Edit: Okay guys, I have more than enough suggestions. Thanks for your input! You rock my world.
So you want to be a CV...
I think everyone should read this insightful journal by ^Thiefoworld. Check it out here:
So you want to be a CV...Sometimes I like to wander through the #communityrelations group, and I always come across comments from people so willing to become volunteers, (and a lot of comments from `phoenixleo ._.) specifically in the The Community Relations Team journal, where the opening positions are listed.
To those people: take this journal just as a personal opinion coming from a former volunteer, who currently is just a regular deviant (as in: non-admin of any sort) like you, from someone who, like you, love the community and is willing to contribute and give back the way he can:
I think is great that people is so enthusiastic and passionate about volunteering, it's something that shows. People constantly say "I so would love to help!", "I can't wait to be 18 to apply!", "I so want to be on the team!", there are some who list the complete CR roster in their personal profiles, who openly s
Is Reference Bad?
Another great journal by `Rahll. If you're not watching him already, I suggest you do now! Not only his art is awesomesauce, but he's a very helpful and approachable guy who always writes interesting journals like this:
Is Reference Bad?I feel like I've addressed this before at some point, in some other journal, but I find myself either discussing this with people a lot, or coming across people who on their work proudly claim to have "used no reference."
The biggest problem, and misconception, regarding references is that people feel like it's cheating or that it somehow cheapens their work. While I can understand the sense of accomplishment coming from using no reference to finish a painting or drawing, people who consistently do it are only hurting themselves in the long run. So in short, no, reference isn't bad.
Artists have been using reference since the days of the old masters. They would reference life, whether it be landscapes, objects on a table, or models standing in a studio. They would even reference their own sketches or other people's work in order create convincing paintings.
For some reason, a lot of people today seem to think that in order to be a good artist, they have to be able to do things without
Feature: At Home Colour Contest Winners
See the official results here.
Other things you must check around dA
Art History: Abstract Expressionism, Day 1So you're interested in a bit of Art History, are ye? We've got you covered. You may remember a series I ran in 2008 called Art History Spotlight. You might not. Regardless, one of the topics covered in that series was Abstraction, or the Abstract Movement (vague. haha).
This time around, over the next two days, I will be covering Abstract Expressionism in further detail. If you're looking for a layman's perspective covering the basics and origins, you can find that spotlight here.
So let's talk about Jackson Pollock, shall we? For both those familiar and those not so much, Pollock was an incredibly popular artist of the Abstract Expressionism movement. You may have seen his work exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York or the Tate in London.
The biggest deal about Jackson Pollock (1912-56) is the he
Art History: Abstract Expressionism, Color FieldFor the second half of this Art History segment on Abstract Expressionism, I thought I'd go into one of the techniques used. In my last entry, we talked a bit about action painting, or Pollock's chief technique of smearing, dripping, splashing, etc.
Today, how about a little bit of color field? Perhaps one of the most recognizable techniques of the movement, used by Mark Rothko, Joan Miró, Adolph Gottlieb and many others.
What exactly is color field? If you check out those links above, you'll see familiar paintings and it'll start coming together. Around the 50s-60s, the abstract movement sort of split to find out how else paint can be used. Quit
Project Educate - Architecture Photography
Project Educate: Architecture and Urban & Rural Photography Week
An introduction to the Architecture Photography gallery
Hi there and welcome to the Project Educate week for Architecture and Urban & Rural Photography! Before the week can really start off, we need to find out what Architecture and Urban & Rural Photography are really about. In later articles, we will also go in depth on the subcategories of both galleries. We'll start off with Architecture Photography!
Architecture photography, found as photography subcategory Photography > Architecture, is photography focusing on buildings and structures. Both interior and exterior photographs of buildings and structures can be classified as Architecture photography. It is described by deviantART as; "Interior and exterior photographs of buildings and other architectural structures."
It's divided into four categories, which we will explore in a la
Project Educate - Urban & Rural Photography
Project Educate: Architecture and Urban & Rural Photography Week
An introduction to the Urban & Rural Photography gallery
Hi there and welcome to the Project Educate week for Architecture and Urban & Rural Photography! Before the week can really start off, we need to find out what Architecture and Urban & Rural Photography are really about. In later articles, we will also go in depth on the subcategories of both galleries. We started off with exploring Architecture Photography in an earlier article, it's time for Urban & Rural Photography now!
Urban & rural photography, found as photography subcategory Photography > Urban & Rural, is photography focusing on the entire area rather than an individual building or structure (like with Architecture). It is described
Traditional Tuesdays #17Hello, welcome to week 17 of Traditional Tuesdays. The traditional gallery is vast and awe inspiring, and this is just a little romp through the sub-galleries. I've picked out 15 deviations for your viewing pleasure. I've had to put a limit on the awesomeness, or the article would be way too damn long.
I wish there was more time in the day to browse this awesome gallery,
but alas, that's not going to happen. All of this was just me browsing
through the sub categories for a couple of hours. You should see what
you can find!
Art We Heart: LuckArt We ♥ is a hand-selected art feature, chosen by deviantART staff members, showcasing art we believe the community will enjoy.
:iconthesmallwonder: Some thoughts from Katie (`thesmallwonder)
“See a penny pick it up, all the day you’ll have good luck!”
It doesn’t matter that I’m not a little kid, I still pick up pennies for luck when I see them. Though they have to be heads-up, of course. I also refuse to walk under ladders, I don’t open umbrellas indoors, and I try my best to avoid cracks in the sidewalk. It might be silly superstition, or maybe there’s something more to it.
What ever you believe, cultures and countries around the world and throughout time have decided that different symbols, animals, and events represent good luck.
Check out some of our favorite signs of good luck below!
I want to hear from you!
How did these symbols get their meaning?
Do you believe in good luck and bad luck?
Why must you credit your stock?Hey, photomanipulators!
How are you? Hope everyone is doing well tonight.
I need your help with something, if you don't mind. I've been digging pretty seriously through deviation after deviation, looking for DDs to feature to show everyone how awesome our community is. And, oh my gosh, you guys, I found two that are BREATHTAKING that I really, really wanted to feature. But-- you guessed it-- they did not credit their stock resources.
This isn't just a problem that I have as a CV.
I still love saying that! I'm a CV!!
Lack of crediting is a problem that affects the entire photomanipulation community, and you should and must care about it. Here's why:
It impacts what we can and cannot submit to groups, features, DDs, etc.It is contagious; when one artist does not credit, others tend to follow suit.It is unethical not to give someone credit for their hard work. Plus, it is against dA policy. Oh, and it violates copyright law.IT
Project Educate: What are icons & handhelds?Today, we're going to be taking a very brief look at what icons and handhelds are. By brief, I mean that the main focus will be on how they are created and the various tutorials that can be found around deviantART to get you started!
Customization > Icons
Customization > icons is a category which largely encompasses two different icon-types:
- The avatars you use on your online-profile, like deviantART-avatars, can be found in the subcategory customization > icons > avatars.
Apart from deviantART-avatars, you can also find avatars for use on msn and other sites.
The biggest category (or most-known category) of avatars besides the deviantART-avatars are probably the Furcadia-portraits.
^Pixel-Spotlight has written a great article on what
Photography Discovered #8Welcome to the eighth edition of Photography Discovered! This series was inspired by $Moonbeam13's Discovered journal series. The following deviants were found using nothing but the Discovery Tool.
Please show the artists some love and the article if you liked it!
Week One; Week Two; <