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dA love for everyone! #39

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 10, 2012, 3:55 AM

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As the title suggests, this news article's goal is to spread the dA love into everyone's heart! You will find here a little bit of everything, from awesome interviews with talented artists, art features, group promotion to random deviants' features. I hope you will find this informative and entertaining!

Interviewed artist: ShannonValentine :iconshannonvalentine:

:bulletyellow: Tell us what defines you as a person.

I'm a dreamer. This caused me a bit of trouble growing up I had my head in the clouds and a very difficult time concentrating on schoolwork (doodling was occurring as well). I always had a penchant for all things 'fantasy'. Fairy tales, ghost stories, sci-fi, mythology and cartoons helped shape me. I'm pretty grounded now, but I always make time to dream. :)

:bulletyellow: How did you found out about deviantART and why did you join the community?

I came across some fabulous fan art on the web and followed the link to the artist's dA account. I then started browsing the site and was instantly blown away. Here was an online community dedicated to artists showcasing their work, sharing their techniques and receiving feedback from other artists and art enthusiasts. Awesome! :w00t!: Where do I sign up?

:bulletyellow: When and how did you discover your passion for art?

I honestly can't remember. Even when I was very young, I was drawing. My parents were very supportive. They bought me an easel before I was even in school. My dad gave me my first art lessons. My mom drove me to weekend art classes the entire time I was in high school. I used to tell everyone that I would grow up to be either a Disney animator or book illustrator. Art was something I always did.

Happy Squirrel by ShannonValentine

:bulletyellow: What inspires you the most and when do you think your creativity is at its maximum?

I'm a nocturnal artist. Mornings tend to be confusing for me. The afternoon poses too many distractions. I'm definitely at my creative peak at night. I do get jolts of creativeness during the day where I have to drop everything and sketch out my ideas. But I do my best work at night when I'm focused and relaxed.
For inspiration, I look to nature, art and my friends.

:bulletyellow: What do you think you'd be doing if you hadn't chosen this path?

Probably more of what I'm doing now minus the art. :giggle:

:bulletyellow: What do you think it's your most meaningful deviation and what makes it special? Does it have a story behind it?

Dark Birds is the most meaningful for me. I can be a moody person sometimes. Everyone has their inner demons to deal with. The dark birds symbolize the dark places a person's mind could go while the white dove is held close to the heart where love wants to grow. I was longing for balance and peace at the time.

Dark Birds by ShannonValentine

:bulletyellow: Do you have any insecurities regarding your art?

Yes, I see all the weak points in my work. I'm always wondering if I could have pushed myself to do better. These insecurities help me because if I'm unsatisfied with something, I'll try to work harder to improve. It keeps me on my toes and prevents me from becoming lazy.

:bulletyellow: Did art ever helped you to deal with your life problems?

Yes, art helps me live well. It makes me happy.

:bulletyellow: What is the one thing you always wanted to do but never got a chance to?

Illustrate a book. This dream of mine hasn't happened not yet at least. :D

Kitsune by ShannonValentine

:bulletyellow: A few words for our fellow artists?

Broaden your knowledge and experiment, but never abandon what made art special to you in the first place. Keep creating and practice - a lot! :)

Red Butterfly by ShannonValentineOne Moment by ShannonValentineCamelia by ShannonValentine

Photography Feature

41-52: the icequeen of hearts by ntscha:thumb342042775:Tilden 2 by EvilxElf
Calm Before The... by SyndyneSentinel's portrait... by Serdar-Tdark rituals by laura-makabresku

Traditional Feature

White Lily by froggyk[Beauty berry] by mario-albaFirst Winter by AnnMarieBoneBran Stark by omarjosef
heaven without stars by bohomaz13PUNK BIRDS by lora-zombieKookaburra 2 by SeanAvery

Digital Feature

mountain king!! by N-ossandon-NeztDK 195 by DerKlox-CloxboyHot Air Fish by sereneworx
Jamming on the guiTARDIS by medli20cracks by suhnarlday dream by keerouDancing by Amro0

Literature Feature

:thumb342145812::thumb342145569: Hail! We who are about to die salute you.Ave! Morituri te salutant.
In our final hour on earth we sing
against the mighty militant
and in our dying cries we bring
our hopes and dreams with us.
Though we may die amongst the sands
or in the evergreen forests,
our blood will spread across the lands,
our deaths shall make the call.
To those who hear, we hail you.
Come join us in our fall.
Although, in numbers we may be few,
our might cannot be doubted.
We are the ones they dare to fear
and, though they may have shouted
"conform to us" in our ear,
still we rise and still we die
for what we feel is right,
knowing that somewhere our cry
can be heard throughout the night.

Chapter Five
Nealson told his parents and other siblings, though not Deandre. He was planning on telling him in person when he and Andrea had their first little family dinner. Then they could tell Theresa also. Though for some reason Zoe seemed quite a bit more distant after the ultrasound, even when he was invited to dinner- which was becoming a much more regular thing -he would turn it down and instead eat by himself.
It worried the couple and they weren't sure what to do about it or what even caused it. Andrea suggested that it might just be the hormones... After all, Zoe was still a teenager so they'd be high anyways and with the added ones from the hormone injections and on top of that the pregnancy he could just be really stressed or all over the place and didn't want to be around anyone because he was so frazzled.
Andrea really didn't worry about it until a night about a week later. He'd woken up in the middle of the night and found himself really thirsty

Group Feature

ArtChance is a group great for beginners and experienced artists who want their works to be seen by the world.

Featured artists

DarkSide88 :icondarkside88:

TinaBaltzersen :icontinabaltzersen:

GreyFoxHel :icongreyfoxhel:
Road to Caer a'Muirehen by GreyFoxHelMorrowind. Nerevarine the Rider by GreyFoxHelBattle for Asgard by GreyFoxHel

Please make sure to :+favlove: the article to help spread the dA love :dalove:
If you have any deviants/groups you would like me to interview/feature/promote please note me.

First pixel art by Ryucchan The Let it snow contest is officially open - all mediums are accepted. If you are interested, take a look at the original contest journal! First pixel art by Ryucchan

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Alien-Piglet Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great article. I've found yet another wonderful artist :iconyaayplz:
ntscha Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you!
ShannonValentine Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the interview! :hug: The features are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing such beautiful works!
YorukoChikokoro Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Such beautiful artwork :)
omarjosef Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
These are amazing collections!
Thanks for including mine! :woohoo:
keerou Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
hello thank you so much for featuring my work ;w;
bohomaz13 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Thank You very much :hug: :heart:
Nephire Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I hate dA.
Anyway, great collection!
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Nephire Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cuz community is going down hill and they do nothing about it.
There are more and more pictures called 'artistic nude' pictures when they really seem more like 'f*ckbook' pictures.
There are so many stolen arts within the site that are modified only a little bit above the original artwork yet none does anything about it. (tho I reported what 5 months ago?)
So many people creating such disturbing 'artworks'. I'm into horror, don't get me wrong. But there's someone in here who makes picture of women stepping on a man. Or like holding him in a leash. I do not think that goes anything as normal.
There are pictures of animals eating humans... Just disturbing.
And I know it all depends, on what art means to each one of us.. but really... I don't know .. Just goin' down hill.
lintu47 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Art is subjective and these problems go way back, ever since i joined 6 years ago and i bet they appeared long before.
dA team does the best they can, but they are very few compared to the rest of 24 millions members. These things disturb me too, but i keep my good faith and concentrate on what is best on this site. There are also wonderful people and great community projects, for example take a look at #projecteducate and #ArtHistoryProject.

You can't hate this site because of those people that don't really understand the concept of art or try to become popular by posting others' works, those are parasites that will be thrown away from our community, perhaps not as fast as we would hope, but they will.

Nephire Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think that in 5 months someone would've had the time to at least tell me go fk urself.
I don't know, I really thought it was different, but it ain't.
lintu47 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nu te mai necaji degeaba si continua sa faci ceea ce iti place.
Nephire Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I shall try. :)
Zee-Who Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist
This made my day!:tighthug:

Thank you!:heart:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012   General Artist
Amro0 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wow. I really enjoyed watching all these . Thanks so much 4 adding my artwork in your wonderful collection :hug:
sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Superb art!:rose:
cristii Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
nice collection... and interesting interview ! I like it :aww:
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