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To artists who want to offer commissions. I would like to address something I have been seeing as of late here and on other sites. Artists who are asking if someone would commission them if they were to offer commissions and if so, how much should they charge or how much are they willing to pay?
I say this with a real heart to all artists, but that is a foolish line of questions.
Really. I have been there. I even did those myself. But look at it from the side of a potential buyer.
1: Would you even commission me?
Can you imagine if a doctor were to say that? If I were to open an office would you even come to me? That makes the doctor feel like a failure. Like he has so little faith in his ability to do his job he is afraid to do it. So he has to ask a thousand people IF he were to open an office would ANYONE come? Would you? Or would you want a doctor who just opens it and does his job and believes in his ability to treat you?
Same with an artist. You sound like you have no faith in your ability. If you do
A Crash Course in Slam PoetryThere are ten days left to submit to the Louder Than dA Bomb submission folder. With that being said, I'm putting out an article that offers some tips and quick solutions to problems a poet may be facing when writing their slam poem. But very quickly, I would like to address a stigma surrounding submitting "great" work to contests.
I'll keep this brief. The world is not set to your pace. Or anyone else's really. Everybody's just trying to keep up. This line of thinking can't be taken to the publishing industry (for those that would like to publish) or anywhere else for that matter. Applying the thought to your art or literature that unless it was created under certain circumstances is to not take your work seriously.
If you don't believe you can write and read a slam poem in ten days, I'm here to tell you different and to tell you the ins and outs of slam.
Slam Poetry 101
Slam poetry works the way it do
Managing Your Inbox: Some Tips on StreamliningI'm not really an organized person. Yeah, sure, I like to TRY to be one, but most of my attempts to clean house don't stick. The one exception, however, is in my online life. I keep everything to do with the computer tabbed and organized and that includes my dA life.
I posted a poll asking visitors what their inbox looked like on a typical day. As of this writing, of the 52 responses, 35 have full inboxes – that is, somewhere between 200 and up to (or over) 1000 messages to sort through. So about 70% of the voters have quite a lot to page over.
I hear horror stories quite frequently from deviants who are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of things passing through their inbox. My personal inbox rarely reaches three digit numbers, and the few times it has, it's always been because something of mine has made the footer. While I can't promise that my personal methods will work for everyone, it n
Legal Free Music
I didn't bother with Spotify at first because I figured it had only mainstream music, but it actually has a huge variety. It does have mainstream music, but it also has loads of obscure/indie songs (yes, I'm a hipster. :iconhipstermikeyplz It's an excellent place to discover new music. These are some of its features:
1. You can make playlists with any songs you want and post them on Facebook or Tumblr or share them with a link. You can also search for playlists to find new music.
2. There are several applications you can download that offer more playlists, musician info, etc. (available for free in the program, so you don't have to download them from outside sources.) My favorite is Sifter, which works similar to Pandora: you type in a song and it gives you several similar songs. I've discovered great music that way.
3. You can read biographies of most bands and musicians, and find similar artists.
4. Like I said, it has incredible variety. It
How To Write A Critique For A ProfessionalProfessionals like myself will occasionally ask for a critique on something or other that we've done. I'm going to explain how to do a critique for someone like myself. I'm going to tell you now that this was brought on by a critique I received from someone who never did a critique before and had no idea how to do it.
Read Other Critiques
The worse thing you can do for yourself is write a critique when you have no idea what you're doing. It will be promptly rejected as it's very obvious to the person reading it. If you've never written one the best thing you CAN do is look at some critiques from other people. Example, I'm a writer so look at critiques that were done on other literature pieces. Also keep in mind that I'm a novelist so look for critiques for short stories instead of poetry or lyrics. They're a completely different genre.
If you're going to say something negative about a piece explain why you think it's bad and make sugge
Photojournalism: Discuss it! - Reaching Out Reaching Out
One of the most essential things I've learned as a photographer is the importance of reaching out and valuing all of the people who make what I do possible. All of the people I share the space with, my job with, the world with. Reaching out and becoming a part of the world I am hired to photograph has often been the difference between getting the shot, staying safe, and progressing in my field and not.
Every time you take out a camera you become the invader. James Natchtwey once poignantly put it as:
"The act of being an outsider aiming a camera can be a violation of humanity. The only way I can justify my role is to have respect for the other person's predicament. The extent to which I do that is the extent to which I become accepted by the other, and to that extent I can accept myself."
In this case he was discussing the nature of photographing tragedy and war, but it's also true when we photograph anything, anyone, anywhere.
Thoughts about communityCommunity is a word that is used on dA a lot. It's a huge part of the site and the main reason why I love this place so much and have stuck around for so many years, even when I haven't had time to indulge in my art or felt like sharing it for whatever reason. I've made true friends here who I care for deeply and can't imagine not using dA in some capacity to keep in touch with all of you wonderful people.
The thing with a community, in my opinion, is that it's kind of a by-product. I don't mean that in a bad or belittling way. What I mean is that you can't actually force a community to thrive, or even to exist. You can provide a context (like a website or a message board or a physical-world organisation) and tools (like comments or chat features online or a room to meet in for offline events). You can invite people to join in, encourage them to interact and even moderate destructive or negative behaviour but you can't make a community - it's something that happens by itself, th
The word "Jihad" is derived from "Jahada" and "Ijtihad"
which both are synonymous to success and striving for a good moral conduct.
It is a pure misconception that non-Muslims
carry even Muslims that Jihad is a holy war.
Holy war in Arabic transliteration goes like this "Harb Muqadassa"
and it is found nowhere in the holy Qu'ran.
Jihad has many levels.
The most important form of Jihad is the personal one.
Which means striving to make yourself a better person
and resisting the evil temptation within one's self which includes:
lying, stealing, engaging one's self in adultery and loose sexual whims.
If a student is passing an exam or a patient going through surgery
he is doing personal Jihad by striving to become better or achieve satisfactory results.
It does not mean to kill any human being be him a muslim or a non-mus
Dime Que Te PasoSigo aquí buscando una solución...
sinceramente no se que te pasa...
quiero que sepas que...nada,
que tu eres la mujer de mi vida...
Yo se quien tu eres, (Esto no me puede engañar)
yo fui tu hombre, tu mi mujer
yo se que tu me quieres... (No puedo con tu sentimiento)
si yo te lo di todo!!!...
Tu me hieres... (Eso tu lo sabe)
y mi corazón se muere... (Chica reacciona por favor)
Dime que te paso
tu no eres así...
si tu amor se apago
dímelo de frente, estoy aquí... (Y ten el valor)
si el problema soy yo...
y no siente nada por mi...
dímelo y yo me marcho
que dios se apiade de mi...
(Ya no aguanto mas)
Dime que te pasa
se siente fría la casa
ya ni me besa, ya ni me abraza
trato de arreglarlo, mi intento fracasa
dime que es lo que pasa
por que me rechaza
y yo no se ni que hacer no tengo salida del lió
trato de besarte pero el cuarto sigue frió
ella me grita, le grito y empieza el desafió
yo confió en que vuelvas a hacer mi princesa...
(Yo lo que necesito es que tu me mires a la cara)
Why Wal-Mart should be broken up by the government1. Wal-Mart ran many small business owners out of business.
2. Most of the merchandise is manufactured overseas and is of poor quality.
3. Employees are receiving unethical treatment. They are underpaid, overworked, and forced to work off the clock.
4. What Standard Oil was from 1870 to 1911 is what Wal-Mart is from 1962 onwards.
5. When we think of McJobs we think of McDonalds. We must also associate McJobs with Wal-Mart.
6. The prefix Mc is a throwaway word.
7. Wal-Mart has too much power and too much money. They exploit not only employees at their stores but they also exploit third world nationals for cheap labour.
8. Wal-Mart has contributed to labour outsourcing and replacing many manual jobs with robots and technology.
9. Someone needs to put an end to Wal-Mart's monopoly. The next small business what Wal-Mart runs out of business will be the last.
10. Wal-Mart will have to appear in Federal Court for an anti-trust trial. If the jury rules in favour of the platiff then the little
in The SideWalks Uncertain of it's own actions
a society busy of it's own.
Products now produced,
all empty hands of bigger ones.
Minds made to consume,
lights, movements, vibrations.
all said actions untold.
What in the question,
click, a pulse from same machines.
Not the same to know,
questions the marks.
Tight in feeling,
shapes these perceptions.
Plugs and channels,
in remote sit, electricity.
Drive-thru by walk,
wheel of businesses.
BloodArt(literature) pinterest, facebook, skydrive
#25. And the results of 24/24The results of 24 deviations in 24 hours, via the scheduled publishing, approximately are as follows: 1550 views, 240 faves, 20 comments. Is that good? I dunno, that's an average of 65 views, 10 faves and one comment each.
Here are the three most viewed:
And the three most faved:
So people like looking at the models most, but it's the landscapes that captivate them
Anyway, I like the scheduled publishing thing, and I'll use it to make sure something goes up every day, but I think I'll scale it back to two images per day. Enthrall people with quality, rather than a big slew of quantity.
What do you think?
Anti-Piracy Patent Stops StudentsAnti-Piracy Patent Stops Students From Sharing Textbooks!!!
Students can't follow courses with pirated (!) textbooks, as tens of thousands are doing today. Lending books from a library or friend, or buying books from older students, isn't allowed either. At least, not when the copyright holders don't get their share.
Ridiculous? Yes, but true
Read more info here: http://torrentfreak.com/anti-piracy-patent-prevents-students-from-sharing-books-120610/
Please this journal so more people will read about it! This is a very serious matter, folks.
For me this is the dumbest fuckin' thing someone could have ever come up with
I swear next thing they'll tell us to pay for the air we breath...
Every Angel Deserves a Child"I can't feel the unfurling of my wings, Daddy."
I was not her father. I had entered her life when she was two years old, and she called me Daddy since she never knew her real father. Her mother's death two years ago made me the sole, living parent of an eleven-year-old, and I never felt like I was the right person for the job.
"What do you mean, Asrin?"
"Mom always said that when puberty started I would be the swan that emerged from the ugly duckling. She said I would be able to fly gracefully towards my dreams. But, I don't feel it."
As much of a woman as she was becoming, she was still a child. I wanted to answer her question, but I really had a hard time discussing her blossoming womanhood in the middle of a laundromat. Her pretty eyes were pleading with me, but I told her we'd talk later.
Janet had told Asrin a lot of things before she succumbed to the cancer. The last week or so of Janet's life were morphine-induced fantasy, I think.
Janet and I had met during c
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`anmari has been spreading her infectious positivity throughout our community for over 6 years. Throughout this time Ana has been at the core of all things devious, passionately developing an eclectic gallery, helping organise devmeets, participating in chat events and also recently completed dedicating her time as a Community Volunteer. We are absolutely delighted to bestow the Deviousness Award for May 2013 to `anmari, congratulations! Read More