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July - August Some News + Some DecisionsSeasons + Climate + Decisions
So they are here (or there) again, Summer :iconsunglompplz: for the North and Winter for the South.
For me, and being from Argentina it's a blessing, I am sorry though for those friends up North who are suffering a particularly fierce Summer.
I totally H A T E Summer and feeling hot and sweatty, or should I say "dewy" ? :iconthinkingplz:
But it's not news to anybody who knows me from way back.
OK, Enough of weather chitchat !
I think you all dear and loyal friends, have heard enough excuses and apologies from me about my -always- late responses.
Needless to say I am sorry for that, but without really suffering from depression, I do get periods of non-activity --I guess that being 74 sort of has something to do about it-- :iconnaughtygrandmaplz: so I end up with incredible amounts of Thank yous, and Comments in general that need responding. Not to mention th
May-June 2014 and stuffSome News and Apologies
As it has been established I am not being a "good girl" regarding my duties on updating info in my Journal, and am awfully behind in my Thanks for encouraging comments and the I know that the easy way is our friend the "delete" button, but I don't like to do that, I LOVE to see the marvelous art of my friends and watched ones.
But you all know that
Unframed-Nature Water Contest
I forgot to announce in my previous Journal about that interesting contest, EARTH'S WONDERS of WATER it is in the voting process at present and I will post the results when they become available.
They have many interesting contests scheduled so please visit their site Unframed-Nature :iconunframed-nature:
Tea's Pets Corner
Tea's Pet Shelter Project - This project by Tea TeaPhotography :iconteaphotography: :iconloveteaplz: is something that I am announcing/promoting since quite some time ago.
April - Belated update and usual apologiesLots of Love
Yes it is time to sadly express my usual apologies for very late and/or nonexistent responses to your nice and supportive comments I so wish I could honestly say that it will not happen again, but I know it will not be so. All I can say is that I'll do my best.
Please forgive me I assure you though that I read and enjoy each and every one of your sweet comments and favourites
I am bringing a few of some of my favourite fractals as gifts for you, dear patient and faithful friends
A short GET WELL Feature for Jocelyne
Our dear friend Jocelyne JocelyneR had a rather important accident and is successfully recuperating quite well.
So here as a special GE
Tutorial - Animated Stamps - My WayI made it specially for fractal2cry who indicated to be interested in learning how to make stamps, but of course I welcome anyone who will find it useful to use it. Let me know if it was useful.
In fact, rather than a Tutorial, I think this is an explanation of how I go about making animated stamps in Photoshop.
It is assumed that the user has good knowledge of Photoshop tools and other features.
This may not be the best or shortest way and neither the only way of course, but it's how it works for me.
I use Photoshop CS4 (I think it's version 11)
So, I open the program, load the images I will use for the stamp, resize them to the stamps measurements.
The "official" size originally specified by dA was/is 99 x 56 px @ 72dpi so I set the size of my work at 99x56 and increase the resolution to 288dpi, that gives me a new working size or resolution of 396x225 px.
Once I finish with the stamp I resize it either to the original specified dimensions or maybe reduce the
SE# 17 - Art from Some of my Friends Thank you for BD and Seasons Greetings !
Last December I received many Seasons and Birthday Greetings from many of my friends, I featured the gifts I received and posted a list of those who sent me special greetings.
In that Journal I promised to post a feature of some of their art and so here it is, a short sample of their beautiful art.
The Following are from Friends that sent their Art dedicated to me as Gifts
:iconlovelyheartsplz: Allie :iconjulianasgrandma: a.k.a. JulianasGrandma :iconlovelyheartsplz:
:iconlovelyheartsplz: Gerda :icongerda1946: a.k.a. Gerda1946 :iconlovelyheartsplz:
:iconlovelyheartsplz: Ingrid :icongraphicLia: a.k.a. GraphicLia :iconlovelyheartsplz:
Flaky Flake by GraphicLiaSunset Everlasting by GraphicLia
:iconlovelyheartsplz: Jocelyne :iconJocelyner: a.k.a. JocelyneR :iconlovelyheartsplz:
BD and Holidays Greetings - UPDATE ! Thank You !
Well yes, today December 22nd is my BD, and many dear friends sent me greetings and precious gifts for which I am most grateful and wanted to make a brief feature of the wonderful art they were so kind to dedicate to me.
From Allie a.k.a. JulianasGrandma
From Gerda a.k.a. Gerda1946
From Ingrid a.k.a. GraphicLia
From Jocelyne a.k.a. JocelyneR
From Selina a.k.a. sesam-is-open 10 :iconpointsplz: !!
From Camelia a.k.a. KmyGraphic
From TanteTabata a.k.a. TanteTabata (special thanks for her new "Argentina Jumper" --->
Also received lovely messages and good wishes for this day:
From [Point Right] Thelma a.k.a. Thelma1 [Heart]
From [Point Right] Sandy a.k.a. PridesCrossing [Heart]
From [Point Right] Lara a.k.a. LaraBLN [Heart]
From [Point Right] Angel a.k.a. Ace60 [Heart]
November 25 -Winners of the UNFRAMED-NATURE GroupWhy Thanks Again ?
Big Thanks to all my dear friends and watchers for their warm replies and thanks they sent me for the latest Feature. I received more than 100 comments and s !!
I added a permanent link to it in the Side Bar of this Journal
Sta-sh Works for Me Now - go figure
Those who know me and are kind enough to read my Journals and occasional Rant about some of dA "improvements" might be rather surprised for what I'm about to say, but fair is fair. After all "Fair Play" is my favourite phrase
After many years pissing and moaning about the famous Sta.sh application it seems they have gotten it to work really well. Congratulations to the dA team responsible for that.
I am now able to use my favourite skin and even work directly on it, creating a draft for a Journal and saving it if I am not finished
Featuring Friends - SE Nbr 16 Long Overdue Feature for Dear Friends
What do I mean by "SE" ?
I explained this somewhere in my dA prehistory It stands for "Special Edition", and I created it as an extra page of my regular Journals. In this case I am using it to Feature a few samples of the art of some of my many dear and supportive friends and watchers. (See the list below the Scroll Box)
Will try to feature -in no particular order, and if dA would allow it - two of the works of just a few of my many friends, the list is the result of selecting the names that appeared more often among my s or "Activity" section received since May of this year 2013 :iconembarrasedplz:
Here we go - Hope I can Show them all
Please use the bar on the right to scroll down and see all the images featured,
ApoChallenges-150th Week Winner and Feature !As most of us know -or should- by now the ApoChallenges is a creation by
Stan Ragets a.k.a. f--l--A--r--k :iconf--l--A--r--k:
It stands for Apophysis Challenges, and we have been having fun with the challenges he "concocts" for us Fractals ApoAddicts since October 2009 !! Check this article for more "history" http://marthig.deviantart.com/journal/One-Successful-Year-of-Apo-Challenges-216750115
So finally the day arrived, last October 9th we voted and the winner of the 150th week is ...
Other beautiful fractals by Michael a.k.a. Dawgit
Also as part of the Prizes promised here is the animated stamp,
And Runner up is
You CAN Do It Too! Commissions, Exposure, and...
Do you feel like no one cares about your artwork? That no matter how hard you try, you'll never improve? Well, I've been there before.
A little less than a year ago, I didn't even have 100 watchers. It was tough trying to find commissions, even though I priced them around 10 - 100 an hour. Sure, I had some wonderful people supporting me (thank you very much for that!), but when I looked at the thousands of diehard fans the "popular" artists had, I felt kinda useless. It seemed like even a thousand watchers, or just being able to earn minimum wage was impossible. Sometimes I wanted to cry from all the effort I put in. I kept drawing and drawing but barely improving. I was frustrated and felt useless. But instead of giving up, I pushed myself even harder, and by God's grace it's starting to work out for me.
I now have over 16,000 amazing people encouraging me, and I know it's only a matter of tim
Avoid That dAramaAnyone who has been an internet user for a period of time should know that drama is one of the hallmarks of the absolutely wonderful technology that allows us to be connected 24/7. It's like glitter, one moment all you see is just a fleck of it then suddenly, it's everywhere. DeviantArt is chock full of massive amounts of it (drama, not glitter!) at any given time, so let's talk about what you need to know to avoid it (aaaand what to do if you find yourself in it)!
I just caused the argument because... I wanted to get more pageviews, I wanted to be popular, for the lulz, I was bored
I ALWAYS have to reply
If you think the interwebs is the only place you'll find people you don't agree with, I think it's time you spent a little more time away from your computer. First off, let me say that there's nothing inherently wrong about disagreeing with someone. Nothing at
Freelance Paychecks are RealA few weeks back while thinking about this journal, I came across a forum for paid photojournalism jobs. I left it some time later in complete shock. There I found posting after posting about jobs paying nothing, next to nothing, or promising payment and then paychecks never arriving in the mail. I sat there, closed the laptop lid, and thought for a long while.
I know I’m fortunate to be paid for what I do. A big part of this is because I specialize in something very few photographers are doing at a professional level. But what most people don’t realize is that even at this level a large percentage of my workload involves pay negotiations. There are contracts that took months of negotiation. Some took weeks, or a single week, or several days, or a flurry of emails or texts in just a few minutes.
Every single one of those initially low-balled me; offering me starting contracts at 10-20% of my regular rate. And despite publications th
JULY Challenge WATER - WINNERS:icontransparentplz:
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Hello dear members, watchers and visitors
Here we have the winners of this Monthly Theme:
1st Place (130 points)
2nd Place (80 points)
3rd Place (50 points)
4th Place (25 points)
Thank you to all who voted The follow deviants who faved this blog will win 10 points each:
Positions on the Favourites List from 1 to 111 (numbers found using RANDOM.ORG): 99, 106, 14, 44 and 56
RoF Signature Feature: Of Angels and Demons Vol. 2
Fav this Feature for a chance to get your artwork presented in our next feature!
We will pick one Member that faved this article to be in the next one.
Of Angels and Demons
presented by the Realm of Fantasy
Momus Advby Toru-meow
Anime and Manga DD round up, July 2014:iconcinyu:
Features by cinyu
The Golden Yard by Naschi:Dear Old Memories - You ~ Youko: by Nacura-G
Karasutengu by ASingleGiraffeSV - hoshino-arashi by silvi-silvimemory f i s h by Gasara
Lia by OXMirukuBP: HBD JOHN by tooaya
Comm: sugarella by ikr:: y o u t h f u l. d a y s :: by hitogataDreamScape by muhoho-seijin
10.07.14 by Asa-tan[PFFK]Chapter III:Bloody Sun by laziesheavenA vampire never dies by Pemiin
LUGGAGE FOR THE DANCER IN RED - 13-2014
the loner by korrox the ninth gate by Tom-Ripley
On the edge of the world by igorsev Contraposition by SplitEnsds On the edge of the world by igorsev
SUSA X6 by KizukiTamura unsustainable by chriseastmids SUSA X6 by KizukiTamura
Colibri' by martaraff Mgh IV - St. Georg in the Puddle by DpressedSoul Colibri' by martaraff
im garten IV by BuChWien PNEUMA by menervaTau im garten IV by BuChWien
A. by ValeriaVi at the window by JakezDaniel A. by ValeriaVi
A whiter shade of pale by Barnum60 life philosophy by tuminka
Streetside Stories: MonochromeAligopter by - DougNZ
by - dmitryzhkov
The Look Out by - PatrickMonnier
:: ghost town by - noahsamuelmosko
\-ooby - DinoKose
2by - Henzonlee
shemsby - arslanalp
The hand of the player by - mariomencacci
Childhoodby - IFedorovskaya
Nature squares feature
Vicia cracca by StargazerLZ flows in you. by simoendli
treasure. by simoendli .: falling down :. by biszkopciik p u r p u r e a by poppy412
sunrays flowers 2 by StargazerLZ fleur by girlmarvel easiness by vitzy
Look from above.. by Bojkovski 0996 by topinka Flowers Of Paradise by Onceuponatime13
::Hidden Passion:: by onixa Searching for a new world by Healzo lily by nakedlady
Day 42 - Little flower by EliseEnchanted As time goes by by cloduy
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