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July's Artisan Craft Daily DeviationsDon't forget to check out maytel's DD RoundUp!
The Pond Koi Lotus Necklace by popnicute
Time - hourglass pendant by Eire-handmade Undead Guitar Body by jendawn77 Pen witch by sombra33
Necronomicon by MrZarono Lunam by Solys Maori Amulets 1 by BDSart
Canon Papercraft by BigAngryCat Modular Origami Snake #2 by origamimodulowe
Pumpkin CarvingHalloween is just around the corner. To celebrate, this week's feature is all about the awesome works of art made from this delicious orange fruit. Some pumpkin carvings are made to be viewed lit up, the image projected being the goal of the carving. Others are made to be viewed by the light of day and are wonderfully detailed sculptures. Lit or not, they're all stunning.
Here's some of my favourites from around the community.
.a pumpkin before christmas by l-eh
Pumpkin head by kissel71happy halloween by swissloko
Introduction to Cross StitchingCross Stitching
Cross stitch is one of a number of embroidery stitches, but usually the one most people are familiar with. Whether it was in a school art class or just randomly picking up a cross stitch kit as a kid, a lot of us have tried it at some point. Lets delve into this popular stitch a little bit.
What is a cross stitch?
As the name suggests, is is simply a cross, or an 'X' stitched with thread onto canvas. Typically, it's used to make a picture or a pattern. The stitch will form a complete square, and in this regard it is quite similar to pixel art. Through the placement of individual stitches adjacent to one another, an overall image will eventually appear.
It's an incredibly simple stitch, but can take some time to master. Like many crafts, it can be difficult to notice the
Plated DessertsPlating can be such an underrated art form at times. I've often heard it dismissed as 'boring', 'sterile' and criticised for all looking the same. Maybe we just have a tendency to lust after the rustic, messy desserts. Maybe we like to tear down what is seen as a hoity-toity way of presenting food. Or maybe we just don't see the skill and technique that goes into plating.
Skillful plating up of food requires a good eye, a steady hand and a flair for design. Careful consideration goes into everything from which way the dish is offset, to the type of garnishes on it, to the type of plate it is presented on. It, in turn, necessitates learning a whole host of other skills and techniques to create the garnishes that adorn the dish.
These deviants show off their plating skills with a host of delicious desserts.
How To Photograph Your CraftsThe absolute number one cause of rejection of DD suggestions for most Artisan Craft CVs is poor photography. There is nothing worse than seeing an otherwise brilliant piece ruined by a dodgy photo. But even beyond DD acceptance, if you want to people on dA to be able to appreciate your skill you need to be able to show your work off to advantage.
Sometimes I'll tell a self-suggester that I can't feature their work because of the quality of the photography and they'll inevitably reply, "Oh, I'll have to get a better camera."
Repeat after me: the tools never make the artist.
You don't need a $9000 sewing machine to stitch a dress, you don't need a $1000 stand mixer to bake a cake, and you similarly don't need a top of the range SLR to take a brilliant photograph. It's all in how you take the photo.
To help us understand photography concepts a little more, Fella is going to help us out. Say hi Fella!
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
October's Artisan Craft Daily DeviationsHere are all the DD's I featured during the month of October.
Don't forget to check out maytel's DD roundup here! maytel's term is ending on the 27th of November (*uglysobbing*), so if you'd like to suggest an Artisan Craft DD to her get in quick before her schedule is completely filled! Be sure to read her DD Guidelines so you know what kind of crafts to suggest.
Bad Teachers and Egotistical Jerkwads Good lord, another journal. Well, sometimes I go for a month without writing one, so suffer! :iconinuevillaughplz:
I've been asked about this recently, so thought I'd write about it just in case someone else might relate or find it encouraging.
A lot of people are surprised to hear that I have only been painting since 2011. Well, it's true . I had coloured a few line arts here and there before that, but I never really tried at painting. I was dabbling and just slapping on colour, not bothering to figure out the programs or anything. Because I truly didn't believe I could do it.
Backing up a bit, I'm someone who was a traditional artist. I have been drawing with pencils and paper since I was just a little tyke. Naturally, I wanted everything to do with art in school. :iconhandsomeonionplz:
And that's where this little tale turns dark and mildly depressing :icon0inuscreamplz:
I had this teacher, in my very first
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Kuroshitsuji Love Plz Updated 7/10/12 Part ILAST UPDATED: August 26, 2011
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Kuroshitsuji Love Plz Updated 7/10/12 Part IILAST UPDATED: July 10th 2012
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PE: Site Updates and How to Welcome ThemSite Updates and How to Welcome Them
This article was written due to the recent uproar from some groups of the community because of the new username symbols.
Change is something handled differently by everyone. Some people accustom to change very quickly, others may take a long time or may not adjust to change at all. In regards to deviantART Site Updates, it's important to know ways to welcome change and embrace it. You are not expected to love every feature that is released, but giving it a chance before bashing it is a right step forward.
Before reading on, please note that this article is not directed at any one individual, but as a community as a whole. All views expressed in this article are mine and mine alone and do not reflect the views of deviantART.com.
When a new feature is released, most deviants give their first impressions of said feature. Some may even react like this:
This is compl
Compliments: Give a Stamp! (Closed)Contest Closed!
Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest! We have some wonderful entries, and the admins are now voting to pick the Special Prize winners! The results will be out in just a few days.
Support Stamp Contest!
Theme: Create an awesome support stamp to show a dA friend how much they mean to you!
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and even if you don't celebrate the holiday, any day is a great day to show your thanks. Gift your friends with epic support stamps that let all of dA know how fabulous they are! We've got some lovely prizes, so why don't you show us what you've got?
Any deviant, no matter their experience or skill level, can participate!
Deviants can submit as many entries as they would like, but please keep in mind that quality is better th
Everyone listen up. I'm only gonna say this once.HOODY AND MASKY ARE NOT PROXIES.
Masky is Tim when he experiences his schizophrenic symptoms and Hoody is a completely independent 3rd party.
It has been confirmed that there is only one proxy in Marble Hornets: Alex.
Scavenger Hunt Winners and PrizesThe Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the 1000 Compliments Scavenger Hunt, who are listed below in order of finding Checkpoint #11:
Checkpoint #1: Hidden on dA Compliments Form
Checkpoint #2: Hidden on SimplySilent's page at the very bottom widget which displayed her OC.
Checkpoint #3: Hidden on dACompliments' Trea
Please tell this is fake...http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2651285/ANOTHER-knife-attack-linked-Slender-Man-Mother-claims-disturbed-daughter-13-stabbed-obsessed-creepy-horror-character.html
It seems there is another Slenderman stabbing... this time a mother gets stabbed by her 13 year old daughter...
seriously what the fuck is wrong with these kids!?!?
PendantsPendants are not only one of the most common forms of jewellery seen around the community, they're also one of the most common crafts period. There are so many skilled deviants from many different mediums who craft gorgeous, wearable works. Here's a few choice crafts.
Grumpy Brown Owl by StephaniePride
Little Butterfly Pendate by LenaHandmadeJewelry Paws 4. MADE TO ORDER by BDSart
Purple Dragon Head Pendant by AstridMakosla Portal Dragon Air by EnchantedTokenArt
Madoka Magica Charm Set by GrandmaThunderpants Golden tiger eye - stone painting by AlviaAlcedo
All Here For A ReasonI turned onto a shady, well-manicured driveway that, for all intents and purposes, looked harmless enough. Maple trees lined both sides of the street, and a parade of Canadian geese marched across the road to a wide duck pond with a flamboyant fountain. There were blooming crepe myrtles and rose-of-sharons, and as I grew closer to my destination, neatly trimmed gardens with neatly trimmed bushes.
I stopped to let the geese pass. They looked at me; one hissed. I honked my horn and moved around them.
At the end of the road sat a collection of grayish buildings and a number of signs directing me to the appropriate parking lot. "Welcome to Ten Creeks Hospital," said one of them. "Please enjoy your stay." I parked in the visitor's lot. Surely I wouldn't be staying.
I was shaking when I got out of my car. I had spent the morning getting high. One foot in front of the other, flip-flop noises, hot sidewalk. Mulberry and magnolia trees, freshly shaved grass. A bench and pan for smokers. A set o
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