For a while, whenever I am downloading stock photos to save them on my computer, the stock photo has been given the default name 'file'. In the past, the default name showed the stock provider's name (together with the stock's title and a portion that pointed to dA) so it was very easy to track down who that stock was provided by. What the hell has happened?! It might just be something I am doing wrong (although evidently I haven't changed anything in my practice), or Chrome acting up (somehow a Chrome update messed up dA's system?!), but it is the most annoying thing. Other than it is a pain in the ass now to figure out later who to credit, notify, etc, as the stock photo I am saving, is always named 'file', it can very easily overwrite another, previously saved stock. (My downloads has been set up in a way that it always asks whether to overwrite or not, but nevertheless, there have been instances when I did not pay attention and clicked the 'Yes' button automatically, deleting an older 'file' named stock.) Anyone has the same experience? Or what should I do differently? Now I have stock photos in my stash, named 'file1', 'file2', and so on. Does that mean that from now on I have to manually enter a new stock photo name that gives me any kind of info on the file itself manually, every single f*cking time I am saving one on my computer?! If you have any idea what I am talking about, and have a solution, please let me know as it is seriously getting on my nerves. I am not on dA too often nowadays to know if it has already been a discussed issue, so I apologize if it has; nevertheless I would die to know any explanation or advice on this matter.
...this coming Sunday (March 20th). Technically it was not a very difficult illustration; rather to find out what exactly they would have liked to convey... The article is quite an intriguing story (Sunday magazine, Arts&Style section, front page - can't reveal more than this until it is published).
A Chinese book company, Dopress Books is sending out gazillion of invites to artists asking them to contribute their images to their 'high quality books' (of different topics). While the scenario is not a scam per se (the company does exist and they do publish nice books that can be found in every large distributors and retailers, like amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc), be aware what you are doing.
They say the usual sh*t (no compensation but what a great exposure), but make no mistake: after you contribute your art free, they publish it and make lots of money on them. While sometimes it is worth considering certain exposures I do think you should stay away from this mass publishing company. What practically they do is, they use your image in a Royalty Free way except they do not pay royalty at all! (Just to give you a hint: a Royalty Free contract should mean at least $500-$750/per image!) But this is not all: in their invite they assure you that you (yes, you read it right!) don't have to pay them (!), and as it turns out they don't even send you a copy of the book you might contribute to free of charge. Not cool. Not cool at all.
If you have gotten an invite it is of course up to you how you react but I strongly recommend to turn it down and learn to appreciate your own value.
Here is the letter template everyone gets - the books and the 'editors' vary of course.
"Dear Sir, I am (name), an editor of Dopress Books who focuses on creating high quality books on graphic design, interior design and Avant-garde art. I found your exciting works on website, such as (titles of images) which are wonderful and well match our new book. It is my pleasure to invite you to submit your relevant works for the book titled: (title of the book) 215x255 mm, 208pages, English In 2015, (a short description of the book).You need not to pay any money for the publication, and you only need to provide the materials for printing. It is a good opportunity to introduce your art style and your business to our readers from all over the world. Please feel free to contact me for more information if you are interested in publishing your works. Look forward to your reply. Kindest Regards, (name) (Editor) "
Oh, by the way, when I asked for further details, they wanted me to send a minimum (!) of 16 (!!) high res, ready-to-print images...
Pardon my enthusiasm but I am soooo proud of what we have achieved! We won the Coaching Competition that started way back in August. I use the pronoun 'we' but in fact the 'we' definitely refers rather to Rowye, Love-and-Blades, BenjaminHaley, shadeley, & nitchwarmer ! They were the player team members of District 3 (thanks Max for the great name!), our team, in this wonderful competition that Aeirmid organized (more details about it here <-- click). Kudos to kimsol, and MarcelaBolivar, my coaching partners-in-crime
I am immensely proud as we were competing against unbelievably strong and talented teams (just have a look at the list of all the players and coaches!), and all of us in this competition made tremendous effort to bring out the most from our artistic and coaching skills learning from and helping each other on the way. Job well done!
You can read the winners' announcement here and let me present you the final images of our 'artist collective'. The theme we chose was "Norse Mythology," from the contest theme "Villains of Mythology". As I mentioned elsewhere, we all learned a lot - but most importantly, it was an enormous fun!
The Swarthy One by Rowye
"The final battle between Surtr (or Surt) and Freyr in Ragnarök. In this scene, the giant Surtr is coming out of his homelands, Múspell, to fight Freyr, norse god of prosperity."
The World Serpent by Love-and-Blades
"Jormungand (also known as Jörmungandr) is the World Serpent or Midgard Serpent, the snake that coils around the world and grasps its own tail. It is one of three children of giantess Angrboða by Loki, and during Ragnarok it will break free and spray poison across the world, until it and Thor kill each other. "
Loki by BenjaminHaley
"Loki is a shape-shifter, and his form is always changing so that he can perform his mischief."
Hel of Helheim by shadeley
"Hel is the goddess of the Underworld with the same name. (...) she was casted out from Asgard (...) to guard Helheim, the Underworld of the dead..."
Odin's Eye by nitchwarmer
"Along with Odin's personal attributes, he also is keeper of magical treasures which provide him with aid in battle."
How long have you been on DeviantArt?
According to my profile it has been 8 years already! However, I must admit I haven't used dA very intensively until a dA/Fotolia contest in November, 2011.
What does your username mean?
Uhm... I am using my own name But it surely means me!
Describe yourself in three words.
passionate, creative, procrastinator Bonus word: chatty.
Are you left or right handed?
Right - but always wanted to be left handed! (My dad was true ambidextrous, my sister would have been left handed if they had let her at that time at that place, and lo and behold, it came out in my son who is left handed!)
What was your first deviation?
As I mentioned in the first question I did not use dA a lot in the beginning. However I started with some very humble stocks (out of which many did not survive the times o' changing ). One is still on from the very early days, October, 2006 - a very high-res corrugated cardboard piece.
What is your favourite type of art to create?
For dA - photomanipulation. But I LOVE to draw (traditionally and digitally too).
If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
Digital painting. I was trained in traditional studio art and I loved it but somehow I don't seem to be able to transfer those skills to the digital field. Not even technically, but rather creatively: I can paint digitally certain concrete things if I want to (a house, a figure, a tree, etc), but I have problems to come up with a 'story' of a piece (unlike in photomanip - I don't have problems with that, in fact, 'story' is one of my fortes in photomanip). If you are looking at my traditional art pieces you would not recognize me as a photomanipulator! As if I were living in two completely different worlds.
What was your first favourite?
Way back then, in the dark 2006-ish, I was deeply into message boards, chatting, so I used a lot of icons; I was always in the search of great icon designs, and naturally I came across some great icon backgrounds (small square textures) on dA. My first fav was one of them.
What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
Apart from stocks, digital art: photomanip and digital paintings/drawings. But if you are looking at my Favorite section, there are tons of traditional art and photography too.
Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
Oh, there are so many digital artists I just ADMIRE!! Just look at my 'Inspiration' and 'Favorite' folders - it would take up pages and pages and pages to list them! So instead, I will tell you my absolute favorite traditional artists in dA: it is Dan , Berk , Seth , Leszek , and All of them posses unbelievable drawing skills and pair it with matchless creativity (I call all of them 'traditional artists' although I am aware some of them use digital technology as well. But the look and feel of these pieces are still 'traditional' IMHO).
If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
Probably the founder of dA - the one who came up with the idea anno. I know dA is a huge business at the moment but unlike other large community/social media sites it somehow managed to preserve its human face/community base still.
How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
I don't think any fellow deviant impacted my life directly - I am too old to think that a virtual relation can be an impact, sorry - but I did get good (virtual) friends here, very good ones whose opinion always counts.
What are your preferred tools to create art?
Photoshop CS5.1 (and sometimes CS6), Illustrator, ArtRage, Wacom Intuos tablets.
What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
In my studio where I am surrounded by my husband and son (both at their own computers ). And two cats (but they don't have their own computer. Yet.)
What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
Apart from my first DD it has to be the moment when I realized more than a 1000 people viewed one of my (early!) images within a few days - it was exhilarating and immensely encouraging! (And I did not understand what happened )
What you need to do:
Answer the above questions in your own journal
Title it "DeviantArtist Questionnaire"
Tag as many people as you want.
Submit it to Journal Portal > Devious Events
I am honored to have been chosen as one of the exhibiting artists in our Art Source Gallery's 13th Annual Juried Exhibition! The Artists' Reception/Opening Night was today - here are some pics of the event. There were more than 150 entries, 40 artists remained in the short list and then "The Great Player" was awarded with the 'Honorable Mention" prize - not bad if I may say so!
Click on this link to see the rest:
Yes, the images on these sites are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the photos. The pictures are free for personal and even for commercial use. All without asking for permission or setting a link to the source. So that attribution is not required. All in all the photos are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.
Yes. Oh, and did I mention that these are all high quality, large photos, mostly with print resolution?
- StockSnap - stocksnap.io/
- Pexels - www.pexels.com/
- Unsplash - unsplash.com/
- Gratisography - www.gratisography.com/
- Negative Space - negativespace.co/
- ISO Republic - isorepublic.com/ (very, very slight restrictions only)
- Pic Jumbo - picjumbo.com/
- New Old Stock Photos - nos.twnsnd.co/
- Good Free Photos - www.goodfreephotos.com/
And another great one:
commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Cat… - thanks, David! (CouchyCreature) - as he writes, "the resolution is variable".
András (my son) is conducting a survey about people's fast food eating habits for his 7th grade health class. If you have a few minutes, please help him - here is the link (it takes just a few minutes I promise!) Thank you so much!!
Sooo, in July I 'lost' my iPad. No, I did not lose it - it was stolen. I left it on the floor next to my machine in the gym (YMCA) at about 8-9 pm and did not realize that until 5 o'clock in the morning next day. I ran back to the gym but it was already gone. As there was a tracker built in it, I located it at once and sent a polite email, saying, 'This iPad was lost, please call this and this number to return it.' No reply of course. I reported the theft to the police but unfortunately the location was an apartment house so the police could not do anything without the concrete apartment number. I got really depressed and gave up, but before I did so, I sent a last, quite nasty email to the thief ('I know where you live, and I reported it to the police') hoping to intimidate them a bit (that's all I could do) and then deleted the iPad. That means I deleted everything and locked it. Never ever heard anything more.
Three months passed, I was still bitter about the theft and frustrated because of my helplessness, but managed to accept the fact that it was gone for ever. I was even checking out new iPads for my Christmas presents this year, when... out of blue we got a phone call. A lady called informing us that they found my iPad in the gym (YMCA). On returning her call we learned that she did not actually have the iPad, but a guy named J. had it and we should call him on this and this number. We did. The guy gave us some shitty story (about the iPad having been found in the Y and as nobody claimed it they let him take it home... yeah, right), but said that we could come and pick it up in the high school he goes to. We could not make it so he offered his home address instead promising he would be at home and hand it over to us. In the last minute he sent us a text message saying he could not make it as he had to have a dinner with his coach but he would leave the iPad with his room mate.
So we drove there (actually very close to our house), there was the 'room mate', handed over my iPad without a word and we drove home.
This is one miracle all right for me. But there was another one: in 10 minutes I could restore everything I had on it before, including my ebooks, games, apps, everything (from the cloud). As it turns out it is very possible the thieves could not use it after I deleted the content; when I started to set it up again, the first screen instructed me to enter my original user name and password to be able to go on and evidently the thieves could not do so. So I am assuming they tried a lot of things for 3 months and then realized they were helpless! If anything this makes me an unconditional fan of Apple's security. Way to go! (Although I do use a PC and other than the iPad I am not planning to switch ) iCloud scandal here, iCloud scandal there (that happened the other day with the leaked photos of celebrities) I am very, very enthusiastic about iCloud right now.
AND I DO HAVE AN iPAD AGAIN, PEOPLE!!! HOORAY!
What a story, isn't it?
First, I do not have ANY affiliation with Design Cuts. I am an ordinary customer of theirs. However, if you are in the design business, you just cannot miss their deals! Most of the cases there are more than 90% (!) discounts on quality design elements - and tons and tons of them in each package. But the best thing is, each of their deal includes the commercial licence too! (Oh those textures! Oh those fonts! Oh those vectors!)
Anyhow, to top up all this, they are having an anniversary bash where you can choose any of their past 22 (!) most popular deals again! But don't believe me - just check out what I am talking about; you won't be disappointed I promise.
Here it is: www.designcuts.com/design-cuts…
Again, it is just a tip of a very, very satisfied and excited customer of theirs, nothing more.