This week marks my 1-year anniversary on dA and I thought I'd do an overview of it. In no particular order...
1 unknown art form discovered...
55 deviations uploaded...
11 groups joined...
600 comments made...
15 groups watched...
3,000 page views...
44 deviants watched...
1 contest won...
18 pages worth of favorites...
1 frequented chatroom...
lots and lots of deviants who made me feel welcome!
Favorite personal deviations from this year:
First foray into abstract 3D rendering. 3D rendering is the most natural art form for me as I intemperate everything I see/read as 3D data and can manipulate the data in my head like I'm in a 3D editor. Unfortunately, setting up 3D scenes also takes the most time of all the art-forms I do as I can't "cheat" on anything.
The first fractal I did where I went "off-tutorial" and did my own thing at the end, simply because it looked good.
My favorite photo-manipulation so far. I really like the energy this one has and how instead of trying to make it look realistic, I made it stylized instead.
This was when I finally got a hang of how Xaos/opacity work together to make containers and more complicated looking fractals.
Mobius was one of the first variations I fell in love with the look of and I'd always wanted to figure out how to do a filling of it. So I was really, really happy when I got it to work.
Other deviants deviations that inspired me (sorry, they're all fractals
First fractal I ever realized was a fractal on dA. Yes... It took me a while to figure out how DD categories worked... and at the time I didn't know people used a computer program to make it...
both by ex-astris1701
I looked through this deviant's gallery because I liked their space art that got a DD... and found a folder called "Apophysis"... that was filled with cool looking fractal art... and they were nice enough to provide links to the program they used to make them in the descriptions! So yeah, that's how I found out about what people were using to make fractals and what terms to go searching up on dA.
all by SuicideBySafetyPin
These were all "someday I want to be able to do that too" pieces of artwork.
Wanted to figure out how to use mobius as a filling... which sent me off in look of how people did fillings in the first place... which is kinda where I currently am right now...
Favorite favorites from this year...
Love Thy Enemy (What It Means to Me)Cause harm out of malice
You are my enemy
For you, I wish happiness
As you would not find it
Without first doing good
Cause harm out of ignorance
You serve my enemy
For you, I wish knowledge
As you would not find it
Without then choosing right
Cause harm out of confusion
You aid my enemy
For you, I wish understanding
As you would not find it
Without also finding truth
Cause harm out of past err
You were my enemy
For you, I wish redemption
As you will not find it
Without returning a hero
I shed no tears for you
No pity for the self-ruined
I will fight you if I must
I will fight to my dying breath
To counter harm with good
But I live for the day:
You see why you are that way
You find the answers you lack
You discover certainty in truth
You earn your own forgiveness
For don't you see, it must be love
If all I want is for you to find
The greatest treasures in the world
You are only my enemy now
Because you lost them then
You were once an ally, once loved
My Friend the Vampire I met him at O'Callahan's bar downtown. He was drinking red wine and arguing literature with the drunks.
"I'm telling you, Tolkein was no better than any other writer out there. He got blocked, he got blindsided by his own characters. You people all talk as if angels descended from heaven and handed him several perfectly formed stories and all he had to do was count his money."
The drunk to his right gave him a bleary stare. "Well at least he didn't have to do drugs to get his writing done." He stared into his empty mug, tilting it in the apparent hopes that he had missed some and some stray drop would find its way into his mouth.
"You know, I should have known that it would come down to drugs in a bar. Drugs or alcohol or getting laid. How about telling me how that makes him better than any other shmuck who never touched a drop of liquor or even looked sideways at a
by K. M. Carroll
The afternoon sun washed the desert in orange and red. Long indigo shadows stretched from every rock, bush and cactus. The sky was an endless ocean of blue, the desert a red floor sprinkled with green brush and small trees. Blue and violet mountains rose in the distance.
Indal entered the welcome shadow of a mountain and climbed the rocky slope at its foot. In his jaws he carried a small antelope, its long legs dragging the ground. He was a garwaf--a man-sized wolf creature with long limbs, no tail, and knife-like claws on his forepaws. Burrs tangled his gray coat and the red dust stained his paws. But his yellow eyes flickered with human intelligence.
Hundreds of feet above the desert floor, the mountain rose in a series of cliffs--the remains of an extinct volcano. Eons of wind and weather had splintered the stone, and opened a shallow cave at the foot of one cliff. Indal had made it his lair.
A fence of sharpened stakes formed a half-circle in front of t
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Thank you all for the great year guys! I hope the next one is just as good!