Reptilicus Infernicus: 2012, Year of the DragonReptilicus Infernicus: 2012, Year of the Dragon in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
2012: Year of the Dragon
DRAGON CASTLE by randis
According to the Chinese zodiac, 2012 has ushered in the year of the dragon upon the world stage.
In addition to occupying an ages old position in our cultural consciousness, legend and folklore surrounding
the dragon mythology has long been firing the kiln of our dreams with fright and menace. When we are speaking of
Dragons, we are speaking from ancient texts gathered form the beginnings of kept records of any kind and fro
The Fairy Tale, A Lifelong ResonanceA thousand years tradition of scaring children at bedtime continues for children of all ages. News of the discovery of 500 “new” fairy tales collected over 150 years ago [link] in Germany and locked away in a forgotten archive has me thinking about the enduring importance of these narrative treasures in the lives of human societies worldwide. My worry, have fairy tales been marginalized by modernism?The Fairy Tale, A Lifelong Resonance in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
:icontechgnotic: by techgnotic
A Thousand Years Tradition of Scaring Children at Bedtime
Continues for Children of All Ages
News of the discovery of 500 “new” fairy tales collected over 150 years ago in Germany and locked away in a forgotten archive has me thinking about the enduring importance of these narrative treasures in the lives of human
Supercharge Your Profile Like the MastersSupercharge Your Profile Like the Masters in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
How toSupercharge Your Profile Like the Masters
Wed Sep 26, 2012 by techgnotic
ast week we published the video of Josh Wattles, makepictures Fan Art Law panel from Comic-Con. An educative, passionate and very enlightening conversation soon followed in the comments section. You can participate in that conversation here.
This week the superstars of deviantART panel will provide unique insight and advice for artists on the rise in the deviantART community.
Being a member of the deviantART community might be the most important support system a young artists could ever hope to have. That being said, there is also the problem of finding a way to stand out when surrounde
Cthulhu is Still CallingWatch depthRADIUSCthulhu is Still Calling in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Cthulhu is Still Calling
Written By techgnotic
Having been thinking a lot about the origins of our globally held Dragon mythos in a recent article Reptilicus Infernicus, I couldn’t help but notice the Cthulhu legend was always lurking at the edges of my mind as I was researching the subject matter.
The Enemy at the Gates, the “Other”, forever lurking in the darkness and plotting an invasion most evil and an enslavement most hideous, is probably the original seminal “narrative” that was born when humans first acq
Pin-Up: From Objectification to EmpowermentIn researching the history of pin up art I found that before there were the “centerfold girls” there were the “pin-up calendar girls” – the semi-nude young women in lingerie whose photographs adorned calendars sold semi-legally from under the counters of gas stations and truck stops.Pin-Up: From Objectification to Empowerment in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Wed Feb 01, 2011, 11:00 PM
In researching the history of pin up art I found that before there were the “centerfold girls”
there were the “pin-up calendar girls” – the semi-nude young women in lingerie whose photographs
adorned calendars sold semi-legally from under the counters of gas stations and truck stops
Dessert Of Your DreamsDessert Of Your Dreams in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Is it better to possess a thing of beauty, or to experience the ultimate consummation of oneness with that beautiful thing by actually consuming it... and being left only with the memory of its beauty? Leave it up to our deviantARTists to think of a way to have it both ways – but left over as a feast for the eyes, preserved eternally on the digital planes of deviantART.
Craft, design, and artistry as applied to the most delicious and sinful of the culinary disciplines rises forth as we shine warming a light on this small but incredibly skilled serving of artists within the deviantART community. In an effort to taste all of the communities within deviantART, let
Possessional DemonologyPossessional Demonology in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Opening the Darkest Door
I have recently come across a most disturbing phenomenon in my studies of the Diabolic Infestation of the Soul. It seems there is a most frightening psychological conundrum when considering the concept of demonic possession even the most remote possibility of reality upon our earthly plane is the notion that just believing it may be true could very likely be the spark needed for the Demon to discover, seek out, and ultimately inhabit its next vessel of evil: You.
From the Exorcist through Paranormal Activity, generation after generation of “believers” seem to have come to the reali
Alice X. Z. - Living Rainbow Taking FlightAlice X. Z. - Living Rainbow Taking Flight in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Living Rainbow Taking Flight
The vibrant digital paintings of alicexz are fiery, emotional, and incredibly memorable.
The colors of her creations (mostly portraits of popular TV and Film characters) are unusually vibrant, which is remarkable considering how layered they appear to be. It’s sort of like what manga characters might look like if painted by one of the Dutch Masters. And this artist exhibits just the right amount of quirkiness to leave us wanting to know more: she has a penchant for painting redheads. But, then of course, there’s a lot of red and golden fire burning through most her artworks.
SuggestivismSuggestivismSuggestivism in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Birth of a New Category or Beginning of the End of Categories?
:icontechgnotic: by techgnotic
Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be another “ism” on the art world horizon, what with the growing accessibility of all
art technique and technology rendering all the “schools of art” equally available and doable and therefore making impossible the dominance
or even existence of any current art “movement” … comes “suggestivism,” the “ism” best summing up what art is in our lives today, defined
more by what it is not, rather than what it is.
"Suggestivist" art is not slave to any on
Street Magician: The Photography of Chris Weeks→Street Magician: The Photography of Chris Weeks in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
The Street Photography of Chris Weeks
It was only after many long frustrating hours of trying to describe what’s so special about the photographs of cweeks...
That I finally realized I was trying to describe something that wasn’t there.
I finally realized that the magical something that sets cweeks’ works apart from others is that his camera disappears. There is no sense as you look at his photos of street scenes and other captures that you are looking through a lens, even the lens of a particularly talented photographer. There is a sense of simply walking through a town and seeing what you happen to see – without the
WOW! (World Of Watchers) - part1Welcome to my WOW ladies and gentlemen! Wow, these artworks really make me say ... WOW!!! Enjoy!WOW! (World Of Watchers) - part1 in Personal More Like This
Loki by Angelic-yunie
Taarna by PhilipMessina
Noctis Lucis Caelum by Anadia-Chan Yunie by Anadia-Chan
John Cusack by Artfreakish Yamill Jones by Artfreakish
Owl - Mini woodburning by brandojones Leopard - woodburning by brandojones
Young Richard Parker by ISG-Art Tom Hiddleston by ISG-Art
Monica Bellucci by MrKikelin Lights and Shadows Angel. by MrKikelin
Ice wolf by Evailable Sailor Moon by Evailable
Watchers' feature, contest reminder and ... more!Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to present you my ... watchers! I would like to say that these artworks are my PERSONAL FAVOURITES. There is much more awesomeness in their galleries so make sure you check them out!Watchers' feature, contest reminder and ... more! in Personal More Like This
Wolf practise by Feedmytummy Fly by Feedmytummy Brian Aubert by JojishiChan
Keep Smiling, Britney! by Librie The Saturdays by Librie
a Cinema 4D test with V4 by stoper Cherokee x4 by stoper Smoke is Alive by MrGutierrez
Yamill Jones by Artfreakish Cover Me by Artfreakish
WOW! (World Of Watchers) - part2 and being away...Hello everybody!WOW! (World Of Watchers) - part2 and being away... in Personal More Like This
It's been quite some time now that I've been away from home and my internet connection here is so slow, it almost makes me wanna cry... (boohoo! ) So I just can't keep up with what's going on on DA, I give up! Can't wait to get back, apart from catching up I've got some really exciting news to share with you!
In the meantime enjoy the features
Legolas by Anadia-Chan
Welcome to my WOW! (World of watchers!)Hello everybody! It is decided! Next journal: WOW! World of Watchers!Welcome to my WOW! (World of watchers!) in Personal More Like This
So, dear watchers, comment on this journal and you will be featured in the next! And I think this will be the general rule until further notice. Everybody who comments on a journal will be featured in the next. I still don't know if this is the best way to showcase your artworks, if this method doesn't work I'll come up with another formula...
And a few updates (so that you will be motivated to comment! )
- Quite some time ago I promised a tutorial on how to do white stray hairs. My last drawing (which I haven't uploaded yet) was ideal for this tutorial, however it was too late when I figured it out... Now there is no tutorial and no reference I can demonstrate the technique... So ... can you suggest a portrait I can use as a reference? Just make sure there are a lot of white stray hairs!
- I am thinking of writing a FAQ journal sometime so if you would like to ask me somethin
Features!Hello awesome people out there! Enjoy the feature!Features! in Personal More Like This
Hunting Whispers Part I: 04 - Goodnight Mr Grey by devduck01
Lucky Shot by AaronPennings
Black Falcon gives Burst Lion a taste of limelight by adekii
Umbreon by Stuifiee Chocobo of VIII by Stuifiee
Don't Go . . . by Anadia-Chan Etro's Knight, Lightning by Anadia-Chan
Tree Face -Pencil drawing- by Dustywallpaper West African Long tailed Hornbill, Pen drawing. by Dustywallpaper
aria one by ulltraz D.W.Millers Tinker by ulltraz
Undiscovered WondersWhile waiting for the results of my poll, (you did vote in my poll by the way, didn't you?! ) I thought I should do something a bit different.Undiscovered Wonders in Personal More Like This
First of all this journal is inspired by :icondariadzyuba:'s awesome journals, (thank you Daria! ) you might want to check them out as well! I am actually quoting her right now: "DeviantART is world's largest online art community with over 25 million members and over 250 million submissions, and receives around 100 thousand submissions per day." Wow! These are huge numbers! It is only natural that a lot of great art and talented artists go unnoticed .
So today I decided to showcase a few of my personal favourite artists who are unbelievably unseen here on DeviantArt. And there are so many more...
Please check them out, they deserve a lot more!
:iconchucker19: - traditional art
:iconelerion: - traditional art
Let's Learn Portraiture: Model CommunicationIn an effort to further give back to the community, I have decided to kick off a series of informative articles called 'Let's Learn Portraiture.' The goal will be to cover topics related to people and portrait photography. To start, we will cover a topic suggested by ThomasJergelLet's Learn Portraiture: Model Communication in Art Features More Like This
Communicating With Your Model
Get to Know Your Subject
Different photographers take different approaches to how they interact with their models, but I've always taken a personal approach. Learning about your subject's interests can not only make them more comfortable, but it can also lead to more striking images that follow along with those interests. Communication is key when it comes to interacting with your model, and building a quick rapport is important in order to solidify that.
When working with amateur models who may not be familiar with posing for the camera, you may often find that they will resort to e
Let's Learn Portraiture: Natural LightingWelcome to the second installment of Let's Learn Portraiture! The previous installment was about Model Communication. For this installment, we will be tackling a topic for those photographers who enjoy taking portraits outdoors.Let's Learn Portraiture: Natural Lighting in Art Features More Like This
Portraiture with Natural Lighting
1.) Avoid Direct Sunlight
While it can really bring out the color of the eyes and make them pop, having your model stare into the sun should never be on the agenda. Not only is it exceedingly uncomfortable for your model, but it casts very harsh shadows. In most cases, you want to position your model with the sun behind them, or to the side.This will illuminate the hair and offer a nice glow. The issue then is that the subject's face may be too dark (underexposed). To solve this, you can bounce some light back into th
Protect Your WorkFor many artists, art theft is a frustrating reality. No matter how we watermark, logo, or constrain the resolution of our work, there are instances where artwork will be reposted, ripped, or used for commercial gain without credit or compensation. For some, this can be almost flattering, to know that there are those that like your work enough to steal it. But, the fact still remains, that your work has been used without permission, and for no gain of your own.Protect Your Work in Deviant Events More Like This
I have been a photographer for four years now, and throughout that time I am always learning. Part of that education is around copyright, and how to protect my work. The collage above is a brief representation of some of the ways my photography has been stolen. Some were edited without permission, event advertisements, included in a calendar, manipulated to advertise jewelry, sold on canvas, for promoting a cosmetic brand, or even for music videos.
Why it's so important to unite as artists.We are with many though yet we are with few. We're all divided over little subgroups such as, fantasy illustrators, concept artists, comic book pencilers, photomanipers, techartists, anime drawers, realism sketchers etc. You might even find your place at multiple sections.Why it's so important to unite as artists. in Personal More Like This
I found that the biggest united groups on Deviant Art are mostly evolved around fan art, such as Sonic, or My little pony.
Observations aside, I think the good thing about those groups is that they serve for companionship. Being an artist all by yourself with no one to share/talk about/discuss your work with can feel rather lonely. And that lonely feeling is not encouraging at all. Most of us keep a lot of things taboo as well, like techniques or rates. If we were more openly with these the changes of being underpaid or missing out on a job because someone else does it for hardly any money at all will grow slimmer. People should know what they are worth and not be afraid to ask for it.
When I joined Devia
Are you being honest with yourself?As part of becoming good at something you need to be able to reflect upon yourself. Judge your own abilities and work and consider the possibility that what ever you have been doing it wrong all along. Or perhaps you're actually being to hard on yourself and you're better than your conscious is telling you. (This is bad too because it leads to insecurities.)Are you being honest with yourself? in Personal More Like This
Signs that you might overestimate your current skills.
Do you often feel these things when you look upon work from good artists?:
I can totally do this too.
This is not so hard, I can do this faster.
My work is way more interesting.
It's not fair that this person gets way more attention than I do.
Why am I not being recognized for my skills.
This other technique is cheating! (photo-bashing, using reference, filters, effects etc)
I don't need to draw and learn all day to become this good.
I spend 2 hours on a painting, Masterpiece!!
Signs that you might underestimate your skills.
Do you ofte
This is why you (and your art) get ignored.People often get the sense of being ignored in the art-scene, especially here online. We all try so hard to get our foot in the door, it's like trying to stuff yourself in an overfull bus like a sardine in a can.This is why you (and your art) get ignored. in Personal More Like This
Sometimes you just want to socialize with other artists you admire and you seem to be talking into a brick wall or perhaps you've send your portfolio to a company over a dozen times and still don't even seem to get the smallest response or feedback. I will try and tell you WHY you get ignored and HOW you can get noticed instead.
I will go through the following cases of being ignored:
Do know, that even though being ignored feels very personal it's hardly ever personal at all!
Your comment(s) gets ignored.
It happens ever so often. You notice an artwork or a discussion and you weigh in with your opinion or admiration, perhaps even some feedback? T
100 point giveaway WINNER100 point giveaway WINNER in Deviant Events More Like This
Thanks for the response to this guys! I plan on hosting 100 point giveaways every week! (I plan on doing something special on the holidays)
But what you've all been waiting for.
The winner of the giveaway is...
CONGRATS! YOU WILL WIN YOUR POINTS SOON.
Since I'm new to this account I decided to have a point giveaway to celebrate the new start of me being here!
To be eligible for this giveaway you need to..
Add this journal to your favs.
Watch me for future giveaways, updates and more points!
Making a journal for this giveaway is totally optional but it will higher your chances if you do!
If you plan on posting a journal copy and paste the text I have below into your j
Slambox's EXTREME GENEROSITY 200 Point Giveaway #4What's up dA? It's me, Slambox, and I'm back to rock the house with yet ANOTHER HUGE points giveaway!Slambox's EXTREME GENEROSITY 200 Point Giveaway #4 in Deviant Events More Like This
Now, you may be wondering why this one is smaller than last time. Don't worry, it's not that I'm running out of points any time soon. It's that I'm holding another giveaway at the same time- where I'm giving away a FREE premium membership! You are welcome to enter both, but you cannot win both.
Learn more about Project Premium here
And here's the giveaway link: http://fav.me/d6lehid
As for THIS giveaway, here's how to enter:
How to Enter:
1. Add this journal to your faves.
2. Add me, (artvelocity) to your watch- (ignore if you are already watching me)
I have this rule in order to prevent cheaters, and also because it is against the rules for me to give points to those who are not watching:http://fav.me/d6fai3k
3. Write a new journal about this
CANCELLEDTHIS IS CANCELLED !!!CANCELLED in Deviant Events More Like This
Partly because I do not have enough funds to sponsor something like this.
I decided to up the ante this week and do a PM giveaway too Each month, I will try to give out 2 or more memberships to people! Read the thumb for more info. All big things start small, so this time it'll only be a 1 month membership. But next time, I hope i can make it a 3 month one! Or just give out 2 1-month ones. But trust me, you can do a LOT with a 1 month premium membership. Believe it when I say that if it wasn't for my first premium, I could never have done all these giveaways you see today. Anyway, here's what you need to do to enter: How to Enter: 1. Add this journal to your faves. 1a. Comment below why you want it.
Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 3And now for the dramatic conclusion to the epic trilogy. Heroes will rise, bad habits will fall, in this last chapter we'll discuss how to focus your efforts and learn the most and improve quickly with your studies. If you missed them, click these links for Part One and Part Two. And now for...Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 3 in Personal More Like This
WISDOM NUMBER THREE!!! Work smart and leave your comfort zone. This part is my qualifier for art school, tutorials, and educational resources in general, because they can be good, but only if you make them good. Once you've gotten in to the habit of drawing consistently, it's important to start being mindful of what you're drawing, how you're drawing it, and why you're drawing it. A key ingredient of success is hard work, but if that work isn't purposeful it might not move you
Epic Resources List - How to Get Awesome at ArtI often get asked how to get better at drawing and painting. While the main answer is practice there are a lot of fantastic resources that will make the journey far easier; below is a list of the ones I have personally found most useful. Some are free and some are paid, if you want the paid ones please actually buy them and support the hard-working artists that spend their valuable time providing quality education.Epic Resources List - How to Get Awesome at Art in Personal More Like This
Also this is enough material to last you for, literally, years, so get one at a time, study it in detail, then once you're thoroughly finished move on to the next one. Reading a book or watching a dvd doesn't make you better. What makes you better is ingesting the information slowly, pondering and truly understanding it, and then applying it with diligent practice over a long period of time.
So without further ado, here is my...
EPIC RESOURCES LIST!!!
Proko - This is probably the best education on the internet. Check out all his free youtube
5 Tips on Creating Dynamic Character1. Start with a concept. This is how most of my characters start, and they usually begin with two or three word descriptors. "Demon stallion" or "spoiled dragon prince" or "psychic dolphin". Characters as this stage are more anima than anything; they are forces at play in the primordial soup of story. When an idea is this new, I try not to focus on it too much. Ideas need time to germinate, and I've found myself disappointed in times past when the potential of the character was so much more exciting than the concrete reality of what they became. Since during this time I'm developing plot and main conflict, I try to move characters around and see who I gravitate towards. This helps story and character grow organically. It's during this time that I try and determine what the character struggles with, the yin and yang of their internal difficulty. For example, I was recently asked to come up with a character for an urban fantasy roleplay, with no real details about th5 Tips on Creating Dynamic Character in Personal More Like This
5 Ways Characters Can FailEDIT: If you like this journal entry, check out The Sarcastic Guide to Writing ebook http://www.amazon.com/The-Sarcastic-Guide-Writing-ebook/dp/B005TOCC1C for exclusive content on world-building, character, and dialogue!5 Ways Characters Can Fail in Personal More Like This
1. They don't have flaws. Flaws are the first thing that should be explored in character, at least after the first flashes of inspiration have passed and you start moving into more concrete turf. People say Mary Sues are defined by lack of flaws; the flip side insists that giving your character "issues" won't make a character any less of a Mary Sue. Now, my definition of a Mary Sue doesn't involve flaws or the lack thereof; a Mary Sue, to me, is defined by the disproportionate amount of attention given to a Sue by the plot and the priorities of other characters. So, yes, it possible for a Mary Sue to have legit flaws and still be a Mary Sue. However, the difference between "issues" and a character flaw is what role they play in the character's deve
DeviantART CommunityI've heard from a lot of artists that the community on DA has really been going downhill, and I've definitely felt it, myself. I'd like to know what all of you folks think about that, what you believe the problems are, whether something could be done about it, and in what way.DeviantART Community in Personal More Like This
Zodiac Survey!Just need some quick survey for an upcoming project comic strips of Me, :icontemiji::iconchocobikies: about zodiac signs.Zodiac Survey! in Personal More Like This
What's your Zodiac?
What can you describe about yourself? (ex: hobbies, personalities, traits, description of yourself etc.)
Likes and Dislikes?
:iconnanohug2plz: As many information as possible!!! X3 Thank you :iconsweethugplz:
Aries - March 21 - April 20
Taurus - April 21 - May 21
Gemini - May 22 - June 21
Cancer - June 22 - July 22
Leo - July 23 -August 21
Virgo - August 22 - September 23
Libra - September 24 - October 23
Scorpio - October 24 - November 22
Sagittarius - November 23 - December 22
Capricorn - December 23 - January 20
Aquarius - January 21 - February 19
Pisces - February 20- March 20
Arcana FamigliaOMG I'm in love with this anime which my friend recommended it to me!! So awesome *¬*!!!Arcana Famiglia in Personal More Like This
So much reminds me of Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
I love all the characters- they're so cool!
Felicita is awesome <33 yay!
Luca reminds me of Gilbert from Pandora Hearts, they're look alike also the fact that they are concern for their master XD
My first ship: I'm Luca X Felicita :iconinloveplz:
Second ship would also be Liberta X Felicita :iconadorableplz:
I can't wait for more *O* *thinking of reading the manga or not*
500 Point Givaway #2 (CLOSED):iconflyingheartsplz: :icondatrade: :iconflyingheartsplz:500 Point Givaway #2 (CLOSED) in Deviant Events More Like This
Thank you to everyone who participated, and here are the winners to my second 500 point giveaway!
:iconatlantagirl: wins 200 points!
:iconAbrilTutos: wins 50 points!
:iconThe-Lost-Hope: wins 50 points!
:iconbitebo: wins 50 points!
:iconshadowrosa6: wins 50 points!
:iconToxicGryphon: wins 10 points!
:iconCompassRoses: wins 10 points!
:iconshinywonderland: wins 10 points!
:icon14AmyChan: wins 10 points!
:iconPurinsesu-Akari: wins 10 points!
:iconRally-The-Fox: wins 10 points!
:iconmudalaca00: wins 10 points!
:iconlexx9870: wins 10 points!
:iconDetectiveFrozy: wins 10 points!
:iconKayhope: wins 10 points!
Hey everyone! This is Alice at dATrade which is a new point donator account. Since there was so much positive feedback to my last giveaway, here's another 500 point giveaway!
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500 Point Giveaway (CLOSED)Winners500 Point Giveaway (CLOSED) in Art Features More Like This
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