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Collection: Shine A Light

Tue May 12, 2015, 12:37 PM
Img-00 by techgnotic

Light means so many things in our lives beyond mere illumination.

Cinematographers call the hour just before the sun sets “the magic hour.” Movie producers and directors schedule the shooting of love scenes and other important moments in their script to take advantage of the powerful effect that “magic hour” sunlight subliminally exerts on our psyches. The Dutch master painters of the 17th century were expert in focusing the eye on the “story” of their canvases by how they presented the light source of a scene. But more than that. In those times before modern heating, the northern cities of Europe could be cold, rainy and depressingly dark for much of the year.

The bright hues of yellow and gold in the Dutch paintings added value to their worth, for the “warmth” they brought into the homes of the wealthy when hung on their walls. From the earliest times when the light of fire was used to drive more powerful beasts from the caves so that our ancestors might have shelter, and firelight each night at the entrances kept out those beasts as well as the evil spirits that lurk in the darkness, light has been our salvation. Here’s a gallery of photographs and paintings demonstrating how much lighting impacts our senses, our moods and memories and the stories of our lives.

I decided to fly through the air and live in the sunlight and enjoy life as much as I could.”

— Evel Knievel

I think of marriage as a garden. You have to tend to it. Respect it, take care of it, feed it. Make sure everyone is getting the right amount of, um, sunlight.”

— Mark Ruffalo

Plants exist in the weather and light rays that surround them - waving in the wind, shimmering in the sunlight. I am always puzzling over how to draw such things.”

— Hayao Miyazaki

The sunlight ranges over the universe, and at incarnation we step out of it into the twilight of the body, and see but dimly during the period of our incarceration; at death we step out of the prison again into the sunlight, and are nearer to the reality.”

— Annie Besant

The movie Beautiful Creatures in association with deviantART are pleased to present the "Light" or "Dark" contest. Using the asset pack provided, and with inspiration from the trailer above, get ready to create your most compelling LIGHT or DARK version of Lena!

In the film Beautiful Creatures, based off of the best-selling novel, Lena is a caster, a person who can use magic, and on her birthday she will be Claimed for either Light or Dark. As that day approaches, Lena along with her love interest Ethan uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town. Is it fate, or does Lena have a choice? Help her decide by creating your vision of her as either a light or dark caster! Dark secrets will come to light when Beautiful Creatures is in theaters VALENTINE'S DAY 2.14.13.

Watch the trailer for Beautiful Creatures above.
Download the Asset Pack for more information about Lena to inspire your original entry.
In the medium of your choice, create a visual depiction of Lena as either a Light or Dark caster. (You do not need to depict the actress from the film but may do so if you wish.)
Submit your entry as a single .PNG or .JPG to the contest. Be sure to read the Official Rules.
  • All expenses paid trip for two to Los Angeles where you will get to attend the US premiere of Beautiful Creatures, take a tour of deviantART headquarters, get a personalized tour of Panpipes Hollywood, and a guided tour of the Magic Castle.
  • dA PRO Digital Artist Backpack
  • deviantART Hoodie of Winner's Choice*
  • dA Notebook Set by Leuchtturm
  • Panasonic 3D Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player
  • One-Year Premium Membership to deviantART
  • 8,000 deviantART Points
  • $2,000 USD

* (depending on availability)

Panasonic 3D Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player • Six-Month Premium Membership to • deviantART T-Shirt of Winner's Choice* • dA Notebook Set by Leuchtturm • 4,000 deviantART Points • $1,000 USD
Panasonic 3D Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player • Six-Month Premium Membership to • deviantART T-Shirt of Winner's Choice* • dA Notebook Set by Leuchtturm • 4,000 deviantART Points • $1,000 USD
Panasonic 3D Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player • Six-Month Premium Membership to • deviantART T-Shirt of Winner's Choice* • dA Notebook Set by Leuchtturm • 4,000 deviantART Points • $500 USD
Panasonic 3D Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player • Six-Month Premium Membership to • deviantART T-Shirt of Winner's Choice* • dA Notebook Set by Leuchtturm • 4,000 deviantART Points • $500 USD
dA Notebook Set by Leuchtturm • Three-Month Premium Membership • 2,000 deviantART Points

* (depending on availability)



  • Entrant must be at least 13 years old as of December 17, 2012 and a resident of the United States, Puerto Rico or a U.S. military installation to be eligible to enter the Contest;
  • Entries must be received by 11:59:59PM (PM) on January 20, 2013 and be submitted through the contest gallery on deviantART;
  • Membership to (the "Contest Site") is required to enter the Contest;
  • Membership to is free;
  • Entrant must submit: an original work depicting the character Lena from Beautiful Creatures as either a Light or Dark caster. (You do not need to depict the actress from the film but may do so if you wish.)
  • The Work may originate in any medium but must be submitted as a single JPG or PNG file;
  • You may not use any third party stock images for the Work however licensed brushes and textures are acceptable;
  • You may use the Assets provided for download in your entry if you wish;
  • Your entry should be able to accommodate a logo in the lower left or right corner of the image you submit;
  • You may submit more than one entry;
  • Other requirements and restrictions apply and please read the Official Rules carefully.

25 Finalists will be selected by full-time deviantART Staff. From the Finalists, the final five winners will be selected by the authors of Beautiful Creatures, Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia! All entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Overall Visual Impact
  • Strength In Depicting "Lena" as a Dark or Light Caster
  • Technical Skill

Light Hunters Feature #115

Journal Entry: Sun Jun 14, 2015, 1:25 AM

*** by Tarasov Family Outing by Unkopierbar
Tunnel by porbital 
between cold waves by DavidSchermann *** by Tarasov
Family Affair by HeikoGerlicher
6 by neinoten Mono Square Series XLV by insolitus85
Murmeln by feigenfrucht
and off we go again... by clochartist-photo Like a Rainbow by SheilaBrinson
Springtime by porbital

VenatoresLucis Staff

:iconmichela-riva: :iconmarinacoric: :iconmarcosrodriguez: :icons-patriot: :iconunkopierbar: :iconbokehlight:

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Niko and the Sword of Light

Tue Feb 3, 2015, 7:22 PM
Niko by techgnotic

DeviantArt is excited to share the recent release of the pilot for Niko and the Sword of Light, a new fully animated piece from Titmouse Animation Studio currently available to watch for free on Amazon’s website. It’s based on the motion graphic comic created by Imaginism Studios that was showcased in an earlier article upon its release in 2013. Several of the major figures involved in the production are longtime members of the DeviantArt community, many of whom are part of Titmouse’s group.  The show’s creators are Bobby Chiu and Kei Acedera both Toronto deviants and the founders of imaginism Studios.  Since 2005, their studio has specialized in pre-production character and concept art for movies, TV, videogames, and traditional publishing. On DeviantArt, they have built an international fan base independent from their contracted projects. Bobby and Kei are exemplars of newly emerging online entrepreneurship, understanding and exploiting the new online economic ecology. Niko and the Sword of Light marks the ascendancy of Imaginism Studios to their next level…

Enter Titmouse

A veteran in the animation space, with shows under their belt such as Black Dynamite, The Venture Brothers., and Metalocalypse, Titmouse was the perfect partner to help bring this project to life. Ben Kalina (aka bkalina7) first discovered and fell in love with Niko during its Kickstarter phase and jumped at the chance to be the one to help transition the motion comic to an animated pilot.

As the producer on Niko, Ben assembled a team of artists including tapping one of their own animators, Sung Jin Ahn, to serve as director on the project. Once they had the key members in place, Ben and Sung Jin took to the web to find the rest of their team searching DeviantArt and other sites for portfolios that might be a fit for the show’s style.

Who Is Niko?

NNiko is the story of a ten-year-old boy who is the last of his kind, living in a strange, fantastical world. Darkness has descended on the land. He must embark on an epic quest to defeat the Darkness and bring the light back to his home. Armed with his magic sword, brave Niko journeys to the Cursed Volcano, making new friends and powerful foes along the way, all while uncovering secrets about his mysterious past.

The results speak for themselves as Titmouse works to bring back the action cartoons so many other studios have foregone in favor of comedic cartoons. For those of you ready to embark on Niko’s exciting, but dangerous quest head on over to Amazon’s website, then after watching the show let us know in the comments what you thought of it.

Watch Pilot Episode on Amazon

Interview with Titmouse Animation Studio & Imaginism

What cartoon shows or animated films inspired you the most?

Sung Jin:

I always had great exposure to both American and Japanese animation, so my personal taste and style have evolved around those two industries. My inspiration changes day to day, but I always have interest in combining the aesthetics of American and Japanese animation in my own work.

Where does your creative process start? What comes first the writing, drawing, characters or environments? How do you work?

Sung Jin:

It really depends on the project. But for Niko, Bobby and Kei had already created such a lush world, it was really fun and enriching to get creatively involved. That being said, I always try to think about how other peoples' visions compare to my own, and try to find a perfect blend of both.

What was the process of working with Bobby and Kei to bring Niko and the Sword of Light to life like? Was this experience everything you expected it to be?

Sung Jin:

Working with Bobby and Kei was great. They had a clear vision of what Niko should and shouldn't be, and it really gave us a good footing for our own creative take on it. Being involved on a project as unique and special as this, I honestly didn't know what to expect, but thats what made it such a great experience for me.

Working with Bobby, Kei, and Jim and Adam at Studio NX was great.  They’re all artists so it made the design process one of the best experiences we’ve had on a new project.

Often series creators are writers and it takes a lot of talking to get concrete visual ideas out of them.  In this case we started with tons of reference straight from the creators heads.  Through the process we’d send illustrations and doodles back and forth to communicate ideas for story, design, and revisions.  It was great.

Sometimes we would go too far with reference and have to tell the team know they didn’t have to spend a day creating a beautifully rendered piece to get a simple note across.

How did Titmouse Studios become involved with this project?

The Niko Kickstarter was released when we were working on Motorcity.  We saw the first trailer and were like “Damn! I wish we were making this!  This feels like Titmouse stuff!”

Years later, Melissa Wolfe (our executive at Amazon) called us to see if we’d be interested in working on the project.  When networks call us about new shows they usually keep the details a little vague at first.  All we knew on that first call was  “Its a new 22 minute Pilot.  6 -11 age group.  Based on existing digital comic book. Adventure show.  Its like Adventure Time meets Avatar”.

Immediately we thought “Are they making Niko into a series?!”

When we found out it was Niko we started campaigning get the project.  Niko is so in line with what we at Titmouse love to create.  We’re very happy to be apart of it.

Titmouse Studios has a great track record of hiring artists from within the DeviantArt community, what suggestions do you have for up and coming artists to get themselves noticed?

Keep posting new work, be active on the site, make friends, and let people know what you want to do.  When we look for artists we usually start by looking at the pages of people that we work with already or people that we know and like, and see who are they following, what artists and work do they like?

Ben, you are an producer on Niko and the Sword of Light, while that title on a show can mean different things depending on the project, can you tell us what your involvement on the show is?

The topline job description is bringing in work for the studio, budgeting, scheduling, making sure the work is up to the quality of the studio, putting out fires, and making sure everyone is happy when its delivered.

On Niko a lot of my job was working with Sung Jin and Antonio (our art director) to put together the right team.  Bobby, Kei, Jim, and Adam already had great concept for the show, so we had to find artists that would do their work justice.

Sung Jin Ahn (our director) started at Titmouse when he was still in high school.  He’s done everything. He’s gone from intern, to assistant designer, to animator, to storyboard artist, to director.  Sung loves doing action comedy, so he was a natural fit for the project.

Antonio Canobbio (Creative Director at Titmouse) oversaw the art direction and helped communicate with Imaginism and Studio NX on designs.  Antonio put together a great team of in house designers for the project.

After we had our in house team, Sung Jin and I spent a lot of time on the internet searching through DA and other sites to find portfolios we liked and sent out freelance to artists around the world that could assist our staff with the project.

You worked as a storyboard artist on several animated shows. What advice would you give to aspiring deviant artists looking to break into the field?

Sung Jin:

Keep setting short term goals for yourself and just churn out bodies of work, good or bad. Those small milestones of challenges and struggles will add so much to your growth as an artist. Don't get caught up on where you want to be, but instead focus on the next step you have to take to move forward.

With Niko and the Sword of Light you’ve successfully made the jump from storyboard artist to director. How did you become involved in the project and what made you want to make the transition to director?

Sung Jin:

Luckily for me, Ben thought my sensibilities would be a great fit for Niko. So when he first introduced the idea of this pilot to me, I was immediately on board without a second thought. Most of my career was invested in storyboarding, but since Titmouse is a full service studio, I was exposed to all the different processes of the animation production. I guess the interaction of all the artists and the amount they had to collaborate attracted me to directing. Because you are involved in every step of the production, being a director at Titmouse is really collaborative and rewarding.

What were the biggest challenges you faced making in turning this popular comic into an animated show?

Sung Jin:

The actual animation process was pretty challenging. Since the original comic was already animated, we had to make sure we carried on the same caliber and even plus it. Our talented team of animators really made sure that this pilot stood out from other shows and that the level of animation went the extra mile.

How closely did you work with Kei and Bobby to make sure the essence of Niko and the Sword of Light carried through from the page to the screen?

Sung Jin:

We worked very closely with Kei and Bobby, because keeping the essence of the comic book was a mutual goal we both had. And it was awesome having consistent communication with them on every step.

What other shows is Titmouse currently involved in?

  • "Moon Beam City" - Comedy Central (premiering later this year)
  • "Venture Bros" - Adult Swim
  • "China IL" - Adult Swim
  • “Nerdland" - A new feature we’d producing
  • "Turbo F.A.S.T."- Dreamworks / Netflix
  • "Randy Cunningham 9th Grade Ninja" - Disney XD
  • A new pilot with Jhonen Vasquez and Jenny Goldberg for Disney
  • A new short with Jhonen that we can’t talk about
  • "Kirby Buckets" - Disney XD
  • Our Canadian team is currently animating “Breadwinners" - Nickelodeon

There’s some other really cool stuff in production right now, but I don’t think they’ve been announced yet.


We also reached out to the show’s creators, Bobby Chiu and Kei Acedera, to update us since their previous article on the show:

What inspired you while you were growing up to focus on your art?

:iconimaginism: imaginism — Kei:

Getting exposed to a lot of art from the past. All the great masters and what they achieved made me want to contribute to the conversation of art as well.

:iconimaginism: imaginism — Bobby:

For me, a huge amount of inspiration came from cartoons, comic books and comic strips. Growing up, I loved studying them, copying them and eventually trying to create my own.

Did you ever consider that art might be a possible career?

:iconimaginism: imaginism — Bobby:

Not until my 20s did I consider a career in art. I always thought that art would be just a hobby and that I'd gravitate towards being a lawyer or a business man. It wasn't until I realized that I could work in the movies that I switched my focus from making art as a hobby to turning it into a career.

:iconimaginism: imaginism — Kei:

Yes! I always thought it could be a possible career. My family brought me up to be very creative and crafty because they are! I never really thought I'd be anything else but an artist.

Who were your main influences growing up and was there a particular artist that inspired you more than any other?

:iconimaginism: imaginism — Kei:

I'd have to say Bobby Chiu. I've never met anyone who so successfully balances their life with their art. Early on in my career, and still to this day, that balance has been instrumental to my own success.

:iconimaginism: imaginism — Bobby:

Not to copy Kei's answer, but I'd say Kei was a huge influence at the beginning of my art studies because I was — and still am — in awe of her creativity, her ideas and her love of art. It's quite inspiring.

What made you decide to create Niko and the Sword of Light as a motion comic and not as an animated feature to start with?

We decided to create Niko and the Sword of Light as a motion comic and not as an animated feature because our mission was to make something that felt like a 'magical comic book.' Something that, when the viewer started using it, they would feel like the comic book panels are coming to life.

How has being a part of the DeviantArt community helped your career and/or artistic process?

:iconimaginism: imaginism — Kei:

I really like the variety of art in the DeviantArt Community. It's chock-full of great artists, inspiration, ideas, and wonderful things to look at. DeviantArt is a bottomless font of inspiration that I can draw on anytime I need to!

:iconimaginism: imaginism — Bobby:

Being a part of the DeviantArt community has been a huge help to get our art out there into the world. Everyone seems to have a DA account so it's kind of a must-have for artists. Also it's a great springboard for trying out new ideas and getting instant feedback. My favorite thing about DA is its huge community. There is always more feedback from DA than from anywhere else, and we wouldn’t be where we are without it!

This journal was updated in July 2012 to include some new information and replace outdated terminology.

How can I help?

At regular intervals, new faces appear in the Community Relations team as open positions for Community Volunteers are filled. All these new additions to the team can spark interest in volunteering for dA and can inspire people to ask "What can I do to support my favourite gallery?". You don't have to be a Community Volunteers or have a fancy symbol next to your name to promote and support artists within your favourite gallery.  The suggestions listed below are for everyone, and in case you want something a little more useful than just my ideas I've included links to FAQ entries with more information.

Featuring art

To avoid repeating myself, I'd like to point you in the direction of an article called How to promote other people's work on dA that I wrote back in December 2008.  It's a few years old but the information contained is still relevant, including...

:bulletpurple: Featuring art in your journal
:bulletpurple: Featuring art in news articles
:bulletpurple: Making sure your features are accessible to all
:bulletpurple: Suggesting Daily Deviations
:bulletpurple: Sharing deviations

Contests and collaborations

While dA almost always has a few official contests on the go, hosted by the CR team or run in conjunction with an outside sponsor, anyone is welcome to run their own contest.  Running a contest can be great fun and is a wonderful way to inspire your fellow deviants and encourage participation in a community-wide event.  Please bear in mind though, if you want to run a contest with prizes you can't rely on other people to provide these prizes.

Volunteers (people with ^ and @ symbols in front of their username) do not have a contest prize budget, so while some of us may volunteer to offer prizes for unofficial contests relating to the galleries we moderate it is unfair to expect this.  GMs are here to help though, so we can help you to promote your contest through our journals and news articles.

You can find out more about running your own contests on dA in this dA Life article at fella.

Running a contest with big prizes isn't the only way to hold an inspirational and exciting event for your fellow artists.  If you're not in a position to give big-money prizes but would still like to run your own event, here are some alternatives...

:bulletpurple: Have an art trade, where you create a piece of art dedicated to someone else and they create one dedicated to you.

:bulletpurple: Offer gift art or ask your friends to inspire you by suggesting topics or subjects to base your next work on.

:bulletpurple: Instead of prints and subs, offer journal or userpage features as prizes.  On a site as big as dA, a bit of extra exposure can really make someone's day.

:bulletpurple: Start a thread in the Thumbshare Forum asking people to link you to pieces of art that they'd like critique on, or ask for examples of work on a theme to illustrate a news article or journal entry.

:bulletpurple: Start a collaboration project to encourage people to work together, either on small creations shared between two people or on something bigger than you create as a group.

Be a teacher or a mentor

If you have a brain packed full of useful information, share it!  Anyone can submit a tutorial to the Resources gallery and whatever you write about, someone will appreciate you sharing your knowledge.  If you enjoy writing tutorials, make a folder for them in your gallery and display it on your userpage so that other people can easily find all the useful things you've made.  If you enjoy collecting other people's tutorials, you can feature the collection on your userpage.

:bulletpurple: FAQ #90: How do I customize my profile page?

If you'd like to share your knowledge in a more personal and involved way, you can offer critique on other people's art (keep it polite and constructive, please!) or volunteer your time as a mentor.  Check out ArtistsHospital or write a journal to let people know that you'd like to critique people's work or help a younger or less experienced artist by mentoring them.  I can guarantee that you'll have people jumping at the chance to receive helpful comments on their work from someone who knows what they're talking about!

You can browse deviations with critique enabled here and find out more about how to use dA's official critique feature in this FAQ...

:bulletpurple: FAQ #95: What is the Critique Feature and how do I use it?

Set an example

Who inspires you more - the person who submits three dArama-filled journal entries a day, bitches about other people all the time and publicly insults everything that isn't to their taste?  Or the person who writes tutorials and helpful news articles, features art in their journal and helps out with promoting other deviants' projects?

I'm not saying that everyone should censor their opinions or silently tolerate unpleasantness, but when the majority of your journal entries are based around complaining about things you hate without offering suggestions, you aren't doing anyone any good.  If you've got a problem with something, try and deal with it maturely.

You get out what you put in, so if your interactions are based in positivity you'll have a much more positive experience.  It sounds obvious, but it never hurts to have a unto others, and all that.

Make yourself known

Say hi to a Community Volunteer today!  We aren't scary and unapproachable, and when you send us notes or leave comments talking about the galleries we look after you are NOT bothering us or annoying us.  We want to get to know you better, to be introduced to the artists who submit to and care about the galleries we moderate.  We love it when community members help us out with promoting projects and contests and give us a hand with sharing important information, so displaying stamps and linking to our informative journals is definitely appreciated.

We also want to know all about the contests and clubs YOU run, the news articles you write, the art you love and the artists you admire.  We're here to help you promote your projects and we actively want you to feed us with awesome things to pimp.  We aren't just here for the good stuff either.  We're also here to help you deal with any problems that you're having and bad stuff that you've noticed going on.  If we can't help you directly, we'll be able to let you know who can help or contact a staff member on your behalf if necessary.

So don't be scared to make friends with your GM - we WANT you to and we love meeting active members of the community!  When you dedicate time and enthusiasm to supporting us and each other, your efforts certainly don't go unnoticed.  If you aren't sure who your GM is, you can find a list of the current CR team at communityrelations.

If you do want to volunteer in an official capacity...

If you do want to volunteer for dA, whether as a Gallery Moderator in the Community Relations team or a Message Network Administrator in Community Operations, check out this FAQ for more information:

:bulletpurple: FAQ #85: Can I be a volunteer on DeviantArt?

:idea: Read this in Spanish, by JacquiJax, and in German by Shadowelve.

:community: :gallery: :star:
Back light.
Friend or foe of a photographer?

We'd like to go for friend this time. Blind us with light! Forget all you learned in photography class, leave the lens screens at home - let the sun touch the lens. Let the incredible feel and mood of a back light scene touch the viewer's heart.

The scenery itself is open to you: wether it's a landscape, portrait or architecture, we want to see back light!

Rules & Requirements:
:bulletblue: One entry per participant!
:bulletblue: The deviation must be new, please be so fair not to re-submit old deviations.
:bulletblue: Photography only! Slight corrections in Photoshop are allowed but make sure your piece doesn't transform into a photomanipulation.
:bulletblue: Submit the deviation to the category Community Projects > Contests > 2007 > Against the Light.

:bulletgreen: Starting date: March 13th, 2007
:bulletred: Closing date: May 13th, 2007

1st Place: 1 year subscription + Daily Deviation
2nd Place: 4 months subscription
3rd Place: 2 months subscription
4th Place: 1 month subscription
... and several features!

The contest will be judged by:
:iconstaged: :iconsuperkev: :iconequivoque: :icon5inclair: :iconigy:

Let these pieces inspire you:
Hh by bocokok - C o l d - by morfeu Lady in the Lake by Staged monochrome saturday 3 by aykanozener La vie est une gitane by ennil

:community: We're looking forward to all your entries!

Lena's transformation is complete! The entries for the Beautiful Creatures  Light or Dark contest showcased Lena, a caster faced with the choice of Light or Dark, in the midst of making her selection. Lena wasn't the the only one with a tough decision to make! Judges and authors of the Beautiful Creatures  novels Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia had the difficult task of determining the top five winners from our 25 Semi-Finalists. Check out Lena as Light and Dark, as well as our top winner who clinched an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles, CA among other amazing prizes!

Judges' Comments

We each chose this piece for the Grand Prize without even discussing it; We found it to be true to the Lena of our novels as well as the film. We noted the charm necklace, the Chucks, the "Caster breeze" in the dynamic, curling hair, and the "naturalist" element with the doves. Well done!

*wylielise has won
  • All expenses paid trip for two to Los Angeles to attend the US premiere of Beautiful Creatures, take a tour of deviantART headquarters, get a personalized tour of Panpipes Hollywood, and a guided tour of the Magic Castle
  • dA PRO Digital Artist Backpack
  • deviantART Hoodie of Winner's Choice*
  • dA Notebook Set by Leuchtturm
  • Panasonic 3D Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player
  • One-Year Premium Membership to deviantART
  • 8,000 deviantART Points
  • $2,000 USD
Judges' Comments

This piece so nearly won the Grand Prize! The degree of detail in the paper cutting is so incredible, and the single splash of color in Lena's heart is perfect. Lena is very "Natural" here, but perhaps less dynamic in the piece we ultimately selected for the Grand Prize. Still, well done!

*camilliette has won
  • Panasonic 3D Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player
  • Six-Month Premium Membership to
  • deviantART T-Shirt of Winner's Choice*
  • dA Notebook Set by Leuchtturm
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • $1,000 USD
Judges' Comments

So cute, and so Lena. Clutching her notebook while the world turns into chaos around her. We really found this piece to be charming.

*bluespottedfrog has won
  • Panasonic 3D Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player
  • Six-Month Premium Membership to
  • deviantART T-Shirt of Winner's Choice*
  • dA Notebook Set by Leuchtturm
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • $1,000 USD
Judges' Comments

The technical detail - as well as the character detail - in this piece was overwhelming. We love the way the light hits Lena's face, and the charm necklace wrapped in her hair. Bravo!

*enchantress-lele has won
  • Panasonic 3D Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player
  • Six-Month Premium Membership to
  • deviantART T-Shirt of Winner's Choice*
  • dA Notebook Set by Leuchtturm
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • $500 USD
Judges' Comments

We loved the "turning Lena on her head" idea - because so often she does feel like her world is upside down, and like she's changing into something terrifying. A not very beautiful creature! This one gave us nightmares! Amazing.

*christina-the-weird has won
  • Panasonic 3D Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player
  • Six-Month Premium Membership to
  • deviantART T-Shirt of Winner's Choice*
  • dA Notebook Set by Leuchtturm
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • $500 USD
* Depending on availability

light inspiered

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 21, 2013, 12:01 AM

Val D'Orcia by dfm63

Golden by slickwilly182 The Explorer - Looking for the trail by matthieu-parmentier Autumn splendor by matthieu-parmentier
The green coast by matthieu-parmentier Unknown Germany pt. XXXVIII by TheChosenPesssimist High jump by matthieu-parmentier
Descent from Karchung La by Dominion-Photography Carving green mountains by Lidija-Lolic Mountain - Tatry by miirex

October splendour again by jchanders Autumn walk pt.X. by realityDream Follow the Path by IndigoSummerr
The Rail goes ever on... by Celem Autumn Kaleidoscope by tourofnature -Charming present- by Janek-Sedlar
Kirnitzsch by TobiasRichter The Clarity of Autumn by tourofnature Unknown Germany pt. XXXVI by TheChosenPesssimist

Unveiled by Nate-Zeman

-Moravian lines- by Janek-Sedlar San Francisco, unseen night by alierturk -Moravian fields III- by Janek-Sedlar
Reinefjorden Rainbow by Dave-Derbis Spring by MindShelves :thumb399973891:
Alpine Firmament by davidrichterphoto Small by Nelleke Autumn morning by Aphantopus

Blue Ice by KennethSolfjeld Discoverer by uberfischer Colossus by Inebriantia
Nordlys by steinliland The Horseman by tihomirmladenov Aurora Borealis by porbital
Assiniboine Sunset by Dani-Lefrancois Guardians of the Ice Temple by matthieu-parmentier Giants in Winter by FlorentCourty

A ghost story by RobinHalioua

The Mytic North - Pt. XI by TheChosenPesssimist La Billaude by matthieu-parmentier Muuratjoki by m-eralp
Silent Whispers by Nelleke Maerchenwald by RobinHalioua Light and Dark by erynlasgalenphotoart
:thumb400621531: :thumb405929956: Elder Souls by FlorentCourty

:thumb412162189: Reha nera thunderstorm RN10 after sunset wallpaper by LemnosExplorer Reflected by m-eralp
Behemoth Stranded by uberfischer Winter is Coming by cprmay Iceberg Beach by porbital
Sunlight and Storm by cprmay Puerto Natural by nahojsennah Hell on Earth - Long exposure by matthieu-parmentier

Obelisk by DMMDesign

Sunrise overture pt.IX. by realityDream Daydreaming the path I meet you... by borda silent hill by KR-2Y-51-3K
The Dawn by cprmay -At beginning of the day- by Janek-Sedlar Darkshines by jkrab
Sunrise overture pt.VI. by realityDream Haute Terre by Annabelle-Chabert Pray for Rain by Questavia

Blue Alps III by Addran Aurora Borealis 9 December 2012 by KennethSolfjeld On Colorado Plains by INTOtheRFD
San Francisco, on clouds by alierturk Far Away by Annabelle-Chabert Autumn Morning by RobinHalioua
Contrasts by kkart Into the Blue by erynlasgalenphotoart Myrland beach I by acoresjo88

Prelude to winter by matthieu-parmentier

Secret Life by ildiko-neer Red Nirvana by DMMDesign Peak Season by hougaard
Cherry Haze by tvurk :thumb407961090: Hulne Park Autumn by newcastlemale
-Timeless- by Janek-Sedlar Contemplation (4608x3456) by Fan-Gogh Before the Storm by xavierrey

:thumb412274274: The Journey Continues by Oer-Wout I'll Meet You On The Other Side by jkrab
Silent Waters by Oer-Wout Secret pathway by lieveheersbeestje After The Storm by jkrab
Mt Assiniboine from Niblet by porbital The Odyssey by ColinHSillerud Pebble's View by Dee-T

dawn by vicente-oliveira

Behind the clouds by TomazKlemensak Sulfur Wastelands by JoelBelessa For Such a Time by werol
:thumb410601842: Where Horizons End by Ondskapens mi querido otono 2 by kriakao
:thumb411967500: The shire by RobinHalioua Road to Heaven by RobinHalioua
Conway Summit by tassanee Milky Way Rainbow by ExplicitStudios Lake Langisjor by Aphantopus
Big Red by CainPascoe Before Night Falls by SvenMueller lonely tree panorama by acoresjo88

Mothership Landing by fistfulofneurons Mount Teide by Hestefotograf Light Through the Valley by PeterJCoskun
Yin Yang FAll by Dee-T Cascade Canyon - Wyoming by wyorev Cascades by MartinAmm
the everforest. by etheraiel The last sunny day in October by freMDart Claree river stairs by matthieu-parmentier
Trinity by A2Matos To the unknown by erynlasgalenphotoart Al-Hada by eyesweb1

Golden October by TobiasRichter The Unknown Lands by ahmedspeculates Out Of The Woods by valiunic

.:Virgin River 2:. by RHCheng

thank you for all your beautiful works

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Hello everyone ! :wave:

It is with great honor that I present to you our newest contest, The Light Source Contest. It is a contest hosted by :iconskyandnatureclub: and co-hosted by :iconfeature-club: and :iconunknown-artists-club:

SkyAndNatureClub's Blog entry

Feature-Club's Blog entry

Unknown-Artists-Club's Blog entry

:bulletblue: About the groups

:iconskyandnatureclub: is a group for all sky and nature lovers ! It's for APN photographers ! It's for anyone who enjoys Nature :heart:  The reason for starting this group is to support all nature photographers, and to show other members the beauty of nature from all around the world! :D

:iconfeature-club: is a community of new and old, seen and unseen artists who just want to share what they have. The group aims at featuring only 5 deviants a day to allow them to be seen by the entire group.

:iconunknown-artists-club: is a group that tries to help unknown artists get more attention here on deviantART.

:bulletblue: About the theme:

This contest is about "Light", and how you best show it in your entry. The "Source" of light could be anything. It could be natural (eg: sunlight), or artificial (eg: lamp). Light could be directed on the object from any angle. Back Lighting is an example.

For the visual media (photography, traditional art, digital art), the objective will be to use a source of light in your work. The objective is not to show us the lamp for example, but to show us how it lightened the work.

As for Literature, the objective is to write about Light.

Your deviation does not have to be nature related. There are a few examples below to show you what we need.

Good Luck ! :w00t:

:bulletblue: Examples:

:bulletblue: Contest Guidelines/Rules: (Very Important!)

:bulletgreen: This Contest is open to everyone worldwide!

:bulletgreen: You MUST be a member of at least ONE of the three groups to be able to submit your entry.

:bulletgreen: The media allowed are Photography, Digital and Traditional arts, and Literature.

:bulletgreen: Mature content deviations are NOT allowed.

:bulletgreen: Every person is allowed to submit ONE entry, to ONE of the three groups only.
(You may not submit both literature and photography for example. Choose one.)

:bulletgreen: Submitting more than one entry will DISQUALIFY all your entries!

:bulletgreen: Your entry MUST be submitted to your gallery either in 2009 or 2010.
(We will not accept any deviation submitted to your gallery before 2009)

:bulletgreen: Online entries only. Hard copies are not accepted at any time.
(Details of entering is written below)

:bulletgreen: If you use stock, please credit the owner. Your entry won't be accepted otherwise.

:bulletgreen: Entrants MUST be at least 13 years old as of the date of their submission.

:bulletgreen: Entries must abide by deviantART Rules.

:bulletgreen: The Contest's Deadline is September 19th at Midnight GMT.

:bulletgreen: Please think carefully before sending an entry! You wont be able to change the entry you submit!

:bulletgreen: Judges have the final word. Deviations will be judged on quality, and use of the theme. Judges will not take notice of aspects such as the number of favorites, comments, popularity, etc. or to pieces that have received a Daily Deviation.

:bulletblue: How to Enter:

:bulletred: You could only submit to ONE of the groups (SkyAndNatureClub Feature-Club Unknown-Artists-Club)

:bulletred: There are 4 folders to submit to. If you are submitting a photograph, then submit it under the "Photography" folder. and so on.

:bulletred: You may only submit to ONE folder, otherwise all your entries will be DISQUALIFIED.
(i.e. Choose one medium only)

:bulletred: Submit your ONE entry to SkyAndNatureClub's folder.


to Feature-Club's folder.


to Unknown-artists-club's folder.

:bulletred: You will not get a message in your correspondence items that you submitted an entry, but don't worry, we will receive your entry. Once you submit, you should get a message that says: "Your submission is being reviewed".

:bulletblue: The Judges

:iconpurpelblur: :icontimberclipse:

:iconuae4u: :iconanoya: :iconmoonbeam13: :iconayame-kenoshi: :icondantastic202: :iconlazdude:

Traditional Art
:iconegil21: :iconhellobaby: :iconsraffa: :iconfourteenthstar:

Digital Art
:iconnorke: :iconyasny-chan: :iconcsnyder: :iconconzpiracy: :iconlokiev:

:iconkaz-d: :icon3wyl: :iconladylincoln:

This list is not final.

:bulletblue: Prizes:

:bulletorange: First Winner: :bulletorange:

:bulletgreen: 1500 points :points:
:bulletgreen: 6 month Premium Membership from dantastic202
:bulletgreen: 3 month Premium Membership from LadyLincoln
:bulletgreen: Stamp or Avatar (winner's choice) from 12knight12
:bulletgreen: A photograph commission from xSakuraSyaoranx
:bulletgreen: A Drawing commission from Lesronheart
:bulletgreen: A Digital Drawing commission from xanadu125
:bulletgreen: A chibi sketch commission from blaze-faerie
:bulletgreen: A Full sketch from Hardrockangel

:bulletorange: Second Winner: :bulletorange:

:bulletgreen: 1100 points :points:
:bulletgreen: Stamp or Avatar (winner's choice) from 12knight12
:bulletgreen: Stamp from TimberClipse
:bulletgreen: A Drawing commission from Lesronheart
:bulletgreen: A Drawing commission from Das-Pfanntom
:bulletgreen: A Digital Drawing commission from xanadu125
:bulletgreen: A pixel avatar character from Hardrockangel
:bulletgreen: A story request from DazzledByNorrington

:bulletorange: Third Winner: :bulletorange:

:bulletgreen: 500 points :points:
:bulletgreen: 3 month Premium Membership from Twins72
:bulletgreen: Stamp or Avatar (winner's choice) from 12knight12
:bulletgreen: A Drawing commission from Lesronheart
:bulletgreen: A Digital Drawing commission from xanadu125
:bulletgreen: A pixel avatar character from Hardrockangel

:bulletorange: All Winners will recieve: :bulletorange:

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:bulletgreen: Virtual hug from eschlehahn
:bulletgreen: Virtual hug from Zwoing
:bulletgreen: LLama Badge from dusmo
:bulletgreen: LLama Badge from xSakuraSyaoranx
:bulletgreen: LLama Badge from Lesronheart
:bulletgreen: LLama Badge from Kostandina
:bulletgreen: LLama Badge from Wolfpackwithme
:bulletgreen: LLama Badge from Aspiring-writer16
:bulletgreen: LLama Badge from Elephants995
:bulletgreen: LLama Badge from Zwoing
:bulletgreen: LLama Badge from jasmine111196
:bulletgreen: LLama Badge from Tulla-Morwen
:bulletgreen: LLama Badge from monchito001

:bulletblue: At the end ..

:groups: Please read all rules carefully, and then look for a good entry and submit it ! :w00t: If you find a nice deviation that you think would fit for the contest, please recommend that person to enter the contest :)

:groups: Please let us know if you can give any prize, ANYTHING, even llama badges. It really will mean a lot. Thanks in advance! :heart:

:groups: If you have any question, feel free to contact:

uae4u of SkyAndNatureClub
TimberClipse of Feature-Club
Lokiev of Unknown-Artists-Club

:star: We wish you the best of luck !! :iconcarameldansenplz:

uae4u on behalf of SkyAndNatureClub
:rose: Narmo
Do you ever wonder sometimes...sit, ponder and stare at a photo and can’t figure out why its so remarkable…because no words could explain it, it just really is, when the photographer just nails the composition, the colours and the contrasts...
...and the remarkable lighting?

Photography is the art of painting with light, and light really does create different moods depending on how the artist uses it. I’ve selected a few photos, which may be considered chiaroscuro (some selections have been drawn using a photo as a reference) where light is the main focus, it sets the ambiance and gives a whole new aura to an image.  

Stone Henge II by GreenEyedHarpy  :thumb78667302:  d e r e l i c t by nilgunkara  Seascape VI by BlasphemedSoldier :thumb79900402: Cat by Dragarta 1967 by szuwar rope I. by KeremOkay CBL - Study CXLV by pedroinacio Memories of the past by WiciaQ  290407 by ThierryHuchet :thumb73773532: :thumb72502830: Petey by theCAB On the Eve of Spring by pheelfresh
Oh no, THEY are coming by AnatemaDevice The Stone II by BoholmPhotography Time Train by DREAMCA7CHER  :thumb73515749: Hands - 6 by kelebarapictures :thumb71256626: Come to me by florapudelkova :thumb65668967: smoke by dechobek 133 by mil0u :thumb70813169:
The great below by Violator3 O_O by nasht-01 Play Of Light by h-aniko Mushroom Paradise by SAMLIM  I cry alone... by incredi In The Eye Of The Beast III by neodecay  MOODY by ictenbey life 095 by metindemiralay Badshahi Masjid- by UsmanBaloch  

The shire by Husckarl Precious pearls by ChristineAmat Emotions by AnaViegas flowers of night by julie-rc Voyage by SortvindGoldenTearsII by AnaViegas Apparition by julie-rc The Gallery by arctoa Sunset2 by julilla :thumb71408329: Longji by foureyes Golden explosions by CatchMe-22 Pulling Out The Sun by gilad Eternal by Nicolas-Henri Dream about falling down by bucz .iiii. by hircine Ceasar by theCAB If by theCAB
Behind Your Illusion ll by littlemewhatever :thumb82614294: :thumb82493140: Death Valley by Brettc Parfaitement by favocal W E T :. by estellamestella My Little Garden by jadden :thumb73694205: Tall Oaks by bamako :thumb66858949: Holiday from Real by KsenKAT no problem . . . by mehmeturgut  A Provoking Paradox by Stew-Luvulongtime :thumb79768039: :thumb77446139: :thumb57054467: :thumb74771875: :thumb76155301: Yellow Rose 5. by human-zamboni Crimson II by o-erin-o
:: Blue diamonds :: by Liek sincerely by detail24 Alone I Break. by xMEGALOPOLISx :thumb76351710: Parallel World by EmilieDurand Cosmo Love by Sortvind patience by werol Brackish Waters by wafox A Fiest for the Soul by KsenKAT   Cemlyn II by Photosbykev Stormy Weather by lowapproach My soul by NorbertGal

Light plays an important role not only in photography but in the artistic world and real life.  Without it we'd have no colour, we'd be in complete darkness. Light illuminates, it highlights and creates some magnificent atmospheres.