Still Life Stills Features: Festive FlavoursEveryone has their own idea of what is festive to them, I was going to feature just one flavour but there are so many i could not decide. What counts as festive varies greatly depending on family traditions, culture, taste and smell. This is what is festive to me. Chestnuts, peppermint, chocolate, orange, cranberry, cinnamon, mince pies, rum, brussel sprouts, stuffing, cheese and crackers, pickled onions, cheesecake and pigs wrapped in blankets. All these foods are a combination of my families tastes over the years rubbing off on me. What is festive for you?
Still Life Stills Features: Cake!This weeks feature suggested by ChibiKingSamaIf you have any suggestions for future still life features, let us know!:iconstill-life-stills:
Still Life Stills Features: Afternoon TeaWe have had breakfast and lunch, now it's time for some afternoon tea!Previous features
Feature: SeptemberI have been seeing so much great art and photography lately i just had to share them all before my subscription ends in a couple of weeks as i'm not sure how many features i will be able to get done in that time. Don't worry though you feature lovers i will still be doing loads of still life photography features over at :iconstill-life-stills:Food Crafts My Birthday cake :) by Katy-DollMixed PhotographyMagic Moments I by Baal-Kaos
Still Life Stills Features: BreadLast week I featured jam so naturally I just had to feature bread this time!Got a suggestion for future still life photography features? let us know :iconstill-life-stills:
Still Life Stills Features: NutellaThis weeks feature is suggested by :icondmwdisney29: An excellent choice as Nutella is an amazing ingredient to bake with! Enjoy!Got a suggestion for a future still life feature? Let us know :iconstill-life-stills:
Still Life Stills Features: Lunch!Time to continue my current theme of meals, last week it was breakfastStill feeling hungry? Never mind! Today lunch is served.
Pancake DayTomorrow, Tuesday February 12th is Pancake Day here in the UK. Sugar, lemon juice and for those who like them, raisins are the basic typical extras to be added around here. Tasty but having the same thing every year can get a little boring so, if like me you fancy something different but have yet to decide what to fill or top your pancakes with, here are some tasty looking ideas to get you started.Still looking for more ideas? then check out last years Pancaktastic feature!
Still Life Stills Features: AutumnAlready it is September and here in the UK the first signs of Autumn are beginning to show after a last ditch attempt at the sky trying to give us some decent sunshine this year. What to you defines the start of Autumn? Is it the weather, temperature, smell, trees, animals, food? For me this year it started with the sudden drop in temperature and the wind picking up. Then the skies started to darken and the first leaves fell. The biggest change for me this year though now that i am deeply into baking and food photography is the end of the summer baking. No longer are with summer berries for cool and refreshing desserts, instead is the turn of the warm and hearty.There is an interesting article on Autumn on Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autumn definitely worth checking out if you are an Autumn lover.
Introduction to Cross StitchingCross StitchingCross stitch is one of a number of embroidery stitches, but usually the one most people are familiar with. Whether it was in a school art class or just randomly picking up a cross stitch kit as a kid, a lot of us have tried it at some point. Lets delve into this popular stitch a little bit.What is a cross stitch?As the name suggests, is is simply a cross, or an 'X' stitched with thread onto canvas. Typically, it's used to make a picture or a pattern. The stitch will form a complete square, and in this regard it is quite similar to pixel art. Through the placement of individual stitches adjacent to one another, an overall image will eventually appear. It's an incredibly simple stitch, but can take some time to master. Like many crafts, it can be difficult to notice the
Still Life Stills Features: DrinksWe have had breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and dessert. Now for the final part of my meal series, you got to have a drink with that meal!
PE Daily Deviations- Presentation of your workHello all! Well we’ve had a fascinating week so far; a week which hopefully has provided some insight not only to the process of DD selection but helped you understand what we look for in DDs as CVs. As we draw to the end of this week, I bring you an article which will whet your Saturday with thoughts that don’t just apply to the DD feature, but something which should be a consideration to everything you submit to dA. I am talking about deviation presentation. Why is Presentation important?Art isn’t always about just being “creative”. There are techniques and skills which develop over time which contribute to the quality of the work you produce and alongside this comes a developed understanding of good presentation.Good presentation could be anything from cropping a photograph, to spell checking your literature. These are common sense things that in the rush of wanting to show off your creativity can sometimes be
Still Life Still Features: MusicJazz, country, punk, pop, dub step, blues, hip hop, dance, classical, rock and metal are just a very tiny selection of the many varieties of genres and sub genres of music that is all around us in the world. Unfortunately not everyone can understand or even choose not to except such diversity in the world. People who listen to gothic and/or metal music for example are often misinterpreted as being into satanism, drugs and all things dark and nasty causing bullying, violence and even murder in some very bad cases. On the lighter side, music can bring people together, whether it be through national anthems, memorials, church, concerts and festivals all are a way of connecting to the music and each other. Whether it is composing it, dancing to it or like me simply listening and absorbing it, music can really help you to deal with your problems and grow as a person. The only way you will ever find the genre that really awakens your soul is to listen to your heart, n
Community Voices: What is a Daily Deviation?DDs: The deviantART definitionSo, as the title says, What in the world IS a Daily Deviation (DD), anyway?You know what deviantART says about it, right? Under :faq61: it says:A small assortment of submissions are chosen each day by a select group of staff/volunteer members who wish to showcase an image which they found impressive or otherwise interesting enough to deserve being brought to the attention of the community-at-large.That says nothing about a DD being a perfect specimen of art-- in fact, it doesn't even use the word "art" at all. Basically, as CVs, when we are giving a DD, we are doing so because we think the image is interesting and well-done and deserves your attention. It may be technically exquisite. It may be technically quite good but exceptionally thought-provoking. It may be exceedingly creative. It may be all of these things! Above all else, it should stand out in some way from others in that medium or gallery.
A Glimpse into Hyperrealism ArtIntroductionHyperrealism is a genre of painting and sculpture that resembles a high quality Photograph, It's the type of art that your mind might not accept it as a hand-made artwork. Hyperrealism is far more advanced than Photorealism by the methods used to create the resulting paintings or sculptures. The term is primarily applied to an independent art movement and art style in the United States and Europe that has developed since the early 2000s.Hyperrealistic paintingHyperrealistic paintings are the k
November Feature: Food! Food! Food!Some recent favourites of mine from both people and groups i watch that i thought so good needed more more recognition for either it's photography and/or creativeness or just pure nom.It is not often I feature savoury food as well as sweet as sweet is where my passion has always been so make the most of it 283 Burger and Chips by DistortedSmileMust Love Coffee by Squiddgee7734Oreo Pumpkin Tarts by melijanCocos hearts by ChamandraFind me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/claremansonAlso don't forget to check out the awesome
Still Life Stills Features: DessertWe had breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, now it's finally time for dessert!
PE: Daily Deviations - The Myth and the LegendDaily Deviations, or DDs . . . for some deviants, receiving one is the epitome of awesomesauce in the deviantART world. For others, they are a nice way to show off the work of lesser-known artists. Still others treat them as a special way to bring attention to great art that exemplifies works being done by a particular gallery or community.Perhaps because there are so many different ways of conceptualizing DDs, there are also many myths and misconceptions. I would like to address some of those myths by responding to the ones most frequently heard. Please note that these opinions are mine and reflect my experiences with the photomanipulation community, but perhaps they will be informative nevertheless.Myth 1: DDs should always be perfect.To many of us, the ideal Daily Deviation goes to an artist with amazing talent whose work draws you in and makes you think, "Wow, everyone needs to see this!" A DD should move you, inspire you, and provoke you to think, b
PE DD Week: A DD is not an award, but a feature.A DD is not an award but an art feature.There. I said it. A DD is not a prestigious award that will change your life drastically, it's just a 24h feature. But why is it so important to make this distinction? It's just a way of naming something and therefore should not be of great importance, yet it makes all the difference in how people perceive a DD.On the importance of terminologyAs mentioned in the intro, the biggest problem when it comes to Daily Deviations arises with the choice of words used to describe what a Daily Deviaton is. When you call it an award, people will automatically assume that the Daily Deviation is the cream of the crop of every deviation posted ever on this site and that no art featured after it should be able to be perceived as "worse". However, when you call it a feature, most people are fine with the picked deviations and don't even hold them to the high standards of living up and
The Pixel Art CommunityWelcome to Pixel Art’s PE week! Firstly, I’d like to begin by discussing where we are in the Pixel Art community, where we came from and where we might head in the future.Why discuss the definition of Pixel Art?Why is it so important to discuss the definition of Pixel Art? It becomes important not only when it comes time to update the category’s description for the sake of organisation and clarity, but also when confusion and misconceptions become increasingly common among those in the community itself. As Pixel Art grew from being primarily used for old computer and gaming systems, that could not handle much data and therefore not too many colours per palette, into something used with more contemporary technologies like Photoshop and MSPaint, Pixel Art itself was bound to reflect those changes. This change has become apparent in new styles, new techniques and questions around the need for the “old rules” of past
PE DDs: When It's Not Always PositiveWhen DDs Go AwryDaily Deviations, or “DDs,” are frequently held in very high esteem on deviantART. After all, what artist does not want his or her work displayed for more than 20 million viewers to see and admire? The benefits of receiving a DD feature include increased exposure for your work and a day in the spotlight for you as an artist. Many people therefore view DDs as badges of honor, awards that make them proud and validate the time they spend in our community.Be careful what you wish for!Don’t get us wrong-- DDs are wonderful for the purposes listed above. But, they can also bring a lot of drama upon the artist, especially if they are controversial.Let’s talk about some of the sources of this drama.The CriticSome people feel that people who post art-- and especially those whose art is worthy of a Daily Deviation-- should have thick enough skin to accept criticism as well as praise. They argue that criticism is part
Knite Book 1 on Sale at 4DE.com and Anime ExpoKnite Book 1 is finally out for pre-order at 4DE.COM! The first 500 pre-ordered will come autographed by me!And if you're going to Anime Expo this weekend, you can get a signed copy before everyone else! There will only be 200 copies available at the con since the rest of the shipment has not arrived yet. My Artist Alley table is at A24 and A25. My other book, 1000 Words, and all posters will also be on sale at the con.See you there! "The night sky is black, shrouded with a fog of soot and toxins. The gears of China's industrial revolution turn, unceasing, manufacturing the wants of an entire world. The consequences soar upwards until the lights of the heavens have dimmed and vanished altogetherůBut there will be stars this night.The Knites have made it their mission bring the stars back to the night in China, hanging from the tails of k
Spreading the dA Love: Volume 17 :iconGoldendAplz: :iconGoldendAplz: As the title suggests, this news article series aim to promote wonderful aspects of the deviantART community, from showcasing beautiful works of art, to informing you of great groups, and to interviewing inspirational deviants. I feel so happy being part of such a wonderful community and I hope to make it better, even if it's only a little bit, by making these articles. My goal is to bring to light everything that impassions me and, hopefully, inspire you!======================================================= Showcasing Gorgeous Artwork =======================================================A showcase of art that has simply left me speechless from all genres, from digital/traditional, artisan, emoticons, fractals, etc. :thumb3
Fan Art Fridays - Sailor MoonHello and welcome to the 11th edition of Fan Art Fridays I'll be featuring 10-15 pieces of fan art, by fandom each week. This week will feature fanart from the series Sailor Moon Sailor Moon - Sailor Mars by SaintPrecious Sleeping Sailor Moon by Nawal :thumb152529562: Sailor Moon Collected by lenadrofranci Sailor Pluto by MonicaMarinhoIf you want to suggest a book/game/anime/cartoon/movie/etc to feature fan art of, please comment here: http://lyricanna.deviantart.com/journal/poll/3431990/Past featuresSpice and WolfPokemonHarry PotterBakuman
PE Note to Daily DeviationHello all,In this section of Daily Deviations (DD) PE week I wanted to write about how your suggestions are processed and then turned into DDs, but with a bit more of a focus on the process of how we Community Volunteers (CVs) utilize the note system. I felt it was a place where some common problems arise which may not be talked about all too often resulting in confusion and frustration for both suggesters and CVs. The Note SystemI think many are aware of this but just for the sake of being clear, CVs use the same exact note system as every other user on the site. We do not have any special bells and whistles to organize our notes other than the same tools you all are also given. There is no special tool or program that sorts or does anything special with our DD suggestions for us, it is entirely up to us, how we choose to sort them in our note system. Let's take a closer look at how the process works, shall we? :bul
WOOOOT ANIME EXPO 2013!!!Been organizing my prints for AX and it took up the entire living room floor. I'm glad my roommates aren't home or they wouldn't be able to get out orzI will be at Anime Expo this July 4th -7th, 2013 at the LA Convention Center in California. You can find me in the Artist Alley at tables A24 - A25, under the name Wenqing Yan/Yuumei. I will be selling a limited 200 copies of the new Knite book, 1000 Words, and all of my posters Come by and hang out!
Still Life Stills Features: Making OfI absolutely adore food photography but rarely do I find the time to take photos of ingredients or of the making process so seeing such photos makes a wonderful change.Banana chocolate chip cookies by Nattyw