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Hey guys and gals!

With this blog entry I would like to introduce a new old project: our regular news article with information all around the topic of photomanipulation is back! :eager: I'll call it the 

CRPM News Network

(fancy, huh?)

It shall contain everything you need to know about the photomanipulation scene: where to get stocks or find tutorials, the newest contests calling for photomanip entries, latest art features and interviews, a list of active groups for promoting your art... and all other stuff you can possibly think of! :eyepopping: 

And to make it work, we will need your help, too. So please let us know whenever you find cool stuff to be included in this article, e.g., if you have an awesome contest or a new group you would like to be featured. :handshake:  We plan to have useful information in the form of short lists easily accessible on our group frontpage of CRPhotomanipulation (such as currently running contests) and will post regular summary news articles in our blog. :-)

Our first article has been assembled with the great help of Gejda, Lolita-Artz, Aeirmid, and nova63. Thank you! For this article we have compiled a few comprehensive lists that will guide you on your path through the photomanip maze: stocksites, photomanip groups, and currently running contests.

The latest

  • Have you heard? Aeirmid has stepped down after 3 long years of serving deviantart and most importantly the photomanipulation community as one of the most committed community volunteers. Please join me in thanking her for all her hard work.

    Thank you Aeirmid, and all the best!

    I'm happy to announce also that she will stay with us in the future as an admin of CRPhotomanipulation. :hooray:

Examples of good stock sites

Please note that this list is meant to give an overview of available stock sites that we would recommend to use, but it is in no way meant to be complete, and we do not take responsibility for the legitimacy of every photo uploaded on these websites. We recommend that you check the rules of every stock photo you download there and the specific Terms of Use (ToU) of the website.
The following list is divided into several subsections, paid and free stocks, and attribution required or not required.
What does attribution mean exactly? It basically says that you're obliged to credit the stock provider whenever you use their stock in your work.


This list includes some of your recommendations from the poll. Thank you for sharing with us!
Also, have you heard of this awesome tutorial group run by Lolita-Artz? If not, check it out:


Ongoing photomanip contests

This list includes contests that allow for photomanipulation entries and are still open for submissions. Some of them are closing soon, so hurry up! :fingerscrossed:
And don't forget our November Challenge here at CRPhotomanipulation "Rain"! 8-)

Deadline November 
Thanksgiving Photomanip-Contest


"Being Thankful"

In the United States, every 4th Thursday in November is Thanksgiving. It's a day to celebrate everything you are thankful for in your life. What are you thankful for? In Marci's example below,
the turkey is thankful for another year of not ending up on her dinner table! :giggle: Show us what YOU are thankful for in a photo manipulation.

"Pardoned for another year", image courtesy of marphilhearts
1. Photo Manipulation only.
2. We will only accept images that use LEGITIMATE stock sources.
3. You may submit up to two pieces, but only one can win.
4. There will be a vote for 1st & 2nd place at the end of the contest.
5. Honorable Mentions will be chosen by the admins at
(30th) November Challenge and October WinnerNovember Theme: Rain
Halloween is behind us, and here comes November - a month of falling leaves, cold temperatures and dark, rainy evenings perfect for curling up with a cup of tea and a book, preferably under a warm blanket. :leaf: This brings me to this month's theme - Rain. 
Be it fantasy, emotional, dark or surreal - this month's challenge entries have to be at least a tiny bit rainy. :rain: 
Don't forget to credit all stock used and use only legitimate stock!
Only ONE entry per person per month. :) (Smile)
To enter, turn in your deviation to the "November Challenge - Rain" gallery folder (Don't get this co

Deadline December 
My contest!!! -Issues- *ENDS ON 1ST DECEMBERDo people actually pay a little attention to this?...
I only got 3 entries...
And I really don't have enough time to share it in groups and stuff...
There's less than one month left..
It ends on 1st of December and if I don't have more than 10 entries I will cancel it...

I decided to end the contest on December 1, because I understand how it feels to be busy and not have time to make art, so you can submit till 1st of december! :meow: And for Christmas I'll probably have a nice little  contest :aww: 
 Purple Square Bullet Purple Square Bullet Purple Square Bullet Purple Square Bullet Purple Square Bullet 
(1st) Eleven.. Cover Contest!
So, for as long as I can remember I've had access to the most incredible range of books, from novels, tall tales and everything in between; all of those I've read (and I'm sure you all agree) it's most frequently their covers you immediately think of when you hear their titles.  It goes without saying that a picture tells a thousands words, and cover art, for that specific reason has to grab the reader by the eyeballs and hold their attention right through to the very last page in a yummy, captivating smorgasbord of plot teasers, incredible characters and dreamy (or dystopian) landscapes. Essentially, book cover p0rn :D
Visiting bookshops used to be as much about the cover art as it was about the text on the pages, which is why these days seeing the dozens of dreary, completely plain covers which do absolutely NOTHING to sell the book leaves me a little cold.  Further I just can't understand why publishers are going in this direction. :shrug:
(5th) A special Christmas present - ContestContest by WhiteTigerForever
A Special Christmas Present CONTEST!
I have a son who is now 28. He lives alone and has both Autism and Schizophrenia. He is both sad, lonely, and is forced to live a very isolated life. No one really understands the pain of being mentally ill and not able to fit in with society and even other people in general, unless you, yourself are, have a direct connection or relationship with someone that carries this themselves. Remember those who are alone for various reason or who have a hard time getting through the holidays each year for various reasons as you create and during the coming holiday season. Bless you!
10 years ago, when we were able to still live together, he dabbled for hours creating his various sketchings. He doesn't draw any more and I found a few of them that I held onto over the years and would like to help make his imagination come alive and make this Christmas special for him. He loves the mecha genre an
(10th) Christmas Dreams!Hello All,
It's been a little while...and since the world is getting ready early to celebrate...lets "Jump start" Christmas with a early Christmas Contest...because let's be honest,  sometimes we need something to celebrate!
The Christmas Dreams Contest!
               "Maybe one day we will find the place that our dreams and reality collide"
It Must be a New Piece and Submitted to Deviant Art on or after the 10th of November 2015 and it definitely must Feature A Christmas Dream theme... that's all there is to it.
:bulletblue: Particpate & Create and most important have fun:bulletblue:
Start date is the 10/11/2015 (10th of November 2015)
End date is the 15/12/2015 (15th of December 2015)
 (15th) Victorian Holiday ChallengeGreetings Castle Dwellers.,,
"Victorian Holiday" (in case you couldn't quite read the title ;)
It's THAT time of year again for many of us in the Castle. Leaves are off the trees, the scenery becomes stark blacks, grays and whites. Many celebrate Christmas, Chanukah and the changing of the season. It seems a grand time for getting out our models in Victorian and/or Steampunk costumes, don't you think? So, this challenge will be about TWO things: Victorian/Steampunk imagery and models. AND, a wintry scene or "vibe." Easy, yes? Details below:
Hello Artists of the Castle...
:bulletred: The requirement for this challenge will be to show us a manip that includes at least one model wearing either Victorian or Steampunk clothing. If you choose Victorian you are not limited to "wealthy" looking people. Dickens' shared many characters who were NOT wealthy in his book "A Christmas Carol." You MAY use a 3D image, but consider that the more artistic effort that goes into your artwork-the more like
 (20th) Winter Wonders ChallengeGreetings Artists of the Castle..
It's THAT time of year again for many of us in the Castle. Leaves are off the trees, the scenery becomes stark blacks, grays and whites. Many celebrate Christmas, Chanukah and the changing of the season. This challenge will be all about creating art that invokes wonder, awe and magic in the season of Winter. (My apologies to those of you who are in the heat of Summer, etc. ;p)
:bulletred: The requirements for this challenge will be to show us art that includes at least one model AND surround her/him with elements and/or scenery that is in keeping with Winter/wonder. You MAY use a 3D image, but consider that the more artistic effort that goes into your artwork-the more likely you are to be a winner in the challenge.  The idea can be a design type of image OR a scenic one but it MUST be indicative of the Winter season. The model(s) should be the focus in either design or scenic.
:bulletred: the theme does NOT necessarily need to be "sweetness and li
 (20th) Santa's home - contest (updated prizes)Reindeer Divider
It's time for a new contest!
The days are getting colder and slowly we are all getting into the christmas spirit - so I thought it's time to announce a new contest!
This time the theme is:
"Santa's home"
Where does Santa live?
Does he live alone, or is he married and lives with his wife?
Maybe with his reindeers or christmas elves?
Does he live in a cozy cottage or in a modern villa?
How does he prepare for christmas eve?
How does he like to spend his free time?
Maybe he isn't the friendly old man we think he is?
Show me how YOU imagine the place where Santa lives!
christmas wave
The simple rules
Holidays your entry must be a photomanipulation Holidays
Holidays your entry must be created exclusively for this contest Holidays

Deadline January 
Unused Stock ContestStock Gallery
Stock Rules
Art Account
Get free CSS like this
Unused Stock Contest
Who wants a contest?
Well, I haven't done a contest in a while, so it's about time :)  This one is going to be about using stock that has previously not been used!  This will give the artists a chance to do something unique with stock that has not been worked with before, and the stockers will get to see a bigger variety of their stock used.
Ms. lindowyn-stock had an unloved stock project/challenge at one time, and ma
(20th) King Kong and I contest
With  11,900 :points:
Welcome to my second contest
3 years ago, I held my first contest Draw Tom Ripley Contest in 2012 with total 39,600 :points:  That event still makes me poor but very pleased until now. =P 
In 2015, I am quite lucky in art. I won lots of points from many contests throughout the year.
Now I'm ready to hold a contest again and share 11,900 :points: to other artists.
This event is called...
Yes, the theme of this contest is about King Kong and a woman.
I believe that almost all of you have seen King Kong movies at least once from 1933, 1976 or 2005 version.
 So, this event is like 10 year anniversary for the last time we saw King Kong.

Recent news articles and features

Here is a collection of photomanip art features from the past two weeks as well as contest winner announcements. Again, if you would like your feature to be included in one of our future news articles, please let us know. :thumbsup:

Active photomanip groups

You are running a photomanip group or you are a member of an active one that you want us to include in this list? Please let us know! :nod: Note: this list is photomanipulation only!

:iconcrphotomanipulation: :iconwe-heart-photomanip: :iconphotomanip-only: :iconphotomanip-contests: :iconmaniptuts: :iconobscuremanips: :iconphotomanipulationart: :iconcastle-of-manips: :iconunique-manipulators: :iconmanip4fun: :iconphotomanipulation101: :iconmanipulationhelpdesk: :iconintermediate-manips: :iconfantasy-manips: :iconmanipulation-central: :iconmagicalmanipulations: :iconphoto-manipulnation: :iconmanipulating-dreams: :iconheavenly-manips: :iconphotomanipulate-art: :iconsimplemanipulations: :iconmanipul8theworld: :iconi-love-manipulations: :iconmodel-manuliplations: :iconquality-manips: :iconmarvelousmanips: :iconuniquemanipulation: :iconfotomanipulationz: :iconmaniptreasures: :iconmanipartist: :iconphotomanipulatorsx3: :iconmanip-contest: :iconjust-photomanip: :iconphotomanip--club: :iconmastersmanip: :iconphoto--manipulation: :iconallmanips: :icondimanipulation: :iconimanipulate: :iconinspiredartistry: :iconthe-imaginarium: :icongenevasdreams:

That's all for this time. We are happy to hear your comments and critique regarding this article. And like I said, please let us know if you have interesting news to share!

on behalf of your CRPM News Network team. :D




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Photomanip DD RoundUp October 2015

Sun Nov 1, 2015, 11:32 AM
:iconaeirmid: Features by Aeirmid

Lead me to the cross by kevron2001 Joker by SvetlanaKLimova Memento Mori by J-u-d-a-s Clear by Yewrezz Bird of Prey by Ideasplayer Going out into the wide world by megan7 Eagle's Peak by Rowye the Mystery of the White Lady by Wagner Body memory by cornacchia-art Sunken Soul by eerilyfair Voices by xetobyte Shadows of Death by AndyGarcia666 Halloween 2015 by Nikulina-Helena

:iconerikshoemaker: Features by ErikShoemaker

oh oh. by AlexBroeckel Make a wish by KarimFakhoury La Belle Endormie by AlexandraVBach Outnumbered by dresew Martian fondue by morawless Aegon by Tri5tate

Digital Spotlight Feature #10

Mon Oct 26, 2015, 10:37 AM
Our group:

And our awesome contributors:

Kronos 1 - EVA 1 by MacRebisz Hong Kong Street Patrol by SergeyZabelin 
Shortcut Home by TavenerScholar Fountain by rupuni 
The Swarthy One by Rowye 
Hidden secrets of the forest by Whendell
A bad day. by AlwynT
Alice's Adventures by Black-B-o-x Falling away ... with you by mohn-blume 
Oracle by stellartcorsica Tangled Veiltail by Calmality

Give these some love! :)

I have a heart now

Thu Oct 22, 2015, 12:48 PM by ErikShoemaker:iconerikshoemaker:


Yes, you have seen correctly, I am no longer just darkness inside - I have a heart now! :D

But "jokes" aside, I am your new CV (Community Volunteer) for the photomanipulation and mixed media galleries alongside of Aeirmid. That means, from now on you can send me your DD suggestions for these categories so I can be really nice to people. ;) I have already compiled some guidelines here 
My Photomanip DD guidelinesThe short summary: 
I feature Daily Deviations (DD) only from the galleries of Photomanipulation (Digital Art > Photomanipulation) and Digital Mixed Media (Digital Art > Mixed Media)The deviation must have valid stock credits, and stock must be from legitimate sources (i.e., not Google). 
FAQ #313: What are "Stock and Resources" and can I use them in my submissions?
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?I am always happy to receive suggestions if you consider the above.
How to suggest:
Suggest one deviation per note with the subject "DD suggestion" (or similar)Include a thumbnail of your suggestion Give a short reaso
(parts of it borrowed from awesome Aeirmid).

The very short version is the usual one:

I am excited about the upcoming year after being around for so long "on the other side". It is interesting to see the community from a different perspective now. Of course I hope I will still have time to update my own gallery regularly, but I'll worry about that later. Wish me luck that I don't make a huge mess!

Excited Cactus by funymony




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My Photomanip DD guidelines

Thu Oct 22, 2015, 12:47 PM by ErikShoemaker:iconerikshoemaker:


The short summary: 

  • I feature Daily Deviations (DD) only from the galleries of Photomanipulation (Digital Art > Photomanipulation) and Digital Mixed Media (Digital Art > Mixed Media)
  • The deviation must have valid stock credits, and stock must be from legitimate sources (i.e., not Google). 

How to suggest:

  • Suggest one deviation per note with the subject "DD suggestion" (or similar)
  • Include a thumbnail of your suggestion 
  • Give a short reason for why you think it is worth a DD. Not mandatory, but it will help your case. ;-)
  • Suggesting yourself is fine.

The detailed requirements:

I didn't accept your suggestion? Maybe the following will clear things up:
I won't just feature any deviation unless it meets certain criteria, that is 

  • Creativity 

    This includes several things and is probably my most important criterium. The image needs to be more than just pretty and should distinguish itself from current or ongoing trends in some way or another. I have been lurking in the photomanip galleries for almost 10 years now and I have seen the beautiful girl in a forest/cemetery holding a lamp or a violin a few times too often.

    I want to support thinking outside the box and going out of your comfort zone. Hence, an elaborate concept conveying an interesting message would even make me overlook some technical issues, which leads me to my second criterium...

  • Solid technique

    Any standards that are common in digital paintings in my opinion also apply to photomanipulations, meaning I value natural and realistic lighting, a well balanced composition and engaging color schemes. The different photos should form a coherent picture. All of this of course only applies if the artist didn't intend otherwise by creating an image in a specific style. That means I also value innovative techniques if done well.

  • Proper credits

    I am bound by deviantart's rules to only feature artists who credit all of their resources properly. No direct links are required, but clickable links to the stock providers' pages should exist for all elements that were used in the manipulation. If own resources were used this should be stated in a short comment as well. Besides that you should

      • Follow the stock provider's rules. For example, if the stock provider says not to use her children in horror-themed manipulations, don't do it! 
      • Use legitimate resources. Please make sure those cut-outs and premades come from photographs that the stock provider has taken him/herself or that he/she has permission to use in stock that can be redistributed. Most stock providers (both on pay-for sites and on dA) do NOT allow their stock to be redistributed. For more information

          FAQ #217: What are "Stock and Resources" and can I use them in my submissions?

    I am looking forward to your suggestions! Now go!

    random glomp by MenInASuitcaseWriting emoticon by eburt




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Awesome art from 2007

Sat Oct 10, 2015, 2:06 AM
I got this idea from Dani-Owergoor and started looking through my very first faves, to see what gems I can find there and what I still like by today's standards. Do you usually weed out your old faves? I don't. So I was sort of surprised to see what I liked 8 years ago when I started collecting the first images. While I probably wouldn't fave 95% of the images anymore today, I was quite surprised how well done some of them were. Especially the manipulations were elaborate and creative! Who would still create his own dragon from stocks of bones and flesh? Nobody..., nowadays they come as stocks rendered from poser. And why still bother creating your own backgrounds if you can just use premade stock?! But that's a matter for another rant that I have had on my mind for a long time. But maybe I'm just being one of the nostalgic old guys: "everything was better in the old days". :-P

Let me feature some of them here:

Hall of the Dragon Mist by Suirebit To Our Destiny by gucken
Fire my life by obselete-angel
Goldilocks and the bears by patriciabrennan Smoke and Mirrors by Sick-Osiris
The Carnival is Over by Aegis-Illustration Smoking kills. by Uribaani
sight by sauco-m
TerraNova by max4ever Aurea Mediocritas by taenaron  
Magic Mountain by HansPeterKolb
The Bermuda Triangle by janvanlysebettensMi Morena by N4u2k
Dragon summoned from Hell by Ahyicodae Akrophobia by AdonisWerther
Transformation by Onanymous Resurrection by suicide777bomber Black Flag 6 by kubicki
WAR AND PEACE by SallowSeduction by IreneLangholm

Created at

Digital Spotlight Feature #9

Sat Aug 29, 2015, 5:34 AM
Another feature from 
:icondigitalspotlight: :icondigitalspotlight: :icondigitalspotlight:

Mother Love by gyaban
surfer by LimKis Main character's room by VladMRK
Shadow ranger with cats by RUshN ...... by blaithiel Woodland archer by sekiq
Junipertree Liesetiawan by LieSetiawan Dragon by Der-Reiko
WorldKnit by AdamPaquette Ruvik face - The Evil Within by Linblack Closed Theater (remake) by Sally-Jackson
Herald of the Pantheon by JasonEngle
The Dragon`s Call by Mihaela-V oh oh. by AlexBroeckel
Borneo Space Tether by Julian-Faylona The Underworld by JoshHutchinson

Also, please check out gyaban's gallery. I wish deviantArt had more photo-manipulators like him!

Growing up is made of small things by gyaban Liberte d'Expression by gyaban

Created at

Digital Spotlight Feature #8

Sun Jul 26, 2015, 9:22 AM
Enjoy the collection!

:icondigitalspotlight: :icondigitalspotlight: :icondigitalspotlight: 

Chaperon Rouge by LozanoX The Light Eater by QuinnSimoes Changeling by SunTurnsIntoWater Magitaurus by KimDingwall
Dragon Demon Snake by badillafloyd
not Again... by Eduardo-Pena So close, yet so far away by ReyeD33
The Mouser by YngveMartinussen Desert by Ishutani
King of The Hill by moonworker1
Ariel Found (Pepper's) Headphones by aStripedUnicorn Tt 001 by Tomstrzal
Golden globe - sketch by LozanoX WELCOME TO THE WASTELAND by LivingInfinite 45 by Sueta Journey5 by Nastasja007
Guardians of the Galaxy- The Kiln by atomhawk

Created at

Dune Feature

Sun Jul 12, 2015, 6:17 AM
I started reading the Dune series written by Frank Herbert a couple of months back which got me hooked on creating my own Dune related art.
Just a few days ago I posted my own take on the Dune universe, or at least some small part of it. So far I'm stoked by all the feedback I've received for it already. :-)

Of course before creating my own artwork I looked around dA for other Dune fanart to see what had already been done. I found some really exceptional stuff which I want to feature below. Enjoy the collection!

My own piece: "Shai-Hulud and the God Emperor"
Shai-Hulud and the God Emperor by ErikShoemaker


God Emperor of Dune by DarkBydloArt
Dune - St Alia of the Knife by Gorrem DUNE: Vladimir Harkonnen by a-hour God Emperor of Dune by jubjubjedi Leto II by AGRbrod
Dune - Leto II, the tyrant by AndrewRyanArt
 Princess Irulan, Dune by iayetta83 Dune03 by omg-its-mits Dune redesign: guild navigator stages by SimonDubuc Dune: St. Alia of the Knife by CarlosNCT
Dune: Birth of a God by Gorrem
Dune4 by bradwright Dune01 by omg-its-mits Desert toothed giant by Matchack Children of Dune by minenanoah
Leto Atreides II, God Emperor of Dune by Gorrem Dune redesign: Vladimir Harkonnen by SimonDubuc
Dune redesign: guild navigator ship by SimonDubuc Sandworm by makent Dune Foldspace Heighliner by Euderion 
Environment: DUNE by inetgrafx The Depths by fmacmanus Dune World by Yatzenty 
Dune Fan art by Eduardo-Pena
 Dune1 by bradwright Dune Honored Matre by guchi Dune  ATREIDES Final by angelitoon
Arrakis botanical station by Shadowhaxz0r Synthetic Spice by fmacmanus Arrakis Desert by DariaRidel 
Dune tribute by jamga Arrakis by EvaKedves

Created at
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Arcturus
  • Reading: Chapterhouse
  • Watching: Mr. Robot
  • Playing: Pillars of Eternity

Photomanipulation Week

I would like to welcome Pierre-Alain, as 3mmIa french digital artist and graphic designer based in Nantes, France. He is a long term member of the photo-manipulation community of deviantArt with a fine taste for the dark and the oneiric. For our Project Educate Photomanipulation Week this year he agreed to answer a couple of questions for us. 

It's a great pleasure for me to do this interview with him!

Hello Pierre-Alain, thank you for taking the time for this interview. With nine years of activity you are a long-term member of the photo-manipulation community on deviantart. Did your career start right here nine years ago, or did your journey through digital art begin even earlier?

First, thank you Erik for your questions. To answer you, the first years were for me mainly about practicing, learning, trying, and of course, exploring, discovering. I'm 100% self-educated in art, so I had to learn all by myself, and it took a long time. I think I managed to hit a "correct" level only a few years ago... but I think I still have to learn, it's an endless journey.

L'Explorateur by 3mmI

We all do! Being an expert at combining photos with textures, has photo-manipulation always been your main passion, or did you ever give other art genres a try?

I have always been interested in some various kind of art, mainly music (I'm also a bit musician), but also photography or sculpture, but the need of practicing by myself only came with photo and photomanipulation and, I must say, the advent of new technologies and softwares that, to me, opened the world of creation. As for many people, I guess, I started by taking my own pictures, and tried to manipulate them to make them look better. Finally, I liked this so much and saw so many artistic possibilities that I never stopped. Maybe one day I'll give a try to some other disciplines, I already make a lot of photos even if I don't publish a lot of them. Here too, I still have a lot to learn! I would really like to try sculpture, but it's really another world.

You should share the original photos more often! We also get a better idea how much work and vision goes into your artworks. What is your favorite time-killer besides art? Seeing the huge list of bands in your profile I'd say it's probably music? Did you ever play in a band yourself?

You're totally right. Music is something that takes a huge part in my life. I just can't live without it. It's literally a drug for me. I play guitar since something like 15 years I think, it's also a real passion, even if my level is not phenomenal ahah. I like to improvise or just play the killer riffs I listen to, also to find the perfect sound. About that, -not sure if it will interest anyone ahah, but- I think I learned a lot by listening to Andreas Kisser from Sepultura or Dimebag Darrell from Pantera (RIP). Now my main "guitaristic" references would maybe be Adam Jones from Tool or Mikael Åkerfeldt from Opeth... man, those guys are real gods for me.

Yes, I played in a band a long time ago, but it was much investment and I was not really good at that time, so I mainly continued to play electric guitar as a personal hobby, and that's what I still do. I always have my guitar next to my computer. Very often, when working on a graphic project, I leave my graphic tablet to take my guitar and play a few riffs, just to feel good. I think I would never have started photomanipulation without music, and more precisely, metal music. It's really my most important source of inspiration. Even if I listen to a lot of various kind of music, and even if I cut my hair, from deep within me, I'm a metalhead before all ahah. Since my debut in photomanipulation, my wish has always been to make images in connection with the metal world, to illustrate the music I like. So, now, I feel honored each time a band asks for my art to illustrate their music, really.

Eternal Return by 3mmI
"Eternal Return"

I totally understand. It's a great feeling to hold a CD in your hands with your very own cover, even more so if you love the band's music. Back to your artworks, your work with grayscale is amazing. I am thinking of „Attrition“, „Taste of Insanity“ or your latest submission „Protection“. I am sure the readers are dying to hear any tips on how to make black and white so appealing. Can you share a secret with us?

Thank you for liking those pieces, Erik. A secret? Well, not sure to have one, it's more about perseverance and work, I guess. About "Protection", this is an artwork I started long time ago, the idea was about to make a portrait with some natural elements, but I didn't manage to finish it so I did what I always do in that case: I left it in a folder, to come back to it again later, with maybe more ideas, with a fresh eye. So I just reopened it recently, and this time, with new ideas. The only thing I could say, would maybe be that, when you work in black and white, you have to pay very special attention to all the lights. Light is always important of course, but in B&W, it is even more important, you have to focus on it all the time. A second "secret", if I can call this like that, would be the patience. Yes, patience. Inspiration is not a 100% full time skill, so sometimes the best thing to do when you're working on a image and when you feel blocked or slowed, well, just stop, work on something else, do something else, go outside, and you'll come to it later with a fresh eye and new ideas. It can be a day or several weeks. I almost always worked in that way. Art has not to be rushed, and patience is a valuable asset in all circumstances. So you see, no real secrets, just perseverance, I suppose.

Protection by 3mmI

Thanks for sharing your work philosophy with us. Most of your work is dark and eerie, thematically and stylistically. What inspires you to such themes? Do you draw inspiration also from other artists? If yes, can you name any?

As I said previously, music is my main inspiration. Good music inspires countless different worlds, universes, stories, feelings, places... But of course, I was also influenced by many amazing artists around the world. Some of my favorites would maybe be Travis Smith, Alex Grey, Seth Siro Anton, Dennis Sibeijn (damnengine), Marcela Bolivar (MarcelaBolivar), Pierre Doucin (, Daniel Valencia (Fenomeno), and so many more... In terms of music, Opeth and Tool are probably the musics that inspire me the most. Talking about Tool, I'm still waiting for their next release... almost 10 years we're waiting for it, this is a torture, ahah.

Haha, some bands do take their time. Will we ever get to hear Wintersun's "Time II"? Anyways, we can find a plethora of awesome CD cover artworks in your gallery for various bands. We know now that you're a selftaught artist, so how long have you been doing commissioned work?

Thank you. As I said, I'm a 100% self-educated artist, and nothing was easy. My background isn't artistic at all, I spent some years in the french Air Forces, I was also a network and a computer specialist. But a period of my life came and suggested me to make a radical change in the way I wanted to spend my life. So, it took a long time of work and perseverance before being able to work on some commissioned projects. I had to learn and practice a lot before going further than just "cool little manip" as a personal hobby. In the beginning, I didn't think that I would be able, one day, to see some of my personal images as CD covers, but well, after all that time, it looks that my perseverance has resulted to something, and I'm now very proud each time I can work for the metal music industry.

SOLIUM FATALIS // The Undying Season by 3mmI
"Grades of Inhumanity" for Solium Fatalis

What is it like for you to work with clients? Do you have a funny or unnerving story to share? I am thinking of extravagant or simply weird requests for example.

Well, each client is very different, it's each time a new story. Excepted for confirmed band, most of them are not always aware about what is working on a graphical project. So of course sometimes I have to explain what is possible and what is not possible. Personally, I really need a great part of freedom in my art, so, even if the client has a very precise idea of what he wants, I sometimes have to explain that I'm not a machine, and if I don't have that very important part of liberty in my choices, the work won't be as good as it could be. So, working with me is, I think, a simple exchange of views and confidence. Of course, I sometimes get strange requests but when it's too weird, I prefere to say "sorry man, I don't feel it, I can't do this". It's really important for me to feel the ideas/concepts, I don't want to make something I don't agree with. But, I must say, except few ones who can sometimes consider you as a machine, most of my clients are very cool and easy to work with. Some of them became great friends.

Do you do other client work besides CD covers? Would you say it is possible to make a living from cover art alone? I have heard before it can be pretty difficult.

I don't think you can live by only making CD covers, you have to do more. Personally, I don't only make CD covers, but also all the CD graphic parts of an album and often, all the merchandising part of a band's project. Tshirts, logos, banners, website elements, etc... Sometimes I work for some different kinds of projects such as event poster, brochures or more "corporate" stuffs for littles structures or individuals. I think that's what you have to do if you want to live with your "art". Actually, I like to work on any kind of project, to have challenges and opportunity to adapt myself to a total new context. But let's be clear, living as a graphic designer or illustrator is not easy at all. Often, people don't realize the time and efforts it takes to make a good image. Some of them think that making an image is just a funny hobby, well, it's not just this, it's also a real work that needs many sacrifices when you invest yourself totally in it (and that's my case), and so, that needs to be rewarded and properly paid. Graphic designers have a life, family and bills, just like everyone. I am often really hallucinated and disappointed when I see that some artists completely devalue their work, or to see that some clients have sometimes really disrespectful budget. Seriously, sometimes, you have some people that offer you 50$ for an image on which you have spent 3 weeks or more! This is not correct and it's sad that sometimes, we have to explain all of this. I'm sure you will understand what I mean. Graphic design is a passion, but also a real work that need, as I said, many sacrifices, years of expertise and experience. Graphic designers are passionated people, that's not a reason to exploit them. Unfortunately, nowadays, various companies, voluntarily or not, exploit tons of young graphic designers... I think about some magazines, but not only...

Origins by 3mmI

I totally agree! I guess a lot of selftaught artists who are working with clients for the first time are often inexperienced and don't know what their art is worth. Thank you for sharing your views on that matter, I think it is great advice for everyone. Now, these last two questions I have are probably the most difficult to answer. If you could pick one single artwork that presents your gallery, which one would it be and why?

Ah... not easy indeed. I think my art have several facets so, it's hard to pick just one ! Maybe "Attrition" would be something representative. It's dark, a bit creepy, with a lot of weird details. What do you think?

Attrition by 3mmI

Good choice I would say! Like I said, I'm a big fan of your work with grayscale. Now you can highlight one other deviant- who do you choose and why?

Well, there are a lot of deviants I could talk about. But again, I think I would choose the art of MarcelaBolivar. Discovering her art was really a slap for me, in a good way. Something very unique and enchanting. Someone that pushes the technical boundaries further without neglecting feeling and emotions. She's an example and deserves a lot of respect. For good, one of my all time favorite artist.

Sulfur III by MarcelaBolivar
"Sulfur III" by MarcelaBolivar

I agree, she is an exceptional artist and has inspired me for a long time! Thanks a lot for this great interview. Best of luck with your further art career and your sculptures. I hope we'll hear a lot more from you in the future!:icon3mmi:

Thanks for your time and your questions.

I haven't talked about Slashthree in a while. What is that actually? Slashthree started out as one of the many so-called 'art collectives', a team of artists who create artworks for themed exhibitions, to gain insightful feedback from each other, for extra exposure or simply just for fun. Over the years, however, this group has become more than that. Slashthree has presented at the annual design meeting OFFF, published two artbooks and has been awarded with several features. Meanwhile the 'exhibitions' turned into 'projects' and have become more serious efforts.
I joined the group in 2008 and it helped me grow a lot as an artist since then.
Last weekend Slashthree published another of these exhibitions, called "Discovery", focusing on the artists' self-awareness. Besides that they also come with a brandnew website. But I personally recommend you to watch the video interview with Isaac Burton, who is our featured artist this time.
If this appeals to you and you think you can make a worthy contribution to the group I invite you to try your luck and apply to become a member of the collective.

A few features from our members and 'Discovery':

J. Cole // Kendrick Lamar by VoltureBeauty by visio-art
Blessed Are The Peacemakers by BadbrushArtanew by jk3y
Internal Chaos by DesignSpartan

And now to the latest features from

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A group for promoting great works of digital art that deserve more attention than they are currently getting.

Target Acquired by Tafkah
Collier by Drake1024
My house by lepyoshka
Forest by yonaz
The King's Windjammer by JoshDykgraaf

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Digital Spotlight Features #7

Sat Apr 11, 2015, 9:08 AM
I hope you enjoy the selection! :-)

Check out our group if you like them:
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Solemn Fortress by Lapec
Nurn Day by spherco Concept art_8 by ivany86 
The departure of innocence by deignis Shogun Rising - Tokyo zombie swarm by AaronMiller
Abra by Akiman COVER3-s by xiongrong 
Forest by yonaz Temple Of Utu - Unreal Engine 4 Environment by thiagoklafke 
thanatos by apterus
Futuristic Capital by FranklinChan Engine RoomF1c by icedestroyer
Split Head by Dathedix Vulcanus Plains by DarioCoelho 
Ocean Tree by Kiarya Dark Angel and Harpies by NateHallinanArt
Project GODRICs Hand by ClaudioPilia
Druid Evolution by blazi76 Chronvs by VictorAdameArt Power Suit by hikaruga
Toxic Caress Arachne by Andantonius Theodosia.4. by smokepaint

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Tagged + Digital Spotlight Feature #6

Thu Mar 19, 2015, 2:04 PM
Every few months or so these "games" come up again. This time I was tagged by AbbeyMarie and I figured why not?

The Rules

1) You must post these rules 
2) Share 10 facts about yourself 
3) Answer the 10 questions asked by the person who tagged you and make up 10 questions for people you tag 
4) Choose 10 people and put 10 icons in your journal
5) Not something like, "You are tagged if you read that". 
6) You have to legitimately tag 10 people. 
7) No tag-backs. 
8) You can't say that you don't do tags. 
9) You MUST make a journal entry! No comments. 

My 10 facts

1. Although I do math 8+ hours a day for a living, I actually enjoy writing and learning languages a lot. 

2. If you find any cool show that is currently running on TV I probably watch it already.

3. I am a sucker for everything scifi related (surprise!), most of all movies.

4. Most people I know say about me that I am often bored and annoyed, and they believe I hate everything. I tend to disagree, but new people keep coming who tell it to me again. 

5. I enjoy speaking and writing in English instead of my mothertongue (German) because it makes me believe I do something useful for my brain.

6. I think about work all the time, even when I'm not at work. I often work when I'm not in the office because I usually feel like I'm wasting my time otherwise. It's sick! But I'm getting better slowly since I got my master's degree. (Watching TV shows doesn't count if they are in English because then I do something useful for my brain again- weird logic I know. :D)

7. My friends make fun of me because my apartment is always clean and my furniture fits together too well. :XD:

8. Many of my friends don't even know about my main hobby - art. :) I don't know why I keep it to myself actually, but every once in a while someone approaches me who for some reason googled my name and found out about it. That's usually a bit weird for me. :D

9. While I'm not very patriotic at all, I love German bread above everything else. And I even had some fights over that with my French and Dutch friends. :D

10. Although I am afraid of heights, I LOVE to go on top of tall things such as skyscrapers, towers, churches, mountains, platforms, airplanes... - you name it - to indulge in the amazing views. I can easily spend 2 hours on a plane or more constantly taking pictures of the clouds. 

Abbey's questions

1. Have you ever eaten cereal  out of a cup? 
Nope, I rarely eat it at all

2. Are you a wine drinker?
Oh yes! Sometimes I have to restrain myself. :blush:

3. Do you have a cause or view point that you are passionate about? 
Passionate? I don't know.. Certain discussions and viewpoints in politics can agitate me, and I have had long arguments about them. But I wouldn't really call that passionate.

4. Do you have a DA crush?
Gentlemen don't tell!

5. If you found a $500 bill would you try and find its owner? 
If I know who lost it I would return it personally. I'm not sure I would trust the system enough to give the bill to someone else to return it when the owner is currently unknown. Luckily I'm not in the situation. :-P

6. Mac or PC?

7. Are you a pretty pretty princess? 
A friend of mine calls me the "Metal housewife". Does that count?

8. Are you a gud speller? 
I fink sow.

9. Are you good at coming up with questions for people?  
Very much (see below). Are you?

10. Do you believe zodiac signs hold any real significance when it comes to personality traits?
I am Sagittarius and probably not very good at shooting other people, so I guess no. :-P

My questions

1. Are you annoyed by these tagging games? 
2. Have you ever been trolling on the internet?
3. Do you have your dreamjob? 
4. In retrospective, is there any major decision you made in the past that you would like to undo?
5. Did you ever make money with your art? If yes, what was your first paid commission?
6. Are you a photoshop slave for your friends?
7. Have you ever done anything *questionable* for money that you regret now?
I'm so good with questions right now. 8. Your favorite kind of cheese?
9. Do you think yoghurt is for girls?
10. Your favorite childhood show?

And I tag . . .

:icondylanpierpont: :iconpriteeboy: :iconscorpidilion: :iconblph: :iconwesley-souza: :iconshue13: :iconelreviae: :iconpipper-svk: :icondesignspartan: :iconkarimfakhoury:
Sorry if you guys were tagged before, I don't really care... :-P

And now to end this journal with something nice, here's the another feature from DigitalSpotlight 
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Internal Flight by synthesys
Dark Angel and Harpies by NateHallinanArt
 Burning the sorrow by LeeKent
Crime Site by artificialdesign
Giant Hunter's Handbook cover by JasonEngle Motorcity Intro Pan by hungerartist 
Laie-Ascendant by AZLL Smokeangel by PeppeTi
Jurassic by FlorentLlamas Spring is Coming by ViridRain
Raven by CassiopeiaArt Imperial Scout by black-rose-chain 
Backwater Snitch by vaporization

Enjoy the features!

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Digital Spotlight Feature #5

Mon Mar 2, 2015, 1:35 AM
Here is the next round of features from our group DigitalSpotlight.

I hope you enjoy the selection! :-)

The Storm Queen by cobaltplasma the hell dude by apterus Tree Fish by Tigermint
The Sacrafice by TentaclesandTeeth
Jaianto by carlesmarsal Wilderness - Movement In the Forest by FreeMind93
Untitled by falk2021 

Mature Content

Cautiverio by parckless

Acrylic by Ecstatic-ectsy Game of Thrones Tournament (Spain) Balerion(cat) by JordiGart 
Cosima by inagiViTy Mr Goose by Svezhaya The Thing by ourlak

See you next time!

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What I have been up to + Teaser

Fri Feb 27, 2015, 2:04 AM
You might have noticed that I haven't uploaded any new art in a while. That doesn't mean I have been idle in the past months. In fact I started working on a series where I explored a different style and (for me) new photomanipulation techniques. After I posted my Improvement-meme last december I had the feeling that a change was needed and I had been doing the same things over and over again. So 2015 I want to make the year of the all-new.

The series is now almost complete and consists of five images I have been working on since January. It depicts the gradual posession and destruction of a soul by a demon, where each picture shows a different stage. The series is somewhat inspired by Dragon Age: Inquisition and the book Children of Dune by Frank Herbert.

I also have a teaser for you! I'm really happy with how some of the images turned out:

Teaser by ErikShoemaker

If everything goes as planned I can upload them during March. :)

On another note, in case you are interested about the Serpent's Tongue issue. I'm currently in contact with the founder and it is all going to work out. Thank you for your support btw!

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I think this is an issue worth posting here because it has come to my attention that the serpent's tongue card game uses like half of my gallery without my permission. They even show my images on their cards around on this YouTube video (28:42).

It's ridiculous.

I recommend you to check out their playing cards to find any unauthorized uses:

They have an endless amount of cards and I only went through the first couple of pages, but found plenty of my stuff already.……………

They do credit me sometimes with "Erik Shoemaker" (which is not even my real name :|), another card made by me was apparently not made by me, but by "SoG3", whoever that is. (I should probably pursue this further)

I should sue these people just for wasting my time like this. :rage:

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Digital Spotlight Feature #3

Sun Feb 8, 2015, 11:49 AM
Welcome to another round of features from DigitalSpotlight !

This week I would like to present you three of our outstanding members:

...385... by MozolewskiMichal
...367... by MozolewskiMichal ...387... by MozolewskiMichal ...388... by MozolewskiMichal

Why I think you should visit his gallery:
This deviant has a very distinctive and recognizable style that is mysteriously dark and aesthetic at the same time. His eye-catching compositions are completely overlooked, as it happens so often with works in the mixed media galleries.

The First Law Sons of Euz by Darey-Dawn
Best Served Cold by Darey-Dawn Meow Queen by Darey-Dawn The First Law trilogy by Darey-Dawn 

Why I think you should visit her gallery:
I was recently told that topnotch digital paintings with less than 1000 faves can be considered "undiscovered". Well, the insane works of this amazing deviant often times have less than a hundred! Now what more reasons do you need to go ahead and check out this epic gallery?

contemplation by irbis
perdition by irbis vision of the bygone days by irbis 

Mature Content

Memories by irbis

Why I think you should visit his gallery:
This mixed media artist's gallery is more on the 3D side, nontheless it is full of intruiging, completely undiscovered diamonds. You'll notice that he combines 3D and painting quite masterfully, bringing his images to life. A very dark and inspiring gallery!

I hope you enjoyed this feature! If you are interested become a member of our group:

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Until next week! :wave:

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Digital Spotlight Feature #2

Mon Feb 2, 2015, 5:05 AM
Enjoy these features from our group DigitalSpotlight ! :-)

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La reine de la folie by PierreDroal L'Explorateur by 3mmI Foxblade by nevs28 Canal4 by 25kartinok
Forest encounters by dresew Assassin's Creed Unity by michelefrigo The Phantom of the Opera by dante-cg boatcity by ptitvinc
Starcraft Redesign by wawa3761 The Rebellion by HaleyDesigns
Back home by Magic-Fox The River's Heart by Nigreda

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More exposure: Digital Spotlight

Thu Jan 22, 2015, 11:19 AM
Hey guys!

I would like to advertise a new group I am involved in: DigitalSpotlight 

The main goal of this group is to give underexposed high-quality art from the Photomanipulation and Digital Art categories more attention.

We will make sure not to be flooding your inbox with tons of new images everyday. Members are submitting their art to our favorites folder, from which the founders pick images to be featured in the group as well as on their personal pages. Yes, all the founders will also once a week feature a selection of images from the group in their journals/polls/etc.

Aside from quality we have a very strict requirement for all submissions: The number of favs on the deviation may not exceed 150 favs for photomanipulations and 500 favs for digital art. The idea really is to feature only underexposed art. You should not have to be popular for your art to be seen. :)

I hope you are interested now and I invite you to join our group. We are still in the warm-up phase but you can already become a member. There's really something for everyone, underexposed masters can get features, masters who are already popular will find only quality art in their inbox, and other aspiring artists will hopefully find inspiration as well. 

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Mon Dec 15, 2014, 11:45 AM
Thank you all again for your kind birthday wishes. I was really happy to receive so many nice comments! :-)))

I had a nice evening with my family and on the next day a big party with my friends at my apartment. My friends are the best! :D 

Some quick features:

Viking Village by Drake1024 WinterLandscape4 by Shamanik7
Heritage by iancjw Dark Planet Saga - Eclipse Valley by MLeth
The Capital by DisposableD Ultima Thule by EyeSeeBlack

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