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2013 is almost over and I did nothing

Tue Dec 3, 2013, 10:02 AM

For those who didn't know, which probably will be almost all of you, I was pretty absent this week and I wasn't here at all during the weekend.  I help organize the Winter Fest and Winter Xpo each year, (btw, I'm about to finally publish the selected entries, hold tight!) so during this time, I get as busy as I can get and then some. I know I've been neglecting a few of my activities around here, I'm so sorry! but starting today I'll start checking notes, publishing more articles, making more features and all that jazz.

Talking about what happened this weekend, it was quite tiring but also amazingly fun! I had the best of times once again hanging out with people like chutkat, Greki, Gado, avencri, Sagita-D, pochis aaaand!... I got to also meet SDex and Nadiezda who are incredibly cool and insanely talented OMG.

This Con made me realize that lately my art creation dropped to a level where I haven't done ANY personal art in a long, long time. Suddenly I was trying to prepare material to expose in the Con and I found myself with absolutely nothing new to show. I didn't make a new calendar this time, and my webcomic has been on hold since the beginning of the year.  2013 is about to end and I wanted to make my yearly art summary and now I think... what the hell did I do this year?

Pretty much nothing!

I remember when I was new here, 8 years ago and I used to draw purely just for fun and uploaded a new deviation almost everyday :lol: Not saying I'll go back to that level, but I've been wondering since some time, why do we always start posting art less and less frequently? at least is a trend I've seen in most of the people I watch.

Hopefully now that I'm a little bit more relaxed, I'll start creating art again. I really want to resume my webcomic! And draw just for the hell of it. I know I'm still a month early, but if I had to set new year goals, I think I'll go just for two: excercise more and create more art. I want to be a buff and talented artist! :lol: Let's see how it goes...

In the meantime... oh look! 301 suggestions to check...



Sketchmatch Hourly Challenge winners!

Fri Nov 29, 2013, 10:06 AM
Thank you for your patience! Without further delay, here are the winners of the Sketchmatch Hourly Challenge.

Challenge #1 - Draw yourself with a moustache



By ArtisanDwarf

Challenge #2 - Draw your dream job



By dathie

Challenge #3 - Draw one of the Movember mascots



By IceXDragon

Challenge #4 - Draw your favourite fictional character, doing the most fun activity you can think of.



By AliceOwen

Challenge #5 - Draw yourself in the most wacky outfit.



By AliceOwen

Challenge #6 - Draw your favourite scene from your favourite movie.



By snuffnut

Challenge #7 - If you were an animal, what would you be?



By snuffnut

Challenge #8 - Draw any inanimate object with a top hat, a moustache and a monocle.



By ReversedClock

Challenge #9 - Draw a personification of the internet browser you use!



By GemaStarlight

Challenge #10 - Create an illustration inspired by one of your favourite songs.



By Juvianna100

Challenge #11 - Recreate one of your favourite deviations !



By kausa

Challenge #12 - Draw yourself with an outfit that describes you!



By GemaStarlight


Thanks to all participants! Each winner will receive a 1 month Premium Membership for each won round, (please allow a few days for that) congratulations! Keep an eye on my journal, as well as Digitalists and communityrelations to know when the next event will take place!

The Beast's riddle answer

Sat Nov 9, 2013, 10:32 AM
During Halloween-HQ's Fairytales gone wrong: Murder Mistery, I played the role of The Beast.
Being one of the key characters, I was one of the people who, to give you my clue, asked you to solve a riddle. My riddle was pretty simple, yet tricky: get outside of my castle. The twist? There were 3 different ways to solve this puzzle, but only one was the correct one. The key was to carefully read the instructions, pay attention and follow the instructions I gave you, sometimes a single word could make the difference in going in either a correct or incorrect direction ;)

To be extra mean, I never told you if your answer was correct or not, I gave the exact same clue at the end and the next people you should go see regardless of your answer, in fact, you also had the option from the very beginning to just give up, in which case I would still give you the clue. The difference was that you would get more points from me if you gave me the correct answer, fewer points for an incorrect one, and no points if you gave up.

Since the activity has already ended and in the meantime the grand winners are announced, I figured out I could give you the correct answer to my puzzle so you can see if you got it right, just for fun ;)

But first things first, the challenge started at the very beginning; finding my correct hidden sta.sh link, because I had several fake ones :lol: ...




At the end I asked you to give me the thumbnail of the exit you got. If you sent me Little Felicia, congrats! You got the correct answer. What about you? Did you get it right? ;)


Moviembre - A dejarse el bigote!

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 12:03 PM


The following journal is directed specially for the spanish speaking deviants, however know that you can get involved with Movember and join any of our teams (including Team Latin America ;)) regardless of the country you are from. If you want to read the complete information about this, visit this journal.

Your support for this journal is greatly appreciated (even if you can't read it :giggle:) so it can reach more people. Thanks!


Movember?


Movember (contracción en inglés de Moustache [bigote] y November [noviembre]) es un evento anual en el que los hombres de todo el mundo dejan crecer su bigote durante el mes de noviembre. La intención es concientizar sobre temas de salud del hombre, especialmente el cáncer de próstata. También se recauda dinero para ayudar en cada país a una o más instituciones en temas de salud masculina.

Fue celebrado por primera vez en Australia en el año 2003 cuando un grupo de jóvenes de Melbourne, Australia tuvieron la idea de dejar crecer sus bigotes para apoyar a un amigo con cáncer de próstata. A partir de 2007, el evento comenzó a realizarse también en Canadá, España, Estados Unidos y Reino Unido, llegando hoy a países como Nueva Zelanda, Sudáfrica, Irlanda, Finlandia, Países Bajos, Dinamarca, Noruega, Bélgica y República Checa. En cada uno de esos países, se recolecta dinero destinado a una o más asociaciones para investigar sobre temas de salud de los hombres.

Hoy en día son varios los paises participantes, logrando que en el año 2012  mas de 854,000 Mo Bros y Mo Sistas recolectaran $126.3 millones de dólares

Grandes pasos se han tomado para cambiar actitudes y hábitos relacionados a la salud masculina alrededor del mundo, pero todavía hay mucho que hacer para emparejarlo con el movimiento de la salud de la mujer. A travéz del bigote, Movember tiene como visión tener un impacto en la cara de la salud del hombre mediante la continua motivación, conversación y concientización de los temas de la salud masculina cada año.


¿Por qué es importante?


Estas son estadísticas sólo de Estados Unidos, pero te darán una idea general de como está la situación en todo el mundo:

  • 1 de cada 2 hombres y 1 de cada 3 mujeres serán diagnosticados con cáncer durante su vida.
  • 1 de cada 6 hombres serán diagnosticados con cancer de próstata durante su vida.
  • Mas de 238,000 nuevos casos de este mal son diagnosticados y casi 30,000 hombres morirán de cáncer de próstata durante el 2013.
  • El cáncer de testículo es el mas común en hombres de entre 15 y 35 años.
  • 7,920 hombres serán diagnosticados con cáncer de testículo y unos 370 morirán de ello durante el 2013.
  • Aunque no es tan común, los hombres también pueden contraer cáncer de mama. Unos 2,240 nuevos casos de cáncer de mama seran diagnosticados para hombres y unos 410 morirán de ello durante el 2013.
  • Mas de 3.5 millones nuevos casos de cáncer de piel son diagnosticados cada año.
  • Mas de 6 millones de hombres son diagnosticados con depresión cada año.
  • Los hombres cometen suicidio casi 4 veces mas que las mujeres.
  • 24% de los hombres son menos propensos de ir a visitar al doctor, comparándolo con las mujeres.



Donaciones


Movember no se trata sólo de tener tu bigote y ya, gente de todo el mundo invierte en programas que tratan prioridades estratégicas relacionadas al cáncer de próstata y otros males como la salud mental masculina.

Los fondos recaudados van directamente a programas de la Fundación Movember y otros organismos de la salud masculina en cada país. Juntos trabajan para asegurarse de que los fondos de Movember sean para apoyar un amplio rango de programas de primer nivel, innovadores y en línea a estas metas.

Los links para donar a cada uno de los grupos iniciados por deviantART se encuentran en la parte inferior de este journal.

Aún si no puedes donar, al unirte a nuestros grupos y darnos tu apoyo con tu ID y tus trabajos artísticos en la Galería de Movember, etc. nos ayudas a esparcir la información de forma que llegue a mas gente.


¿Como involucrarme?


:bulletred: ¿Quieres particiar? ¡Genial! Puedes unirte a alguno de nuestros equipos. Sólo tienes que registrarte en Movember.com y unirte a:

Equipo Estados Unidos: The One Stache Wonders
Equipo Canadá: The Wonder Yetis
Equipo Australia: The Aussie Sta.che Team
Equipo Reino Unido: The Royal Handlebars
Equipo Latinoamérica: Los Mostachos Lokos.

No importa si no eres específicamente de algún país aquí listado, únete al equipo que mas se acerque a tu país (y obvio si puedes leer esto es mas que probable que seas latinoamericano, asi que... )

El objetivo de unirte a Movember es dejar crecer tu bigote durante el mes de noviembre y compartir fotos de tu progreso con los demás. Recibirás recordatorios de subir las fotos de tu progreso por parte de nuestros capitanes de equipo a nuestra Galería Movember.

Movember - Day 1 by Moonbeam13 <da:thumb id="410769012"/> Movember 3, 2013 by pearwood


:bulletred: ¿No puedes tener tu propio bigote? ¡No te preocupes! Puedes bajar nuestro bigote de emergencia aquí. Imprímelo y decóralo como quieras, luego sube una foto tuya con tu nuevo y genial bigote a nuestra Galería Movember. Impríme y decora varios de ellos y ¡ponlos donde quieras! Ponle uno a tu gato, a tu carro, a tu hermana... las posibilidades son infinitas :)
¿No tienes impresora? ¡No hay problema! Corta uno con papel, crea un bigote con cosas en tu casa, ¡sé creativo y sube tus creaciones!
Mermaids for Movember! by raine-angel :thumb335494516: movember 1 by SRaffa Phineas Thistlethorp by GreyFairie

:bulletred: Usa nuestra journal skin creada por marioluevanos y ¡ayúdanos a esparcir la información! Promueve arte que tenga bigotes e información importante con respecto al movimiento Movember. O simplemente úsala para tus journals personales a lo largo de todo noviembre para mostrar tu apoyo :heart:

:bulletred: ¡Usa alguna de nuestras estampas para promocionar Movember o uno de nuestros equipos!
Movember Stamp by bradleysays One Stache Wonders Stamp by Thiefoworld Royal Handlebars Stamp by Thiefoworld The Aussie Sta.che Team Stamp by Thiefoworld Moustachos Lokos Stamp by Thiefoworld Wonder Yetis Stamp by Thiefoworld

:bulletred: ¡Participa en alguno de nuestros concursos y actividades organizados por el equipo de :devcommunityrelations! Habrá varios a lo largo del mes y a parte de ser parte del movimiento, también podrás obtener algunos premios, ¡mantente al pendiente del grupo!

¿Tienes alguna duda? Coméntala en este journal.

Sketchmatch: 2 ways to play!

Mon Oct 28, 2013, 12:07 PM
In what other place would you find a fancy flying bunny, a Pikachu riding a robot Llama or gummy bears with the shape of Luigi and Mario Bros? What about Hipster Link? Or catbug, dressed as Batman, eating an... apple tree?





Only here! At Sketchmatch!





What is Sketchmatch?


The rules are really simple: participants must create a visual entry based on a theme. We'll tell you what to draw!

The catch is that you have a very limited time to do your entry!

There are two ways to play:








10 Minutes Match rules

  • Each round starts with the discussion of the theme. All participants currently in the room are free to suggest a theme!
  • When the theme is selected, the game starts and now you have 10 minutes to draw your entry.
  • You can use your digital software of preference (or even go traditional and draw on a sheet of paper! You need to do it fast so you can have time to scan it) but to keep things simple, why not using Muro?
  • After the 10 minutes, the game ends. It's now time to upload your creation! Yes, even if it's unfinished. You can submit it to Sta.sh (or your main gallery) and post the link in the chat to share with the others.
  • Finally we friendly laugh at each other's entries! Don't worry if you think you're doing crap, the others probably did crap too! The idea of this is to have fun!




Hourly Challenge rules

  1. This event lasts for 24 hours. During the event a total of 12 challenges will be launched; one every 2 hours (1 hour to complete the challenge and 1 hour break between challenges) This way you'll be able to participate in at least one of them, after all the event lasts for a complete day!
  1. A series of journals pre-scheduled will be posted every 2 hours, starting at 12:00 am (The first challenge will start at 12:00 am, the second at 2:00 am, the third at 4:00 am and so on) Each journal will contain a theme and you'll need to make your entry according to this theme. The challenge starts at the moment the journal is posted and you'll have 1 hour to complete the task.
  1. You can use your digital software of preference (or any traditional media) but to keep things simple, why not using Muro?
  1. Before the current journal reaches the hour of age, you'll have to upload your creation to your Sta.sh or your main gallery and post the link on the journal's comments. Only comments posted during that time will be considered.
  1. After a challenge is over, there will be a 1 hour break, after that another challenge will start, for a total of 12 challenges during the day. This way you'll be able to participate in at least 1 challenge, but feel free to participate in as many as you want/can!
    NOTE: The journals will be posted in PST Time.




What this is NOT about

  • It's not about creating great masterpieces, the idea is to have fun and its also a great practice! The time limit really pushes you to be quick, challenges your creativity and lets you know other great artists in the process.
  • It's not about who draws best, the best entries will be selected taking creativity as main factor. Quite often the best entries are the most creative and funny ones! More than the technically better drawn.
  • It's not only for great digital artists, everybody is invited! Even if you think you can't draw. Use stick figures! We love them! As long as you make your entry within the time limit, is a go!
  • No, you don't need a tablet to participate.




So! Who's up for it?



Keep an eye on communityrelations and Digitalists's journals to know when the next sessions will be!





The Fusion Anime group is proud to invite artists from all over the world to participate in the WINTER XPO 2013 to be held next November 30th and December 1st in Mexico.

Winter Fest is the biggest even in the city of Chihuahua, MEX focused on comics, anime, gaming and general nerdyness. It's celebrated since 2008 counting with an ever growing assistance of around 6,000 during 3 days and the participation of local, national and international guests in fields like professional gaming, cosplay, illustration, comic and manga creation, etc.


During the event there's also an art exposition showcasing the work of both amateur and professional artists from around the globe. We've had the honor to count with the participation of artists such as  elsevilla, el-grimlock, chutkat, cocinando-colores, Majnouna, Atramina, SaiyaGina, among many others.

The exposition follows an specific theme each year. Themes like Victorian and the Middle ages were the focus on past years.

The theme for this year will be: Mythology



Some entries from past years:







core by Lavah

Our special guest

Volta Ilustración

Better known over deviantArt as Lavah, she's a talented digital artist with a very characteristic style.

Has participated in various projects and collaborations, like UdonCrew's World of Warcraft Tribute and most recently appeared as a guest in the latest edition of Illustrators Deathmatch.

Always willing to share some tips and techniques with other fellow artists, you can see her showing part of her process with her audience over deviantArt or her Facebook account






How to participate


  • Create a visual work according to the theme MYTHOLOGY. This includes mythology from all origins: greek, roman, japanese, nordic, etc. The interpretation and technique is up to you!
    Just to get you started, here are some examples for inspiration:
    Goddess Athena by ChrisRa Hades and Persephone by Rgveta ODIN by Giye Quetzalcoatl by weremagnus Zeus and Hera by daveswartzart
  • The entry must be a size of 11 x 17 inches at 300 dpi in landscape or portrait format.
  • Submit your entry to your gallery to the appropiate category, and send a note to Thiefoworld with the subject "Entry WINTER XPO 2013"
  • Please include the following information in your note
    • Name of the piece
    • Your name (or screen name) and/or names of your collaborators
    • City and country of origin
    • Your website and/or contact information (if applicable)
    This information will be visible to the public during the event. If you don't want it to be exposed, feel free to leave the fields blank.



Rules and notes


  • The entries must be original material only (no Fan Arts) but it's not mandatory to be of exclusive creation for this event (the work could have been previously published)
  • All illustration techniques are allowed, both traditional and digital.
  • The content must be suitable for all audiences, avoiding explicit sexual content, excesive violence, discriminatory themes of any kind, use of drugs or alcohol, etc.
  • Entrants are allowed to submit more than one entry, however a max of 1 entry per participant/group will be accepted.
  • Spaces are limited so entries will be subject to a selection, only entries that fulfill the requirements described here will be considered. The selection will be done taking in consideration aspects such as: theme, use of technique, composition, overall quality and visual impact.
  • The selected entries will be printed in large format and exposed during the WINTER XPO 2013 in Chihuahua, Mexico, giving according credits.
  • Fusion Anime or Winter Xpo won't claim copyright for the selected works, but by submitting your entry you agree in giving us permission to expose your work during the event (if selected) and potentially using it for advertising purposes (such as ads in our website, facebook account, flyers and/or posters, etc) using a thumbnail and/or small version of your entry, always giving you credits. Also, this a non-comercial exposition, we won't make money out of your entry.
  • Aspects not described here can be addressed in a comment in this journal or via note.


Important dates


October 11th - Reception of entries begins.
November 10th - Deadline for the reception of entries.
November 15th - Selected artists will be notified no later than Nov. 15th.
November 30th - December 1st - Selected entries will be exposed over Winter Xpo 2013


Questions?


Comment on this journal!

There has been a murder...

Thu Oct 10, 2013, 7:59 PM
The old, dark, Haunted Castle by JJcanvas
I was invited to this great event, the party of the century they called it. Everybody that matters was invited, so obviously I was there.

However a happy ending wasn't meant for this story. I don't know the details yet... but it seems that the organizer and the person who invited me is not alive anymore...

There has been a murder in the castle! But who was the victim? who did it and what exactly happened? All will be disclosed in due time.

The victim seems to be someone close to The King, so his royal highness is calling for detectives to discover this mystery.

If you're interested then I recommend you +devwatch Halloween-HQ for the details to start this investigation will be out really soon.

Skin design by Thiefoworld
Resources by WebTreatsETC, DougitDesign and ftourini

I miss the old symbols but...

Thu Oct 3, 2013, 4:38 PM
I've been a member of this community for more than 8 years, I'm certainly not the oldest member here, but I think we all can agree 8 internet years are like a short eternity, it's a lot of time and just to prove it, tell me; how many sites have you been a member of for at least 8 years? I can only name one, and that's deviantArt. Also, 8 years are the 61% of the 13 years this site as been alive, so I've been here for more than half of this site's life.

As an old member of this site, I, like a lot of you, also miss the old symbols.

As stated on the official article, there are a few things that have been part of the site for a long time, without which deviantArt wouldn't feel like deviantArt, like the characteristic green layout or the user symbols that until recently, were part of the site.

I agree it does feel weird, the symbols I grew up with, so to speak, as an artist, are now gone. They were part of my DA experience, I saw some of them die like the @'s and saw others be used for the first time, like the #'s. I remember when Spyed was still $Spyed and then went to +Spyed. I also was there when lolly left staff and became the very first (and until then, the only one) member with no symbol at all. They are part of DA's history, and those who have been on this site for at least a few years will remember them with melancholy.

Now, going back to my personal history, I've been a member of this site for more than 8 years and I also have volunteered for more than 2 and a half years now (counting my first term, back in 2009) and I've stayed here for this long and I've volunteered part of my free time to the community for this long because I love the community.

I love interacting with its people everyday,  old and new friends alike. I love making new friends! And everyday I interact with people I've never interacted with before. Some of my IRL friends started being DA friends, heck! now that I think about it, I even met my boyfriend here first! I feel inspired (and sometimes slightly depressed haha) by looking at the amazing art I find here. I've learned more about art thanks to DA, rather than from what they teached me at school, and I love how I can find a nearly infinite amount of resources and materials I can use and the best part? for free! I've also met people who have truly inspired me in many other ways, not just on the artistic side. I even have a small additional source of income here! I don't sell many prints but I sell a lot of commissions.

I love this site for many strong solid reasons and the fact the old symbols are gone is indeed sad, but that won't make me want to leave, not even make me love this site any less. Fortunately for me, these new symbols don't affect my DA experience. I still can interact with the same people, post journals and share new art the same way I could a couple of days ago.

I love the community, the art and the people here, those are the reason why I think DA rocks, not the symbols. Granted, is a little weird to look at the site and see these new glyphs, they feel alien, I still somehow feel they don't belong here, but I know I'll get used to them eventually. They are now part of a new chapter in the history of deviantArt and I know I'll grow to like them as well.

And that's another reason why I love this site, it's in constant change. I wouldn't love it the same if it stayed the same for a long time.

So, in closing: I love and miss the old symbols, but ultimately, they aren't that important to me, not enough to make me feel this isn't my home anymore, this change hasn't changed my love for the site and the community. I'll continue doing what I've been doing until now because my focus isn't a group of symbols that aren't here anymore, my focus is the art and the people who inhabit this site.

I'm saying this because I've read a lot of comments from people saying exactly the opposite, how they are considering leaving the site just for this change, or how they feel this site isn't their home anymore, how they think the community is going downhill or how umprofessional it looks now, etc. It's specially sad when said members are people who once felt and expressed such love for the community, some old friends and even some former volunteers. I fail to see the reasoning behind this, are the symbols that important to you? More than the other amazing things this site offers?  More than the friends you met here? More than the amazing art you can find here? Really? 

I know people, specially artist, are passionate and we express our opinions loudly. And I'm not saying is wrong, feel free to express yourself the way you want. It's just that I can't help to think some people is overreacting over a thing that in my opinion, doesn't deserve this many importance. 

But this is of course, only my opinion. After all, I'm also a member of this community and as such, I also have my opinion. Also,this is my journal and I write what I think :P

Anyway, happy thursday!

Making new IDs!

Fri Sep 27, 2013, 3:17 PM

Until further notice I won't be taking new requests for these. The holiday season is approaching which means I'll be extra busy! If you really want one though, you can comment here and I'll add you to a waiting list, but know that I won't be working on new ones probably until january (those that are still pending right now will be finished hopefully before december)

Thanks!




thiefoworld by Thiefoworldjimmyelshaman by ThiefoworldAthos-of-light by Thiefoworldwreckling by Thiefoworld



Have you ever wanted a picture of yourself in a cute cartoony style with a big head and making you look cuter than you actually are?

Well, now is your chance!

I'll be making deviant IDs by request once again, now with a new format! Because for some reason, you guys like my drawings enough to actually pay for them ಠ_ಠ

Shyree2 by ThiefoworldHeidi2 by ThiefoworldMadizzlee by ThiefoworldCodenamepanther by Thiefoworld

Payment methods


They'll be 600 :points: each (or 700 :points: if you want to include a second character and/or extra elements), that's barely $7.5 USD! There are some burgers more expensive than that!

To make a request, check the Commissions Widget in my profile and ask for yours! OR if you have Paypal you can also make your payment directly through there, in which case, send me a note so we can discuss the details. I'll be charging only $7 USD for requests made directly through Paypal! (or $8 USD for IDs with extra elements)



Information needed

When making your request be sure to include the following:

  • A description and/or reference of how you look (or the character you want me to draw)
  • A color for the background.
  • By default I'll add your username as it is, if you want something else please say so in advance!



Jane-beata by ThiefoworldBurgerbunny by ThiefoworldThewritingdragon by ThiefoworldPiratelotus-stock by Thiefoworld


Queue list

Here you'll find the list of pending requests you have so you can have an idea of when you'll receive your ID. I try to keep this list always up to date, so you can always come back and check how your request is coming along. If for some reason you requested one but after a reasonable time you don't see yourself on the list, let me know!



Answer a question - Ask a question

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 9:03 AM
It's monday and I'm in a talkative mood, so this will be one of those "let's have a conversation" journal :B

How about this? I've seen others do these "Ask me anything" journals, so let's do something like that. But here's a twist; you can ask me anything you want, but you have to answer the question too. Also, at the end I'll ask you another question as well (which I'll also answer myself) If you want to keep the conversation you can then ask another question and so on until infinity \o/

So to start, here is the first question:

What are you looking forward to or are excited about right now?

Me? I'm excited because fall is finally here, weather is starting to cool down and I'm looking forward to finally use sweaters and scarves once again, I miss them!
I'm also excited because Attack in Titan is finally coming to an end (the anime at least) because I'm so sick of it and I haven't even watched a single episode! \o/

Your turn!

Being a Mentor + DD Suggestions

Fri Sep 13, 2013, 11:55 AM
Time flies doesn't? I re-joined the team on September 18th 2012. The term of every CV is of 1 year and I was about to complete mine just next wednesday! I was in fact, about to ask Moonbeam13 -"What now?"- But then Danie went ahead of me and contacted me yesterday and asked if I wanted to join the Mentor Team.



I said yes. So, I'm a Mentor now!



What does this mean? Well, I'll continue doing what I've been doing until now, I'll also be working closely with the other mentors in building and managing awesome big projects and be a support for our fellow CVs. This also means that I'm not leaving the team just yet, so you'll have to deal with me for still some more time. :meow: I knooooow! You're speechless of excitement, I get it.



What is taking so looooong?


I want to apologize if I seem a little slow lately (I mean, I'm always slow :slow: but that's another story...) specially with DD suggestions. Yes, being currently the only one in Digital Art is contributing to that, but in reality, is not that I'm being flooded with suggestions, (I do am receiving a little more than usual, but nothing I can't manage ;)) is more that I don't have much time to check them right away. Being honest, I'm not giving high priority to suggestions right now, I'm trying to focus on other stuff, remember that DDs are only a portion of what we CVs do. I'll try to host Sketchmatches on a more regular basis (in fact, there is a session next sunday!) and also create some other fun activities for you to participate.  Halloween is near and there are some big plans in the making! Also, I have an idea for a project, potentially huge, which if we do it, it will involve several galleries and CVs, maybe for the end of the year or early next year. asdfulkj!

Also and in all honesty... I'm also trying to get some time for myself. Usually I spend my free time checking suggestions, and don't get me wrong, it's an activity I love! but it can also be time consuming, and lately I prefer to take some of my free time and actually relax for a bit. Another reason why I'm also not taking commissions at the moment.

So, this is not to say don't send suggestions anymore. Not in the slightest. Keep sending them! This is more for you to know that if I don't check your suggestion right away, now you know why, but rest assure I'll eventually check yours, there's not a chance I won't, it just might take me a little more time than usual.

Also, Moonbeam13 is already going through all the applications so one (or more?!!) new Digital Art CVs are on their way!  

Happy Friday! and have a nice weekend all!

The current Digital Art CV team:


:bulletblue: Fractal Art - tatasz
:bulletblue: Photomanipulation - Aeirmid & Emerald-Depths
:bulletblue: Paintings and Drawings & Mixed Media - Thiefoworld vowbreaker Astralseed diphylla
:bulletblue: 3D Art - PolyMune
:bulletblue: Pixel Art - vanmall
:bulletblue: Text & Typography - pica-ae
:bulletblue: Space and Sci-Fi - Shue13
:bulletblue: Vector & Vexel - Thiefoworld



The most recent changes

Please join me in welcoming diphylla and Astralseed to the digital team! Both will be manning the main Digital Art gallery.

Also, I (Thiefoworld) will be taking care of the Vector and Vexel suggestions in the meantime there is a new volunteer for these.


Become part of the team!

Want to become a Digital Art Community Volunteer? Check the current open positions and the instructions to apply in this journal.

Happy suggesting!


It's deviantArt™ 13th Birthday next August 7th! And with the most festive mood in the atmosphere, we're now inviting you to a special session of Sketchmatch™!

What is Sketchmatch™?


Sketchmatch™ is a very simple but fun game, in which you'll be prompted to make a drawing with a specific theme.  The catch is that...
You only get 10 minutes to make your drawing!


The themes could go from drawing a cat, to drawing your favourite vacations, to drawing Pyramid Head! Here are some examples:
Sketchmatch example1 by Thiefoworld Sketchmatch example 2 by Thiefoworld


How does it work?


  • We gather

    We'll see you at our official chatroom, #CommunityRelations, next August 7th at 6:00 PM PDT
  • We give the theme

    Once everybody's ready, we set the theme. From that very moment you'll now have 10 minutes to draw your entry!
  • You draw! and fast!

    You can use Muro™ to create your entry, or you can use Photoshop™ or the digital software of your preference. It's up to you!
  • Time's up!

    After the 10 minutes have passed, the game ends! Stop drawing!
  • Share your creation!

    It's now time to post your beautiful creation! Yup! Even if it's unfinished. Submit it to either your Sta.sh or your gallery. Then post the link in the chat so the others can see it.  
  • We laugh!

    Finally we friendly laugh at each other's entries! The idea of this is to have fun and its also a great practice! The time limit really pushes you to be quick, challenges your creativity and in the process, lets you know other great artists!
  • You win!

    The most amazing, creative, funny or just plain ridiculous entries of each round will win a premium membership! There will be five 3-month Premium Memberships in total for grabs!


But wait! Only 10 minutes?


  • Yes! Sketchmatch™ is not about creating great masterpieces,   you only have 10 minutes! Be fast! Be creative! and most importantly: have fun! Don't worry, all the others will do crap too! :D
  • It's not only about great digital artists and you don't need a tablet to participate, everybody is invited! Even if you think you can't draw. Use stick figures! We love them!
  • Sketchmatch™ it's not about who draws best, it's a lighthearted activity. The most creative entries are always the most applauded over the most technically well done.


So! Who's up for it?


So, once again, here is everything you need to know:

See you at #CommunityRelations
Next August 7th
At 6:00 PM PDT
(click to know your local time)

You'll have the chance to win one of five 3-month Premium Memberships!



Digitally Delicious: July 26th

Fri Jul 26, 2013, 8:00 AM
Digitally Delicious: July 26th




Bridge of Birds

by *Jon-Foster





:wake up...:

by ~lehuss




Zang Melter

by ~SkoLzki





Tidal wave

by *Asalia





The came from hell... again.

by ~Fealasy





red

by ~m-lin





Single Shade

by *CreepySheepStudio




yotsuba

by *shichigoro756





The Fairy

by *RozennIlliano






Dragon skull

by =SourAcid



Digital Art Newsletter - July

Fri Jul 19, 2013, 11:09 AM
Hello people!

That's right! Time for some Digital Art news and goodies!


How do I suggestions?


As some of you know, in the past weeks alltheoriginalnames and ClefairyKid stepped down from the team, so for the time being, there isn't a CV for the following categories: 3D, Space, Sci-Fi and Pixel Art.
This is a reminder that in the meantime new volunteers are appointed for these categories, you can send your suggestions to:
And if you think you have what it takes, what are you waiting for? APPLY!


Events from this past month


The Journal Feature Challenge
A very quick activity in which you were prompted to make a journal feature. As simple as that. Challenges like this will come in the near future, with different themes and twists so keep an eye open on this space!

Fractal Art critique session
SaTaNiA hosted a  critique session last Friday, July 12. I wish I could say how it went but unfortunately I wasn't able to attend. But I bet it was awesomeeee, because Damien is awesomeeeee. Yes.

Digital Art Q&A chat event
A quick session of Q&A was held last sunday, July 14th. Thanks to MiloticScale for the initiative! As well, we want these events to be recurrent in the near future. Which days are best for you to enter a chat event?

Beyond Boundaries Contest
Is halfway through and I can't wait to see the results!

The Pen Tool Creative Contest
Still have some days left! Go! Go! Go!

Human Monk Hero by ARTOFJUSTAMAN Dynasty Nami - LoL by Arlequinne  Dragon by irish-blackberryMarguerite by goldenrodS Walk the little walk by Amanda-Kihlstrom


Donations reminder


I want to give you a very quick reminder, that if you ever have some points to spare, consider donating them to Digitalists, all points raised will be used for our activities and contests. Even 5 or 10 points will be good! Me, Thiefoworld are gathering these points, so if you would like to donate, send the points my way!


#Digitalists and Digitally Delicious


Well, this was the reminders newsletter huh? I also want to remind you all, that Digitalists is the hub for everything related to Digital Art, so if you want to keep yourself informed, feel free to devwatch us! Spots for admins might be open soon as well, so keep an eye open!

Also, if you're a Tumblr user and want to receive amazing Digital Art from the deviantArt galleries directly in your dashboard, feel free to add the Digitally Delicious account, which shares outstanding digital pieces EVERYDAY!


Vyunne Network by mistermojo28 Our Secret Spot by stottt .. by marcocasalvieri Lilith by Sugarflesh Letters from Above by Yinamon


deviantArt's Birthday: just around the corner!


That's riiiiight! deviantArt's 13th birthday is next August 7 and the whole Community Relations team is already brewing some awesomesouce events for the day. More information soon! :la:




News from the Community




News from the Digital Art CVs




wire rider by captainAKAcapt Dear rain by Yamio Sand Man by LIAMODEARME finalImage by Eedenartwork The Long Way Up by Cristi-B


Previous Newsletters




You're a winner! Click to get your prize!

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 8, 2013, 10:54 AM


So! ProcerDeCrepusculum tagged me and... I thought it would be interesting to give it a shot, I'm very good at riddles or so I've been told. Here we go...


1. I build up castles. I tear down mountains. I make some men blind, I help others to see. What am I?
A penis


2. You saw me where I never was and where I could not be. And yet within that very place, my face you often see. What am I?
Edward Cullen


3. Kings and queens may cling to power and the jester's got his call but, as you may all discover, the common one outranks them all. What or who am I referring to?
The old man who made the emperor lose his groove


4. There once was a strange man who loved wordplay, he had a very important and successful business that would take insect shipments from all across the world and distribute them to zoos across the US. What was the name of his company?
The East India Trading Company

5. Four of us are in your field. But our differences keep us at yield. First, a one that is no fool, though he resembles a gardener's tool. Next, one difficult to split in two, and a girl once had one as big as her shoe. Then, to the mind, one's a lovely bonder, and truancy makes it grow fonder. Last, a stem connecting dots of three. Knowing all this, what are we?
Mmm... tricky... a gardener's tool.. one difficult to split in two.. oh! I got it! ....

6. I am a word of meanings three. Three ways of spelling me there be. The first is an odor, a smell if you will. The second some money, but not in a bill. The third is past tense, a method of passing things on or around. Can you tell me now, what these words are, that have the same sound?
Eddie Murphy

7. It's red, blue, purple and green, no one can reach it, not even the queen. What is it?
A penis with gangrene.

8. What question can you never honestly answer yes to?
"Does this dress make me look fat?"

9. It cannot be seen, it cannot be felt, Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt, Lies behind stars and under hills, And empty holes it fills. Comes first follows after, Ends life, kills laughter. What is it?
A ghost penis.

10 Round like an apple, deep like a cup, yet all the king's horses cannot pull it up. What is it?
An anus.



:meow: Happy monday! Have a great week everyone.


Skin by SimplySilent

The Journal Feature Challenge

Mon Jun 24, 2013, 11:58 AM


I love featuring art in my journal on a regular basis. There is so much great art around here that I find fascinating and I wish more people could see it. It's a great way to discover new artists and find inspiration. You can always browse and search for art on your own, but in my experience, is a lot more effective to search through collections curated by artists with interests similar to yours, as in their favourites or features in their journals. Besides, is also a great way to show your appreciation for artists you admire! And usually artists do appreciate the promotion when you let them know.


Some Tips to create effective journal features


Size matters

Thumbnails nowadays can be used by both premium and non premium members in journals. The code for these is always easily accesible on every deviation page, at the right, just above the deviation' statistics. It looks like this: :thumb#######:



Also, today thanks to Sta.sh you can easily add these thumbnails to your journals and resize them freely, but also a very quick and easy way to make bigger versions of these thumbnails is by just adding "big" at the beginning, like this: :bigthumb#######:

Regular thumbnail: :thumb379378963: Big thumbnail: :bigthumb379378963:


Be creative!

You don't need a fancy CSS to promote art.  Just try to arrange your thumbs in a creative way, don't just dump them there! Combine both regular and big thumbnails and/or try using images in various sizes using sta.sh. You can also organize the thumbs according to their shape (landscape, portrait or square), organize them by colors, alternate their alignment to the right, left or center,etc.

Chronicle of Loreithia: Princess Luciana by Amdhuscias Bioshock Infinite- Will the Circle Be Unbroken by WieldstheKey Flower snake by muju
Unconventional Boundaries by xpuresnow Zwischenwelten by typesprite
Zang Melter by SkoLzki Bridge of Birds by Jon-Foster Open Hizouse by herringbonnes


Keep it simple!

You might think making a big feature with 100 thumbnails might be a good idea, but usually when people see just a big wall of images, they won't pay much attention to the whole thing, even less to each work individually. You can make your feature more effective by showing a moderate quantity of art each time. Remember that quality is better than quantity!

To write or not to write...

You can  add descriptions to your features and explain why you think their art is awesome, that's a good idea. Just as a tip: keep it short and concise, remember that in a journal feature, the main focus should be the art, don't write an essay ;) Or you can also let the art speak for itself, that's also valid!

Do it regularly!

Your features might gain more impact if you do it regularly, in the form of a series. Random one shots are nice, but if you do it regularly, more people will have a reason to keep an eye on your journal because they'll have something to expect. You can focus on a particular theme, subject or medium, for example, if you like comics, try featuring comic art on a regular basis!

Let the artist know you featured them

People usually appreciate when you do this, let's be honest, who doesn't like to get their art promoted? Just leave them a quick note or comment letting them know you featured them in your journal.



So now,  it's time to set you a very simple yet fun challenge:

Create a journal feature, show it to me and get a chance to win some prizes!





Rules

    :bulletblue: The journal entry must be from now and until next Sunday, June 30th. You have all week! :bulletblue: The journal must contain a minimum of 5 features and a maximum of 15. (remember: keep it simple!) :bulletblue: You must promote the art of others only, promoting your own art in this occasion won't count (there will be challenges for self-promotion later ;)) :bulletblue: The use of CSS is not mandatory, (in fact as you'll read down below, the challenge is encouraged for non premium members) just try to arrange your thumbnails and/or images in a creative way, try following some of the tips described above! :bulletblue: All art forms are elegible to get featured, in fact, why don't you try featuring art you don't usually look at? Keep an open mind and try to broaden your taste! :bulletblue: Submit your journal to the category Journal Portal > Culture > Art Features. When done, share the link to your entry in a comment down below.


Prizes?


The purpose of this challenge is to foster the journal feature culture and encourage the community to promote others as an act of kindness. However, as an incentive, some random Points and even Premium Memberships will be given to participants. If your feature catches my attention for its originality, you might receive some points! If you're a non premium member but are creative to showcase other's art in your journal, I might give you a PM so you can continue doing it now with CSS!
Additionally, ALL participants will get featured in my journal at the end of the challenge.

And while I'm at it, let me give a huge THANKS! To the people who donated some points so giving these prizes could be possible:
:icondannyanthony: :icontattydesigns: :icondragondoodle: :iconbouncing-points: :iconastralseed: :iconpiratelotus-stock: :iconthewritingdragon: :iconkrissi001: :iconjijikit: :iconginkgografix: :iconwreckling: :iconvowbreaker: :iconsynfull: :iconcosmicsketch: :iconvanart94: :iconmajnouna: :iconcaminante0: :iconmagicwingsforever: :icononionblaze: :iconoakleepoakdee: :iconiamanelebiscarra: :iconsoftcorequeen: :iconarichy:




Buttocks

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 21, 2013, 10:32 AM


Race against Cancer


Since I know Moonbeam13 I've known about the Weekend to End Women's Cancer, and I've always admired her for participating every single year. I've donated a few dollars in the past whenever I can, but I know there are times when one can't donate because we're not precisely swimming in money. However reading Danie's most recent journal I read about the advances against cancer that have been possible thanks to this event and if that isn't encouraging I don't know what is! I know we're always prompted to donate for many charities and I know many of us do it by heart, but isn't it even more encouraging to know your money is indeed being put into good use and is actually giving results?  

So please, if you have a moment, check these links and if you can, donate. And if you can't, promote them! Both Moonbeam13 and gimp have to raise $2,000 in order to be able to participate in the event.

Click to donate to gimp


Click to donate to Moonbeam13



Exotique 8 Call for Entries


The lovely and spammy Rafin aka phoenixleo  wanted me to tell you that Ballistic Publishing is inviting you [YES YOU!} to submit your work to Exotique 8: The World's Best CG Characters
Check out his journal to know more!




Art History Project


HEY YOU! STOP TOUCHING YOURSELF! Want to participate in ArtHistoryProject? Well what a coincidence! Now is your big chance! The new and improved Sign Up Sheet is updated, new and improved and you can check it out here -> distortedsmile.deviantart.com/…
I know you're a smart bunch, now is time to share your knowledge!


Sci-Fi and Space, now with more Laser and Beast!


I just wanted to remind you that in the meantime there's a shiny new volunteer for the gallery,  vowbreaker and I are taking care of the Sci-Fi and Space DDs! Aeirmid is doing the same for the Sci-Fi subcat within Photomanipulation, so we got you covered lovely alien lover community <3
And btw, both Moonbeam13 and I are also currently taking suggestion for 3D Art, so send them away!

Goodbye Clefairy!


You know how now is official that the new Pokemon type is fairy, so apparently some old pokemon like Clefairy and Jigglypuff changed their type to Fairy. How surprising! ... that had nothing to do with what I'm going to say, but please join me in giving a warm farewell to ClefairyKid who recently stepped down from being the Pixel Art CV <3


So! With all these new open spots, if you think you have what it takes, don't hesitate to apply!


Pugs! Pugs everywhere!


Want to win a 3 Months PM? Do you love Pugs? There's a new Muro Challenge and you can win a Premium Membership! :la:

So here is a small Pug Feature, I know of someone who will appreciate it :B

Pug by imaginism Pug by Uberzers Pug by Samantha-Winsor
the Pug by AmySake Pug by thundercake Pug by CarinaReis


Have a good weekend everybody!


You entered one of the doors in the left wing aisle, when you turn on a candle nearby you discover you're in the kitchen. There is a stove to the right which doesn't seem too friendly. You proceed with caution to the other side, you need to be careful or the stove will GO berserk. You finally left the kitchen and enter the main dinning room. From one of the windows here you notice the exit should be on the other side, in the west wing. You proceed and go to the collection of the Digital Art DDs I've featured

Skin by SimplySilent

Have some points to spare?

Tue Jun 18, 2013, 9:25 AM
Part of my goal as Community Volunteer, is to offer you fun, challenging and interesting activities, projects and contest to participate. These activities will be open for everyone, regardless of age, location, level of skill or color hair.

In the following weeks, I intend to start a few of these projects, and as an incentive for the community to participate, (because I know you! you greedy bunch!) I plan to offer some prizes for grabs; points, premium memberships, journal features, nude pics, etc. Of course, most of these prizes will come out of my own pocket but unfortunately, I'm not rich! so I can't offer much on my own.

And here is where you come in!

I'm calling you, the community, to donate some points if you have them to spare. 10 points don't seem like much, but if 10 people donated 10 points each, we have... wait.. oh yeah! 100! So it doesn't matter the quantity, your donations will always be appreciated.

The 100% of the points donated will go towards activities and contests hosted over Digitalists


3D Art, Sci-Fi and Space DDs

Thu Jun 13, 2013, 9:40 PM
I just wanted to take a moment and thank alltheoriginalnames for all his hard work during his term as the Sci-Fi and Space, as well as 3D Art community volunteer for the past year. If you haven't already, go to his profile and give him some love! :heart:

What will happen with the Daily Deviations for these galleries? Worry not! In the meantime a new volunteer is selected for these categories, you can send your suggestions to me. If you recently sent a suggestion to alltheoriginalnames, feel free to re-send them to me now.

So, to recap, these are the categories I can take suggestions from:

As a reminder; I can't give a DD to the same deviant in a time span of 6 months (FAQ #313: How can I find out if someone already has a Daily Deviation?) and I usually give priority to those who don't have any. (Though, I make some exceptions from time to time)

And by the way, if you think you have what it takes, don't hesitate to apply! :eager:

That's all.

Thiefoworld