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Using Colloquialisms: Are you down with it?
Colloqualism: You down with it?
Noun: colloquialism;
A word or phrase that is not formal or literary and is used in ordinary or familiar conversation. synonyms: slang, idioms, patois, dialect.
Examples: whatcha, gotta, face on, ovver.
 
I’m sure you’ve had a good telling off by your teachers for using colloquial language inappropriately in your writing. I’ve had essays returned with the word “too informal” scrawled along the margin or a big red exclamation mark next to a certain word, who hasn’t? What just me? Oh right… my bad!
So WHY would we use colloquial language in our writing, after years of tackling the angry red pen?
Characterisation
I know we’re not supposed to judge a book by its over – or a person by their accent – but it happens. You can tell us a lot about a character by the kind of language they use. Are they all gangsta, dropping hooded verbs
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The Artist's Toolbox: An Artist Journal
Another Month another Artist's Toolbox.
This time I'm pulling something rather more personal out of my arsenal of tools which is my own individual way of dealing with the infuriating issue of
I want to draw... but I don't know what.
There are a number of ways people go around dealing with this issue. Just doodling til something pops out. Working on a list of prompts. Asking people to help give them ideas. Doing an entry for a contest.... there are lots of ways of going about finding something to draw.
EH = Ernest Hemmingway
My own personal way of dealing with it, makes use of the opposite problem.
I have loads of ideas! But I have to go to bed/have no time/paper/drawing equipment.
When I have lots of ideas, as is common for me before I'm about to go to bed, or when I'm supposed to be doing something else, I write it down in my magical sparkly kitty book, AKA my Artist Journal. If I just shrug and go "I'll draw that later"
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Artist's Toolbox: Watercolor equipment II

✿   Watercolor Equipment II - Additional Tools

In the first week of Artist's Toolbox, we discussed basic Watercolor Equipment such as paper, brushes and paints. Second week's article presents additional tools, equipment that some artists use to enhance their watercolor creations or just for the fun of it, however none of them is crucial to create a watercolor painting.
I divided these tools into two categories - those used to Create Highlights and those used to Create Textures. Bottom part of this article belongs to our watercolorists and their Personal Experience regarding additional tools.

1. Cr
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Submitting traditional artworks
What to keep in mind when submitting traditional artworks
Traditional Art Week continues! Today, we'll discuss some things to consider when submitting your traditional artworks into DeviantArt.
Most of them are genuine recommendations, but taking them seriously might increase your over-all DA experience for good :)
1. Image size
One of the most common presentation mistakes is submitting a very small image of your work. Why is this an issue, I'm not entirely sure, perhaps it's the fear of art theft that makes your gallery consist of 300 x 300 pix large pictures, but you're not going to get new watchers nor people to favorite your work this way - viewers want to enjoy the detail and atmosphere of the piece, they will move on one second after they open the page. For optimal results, the larger side of your deviation should be about 800-900 pix. Some artists submit very large files of their work
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5 Tips for Better-Looking Pack Deviations
5 Tips for Better-Looking Pack Deviations
Hello! I'm Pwassonne, and today I'll be writing about pack deviations. Packs are the easiest way to distribute multiple files in one deviation. They consist of an archive file (often ZIP) with several images or other files in it. Packs are often used to distribute stock images, such as brushes and textures, as well as wallpapers and emoticons. They can also be used to post tutorials if said tutorials don't fit in a single file or if resources are included. Since packs make it possible to include several files in a single deviation, they are also great for selling Premium Content.

Whether you're selling a pack of files as Premium Content or distributing it for free, you will probably want it to look good, so that people want to download it, and you will also want to make it practical and easy to use, so that people who download it find it useful. How do you do this? Here are five simple tips to get your pack dev
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The Music of Language: Prosody
Poetry is the art of using language as a tool to create both visually, atmospherically and phonetically coherent pieces. Imagine an unsung music that flows through our everyday lives, syncopating our every emotion and pulses through our every sentence. The careful wordsmith is someone who is attuned to this song, the music of the language. It’s the melody that runs through the lines as we hear them read out loud and the rhythm that resonates through every sentence that we utter. The name for it is prosody. Prosody is the underlying song that lives in any given language. And it is the basis of foot, meter and rhyme.
 
    1.       What is prosody?
In linguistics, prosody is the rhythm, stress and intonation of speech. It reflects both the feature of the language as well as the mood and intent of the speaker. Therefore the "melody" of Italian sounds drastically different from that of English, which is again different fr
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Complications with Composition
I love seeing results on the camera screen, and through the lens. Often after I've taken a photo, I can't wait to get home and see it on the computer screen too. But my pet peeve is the maths and numbers behind getting it spot on. I can't deal with that, I loathe it, and actually it takes the fun out of Photography (for me anyway!) I know that some people love the technical details, I think that's why TouchedD and I work so well - he does the figuring out, I do the seeking for the shot - but if you're purely a creative type with no passion for delving into technicalities then hopefully this article will be able to help you.
You will find countless articles, tips, tutorials and theories on Composition. Many will throw advice and instruction at you before you can even press the shutter on your camera. In truth though, it can be much more basic than that. Before you take a photograph, think about why you're taking the shot. I know this doesn't work everytime, because often (like me)
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Readymades: Hallmarks of Lazy Writing
Readymades
Hallmarks of Lazy Writing
ShadowedAcolyte here for projecteducate's Prose Basics Week. I decided to tackle "lazy writing" as a topic, because they always say "write what you know" and boy, do I know laziness. Then I realized there were dozens of ways to be a lazy writer, so I heroically narrowed the scope of my article down to one broad topic: readymades. After talking about what a "readymade" is, I'll explain why they should be avoided in writing prose*,  and I'll finish with some tips to help you avoid using them yourself.
Before we go any further, I should note that the term is not a technical one. It is the word I was taught to use to identify a set of common problems with weak writing, so it's the word I use. I hope you'll find this article helpful, but it's not a textbook.
*I say "prose" because it's Prose Basics Week, but readymades infect poetry as well. If you're more a poet than a prose
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The End of the Day: A Watercolour Tutorial
PLANNING STAGE
This was a fairly involved project in terms of preparatory work. I had an image in mind, a feeling, a mood and knew that I would only really have real world reference to work from; the rest coming from my own imagination and from playing the PS3 game 'The Last of Us'.
As the scene is a place I walk past most days I am very familiar with it (the benefits of being on location cannot be overstated), but I also used Google street view to get an additional vantage point. In fact the bus that features in the finished piece was inspired from the Google street view image below:

I started by scrawling an outline of my thoughts, roughing out the general layout. Really this is just a way for me to start the process, to explore the scene and see what I find works, and what doesn't:

Then begins a refining process. Over the next 2 sketches I hone in on the composition and gravitate to a more exact view
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The 365 Photography Challenge - How to Stick at it
Before I start with this article, a little disclaimer. I just finished the 365 photography challenge - known as a 'photo a day' but I blogged and took more than one photo on most days, so it was that little bit more challenging. So I'm feeling pretty smug right now, that I achieved it. But I am by no means toting myself as an expert. This is just my humble advice on how to keep going when it does nothing but rain, or when you feel like giving up.
Before 2012, some weeks would pass when I wouldn't even pick up the camera, let alone think about shots, or how to compose one. Photography still excited me, but I was lacking inspiration. So on the 2nd of January last year I decided to throw everything up in the air, and let go. That is to say, I stopped being precious about the camera (because you can't when you have to take a photo a day) and I forced myself to take rubbish shots, as well as half decent ones.
:bulletblack: Start as you mean to go. Don't over-set yoursel
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PE: Badges of DeviantART
Community Week
Badges of deviantART, why are they given? What is their purpose in deviantART?
Most of us know these badges since we signed up in deviantart.
How did deviantART come up with the idea to create badges? Any background stories?
"Badges started out as merit badges for deviantART staff. They were only available to staff for special accomplishments like merit badges for the boy scouts. We started making them available to members by way of special events like our 10th birthday bash and hidden pageviews. They gained a lot of popularity about 3 years ago with the introduction of the llama badge system for our annual April fools prank. The rest is history, you guys can't seem to get enough of them. :B"
- Ikue
"The first badge was an april fools joke, the llama badge, free to give and they would evolve the more you received.  
They were so well received, we followed it up with real
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PE: =Official Beta Testers
Community Week
=Official Beta Testers
Who are they?
As an Official Beta Tester you can try out DeviantART's new features and report bugs that still exist before they're released to the general public. Unfortunately, not all features will be features you like at the first sign. But give the new features a try. DeviantART have more and more better features to be more and more creative as artist.
To become an Official Beta Tester you must have an active Premium Membership.
When you have an active Premium membership, go to your settings > Premium membership: Beta Testing > ✔ "I understand and would like to be an Official deviantART Beta Tester." > Save
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"The official home of beta testing ca
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PE: Want to be a `Senior or ^CV?
Community Week
»So you want to be a `Senior or ^Community Volunteer?«
Than follow your goal! Nobody will stop you.
Hello! :happybounce: I will tell you a bit about the basics on how to become a Senior or Community Volunteer.
The fine finishings and last step to be a Senior or Community Volunteer you must accomplish by your own.
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:granny: Seniors are chosen by fourteenthstar. She reviews each Senior suggestion you send to her as a note and posts a Seniority Announcement Journal with a list of deviants she choosed who deserve a Seniority `tick. :note: There is no set schedule for when these announcements occur.
Seniority Announcements 2013
January 13, 2013
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But how do you FINALLY get on this list?
The basic information in short is told in
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PE: Manage Friends
Community Week
What can you do in 'Manage Friends'?
You may manage what messages you wish to have from groups and deviants in your inbox.
For example, have too many group deviation messages in your inbox? You easily can change in manage friends the setting so you're no longer messaged by it.
How can you do that?
Please look top right of the page.
You will find a button with the name 'Friends'. Please click on it.

After you clicked on the 'Friends' button. This list will open.
To manage your friends, please click on 'Manage Friends'.

After you clicked on 'Manage Friends', this page will open:

Deviants:
A list of all groups and deviants you watch.
Add a Deviant:
This setting gives you a chance to watch a deviant/group by only knowing the username. You don´t have to visit the art
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PE: Decorating Your Profile
Community Week
Your profile page is the first thing people will see when they click on your name, so it's very important to leave a good impression! This article will provide some useful tips and tricks for both premium and non-premium members who want to convert their profile into their own, unique page. First off, some Do's and Don'ts of profile decoration:
Do:
Use dA's profile widgets-- there are lots of great options to chose from
Show off some art (that's what people are here for!)
Express your personality through colors, stamps, gifs, etc.


Don't:
Add so many images that your profile takes forever to load
Use garish or headache-inducing colors
Make text difficult to read with dark backgrounds
Non-Premium Widgets
While many widgets are restricted or locked for non-premium members, there are still a variety of great widgets that you can add to your profile, even without a membership.
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PE: Discovering New Deviants
Discovering New Deviants
Browsing DeviantART
DeviantART already has some great browsing options that are really helpful when looking for new deviants. I've typically found that Popular All Time, Popular 1 month, and Popular 1 week show the same deviants over and over again, so if you're looking for more variety in deviants, I suggest browsing through Popular 3 days, Popular 24 hours, or Popular 8 hours.
Browsing through Newest will obviously give the widest variety in deviants, but it can also get annoying sifting through th
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My favorites. I fave deviations that were gifted for me and for features/suggestions. You're welcome.

If you would like your works or someone else's works to be featured/suggested for DD (not just traditional, but any kind of media), don't hesitate to note me!


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It sure been a long time . . . more than a year, closing to two of not being really here. Well, life sure got busy for me! Well, I've got more time now, so I guess I'm coming back. :hooray: I'll probably only do writing stuffs or photography as usual. I have no motivation to draw these days. :grump: So how you all been? Anything new? I know a lot of things had happened while I'm gone so I'm soooo behind on everything. ;w;
Hello, my fellow friends! Hope you all are having a great year so far! Here we have mylittlebluesky, our CRPhotography contest manager, who hosted March's contest with the theme of still life. The April contest is TBA. Without further ado, here are our winners and runners ups!

Trophy First Place Trophy
A Trip to Fantasy by IndigoSummerr
A Trip to Fantasy. by IndigoSummerr

Trophy Second Place Trophy
Rescue Mission by ZahirBatin
Rescue Mission by ZahirBatin

Trophy Third Place Trophy
Golden Hour Lemonade by thedaydreaminggirl
Golden Hour Lemonade by thedaydreaminggirl

Trophy Runner-Ups Trophy
Closed Inside by DianaVVolf -- Natural Delight by ilNeofita
Closed inside by DianaVVolfNatural delight by ilNeofita

An Old Fairy Tale by mushuni -- Lost at Sea by PiecesOfAnsley
An Old Fairy Tale by mushuni3.365 Lost at Sea by PiecesOfAnsley

Our Time by FrancescaDelfino -- Smile at the Cafe by FlabnBone
Our time by FrancescaDelfinoSmile at the Cafe by FlabnBone

Thank you all for participating! Hi! Drop by these winners and runners ups to congrats on their hard work!


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birthdays Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
Hey there, on behalf of the Birthdays Team, I sincerely apologise that this is coming a few days late! We hope you had a most wonderful day on Friday and wish you all the very best for this next year! :hug: Here was our birthday wish for you and we hope that you had all of these awesome things:

:woohoo: :party: :iconcakelickplz: !!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! :iconcakelickplz: :party: :woohoo:

It's December 18th which means it's that time of the year again and your special day is here! We hope you have an awesome day with lots of birthday fun, gifts, happiness and most definitely, lots of cake! Here's to another year!

Many well wishes and love from your friendly birthdays team :love:

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Jasperinity Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015
Happy birthday! :D
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HalfInane-HalfMental Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Misc Emoji (Happy Birthday Bunny n Bear) [PMotes] by Jerikuto
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JeiDoll Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Student General Artist
Hey there ^^
I am looking for custom page & journal designer for my page:
 NEED a custom page commission and journal skin
Check that out if you are interested!
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