When I first found out about DA, it was in my search for Photoshop brushes. It wasn't long before the ad banners started to annoy me while I was spending more time on the site, so I decided to sign up. Ironically it was yesterday, 7 years ago Even my first submission was a brush set and it still puts a smile on my face when someone faves it or leaves a comment!
But my first "art love" on DA will always be vector art! I met amazing artists and amazing people through vector art and I started creating things myself. I tried vexel, but looking back I had no idea what I was doing and all my vexels really are vectors
The second "art love", the one that obviously really stayed, is typography though. I did not know I loved it so much when I first started getting interested and that it would, later on, give me the chance to be part of one of the most awesome teams! I would have never thought what happened, would happen, and I am thankful for all the things I was able to do as a Community Volunteer for Typography. For the second time around now
Sometimes I feel like there is almost no gallery on dA I have not submitted artwork to! I have been experimenting with so many things over the last 7 years, I feel like I dipped my feet into every ocean! From photography, at which I suck, over icons and wallpapers, to traditional art and pixel, even some odd literature deviations! And this is why I love dA so much: there is a place for everything and everyone! The amazing diversity of this site, of this world, is something that will always amaze and inspire me!
I do not know, whether I am still the same person as 7 years ago. Most likely not. Hell, I even turned 30 by now I have met quite a few people, some even in real life, who changed my life.
Also meeting the one person you wish you could wake up next to every morning
The most important thing I learned on dA though is, that you are never alone. There is always someone who understands you, there is always someone you can talk to, there is always someone to share in a laugh or a tear or an adventure.
It is a big family. An odd family. The one the other families in the street may avoid, but it's your family. The family that doesn't give a shit what other families think.
That's us. The weird ones Safely contained in our home, here.
The Community Relations team presents:
Please help me find it!!
I really really want to go to the birthday party, but I lost my hat! Can you help me find it? I think I left a note somewhere around, to remind me where it is. But the note is a riddle and I forgot the answer! I seem to have not only lost my hat, but also my mind maybe?
Send me a note with the link to my hat and I will help you make your own hat!
But behold, the mad hat hunt is not all!
More birthday mysteries!
Happy Birthday DeviantART! Welcome to Wonderland
I find myself delighted to lay my rather large eyes on you. A purrfectly delicious mystery awaits you. Won't you come this way?
I've been a bad kitty-- a very naughty, naughty feline, indeed. You see, today is Alice's Unbirthday, and all the inhabitants of Wonderland had planned to join her and the Mad Hatter for tea and cake. But, the Mad Hatter, being quite a bit off his rocker, is requiring that everyone wear a hat to the party. Anyone without a hat cannot attend.
Whoops! Mysteriously, *smile* all the hats in Wonderland have gone missing. What a shame, what a shame. Whatever shall we do?
I know what we shall do. You and I, stranger, we shall go to the party together. I hear the cake is delicious this year, and there will be plenty for us.
Except, wait! HA! You cannot!!! You have no hat, either! I suppose you'll have to stay here, too, then. Very well. Goodbye.
dA's 14th UnBirthday Chat/Forum Events!Off with their heads!!! Oh, oh, why hello everyone, I didn't see you there!
In this journal you will find a list of all the fun shenanigans we have prepared for DeviantART's 14th UnBirthday celebrations in the chats and forums, and their schedule! We hope you'll have time to join in on all the fun!
If you need a time converter please use this.
All chat events will happen in #CommunityRelations and will be launched on Thursday August 7th.
Alice in Wonderland Trivia: This will be a fun trivia game in which you will be asked questions related to Alice in Wonderland, the book, both the original animated Disney movie, and Tim Burton's recent remake, in addition to the Once upon a time Alice in Wonderland television show. There will be 3
Birthday Hat- Contest Winner announcement http://fav.me/d7uy4he
You may have heard there will be a BIG unbirthday party and everyone from Wonderland, as well as all deviants, have been invited by the Chesire Cat! A hat will be required to take part though and it can't be just any random hat, it needs to be special! It must be made for this occasion, on your own and not by or for someone else!. Without the hat, you can't join the party and enjoy all the cake, drinks and fun.
Even if the Chesire Cat doesn't help you, the inhabitants of Wonderland will do or already have! For every hat you have found or will find for them, they will give you a clue. These clues will give you hints of things that must be included, in whole or in part, on the hat. The more clues you get right, the closer you will get to the perfect hat for the unbirthday party.
Combine them all and create your very own birthday hat based on their hints! You should try to include 8-10 clues to make
Unbirthday Literature ContestOur beloved home-on-the-internet turns fourteen (with a special "Alice in Wonderland" theme) this week, and we all know what "fourteen" means: acne, the step-and-sway at awkward school dances, and confusing emotions.
Or, it means a 14-themed, surrealist literature contest hosted by CRLiterature! This one allows both poetry and prose submissions, so there's something for everyone.
Dates NOW to Aug 19th, 2014, midnight PST (14 days long)
Tone Surrealism - blur the line between reality and the unconsciousTypes of Entries Both Poetry and ProsePoetry your entry must be a sonnet of 14 lines (for more about sonnets, check out this excellent article by futilitarian)Prose your entry must be a complete story, exactly 14 sentences longSubmission respond to this journal with a link to your submission and the words "CONTEST" and either "POETRY" or "PROSE"Also your submission must have a link to
Why I love Adobe Illustrator Do watch this video!
Watch the Illustrator story unfold, from its beginning as Adobe’s first software product, to its role in the digital publishing revolution, to becoming an essential tool for designers worldwide. Interviews include cofounder John Warnock, his wife Marva, artists and designers Ron Chan, Bert Monroy, Dylan Roscover and Jessica Hische.
Look, a flashmob, courtesy tatasz
No angry kangaroos tho.
You have to paste the thumbs of 2 or 3 deviations of yours, that you posted around this date a year ago.
Then you tag 5 friends, and they shall do the same thing in their journals.
Let's see what comes out!
This is really random
So yeah, I tag …
puddlefisher cos he's new and needs to be tortured a little bit
alexandrasalas cos she's old now and needs distracted from kids running over her lawn
Elandria cos I want her to stare at me in glorious anger
Asher-Bee cos I didn't tag her in ages
ptrckr cos reasons.
I don't know what it is, but I just can't get around to replying to you guys. Some messages are so old now and the conversation has lost its meaning by now
So yeah, sorry for not getting back at you. I always try to answer my notes in a timely fashion, though.
Also please welcome puddlefisher tanikel MarcosRodriguez and Erzsabet to the Volunteer team
And now …
Here, have some … have some.
Dwarves in battle armour.
I think I need help.
And that song, did they have to use that song? waaaaah. Very mixed feelings about the last movie. Cos I know what's going to happen.
And if A Song of Ice and Fire has taught me one thing, it is: even if you know it's gonna happen, it's not gonna make it any better.
I actually enjoy being tagged But cos this is just another one from those that already went around and I already replied to two of them I won't tag anyone else. I just love answering weird questions, is all
These questions are from Quoth-Raven
- Better with or without?
I can't liiiiiive with or without you…
- Would you rather face a world of Zombies, Vampires, or Werewolves?
The "puppy" status is up for discussion though …
- Beef burger or hamburger?
To eat? Yeah, I'd rather have a burger than a dude from Hamburg I feel like there should be a Hannibal .GIF but I can't be arsed.
- TARDIS or Delorean?
Delorean I love "Back to the Future" and I have not seen much of "Dr Who" … shameful, I know.
- Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?
I'm not a geius, but always worried. But I rather know what's going on that have no fucking clue, so worried genius it is.
- Who's on your celebrity sleep list?
Since PirateLotus-Stock already went and took one of mine, I'll go with not the next best, eve tho actually next and better and that's Aidan Turner then (In case you don't know, see question #2)
- Wildcard, now add someone of the same sex to your sleep list (unless your gay in which case add someone of the opposite sex)
- What is your happiest memory?
I'd have to say any moment spent with KubusRubus
- If you could send a message to the entire world, what would you say in 30 seconds?
Grow the fuck up and stop to fucking hurt each other all the fuckig time.
- If you could ask a single person one question, and they had to answer truthfully, who and what would you ask?
Eh… I feel like this should be important and like some politician, but I don't really care for any of their answers. So maybe just ask Peter Jackson: "Why can't you pay decent writers that produce some sort of dialouge that could not be taken out of a daily soap?!"
My Peter Jackson rage has once more erupted Still so mad that I haven't seen "An Unexpected Journey" in months In other words: Not seen it after "The Desolaution of Smaug"
I have been getting a lot of new watchers recently and well, new ones anway through the last year or so, and today I want to know …
Who the hell are you?!
To make this a little easier, here's what I want you to do for me to get to know you better
- Show me your latest favourite (journals excluded) and tell me why you faved it!
- Tell me about your perfect Sunday!
- What was the last thing you watched? (tv or movie)
- Show me your most favourite .GIF ever!
- What is your favourite food?
You can do as many of these as you want! But at least one!
Of course, if you want to share anything like your name or age or where you're from, you are more than welcome to do so!
And for my longtime watchers and friends… if you really want to you can answer those questions of course, too.
So yeah, let's go!
… I was surprised to find out I own the Beach Boys version of that song and in a horrible manner for my neighbours I began singing along to it …
Yes, this skin is totally inspired by SimplySilent >_>
Go congratulate her on becoming a senior today btw
In this ongoing series each article will focus on a specific theme and showcase deviations that manage to convey the theme in a special and great manner.
This feature's theme will be:
If you have ideas for future features you are welcome to suggest them in a comment here, on CRTextAndTypographys profile or via note to either me or the group.
I am more involved with projecteducate again and as of this, there has been the idea/request to host a calligraphy week/article series.
Naturally I am all up for this and now I am looking for people to write articles and help make that week awesome. There is no timing yet, I'll have to see to that and keep you updated. I recently started learning calligraphy myself, so such a week would be awesome to have.
I will write a few articles myself, at least the into and summary journals
I am not sure about how I will have time for such a week, but it's not too soon, that's for sure
There are quite some calligraphy related groups on dA and I hope that maybe some of the active artists would love to contribute to such a week
If you have suggestions for articles or articles you want to write yourself, let me know or send a note to the group. Articles could be anything, educational, interviews, features and so on.
Anyway, let me know if you are interested in it
Thanks to Canvasian for the suggestion
I have been tagged by Astralseed and CelticStrm-Stock It's this thing where I answer questions and then I post questions and then I tag other people. I don't know how many other people I will tag.
I apologize already to everyone I tagged further down
- How tight do you like your underwear?
- A train is headed towards some city, another train is headed towards another city. Both trains travel 362 miles before intersecting, with one train going 13mph less than the other. How much later did the other train leave?
I refuse this.
- If you peed rainbows, what would it taste like?
Sex on the Beach. The cocktail. Obviously.
- If you had 7 legs and only one arm, would you walk, wobble, or other?
I'd wear suckers as shoes and one glove and slither around like an Octopus.
- Do you smoke shampoo?
Let me think abo … no, fuck, you mad?
- How often do you wear your clothing inside out?
Rarely, but occasionally. Especially socks.
- The world is ending because it's being hit by giant meteors, will you listen to Aerosmith?
It may be the only reason to listen to them …
- Naked snow angels, yay or nay?
Ouch. Nay. I don't want to freeze bits off.
- Will you take her to the next level? www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6cYvN…
OMG OMG THE OLD VIVA LOOK THAT IS SO OOOLD I FEEL SO OLD. What was the question?
- I say WaWa, you say?
- Which would you choose: Dr. Pepper, Coke, or Pepsi?
Coke/Coca Cola all the way!
- What is the one song that puts you in a good mood?
- Have you ever blurted out something random to interrupt a quiet room? What was it?
Mh, I talk to myself at work and sometimes that room is quiet when that happens, so, I guess yes. It's most likely a curse of some sort.
- Describe your perfect day:
Staying in bed long(er then 6:30), exhaustive breakfast with French Toast, maybe walking the dog, having nice lunch and dinner, maybe watch a movie or some show, just spent time for myself, without any stress or anyone bugging me about anything.
- Are you a cat person or a dog person?
Dogs. They are so cute and cuddly and adorable and awwwwww!
- What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Strawberry. Followed closely by chocolate. And none of that stuff with cookie dough or cookies in it. I prefer Italian Style
- Who is the one celebrity you'd like to go on a date with?
Oh dear … That is such a tough decision. Too many options, like seriously. They have to be alive, right? I mean, I wouldn't date a corpse, but if it was independent of time, the options would be quite different. (George Harrison) What about fictional characters? (Chandler Bing) So, real person, right? Okay, then … let's see … currently that would be Aidan Turner. There ya go, toughest question today
- What is your dream car?
Oldtimer Volkswagen Beetle Convertible in dark blue
- If you found yourself lost in the forest and met some Smurfs … how would you react?
I'd wonder at what point I ate the wrong mushrooms.
- What horror movie freaked you out the most?
From the ones I have seen, I'd have to say "Cube"
- What is the last thing you ate?
- What is the place furthest away from home you ever travelled to?
- What's the color of your socks?
- What time period would you like to visit or live in?
- Who would you really like to meet in person and tell them they are a fucking idiot? (Worse curses are totally allowed)
- Do you use perfume? If yes, what kind?
- Ben & Jerry's or Häagen Dasz?
- Coffee or tea?
- Get the book closest to you and answer with page 84, line 21.
- What are your favourite and least favourite colors?
- What movie/tv show would you have wanted to be in?
You be tagged
(Seriously, if you don't want to do it, then please don't. No offense taken )
I've come to you today, to talk about challenges over CRTextAndTypography. In not as regular intervals as I liked to, I have been posting Typography Challenges for everyone to take part in. Unfortunately the responses have been less than … sufficient and decreasing over time. So here's me talking about challenges and trying to figure out how to bring them back to life. Preferably improved and better (There are questions at the end, please take the time to answer them )
Are you interested in challenges at all? The last one only had one entry and it has me thinking that you are not interested in challenges anyway. So here I am wondering if I should take the time and effort to find ideas for challenges, write a journal about it, set up the submission rules in the backroom and decline the masses of submissions to the group that don't read the rules and just submit "whatever" to a specific challenge folder.
Why you should take part in a challenge!
- The theme is something you have never considered to do before. It is always good to try new things.
- You will learn something from a challenge.
- Are you someone who works better with external ideas to be creative? This is your chance.
- Artist block? Maybe taking part in a challenge can help you with that.
- You get to see what others do with the same theme. Always a good way to open your mind.
- New to Typography? I make the challenges so that is easy for beginners to jump into the theme.
What's holding you back?
- Not enough time? I usually plan around two months for each challenge.
- Not enough reminders? I could improve on that, that is true.
- No incentives like Points or Premium Membership? There won't be any of that for taking part in a challenge, I do plan on contests in the future though.
- No feedback? As they are no contests, challenges will not provide a ranking. If you are looking for feedback on your work, I can do so in the future.
What do you think?
Here are some quesitons I have for you, that will help me decide whether to continue the series and how to make it more attractive.
- Are you interested in new challenges? I will not continue them, if nobody takes part.
- What did you like/not like about the previous challenges?
- What changes would you like to see in new challenges?
Plans the bring the group back to life are on. Now!
Mostly changed is the journal skin, though No surprise there. If you know me, that is.
If you don't know the group; in short: it is all about typography created by vector means. The links on top will reveal more information.
Things are not going to change really. I have updated the journals you will find linked on the top. I had to "rewrite" them as new journal entries so they would be able to have a skin.
I will continue to use this group for journals from other groups, like communityrelations and CRTextAndTypography, when the journals are relevant for this group. Usually if it has something to do with the typography galleries on dA.
A reminder to people who may not be familiar with this group: it was started as a project by LineBirgitte and me to educate the community about both Vector and Typography. If you're curious, read our summary article. It may be old, but it's a good example.I would love to keep the educational side of this group a thing. How exactly that is going to work out, I don't know yet
Ideas for articles are:
- Member Features: focusing on one member or contributor.
- Submission Features: showcasing last months submissions.
- Tutorials or Tip style articles.
- Maybe Challenges, but as that does not work too well in other groups I am in, let's see how that could go.
- Not sure of contests for this group only make sense, will have to ponder that.
- FAQ article in form of a library maybe. Could always be extended.
That's it so far. I hope you are still interested in the group and will keep on participating!
Personal gallery clean out
So, I've started to do some cleaning up. Oh it is spring isn't it? I guess I am spring cleaning
Basically I stored some of my older Journal Skins, the Complete Skin ones that you have to download and install yourself, as I figured most people don't use them anymore in favour of Installable Skins. Some devIDs have also gone the storage way and some iPod wallpapers (wat? I didn't even remember those … )
There are still 362 deviations left (Don't mind the stats, 752 is artworks + journal entries)
So much for my gallery. I may clean out more later. Maybe also some Installable Skins that I don't want to update/improve/something.
Moving on to the next topic, this will be about some of the groups I am founder of.VecType and VirtualMoleskine. Both of them are very dear to me, they are still projects I believe have a great potential. They've actually made the step from being "user profiles" into real groups when it was launched and it was exciting times.
I have slacked.
I don't put any time into those groups at all at the moment. Except for the random submission acceptance, I am not active. I would like to spent more time with those projects, but it is hard. I have a lot of things on my mind (being a CV, work, my new obsession with learning calligraphy… to name a few things).
Naturally lack of interest from the community side in actual group activity other than submissions is also something that doesn't work well for motivation.
Anyway, I want to get back on track. Maybe change the concept of the groups a bit, play around with what is now possible etc. I will post seperate journals on each group, too.
Just a warning, that things may or may not come back to life.
Some eye candy still
Short update to this journal, as I have returned from my vacations! You may have noticed from replies I was sending out I will work through my notes, mostly DD suggestions today and the coming days.
As for the journey, it was fairly event free. Most of the time was spent relaxing with KubusRubus Trip to a gem and bone expo which was insane and also exhausting Tried to make it to the cherry blossom in the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, but it was weirdly cold in NYC. Also no trees had any leaves yet and I come back here and everything is green and springy
Bothersome was a 5 hour delay on BOTH my flight to Newark AND the flight back. On the way back it included aircraft/gate change and being on the runway in the second plane and having to go back to the gate including leaving the aircraft again You'd think the second time people board would be quicker, cos we've just done it, but people are generally idjits.
Anyhow, more updates will follow soon!
Anyway, I will check comments and notes from time to time, but less frequent than normally!
I was gonna have more better words, but I really think the article series speaks for itself, showing the vast divesity of beautiful artwork found on deviantART
Keep exploring, keep discovering, keep enjoying.
I am gobsmacked and flabbergasted.
And have you heard? The third season of Sherlock is actually just fucking with the audience, sources have confirmed that in season 4 will be revealed John is actually locked up in an asylum for the mentally ill and everything after Sherlock's jump is just happening in his head.
Hope you enjoy
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Foster Creative Genius
It is both a pleasure and a pain to browse the vast lands that is dA. But the joy of finding something truly remarkable and touching are worth all the things and fill me with a warm cozy feeling of how we are still always trying to make this world a better and more beautiful place
I hope you enjoyed the selection and found some new favourites among them maybe. And if not? Who's stopping you from going on a little dA adventure? Go, take the jump.
This is a series of recurring, but maybe irregular typography related challenges for everyone to take part in. They will have a start and end date and each deviation must be submitted to dA after the start date. Only deviations created with each challenge in mind will be accepted.
Please remember this is a challenge, not a contest, there are no prizes to win.
This is mostly a source of "jobs" that you can do I could be more cheesy and say the prize will be finding out how awesome friendship is … but … oh well.
Here we go!
Picture Interpretation Challenge
How often do you look around your environment or at pictures and photos and think "Oh this object, its shape totally looks like a letter!" ? I am sure this happens to all of us and this challenge is exactly about that feeling!
This challenge is all about taking inspiration from a picture and create typography from it.
First you have to find a picture and look for hidden or obvious shapes resembling letter forms.
Once you found "your letter" in the picture, you have to think of way in which to incorporate a word into the picture containing said letter.
The word should have some sort of relevance to the picture you choose.
And the appearance of the word should be customized in a way it will work with the picture. You can use fonts or draw/paint the letters yourself, which way you go, depends on the concept you choose to go with.
I have created two very simple and basic examples to demonstrate the most minimal way this challenge should be solved. You can also see two of the many possible directions; creating letters from scratch or using fonts.
- You can submit as many entries as you like.
- Send a note to CRTextAndTypography titled "Picture Interpretation Challenge Entry" AND/OR submit it to the group's Picture Interpretation folder. (If you don't submit yourself, I will request the deviation being submitted to the group)
Deadline: April 4th 2014.
The challenge is for starters as well as advanced typographers or anybody who is curious to work with type If you want to try new things and think outside the box, you are most welcome to join the challenge. No prior knowledge is necessary to take part
Let's get creative