If you like it, Feature itIf you like it, Feature itIf you like it, Feature it by jane-beata
Why should we bother writing journals and articles featuring art? It takes time and effort but is it really worth it? Do people read and look through our features?
I'll try to explore some of these questions in my today's article and I'd like you to write your experience and opinions as well!
Reasons to feature
"Why bother" is a question that a proud community member never asks himself. First of all, DeviantArt is a place of inspiration filled with pictures, rarely a person gets by without browsing art and eventually "faving" them. Some people focus entirely on collecting artworks into their Favorites folders - this action and displaying artworks in your journal or a poll brings me to the first reason, supporting the artist. Further than that, it starts a dialogue between you and the featured artist (either via Mentions or by letting them know about the feature yourself).
Photography is wandering in the Universe"Photography is wandering in the Universe by yourself", Sergio LarrainePhotography is wandering in the Universe by myraincheck
Following is a beautiful letter written by Sergio Larrain in 1982 to his nephew, who had previously asked Larrain where to begin to become a photographer.
First and foremost, you have to have a camera that fits you well, one that you like, because it’s about feeling comfortable with what you have in your hands: the equipment is key to any profession, and it should have nothing more than the strictly necessary features. Secondly, get yourself an enlarger, the easiest and most useful you can find (the smallest manufactured by LEITZ is the best for the 35mm format, it will last your whole lifetime).
The game is going on an adventure, like a sailor boat: drop the sails. Go to Valparaiso or Chiloè, be in the street all day long, wander and wander in unknown places, sit under a tree when you’re tired, buy a banana
Sentence Structure for FICTIONSentence Structure for FICTION by OokamiKasumi
On Basic Sentence Structure for Fiction
(Grammar Nazis BEWARE!)
Everything I ever learned about writing Fiction DIDN'T come from school; not even college. In fact, the way one writes fiction is almost the complete opposite of everything I learned in school about writing.
In order to make my stories crystal clear in my readers' imaginations, I write in precise Chronological Order, in the order events actually happen, PLUS in the order that the eye sees it.
Case in point, when describing a character, I describe them from top to bottom, in the order that the eye notices them. Face, hair, upper body, arms, hands, then lower body, legs, feet, then over all impression.
Clarifying an Issue with Stock ResourcesThere appears to be a fair amount of misunderstanding on the subject of stock resources so what I would like to do today is attempt to clarify several issues which are of importance to the artists who generously provide stock resources to the public for use and hopefully dispel the confusion and misinformation which is beginning to circulate.Clarifying an Issue with Stock Resources by realitysquared
The first issue at hand is in regards to your personal stock terms
Your Personal Stock Terms
Officially deviantART maintains only one "automatic" restriction and that is "No Commercial Use" and that particular restriction can easily be overridden by the actual stock provider.
We only ask a few things from you in return;
The Top Reasons for Manuscript RejectionOne of the things that the literary agency I work for does some weekends out of the year is teach seminars on query writing and the first 5 pages of manuscripts (which, basically just means the first page of the manuscript). The seminars last only a day or two, but aim to help writers improve their queries and start of their books so that they have a better chance of standing out in the ever-growing slush pile. Since I know many members of the literature community here aim to one day be published writers, I thought I would share our sheet of the top reasons for manuscript rejections. Please note: These are in no particular order.The Top Reasons for Manuscript Rejection by DorianHarper
Wrong genre Agents have guidelines for specific genres that they like to represent. Just like you and me, they have certain genres they love and certain genres they don't. Sometimes, it's not because of personal preference, but because they don't know the market for some books as well as other agents who are very passionate about
Basic PLOTTINGBasic PLOTTING by OokamiKasumi
A plot is the pattern a story follows, the most common being:
All successful (read: popular) stories have patterns. Sometimes it's simple, sometimes it's complex, but all of the stories read or told often enough to remain in the popular mind of any culture have a pattern, a plot.
Here are some examples of simple plot patterns
American Dream Version:
He became very rich.
The Heroic version:
He became the leader of his people.
He died in the middle of a glorious battle to defend his land, and became a legendary figure that would never be forgotten.
Aristotle's Elements of a Greek Tragedy - simplified:
Act One: He rose to glory.
5 Tips for Better-Looking Pack Deviations5 Tips for Better-Looking Pack Deviations5 Tips for Better-Looking Pack Deviations by pwassonne
Hello! I'm Pwassonne, and today I'll be writing about pack deviations. Packs are the easiest way to distribute multiple files in one deviation. They consist of an archive file (often ZIP) with several images or other files in it. Packs are often used to distribute stock images, such as brushes and textures, as well as wallpapers and emoticons. They can also be used to post tutorials if said tutorials don't fit in a single file or if resources are included. Since packs make it possible to include several files in a single deviation, they are also great for selling Premium Content.
Whether you're selling a pack of files as Premium Content or distributing it for free, you will probably want it to look good, so that people want to download it, and you will also want to make it practical and easy to use, so that people who download it find it useful. How do you do this? Here are five simple tips to get your pack dev
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The Supernatural Steampunk Pokéanthro Group PKMN-Steam is currently open for recommendations!
Join our wonderful community. Hop on the brass ship and sail to the Isle of Steam!
★ Related Journals:
Introduction/Prologue Character Creation
❣ Testimonials From Members ❣
Testimonial from yours truly.
"This group is now open and you guys should totally join cause it's awesome and the people in the group is great.
It's a pokemon anthro steampunk type of group, the characters are just jerks and insane wonderful and great characters to RP.
I really suggest you try these group out, you won't be disappointed /w\ plus I would be SUPER HAPPY if some of you guys joined" - Hizakuru
"What you can do in Steam: RP, draw steampunk goodness, the memes, and attend events."
"But the events + the plotline of this group (if it even has one, idek) are pretty great."
"Another pro is that everyone there is hella rad B) Gotta love them man XOXO. (also i would ramble more but na.....I'm think you can check the group out for yourselves)" - RosieSakura
"This group is amazing tbh. The setting is great, the characters are incredibly diverse and very fun and interesting to interact with, the events are just amazing and the members are some of the nicest people on the internet like omg they're perf~" - Chai-Leaf
"Joining this group has given me a chance to meet some really amazing, and talented people, who have inspired me and my works, both in literature, and in drawing. It gives me alot of incentive to become better as an artist; they have shown me their own depiction of the world we live in together, with startling beauty and detail; and it also made me feel like I was part of something, even a little. Because on the island of Steam, I feel at home I want you guys to experience it too c: With all of us!" - Drydell-da-Vinci
Seriously, go check it out. Great place, great people, great characters!
It's a wonderful place and with a lot of fun and the Steampunk-theme is just amazing! - fluwe