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Forewordby techgnotic


If the severely acne-scarred face and coarse exterior brought on by his alcoholic and depressed life was the book cover of his being, then Charles was the ultimate book that could not be judged by its cover.

The exquisite collection that was this everyman artist’s art consisted of thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories and six novels—mostly all wrenchingly autobiographical, mostly all about moments of epiphany and grace in an otherwise miserable and unhappy existence. The perfect explication of the common man's deepest truth; it's not easy to be here.

Unvarnished and brutal blunt force trauma underlined with hope, beauty, longing, and love.

Therein lies the power of his poetry and his prose that strikes to the very soul of the reader that allows his legendary cruelties toward the people in his life and his many general misdeeds to be mostly forgiven—a price worth paying in light of the beauty of his words in those moments when his artistry transcended the ugliness beaten into his heart by an abusive father. A small but loyal fan base has grown up around his poetry and novels. A bourbon-soaked slice of his life was portrayed by Mickey Rourke in “Barfly.” But his works remain just beneath the popular radar, a treasure chest of sparkling gems that remain to this day hard to sell, victims of the stained brown bag packaging they were first delivered in.

About Artists on Writers


Writers will always find inspiration in the visions of artists, always feeling compelled to tell the stories behind the moments captured in artists’ unforgettable images,

Just as,

Artists will always find inspiration in the words of writers, always feeling compelled to lend visual reality and habitat to the characters described in the scribe’s haunting words.

A Quote From Charles Bukowski


“Find what you love and let it kill you.”
— Charles Bukowski

Quotes from BUKOWSKI


“You have to die a few times before you can really live.”

“Bad taste creates many more millionaires than good taste.”

“Poetry is what happens when nothing else can.”


by Charles Bukowski

There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I'm not going to let anybody see you.

There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale cigarette smoke
and the whores and the bartenders and the grocery clerks
never know that he's in there.

There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say, stay down, do you want to mess me up?
You want to screw up the works?
You want to blow my book sales in Europe?

There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out
but I'm too clever,
I only let him out at night sometimes when everybody's asleep.
I say, I know that you're there,
so don't be sad.

Then I put him back,
but he's singing a little in there,
I haven't quite let him die
and we sleep together like that with our secret pact
and it's nice enough to make a man weep,
but I don't weep, do you?

Oh Yes

by Charles Bukowski

There are worse things than being alone,
but it often takes decades to realize this
and most often when you do
it's too late
and there's nothing worse
than too late.

Alone With Everybody

by Charles Bukowski

The flesh covers the bone
and they put a mind in there
and sometimes a soul,
and the women break
vases against the walls
and the men drink too much
and nobody finds the one

But keep looking
crawling in and out of beds.

Flesh covers the bone and the
flesh searches for more than flesh.

There's no chance at all:
we are all trapped by a singular fate.

Nody ever finds the one.

The city dumps fill
the junkyards fill
the madhouses fill
the hospitals fill
the graveyards fill

Nothing else fills.

What Bothers Them Most

excerpt by Charles Bukowski

They simply never understand,
do they,
that sometimes solitude is
one of the most beautiful things
on earth?

Quotes from BUKOWSKI


“Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.”

“You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.”

“An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.”

Questions For the Reader


  1. Does an artist’s life story necessarily serve as an element of his or her art?  Can you even try to separate the work from the life of the artist?
  2. Does “real” artistic commitment require excesses and the testing of boundaries in the real-time of your own life experience?
  3. In your experience has your art been affected by the way you conduct your life?
  4. Can the actions of an artist be so negative as to dismiss all of the artist’s work?  For example, Ezra Pound a poet who embraced fascism or Leni Riefenstahl who made infamous and some say brilliant propaganda films for the Nazis.

Research & Curation


In our continuous effort to improve the deviantART experience, we're publishing weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.

What's New

Multi-Submit and Scheduled Submit (Premium Member Features)

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Multi-Submit and Scheduled Submit, two often-requested features that will make submitting to deviantART even easier, have been launched to Premium Members!

Multi-Submit is a tabbed interface built into the Submit page which allows you to upload and submit multiple deviations at once, and Scheduled Submit lets you set a future time and date for uploaded files to be publicly posted to deviantART. 

For deviants with a busy schedule, or who like to upload and submit multiple deviations at once, this gives you the opportunity to prepare and present your work to your watchers without having to worry about flooding Message Centers or risking works going unnoticed!

Trying Out A New Suggestions Forum

We've been running a limited trial of the Ideas Forum on our Customer Service Central, and have just expanded this trial to more deviants. This forum allows for a great deal of flexibility in how we approach suggestions, including giving staff the ability to mark suggestions as complete, planned, or not planned, the ability for community members to vote up suggestions they agree with, and more!

Merging Journals in the Message Center

A few years ago, we merged News and Journals. Until now, Journals submitted to the Journal Portal still came through to the News section of the Message Center. Today, all of these messages — and all future messages — have been merged into the Journals section of the Message Center for clarity. 

Change Log

  • The "More" buttons in a Group Gallery did not show if the window was too wide. Fixed by shahyarg
  • The global settings for Group Gallery submissions were not being enforced properly for the Featured folder. Fixed by randomduck
  • Clicking a "Visit Journal" link in the Message Center would open the Journal, but the "Next", "Previous", and "All" buttons would not display. Fixed by muteor
  • Links containing FTP URLs would break when formatted. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Browsing Collections in More Like This results only opened first item loaded by 'view more' and scrolling. Fixed by helloandre
  • There was a display issue when collecting thumbs on profile page. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Opening a thumbnail in the footer by using ctrl+click (command+click, for Mac users) would open that deviation on the same page instead of in a new tab. Fixed by helloandre
  • Journal thumbnails would have cosmetic issues when stacked in a Group Gallery. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Promotional discount price changes would not display properly in the "Buy Prints" box. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Prints Shop thumbnails were briefly broken. Fixed by muteor

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  • Filters were not behaving properly, often turning the layer either pure black or pure white. Fixed by mudimba
  • There was a cosmetic bug in the layer palette when a file had a large number of layers. Fixed by mudimba / Submit

  • The "+New" button would disappear in Internet Explorer 8. Fixed by kouiskas
  • For Multi-Submit, if there was only one tab left open before refreshing the page, it wouldn't have the close button after refreshing. Fixed by kouiskas
  • A "Saved to" popup would incorrectly appear when opening a remembered tab. Fixed by kouiskas
  • When closing all previously open tabs and then uploading new items, a duplicate tab would appear. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Clicking the close button too early would make the button disappear instead of closing the tab. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Resetting a tab wouldn't remove saved settings. Fixed by drommk
  • When switching tabs while scheduling a submission, the Schedule menu would close but the calendar would still display. Fixed by drommk Writer

  • Writer could fail to display included emoticons under certain circumstances. Fixed by kemayo
  • Big thumbnails were broken, and would instead display the same as thumbnails created using the standard :thumb: code. Fixed by kemayo

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback left on last week's Site Update! Here's some of the feedback you left for us.
  • Feedback regarding the Discuss topic varied. Some deviants mentioned posting features for art they like or art they feel fits a specific theme, while others mentioned that they post features to showcase a specific artist or artists.
  • Some deviants mentioned that they'd like an easier way to add thumbnails to features. In response, other deviants suggested using Writer's sidebar to add images more quickly.
  • SingingFlames suggested having different size options for literature thumbnails, to match the different size options between :thumb: and :bigthumb:, when posting features.
  • Deviants generally did not like the suggestion regarding Polls being automatically removed from the Message Center after voting.
  • Some deviants would like to see more of their transaction history using deviantART Points. Suggested by Xeshaire


Creating Art with Apps
There are many apps for mobile devices that are designed for creating art when on the go. Do you use any apps for creating art, when on your mobile device? If so, what apps do you use, and why do you prefer to use that app (or those apps)?

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Being a Premium Member just got sweeter! Multi-Submit and Scheduled Submit, two often-requested features that will make submitting to deviantART even easier, have just been launched to Premium Members!


Screen Shot 2013-05-14 at 11.07.21 AM by danlev

Multi-submit is a tabbed interface built into the Submit page which allows you to upload and submit multiple deviations at once.

There are several ways to upload multiple files:
  • Drag and drop several files onto the Submit page at once. 
  • Select several files from your by opening the "Select file from" modal and dragging to select, or by using control+click (command+click, for Mac users) to highlight several files at once.
  • Submit an entire stack from your by hovering over a stack and clicking Submit!
You can then change settings for each one, and then save them for later or submit them to your gallery. In addition, the Submit page will retain the order and settings of any files uploaded, even if you navigate away from the page itself, which means that you can complete the submission process at your convenience, from anywhere you go, without having to keep track of what you were planning to submit or when.

Scheduled Submit

Screen Shot 2013-05-30 at 10.42.33 AM by ikazon

Scheduled Submit lets you upload and prepare submissions, then set a time and date for them to be publicly posted to deviantART. For example, this Journal was scheduled to publish at 2PM. For deviants with a busy schedule, or for those who are likely to upload and submit multiple deviations at once, this gives them the opportunity to prepare and present their work to their watchers without having to worry about flooding Message Centers or risking works going unnoticed.

Once you select and confirm your date and time, that file is squared away! The tab will turn orange and will remain on the Submit page each time you come back to it until it is submitted. If you want to change things prior to its submission, you can click Cancel on the orange bar and then make your changes.

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This Journal was scheduled.

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Site Update: Fixes and Feedback

Thu May 30, 2013, 6:29 PM

In our continuous effort to improve the deviantART experience, we're publishing weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.

DeviantART is Hiring

DeviantART is hiring a Product Marketing Assistant. This is a full-time position where you get to work with our team in our Hollywood, California office.

A Product Marketing Assistant provides an invaluable service to the organization and truly helps define the vision for new site initiatives, and plays a pivotal role in managing the flow of bringing them to market.  This position works closely with the heads of deviantART's Marketing and Product divisions and is a position for someone who is already familiar with how deviantART works -- understands the community, and genuinely wants to help develop and promote features and services that aid artists and art enthusiasts.

Read the full job listing and learn how to apply »

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Change Log

  • The Favourite icon would not always display properly. Fixed by muteor
  • The Emoticon Dictionary was broken in the Forums. Fixed by shahyarg
  • An error could occur when installing a widget on a Profile or Group page into the same zone where a different widget was recently removed. Fixed by shahyarg
  • If a Group Journal was submitted from the Group's Journal page (submitted by the Group, rather than by an individual deviant), the icon would be squished to 50x50 pixels, rather than the standard 100x50 pixel size for Group icons. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Improvements were made to the file upload for Application submissions. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Dragging a Gallery Folder to change their order would incorrectly activate the Collection bar. Fixed by shahyarg
  • An invisible button was present on newly installed Commissions Widgets that would prevent the other buttons from being clicked. Fixed by helloandre
  • Owners of chatrooms on the Chat network can now unlist and delete their chatrooms themselves. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Facebook and Twitter Share widgets in official Journals did not always work when the article was reached using the "Next" and "Previous" buttons. Fixed by shadowhand / Submit

  • For Beta Testers, the deviation title is now clickable in the "Submission successful" popup message. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Filenames of a certain length were getting cut off once uploaded. Fixed by kouiskas
  • The submit page was broken for 2 hours over the weekend. Fixed by allixsenos
  • Internet Explorer 10 will now display thumbnails right away when the upload starts, like other modern web browsers. Fixed by kouiskas
  • The Submit page was appearing blank for some deviants. Fixed by kouiskas Writer

  • Writer will now convert extra thumbnails into a link to the deviation, if thumbnail limits are met. Fixed by kemayo
  • Emoticons in the sidebar will now load gradually, instead of all at once. Fixed by Alisey

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update! Here's some of what you had to say.
  • Feedback regarding the Twitter widget update was positive.
  • Deviants were generally positive about Commission Ratings, though some deviants voiced concerns. To clarify further, the only people who could leave a rating for an artist are those who have purchased a Commission from that artist through the Commissions Widget. 
  • Torotix and Ankh-Ascendant suggested a method of leaving extended feedback in text, in addition to star ratings.
  • Responses to the Discuss topic varied, though several deviants mentioned that they share art they find with friends via IM or by sending a Note.
  • Thank you for your feedback regarding Promoted. Please remember that we're only interested in sending Promoted messages we believe are relevant and valuable. As such, we will remain extremely mindful when considering which messages are sent and how often.
  • Some deviants would like Polls to be immediately removed from the Message Center after voting. Suggested by squidlifecrisis


Art Features
Have you ever posted (or do you regularly post) art features on deviantART? If so, how do you select the artwork you feature? Do you find the process of creating an art feature to be easy? What do you feel would make the process easier for you?

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There is no cosmic law that states artists must suffer many long years and demeaning day-jobs before a window of opportunity cracks open just enough to hop on through.

Fellow deviant Brian Kesinger is a case in point.

His first “day-job” in 1996—he was hired straight out of his senior year of high school—was drawing Tarzan for Disney.

Brian stayed at Disney and he considers every day there a part of his ongoing education as an artist. He most recently worked on “Wreck It Ralph,” and has become active in the story department, where he dreams up fresh narratives and new characters with fellow Story Artists and Disney directors.

But more and more, he is being recognized for his own style and own creations independent of the Disney dream factory right here on deviantART. Deviants are currently singing the praises of several evolving BrianKesinger series.

Victoria is a Victorian-era lady and Otto is her pet octopus. What began as a whimsical sketch of a fine young lady walking her pet octopus on a leash has mushroomed into a fan favorite inspiring cosplay and body art of the green-haired Victoria. Brian is releasing “Walking Your Octopus” to be published by Baby Tattoo Books with a more intimate look at the Victoria and Otto relationship.

Brian’s skills as a storyteller really shine in his characters’ motivations and subtle emotions expressed in facial cues and physical attitudes all in a single image. Making “readers” care about characters, a skill finely honed by his extraordinary Disney experiences, marks him as a great illustrator – a real storyteller.

Ever wonder what a Transformers would be like if it had been created with steampunk technology and aesthetic?

Wonder no more.

A delicate mash-up of fetchingly attractive young Victorian-garbed ladies enjoying their afternoon tea, with added accents of Japanese geisha fashion, fantasy figures, steampunk and painted with real tea.

Community of Artists

Having had your “dream come true” as a gainfully employed working artist, do you feel a special obligation to help fledgling artists gain a foothold in the business?

No question, that said its not just an obligation, I actually enjoy helping others. My parents are teachers and I think I may have inherited the gene that lets me feel good when I can help someone who might be struggling with a concept finally "get it". The only reason I am where I am in my career right now is because of other artists sharing their knowledge with me. It's one of the great things about the collaborative nature of animation. Having a group of artists that you trust to be able to share your work with is the only way to make your art the best it can be; deviantART is the perfect place for that too. I've seen no other site that connects artists in such a great way in order for you to share your work with others and learn from each other. It's one of the reasons I am a member of the site because its very easy to help share what I know with others and learn so much from the artists that I follow.

I do know that studios look for these mentorship qualities in the artists they hire so it is a good idea for fledgling artists to start learning about how to communicate their ideas on deviantART.

Should illustrators focus on drawing their interesting characters, or do they need to flesh out story narratives for those characters, even if that means collaborating with other artists and writers?  What’s the best way forward in this increasingly decentralized arts distribution system?

Story should be driving every detail of your character design. What distinguishes a good artist from a great artist is the presence of storytelling in your work. Their are a lot of good artists out there that can render a bad ass space marine or menacing creature but to take your work to the next level is to consider how that character got to where he or she is in the moment that you decided to draw them.

Consider their upbringing, their bad habits or maybe even their goal in life and once you've done that then try to think of visual queues that can represent those ideas. If you can keep it in the back of your mind you will see great improvement in the quality of your work. All artists are storytellers and the more you infuse story into your work the more it will stand out in the often overwhelming amount of art that is being viewed these days thanks to the decentralized arts distribution you speak of.

What trends in animated narratives do you see, working on the inside of the studio system, that we outsiders might not see?

As you know there is no secret sauce when it comes to creating narratives for film. Lots of writers will try to sell you their books on how to crack the code and while there is merit to those books no two stories are created in the same way. I have worked on over 10 films during my career at Disney and not one film production had a predictable trajectory. I will say that I believe that an animated film really works when it's able to tap into a universal idea and change the point of view to the unexpected. We all understand the concept of an over protective parent who is fearful of sending their child off to school, but when you tell it from the point of view of a fish you get Finding Nemo. A very relatable idea told from an unexpected point of view of fish added a fresh take and a fun world to draw humor from. My book was inspired by not only raising two young children but also our little puppy. Most people can relate to the ups and downs of taking care of something or some one so I thought: what must it be like to take care of an octopus? Once I had that core idea the rest of the story development process really flowed nicely.

How do you see making one’s living as an illustrator changing in the next few years?

I think that audiences are getting more sophisticated and that while there is more opportunity for artists to have their work seen there will be a demand for something new, something people haven't seen. That's really hard to deal with. People are viewing art at a volume and speed like never before. I know I can get lost for hours on deviantART scrolling through Daily Deviantions and think about how many images you are seeing in that hour compared to the old way of browsing in a book store or art gallery. So our challenge will be finding ways to stand out from the crowd and that comes not just with keeping our skills up but also the way we think about things and our point of view on the world.

Can you describe what it’s like to now have cosplayers portraying your characters, or people getting tattoos of Otto & Victoria that began as sketches on your drawing pad?

Cosplay is an art onto itself and I follow several cosplayers on deviantART because I love seeing their craft of turning 2D sketches into 3D art!

I can't think of a higher compliment. It truly is special to see your work embraced in such a way that a person is compelled to pull a character that you created off the page and transform their physical appearance in order to bring my work to life.

Fan Art

If you had to choose the most essential component of education for a new artist beginning her or his journey, what might that be?

To never stop learning. An artist never leaves school they just find new teachers. There was a time when I had not been drawing that much. I had transitioned into more of a CG role at Disney and there was just no time for me to sketch like I used to. I quickly learned that I needed to make time. Your talent is a muscle that must be exercised.

Can you share with us the secrets to always moving a story forward in every single frame and within every element in that frame?

Research and details. We have a saying around work, "one shot; one story." What that means is as an artist you have the power to control every detail within the frame. Especially in animation where you are starting with a blank page and you must decide how to fill it. What helps you decide what to put in there is whatever helps you tell your story. For instance lets say you wanted to paint a scene of a baker who has had lousy business. It's a vey generic idea. But, first you could research what bakeries look like and pick out certain visual details that help show that he gets no business and perhaps even allude to why he gets no business. (Perhaps it is a pretty rundown bakery.) It is a continual layering of visual clues that supports the big idea translating into every shot of a movie on a microscopic level that you would not believe. Artists that can keep these ideas in their minds are very valuable to the animated process.


If you look closely at Brian’s desk in the video you’ll see:

The Golden Zoetrope (an Annie award for individual achievement for storyboarding);

A wall plaque for 10 years of working at Disney;

A Sorcerer Mickey Statue for 15 years at Disney;

A Conductor Mickey for contributions to Disney's Art for Music Education Program.


Should save more often...

Britt315 has such great energy in her line work. She has a real talent for capturing an emotion not just through facial expressions but through the entire gesture of the figure.


Brianna Garcia

briannacherrygarcia is a great storyteller I really enjoy her Alice and Mad Hatter fan art.


Karen Hallion

khallion's art really appeals to the pop culture side of me. Not only is she a great graphic designer but her sense of humor really stands out in her work with the fun twists she puts on geek culture icons.


MeganLara is known for her art nouveau work but I am really inspired by her color palette, especially in her portrait and non t-shirt work.


Kindra T. Haugen

UlaFish is great about posting her thought process through sharing sketches of facial features or work ups of characters' silhouettes to maximize the visual punch of her designs!

Be one of the first to bring Otto home.

Brian Kesinger’s book is in its first week of publication.
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  1. Would you like to share the name(s) of artists on deviantART who have really helped you to improve your craft and technique?

  2. Would it be your preference to gain formal art skills on the job?

  3. Do Brian’s thoughts on fan art change your opinion about learning through example and by copying the masters?

  4. Has luck played a role in your development as an artist?

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