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Putting the 'Art' in Artisan :: CakeUpStudioOften when I'm hunting for brand new artists to feature, simply giving a DD to one of their pieces just doesn't feel like enough. Some artists just have galleries full of the most skilled crafts I've ever seen and I want to give them all DDs. Constantly. For forever.
Apparently I'm not allowed to do that. So I'm starting a brand new bi-weekly feature series instead. This one, instead of showing a range of artists, will focus on one artist and showcase some of the wonderful pieces of art I just feel lucky to behold, but also deserve loads more attention.
I seem to kick off every feature series with food art, so let this be no exception. CakeUpStudio is a relatively new member to our deviantART community. But 5 months in, this wonderful baker from Poland has given our eyes plenty of gems to feast over. Whether it's the attention to detail, or the simple joy that each of her creations exudes, her gallery is a pleasure to browse through.
Happy Earth Day!On the 22nd of April every year we hold a day of celebration for this planet that gives us everything we have. It's also a good time to reflect on what we are doing for the planet in return.
In order for the planet to keep sustaining us, we need to preserve our ecosystems and all the services they provide us. There's lots of little things you can do every day to ensure you're helping the planet.
Recycle! Try to reduce your waste, and always bin the waste you can't recycle. Make sure you cut open any rings (like the plastic around 6-pack cans or the rings that attach to the lids of bottles) -- if it still ends up in the ocean, you don't want it getting stuck around a little critter. Also say no to activities (like balloon releases) that cause environmental litter and the death of countless animals.Support green energy wherever and however you can, and try to reduce energy consumption if you're still reliant on non-renewable sources.Grow as much of your o
Disability Awareness Day :: Braille Art FeatureToday is Disability Awareness Day. It offers us a chance to promote awareness and understanding, as well as a moment to reflect on the lives of individuals living with a disability, and what those of us blessed with able bodies can do to assist.
There are a number of articles coming to you from CVs and members alike aiming to spread awareness on the matter, so I won't double up on their efforts. But I want to take a moment to reiterate that not all disabilities are visible. Lately I've heard a lot of stories from people using disabled parking being abused by passers by, either verbally or via a note left on their dash, for not 'looking' disabled. It's a common theme. People will tend to judge the heath of another by how they look, but it is worth remembering that not all sick people look sick. The vast majority of disabilities are those you cannot see by looking at a person.
Some people live with chronic pain. Ot
Putting the 'Art' in Artisan :: CalabarteWhen it comes to the woodworking galleries, there is one artist I love to have a regular peek at: Calabarte's. These stunning creations are made from calabash, otherwise known as gourds. When the fruit dries out, it produces a wood-like substance without a grain, making it a perfect choice for many artistic endeavours. Calabarte uses this medium to create spectacular and intricate carvings that beg to be stared at.
If the carvings aren't eye-catching enough in their own right, just have a loot at how they transform when lit. The gorgeous surfaces come alive with colour, highlighting every tiny detail. And if that's still not enough, look at the mesmerising way they transform the room around them. Here is just a small selection of the multi-dimensional beauties to be found in his gallery.
Artisan Crafts Week Contest [reminder!]Artisan Crafts Week Contest
Along with our week of crafty education, we'll be having a crafty contest! We wanted to have something that involved collaboration, which can be difficult in a physical medium like Artisan Crafts. So we put our crafty heads together and came up with a way for us to create something together. We're going to craft a cupcake bakery!
Here's one we prepared earlier:
With the power of photoshop we're going to combine your crafted bakeries and crafted cupcakes into an AC collab of tasty proportions. Here's how it's going to work:
Part 1: Craft A Bakery
For the first part of the challenge, we're looking for people to craft the bakery background. You need to create something that can have the crafted cupcakes added to it later. This can be anything from a 2D papercraft bakery [as I've done in my quick and dodgy example] to a fully fledged 3D architectural model.
Faux FoodIf you browse the culinary art circles, you'll often see comments on skilled artisans' deviations reading, "It's a shame you have to eat that."
Outside of culinary arts, food deviations attract the opposite: "It looks delicious. It's a shame you can't eat it."
It's an endlessly amusing juxtaposition. We want to preserve the art, but sometimes the inedible version is just so tempting you feel the desire to consume it anyway.
Many deviants use a variety of mediums to portray fun, quirky, and sometimes deliciously realistic food. Here are a few examples from five different mediums used to create more permanent versions of favourite food items.
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Scale 1:3 Neko Cheesecake
Help us educate the community about Artisan Craft!Hello lovelies! We're gearing up for another Artisan Crafts week on projecteducate and we are so excited! If you've never heard of the group before, projecteducate aims to [as the name suggests] educate the community about all the forms of art we have here on dA. Each week there is an abundance of amazing articles related to a specific theme, so if you're not watching the group yet you really should get on board!
We need your help to make this week a wonderful success. If you're interested in writing an article, tell us what you'd like to write about and when and we will add you to the schedule! Good articles are well-written, informative, and to the point. It can be anything from a tutorial to a discussion about the history of a craft. Check out out last Artisan Crafts week for ideas on writing style (and to make sure you're not repeating anything we've recently had!)
If the schedu
TentaclesDo you know what's awesome?
They can be cute, they can be intimidating. They can be colourful, or muted. They can appear fierce and strong, or swirl in delicate, graceful lines.
These muscular structures are best known as those attached jellyfish, but they're found in a massive array of invertebrates, some mammals & amphibians, and even in plants! We always associate them as having suckers, but some species come equipped with all sorts of interesting structures. Some tentacles have eyes at the end of them (snails) others have teeth (giant squid). Some can release venom (jellyfish) and others are lined with sharp swivelling hooks (colossal squid).
But where they are best known is the one place they are most often misnamed: the octopus. The 8 limbs on the octopus are actually arms, not tentacles. Tentacles are actually much longer than arms, and only have suckers on the very tips rather than scaling the whole length of them.
But tentacles jus
The Hunger GamesDepending on where you live, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is either out or is about to come out. It wont be released here until Thursday, and I am beside myself with excitement and have basically been doing nothing but this for the last week:
Partially to celebrate, and partially because I can not keep my brain on anything else for more than 5 seconds, this weeks feature is all about Hunger Games themed crafts! Enjoy!
Mockingjay by Evelin-Novemberdusk
Mockingjay by synconi
To Be Seen .84A weekly article featuring five photographers from all areas in the deviantART community. Spare a bit of time to take a gander at the photographs and their respective galleries showcased below!
Happy Leopard by TheHoodedMan Drop 1 by TheHoodedMan White Tiger 2 by TheHoodedMan
Red Panda 3 by TheHoodedMan Owl by TheHoodedMan
2014-02-20 201857 by astewartimaging 2014-01-23 121253 by astewartimaging 2013-06-13 133217 by astewartimaging
2014-01-23 124258 by astewartimaging 2013-01-24 161125 by astewartimaging
23032014c by TracieMacros 13032014D by TracieMacros 280214a by TracieMacros
21032014 by TracieMacros 23032014b by TracieMacros
If you have any suggestions for (improving) the Photography Gallery, anything photography related in communityrelations that you wo
Still Life Photography - Wrap up and Winner!Our Still Life Photography Week has come to an end! Huge thanks goes to those involved including those who wrote articles and agreed to be interviewed. We hope that the things we shared were able to inspire some of you, educate and just give a little insight into the lives of some Still Life Photographers here on deviantART. If you missed anything this week - and want to know the winner of the challenge, read on!
The Articles This Week!
Still Life Tutorials and Articles
Still Life Groups
Interview with Andokadesbois
ProjectPorkchop Vol210ProjectPorkchop is all about bringing more exposure to the many talented yet under appreciated artists going unseen on deviantART daily. The artists chosen truly deserve more attention based on low counts of favorites, comments, and watchers, added to their incredible artistic talent.
Maria met cosmonaut by SergVandreefAngels of the apocalypse2 by SergVandreef
What's up? by newfkaBambi by newfka
Snow by newfkaIn the forest by newfka
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 terminology
As 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
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Octopus by cold-in-the-northHanging Figures, three piece by cold-in-the-north
Der kleine Fluss in den Rhein by Examurai [HDR] Between Trains... by Examurai
The Apparatus by zimzim1066 Steampunk Laser Rifle 'The Nautilus' by zimzim1066
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Mongol by pegasusandcoDuel by pegasusandco
Easter Eggs!If the easter bunny somehow skipped your house like he did mine (WHERE'S ALL MY FREE CHOCOLATE DAMMIT?), here is some scrumptious crafted eggs to feast your eyes on instead.
Happy Easter! by GemDeDude
Easter Eggs 2014 by MandarinMoon Easter Nest Cupcakes by CakeUpStudio
Hand Carved Chicken Egg 2014 ^_^ by greborast Cupcakes Easter Handmade Jewelry Earrings by LaNostalgie05
Bo.When Lindsay was born, Bo was there. Standing beside her mother, he was the first thing she ever saw. But he was not her father; her father stood on the other side.
Bo was there until the very moment she died.
The sun shone bright through the windows of her pink-laden room. She loved pink. And black.
“Because Bo is black,” she’d told her parents.
Her imaginary friend, they soon concluded.
“Bo is all black,” she described one night as her father tucked her in, “His skin and his hair and everything. He doesn’t talk a lot.”
Her father frowned.
“He sounds scary.”
“He’s not,” she insisted.
Bo sat on the bed and said nothing.
Her father kissed her good night and turned out the light.
“Why can’t Dad see you?” she asked.
“Are you real?”
“Are you real?” he replied.
“How do you know?”
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