Hi everyone, I just wanted to let everyone know that I am still around, and contactable via the contact form or comments form. Today I’ve updated my affiliates page, removing dead links and updating some URLs to brand new sites for instance head over to Para Bellum and check out Lyri’s new location.
Thanks to the AFA awards I’ve started doing some art work again and even started rebuilding lucid fanart I’ve got some cool looking designs, I’ve just got to piece it together, it may take a while as I’m making it responsive, and combining the two programs I use to run Lucid Fanart into one. So hopefully soon I’ll be able to show you a brand new site. But for now how about some brand new artwork.
Yikes its been a while! I have been around and slowly updating my site, as you can see I have some new wallpapers on my latest additions section, and I have some wonderful new affiliates you totally need to checkout! I’ve been pretty busy at work lately and coming home to the pc hasn’t been very appealing but I wanna get back into it again. Thinking about redoing the layout? I’ve been learning a lot about wordpress at work and kinda wanna put it into a new theme here but I do like the current one. I have nothing in mind for the design but a few things in mind for the coding… So question do you guys wanna see a new layout? if so comment below 😉
I also want to thank Destiny, FioNat and Sasha for the beautiful Halloween Gifts… yet another thing I slipped up on 🙁 I will be doing a Christmas gift for everyone though so I can make up for it with that 🙂 I am taking some time off soon and I think I’m gonna use the time to work on some things.
I mentioned above I have some wicked new affiliates check them out.
Holy crap! so many awards!!. If you didn’t know the AFA 2011 ceremony happened a few weeks ago and can I say it was so much fun! I got to talk to people I’ve admired for a long time in the fanart world (all be it online it wasn’t a physical thing) and I also got a lot of fantastic awards! I said something during the ceremony that I think sums up how amazing the awards have been.
its difficult sometimes especially in my job doing art work for really boring things like… wire products (yes I said wire) among other really boring things (I’m sure most of you are in a similar boat), and then come back and work on other art work even if it is enjoyable it can still become a chore doing it all day and evenings, but I have to say the AFA awards have given me such a boost in confidence and drive! and Ehlwyen I’m so glad I got back into Buffy Forums its been such a help for my inspiration and education, I have to say I rely a lot on you guys for inspiration especially with the forum challenges and giving me a reason to keep going with the art work if it wasn’t for Buffy Forums and the community here I probably would have packed it in years ago!!!!
and I’m totally with you Amber there were a few artists I didn’t know about before the AFA such as Xinyi, Sophie, Clement, and JJ to name a few but I’ve saved all their art work and got it on my wallpaper rotator I’m so glad I joined in the AFA this year its been really uplifting and I hope everyone feels the same way. so thank you SayJay for brining us all together and enhancing the already fantastic Buffy Forums Art Community!
Demetreas (aka me)
Not only have I won lets count…:16!!! awards!! I got an email today from SayJay at Radiance a website I’ve stalked for god knows how long and I’ve been.. lol I say I’ve been my site has been awarded site of the month! I just hope everyone knows how much I appreciate the consideration for these awards! and I don’t want it to go to my head but its been a great couple of weeks for me in the art world I just have to keep it up!
check out all my amazing awards I received from AFA 2011:
10th Best overall artist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2nd place Vampire group
3rd place Sup/Fan character
4th place Techniques: Text
7th place Sup/Fan episodic
7th place Techniques: Stocks
8th place Celeb: Male
10th place Sci-Fi episodic
10th place Vampire character
10th place Emotions: Drama
14th place Techniques: Colour
RU place Vampire episodic
RU place Emotions: Love
RU place Techniques: Manip
I also wanted to give a little update on what I’ve been working on I noticed I’ve not been doing that lately I’ve just been doing site of the month which is on hold this month as I wanna do more artwork.
I have a brand new site of the month, I know I missed last month, sorry but I have had a lot on at work, I’ve just set live a HUGE site that I’ve been working my ass off to get live and I’ve not had much time for other thing, not to mention lacking in inspiration as its all been sucked out in the office.
I hope to be making some more artwork soon I keep looking at the Buffy Forums Challenges and they all look great I’ve started walls several times but I keep running out of steam 🙁 but I wanted to keep up to date so here is my SOTM for June
I missed last month, been really busy with work, and what with getting the new layout live been super busy. but gave me a chance to get a head start this month 😉 I have awarded Shadow of the Day as Lucid Fanart’s site of the month.
Reason: I’m totally loving Shadow of the Day at the moment, not only does Marilyne have an amazing site, the layout she has to her site always has consistency which I find important with a site, the navigation is really easy to follow, and the designs are always really delicate and well thought out. She has a real flare for Merlin art work… [Read More]
I’ve also been awarded site of the month at two sites last month and this month, I am so proud get get these awards. Last month Christine from Surrender Your Soul awarded me site of the month check out my cute twilight style award. And this month the wonderful Brittany has awarded Lucid Fanart as site of the month and look at my awesome Being Human USA award.
It has been a fantastic month for me not only did I get the two awesome site of the month awards, but I got some art awards over at Buffy Forums. I got Honourable Mention over at the Angelogy challenge for my Legend of the Seeker wallpaper Angel of Death. I have also got 1st Place W00T! for my Angel Poster.
As you can see my last post was a tutorial, I was actually quite surprised when I saw my poll that a lot of you wanted to see more tutorials. I personally think I suck at making tutorials but I’ll try my best. I’m gonna work my way through the Adjustment Layers for Photoshop tutorials, and maybe add in a few wallpaper tutorials when I make new wallpapers I find it difficult to go back and redo wallpapers becuase a lot of the time I just do trial and error its the only advice I give people really play with photoshop and you can’t go wrong.
Not sure what kind of HTML and CSS or PHP tutorials I can give you but if you guys have any ideas or if there is anything you’ve seen on my site you would like to try for yourself just make a note of it in my comments and I’ll make a tutorial on it.
As promised Lucid Fanart is now up and running, it took me some time I know but I finally got there, I had a big kick up the backside when my last host decided they didn’t care about keeping my site up and running so along with the new layout, which is the most obvious change, and the new name I am also on a New Server! Fingers Crossed no more down time, and in the two weeks I’ve had this domain I’ve had 0 down time… *touch wood* I’ve not just jinxed it.
So what’s new??
Well firstly a brand new design, and I wonder if you guys have noticed the background(s) lol I’m really happy with that I tried to get it to work on my old sever however it didn’t want to work? but it does now so hopefully no one will get bored with this design as it changes so often and I can add new ones at any time.
I’ve kept most of everything the same as it worked really well last time, easy to navigate and for people to contact me.
As I have changed my domain name I’ve got brand new link back buttons and I have to say I much prefer them from the last set I had… although I’ve recreated some of my favourite ones, I plan to add to these too in the upcoming months.
If you take a look at my gallery I’ve modified the design of this greatly, before I tried to keep it looking as close to the blog design as possible but as a gallery I felt it needed more space so I’ve ditched the sidebar and given the gallery full width of the site. I still have a few things I need to do to the gallery like fill in all the information which is going to be a BIG job, I wanted to get it done before I set the site live but a few things came up and my time was shortened but I can do it over time. I have taken off the comments system on the gallery as I was getting an awful lot of spam going through there but I have left on the rating system so you can add whether you like it or not there but I will still be updating this blog where people can comment on new artwork.
I hope you all like the new site, and I hope to get new art work on there asap.