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Got my DD #10 today for my latest manipulation 'Ariel'. Yes, 10 already! I feel a bit bad for those who maybe deserve them more. But this feature is still very dear to me, as are all of my photomanip DDs. I guess it's still my favorite category after all, even if I constantly drift off into the space art field and keep practicing my painting techniques.

Ariel by ErikShoemaker

A big shout-out to the suggestors Paulo-Bert and AbbeyMarie, and of course to Aeirmid who featured it. :-) Thanks everyone! 
I will get back to everyone's comments shortly. In the meantime I want to use the unexpected exposure to feature some of my recent favorites as well. Enjoy!

Salvation of the Soul by Gloom82 Epiphany by turk1672 FRUIT DEFENDU by Rafido ...Cravings... by MorbidiaMorthel
Cosmos 2013 by RedXen Blood Zodiac. Leo by Vasylina Enyo by m4gik Teardrop Nebula by dBFTS
Across The Universe by priteeboy Demon II by Nikulina-Helena Goddess of the Woods by Carlos-Quevedo
Anno Domini 3527 by adamkuczek Ancient Temple Photoshop Tutorial by Yatzenty Burning Duality by XSereneiX
Mothership by The--Kyza Emerging unharmed by LordDoomhammer Summoner by dominuself
Another Brick by gyaban Prophecy by igreeny Halloween by AnekaShu
Warpaint by KacperSpala Cell Mutation by ZuluSplitter Futuristic City 6 by Scott Richard by rich35211
Planet LV428 by elreviae Harbinger of Destruction by Julian-Faylona plante def 2 by JimHatama
Hyperdrive by pipper-SVK Badlands by BLPH Kreola matte painting by bpsola
Garden by CordobezWeee Kreola - CG Talk matte painting challenge entry by Yatzenty Contact in Abyss by Aeon-Lux
Check out Kuldar Leement's work! KuldarLeement

:iconkuldarleement: :iconkuldarleement: :iconkuldarleement:

Stellar collision by KuldarLeementVoid sector by KuldarLeement
Resistance by KuldarLeement
New Paths To Helicon - Floor is lava by KuldarLeement
Euphoria by KuldarLeement
Good Morning Vietnam by KuldarLeementSpring by KuldarLeementPixelated birds by KuldarLeement
Highways by KuldarLeementDead space by KuldarLeementEnd boss by KuldarLeement
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Empyrium
  • Watching: Breaking Bad
Just when I selected a category to submit my newest deviation today I stumbled across this:



That does feel good, haha! How are these examples chosen anyway? I used to be a little bit jealous everytime I sumitted a new deviation and saw these nice little pictures. :P



And another topic I want to address this time: My calendar update for 2014 is getting close and I would like to hear opinions on which images to keep. The current setup looks like this
Birth of a Solar System by ErikShoemaker Prometheus by ErikShoemaker Blodnatt by ErikShoemaker Deus Ex Machina by ErikShoemaker 
?Apocalypse? by ErikShoemaker Mortal Inquisition by ErikShoemaker Chthonic Wallpaper by ErikShoemaker Lone Warrior by ErikShoemaker
Human's Bequest by ErikShoemaker We are of peace. Always. by ErikShoemaker Deerborn by ErikShoemaker The Black Pearl by ErikShoemaker

I'm thinking of replacing the images 3, 5 and maybe 9 with some new ones. 4 and 12 are also very similar, perhaps I should drop one of them? I have 5 candidates this year which could make it into the calendar update. I'll make a poll about that shortly as well. What would you say? 

  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: October Falls - Plague of a Coming Age
  • Reading: Spanish language course .__.'
  • Watching: House of Cards
  • Playing: Bioshock Infinite
Hey guys!

First I would like to welcome my new watchers who arrived here thanks to my deviation "Graviton", and of course all the others who I haven't welcomed yet!

A few weeks ago my copy of Ballistic Exposé arrived. It's absolutely fantastic! I really didn't expect it to be that huge. Looking through the pages and seeing all those amazing artists in there I realized again it's a great honor to be included. :) Here is my contribution:



I can absolutely recommend you to get a copy of that one if you're a fan of artbooks! 


Now a change of subject: Did you hear about the new "mentions" feature? wreckling.deviantart.com/journ…
I think it's a really interesting update. I'm curious to see how it works! For that purpose I'm making another feature to find out if any of the deviants get notified about it. :D Please let me know. (I hear you must be a beta-tester to be able to receive mentions)

 Ray Bradbury by sigu 
<da:thumb id="389772691"/> Rose by AnjaMillen Take No Prisoners by MadSpike
Amber by Whendell
Winged One by Celairen  Game Boy by Ecstatic-ectsy Siege Of Shanghai by Tri5tate Shepherd by AbbeyMarie Wavelength by BonusExperiment Essentia by Bolv3rk
Oceanic Research Installation by Julian-Faylona Challenge the Dragon by zummerfish Somewhere by Zethrix Knights And Horses by Paulo-Bert  Mountains exploration by UnidColor Breaking Free by Volture
Hey :wave:

I'll be on a conference in Spain for 10 days. After that I'm going to spend two more days in Barcelona, just for fun. Any recommendations on places to visit there?

See you guys and gals in two weeks!




I ought to make better use of my premium features as long as I still have them. :picknose:

Sept secondes pour devenir un aigle by sigu painted by streetX222 Core by Colors1 <da:thumb id="381358818"/>Butterfly Effect by Celairen<da:thumb id="377544813"/>Guards by MelanittaSigma (advanced)  Legend of the Cryptids by NekroXIIIhallucinogen by inSOLense
Scouts by moonworker1 Good Morning Vietnam by KuldarLeementOtherworld - crystal cave by firedudewraithAcarien by ourlak Leviathan by GlennClovisThe Golden Temple by presidentindiaProminence by KaiSaundersDevour to Survive by TheDarkRayneRough Draft by vimarkThe Cloud Bearers by ExphrasisContact by ZethrixAmarnath by AkajorkGOT: The Fist by KaioshenCastle matte by ChaosSightArchangel by NeroVIIThe Beginning by Tropfich
  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: Cryptic Forest
  • Watching: American Horror Story
  • Playing: Darksiders
Yesterday I got the confirmation that my image "Journey to Shatter Island" is going to be featured in the next Ballistic Expose 11 on pages 170-171. I even got two pages. :)

Journey to Shatter Island by ErikShoemaker

I'm reaallllllly happy about it since I've been trying to get a spot in the prestigious artbook for five years but my submissions were never even shortlisted. It is one of the remaining goals I always wanted to achieve. Now I have to set myself some new ones. :)


In other news- The Depthcore collective released a new chapter called 'Primal'. I'm in with one image which you may have found in your inbox today:

Three-Eyed Crow by ErikShoemaker

You can check the full chapter here: www.depthcore.com/chapter/prim…

Some features from 'Primal':

Hunting the Alkazir by fmacmanus ASTRO by insaneKaffeine Caelestis by cugar
  • Mood: Astonished
  • Listening to: Imperium Dekadenz
  • Watching: Battlestar Galactica (Season 2)
Here's a random collection of images I recently found and really liked. Hope you enjoy. :)

In other news, I just finished an illustration of the "Three-Eyed Crow", a character from George R. R. Martin's Book 'A song of Ice and Fire' (Game of Thrones Season 3 starting soon :eager:). The image will be released with the next DepthCore chapter so it will take a while until I can upload it here. Anyway, a small teaser is possible. :D



Also, I'm drawing a huge map of Westeros for my office now. :D Kinda hooked on Game of Thrones again lately...
Are you watching the series/Have you read the books? What do you think of the adaption then? And are you looking forward to season 3 as much I am? :)


But now to the features:
Dead Astronauts Wallpaper by The--Kyza DARK SIDE _QHD by in3xplicit Heroes of the future past by igreeny Matte Painting - Riskleap by CordobezWeee The.Universe.in.you by Matkraken Elephant traveler / My pink elephant by 1MAGINATE Pixelated birds by KuldarLeement Decrees of Fate by jcbarquet From the Countryside by Grivetart CAMP CHAOS artwork *Making Of featured on CGArena by isisdesignstudio Unwanted Arrival by Kaioshen Arcady's Epiphany by tigaer

Sublimation by LeslieAnnODell Plateau by LeslieAnnODell she liked to watch tv by dihaze 100 Years of Solitude by dihaze
Coffee Shop by Flobelebelebobele After the Battle by FictionChick

USS NAUTILUS 2.0 by johnsonting Lost In A Purple Space by Shue13 Mysterious-Sculpture 2 by Tomstrzal Evol by elreviae Consegna espressa per INFERNO#000185 by marcocasalvieri Au milieu des bois... by ourlak
  • Mood: Gloomy
  • Listening to: Thyrfing
  • Watching: Game of Thrones Recap
  • Playing: Skyrim Dragonborn
Although it's actually more a review on the new 3D HFR technique than on the movie itself.

Did anyone have a chance to watch the Hobbit movie yet? My personal impression is that this new HFR technique really has a fascinating quality. But it won't establish in the near future if it stays the way it is now in my opinion. Because of all the detail it's hard to focus on the story and the feelings of the characters, which leaves the viewer totally unaffected of any emotions. There's no typical movie atmosphere either.
Since movies and TV in Germany are usually German dubbed even the voices were kinda annoying, like in a badly synchronized documentation. Usually I don't mind that when I go to the cinema, so I think this might be also due to the new technique they employed.
If you're still thinking about going I recommend to watch the normal 3D or 2D version to get the full experience. :shrug:


Other than that not much has happened since I uploaded my latest deviation. I'm currently enjoying my free time during the christmas holidays. Who knows, maybe a new image comes out of it? Anyway, I wish you all a merry christmas. :santa:


Btw: I want to thank everyone who's spent money on my calendar this year! Unfortunately DA doesn't tell who exactly purchased them. Feel free to let me know so I can thank you personally! :)


And because it will probably take a while before I'll write a journal again, I'll use the space for a couple of features. :)

New Era by KarimFakhoury essence by igreeny deep sea by sbalac Porcelina of the Vast Oceans by AlexandraVBach SATYR by Yayashin New skin for DACS x Slashthree by DesignSpartan Invasion planning by jamga Way of the Wizard by Kaioshen Cake Wormhole by Alienphysique
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Primordial
  • Playing: SWtoR
I finally had the guts to get rid of my old username kire1987.

How do you like it? Pity, if you don't. I'll have the chance to change again in 6 months. :D

To start over with my new identity I also uploaded a new image today.

End of the Cycle by ErikShoemaker

Obviously it's a little homage to a great game called Mass Effect.

So, what's new in your lives?
  • Listening to: Paradise Lost
  • Reading: A Storm of Swords I
  • Watching: Big Bang Theory Finale
  • Playing: Mass Effect 3
Anyone heard of this project so far?

Apparently you have a chance to win a feature on New York's Times Square if your portfolio on their website is "collected" many times.

Well, I did create this portfolio, but I need at least 7 votes, so that it can be viewed publicly, and at least 77 votes to get a "premium account", whatever that means. :D

That's why I must ask you a favour to simply click on this link: erikschumacher.artistswanted.o… and then "collect" my portfolio, if you like it. No registration or anything is needed. :) Thanks a lot!
  • Listening to: Paradise Lost
  • Reading: A Storm of Swords I
  • Watching: Big Bang Theory Finale
  • Playing: Mass Effect 3
Apparently I'm the only one here but I have to say I really like the new approach dA has been taking with its gallery and frontpage update.

It's an update currently only in place for official beta testers (those with the "=" in front of their username), so if you don't know what I'm talking about you can see what it looks like here: devbug.deviantart.com/journal/…

In my opinion the bigger thumbs really make the art pop and besides it looks way more modern and less rigid than before. Way to go dA :thumbsup:

What do you guys think?




features:

:thumb298576517: blind by marcocasalvieri
COLOR OF THE WIND by notmystyle NightVision by anthony-g
Embrace by ChrisCold Old familiars by ChrisCold
Plume by 3tx Marianas II by soulburn3d
  • Mood: Eye Candy
  • Listening to: Paradise Lost
  • Reading: A Storm of Swords I
  • Watching: Big Bang Theory Finale
  • Playing: Mass Effect 3

I just had to fav another of Grivetart's deviations and thought I'd show a little appreciation. Check out his incredible gallery, you won't be disappointed.

Diablo III - FanArt - Mount Arreat by Grivetart Alone on the Road by Grivetart
Tower of Sands by Grivetart A Kind of Paradise by Grivetart
Back to the great city by Grivetart Like in a futuristic dream by Grivetart
Nightmare by Grivetart
  • Mood: Glad
  • Listening to: Muse
  • Reading: A Storm of Swords I
  • Watching: The Walking Dead
  • Playing: Mass Effect 3
First new journal from me in a long time, I know,... and it's only to say goodbye for another three weeks because I'm going on vacation to New York City for one week and for another two to Florida. It's always been a dream for me to go to Miami, enjoy the heat of the sun, relax at the beach during the day and party the night. Plus, I finally get to see the real sets of my beloved show DEXTER :eager: :D

Do you know any places I should definitely check out while I'm in NYC and Florida? We already rented a car so we can go on a road trip through Florida, which includes the cities Miami, Naples, Tampa and Orlando, so we have a lot of options. I hear the Kennedy Space Center is a must-see. :D
Any other recommendations? Perhaps some cosy insider places in NYC with good food? ;-)


Btw: I have a new piece ready which I am really happy with, but as I am going on vacation I can't upload it here before April. So watch out for the next Slashthree release if you want to see it. :P



New features from my favs!

Archipelago by Aeon-Lux Scale of Life by visio-art
The lake by MarcelaBolivar Lava Falls Sanctuary by lVlorf3us
Trust in Me by Aegis-Strife Roar by AQ0106
Takeover by KuldarLeement Blood Bay detention centre by WarpTheWorld
  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: Gallowbraid
  • Reading: A Song of Ice and Fire
  • Watching: The Sopranos
  • Playing: Unfortunately only the DEMO of Mass Effect 3!
Now I am a real money maker LOL :P
Only 50 more sales and I can order myself a PIZZA.


(Of course I am truly grateful for the few prints I sell on DA every now and then. The fact that people actually spend their money on something I created is worth more to me than the share I get from it)


On another note, I received a DD a couple of days ago on a more than three year old deviation, which really took me by surprise! While I'm extremely happy about the honour of getting another DD, it makes me wonder if my newer stuff is all crap. :D I should probably get back to space art again... pardon my cynism today :P Thanks again for the feature Infinite705!

Here it is: Era Silver by ErikShoemaker


Last but not least, a couple of features from my recent favs:

human inertia by grohsARTig Gate of Hell by Leoncinus
Island of Fallen Dragon by maronski Earth 1.0 Space Museum - Desktopography 2011 by aiiven
The explorer by CassiopeiaArt Penance by johnsonting Suicide by pgizzle618
The Land Within by synectic Rocky Race by bloknayrb
Lady 5 by SimonWeaner Always there... by clair0bscur
Artjunks Collective Exhibit 01 by 3tx
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Insomnium
  • Reading: problems of particle physics
  • Watching: Homeworld
  • Playing: Skyrim
Haven't heard of Desktopography yet? If you're looking for a nice new wallpaper, desktopography.net is your place to go. ;-)

Every year the site is updated with a brand new collection of digital artworks for your personal viewing pleasures. The intention of this site is to bring nature to your dull desktop.

This year I'm in with a volcano themed matte painting. I'm glad to be able to take part in this release. :)

Ashen Gold by ErikShoemaker

You can get the wallpaper here (resolutions up to 2560px width): www.desktopography.net/exhibit…

Thanks for your attention everyone!
  • Mood: Wow!
  • Listening to: Asp
  • Reading: problems of particle physics
  • Watching: Homeworld
  • Playing: hopefully Skyrim soon
As I was told the "Book of Creation" is a selection which features some of the best artists and designers from all around the world. So I am happy they chose me as one of those artists and reserved two full pages for my stuff. It's a great honor. :)

The book is only available in France, but if you are interested you can purchase the book here (assuming that you speak French, which I don't *cough*): shop.oracom.fr/index.php?optio…





I've been very silent again over the past few weeks. This doesn't mean I haven't been busy concerning my art "career". First off, I managed to finish three new pieces, which I all like pretty much and which I am going to upload here on dA sooner or later during the next weeks. Besides I finally revamped my portfolio, which I kept kicking down the road for months even though I wasn't really satisfied with the impractical sidescrolling and the unprofessional design. The new page looks a little more "artsy" I think and at the same time it suits my recent calendar design. :lol:
You can check the page here: www.xkire.de.

On a sidenote, I just finished 'Deus Ex: Human Revolution'. Such an awesome game experience. 8-) Suffice it to say that it's definitely my game of the year (despite 'the Witcher 2' being released this year as well).
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Summoning
  • Reading: Adler Olsen
  • Watching: Person of Interest
  • Playing: Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Yes, you usually only hear from me when someone has ripped me off again, but I do get to share good news once in a while, too. :lol:

This time I'd like to inform you about two gimmicks. First a wallpaper version of my image "Lone Warrior"

Lone Warrior by ErikShoemaker

and a step by step progress of my collaboration with fmacmanus

The Great Escape by ErikShoemaker

Both are available on Depthcore.com
here: www.depthcore.com/article/work…
and here: www.depthcore.com/article/wall…

The page is updated with new content, wallpapers, workshops, resources and interviews regularly, so it definitely pays off to visit the website every now and then! ;-)


That's it for now. Here are some of my recent favorites to round this whole thing up:

Carnival by eWKn Wrecked 2 by SimonWeaner
Toscane's Skies by Tony-ob Snowy Mountains by Shamanik7
Sternenstaub by Lyridae Lake Town - The Hobbit by NateHallinanArt
XXXX Matte-painting by isisdesignstudio Maintenance Call by Kaioshen
Through the Psionic Storm P1 by fmacmanus Minerva by JoeyJazz
Oil spill by CassiopeiaArt :thumb253196240: Ash III by MarcelaBolivar
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Faun
  • Reading: Myons
  • Watching: Breaking Bad
  • Playing: Dragon Age 2 ...eugh

and another one

Thu Jun 30, 2011, 7:47 AM


I guess I'm bothering you with these already, but I'm kind of on a roll right now and some of them are just way too funny.

Look at this one:

:thumb215792974:

absolutedz.deviantart.com/gall…

The description says: "I made this work a few days ago, and really is horrible. I would like of tips :/"

And I think: Oh really? Then why do you rip it if you think it's horrible? LOL you douchebag.


Basically his whole gallery is ripped, mostly my works in it, but I also found some other familar pics + he stole my shiny avatar :(


PS.: I'm still trying to answer all of your comments, so don't worry. I'll get back to you soon. I just have to finish some papers first!! :lol:

  • Mood: Stunned
  • Listening to: Adam Skorupa
  • Reading: about general relativity
  • Watching: 2 and a half men
  • Playing: Geralt from Rivia

Depthcore: Obsolete

Sat Jun 25, 2011, 12:49 AM


Six months have passed since I surprisingly received an invitation to join the Depthcore collective.

Now they are back with a fabolous new site design and a new chapter called "Obsolete", which is basically about the fate of humanity in a world dominated by machines. A very dark scifi theme and probably exactly my specialty. :D

Anyway, I managed to get two pieces in. One of them a collaboration with Finn Macmanus :iconfmacmanus: called "The Great Escape". I already uploaded my debut piece which I am particularly proud of because a lot of time went into details and effects.

Lone Warrior by ErikShoemaker

You can view the new chapter and website here:

depthcore.com

  • Mood: Stunned
  • Listening to: Adam Skorupa
  • Reading: about general relativity
  • Watching: 2 and a half men
  • Playing: Geralt from Rivia

Beware of this Ripper!

Tue Jun 7, 2011, 11:48 AM


I'm usually not the guy to call out other people in journals, and I know you can get banned from DA for doing so, but in this particular case I'm doing everyone a favour to alert you of this douchebag.

Matt Achziger claims to be the creative director of the company Artistik Inc: www.artistikinc.com/

He probably lures people with nice graphics for small money. But don't fall for it because it's highly likely he didn't even create them himself.

Here's some nice evidence from his facebook messages. (He seems to be a real professional btw [/sarcasm]):





This one is also very funny:



I wonder what he was thinking? Even when he was caught red-handed he didn't flinch from insisting on the money. Fucking unbelievable. How stupid can people be??

Oh yea, and this is his dA-account:
:iconmrecko999:

I really wonder how many of the images he uploaded in his gallery are actually his own...

  • Mood: Rant
  • Listening to: Urfaust
  • Watching: 2 and a half men
  • Playing: Geralt from Rivia