How long have you been on DeviantArt?
> I've been on dA for 7 years
What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
> I would say it’s when I got picked as a Community Volunteer for the traditional art gallery, but in fact, it’s when I first joined the official CV Skype chatroom and met all those amazing people in the CV team…
What does your username mean?
> My username used to be “Salvador Rudy” My teachers and friends call me Salvador because I like Dali and surrealism, but later I changed it to “SRudy” because I think that the shorter the username the better! (It also goes well with STelari )
Describe yourself in three words.
> Pessimist, modest, anxious
Are you left or right handed?
>I’m left handed
What was your first deviation?
> I don’t really remember, but it was probably a pencil sketch on an A4 printer paper...
What is your favourite type of art to create?
> Traditional art of course!
If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
> I would choose digital painting, although I’m mastering it slowly!
What was your first favourite?
> I don’t remember at all… But I think it was a photo manipulation by MySweetDarkness
What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
> Traditonal art…
Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
> Hard to choose, I don’t think I can really pick only one. During my CV-ing term I discovered a lot of great artists I can’t simply just pick one…
If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
> STelari of course She’s my best friend! I'd also like to meet Oughter, pica-ae, Moonbeam13, snowmask and Astralseed
How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
> I met amazing people on Deviantart, 3 of them are my very close friends right now. so they changed everything
What are your preferred tools to create art?
> Graphite, and ink!
What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
> My room, it's where my desk is
Before I start I would like to specify that I'm running DeviantArt's app on an iPhone 5 running iOS 8. The iPhone 5 has a 4 inch screen, with a 1,136 × 640 pixels retina display.
TL;DR: It's a nice app but I like to comment on the littlest things.
Starting with the icon, I'm still not a huge fan of the logo. But it's a nice icon that follows the UI guidelines of the iOS 7 design language. And I'm really fine with it, it looks good on my homescreen.
When I first opened the application I couldn't differ where a post starts and ends because it's too crowded. I don't know about other bigger screens but I'm giving a review based on my humble 4 inch display. Then I noticed how dark the application is. I personally expected more deviant green, at least the new green. Titles are written with blue turquoise and the background is a consistent black-grey gradient with a 45º diagonal shade that never changes (this reminded me of the first iOS apps that were released in 2008, lacks interactivity) But anyway this is a new identity and one should expect anything now.
The iconography is nice, it expresses the new identity beautifully. But there's a little thing that i disliked about them, it's the inconsistency of widths and heights. Like, for example the "watch feed" and the "notification" icons are both rectangles but they don't share the same widths, nor heights. Same thing applies to the profile icons (Gallery, journals, activity, etc)... The "watchers" icon is the only icon that features a grey fill, why that? These are small details, I know, but the point of this is just that consistency is essential in iconography. In case they decide to bring these to the desktop website, I hope they keep that in mind.
Another thing I'd like to comment on about the design, is that a deviant's avatar looks so pixelated on high definition displays, maybe it's time for dA to support bigger images for avatars. (200x200 pixels would do the job... Of course while resizing them 50x50 pixels on the desktop website)
Moving on, I would like to talk about the UX of this application. I honestly think it's very crowded. I know that DeviantART features numerous services, but I think these can be organized in a lot better and clearer way than the way it is now. I first tried to visit my friend Sylwia's profile, I discovered I cannot access a deviant's profile unless I search for their art and click on their username from there.
This makes me think about the search box. It could be a lot smarter! Like for example when I type "STelari" I would like it to give me two options; either to search for deviations titled "STelari" and an another search option to go to the deviant's page. This is similar to the search box of Twitter's mobile apps. I wish you guys would consider that.
I also noticed that there's no way to see the medium of an artwork, the category never shows.
Finally, the performance of the app is not bad, my iPhone is 2 years, old and I'm sure it performs better on newer phones and on better internet connections. It lags sometimes and I had to restart the app several times. But this is a first version and it will keep getting better. And I can't wait for new features such as push notifications and notes.
Thanks DeviantART for the great software.
Unrelated: In the past two years I've been working with my friend Eli on DeviantAPP. We decided that we will keep the development of DeviantAPP regardless of DeviantArt's official mobile application.
I understand that changes are essential, whether it’s in term of design or usability. I’ve been using DeviantART for 6 years and a half and in these past years, DeviantART has changed a lot, and I embraced every change. I love changes! (except for the new hideous logo - of course) I love the new layout design and I love the way DeviantART introduced status posts and mentions, these are some really cool stuff.
But I’m concerned about something. I’ve been waiting for deviantART to bring the footer back but I think I’ve waited long enough and I’m sure now, that there’s no way it’s coming back.
I repeat, changes are essential, but if these changes are limiting a user’s activity, you should rethink it.
Back when we had a footer, we had the ability to set “channels” and most users had the channel set to Daily Deviations… Now, what are Daily Deviations? Daily Deviations are FEATURED artworks, they change every 24 hours, and every single deviant had them exposed in the footer.
But someone at DeviantART had a bright idea! “Well yeah featured artworks… blah blah, whatever let’s keep them in the today page” The “Today page that no one visits is now located on your homepage, and still no one’s clicking it. Daily Deviations are still present in the “daily deviation section (THANK GOODNESS) but still; Daily Deviations are no more, no one checks them unless they intend to do so… They’re not “featured” artworks anymore… They are not forced anymore… And Daily Deviations has to be forced to the users, if not, there’s no point in making DDs. There’s a million other way to feature artworks in here, but Daily Deviations were very important because they were forced.
So what does removing the footer also affects? Featured Journals, and Ah, the Deviousness! This is a pretty shitty time for someone to get a deviousness because the activity have also dropped so hard…
So anyway what I’m trying to deliver is that you guys seriously fucked up DeviantART, with the removing of this footer. I used to be ANNOYED how it wasn’t available in the homepage, now it’s gone once and for all!
Whoever is behind this change is so wrong, DeviantART is not useful without it. I think it’s better if you kill Daily Deviations and Deviousness Awards because they don’t mean anything now. Just a feature that’s buried under a hundred grounds.
I love DeviantART back, peace
Hello guys, It's deviantART's 14th birthday, and I decided to write my deviant art story for you.
Back in 2007, I discovered DeviantART through a friend of mine, we used to be so into the metal band "Nightwish" and we used to appreciate the emotional photo manipulation artworks in here, especially the ones of MySweetDarkness. I decided to create an account to give feedback for the artworks I liked, I created my first account with a really silly username, I'm not going to share it, though.
So anyway, after a while I realised that my username is really stupid and we didn't have the ability to change usernames back then, so I created a new account on Jun 8th, 2008 and I named it Rudz-is-me (that's not better either).
I started uploading my art to dA and I made some really great friends. Especially darkredbbb who is my best friend now.
Here are two artworks that I uploaded around that time:
in 2009, my artistic abilities have gotten more mature, and I found myself extremely interested in Greek Mythology. It was the same time I joined art school, and I started to discover art on deviantART more, and this helped me a lot in my studies.
In 2009 I received my first DD, on my "Greek Vase" from Kitten-of-Woe
Here are a few artworks from 2009:
In 2010, I met my best friend Rosane-Chawi, and many other amazing people, this year I also received my second DD, "Raven of Dispersion" from SRaffa.
During this year, I started making even more friends on dA, I started writing loads of art features and art history articles, I got even more interested in the community as a whole. I even applied for CVing for the Traditional Art gallery. That year I also received my third DD, "I am the Cosmos", which is probably the most popular artwork in my gallery. Received from deshrubber
In 2012 I was contacted by Wonder Woman concerning volunteering for deviantART, and I was very happy about it. I took care of the Traditional art gallery along with her highness, STelari. SRaffa, deshrubber and Astralseed.
I changed my username from Rudz-is-me to Salvador-Rudy
I became friends with a lot of amazing people from the team, people from all around the glob, we had so much fun planning dA events and writing stuff. It was a great experience to work with you guys.
I also started working on my project "DeviantAPP" Deviantart's iPhone app, it was later put under development with my friend Eli.
And yes, you guessed it, I received a 4th DD that year on my artwork "The Horizon Bleeds and Sucks it Thumb" my first painting DD.
My term as a Traditional Art community volunteer ended, sadly, but that didn't stop me from doing my best to write art history journals and featuring great artworks even if only through journal features (Fried Days Features).
DeviantAPP was released on the AppStore.
I changed my username from Salvador-Rudy to SRudy (The shorter the better, that's what she never said).
This year I also got a 5th DD, which is "Ascension" my first ever ink drawing. it was suggested by STelari and featured by Astralseed.
This year i worked on a new updated version of DeviantAPP, and until tis day it's still in beta development, I received my 6th DD from jane-beata, on my pointillism artwork "Raven"
My deviantART story surely doesn't end here, there's a lot more to come.
And long live deviantART!
I updated my personal website. It's now my tumblr blog. I switched from dA Portfolios to Tumblr for the lack of updates (sadly) And I wanted you guys to check it out the new design!
Thanks for checking out!
And I made the good old dA Portfolio linked to portfolio.rudychidiac.com
Then she mentioned something she's working on, i won't talk much just see by yourself:
So the Trad-dad image in my head inspired me so much that I painted him on Procreate (Yes, Ironically the trad-dad is done digitally)
And here it is!
It's been a while since i checked up with most of you, STelari is taking up all my free time so if I'm not talking to you blame her.
Here are some life updates:
- I'm considering leaving my office job, looking for a new graphic design jobs available before I take this step.
- I was supposed to take french classes during the summer semester at university but they closed the french classes.
- I had a health problem related to stress, I'm under medication and the doctor said I must join a gym.
- I joined a gym, I work out 3 times / week, it's going well, losing a few kgs (PS: I'm not fat)
- I won in an art contest at university, some cash and here are the winning artworks (done digitally on iPad):
- I'm starting a new ~A3 pointillism artwork, I hope i don't give up on it soon.
- I started reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, so far it's the best book from the harry potter series (Though I'm sure "The Half-Blood Prince" will be my favourite).
That's it I guess
what about you guys?
I purchased an iPad air in January. And since then, I've been experimenting with digital design; nothing serious but I am just curious about the digital paintings tools available for the iPad.
I downloaded a few design apps, some are free, others are not. I spend a while creating on every application, and then I decided to give reviews for those interested. Here we go!
1- Paper by fiftyThree (Free)
I started with paper not because it's my favourite, but because it's the most I use.
Paper offers quality art tools. There's the ink tool, great for detail work, and the stroke width changes according to the drawing speed - since the iPad doesn't include a touch pressure sensor. The second tool is the pencil, very realistic but cannot offer details strokes unless you use the zoom option. Then we have the outline tool, great for drawing charts. The Pen tool, great for handwriting. And finally the watercolour brush. The watercolour brush is probably the main reason why I love paper. it blends colours in an extremely beautiful in a realistic way.
Paper is free on the App Store but there's a catch; Each tool, except the ink and eraser, is paid. Every tool is priced $1.99 and the colour mixer costs $1.99. A little bit expensive but totally worth it. The full featured app would cost something around $6.99. The app doesn't offer any kind of online backup. But you can export your drawing books as a PDF. No way to import them to Paper app back, though.
FiftyThree, the developers of Paper also developed the Pencil, an iPad stylus designed specifically for Paper.
Pencil by FiftyThree
2- Procreate ($5.99)
Procreate is without a doubt, the most user friendly iPad drawing app on the Appstore.
Procreate offers 3 high quality art tools, first the brush, then eraser, and then there's the blend tool.
With these three tools you can do the impossible. Procreate offers a lot of fully customisable brushes. You can find brushes for almost everything, sketching painting and airbrushing. It also offers the ability to customise these brushes, create your own, or even import downloaded brushes from the web through dropbox or iTunes.
ProCreate saves your artworks as either a Procreate file, PSD (fully layered), JPG, or PNG. and artworks can be shared to Dropbox or iTunes.
Using ProCreate is awesome, the pinch to zoom is very responsive. The app interface is also extremely gorgeous and beautifully designed for iOS 7. The app also supports the Wacom Intuos stylus and many other stylus brands. It handles up to 40 layers. Supports layer blending and selection tool with scale/rotate/reflect options. includes opacity, blur effects, colour correction (contrast / brightness / hue and saturation) and so on.
The blend tool and the eraser can also use the same brushes as the brush tool. There's no limit for what you can do with these brushes.
I consider Procreate as the most professional application for digital artists. although I think it lacks some very important features like the layer styling (drop shadows, inner shadows, bevel and emboss, glow strokes) these would make it even more useful.
ProCreate on the AppStore
3- Sketchbook Pro ($4.99)
Sketchbook Pro is one of my least favourite drawing apps. Although I've used it a lot in the past but it remains my least. Mainly because it's ugly, and it's harder to use. Once you get used to it you'll be okay with it, but it's really confusing when you first start using it. Nothing feels familiar in it.
One of the best features that I love in this app is the integration with DeviantART. (I wish DeviantART would do the same with ProCreate). And the palm rejection area. This white circle is used to lay your palm on it while drawing. A very cool idea.
As ProCreate, Sketchbook pro provides brush editing, no import, just editing. And I must say that the ProCreate brushes are far better and cannot be compared to those available on Sketchbook Pro for iPad.
Sketchbook pro by Autodesk on the AppStore
4- Adobe Ideas (Free)
Adobe Ideas is a beautiful vector-based drawing app. With vector drawing you can make extremely detailed drawings using the pencil, ink, brush and calligraphic pen tools. You obviously cannot use colour blending tools in vector drawing which makes Adobe Ideas kinda limited compared to the other drawing applications.
While drawing lines you will realise that Adobe Ideas automatically refines the strokes beautifully, you can choose to turn this off in the settings.
Exporting your artworks as a PDF offers you the ability to continue your artwork using Adobe Illustrator or any other vector software.
Artworks are automatically uploaded to your Adobe Creative Cloud account, signing up is free.
Adobe ideas is also very beautiful on the iPhone, but less practical of course. It is also packed with Adobe Kuler integration for colour palette syncing, and in-app photo web browsing.
Adobe Ideas on the AppStore
5- ArtRage ($4.99)
ArtRage is the most "realistic" art application on the Appstore, it's pretty much like the desktop version.
The art tools are extremely realistic and traditional. It's packed with an oil brush, Watercolour brush, Airbrush, Palette Knife (probably the most cool thing) Paint Roller, paint tube and more.
As a (mainly) traditional artist I consider this app beautiful. But I personally would prefer grabbing a real brush and canvas. In case I wanted my artwork to have such result.
I've never done anything serious on ArtRage. I'm sorry for the silly sketch in the screenshot, it is just to give a small example of what the brushes can do.
ArtRage on the AppStore
6- Adobe Photoshop Touch ($9.99)
If you ever want to spend a $10 on a completely useless thing. I suggest you purchase this app. Whether it's on the iPad or an Android tablet. This app is a complete disappointment.
Adobe Photoshop touch is packed with a few features, features that are available in several free applications on the Appstore. As a standalone app it's not so bad, but when compared to what Adobe offers in the desktop version of Adobe Photoshop, it is bad... You can use the selection tool, the brush tool, the stamp tool and a blurring tool. You can also use photo filters and a few other effects like drop shadows and motion blur.
For me, Adobe Photoshop Touch is definitely not a winner.
Thanks a lot for reading and I hope you found this useful.
Sei Fantasie by Sieskja
- 45 points -
Spiritual walk by Kafkami
- 42 points -
Third PlaceFleetfooted Muse by Oddeum
-scored 39 points-
Enacting on the Muse, written by Wanderlings depicts a clockwork machine filled with swift cogs, known also as artist's mind, full of distractions and ideas swirling around.
Of Not AlonenessA quiet flutter
of falling snow,
perhaps a thousand little thuds,
little impacts on the ground –
also of a thousand hearts,
beating in time together.
Even though in this
there is no hand for mine to hold,
I am not so alone.
There are a billion hearts beating
out there in the world, somewhere past
all the echoes of falling snow.
Onion SmilesI want to be honest about myself, like
the honesty of a sharp fresh onion making my
eyes tear at the chemical reaction from its skin. Often
though, it's terribly hard to peel away the stereotypes and
presuppositions and assumptions, acting as tenuous barriers between
the external thoughts of hope and love, to the tender heart and flesh
of our onion souls, which I would assert are both sharp - from our
awareness of ourselves (if only of ourselves) - and raw - from
the fresh and intricate revelations in every layer of these
structures, like ourselves, named "human".
Original Winners AnnouncementDear GrimGloomTalersFirst of all, as usual, huge thank you to all the participants (even though you've probably brought some headaches to the voters, it wasn't easy to choose just 3 entries put of 19 brilliant pieces). It must be mentioned that Achen089's, Erianrhod's and Aya-Lunar's entries received amount of points close to the winners. Big thank you to all the prize donators (you'll receive informative notes soon) and to all who took their time to vote.You may expect a new contest next month, after our Spring feature. I've already prepared a theme for it, but I wanted to ask you anyway - what kind of contest themes would you like to see in the future?Have a lovely Spring (or Autumn)!
István Sándorfi (Also known as Étienne Sandorfi) born in Budapest Hungary in 1948, was a hyperrealist painter. Known for his hyperrealistic abstract oil paintings.
His father was a director of the American company, IBM, in Hungary. Sándorfi started to draw when he was 8. And moved to oil paints when he was 12 years old. As he grow older, István studied Fine Arts in paris.
Sándorfi later got married and became a father of two girls.
His first exhibition was in a small gallery in Paris, then the first great exhibition was held in 1973 at the "Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris". After that his painting were found in several museums abroad, like in Copenhagen, Rome, Munich, Bruxelles, Basel, New York, Los Angeles and in San Francisco.
On his painting he used strange objects, or very strange movements and situations. The color of his 1970-1980s era was the blue, the lilac and their cold combinations. In the 1980s he made more female forms and still life. Since 1988 he painted mainly women.
Although István is considered as a hyperrealism artist, his art mixes the mood of surrealism. The attention to details of hyperrealism and the beautiful brush strokes of abstract art.