Back + Promo + Features

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 9:49 AM

Wohooo! :w00t:

How are you my lovlies? -- no, I am not drunk ;P Just in a good mood (but I will open a bottle of wine in a minute :giggle:)

Aaanyway, I was kinda "gone" for the last three weeks: first out with a cold, then wrapped up in cooking dinner last Saturday for friends, then moving with the office (a company of ~ 700 people moving to a different bulding will manage to stress you no matter how well organized it is from "above" - and how well exactly we'll see on Monday) and trying to rekindle my muse (who thought it was funny to just up and run with this so-called winter doing nothing to improve my mood)...

For the rekindling, I found some cool stock and managed to create Beacon and Mary had a little Lamb. Both are very different in style, but I like them both. For the latter, I used chronolapse, a free software, to record my progress and upload a time lapse video of it. You don't see that much (it was a first experiment), but I think it's fun to watch nevertheless.

I'd love to see others use this, too! Will you? If you do, link me to it, I'll put together a feature :dance:

Promotion 1

TheVoiceOfManips is a wonderful project overseen by TriZiana where you will get all relevant info on the manip community on deviantArt! Be sure to watch the group and provide Leana with suggestions as to what you want to see :love: The first two episodes are on youtube, but the next ones should be on dA :aww:

Promotion 2

Contest Time! Our wonderful stockers YBsilon-Stock, EveLivesey and :devcdstock: have devised a contest that will make your heart thump faster (see what I did there?!): In Space is the theme and you have to use three stocks minimum - one per stock provider hosting the contest.
Aaaand speaking of prizes: all those who enter will receive a surprise pack from YBsilon-Stock - so what are you waiting for?!


Just some images that have recently caught my eye :heart:

Keeper by Drake1024

Dark Preacher by geduliss Little Garden by Kryseis-Art Ms-Majestic by Mr-Xerty

O b l i v i o n by Consuelo-Parra 7b by 25kartinok On the rise by TARGETE

Aesthetic Intervention by Shades-Of-Lethe

<da:thumb id="417817865"/> Deep in the Forest by Consuelo-Parra Void by JamesLedgerConcepts

Queen of the Damned by StarsColdNight

what a beautiful excuse by AquiloniusLupus All These Memories by Cosmas Peacock by alexnoreaga

spam! by SoulcolorsArt


Stock images & brushes courtesy of ChristasVengel-stock, RiNymph-Stock, dazzle-textures, DadiLights, iMouritsa, frozenstocks, PilgrimSoul, joannastar-stock, Atenaispd, bittbox & kuschelirmel-stock.
Design & coding by kuschelirmel-stock.
Journal Credits

CIC Winners + Judges

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 23, 2014, 8:41 AM

Before we come to the winners, I wanted to thank everyone who participated - it was so cool to see what you all came up with :love: All entries can be found here. The prizes are listed in the Contest Journal - you will be contacted :aww:

Time to meet...

The Judges

At first I wanted to make sure no one whose art was used as inspiration would be judging, but after seeing entries based on my own work, I thought I would level the playing field and invite some of those who were chosen as inspirations:

:iconj-u-d-a-s: :iconneverdying: :iconkingabritschgi: :iconcgsoufiane:

plus myself.

Thank you for helping me judge this - it was not easy!

Now without further ado, the winners:

1st Place

The Threads of Life by kimsol

kimsol with Threads of Life

More from this Artist:

<da:thumb id="387163545"/> Doombringer by kimsol Cars from Mars by kimsol

2nd Place

Goddess of the Woods by Carlos-Quevedo

Carlos-Quevedo with Goddess of the Woods

More from this Artist:

For You by Carlos-Quevedo <da:thumb id="422962085"/> Darkness Princess by Carlos-Quevedo

3rd Place

Marise by Flobelebelebobele

Flobelebelebobele with Marise

More from this Artist:

Theresa by Flobelebelebobele I hate bugs by Flobelebelebobele Shoot the dentist by Flobelebelebobele

Honourable Mentions

Augurum by erimu <da:thumb id="421023302"/> Terra Vulgaris by BrietOlga

Vivian, the Lady of the Lake by annewipf Touch by AbbeyMarie  <da:thumb id="425539533"/>

Dealing with no God by passion-aesthete rain in the city by ZedLord-Art


PS: you will be contacted for your prizes shortly!

Skin by SimplySilent

The Creative Inspiration Contest [closed]

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 9, 2013, 1:55 AM

12.1.2014: Contest is now closed
Thank you for all the wonderful entries!!!

11.1.2014: Only today left! Get your entries in!

Edit 24.11.13: Updated prizes + put the date in proper format; updated rules - one line added:
"Entries that keep too closely to the inspirational source (i.e. the ones that basically copy the image by just switching the stock) will be rejected."

I have decided to wait a little longer before adding any judges so you are not limited by maybe wanting to avoid certain people as inspirational sources ;)
Edit 4.12.13:
Please, please, please, read the rules before you start!
I hate to decline work on the grounds of formalities (especially when I can see you put a lot of effort
in your work) - this includes the DO NOT COPY part!
Edit 14.12.13: Updated prizes :)

The Idea

When we browse dA, we constantly get inspired to create something ourselves. Sometimes this inspiration is very obvious, for example liking a colour scheme or lighting concept in another piece and trying to use that in ones own creation. Sometimes the inspiration is more obscure, for example when you see an image and its theme resonates with you and pushes you to create something of your own that catches that mood or atmosphere.

For this contest, I challenge you to browse deviantArt (any category) and find a deviation or an artist that inspires you. Then you create something based on this inspiration, but without copying the deviation or actually using it in your entry. Describe in your artist's comment how your image was inspired by the one you chose and link the deviation you were inspired by.
This does NOT mean you should go out there and find an image to copy or incorporate - it means you should find an aspect of an image and use it in your own art: the colour scheme, the atmosphere, the topic, the way perspective was used, a certain technique you want to try for yourself,...

We want to see your creative interpretations of your inspiration!

- Note: This is a contest for photomanipulators only (mixed media allowed as long as the main part is a manip) -

The Contest

  • Theme: Creative Inspiration - show us what inspires you!
  • Medium: Photomanipulation (with additional digital media if you want - but the main part has to be a manip)
  • Deadline: The contest runs from November 9th, 2013 until January 11th, 2014 23:59 CET --> countdown
  • Judges: :iconkuschelirmel:  more to be announced soon
  • What we will be judging on: Of course your entry needs to fit the theme, brining your inspiration into a deviation of your own, using photomanipulation (with additional digital media if you want). We'll be looking at creativity and technical skills (like blending, use of light and shadows in a logical mannor, etc).
Reading Make sure you read the rules below carefully to avoid having your entry rejected!

The Rules

  • The entry has to be a photomanipulation - that means it has to use photos: at least two and they have to come from an actual camera (i.e. no "in game photography" like you can do in Second Life for example). Also, for this, 3D stock does not count. You can however use any other digital techniques to finish your piece off. Meaning you can add some 3D stock, painted elements, fractals, or whatever else you like BUT the main part has to be a photomanipulation or it will not be accepted.
  • Crediting all your stock sources is a must (if you use your own images, please say so)! It should go without saying that the stock sources have to be legitimate stock, but it seems I have to point it out anyway. If you are unsure about which stock you can use and what is not stock at all, please read Of Copyrights & Premades as well as Photomanipulation for Beginners. This also means that if you use pre-cut stock or premades you need to be sure that the original images were either shot by the resource provider or provided by sources that allow such use. Taking images from google, or other stockers who do not allow redistribution is a no-no!
  • You can enter as many times as you like, but you can only win once. If you want to avoid competing against yourself, you might want to choose just one entry, your best.
  • In your artist's comment, include the deviation you chose as your inspirational source (with link or thumb) as well as some explanation on what inspired you and what you were trying to do with your entry.
  • The inspirational source has to be a deviation or an artist from dA - no outside sources allowed.
  • The inspirational source deviation may not be used directly in your manip or if you choose an artist as inspiration none of his work may be used in your entry- it is just there to provide inspiration, not to be copied or used as stock. Entries that keep too closely to the inspirational source (i.e. the ones that basically copy the image by just switching the stock) will be rejected. You can use an image from the resources category or a resource artist as inspiration, but you cannot incorporate the image(s in the artist's gallery) into your entry - that would be too easy, sorry. You cannot use other people's artwork as a basis for any photomanipulation - this is a copyright infringement. 
  • You need to show us the inspirational source by linking it in your artist's comment.If it's a deviation, please use a direkt text link or thumb, if it is an artist, use :devartistname: or :iconartistname:. Also, please add a few lines about why you chose this particular deviation or artist and how this has influenced your entry (we want to know your thought process behind the piece because the connection does not have to be blatantly obvious).
  • Your artist's comment needs to include a statement that this is an entry for the Creative Inspiration Contest held by kuschelirmel.
  • The entry has to be made for this contest and this contest alone - uploaded after the start date and before the deadline and only submitted to this contest, not to multiple other ones.

How to Enter

Upload your image on dA (photomanipulation category) and specify in the artist's comment that this is an entry for the Creative Inspiration Contest held by kuschelirmel. Don't forget to include a little information about how your contest entry relates to your chosen inspirational deviation / artist as well as the deviation (with link or thumb) or artist (with  :devartistname: or :iconartistname:).
Finally, Note note me on my main account kuschelirmel with your entry so I can add it to the Contest Collection.
All entries can be found here :heart:

The Prizes far...

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

There will also be journal features for honorable mentions.

Thank you to the lovely donators! :love:
If anyone else feels like donating, please contact me via note (I'd rather have a note so I can keep track more easily than with comments) - no llamas please!



Till Death Do Us Apart by kuschelirmel

"Till Death Do Us Apart" was inspired by the work of
J-u-d-a-s and his way to use muted colours :

<da:thumb id="301043937"/> <da:thumb id="310171362"/> <da:thumb id="271557244"/>

If you have another example I could add here, please let me know :heart:

Skin by SimplySilent

Tutorial Treasury 05

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 3, 2013, 2:14 AM

In the Tutorial Treasury, you will find tutorials geared towards Photomanipulators and some that will deal with a broader subjects, such as lighting, colour etc. The tutorials will be from dA as well as from all over the web and in each episode, there will be 3 to 6 tutorials for your reading pleasure (any more than that I guess no one will have time to read anyway). If you find any good ones, shoot me a note so I can include them in the next installment!

The Tutorials

Image063-250x250 by kuschelirmel

"Learn how to create this cinematic scene in quick and easy steps! This Photoshop tutorial will show you how to blend images to create an apocalyptic scene and add flying meteors with premade Photoshop brushes. You’ll also learn several different ways to add lighting effects and create a strong atmosphere. ~ written by  Jarka Hrnčárková ~"

:bulletpurple: Read more here

Photomanip Tut by kuschelirmel

"tamaraR shows you how she created her deviation Wild - please respect her wishes not to copy her work, but to use the techniques taught in your own way."

:bulletpurple: Read more here

Water Creatures by kuschelirmel

"A bug made out of water - or a violin - or whatever your heart desires! This tutorial by B-O-K-E shows you how to do it."

:bulletpurple: Read more here

Watercolor31final1-250x250 by kuschelirmel

"Create this spring-inspired abstract photo manipulation by Jenny Le! This tutorial will show you how to combine stock photos and splatter brushes together, apply textures, and more."

:bulletpurple: Read more here

Broken Glass Tutorial By Abbeymarie-d5rbl88 by kuschelirmel

"Feels just like I'm walking on broken glass... If you want to have some flying shards of broken glass in your manip, this tutorial by AbbeyMarie is just the thing for you!"

:bulletpurple: Read more here

Making Ghosts  Tutorial  By Zummerfish-d5j6nec by kuschelirmel

"With Halloween right around the corner, here's a little extra for you: zummerfish shows you how to create a ghost for your spooky manip!"

:bulletpurple: Read more here

Articles and Links
Photomanipulation for Beginners

an article about what photomanipulation is and what you need to try it - and on the ever so important issue of "where do I get pictures to play with?"

--> read article <--


Of Copyright & Premades
is an article that strives to explain what copyright means, who it protects and that simply putting work into something will not make using something without permission okay.

Know your Basics - article series:

A series of articles that try to explain some basics in art that you may or may not have heard of before but didn't know what to do with them. All of them are written especially for photo- manipulators, but the principles should hold true in any genre.

--> Know your basics - Colour Theory <--
--> Know your basics - Composition <--
--> Know your basics - Perspective <--
--> Know your basics - Textures <--

Tutorial Treasury

--> 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 <--

Journal Stock Credits: Kaotiksymphony-Stock and iMouritsa.
Hello everyone,

Through Your Eyes Contest

dAmnU has organized a contest in association with communityrelations for both writers and visual artists alike. This means, photomanipulations created by your own resources is also allowed. If you are interested, do check it out!

Contest starts today, July 1st, 2013 and ends on July 31st, 2013.
Edit: Contest Deadline has been extended to August 20, 2013!

All the best!


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