dA love for everyone! #28

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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: IridescentStardust :iconiridescentstardust:

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

Oh goodness D: Um... I guess I'll just say what I hear people always say about me. People seem to love that I never swear (at least in real life, haha). I remember someone once said there was this mature, pleasant kind of appeal to it. You don't often see someone these days who doesn't swear.

People also say I'm really funny. I have a way of putting words the right... way... that just makes a situation more humorous than it is. I actually slowed down my journal-rambles recently because of my new ^-title, and when I asked about it, everyone said they'd be happy to see more rambles XD.

I've been called pretty selfless and considerate. And this just sounds like I'm tooting my own horn now but... haha XD; I do my best. I hate accidentally making someone bothered or angry, and I know how much it bothers me when someone accidentally does the same. So I try my very hardest to make everyone happy. Someday, the world will be full of rainbows!

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

I have NO idea. I don't remember at all. I think I was just searching for images. When I was a wee lad, I just saved pictures all day. Since deviantART is an art site, I gobbled it up. I remember... oh God, it was so different.

Way back then, I'm pretty sure there was a list of all the members of deviantart. It was that small. And I got obsessed and wanted to go through every one of them. I originally got an account ahowa because I just wanted to comment on something, but then I started posting my own stuff and... hooray! Now I'm addicted! Top member of DAA (DeviantArt Anonymous) (By the way, I'm kidding. If this group even exists, I'm so sorry.)

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

I don't know about 'passion', but I was inspired by my sister anowyn (silly thing is inactive as hell), who drew really well. I was jealous. That, and I roleplayed like a crazy-man and I wanted to draw some of the scenes. I got frustrated that I couldn't instantly do foreshortening (except I didn't even know what that word was) or backgrounds or anything, and it was a slow, slow process...

I doodled my way through highschool and got pretty decent. Then in college I needed to fill a time slot and took Art 101. Hooraaaaay!


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

What inspires me the most is colors. Like... holy jesus, have you seen some of these colors. I creamed my pants when I found www.colourlovers.com/ . Honestly, just friggin colors can be so inspiring. Here's a few collections of palettes I just look at and die because they're so pretty - www.colourlovers.com/palette/1… , www.colourlovers.com/palette/2… , www.colourlovers.com/palette/1… .

Haha, but other than that, faces inspire me. The most recent was the girl who plays Quinn on Glee. Every time she's on screen, I just stare at her face. The freakishly perfect eyeliner, the way she seriously has to be wearing glue-on eyelashes because omfg, her expressions, the way her hair goes floop-de-woop. I actually tried to start a pixel portrait of her but... well, it's halfway there. XD;

I think my creativity is at it's maximum when I have a drive to finish something. Like, a reason to finish a piece. Lately if I just start something for no real reason, I lose interest instantly. But if it's a gift for someone I love, or if it's for a contest, or if I just got inspired by friggin colors, then I try harder and do my best to make it look ultra pretty.

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

No arting?
Hold on a sec.
I can't...

Honestly, I don't know. Thinking back to when I started drawing... I guess I would have taken up guitar? My dad always wanted to teach me, and I was writting emo-thirteen-year-old poetry, which I probably could have turned into songs. I remember I wanted to call my band the "Electric Fish" because electricity in water kills stuff. Oh man, I was so badass.

Damn. I'm learning guitar right now. Maybe I shouldn't have gotten so engrossed in art. OMFG.

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

Ummmmmm um um. Does it have to be on this account? Cause my older account I think has the most meaningful one. Quiet Love. XD My boyfriend and I went to the same school, but we played an online game together and that's how we really met. Those are our characters, and it got SO BAD. So bad. I was fscking infatuated with him to the point I seriously couldn't sleep.

I drew this (referencing a Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne picture, haha) and sent it to him over MSN then logged off so fast. My first confession! I was so scared. The next day he said "Sorry, my net crapped out. Did you say anything?" And omfg, the headdesks that ensued.

But yeah \o\ We totez got together. AS FOR THIS ACCOUNT, if that one doesn't count, then I would have to choose ... wow, I don't have a lot of meaningful stuff on this account. I wub my goils - this one i guess?? My two original RP-buddies and friends irl and myself, dressed up as our most prominent charas XD;; Umm... The girl in the middle was going through rough times, so I spewed that out for her. I was really proud of it cause it was a lot better than my other stuff, and it was one of my first times really editing a base's face.


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

BY GOLLY DO I. My style is so inconsistent, I'd be happy to actually do something and have it come out how I want. But that's what everyone says, so boohoo I'll get over it. Also more anatomy would be good to have. I'm also sorry I used to trace once upon a time :I

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

Not really? I mean sometimes it's relaxing, but I find art for other people helps deal with their life problems more. Look at me, saying that with barely any gift art in my gallery x___x;

But really <3 when someone needs it, gift art can brighten their day so much, even if it's only for a little bit. It makes me happy knowing I can make someone's situation a little better, or at least take their mind off it.

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

Get famous!! Get famous singing \o\ get famous singing and playing guitar.
Oh god.
Really though. I've got this ridiculous grudge against my Drama teacher. Drama was a class you could sign up for, it was the last class of the day, and then once school was over it went into after-school, where it was like another class that did different things than the one during school.

I signed up for that class. I was investing my time in it. I showed my devotion to the subject by staying after class too. I was shy, but I wanted to be in drama to help me get out of my shell. On the first day of this class, we had introductions and that's what I said. "I'm in drama because I'd like to gain more courage and blahblah whatever."

The after-school class was doing a huge play, and everyone went through an audition for it. I was scared shitless, and stupid anime-obsessed me did an anime song for the audition. Granted, it was still decent, and a lot better than some other kids.

I got put on make-up. MAKE-UP. Really. Me, the girl who's never once been seen wearing make-up at school. So... I gave up on that. How the hell was I supposed to help if I didn't even know how to do what I was assigned to? So I gave up on after-school stuff. I still had hope for the actual class though! The one I signed up for? There weren't a lot of kids in it, so I was sure to have a part in the play we were doing in that one, right?

Hell no. I got put on lighting. Setting aside the fact it was pretty cool, I was not a happy camper. Thanks for HELPING ME BECOME LESS SHY. YEAH. YEAH, THANKS A LOT.

So I guess to answer the question - I never got a chance to be on stage \o/! I am sorry if any of that came across as completely bitter!


:bulletyellow: A few words for our fellow artists?

First of all I'm sorry for rambling XD; But anyways!! Dear fellow artists. Drawing might be hard at first. Fsck, it's REALLY hard. It's not one of those things you can just "Lalala, I think I'll look at some boobs for a second and be really good!" It's like... a lot more. You have to constantly challenge yourself to become better. Bad at faces? Do something you've never done before - look at a bunch of real people's faces (cartoon would be okay too, if you're uncomfortable. But the harder the better) and draw them. Use references! Bad at poses? Try sketching them out as skeletons. Use boxes for the chest and hips, or whatever works for you. And don't forget there are tons of people who would love to help out! (Plenty of tutorial groups, redlining and CC groups, etc <3!)

Everything in art can break down into something easier. Little tricks for you to improve faster ;D But it still takes time. You may not be able to impress by being instantly good, but you sure can impress by trying hard and improving quickly.


Photography Feature

Fresh Blue by bwaworga femaile portraits by piesong
2012_60 by Angel-Thanatos 4 cats by gatiodaniel Y by Alrunis Woodland Fashion 2 by Surreal-Photographic

Traditional Feature

Dreamscape II by raysheaf:thumb329573206::thumb329449795:
Living Forest by rieke-b Through an ordinary eye by Trichardsen:thumb329460294:

Digital Feature

Colors of Autumn 2 by haryarti To Deny A Deity (Original Style) by sXeven A Place of Secrets by Art-By-Mel-DA
Cutthroat of the Order by Sarafiel Beef, Pork, and Poultry by deskridge Child of Darkness by Vasylina

Literature Feature

:thumb329577099: The ClockTick. Tick. Tick.
Never ending
Always present
Tick. Tick. Tick.
The hands keep circling
The gears keep turning
The noise still sounds
Its ceaseless syllable yells
Tick. Tick. Tick.
The white face bright
On my tired eyelids
The black numbers smirking
At the lost moments
Tick. Tick. Tick.
The clock running my
Life always depending on
Its position and what
Action's at that time
Tick. Tick. Tick.
Controlled by a simple
Machine that is nothing
More than metal and
Springs that proves harsh
Tick. Tick. Tick.
Now what if the
Clock is stopped cold?
What beat would conduct
My directionless life blood?
Tick. Tick. Tick.
Would I then be
Free of all the
Pressure to be perfect?
Released into true freedom…?
Tick. Tick. Tick.
Tick. Tick. Ti-
Freedom with the
Simple action of halting
An artificial rhythm that
Has taken over humanity.
I'mSorry...Dear You,
First off, I wanna say that I love you,
with all of my heart,
and that I wish that this letter was being written under different circumstances.
Yes, I love you, a lot,
but I can't say that I love every bit of you...
I may love your smile,
but it makes me want to cry.
I love your voice,
but it says hurtful things that make me wanna die...
Saying I want to marry you,
gets harder for me to do every day,
because when I dream about a life with you,
I imagine you happy,
I imagine our kids happy,
I imagine us with happy friends and neighbors,
but I imagine myself alone, and sad.
I would love to marry you,
but for that you will have to change,
"but nobody ever changes when they say they would."
so all you would be doing is lying to me if you say you will change.
I'm sorry, but it's true,
and I can't express how sad I am too...
but I don't wanna marry you......
So sorry,

GIFTToday was rainy, but tomorrow the sun will dry the ground.
She smiles sadly as she watches the rain fall; chances were that all traces of that days magical shower would be gone early the next day. Of course, the flora would be thriving, and little children would play in the puddles while they could, but none of that matched the splendor of the falling rain.
There was something beautiful, unique, majestic about the here and now; the drops that spattered the ground in that second, and not the second before. It made her think of how so many people lived in the future, and how so many dwelled on the past. None of them seemed to even see the present, to feel the gift it brought or the value in which it gave their lives.
It was different for her though. She had no vision for the future, (especially when she had been a duck,) and the past could not be changed. So she lived for the moment, planning only for the day ahead; and while she knew there would be appointments to honor, schedule
AlwaysI stand here
basking in the cotton-candy wisps of clouds
as my gaze falls down
with the stars
cascading me in their light
and I ask when the snow will fall
I get the answer
with my face to the new moon
as my lungs fill
with what I once heard referred to
'the breath of the Earth'
and I ask the sky
how long will the wind blow?
the answer:
Here I stand
face to face with my own heart
and I ask questions that I've known from the start
'how does blood flow'
'where are you'
'why do you thrum so fast'

and finally
the most important one
'did you know…'
Close EnoughIt had been awhile... since he had last ventured into the darkness of the underground domain, the great unknown to most...
Come closer...
His demonic wings seemed to twitch slightly as he felt an ever so slight draft in the dark hallway, his tail swishing ever so slightly. He knew the darkness around him all too well, and never feared it, but this time... an anxious vibe arose from within him... feeling as if he'd find something worth more than the world could ever come to see.
What was this feeling he had? What would he find?
Come closer...
He continued to walk... Past old interrogation rooms... Past doors that were slightly ajar, smelling of abandoned cells, and the stench of old, forgotten, tortourous places beyond the doors... Causing him to walk at a quicker pace, if ever so slightly.
Keep moving...
The hallway was empty for the most part now, the paint on the walls slightly peeled and worn from how old the place was... It wasn't easy to spot without closer ex

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