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Jurassic Pokemon

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 8:38 PM
52-img-00a by techgnotic

arvalis aka RJ Palmer is a long time deviant who has created his own unique niche at DeviantArt.

He was first known as the artist who drew incredibly realistic dinosaurs. Somehow his depictions of dinosaurs began morphing into Pokemon characters. He is now renowned as dA’s master of realistic Pokemon illustrations. His has been quite a success story through art. His rise has been quite a success story on how to build a following in the community. RJ has wonderful tutorial drawing sessions on his DeviantArt profile for you to follow in his footsteps. He is an artist in his ascendancy. Who knows how far he will rise…

RJ’s top 5 up and coming deviants for you to go +WATCH right now

“I decided to include artists in my profile whom I felt were deserving of more attention. Here are the five deviants I’m watching who I feel deserve wider recognition:”


Paleoart is a relatively unappreciated community on DeviantArt but there is a lot of top talent in there. Paul Heaston is no exception, he gives incredible weight and textural detail to his dinosaur work. His ink work is also quite impressive.”


Sculpting is a skill I greatly respect after having tried my hand at it a few times. This guy goes one step further and does insanely detailed dinosaur skeleton sculpts.”


This guy, wow. He has some of my favorite creature illustrations on all of DeviantArt. There is so much rhythm in his work, and his shape design is some of the best I've seen. Whenever I'm drawing a creature illustration, his stuff is at the back of my mind for inspiration.”


Another sculptor to the list. This guy works so small but packs so much detail into his work. Compared to the others on this list, he is incredibly under-appreciated.”

This one is a rather recent find. Though he may not yet be very technically skilled, he has the ideas of a master creature artist. As I looked through his gallery, image after image I was shocked at how unique and inventive he is. I wish I had more of his creativity haha.”

Interview with RJ Palmer

You clearly love dinosaurs so what is your first memory of them and was it love at first sight?

I was a child in the early 90s, so it was pretty hard not to love dinosaurs. I distinctly remember being three years old, in preschool talking with some friends about Jurassic Park. I thought it was so funny when I heard someone got eaten by a T. rex on a toilet. Dinosaurs have been a life–long love and they only got cooler with feathers.”


What’s your favorite version of Godzilla?

The 90’s Japanese Godzilla is pretty hard not to love. I am also pretty fond of the new U.S. Godzilla design, I think they did a pretty great job with most of his design.”


Choose your poison… The new Jurassic Park or the next Godzilla movie and why?

Thats a tough call considering that neither have a trailer yet. Though overall I think I’m more interested in Jurassic World as I enjoyed Colin Trevorrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed much more than I did Gareth Edward’s Monsters and the recent Godzilla film was a pretty major disappointment outside of the Godzilla design.”


Pokemon… Have you been into them since the beginning or was a it something that you got into later? What is it about them that has you still trying to catch ‘em all?

Man I got into to it pretty early. I got my first Pokemon game when what must have been my 10th birthday back in ’99. I had that goofy Pikachu version Gameboy and I played it all the time. Like many for kids in the late 90’s Pokemon was just the thing to do, when you weren’t playing the games, you were collecting the cards. The games were good and the designs were awesome, and they had a major impact on young me. I’ve been drawing Pokemon now for 15 years.”


What gave you the idea to do realistic versions of the Pokemon?

Ever since going to art school I’ve been infatuated with nature and real world influence. So it was really only a matter of time until both interests in Pokemon and nature converged. The series, though, started when I was avoiding some freelance work. I started doodling a sharkosaurus which transitioned into Garchomp. Then I did more and the rest, they say, is history.”


You’ve been a deviant for 9 years now. What tips can you give the community to help them grow their profile on the site?

Its really simple actually. Stumble into doing something people really like, then do it some more. I picked up on this early on when using dA, but never had lightning strike until the Pokemon thing. Just keep drawing what interests you and eventually you should luck into success.”


Your Thoughts

  1. Would you like to see an animated Pokemon feature film with Pokemon creatures created by arvalis?

  2. Are there other videogame or cartoon characters you would like to see rendered in “arvalis realism?”

  3. What is the Pokemon arvalis should do next in this series?

So, Christmas is around the corner and that means you'll get another package of underwear from your mom. But Thanksgiving (for us folks in the United States - sucks if you live some place in, like, France) means food and something about being thankful for what you have. This isn't about being thankful for what you have. This is pure, unadulterated, shove-people-out-of-your-way greed. I'm giving away 2000 points on the day before Black Friday. I'm sure you want them.


Grand Prize:
1000 Points

Runners-Up (2)
500 Points

How to Enter

+fav  Add this journal to your favourites.

Winners chosen Thursday, November 27th so you have time to shop on Black Friday!

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  • Mood: Peaceful
  • Eating: Panda Express
  • Drinking: Water


Journal Entry: Thu Nov 20, 2014, 2:00 AM

Goblins vs. Gnomes Challenge

Thu Nov 20, 2014, 11:21 AM
Goblins vs. Gnomes by SpicyGingerr

Create Your Own Mischievous Goblin or Gnome!

The battle has been declared. Side with either the cunning and dangerous Goblins or the clever and wacky Gnomes. Create your own Goblin or Gnome inspired by Hearthstone's new expansion pack, Goblins vs Gnomes, and include the invention they would use to confuse, confound, or explode their opponents.

It's up to you: pick as your inspiration the measured ingenuity of the Gnomes or the trademarked fearlessness of Goblins. Make a new invention or reinterpret an old one.

Step 1

Learn more about the characters and inventions used in the game, Hearthstone Goblins vs Gnomes. View the cards provided above and consult the additional resources link. You may use as reference but not actually duplicate Gnomes, Goblins, inventions, and other visual materials currently used in the game.

Step 2

Create an original artwork inspired by the Hearthstone Goblins vs Gnomes game in the form of a portrait or an illustration of a single Goblin or Gnome character with one of their mischievous inventions. You may use any visual medium excluding cosplay, photographs, or moving images. Photographs of an entry made in another medium are acceptable.

Step 3

Submit your entry using the button below. Your entry must be at least 2,000 pixels in its shortest length and must be submitted as a single .JPG or a single .PNG file.

First Place

  • $4,000 USD
  • Signed Framed Print of Your Work
  • 8,000 deviantART Points
  • 1-Year Premium Membership to deviantART

Second Place

  • $2,500 USD
  • Signed Framed Print of Your Work
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • 1-Year Premium Membership to deviantART

Third Place

  • $2,000 USD
  • Signed Framed Print of Your Work
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • 1-Year Premium Membership to deviantART

22 Semi-Finalists

  • 1,000 deviantART Points
  • 6-Month Premium Membership to deviantART


The Hearthstone Goblins vs Gnomes Challenge begins at 12:00AM (PT) on November 20, 2014 and ends at 11:59PM (PT) on December 14, 2014.

  • Entrant must be at least 13 years old as of November 20, 2014.
  • Entrant may reside anywhere in the world.
  • Entries must be received by 11:59:59PM (PT) on December 14, 2014 and be submitted through the contest gallery on deviantART;
  • Membership to is required to enter the contest;
  • Membership to is free.
  • Your submitted entry is to be an original artwork inspired by Hearthstone in the form of a portrait or an illustration of a single Goblin or Gnome character with one of their mischievous inventions.
  • You may use any visual medium excluding cosplay, photographs, or moving images. Photographs of an entry made in another medium are acceptable. Licensed brushes and textures are permitted.
  • You may use as reference but not actually duplicate visual materials currently used in the Game.
  • Your entry must be in the form of a single .JPG or a single .PNG file at least 2,000 pixels in its shortest length and at a minimum of 72 dpi.
  • Please read Official Rules carefully for more details.


Twenty-five semi-finalists will be chosen by deviantART staff. The three winners will be selected by a Senior Member of the Hearthstone Creative Team from the semi-finalists. The judges will use the following criteria in whatever degree the judges believe appropriate:

  • Successful depiction of a Gnome or Goblin character
  • Overall impact of the work
  • Technical Skill
  • Originality

Please read the Official Rules for more details about judging.

Star Wars: A New Hope

Thu Nov 20, 2014, 7:41 PM
The Empire Bargains by dvsdesigner

Who’s the most important person now in the Star Wars franchise? JJ Abrams? Think again!

It begins in mere weeks from now: The countdown to the first of the next Star Wars sequels, Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, the first of a new trilogy for a new generation. The first 1 minute trailer, a mostly wordless montage of series’ heroes, will debut attached to Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 or on Disney-owned ABC Television. American culture stirs in its sleep. George Lucas is whispering, “Wake up…” — for he has more life lessons for the youth. He continues on in his role as our children’s modern Walt Disney.

This second batch of Star Wars movies will hopefully fare better with the fans than the near-disastrous rollout of The Phantom Menace in 1999.  The Star Wars community was split in two by the prequel trilogy. While on one hand it brought in a whole new younger audience to the franchize, the older fans who had waited so many years for these films were devastated that they were skewed to such a young audience.

But there was something else missing, one might say the vital ingredients that made the original franchize so great. There was no hope that we’d ever see Francis Ford Coppola, writer and director of the fantastic Godfather Trilogy as well as Apocalypse Now, work on the scripts as he had done on A New Hope.  There was also no chance that Gary Kurtz, the original trilogies producer would be back either. Gary was just as involved with Star Wars as George Lucas was. He kept George on track on both development and production through American Graffiti and their early desire to do a Flash Gordon adaptation, the latter project evolved into Star Wars.

We can relax because J.J. Abrams, who so successfully resuscitated the Star Trek franchise with his reboot, is the director this time out.

No worries, right? So who’s left?

Lawrence Kasdan. The man who co-wrote Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi. The man credited with breathing life into Luke, Leia and Han, then taking them on a slightly darker path. Kasdan was the man who also helped bring Indiana Jones to the screen, co-writing Raiders Of The Lost Ark! Many fans, with serious Star Wars knowledge, were relieved when the first video journal for Star Wars had both JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan in it. A hopeful sign that JJ wouldn’t have final say on the script, something many Star Trek fans had wished someone else had on that reboot. Lawrence will be around for a while, his name already linked with the further sequels and spin-offs planned by Disney for Star Wars.

Now we wait with baited breath for the first teaser for the first film in the next trilogy. We will analyse each second of the one minute trailer for hours, perhaps weeks, hoping for glimpses of Easter eggs within it.

So as the Jedi nation grows in its multitudes and the 2015 Star Wars Celebration Convention, scheduled for April 16-19 in Anaheim is projected to shatter attendance records, there remains little evidence of the Force ever having being asleep in these years after the third “prequel.”

Lawrence, our faith is with you.

No pressure.

Your Thoughts

  1. Which Star Wars characters are best suited to be featured in their own spin-off films?

  2. Do you hope Lando makes a surprise appearance?

  3. What are your hopes for the new series of Star Wars films?

  4. How would you like to see Han Solo and Princess Leia's relationship play out?

  5. What is your favorite Star Wars Fan Art or Fan Fiction?


Monthly Giveaway (November)

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 21, 2014, 3:25 AM
Hi again~ XD This giveaway will ends in 24 hours, so fave away~! 

This month giveaway prize will be a surprise~! 


Winged-Heart Bullet Fave this journal

Winged-Heart BulletThere will be one winner. 

Ends: 22/11/2014 


Thu Nov 20, 2014, 7:24 AM
HIIII! ////v\\\\

I decided to showcase my tutorial that usually only patreons get to see weeks ahead!

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Or see it here on my patreon!…

It is not yet official to the public on YT yet! 

As soon as I reach my goal of 400$ on my Patreon I´ll upload 2 videos/week again instead of just one! Every dollar is very much appreciated! 

Retweeting/reblogging/Liking is just as much! 

Please help artists in need if you want to see them stay for the future ♥♥

OK so I managed to get back on this account, and reactivate it. Actually me this time. Someone else posted that "lineart", it was actually an example picture for my commissions that I had in my Clever. I deleted it, but if you saw it, PLEASE DO NOT USE IT AS A LINEART. I don't think they did anything else major, but I haven't really looked around.

So yeah. Here I am. That was actually a really nice break from not having to reply to comments. But fear not, I shall resume posting and replying soon. Thanks for waiting. In the meantime, be wary. Apparently it is not that difficult to hack me, or anyone.

Monster Island by jusscope
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Change Log

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+ 500 points Christmas giveaway!~

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 21, 2014, 7:08 AM

Hello everyone!~ :heart:

The time is soon here, it's alomst just a month left till Christmas and I have been talking a lot about making a Christmas giveaway, so here it is!~ 
The Christhmas givaway is for my watchers, cuz I don't really wanna just give points to random people... I wanna support my watchers <3 However, it doesn't matter if you're an old or a new watcher of mine.

The only thing you need to do to join is: 

:bulletgreen: Fave this journal 
:bulletgreen: And be a watcher of mine ( I'll be checking )

And yeah that's it :3 You don't need to make a journal about it, but it would be very appreciated if you did of course <3

Not just one person will win, lots of people will get points. You see, for every 100 points I have will one more person win. So right now I have about 500 points, which means right now 5 people can win 100 points each. I'll be trying to get more points until christmas so most likely will more than 5 people be able to win 100 points each. Though, if lots of people join then I'll buy more points so many more people have a chanse to win. <3  Oh and all winners will be selected randomly through this website  ( that's why I need you to fave the journal ).

:star:Deadline is 24th of December, and you can join until 23th of December.:star:

Good luck everyone :heart: and marry way early Christmas :3