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Are highly intelligent or very talented people better able to hide their misery from loved ones, thus making it all the harder to “read” them and help them?

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Just Art Feature [10]

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 8:53 AM

Got a change this week! As you must have noticed from the header I've renamed my weekly feature to Just-Art Feature! There's an awesome collection of arts this week - most of which were published within the last 7 days and one or two from a few months back! 

This weeks featured artists is a talented concept artist and illustrator from Poland - maykrender. You should checkout his gallery or website!

Expectations by t1na
Into the Light by Miguel-Santos
The universe is within me by RazielMB Marry Me by LadyLemonne Are we... free? by WanderingLola Dreams come true by sasha-fantom
Dark Knight by Drake1024
Ed by Telemaniakk
Rose*asis by Escria Freetime by Tung-Monster NightCore Try | Animation by NaLu95Drax the Destroyer by Namecchan  
Something About a Moon by jesus-at-art
Welcome to Paradise by btgarts The Source Of Life - Desktopography 2014 by Paulo-Bert  Dreams come true by sasha-fantom
Game of Bones by Ry-Spirit

JFK assasination by maykrender

Featured Journals and literature

(And you love me anyway)I trap secrets
behind onyx teeth,
creasing my wrists
with your melody.
You spill truths
from incandescent fingers,
rejoicing (lamenting) companionship
through chrome power lines.
We swap batteries and candles,
hoping we light each others' ways
while still stumbling along our own.
I get too trapped
by my life's natural disasters
to remember to celebrate
the close-earned commodities
that spill into yours.
(I want to take this moment
for the thoughts that rot to frustration
on my tongue, but this should be
about both you and me.)
I want to cradle your dreams
in my palms, the way you steady
my fears in yours. But I bleed your heart
with my (self) hate, and a deeper connection
drowns in the eddies.
Will we get there? Time
is unmoldable, and it marches on
whether we (I) prepare or not.
But you make me forget it,
if only for a Skype 3 a.m. hour.
Of Irrevocable SoulsMother, I have learned
of all the places in the universe
mementos from the underworld
break through
within an owl graveyard,
death beading
maps not meant for following--
a fleeting touch of the galaxy.
The moon is on fire,
a dreaming globe;
in the silence,
a strong and broken man
plagued by phantasms
the tails of falling stars--
"The bone yard glows, but you are still here;
friends shouldn't say goodbye like this."
From Out of the Clear Blue Sky Comes a FeatureGreetings, all. I felt a sudden urge to create a Feature. I have more in early development, so if you aren't featured in this one, watch for upcoming Features from me. :love:
Please take the time to get to know any new-to-you names from this eclectic mix of fine deviants. I hope some new dA friendships start here! :nod:
Bridgitte is recognizable as a busy promoter and supporter, particularly within dA's literature community! :heart: In her own gallery you'll find apocalyptic literature and more. She can also be found hard at work supporting the group Apocalypse-writing
Don't let the fact that he's " antisocial dark wizard" stop you from visiting his gallery. ;) He's also a "Philosopher, Literary Artist and Entertainer." You'll find him

Victorian Building 006 ColorWash 001 by kewel72000
Holy Shit by SFC-AuratusDrifting by evenliu   Mural Painting - Merseyside Ellesmere Port (UK) by ART-BY-DOC Electric Wasteland Full Print T Shirt by misscarissarose
INITIAL ASSAULT by totmoartsstudio2
Kortesuo by m-eralp Pasedin by KailyzeMINI 1 by MaeNemesis
Amazonia - Desktopography Exhibition 2014 by Wesley-Souza
PRINCESS OF DARKNESS by KilartDev Wormworld Saga by MihaiRadu Wakfu comics Shak Shaka Cover by xa-xa-xa Ion Sky by Draken413o

Got something you'd like me to feature on the next issue? Send them to me (UJz) via a note. 

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Udara Jay.

Learning from Maleficent

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 29, 2014, 10:47 AM

...Maleficent the rat, that is.

Maleficent is my pet rat. She was born without her top teeth, which are very important for a rat. Almost all of a rat's favorite activities involve their teeth! She can't bite and tear/break food, so I have to make her food into mush for her meals. She also can't bite other rats in play, to establish dominance (rats have hierarchies!) or in self-defense.

Because of her lack of teeth, she seemed to adapt very "grabby" hands. I have had one such grabby rat in the past, so it doesn't mean Mallie learned something new for her species, but I have a feeling she adapted to using her hands instead of her teeth since she had no option.

...And then came my dog. She grabbed for him through the cage, and he bit her and broke her arm. The vet told me she should be alright, but could possibly have a deformity in that arm.

So now this rat has no teeth, and a disabled arm.

...And yet, she continues to be one of the happiest, most energetic rats I have ever seen.
And, here's the kicker - she has a "dominant" personality, and despite her disabilities, she is the dominant rat of the cage, and even dominated SillydogTheGreat's rat, Cas.

No teeth, and one arm, and not only does it not bother her, she thrives.

No one ever told her, "you have a disability. Your life will be hard and you won't be as successful as others." And she certainly can't think that to herself - she's a rat. So, if she wants something, she just tries for it. Her lack of teeth and disabled arm don't even factor in. And look at how "successful" she's been! To be happy and the dominant female? That's the highest goal a rat can achieve!

So, maybe I (and you!) can learn from little Mallie. If you have something that stands between you and your goal - call its bluff. Don't think too much about it, just go for it. If someone's told you you have a disability and you will never be as good as everyone else, maybe it's best to ignore them and try anyway. Humans overthink things, and maybe THAT's our disability more than anything else.

And as I was thinking all of this over, I slammed my main art finger in my poorly-finished bathroom door and sliced it right open. It hurts so bad and throbs so much I don't know how I'll get anything done today. But once the pain subsides I'll take a tip from the Mal-pal and just go for it. If she can be the queen of the rats despite no teeth and one arm, I can art with a sliced open finger. Right? Right.

So, maybe Mallie's lesson applies to you, too.
If so, learn from my rodent - don't let your disabilities, faults, or perceived shortcomings stop you from doing what you want and being happy! Don't overthink things, just try!

Softness-art: Weekly feature XXXI

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 29, 2014, 2:30 PM

...dubrovnik XII... by roblfc1892Colores by Arteric
Melancholy of Sakura by RavenaJuliart
244.365 Something from Nothing by PiecesOfAnsleyAutumn Breeze. Branch Project I by RavenaJuliart
in the end by See-the-halo
Lisbon: The tram. by inbrainstormwhite blooms by vampire-zombie
Grace by JuliaTosi
grandpa's cam by CliffWFotografiethere was a storm yesterday 6 by M0THart
And without light, nothing flowers. by astridle
KHohs@Ogre NatureETC 6249 by KrisinoTranquillity by DragonflyAndromeda
daisy dune by vampire-zombie
Layers 2 by NightlineSous les Arches d'Or by Lorelyne
Heart of the forest. by malashki
how to be okay by Rona-KellerSun Breeze by DeingeL-Dog-Stock
Untitled by Herzlich-t
...praha XXXII... by roblfc1892DISSOLVE by M0THart
When the Robins come by NataliaDrepina
Descent to the coast by hitforsaEvening Light by AljoschaThielen
The colors of Autumn - Part VI by myINQI
Tree Fairy by ildiko-neerSandra by aufzehengehen
Lady in red by JenniSjobergMizumi- Roswell Ivory by Roswell-Ivory
Sphere of Influence by pagit
Lilli by namimosaPink by ksushiks
Summer Time by zingruby
Fairy-Ring by Once-Around-the-Sun979 by Nigrita
Only rocks. by JackesPhotography
Methoni Castle by sui400In a moonlit room by onkami
Luisa by aufzehengehen
Inverno by MariannaInsomniaAngel by fly10
Summertime by KrisVladSouvenir by TonyLeBastard
FLY IN BLUE II by simsalabima
One Step Closer by MikkoLagerstedtRise by John-Peter
the poppy and the ant by CliffWFotografie
greenwood by EmmmBeeeOne With the Grass by Rimisa
Jeanne d'Arc by Anna1Anna
ingenue4 by piesongThe Connection by samkaczur
Red Woods by shauntiamodel
Overgrowth by brandtcampbellpeaceful waters by melannc
Lost boys by uglybug
Verdant Nights by tvurkHopetoun Falls by jkrab
High in the sky by BrunoCHATARD
Dark morning coffee by MirageGourmandSandra by aufzehengehen
Katharina by LauraCallsen
Mirror Mirror by EclipxPhotographythe sighting by CliffWFotografie
Me by Katarzyna Czerniak by fairyladyphotographyNina by inspired-impressions
Deer by Nightmare-v
Mother of God by EukendeiTour Eiffel, study 4 by DamienVassart
Away3 by piesong
The Spiders Web by fistfulofneuronsWasserfall by dynax700si
white noise by deadendsoul
Hallways Of Enchanted Trees by WeissglutHeritage by abdieft
Louvre by Alessia-Izzo
Falling by NataliaCiobanuFREEDOM IS SLAVERY by AlinaSoloviova
Second Coming by Eukendei
wet by DenisGoncharovstrong by MartaSyrko'Caelestis II' by EternalEden13

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    Viliana :iconmi-eterna-primavera: started college this week, and I am so very proud of her. She has been a beacon of light in the darkness, as many of you have been this last month. Many extreme gratitude to my Deviantart family, and those who gave me a hand in the darkness. Perhaps because of mood and circumstances, the art of this feature is darker than usual, but as similar to my recent journey. LIGHT appears and leads the way.
     Look at me being all philosophical and stuff. Who knew?? Dreams of Geneva unveiled it's 15 month calendar to benefit St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital this past month, all proceeds are going to this amazing charity. My thanks to all those who collaborated in the effort to bring this about. I want to thank Babette, :iconbabsartcreations: for assisting me on the project. The calendar features the talent of :iconkatarina-zirine: :iconmysticserenity: :iconmadmoisellemeli: :iconmi-eterna-primavera: :icondesignbykatt: :iconfairiegoodmother: :iconjackiedavenport: :iconescume: :iconcaochinhan: :iconcindysart: :iconleafbreeze7: :iconignisfatuusii: :iconenchantedwhispersart: :iconestherpuche-art.: :for their amazing images. The calendar can be purchased here…
     Dreams of Geneva is currently at 98!!!!!! artists, models, photographers, fine arts, etc. and cannot believe how much we have grown. You are all cordially invited (don't wait for an invite if interested, just message me) and the vision and integrity of the site makes me very proud. Please check us out at…  Enjoy the feature, and I always wish I could include more and more images, but even I realize that all good things must come to an end. (but this one is rather long) love you all the same. Heehee. I am including, in the beginning. some images that were in someway relevant to yours truly. Brownie points awarded (so much for loving you all the same.) Thanks to :iconfae-melie-melusine: for the new ID!!!! My dearest :iconignisfatuusii: for the roses.
                                                                                                                      Luna by mi-eterna-primavera 

                                                                                                                               A World of Light by Fae-Melie-Melusine
                                                                                                                                                 Babette's Cardbox by Jamie-Nicole  Roses for Jamie by IgnisFatuusII 
Storm in the Heart by EstherPuche-Art You can run, but you can't hide by pjenz  Atumn Queen by thelemadreams My Hidden Self by Tifareth Girl With Flower Tatoo by Manink Beauty of darkness by DiosaEMR 

Angel of the Night by CrystalClear-Art Beaute Automnale by Marjie79 Let Us Burn by Fae-Melie-Melusine Dark Tales by vampirekingdom Lullaby by Katarina-Zirine E n c h a n t e d by scared-princess Elven Princess by Cinnamoncandy

  Steampunk Adventure by CindysArt Smoke-and-Mirrors by EnchantedWhispersArt Dead Swamp... by Aeternum-Art Infest by J-u-d-a-s Black Widow Cordelia by AlexandraVBach I Offer Chaos by MirellaSantana Hydroponic by MarcelaBolivar 

A different kind of fairy tale by tamaraR Evening Dreaming by Lhianne Ignibus Doloris by Shades-Of-Lethe The Burning Peacock by Spiegellicht Flux by nova63 straighten up and fligh right by BlueAngel271183 Envy by Kryseis-Art Steampunk Aristrocrat Lady by SPRSPRsDigitalArt
 Dark Queen by MademoiselleKati My Immortal by Liancary-Stock I'm still waiting for you by S-BlackART Elf Portrait by KarahRobinson-Art Take Notice by CrystalClear-Art My Curse by shiny-shadows-Art Lady of the Lake by Heavenia La luz que alimenta mi oscuridad by CrisestepArt

  Blind Justice by FairieGoodMother I'll be Your Light by Selenada  Cryptocurrency by nina-Y Guardian of the Underworld by Jaffar-ps Witch Blade by Gwendolyn1 The Key is your mind by LuLebel

 Sun girl by Ennya7 Little panda by ElenaDudina Time Goes By by Rexionete The Magic of Nature by AndyGarcia666 The Angel of the Earth by RazielMB Nympha by ladyjudina Walk in the Fog by Sisterslaughter165

 Midsummer Night's Dream by pono4evnaya .:Dark Temptation:. by SummerDreams89 Crowned by Black-B-o-x Steampunk Age by barbranz Kestral by Walking-Tall We are still here! by SpellpearlArts Creepy Images Fusion by Saltaalavista
 angel delight by L-A-Addams-Art Once Upon A Dream by bonnie-dorman the ballad of mona lisa by Andaelentari Venus -detail- by nova63 Behind The Window by maiarcita   spring2 by Sophie-Y

 Whisper My Name by Methyss Siren by Cocodrillo Mermaid by daChelissius Under the Setting Sun by Vampiric-Time-Lord Tower Of Silence by KangTengri Retouch woman 2 by JoseFerreira14 Sad Memories by MasoumehTavakoli-Art

 Angel Of Fire by areemus Tears of Love by MysticSerenity The Enchantress by TalXorFire Lady in Rose Red by RAHASHIF Galadriel by Phatpuppyart-Studios He Needed Wings... by ChimeraArtz Der Name Der Rose by Celtica-Harmony My other face by dienel96
 Lady Autumn by rsiphotography Sweet Dreams by KCsummerz a Secret place by soosajud P u l v e r i z e by erimu Modelizm by Mr-Xerty The Devils Wrath by LevanaTempest Jane Eyre by AlexandraVBach

 Ici et Ailleurs by Marjie79 Snow White by Garden-Of-BlackRoses   Mystery. Moon goddess by Vasylina Fighting the Darkness by VeilaKs 


Journal Entry: Mon Sep 29, 2014, 10:05 AM
In 10 days, I will officially have been on deviantART for one year. As a thank you for all of your awesomeness, I'm going to draw four of your OCs! The OCs will be chosen via random number generator :)

1st place:

A traditional drawing with a fancy background :)
Petals by frostykat13

2nd place:
A paint splatter pony
Commission: MeeBeAndrew by frostykat13

3rd Place:
Digital OC with cutie mark
Festive Flags by frostykat13

4th place:
A sketch
Commission: Flying Buddies by frostykat13

To enter you must:

:bulletpink: Be a watcher
:bulletpink: Post a journal or poll linking to this journal
:bulletpink: Comment on this journal with a link to the journal/poll you posted
:bulletpink: Put the word "popcorn" in your comment so I know you read the rules :)
:bulletpink: Only one entry allowed

I'll reply to your comment with your raffle number!

I'll post the results journal on October 8, the anniversary of my joining dA :3

Thank you so much! Good luck!

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  • Listening to: One Last Time
  • Reading: The Serpent's Shadow
  • Watching: my laptop screen
  • Eating: Oatmeal
  • Drinking: Water
Dirk by Manicfool
*this was a idea that wouldn't leave my head. so its been geeting on my nerves 4 a while now ani hav 2 let it out

Dirk was panting heavily, trying to dodge and block your attacks the best he could. You held a katana in each hand, two more strapped onto each side of your hips. You were known by using all six swords, but you were currently using two at the moment. Dirk couldn't believe what he saw before him, from what he remembered, you had died long ago when Dirk was 6 years of age. But there was one difference about you now, you weren't wearing your shades. Instead, you wore a mask that resembled that of a demon's. The blonde's orange eyes widen as you disappeared, you reappeared behind the teen. Before Dirk could turn around to face you, you had swiped a kick to the side of your son's head. Causing him to fly to the side, the blonde had hit a stone wall, falling to the ground. Dirk slowly, shackenly pushed his upper half up, he coughed up blood. You floated down infront of the male, "Father..." Dirk had spoken in a weak voice, he was tired and hurt, while you stood before him. You didn't even broken a sweat, you chocked your head to the side. You didn't undrstand the blonde, he has been calling you 'Father' and you didn't have any memory of seeing him before. Stealthing one of your katanas, You slowly begun to walk towards the hurt male. Dirk lifted his head up until you saw his face, his triangler shades were cracked, blood seeped from his nose and mouth, some bruises begining to form. You stopped in your tracks when you saw tears running down his pale cheeks, your Master had brought you to life from Dirk's secerts and fears. You were made to kill the boy infront of you, but you couldn't. Your body refused to move, your mind yelling at you to end his life. Your grip on the hilt tighten, Dirk wobbly stood to his feet. His one arm, pressing against his stomach, the male was hunched over. Trying to attempt to stop the pain, he staired at you as you staired back. You quickly flashed stepped towards the male, when Dirk saw this. He had did the same towards you, you both stopped in the middle. Dirk had his arms wrapped around your waist as his head layed upon your (Muscled/Slender/Skip This) chest, you stayed there frozen, shocked by what Dirk was doing. You had only left a scracth on his cheek, you could hear the boy whimpering as tears left his orange eyes. Your grip had loosened, the blade you held, dropped to the floor with a 'Clank'. Looking down at the blonde, you wrapped your arms around him. "Please stop. I'm sorry...I'm sorry, Dad." Dirk whimpered the last part out quitely, your wide (E/C) eyes soften. Memories flashed before your eyes, remembering everything up to the inccident that happened long ago. You brought a hand up to the mask, you swished the mask away. Causing it to evaporate into the air, moving your hand over your face. The dark shades you usually wore formed in it's usual place upon you face, the hand you used, you ran it through Dirk's blonde hair. You allowed him to cry into your (Hoodie/Shirt/Jacket/Muscle Shirt/Sweater/Long Sleeved Shirt), "Ssshhh, its alright." You softly spoke to your son, Dirk looked up at your smiling face, it was a gentle smile. You ran a hand down the side of Dirk's face, "You did what you thought was right." The (Fav Color) Orb that was connected to the necklace that you wore, started to glow that color. It started to float upward, it soon removed itself from around your neck. That necklace was the only thing keeing you in this world of the living, it was a portal to Dirk's deepest parts of his mind and it allowed you to freely move inbetween worlds. "You were right to kill me. I was in rage because of your Mother." Parts of your body started to degrade into peices, those peices flowng into the orb of the necklace. "I was blinded by anger and rage that I wasn't thinking correctly, I could've murdered you and everyone around me." You parted from the hug as more of you had entered the necklace, only your right arm and half of the bust was missing. Gently placing your hand upon Dirk's cheek, you smiled the best you could as half of your face begun to disappear. "Its not your fault and it never was," you arm was now fully gone, half of your face the only thing that the Strider could see. Your shades had disappeared, showing you single (E/C) eye. "It was mine for being selfish. I always loved you, my Son, Dirk..." You had spoken in a much quiter voice as you fully entered the orbed necklace, Dirk watched as the necklace's glow faded and it started to fall. The blonde went to reach out for it, but he lost balanced and fell to the ground. He had caught the necklace in the process, the male turned onto his side. Opening his hands to look at the (Fav Color) Orb, Dirk quickly closed his orange eyes as more tears fell from them. Closing his hands around the object, he brought it close to his chest. "Father," the male whimpered out. Silently crying to himself, he didn't want you to leave.
So I finally bit the bullet and disabled comments on all my artwork. I had been thinking about doing it for a while now, and after conducting a poll and seeing an overwhelming support of doing it, I decided to finally act upon it. Deviations I submit will no longer have comments. Journals and my FrontPage will because I can’t disable those (trust me, I would’ve disabled my FrontPage comment section YEARS ago if I could. That place is a cesspool).

The reasons for disabling comments are pretty simple. I get a lot of hate on the internet and it’s negatively affecting me. I am, I admit, a special case. I likely get more hate than most “famous” DA users do, and as such I have to tailor my needs specifically. I also have been growing very wary about how toxic the DA community can be at times. DA doesn’t police new accounts and it’s very easy for trolls to perpetuate their activities. Blocking doesn’t really DO anything as anyone can just create a new account to get around it. Reporting is slow and doesn’t usually resolve problems. And more often than not people are far more willing to tell you what you did wrong, than what you did right.

I’ve been growing kinda distrustful of comments in general across MANY platforms, not just DA. The more I see how comments can be used as an abusive system, the less I’m in favor of them. This has been something that’s been festering inside me for a while now.

Of course there is likely going to be a backlash against this practice. Disabling comments sends the message that you don’t want feedback or criticism. And I’m already known as the poster-boy for “can’t handle criticism” on the internet. Others might object because it’s seen as “censoring” their voice, from people who do not understand what censorship actually means. Not allowing you to comment on a work of art, is not censorship as long as you’re allowed to comment on it in SOME public form/forum on the internet. And guess what? Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets are designed for JUST THAT PURPOSE. So while you may not be able to comment HERE, you can still have a voice and express your opinions ELSEWHERE.

At any rate... that’s what happened today. I am not leaving Deviant Art, but this is likely the starting point of me migrating away from the communities and just focusing on making art and comics for fun and entertainment, free of the nagging belittling comments that permeate everyday life for me here. While I have every intention of improving my artwork over time, forcing myself to get better for the sake of getting better is not a belief I hold, and I would much rather make art that’s fun and entertaining for me (warts and all), than striving for perfection and making art that’s technically nice but utterly soulless.
  • Mood: Angsty
  • Listening to: I'm Blue - Eiffel 65
  • Reading: Twitter
  • Watching: Doctor Who (10th Doctor)
  • Playing: Marvel Puzzle Quest
  • Eating: Subway Sandwiches
  • Drinking: Green tea. Hot.

Nearing the End...

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 10:55 AM

Hello to all of you lovelies! :la:

Love Heart by LOVEMAYUlollollol by LOVEMAYULove Heart by LOVEMAYU

I have a few announcements!

1.} My "Journey Through the Underworld" contest will come to an end tomorrow! You still have all of today, and a good majority of tomorrow to get an entry in! Please have a look at the rules here:

Judging will begin on the 2nd of October and winners will be announced
no later than October 7th.

A Journey Through The Underworld Contestants
1.] Create a digital, photo manipulation, or traditional artwork depicting what you feel
a journey through the underworld would look like. Please feel free to do your research.
Many cultures believe in "The Underworld" but have different views and portray them
as they view them. I would like to know your view.
2.] All images will be judged equally on creativity, and technique.
3.] Your image DOES NOT have to be dark, horror, or macabre related. Remember, this
image should be created

You can have a look at the other entries here:

Journey Through the Underworld Contestants

There are only 9 entries so far, and I had hoped for more. I hope you will have a look, it may be worth it to enter! :happybounce:

2.} I have opened a new Photo Manipulation group:  Manipulating-Legends This group is strictly for manipulations based on legends, folklore, and myths. Please do not submit regular manipulations, they will be declined.

3.} I am weary about my next contest: "Lago Delgi Idoli". If there are not enough entrants to unlock all of the prizes, that contest will cancel. All of the points up for grabs through Manipulating-Legends have come out of my own pocket. I would like to see that contest be successful. You can find the rules and theme here:

Behold: The Ultimate ContestI will be offline for all of September, and possibly a good portion of October. I am scheduled to have surgery on September 2, and will need 
recovery time. So I am going to post this now, in hopes that I will come back to some extremely amazing works of art! :la:
Current Judges:
:iconA-Wakefield: :icontheheek: :iconnova63:
"Lago Degli Idoli"
{Lake of the Idols}
HOSTED BY:   :iconManipulating-Legends:
This contest will be PHOTO MANIPULATION ONLY
If you are going to enter this contest, you must follow the rules.
There will not be any changes, or exceptions made to any of them.
This contest will also require research to be done, in order to best
create your Photo Manipulation entry.
Lago degli

If there are not at least 18 entries per level at the close of the contest, it will cancel out and the contest will end with no winners. If you would like to help with donations please note me. All entrants must link to the contest journal in the description of their entry. Please help spread the word! :la:

4.} I have started three new boxes on my profile. They are: Daily Favorite, Weekly Favorite, and Monthly Favorite. Keep an eye on my page, you may find your work in one of them! :happybounce: I have decided to begin trying to suggest DD's again. Those works that find their way into the "Monthly Favorites" box beginning in October, will be my one and only suggestion for the month. I have been here over a year and have not received one, and have only had one of my suggestions make the mark, so LOT'S OF LUCK TO YOU! I will wish for the best :la: :excited:

Have a look at what I've been loving lately:

CRYPTOCURRENCY__Dogecoin by nina-Y On a day... by ObscureLilium TheLastRose II by mimikascraftroom
The Pride by CrystalClear-Art
Nightmare by Gpzang miss miss  adelade by chautariya Jon Snow by fdasuarez
Witch House by Kajenna
Lass Mich Fallen by ChristabelleLAmort Sunshine by leejun35 Huckle-Berry-Finn by Art-Kombinat
Shtriga by CRaght

Don't Forget to Check out these Contests:

Haunted Dolls and Creepy Clowns are Here!
Found a great contest at :iconcastle-of-cards:
You should join in on this one.....
This is what the blog had to say:
In light of the upcoming Halloween holiday, I'm calling for artwork depicting either haunted dolls, creepy clowns (or both!) After watching "The Conjuring" and the most recent episode of "Face Off" wherein scary clowns were the challenge-I got inspired. Below are the specs:
Bullet; Blue Size- This is one of the few times in the year that I am not requiring a "card" shaped size. I hope that allows for more freedom in your creations.
Bullet; Blue There MUST BE either a haunted doll or creepy clown in your image. You also may have both in your work. In fact, I encourage that idea. :) (Smile)
  1st annunal Halloween ContestPrizes
Contest Starts Sept 25th and Ends October 25th 2014
:evillaugh: Now that I have your attention......
We are still looking for prize donations and will add to this list as soon as they come in. Be sure to check back often.
:iconnitchwarmer: Points 100/75/50
and a feature on my home page.
:iconbracey100: Feature, Llama's,
1st place winner Bracey will turn you into a zombie
:icondasghul: A print of your choice from his gallery.
:icona-wakefield: Points 100/50/25
Features and premade backgrounds.
:iconMissGribouille: Points 200/100/50
:iconCapnSkusting: Feature
Contest Synopsis
 So more of you can participate we are going to be creating a Halloween scene or develop a piece that is Halloween related. Be it digital, a manipulation, or craft. Even writers can get in on this. Just show us something that depicts the holiday. Plan and simple.
Standard rules apply.
:bulletorange:Manipulators are required to credit all stock used and use only da stock.
  Bad To The Bone - Contest need points  FAQS - Website - Commissions OPEN  - Blog Index - Shadowness - Tutorials  - Tumblr - My Daily Deviations - Resources RULES - Dark Portfolio - society6 - Behance  - Zazzle
  Just a Dream Contest 2014Rose just a dream contest
Dates: Submissions open from Sept. 8th through Oct. 3rd
Guidelines: Have a weird/scary/wonderful dream lately? Let's turn it into something! For this contest you'll need to re-create one of your wildest dreams, whether good or bad.
One entry per personAnyone can joinAny type of medium can be usedAny type artwork or resource may be submittedCan submit new OR old artwork (must be a dA submission)
Judges: :iconEveLivesey: :iconjenfruzz: :iconsomadjinn: :iconcloaks:
Please note me with your submission!
I will continue to make weekly journal entries, the contest details will be moved to a custom box after next week. So please note me with your submission instead of posting it in the comments. Submissions will be located here: Just a
  #our generation contestThe 70s were a wild, hippie-filled time, Michael Jackson and Madonna set the tone in the 80s while wonderfull movies like Forrest Gump, The Sixth Sense, Mrs Doubtfire (bless you, my captian), Tatanic and many more dominated the 90s followed by great polical change (the first black president of the US, the first woman as Germanys Federal Chancellor, e.g.) in the 2000s.
So many things are happening in the world. So many things to leave a mark (good, bad or neutral) on you as time passes.
Now my question is: What defines your generation? Was it a certain couples of year, only one event or the overall "feel"? :)
Put your impressions down on your paper or your screen or whatever you can hold long enough to show to others. :giggle:
:bulletgreen: You can enter up to 3 times but only one piece can win a price~
:bulletgreen: Any media is allowed.
  Autumnista Contest 2014It's Contest Time Digital-Wings-Art Members!

:bulletred::bulletred: We're looking for autumn inspired artworks :bulletred::bulletred:
:bulletorange::bulletorange: Think autumn colors, harvest, or Halloween :bulletorange::bulletorange:
:bulletyellow::bulletyellow: Anything with an autumn/fall theme will be accepted [Bullet; Yellow][Bullet; Yellow]

• Rules •
[Bullet; Red] Deadline is the 1st of November, 2014 [Bullet; Red]
• Entries must be new, submitted no earlier than September 21st, 2014 •
• You must be a MEMBER of Digital-Wings-Art to enter •
• You must follow all group rules as well as dA content rules •
• Only digital art and photomanipulations will be accepted •
• You may submit 2 ENTRIES, but only 1 will go the final vote •
• Art

Photo Manip Contest! Please enter :)My tablet is supposed to arrive tomorrow, and I'm super excited!! 
I have wanted one for ages, so to celebrate finally getting one, I've decided to have a contest.
The prizes are 
1st place: 1 month premium membership -or- 400 points (your choice) along with 3 of your works being featured for one month on my page.
2nd place: 150 points along with one month feature on my page of 3 of your works.
3rd place: 50 points along with one month feature on my page of 3 of your works.
3 Runner Up Prizes - One work of your choice featured for a month on my page.
So as you see, there are six prizes. If not enough people enter the contest, I will extend the deadline for two weeks. If after that there still aren't enough, I will just go ahead with voting for the entries I do have. I'm just letting you know this ahead of time because I am not the most popular here on DA, and I'm worried enough people may not enter.
This  is a Photo Manipulation cont
  The Illuminated World ContestStock & Resources
The Challenge
Imagine a world where the soft glow of the magnolia blossoms illuminates the sidewalk. The reaching branches of the tree cast their light over the street, reflected in the gathering puddles of a spring rain. A garden nearby is a riot of colors against the deep shadows of the night. The harsh artificial street lights that we know today are gone. What would your world look like? Is it a world where the need for fossil fuel has been eliminated, or have the scientists bio-engineered the earth into a beautiful apocalypse?
The idea of bio-luminescent plant illumination is a real project in progress by three scientists in San Francisco, California. These scientists are engineering marine bio-luminous bacterial DNA into plants to make them glow. You can read more about their project here: Glowing Plants: Street Lig
  Reinterpretation ContestHey all! It's time for a new contest :eager: Inspired by and co-hosted/cross posted with the wonderful WintersRead  :)
Reinterpret/recreate one of the following photos below. Be creative, there are many ways to look at the theme. :la:

:bulletgreen: Let us know which photo you are reinterpreting when you send in your note.
Bullet; Red In your deviation description, be sure to link back to this journal (ex: "This piece was created for Reinterpretaion Contest:[add link here]" ). 
Bullet; Blue The piece MUST be created for this contest. Any art that was submitted before the August 19th, 2014 will not be accepted.
Bullet; Purple All visu
  Designn Magazine Cover Art Contest
The DesignnHQ challenges you to create the cover art for the next edition of Designn Magazine! The winning artwork would be used as the cover of the 6th edition with an inside cover feature.
Your entry can originate in any medium. Keep in mind that that this is a magazine cover which would go to print; hence keep the highlights of the artwork focused towards the center and right side of the cover, and avoid details towards the edges (1cm from each edge).
(Note that you only need to create the background image of the cover according to the size provided below.)
How to Enter
1. Create
Create your entry in any medium - anything from digital paintings to traditional drawing.
Make sure the final work is at least A4 size (2480px x 3508px) and 300dpi. Save it as a JPG or PNG file, and you're ready to submit.

2. Submit your work
Once you
Hello Friends, Watchers and Visitors,
I have started a new Contest, called "Twisted Tales" 
* To be clear from the start, this is a PHOTOMANIPULATION-Contest!!!
* This contest is not for professionals, but for beginners and intermediate users of photoshop!!
There are a lot of fairytales, urban legends you can choose as inspiration or maybe something from your favourite movie/tv-series, but
your work has to have a twist in it or maybe a refference to a horrormovie. You are free to choose the stocks you like, but they have to be legal!!
I support stocks from other websites like pixabay etc., but no google, imgur, lenagold etc.. 
Give credit to the stockproviders and i like direct-links to the stocks used in your work.
You may enhance your work with some digital painting, but not from scratch!!
I won't except explicit sex or horror, the twist should be subtle and not to disturbi
  Feature ContestHello everybody!!
All prizes are unlocked now!! :la::la::la:
Since I won in a raffle by PatyKida I am going to give 10 points to places 21-30 each - IF WE GET 30 ENTRIES!!!
Go ahead :)

I am in current dialogue with All-about-features in order to set up a second contest like this but with free chose of skins and also with an option for non premium-members.
People who are interested in sponsoring prizes - please contact Felizias - she will be organizing the prizes :)
We highly appreciate our sponsors.
After holding my first contest about journal-skins which was a success so far, I want to go ahead, doing my next contest already!
To thank the participans of the previous contest and show them my appreciation - and to make sure, that their skins are recognized by the community, I want to host a follow-up contest.

Start: 10th August 2014
(previous entries will be ignored!!)
Deadline: 1st November 2014

Hello, and welcome to another edition of Digitalists new interview series:

Behind the Screens: Digital Art Masters

Through these interviews, we will get an in-depth look into the minds
and careers of DeviantART's most influential digital artists.

Today's featured artist is neverdying


Daniel Berard is a graphic designer from Quebec, Canada. He has been doing graphic design professionally for the last twelve years. He is specialized in corporate identity design (logo, brochure, web) and photo manipulation.

When did you first discover your passion for art? 

It goes back to high school. I had to create this fake magazine for a class and this is pretty much where it all started. I loved the experience and decided to take a graphic design course the next year.

The Stand by neverdying

Where do you find your inspiration?

Mostly movies. I watch a lot of movies every week and different genres too...this is why you see me jumping from one genre to another. Games and music are other inspirations.

Zero Gravity by neverdying

What is your favorite piece from your gallery and why?

My favorite piece is Worlds Factory because it's a simple idea that I think I've successfully illustrated in a clear and clean manner. Anyone can easily understand the concept and fill the gap with their imagination. That's what I like about art, don't tell a complete story, let the people see what they want.

Worlds Factory by neverdying

As a professional digital artist, what advice can you give to those who are trying to become successful in the business?

For a start, don't show everything you do. Think of deviantART and similar sites as portfolios. Only show your best work. Another thing is to use social media platforms as much as you can do. This is where business is at nowadays.

Payback by neverdying

There are a lot of people in the community who think receiving a Daily Deviation 
is essential for achieving popularity on DeviantART. From experience, 
how much would you say getting awarded Daily Deviations has 
impacted your success on this site? 

Essential? No, I don't think so. But yes they help to a certain extent to gain views and watchers. Just remember that they are not an achievement, but a one-day feature.

Leap of Faith by neverdying

Name three influential artists on DeviantART whose works 
inspire you and tell us why you look up to them.
All of his works scream genius. The guy sure knows his softwares and he
is incredibly creative and talented.

Next stop: Earth by ErikShoemaker  Winter is Coming by ErikShoemaker   Ariel by ErikShoemaker

His sci-fi pieces are really stunning and imaginative. I can look at them for hours and I
always find something I didn't see before.

Inside The killzone by Shue13  Rubynia by Shue13  The Sign by Shue13

 Another talented artist. His works are very detailed, especially his last few pieces.
Not that the work he did before wasn't good, but I think that he recently reached a whole
new level in photomanip.

Mother Of Dragons by Whendell  Fairy of the Lake by Whendell  Witch by Whendell

Till the End by neverdying

Thank you neverdying for sharing your wisdom and experience with the community! 
Join us next week for another installment where we will be interviewing