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).
The Fault In Your Stars: Exploring The ZodiacArchiveTHE FAULT IN YOUR STARS: Exploring The Zodiac:iconeawood: eawood:iconvladstudio: vladstudioConstellationsTwitterFacebookGoogle+Disclaimer: If you base a significant portion of your everyday decisions on information about your zodiac sign, stop reading, now. This investigation might cause severe repercussions in your world. We don’t want to be responsible for your emotional distress.Okay, those of you who are still with us, let’s do a quick experiment.Get a star tracking program like
Today's Headlines From The News Desk 03-04-2015ArchiveToday’s Headlines FROM THE NEWS DESK:icontechgnotic: techgnoticTwitterFacebookGoogle+The Avengersby SachaLefebvreAvengers: Age Of Ultron New TrailerThe Countdown Clock is almost up! The second trailer for the Avengers sequel is here! Is there a limit to how many SuperHeroes c
Star Wars: Battle PodArchiveWAKING UP THE FORCE: New Star Wars Games Build AnticipationFor Episode VII:iconeawood: eawoodBandai NamcoBattle PodTwitterFacebookGoogle+“Star Wars: Battle Pod” has been released in arcades across America. An international release of the game is imminent.The game is about the size of a moderately–large photo booth, and it weighs around 1,000 pounds. To enter, you open a small door and take a seat inside the compartment. In front of you rests an almost impossibly large curved screen, as well as the left– and right–hand controls. This is the type of chamber you may enter
Leonard Nimoy's Famous Vulcan Salute Revealed!ArchiveANCIENT SECRET ORIGINS OF LEONARD NIMOY’S Famous Vulcan Salute Revealed!:iconeawood: eawood:iconkarracaz: karracazPeaceTwitterFacebookGoogle+In 1968 The New York Times described it as a “double-fingered version of Churchill’s victory sign”Today it’s a hand gesture as recognizable as a thumbs up or the middle finger. Leonard Nimoy invented the Vulcan salute as an exercise in character development. He told The Times that he decided the Vulcans were a hand-oriented people, and he felt it nece
Collection: Hugs ForeverArchiveHugs Forever:icontechgnotic: techgnotic:iconmitsu-model: mitsu-modelHugTwitterFacebookGoogle+It’s our first communication with another human upon being torn from the serenity of the womb.Our mother’s hug. If all the hormonal agents are functioning properly, this will be the important few moments of bonding and being loved that will maximize our chances at life-long wellness and happiness. From mother to family to friends to lovers, the number of links, and the strength of those links, in a lifetime chain of hugs is our intuitive formula for keepin
The Lonely Whale's Cry for LoveArchiveThe Lonely Whale’s Cry for Love:icontechgnotic: techgnotic:iconharousel: harouselAquarianTwitterFacebookGoogle+52 Hertz Whale:Is Anyone Out There?Each year he makes his migration south from the Aleutian Islands to a breeding area in the Pacific Ocean parallel to Central California, looking for a mate. Unlike other blue and fin whales, his more than 6000 miles a year round-trip swim is a solitary one. He does not travel along with the blues or the fins, because he is neither. He is most probably either a hybrid blu
Cosplay Friday: Assassin's CreedArchiveCOSPLAY FRIDAY: We Are Assassins:iconspotted: spotted:iconleonchirocosplayart: LeonChiroCosplayArtReady to Synchronize Edward Kenway Cosplay by LCTwitterFacebookGoogle+First released in 2007, the Assassin’s Creed video game series has become Ubisoft’s best selling franchise with over 91 million units sold.It comes as no surprise that a movie adaptation has long been in development. It finally seems to be headed to the big screen.
The Stock Market - No. 13Issue No. 13|Share|ArchiveThe inspirational magic of one image awakening the creative muse of hundreds of artists.This issue’s stock image480 underwater partition 01by Tigers-stockCe monde avorte by Marjie79
Collection: Every Day is Pancake DayArchiveEvery Day is Pancake Day:icontechgnotic: techgnotic:iconraeveone: RaeVeonePancakesTwitterFacebookGoogle+There seem to be quite a lot of discrepancies in determining the actual date of National Pancake Day.Internet sources list it variously as February 25 or 26 or September 26. For Christians observing Lenten rituals, “Shrove Tuesday” (on February 17 this year) is “Pancake Day,” the day you gorge on before beginning your fast. The IHOP (International House of Pancakes) should be a determining authority, but their advertising
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