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Collection: Urban Cats

Fri Oct 3, 2014, 12:00 PM

Urban Cats

They are always there. The street sentinels. Witnesses in the night. The urban cats. Some insist a cat always prefers human company, a warm bed and provision of food and affection. So why are these felines out here? In the cat there is an independence like no other animal one shares a life with. A cat cannot be “owned.” A cat chooses you to be allowed to groom and feed and love him. If the unspoken pact somehow fails, then the cat, uncompromising, moves on to survive the cold, cruel streets on his own. But he is free. Forever free.



I'm a Dubai based Pakistani Street photographer who is madly in love with the genre. Even though I try my best to convey the spirit of this wonderful city of my birth visually through my photography, the sounds and smells of the streets of downtown Dubai is something you'll have to experience for yourself. In addition to Street photography, I'm trying to further hone my pictorial skills enough to break into freelance photojournalism and fine art photography. I also enjoy taking photographs of stray cats - a personal project that is very close to my heart.

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It's October and the sacred 31 days of Halloween are upon us-time to get your gore on! The chill is in the air, the leaves are on the ground, and Halloween candy has been out since Labor Day. So while you’re waiting in the Starbucks line for an overpriced double pumpkin spice whatever, pass the time with this year’s scary movies reviews!

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Review by Gypsycurse71

Overall Grade: A

This 2004 horror-comedy from across the pond shows us how you can manage a mid-life crisis in the midst of a zombie apocalypse through protagonist Shaun, who tries to iron out his personal life with one hand while clobbering zombies with the other. After all is said and done, he'll learn what he's really made of. Equal parts gore and gags it's both scary and hilarious at the same time. No one has topped horror satire since Scream but leave it to Brits to challenge and win! (even Romero was impressed!) A horror film with a heart and a smile, Shaun of the Dead is fresh, fun and destined to be a cult classic.

Welcome To The Today Page

Wed Oct 1, 2014, 4:32 PM

The wonderful thing about the shared global art narrative is that it’s constantly evolving.

A new chapter in the deviantART story has begun, with a new Today Page focused on outreach and engagement, telling our stories and bringing a devious lens to the world around us. We seek to monitor, analyze, report on, and most importantly, be a part of encouraging the bond between art, life and the human spirit using the pulse of the first digitally-oriented art collective and in ways older, established media cannot.

Many online communities are capable of providing the loving curative support needed by their worldwide members. But deviantART, for me, with the message of the special powers of ART at its core, is not just an instrument of personal peer-to-peer communication and healing, but a massive supernova-strength engine for global transformation. The very nature of art, the gift of its giving, can be a powerful form of communal and personal engagement.


It is intended to be the first stimulus you seek every morning to complement your cup of coffee and a rich brew made of artists, writers, news, pop culture, communication, education, and fearless peer-to-peer connection.

We encourage deviants to send feedback on how you want The Today Page to evolve and we welcome suggestions on just what stories we should be covering. We need your help to build something truly amazing. Let’s go down this road together.

Here is the email address that the Today Page team will be monitoring for any suggestions or ideas that you may have. I will be in the Newsdesk chat every Sunday to hear your feedback and talk about where we are going each week. Let’s build this together.

Meet Your Today Page Editorial Team

techgnotic: Professor X

marioluevanos: Wolverine

DeevElliott: Beast

RWSlavin: Juggernaught

spotted: Rogue

seoul-child: Iceman

ellenherbert: Jean Grey

Moonbeam13:  Mystique

Horrorscope Challenges

Wed Oct 1, 2014, 4:01 PM

Horrorscope Challenges

Do you like messing with the divine designs of the heavens that guide the fates of those of us here on Earth… just for giggles?

Do We have a challenge for you!

What if the symbols of the Zodiac were born of Dante’s Inferno, forged in the fires of hell, crafted by the most evil of the eldritch gods or conjured by damnable Demonic agency?

Just how scary could these transformed symbols be?

We need demented deviants to draw:The 2014 deviant Horrorscope

You have until October 20 to create your own most twisted astrological abomination of the Zodiac.


Choose just one symbol or take on all 12. On October 25th
we will showcase The Best of The Outrageous Best as a Stock Market feature on Today Page!

  • Perhaps the Aquarian water–bearer is now a witch toting a bubbling cauldron of evil potion…

  • Maybe Leo the lion has sprouted wings, eagle’s talons and metallic scales and is now a fire–breathing sci–fi griffin–dragon…

  • You get the picture—er, actually, we here at DeviantArt get the picture—the one that you create for us so we can publish and share it with all the other sinister connoisseurs of Halloween frights and delights.

Just in from CNN HQ

Wed Oct 1, 2014, 3:48 PM

Just in from CNN HQ

In an effort to turn the U.S. Economy around, Congress is seriously considering the cost–savings of merging Valentines Day and Halloween on the calendar.

Show us what this unholy merger of all things creepy/kissy might look like!

CNN Special Announcement:

As our slow–growth economy continues to grind on at its slow pace, the U.S. Government has found it necessary to institute necessary cost–cutting measures that may seem unusual. Economists, however, say the savings will be in the billions, if not trillions, of dollars if these “asymmetrical outside the box” measures are taken.

First up: The Merger of Halloween and Valentine's Day

These two holidays, while representing no major Judeo–Christian events and not the occasion for business, banking or school closures, have become twin generators of middle–class cash outlay and credit card debt accrual, second only to Christmas.

The government needs your help.

Artists of online arts communities, like deviantART, are being asked to help Congress decide on the feasibility of a Valentine’s/Halloween holiday merger. Illustrated examples of Halloween–themed Valentine’s day cards and Valentine’s–themed Halloween artworks are being solicited, with the best ones to appear on the dR website all through the month of October until Halloween.

You have until October 20 to create your own Valentine's Day / Halloween mashup holiday. On October 25th we will showcase The Best of The Outrageous Best as a Stock Market feature on depthRADIUS!


(Somebody please draw Wolf Blitzer turning into the werewolf we know he secretly is!) Superior short–short stories (1–3 pages) relating Valentine’s–Halloween parties, darkly romantic dates, new traditions and revived demons will be published.

Poetry is sought—odes to the new holiday. Pictures of innovative Cosplay and other costuming reflecting the dual Valentine’s–Halloween celebration are encouraged—as is photography capturing mysteries of both romance and sorrow in singular images.

Da Vinci's Dangerous Game

Wed Oct 1, 2014, 2:57 PM

This story had us wondering; would Leonardo Da Vinci have kept his deviations in storage, or just deleted them?

The painting is The Lady with an Ermine. Da Vinci’s model is Cecilia Gallerani, a mistress of Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan. The Duke is Da Vinci’s patron of the last 18 years. Lumiere Technology in Paris has created a new technique for “x-raying” paintings called the Layer Amplification Method (LAM). A series of intense lights are projected on to a painting. Measurements are made of the lights' reflections and from these analysts are able to reconstruct images between the layers of the paint.

Lumiere’s LAM has revealed two earlier versions of “The Lady” underneath the final, third, version.  There is no pet weasel in the first portrait.  The Lady cradles a typical pet stoat in the second version.  The final version emphasizes a more prominently emphasized “in your face” stoat, now unmistakably an “ermine” since his fur has turned white for winter.  The Lady’s lover, the Duke, was known as “The White Ermine.”

News reports about this new technology and the discovery of the two altered versions of the painting have emphasized the wonder of this new high tech. But what of the politics of these two revisions?  Da Vinci’s idea?  To hint at the Lady’s connection with the Duke by inserting a stoat into her embrace?  Then deciding to go bolder by adding an actual white ermine in a pose almost suggesting a couple’s portrait?  Could Da Vinci be so bold?  Remember, an artist’s patron is pretty much his boss.  Perhaps the Duke demanded the revisions, wanting to signal his conquest of Lady Cecilia to all those at court.  Or maybe it was the Lady’s idea herself, wanting those who needed to know just how close she was with the Duke.  So what we might have here is not so much a new tech story but the very old story of an artist, even of Leonardo’s standing, being dangerously sandbagged into revealing court secrets, either as a means of securing his source of income, or at the risk of compromising his source of income.  Even Da Vinci may have been forced to dance to the paymaster’s tune.

Your Thoughts

  1. With the distance of time maybe art historians feel "justified" in revealing Da Vinci's process, but what are the ethics of revealing early drafts by an artist who decided to "erase" them in a way the artist thought would be permanent?

A Quote by Charles Bukowski

Wed Jun 18, 2014, 2:15 PM


“We're all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn't. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing”

Collage - Alchemy of the Quotidian

Thu May 1, 2014, 11:18 PM


Please welcome suzymae as our newest guest writer for depthRADIUS. Journalism is the latest turn in Suzy’s communications-dedicated existence, her resume revealing her to be a lifetime arts world gypsy only recently having alighted in Los Angeles where she is involved with not only transmedia artwork, video and collage but also the stand-up comedy scene. Please join me in welcoming suzymae to the deviantART family, the best home for artists displaying Suzy’s spirit of peripatetic creativity, thoughtful human observation and all-in life commitment to self-expression through art.

Collage, Alchemy of the Quotidian

It’s a simple art form, yet it provokes extreme reaction. One either loves it or hates it. Children understand it. What child has not cut out and glued together collages of family members or friends or favorite entertainer role models? Yet when an artist combines objects that evoke more subtle meditations, collage is often dismissed as the lazy man’s art form.

Where’s the technique? The hours? The “value.”

Indeed, collage is often assemblages of roadside detritus. But the power or melancholy of the image then created to be experienced uniquely by each of us can be a thing of wonder, magical. How to appraise this “value?” Quotation fails. Perhaps it’s the purity of this magical artist-viewer exchange that so confounds the assayers. Sometimes junk can be pure gold.

Collage II by psychoticsounds

collage by Lucardo

Old Tales by ebbing-gale

Transforming with Intent

Collage, as a fine art form, was consciously explored in the early 1900’s across Europe and the Americas, inspiring a new wave of contemporary commentary, as artists integrated physical objects from everyday life directly into their art, transforming pieces of mass media into imaginative, opinionated statements on society.

Das Undbild, 1919by Kurt Schwitters

In its purest form, collage is alchemy:  a power that transforms something in a mysterious or impressive way, merging components from multiple sources into an entirely new expression of emotion.

One need not be a technically skilled illustrator or photographer to assemble an effective collage—but to invoke a new reality out of existing components, a sense of storytelling and composition is crucial.

As each observer develops their own unique emotional perspective on the piece, attaching their personal history to the components within, viewing a collage becomes an act of alchemic creation in itself.

“Collage is the noble conquest of the irrational, the coupling of two realities, irreconcilable in appearance, upon a plane which apparently does not suit them.”

Max Ernst

Collage derives its name from the French verb coller, to glue.

It’s a technical description, reducing the practice of collage to its most basic form: attaching things to a surface. Conceptually, collage is controlled serendipity, combining disparate pieces of imagery into one singular experience.

Materials are limited only by imagination: parking passes, fine Japanese papers, cigarette butts, doll arms, dollar bills, seashells, human hair. Anything on earth becomes a medium.

Breaking by KanchanCollage

Collage by foot-foot

Magnolia Warbler by ursulav

Collage through The Ages

Since the invention of the printing press, words and images have been re-appropriated to tell stories and process information.

  • 1600s

    — Commonplace Books

    Information retained by a single person, such as quotes, recipes, poems and laws.

  • 1700s

    — Friendship Albums

    Compendium of signatures and drawings, collected from a variety of individuals.

  • 1800s

    — Victorian Photocollage

    Photographs and drawings cut, colored, & pasted to depict relationships & events

  • 1900s

    — Papiers Colles

    Artworks incorporating mass media objects alongside traditional materials.

  • 2000s

    — Blogs

    Digital compilations of moving & still images, text, and sound.

“In collage you can mix up new flavors and thoughts for people to find.”

KanchanCollage :iconkanchancollage:

“The outsider might see it as collage; I regard it as painting. The paint I use comes with ready-made pictures and ideas in it, and as it doesn't blend, painting with it is like playing a giant game of open-ended three-dimensional Tetris, wherein each piece retains its roots in the material while the growth is angled towards the topic it portrays.”

Zaider :iconzaider:

Stormy Sea by J0nnyL0ve

Self Portrait Collage by danalightbourne

water collage by kirbyrevo

The first deliberate and innovative use of collage in fine art came from Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the spring of 1912.

Fruit Dish & Glass, 1916by Georges Braque

Pushing the limits of dimension and illusion via Cubism, the two broke 2D barriers with a series of papiers collés. Picasso incorporated an Italian postage stamp in his painting “The Letter.”

Braque used a wallpaper wood grain to conjure café tables in Fruit Dish and Glass.

After these well-known artists initiated the use of everyday objects within traditional paintings, the technically simple concept of collage came to affect the trajectory of contemporary art over the following century.

“Regardless of the medium, whether it is in Eliot or Picasso or a TV thirty-second advertisement, I think collage is the twentieth century's greatest innovation.”

Robert Motherwell

The process of collage is anarchic and constructive at once, a practice with infinite possibilities.

This freedom and power inspired progressive artists to push boundaries, while simultaneously legitimizing pop as culture. Cubists, Surrealists, and other visionaries took on collage as idea, creating assemblages, constructions, readymades, and cut-ups. Neo Dada, Pop Art, and Conceptual Art all sprung out of this radical transformation of what art could be and contain.

As a process to invoke new realities, collage allows any artist to explore immortal nostalgia:  transforming what already exists into a desired reality. Inclusive and quick, open to personalization and multiple mediums, the lack of rules and infinite sources of material challenge all creative individuals to develop their own innovative approach to collage.

295.5 by BLDRDSH

taxi by igorska

like so many by CanaryInTheCathouse

roma surrealismo by fleetofgypsies

Orange Brain Unlimited by bluespectralmonkey

Ruby behind Emerald by Culpeo-Fox

RESCUED FROM LIFE by PancreasSupervisor

Fall in Love by Risata

Red and Wolfby RevolverWinds

“It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to.”

Jean-Luc Godard

Questions for the Reader

  1. What if any difference is there between digital collage and photo manipulation? Should they be considered a separate art form from collage, just as collage is from assemblage?
  2. Is effective collage harder or easier to create than a traditionally illustrated image?
  3. What attitudes set collage artists apart from others?  Why might they choose collage over other methods?
  4. When can a collage be perceived as a cop-out?  Is there something less noble about using other’s visuals?
  5. As artists broke the 2D barrier by adding 3D components, how do we explore the fourth dimension with 3D materials? What’s the next conceptual step collage might inspire?
  6. Has collage become the standard of modern media consumption?  How does the fractured multimedia landscape we all experience affect our relationship to collage as an art form?

What Lurks Behind Wil Wheaton

Sat Apr 26, 2014, 12:55 PM

Road to Comic-Con

What Lurks BehindWil Wheaton

What's Behind Wil Wheaton?

 That’s what he’d like to know.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

He could just turn around but he’s asking his army of twitter followers to photoshop the hell out of whatever it is that's on the green screen directly behind him.  What an opportunity, deviants ;)

Oh hi twitter I'm on a green screen again today. Want to #photoshopwilwheaton?

2:15 PM - 25 Apr 2014

spyed and myself have been wishing Comic-Con was NOW. We just, miss it. The artists, the alley, the 120,000 kindred souls all together aligned in the collective world mission of a color exploded pop culture singularity, blending every possibility real and imagined.

We want the obligatory Wil Wheaton Comic-Con sighting now.


Do it to Wil. Do that now.

What better way to kick things off for the depthRADIUS Road To Comic-Con than by feeding poor Wil to a one-eyed-one-horned flying people eating Cthulhu! marioluevanos could do it blind (and he may) but consider Wil’s green screen, fellow kindred deviants, as your first Challenge!

This weekend do your thing! Get crazy!! Expose Wil to every dark corner of the universes that so far he has only pretended to be in. The clock is ticking!!! Tweet it to Wil #photoshopwilwheaton and then link us to your devious efforts in the comments below.

We will showcase The Best of The Outrageous Best next week as a Stock Market feature on depthRADIUS!

Some suggested themes and prompts to whet your Wheaton:

  • Crown of Thrones or whatever it’s called?
  • Hey, is that Dick Cheney with a water bucket and a dirty rag?
  • Roller Coasters, Ponies and Meatballs.
  • An inflated Jean Luc Picard gone Vore.
  • Check out Stock Resources for inspiration!

Only you have the answer, lazing in the darker depths of your sleeping psyche.  Time to conjure up some silly madness and surface the winning tweet!  Don’t worry, more to come on the way to Comic-Con San Diego!

Introducing depthRADIUS

Tue Feb 25, 2014, 11:01 PM

About depthRADIUS

Foreword by techgnotic

depthRADIUS is named after the deviantART community that it reflects and represents.

This on-line journal explores the depths of the arts world from fine art to the most eminently accessible community arts projects. depthRADIUS endeavors to connect artists and art enthusiasts with other artists and arts-related individuals from all levels of the arts community, from its most successful stars and innovators to beginners just learning their crafts. The “radius” of this journalistic conversation will extend in its boundaries into arts advocacy, education and appreciation.

“We are all listening to each other.”

    "There is no escape. You can't be a vagabond and an artist and still be a solid citizen, a wholesome, upstanding man. You want to get drunk, so you have to accept the hangover. You say yes to the sunlight and pure fantasies, so you have to say yes to the filth and the nausea. Everything is within you, gold and mud, happiness and pain, the laughter of childhood and the apprehension of death. Say yes to everything, shirk nothing. You are not harmonious, or the master of yourself. You are a bird in the storm. Let it storm! Let it drive you!"

Herman Hesse

empty by Kosmur

Ellipsis (plural ellipses; from the Ancient Greekἔλλειψιςélleipsis, "omission" or "falling short") is a series of dots that usually indicate an intentional omission of a word, sentence or whole section from the original text being quoted, and though necessary for syntactical construction, is not necessary for comprehension.[1] Ellipses can also be used to indicate an unfinished thought or, at the end of a sentence, a trailing off into silence (aposiopesis)

The Ladder Song - Words And Music by Bright Eyes

On the Edge by lesley-oldaker

No one knows where the ladder goes
You're going to lose what you love the most
You're not alone in anything
You're not unique in dying
Feel a strange day every now and then
Fall asleep reading science fiction
I want to fly in your silver ship
Let Jesus hang and Buddha sit
It's on now
The days are long now
The ups and the sundowns
And a twisting mind
If I got to go first
I'll do it on my terms
I'm tired of traitors always changing sides
They were friends of mine

Don't hang around as the promise breaks
You'll be there when the next one's made
Kiss the feet of a charlatan
Some imagined freedom
All the rest is predictable
You can say you're the first to know
Bought a mantra to concentrate
Car alarm or hissing snake
I know now
How it's gonna turn now
You got to calm down
Or I'll lose my place
Got to get to the center
Got to get to the concert
Run off with a dancer
Going to celebrate

Welcome the new age
Covered in warrior paint
Lights from the jungle to the sky
See now, a star's born
Looks just like a blood orange
Don't it just make you want to cry
Precious friend of mine?

Well, I know when it's finally done
This whole life's a hallucination
You're not alone in anything
You're not alone in trying 
To be

Dave Elliott, An Authentic Citizen

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 1:57 PM

Weirding Willows

A New Wind Lifts Storytelling

First imagined as a bedtime tale for his son by Kenneth Grahame in 1908, The Wind in the Willows has remained in the top twenty children’s stories ever since. But things have been getting weird out in the Willows, as the new comic on deviantART, Weirding Willows, will attest to.

Badger, Mole, Ratty and Mr. Toad are back… but they’re joined by Alice, Frankenstein’s Monster, Mowgli, The White Rabbit, Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny as they defend the world from the Wicked Witch of the West, Doctor Moreau, the Mad Hatter, Mister Hyde and the Queen of Hearts (not to mention the flying nightmare monkeys from Wizard of Oz.)


The new direction taken by Weirding Willows, recently published in multiple formats, reflects the new worldwide comic audience being opened up by the Internet and the new technologies and the needs and desires of that audience being serviced by those who recognize it.


reator and writer of Weirding Willows, Dave Elliott, is at once introducing beloved childhood fables and adolescent fright tales in Western culture to new readers, while re-imagining them for those of us already familiar with them on some level. Tying the separate strands of the disparate fantasies into a cohesive narrative is accomplished by centering the narration in a new Alice in Wonderland. And by “new” I mean smart and engaging—rather than being simply the target of CGI effects as she’s been reimagined in the latest studio rehashes. Librarians and teachers have been embracing Weirding Willows and are reporting a heightened interest in the classic “Frankenstein” and “Jekyll & Hyde” texts as well as a revisiting of all the other fantasy figures of bedtime tales. This new comic seems to be generating an interest in a dozen classic characters’ “back stories” and that couldn’t be better news for the future of fantastic storytelling.


No better an example of the new storytelling is to be found in Weirding Willows, published by Titan. What would have once been developed as a simple “mash-up” of diverse childhood story characters in a sort of very strange Justice League, Weirding Willows has the benefit of fan input into precisely which characters have been chosen to resurrect from deepest childhood dreaming as well as a continuing conversation with the story direction with the writer as the issues progress.

The new paradigm, wherein lies the future of storytelling—opens the next chapter in the history of pop literature.


funny thing happened on the way to the funeral for the storytelling narrative, its obituary written by the traditional publishing industry: the genre is thriving rather than dying, and with an infusion of more independent spirit and creativity than has ever before been possible. Weirding Wilows is a prime example. The Internet has done more to liberate rather than destroy storytelling, the new technology encouraging fan comment, contribution and even collaboration on an unprecedented scale. The publishing houses feared their loss of total control of dissemination of “IP” (intellectual property) would mean novels, comics and all other storytelling vehicles would be pirated into chaos, creators unable to find a way to get paid for their art.  Instead of this deathly scenario, a new dawn has broken – with fans exercising more direction over their favorite stories and characters while the narrative is still in creation.


Dave Elliott puts an enormous amount of effort into helping deviantART community members move forward as artists as they try to determine how they want to enter the industry.

After launching two of his own anthologies Dave has just announced, through a journal on his page, plans for a third regular anthology locked and loaded with deviant artists of every medium exclusively.

  • All of the artists hired to create artwork for Weirding Willows and Dave Elliott's Odyssey are all from the deviantART community.
  • Reviews portfolios for community members whenever he can.
  • Introduced spyed to Clydene Nee which launched the powerful collaboration between deviantART and Comic-Con for a newly reinvigorated Artists Alley.
  • Judged the first two deviantART San Diego Comic-Con scholarships reviewing 100's of portfolios  determining the finalists from the deviantART community.

  • In his free time he art directs deviants work when they've attained their first paying gig.
  • Three previously unpublished deviant artists work were featured on to the back of Heavy Metal magazine from a competition off of his own page.
  • A full issue of Heavy Metal Magazine will be curated form submissions from Dave's deviantART page. Go to his page for more details.


he comics industry’s insiders know Dave as the go-to guy whose name alone will lend mighty credibility to any project in need of more lift to get off the ground. He’s the best coordinator and facilitator of talent in all comicdom. He’s the man who finds a way to make independent projects happen. What should be better known by the reader-consumers, fans and advocates of comic books and graphic novels is Dave’s extensive resume and well-deserved reputation as one of the most influential figures in the industry, as both creative artist and businessman.

For the last few years Dave Elliott has become known as one of the most sought after World Builders, an essential skill necessary to facilitate “Full Spectrum Narrative” IP development for the entertainment industry. From co-founding Radical Studios where he developed a new more realistic and grounded version of Hercules, that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is currently shooting under Brett Ratner’s direction, to co-founding Benaroya Comics, creators of Red Spike, Samaurai’s Blood, and The Marksman, all released last year through Image Comics.  Sam Sarkar’s comic series The Vault sold to Graham King after being co-developed and packaged by Dave.

As the industry stands now, what are the best tips for breaking in?


I think the ‘Industry’ is being redefined right now. The traditional model of publishing is crumbling and what ‘is’ Industry has almost personal relevance now. If you draw Superman every month your idea of the Industry is the Direct Sale Market which caters to the 1,200–1,500 physical stores around the countrty. The Direct Sale Market expanded into the digital domain through companies such as Comixology and iVerse.

Breaking in is actually best done by proving you've got what it takes to do a great job and producing high quality, consistent, work.  Marvel and DC look towards IDW, Boomstudios, Dark Horse and Image Comics for their talent. They do that because there is no hiding when a creator can't keep their deadlines or has an emotional meltdown. Editors are also scouring deviantART for new talent. They're watching creators who post often, consistently and get a lot of traffic. If you do a piece of work that you want a specific editor to see tweet a link to them but don't always expect a response.  Don't send a Wolverine pin-up to the Batman editors. If you want to draw something in particular you're going to have to do some samples of that character. You can always get more eyeballs on your pages by doing mash-ups where characters meet who couldn't in their own books.  Have Batman meet the new Sherlock. Draw how you would imagine the Justice League would look in J. R. Tolkien's world. Have Blade and Buffy team up against the Twilight characters.  Images and ideas that will get people adding your images to their favorites and talking about them.  Send people to your deviantART page by using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with teases.

All these additional hits will increase the chances of you getting noticed.

What are your top tips for launching a new story or intellectual property into the world?


First ask yourself do you love the idea or are you doing it because others might like it. You have to love your own idea and world. If you want it to resonate with an audience it has to resonate with you first. You have a far better chance of connecting with people if your heart is in it. It'll come through. It's no guarantee of success but your chances will be higher. Here's a small list of things that you must know before you start;

  • Know your world.
  • Know your characters.
  • Know the physics of your world and then make sure you stick to them.

If you have come up with the story first and are creating the characters afterwards, make sure they stay in character. Don't have them go against character just because you want something to happen, plan ahead. It sounds obvious but people run into it all of the time and many end up creating a new character just to move the story along. Those characters are always forgettable and a distraction.

Have you experienced having your comments and suggestions alter the narrative of stories-in-creation on deviantART or elsewhere?


Yes, we all suffer sometimes from being too close to our ideas and think that we've explained things out well enough only to find someone ask a really obvious question that leaves us scratching our heads.

This happened only recently when I posted a couple of pages of Weirding Willows up relying on everyone knowing who the characters were and the setting. You can't always rely on people having read all your deviantART entries or read every issue of your comic or book.

It's also happened when I've seen people warm to characters I wasn't expecting them to and after reading comments and seeing what they saw you have greater appreciation yourself for them. That happened when I decided to team Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny with the White Rabbit. Their dynamic changed and I now want to do a set of stories focusing on just them (and their new friend Jack. Who isn't a rabbit).

Do you see artists considering the suggestions of other artists and fans as democratic or authoritarian, as community building or interference with artistic freedom and independence?


Every artist is different. Some just want fans. Some like the real artistic discussion of method and influences. Remember, when you post something you're going to get comments and not all of them you'll like. It is something we all need to come to terms with that not everyone will like what you do. Some may take time to warm up. It is your artistic freedom to post just as it is for someone to make a comment. It is how we react to those comments that will define how we grow as artists and as members of this community. You have your freedom and your independence and only you can give it away.

Do you think stronger (or weaker) mythic narratives will be the ultimate fruits of technological changes underway?


I believe if you want to connect with as many people as possible using a mythic narrative is essential especially if you ever plan to open up your narrative to others to participate in. A well thought out mythology to the world (no matter how real or grounded) adds to the believability of it and encourages immersion into it. Techgnotic came up with the best term for the development of a story or concept that can spread across many different platforms and art forms; “Full Spectrum Narrative.” We are all in this new technological age of communication. A single device can be a book, a comic, a video game, an animation and they can all be about a single idea. Each medium can be a different facet of your concept, not just the retelling endlessly of the same story.  A rich mythology give you and others a universe to play in without once bumping into each other.

Can you talk a little bit about the artist, writer, producer collaboration when building new narrative worlds? Should creators be their own Editor/Producers?


We are all producers. We ‘produce’ our work. In this new age we also need to be our own editors. More and more we'll be assembling projects to be published ourselves rather than have a publisher come along and act as the producer for us. We all have to learn how to wear more than one hat. The process of sharing messages between each other isn't much different than utilizing social media to bring an audience to our work. Fortunately as deviantART has grown so has the variety of skills coming to the community. If you need a letterer or colorist or a model just write a journal. It may take a while but somebody will always know someone who you can talk to. In comics, the writer and the artist must become their own editor and production managers. They must learn how to assemble and format everything they need, figure out how to post it and then promote it. Good material will usually get discovered but banging the drum really does help.

Producing The Lost Kids has forced me to wear a lot more hats than I could ever have imagined. Dave is absolutely right; we must all be producers as well as editors for each new IP.  This takes someone with a lot of focus and energy and someone who knows how to surround himself with the right people for a direct delivery the audience.

Internet sites like deviantART have bridged the separation between creator and audience so that we are talking every reader, viewer or player in a very particular way. DeviantArt has done the same with creator and other talent. Now, being able to draw but not able to write or being able to write and not being able to draw or letter is no longer an excuse to abandon your vision. deviantART has killed that excuse. If you want to work on your own comic book, your novel, your film, your art, but lack skill in certain areas, you can now find artists to collaborate with who can fill in the blanks.

The Lost Kids and Weirding Willows are prime examples of artists coming together for a single vision, for a single story. What aspiring story creators should take from their example is that your own project is possible if you put in the time, energy and focus to put together the team you need. If you have a vision, you can now assemble the right support team—and be gathering feedback from your audience throughout the process. Storytelling is a very collaborative medium and Internet sites like deviantART are making it more and more possible and more and more fun.


A wonderful example of the potential of deviantART and how to use it to build out your concept even if you're not an artist is FelipeCagno and his series The Lost Kids. His ideas resonated with so many artists he was able to persuade them to do pieces that he could post on his page and in doing so designed his characters and gave life to his world. He is about to finally release his comic series on multiple formats.


Bradley W. Schenck

“I like Bradley's work because you can tell that from time to time he wants to get lost in his own details of the world he has created for his Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual adventure series. He has created a world spawned by his own interests and his love for them pulls you in.”

–Dave Elliott


Possibly drunk right now

“Maybe it's a generational thing but I really miss the three panel newspaper strip format in this age of digital news.

2GAG (Two Guys and Guy) is a reflection on society and how we interact with each other in relationships. It is also very funny because of that. I've found myself laughing at myself many times.”

–Dave Elliott


HUNDREDS of antiseptics!

Lost in the Vale is a lovely series produced by Julie and Alan Curtis. Julie's artwork seems to mix several influences, such as manga, anime and traditional American comics, but doesn't adhere to any and so she's created her own look that appeals to several different tastes.

Her deviantART page complements her website nicely where you can see all the designs and thought processes going on.”

–Dave Elliott


Wah! What'd I do?

Plume is an awesome fantasy, action, supernatural western. Hopefully this will find a good publisher that will get it out to a wider audience. K. Lynn Smith has a fun series here that should appeal to most ages and sexes.

There is a universe built around Plume that even though it is only hinted at you know it is there and that she's not about to run out of story material soon.”

–Dave Elliott


Toby Cypress

“Toby Cypress is one of those artists who grows and grows on you. His influences are diverse but don't expect all those influences to show in his art as many of them influenced what he draws more.

Toby decided to not bother waiting for the main comic publishers to discover his talents, instead he went it alone and self published Rodd Racer through his own company Punkrock Jazz Publishing and has been working on his next big project KURSK that he's gearing up for a Kickstarter launch but has been sharing pages and designs of his deviantART pages.”

–Dave Elliott



“Humor is usually tied by geography and local circumstances. MAD magazine used to be awesome when every country could do its own thing. Carpediem, created by Rhoald Marcellius (from STELLAR Labs), is one of those action strips filled with humor that crosses every border. It wouldn't have been out of place in MAD magazine and, I'm going out on a limb here, it may just be the next Tank Girl.”

–Dave Elliott

  1. Have you experienced having your comments and suggestions alter the narrative of stories-in-creation on deviantART or elsewhere?
  2. Do you like the idea of story narratives being opened up to “consumer” preferences pre-publication—or do you prefer to hold your comments until after the author has completed his or her vision?
  3. What are your favorite story collaborations on deviantART?
  4. Can you share your own favorite top storytelling and OC building tips with the community?
  5. Do you think comic book publishers are making comics for you or for themselves? Does this drive you to make your own?

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