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About Me



Hi, I'm Tanya


DA Community Volunteer
General Photography




Words and pictures, fuelled by coffee.


Writer. Photographer. Witch.
Forensic psychology student.
Edinburgh, Scotland.


I believe art is a way of life, whether it's your job, your hobby, something that keeps you sane or something that keeps you breathing. The way I see it, art is for everyone and should be all about exploration and experimentation. As a member of the Community Relations team, I'm on a mission to support and encourage you in your creative endeavours.

Whoever you are, whatever inspires you, MAKE ART.

Blog, photography, creative writing and free books at TanyaSimoneSimpson.com



Buy Me a Coffee at ko-fi.com

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My DA username until 2016 was RockstarVanity and it might still show up in some older mentions, features etc, including my Deviousness Award from 2012. Clicking a link to it will still bring you to my page.

My Deviant Life

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Deviant since 2005
Senior Member since 2007



Community Volunteering


General Photography
May 2018 - Present

Horror & Macabre Photography
October 2017 - May 2018

General Photography
December 2015 - September 2017

Darkroom Photography
June 2012 - May 2013

Horror & Macabre Photography
November 2008 - June 2010




Looking for some DA-related tutorials and guides?
You might find these useful...

A Guide To Connecting And Sharing On DAWhat's this all about?
DeviantArt is a HUGE website and it's easy to feel invisible, especially if you're new (if you're new, hello, we're happy to have you here!). The aim of this guide is to help you start connecting with other artists and their work as well as sharing your own art and encouraging feedback and interaction. It would be impossible to cover absolutely everything in one journal, so consider it a starting point and get ready to go exploring! I've included a few helpful links under each section, so you can use these as springboards to help you bounce around and find out more.
:bulletgreen: Check out welcome for an introduction to DA
:bulletgreen: Introduce yourself in the Welcome Center forum
Get in the right mindset
The first thing to do is stop thinking simply in terms of what you want to get. DA, like a lot of places on the web, is a social experience. If you've been here
How to be a Guiding Light and a Shining ExampleHow can I help?
You don't have to be a Community Volunteer or have a fancy symbol next to your name to promote and support artists within your favourite gallery. The suggestions listed below are for everyone, and if you want something a little more useful than just my ideas, don't forget to pay a visit to the Help & FAQ section of DA.
Featuring art
To avoid repeating myself, I'd like to point you in the direction of a tutorial called Promoting Other People's Art On DA which contains information about...
Featuring art on your profile page and in your journalsSuggesting Daily DeviationsSharing deviations
Be a groupie
DA groups are set up and maintained by Admins, from the Founder (the person who 'owns' the group) to Moderators and Contributors.  These roles are different within each group, and each group has it's own set of rules for joining a

Promoting Other People's Art On DAOne of the great things about DA is that it's not only a place where you can promote your own work - it's also a place where you can promote art you admire by other people. There's a whole bunch of ways that you can do this, so if you'd like to help draw attention to awesome art created by your friends or brilliant things you've found while browsing, read on and find out how you could make someone's day.
Featuring art on your profile page and in your journal
If you look around DA you'll see all sorts of different features on people's pages and in their journal - selections from people's recent favourites, thumbnails of work on a theme, collections of prints etc. This FAQ explains how to link to artists and their art in your journal, page and other places on the site: :faq81:
While it's cool to be able to show off the work that you love in such a public way don't get carried away - when writing feature- or thumb-based journals, do your best to ensure that they have
DA Groups: Your ResponsibilitiesGreat power, great responsibility and DA groups
Just to explain before you start reading, this is an editorial written by me so the suggestions detailed below are my suggestions. I am not the oracle and this isn't an official DA tutorial. You are welcome to agree or disagree with me as you please, and I hope some people out there find this useful.
Clarity of Information
Make your joining and submission process, and any limits to it, VERY clear. People who have been in your group since it launched will have a good understanding of what can be submitted where and how often, but new or prospective members need to be able to find all guidelines easily so they can adhere to them. The more information your members have easy access to, the less time you'll have to spend repeating rules to people who have made mistakes.
Knocking down language barriers
Do your best to explain everything as clearly as possible because not everyone on DA will spe

The Artists' ManifestoWhat we owe ourselves
As artists, we work ourselves crazy in an attempt to arrive at the unattainable goal of perfection. We insult ourselves in a way that we would never put up with from someone else. We are our own worst critics, even during times when we go out of our way to support and encourage our friends. We pour our souls into our creations. We need to listen to the compliments along with the constructive advice. Remember that there is value in what we do and that we have every right to be celebrate when things go well. So, what do we owe ourselves..?
Recognise your talent
In this context, I'm talking about talent in terms of something you instantly feel an affinity with and have a flair for. This can be anything from painting amazing portraits to being naturally great at organising a group of people to work on a project. I have never met anyone who doesn't have a talent, but I've met people who aren't aware of their talent, even when others po
Motivation and CommunicationIntroductory Bit
Before I get started, I'd like to make it clear that this article is made up of my own thoughts, my own opinions. I hope that some of you read this and it sparks a little internal dialogue, but I'm not expecting that on any great level. It may spark a little external dialogue too, and that's fine. You don't have to agree with me and I would never expect everyone to agree with everything (or anything) I say. This is a collection of thoughts on a concept, a gathering of my own ideas and an act of sharing those ideas with others. There is no right and wrong. But there is motive and there is intent, and that's the perfect place to start...
Not seeking critique?
When you come across a piece of work that the artist hasn't enabled the Critique option for, do you leave a critique anyway knowing that it will not be welcomed? If so, why?
Because you feel annoyed with that artist and assume that they already think their work is perfect? Do you th

Deviousness Award

Deviousness Award
`RockstarVanity's gallery is filled with striking, vibrant photography and endless inspiration. Throughout her time as a Community Volunteer, Tanya promoted positivity whilst providing constructive feedback and suggestions from the community. Tanya always goes above and beyond to provide helpful resources and tutorials, not just encouraging you to improve your creativity, but to improve your citizenship within our community too. If you are ever in need of motivation or a friendly nudge of encouragement, `RockstarVanity should be your first deviant to visit. Congratulations, Tanya!
-awarded March 2012

Suggesting Daily Deviations




I'm a General Photography Community Volunteer


My partner in crime is Mrs-Durden

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I take Daily Deviation suggestions from the following photography categories:

Architecture | Conceptual | Darkroom | Fireworks | Horror & Macabre | Infrared | Other | People & Portraits (Body Art, Classic Portraits, Emotive Portraits, Expressive, Other, Self-Portraits, Spontaneous Portraits) | Still Life | Transportation | Urban and Rural

I feature dark, experimental, psychedelic, visually challenging, subversive and otherwise unconventional photography with style and substance. I like weird. Give me weird.

For further details about what I look for in a Daily Deviation, examples of the kind of photography I feature, and more information about how to send a suggestion to me, please read MY FULL DAILY DEVIATION SUGGESTION GUIDELINES and check out this collection of photos I've featured during my current Community Volunteering term.

For more information about what Daily Deviations are, and a list of which CVs feature from which genres/mediums/subjects, please read How do I suggest Daily Deviations?


My DD Suggestion Guide for General PhotographyI'm one of the Community Volunteers for General Photography, along with my partner in crime, Mrs-Durden.
This guide explains what I look for in a Daily Deviation (along with examples of past features) and how to send a suggestion to me. If you aren't sure what Daily Deviations are all about, this knowledge base article covers it.
The photography categories you can suggest to me from are:

Architecture
Conceptual
Darkroom
Fireworks
Horror & Macabre
Infrared
Other
People & Portraits (Body Art, Classic Portraits, Emotive Portraits, Expressive, Other, Self-Portraits, Spontaneous Portraits)
Still Life
Transportation
Urban and Rural
I feature dark, experimental, psychedelic, visually challenging, subversive and otherwise unconventional photography with style and substance. I like weird. Give me weird.
If you want to see the sort of photos I've been featu

Groups

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CRPhotography [the heart of photography on DA]

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CRPhotography is home to the photography Community Volunteers and any other members who are involved or interested in photography.

Dedicated to photography, for all photographers.

We aim to support members of the photography community in a variety of ways, through announcements, editorials, critique, contests, fun and games, promotion and much more!

ProjectEducate [share, grow and learn as artists]

:iconprojecteducate:



projecteducate (lovingly referred to as PE) was launched in 2008 to promote and support artistic and community growth and knowledge throughout DeviantArt.

PE is a joint venture between DA Community Relations and the community. During each themed week and weekend, we bring you a new set of articles with information, resources and features from one of the many galleries on DeviantArt. We also regularly host a Community Week where anyone in the community has a chance to submit an article to share!

We pride ourselves on being a fun and educational group, and we'd love for you to join us on this adventure.




Find out about up-coming weeks and weekends

Project Educate ScheduleSchedule and Info
projecteducate was founded eight years ago by Moonbeam13 and since then has been a project run by the Community Volunteer team. The group is aimed at providing educational information for artists who want to learn about all sorts of art genres or who want to contribute their own knowledge for others to read about.
Weeks are usually allocated in seven day blocks. Community Volunteers along with members of the community will take the lead and bring you seven days of awesome in the form of articles, features, chat events, interviews and maybe even a contest or two. However, we now also host "PE Weekends" where 1-4 articles are posted from Saturday to Sunday, giving everyone the chance to bring a topic to the attention of the community, in an easier and less time-consuming manner.
The volunteers and community members will share their knowledge about various galleries on DeviantArt, the Chats and Forums communities, or other DeviantArt related educational topics. We

The Community Relations Team [bleed and breed art]

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Community Volunteers (CVs) are part of the Community Relations team and we help out by providing you – the community – with a specific contact point in relation to galleries, chat and forums.



You’ll find us doing some or all the following:

Helping run community challenges and educational projects.

Supporting community events.

Helping moderate forums.

Being part of the #help team.

Being part of the team that moderate #devart and other official chatrooms.

Liaising with Moonbeam13 on community matters.

Bringing rockstar deviants to your attention via features, articles and Daily Deviations.



SEE THE COMMUNITY RELATIONS TEAM LIST

Photography Newsletters

Every month, the lovely Community Volunteers and admin crew at CRPhotography gather the awesomest photography-related news, features, conversations and useful things from around DA to share with you.


Are you sad because you feel like you can only create beautiful photography with equipment that's out of your price range? 

46%
19 deviants said MAKE ART.
17%
7 deviants said Seriously though, that's bullshit.
12%
5 deviants said But you can also take epic photos with a phone, an ancient film camera or a 10 year old dSLR (if you know how to use it).
5%
2 deviants said A gigantic heap of steaming bullshit.
5%
2 deviants said Sure, you can take epic photos with a pricey camera (if you know how to use it).
5%
2 deviants said What I'm getting at here is LEARN HOW TO TAKE PHOTOS.
5%
2 deviants said Yes, learn how to use whatever kit you have access to.
5%
2 deviants said Focus on the joy of creativity and the joy of learning, not how UNFAIR it is that you don't have a camera that cost more than a small car.
0%
No deviants said But also learn the basics of artistic photography, about which there is endless guidance online that you can access for free.
0%
No deviants said That's the stuff that transcends budgets and kit and trends all the things that you get caught up in mistakenly believing you 'need'.

Donate

TanyaSimoneSimpson has started a donation pool!
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Points gathered here will go towards prizes and subs for groups I'm in, thanky donatey miscellaneous goodness and other lovely things for lovely people.

Donations are gratefully received and kindly appreciated but never expected. I tend to buy Points for giving rather than rely on others for them but your support means a lot to me and all the Points I gather here are given back to the DA community. Thank you!

The amount of 1000 points is an arbitrary number pulled out of thin air/the ground/the back of my brain cause there was a box that asked for a number and I never say no to a box asking for something.

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My Latest Book



Car Thieves


A novella
Published February 2018




The year 2027. Edinburgh, Scotland. Disease has swept a deadly path through society. A nightlife mogul with a violent past, a sadistic drug dealer, an artist craving companionship, a privileged playboy and a fiercely independent motor mechanic struggle to survive in the chaotic and brutal leftover world of the immune.
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The book can be read in its entirety here on DeviantArt. Please visit this folder in my gallery to see all the chapters in order.

It can also be downloaded as a free epub, mobi or PDF file to read on any device from my website.




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If you enjoy my work, you're welcome to make a contribution of your choosing through PayPal or buy me a coffee.

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Photography Newsletter: July 2018

Sat Jul 21, 2018, 12:00 AM

Welcome!


Welcome to July 2018's CRPhotography newsletter, a round-up of photography goodness on DA from the last month. The newsletter is divided into handy sections to help you browse photography news and features from the last month. The links with a Fella icon are official CRPhotography articles and the newsletter is illustrated with beautiful photography Daily Deviations featured over the last month.


fancy technology by VeroNArt


DD Round-Ups


:bulletred: Abstract & Surreal from JustACapharnaum

:bulletred: Animals, Plants and Nature from JenFruzz

:bulletred: General Photography from Mrs-Durden and TanyaSimoneSimpson

:bulletred: Macro from JustACapharnaum

:bulletred: The Great DD Round-Up from Yuukon

750 0029 by PatrickMonnier


CV Articles


:bulletorange: DistortedSmile shares some pin-up and glamour beauty in LUSH on 17th June, 24th June, 1st July, 9th July and 15th July

:bulletorange: Queen-Kitty interviewed Mrs-Durden for Catwalk Talk :fella:

:bulletorange: TanyaSimoneSimpson shares some Hidden Gems from photographers at CRPhotography and around DA :fella:

:bulletorange: JustACapharnaum features the work of Mars-Hill in Another Day, Another Macro Artist :fella:

:bulletorange: Queen-Kitty at devPREMIUM shines another People and Portraits Spotlight. Vol. 194 includes an undiscovered talent feature with SheridansArt and vol. 195 includes an undiscovered talent feature with Sturmideenkind

:bulletorange: JustACapharnaum features stunning portraiture in Feature part XII: Artistic nude

:bulletorange: Mrs-Durden shares some of your architectural faves at CRPhotography in CRP Feature: Architecture :fella:

:bulletorange: JustACapharnaum interviews KizukiTamura in AbstractNSurrealArmy

Matterhorn on Fire by orestART


Features and Interviews


:bulletyellow: FrancescaDelfino at devPREMIUM serves up for weekly vitamins! #78 features Cochalita, #79 features HeikoGerlicher, #80 features CaveCanem42, #81 features JulianRad and #82 features ChadRouthier

:bulletyellow: Batsceba  and batmantoo share beautiful street photography in Friday Night Specials v6.2, v.6.3, v6.4, v7.1, v7.2 and Progressive Saturday Night v.191, v.192, v.193, v.194 and v.195

:bulletyellow: lucytherescuedcat shares a beautiful array of photographs in Best Snapshots Vol. 65 and Vol. 66

:bulletyellow: pulbern features the work of MariaPetrova, dinabelenko, samichettouh and NataliaDrepina in Photography: Conceptual; marrciano, DouglasHumphries, sags and Peatsouilleart in Photography: Street; and hannes-flo, RawPoetry, silvena and porbital in Photography: APN

:bulletyellow: Sparkle-Photography shares some delightful nature and macro photos in Collective Feature #26 and Collective Feature #27

:bulletyellow: Time for more Feature-Fests from Yuukon! Don't miss Vol. 139: Conceptual, Vol. 140: Street, Vol. 141: Artistic Nude, Vol. 142: Urbex and Vol. 143: Photojournalism

:bulletyellow: dekorAdum at Through-a-Lens features some recent submissions to the group in Exploring the T-a-L Folders #2

:bulletyellow: Yuukon interviews Amarantheans in The APN Corner: Vol 5 at AnimalsPlantsNature

:bulletyellow: Mouselemur features beautiful aquatic shots in Fickle Friday: Bright Lights

:bulletyellow: pearwood is starting his features up again! Check out the work of LABodyMapping in one and ImpressionofLight in Lines and curves, green and brown

:bulletyellow: Yuukon interviews Laazeri for here and gigi50 here for Artists of APN at AnimalsPlantsNature

:bulletyellow: dekorAdum features the portraiture work of ToddParis in Discovering ARTists

:bulletyellow: Mouselemur interviews wiwionart for Artists of APN and Innocentium for Artists of APN at AnimalsPlantsNature

:bulletyellow: SinistrosePhosphate explores horror photography in a voyage into the unknown

:bulletyellow: aliasvassily celebrates the beauty of fashion photography in #7 - Feature: Fashion Portraits

Masti ka Rang Raj Hay by ZaGHaMi


Contests, Challenges and Projects


:bulletgreen: Gallery submissions and some other activities at CRPhotography are on temporary hiatus while we work on making things more awesome :fella:

:bulletgreen: This month's contest at CRPhotography is about portraits with vibrant pops of colour. Also, congratulations to Canankk, the winner of last month's architecture contest! :fella:

:bulletgreen: A new Comment Month has started! Join us for some commenting! :fella:

:bulletgreen: Mouselemur is looking for new admins for Stand-Out-Shots.

:bulletgreen: JustACapharnaum is looking for contributions to abstract and surreal photography week at projecteducate

:bulletgreen: F-Lagerdahl at CreativeLearning shares the first issue of Friday Photography Club

:bulletgreen: AnimalsPlantsNature kicks off July with a Feedback Frenzy!

:bulletgreen: rainylake features RawPoetry, LashelleValentine and R-BPhotography in Contest Winners at PhotographyGuide

:bulletgreen: Mrs-Durden is hosting a 30 day photo challenge

:bulletgreen: Yuukon at PhotographyGuide is announcing new challenges

# Eve in the forest by Mishkina


Educational Resources and Tutorials


:bulletblue: Trichardsen describes landscape composition in simple ways that anyone from beginners to experts will find useful!

:bulletblue: DA has made some changes to profile URLs. Read about it here (and don't panic - your URL in it's old format will always still work!)

:bulletblue: Do some deviants use words you don't understand? Check out JenFruzz's DA Lingo word list!

:bulletblue: Yuukon is joined by B0nkers in a new Photography 101 Chapter on Architecture

Night Watch by jlxp


Opinion, Chats and Forums


:bulletpurple: Mrs-Durden is wondering what's going on with the photography community

:bulletpurple: sh51 is looking for advice about buying a new camera for wildlife and landscape photography

:bulletpurple: Can you offer Aylishliane12 any tips for getting started in food photography?

:bulletpurple: JeanLukIII is looking for other photographers for tours and travels around Europe

:bulletpurple: Can you give EASTERNCALIDITY any tips for getting started with her new Sony camera?

:bulletpurple:
kruemelmonstrr is looking for advice for shooting a group photo at a civil wedding

:bulletpurple: TomEveningStar would like to talk to other photographers who shoot on film

:bulletpurple: Can you help superpower-pnut find a good waterproof photography option?

20180312-img 7001 by Ferdinand-Studio


This month's newsletter contributors are TanyaSimoneSimpson, JenFruzz, Yuukon and aliasvassily

You can help support photographers on DA by collecting/faving and sharing this CRPhotography newsletter to help more people find it :heart: :camera:

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FX-1988 Featured By Owner 20 hours ago  Student Interface Designer
thank you very much, you don't know how much does it mean to me, Ive been on DA for so long and this the first time I get so much appreciation :)
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Markotxe Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Photographer
hey, thks for faving :)
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Missy-MooMoo Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you Fav by Missy-MooMoo    Hug By Sml E by Missy-MooMoo  
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montag451 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much for faving!Nod Clap +fav +fav +fav 
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EintoeRn Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
:+fav: Just stopping by to say hello and thanks, Tanya !
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Loffy0 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for faving I really appreciate it :D
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Leek-Buuyah Featured By Owner Edited Jul 14, 2018  Student General Artist
Thanks for the Badge.
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HalfFormedThoughts Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so very much Tanya! :D :heart:
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dDarknezZ Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
heya! my name is dDarknezZ, i really apprecied for your llama, as a sing for gratitude, i leave my llama.

Llama fella (Badges) 

amazing photos Llama Emoji 27 (Awesome) [V2] 

i hope have a nice day! Llama Emoji-04 (Pretty) [V1] 

atte: Cat-Man with his dragon Peek-a-boo Kitty - Free to use!  HTTYD2.19 
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SenhArt Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018
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Creativi1dani-Rivera Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the llama :3
Llama Emoji-03 (Sparkles) [V1] 
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MurcMarischal Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2018  Professional Photographer
Thank you for llama
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KizukiTamura Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2018   Photographer
Thank you for the :+fav:
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st2wok Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2018
thank you!
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rorensou Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2018  New Deviant Professional Photographer
Thank you for adding my photo to your favourites! It means a lot to me when a masterful photographer like you appreciates my work. Have a great day!
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TanyaSimoneSimpson Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2018
Aww! You made me blush xx
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for collecting
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TanyaSimoneSimpson Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2018
You're very welcome :hug:
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tahirlazim Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2018
Thanks for the +fav-ing, Tanya! :) (Smile)  
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