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Spotlight Features - Volume 13

Sat Nov 3, 2012, 8:09 AM


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.

:+fav: If you like this article, please add it to your favorites to help spread the love for the art and artists within.




Poll Features


It is widely known that many famous artists, composer, and authors have had the frustration of having a work they felt was sub-par gain huge popularity while pieces they worked harder on and adore sat un-noticed.  This is the same for everyday deviants. I recently ran a poll asking for deviants to share with me their thoughts on this and share their own art. Here are some of the answers--the first piece being the most faved and the second being the one they wished had more love. More will be featured in future articles. To see the original poll (which is still open), click here.

:bulletblue: :iconh-e-l-l-o-w-o-r-l-d: H-E-L-L-O-W-O-R-L-D
:thumb331367103: :thumb330098603:

:bulletblue: :iconmalknox: MalKnox
Happy Halloween by MalKnox 3 by MalKnox

:bulletblue: :iconrydistorm: RydiStorm
Some Day... by RydiStorm Chibi Rydi by RydiStorm

:bulletblue: :iconthespokesman: TheSpokesman
OCs not TWILIGHT by TheSpokesman

:bulletblue: :iconsevslover6195: Sevslover6195
Non-civil war colouration by Sevslover6195 MemoriesLike the shards of a broken mirror they surround her, the memories of both of her lives. One is warm and inviting, the other cold and forbidding. Enigma-37 shudders as she touches the closest shard, it shatters into a cloud of silver revealing the scene within.
Enigma, Germany, 1946, New Years Eve
She never wanted to be here, never wanted any of this, yet here she is. She looks at the soldier to her left: it's Danielle, she is saying the Lords prayer before they drop in Germany, the place where she was born and raised.
"It'll be over soon," 37 says placing a comforting hand on her friend's shoulder attempting to soothe her guilty conscience. Danielle looks up with blue eyes that are ages older than their owner and simply shakes her head. One singular tear streaks down her face, the first one in ages.
"It vill never be over," Danielle says shaking her head.
After a beat of silence, the signal to drop is given. All of the Enigmas cross themselves before diving into the p


:bulletblue: :iconforty-fathoms: Forty-Fathoms
Shipwrecked! - Colored by Forty-Fathoms Sara Pezinni's Witchblade by Forty-Fathoms

:bulletblue: :iconminakie: Minakie
free stamp bases and templates - set 1 by Minakie pixel cherubs playing trumpets by Minakie

:bulletblue: :iconzerg620: Zerg620
Big Luigi Walk by Zerg620 Cooper and Friends emotes by Zerg620

:bulletblue: :iconpiccolaria: PiccolaRia
The Only One I Can Trust by PiccolaRia Fugue: The Fire by PiccolaRia

:bulletblue: :iconwerewolf85: werewolf85
Ironman Unfinished by werewolf85 triform...kind of. by werewolf85

:bulletblue: :iconicexdragon: IceXDragon
Wipeout: Emote Big Balls by IceXDragon deviantART Pixar by IceXDragon

:bulletblue: :iconphydeau: phydeau
Abandon by phydeau self 008 by phydeau

:bulletblue: :iconnakos: NAkos
Llama Giving Game by NAkos Bottle of War by NAkos

:bulletblue: :iconboxpet: Boxpet
Bullying isn't cool. by Boxpet

:bulletblue: :iconhappy-gurl: happy-gurl
Request - Spiderman by happy-gurl The Green Set by happy-gurl

:bulletblue: :iconshadowed-serenity: Shadowed-Serenity
:clownnose: by Shadowed-Serenity Dance: the hidden language of the soul by Shadowed-Serenity

:bulletblue: :iconfoolecho: FoolEcho
Blackbird by FoolEcho Exit by FoolEcho

:bulletblue: :iconsamusfairchild: SamusFairchild
150 Poses by SamusFairchild Krystal... by SamusFairchild

:bulletblue: :iconsnowshi: Snowshi
Pumpkin La by Snowshi Icefire Sprite by Snowshi

:bulletblue: :iconmangasockattack: mangasockattack
:thumb273690049: Farewell, My Love by mangasockattack

:bulletblue: :icongaladriel-the-small: galadriel-the-small
See You On The 8-Bit Battlefield (Hoodie Design) by galadriel-the-small Dreaming... by galadriel-the-small

:bulletblue: :iconart-forarts-sake: Art-forArts-Sake
Object-tan - Dell Laptop by Art-forArts-Sake Nightmare Parade by Art-forArts-Sake

:bulletblue: :iconnattie-bug: Nattie-Bug
Halloween Series: Gerard Way -Vampire- by Nattie-Bug Illuminate by Nattie-Bug

:bulletblue: :iconbloodrose83: bloodrose83


:bulletblue: :iconisora683: isora683
Neko!Danny and Sam by isora683 JxD - As Long As You Love Me by isora683

And adding my own, because I can...

:bulletblue: :iconmirz123: Mirz123
Sleep is Overrated Stamp by Mirz123 Seasons of Life by Mirz123




Spotlight Interview



In this series, I hope to introduce the community to some artists who have been around dA for a while. Some are known, some 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.

:iconfionacreates: -- This issue, we talk to digital artist, FionaCreates

:bulletwhite: 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.)

Good Evening people of the Internet.

What can I say other than Hi my name is Fiona, AKA FionaCreates, I'm 24, spend most of my time being creative in some manor or other and,according to some, I'm quintessentially British. As part of deviantART I used to be the GD/GM/CV for the Digital Dolls Category and I'm still fairly active in that category, I currently co run a dolls contest group entitled minishizzle hosting 2 small contests a month. I also write and illustrate the dieselpunk webcomic Hairpin which is fairly new and still finding it's feet. Comics is a new endeavor for me, and certainly very challenging but rewarding.

I'm also a huge fan of the quiz show "pointless" and watch it most days. I have quite extensive General Knowledge and get pissed off when I can't answer a question. Not particularly art related but yay quizshows!


:bulletwhite: What would you say your main artform is? Secondary?

I'm a figurative illustrator. Whether this emerges as illustrations, digital dolls, paintings or comics is unique to the intention of each idea. I work in both digital and traditional and often fuse the two. I don't really have a favourite media to work with beyond "whatever gets the job done". Digital and Traditional... they're just the tool, the Artist makes the Art.


:bulletwhite: When did you start pursuing your art? What prompted you to?

I've never considered pursuing anything else. I've been told that when I was in playschool at around 3 years old I used to demand crayon time everyday, even though crayon time was only 1 day a week. Never say no to crayons.


:bulletwhite: What is your favorite piece in your gallery at the moment?

The Bookworm by FionaCreates


:bulletwhite: In general, what is your favorite thing to create (i.e. fan-art, poetry, etc) ?

My favourite thing to make is really boring run of the mill character portraits or tool dolls because I can relax and feel good about my work. There's things like full illustrations or pages of my comic that are much more difficult and require work and concentration, which I also love and are immensely satisfying, but sometimes it's fun just to kick back and do easy.


:bulletwhite: Just for fun question: What is your favorite movie?

Of All Time? The Oceans 11 with Brad Pitt and George Clooney. It never fails to make me smile, the chemistry between the 11 is fantastic. Is it the best movie ever? No. But it just makes me smile so great for bad days. I can never not watch it.


:bulletwhite: Time to spread the love. Who are 3 artists you feel could use more love? Tell us why you love them. (please select one piece from each of the artist's gallery and send me the thumb)

:iconteaganwhite: teaganwhite - Everything from Cartoon to Realism done with intense care and delicacy but, above all, heart.

Great Horned Owl by teaganwhite

:iconcumbriacam: CumbriaCam - Because there's nothing that gets my heart going like excellent Landscapes.

Stumps of Awareness by CumbriaCam

:iconglumentia: Glumentia - Groovy colours and pixels and dolls. What's not to love?

OTR round 2 by Glumentia


:bulletwhite: Final words?

“Man is not made for defeat” -Ernest Hemingway


:bulletwhite: Some of my picks from FionaCreates's gallery:

Commish - Lyricanna by FionaCreates Lady Macbeth by FionaCreates Frog in a Blender by FionaCreates




Themed Feature


November is known for Thanksgiving to my U.S. citizens, but it is also known for Movember, a movement that helps bring awareness to men's health issues.  As my brother-in-law is a survivor of prostate cancer, this is an issue that is important to our family. You can read more about the effort here.  A symbol of Movember is the mustache.  With that in mind, here's a lovely collection of some awesome staches.

Stop Riding my Coattails by AutumnOwl Fancy Dance PLZ by Mirz123 Mustache Pig La La La La La La La La La La La La 2 by RiverKpocc Movember 'Stache - Free Icon by Hardrockangel Plushie Mustachio by dbestarchitect
Mustache Man by luhluhbuh Mustache by sebreg Bunny with a Mustache by happysquidmuffin Real - Lady and the Tramp by Crystalizady Just put a mustache on it by blitz-paranoia { by Lokwa Galleta png- mustache by NawiiiCrazy :thumb328356230: Baby Evil Genius #1 by KyrakThePoet I haz a mustache! by LovelyRaindrop We love moustache cloud by Naokawaii Mustache by ItsDylan Mustache by clarrr17 keep calm and take a mustache by Yggdrasil-of-Mitho Mustache by Bait-101 MUSTACHE by Hiyoko-Hime Humphrey the Mustache by Elen-Roy mustache by ChrissieGC Yellow mustache octo-plushie by jaynedanger Mexican Gir by cutie247639 King of hearts by MissyZoe Cinnamon Roll Man by DanSchoening mustache :D by SaskiaLove Luigi, good sir. by starcatfri  Mustache BunBun by autumnechoes




Spam


This section will be used to promote special events and such around dA that are close to my heart, as well as requested pimpage.

:bulletgreen: The emoticon community has jumped into NaNoEmo, a month-long event which challenges everyone to emote more (and hopefully make 30 emotes in 30 days).  It's off to a great start.  If you're an emoticonist or emoticon lover, check out this journal and follow the progress of the players!  mirz123.deviantart.com/journal…

:bulletgreen: SLefor and PhaeOBrien have started a new OC contest.  Both visual and lit entries are welcome.  To learn more and to join, check out this journal ---> remember2live.deviantart.com/j…

:bulletgreen: The EmoticonOpus group is looking for new hosts for upcoming contests. You don't have to be an emoticonist to participate.  For more info, check out this journal ---> emoticonopus.deviantart.com/jo…

:bulletgreen: Endorell-Taelos features a new deviation on her page everyday.  To see the round-up of her October choices, check out this feature ---> endorell-taelos.deviantart.com…



Credits


A nod to the following people and resources which make this article possible:
:bulletblack: Logo graphic by admx
:bulletblack: Section bullets courtesy of Fatcow Hosting
:bulletblack: CSS Skin by Drake1
:bulletblack: Custom journal coding and layout by Ravenswd

Disclaimer: These features are done in the spirit of promoting the art of fellow deviants. Due to time restraints and the volume of art I feature, I cannot specifically ask permission of each artist before featuring. If I have showcased you or one of your pieces and you would prefer I not, please note me and I will be happy to remove it.


In this issue I feature some of the results of my recent poll asking deviants to share their most-fave/wish most faved deviations. Also, an interview with `Pyrochan-dolls and a special big mustache feature in honor of Movember.
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Most welcome. :heart:
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Snowshi Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great article! And thank you for the feature! ^-^
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bloodrose83 Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Lots of people I've never seen before, I'm going to check it out when I'm home from work tonight. :aww: Thank you for the feature!
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LovelyRaindrop Nov 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow- Thank you! This really brightened my day!
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Eitvys200 Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great article as always. :hug:
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