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The Unfortunate Fate of a Balloon
I stepped into a dim room
Devoid of the guests that made it bloom
And very, very soon
My eyes fell upon a limp balloon
Rising to the stars of fame
Crashing down to Earth in shame
Method of death maters not
Not even if you were shot
Why put so much effort to set you up
When your fate is to blow up
Into little chunks and pieces
Or be abducted by breezes
You can reach greater heights than any
My, aren't you canny?
You rise up far far away
While your death is underway
Your family is here
Yet they never hear
Because your screams
Are blocked off by strings
As you laid limp there
I see they're all there
Caught up in the fleeting party
Appearing to be high and hearty
"How did you go?"
I assume you'd already know
Even as a valuable guest
Your importance is really less
Your death was kinda somber
But everyone else's time was not a slumber
Heads held high, without a word nor a glimpse
Ignorance casts its shadow on you like an eclipse
To think I looked u
I am Me
Are you up for a little challenge?
We all feel insecure about ourselves sometimes. I know I do. So I've thought of a nice little game/meme/journal thingy to spread some Love. This time, it's not about Love for others. It's about Love for Yourself. You don't have to be perfect. No one is, and frankly perfection is boring. You are you, and that is fine.
If you find this challenge difficult, don't worry. To be honest I had to think quite hard to find enough things I like about Me. I've now written them down, and every time I feel a bit down I recite them to myself ^^ Don't think about it too much: Write down whatever comes to mind.
So how does this work?
I want you to make a journal (or a deviation), and write down a list of 11 things you like about yourself. You can write anything you like, however #11 must always be the same: "I am Me".
When you're done, feel free to leave a link here, or mention me so I get notified. I'd l
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This weekend started off relatively uneventful with Rob and his dad going golfing Friday morning while I was busy working away. In the late afternoon however, Rob sat on the couch and I guess something didn't agree with that position because he got a sharp pain in his back. Figuring it was a muscle strain he asked me to massage it and once I touched the spot on his back, he literally hit the ground.
Now, I would be lying if I said I wasn't worried, I mean here's my beast of a husband lying face down on the floor unable to really turn around -- he was turtled. However, I would also be lying if I said I wasn't in hysterics. Those of you that know us will know that this is normal for our relationship. Regardless! We got him flipped over and after a few home assessments, came to the conclusion that he had put his back out.
As we've been down this road before, we weren't too worried, I just headed out to pick up the supplies of muscle relaxer
Tips for Fighting Depression
1) Avoid alcohol. I find having a drink can trigger the depression quite severely the following day, although it should be noted that alcohol effects everyone differently, and some drinks are worse than others. Alcohol is a depressant, so this should be taken seriously...You may love a drink, but you have to consider if it's worth it if you are a sufferer.
Avoid smoking. Regular smoking is linked to feelings of depression.
2) Consider your diet. Aside from eating healthy and drinking lots of water (which helps with everything), dark chocolate is scientifically proven to help fight depression as well as anxiety, and here's how...
Dark, as well as raw chocolate, contains high amounts of tryptophan, which is an amino acid that breaks down into two other very important neurotransmitters. These are serotonin and melatonin, and both help to protect you against stress. Serotonin is a natural antidepressant, which goes to work immediatel
Helping Hurting People
This is a message I'm sending out to everyone in need of help with the problems, emotional and mental pains they are having. It doesn't matter who you are, what race, what kind of person you are, either you're atheist, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, straight or what you have done. Even if you killed someone, please don't be afraid, I want to help you. If we talk I'll keep it between us, so no one else knows. You are never too far away to be saved. I won't judge you. Whether you are in pain from people, have pain on the inside, you cut yourself, or even thinking of or planning on committing suicide. It's never too late to change your mind about something. Never give up on life, even when life seems impossible. I want to help. This isn't a fake, I really do wish to help. You have a purpose, you just need to find it. If you know someone who is looking for help or needs it, tell them about me. My e-mail msn hotmail account is mentioned in the description section below.
I'm not "perf
Be Happy Every Day
Be Happy Every Day
The past is history.
The future is a mystery.
The only time we really have is now - just this moment.
Did you know...
Did you know there are a lot of ways you can conserve more water than you do usually?
Here are some tips you can use to help you save some of those drops of water!!!
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Dekomory is a tracer!
It doesn't matter if you agree or disagree with this journal, I still expect everyone know how to behave. I do not tolerate harassment of anykind towards anyone!
And since some people fail to see the difference between referencing and tracing. Here's excellent and simple journal to explain it to you: Tracing is Not Referencing (Tracing FAQ)
Edited on 4th of November, 2016!
To read the latest drama go here: Numyumy is a tracer!
Clamychan has came back with new account called Clamyart and continues tracing and scamming. Do not support her or her work. I was finally able to gather some evidence of her continuous tracing years after years.
If you would like to share this journal to raise awareness, I would be grateful.
Remember that selling traced work is basically stea
Dying Of Thirst: Earth's Water Is Running Out
Dying of Thirst Earth’s Water
Is Running Out
Every day the sea level gets a little higher, and every day we have a little bit less water to drink.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, 2.7 billion people are faced with water scarcities during at least one month of the year. As drought conditions prevail in many places around the globe and our limited supply of accessible fresh water continues to dwindle, the problem is getting worse, not better.
Anxiety: Wait! There's More!
When it comes to severe anxiety, the chances of you only having anxiety is pretty slim. There are quite a few secondary conditions that come along with having anxiety that are just as (not) fun as anxiety itself! Some of these secondary conditions tend to go on while you're not actually experiencing your anxiety, and are more of a side effect from the anxiety itself. You can have these things independently from anxiety of course, but for now we are going to talk about them as a secondary condition. The side dishes to the main meal.
The Big Three
OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
These are the three most common secondary conditions you are likely to encounter while dealing with anxiety. The goal for this journal is to share experiences, knowledge, troubles, and success when it comes to dealing with the after effects of anxiety
PE: It isn't Photoshop's fault
I’m sure all of you have heard about artist who said:
“I can’t draw better because I don’t have Adobe Photoshop, GIMP, Easy Paint Tool SAI, etc.”"I wish I had a tablet.""This drawing software sucks""I can't improve if I lack of…""I need *x element*"
I had thought about encouraging artists to be... artists!
I want to show you that making art doesn't depend on having a tablet or a wide used good drawing program. Also if you're a traditional artist you don't need the most expensive markers or a wide collection of different colors. Of course, we want to be great artists and when we improve our skills, tools become a need and part of a more professional work, but that doesn't mean that someone lacking of professional tools can't be an artist or even improve.
I’ll give you a few advices to improve as an artist, no matter what program do you use or if you have a tablet.
ART: A Common Sense Guide To Surviving
I am an artist. I was born an artist it is in my heart, my soul, my blood. I did not wake up one day and say to myself, I think I will try painting, I was painting while I was learning to walk. My art, my talent, is very personal and very dear to me. I have spent thirty years in the art world. I have done commission work. I have participated in juried art shows. I have had art exhibits at various galleries. I have been a member of various art groups and associations over the years. I have been to art auctions. I have created art shows for local communities. I have taught art both in local school systems and privately. I am now an art agent and my passion is finding a communitys hidden artists and bringing their talents to light. Because my own art is such a driving and therapeutic force in my life, I have explored nearly every aspect of the art world. This, my friends and artists, is a brutally honest look at what I have learned from this life-long experience.
Nsio's Four Tools for a Successful Drawing
Nsio's Four Tools for a Successful Drawing
Let's face it, drawing is hard. Especially for a beginner, learning to draw seem dauntingly challenging. Even more experienced artists have it hard and I'm not anyway different from that. At the same time, weirdly enough, drawing is surprisingly simple and straightforward thing to do. But that's when you know what you are doing.
In fact, drawing is probably hard for you just because you don't know how it's done. And if you ask an artist how it's done, you will likely get rather vague answer. They know how to do it, but they don't know how to explain it for you. Drawing is full of concepts that simply don't translate well for an average Joe. Also, even if a great artists gives you a tip how to draw something, you probably still have troubles at executing it. You just don't see things the way the artist does., so you might even end up using the tip wrong, but believing in it so hard that you can't correct yourself. Not to mention the actu
The Three problems with how we learn art: pt.1
I've been thinking about how and why we learn to draw for a few years now. I started self-analazing my own drawing and character design thought process when I began writing my first art instruction book, "Creating Characters with Personality". It was harder than I thought to verbalize how I've learned and how I process drawing. This has led me to start looking back at my artistic life and how I learned art. What made me learn the most? What drove me to draw and stick with it? What led to others I knew as a child to stop drawing? I think I'm ready to present some of those thoughts here on DA and hear what you think. So, this is part 1 of three in a series. I'm not sure where this is leading, but step one is my establishing an online art instruction school called Taught ByA PRO (www.taughbyapro.com) that will (in phase one) concentrate on drawing instruction for all forms of media. Here we go:
I believe there are T
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Find your way around DA#4: Composition+Perspective
A good composition can turn an 'average' artwork into something memorable. It's more than just 'how to make things look nice'. A well thought-out composition can guide the eye of the viewer, telling a story in just one single image. Even artwork that's technically perfect can be boring if no real though was put into the composition.
It's not always the case, but composition often goes hand in hand with perspective. Many artists struggle with this (both beginners and more advanced), but a basic knowledge of perspective can really take your work to the next level. It's an essential tool for drawing credible backgrounds and landscapes.
The basics for these two skills seem easy, but more advanced composition and perspective can be real brain-breakers. I've collected tutorials here to help you get started. Read, learn, practice, and be amazed by your own work!
Tutorials and quick tips to get you started
Find your way around DA #5: Coloring and Shading
In a previous journal we had a look at color theory (Find your way around DA #3: Color Theory). But once you've figured out what colors to use you realize you've barely started. You have to figure out where to place your shadows and light, and what is the best way to add the colors to your canvas?
In this journal I've collected tutorials and references that cover these subjects. This list is not complete! There are so many tutorials on DA, especially for coloring, it would be almost impossible for me to list them all. When an artist has multiple coloring tutorials I've usually picked only one or two, so be sure to check out their galleries! You will notice that there are almost as many different techniques as there are artists. There is no 'one right way'. Try a few, find something that works for you, and then make it your own ^^
- As usual I've tried to seperate starter and more advanced tutorials, but I must admit the divisin is some
Color Theory Part 3 JohnoftheNorth 503 7 Lesson 14: Composition irshadkarim 21 0 Tutorial: Drawing with volume FlintofMother3 147 38 HtTA: Atmospheric Perspective Composition betsyillustration 660 24 Shading Tutorial - part 1, value MonikaZagrobelna 28 0 Coloring in Grayscale - Human Skin jeffoffo 815 49
5 MORE Mistakes Beginner Artists Make [VID] sambeawesome 138 55 Gif Animated Fire Photoshop Action GraphicAssets 25 3 After People Photoshop Action GraphicAssets 82 20
PE: Art as a key element in Education
Education is a process that spans a person's entire life, broadcasting a wide range of knowledge, values (which allow us to develop our conscience and sensibility), customs, and ways to act. This is also linked to cultural conscience (education leads us to appreciate the culture of the society in which we live) and to the view that each person has about the world around them. It also has a social approach as it allows people be part of the socialization process. It generally has a humanistic approach that trains students to be good people, to have good values and implement them, which are expressed according to the person's potential. Educated persons can contribute significantly to the world.
Art and Education
Artistic Education is an area that focuses on teaching various art forms (Visual arts, Music, Theater, Dance, Photography, etc.) and also helps develop skills, abilities and habits in such areas. However, the art
dA How-to: #4 Finding and Using Resources
Originally, these how-to journals were supposed to come out every Friday, however I feel like it might be better to only do it every other Friday/every Friday IF I have a topic instead.
Hence why there was none last week.
I have a few topics I want to cover, however I am open for suggestions from others if there's anything you want to see~
Finding and Using Resources:
Resources. Now there's a very broad term. But basically, resources is anything and everything you might make use of in your art. Be it brushes that other artists have put online, textures, fonts, stock images, visual references, tutorials, free-to-use lineart, etc. etc. In any case, resources are anything that someone has put up free for use by others, usually asking for credit in return. Granted, there are also resources you need to pay for. Some stock photos, fonts or PS brushes for example do cost something. But you can find some pretty good resources for free as well. Tha
Dreams into Reality: Art as a Life Path
Art in the Professions
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain
6:45am. In the next hour, I will rise from my bed, drink a cup of coffee, watch a few minutes of news on the television, and get ready to head out the door to open up shop at a major retail chain down the street from my house. The moment I exit my front door, thoughts of stock counts, refund procedures, and commission goals flood my head. "I really hope no one pays with a check today because I'll have to call my manager at home to have her handle it," is foremost in my mind. Working as a retail sales associate, these are the most important things for me to think of in my day. They're important to my job, they're important to my manager, they're important to the company. But they're not impor
Tutorial: Public Domain [Video] sambeawesome 99 9 Tutorial: Creative Commons [Video] sambeawesome 107 7
Protect yourself against fraud
Although, as an active member of the community, it's nearly impossible to have missed this huge issue, I think it's very important to warn people for this.
What happened is a large case fraud in which apparently one user (under multiple names) scammed several members of DeviantArt community. Leaving some people as much as $3000 in debt!!! Money they, most likely, never see back.
Even though the user is banned by DeviantArt now, there's no reason why it won't happen again.
After all, the problem is caused by a loophole in PayPal's rules. So basically everybody that's using PayPal for its business (and that's a lot of us) is at risk.
People doing commissions
People selling adoptables
To understand where all of this comes from, it's first of all important to know what a PayPal chargeback actually is.
This video offers a proper explanation of what chargeback is, and what it should
Digital Hacks #3: Add Copyright Information in Ps
In this article, I will be showing you how to add Copyright and Descriptive Information to your files in Photoshop. This is useful for when we publish images online and want them to retain information about their source regardless of where they end up on the web.
Photoshop and some similar image-editing applications can detect the copyright information in an image and display it as soon as the image is opened. Copyright laws give the creators of images certain rights to exclusively publish and distribute their works. Adding appropriate information to your images is one way to help protect your work.
Overview of Tools
Adobe PhotoshopAdd Copyright and Descriptive InformationDifficulty Level: Easy
Add Copyright and Descriptive Information
I am now going to walk you through adding Copyright and Descriptive Information to a file in Photoshop. For the purpose of this tutorial, I
To Share or Hide - That is the Question
If DeviantArt asked
Do you want to share this art?
on every submission, you'd probably frown as you clicked yes. Complaints on the feature would probably outnumber those over the removal of the webcams.
But the site actually does ask you that every time you submit something.
In order to explain, I'm first going to provide you a link to spyed's article on this matter.
"Well, this is great! This will help keep my art from being stolen!"
Actually, no. spyed explains quite well in that journal article why precisely it isn't the best idea to discourage sharing.
But I can understand why some people want to hide their deviations, and why they want to restrict them to those logged in to DeviantArt. With that in mind, because I know there are many people who do want to use this feature, and newer members may not be aware that it exists, I'm going to show you how to do this, both on new uploads and en
Introduction to ACEOs
Wouldn't it be awesome to own a collection of original, handmade artworks from various artists?
Unfortunately having a large collection of big paintings or drawings is not often possible because original artworks and their shipping around the world cost money and they also need lots of space at your home to be presented in the best possible way. However, this does not mean you couldn't own a piece of art from your favorite artist: the solution is artist trading cards, also known as ATCs or ACEOs.
At the beginning of this article I introduce what these little cards are. To trading and creating ACEOs in DeviantArt us take the artists themselves by interview: The artists let us know how they started trading and what keeps them doing it. They also share their best tips of creating and trading these cards!
What is ACEO?
ACEO is an acronym that stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals. ACEOs are variants of Artist Trading