Thank you + 300 Points GiveawayHello everybody
Originally i wanted to write this journal when i reached 2000 watchers, but school starts on monday and right now i have more time
I just wanted to say thank you to all the people that support me here on DeviantArt. When i created my profil about 10 month ago i never thought that so many people would like my work. This really encourages me to take even more photos. I love to hold contests, feature people and browse through amazing pieces of art, there are so many great things to do.
In this 10 month i got my first DD and even earned money with my photography. For me all that is just so...unbelieveable
Some stats :
My 190 deviations were viewed 353,182 times
Watchers : 1,981
My deviations received 7,239 comments
My deviations were added to favourites 67,964 times
My most favourited deviation is Blossom, with 3,060 favourites
And here are some deviatio
How To : FeaturesSince i get asked a lot how i create my Features i decided to write a short tutorial about it, i hope it will help some of you :
What we want to create :
Of course you can add a lot more photos ! ( Example : http://kara-a.deviantart.com/journal/Watchers-Feature-II-Part-1-328802678 )
The html code :
<da:deviation id="312488093" width="600">
<da:deviation id="328534872" width="200"><da:deviation id="309814893" width="400">
- the first part (
Small Feature Contest I. ( CLOSED )I know that my other contest just ended, but i wanted to do that for a while
Your Task : produce a Feature about the theme ( easy right? )
Theme : Colours
50 and a Feature by me
Deadline : 9 March
Some Rules :
everybody can join
of course you have to consider the theme !
( you can choose one colour, two colours or a lot of different colours, but the theme has to be visible )
Share some love and have fun
Criterias for judment :
[Bullet; Black] Overall look
[Bullet; Black] Concept
[Bullet; Black] Is the theme recognizable ?
[Bullet; Black] Do you take a lot of time to find fitting deviations or are you just looking at the popular deviations ?
How do i do a Feature? :
Why are you doing this? :
[Bullet; Black] i want to encourage people to do Features [:happybounce:]
[Bullet; Black] If
Tutorial : Falling WaterdropsTime for another Tutorial
Sorry for uploading it as a journal and not as a deviation, but it is easier and faster for me
The tutorial is about this kind of photos :
( it's actually quite easy )
1. What you need :
a DSLR camera
( maybe Bridge cameras will work too )
your normal 18-55mm lens or something similar
a paper with the subject you want to reflect
2. The Setup
I know that it is totally unprofessional, but who cares? It works
just use your ba
Talented People ( 1. )This will be a new serie of features for talented people here on deviantart
Please this journal.
And you are welcome to suggest people to me, that i can feature the next time !
Please visit these amazing people :
Fly by Bulinko 143 by Bulinko
Shaped Bokeh ( Tutorials and Feature )Since i got asked a lot how i do the shaped bokeh photos i decided to write a short journal about it
I won't write my own tutorial since there are already a lot of great tutorials out there and i do the absolutely same thing
First some "normal bokeh" tutorials :
and the Wiki Article : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bokeh
most important facts :
- aperature as big as possible -> small number ( i use the canon 50mm 1.8 )
- some sort of light to create visible bokeh ( e.g. christ
#BeAttentive : Best of the Week 1.:iconbeattentive:
Rising by simonebyrne The Last Time by VisualPoems
hanfu01 by yunhua79
wonderful life is by your side by kim-e-sens Last Breath Of The Setting Sun by KrzysztofJedrzejak summer garden by kim-e-sens
Talented People ( 4. )Here are the previous journals :
Talented People ( 1. )
Talented People ( 2. )
Talented People ( 3. )
Now please enjoy these beautiful photos
And please this journal so that more people will read it.
As always you are welcome to suggest me people for the coming features !
Happy Singles Awareness Day/ Valentines DayHello everybody
I wish all of you, no matter what you will do on the 14th of February, a wonderful Day !
For me... it's actutally a pretty normal day. I will spend it at school and after that i will spend my time with my love . . . . . . my kitty
Who needs men anyways? animals are so much better
What do you do on Valentines Day?
For now here is a little bit different Valentines Day Feature for all of you :
for all time by MagicalMelody79
Are perceptions slowing you down?Without the wonderful phenomenon of perception, we human beings would be highly confused creatures, unable to understand the world around us. On a more abstract and less biological level, perception plays a large role in how we form opinions. A lot of the world around us is based in absolutes, for example: apples are, and will forever will be, either red or green however, there are less rigid "rules" so to speak for other categories of "things", art being one of them. Art is a forever evolving animal, changing, growing, warping, and expanding. It crosses over boundaries and breaks through barricades, it whispers and shouts at the same time. Art is very powerful, infectious and potent. All of these things explain why we feel almost violated when we see art we do not like (which is a discussion for a later blog ) What we will be discussing here today are our perceptions of art. One of the many wonderful things about the arts (all of them, not only the visual arts) ar
Attention, don't give away your work!If possible please this news article so that more people can see it and be wary, thank you!
This week I received messages from two different people (through Etsy and Storenvy) offering to make a review of my work. They splattered huge statics, like having millions of instagram followers, popularity, or having done it before and making people famous. Of course, their generosity was conditioned by me agreeing to send them some of my work for free. While I don't object the concept of reviewing someone's work, I worry that this has become a popular way of scamming artisan crafters to give away their work for free with promises of exposure and increasing their sales. I wanted to write this journal to tell everyone to be careful, specially if you're just starting your business and struggling to get noticed, it may sound tempting but you should never give away your hard work!
One of them was even more blunt and said that he could write a positive review of my work just by
PE: 5 reasons to believe in yourselfSuccess is not a measure of how much money you earn or how popular you are, rather, it is being able to find your passion - one that makes you happy and ultimately, one that you would be happy to leave as your legacy. To make a step forward to reach your dream takes smarts and guts but why couldn't you? Here is five reasons why you can.
1. Everyone was born equal
More-less, this is true, some people are born more challenged than others but we all possess skills and ability to learn. It is possible to build something out of nothing if we really want to. It all comes down to our preferences and decisions.
"Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent."
2. Overcoming your fears
By constantly challenging yourself, you can get rid of fears that used to follow you. You will no longer be worried, you'll know you can count on yourself.
"If you think you can, you can. If you think you can't, you're right."
deviantART's 11th BirthdAy: Let's Celebrate! Tweet
August 7th, 2011 marks deviantART's 11th birthdAy, but in true devious style, we're taking a whole week to celebrate! Our original plans for Deviants Appreciation Day were so huge that there was no possible way to express our love for the community in a mere 24 hours. Instead, we've created Deviants Appreciation Week, and what better time to host a week's worth of community-oriented events than in the days leading up to our birthdAy?
Each day this week, we have something special organized for you to participate in! Check out the schedule of events below to come party with us!
In Skribble, our latest community contest, we challenge
'Why is this a DD?' Why are you asking the artist?The cool thing about art is that, unlike pretty much everything else out there, it's meant to elicit an emotional reaction.
Sometimes this reaction is rage. Or something close to it.
Sometimes when you see a DD you don't like or get or something, it's doing exactly what the artist intended. But other times, it has nothing to do with the art itself. Because, you know what, we all see DDs we don't "get" every now and then. I'll say it now: I don't like every single DD that has been posted.
More relevant to this conversation, I don't get why some of the DDs that have been posted were considered featurable (which, as we're trying to get across, really means: I don't personally think that some pieces merit 24-hour massive exposure).
And I have the right to think these things.
You do, too.
What's the appropriate place to find out why something was given a DD?
Protip: it's not the art.
It might be a self-suggestion or not, the fact o
Thanksgiving by 500 points to one of my watchersThank you for the support
I decided to make a little piece of kindness for a one of my watchers.
I cannot support all of you but i thought that random choose of one, will be a great
After passing of the 7 days one of you get the 500 points and featuring of his/her works
So if you are interested , here are the conditions:
You must be a one of my watchers
You must add this journal to your faves and add some comment
You must answer on the question in pool under this journal !
So Big thanks for all your support in year 2012, your comments and faves are always pleasurable. I am reading with favor all your thoughts (besides Slenderman comments )and feelings.
You are all amazing, but I will have to stop accepting requests, due to the amount increasing so rapidly. I chose the longer time since I did not expect it to gain such a popularity. I will still feature everyone on the 19th, I will not move that date. But as of this moment, new requests will not be accepted. I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding. I will inform everyone when the feature is done.
4x3 months Premium memberships give awayThe time has come (:
3 months Premium membership contest and 4 WINNERS
In my previous journal most of you voted for 3 months PMS split to 4 people so here is the CONTEST.
3 Conditions :
You must be one of my watchers
You must send me a note with your ONE "best" deviation (please send me only thumbs....)
You must fave this journal and add some comment
Please carefully choose your work with focus on ORIGINALITY, CREATIVITY, TECHNIQUE AND MEANINGFULNESS.
After a few days i will select 12 final works which will be exposed on my site for a voting. The owners of the best 4 works gets the premium membership for 3 months.
The best wishes for
Of Copyright + Premades
Disclaimer: I'm no lawyer, I do not work for deviantArt, I'm merely someone who has been doing photomanips for quite a while and has taken the time to read quite a few articles on the topic. The views expressed hereunder are mine alone. They do not reflect any "official dA opinion" nor are they to be taken as "legal advice". Furthermore, you may live in a country that hasn't signed any of the treaties that govern international copyright law, so you'd have to check with your country's national laws.
I strongly urge you to not only read the journal, but also the comments underneath it as there are a lot more examples of what you can and can't do as well as more links to information being shared by your fellow deviants!
What is Copyright?
I'll paraphrase/quote the wikipedia article on the topic for this:
"Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving the creator of an original work exclus
Phishing alert. Please read and spread the word. Hello, everyone!
Please, this journal and spread the word so more people can see this.
I just got a note from honey-sempai173 telling me that someone stole my art and he/she sent a link.
I clicked on it and it showed me dA login page, but a fake one. Here it is:
Have a look at looooooong weird address in the address bar:
I didn't type username nor password, 'cos it's a fraud. If you do it by mistake, someone will be able to hack your dA account.
If you by accident get this message from honey-sempai173 or any other suspicious new deviant/or the one with no artworks in their gallery, please report them and never ever type your password in the fake login page window they re-direct you to.
Real deviantart.com login page is https://www.deviantart.com/users/login (safe to click, but won't be found if you're already logged in)
And for more info, you might wanna check winehaus's journal below on How to avo
Getting the Most out of dA: CommentingUsually, when you read something involving 'Commenting', you think of deviations and the commenting platform that allows other members of the community to voice their thoughts and opinions on the art shown. However, what is pretty evident, and something that most of us may forget, is that deviantART runs on the ability to give and get comments, be it on pieces of artwork, our profile pages, forums, and everywhere else in between.
In a sense, without the ability to give and get comments, deviantART wouldn't be much of a website, much less #1 of online art communities around. Comments are not solely the cause of what makes deviantART what it is, but it has a huge impact on a lot of things. By giving and getting comments, not only do we interact with other members to really make this a community, we also have the ability to get our voices heard.
It's quite an odd concept with us all facing screens, typing out our thoughts and opinions, but one thing we shouldn't forget is that commen
Small steps: Preventing Art Theft on dA
Permission Issues and Art theft: It's sadly a common thing now.
It is a huge problem on deviantART/ internetz.
But wait! IDK what art theft is..Then Read this!
Art theft is unacceptable. Think about how long people spend on their works. And how much of themselves go into it. Now someone else has spent 0 seconds and claimed it as theirs. NO.
You must credit resources. That includes OCs, stocks, brushes, textures, snippets of code(no, changing the colors of a journal skin does not mean you made it) , tutorials(sometimes).
Written credits. Google images is not good enough.
Read these FAQs.
Can I use the works which I find on deviantART?Does deviantART own my a
The essentials of Macro photography.Hi, deviants! This week is Community week, and I am giving my best to introduce some essential tips concerning macro photography.
But first of all: What is macro photography?
Macro photography - what is it about?
Wikipedia tells us things like "extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size" (Source: Wikipedia.org)
But is that really all that matters? It is a common fact that many people believe that macro photography is photography which refers to life size
10 things to do while looking at a photo
Training your eye is very important. To take your photography to the next level and grow as an artist, you need to know what looks good, have an open mind and build your own style.
Point at the first thing that attracts your attention (often being the brightest point in the image)
Try to mentally trace the path your eye takes around the image (it's like connecting the dots in order to discover the story, in this case)
Has the photographer used the rule of thirds? Or a different type of placing the elements in the image?
Has the photographer shot from his eye level? Or chose a different point of view?
What is the photographer trying to transmit with the image?
How has the photographer used the environment to tell the story?
How has the photographer used light?
Why does the image work?
Does the image evoke an emotional response in the viewer's eye?
From the above, which can be appli
Good Intention: PMs and Points Giveaway!:icongood-intention:
In celebration of the incredible momentum that this group has gained in just a couple of days, I am holding an Introductory Giveaway!
About The Group:
Good-Intention is a group dedicated to the kind acts that take place daily around the deviantART community. From users spending their time on free resources, to those who choose to feature the artwork of others. No act is too small or too minor to not have a spotlight shone on it.
(1) - 1 Year Premium Membership (Or 2,396 )
(3) - 3 Month Premium Memberships (Or 636 )
(5) - 1 Month Premium Memberships (Or 396 )
(10) - 100
Prizes will be selected using: http://jklp.org/public/html/choose.html for impartiality.
In the spirit of giving, you may elect to give your prize to another user on deviantART.
How to Avoid the REAL HackersPlease consider ing and commenting on this article so it can reach more people.
Here's a message about a "hacker" that has been appearing in my inbox lately. I've added paragraph breaks so that it's easier to read, but I have edited nothing else.
SIGNAL BOOST: HEY, PLEASE READ THIS- ITS SERIOUSLY IMPORTANT THE FATE OF YOUR INTERNET-LIFE IS AT STAKE!!!!!! APPARENTLY THERE IS A HACKER ON DEVIANTART, CALLED 'LIFE OWNER'..... TELL EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST BECAUSE IF SOMEBODY ON YOUR LIST ADDS HIM THEN YOU WILL GET HIM ON YOUR LIST. HE WILL FIGURE OUT YOUR ID COMPUTER ADDRESS, SO COPY AND PASTE THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE EVEN IF YOU DON'T CARE FOR THEM AND FAST BECAUSE IF HE HACKS THEIR EMAIL HE HACKS YOUR MAIL TOO (I think what it means by that is that he could assume the identity of your friends, and FOOL you into opening the letter since you think it's your friend that's sending it )!!...
Anyone using Internet mail such as Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL and so on. This information arrived t
PE: Procrastination and Creativity Procrastination and Creativity
"You can't just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood.
What mood is that?
You are well-aware of the importance of this project, in fact you can't wait to get to it! Too bad you promised your friends to go for a drink, and then there's that movie. Also, your productivity is at its strongest at Midnight, first Tuesday after the Full Moon, starting earlier would be a waste of time. Make sure you are well-rested! After all, is there a better way to prepare yourself for a productive tomorrow than an enjoyable today?
Your diagnosis: Procrastination positive.
"Someday is not a day of the week."
How to : Find Art ThievesPlease this journal, so that a lot of people can read it.
I noticed that a lot of people don't know how to search for their photos on the internet, so here is a short tutorial. Unfortunately there isn't much you can do about art thieves, but i still think it is important to look out for them.
1. visit Google.com
2. Go to the page of the photo you want to search and click "show image"
3. Copy the Link and paste it into google.
4. This page should open, click "search by image".
5. Now you can browse trough the results.
6. The less results the happier you should be.
EDIT : You can also use websites like : tineye.com and iqdb.com
This was pointed out to me by some people, personally i have no experience with them, but i am sure that they work too.