2013: Everything Happens So MuchEarlier this year, FourSquare released this nifty little visualization graph for your check-ins. When it came out, I joked to my friends that mine told a really sad story:
I was in a relationship at the start of this chart. And I loved him dearly. I saw bits of Perú, France, and Spain with him, ultimately ended up in Austin largely because of him, and I did some pretty awesome stuff with him, like dancing salsa and learning sign language. So it wasn't that he made me a boring person, quite the contrary--he brought out a very deeply compassionate and interesting person in me and I'm so thankful for that. But soon, I realized I wasn't being as independent as I normally am. And I ignored it. I wrote it off with excuses and thought I didn't need to do anything about it. And I was wrong. I don't want to dig into any more personal detail than that, but as soon as I realized this, it was the most intense wake-up call I've had in my life.
In February this year, I swore to m
Rando JournalrissianOK, OK, I know, I'm super bad at submitting or journalling or commenting or basically anything social right now. This does not mean however that I'm not lurking or that I'm not unbelievably busy with work.More Like This
Oh, you do believe how busy I am? Believably busy doesn't sound as cool and mysterious though...
Let's recap. Over the past year I've been working mostly on the DA Mobile App. It was released in December and actually is doing pretty darn great. I appreciate that I may sound sort of surprised by that, so let me clarify: it was work done by me (and duke and other awesome people of course) and anyone who knows me knows that I'm super bad at self confidence. I've been purposefully avoiding looking at press since the launch for fear that it might get ripped to pieces. Don't read your own press and all that right? So I was pretty floored when yesterday I was told that it has over 1 million downloads and a rating of 4.2 on the android store (not looked at apple store yet). It's so lo
DeviantArt Mobile App Now AvailableThe App Is HereMore Like This
What's to Come
DEVIANTART MOBILE APP NOW AVAILABLE
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The DeviantArt Mobile App moves the experience to hand-held devices exposing a full range of exciting, fresh, and culturally relevant content. Browse endless streams of content as well as communicate with and submit to the community 24/7 with the DeviantArt Mobile App.
The key features of the De
Leaving Canon for SonyHello everyone!More Like This
Everything is going well for all of you?
I have long had plans to change camera system from Canon to Sony and those last few days, the change occurred much faster than expected!
I sold my 70-200mm and will encounter a buyer for my 5D mark II next week. My final two lenses for Canon system is up for sale at the moment and believe they will be sold off quite rapidly
I have ordered a Sony A7 and a SEL28-70mm coming early next week, will be very exciting and fun
Will be extremely nice to go down in size and try out Sony!
I will gradually build on this kit with carefully selected lenses now that even the weight and size does matter which it has not done for me in the past.
Any of you have any recommendations for me on the next lens?
The Nikkor 50mm 1.2 Ai-s is a very strong contender!
The Cicada Shell AdventureSo I went on a hike with my kids and ran across this cicada shell, which the cicada leaves behind after it molts. Looks just like the insect but it's empty.More Like This
The kids wouldn't go near it.
One more look at the faces of terror...
And now the video of their reaction when I gave them an impromptu up-close look.
Here's what a live one looks like:
My deviantART StoryMore Like This
There are big things planned for DA in the future. I'm lucky to work here, with such a crazy talented set of professional web geeks.
Long live DeviantArt!
Photographing fireworksEvery year my hometown hosts an international fireworks festival. It usually last for a couple of days, so it's a great opportunity to master photographing fireworks - in my opinion one of the most complicated things to capture with the camera.More Like This
But why are fireworks so difficult to capture properly?
First of all, when I say properly, I mean all of those things that make a great photograph - composition, exposure and some kind of a conceptional value - usually with story behind it.
How hard can it be, right? You set up your tripod, point a camera to the sky and wait for the fireworks to begin. You may know exactly where the fireworks are taking place, but you never now how high or wide it is going to be, so you need to be alert at all times and ready to rearrange you composition.
If you decide to go with the boring version of shooting only the sky, you
DeviantArt, deviantART and Lots of Things TooWe're going to be DeviantArt, officially. But you can always call us deviantART. You'll get to be retro, and that's always... well, retro! This goes for DA and dA, too.More Like This
It was nice to see Moonbeam13 and starvingartist today in Toronto. We got some lunch. Then 'Beam was nice enough to drive me to the airport with Rob. Rob! Happy Birthday Moonbeam!
I'm in the sky eating a banana at the moment. I wonder what monkeys would make of me eating a banana at 30,000 feet. Let alone journaling on DA from here.
I was in Toronto visiting Autodesk, and the teams behind Sketchbook and Pixlr and other awesome apps they have. What wonderful people. I really enjoyed seeing what they're up to, it's all very exciting.
I've been hanging out on #devart on dAmn today, and I asked Pickley to pull together all the best scripts and projects out there that improve dAmn. This way DA can consider buying the code, interfaces, etc. and
And one day, I found an AppleHello dear followers !More Like This
A lot of great and important changes have happened in my artistic life :
1) I received my MacBook Pro Retina !
This is my first Apple machine. It's been a long time I had to invest in a powerful Mac, now it's done. I have to confess I am a bit lost with all the features and possibilities, but it sounds and looks good!
2) I have chosen to invest in Adobe Creative Cloud with the full subscription package,
I want to take advantages of my MacBook pro so I have a to develop my creativity with new softwares like After Effect and Illustrator. I found a lot of tutorials on youtube to learn how to handle these impressive softwares. I think I will have a lot of fun
3) I decided to become a Professional Artist
I always said digital art is a hobby for me... after ten years, it has become a BIG hobby and I wanted to outperform my artistic experience. Now, I'm still working as psychologist in my office, but i
New Username Symbols: The JourneyA New Road to TravelMore Like This
When I was first approached with the project to redesign and replace our user symbols I was naturally quite shocked. For those of us who've been part of deviantART for a long while, changing the username symbols seemed like changing the colour of the sky, or asking everyone to suddenly start walking backwards, right? It seemed like such a fundamental part of what deviantART is that it was hard to take on board. But then really, when you think about it, the old symbols were meaningless at face value. And that, my dear friends, is exactly why we set about looking at rethinking them.
Think about when you first found and joined deviantART. Did any of the symbols make sense? Did you stop and think "what is this ~ before my name and why is it there?" Maybe, but possibly you're probably like me and just kinda accepted it because that's the reality presented to you. After a while, though, you'd have seen the * and maybe even a ` or ^ an
[insert cliched farewell subject]Today was my last day at deviantARTMore Like This
It all came together very suddenly, and every next step feels like it's happening even faster than the last one. This Wednesday I received a really exciting offer that made my heart race. It was a scary kind of excitement. It was definitely out of my comfort zone. And the more I sat there, not thinking about it, the more I was thinking about it.
I will leave the details of my next endeavor for another day, but I wanted to take this oportunity to reflect on almost 3 full years as dA staff, a dt developer, and what it all meant.
These past 3 years have been incredible. I've gotten to work side by side, with and for, some of the best people I've ever met, profesionally and privately. The deviantART staff is incredibly talented and passionate, and I'll forever be thankful for the opportunity to spend this much time with them.
I've grown to care for all of them, and to form bonds so close I don't joke when I call them family. These people have cel