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The Tutorial Contest - CLOSED
Winners are announced, and found here ,The Tutorial Contest - WinnersOctober 3, 2022With the Tutorial Contest closed, it was time to Edit: Contest is closed, and the winners will be announced soon.I love tutorials. I have learned so much from them when I was young and just starting out with art, I still like to read them and I still learn more... And I have learned a lot by writing them myself.Also, it's time to host another contest Been more than a year since the last one, and I have points, badges and more to give away.You can already see where this is going.The RulesTo enter, you have to make an (art-related) tutorial.You can enter as many times as you want, but only win once.The tutorial has to be new - you cannot enter already existing works.Topic is up to you. A step-by-step about anime eyes? Fine. Exactly how to draw fox heads? Excellent. Explaining basic settings in Paint Tool SAI? Fantastic. How you draw X in your style? I'm here for it. It should include art in some way or other, however, but I'm also here for especially artistic cakes or such.Formatting is up to you. Both images and literature are fine, as long as it's easy to read. Journals are unfortunately not allowed, as I can't give them badges.Mention the contest in the artwork description. No further sharing is needed, although it would be appreciated. Post the work in the comment section of this journal. This way I can see it!Entries are found here: Tutorial contest entries The Prizes2x Best Tutorial Prize. Each winner will get2000 points from @BeckyKidus 2000 points from @communityrelations A special stock pack from @ImaginaryRosseArt A critique on a work of your choice from @BeckyKidus A diamond badge from @BeckyKidus A diamond badge from @AlexanderPaupoff A diamond badge from @ImaginaryRosseArt A feature from @AlexanderPaupoff A feature from @ImaginaryRosseArt 1000 fragments2x Runner-Ups, who each will get1000 points from @BeckyKidus 1000 points from @communityrelations A special stock pack from @ImaginaryRosseArt A critique on a work of your choice from @BeckyKidus A diamond badge from @BeckyKidus A diamond badge from @AlexanderPaupoff A diamond badge from @ImaginaryRosseArt A feature from @AlexanderPaupoff A feature from @ImaginaryRosseArt 1000 fragments1x Most Creative Tutorial Topic, where the winner will get1500 points from @BeckyKidus 1500 points from @communityrelations A special stock pack from @ImaginaryRosseArt A critique on a work of your choice from @BeckyKidus A diamond badge from @BeckyKidus A diamond badge from @AlexanderPaupoff A diamond badge from @ImaginaryRosseArt A feature from @AlexanderPaupoff A feature from @ImaginaryRosseArt 1000 fragmentsEveryone who joins will getA quartz badge from @BeckyKidus A feature from @BeckyKidus Of course - if you want to offer more prizes, I'll happily accept that! Time The contest starts today - the 16th of August - and ends on the 30th of September 23:59 CEST. Tips on how to write a good tutorialStick to one topic. This can be a wide topic (for example "anatomy"), or a narrow one ("how to draw an arctic fox"). Trying to combine two very different things ("how to draw the fox + how to draw lineart") tends to just be confusing.Use clear and concise language. The tutorial should be easy to understand, and the text should be relevant to the topic. Know who you write for. Beginner tutorials tend to use easier language and explain basic concepts and techniques, while tutorials aimed at more advanced artists will have more advanced terms and take for granted that the artist knows the basics. Example images are great - both for explaining things, and to make the tutorial easier to read.Make sure to proofread a time or two.Finally - write about a topic that interests you. It's more fun, and the result tends to be better too.(For a more in-depth look at how to write a good tutorials, see here: A tutorial about writing tutorials ) Good luck - and I can't wait to see your entries!...
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(Ended) Monster Partner CHALLENGE
☆ CHALLENGE HAS ENDED ! ☆Thanks a lot to everyone who entered! Winners will be announced soon! ♡----Hey friends! It's finally time for the #MonsterPartnerChallenge !, What is this? An invitation for you create and draw a monster companion for you or your original character♪ , Monster’ is usually a word with negative connotations, but it doesn’t have to be that way! And, the best way to show that is to... make friends with them~?! Who knows, maybe that’s exactly what you or your character needed! ,,,,,How Do I Participate?Create an artwork of your OC or yourself accompanied by a monster or creature.Submit your piece on DeviantArt with the tag #monsterpartnerchallengeSubmit your work no later than 11:59:59 PM (PT) ON AUGUST 26, 2022 Multiple submissions are allowed.PrizesGrand Prize: 16” Professional Drawing Tablet and 1-Year Core Pro. 2nd Place: 1-Year Core+, 8,000 DeviantArt Points + 900 Fragments. 3rd Place: 1-Year Core, 4,000 DeviantArt Points + 900 FragmentsThree (3) Winners will be selected from all eligible and qualified Works by the host of the Contest (parororo), on or about August 30, 2022. The odds of winning depend on the number and quality of Works received. The Winners will be selected on the basis of: Relevance to contest and promptArtistic skillOverall executionOriginality/CreativityCompositionWhat comes to mind when creating an otherworldly companion?A large and calm pacifist monster? Maybe a small chaotic gremlin? It may be the perfect chance to create a fun companionship that calls for adventure.So, whether it’s your own persona, or an original character of yours, maybe this opportunity can help you create the potential for fun scenarios, develop your characters a little more, or maybe just as a little creative experiment.See the Official Rules Here! ,I'm looking forward to seeing all the kinds of creatures that you’ll come up with! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #MonsterPartnerChallenge when you submit!
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DA Community Positivity Challenge! (OVER)
Greetings! It's nearly that time. I stated in one of my previous Promoting Positivity articles that I would host this event soon. Recently, @JustACapharnaum and @communityrelations hosted an event called 7 Days of DA Gratitude, which has since closed. Having participated in this event, I decided I wanted to do something like it while also adjusting and broadening the scope of what participants should do since there is a lot to DeviantArt and some deviants might not know about them all. I wanted to give deviants a lot of different things to do and the time to do it, so this will be a whole month with deadlines for every prompt. So, in coordination with @PromotingPositivity, I present the DA Community Positivity Challenge! Basic RulesIn this challenge, entrants will be expected to participate in various sections of DeviantArt. By doing so, they will have various prompts to complete that utilize these various sections. Each prompt will name which section they correspond to, so that you can prepare yourself accordingly. Each prompt will also list the number of Basic Points the prompt is worth. Participants must earn the full amount of Basic Points on a prompt for it to count, regardless of how many Extra Points they earn. Additionally, they must obtain the full amount of Basic Points for 3 Prompts to qualify. The full amount of Basic Points for the entire challenge is 45.When you are done with each prompt, COMMENT on this journal with a LINK to the specific post you made for the prompt in question. You should have 7 links and at least 4 comments (if you include more than 1 link due to overlapping time frames) in order to get full Basic Points. A minimum of 3 correctly completed prompt (earning full Basic Points) must be done to qualify for Prizes.Additionally, and thankfully, even if you miss out on the Basic Points by messing up a prompt, earning Extra Points through Extra Efforts (those are the bulleted lists after Extra Points in each prompt) in other prompts can earn you back the points you lost and still give you a chance to win if you surpass the threshold lost by a missed prompt. Please pay attention to each prompt and any additional rules given in this journal, some of which is stated multiple times in case you missed it. Be mindful of the Start Date and End Date of each prompt, which is detailed after the Deadline at the end of every prompt. The time frames are absolute and won't be adjusted. Prompts can be completed on any day within the Deadline's start and end dates (12:01AM EST start and 11:59PM EST end), provided they are done in order and completed within the set time frame. Prompts that are completed before or after the set deadline time frames will not count. Edits to comments are also only applicable during the set time frame given at the Deadline.You are not expected to post every day because some prompts are more difficult or require more time, especially if you are aiming to achieve extra points. That is why each prompt has an open and closed date. A reminder that participants must stay within these time frames. Since some prompts will be harder, the entire challenge will span 1 month (all of August) instead of 1 week like 7 Days of DA Gratitude did, meaning that there is more time for deviants to do each prompt and earn Extra Points.As said, points will be added to those who put in Extra Effort. However, points can also be subtracted if any of the rules are violated. For example, a nasty comment will lose you points. Outright disrespect will disqualify participants. Please be mindful of your wording and manners.Unfortunately, currently, this challenge is for deviants who know how to write English only. Until further notice, I apologize for the inconvenience to those who have a hard time with English. Hopefully, this can be remedied swiftly.This challenge will have prizes at the end and the winners will be chosen based on how they tackle each prompt. This challenge begins August 1 and end August 31st!I will post a start journal to @PromotingPositivity as a reminder! Until then, please familiarize yourself with the prompts and rules. Please also feel free to ask any questions now so you are ready to go when August arrives! Prompt List Prompt 1: Watch (6 Basic Points) Go to your Watch or Deviants You Watch and leave a nice comment on 5 new deviations from different artists. Once finished, create a post featuring the deviations you chose. Include the tag #DA_CPC in your post. Leave a link to your post in the comments of this journal within the time frame listed in the deadline. Extra Points:Comment on more than 5 deviations.Add the deviations to favorites.Include the links to your comments in the post under the feature.In your comment, point out 3 things you liked and why. Submit your post to @PromotingPositivity's Event Gallery Folder.Tag 5 people you think should do this too.Deadline: August 1-8 (CLOSED) Prompt 2: Forums (6 Basic Points)Go to the Forums and enter 5 of the neutral forum. (DO NOT go to Politics, Philosophy & Religion, or Complaints.) Pick 1 neutral or positive thread from each of these and leave a nice comment. Make a post and include the links to comments you made (Links can be found by clicking the time the comment was made). Include the tag #DA_CPC in your post. Leave a link to your post in the comments of this journal within the time frame listed in the deadline. Extra Points:Comment of more than 1 thread per forum.In your comment, give an in-depth response to the thread. It also must be nice.Submit your post to @PromotingPositivity's Event Gallery Folder.Tag 5 people you think should do this too.Deadline: August 5-12 (CLOSED) Prompt 3: Critiques (7 Basic Points)Use search (like this) to find deviants who want critiques and give 5 deviations from different artists a helpful critique, meaning talk about things they did well and things they need to improve on. Then include those deviations as a feature in a post.Be sure to read the descriptions so that you know for certain that the artist wants a critique. Include the tag #DA_CPC in your post. Leave a link to your post in the comments of this journal within the time frame listed in the deadline. Extra Points:Comment on more than 5 artists.Find 3 things you think they should improve and 3 things they did well. Give them an in-depth response.Submit your post to @PromotingPositivity's Event Gallery Folder.Tag 5 people you think should do this too.Deadline: August 10-17 (CLOSED) Prompt 4: Groups (9 Basic Points)Using Group Search, DA's Recommended Groups on the Front Page (Left Column), New Group's Section from Today and/or New Groups from This Month, find 3 positive or neutral (no anti or hate groups please) new and active (as in, they have submissions to the gallery, journal, etc) groups to join or that you are a member (not admin) of that you think more deviants should know about. Then, create a post and discuss them in detail. Write at least 3 sentences that include what they are about, why you think more deviants should know about them, and why you focused on this group specifically. Include the tag #DA_CPC in your post. Leave a link to your post in the comments of this journal within the time frame listed in the deadline. Extra Points:Find and discuss more than 3 groups.Include a feature of group content in your post.Compare them to similar yet older group (bonus points if they are still active too). Discuss why they are similar and also what makes them different, if applicable.Include groups you do and don't know and compare them.Choose groups with different genres to discuss. (Example: @Adopt-Corner @The-LGBTQ-Library @FeatureYourself)Submit your post to @PromotingPositivity's Event Gallery Folder.Tag 5 people you think should do this too.Deadline: August 15-22 (CLOSED) Prompt 5: Friendship (6 Basic Points)Create a post about at least 1 deviant who you have befriended on DeviantArt. You must include a mention of the person so they can see it. (Example: If you were trying to mention me, you'd do '@ RTNightmare' without spaces to make @RTNightmare.) Write a description of how you became friends and why they are so important to you. Include the tag #DA_CPC in your post. Leave a link to your post in the comments of this journal within the time frame listed in the deadline. Extra Points:Include more than 1 deviant. If you do this, you're still expected to provide a reason why you included each deviant.Include a feature of content created by the deviant(s) you listed. This can be from their gallery, journal, group, etc.Share a funny/sweet/cool/interesting story that happened that solidified your friendship. This story should not be embarrassing or mean as it is intended to be kind and reminisce on good times.Submit your post to @PromotingPositivity's Event Gallery Folder.Tag 5 people you think should do this too.Deadline: August 19-26 (CLOSED) Prompt 6: Support (6 Basic Points)Create a post about at least 1 time a deviant helped you. Discuss in detail what they did for you, how it made you feel, and what the final result was. It must be something that actually happened and you must include a mention of the person so they can see it. (Example: If you were trying to mention me, you'd do '@ RTNightmare' without spaces to make @RTNightmare.) Include the tag #DA_CPC in your post. Leave a link to your post in the comments of this journal within the time frame listed in the deadline. Extra Points: Include more than 1 deviant who helped you.Include a link to evidence to support your story.Include a link to a comment or comment thread from someone else about a time you helped them. This can't be related to this challenge. You can, however, ask someone to talk about a time you helped them in a comment on one of your challenge posts. Just as long as it is unrelated to this challenge, happened before this challenge, and there was no pressure involved in asking for the comment.Include multiple links to times someone talked about you helping them or them helping you.The deviant you talk about helping you corroborates (or agrees with) your story in a comment on the post in question before the deadline. This shows that you have a witness. Make sure to include a link to that in your post.Submit your post to @PromotingPositivity's Event Gallery Folder.Tag 5 people you think should do this too.Deadline: August 22-29 (CLOSED) Prompt 7: Learning (5 Basic Points) Using Resources, Tutorials in Topics, Search, and/or Groups, find 5 tutorials that you think can help you. Discuss why and talk about them in detail in a post. Include the tag #DA_CPC in your post. Leave a link to your post in the comments of this journal within the time frame listed in the deadline. Extra Points:Use the tutorials as a guide and create the content the tutorials are teaching about. Include the final product in a deviation featured in your post. Include #DA_CPC in the description of the final product.Create multiple deviations and feature them all. Include #DA_CPC in the descriptions of all of them.Explain your process and what you learned in the descriptions of the deviations. Focus on what you expected at the start and how they may have evolved or changed by the end.Submit your post and deviations to @PromotingPositivity's Event Gallery Folder.Tag at least 5 people you think can learn from this tutorial.Deadline: August 24-31 (CLOSED)PrizesPrizes will be given based on effort put into each prompt. Participants earn Basic Points for completing the general prompt, which 44 Basic Points in all. Extra Points are earned through the additional effort put into prompts detailed in the individual bulleted lists on each prompt, which are called Extra Efforts. These Extra Efforts are a way to increase your odds of winning or, if you were late or accidentally messed up a prompt, stay in the challenge and still have a chance to win. As already stated, to qualify, participants need to get full Basic Points on at least 3 prompts. Each prompt has multiple ways to earn Extra Points, so pay attention when reading each prompt. Some Extra Efforts are worth more than others. However, the value of Extra Efforts will not be given until the end when the winners are announced. This is to create a way for participants to differentiate themselves while seeing how they tackle this unknown variable. Therefore, it is up to each participant to weigh the decision to partake in Extra Effort and which ones. Use your head and you'll probably figure out which ones are worth more. As stated, missed prompts will cost you Basic Points, which is why Extra Points can earn them back. Extra Points can fill in the needed threshold that were lost by missing Basic Points and will be judged individually based on a different scoring system since each Extra Effort is worth a different amount of points, which will remain unclear until the winners are announced. One hint: Some are worth an infinite amount depending on the efforts of the participants.As for prizes, for now they are given by the host and @PromotingPositivity's points account. However, prizes may increase if we get donations.1st Place1000 Points from @RTNightmare 500 Points from @Positivity-Promoter Diamond Badge from @RTNightmare A drawing or poem of your choice from @RTNightmare Llama from @RTNightmare, @Positivity-Promoter (if applicable)2nd Place500 Points from @RTNightmare 200 Points from @Positivity-Promoter Emerald Badge from @RTNightmare Llama from @RTNightmare, @Positivity-Promoter (if applicable)3rd Place200 Points from @RTNightmare 100 Points from @Positivity-Promoter Quartz Badge from @RTNightmare Llama from @RTNightmare, @Positivity-Promoter (if applicable)Current Contestants: Updated 9/9 @ 5:06PM ESTThis list includes everyone who participated regardless of if they followed the rules or not. Everyone who has reached the qualifications has a star, regardless of if they did it right or not. If I missed anything , please let me know. @TheKikkaKibaz - Prompts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 @MelMuff - Prompts: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 @Pascua-Tanya - Prompts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 @dth1971 - Prompts: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 @Malintra-Shadowmoon - Prompts: 4, 5, 6, 7@Cranash64 - Prompts: 5Judging Process: The stars above represent each participant. Only once each one is full will I be certain of the score. One that are half have completed the first phase of calculating, but require a double-check. Fully filled in stars are fully completed. The updated date and time above will now correspond to this judging process. Questions and Concerns?Comment below if you have any issues like wording, something I forgot to cover, etc. I will answer them when I can. Good luck to all participants!...
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Your Dream Vacation vs. Reality Challenge
This challenge is closed ! THANK YOU ^_^Results here :,RESULTS: Your Dream Vacation vs. Reality ChallengeAugust 1, 2022Finally, after so much waiting and suspense, (and,,Hey everyone!It's summer time, the season that always makes you daydream because it's synonymous with one thing: vacation! Whether we like the heat or the cold, the beach or the mountains, it's the time of the year when we can make our dreams come true by getting away for a while.By submitting your vacation art, you're entered to win an awesome new smart tablet and smart pencil!,Show us your dream vacation or your funniest vacation disappointment! Let's all create a big photo album of laughter.How to participate?- Create a piece that either displays your dream vacation or your biggest vacation disappointment. Your imagination is the limit!- Make as many entries as you want- Post under the tag #VacationChallenge- Deadline: July 26th at 11:59 pm PacificSee official rules HERE ! PrizesOne (1) First Place Winner256GB 10.9” WiFi smart tablet Accompanying first generation smart pencil One-Year Core ProOne (1) Second Place WinnerOne-Year Core+ 8,000 DeviantArt Points and 900 FragmentsOne (1) Third Place WinnerOne-Year Core 4,000 DeviantArt Points and 900 FragmentsThe three (3) w\Winners will be selected from all eligible and qualified Works by the host of the Contest (Ampraeh), on or about July 29, 2022. The odds of winning depend on the number and quality of Works received. The Winners will be selected on the basis of:Relevance to contest and promptOverall executionOriginality/CreativityComposition ,What is your dream vacation?Going to the mountains? Climbing or hiking in unusual places? Sunbathing on warm sand, or even surfing on dolphins while on Mars? Show us your biggest dreams — the ultimate vacation!... And why not also show us those times when reality hit us?Hoping to get a villa in the islands and instead finding yourself camping in the rain, surrounded by mosquitoes with a neighbor who snores too loudly? That happens too... but at least it's funny! That's what makes our memories, right?
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Krazie Kittie Haiku WINNERS!
We are krazily excited to announce the winners of the Krazie Kitties Haiku Challenge! We loved all of the entries and had plenty of laughs while trying to pick the winners! To see all of the entries, visit the comment section of this journal:,Krazie Kitties Haiku ChallengeJune 8, 2022Do you have a krazie kitty at home? Do you knowNow let's get onto the WINNERS!The winner of the Kraziest Kittie Haiku goes to... @WDWParksGal with their krazie haiku:You Kept My Seat WarmIt's About Time You Got UpI Need A Nap NowAnd the winner of Kraziest Accompanying Art goes to @BlackDiceArt with their krazie artwork:,Congratulations to both and thanks again to everyone who participated!
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CONTEST - Lost in a Dream
I'm excited to announce the start of "Lost in a Dream" contest.The contest is for the Photomanipulation/Mixed Media category WHAT IS IT ABOUT?"Lost in a Dream" is open to interpretation. It can be fantasy, it can be surreal, it can be dark art... just make sure you capture the essence of being "lost in a dream". Let your mind roam free, and see where it takes you!RULESTo enter, you must use 2 stocks from Deviantart.Everything else can come from your stock library, can be painted, 3d rendered, or other stock websites.All your stock sources must be properly credited in the description of your deviation.Make sure you specify in your description that the artwork is your entry for "Lost in a Dream" contest.You can't use older artworks, it has to be a new artwork, specifically created for this contest.1 entry / person - so just take your timePRIZESFirst place: 1 year core plus (or points equivalent), diamond badge on winning entry, 1000 fragmentsSecond place: 1 year core plus (or points equivalent), diamond badge on winning entry, 500 fragmentsThird place: 1 year core plus, diamond badge on winning entry, 250 fragments.+ Winners will receive an exclusive stock pack from + Winners will receive an exclusive stock pack from + 1 extra diamond badge for each winner from +1 extra diamond badge for each winner from + 1 extra diamond badge for each winner from + Journal feature by JUDGESThe judges for this contest are: TIMEThe contest starts today, 5th July - and ends on the 5th September.ENTRIES SO FAR:,,,,,,,,HOW TO ENTER?You can leave a comment to this journal with your entry, or send me a note, or however you find it easier. Just make sure you follow all the rules stated above.You can also add your entry straight to the folder that was specially made in the group called "Lost in a Dream CONTEST"GOOD LUCK!HELP SPREAD THE WORD!Share this journal, so it can reach other artists! ...
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Celebrating Deviousness - December 2022
In recognition of exemplary membership and an outstanding spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community, December 2022's Deviousness award recipient is: @ChrissaBug @ChrissaBug is a talented artist, whose brilliant colours and whimsical style immediately brighten any day or mood. A testament to hard work and perseverance, she has turned challenges into opportunities and established herself as an artist to watch. Her positivity is infectious and her community spirit is unparalleled. As a member of our DeviantArt Collective, she has provided valuable resources and hosted challenges to help artists improve and build upon their craft. @chrissabug is the embodiment of what it means to be “devious” and it is our joy to award her with Deviousness for December 2022.,I'm Chrissa, known as @ChrissaBug online. I'm a Game Artist and Animator by day and Illustrator and Streamer by night. I currently live in Sweden but grew up in a small town in the western United States. I have been drawing since before I can remember, and was especially inspired by Disney and Final Fantasy as a child and teenager. I joined DeviantArt and started posting some of that Disney and Final Fantasy inspired artwork in my early teens. I graduated from university with a degree in animation and jumped right into the AAA video game industry as a Visual Effects Artist. But even as I was working in the game industry, I had actually given up on drawing for almost two years. ,It's thanks to an inspiring trip to Italy and finding a few other digital artists on DeviantArt that I was inspired to get back into drawing and posting my work online. From there, my whole trajectory shifted. I put all my focus and energy into building my skills as a digital artist and as my skills grew I began to branch more and more into freelance and independent illustration. Now I split my time between game studio work as a 2d game artist, freelance illustration, live-streaming, and creating art tutorials. My 14-year-old self posting her pencil sketches to DA would never have guessed she would someday have the honor of a Deviousness award! Thank you so much!,Community Quotes,Chrissa is definitely someone who deserves the Deviousness award. I've followed her work for years, even prior to working alongside her on the DeviantArt Collective, and have always loved her style and command of colors. I even have her work up in my house! Chrissa is such an asset to the art community, so this is a great way to recognize her! - @ccayco @ChrissaBug's art brightens my day whenever they post. Its just beautiful whimsical and fun to experience. - @DragonsHeartWriting ,@ChrissaBug is a pillar in the art community. After meeting her through the DeviantArt Collective I was first in awe of her artwork but quickly realized I'd found, in equal measure, a wonderful human capable of genuine kindness and care for her community. Her work exudes passion and her skills are a testament to her dedication to art over the years. I will always admire her willingness to create what makes her happy, speak bravely on the things she believes in, and cherish the endless well of encouragement she's ever eager to share with her peers. - @sylessae ,@ChrissaBug, you are an amazing artist who inspires so many, including me, and I can't think of a better person for this award! - @Tofusenshi A very old saying is the eyes are the gateway to the soul. But graphical artist form part of the soul onto paper or some similar medium. @ChrissaBug at her creative apex forms more than a part of the soul through technique or process. She presents a glimpse of a story from a part of her soul. And said storytelling is a gateway into a timeless comprehension, that inspire with a mere view. - @HDdeviant ,Chrissa has amazing and beautiful artwork that touches the soul. It's full of life and love and I think you can feel how much effort and how much of her own soul she puts into each of her pieces. I really adore her style and her eye for perspective and shading is amazing! - @CherrysDesigns Chrissa is a wonderful person, she infects everyone around her with her positive energy and creativity. Your impact on the art community is priceless! I'm happy to get to know you through DeviantArt Collective Keep up an amazing work and congrats with the Deviousness! - @Dzikawa ,@ChrissaBug is a fabulous artist I've watched for years and always enjoyed her content. Her art is whimsical, beautiful, and awe-inspiring. It was a delight to see her come back full force with a multitude of fantastic challenges. I'm also proud to see her become a senior and, now, Deviousness Award recipient. Congratulations on your success, @ChrissaBug! You've earned it and I can't wait to see more! - @RTNightmare @ChrissaBug's art is always mesmerizing to look at. The way she mixes colors is very impressive, and she is able to create a gentle relaxing flow to her work. I love to look at her gallery whenever I feel down! If I have to pick one word to describe her work, it would be 'Magical'. Not just because I learned how to draw Magic Spells from her tutorial, but because her art is able to magically cheer me up! - @Ry-Spirit ,Congratulations to @ChrissaBug !If you would like to suggest a deviant for Deviousness, you can do so by filling out this form!
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The Great Snowball Fest is on!
Get ready for a flurry of fun never before seen on DeviantArt! Use the seasonal Snowball badge to throw snowballs at deviants and art you like, and rack up points to conquer the snowball leaderboard!How to PlayDeviants can throw snowballs by giving seasonal Snowball badges to deviations and comments. It costs 3 fragments, and the recipient of your snowball will receive 2 fragments, so they can gather snow to make their own! Act fast, though, because the snow will melt away after December 21st!, Snowball Badge Mania!The snow may be seasonal, but if you throw 25 snowballs, you’ll get perennial snow in the form of a Shimmering Snowball badge for your Profile!,The Snowball LeaderboardDo you have what it takes to rise above the other snowball throwers? Check back daily to see if you rank in the top 25! (Last updated: December 5, 9:03AM Pacific)116,511TOTAL SNOWBALLS THROWNTop Snowball Throwers@TheProvert — 1508 snowballs thrown@BeckyKidus — 1325@ThomasGreiner-Mai — 1239@ROArtUSA — 1162@MisDmeanor — 1069@craftsbyblue — 1018@KovoWolf — 897@Kainaa — 848@NeekoTheFox2 — 826@Jadago-Art — 765@Roxalew — 735@MelMuff — 633@ThessianCG — 619@JTBOLLY — 529@TheJokingJester — 518@Kriskullett-Official — 503@ButterflyBlew — 496@writeddreams2reality — 477@NightLightArtz — 470@ElectricShan — 433@Km92 — 416@CaptainFreelance1 — 389@harvestcheddar — 388@dkart71 — 376@Aeneak — 376Top Snowball Catchers@DAV-19 — 380 snowballs received@EyweenaPterus — 376@EveryDayComix — 261@felixwongtk — 260@REZETTE — 197@Khialat — 180@CaptainFreelance1 — 149@Kainaa — 147@duckswim — 146@rakadishu — 146@BaSkEtBaLlStAr4EvEr — 137@Aeneak — 132@CreatedByAlicia — 130@GryphonScreech — 127@UnexpectedToy — 126@MarcooftheMoon — 124@MBirdCZ — 124@Jadago-Art — 123@CAOMouse — 120@wuwly — 120@Irtimidd — 115@NeekoTheFox2 — 114@yanadhyana — 114@pinkzeo1 — 111@JTBOLLY — 106Top 5 Coolest DeviationsThese deviations received the most snowballs.,(Note: You can throw multiple snowballs at the same deviation or comment, but only the first snowball counts towards the leaderboard.) — Ready to join the festivities? Start in the comments of this journal or your friends’ deviations! Need more fragments? Get Core Membership, or comment on this journal to get people to throw snowballs at you (or your deviations) so you can gather snow of your own!
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Tips and Tricks for Holiday Art Sales
The holiday season is here, and it’s the perfect time to get festive and earn money using your skill! In the spirit of gift-giving, here are some ways you can harness your creative talents to help your supporters give unique, meaningful presents to loved ones.1. Sell Digital Holiday CardsHelp your audience skip the struggles of mailing physical cards during the holidays by giving them the perfect template for a digital holiday card!Create your card template, then submit it as a Premium Download so your audience can use it to spread holiday cheer. Add the tag #Holidays2022 and other relevant tags as well, so it can be easily found in the DeviantArt Shop!Submit a Card2. Sell More Premium Downloads There are more ways you can sell digital goods for the holidays as well! Some ideas for things you can create include:Gift tags buyers can print for physical presents Templates for party invitationsHoliday-themed Profile Skins, and more! Be sure to add #Holidays2022 and any other relevant tags when submitting, so your Premium Downloads get featured in the DeviantArt Shop!Submit a Premium Download3. Offer Holiday CommissionsOffering custom holiday commissions will give buyers a chance to get a perfect, one-of-a-kind gift for someone special! Consider selling custom holiday cards, holiday-themed portraits, pet, or character art, or other unique designs to make the holiday season especially festive!Add #Holidays2022 and other relevant tags in the commission's description when posting, so your seasonal commissions get featured in the DeviantArt Shop!Create a Commission4. Share Your OfferingsPost a status update or Journal on DeviantArt with links to what you’re selling, so people know what they can buy from you. Afterward, post to social media to help bring more potential buyers to your work!Start creating now to spread holiday cheer to your audience and help warm hearts through the holiday season.
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Weekly Community Journal #94
Personal NewsHi all! Happy Halloween!! If this is your first time here, welcome to my page! My name is Danni Lynn (username formerly Evangeline40003) and I am a professional writer. Every week, I like to take some time to share art from across the website as well as some news, events, contests, and more. Be sure to check out and share some love to the other artists mentioned below Community News and Resources,Pay what you want commissions special4 days agoAs I have my 5th year on DeviantArt this month ,Daily Deviations under 500 Favourites (Vol. 209)3 days agoMany of the Daily Deviations have less than 500Mini Halloween Scavenger Hunt! [OPEN]2 days ago 🎃 Welcome to the UszatyArbuz's Mini HalloweenFeatured Artist: Sulwen08910 hours agoHi, LualaDy here for OurDreamsWillCome! Let'sDaily Deviations - October 20223 hours agoMy Daily Deviation selections for October 2022!Positive Comment: Vol 2793 hours agoPC Guidelines | @PromotingPositivity | GroupFUN THINGS TO DOCheck out llama badge trading, a points giveaway, and more! , GET FEATURED! DEVIATION SPOTLIGHTS Get your deviations featured on my page and in my Weekly Community Journals! Years ago during the earliest days of my DA profile, I used to have a custom box where I featured different artists for a variety of time. I loved this and missed it so much ever since the website changed and I am pretty happy with the customization back on our profiles so... I'm doing this again! Get your art featured on my page and on my weekly community journals! How does this work? This box is to feature YOUR art! I sell features for points to help get your art more exposure. With over 11,000 watchers and at least 100 visitors on my page everyday, your art has the opportunity to be seen by more people! Points or USD can be used to purchase feature spots. These are customizable to how many deviations you would like to be featured and for how long. (No more than 10 deviations. No more than a 1 year feature.) Feature Options Payments are accepted via my DA shop! Please do not "gift" me points. For each order, I'll make a spot for you to pay in my shop at. Currently the 6 month, and 1 year options can be found in the shop. 1 week feature for 1 piece = 10 ; 2 pieces = 20 ; 3 pieces = 30 2 week feature for 1 piece = 20 ; 2 pieces = 40 ; 3 pieces = 60 3 week feature for 1 piece = 30 ; 2 pieces = 60 ; 3 pieces = 90 4 week feature for 1 piece = 40 ; 2 pieces = 80 ; 3 pieces = 120 ...and so on. Longer features have different prices: 6 month feature for 1 piece = 500 1 year feature for 1 piece = 1,000 When ordering, pick a feature available in my shop or note me what you would like specifically. For example, "I would like a 2 month feature for 10 pieces" and I'll get you the price!@scribblemeeps (Until 6/10/2023--featured by a generous friend! ) ,@RainbowPhilosopher (Until 4/30/2023) ,@JTBOLLY (Until 01/09/2023),@Calur (Until 11/8/2022) ,[Update 22th Sep. 2022]Commission Info.August 5, 2022Hello! Thank you very much for checking my@BlastoiseTheYTPer (Until 11/8/2022) ,@SoftPetalWeek (Until 11/8/2022) ,@vanitycelerio (Until 11/07/22),@vanitycelerio (Until 11/07/2022) ,ART FEATURELots of fall inspired pieces.. go share these artists some love!! ,KEEP UP TO DATE!,SHARE!What have you created this week? What new things have you tried, or what's going on? Let me know in the comments below! Feel free to share your new art, events, and journals. *Please refrain from spam Question of the Day: I love seeing what everyone has been up to so be sure to comment below what you have worked on or submitted this week on DA!...
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Scary-Good Profile Customizations by the Community
Seasonal Custom Section Templates and Profile Skins just dropped for Core Members, along with the ability to upload your own Profile Skins, allowing you to make your space as unique as you are. In just the last week, these deviants showed us a multitude of fascinating and spooky options they’ve used our tools to bring to life, mad-scientist style!,,,,,,,,,,,,,Feeling inspired? Float on over to your Profile to craft a space that fits your aesthetic.Not Core at the moment? Here’s a treat: get 50% off all Core packages to unlock limited access to seasonal templates and Skins!
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Reorder to showcase your most prized badges
Earning badges is a longtime source of pride for many deviants. There are many ways to collect -- whether by participating in a Tutorial, submitting to a community campaign, or earning enough of a certain badge to evolve it into a new badge -- each has a hard-won story and memory of achievement attached to it. And to top it off: they’re adorable!While it’s always a thrill to add a new one to your Profile, the About Section previously displayed only the last five earned, and the more meaningful badges could skootch out of visibility.Many deviants asked for it, and now you have it. Rearrange your first 5 badges to show off your favorites in your About Section! Display the top five that mean the most to you, and best of all: it’s completely free!Why reorder? Highlight badges you worked the hardest to achieve. That Fancy Llama didn’t come to your farm by accident. It came from fur, sweat, and tears (of fancy joy)!Feature rare badges from limited-time events! Did you earn the Heart badge from the Valentine’s event? Or the honorable Hype badge? Display it with pride!All about the aesthetic? That How to Draw Pikachu badge is adorable, and he loves hanging with his bestie, the May the 4th badge.Reordering is easy! When editing your About Section, navigate to the “Badges” tab on the far right and drag-and-drop into the top 5 positions to place your favorites to the prominent display where they belong.,Dedicated Badges Spotlight Section with CoreCore Members can shine a spotlight on the badges you’re most proud of in this new specialized Section that displays the larger icon in all its glory. Simply click “Add Section” on your Profile and select “Badges Spotlight” on the left, right, or new top section of your Profile. The first five badges will display, so drag-and-drop to reorder and show off your favorites in their majestic pixelated glory. , Ready to reorder your badges? Visit your Profile to exhibit them with pride. Not Core yet? Upgrade to unlock the Badges Spotlight, Custom Sections, and more!Do you want to keep learning and collecting more badges to display on your profile? Check out more tutorials to draw eyes, cats, Pikachu, and more!
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AI Image Recognition and Generation 101
The phrase "artificial intelligence" has long been around, but it's been trending upwards recently in the realm of art-world news. From prompt-based generators to image-recognition software, it can be intimidating to join the conversation without having an understanding of the technology behind the products. If you're looking for a quick primer on the basics of art-focused machine learning – somewhere between the beginner "your prompts create images based on artificial intelligence, possibly by magic" and actually getting a degree in data science – this journal is for you!First, let's talk about neurons. The human body has a biological neural network – neurons connected by synapses – that carries out various functions when activated. When your neurons take in information, such as a delicious smell of cooking or the touch of a hot coal, your body undergoes a reaction, salivating at the smell or recoiling and wondering why you grabbed a hot coal. Artificial neural networks, such as the ones used in artificial intelligence, can be trained to behave similarly: information comes in, undergoes a sort of processing, and returns a result.Training ModelsIn both image recognition and generation, the machine is first fed delicious neurons that link an image to text. To train it, actual humans manually labeled a series of images "photograph of a dog" or "watercolor tree." This connection of image and text is then fed to the machine where it can begin to notice patterns.The machine eventually learned that if the word "tree" appeared, there was likely a green pixel involved. For "dog," there's a high likelihood that there were two triangular shaped ears somewhere in the image. With more data input came more specifics: trees could also come in brown or yellow. Cats also have triangular ears, so the computer would need to rely on other characteristics to define an image as a "dog."Thanks to the internet, many text-and-image relationships were already labeled, since Wikipedia, for example, contains descriptive alt text on each of its images. These sets of "text associated with image" are the artificial networks of information that now need to be activated via synapse to get a reaction!,Imagine all the data from an image, broken up into sections, where each section contains a bit of information about the full image. The individual sections are similar to a pixel, but they contain much more information than simply color. ,Now imagine there's a filter that contains a ton of knowledge about various things contained in images. Similar to how applying the She-Hulk filter on certain sharing apps makes the resulting person look totally awesome, by applying this 2x2 gray filter over the 2x2 white section of the image, we get returned a filtered result that "understands" the sections and how they fit into the whole.,Thanks to the mathematics calculated when applying the filter, the machine now understands the white section of this image to likely be half of a dog's face, with a green grass background.This filter can then be applied to the rest of the sections of the image to discover if there's another dog, if the grass is actually green carpet, and tons of other things about it translated into classifications provided by the visual information.Of course, this is simplified for ease of understanding. The real filter's math holds much more within its depths and can return more results than you could imagine.,The machine puts the image through millions of parameters of interpretation. After boiling and re-analyzing, boiling and re-analyzing, the machine can reach a conclusion with pretty good confidence about what it's interpreting.DeviantArt Protect behaves similarly! Imagine a computer possessing knowledge of all the image-based deviations, down to specific patterns in various collections of pixels. It would be easy for this computer to notice that a near identical collection of pixels were submitted by another account. Attempts to circumvent detection, like an uploader simply flipping an image, would still return a similar enough "likely match" that the original uploader would be alerted.So, how does image generation come into play? While DeviantArt Protect notices patterns from image-to-image – even where one of the images might have been manipulated slightly – remember that the computer also holds textual feedback about images. With images and text so closely interconnected within the trained dataset, it's now possible for images to be generated from text alone, using artificial intelligence's "understanding" of text prompts.,If a creator enters "watercolor of a girl smiling," in the prompt field, the machine can break down the countless ways this might be returned, starting from the most basic of building blocks. It can assume it's likely a human girl, meaning there's likely an eye visible. This eye likely contains a black pupil and colored iris, surrounded by a probably white sclera.The machine knows how large a pupil often is, its proportions when surrounded by an iris, and it can return different manners of results – human smiling, creepy-eye smiling, photographic eye, painted eye – anything that may have existed in the datasets it learned from.There are tons of assumptions artificial intelligence can make from prompts. For example, a prompt containing "promotional material" might result in bright spotlights on a subject and single-color backdrops. A prompt containing the phrase "post apocalyptic" might return images of dusty beiges and featureless buildings or overgrown greenery and bright-neon signage, given two post-apocalyptic subcategories of "bleak" and "surviving against all odds."It can also get it wrong. Perhaps many images of people holding hands, fingers woven together, "taught" the machine that people have 10 fingers on one hand. Still, the millions of parameters of machine-learned data can return so much to an image: good lighting, appropriate proportions of a human body next to a building, correct perspective, recognizable facial expressions. Hopefully, this explanation has shed some light on the workings behind the fast-moving technologies of artificial intelligence and machine learning. If you've used an AI art generator, what did you create and how did it look? If not, what would you like to create?What styles or subjects do you anticipate AI might have difficulty recreating faithfully?What types of technology trends in the art world would you like to learn about next?
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Carve out a customized Profile Skin
Deviants like you requested the ability to apply your own images to Profile Skins, so say “trick-or-treat” and you shall receive. To keep the graveyard smash going, your candy bags are also getting filled with five new, limited-edition Halloween Profile Skins and two spooky Custom Section templates. Whether you make your own or use the templates, your Profile is sure to be as cool as the house that hands out full-sized candy bars!Limited-edition Halloween Custom Sections and Profile SkinsThis bountiful harvest season, grab two limited-time Custom Section templates and five autumnal Profile Skins to truly lean into those 🍂 fall vibes 🍂. With three available Custom Sections on both the left and right sides, and three more in the strip across the top of your Profile, your space will be more decorated than an orange seasonal gourd!And even though they’re available for a limited-time, you can opt to keep them for the season alone, or have a hauntingly beautiful Profile all year round for as long as you keep that particular customization installed. That’s just one more Core benefit you don’t have to bob for! Get it? Apple Core? Bobbing for apples? ,Create your own Profile SkinDeviants loved our new Profile Skins, but yearned for the ability to bring their own creations to life. Ask and you shall receive! Here are the steps to take to upload your very own Profile Skin:Click the painter’s palette on the right side of your Profile to open the Skins drawer and click the “+” symbol on the right.Select a deviation from your gallery, Sta.sh, or upload a new image, and press “Select”! Eureka!Click on the Pencil icon for additional settings, such as Tiled, Cover, and Contain.,Get your spooky Profile featured!Put your costumed Profiles on parade! Leave your tricked-out and treated-out Profiles in the comments below by 11:59 PM PST on October 21st to be included in a journal featuring some of the staff’s favorite designs.Are your creative ciders flowing? Customize your profile now!Not Core yet? Upgrade to unlock the possibilities.
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Join DeviantArt for a panel at LightBox Expo
LightBox Expo is back in person this year in Pasadena, CA, and the DeviantArt @team is hosting a panel! Connecting fans with the artists and creators behind their favorite films, animation, games, TV shows, and illustrations, LightBox Expo is billed as “the ultimate celebration of art!”,Join DeviantArt on Saturday, October 15th at 1:10 PM Pacific in Room 207 for “The Changing Landscape of Digital Art.” Moderated by DeviantArt’s Head of Strategic Marketing, Julian Schratter ( @nicedayJules ), and featuring professional artists Lois van Baarle ( @loish ), Anthony Francisco ( @Ubermonster ), @BossLogic, and Karla Ortiz, the panel will discuss recent and rapid changes in digital art and technology—from the growth of Web3 and NFTs to the rise of AI-generated images and art—as well as the controversy surrounding these changes. DeviantArt team members will also be in attendance at the expo, so keep an eye out for @ggMattB, @MattInRealLife, and @ScrubFiend while you’re there! If you’re unable to attend LightBox this year, have no fear! Whether you make it to LightBox or not, keep an eye on DeviantArt’s social media for live updates, and stay tuned for a recap featuring highlights from the panel and the expo! Your ThoughtsAre you attending LightBox this year? Have you attended in previous years?What questions would you ask the panelists during the Q&A?In what ways do you think technology is changing digital art? Do you feel these changes are for the better or worse?
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Community Discussion: AI Art
There has recently been a surge in the popularity of AI art—that is, art generated by artificial intelligence, using machine learning. This has led to conversation and debate among the greater art community about AI art’s authenticity as an art form, as well as the potential benefits and drawbacks to its use. This journal will detail some of the basics of AI art, how it works, and some of the arguments for and against its usage, with the intent of generating community discussion on the topic.What is AI Art?The term “AI art” (also called image generation) refers to artwork created with the assistance of artificial intelligence or machine learning tools. Computer-generated artwork has existed since the mid-1900s, with artists pioneering ways to use computers to create artwork. In recent years, AI art has become more popular, with computer-generated artwork being sold at auction, and in the past few months in particular, there has been a surge in interest because a number of AI art creation tools (such as DALL-E 2, Midjourney, and Stable Diffusion) have become publicly available. How AI Art Programs WorkThe way AI art programs work varies from program to program—some are generated solely by the AI system, while others are created by a person collaborating with an AI system—but in general, in order for a machine learning AI to be taught how to generate new images, it is fed millions of images and associated text descriptions to learn the structure of images and how it relates to the text describing them. Then, once given a description by a user (for example, "woman walking in the rain"), the AI will generate an entirely new image based on what it was taught through the images and text descriptions it was fed. This is the basis for tools like DALL-E, Midjourney, and other AI art tools that have recently become popular online, as it allows individuals to generate artistic images at a more broad, accessible level.“Is AI Art Actual Art?”Across the internet, the conversation about the validity of AI art as an art form has come up frequently in recent months. Whenever new art tools become available, there can be a sort of hostility from the art community, with the intent of discrediting them as meaningful options for creators. Examples of this include the early negative perception of photomanipulation and photobashing, which have become staples for digital artists in the past two decades.The goal of this journal is to spark community conversation about AI art. With all new art tools and methods of creation, it is important to approach the topic with an open mind, and as a home for art on the Internet, deviants are welcome to share their AI art creations on DeviantArt. If you choose to share your AI art on DeviantArt, please tag the work appropriately—for example, if Midjourney is your AI generator of choice, you should add the tags “ai” and “midjourney.”In the same vein, discussions about art and the future of the art world belong in art-related spaces like DeviantArt. With that in mind, some pros and cons surrounding AI art are outlined below, though there are more talking points than just the ones presented in this journal.ProsOne of the common points in favor of AI art is to use it as a reference tool for artists, or as a way for artists to generate a concept—which they can then use as a base to create more complete or complex works. Among the community, artists have adopted AI art as the basis for their own creations, or as one of multiple resources used to create a mixed media piece. It also makes visual artwork more accessible for people who have storytelling ideas, but may not have the degree of skill needed to execute them as well as they imagine them. Another point is that the effort and learned skill involved in generating effective parameters to create higher-quality AI art is similar to equating parameters to generate higher-quality fractal art.ConsSome of the primary talking points against AI art stem from copyright and commercial use. Where copyright is concerned, there is a debate with regard to who holds copyright for AI art, and what amount of additional work you as an artist have to do in order for it to be your work as opposed to the AI’s work. With regard to commercial use, there is the fear that AI art will replace digital artists in the workforce, directly impacting artists’ livelihood in the process. Additional common concerns involve the misrepresentation of AI art as human-created art, and bad faith actors using AI art programs for abusive reasons.Learn More About AI ArtThe process of creating AI Art by @Digitonaut Pro Artist vs AI Art: maybe we can be friends? by @rossdraws What is AI Art & How It Works by @SkyCogs Your ThoughtsHave you used an AI art program before? If so, how was your experience using it?In your opinion, is AI art good for creators? Why or why not?Do you think the recent increase in interest in AI art is temporary, or do you think that AI art will continue to grow in popularity?Are there pros or cons to AI art that aren’t covered here that you feel merit discussion? We encourage respectful discussion among the community on this topic, so feel free to read through the comments on this journal and reply to other deviants about their thoughts on AI art.
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World Mental Health Day 2022
(cover image courtesy of @joifish), First celebrated in 1992, October 10th is recognized as World Mental Health Day by the World Federation for Mental Health and the World Health Organization. Centered on education, awareness, and advocacy against social stigma surrounding mental health and mental illness, World Mental Health Day is observed internationally each year. This journal will provide information about World Mental Health Day, the theme for this year, and a variety of mental health resources for people who may benefit from them.This Year’s ThemeThe theme for World Mental Health Day 2022 is “Making Mental Health & Well-Being for All a Global Priority.” Access to mental health resources and professional services is varied around the world and often requires some level of affluence to take advantage of. This year’s goal is to work toward a world where everyone can access the mental health care they need.ResourcesIn 2019 and 2020, DeviantArt consulted with Dr. Gina Alfonso about art therapy and tools for mental wellness, and we encourage deviants to revisit these journals, as the knowledge and understanding shared in them continues to be helpful and pertinent even now.For anyone looking for additional mental health resources, be it for themselves or to share with others, we have compiled a list of some helpful links below.MentalHealth.gov, a website run by the US government, links organizations and resources to individual peopleThe National Institute of Mental Health, the world’s largest mental health research organization, provides a variety of resourcesThe National Alliance on Mental Illness offers education, video resources, help lines, support groups, and moreThe CDC provides recommendations and resources for helping others and yourselfMental Health Europe has a series of resources and helplines for people in need of assistanceBlack Mental Health Matters provides a wealth of resources for mental wellness for Black peopleThe Trevor Project keeps a directory of resources for mental health for LGBTQ+ people around the worldCheckPoint provides resources for the gaming community in Australia, New Zealand, and across the globeYour ThoughtsWhat are some of the things you do to manage your mental and emotional well-being?Do you create as a means of self-care? If so, what kind of art do you make, and what draws you to that particular kind of art for the sake of self-care?Whether or not mental health is already a priority in someone's life, hearing from a friend can always bring warm feelings. Tag a deviant you care for and write your favorite thing about them!, This journal and any associated material is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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Welcome to my World feature n363
,Personal NewsHi! Since last time I saw you I decided to practice some dark editing of some old pictures. I'm very pleased with the outcome!,StartersFrom my collections!,Featured artists@lilakatly @Justine1985 @RHADS @Kappifern @DamirHerak @stkrivtsov Watchers Feature,Featured artists@jasmoonbutterfly @Ace-of-Aros @frammis4242 @Chrittymj84 @Moonbeam13 @Boups Friendly FeatureFeaturing art from friendly suggestions. You can also participate by sharing art in the comments (see down below).,Featured artists@Evi-gilatio @Miradella @SoubiVee @1oneAS @anndr Luala needs youSHARE ART NOWI'm taking suggestions for the "friendly feature" section.Share as much as you want, but for each piece you share from your gallery, please balance it with a piece from someone else: from your favs or from your friends' galleries.Try to suggest art from active deviants (active within the last month), max 999 favs.Keep in mind these are suggestions and I will pick those I like. So, don't hesitate sharing a lot! The more I have, the better looking features I will make.Some things I will most likelly not select:intrusive watermarks, such as the DA watermarkany meat/hunting/fishing outside of a story contextuncredited models/photographers (photography) or references (drawings and paintings)fan art with a profit (copyright issues)AI generated pieces (full or partial)
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Promoting Positivity: Vol 140
Group Master List | @PromotingPositivity | Group Guidelines* * * *Hello everyone! Welcome to another Promoting Positivity. In this series, we will have three sections: @PromotingPositivity news, community content sharing, and peer support. Please take a look and see if there's anything you like. Feel free to comment with anything you want featured next week. With that out of the way, let's get started.Current @PromotingPositivity News10/5/22October has officially begun, so I hope you have your costumes pending at the least. I tend to go for the funny costumes and this year is no different: if all goes according to plan, I'll be "a Karen". If you didn't know, three years ago, I was the poop emoji, the year after I was pieces of poop, and last year, I was a broken filter. Ask me in the comments how I made that possible, if you dare. But outside of my offline shenanigans, I have a mini challenge for you. I challenge you to find the cutest ghost, witch, bat, Jack-O-Lanturn, or mummy and share it in the comments. You only need one so just copy/paste the link and it'll be good. It must be cute, not scary since we want to avoid scaring anyone, myself included. Each week in October, I'll select 1-3 comments (if applicable) and they will receive a badge, as will the comment. Preferable, if you can find any non-core members with a cute one of these, then share that so that I can give them core via diamond. Just please don't suggest yourself. That's all there is for this week! Let's get into the article! Recent @PromotingPositivity ContentGroup content is typically posted Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, this series being one of them. However, if we have unusual content, important content, or affiliates collaboration, then they will be posted here as well. This is so that you don't miss the other group content posted. Check all group content ever posted at the Master List. Positive Feature: Vol 105 Positive Comment: Vol 275 Important Group Content The Gemstone Awards New Year, New PerspectiveNew Deviants FeatureA small feature showcasing up to 4 new deviants (having joined within less than 1 year), featuring 1 artwork each. This is only applicable if they have posted something within the month so that I know they are active. Note: I will only feature individuals who are active (unless suggested), so if I skipped someone, it is because they were inactive when I was meant to include them. They can still be included if they meet the following criteria: they are new to DeviantArt, their account is still less than a year old, they are active, and they haven't been featured here before because I skipped them. All suggestions should be individuals that I have skipped, which means that they are over 1 month old. , Community NewsA list of events ranging from competitions to updates, all positive in some way. There are three sections: Staff, Community Volunteer (CV), and Community (regular deviants, including seniors). Journals and Status Updates are separated, so make sure you don't miss the statuses at the bottom. Staff,Daily Deviations - September 2022Sep 30, 2022My Daily Deviation selections for September 2022!Weekly Artist Interview: UbermonsterSep 29, 2022Follow @team for weekly art tips and monthlyMore Profile personalization: MEGA Custom SectionsSep 29, 2022Reach peak personalization with three new CustomInktober 2022: Draw every day in OctoberSep 30, 2022Practice makes perfect, and drawing every day inCelebrating Deviousness - October 2022Oct 1, 2022 In recognition of exemplary membership and anSeniority Announcement: October 2022Oct 2, 2022Seniority has been a cornerstone of DeviantArtCVsGeneral,Best of September 2022Oct 1, 2022The best photos I've found last month :heart: Photographer Project | UD4Sep 28, 2022 Do you want to participate in the “PhotographerSollenagraphyOct 1, 2022 1 What is your name and where are you from? IMy Bestov The Day |2022| XXXOct 2, 2022 The Tutorial Contest - WinnersOct 3, 2022With the Tutorial Contest closed, it was time toAlbum Yourself ChallengeOct 3, 2022I'm hosting the #albumyourself challenge!DD Roundup,Daily Deviations Round UP: September 2022Sep 30, 2022Hallo !!! Feature of all the Daily DeviationsDD Round Up - September 2022Sep 30, 2022Here is the collection of all of the DDs I setArtisan Craft DDs for September!Sep 30, 2022Here are all the beautiful things I had the honorDD Round up | Photography | September 2022Sep 30, 2022 Here are the DDs I featured in September -DD Round Up: September 2022Sep 30, 2022Here to present the DDs I have selected for thisCommunityGeneral,Update!Sep 28, 2022Hi there guys! I am writting this post just toMonthly Reflection #56 - September 22Sep 30, 2022I must say I'm very happy today. Looking back nowOctober check-inOct 1, 2022- My September - Lately life has felt like anAngels Without Wings October 2022Oct 1, 2022 AWWs for October 2022 Who Are Angels WithoutOctober: Spooky Seasons of JoyOct 3, 2022 Welcome to October! The spooky season hasBehind the scenes of a TV productionOct 3, 2022Yap, more shenanigans from yours truly. I seek toWeekly Community Journal #91Oct 3, 2022WEEKLY COMMUNITY JOURNAL #91 Table of Contents:Thank you!Oct 4, 2022Seniority yesterday, 21st DD today. I can't beEvents,Secret Santa 2022 WishlistSep 28, 2022Another year another wishlist @ppgrainbow ●Will you play Pictober ?Sep 29, 2022 The poll has chosen the theme!Oct 2, 2022We will be drawing Plushies for our November8 Facts About JulesOct 3, 2022I've been tagged by @Platinum-Comet to share 8UntitledOct 2, 2022It's aliiiive! All Hallow's Tales is back againYVVO October 2022 monthly promptOct 2, 2022 Hello Yevatem and YVVO and welcome to ourOC-ToberOct 3, 2022 Will update when there are new partsWinnersOct 4, 2022✨Hello everyone, my magical art raffle is over.2022 BACKSTREET BOYS HOLIDAY CARD EXCHANGEOct 5, 2022 THE UNOFFICIAL BACKSTREET BOYS HOLIDAY CARDWatch Features,Art Feature: Colored PencilsSep 28, 2022 Please remember to visit these#1linewed - theme: JOURNEYSep 28, 2022okay, the actual theme is 'to', but I found thatWeekly Feature # 287Sep 28, 2022#supportUkraine Recently found 3Sep 29, 2022Hello! I've absent here for some days, cause IDaily Deviations under 500 Favourites (Vol. 205)Sep 30, 2022Many of the Daily Deviations have less than 500AuA #11: BananomynousOct 2, 2022Does anybody still know what AuA stands for? :DOneOct 2, 2022 @preethi524 Go forth and leave comments!My Mid Week Favourites...Sep 29, 2022 it's that time of year!Oct 2, 2022Spooktober! Encourage your cat fanA Hebridean OdysseyOct 3, 2022 And I am back from my first trip to the OuterLEAVES + October themeOct 1, 2022Hi, it's me! LualaDy! Let's have a look at theTOP TEN ARTOct 1, 2022 (Till the war is over...) My weeklyArt Feature 10.4.22Oct 4, 2022I made this feature a month ago, but a bug kept meAmazing art under 100 favs. Vol. 215Oct 5, 2022 :bulletwhite: :bulletblack:My Gallery 017 - Page 141Oct 5, 2022This week my Wednesday feature, back to itsStatus UpdatesHere are some statuses that were either interesting or important. StaffUbermonster Interview by @ScrubFiend All Hallow's Tale Shoutout by @Moonbeam13 Mini DD Interview with PaVet-Photography by @team Inktober Reminder by @team CVsWhere to Put your Art for Inktober by @TokyoMoonlight Reminder: Twitch Stream by @TsaoShin A Great Artist Returns by @lovelessdevotions CommunityMeet Penelope by @JenFruzz Video: MewTwo is Best Dad by @TC-96 DeviantArt's AI Survey by @otterbells Shoutout: Noirath is Trying to Sell Adopts by @KIERAL 60 Watchers Raffle by @babwiththepower Peer SupportA list of deviants in need, with issues ranging from needed funds to emotional support. In order for everyone to get more of an equal share of views, this section will not be categorized. Please take a moment to view each and, even if you can't contribute, share with your friends so that these deviants may get the help they need. Thank you.,About my diseaseSep 28, 2022As some of you know, I have bipolar disorder.My Hurricane Ian ExperienceSep 30, 2022Hurricanes are devastating storms, but they'reCommission, arttrade and request is open Oct 1, 2022please read the rules which are linked to the[PSA] Scammer/Art ThiefOct 3, 2022Please beware of the accountsEmergancy Commissions OpenOct 4, 2022My commissions are back open, but I can take onlyZerOctober AdoptsOct 4, 2022 Fall is upon us and what better way to kick offThis Week's Peer Support Status Updates Literature Commissions by @ManWithNoVowels Commissions to pay for Cat Bills by @IloveEhlm Commissioning my Wares by @SkookyUmi Additional Peer Support Status Updates 4 Additional Peer Support Status Updates 3 Additional Peer Support Status Updates 2 Additional Peer Support Status Updates 1 Thank you for viewing. I hope you found something you like or want to help with. If I made a mistake or missed something, feel free to let me know so I can remove it or include something next week. Take some time to go through everything at your leisure. Have a wonderful day.NextPrevious
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All Hallows' Tales: Nightmarish New Beginnings
CONTEST CLOSEDLook out for the results on October 31st.Step into my parlour...,Welcome to the 14th annual All Hallows' Tales Contest, which I am hosting for @Memnalar this year, and I feel truly proud and honoured. I hope to make it feel as much like a 'normal' year as possible; as part of this, whenever you see the pumpkin symbol it means I have copied Jay's words. This will be because I cannot word the thing any better myself, and/or there are certain traditional phrases that I feel it is right to include. (Just to be incredibly clear, any 'I' or 'me' copied over now refers to ME i.e. @ThornyEnglishRose and NOT to Jay!)As you very likely know, Jay's reason for handing over the reins this year is an unpredictable schedule at the start of a career change. By an extraordinary coincidence, I'm going through a major life change myself, having relocated to the coast (from Hertfordshire to Suffolk, if you want to know). The contest theme is, therefore, in homage to the changes taking place about now...What strange passengers might climb (or lurch, or crawl, or fly...) aboard Jay's bus when he's working the night shift? With what or whom am I sharing my new house without knowing it? Perhaps you know someone who's getting/got married this year... but is their one-and-only really what they appear to be? In other words, what nightmarish new beginnings are in store...? The Contest This is a Halloween-inspired, Literature-only contest asking for submissions of PROSE FICTION.This year, you will be writing stories around the theme of major life changes. We'll be looking for new beginnings grounded in reality i.e. any supernatural, fantasy or sci-fi element should not in itself be the change. You know what I mean: the kind of thing that happened to Harry Potter (coming into magical powers) or Katniss Everdeen (being overtaken by the events of a dystopian society) will not fit the theme of the contest. Of course, what extraordinary things come of that ordinary life change could be absolutely anything... What kind of story you write - and what you choose to write about - is up to you, but please remember that this is a Halloween contest. We're looking for pieces that are scary, disturbing, morbid, chilling, creepy, thrilling, suspenseful, ironic, satirical, or even darkly funny. Halloween, most of all, is supposed to be fun. Your entry should be entertaining to read, regardless of all else. So have fun with it! How to Enter When you have completed your story, save it as a Literature deviation (no journals) and send a note to [@ThornyEnglishRose] with a link to your entry, and AHT Contest Entry in the subject line. [S]he will then save it to an Entry Gallery. Please be aware that your entry is fair game for judging as soon as it is placed in the Entry Gallery, so make sure it's good to go!Sending me a link via the Chat would also be acceptable.Rules Deadline is 11:59 PM Tuesday night, October 25 (GMT+1). This does give you several hours fewer than Jay allows; if that becomes an issue, contact me and we'll see if I'm feeling lenient! Winners will be announced on October 31 (bar unforeseen circumstances).One entry per person. Judges are not eligible to enter.Maximum word count is 3,000. No exceptions. Don't even ask. Entries must be written in English. Entries must be new pieces posted after the contest begins. Entries earning Daily Deviations or major features before the end of the contest will be disqualified. No fan-fiction will be accepted. The official judging period will be the week after the contest deadline. HOWEVER, judges will be encouraged to read and score the entries as they come in, so don't send it to me until you're ready for it to be judged!Judges:@ThornyEnglishRose@Memnalar@Malintra-Shadowmoon You are still welcome to volunteer to judge. Those of you who expressed an interest but weren't sure, do let me know whenever you're ready what you have decided.Prizes I will be accepting prize donations until the contest results are revealed. Almost anything is welcome: Points (through donation widget on @ThornyEnglishRose's page), Core Memberships, Prints, Commissions, Books, Original Artwork, Journal Features, Critiques, Editing/Proofreading Services, whatever you've got. HOWEVER: Llamas, faves and watches will not be accepted as prizes in this contest.Points Pool Donors:@neurotype donated 3,500 points@BarbecuedIguana donated 3,500 points@Memnalar donated 1,000 points@GDeyke donated 1,000 points@xlntwtch donated 800 points@LipsterLeo donated 500 points@prettyflour donated 400 points@LadyLincoln donated 300 points@JTBOLLY donated 100 points Pooled points may be used for prizes or other contest-related activities.One or two of these denote points donated to me not via the widget, so if you're checking up on me, this is why the sums may not quite add up. Thank you so much to everyone who has donated anything (points or otherwise)! First Place:2,000 points from @ThornyEnglishRose2,000 points from @Memnalar2,500 points from @communityrelations5,500 points from Points PoolDiamond badges from @ThornyEnglishRose, @communityrelations, @pinkythepink, @ChimeraDragonfang, @ImaginaryRosseArt, @neurotype and an anonymous (for now) donorA clerihew ( short biographical poem) from @ThornyEnglishRose2 critiques from @neurotypeSecond Place:1,000 points from @ThornyEnglishRose1,000 points from @Memnalar1,500 points from @communityrelations3,500 points from Points PoolDiamond badges from @ThornyEnglishRose, @communityrelations, @pinkythepink, @ChimeraDragonfang, @ImaginaryRosseArt, @neurotype and an anonymous (for now) donorA clerihew ( short biographical poem) from @ThornyEnglishRose1 critique from @neurotype Third Place:500 points from @ThornyEnglishRose500 points from @Memnalar1,000 points from @communityrelations2,000 points from Points PoolDiamond badges from @ThornyEnglishRose, @communityrelations, @pinkythepink, @ChimeraDragonfang @ImaginaryRosseArt, @neurotype and an anonymous (for now) donorA clerihew ( short biographical poem) from @ThornyEnglishRose1 critique from @neurotypeAll winners will receive a journal feature from @Asahi-Taichou and @Memnalar. Have fun, darlings!
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Seniority Announcement: October 2022
Seniority has been a cornerstone of DeviantArt since its early years and is an award given to those who have made their mark on the community. These outstanding deviants have been recognized for their level of interaction, helpfulness with others, kindness, sincerity, and many other traits. Recognized by the medal icon that appears next to their username, fewer than 2,000 deviants have received the distinction of Seniority over the last 22 years. The following five deviants, having shown a kindred spirit that has led to continued positive community interaction and involvement, are the most recent recipients of Seniority. Please join us in congratulating them!@JoeyJazz @JoeyJazz’s artwork is instantly recognizable for anyone who has browsed DeviantArt for more than a few minutes. A skilled digital artist who regularly provides artwork for the community to use for customization, his contributions over the years are difficult to overstate.,@RiEile In 16 years, @RiEile has quietly provided a wealth of resources to the community, ranging from journals on how to improve skills, to sharing creation techniques, to leaving feedback for deviants to hone their craft, while also consistently creating and sharing their own art.,@ChrissaBug @ChrissaBug is a community cheerleader always willing to offer thoughtful feedback for deviants. A member of the DeviantArt Collective, she provides artists guides and tutorials, all while bringing a positive attitude and pleasant demeanor to everything she does.,@tahirlazim A skilled and incredibly active member of the photography community, @tahirlazim has been supporting photographers on DeviantArt for years with feedback, helpful comments, and encouragement for the past 9 years, bringing warmth and kindness that's reflected in his gorgeous works. ,@BisBiswas @BisBiswas creates artwork that puts dreams on computer screens. His gallery is filled with dynamic works that he supplies for deviants to use as wallpapers at no cost, while simultaneously being a beacon of good cheer and friendliness in his comments around the community.,If you would like to suggest a deviant for Seniority, you can do so by filling out this form!
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Celebrating Deviousness - October 2022
,In recognition of exemplary membership and an outstanding spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community, October 2022's Deviousness award recipient is: @DanKendi Compelling compositions, whimsical use of lighting, and the perfect wisp of hair are what you can expect when you wander into the gallery of @DanKendi. A member of DeviantArt for over 14 years, his gallery is a documentation of his evolution into a true master. Beyond being a talented artist, he is also incredibly kind and can often be found sharing tips and constructive feedback. Members like @DanKendi help keep the DeviantArt community vibrant, and we are overjoyed to award him with Deviousness for October 2022.,Hello everybody ! My name is Daniel, mostly known as DanKendi here in DeviantArt!I'm from Brazil and have always loved art since I was a child. I’m a professional digital illustrator and concept artist at Envar Studios! I have a pleasure to work with a lot of super talented artists! I'm also a streamer as part of the DeviantArt Collective!I always liked drawing and painting manga characters from the shows I watched as a child. So when I was searching references online for things to draw I found DeviantArt and I was overwhelmed by all the beautiful art I found here and started loving digital painting which was a new thing I never knew existed by that time ! I was so excited the first time I got my hands on a drawing tablet so I could finally paint digitally and post all my progress here on DeviantArt ! And that was the start of my journey here!,Even though art has always been my passion, I wasn't sure I wanted it as a profession for my life, that's why I went in another direction and got a degree in architecture. Only after getting my degree things start going in the direction of arts. I started having a better income from art than in architecture. So I finally decided to migrate into a full time artist working on commission and live-streaming on Twitch helping my viewers with art tips!Not too long after that, I had a happy surprise from DeviantArt to sponsor my streams and be a part of the Collective! I then got invited to be a member of Envar Studio to work full-time and I was also super happy because I've always admired all their work ! I am now working on projects from Riot games for Envar and that's a thing I never imagined myself being able to do. Now here I am making a living out of art and I'm so thankful for everything that's been happening to me in the recent years !,Community Quotes,@DanKendi is a very bright and easygoing person, so attentive to all his viewers. I am very glad I got to know such a wonderful person! I started watching him on Twitch a few years ago and now we are in the DeviantArt Collective together! Thank you so much Dan for giving positivity with your creativity! :3 - @Dzikawa ,@DanKendi's work is so exciting - so many amazing characters and such fun with lighting and composition. There's always such a lovely sense of depth and form in his work, bringing the fantastical right to your eyes. It's also super fun that his gallery is so archival with work back all the way to 2008. So neat to see such a wonderful development of style and mastery. Congrats @DanKendi!! ♥ - @AdorkaStock ,The first time I met @DanKendi I thought we had an acquaintance because it felt like we were already friends for years. Even though we might not share the same first language, Dan has always been so kind and responsive whenever we chat. Not only sweet person, Dan is also an amazing artist. He's always willing to give feedback on drawings, paint-overs, or explain how he renders hair and skin so perfectly. I'm so thrilled that @DanKendi is receiving this Deviousness Award! He's an exceptional artist who I am glad to call a friend - @kloir ,,,Dan's use of colors, lighting and dynamic compositions never fail to blow me away! I absolutely love studying the subtle shifts in hues he hides in the shadows and the clever placements of the vibrant accent colors. - @TheOneWithBear ,Congratulations to @DanKendi !,If you would like to suggest a deviant for Deviousness, you can do so by filling out this form!
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Tips, Tricks and Tutorials

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Tutorial: Draw a Raven with DanKendi
Draw a Raven in Under 3 Minutes!Learn how to draw a sleek raven with a tutorial from digital artist @DanKendi!This famously intelligent bird can be drawn in a simple series of steps.Watch the tutorial to discover the basic shapes that come together to make a raven, whether it be a friendly familiar or ominous omen. Illustrate your own version and submit it as a deviation for a mischievous new profile badge to join your flock!,,,To participate, follow these steps: Watch: Check out how @DanKendi breaks down the easy steps to draw a raven.Create: Follow the tutorial to illustrate your own version, or bring what you learned into a completely new deviation.Upload: Submit your work as a deviation with the tag #DATutorialRaven to get the profile badge.Share: Leave a comment with your raven drawing below!Not sure how to add a tag? Click the button below to have it automatically added!,,,

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You can also read through each step.Check out these examples below and browse other submissions.,Do you want to keep learning and collect more badges to display on your profile? Check out more tutorials!,Eye | Hand | Landscape | Spider-Man | Dragon | Fire | Creature Wing | Cat | Jack-O-Lantern | Zatz | Pikachu | Rose | Superhero Profile | Wolf | Mermaid | Unicorn | Tiger,Your ThoughtsDo you view ravens as highly intelligent creatures or ill omens?If a raven followed you around squawking short revelations about your life, what would it repeat over and over?What tutorial would you like to see next?
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Compose Yourself: burningmonk's Photography Tips
Make sure to follow team to keep up to date with all things DeviantArt! Check out all other weekly tips!, Your photography is about to level up with these compositional tips by @burningmonk of the DeviantArt Society! ,(Click the image to go to the Artist's Deviation Page!)Now it's your turn to show off how much you've improved! Share your photography with @burningmonk and make sure to comment on his Deviation above!...
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Make a Splash with Ry-Spirit!
Make sure to follow team to keep up to date with all things DeviantArt! Check out all other weekly tips!, Dip your toes into this easy water rendering tutorial by @Ry-Spirit of the DeviantArt Society and learn to make a splash with your art! ,(Click the image to go to the Artist's Deviation Page!)Now it's your turn to show off that cool, refreshing water in your scorching summer piece. Share your art with @Ry-Spirit and make sure to comment on his Deviation above!...
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Resources for you!
I realised it would be a great idea to roundup all the free content I have across various platforms for those who only follow me on one/some of them. I really love getting to make resources to help artists, and I hope you find something new here!Reference ImagesI'm best known for the reference photos I create. You can check out my full library on Gumroad, which I believe contains about 20,000 images at this point, and nearly 60 different packs! But if you were looking for a place to get started, I have a few free packs! Click here to check those out. My personal favourite is the Free Reference Bundle, which contains 105 images from my first 40+ reference packs. This gets you a tonne of variety and will cover everything from posing to lighting, costumed to anatomy, portrait to full body.You're also very welcome to use any of the photos I post to my Instagram as reference! I'll often share reference images there, but some people even draw personal photos I share, and that's awesome too!,You can also check out my reference images (more limited selection, but potentially more convenient for you) in the following places:Artstation Cubebrush Right here on dA! Newsletter,I'm a massive stickler for longer-format, thoughtful, quality content and feel a lot of nostalgia for the earlier days of the internet and the online art community.As part of that, I have a thriving mailing list that I share a weekly newsletter with! Every Thursday, my subscribers get direct to their inbox:Updates on new launches (artwork, videos, reference packs etc)Useful resources I’ve foundShowcasing my followers’ artJournal prompts/coaching questions13,000 artists are already subscribed, and I'd love it if you joined us! You can sign up for free by clicking here. PS. As well as my free newsletter, I also create a premium newsletter, which goes out to a much smaller and more intimate community. Every week, I pour hours into providing you valuable content and a more in-depth insight to what I'm up to behind the scenes. The premium newsletter includes:Weekly reference image A full resolution image from my archives every week Accompanying study notes where I dissect important aspects of the image to help you push your work furtherInspirationWorldbuilding inspiration: a deep-dive into all kinds of fascinating facts, historical events and personal anecdotes to help you push your ideas furtherImages of visual interest to get you inspiredThoughts/advice/observations/quotes to get you motivatedPersonal UpdatesA behind the scenes look at what the week held for me, both in my work and my personal life.Studies, WIPS, thoughts, events and/or anything else that was important/influential to me.Exclusive updates that I don't share with social media.DiscountA subscriber-only discount for any item in my Gumroad storeYou can join my premium newsletter for only $5 a month on either Substack or Patreon!Creators Chat Noah and I create a free video/podcast series called Creators Chat. It’s an unscripted, casual, candid show in which we discuss topics highly relevant to artists and often rarely spoken about. We like to cover a broad range of subjects, such as finding more success in our careers, nurturing our mental health and insights into recent developments in the art world. Where to Watch: YouTube Where to Listen: Spotify iTunes Stitcher Soundcloud,Articles As I mentioned above, I LOVE long-format content, and I often put out free articles on my website. Here are some of my favourites: Originality is Overrated How All-or-Nothing Thinking is Holding You Back (and How to Overcome It) The Single Best Piece of Advice I Can Give About “Making It” As An Online Artist ,Videos I share videos over on my YouTube channel! These are my favourites: ,,, That's all for now! I hope you find something in here you enjoy. I've been loving being back here so far- thank you to everyone who's gone out of their way to make me feel welcome!
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Draw Foliage with Kloir!
Make sure to follow team to keep up to date with all things DeviantArt! Check out all other weekly tips!, Knock your stalks off and take a leaf of faith today by taking some thyme to learn how to draw foliage! This easy tutorial by @kloir of the DeviantArt Collective is kinda a big dill:,(Click the image to go to the Artist's Deviation Page!)Lettuce do our best to improve that foliage! Share your art with @kloir and make sure to comment on her Deviation above! We're rooting for you!...
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List of all my tutorials
The complete list of all the tutorials I have written/made - at least the ones still worth sharing, as some are really old at this point. It just got so hard to find them after a while, and there are so many - so here we are. A complete masterlist.The tutorials are not in chronological order, but rather in (a more) logical order Some of them are rather old, so the formatting may be off - or the quality lower. I've still included the decent ones, though, and they may serve as an example that writing tutorials also is a skill you improve in as time goes on and you do it more. ,Rambles about being an artist, and typical Artist Problems:Unfair comparisons and being your own worst critic A word or two about practice and practicing art Some about talent, skill and marketingSome about finding your own drawing style Artists and social media The "right" way to improve We all start out as beginners Quick list of tips on how to improve your art Tutorials about drawing (parts of) animals:The (I hope) complete guide to drawing animal eyes How to draw animal ears Tips about how to draw animal paws/feet/hooves How to draw realistic (feathery) wings Tips for drawing the heads of common carnivores Tips (and a lot of rambling) about drawing deerHow to draw birds How to draw animal noses Sketchpage - Mule deer and whitetail antlers Sketchpage - Color variants of wild red foxes The (I hope) ultimate guide to drawing fur How to draw feathers/feather texture How to draw scales Quick guide on basic animal anatomy (older, not that good)Basic animal anatomy and how animals move (older, alright enough)Tutorials about traditional art: Tips about drawing on black paper Tips about drawing accurate traditional sketches Basics about colored pencils - layers and blending How to draw white whiskers with colored pencils Some basics about graphite and colored pencils (OLD!)An introduction to scratchboard (older)GIFs:Lynx process - step by step GIF Lynx eye process - step by step GIF Cat eye on black paper - step by step GIF How I draw fur 1 - closeup of tiger stripes - GIF How I draw fur 2 - solid-colored fur closeup - GIF How I draw fur 3 - long fur closeup GIF How I draw fur 4 - fur at a distance GIF Tutorials about using reference photos, editing those, and compositions:Finding and sorting reference photos Reference photos and how to use them: part 1 Reference photos and how to use them: part 2 Reference photos and how to use them: part 3 Some about improving bad quality reference photosThe (reference) photo always lies a little Making your subject fit into the backgroundTips to improve your compositions Some about compositions with multiple subjects Other art-related things which don't fit anywhere else:A tutorial about writing tutorials Some basics about drawing mountains Beginner's Guide to Animal Photography Short guide on values and hues How to draw blurred and bokeh backgrounds How to draw realistic art Some about comments and critique The process behind Lynx Portrait IV Red Fox - Fire and Frost WIP Red Fox - Fire and Frost WIP 2 Different art questions, and my answers - part 1 (older)Different art questions, and my answers - part 2 (older)Different art questions, and my answers - part 3 (older)Art critique collections:Art critique collection I Art critique collection II Art critique collection III Art critique collection IV My "critiqued" favorites collection...
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Tutorial: Draw a Tiger with JoJoesArt
,This tutorial is sponsored by the MSI Creator Z16P.Globally recognized as a trailblazer, MSI's Content Creation Series packs stunning color accuracy, long-lasting battery life, and excellent performance into a stylish laptop that helps artists fast track their creativity.Check out the MSI Creator Z16P!,Draw a Tiger in Under 5 Minutes!In honor of International Tiger Day, learn how to draw a terrific tiger with a tutorial from JoJoesArt!The noble jungle cat can be drawn in a simple series of steps.Watch the tutorial to discover what shapes help make a tiger one of the most compelling animals. Illustrate your own version and submit it as a deviation for a magnificent new profile badge that shows your stripes!,,,To participate, follow these steps: Watch: Check out how JoJoesArt breaks down easy steps to draw a tigerCreate: Follow the tutorial steps to illustrate a version in your own style and medium, or bring what you learned into a completely new deviation Upload: Submit your work as a deviation with the tag #DATutorialTiger to get the profile badgeShare: Share your tiger drawing in the comments below! Not sure how to add a tag? Click on the button below to have it automatically added!,,,Prefer to read-through each step? Click here. Check out these examples below and browse other submissions.,Do you want to keep learning and collect more badges to display on your profile? Check out more tutorials.,Eye | Hand | Landscape | Spider-Man | Dragon | Fire | Creature Wing | CatJack-O-Lantern | Zatz | Pikachu | Rose | Superhero Profile | Wolf | Mermaid | Unicorn ,DeviantArt Collective x MSIMSI also sponsored two artists from the DeviantArt Collective by sending them their own Creator Z16P laptops. ,

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Canadian artist @TheOneWithBear said the "lovely looking" laptop is a "beast" and was so impressed with the responsiveness of the laptop pen that she went all in on it despite initially wanting to use a tablet.,

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On Italian artist @simoneferriero's stream, he praised how thin the laptop was while still having the power of a fully equipped desktop. He was also pleasantly surprised by how quiet it was, even while using multiple layers in his favorite graphics suite, and appreciated the super-accurate screen colors. ,Your ThoughtsLike human fingerprints, no two tigers have the same stripe pattern. What else makes tigers such compelling creatures?As a creator, do you prefer to use a desktop or laptop?Which feature matters most to you when purchasing a laptop: battery life, WiFi connection speed or portability?What MSI product would make it on your wishlist?
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Bring magic to your gemstones with DanKendi!
Make sure to follow team to keep up to date with all things DeviantArt! Check out all other weekly tips!, Bring some magic into your gemstones and crystals with this weekly tip by @DanKendi of the DeviantArt Collective:,(Click the image to go to the Artist's Deviation Page!)Show off your opulent gemstone art on @DanKendi's Deviation above! And use this weekly tip to help you complete @ChrissaBug's Favorite Magic Spell Challenge!...
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Properly Portray Battle Damage with MCroft07!
Make sure to follow team to keep up to date with all things DeviantArt! Check out all other weekly tips!, ⚠️ TW: Bruises ⚠️Whether you're an illustrator, comic artist, or sfx artist, knowing how bruises look can make more convincing scenes and imagery. In this video tutorial from @mcroft07 of the DeviantArt Collective, you'll learn how to portray accurate bruising on the human body. (Click to watch! ⚠️ Content Warning: Bruises ⚠️),(Click to watch! ⚠️ Content Warning: Bruises ⚠️)If you found this tutorial useful to your art and comics, leave a comment on @mcroft07's deviation above!
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Weekly Artist Interview: Nuhanotion
Follow @team for more content from artists you love!, This week's interview answers the question: what if an architect was also a digital artist? @Nuhanotion's stunning work gives us a view into the inner world of that overlap. And don't forget, we will also be featuring her answers on our official Facebook page. , ,,How long have you been making digital art? What inspired you to start? I started to dabble in digital art during Pandemic 2020 when people around were dying and grieving for dear ones. I was covid-positive and isolated, alone in my space with my PC. Creating art took my mind off what has been happening. I took up digital art as a new form of expression as I ran out of materials for traditional work that I was into practicing before. But due to the unexpected gains, I found this digital way more convenient and decided to continue.,What programs do you use to create your art? I use Photoshop and a Wacom Intuos to draw. I have also created art on Procreate and Paint Tool Sai which I will definitely mention as more user-friendly for drawing. But as Photoshop has been with me since my early life, I am more accustomed to its shortcuts and wide resolution settings.,Does anything specific inspire your artwork? Does your background in architecture inspire it at all? Yes, of course. They call architecture the mother of all art- it was mandatory when I was a student for us to appreciate every form of art. My architecture background has shaped my artwork into what it is today. Aesthetics, proportions and symmetry, visual color balance, the concept of bringing nature inside and taking references as an inspiration plays a huge role in my drawings- all inherited from my student life. Basic software skills have helped me to only focus on making art today, and not spend hours looking for tutorials. Designing space is my profession with deadlines, and filling colors is my relaxation with freedom. ,How do you balance creating art with the demands of everyday life?Now this is something of a challenge I face every day. Regular life demands responsibilities, family priorities and generating money, while staying sane and keeping yourself together demands making art. I go on with my personal priorities as much as I can until it is monotonous, then I drop everything and focus on drawing whatever makes me happy.,When you begin a piece, do you already have the concept in mind, or do you discover the piece as you go? What is your typical process?I initially have a story in mind and start with the flow. If it is a reference from a photograph, I draw them using my style, putting up with vibrant colors and a wide painted sky. Experimenting with different color pallets and brushes, I spend hours adding little details. Sometimes I end up drawing fantasy elements like flying fishes and glowing birds. I browse a lot for silhouettes to go with the vibe. I love to dig into that process and see the piece come to life; with details added to it, the work starts to take shape. However, I never know what the finished picture will look like.,How do you set goals for your art? How do you make sure you never stagnate?The internet is burgeoning with young artists and everyone wants to make a difference with their masterpieces. So do I. But personally, my long-term goal with art is that I want to have complete freedom to create art; in terms of expression and being unbound by the mesh of becoming popular. When you find out what audiences like in your art, you stop to experiment more, you go repetitive and stagnate.,What are your thoughts on an artist's "Style?" How does one find it? Does it change? I believe every artist has some uniqueness. If you can’t find one you are not brainstorming enough with your creativity, maybe you are biased because of your favorite artist and just copying styles. I have hundreds of drawings unfinished in my hard drive mainly because I haven’t been able to complete the piece with my personal touch. In my opinion, style never changes if you love what you like to draw, it only improves with time.,Have you ever been in a rut with your art? How do you get out of it?I guess every artist goes through this once in a while, it’s real. If you are not making a living out of your art, I believe it is important to love every piece you draw. Sometimes I stop posting for months and concentrate on something else, so for me, it is not something essential at the moment, even though I want to develop it more. If I am half way into making a painting and I realize I don’t like it, I decide it’s time to take a break and wait for something to inspire me again.,Watch @Nuhanotion on DeviantArt for more breathtaking landscapes!
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Decoding Daily Deviations: The Tree of Life
Welcome back to Decoding DDs which examines the exceptional artworks from artists whose creations have been featured as a Daily Deviation. As outlined in the original series of interviews, our main purpose is to go behind the scenes of what went into the production of these paintings or drawings, talking to artists about their inspiration and the narrative ideas of each piece, along with the technical aspects that delve into their individual styles and skillset. Essentially, we endeavour for these interviews to offer readers as much comprehensive insight as possible into the overall genesis and development of each DD, from the general message or mood the artist wants to convey, to how they are specifically able to make that a reality in a way that captures the viewer's interest and fascination. It's my firm belief that Daily Deviations should not just be eye candy; we can all benefit from spending a little more time with these pieces, digesting their remarkable qualities, but also learning from their creators and how they approach their craft. To this end, one critical aspect of Decoding DDs is as an informal tutorial, offering other artists actionable tips and guidance for improving their own portfolios. We hope you enjoy today's interview with the Brazilian artist @Enayol about her painting "The Tree of life".,Before we get into the details of your Daily Deviation, can you share some general insight into yourself, your background, and your development as an artist up to this current time?I really like design! That's why I have an academic background in interior design and graphic design; these two areas have always helped me a lot in my career as an artist, as I've always tried to make the most of the information from each area to bring to my artistic side.Honestly, I think it took me a long time to start my career as a professional artist, I think mainly out of fear, because here in Brazil the artistic area was little explored, which made me insecure, as it seemed uncertain. Nowadays I see that this is not true, it is a very large market and it is growing more and more in my homeland. 2022 was my first year working 100% as a freelance artist, and to advance my career further I continue to study hard. My next goal is to start further studies on anatomy and character design. Your illustration was part of a final project from an art course that you undertook last year. What was it like participating in this course and how do you think it benefitted your overall artistic growth? The course was wonderful! I studied with Kevin Gnutzmans, who worked on several projects with Riot, such as the Arcane event (in the game) and currently the Guardians event. I already knew his work since 2018 and studying with him was really cool!I've always liked sets, and having a vision of how the setting is important within the entertainment industry was very interesting and helped me a lot to direct my career. Besides this, during the course I learned a lot about the production process, planning a project, painting, and 3D concepts.What I think helped me the most during the course was getting and seeing the feedback in the classroom. This vision of another person helping you during the learning process is very important; it is something that helps a lot to 'mature' as an artist, because in addition to being a different view of your work -- pointing out your mistakes and successes -- you learn to have a more efficient self-analysis; nowadays I can recognize what bothers me in some illustration and I can understand what I should study to improve.The Tree of Life features grand architecture with a focal point enriched by the beautiful application of light and colour. Take us inside your creative process of working on the painting and the artistic elements you prioritized to achieve your vision. I loved doing this project! At first I wanted to mix an ancient temple with some magical technology (something like Disney's Atlantis movie), but during the process I wasn't able to make the technology 'coherent' with the architecture, and during a feedback session my professor suggested a tree in the central area, so with that my mind went wild!I really like the concepts of semiotics, so in the first drafts I had already researched several details in this sense, but when my professor suggested the tree, everything connected even more. I will briefly explain some concepts that I applied in the illustration: In this illustration I wanted to represent a place of peace and tranquility, so I did some research on symbols and concepts that exist in real life and that refer to this theme. First I thought of the Jewish Kabbalah, which is a symbol of spirituality and contact with God, so the building has 10 floors; the building has a circular shape because this is a perfect and infinite shape; the reddish vegetation around the architecture was inspired by red lichen, which is a type of lichen that only grows in places with very clean air; and the carvings in the architecture is the labyrinth of amiens, this symbol exists inside Catholic cathedrals and is also used as a symbol of protection, environmental cleanliness and spirituality. Around the main building there are 4 auxiliary towers; I chose this because in Japanese culture 4 is seen as a death number, and there is a certain balance between peace and death.Sometimes an artist makes an illustration just because he wants to, but sometimes an artwork has many meanings and inner ideas! (In this case I really researched and put in a lot of 'hidden' details, but it's something that makes more sense to me than others, personal eccentricities, haha).,Draft made during the feedback session:,,,Did you encounter any stylistic or technical challenges when working on the piece? If so, how did you resolve them? Is there anything you would improve or do differently now if you could? I think the biggest difficulty was coming up with the 'ideal idea.' During the research and exploration process it is very easy to get lost; they see so many ideas in their heads that you think of X and in the end it becomes a Y. Personal projects give a lot of freedom, and this freedom can be very dangerous because in the end no project may come out.Maybe the only thing you can do to improve or avoid this is to have less heavy self-criticism and not keep looking for the perfect idea. Critiquing yourself too much can be very bad and during the beginning of creating an artwork this criticism can stop the artist and even generate a personal crisis.What advice would you give to other artists hoping to reach this standard of work in the future? Study a lot! It's quite cliché to say that, but there's no way to escape from studies, art takes time and patience, it's a career where you never stop studying. The good side of this is that as you start a new stage of study, the process becomes easier and more enjoyable. In addition, if you have the opportunity, take a course with live or face-to-face classes. The recorded courses are very good -- I have already done and do several. But listening and feedback especially for your work and answering your questions in class is something very good and very helpful! What's sparking your creativity of late? Share with us any notable films, games, books, places, or even other artists that act as sources of inspiration. I'm studying about color and I'm just in love with the colors of Studio Ghibli's animations. I really want to do some projects in this style because it's something that has inspired me a lot! Also, I really like sci-fi, cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic, epic temples and landscapes, detailed architecture, robots and creatures (you can see some of that in my older art on DA). I recently saw the gameplay of the game Stray and I was in love with its aesthetics; the game is amazing and it has a kitten as the protagonist. I also really want to produce some illustrations in this style!Finally, can you give a sneak peek into any upcoming projects or new paintings that you're working on? Sure! At the moment I don't have any personal projects in progress, I just have a few studies and client projects. I'll give a spoiler below of some that I'll post on DA and others that are still in production. I have a lot of projects in mind, but sometimes I don't have time for it, but that's no problem as I'm really enjoying working as an artist so even with a lot of work everything is a lot of fun! WIP:,WIP:,Color study:,Color study in progress:,Thanks again to the artist for kindly answering our questions. Click here to check out her gallery and show your support. If one of your artworks has recently been featured as a DD and you're interested in sharing more about it for an upcoming interview, be sure to send me a note. :)
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Weekly Artist Interview: mercuryferns
Follow @team for more content from artists you love!, Our weekly interviews aim to feature all kinds of artists on all points of their journey, and today we're featuring new Deviant @mercuryferns whose gorgeous paintings caught our eye and we just had to learn more about them! And don't forget, we will also be featuring their answers on our official Facebook page. , ,,How long have you been making digital art? What inspired you to start? I technically did my first piece of digital art on the notes app when I was about twelve or thirteen. In fact, I still have it. There were- and still are- a few minor limitations to my ability to create digital art. I think it's the fact that I cannot use a stylus or apple pencil, but in recent years I’ve become so used to finger painting that I struggle to view digital art in any other (and more elegant) way. My main inspiration came from artists like DeviantArt’s own @DestinyBlue, whose work I would study relentlessly. Other people like the now somewhat inactive crystelakiwi (who was known under the handle taurisstia.kong in those days), allijun, @rossdraws, and the online friends I made at the time. But mostly it was far less romantic. The real reason I started digital art? Boredom. I was never particularly interested in school classes outside of science and sometimes English. Being in a classroom in the first place was sometimes downright painful- I found the big crowds of people, the loud noise, the uniforms, the act of following my classmates to a new room every hour exceedingly uncomfortable- and resorted to drawing as a means of comfort. , What programs do you use to create your art? You can pull Procreate from my cold dead hands. I think you’ll find me using it until I'm very wrinkly and can barely see the screen., Does anything specific inspire your artwork? You have very specific color pallets and lighting techniques, is there anything that inspires that? Thanks! A few things inspire my art and my colour pallets. Art by other people, my surroundings, the unique natural environment I grew up in. With colour pallets, I try my absolute best to use complementaries wherever I can and think about the placement of different hues in relation to one another. I decorate my bedroom with all sorts of different things: living and fake plants, different lights, safety pins, many prints of art by friends of mine (with permission of course), bizarre halloween decorations from four years ago, and feathers. All of which do in some ways inspire my more “serious” art.,Also, my own country. We have some absolutely gorgeous art here. Lots of patterns I make are very inspired by the work of South African artists and fabric designers. I usually reference my own photos when I’m drawing. Not just South African art; recently, I’ve been very fascinated by historical Chinese tapestries, for example. I mean, you should see that stuff. It's amazing just how many things happened before any of us were alive to see it. Lighting is a whole other thing because if I’m being honest I have no clue what I'm doing. I don’t think it makes logical sense. But I go with the principle of trying to enhance particular details I want to be emphasized and frankly pray it all works out. I only started considering these things in the last few months. Before then it was very much just vibes based composition., When you begin a piece, do you already have the concept in mind, or do you discover the piece as you go? What is your typical process? Sometimes! I’m a very “details first” person, so I get easily overwhelmed by the amount of potential places for specific details and can often lose sight of what I was trying to make. IF I have any idea what I’m trying to make in the first place, which is not very often. In fact, the last thing I usually render in a portrait is hair, even though it undeniably takes up a lot of canvas space. I also work with one or two layers normally, as I tend to change major aspects of an art piece and don’t feel like taking 7 years to find where I put one dust particle.My process is like: big shapes; incredibly ugly sketch; peer review said sketch by asking my trusted Instagram art group chat if anything is astoundingly off putting; improved sketch (quickly followed by panic and massive changes to the point where its virtually unrecognizable), flat colors which are merged together with the aforementioned improved sketch. Spend the next twelve hours rendering one ear. At some point I will declare myself quite exhausted and do something else. Then I am likely finished. ,How do you set goals for your art? How do you make sure you never stagnate? I have absolutely no goals whatsoever. I probably should. At the beginning of this year, I set a few vague goals. I wanted to focus on developing my backgrounds, which I think I fulfilled in some small ways. I do stagnate. I think it's a natural part of creating things. I suppose it comes down to what motivates a person to make art - I just love the process of painting, feeling like I’ve accomplished something, etc. I don’t view art as my job yet, perhaps I never will. So I still see it as just a thing I do a lot. ,What are your thoughts on an artist's "Style?" How does one find it? Does it change? You instantly have an artstyle regardless of the outside influences on it, I think. A recent trend I’ve seen is artists claiming that they “don’t have one” when usually there are very noticeably recurring traits they simply haven’t noticed, which I think is really interesting. Of course it changes and develops- people grow older and find new things visually appealing. They will borrow from shapes they see in nature or in other people’s art, and want to depict something in a new way. I don’t believe auteur is necessarily what brings value to one’s work, but that being said, I like the way I can instantly differentiate between my friends’ art, even if they are attempting to replicate a completely different rendering style. You don’t really need to find an artstyle, it's just sort of there without you noticing.,Watch @mercuryferns on DeviantArt for more gorgeous art in your feed, and check out their Subscriptions!
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Weekly Artist Interview: burningmonk
Follow @team for weekly art tips and monthly challenges from artists you love!, This Wednesday we're featuring urban photographer @burningmonk. Longtime Deviant (18 whole years!), @burningmonk specializes in capturing the Tokyo metropolis. If you want to learn how to take photos like him, he made a whole resource of photography compositional tips as well as night photography tips! And don't forget, we also feature his answers on our official Facebook page. , ,,How and when did you get started in photography?When I came to Tokyo in 2008, I had a simple camera that I barely used. Over my first year in the city, I realized I needed motivation to go out and explore it deeply, so I bought a more ‘serious’ camera and it all grew from there.,What do you hope a viewer feels when they see your photographs?I’m not sure. I would hope that they simply enjoy the experience of seeing my photos. But beyond that, the specific feeling is entirely up to them. I don’t have any desire to make specific emotions manifest in my viewers. I can only consider my own feelings towards my work, especially in the moments of its creation.,,,Your focus is in urban photography. What draws you to that? Are there any other types of photography you enjoy?I enjoy all photography. To me photography is all about seeing. I want to be out seeing the world, mindfully and without judgment. It is meditation for me. Through photography I can find serenity and happiness. Of course, I live in an urban environment, and something certainly has drawn me here. Tokyo has a certain energy, a promise of adventure, and it feeds an insatiable curiosity about what’s around the next corner. But whether I am in the city or in the mountains, I simply enjoy seeing.,,,What kind of equipment do you work with? How much is editing a part of your process?These days I’m using a Ricoh GR III and a Nikon Z9. But until fairly recently I’ve used a Z6II, Z7II, Nikon D4, Ricoh GR IIIx, and in the past a Ricoh GR II, Nikon D3, and Nikon D300.I always shoot in raw and edit my photos in Adobe Camera Raw. I like editing and to me it is an integral part of the creative process. It also removes various concerns at the time of shooting. I don’t need to worry about some things, such as white balance settings, because I know I can change them later. By off-loading such considerations for later I am able to better stay in the moment when I am out shooting.,,,Where is your dream location to take photos?Tokyo still fills my dreams. But if I had to choose another city it would be Hong Kong. I’ve been there once in 2015 and it was not enough. It shares many of Tokyo’s qualities. I hope I can visit again soon.,Have you ever been in a rut with your photography? How do you get out of it?I feel like I am in a rut all the time. To be honest, I am often unsatisfied with the results of my work. But to me, the results are a kind of byproduct of the process. The process is what matters to me. I simply enjoy experiencing photography, so I don’t worry so much about the results. So, ruts don’t affect my ability to go out and enjoy the world, which is the purpose of photography for me. As long as I have time to shoot, I am happy. Eventually, some good shots appear, almost effortlessly. So, my advice to anyone in a rut is to simply go out and explore the world with mindfulness. Go and see, be patient, and the photos will come.,,,Do you have any advice for people who want to become urban photographers?Go shoot. Feel free to be inspired by the work of others, but don’t allow the values of others to overshadow your own. Photography, as well as all art, is a personal journey of self-discovery. Through photography you can understand what makes you happy, what stimulates you, what makes you tick and pushes you onward in your journey. Ignore the noise of others, take it one step at a time, and pay close attention to what is around you and how it makes you feel. You will find yourself in eventually in the city.,Get more urban photography in your life by watching @burningmonk and don't forget to check out his Premium Downloads for some beautiful desktop wallpapers!
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15 Under 50 Feature 8
How did September go by and I never managed to put together a 15 under 50 feature? Well for one thing, it was kind of a wild month. I survived Hurricane Ian, so that's good news; the bad news is that those shortly South of us didn't get so lucky My heart is breaking for the people in Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, Boca Grande, etc that suffered so much damage from the storm. I also had two family members in the hospital this month (thankfully they're both doing much better). And then to top it off, I got a cold last Sunday that over a week later, I'm just now finally feeling better from! I was thankful it wasn't covid (I took like three tests over the course of the week), but it was aggravating to wake up every morning coughing and having only half a voice. So hopefully, October will be better. I am entirely thrilled its spooky season though, and I have been reading all the gothic, creepy, and haunting books (if you're a reader and on goodreads, I'd love for you to be my friend https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/58703720-ashley-holloway) as well as living my best life with my pumpkin spice iced coffees. I've also gotten back to making myself little personal cheese boards on the weekend, and honestly that's helped me get through it Gotta take the good with the bad and enjoy the season! And now for 15 artworks under 50 favorites that made me go "WOW!",
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Weekly Artist Interview: Ubermonster
Follow @team for weekly art tips and monthly challenges from artists you love!, We have a special guest for this week's interview: artist Anthony Francisco @Ubermonster, Creative Director at Dolphin Entertainment and former Marvel Senior Visual Development Artist. You might be familiar with his work as the designer of baby Groot, Dora Milaje, Okoye, Nakia, and Thor: Ragnarok's Loki. @Ubermonster also expanded on this interview on Twitter Spaces! Be warned, the following interview will contain major spoilers for the MCU movies Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War. , ,,​​Let's ask what everyone wants to know: you worked for Marvel for 9 years, tell us how you got that dream job. Before going to Marvel I had already been working in the industry for 12 years. I got in because I knew Charlie Wen, the co-head of visual development and designer of the on-screen Thor, and Marvel needed a creature designer for Guardians of the Galaxy. An art colleague of mine, Kevin Chen, recommended me for the role. Initially, I was only supposed to work there for three weeks on the designs, but that three weeks turned into nine whole years.,Ok we have to ask, which is your favorite MCU movie? Oh man, it’s hard to decide. All of it? The closest ones to my heart are split between Guardians of the Galaxy (my first project at Marvel), Avengers: Infinity War, and Thor: Ragnarok, which was so funny. Each one I worked on have my own personal reasons why it’s my favorite. Funny story: I only was able to take a single person with me to each world premiere, so my kids would take turns accompanying me. I took my daughter to Avengers: Infinity War, and she was so excited that her favorite character Loki was in it. However, when he got killed she turned to me, just so sad, and said, “I don’t like this movie!”. It still stands out as such a funny moment from just the way she said it so upset. That’s one reason Avengers: Infinity War is so memorable to me., What do you think makes a good, memorable character? How do you bring that to your art? A character is memorable when they elicit strong emotions, whether those emotions are good or bad. Sometimes a whole movie or episode is needed to make you know these characters enough to provoke that emotional response. The visuals boil the character down to story essentials. The symbolism used in the costume design and all the small details contribute to their overall writing. As long as the design elements help bring the story forward, show the personality of the character, and display their internal struggles, that will make the character memorable. Art is integral to informing the story. You want to have a balance of visual contrasts and similarities. You also want good form and shape design, like you’re creating an icon that people remember. Kind of like how the Windows logo is memorable, you want to think in some of the same ways when designing a character.,Let’s talk about my design for Loki in Thor: Ragnarok as an example. Loki has a strong story arc in Thor: Ragnarok: he lost his mom and his dad, his sister is after him, he’s scared, and doesn’t know how to deal with the loss. I translated this to the character design by making Loki's costume asymmetrical. I made his costume look as off-balance as his psyche. I also added some purple beneath his armor because purple is symbolically a color of mourning. I used a color to show that Loki is grieving the death of his parents. Even though Asgard is a fantasy setting, existing cultural and historical biases in the real world help the viewer understand meaning visually. Because we all already know what those symbols, colors, and visual cues mean, we understand more about the character and story. ,There’s more intricate details I also keep in mind when creating a design. I put a lot of thought into the textures and materials in the costume design. Loki’s costume was 80% cloth, 10% metal, and the remaining 10% I spent a long time testing different textures to see what was appealing and what would be more memorable. It resulted in small details like the gold v-shaped mark on his chest which resembles a heart. Here I was showing that Loki is remembering his late mother. That specific pattern is also Asguardian, reinforcing that Loki has not left behind his home- he still takes a little piece of it with him everywhere. Even though his whole costume has changed in Thor: Ragnarok because he’s not sure who he is, part of his family and culture remains. That’s also why Loki's costume in this film is yellow and blue- because he doesn’t know who he is. His costume goes back to his trademark yellow and green when he finds himself.,What is an aspect of your art that you are most proud of? Why? I pride myself on going really far with my ideas and not holding myself back in any way. Not just the visuals, but also the thought behind them. I don't hold back when making a ridiculous concept. I believe when you control your emotions too much, when you think you're being too over the top, your raw energy can't seep into your designs. At least all the design iterations are options for you later on: if you pushed them too far you can always reign them in. Don’t hold your creativity back, even when it seems silly or overly cartoonish. ,For example, in Avengers: Infinity War, I designed the fight between Thanos and Doctor Strange. Initially, the scene started with them on a planet, punching each other. So, I thought, “How does Doctor Strange use his magic? Could he accidentally punch himself for a comedic moment to break the tension? What would that look like, what would be the mechanism behind it? Would he do it with a portal, getting tangled up in it?” As I mentally asked myself these questions to create the scene, I realized that it didn’t fit the characters. After all, Thanos would be using 100% of his power and wouldn’t hold back. But as I explored how the two use their powers, I came to the realization that they wouldn’t be fighting on a single dimensional plane, nor would they need to fight on the ground. So I thought, “What if they fought from all angles?”. This thought train led me to, “What if Thanos harnessed what’s out in space around him and used a black hole to pull the sun’s fire in order to burn Doctor Strange? Or if Thanos found a red dwarf, and it’s so small and so heavy that it destroys the planet they’re battling on?” Finally I thought, “What if Thanos took Halley’s comet out of orbit and all these asteroids are teleported into the battle with its orbit? What if he took the whole moon? Ok the moon is too much, what if it’s just pieces of the moon?” And that’s how I made that scene. I actually didn’t even know they approved it because it was so out there, but they gave it more believability. While it wasn’t my idea verbatim, the core of it was still there. And you won’t get to the point of having your crazy ideas accepted unless you’re brave enough to really push your ideas. Don’t be self conscious about them and don’t hold back. I’m a risk taker, with big risk comes big reward. I could have stayed in my role at Marvel, but I want to grow and become a Director, Writer, Producer, and do more. So stay tuned for the future!, How did you get to the level you’re at with your art? What can any artist do improve their artwork? I learned sculpting and traditional landscape painting. If you’re into drawing and painting, get into sculpting and en plein air landscape painting. It really improves your skills fast. Why sculpting? Because you can see things three-dimensionally and start figuring out how things should always look. I encourage traditional sculpting rather than digital because you can see forms, light, and texture accurately to life, and that is as ever-changing as your environment. And why go outside and do landscape painting? Because you are fighting against the clock, the sun changes the scene rapidly, so you need to put down your strokes fast, learn to plan your painting, and know how to edit what you see into a piece of artwork. Landscape painting doesn’t have to be polished, so you don’t have as much pressure to make things perfect. ,Finally, what advice do you have for artists who want to work in the film industry? Know your worth and tell yourself that you’re worth it. Be patient with yourself if you’re not performing to the best you think you can. Creativity is a process, it requires time and work. Even when you improve your craft, you will keep seeing how much you can continue to improve. It’s never ending, you will always be trying to improve your work! Be patient and kind to yourself- and to others! You never know who you’ll be working with in the future. Lastly, it’s important for you as an artist to see the environment you’re in and recognize if it’s toxic. Community is really important for an artist, it can help you grow and flourish. ,Watch @Ubermonster here on DeviantArt for more epic artwork! If you're craving even more insider Marvel knowledge and talk about how to become a concept artist, listen to our recoded Twitter Space.
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Adoptables Interview with CherrysDesigns
Follow @team for weekly art tips and monthly challenges from artists you love!, Today we're talking more about Adoptables! You may remember our interview with @Astralseed, and our free llama adoptables by @Sidonic. Today we're getting into another facet of adopables: OC fashion! @CherrysDesigns will be walking us through what it's like to create and sell outfit designs through subscriptions and commissions. And don't forget, we also feature her answers on our official Facebook page. , ,,What drew you to adoptable clothing designs? How did you get into the adoptable community? What drew me to adoptable clothing designs was more of a coincidence. When I joined DeviantArt, I saw someone designing clothing and selling those and I thought "I want try that myself," because I felt like I had a lot more freedom in designing and the skillset needed. My goal always was to make money with my art and this seemed to be a good opportunity to start my journey.The designs I found that happen to be adoptables, so I read about it and learned what they were about. I joined many adoptable groups and added my own designs there. With time I got more experienced and made a lot of friends in the adoptable community., Is this always where you envisioned your artwork going? Not really, I never thought I'd ever make a living designing outfits, actually. I knew I wanted to be a full time artist someday but I never had a real plan for what it would be about. I experimented a lot, trying different styles and areas for many years. In the end it was something I never thought was "a thing", but I love it. I'm happy I'm able to be creative in the area of clothing designs because it gives me all the freedom needed without feeling pressured about what's currently "trending". ,What is the most challenging part about what you do? Finding good color combinations as well as making the designs look unique and not boring.I love certain combinations, but I feel like people may get bored if I use them too often. Therefore, I try to learn new color variations and details I can add now and then, which sometimes can be difficult. :),What do you do to get inspired to create new adoptables? Most of my inspiration comes from video games and nature. So I either play my favorite games- especially ones from the 90s- or I go for a walk and take a look at all the shapes and colors that surround me. I live on the country side, so I have a lot flowers and plants right around the corner.,Have you ever been in a rut or had artist's block? How do you get out of it? Indeed I have. It happens rarely, but when it happens I make notes of my thoughts. I write them all down in a little notebook. It doesn't have to be pretty or make sense to anyone else. It helps me to see things from a different perspective and clear my mind. I also like to go take a walk by myself and sit in the grass at a quiet place, listening to the wind and the birds.,What is your favorite adoptable that you've created? Wow, that's a tough question, haha! I've created over 1,700 adopts so far.I think it's not even an outfit but my own species, called Valix. I'm very proud of this species that I created in 2016 and I put a lot of work into their story and appearance. So, they're my favorite adopts even if I draw them rarely at the moment.,What is the coolest thing someone has done with one of your designs? The coolest thing was when someone cosplayed the design. A girl who went to a convention recreated one of my Kimonos and a friend's project had a lady recreating another design for a photoshoot:,What kind of benefits do you offer with your Subscriptions? How does that differ from your regular content? People get exclusive outfits every week for a lower price than my standard adopt price. The outfits are only available for the current and past month. Every subscriber who has been supporting me the months before owns outfits that won't be available again. People also receive the .PSD file, which can be edited: for example one could edit the colors, shapes, and sometimes accessories and patterns can be removed or added. See my Subscription tiers here! ,Do you have any wisdom to impart for artists who want to start selling their own outfit adopts? Don't follow trends just because it seems to work for others.Draw whatever you feel most comfortable with.Stay open to learning new things like techniques and tools.Don't copy others just because they seem to be successful - learn from them but don't try to be them. Be your unique self!Take risks and experiment as much as you like.There's a lot more to share on this topic, I invite people to note me their questions or join my Discord, where my community and I do our best to help. :)https://discord.gg/5Ashhns,And don't forget to check out @CherrysDesigns video to see more of her process! Click the image below:,Now your OC can be the best dressed in town by joining @CherrysDesigns subscriptions! Make sure to watch her on DeviantArt to see more beautiful outfit designs....
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Must be the season of the witch! We’re really enjoying all your spooky-cute witches:, Follow along with illustrator @simoneferriero to learn how to create your witch. Submit yours for a new badge to run amok, amok, amok on your Profile! ,Tutorial: Draw a Witch with simoneferrieroSeptember 12, 2022Learn How in Under 2 Minutes! Learn to draw a
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Digital Marvels - Art Feature
If you've been thoroughly immersed back in the world of Westeros on HBO's House of the Dragon (if not, please rectify immediately), then you'll be particularly appreciative of the medieval structures that are depicted throughout CanadianMark's gallery. Castles, forts, and towers, along with majestic mountain peaks and valleys, are all impressively rendered and detailed. Perhaps the only thing missing is a dragon or two ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Enjoyed this feature? Be sure to go follow the artist and keep watch on their progress!...
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Meet the DeviantArt Collective: CalvinSimsArt
Follow @team for weekly art tips and monthly challenges from artists you love!, Throughout the year, we'll be sharing quick interviews with artists from the DeviantArt Collective; a group of streaming artists on DeviantArt who have been creating positive and creative spaces. Today's featured artist is self-taught digital illustrator @CalvinSimsArt. Calvin is a huge fan of video game art and loves to recreate his favorite character designs in his own style. @CalvinSimsArt is offering subscriptions! We also feature his answers on our official Facebook page. , ,,How long have you been making digital art? Is that how you started, or have you done traditional art as well? I’ve been making digital artwork since I learned about Photoshop in my high school design elements course. I mostly did a lot of traditional work before that. I’ve always been in love with the simple pencil and paper approach, and even though my work is mostly digital today, I still occasionally hit the sketchbooks here and there.,You create a lot of fan art. What makes a character or franchise something you want to illustrate over others?Being a big gaming fan growing up, video game character designs have always resonated with me. I’m particularly a big fan of Capcom works and other fighting game character designs. I also am really fond of the older anime aesthetic from the 80s and 90s. I think for me there is a rawness to artwork I like. Capcom especially has a very rough style, even for their more finished works like promotional art. It all still has a very obvious roughness so you can really see the touch from the artist. ,What are your thoughts on an artist's "Style?" How does one find it? Does it change?I see style as something that is a constantly evolving thing. My style has changed over the years depending on my influences at that time. I used to be standoffish when I was compared to various particular artists, but now I proudly wear the artists that influence me within my works. Becoming a giant Frankenstein's monster of all the artists I appreciate.,What kind of benefits do you offer with your Subscriptions? How does that differ from your regular content? I offer Not Safe For Work art pinups and some exclusive, high-resolution pieces. ,You stream art on Twitch. Has that impacted your creative process? How so?I believe Twitch has impacted my creative process greatly, but not in the ways most people may think. Twitch has let me surround myself with likeminded people. Also, I’ve been able to make real friends out of other artists on the same grind I’m on. It builds a sense of competitiveness when I work on pieces that push me to do better. I respect a lot of my fellow artists as well regardless of skill level, and their input has actually made my work better.,What is the vibe you go for when streaming?People have said my stream is closer to an interactive podcast at times. I love talking, so instead of treating it as an art stream where people just show up and watch my process, I make sure it’s as entertaining as possible for artists and non-artists alike. I stream everyday, so I try not to force any content and just enjoy the talks, art, and (sometimes) games to keep things fresh and fun for me and my viewers. ,Is there a moment you wanted to quit, or have you faced a very challenging time in art? What kept you moving?I’ve never felt like I would ever quit because I am way too stubborn, but the hardest part of my art journey is probably when I took my first leap into being a full-time artist. I quit my job at the beginning of the pandemic and had to really get to work fast. I had goals for myself which I wasn’t hitting constantly, so I was nervous to see if I was even cut out for the life of a full-time freelance artist. Loved ones and close friends alike had doubts, but I’m happy I stuck with my guns, because three years later it has paid off tremendously. ,Random piece of advice; you are going to hear a lot of people that will doubt you, even people you think are not supposed to, but if you are confident in your process and you think it’s going to work then you MUST stick to it. There is quite a big mountain you have to get over and no one is going to see the other side except you at first. So just keep at it and eventually you will be able to show the doubters the other side.,Has there been a piece (or series) that marked a turning point in your art? What is it? Why?I did a piece of Casca from Berserk last year. That was the first piece I’ve done that really made me feel like, “I think I’m good at this”. The original version before I revamped wasn’t the best thing ever, but there was a gut feeling that made me feel really legitimate as an artist. I felt I was thinking more clearly about my process and producing more quality and eye catching illustrations in the pieces that followed.,For those wanting to dive into spicier art, what's one piece of advice you could give to themWhen it comes to spicy artwork, I mostly do pinups. For me personally, when doing pinups, the body of the subject is going to sell the composition more than anything else. Really focus on where you want your viewers eyes to travel and how you want the story to be told using mostly the body and not the background. Make sure they really occupy the space of the canvas with a strong understanding of 3D forms and perspective.,See more of his fantastic illustrations by watching @CalvinSimsArt here on DeviantArt! And don't forget to check out his subscriptions! ,
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HiddenSparks August22
There are many artists I come across through the groups I follow and through the time I spend browsing DA that I feel deserve so much more This feature series will be my way of sharing them and some of my favourite works from their gallery with you. The HiddenSparks for July 2022 are... @Tokart1203 ,,,✧ ━━・ 。゚✩: *.✦ .* :✩. ━━ ✧ @ArlenianChronicles ,,,✧ ━━・ 。゚✩: *.✦ .* :✩. ━━ ✧ @zzleepy ,,,✧ ━━・ 。゚✩: *.✦ .* :✩. ━━ ✧ @CharlieGrins ,,, Please feel free to show your support by the article, and visiting the featured artist's gallery. Furthermore, you can suggest their work for a DD [FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?] Previous Features: ✷July 22#art #news #feature #journal #undiscovered #underappreciated #eclipse #hiddensparks #hidden #artistle #digitalillustration #pattern #anime #manga #digitalart #adoptables♡ Cover image credit: Canva
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Weekly Artist Interview: AdorkaStock
Follow @team for weekly art tips and monthly challenges from artists you love!, Today we're giving you a glimpse into the work and life of an individual who has lifted up artists on DeviantArt for 15 years: @AdorkaStock! If you're unfamiliar with her (and if her past username SenshiStock doesn't ring a bell), you're missing out on an extensive library of free pose reference resources. She's also now offering subscriptions! And don't forget, we also feature her answers on our official Facebook page. , ,,Let's hear your superhero origin story! Why did you begin making reference photos? How many years ago was that?I graduated from college in 2006 with a fine art degree. I took four years of life drawing classes and it improved my art dramatically. Suddenly, out of school with no access to live models, I started crawling around DeviantArt looking for pose references. At the time, the Resources and Stock community was heavily focused on the photomanipulation crowd. Most people providing photos were doing so with digital editing in mind, so there were a lot of incredible costumes, makeup, and settings. There were also a lot of classical nude references. I found what I could use for pose reference- mainly models in form fitting outfits, swimsuits, or I worked from the nude models. After a while I started feeling like I'd found most of what was useful to me. The information I needed wasn't so much the settings and the costumes, just the human form. I wanted more expressive poses than I was typically finding in classical nude images. I decided I would start taking photos of myself for reference. ,I began with just a white bodysuit, an old Panasonic point and shoot with a 5-second delay timer, and a big glass slider that let in some sunlight. This set up gave me some pretty grainy, low resolution images, but with my foundation in figure drawing it was more than enough for my personal art references. Then my friends noticed my new cool poses and liked the drawings I was making. A few asked if I'd used a reference. When I showed them the photos I had been taking of myself, they encouraged me to share them for other artists to use. So I began posting my poses on DeviantArt in fall 2007. ,How did you make a business out of it? What was that process like?It was a long process! When I first started out pose reference modeling I was doing it for free for myself and some friends. I was mainly a Sailor Moon fanartist, doing commissions of people's fan made characters, so I was very focused on magical girl poses. Once more people found me, though, they started asking for other themes and so I expanded my scope. I started looping in unsuspecting friends to come over and hang out with me while I took photos of them in their underwear. Thinking back on it, I'm impressed that so many people said yes. I do have high charisma. ;D ,That's how it went for many years. I did a few small projects that made a little money (selling USB drives of pose references and a small print-on-demand pose reference book called The Best of SenshiStock- my name at the time). I also sold a few little themed packs through my website but it wasn't any kind of steady income. I still thought of it as a hobby and mainly used those funds to get new props. ,Then in 2014 I had a baby! YAY! I was super excited to be a mom but suddenly my time for art and modeling felt really small. It was around then I realized that if I wanted to keep dedicating time to pose reference modeling I was going to need to start making some actual money doing it. In 2015 I opened my monthly subscription services and it's been steadily growing since. I focused more on making themed packs to sell to artists and used some of that early money to invest in hiring more diverse models and professional photographers. Slowly I built up my pose reference modeling income until summer 2020 when I had a bit of a viral moment on Twitter. That was a huge boost to my following and since then my pose reference income has been just about equal to my art income, mainly with subscription services but also with sales from my store and DeviantArt. It's REALLY helped me balance my time with my family and art making. Every day I'm so grateful for the support people give me that allow me to keep doing all the things I care about! ,What is the most challenging part about what you do?The nice part about this job is that most of it is super fun! My biggest challenge these days with pose reference work is just keeping on top of things like social media and subscription requests. I tend to schedule things in advance so I can have time to do my art during the month. I usually have a chunk of days each month or quarter where I schedule all the pose references out then it kind of runs itself while I get back to my art. I also have been super fortunate to hire some help with managing social media and some of the business side of things, like bookkeeping, which frees up even more time for fun stuff like collab photo shoots and MORE ART! Balancing my responsibilities to my pose work, art job, family, and my own health as equally as possible is my primary focus these days. ,What's the coolest moment that has happened in your career so far?Honestly the best part about this job is just seeing the art people make. New artists, experienced artists, artists from the other side of the world - I get to see so much amazing art that was inspired by my poses and it's just the absolute best. Sometimes it's just like SHOCKINGLY good.I guess one recent highlight would be that my poses were featured in the The Style of Loish Exercise Book, a companion book to Loish's new The Style of Loish artbook. Seeing my poses published in a book that I made is one thing, but in a book by a popular artist that I admire is very super cool. It's also great to know that even someone as talented and amazing as @loish still looks to my poses sometimes for inspiration and study. ,What is the craziest photoshoot you've done?In summer 2018, I put together a crowdfunded campaign to get together with @jademacalla, @Null-Entity, and @PirateLotus-Stock in Florida for a big group photoshoot. I brought along my friend and pro photographer Blue Amrich. We rented a big studio space for a whole weekend and did tons of incredible group pose references. It was a super amazing whole weekend of awesome!! We absolutely want to do it again sometime and were actually planning on trying in 2020 but that... didn't work out. It's still on our future to do list though!! ,Do you have a favorite reference photo you've ever taken?I have a whole gallery of favorites! It's a bit hard to choose but this combo pose is the one that's on my business card right now: ,What kind of benefits do you offer with your Subscriptions? How does that differ from your regular content?On DeviantArt my only subscription right now is my Discord Access tier. I have a little private Discord with some artists and we hang out, share WIPs, pet photos, art rants, etc. It's very chill and low key but there's also a pose request channel so that's really helpful. Even though I'm super excited that people are willing to support me for some neat perks, I also intend on continuing to provide free pose references for a long, long time. DeviantArt is the best place to get new poses. I upload at least three every week here!Most of the stuff I release through paid channels (packs, etc) will all eventually be released publicly. It's like super-duper-uper advanced access as a thank you to those who can support me now. ,Do you offer other premium content (Premium Galleries, Premium Downloads, Commissions) on DeviantArt? What benefits have you found from the various monetization tools?I have one Premium Gallery right now, which includes some high perspective shots with me in the grid bodysuit. I also do offer commissions sometimes but I think they are closed right now. Things have been really busy this summer! It's really cool to have easy ways to have some premium content on DeviantArt. I'm really glad to see DA continue to expand these offerings and I'm hoping to find more ways to take advantage of them in the future. ,You do photography, illustration, sewing, make cute & nerdy hair bows, and even have a podcast. Is there anything else you're setting your sights on in the future?Phew! I know, it's already a lot huh? Right now I'm pretty much at "staying the course" while I try to maintain a somewhat-even dedication to all the important aspects of my life. I have a big pin project crowdfunding campaign that will be launching this fall so that's looming on the horizon as a big thing. As for goals, I still dream of being invited to be a guest at a convention or something. "Meet AdorkaStock!" something like that. No one's asked yet, though. ;D ,Do you have any wisdom to impart for artists who want to take their own reference photos?Oh ABSOLUTELY DO IT! Even if no one ever sees them except you. It's so great to just be able to make what you need when you need it. If you have a cell phone then you're ready to go. I started with the simplest tech and the stuff we generally carry around in our pockets these days is more than enough for drawing reference. Basic advice: form fitting clothing (or nude if that's your jam! Or awesome costumes if you want!!), for less perspective distortion get the camera about 10 feet away from yourself and have it around or just above belly button height for a straight-on angle. I used to balance my camera on the arm of a couch! There's little phone tripods you can get now that will grab onto stuff and hold them at the right height, or you can use a variety of objects to balance the phone upright. Use the timer or ask someone to snap the photo for you. If you have a full length mirror you can set it up behind the camera to see the pose before you take the shot, or just use the front facing camera to preview the shot. ,You can use natural light from a window or set up some desk or clip lamps for angled lighting. Smart phones are smart and many can auto adjust to the lighting pretty easily! Most of the requests and commissions that I do these days I shoot with my phone. It's just so much faster than setting up the big camera and the whole studio. You can mess around with high and low angles for more dynamic stuff. Most phones will automatically shoot at a wide angle to catch some really fun, intentional distortions. A lot of modern phones even have settings where you can change the lens and get different effects. Mess around with it! Give it a try. Maybe share some with a friend. :D,So level-up your character artwork by watching @AdorkaStock on DeviantArt and taking advantage of her stellar free pose library! And don't forget to check out her Subscriptions! ,
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Welcome Feature 1
A few weeks ago, an earlier initiative to welcome and support new deviants posting their art for the first time was revived. Since then, I've received daily notifications to reach out to and welcome new deviants, and it has been quite a fun experience!In this little feature, I'll be showcasing some of the new deviants I've discovered in this way. Please extend a warm welcome to... ,Show their gallery some love, and don't forget to and leave an encouraging comment! #feature #journal #eclipse #newmembers #deviantart #newdeviants #community #art #news ♡ Cover image credit: Canva
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Photographer Project U|D 2
Don't miss interview for my "Photographer Project" ,MarkotxeAugust 5, 2022 1 What is your name and where are you from? I They participated in the “Photographer Project" (some more interviews will be posted very soon) and thanks to all of them for trusting me in this project. ,SiucarJun 21, 2022 1 What is your name and where are you from? MyPearwoodJun 24, 2022 1 - What is your name and where are you from?BurningmonkJun 27, 2022 1 What is your name and where are you from? MyPhodoriziJun 30, 2022 1 What is your name and where are you from?Fuzz-iJul 2, 2022 1 What is your name and where are you from? BenPoromaaJul 6, 2022 1 What is your name and where are you from? MyTortagelJul 9, 2022 1 What is your name and where are you from? MysiamesesamJul 14, 2022 1 What is your name and where are you from? MyZemotoJul 17, 2022 1 What is your name and where are you from? MyalbertourraJul 21, 2022 1 What is your name and where are you from? MyPajunenJul 24, 2022 1 What is your name and where are you from? -sth22artJul 28, 2022 1 What is your name and where are you from? MyLawrenceCornellPhoto6 days ago 1 What is your name and where are you from? My Do you want to participate in the “Photographer Project”? It is very simple. 10 questions for your 10 answers. There is no limit to the length of your answers. For each of your answers, you choose one of your photographs. If you don’t want to choose your photographs, I’ll do it for you. Send me your answers in a note only, not in chat, word files and so on and in English. The questions are: 1 What is your name and where are you from? 2 How long have you been active on DA? 3 How did you start photography? 4 What does DA bring to your photographic work? 5 What camera do you use? 6 Photoshop or film photography? 7 What advice would you give to a beginner photographer? 8 How to take a good photography? 9 Which photographers are sources of inspiration for you? 10 No tenth question, but a free space to tell us whatever you want Would you like to see a photographer participate in the “Photographer Project”? Contact him|her or leave a comment here. #photographerproject...
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15 Under 50 Feature 7
Hey friends! I'm back with another edition of 15 under 50! I hope you enjoy my picks this time We've got some exciting DA birthday celebrations (the site has hit the BIG 22!!) with some fun activities to participate in. There's a caption contest with staff and volunteer's pets (including my poodle Seren) with some great prizes, as well as the main journal where DA has put together a fun coloring activity with even more prizes! Check them out, and I hope you take the time to participate, both are open for entries until August 11th!,Birthday Caption Contest 2022!August 5, 2022 It's that time of the year again! To,,Let's Party: Celebrate DeviantArt's 22nd Birthday!August 4, 2022It's time to celebrate another year around the sunAnd now onto the feature ,
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Time for another mini feature
Time for another mini feature of excellent undiscovered art And again, first some contest promoting:...If you're doing photomanipulations and interested in winning huge prizes, then check out @ImaginaryRosseArt's "Lost in a Dream" contest!...If you like to draw adoptables and also like huge prizes, @CRAdoptables / @AlexanderPaupoff's UFO/Alien Adopt Contest might be worth checking out ...Last, but not least - into commenting, spreading community love, making features and winning prizes? @JustACapharnaum's 7 Days of DA Gratitude event might be perfect for you. Then, on to the art - as usual, great art which is given far too little attention:,
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The Community Relations TeamDirector of Community Relations@Moonbeam13 Community Volunteers@Acerbical @AlexanderPaupoff @Astralseed @Barosus @BeckyKidus @burningmonk @DrZime@Ellysiumn @ElyneNoir @ImaginaryRosseArt @KizukiTamura @lovelessdevotions @Malintra-Shadowmoon @morbidman187 @phoenixleo @pinkythepink @pullingcandy @Queen-Kitty @RezaBisuto @Thiefoworld @TokyoMoonlight @TsaoShin... Want to Volunteer?Within Community Relations, Community Volunteers help by providing the community with a specific contact point in relation to galleries, chat, and forums. You’ll find them doing the following:Helping to run community challenges and educational projectsSupporting community eventsHelping to moderate forumsLiaising with Moonbeam13 on community mattersBringing rockstar deviants to your attention via features, articles, and Daily DeviationsRules and Guidelines for applying to be a Community Volunteer:You must be at least 18 years of age. You must have been an active member of the community for at least one (1) year. Current Open PositionsAdoptablesCommunity EventsCustomizationLiteratureResourcesTo apply as a Community Volunteer, please submit an application. Who to Send DD Suggestions ToAll Areas - @Moonbeam13, @KovoWolf Adoptables - @AlexanderPaupoff, @Astralseed Anime and Manga - @AlexanderPaupoff, @lovelessdevotions, @RezaBisuto, Anthro - @RezaBisuto, @DrZime Artisan Crafts - @Malintra-Shadowmoon, @pinkythepink, @pullingcandyComics - @DrZime, @Thiefoworld Cosplay - @pinkythepink, @pullingcandy, @Queen-KittyDigital Art - @AlexanderPaupoff, @Astralseed, @Ellysiumn, @lovelessdevotions, @phoenixleo, @RezaBisuto, @TsaoShin Emoji and Emoticons - @AcerbicalFan Art - @Astralseed, @DrZime, @lovelessdevotions, @phoenixleo, @RezaBisuto, @Thiefoworld, @TsaoShin Fractals - @phoenixleo Game Art - @Acerbical, @Thiefoworld Literature - @Barosus, @Malintra-ShadowmoonNude Art - @morbidman187, @Queen-KittyPhotomanipulation - @Acerbical, @Ellysiumn, @ImaginaryRosseArt, @phoenixleo Photography - @burningmonk, @ElyneNoir, @KizukiTamura, @morbidman187, @Queen-Kitty Pixel Art - @Acerbical, @lovelessdevotions Stock Images & Resources - @BeckyKidus, @Ellysiumn, @ImaginaryRosseArt Street Photography - @burningmonk, @morbidman187 Traditional Art - @Astralseed, @BeckyKidus, @Malintra-Shadowmoon, @TokyoMoonlight Tutorials - @BeckyKidus, @C-91Wallpaper - @Ellysiumn,* There is a "6-month rule," which means an artist cannot receive another DD if they have had one in the last 6 months. There is no current way for suggesters to check this but we can let you know :)* Do not send the same suggestion to multiple people, as it causes great confusion. Please suggest to only ONE person. * Daily Deviation selectors are limited to a maximum of one selection per day. This has been put in place to focus on quality vs quantity. Anyone can suggest a Daily Deviation and self-suggesting is not only allowed but encouraged!More about Daily Deviations can be found in our Knowledge Base article . Core ValuesC O M M U N I T Y We believe that our community is our most important resource and we strive to act in ways that nurture and encourage its growth, development and ultimately its ongoing success. We err on the side of the artist. R E S P E C T We treat each other with respect, as we believe that every DeviantArt employee, volunteer, and member is a contributing factor to DeviantArt’s success. We acknowledge that even those that challenge our patience offer important lessons we can learn from and strive to do so. E X C E L L E N C E We share a passion for excellence, quality and creativity in everything we do and strive to instill these values in our community.  A R T I S T S We are artists and we reserve time for creative expression. We recognize the importance of nurturing our inner artist, as not only beneficial to ourselves, but also integral to our connection with the community. T R U S T We build trust among ourselves and within the community by being true to our word. We speak honestly and with integrity and hold ourselves personally accountable to deliver on commitments we’ve made. E M P O W E R We believe in a commitment to continuous learning and improvement, and maintaining open, positive communication that encourages and fosters creative genius....
@JustACapharnaum has been a member of the DeviantArt community for well over a decade and for the past 6 years, they've poured their love and support into it, as a member of the Community Volunteer team.
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2021
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brillyskchakan1cv2 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2020
hi.
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cybelemoon Featured By Owner May 23, 2020  Hobbyist General Artist
I have spent DAYS and DAYS looking for the place to manage my group.   I can't find anything.   I've prided myself on being on top of things DAILY and now I can't even find anything that has to do with my JewelryShowcase group.  PLEASE help!  
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BigBee17 Featured By Owner May 22, 2020  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can anyone from the staff please bring back the old DA
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StrawberryGiggles Featured By Owner May 22, 2020  Student Writer
Can't help but think that if you need a specific group and tutorials created just to show users how to navigate your newly-designed website, it's a shitty design. :shrug:
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BGai Featured By Owner May 22, 2020
Hi :) Can someone tell me how to check if a person has DDs now? Need to know how recent they may have had one when suggesting.
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