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Artist Showcase Episode 15

Tue Mar 31, 2015, 7:02 AM


Welcome to the next Artist Showcase! This week, I am introducing you to a younger member of our community whose drive and passion for DeviantArt immediately caught my attention. That, and her great artwork! So let's dive in and learn more about this artist.

Of the Spirits by meiyue

meiyue, also known as Annie or Mei, is a 15 year old Canadian deviant of Chinese heritage.  She spent most of her childhood playing piano but discovered DeviantArt on Facebook and hasn't turned back since.  Originally, her account was created so she could, in her words, "mass fav spam Ironshod's work" but she soon decided to start creating her own artwork too.  Annie quickly became enamored with digital art. In fact, it's her favorite gallery on DA.

"I really like digital art because I love all the tools that programs provide (especially ctrl+z.. that makes life so much easier) and I feel that it provides more opportunities that traditional art does. I feel like that to be able to do some things that could be so easily achieved with Photoshop would take years of practice to be able to master traditionally." -- meiyue

She appreciates other mediums like photography and traditional art, but wants to stick with digital.  And while Annie thinks that vector art is cool, she prefers more realistic renderings. :giggle:

Dreamchaser by meiyue

One of the reasons that Annie's profile caught my eye is her involvement on DA.  She helps to moderate the well-known ProjectPorkchop group along with TeenageInspirations, Art-ForEarth and epiciconrevolution.  When asked why she decided to immerse herself not just in art, but in the community, her response was heartfelt:
"dA has changed me so much. I couldn't be more thankful for some of the people I first met who helped to introduce me to the site and critique my drawings to help me improve my at the time horrible digital art skills. As I met more and more people and got more and more involved with the community, I took away so much information and positivity from everyone that I felt like I had to give something back." -- meiyue

Annie tries to stay as actively involved as possible but she IS a full time student, so we can cut her some slack if she gets really busy during the school year. She does procrastinate on her school work now and again, for the simple reason that she loves her time on DA. She says it's a fun place and it feels good to give back to the community that has done so much for her.

Do you have any goals for yourself in regard to your art and DeviantArt?

"I want to meet all the people and make all the friends...I really hope to dedicate more time to dA in the coming years, though, and learn more from all the knowledgeable people here and let people learn from me when I become really knowledgeable.. hopefully." -- meiyue

Do you have any advice for new community members who want to be more involved?

"I have basically one piece of advice for people who want to get involved with the community: try to get involved! There are so many places here on dA that could use your help and so many community related groups that make themselves visible on dA every day. All you have to do is look around and offer your help. You can also do things by yourself - if you have an idea for a cool community group or event, go ahead and start one! Write tutorials, do features, help people in the forums, host events, suggest DDs; the things you can do are endless. If you're looking for a place to start, try writing an article for projecteducate or providing feedback in ProjectComment and keep updated on community happenings with communityrelations, CRCommunityProjects, and DevNews. -- meiyue

Now that is some fantastic advice! :clap:  I think it's pretty easy to see why Annie is deserving of this Showcase.  She has true community spirit and a warm, friendly personality. And she created beautiful art! Go check out her profile and gallery and show her some love. :love:

Good Morning World by meiyue Breathless by meiyue Singed Soul by meiyue

Send Me Your Suggestions!

I am always looking for new artists to feature!

If you know a deviant with great artwork, who is also heavily involved in the community and deserves more exposure, 
please send me a note with the username and I'll check it out!

Monday Munchies [38]

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 10:02 AM by TimberClipse:icontimberclipse:


Every Monday, I will be featuring a single deviant's artwork. The deviant may be known or unknown, and may have received accolades or joined deviantART last week. By featuring just a single deviant, I hope to give the deviant some exposure and bring a little beauty to your week. I also include a short description about the artist and/or what draws me to their work. 


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Nicole. by VisualEchos

I came across VisualEchos when they had this deviation featured as a Daily Deviation by Mrs-Durden. I was really stunned by how beautiful it was, not only did it frame the car beautifully, it also made the surroundings into something incredible. 

Blue Wonder Power Milk. by VisualEchos

These pieces are simply gorgeous and every shot in their gallery stuns the viewer. If you haven't seen these pieces before, or haven't been interested in automobile photography, now is the time to check it out!  

Mea Culpa. by VisualEchos

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This fortnight's media: Fan ART!

No mouth but some serpent's by TashinaJacob Sea of Dr. Thackery by Darey-Dawn Touhou - Reimu Hakurei by ofSkySociety
Terry Pratchet by Lelpel Commission: Iskia by DemonLife
Margaery Tyrell by thegryph Sailor Moon : Inner Court by KuroiChoucho we are the crystal gems by AngryGh0st
Guardian by h1fey Temeraire by Serain
Star Falls... or Gravity Wars? by NatAsplund Easterly wind by ViaEstelar Monza Murcatto by dejan-delic
Ori and the blind forest by lepyoshka Pushing Daisies by Gilmec Kiss The Royal Paw by DAEM0NYSH
Remembrance by Widdershins-Works Lily and the beast by meodwarf Genos by Ururuty
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Steel Ball Run by sin213yee Charlie Brown Free Print by Max-Dunbar Sunset Glow by Namiiu

Hello! :wave: rvmp Welcome to the fourth edition of 'Teach Me, Senpai!' here at fella. If you're unfamiliar with what this is, it's essentially a monthly feature of tutorials, made by deviants, explaining individual tasks, which then come together into one whole project. This month, we'll be doing macro photography! Uae4u Commission 


Bokeh in Macro Shots Tutorial by Jules1983Bokeh tutorial by lieveheersbeestjeShaped Bokeh How-To by YellowElevenPhotography tutorial - Bokeh by NariscussPhotography natural bokeh tutorial by lieveheersbeestje


Apertures by StuMac1985Aperture and Shutter Speed by J-FarrellWhat is Aperture by honoloPhotography Tutorial: Lesson 1 by utqtbry


Tutorial 1: Composition by onixaThe Secret to Composition by LulieComposition for beginners by PinkFireFly

Drops/General Macro

water droplet tutorial 2 by unread-storyTutorial by DanielHeydeckeTaking Pictures of Drops Pt. I by Jules1983WaterDroplet Tutorial by onixaWater Drop Macro Tutorial by Jules1983Tutorial - Shooting waterdrops by teyasavelevaMacro Photography Tutorial by night-fate

Happy arting! :la: And as always, suggestions for next month's project are greatly appreciated! :eager:

Fella's ArtFest Winners: March 2015

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 4:00 PM

Welcome to Fella's ArtFest!

Fella's ArtFest is a monthly contest in which the DeviantArt community can display its love and appreciation for art and all its forms.
Each month's ArtFest has a particular theme! To participate, create an original piece of art (all media are accepted) and submit it to DeviantArt as a deviation! From there, simply submit your deviation to fella's very own gallery into this month's ArtFest gallery folder.

:fella: Entries

The theme for March's ArtFest was gowns
The entries are below! :la:
Gown of TimeLong ago when her gown was new,
Earth showed it off the universe through.
The blue of her skin offset by bright green –
She was the envy of the galactic scene.
Her flowing green skirt was peppered with flowers,
Each one she’d cultivated for many hours.
About perceptions she cared not a whit,
Leaving her time to crochet or knit
The varied purple peaks that dotted the land,
Having room for some on the glove covering her hand.
Elated at how well her dress was received,
Effulgent rays from without and within she weaved.
Azure skin glowed brightly from dusk ‘til dawn,
Radiantly beaming while over her gown they did fawn.
Time passed ever slowly, its beauty did dim,
Her chances of getting a new dress grew grim.
But she refused to give up, and returned to her craft,
Even though at her first efforts others only laughed.
Fibers stretched taut as she sewed a zigzag seam,
Often wiping her brow as she worked for her dream.
Resplendent she’d be, in a spiffy new skirt –
The DressThe Dress
Tiny flowers in whorls and knots
Embroidered within the beads and finery.
Sleeves and neckline adorned with swirls and whirls.
Mother of pearl, that’s what they were.
Buttons of mother’s pearl
Stitched synchronously side-by-side
Upon the beaded bodice of the gown.

:fella: Winners

:star: First Place goes to RogueMudblood who will receive a 6-Month Premium Membership to DeviantArt!
:star: Second Place goes to MagicalJoey who will receive a 3-Month Premium Membership to DeviantArt!
:star: Third Place goes unclaimed because there were only two entries!
* Prizes are courtesy of DeviantArt.

:fella: See you all for next month's ArtFest! :wave:

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