Manips For Charity Art FeatureYaaay! I am so sorry that I took a little bit to get this feature out. I want to thank everyone who participated! It meant the world to Sherry and the Animal Sanctuary! Also, Todd is doing much better, so I'm a happy camper!Manips For Charity Art Feature by CelticStrm-Stock
Manips For Charity Art Feature
By the Moonlight by CelticStrm
Favorites, Comments, and Artistic GrowthFavorites!Favorites, Comments, and Artistic Growth by Aeirmid
No use in denying it; we all love receiving them on our work! In fact, they can be a real source of butthurt in our community if we do not get them. But what do they really mean?
The bottom line? Maybe they don't mean much.
deviantART has given us these nifty little statistics like page views and 's so we can gauge others' level of appreciation for our work. I've learned through watching and learning, conducting polls, and talking with people that a lot of people feel pressured or bribed into giving favorites, which tells me that favorites really do not have meaning except perhaps to judge one's influence in the community. So, why are we (myself included) sad when we do not receive as many as we once did in spite of a lot of care put into technical improvements?
I think that favorites have become a source of bitterness in the community. Let's be real; I have seen some really, really bad pieces of wor
Why credit and notify?Hi all,Why credit and notify? by Aeirmid
It's your friendly neighborhood Photomanipulation and Stock & Resources CVs here, eager to tell you about a problem that has become increasingly common not only in the photomanipulation community, but also in other communities throughout dA. The problem is that people are neglecting to credit AND notify stock providers that they have used their materials.
What is the overall rule and guidance about crediting your stock?
If you want to use other people's resources (including but not limited to stock photographs, brushes, and presets), dA requires that you exactly follow the rules of usage that those individuals lay out in their license or stock rules. That invariably means that you must CREDIT them with a link to their homepage at least, and NOTIFY the providers by sending them a link to your deviation, preferrably by note. Some providers require a direct link to the exact image or resource t
Photomanip Update 12-21-12Hello everyone,Photomanip Update 12-21-12 by Aeirmid
Bringing you holiday greetings and wishes for a new year filled with health, happiness, and artistic expression! Here's what's new in the photomanipulation community.
Official Contest begins in January
We will be kicking off our 2nd official contest on January 15th. The theme has been decided but will not be released until the day of, as we don’t want people to get ahead. You will have 2.5 months to complete your entry. We will challenge you to reach beyond your normal boundaries . . . it is an “Xtreme Manipulation” contest, meaning that you should take your normally awesome skills to the next level. If it involves using a tutorial, do it. If it involves collaboration, by all means do it (just know you will split the prizes). Find your dream and take the time to make it happen. We want to see the best this photomanipulation community has to offer.
The contest will feature 3 categories: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced.
Stock reminderI have 134 notes in my inbox.Stock reminder by Aeirmid
In the first 15, there were 4 images that I thought could be DDs.
(This is highly unusual; usually it is more like 1 in 10 or 20. I can't wait to see the others!)
NONE OF THESE FOUR credited their stock.
Therefore, NONE OF THEM got DDs.
I understand that people don't feel the need to credit stock that was purchased or stock that is otherwise their own. However, unless they LET ME KNOW that the stock is legitimate (e.g. by saying "All stock mine" or "Stock purchased from Fotolia") then I don't know that it's okay and I am hesitant to give them a DD. I know people say, "I shouldn't be guilty until proven innocent!" I agree, but the truth is that a lot of people use Google images or celebrity images in their manipulations, and we have to have some way to distinguish.
Don't want to direct link? That's absolutely fine; don't. But please just give me some sign. Smoke signals perhaps?
Oh, also . . . one REALLY GREAT deviation used im
|Welcome to Fantasy-Paradise. Our group is a fantasy based art group. Only art containing fantasy, Steam Punk, or Sci-Fi themed elements will be accepted. We accept all mediums including: photo manipulation, digital painting, mixed media, traditional art, and literature. We would like to welcome new members and watchers as we continue to grow. This Group does not belong to just one person or an elite few. It belongs to all our members equally. Everyone has a say in how the group is run, what changes are made, and can submit announcements or contests for the blog. We do not participate in the snobby, elitist mentality. We welcome and support each other and our new members.|
~*~ Membership Guidelines ~*~
Everyone is welcome, and member requests are auto-approved.
Be courteous and supportive of your fellow members. Flaming and/or trolling members will be removed.
Feel free to suggest artworks by other artists to the group.
~*~ Submission Guidelines ~*~
Members will be allowed to submit 10 pieces per folder, per day until this becomes too much for the inbox to handle. (Let me know when it does and I will change the permissions.)
All submissions must contain a fantasy, steam punk, or science fiction elements or themes.
Be sure to submit your artwork to the appropriate folder. Art submitted to the wrong folder will be declined. (You will be able to resubmit the artwork to the correct folder after a decline.) If you have questions about which folder you should submit to, visit the folder first and read the descriptions on the left hand side of the folder gallery.
All submissions must have their stock sources properly credited! Failure to credit your stock resources will result in the art being declined.
FAQ #809: What are DeviantArt's stock image guidelines?
FAQ #217: What are "Stock and Resources" and can I use them in my submissions?
FAQ #8: What are violations of the deviantART copyright policy?
Artworks containing celebrities will be declined. Google is NOT a valid stock resource. Check out the Stock FAQ above if you have questions about what is and what is not stock.
When submitting to the Fantasy Stock Folder be sure that what you are submitting is available as stock for others to use. It must be listed in the Stocks and Resources section.
Tasteful, mild, artistic nudity is acceptable. It must be properly filtered and will be checked before it is accepted. Pornographic art will be immediately declined.
Send us your best work! No unfinished or partially drawn pieces will be accepted.
If you are submitting Literature the same rules apply as for the art, especially when it comes to eroticism. Nothing overly graphic or pornographic will be accepted.
If art and/or stock theft is discovered the stolen work will be reported to and the original artist. Don’t do it! Make sure that it is your own, original art. Make sure your art follows all legal and ethical guidelines by law and guidelines. Fantasy-Paradise and its administrators are not responsible for any infringements and expect members to be honest when submitting their art.
Fan Fiction Basics: Learning to be a Writer
Recently, I've had some heated discussions with friends who aren't fan fiction authors. One, in particular, has a vendetta against those of us who write fan literature. I asked him why, and his explanation was simple: most fan authors can't write. More than that, they have no desire to improve their writing.
As a fan fiction author, I couldn’t argue. Most people use fan fiction as a stepping stone to original fiction. I’m the other way around — I learned how to write prose long before I ventured into fandom. There are certain skills, habits and facts that escape fan fiction authors because they have never had to deal with them. They have never been placed in a position to learn. And, more importantly, most fan fiction authors haven’t even learned how to learn writing as a skill set.
Some of those things are beyond wha
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