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Journal Entry: Mon Jan 7, 2013, 6:01 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: SLefor :iconslefor:

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

First and foremost, I am a mother. My kids influence everything I do, including my art. Secondly, I am an artist. If I am not painting I find other ways to express myself. My second favorite creative outlet: pie making.

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

A girl I was friends with in high school showed me. I spent many hours browsing all the beautiful art posted on this site over the years. DA is where I learned about the possibilities of digital art, and when I got my tablet in 2010 I joined up as a fully functioning member of the community.

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

I've drawn for as long as I could hold a pencil. It was just something I did, as much a part of my life as eating or breathing. I remember being in school and learning that other kids didn't draw, and I couldn't comprehend that. There isn't a lot of exposure to the arts in the area that I live, so I didn't find much encouragement to really pursue art, but when I found digital painting something clicked, and spurred me to really get after it. So I guess I have deviantart to thank for reigniting my passion and turning me into an artist.

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

I find that there are people who bring out my creative side, and that there is nothing more valuable than that kind of friend because they feed your very existence. As far as my inspiration goes.. I find it in history, myth, love, pain and strength. Then I just wrap it up and make it beautiful. Also, bears.

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

I'm fairly certain that I'd shrivel up and die if I quit painting. But if I hadn't started... I don't know, I'd be spending my free time sitting around the house in my underwear drinking rum and eating pie. Oh wait, that's kinda how my life is now... Well I'd be a lot more depressed while doing it, that's for sure.

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

Hmm, if you dig through all the illustrations in my gallery there are 4 works in there that are extremely meaningful and very symbolic of my life at certain periods. So I'll go with the one that is most relevant. Yesterday is Dead is about letting go of the past and letting things die so that new things can blossom. It actually is MUCH more personal than that, but I like leaving it open so that everyone can relate to it in their own way.

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

Everyone has insecurities. I have plenty, but I deal with them well. I try not to be insecure about things I can't change. My art is something that I can change and grow and improve on, so any insecurities I have just fuel my need to improve.

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

All the time. It helps me deal with personal issues and it's helped me keep my electricity on a few times.

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

Pudding Wrestling! Not even joking.

:bulletyellow: A few words for our fellow artists?

Do what feeds your soul.


Photography Feature

Princess Mars by lady-narvenR4 by UrielReyesLes danses de la lumiere by Menoevil
beauty by AlabamaBallardFlying by Samantha-meglioli:thumb347054148:Karsyn by EmilySoto

Traditional Feature

Are you watching over me? - WIP by shonechackoIllustration by xEvilAngelx:thumb347194441: by Nikolaj-ArndtFashion Victim by XRlSHurt by mekhzDreamdance: The Precipice by puimun

Digital Feature

Baby Cthulhu 2 by IxideonKing by BooYehDescobrimentos by Grafik
Hey Pewdie by K-Koji:thumb347054559:Inquisitor by VerehinServalis Dtam-Chur (SE Asian Treecat) by m0zch0ps

Literature Feature

little sun,we are too many
hollow hearts
of wanderlust & swallows
dwelling on telephone wires
she buries herself in
twilight & true blood
with her chained ankles
she is not capable of
i am too many years
of grief carved into wrists
& hips
Commanding ViewWith the change in temperature
The crispness of the air
The dramatic unending deep blue
Partition by waves of yellow sun.
Contrasted by the iron mesh in front of me
The signs of warnings and reminder of being watched
The seemingly defiant and foolish architecture of concrete and steel
Greedily grabbing at the heavens themselves.
The dizziness creeps up slowly on me
Along with the reality and butterflies setting in
This is meant for the birds and the divine
Even knowing the strength of man, fear overtakes.
The follicle soldiers stand at attention
With a cooling shower of salty water
To contrast the warming of engines
Fuel injected and ready to go from standard to full.
No choice, no counter to this bodily reaction
The gut check feeling so unsettling
The mind starts to wander and calculate
The possibilities disaster or death.
With the wind starting to grow the building shudders
Storm clouds in the distance so far to worry
Still the wind shows her mighty force
Forcing a stumble and an ack
Lady ElenaI know a girl
who is very beautiful.
She is so caring,
and her heart is made of gold.
When she cries,
her tears are like diamonds.
Curse the ones who cause them to fall.
I know a girl
who is too kind,
and her smile always shines.
I just wish I could
give the world to her.
It could look like
sapphires and emeralds
shimmering in the night.
If she can grow wings,
then give her flight.
She is off to a world
of beauty, and love.

In LifeTime to work on something I hate,
Just so I can move on in life,
To somewhere great.
Sound DispositionTell me, my dear, can you hear me now?
Is this  bitter frequency reaching you  somehow?
Have my shrill shouts finally amounted to something
more significant than the  dull thud of love
songs bouncing off a cloud wrapped  mountain?
How loud your pool-calm silences have grown,
how grating the noiseless  notes played by no-
one to the nothingness, how hollow the tune
of a lone flute blown beside a winter river.
Is it any wonder, Love,
that I've succumbed
to lunacy?
SandEmpty Quarter
Sleeping sands wander,
Smooth and softly they fall,
Whispering with the patience of time.
The gentle ripples of gold and blood,
Effortlessly covering the works of empires and men
Follow the caress of the wind,
Rising, liquid in eternal motion,
These dunes are waves of a heaving sea.
Fiery, cold,
And open skies pitiless, with terrible beautiful blue,
And in darkness the dunes,
All Strewn with stars and velvet,
A jeweled vest, witness to the ages,
Before the winds take them again.
Stare into this desert and see the face of death on the sands.
Where the living contend,
And the dead tell their tales,
With silence clear and golden,
Or roaring clouds of fear,
The dunes roll patiently,
Its song always there,
Waiting for me

Group Feature

printscommunity is an official deviantART group focusing on tips and ideas on selling prints, lots of really cool art, print related stuff and requests for feedback on new prints features or changes. This is definitely a group worth joining/watching if you want to be up to date with the latest prints related news.

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Gatito Negro by MartasdfghjklConejo by MartasdfghjklPulpitos by Martasdfghjkl

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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
:thumbsup: Beautiful!
acaruthers23 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
I find these to be very interesting. You should keep posting these! Love them! =)
XullraeZauviir Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Beautiful interview and very talented artist!:heart:
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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
My pleasure:)
SLefor Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the honor :heart: Not sure anyone will want to read what I answered, but it was a total pleasure to do anyways! :hug:
acaruthers23 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Not true! =D
VampireNyan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much for the feature!!!
Yufei Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah thankew so much <3
yubbi45 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the spread of da attention

I wanna hold a contest but I don't have any prizes to give away at the moment and I'm afraid no one will enter :lonely:
DASTPHOTO Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
thanks for the feature!
Zoltruke Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Thank you very much for the feature!
K-Koji Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Thanks again for the feature :hug:
Menoevil Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013   Photographer
Thank you so much for the feature! :thanks: :heart:
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