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Weekend Fun

Sat Feb 6, 2016, 10:14 AM

Tuesday Treats | Thursday Greets | WishingWell Weekly

Welcome to Weekend Fun!

[GIF]my weekend plans by MACKINN7

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"This is a club for any artist with a passion for animals, whether you are just a beginner or a professional. We strive to help our members by exposing them to the art community, and of course, a community with common interests. So come and join! We'd love to have you here!"
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GIRAFFE by major-holdups Moonworld by Tiefenschaerfe
Great Horned Owl - Sleepy by JestePhotography Green Anole by Andres-Cadena

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Contests and challenges
Challenge #17- 100 Word Ghost Story- Enter now!
Community News, and Contests!
Contest around DA: February Feature
Late Winter Contest! LOVE
Mini-Challenge Monday!~
New Contest! Love 2016
Pixel Challenge Week 54!

deviantART related
dA - Deviations and Scraps (Polish)
Valentine's Day Art Exchange 2016!

5 Reasons Why I Love Suggesting DDs by Malintra-Shadowmoon
Art Nouveau Deviation of the Week III
Avatar Contest Winner
Bearded Feature #6
Fickle Friday: If I Lose Myself
Good Souls feature (January)
I-Heart-Colors: Best of Jan 2016
Monday Pixel Madness #55
MTF - January 2016 + Tiny world
ProjectPorkchop Vol539
ProjectPorkchop Vol540
ProjectPorkchop Vol541
Stock and Resources DD Roundup: Jan 2016
The Treasure Chest- Ed. 15
Weekly Mini-Challenge WINNERS!~
Welcome to Tuesday Take-ins!

DA Starters 110-DestinyGibbes
DA Starters-111-doodlegirf
Seniormentors Interrogations: brennenxr

News, articles and tutorials
2016: Big changes at Project Educate
Black Sheeps
Community news for newbies - February 2016
Off-Site Linked Resources and Daily Deviations
PE: Community Week Wrap-Up
The *new* PixelChallenges is here!

Projects, events and help needed
DeviantART Compliments #155
Open Features List
Share you Stuff: Upcoming Newsletter!

The Birthday Puppeteer

If your birthday or your friend's birthday is this month, you can tell us in Call for February birthdays

Happy birthday to:


As Small as You by Erynnia Bowie by Raiecha Chat Dow by Bilou020285
Clear Skies by Enaxn Doll house by Sparkle-Baby
Contest entry: Kody by MaulOpress Lioness by TigresaDaina Shattered [GIFT for Raben-Katze] by Chan98
Gyro by Kawiku Ice Cocoons by Ozzkat

That's all for this week! Have a good weekend!


52 Week Photography Challenge #6

Sat Feb 6, 2016, 2:24 PM
Welcome to CRPhotography's 52 week photography challenge for 2016! Every Saturday we will be announcing a new idea for you to photograph, and submit to us via comment on each announcement journal. This project aims to challenge you with new concepts and requirements that you may not normally face. This week's challenge is:

Photograph a table. Just a table. Outside.

You took pictures of empty chairs a while back. Let's see what you can do with a table. Enjoy!

  • You are free to interpret this prompt as needed.
  • All photos must be new, and specifically taken for this challenge.
  • Leave a comment in this journal with a link to your photograph.
  • The deadline is Friday, February 12, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST.
  • One winner will be selected, and will receive 100 :points: within the first two weeks of the following month.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to leave a comment here or send us a note.

Now go go go! And have fun!

Last week's challenge was: Take a still life photograph of food.

And the winner is alwaysdaydream with:
Three by alwaysdaydream
Congratulations! :clap:

Top 3 entries:
Grape by LicamtaPictures
mmmm, Chocolate! by Awesomealexis1
Bier Essencials by andromeda-ek
Winner and top three selected by RockstarVanity

Challenge #18- Give Me Your Heart

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 6, 2016, 4:32 PM
Valentine's Day is right around the corner, but I didn't want to go with the theme of love for our next challenge...I decided instead to challenge you all to create a piece of art that features...

A heart.

We challenge you to create something that includes a heart. This can be interpreted at will. Cute hearts, cruel hearts, still beating bloody hearts. The choice is yours.

Challenge #18 will be open to all mediums!

To join:

-leave us a comment in this journal with a link to your creation.
-mention (or link) this challenge in the comments of your deviation.
-your creation must fit the theme.
-your creation must be new- created for this challenge.
-the deadline is 2/20/15.

We will pick two deviations to be featured in our 'Best Of' folder.
These will also be featured by :iconprettyflour:
along with 50 points each.

:heart: Prize donations always welcome and greatly appreciated.  :heart:

Any questions? Comment here or note the group.

Thanks so much and I can't wait to read your words!

Talk to me, or my partner Shima-taicho31. We work with the DA police force and we will do out best to help in a situation.…

If you are wondering about why there is blonde and purple in the mane, I decided to dye my hair again. I used the dye to make the longer parts if my hair purple but also keep the blonde color on the others. Keep in mind I'm talking about real life.
Hello members

So Valentines Day is just around the corner. Anyone planning on drawing a valentine pic of our favorite Lombax and Markazian couple ? If so you might wanna start now since I know how tedious drawing can be sometimes. No pressure if your not planning on drawing anything, of course.

Meanwhile I mentioned in an earlier journal I was thinking of having Talchet week on a different date then when it was last year. I was thinking about having it on March 1st to the 7th.

What are your thoughts on this date, cause last time I chose a date, a lot people were busy during that week. If having Talchet week works with on this week, leave a reply saying it does. If there are enough yes votes, ill post the themes of the week two week before Talchet week.

Hope to hear from you soon :)
Premise || Rules || FAQ || Auditions || Prizes  || Chat

Hello, adventurers! It is I, IshtarDragon again, with very very VERY important news regarding the deadline for auditions!

Due the fact that we have received notice that many of you have found yourselves in circumstances where you would really appreciate an extension of the deadline, and due all the new people becoming interested in this OCT, the judges have arrived to a decision! Which is...

(drum-roll please)

We are extending the deadline for the auditions!

Auditions now end on

April 27th, 2016 @ 11:59 PM PST

(In case you need a countdown, here it is!)

Holy flying pigs! That is like almost 2 extra months months! Use this time wisely, travelers!

Also, remember that you can already submit your refs without having your audition yet! For more info, refer to this journal.

Don't forget that your ref needs to have both a front-view AND a back-view of your character/s! And you need a separate ref for your dragon/airship, like this one or this one! (Unless, of course, any of your characters can fly. Please refer to the FAQ for more info!)

That is everything for now! Any questions, go ahead and ask! Happy sailing!

Software for Animating

The great thing about the modern world is that we don’t need specialized equipment to make things anymore! Disney had to use a machine that was almost a whole storey high in order to make multpile layers appear to move as one frame. Now, all we need is a computer, a tablet, and some software!

You can do animation the old fashioned way with pencil, paper, and a pegbar (which you can find for like $3 online). Or you can do it using software. Over my searches I’ve been able to find a few programs that the pros use, as well as some really cool open source stuff. I’ve not used all of this, but it’s here for you to try out if you so desire!

:pointr: Paid Software

Paid software is the easiest way to get a quality program with oodles of help. But they are not cheap, and the companies are doing their best to finnagle more money out of you (yay for corporate greed ::looks directly at Adobe:: ).

Here are a few that I’ve found for animation:

Prices are in USD unless otherwise stated.

:pointr: 2D Animation

:bulletblue: ToonBoom
:above: Has monthly/yearly subscriptions ($15 per month) and the full program ranges from $300 for light and $2,000 for full.

:bulletblue: TVPaint
:above: Full program is €1,250 (About $1,400). Light program is €500 (About $560).

:bulletblue: Adobe Flash
:above: Adobe has a subscription of $20 a month for a single program (you can't get it perpetually anymore, apparently). You can get the Cloud (all adobe products) for $50 a month.

:bulletblue: SAI Animation Assistant
:above: If you buy SAI, this is free. Easy Paint Tool SAI itself is ¥5,400 (About $47).

:bulletblue: RETAS! Pro HD Animation Suite
:above: This is what the anime industry uses, or so I've read. This is a series of 4 programs. You can download the demos, but I don't know how much they cost; it seems Western distribution is discontinued.

:pointr:3D Animation

:bulletblue: Autodesk Maya
:above: Maya has a 3 year free trial for students! The program itself is subscription based now. $1,500 for a full year (I think). There's a light version for $240 though.

:bulletblue: 3D Studio Max
:above: Apparently Autodesk owns this now too. Also a subscription for $1,500.

:bulletblue: Lightwave
:above: Full commercial version is $700 (but only for 2015, the new verion is prolly around $1,000)

:bulletblue: Poser
:above: Full commercial pro version is $380, the CD is %500.

:pointr: Compilation/Video Editing Programs

Theses are programs you can use to edit and enhance animated scenes. The above are mostly for making the animations and then exporting them, and some can compile and edit them okay. These make compiling, adding sound, music, and effects much easier. And they aren’t exclusive to 2D or 3D!

:pointr: Compilation Software

:bulletblue: Premiere Pro

:bulletblue: After Effects
:above: Both of these are Adobe, so either $20 a month for the one, or $50 for the Cloud.

:bulletblue: Final Cut Pro
:above: Great if you have a Mac (which I don't). $300 for the program.

:megaphone: Note on Adobe Cloud: Adobe are jerks about canceling a subscription--they'll give you the runaround, and basically you have to call them to cancel. Also, they have this sneaky thing in their agreement, so beware:  If you cancel within 14 days of your order, you’ll be fully refunded. Should you cancel after 14 days, your payment is non-refundable and your service will continue until the end of that month’s billing period.

:pointr: Open Source Software

“Open source” software is totally free. Of course, you’re welcome to donate so that they can continue to improve the programs, but you aren’t required to do so.

:pointr: 2D Animation

:bulletblue: Pencil2D

:bulletblue: Synfig

:pointr: 3D Animation

:bulletblue: Blender

:pointr: Illustration/Digital Painting

:bulletblue: Krita

:bulletblue: GIMP

:pointr: Compilation/Video Editing

:bulletblue: Windows Movie Maker

:bulletblue: Lightworks

:above:Note: Also, Blender is apparently good at this!

:pointr: Other Cool Resources

:bulletblue: PureRef
:above: An excellent little creature that lets you collect reference information into one giant file and zoom/pan how you please.
Hello there again! It's time for another RP!

In this RP, you and I are looking around in a magic shop when we find a magic book! We take it out and go and cause mischief! From there, the plot takes a turn in several directions:

1. We transform ourselves into a Pokemon to better cause mischief!
2. We transform ourselves into a Pokemon to avoid getting into trouble (MC highly recommended for this one!)
3. We transform the entire world into Pokemon by accident! (Hey, these things are powerful! :D Also, MC highly recommended for this one as well!)
4. We get transformed into Pokemon by a family member when we leave it unattended.

  • Any Pokemon is open.
  • Mature Content in notes only.
  • Anthro stuff is on the table.
  • No weird TF stuff (vore, inflation, etc.)
  • MC, TG, AR, AP, and WG are acceptable
  • PLEASE PROVIDE IMAGE LINKS FOR YOUR DESIRED POKEMON. Whether from dA or elsewhere, please do this.
  • Have fun!