August 19th, 2012 04:56 AM
What Is DreamslayerArtworks?
Of late, it seems that people are wanting to know what DreamslayerArtworks is all about because they either cannot navigate the site or understand why we're not like other CG websites.
DreamslayerArtworks is a play on words as a "dreamslayer" can be a nightmare or the valiant hero who comes to the rescue... dream slayer, think about it as it does become clear when you put a bit of thought into it. There is also a DC Comics villain named Dream Slayer but he's sort of a dweeb and the site isn't named after him lol.
Some question all the writing that goes on here.
DreamslayerArtworks was not created as a commercial website. It was first and foremost created to allow people to share fantasy, and their love for fantasy where many if not most have a commercial angle where if they aren't making money... they close down. We have been here for ten years and while we have at times tried to go commercial, we aren't out to make a lot of money... just to allow our members to make some extra spending money and to pay sites costs.
Because we are about fantasy, this means we encourage all forms of artistic endeavors from artwork to writing... and everything in between. We want to focus people on illustrating written works or to write stories based on an image they found. We want you to share your photographic interests and then banter about talking about various genre's you enjoy from writing poetry and art, to the latest movies, comic books and paranormal discussions.
DSA is designed to fulfill all your entertainment needs as well as the more serious things like tutorials and learning new artistic and writing skills.
It is designed to spark your imagination, and in turn, for you to participate in this effort sparking the imagination of others.
Some don't quite understand this because they expect us to follow a pattern they are accustomed too... but then, most sites they are accustomed to only exist to sell you things. There's nothing wrong with that as that's what pays the bills.
To navigate, follow these simple rules.
DreamslayerArtworks had been called the Manor almost from the first day it opened. We shifted away from that a bit due to suggestions from people who thought it was the right thing to do... it proved to be the worst thing because being like the other sites meant having a commercial interest. People who go to sites like that largely go to buy things and rarely participate in the sites forums or activities. Thus, DSA started moving backwards rather than forwards in the direction I originally saw the site moving.
The first category is called the Village Square = translation, forums which cover things outside the Manor within what we might call the town (if you will). It includes our Welcome forum which welcomes members, announces birthdays and offers a place for village gossip. Imagine it as part of DSA where you just drop in to say hi, see the latest announcements and can enter the store which would not be part of a Manor complex.
The Second Category is the Manor. This is the main entrance where the Manor owners and staff interact with members as if we were inviting you into our home. The Devils Toybox is an ominous sounding place but then, the Manor is based largely on dark fantasy and if there is a toybox in the Manor, you would need to be careful when opening it. The 7th Portal is a place we might call "the sitting room" (living room or front room) where share our interests and relax a bit. Route 666 is for entertainment and nostalgia... a trip down memory road, movie reviews, music videos, short films, vehicles and even things like food, health and well being as these are entwined with our entertainment activities these days.
The Third Category is called the East Wing and it's focus is on learning art and sharing your artistic endeavors. Imagine it as our art studio area where everyone in the Manor can find a place to share what they do... and to help one another learn in the process.
The Fourth Category is our writing forums where we share jokes, poetry, short stories, causes and mythology... all things you would expect to find in a library. Where Monsters Dwell is my own personal forum to share my imagination and hopefully inspire people. I don't expect people to understand what I write as I tend to move about a lot and not only is my muse dead... I keep running into writers block which is funny since I'm not a writer, I'm just a humble man with a vivid imagination I develop into concept materials.
The Fifth Category is called the West Wing which is where our modeling forums and product creation where we hope to share with one another tips and tricks to help one another learn how to turn our imaginations... into 3d reality. Envision it as a sculpting studio or a garage where largers and more physical things are being created.
The Sixth Category is the Crypt... an area where we place our groups and alternate worlds. The Manor is based on Kravenwood Manor which, for those who are not in the know, is the ultimate haunted house and the darkest place on Earth. Thus, these are realms connected with the Manor and part of it in ways not yet explained... until we enter the future realm of EMPIRE where things come together and explanations will eventually come about.
Darker Realms exists within the Sixth Category and serves as the Manors Dungeon. It is not, however, just a place where we toss members who break the rules. DR was built to allow our members a place to share more mature subject matter where mainstream members will not be exposed to things which may be sensitive areas for them. It is a place to allow our members more freedom and if you want to cut loose... just ask to join and PARTICIPATE instead of hiding away not being sure if it's the right place since some artists share images in DR that could be posted on the main site.
Black Rose is also in the Sixth Category and is an rpg in the making currently being developed by Ladonna, Desiderius and Exiled_UK with myself and SickenlySweete working on content material.
The Seventh Category is called the Grounds, our archives and where we bury spam.
DreamslayerArtworks is first, and foremost, a dark fantasy website. Make no doubt about it as Here There Be Monsters. But it is not entirely dark fantasy as you cannot have darkness without the light... our motto at DSA reflects this as From Darkness Comes The Light meaning we do focus on lighter fantasy and reality but to a lesser degree.
If you want to join a site that follows the same pattern as every other site, DSA may not be the place for you as we are trying to reach out to the soul within our artists and to create places where you can share as much about yourself and your likes / dislikes as you wish. If things seem confusing, you will see people on all the sites complaining they cannot find their way around. Maybe it's because they're new to these sites or new to the internet, but they do ask for help finding where they need to be.
At DSA, we have no issue helping you find where you need to be until you learn your way around. Just don't be afraid to ask and bare with us as once you figure out how to get around and begin participating... you may discover we have a lot to offer and enjoy spending more time here.
DreamslayerArtworks is not just about art... it's about your imagination and finding the soul of an artist within yourselves rather than just playing around or feeling you cannot advance in your art. Anyone can advance in their artistic endeavors but you must find your own way of doing it and not just try to copy everyone else and make yourself feel bad because your art doesn't look as good as others... that's only because you are copying their work and not looking within yourselves to find the artist within and what you want to do with your artistic talents.
So Welcome One And All To DreamslayerArtworks and if you need directions around the site... post your questions here and either our team or members in general will drop in to provide answers we hope will help you find your way about.