How to Plot Like a GrimIn ten simple steps, you too can plot like a Grim.
1. Get an idea
This can be a brief snippet of dialogue. Or an ending that just seems perfect. Sometimes it's just the concept of what I'd like to see a character go through. I write that down. Usually it doesn't see the cold light of day for at least a couple months, but when I've thought about it long enough and can't seem to get the idea out of my head, that's when I sit down and start plotting things out a bit.
2. Work out the basic plot
Now that I've got the idea, I need to work out the basic details. But how do I do that? Well, I write it down. Then I think about the different angles to get to that idea. I write those down. If it's dialogue, who's talking? What do they feel? Who are they talking to? If it's a snippet of a scene, who's in the scene? Why are they there? What are they doing? What's going on outside of that scene?
June Fan Fiction Contest WinnersThis month, in our Second Person POV Contest, we had nineteen entries! Thank you all for the excellent turnout, the highest yet for one of my monthly contests! Your participation and interest (and you wonderful stories, of course) brighten my DeviantArt day. I'm eager to see what my fellow fan fiction authors will come up with for next month's contest.More Like This
As with previous months, the entries were superb. It was very difficult (as always) choosing just a few but, alas, there could only be three winners. Congratulations to the winners!
Comment Month: Commenting Begins!Back at the beginning of the month, we announced the start of our Comment Month for June. We received a good few submissions in our folder, so, for the rest of this month, it's time to get commenting!More Like This
7th - 30th June: Anybody and everybody can comment on the submissions we received for Comment Month. More information on the day.
1st - 7th July: Comment Month is over, but other things are just beginning. Deviants who have commented constructively on over three submissions will receive a news and page feature and , and any deviations that have not received any comments will also be featured. More information on the day.
The aim is to comment as constructively as possible. To really make this a successful month, we encourage you to think about your comment and make it con
FeaturesStolen from FalakTheWolf ^^More Like This
Features for the first twenty people to comment! I'll put your name down here and choose three deviations from your gallery!
5. :iconMayroon: Spring is here! by MayroonBroken Innocence by MayroonMio by Mayroon
6. :iconRubby-Fish: Fuck U betta by Rubby-FishBroken Page 2 by Rubby-Fish
To Be Seen .90A weekly article featuring five photographers from all areas in the deviantART community. Spare a bit of time to take a gander at the photographs and their respective galleries showcased below!More Like This
Sea Foam Captured Within by ExtremePilot4472 Gorges at Cornell by ExtremePilot4472 Spider by ExtremePilot4472
Hear The Music by ExtremePilot4472 Sunset In Florida - Hockney Style by ExtremePilot4472
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Happy Easter - Carrot Cake by ColorfulLadybug Colorful spring by ColorfulLadybug snails by ColorfulLadybug
Fringilla coelebs by ColorfulLadybug colorful memory by ColorfulLadybug
If you have any suggestions for (improving) the Photography Gallery, anything photography related in communityrelations that you would like/we could provide for you (features, interviews, contests, n
Dogs Shelter Project~FacebookPage | WordPress | F.A.Q |Promoting pages ~More Like This
This picture is just a preview but I’ll publish some photos throughout the course of the project on my facebook page
It's been a while since my last update, I've been waaay to busy with college and I don't have enough time for the social websites, well at least not as much as I would like.
I'm writing this journal to announce my next project!
I've always wanted to work this theme, but never really gatherer the guts to do it by
PE: BookbindingThis article is a short introduction to bookbinding, including information about bookbinding terms, methods, tutorials and a feature of beautiful handmade books.More Like This
What is bookbinding?
We all have books at home, whether they be schoolbooks, novels, journals or sketchbooks. They might be paperbacks or hardbacks, though I'm guessing not many of you own hand-crafted books. With books being commonly used and readily available items today we forget that books are (or can be) works of art! Bookbinding is a craft especially cultivated in the Middle Ages, where books were still quite rare and expensive. The art of bookbinding has survived until today, although it is no longer necessary to bind books by hand, since we have machines that can do that for us. Nevertheless, a hand-made book is a beautiful thing, and has the special appeal of something unique.
Tool for punching holes into paper, book boar
You want to make plushies? Tips and resources listEdit: added a part about fabric selection before 'where do I start'!More Like This
Ever since I posted Wolf Link and Midna I've been getting an influx of messages asking me to teach, reveal my secrets, take people under my wing, and so on. The sad thing is I can't spend all that much time one on one with everybody asking me to teach them. So I've decided to put together this massive block of text, relating some of my personal experience in plush making and listing off all my resources at the bottom. This will cover the very basics of plush and pattern making so if you are completely new to plush making this is for you, if you're not and you're just looking for resources skip to the bottom. I hope this will be helpful to someone!
First off, the reality. The big secret. The key to becoming a good plush artist is...
I can already feel the glares and exasperation but hear me out first.
One thing I've noticed with a lot of the messages I got were that a lot of people were scared of screwing up.
PE: 9 ways to overcome (artistic) Frustration.9 ways to overcome (artistic) FrustrationMore Like This
Everyone has heard of it, everyone fears the very sight of it, but if you are an artist, there is a good chance it creeps at you regularly, more often than a flu, in various forms and intensity; in psychology, Frustration is a common emotional response to opposition / obstacle, is related to anger and disappointment and its strength depends on the size of the established challenge. When Frustration calls you more often than your mother does, it's time to take an action!
1. - TAKE A WALK
Try to get your feelings straight by walking it out of your system. Is it raining or snowing? Even better, get soaked and dry out.
2. - SHIFT YOUR FOCUS
Sleep on it. Make yourself busy with small repetitive tasks, watch a good movie or comedy, play a game, visit your family or a friend, cook a new recipe, get a haircut, tidy up your room or house, watch a documentary, have a chocolate, take a horse ridi
PE: The Impact of Color1. - WHAT IS COLOR?More Like This
Color is the aspect of things that is caused by differing qualities of light being reflected or emitted by them, as received by the human eye and processed by the human brain. It is a function of light and biology, not an exact science, no two people can see it exactly the same.
The human eye and brain together translate light into color. Light receptors within the eye transmit messages to the brain, which produces the familiar sensations of color. Newton observed that color is not inherent in objects. Rather, the surface of an object reflects some colors and absorbs all the others. We perceive only the reflected colors. Thus, red is not "in" an apple. The surface of the apple is reflecting the wavelengths we see as red and absorbing all the rest. An object appears white when it reflects all wavelengths and black when it absorbs them all.
"Colors are the deeds of light, its deeds and sufferings."
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
2015 Dark-Theme Contest (3 days left!)please dont link your entry(s) in this blog,it will NOT be added.please submit them to the contest folder.More Like This
is the folder full?
your entry can be new or old,but it has to fit the theme.we are getting alot of entries that do not fit the theme AT ALL...
remember i will be going though the entries once the contest ends and picking people which fit the theme.
then me and the judges will start voting from there.
contest will close August 31st at 1am pacific standard time.
there will NOT be an extension for the contest
welcome to our first ever contest for this group.
the contest is dark-theme.anything dark will be accepted.
your entry must be new,it cant be an old pick.
when your done,submit here:
1 entry per person.
prize offers are now closed.
you must be a member in order to enter.
request from :iconrimiki-chan:
request from :iconrimirinchan:
request from :iconsunny-x-ray:
request from :iconumim
Spring raffle! - WINNER!- EDIT: and the winner is...More Like This
See the result here: http://sta.sh/01vraf67ysy7
Congrats!!! Contact me via note for your prize
Since in the last days I gained a lot of new watchers and lots of lovely feedback about my art, I would love to celebrate it somehow Also, I'll be inactive for a while (but I have a couple of drawings saved in my Stash and I'll submit them asap), and I would like if my profile keeps on being active anyways!
So, I'm holding a special Spring Raffle (or Easter Raffle, or Random Raffle, or whatever you want!).
You can win a FREE COMMISSION from me!
What kind of commission?
- one or two characters + simple background
- from portraits to halfbodies
- pencil + digital color / monochrome painting / pencil portrait / speed painting (you choose!)
- NO character design (I need at least ONE drawing of your character) and NO ex
Protect yourself against fraudAlthough, as an active member of the community, it's nearly impossible to have missed this huge issue, I think it's very important to warn people for this.More Like This
What happened is a large case fraud in which apparently one user (under multiple names) scammed several members of DeviantArt community. Leaving some people as much as $3000 in debt!!! Money they, most likely, never see back.
Even though the user is banned by DeviantArt now, there's no reason why it won't happen again.
After all, the problem is caused by a loophole in PayPal's rules. So basically everybody that's using PayPal for its business (and that's a lot of us) is at risk.
People doing commissions
People selling adoptables
To understand where all of this comes from, it's first of all important to know what a PayPal chargeback actually is.
This video offers a proper explanation of what chargeback is, and what it should
Giving up.There's a saying out there- that you'll always regret the things you didn't do more than the things you did. There's another one: It's better to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission.More Like This
Both are true. Lately, i've fallen in love with this show called "Battle for dream island" Seriously. Watch it. It's a short series on Youtube that's a lot like Total drama island- except, replace all the characters with talking objects and you've got the idea. I literally went on a archive binge yesterday, it is so amazing. Anywhay, I came across this video while I was snooping around Jacknjellify's youtube:
My mouth literally dropped. This guy, this guy right here- he did it. He accomplished what I always wanted to do (make a cartoon series), and even became famous!!
And you know why?
He didn't give up.
Back around the same time this came out, I also had a little comic book series. Okay, not little- I'd finished writing and drawing 26 episodes
PE: Story Planning Round-upGreetings all!More Like This
WHAT AN AWESOME WEEK!
So last week we had a fantastic event based on Story Planning; a week that was slightly relaxed for a PE week, but full of good advice. These articles haven't just been written for the sake of filling a week, we genuinely hope there is something in them that is useful to you as a writer, to help you with your journey. There's a flash fiction month around the corner, as well as a camp NaNoWriMo and then a full NaNoWrimo in November. There are the times to get planning- don't leave it too close to the deadline!
Here is a list of all the articles we posted in the past week! Please favourite, share the love, comment and express gratitude- especially to our article writers who took the personal time to write these articles and share a little of their own writin
A Tip On Good Writing: AccessiblityHaving references in your comics which are meant for a specific audience generally limits who will ultimately enjoy your work. But it doesn't HAVE to. Here, check out these Mass Effect comics from Awkward Zombie:More Like This
Now I've never played Mass Effect before, so I really don't know these characters, what the hell is going on, etc. But I still managed to get a good giggle out of just about all of them. Now, maybe playing the Mass Effect games will make everything even funnier, but a non-player like me can still get a minimum level of enjoyment out of the comic.
So what's going on? Simple. How accessible your story is will determine the size of your audience. That is, if you can't swap out specific references with generic ones, you're audience is gonna have a bad time.
These Mass Effect comics are written in such a way to maximize their audience accessibility. They could easily swap out Commander Shepard with Jane Doe, all the aliens with
Art History: Celtic Art In Early HistoryMore Like This
Celtic Art - A Look In History
Written by KovoWolf for projecteducate
There is something so unique and so humbling about Celtic art that we can immediately recognize it when we see it, though it is difficult to truly describe as a single 'medium'. With intricate designs, swirls, and beautiful knotwork however Celtic art is also a medium that you can recognize when you see it. Because Celtic art covers a huge expanse of time, geography and throughout various cultures, it can present some difficulty when trying to term or define what Celtic art truly is.
Celtic art and culture date back as far as the 8th century B.C generally refers to the culture of the European Iron Age from around 1000 BC onwards, until the conquest by the Roman Empire. The Early Medieval art of Britain and Ireland, which produced the Book Of Kells and other masterpieces that are well known today and can be associated with "ce
ESTABLISHING THE INITIAL STEPS FOR A WEBCOMICESTABLISHING THE INITIAL STEPS FOR A WEBCOMICMore Like This
Hi I’m Andrea Dotta: a Pro comic artist and animator and one year ago I had the insane idea of making a powerful webcomic to show my works to more people as possible. Now I’m in a positive development towards my goal. If you want to do a webcomic, always do your best as their are millions of webcomics on the internet.
In this article, I would like to share the things that I’ve learned this year so I hope you will get something from me.
IDEA: There are no bad ideas, there are only ideas that are not developed. To develop your idea, you need to be authentic - think of your real life experiences to give credibility to your story. If you need a sad story, think of a sad story in your life. If you want a happy story, think and say what i
PE: 10 tips and tricks not very known about PS10 useful and not very known Photoshop tricksMore Like This
1. Saving your .psd with all layers hidden makes a smaller file compared to saving it with all layers visible.
2. You can use the Crop Tool to quickly increase the canvas size of an image by holding down Ctrl + Alt whilst dragging the Crop Tool outside the current canvas.
3. If you want to see only one of your layers at a time, hold down Alt whilst clicking the eye icon of the layer. (do it again to show all layers again)
4. Holding down Alt while in a dialog box turns the Cancel button into a Reset button, so you can reset the values back to default.
5. If you want to just quickly check a very heavy .psd file, you can hold down Shift + Alt while clicking the Open button. This way Photoshop will open a flattened version of the file.
6. You can change the gray background that surrounds your image with the Paint Bucket Tool, just hold down Shift and make click on the background.
7. Not a very unknown tip, but if y
Tutorials and techniques 2It's time to refresh the tutorial journal! Added some new ones and removed those which, after some time, I found a bit misleading.More Like This
Below you'll find a list of tutorials I personally think of as the best on dA. If I have any problems with painting something I usually take a look at one of those.
Is there anything you're having troubles with? Need help looking for a good tutorial? Or maybe you'd like to see a video walk-through of me painting something?
I'm open for suggestions for what kind of tutorial/walk-through you'd like to see from me. If you're interested in anything, post your suggestions in the comments!
Poses, composition and perspective
Expressions and emotions
Colour theory, selection and mixing VS light
Blending Tutorial by acidlullaby :thumb146178
DA's Insular Taste PhenomenonIt's been quite a while since I wrote a preachy "THINK ABOUT YO' ART"-type journal, and some of my newer watchers may not know that this is a particular(ly annoying) habit of mine. This is a subject I've had on my mind for quite some time for a number of reasons, and it's recently coalesced into a semi-soluble form so here we go. (As an aside- this journal does have some recycled ideas from a previous post of mine, but obviously I hadn't really said everything I wanted to on the subject.)More Like This
It's no mystery that I love this website. I came in at the tail end of the pre-critique wonder years, when the internet discovered and exploited that, yes, we don't always produce the highest quality art here. There's a lot of unpleasantness directed towards DeviantArt. At RISD, I made a point to never mention that I had an account here, because of the looks of disgust I would get haha and people would think about me differently. It was
Daily Lit Deviations for January 15th, 2014Guidelines | How to Suggest a DLD | Group Administrators | Affiliation | Chatroom | Current Staff OpeningsMore Like This
Daily Lit Deviations for January 15th, 2014
We are proud to feature today's Daily Literature Deviations!
You can show your support by ing this News Article.
Please comment and the features and congratulate the artists!
For all of the featured artists: If you receive a DD for one
Literature Articles You Should KnowI don't take the time to write good community-building articles, I'm no good at it. But organizing good community articles? I'm all over that! Many thanks go to the great people who put so much of their time and energy into this site. If you don't know these people, they are intelligent, kind hearted, and entirely too good to be associating with layabouts like me. They deserve a lot more, but I recommend thanking them with llamas, points, gifts, praise... or watch them. I've yet to see anything bad come from any of these guys. Oh, and if you aren't watching CRLiterature you should be.More Like This
I'm going to try and catalog the most recent postings of various literature articles that the
crazyamazing people of our community produce. It's hard to keep track of them all, but somebody has to try! And in the "those who cannot do" mentality, I can handle list-making as opposed to creating a series of my own. Everything that ends up on this p
Tea with iNeed XIVHello! Hope you’ve all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year.More Like This
Mine was wonderful, filled with family time and seeing friends. Miss home already, but it’s nice to be back in France.
For the most part, this journal will be dedicated to those I critiqued for The Spirit of Generosity and CRITmas.
PS, has anyone else noticed the totally awesome cool profile I decided to treat us to for Christmas?
:iconpocketstories: has released its first workshop on Kickstarting the imagination.
Feel free to drop by and join in the fun!
Recent Commented/Critiqued Pieces
These writers all deserve a bit more recognition. Give them a read and perhaps even a watch!
Just Bugs by willwriteforhearts Extinct Biology by Gingersanps P: Afraid by LitCritic
The Bottle by TheMadHattersCup :thumb421592606: :thumb4203
Finales and PreludesPersonalMore Like This
I spent the first few hours of my new year with literature and Pokemon X. We'll get to the literature later. Right now, I've been enjoying the latest entry in the Pokemon franchise. I don't know if I've gotten better, or the games have gotten easier, but I'm not having as much trouble catching the stupid things as I used to. Then again, it sure is nice of the developers to put someone near the beginning that gives you False Swipe
I've heard from Doc that he has to wear a brace on his arm for another month before he can start therapy. He is getting better, but it's slow going. Nothing I can do about it, though I'd least like to help keep him entertained while he's incapacitated. Hence a basket full of movies and stuff.
Last time we talked, I spent most of the conversation explaining dA to him Among some other Internet stuff. I'll probably end up linking this feature to him; I told him what I was working on and he was interested and that c
League of Lit Groups: Volume 8Like groups? Want to join a group's admin team? Well this article is for you! Posted once a month this article will revisit one past group spotlight from Love dA Lit and one literature group who is in need of admins to help with their various group activities.More Like This
This month we will be revisiting Word-Smiths and taking a look at PowerfulWriting!
Group in Need | Past Spotlight | Contacting Me
Group In Need
"Writers should be able to express themselves without judgement. I started this group to help writers do just that, as well as help writers improve and find their voice (with a large emphasis on comments/critiques and prompts).
Right now, we are ver
#Forum-It: Issue 116DisclaimerMore Like This
Please note that the deviants quoted have not asked to be included in the issues published. If you have any concerns, please contact the group, and not the deviants themselves.
onemooseymoose: I just had some cranberry cok!
AnVirgin: Kids love сок in their mouth.... including me when I was a kid...
onemooseymoose: Oh yeah, some days I had nothing but cok.
AnVirgin: Yeah, nothing beats a mouthful of сок.
onemooseymoose: Nothing quite like cok on a hot day.
Aret: There's this creepy french dude where I work. None of us have offices, just a bunch of desks in a half circle on the second floor, so everything is full view to everyone. Now, this creepy dude has pictures of naked ladies all over his computer tower, which sits up on his desk. He has the naugh
Lit of the Week 98!17 -- The JumperMore Like This
Silence. Terminal velocity. / Then, calm, whistling air.
Reading the Bible doesn't have to be illegal because nobody reads anymore...
How I See Her
the nightgown she tosses away / Flutters down like night-breath
Have something to suggest for Lit of the Week? Drop either DrippingWords or me a note, or leave a comment here!
Critique Department Newsletter Issue 1Hey Everybody!More Like This
Its me, shehrozeameen - Head of the (drum roll) PoeticalCondition Critique Department!
Alright, aside, I see everyone wondering what's the big deal behind this newsletter?
Well, the Critique Department decided it was time we considered telling our members about ourselves, why critique is important, and how it can become a major facet in your dA experience. This newsletter was the joint effort of the core team:
:iconshehrozeameen: (that's me ) - Head of the Critique Department
:iconprettyflour: - Staff Secretary
:iconmichel-le-fou: - Staff Human Resource and Quality Assurance Manager
:iconfernknits: and :icondannymechanist: - Staff Critics
:iconnotensmsk: - Critique Department Founder and Staff Critic
for more info, check out PoeticalCondition's front page!
Critique is not a bad thi
PE: Procrastination and Creativity Procrastination and CreativityMore Like This
"You can't just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood.
What mood is that?
You are well-aware of the importance of this project, in fact you can't wait to get to it! Too bad you promised your friends to go for a drink, and then there's that movie. Also, your productivity is at its strongest at Midnight, first Tuesday after the Full Moon, starting earlier would be a waste of time. Make sure you are well-rested! After all, is there a better way to prepare yourself for a productive tomorrow than an enjoyable today?
Your diagnosis: Procrastination positive.
"Someday is not a day of the week."
Tips for a Successful GroupWith hundreds of new groups created every week, and probably half as many dying out due to inactivity or lack of watchers and interest, it's clear that the group platform is a double-edged sword. Creating your own group is an amazing experience, and it can be so rewarding! But it also takes a lot of work, sweat and jolly cooperation to make the dream come true. With this in mind, I contacted various group Founders of some big deviantART groups and asked them some questions.More Like This
While staring into this repeatedly, I decided Cinderella's dress is like the Super Group status. Everyone wants it, but if the group isn't the right kind of group, it is only a pretty cover for a bad book.
Creating Your Group
One day you woke up and -bam! the idea hit you, and in your head you thought to yourself "why not?". Well, here is a list of a whole number of reasons why NOT
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.)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
Introducing - Errands!OverviewMore Like This
Well, now that things have settled down a bit, here’s some good news to raise everyone’s spirits a little! I just got a letter from associate of ours who used to run an errands service ‘round Andalusst back in the day. They’re comin’ back to town real soon, an’ asked me to get things ready in advance. C’mon, take a look at this message board - let’s go over errands real quick an’ get you lot started on makin’ some local friends.
And by ‘friends’, he means Pokémon who will pay you to do things they’re too lazy or too inept to do by themselves. Take me for example...I may be a brilliant scientist, but I lack opposable thumbs, and there’s only so much that my tentacles can achieve on their own, regardless of how glorious they may be. A sad fact indeed, but one we must all live with. In this case, I wouldn’t be against paying someone with erm...wait no, this
How to get feedback on dAWe all joined this site, more or less for this reason, to get feedback on our art. The whole point of submitting art online is for people to see it and hear what they think about it.More Like This
Now there are a lot of deviants out there who get little to no feedback and as a result ask the people who faved their art to comment or go to random people on dA and ask for them to look at their art or comment in the hopes that the person will be kind enough to return the favor.
A message to the people who do that, you're doing it all wrong.
Sure, if you ask 20 people who faved your drawing what they thought about it, you might get 1 or 2 answers, but in return, you'll be ignored by say 10 people and you'll annoy 8 people. I get these comments and i'm telling you, begging for feedback is not the way to go, if someone didn't comment when they fave, what makes you think forcing their hand is the right way to go?
A fav is a compliment, take it a it is. Not everyone has
Fast lane to becoming a better artist.I often get this very question: How did you get this good this fast?More Like This
Now as I consider myself not being as good as people tell me, even struggling quite often with being an artist in general.
I do know how to get better and how to reach it fast. I'm still growing as I go and it's the main thing that keeps me going.
You need to get into the right mindset and the rest will follow. With the rest I mean:
3. Positive energy.
4. The NEED to draw.
Seeing growth in your work gives you the courage to work harder. You know that feeling when you're just about done with an image
and feel like this image is better than your last one, that great feeling. Use it!
Do studies! Lots of them!! Make film shot studies, live object studies, master-painting studies. They will teach you a lot about composition, lighting, colors, shapes storytelling etc.
You will hardly notice that you are learning thing
GET FEATURED!YES <3 I've been thinking of how to raise some points for a big giveaway again. Why not feature people?More Like This
also added the opportunity for people without points to be featured!
this is completely voluntary.
Here's how it works:
SHARE THIS JOURNAL (in any way you want): And get a name feature! (favourites don't count)
DONATE 10-20 and get an icon feature!
DONATE 25-50 and get ONE deviation feature by your choice!
DONATE 60-80 and get THREE deviations featured by your choice!
DONATE 100-130 and get an icon feature, 3 deviations AND a short description on what I like about your art!
I will use all these points to start a new giveaway :> I'm setting up a donation pool with a goal of 3000.
I'm at 900 points already.
If donated or shared, your name will stay on this forever!
You can also invite people on the name feature by MENTIONING the
IS it an open species?!?TO CLARIFY BEFORE ANYONE READS since some people have a tendency to twist my words into their own meaning, if you are uncertain about something, ASK before assuming.More Like This
This does not support theft of anything! I am just stating my opinion on the matter. Thank you and might this read give you some insight on some matters.
IS it an open species?!?
This question. Every. single. time. I. design. something.
nononoononononoooooooooooooooooo xD sTAHP witht he whole SPEICIES thing. I have stopped making species, I make cartoony made up fantasy animal/creature designs, they might look like species, but I do not claim them as such. Fantasy digital creature is a good name for it. This whole species fad going about is crazy.
When you buy my designs however you can make it into whatever you want xD if you are into speices and all that. If I make species with lots of species information, I tend to make them open. (mothlems being me trying to do a closed species again and I just nope
Art thieves must lack a cerebral cortex...Just a mini blurb derived from the confusion I'm currently feeling over such matters...More Like This
Now I already did a previous journal (My opinions on referencing, copying, and fans)
if you wish to know a little bit of my thoughts on that...
But I just don't get it.
When people pose and steal to troll, that's one thing. They're just being immature and bored more or less among other possible reasons.
But when people pose and steal identities and work to gain popularity, make friends, or get a name...
Have you no shame.....?
And what then, you make friends, and sooner or later maybe you guys become besties and you'll have to tell them who you really are (and aren't) if you truly consider them a friend. What then? Maybe some are still kind and forgiving enough to let it slide, but how many would still respect you for lying about yourself just so peo
Ideas on NPC creation!Many elements behind our most recent NPCs have been randomly generated, and here's how we do it!More Like This
1. We come up with a general story or direction we'd like our cities / events to go in, and we create several characters to fill those cities and events with.
2. We think about what each of those characters would do in the cities/events, what their roles are, what they offer to the story as a whole, etc. We pick a race here, too, based on what we'd think would be coolest or most impacting.
3. Now that we have several very basic ideas of what we want, we use Marnok's NPC generator, which can be found here: http://marnok.com/content/_adventure/101npcs.php
This gives us a randomly-generated list of 101 very basic ideas for NPC personalities every time we refresh. We'll come back to it in a minute.
4. We then go to http://www.random.org/
5. We count how many characters we've just created for our city/event/story, and we use random.org to select one for us.
This one's for the writers!This one's for the writers, the ones who slice open their souls day in and day out, and get so little feedback in response. We need to be there for each other. We need to respond to our friends' uploads as often as we're able, as kindly as we can. No, I'm not suggesting you lie, but do remember someone just offered themselves up on the slab, so the least we can do is respect the corpse.More Like This
I recently self-published my third book, but my friends and family members haven't been there for me as much as I wish they would. Some have helped me, and some haven't. That's life, I suppose, but here's why I'm telling you.
We all go through the same feelings. We upload our poetry to groups like this one, and some of you upload your prose or other art to dA as well, and then we wait. We don't constantly refresh our pages (although maybe sometimes we do...a little...right?). We just want feedback. We want praise and favorites, sure, but even more than that, we just want some response at all. We crav
New Netflix's Series Should Be A New 'Avatar show'From Paul Tassi Verified:More Like This
I’m a week or so behind the times, but I’ve finally caught up with the final season of Nickelodeon’s The Legend of Korra, including its absolutely sublime finale that fans will be talking about for years to come.
In it (spoilers), there are many fantastic moments, including Korra essentially forgiving the big-bad villain of the entire season, going out of her way to save her life instead of letting her be consumed by the superweapon she built.
But past that, the most talked-about portion was the final two minutes, where Korra and Asami, both ex-girlfriends of presumed romantic lead Mako, decide to take a vacation together into the Spirit World. The two walk hand into the portal of light and the final shot is them facing each other, practically nose to nose in a way that mirrors both the nuptial pose of two characters who got married minutes earlier in the episode, and the end of The Last Airbender which had Aang and Kitara kissing.
Confessions of a King Literature ContestOur prose and poetry contest is now underway! The theme was picked by our members and you can win hundreds of dA Points, art, literature, and features! There are just under two weeks left to enter.More Like This
Confessions of a King
Poetry or prose
There is no minimum length requirement for prose or poetry, but prose submissions should not exceed 7,000 words.
Deadline [Bullet; Red][Bullet; Red]
[Bullet; Purple][Bullet; Purple] Prizes [Bullet; Purple][Bullet; Purple]
250 Points [Points]
50 Points [Points] from Peter-The-Knotter
10 Points [Points] from NicolaiGrey
Short story commission and feature from Gingersanps
Poem request from wei-en
One to two chapter literature request from Darkspruceforest
Poem or short story from religiouscornrose237
Critique from DailyBreadCafe
August Prompts, Week 4Blood is thicker than water, people say. Then why was it that every time you looked at that picture in your family's photo album, you felt like you were forgetting something... someone?More Like This
Week 1: Hunger
Hunger is the leading cause in a lot of things. If you were so hungry, so starving you reached your breaking point, what would you be capable of?
Week 2: Sweet Revenge
That person hurt you so badly that you wished they would just die. But where's the fun in that? Let's plan a careful, perfect, torturing but most importantly, sweet revenge..
Week 3: The Baader Meinhof Phenomenon (a variation)
Seeing, hearing, learning something completely new you can't seem to forget -- because it's everywhere for the first time. Traditionally, it's as simple as learning a new word -- "exequy" (meaning "funeral rite") -- and picking up on it in over and over and over again. Adapt that into something horrible -- something haunting or something with horrible and haunting consequences. An exequy, maybe? (See
Synergy: Week NineDear Synergists,More Like This
As this is the last week of July going into August, this journal will mark the beginning of the August tournament and the last stage of the program. No further Synergy journals will be posted.
Please note that everyone may still submit late assignments for reduced points until the end of the program, August 31st. Please submit all of your late assignments to this journal, with clear indication of which assignment for which week is being submitted.
The points tally as of today has been posted here; please download the tally book and check your point awards to make sure they're accurate. We welcome you to contest your points; please do so in a note to Live-Love-Write.
Please note that if you are not a participant of Synergy, you can still join the program to participate in these contests! To join, please sign up
Synergy: Week SixDear Synergists,More Like This
We're about halfway through the program! This will be marked by a rest period - this week is catch-up week. There are no new assignments this week, only the standing assignment of critiques for your partner's newly submitted deviations, as well as some feedback. We hope everyone will use this week to catch up on missed assignments and challenges. Please remember that you may still submit missed assignments for full points during the month of July. Please submit your assignments in comments to the journals of the week they were assigned. Also, if you are new to the program, the Synergy: Week Four journal may answer some of your questions.
Week Six: Assignments
1. Critique every new literature deviation your partner posts (i.e. after June 22, 2013 - rewrites and edits do not count). Optional extra points can be earned by critiquing your part
July Prompts: Week 5Hello! This is the first time I'm starting the monthly prompt, so I do hope you will enjoy writing those horror artworks! Well, then.. Moving on..More Like This
A Haunting Past..
You were living a perfect life. Nothing could ruin that. Until one day, the only thing you want to remain buried in the past comes back to haunt you. Please, tell us. Don't be afraid We all have made mistakes in the past.. We kept them as secrets that we brought along to our graves. But yours didn't make it..
Week 1: Beyond The Mirror
What do you see in the mirror? Yes, your reflection. I bet your face is expressionless after hearing that everyday fact. Now let's see what expression you will make after you discover the true horror beyond the mirror..
Week 2: Banshees
Banshees are Irish folktale spirits that shriek at your window with warnings of death. Incorporate a banshee into your story or an omen in her likeness.
Week 3: Roses
A rose is a flower the symbol of love and a flower the color of blood. It's thorns can p
Pride Flags Colors explained!I'll try to list as many pride colors as I can think of.More Like This
Gay Pride (Rainbow - Gay, Gay Men, Lesbians, and sometimes the entire Queer community. The rainbow represents acceptance of all sexual orientations.)
Labrys Lesbian Pride (Purple with Labrys in inverted black triangle [different versions exist] - Lesbians, women, and feminism, and gynephilic people who identify as female. Labrys became a symbol of lesbians and feminists due to the popularity of a female empowerment publication called Labrys Magazine. In addition, the black triangle is a symbol of lesbians due to the fact that many lesbians were forced to wear it in concentration camps during the Holocaust under the idea that they were "asocial" and did not conform to heteronormativity).
Bisexual Pride (Pink, Purple, and Blue - Bisexuals and sometimes all multisexual/non-monosexual/multiple gender attracted people.)
Synergy: Week FourDear Synergists,More Like This
We asked, and you have spoken! Thank you all very much for the extremely helpful feedback you have provided this past week. Common consensus seems to be that the critiques are now outdated and tedious, collaborations and critiques with other Synergists would be fun, and that the challenges are much more interesting than the assignments. We agree with you on all accounts there, so behold the improved Synergy plans. Please read the following instructions carefully; they override any previous instructions you have been contacted with in the past.
If you are not new to the program and were re-assigned a new partner, the points you earned with your old partner will carry through. You do not have to redo the assignments and challenges from the past weeks with your new partner; once you have earned points for a specific task, you cannot earn them again. However, we urge you to try them anyway to get to know your new partner and also to help your partner ear
Synergy: Week ThreeDear Synergists,More Like This
Please find below the assignments and challenges for the third week of Synergy. The assignments are mandatory for each individual to complete, while the challenges are optional to gain extra points. All participants must report their responses to each assignment and challenge separately; one partner cannot report for both.
Week Three: Assignments
Please complete the following assignments and challenges by June 22.
1. Read three of your partner's literary pieces, and leave an in-depth critique for each one. In a comment on this journal, please leave links to the deviations you have critiqued; this activity will earn you 25 points for each one. If your partner does not have enough pieces left to critique, please note the group and we will arrange for an equivalent activity. (75 points total)
2. Leave a comment on this journal with your responses to the following questions: How do you like the program so far? What sort of assignments a
PE: Free + Open Source Art ProgramsThere are plently of art programs out there, but many cost money to buy. This article aims to help you find a free or open source altneratives to paid art programs.More Like This
The following programs are alternatives to digital painting programs like Paint Tool SAI and Corel Paintshop Pro.
Krita is a great program that is actively developed and has a plethora of features. The brush engine in particular is really nice. Similar to GIMP & Photoshop, Krita does more than just digital painting. You can do things like photomanipulation, and it offers a variety of file formats and templates to experiment with. Because there are so many features, the learning curve is going to be higher than with something like SAI, but since it's well laid out and gorgeous, you should be able to paint gorgeous stuff in no time.
Keep in mind, Krita uses a lot of RAM & CPU, and you might need a graphics card to keep the pro
Introduction to setting up your storeIntroduction to setting up your storeMore Like This
I have been there, deciding to sell your work is a scary decision. What do I do? How do I sell? How do I accept money? What do I do so that I don't lose money? What if no one buys my work? I went through every emotion and scary thought before I began. Three years after I opened my store I finally feel comfortable giving advice about it. This is a huge topic and I could write tons of info about it, so I'll begin with this introduction and build up on future articles. I will also write a second article about taking commissions, wait for it later this week!
Last year I wrote some guidelines with some more information about selling your work online, please consider reading it too! This article will focus on setting up your store.
Disclaimer: I'm not the most successful online seller, and I don't intend to be - I'm pretty busy with my studies, and most of my business comes from custom commissions, no
The 'Free' Artist's Toolbox for Digital ArtistsMore Like This
Welcome to projecteducate 's topic: The Free Digital Arts Toolbox!
Not all artists can or want to pay for expensive programs like Photoshop or PaintTool SAI, expensive hardware like Wacom Tablets, or premium stock for poses, brushes, patterns, backgrounds, etc. How is an artist wanting to work in digital media supposed to operate while keeping their finances under control? THAT is exactly what we will be discussing - and until 2014 when my own family bought me tools and programs I had wanted for a long time, I worked my digital media magic using mostly free programs, methods and resources.
Photoshop and PaintTool SAI are amazing - no doubt. But they are not the only programs available that can edit pho
Polymer Clay Brands Polymer clay BrandsMore Like This
many people who start working with polymer clay usually do so by taking the brand they have available in a store around the corner.
For me that was Fimo, which is still a regular in my polymer clay box. I have tried several brands, though not all, thats why I borrow (with permission!) from other nice people which are credited in the bottom and in the intro, to give you a full picture. All the product pictures are copyright of the respective brands which I have written permission to use. (And got free samples from Fimo & Pardo just for asking! Thanks so much once more)
Did anyone of you know that Fimos goes back a long time and is probably the first polymer clay? It was originally invented by the famous doll maker Käthe Kruse. When in 1939 the mass didn't turn out to be used the way for doll heads as she wanted, her daughter Sophie dabbled on with it. It took another 15 years until she did perfectione
Fractal Tutorials and the Heroes Who Made Them...I have been creating Fractals using fractal/flame software for about 2 years now, and have been so grateful for the makers of the Tutorials we learn from. In a previous journal we looked at different soft wares that are available to use...most of them FREE.More Like This
Today we look at a some of the wonderful Tutorials created by people here in Deviant Art. Without their excellent guidance...some of us would still bee stumbling around in the dark trying to figure things out. If YOU have ever been interested in making fractal images...this journal is for you!
Tutorials by the fractal artist TsukinoHikari20 :icontsukinohikari20: are some of the first I personally began to experiment with.
Project Educate: Fight Artist's/Writer's BlockArtist/Writer's block is the worst nightmare for writers and artists! Because of this, many artists and writers quit! Writer's/Artist's block is usually only temporary, but it can be long too! Here are some ways to fight writer's/artist's block!More Like This
Find a place or situation that inspires you:
Yes, you've all probably heard this a lot of times, but it's true. Finding places that you like can inspire you to do more art/writing! That place doesn't have to be quiet, it can be a huge city bursting with life and sound! Places won't only inspire you, but so will situations. Taking a walk around your city or even you neighborhood can inspire you. Try going to special events that take places. See how people interact! Just like a place, these situations don't have to be happy or very community-like. Sometimes bad situations can inspire artist's/writer's to express their feelings through art or writing.
Pull up old ideas:
Artist's/Writer's usually throw the majorit
PE: Contrast in Digital ArtThis article aims to introduce different kinds of ‘contrast’ in digital art, although most of the following points can also be applied to other media as well.More Like This
(noun) - Contrast is a principle of art. When defining it, art experts refer to the arrangement of opposite elements (light vs. dark colors, rough vs. smooth textures, large vs. small shapes, etc.) in a piece so as to create visual interest, excitement and drama.
1. Colours and Brightness
One of the first things to come to mind when we think of ‘contrast’ are colours contrasting with each other.
(The colours labelled as 'primary' are the primary colours in the RGB colour model. Primary colours of the CMYK colour model are cyan, magenta and yellow.)
FRACTAL SOFTWARE TO CREATE BEAUTIFUL FRACTALSFractal Software To Create These Beautiful FractalsMore Like This
There are many different kinds of fractal generating software out there, just waiting for an artist to create beautiful fractal images.
Many of them are free and some of them even have creators who are members here at Deviant Art!.
There are groups available that are devoted to specific programs....and there are groups that solicit your art no matter which
software you choose to use.
This journal will by no means be exhaustive, or complete....
.....but will give you some idea as to where YOU might like to start on your fractal-creating journey.
PE: Creating art on CommissionPE: Creating art on CommissionMore Like This
At some point in your career as an artist, you'll be asked to create artwork on commission. Whilst it's a wonderful feeling, being able to make money creating art, it's completely different than selling a personal piece you previously completed - accepting a commission means entering a temporary relationship with your client. As simple it may sounds, there's a lot to satisfying customer's needs, sometimes the best you can do is to say no. Being picky regarding which commission you accept is not a bad thing, but try not to automatically turn down commission because it seems to be violating your artistic integrity, it's hard to survive without paid jobs.
✐ 1. Communication and flexibility
This is the key aspect to being able to work on commissio
PE: Promoting your projectPromoting your projectMore Like This
So you have a community project. You think it is a really good project, but people seem to not care for it. But wait... what if they just don't know about it?
Step 1 - WRITE A JOURNAL ABOUT YOUR PROJECT
You can also use other ways to describe your project - in the comments section of a deviation, in a profile widget or gallery description, but a journal is usually the most effective way to get the word out. Write it in sta.sh, even if it's a group journal (we will get to this later). Explain clearly and concisely the main idea and goals of your project, then elaborate on the details if needed.
Step 2 - POST THE JOURNAL
You can post it not only in your profile, but also in your groups. You need to be an admin of a group to be able to post the journal to it directly (as a journal, not as a deviation). If you are an admin of a group that is relevant to the project, this is how
Felt I should answer somethingI was recently asked why I like listening to music in foreign languages.More Like This
The best reasons I can come up with are the following:
I hear enough English as it is.Variety is the spice of life.I see and sorta feel sound. Different languages have different looks to them, they feel different too. I don't even know how to describe it. I like seeing the different things with the languages and style. Plus the way the textures are with these sounds is AMAZING!!!A lot of it has to do with the way hearing a different culture in music has an effect on my perception and in turn my artwork.
That's the short answer.
Yes, I do see and feel sound. It's because my senses have gotten crossed over the years due to my seizures. I've had tens of thousands of them, possibly more, both large and small. My epilepsy is only partially controlled, and no I do not qualify for surgery because my entire brain is affected, not just a single part. Plus the seizures a
Beading 101 - Part 1Beading 101More Like This
I offered to help out with project educate and set up a big beading 101 for all the beading beginners out there, it might turn out to be an interesting article for intermediates too. Little did I know then, what a HUGE task I had ahead of me .. I probably would have run and hide if I would have.
Or yelled: "Bead me up, Scotty"
I want to explain a lot of the basics, the tools, the must haves, the should haves, the bead types and all those curious abbreviations used with beading which seem to be a language of their own. I remember well how lost I was in the beginning when there came up words like melon beads, ICL, marea, monofilament... what the heck? There where so many different threads and even more beads and all those strange aught sizing instead of mm (millimetre) (nowadays I need a table to convert aught to mm )
This is my brain (and probably most every beader's brain) on beads:
JULYAnother summer Sunday, hot, close, quietMore Like This
But with a restlessness beneath
Mad to be free
Field At Sunset by comsic
Lost in the Dream by JacqChristiaan Troubles....... by TriciaS Cloud art by gigi50.:Summer Dreams:. by LT-Arts In the shine by zhaleh Bearing True West...Yarr by Trippy4U
Serenity by LT-Arts Piece of paradise by olegmd
I can't stop thinking of wind, and lullabies,
The Struggles of Writing Period LiteratureOr, more to the point: Writing Fantasy in the non-typical Fantasy eras can be dicey.More Like This
The Renaissance isn't too bad. There is always the Online Etymological Dictionary when I'm not sure about a word, or when I think a historically appropriate term would be useful for turning a phrase. Urban Fantasy isn't too difficult to write either, once you've decided on a voice for the narrator. That's probably why when I see either done badly, I fall on it like a ton of bricks, and usually cast the book across the room in the process.
But writing a pseudo-Classical (actually Hellenistic-era, but most people wouldn't make the distinction ) dialect is a bit of a pickle. Even for someone trained in Koine Greek like myself. First of all, the Greek language of the day loved long, floral, formal sentences. Even for common dialect, subjunctives and conditionals of all sorts were the norm. Also the use of punctuation was unknown to the Greeks Grammar was supplied by the rules
WishingWell WeeklyThe Wishlist | Granted Wishes | Featured Member | Featured PrintMore Like This
Point Features | Well Wishes | Tuesday Treats | Feature Friday |
Worldbuilding: Environments and Social StructuresAre you ready to build a world? Good!More Like This
The Magic Gateway, by jerry8448. This is what we want to do with worldbuilding.
Worldbuilding is a complex process, because it is essentially creating the base of a different reality from our own. An author must pull together all the elements of a 'world', and capture that in text. This applies in any genre of writing. Even non-fiction has aspects of worldbuilding because it has setting and world details the same as fiction. In any genre, if the world is flat, the story will be flat and one of the best ways to build a fictional world is to know about one's own. Stories and readers both require an interesting and engaging place to go to, and our world, as well as any imagined one, can provide this! Because our world is the base of most human experiences, it is a great place to understand for both personal and writing reasons. If the author understands the sett
Beautiful Couples In Life And In Art - Part SixIn a time when nothing is more certain than change, the attachment of two people to one another has become a rare thing, but just this increases its beauty.More Like This
All of us want to love and to be loved, but this is not easy at all!:icontruesmiles:
Love doesn't means only "I Love You", love means commitment and respect, a strong shoulder who can support your head at any moment, a warm heart who can receive your joys, an energetic hand which can relieve all pain and depression, a mysterious smile during a dance, which always conjures the First Dance, but above all, love is the only feeling that shines over time when our hair is white and our wrinkles talk about memories.
This is love and life, this is what all of us dream to have and to share this is what we have to respect and cherish.
I had the chance to meet some beautiful couples in our dA community and I have the pleasure to dedicate a series of journals to them.
I want to do this because I want to let them know how
Contest List - JuneUpdated 16 January 2014 20:50 ESTMore Like This
If you or someone you know is holding a contest, either leave a comment or note me. Please do not send notes directly to the group (unless it's an affiliate request) as the current admins are unable to access them.
Look out for the contests!
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'IrrevocableFate's Menagerie of Literature Contests
#Writers-and-Editors Looking for Literature Contests?
Short vs. Long - Contest Contest closed, thank you for participating!More Like This
Story planning isn't about length—you can use all of the tips throughout this week to figure out anything from a very well-researched drabble to a cycle of novels.
So I'm just taking a moment to talk about the big difference between writing a short vs. long work. I'm not hashing out every distinction—I'm leaving microfiction in particular to the experts—so for our purposes here a short story is anything from 1,000 to 10,000 words and a novel is 40,000 words and above. (Literaticat will tell you different things. Trust her.)
The basics are the same: you need a beginning, middle, and end (yes, short stories are complete stories)! You need an engaging protagonist who works well with the plot, and there's the same range of available genres.
So what is the difference?
Scope. A short story has to be <
PE: Story Planning Week!Greetings everyone and welcome to another fun-packed week at projecteducate! This week has been teamed back up with CRLiterature and will be focussing on story planning!More Like This
What do we mean by “story planning”?
Planning a story sounds like an easy task- even at primary school level you are taught that a story must have a beginning, a middle and an end. However there are plenty of important elements that build a story; a lot of prep work that can actually improve the quality of your novel writing in the long run. This can cover almost anything- from world building, character development, creating past history and plot mapping etc. There is a huge range of elements that can turn your idea into a strong well-structured novel.
Are you going to tell me how to write a novel?
Not exactly. We can’t tell you how to approach your novel and how to write it from chapter 1 through to the end. We’re not giv
Historical Fiction WorkshopOfficial Post Time for the upcoming Historical Fiction Workshop.More Like This
Please, guys, do me a favor and "sign up" - it isn´t as though we have limited spaces, but I'd like an advance idea of how many people we're going to have, even if they are only maybes.
What is it?: A 5 week long workshop on historical fiction, complete with exercises and resource guides.
Who can join?: Anyone. There is no experience requirement nor limited space. Please understand that our ability to help in languages other than English is limited, but if your native language is not English and you want to join, note me and we will see what we can work out.
When is it?: August 3rd to September 7th.
What's the goal here?: To have each participant end up with one finished, edited short story.
Who's driving this crazy train?: doughboycafe and VFreie If you have no idea who we are or what makes us anywhere near qualified to run this, more info closer to the date.
What is t
How to 'Proofread' your ArtCommunity WeekMore Like This
Ever feel like there's something wrong with your art, but you just can't identify what?
Here are some surprisingly simple tricks that you should do throughout painting that will help you easily 'proof read' your art for mistakes and issues:
Check your values
If you're painting a picture in colour, this technique is really helpful. Values are important in a painting to give a 3-D feel and to make the painting not feel flat. 'Value' is how light or dark a colour is. It's often hard to tell the value of a colour as colours can easily trick your eyes into thinking they're lighter or darker than they actually are.
For example, take a look at these two colours:
Which is darker? The blue probably appears to be. However, when we make the image greyscale (take away the colours), you'll see that the values of the colours are almost identical.
Oh noes! How do I prevent myself from being tricked? Check your
An Interview with CrumpetsHarveyMore Like This
Let's start simple. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your Lit life.
Dog at the End of the World is a collection of 52 poems for young adults, featuring sea monsters, emails, paradise birds, over-achievers, Anglo-Saxons, leaving home and socks. It has been described as "funny, inventive, alive, very alive, surprising, unexpected, funny" by poet James Crowden, and it includes House on my head, The lovesong of Flird and Memoon, and Urgent please reply. It's out September 10th in hardback and you can get it from Amazon or any UK bookseller. It will also be released as an ebook if a hardback plus i
An Interview with a CanuckInterview With Jon-LawMore Like This
Let's start simple. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your Lit life.
My territory is novels and short stories, yes. I wrote poems but they're quite amateur. I've had three stories published: The Week in A Cappella Zoo (also in print), Looking Down On Me in Silver Thought and before that in Soundzine, and Good Men Do Nothing online at Joyful! Online (defunct). I once self-publishedan early draft of a novel just to share it with friends and family in a physical incarnation.
What was your favorite part of the publishing process?
My favourite part of publishing for short stories is the acceptance letter. I have no qualms with rejection, it's part of the process and every writer needs goo
An Interview with a Zebra...of sortsInterview With zebrazebrazebraMore Like This
So awesome we had to write it three times!
Let's start simple. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your Lit life.
Oh my. An opportunity to let my flaccid e-peen slip casually out of my shorts? I'd love to!
I have had poetry published in Soundzine, Read This Press' Starry Rhymes, Voiceworks, dotdotdash, Hunger Mountain (http://www.hungermtn.org/letter-koan/, http://www.hungermtn.org/cloudbursting/, http://www.hungermtn.org/scarecrow-song/, http://www.hungermtn.org/when-the-rain-stops/, http://www.hungermtn.org/motivation-earth/), Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Vignette Press' Geek Mook,
Need faces?We've already had "Need references?" and "Need textures?", time for something else. This actually is about references again, but about these more specified ones. Emotions. How many times have you wondered why is that the faces you draw look as empty as dead? Depicting moods can be a very hard task. Try sketching yourself (yes, a mirror would be a nice thing to have in this case), pull faces at diffrent angles, change light. And take a look at these below. Compare.More Like This
Wise man by Mithgariel-stockJR Portrait 4 -stock by BiggieShortyManic Emotion 2 by RobynRose
By the seaside 12 by intergalacticstockMale Stock 75 by BirdsistersStockFace34 by faestockEscape 002 by D-emo-stockJodi Sunshine Girl 21 by FantasyStock
Lockstock Crying 01 by lockstockCrying Girl by MaLiCi0uZ:thumb119293518:spooky bride 41 by Lisajen-stockFallen Angel XI by fetishfaerie-stock
cracking up by Treeclimber-StockMan Laughing 14865333 by StockProject1VStock Crazy Laugh 02 by lockstockTank and Jeans ::Stock 139:: by spiked-stock
singing 2 by MissKayaStockJessie Stock 01 by kuskostock:
How To Be A Productive WriterHow To Be A Productive WriterMore Like This
You know the type: the writer who submits something new everyday, who floods your inbox with new poems and prose pieces that they somehow had time to write since the last time you logged in to dA. How do they do it? Are there more than 24 hours in their day? Do they have chunks of spare time that you don't? Super discipline? Magic powers?
It may seem like a strange and mystical phenomenon, but believe it or not, that person is probably just as busy as you are. Even more unbelievable: you can become that person, too. It doesn't take magic powers or a high tolerance to lack of sleep or loads of spare time, but it does take discipline. Ready? Okay.
Actually, not quite ready yet. You know when you're really on a roll, when you're writing and writing and suddenly... you stop to check Facebook? Yeah. Whether it be Facebook or email or the refrigerator or deviantART, we want to get rid of distractions. Move to a distraction-free ar
PE: 5 reasons to believe in yourselfSuccess is not a measure of how much money you earn or how popular you are, rather, it is being able to find your passion - one that makes you happy and ultimately, one that you would be happy to leave as your legacy. To make a step forward to reach your dream takes smarts and guts but why couldn't you? Here is five reasons why you can.More Like This
1. Everyone was born equal
More-less, this is true, some people are born more challenged than others but we all possess skills and ability to learn. It is possible to build something out of nothing if we really want to. It all comes down to our preferences and decisions.
"Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent."
2. Overcoming your fears
By constantly challenging yourself, you can get rid of fears that used to follow you. You will no longer be worried, you'll know you can count on yourself.
"If you think you can, you can. If you think you can't, you're right."
The Breaking Point: End-stopping and EnjambmentIntroductionMore Like This
The most noticeable difference between poetry and prose is often the use of line breaks in poetry. When the line break comes at the end of a phrase, sentence, or clause, the line is end-stopped. End-stopped lines often end with punctuation like periods/full stops, commas, semi-colons, and colons. When the line break disrupts the phrase, sentence, or clause, the line is enjambed. The French word enjambement, from which 'enjambment' is derived, means 'straddling,' and appropriately, the phrases straddle two or more lines.
The first four lines of Shakespeare's "Sonnet 18" are an example of end-stopped lines:
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Walt Whitman also uses end-stopped lines in "Song of Myself (I)":
I Celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
Be An Active Watchee We all want active watchers; people that comment on our deviations and add them to their favorites. That get involved in whatever projects we have going on, polls we post or anything else. Active watchers are awesome and we're lucky to have them. But are you an active watchee?More Like This
Some people return watches, some people don't. However you do it, a big key to have active watchers for most of us is to be active in return! But what is an active watchee?
Being an active watchee isn't really that hard, it's just boils down to being involved with your watchers and being part of their deviantART experience too. They watched you for whatever reasons they did. Let it be your artwork, your community involvement, your bribery... whatever it is, they watched you for a reason, reasons we shall appreciate because we are respectable people after all! So without further babbling or .gifs,
5 Steps to Being an Active Watchee
1. Stay regular
Fehn and Vahli's Contest: Winners announced!Welcome to the Greatest Contest of 2015!More Like This
Happy New Year! How about we kick it off with a contest? It's not just an art contest; there are plenty of ways to win whether you draw something or not! Currently there are 4,675 points (and counting!) to be won. All donations will go toward the jackpot, and all who donate will be featured in this contest post! (Accepting donations of points, art, writing, llamas, features, and anything else you can offer!)
The Contest has been extended until: April 30th, Midnight EST. No further extensions.
PLEASE FAVORITE, SHARE, AND PROMOTE THIS CONTEST IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE PRIZES GROW!!!
Current Winnable Prizes
4,675 (or cash equivalent for some prizes),
ONE Short Story
:iconfehnryr: :iconxxbeyondthevoidxx: :icongammawolfman: :iconsoda-snuggl
WINNERS ANNOUNCED ~ 2000 POINTS GIVEAWAY~!!!The generated winners are below!! >v<More Like This
1st - #77 AncientDragoness
2nd - #248 Neko-Kyohaku
3rd - #899 Mylittlemerch
4th - #925 eclipsedADOPTS
5th - #130 adoren
6th - #471 BlueSpiritWolf6
7th - #669 SARDlNES
8th - #111 DegasClover
9th - #752 ToxicFalls
10th - #573 Ribbon-Wren
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS~!!! >v<
And because I have some extra points, 3 randomly generated runner-ups get 20 points each ;v;
- #722 AnimeNeelson
- #526 KutieKittyKandyKorn
- #532 TechnoWulfeh
EDIT: OKAY GUYS! ENTRIES ARE CLOSED~~~ I will be announcing the winners shortly uvu (gotta restart my computer first, haha)
Yes, you heard right. A whole 2000 points. Why? Because I FINALLY REACHED 2000 WATCHERS~!!! >v< Heeehheeee!!!
-FAV THIS JOURNAL
-That's it! ;v; Just don't tell me you entered/faved, it gets annoying TTvT
Professional profile page resources + Get FREE AdDo you like to customizing your page?More Like This
Are you tired of the same old COMMON stuff?
Guess what! I am making professional quality Profile Page resources 'premium content' at a very low cost for you to use in your page. You know... To spice up your page a bit!
Here are some the currently available 'premium content' of mine that you can buy and use in your page to make your friends/watchers envy your page!
My customization resources are sold to more than 200+ satisfied deviants. I am sure you're gonna like them too! Grab them to use in your own page.
I provide opportunity to give exposure to deviants in my page who are in need of it. You can see the "Get featured" section in my page CypherVisor
I generally charge deviants to put Ads in my page. Howeve
Last minute goodies #3 + Winners announcedWinners!More Like This
#1 WINNER - slanderxoxo!
#2 wINNER - werewolfologist
Congratulations! You'll receive the points as soon as possible!
Hello everyone!! I bring you some more adoptables that are about to close (auctions) or could use a bid! All of these are absolutely unique so don't hesitate to check them out and offer something for them!
Since :iconlastofthewildadopts: reached 100 members and :iconkingnlionheartadopts: surpassed 50 watchers we're holding a giveaway!!!
We'll be giving 100 away! Two lucky winners will be chosen randomly among the participants!
To enter you only need to fav this journal!
Spreading the word is very much appreciated!! If you watch our group or our account KingnLionheartAdopts and you win the raffle we'll give you extra points!
Ending wp journals + 200 points give awayFirst thing is that I decided to end the weekly photo journal, it was very fun to make and I'm very glad so many people liked it! But after 30 weeks I think it's time for something new, not sure what though. Anyway thanks a bunch for all the support during these weeks! (And not only these weeks.)More Like This
Second thing I'd like to share is that I'm still not (very) active here at DeviantART, I didn't used my camera for like 2,5 months now O_o Sorry for not responding to your messages/notes. Hope to be back some day, because I miss talking to the people here.
Third thing is that I'll give another 200 points (2x100 ) away to end this and start something new every week (with features), but like I said I don't know what yet.
* just add this journal to your favorites to enter this give away
* 2 winners chosen randomly
A total of 30 weekly photo journals
Weekly photo #030 + the green door by augenweide Blue by bwaworga Vortex by A2Matos Wild wild west by ZahirBatin 20cc Scooter by antontang :thumb429950049: Hearth of Snow by flankers Kofa Twilight by PeterJCoskun Snowy on the Coast by mydigitalmind Capreolus capreolus by JMrocek Take my winter time by Silvermoonswan Morning Glory (Candy) by carinamaiwald Maximus. by VisualEchos Snowy stare by DeeOtter Hyllus diardi. by irassMakroFotografie The Doubt by Inebriantia Monte Negro Canyon by Miguel-Santos Awakened before Sleep by Oer-Wout Winter sunset by m-eralp HDR-Photography-Trolly-Fort-Lauderdale-Bus-Rid by CaptainKimo Summer's gone. by MauiMelle Turimetta Moon Rise by Traniel23 Ice Age by porbital When Giants Fall Asleep by MaximeDaviron Paper kite butterfly by SarahharaS1 Colours, Dust and Memories by Skia Wavy Shapes by FlorentCourty Silent Winter by MarcoHeisler Under The Starry Sky by JoniNiemela fear of the dark by arbebukMore Like This
A Child of Rain by alexgphoto Central Berbershop by vishstudio dark soul by leelloor Der Winkel by feigenfrucht 33 by KariLiimatainen Icepearl Sunrise by FelixInden Crack by porbital Winter Red by INVIV0 Buffalo treehopper by ColinHuttonPhoto That looks delicious! by Tygrik path in forest by KariLiimatainen Brown-throat by phalalcrocorax
Sage's Elixir by John-Peter Peek a boo. by Cocooue Mess by IvanAndreevich :thum
500 points Giveaway!!Hello everyoneeee!! How are you doing?? Omg it's been a few months since I last wrote a journal I've been swamped by university between final exams and reports to hand in! I was supposed to be done with it all by today but alas I still have a few reports overdue that I have to hand in tomorrow... I am completely stressed out!More Like This
But not all of it was bad in this first month of the year...! On January 1st the incredibly sweet Gwendolyn12 gave me my 4th Daily Deviation on the piece that I hold the closest to my heart:
. . . I will wait for you . . .
:iconcryforeverplz: :iconcryforeverplz: :iconcryforeverplz: :iconcryforeverplz: I seriously had no words to describe just HOW MUCH BLISS it brought to my tiny heart ;___; I made this piece well over a year ago and I still think it's the best one in my gallery. People tell me my pieces can convey feelings to them but this is the only piece in my gallery that can actually make ME cry..
Shibe it up + Giveaway (500 points in all)TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO ENTER. SO HURRY.More Like This
An interesting idea I had as I was looking through my comments.
500 points being given.
If you don't really care about entering, just favorite this journal to be entered in to win 100 points.
The main idea is to make me laugh by using the simple doge meme on one of my photographs. It can be any of them; the choice is yours but it must follow certain guidelines.
Please post it to your sta.sh and post it on this journal.
Be original. (You can look to comments from inspiration but don't completely take the ideas there.)
If you have no idea what the shibe/doge meme is. Take this photo for example.
These photos utilize the the comic sans font, usually rainbow colors and text of varying sizes. Th
Art Feature Blue and Purple+win 200pointsFeaturing deviation with blue/purple colour schemesMore Like This
Sorry I couldn't feature everyone! There were 180+ responses.
for the chance the win 200 points
Edit: The winner of the points was :iconAaraujo:
Elsa by Ex-Trident Indian Peafowl by flowerhippie22 Alone I Break by RoxanneMilsonPandora Flora by priteeboy What have you done to me by aliphelps I see you. by Ninfheus
CI Pm Give away(Help needed) ends 20 februaryIt's 20 january which means time for a new give awayMore Like This
special thanks to my donators below we can continue holding these
~A big thanks to our donators for the Month January
overtheact NecroPuke Swarelle Colorful--Melody 4yukimarukuchiki4 JohnnySlade stolichenaya Achiha-AztecaAshannemariekozieBubbleMelalinaHayaMikaImRocker Niji-Senpai KukaruzSpigaRoseFictionalMindOtakuKikiTo-Ka-Ro
for those of you who do not know, I, Tsuki-SoraRuki decide to do a project
called project Pm give away here you can win Pm's for free
how can I enter ?
to enter simply fave this
if you're serious about boycotting, read this.another edit, about the money stuff.More Like This
here's spyed talking about issues with revenue and money stuff, and hinting at core.
and more discussion about lack of communication.
there was some discussion in the comments about how DA could possibly be broke, with getting $10million in 2013 to keep it the top art website. but after a discussion with a website dev, it's entirely possible for a website to cost millions of collars to host. Similar websites like tumblr and imgur have received 4x and even 100x money in funding.
(but there's also this if you want to read it too.)
any other insight on this topic would be helpfu
Funimation Free! Valentine's Day CardsWant to give something special to that certain someone that involves wet clothes and swimming but you're not sure how to accomplish that?More Like This
Have no fear because Funimation has uploaded some pretty cute and funny cut-out Valentine's Day cards that will surely be a splash among your friends!
You can find the cut-outs here!
Copyright for dAmmies.UPDATE: Comments DISABLED. DISCLAIMER moved to top of page where it's more visible. My apologies for any inconvenience.More Like This
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I Need FeminismWatch depthRADIUSMore Like This
Written by CorporateRockWhore
I need feminism because
It’s acceptable to call me a slut.
I need feminism because
It’s okay for a guy to slap my butt.
I need feminism because
It’s my own fault if a man rapes me.
I need feminism because
I should look good for men to see.
I need feminism because
People think it means ‘anti-man’.
I need feminism because
I can’t do things that men can.
I need feminism because
Girls think it’s cool to shame each other.
I need feminism because
The world has higher hopes for my brother.
I need feminism because
My femininity makes me ‘weak’.
I need feminism becau
NEVER TRUST A DEMON. EVER.So... I kind of, sort of, just, gave my friend's soul to a demon...More Like This
Yeah, I was on Omegle and I ran into Demon Arthur Kirkland, and he was searching for souls because he was trying to outdo Ivan in some kind of battle for Devil Alfred's heart, and yeah... Wanna read our lovey conversation? I must warn you though, I get sort of emotional later on.
I really should've known better. I read and watch enough stuff about making deals with demons, yet here I went and did it anyway! And with my friend's soul! Ahhhh, I feel so bad But she said not to worry about it since, according to another friend of ours, she had no soul to begin with. But still, damn, that conversation was terrifying. Very interesting and actually to be honest it was amazing, but still, TERRIFYING. It wasn't even my own soul and I was still freaking out!
If this particular person sees this, I want you to know that you are AWESOME, and you scared me half to death! ...
Sorry to bother you...Hello all,More Like This
I thought I'd take a moment today to write a journal which is probably long overdue. I believe there is a common misconception floating around that CVs are so busy, that when you send us DD Suggestions, or other messages, you are being a bother.
Quite regularly the DD Suggestions I receive start with something along the lines of "I am sorry to bother you..." or "I know you are busy but.."
I'd like to assure you all that no suggestions you send, or any other type of contact made with me (or any other CV for that matter) is something to feel sorry or bad about (unless you are legitimately harassing us or something).
I've often heard community members talk about how many notes CVs get daily (often this number appears to be near 100) and I feel the need to say that this is very far from the truth. On average I receive maybe 5 notes a day. On a slow day I may not get any at all and on a busy day I may get up to 10. While I can not speak
T^TMy hair is starting to get longer so I asked my mum to cut it for me. If I could cut it myself, I definitely would, but I'm not good at cutting my own hair So she trimmed a little bit off the front and sides...and that's it. When I asked her why she didn't deal with the back, she said, "I don't want to. It looks fine like that." I was a bit surprised so I told her that I wanted the back trimmed. She then proceeded to say, "I'm not going to cut it. You'll want to be able to put it into a ponytail one day, so just leave it like that."More Like This
... Alright, I know I am her child and I know I have to listen to her since she's the one that supplies me with clothes, food, shelter, and many other things that I am grateful to own...but can't I at least have a say in what I want my hair to look like? I deeply love and respect my mother with all my heart, but, the whole reason I cut my hair in the first place was to get rid of that damn ponytail anyways! Plus, short hair is so easy to deal with and I
LeechesHere's an average summary of a private message that I receive on a weekly basis:More Like This
I just came by your profile and saw your art, and was very impressed. I think you have a very nice art style. Now I'm working on this project. It's called <project>. It's an awesome story about <subject>. I'm currently writing the script for it, but I'm planning to make a visual novel. I can't tell too much about the story, since I don't want it to be copied, but it's going to be really cool. The point is; I need illustrators. I'm an excellent writer, but I can't do illustration at all. And therefore, I wanted to ask for your help. I need about 60 pages illustrated and colored. Would you work together with me on this one? I don't have any money to spend, as I'm not an established writer yet. But when the visual novel gets published, you can get a percentage of my profit.
With kind regards,
Well... let me translate this for you.
This Person X
Comments and Commenting We all know that getting the exposure you want for your work is a tough endeavour here on dA. Despite the wonders of the site, the simple fact of the matter is that comments are hard to come by these days.More Like This
There may be many reasons for this - lack of time on the part of many browsers, lack of interest, or simply: not knowing what to say. We've all been there at one point (some of us more than others), and it presented the question - "what is it that writers want out of a comment?"
The only way to find the answer to this question was to set up a poll - which received an amazing response from the lit community, and with your help, this editorial will highlight some points that will aid in leaving some insightful and appreciated comments.
First and foremost - Read.
Many of the writers on dA want f