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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Tolkien (The Hobbit)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Bilbo and thrush on the doorstep
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: coloured pencils?
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] alarie-tano

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a beautiful work. I love the delicate pencil work and the soft yet rich colouring.

Link: Bilbo and the Thrush

Robert Ford by aquiles-soir (SFW)

18 February 2017 23:22
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[personal profile] mific posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Westworld
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Robert Ford
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: traditional art - watercolour finished with ink.
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: aquiles-soir on DA (aka Jack Flamel)
Why this piece is awesome: This is another great artwork by aquiles-soir, with Ford surrounded by the rather creepy blank faces of his androids. I love the colours, and the likeness and expression are excellent, really bringing out his shadowy complexity, and his ruthlessness. Love the little details too - his tie and cufflinks, and the chair's carving. 
Link: Robert Ford

Shadow of Mirkwood by eaneli (SFW)

17 February 2017 18:58
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Tolkien (The Hobbit)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Bilbo in Mirkwood
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: watercolours?
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] eaneli

Why this piece is awesome: I love the subtle colouring and unusual perspective of this work. It makes me feel like I'm sitting in the tree tops among the black butterflies looking down on Bilbo who's contemplating climbing up.

Link: Shadow of Mirkwood

Lapis by TheAleksDemon (SFW)

16 February 2017 09:35
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[personal profile] juniperphoenix posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Steven Universe
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Lapis Lazuli
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] thealeksdemon-art

Why this piece is awesome: This dark, moody portrait makes great use of a limited palette of blues and greens. Lapis's face and posture are very expressive. This character is dangerous when hurt, and you can really see that in her eyes. I love the nearly-symmetrical composition and the framing effect of the wings.

Link: Lapis

Sense8 by the obsidian(SFW)

15 February 2017 23:35
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[personal profile] ceares posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Sense8
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Riley Blue/Will Gorski
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ:n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: DA
Why this piece is awesome: The color and design here is delicate and lovely. I was thrown at first by the characters in Hanbok but then I realized that it perfectly suits the universal connection the series tries to promote
Link: Sense8

Dreamwidth news: 15 February 2017

15 February 2017 05:35
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[staff profile] denise posting in [site community profile] dw_news
Hello, Dreamwidth! And thank you to everyone who wished me and my wife a happy vacation -- it was an excellent one. (Rumors that it was to help distract me from a significant birthday starting with 4 and ending with 0 are totally unfounded. Really.) It was also awesome to come back and see all of the new activity going on! I hope that everyone who's joined us in the last month or two has been settling in nicely.

Behind the cut, a tour of some of the new stuff we've done in the last few months, plus a look at some older changes that could use more love:

* Image Hosting Frontend
* HTTPS Beta
* Create Entries Beta: progress report
* Selective comment screening
* Other alphabets in site search: fixed!
* Icon file size limit increased
* Dreamwidth: Did You Know?
* Team Dreamwidth

DW News, 15 Feb 2017 )

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That's it from us for another update! As always, if you're having problems with Dreamwidth, Support can help you; for notices of site problems and downtime, check the Twitter status page.

Comment notifications may be delayed for an hour or two, due to the high volume of notifications generated after an update is posted to [site community profile] dw_news. This was posted at 5:35AM EST (see in your time zone). Please don't worry about delayed notifications until at least two hours after that.

eagles by s-u-w-i (SFW)

14 February 2017 19:22
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Tolkien (The Hobbit)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Eagles carrying Bilbo, Gandalf, and a dwarf
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: watercolours?
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] s-u-w-i / [tumblr.com profile] s-u-w-i

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a cute work and the framing and perspective is quite unusual.

Link: eagles (DeviantART) or here (Tumblr)

LOVE by da-py (SFW)

14 February 2017 08:43
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[personal profile] juniperphoenix posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Steven Universe
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Ruby and Sapphire
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] da-py's art tag

Why this piece is awesome: Here's an adorable Ruby and Sapphire image for Valentine's Day. I love this style with the eyelashes and rosy cheeks and flowers — it reminds me of storybook illustrations from my childhood.

Link: LOVE

Code push imminent!

12 February 2017 23:07
[staff profile] karzilla posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
We're about to pull the lever on tonight's code push! I'll update this post when it's finished. For a reminder of what to expect, check the previous post for the list of changes.

Update: All done! Comment here if you notice any issues that need our attention.

February by Margaret Atwood

12 February 2017 15:32
[personal profile] rydra_wong posting in [community profile] poetry
Winter. Time to eat fat
and watch hockey. In the pewter mornings, the cat,
a black fur sausage with yellow
Houdini eyes, jumps up on the bed and tries
to get onto my head. It’s his
way of telling whether or not I’m dead.
If I’m not, he wants to be scratched; if I am
He’ll think of something. He settles
on my chest, breathing his breath
of burped-up meat and musty sofas,
purring like a washboard. Some other tomcat,
not yet a capon, has been spraying our front door,
declaring war. It’s all about sex and territory,
which are what will finish us off
in the long run. Some cat owners around here
should snip a few testicles. If we wise
hominids were sensible, we’d do that too,
or eat our young, like sharks.
But it’s love that does us in. Over and over
again, He shoots, he scores! and famine
crouches in the bedsheets, ambushing the pulsing
eiderdown, and the windchill factor hits
thirty below, and pollution pours
out of our chimneys to keep us warm.
February, month of despair,
with a skewered heart in the centre.
I think dire thoughts, and lust for French fries
with a splash of vinegar.
Cat, enough of your greedy whining
and your small pink bumhole.
Off my face! You’re the life principle,
more or less, so get going
on a little optimism around here.
Get rid of death. Celebrate increase. Make it be spring.

Glade of wolves by vilva73 (SFW)

11 February 2017 19:31
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Tolkien (The Hobbit)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Wolves and goblins on the ground, Bilbo and Thorin & Co in the trees.
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: watercolours
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] vilva73

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a cool work. The colouring is gorgeous and I love the unusual perspective.

Link: Glade of wolves
[personal profile] taiga13 posting in [community profile] poetry
There is no such thing as the perfect martini.
Jazz musicians make lousy tippers.
A couple can walk in fighting and after two shots of tequila
hold each other for dear life on the dance floor
like they did in high school.

A woman doesn't notice her date's drink order
as much as how he treats the waitress.
No matter how cool the pickup line... )
[staff profile] karzilla posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
We are planning to do a code push late this weekend, at approximately 9pm PST / 12am EST / 5am UTC on either Sunday, Feb 12 or Monday, Feb 13, depending on whether you live east or west of midnight. (Time is an illusion anyway, right?)

Here's a partial list of changes that will go live with this push, apart from the usual minor tweaks and bugfixes:

  • HTTPS Everywhere beta! Users can opt-in to have all Dreamwidth content automatically served over HTTPS. We'll post the instructions for this after the feature goes live.

  • New and improved design for the file management pages, which we were hiding from you because we were so embarrassed about them before. Thanks to [personal profile] momijizukamori for making them prettier and more functional!

  • Backend fixes to resolve problems using the aforementioned file management pages. (Did I already mention the embarrassment?)

  • At long last, international character support for journal search! Our systems guru [personal profile] alierak finally cracked this long-standing bug.

  • Support index page converted to Foundation styling, for your mobile viewing pleasure.

  • For users of the Practicality style: color properties now sort properly in the customization wizard.

  • For users of the Drifting style: the QuickReply box will now appear in the appropriate location, instead of wandering off somewhere unexpected.

  • Improved handling of word break (<wbr>) elements in user entries.

  • Allow embeds from: Facebook, CNN, 4shared.com, playmoss.com, onedrive.com, jsfiddle.net, scratch.mit.edu


We'll update again to let you know when the code push is in progress!
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[personal profile] juniperphoenix posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Steven Universe
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Peridot and the corrupted Gem from "Kindergarten Kid"
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: dark-tarou on DeviantArt

Why this piece is awesome: Don't mess with Sheriff Peridot! She and her nemesis are both looking super fierce in this Old West-themed picture — though at the same time, I can't stop cooing over her adorably tiny cowboy boots. :) The muted color scheme adds to the Old West feel, and I love the use of light and shade.

Link: Kindergarten Kid
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[personal profile] juniperphoenix posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Steven Universe
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Steven and Pearl
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital drawing
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] taikova

Why this piece is awesome: Here we have Steven and Pearl in the climactic scene of "Space Race." Their poses and facial expressions perfectly capture the urgency and desperation of the moment. I love that the sky takes up the entire top half of the image — it's big enough to absorb Pearl's longing gaze, but not so big that it takes too much attention away from the characters. The star lines create a great sense of agitated motion.

Link: that one time when things got pretty intense
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[personal profile] ceares posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Sense8
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Sun Bak
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ:n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: DA Tumblr
Why this piece is awesome: this is a gorgeous black and white study. Even though it's digital, the rich stroke work make it look like an oil under-painting.
Link: spiritual sun
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Tolkien (The Hobbit)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Bilbo, Gandalf, Thorin & Co. at Bag End
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: watercolours
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] dartgarry / Neverland

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a lovely take of the scene where Bilbo becomes all enchanted by the dwarves singing. I love the dreamy colouring and the neat way the round window frames everything.

Link: The Hobbit chapter I. dwarfs song

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