March 29, 2013

42 - Wintenso

So, my number of pageviews has dropped lately and it's also really been fluctuating... except for the last three days in a row it has been the same number each day (no bonus points for guessing what the number is). It looks like Deep Thought has had a hand in my stats. It also probably played a part in this creation by Jonas Pfeiffer (DA's Wintenso). 

March 28, 2013

Fail EPICLY - DoubtingSalmon

If you're going to fail - and you are - fail epicly! That's what I think, and DoubtingSalmon (DA: DoubtingSalmon) thinks so too (as do Erebus-Odora and Samuel Beckett). I lamented yesterday about the challenges of working in three dimensions when making art but I don't think I explained much about the benefits that depth gives to a piece, in making it feel real.

March 27, 2013

Leather Butterfly iPhone/iTouch Case - SpiritOfTheDragon

Leather Butterfly iPhone/iTouch Case
I found another leather-worker! The first one had wild masks that, while cool, weren't very practical unless you were cosplaying, which is a time when everyone is wearing crazy stuff so yours won't stand out that much. This piece, by Jo (DA's SpiritOfTheDragon) is meant to be used and shown off in a usual day-to-day setting where it is more likely to be noticed and appreciated.

March 26, 2013

Drew Barrymore - MrEyeCandy66

Drew Barrymore
Digital art is easy; it's the kind of thing you can bash your head into for endless hours and eventually get something artistic, thanks to layers and the undo button. I can say that because I personally do digital art and that's how I started out, and I can say the same about photography. Photography is easy because you are capturing what is already there. The shadows are cast by the sun, the architecture is made by mankind and the people were made through genetics. There is obviously more that goes into both of these subjects to make art, but traditional art - like this piece by Rob (DA's MrEyeCandy66) - starts with a blank page (essentially) no way to undo what you've done.

March 25, 2013

Let It Rain - Gyaban

Let It Rain
This wonderful picture is the creation of Christophe Kiciak (DA's Gyaban) who is a self-professed scientist and artist. It's the combination of these two passions that come together to create a photo like this. I've talked about staging before: where a picture isn't just found but instead is planned and set-up. This picture was taken in bulb mode. A lot of photographer's never touch this setting as it is either for self-portraits without the Myspace angle or fireworks. Here the artist also used a sound-activated flash to capture the picture in motion...

March 22, 2013

Verdon IV - Padorax

Verdon IV
I'm sure a lot of you are tired of hearing this but I assure you, I'm more tired of living it. I tried to write about something else but with my hands shivering from cold it seemed like the only thing I could write about: snow. Or in today's case, hail. I went outside in a t-shirt and shorts in the warm sun and while I stood outside it began to hail like mad. (Edit: by the time I finished this the hail stopped and the sun came out again...) Someone who likely also knows snow pretty well is R. Tanios (DA's Padorax), today's artist.

March 21, 2013

Miami Heat - Kamilmilka

Miami Heat
I love me some good poster design (as evidenced by Poster Week a few weeks ago). There's a whole lot of work that goes into any good poster and it's sad how infrequently they get noticed. I think that's due in part because the very best posters look like the professional posters; and we get bombarded with so many posters and ads in daily life that we've become accustomed to tuning them out. Hopefully you can turn that part of your brain off for a minute so you can thoroughly enjoy this piece by Kamil Guse (DA's Kamilmilka).

March 20, 2013

She Is The Last - FreckleOnMyPalm

She Is The Last
Sometimes, something you've never heard of will start appearing in your life constantly. There's a theory out there, that this thing was always around but you only see it now that you've started to pay attention. For me, this thing lately has been TeeFury, (there's also Qwertee but they don't offer as good of shirts or as good of prices) a site that sells a single shirt for 24 hours and then never again. The picture above is Kathleen Ruhl (DA's FreckleOnMyPalm)'s submission. It's inspired by The Last Unicorn, which is great because these sites usually sell pop-culture reference kind of shirts.

March 19, 2013

The 'Luther' Burger - Misunderheard

The 'Luther' Burger
The Luther Burger: a terrible creature, known to single-handedly destroy diets just by looking at it. Take two American favourites - the hamburger, and the doughnut - and combine them, and you'll end up with a Luther Burger. I came across this mythical beast while searching for more food pictures to add to my screensaver (something I suggest only if you want to feel hungry every time you look at your screen). Thankfully, Leia Vining (DA's Misunderheard) has made a miniature version that won't wreck your stomach as much as the full-sized Luther would.

March 18, 2013

Steinbruddet - Torivarn

For most of my readers, Daylight Savings Time hit just recently. Between that and the actual change in seasons, there's actually been sunlight past 5 in the afternoon, which is incredible news for most of the human race who, admittedly or not, get depressed with less sunlight. I think mankind has a love affair with the sun - physically, mentally, emotionally. That could explain our interest in sunrises and sunsets, like this one by Tor-Ivar Næss (DA's Torivarn). 

March 15, 2013

Design Exercise: Setting Change - Asashi-Kami

Design Exercise: Setting Change
You get a bonus today: three pictures in one, all by Henry Yamada (DA's Asashi-Kami). They're a little like snow-globes (despite snow being the only element not represented) in their dome shape and central object. I've never seen a snow-globe in real life that I would have considered art versus a tourist trap so it was pleasant to see such a different take on them. I think that's Henry's forte, how he can see things in different ways...

March 14, 2013

Winter Frost - MakMiles

Winter Frost
One of my favourite people is named after a season (you have to guess which). I've only met her a handful of times but she comes into my life like a whirlwind and it's always an exciting adventure when she does. She called me out of the blue yesterday - this post is almost late because of her. We did talk a fair bit about art and some of her favourite artists, one of which was an artist who does works very much like this one. That's why I found this piece, by Maks (DA's MakMiles) so fitting, the name and the style and everything all fit. (I'll talk more about it later but girls in fur coats in winter is one of my favourite art cliches and I have a collection of just those kinds of photographs!)

March 13, 2013

Smoking KILLS. - Fkappau

Smoking KILLS.
I'm really not being preachy here; the message is the artist's (Gimmy, DA's Fkappau), not mine. It's never my intent to preach a message of any kind on this blog - I have my opinions and I'll share if someone asks, but not otherwise. And really I'm pro-choice towards most drugs, it mostly seems like a balance/moderation kind of thing. Smoking cigarettes is the only one I really don't like. There is something in the smoke that makes me start coughing from second-hand smoke. Just being near someone smoking is enough to make me have a coughing fit, and no one should have the right to inflict that on me. How do you feel about it?

March 12, 2013

Chocolate Red Wine Cake 9 - Laurenjacob

Chocolate Red Wine Cake 9
It's a special day! If you spend too much time on Reddit you might even call it a cake day. It's my mother's birthday and, as I recently found out, it's also the birthday of one of my favourite internet celebs, Meg Turney (though I would guess that they don't share the same year). I was still thinking about what to get as a gift for her (my mom) when a few days ago, my Dad says we're having a party early... that evening. So I rushed out and bought my mom's two favourite things - red wine and chocolate - and hoped she didn't care that it was a somewhat generic present. She definitely did not. To celebrate today, I give you all this piece, by Lauren (DA's Laurenjacob).

March 11, 2013

TWITTER TWITTER - TheSexiestOffenders

SXSW is supposed to be a huge conference; DeviantArt itself even went one year. It's being held in Texas right now for the rest of the week and next week, and it's all about new technologies and film and music. A lot of people choose this event to launch their stuff so you can usually find some incredible new music and tech there. So, it was surprising to find virtually no good images to relate to SXSW. You have to think a little outside the box to see the relation to this one by Savanna and Khita Knight (DA's TheSexiestOffenders). Hint: Twitter is a tech product.

March 10, 2013

If You Seek - Zennore

If You Seek
This piece is classified as digital art which is cool in and of itself. Between the textures, brush strokes and color density I would've definitely said this piece, by Zennore (DA: Zennore) was a watercolor. It looks even more traditional with the typically Asian bamboo and logo in the bottom. The character is an original from the artist and though she is in all black she definitely has personality.

March 09, 2013

I Wanted to Believe - Molecularchaos

I Wanted to Believe
There's not much description on this piece so I'll have to read my own opinion into it. I really like the idea of religion: of a safe-place, of someone who believes in the best you and has unfaltering, limitless love for you. I've seen a lot of studies on how believing in a religion can be good for your physical and mental health. However, the science disproving most religions is too strong for me. If I believed in religion because of the scientific health benefits I doubt it would have the same effect; I just know too much. But just when you think you know it all, you might come across this picture by Zachary Zager (DA's Molecularchaos) that will have you thinking twice. (If you don't believe me, try looking at your screen a little closer. If that still doesn't work, look more from either side).

March 08, 2013

Get Out - Coho Pictures

Something a little different today... this is my own video! I wrote the script after coming up with a synopsis with my friend Joey. She directed while I filmed, and then I edited too. Almost all those things were new to me, and our actors were pretty new too, but I think we came out with something amazing.

March 07, 2013

Reflection - Emedeme

I had my choice of two DeviantArt cliches for the piece I was searching for; every choice was either fanart or pornography. While I firmly believe that the female form is one of the most beautiful things the world has to offer, most of what there is on DA isn't of the quality I'd require to show it off here (and I'm currently keeping this NSFW though that may change). The choice was made easier when I finally found this one by Mariló Delgado (DA's Emedeme). If you don't recognize it, it's Mulan! From Mulan!

March 06, 2013

DnD Enviro - AlexTooth

DnD Enviro
This piece is a landscape. It's landscape orientation (wider than it is tall) and it's an actual scape (see view) of land. It's drawn by Alex Tooth (DA: AlexTooth) and although he has a few Daily Deviations and a lot of pageviews, I wanted to include this piece anyway. I often look for landscape orientation pictures to review because they fill the page better than most other pictures which leave a lot of white (green) space on the blog. I also look for landscapes because their is something that intrigues me about them...

March 05, 2013

Just Dance - Chulii

Just Dance
The research for this one took a little while and I still expect someone to come along and correct me, but if I'm not mistaken this is a Grand Jete en Avant pose. For the layman it is basically doing the splits in mid-air, but it's also a more advanced move because the knees don't bend as opposed to a Grand Pas de Chat. For those of you with some french knowledge, those two poses translate to "Forward Throw" and "Cat's Step". I like the translations because they express the difference between the two very well: one is almost scary and aggressive, while the other is tentative and careful. More than either of that though, I like this demonstrative picture by Julia Dresch (DA's Chulii).

March 04, 2013

Light Beam - Porbital

Light Beam
I'm writing this exactly 1 and a half hours before it's "due". Sure I set my own due dates but that doesn't mean I should slack from them. I wrote the first post or two during the day and every one since I've had ready for 12am. I ran a lot of errands and exercised quite hard today; I was just curling up in bed in my pajamas when I remembered how badly I would be disappointing all of you. I have to thank past-me for compiling some pieces I wanted to review, like this one by Pete Wongkongkathep (DA's Porbital). I also want to thank him for his wicked (pseudo?) last name!

March 03, 2013

Reflection - Caring201

When you look at this drawing by Caring (DA's Caring201) you can't help but see the goggles. There's no less than three sets of them (and no more, either)! I've always thought goggles made everything cooler: vampire hunter: cool, vampire hunter with goggles: cooler, airship pilot: cool, airship pilot with goggles: cooler. While at an anime convention I bought a crazy pair of goggles with spikes and white fur on the side and I still have aspirations about designing a custom outfit purely to have something to wear those goggles with. I also bought a pair at Winners for $15 just to use as a prop in my photography instead of your usual necklace or hat to accentuate the face.

March 02, 2013

Killer Wave - Chris-Bennier

Killer Wave
I'm gonna come right out and say that this started out as a shameless plug for the Vancouver Whitecaps. The season opener is today at 3:30p and I'm getting real excited. Y.P. Lee is fantastic and as a long time player it's great to see soccer getting so much support in this big city, leapfrogging ahead of baseball and basketball and lacrosse to be the second biggest sport in town (behind the Canucks of course, Go Lu!) What started out shameless however turned into a find of a really great work by Chris Bennier (DA: Chris-Bennier).

March 01, 2013

Surprise Post

Short headline, because I don't want to take away from today's artist, but if you click through it would make me happy

Colour it up! - Neaffka

Colour it up!
I know water droplet pictures are a little overdone, but hopefully you'll agree with me that this one is different. I try to only include pieces if they're special, so water droplets have to be reflective, or part of a design, or in this case colourful (with all the extra u's that comes with it!). It's a piece by Franzi (DA's Neaffka) and is just one of many playful macro shots. I've known one other girl named Franzi, also from Germany, and it seems they're both playful and take shots, though mine was a soccer player. Maybe this one is too!