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SA Interview - Branchewski

Tue Aug 19, 2014, 12:00 AM

Congratulations to Branchewski for receiving seniority on July 7th, 2014! :squee:

Boloria Selene by Branchewski Playing With Fire by Branchewski

What is it like to be a part of the senior hut? How do you feel about receiving the Medal? How did you receive the news?

Being a part of the senior hut makes me feel really motivated. I've always looked up to Senior members, evidence of their hard work and devotion to the community always being present around the site. I never expected to receive such an honour, so that now I'm spending most of the time thinking about how to give more to the community, get involved, and help out others whenever and however I can.
I received the news from my dear friend CROvalentina. She sent me a facebook message that basically said "Go to your dA profile. Now." I was at work and I didn't know what to expect, so I almost missed it the first time. Then I noticed the medal. And that was when I got massive goosebumps! :giggle:

What made you interested to join DeviantArt? What history is behind it? :eyes:

Back in year 2000, my best friend moved from Croatia to United States. Back then, broadband internet was almost nonexistent in my country, whatever we had from internet was via 56k modems and that was very expensive. I lost contact with my best friend for a few years. When we regained contact, he sent me a link to his gallery on dA. It was then that I had my first contact with dA, and fell in love with it. The year was 2005 and dA was growing fast. It could be said that I came for my friend, fell in love with the art, and stayed so long for the community. :aww:

You have an incredible collection of photos in your gallery!
What made you interested in Photography? What tools are you using to take photos like these?

Thank you very much, I consider myself a beginner in photography, and am very critical of the photos I post here. If it wasn't for dA , I would probably never have such a great hobby.  After spending some time just worshiping the art on dA, I decided to take a camera in my hand and have some fun. I had no experience, but my older sister went to photography school so she gave me a few pointers, but it was after I saved some money to buy my first dslr that I really started learning. I have a very modest gear, and I learn to make the best of it. For my butterfly photos I use a Tamron 70-300mm mounted on a Canon 1000D. I take a pleasure of taking photos of those, because they require a certain patience and stealth to get a good photo.

Any tips and tricks for other photographer how to take photos with the right lighting and effects?

Well, I am no pro, and all I know is just from little experience I have. If you learn the strong points and the weak points of whatever tool or gear you are using, you can make amazing photographs even with cheapest of cameras. You don't even need to know much about post processing either. Know your camera, know your environment, take lots of photos, and spend time observing your results. And don't forget to have fun. :giggle:

Thank you very much for the interview! Do you have anything you wish to share with us? Any Last words?

I would like to thank every deviant out there for making this community what it is. It will be a strong part of my life for years to come. No other place on the internet have what we have, and we must never forget that. We are a nation of deviants, a community of artists, and together we are a strong force of good on this world. The greatest things are yet to come. Thank you, have fun, and stay devious. :dalove:


Project Educate Gallery: Film + Animation [2]

Who Are The Film & Animation Volunteers?

The film and animation galleries, which we introduced earlier today, are currently run by two community volunteers. kingmancheng who started working with the community in late September of 2011, and TimberClipse who began in November of 2012. kingmancheng is now a mentor for the film & animation galleries and also works as a freelance illustrator and animator. TimberClipse works in the film industry mostly with the camera department and has directed a couple of films of his own.

Together, the two of us work side-by-side to bring activity, daily deviations, and features to the Film & Animation galleries. Every Daily Deviation that is selected, is agreed by both volunteers working in tandem.


What Do We Look For In Daily Deviations?

Daily Deviations are tricky to choose We look for quality within a deviation, not only by itself, but also against other deviations similar to it, other deviations the filmmaker has created. We look at the use of visual elements, audible elements, and editing approaches. All of these factors make up what we look for in DDs.


What Qualifies Films For Daily Deviations?

We have a few things that qualify films for Daily Deviations.

  1. To start off, we have some rules that are set for all galleries. For example, we cannot feature a deviant more than once every 6 months. For a full list of these rules, please take a look at our guidelines.
  2. For films in particular, what qualifies them is their quality in all aspects of the film or animation and how everything works together. 
    1. Story - We look for strong, compelling, and new stories. 
    2. Acting - Fun, entertaining, and captivating acting is great
    3. Editing - Editing should be clean, exact, and bring the story together
    4. Animation - Animation styles that are unique or realistic are especially amazing
    5. Music - Pieces that match the film or animation and add to the emotion that is felt 
  3. We want to feature something that is special, something that every artist strives for. We look for items that include new styles, ideas, and hard work put in by the filmmaker(s) or animator(s). 


What Is The Film & Animation Gallery For?

The film and animation gallery is created for filmmakers and animators of all varieties, skill sets, and experience levels. We are a home and community that supports all types of films and animations. We do not accept flash animations, however, they can be placed in the Flash Gallery.

Films that are submitted to deviantART should be a piece of art. To us, that means that films should be strong in their components based on their category. For example, a short fiction film should have a strong story, characters, music (if applicable) and editing while a 30-second commercial should be an excellent sell for the company, group, project, or whatever the film was created for.

We aren’t looking for home videos or pieces that are made without an artistic component to the film. We also will not accept any content that is pornographic, further definitions of what this content is available in the FAQ.

The Film & Animation gallery is a fantastic place to share your work, but it also is one of only a few real communities for filmmakers. We hope to continue to grow the community, and we would love your help being part of that!

Did You Know - Notes

Mon Aug 18, 2014, 10:32 AM


Within your Message Center you also have a section that is for notes only. Notes are something like deviantARTs internal mails.

Your Notes center can be easily reach by either clicking on the little note symbol in your menu or by selecting the Notes tab in your Message Center.

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On the left side you have - similar to your regular Message Center - your notes menu. Beside 6 default folders (Inbox, Unread, Starred, Sent Notes, Drafts and Spam) you also can add your own custom folders to organize notes.

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The little number next to the folder indicates how many notes you currently have there.
When you hover over the name of a custom folder, a little arrow symbol will appear that will give you some more organizing options.

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When deleting a custom folder your notes won't be deleted as well. Instead all of them will be moved back to the Inbox.

Writing Notes

When you want to write a new note you have two buttons to make the note form appear. The upper button is available for both tabs in your Message Center.

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You also can send notes to a certain deviant directly from their page. When doing so their name will appear in the recipient area automatically.

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If you want to send a note to more than one deviant, you need to separate the single names with a comma.

:note: If you want to note someone, but can't remember their exact name, you can also make use of that little icon next to the recipient field. If you click that a list of all deviants and groups on your watchlist will appear. From there you can choose the people/groups directly.

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Beside that, when you start to type a name, you will get suggestions for possible matches from the deviants/groups you watch as well.

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After writing the content of your note, you can check via preview if all added codes work right and decide whether you want to add your signature to the note or not.
If all done correctly click 'Send' and the note will appear in the Message Center of the people you wrote to immediately (a refresh might be needed though). At the same time a copy of your note will be placed in your Sent Notes folder.

While writing notes it can sometimes happen that your browser will crash and your unsent note seems to be lost.

If that happens go to your Drafts folder. As soon as you start writing a note there will be a copy of it added there.

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You can also save a draft on purpose, when you want to go on writing a note at a later time.
Therefore you have the Save as Draft button under your note form.

Note Icons

With the help of the little note icons you also know their current status.

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Top row (from left to right)
• Note unread. These note hasn't been opened by you yet or was markes as unread again.
• Note read. You have opened this note already or marked it as read.
• Note read and replied to. You have opened this note and replied to it.

Bottom row (from left to right)
• Note sent and unread. The recipient has received the note but not read it yet.
• Note send and read. The recipient has received the note and read it.
• Draft. This note is a draft as hasn't been sent yet.

Maintaining and Organizing your Notes

To organize your notes, you are able to move them to custom folders, to highlight them, to mark them as unread or to mark them as spam.

To select one or more notes you simply check the little box in front of each note. The selected notes will appear slightly lighter than the others and a check mark will added to the box.
Now you have several things you can do and most of them can be done in more than one way.

Starring Notes

To 'star' a note you just need to click that little star icon in front of a note. If it is successfully starred the icon will appear yellow and that note is also added to the Starred folder.

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Instead of using the Star icon you can also go to the Mark As... button and select "Starred" or "Unstarred" the selected notes at once.

:note: All notes with the yellow star icon in front of that box will appear in your starred folder.

Mark as Spam

No matter if you are still looking at the preview or already opened a note, if you realize it is spam, choose Spam from the Mark... As drop down menu.
It is then reported as such and action might be taken.

Mark as Unread

Sometimes you already read a note, but can't or don't want to reply to right away. To highlight it, you select the note and then choose Unread from the Mark As... drop down menu.

Deleting Notes

Just select the notes you want to delete (this will be permanent and can't be undone) and click the Delete button.
You will be warned once, afterwards the notes are gone.

Moving Notes

To move your notes to the prefered custom folder you select them and choose a folder via the Move to... drop down menu.

:note: You can also move notes via Drag&Drop.

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GrimFace242 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014   Writer
Are you sure you went into the May folder and not just the ArtFest folder?  Also, are you submitting from your deviation page or going through the group gallery folders?
annewipf Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
I went to "Fella ArtFest" > "May 2014", but there is no link for submitting something :confused:
GrimFace242 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014   Writer
I just submitted and it seemed to go through on this end.  Do you have a message in your MC for the request?
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annewipf Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
(even if there are already 7 pictures in it)
KenazArt Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! :D I was wondering... Could I submit a piece of art that was created last week into the Fella's Artfest May?
MiloticScale Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello there! :wave:

Each month's ArtFest has a binding rule that states entries must be created specifically for the ArtFest contest of that month--meaning its submission date must display a date after the 5th of that month.

Hope that helps!
Jenny345 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
There are rules. Tell these rule breakers that there are rules. There are several groups that do not belong here. They do not abide by the rules. Neither do some individual artists know that there are rules. Seriously the DA Mods need to police the site better.
bedroom-inc Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh gosh fella I was just thinking! You need a side kick!:la: 

and happy birthday! :party:
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happeh birthday!!!!!
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Happy birthday! :party:
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Happy birthday Fella!!! :icongrellfangirlsplz:
IceXDragon Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy 13th birthday Fella, you're a teenager now!:la::cake::party:
MGKopies15 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Hey Fella! I drew a picture featuring (you) :fella:, a :llama: and the DeviantART logo! Please check it out! Here's the link if you want to see…
GoldBirdPrincess155 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Aww Fella Heart Heart Heart 
Love :happybounce: Giggle :squee: Blush 
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