Give a Warm Welcome to the New Alpha Testers!Hey Everyone
It's finally time! After much deliberation we are finally ready to announce the new alpha testers!
First off, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who applied, we had almost 450 applications There were lots really tough decisions to make to try and get that number down to a mere 20 alpha testers!
So without further ado, give a hearty congratulations to:
Thanks again to all those who applied, if you didn't make it this time, don't be disheartened there will be other chances to apply in the future, and in the meantime there will still be some exciting and awesome beta projects for you all!
Want to Become an Alpha Tester? Now's Your Chance!Update: A massive thank you to everyone who sent in a application to be an alpha tester! Applications are now closed. Due to the volume of applications it will take a few more days to finish going through them. Users will be contacted if they are successful in getting a place, so keep an eye out! - :devdevlant:
Calling all beta testers, bug lovers and feature loving deviants.
I have exciting news! :devdevbug: is looking for some new deviants to be Alpha Tester!
But what is an alpha tester?
An Alpha tester is a bit like a Beta tester only they get to test out new features before Beta testers do.
So, what do alpha testers get to do?
As an alpha tester you'll have the chance to talk to staff and developers about new and upcoming features, and help find and report any bugs that there may be, before it goes to beta testers or th
Css MenusCSS Stuffz
Just playing around with CSS3 transitions, you can do some pretty funky stuff with them (see menus)
It's been a little while (again) since i made an update, so here's a little bit about what I've been up to:
As of last Friday I have finished all my Uni coursework for this year Although i still have exams over the next couple of weeks
I'm looking forward to getting these exams over and done with as then I'll have more time to dedicate to dA.
Thankfully I've finished the module I had the most work for (my web programming module) and got 100% in all 4 sections
On an off note from Uni, back in February I bought a Raspberry Pi and i finally got an email today saying that it's been dispatched so I'm uba-excited about getting to play with it
anyway, short update is short!
All New Sta.sh Submit Page + Sta.sh Writer UpliftHey Folks
We've got a two in one beta tester extravaganza for you today, with a big update to the Sta.sh submission page and a new and improved toolbar for Sta.sh Writer
New Sta.sh Submission Page
What has changed
When submitting a deviation from your Sta.sh to your deviantART gallery you will see that there is an all new layout and flow of the interface to make the submission process simpler and easier to understand
Functionality has been improved with the ability to submit to multiple galleries at the same time
There is also a new "Image Preview" feature which allows you to see exactly how your image is going to look with accurate sizing and watermark (if selected)
What has not changed
We've not take anything away, all the options that you had before are all still there!
What to do if you find a bug
If you have any issues or come across
Sta.sh Writer HTML ImprovementsHey Folks
As you probably know by now, Sta.sh Writer is a WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) writer allowing you to see a live preview of what your journal, blog, poem or story will look like and edit it's appearance by highlighting text and clicking buttons.
What are the Improvements?
One of the more common pieces of feedback we get from deviants about Sta.sh Writer is that it's not as useful for power users; people who want more control over their layout and want to be able to use their own HTML to give what they write that extra bit of flare.
So what has been done about it?
To make Sta.sh Writer the best it possibly can be for anyone who uses it, we have made Sta.sh Writer into a WYSIWYT (What you see is what you type) editor
This means that you can seamlessly use both the WYSIWYG editor and your own custom html at the same time, and without everything being converted back to WYSIWYG every time you edit
Download a Stack in a ZipHey Folks
Quick update to Sta.sh for you to try out
You can now download an entire stack all at once in an easy to access .zip file
So how does it work?
Upload images into a stack or group images already in your Sta.sh into a stack
Share your stack with anyone who you want to see it
They will then be able to download all the images in the stack by simply pressing the "Download All" link at the bottom of the page
Whether you're sharing your stock images, collaborating on a piece with friends or simply want a quick and easy way to get to your files from a different location it can now be done even faster and with one click of a button
Give it a try
We want to make sure that everything is working smoothly and that there are no hiccups when downloading the zip files.
Try adding some files to a stack then downloading them and make sure that all the correct files are present and correct
If you do fin
New Sta.sh File and Edit MenusHey Beta Folk
We've got a great update to Sta.sh for you all to have a look at
To make managing your Sta.sh easer we've added File and Edit menus into the Sta.sh header
What do the new File and Edit Menus do?
With the new file and edit menus we aim to make managing your Sta.sh a whole lot easier.
The two menus make existing functions like the renaming and merging of Sta.sh items into a stack easily accessible as well as adding in "Select All" and "Import to Sta.sh Writer" allowing you to easily create a blog of sketches for your newest creations in writer, straight out of Sta.sh!
Help Make Sta.sh Better!
If you have any feedback or suggestions, make sure you leave a comment, we love to hear your opinion
If you encounter any bugs, remember to send us a bug report in the "Sta.sh Menus" project and we'll do our best to get it fixed up as soon as we can
Giving Your Stacks an IntroductionHello Again Beta Folk
As promised we have more exciting updates for you
This time we have a new feature in Sta.sh land for you to try out!
Introduce your stack to the world
A few weeks ago we released shareable stacks allowing you to share an entire folder of your Sta.sh with others rather than having to share each image separately.
Well now we're giving you the ability to describe your stack and give it a bit of an introduction to them, whether you're asking for opinions on which photos from a recent photo shoot you should publish to your gallery or simply showing some unfinished sketches of masterpieces in the working
Now you can quickly and easily share stacks of almost anything!
Yet more to come!
Yes we still have even more features waiting in the wings for you, so keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks
Found a problem?
If you find any bugs with creating descrip
Giving You More Details at Your FingertipsHey Beta Folks
Now it's been some time since we've seen any new features come into beta, so I'm happy to announce that today we have a couple of little additions involving thumbnails for everyone to try out
Comments Count on Thumbnails
We love to encourage users to leave feedback on art they like, as it's always nice to see users appreciating each-others work.
Now we've made it even easier for you to spot that wonderful masterpiece
so that you can give it the attention it deserves
Under deviation thumbs in gallery, favourites and when browsing the site you will see the comments count for the deviation
Galleries at a Glance
On the subject of thumbnails we've also added some info informing you which galleries the deviation is in
So now thumbs really give you more details at your fingertips
More to Come!
If these new features have wet your appetite for more then don't despair!
We'll have even mor
July Hero Challenge : Loish
This Month's Challenge
The Deep Blue
Download A Free Version Of SketchBook
The world under the surface is vast, deep and mysterious. It speaks to our imaginations - sometimes it's presented as calm and tranquil, sometimes nightmarish and terrifying, sometimes vibrant and colorful, sometimes surreal and dream-like. What is your interpretation of the deep blue?
For this challenge, explore the idea of a world under water. What kind of creatures live there? Is it beautiful, dangerous, or both?
JOIN THE HERO CHALLENGE!
The Hero Challenge is a monthly creation prompt wher
Using HTML on deviantART
Hello and welcome to my little html tutorial. I've been working with html codes for a couple of years and I'm going to teach you what I know about using some basic html on deviantART. This won't make you a html expert or something and I'm not an expert myself but it will give just enough knowledge to make your journals, comments, news articles and other neat and lovely looking.
deviantART actually has FAQs about html but I still wanted to do this because they look a bit unorganized, in my opinion. Also, why would you want to look for those FAQs when you can just open this news article where you have everything in one place?
You may already know some of these, but I hope you'll find at least something helpful in this news article.
Some basic html
Bold text: <b>insert text here</b>
Result: Example text
This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's commen
Label Me Lesbian: A Guide to Types of Lesbians [Bullet; Yellow] [Bullet; Orange] [Bullet; Pink]
The following is an extensive guide to the different Labels a Lesbian may have. In my experience I have come across many Lesbians who just thought they were a Lesbian. This guide was at first for TheLesbianClub's Chatroom Classes, but I have decided that this could benefit not only the club but many people out there. If you are a Lesbian and questioning what type of Lesbian you are, then this guide is for you!
[Bullet; Pink] [Bullet; Orange] [Bullet; Yellow] [Bullet; Green] [Bullet; Blue] [Bullet; Purple] [Pride] [Bullet; Purple] [Bullet; Blue] [Bullet; Green] [Bullet; Yellow] [Bullet; Orange] [Bullet; Pink]
Lesbian is a term most widely used in the English language to describe sexual and romantic desire between females. The word may be used as a noun, to refer to women who identify th
From 500 to 20.000 watchers...... in just one year.
It was a cold day in February. I can still remember that day.
It wasn't that busy at my job. Just another day of mostly waiting for feedback. So I took the liberty to surf around the internet for a bit. Like every day before, I checked DeviantArt. I had posted some art some while ago. I submitted it to some groups, but didn't quite get the response that I hoped for. Let alone; the feedback. It's hard to get feedback on your art. Nowadays most people just fave and run, or tell you that your work is awesome (which is sweet, of course) without any further explanation. Most of the art forums that I used to reside on, where either dead, or I'd outgrown the user-base so much that I was at the point that there weren't any more talented users that could give me feedback anymore. If I had to wrap it up in just one word: Frustrating. That's what is was.
Of course I had my idols on DeviantArt. Famous people like yuumei en sakimichan whose watchers hit those astronom
500 Point Giveaway #17: AugHow to participate:
1. Add this journal to your favs
2. Write a new journal about this giveaway, and include a Mention of me so that I receive a notification of your journal.
3. Include what I do at dATrade. For example:
:icondatrade: is holding a 500 point giveaway! http://fav.me/d7v63st
At :devdatrade:, you can donate points for an easy way to receive watches, llamas, favs, comments, and critiques!
10 points = 5 critiques / 10 comments / 10 watches / 40 llamas / 50 favs
Go check it out today!
There will be a total of 15 winners who will be selected with a random number generator!
One 200 point winner
Four 50 point winners
Ten 10 point winners
:iconflyingheartsplz: :icondatrade: Alice
Free (and cheap) Art ProgramsUpdate: 5/2/2014 - Added Mischief. Dogwaffle, Krita, and SmoothDraw coming soon. Any other suggested programs are on my list to test, thank you for your thoughts.
Photoshop is a great program, but despite it's many features it's a bit pricy at $999. I created this list for people with smaller wallets and certain art needs.
The programs are listed according to what type of art they are best suited for.
Don't know what program will be best for you? Most of the paid programs have trial versions available, download them and see what you like best.
openCanvas | Screenshot
Price: 59 USD
Pros: ability to customize brushes, ruler tools, user-friendly interface, some built-in screen tones. Can create "event" files, where others can watch you drawing long after the fact. Updated regularly.
Cons: Not as m
7 Tips To Instantly Become A Better ArtistPractice, practice, practice. Gah.
Attend life drawing classes over the summer. Blegh.
Take a sketchbook with you everywhere you go, and fill up ten of those bad boys at the coffee shop. Pfft.
Let's be honest here. We all want to become better artists, like, right frickin' now. We don't even want to have to suffer through hour-long tutorials of some pompous snooty hack bloviating over the intricate methods of drawing eyes on YouTube. We want progress, we want improvement, and we want it on our desk in ten minutes ago!
Fine, fine, I hear ya'. While these aren't going to make an instant Leonardo da Vinci out of you, these might get you up to...ehh...Basquiat caliber. Sure, I've made tutorials, but those are more about setting up Photoshop for the sake of coloring an image, and not so much building yourself artistically. Those are more technical lessons. Artistically
Get Puzzle'd Community Contest! 10TH BIRTHDAY BASH GET PUZZLE'D COMMUNITY CONTEST
You remember what it was like. Opening a dusty cardboard box,
yellowed with age, found in Grandma's attic. Dumping the 500
puzzle pieces on the kitchen table. Striving for several tedious
hours to complete a picture of assorted flowers in a vase, or a
kitten playing with string. Filling time until your parents picked
you up from dear ol' Granny's place. Boring.
Well, this puzzle is nothing like that! We're taking a fun and
innovative take on a classic puzzle game, to celebrate
Anatomy booksI'm frequently asked how I learned to draw and the answer is very simple - a large part of my knowledge is self taught from books. That's why I thought it would be a good idea to share some titles I owned or came across and used them through the years. Hopefully someone will find this list useful :3
Books that are awesome:
"Anatomy for the Artist" by Sarah Simblet
"The Artist's Guide to Animal Anatomy" by Bammes Gottfried
Books that are good:
" Drawing the Head and Hands" by Andrew Loomis
"Figure Drawing for all it's Worth" also by Andrew Loomis
Books that are ok but from the time perspective I do not recommend them:
"How to Draw Heads and Portraits" by Jose M. Parramon
"Human Figure" by Jose M. Parramon
Books that are pure unrefined shit and should be burned on sight:
Anything from Christopher Hart