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Whose life is it, anyway?All I do these days is write. Manuscripts, dissertation, course schedules and syllabi . . . it never ends. Tonight I got tired of writing, so I decided to organize something. The obvious choice for me was my CD (I just aged myself, I know) and blu-ray disk collections.
Going back through the CDs brought back a lot of memories for me; some of them were from high school, which was more years ago than I care to admit. Each piece of music had a story and an attached memory, whether it was my beloved Def Leppard or some silly pop song. But, as I went through them and discarded what I no longer needed or desired, it suddenly occurred to me:
I'm not this person anymore.
At the core of my collection lay those things I treasure to this day. Evanescence. Def Leppard. Led Zeppelin. Old-school Aerosmith. Even the requisite Beethoven, Bach, Haendel, and Tchaikovsky. Things that make me cry. Things that make me want to sing along. Anthems that remind me
Notable NewcomersHello, all!
I wanted to feature some new photomanipulators. Each of these talented artists has been on DA for less than a year, yet they have taken concepts to a whole new level. Please welcome them and offer your support!
Underwater scenes have been done before, but I really like the way this artist added interesting elements in the background and created a wistful, reflective feeling. Also, his lighting is really nice.
This artist has a wonderful mastery of colors and light. The idea of staring down over a city is not new, but the interesting, creative way she presents the concept is very original.
This quite emotional conceptual piece stands out from the crowd because of the artist's powerful interpretation of the stock model. The artist also uses color and light effectively.
The artist has a super cool concept here, and he blends a lot of stock images together
Manip AcademyIntroducing a new project!
Manip Academy (thanks, cristii, for inspiration for the name) is a new photomanipulation project inspired by projecteducate. We all love to learn, and we learn best from one another. Here's our chance to share what we know.
Manip Academy is an education initiative designed to spread the knowledge and the love. It is a collaboration between CRPhotomanipulation and we-HEART-photomanip. We will share tips and tricks for photomanipulation success. It is difficult to write tutorials, but anyone can write a simple tip or describe how they achieved a specific effect.
This project will feature two weekly articles written by the community every week, on Mondays and Thursdays. This will be an ongoing project within our community, and we hope that many people will take advantage of the chance to sign up to submit one blog or even just a few sentences to help the community.
How you can help
Everyone is en
Beginner Yoga Stuffs!Long time no write!
I wanted to share some beginner goodies I've found with you. I'd love to hear how everyone is doing with their practices (beginner or otherwise), too!
Remember: If you need props or modifications for a given pose, you can find them on Yoga Journal (click "modifications" under the pose of your choice).
Walking through 20 beginner poses:
Also, check out these really fantastic YouTube playlists that contain videos of all the different poses!
Don't let the name "Vinyasa Flow" scare you. It is simply about the flow of energy and breath.
Some more little things
Check out the front page of our group for some links to great yoga sites. Here
Photomanipulation Update: July 2014Hello out there!
How is everyone? We wanted to give you all an update on some exciting things that are happening in our community. As always, if you have anything to add, please note Aeirmid or Emerald-Depths.
Congratulations are in order!
We wanted to take a moment to recognize the fact that a member of our community, Cinnamoncandy, has been awarded senior status! YAY! Congratulations! This is an honor bestowed on very few people here on DeviantArt, and we are really excited for her. Please take a moment to congratulate her! Leave some love on her profile page or drop her a note. Let her know we are here to celebrate with her.
Project Educate feature
Project Educate (projecteducate) is gearing up for a gallery week in August, where we'll be featuring art from all of the galleries on the site. We will have two journals dedicated to photomanipulation on Sunday, August 17th. Be sure to tune
Getting 'over it'You're special and unique, just like everybody else.
The magnanimous Dr. Maya Angelou once said, "We are more alike, my friends, than we are different." This statement is more true than it may appear on the surface. As humans, we all face the same fears (not being adequate or liked) and the same struggles (with anxiety, depression, and others of life's challenges), even though they may seem different at the time. Sometimes the magnitude is different, perhaps, but we all want to belong and be accepted.
It's so easy to get caught in the trap of thinking, "No one understands me. I'm all alone." That may or may not be the case, but either way, whether it is reality or perception (and really, reality is perception), we cannot let it defeat us. Take a look around DeviantArt, and even the mental-health community. We all have pain, and we all suffer something or other in our lives. Again, it may be a difference in magnitude, but it is part of being human.
Intermediate Tournament: Final RoundWelcome!
It's time to kick off the fourth and FINAL round of the Intermediate Photomanipulation tournament! Are you ready??
Our lovely contestants are:
The same rules as previous rounds apply (in general: no outside help, use only legitimate stock, credit all stock, etc.).
Your final deviations are due to CRPhotomanipulation by August 20th at 11:59 PM PT.
Below you will find two themes, chosen by your opponents. Choose ONE of them. Tell me which theme you've chosen in your artist's comments when you submit. You must use the theme in full.
Have fun, and good luck!
peroline and SoulcolorsArt:
Theme 1: Make a manipulation in the style from the movie Sin City, so using black and white, shadow and light maybe urban-setting etc.
Theme 2: Something gory, must have a lot of blood in
Art for a Cause- Please read!Hi everyone,
Please do me a huge favor and check out this journal:
The journal is about the creation of an art book for a deviant who is living with terminal lung cancer. Please, even if you cannot help, take a moment to pass the information along.
Thank you for your time and attention to this important cause.
"Wherever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference."
-- Kevin Heath
Jade / Aeirmid
10 Ways to Improve the Quality of our PhotomanipsOn the "decline" of quality in the photomanipulation gallery
I've seen a lot of polls, journals, etc. recently about the quality of the photomanipulation gallery and fears that it has declined. I have intentionally not commented, but I will address the issue here. I think our beloved community is going through a "learning phase" where we are rediscovering ourselves and our art. We have a lot-- a LOT-- of new people, and I want to wish them a warm welcome because they are critical to our vitality as a community..
In turn, a lot of our older, more experienced artists have moved on, frequently owing to time constraints due to having more commissions and freelance work.
So, saying our quality has declined is really not fair. Rather, we are in a cycle of change that happens every couple of years within our community.
It is perhaps true that we have reached a collective slump in creativity. Like inspires like, and I see the same thing over and
Milk for The UglyWatch depthRADIUS
By akreon & vesner
Imagine that you are a young social worker, dedicated to finding out the hidden and forgotten old souls who haunt the cold, mean streets of the city. You seek to report on their living conditions, possibly recommending they be removed from their roach-infested “homes.”
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No more excuses, it's time to improve your art!You’re probably well acquainted with the old proverb “practice makes perfect.” And while I don’t fully believe that perfection is attainable, because the very notion of perfection is somewhat subjective, getting better at anything requires both time and effort. I’m going be very blunt here; if you want to improve your artistic skill you need to actually practice.
My heart goes out to everyone here who is struggling to improve so don’t feel that I’m purposely singling you out here. However throughout my time on dA (and in real life) I’ve met artists begging for advice on how to quickly improve and sadly when I tell them to begin practicing the excuse is always ‘well, I don’t really have the time for that.’
And I ain’t got time for yo attitude.
You do have the time
Inb4 “you don’t know my life!!!1one1!!” Listen here young padawo
You CAN Do It Too! Commissions, Exposure, and...
Do you feel like no one cares about your artwork? That no matter how hard you try, you'll never improve? Well, I've been there before.
A little less than a year ago, I didn't even have 100 watchers. It was tough trying to find commissions, even though I priced them around 10 - 100 an hour. Sure, I had some wonderful people supporting me (thank you very much for that!), but when I looked at the thousands of diehard fans the "popular" artists had, I felt kinda useless. It seemed like even a thousand watchers, or just being able to earn minimum wage was impossible. Sometimes I wanted to cry from all the effort I put in. I kept drawing and drawing but barely improving. I was frustrated and felt useless. But instead of giving up, I pushed myself even harder, and by God's grace it's starting to work out for me.
I now have over 16,000 amazing people encouraging me, and I know it's only a matter of tim
deviantART Customisation FAQYour deviantART Identity
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FAQ06 - How do I add widgets?
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FAQ08 - How do I change the order of my widgets?
FAQ09 - How do I edit widgets?
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Basic CSS Style GuideIntroduction
CSS is a style language used to define the style and formatting of web pages. It is used in conjunction with HTML.
If we think of HTML as the building blocks of the web then, essentially, CSS is the painter and decorator. Very simply, HTML defines the structure of the page and CSS defines the style.
What I'll be helping you with here is getting to grips with the basics of CSS. I'll be explaining how use CSS as well as providing a number of examples that you can use to style your own web pages and journals. All you need to do is copy/paste the code and replace the sample text with your own content. Along with the quick reference I've also written a brief glossary of terms and provided a list of useful links in case you wish to do some further reading.
A point of note is that while the information and examples I've given here apply to CSS use anywhere on the web, this guide itself is geared towards the use of CSS on deviantART. As such, and given that this h
RoF Signature Feature: Of Angels and Demons Vol. 2
Fav this Feature for a chance to get your artwork presented in our next feature!
We will pick one Member that faved this article to be in the next one.
Of Angels and Demons
presented by the Realm of Fantasy
Momus Advby Toru-meow
JULY Challenge WATER vote and win points:icontransparentplz:
All works here
This is the new way to find our winner of our monthly challenge: instead using a Poll with the ten most voted of the period, we'll be using a blog to showcase the 20 MOST VOTED on this theme!
This means, or so I hope, more exposure for your pieces and galleries.
The idea is simple: each work has a number and all deviants have the opportunity to vote like if it was a poll...with the difference that you will choose not one but 3 favourites!
All deviants may vote, INCLUSIVE who is participating; the participants may vote for themselves and ask friends and watchers to vote; this blog may have publicity by all means and be submitted in groups.
The work with most votes wins 130 points;
the second place wins 80, the 3rd place wins 50 and the 4th wins 25 .
These prizes c
Nature squares feature
Vicia cracca by StargazerLZ flows in you. by simoendli
treasure. by simoendli .: falling down :. by biszkopciik p u r p u r e a by poppy412
sunrays flowers 2 by StargazerLZ fleur by girlmarvel easiness by vitzy
Look from above.. by Bojkovski 0996 by topinka Flowers Of Paradise by Onceuponatime13
::Hidden Passion:: by onixa Searching for a new world by Healzo lily by nakedlady
Day 42 - Little flower by EliseEnchanted As time goes by by cloduy
Animals, Plants and Nature Spotlight Vol. 78A2Matos's
Spotlight Vol. 78
Animals, Plants and Nature
Follow the Light
Eyes Over Yosemite
Keep an eye on
FAQ: Where do I submit book covers?Hiya!
I've seen a few people lately asking where they should submit book covers when they are uploading them to dA. First, they should NOT be submitted to Digital Art > Photomanipulation unless they are simply the image (e.g. they do not have an author, title, etc.).
So, where do they go if they are actually book layouts (with author and title)?
You can submit them here: Designs & Interfaces > Editorial Design.
I hope that helps.
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