Tip of the Day: Leaps in LearningLeaps in learning through my career, always came from working through great frustrating moments. Frustration is just your brain working hard to understand and improve on something difficult to learn. Gotta keep going!Tip of the Day: Leaps in Learning in Personal More Like This
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Tip of the Day: Making DecisionsTip of the Day: Making DecisionsTip of the Day: Making Decisions in Personal More Like This
People that achieve great things don't look for the easiest way to do it. They look for the right way.
Making the right decision sometimes makes all the difference.
How are you going to spend your day today?
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Tip of the Day: Playing the Game of LifeI used to spend all my free time on games. Arcade games, card games, home entertainment systems... etc. Until I found the best game of all - LIFE. Not the board game but the real thing.Tip of the Day: Playing the Game of Life in Personal More Like This
You only get one life and there are many levels that you can pass. Try to think of life as a game. Always trying to get to that "next level." Identify what you could achieve to get to the "next level" in your life and put your energy into it!
sending positive vibes to you all!
Tip of the Day: Getting your foot in the door*Take note that this advice is meant for people that are completely unknown beginners that have no options and are looking to learn***Tip of the Day: Getting your foot in the door in Personal More Like This
Comic legend Lynn Johnston (creator of "For Better or For Worse" gave me today's tip of the day. She wrote to me with some advice after listening to my audiobook "The Perfect Bait"
"I wondered if there should be a portion dedicated to people- students etc who are completely unknown, who just want to get a foot in the door.
Working for free is the answer. You might balk at this because some critics say this gives the appearance that there is NO value to skill and talent. However- consider this: Working for free gives you amazing experience. It allows you to practice on someone else's project, see your work in print, establish a reputation and learn- big time. People who won't work for free WILL pay for a course! What better learning experience is there than to work with a client- such as a library or an independent book store or a school- producing poste
Tip of the Day: RoadsTip of the Day: The road we choose to travel is more important than the destination. There's usually more than one road that will lead you to where you want to go.Tip of the Day: Roads in Personal More Like This
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Tip of the Day: WorriesTip of the day: Most of your worries never happen. Time to concentrate on what u want instead of what u don't want.Tip of the Day: Worries in Personal More Like This
Tip of the Day: ComparingDon't compare your life to others. See what others are doing but the best person to compare yourself to is you.Tip of the Day: Comparing in Personal More Like This
If I always compared myself to others and wanted to constantly compete or beat others, I wouldn't want to share what I know.
Everyone is on their own journey but together we can get further and faster.
Have a great Monday!
Sending positive vibes to you all
Tip of the Day: Nothing works better...Tip of the Day: Everyone knows of some brilliant individuals that don't amount to as much of their potential. We also know some people that might not have been the best but have drastically improved and are now doing amazing.Tip of the Day: Nothing works better... in Personal More Like This
Nothing works better than persistent hard work & common sense.
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Tip of the Day: Creative vs Competitive thinkersTip of the day: The creative thinker has more potential than competitive thinker. For every competitive thinking winner, there are many competitive losers. With creative thinkers there is room for many winners. Competitive thinking encourages secrets. Creative thinking encourages sharing.Tip of the Day: Creative vs Competitive thinkers in Personal More Like This
So don't aim to be competitive unless it's with yourself. Instead aim to be creative!
Sending positive vibes to everyone!
Tip of the day: The darkest momentsThe moment to shine the brightest is in darkness. Darkness can bring chaos but with it comes opportunity. Many times throughout my career when I pushed past the point when I'd usually give up, this is when I end up achieving my biggest successes. Fate seems to have a way to test us and only the ones that want it the most shall receive the fruits of their labor.Tip of the day: The darkest moments in Personal More Like This
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Mythical Cartography, The Artistry of MapsMythical Cartography, The Artistry of Maps in Art Features More Like This
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"Scars can come in handy. I have one myself above my left knee that is a perfect map of the London Underground."—Prof. Albus Dumbledore
Early life becomes an exploration of invisible parameters, circles beyond circles, as one pushes out to test the boundaries of safety. There is one’s bedroom, one’s home, neighborhood, school and town, state and nation. Early on, maps become important documents – declarations of being and rights and privileges. In the art world, throughout history, maps have been a constant measure of human progress, from the Phoenecians recording their trade routes over 2000 years ago, or pre-Columbian times in which map
Alien Threat in Pop CultureCould the alien invasion film phenomenon be an expression of the hope for humanity's unity? Prometheus, the highly anticipated prequel to all the Alien films (which also features the return of original Alien director Ridley Scott) opens Friday. The film's story involves a team of astronauts sent to deepest space to investigate the origins of human life, only to discover that an imminent alien invasion may soon wipe out all human life.Alien Threat in Pop Culture in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
:icontechgnotic: Jun 6, 2012 by techgnotic
Could the alien invasion film phenomenon be an expression of the hope for humanity’s unity?
Prometheus, the highly anticipated prequel to all the Alien films (which also features the return of original Alien director Ridley Scott) opens Friday. The film’s story involves a team of astronauts sent to deepest space to investigate the origins of human life, only to di
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
The Lonely Pathby techgnotic/of depthRADIUSThe Lonely Path in Art Features More Like This
I have never found a companion who was so companionable as solitude.
Henry David Thoreau
I always thought Thoreau’s comment was simply a word game— ultimately not of much value and false at its core. A Valentines Day in solitude should mean being all alone and alone means being unhappy, pure and simple. Still, it will turn out in life that the most alone we can feel is ironically in the crush of family and friends and even in the embrace of one’s Valentines Day companion— but lost and unfulfilled in one’s dreams and visions.
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
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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
Infinity Seven Takes On the Coming Zerg InvasionInfinity Seven Takes On the Coming Zerg Invasion in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
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StarCraft II is the hot tournament videogame that just may breakthrough as the harbinger of the esports phenomenon and one of the great cultural game-changers of all time.
Midnight in Anaheim. Caffeinated casters boom rapid fire commentary rattling the packed hall. Elite Starcraft players from around the globe execute complex strats that would have made Rommel the Desert Fox himself proud. 20,000 are in attendance, on the edge of their seats, and cheering as loudly as any soccer match as they watch the 30-foot screens hanging from the rafters. Another four and a half million are watching the streams live. The feeling is that of an NCAA Final Four game, set in a European soccer stadium, somehow shoehorned into a casino showroom in Las Vegas. It’s all of the skill, the fan devotion and the spectacle anyone could pos
Slender ManWatch depthRADIUSSlender Man in Art Features More Like This
The Slender Man
In this season of deceits deceptions & witcheries
I am wary of my following message not being received with the full gravity it deserves. It is not my intention to unduly alarm the deviantART community, but... LaurenKitsune is at this time unaccounted for. All attempts on our part to contact her have failed. It is my hope that she has simply taken a much deserved unscheduled pre-Halloween “vacation” and will be back in online communication soon.
Before going dark, LaurenKitsune was good enough to write and transmit a report on the Slender Man phenomenon sweeping the Internet. That report is published here fo
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
The Monster in The MirrorWatch depthRADIUSThe Monster in The Mirror in Art Features More Like This
A Pop Culture Interpretation of The Supernatural
Every culture around the world created gods and other mythical beings by mixing and matching fanged and taloned animal parts—e.g., enormous eagle heads on lions’ bodies—human beings have always seemed to need to believe there are powerful and usually quite vengeful supernatural beings lurking just beyond the candlelight.
Supernatural beings come to serve several purposes:
They kept people on the lighted path of truth and goodness, fearful of exploring beyond;
They were a reminder of the punishment we deser
Milk for The UglyMilk for The Ugly in Art Features More Like This
The Latest Thing of Beauty
By akreon & vesner
Imagine that you are a young social worker, dedicated to finding out the hidden and forgotten old souls who haunt the cold, mean streets of the city. You seek to report on their living conditions, possibly recommending they be removed from their roach-infested “homes.”
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Avatar soundtrack... at the olympics?? O_oEnjoy the randomnessAvatar soundtrack... at the olympics?? O_o in Personal More Like This
(BTW, brian knows about this )
Legend of Korra Season Finale Episode *Watch Now*I will update this page as more videos online are made available:Legend of Korra Season Finale Episode *Watch Now* in Personal More Like This
Actually, if you go back to ADP's livestream post and scrub to 30:00 min on the first livestream, you can watch the episode in LQ.
More updates soon (I will update as episodes are made available)
Update (higher quality):
New Information from Republic City game & ZukoThree new locations have been added to the ‘Welcome to Republic City’ tour: Central City Station, Future Industries and Republic City Park! http://www.nick.com/games/legend-of-korra-welcome-to-republic-city.html?xid=5KOR_LOKTuNew Information from Republic City game & Zuko in Personal More Like This
- Skoochy: http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m2smbq43ZN1r0xsbbo1_1280.png 12, earthbender, Mako and Bolin met Skoochy a few years ago when living on the streets. He hangs around Central Station and is a pickpocket.
- Yuans are the currency of United Republic and have Aang on them.
- Future Industries: created by Hiroshi Sato: turns out over a hundred luxury Satomobiles every day.
- Hiroshi Sato: 50, nonbender. Has a big personality, lineage goes back to first Fire Nation colonists. Born to a poor family in Dragon Flats district. Started on Future Industries at 18; used gasoline instead of steam for automobiles. Made a million Yuans by 25.
- “With demand so high, Cabbage Corp created the Cabbage Car, a lower cost compact car.”
Pabu gets a bath!This is the best clip ever! http://fullmetalavatar.tumblr.com/post/22350194678/heart-chakra-i-m-gorgeousPabu gets a bath! in Personal More Like This
The Promise Part 3 New Sneak Peek!Nickelodeon just released 3 new sneak peek photos of The Promise Part 3The Promise Trilogy: Part 3. Oh, Sokka. You can pre-order the final graphic novel here.The Promise Part 3 New Sneak Peek! in Personal More Like This
View sneak peek!
i believe aang's spirit might be trying totell you something OMG AANG http://fullmetalavatar.tumblr.com/post/24196095272/tiasiandaly-i-believe-aangs-spirit-might-bei believe aang's spirit might be trying to in Personal More Like This
Korra dancing sistar's "Ma Boy" (K-pop)Are you Ready for this?Korra dancing sistar's "Ma Boy" (K-pop) in Personal More Like This
I think i'm in love now
- By Kwang Il Han of Studio Mir http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luSB7CstoYo
New Rules of the contest.The contest has started! Go and submit. http://legend-of-korra.deviantart.com/gallery/39398004New Rules of the contest. in Personal More Like This
You must be a member of this group before you can enter the contest.
You must have it in the right folder to enter it.
The submission must follow the rules of the group and dA itself.
New You are allowed one at a time. (fanfiction, Art and cosplay)
The cast of The Legend of Korra must be the main focus of the entry but others Avatar characters can be in it as well.
New You can have the characters doing anything you want as long as it's appropriate (NO sex, drugs and violence)
You must make the entire piece. Stolen artwork will not be accepted. Period!
Be creative and don't steal other's ideas.
New Comics are allowed and the limit is One.
New Crossovers are ok. As long as its korra related. (examples: Korra is dressed like Harry Potter)
[Point Right] AND HAVE FUN!!!
This is were the submissions to the c
The Paintings are BreathingVisiting *MichelVictor’s deviantART gallery is like a trip to the local movie theatres. Only you never actually enter screening the rooms. You remain mesmerized outside in the lobby by the amazing movie posters – his flash art animations that billow, roll and flow, living, breathing paintings with their own soundtracks created by the artist.The Paintings are Breathing in Personal More Like This
Thu Dec 21, 2011, 9:59 PM
Visiting MichelVictor's deviantART gallery is like a trip to the local movie theatres.
Only you never actually enter screening the rooms. You remain mesmerized outside in the lobby by the amazing movie
posters – his flash art animations that billow, roll and flow, living, breathing paintings with their own soundtracks
created by the artist.
Art in Contemplation of Its Own BecomingDuchamp finds a discarded urinal. He alters it (by signing a name to it not even his own, but obviously “the artist’s”) and names it “The Fountain”. The most mundane, even off-putting, of objects is transformed by Duchamp into art. He submits it for exhibition and it is rejected. You might say the judges “pissed on” his idea. But the idea was born and persisted. Duchamp insisted the object was art because he as an artist presented it as such. “Conceptual Art” was born.Art in Contemplation of Its Own Becoming in Personal More Like This
Wed Dec 7, 2011, 7:59 PM
Duchamp finds a discarded urinal. He alters it (by signing a name to it not even his own, but obviously
The Traditional Through a Cracked PrismCreating art for those who feel a real resonance with traditional anchoring fairy tales, ~cidaq also draws in those who enjoy darker tales of mystery and films noir. As a storyteller who can create narratives in both words and watercolors, she often comes up with short stories to accompany her art.The Traditional Through a Cracked Prism in Personal More Like This
Thu Nov 24, 2011, 9:59 PM
cidaq’s paintings are unique and instantly identifiable as hers —
Even though at first glance one might think them antique illustrations preserved from century-old
products advertisements or children’s books. But one is drawn to look closer and see that a very
modern, very mischievous intelligence is obviously at play. The media of pencil, inks and watercolors
as well as the skilled technique and composition are solidly anchored in the traditional, but the
Retro Future: deviantWEAR Design Challenge!Retro Future: deviantWEAR Design Challenge! in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
The future is now! And with deviantWEAR’s newest Design Challenge, the past is now, too! Don't let the present slip away from you. Zoom over to deviantWEAR to enter your creation into Retro Future: The Future That Never Was.
Participation is easy!
You come up with potential designs for our deviantWEAR t-shirts.
Deviants vote on their favorite designs.
Judges choose based on the highest-voted submissions.
Artists of the winning submissions get cash and their designs printed on t-shirts for all to see!
This time around, step back into the Retro Future and design a t-shirt that captures the essence of idealistic imagery of the future as imagined in the pre-1970s era. Skyscrapers that round to a bulb at their top, ringed with futuristic bands for extra sup
Cathedral Of NatureLouie Schwartzberg: Witness to Nature’s Winged Struggle for Our Survival. Koyaanisqatsi is a Hopi word meaning “life out of balance.” It was also an amazing documentary film utilizing slow-motion and time-lapse photography of cityscapes and landscapes across America to beautifully, although disturbingly, depict our modern society’s growing unbalance.Cathedral Of Nature in Personal More Like This
Fri Dec 30, 2011, 9:11 PM
Louie Schwartzberg: Witness to Nature’s Winged Struggle for Our Survival
Koyaanisqatsi is a Hopi word meaning “life out of balance.” It was also an amazing documentary
film utilizing slow-motion and time-lapse photography of cityscapes and landscapes across America to
beautifully, although disturbingly, depict our modern society’s growing unbalance.
View *louieschwartzberg second video, “Wings of Life” on YouTube
Cathedral Of Nature (cont.)
Flash of Lightning, Resonant Thunder:icontechgnotic:Flash of Lightning, Resonant Thunder in Personal More Like This
The Serenely Powerful Art of `yuumei
In the top half of an hourglass, a polar bear and her cub perch perilously atop a wedge of melting ice, its dripping water becoming the "sand" that is inexorably drowning an urban couch potato figure in the hourglass's bottom chamber. The beautiful yet arresting digital painting is "Countdown" by yuumei and it is currently one of the most popular pieces on deviantART. It is "archetypal yuumei" in its perfectly balanced blending of a striking lyrically beautiful visual with an underlying urgent social or political message.
Her specialty is digital art in an anime style, but she often employs traditional watercolors and other elements. Her cause is saving and preserving what's left of the Earth's wildlife and its environment; she donates large portions of profits from her artworks to a host of wildlife and environmental organizations and urges all deviants and others to do the same. But what has really been her stand-out achievem
Join a SOPA and PIPA debate What are SOPA and PIPA?Join a SOPA and PIPA debate in Personal More Like This
The United States Congress is proposing two laws that address the problem of wide-scale unlicensed distribution on the Internet of motion pictures, songs, trademarked goods, and patented pharmaceuticals.
One of the proposals is called SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and would direct search engines in the United States to block Internet sites outside the United States that are primarily engaged in distributing unlicensed content.Another proposal called PIPA (Protect IP Act) would block websites located in the United States as well.The Obama administration is putting a stop to these proposals. It wants the Internet companies and the content companies to get together and come up with more functional and less destructive solutions.
The Resource Roundup #2The Resource Roundup is a regular feature showcasing some of the best resources deviantART members share with the world!The Resource Roundup #2 in Personal More Like This
Whether you're a beginning artist or seasoned pro, deviantART's Resources Gallery is an inspirational and benefitial asset for art creation. Take a look at a few of the incredible submissions below – they might help enhance your next artistic creation!
The smell of love by Grosojecorroded landscape by awjayPaper Pack 3 by dieratlight texture by Insan-StockAcrylic Gold Paint Swirl Stock by Enchantedgal-StockLocal Texture: Three by One by Beyond-OdditiesSun comes up-texture by iNeedChemicalXGlitter Bokeh by FallOutGirl9001TEXTURES 7 by Inthename-Stock
Sharpie Wig Dyeing Tutorial by FireLilyCosplayPen Tool Tutorial by Popo-LiciousCopic markers tutorial by mary-dreamsDreamy Photo Effect Tutorial by Planet37How To: Constructive Crits by RipfangDragonPhotoshop Animation Tutorial by detransRealism Tutorial - Esp::Eng by Calaymo3ds Max Planet Tutorial by hoevelkampIce tutorial by NakubiScarypet's 'ROCK'ing tutorial+ by scarypet
Indian Summer - My first LR preset by DorottyaSLR preset: Purple Nature -free by kakiii2 Universal .RAW presets .LR3. by ABipolarTeddyBear:th
Gallery DirectoryPerhaps useful from the start, but better late than never.Gallery Directory in Personal More Like This
Here's a "map" of the group's gallery and it's folders, as well as a description of what goes in each folder. Will be updated as more folders are added to the group.
If a folder claims to allow members to submit to it but you find that you can't, please let us know!
For general Sixfold related things and information. Not open for members. On occasion member's art will be featured there, if it is basic Sixfold related, such as a dA stamp. Round flashes will also be featured here.
Apps for the admin NPCs, such as leaders, assistants, and other plot-driving NPCs. Not open for members.
Artwork: art of the admin npcs drawn by the admins. Not open for members.
Additional clothing: clothing references and other outfits for the admin NPCs.
Other Information: any other information regardin
ROUND ONE [edit: about the settings]ROUND ONE [edit: about the settings] in Personal More Like This
(Be sure to check the flash!)
ROUND ONE OF SIXFOLD LEAGUE NOW COMMENCES
This round will be treated like a qualifier. We want you to show us what you can do, but don't go absolutely all out right at the start! A certain number of contestants (depending on how many participate in this round) will move on to Round Two.
In this round, your contestants will be having a ONE ON ONE BATTLE WITH YOUR FACTION'S ASSISTANT. You must show your character winning for your character to advance. Though the definition of "winning" is up to you! As long as it's clear (a draw would also be considered a victory). No switching Pokemon mid battle. You must pick one Pokemon and stick to it throughout the whole battle*.
*Note on the turn-based style fighting: it is like the games, but not exactly. Basically it just means taking turns, but you are more than welcome to mix it up as well. We won't penalize you for it.
Special Announcement!"Greetings, Contestants of the Sixfold League and residents of the Saros Region! I am an executive of Mirage Inc., and I've been informed to give you all this.Special Announcement! in Personal More Like This
You received a Mirage Ball!
For contestants, as recognition of your hard work in the round! Even if you didn't pass the round, you are still entitled to this item.
What does it mean? Well, you can now add another Pokemon to your team. Time to rhyme it seems! All right, all right, now let me elaborate a little.
Firstly, only those who finished round one are allowed this, as they are allowed to get up to six Pokemon on their team now. (The exception being if your NPC already has less than three Pokemon--in which case they may get another!) This is, as I stated above, reward for your hard work! Therefore you must have sent us your entry in a note, and it was judged. Now, unfortunately this means you're out of the tournament and now an NPC. So, does that mean you have to change your a
(Belated) Judging Criteria PostHello,(Belated) Judging Criteria Post in Personal More Like This
This journal has been a long time coming and for that, we sincerely apologise. There are mitigating factors for this delay but, at the end of the day, they are excuses. So without wasting any more time, let's lay out our judging criteria for those who wished to know!
Our judging is separated into two sections; Effort, and Storytelling. Effort is graded out of 5, while Storytelling is graded out of 10.
Here is the in-depth requirements for grades in Effort:
5/5- The artist’s entry has demonstrated an absolute amount of effort based on their skill level.
4/5- The artist’s entry has demonstrated a great amount of effort based on their skill level.
3/5- The artist’s entry has demonstrated an adequate amount of effort based on their skill level.
2/5- the artist’s entry has somewhat demonstrated an amount of effort based on their skill level.
1/5- The artist
Greetings from MoerasDear whom it may concern;Greetings from Moeras in Personal More Like This
I’m very happy you have come here, for it proves you have shown interest in Moeras. This is of course not surprising, as I believe just about everyone eventually finds themselves drawn here. It’s a very peaceful place, yet at the same time can be as bustling as Cita Erbonde during a festival. Countless immigrants come here, so there is a mishmash of cultures in just a small marshland, but you’ll always be welcome here. Our patron legendary is Articuno, which is rumoured to fly over the region every few years and cause the snows to fall.
There are two, close to three, main sections of Moeras. My home, the town of Nreole, is the “capital” of one culture, and also the capital of the province. We’re the indigenous to Moeras, which can sometimes lead to harsh feelings to the immigrant-originated Olanites, but I’ll have you know I hold no such quarrel! In fact, all in all, we get along together in the end, espe
THE WINNERSHello to our final five contestants!THE WINNERS in Personal More Like This
Let me start by thank you all profusely for your patience and continued participation in SXL; we are incredibly flattered to have received the attention that we did, and none of this could have happened without your support.
I shan't go into a long cheesy speech- with no further ado, here are the winners of Sixfold League!
In 1st place...
Alexander Reid of Moeras!
Congratulations to :iconakaikane:, who wins the following:
- Your choice of Pokemon merchandise, art supplies, or a combination of the two, from Sunyshore Pokémart, Pokévault, or Amazon.
-12 month DA subscription
- Full body artwork of your trainer and their pokemon team
- Bust shot artwork of your trainer and their pokemon
- A print of your character winning the tournament
In 2nd place...
Terry Chauncey of Ladon!
Congratulations to :iconarkeis-pokemon:, who wins the following:
- 6 month DA
death vigil out in julydeath vigil out in july in Personal More Like This
so, this july i am starting death vigil, published by image/top cow. it will be a monthly series limited to three 8-issue arcs, so there is a definitive ending. with this i have learned some of the things about publishing independent comics, and i am planning a video with some tips after i summarize my experiences. hopefully it will prove helpful for others to get their stuff published
but apparently rule 1 is promote preorders. preorders are crucial for independent books as they define the print runs, and are crucial to the sucess of the book.. so.. as my far more experienced friends told me to do....
death vigil is preorderable ...pretty much in any place or webstore that carries US comics.
you can find an extensive preview to issue 1 and much more here
now, for some frequently asked questions
what about ravine? ron marz assured me that he will be
okay, my wife has some crazy fans XDi dont usually like doing cross promotion. we both just kinda do our own things but damn it all if this is not the most awesome thing i ever saw XDXDXDXDXDokay, my wife has some crazy fans XD in Personal More Like This
its a strange dubbed version of one of her strips..and...and.. FOR CRYING OUT LOUD THERE IS EVEN AN EMAILING SOUND... and music .. and timed text appearing with actual voiceover doing some pretty cool acting at the same time... and...
ravine-february 2013 here we go!unfortunately description of the story is outdated and fails to mention that ron marz is handling the final rewrite to tweak my croatian butchering of english language XDravine-february 2013 here we go! in Personal More Like This
also pagecount is wrong, it is 140 pages
first issue is 10$
after that 15
for each issue. that on average brings you a series of fantasy graphic novels of 140 pages each.. later some even more..cough
value to eny comic reader is i think obvious, every 4 months you get one issue, that in pagecount equals over 6 standard 4$ issues that are usually done. my idea is a simple one. i dont want to drain people for the small floppy issues and have forced cliffhangers every 20 pages.
i want to make a true full blooded fantasy story, and for that, i need me a nice pagecount XD
but no worries, its loaded with dragons n stuff XD
chronicles of hateso...i woke up to a most unusual email today. my friend and writer on aphrodite9, matt hawkins asked me if i could give a shout out to this book, chronicles of hate as it was massively slipping under everyone's radar.chronicles of hate in Personal More Like This
it was most unusual for him to ask that, and usually i am shit at even promoting my own stuff... if it wasn't for my fans and readers...whoo boy XD
so i stood baffled as to how do i even do this... and then i looked at the files he had sent me...
f&/k it! i know exactly how to go about this!
if you want to have an ultimate tool of ever mastering the art of painting values, whether you like comics or not, this is your friggin book!
not kidding! this dude, Adrian Smith, wipes the floor with my value skills and composition skills XD
brilliant designworks, graphic novel is not of the wordy variety as he allows the art to tell the story, and genres and stories being very personal taste based i can't tell you whether or not it will be your c
about photoshop and hard work...damn it!WARINING- EITHER READ THIS COMPLETELY OR DON'T BOTHER, AS THAT IS ONE OF THE CHARACTER TRAITS THIS JOURNAL IS ABOUT!about photoshop and hard work...damn it! in Personal More Like This
okay, so after a swarm of questions many of which left me with my jaw on the floor... i realized something...
people are afraid of pushing a button to see what it does
okay, to backtrack first. i am self taught in photoshop, had no books had no tutorials, had a borrowed i think 7... dunno which was before cs2 when i started, i learned it by ....pressing a button and seeing what it does
i explored, i tried stuff out.
i had no teachers no schools no education on this stuff
i saw a button i pressed it.
that is how about 9 years ago when i first decided to try and apply digital coloring to early pages of ravine, i was dabbing paint on a page. i came to the point where i had to paint a waterfall. so , just for fun i tried putting scattering on the foam brush i made, a simple thing. and i was gonna see if smudge could be scattered. it had a weird side effect.
10 Inspiring Quotes about Art1. As an artist your first loyalty is to your art. Unless this is the case, you're going to be a second-rate artist. "10 Inspiring Quotes about Art in Personal More Like This
- Margaret Atwood
2. You must master fundamentals, but you can never do so by watching another man paint."
- Andrew Loomis, Figure Drawing for All it's Worth
3. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely."
- Oscar Wilde
4. The practice of art is not to make a living, It is to make your soul grow."
- Kurt Vonnegut
5. Nothing is original. This is good because humans are forgetful. We need to be told things often and in different ways to remember."
- Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist
6. Only you can give the world your unique viewpoint."
- Neil Gaiman
7. Allow yourself to feel good about your work. Otherwise there is no point to doing it. If you never feel good about it, then you are just torturing yourself and then it is not worth it."
8. Only by struggling courageously against what seem like overwhelming odds can
Artistic Growth: Making of Morgan Le FaySometimes it just takes a while to get it right.Artistic Growth: Making of Morgan Le Fay in Personal More Like This
In early 2011 I began a piece I back then called 'Fairy' - I had an idea of this alien looking woman staring into the vast emptiness with a slightly lost look on her face. Her main feature was to be her brilliant blue eyes. I started the piece and I had fun with it for a little while but then I got incredibly frustrated because I was unable to transfer the image in my head onto the wacom tablet.
The early, abandoned piece.
A year later I was looking through my folder of pieces from 2011 and found the abandoned file. I decided to pick up on it again and see if I could make something of it. At first I felt inspired by an old German Oil Painting by Christian Seybold (1695-1768) - a portrait of an old woman.
Alte Frau by Christian Seybold (1695-
Caring about your own workDuring my second semester of foundation at Pratt institute I had a very interesting drawing teacher named Douglas Wirls. One my last day of class, where we had our final review he told me something that will stick with me forever. Professor Wirls said to me:Caring about your own work in Personal More Like This
"It is your responsibility as an artist to care about your own work. It is a responsibility you have to your work, that you MUST care about it and seek to improve it, because no one else is ever going to care about it as much as you. No one else is as personally engaged in it as you are, so if you give up, that is entirely on you. No one is going to stop you one way or another, it is all on you. It is YOUR responsibility."
It made me think, and although it has only been less than a year since he said this to me I have often reminded myself and taken solace in it. Perhaps during the early years of learning, this reminder is most valuable.
It can be an incredibly frustrating path to improve your artistic skillset. Sometimes the penci
9 Must follow blogs for artists and illustrators.The internet is a wonderful resource for artists and illustrators. I have picked out my ten favourite blogs that I like to follow. These blogs are all pearls of information, resources and helpful lessons on art and illustration so if you are not already following them, you really should check them out!9 Must follow blogs for artists and illustrators. in Personal More Like This
1. Gurney Journey - http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/ is maintained by Imaginative Realism master James Gurney. James Gurney shares with us his journey in art work, he blogs about a wide variety of topics, all related to the visual world. His blog has also inspired two high recommendable books on how to paint.
2. Muddy Colors - http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/ is an illustration collective by 13 professional artists and illustrators, mainly working in the field of Imaginative Reali
5 Great Podcasts for Artists and IllustratorsFor about two years I have been a big fan of listening to art podcasts while doing my artwork. In that time I have listened my way through many, many hours of illustrators sharing advice and experiences. There are some really informative gems out there and there are some more laid back, but still entertaining podcasts. All of them have one thing in common - they are for artists by artists. If you are an art student who is looking for a glipse into what working as an illustrator is actually like I would even more so recommend that you try out some of these links and give it a listen, you will learn a lot.5 Great Podcasts for Artists and Illustrators in Personal More Like This
1. The Ninja Mountain Podcast - http://ninjamountain.blogspot.com/The Ninja Mountain Podcast has over a 100 episodes on its back. It is a casual, light hearted but also informative podcast with that catch phrase 'For Artist, by Artist' - the panel changes from episode to episode and as a result you
You can't be lazy!Well, let's face it. The audience doesn't care about your stuff. Doesn't matter if you're some groovy guy drawing chicks or rugged viking choppin' woodsculptures.You can't be lazy! in Personal More Like This
A lot of artists spend their time mastering the craft while completely neglect the promotion side. It's a pain to see someone doing amazing stuff with zero recognition.
Ever heard of I'm too lazy/busy/shy to promote myself excuse?
Well you could be busy, you could be shy but you should never be lazy. Forget about the lazy word.
No matter how good you are the art wouldn't market/promote itself. Even in a digital age. Sad but true.
The audience doesn't care about your stuff... unless you do your homework and make them care.
When someone's work is better...Suppose you're an artist... or some craftsman. You can do stuff. And you're pretty confident with your skills. You have people to prove it. You have clients. You can paid your bills and make a decent living. You've fancy things around you... the list goes on.When someone's work is better... in Personal More Like This
Now, imagine you see the work that's better than yours... x10 better, x100 better, infinity times better. What do you feel?
Anxiety, jealousy, depression? ...or maybe inspiration, respect and enlightenment?
The recent one for me was a cold shower feel. Everyone is better. F*ck! Even the monkey can draw better stuff!
It's a hard pill to swallow really. Your confidence is shattered. You don't feel the same anymore. Surprisingly enough after a few days you're back on track. Let's kick some ass, yeah!
I have been through this cycle many times. The details and feelings may vary but you've ups and downs like sine wave. The trick is to get out of 'downs' as soon as possible. Don't let them persuade you. Climb up.
How to survive zombieapocalypse in 5 easy stepsCGHUB is no more. I guess most of you aren't bother but some people take it way too serious. Here are a few simple rules I follow over the years to keep my mind safe:How to survive zombieapocalypse in 5 easy steps in Personal More Like This
1. Save all the stuff you like. Now. Put it on your hard drive, burn on CD, print it out... whatever... just don't expect you'll see it online for the rest of your life. Pinterest, Evernote, Dropbox yada yada are nice but you don't own them. Use them but have a safe local vault too.
When I see cool picture I save it right away - 'right click, save as' habit goes on autopilot. I've got only 236 favourites on dA but my local dA storage has over 12,000+ images (chances are I've got your scribbles too ).
2. Organize. It's a quintessential, super important skill. Doesn't matter if you're student or busness owner. Say if you dump all your images into one folder, good luck with finding specific image later. I build a simple folder system to sort out my stuff. When I paint armor I just scan the armor refs (F
:)I just found an effective way to crush your artistic ambitions/ego.:) in Personal More Like This
Just put it on ArtStation!
Up until now my #1 ego crusher was japanese pixiv - no matter how hard you try those moe scribbles would beat a hell out of you. I painted a bunch of smexy ladies in return but a constant lack of spare time & focus postponed my bloody revenge.
Then I looked at ArtStation stats... with an astonishing eleven pageviews for the recent piece I never felt so good!
On a serious note I don't expect anything from art sites. If people like my work, well that's nice... if they stay calm, you just swallow it and move on. Too much often I see much better artists with almost zero attention to their works so who am I to complain?!
The only backside that worries me is that there's very little interaction between community. Personal galleries acting more like booths (with or without fans). If I see how to improve some piece I knew the artist doesn't care or bother to read it. As a result the same mista
King Richard III, PS4, Alicorns, and Geek GirlsKing Richard IIIKing Richard III, PS4, Alicorns, and Geek Girls in Personal More Like This
Dunno how many of you have heard this, but apparently the remains of King Richard the 3rd have been found and dug up in a car park in England. The DNA testing confirms that it was the notorious "evil" King who was killed during a battle and his corpse and remains put up on display and buried unceremoniously without a coffin near a church.
If you'd like to know more you can see an article about it here: http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/03/world/europe/richard-iii-search-announcement/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
Sony is teasing something big to be announced at the end of February and everyone is naturally speculating that it's probably the announcement of the PS4. If this is true, it'll definitely be a shock to me since Sony never announces new consoles or hardware before E3. Only Nintendo seems to relish in announcing things with a blatant disregard of conventionality, so it would be very unique of Sony to do the same and announce a new console WELL before E3. Of c
The Avengers - ReviewHonestly I don't have much to say other than it's just really awesome. You don't need to have seen Captain America, Iron Man 1 and 2, The Hulk, or Thor to understand what's going on, but it most certainly does help.The Avengers - Review in Personal More Like This
The Avengers is probably one of the most epic movies I have seen since the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Harry Potter. It's up there. It's not perfect, and some moments seem to drag on a bit (mostly around the middle), but every key moment is accentuated properly, every line delivered in such a way that you don't miss out on what's going on, every action scene composed in a way you aren't confused, and overall the whole thing is just a joy to watch.
What's really fun about this movie is that they don't hold back. Ever. Everything you want to see in a movie about the Avengers is pretty much up on this screen. You wanna see Thor and Iron Man duke it out? You got it! You wanna see an army of aliens attacking a city? Got it. You wanna see Tony Stark deliver hilarious banter aga
Lamar Smith is at it again.Lamar Smith, the creator of the two notorious SOPA and PIPA bills, just seems to want to censor everything. After SOPA and PIPA were suspended indefinitely after such overwhelmingly loud opposition from various websites and lawmakers, Lamar is trying to create ANOTHER bill which is almost as bad as the two previous ones combined.Lamar Smith is at it again. in Personal More Like This
This bill (which uses Child Pornography as it's cover) would effectively track every time you look at your bank statement or use a credit card online, and force IP service providers to record your credit card and billing statement info, along with your recent internet search histories, and store them in a "secure" place for 18 months. Anything which looked "suspicious" would immediately be flagged to allow the government to step in.
Since billing statements and online transactions are so common these days, this bill would, In effect, be monitoring everything everyone
Adventure Time... eventuallyIn hindsight it was probably best that my lengthy livestream event ended shortly. It's been 2 days and I'm still only about halfway through the inking process. While sketching out all the characters took a mere 8 1/2 hours, the inking process is taking an excruciatingly long time to get through and I probably wouldn't have been able to finish it all in one sitting.Adventure Time... eventually in Personal More Like This
Luckily I knew that was a possibility before I began, which is why I said I might have to break the stream up. Since that is the case I might try to use one of the alternative streaming services users suggested and continue to do some streaming video of me inking later this week. I've also been working hard on recording and documenting my progress, so even if for some reason streaming doesn't happen, I'll have video I can upload for everyone to see.
I am still taking donations for the illustration: $5 or more via paypal at firstname.lastname@example.org gets a full sized digital copy of the illustration sent to you when it's completed.
A love letter to illustrators.I thought I would quickly share this tweet.A love letter to illustrators. in Personal More Like This
The House of DreamsI built a little House of Dreams,The House of Dreams in Personal More Like This
And fenced it all about,
But still I heard the Wind of Truth
That roared without.
I laid a fire of Memories
And sat before the glow,
But through the chinks and round the door
The wind would blow.
I left the House, for all the night
I heard the Wind of Truth;
I followed where it seemed to lead
Through all my youth.
But when I sought the House of Dreams,
To creep within and die,
The Wind of Truth had levelled it,
And passed it by.
Sara Teasdale, The House of Dreams,
From Sonnets to Duse and Other Poems, 1907
Night Song at AmalfiI asked the heaven of starsNight Song at Amalfi in Personal More Like This
What I should give my love
It answered me with silence,
I asked the darkened sea
Down where the fishes go
It answered me with silence,
Oh, I could give him weeping,
Or I could give him song
But how can I give silence
My whole life long?
Sara Teasdale, Night Song at Amalfi
Missing the PointI received this charming note from BelloTempestade regarding the comments I made on this piece:Missing the Point in Personal More Like This
'People are poor and can't afford a book several hundred dollars. To guilt trip them is disgusting but the joke's on you because it only makes you look like an asshole. Fuck you you're disgusting. You are a dimwit.'
I have been blocked and am unable to reply, but had I been able to send it, it would have been thus:
'I don't think you read my comments properly at all, or you could not have missed the point so entirely. I suggest you do so again before accusing and throwing insults. Key words: "I meant simply the reception to it here." I was speaking of the response to the work as compared to the kind of things which are gushed over on this site. I wasn't even talking about buying the several-hundred-dollar book, which not even I can afford myself. Re-read.
'As for The Red Fairy Book which my friend was selling, the thing cos