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Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
United Kingdom

I came to deviantART looking for an outlet to share my literature work. Imagine my surprise when I look back now and find myself, eight years later, a Photography Community Volunteer and an avid Photographer. In fact, I've just spent a year taking a handful of Photos every day as part of the 365 challenge. If you want to talk to me about motivation, inspiration, finding things to Photograph and general 'sticking at stuff' then do please give me a shout!

I started off three years ago as the Abstract and Surreal Photography CV, I then took on Conceptual as well and now I cover General Photography along with 3wyl. My every day work, like so many of us here, is unrelated to Art almost completely.

I'm about to embark on a career as a Care Manager for my local council. I just finished studying a degree in Social Policy and Criminology and I'm about to move into my first house with TouchedD! In my spare time (whenever that is) I like to explore the world with TouchedD, poke dead things with a stick and take my dog who has naughty feet, for walkies.

Artists Toolbox - Get Involved!

Thu Jul 31, 2014, 12:00 PM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:

Get Involved!

Our 'Artists Toolbox' weeks have been hugely successful in the past but with the schedule fast filling up at projecteducate we've decided we don't need to wait for a whole week before bringing you some awesome articles! With that in mind we're encouraging you to get involved. You can check out what we covered in the last week here.

What's the idea?

The idea is that we bring a series of Art Tool themed articles to your inbox's to update you on what's out there, what the best tools are for the trade (in our humble opinions) and how to use them. It's educational, but in a different way to our usual projects.

What do I need to do?

To get involved just send your idea via note to projecteducate. The aim of writing an article is to try and include examples both in words and visuals to illustrate to your reader what you are sharing with them. Articles can be lengthy or they can be fairly short. Don't forget we also have our Handy Hints and Tips Blog Series if you feel you'd like to write a short, concise blog on a certain topic. Here are just a few example below of some of our Artists Tools blogs...

Artist's Toolbox: Acid Dyeing (Shibori)Artist's Toolbox
Shibori is an ancient technique which essentially refers to dyeing and shaping fabric with a multitude of techniques involving "resists" - basically tying, stitching, capping, clamping, etc. the fabric, to allow dye to get only to particular areas of the fiber. Although shibori is not only done with acid dyes, I use acid dyes in my shibori work, so that's what I'll be talking about in this article! Hope you enjoy!
The process of acid dyeing silks and wool can yield beautiful results, but it can be tricky to figure out exactly how to get a particular 'pattern' with dye due to it's rather spontaneous nature. For some, letting the dye do as it pleases will produce their favorite results, but there are times when we need to restrict the dye at least a little bit. In order to do either of these types of dyeing, tools are a necessity!

A stitched 'pattern' on silk noil, called 'mokume

PE: ARTIST TOOLBOX: Water-based Media!Waterbased Media!
I love water-based media! What is “waterbased media” you say? Well that would be any kind of water-soluble ink or paint! There are many advantages to working with water-based media, the main one being that many water-based paints and inks are not extremely dangerous to work with (in comparison to oils which are not good to get on your hands people…wear gloves!), there is no need for special clean up or a specific work environment (on that note, please PLEASE do not paint with oils in your living room).  Another advantage to working with water-based media is quick drying times. This is a pro especially if you do illustrative works. A third pro to water-based media is that they are somewhat cost effective for us starving artists. Here are some types of water-based media: watercolor, ink, latex paint, and acrylic paint. My favorite type of water-based media is watercolor. Tip: you don’t need t

Artists' Toolbox: Shading and Highlighting in GIMPHello!
Today we're are going to review (and hopefully learn) how shading and highlighting can be extremely easy and give your work a distinct look depending on technique. This is focusing on using GIMP, but Photoshop and Paint Tool Sai have equivalent tools.
As some may know GIMP is a free and legal image editing program (I say image because the the full name is GNU Image Manipulation Program). It was not necessarily made for painting, but neither was the hair that was first used to make a paintbrush. ;) Despite that however, you can find brilliant ways to make your work stand out. You can check out the web site here
We have two techniques that use specific tools we can use that will each give your work a different appearance:
1. Shading and highlighting with the ink tool
2. Shading and highlighting with the paint brush

Using the ink tool can give you control over line thickness and clean edges

Daily Deviation Guidelines


I'm one of two General Photography CVs!

  • 3wyl and I only take Photography suggestions, I cannot feature anything else (like scraps). We also cannot feature anything from a gallery that already has CV looking after it. Check out communityrelations for the latest list.
  • Make sure that the deviant hasn't already received a Daily Deviation within the past 6 months. FAQ #313: How can I find out if someone already has a Daily Deviation?
  • Send your suggestions to only ONE Community Volunteer!

How to suggest

Just hit the "Note" button on my profile page and add the subject: DD Suggestion include the thumb code (or URL) along with the reason why you think the deviant deserves a Daily Deviation.
I try and reply to all suggestions made.


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ABXeye Featured By Owner 1 day ago   Photographer
THANK YOU SO MUCH! I Really appreciate it :)
OtisBee Featured By Owner 4 days ago   Interface Designer
hi :D (Big Grin)

uhm, in your "How to suggest" box you mentioned that a DD suggestion should include the "reason why you think the deviant deserves a Daily Deviation."

i think that it should read "why you think the deviation deserves a Daily Deviation".
or better yet... "why the deviation should be featured as a Daily Deviation".

please apologize, but if things haven't changed, then a DD is never about the deviant and how he/she is such a great person, has birthday soon, suffers from this and that and whatnot.

from FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen? comes this:
"...An assortment of submissions are chosen each day by this select group of staff/volunteer members who wish to showcase an image which they found impressive or otherwise interesting enough to deserve being brought to the attention of the community-at-large..."

the way you have put it right now it only contributes to the confusion and common misconception imo that many still believe that a DD is some sort of an award for someone in particular or for what he/she has done or achieved, which of course it's not.

it's all about the art that's shown. always has been, always will be. well, of course you know that already. ;) (Wink)

sorry again for my blunt and maybe wisecracking approach, i just thought i'd mention it and mean no offense. Hug
Kaz-D Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow okay...well I'm going to leave it as it is, I've had that wording for three years, nobody ever noted me a reason why a 'deviant' as a person should get a DD, they always noted me a reason why the deviant should get a DD for their work. Perhaps it's just you that interprets it differently. :)
Savaliste Featured By Owner 3 days ago
since these comments are public instead of noted I'll butt in and say to you kaz-d that: good for you :nod: it's your page and your term you do things the way it works best for you at which you've done wonderfully all these years ;) Every single person on DA be it cv, staff, deviants, etc all do things differently :XD: we aren't robots
Kaz-D Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
:huggle: Well that's awfully nice of you! :D
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