A news series featuring art selected by me. There will be a wide range of themes and genres covered. In addition, there will be periodic interviews and artist spotlights. Note that this feature is moving to a bi-weekly publication schedule. If you like this article, please add it to your favorites to help spread the love for the art and artists within.
Daily FeaturesOn my profile page, I feature a new deviation every day (or two or three), though admittedly I haven't been so good about that the last few months. The piece is usually something that caught my eye. Could be an amazing digital painting, a fun stamp, a quick photograph that made me smile, perhaps a piece for a weekly theme, whatever. However, it moved me enough to share it with my visitors. Below is a list of the artists which I featured during March-April 2013. I am showcasing different pieces from their gallery in the hope of showing them a bit more love. If you would like to see the original piece I featured of each of these artists, please visit this folder. =Acaciathorn ~MintLights ~KatelynnRose ~piger-6 $Thunderstatement ~ojcartoons ~LB-digital *rosy-GingerPear ~abou3 ~SAYOMADEIT ~EvanescentWings =Halothane =TwilightSaint =helios-spada =Tigles1Artistry *Indu-Art ~ekkimu ~MirabelleMouette *Z4N9
Spotlight InterviewIn this series, I hope to introduce the community to some artists who have been around dA for a while, but are still relativity unknown. The interviews are meant to be short and sweet. I encourage you to check out the artist's full gallery and add them to your devWatch.
-- This issue, we talk to visual artist, ~shisleya Could you introduce yourself and tell us a little about yourself and your dA life? (You can use this question to plug any groups or off-dA projects you may have.)
Hello everyone! I’m ~shisleya
, but my true name is Rosalba, Rosy for my friends. I am an Italian girl who has been around deviantart for 5 years, even if I started to be more active since 2010, when I decided to spread some drawings and writings about the original story I’m writing with a friend. Unluckily I don’t have any texts in English that may be read, but in my drawings you can find a lot of informations about my project, which consists in a fantasy novel called “Instrumenta”. I’m also pretty active on my tumblr blog (shisleya.tumblr.com/)
, which I mainly use to collect sketches that I don’t publish here on dA. What would you say your main artform is? Secondary?
It’s a difficult question, since I try to be both a writer and a visual artist (which is still a huge word for me, since I consider myself an art amateur. I draw for hobby, I never attended art schools). Anyway, since my dA gallery just contains visual arts, I’d go for traditional artist with a preference for illustration and comic art. My favorite media is the old, good pencil, but I like to use markers and watercolors for colored works. Lately I’m trying to experiment digital coloring, but my linearts are generally traditional. When did you start pursuing your art? What prompted you to?
I’ve been drawing since my childhood memories start, but I never “seriously” deepened my artistic skills before I was 22 (now I’m 28). I must admit my stay in dA really drove me to improve during the last years, thanks to all the gorgeous artists and friends I knew. But the thing that prompted me the most was my original story: giving a form to my OCs and creating illustrations with them are still my main reason to keep practicing art. What is your favorite piece in your gallery at the moment?
It's not my most complex work (technically speaking), but I'm very emotionally tied to it.
In truth I’m also emotionally tied to some of my oldest illustrations, even if they’re full of mistakes! XD . In general, what is your favorite thing to create (i.e. fan-art, poetry, etc) ?
In general, original art (I'm not a great fanartist), but I love to draw friends' OCs too, beside my own ones. And anything that involves historical costumes, above all from oriental settings (i.e. Arab, Indian, Chinese, Japanese …
) Just for fun question: What is your movie and why?
Since I love History, and I don’t despise reinterpretation of History, I’d say “Kingdom of Heaven” by Ridley Scott. I consider it an interesting movie about the Crusades, where no one is totally “good” or “bad”. In the end, one of the most beautiful messages in the movie is communication between people from different cultures, who may end up to comprehend and respect each other, despite the world seems to go in the opposite direction. This is a lifestyle I try to pursue in my life too. Time to spread the love. Who are 3 artists you feel could use more love? Tell us why you love them.
Only 3 ones are so few!! Anyway I don’t feel to cheat if I pick artists who are friends in the first place, because their art is truly gorgeous and moreover they’re wonderful, lovable persons! ~solfieri
I love her ability to create very human characters. Her attention to realistic personalities and settings, her love for details and historical faithfulness, the emotions you can feel through her illustrations are my absolute favorite things from her. Plus she’s a folds goddess and her watercolors are precious.
My pick from ~solfieri =raka-raka
A great friend I managed to meet in person, since she lives just some kilometers far from my place! This amazing girl has a true talent for comic art, her characters are all so lively, her works are bright and colorful, her style is very original and expressive!
My pick from =raka-raka *Nuaran
This skilled girl won my heart with her amazing watercolors, full of details and great care, and her very lovely style! I can stare at the beautiful faces she draws for hours!
My pick from *Nuaran
There are plenty of other artists I love to bits, but I have to name at least the following ones: ~Asherah-Seren
, =White-Mantis ~LauraPex Final words?
Thank you very much for this interview, I hope you enjoyed it
(and sorry for possible English mistakes!)
Some of my picks from ~shisleya
Themed FeatureAs followers of this series know, I like to do features based on themes that are relevant to me personally at the moment. As I deal with the fact my mother has terminal cancer. As I see friendships slipping away that I am powerless to save. As I miss the people who are no longer in my life -- friends and family. It's been a pretty brutal few weeks. And with that, the theme is "broken hearts."
Themed FeatureSince it's been a while since I've done a general feature article, I decided I would feature some of the best art on the site...created by my watchers/visitors. I recently posted a poll asking deviants to post the piece they would like to see featured from their gallery. And here they are...
Stained GlassIt was a long window, very tall, with the most intricate and beautifully effortless designs Mela had ever seen. She stood before it, just a 19-year-old girl, dressed plainly in one of her most formal gowns. It was long and sweeping, gracing the floor for almost a foot behind her small feet, rolling delicately over her shoulders in a manner that could easily make her blush at the slightest sweet words spoken to her. The green fabric was satin in texture and complimented the young woman’s figure. Her long dark hair was braided down her back, and her hazel eyes were trained on the stained glass window, soft pink lips pursed in thought.
“It is lovely,” she stated simply, with so much feeling in her sweet voice that the saccharine melody tickled the ears of any passers-by.
The window’s black framing was glinting in the early morning light cast from outside. The different colors of the glass shards played tricks on the eyes, dancing aroun
Sting of RegretYou ripped my heart out
to sew it back on.
SpamThis section will be used to promote special events and such around dA that are close to my heart, as well as requested pimpage.
With the holidays upon us, there are many deviants open for commissions. Here's a few to check out.
Emergency $12 sketch commissions (Also: Fleeing TaGlad to be finally back to DA after months of absence! Got a lot of stuff that I did while I was away that needs uploading. But, first:
I just went through days of hell! Almost 2 weeks ago, Tacloban City, my hometown, was decimated by Haiyan.
Most of my people were left with no food, water, shelter and future. There was no power and no communication with the outside world. Government aid, if there was any attempt at it at all at that time, failed to reach us. We were left to tend to ourselves.
Three desperate days later I decided to get out of the city with my wife and 3 kids. Food and water were getting scarcer and the fact that inmates from the local prisons had escaped during the calamity and were running loose wasn't helping warm the spirits. There were also reports of rebels coming down from the mountains, and no police was in sight. There was no other choice. We walked more than 10 kilometers to the airport in the rain, abandoning our home, dragging only
Talented friends open for commissionsAll those people are creative, awesome artists open for drawing a whole variety of characters and scenes Their styles vary from semirealistic to cartoony and are sure to keep you entertained. The prices are reasonable as well. Please check them out!
And a special portrait offer: http://m-i-d-s.deviantart.com/journal/PORTRAIT-COMMISSIONS-413187780
I am holding voice auditions for a small project for my %RelativityComic
group. If you're interested, more details can be found in the journal listed below.
2nd Round Voice AuditionsFinal Deadline is December 13, 2013
We'd like to thank everyone who participated in our first round of voice auditions. We're excited that many of the roles were filled. However, with such a big cast, we are still in need of more voices!
To recap from Round 1, these voices will be used in some fun promotional trailers for our fiction series. Note that our series is free-for-download (and available for a nominal cost on Amazon.com). We're not looking to make a ton of money with this. With that in mind, please understand there is no payment, other than our deepest gratitude. Of course, all actors will receive credit and a right to list voice-acting on your resume.
We are currently in great need of more male voices than female. However, we will be accepting auditions for both as we always have need for supporting and villain casting, as well as having stand-bys should an actor not able to participate later on.
Below are the listing of the male roles we are focusing on.
Literary Compass is a once-every-three-week article which showcases novels and other long-form literary series around deviantART. Be sure to check out the newest edition. We are also always looking for new novels and series to feature, so be sure the check out the Q&A for more details (self-suggestions are welcomed).
Literary Compass - Vol. 14Welcome
If one is looking for Literature, you don't need to go far on deviantART. There is a large community of writers and a plethora of work to peruse. Featuring genres such as fantasy, mystery, horror, and romance, one would be hard-pressed to find an area not covered. However, due to the nature of the site, shorter works tend to get more focus. It's easier to quickly read a poem or a short story, and thus many of the feature articles on dA showcase those works. However, there are many novelists and serial writers among the mix, oftentimes fighting an uphill battle to have their works seen and appreciated.
With that in mind, I have started an article to spotlight some of those artists and their literary-worlds. The works covered in this feature will exclusively be long-form fiction such as novels, trilogies, etc., or fiction serials.
Current Stop - 18th Century England
The next stop on our Literary journey is 1700s England and the high seas beyond,
Literary Compass Guidelines + FAQBelow are a series of questions which outline the minimum requirements to be featured in the Literary Compass, as well as some general questions about the series:
How to Get Featured
What is the criteria for an author/work to be considered for the Literary Compass?
I thought long and hard when deciding what criteria I would need for the series. Simply put, there are a lot of people who are "working on a novel", but never get far into or or it ends up in a "work-in-progress" stage forever. To help filter through, I established these minimum requirements:
Literature - Your series must be primarily literature based. There are many works which now incorporate different mediums such as lit, art, comics, music, etc. to create a rounded entertainment experience. For this article, the featured author/series must have a strong literary focus. We do not accept web-comics or other primarily visual-art works.
deviantART Hub - The author and/or work
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