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seniormentors is delighted to bring to you a monthly interview series that is all about our Mentors! Welcome to the seventh in the series, which will introduce our Mentors to the community so all can get to know them better.

This month we are pleased to interview brennenxr! He is one of the admins on seniormentors and master of all the application notes you send!





Bullet; Blue Why did you join DeviantArt and what made you continue staying on DA?


:iconbrennenxr: This is going to be embarrassing to admit, but I joined back in 2005 because some of my friends on Neopets were joining and I wanted to see their awesome Neopets related artwork. LOL I was 13, don't judge pls. :P (Lick)





Bullet; Blue Where did your exposure to art originate?


:iconbrennenxr: I have always enjoyed writing, like, always. When I was 9 I wrote a children's book about a turtle and a bear who were best friends and wanted to go go-kart racing in the desert... so they did. Haha. I was so serious about my story I researched the publishing process and tried to shop my story off to a few agents. One really sweet lady even wrote me a personalized (rejection) letter back which simultaneously broke my heart and made my entire life. #nerdforlife


isabella. by brennenxr




Bullet; Blue What made you interested in participating in the community and in turn help as a senior mentor on seniormentors?


:iconbrennenxr: My involvement with Senior Mentors goes all the way back to 2007 when , leaf-lover, and I were running the joint. I had been in a leadership role for a couple of years after that, ultimately joined by electricnet who built our offsite back-end system that we used. Finally adulthood took hold and I wasn't on DA much anymore, so I handed the group over to LostKitten (among others). Now I'm back in an administrative role as the Application's Admin. :) (Smile)



Bullet; Blue You are a very active deviant on DA, helping several groups. How do you continue to be active? How do you manage your time?


:iconbrennenxr: I've learned some excellent time management skills over time. It gets easy once everything is a routine. My personal motto is just get shit done in a timely manner. I usually have in mind everything that needs done that week (or day) and I do it when I have a free moment. I'm in college at the moment which takes up a lot of my time, so getting stuff done quickly has become my thing. Stare





Bullet; Blue What form of art do you specialize in (as a hobby and/or in your career)? What essential tools are at your disposal?


:iconbrennenxr: Definitely a hobbyist writer. :) (Smile) I love photography as well, although I haven't touched a DSLR since 2010. I don't have one anymore. Crying

1080. by brennenxr1127. by brennenxr



Bullet; Blue Do you have any particular education or interests that made you seek to learn by yourself?


:iconbrennenxr: I am certified in Interactive Media which is essentially animation, film making, photography, and web design. Taking those classes taught me so much about a lot of various art forms. As for writing, I'm not trained at all. Which you realize quickly when you take a stroll through my gallery. LOL



Bullet; Blue Are you currently in a career related to art?


:iconbrennenxr: Nope, not at all. :) (Smile) I'm studying software engineering and hope to do that for a living after I get my bachelor's degree.



Bullet; Blue As a mentor, how would you assess your pupils?


:iconbrennenxr: Something that we offer in the back room of the group is extensive Work Shops for our mentors to take part in. Whether you're a beginner in the field you've applied for mentorship in, or you've been doing it for decades, we have resources available to our mentors to help figure out the best way they can help you. Personally, I'd start with an interview back and forth with my new pupil to assess their current situation and to see how I could help. If I felt I'd be an asset, we could move forward.






Bullet; Blue Do you have any advice on any basic steps any new users on DA interested in DA related works, beginner's photography or literature? What can they do or have before starting in their field or liking? How about stepping into the professional aspect of art?


:iconbrennenxr: Before someone gets involved with photography, I would highly recommend that they do research on the type of cameras that are available to them and what sort of equipment they'd be interested in purchasing. Taking up a couple classes at a local community college couldn't hurt, and there are countless resources to be found around DA. The first place I'd point them to on DA is projecteducate or CRPhotography.

For literature, read. Read everything you can get your hands on. Find writers you enjoy and pay close attention to their style of writing when you're reading. If you ain't readin' you ain't gonna be writin'.




Bullet; Blue Often times, artists are stuck in the much discussed about artist's block and/or writer's block. How would one avoid that and what possible things can they do?


:iconbrennenxr: Put your camera or pencil down, go outside, walk your dogs, smoke a joint, go see a movie, drink some Ed Hardy wine (this goes out to you, JenFruzz). Get your mind off your work and come back to it in a few days.

breathe. by brennenxr



Bullet; Blue What's your favourite artwork/artist/writer on DA and outside DA? Any favourite art sites, blogs, magazines/e zines that you could suggest that are your favourites?


:iconbrennenxr: DA has such a fantastic wealth of creativity and beauty uploaded to it every day that I'm not certain I could chose a favorite. Some of the people I find myself coming back to and favoriting a lot are similar-singularity, slenderblade, FAlLURE, hypnicjerks, andy261, WatermelonBread, and angelcurls. Off DA, no clue. Same with other websites/magazines.

anomolous anatomy.how curious is you,
who stands to peg the sutured scuttle of wisdom
stood tall against mountain patience thinned firm
by your hands,
who's neck thicks the eyes it follows
for sensing its senseful faculties of land,
who governs the calculations of inceptions of bust
in sudden language fathomly grown quiet by its own
less desperate tongue,
who sets the dawn of wind forced fitful
in the purple chimed beat of my own setting sun,
who's ruthlessness motioned the world of moving parts
in heat of its resistance, unlasting
permanence,
who finds my thirst of stem-end memories unerased
quick to sin (far too long to forgive),
who unearths neither wave nor particle in summation
of the visible spectrum (eyes are the only
ones).
nest of the melting sunthe clock counts for me so I don't have to
the dishwasher and fridge free up my day
my ears scream so I don't have to
so do my customers, but hey...
today is one day closer
to the day I no longer need anything
where the money I spend
is ashes in the end
and the tears you've spent
are the rains of tomorrow's summer
I said the clock counts for me
it tells me the season I'm in
and all that is outside is cold and
so am I,
cold and dejected like a punctured water bottle
filled with emptiness and a few drops of misery
I'll wait for you until I'm dead
or I'll wait for death until you're here
and let the clock do what I cannot
while I inspect the dishes
or temperature of the fridge
and wait for you, or death, or
perhaps you'll kill me and I'll breathe at last
this windy night believes my prayer
and I'm stuck in motion
waiting for the clock to strike me
down
and grind to a halt
as the gears crust with blood
rusting without maintenance
life grates on my nerves
with unusual clarity
as the clickin

molars i won't bite my tongue 
i've ground my teeth for too long 
over unsaid words  
a letter to the home i never lovedvirginia:
you have a few of
my summers by the throat;
at least the ones i'd
like to forget.
seduce me with your
sunsets while you can -
this solstice is our last.
misery guided my hands
to lock the houses i've
resided in among
your borders,
pitcher court, a
sweet via dolorosa -
locusts bathed in
pollen and vomit.
virginia:
i'll be a gentleman
and kiss your
rivered veins before i go -
but know there's
venom in my spit, there's
venom in my breath.

Angel by andy261 199 by WatermelonBread
0143. by angelcurls



Bullet; Blue Throughout your career and journey as an artist, are there any particular obstacles that you remember strongly and overcame? Would you be able to share that with us?


:iconbrennenxr: Yeah, the angsty teenage period. Thank god I got over that. :P (Lick) *prays those poems never leave Storage*






Bullet; Blue Are there any rituals that you perform to the art gods before you start on an artwork? What's your regular routine like before you start your work or assignment?


:iconbrennenxr: Stare at the blank piece of paper for a good minute or two. Sometimes with a very angry expression on my face. Usually like this: Stare



Bullet; Blue Are there any particular techniques that you like to use frequently?


:iconbrennenxr: Well, not a technique perse, but I love writing haikus. I find them easy and concise.




Bullet; Blue LO! There's a major error in your artwork/writing and it will take a long time to fix it. How do you deal with it and what do you do? What if you missed the moment that just happened by. How does that effect what you would draw/paint?


:iconbrennenxr: Ignore the problem and don't mention it to anyone ever again. Bucktooth





Bullet; Blue Are you finicky about having the perfect 49% opacity, or just the right amount of water in brush or exposure even though another setting could have worked? How much are you willing to edit your work?


:iconbrennenxr: Usually with my poems it's a done deal once the last line is written. I leave them raw and only revise them if the quality of the piece embarrasses me. (Remember when I said above I'm not trained at all? :P (Lick))



Bullet; Blue Do you have to have be in a specific state to do your art? Eyes


:iconbrennenxr: Usually feeling some type of what about someone/something helps. One time I wrote a poem about frogs, though. So I guess inspiration is everywhere. Stare



Bullet; Blue Here's me looking over your shoulder looking at your sketchbook/drafts/moment you are drawing/painting. What do you do? Meow :3


:iconbrennenxr: Become extremely uncomfortable because RAFIN WHAT ARE YOU DOING THERE STOP






Bullet; Blue Are the individuals in your family, relatives, friends supportive of you pursuing art/appreciate what you do as a hobby/career?


:iconbrennenxr: Short answer: no.

resurrection.intrepid whispers
isolate my spine;     rendered
indomitable
saturday morning coffee.Seattle held many secrets in its dreary rainfall: college kids having sex in the 7-11 bathroom, a drug dealer staking out Rainier Valley for new clientele, and, worst of all, a secret agent working at the Starbucks on 5th Avenue.  I had watched him for months now and every day something suspicious seemed to happen. Today, the strange behavior revolved around the chocolate syrup pump sitting surreptitiously behind neatly placed metallic coffee mugs for sale.  The perfect hiding spot for seedy behavior!  A woman I earmarked as pleasant-enough looking leaned over the counter cautiously, eye over her shoulder to detect any prying eyes. She whispered something to the duplicitous cashier who squinted his eyes and squished his face, as if he smelled something rancid.  Perhaps it were his devious plans that smelled so foul!  But alas, all that would transpire would be a few extra squirts of syrup into the woman's drink.  This wasn't enough to convince me of his la














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Seniormentors Interrogations: JenFruzz

Sat Nov 14, 2015, 12:12 AM
seniormentors is delighted to bring to you a monthly interview series that is all about our Mentors! Welcome to the sixth in the series, which will introduce our Mentors to the community so all can get to know them better.

This month we are pleased to interview the director of the seniormentors group, community, chat rock star, and photographer JenFruzz! Jen is a current Photography Community Volunteer (Animals, Plants, and Nature CV) , and is one of our photography mentors. 




Read JenFruzz's Mentor Profile here!




Bullet; Blue Why did you join DeviantArt and what made you continue staying on DA?


:iconjenfruzz: I joined DeviantArt in 2004... Basically because my best friend said "hey, I found this place where we can upload our photographs and people will give us advice." I was sold :D (Big Grin) I was a pretty inconsistent DA user for most of my time on the site, to be totally honest. I would come hang out for several months, upload some photos, maybe post a forum thread and favorite some art. But I never really interacted with anyone in particular. The only deviants that I really associated with regularly were my friend who got me signed up and astercrow. Aww In 2008 I realized that "hey... this place actually has a thriving community and how on earth did I miss that?" moment. I started doing journal features, hanging around the forums, and so on. But I was in the middle of my college career and soon got carried away with studying (studying includes both book work and plenty of parties, bar crawls, and other hilarity). 

So then I graduated college and started working full time. And then one boring day in the office on August 23, 2013, I found myself going to my DA profile. I logged in (the first time I had logged in for a year and a half) and started browsing my profile, my art, others' art. I journeyed over to the forums. I remembered that DA had been fun for me in the past and then... *insert a chorus of angels singing* I saw this "Chat" button. I got home from work and clicked the chat button and WOOOOO... the rest is history.

The chat network brought me fully back to DA and the community that I got to know there helped me expand outwards. And then I just fell in love with DA all over again and haven't looked back since. 

That was a longer answer than you thought it would be huh? Eyes






Bullet; Blue Where did your exposure to art originate?


:iconjenfruzz: My exposure to art... hmm. I've always enjoyed museums, even when most of my friends found them entirely boring. If we're including any form of art that I've practiced... then I have enjoyed writing the longest (which might be surprising since I have a 0% literature presence on DA). I played the flute for 8 years. But I first picked up a camera for a purpose other than "pix wit friendz" when I was almost 15 years old. I found my father's older-than-me Yashica SLR in a closet, asked my mom to take me out to buy film, and got snappin'. I started taking photos around my yard. My dogs, flowers, trees, whatever I came across that looked remotely interesting. I still have some of those very early photos in my gallery. Fear

Sea Creature by JenFruzz
Baby Buds by JenFruzz



Bullet; Blue What made you interested in participating in the community and in turn help as a senior mentor on seniormentors as well as a Community Volunteer?


:iconjenfruzz: I've always enjoyed showcasing the artwork that I love on DA. I started doing journal features back in 2008, specifically for deviants who were new to the community. When I made my comeback, I began hanging around the chat network. Getting to chat with people in real time from around the world--people with similar interests as me (I don't have a ton of artistic-minded friends offline)--was really fun. A lot of the people in the ShareZone chat room (where I hung out the most) were there to get more views for their work I was ticked in August 2014 and was most definitely humbled by the recognition. I didn't really think that I did enough to warrant such a thing (I still don't) and so I set off to do more. One of those was getting involved at seniormentors (SMP). It was a pretty quiet group at the time but I really liked the idea of the project. 

A couple of the other admins and myself spent some time thinking up ways to revive the group. That sort of project was right up my alley and when the opportunity arose, I stepped into the Founder position at SMP. I'm definitely a delegator by nature so I got some other fabulous seniors behind me (namely tiganusi who helped me brainstorm and execute a comeback for SMP). It's been really, really successful so far thanks to the hard work of the administration team and the mentors and the pupils. Heart

I'm rambling. Basically, my interest in participating in the community has always been that it's simply fun for me. I like featuring people, I love talking to the artists on the website. I've made a ton of awesome friends and I've learned a lot about my photography and others'. Participating in the community is my way of giving back and paying it forward. :) (Smile)






Bullet; Blue You are a senior mentor for sub categories of Photography, particularly APN, Macro, and Still Life (Food) photography. Could you explain to those of us who are newbies what these categories are about?


:iconjenfruzz: Absolutely! APN stands for "Animals, Plants, & Nature" photography. The name of the gallery is pretty consistent with what you'll find if you browse the category folder. Landscapes, animal photos, and flower photos are a common sight. To put Macro photography simply, it's generally photography of small things, magnified so we can see all the minute details. And then Still Life is photography of arranged subjects and I mentor in the food division of that. And that's about as simplified as I can explain it to a newbie!


APN Adventures, Vol. 34
APN is the acronym for the Animal, Plants, & Nature photography category at DeviantArt. These recent APN deviations span vast skies to tiny insects. Our planet is truly a magical place!
Hopefully the following feature will inspire you to browse the APN Category or to even pick up your own camera and capture some of the world around you. Be sure to check the end of the feature for APN Community news. On to the feature!
 



"It is by chance that we met, by choice that we became friends." - Millie Huang

  

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PE Wrap-Up: Animals, Plants, and Nature WeekAnimals, Plants, & Nature Week
We hope you enjoyed APN Week!
For those of you who might not know what this week is all about, Animals, Plants, & Nature (APN) Week was dedicated to bringing education and awareness of this beautiful form of photography to the community. Through interviews, personal accounts, tutorials, and even a live Critique Event, the publications this week aim to give the community a taste of how they might get involved in APN photography! :eager:
We hope you enjoyed the week! Below is a gathering of the articles submitted if you would like to take a second look at anything.
October5October11
Animals, Plants, & Nature (APN) Week
5thMonday
AM: Intro by JenFruzz
PM: The Art of APN Photography by JenFruzz
6thTuesday
AM: Depth of Fi
APN Daily Deviations RoundUp: October 2015Hello all,
I'm happy to present the Animals, Plants, & Nature Photography Roundup for October 2015, which includes all of the deviations that I featured throughout the month. Please take this opportunity to have another look at the work of these talented artists and give them some love!
As always, your suggestions are welcome! Send me as many as you'd like. Details on sending DD suggestions are at the bottom of this feature.
:iconJenFruzz: Features by JenFruzz










Cloudy El by Trashins
Unknown Germany pt. CXXX by TheChosenPesssimist
Prince Swan by Unkopierbar
What About Us by ildiko-neer
Overflow by ibasimaikataimeto
Top of France by polomski
Morning Ride by Nelleke
*** by Fatalv
Night of a Hunter by feanutri
pink leaves by vularia
Buteo buteo by DangerousLuke
la magie de la nature by kim-e-sens
Stars Above Bromo by AndyMumford
24.8.2015: Morning to Remember III by Suensyan
Send Me Your APN Su




Bullet; Blue You are a very active deviant on DA, helping several groups and chatrooms as well as being a CV. How do you continue to be active? How do you manage your time? 


:iconjenfruzz: DA is my main hobby... Going hand-in-hand with photography. :D (Big Grin) So making time for it isn't really a trial. I'm usually browsing art during work (don't tell my boss plz n thnx) and when I get home I make dinner, get into comfy clothes and jump on the chat network. I get to talk to my friends every day which is more than some people can say Aww



That being said, I'm usually working on something while chatting. I currently put together two weekly journal features (soon to be three... stay tuned ;) (Wink)). Other than features I'm planning contests, figuring prizing/winners for previous contests, starting forum wars... Let's just say that I keep an organized calendar and constantly have some sort of checklist that I work off of :D (Big Grin)






Bullet; Blue What form of art/photography do you specialize in (as a hobby and/or in your career)? What essential tools are at your disposal? 


:iconjenfruzz: My favorite subject is nature, of course. But more specifically, I love close-up and macro photography. There's almost nothing cooler to me than uploading an image to my computer and being able to see all the tiny details that comprise the object I was shooting. IT'S AWESOME. Stare I've also started doing photoshoots to make some money on the side because I am forever poor due to student loans. Whoo! My essential tools would just be my camera, lenses, lighting equipment, my eyeballs, and my hands. Maybe my feet too... :shifty:



Bullet; Blue Do you have any particular education or interests that made you seek to learn by yourself?


:iconjenfruzz: Nothing I went to school for helped me with art. I have a degree in environmental geosciences. :| (Blank Stare) But it did teach me some critical thinking skillz. Holla.







Bullet; Blue Are you currently in a career related to art? Tell us a bit more about your career in art. How do you promote your works outside of DA and attract particular clients that you may have?


:iconjenfruzz: I am not in a career related to art at all! I work in a bank. Ok, maybe when I am busy coloring in decorations for the branch I am being a bit artsy. But that barely counts. However, my company was kind enough to post about 15 of my photographs in the bank's education center as a small art exhibit. Nothing fancy but it was wicked awesome to see my work hanging on a wall Giggle



Bullet; Blue As a mentor, how would/do you assess your pupils and how do you continue with each pupil? Are there any holistic similarities between the pupils you have mentored/are mentoring?


:iconjenfruzz: This is always the question I pay the most to when reading these SMP interviews because I always want new ideas XD. Anyway, I first ask the Pupil to show me what they think their top three best deviations are in their gallery and to explain to me why they think that those pieces best represent their skill level. The reason I start with this is that I believe it's important to be able to think critically about your own work. It also gives me an idea of what the Pupil may and may not understand about their photographs. It gives me some ideas on where to start assignment-wise. Similarities between the pupils I've had... Hmm... Definitely an eagerness to learn and improve. And an openness to critique. All three of those are very important for successful mentoring!







Bullet; Blue Do you have any advice on any basic steps any new users on DA interested in Photography (or the category specific photography that you are a mentor of) or simply starting out with photography? What can they do or have before starting in their field or liking? How about stepping into the professional aspect of art? 


:iconjenfruzz: Honestly, the first thing someone needs is a genuine interest in photography. Don't pick up a camera because your friends do it. Don't pick up a camera because it's shiny and new. Pick up the camera because you want to learn how to make awesome photography with it. Having a true interest in the art will help you infinitely, especially when things get tough (and they will). And it's important to have fun and don't be afraid to experiment! 




Bullet; Blue Often times, artists are stuck in the much discussed about artist's block and/or writer's block. How would one avoid that and what possible things can they do? Or is it a different approach they must take? 


:iconjenfruzz: It happens to everyone and so everyone handles it differently. I'm not sure it's something that can be avoided... I've changed my routine up when I hit a block. Shooting too many flowers? Change to food photography. Too many close-up photos? Go find some pretty landscape or waterscape. Despising my camera fully? Open up a notebook and start writing.








Bullet; Blue Throughout your career and journey as a photographer, are there any particular obstacles that you remember strongly and overcame? Would you be able to share that with us?


:iconjenfruzz: I think my biggest struggle is the winter time. I love nature photography but hate snowy photography LOL So, living in New England, that really limits my options from December to March. The boredom and lack of subjects is what actually got me experimenting with new subjects like oil/water macros and food photography. Things I could shoot inside that weren't affected by the weather.

Needs Some Milk by JenFruzzLivin' The Life by JenFruzzStrawberry Cheesecake Salad by JenFruzz




Bullet; Blue Are there any rituals that you perform to the art gods before you start on an artwork? What's your regular routine like before you start your work or assignment?


:iconjenfruzz: I generally sacrifice the firstborn child of the first person I come across on a Thursday morning between 7:43 and 7:45 AM. If I don't come across such a child, I don't take photos that day Stare

My routine consists of a random idea, grabbing my camera and a lens or two, and going for it. That's it Shrug








Bullet; Blue Are there any particular techniques that you like to use frequently? 


:iconjenfruzz: I shoot in RAW so the RAW editor in photoshop is my friend. Er... I tend to like higher contrast images. Sometimes I go for low saturation... Depends on the piece and what I am seeing as the final product in my mind.



Bullet; Blue LO! There's a major error in your artwork/writing and it will take a long time to fix it. How do you deal with it and what do you do? What if you missed the moment that just happened by. How does that effect what you would photograph?


:iconjenfruzz: Curse my ineptitude and proceed to strike Ctrl+Alt+Z until the mistake is gone :iconteheplz:. If I carry through all the editing of a photo and then think "I WISH I HAD DONE THIS FIRST" then I just save the current project and start a new one using the same original file. Shrug The joy of digital editing is that I can infinitely screw around with my artwork. As long as I don't save over the original file. Then I'm fucked. Stare







Bullet; Blue Are you finicky about having the perfect 49% opacity or exposure even though another setting could have worked? How much are you willing to edit? 


:iconjenfruzz: Nope, not at all. As for editing, I'm willing to keep going until I'm happy with my final product. A lot of photographers view heavy editing with disdain but to me, it really depends on the artist and on their artwork. For me, editing is the chance to take my photograph and give it my own, artistic twist. Meow :3 It's not everyone's flavor, but it doesn't have to be either.



Bullet; Blue Do you have to have be in a specific state to do your art? Eyes


:iconjenfruzz: Nah, not really. But when I am in the mood to make some art, I try to have the appropriate music playing. Generally soundtrack music, non-lyrical.





Bullet; Blue Here's me looking over your shoulder looking at your sketchbook/drafts/moment you are taking a photograph. What do you do? Meow :3


:iconjenfruzz: There is a high chance that I will elbow you in the nose Nod Because if your breathing disturbs my concentration, I will end you. Flirtatious






Bullet; Blue Are the individuals in your family, relatives, friends supportive of you pursuing art/appreciate what you do as a hobby? 


:iconjenfruzz: My family is more supportive of it for the potential money I can make doing photoshoots. My off-DA friends don't understand my love of photography or art in general. :D (Big Grin) But that's ok, who needs 'em! I have plenty of DA friends to chat about art with.


Illuminate by JenFruzzOrchid Droplet by JenFruzz










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seniormentors is delighted to bring to you a monthly interview series that is all about our Mentors! Welcome to the fifth in the series, which will introduce our Mentors to the community so all can get to know them better.

This month we are pleased to interview the one of our photography rockstars evanhwong ! Evan is a former DeviantArt Gallery Moderator (now known as a Community Volunteer), and is one of our photography mentors. 




Read evanhwong's Mentor Profile here!
Website



Bullet; Blue Why did you join DeviantArt and what made you continue staying on DA?


:iconevanhwong: First of all, hello and thank you for this! :D (Big Grin) I started photography back in 1997 but only went 'pro' in 2003. A year later I joined dA hoping to connect with like minded individuals who share the same passion, and of course to steal ideas and inspirations coz there's only that much inspiration one can get while going solo until you see the many awesomeness that are posted here daily. At times you get that feeling of self dejection seeing so many great works yet yours are just average... but I kept my stride and went on trying and trying and getting my shots right, while giving and receiving crits to see the world in the other person's eyes. I learned a lot from dA, that although art is subjective, you need many other pairs of eyes to view and reinterpret your works so that it appeals to the masses than just your own ego. But what made me stay on is not only its community spirit that's ever prevalent all these years, it's the many many fond friends I made along the years that I truly cherish. My work in the past as a documentary editorial photojournalist made me travel a lot, thus it's just humbling to make friends from all over the world that I can meet if I am ever in the area.



Bullet; Blue Where did your exposure to art originate?


:iconevanhwong: Since I was exposed to light and began to glitter... while old enough to utter "Mama!" I have been scribbling on walls with crayons and pencils. But because of the way I scribble, my parents thought I had the potential of becoming an artist so they enrolled me into numerous art classes.

A Beautiful Mess 28 - Finale by evanhwong






Bullet; Blue What made you interested in participating in the community and in turn help as a senior mentor on seniormentors?


:iconevanhwong: I guess partly my Asian values of wanting to return the favor else karma will drop on my head like a bucket of ice? It was very humbling to get so many feedback and critics from my early works trying out everything before I finally settled on the genre I preferred and I truly thanked the patience of those many people who guided me all those times I was being naggy and whiny and bitchy about everything. I made my works shine thanks to them, and I thought I should give back the way they did. These people mostly are also working professionals yet they chose to devote their free time nurturing others, and I felt that that's not only a generous act of kindness, it makes everything all the more competitive by nature to produce a wow-factor. Or a DD. Many artists tend to start off with either a strong natured ego thinking there's no others like them or that their works are just subpar and shy to ask for help. Many others who are seasoned enough can know these 2 traits need help and that's where I thought I can come in and identify these issues and address them in their face, bruising their freewill at times but always with the intention of building each person's characters and confidence, which we all need as photographers particularly if you're doing documentary photography.

The TIME That Was by evanhwongCan We Go Now Puhleeeze . . . by evanhwong






Bullet; Blue You are a senior mentor for Photography, and particularly Photojournalism. Could you explain to those of us who are newbies what photojournalism is about? How is it different from, say Street Photography?


:iconevanhwong: It's two worlds apart. But simply put, street is where you photograph a scene of a person or group of people interacting and you then force-feed your audience with your own take of what's going on, at times as raw as it gets or sweetened with your concoction of corn and fructose. Then imagine documentary photojournalism as a how-to tutorial. It explains as much as it can with a series of photographs, like say if you wanna take pictures of your car after being involved in an accident so you can claim insurance, while letting the court decide who's at fault. Almost the same concept for photojournalism where the images can hold its own weight to tell the story without long lines of text trying to explain your reasons to live on earth. The car accident depicts the action. The insurance claim is about the situation's possible end. While the court case is where you let the audience reflect on the whole series. The best part: you are constantly fighting to stay impartial and not take sides, even if you know who's the winner or loser in your case. I did a couple of articles here if you wanna kill time:

 The ABCs of STREET Photography
and
 The ABCs of PHOTOJOURNALISM

OHAITHAR + Epic ArticlesOH, HELLO!
Remember that journal last Wednesday? Sorry it took awhile to clarify. On purpose. Yes, it's that time of the year again when work mounts, which by next week would taper off. Yes, I was swamped by stuffs happening IRL. No, I'm not leaving dA. Yes, it was an April Fool's joke. Yes, I was told I kinda trolled the world. No, I'm not proud of it. Yes, I'll be posting more stuffs very very soon. No, I'm serious. Yes. Omg yes! YES! YES!! Ahhh. 
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While I was lurking around trying to keep myself as invisible as possible and seeing how some of you were devastated to bawling into buckets, I kinda kept tab on what's also happening elsewhere to share with you guys. Check out some of these which I find were eye-popping beyond words!
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CR: So You Think You're A Pro?Photojournalism: So You Think You're A Pro?
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dAPJ09-Article#03: Echoing the noticeboard update just yesterday titled: Public Service Reminder: Photojournalism, and that of American's Got Talent or So You Think You Can Dance, (scrap the last two. haha), here's what's brought to my attention regarding the standard code of ethics employed by the National Press Photographers Association (USNPPA):
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CODE OF ETHICS
Photojournalists and those who manage visual news productions are accountable for upholding the following standards in their daily work:
:bulletred: Be accurate and comprehensive in the representation of subjects.
:bulletred: Resist being manipulated by staged photo opportunities.
:bulletred: Be complete and provide context when photogr



Bullet; Blue What form of art/photography do you specialize in (hobby and/or career)? What essential tools are at your disposal?


:iconevanhwong: I would say documentary photojournalism is still my core forte. I used to carry a Canon EOS 1Ds MKii with a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM wide angle lens, along with a Canon EOS 50D with a Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM telephoto lens. Running around I don't have the luxury of time to switch lens so I had to carry the two units around at work. Today I don't run around as much so I switch to my trusty iPhone 6+ fitted with a BeastGrip Pro. I also enjoy doing conceptual photography whenever I'm bored AF.


Bullet; Blue Do you have any particular education or interests that made you seek to learn by yourself?


:iconevanhwong: Nope. I do flip a lot of magazines and scroll many other deviant's galleries and websites not to get inspirations, but to make sure I don't do something similar, or if I did, how to make mine better. EVIL Laughter!




Bullet; Blue Tell us a bit more about your career in art.


:iconevanhwong: I was assigned to a French pressphoto agency for many years since late 2002 through 2010. My biggest life-changing stint was to document the Indonesian tsunami in 2004. Unfortunately during those times, there's no such thing as PTSD counselling and insurances cover little if you come home unscathed, and it affected me a lot so I slowed down on taking assignments and started focusing on dA. With the experience of being an artist, to managing and moderating others, I moved to Singapore in 2010 to assist with the opening of Goodman Arts Centre (GAC) as a manager in place management. GAC used to be a school before we took over so what used to be classrooms were then converted into studios for artists to rent for a few years to do their works, paint, rehearse, etc. Slowly I rose up the ladder and today I'm its centre manager ensuring the space is in tip top condition, taking care of over 60 artists tenants, 2 F&B outlets, Singapore's arts governing body called the National Arts Council, and the many visitors that come by everyday. With the success of GAC, we also opened up another place called Aliwal Arts Centre in 2012, a similar concept with GAC at half the scale.



Bullet; Blue As a mentor, how would/do you assess your pupils and how do you continue with each pupil? Are there any hollistic similarities between the pupils you have mentored/are mentoring?


:iconevanhwong: Guess what. Nobody's been assigned to me yet. I guess the photojournalism genre's very tedious and meticulously long that you can't get those instant gratifications like many other genres do. But I'll always be ready to take on a mentee if there's ever someone who dares take up the challenge. Giggle






Bullet; Blue Do you have any advice on any basic steps any new users on DA interested in Photojournalism or simply starting out with photography? What can they do or have before starting in their field or liking? How about stepping into the professional aspect of art?


:iconevanhwong: Nobody I know started off becoming pro overnight. It took many people years to try to figure themselves out to know what type of photography they would enjoy doing most and if they can make a living out of it. I started off taking pictures of almost everything imaginable (yes, every effing thing). It wasn't until 3 years of trying that I realize I don't enjoy staging my shots and I prefer something that I cannot control yet able to freeze it in time. And because I was trying out here and there, I didn't begin with those expensive camera bodies and lenses as I know I will not be sure of what I wanna be down the road yet. So I used those basic entry level cameras like the Rebels and the those Canon EOS sets with 4 numerals until it slowly turned to 3, 2, and finally 1 digit, all the while expanding my portfolio in between. When you have had a good supply of stocks, see how you can tag along with the pros and learn their traits, styles and how they charge. But always research on the market you wanna be in. There's always a big gap in price differences to charge your clients between wedding photography vs just artistic pictures of the cakes.



Bullet; Blue Often times, artists are stuck in the much discussed about artist's block and/or writer's block. How would one avoid that and what possible things can they do? Or is it a different approach they must take?


:iconevanhwong: Different people have different ways to get out of the block. Some doodle, others took an arrow to the knee. I've gone through many blocks to realize they're mostly just a phase when you emo. You can't avoid getting it because it comes and goes. Particularly in today's digital era where its a dog-eat-dog world. Find something you enjoy doing besides fapping, and you might just stumble upon the next big idea. The more you try to find the cause of your block, the more barriers it'll put up. Just go out, take in the fresh air, see the world with your own eyes rather than fixated on your smartphones, and you'll proly start to breathe in the color and smell the tastes if you're not yet on some psychedelic recreational medications.





Bullet; Blue What's your favourite artwork/artist on DA and outside DA? Any favourite photojournalism sites, blogs, magazines/ezines that you could suggest that are your favourites?


:iconevanhwong: Being in dA's community relations for awhile, I've seen so many work that strikes me greatly even till today so I can't be biased. At times I like to see military stuffs, other times just normal parades and protests. I spend hours pouring through the galleries on dA, Buzzfeed, My Modern Met, and Bored Panda till my browser crash. Every works I've encountered I enjoyed thoroughly. But if you insist on me picking one from dA and another from outside, I'd say this one on dA:

X by turuncumm

And this one from the archives:


"In 1947, 23-year-old Evelyn McHale jumped from the observation deck of the Empire State Building onto a limousine which was parked below. Photography student Robert Wiles heard the explosive crash and shot this photo soon afterward. Years later, pop artist Andy Warhol appropriated the shot for an art print."




Bullet; Blue Throughout your career and journey as a photographer, are there any particular obstacles that you remember strongly and overcame?


:iconevanhwong: Remember the Indonesian tsunami bit earlier? That's perhaps the biggest obstacle I had to overcome on my own. Other than that, the usual nitty gritty small issues like uncooperative subjects, governmental redtapes, differing stories from various sources, but all these are easily fixed if you have the will to make a way to complete your job.

Birds Of A Feather by evanhwong




Bullet; Blue Are there any rituals that you perform to the art gods before you start on an artwork? What's your regular routine like before you start your work or assignment?


:iconevanhwong: Besides charging all my batteries and checking google map so I know all the ins and outs of where I should and shouldn't be? Hmm... Not really. Otherwise I normally don't take any meals for breakfast and lunch and depend on energy drinks and coffee but my dinner consists of 3 meals in one. Like, 3 big macs. I once was on assignment in a remote part of India when I took my lunch and my shoot was at 2pm. By 1.50pm I was hiding in a toilet with a massive diarrhea and missed my shoot for a week because I ended up in a hospital with food poisoning. Since then I vowed not to eat during the day and I have gotten used to it by now. Yeah I kept getting reminders of how unhealthy it is, but phobia rules.




Bullet; Blue LO! There's a major error in your artwork/writing and it will take a long time to fix it. How do you deal with it and what do you do? What if you missed the moment that just happened by. How does that effect what you would photograph?


:iconevanhwong: Room for error in photojournalism? No way! If the assignment turned out to be more technical than I can handle, I bring along a stringer so we make sure we try to get the important shots as much as possible. If we missed it, too bad. But we learn from it so we can fine tune our skills for future works.


Bullet; Blue Are you finicky about having the perfect 49% opacity or exposure even though another setting could have worked? How much can one edit in photo-journalistic pieces?


:iconevanhwong: Nope. I'm more into composition. The most I edit is the contrast and brightness. When I started out, I shoot VERY wide, and then crop out the unnecessary. Today I shoot everything in your face.



Bullet; Blue Do you have to have be in a specific state to do your art? Eyes


:iconevanhwong: Depends on what 'shroom I take. Ninja meditate before battle... But 4 shots espresso mix with Red Bull is a start.





Bullet; Blue Here's me looking over your shoulder looking at your sketchbook/drafts/moment you are taking a photograph. What do you do? Meow :3


:iconevanhwong: I'll turn around and photograph your shocked face.






Bullet; Blue Are the individuals in your family, relatives, friends supportive of you pursuing art/appreciate what you do as a hobby?

:iconevanhwong: My dad used to take photography as a hobby and was my first go-to guy for critics. Now everyone's itching to find out what my next project will be. Eyes

Let Me Go Home by evanhwongmmmmm-BOP by evanhwong










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This month we are pleased to interview the one of our rockstars neurotype ! She is a former DeviantArt Gallery Moderator (now known as a Community Volunteer), and is one of our Literature mentors. She is also part of the mental-health team as well as an avid forum user. OMG MOAR POEMS!



Read neurotype's Mentor Profile here!


Bullet; Blue Why did you join DeviantArt and what made you continue staying on DA?


:iconneurotype: Hah my friend told me to join so I could help her cut down favorites, but as it turns out there is a lot of good art to be found, and that is why I'm still here.


Bullet; Blue Where did your exposure to art originate?


:iconneurotype:  All the way back, dude! I was doodling when I was three, my mom was cool with encouraging that shit.

Space Cakes by neurotype





Bullet; Blue What made you interested in participating in the community and in turn help as a senior mentor on seniormentors?


:iconneurotype: Payin' it forward. I wouldn't have made writing money without being here, etc etc. I know I would've continued drawing, but I doubt I would have seen so many different styles of art, given that my formal exposure to art isn't enormous and even so, only certain types of art make it into galleries and texts.

Fallterminal—
my grandmother, crumbling
leaves

Mature Content





:bulletblue: You are a senior mentor for Literature. Could you explain to those of us who are newbies or those who might be interested what aspect of prose being submitted to in publications would you mentor in?


:iconneurotype:  Short stories are the only thing I have real experience in (and let's be clear, that is not much experience, empirically speaking)! We're talking like, 500-10K words technically, although since most pro-paying publications prefer something like 2K and under, you should check yourself before you wreck yourself.

Preparing a story for publication is best done with beta feedback. You might think x is totally obvious, but it's only obvious to someone with your exact experiences. Or you might have a different idea of what a publication is looking for than someone else, and between the two of you, you can find a happy medium that is more precise (although this doesn't guarantee jack shit. Get ready for rejection. This is perfectly normal!)

Also...I had a lot of people help me navigate the confusing seas of publication. I think it makes a huge difference when you can ask someone if it's normal to get six rejections in a week, vs moping alone thinking you are the worst.

That said, beta feedback is helpful for the aforementioned reasons, even if you aren't looking for a specific place to put things. But I think having a specific goal is necessary to create focus. 'I want to be a better writer' is a great general statement but it is not actionable. 'I need to improve my sense of characterization because <publication> is interested in this', on the other hand, is. And incidentally, doing it will make you a better writer.





Bullet; Blue What form of art do you specialize in? What essential tools are at your disposal?


:iconneurotype: My personal favorite is charcoal, buuut I have this amazing set of greyscale Faber-Castell pens and the tips are so fine and responsive you guys

Amittedly I spend more time with the tablet. hello, undo button. hello, layers.

writing-wise, netbook/LibreOffice, phone/JotterPad, desktop/Word. I am not picky when it comes to writing.

editing, on the other hand....


Bullet; Blue Do you have any particular education or interests that made you seek to learn by yourself?


:iconneurotype: I have a strong interest in not spending money, self-study is certainly cheaper P: (I minored in visual arts in college, though, so there.)


:bulletblue: Tell us a bit more about your career in art.


:iconneurotype:  I've had a few publications here and there. I don't submit that often because it's time-consuming as fuck, but I try to keep at least one piece out to the magazines. I don't draw professionally but I go to a local art studio for shenanigans.


Bullet; Blue As a mentor, how would/do you assess your pupils and how do you continue with each pupil? Are there any hollistic similarities between the pupils you have mentored/are mentoring?


:iconneurotype: Well I put some specific requirements in my profile that should already get more advanced writers, haha. I don't have a giant sample size but so far everyone has been literate and - most importantly - genuinely interested in improving. That's the best part about this program, people knowing what they want and being confident enough to ask for it.

Anyway, I am fond of the Socratic method. I ask lots of questions.


Bullet; Blue Artists are sometimes stuck in the much discussed about artist's block and/or writer's block. How would one avoid that and what possible things can they do?


:iconneurotype: Writers'/artists' block is a crappy blanket term for a variety of issues. You could be uninspired because you are busy, stressed out, or depressed. You could be stuck because you have written yourself into a corner. You could be at a point where you have a lot of tedious rendering to do.

Break it down and solve the real issue. Don't be fucking complacent. Don't just say you're blocked and walk away.


:bulletblue: You are quite active in the Literature Forum on DA. How do you think anyone (including those pupils from seniormentors ) interested in lit might get help through the Lit forum?


:iconneurotype: Realistically...you can put whatever you want in there, but read the goddamn rules! Writers are supposed to be literate. It says READ BEFORE POSTING at the top of the forum!



Okay, I'd like to leave it there, but so many people don't ask the right questions. I cannot stress enough how stupid - stupid - it is to come in with "how do I write" without explaining a) what research you have already done, b) where you are right now.

People are a very specific type of resource, and they are best used when google has failed, or if the question is too specific to be googlable. "where can I find information about x" should go to google. "where can I find information about x because I tried a google search and turned up nothing" can go to the forums, because the real issue might be how you're doing a google search, and that's something a computer can't tell you.

Above all, don't use the forums and be surprised when you don't get the answers you were expecting. The whole point of talking to strangers is you don't know what to expect. If you can't respect that, start with your journal.


Bullet; Blue What's your favourite work/artist/writer/poet on DA and outside DA?


:iconneurotype: fft I can't pick one. I can't even pick thirty. But offsite, Giacometti is the most obvious influence on my drawing style, so there.


Bullet; Blue Are there any rituals that you perform to the art gods/goddesses before you start on an artwork? What's your regular routine like before you start an artwork?


:iconneurotype: I sacrifice a...no. no I have no rituals.




Bullet; Blue LO! There's a major error in your artwork/writing and it will take a long time to fix it. How do you deal with it and what do you do?


:iconneurotype: Depends - if it's something I'm enthusiastic about fixing because it will be that much better, I'll get to it. If it's gonna be more of a maintenance type chore, I will go do five other things first.

I do not sacrifice any more of the...I do not sacrifice. of course not.





Bullet; Blue Are you finicky about having the perfect 49% opacity on brush even though 50% could have worked? Does a bit more water loaded on your brush annoy you? Are you okay with someone staring at drafts while you work on them?


:iconneurotype: Yes (although fuuuuck using a partial opacity brush, layers/masks foreverr); definitely; depends on the situation.


Bullet; Blue Do you have to have be in a specific state to do your art? Eyes


:iconneurotype: Yes, Illinois. It is where all my art supplies are.


Bullet; Blue Here's me looking over your shoulder looking at your sketchbook/drafts. What do you do? Meow :3


:iconneurotype: Elbow you in the face and pretend it was an honest mistake. I mean, it was an honest mistake. Don't look at me that way!




Bullet; Blue Are the individuals in your family, relatives, friends supportive of you pursuing art/appreciate what you do as a hobby?


:iconneurotype: I'm sure they would be if I told them. It's never come up in conversation.

Evil Woman"My husband doesn't know." She kept her hands folded and head down.
"I think you should tell him," I said, not asking whether she was referring to the baby or…the trait. I pushed my glasses back. "Look, I was an ultrasound tech once. I've been a genetic counselor for twelve years. I've never seen anything like this. Are you sure?"
Her head rotated upward. Her hands moved over the bump in her clothing. But, instead of protectively encasing the tiny lifeform, she started pressing against it. Trying to expel it.
"Calm down," I said. I reached over my desk and gripped her shoulder for a moment until she flicked my hand off.
"Calm down? This…this thing. I know it's not something you deal with, not in your line of work, not in any line of work." Her agitation showed in the way her short nails were digging into her belly. "I'm sorry. I know you're trying your best, but there's something in my family. Generations and generations of it, as far back as we've kept our history together."
Cretaceous YardThe call came in at 1500 hours, exactly twenty minutes after Leviner returned from his break. He picked up the phone and listened.
"We'll be there right away, sir."
On the other side of the desk, his partner looked at him. "A homicide?"
"If only we could be so lucky," Leviner snorted, making Ellsie wince.
It was just another case of illegal dumping. Once the 'cera crew had cleared away the overgrowth of ferns, Leviner stalked his way in. "What do you see?" Ellsie called. Although the entrance to the small shed was large enough to easily accommodate Leviner, there was no way Ellsie was fitting inside. Not that it was her fault. Maiasaurs were designed to be out grazing in the fields, not solving crimes. Leviner tried desperately not to think of her as delicious, delicious cattle. If he even so much rumbled his stomach at her, she would turn him into a raptor pancake with one large foot.
Tromping over the carpet of flattened leaves, Leviner swatted a small dragonfly out of the way, deftl







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This month we are pleased to interview the one and only VAngelLJ. He is a former DeviantArt Gallery Moderator (now known as a Community Volunteer), and is one of our vector and vexel mentors at seniormentors


c'est moi by VAngelLJ
Read VAngelLJ's Mentor Profile here!



:bulletblue: Why did you join DeviantArt and what made you continue staying on DA?


:iconvangellj: I first joined in 2005 after some friends from fanfiction.net (oh yes) introduced me to the website. I hung around for a while on my first account, not hugely participating, and then I got the lovely  AwsumZ - although he was DCZed, then - to join as well. I stayed for the community; I've had the pleasure of getting to know some truly wonderful people via this site, and I imagine I'll stick around for many more years yet.


:bulletblue: Where did your exposure to art originate?


:iconvangellj: Well, my mother is a bit of a watercolour artist, but she'd never tell you that. She was likely my first exposure to art, but my passion for it came much later when I started to understand more that real, normal people could create amazing, beautiful drawings. I went to my first art gallery by choice at age 14, I think, with some friends from school. We weren't ever the cool kids, but it really grew from there.

Mojo Citrus by VAngelLJFeelin' Red by VAngelLJ


:bulletblue: What made you interested in participating in the community and in turn help as a senior mentor on seniormentors?


:iconvangellj: After I'd been introduced to vexel art, I fell a bit in love with it. I have volunteered as the CV for the vexel community previously, and some of my tutorials are quite popular. I wanted to continue spreading the vexel joy, and so that's why I'm here.

Vexel Tutorial - Hair by VAngelLJ Photoshop: Vector or Vexel? by VAngelLJ Vexel Tutorial - Basic Eyes by VAngelLJ


:bulletblue: You are a senior mentor for Vexels and Vector in Photoshop. Could you explain to those of us who are newbies what they are and any difference in them if possible? What do you mean by vectors in photoshop?


:iconvangellj: Vexels are digital drawings created with a pen tool or selection tool. Like all other media (except for vector) they are not scalable without loss of quality. They're usually created by placing solid blocks of colour, or gradients, in layers to create a whole image. TheLastHuzzah described them as being the digital equivilent of cut paper, and I think that's a nice analogy.

Vector is a unique media in that it is the only one that is scalable without any loss of quality. All sorts can be done with the vector media, it's very versatile. You might use it for an icon, a full digital painting, typography, portrait work - anything, really. The key factor is that if it is created with vector, then the artwork will be scalable. That's often helpful if the work is needed for print, or for various uses within a business, for example. Vector programs have specialist tools to make it simple to create the artwork you want to, such as 'gradient mesh' in Illustrator.

While I know a fair bit about the vector medium, I say 'Vectors in Photoshop' because there are many other programs that are better suited to the medium, and more popular, but I have never used them. For example, Illustrator is a vastly popular vector program, but I know absolutely nothing about it, and only really know about the vector tools within Photoshop, so that's why I specified on that bit. I can only teach what I know!

Vexel ArtI keep talking about 'vexel art', but what exactly is it, and why do I care so much? Well, hopefully this article will answer both of those questions, and a little more!
Basically...
Vexel is one of many digital media used for drawing. Vexel art is created with a pen tool - though names vary between programs - or a lasso/selection tool. It's a versatile medium, offering plenty of opportunities to explore different styles and techniques.
More in depth...

It's layers of colour, generally speaking, that all build up to create one image. Some layers of colour may have tiny, very thin intricate details like individual strands of hair, or lineart, and other layers may have vast blocks of colour, such as a base layer for skin on a portrait. There may be hundreds of layers of colour built up to produce a very smooth and photo-realistic finish, or there may be a selection of around 10 layers only, giving a more cel shaded appearance.




:bulletblue: What form of art do you specialize in? What essential tools are at your disposal?


:iconvangellj: I like portraits, personally; vexel or digitally painted. I will always need Photoshop, a mouse, my Wacom tablet, and some form of tasty treats. I'm very partial to working with Jaffa Cakes.



:bulletblue: Do you have any particular education or interests that made you seek to learn by yourself?


:iconvangellj: No. I was actually taught vexel by AwsumZ who introduced me to it.

Warm me Up by AwsumZ
Her Lips by AwsumZLady Peacock by DCMZed


:bulletblue: Tell us a bit more about your career in art!


:iconvangellj: Art is purely a hobby to me, and something I use to relax when I'm having a stressful day. I don't describe myself as an artist, I just enjoy creating art sometimes.


:bulletblue: As a mentor, how would/do you assess your pupils and how do you continue with each pupil? Are there any hollistic similarities between the pupils you have mentored/are mentoring?


:iconvangellj: I haven't mentored anybody yet - sign up, folks! Vexel for everyone! I'd like to guide a pupil through the entire process of vexel art, or vector in photoshop if they prefer: creating their sketch, choosing the tools, using the tools, etc, all the way through to having a completed and very shiny piece of vexel work, and I will offer critique in full along the way.



:bulletblue: Do you have any advice on any basic steps any new users on DA in the particular genre/category/medium can do or have before starting in their field or liking? How about stepping into the professional aspect of art?


:iconvangellj: Honestly? Just give it a go - you'll never have any idea whether you like something, or whether you'll succeed at something, if you don't just leap in and give it a shot.



:bulletblue: Often times, artists are stuck in the much discussed about artist's block and/or writer's block. How would one avoid that and what possible things can they do? Or is it a different approach they must take?


:iconvangellj: If I'm suffering a block, then there's a reason for it: I see artist/writers block as your brain switching off when you're trying to force it into doing something it just doesn't want to. Working on a portrait? Try something else for a while! Perhaps you could try a whole new medium (I broke out my mum's watercolours once) just to get your creative flow back.


:bulletblue: What's your favourite artwork/artist on DA and outside DA?


:iconvangellj: My favourite artist on DA is womanwithagun - she isn't around at the moment, but I'll keep her on my watch list forever in case she returns. I absolutely adore her style.

Melancholia by womanwithagun

Outside DA, I'm partial to Salvador Dali, which is odd to me because I'm actually not a big fan of surrealism for the most part.

17 Salvadore by VAngelLJ


:bulletblue: Are there any rituals that you perform to the art gods/goddesses before you start on an artwork? What's your regular routine like before you start an artwork?


:iconvangellj: Nah, I just make sure I have my hot chocolate, or coffee, and my cakes and then I get down to it. Regular breaks are necessary.

Yummy Stuff by VAngelLJYummy Stuff by VAngelLJYummy Stuff by VAngelLJ



:bulletblue: LO! There's a major error in your artwork/writing and it will take a long time to fix it. How do you deal with it and what do you do?


:iconvangellj: It depends what it is; if it's fixable without my sanity being at risk, then I'll see if I can tackle it, but if fixing it would cause me great stress, I just kill the whole thing. I may come back to them later, I may not.



:bulletblue: Are you finicky about having the perfect 49% opacity on brush even though 50% could have worked? Does a little bit more water loaded on your brush annoy you?


:iconvangellj: No, not really. As long as everything looks right, I don't mind how I actually got to that point.



:bulletblue: Do you have to have be in a specific state to do your art? :eyes:


:iconvangellj: As long as I'm comfortable and in a good mood, things will happen. If I'm uncomfortable, or in a bad mood, I will not art. I will watch Disney.




:bulletblue: Here's me looking over your shoulder looking at your sketchbook/drafts. What do you do? :meow:


:iconvangellj: Some days you'll find portraits of women, some days you'll find unicorns.



:bulletblue: Are the individuals in your family, relatives, friends supportive of you pursuing art/appreciate what you do as a hobby?


:iconvangellj: I think they like my drawings, yes. I've never asked anybody outright because I'd be offended if they said no ^^






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seniormentors is delighted to bring to you a monthly interview series that is all about our Mentors! Welcome to the second in the series, which will introduce our Mentors to the community so all can get to know them better.

This month we are pleased to interview the one and only pinguino. She is a former DeviantArt Gallery Moderator (now known as a Community Volunteer), and is our Interactive Design mentor at seniormentors.


Snowy Chinstrap Penguin by pinguino


Bullet; Blue Why did you join DeviantArt and what made you continue staying on DA?


:iconpinguino: I was an indy comic book publisher. Over a decade ago, spot took me to lunch in Hollywood, and introduced me to spyed. They convinced me that deviantART would be a great way to showcase my art and meet other creatives. They were right!

I stayed because I made a bunch of friends. I really love online communities, and deviantART has always been one of my favorites.


Bullet; Blue Where did your exposure to art originate?


:iconpinguino: My parents always gave me and my sister art supplies, and we were encouraged to draw. When I was younger I drew lots and lots and lots of penguins in class, and my friends and I spent 3 years on a mural - a penguin city drawn in colored pencil.

Award-winning Beard by pinguinoBird's Nest Portal by pinguino


Bullet; Blue What made you interested in participating in the community and in turn help as a senior mentor on seniormentors?


:iconpinguino: I recently taught a comic book workshop at an elementary school, and realized that not everyone has a professional artist to ask questions to.




:bulletblue: Regarding your comic book workshop at an elementary school, do you request them for the workshop, or do they invite you? How does this work? How was your experience with what kids felt like regarding art and comics in general as a profession?


:iconpinguino: They invited me. I was pretty nervous. It was at a charter school in Utah, and we did a different 1hr workshop for each grade from 5th-8th. Some classes seemed more receptive to it than others. Some of them were really excited that art *could* be a profession. One kid in particular was really excited that being a comic book editor is an actual job that pays money.

Those kids live in a small town, and aren't exposed to many working artists. They're not near tech companies. Their parents don't work in advertising or branding. They definitely don't know any comic book artists. Being able to throw that possibility into their lives was a really good feeling.




Bullet; Blue You are a senior mentor for Interactive Design. Could you explain it to us newbies? o_O


:iconpinguino: Interactive Design was the best way I could describe the world of UX/VD (user experience and visual design). It's basically combining technology and art- anything from websites and apps to wearables. With the speed that technology and trends move, there's always work available to those with an eye for it, which makes it a viable income stream for creatives.

Ninjapenguin 9 Flyer by pinguinoBengal Cat by pinguino


Bullet; Blue What form of art do you specialize in? What essential tools are at your disposal?


:iconpinguino: Personally, I live to draw (sharpies or Adobe Illustrator) and do event photography (mainly pop culture events). Creative suite and a 5D Mark II are my essential tools. I'm pretty ADD though- I dabble in all sorts of creative play.


Bullet; Blue Do you have any particular education or interests that made you seek to learn by yourself?


:iconpinguino: I'm a self-taught college dropout. I read a lot of design blogs. My favorite design blogs:

abduzeedo.com/
www.smashingmagazine.com/
design.tutsplus.com/
designinstruct.com/


Bullet; Blue Tell us a bit more about your career in art. :D (Big Grin)


:iconpinguino: I started a company in 1988 called Penguin Palace. It started out as a greeting card company that featured penguins. I was 10yrs old. A few years later, I discovered comics, and decided to make my own. We used the first book as a Kiwanis Club fundraiser.. I think we were raising money for park benches. In 1994 I made Penguin Palace a website. In 1998 I made the first comic book on enhanced CD - Tori Do: The Epic.

I got into writing for zines, and illustrating them. I ran one with friends called System Failure, and another called Flippersmack. Both had high readership for the times (early internet).

In 1997 I got a job at Mile High Comics, at the time the largest comic retailer in the US. They could barely turn a computer on. They knew who I was from my ComiCon booth, so I designed their site. Eventually my friends got me a job at Universal Pictures, designing theatrical websites.

When that contract ended, I started a design studio in the heyday of the dotcom era. Eventually, I landed at a vendor that did work for Universal, so I was designing for them yet again. I took a year off to do art, and ran out of money, so my friends got me a job at Universal again.

Oddly, It's been 9 yrs and today was my last day there.

While working at Universal, I also had been doing event photography for Comic Book Resources and Anime News Network. I freelanced once in a while, particularly during the recession. And last year, I helped start a company called Cuddli, which is a new type of dating app. So my plans now are to freelance and keep designing apps at Cuddli. I'm also co-founder of a bitcoin startup called Spelunk.in.

Loki and Sue Storm by pinguinoStars from Walking Dead by pinguino


Bullet; Blue Previously, you were the Anime Gallery Moderator and then the Industry Ninja on DeviantArt. What did your position as the Industry Ninja entail?


:iconpinguino: I helped bring creators from the comic book industry over to deviantART and did meetups at cons. I also helped out when dA had their Anime Expo presence.

deviantART at Anime Expo 2006 by pinguino



Bullet; Blue As a mentor, how would/do you assess your pupils and how do you continue with each pupil? Are there any holistic similarities between the pupils you have mentored/are mentoring?


:iconpinguino: "I haven't mentored anyone here yet- super new to the program. Eager to help though! I do have experience teaching though; I used to run a martial arts studio in North Hollywood and taught for years in San Diego. I also give advice to friends interested in exploring design. "



Stormtrooper doing laundry by pinguino

"That could be really, really cool. I'll think about it :)"
[In response to whether she would give us video mentoring/tutorials on martial arts on DeviantArt for use as dynamic pose reference. And not for what is in the image above for you all thinking something else there.]



Bullet; Blue Do you have any advice on any basic steps any new users on DA in the particular genre/category/medium can do or have before starting in their field or liking? How about stepping into the professional aspect of art?


:iconpinguino: Ahh. I'm more of a learn by doing person. I'd just google the particular thing you're interested in. There's tutorials for everything these days. Want to make a mobile app? See what the website trends for 2015 are? Add LEDs to some cosplay outfit and make them react to a hashtag on twitter? But say you're interested in making apps- just go broader and look into design for mobile apps (they're usually split between iOS and Android). Basic graphic design fundamentals apply to interactive and new media- typography, layout, color. Without that foundation, your design isn't gonna be that awesome. So it all goes back to those roots. Then you have to consider the device or space your message is being conveyed in.

Snow on My Flippers by pinguino


Bullet; Blue Often times, artists are stuck in the much discussed about artist's block and/or writer's block. How would one avoid that and what possible things can they do? Or is it a different approach they must take?


:iconpinguino: You're always going to hit artist's block. Sometimes it goes away in an hour, sometimes months. Sometimes you get wrapped up in self-esteem issues. I think the blocks are the hardest to fight, and still struggle with them. When I do a lot of vector stuff, and a kid asks me to use a pen and draw a dragon, my hands lose their instinct to know what to do.

Draw all the time, even if it sucks, and even if you're not that into it. That way, when you do find something that drives your passion, you still have the skillset behind it.


:bulletpink: pinguino's favourite artist(s) on DA and outside DA:


 KodyChamberlain

"creator of Punks"

oddhatter

 "outside dA known as sawdust bear. she's my inspiration to leave the world of 9-5"





Bullet; Blue Are there any (regular) rituals and specific state that you have to be in before starting on an artwork?


:iconpinguino: Caffeinate and put on some trance or movie soundtracks [and] a good mood. If I'm too stressed out about deadlines and projects, it's much harder to focus.




Bullet; Blue LO! There's a major error in your artwork/writing and it will take a long time to fix it. How do you deal with it and what do you do?


:iconpinguino: I take a break (or possibly deal with it the next day) so I can approach it with a fresh mind. Even a 20min anime break helps a ton.





Bullet; Blue Are you finicky about having the perfect 49% opacity on brush even though 50% could have worked? Does a little bit more water loaded on your brush annoy you?


:iconpinguino: Slightly annoyed, but it's more important to finish the piece.





Bullet; Blue Here's me looking over your shoulder looking at your sketchbook/drafts. What do you do? Meow :3


:iconpinguino: Inside, I get really nervous. Outside, I keep drawing.




Bullet; Blue Are the individuals in your family, relatives, friends supportive of you pursuing art/appreciate what you do as a hobby?


:iconpinguino: I am extremely lucky that I'm surrounded by wonderful and nurturing friends. They are the most supportive family that anyone could ask for. Many of my friends have me add creative touches to their projects. My boyfriend is also into photography and he's always there with advice and inspiration.

My mom never really approved of me doing web design, but once she realized that I had a good solid paycheck, she stopped complaining about it. My dad was always really supportive and would drive me to comic book stores.


Bullet; Blue Pink hair colour or blue hair colour? Bullet; Pink


:iconpinguino: It's pink right now!


ivomitrainbows.com
*Proof pinguino is a human, and not to disprove hair colour*







We will be back next time with another interrogation!





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Seniormentors Interrogations: Tiganusi

Sun May 31, 2015, 12:00 AM
seniormentors is delighted to bring to you a monthly interview series that is all about our Mentors! Welcome to the first in the series, which will introduce our Mentors to the community so all can get to know them better.

This month we are pleased to interview the one and only tiganusi. He is a former DeviantArt Gallery Moderator (now known as a Community Volunteer), and is one of our Photography mentors. He is also a member of the Projects Team here at seniormentors.




:bulletblue: Why did you join DeviantArt and what made you continue staying on DA?


:icontiganusi: I joined in my first semester of high school, because I had friends who were using deviantART (it was spelled like that back then) - oddly enough they weren't even art class friends, they were in my science class. A couple years and usernames later I got active primarily in the chat network where I met some awesome people and they drug me into the art side of things - I was an art buff all along but didn't post anything visual-art-wise til 2006. Noes! I got a lot of great feedback, and some advice toward actually making money off my work. And now you can't get rid of me. Woooo emote version by Sinister-Starfeesh


:bulletblue: Where did your exposure to art originate?


:icontiganusiplz: I got my first camera for Christmas when I was four, and my first SLR (a Canon EOS650 which I miss desperately) in tenth grade. My aunt was a darkroom photographer hobbyist, and I lived with her in college so I got to play with all her gear and she convinced me to buy my first dSLR (a Sony a100) in 2007. She had many pro photographer friends, including some brilliant photojournalists and fine art photographer gallery-types, so I was surrounded by their work every time I visited her before college and it got me thinking about making mine look that good too.

My mother painted, and we had a great-aunt that painted too whose work I still have in my bedroom even though she died when I was quite young. So painting was something that we just did invariably. And sketching and other trad stuff. I don't remember not sketching or painting until college when I took a break from it. Somehow it's something I've not shared often with DeviantArt, but yeah, that's a thing I do. And we also had tons of writers and poets in the family and a huge library of literature so I've been writing short stories and poems since first grade (first was a short story, something I barely remember about a zucchini, for a candy from my teacher).


Party by tiganusiSpirit of Ecstasy by tiganusi


:bulletblue: What made you interested in participating in the community and in turn help as a senior mentor on seniormentors?


:icontiganusi: I got community active because once I'd got so much advice about my own work, I felt kind of obligated to give that same advice back. Then I realized how fun and rewarding giving back could be - and got involved in some really nifty niche projects like a help-with-life chatroom and a charity fundraising initiative on the prints platform. Somewhere in the middle of all that I got a senior tick, and because I was running the other "official" senior project brennenxr (chair of SMP at the time) and I decided to partner up and share info and marketing ideas between the two projects. I couldn't resist taking on a pupil and I got paired with an awesome Polish girl who didn't speak much English but had one of the best eyes for photography I've seen, and the experience was great. So here I am seven years and like eight incarnations of SMP later, still on the admin team and still proselytizing!




:bulletblue: What form of art do you specialize in? What essential tools are at your disposal?


:icontiganusi: Fixed-form and open confessional poetry, transgressive poetry, literary criticism, scholarly nonfiction, found poetry, oddly enough soap opera teleplays. And watercolours and glazed oil painting.


The Libra HusbandI.
they can get you
in East Hampton for wearing red shoes
on a Thursday
  I don't know whether you knew
  that--I mean--do you know
  that?
II.
it's very hot in New York City
I like the terrible noise
you hear at night and all these terrible
drilling sounds--I never go to sleep 
unless the whole pavement is jumping
outside and it's a hundred degrees
III.
when I go to New York City I see myself
--Where have you been?
--Where have you been?
--Where have you been?
--Where have you been?
this is the revolutionary costume:
I never wear this
in East Hampton.
IV.
I'm not gonna spend another winter
in East Hampton--
in the first place I can't
I just can't
I can't spend another winter
out here in the country
I can't do it
I'm telling you--I can't
I can't get my figure back
unless I hit New York City
V.
any little rat's nest
in New York City
any little mouse hole
any little rat hole
even on Tenth Avenue
I would like better
  it's all a question
  of who you want to
The Redacted Qur'an (Excerpts)I  THE EXORDIUM
IN THE NAME
OF PASSION
Praise be to
the straight path
of those who have gone astray






80   HE FROWNED
(IN THE NAME OF PASSION)
He might have sought
to purify himself - but that
wealthy man remained to 
cleave asunder the thickets, 
to delight in each brother; 
each of them beaming, 
smiling, joyful, face veiled 
in unbelieving.
88 THE OVERWHELMING EVENT
(IN THE NAME OF PASSION)
Have you heard
of men, worn out, drinking
from a bitter gushing
fountain, soft silken carpets
spread, and Heaven leveled
to their account?
90   THE CITY
(IN THE NAME OF PASSION)
I swear you
are a created
affliction
91   THE SUN
(IN THE NAME OF PASSION)
The sun and the moon,
the day, the night spread
Him with knowledge of sin:
"Blessed shall be the man
who kept pure ruined pride
when Allah's own spurge razed
the city. He was afraid
of none."
92  


Oh, you meant photography. Pringles I've done it all but am by far strongest in darkroom technique, instant film techniques, and "digital darkroom" in the emulating darkroom techniques and flaws sense. Don't ask me to edit fashion photography. My subjects of choice are still life and commercial packshots/action shots. I don't like shooting people but I do it when I'm made to. I don't smile when doing it. I yell a lot. Polaroids of flowers are what I'm noted for recently, and floral photography - especially commercial work for flower shops, but also prints of still life and macros - are what have made me the most money.

My essential tools are a Sony a850 body, a Zenit-EM film SLR, Yashica-Mat LM TLR, a bunch of prime lenses (mostly 50mm and 135mm, but some 85s and 24s too), a Polaroid SLR680 and Polaroid SX-70 Sonar OneStep, and tons of diopter filters for close-up work. Plus some hot lights, I don't like strobes, with 300W compact fluorescent bulbs that are about the size of a pig's leg. I usually carry Ilford Pan-F, HP5 and Delta 100 film in both 120 and 135 format in my bag, and a few packs of Polaroid 669 or Impossible Project Colour Film if I'm shooting instant. In the darkroom I use a...n englarger that I'm blanking on the name of, Ilford Multigrade Warm-Tone paper, ID-11 developer for both film and paper, caffenol, and Rapid Fixer.


:bulletblue: Do you have any particular education or interests that made you seek to learn by yourself?


:icontiganesc: My last username before coming to this account was `IBinsanity - which I made during prep season for International Baccalaureate (IB) exams in my last year of high school. One of the IB subjects I was taking was visual art. Another was world literature, and I was writing all sorts of lit crit about Gothic stuff and feminist modernist lit. Visual art and lit crit are still in my art repertoire to this day so clearly that must have done something good. Stare I don't think I learned much about photography outside of DeviantArt, though, beyond the basics like aperture and ISO. I immersed myself into the site and its resources - and the amazing photographers of yore - and tried to absorb as much as I could. The exposure to photography that I mentioned earlier contributed heavily to the desire to self-start.


:bulletblue: Tell us a bit more about your career in art (if this is relevant/applicable). So for lit seniors, it would be publications.


:icontiganusi: I have to double-hit this one because I've had some successes in both literature and photography. Lit first - I had my first poem published in a military anthology in sixth grade, about veterans. Got like $200 for it and didn't realize back then that holy crap that's like a million poet dollars. I kept publishing little things here and there, poems and French short stories and lit crit, through high school, and in my senior year placed one really good lit crit article in a moderately scholarly anthology. Then I took a break, wrote the occasional book review for magazines or newspapers, poems in my university's lit mag, that sort of thing. About two and a half years ago PinkyMcCoversong or zebrazebrazebra or neurotype or someone convinced me to use my legal name and not a pen name for a change after about a five year gap of no publishing credits, and since then I've had work in several lit mags ranging from indie zines to major national reviews. I'm also lucky enough to make a decent amount of money on the side as a copywriter, creating web content and advertisements and media stuff for small businesses and nonprofits. I work in marketing as a day job and the copywriting is an easy add-on sale for some of my clients. Luck more than anything else I guess?

Photography I focused on during that aforementioned five-year no-publishing period. My first serious job, as some type of weird outsourced admin thing working for a woman with a gigantic permed mullet and a computer science degree from 1976, involved passport photography on Polaroid film. Then I grew her business to include a lot of layout design and ad work, and photography became part of my schtick in that staff position. I took on a second job as an in-house marketing guy for a greenhouse and florist, and did all their packshots for a season, made a catalogue, lots of fun camera stuff. Then came artistic Rumspringa when I did freelance commercial and journalistic stuff in a strange city for eight months and didn't make much money. Went back to the florist, which had been bought out by my bestie, and did all their photography for a couple years, sold prints off their walls, showed my work in local galleries, the whole bit. That was a very good time. Somewhere along the way I took a position as a staff accountant (hey, not all of us have art degrees) and didn't have much time for photography for a bit, thus the lit resurgence. I've only really got my groove back in the last year or two, and have been selling and showing a bit here and there again. I also take on commercial clients when the contract looks fun to me. I'm much more picky about clients now than I was when I was 19 and eating a lot of mac and cheese. It's great to have regular income and be able to freelance as a side thing exclusively because of that - the freedom to take as few contracts as you want and still eat duck once in a while.

Psychopsis, En Vogue by tiganusi


:bulletblue: As a mentor, how do you assess your pupils and how do you continue with each pupil? Are there any hollistic similarities between the pupils you have mentored/are mentoring?


:icontiganusi: I literally just took on my new pupil, my last one was seven years ago and I don't remember how I did it then. Stare I like a pupil with a good eye for subjects, and who doesn't want a super over-processed end result. And one who likes film, or has experience with film, is the icing on the cake. I ask the pupil what they want to learn, and assess where they want to be. Then I just think of it like training an employee - how can I make them use their time effectively, and so on. But keeping it fun, that's the hard part. I'm a bit Catholic-nun-like in my teaching style in real life so I try to keep it lighter on here. No beatings with rulers, promise.


:bulletblue: Do you have any advice on any basic steps any new users on DA in the particular genre/category/medium can do or have before starting in their field or liking?


:icontiganusi: If you want to get seen on DeviantArt, start by browsing - before you join, even. Browse the hell out of the site. Familiarize yourself with what subjects are overdone, underdone, what ones get a lot of attention, what you think is missing. Find techniques you like, styles you like, and try to learn how to emulate them - or break them down. Think about how your work will fit in the big picture of the medium or genre. Do you want to be a revolutionary? Do you want to be instantly marketable? Do you want to slowly make a name for yourself by breaking trends, or do you want to follow the trends and make millions of cents? The thing is, DeviantArt isn't 100% like the real world in terms of edgy work or overly commercial work being the best received. It's a market all of its own, and if you want to get noticed you need to play to the market a bit - or build your own market within it, which is harder but can be done. And you'll only ever get what you deserve out of this site. There's probably some weird metaphysical algorithm of like, activity + subject + talent - doucheyness = notoriety, but with more constants and probably some dividing by zero. I'll also share one tidbit of advice: Favs are what count here, straight up. The metrics as they are favour works with more favourites when people look for work, unless they're browsing by newest. So favs increase your likelihood of getting more comments, feedback, and views on your work. Don't be afraid to fav and run, and don't be mad if people do it. They're helping you market yourself.


:bulletblue: Often times, artists are stuck in the much discussed about artist's block and/or writer's block. How would one avoid that and what possible things can they do? Or is it a different approach they must take?


:icontiganusi: Embrace blocks. If you don't want to make new work, that's not a crime. But if there's something concrete that's blocking you - like stress or a drug problem or something - then it's probably still a good idea to clear it up. It'll help your health and well-being in the long run. The just plain old uninspired type of artist block, though? Totally normal. We all get it. I'll go six months, a year, without lifting a pen or a camera. Then when I do I don't lose any of the skill, at least not permanently. Art is to a large extent like riding a bike. Once you have the skill, you just have it - even if it atrophies a bit, you get it back very quickly.


:bulletblue: What's your favourite artwork/artist on DA and outside DA?


:icontiganusi: Onsite I love the work of Staged, cPaos, JillAuville, Birgit-Zartl-Photo and, more recently, ag-onthebrain as far as photography goes. Literature-wise the poetry of glossolalias and CailinLiath are probably my favourites. Offsite I like the poems of Atwood, Sexton, Patti Smith and Patricia Smith and the photography of Diane Arbus, Annie Leibovitz and Robert Mapplethorpe.


:bulletblue: Are there any rituals that you perform to the art gods/goddesses before you start on an artwork? What's your regular routine like before you start an artwork?


:icontiganusi: I need complete silence, very bright light, and no one else in the room - and no incoming projects or upcoming crap to do. If I'm not in that complete zen state there's no hope in me being able to work. I like to sit down and just go at it maniacally for a couple hours at a go, and if there is any chance I might get interrupted I won't even start. I also need to lay out all my gear in a neat orderly fashion within arm's reach, or I get really stressed about not being able to work if I need to stop and dig something out.




:bulletblue: LO! There's a major error in your artwork/writing and it will take a long time to fix it. How do you deal with it and what do you do?


:icontiganusi: Nuke it and start over! Keep the theme, but rebuild it. Maybe the new perspective will make it work, or maybe it'll give you new ideas to work with.


:bulletblue: Are you finicky about having the perfect 49% opacity on brush even though 50% could have worked? Does a little bit more water loaded on your brush annoy you?


:icontiganusi: Yes. So much yes. So very much yes I can't even answer this clearly my God yes.


:bulletblue: Here's me looking over your shoulder looking at your sketchbook/drafts. What do you do?:meow:

:icontiganusi: STABBING YOU. I don't let anyone see my work in progress unless I very specifically want to show it. I won't even write if anyone else is in the room, even if they're across the room looking out a window.



:bulletblue: Are the individuals in your family, relatives, friends supportive of you pursuing art/appreciate what you do as a hobby?




:icontiganusi: Very supportive, I've been lucky. My husband (who I met here) lets me hole up in my office and write or paint or photograph, and lets me buy Polaroid film which is expensive. My extended family recruit clients for me, my close friends come to me for advice AND EVEN PAY ME FOR IT SOMETIMES, and the people on DeviantArt who I've had the pleasure of becoming friends with are great colleagues and constant sources of support and inspiration. It's been a journey, but a fun one!

Ilyorchid by tiganusiSouthern Belle by tiganusiIlyorchid by tiganusi




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Mentor Profile for seniormentors


I can mentor you in: Digital Art and Space & Sci-Fi

Specifically, I can help you with: Various aspects of painting/drawing in general, specifically digital art and space and sci-fi.

The term, digital art, is art done in the digital medium in particular. There are various subcategories under it.  However, one still needs to practice core fundamentals. From starting out with an idea, exploring the idea through variations, research, reference, composition, colour (light), mood, various painting techniques, anatomy, polishing it off, to name a few (that seems like a lot right? :C ).  I use Photoshop but can help you in SAI only a tiny little bit. But that wouldn't really be a problem usually.

The space and sci-fi category consists of both digital and traditional art section and I would be happy to help you with the digital aspects of it. You can certainly ask for general advice regarding space and sci-fi in a traditional aspect, however, for techniques in traditional drawing/painting, etc, you are encouraged to contact the respective mentors. It would very much defer to the aspects digital paintings (and in turn traditional painting) and basics. However, many sci-fi and space aspects can be understood through discussion.

Mentoring is not for me to only order or hand feed you tasks/answers/advice. I am by no means the god of art nor are my words the edict. This is a mutual learning aspect where both are forming a partnership in order to learn and understand from each other. Research, weigh in various suggestions, advices and critiques by others and see what helps you the most. Being self-critical to improve, learning new things as well as un-learning old (or wrong) aspects helps quite a lot. There are plenty of resources both online (DA included) and offline at your disposal as well!

:iconsmilieplz:

I can mentor you through: DA Notes  (Currently this one only; may change in the future)

Some of my work: DA Gallery

Friends by phoenixleoo_O by phoenixleo


If you would like to start mentoring with me, please send a Note Note to seniormentors and include the following information:
  • What art medium would you like to be mentored in?
  • What is your goal for mentoring? What would you like to get better at? (Please try to be specific!)
  • Do you wish to work with any Senior Mentor in particular?

Please allow up to 7 days for one of our group admins to respond to your application. Pairings are done based on availability of the Senior Mentor. If the mentor you wish to work with does not have slots available, or feels they would not be a good fit, we will try to match you with another of our skilled seniors. Thank you for your interest in seniormentors!

Hope to hear from you soon,
phoenixleo
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Hello fellow deviants,

Thank you for your enthusiasm, community spirit and all the things you have accomplished this year.

Deviants new and old alike, whether you have just buzzed out of the site for some time or continued full steam ahead, we hope you and your loved ones are safe, happy, and carry on to the times ahead. You have thousands and thousands of cells (and some fair share of wonderful bacteria) working together to keep you going. Even if this year was grumbly, hopefully, all of you can move forward being who you are, openness and something awesome!

Let's get rid of all the negative things that have happened. There are things we may never forget, but let's be strong and move forward!



And fight on!



Take care!

:huggle::salute:


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It was during the 9th birthday of deviantART that I realized something that I am never going to forget. We're twins! Over the years, deviantART has grown changed tremendously, whether its the user base, the visual look of the site, the features and its access to the userbase, the interactions between users and the staff/volunteers, as well as the thousands and thousands of artwork being submitted every year by old and new upcoming artists. And with every change, with every log-in to the site, impression about the site has changed dynamically.


deviantART has always been referred to as deviantART, dA, deviantArt, devART and the likes, with dA being the most prominent one. Until a few months ago, when spyed announced in his journal it's going to be officially DeviantART, aka DA for short. That was quite some news and was always humming on the background of the new things to come. Such tremendous change in the naming would sure follow more branding changes and other news later on. It was a cryptic announcement; a cautious response along with it, but a spark of excitement was quite nice to have.

Things might have gone unnoticed generally as to the new changes that would be coming, but it's remarkable how the site has showcased what's to come in a more audacious manner in its designs, particularly in the hq Site Updates, published by ikazon. The design of the articles, particularly the header is new, from its predecessors, however, continued a slanted theme that exudes a sense of cohesion amidst various changes that some of us thought was interesting. It could have just been some 'easy peasy' default new design and that's it!

Artists, art appreciators and the like don't just live in a void. Days can pass with(out) doing art, but being part of the living realm, we have to live, breathe, interact. The proverbial, "what's this outside world you are talking about?", while works well in various cases, life gets in the way. Artists, and art appreciators, go through their day to day lives, as well as inspire, create, showcase, sell, buy, and promote artworks. Those artworks, in their various mediums and styles take their place in both the 'outside/IRL' world and online. Art sites, art networking sites, blogs and other sites in general have always, one way or other, highlighted works that suit their particular taste, reflect their choices, views, and inspiration.

A few days ago, Angelo ( spyed ) published the journal, Down the Rabbit Hole. New badges aside, :rabbithole: caused an exciting flurry of discussions on what's likely to happen. The hype made some cautious, some eager for more badges. I spent considerable amount of time to figure out what :rabbithole: meant. Some threads lead me astray, others are not set in stone yet, but one, that I hadn't mentioned yet during the discussion was trying to spatially arrange :rabbithole: in various ways to see what it could mean. One thing I was certain of was that the right part of the symbol was part of letter 'A'. The front part was making me think of the letter 'D' but felt weirdly uncomfortable to jot down to the specific form. It was certain, as someone in the forum pointed out, that it was similar in its aesthetic to the Site Updates published in hq. It was like solving a piece of puzzle that are almost certain is correct but expecting someone to throw all the pieces in air to annoy you.

Today, December 4, 2014, marks the 8th year anniversary of me being on DeviantArt (it's probably already December 5 seeing the time it's taken to write this) . I was going to write a "hello everyone, my account is 8 years old today! Take care!" today, seeing I haven't done one in years. It was to be a brief notice that you can easily click away, something to put in stone that I was aware of this day. But then Angelo announced the big news today. It's on my Facebook, Tumblr, etc, where ever I was on.

Boldly Facing The Future




I felt something quaver in me. Such an 'Audacious' news, right today, was unexpected. We were looking for a few more days of going down the hole. Reading through the article, an appropriate term to use would be, 'Inspired'. It was 'Magnetic', seeing this site was part of something for me, and I to it and many others, however minutely - a 'Kindred'.

I felt differently and the same about the site. A strong reverberation of the year 2009, when I found out I shared something with this site. A glass half empty still quenches the thirst with the delicious water. It wasn't a feeling of rapid excitement, of convulsing joy of winning a lottery, but an undercurrent. While it didn't move past skin to the world, it was a quiet roar, keeping the core of the Earth hot, of currents in the depth of the ocean. A sense of quiet peace looking back at things that happened, whether in relation to the site or apart (how to put it in the right words?). The first portion of :rabbithole: is the last portion of :rabbithole:. Upside down 'A'. It did cross my mind, but it disappeared in the depths of confusion. To turn the art world upside down and backwards. Things happening in life in general and in personal tend to go like that. And looking back and front at events that happened in life and wondering what will happen, feeling the connection of how it mirrored the site and its changes felt as though that time in 2009 was somehow back, with more depth and dimension.

I feel like I have more things to say, but not sure how to put it into words. Take it as a sort of rant, during this particular, regular day, that was supposed to be just a one liner, or nothing at all. At the end of the day, maybe I am putting too much definition on things that may not have them. How it moves forward, let's see to it. Discussions, views such as those mentioned in 7 Notes On DeviantArt's New Branding by TheRyanFord are thought provoking, and positive in fact that it cultivates and continues the discussion we were having when discussing the announcement in the forums few days ago. It provides a tether to the ground, giving a holistic look as well as a detailed reasoning for the overall aspect. Something to look forward to, personally as well.


All the best to you, my young twin!:) :rabbithole:
Looking forward to the next phase.
Congratulations!



Take care everyone!




o___O
phoenixleo

DeviantArt Mark green 1 by phoenixleo





Hei you all,

I have some tablet related questions. Hopefully, anyone who knows about them are able to answer. Any other tips and/or info would be wonderful as well. :huggle:
I have been soaking up a lot of the forum thread topics here on dA about tablets, and bookmarked some, can't find a few, and trawling the web about reviews and what not. I might buy a tablet, but don't know if it will be possible. But looking over these is fun and nerve wrecking. I am thinking of either a Wacom Intuos Pro Medium (or maybe a large) and wistfully eying the Cintiq 13HD. Who knows, I may just not get any and grumble around, but at least some questions will be answered.

:bulletblue:
Wacomactivearea1 by phoenixleo
I have been looking at several images and videos and all seem to have that white border edge thingy. When it says the active area to draw on, does it mean only inside those edges or do the rest of the area work as well (the red scribbled part outside those white markers? Why is that there? :O_o:

:bulletblue: It says all Intuos pros are 'pen and touch'. If I remember correctly when someone mentioned in the forums here (darn can't find the thread D: ), touch refers to using it like in iPad or iPhone with zooming, rotating, pinching shenanigans?

This touch feature isn't available in the Cintiq 13 HD right? :? Or is it present but I am not seeing anything properly? D:

:bulletblue: Surface / screen protectors. What can be used? I see from jcroxas's one very old thread forum.deviantart.com/technolog… , for acetate sheets? Can one just put a regular print paper on top of the Intuos Pro surface? Would that deteriorate the pen nibs? Are there special skins found?

And what about for Cintiq 13HD screen protectors? I don't want to kill it the next day with scratches. D:

:bulletblue: Also, what are these Surface Sheets? store.wacom.com/us/accessories… I just saw a youtube video of someone replacing it, so does it already come in place on the tablet?

:bulletblue: Also, if the worst happens and there are scratches. How do they get replaced? If someone buys it from Best Buy, FutureShop (as those retailers sell these), or Amazon, does the 1 year warranty allow it to be replaced? Does the retailer replace it (aka do I send to them), or would Wacom replace it (do I send to them)? Would that be valid?

For that surface sheet thing, how does one replace that with warranty since now the Intuos Pro is touch enabled?

:bulletblue: Is there, very soon, like in December or January, new line of Intuos Pro (with some other name or what not) and Cintiq coming? If I were to, say buy it in the last week of November, I don't want to wake up after 5 days and see a brand new line showing up. Why don't they tell us something new is coming so we can wait and compare? D:

:bulletblue: My monitor is 1280 x 1024 pixels resolution. I think 19 inch monitor (very old, darn it can't measure correctly). The medium Intuos Pro would be fine right? Or a Cintiq 13hd?

Not sure if I will get an extra monitor or not (though I don’t have space for another monitor. Maybe, move to a different room..will see….also again another bunch of money for that :dead:

:bulletblue: The cintiq 13hd shows it uses HDMI. Since my display uses a VGA plug, I would have get a HDMI-VGA adapter. Any brand would do right?

 One would be able to use a Cintiq 13HD outside North America right? Would have no problem with different voltage being in the current and the plugs right? Or would I have to take necessary steps for those?

:bulletblue: What type of carrying case should I get? For both?

:bulletblue: Oh, one would be able to switch the Intuos Pro/Cintiq from a desktop to a laptop if needed without having to pay any more fees or anything like softwares right? Just have it installed and done?


Thank you! :thanks:

 Will also post as a thread ._.
Edit: Nov 17, 2014: Thread link: forum.deviantart.com/art/digit… for seeing later on.

Week 45, 2014 at #deviant365

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 12:00 AM
Hello sunshines!
Last week,  we asked you to  comment with a deviation that have hair in them for #NoShaveNovember in awareness for cancer. And the winner to receive the 3 month premium membership is,
barananduen with **


Congratulations!







This week, every year, Remembrance Day is observed on November 11 to remember those who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Therefore, this week, we want you to create a deviation for #RemembranceDay. Whether it's a deviantID with you wearing the red poppy, or a deviation inspired by In Flanders Fields, or a story of events that have happened in your family, we want you to share it with us by link/thumb or writing it in the comments section.

One deviant will receive 1000 :points:.


:bulletblue: Comment below with a link/thumb of your deviation or text in the comments for Remembrance Day.
:bulletblue:  All entries must be submitted by Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 11:59:59pm PDT.
:bulletblue: One (1) deviant will receive 1000:points:.


Good luck and happy tasking! o_O




HugQueen  recently held the Bestest Friend Contest, and the winners have been announced. Here's the journal feature for the winners!

1st Place


 
By introverted-ghost 



2nd Place

 
notCindyChen 



3rd Plac

 
By julietcaesar 



Congratulations to the winners! :clap:






Take care everyone! :hug:
o__O

Week 37, 2014 at #deviant365

Mon Sep 15, 2014, 12:00 AM

Hello sunshines!

Last week we asked you  list three deviations that remind you of autumn. And the winner is *dun dun dun*

DreamWarrior  with

Congratulations!









This week, the second half of the month starts and for that we would like you to draw with DeviantArt muro or any art program or traditionally one of your school memories. Whether it's a funny one, or a lovely moment you have had and share that in your comment as a muro drawing or a link/thumb to the deviation you have created for this.

One lucky deviant will win ONE THOUSAND POINTS 1000 :points: :iconeagerlaplz:

Bullet; Blue Create a piece of artwork using DeviantArt muro or other programs (traditional is fine also).
Bullet; Blue All entries must be submitted by Thursday, September 18 at 11:59:59pm PDT.
Bullet; Blue One (1) lucky deviant will win a 1000 :points:!

Good luck and happy tasking! o_O


dA Connection/Slowdown issues for users



For several days, many dA users are not able to access the site. Connection/slowdown isses, pages not loading means many who are trying to access the site or contact people are not able to do so. This is leading many people to confusion. deviantART is already aware of the situation and they are continuously working to get it fixed soon!

They have announced it in their deviantART Status section of help:


You can keep up to date with any announcements by email they make through deviantART Status by subscribing to it (click the link below):

-> How to Subscribe to the deviantART Status Forum and to Individual Posts



However, many are not able to even access the deviantART Status page, as the same issue persists there, as you have to log in there to click subscribe. Many who have commissioners waiting, status updates and other communications waiting means the people on the other end of the communication are not aware why the people they need to contact may not be able to respond for this period of time, so this announcement is to let them know about this. If you are able to share it across the net, know others who are not aware of this situation, please let them know that it may be for this particular reason. If you are able to subscribe to the deviantART Status, do so so you may be personally updated for any updates regarding dA through email.


You can also reblog this same information on Tumblr from here: Click Here

You can always contact dA to get the info, such as these:

deviantART Tumblr
Contact deviantART Help Desk
deviantART Help Desk Status Updates l How to subscribe to status forum
deviantART Facebook



This post is only to let everyone know that dA team is already aware of the situation and they are working on it. Stay positive and creative!



The F Word 12

Fri Sep 5, 2014, 12:36 AM



Welcome to the 12th in the series of The F Word.
Enjoy :heart:




hemlock

jenniferhom



Isolation IV

Fredy3D


Plume

thienbao


that uneasy feeling .

crump3t




Fairyland

noah-kh


Gracen - sinister kid

2013


Arms Open

WaitingForEmma




Cheers

Hallpen





A cavalier

mingrutu


Twilight: Scholastic Edition

otherwise




orca girl02

rabbiteyes


to the rescue

pettryb




wired

MacRebisz




The_path_to_the_miracle II

noah-kh




A monster

mingrutu


Nostalgia

pixmilk




Happy Birthday for me

sinvia




Space Vacation

Zirngibl






Captain America

2013


Kudu Guard

jeffsimpsonkh




Survivor Zero 01

WallflipJack










Previous Issues

The F Word 11


The F Word 10



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:iconphoenixleo:









Week 29, 2014 at #deviant365

Mon Jul 14, 2014, 12:00 AM

Hello sunshines!

Last week we asked you to share your favourite food by drawing it using DeviantArt muro or draw it in the comments, or share a photograph of the most amazing chocolate cake you have ever made. Congratulations to Manda-of-the-6 and DMD-CT, who have won a 3 Month Premium Membership! :clap:

Manda-of-the-6 shared*:
July 19 - Fine Dining by Manda-of-the-6
We have Manda-of-the-6's sister and her new mustache of fresh lobster in Shediac, New Brunswick to thank for the awesome delight of awesomeness!

DMD-CT shared*:
Strawberry Shortcake by DMD-CT
Strawberry shortcake!





The name deviantART is almost synonymous with the word Fandom. Fanart/fanfiction and cosplay of any movies, tv shows, books, and anything out there that you could be a fan of.

This week, we would like you to share your favourite fandom(s) by commenting with a thumb of one deviation in your fandom that is your favourite or by commenting with why a particular show/movie etc, whose fandom you are part of, is your favourite!

One (1) lucky deviant will win a 3 Month Premium Membership!

:bulletblue: Share your favourite fandom you are part of along with your favourite deviation related to that fandom, or comment with why you love that show/book, etc.
:bulletblue: All entries must be submitted by Thursday, July 17 at 11:59:59pm PDT.
:bulletblue: One (1) lucky deviant will win a 3 Month Premium Membership!

Good luck and happy tasking! o_O




Week 21, 2014 at #deviant365

Mon May 19, 2014, 12:00 AM
Hello sun shines!
Last week we asked you to link or thumb 2 deviations related to Mother's Day. Congratulations to Nicolaas-G and ShadowExiladia! :clap: They each have won a 3 Month Premium Membership to deviantART! :clap:

Nicolaas-G shared*:

<da:thumb id="446756728"/>

by MikeShawPhotography


ShadowExiladia shared*:

Mother's Day by kusodesign

by kusodesign





This week we would like you to find an awesome tutorial that you found most useful for your art haiku on deviantART! Make sure to explain why you found it useful! Please link or thumb the deviation in a comment along with your reason on this journal for entry! One (1) lucky deviant will receive a 3 Month Premium Membership to deviantART while another one (1) lucky deviant will receive 300 :points: courtesy of deviantART! :eager:

:bulletblue: Comment on this journal with a link/thumb of the most helpful tutorial that you found on deviantART explaining why you found it useful.
:bulletblue: All entries must be submitted by Thursday, May 22nd at 11:59:59pm PDT
:bulletblue: One (1) lucky deviant will receive a 3 Month Premium Membership to deviantART; One (1) lucky deviant will receive 300 :points:

Good luck and happy tasking! o_O

phoenixleo



dA is Not Selling Your Works to Third Party Royalty Free

Hot Topic selling artist's works without permission



A Tumblr post has been circulating, where Hot Topic is selling artist's works as T-shirts in their store, including popular fan art without the artist's permission, deviant artists included. It caught on wildfire when one user linked to deviantART's Submission Policy, stating users gave permission to dA by agreeing to their Terms of Service thereby allowing dA to sell it to third party royalty free.

dA Tumblr by phoenixleo




This is false and inaccurate!



deviantART's Response:



"We appreciate the rallying of the community around the rights of this artist. Rights and ownership of artwork are an important cause which we do not take lightly. To clarify:

DeviantART does not retain any ownership nor right to ownership of any artwork posted to deviantART. The point of question in our Submission Policy is one which gives us the right to present the artwork you submit to deviantART on deviantART. As stated in our Submission Policy, “Artist at all times retains all right, title and interest in and to the Artist Materials provided by Artist hereunder (including, without limitation, the copyrights in and to the Artist Materials), subject to the non-exclusive rights in the licenses granted to deviantART under this Agreement.” Thus, artwork posted to deviantART may be used in promotional material for deviantART (with all due credit for the work included), but never for non-deviantART commercial purposes, and never without express recognition of the original artist. The artist also always retains the right to remove the work from deviantART at any time, if they so choose.

By the same token, because we do not retain any ownership of artwork submitted to deviantART, we cannot license it to others either (be it individual or company) without the express permission and written agreement of the artist. From section 5 of our Submission Policy: “deviantART will contact Artist in writing about any individual commercial uses of Artist Materials instigated by deviantART.” If deviantART had been involved with this situation in any way, the artist would have been contacted in writing long prior to any commercial use of the artwork. 

We assure you that we had no involvement of any kind in this incident. Again, we appreciate the passion with which the art community has come together regarding these circumstances, but as with all things, we’re always on the side of the artist."




Given the nature of this post, I feel it’s necessary to post the right information in here as well, considering seeing the notes and comments that users are posting without checking anything, or falsely misrepresenting the policies. Always clarify it from authentic sources or contact them (They don’t bite!). Have a pleasant browsing and interaction and apologies for the interruption!

You can always contact dA to get the info, such as these:

Contact deviantART Help Desk

deviantart Tumblr.

deviantART Terms of Service

Does deviantART own my art?


Please do spread the right news by re-blogging deviantART's response of the correct interpretation of the policy and this as well so users can see it here as well rather than the out of context one or any that you may find.




Edit:: Here's the artist's explanation. It's officially licensed.
For this time!

Week 13, 2014 at #deviant365

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 12:00 AM

Hello deviants!

Last week, we asked that you wonderful people to submit a traditional style deviation in your gallery!

Congratulations to DreamWarrior! *
She will receive a 3-Month Premium Membership to deviantART! La la la la


by DreamWarrior
Acrylics, watercolor pencils, ink, on paper.


Barbara, aka DreamWarrior, has been a member of deviantART for 11 years and is a graphic designer as well as an artisan. Her works stretch from traditional works as paintings, abstract designs to digital's fractal artworks. Take a look at this deviant's gallery!

Fruicy by DreamWarriorEspiruestos ACEO by DreamWarriorInked Pencil Paper Holder by DreamWarrior




This week, spring has arrived (at least calender wise in some places), and we ask you to draw or write (in no more than 200 words) about your dream garden. You can use any tools to create your artwork. It is your garden, Create it with your heart's content and as far as you can stretch it and your imagination! Once it's uploaded, make sure to link or thumb or write a comment with your work in here!

Two (2) lucky deviant will receive 200Points each and a front page feature on deviant365's profile as well as a mention in next week's blog.

Bullet; Blue Submit a deviation (visual or written) deviation to your gallery about your dream garden.
Bullet; Blue All entries must be submitted by Thursday, March 27th at 11:59:59pm  PDT.
Bullet; Blue Two (2) lucky deviant will receive 200:points: each + feature on deviant365's profile!

Good luck and happy tasking! o_O

phoenixleo