August Arts and Health Challenge: JoyHi everyone,
We are opening a new month on a positive note; the challenge theme for August will be Joy. Living with a health condition (or caring for others who do) does not have to be all doom-and-gloom! What are the things that bring you joy, even amid the darkness?
Joy is essential to life. Researchers have shown that, generally speaking, people who have more joy in their lives tend also to be healthier. Sometimes in life, it is too easy to forget to take a moment and drink in something that makes us joyful. It is medicine in and of itself.
Your entries to this challenge should focus on the theme, "JOY."
Here are the rules:
You can enter as many times as you want, but you must be a member of Arts-and-Health to participate.
The admins and/or guests will choose one winner to receive a three-month subscription-- something large enough to be rewarding but not so large that it is coercive.
We will judge based on, "Which piece moved us the most?"
PE Photomanip: That's a Wrap!Thank You!More Like This
Photomanipulation Week here at projecteducate has been phenomenal, and that is entirely thanks to you, our viewers, and to the community members who made it happen. Our community wrote most of the articles; I just posted them. Our community interviewed many, many people and answered what had to have seemed like endless questions about how they do their stuff. And do you know, of the many people I asked, only one or two were unable? People contributed in spite of busy schedules, poor health conditions, other projects, and other competing demands because they knew this was important. I cannot thank you enough.
I wanted to show you the sheer number of people (well over 40) who participated in this event. Every one of these people made a significant contribution. Please, everyone show some love to the deviants who made this week possible (and then keep reading; more good stuff coming below this list):
PE: Photomanip - Interview new photomanipulatorsPE: Photomanip - Interview With New ManipulatorsMore Like This
Most of us have a special part of our hearts set aside for our first times and new beginnings. I remember myself how I felt when I completed my first manipulation, when I read the first tutorial and above all when I upload my first deviation. These deviants are at this point when things seem so new, but are staring to fall into place. They will share with us their first impressions on DA's PM community.
What drove you to become an artist? What inspires you to create
Well everybody who knows me will tell you I was born an artist. I have been drawing and painting ever since I can remember. It's really just something I feel inside me, the one thing that is always certain in my life! Life inspires me. There are really
PE Photomanip: Let there be LIGHT!Light in PhotomanipulationMore Like This
Getting your light right when creating a photomanipulation sounds easy . . . until you sit down to try to do it! There are seemingly endless things to keep in mind: where the light source is, the intensity of the light, how pieces of your manipulation need to be composed so that they line up with the direction of the light in the piece, whether there could be multiple light sources, what color the light will be. . . .
And the goal for light in your manipulation is for the light to be consistent throughout so that it is telling a story. No pressure! It is not an overstatement to say that light will make or break your manipulation; I have declined many DD suggestions because of bad lighting.
Light can help you tell a story and is critical to your deviation. It adds emphasis, adds depth, contributes to realism, and draws the viewer's attention to where you want it to be
PE Photomanip: Get Surreal!More Like This
A tour in the world of Surreal Photomanipulations
For years, surreal photomanipulation and its artists have been showing a great variety of works in this style, surprising and inspiring to all of us with their images. If you already had the pleasure to see pieces of this genre, I´m sure you´ve been amazed with what a surreal piece can offer, but if you haven´t . . . what better time than this one to learn and see the incredible options this style have for you?
But first, the most important thing is to know what we are saying when we refer to a "surreal photomanipulation." To have a better understanding, let´s ask the most basic question . . .
What is a Surreal photomanip?
Surreal photomanipulations displays the mind and imagination of an artist and its unique way to represent that into the final work. These pieces can be really appealing to the eyes or disturbing. Subconscio
PE Photomanip: Art with a ConceptWhat is Conceptual Art?More Like This
Answer: Conceptual art deals with ideas rather than with the final product. It is "art in which the idea behind a particular work, and the means of producing it, are more important than the finished work." http://dictionary.com
"Conceptual art is art in which the concept(s) or idea(s) involved in the work take precedence over traditional aesthetic and material concerns." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conceptual_art
Conceptual art, a movement conceived in the 1960s, stresses the artist's concept rather than the art object itself. Conceptual art grew out of minimalism and "turned the artist's thoughts and ideas themselves into the primary artistic medium, appealing to the spectator's intellect instead of emotions." http://www.reference.com/browse/conceptual+art?s=t
Conceptual art is often confused with Surreal and Abstract because often they have some of the same elements. However, Conceptual art differs from Surreal
PE Photomanip: More on dark manipulationHi, everyone!More Like This
GUESS WHAT!!! You get a bonus blog today because . . . intano is in the house!!
Tugba took some time out of her very busy schedule to chat with me about dark photomanipulation and photomanipulation in general. These questions are similar to those that the lovely MarcelaBolivar answered in our dark photomanipulation interview from earlier in the series (click here). It is always useful to have more perspectives and ideas regarding dark art and its operational definition, and we are really grateful to both of these brilliant artists for sharing their wisdom with us.
Interview with intano
So, the “dark” photomanipulation category is confusing many people because it can feature anything from beautiful, sorrowful women in l
PE Photomanip: Ask Me Anything!PE Photomanipulation: Ask Me Anything!More Like This
One of the activities for Project Educate: Photomanipulation was for the community to ask questions from more experienced community "experts." For "Ask Me Anything," community members came up with ten excellent questions for ten Experts to answer. Having had time to peruse and consider the questions asked, the Experts kindly returned the answers to be included in this news article. Many thanks to the deviants asking, as well as a huge thank you to the Experts for taking the time to come up with such succinct, detailed, and helpful answers.
iAmoret asked, "How do you get that dark, dreary, foggy effect that makes it look like it's all from the same image, like Ahmed-R-Shalaby did in 'Dead Marshes'?
Answered by nitchwarmer :iconnitchwarmer:
There are many brushes and stock images you can use here on dA; you can find the
PE Photomanip: Dark photomanipulationWhat is Dark Photomanipulation?More Like This
Is dark manipulation romantic? Frightening? Cold? Is it full of untold possibilities or a scream waiting to erupt from your throat?
Dark photomanipulation has something for every shade of your dark mood and demeanor. If you visit our dark photomanipulation gallery, you will find everything from grimly beautiful women surrounded by crows to figures engrossed in decay and beautiful stagnation. Some pieces are soothing in their depths; some are startling in their grotesqueness.
So, once again, what is a dark photomanipulation?
When we submit our deviations to the Digital Art > Photomanipulation > Dark gallery, we see the following gallery description:
Photomanipulations which are dark in theme or mood, and have a mystical, obscure, sombre, grim, or sinister expression.
This is a good conceptual definition, but we also want to obtain a more operational definition fro
PE: Photomanip - Interview with *simoneheldPE: Photomanip - Interview with Simone HeldMore Like This
Last week, I was fortunate to catch up with Simone, simoneheld, who has been a photomanipulator in our community for more than four years. The founder of PremierPhotomanips and administrator of various other photomanipulation groups and art groups in general across dA, Simone has an eye for identifying good photomanipulation and a passion for excellent artistry.
I chose to invite Simone for our Keynote interview because of her passion for our art form and also because of her vision. She has brilliant ideas and the skills to carry them out both respect to art creation and project design.
Here is our interview.
You've been on dA for over four years now! What brought you here in the first place, and why did you choose to learn photomanipulation specifically?
The reason why I came to dA is very simple: I wanted to share my art with others and see new and different art for myself
The Vestibule (Outer Ring of Hell)More Like This
You emerge from a dark, wooded path to find yourself outside a wrought iron gate, the sign of which says, "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here." Pursued by three unholy beasts, you have no place to go but forward and downward, into the Underworld.
Spirits neither damned nor saved gather on the dark coast of Acheron, stung incessantly by wasps for the crime of having served neither Good nor Evil in life. These are the Uncommitted.
A dark Ferryman, Charon, awaits you, eager to carry you into Hell proper . . . until he realizes you are not yet dead. Then, he refuses to allow you to make the journey.
You explain to him that you cannot go back, that you are on a divine journey of discovery, and that he must let you pass.
He eyes you for a moment and says heavily, "You may pass, but only your skill and wisdom can save you from drowning along the way. If you are to have me ferry you across, you must gather the ingredients for a protective spell to guard yo
Rule Reminder and Sorry for the DelaySorry for the delayMore Like This
I am waiting to hear back that a couple of people have hidden their clues. I apologize for the delay; this is my fault for getting caught between dA and school and not having enough hours in the day.
Rule reminder and guidance
1. Our dark helpers have hidden the clues (or links to the clues) for you on their user pages. (Some are harder to find than others.) It could be anywhere on their user page-- deviations, journals, custom text boxes, etc. Please do NOT harass them if you can't find it. Just keep looking. They have tons of notes to answer, and giving you a hint wouldn't be fair. All the clues are there; I check them all personally. If you would like to be a dark helper, please note Aeirmid.
2. I've had quite a few questions about how scoring works, how many clues there are, etc. I am absolutely not going to tell you, as revealing this secret would give the game away. I don't even k
Welcome to Hell.What is this?More Like This
Samhain: Dante's Inferno is an interactive adventure here on deviantART to help us celebrate Halloween. It is sponsored by a small group of Community Volunteers and a few select community members and backed by Community Relations. The adventure will begin on October 10th and end on October 31st.
In the fourteenth century, an Italian poet named Dante Alighieri composed one of the most influential collections of poetry of all time: The Divine Comedy. In the first book, Inferno, Dante himself ventures through Hell, guided by the spirit of the Roman poet Virgil.
Samhain is a Sabbat, or blessed day of festival, that some Wiccans and some other pagan traditions celebrate in October. It is the day in which the spirits of the dead are closest to us, a day to celebrate those who have passed before us.
. . . What better time to visit the souls of Hell?
What do I have to do?
Living After Midnight - contest! WINNERS- Shadowness - Tutorials - Facebook fan - Thumblr - My Daily Deviations - Resources RULESMore Like This
:iconsupernatural-art: :iconhighqualityart: :iconpsychoartistunited:
from 26th September to 31th October
imezone of Paraguay, Asuncion GMT -4 hours
Living after midnight
Come with us and you will see
This, our town of Halloween
Pumpkins scream in the dead of night
Trick or treat till the neighbors gonna die of fright
I am the one hiding under your bed
I am the one hiding under yours stairs
I am the clown with the tear-away face
Here in a flash and gone without a trace
I am the wind blowing through your hair
That's our job, but we're not mean
In our town of
Samhain: Inferno - Intro and RulesDisclaimerMore Like This
We disavow any insinuation that magic(k), Samhain, and witches/witchcraft are connected to Hell in any way, shape, or form. We are taking significant artistic liberties with Dante's Inferno and with witchcraft in an attempt to create a world that we hope will be interesting and engaging. We are fully aware that Samhain is not the same as Halloween, that being pagan does not make one a Witch, and that being a Witch and being Wiccan are not synonymous. We encourage beginners and curious outsiders to learn more about these religions and traditions and to keep in mind that this game is just that: a game.
Welcome, lonely Pilgrim. You are very far from home.
Tonight is Samhain, the night in which the veil between the world of the living and the spirit world is at its thinnest. It is the perfect time to embark upon a Divine journey to meet and learn from the souls of the Damned. You will need your wisdom and ins