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 schaduwlichtjeThe Family by SpeculumHistoriae Catty Noir Repaint by AndrejA Steampunk Nintendo Gameboy by Absynthe Design by azazel-is-burning The Travelers by kerinewton1/1 Michael Jackson Thriller lifesize bust by godaiking
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-ehPumpkin head by kissel71happy halloween by swissloko
LampsDon't you?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 - Florescenceby ~CalabarteLampionby ~Klervie
TentaclesDo you know what's awesome? Tentacles!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-NovemberduskMockingjay by synconi
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
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.
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.~~~Chocolate mousse
CR Newsletter Sept/Oct 2013 Director of Community Relations :iconmoonbeam13: Table of Contents1. Volunteering2. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations3. Community Projects4. Official Contests5. News from the Chats and Forums6. News from the Galleries 1. VolunteeringOnce 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
Nom Nom #55 CaekHeaded created by TouchedDHere'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 happyeverafter13Chocolate Fudge Cake by theresahelmerSpring Cake by DiplinerChocolate Beet Cake by fourtwosevenRainbow Cake. by hanaski
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!
Photography FortnightlyPhotography Weekly Header created by TouchedD“Today everything exists to end in a photograph.”~Susan SontagFirstly, 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
Celebrating Diversity #29A few things I've found over the years that I love.Curiosity by fromDAX
Nom Nom #54 MarzipanHeaded created by TouchedDWhen 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.
CR Newsletter - March/April 2014 Director of Community Relations :iconmoonbeam13: :Table of Contents1. New Volunteers2. New Categories3. Changes to the Daily Deviation Selection Process4. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations5. Current Contests1. New VolunteersAfter an exhaustive review of all the applications for new volunteers, I have the pleasure to announce the following new additions to the team! They have been specifically selected to represent areas we believe have been greatly neglected: You asked for it and we listened! It has been widely suggested that Journals be eligible to be featured as Daily Deviations. So starting today, the talented StephenieMeyer will be eagerly awaiting your suggestions! OscartheGrouch will be taking care of Scraps and Storage to uncover those hidden gems that are truly.. hidden. @kimkardashia
Saturday Spotlight: Volume 043An Interview with-KizukiTamura:iconKizukiTamura:KizukiTamura's Gallery> 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
Pimps and Whoas - August 13, 2014Official dA News The DeviantART Community Turns 14 Celebrating Deviousness - August 2014 CEA Blog: How to Report an Underage Deviant Site Update: Bug Fixes and Feedback Special Birthday Seniority Announcement
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ProjectPorkchop Vol266ProjectPorkchop 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.:icongojowind:see more..:iconbramvan:Suggested by homunculus888see more..:iconlissiebug:Holding II by lissiebug
PE: Fun and Games on dAmnPE: Fun and Games on dAmnDid you know there are games on dAmn? Yes! Popular card games and board games are being brought onto dAmn by some very awesome deviants.In this article I'll be looking at some games that have been brought to dAmn over the past couple of years. There's also an interview with negroceries, who has recently brought Taboo to dAmn. Featured Games:icondAmnGames:dAmnGamesCome and play!Founder: OpalMistCo-Founder: negroceriesdAmnGames is a group that was created to be a hub for games played on dAmn. Watch this group for the latest news on your favourite dAmn games. Chatroom: None:icondAmnTaboo:dAmnTabooThe game of unspeakable fun!Founder: negroceriesCo-Founders: 3wyl, inazarThe official group for the newest game brought to dAmn, :#dAmnTaboo:. The group has leaderboards and other stats, as well as an article se
ProjectPorkchop Vol300ProjectPorkchop 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.:iconjwpippen:Suggested by TinyWildsee more..:iconallnamesinuse: Suggested by homunculus888see more..:iconpixogene:
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 ContestMedium: All except LiteratureLocation: AnthroCommunityMore info...Date: 18th September - 1st NovemberContest: Trick or Treat ContestMedium: Varied sub-categories of Artisan CraftsHosts: CRArtisanCraftsMore Info...Date: Now until 1st November :
Artists Toolbox - Round Up!Huge thanks to everybody who took part in the second week of 'The Artists Toolbox.' Each article was fantastic and well constructed, bringing a great week full of educational material. If you're interested in talking about the tools you use to create your art then note me Kaz-D as we'll be back in a few weeks time with Week Three! Here's a roundup of all the awesome people who took part this week - and their articles...neurotype's Scrivener Tools.Animus-Panthera's Sewing ToolsLyricanna Metadata and Editing ToolsKaz-D's DIY To
Artists Toolbox: Photography DIY Tools Home Made Tripod I've shared this nifty little trick before - a home made tripod. It sounds impossible, but actually it's really practical and much easier than lugging the real thing around with you if it's not needed! Check out this articlefor more information on how to create it!Source: DIY Cameras Home Made Reflector Reflectors can be pretty expensive from time to time. I've been lucky to pick up a couple cheaply on Ebay and they serve the purpose but if you really want to save, then why not try making your own? This article shows you how with just three materials and the video below also provides further guidance - check it out
Celebrating Diversity #31Once again I'm celebrating diversity! Last month I ventured into the Artisan Crafts gallery to find some pretty epic pieces of work. This month I'm wandering into Literature - Prose. The idea behind this series of Articles is for us to step outside of our comfort zones, venture into places we usually ignore because we either don't have the time - or we don't understand them. For me, Literature is a great solace, and I too often forget to wander through the literature gallery here on deviantART. Let's rectify that right now...
Digitally Delicious: September 26thDigitally Delicious: September 26thExpress yourself by daRozSiren Empireby iancjwTMK - The Machine City by sillypillowFalse Goddess by Dallas-Williamslight by marutomoiSouvenirs by Myst-ABIG FRIEND... 80min. speedpaint by Byzwa-DherPossible tutorial ? by EsbenLash