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Sketchmatch: Hourly Challenge - Today!Just a reminder that this event is happening in a few hours!
Where's the love?Dear beloved photomanipulation community . . .Where's the love? by ^Aeirmid
Where's the love?
It seems like everywhere we look, someone is saying that the community is dying or that things are going downhill: the DDs aren't good enough, there aren't enough DDs, the wrong people are getting DDs. People are getting away with theft and copyright violations, and others are harassing them about following copyright laws that, in truth, only dA staff themselves can enforce. Meanwhile, no one is receiving feedback on their work. Where's the love?
We all want our community to be bright and strong, a place where we feel loved and where we feel comfortable coming to create and to interact with others. But, how many of us are actually willing to do something about it?
I know, we are all really busy. We all have lives and families, and sometimes trying to get involved with this community takes more effort than we are willing to expend. But, sometimes, even if everyone can just do something small,
Want to get paid for writing tutorials?Hey All!Want to get paid for writing tutorials? by `ChewedKandi
I'm the Editor of the mega awesome, Vectortuts+, which is part of the Tuts+ network of educational sites.
As of August 2013, I've increased my hours working for them (best. job. ever!) and due to this we're expanding into other areas. I'm looking for some high quality, regular authors to provide content on vector, drawing, InDesign/print design.
If you'd like to learn $8,400 USD per year (seriously, I know of at least 3 authors who earn this on the site!), find out here. If you know someone who would be a perfect fit, please pass this onto them.
Whether you want to contribute once or become a regular author - there is work there! There are several dA members who are already part of the regular writers team. These include ~LadyAway, *ssst, $Ikue, ~marywinkler, =Asher-Bee and :devj
Gallery Restructure - Pixel ArtHello everyone! Yes, you heard right, it's that time... Gallery.... Restructure!!Gallery Restructure - Pixel Art by `ClefairyKid
Yes I know what you're thinking, sounds scary, and at the very least complicated right? Well, that's why we have this journal, as a place to talk about what we think of the current structure of Pixel Art, and what we can do to clear out redundant sub cats etc. Nothing's going to happen right this second, so let's relax, and take a minute to review where we are at. You can read the announcement from $Moonbeam13 here.
Here are the branches currently:
Each of these then leads to Iso and Non-Iso options.
Whilst this isn't an overly convoluted category compared to others, I think it still has lots of room for improvement. We have a very large number of miscats, and this is for a variety of reasons, including;
being one of the few categories that accepts .gif files
Gallery Makeover Project: Vexel [Update] Updates!Gallery Makeover Project: Vexel [Update] by `TheLastHuzzah
Hi all This journal is for you to discuss the category system for the Vexel Galleries and suggest any changes or merges that should be made. The reason for this is the newly launched Gallery Makeover Project where we hope to streamline the galleries a little more and make them easier to submit and browse, and to remove any categories that aren't really necessary
So then, the vexel categories. The current category tree is below...
Landscapes and Scenery
- Cities and Structures
- Waterscapes Macabre & Dark
[Bullet; Pink] People
[Bullet; Pink] Science Fiction
[Bullet; Pink] Silhouette
[Bullet; Pink] Surreal
[Bullet; Pink] Vehicles
And here is the proposed category set-up...
Pixel Art DD's November 2013 Glub by ~chiisana-no-neko Crowded by ~Sndjitotok Victory by *SeanDouglas Journey - Pseudo NES hoaxes by ~Frario Niabell Pixel (Animated-click!) by =Getanimated Party Crasher by ~Gentlemaen The Earthkeeper by ~Kumi-Kumi The Tale of Three Trees by ~08--n7R6-7984 GBA Harry Potter scenes 2 by ~danmalone KAGAMINE RIN by ~loe081 Daft Punk - Thomas Helmet by ~ShouriMajo MountainResidence PIXEL by ~Dillerkind Floating high and above by ~wish04Pixel Art DD's November 2013 by ^vanmall
November 2013 Photomanip DD Round-UpPlease give one more round of applause to November's Photomanipulation DD selections:November 2013 Photomanip DD Round-Up by ^Aeirmid
Features by ^Emerald-Depths
To Catch A Shooting Star by ~xetobyte
Ombroise by *Flora-Silve
Good gone Bad by `StarsColdNight
The-moonlight-mourning by =MasoomehTavakoli
Cracked ~ Soul Marks Series by *ThePix
Bride by *mashamaklaut
Features by ^Aeirmid
Old Ages by =Celairen
...Cravings... by *MorbidiaMorthel
Silent street by =brietolga
Library Rats by ~maximegirault
We Will Take You With Us by ~Skategirl
festive lights by ~LilifIlane
Bath by *tamaraR
Swan Queen by `J-u-d-a-s
Ariel by =ErikShoemaker
Want to suggest a photomanipulation DD?
Note ^Aeirmid or ^Emerald-Depths!
Here are our guidelines:
Fractal Art DD Round Up - November 2013:icontatasz:Fractal Art DD Round Up - November 2013 by ^tatasz
Features by ^tatasz
So this is my first month as CV
Dance No.4 for floating windows by *Vidom Concrete city by ~fractales75
The Guardian awakes by ~SteveAbell Revelation by ~Juniae
Temptation of the Fractalic Mystical Daliphants by *MANDELWERK Fire Lyre by `FarDareisMai
First Snowflakes by *Digithalie
Keep up with the great work, and thanks to all people who spent a few minutes suggesting
Also, make sure you check our #DailyFractalFeatures.
Your silly fractal art CV.
SCI-FI AND SPACE ART DD ROUND UP - NOVEMBER 2013This is my thrid month as a Community Volunteer and this month was a terrific one in terms of DDs.SCI-FI AND SPACE ART DD ROUND UP - NOVEMBER 2013 by ^Shue13
Your enthousiasm around my selections is really great and on facebook as well where I post every day my DD as well.
Feel free to join me here: http://www.facebook.com/shue13
Now enjoy the november DDs, put your Gun's and Roses November Rain track on and let your eyes go across those fantastic artworks.
LMS - RO redesign by ~jeffsimpsonkh29-01-13 by ~Sanchiko
Snow Crawlers by ~sekido54Cyber Bear by ~DanteCyberMan
The Gate by ~flaviobolla'ASTRONAUT' graphite drawing by *Pen-Tacular-Artist
coastal mining by ~agitpopStar Princess by *Qrumzsjem
PE: Contrast in Digital ArtThis article aims to introduce different kinds of ‘contrast’ in digital art, although most of the following points can also be applied to other media as well.PE: Contrast in Digital Art by =Riemea
(noun) - Contrast is a principle of art. When defining it, art experts refer to the arrangement of opposite elements (light vs. dark colors, rough vs. smooth textures, large vs. small shapes, etc.) in a piece so as to create visual interest, excitement and drama.
1. Colours and Brightness
One of the first things to come to mind when we think of ‘contrast’ are colours contrasting with each other.
(The colours labelled as 'primary' are the primary colours in the RGB colour model. Primary colours of the CMYK colour model are cyan, magenta and yellow.)
Digital 3D PE Week + mini contestSoooo Game Development Art Project Educate has been wrapped up nicely eh? Was it informative and did you enjoy it? I hope so! This week starting today is 3-dimensional week!! As I am still the temporary CV for the category, I figured having a project educate week along with GDA would be both informative, and supportive of the 3D community.Digital 3D PE Week + mini contest by ^PolyMune
So what is in store this week? Well!
Day 1: a mini contest!! GDA had one, 3D should have one too , repeat update of the 3-differences contest, overview of the week
Day 2: two Q/A's with talented community 3-d artists along with features of their work
Day 3: Why we have the different categories of 3d and why 3d is important in today's growing art industry, some work featuring this talent,
Day 4: You, me and 3D and how to get started in it write up, groups for 3D, tutorials for 3D
Day 5: Q/A's , the importance of composition/rendering/lighting..the affter touch ups of 3D work,
Day 6: Surprise!!!
Day 7: Results of the
Do's and Dont's of Digital PaintingDo's and Don'ts of Digital PaintingDo's and Dont's of Digital Painting by `ValaSedai
The possibilities of digital painting and digital art in general are almost infinite. There is basically nothing you cannot do as long as you just know how to approach it. Yet an abundance of programs and tools has both advantages and disadvantages. Knowing what to favour and what to avoid can be both a huge time saver and help you sidestep frustration.
What we will focus on in this article are some basic tools and techniques of digital painting; we'll try to root out pitfalls and see how to avoid them. Mind that all of the points mentioned below aren't rules carved in stone; there are always cases where breaking the rules can be much more fruitful for a certain effect than following them too strictly. With time and practice you will gain good judgment over when to follow the guidelines and when to leave them aside.
Note: Names of certain tools might vary depending on t
Project Educate: Digital Art Week!Welcome to %projecteducate's Digital Art Week!Project Educate: Digital Art Week! by ^Thiefoworld
This first week of december will be dedicated to the digital art community, so keep an eye on this space for updates and annoucements. Here is a glimpse of what you'll get to see this week:
3rdMONDAYOpening article (the one you're reading now!)What is SketchMatch? And rules
4thTUESDAYAn introduction to the Digital Art subcategories with
Photomanipulation Hub - September/OctoberNewsPhotomanipulation Hub - September/October by ^Emerald-Depths
Photomanipulation mentoring available through #Photomanip101
Spreading love through the PM community
Not all are strictly photomanip contests, but they all allow for manipulated entries.
Classical Horror Halloween Contest
Deadline: November 30th
Book cover challenge - Charlotte
Deadline: November 1st
Ways to get involved in the Photomanip communityWelcome!Ways to get involved in the Photomanip community by ^Aeirmid
People keep asking me, "How can I get involved in the photomanipulation community?" Here is a guide for you to know what's going on and how you can participate. Please bookmark or favorite it so you can find it later.
Faves, Comments, and Features
You don't need us to get involved. You can comment on others' work, post features for other members, provide critiques and helpful comments, and be supportive in other ways. You can leverage your groups by posting features there for your members and helping set a positive example for the community. Let's identify underappreciated art in our community and get new artists a wider audience. Get involved; you don't have to be a CV or a community leader to make a difference!
"Collaboratables" are works in progress (WIPs) done by one artist that they are allowing to be completed by a second artist. If you are looking for a project to collaborate
Photomanipulation: Interview with :devAbbeyMarie:Photomanipulation: Interview with :devAbbeyMarie: by ^Aeirmid
Welcome to the latest version of the Rock Stars of Photomanipulation interview series. I really appreciate *AbbeyMarie for taking time out of her busy schedule to give us this interview!
Abbey is an American photomanipulator who has been on dA for over 4 years. To me, her gallery is filled with incredible dark, surreal, and fantasy work, crafted with unique vision and strict attention to detail. She is a must-watch for both horror enthusiasts and those who enjoy a surreal, colorful escape from reality as we know it. Be sure to check out her page!
I hope you enjoy this interview.
The first thing I want to ask is, could you please introduce yourself for those who don’t know you?
I'm Abbey! And I am chock full of awkwardness and uncertainty!
How would you describe your art and your style?
I always think dark surrealism, but they have a heavy fantasy/emotional vibe to t
Photomanipulation News and Feature, 20 April 2013Welcome!Photomanipulation News and Feature, 20 April 2013 by ^Aeirmid
Welcome to the latest edition of the Photomanipulation News and Feature. I hope you will find it interesting and informative. Here's an overall summary of what we will talk about today:
Gallery Restructure project
Winners of our official contest
"Take back photomanipulation" project
Dark, horror, and macabre art
Current and near-future events that are going on in our community
Gallery Restructure project
The Gallery Restructure: Photomanipulation and Mixed Media project is part of a larger initiative that is going on within Community Relations that is designed to help streamline the process of submissions to the deviantART galleries by making the galleries more straightforward and intuit
Digital art: good to know/tutorials PART_1Hey, hey cupcakes!Digital art: good to know/tutorials PART_1 by =MagicnaAnavi
PART_2 ! General
So... this is the first part in featuring some extremely useful tutorials which can be found on DA (and some from off-site as well). This one isn't limited on digital art only, but the rest will be. I wanted to post everything in one journal, but theres 200 thumbnail limit, sooo yeah I decided to divide everything in following categories: sketching/referencing/anatomy etc, General, blending, steps, color, perspective/Composition/value, Walkthrough, nose, hair, skin, photoshop/wacom, brushes, eyes, lips, textures, ears, fabric/clothes, environment, misc (how to paint water, fire, rocks, rain, clouds, pearls etc. ). This one is about Sketching/referencing/anatomy etc.. In every journal I will also include some interesting videos that I think you should check out And, if you know about some tutorials that can be helpful to other artists, note me, thank you :heart
Photoshop tutorial- PS basics for newbies 2Photoshop tutorialsPhotoshop tutorial- PS basics for newbies 2 by *tincek-marincek
And here is next part of my journal Photoshop tutorials. Previous tutorial you can see here. I added even document settings, cuz I forgot to add this in previous tutorial I'll describe some Photoshop basics for all newbies who try to learn to use Photoshop. So in this article you'll find tutorials: Document settings, Changing view, Changing thumb size on layers, Using Smart Object and Blur, Using Pen Tool, Outer Glow and Transform. In this tutorial I used my painting VERSUS, just to show you few things (I just had to open something...again ).
If you wish to see images in full resolution then simply click on the images below (they are big as my screen 1920 x 1080 px... OK I cropped bar below ). I used Photoshop
Photoshop tutorial- PS basics for newbiesPhotoshop tutorialsPhotoshop tutorial- PS basics for newbies by *tincek-marincek
And I decided to make more useful journals You have to wait for my next tutorial A LOT, so I decided to make short tutorials here...in journals. I'll describe some Photoshop basics for all newbies who try to learn to use Photoshop. So in this article you'll find tutorials: How to make layers, How to change color to a layer, How to make groups/folders, How to change background color, How to rotate canvas and all basics in tool menu on the right side. In this tutorial I used my newest image Mermaid's Wisps, just to show you few things (I just had to open something )
If you wish to see images in full resolution then simply click on the images below (they are big as my screen 1920 x 1080px... OK I cropped bar below ). I used Photoshop CS6 here, so some things may be different in lower PS versions. I'll make even more tutorials l
UPCOMING CONTEST:Detectives needed to solve murderThe King of Fairyland is seeking first-class detectives to solve a top secret case for the Monarchy. According to an inside source, a member of the Royal Family was brutally murdered last night, though the King has been loathe to comment on the tragedy. All Royal affairs seem secretive and obscure as darkness falls, both literally and figuratively, upon our magical kingdom. All we know is that a great search is underway for any and all detectives in Fairyland and surrounding regions. No doubt, the detective who successfully completes the unknown task to be set before him (or her) will be rewarded richly.UPCOMING CONTEST:Detectives needed to solve murder by ^Aeirmid
A successful detective will be secretive, able to work independently of others, and able to ask the right questions of the right people. He or she will need to know good from bad, right from wrong, lest they get tricked onto the wrong path. He or she will need to work quickly, as the King would like to wrap up this case within three we
Winners of the Beyond Boundaries Team CompetitionWhat is "Beyond Boundaries"?Winners of the Beyond Boundaries Team Competition by ^Aeirmid
Beyond Boundaries was a team-based photomanipulation competition in which community members received coaching from some of our senior photomanipulators. The contest's final products were judged based on team cohesion and process, meeting goals, technical merit, creativity, impact, and sticking to the theme (which was "One Moment in Time").
There were 4 or 5 teams that were very, very close to second place, but there was a very clear winner for first place.
Each member of the winning team, including the coach, will receive:
6-month premium membership (from Community Relations)
3,250 points total (2,000 from Community Relations, 1,000 from ^Aeirmid, and 250 from =BWPhotographry)
Exclusive stock pack (from ^PirateLotus-Stock)
Without further ado, I present to you the grand prize winners in this competition!
Stylenoir Monarchy ContestStylenoir Magazine is the world's largest dark style magazine and, after three years online, they launched to print earlier this year with tremendous success - selling out within the first month! Stylenoir wants to share this success with us, by offering a limited number of deviants features online and in print in the form of a contest!Stylenoir Monarchy Contest by ^Pixel-Spotlight
Stylenoir features digital and traditional artists alongside their fashion photography editorials - the Retribution print issue featured dA artists ~AUTR3 and `Dan-Heffer - and this contest will reflect that diversity with three separate categories!
The theme for the next issue of Stylenoir is Monarchy. Your entries should reflect this (keeping in mind the aesthetic and ethos of Stylenoir Magazine). We want to see your Monarchy artworks!
Please submit your entries to the Stylenoir Monarchy category.
Photomanipulation Treasures - 08Photomanipulation Treasures - 08 by ^Emerald-Depths
Night walk by ~Skitime123
Mr. Woodward got Framed by =M10tje
The Summoning by ~Aegils Devil's resting place by ~opal-moon
Quente como lava by ~Rafaelll90
Yule Shopwork by *MNikelenko Dance of Wings by *msfowle
The Way Back by ~noro8
C'mon Sandy, Let's have some Fun... by =Cyren-Nalini Rose and Thorns by ~suntwirl
Der Spiegel des Schoepfers by ~Schnette Flaying Away by *illuphotomax
Digitally Delicious: October 23rdDigitally Delicious: October 23rdDigitally Delicious: October 23rd by ^Thiefoworld
rowing to the Moon by *ambientdream
Monster Raid by ~FerdinandLadera
Paint study 6 by ~Christobaldo1971
Shimmering Blues by *MayFong
Euphemia Li Britannia by ~Myrmirada
Ascension by `Lilyas
...274... by ~MMozolewski
Duel by ~Ishutani
Feelings by =inaerx
Underloved Dark Photomanipulations/Mixed MediaPlease share some love.Underloved Dark Photomanipulations/Mixed Media by ^Aeirmid
Digital Art Community Feature #6Digital Art Community Features only features artwork from %Digitalists favorite feature folder. If you want your art featured, please just submit your artwork in this folder.Digital Art Community Feature #6 by `cinyu
Due to our low volume of submitted drawings I will feature max. 5 drawings per feature to have enough drawings for the next feature. If we have more submissions in this folder I will feature more drawings per feature.
The Portal Autumn by *Wesley-Souza
Melody for Ravens by =SweediesArt
Rider by ~JRAS22
Jewel Runner by ~Shen-anigans
Digital Art Newsletter - AugustOhhhhhh my Gooooood hai!Digital Art Newsletter - August by ^Thiefoworld
It's that time of the month again! Shark week is over but it's time for some Digital Art news and stuffs!
The Digital Art Team wants you!
As a community volunteer, you get to engage with the community in a whole new level. You support and/or run community projects, create informational articles, help moderate activities within the galleries, chats and/or forums, etc. You also feature people through Daily Deviations and other features. You interact with your fellow CVs as well as $Moonbeam13, $fourteenthstar and $dxd on a regular basis. They look scary but they're actually fluffy and smushy on the inside. Sounds like fun? There are a lot of openings on the team, Pixel Art, 3D Art, Sci-Fi and Space, Vexel and general Digital Art included! Looking forward to have you on board!
Check out the current openings and the instruction to apply
Digital Art Newsletter - JulyHello people!Digital Art Newsletter - July by ^Thiefoworld
That's right! Time for some Digital Art news and goodies!
How do I suggestions?
As some of you know, in the past weeks `alltheoriginalnames and `ClefairyKid stepped down from the team, so for the time being, there isn't a CV for the following categories: 3D, Space, Sci-Fi and Pixel Art.
This is a reminder that in the meantime new volunteers are appointed for these categories, you can send your suggestions to:^Thiefoworld - 3D, Space and Sci-Fi
`laserBEAST - 3D, Space and Sci-Fi
^PolyMune - 3D
$Moonbeam13 - Pixel Art
And if you think you have what it takes, what are you waiting for? APPLY!
Events from this past month
The Journal Feature Challeng
Digital Art Newsletter - May/JuneHey, hey, heeeey!Digital Art Newsletter - May/June by ^Thiefoworld
Welcome to the newest edition of the Digital Art Newsletter. Here you'll find the latest going-ons in the Digital Art Community.
Want to be the next Digital Art CV?
No, it's not that my term is about to end, I still have some months left, so sorry, you'll have to deal with me for some time yet But I figured out it's never too early to talk about this.
Some time ago, I wrote a journal in which I mentioned how there are always a lot of people wanting to become a CV one day and that's great! The problem is that many people think that you need to get the ^ symbol to start doing what a CV does, but if you have this mentality, sorry to tell you my friend, but you're already a step behind.
In reality, is before you get the symbol when you start doing "CV things" and it's precisely this what gives you a bigger chance to on
Digital Art Newsletter: AprilHi! Welcome to a new edition of the current going-ons in the community, what has been hot during the month regarding projects, groups, contests and other digital goodness. It's going to be a very small one this time, but still...Digital Art Newsletter: April by ^Thiefoworld
Last call for your input!
I'm about to pass your ideas for the Gallery Makeover for Digital Art > Drawings & Paintings really soon, but before that I want to once again call for your input, even if it's just an "Everything seems fine, I approve "
Check out the latest journal about it and comment!
Have some points to spare?
I know there is one aspect I've neglected greatly in the past weeks and that's the aspects of Activities, games, contests, etc. The last session of
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