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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
September's Artisan Craft Daily DeviationsHere are all the skilled artisans' work I featured as Daily Deviations for the month of September.
Don't forget to check out maytel's DD Roundup!
Walking Work of Art by Misguided-Ghost1612 Yin yang by schaduwlichtje
The Family by SpeculumHistoriae Catty Noir Repaint by AndrejA
Steampunk Nintendo Gameboy by Absynthe Design by azazel-is-burning The Travelers by kerinewton
1/1 Michael Jackson Thriller lifesize bust by godaiking
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
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
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
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
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
Well, what's not to love?
If not for their intrinsic beauty, for the ambiance they can create.
Lamps have a great capacity to be marvellous works of art. The lamp itself can be a piece of intricate beauty, or the light it emits can create artistic forms on its surrounds. They might depict a scene, a place, or even portray a beloved character.
Here are some crafty deviants who do all that, and more.
Floor lamp I - Florescence
Sept. Artisan Crafts Monthly Challenge [+winners]The winners for September are:
It's time for another crafty challenge! And this month we're crafting things with wings!
That's right, to be a part of our monthly contest you just have to craft up a little beastie with wings.
Here's everything you need to know:
The theme this month is "Winged Creatures".
You are free to interpret this however you want, we're not exactly strict. Also, a small description of how you interpreted the theme might help.
Artisan Crafts + Traditional > Sculpture only!Join #CRArtisanCrafts and submi
Celebrating Diversity #27The idea behind the Celebrating Diversity Project is to post an article with deviations outside of my area of expertise here on deviantART. Therefore I decided to browse away from Photography, and venture into areas that I know little about!
I strongly encourage you to step out of your zone of comfort and take the time to discover or re-discover other types of art. The world is full of wonder and beauty, we just need to take the time and open our minds to see even more of it - embrace the diversity of it!
CR Newsletter Sept/Oct 2013 Director of Community Relations :iconmoonbeam13:
Table of Contents
2. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations
3. Community Projects
4. Official Contests
5. News from the Chats and Forums
6. News from the Galleries
Once upon a time, I was a volunteer, and speaking from experience, it can be a both blessing and a curse.
I believe that many current and former volunteers will agree with that sentiment and I feel it's important to explain a bit about why I believe this to be true.
Maybe you're not aware of the variety of ways people join the volunteer team. As per FAQ #85: Can I be a volunteer on deviantART? many people send in an application to express their interest in joining the team and I go through those applications and s
Photography FortnightlyPhotography Weekly Header created by TouchedD
“Today everything exists to end in a photograph.”
Firstly, let me share the stunning! This fantastic artist has created a series of photographs that showcase humans interacting with graffiti. Check out the article here and you won't be disappointed! And if you're interested in traditional types of photography then check out this series of Nostalgic tintypes - guaranteed to fool you into thinking they are a blast from the past - if only for a second. Zack Seckler has shared some fantastic Humorous Photography which could ce
Nom Nom #54 MarzipanHeaded created by TouchedD
When I hear of Marzipan I think of the little Marzipan fruits that my Mother used to top the trifle with at Christmas - not particularly tasty, but beautiful to look at! On researching for a little random trivia, I've found that this tradition of painting marzipan to look like fruit - originates from Italy. In the Netherlands and Belgium, according to wikipedia...Marzipan figures are given to children on Saint Nicholas Eve. Here on deviantART, they are often found in the galleries of rather awesome culinary arts people.
Christmas cupcakes and candy by Svampkungen
Saturday Spotlight: Volume 043An Interview with-
> Please introduce yourself, in your own words. What are your interests?
My name is Cyril Berthault-Jacquier. I'm French, and I have lived in Brussels for the last ten years. I have frequented deviantART for more than ten years, but I have had multiple accounts in that time. I'm passionate about art in general; in photography, painting, and so on. I'm also a compulsive reader, with a particular taste for contemporary Japanese literature. That's why I chose "KizukiTamura" as a pseudonym here: Kizuki Tamura is a character from a book by Haruki Murakami.
> Where did you begin wi
Halloween Events and Contests 2013There are lots of opportunities to get involved with events, chats, games, challenges and contests hosted by members of the communityrelations team! Find below an extensive list of all the Halloween shenanigans� that are heading your way and that have already begun!
Contests and Challenges
October 20th - October 31st.
Anthro Halloween Drawing Contest
Medium: All except Literature
Date: 18th September - 1st November
Contest: Trick or Treat Contest
Medium: Varied sub-categories of Artisan Crafts
Date: Now until 1st November
Nom Nom #55 CaekHeaded created by TouchedD
Here's a bit of random info - the worlds tallest cake was 108 feet tall and weighed in at 20 tons. Nom. The oldest cake in the world is 2 pieces from the wedding cake of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert dated 1840 (yuck!) And finally the most expensive cake ever baked was $20 million - no it wasn't the tallest cake talked of above, it just happened to have diamonds on it!
Cake anyone? by happyeverafter13
Chocolate Fudge Cake by theresahelmer
Spring Cake by Dipliner
Chocolate Beet Cake by fourtwoseven
Rainbow Cake. by hanaski
Forum Features #36 - September: Senses!Once again, the Community Relations team is here to feature the artworks of deviantART's beloved forumers!
Once a month, we select one active member from the forums and we feature his or her gallery. This is someone we believe represents the forums well with both good forum-abilities and art.
As we're kind (and awesome), we also decided to give an opportunity for everybody to get featured! Every month, we create a thread in the Deviation Thumbshare Forum with a particular theme. This thread is made into a sticky for easy access. All you have to do is post thumbs of your artwork that match the theme and, at the end of the month, we select our favorite thumbs from that thread and feature them in the next news article.
The best thing is that being an active member of the forums is the only requirement!
Featured Forumer of the Month: deVere.
You're Not A PoetYou’re not a poet because of strung words
Together on row upon row again
Of blank verse or perhaps liberal rhyme.
‘Slam’ all you want, other poets wonder;
Your ignorance of couplets a blunder?
Yes! I speak harshly, but it’s no gross crime,
To point with honesty failed verse of thine.
No real poet discards upper case words;
Lets prose crawl on paper like listless worms.
You seek to free verse of those stern letters,
Sever away bleak capital fetters,
But it doesn’t sing of great speech sublime,
Rather, it sneaks of writing in spare time.
Wait! before you throw me in the icy Rhine;
It’s hard to put verse together in rhyme,
To make our dull words sound great all the time,
Hear them ring out loud, like a clear clock’s chime,
Heralding a poet’s summer prime.
Yet the sacred muses weep at your crime;
Your pentameter mangled thick like slime,
The subject not gilded in raiment fine;
Your bold ink font, crystal waters divine
Tastes bitter to the ton
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Lilyas has dedicated herself to making our community a brighter place with her vibrant artwork and infectious enthusiasm for interacting with others in our community. It has certainly paid off, as many deviants flock to her page on a daily basis to let her know how much of an inspiration she is. We absolutely agree, and couldn't let all that hard work go without recognition, so it's with great pride that we bestow the Deviousness Award for March 2014, to ... Read More