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22nd February 2015

There have been delays in approval of submissions with some being timed out, and I apologise on behalf of my fellow admins. I have now opened up some of the main submission galleries to auto-approval of 1 submission per day.

Please let me know if you would like other galleries on auto-approval or if you have any other suggestions on how to refresh the Group.


New Magazine!

Educational Art Magazine by SobohRami 18 hours ago Hobbyist Digital Artist

I am contacting you with awesome news. There is an educational Art Magazine called The Pencil Tip and it will be launched in February. It will include Interviews, Featured art, Tips, Tutorials and other surprises. Also there will be monthly contests and giveaways hosted by the magazine. Here are 2 of the contests : , .

I am the creator of the magazine and all the work its overwhelming me so I would ask of you if you like the magazine idea and concept if you could spread the word around so other artists could learn from it.

Full details about the project can be found here :

Happy New Year !

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Street Art

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 28, 2015, 11:29 PM
During my recent stay in Melbourne, I had the good fortune and pleasure in meeting up with Dave Porteus The-Egg :iconthe-egg: for a photo-shoot around the back streets and lanes near the Queen Victoria Market. Dave introduced me to the vibrant street art culture for which Melbourne is well known. We visited several alleyways in which big, bold and brash images painted on brick and concrete walls assaulted the eyes with their colourful characters and compositions. In those couple of hours, I learnt more from Dave about street art and how to photograph it and its environments than I could possibly have imagined. Many thanks for such a wonderful shoot, Dave.

Dave is a master of HDR and low light photography, two images from our adventure are shown below. This is not the place to give a full blown account of High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography; suffice to say that the technique which involves the blending (tone-mapping) of severally images with different exposures allows detail in shadow and highlight regions to be captured that might otherwise be lost. Depending on exactly how blending is carried out, the image can appear as anything from realistic to surrealistic. When used in low light conditions and with specific parameters, the characteristic style of The-Egg appears. Visit his Home page and Galleries to see some more remarkable works.

eggHDR1536 by The-Egg  eggHDR1540 by The-Egg

I did not wish to emulate Dave's style. I had to think of my own view - how should such vibrant street art be depicted? I decided to go even bolder and more colourful than the original works, hoping that  the original artists  would appreciate this different take. There is a technique  that goes back to the beginnings of photography when images were sometimes accidently, and sometimes deliberately over exposed during processing. That technique is called solarization, and most photo-editing software has a tool to carry this out. I have used the filter of that name that is in Colour Efex Pro 4 from the Nik suite of software (now owned by Google).  Solarization can be thought of as inverting either wholly or partly the colour hues in an image - white becomes black, red becomes cyan, yellow blue, and so on (Check on a colour wheel for more examples.) Applying this to a more complex set of colours in an image can give dramatic results, often over-the-top garish, but in these instances I claim they add to the original street works.

Street Art - Kaatz by Okavanga   Street Art - Downtown Alley by Okavanga  

The first of the images, "Kaatz" is my solarized version of a cat's face, a street image that appears all over the place in Melbourne street art . We think the script like symbols to the right of the face may be a signature, but the artist is not known. The second image, "Downtown Alley" (yes, there is a little word play there for UK viewers of a certain TV series!) is closest to Dave's style and I have chosen in all these to create a dark feeling to the shots. The third image relates to one of Dave's shown earlier, and I've called it "Tombstone Teeth". The diagonal between wall and ground and the cropping have been deliberately set to create a classic compositional device of leading in on thirds. The final shot, "Red Eye", gives full rein to the solarization slider, adding, I think, to the macabre nature of the original artwork.

Street Art - Tombstone Teeth by Okavanga  Street Art - Red Eye by Okavanga

As well as photographing the painted art, Dave and I were keen to explore the alleys to find structures and buildings that were in themselves photogenic - see the second of The-Egg's shots above. As with the wall art, I have taken a very different approach to depicting these structures from that of Dave. I have used the Silver EXef Pro monochrome software to accentuate lighting contrasts, to add a selenium tint, and to add some edge burn to bring the eye into the image. I am happy with the way these have turned out, and think they work as examples of the "street as art". A key point to bear in mind is that while possibly appearing mundane these images are packed full of what are known as "Itten contrasts". Again, this is not the place to discuss Itten contrasts in detail - I have written about these before - see…. Contrast in photography is normally thought of in terms of light and shade, but the Bauhaus artist Johannes Itten pointed out many years ago that contrasts include things such as rough/smooth; wide/thin, near/far and so on. When I view these images with this idea in mind, they gain that extra impact. Of course, others may disagree.

Street Art - Dead End by Okavanga  Street Art - Zig Zag by Okavanga

Street Art - The Ladder by Okavanga   Street Art - Red Wall by Okavanga

As a worked example, check out the top left image, "Dead End". Figuratively, there are two building separated by an alley. Light and shade contrasts are obvious; there is a sort of overall compositional balance, left to right, then you start to notice the round curve of one building against the sharp angular bulk of the other, the squares of a pattern at the foot of the alley versus the angular rectangles of the windows on the right versus the windowless left hand wall, but that wall has very narrow slatted structures as opposed to the smooth surface of the alley, then you have the foreground fronts of the buildings versus the square wall  in the background of the structures....and so on. Picking out these contrasts becomes an intellectual as well as a visual challenge.

But enough - this has been a challenging Journal to write with a great deal of information and ideas to impart. I finish with my thanks again to :iconthe-egg: for an excellent photo-shoot.



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Hello, one of our affiliate groups is looking for new members. :) The group is called  :iconproject-language: The group is about learning/teaching language from each other through art. They are currently holding a greeting round where you present yourself and your knowledge of language. :)
So why don't you join up?!

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:bulletgreen: As you join, specify your first language in the join request or a separate note to the group. The other languages you know/ want to know will be specified later on.

:bulletgreen: Please only submit "Round Entries" to this group!

:bulletgreen: We are always looking for new members! Why don't you join us? :D

:bulletgreen: We are currently holding a greeting round! Why don't you join and participate? :D

:bulletgreen: Feel free to advertise your group or contests. You must, however, write the promotion text in at least two languages.
I think there are some mistakes here in the group, there are lots of submissions in wrong folders here, I think there is a glitch on DA....
I have no time to sort out at the moment... I don't believe that so lots of people submit so many works in wrong folders, when you have problems plese tell me, thanks!
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ArtWorldToday is a Group for anyone who enjoys art. You don't have to make it to be a member. Art comes in all forms and what is art to one person might not be art to another. So you must be kind to other members. We will have beginners as well as established artists in this group, so there is a variety to look at.

My husband and I used to live in a town that had a active Art Walk. We enjoyed going on the First Friday of every month. There were so many talented artists in the town we lived in, and this was a way for people to notice them. We have since moved and the town we live in now doesn't have a Art Walk that show cases artists the way our old town did. I miss the environment of the Art Walk, I miss the getting to know the artists and I miss seeing all the new artwork.

I thought fine I will make my own First Friday Art Walk here on the web. I hope that we will build a fun group with lots of networking, interaction and support amongst artists of different types and abilities.

Not everyone can go to an Art Walk but here on the internet we can have our own form of Art Walk. On the First Friday of every month we will feature new artists for the month!
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SoulcolorsArt Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the request :)
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Deena-Lee-Sauve Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is this group active?
I have submitted many times in the correct folders and I never ever get an answer!!!
Been waiting several days again most time they just expire!
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