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Mon Nov 30, 2015, 2:36 PM by HalHefnerART:iconhalhefnerart:

Welcome to our 5th Sketch This, recap Journal! For the week of 11/17/15 - 11/29/15


to all the artists who participated in this week's challenges. We introduced a couple of new wrinkles, the 3 Level challenge! The artwork submitted was really awesome so check it out in the gallery below.


Target Bot by CBiggzshopping can be tiring  by MorgatronicMonster by Wookie13BLACK FRIDAY MONSTER by MagicalMuffinMakerGive me all your money.... by Blackusagi1MONSTER VS. ROBOT by manger10507Black Friday surprise package  by Jprzybylski1971Globalization by daeliriumgluttonous prowl by cryingcanvasNeedy by TPLgreenGenodons by NashaneBlack Friday!! by BennyRizzoSmashing Prices by AdeAdrianCarbot by daeliriumCYBER MONDAY ROBOT by OscarJPCruzRobot Challange lvl 2 by siechalK.O. by ThiagoFragossoBlack Friday vs. Cyber Monday  by siechalMaybe A Kitsune by ThiagoFragossoSpirit Sloth by DrMadaoSPIRIT ANIMAL by tangotangeSpirit deer by Nedos74spirit animal by pinkpanthertattoocat and boy by devchitapWhat Happens Next?: Fish! by Emeraldia-the-Kittywhat happens next....? by J-Andreanncurious cat by MorgatronicCat crossing the street by pammieeCharacter Design: Creation by AvatarBRAlien Queen by Wookie13Character Design: Creation by AlexandeNight
Character Design: Creation by athos12345Fun by gandarewaCharacter Design: Creation by kaybay123abcGesture lv 1 by Mikatsuki-Neko
desafio level 1 by MATIATZUCharacter Design: Gesture Drawing by hjkyoungCharacter Design: Gesture Drawing by Kittygurl4Full body sketch by MarcyPet
Character Design: BUILDING THE FIGURE by ToaOfAwesomnessSketchThis - Char Design Building the Figure (L2) by rhoddityFigure Drawing by emily-irvingpart 2 by ShewolfAlpha-Sam

THE CHALLENGE: 11/17 - 11/29

THANK YOU to all who made this week's challenges monumental...

Our challenges rocked this week, thanks to our awesome community of artists and creators who were kind enough o lend us their talents. We were able to launch 2, multi level challenges, thanks to you!


Strays Volume 3 Kickstarter Prints - WIPs by celesse
The Challenge: Draw your spirit animal.

celesse is one of DA's most adored artists and her work with animals is just stunningly beautiful. As for projects, she is currently involved in three: - A webcomic that she works on with another artist and has recently been completed. This is what the images we used in the challenge were created for, so please check it out. - This is another webcomic that she works on that is gaining steam (there's even a Facebook sticker pack for it now) - This is her main source of income, an online shop where she sells merchandise with her art on it, so please support this awesome artist.



Urban Cats - 68 by MARX77
THE CHALLENGE: Draw what happens next to this cat.

MARX77 is a thoughtful and provocative photographer from Dubai who is also working on a wonderful project with DeviantArt and Sony, called Capturing Change. MARX77 caught my eye when I saw his gallery folder of the URBAN CATS of Dubai, a magnificent collection of images of Dubai's stray cats. He is currently collecting these images into a book and hopes to have that hit the market in 2016. 




FEMALE Character Base 2 by pyjama-cake
THE CHALLENGE: Through 3 levels of progression, start with a gesture drawing for practice in Level 1. Then in Level 12, advance to building the figure with shapes and complete a character design both back and front in level 3 that is sic-fi or fantasy themed.
ABOUT pyjama-cake : pyjama-cake is a group who creates "pose references" which are photos people can study and use to aid their own art and skills. They enjoy what they do, even if it seems strange and unique. They know all too well the feeling of wanting to draw a specific pose but not being able to visualize it, and they want to produce stock to help everybody in their artistic work. All sorts of people find help from pose references, from professionals to aspiring artists, and it is fantastic to see their work being utilized by everyone.     Every month pyjama-cake  works towards a new pose pack for their Tier 2 and 3 patrons at Patreon. By supporting them there, you are not just helping them but you are also helping everyone who uses their work. It is not often you get to influence so many artists directly, but by pledging to them there you can do just that.
Their social media is strictly at DA and their Patreon account




THE CHALLENGE: In Level 1, draw the personifications of Black Friday as a monster and in Level 2, Cyber Monday as a Robot then make them fight each other in Level 3.

FlyingMilkPig started really drawing at the age 16 and couldnt stop. She is hoping to start her own personal story and have been posting some stuff on tumblr in regards to that goal. FlyingMilkPig loves to draw everything and never wants to limit herself.
Please follow my tumblr for her personal project and it'd be great to give her some love there as well as here!

VS , Monster, Robot

SHAMELESS PLUG FOR ME: I had some art in the challenges as well. The Black Friday monster is mine and the gesture and shape drawings are mine. But it's not about me, it's about you and your art, so GO SKETCH THIS!





Holiday Headquarters 2015!

Wed Nov 25, 2015, 4:58 PM
Og by marioluevanosFind the perfect gift for the art lover on your list with DeviantArt’s Holiday HQ!


We've hand-picked over 100 inspiring prints, around five popular themes, to help make your season bright. Perfect for surprising a loved one or to treat yourself, framed prints make great holiday gifts and support the artists you love!


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Capturing Change

Tue Nov 24, 2015, 1:03 PM
Og-preview by marioluevanosFour Deviants get game changing cameras from Sony for a collaborative assignment: Show us how your cities have changed from the past, for the present and into the future!

Miguel Santos

São Joaquim, Brazil

The most experience photographer of the group, Miguel has been a photographer for over 15 years, starting with a film camera and then moving to digital five years later. With the goal of featuring the past, present, and future of Brazil in this project, he traveled to smaller and lesser-known cities to capture the beauty and the chaos within his country.

FE 28-70 mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
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Olivia Michalski

Bochum, Germany

As a photographer, Olivia works to bring the beauty of the world around her into her photographs, and use her pictures to tell a story. A photographer and deviant for 5 years, she’s become a highly regarded member of the DeviantArt photography community with her careful and serene macro photography. While she usually focuses on nature photography, for this project she widened her view to capture her changing city of Bochum, Germany.

E 55–210 mm F4.5-6.3 OSS
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Khuram Lawrence

Dubai, U.A.E.

A photographer for five years, Khuram has become an integral part of the street photography community on DeviantArt, winning the Deviousness Award in February 2015. Whether he’s shooting the citizens of Dubai or urban cats, Khuram has the ability to capture little slices of life in each his photographs.

E 55–210 mm F4.5-6.3 OSS
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Bruno Lindentals

San Salvador, El Salvador

Starting with an early camera phone 7 years ago, Bruno became enraptured with photography. His photographs have become favorites of the DeviantArt community as he grew in ability and artistic vision. When his camera of choice fell apart, he was able to start anew with the Sony Alpha. While he’s always told beautiful stories within each of his photographs, this has been the largest scale project he’s worked on.

Four Deviants get game changing cameras from Sony for a collaborative assignment:

Show us how your cities have changed from the past, for the present and into the future!

Do people change cities;

or do cities change people?

Beta Launch: Notes Search

Tue Nov 24, 2015, 12:26 PM by danlev:icondanlev:

One of the most highly requested features is now here: the ability to search notes! Notes search allows you to do things like:

  • Find all notes you’ve sent to a specific deviant

  • Find all notes from a deviant that contain a keyword

  • Search for a keyword within a custom folder

  • Find all unread notes that contain a keyword

  • Search your drafts

To search your notes, simply enter a keyword in the search box. You can also use the advanced search dropdown to filter your search results.

During the initial launch, only the past year of your notes will be searchable.

Try it out!

Beta Testers, we need your help in testing notes search! Try searches you normally would, and then try some really advanced searches.

  • Search using advanced operators

  • Search within custom folders

  • Search to and from specific deviants

  • Try searching, and then editing your queries

  • Try browsing results and selecting notes

Visit Your Notes

Bugs can be reported in the Notes Search project or as a comment on this article.

Suicide and Self-harm Prevention

Mon Nov 23, 2015, 5:09 PM by Heidi:iconheidi:

World Heart by minayuyu

Are you going through a difficult time?

If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide or self-harm and are in immediate danger, seek help as soon as possible by calling a local emergency telephone number, a suicide prevention hotline, or by going to the nearest emergency room.

At DeviantArt, we care deeply about our community – aiming to provide all our members with a safe and fun environment to create and grow.  However, we do not have trained medical professionals who can respond directly to life-threatening emergencies.  Please use the following resources if you are concerned about the safety of a DeviantArt member – including yourself.  

Resources for getting help.

Suicide, self-harm, and crisis prevention hotlines provide help to those in need – often acting as the first point of contact for individuals who are seeking help, support, and information.  Contact a hotline if you need support for yourself or need help supporting a friend.  If you're concerned about a friend, encourage the friend to contact a hotline as well.

WorldwideUnited States
      United Kingdom / Ireland
        • Samaritans
          • 08457 90 90 90 (UK)
          • 1850 60 90 90 (Republic of Ireland)
          Brazil / Portugal
          • CVV
            • 141
          Czech Republic
          DenmarkFinlandFranceGreeceHong Kong
          • AASRA
            • 91 22 27546669
            • 91 22 27546667
          NetherlandsNew Zealand
                South Africa
                  South Korea
                  • HopeClick
                  • 중앙자살예방센터 (Korea Suicide Prevention Center)
                    • +82 2 2203 0053
                  • 보건복지부 보건복지콜센터 (Ministry of Health & Welfare Call Center)
                    • 129 (24시간 위기상담 / 24 hour hotline)
                  • 정신건강증진센터 정신건강위기상담전화 (Mental Health Center Crisis Counseling)
                    • 1577-0199 (24시간 위기상담 / 24 hour hotline)

                        The DeviantArt community is a source of strong, lasting friendships, where artists support each other through difficult times. Our community naturally encourages one another to share their emotions and passion to help enrich their art and the world around them. Sometimes, as helpful as we want to be, it’s best to seek professional help. While no particular incident led to this journal, we want to ensure there is a quick and easy way to reach out for help whenever it might be needed.

                        UPDATE 4

                        Mon Nov 23, 2015, 12:00 PM by HalHefnerART:iconhalhefnerart:

                        Welcome to our 4th Sketch This, recap Journal for 11/16/15 - 11/23/15.  

                        We’d like to thank all of the artists and photographers who made these challenges possible. Without your work, we’d have no challenges. Thank you!

                        We’d also like to thank all of you who participated in the challenges. Last week, we again saw more fantastic art be submitted to the he Sketch This challenges. Here is some of that art.


                        bUbo by daeliriumfriendly A.I.  by ledainFRIENDLY A.I. by seblunt10FRIENDLY A.I. by Mars-PettezSKETCH A PLANT by zavalasantosco
                        Feed me! by AdeAdrian15 minute plant sketch Challenge by esoreamhana by devchitapSketchThis - Object on my left by lia-thefighter
                        To the left by Wookie13Anghyfannedd  by RhynWilliamsLonely Abyss by mexicanita010Lone Wanderer - Sketch This! by definfiniteWhere the Shadows Never End by HectacHuion stylus by JoximusBuddha Book Case by CBiggzSILHOUETTE by maxgribovfrom mom by devchitapSacred Artifact by mikmaqspiritRedemption by PJavelinSacred Atari by AndyHOvineGoodnight Teddy by SnapeEscape

                        THE CHALLENGE: 11/16/15-11/23/15

                        Thank you to all of the artists involved in creating these challenges! Here's a little bit about the challenge and about them!

                        SILHOUETTE CHALLENGE 

                        Epidemic: Chapter II by Miguel-Santos
                        Challenge: Sketch and color a silhouette of the human figure. Tell a story with this art by placing the character in an environment. Use a limited color palette to achieve a mood.

                        ABOUT THE ARTIST: Miguel Santos 
                        Miguel is a talented Photographer whose photos are artistic, moody and intelligent. Every picture is carefully done and filled with narrative. Miguel is working with DeviantArt on a fun photography project as well, so stay tuned for more of his amazing work.

                        SELECTED ART FROM THIS CHALLENGE by HalHefnerART 

                        SACRED OBJECT CHALLENGE

                        Mari Lwyd by RhynWilliams
                        Challenge: We all have objects that we hold dear. Sketch or paint an object that is used in a custom or tradition that is special to you or your ancestors.

                        ABOUT THE ARTIST: Rhyn Williams
                        RhynWilliams is a gifted artist who works in both traditional and digital mediums. All of his work is a developmental process and he tends to create work that is technical, Portrait work, Horror and Welsh themed.

                        SELECTED ART FROM THIS CHALLENGE by HalHefnerART 

                        FRIENDLY A.I. CHALLENGE

                        COME HOME by alexiuss
                        Challenge: Sketch or paint your interpretation of a friendly A.I., Android or Robot. Utilize high contrast shading and lighting to bring your creation to life.

                        ABOUT THE CREATOR: VITALY ALEXIUS
                        alexiuss was born in the year 1984, in Novokuznetsk, Siberian Russia and on April 11/1997 he moved to Toronto, Canada. Since 2000, he’s been tutoring on the subject of drawing and painting. In 2002, he  learned Photoshop and has been using it ever since, to develop an innovative, digital-art style, which he has given the name - "Dreaminism".

                        Currently he’s working full time as an Art Director for his graphic novel "Romantically Apocalyptic": WWW.ROM.AC. This piece of art was conceptualized by Alexi and painted by  DA artist, vombavr

                        SELECTED ART FROM THIS CHALLENGE by HalHefnerART 

                        SKETCH A PLANT CHALLENGE

                        Plant studies by beavotron
                        Challenge: You have 15 minutes to sketch or paint a plant. It can be lifelike or a crazy sci-fi monster, it's entirely up to you. Just pay attention to the time.

                        beavotron is a multitalented artist who works in both traditional and digital mediums. She has illustrated everything from children's books to video games. Her work is technically sound and vibrantly colored and her use of color theory is top notch. Alex is a UI designer and Artist at Naughty Dog who worked on The Last of Us and is now on Uncharted for PS4.

                        TO THE LEFT, TO THE LEFT CHALLENGE

                        Camera Shy by Jon-Lock
                        Challenge: Turn to your left and sketch the most interesting thing you see! It could be a leftover lunch or a friend at her desk -- it doesn't matter! Sketch away and you'll find that ordinary objects can be extraordinary art.

                        ABOUT THE ARTIST: (NADIA KIM) aka JON-LOCK
                        Jon-Lock is a super skilled artist currently creating images for words that she likes and motivate her as an artist. Most of which are inspired from her childhood. She likes the feeling of nostalgia. You can check more of her art on her tumblr page.

                        SELECTED ART FROM THIS CHALLENGE by HalHefnerART 



                        Beta Preview of Watch 2.0

                        Mon Nov 16, 2015, 2:38 PM by danlev:icondanlev:

                        This preview is available to a small group of new deviants, as well as Core Members who were Beta Testers as of November 11th.  We will continue to add deviants to the preview group in the coming days and weeks.

                        The heart of the DeviantArt experience is based on viewing and interacting with the art and activity from the deviants and groups you watch. Today, we’re providing an early preview into Watch 2.0 where we’ve taken the activities deviants do most and built an experience geared toward exactly those actions.

                        Please keep in mind that this is an early Beta Preview. You are likely to encounter bugs and functions that are still being worked on.  

                        (You can turn it off at anytime.)

                        Focusing on Art and Discovery

                        Watch is a feed that aggregates activity (like deviations, journals, collections, status updates, etc.) from the deviants and groups you watch (aka follow). We’ve built Watch 2.0 with browsing art in mind, allowing you to view a screen covered edge-to-edge in art.

                        The two main sections of Watch are deviations and posts:

                        • Deviations: A stream of deviations from the deviants you watch; deviations they’ve submitted, deviations they’ve favorited, and deviations they’ve submitted to groups.

                        • Posts: Journals, Status Updates, and Polls from deviants you watch.

                        Your Deviation Browsing Experience: Reimagined

                        The core use of the Message Center revolves around viewing deviations from deviants you watch.  We set out to completely revamp the experience of browsing and interacting with deviations, based on what we've learned and the feedback we've heard over the years. We’ve taken a lot of the functionality around deviations in the Message Center, and designed an experience optimized for it.

                        Watch2 by danlev

                        1. Saved Items

                        Saving deviations is a quick way of “bookmarking” them for later. When you click a deviation to see the new pop-up deviation page, the “save” button is located right next to the favourite button.

                        2. “Show” Menu

                        The “Show” menu lets you filter specific content types. From this menu, you can choose to display deviations, favourites, and/or group deviations. While on the Posts tab, the dropdown will let you filter by status updates, journals, or polls.

                        3. Deviants Menu

                        The deviants menu is a new way of viewing your favorite artists’ activity. Selecting an artist isolates their activity, letting you easily see what they’ve been up to. You can also “pin” your favorite artists to easily access them later.

                        Pop-Up Display

                        The pop-up display is a new way of browsing deviations. From this mode, you can view almost everything you can do on a deviation page, including favoriting, reading and posting comments, etc. Views in this browsing mode are counted towards the deviations views.

                        New Navigation

                        Along with Watch 2.0, we’re introducing a new global navigation across the site.

                        Notifications & Notes

                        Most of the components of the Message Center have been split into two sections: Watch and Notifications. The new notifications dropdown makes it easier than ever to quickly access new comments, replies, mentions, favorites on your artwork, and other notices related to you and your art.

                        Just like notifications, you can also view new notes without leaving the page you’re on.

                        Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 1.15.22 PM by danlev

                        Preventing Message Anxiety

                        If you’re an active deviant, it’s not hard to amass over 1,000 notifications. While it’s nice to know that you’ll never miss a thing from the people you watch, it can be cumbersome and stressful to have to deal with so many messages, filtering out the important ones. We often hear that deviants are stressed out by their Message Center and occasionally just purge all of their messages, which defeat the purpose of the Message Center.

                        While the full Message Center isn’t going away, we want to give you a taste of what we have in mind for a smoother experience.

                        UPDATE 3

                        Mon Nov 16, 2015, 11:13 AM by HalHefnerART:iconhalhefnerart:

                        Welcome to our 3rd Sketch This, recap Journal for 11/09/15 - 11/15/15.  

                        We’d like to start off by thanking all of the artists and photographers who made these challenges possible by lending their work as examples of how the challenge can be completed. Last week we saw another amazing crop of art grow from the Sketch This challenges. We’re excited to share with you some of that work.

                        ART FROM THE CHALLENGES 
                        THAT CAUGHT OUR EYES

                        Below is a collection of some of our favorite submissions. However, please remember, there is NO RIGHT or WRONG WAY to do a challenge as long as you're having fun!  What we've been looking for are entries that embody the spirit of the challenge and execute the instructions in a fun and original way.

                        Blue by GermanVoxDaily Challenge, Genderbent Self portrait by esoreamChanges  by RVCIVMagical Still-Life Sketch This Challenge by definfinite
                        CITYSCAPE AT SUNSET by heavydrizzleMagical Still Life by brechdaslichtMagical Still Life by pilot-whaleMagical Items by Nashanefantasy still life challenge by txwatsoncity at sunset by txwatsonCity Z by ashhhzSketch This Song - Fly on by B0mbini
                        FUTURISTIC CAR by krrosFuturistic car by kuma3kaEmperor's New Clothes by septic-artistSunset by AdeAdrian

                        THE CHALLENGE CREATORS

                        At DeviantArt, we are nothing without our community and we had another really strong group of creators participating in the development of the Challenges for the week of  11/09/15 - 11/15/15. A BIG THANK YOU! to all involved.

                        MAGICAL STILL LIFE CHALLENGE

                        Magical Still Life by Thiefoworld
                        CHALLENGE: Create a still life piece using objects that you would find in your magical fantasy world. Potion bottles, magic ingredients and other mythical items are all fair game!

                        Thiefoworld  is a well known member of the DA community know for his fun, whimsical artwork. He is currently working on re-launching his  webcomic (formerly known as "Children of the World", now "Meteor Shower") by the end of 2015.

                        SELECTED HAND ART FROM THIS CHALLENGE BY HalHefnerART 

                        CITYSCAPE AT SUNSET CHALLENGE 

                        Sunshower by JonasDeRo
                        CHALLENGE: Sketch or paint a cityscape at sunset that's either real, fantasy or sci fi and explore contrasting colors like purples/yellows, oranges/blues etc.

                        ABOUT THE ARTIST: JONAS DE RO 
                        JonasDeRo s is currently a talented painter and concept artist living in Japan and working on Final Fantasy XV, and in his free tim he ha I have launched a new photo reference site for artist called


                        FAVORITE SONG CHALLENGE

                        Back Alley Ballad by einlee
                        CHALLENGE: Sketch or paint what you envision your favorite song to be interpreted as art. Don't forget to add the title at the bottom with the text tool.

                        ABOUT THE ARTIST: EIN LEE
                        einlee  is a super talented and beloved member of the DA community. One of the more notable upcoming projects that she worked on is character designs for RWBY volume 3, which I know a lot of people are excited for! Unfortunately a lot of other projects she can't share yet, but if people are interested in updates and art, they can follow her on DA and on Facebook.



                        DC Trinity Genderswap by jasric
                        CHALLENGE: Sketch yourself as the opposite sex in a realistic or cartoon style illustration. Have fun and let your imagination run wild.

                        ABOUT THE ARTIST: JASRIC 

                        jasric is currently a student in college pursuing a career in medicine. However, her art is still a huge part of her life and she feels fortunate to be a part of this community where she can connect with tons of different people and work on projects she never would have anticipated. Given that she is not a formal professional artist, she’s very excited to be working on multiple book covers and character illustrations at the moment for some amazing people who are extremely understanding of her time commitments. 


                        FUTURISTIC CAR CHALLENGE

                        Concept Greenhouse by RuncimanConcepts
                        CHALLENGE: Sketch and color a futuristic car.  Could it be for travel here, on Mars, underwater or subterranean? It's your design! Try using multiple layers to put it in its place.

                        ABOUT THE ARTIST: KYLE RUNCIMAN  
                        Kyle is the Strategic Content Manager for Digital Arts at Autodesk. He’s an Industrial Designer by trade and spends most of his days drawing cars and super heroes.
                        Kyle has designed products in industries ranging from Medical to Power tools to Automotive. Check out Kyle’s DA Gallery at 'RuncimanConcepts'




                        Holiday Card Project 2015!

                        Thu Nov 12, 2015, 12:35 PM

                        The DeviantArt #HolidayCardProject is back for its 9th year!  With the goal of bringing a bit of holiday cheer to patients in the hospital during the holiday season, the Holiday Card Project connects artists from around the world, applying their tremendous artistic abilities to designing and creating uplifting holiday cards.

                        In the past few years, this project has received more than 5,000 cards sent in by more than 2,000 deviants from 60 different countries/political regions. Cards are then divvied up and distributed by DeviantArt members to local Los Angeles hospitals, with additional cards given to various hospitals in the U.S. and abroad for DeviantArt volunteers and hospital staff members to hand out to patients.

                        The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is simple: do something nice for others. However, if you're looking for even more incentive, every deviant who sends in a card will be given a free one-month Core Membership to DeviantArt.

                        Read below to see how you can join in on the holiday cheer!

                        :holly:  What is the DeviantArt Holiday Card Project?The purpose of the Holiday Card Project is to have deviants create physical holiday cards for people who are hospitalized during the holiday season, helping to bring a smile to the faces of those who may need some holiday cheer.

                        :holly:  Who receives the cards?The cards will be distributed to both U.S. and international hospitals. Some cards will be delivered in-person by select deviants in the areas of the respective hospitals, while other cards will be distributed by hospital staff members. The patients who receive the cards age in range from children to seniors, and have illnesses or injuries that vary from mild to terminal.

                        :holly:  What should I write in a card?Be as creative as you'd like, but remember, the degree of illness for patients will vary from mild to terminal, so it is important to be cheerful and stay positive. Some suggested greetings include, "Best wishes," "Thinking of you," or "Have a nice day." Stay away from phrases like "Get well soon" and "Hope you're feeling better," as it might not be appropriate for all patients. Be sure include a message of "Happy Holidays" as the cards will be distributed for the holidays!

                        :holly:  Can I make a card myself?Of course! An 8.5" x 11" (21.59 cm x 27.94 cm) sheet of paper folded 2 ways to a total size of 4.25" x 5" (11.43 cm x 12.7 cm) works nicely. Though, there is no "set" size for cards. Use your best judgment. You can personally design and decorate cards by drawing, coloring, or painting. Construction paper, cardboard, markers, crayons, colored pencils, ribbon, etc., are all great to help make your card as special as possible.

                        :holly:  Can I use holiday cards purchased from a store?Absolutely. Store-bought cards are great for the Holiday Card Project, but be sure to add some artistic flair and pizzazz by drawing on the inside of the card or including a few doodles. Use color to brighten up the presentation; be creative!

                        :holly:  How much is postage for sending a card?If you live in the U.S. and are sending an average-sized card, it will probably cost one first-class stamp ($0.49). If you live in a country other than the U.S., the best thing to do is to check with your local postal agency for rates.

                        :holly:  Can I send more than one card?Please do. You can even put more than one card in the same envelope or package to save on postage. However, remember that quality is better than quantity. Sending one quality card that you put time and effort into is better than sending two cards that were thrown together.

                        :holly:  Can I share my cards on DeviantArt?

                        That's part of the fun! The cards we receive are often so impressive that we want to share them with the world. When you're finished with your creation, upload a photo or scan of the card and submit it to DeviantArt using the #HolidayCardProject tag.  Sharing your inspirational artworks with others online also helps spread the word about the Holiday Card Project, which leads to more cards being created and shared!

                        :holly:  Will patients know who made their cards?The only way a patient will know who made a card is if you sign your name, which you are welcome to do. You may also include your e-mail address and/or DeviantArt URL in hopes of getting a reply, though that can't be guaranteed. If you wish to send a card anonymously, you may.

                        :holly:  Can non-deviants participate in the Project?Definitely. The Holiday Card Project accepts cards from all participants who are willing to contribute to a good cause. The Project is a great way for schools, clubs, church groups, or family and friends to get together and work on a fun activity. No DeviantArt affiliation is necessary.

                        :holly:  What do I get out of this?The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is to try and bring a little cheer to those undergoing a hospital stay. The patients and their families are deeply touched by the kindness and caring from those who take time to create and send cards.

                        Additionally, once the Holiday Card Project has been completed, all registered DeviantArt members will be given a free one-month Core Membership just for sending in a card. In order to be awarded a Core Membership, please include your username on a piece of paper separate from the holiday card. Core Memberships will be distributed no later than January 31, 2016.

                        :holly:  When is the deadline for the Holiday Card Project?All cards should be received by December 14, 2015.

                        :rudolph:  Where do I send a card?Please use the following address:

                        DeviantArt, Inc.
                        Holiday Card Project
                        7095 Hollywood Blvd., #788
                        Hollywood, CA 90028

                        Please remember to include your DeviantArt username on a separate piece of paper when mailing in a holiday card. To ensure that you successfully receive your free Core Membership, it is vitally important that your username be written legibly!

                        :holly:  Can I help hand out cards?We're always looking for dedicated volunteers to hand out holiday cards. If you're interested in handing out cards at hospital local to you, please send a note to madizzlee. All volunteers must be over the age of 18. 

                        :stare:  Rules and TermsLimit one one-month Core Membership per participant. DeviantArt reserves the right to deem any card contributed to the Project as unacceptable and therefore ineligible for a Core Membership.

                        :megaphone:  Spread the WordShare your #HolidayCardProject involvement across the Internet!  Write a Journal or Status Update, or post to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, or Instagram! We can't do this without you and getting the word out helps this great cause get boosted to more people — resulting in more holiday cheer!  Thank you.

                        :note:  Past Projects
                        Holiday Card Project by madizzlee  Holiday card project 1 by silverlakephotosHoliday Card Project 2008 by Heidi IMG 2131 copy by madizzlee

                        :holly:  Where do I direct questions and concerns?Please note that many common concerns have already been addressed in the above questions and answers. Take care when reading the Project's description because there's a good chance it already contains an answer to your question. For any remaining issues, please leave a comment in this journal.

                        UPDATE 2

                        Mon Nov 9, 2015, 1:25 PM by HalHefnerART:iconhalhefnerart:

                        Welcome to our 2nd  Sketch This, recap journal.

                        Last week we began releasing our challenges, daily (M-F). Once again, people seemed to really enjoy them and the artwork that was produced for these challenges was really amazing.


                        In this recap Journal for 11/02/15 - 11/08/15, I have selected 4 images from each challenge that I really liked. However, please remember, there is NO RIGHT or WRONG WAY to do a challenge as long as you're having fun!  What I've been looking for are entries that embody the spirit of the challenge and execute the instructions in a fun and original way.

                        Portrait: Heavy Shadows by sickdelusionBLUE!!?!  by ilaughatyouallSketchThis: Heavy Shadows by natural-rubberThe Joker by flyingvee88

                        3 pigs by shakeyjakey1616Liar! by ostangovalice by MomoAkemiOz U by r7shadow7

                        LANDSCAPE SKETCH by tangotangeLANDSCAPE SKETCH by inkShepherdsketchbook app contest  by dallidallsenLandscape (15 min challenge) by IResARTS

                        corporate greed  by marz76ANTHROPOMORPHIZE AN ANIMAL by joshuathesoneofnunSuit Up by LoupDeMortAdopted by seriousgrape

                        Wild Elephant by VanakanVault Boy by jealumPAC Attack by JTF3REALISTIC GAME CHARACTER by dnstudio1

                        THE CHALLENGE CREATORS

                        Last week’s challenges were a huge success and because of our strong artist community we were able to offer a little something for everyone to enjoy. I’d like to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to all the artists for their support in bringing Sketch This to life. So here's some info about them.


                        Outcast cover 2 by LiamSharp
                        CHALLENGE: Using strong contrasts between light and dark, a technique called chiaroscuro, creates interesting shapes and values. Sketch a face or a portrait using heavy shadowing

                        ABOUT THE ARTIST: LIAM SHARP 
                        LiamSharp is an an artist, writer (comics and prose) and publisher and is currently the CCO/co-founder of Madefire. In 2011 Liam co-founded Madefire, a media and technology company, which built an end-to-end publishing platform and launched the Madefire App which delivers Motion Books — a new type of reading experience for the iPad. Artistically, Liam is currently bringing to life his own creation, “Captain Stone is Missing…”, with his wife Christina McCormack.  All of Liam's motion books on dA can be found in this collection.

                        Prior to Madefire, Liam made his debut in the late 1980s drawing Judge Dredd for 2000ad. He later designed and drew Marvel UK’s best-selling title ever, Death’s Head II. Thereafter, Liam began working in the United States on books as diverse as the X-Men, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Venom, Man-Thing (for Marvel Comics), Superman, Batman (for DC), The Possessed and Gears of War (for DC/Wildstorm), Spawn: The Dark Ages (for Image) Red Sonja (for Dynamite comics) and Testament (for DC/Vertigo.) Liam has also worked on more mature themed books drawing Frank Frazetta’s The Death Dealer (Verotik), and a strip originated by Stan Winston called Realm of the Claw.  Liam recently finished an Aliens graphic novella Aliens: Fast Track to Heaven for Dark Horse, which he both wrote and created the art for.

                        In 2004 Liam established MamTor™ Publishing with wife Christina. This saw the launch of the critically acclaimed and award-winning anthology Event Horizon, and numerous novels and art books. Liam has also worked on designs for the movies Lost in Space, Small Soldiers and the animated series Batman Beyond, as well as a series of major advertising campaigns.
                        His critically acclaimed first novel GOD KILLERS: MACHIVARIUS POINT & OTHER TALES was published in 2008 with a second edition in 2009.

                        MY FAVORITES FROM THIS CHALLENGE: 


                        Akuroku - Tame the Wolf by Nijuuni
                        CHALLENGE: Conceptualize your favorite fairy tale character using the pencil and paintbrush tools. Modernize this character to fit within today's pop culture.

                        ABOUT THE ARTIST: ERIN WONG 
                        Nijuuni is a multi talented digital artist who excels in digital illustration, 3D modeling, sculpting, and texture painting.  As a self-motivated and creative person she is capable of creating original compositions when given artistic freedom, but can also work very well when provided with a prompt. She always looks forward to meeting and working with new people to produce the best possible results for a project.

                        This image was inspired by  Wolf and Little Red Roxas Hood cosplay. 
                        MY FAVORITES FROM THIS CHALLENGE:

                        LANDSCAPE SKETCH CHALLENGE

                        li river by foureyes
                        CHALLENGE: You have 15 minutes to sketch a landscape with the pencil tool, use only black and grayscale to color your work. Use a reference if you need it!

                        Bernie Medina aka foureyes  was born in in El Salvador, Central America. Photography was a self-taught media that helped him with the expenses of college in which he graduated from the school of Architecture at the University of Houston. His passion for Photography caught on FIRE when he joined DeviantArt almost 13 years ago. Since then, he has been living in Texas and has his own Studio of Design and Construction which is dedicated to creativity and innovation in Restaurants and Nightclubs. Many times the studio integrates photography in the decor for the projects they create. foureyes  has a fun project in development for 2016, a 300 page book of photography-traveling journal throughout China. Bernie and his photography will also be featured in a National Geographic editorial, coming later this year.

                        MY FAVORITES FROM THIS CHALLENGE:


                        Lackadaisy Moonshine by tracyjb
                        CHALLENGE: Sketch an animal with human traits using any tools you like. Give it personality with color and details.

                        ABOUT THE ARTIST: TRACY BUTLER 

                        tracyjb is a beloved artist in the DA community. She is known for her amazing characters and character acting.  Gestures and expressions are things which are represented very well in her work. Tracy specializes in making characters seem convincingly alive in a visual sense and this is what interests her most about drawing. Tracy has recently left her day job in the game industry to try to make her way as a full time comic artist. She’ll  be releasing a second book volume of Lackadaisy soon.  

                        MY FAVORITES FROM THIS CHALLENGE: 


                        -Kyogre- by arvalis
                        CHALLENGE: Sketch or paint your favorite character from a card game or video game, in a realistic style.

                        ABOUT THE ARTIST: RJ PALMER 
                        RJ is a mega talented freelance illustrator and concept artist living in Boulder Creek, California. He specializes in character and creature design. His work has been featured on large websites, including,, and 

                        Check out this video about RJ’s Realistic Pokemon series. 

                        MY FAVORITES FROM THIS CHALLENGE: