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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.
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.
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
Artisan Craft and Copyright LawArtisan Craft and Copyright Law
As a Community Volunteer I spend a lot of time pouring through the Artisan Crafts galleries looking for art that deserves a bigger audience. I dig through every little hidden corner of the galleries looking at every type of craft, made by everyone from the most watched members to the day old newbies. And every time I do this, I have to double check it all for originality.
My time doing this had shed light on a massive problem inherent in the AC galleries: copyright violation
Now, I'm not talking about the obvious I-stole-your-picture-and-uploaded-it violations. I'm talking about something much more subtle, to the point it feels like most of the perpetrators don't actually realise they're doing it. I'm often about to give someone a DD, until I read their description and find it completely devoid of credit. Rather than getting a site-wide feature, these artists end up on my blacklist instead. It all boils dow
Artisan Crafts Week Contest [winners]Artisan Crafts Week Contest
1st place: Icedeb
2nd place: 3laughingladies
3rd place: Rosvita1
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
WingsHumans have used wings and feathers as personal ornamentation for the entirety of our history. In fact, there's evidence that our evolutionary cousins did so as well. It's suggested that this kind of ornamentation may even extend to a common ancestor of both humans and Neanderthals.
What has led to our fixation with feathered ornaments is something we'll never know for sure. Do they represent a freedom we terrestrial beings long for when we see our avian friends? Does it come from spiritual or religious reverence? Or is it just because they are so pretty?
Whatever drives it today will differ between individuals, but there is no shortage of it in the artistic community. Here are some of the wonderful wing-containing crafts found in the Artisan Craft galleries.
More Than What's For DinnerOf all the wonderful aspects of culinary art, the one that gets the least love is often savoury meals. So often we see them written off as happy snaps of what's for dinner, but they are so much more than that.
I'm not sure what it is about the savoury that gets shunned so quickly. A dish can be incredibly complex and highly skilled, but it won't get oohed and ahhed at as much as a quick batch of cookies or cupcakes. Maybe we're all dessert lovers at heart? Or maybe we see main meals as more common place? Either way, when we dismiss it we're all missing out on a world of skill and creativity.
A lot of the food presented takes many years of honing the skills needed to achieve it. From basic kitchen skills and knife handling, to learning how to cook the ingredients themselves, to then being able to experiment and modify dishes. The food is plated, styled and set up ready to be photographed. Everything from the dish it's served on to the colour of a placemat or the positioning of cutlery i
Artisan Crafts PE Week RecapArtisan Crafts PE Week Recap
Our week of Artisan Craft filled goodness has drawn to a close. It has been an absolute blast, and I must say I learnt a thing of two from all those wonderful articles.
If you'd like to go over any or all of the articles we saw this week, you'll find them all linked on the schedule here!
A massive thank you and a round of applause to all of our contributors:
:iconTalty: :iconBrookette: :iconAryiea:
:iconmetalpug: :iconPhoenixDestruction: :iconDark-Lioncourt:
Today we also hosted our first AC Chat Event in more than a year!
It was wonderful fun and so great to see so many of you there!
We had loads of fun with the trivia and scavenger hunt events. You were all so impressively speedy with your answers!
The winner or our Tri
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Digitally Delicious: January 8th Nomad by fluxen
Madeleine by Vorace-Art
yellow.wings by betteo
Enji Videl by agnidevi
Convulse by Volture
Prism by Flind
Dungeon Delve by DennisDarmody
The Silk of My Old Cocoon by meluseena
Metamorphosis by MrDream
Illusionary by Phatpuppyart-Studios
Ruins by SnowSkadi Ruins by SnowSkadi
Repost by Nyanimu Repost by Nyanimu
Grabrielle by JdelNido Grabrielle by JdelNido
Multicolored by Junica-Hots Multicolored by Junica-Hots
Android by JdelNido Android by JdelNido
Cat ladies party by MadLittleClown Cat ladies party by MadLittleClown
Dignity by zabrinesca Dignity by zabrinesca
Awaken Destruction - Dragon crystal Guardian by phanou36 Awaken Destruction... by phanou36
Old Witch by YannickBouchard Old Witch by YannickBouchard
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Nom Nom #56 PrawnsHeaded created by TouchedD
Hands up if you like prawns??!!!! Definitely not I, not since my Mother once told me they hung around the sewers in the sea anyway. But prawns are popular globally, almost - and here are some great examples of how you can get very creative with the little poo dwelling crustaceans...
Will you ever eat them again?
Tek Tek Noodle by GregoriusSuhartoyo
Peach Pepper Prawn Packages by chiziwhiteafrican
Beast Vision Vol. 01BeastVision is all about showcasing inspirational digital art to the community from the community.
If you have any suggestions for artists/work to feature please feel free to send a note to the group.
Celebrating Diversity HubWelcome to the Celebrating Diversity Hub This is a collection of all the articles that have been posted under this theme.
We live in a world full of diversity, every day in real life and every day on dA. And it happens so often that a work of art is "slashed" simply because it is different than others. Because someone sees it and doesn't understand it and doesn't take the time to think about it.
People who react like that to art, follow the same thought process, that so many many people follow when it comes to Racism, Sexism, Homophobia: "This is different to me, therefore it must be wrong." You may wonder if that comparison may not be too harsh, but when we open they way for people to condemn what is different in the small things, like in this case Art, we open the path to that thought process taking shape in many more places.
Instead of hating on differences, we need to embrace them! Because differences make life so great! We don't want to live in a dull world where everyone think
Teenage TaoismGiving birth is the closest I’d ever felt to dying.
Before that, my near death experiences had consisted only of my silent announcement of pregnancy—silent, being that my social media accounts were all deleted almost simultaneously and I never returned to school in the fall, saying without really saying that I had caught the malicious disease of “teenage pregnancy”. I’m sure the whisper spread in the hallways like the Bubonic Plague. That September, sitting at home on what would have been the first day of my senior year, I imagined friends I’d never talk to again saying “she was only seventeen, and so full of life!” at my absence in the cafeteria tables, as if they were attending my funeral instead of talking about me behind my back.
"Full of life," I had snorted then, folding a never ending stream of what had once been my own baby clothes. "Literally."
I walked around like a zombie for the months of my pregnancy, deciding t
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