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What happened to 3-month premium membership??Hi everyone,
I just wanted to extend my premium membership (and I usually chose the 3 month option), but you can only buy 12 month premium membership now, in case you don't want to switch to automatic billing. WHAT IS THIS ?! Is dA trying to commit their members to them? Now this is a rip-off of the grandest kind!!! I'm thinking of not extending my premium membership now because I'm really tired of this greedy place here!
The future of photomanipulationA lot has changed in the photomanipulation community and genre since I created my first manipulation - and not necessarily in a very positive way.
Lately, there's been a tendency which makes it harder and harder for non-professional artists to create high-quality artworks because...
1. You are no longer allowed to use sxc.hu as they recently released an official statement saying that artists like photomanipulators aren't allowed to take images from sxc.hu and alter them UNLESS they have the original photographer's permission to do so, but even that is tricky because you very often aren't allowed to display the final result on websites like dA.
Now since sxc.hu was one of the leading sources for us photomanipulators to get high quality images, and above all a huge selection of photos to choose from, it's very hard to find something similar.
2. High quality stock images are expensive . If you want your photomanip to be unique, creative and individual
What's this thing with faving journal entries???Browsing the list of popular journal entries on dA, I've noticed that people keep writing entries in which they ask dA members to fav their journal entries to win points, free poems, personal features, individually designed artworks AND dedications. I'm not sure what to think of this new trend, but it seems that people keep courting favs, page views and watchers at any cost .
I hate how dA is slowing turning into a market place.
What do you think?
Copying on dA and what we can doVery often 'copying' is used synonymously with 'art theft' here on dA but beware: They are two completely different things. Whereas 'copying' means reproducing an artwork, 'theft' is using the artwork (that is not your own) in a new context without asking for permission and perhaps even selling it or benefitting from it in another way.
We're not going to talk about 'art theft' today (there are zillions of blog entries on this topic on dA), but 'copying'. (Side note: The type of art this article is based on is photomanipulation but there are tips for every other art/artist, too.)
Now, first of all, let me classify three different types of 'copycats':
1. A person who reproduces other people's artworks in order to learn and improve from it: Many of those are beginners in their genre/style and just want to get ahead and learn a few things by trying out someone else's style. Sometimes those people aren't even aware that the original artist might not be pleased.
2. A pers
So you're a photomanipulation newbie? A few tips.As a newbie in photomanipulation you certainly browse the photomanipulation category on dA very often, don't you? I remember when I got started that I browsed the all-time best submissions and just marvelled at the genius that is shown there (well, I still do but I've got over that a little bit ) and I said to myself that I wanted to be as good as they are and work hard to become as good as they are.
So I got started and at first I didn't submit my photomanipulations because I was just ashamed of their poor quality. But I remember submitting one manip that I was very proud of at that time. It was a turtle with lots of different things on its back (a very popular theme as I know now) and I liked it but the very first comment I got (and I got very few comments anyway) was 'nice, but ordinary!'. This was so dishearting to me!
In order to save you unpleasant situations like that, here's a few tips that I learned over the years:
#1 Don't set your standard too high
Finally on Facebook!Hi my friends,
I've finally decided to get a Facebook profile: http://www.facebook.com/simone.held.14
Add me if you want to!
Too many non-serious manips on dA?wow, folks, it's been a long time since I've been writing a journal entry... I find I mostly write in my journal when there's something to complain about which is a shame because dA is such a wonderful site with so many lovely people and stunning artworks.
Anyway, I'm just back from browsing the photomanipulation category and I just can't believe it: there are five body 'retouches' (you know the ones with the huge boobs, bottoms and bellies) and even one sex piece on the photomanipulation front page. On the second page there are eight (!) more freaky body retouches and one more sex related piece . What has the photomanip genre come down to? How come those nasty little rubbish pieces get so many favs? Is this slowly becoming a porn site?
Is it just me or are these non-serious manips on the rise and taking over???
What's your opinion?
Great Contest at Sacred SpaceHi everyone,
I'm usually not one for promoting contests, but this time I make an exception : The-Sacred-Space is holding a contest right now.
It's called WHEN DARKNESS FALLS and it's for PHOTOMANIPULATORS only.
You can win lots of amazing prizes, such as plushies, premium memberships and dA points.
I won't participate as I'm one of the judges , but I'd be happy to see some of your artworks submitted there.
Photomanipulation Feature: SurrealWow, it's been ages since my last feature, but I've been really self-absorbed lately. Sorry sorry!!!
Anyway, here you go with some of dA's greatest surreal photomanipulations:
Sulfur V by MarcelaBolivar A Perfect Spot by Cutteroz
P.S. I've got something new in the works as well, but I don't know when it will be ready (hopefully soon).
Creating your own MangaIntroduction
You have a great story, a bunch of characters and you want to create a manga. However, where do you start? Do you have it Left->Right or Right->Left? How should you publish it (*note: some publishers may have additional requirements/restrictions)?
The process is pretty much the same for any graphic progression such as comics.
Luckily, there are a great number of tutorials to help you on your way.
A storyboard is a panel or series of panels which detail the sequence of significant events in a planned scene, i.e. a rough sketch coupled with some words to describe the actions in the scene.
At this point you'd need to have an idea of whether you are making a left->right or right->left manga.
80 Point Giveaway and Art Features!(Closed)Winner announced! :iconxlaurenx13: Congratulations!
(winner was chosen through a random number generator)
Don't be disappointed if you didn't win this time ;7; They will be more opportunities! Just keep a watch out for the next giveaway and it may be your turn to win! \^7^/
Thank you everyone for entering! I'm very grateful for everyone's support for our fellow artists!
:iconsparklesplz: Watcher's Feature!:iconsparklesplz:
PE: How to Scan and Adjust ImagesTutorial Time: How to scan and adjust images on Photoshop!
Hello everyone, welcome to this tutorial article of PE week!
well, you know, there is this youtube channel where there's lots of videos regaring tips, tricks and general advice for artists, and it is the best I've seen of the kind. But sadly, it is only in portuguese - hence why cinyu came up with the great idea of getting me to translate one of their videos!
I decided to pick up this one regarding scanning and adjusting images on photoshop, because that is one of the most basic, yet worst parts for many traditional artists. This tutorial is mostly for scanning black and white works, so it'll be more useful if you're working on manga/comic pages or inked art, but I hope it'll give you some ideas and help out in general on how scanning works.
I'll be translating the most important parts of the video, along with screenshots. Let's get started!
Things you'll need:
When It's HardHi folks! I realized in my most recent round of blogs that I've been a little quick to tell you all to put on your grown up panties, but this one is going to be a little different. Making art can be one of the most exhilarating things you'll ever do, but (and this is from personal experience also) 80% of the time you're going to fail. You'll spill your ink all over that glorious drawing. Oil from your hands will permanently stain only the portion of paper that was meant to remain a snowy white. Your computer's hard drive will crash or all your image files (all the WIPs especially) will get corrupted. You'll try something new and it just won't work out the way you envisioned. These things are the parts that aren't really spoken about enough, and so when they happen to us we assume that we're doing something terribly wrong. I'm here to tell you that we all go through these things and there's always a solution!
When you're not improving
Manip Academy 11: Tips for HairWelcome to Manip Academy!
Cut Hair with Background Erase Tool
Select the Background Erase Tool
Select the options below, the tolerance depends on each photo.
this technique to cut hair, works only for clean backgrounds and with a single color.
see some examples below:
My Brush tips, are Brush present in Photoshop CC.
I usually use brush present in photoshop to do my hair, specifically these two:
Brush > Soft Round Pressure Size or Flat Angle Low Bristle Count.
and always before starting to paint hair, select Pen Pressure on the brush configurations.
Simple Tips - How to Paint the Hair
I use wacom to do my hair, so the tutorials below are made with wacom and done for people who use tablet if you use mouse to do y
Weekly feature LXVIIIHere are some of the best pictures submitted to :iconBreathtaking-photos: this week and in the last days
Carolina by ClaudiaFMiranda
afternoon lullaby by bwaworga View from Mt. Mangart 1 by BerarAdrian
Crazy Sunshine by almostacrayon mysigt kvall by rahmanio
...savudrija XV... by roblfc1892
Royal Affair Campaign 2014 - 1 by Aisii where you end by tjasa Celestial by Thomas-Koidhis
Softness-art: Weekly feature XXVIII:iconsoftness-art:
holiday by shi0ri
m y o n l y s u n s h i n e by silvia-giulibloom by alexandrea-j
Yellow Trees Part II by myINQIHello yellow by XeniaChowaniec
YELLOW BREEZE by wiwionart
Dusk by kkart966 by Nigrita
IMG 9166-web by warhammerphoto
7867 by missKitiketkaDrinking the Last Sunrays by PersephonaLight
dusty evening by vularia237 / 365 by OliviaRosePhoto
Some beautiful pieces of ART10Sharing is caring.
Compass by Teddy-Cube Dancing Butterflies by Sisterslaughter165
Heart and Soul by RickHaighNicki... again. by Cinnamoncandykuia x by chriseastmids
Stand out from the rest by pqphotographyScrew the Light, Give me Darkness by pjenzFishing by Notvitruvian
Teac by pitkonMandelbrot 104 - Etranged love - by Olbaid-STCan You Feel My Heart by StevenZybert
Lake at Colbricon by SergibaSun King by samgrealResonance by Pixx-73
Beautiful Nude Practice 2 by philippeLJune sunset by peterpatemanLady Butterfly by Mr-Ripley
Once Upon a Time by morningstarskidStructures From Silence by MoodyBlueGrand Central Terminal by maxlake2
Always Beside You by mj-magicSummoning by MoonRoseEternityThe Nanny Ravens by LouVart
Vagabond by LewiARTs
Future is Spelled KIDS-Tribute to Fred Rogers by rsiphotography I`d love U for a Thousend Years by BrennaWintjens Wildlife 2014 by nudagimo
Wish you were here ... by gotman68 In love by tamaraR Omnipresent Light by Lior-Art
Wildfire by Andaelentari *pink sugar skull* by WelshAngelArt Kestral by Walking-Tall
Edge of Eternity by revande Textures by Spiegellicht
PremierPhotomanips: August FeaturesHere we go again, the new issue of PremierPhotomanips' photomanipulation feature.
Be sure to the article if you like it.
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An Authomatic Dream by MarianaPalova Spring Wallpaper by JoeDiamondD SOLITERRA by K-E-I-T Dr. Jekyll et Ms. Hyde by oliviou-krakus Duel by simoneheld
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1420 MHzHe keeps a list wadded in the depths of his front, left pocket: where he holds his keys, and the forgotten/abandoned shell of a lone pistachio. The list is his biography, written in the shape of Argentine Spanish:
Me gustan los tomates en verano.
Yo amo a mi novio.
Nos besamos. (Mi novio chupa mis dedos de los pies.)
Las estrellas cantan sus canciones.
Mi nombre no es Eduardo.
Vivo con Jacobi ahora.
His pants are wadded, now, on summer-warmed hardwood; his shirt is draped over the back of a cane-back chair, the most incongruous of antiques in Jacobi’s tech-nerd lair. Headphones clamp his ears, and fill his head with the lisping whisper of interstellar hydrogen, broadcasting itself at a neat 1420 MHz. Bedroom is the wrong word for a place like this, despite the sorts of furnishings one might expect. There is a bed, a dresser, a bookshelf and two nightstands cramped with magazines, graphic novels. An alarm clock
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