The Powerful Gimp Tool That You May Not Be UsingHey guys, I wanted to chat a bit about a very cool tool that I don't think is used enough, especially in the realm of photomanipulation. Of course, I'm talking about Layer Masks. A layer mask allows you to dynamically change what parts of a layer are visible, and not visible by using a grayscale image parallel to your layer. But without getting into trying to explain it in text, I recommend checking out this gimp video tutorial on them: http://gimpedtutorials.com/index.php/layer-masks-explained-lesson-5-how-to-use-gimp-for-beginners/The Powerful Gimp Tool That You May Not Be Using2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I use layer masks constantly, but that doesn't mean I don't use the eraser tool too. With some proper planning, it's amazing what you can do with these things.
I use them for simple things like isolating a background in combination with the paths tool, but the real power comes from when I try to isolate hair from a background using this method: http://gimpedtutorials.com/index.php/isolate-a-background-using-color-gimp-video-tutorial
150 words instead of saidEnjoy.150 words instead of said2 years ago in Personal More Like This
[original source: http://forums.writersbeat.com/showthread.php?t=11782 ]
Some drawing book reviews & recommendationshi all,Some drawing book reviews & recommendations2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've been wanting to put together a list of some of my favorite books and tutorials for a while now, so here it is! all of these are resources that I use constantly and have really helped me grow as an artist. I highly recommend you check them out! :]
Creating Characters with Personality and Character Mentor by Tom Bancroft (tombancroft) http://www.amazon.com/Creating-Characters-Personality-Animation-Graphic/dp/0823023494/refd_sim_b_2 and http://www.amazon.com/Character-Mentor-Example-Expressions-Characters/dp/0240820711/refd_sim_b_3
Even if you prefer anime or a more realistic style, don't dismiss these books because of their cartoonish style. These books are filled with TONS of very useful instruction and advice that can apply to all sorts of styles. Tom Bancroft also has been doing some online workshops which sound really neat. I haven't done any yet, but I definitely want to. Check it out on his dA page: tombancroft
Figure Drawing: Design
15K MEMBERS !! - 300 Points Giveaway (CLOSED)We have finally reached 15.000 members in our Group !15K MEMBERS !! - 300 Points Giveaway (CLOSED)1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Thanks to all of you who joined and been the best members in the whole dA community ^^
We decided to organize a giveaway to tell you guys how happy we are to reach 15K members
To compete in this contest you will have to :
1. Like these 3 facebook pages : Dzoee Designs Jazzybit Designs by Kristin
1.1 If you don't use facebook, then watch these 3 deviants : Dzolee JazzybitRouvier undefineddesire
2. Fav this journal
3. Write your own journal about this contest
1st Place : 200 + 1-3 watchers + 1-3 llamas + 10-30 favs + a Contributor spot in our group
2nd Place : 100 + 1-3 watchers + 1-3 llamas + 10-30 favs + a Contributor
Project Weekly give away comment to enter 26nd NovATTENTION THIS GIVE AWAY HAS ENDEDProject Weekly give away comment to enter 26nd Nov2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
HERE IS THE NEW ONE OF THIS WEEK
It's time for Project Weekly give away
Please Fav this journal to spread the news about
Project weekly give away I'm holding every week
It's time to announce the winners of last week
the winners of last week are
want to see how many people I made happy so far
:iconcreation-inspirationroject Weekly give away
Gives one month Premium membership and a three month Premium membership
without your help we can't continue doing this
so if you want to support this project
(click on the donation button to donate
one point means a lot to me.
After you donate, I will contact you
Project Weekly give away comment to enter 10 decFor those of you who do not know, I, Tsuki-SoraRuki:decide to do a projectProject Weekly give away comment to enter 10 dec2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
called project weekly give away
I'm doing this for you!'
however I cant do this without your help
so if you want to support this project
fave this journal.
tell your friends and watchers about it
and if it is possible you can donate a few points here
one point means a lot to me.
(click on the donation
Ode to our Souls GIVEAWAY!! +2000 points!Aura's here againOde to our Souls GIVEAWAY!! +2000 points!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
it's over, thank you for partiipating
Every good feeling deserves an ode, a dedication for how great they make us. This world is an "ocean of souls": we all meet, share our feelings and realize we all are connected in a way. Today I offer you to feel it in your own skin and be rewarded for that.
The main goal is to shake DeviantArt with good vibrations, so let's make it epic!! With all the problems around the world and the media scaring us with terrible words saying we are heading to a global catastrophe, it's time
When to Google, When to ForumOne of the coolest things about dA is it's not just for sharing art, it's for sharing ideas about art. If you're stuck on a piece, or you'd like to learn to how to do something that just hasn't been clicking in tutorials or class, the art-related forums are a great place to look!When to Google, When to Forum2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
But the best part about the forums is also the riskiest part: anyone can answer! Which means you'll get opinions which contradict each other, 'industry facts' from people who heard it elsewhere on the internet, people who don't quite understand your original question...it's a mess!
So how can you back up all that different advice, or alternately open with a question that won't be confusing?
Ignoring for a moment that I basically worship Google (hey, you try growing up with a 1000-page reference book as your only source of random facts), it's is an awesome, flexible tool.
Just drop your question into Google and see wh
In Perspective: A Stock + Art Contest - Semifinals12/29/12 UPDATE: The winner of the art portion of the contest is by . Thank you all for playing!In Perspective: A Stock + Art Contest - Semifinals2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
10/22/12 UPDATE: HAPPY 5 YEAR SENSHISTOCKAVERSARY! The randomly selected winner (thank you Random.org) of the stock portion is :iconTasastock:! Lucky #7 on the list! Congrats to her and thank you everyone for providing all these awesome images! NOW, LET THE ART PORTION BEGIN! Art entries should be submitted by note and are due December 17th!
SenshiStock’s 5 year Stockaversy is coming up so... It’s time for a new contest! This contest will have two parts to it and you are welcome to participate in either or both.
PART ONE: In Pose Reference Perspective - DONE!!
A Beginner's Guide to Archery in Stock and ArtWith movies like Avengers, Brave and Hunger Games, 2012 seems to be the Year of the Archers and many artists have already been inspired to create their own archer characters.A Beginner's Guide to Archery in Stock and Art2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Whether you're thinking about having one of your OCs pick up bow and arrow (in writing or drawing) or you're a stock artist who wants to create some decent archery stock, I hope this little guide helps you understand the wonderful thing that is archery.
First and foremost, a little disclaimer: For this article I will mainly draw from my own experiences over the past few years. I am what you'd call an intuitive or instinctive archer, which roughly comes closest to medieval-styled archery. At the moment I'm shooting a modern Samick bow (without stabilizer or sights) and am in the process of making my own recurve bow out of robinia wood (similar to a few bows you can see in my gallery).
However, in archery there are many styles and differences in material used, draw, stance, finger position etc. – it all depend
CONTEST - win 1000 points and more!THE DEADLINE IS EXTENDED! Read below.CONTEST - win 1000 points and more!1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
THE CONTEST IS FINALLY HERE! There's a HUGE prize list with some very good prizes and a (hopefully) fun theme, so please take your time to read this journal and consider joining.
Through Space and Time
The theme of the contest is 'Through Space and Time'. It needs to involve one of my original characters (references given below), but other than that and following the theme the contest is pretty free. You can even add in your own OC's if you wish or more, go crazy! The theme of this contest can be interpreted in a lot of different ways, so be creative!
Contest theme: Through Space and Time
Deadline: <s>July 28th (2013)</s> August 28th (2013)
AnotherContestGroup's Frequently Asked QuestionsWelcome to AnotherContestGroup's FAQ.AnotherContestGroup's Frequently Asked Questions3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Do you want a quick overview of the most frequently asked questions sent to ACG? Before messaging us with your query, check here first!
FYI. You do not need to thank us for letting you join this group! Everyone is welcome and we auto accept all watchers/members/affiliates.
Here's a guide for the most common questions. Simply scroll or Ctrl+f (Command+F for Mac) to the number associated with the answer (ex. the answer to Q04 is A04).
Quick Guide to Common Questions
Q1. What does ACG Mean?
02. Does ACG have a chat room if so what's it for?
03. What does LCEM mean?
04. Where are the contests?
05. What do those codes and emoticons beside the contest mean?
06. What is the ‘Winners Package’ and how do I get it?
07. When is the Winner's Package feature posted?
08. I was told you are featuring/promoting/listing my contest. What does this mean and how wi
Two Themes Contest - CLOSEDclosedTwo Themes Contest - CLOSED2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
next week we will announce the winners
these themes were the most voted in the pool
This contest will be different
you have two themes to choose, and make your entry,
yes, you can do two entry for each theme
but only one can win
Angels are celestial beings that inhabit the kingdom of heaven.
Fallen angels are those who, for some reason, had your wings ripped out by the Avenging Angels,
and were expelled into the earth.
The other side of a queen
I can be the queen that's inside of me
This is my chance to release
And be brave for you
I can be the queen you need me to be
This is my chance to be the dance
I've dreamed it's happening
I can be the queen
-piece of music -The Queen by Lady Gaga
deadline : April 6
Prizes received in advance
Feature in :iconthe-imaginarium:
Feature from :iconwesley-souza: :iconsamueltd:
- Photomanip Contest -Bravery- Photomanip Contest -2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Start Date: June 26, 2012
End Date: September 15, 2012
Your mission is to create a manipulation that somehow expresses bravery. You will not be given anymore information than that. How you choose to portray it is up to you and only you!
Judging: This contest will be judged by me. I will not accept other judging offers.
I will not be judging by personal preference nor will I choose any "friend" to win. I will be judging based on technique, originality, and effort. I will not go easy on you if you are a beginner, your art will be judged just as fairly as the others.
Sorry guys, I guess I should have added this earlier, but I was being pressured to get off the computer.
> Manipulations only
> Slapping a filter over an image is not acceptable. You must use multiple images
> Any animal may be the subject (I don't care if its a friggin okapi, as long as it fits the theme)
> If I have any suspicion
Manip Challenges #002And on to round number 2Manip Challenges #0022 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
I was speachless with the turnout last time, let's see if this time will be just as well-received
EDIT: I forgot to add the 8th image - it's in now Blame it on the football EM (and when I say football, it's soccer of course)
Please don't forget to credit and notify all resource providers you use stock of - including the challenge stock!
You are given 8 stock images (see below) of which you have to use at least TWO in a way that we don't have to go hunting for them with a looking glass.You can use additional stock, but I ask you not to use premades - this is a challenge for your skills, not for someone else's.Your entry has to be a photomanipulation or a digital mixed media piece with a good deal of photomanipulation in it.Please specify in your artist's comment that this is an antry for Photomanipulated's Manip Challenges #002!Your entry has to be uploaded to
CONTEST [Finished]Dear members,CONTEST [Finished]2 years ago in Personal More Like This
On May 15th 2012, our group celebrated it's first anniversary!
The staff and I want to thank you for this year together, spent by watching all the beautiful deviations you send us every day.
To celebrate this special day, 21st-century-artist organizes a new contest !!
► "The end of the world"
► That's not a very joyful theme but after all, this is 2012, right?
The end of the world is a large theme, try to show us your vision: will it be a last embrace before the end, the Earth exploding, people plraying together or spending the last moments of their lives partying ? Show us what "The end og the world" means to you!
► Being a member of 21st-century-artist
► 1 maximum participation per candidate
► Leave a link to the contest in the description of your creation
► No pornography, racism, discrimination, et
Magic/Dreams/Twisted Fairytales - 4 HOURS LEFT!!!R U L E SMagic/Dreams/Twisted Fairytales - 4 HOURS LEFT!!!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
You have to be a member of the group to enter the contest.
2 per person; 1 in each category. You cannot have 2 in 1 category.
New pieces only (After August 1st)
No racism, pornography, violence, bashing religions and hentai.
Photo Manipulations only.
ALL STOCK MUST BE CREDITED or your entry will be declined. If it is your stock, say so in the Artist's comments.
You must put in your "Artist's comments" a link to this journal or the group.
T H E M E
Magic / Dreams was the most voted. But since we've already had both of those as contests before, I'm going to create two categories using the 1st & 2nd most voted:
(click on the category to go to the folder)
Magic / Dreams
Twisted Fairy Tales
The Great Folder FeatureHiya Darlings,The Great Folder Feature2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Today we’re doing a feature of the art in our galleries that are prime examples of what each folder has been designed for. I’m hoping that by doing this visual feature it might help prevent submissions to the wrong folders in the future. I’d also like to let you know that this group does double check your stock credit links on your photomanipulations. All submissions absolutely must have their stocks properly credited before it can be accepted into the group. Here are a few resources for you if you have any questions as to how to credit your stock providers and why you should:
Now , on to the feature!
Featured This folder is reserved for the art that just knocks our socks off and we hope it will you too!
Birthday Shenanigans! - Winners!WINNERS!Birthday Shenanigans! - Winners!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
There were loads of fun entries, and thank you to everyone who participated! I especially loved all the responses and banter flying in the comments.
These amused me in some way and are in no particular order. Congrats and thank you for the laughs!
QuiEstInLiteris - http://fav.me/d5acdfh
Meliiesa - http://comments.deviantart.com/1/319700661/2683932029
neurotype - http://comments.deviantart.com/1/319700661/2684188313
TheBrokenBride - http://comments.deviantart.com/1/319700661/2684252396
Danmaro - http://comments.deviantart.com/1/319700661/2684872899
WTFgirl - http://comments.deviantart.com/1/319700661/2684323995
These were selected at random based on a qualified entry. Congrats!
I hope you all read through the comments and enjoy the shenanigans!
For those o
Dark Fairytales Contest [OPEN] + features Inner conflict official trailer is on YouTubeDark Fairytales Contest [OPEN] + features2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The trailer of our latest short movie (which we're working on) is online. If you wish to watch it, please tell me your YouTube's username and i'll send you an invite to see it
(Film director with my boyfriend, actress and music composer)
Frozen Lake Movie Productions
Low Budget Short Movies Productions - Property of me & my boyfriend
Web: http://frozenlake.altervista.org * Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Frozen-Lake-Movie-Productions/158085357606712
While being a photomanipulator, with my boyfriend i have this amatorial short movies production.
If you wish to see our works just tell me your YouTube's username to get the private invite .
[Bullet; Red] [Bullet; Red] PLEASE WATCH OUR MOVIES [Bullet; Red] [Bullet; Red]
We would love to h
Contest - RED! For visual and stock artists!G'day everyone!Contest - RED! For visual and stock artists!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I thought it was about time that I ran another contest! The theme is based off my 'Red' series that I have just uploaded.
There are 50 uploaded images - check them out. I have created a gallery folder with them all in here: http://kirilee.deviantart.com/gallery/39919955
There are two categories, with two subheadings each. Thus, there will be a total of 4 winners. Visual Art (Photomanipulation and other Visual Art forms - ie. drawing, painting, digital or traditional) and Stock (Advanced and Beginner - I want those who have never done or done little stock before to give it a try)
As an extra incentive, all creations will be displayed on this journal for the course of the competition like a mini feature.
Please submit your contest entries either via note or as a comment to this journal entry.
Artists can submit up to 3 entries pe
Ruby challenge winners - congratulations!Hi, it's been a pleasure seeing all of the beautiful artwork coming in. Here are the winners, congratulations guys! -Ruby challenge winners - congratulations!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
:iconLubna-Ad: wins - 3 month premium membership, 300 points and 1 large stock pack http://cathleentarawhiti.deviantart.com/gallery/37862918
:iconNantosuellta: wins - 1 month premium membership, 100 points and 1 small/med stock pack http://cathleentarawhiti.deviantart.com/gallery/25396766
:iconThomasCologne: wins - 1 month premium membership and 1 small/med stock pack http://cathleentarawhiti.deviantart.com/gallery/25396766
Extra prize out of all of the other entries - my choice
:iconAmethystana: wins - 3 month premium membership, 300 points and 1 large stock pack http://cathleentarawhiti.deviantart.com/gallery/37862918
Red riding hood challenge starting tomorrow...
Bring Your Type to Life - A Typography ContestIt is time for another Typography contest! The theme of this contest will be…Bring Your Type to Life - A Typography Contest2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Bring your Type to Life
This may sound abstract at first, but to keep the theme as open as possible, I choose a rather abstract title. There are many directions in which you can go. You could choose an anthropomorphic direction, where you breathe life into letters and give them human or other animate characteristics. Another route would be to create the letters out of living objects, such as plants or animals.
Which direction you choose, maybe even a third or fourth one, does not matter. What matters is that your letters are brought to life!
What kind of letters you bring to life, words, glyphs or sentences, is 100% up to you. This contest has a more visual approach, so you will not be judged on the creativity of the meaning you choose to give to the letters. However, don't rush it! Even one letter can appear completely different than another. Be wise with the letters, word
Feature #10 - and help me *-*hello to allFeature #10 - and help me *-*3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I ask everyone to help vote for my two cute monsters ^^ .. who are participating in the contest ... Please Click [ I d wear this ]
Still you try to get it out your brain by samueltd The Death Dealer by TheDarkRayne Commission - Unsafe Sex by FlexDreams Angel by msriotte
Maiden by Yume-Rie Heartwood by Foxfires Sweet life by LucasValencio A Fishy Tale by kimsol
:thumb282164789: :thumb282182386: Light and Dark by ChristabelleLAmort Ambrosia Laneti by BurakUlker
Elemental - Water by artorifreedom Too Late by Flobelebelebobele My own Fears by eclipsy :thumb283433514:
Daydream by CrisSolimann :thumb278674608: Still in the dark by MirellaSantana as octopuses... by IMertTmyksl
Equilibrium by Dani-Owergoor Take Me With You by MonaParvin :thumb284910945: On My Mind by Sangelus
Enlightenment by charligal Wishmaster by Doom-Art Keykeeper by tamaraR I Think I'll Wait for the Next One by PSHoudini
Russian kiss by sasha-fantom Cupid by valeskamoura Paradise by CrisSolimann Alice returns I by Creamydigital