A Promise She Made With DeathShe was conceived on the edge of a mirror,More Like This
lined with pretty white lace,
that burned the inside of her parents' nostrils.
She was born with a hole in her heart,
that the doctor's never noticed,
and no one bothered to fill.
She met Death on the playground,
when kindergarten was bending her bones.
Enticed by the glinting of his scythe,
as it preyed on a malformed baby rabbit.
She made a pinky promise with him,
swearing that she'd never forget his face.
He came and went,
swayed by corpse breaths
and east-coast winds,
but always leaving her alone.
He showed her how to hurt,
in the worst kind of way.
And each time,
he paid her a visit,
he'd take someone back with him.
She often asked where he would go,
when his curled claws would drag her mother,
and every love she'd ever fallen for,
into the darkness that he crawled from.
All he'd say,
was that she'd find them again someday,
and that he would take her to them, personally.
But as February,
of her fourteenth year,
Books Are BackMore Like This
Hardcovers, softcovers, calendars and other things are available again in the 4DE online store!
Notes on Character Design
I received the question pictured below at my tumblr blog. In case it's useful to anyone here, I decided to go ahead and use this otherwise dormant journal to share the article I put together in response.
Character design and drawing are tome-sized topics and even if I had all the answers (I don't - I have a lot to learn), I'm not sure I could communicate them effectively. Here are some thoughts an ideas that might help, though.
First, some general things...
Let some of that anxiety go. This isn't a hard science. There's no wrong way, no rigid process you must adhere to, no shoulds or shouldn'ts except those you designate for yourself. This is one of the fun parts of being an artist, really - have a heady good time with it.
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DDs: An IntroductionOne of the best things about being a writer on deviantART is the opportunity to be featured in a Daily Deviation (DD). While most literature communities can only offer you an audience of other writers, deviantART can expose your work to an incredible range of artists - and even non-artists (and other assorted muggles). A DD is a golden ticket to the kind of exposure which is so hard for a struggling wordsmith to find.More Like This
And yet, the systems behind DDs seem to be a mystery to a large part of the deviantART community. Our recent poll suggests that almost half of our voters don't understand what DDs are or how they work.
WritersInk is stepping in to help. Over the next few weeks, we'll be talking in more detail about some of the different aspects of DDs. We'll explain how suggestions are processed, how to suggest a piece, and what to look for when making a suggestion. We'll also pay a visit to Daily Literature Deviat
Weekly Round-up!Our first Round-up of 2013, and may there be plenty more to follow! Let's open the new year with a celebration of the following literary works that have attracted our attention over the last few weeks.More Like This
Dried Orchids: (Spaghetti Western) by Canis44
Vengeance, black powder, tyranny. This is the west, a cruel and merciless world.
A wrenching story told in a range of poetic forms, to be appreciated for both its content and its construction.
Daedalus Falls (The Fleet Will Remember) by DodgingTheBeat
Daedalus is falling, and hope of victory against humanity's sprawling decadence is falling with her.
In this short story that's aching to be part of something bigger, DodgingTheBeat delivers a scene that you watch as much as read. If you're a fan of sci-fi movies give this a read and start casting the characters.
Weekly Round-up!WHOOSH! This week's Round-up is running late, but moving quickly!More Like This
This Week's Highlights!
Fool by ResidentNobody
From an America with no jobs and no alcohol comes a story about a man who runs away from the circus, only to crawl back six months later.
ResidentNobody tells a story that pits the desire for change against the crushing inevitability of what is and will always be. For a touch of melancholy fiction, Fool is our favourite of the week.
Serve with a bottle of whiskey on an empty stomach.
frozen/headlights by amy-derfer
Love can be crippling, surprising, intoxicating; love can be frostbite, lightning strikes, kryptonite.
We've all been trapped in the headlights of love, unable to command our thoughts or speech. Here's a beautifully creative poem about something we can all relate to.
Weekly Round-Up!WritersInk feels loved this week. And you should feel loved, too! Why? Because of the many reasons to love dA Lit. Here's one of our favourites:More Like This
"The Lit Community makes me feel accepted in a way I've never felt before. People come to know me through my writing, which is the most authentic part of myself"
This Week's Highlights
A Kappa Named Cucumber by JiaLi
A little boy goes down to the river to play, laden with a bucket, an umbrella (for it's been raining all week), and some cucumber sandwiches. What he finds beneath the water will stay with him forever...
An absolutely charming children's story. It's well-written, easy to read, and hard not to fall in love with. After all, Haven't we all wanted a Kappa when we were growing up?
"The best part I think, is when you're a writer and in the middle of a huge writer's block, but you can sit down and spend DAYS, WEEKS, MONT
Craft a Moustache ContestWhat is Movember?More Like This
During the month of November each year, Movember asks men across the world to grow a moustache (or Mo') with the aim of raising vital funds and awareness for men’s health issues. Mo Bros are helping to change the face of men’s health by effectively becoming walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November and through their actions and words raise awareness by promoting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health. Together, we are truly changing the face of men’s health.
Source: Movember's Site
How to help
Raise awareness, share the news!Register on Movember.com and grow a mighty manly moustache on that beautiful face of yours, you can choose to join deviantART's US Team,
USEFUL STUFFHere's some nice useful things to check out (if you havent already) that i like to look at to improve or just watch for inspirationMore Like This
FYI i learn more from watching things so most of these are gonna be video tutorials, artists talking while painting and timelapse paintings, since i prefer analyzing peoples workflow and try it out than straight tutorials that tell you what to do (not there's anything wrong with it though )
LEVEL UP: https://www.youtube.com/user/levelupsessions
omg.... the amount of stuff you can learn from these amazing artists is crazy! i suggest watching from session 1 till the latest. you cant miss a thing these guys say, plus these guys are pretty fun most of the time. its a nice light, but informative bunch of videos
Marc Brunet is a great teacher! i really enjoy how he explains things and just his process in general. really good to listen to and pretty entertaining to watch
Character Design: An introductionMore Like This
Arvalis-2012 by arvalis
What does 'Character Design' mean?
The character design is the process which comes after the characterisation and consists in defining the character through his/her physical appearance.
We need to consider a character as a little fictional creature, human or not, that aims to please its creator and the public as well.
While the basic characterization of this fictional creature (his tastes, his fears, his behaviors) may take a little mental effort, as it is a sort of list of emotions, facts and feelings that come and go in the life of a character, the process of visual realization of this creature may not be as simple. That's why many writers and characters creators prefer to rely on experienced hands.
Also many of the mental aspects of the character are not possible to gain by using 'static' visual medium. For 'static' I mean all the illustrations and drawings unable to tell a
AquaTip: Stretching PaperThis is the another installment of an ongoing feature called AquaTips. Members of the club are encouraged to submit tips and techniques they discovered or use to create and enjoy watercolors. Just send a note to the club with "Tip" in the subject line and we will put it into our AquaTips collection. Come together watercolorists, and share the treasure that is our knowledge!More Like This
Recently we had a poll asking how much did you like stretching, it turns out, some of you didn't know what stretching was (don't worry, we were all begginers like you at some point) so I put together this journal doing a small compilation of stretching techniques and tutorials.
Some time ago, we did a Community AquaTip about it AquaTips - Stretching Watercolor Paper
And here we have some tutorials that are featured in our group.