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Has anyone else here noticed how superior the DeviantArt journal entries are over individual deviations? In a standard deviation DeviantArt restricts you to only one image at a time with a simple text description and perhaps a link or two. The resulting page is very lacklustre and only shows one perspective, a single image in a fairly empty space. You may think that the image may need more context and more media to illustrate the concept but at the moment it can't be done in a typical DeviantArt submission.

There are other places that do it better that allow a collection of related images and media in order to create a 'project' that shows your main image in a more complete light. For example, Behance.net allows precisely this, see this description of the steampunk orrery widget to see a 'project' that displays the imagery, embedded video media in a very beneficial light: www.behance.net/gallery/187989…

It is quite pretty and well done. Behance.net is superior to deviantArt in this respect in that you can show a lot more off in one single page than you can in a single DA deviation. However, this is not the case with DeviantArt's journal entries. DA's Journal entries allow mixed media, embedding, multiple images and text formatting as I will demonstrate in this post. Since DA made journal entries into HTML driven Deviations themselves that can be submitted to groups they have actually created very powerful multi-image 'project' style deviations. The end result is that journal entries are actually superior to standard deviations.

The only limitation is that DA don't provide all the tools to populate and create the journal entry using anything other than text. You may have to create the page elsewhere using HTML editor tools such as Frontpage or Bluegriffon, or you can simply cut/paste from another site such as behance.

My suggestion is to use the journal entries as enhanced multi-image deviation pages. Example of multiple embedded images is shown below - I haven't prettied it up but simply copy/pasted some images from another site, you can see my recent journal entry on the thunderchild to view a more structured layout including embedded video.

The only issue with doing this as far as I can see is that the group owners that receive journal submissions may not know what they are actually receiving. They will think they are receiving a text journal when in actual fact they are being asked to accept a 'project' page. It'll take a while to educate everyone to the power of journal entries but I suggest we all start creating 'project' pages for all our deviantart images and submit them to all the groups we are members of. Expect some 'declines' initially until others realise the power of the new deviation types we are creating.




















Chaps/Ladies, I don't think I ever managed to post this version here before, a reinterpretation of HG Wells/Jeff Wayne's thunderchild. A video showing The Thunderchild prior to battle. Just a render of a scene with some animation tools used to make the scene come to life. No real animation yet of the Tripods nor the ship but some nicely performed music added to give the scene some depth and emotional appeal.

You can see the video here on my blog:

lightquick.co.uk/the-thunderch…

An image will do as a taster:



The video was a germ of an idea, a low res short period-shot movie based on 2D and 3D models.
Please comment here and do please be kind. Positive feedback is always appreciated, negative feedback stifles creativity, at least it does in me.

Small embedded version here, looks better in the larger format on my blog, note the low quality period-film effect is deliberate, there are a few errors, smoke visibility and the prow of the steam packet but please ignore these:

 

 Note: Frank, Yereverluvinunclebert, ORLOK & Faintly Macabre are alter-egos.

We were originally thinking about a kickstarter to get it off the ground. A very short film sequence, a couple of minutes long, Pathe-news style, sound effects, moody music, somewhat similar to the more moody bits in this Jeff Wayne reinterpretation. What do you think?

Whether or not it will develop is all down to time (and money) It is quite difficult to make progress on a project unofficially unless it is all done by one man and that simply takes a lot of time. If it was real project with defined goals, cash to spend &c it could be done relatively much quicker.

The idea was that it would start on a sailor's desktop with orders requiring his immediate return to ship for sailing, the scene would then zoom into the photo on the desktop and then it would come alive and open to the scene of the Thunderchild in action against the Martians.



The date was to be 1921-25, the time of the second Martian invasion where they come equipped with the same technology (realising the overwhelming superiority of their machinery) but fitted with bacteriological filters allowing them to survive in Earth's germ-laden atmosphere. This time they come in fewer numbers having almost exhausted their resources in the first invasion and of course, this time the human defences are better-prepared. In this timeline we get to see Thunderchild II in action. Anyhow, that was the vague idea.

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My alter ego is yereverluvinunclebert. You'll find me around the web. Where you find steampunk design I won't be far away.

I focus on Steampunk Design, why do I do it?

Well, I can't bear the look and feel of current desktop computing being so locked into a 1980s 'modern' paradigm. Current GUIs deriving mostly from Microsoft's efforts have a basis in the GUIs from the late 80s and early 90s and despite the regular changes they still haven't moved on much. You run XP, Vista, Win 7 or 8? Well, that means under the skin you are still running NT5 or 6, all basically the same o/s. The only real differentiator is the GUI that MS foists upon you. A GUI is a GUI and not the operating system, you should be able to decide which you want to run. A GUI ought to be independent of the o/s or at the very least the o/s should be very easy to theme. This just isn't the case with any Microsoft operating system as the current look is the only thing that really sets it apart.

So, I set out to create a series of widgets and icons for an o/s interface that meets the aims and needs of a small but thoroughly dedicated group of chaps and ladies known as steampunkers.

I have set out my steampunk design skills in this way to demonstrate what I can do.

Whether or not you are a steampunker yourself, with these widgets and icons you can thoroughly steampunk your desktop. If you have a requirement for steampunk or similar retro design then you can contact me for my services.

This is my site where the widgets be...
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:iconpitkon:
pitkon Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014   Interface Designer
Thanks for the watch, I am already watching you :)
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:iconyereverluvinuncleber:
I was surprised I wasn't watching you already, an oversight on my part- apologies, I am always so busy.
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pitkon Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014   Interface Designer
No problem, my friend. We all have so many things on our minds. BTW, is the explorer hat you're wearing real? :D
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:iconyereverluvinuncleber:
I have three, one is genuine and from British Army Issue (Helmet, tropical, liner without, painful, head, for the use of) and the other two are modern reproductions made in India to the same specification and using the same materials. Really good for the summer, keep the top of the head very cool.
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Kjeld10 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Student
Hi!

Thanks for the fave. I love your steampunk work!
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
Thankyou. I liked the idea of your balloon. Have a look at something similar in this Terry Gilliam video 75% of the way through: www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMuirC…
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Kjeld10 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Student
This is impressive! Wonderful animations. And the balloons are so epic.
Thank you for showing me this. It's such a great style. :)
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
Crazy but fun.
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jimking Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fav!
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:iconyereverluvinuncleber:
Most deserved.
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