Funny videos?January has been a bad month! With February just two days away, I need a good laugh so why don't you share with me your favourite funny YouTube videos? (preferably family friendly!)
R.I.P David BowieI don't really have any words right now, I just can't believe it.
I did wonder why, after such a long break he made a new album, turns out that album, Blackstar released on his 69th birthday just two days before his passing was his parting gift to us. Beautiful, just beautiful.
Christmas Baking? YouTube and Updates!Hello everyone! It's been ages since I wrote a journal so I thought I'd catch up with everyone before the chaos of Christmas starts!
I have been really busy the last few months with decorating the house which we have now been in a whole year already!
Gardening club at the school has been great, I got to go in and do a baking session with the kids a few weeks back using some of the veg we grew in the school vegetable patch. They loved baking so much they want to do it again, which is great!
I have also been making more baking videos for YouTube which I am really enjoying. After a few months of making and editing videos it would seem I have found my style so to speak, it's rather basic but hopefully is clear and easy to follow. I have one, maybe two more photos and videos to make and upload on here and YouTube before the Christmas holidays start where I will go AFK again for a few weeks while the kids are off school. So far I have made three Christmas themed recipe vide
Claremanson Bakes on YouTube!A shameless plug for my YouTube channel I began a few weeks ago for my recipes, tips and making ofs.
I'm still finding my style of video making so all the videos vary a lot at the moment but, the more I bake and record, the more I will get the hang of it and find my preferred recording style and format.
Here are some of my favorite videos I've enjoyed making so far.
If there are any videos you would like me to make, I'm more than happy to hear your ideas.
Claremanson's Baking Contest ResultsFirstly, thank you to everyone who took an interest in my contest and included it in journals to spread the word. Thank you especially to those who took the time and made the effort to enter.
I love holding baking contests, I love people baking, I love people trying out something new, baking something they haven't made before, giving food photography a go. I especially love people taking my recipes, using their imagination and personal tastes to make something completely different and truly theirs.
Onto the winners.
I had six entries with three prizes up for grabs in three different categories.
All the entries were so good in their own way however, that I found picking three winners too difficult so decided to split the categories up further and adjust the prizes accordingly.
OVERALL BEST BAKE: 150 points
1st place: 100 points
Deviantartist Questionnaire 1. How long have you been on DeviantArt? 11 years today! It's my Deviantart birthday today, the 10th of August!
2. What does your username mean? Clare is my name, Manson as in Marilyn Manson, I've had the same username for 11 years, I was and still am a huge fan.
3. Describe yourself in three words. Odd, anxious and caring.
4. Are you left or right handed? Right, though my dad is left as was my mum so that made things like learning to tie shoes laces interesting as a kid!
5. What was your first deviation? I tried many art genres before I found my love of baking and food photography! I'm sure this was not my first but I long stored my really, really old works long ago.
6. What is your favourite type of art to create? Baking and food photography
7. If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be? Sewing!
8. What was your first favour
Claremanson's Baking ContestUPDATE
Contest is now CLOSED!
I will try to judge and reveal the results as soon as possible however, we currently have a problem with our new house (we haven't had any hot water or heating for over a week!) which is going to be worked on all this week so, with workmen in the house things are going to be rather hectic. Sorry for any inconvenience caused to those who have entered.
Thanks to the generosity of some lovely Deviants over the past couple of years since my last contest, I have saved up enough points to hold another baking contest!
I didn't mean to leave it so long between contests but moving house twice last year and now updating our new house means I have had very limited time here on DA of late.
To bake ANY of my recipes, sweet or savory! I have recipes for cookies, cakes, truffles, meringues, cheesecake and more!
There will be three winners. Overall best b
Sometimes I worry I haven't added enough food colouring paste when adding to a cake mixture (paste is so much more reliable than gels and liquids as it keeps it colour beautifully. It can be found in little pots on Amazon and eBay if not locally) but the brightness of the red and blue came out just as I wanted.
Ignore the very odd colour combination, I ran out of red and blue so practiced my piping with orange and green for the design on top.
This was a practice cake for something I'm working on next week which will be a three layer cake, each layer being one of the three colours with the design on top. There were a couple areas I wasn't confident I had the ability to do so wanted to put my worries to rest, which I have, turning my nerves and uncertainties about how I'm going to make and finish off the cake into excitement.
Basically what I'm saying is, if in doubt, practice! Whether it be baking, photography, making a speech or anything else in life, it does a great deal f
Hello!The Christmas holidays are over and the kids are back at school. This would normally mean getting back to baking but instead it means getting back to decorating our new house.
The whole house which we moved into a month ago needs a complete make over, head to toe. We started the first rooms last week, the living and dining room. Gone with the 20 year old discoloured wallpaper that was peeling off the walls and on with the paint. We have chosen a colour called Muddy Puddle for the main colour, trust me it is a lot better than it sounds! A light browny/malty chocolatey colour that compliments the feature colour we are using either side of the chimneys called Teal Tension which is a very dark and rich teal. We probably have a couple more weeks left until it is all painted as not only did the walls need a lot of work (it was bare concrete and plaster under the wallpaper so never painted before so needed a lot of smoothing down and filler) but all the skirting
How to: Draw every dayIn follow up of the obvious "how to" journals on both anatomy and color, I'm gonna continue this series with a how to on drawing every day.
Over the last year I've participated in many challenges that required me to do a drawing a day for a period of time. Most notably the color challenge and refinement challenge, but also a lot of speedpainting and daily sketching.
Over the past few years a lot of people have asked me how the hell I would manage to do a sketch eve
A Guide To Good-Looking Fire Breathers
Our Top 5 On-Screen Dragons: A Guide to
The dragon is a staple of so many fantasy stories that it can be difficult to keep up with them all.
Dragons in different universes abide by different rules; some are friendly, some are clever, some are pure evil, and some are trainable. What all dragons have in common is that in the realm of TV and movies, they need to look good to properly play their part in the story. There are hundreds of dragons that have shown up on
Pokemon is Forever
Foreword by techgnotic
Kay (aka damphyr) is DeviantArt’s go-to expert on everything “Pokémon.” She also occupies the adventurous position of being one of DeviantArt's main enforcers of standards and practices. We thank her for being a guardian of artistic erotica and especially, for being able to answer every question we get asked about Pokémon and just about anything else for that matter. Supreme Keeper of all pop culture knowledge, Kay must be protected in case of global disaster.
An incongruous collection of people lined the sidewalk outside the local video game retailer just before opening on March 6th, 2011. The first in line we
Secrets of Superman's Underwear
ACTION COMICS No.40 coloredby JoeJusko
Anatomy Lessons: How to improve faster in 6 steps!
'Life Drawing 5' by algaegoblin
Do you know how to sketch human figures but do you want to refine your anatomy skills? Or do you not know anatomy at all and you are tired to trust your imagination? Did you notice you create disproportions in your drawings?
If you are aspiring artists and you already have your own style, you might as well believe you have no need of a guide, but you are wrong. Before exaggerating human proportions and begin to have your own style, you first have to know the basics.
This little guide is the result of an accurate research and 5 years of high school of art, and it's created for all those who want to learn something new or just make a useful review.
For those who have already studied art, my suggestion is to go to step 6 or trying to repeat all steps in Digital format.
First of all, if you want to learn faster you should draw using traditi
PE: Decorating Your ProfileCommunity Week
Your profile page is the first thing people will see when they click on your name, so it's very important to leave a good impression! This article will provide some useful tips and tricks for both premium and non-premium members who want to convert their profile into their own, unique page. First off, some Do's and Don'ts of profile decoration:
Use dA's profile widgets-- there are lots of great options to chose from
Show off some art (that's what people are here for!)
Express your personality through colors, stamps, gifs, etc.
Add so many images that your profile takes forever to load
Use garish or headache-inducing colors
Make text difficult to read with dark backgrounds
While many widgets are restricted or locked for non-premium members, there are still a variety of great widgets that you can add to your profile, even without a membership.
PE: Profile Presentation: Tips and TricksProfile Presentation: Tips and Tricks
Your profile page can say quite a bit about what kind of person you are, and having a well-designed profile page will help ensure that your visitors leave with a good impression of you and your work. And if you do a remarkably fabulous job at designing your profile, people will not only be impressed, but they will also keep coming back to take another look. In this article, I will go over some useful tips and tricks for making your profile look professional but also personalized!
This article is mostly directed towards Premium Members, but non-Premium members can still use some of these concepts to personalize their page.
In addition, for those who are new to profile decoration, I highly suggest reading my Decorating Your Profile tutorial first, as it goes over important basics of profile decoration.
Basic Design Concepts
Before we get started,
So you want to do commissions?A basic guide to setting up commissions
When it comes to commissioning, there is so much that needs to be decided, arranged and thought of that it can all appear a bit daunting at first.
However: when following a couple of basic guidelines, setting up commissions really is not as hard as you think!
If you find the article informative, please it.
First things first
So you have decided you want to start doing commissions. That's great!
The first thing to do is to determine what you want to offer.
Do you want to offer drawings, or designs?
Will you be coding journal-skins for people, or will you be pixeling?
Take a look through your gallery and try to determine what you do best and what you like to do the most.
Because that will most likely be what you'll be offering.
Stick to what you're good at.
Don't promise what you can't deliver when someone is paying you for it.
Now that you've mo
Tips for smooth clean line artHi,
Is your line art shaky, wobbly, sloppy, fat, uneven or pixelated? The subject of clean line art comes up a lot so I've gathered together a number of tips from various DA members that may help you improve your line art. Some of the techniques described below may contradict other techniques described below so you may want to experiment and decide what works best for you. Most of these assume that you have a digital tablet. (Make sure your tablet drivers have been installed correctly. If your cursor is behaving erratically it may indicate a problem with your tablet or drivers.) Some posts have been edited for brevity or spelling:
"I developed my own technique. And it works quite well for me. It raised my Lineart cleanliness from 24% to 98%, yeah, really. Here is how I do it digitally when I'm not using a traditional sketch:
First a rough sketch, and I isolate it in its own layer then set its opacity to 50 or something near that value.
Then on the second layer