|Some of my favorites from the galleries|
|Some of my favorites from the galleries|
|These are works I requested from the artists|
|These are works I requested from the artists.|
|These are works that artists submitted themselves.|
Turn the light on by Cavemandd (Steve Griffith, of Canada): cavemandd.deviantart.com/art/T…
This new painting by Steve is incredible. In my opinion his best yet! He went all out this time, and achieved a bit of a masterpiece! He commented in his description:
This piece took me a long long time. I pretty much wanted a big cone of psychedelic visions erupting out of a head…
Some other paintings by Cavemandd which are already in the group's galleries:
NOTE: I featured this long before it was awarded with a "Daily Deviation".
+no title+ by Oreks: oreks.deviantart.com/art/no-ti…
Machik by Oreks: oreks.deviantart.com/art/Machi…
Time of Rain by Oreks: oreks.deviantart.com/art/Time-…
This artist hasn't been seen nor heard from on DA in 162 weeks. He's gone, but the art's still here for us to enjoy. The top image only got 43 favs, the middle 6, and the bottom 24, in 8 years. No wonder he disappeared. But he is appreciated retroactively here, even if he got 2 Daily Deviations for other pieces! The color is really quite wonderful and impressionist. His images have a very subtle Symbolist feel that make them quite unique on DA.
Here are some other intriguing works by Oreks:
Rainforest ex-cruciate by brainwar23 (Bryan Kent Ward, of Seattle WA): brainwar23.deviantart.com/art/…
This piece has been on DA for almost 5 years, and only has 9 favorites. I'm sure it's not for everyone, but it's quite exceptional in it's way, and, to quote the artist: "This piece was inspired by a trip I took to the Amazon jungle outside of Manaus Brazil."
Check out these other visionary paintings from this same under-appreciated artist:
|NOTE: DON'T JUST SUBMIT STUFF HERE TO BE SEEN IN AS MANY GROUPS AS POSSIBLE! Think about if the quality is good enough (not really amateur) and whether or not it's appropriate.|
IT NEEDS TO BE "FINE ART" (or transcend its genre).
People are understandably confused about what "fine art" is. Imagine you were in a bookstore: the "Literature" section is like "fine art" and everything else isn’t . (Currently DA is a bit like a bookstore in which the literature collects dust in a corner by the restroom, and greeting cards, calendars, and soft-core porn are showcased. I don’t hope to change DA, but do hope to make a group that’s different.)
To help weed out some things, here’s a handy guideline for submissions (though there can definitely be exceptions to this, and people can sometimes, as in the case of great sci-fi, transcend the genre)
HANDY GUIDELINES AS TO WHAT GENERALLY IS NOT “FINE ART”
○ No schlock
○ No schmaltz
○ No whopping clichés
○ No kitsch
○ No fan art
○ No Kawaii, Desu art (that means really "cutesy" stuff.)
○ No fractal art (It has to be done by a human. Joke! But, seriously, while fractal art is fine, there are plenty of places to show fractal art on DA, and boatloads of fractal art DDs.)
○ No facile and glib still life, landscape, or model photography (There are plenty of other places for that, and it also gets tons of DDs.)
○ No ultra femme fantasy photomanipulation art (see above about schmaltz, and besides, those corny fantasy-manips are one of the most popular types of amateur art on DA and gets tons of exposure. Feminist photomanips, on the other hand, are accepted.)
○ No emoticons. (If you think that's serious art, you ARE an emoticon.)
○ No stock photography (something creative needs to already have been done with it.)
○ No (probably blissfully unwitting) sexist erotic art (in general, blatantly politically incorrect, socially unaware, misogynistic, or just kinda’ dim horny art doesn't cut it).
○ No furries (Um, I think there are fetish and self-help groups for this kind of thing).
○ No fucking unicorns. I'm serious!
○ No wolves with giant moons behind them (giant moons in general are way overdone. And what is it with wolves and big cats anyways? Gimmie a break!)
○ No dragons (schlock fantasy art), unless they transcend the genre, like by having been eviscerated or something.
○ No cyborg babes that obviously couldn't move because you didn't really think about the anatomy, and are just milquetoast, sexist, semi-erotic art. Which isn't to say I don't LOVE cyborgs, because I do, which is part of the reason I've seen enough trendy DD type one's that would last about 1 second against, say, the Terminator, and are actually "dolls" rather than cyborgs to begin with.
○ Commercial work would have to "transcend the genre," though things like album covers in the past often did.
If you’ve done something other than the above, and you were trying to do something meaningful and it is hard to pigeonhole, and it kinda’ kicks ass but gets rejected from mainstream groups who cater to mainstream art, it might be fine art.
NOTE: If something doesn’t get in it could very well be my own flat spot. If your art is new and experimental or challenging, there’s a chance it will go over my head and I’ll miss the point altogether. You can try to explain it to me, but if that’s no use, well, you can just assume I am a fallible, limited being with personal tastes and biases. I'll try to "get it" though.
|Try using "Get Watchers". Here is how it works = you click on one person's art and one person will see yours. It's that simple. It's a trade. You will see one work at a time, in a custom viewer, and then you click to advance to the next one. Now you will get a view in return. Actually, you won't get a full credit for a view unless you vote on the art you are looking at, but that's painless because you just have to click on a number between 1-10.|
Within 10-15 minutes you can insure that your new work will be seen 50 or 100 times. This actually works, and is the ONLY way I've found on DA to definitely get exposure for my work. When I've finished a new work I put it up and view up to 100 or so pieces by others, and that guarantees the same amount of people will view my new piece.
Mostly people seem to submit their work to as many groups as possible in the hopes of anyone seeing it, and yet it still may only get a few dozen views and a handful of favs. But if you use Getwatchers, you basically get out of it exactly what you put in.
My ulterior motive in promoting this group is that: 1) there will be more fine art in it and we can all see and promote each other's work better that way. 2) there will be more people on there in general. 3) If people sign up through me I get bonus points (as will you when people sign up through you).
Give a view, get a view. Use the link to sign up and start getting more views and favs, which means still more views…
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