lazy.Well, the color poem form I introduced to dA was a rousing success, but interest of late seems to have died down. So I'm back with a new form for you all, something exciting and new, something different, something that I will probably make into a contest once I get some points in the bank. You ready?Untitled is just a synonym for lazy.2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
There's a group now - feel free to head over to TheTitlePage! We're still in set-up mode, so excuse the plainness for now.
Found Poetry Project - Titles as Art
One of my favorite things about the creative process is coming up with a good title. The title can make or break a piece; it can give context not provided in the piece itself, set a tone or mood, or just give that little extra something you can't put a name on.
You know I'm right. How many times have you stumbled into an ordinary piece with a beautifully creative title? And it's not something
Is Your Skin Too Thin?A lot of writers on this site fantasize about having a book published someday. But even if you don't, pretty much everyone still posts for an audience, even going so far as to hope for honest feedback.Is Your Skin Too Thin?2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Hell, who doesn't like improving?
If you are honestly truly really, after much introspection, writing only for yourself and not particularly interested in critical feedback, I would skip this. There's no point.
Here's the thing: improving depends on having some thick skin. How do you know if you're there? Read on below.
Please imagine these comments directed at you, most likely in an email (though hopefully not the same email), about your favorite and most polished work ever, the one that you'd like to see on the front page of the New Yorker or with a prologue by Neil Gaiman or something. IDK man. Poets, fill in whatever you need here.
Your work is too long and boring.This is absurd and uninteresting.This is not funny.Not for us
Art ElvesI mentioned I was in Mammoth over the holidays, which, besides an annoying sickness for the first few days, was so much fun I don't even know where to start. But I'll get into that in another Journal.Art Elves2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I wanted to share with you a note I found on my desk at hq when I returned. Yanira works here at the office once or twice a week and she had her nephews in with her during the break.
We have a ton of these deviantART coasters laying around HQ so they must have found them. We originally made them for originaldrinkanddraw and I'm so glad they found them! I'm going to have to get more just in case the elves come again!
Look what they left for me!
How cool are these?! Um, please ignore the devious slogan on there... Hopefully the artistic elves knew we were talking about delicious, healthy milk!
What really happened!Since Joe's passing on September 28, 2012 there has been much speculation and misinformation as to "what really happened" that terrible day...What really happened!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
It was 3:00 in the afternoon, a beautiful sunny day. Joe was stopped at a red light on a city street at an intersection waiting for a green light. A young man driving an SUV rear-ended Joe's car as a police officer stated "at an accelerated rate of speed and it appeared the driver made no attempt to stop." Eye witness accounts state "the driver was clearly distracted, possibly texting." Joe's car was hit with such force the back half of his 4 door sedan was completely ripped from the back-end, pining Joe between the front seat and the steering wheel. Several brave witness at the scene attempted to cut Joe's seat belt and remove him from the car. An off duty fireman attempting to help, felt for a pulse and there was none. As several people tried desperately to remove Joe from the car, it caught on fire and he could not be saved. The coroner's rep
Just Tell the Fucking StoryOkay, so I saw this journal that contained a number of tips, including a detailed section on 'show don't tell,' and I had an epiphany. There was an 'Oh' and everything so you know it's legit.Just Tell the Fucking Story2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
For a while now I have wondered why amateur writers write the most mind-numbingly long descriptions that I could not care about even a little (yes, my attention span is short, why'd you think I put in so many GIFs? but anyway, I'm a bit atypical there). I mean, I don't want the 'flames of burning searing pain of the aching broken heart' all up in my grill. I'd genuinely prefer a 'he hated her after the break up.' That's all I need to know about that? Good. Move on.
And that's the 'oh' moment: when people tell you to show not tell, they always fail to mention 'pacing.'
Look, there are times when it's best to convey a mood. His trembling fingers reach for the full glass, her voice an angry buzz in the back of his mind--I'd consider that a reasonable establishing shot. But if you're halfway t
[We were motivated by religion] - TsarnaevHave you ever heard a brutal criminal say "I was motivated by not believing in god to kill these people." Not really a common occurrence, is it? Christopher Dorner was apparently a non-believer, but his actions were obviously not motivated by his non-belief. They were a result of LAPD corruption, a twisted sense of pride, a poor upbringing, and a host of other issues. On the other hand, how many times have the religious fundies openly claimed that they did it for god, or because of god, etc? Case in point, the newest addition to the list are Tsarnaev brothers from Boston.[We were motivated by religion] - Tsarnaev2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
"You can't be moral without god" they say. I can't make such a sweeping statement, but I can make a far more accurate one: "It's more difficult to be stupid without god". It's still easy, but it's just harder to rationalize and validate it internally. The suicide bomber logic: "I'm going to go blow up some random people because my imaginary friend told me so in his holy book."
Not very convincing,
Anthro Gallery - New Galleries Now Live!PRESENT - New Added Galleries For Anthro Art!Anthro Gallery - New Galleries Now Live!2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
We are honored to have Photomanipulations now available in the Anthro Gallery!
You can now enjoy your favorite Anthro comics in the new Comic galleries opened to both Digital Art and Traditional Art within the Anthro gallery!
Into Werewolf RETURNS
Pixel art now has a home within the Anthro Gallery!
Making of "Vantage Point"
You can now find Anthro specific tutorials in both Digital and Traditional art galleries within the Anthro art gallery itself!
You Spoke and We Listened!
If you remember from my journal <
Dr. EditloveLit Basics WeekDr. Editlove6 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love the edit
It's a common misconception that the end result of writing is a finished product, which can then be sent out to magazines, nailed to a door, read aloud to your prisoners—whatever it is you usually do with your work.
The end result of writing is editing. And the goal of editing is to produce a finished result you can take pride in.
What editing is for
Resolving big errors, e.g. continuity, plot holes, inaccuracies, and other problems that will dampen the overall effect of your work.
Fixing details, e.g. grammar/spelling, ambiguous wording, and other technical issues.
Producing a polished work.
Editing gives you the opportunity to take your work and bring it up to scratch.
Why don't we do this on the initial write? Because getting the ideas down in the first place, and getting them all the way to completion, is a demanding process. Maybe you've written a piece about an improbable goal, but
Closed now, reviewing entries!DUE TO THE LARGE AMOUNT OF ENTRIES please allow me 3-5 days to review them all! This was an amazing turnout and I'd like to personally review each character, so please be patient over the next few days as I review them.Closed now, reviewing entries!3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
I've been making my chibis for a while now, and I really enjoy getting to do commissions for all sorts of different characters and cute things.
But lately I've been wanting to expand from just cute chibi people to maybe some furries! I've always admired the craftsmanship that went into big fursuits, and though I'm not a furry myself I have respect for all fandoms/groups so I'd totally love to have a chance to make a little chibi fursona to maybe attract more clients with fursonas. Even though I always say I will accept any commission, most people would still like to see an example first. Which I totally understand, but I just don't know where to start as far as furries go! And it would b
Parody vs Pastiche and other Humorous ExamplesJust for fun I thought I'd do a rundown of the most common forms of humor, their definitions, and examples. This is not a complete list by any means, but they are a list of many forms of humor and literature discourse which often get confused of mixed up.Parody vs Pastiche and other Humorous Examples1 year ago in Personal More Like This
An imitative work created to mock, comment on or trivialize an original work, its subject, author, style, or some other target, by means of satiric or ironic imitation.
Example: The movie "Airplane" is a parody of 1970's disaster movies. Many of Weird Al's music videos are parodies of other more famous music videos.
A work of visual art, literature, or music that imitates the style or character of the work of one or more other artists. Unlike parody, pastiche celebrates, rather than mocks, the work it imitates.
Example: The movie "Super 8" is a pastiche of 1980's adventure films, specifically imitating the style of Stephen Spielberg's early career,
Who Cares About the Literature Community?A few days ago we had a chat to discuss community issues and solutions (see the original journal for details). Huge thanks to everyone who came and raised awesome points!Who Cares About the Literature Community?2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
It took 45 minutes for the volume of talk to max out Sta.sh Writer's character limit and this chat went for two more hours, so I'm just going to summarize the key discussion points, starting with big actionables for CRLiterature and for the community.
I've put the chat stuff lower down as it's denser: the outside bullet is the issue, and the inside bullet is possible solutions (not necessarily in order, each point is really a response to the original issue). There is a lot to think about in there, but feel free to pick and choose the issues you care most about.
Sorry for leaving a lot of stuff out, but I hope you guys are too busy figuring out how best to act on what we discussed to pay too much attention
... and of course Henry the Horse Dances the Waltz... and of course Henry the Horse Dances the Waltz2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Break the Lines by gf-biju...drown in the waters that would give you life. by ChristineKalliri
Portrait of Suze by adriftphotography2 by HOMER65
PE Prose Basics: Varying SentencesVarying Your SentencesPE Prose Basics: Varying Sentences1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
When I was in college, I took an early morning Anthropology class. I had to wake up at five to catch the bus. Ugh. Yeah, I'm not a morning person. But I did it. The first day, our instructor stood before us and starting reading from the textbook. Word for word. Completely monotone. I was asleep within ten minutes. The rest of the week was the same; arrive, begin listening to the instructor, pass out. I had to drop the class and get whatever refund I could, while I could. It was my worse class experience there.
Most people know that in public speaking, the person talking needs to vary their tone and speech patterns and such to hold their audience's attention. They need to have a rhythm. Otherwise, they'll end up putting the audience to sleep. The same applies to writing. If you use the same sentence length or structure continually, you'll be the literary equivalent of my instructor. Repea