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A Rough Guide to SemicolonsIt is a simple symbol. Some say deceptively so. Incorrectly used, it is the scourge of prose and the ravager of innocent sentences. Amongst all the punctuation marks of the English language, it is perhaps the most abused of all. Many writers fear to touch it at all. It is, the semicolon.
But all this doom, gloom and terror is, in fact, quite unnecessary. The semicolon has just two major uses, both of which are quite easy to identify. Let's have a look at them.
1. To Connect Two Independent Clauses
For those who aren't sure, a clause is a series of words that could stand alone as a complete sentence. Clauses are often connected together wit
A Few Helpful Tips on Getting ExposureEdit: Updated 9-18-2012 with newer information Published August 27, 2009Please note that this is not about pageviews! Pageviews count only a little toward the amount of attention your art receives. I would not recommend trying to obsessively increase your pageview number; doing so would just turn some people away from your art. If you'd like, you can even choose not to see pageview numbers (including your own). Some people prefer to do this. Just go to your Browsing Settings and uncheck the "See Pageviews" box. Tip #1: Favorite and comment often Browse the Newest page of the site a few times a day and pick several deviations to comment on or add to your favorites. However, do not fave everything you see! Only add what you truly enjoy. If the image really touches you, leave a heartfelt comment. If th
A Guide for New DeviantsSo you've become a new deviant. You may be a little confused at first as to some features of the site, or what deviantART may be for. I hope this guide helps answer some of your questions. What exactly is deviantART, and what is it for? deviantART is a massive community of artists who come together to share their work. You have the option to "watch" artists, which means that you will receive messages that show when they upload new art. You can add work to your favorites and go back to view them at any time, leave comments, etc. There are many different categories of art, enough to suit everyone's tastes. Feel free to browse the front page for what you like. You can toggle through "Newest" and "Popular" (whether it's the most popular from 8 or 24 hours ago, or from "all time"). Uploading Art Some new members may have trouble when it comes to uploading their first deviat
Publishing Resources ListMake sure you the news article! So you've written something freaking awesome. You've edited a million times (and if you haven't, turn around and go do that. Right now). You think you maybe want to take the leap and try publishing something. But you have no idea where to start. Well, this is a good place to be. This the journal where I'll be keeping a running list of all the publishing resources I find, both on and off dA. Most of it will probably be related to literary journals, since that's the stage where I'm at in my literary career, but I'll add things about book publishing as I find them. If you ever find a great resource, or if you'd like to request something specific, please leave me a note in the comments. Also this journal is probably going to be super-messy and slightly badly-categorized for the first few weeks, so if anything looks out of place and/or you can think of a better way for me to organi
Pricing Guide - G.A.G.Handbook Hello, all. My name is Kellan Stover, a budding professional illustrator close to finishing up his time at the Savannah College of Art and Design, achieving my BFA in illustration. I felt the need to create this news article for the benefit of every artist on deviantArt who intends to make money from their talent.
When one visits the deviantArt 'Employment Opportunities' forum, they should be shocked at what they find. Startling low prices abound. These are both offered by the clients, as well as quoted by the artists. The sad truth is most people aren't shocked at all. The perceived consensus is that it's business as usual. A lower price
Getting your comic under a label:comic: The newest thing in comics, is an unfathomable possibility. Keeping your own vision, and doing your own comics! :comic: It used to be that you would either be an independent artist or a mainstream artist. :comic: The independent comic artist would create their work, self publish, and try desperately to get it distributed. They didn't call them underground comics because they managed to rise up to fame and glory with a million fans world wide. It was difficult, especially in the time before the internet. The Mainstream comic artist, would be sending in script samples, doing art tests and trying to make connections to break into the industry. They'd end up on a team working on someone elses comic. Or if their story was accepted, it may have been picked apart, parts re-written, characters removed, new characters added, until your comic story was barely recognized. :comic: Now today, what with the glory of the internet you are able to read comics o
So you want to do commissions?
A basic guide to setting up commissionsWhen it comes to commissioning, theres so much that needs to be decided, arranged and thought of that it can all appear a bit daunting at first. However: when following a couple of basic guidelines, its not as hard as you think! If you find the article informative, please it.
First things firstSo youve decided you want to start doing commissions. Thats great! The first thing to do is to determine what you want to offer. Do you want to offer drawings, or designs? Will you be coding journal-skins for people, or will you be pixeling? Take a look through your gallery and try to determine what you do best and what you like to do the most. Because that will most likely be what youll be offering. TIP: Stick to what you're good at. Don't promise what you can't deliver when someone is paying you for it.
Five Tips to Starting FreelancingSo, you're tired of being unemployed. You've been stuck at home for the umpteenth month in a row, a new season of The Legend of Korra is still a year off, and your government support checks (should you be lucky to still be getting them) won't even come close to affording you a bus ticket to Everfree Northwest. Your evaluation of life is the same dissertation of tedium and monotony as Helen Keller's review of Chinese Democracy. You know, pretty much on par with every other review of Chinese Democracy. But know what? If you can't find a job, you'll make a job! Screw finding work, and screw the employers who keep dismissing your applications for being "over qualified" like that Bachelors of Science in Graphic Design is as detrimental to your character as being a registered felon. Screw them and that stupid help wanted sign at Quiznos. Now you're freelancing, baby. While I'm assuming you'
How to Raise Your Exposure Several times already I discovered a comment in my inbox, asking me 'how the hell I gained that many watchers' or something of the sort and as insulting as this may sound it usually makes me smile and reply with 'You know, my friend, it's not all about art'. Wait, what? Aren't we an art site? We sure are and the 'art' in deviantART will not only always be written in capitals, it will also remain the site's main focus. But you shouldn't forget the other part that makes up the site's name, the one that represents its members and thus its community. Hence: Be a part of it and a lot of aspects of daily deviant life will become quite a bit more accessible and enjoyable. Easier said than done? Not really actually, as long as you keep in mind a few simple tips that we shall discuss in this article besides general means of improving your exposure. A good part of the points mentioned here are pure common sense yet
Helpplz, the plz account databaseHello! How are you doing? Ever wanted to use a particular plz account, but you wasted a lot of time trying to guess the name? Or maybe you are tired of having to keep a list of all the plz accounts you regularly use? If that's the case, then this may (hopefully) make your life in dA easier. Today I feature here helpplz, the widest and most useful plz account database there is in the net. Using this, you can find a plz account, or add a new plz account to the database, just with a single click! The interface is also very similar to that of the real dA, so you'll feel at home. Try it!
Simple security measures to protect your accountReposted from About hackers on DA and what you can do, by ^Thiefoworld. Read this, do as it says and stop panicking - Be sure to have a strong password! It's more important than you think. Don't use a simple, easy to guess password. Don't use words related to you, like the name of your dog, your own name, the city you live in, or the names of your OTP, etc. Those can be easily guessed by people who know you. Use caps, numbers and symbols and try to avoid obvious combinations like "abc", "asdf" or "123456". - Change your password once in a while. If you notice a strange activity in your account go and change your password immediatly. - Don't leave your account logged in in public places, if you go to a public library or cafe be sure to uncheck options like "Remember my password" and the like. Sometimes the browser itself asks you if you want it to remember the password. Say NO. And when you're done, be sure to log
Aseprite, an excellent pixel-art editorMy dear watchers and passersby, Until half a year ago, I was one of those pixel-artists and spriters that used MS Paint (or its best Linux clone, KolourPaint) for everything. After all, to put pixels one after the other you don't really need anything else, do you? However, while Paint is a useful tool for us because of its simplicity and focus on individual pixels, there was a moment when I thought: hey, why not look for a specialised, crossplatform, free tool to do my pixel-art? An alternative to Paint that doesn't belong to Microsoft and supports transparency? An alternative to KolourPaint that works better in GNOME? So I searched. I found quite a few pixel-art editors, but there was one that caught my eye since the beginning and has been my reliable companion for the last months, both in Windows and in Linux: Aseprite (Allegro Sprite Editor). <div align="center">
OC/FC DifferentiationWhat is an Original Character (O.C)?
It is something often asked, but rarely defined in the proper sense. The meaning of the term is often misunderstood or lost in translation, and as such people often get confused as to the true definition of what it means to be an OC. By stating the common character types and explaining them in some meaningful detail, hopefully you will come to understand what it takes to be considered a true OC.
The word "canon" is often used to describe something that is commonplace in the world of a movie, series or novel. Therefore, a "canon character" is one that is used in a movie, series or novel