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Journal Entry: Wed Dec 17, 2014, 7:40 AM

Paul Tobin's Scavenger Hunt Part 2

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 5:33 PM
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Avatar & Narnia: Inspirational Tutorials

Masterful Resources on DeviantArt


PaulTobin is a conceptual designer, illustrator and graphic designer who has worked at Weta Workshop of New Zealand since 2003.

He has worked on films such as Andrew Adamson’s The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, Peter Jackson’s King Kong and James Cameron’s Avatar and most recently The Hobbit.

A master illustrator who has had gallery showings of his own original fantasy and sci–fi art, he has become a spokesman and advocate for other New Zealand fantasy and sci–fi artists. White Cloud Worlds was the 2010 “coffee table” anthology edited by Paul featuring the works of 27 of his amazing fellow NZ fantasy artists.

Paul has recently been the subject of a series of DeviantArt tutorial videos in which he outlines his work as a conceptual designer in film production and describes his methods at Weta Workshop for developing the best original concepts for the prehistoric or alien inhabitants of other worlds of the artist’s imagination. These tutorials should prove an invaluable resource for deviants interested in pursuing careers as studio graphic designers and illustrators in fantasy films.

Read the full interview

Paul Tobin There and Back Again

White Cloud Worlds Volumes 1 & 2

With forewords and introductions from Guillermo Del Toro, Richard Taylor, Iain Craig and Wayne Barlow, these two lavish volumes represent the finest fantasy artwork from New Zealand.

Paul Tobin has graciously given us 20 copies of his books for a DeviantArt competition.

What you need to do

All you need to do for a chance to grab one of his books is to post in the comments below a link to a piece of art from the community that you think might inspire Paul for his own personal upcoming project about the lost city of Atlantis. Paul will then select 10 of the pieces and the deviant posting the piece will get a copy of one of the books as well as the deviant who produced the piece.

Paul will select his favorites on December 31st and we’ll post a wrap–up shortly after.

View the rest here

Paul Tobin's Scavenger Hunt Series

Leave your selections for Paul in the comments below

Animals Within, Spirit Animals

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 5:34 PM
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There has always been this obsession with the others we share this planet with.

We communicate with them on certain basic levels and yet they inhabit a plane so different from ours: savage, instinctive, a life of sheer survival. At the same time they can do things beyond human abilities: fly through the skies, swim the oceans, apply the physical strength of a dozen strong men. They survive and thrive where we would perish. Yet animals cannot tell tales of their experiences. When we speak of an animal, even our beloved pets and friends, we can only imagine their emotions, thoughts, and inner lives.

Is it then any surprise that from cave paintings to cereal mascots—animals and art are inseparable?

From the beginning of recorded time, animals have been immortalized in pottery, statues, been worshipped as gods, and had fables and myths created in their image. Seventeen thousand years ago, in a cave shielded from the sun, a Cro–Magnon artist raised her bundle of split reeds, dipped them into charred black soot, and began illustrating an opus of animal life: stags, cats, bears, birds. Five thousand years ago, Egyptians integrated animal features into creation myths, and used them as hieroglyphs, adapting the recognizable forms of vultures, bulls, cobras and lions (among others) into a communication system.

Today, in every culture across the globe, animals serve as mascots for sports teams and cereals. We have Tony the Tiger and Toucan Sam. Anthropomorphized animals star in movies and comics. My Little Pony has amassed groups of Bronies. Animal cosplay is mainstreaming into mass culture. It all still begins with a child given that first crayon who immediately begins to sketch the familiar forms of cat and dog.

Animals are intrinsic to creativity and art—but why are they so satisfying to observe, mimic, and draw? What is the power they maintain over us to the extent that so many feel an actual spiritual connection with a particular species of their own extended family—cats, dogs, wolves, dolphins, raptors? While so many feel this connection, artists seem particularly sensitive to the presence of their animal spirit kindred and guides.

Why are artists so drawn to animals?

Visually, animals are beautiful and compelling subjects.

Animals are an efficient subject. Identifying characteristics can be drawn and recognized easily— cat eyes, elephant tails, butterfly wings, bunny ears: all unique visual traits. Powerful physical capabilities lend themselves to artistic expressions of motion. The long fluid moves of a deer, expressively captured with a few expert lines. Quick brushstrokes sketch a hyperactive monkey. Heavy pen lines suggest the static power of a stoic elephant. Physical similarities help artists develop a quick visual shorthand for a specific species—but unlike humans, animals that look alike often behave similarly. While anyone who’s ever lived with a pet knows animals have individual personalities, it’s not over–simplifying to state that each type of animal has its own range of specific behaviors and attitudes. It’s this species–by–species predictability that draw individuals to become fond of a particular animal. Just as an artist may prefer certain subjects or materials, so do artists become fascinated with the idiosyncrasies of a species.

Emotionally, animals express primal urges and desires.

Animal personalities are predictable. Tigers are fierce, squirrels are nervous, sharks are stealthy, hippos are lazy. Compared to the complexity of human behavior, animals are simpler beings. They behave according to instinct, not reason. As such, they serve artists well as ciphers for emotion. It’s not just art that allows us to connect spiritually with animals. It’s easy to observe, in ourselves and others, subconscious similarities between personal behaviors and the characteristics of a favorite animal. We’ll call a clever person a fox, or a stubborn child a donkey. A sweet guy is a puppy dog. A sexy lady is a minx. An angry, stubborn man is a bull. Animals serve as elements of our visual and written language.

Humans explore our own instincts through animal art.

Using animals in art, we recognize the most beautiful and terrifying parts of ourselves—our instincts. Society and language are important for humans, but when we feel urges or emotions beyond what is widely accepted or understood, both of these creations fail us.

When we talk about “spirit animals,” it can be in a magical sense, the idea that an essence we can’t see is guiding us through our lives. Or it can be an affinity for a species we find our instincts connecting with. Perhaps we have a fondness for the way they move, finding them fun to draw. Maybe we can imagine the world through their eyes, running, flying or swimming at top speed. But perhaps we see something more than the animal. We see ourselves.

Animals provide a bridge between the alien and familiar, allowing humans to recognize ourselves in strange forms. We can represent our fears and our desires expressed without reserve. Through animal eyes, we can acknowledge the oddness and the fallibility of humanity. Featuring animals in art, we can interpret many spiritual aspects: the primal and the innocent, the beautiful and mysterious. As long as we share a planet, artists will look to our Earth companions for inspiration and understanding of ourselves.

Community Thoughts

I personally have been drawn to animals my whole life and my earliest pictures were always of wildlife. I think artists see the world through different eyes than most and the things that fascinate us speak to us on a deeper level. Animals are an enigma, they have intelligence and their own means of communication and yet we can only hope to understand and be a part of their world. If you've seen my gallery you know I clearly have a fondness for big cats, I find everything about them to be beautiful and awe inspiring. My art is a way for me to get close to these animals in the only way possible, I’ll never be a zoo keeper (because I know myself and I wouldn’t be able to respect the boundaries they do and I’d get eaten—that’s a fact) and I’ll never own one because it goes against everything in their nature to held in captivity as a pet. It can be a very intimate experience to draw an animal in detail and it makes me feel close to them and privileged to show a side of them that others may not see. Any great animal art in my opinion has to come from a deep love and respect for the subject first and foremost by the artist, and what follows is their tribute.”

:iconheatherzart: Heatherzart

I think people gravitate toward depicting animals in art because they are simply aesthetically stunning to look at. Humans are very visual beings and we have always enjoyed striking colors, beautiful patterns, flowing lines and powerful forms. All animals have something which can be appreciated. Like for example dramatic plumage, or the intricate silver and black patchwork that is the coat of a snow leopard. To capture that on canvas is something many artists find alluring.”

:iconailah: ailah

Your Thoughts

  1. What animal do you find yourself drawn to in your art? What about this subject is so ennobling that you would seek to emulate?
  2. What personal qualities do you possess that drive you to feel a shared connection with a particular animal?
  3. Do you have vivid dreams in which you become, or run with, your “spirit animal”?
  4. Over time, how has your understanding of this animal evolved? Has your perception of the creature changed?
  5. What are some challenges you’ve experienced in terms of drawing animals, and how have you solved them?
  6. How does drawing an animal compare to drawing a human?
  7. Who are your favorite animal-focused artists in the DeviantArt community?

Hey everyone!! ^q^Happy holidays!

I wanted to do something special this year, so I thought that a giveaway for a chibi would be fun!!
There will be one (possibly more) winners of a chibi like these!
Miri And Cosette by Steamed-BunPokefriends by Steamed-Bun


1. Fave this journal for 1 ticket!
2. You MUST be a watcher! I will be checking!
3. For extra "raffle tickets" (additional chances of winning), you can mention 2 friends for 2 tickets (+1 for each person after that up to 10, so total tickets would be 10!), Make a journal or poll advertising this giveaway for 1 ticket(+2 for both), Share this on other social media: Tumblr or twitter for 2 tickets, Comment your favorite thing about the holidays for 1 ticket. If you do any of these extras, please comment with the links of your journal/posts!

I will reply to your comments with your raffle ticket total!




I will be picking the winner with a random number generator!!
Good luck everyone!
I am give away 800 points for free 
How can you get them? Here are the rules:

1. You need to be my watcher.
2. You need to fave this journal (You'll get a number, which I will use to determine the winner, via )
3. Make a journal advertising the giveaway

That's all!!

The deadline for this giveaway is 12-24-2014 10:00am America/Mexico.

Join and win!

Take a look to our galleries!!

New Age of Dignity by Nao-DignityRita Repulsa And Lord Zedd Cosplay by Nao-DignityHTTYD 2 Cosplay by Nao-DignityEren Jaeger and Annie Leonhardt Cosplay by Nao-Dignity

Collection: The Steampunk Menagerie

Thu Dec 18, 2014, 6:51 PM
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The magic of thousands of years of natural selection and other evolutionary factors has created in all living creatures pretty much the optimal version of each for where each fits in the world. But never tell a human being, especially a steampunk, that there’s no need to fix what isn’t broken.

Here’s a collection of interesting imaginings of mechanical steampunk replacements for the somewhat mundane denizens of the actual natural world. For some people, especially some artists, until there’s been an upgrade or enhancement to anything, there just isn’t any “there” there.

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Foreword by techgnotic

The Today Page welcomes Sylwia Telari with a review of the one of the most beloved animated feature films of Hayao Miyazaki, “The Castle Of Cagliostro.” A DeviantArt community member for over six years, Sylwia is a traditional artist, working mostly within the mediums of ink, graphite and water color, as well as a wonderful storyteller and concept artist. Sylwia is also a Community Volunteer for Traditional Art, so please let her know if you see an artistic work that you feel is worthy of a Daily Deviation in that category.

I watched The Castle Of Cagliostro after having seen all of the “Master” Miyazaki’s more recent films. It was a fantastic opportunity to see the foundations of his career and the roots of the magic Miyazaki formula that he would apply in his later productions. Based on the “Adventures of Arsène Lupin III” manga created by the artist Kazuhiko Katō (or Monkey Punch, as he prefers to be known), The Castle of Cagliostro (1979) has continued to be very positively received by audiences over the years, despite a not so enthusiastic review by Monkey Punch himself, who liked the movie overall but felt the character’s interpretation was too far a departure from his original conception.

Arsène Lupin III is quite the charming burglar, said to be a grandson of Maurice Leblanc’s famous character, the French gentlemen thief, Arsène Lupin, whose first adventure was published in 1905. One of the major differences between Miyazaki’s version and Monkey Punch’s original is Lupin’s personality, transformed from a cold and ruthless criminal into a fellow who is rather heroic and good–natured at heart. Such changes didn’t bypass the other characters either, creating the sort of ensemble so recognizable (although still not fully developed) for those familiar with Miyazaki’s later films.

One can easily notice the signs of the Miyazaki style that was to become the flagship of Studio Ghibli. Not quite what you can see in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, released 5 years later, but with the attention to detail, the unusual camera angles and the pattern of movements personalized for each character, is exactly what you expect from Miyazaki in his other works. The setting, both the landscapes and the architecture, is a wonderful example of akogare no Paris, a romanticized vision of Europe (and European inspired locations), another trademark element of his productions. What may be surprising for long time Ghibli fans is probably the language used, as Miyazaki didn’t restrain himself from using more ‘colorful’ dialogue.

This movie will make you smile. It has a never-ending display of beautiful visuals to marvel at and chase scenes the animated equal of any in the James Bond films. It does have a few cheesy moments here and there, and a stereotypically evil, one–note antagonist, so atypical for a Hayao Miyazaki character. But it also has those forever memorable scenes that steal your heart and details that will make you wonder. The Castle of Cagliostro should be on your watch list. It’s a good one.

Adoptables raffle (OPEN)

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 19, 2014, 3:25 PM
RaffleAdopts(OPEN) by PhrysethAdopt

How to join:
1) Fave this journal.
2) Comment under this journal with this password
"Tomyam Yum Yum"

Raffle will be open until 25 Dec. (no specific time zone, too lazy to set)
I'll use to pick the winner.

Good luck. :heart:
*Forgive me if I don't reply the comments.
;;;w;;; I'll be losing my eyes before I can do that amg~
But, thank you for joining~ <3


Please kindly become the prizes contributor for :iconhumankemonoadopts:'s next contest.
Thank you. :heart:
Looking for prizes contributors for next contestWe will be holding a chibi adopts contest around mid Jan. >.

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The characters in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings have been enticing readers for over 60 years.

Today fans are able to journey to the magical realm of Middle-earth through the wizardry of Peter Jackson’s revolutionary six film cinematic adventure.

Jackson ushered in the age of the modern day movie franchise by questionably shooting all three of the visually spectacular The Lord of the Rings movies at once. Creating the rise of the epic fantasy with a scale never before seen featuring breathtaking locations, grand battles, and stunning special effects, the trilogy’s blockbuster success ensured the film industry never looked back.

But for some that is not enough. For those who have read the books, seen the movies (repeatedly), thrown hobbit themed parties, what’s left?

The ultimate tribute, the one to rule them all—Cosplay!

This is what truly separates the real elves, wizards, and hobbits from the rest. One does not simply walk into Tolkien cosplay, it is a long and peril filled journey. Luckily for us a few brave souls have undertaken the quest and brought us their best Bilbos, Frodos, Gandalfs, Galadriels, Thorins, and co.

Get ready for second breakfast because a cosplay feast awaits.

dogebooty's art contest

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 3:52 PM

yes yes it's finally happening


I've been wanting to do one of these for a while so here it goes.

This is basically one of those "DRAW MY OC CONTEST" but I didn't want a lame title haha


i update this journall hella times bc of new prizes so if you get annoyed just ignore it,, i just want to let people know when a new prize has been added in

Rico the Cloud Dog [Reference Sheet] by dogebuttSam the Water Dog [Reference Sheet] by dogebutt
Macie Ref2 By Pll0t-d8a3ki1 by L0cK3t-f0xdylan by L0cK3t-f0x

MORE CHARACTERS (bottom ones are L0cK3t-f0x 's but you may draw them to enter as well) you can choose any!!

-NO traced work or bases
-you may draw them any way you wish in any form of art (digital, traditional, pixel, etc.) except writing
-you can make more than one entry
-you may humanize them/draw them anthro
-you can draw them in whatever mood/pose you like
-quality over quantity

1st place: 2000 :points:
painting by hawaiian-sandwiches
painterly by snuffnut
animated fullbody pixel by ceiIingfan
cell shaded drawing by Alyxosaurus
painting by muziical
fullbody by bitingdog
2 icons by Fishy-Nugget
painterly by Unikitten
wiggle icon by Ochitsuku

2nd place: 1000 :points:
pixel icon by hawaiian-sandwiches
painterly by snuffnut
chibi by Alyxosaurus
painting by muziical
icon by Fishy-Nugget
painterly by Unikitten
fullbody by :devdavincidesigner:

3rd place: 500 :points:
painterly by snuffnut
chibi by Alyxosaurus
fullbody painting by foxpens
christmas icon by MadWildDog
painterly by Unikitten

if you want to contribute a prize tell me! ( iwould be forever grateful omg) :'D


i might extend if needed be

please favorite add this to your favorites so other people can join!!! +fav

any advertising of this contest would be greatly appreciated!!