dA love for everyone! #1

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As the title suggests, this news article's goal is to spread the dA love into everyone's heart! You will find here a little bit of everything, from awesome interviews with talented artists, art features, group promotion to random deviants' features. I hope you will find this informative and entertaining!

Interviewed artist: SoraNamae :iconsoranamae:

:bulletyellow: Tell us what defines you as a person.

If I represented a sin, pride would definitely be it.

:bulletyellow: How did you found out about deviantART and why did you join the community?

dA is one of those sites, like say Youtube, that just became an integral part of the internet. I honestly dont remember browsing around before it existed, much less how I found out about it, since it was quite a few years ago.

Reason for joining? Thats an easy one, dA is like a "Facebook of art", it brings together art and social networking perfectly IMO, its just great to be a part of it. I love how ANYONE can share their stuff here, regardless of skill, experience, field, and so on, and just exchange view points etc with others, it's what makes this site so great.

:bulletyellow: When and how did you discover your passion for art?

Pretty late actually... I mean, I loved drawing as a kid, I used to watch Dragonball Z and then draw the characters and such, LOL. But it kinda faded away as I grew up... Only to return as I was about to reach the end of my teens. As a fun fact, when I first joined dA, I started not with drawing, but with photography... It was only very recently that I realized drawing is what I really like :D

:bulletyellow: What inspires you the most and when do you think your creativity is at its maximum?

If I had to pick one word: Beauty. You can interpret that in many ways and most of them will probably be accurate. What I try to do is to create this relaxing, almost nostalgic feeling, that really gets you thinking about all kinds of things.

As for creativity, I have no clue, LOL. It comes and goes, just like that. Some days a whole bunch of great ideas pop into my head, then others I cant think of a single interesting thing... If there is a reason for this, I haven't found out about it yet.

:bulletyellow: What do you think you'd be doing if you hadn't chosen this path?

Well Im not a professional so I didnt exactly "choose" this path, but I am pretty much an "art guy" in general, with my "main" area of expertise being music (classical guitar to be more specific). So I guess that answers that.

:bulletyellow: What do you think it's your most meaningful deviation and what makes it special? Does it have a story behind it?

Oh I like this one. I have to say without a doubt "To Bid You Farewell", it just encompasses everything I strive for in art. I could say a lot about it, but it comes down to one simple thing - emotion. It makes you feel. It just has that strong nostalgic aura about it, that it manages to bring back memories, no matter who you are.

"Memories" actually is the keyword here, it really is the concept I was going for. You could interpret the "farewell" as an homage to someone who passed away, sort of an epitaph, but the emphasis really is on all those moments you lived through, that end up fading away eventually. It really a sort of "Ode to memories".

:bulletyellow: Do you have any insecurities regarding your art?

Of course I do. How could you not? Whether its because youve hit the dreaded artistic block, or a sort of wall that you cant get through but NEED to, to improve further, etc, there are always insecurities.

:bulletyellow: Did art ever helped you to deal with your life problems?

I don't think of it like that, I mean it's not "specific" to any situation... Art just makes my life better as a whole, it cheers me up, it makes me feel more human, more alive.

:bulletyellow: What is the one thing you always wanted to do but never got a chance to?

I'm still 24 so I'd say everything is still possible, I don't really have a good answer for this one, because unlike most people I dont have those huge goals like "must travel to X country and see X monument" and such, I just go along and enjoy the simple things in life. With that said, I definitely wanna take up piano at some point, I'm pretty sure I would love it.

:bulletyellow: A few words for our fellow artists?

Self-critique. Always be hard on yourself. Observe everything around you. Don't ever look at images (or literature, if that's your thing) you admire and think "I'll never be that good". Only a loser would think like that. You have to look at things objectively...

All these great artists you see on dA didn't get there just because they were born with special art genes or whatever (aka the dreaded "talent"...), they got there through hard work and persistence. If you work as hard as them, chances are you will eventually be just as good. So dont give up, ever :w00t!:

Photography Feature

Mature Content

no title 114 by ABrito
Sugar Sweets by girltripped:thumb290451211::thumb290260834:
Surreal by FleurDelacour 658567 by aleksandra88 Refresh ! by mcDarius

Traditional Feature

just one in a thousand by agnes-cecile Blue Spring by SILENTJUSTICE:thumb291171989:
Warm Embrace by Saimain Terrible Weakness by davepalumbo Black Hydrangea by KiwiChameleon:thumb290968672:

Digital Feature

:thumb290438467: Kinnaree by SARYTH Beyond the Wall by EldarZakirov:thumb290253050:
Steampunk Voyager by Kachinadoll NAMOR - PRINCE OF THE DEEP by ISIKOL Commission: Inquisitor Amara Kith by CELENG The Huntress by SBraithwaite

Literature Feature

The BirdsBreathe in and think of love
Breathe out and think of pain
Listen to the feeling in your heart
Not the voices in your brain
Hark the wind blowing through the trees
Ignore the dirge of modern life
Use your ears to hear the birds
and with them let your worries take flight
Glide upon the pockets of wind
Wherever the breeze shall take you
Make the journey beautiful
Rather than the place you wish to get to
Breathe in and think of the future
Breathe out and forget the past
I know the pain seems never ending
But such dismal days will not last
Hear my whispered words softly
Stirring emotions in your heart
I will offer my hand, my love
As the birds begin to depart
I will show you love and freedom
if you take my hand and stay
There will be no pain or reason
From which you need  to run away
In a Little Girl's MindThere sits the girl with the things in her eyes
Monsters, destruction, and sweet butterflies
Hopscotch and daisies, surrounded by screams
Beautiful dresses now torn at the seams
Crayons and paintbrushes, villains and grins
Young, gladsome innocence, hatred and sins
Little red houses on roads left to fade
Gorgeous moonlight shining off of the blade
Blood pouring out as she cries her own name
Knowing she's forced to take each bit of blame
She could have stopped it and left it behind
All of these things in her troubled young mind
She could have saved them if she dared to try
Rather, though, she left herself there to die.
Now, others watch as she sits on the ground
Keeping their distance and letting her drown
In her own worries and things she won't tell
Waiting for her mind to kill her as well…
I Believe In YouI Believe In You:
You feel like things have gone into the ground
When everything is gone and crashing down.
You took your pain and tried to make it end
But give me one more chance to hold your hand...
See I will believe it...
I know you're strong inside
Just try once to see it
You will believe that-
You will be alright,
And we are all here by your side
We'll take you through those painful days
We soar like birds and fly away hey!
You will know that we're here,
Cause when you open those eyes my dear;
We will all be here
We will all be here
We will all be here...
See once it was so hard to carry on,
But take my hand, my shoulder; we'll be strong.
Don't think about the things that are all behind,
Just look ahead and hearts will heal with time.
Yeah live and believe it
Cause I know you're strong inside
Just try once to see it;
You will believe that
You will be alright
And we are right here by your side
Throw away those painful days
Take a breath and step away hey!

My Masquerade~My Masquerade~
For the world I am displayed;
They always watch but cannot see
through my masquerade.
I feel every moment fly;
My heart is beating, pulse racing,
breath held as I lie.
My innocence I can't defend;
I know that surely this will linger
'til my very end.
I brought this all upon myself;
Mask upon mask, lie upon lie
like valueless wealth.
Dare I take these masks off – no!
My former self haunts me
everywhere I go.
False glory, false honor, false fame;
With all these masks I seem to have
forgotten my own name.

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Ooops, I left a note on your homepage instead of here. :ashamed: Sorry about that! This is such an incredible feature! Love how you have it all set up. It's quite entertaining and informative. And thank you for adding my Steampunk Voyager image to your feature as well! It's indeed an honor! Wonderful job! :icondancekittyplz: