Photomanipulation Week here at #projecteducate has been phenomenal, and that is entirely thanks to you, our viewers, and to the community members who made it happen. Our community wrote most of the articles; I just posted them. Our community interviewed many, many people and answered what had to have seemed like endless questions about how they do their stuff. And do you know, of the many people I asked, only one or two were unable? People contributed in spite of busy schedules, poor health conditions, other projects, and other competing demands because they knew this was important. I cannot thank you enough.
I wanted to show you the sheer number of people (well over 40) who participated in this event. Every one of these people made a significant contribution. Please, everyone show some love to the deviants who made this week possible (and then keep reading; more good stuff coming below this list):
$Moonbeam13 and the Community Volunteers team
The members and admins at ~The-Sacred-Space
^Kaz-D and the folks at #projecteducate
We hope you learned something from all the tips and tricks we presented. In case you missed anything, here is a list of all the articles we featured this week:
Welcome to Photomanipulation Week!
Get your Fantasy on!
Interview with *simoneheld
More on Dark Manipulation
Ask Me Anything!
Art with a Concept
Conversation with ^Elandria
The World of the Macabre
Let there be Light!
Interview of New Photomanipulators
Stuff you should know about:
When Darkness Falls contest
`kuschelirmel's Photomanip Challenge #2
New group: #majesticarts
Pimps and Whoas, June 6
The Neglected Importance of the Online Community
Becoming a Deviant
I promised my sweet friend `LuneBleu that she could have the final words for Project Educate. This is what she had to say:
Over the past week with Project Educate and the weeks and weeks of preparation leading up to it, we’ve seen what, to me, are the most powerful strengths of the deviantART photomanipulation community: our innovative, artistic spirit and our sense of community. What makes you most proud when you think of our community?
First of all I want to thank you for taking me into consideration for this interview and for sharing my words with the community. DeviantArt is the first artistic community I joined back in 2005 and without this community I would never be where I am today. The love for art and the strong community spirit that I felt since the first day, was what first dragged me into this website.
DeviantArt makes me proud because it's the perfect place to launch new artists, to share all types of art and artists and also, I feel like I belong to a family here, somehow. Everyone is encouraged to share their artistic passion and achievements, helping a fellow artist, featuring all types of art... I don't know... it's way too many things and I feel like I stumble on my own words when I try to say everything I feel, everytime I think about deviantArt and the community spirit around here. I love deviantArt!! And that's no secret!
The success of photomanipulation as an art form depends on capitalizing on our strengths while working hard to improve our weaker points. How do you think we can continue to build our strengths in the future?
Photomanipulation is still penalized as an art form because many people consider it "simple photo collages". All artists (and more) who are familiarized with this kind of art know that it's much more than just simple collages. More and more we're noticing that this sad "stigma" is starting to vanish and photomanipulation is becoming much appreciated by the artistic masses all over the world. The way that artists are trying to improve and bring new ways to evolve photomanipulation art styles is definitely putting us on the map.
I believe that creating good art features with photomanipulation artists, articles explaining deeply what photomanipulation is in fact about, are very powerful tools to help improving this artistic style. Plus, I honestly believe that good photomanipulation artworks speak for themselves. The way some artists can portray reality into dreams, is enough to prove how good and strong we can be.
You and I have been part of this community for a long time, and we’ve seen a lot of changes in our community. There have been changes in style, techniques used, creativity applied, and of course themes used. How do you anticipate that our art form will continue to evolve into the future?
That's really a difficult question and I don't know if I can answer that. There are some relevant themes regarding photomanipulation and it's easy to "grab" a trend. I believe that the most significant change is about the growing complexity of photomanipulation artworks and the attention to details. More and more I believe that general photomanipulation will evolve in that direction, making this art style become more complex, detailed and perfect.
Over the past several years, there have been a lot of ups and also a few downs, right? What is the biggest “up” you’ve had as part of the dA photomanipulation community?
Definitely when I became a Senior Member. Currently (and unfortunately for that) I don't have as much free time as I used to have but, I always did my best to share and give something back to the community. I always loved to make articles, art & artists features, share resources and help every time I was able to. Getting a recognition for that was the best gift dA could ever give to me. And for that I'll always be thankful.
What is your vision for the future of photomanipulation? Where would you like to see us in one year? Five years?
Like I said in the other question, that is difficult to guess. The major and most positive significant change I see is the encouragement to get more complexity on photomanipulation; the attention to details and deeper focus on perfecting all aspects in a photomanipulation artwork. I believe that in 5 years (for example) artists will be a lot better in all aspects and they will be able to come up with detailed artworks, similar to many digital painting we already see on deviantArt and other artistic communities. I also believe that all new photomanipulators will be automatically triggered to start doing complex artworks; they will challenge themselves to become better in a short amount of time.
What is the single most important thing that needs to happen now in order for us to realize your vision? What big change, if any, needs to be made today for that to happen?
I honestly believe that things happen naturally. 7 years ago when I joined deviantArt, photomanipulation category was more simplistic in a general way. Once a couple of popular artists start to evolve and challenge themselves to new things, all the other ones will follow, trying to apply these new challenges into their own particular style. Nowadays I can say for sure that photomanipulation style has evolved a lot and all new artists are better than the general photomanipulator masses 7 years ago. So, it will be easier 5 years from now to get new artists even better than what we are now. They will challenge themselves to it. Maybe we can call it a natural evolution... and I'm glad it happens. More and more there are brilliant artists in photomanipulation.
I wanted to interview you last because you are so admired in this community (and me!), and you always have something interesting and insightful to say. I’m handing you the microphone; what final words would you like to say to our photomanipulation community and other artists who are watching here on dA and across the world?
That dreadful question. I never know what to say...
I don't want to sound cliché and say: believe in yourself and never give up your dreams... but in the end, that's what this is all about. Seven years ago I started from scratch. I learned Photoshop from myself; I read tons of tutorials and I practiced a lot. If you really want to become a master at photomanipulation than this is what you should do. Also, get involved in the community, get to know other photomanipulators and share your thoughts, trade information and practice, practice, practice. Don't be afraid to try everything (and new things apart from the ones we already see here on a daily basis) until you finally get comfortable with a style you can call unique and your own. Trust me: that will be the ultimate prize for you as an artist!
Signing out now. I hope you have enjoyed this week.