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 Yes,
Finally on Facebook!Hi my friends,I've finally decided to get a Facebook profile: http://www.facebook.com/simone.held.14Add 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 CutterozP.S. I've got something new in the works as well, but I don't know when it will be ready (hopefully soon).
Norman Rockwell, All American DeviantShare|AboutNorman Rockwell, All American DeviantBy techgnoticNorman Rockwell Tribute by SarafinconceptsFew artists have so definitively reflected the lives of average Americans as Norman Rockwell.He began his lifetime dedication to being the “America’s Illustrator” as the 19-year-old art editor for Boys’ Life, the house publication of the Boy Scouts of America. A few years later he assumed his more famous position at The Saturday Evening Post, though he never broke his ties with the Boy Scouts. His first great achievement painting everyday scenes of America in his signature hyper-realistic style was
Collection: StarsShare|AboutStarsPhotographs and paintings of stars occupy that category of things you know are so, and yet it’s not quite possible to believe. One example is radio or television “signals” traveling in “waves” through the air, only to be reassembled for your listening or viewing pleasure in your living room radio or TV. Looking at clusters of stars lighting up the night sky like massive storm clouds, it’s impossible to think of those stars, those points of light, as separate massive burning suns, even though I know it’s so. Sometimes the most powerful magic requires no deception at all. The natural universe is more mystifying in its sheer numbers than any magician’s most mind–bending sleight of hand.“I am like a falli
Bill Murray: Can A Painting Save A Life?Share|AboutBill Murray: Can A Painting Save A Life?By techgnoticBill Murray by chunkslayerSometimes a painter’s vision expresses and inspires what the zen philosopher’s words can only define and describe.Bill Murrayby graphartist64When remarkable lives defined by success and abundance are reviewed from their beginnings, it is remarkable that the narrowest of paths, sometimes a precarious balancing between life and death itself, led to the decision to fight on when failure seemed certain. S
Who is Dr. Strange?Share|AboutWho is Dr. Strange?By techgnoticDr Stange colored by DM-P18For several months the world has been asking the question ‘Who is Doctor Strange?’The faces of Ethan Hawke, Johnny Depp, Jon Hamm, Joaquin Phoenix, Tom Hardy, Jared Leto have been click bait for a thousand sites waiting for news of the star of the next Marvel movie franchise. According to Mike Fleming over at Deadline it now looks like Marvel have finally landed their perfect Doctor Strange in Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch.But while everyone is chasing the casting news, who is asking the real question here of ‘Who is Doctor Strange?’
Collection: Haunted HousesShare|AboutHaunted HousesComing across a deserted house, whether hidden by the distance of a rolling countryside or by the shadows of adjoining city ghetto dwellings, is like stumbling across an unnoticed, unburied corpse. It is obviously dead now, but once it was full of lives. Coming across a haunted house is different. Deserted or still occupied, it is a place where lives, unsatisfied, have refused to move on into a full death. The houses reflect their tenants. They are living dead structures, refusing to return to dust.“What terrified me will terrify others; and I need only describe the spectre which had haunted my midnight pillow”– Mary Shelley
Evolution of ArtShare|Aboutby LiamSharpPrometheusThe Gift of Madefire2.0 Cave by ChrisColdForeword by techgnoticdepthRADIUS is pleased and proud to present Liam Sharp as a guest writer and welcome his editorial prowess as our newest contributing writer. Liam is legendary as the sci–fi comic book artist, writer and publisher enfant terrible of Britain, his career having begun with 2000 AD magazine. He went on as artist, scripter and short story writer for publications such Heavy Metal and Vampirella. He started his own publishing company, Mam Tor, to self–publish Sharpenings: the Art of Liam Sharp
Collection: MasksShare|AboutMasksHalloween is a time for masks. Aliens, zombies, vampires and werewolves will soon walk the suburban streets in search of tasty treats. But then there is the next level of masks—the likenesses of movie stars, politicians and other celebrities with their most unflattering features exaggerated. Cheap shots, to be sure, but alibied as “satire.” We finally arrive at the “non–off–the–rack” mask–making of actual make–up artists. Here’s where the mask one chooses tells us things about the person we only thought we knew. You see, the scariest thing about masks is their very concept—of a friend or loved one, beneath the surface, not really being the person you know at all. That is a truly fearful thi
Second DD and ART FeatureOn October 27 I received my second DD and it was a big surprise !!!!I want to thank :iconginryuzaki: for suggestion and :icontehangelscry: for featuring as DD.THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! Also, I want featured recents DDs suggested by me: Now... FEATURE TIME My last workand AWESOME ARTsShooting Godafoss by erezmaromShAtTeReD by FajralamInfrared Trees - pt. IV by myINQISpring Wolni infrared... by MichiLaukeThe Haunted House by DAN-KAPortal by EnchantedWhispersArtLe Cabinet de Curiosites - Clockwork Fairy by AlexandraVBachGirl in the Sunset by RankaStevicThe Last Stand by AegilsThe Scarlet Hour II by nina-YEntre et tu nen ressortiras plus by Marjie79
Mini Horror Reviews - Friday The 13th (1980)In this IssueFriday The 13thScroll DownJason Friday the 13th 09 by bonslyforeverMovie PosterAboutIt's October and the sacred 31 days of Halloween are upon us-time to get your gore on! The chill is in the air, the leaves are on the ground, and Halloween candy has been out since Labor Day. So while you’re waiting in the Starbucks line for an overpriced double pumpkin spice whatever, pass the time with this year’s scary movies reviews!Movie ListInsidious(Series 2010
PremierPhotomanips: August FeaturesHere we go again, the new issue of PremierPhotomanips' photomanipulation feature.Be sure to the article if you like it. Favorites by :icontolkienmaster: Favorites by :iconmihray: Favorites by :iconinmysolitude43: 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 Favorites by :iconpbxn109: -freaksisters- by virginval The Man Who Sold The World by bakashin In My Veins by 3mmI Fugue by zilla774 The Last Castle by ChristianGerth Favorites by :iconchryssalis: Field Of Dreams by kimoz :thumb215758898: Inverted World by mary-petroff Visual poetry 2011 by ilona-veresk :thumb93313115: Favorites by :iconbigfoot112: Mercury I by MarcelaBolivar Cured by EiMoOo :thumb220799020: :thumb225343820: Favorites by :iconvampy-note: Gemini by artorifreedom Forset fairy by MariamMohammed :th