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KITTY'S 4000 POINT GIVEAWAY

Sun Jun 28, 2015, 5:55 PM


IF YOU'RE GOING TO FAVE THIS JOURNAL-
MIGHT AS WELL JOIN IN THE FUN!! :woohoo:




WHAT TO DO



:bulletyellow: Note: Any of the  journals that you share have to be in a NEW journal entry. Please do not place them into an old entry and expect that others will see it.

:bulletgreen: Share this "Giveaway" journal with the title being something along the lines of "POINT GIVEAWAY", in order to be entered into the giveaway. This will give you 1 entry into this giveaway.

:bulletgreen: For 1 more entry into the giveaway, read and share the following  journal post of mine:

GOFUNDME--PLEASE HELP
My name is Dawn but I go by the nickname "Kitty".
In 2002 I was in a freak accident that almost caused me to lose my right leg. Thankfully, with surgery I was able to keep my leg. However, I was rendered disabled and could no longer continue my hairdressing career. I've tried several jobs since that time but due to a variety of medically related conditions I've been unable to continue with those positions, as well.
Since that date, I've undergone several minor surgeries and two major surgeries in efforts to keep me out of a wheelchair. The latest major surgery was on February 13, 2015. I remained with my leg immobile from then until June 09th. I now can see how well I'm going to be able to walk. With high hopes, this past surgery will be the last and the miracle surgery my family and I have been hoping and praying for.
Although I do receive insurance through Medicare, I am still responsible for the remaining medical fees associated with my medi


:bulletyellow: The only rule about the above journal besides that it must be a new journal entry is that the title may not be left blank. If you're stuck on a title, just put "PLEASE HELP ".

:bulletgreen: For every 10 points you donate to me, you can have 1 more entry into this giveaway.

:bulletgreen: You may offer prizes for the 17 winners, such as features   llamas, etc. I'll then give you 1 more entry for each. However, if you offer prizes and win the giveaway, I'll not award you the prize until AFTER you've followed through with your own prize promises.



SUGGESTED BUT NOT REQUIRED



:bulletgreen: Watch me to keep updated on when the giveaway will be ending, and for any additions/modifications to the giveaway.

:bulletgreen: Fave this journal so you can refer back to it later.

THERE WILL BE 17 WINNERS IN TOTAL



PRIZES TO DATE



--1---THE LUCKIEST WINNER WILL RECEIVE


:star:--- 1000 points from me
:star:---10 points--watch--llama from JackaIoaf
:star:---llama and watch from FanatgeRocks
:star:--llama-watch-favorite-feature from actualcheetah
:star:---llama and watch from FizzGryphon
:star:---llama from SinfulVixxen
:star:---llama from TheNaughtyPirate
:star:---llama from Soratoocute
:star:---llama and favorite from lovescarmen
:star:---llama and fave from ArcticArrow
:star:---llama-favorite and feature from Medicalkit
:star:---llama and favorite from cel-yu
:star:---llama and 5 faves from :devKnighteSky
:star:---llama -favorite and a Free MYO for my Species Emènta DarkBonnie
:star:---fave-feature-watch from ancient--one
:star:---llama and 5 faves mikeemee16aa

--1---FIRST PLACE WINNER WILL RECEIVE


:star:--- 700 points from me
:star:---watch--llama from JackaIoaf
:star:--llama-watch-favorite-feature from actualcheetah
:star:---llama and watch from FizzGryphon
:star:---llama from SinfulVixxen
:star:---llama from TheNaughtyPirate
:star:---llama from Soratoocute
:star:---llama and favorite from lovescarmen
:star:---llama and fave from ArcticArrow
:star:---llama-favorite and feature from Medicalkit
:star:---llama and favorite from cel-yu
:star:---llama and 5 faves from :devKnighteSky
:star:---llama -favorite and a Free MYO for my Species Emènta DarkBonnie
:star:---fave-feature-watch from ancient--one
:star:---llama and 5 faves mikeemee16aa

--2---SECOND PLACE WINNERS WILL RECEIVE


:star:--- 600 points from me
:star:---watch--llama from JackaIoaf
:star:--llama-watch-favorite-feature from actualcheetah
:star:---llama and watch from FizzGryphon
:star:---llama from SinfulVixxen
:star:---llama from TheNaughtyPirate
:star:---llama from Soratoocute
:star:---llama and favorite from lovescarmen
:star:---llama and fave from ArcticArrow
:star:---llama-favorite and feature from Medicalkit
:star:---llama and favorite from cel-yu
:star:---llama and 5 faves from :devKnighteSky
:star:---llama -favorite and a Free MYO for my Species Emènta DarkBonnie
:star:---fave-feature-watch from ancient--one
:star:---llama and 5 faves mikeemee16aa

--3---THIRD PLACE WINNERS WILL RECEIVE


:star:---300 points from me
:star:---watch--llama from JackaIoaf
:star:--llama-watch-favorite-feature from actualcheetah
:star:---llama and watch from FizzGryphon
:star:---llama from SinfulVixxen
:star:---llama from TheNaughtyPirate
:star:---llama from Soratoocute
:star:---llama and favorite from lovescarmen
:star:---llama and fave from ArcticArrow
:star:---llama and favorite from Medicalkit
:star:---llama and favorite from cel-yu
:star:---llama and 5 faves from :devKnighteSky
:star:---llama -favorite and a Free MYO for my Species Emènta DarkBonnie
:star:---fave-feature-watch from ancient--one
:star:---llama and 5 faves mikeemee16aa

--8---FOURTH PLACE WINNERS WILL RECEIVE


:star:--- 25 points from me
:star:---watch--llama from JackaIoaf
:star:--llama-watch-favorite-feature from actualcheetah
:star:---llama and watch from FizzGryphon
:star:---llama from SinfulVixxen
:star:---llama from TheNaughtyPirate
:star:---llama from Soratoocute
:star:---llama and favorite from lovescarmen
:star:---llama and fave from ArcticArrow
:star:---llama and favorite from Medicalkit
:star:---llama and favorite from cel-yu
:star:---llama and 5 faves from :devKnighteSky
:star:---llama -favorite and a Free MYO for my Species Emènta DarkBonnie
:star:---fave-feature-watch from ancient--one
:star:---llama and 5 faves mikeemee16aa




:bulletred:---I'll end this when I feel like entries are starting to slow down significantly.
:bulletred:---I'll assign numbers to everyone that joins as well as keep tallies in my back room notification area.
:bulletred:---I'll use a random number generator to choose the winners. www.mathgoodies.com/calculator…
:bulletred:--You may only win once!





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THANK YOU!



WIN 12 Month Premium Membership CONTEST! + RAFFLE!

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 9, 2015, 8:34 AM


Baner Untuk Lomba by Skf-Adopt

aaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwww,,,,,,,,, Contest timeee!!
hiyaaa all,, This contest for our new Species Group
:iconalam-world:
yyaaaayyyyyy!! :iconhappyblueplz:
 

This Contest is about our mascot group! >w<

:star: OBJECTIVE :star: 

Draw our Mascot Group Agnesha and Afgann Together, it's simple right ^^


:star: CHARACTER INFO :star: 


-----Tulus Mascot-----

free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushyAgneshafree Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy

  Agnesha by Skf-Adopt  Maskot Tulus by Skf-Adopt

- Age : 17
- Personality : She's Tulus Dragon princess. Agnesha is so clumsy, but she's so cheerful, honest, and sweet's caring. 
Because of her clumsiness, Afgann always try to protect her, but in the real chase, Agnesha attitude more adult then him. :3
- Ability : Fire Magic, she can to make or controlling fire



------Polutan Mascot-------

free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushyAfgannfree Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy

Afgann Sheet by Skf-Adopt  Maskot Polutan by Skf-Adopt


- Age : 18
- Personality : He's Polutan Dragon prince, different with Agnesha, he's simply cannot be honest with his feeling (tsundere guy XD, sometimes, he get shy with Agnesha). Tough he look so arrogant and sometimes egoist, but in the real chase he's a kind person. Always try to do his best in anything.
- Ability : Ice Magic, he can to make and controlling ice

---Their Dragon Form---
Dragon!Forms: Agnesha and Afgann by RayFierying
by awesome :iconrayfierying:

They are a Couple~~~~~ >///v///< :heart:
and have a good relation between them


++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
more info about species of "Tulus and Polutan" can be seen here ^^ : [GUIDELINE] Tulus and Polutan

and don't forget to check art of the adoptable species here :
"Alam" 


:star: RULES :star: 

PLEASE READ BEFORE ASKING! ^^

free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy You must be a member of :iconalam-world: (it's automatically accepted <3)
free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy Create a drawing include them TOGETHER, because it's a couple contest ^^
free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy Remember, keep it PG13, NO NSFW or erotic love
free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy When you are finish your entry, upload your work to your DeviantArt gallery and comment bellow with your entry.
free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy Maximal 3 Entries per person, but remember you can win only one.
free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy it's must be 100% your work, we Not accept collab or base, sorry ;; v ;;
free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy Background are not necessary, but it's really appreciated ^^
free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy Accepted Entries : Digital or Traditional drawing/painting, Comic/manga page, Pixel or Animation
free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy Unaccepted Entries : Literature, Artisan Craft (including costumery/cosplay), Photomanipulation.
Sorry, but we are not in position to judging those thing,, it's because this is a drawing contest ;; v ;;
free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy No traces, copies or reproductions please
free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy It has to be a work made for this contest. This means the picture needs to be submitted to your gallery after this journal's post date.
It also means that you cannot enter a picture that we commissioned as it was not made for this contest.

free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy Please,,,,, make we are more easy and mention somewhere (like the title, or description) that your entry is indeed made for this contest. Otherwise we may consider it simply as gift art. ;; v ;;


:star: PRIZES :star: 


Winner  FIRST PLACE Winner 

free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy 12 Month Premium Membership or 2396Points  
by Skf-Adopt
free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy 1 Half Body Commission with Bg by Skunkyfly
free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy 1 Headshot sketch commission by Skunkyfly
free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy a llama from Skf-Adopt
free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy 2 chibi commission by the amazing Kurumiko13


Winner SECOND PLACE Winner 

free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy 3 Month Premium Membership or 636Points  by Skf-Adopt
free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy 1 Headshot Commission with Bg by Skunkyfly
free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy 1 Headshot sketch commission by Skunkyfly
free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy a llama from Skf-Adopt


Winner THIRD PLACE Winner 

free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy 1 Month Premium Membership or 396Points  by Skf-Adopt
free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy 1 Semi chibi commission no Bg by Skunkyfly
free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy 1 Headshot sketch commission by Skunkyfly
free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy a llama from Skf-Adopt


:star: JUDGING :star: 


The judging will be us :iconskf-adopt: and :iconrayfierying::iconsarahwidiyanti:
free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy The winners will be whichever ones capture our fancy the most. That should be obvious. Love free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy



:star: DEADLINE :star: 


free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy The deadline is 14 October 2015 (DA time)
it's still far, There will be NO extension, so please take your time ;) (Wink) 



:star: FAQ :star:

PLEASE READ BEFORE ASKING


free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy Can I join?
Of course YES! everybody can to join as long as they have DA account. you didn't need to ask about it ^^

free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy Can my entry be Digital or Traditional? 
You can create your entry in whatever visual medium you choose (so long as it abides by the rules of accepted entries). You don't get "extra points" for using one type of medium or an other.

free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy Does it have to be colored (or full-body, or anime-styled, etc)?
Create your entry however you see fit. Use whatever artistic style you are most comfortable with. Hug 

free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy May I draw them in animal form?
aww,, of course yes! but please remind that they're a red and blue dragon ^^'

free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy Can I change the outfit?
Yes! we would love to see how could you design an outfit of them XD
but absolutely, perhaps Agnesha must go with red and white color, and Afgann must go with blue and black color 

free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy Can I draw them with one of my own characters?
Sorry, but No,,, this contest is only for them ;; v ;;

free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy Can I enter more than once?
Yes! There will be Maximal 3 Entries per person, but remember you can win only one.

free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy Can I change my prize to money?
Sorry, No, you can only turn the PM to points ;; v ;;
except, you convert it alone with commission widget or something like that.

free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy Can I draw genderbent versions of the them?
No. Please keep them that way. OxO

free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy Can my entry contain Mature Content?
NO, please,, Remember, keep it PG13, NO NSFW or erotic love Stare 

free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy I'm not happy with my current entry. Can I edit it, or submit a new one?
If you want to edit your entry, or just submit a different one instead, that is totally fine for us. Just notify us of the changes and such.
And, obviously, make sure you do so before the deadline ^^b

free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy Do them must be interacting with each others?
awww,, it's not too necessary, but we would love to see them look alive in your drawing Love 



---if you have another question, please ask XD

:star: PRIZE DONATOR? :star:


if you wanna be the prize donator,, it's so WELCOMED! we will really appreciated it Love 
just send us a note or you can leave a comment bellow ^^

and, absolutely, you can still join the contest too,,, <3333


:star: AWESOME PRIZE DONATOR :star:

:iconkurumiko13: :iconkopica:

~~Thank you very much for your support >//////////////////////< <333~~~~


:star: ENTRIES :star: 


:happybounce: All of the entries can be see in THIS FOLDER :happybounce: 

If we get much entries, we will added more prize! :heart:



:star: QUESTIONS :star: 

If you have further questions, please feel free to ask us in either a note or a comment here,,,,Make sure to read everything first though! Love 



***********************************************************************************************************************************
and now,,, it's time for RAFFLE~~~!!!!


Heart  RAFFLE ZONE Heart 



:heart: RULES :heart: 


free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy  You must be a member of :iconalam-world: (it's automatically accepted <3)
free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy +fav  Fav this journal
free Bullet : yellow star by pastel-paintbrushy  Make a Single Journal about this contest (No compilation contest journal or Poll please, sorry,,)


Bullet; Orange Bullet; Orange Please leave your comment in here for RAFFLE Bullet; Orange Bullet; Orange 

comments.deviantart.com/1/5451…

Bullet; Blue with your journal entry and mention 3 person^^Bullet; Blue 


:heart: PRIZES :heart:


Bibbitz by Skf-Adopt


Winner There will be 2 WINNERS!Winner 
Bullet; Orange One person will win Tulus Bibitt (left) and the other one will wil Polutan Bibitt (right)! Bullet; Orange 

we will get the winner by using random.org



Bullet; Orange Bullet; Orange YOU CAN JOIN BOTH THE RAFFLE AND THE DRAWING CONTEST! yaaaaayyyyy!!!!:iconhappyblueplz:Bullet; Orange Bullet; Orange 



 LAST WORD


awwww,,, we're finally come to the bottom of the page,, >////////<
Thank you so much for all of your attention! We look forward to see your entry <33
.:Thank you little bear:. by Chipi-Chiu


(CLOSED!) RAFFLE-SNUFFLE

Sun Jul 12, 2015, 1:39 PM
THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING, I'M GONNA SEND THE RESULTS THAT EVENING! //excited face Markiplier What? (The Cutest Little Warfstache) 

i don't know what's with this title so let's just ignore it :u

hi guys Q u Q
as i promised i'm making an art raffle! ♥

LET'S CELEBRATE 2015 WATCHERS!! WOHOOOO :iconsuperw00tplz:


like... what can i say? you're the best guys!
that's it. i love you for being this awesome :iconimsotiredplz:

if you think that i'm SUPER LAZY and i've just copied all the info from my previous raffle...
....what? it's really humiliating... 
okay, i did this.... //dies from laziness


[-ai- ROMANCE] Light Pink Heart and Bow Divider by Gasara[-ai- ROMANCE] Light Pink Heart and Bow Divider by Gasara[-ai- ROMANCE] Light Pink Heart and Bow Divider by Gasara[-ai- ROMANCE] Light Pink Heart and Bow Divider by Gasara
RAFFLE TIME!

[-ai- ROMANCE] Red Heart Cupcake by GasaraRULES[-ai- ROMANCE] Red Heart Cupcake by Gasara
1. favourite this journal to get a number +fav 

2
SPREAD THE WORD!
share this raffle in your journal or poll
and comment below with the link!
(remember :pointr: more participants=more prizes!) //shakes ass

(optional) *3. you can support me on my facebook page ^o^ :pointr: www.facebook.com/CandyKikiDood…


Animated Rainbow Star Divider by GasaraAnimated Rainbow Star Divider by Gasara

[-ai- ROMANCE] Red Heart Cupcake by Gasara PRIZES [-ai- ROMANCE] Red Heart Cupcake by Gasara

FIRST WINNER: THIGH UPI! ♥


example:
~Cheria~ by candykiki ~Lisanna~ by candykiki

SECOND WINNER: ONE FULL COLOURED CHIBI! ♥ 


examples:
~Kiyara~ by candykiki~Cheeb~ by candykiki

THIRD WINNER: Mini cheeb! 


example:
~Little bbys~ by candykiki

Animated Rainbow Star Divider by GasaraAnimated Rainbow Star Divider by Gasara

[-ai- ROMANCE] Red Heart Cupcake by GasaraHOW MANY WINNERS?:[-ai- ROMANCE] Red Heart Cupcake by Gasara
:bulletred: 0-50 participants - one winner
:bulletred: 50-100 participants - two winners
:bulletred: 100-150 participants - three winners
etc.

i will choose winner(s) with random.org
END OF RAFFLE: 22.07

number of Kiki's participants: 133 (based on amount of comments, not favourites!)
Animated Rainbow Star Divider by GasaraAnimated Rainbow Star Divider by Gasara

okidoki, i think that's it! good luck guys ♥
have a lovely night !


Skin by SimplySilent
Let me start off with telling you what motivation is and why you need it.
A motivation is a reason behind doing something a certain way to work yourself up to a certain goal. Just having a goal but no understanding of how to get there, means you have no way to motivate yourself and your goal will be hard to reach. 
Therefore motivation is needed desperately in order to become truly good at something.

The motivation to eat is the feeling for hunger and the end goal of ending the hunger and feeling healthy and energized. This type of motivation is a feeling. 
Which brings me to: Intrinsic motivation and Extrinsic motivation.

Shortly explained:

Intrinsic motivation: Is a drive that comes from within the person itself. It's a self-desire to seek out new things and new challenges to see how far you can reach to observe and to gain knowledge. This person can enjoy the struggle towards a goal absent the reward. 


Extrinsic motivation: This is a motivation that comes from outside influences. This type of motivation is purely driven by the rewards of the end goals or the fear of not reaching them.
The cheer of a crowd (or the praise of an audience) is a much desired goal for someone who works with an Extrinsic motivation method.



You will likely recognize yourself in one of them or perhaps a bit in both from time to time. 
I personally recognize both in myself and often when I realize I'm steering towards extrinsic motivation I move away from sharing my work as I will miss out on great opportunities and skills and will loose the joy of creating. 

The keeper by crutz

:bulletblue: How to motivate yourself in a most healthy way?

What are your goals? If they are of an extrinsic motivation you will have to come with some Intrinsic motivations instead.
So let your goals be: Want to be able to draw what I image. Want to be able to express my feelings into an artwork. Want to become really good at anatomy as I am incredibly interested in this topic.
If you lack interest into some art fundamentals (perspective, lighting, etc) try and think of small projects where you'd need such fundamentals that cam excite you in a way that learning such things will be fun. You often hear things as: You must want it as much as you want to breath. This can only be true if getting there makes you as happy as being there.
Do not try to reach to high with every step but grand yourself small term goals.

Despoiled by SamC-Art

:bulletblue: How can someone else motivate you?

Someone else can only motivate you if you take that person's methods to heart. It's best if this person has similar goals as you and also works as an Intrinsic motivator towards him/herself. Being influenced by someone that is an extrinsic motivator can lead to jealousy, de-motivation and even depression.

Random sketch #1 by snatti89

:bulletred: Avoid these goals:

- Getting praise and recognition from the community.
- Earning a lot of money.
- Must quickly make art for money or I will starve.
- Making someone proud of my status.
- Must be part of a specific group.
- Want to be famous.

I think these are quite obvious but often very tempting and desirable. They will have you work to quick and skip essential parts of become truly good in your craft. 


Because rocks by Exphrasis

:bulletblue: Do your research!

If you got that on dream goal: Wanting to work as in illustrator for Wizards of the coast, wanting to be a concept artist for Blizzard. Or perhaps simply want to be good at making your personal artwork. You will have to find out what skills you need to train to be at such a level to work professional. Study the people that have your dream job and find out how they got there can be a trivial thing to help you. If as an outsider you see (example): The last of us and think, 'Hey, what I need to do here is make pretty pictures of overgrown streets with car wrecks and I can build that from a few photos.' You will be doing it all wrong. 
To determinate whether or not an image is good is to ask what the image is for. An illustration for a book cover is usually to intrigue the viewer to gain interest into reading the book, while a concept art image is made to clarify or find the best design of a certain aspect of a game so that lighting artists and 3D modelers can build this properly. The end goals of both images are completely different from one another. More about these things can be found in this article:
The 5 bullshit myths of concept art.Concept art is getting bigger and bigger. More people know what it is nowadays, it gets shown in the media more often and more books get released. This automatically results into more people wanting to become concept artists. So many artschools are now creating special courses all towards game art or concept art. (Game art can also include UI design, 3D modeling etc.).
Yet it is a fairly new thing to most people and the idea of "becoming a concept artist" has grown rapidly over such a short time that a lot of people who are new to it seem to get a lot of misguide info. I am going to try to list this misguided info and direct you to the correct info.
(Again I would always advise you to do your own research and form your own knowledge and not just simply agree with what you read online, not from anyone, not from me. Even though i'm right ;) .. ofcourse. :P *wink *wink )
  


My An by duongquocdinh

:bulletblue: Get yourself in a state of flow.

It's hard to keep motivated if other things are motivating you towards a different direction. Hunger can motivate you to go make some food. A bill laying on your desk can distract your art motivations with worries. A bad setup of your work space can make you too uncomfortable to work. So make sure that you got your life and environment in order as much as possible to get the most out of your time and to keep yourself motivated towards a singular direction. If everything runs smoothly you can get in a state where all other things become numb and you can completely focus yourself on your work. (More on this at Titus Lunter's artcamp!: )

Here are some other journals that help you find your personal motivation.
  Are you on the right track? + Fuck Talent!Am I on the right track?
This is a thing people often wonder and think it's a complicated to find out, but it is actually pretty simple. It's a different question you need to ask yourself based on different topics.
As for: Fuck talent! You'll find it if you scroll down :P
:bulletblue: Topic 1: Am I on the right track to becoming a better artist?
Does your work from today, look closer to your initial goal than your work from last week? (this needs to be both in skill and idea.)
:bulletgreen: Good skills: Honing your technique, training you muscle memory, being more knowledgeable about your tools and art rules. With art rules I mean: Perspective, form, light, texture, composition.
:bulletgreen: Good ideas: Storytelling, characteristics, charm, emotion and design. Not just making things look polished but also convey something more, something that brings it to life and speaks to pe
  What do do as an artist in training.There are many ways to Rome they say. But I find most aspiring artists lost and asking me for guidance
and this is what I tell them.
Find out for yourself what you really want to do with art, there are so many different professions.
Graphic designer, Concept artist (mobile and high end), Illustrator of bookcovers, or card games.
Once you can make your pick, or at least pick 1 or 2 you must find the best work on the market in those fields. 
Find out what makes the best art of your favorite field the best art. What do they paint? How do they paint it? With knowing this you can find out about the things you need to study.
The most basic study aims are the following:
:bulletblue: Lighting.
What forms of light art there? And how does it influence things?
The book Color and Light by James Gurney will give you a lot of insight.
  
:bulletblue: Shapes.
How do you paint shapes? How do you light them the right way?
You will learn a l
  A big black hole called: Procrastination.Procrastination is an infinite cycle that becomes bigger and bigger the longer it's there and the time wasted being sucked into it is a dark matter of nothing.
:P hahah I figured this was the most dramatic way to put it, but yeah, it's real and it sucks.
For those who don't know what it means: Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the "last minute" before the deadline.
We all suffer from procrastination. It is pretty innocent when you have it with household chores or packing your suitcase before you go on a holiday. 
But it becomes a serious problem when you do it with the important things in your life. I take it you're an artist if you're reading this and the biggest aim of being an artist is to be an even better one.
As shown in previous journals there are many
  The problematic behavior of online artists.There is a bunch of things online artist do terribly wrong on a regular basis. Some of it might be directly aimed to you and some might be things you from others. 
Shortlist:
:bulletblue: Way too little time spend on painting/practice.
:bulletblue: People making nit pick pointers.
:bulletblue: The extreme fuzz about labels and methods.
:bulletblue: Witch-hunting/ talking smack.
However I'd like to start with a totally opposite note:
This year I've also experienced great support from the art community for which I'm dearly grateful for.
:icontituslunter: got me an amazing birthday gift(video), made by him and fellow awesome artists:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10203399746211607
And the support I've had this past week with the event of my sisters death has been incredibly helpful. (Thank you for all the donations, there are no more worries about money anymore thanks to you awesome people!)

:bulletred: (most of) You seem to spend way to li
  Are you being honest with yourself?As part of becoming good at something you need to be able to reflect upon yourself. Judge your own abilities and work and consider the possibility that what ever you have been doing it wrong all along. Or perhaps you're actually being to hard on yourself and you're better than your conscious is telling you. (This is bad too because it leads to insecurities.)

Signs that you might overestimate your current skills.
Do you often feel these things when you look upon work from good artists?:
I can totally do this too.
This is not so hard, I can do this faster.
My work is way more interesting.
It's not fair that this person gets way more attention than I do.
Why am I not being recognized for my skills.
This other technique is cheating! (photo-bashing, using reference, filters, effects etc)
I don't need to draw and learn all day to become this good.
I spend 2 hours on a painting, Masterpiece!!
Signs that you might underestimate your skills.
Do you ofte
  Fast lane to becoming a better artist.I often get this very question: How did you get this good this fast?

Now as I consider myself not being as good as people tell me, even struggling quite often with being an artist in general. 
I do know how to get better and how to reach it fast. I'm still growing as I go and it's the main thing that keeps me going.
You need to get into the right mindset and the rest will follow. With the rest I mean:
1. Willpower.
2. Endurance.
3. Positive energy.
4. The NEED to draw.
:bulletblue: Seeing growth in your work gives you the courage to work harder. You know that feeling when you're just about done with an image
and feel like this image is better than your last one, that great feeling. Use it!
:bulletblue: Do studies! Lots of them!! Make film shot studies, live object studies, master-painting studies. They will teach you a lot about composition, lighting, colors, shapes storytelling etc. 
You will hardly notice that you are learning thing
  The stuff that artists go through.There are so many pro's and con as to being an artist, professional or as a hobby. 
It feels nice to be able to express yourself through something you make and when that something turns out to be looking good we get this sense of accomplishment. 
Most of the time though there are bad feelings mixed with the good ones.
:bulletblue: Not being understood. Those moments where your friends or family does not understand that you have to desire to be alone and work on your art. Those copious amounts of hours you spend working and they wonder why you wouldn't rather be outside relaxing in the sun or hang out with your friends.
The only people who will ever fully understand this are other artists or simply very understandable people. It's important they they will eventually understand so there wont be any hurt feelings. Try to explain ti as calmly and rational as you can, perhaps with using examples in terms they would understand.

:bullet
  When inspiration is far to be found...We all get these anoying times when we really want to make something cool, get inspired and work that magic. We see everyone around us (online) do it, but how come we are not?
So we look for ways to get inspired, we ask around, find these usual answers: go watch a film, listen to music.. take a walk...
But even when we do that, we still end up stuck most of the time.
Part of the solution is knowing WHY we get stuck and this is my theory.

:bulletblue: ADT - Attention Deficit Trait.
'Experiencing an inner frenzy of distractability, impatience, difficulty in setting priorities, staying focused and managing time. Those are our biggest enemies as they all end up cluttering your head and keeping you from spending quality focused time on a singular topic.
Everything we do now a days is based around multitasking and it is giving us a constant overdose of information. Let me elaborate.
How many of you travel daily by public transport and don't look away




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The 5 bullshit myths of concept art.Concept art is getting bigger and bigger. More people know what it is nowadays, it gets shown in the media more often and more books get released. This automatically results into more people wanting to become concept artists. So many artschools are now creating special courses all towards game art or concept art. (Game art can also include UI design, 3D modeling etc.).
Yet it is a fairly new thing to most people and the idea of "becoming a concept artist" has grown rapidly over such a short time that a lot of people who are new to it seem to get a lot of misguide info. I am going to try to list this misguided info and direct you to the correct info.
(Again I would always advise you to do your own research and form your own knowledge and not just simply agree with what you read online, not from anyone, not from me. Even though i'm right ;) .. ofcourse. :P *wink *wink )
  
  Are you on the right track? + Fuck Talent!Am I on the right track?
This is a thing people often wonder and think it's a complicated to find out, but it is actually pretty simple. It's a different question you need to ask yourself based on different topics.
As for: Fuck talent! You'll find it if you scroll down :P
:bulletblue: Topic 1: Am I on the right track to becoming a better artist?
Does your work from today, look closer to your initial goal than your work from last week? (this needs to be both in skill and idea.)
:bulletgreen: Good skills: Honing your technique, training you muscle memory, being more knowledgeable about your tools and art rules. With art rules I mean: Perspective, form, light, texture, composition.
:bulletgreen: Good ideas: Storytelling, characteristics, charm, emotion and design. Not just making things look polished but also convey something more, something that brings it to life and speaks to pe
How to win Art-contests! (+ Caldyra winners!)Let me start by saying how incredibly happy I am with all these amazing and inspiring entries! This definitely calls for doing another such contest soon!
Most of you have really tried their best and it shows! I couldn't have asked for better or more, choosing the winners among these was already aching my brains.
This journal will show the winners and the special mentions but also a bit about how to higher your changes on winning contests (maybe good for the next one).
This was my contest for those interested:

How to win contests?!
The change on winning a contest always gets smaller based on the amount of people joining in, however this doesn't mean that your work will be diminished by the numbers.
Here is a list of tips and tricks to make sure that your work gets into the top 10 !
:bulletblue: Triple read the contest's description. Make sure you got every detail right.
In this case it was pretty important that the Skyworm loo
A big black hole called: Procrastination.Procrastination is an infinite cycle that becomes bigger and bigger the longer it's there and the time wasted being sucked into it is a dark matter of nothing.
:P hahah I figured this was the most dramatic way to put it, but yeah, it's real and it sucks.
For those who don't know what it means: Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the "last minute" before the deadline.
We all suffer from procrastination. It is pretty innocent when you have it with household chores or packing your suitcase before you go on a holiday. 
But it becomes a serious problem when you do it with the important things in your life. I take it you're an artist if you're reading this and the biggest aim of being an artist is to be an even better one.
As shown in previous journals there are many
What do do as an artist in training.There are many ways to Rome they say. But I find most aspiring artists lost and asking me for guidance
and this is what I tell them.
Find out for yourself what you really want to do with art, there are so many different professions.
Graphic designer, Concept artist (mobile and high end), Illustrator of bookcovers, or card games.
Once you can make your pick, or at least pick 1 or 2 you must find the best work on the market in those fields. 
Find out what makes the best art of your favorite field the best art. What do they paint? How do they paint it? With knowing this you can find out about the things you need to study.
The most basic study aims are the following:
:bulletblue: Lighting.
What forms of light art there? And how does it influence things?
The book Color and Light by James Gurney will give you a lot of insight.
  
:bulletblue: Shapes.
How do you paint shapes? How do you light them the right way?
You will learn a l
Where to get started before you can apply for workThere is no such thing as suddenly knowing when you are ready to turn your
passion into your profession. But there is a way of measuring your chances on being
able to get work and eventually sustain a living from it.
Accepting commissions or freelance for low payment won't help you. You can think any penny counts, but it will lower the worth of your work and damage the market.
:bulletblue: How to measure that you are ready?
You probably have high goals, but they are usually not your first step. You must search out the clients who can be that first step. Often found in the card game industry, book cover illustrations and smaller game company's. 
Look at the artwork shown by a company such as the card game company: Fantasy Flight games. Compare your skills with the average of their artworks. If it matches yours, you will have a chance. However, keep in mind that those artworks had been done in a limited timeframe, usually within 12 hour
This is why you (and your art) get ignored.People often get the sense of being ignored in the art-scene, especially here online. We all try so hard to get our foot in the door, it's like trying to stuff yourself in an overfull bus like a sardine in a can.
Sometimes you just want to socialize with other artists you admire and you seem to be talking into a brick wall or perhaps you've send your portfolio to a company over a dozen times and still don't even seem to get the smallest response or feedback. I will try and tell you WHY you get ignored and HOW you can get noticed instead.
I will go through the following cases of being ignored:
:bulletgreen: Your comment.
:bulletgreen: Your art.
:bulletgreen: Your Portfolio.
:bulletyellow: Do know, that even though being ignored feels very personal it's hardly ever personal at all! 
:bulletblue: Your comment(s) gets ignored.
It happens ever so often. You notice an artwork or a discussion and you weigh in with your opinion or admiration, perhaps even some feedback? T
The problematic behavior of online artists.There is a bunch of things online artist do terribly wrong on a regular basis. Some of it might be directly aimed to you and some might be things you from others. 
Shortlist:
:bulletblue: Way too little time spend on painting/practice.
:bulletblue: People making nit pick pointers.
:bulletblue: The extreme fuzz about labels and methods.
:bulletblue: Witch-hunting/ talking smack.
However I'd like to start with a totally opposite note:
This year I've also experienced great support from the art community for which I'm dearly grateful for.
:icontituslunter: got me an amazing birthday gift(video), made by him and fellow awesome artists:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10203399746211607
And the support I've had this past week with the event of my sisters death has been incredibly helpful. (Thank you for all the donations, there are no more worries about money anymore thanks to you awesome people!)

:bulletred: (most of) You seem to spend way to li
Don't let the crap of the internet brainwash you.warning: This journal is my opinion and my view on things. I support open-mindedness and the possibility of anything.
The internet is full of it: People with strong opinions. Usually about 'how to do things' and 'how to absolutely not do things'.
Ask any given person this question: What is good art?
They will all give you a different answer and some of those answers are waaaay to specific for their own good.
Meaning they have a very specific view on what is good and see other work that does not meet up those qualifications as: bad, fake or cheating.
It is natural to have a preference toward certain topics or techniques when making art, but it's wrong to push those ideas upon others as a set of rules. (kinda like forcing someone into a religion)
Art should be a free medium for people to express themselves, even if this means their work goes against your standards or deems unpleasant for your taste.
(Child pornography, animal cruelty etc not included, there are limits to

The stuff that artists go through.There are so many pro's and con as to being an artist, professional or as a hobby. 
It feels nice to be able to express yourself through something you make and when that something turns out to be looking good we get this sense of accomplishment. 
Most of the time though there are bad feelings mixed with the good ones.
:bulletblue: Not being understood. Those moments where your friends or family does not understand that you have to desire to be alone and work on your art. Those copious amounts of hours you spend working and they wonder why you wouldn't rather be outside relaxing in the sun or hang out with your friends.
The only people who will ever fully understand this are other artists or simply very understandable people. It's important they they will eventually understand so there wont be any hurt feelings. Try to explain ti as calmly and rational as you can, perhaps with using examples in terms they would understand.

:bullet
  Overcome your unfair obstacles.We all have certain obstacles that gives us the feeling of: 'This is so unfair!.'
To me it's one of the most annoying feelings in the world because in general we don't really know how to deal with it. One little part of us says: 'Don't whine about it, you are just being jealous.' the other part of you tells you: 'If I didn't have this obstacle or disability I would rule the world!!'
So you bounce around anger, sadness, hopelessness and envy. 
If you were just sad about something or simply angry it would be a lot easier to deal with, you cry or you just vent a bit towards a friend. 
But how to deal with he feeling of unfairness? 

:bulletblue: There are many things that can form this unfair obstacle for you.
Physical obstacles such as: MS, Lyme disease, Arthritis, Color blindness, missing fingers?
Mental obstacles such as: Depression, being a procrastinator (yes I'm naming it because it's a mental blockade that keeps you fro
Fast lane to becoming a better artist.I often get this very question: How did you get this good this fast?

Now as I consider myself not being as good as people tell me, even struggling quite often with being an artist in general. 
I do know how to get better and how to reach it fast. I'm still growing as I go and it's the main thing that keeps me going.
You need to get into the right mindset and the rest will follow. With the rest I mean:
1. Willpower.
2. Endurance.
3. Positive energy.
4. The NEED to draw.
:bulletblue: Seeing growth in your work gives you the courage to work harder. You know that feeling when you're just about done with an image
and feel like this image is better than your last one, that great feeling. Use it!
:bulletblue: Do studies! Lots of them!! Make film shot studies, live object studies, master-painting studies. They will teach you a lot about composition, lighting, colors, shapes storytelling etc. 
You will hardly notice that you are learning thing
Why it's so important to unite as artists.We are with many though yet we are with few. We're all divided over little subgroups such as, fantasy illustrators, concept artists, comic book pencilers, photomanipers, techartists, anime drawers, realism sketchers etc. You might even find your place at multiple sections.
I found that the biggest united groups on Deviant Art are mostly evolved around fan art, such as Sonic, or My little pony. 
Observations aside, I think the good thing about those groups is that they serve for companionship. Being an artist all by yourself with no one to share/talk about/discuss your work with can feel rather lonely. And that lonely feeling is not encouraging at all. Most of us keep a lot of things taboo as well, like techniques or rates. If we were more openly with these the changes of being underpaid or missing out on a job because someone else does it for hardly any money at all will grow slimmer. People should know what they are worth and not be afraid to ask for it.
When I joined Deviant Art
Are you being honest with yourself?As part of becoming good at something you need to be able to reflect upon yourself. Judge your own abilities and work and consider the possibility that what ever you have been doing it wrong all along. Or perhaps you're actually being to hard on yourself and you're better than your conscious is telling you. (This is bad too because it leads to insecurities.)

Signs that you might overestimate your current skills.
Do you often feel these things when you look upon work from good artists?:
I can totally do this too.
This is not so hard, I can do this faster.
My work is way more interesting.
It's not fair that this person gets way more attention than I do.
Why am I not being recognized for my skills.
This other technique is cheating! (photo-bashing, using reference, filters, effects etc)
I don't need to draw and learn all day to become this good.
I spend 2 hours on a painting, Masterpiece!!
Signs that you might underestimate your skills.
Do you ofte
When someone brings your art down...Putting our art out there makes us very vulnerable, especially when you've made something close to your heart. Perhaps something of your own fantasy, a story, a fan fiction your passionate about?
As much as most of us really want to improve, we also simply want to make art because we love it and when we share it there is a slight hope there is someone out there who will love it too.
There are all kinds of ways other people can bring you down by saying something about your art, or by doing nothing at all! Perhaps YOU are even part of making someone feel down and you're not realizing it!

:bulletblue: The harsh critique.
This person might want to help you or simply likes to bring you down. In either case this person will write in length about your lack of technique, uniqueness and/or skill. 
:bulletred: Respond option: Thanks but no thanks! Tell this person you appreciate the time spend on their post, but you rather hear constructive c
How to deal with or get feedback.Getting feedback or critiques may be hard for people.
Some people want it really bad but can't seem to get it, at least not from the people he/she is hoping for.
And other get it all the time but feel a little attacked or bullied by it.
Pretty much anyone with eyes and some intelligence is able to spot mistakes or irregularities in someone's work. This person doesn't have to be more skilled than you. 
However, this person... might be wrong.... 
:bulletpurple: How do you judge a critique?
You initially made your artwork according to the knowledge you currently have. Leaving room for mistakes in the elements you're not trained or knowledgeable in. Or perhaps you think you know something and you are not aware that it's wrong.
When someone gives you feedback, even though it might feel incorrect. Take a little time to do some extra research on the matter. 
:bulletblue: You can ask others if they agree with someone's feedback.
:bulletblue: You can search online (with anat
So tired of not achieving what you want?So tired of not achieving what you want?

Everyone has something they really want dearly, a career, to have a certain loved one, to be able to make certain things...
The most common one among us artist are:
- I want to be able to draw better
- I want to be able to draw like "this"person.
- I want to earn money with my drawing.
- I want to be able to draw what I imagine in my head.
- I want more people to appreciate my art.
- I want more feedback from artists I admire.
- I want more..
- I want better....
All this wanting.. dreaming of... hoping for.
How about doing it!! With these sort of "wants", it's a matter of DOING IT!
How? You ask?
There are many ways, but the usual and only answers to those desires are: 
- Spend the most time you have on drawing/painting.
- Go and ask people for help, it is okay to do so!
- Look at that amazing artwork and try and figure out how this person made it, perhaps he/she will tell you? Perhaps this person has made a video or tutoria
Avoid getting ripped off by a client.As a freelancer most of your business takes place online, which makes it really easy
for people to rip you off. How many times have we seen the following scenario's:
1- Someone offers a descent payment for your artwork but wants you to do an art-test first.
after the art-test you're being told you're not good enough. Later you find out that other people
got to do different art-test topics and also weren't good enough. The client clearly ripped people off to get free artwork.
2- Someone offers good money for your artwork. The sketch gets approved so you continue working. Right when it's done the total image suddenly becomes a great disappointment and the client ends up not paying you.
These were just 2 examples of situations that happen a lot to freelancers. There are many more like it.
:bulletblue: How to detect if a client is a bit fishy...
Does their email address look professional? Some legit people may use their Gmail address, with their real name or nickname, those are questionabl

The emotional shield that prevents hurt.Being an artist = Being sensitive.
We all know it. Making something and then showing it out there makes you very vulnerable, emotionally.
What if people think it's shit? What if they think it's weird... what will they think? Will that reflect on how they think of me as a person?
I know what some of you are thinking right now... 'You should care less about what people think of you or you art.'
In a sense you are right.. than again, you SHOULD care what people think of you and your art! They are your market and potential clients.
It's easier when you're already doing your dream job and couldn't care less for other potential directions... but most of us will always stay interested in new opportunities.
They= Everyone who see your personality and/or artwork.

Being an artist = Being lonely.
Artists of a certain type tent to stick together. Industry veterans seems to ignore the public eye and the internet fully. Some artists in the making clut
Being a miserable artist = being a bad artist.I recently felt it being one of the most important things, not just for an artist; being happy with what you do. No one wants to get up every morning thinking.. shit .. another work day. Of course there can be days, maybe even a full week of that, but the majority of your time you should be feeling content and happy even.
With that lack of love and enthusiasm it is most likely reflected into your work.

Now it's not always your own fault that your work doesn't make you happy and doesn't feed your creative monster. But it can be in these cases.
You make your OWN workday miserable when:
:bulletblue: If you don't speak your mind and stand up for your opinion and values.
:bulletblue: If you're not open minded regarding feedback and new techniques.
:buletblue: If you don't aim for improvement. (though aiming for perfecting all the time can be stressful)
:bulletblue: when you allow yourself to work under stressful circumstances for too long.
These are
Timing fucking matters.Time does a lot of things, it makes you older, it gets you to places, it never stops going forward. However you control when and how you use it!
Everyone makes choices on a daily bases, most of them are actually done with your auto-pilot function out of habit.

Most people usually sit in the same spot on the couch, chooses what to wear based on previously made combinations and so on, unless they consciously become aware of their action and might decide it's time for a change. It can be a small thing that makes people aware of their options
You can count that pretty much every person out there works like this and YOU often depend on THEIR choices.
My point of this journal is saying: Use this in your advantage!
Time can be compared to a diet. Eating to much bad stuff will make you unhealthy and feel bad, while eating healthy things will keep you going and feel good. So time can either make you feel stuck in one place, maybe even going backwards (ageing already does that for you) or
Things I learned at: The Industry Workshops 2014Holy shit amazeballs... this past weekend....
But let me start of by shortly telling you what the industry workshops actually were.
(The artwork in this journal are from some of the lecturers.)
:bulletblue: What is: #IW_14?
The Industry workshops took place last weekend August 29 to 31 2014, at 2 venues both located at Hoxton Square, London United Kingdom.
It was organized and hosted by a group of industry professionals in the fields of concept art, matte painting and illustration in film, games and freelance.
Let me name the people that profited the lectures and demo's from 10 in the morning to 8 in the evening, ending with a 1+ hour QA session as seen on the picture below.

(Not in the same order as the picture)
Alex Brady, Alex Heath, Alex Negea, Andrei Riabovitchev, Björn Hurri, Dave Neale, emrah elmasli, Jama Djurabeav, Jon McCoy, Jonas De Ro, Kan Muftic, Levi Peterffy, Mark tompkins, Nadia Mogile
When inspiration is far to be found...We all get these anoying times when we really want to make something cool, get inspired and work that magic. We see everyone around us (online) do it, but how come we are not?
So we look for ways to get inspired, we ask around, find these usual answers: go watch a film, listen to music.. take a walk...
But even when we do that, we still end up stuck most of the time.
Part of the solution is knowing WHY we get stuck and this is my theory.

:bulletblue: ADT - Attention Deficit Trait.
'Experiencing an inner frenzy of distractability, impatience, difficulty in setting priorities, staying focused and managing time. Those are our biggest enemies as they all end up cluttering your head and keeping you from spending quality focused time on a singular topic.
Everything we do now a days is based around multitasking and it is giving us a constant overdose of information. Let me elaborate.
How many of you travel daily by public transport and don't look away
A simple guide on: Commissioning an Artist.It's often not as simple as one wants it to be when both artist and client want it to be: Cost efficient, time efficient and quality efficient.
I've often spend my time discussing the best way to handle commissions with clients and artist friends that I came to the conclusion that clarity and understanding is key.
I will divide the guidelines I work with based on 3 commission types.
:bulletblue: Character commissions.
:bulletblue: Book covers ( or illustrations)
:bulletblue: Concept art.
Reading all 3 parts will give you the full scope as a lot of it applies to one another as well.

:bulletgreen: Character commissions.
:bulletblue: 1. Reference board.
If you as a client have very specific characteristic features all set and done for your character it can be very useful for the artist if you'd make them a reference board of art and photos that portray these things.
:bulletblue: 2. Personality.
The artist does not wish for a life story of your cha
The Key to keeping yourself motivated properly.Let me start off with telling you what motivation is and why you need it.
A motivation is a reason behind doing something a certain way to work yourself up to a certain goal. Just having a goal but no understanding of how to get there, means you have no way to motivate yourself and your goal will be hard to reach. 
Therefore motivation is needed desperately in order to become truly good at something.
The motivation to eat is the feeling for hunger and the end goal of ending the hunger and feeling healthy and energized. This type of motivation is a feeling. 
Which brings me to: Intrinsic motivation and Extrinsic motivation.
Shortly explained:
Intrinsic motivation: Is a drive that comes from within the person itself. It's a self-desire to seek out new things and new challenges to see how far you can reach to observe and to gain knowledge. This person can enjoy the struggle towards a goal absent the reward. 
Extrinsic motivation: This is a motivatio

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Disclaimer: The artwork posted in my journals are not always made by me but artists I admire. This is my way of sharing their incredibly work with the rest of you. All these journals are based on my personal experience and that of artist friends. English is my second language and I have dyslexia so do note I am prone to make mistakes. I write these journals to remind myself of the things I've learned.

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Suggest name and Win 500 Points

Thu Jul 2, 2015, 10:24 AM
We are going to change the username "mrfarts" , we loved it really very much but we lost few big projects because of the silly name they told. SO we are going to get a few more silly names and letting you decide which is the best.

How to win?
1) Just do the poll here mrfarts.deviantart.com/journal…
2)  Comment Here " We are Artists, We stay United"
3) Favorite this journal
4) Thats all, lucky winner will get 500 points easy :hug:


Note: We have some pending works like selecting the winner of contest, giving out points for sharing the artists, dont think we forgot that, we will do it soon, just busy making things better. thats all
Good luck Love you all <3

ENGLISH VERSION



It's been a while since I held another contest!
This will be my 3rd time hosting a Draw my OC contest! :heart:
I look forward to seeing all the beautiful and gorgeous entries!



O1. Draw one or more of my OC's. Drawing more does not guarantee that you'll place in the contest. Focus on quality vs. quantity!

 O2. You can ONLY DRAW THE OC'S FROM THIS FOLDER: [CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CHARACTERS]



O3. DO NOT MIX CHARACTERS FROM DIFFERENT WORLDS [CLICK HERE FOR EXAMPLE] 

O4.
There is a maximum of 3 entries you can submit! Any contest entries or drawings after the first three will NOT be accepted or counted.

O5. Once you finish your entry, please mention / tag me in the contest entry and link my contest in the artist description! Otherwise, your entry might get missed.



O6. There must be a minimum of 10 participants, or else the contest will be cancelled. (This has never been a problem however.)



O1. ANYONE can enter the contest! There's no need to ask! You do NOT need to be watching me, in order to enter.



O2. Any medium can be used. You can submit both traditional or digital artwork. You can even create icons, comics, pixels, and plushies, too!

O3. ALL ARTWORK DRAWN MUST BE YOUR OWN! NO BASES CAN BE USED. NO STEALING, NO TRACING. If you are found doing this, your prizes will be revoked and you will be BANNED from this contest and my future contests.



O4. You can draw my characters in different clothing, if you like. Seeing them in a tux, maid outfit, kimono, or other outfits would be fun to see! Sticking to the original design is also fine.

O5. NO HENTAI/ECCHI ARTWORK ALLOWED! However, gore and violence is OK.



(1 Spot Open! Please note me if you'd like to help become a Judge! Judges CANNOT participate in the contest, but they CAN donate prizes!)

:iconenzouke::iconmandapandar::iconchaosphoniex::iconthe-abc-me:



Thank you so much for helping make this contest even more amazing by donating some prizes to the winners! Anything, such as artwork, watches, llamas, points, or other prizes are greatly appreciated. Donators are allowed to participate in the contest.

:icondeinomiku::iconcartoonfan135::iconcaptain-gelowaggle::iconthenaughtypirate::iconthe-abc-me::iconkiminyz::iconthurlily::iconchaosphoniex::iconakaironounko-sae:


1st Place



 50 USD (Can be converted into points if you wish!)
 6 Month Premium Membership
 1,000 DA Points


2nd Place



 30 USD (Can be converted into points if you wish!)
 3 Month Premium Membership
 500 DA Points


3rd Place



 10 USD (Can be converted into points if you wish!)
 1 Month Premium Membership
 100 DA Points




 August 31st, 2015




VERSIÓN ESPAÑOL



Ha pasado un poco de tiempo que he tenido otro concurso!
Esta será mi tercera vez en tener un concurso en donde pueden dibujar mis personajes originales! :heart:
No puedo esperar haste que pueda ver todas las entradas lindas que dibujen ustedes! u w u



O1. Dibuja uno o más de mis personajes originales (OC). Dibujando más personajes míos, no garantiza que gane en el concurso. Concentrese en la calidad y no la cantidad!

 O2. Sólo puedes dibujar personajes en este folder: [HAZ CLIC AQUÍ PARA VER LOS PERSONAJES]



O3.
 NO MEZCLES PERSONAJES DE MUNDOS DIFERENTES [HAZ CLIC AQUÍ POR UN EJEMPLO] 

O4.
Hay un máximo de 3 entradas/dibujos por persona! Entradas extras en el concurso después de los tres NO serán aceptadas o contadas.

O5. Cuando termines una entrada, por favor mencioname en el dibujo (su entrada) y pon un link de mi concurso en su descripción! La entrada puede ser que perdida si no hace esto.



O6. Debe que haber un mínimo de 10 participantes, o el concurso será cancelado. (Esto nunca ha sido un problema.)



O1. CUALQUIERA puede participar en el concurso! No hay necesidad de preguntar! No necesitas estar siguiendo mi cuenta para entrar a mi concurso.



O2. Cualquier medio puede ser utilizado. Puedes usar medios tradicionales o digitales. Incluso,  puedes crear iconos, comics, pixels, y peluches, también!

O3. TODAS LAS ILUSTRACIONES DIBUJADAS DEBEN SER TUYAS. NO SE PUEDEN UTILIZAR BASES. NO PUEDES ROBAR, NI COPIAR ILUSTRACIONES DE OTROS. Si encuentro que estas haciendo esto, tus premios serán revocados y seras PROHIBIO de entrar en este concurso y en mis futuros concursos.



O4. Puedes dibujar mis personajes en ropa diferente, si quieres. Verlos en un kimono o otra ropa diseñada por tí sería divertido de ver! Dibujarlos en sus diseños originales también está bien.

O5. NO HENTAI O ILUSTRACIONES ECCHI PERMITIDAS! Pero el gore, la sangre y la violencia está bien.



(1 lugar abiertos! Por favor mandeme una nota si quiere ser un juez! Jueces no pueden participar en el concurso, pero SI pueden donar premios!)

:iconenzouke::iconmandapandar::iconchaosphoniex::iconthe-abc-me:



Muchas gracias por ayudarme en hacer este concurso aún más increíble con las donaciónes de ustedes! Cualquier cosa, como arte, seguimientos (+watch), llamas, puntos y otros premios son muy apreciados. Contribuyentes si pueden participar en el concurso.

:icondeinomiku::iconcartoonfan135::iconcaptain-gelowaggle::iconthenaughtypirate::iconthe-abc-me::iconkiminyz::iconthurlily::iconchaosphoniex::iconakaironounko-sae:



1ER LUGAR



 50 USD (Puedes convertir el dinero por puntos, si deseas!)
 6 Meses de Suscripción Premium
 1,000 
Puntos


2DO LUGAR



 30 USD (Puedes convertir el dinero por puntos, si deseas!)
 3 Meses de Suscripción Premium
 500 Puntos


3ER LUGAR



 10 USD (Puedes convertir el dinero por puntos, si deseas!)
 1 Mes de Suscripción Premium
 100 Puntos




 31 de Agosto, 2015


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Draw my OCs Contest

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 7, 2015, 7:22 PM



CONTEST ENDS AUGUST 25TH

♥結論♥




☮♥♥Contest Rules and Information♥♥☮

♥ 規制 ♥
❀Anyone can join! Yes, you there! You can join!
❀You can enter as many times as you want! You can draw the same character 8 times, or draw a piece for 3 different characters! Anything is okay!
❀You can only win in one slot!
❀Nudity is accepted! But please ask me first!
❀All art contributed to the contest will be added to my character's official art.
✖Gore is NOT accepted (don't hurt my babies).
❀(Optional) Leave me a watch or favorite this journal! Its greatly appreciated.
❀You can make a new outfit for them if it matches their style! (+++for giving me a new outfit for the chara lol)
✖Do not change a character's features (eyes, hair, gender, est.)




My Characters!

♥ 大切な赤ちゃん ♥
Note: I WILL be uploading more if you'd like a wider selection so keep an eye out or add my on toyhou.se for new babs!
(you can ask to see my sta.sh where all of my characters are located)




PRIZES

♥ 収益 ♥
All Prizes will me from me, Pocky-Babe unless listed otherwise.
Check my gallery for art examples.

1st Prize

☆ 3 Month Premium (636:points:)
☆ 2 Full Colored Full-Bodies
☆ Full Colored Waist-Up
☆ 3 Headshots / Busts
☆ 2 Large Chibis
☆ 5 Mini Chibis
☆ 4 Gaming Pagedolls
☆ 10 Pixel Icons / 2 Knee-up Pagedolls
☆ 100x100 Pagedoll
☆ 5 Customs / 5 OC reference sheets
☆ Custom Chibi/Full-Body Base
☆Bouncy Pagedoll by hello-planet-chan 
☆ Detailed Chibi by OginZ 
☆ Chibi by Ripurii 
☆ Full color Full-Body by TheEmyChan 
☆ Full color Chibi by TheEmyChan 
☆ 2 Chibis by clarasdfgh 
☆ 2 Chibis by Lolliwusel 
☆Chibi (female) by Clover456 
☆Chibi by TheRisingPhoenixW 
my soul Watch, Llama, and Feature

☁2nd Prize☁

☆ 1 Month Premium (396:points:)
☆ Full Colored Full-Body
☆ 2 Headshots / Busts
☆ 2 Large Chibis
☆ 5 Mini Chibis
☆ 2 Gaming Pagedolls
☆ 5 Pixel Icons / 1 Knee-up Pagedoll
☆ 4 Customs / 4 OC reference sheets
☆ Custom Chibi Base
☆Animated Pagedoll by hello-planet-chan 
☆Simple Chibi by OginZ 
☆ Chibi by TheEmyChan 
☆ Chibi by Lolliwusel 
☆ Chibi by Imagine-MidnightCats 
☆Traditional Art by BreathlessDragon 
☆2 Chibis by TheRisingPhoenixW 
☆ Watch, Llama, and Feature

☁3rd Prize☁

☆ 1 Month Premium (396:points:)
☆ Full Colored Waist-Up
☆ 1 Headshot / Bust
☆ 1 Large Chibis
☆ 2 Mini Chibis
☆ 1 Gaming Pagedolls
☆ 2 Pixel Icons
☆ 2 Customs / 2 OC reference sheets
☆ Custom Chibi Base
☆Blinking Pagedoll by hello-planet-chan 
☆Pixel Icon by OginZ 
☆Custom from EnderDragonGurl 
☆ Chibi by TheEmyChan 
☆ Chibi by Camiko-tan 
☆ Experimental Static Pagedoll by Lolliwusel 
☆ Watch, Llama, and Feature

☺ Runners ups in 4th & 5th place will get prizes 
☆ Large Chibi
☆ Static Pagedoll hello-planet-chan 
☆ Waist-Up Chibi x-Twilight-Phantom-x 




Art I Want/Prefer

♥ 希望 ♥
♦ Full-bodies, Waist-ups
♦ Art with backgrounds/props
♦ Chibis
♦ Pagedolls (preferably pixels)
♦ Fully Colored Traditional
✘ Not on bases other than your own
♦ New (matching) outfits 
♦♦REAL LIFE things (plush, stickers, any physical product) will probably guarantee you a top spot.*

REMEMBER that ALL art is accepted, this is just stuff that you might catch my eye better with *u*




How to Win

戦略 
☀ I will be judging and deciding the winners.
☀ *I'm going to judge on quality and creativity.
☀ Making more entries will up your chances to win, just like raffle tickets. 
☀ There is no set theme, but I love pastel goth, soft grunge, hippie styles and most pastel style things. Just keep that in mind. 
☀I have lots of babs because I am a design hoarder and i should probably go to rehab so multiple arts of multiple OCs will totally get you extra theoretical pocky-babe points.
☀ Don't think you're the best artist? YOU'RE WRONG. Your art is beautiful and I appreciate each and every contribution and EVERYONE has a chance. Believe in yourself, baby.




♪ ♫ Finished Entries ♫ 

♥ 完了 ♥ 
I'll be adding each entry here!

DONATIONS

♥ 慈善の 
Donation prizes are always accepted! Just drop a comment or note me saying you'd like to contribute!
Could be one art, could be one for each prize place, as many as you're willing!
If you donate I'll give you a full, beefed-up journal feature filled with your arts and my honest opinion of your creations!


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Celebrating Deviousness - July 2015

Wed Jul 1, 2015, 12:00 AM
Img-00 by marioluevanos












In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community.









Introducing DestinyBlue






:icondestinyblue:


“It's probably a true to say I would not be a professional artist were it not for DeviantArt. When I joined the site 11 years ago I didn't want to be an artist, I just wanted to draw; I never imagined this place would help carve my career in art. But then I never expected a lot of what happened to me to happen. My early works were filled with fantasy, but art grew to be more than just a creative outlet for me, it grew to be an emotional one. As times got darker so did my work, drawing gave me a channel to explore and express my feelings, and through DeviantArt, I could connect, and it's been these personal connections, to thousands of people, often thousands of miles away, which have been most important to me.




Recently I opened up about my struggles with mental health, and the community has been unbelievably supportive. I consider DeviantArt my home on the internet, and the only reason a place is a home and not a house is because of family. It's the family here who I treasure, the people who I laugh with, share with, and who are always there to lend support when needed.


It's touching to think that the site which has nurtured me so much, considers I've given something back to it in return. Without DeviantArt I could draw, but with DeviantArt I could become an Artist. So thank you, for the award, and everything.


Peace, Love and Crowns.”
















July 2015

Deviousness Award Winner







DestinyBlue is one of DeviantArt's most recognized and beloved artists. She is a long-term deviant who regularly pours her heart and soul into the community, and spends much of her time each day leaving thoughtful, helpful comments for other artists on their work. In addition to the kindness and energy she puts forth into the community, her art is instantly recognizable, covering a variety of themes that any viewer can appreciate and connect with. It is our pleasure to name DestinyBlue the recepient of the Deviousness Award for July 2015.










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DestinyBlue can be described as nothing less than extraordinary. Her art is astounding, but even more astounding is the flawless depth of its meaning. She extends her heart to people who have experienced all degrees of hardship, and expresses their strenuosity in a way that can be understood by those who haven’t. Incredibly, Blue is a master of both language and art. She’s an iridescent guide and inspiration to artists and non-artists alike.However, more than all of this Blue is a person, a real and approachable person.


For those who have met her at conventions, you will know that your love for her art was reinforced by the smile she greeted you with. Her love and support for her fans is undeniable, and for this Blue is more than deserving of this Deviousness Award.






DestinyBlue brings a sense of magic and surrealism to her work but at the same time it's both very beautiful and emotional. With many of DestinyBlue's works you can definitely feel a relation to the emotions depicted in the work.






DestinyBlue is an amazing artist and inspiration, her attitude towards her fans and the community has always been outstandingly positive and welcoming. Her glowing artwork has always captured many emotions from dealing with self-image to loving the beauty in the world which reaches out and speaks to so many, including myself; one her latest pieces for example "depression" she speaks out about her own battles and struggles which I believe connects her even more to her fans and audience on such a personal and emotional level. It is without a doubt how deserving she is of this honor.









DestinyBlue has been one of the most wonderful people I've had the pleasure to meet via the internet and then magically in real life. (Good old London comic con!) :Aww: Her history is so inspiring and the fact she's been open to the public about her past struggles is so amazing. She's told us how struggling in life can lead to great things and you really can achieve your dreams if you work hard an believe in yourself. :Star: To say DestinyBlue's art is good... would be an understatement. Her art is SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOSIOUS. :dummy: Her drawings are just superb, her colouring is beautiful and the messages within each piece of art is just wonderful. :heart: Some of her drawings really touched my heart. She knows just how to portray feelings into her art which makes her gallery so much fun to view. I believe she deserves all the love on DA because she really is such a lovely girl. :Hug: I wish her nothing but the best in life and hope to see her again in the future to purchase more of her wonderful art!






DestinyBlue is a long time deviant with a tremendous influence in the digital art community! Her distinctly beautiful painting style and emotionally relatable works have earned her tens of thousands of fans and her passion for working with people has made her a role model for her fellow artists. She definitely deserves the recognition!





DestinyBlue has a very distinctive style of art. One look at her artwork and you know it's hers. The colors are beautiful, soft and it is just simply beautiful.










DestinyBlue is definitely someone who deserves this Deviousness award, a truly wonderful artist with a heart of gold. She really brings people together on DeviantArt with her thought provoking and heartfelt art that speaks volumes where words fail. A long time member of DeviantArt she inspires and lifts many artists both online and at conventions with her enthusiasm and dedication, including myself!






Ohhh my goodness! DestinyBlue is one of those artists whose work installs directly into your heart! Her use of colors and light are her signature, but also the emotions she makes the viewers feel from the very first second we look at her pieces of amazing artworks. She is absolutely inspiring, and I admire her profoundly for sharing her heart with all of us, since the stories her works show are all about her, about her struggles, about her beautiful heart! She’s beloved around here! She gives a lot to the whole community through not only the inspirational artworks, but also through all her conventions! She gives opportunities to other people, and that is AMAZING of her! Her sweet disposition makes her unique, a one-of-a-kind human being!!! And I couldn’t be happier to see her getting this Award!!! Congratulations my sweet dear DestinyBlue, you SO deserve this!






DestinyBlue is one of those unique people that can convey a very strong message without even using words. The art she makes isn't only stunning on a technical level, but every single one of her artworks carries a strong underlying message. She isn't just a person that makes art, she expresses herself in it. She shows the courage to not only talk about the beautiful things in life, but also about the darker and more confusing stuff that happens to all of us when we are busy figuring life out. Many of her artworks evoke discussions, in which she gladly takes part. To me, her artworks embody a shining light of hope.









I have been hooked on DestinyBlue's gallery for a long while now. It has been a treat seeing her progression over the past several years. Each piece of art she turns out still amazes me. Her emotional concepts and use of vibrant colors and light are her signature style, and it makes her work easily recognizable. Each of her works tell a story. She goes above and beyond for her fans. She attends a lot of conventions around the world to touch base with so many people and to spread the love of art. Blue is an easily approachable person and an all-around sweetheart.






I really love DestinyBlue's artwork a lot; loads of colors and a unique style that's stands out. I've watched her for a long time, and I still love the artworks she's made. Congrats to her!






Not only is Miss Blue's artwork stunning and poignant, but she is also one of the most lovely people I have ever met. I met her at my first convention, and since then every time I have met her not only has she been lovely to me, but every single one of her fans. She has time for everyone, she listens to their stories and always has time for the people she sees.

She draws from the heart and her artwork — its colours, its themes and its messages — encapsulates her own feelings, while also making something that speaks deeply to her audience. She builds a feeling of unity and understanding with her audience; that someone else knows what they are going through, creating stunning artwork while giving those feelings a physical form for people to identify with.
















Congratulations to DestinyBlue!


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200 Points Raffle [Closed]

Wed Jul 15, 2015, 7:15 PM
CM: Berryis [Misora] by serafleur

I'm back! Thank you so much to everyone for the support even on my hiatus!
Here is another weekly raffle lovelies!

WINNER

Winner3 by serafleur


Apple-And-Cinnamon

CONGRATULATIONS!!

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR PARTICIPATING EVERYONE! <33







Skin by SimplySilent

Birthday 300points Giveaway!

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 30, 2015, 4:38 AM



Hi guys, the last giveaway went so well figured I'd hold another! This time with more points and a longer time period.

Rules:

1. Fave this journal (this is how you will be selected for the giveaway)
2. Watch me (if you are already a watcher remain so, this is incase of important updates to the journal/etc)
3. Share this journal (simply copy the link or thumb code and place in a journal which is visible on your profile page for a minimum of 5 days)
4. Comment on this journal with a link to where you have shared! 
5. Multiple accounts are not permitted.

Prizes:

1st place. 300 points!
2nd place. 100 points!
3rd place. 50 points!
5 Runner ups. 10 points!

Giveaway ends 12-noon (UK) 24th August (my birthday!)  

Winners will be selected via random.org for fairness and will be announced on the same day as the deadline!

:new: NOTE:
I wanted to let people know I've been a bit busier than usual and my dA messages are coming in at like 300-400 messages a day (not including notes or watch messages) so while on my last giveaway I wished everyone good luck individually I won't be able to continue doing so.

I do try to make sure people have observed the rules and keep people notified, and will still keep an eye out. I'm having a tough time just keeping up with discussions and llamas at the moment but I do read all comments/notes so any questions at all I will get back to you.

To everybody, have fun and good luck! :hug:x

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