It's saturday and I'm currently at work, but it's saturday, so instead of actually working, I'm gonna waste my time and write a random journal for your reading pleasure. You're welcome!
Here is what has been on my mind for the last days... weeks... days:
So! deviantArt released the new What's Hot feature for beta testers, and I can't help to think... what a pointless feature! I mean, do you want to know what's hot in herrre? ... The answer is this -> [link]
That's right! The article linked above says "the algorithm that powers What's Hot is still being tweaked" so I know that eventually all the results will point towards me because...
Seriously tho... nah I actually like the feature
"The new Pope is against gays"
I've seen posts all over tumblr and even some here at DA of people so offended about this and I can't help but to... laugh I mean really? What did you expect?
I mean... It's the Pope! The head of the catholic church! Granted, there are some catholics, christians, etc. out there who support gay rights nowadays, but from my experience, they're not the rule and I don't think religion in general will ever accept homosexuality as something they can embrace. Ever.
I'm not saying I share the Pope's views, and I'm not against any religion either, it's just that I don't know what's so new about this, am I missing something?
On a different topic... I love the fact the new Pope is argentinian it reminds me of `laurart and how she still owes me homemade ravioli... hmmm.....
There is a new group for photography managed by your photography CV team! #CRPhotography go take a look! I so envy their CSS, I'm gonna ask ~pica-ae to make something similar for #Digitalists
`TimberClipse is raising funds for an interesting project. Something about a film. I love films! Don't you love films? I know you do, so go take a look! --> [link]
That's all for today, have a great weekend everyone!
Another thing is that Digital Art > Other disappeared since that was another misleading category which included other sub-categories within, some of which made no sense.
Btw, you don't need to do anything if you had artworks in these sub-categories, so don't worry, they won't just disappear or anything
The official statement about this can be found here and this also leads to the next point...
As stated by $Moonbeam13 in that journal, there is a lot of redundancy in the current Category Tree which can be confusing both for browsing and submitting. There are sub-categories within sub-categories and sometimes these are not clear enough, they're no longer necessary, etc. So the Community Relations team will be working in the following weeks to try to eliminate this redundancy as much as possible, merge, add and substract sub-categories if necessary so the category system be more simple, clear and straightforward. AND WE NEED YOUR INPUT!
The different CVs will be posting journals like this so we can discuss the categories piece by piece, in this journal I would like us to discuss Digital Art > Drawings & Paintings
This is the current D&P category tree:
Drawings & Paintings
Abstract Animals Fantasy Graffiti
- Abstract - Characters - Stencils - Text
Conceptual Storybook Technical
Landscapes & Scenery Macabre & Horror Other People
- Fantasy - Groups - Open Format - Pin-Up - Portraits - Sci-Fi
Political Pop Art Psychedelic Sci-Fi Space Art Still Life Surreal
What do you think should be changed? Which sub-categories do you think should stay or should go? What about merging some of these, are all of these really necessary? Maybe you think the category tree is perfect just as it is, that's also a valid opinion. I want you to tell me!
Some first ideas
Note: Just to make clear, all of these are just that: ideas at this stage, I can't guarantee they'll happen.
Get rid of People's sub-categories Are they really necessary? Can't we just have a People & Portraits subcategory and that's it? Or at least eliminate some of them, for example, Sci-Fi, since we already have the Sci-Fi sub-cat outside People.
Graffiti If you browse the Graffiti sub-category you'll notice is greatly miscatted, do we really need a sole category for Graffiti? Or at least I think we could get rid of the sub-categories under Graffiti. What do you think?
Add more sub-cats to Illustration Like Editorial, Commercial, Educational and Books (maybe rename Storybook to Books?) etc. Good or bad idea?
Creation of a new Concept Art category Should something like this be under Digital Art or Design & Interfaces?
Space Art, Sci-Fi and Fantasy I think Fantasy and Sci-Fi are different enough to continue separated. As for Sci-Fi and Space, maybe they could live together as they're more closely related, however let's consider not all Sci-Fi is set in a space environment, so should they continue in separated categories? should they be merged together?
#Digitalists will be your headquarters for every Digital Art related article and a source of information, education and resources regarding the genre. It is our mission that in the near future you'll be able to find everything from Daily Deviations, Project Educate articles, Monthly Newsletters, Art Features and more. Here you'll get informed of every gallery change, volunteer update, contests, activities, chat events, etc. All related to Digital Art.
Promoting your art through our favourites
The Featured folder is open for every member of the group to submit up to 2 deviations per week. This is for you to focus on quality over quantity, we want you to share your very best pieces, so choose wisely! Every once in a while, we'll choose some of our favourite deviations and will feature them in our journal! Every digital art category is accepted.
Want to contribute?
We are currently NOT looking for contributors, but if you feel interested in contributing in the future, you can check this journal. Positions might open soon so keep your eyes open!
We have a donation pool to raise points to be used in our activities and contest, if you feel generous enough, your donations will be greatly appreciated! Go to ^Thiefoworld's profile to donate!
Now that I have your attention, please lemme redirect it to these more important affairs:
- It's Self-Injury Awareness Day next March 1st and as you can see, I'm wearing a nice orange skin for that today. ^NicSwaner posted a journal about Fears vs Dreams and I encourage you to take a moment and go read, comment and/or reply to others. The journal also have many links to websites related to the theme. Go and read! I promise it's better than custard!
- It's Daily Deviations Week II over #projecteducate and a lot of awesome journals about the topic have been already posted with many more in queue. If you like fish sticks you'll like them also!
Lastly, `lintu47 is always complaining I'm constantly mentioning Lesbian Porn in my journals but never Gay Porn. I don't understand Lintu's obession with gays but I don't want you to think I'm homophobic or anything like that, (I do believe gays, lesbians and dogs are persons too and deserve to get married! Really!) so here, have this gif I found the other day which I'm pretty sure... must be from a gay porno.
I didn't want to get to this point and have to write this journal, but unfortunately I am, and I'm writing it with my serious face, which you can't see but I totally have.
Seriously though, I decided to put my webcomic Children of the World on hold for now and for an undefined amount of time. As you can see, I didn't update last week but I promised I would do it starting today, however I couldn't do that either.
Earlier this year I wanted to start the new chapter of the comic in january and update in a timely manner each week, however a few weeks before that I got involved on a personal project which is a freelance project, i.e. a paid work. At first I thought I could manage to get that work done at the same time I worked on the comic... but it turns out I'm not Superman (for as much as I want to think I am sometimes), and between my full time job, my volunteer efforts and my freelance sidejob, I don't have much energy nor time left to work on the comic at this time.
Like any other webcomic artist, I do this for the love of it, because I want to share my story with you and I do it for free. It's awesome to receive your support, every single comment and fav I receive is greatly appreciated, that's my reward. And that's why it hurts so much to disappoint you this way. However as you can imagine, when it comes down to paid work vs personal work, there are times when I need to sacrifice some of what I love for what I'm paid to do.
THE COMIC IS NOT DEAD, not on the slightlest, just... sleeping. As soon as I get some free time again I'll continue working on it, I'm so excited to let you guys know of what's coming! It's a project I'm pouring all my love into, so rest assure I won't let it die, but I prefer to put it on pause for a time instead of promising you updates that won't come.
So please bare with me! The comic will resume hopefully in some weeks, but this time I won't give you a date until I'm completely sure of when I'll be able to give you constant updates. Sorry for the inconvenience!
Just... don't forget about it XD I promise it will get back soon!
HIIIIII OMG YOU'RE ALL HERE READING THIS I'M SO EXCITED!!!!14
As usual, here are the current happenings, announcements and stuffs going on related to Digital Art. Enjoy them with me ENJOOOY!
First off, let's give a warm farewell to `ChewedKandi for her contributions to the Vector Gallery You'll be missed Shar!
Future plans for March
The first session of Sketchmatch last week was a great fun! Thanks for all the people who participated! I'm happy to announce the next match will be this Thursday Feb. 21st over #communityrelations at 7 PM PST (click to see your local time)
If you are unfamiliar with Sketchmatch you can see the complete rules here:
Aditionall to this, I've been thinking of ways people can participate more because I know that the time differences among all of us creatures of the Lord scattered among the globe don't help. I've been thinking of 3 different ways... modalities of some sort for Sketchmatch and as soon as I have things well organized I'll let you know! But I can tell you in advance: it won't involve having to be in a chatroom at a given time, so EVERYONE willing to participate will be able to, no matter the timezone. Sounds good? EXCITED OMGFFFF.
Also, I'm already contacting some amazing deviants to start even more feature article series and I can't wait to start with those! There are so many amazingly talented people I want to show you it's insane. OMG EXCITEMENT FFFFWWWWAH.
That's all for today's edition I think, this was a quickie. BUT WHAT A QUICKIE HUH? OMFFFF EXCIIIITED
What is it? ... yup! those are unselected suggestions.
As most of you already know, I like to take the suggestions I don't select and feature them in any other way, one of them is through my Digitally Delicious series and I also share a fair amount of them in tumblr. To keep myself organized, I keep a sta.sh document with all these deviations and I'm constantly feeding it while I'm checking my notes. It's a very primitive way to keep the thumbcodes in a document insite but hey! Works for me
At the moment I'm writing this they're 65 but that number is constantly changing so when you read this they may be more (or less) and they are only from the last couple of days! Next week I'll add more. Now, just to be clear I consider all of these deviations to be DD worthy. I would've featured them in a blink.....
THEN WHY THE HECK YOU DIDN'T DO IT THIEFO? >:c
Yes I know, I'm a terrible CV, but let me give you some numbers before you stab me. So calm your tits.
I receive a number between 10 to 20 suggestions a day, the number greatly varies from day to day and I never know why but that's an average.
Let's take a hypotetical time span of one week. That would mean I would have around 70 to 150 suggestions by the end of the week. I'll now proceed to select the DDs of the next week. That means I have to select 7.
From 150 I cut them maybe in half, from those I consider have a decent quality level. From those 75 I get maybe 20 from deviants with no previous DDs.... but I still can only select 7!
At this exact moment I have 39 starred notes, those are my pre-selections; deviations with a great quality level and from artists with no previous DDs. They're like SO ready to be featured! However I can't feature all of them either, at the moment I only have 18 days left open, (the system has a limit of how many DDs I can set in advance) so that will mean I'll have to cut another 21... and that will also mean I already have my DDs scheduled up to middle march.
See where I'm going? Sometimes the reason why I don't select a deviation is because the quality level is below average. It sucks, I know, but is true, sorry.
Sometimes the reason is because the deviant already have a lot of DDs. I'm sorry again, but there are a lot of deviants with no DDs waiting to be featured for the first time! I prefer to give them priority.
But sometimes... the reason is as simple as ... because I can't! I can't select all of them! Even if I wanted.
So that's why I have so many deviations in queue to be featured in another way, I think they're great, I just can't DD them simply because I have no more space. No hidden intentions, no conspiracy theories.
Btw, this wasn't BY ALL MEANS a -don't send me more suggestions- journal, not at all! Keep them coming!
This was just to give you another insight of my process. I've always been transparent about it because I truly believe people deserve to know more about how DDs are selected, so there you go. Here are other journals from me regarding DDs:
Alright. So I've seen others do the same, like ^laserbeast, ^Astralseed and ^neurotype (i.e. the cool guys), so I decided to do it as well! Why? Because it seems like fun! That, and it's monday and I don't wanna work.
So the rules are basically:
1. Ask whatever you want here, just leave a comment. 2. Just 1 question per person, my mind can't manage that many information. SO CHOOSE WISELY! 3. It can be anything, something serious or not. I might respond in a serious manner... or not
It's incredible how things pile out when you relax for just a little bit huh? I thought this would be a very quiet start of a new year but it turns out it's one of those moments when I'm specially busy with so much to get done and so little time to do it and it also seems that things don't get done if you ignore them... who would've known? One of those life lessons of life brought to you by... life. Thank you life.
But anyway, this journal was to tell you about some stuffs you should check out... and no, it's not lesbian porn, not this time.
`Kendra-Paige it's not only a very talented photographer who is also nice to everybody, she's also gorgeous But what I'm trying to say is that she runs an amazing group called #Good-Intention which btw you should all check out because it's awesome and has a pink icon. The group could use some more lesbian porn, but no group is perfect. Right now there is a project in the group called Feedback For Favourites which is a contest and there are no less and no more than 27 prizes! The contest was made for `thorns' Complaint Challenge Contest so Wow! We really are all connected in this great Circle of Life huh? One day, when we die, our bodies might really feed an antelope or sumthing. I'm hungry btw.
As most all of you probably already know, recently a Commissions widget was released to Beta Testers. I've heard a lot of negativity towards this feature, specially because of the 20% that DA takes from the artist's earnings. But I've always thought that before saying anything about any feature on DA I would prefer to test it first, so I recently installed this widget in my profile offering some simple comissions and now that I've had the oppotunity to test it, here is my opinion.
First, the 20% deduction from your income. Yes I'm not a big fan of it either, in my opinion, the biggest negative of this feature.
I'm not an $admin or a developer and I'm not an economics expert either, so I don't understand the reasons for this deduction, however I know there must be a reason for it besides the obvious that DA needs money to keep itself running. Yes, knowing this doesn't help much, but at least if you see it from an unbiased point of view, you'll understand it's a necessary evil if you will, and it won't go away.
Maybe I had unrealistic expectations of how the widget would work when I first heard about it, because it really disappointed me for its simplicity.
I thought the process would be something similar to DreamUp, a far more advanced commission system, where a client makes a request, the artist accepts and then an exchange of ideas and works-in-progress is made behind the scenes. Wouldn't be great if you as the artist could upload a WIP of the commission to your sta.sh and then your client gets notified automatically? "^Thiefoworld sent you a progress of your comission. [Approve] [Request Changes]" ... I dunno, something like that. What about the ability to set the payment beforehand, after the commission is done or half and half? That would be nice too. But it turns out the widget pretty much only serves to give you a message in your Correspondence which you can either accept or deny; if you accept the request the client gets charged with the amount of points you first stablished and that's it. If you deny the request.. well, I guess it doesn't happen anything After that you still have to contact the client directly to deliver the final product. I don't really see much difference with this and sending a note requesting a commission (the traditional way) It saves you some time and as the artist offering the work, it guarantees you'll get paid, but that's it.
Edit: Well what do you know? It seems there IS a way to communicate with your client in a more direct way, through the new Correspondence page, very similar to group's requests. (dunno if this was just added or I was too stupid to notice it the first time )
Still not precisely what I was expecting, but definitely a good step closer!
However not everything is negative. There is a very good reason that made me think twice before discarding the widget.
Your earnings made through this widget can be later withdrawn via paypal (or as a check). Why is this useful for me? Because the great majority of people who request a commission from me usually wants to pay with points, sometimes it's the only payment method they have... and while they're nice and all, I usually don't accept points as payment, as I can't use points outside DA and I can't convert them to money either, so many of my potential requests must be declined because of this. With the widget my potential clients can pay with points and then I can convert those points to money and everyone happy!
So, in closing The widget is nice, but in my opinion still very incomplete. I know I shouldn't had expected it to be a whole new system and comparing it to a whole site like DreamUp isn't fair either, but I just wish it was a little more useful. The way it works now isn't that different compared to do it via note from the start, because at the end, you still need to send notes to comunicate with your clients and deliver the commission. However the ability to withdraw my earnings is a very important advantage, so while I know I would only get 80% of it, is nice to know I'll be able to use it outside DA.
My personal veredict if you take points as payment and don't mind keeping them or the idea of converting those points to money doesn't interest you, the widget is NOT for you. Stick to the old system because honestly there isn't that much difference with the widget and you'll always get the 100% of your income.
If you're like me who've always wanted to offer comissions here at DA with the ability to later use that money for something else besides DA stuff, and/or offer more expensive commissions, the widget could be useful for you, just consider you'll get only the 80% of your earnings.
What I personally plan to do in the future is mix both systems: offer commissions the traditional way for those who can pay via paypal from the start and give the option of the widget for those who don't have paypal. Sounds fair? Tell me it sounds fair
I love the smell of a new year! Yum! You gotta stop for a moment and smell the new year! It's starting to snow here, which is rare considering I'm in a very warm part of the planet, people in Canada must be already tired of the snow but not me! :D because I'm not a wizard.
There are some things you should all check out, here they are:
There is a #photohunt event next January 12th! Photohunt is so much fun, I miss taking pictures of the objects in my house, I should do that more often now that I think about it...
Thanks to `Atramina I'm checking out Templum Digital and I'm finding it quite interesting. Basically is a free online publication featuring art of great artists most of them from DA that also has a Facebook page and a DA group #TemplumDigital. I might do a more in depth review of it in the future...
I'll be working on the next chapter of my webcomic Children of the World in the upcoming weeks, I hope to give you a specific date of when I'll start updating regularly again soon, but what's sure is that it won't be today... probably around middle/late this month, so keep an eye on the #PotatoWorkshop group! Please don't forget about my comic ;_;
Another year dies. Time to look back at what happened this year! Let's see...
2012 was a very good year for me I must say. Like any other year it was filled with both good and bad experiences, you can't escape having some bumps on the road, that's a given, but in general I think 2012 was definitely a year of more good than bad.
Moving to my own place was definitely a life changer. I love my house and I couldn't be more happy about it. It was a year of some economic sacrifices due this, but it's worth it, I regret nothing! That and also the arrival of my first niece just a few weeks ago are probably my two biggest and more important personal events this year.
DA-wise, well, I got another DD in January, the Deviousness Award in August and was given the opportunity to volunteer again in September, needless to say this year I really got spoiled! And up to this day I still feel overwhelmed by the amazing amount of support I receive from the community everyday, thank you guys!
There were also the London 2012 olympics which made me remember how much I loved still love the Spice Girls haha.
And of course there was also some Tom Daley...
Ehem... moving on. Eurovision this year was also one of my favourites so far, some really great songs, including Swedens which very much deserved to win.
In the movies department, I'm still deciding my top favourite between The Hunger Games and The Hobbit. Prometheus and Life of Pi were also good. From the animated ones The Lorax, Brave and Wreck it Ralph were amazing, but my favourite was definitely Rise of the Guardians (Sandman! <3)
And beyond that, hanging out with my friends (both on and off line) is what really made my day everyday. Going to watch a movie, cooking our own pizzas, playing cards, kicking each other butts with Playstation's Battle Royale, making fun of *SiliceB's strange and silly accidents, spending an afternoon with Jimmy playing videogames or watching a new episode of Doctor Who... those were 365 reasons that made my year awesome.
So yeah, as I said, it was a good year :) And tell you what...
You're all gonna have a great year...
For today's feature, here are some of my top favourite deviations from 2012. See you in 2013!
Guess what? It's that time of the year again! Yes! As I'm pretty sure you must be already being flooded by tons of journals saying the same, I'll be quick and only wish you a Happy Christmas everyone! Christmas or whatever you celebrate that is. Eat, have fun and enjoy the holidays because starting january you'll have to hit the gym again
As usual, here are the current going on in the community regarding Digital Art. I want to remind you all that if you have any activity, contest, series of articles, chat events, etc. anything you want me to promote here, don't hesitate to tell me!
There is no volunteer for 3D Art!? What do we do now?
As you can see, one of them is `WillowXD who until recently, took care of the Game Development Art and Digital Art > 3D, meaning we don't currently have somebody taking care of 3D Art. Who do you send your 3D suggestions to then? For the time being, please address your suggestions to $Moonbeam13 in the meantime a new volunteer is selected.
Talking about which, if you feel you are up for the position, go and apply! -> [link]
Still a little absent
I mentioned it in my last journal, I'm a little away from DA still for a few more days, specially next weekend by the end of the month when I won't be here at all. I'm a little behind on my notes but rest assure I'll check each and every one of them, it just might take me some time to get back to you, but I will. Your patience is greatly appreciated. I'll be back in full swing by monday december 3rd for Project Educate though!
This is the last call for #projecteducate's Digital Art Week starting next Dec 3rd! Be sure to +devwatch the group to be sure you won't miss a thing about it. A series of articles, features and only God knows what more will be happening the first week of december, so keep your eyes peeled!
The following journal is directed specially for the spanish speaking deviants, however know that you can get involved with Movember and join any of our teams (including Team Mexico ) regardless of the country you are from. If you want to read the complete information about this, visit this journal.
Your support for this journal is greatly appreciated (even if you can't read it ) so it can reach more people. Thanks!
Movember (contracción en inglés de Moustache [bigote] y November [noviembre]) es un evento anual en el que los hombres de todo el mundo dejan crecer su bigote durante el mes de noviembre. La intención es concientizar sobre temas de salud del hombre, especialmente el cáncer de próstata. También se recauda dinero para ayudar en cada país a una o más instituciones en temas de salud masculina.
Fue celebrado por primera vez en Australia en el año 2003 cuando un grupo de jóvenes de Melbourne, Australia tuvieron la idea de dejar crecer sus bigotes para apoyar a un amigo con cáncer de próstata. A partir de 2007, el evento comenzó a realizarse también en Canadá, España, Estados Unidos y Reino Unido, llegando hoy a países como Nueva Zelanda, Sudáfrica, Irlanda, Finlandia, Países Bajos, Dinamarca, Noruega, Bélgica y República Checa. En cada uno de esos países, se recolecta dinero destinado a una o más asociaciones para investigar sobre temas de salud de los hombres.
Hoy en día son varios los paises participantes, logrando que en el año 2011 mas de 854,000 Mo Bros y Mo Sistas recolectaran $126.3 millones de dólares
Grandes pasos se han tomado para cambiar actitudes y hábitos relacionados a la salud masculina alrededor del mundo, pero todavía hay mucho que hacer para emparejarlo con el movimiento de la salud de la mujer. A travéz del bigote, Movember tiene como visión tener un impacto en la cara de la salud del hombre mediante la continua motivación, conversación y concientización de los temas de la salud masculina cada año.
Movember no se trata sólo de tener tu bigote y ya, gente de todo el mundo invierte en programas que tratan prioridades estratégicas relacionadas al cáncer de próstata y otros males como la salud mental masculina.
Los fondos recaudados van directamente a programas de la Fundación Movember y otros organismos de la salud masculina en cada país. Juntos trabajan para asegurarse de que los fondos de Movember sean para apoyar un amplio rango de programas de primer nivel, innovadores y en línea a estas metas.
Los links para donar a cada uno de los grupos iniciados por deviantART se encuentran en la parte inferior de este journal.
Aún si no puedes donar, al unirte a nuestros grupos y darnos tu apoyo con tu ID y tus trabajos artísticos en la Galería de Movember, etc. nos ayudas a esparcir la información de forma que llegue a mas gente.
No importa si no eres de México, puedes unirte al grupo no importando de que país seas.
¿No puedes tener tu propio bigote? ¡No te preocupes! Puedes bajar nuestro bigote de emergencia aquí. Imprímelo y decóralo como quieras, luego sube una foto tuya con tu nuevo y genial bigote a nuestra Galería de Movember. Impríme y decora varios de ellos y ¡ponlos donde quieras! Ponle uno a tu gato, a tu carro, a tu hermana... las posibilidades son infinitas ¿No tienes impresora? ¡No hay problema! Corta uno con papel, crea un bigote con cosas en tu casa, ¡sé creativo y sube tus creaciones!
¡Cambia tu ID usando una de nuestras Plantillas Movember! Cada una tiene instrucciones de uso, pero si no tienes Photoshop, no te preocupes, también funcionan con deviantART Muro. Súbela como una deviantART ID y ¡úsala! :thumb167108088: :thumb335481704:
Usa nuestra journal skin creada por $marioluevanos y ¡ayúdanos a esparcir la información! Promueve arte que tenga bigotes e información importante con respecto al movimiento Movember. O simplemente úsala para tus journals personales a lo largo de todo noviembre para mostrar tu apoyo