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First, a little backstory on the backstory....

Cattlekind are a nomadic race who roam the grasslands of their nation, The Prairie. Constant travellers, they have no permanent homes, and instead house their vast herd in wooden, covered wagons that they pull across the nation as they look for fresh grass to graze upon. Cattlekind believe in keeping life clean and simple and have a constant faith that the land will provide for whatever they may need. They are a sturdy breed, hard-working, down-to-earth, and ever grateful for all that Mother Fœnum has provided them. And having seen so much of what The Prairie has to offer - the flowering fields, the rolling plains, the golden sunsets - the cattle have developed a deep love of their country and are intensely patriotic. So much so, they can be a little judgmental of other “extravagant” cultures, not quite understanding why others would not lead lives as simple and happy as theirs. Still, they are known throughout the world as trustworthy, kind folk who only wish that all others could be as content as they.  

And now....

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For the next chapter in the Book of Lore, we'd like to do something special. We're letting our supporters pick which character's past we'll delve into next. The poll will remain open until the Them's Fightin' Herds crowdfund reaches 265K, and the backstory for the character that you all pick will be published soon after. Then we'll repeat the poll for all the remaining characters, whose stories will be revealed for every additional 15K afterwards. So if you have a favorite character whose story you can't wait to hear (or if you've ever felt like telling me what you want me to write next), vote now and tell all your friends to vote, too!

Oh- and make sure to please spread the word to help get to the next 15K!

Click here to vote for the next character, and click here to help the crowdfund.

Thanks for your support - and forgive the puns.   :)
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Collecting Souls

Thu Oct 8, 2015, 8:27 AM


"Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, 
that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts."
                                                   Paramahansa Yogananda

Mark and Daniel by mrNepa

Glow by SamanthaJordaan  watercolor bouquet by veronika-schnek

I'll Go Out Tomorrow by InkDrone

tortured by A-D-I--N-U-G-R-O-H-O  Leo by MsSophieArt

Under Wraps by Life-takers-crayons

martyr of time by Alizadeh-Art  Black Cat by Kajenna

Forest Pond Mermaid by Inna-Vjuzhanina

tribal wolf by davidsonm36  Who are the killers by ark4n

After the Rain III by raysheaf

Cherry blossom by Supach  'Blue Haiku' by SootheNoo1959

Queen of the night rats by qi-art

The Prince Of Midnight by VladislavPANtic  Eyes of the Storm by RubyRyn

Treasure hunters by Narholt

Yellow Down Cover by BorjaPindado  Eternal Flame by stoneddinosaurs

Stave by untuox

White Cat in Pastel | Speedpainting by Jeanne-Lui  Queen  by Karitaart

Daisy by SquirrelGirl15

Unknown galaxy by ChristinaMandy  Paul's portrait by Akadio

Astronaut by AmBr0

Tanit-Isis by Codinas  Natalie Dormer by MonsieF

cry me a river by bohomaz13

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Black whispers by wolf-minori

The owl by Akadio  Abraxas Oculus by RevolutionaryPeace

Three Halloween Cats by PaulinaCastle

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Spotaneity by LongHomeFox  Mysterious Forest by Vilenchik

Bakery by MirazIllustration

In the Forest by Lev-Bannikov  Going Under by NattymonNoir

Goldfish by HendrikHermans

Wrongskin by TheDaveL  Unfinished Sympathy by heartofrockandroll

You and I by FlashW

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Flamingo by RoosmaRoo

Oooo by lemgras330  Fenris by Allantiee

Young Clown... by CharadaBrasileiro

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Sunflower by e-r-k-r-i-e-a-l

Eloise by albertopitalua  golem vs wizard by 0oki

Dropped by FaeryWing

The good days by STelari  Modern architecture in Budapeszt by GreeGW

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Farewell III by JulijanaM  Pisces by MsSophieArt

Punishment by mrNepa

The Twins - A Watercolour by Dwayne James by dwaynerjames  The Princess and the Pixies version 2 by stelledivetro

The Roofs of Paris by senyphine

Lose in Venice by silverhorn1  Sorin le Tzimice by Asthenot

Notturno: Tutto e' Sogno by Fabiano777

present by Amorelia  White tree by Daenzar

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Longing by NattymonNoir

Pervicacia by naeloj  A Toast. by Somaritan

The Lake Towards Sunset by PaulAbrams

polina by vaenaton  Florence. Santa Maria Del Fiore. by Krystian0Wozniak

Girl with Ponytails by Alina-Kurbiel

The Martian by p1xer  Tywin Lannister by MeduZZa13

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Eye Candy

Thu Oct 8, 2015, 4:00 PM

Hi my dear friends and watchers.
Sorry for disable comments. I really dont find time to reply all comments
since Im really busy with recording my NEW TUTORIAL about RETOUCHING.

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Anywhere by Ariel87

Aventura me Espera by Wesley-Souza

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Dementia by Andaelentari

Heaven by JiaJenn31

City Light Dreams by ektapinki

Chandelier Hill by Euselia

Crying soul by MoonZaphire

somewhere in the wood by gestandene

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The Cold Touch of Sorrow by BurakUlker

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Chronicles of Time by kimsol

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...Medusa... by EsotericIllusion

Forest Fairy by AliaChek

Sangrando by DanielPriego

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Balor of the Evil Eye by Rui-Abel

White Dragon Hall by MarcoHerrera

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Shooting Star by Gwendolyn1

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Beneath the Shadows by tamaraR

Black Magic by BaltasarVischi

Against the darkness by MirellaSantana

Pink and Green Fairy by annewipf

TROPICALL CHILL by naradjou14

Guardian of the Power by LaercioMessias

Orient Beauty by Euselia

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Calling Love by Enamorte

Jardin des anges by MelieMelusine

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Once Upon A  Dream by Litavismindartist

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Incantation - An interactive Comic

Thu Oct 8, 2015, 12:19 PM

Incantation - An interactive Comic by Shiraw

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Hello dear watchers!

I'm currently working on a big project with my friends from university. We're creating an interactive comic called „Incantation“!
It's a story about magic, betrayal and a misguided heroine. But I don't want to give away the best yet. ;)

So what is an interactive comic? Compared to traditional comics, an interactive one includes animations, sound effects and is only available digitally. BUT our comic will be even more awesome! Besides those great aspects we are also including Mini-Games! Get ready for an entirely new comic experience!

Early 2016 the comic will be released for Android phones and tablets, but we are also working on an iOS-version. Unfortunately the first version will not be available in English, only in German.

My tasks include helping write the story, creating the lineart and designing the fonts and (written) sound effects.

Also part of the team is Shiraw. - She is an amazing artist with great character design skills and beautiful colouring. You should take a look at her art! :D

Check out our latest concepts:

A reference sheet of the heroine “Leandra
Incantation - Leandra Reference by Shiraw

Concepts of the magical creature “Blop

Incantation - Creature: Thumbnails and Concept by Bernuviel

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    "All cats old enough to swim the largest wave, meet at the sandy rock for a clan meeting!" Jaystar yowled. His eyes wandered around as he noticed the cats gather around from each corner of the new camp. He cleared his throat and began to speak, "I have finally returned to Waveclan. During the flood, I lost 2 of my lives to drowning and found a kit." He let his eyes trail over to the nursery, where he could see the black and white kit with one eye blue and the other yellow. "We welcome the kit to our clan and in honor of finding him during a rough time, we name him Tidalkit, for the tidal wave that brought him to us." 

    The dark blue tabby cleared his throat once more, then spoke, "Shellpaw and Streampaw, please step forward to claim your warrior names." The two apprentices walked up the sandy rock and sat at the side of her. Jaystar looks up at the darkening sky then meows the ancient words, "I, Jaystar, leader of Waveclan, call upon my warrior ancestors to look down on these apprentices. They has trained hard to understand the ways of your noble code, and I commend them to you as warriors in their turn." He turns to Shellpaw."Shellpaw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code and to protect and defend your Clan, even at the cost of your life?" "I do." He responds as calm as possible, a smile wide on his face. "Then by the powers of StarClan, I give you your warrior name. Shellpaw, from this moment you will be known as Shellshark. StarClan honors your help, and we welcome you as a full warrior of Waveclan." He then turned to Streampaw. "Streampaw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code and to protect and defend your Clan, even at the cost of your life?" "I do." She responds with a smile and a nod. "Then by the powers of StarClan, I give you your warrior name. Streampaw, from this moment you will be known as Streamwater. StarClan honors your strength, and we welcome you as a full warrior of Waveclan." The crowd of cats began to cheer 'Shellshark! Streamwater!' Then settled down for the new apprentices' ceremonies.

    Once the cheering quieted down, he began to speak once again. "This camp, is our new home. I ma glad we were able to find a new place to live while I wasn't around to help. Scorchwhisker, Littlerose and Owlstrike helped out tremendously. Thank you." With that, he leaped down and went into his den.
"Shellshark! Streamwater!"
You know what it's fun for everyone to do? Try and predict the future. For some reason everyone likes to predict mass apocalypse, whether it's the Y2k Bug that was going to destroy us all in the year 2000, or the Mayan Calendar that was going to destroy us all in the year 2012, or the Earth being engulfed by the sun in billions of years. That last one will probably happen, it's just that I don't predict it killing the human race because that would assume that human beings would know about a problem for billions of years, never develop technology, and never attempt to deal with that problem. I'm not going to try to predict the apocalypse. I'm going to try to predict problems that we may face in the next 10-50 years, problems which are going to take some thought process to get around or solve. I may be totally wrong, but the future is always a fun thing to predict. I mean, hoverboards are supposed to be invented this month.

Problem Prediction #1: Automation Consumer Crash
Oh, I'm already off to the scary stuff. Have you seen CGP Grey's video "Humans Need Not Apply"? It's a good video. In it, he uses logic that says that robots will replace all/most human labor--everything from service jobs to creative jobs. This would lead to increasing unemployment. It's also an unsustainable problem. If robots worked for every company, and companies didn't hire people, then people would have no money and not be able to buy things from the company. And it's not like "companies need to be smart and use less automatons" because the ones that don't will lose to the companies that are, and we will arrive at this problem. Normally, more technology means more jobs (overall rise in productivity means people can produce more stuff and afford more stuff)

So... what exactly happens in this situation? Where no one has money to buy anything? And it's still cheaper to keep the robots around than to hire people. Well, obviously, first it's going to cause a lot of problems with increasing unemployment. That's a given. This scenario will change a lot about the way we think of modern society as we know it. Best case scenario, it would lead us to a post-scarcity society. Worst case scenario, it would lead to all-out class warfare. Somewhere in the middle, it will change the idea of what money is and what it's for. It's a logically strange problem and I don't know exactly how it would turn out, but if people are right about robots replacing all jobs, this is something we should be more worried about than the rampant unemployment. And yes, this problem would also affect big CEO's too. I mean, if no one is buying their stuff they lose out. If they use human employees, they lose out.

Remember one thing that CGP Grey said is that the car made horses obsolete. That may be true, but automation of almost all kinds is designed to benefit humans in some way. Cars weren't made to benefit horses the way that automatons are meant to benefit humans (even specific humans).

Problem Prediction #2: Population Problems
Every environmentalist has said and continues to say that overpopulation is going to be a huge problem and we should have as few kids as possible. Congratulations, you've succeeded. Now the birth rate in many countries is at an all time low. While overpopulation causes a lot of environmental problems, underpopulation/a birth rate below replacement level causes a lot of societal problems. Replacement level is 2.1 children per family, or... something that almost no modernized country is currently at. 

It's wonderful for the environment. It's terrible for government and societal programs like state pensions. Those programs absolutely depend on the next generation being larger than the previous. Of course, when most of the voters are the recipients of state pensions... it's not going to be pretty. Not to mention how badly places with universal health care might be hit, where most of its recipients have been retired. Of course it'll take time for us to get to this stage. Population decrease doesn't happen immediately, and it's lauded as a good thing by pretty much everyone. And yeah, it's a good thing, if it's done slow and steady... not all at once.

It also has other sociological effects that bode for interesting problems. For example, it's frequently the young people who fight in all of the wars. By pure fighting power, the country with the lowest birth rates may find itself a target from countries that keep higher birth rates. Also, the values that get passed down tend to be from the people who are reproducing, namely religious people.

We can see some of the effects of a population below replacement level in Japan already. Young people spend a lot more and a lot more recklessly than older people. Without this, an economy slumps leading to further stagnation. So, a low birth rate means great things for the environment, but it makes it harder for a country to defend itself--in military or in economy.

This is a problem that we're going to continually have to deal with, possibly forever. Too high of a population is obviously bad. We use up too much of the Earth's resources and do massive environmental damage. Too low of a population is also a problem. Both problems need to be dealt with, while not completely ignoring the other. We need to keep the birth rate close to replacement level, because too far in either direction can cause numerous problems.

People already know how to solve this problem. To lower population, you need widespread birth control and sex education. To raise population, you need to make having children look more attractive to young women and men, and you need to allow immigration on a large level. Each of these measures is controversial in its own right, especially right now with what's going on in Europe. Either you're going to be hearing about this problem a lot in the near future, or you won't hear it at all until it's too late.

Problem Prediction #3: Privacy vs. Convenience
Between you and me, privacy... may be a thing of the past in the next few years. The most obvious problem: we need to think long and hard about how much we value privacy. Both governments and corporations are eroding it all the time. Most people understand this. Not everyone seems to have a problem with that though. They hang onto the "if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear." That makes sense, most people signing over their privacy to Google didn't live through the Cold War with its Red Scare.

I'm going to be totally honest, my side is that I value privacy from both corporations and the government over convenience. Mass surveillance is dangerous. Wire tapping and internet tracking to fight terrorism, ironically can benefit the terrorists quite a lot. If say... North Korea managed to get control of NSA programs... my theory is that would be VERY bad.

Remember when Sony was hacked? If it's so easy for criminals to get our information, how hard would it be for legitimate threats that want to do legitimate damage? In England, people are caught on CCTV cameras up to 70 times each day... for your safety. Google Chrome keeps your entire browsing history (even if you delete it)... for your convenience.

Even if that sounds crazy paranoid and delusional (it's not, really), we still need to worry about the very real threat of cyber criminals. Identity theft, hacking, doxxing/swatting. When a slander website is able to hack into someone's amazon history, these programs are no longer for our convenience. My prediction is that if we don't have an honest discussion about our right to privacy now, we'll never be allowed to in the future, because "Anyone who wants to do so, is clearly a terrorist." I already feel like a conspiracy nut for talking about this, and that's not a good sign.

Privacy is very valuable, and it's more valuable than the little seconds Google is trying to save me when predicting what I'm looking for. Yeah, I never thought that Google search would scare me before, but when it knows what I'm searching before I do, that can give me a little bit of cause for alarm.

Problem Prediction #4: Apathy Crisis
Let's be honest: You don't care. You don't give a shit. You don't care about terrorists or oppressive governments or climate change or unemployment. Less people than ever before are voting. Most people are completely unaware of world current events. There's the perception that "your vote doesn't count." Oddly enough, the more people who believe that and don't vote, the less true it actually is. It's weird, isn't it? We are more visible than ever. The amount of people who listen and actually care about our opinions today have been enough to start full fledged revolutions in the past.

While this may seem like a good thing for oppressive governments, as long as they even claim to be a democracy, it's bad. Things tend... not to move at all, and the one thing that everyone can agree on is that everything is bad right now (even though that's not really the case). That's why countries like Australia have implemented mandatory voting. The problem is that... you can force people to vote, but you can't force them to actually care about it. And yes, that can be dangerous: if you force people who do not care to vote, or even give census, you may end up with something like Jedi being the second most common religion in your country.

It's called an "Attention Economy" (and a near-world view). World events have to compete with our fun electronics and cheap entertainment. And unfortunately the real world doesn't follow narrative structures quickly enough to be dramatic to a mass audience. No one talks about crazy dictatorships while they're forming because it takes dozens of years.

For something to have a better shot at competing in the attention economy, it does better if it's immediate, authentic, personal, and accessible. Any given news station will fail at least one of these--immediate or authentic. If they're reporting immediately they have to give some kind of speculation. If they wait until they get all of the facts, people won't give a shit anymore. 

Getting people to care about something has been a problem that's been silently plaguing us for awhile. It makes media, education, and politics far less effective than it actually needs to be. Even waiting until people are right in the middle of events that they could have seen coming and done something to prevent isn't enough because of the boiling frog effect. If you slowly boil the water, the frog will not notice until he's already boiling in the pot.

The only people who have effectively been trying to counter this are corporations trying to make more and more obtrusive ads... which do not work. I don't know the answer on how to get people engaged. When every single person has a louder voice than any time in history, the whole world has gone deaf. Why is this a problem? Because every other item on this list no one will give a shit about until it's too late unless the crisis of apathy is solved.

Problem Prediction #5: Educational Crisis
I've made it no secret that our current model of education--at least here in the United States--bodes a lot of problems. Let's start with the one that isn't controversial: Student Loan Debt. It exists, and it's a major problem. Student Loans have passed mortgages and credit card debt in sheer magnitude. Why is that? Because for-profit schools are dicks, people who are better at other life routes are forced into this, you can't get rid of student loans through bankruptcy in the United States, degrees that give no earning power, and the entire situation treating college like the end of the road instead of another step along the way.

So, first of all, I've heard people saying that this is like the housing bubble. It has some things in common, but it's not. In the housing bubble, when you couldn't pay back your mortgage, your bank could foreclose on your house. No matter what--if you never pay back a loan, if your school is discovered to be a scam, and they hand you a piece of toilet paper in the end--there is nothing physical that someone can take back from you. That's why you'll suffer less damage if you get money from the mob than a student loan, because there are all kinds of ways to get their money.

I'm not saying that this is the case, but what if education is like housing where people falsely believe that the value of an object is continuing to rise. What problems would this cause? Well, one problem would be major default. People wouldn't be able to pay off their loans and banks would go under (or they'd get another bailout and the country would suffer from over-inflation). Massive unemployment is the bottom line. There'd be a lot of disillusionment with education. It would be very bad.

Let's talk about what is undoubtedly happening though. Tuition costs are going up, far faster than they should. This is putting unnecessary strain on people who are in poverty. Going to college and succeeding may be the only way they can escape poverty. But they can't do it without putting themselves in a major financial risk. Even government grants and scholarships might not be enough, especially if a school loses its accreditation. Colleges and universities are treating students more like customers and their facilities more like a business, thus lowering the effectiveness of said education. 

If tuition and student loans keep increasing like they do, something. will. break. What happens when a career where you need a degree cannot pay for that degree? The first place that will be hit is definitely teaching. We may have certain jobs that find themselves in extreme shortages for talent. Or, alternatively, people will abandon colleges in this country and start attending universities in other countries. This would probably raise tuition, making the problem worse.

Lower education has one major problem: it's contributing to an innovation crisis. The country that will lead the world is the country that can innovate the best--not the one that judges all kids by absolute fill-in-the-bubble answers, and sends them all on the same path. In the current model, you could end up going to college for four years to be the perfect worker with a business degree for the CEO who never attended college and in that time started his own business. 

If we fail to innovate, we FAIL. There is no other way around it. The country that fails to innovate loses any competition that it will ever face. Our current education models practically demonize innovation and creativity. We have to rethink things. You could spend four years getting a computing degree only to learn that computers have moved on four years when you actually get into the world. Or, worse case scenario, your degree could end up being like a telecommunications degree in the mid 90's. Our current models of education can only focus on the way the world was, not the way it is, and it doesn't even comprehend the way our world WILL be.

Problem Prediction #6: Scientific Accessibility
One of the most difficult thing that scientists have to do is explain to the average person its theories. For example, The Big Bang. Since you obviously can't replicate it, scientist, what's your proof for the Big Bang? "Cosmic Background Radiation." Alright, now can you explain it to a non-scientist please? "Well, back in the beginning of the universe, everything was very hot" And you know this because...? It goes on this way until the average person there asking the questions is considered a religious zealot and a denier. Rule one of a theory, if you can't explain it to someone, they won't believe it.

With the Big Bang, it doesn't really matter if people think it's true or not. More important are things like Global Warming, which is important for people to know and "believe" in. It's on the onus of the scientific community to make the knowledge accessible and legible. Or else you'll get people looking at a snowy day and laughing about global warming. For example, global warming states that CO2 is the leading greenhouse gas. Most people learn in school that CO2 is necessary for plants to "breathe" and create oxygen. Both of these things can be very true, simultaneously, but it's up to you to explain it. Or else people will think you're lying.

A lot of environmentalists claim that our over-use of the environment is going to end the world within ten years. And when the world doesn't end, people will tune out more and more environmental messages. Not every person who questions a scientific theory is in the same group as the nutbars who think vaccines cause autism. There are some people who think that seeing cosmic background radiation proves the big bang like the virgin Mary on a piece of toast proves God. And treating that person with an elitist attitude is going to be more likely to believe that the two things are of equal validity.

Remember, scientific elitism lead to people laughing at germ theory. If you think people demonize vaccines now, imagine how they felt when they first came out. The concept can be scary to the average person: injecting them with a lesser form of a disease still sounds like injecting them with a disease.

I understand that this can be difficult. Knowledge works like this: The more you know, the more questions you have. If you shine a flashlight on a piece of paper very close up, the light is small. However, imagine each inch of darkness around that circle as a question. The light is knowledge. If you pull the flashlight away, the circle grows--you have more questions. You couldn't have had those questions before because you didn't have the knowledge necessary. The best thing for science is to get people to ask questions.

Many countries in the world are cutting science budgets. Despite its power to cure diseases, bring us to new worlds, develop new technology, and fight problems that we can't possibly imagine many people aren't seeing its validity. And yes, it is interconnected to the other problems. You can believe that everyone in the world's an idiot, but bad things start happening when you believe that they want to be an idiot.

Remember, while growing up, my class was repeatedly told that there were nine planets, from Mercury to Pluto. Many people today believe that Pluto still is a planet. This affects people's perception of science. Once completely certain facts being inaccurate causes people to distrust science, or stick to the facts that were once upon a time "true." Unfortunately a lot of science is based on theory, and we may one day have a better theory aided by better technology that puts our most vital theories and understanding of the universe in the same boat as geocentrism. (Like I don't know, finding life on a planet that's nothing like Earth at all [without water, air, etc]). You could lie to people that that isn't true, but every time our fundamental understanding of anything is challenged, you're staking the reputation of science itself, instead of just that theory. More, now than ever, people need to trust science and scientific achievement and that is obtained by making things open, accessible, and honest. 

And that's about it
I've left out all of the ones that you've probably heard about before. You know, transhumanism creating cyborg warfare, something like all-out nuclear war, a deadly super bug, terrorism, governments increasingly trying to control people, people becoming increasingly radicalized. And there's probably good stuff too, but you're still not going to get your hoverboard.

I see neither utopia or dystopia in the future. I see problems coming up and people dealing with them, like it is now and how it's always been throughout history. People like to rage on about Armageddon right around the corner, and even my most pessimistic predictions don't get anywhere close to that. A robotic AI revolution presumes that someone is stupid enough to create a bunch of super intelligent robots with no failsafe mass produced without testing. Like I said, the sun killing the Earth/boiling it assumes that humans will do nothing while sitting on the knowledge of a major problem for a billion years. Which isn't going to happen. We collectively spent 60 million dollars in the 90's trying to fix the Y2k bug before it happened, which may or may have not lead to all-out nuclear war. Speaking of that, a country using nuclear weapons would have to be stupid and insane to use them, and even stupid crazy people can understand the concept of Mutually Assured Destruction. Remember, there's only one trait shared by all of humanity throughout all of history--they want to survive.

The most likely cause of apocalypse on Earth is the scenario we cannot currently imagine. It most likely involves technology not invented yet for purposes that we can't comprehend at present comprehend. We are like a person in 1800's London, who doesn't know about the capabilities of computing and doesn't know he doesn't know that. When looking into the future, it's incredibly important to understand this: there are things that we don't know that we don't know.

I think I should write science fiction.
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some of the most beautiful and softly coloured MBD flowers I have seen
Art Colors Life by recycledrelatives

Sky Fluff by :iconnotjanetino:
An intriguing form and matching title ;)
It's shape reminds me of a Venus flytrap 

Sky Fluff by NotJanetino

Halloween Howler 2 by :iconwolfepaw:
The perfect fractal for this month
It has a positively evil grin!

Halloween Howler 2 by wolfepaw

The Path -pong357 by :iconundead-academy:
it looks to be a very precarious path to follow
amazing use of lighting to create an incredible atmosphere

The Path -Pong357 by Undead-Academy

UF_GNARL Mapping_Martix by:iconchetje:
A beautiful fractal, as though being watched by a giant eye, very captivating 

UF_GNARL Mapping_Martix by chetje

There is an ongoing donation pool for DailyFractalFeatures & Fractal-Resources to become SuperGroups over on :icondeadened-glow:'s page

Feature prepared by :iconpoca2hontas: :hug:

Design Guide: Grey & Design Guide: Picking a Base Coat

Graying/Greying desaturates the coat. 

As a design approver I would suggest staying within the range of 0% saturation to 30% saturation. I have not tried it for every possible design, so some designs may pass with higher saturation or may not work at the limit I suggested. This is just a guide number. Overall we should be able to glance at your design and see that it is in fact graying. If we cannot tell immediately that your design is desaturated then it is probably not desaturated enough. 

Having a real moment here. The first or second most common mistake that I see throughout DC now has to be designs that are not gray enough. The other mistake is shade of base coat, but that is another guide. I understand that you may want a tokota with more color rather than a grayscale pup, but the only thing I can really suggest is go out and buy a pup that does not have graying in its genotype. 

I made a 0% Saturation Tokota and I was told to Saturate it a little??
Odds are that you have a Graying Brown tokota. When a graying brown tokota is too gray it can appear like a black tokota, so some saturation may be required. 

I want a little color to show through at least, how do I go about it?
Well a good rule of thumb for adding color to your design is two to three small patches of color. Any more than that is often too much. The design should be overwhelmingly desaturated.
Ritenga whakamuri 6152 by TotemSpirit Shyxa 6284 by TotemSpirit Shiycke 6662 by TotemSpirit Tapeesa 6583 by TotemSpirit

How do the graying gene and the cream gene work together? 
Well graying desaturates while cream lightens the coat. When it comes to Tundra this leaves a pup nearly white. For Browns and Tawnies there are a few more options. I would suggest making the tokota's coat cream and then desaturating the color.
Muhani Ki Te Ahiahi 2096 by TotemSpirit Caine 3479 by TotemSpirit Fryst 5889 by TotemSpirit

I thought pangare can be saturated. Why was my design turned away?
Yes, pangare can be saturated...somewhat. It can not be overwhelmingly bright. Check out my girl . Her pangare is not white or light gray. It has slight color to it, but it is not bright tawny. 
Tomairangi Kohu 3933 by TotemSpirit Oomailiq 6799 by TotemSpirit Nunataq 5382 by TotemSpirit ACF Perfection 5100 by TotemSpirit

I was told I could only make my blanket, saddle, or collar black with the graying design?
Yes! This is when you can make those markings black! Lucky you!!! It is not allowed on a nongraying design.
Kiaonna 3765 by TotemSpirit Nunataq 5382 by TotemSpirit Itchavik 3955 by TotemSpirit Zeus M603 by TotemSpirit

I made my tokota its parent's normal base color and then put a graying filter over it.
I know this one is not listed as a question, but this is something I have seen. More often than not I can tell that is what you did and that is not what a graying tokota really is. A graying tokota loses its color. It isn't just covered in gray. This method usually causes the tokota to have too much color and look like a blurred blanket. 

  • Marked
  • Extended Marked
  • Points
  • Dun
  • Extended Dun
  • Pangare
  • Accents
  • Collared
  • Blanket
  • Saddle
  • Sable
  • Seal
  • Rainmarks
  • Flecking
  • Piebald
  • Shadowmarks
  • Vitiligo
  • Roan
  • Barring
  • Lacing
  • Lilac
  • Cream
  • Van Gogh
  • Restricted Seal
  • Reversal Mutation
  • Bloodmark
  • Chimerism


  1. Always make sure your color is on a brownish scale rather than a blue one. This avoids accidentally making a tokota appear lilac when it isn't.
  2. Pull a gray color from the parents to start off with. Or pick a base coat from the parents and desaturate from there. This assures that you get the correct tone that is in the lineage. Always check against the guides as well to make sure the parents are still a viable color.
  3. Use the Guides to argue your point. Don't use this guide to argue your point. Guides>My Guide. And pointing to the gallery can also leave your point a bit lacking. Always remember that Admins make mistakes and even now there is the occasional incorrect tokota uploaded. The only thing above the guides is Innali herself and of course Noe. Praise be to the tokota overlord.
  4. Make sure the markings you put on your tokota are also desaturated. When you are altering colors to figure out what color blanket fits better it is possible to go a little off what is allowed. It is always good to check your color values when your working on your design. Often times have markings (specifically accents) too saturated can make the entire design look more saturated than it is. 

Creative Minds Feature 1

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 8, 2015, 5:34 AM

Hallo my friends,

Well finally put some time to personalize the journal-skin for the features, i hopely can make more frequently.
Got a bit rusty , messing around with css-code but after some tweaking i got this result. 
We all know Halloween is coming at the end of this month, so this first feature  shows a collection of awesome work dedicated to the DarkSide of photomanipulation!! 

Works from: :iconwakefielddesigns: :iconravenyoungblood-art: :iconmsfowle: :iconkarterlicious: :iconmeliemelusine: :iconlauraypablo:
                      :iconchanelallure: :iconshadeley: :iconthepix: :iconsprsprsdigitalart: :iconmiss-deviante: :iconmoonzaphire: :icongwendolyn1:
                      :iconprincessmagical: :iconjacquelinelecocq: :iconkado897:

Enjoy the Show.

Special Guest:

We Have Fallen by WakefieldDesigns

A Magic touch... by RavenYoungblood-art    The Last Sister by msfowle     What should I turn you into... by Karterlicious

Witch in the Forest by MelieMelusine     Morrigan by lauraypablo     Her Ancestor by ChanelAllure

The Reign by shadeley     She Waits . . . by ThePix    Creepy flowers by SPRSPRsDigitalArt

Light The Way by Miss-deviantE     The white witch by MoonZaphire     Halloween Night by Gwendolyn1

Halloween night by PrincessMagical     Are you home alone ?? by JacquelineLecocq     Halloween 2015.1 by kado897

My latest work:

Stay a while, Stay Forever by nova63

Thank you all for your interest and check out these awesome artists and let your network grow and make some new friends!!
Until next Time,

Ed aka :iconnova63:

ProjectPorkchop Vol490

Thu Oct 8, 2015, 10:49 AM

ProjectPorkchop is all about bringing more exposure to the many talented yet under appreciated artists going unseen on deviantART daily. The artists chosen truly deserve more attention based on low counts of favorites, comments, and watchers, added to their incredible artistic talent.


Zuzanna is a traditional artist from the U.K. whose style is informed by the Art Nouveau tradition. The artworks in her gallery are all beautifully composed and detailed and Zuzanna takes inspiration from different mythological legends and characters, who are depicted in stylized designs that highlight the artist's creativity. There's considerable content here to delight fellow traditional deviants and art lovers in general, so don't delay in watching and supporting!

Devil Hejdasz by SuperkroolikCoexist by Superkroolik
Les Voyages De l'Ame by SuperkroolikAutumn Aurora by Superkroolik

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Laura is a hobbyist in digital art from Spain. She uses saturated colors and light very well in her fantasy concepts, giving these pieces a mysterious and magical mood that is wonderfully compelling. Laura's drawing skills can be appreciated in everything from her character designs to more complex and dynamic scenes, all of which nominate her as a promising talent worthy of your attention!

Poison Ivy by kylukiaDragon attack concept by kylukia
Some place... by kylukiaSea Queen by kylukia

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Ed is an artist from the Netherlands working predominantly with traditional media. He specializes in eccentric character concepts, using muted hues and fanciful forms to bring these quirky creatures to life. The expressive details and expert technique invested in these pieces will enchant you immediately and you're sure to find lots of appealing paintings to add to your collections!

Egg polisher by EdSchaapCrop circles masters by EdSchaap
Le professeur de magiciens by EdSchaapSky watchers by EdSchaap

Suggested by TinyWild 
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A digital artist from Russia, Marina has a lovely painterly style that adds great texture to her works. Each piece has an evocative mood and tells an enticing story through interesting perspectives and details in light and color. This is an up-and-coming artist who is deserving of more attention!

Sunset by LapponiaCastle by Lapponia
Sleepy Hollow by LapponiaAliens by Lapponia

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Vincent is a varied artist from Germany. He describes himself as an art enthusiast who is passionate about all kinds of art, and this committed engagement is reflected in his eclectic and extensive output of character concepts, sketches and comic development panels. Skilled in drawing with a style that thrives on fine detailing, Vincent is a deviant with solid future potential. Make a stop by his page and offer him a warm welcome to the community!

Death's companion by Necronom-IVThe winged bloodtail by Necronom-IV
DnD Orcus by Necronom-IVForest godess. by Necronom-IV

Suggested by TinyWild 
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