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).
Jurassic PokemonShare|ArchiveJurassic PokemonBy techgnoticRealistic Pokemon Season 1 by arvalisarvalis aka RJ Palmer is a long time deviant who has created his own unique niche at DeviantArt.He was first known as the artist who drew incredibly realistic dinosaurs. Somehow his depictions of dinosaurs began morphing into Pokemon characters. He is now renowned as dA’s master of realistic Pokemon illustrations. His has been quite a success story through art. His rise has been quite a success story on how to build a following in the community. RJ has wonderful tutorial drawing sessions on his Dev
Collection: Joan of ArcShare|ArchiveJoan of ArcJoan of Arc (1412—1431) is the ultimate iconic rebellious teenager. In nineteen years she lived a fuller and more exciting life, effecting the future histories of the two most powerful nations on Earth, than most can even dream of, and then died a martyr’s death for her cause and beliefs, for which she was declared a saint 500 years later. Her story has been told in many novels, movies and comic books. She was the girl who God gave a mission to drive the occupying English out of northern France. So fervid was her demand for action that she was made an advisor to the French high command and led them to victory after victory in the cause of F
Burying A Sci-Fi ClicheShare|ArchiveBurying A Sci-Fi ClichéBy techgnoticif I were a writer by In-InkFrom the Dusty Annals of Sci-Fi Cliché HistoryJames Tiptree, Jr. was a writer of science fiction, mostly short stories, whose first work, “Birth of a Salesman,” was published in the May 1968 issue of Analog Science Fiction.Analog Science FictionWarm Worlds & OtherwiseDangerous Visions
There Are No Strings On Me!Share|ArchiveThere Are No Strings On Me!By techgnoticO.A.M First Blood by Ku-OnHal9000 - Wallpaper by excursioner12001: A Space Odyssey reduxby jubjubjedi
The Pop Flux ReportShare|ArchivesThe Pop Flux Reportby techgnoticWhat’s next for our superhero role models?Is Time Travel the next sci–fi bellwether?Time once was that the “Hero” business was so much simplerWhether you were Beowulf, Ulysses or Flash Gordon, you simply accepted that by birth or circumstances beyond your control, you were a special and exemplary specimen of humankind elevated above normal commoners.Corsariomarcio X MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST posterYou simp
Collection: Hammer Time!Share|ArchiveHammer Time!There is always a reason. A level of insult. An unprovoked assault. A threat of invasion. A refusal to negotiate in good faith. A refusal to compromise. There is always something so unbearable that it must be righted with no more delay and by any means, by even the last means, necessary. That final means is war.Ever since mankind became able to produce and possess more than necessary for survival, there has been a surplus of resources. It is the treasure that has built our civilization and shaped the special magic and glory of what it is to be a human being.The struggle for control and division of that treasure sometimes infects men’s minds with a unique
Collection: The LeonidsShare|ArchiveThe LeonidsThe year’s best naturally-occurring light show, the Leonids meteor shower, is due overhead on the nights of November 15 - 20. The passing comet “Tempel-Tuttle” leaves a debris field of meteoroid particles in its wake each year that the Earth will spin through on those nights. Larger “Leonids,” about 10 mm across, have a mass of half a gram and are known for their brightness. The Leonid shower may deposit 13 tons of particles across our planet. The Leonid meteor storm of 1833 may have been the biggest, brightest ever, producing an estimated 240,000 meteoroids entering our atmosphere over 9 hours. Both Nati
The Intelligence of PlantsShare|ArchiveThe Intelligence of PlantsBy istickboy, Truepicturesinc.Psychedelic Blossom by psion005What if plants were intelligent, exploring and analyzing the world with a sophisticated system of senses?Over at Reality Sandwich, a long essay outlines a growing body of research about the intelligence of plants.Increasing numbers of researchers, in a multiplicity of fields, are beginning to acknowledge that intelligence is an inevitable aspect of all self-organized systems—that sophisticated neura
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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