Stock and Resources Updates Feb 2013Heading Into 2013
We are well on our way towards the warmer part of the year for those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere, and whilst we shake off our winter blues and snow boots, our Southern Stockers have been wowing us with new beautiful stock and resources (whilst sweltering in the heat!)
The gallery cleanup is still going on, but with a reminder to be patient with us, we know its not easy but we have a very VERY big gallery and just a few people (mostly just Erin and myself) tackling the issue, but its not been forgotten or ignored. Erin and I are also very busy with home life as well
If you feel we've missed out on a sub category (sadly this is very likely right now as we concentrate our efforts on the most used/submitted to areas) please feel free to note us and point us in the right direction!
New Submission Page and Updated Gallery Descriptions
The new submission pa
In the Stock-Light: cbidgie In The Stock-Light: Vol. 17
Deviant For: 3 Years
Profile Stock GalleryStock Rules
Explore Their Gallery
Vol. 1: MonsterBrand-Stock, Vol. 2: Just-Stocks, Vol. 3: LeikyaStock, Vol. 4: Lor
In The Stock-Light: BotanyStock In The Stock-Light: Vol. 15
Deviant For: 2 Years
Profile Stock GalleryStock Rules
Explore Their Gallery
Wisteria Close-up 02 by botanystock Sweet William 08 by botanystock
Munching Squirrel 05 by botanystock
CREATIVE MINDS CHALLENGE is now closed!Thanks for your participation!
Gracias por participar!
Merci de participer!
Děkuji za účast!
Obrigado por participar!
You can choose your own theme
(I prefer : surreal, fantasy, conceptual, dark, macabre, horror, psychedelic. CD-cover or book cover format are allowed)
Only exception: no emotional and no people ( not just a woman on background )
Medium: Photomanipulation or Mixed Media
Please do read the full submission rules before submitting your entry
This contest is only open to my watchers
Your artwork must be new and created for this contest
You must use my stock images to create your artwork
Stock Use Feature - AugustSuch a huuuge feature this time, I hope no pictures are missing
Enjoy all the beautiful creations
Butterfly Bridge by ARTHUR38 Mysticroom by iblushay
Alone by SuzieKatz The-World-in-the-Year-2514 by mrscats
Family by Terohime Melody by Ada-Darvis The Lonly Mermaid by Not-a-Designer Astrid by BoleynChic
Avis by BoleynChic Why are you so sad ? by astarot1111 Red riding hood by AufrichtigStimme Aladdin- Genie by CosplayCassie
Waiting ... by Simbores
The Unseen Stock - AugustMODEL
Culdalasse Laihendi Ranger 26 by PirateLotus-Stock ...And very far away 97 by RachgracehStock The Geisha 04 by KittyTheCat-Stock Pre-Raphaelite Fairy 02 by svp-stock
Fairy Bower 01 UNRESTRICTED by Elandria Iceland 9 by LeikyaStock Landscape 2 by Gambathy
Iceland 3 by LeikyaStock mountains 04 by celeste1987 Ireland 11 by AfrolovertjeFireworks Texture 12 by Cassy-Blue
Beach white sands by Simbores 479 by MASYON Iceland 2 by LeikyaStock Sunset 5 by queenofeagles
Clouds Stock 54 by BeccaB-323-STOCK Background Stock 8 by BeccaB-323-STOCK Ocean Floor by alixkent Burke Falls 17 by Ardenstock
Sky 160 by Astro-Stock
PLEASE NOTE: This is a limited Beta release and not all Beta Testers have access to these features at this time.
The site's navigation menu has been completely overhauled to make it easier to find what you’re looking for on the site. The new menu creates a sleek, organized layout that simplifies navigation and provides room for upcoming improvements and new features. Best of all, we haven’t removed any functionality – so what you know and love is still right there.
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The Shop, Submit, Profile, Message Center, Friends, and Favourites menus have retained the same drop-downs as before, and the Stick and Splinter menus that some users prefer are still available.
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You can now customize your deviantART front page. Your last selected page — Activity Feed, Browse, What’s Hot, or Undiscovered — will be preserved each time you click "Home" or the deviantART logo.
When on Browse pages, the left column containing the search bar and category tree can be collapsed or expanded, which lets you filter options when you want them, and hide the options when you want to view the art without distractions. The column will retain whichever setting you prefer, so you can set it how you like.
The search bar previously located at the top of Browse pages has been moved to the left column, to reflect that it's specifically a search tool for deviations. The search bar that appears in the site navigation searches for deviations as well, but will also allow for additional search features in the future.
The Activity Feed is a new feature that displays recent activity of the people you're watching in an easy to scan feed. When browsing the Activity Feed, recently posted artwork, Journals, Status Updates (detailed below), Polls, Critiques, Forum Threads, and Collections from deviants you watch will display, letting you scroll through art and interact with them.
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Apart from the content you already see in your Message Center, we’ve added Collections to the Activity Feed. Now you can discover artwork that’s being curated by the people you watch. You can edit what items show up in your Activity Feed at any time (including Collections) by visiting the Manage Friends page.
If you’d prefer not to have one of your Collections displayed on other deviants' Activity Feeds, you can visit the Collection Options area of your Collection and check "Disable watching". This is a new feature that has been made available to everyone today.
These features are live to Beta Testers, so feel free to give them a try! The new site navigation is visible everywhere on site, and you can visit the Activity Feed page or view the Activity Feed widget on your Profile Page to test it and Status Updates out!
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kuschelirmel's Stock Use Contest CLOSEDhosted by kuschelirmel-stock
I haven't had a contest in a while and, well, it's simply time to have one again However, due to my personal time constraints it's not one with lots of judges, instead the only judge will be me.
Thank you all for your entries!
There were a whooping 56 entries making it real difficult to
choose the winners, so please give me a few days
(nothing else, sorry)
Photomanipulations are images that have been composed of two or more pho
Supporting Mental Health OnlineThe Issue
You see a post from someone you only know online, or don't know at all, that sounds like this person is in distress. The most common is, of course, "I want to kill myself," but it could range anywhere from being overburdened with school to having trouble dealing with grief to, well, anything.
The following steps are some general guidelines for when you're not really sure what to do. Of course, if it's someone you know, use your better judgement. These are by no means rules to live by.
1. You come first
It may sound a bit callous, but watching your own mental health is important. If you're in a bad place, do you think you will have the bandwidth to help someone else? You don't want to end up like Jack in this scene from '30 Rock.'
Remember that someone who is struggling with their mental health may not have the capacity to approach the problem rationally. (How many completely avo
Mental Health on the GoIf you’re like me, you juggle your mental health along with a number of other responsibilities—jobs or school, family gatherings, hanging out with your friends, or even just finding time for yourself. Having mental health solutions literally in my pocket helps me take care of myself anywhere I am, no matter what I’m doing. Here are some of the apps and web-based solutions I’ve tried (all of these are free, although some of them have in-app purchases you can make):
Optimism (iOS and web): This mood-tracking app allows you to input a variety of factors (overall mood on a 10-point scale, triggers, coping mechanisms practiced that day, etc.) to track your mood over time. It’s great for tracking your mood over time so you can see what different factors affect it, like going to therapy, taking new medications, or even changes in the seasons. I also love that everything about it is customizable, so you can delete the d
Spirit versus MadnessThe good, the bad, and the terrifying
We've all heard stories, whether fantasy or reality, of burning bushes and voices of gods ringing down from the sky. We've also heard stories of horrific things like murders happening because "God told me to do so" or because the person thought they were fulfilling some Biblical prophecy.
Where is the middle ground between true religious/spiritual experiences and mental illness? How do you know which is the case?
A couple of (relatively innocuous) stories
A few months ago, I submitted a paper for publication in a popular journal in my field. I had long forgotten about it, figuring the editor had written it off. I had no idea who the editor was or even what his name was. Fast-forward to last week. I was lying in bed, not quite awake, and I dreamed of the Judeo-Christian Jesus standing over me and telling me what changes needed to be made to that manuscript. I woke up,
Surviving stress without triggering mental illnessNote: I am not a mental health clinician. I am only a scientist. The advice offered here should not replace advice given by a qualified professional.
So it's the holiday time, and for many of us it's also the end of the semester, the end of a grant or project period, or the end of the fiscal year. All of these "ends" come with stress. It's well-known that stress can exacerbate mental illness-- for example, through triggering mood instability or symptoms of depression or anxiety. Thus, it is helpful to have some tips for handling stress in ways that are more conducive to health.
Here are some tips that have been helpful in my life.
1. Get enough sleep. First and foremost, getting enough sleep every night can help prevent your mood from becoming unstable (especially for those of us with bipolar disorder), and it can be helpful in dealing with anxiety. We can think and solve problems more clearly when we are well-res
Discussing depression and bullying in school- how?Remember when some time ago we were talking about raising our voices, and breaking the taboos of talking about mental illnesses? Well, now it seems that I'm making this plan come true in my own environment. To have it really efficient, I would like to ask about your sentiments, because I know that many of you here suffer depression - like I do -, but I dare to say, basically everyone knows what an incredibly cruel, heartless monster it is, and there will surely be some amazing thoughts of yours that I can build on!
When talking to my friend about bullying, she mentioned that in her school there are awareness programs, and it's basically banned to alienate someone from a community. And then I thought to myself "Why don't we do the same?" Usually awareness programs in our school (teens aged 10-19) consist of nurses coming and telling what to do when girls get their first period, why are drugs, alcohol and cigarettes dangerous, and how to practice safe sex. But what about the soul being i
Remembering Sept. 11There are certain events that will remain fresh in our memories, regardless of how much time passes. Thirteen years ago today, I awoke to the fussing of my then one-year-old daughter. As I fed her breakfast, I turned on the morning news. This was a rare thing for me as I dislike the news. Far too many stories depress me. However, one of my favorite football players had been injured the night before and I wished to learn more his condition.
I couldn't comprehend the scenes flashing by. Smoke. Dust. People colored gray from ash. Meaningless words, tumbling from stunned reporters, trying to make sense of the senseless. I did not see the first tower fall, but as I watched, the second collapsed. Words fail to describe the horror, the confusion, the denial I went through witnessing hundreds of Americans lose their lives in that brief moment.
By the end of that horrendous day, almost three thousand innocents had died.